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Cut Me Some Slack

Reclaiming The Boyfriend Jean Because They Were Ours To Begin With

The ladies may have stolen our baggy jeans and called them “boyfriend” jeans, but you know what, I think it’s time we take them back. That’s right - let’s reclaim baggy jeans for us guys. The 80s and 90s might have given them a bad rap, but this roomy alternative to skinny jeans is a great way to mix things up and give your legs some breathing room in the process.

So what’s the trick to pulling it off without looking like a slob? The answer lies in the fit and styling. You’ll want a pair that is relaxed through the leg but fits you properly at the waist. For this outfit I wore a pair of Abercrombie bootcut jeans which are roomier in the leg and have a no-slip waistband with memory stretch that lasts wash after wash so you don’t get that sloppy “saggy” look. I chose a dark wash with vintage inspired details like the subtle wear and tear and antiqued metal hardware and then pinch-rolled (aka pegged) the legs for a retro-sporty feel. If you haven’t pegged your jeans before you should really start. It’s a great styling trick to achieve that slouchy vibe without getting those frayed hems that come from stepping on your pants. And no matter what baggy jeans look you’re going for (80s, urban, vintage, etc.), Abercrombie’s bootcut jeans have got you covered with a wide range of washes and unique hand-done distressing details. Your girlfriend might hate you for taking back her favorite pair of jeans but your legs will definitely be thanking you for the extra room and added comfort.

Wearing:

Vintage T-shirt  //  Abercrombie Bootcut Jeans  //  Converse Sneakers  //  Abercrombie Hat

This post was shot by Justin and sponsored by Abercrombie & Fitch. For an added discount, click here to receive a special code which prices all jeans at $35 – valid through August 2.

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Get Ripped This Summer

But Without All That Pesky Exercise Nonsense

It’s mid-July and if you don’t have that six pack by now, then you might as well cancel that gym membership and use the extra money for some sugary happy hour drinks at the local T.G.I.Friday’s. Orrr you can get ripped the easier way and just throw on some distressed denim. I meannn, It’s definitely the trend of the summer, right after day drinking and backyard barbecues of course. It just gives off that whole laidback-carefree summer vibe we’re all chasing, a feel that Abercrombie does oh-so-well. And when it comes to doing distressed denim, they’ve really got it down. Their vintage-inspired jeans feature hand-done details like rip & repair, destruction, and authentic whiskering and fading. They even come in a variety of washes from the super washed out lights to rich dark rinses. The best part is that you can get them for a great deal. The ones I’m wearing here are currently on sale for $39 online! Literally unheard of. So when it comes to ripped jeans, these are anything but a rip-off. What do you think? Would you wear this denim trend?

Wearing:

LL Bean Signature Shirt  //  Abercrombie Classic Taper Jeans  //  Sperry Top-sider Boat Shoes

This post was shot by Justin and sponsored by Abercrombie & Fitch. For an added discount, click here to receive a special code which prices all jeans at $35 – valid through August 2.

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Peach Perfect

Let’s Try The Monochromatic Look Again

As much fun as pattern play and layering can be in putting together a great outfit, sometimes simple still comes out on top. Sticking with solids in all one color is one way to tune into the minimal trend but rather than going with the usual suspects like black and white, I opted to go a little bit brighter with this peach outfit. As it turns out, my choice of color couldn’t have been more perfect given my surroundings. I shot this series of photos in Amsterdam right during World Cup fever, and wearing peach - the lighter cousin of the Netherland’s team color, orange - was the perfect way to get into the team spirit. I like the idea of doing the matching colors in a shorts/buttondown combo so it’s not as overbearing as a full-on suit. Just maybe avoid this look in brown at the risk of looking like a UPS guy or a boy scout. Thoughts?

Wearing:

Katin Shirt  //  Katin Shorts  //  Katin Hat  //  Eytys Sneakers

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Heavy Metal, Bruh

Manly Metallics Could Be A Thing

Ahh yess metallics, not something usually associated with men’s fashion but it should be. Why must we always be scared of shiny, shimmery things. I mean if knights in medieval times could wear shiny metal armor then surely we have permission to wear a silvery satin bomber right? Well maybe that’s a weak argument but allow me to reach here because I’m all for a manly metallic trend this season. I think the best way to incorporate this idea into your looks is to start with a statement shoe. Think a silvery or pewter patent leather for some shine. For the more daring, try a silk/satin bomber jacket to add a little sheen to your outfit. And when it doubt about what to match your metallics with, always opt for black. It’s the universal neutral that will help balance any outfit. So what’s your take on metallics for men?

(Shot this in Berlin in our lovely neighborhood of Neukölln. Be sure to follow me on Instagram @oh_anthonio for more photos of my Berlin experience!)

Wearing:

Boohoo Jacket  //  7 Diamonds Shirt  //  Boohoo Shorts  //  Dr. Martens Shoes  //  Monokel Eyewear Sunglasses

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Berlin, You’re So Anti-Fashun

Some Observations On Berlin Style

So it’s been about a week now that I’ve been visiting Berlin so that pretty much makes me an expert on all there is to know about the fashion scene here right? Maybe it’s the area I’m staying in (Neukolln) or the places I’ve been (literally every nightclub) but there’s like a really strong punk-grunge-goth-ish vibe that’s really big with the Berlin scenesters. If you think NY’ers were the only ones doing the all black all the time thing, you’d be surprised to know that Berlin does it do and dare I say they do it better? Drapey black tees, baggy shorts, satin bombers, platforms, and crew socks…they LOVE a good crew sock/shorts look here. It’s more about the perfectly imperfect than the polished looks I’m used to seeing and it’s kinda cool to see the differences in style here in Berlin vs. New York. Anyway, while here I got to check out some of the shows at Mercedes Benz Berlin Fashion Week and obviously I was like OMG what do I wear?! Naturally I stuck to black and white - an easy and always appropriate combo. No new pieces here, just oldies but goodies, but I think they come together nicely for a cool yet casual Berlin look.

Wearing:

H&M Jacket  //  Topman Shirt  //  A.OK by OAK NYC Pants  //  Florsheim x Duckie Brown Shoes

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