The latest addition to my collection of shoes is the boat shoe by Bass. Most commonly know for their weejuns, Bass is well known throughout the world of men’s formal shoes. Now, they’ve decided to venture into the world of boat shoes, which is currently dominated by the Sperry Top-Sider. After a short and painful (very painful) break in period, these shoes have finally reached the point where they feel more like an better looking shell for my foot than an actual shoe. Plus, at the relatively low price of $110, you could do a lot worse.
This is my favorite look for the spring. It’s often a little too toasty for the sweater here in Savannah, but at nights it gets a little cooler. I’m rockin the red shorts and Ralph Lauren, leather boat shoes (sans socks). Note the smaller bracelet on my right (your left) wrist. It was made by my lovely girlfriend, Ali.
I have always thought of Brooks Brothers as a formal store. I’m not sure why, but whenever I thought BB, it always turned into blazers and pressed chinos. Recently, I’ve been exposed to the BB YouTube channel, and it has changed my perception on them forever. I watched the video below and I was amazed at the styled presented. Prep has always been classy, but BB adds a new polish to the style that I’ve never seen before. They manage to take everyday looks, like a stripped oxford and dyed chinos, and shows it in a new light. Many advertisements for preppy brands come off as false and fake (I’m lookin at you Hilfigers), but BB helps to make the style look livable.
It’s getting warmer outside! I spent my spring break laying out in the sun in sunny Savannah. As guys, our swim suit selection is pretty limited. We have a basic shape, then you just vary the color or pattern. And let’s face it, swim wear for preppy guys is terrible! A lot of the options look like a Hawaiian shirt threw up on the wearers lap, but no fears, here’s a few great swim suit selections that are sure to keep you cool, and looking it too!
A couple posts ago, I defended Mr. Hilfiger. Now, I’m not going back on what that posts says. I don’t think he made those racist claims, this has happened to numerous other designers. I did a speech on Tommy Hilfiger for my speech class last quarter. My original purpose of the speech was to inform people of the downfall of the Hilfiger brand after racist accusations and how the company is coming back. When researching for the project, I learned just how wrong I am about the “Hilfiger” brand. So I’ll provide a couple bullets on what I now think of the brand.
-It shouldn’t be called Tommy Hilfiger. The man barely has anything to do with designing. He doesn’t sketch or provide any ideas past basic styling.
-I’m having a hard time calling the brand classic prep when the whole brand was made as a quick way to literally copy the Ralph Lauren preppy style.
-The ads are GREAT. I love the Hilfigers and I think it’s a wonderful marketing tool. However, you can’t find a lot of (pretty much all of) the clothes, in the ads, in the actual stores. I know that they’re trying to bring people into the specialty stores in New York and stuff, but I’m a poor college student in Georgia… I can’t get to New York too easily, and I’m not even sure I’d want to travel the distance, just for Tommy, if possible.
-That being said, the stuff from Tommy is still of decent quality. I see nothing wrong with picking up a few basic items from Tommy (ex. chinos or a tie). Anything farther than that, I just can’t see spending my money on it.
-I love some of my Tommy gear, but sometimes I wonder if it’s worth supporting a brand that I just don’t believe (heavily) anymore.
I took a personality quiz for the 9 personalities. It’s not fashion, but I thought It’d be fun to share.
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Enneagram Test Results
Your main type is 9
Not really preppy, but I love the clothing from Express. I don’t really own anything from Express because whenever I get enough money to purchase something, I always choose something by Lacoste or Ralph Lauren instead. Today, my girlfriend and I went to the mall to try on some different outfits and take some pictures. This was one of the outfits I chose. I actually love the shirt and would’ve bought it, if not for the low funds in my bank account. It was a modern fit with lots of interesting stylings around the pockets and seams. The pants had a great fit that reminded me of a hybrid between suit pants and golf pants. I don’t normally go for the plaid ties, but this purple one really seemed to go with the outfit (and the purple hue of the glasses). The whole outfit made me want to party (jersey shore style). Next time I’m in the mood to get some new clothes (and have the money to afford it), I will defiantly made Express one of my first stops!