#JPSKILLZStyleTip: Layering Lesson #5

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Feelin’ SEALLY’ today because of the rain.  So I’m going to dress accordingly.  I have named this Fit “SEAL!”  As in Navy Seal!  I love it because it looks like I just got home from a long voyage!  Now, what did Seals/Navy men make famous as far as fashion goes?  That’s right!  The Pea Coat!  Well I’ve come up with a look that isn’t quite as warm, but definitely pulls off the same look.

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H20 & Seals are synonymous…no pun intended.  So I definitely have to ground this Fit with my Black, WATERPROOF Cole Haan Lunargrand Boots! $278

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Of course my GAP Moto Jeans by En Noir made the cut.  They have that industrial, blue collar feel to them that’s necessary for a Seal!  I think I’m going to give my Black BR Jeans away?  Hmmmm… $80

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Now, for an old favorite that I RARELY get to wear!  It’s a Calvin Klein Body Shirt, but because of the Navy…once again, no pun intended LoL, it makes it surprisingly hard to match, but I love the shirt.  I suppose that’s why I bought it?  LoL $30

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Moving on, this is the key to this look.  “THIS” being my Denim GAP Jacket.  When the collar is turned up it has that Pea Coat feel.  Paired with a skully, you invoke the vibe…I like that…”INVOKE THE VIBE!” $40

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Now you know I couldn’t pull this off without my MVP!  Oh YES.  My new Mossimo Blazer from Target.  This top Layer is the icing on the cake because of its solid tone & material which is more like a Pea Coat. $60

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BONUS TIP:

The cool thing about Layering is that you can remove Layers!  A necessary feature especially with the moody weather of Nashville.  Simply remove the Denim from the equation and you got yourself a nice, clean, office look!

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WELP!  I guess that’ll do pup…that’ll do.  SEMPER FI gentleman!  #FIN.

#JPSKILLZStyleTip: Layering Lesson 4

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Well why are you looking at me like you saw a ghost? I mean the Holy Ghost is with me, but come on!? LoL No. I know why. It’s because you’ve seen this Fit before, you just don’t know it (REMEMBER)? Good now I’m going to show you how a slight change in tops can effectively altar the whole Fit! So we’ll skip the bottoms and get to the changes.

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1st there’s the new, Gray, Merona Zipper Cardigan from Target. Essentially this replaces the Gray vest and simultaneously refines the Fit. $25

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Then we transition it with my new go to Blazer by Mossimo also from Target. I told you this bad boy was going to get a lot of play! This is probably going to be my go to combo, especially since it off sets the weight of the Blazer. $60

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Finally we cap things off with my Express Top Coat! A lethal combination! DAMN I’m good! LoL $278

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Now, keep calm there Scott Pilgrim! I didn’t forget about our LL. Here’s how to keep your Fit Slim, Light, & Warm! 1. Long John’s 2. Tank Top 3. V-Neck T’ Boom, BOOM, BANG! You wouldn’t have known if I hadn’t told you! You’re welcome! It’s like putting on a Bullet Proof Vest! But more like weather proof. LoL

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Ho Ho Ho Gentlemen…Ho Ho Ho… #Fin.

#JPSKILLZStyleTip: THANKSGIVING EDITION!

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Well HAPPY THANKSGIVING people!  Excuse me while I take a moment to consider all that God has done for me… … … … … … … … … … … … …sorry, He’s done A LOT!  LoL

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Now for the reason we’re all gathered here today…THE STYLE!  Maroon and Thanksgiving go together like Turkey & White Meat…sorry, I’m a little off my game because I’m ready to EAT!  LoL  But you get the idea.  So I decided to anchor today’s fit in that color palette.  REMEMBER: You always want to have Focal Point.  My Focal Point today is my Maroon Cardigan.

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First of all we must start with the kicks.  No surprise here.  Rolling with my current MVP’s, my Cole Haan Zerogrand Chukkas!  They have a Moccasin feel to them which just seems right on Thanksgiving.  Shout out to Geronimo!  LoL  I’m telling you, these kicks are the epitome of VERSATILE!  $278

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Of course I must reach for my Saks 5th Avenue, American Stitch Joggers today!  Definitely going to need the expandable WAIST LINE!  LoL  And then I can nap in peace because of the comfort. REMEMBER: You would traditionally wear a pair of Tweed dress pants with a fit like this, but the key to Joggers is simply plugging them in.  It’s scary, but you’ll get the hang of it. $40 (Sale)

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As for the top half, I’m rockin’ my Plaid, Merona, Button Up from Target atop of my favorite Converse T’ (which you can’t see) and then topped off with my Merona Cardigan.  Super comfortable, super Stylish, Super Functional!  A pop of the collar and you have an automatic scarf.  It’s not hot out there today, that’s for sure.  REMEMBER: Untuck that shirt!  It just works.  T’ $12 BU $20 C $25

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NOW FOR LAYERING LESSON #3!!!

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Now for an old friend!  Got this bad boy in COLLEGE!  I’m talking 03′!  LoL  A friend of mind moved and left it behind.  Hey, Don’t judge me, “One man’s trash is another man’s treasure,” right?  RIGHT!  LoL  Plus he owed me, but we want get into the details, at least as far as that story goes, back to the point!  Apparently Corduroy is in this Fall/Winter season and now is a perfect opportunity to break out mine.  This is a Vintage blazer so it’s a one of a kind.  I mean it was made by a company called “Machine?”  LoL  There are holes in the pockets and it’s a bit baggy, buy atop of a few layers it fits just fine.  REMEMBER: It’s all about Perception!  PATTERNS are an important part of BALANCE and the Corduroy Vs Plaid contrast is a Super one!  $FREE.99

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Next, throw a Vest (Merona) over your Blazer and you get a nice combination of Patterns & Textures.  Plus it’s warmth without the big coat.  The Greenish/Brown color adds some POP too the otherwise mundane fit. $25
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Finally, I’m throwing my H&M skull cap over my doobie and switching out my glasses for shades and I’m off to PARADISE!  LoL  WOOOOOO!!! $5

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Alright fellas, that’s it.  Go be with the ones you Love and HOLLA’ at those who you can’t be with.  LoL  Gobble, Gobble baby…Gobble, Gobble.  #Fin.

 

JPSKILLZ Style Tip of the Day!

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It’s the day before Thanksgiving and I’m sure many of you like me have embarked upon your own Pre-Thanksgiving Fast!  LoL  It’s a day to tie up a few loose ends and prepare yourself for the ensuing madness of Turkey & Sales.  LoL  Although I personally will not be taking part in them in Protest to Ferguson, but I digress.  This is about Fashion & Style so let’s cut the Turkey…sorry, my mind is in the future.  Today you just want to be casually comfortable.  You don’t want anything to extravagant so you reach for a combo that won’t garner much attention, but will demand attention at the same time.  Even the Off Day is an Art Form.

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Thank you Cole Haan Zerogrand Chukkas.  I couldn’t have said it better myself.  I have a lot of shoes, but it is really difficult not to choose these right now.  The Form & Function is just so solid that it’s hard not to play them.  They are definitely my Franchise Players right now.  So light that you don’t know you have them on and so Stylish that everyone’s eyes are a constant reminder.  $278

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I’m officially calling these my Work Loungers, because it really does feel like your at home all day when you’re rockin’ a fresh pair of Joggers!  These are my Navy ones from Banana Republic.  Love the details and materials.  You need some Navy Joggers in your Arsenal because they are the alternative to a pair of denim blue jeans.  Which is part of the secret to wearing them.  You have to imagine you’re rockin’ jeans with the exception of the noticeable rise in comfort. $40

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I don’t really rock Crew Neck shirts/sweaters, but when I do…LoL  Crews’ add a little more warmth to the neck.  When you rock a Crew Neck sweater you want to be sure to rock a Crew Neck shirt.  Now this is a double standard, because you can rock a V-Neck Sweater with a Crew Neck shirt.  Heck you can do either one, but the latter looks better & makes more sense.  Also, the key to replacing your jeans with Joggers is to let the under garment hang out.  This plays to the laid back feel of the Joggers and looks better with Joggers which have a low crotch.  Materials have their own personalities and when you go against their personality it just doesn’t come out right.  I’ve rocked my tops both ways and this way just looks better.  #KanyeShrug  You just have to trust me.  You do trust me…don’t you?  Last but not least, pay attention the LOVINGLY sewn whole on my right shoulder.  I told you, Menswear is about CHARACTER.  I love this sweater (Express), mostly because of how good it feels, and I wasn’t going to let a few Gangsta Moths take it away from me.  That’s right…I said, “GANGSTA MOTHS!”  LoL  So I had my mom sew it up.  This is now officially a VINTAGE/ONEofaKIND garment!  PERSONAL STYLE gentleman…PERSONAL STYLE.  OH!  And it sits atop my favorite, most comfortable T’!  My Gray Converse T’! $20/$12

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You know the drill!  Throw on the Tailored Top Coat (Express) and an effortless outfit becomes a well thought out plan!  It’s not as cold today, but it’s still cool.  Just like you will be if you listen to what I’m telling you.  LoL

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The world is yours.  #Fin.

JPSKILLZ Style Tip of the Day!

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It is “NO SHAVE NOVEMBER” and I am loving it!  Short and sweet today.  It’s really more about the edginess of these dark photos than the fit, but I’m an artist so I have mood swings.  LoL  Sue me.  Rockin’ my Cole Haan Zerogrand Wingtips ($278), my Saks 5th Ave American Stitch Joggers ($40), Target, Black, Mossimo V-Neck ($10), Red, Merona V-Neck Sweater ($25), Black, Merona Zip Up Cardigan ($25), and my Navy, Express Top Coat ($278)!  Remember, a hint of color and a nice tailored piece of outerwear make anything look magnificent!  😉

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#Fin.

JPSKILLZ Style Tip of the Day!

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Happy Hump Day fellas!  Short and sweet today.  I told you that I simply share with you my daily Style choices.  I’m not going to see the same people that I saw yesterday so I’m going to wear yesterday’s outfit again.  LoL  But with a slight twist.  Since it’s a little warmer, I’m simply going to exchange my Top Coat for my Banana Republic Reversible Vest ($40/sale)!  It gives the outfit a completely different look & feel.  This is why it is so important to purchase Versatile/Interchangeable pieces.  It makes you unstoppable!  LoL  Esta bien.  Adios amigos!  #Fin.