Thinkin’ about changin’ it up… stay tuned.
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Today I’ll be very mobile so I wanted something Comfortable. Last year I coined the phrase, “Comvertable Gentleman.” Well, this is what it’s all about. Rockin’ my Gray, Cole Haan Zerogrand Wingtip shoes ($278), my Black, American Stitch Joggers from Saks Off 5th Ave ($40 SALE), I layered the look with my White, Sean Jean Crew Neck T’ from Ross ($10 SALE), Gray, Converse T’ from Target ($12), and my Red, V-Neck Merona Sweater ($20). The Key is to Layer T-Shirts. We generally don’t think about Layering T-Shirts, but you can! And it makes for a nice look. It creates a nice pattern around the neck and it’s great for Joggers. If you can, have the bottom T’ be a bit longer than the top. To finish this look I threw on my Royal Blue, Nike Golf Coat ($20 SALE). This made for a really nice Contrast! Just call me SUPERMAN! “LIVE ABOVE IT!”
If you can’t be COOL today, then I just don’t know what else to tell ya’. LoL Just a little humor good sirs. Now, down to business. It’s going to be cool out there today, but there will be a few hours of warmth so today makes a good day for a nice Top Coat, but the key is to let the coat do all of the work.
My new Zerogrand collection is getting a lot of play right now and with good reason. The Chukkas are just so versatile that it’s hard not to pick them every morning. But obviously they’re great for chill. $278
Joggers are heaven sent! I’m so glad they’re in style, because they’re so warm and so comfortable! I mean it really feels like you’re cheating fellas, because while everyone else can’t wait to get home to put on their sweats…you’re already there! minus the couch and big screen 😉 These are my gray, American Stitch Joggers from Saks 5th Ave, which I also got during the Labor Day sale! Love the fit and the rose gold zippers on the pockets. Treat your joggers like slacks and jeans, be bold! You want regret it. $40
Throw on a Button Up! Add a Top Coat and you’re set. Remember I said the key is to “let the Top Coat do the work.” Since I’m only wearing a Button Up, the Top Coat becomes responsible for keeping me warm. Top Coats are the warmest coats by themselves so you won’t be too hot if you rock em’ this way. Got this one from Express last year and it replaced my pea coat. It’s definitely my favorite coat! Remember, the modern Top Coat Stops above the knees. Although the grandaddy long legs style is back this year. BU $30 TC $300
Stay cool my brothers. #Fin.
Happy Monday gentleman. It’s a little nippy out there, but it’s not time to start bundeling up just yet. No, just throw on a nice cardigan and some joggers and you’re good to go!
The thing about these Zerogrand Chukkas is that they are not only super comfortable, but they are warm. They give a bit more protection from the elements than my Zerogrand Brogues. They’re the perfect Fall shoe and the color matches everything! I highly suggest purchasing a chukka or boot of any type in this color (Sierra)! And once again, they’re a perfect match for joggers! $278
Like I said, “A perfect match for joggers!” they stop at the ankle so that there is no breakage. These joggers are from Saks 5th Ave and I got them during the Labor Day sale. They are by American Stitch. They are super comfortable and the 2 zipped pockets give them a nice edge. Let a pair of black joggers replace your black slacks and jeans this year! $40
Then you finish it off with my favorite T-shirt (Converse $12) and a SUPER fresh, zip up, Merona cardigan from Target! This is a small so that it fits nice and tailored like I like it! Plus it has that “Heroic Collar ” that yall know I LOVE! Nice & warm, just unzip to turn on the AC…and the ladies 😉
Stay sexy my friends. #Fin.
So here we are again! It’s exciting to be… “Back in the saddle,” so to speak or in my case bike seat. LoL Any who, today I will be headed back into the city to do some live sketching amongst the good people of Nashville and I also have a date with a new bicycle club, Greenfleet, which has a leisurely group ride every Wednesday at 6 O’Clock! So I need to rock something COOL (pun intended), PRESENTABLE, and you guessed it, FUNCTIONAL!
Alright fellas’, pop quiz! Where do we START!? That’s right! The shoes! Decided to go with my classic Cole Haan Air Estadio Straps! These are what turned me on to comfort & function in the first place! Heck, I don’t think it was truly possible until these babies dropped? Now I have 4 pairs & next to my Lunargrands these are definitely the most comfortable! Who knew that they would make such an awesome bike riding shoe as well? Once again they’re perforated so this helps me stay cool and I ditched the socks. As for the Style… well, you see them. $150
Rockin’ my Banana Republic shorts today! Love these because of how tailored they are and stylish! You can rock these from work to casual without missing a beat which is what function is all about. Especially with the turn that Men’s fashion is taking. It’s all about Athletic Chic so to speak. It’s rare that you can find a pair of cargo shorts that don’t make you look like you just got home from serving our country. These do the trick! But it’s not about the brand it’s about the fit. So fellas’ if you’re buying shorts don’t go for anything below the knees, nothing beyond an inch of your waist size, nothing that has more space than is, ahem, needed… and DEFINITELY, DEFINITELY, NO BLUE JEANS!!! You know who you are (Nate Creekmore). LoL Sorry, but what are friends if you can’t take jabs at them every now and again!? And yes they are dirty. I wear them A LOT! Got em’ on sale. $20
Don’t throw those old tees away fellas’. Instead get your Ralph Lauren on and cut those bad boys up! I just removed the sleeves from a bunch of tees which were a size to big for my taste now and VOILA! Looks like I did it on purpose! Obviously they breathe well and they look stylish because they once were just regular casual tees that I rocked when going out. It seems like I’m suddenly giving fitness tips as well, but most guys do have nice arms, no matter how big their gut has become, and women like arms. They’re always poking and squeezing at them for a reason. I think it’s like pinching a butt to them, but as with many other things, they get to get away with it. LoL Hit the push ups guys. And then sale tickets to the gun show! 😉 $FREE .99
And last but not least, fellas’? “EXCESSorize! Had to go with my black Kenneth Cole watch! First touch screen ever done for Kenneth at least. This bad boy can dress you up or down just depends on what you want to do. Here’s the secret, don’t freaking wear a watch that is 2 or 3 links to big!!! WHY!? “Linda, Linda, LISTEN!” You can get the links adjusted at any watch stand! I use Dakota most often, but anywhere should do. That looks so tacky & cheap. I told you it’s not about expense it’s about fit. Watches are man’s best friend despite popular belief… ah who am I kidding!? I LOVE dogs! But definitely a close second! This bad boy is waterproof of course so all the sweating from riding is inconsequential! There goes that function again! $150
Well, I guess we’re ready to roll! Check back daily morning, noon, or night! This blog is always open! LoL Don’t forget #BikeSelfieNashville which you can check out on IG & #JPSKILLZStyleTip when referring to this blog! Let’s RIDE!
YES! You heard correctly ladies & Gentlemen the Style Tip of the Day is BACK! I’m taking a different approach, but the value is on the information more so than the illustration. Remember, “There’s more than one way to tell a story.” 😉 Now! Let’s get down to business! I’m going into the city today via JC’ (My bicycle) and I need an outfit that’s first and foremost COOL! LoL It’s HOT in da’ Ville right now. Then PRESENTABLE, because I’m going to talk to the owner of RUSH who I’m interested in working with so I don’t want to wear shorts, but I want to look the part. Afterwards I’m going to hit the good ol’ new Frothy Monkey to get some work done. Last but not least the fit has to be FUNCTIONAL! I mean I’m on a bike for crying out loud. So this is what I went with!
Personally I always start with the shoes! Fellas, if you didn’t know, women peep the shoes first! Then the face. LoL But the shoes MUST be on point! They don’t have to be expensive, but on point! I decided to go with my “One’s” today! That’s what I call them because they remind me of the heir Jordan 1’s! They are the Nike Flyknit Lunar Chukka! Yes, these babies are EXCLUSIVE & ELUSIVE! LoL My favorite kickz for the moment. Not only are they stylish & comfortable they are also very BREATHABLE! One of the most breathable shoes Nike has ever made because of the perforated knit upper! You can literally feel the breeze when you’re walking! This isn’t for everyone, but I don’t wear socks with em’ so my feet stay especially cool! LoL Then they are SUPER comfortable! The Lunar sole is legendary! I’m replacing just about all my shoes with Lunar tech! $200
Bought these jeans years ago in Atlanta at Urban Outfitters near 5 Points! Now we have our own! But we didn’t then. Anyway, these are actually my first pair of Skinny Jeans! They are sentimental to me because they represent a HUGE leap in my style change. I don’t care too much for brands as much as look, but if you must know they are BDG. Pardon the purple tights, but I am on my bike and remember Style must be functional fellas. They’re from my hooping days at LU and they keep me dry & loose! SIDE NOTE: These Tips are for the fellas & I know I’m showing my abs so you’re probably like, “Yea, what’s up with that!?” LoL Well Style has become more tailored which pushes the envelope where fitness is concerned. I think it’s a great thing. Now I know everyone can’t have a 6 pack, but we all can be in the best shape possible for ourselves. It’s more than clothes guys it’s a LIFESTYLE! I don’t just ride my bike for fun. It’s a CHOICE. Now back to your regularly scheduled Tip! LoL $30
And then there’s the tank. Got this beauty from the Red Bicycle in Germantown which is around the corner from me. It’s only fitting… pun intended. I plan to collect T’s from different coffee shops around the city. Once again proving how Style fits into your LifeStyle. It’s COOL, PRESENTABLE, & definitely FUNCTIONAL! $15
Always finish the look off with the accessories! Or as I like to call them, “EXCESSories.” Men, it’s all about the watch. We talk with our hands and do just about everything else so that wrist is visible especially in today’s tailored world. Don’t leave it dry. Spice it up. Decided to role with my red Nike watch which was a Birthday gift from my sister. Man, I love this watch!
So there you have it! The Style Tip is back! Use the hashtag #JPSKILLZStyleTip when referring to me if you don’t mind, THANK YOU and Check back daily as I am going to try to post either early morning or afternoon. Tell a friend!