Monday, October 29, 2012

Mr. Bathing Ape x Regal 2012 Fall/Winter Mustache Penny Loafers

Following a look at past collaborations which included Brogue and STA Wingtips, Bathing Ape's more plush men's line "Mr. Bathing Ape" has teamed up in collaboration with once again with Regal Co. Setting forth their design principles on a Penny Loafer for Fall/Winter 2012, the stylish and timeless piece features a stark black color with minimal branding and classic slip-on appeal. How many of you remember growing up and putting on your Sunday's Best and foot fighting with your mom to put of those darn penny lovers over thick socks *raises hand*. Well now, those penny loafers have been upgraded to a mustache motif and we here at The X-Stylez blog are kinda feeling it. What do you think?
I'The shoes are now available at I.T in Hong Kong for $3,599 HKD (approximately $464 USD).

We think the tag is kinda gody but if it works go for it! However, the mustache is branding enough. 

Saturday, October 27, 2012

Brand name to know: Raised by Wolves "Just Wolves" 5 panel hat

Last weekend, Canadian brand Raised by Wolves finally released their ‘Just Wolves’ caps that have been floating around online over the past month.

A collaboration with Ronnie Fieg and Kith NYC, the waterproof 5-panel floral hat is available in two colourways, each of which feature a black suede brim and a special “Just Wolves” tag that mixes the Raised by Wolves namesake with the KITH slogan of “Just Us.” The hats vary in floral print placement making each one unique.

The hats are all manufactured in the USA and are available on their online store-

Friday, October 26, 2012

Male Style Phile: Celebs attend the Samsung Galaxy Note II Launch

With the release of the IPAD mini right around he corner, last night competitor Samsung released their highly anticipated Galaxy Note II. The smart phone company did it BIGGER than BIG by having two launch events on the same night, one in NYC headlined by Kanye West and the other in LA with a featured performance by newcomer, Kendrick Lamar. A list celebrities hit the blue carpet to support the launch. 

Ever wanted to know what to wear to a smart phone launch? Check out the the male style phile pics below: 
Kid Cudi

T.I in Akoo and Victor Cruz in Givenchy 

 Kanye West 

Kendrick Lamar 

Rick Fox and girlfriend 

French Montana and Melanie Fiona 


 Childish Gambino

Clyde Frazier
Performance Pics

Big Sean Shows "How to Dress For Winter Without a Coat" in the November Issue Of GQ

I take it G.O.O.D. Music rapper, Big Sean has been reading The X-Stylez Blog because we just covered this Monday... guess we know a little something (ha) 

Big Sean shows you “How to Dress for Winter Without a Coat” in the November 2012 issue of GQ magazine: 
Dressing well in winter can be tricky. The conundrum: How do you fight the big chill without getting deathly sick of your giant winter coat? Short answer: Leave the coat in the back of the closet as long as possible by learning to layer up.
The field vest, once thought of as a blue-collar staple for postal workers and Wichita linemen, is now office-ready, thanks to high-fashion designers like Belstaff and lower-cost hubs like Club Monaco. The vest’s lightweight quilting adds warmth without bulking up your flannel suit or that new tweed sports jacket you just snapped up.
1. Let the Collar Pop
This collar should spread its wings over your lapel for a flyer look. 

Vest, $395 by Belstaff. Suit by Club Monaco. Shirt by Gant Rugger. Tie by David Hart & Co. Tie bar by The Tie Bar. Hat by Grevi at Barneys New York. Watch (throughout) by Rolex.

2. Cop Some Copper
Navy is a safe bet, but copper and olive are unimpeachable fall classics. Bonus: A vest doesn't bulk up the slim sleeves of your jacket.

Vest, $150 by Woolrich Woolen Mills. Suit jacket by Ovadia & Sons. Shirt by J.Crew. Tie by Topman. Tie bar by The Tie Bar. Jeans by A.P.C. Hat by Aviator Nation.

3. Tuck Your Scarf
Never wonder what to do with the floppy scarf tail again. Tuck it into your field vest and you're fully bundled.

Vest, $275 by AllSaints. Scarf by Smart Turnout. Blazer by Burberry London. Sweater by A.P.C. Jeans by Saturdays NYC.

4. Suit Up! 
As mentioned in the blog post Monday, switch out that 3rd piece and freshen up your suit or suit separate with a thin vest. It completely changes the look.  

Vest, $170 by Club Monaco. Suit by Michael Kors. Shirt by J.Lindeberg. Tie by Nobis. Pocket square from KSI NYC.


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Monday, October 22, 2012

Are you Puffing? Three Ways to Style Men's Puffer Vests

Every fall the question comes up: To PUFF or not to PUFF? I will admit that at one point in time wearing a puffer vest was just as cool as wearing the puff coat, however, now depending on the person, puffer vests may not be the "it" thing to own. I have come to the realization that it's because we as men never really took the time to think about its components and how we could actually incorporate it in our own personal style. It was big, bulky and we just kind of always threw it on over a shirt and called it a day. I have puffer vests lingering in my closet season after season and although at times I'd thought about donating them to Goodwill, something inside me just couldn't let them go. So, I got creative and decided to actually "style" them.
Below I've provided three different ways to wear puffer vest for three guys of different style. Enjoy! 
The Urban Gent: As expressed earlier, traditional puffer vests were over sized. If you're the guy who is still transitioning into the "slim" and "tailored" style of dressing and can't quite let the baggy pants and white tees go, I suggest a happy medium. Don't just throw on a puffer vest, throw it on WITH PURPOSE! Try styling it over a not-so-dressy blazer as a laying piece. This way it looks like you know what you're doing, and you're able to show a little style. For an added styling suggestion to co-mingle with your dressed down look, try incorporating a henley t-shirt (t-shirt with buttons) versus a crew or v-neck tee. Also, try scrunching up the sleeves to further commit to your relaxed look.  

The Stylish Trendsetter: If you're the guy who likes to try new things by reinventing your wardrobe, this section is for you. I thought it was a cool concept to treat a puffer vest as just a vest. You normally don't view the latex-like bubble vest as a dress piece. Try wearing it as a third piece to a suit or suit separate to complete the look. This works best with a thinner, more sleek fitting vest. Don't be afraid to go heavy on the accessories you choose to pair with your ensemble. In fact, be as bold as possible to really solidify and own the outfit.  

I chose to wear tweed on tweed by combining the visual element of my blazer and tie choice. To keep the focus on the vest, I incorporated a tuxedo shirt with black outlines along the pleats to blend in with the vest's color. This was the same thought concept in the process of selecting my shoes. To add a pop of color I accented with red

 Happy Camper pose (lol) 

The Street Style Hipster: For the fashionable guy who dresses with no limits....the one who likes to throw on any and everything and makes it work with his keen eye on style....utilize your puffer vest within layers to act as a jacket. It's not quite time to start pulling out the heavy winter coats. Believe me, mother nature has reserved plenty of time for that. For now in the essence of fall, it's all about layering. Use that favorite go-to denim shirt that we all have, cover it up with a chunky sweater and layer it with a puffer vest and scarf. These layers will keep you in style but most importantly warm.

This look is perfect for the night-time when the temperature drops.

In "A Man's guide to Geezer Style", GQ Suggests:

Geezer Wisdom No. 1: Don't Be All Precious About Your Suit

Puff Out Your Chest: When a chill hits, throw a sporty down vest over your suit. It goes against every rule of layering, and that's exactly the point. (Bonus points if you can pull off purple.)

Suit $639 by Suitsupply. Vest, $750 by Bee Line for Billionaire Boys Club. Boots, $1,750 by Ralph Lauren.

So now that you've got a new out look on that old "bubble vest", GET TO PUFFING! 

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Wednesday, October 10, 2012

[Trend Report] Men in Ombre

Ombre fashion has been gracing the runway for years. Most recently, it has been predominate in women’s clothing, specifically dresses.... but lately, a new trend has come to the forefront: male ombre. Now, the faded pattern has transitioned into a unisex style.

 I'm always up for trying new things and this is something that will be sure to land in my closet sooner than later! 

The internet has been flooded with D.I.Y (do it yourself) ombre "dip dying"  projects:

.....and within this past month alone celebrities have been spotted in the pattern:
 Meek Mill rocked a $294 Balmain degrade two-tone ombre sweat shirt to the NBA 2K13 game release and Grand Opening of Jay Z's 40/40 Club. 

While in the West Village of NYC, Swizz Beatz was spotted spending some quality time with wife, Alicia Keys and son, Egypt in a $98 Marc by Marc Jacobs ombre polo and a $22 Reebok "Pump cap from his collection. 

During an interview on becoming a new judge on hit show "The Voice" Usher sported a $290 ombre sweat shirt from Raf Simmons. The top can be purchased via powerhouse men's brand Mr. Porter here

At the recent MTV Video Music Awards, Kanye West sported a three dye denim ombre shirt from women's brand Theyskens for Theory Resort 2012 collection and Balmain Jeans

Want to get started on your ombre collection? Here's a look for less from Martin and Osa for $39.50.  

How do you feel about the print? Dope or Nope?