The $50 Outfit #1

Despite the grandeurous embelishments, asperations, and ideals spread by mainstream society, we are not all rich.  We do not all live the “glamerous” life.  No matter how much some of us wish we did.  That lifestyle is like a palm tree far off in the desert.  A mere mirage to the average workaday citizen.   This painful reality doesn’t mean we can’t still be ¡fresh!™ , stylish, or relevant.  It just means we have to be creative in how we go about making it happen.  That leads me to the subject at hand….
Summer is basically here.  More events to check out, more activities in these warmer months.  So if you are anything like us you wanna make a definite statement.  The catch is to keep the festivities (outfit included) within a reasonable budget.  Ladies it’s common knowledge ya’ll have access to the best sales.  So even tho we’ll cover outfits for ladies, the focus is mainly on men’s gear.  So we sent our subject (Mr.J. Gray) out to find a unit (in this case shoes included) for $50 or less.  Believe it or not for name brands this can be difficult.  Aside from the $50 the only other thing you’ll need is time and patience.
The first piece he bought was the shoes.  These Reebok Classic T Raww Emerald  really popped.  Perfect for the summer day…  The second piece were the white Nautica Jeans, which helped create a simple pallet of neutral color.  Piece number 3 was an Old Navy Pattern Tank Top.  The tank had the colors that tied the sneakers to the rest of the outfit.  So now your probably wondering how much did he spend on the outfit.  Well the pants were $9, tank top $8, and the reeboks were $15.  So for an outfit perfect for happy hour or a summer outting J. Gray spent $32.  That leaves plenty of extra for extra activities…  ¡Fresh!™

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– $oCity

Designer Sneaker Trend

     In a few of my other posts I’ve talked about how looks seen as more casual have made their way into more formal aspects of fashion.  This has never been more apparent than in the addition of sneakers added to an otherwise dressy look.  Some of you will say what about brands like Coach or Louis Vuitton.  Well until recently they basically just copied the style of shoe companies like Converse, Sketchers, Puma, & Adidas..  Hell they even resembled K Swiss in some styles.  I get brands get inspiration from other brands, style trends are style trends.  That being said in my opinion its pretty low to out right steal a companies signature style.
     So fast forward a few years and the high fashion shoe game has changed…  If you would have told me in ’95 that J’s (Jordan’s for you squares) would be as sought after as they are I’d have laughed.  They are even more of a status symbol now then they were when they came out.  Enter brands like Jon Buscemi, Filling Pieces (one my personal favorite), & Passport ADV to name a few.  They are changing the standard.  Now there are “dress” sneakers.  Not just dress shoes.  Once again diversifying an area of fashion that already have plenty of options. 
     Its great to see fashion innovators see a need and fill it in a thought out and intelligent manner.  Further diversifying what is the urban aesthetic.  Urban culture is ever evolving.  What better way to express this evolution by diversifying your style.  Don’t let the mainstream tell you what’s hot.  Create your own trends.  These designers cater to us.  Not the other way around.  Challenge them to help the aesthetic evolve.

– $oCity

Camo, Plaid, Paisley, Floral – The patern trend

     Designers recently seem to be getting bored with usual color palette we’re acustom to.  Everyone from the street wear side, to the high fashion side of the spectrum are trying to change things up.  The first real noticeable change up has been the adaptation of camoflauge into every fashion setting.  From dress to casual….  Hell even pajamas are using camo as the primary color palette.  Companies like Bape are even going as far as getting a patent filed on their specific pattern of camo.  In my opinion the change in functionality in the pattern is a necessary and needed trend.  I just hope they don,t play it out.
     The plaid situation is a little different to…  Aside from Burberry no one has really personalized the pattern.  I think plaid is really close to being plaid out.  With flanel making a come back, and the use of plaid damm near everthing its getting close.  The only thing saving it is the diversity of patterns and colors. 
     That is something that all the patterns I’m talking about share and ultimately help them grow in popularity.  Specifically in mens fashion, these patterns add a new dynamic to mens colour options.  I’ve always been a fan of paisley but floral is changing the game if you ask me.  10 Deep and Element are two of the many companies releasing collections featuring exclusively floral patterns.  It’s kind of like pink (keep in mind I hate pink though).  For a long time it was considered something more femanine, until some people pushed the envelope.  Even though I hate pink its a good thing when people push the boundaries.  Making you rethink what is ok to wear. 
Keeping it ¡Fresh!

Fashion: Shades

With so much emphasis on clothes and shoes it seems like people forget about the subtle additions to an outfit.  Bracelets, Chains, and/or necklaces seem to be coming back in style specifically in mens fashion, but no one is really speaking on that timeless cool that is eyewear.       New companies like Super Sunglasses, Crooks & Castles, and Lucid Eyewear are contributing a fresh approach on that classic style, but mainstays like Ray Ban, and Moscot continue to offer styles that have stood the test of time.  There are still countless other brands offering similar if not identical looks, but with a more affordable price point.  Dont get me wrong these other companies do offer some original styles but generally the looks are generally duplicates among the lower priced brands.  So basically you have a few original looks and alot of rehashed ideas flooding the market with redundant styles, but I’ll touch on that topic in a later post.  There is a bright side to the saturation…  Endless options!  So step your fresh up with a pair of shades…..

– SoCity

Fashion: The Jogger trend

In the past few years I’ve been noticing the trend of jogger pants becoming more fashionable to wear.  Even stores like Old Navy carry joggers.  Now most people wear them in a very casual way, but there are a few brands that present them in a less casual way.  I like the mix of dress and casual that the jogger offers.  There are alot of options, but few present their product in such a stylish crisp look as Publish Brand.  I honestly think they were one of the first companies to offer joggers in a variety of styles.  I was telling my friend and co-author of this blog El-Periz a year or so ago how joggers were gonna be the next big trend.  So now here we are and joggers are EVERYWHERE.  I’ve never been a fan of the flashy, busy tendency the streets have to flip fashion.  I hope they keep it simple with a versatile color palette.  In my opinion that’s the key to really creating a timeless look..  I think logos and too many colors and/or patterns take away from the design, but that’s just me….

– $oCity