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Menswear Monday: Fall Footwear Preview

Hello gents! As summer slowly winds down and fall starts to make its approach, I thought I’d help you get ahead of the style game by highlighting three must haves in men’s fall footwear. These timeless shoe staples are ones that you can keep on rotation in your wardrobe starting now and transition effortlessly into your fall wardrobe as the weather cools down.

Without further ado, here are three men’s footwear staples to get you ready for fall: 

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Workwear Boots:

The durable workboot has been a strong part of men’s wardrobes for a long time. The silhouette has been updated a bit over the years, and this season, we’re seeing a focus on a deep toe and tongue-to-toe lacing. Opt for neutral tones in brown for the most versatile look. You can dress them up with a smart pair of trousers or keep them casual with jeans.

1. Danner Bull Run Christy ST

2. Chippewa American Handcrafted GQ Rodeo Boot

3. Carhartt 6” Moc Toe Wedge Safety Toe Boot

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Ankle Boots:

The next essential fall shoe I want to bring to your attention is the reliable ankle boot. Yes, it’s been around forever, but the styling of the ankle boot seems to keep evolving. You’ll find many celebrities wearing this with everything from distressed jeans to dressed-up trousers. To dress down the look for the weekend, I suggest pairing them with low-key denim and a light knit sweater or long-sleeved shirt.

1. Bruno Magli Raspino

2. Dune London Crib

3. Florsheim Rockit Chukka Boots

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Chelsea Boots:

Last but certainly not least is the flat Chelsea boot. This is a great addition to any wardrobe for that traditional look that never goes out of style. This season, invest in a rich leather Chelsea with a low stacked heel or maybe something a little more casual with exposed stitching. Either way, this classic shoe pairs very well with just about anything, from your favorite jeans and a tee to chinos and a button-up shirt for the office.

1. Cole Haan Copley Chelsea Boot

2. Ted Baker Camroon

3. Steve Madden Heynow

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Menswear Monday: What to Wear on Casual Fridays

Good day, gents! For today’s Menswear Monday, I wanted to fast forward a bit and focus on that day of the week that we all look forward to – Casual Fridays! How does one manage to look professional still dressed down to celebrate the TGIF spirit? Below, I’ve got a few tips and tricks to achieving that perfect balance of business and casual.

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1. Vince Basic Slub Polo Shirt

2. Rodd & Gunn Dune Lake Shirt

3. Nautica Long Sleeve Solid Oxford

4. RVCA The Ween-End Stretch Pants

5. Perry Ellis Slim Fit Cotton Flat Front Dress Pant

6. Brixton Reserve Chino Pant

7. Cole Haan LunarGrand Wing Tip

8. PUMA El Ace 3 Leather Sneakers

9. Globe Moonshine

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Let’s start with more traditional workwear staples like the suit. Suits can still be incorporated into your Casual Friday ensemble by simply dressing them down a bit.  You can opt for a slightly more fashionable version of your classic business suit but still look professional. You can also liven up a classic suit by adding in a bright button-up shirt underneath. No tie needed here! It’s Casual Friday after all!

Another cool Casual Friday outfit option for the office is a sleek monochromatic look. Pull in either all grey or a combination of grey, black and white. You can also do a more casual approach to monochrome dressing by pairing a nice chambray button-up with a mid-blue chino pant. Again, leave the tie at home. If you feel you must wear a tie, try a slim light grey tie for a more fashion-forward, casual feel.

Tie your Casual Friday outfit together with a nice pair of men’s oxfords or, if your workplace allows for it, wear a sleek and simple pair of sneakers. 

I hope your workweek goes smoothly (and quickly) into Casual Friday! Try one of these outfit tips in the office this Friday and you’ll be able to transition right to Happy Hour in style.

--B

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New Brand Spotlight: H by Hudson

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Since 1990, H by Hudson™ has perfected the art of high quality, affordable shoes. Incorporating elements of music, art, style icons, and film into their contemporary and signature designs, they have crafted a unique and innovative brand.

Since the rollout of H men's in 2004 the line has demonstrated its repeated strength in eclectic design, offering everything from sharp dress shoes to contemporary casuals. In 2008 the H ladies line was created and offered an androgynous twist on an array of shoes from women's brogues to derby oxfords.

H by Hudson™ shoes are crafted from the finest leathers and produced in a range of scintillating, fashion forward styles. This has made H by Hudson a hub for footwear fashionistas far and wide.

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Holiday Gift Guide: Great Gifts for Him

He may love football, bad TV and occasionally wearing sandals with socks, but it doesn’t mean that the man in your life wouldn’t appreciate a stylish gift for the holidays!

These awesome man gifts are perfect for integrating into his work or weekend wardrobe without a lot of fuss…so he can get back to doing guy things while looking great doing them. Just keep the whole socks with sandals thing to minimum, guys. Try a pair of JD Fisk shoes instead!

Holiday Gifts for Him

1. Shwood “Francis Fifty-Fifty” Polarized Sunglasses

2. Diesel “Jingle Pack” Scarf & Beanie Set

3. JD Fisk Cormac Boot

4. Fossil “Grant” Men’s Watch

5. Cufflinks Inc. “I Love You I Know” Cufflinks

6. Scotch & Soda Woolen Leather Gloves

7. Original Penguin “Baron” Solid Tie

8. Tumi “Astor Regis” Slim Zip Top Briefcase

9. Alternative “Jaspe” Eco-Fleece Hoodie

10. JD Fisk Gamble Oxfords


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Zappos Unrehearsed featuring Priory

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For our first ever Zappos Unrehearsed, we caught up with Priory, an indie alternative band from Portland, Oregon.

Check out their exclusive live performance and interview below and shop our curated styles inspired by the band!


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New Brand Spotlight: Doucal's

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Founded by the Giannini family over 40 years ago, Doucal’s is a men’s footwear brand rooted in a strong tradition of fine Italian craftsmanship. Now in its second generation, Doucal’s is always embracing a modern perspective while upholding the impeccable standard of quality from which it was born.

Prized by a luxury clientele all over the globe, Doucal’s elevates the standard for men’s loafers and oxfords by crafting each pair with exceptional quality and long-lasting comfort.

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New Brand Spotlight: Band of Outsiders

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With its modern, rebellious take on American style, Band of Outsiders footwear is a favorite of the sartorially savvy set. Its preppy-meets-luxe take on loafers, boots, oxfords and sandals gives a fresh twist to beloved American classics.

Founded by former Hollywood agent Scott Sternberg in 2004, Band of Outsiders is quickly becoming one of the most sought-after boutique brands in the business. Its strong sense of nostalgia mixed with a decidedly modern vibe has definitely struck a chord with the fashion obsessed near and far.

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Menswear Monday: Business Casual, Updated.

Guys, you may think that mundane Mondays are “business as usual”, but we’d like to invite you to shake up your work week with business casual clothing and shoes that are anything but boring and stuffy! 

For work settings that are more on the laidback side, or if your office partakes in “Casual Fridays”, you can’t go wrong with a great-fitting button-up shirt in either a neutral solid or a subtle print. Pair your button-ups with everyday trousers in a more relaxed fabric like twill or cotton.

Remember: the key to avoiding a sloppy business-casual look is to pay attention to fit. Make sure your shirt shoulder seam sits cleanly right at the shoulders and your pant hem isn’t pooling at the bottom. And yes, it IS worth it to get your workwear basics altered by a tailor if it means the difference between looking casual yet professional and just plain unprofessional.

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1. DKNY Jeans Roll Tab Slub Shirt

2. 7 Diamonds Velvet Morning Shirt

3. Howe Any Fun Woven Shirt

4. Dockers Men's Alpha Khaki Pant

5. Tommy Bahama Denim Authentic Montana Pant

6. Volcom Frickin Modern Stretch Chino

7. Frye Jim Wedge Wingtip Shoes

8. Kenneth Cole Reaction Flat Top Loafers

9. Steve Madden Gameon Boat Shoes

 

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