Zapponian Spotlight: Clinton Serves Up Summer Fun!

Summer is here, and as the days get longer, the outdoors takes center stage. Explosions of festive fun shower the warm summer air. Barbeques, clam digs, pool parties, and beachfront bonfires litter your social calendar, but keeping your look fresh in the heat is no easy task. Luckily, our resident Menswear blogger, Clinton Kuska is here to teach us how to keep summer style sizzling.

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Independence Day just happens to be Clinton’s favorite summer holiday. Everything from the fireworks, to hanging out with good friends, to the iconic red solo cups just screams summer fun. We sat down to chat about what to wear for the Fourth of July.

July 4th is coming up, what are you going to wear?

 “Something festive, for sure, but not too cheesy,” Clinton says as he lowers his gaze, raising one eyebrow. “Hold the cheese please!” We laugh as he clarifies, “One fun piece is enough. You should start with a festive piece and build subtly around that.”

How do you choose a fun look without going overboard with themed attire?

“I recommend starting with a standout item that will double as a conversation starter. It can be any part of your ensemble. Hats work well, or accessories if you’d rather shy away from too many prints. A loud pair of pants or shorts can be fun, and sends a relaxed vibe. A more demure option is pulling different hues from the holiday, and creating a DIY color-blocked ensemble. For the Fourth of July, you could work a chic palette of red, white, and blue – ready to wear straight from your own closet.”

How would you balance a lively, holiday piece for a party outfit?

“You should have fun with fashion! Don’t worry too much, especially if you’re attending a casual event. Holidays are supposed to be fun - don’t take yourself that seriously. Obviously you can’t go too crazy either, but parties are filled with opportunities for risk taking.”

Clinton shows me his personal Independence Day ensemble; a Roper™ Stars and Stripes Patriotic shirt, khaki shorts, boat-shoe style loafers, and a pair of sleek, Ray-Ban® Wayfarer shades.

“The fourth of July is my favorite summer holiday, and this year I’m going all-out in a patterned stars and stripes shirt. I added neutral bottoms, versatile shoes, and timeless eyewear. These pieces are minimalistic on their own, but create a nice harmony when paired with a striking shirt.”

If you could attend anyone’s Fourth of July shindig, whose party would you crash?

“Taylor Swift!” Clinton confidently replies. “She has a reputation for going all-out for her fans. I’d bet that she’s an amazing hostess. Any party of hers would most definitely be on point.”

After excitedly discussing about what a pool party with Taylor Swift would even be like, I found it much easier to visualize my own July Fourth look. If you’re still wondering what to wear this weekend, check out Clinton’s personal picks for a flawless Fourth of July.

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HATS

1. Billabong Native Hat

2. Quiksilver Boardies Hat

3. John Varvatos Star U.S.A. Straw Fedora

SWIM TRUNKS

1. Billabong Slice X Boardshort

2. O'Neill Quarters Boardshort

SHIRTS

1. French Connection Grunge Flag Tee

2. Lucky Brand Peace Flag Graphic Tee

3. Roper Pieced Stars and Stripes Patriotic Shirt

TANKS

1. Rip Curl Americano Custom Tank Top

2. Converse Sub American Print Tank Tee

ACCESSORIES

1. Original Penguin Ocho Stripe Tie

2. M&F Western Eagle Flag Oval Buckle

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Menswear Monday: Tropical-Print Shirts

As the temperatures steadily climb, we’re shifting our focus on tropical prints that remind us of sunny summer days by the beach. Printed men’s shirts are definitely one of the season’s biggest must haves, and tropical printed shirts are the ultimate in summertime style! Below are a few of my favorites; some of which are really easy to dress up or down depending on your needs.

As always, when purchasing new pieces for your wardrobe, great fit should be the first requirement. Obviously, you need to love the pattern, but how it fits on you is extremely important. 

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1. 7 Diamonds Pure Shores Short Sleeve Shirt

2. adidas Originals Palm Photo Print Tank

3. Original Penguin Tropical Print Woven Short Sleeve Shirt

4. Ted Baker Talaton T-Shirt

5. Rip Curl Larry Tank Top

6. Jack Spade Short Sleeve Chambray Tropical Shirt

7. Tommy Bahama Desert Bloom Batik

8. Marc by Marc Jacobs Palm Print Polo

9.  DSQUARED2 Poolside Sweater

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Short sleeve button-ups are a great option for rocking a tropical print, particularly if you’d like to dress up your look a bit. You can wear them nice pair or shorts or slim-fit denim. You can even dress them up underneath a suit for a cool take on date night. Coordinate the shirt with colors that are found in the print to match with your bottoms or suit.

For a more casual feel, the tropical print t-shirt and tank top are a great way to go. These are the perfect laid-back options for summer BBQs, days at the beach and day parties. Again, pair them with relaxed shorts (or simple board shorts) or nice denim.

When it comes to tropical print shirts, you can opt to stay cool and classic with more subdued prints or go for a more fashion-forward look with bolder hues and patterns. It’s all about pairing like colors together when styling your looks. The trick is not to be too matchy-matchy, but rather, coordinated.

Hopefully these small tips will help you create a few new tropical-inspired looks for your warm-weather wardrobe. Enjoy!

--B

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New Brand Spotlight: Lifetime Collective

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Founded in 2002 by Reid Stewart and Trevor Fleming, beneath a buzzing light bulb in a dingy basement suite, The Lifetime Collective™ began as a collaborative group of artists and friends. With clothing as the main focus, Lifetime is inspired by the communities they live in, the places they travel to, and the curious characters that surround them. It is a family-spirited operation receptive to ideas that are shifting and paths that are twisting.

More than a “brand of lifestyle,” Lifetime Collective is defined by the changes that occur and the creative ways we adapt. In fact, the theme of Lifetime should be, “a work in progress,” as it is ever-changing and far from finished, a dream never fully realized.

 

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New Brand Spotlight: J.D. Fisk

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J.D. Fisk is a men's footwear brand launched in 2010 by the established women's footwear brand, Dolce Vita. Staying true to time-honored Americana style yet inspired by the U.K. punk movement of the '70s and '80s, J.D. Fisk is classic style reinvented.

Traditional oxfords are given unexpected pop-color soles, classic saddle shoes are enhanced with modern canvas details, and perforated wingtips with rugged lug outsoles for an edgier look.

Rooted in traditional craftsmanship, the product often features burnished leathers and Goodyear® welting characteristically found in handmade shoes. J.D. Fisk provides designer styling and quality at prices within reach.

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Dapper Fall Fashion

Some say the clothes make the man. Well, we politely disagree. It’s all about the right combination of clothes and shoes—the outfit as a whole. Make sure to present your best self to the world this fall in classic-meets-modern style.

Check out a few of our fall picks from our Men’s Fashion Shop!

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1. Diesel Jensaner Blazer, 2. Shades of Grey Slim Fit Chino in Navy, 3. Ben Sherman Melton Peacoat, 4. Kenneth Cole New York By The Way boot, 5. Kenneth Cole New York An-Arc-Hy boot, 6. Donald J Pliner Danit 2 loafer, 7. Donald J Pliner Elio boot, 8. Too Boot New York Carr wingtip oxfords, 9. Donald J Pliner Gozar wingtip oxfords

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Elevate Your Style with J.C. Rags!

Stuck in a style rut? Zappos and fashion menswear brand J.C. Rags are here to help pull you out of that sad excuse for a “wardrobe”! Now the only thing you need to worry about is which date to take out first!

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New Brand Spotlight: John Varvatos Collection

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John Varvatos occupies a unique place in the landscape of American design. Launched in 2000 with a collection of tailored clothing and sportswear, the brand unites old-world craftsmanship and refined tailoring with modern innovations in textiles and a rock n’ roll sensibility. John Varvatos now represents an entire lifestyle that includes belts, bags, footwear, and eyewear.

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offers a full assortment of tailored clothing and sportswear, including denim and outerwear. Right on trend, these pieces are all you need to pull a stylish, casual look together. Whether you choose a laid-back tee or a tailored jacket, you will always look like a star.

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NYFW Street Style: Lincoln Center & Williamsburg

In between shows and showroom appointments, we managed to squeeze in some much-needed people watching in two totally different locales during Fashion Week in NYC: Lincoln Center (the epicenter of the Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week) and the hip, brownstone-lined streets of Williamsburg, Brooklyn.

Where the scene in Lincoln Center mid fashion week was more edgy and runway-inspired, Williamsburg had a decidedly more laid-back approach to style.

Here are a few of the fashionable guys and gals we met during our style-stalking sessions:

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Left: Dapper dudes in chambray and sleek suiting. Right: Leopard print leggings tamed with a sheer, relaxed top.

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Left: A lovely pair with mint lace and rich scarlet hues. Right: Rocking the collar trend along with an awesome pair of patent loafers.

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Left: Denim + leather skirt + pops of purple = amazing. Right: A couple of stylish fellas rocking the cropped jeans with tailored pieces.

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Left: Checkered suit and a cobalt bag. Need we say more?  Right: Definitely in the running for best-dressed couple!

 

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Right: White skinny jeans transitioning into fall. Left: Breaking up the neutral pieces with a pop of red denim!

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Left: The chambray denim shirt done in an effortless way. Right: Another easy denim look we adore. Simple, casual, yet so chic.