Thursday, April 16, 2015

GQ Style: What To Wear Now Spring/Summer 2015

Sorry about the blurry picture!

After a terrible winter, the most snowfall was recorded since 1891, spring is poking its head up from the 5 feet of snow on the ground.

GQ has released its latest edition of what to wear now for spring/summer of 2015. 

The following are some of the topics covered:

Khaki suits - in 9 varying shades to choose from with a handy chart to accessorize with

Cotton ties - narrow and bright.

Washed out jeans - disgusting! What's next, pleats?

Flight jackets - a modern fit on a vintage jacket. However, looking at the pictures it seems the once hip jacket has now been reduced to an updated version of the Members Only jacket. As true flight jackets were only available in nylon in certain colors, the new versions now available in different hues and fabrics no longer resemble their hipper older brother.

Army style watches - the modern versions stay true to their heritage by keeping the defining factor: the green (olive) nylon strap. My pick is the Shinola, made in Detroit, sporting a black face with white numbers for a respectable $675.

Combining navy and brown - when you pair a navy suit with brown shoes you are telling the world you know what the f*ck you are doing. Elegance is defined as a navy three piece suit, white french cuff shirt, white linen pocket square, brown shoes, brown suspenders (braces), gold cuff links and a gold or yellow tie. Pairing khakis, white button down shirt, and a navy wool v-neck sweater is the casual version. 

Slides - a.k.a mandals. I never been a fan of these. The only options for casual summer footwear is a driving moc, loafers, flip-flops, and my personal favorite, barefoot.

Push for double breasted - this has been an ongoing topic for the last 2 years. Both Esquire and GQ have been pushing for this jacket model to return. This model is fighting an uphill battle because of what it was, not what it has become. Back in the 80s and 90s, it had a baggy fit, with linebacker shoulder pads, and a deep wide open front. Now along with the single breasted model, it is cut much slimmer, has less padding the shoulders, and closes higher in the front. Unfortunately it is only a small faction of fashionistas who are listening and not the masses. You first have to find a retailer that carries them. Forget about the major retailers; it is mostly luxury brands, such as Armani, Ralph Lauren, Louis Vuitton, and Bruno Cucinelli. 

White dinner jackets - a proper dinner jacket should always be off-white, have a shawl lapel, besom pockets, and unvented. 

I'll be back to review the Fall/Winter edition...

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