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Inspired Looks: the Super Bowl Edition

Last night’s Super Bowl was completely and utterly depressing.  Not only was it incredibly boring to watch a totally lopsided game, but the ads weren’t good, and my beloved Peyton Manning missed out on possibly his last chance at earning a much-deserved second Super Bowl ring.  It was rough.

Fortunately, there’s always fashion to cheer a girl up.  You’ve seen my Manning jersey before, but for this occasion, I repurposed the Colts blue jersey by pretending it was a Broncos Navy, and pairing it with an orange tank to really give it the Broncos’ feel.

I wanted to also show you my cute former roommate, Anne. Anne is from Washington, so I can’t blame her for rooting for the wrong team in last night’s game.  She recently bought the cute top you see her wearing here, and it perfectly goes with Seattle’s colors and is a great choice for the fashion-minded fan. I would normally reserve this post for a Wednesday Inspired look post, but clearly, it fit with this Monday’s theme.

What are some of your game-day fashion ideas?

Menswear Mondays: Shoe edition

Welcome to the 2nd installment of Menswear Mondays…where my brother Silas again puts me to shame.  Seriously, he even poses better than me.

I’ll let him take it from here…

Today I want to talk about one aspect of the basics. Since it is the one aspect I lack, as well as the one aspect that can really drain your wallet, I want to get it out of the way. 

I’m talking about shoes, zapatos, schuhe, chaussures…whatever your language may be, the fact cannot be escaped that a nice shoes are not cheap. Some other items you can get away with skimping on cost (cue my eclectic list of various shirt brands), but shoes are not one of them if we want to do this right. 

There are a few generic styles of shoes every man should own: 

The Driving Moc – The driving [moccasin] is, in my humble opinion, the most casual shoe you can wear outside of a tennis shoe. “What about docksiders?” – Ok, those are pretty casual too however I think they are a bit over played. Pictured here is a Cole Haan Driving Moccasin

These happen to have laces but many of them are simply flat front or have a penny loafer type strip of leather over the mid foot. These shoes are great in the spring/summer sans socks and just as good in the fall with some fancy argyle socks. You can wear them with jeans, chinos, or casual dress pants.

The Penny Loafer –  The penny loafer is a step up in class from the driving moc however with some confidence you can still wear them pretty casually.

I personally don’t advocate wearing cuffed jeans with penny loafers in real life, but I liked the picture to display the versatility.  I would wear penny loafers with or without socks with chinos and dress pants. I would probably avoid black myself – not a big fan of black anything, except tuxedos.
The Fall Boot – Boots are a personal favorite of mine. There are too many great boot options out there: Redwing, LL Bean, Sebago, Wolverine, Clarks, Timberlands (not “tims” specifically) to name a few.

Pictured is a broken in Alden 405 Redwing boot. If you know your movie history, you may recognize these boots. They are the type of boot that Indiana Jones wore in his movies. I didn’t choose them because I want to be Indiana Jones (anymore), I chose them because they are top of the line quality and with the right care, will out last their owners. These would look great with a dark wash jean or chinos.
The ideas I have listed are pretty expensive. I would be lying if I said that I have or will have all of these anytime soon. But, my hope is that you have gained a few more ideas on what to wear besides tennis shoes. 

[Editor’s note – anything is better than tennis shoes. Except flip flops. Those are usually much worse.] 

Ralph Lauren Navy quarter-zip sweater
Chaps blue stripe OCBD [Oxford Cloth Button Down – I had to look that up]
Kohl’s Nantucket Red chinos
Good Will tassel loafers

A Bonnie Irish Lass

There are few things in life I love more than a good theme.  Peyton Manning is one of them.  Cupcakes are another.  But, pretty high on the list is a good theme.  Even if the colors are weird.

This weekend was, of course, Saint Patrick’s Day.  I like to drag out holidays as long as possible, so I’d been wearing green for days.  But, on Saturday, I decided to embrace my Protestant Irish heritage and add the orange as well.  Green and orange is not a color combo I would normally advocate, but I allowed it since it was festive.

I’m not too proud to admit that I wore the same jeans two days in a row.  In this picture, you can see the color a little better, although neither capture the not-quite-kelly-green perfectly.   I’ve been in a flats mood lately, which, if you know me at all, you know is really weird.  But, the weekend calls for comfort (sometimes), and so I embraced it with one of my favorite pairs of shoes – some moccasins I bought at Bakers at least 7 years ago.  It will be a sad day when I have to say goodbye to those babies (I fear the time is drawing close). 

I hope you all enjoyed this most green of holidays and celebrated in style.  On Sunday, we were all a little Irish. 

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