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January 30, 2015

Uniform

I’ve taken to wearing a uniform this winter.  I admit I’m not the best at layering, but I’ve developed some sort of formula for when layers are necessary for survival.  I start with a band mandarin-collar shirt under a round-neck sweater, relaxed dark trousers, woolly socks, chunky black shoes, sunglasses and gloves.  I throw on my jacket of the week, or a heavyweight winter coat and scarf, as needed.  I find it best to keep everything covered, in loose, relaxed layers, to avoid looking like I’m being swallowed by winter gear.  And to save me from seasonal depression, I keep myself entertained with cheeky gloves, a collection of pins, among a few other cold-weather distractions.

Garrett Leight sunglasses, vintage Barbour Jacket, Reformation sweater, vintage American Eagle shirt, Yohji Yamamoto pants, Vans shoes

Garrett Leight sunglasses, vintage Barbour Jacket, Reformation sweater, vintage American Eagle shirt, Bird leopard gloves, Yohji Yamamoto pants, Vans shoes

Garrett Leight sunglasses, various vintage pins

Garrett Leight sunglasses

tree-snuggling in McCarren Park

tree-snuggling in McCarren Park

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a collection of vintage pins

January 8, 2015

New Look

Many of you who follow my style closely know that I do a complete wardrobe overhaul somewhere every four to six months.  I may hold on to key pieces a little while longer, but there’s always a conversation going on in my head about the image I want to portray at each specific point in my life, about gender, economics, my body image and my emotional state, and this always comes through in the way I dress.  I’ve been experimenting with a new look–a little more pared-down, a little more masculine–at 29, I feel less of a need to make a splash with fashion statements, and ultimately just wear what makes me feel good.  Current influences are: military classics, California, The New Order, and the pervasiveness of dadcore.  Happy New Year.

Yohji Yamamoto Pour Homme military coat, Hardy Amies blazer, Jungmaven henley, AG Jeans, Tim Hamilton x Guidi boots

Yohji Yamamoto Pour Homme military coat, Hardy Amies blazer, Jungmaven henley, AG Jeans, Tim Hamilton x Guidi boots

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Capital Eyewear x Allen Edmonds glasses, Black Sheep and Prodigal Sons whale pin

Capital Eyewear x Allen Edmonds glasses, Black Sheep and Prodigal Sons whale pin

the return of the accent sock

the return of the accent sock

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November 18, 2014

Dad Jeans

This is not a story on the hottest new jean trend on the streets; this is a story about how I fell in love with jeans again.  I’ve gone months without wearing denim.  I found black trousers to be infinitely more exciting than the staple black skinnies favored by many a downtown NYC boy, and I bought black pants in all shapes: slim, pleated, drop-crotch, palazzo, and parachute.  Dark denim just didn’t feel right at the moment, and I didn’t even think to consider all the other colors.  But there was something about the idea of classic men’s stonewash denim, dad jeans as dubbed by most, that seemed to appeal to where my style is at the moment: comfortable, pared-down, masculine, and a tiny hint nostalgic.  I searched far and wide for the perfect pair, and after trying on pairs that were too whiskered, too distressed, unflattering, or just the wrong color, I found love in a pair of AG jeans two sizes too big for me.  I wear them with an elastic belt, with all the cozy black things I like to wear in the winter—SO comfortable, I know what I’m wearing on the plane home for the holidays.

Yohji Yamamoto coat, CP Company sweater, AG jeans, Allen Edmonds x The Dandy Project custom shoes

Yohji Yamamoto coat, CP Company sweater, AG jeans, Allen Edmonds x The Dandy Project custom shoes

AG Dylan jeans in 17 years orbit

AG Dylan jeans in 17 years orbit

CP Company "dad sweater," AG "dad jeans"

CP Company “dad sweater,” AG “dad jeans”

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These shoes are a collaboration with Allen Edmonds: I wanted a pair of classic clean American black oxfords, and had them done in the finest smooth black leather, with rubber soles for comfort.  I'm giving away a pair to the lucky reader who e-mails press.dandyproject@gmail.com with his shoe size and a sentence explaining why we should pick you. May the odds be in your favor.

These shoes are a collaboration with Allen Edmonds: I wanted a pair of classic clean American black oxfords, and had them done in the finest smooth black leather, with rubber soles for comfort. I’m giving away a pair to the lucky reader who e-mails press.dandyproject@gmail.com with his shoe size and a sentence explaining why we should pick you. May the odds be in your favor.

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photos by BJ Pascual

November 9, 2014

Fall Dad

I’ve decided that my look for this fall would be “cool university professor’s young dad son”–a look that I thought would be best topped off with the Seiko Astron GPS Solar watch sponsored by the lovely people at Socialstars #AstronElite.  I’m not getting any younger, I’m even graying, and I find myself drawn to things that are less weird, and less overtly slick.  There is something sexy about looking like you could provide for a small family, change diapers, and manage to pull yourself together with quiet elegance: it’s a skill that young Williamsburg dads, my muses of the moment, seem to have down pat.  This fall, I’m going to read a lot, and write poetry; you’ll find me dressed in khakis and dad jeans, big knits with funnel necks, and an air of maturity that I hope to catch up on in real life.

Stephan Schneider scarf, Barbour International Jacket, Seiko Astron watch, COS sweater and khakis, Church's socks, Number (N)ine shoes

Stephan Schneider scarf, Barbour International Jacket, Seiko Astron watch, COS sweater and khakis, Church’s socks, Number (N)ine shoes

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The Seiko Astron, a cool, quiet, complicated watch, uses GPS signals to identify the time zone, time and date data, and is powered by all types of light.

The Seiko Astron, a cool, quiet, complicated watch, uses GPS signals to identify the time zone, time and date data, and is powered by all types of light.

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Number (N)ine creepers

Number (N)ine creepers

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photos by BJ Pascual

November 4, 2014

A Going-out Shirt

Not too long ago, GQ had urged men to ditch the going-out shirt: ill-fitting, ugly, and worn untucked with boot-cut jeans, it’s apparently the bro’s uniform when he goes to clubs, house parties, and worst of all, dates.  Having grown up in Southeast Asia, where it’s too hot to wear a jacket for most of the year, I’ve always worn some sort of going-out shirt–not necessarily ill-fitting, or ugly, but something easy, that looks good in the nighttime lights.  I’ve had many of these shirts in dark velvet, or crisp, fitted, architectural white, but I’m currently quite fond of this one, a funny old vintage silk shirt that drips with 90s Gianni Versace vibes.  It might be a very womenswear thing to have clothes for the day and clothes for the evening, but I’m with the bros on this one.  I love a shirt that is as comfy as it is loud, but gentlemen, I’ll leave the boot-cut denim to you.

vintage silk shirt, Allen Edmonds x Capital Eyewear sunglasses, vintage fur, Damir Doma pants, Marsell shoes

vintage silk shirt, Allen Edmonds x Capital Eyewear sunglasses, vintage fur, Damir Doma pants, Marsell shoes

sunglasses by Capital Eyewear for Allen Edmonds

sunglasses by Capital Eyewear for Allen Edmonds, ring by AC+632

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rings: AC+632, Lanero, and A Land, Marsell mules

rings: AC+632, Lanero, and A Land, Marsell mules

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October 17, 2014

Vest

One thing that keeps me interested in dressing up is the idea of taking items of clothing that have fallen out of favor and finding new ways to make them work.  I love a good vest– it’s an easy way to add some structure to an outfit, and a low-commitment addition that keeps you a little warmer.  I guess I’ll always have a soft spot for waistcoats: they were a thing back when I had started blogging, and I wore them with American Apparel t-shirts and skinny jeans and bowler hats, and when the trend went sour, I was left with a sizeable number of vests in my closet, all without suits to match.  This linen halter waistcoat by Damir Doma is a remarkable piece because of the unusual cut and detailing.  I like to wear it over thin sweaters, almost like a puffy vest but for milder weather.

Oakley sunglasses, Damir Doma linen halter vest, Uniqlo heattech sweater, Damir Doma drop-crotch cropped pants, Nike shoes

Oakley sunglasses, Damir Doma linen halter vest, Uniqlo heattech sweater, Damir Doma drop-crotch cropped pants, Nike shoes

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one-button halter

one-button halter

grosgrain belt and sheer back

grosgrain belt and sheer back

Nike Frees and a chain-link ring

Nike Frees and a chain-link ring

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Oakley Frogskins (c/o Coastal)

Oakley Frogskins (c/o Coastal.com)

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October 7, 2014

Bright Blue Suit

As someone who tends to favor restraint and the subtlety of non-colors, getting so much wear out of my bright blue suit from Reiss comes as a surprise.  I’ve worn it three-piece with a crisp shirt buttoned all the way up to attend a few fashion week shows (thanks, Highsnobiety and Huffington Post!), two-piece with shirt unbuttoned to dinner, and with a long shirt and a silver hair piece to a friend’s dance party at Le Baron.  I felt invincible wearing it, and nodded fervently when a few days after, The Cut put out that piece on Italian men wearing bright blue suits as a symbol of power.  Powerful as it seems though, there is a gentle benevolence to the color blue that seems to work even when applied all over a suit in full saturation.  This time around, for the blog, I thought I’d wear the suit in the spirit of an archetype I always go back to: the young maharajah.

blue suit by Reiss, Karma Mantra necklace, vintage tunic, Guidi shoes

blue suit by Reiss, Karma Mantra necklace, vintage tunic, Guidi shoes

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Black onyx and coral Japa Mala by Karma Mantra

Black onyx and coral Japa Mala by Karma Mantra

AC+632 ring

AC+632 ring

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sidewalk sultan

September 17, 2014

Tuxedo

I once read somewhere that every man should own a tuxedo, but these days, I think a dark suit performs the same functions as a tux, with much more versatility.  But how many black suit iterations can a man own?  Indochino had offered to make me a suit and I decided to go for the tuxedo: a little shrunken, a little cropped, with a peculiar double-breasted scoop-neck vest, vests being a thing of mine as of late.  The folks at Indochino were very kind, and accommodating, and covered all the alterations that needed to be done when the suit arrived a little too large.  I’m looking at my calendar, planning out the next couple of formal affairs I’ll be attending and I will probably be wearing a smoking jacket and a black suit to those two, respectively, but this tuxedo I will wear as a surprise. Dinner perhaps?  Late Wednesday drinks?  Brunch.

Indochino tuxedo vest and pants, Title of Work organza bowtie, Prada shirt, Paul Evans shoes

Indochino tuxedo vest and pants, Title of Work organza bowtie, Prada shirt, Paul Evans shoes

the full look

the full suit

Title of Work organza bowtie

Title of Work organza bowtie, rings by And Other Stories and Lanero

Lanero ring

Lanero ring

Paul Evans cordovan lace-up shoes

Paul Evans cordovan lace-up shoes

August 11, 2014

Kimono

On somewhat chilly summer nights when most men would don a cardigan or a sweater to keep warm, I enjoy getting lost in a big, flowy kimono.  I like to wear mine clean and pared-down, like a summer samurai.  You all know I love a good dressing gown, but in warmer months, the combination of a shorter-loose-sleeve kimono and cropped bottoms strikes the perfect balance of breeziness and skin coverage.

vintage men's kimono, Alexander Wang t-shirt, Celine clutch, Y-3 shorts, Minelli shoes

vintage men’s kimono, Alexander Wang t-shirt, Celine clutch, Y-3 shorts, Minelli shoes

subtle vertical-striped pattern on the green-black silk

subtle vertical-striped pattern on the green-black silk

Celine clutch, diamond ring by Lanero, concrete ring by 22designstudio

Celine clutch, diamond ring by Lanero, concrete ring by 22designstudio

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easy suede loafers by French shoe brand Minelli

easy suede loafers by French shoe brand Minelli

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July 23, 2014

Black Suit

Screw the rules: if I could have only one suit, it will be black.  Black is timeless–it’s the ultimate neutral–and a black suit works just as well as an almost-tuxedo for formal affairs, as it does with a white shirt and knit tie for interviews, and equally well jacket-only, with jeans and a nice t-shirt for casual dinners.  It isn’t funereal if it fits well, and if you’re having it made (or if you could customize it yourself), little touches keep it from feeling cookie-cutter.  The fine folks at Reiss’ personal tailoring service let me go full-on dandy with the details: white-lipped horn buttons, bronze striped lining and vest backing, and a royal purple melton.  I could only say great things about their fine fabrics and finishes, the decidedly English nipped-waist fit of the suits, and their kind and patient staff.  This is how I wear my black suit.

Reiss bespoke three-piece suit, Marcella custom mandarin-collar shirt, Miharayasuhiro shoes

bespoke three-piece suit from Reiss, Marcella custom mandarin-collar shirt, Miharayasuhiro shoes

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white-lipped horn buttons on my Reiss tailor-made suit

white-lipped horn buttons on my Reiss tailor-made suit, rings by Stephen Webster

a green-bronze fine-striped silk for the lining and on the back of the vest

a green-bronze fine-striped silk for the lining and on the back of the waistcoat

purple undercollar melton

purple undercollar melton

Stephen Webster crab ring: blue opal under faceted rock crystal set in black gold with blue sapphires and black diamonds

Stephen Webster crab ring: blue opal under faceted rock crystal set in black gold with blue sapphires and black diamonds

Stephen Webster thorn full-finger ring: white diamonds on white gold

Stephen Webster thorn full-finger ring: white diamonds on white gold

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special thanks to Stephanie at Reiss, Maryanne at Marcella, and Alex at Stephen Webster