Posts Tagged ‘personal style’

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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initialed

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

July 21, 2014

Madrid

There’s something so easy about visiting Spain–maybe it’s the siesta culture, their generous hospitality, or the Spanish-Filipino language and culture connection–this country never really felt foreign to me.  I spent a few days in Madrid, a city that ironically feels decidedly more mature than Barcelona, its older sister by a thousand years.  The streets seemed to be filled with buildings that are either pre-war or built in the 70s, as if all construction was halted 40 years ago and everything had the lightest film of dust on them, the people are warm and punchy, and the food is rich and flavorful.  A quick car ride away is the old capital of Toledo, the most breathtaking scene in this little trip, a setting for a fairy tale.

the view from my room at Villa Magna in Madrid

the view from my room at Villa Magna in Madrid

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langoustines and other sea creatures at Mercado de San Miguel

langoustines and other sea creatures at Mercado de San Miguel

burrata delights

burrata delights

gulas, spaghetti of the sea

gulas, spaghetti of the sea

candy shop in the old town

candy shop in the old town

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Toledo, like a fairy tale

Toledo, like a fairy tale

cathedral ceiling

cathedral ceiling

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moat?

moat?

red suit of my own design, Bottega Veneta portfolio in dark gray, Cornelia Webb hand cuff

red suit of my own design, Bottega Veneta portfolio in dark gray, Cornelia Webb hand cuff

drainage covers by Fendi

drainage covers by Fendi

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kitsch

dinner at Casa Benigna begins with two bread dipping olive oils: España vs Italia

dinner at Casa Benigna begins with two bread dipping olive oils: España vs Italia

paella served in a skinny, heavy patella

paella served in a skinny, heavy patella

the perfect bite

the perfect bite

smoked rice paella Valenciana with rabbit

smoked rice paella Valenciana with rabbit

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July 17, 2014

Red

I like color now.  I liked color back in high school, when color was all I had by means of freedom in the way I could dress, when shape, texture, and layers were just nowhere to be found within my reach.  Though I maintain that men look best in neutrals, happiness trumps all, and this flirtation I am having with color, a challenge to break away from the ease of all-black, makes me smile about fashion again.  I had this summer suit made by my tailor in a stiff Japanese linen, somewhat inspired by what elderly gentlemen wore while practicing Tai Chi around my school back in the late 90s.  It is a familiar silhouette: the top is the same collarless round-neck shirt I’ve had made in many fabrics, and the pants are shaped just like all my perfect slim trousers.  When I like something, I dive into it heart first, and though I swim with caution, I let it consume me, head-to-toe.

red linen summer suit of my own design, Lanvin sandals

red linen summer suit of my own design, Lanvin sandals

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Lanvin sandals

colorful soles on my Lanvin sandals

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hand cuffed