Plaid + posies

Top (plaid): J. Crew
Scarf: UO
Blazer: Thrifted?
Jeans: Swapped with a friend
Flats: Boden

 I don’t actually know if the flowers in this scarf are posies, but I DO know that I like alliteration–so good enough for me! This is a fun pattern play today, happening almost by accident as I ran out the door on a chilly October morning; I like how the blues and purples in the patterns play off each other. Paired with a smart wool blazer, my flares, and a pair of flat loafers, I was happy with my choice for a casually comfy office outfit–good for a Friday in October! Happy weekend!


Men’s fashion with Morgan

From Al: I’m loving this friend-blogging thing, and today I’m so thrilled to introduce one of my besties, Morgan! As a personal shopper at J. Crew, I feel so flattered that he’s decided to grace my blog with his presence, and share how he’s accessorizing his wardrobe with custom accessories. Take it away, Mo!

From Morgan: First, hi! I’m in the same boat as the previous two guest bloggers on Al’s blog, Alison and Rachel. I never thought I’d be writing a post for a style blog. Same deal with the lurking around other people’s style blogs, though, too, so. My interest in style is pretty recent, but I’d like to think I’ve gotten a pretty good handle on the basics.

Which brings me to the subject of my post: how us regular guys can go about jazzing up our menswear. Here’s how it goes. You learn the fundamentals. Belt and shoes match? Yup. Shirt and tie work together? Sure. Throw on a blazer, and BLAM, you’re put together and people will start telling you how much more, I dunno, put together you look these days.

This recipe is basic, though—the mac and cheese of menswear—and sooner or later you start thinking about how to add to it. But the problem is how to add to your look (I guess we can say accessorize, even though I don’t want to) without coming off as a foppish dandy. We’re supposed to look stylish and classy without looking affected and false. Pocket squares are a possibility, as are things like scarves and bracelets. But there are such better options! Here’s one.

 A few months ago I rummaged through a box of trinkets and found an old key my grandfather had given me years back. He was a civil engineer, and at one point he worked on the huge crawlers that moved Apollo rocket components around the Kennedy Space Center. The key he gave me went to some long-obsolete part of one of the crawlers. What it opened is a mystery now, but when I found the key I had an idea. I looked up a quirky local jeweler and had him fashion the key into a tie bar for me. It took a day, and about thirty bucks. Cheaper than most tie bars you’ll find out there! And more importantly, it’s not just a key anymore, or a tie bar—it’s a story.

Boots: stolen from my dad, who stole them from his dad
Jeans: J. Crew, by way of Mr. Porter
Shirt/tie: J. Crew
Belt: J. Crew Factory Store

*Pssst–like reading about men’s fashion here? Leave a comment on Morgan’s post and tell him to keep blogging!!! 🙂

Super Cincher

Tee: Heartbreakers
Jeans: Gap
Scarf: Swapped
Belt: Picky Girl
Shoes: UO
Blazer: Swapped

This post is like Superwoman, but instead of saving humans, I’m saving WAISTS, my friends! Just call me the Super Cincher–and check out the waist-to-hip proportion on this outfit!

Actually, in all seriousness, my vision for this outfit did not pan out into real life. What I imagined was something simple and monochrome: navy and grey with a cinched waist and scrunchy scarf. What I lived in real life was a scrunchy blazer! I think the key to making this outfit work next time would be a skinnier belt not cinched quite so tight. This one is elastic and wide, making it rather right. and I have such a dramatic waist that perhaps I don’t need such a dramatic belt. Your thoughts, dear readers?

Also, ANNOUNCEMENT! My next guest fashion post will be one of my besties, Morgan, here to talk about MEN’S fashion. (Ya hear that, gents? This blog is not only for the ladies!) And PS, Mo is a personal shopper at J. Crew. So stay-freaking-tuned.

Blazing humidity

Top: Heartbreaker*
Bottoms: Gap Outlet
Blazer and Scarf: J. Crew
Shoes: Shoegasm

When I originally dreamed up this outfit, it was with my boots and my hair down, but today is one of those funny late summer days where even though the weather is cool, the humidity just hasn’t given up yet. I thought this ensemble would be weather-appropriate with a lighter shoe, without the jacket, and with my hair up, but as it turns out, within five minutes of stepping outside I was already sweating. I’ll be changing into my shorts and out of the blazer, thank-you-very-much… but that’s for another post.

Also, post 30 day remix, I want to wear this outfit with red pumps (these beauties are on my wish list), red lipstick, and my red coral necklace. Just sayin’.

Today’s lesson learned: I’m realizing how much I’m favoring simple, easy outfits with flattering lines–I can’t believe I almost didn’t include a white tee in my thirty items (can you believe it?!) but it’s turning out to be extremely versatile–and thank goodness! Because enough other items have had the shelf life of about one day.

*Yes, I swapped out one white tee for an almost-identical other white tee. Didn’t I tell you I haven’t done laundry in a long time? And if they look almost the same, it doesn’t count, right?

Swapping gold for cognac

Dress and Belt: Gap
Necklace and Blazer: J. Crew
Bag and Sandals: Thrifted
Earrings: Anthropologie

Last night Mandi and I went for a little walk at the lake (I’ll be sharing photos with you later today!) for our “photoshoot”. Are you all aware that Minneapolis is the “City of Lakes”? Summers here are so fleeting and so lovely, and with over 20 lakes, Minneapolitans really get out on summer evenings. It’s already returned to the 70s and cool at night, with some hints of fall around the edges in late summer. Don’t tell anyone, but I’m starting to crave chunky wool sweaters, mugs of hot apple cider, and crunchy leaves on the ground.

Such idyllic weather is very much what allows me to wear a blazer in mid-August and not even break a sweat! The blazer is new, a gift for my birthday, and I love how the cuffs roll up and feel a little more casual. I tried to play off the gold buttons and accent with gold accessories… were I to remix this outfit, though, I might rid it of the gold accents and switch it to a cognac belt instead, skip the necklace, and wear my boots. Choices, choices!

Today’s lesson learned: an evening walk with a good friend makes awkward public photoshooting SO MUCH MORE BEARABLE.