Monthly Archives: August 2013

Heavy Ink

Heavy Ink

Midtown
9th Ave. and 30th. St.

Some serious ink, for some serious biceps.

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Catching a Break

Catching a Break

Chelsea
Chelsea Piers Skate Park

I was fortunate to get an unobstructed shot of a lone skater, chlling and resting for a pause. The place was packed, but you wouldn’t know it from how desolate his surroundings seem to be.

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Pre-Work Ensemble

Pre-Work Ensemble

The Village
13th Street

This was at 9 a.m. on a particularly humid weekday morning. I overheard this guy tell his girlfriend as he passed that he didn’t want to get his shirt “soaked” before heading into the office. Even if he was more concerned with his physical comfort rather than the care for his garment, I admire the thoughtfulness.

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Dark Tones

Dark Tones

Chelsea
9th Ave.and 17th St.

The black and navy color combo is a bit heavy on the dark shades, so the best way to break it up is to add some color. This guy has the good fortune of having some ink with color and adds a flash of neon with the soles of his shoes and laces.  It also helps that his skin tone is a bit light to give the black and navy some contrast.

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Boots in Summer

Boots in Summer

SoHo
Broome and Mercer Sts.

Usually with an outfit like this, it would be paired with your typical boat shoe, sandal or sneaker. I like how he gives it a dash of personality with these leather lace up boots which surprisingly, makes the look a little more formal.

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Coffee Break

Coffee Break

TriBeCa
Canal Street

Nothing better than seeing pants that fit and mold to a frame properly. The dark leather accessories he pairs with his all blue ensemble make him look pretty sharp, even just sipping coffee on Canal St.

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Tank Shirt

Tank Shirt

Chelsea
10th Ave. and 24th St.

This type of shirt is a hybrid that has been quite the trend the last few summers, more so among the gay men in Chelsea, the Village and Hell’s Kitchen. The ubiquitous tank shirt – half t-shirt, half tank top. It’s not quite a sleeveless t-shirt, since the arm holes tend to be wider and are meant to be more revealing. This guy is wearing a more subtle version of it, paired with some harem pants, high tops and a Toronto Blue Jays Cap.

J.D.F.

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Beige

City Safari

SoHo
Broome and Thompson Sts.

Tan, khaki, beige. It’s all different words for describing the light brown hue, of which this gent sports it, via his shorts and shoes. I like how he offsets it with a white short sleeved button down shirt with the sleeves rolled up. This is a great summer combo.

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My Style

My Style

TriBeCa
Franklin and Church St.

It’s interesting to see another person, look at their clothes and immediately know that what they’re wearing perfectly encapsulates your style. This is one such guy. I swear I own a variation of this same look he’s wearing (only in smaller sizes). It’s the kind of outfit I’d wear to work, on a date, out with friends, to a meeting. It has that versatility of being able to transition from day to night and casual to dressy casual. And for me, it’s all about the fit and slouch of the pants. He so gets it.

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Moving Man

Moving Man

Chelsea
Gallery District

Rotating installations in the gallery district requires plenty of movers. I stumbled upon this mover on a particularly sweltering day, taking a break, aiming to cool off, lifting his sweat drenched shirt to get some ventilation.  I was drawn by all his ink covering both his arms and legs.

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Chambray

Chambray

Upper West Side
Broadway and 68th St.

Chambray is a fabric similar to denim, but is lighter and is like muslin and usually comes in light blue. This guy is wearing both fabrics to give contrast with his chambray shirt and denim jeans. I’m pretty sure I own the exact same shirt he’s wearing which I bought at Uniqlo years ago and still wear to this day.

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Man At Work 2

Hell’s Kitchen
Hudson Hotel

A couple of weeks ago, I posted a picture entitled Man At Work (see link below), which proved to be quite popular. On another stroll past the Hudson Hotel, I caught a different worker, looking just as well put together. No need for a competition, but you can decide for yourself  who you prefer in the work uniform. Although this guy’s haircut is a bit more unique.

http://masculinemanhattan.com/2013/05/29/man-at-work/

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Osaka 6

Osaka 6

Chelsea
9th Ave. and 20th St.

The Osaka 6 shirt from the British label Superdry is one of their most iconic t-shirts. I even googled what it means and it actually has an interesting back story. But basically the label and the shirt is a convergence of the designer’s love for Americana mixed with Japanese designs and British tailored fits. Whatever the case, the guy sporting the shirt is a good hanger for it.

For those of you interested in sporting your own Osaka 6 shirt, click the link:  http://www.superdry.com/us/mens/t-shirts/details/37260/osaka-aero-t-shirt.

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Topman

Topman

SoHo
Grand and Crosby St.

Is it just me, or does this guy seem like a model in an advertisement for the British label Topman? Alas, I just happened upon him after a shopping excursion at the Soho location of Topman. He’s sporting some nods to the 80’s with his slightly faded acid wash jeans and Nike kicks of the same style in two different colors.

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Swagger

Swagger

SoHo
West Broadway and Broome St.

Forget what he’s wearing. I noticed the confidence, gait of his walk and posture. He was displaying some good swagger. Style is also about how you carry yourself and the esteem you hold yourself in, not just the things you wear.

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Subtle Camo

Subtle Camo

Chelsea
10th Ave. and 23rd St.

I’m beginning to realize that camouflage to men is what cheetah/leopard print is to women.  It’s a pattern staple that remains no matter what way the fashion winds blow.  I’m fond of the way this guy has a more subtle, almost muted  version of it. This is how I would wear camo; without it being so emphatic.  Also digging his buzz cut – such a summer haircut. He’s the first good one I’ve seen this season.

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STYLE QUOTE

“The most important thing to remember is that you can wear all the greatest clothes and all the greatest shoes, but you’ve got to have a good spirit on the inside. That’s what’s really going to make you look like you’re ready to rock the world.”
—Alicia Keys

The Gardener

The Gardener

Chelsea
Chelsea Piers

You never where you’ll find inspiration and style in this city. Who would have thought that one of the gardeners maintaining the lawns on the piers in Chelsea would step it up with his own look.

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Skateboarder

Skateboarder

SoHo
6th Ave. and King St.

Skateboarders in the city, by default tend to have a very hipster look and way about them that leans towards looking boyish but this guy seems to have a more preppy, mature look with his tortoiseshell sunglasses, solid colored, fitted shorts and crisp white sneakers. I do like how he pairs it with a frayed and faded t-shirt with some holes in it, that seems to be worn inside out to maintain a bit disheveled.

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Taxi Stance

Taxi Hail

Chelsea
8th Ave. and 20th St.

Taking pictures of guys with style, hailing cabs, is a God send, since you’re given an automatic stance and pose, not to mention it’s such a New York thing to be doing. I love the way this guy mixes his clothes and gives a sensory overload that clicks instead of clashes or overwhelms. From the colors, to the pockets, to the socks, the fade and wash in his denim shirt, the laces in his kicks and back wards cap – it’s thought out without feeling contrived.

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Sandy Chinos

Sandy Chinos

Chelsea
9th Ave. and 23rd St.

Chinos/Khakis usually come in the base color of beige, but I like when they’re given a bit more saturation. The brown tone of his chinos is one of those colors you’re always on the look out for but can rarely find. I need my browns to be the perfect shade of brown – LOL

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Yankees Cap

Yankees Cap

Chelsea
8th Ave. and 14th St.

I captured a classic, clean cut, sporty, all American look with this fellow. Blue jeans, a simple, white, pocket t-shirt and a New York Yankees cap with the brim slightly curved. This is what I refer to as no-brainer style.

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Marooned

Marooned

SoHo
Spring and West Broadway

Maroon is a color so good that I wish I saw more of it, but because it’s so good, I’m glad I don’t see more of it, since it could be an overkill trend if the masses caught on. It’s a nice dark alternative to black or navy blue and looks great with a lighter color to give it balance, just like how this guy wears it.

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Court Action 2

Court Action 2

Lower East Side
Chrystie St. Courts

Wednesday’s post “Court Action” proved to be very popular, so here’s a facing shot of one of the guys who only got a profile shot in the previous post.

J.D.F. 🙂

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Black With A Touch Of Brown

Black With A Touch Of Brown

Chelsea
Seventh Ave.

I love when the all black look gets played during the summer months. It’s hard to come by this time of year with whites, pastels, neons and light colors dominating the streets, but he gives all black credibility in these warmer months. Also like his fitted yet slouchy jeans.

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