Tag Archives: Button Down Shirts

This One’s For Me

This One's For Me

SoHo
Prince and Lafayette

I generally don’t play favorites with outfits or pictures I take since I’m very diplomatic, but this guy’s ensemble is a stand out for me. Something about him nailing the spread collar, the lapels and color of the jacket, the hint of red in the pocket square, the brown knit tie, the shades, the cuff of his jeans and monk strap shoes. His precision is off the charts. I hate shopping, but this makes me want to go and replicate this look.

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Prada on Park Ave.

Prada on Park Ave.

Midtown
Park Avenue and 56th St.

I spy with my little eye Prada.

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Tiffany’s Doorman

Tiffany's Doorman

Uptown
Tiffany’s/ Fifth Ave. and 57th St.

The thing that struck me about the Tiffany’s doorman is that his scarf and tie were cleverly matched to the color of their infamous “Tiffany’s blue” on the store’s boxes and bags. Tiffany’s is certainly not the most masculine store, as it seems to cater more to women who in my experience go ape shit for anything that comes in that blue box, but they do actually sell men’s jewelry. The great thing is that the items they do have for men lean towards classic and simple.

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Black Plaid

Black Plaid

Lower East Side
Broome and Bowery

This is yet another example of an outfit I would wear – a fitted plaid shirt, dark jeans, boots and some shades – call it a day.

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Khaki Shirt

Khaki Shirt

Chelsea
7th Ave. and 23rd St.

The khaki shirt, like khakis themselves have a perfectly relaxed weekend quality about them. It’s a color more associated with pants, that it’s rare to see it on the top. I’ll have to add it to my list.

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Setting The Tone

Setting The Tone

Flatiron District
5th Ave. and 22nd St.

Forget resolutions in 2014 but question the tone you’d like to set in the new year. Like this gent, I’m interested in being more in command of how I present myself to the world, which is a sign of respect to others around me. Looking your best is a gift to others.

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Mixed Plaids

Mixed Plaids

Lower East Side
Essex and Hester St.

As a huge lover of plaid this shirt has my name written all over it. I’m dying over the mixture of plaids merged into one shirt, from the torso to the pockets and the sleeves – it’s a great shirt that I covet.

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Dylan Ostrow on Kenmare

Derek on Kenmare

Nolita
Kenmare and Mott St.

I stopped Dylan on a Sunday stroll and asked to take his picture. He was up for it. I mainly like his green denim that matched his camo backpack and that he was wearing bracelets as well. His outfit was centered around earth tones which is great if you’re going for more subtle color.

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In Love

In Love

Nolita
Prince and Lafayette St.

Happy Holidays to all my faithful viewers and followers. My blog is about style, but it’s also about the love of people. I owe a lot of thanks to all the guys I encounter and meet on the streets and all the people who like to see how I capture them and who take the time to read my posts. This blog wouldn’t exist without your help!

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I Want

I Want

SoHo
Prince and Crosby St.

I want that shirt he’s wearing, I want those jeans, I want those boots, I want those shades. Hell, I don’t like bags at all, much less carrying a camera around, but I have to for this damn blog (just playin’), and I want his bag. I even want a strand of hair to fall on my forehead just like his.

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Garrett McCarthy At Bonobos Guideshop

Garrett McCarthy
Bonobos Guideshop, 35 Crosby St./SoHo, NYC

For anyone who doubts that hastags actually work, my blog is living proof that they do. The very gracious and beautiful Erin Grant who is a Public Relations Associate for the menswear e-commerce brand Bonobos found me via a Bonobos hashtag I used for the original post I did on Garrett McCarthy who’s featured on my site. She reached out to me with a nice email and extended an invitation to their holiday party at the brand’s Guideshop on Crosby street. Meeting her in person was even better than our email correspondence since she showed nothing but enthusiasm for my work and the guys and style on the blog. The woman is encouragement personified! Erin went one step further and invited me to shoot pictures of the store and of course I had to choose Garrett to be featured in those shots since he was the catalyst that connected us. If you’ve seen Garrett’s prior posts you know he brings it and he does not disappoint here. He and Bonobos fit like a glove. He certainly does the brand justice with the way he wears it and vice versa. This will be the first of two posts today with him rocking Bonobos, so stay tuned later this afternoon. Garrett, like me, is also a fan of the brand and from a business standpoint has admired the way they have grown the company and is even fraternity brothers with CEO Andy Dunn at Sigma Chi.If you want to purchase anything you see Garrett wearing, click on the photos for all the details.

I’ve been a huge fan of Bonobos since their inception back in 2007 and I’ll never forget one of the rare sample sales they held in their former office digs years ago, where I scored a braided belt that I still wear to this day for ten bucks plus some polos that have become my go-tos when I don’t want to think about what to wear. Also the fact that they served free beer while you shopped won my loyalty to them. It is a great guy-centric menswear brand that has mainly had an online presence but have since expanded to brick and mortar Guideshops throughout the U.S. For those in New York, I highly recommend visiting the Crosby street store, since the staff there is amazing and so hospitable. You can make an appointment or walk in, but either way it feels like you’re trying clothes on in a cozy living room as opposed to your typical retail environment.

Bonobos, both online (http://www.bonobos.com/) and at the Guideshops (http://www.bonobos.com/guideshop), is a great place to pick up any last minute gifts for the men in your life or to my male readers, to score some nice threads for yourself to look great at all your holiday festivities and to keep you looking good all winter. Their gift bundle packages are a superb idea and well designed. Specifically for the Guideshops, here is some easy info:

    • Guideshops:
      • Electronic Wish List– Bonobos Guides will make an electronic wish list from your most coveted items, complete with photos, prices, sales, and link. They will send these wish lists to you personal contacts of choice!
  • Seasonal Bundles Curated by Bonobos designers
    • Guideshop gift card experience– gift cards can ONLY be purchased at Guidehshops. Everyone likes a new/exciting experience, so give your guy a Guidehsop gift card and book him a time where you can both go in and pick out/ get fitted in some new duds.
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Matching Hat

Matching Hat

SoHo
Crosby St.

A hat person, I am not, but I always admire guys on the street who wear them well and make them look cool such a this guy. Here he matches his hat to his shirt but there is this nice offset with the wild pattern, seemingly paint splattered and colored sneakers. The one rip in his jeans on the knee, also seems to be strategically placed.

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Coffee & Briefcase

Coffee & Briefcase

Greenwich Village
6th Ave. and Bleecker St.

Love the way this guy is two fisting it in the more professional manner with a coffee and briefcase from Jack Spade. It’s common sense and somewhat of an unwritten style rule, but blue and brown are two of the best colors to pair together that compliment each other well.

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Coat less

Coat less

TriBeCa
Warren and West Broadway

It’s pretty cold out in New York, but even with the frigid temperatures, you’ll always find the guy who defies the weather and puts style over comfort. It was interesting to note that most of the people walking by him and surrounding him were bundled in heavy black and/or puffy coats but he stood out.

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Throwback Thursday: Fur Shawl

Throwback Thursday: Fur Shawl

SoHo
Spring and Crosby St.

When I began compiling pictures for the blog last winter, this was one of the first guys I shot. No matter what your attitude towards fur, you can understand why I was immediately drawn to his coat and collar. The color combo itself deserves a thumbs up.

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Man and Manhattan: David Spiro

Man and Manhattan: David Spiro

David Spiro

The Stats:

Occupation: Founder of Elevatr (Elevatr.com)
23, Lives in Murray Hill
Attended University of Michigan

The Goods:

Favorite Brands: Luigi Bianchi, Topman, Paul Stuart
Grooming: Barbershop at 8 Rivington, Hair product – Natty Paste
Favorite Neighborhoods: Alphabet City, Lower East Side, DUMBO
Bars: The Wayland, Experimental Cocktail Club, Raines Law Room
Drink: The Banjo at the Wayland
Restaurants: Freeman’s, La Esquina, Parisi
Music: 80’s/90’s Hip Hop – Gang Starr, Slick Rick, KRS One, Nas, Jay-Z (Reasonable Doubt years), Big Daddy Kane
Interests: Anything Tech, exploring neighborhoods
Sports: Basketball and Baseball

The Links:

Company: Elevatr.com
Twitter: @spiroD123
Instagram: SPIROD123

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Introducing David Spiro



David Spiro
Nolita

There’s a well known quote from Woody Allen where he states, “Eighty percent of success is showing up”. I feel that quote can be applied to Mr. Spiro, but I would amend that statement and adjust it to one hundred percent for David as he was always on point and sharply dressed for our mutual 1 p.m. lunch hour meetings to take shots of him. It was a pleasure to get David in front of the camera because his style is very playful, whimsical and he has the guts to mix things up. I admire his inventiveness to color outside of the lines where his style is concerned because I am more traditional and uniform in my way of dressing. I like simple, monochromatic, quality and easy. I like to know that all my items can be thrown together without much thought where I look good and can simply get the eff out of the apartment! So to see someone like David go a bit against the grain in his manner of dress was a treat.

David is the founder and operator of the company Elevatr (elevatr.com) which is an innovative app whose aim is to help get start ups off the ground and build and mold them into reputable companies. He strikes me as that polite Jewish kid from Livingston, New Jersey but with a slight edge as he loves early 80’s and late 90’s hip hop music. You would think that he pores over copies of and studies GQ and Details religiously and obsessively checks the deals on GiltMan.com just by looking at him. But nothing could be farther from the truth as he is a self-professed tech junkie who actually spends most of his time developing his business and a lot of his spare time reading tech magazines and websites that I’ve never heard of. Sites such as Hacker News and Union Square Ventures fall out his mouth more easily rather than the latest, hottest menswear designer of the moment. It just goes to show, that you really can’t judge a book by it’s cover.

He regaled me with stories from his youth about trips into the city on the weekends from the suburbs to purchase items that would not be worn by his mall attired classmates in high school and how he continued his flair for originality throughout college to a certain degree. What I came to understand about him is that he naturally has this gravitational pull towards some of the more in-the-know brands. A great story he told me was how he was encouraged to go to a sample sale by a friend and he showed up during the latter end of it where at that point, as any hardcore sample saler worth their salt knows, you’re more likely to find slim pickings and things you wouldn’t even give the relatives that annoy you as gifts. To his luck, he spotted a mixed patterned blazer, tried it on and it fit him like a glove. That blazer, to be seen in a future post, was from the super hot menswear label Ovadia & Sons. David didn’t have an inkling who they were and because it fit his frame and he liked the style he purchased it. Such is just one instance where that seems to be a regular occurrence with him.

Sometimes during his lunch breaks he heads over to his favorite neighborhood, the Lower East Side and checks out the one-off stores and boutiques where he knows they aren’t mass producing items. When we get together, and he tells me where he found one of his pieces, it’s always from one of those highly curated stores featuring cult labels. His wardrobe, like most of us in New York has sprinklings of the big chains, but he prefers to stick with lesser known labels to set himself apart. He does that with ease. So much so, I purposely used full body shots with him because one of his signatures are his rolled up pants to reveal his patterned or colorful socks. I refer to him as the sock man, because his sock game is no joke. It’s a fun thing he likes to do to make things pop below the knees. I think it’s safe to say that clothes wise, with David, everything pops.

I do have a bit of history with David as I actually shot him on the street last spring (see link below), way before we were officially introduced. To be able to capture him more in depth is a cool full circle moment. He will be featured in the blog periodically with several upcoming posts.

http://masculinemanhattan.com/2013/07/01/buttoned-up/

Please check back later this afternoon for another post on David. For more information on David email MasculineManhattan.com

Check him out in Time Out New York magazine: http://www.timeout.com/newyork/shopping/street-fashion-with-ehren-david-edralin-masculine-manhattan-blogger

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Preview: David Spiro

Preview: David Spiro

David Spiro
Nolita

Happy Thanksgiving to all my American readers. I’ll only be doing one post today as it’s a holiday but will be back tomorrow for more. For now, here is a preview of the very stylish David Spiro. Please check back Tuesday, December 3rd at 10:30 a.m. EST for a full profile on Mr. Spiro.

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Selfie

Selfie

Flatiron District
5th Ave. and 24th St.

I caught this guy taking a selfie on his phone. The reason I knew it was a selfie and not him taking a picture of something else was because he kept primping, preening and posing with different facial expressions to get it just right. I admire that he did it so openly at such a busy intersection. I guess people also need an audience as well when they take pictures of themselves. But hey, he looks good so it’s all good.

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Grey Cardigan

Grey Cardigan

Lower East Side
Allen and Rivington

Yesterday’s post Clean Lines was just one example of how I would dress and here’s yet another example of an outfit that would suit me. What can I say? I love my blues, greys, shawl collars, button downs and dark denim.  I’ll also take brown footwear any day of the week.

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Clean Lines

Clean Lines

Nolita
Lafayette and Kenmare St.

This gentleman is my style twin. I even own the exact pair of J.Crew suede boots he’s wearing. Give me monochromatic in different shades, a good pair of sunglasses and jeans and some decent boots and I’m good to go. I like to keep it clean, simple and effortless just like my twin.

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Cavan Valance On The Highline Part 2

Cavan Valance
The Highline

As promised here is Cavan on the Highline, this time wearing his navy shawl collar sweater that preps him up a bit. I noticed that as he was taking the sweater on and off to showcase him against different back drops, his hair kept re-arranging itself which gave him a different look in various shots. I was partial to the look where his hair made him seem slightly boyish; I’ll let you figure out which one that is. We did both agree that our favorite pick was the shot with him sitting down with his shades on, smiling. Even though all of these turned out great, sometimes you gotta have a fave.

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Black Jackets

Black Jackets

Midtown West
Columbus Circle

Yesterday’s post Texture was a great all black ensemble. Today’s post shows how to punch up a black base coat of black with some color and some contrast. The all black look can be sharp, sleek and even tough, but pairing black with different hues makes it more relaxed.

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Throwback Thursday: The Beautiful Ones

Throwback Thursday: The Beautiful Ones

West Village
Bleecker and Perry St.

Last spring, there was one particularly gorgeous day where it seemed every third person I passed was worthy of the blog. This real life Ken and Barbie epitomized the quality of goods I was encountering that day. Just a typical spring day for them, strolling down Bleecker, looking like they stepped out of GQ and Vogue, respectively.

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Introducing Patrick Van Der Veen


Patrick Van Der Veen
Lower East Side/SoHo

I had the good fortune of spending a Saturday afternoon with Patrick and his beautiful girlfriend Louise in SoHo and the Lower east side. The three of us went shopping and stopped along the way to take pictures of Patrick, who apparently cannot take a bad picture. This guy has no bad angles! In editing Patrick’s pictures, I was reduced to just cutting out the ones where the camera caught him blinking. But besides that, deciding which shots to use from this photogenic gentleman was a daunting task as they all seemed worthy of being posted. He bears a slight resemblance to reality star Bill Rancic of Donald Trump’s show The Apprentice or rather, I should say, Bill resembles him.

I met Patrick through the Time Out New York magazine piece I guest edited, where we stopped guys on the street to be featured in the street fashion column for the style section. He and Louise were strolling throughout Soho at the time and we exchanged info and re-connected a few days later. Upon our second meeting I noticed Patrick’s great shoes. Apparently before we met that day, he picked them up at a vintage store en route to see me. He took them off at one point to show me the label and lo and behold they were Allen Edmonds and he paid the bargain basement price of $15 for them. It was funny to realize he didn’t know that for a vintage store find, he actually chose some pretty prestigious shoes and according to Louise, he didn’t even like them at first, but she urged him to try them on and when he saw them on his feet he understood their wow factor. Patrick and I bonded over our love for the label Suits Supply which is actually native to his hometown of the Netherlands where he and Louise are from. They met when he was eighteen and she sixteen, at a bar and have been together for eleven years. They were visiting New York for a week and generously lent me a few hours of their time in the city to profile Patrick. We weaved in out of the quieter streets of the neighborhood and visited various boutiques unique to New York and besides Suit Supply, avoided any chain stores.

Patrick lives in Amersfoort in the Netherlands. He works in sales for the company Facilicom. I found him to be a very cheerful, laid back, friendly guy. A guy’s guy who rides a red Honda VFR motorcycle with a look to upgrade to a Ducati. A guy who likes to drink beer with his friends and is prone to watch any superhero movie. He even told me that he loves the easiness of being a guy and prefers stubble on his face because he feels it’s the mark of a man. Keeping in shape for him is a mixture of lifting weights, running and partaking in skiing in the winter and windsurfing in the summer. He and Louise let me in on the fact that he has a bit of a domestic streak as he likes to cook, bake and even enjoys cleaning the house.

Patrick’s style is very clean, a bit preppy and he likes to mix the casualness of jeans with the formality of blazers and dress shoes. His go to jeans are his Levi’s 508s but he sometimes switches gears by wearing colorful pants. With work it’s all about suits and one of his favorite pieces is a double breasted jacket from Suits Supply. Like me, he’s an informal, infrequent shopper, where there’s no specific goal or aim with clothes, but if he happens upon something that he likes, he’ll definitely scoop it up. He’s also a bit of an online shopper and visits the site Martkplaats.nl which is the Dutch version of eBay. For inspiration, he scouts the pics of High Men Style on Instagram and he hails the style and fashions of the men in Milan, praising their elegance and refinement. While in New York he emphasized the streets of SoHo as an area littered with great style. I find that very fitting, since that’s exactly where I encountered him in all his stylish glory.

Check Out Patrick in Time Out New York: http://www.timeout.com/newyork/shopping/street-fashion-with-ehren-david-edralin-masculine-manhattan-blogger

Please check back later today for another post on Patrick

For more information on Patrick email MasculineManhattan@gmail.com

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Untucked

Untucked

Midtown South
7th Ave. and 28th St.

I was shooting a guy for the blog the other day and he asked me whether he should have his shirt tucked in or untucked. I told him that’s a loaded question because so many factors come into play – the type of shirt, outfit, pant, layering piece you wear with it etc. It’s all about proportions and theme of the outfit. This look is more casual, he’s wearing an everyday pair of jeans, so untucked looks more appropriate.

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Cuffed

Cuffed

East Village
Third Ave and 12th St.

I’m a fan of a long sleeved button down shirt where you flip the cuffs and it displays a different pattern or print. On his shirt I also notice the subtle detail of the plaid on his chest pocket and placket in a diagonal direction.It’s a small detail but it saves the shirt from being just another plaid shirt.

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Grey Denim

Grey Denim

Union Square
17th St. and Broadway

I have the perfect pair of grey jeans from All Saints I bought last summer that I have yet to take to my tailor. After stopping this guy to take his picture with his nice slim pair, hopefully it will light a fire under me to check it off my to do list. I also like his charcoal bomber jacket and how he slides in the color with his green plaid shirt and burgundy boots

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Black Quilted Vest

Black Quilted Vest

Midtown East
54th and Lexington

Typically midtown is swarming with business casual looks and suits. The obligatory button down shirt with slacks combo leaves not much room for diversity, so as it gets colder, it’s up to the warm layer gear to do the work . The quilted vest here with various pockets, zippers, snap buttons and stand up collar, adds texture to his conservative outfit.

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Kept In Check

Grey Plaid Blazer

Upper West Side
72nd and Broadway

I like how he takes this blazer in grey plaid to punch up a very common look of shirt and jeans. Nothing like a little lift to elevate an outfit. This is also my second post of catching a guy with the rarity of earrings. Maybe they’re making a comeback.

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Shawl Cardigan

Shawl Cardigan

Chinatown
Canal and Ludlow

I am so a shawl cardigan type of guy. Something about that type of collar that makes me feel so fall-like. I like his beige/cream color and its waffle knit.

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Gingham Guy

Gingham

West Village
West 12th St. and 4th St.

I wore a gingham shirt last night to a party which I haven’t worn in a while and it was very flattering. It reminded me to wear it more often and to post a picture of this guy also wearing it well and well into sunset.

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Hands Full

Hands Full

SoHo
Spring and Sullivan St.

This gent’s back was towards me and walking away from me when I spotted him, but luckily he turned around to get something from his car which he forgot and was able to capture his classic, all blue ensemble. For me it’s all about his square belt buckle.

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Solo on Lafayette

Solo on Lafayette

East Village
Lafayette St.

This guy is owning his preppy casual look and owning the street as well.

 

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Two Guys And A Girl

Two Guys And A Girl

SoHo
Prince St.

Two guys stylishly maneuvering around a female bystander.

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Sweater Vest

Sweater Vest

SoHo
The Mercer Hotel

On any given day at Andre Balazs’ uber-hip Mercer Hotel, you can most likely find a huddle of paparazzi milling about waiting for an A-lister to enter or exit the hotel. It’s been a second home to Courtney Love, Marc Jacobs and is where Jay-Z and Kanye West rented out an entire floor to record part of their album Watch the Throne. I myself have encountered Johnny Knoxville, Sean Penn and Kate Moss while waiting for a friend in the lobby. Sometimes I like to sit on the benches out front, away from the pack of photographers, instead focusing on the unfamous. Not that I’m above taking pics of stylish celebs (I’d give anything to get shots of Justin Theroux who I think has great style), but when a guy like this steps out of the hotel, with his nod to the 80’s, New England preppy/fisherman fair ilse sweater, I find that more a little more interesting.

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Ink For Two

Ink For Two

West Village
Christopher and Gay St.

I’m so down for this couple and all their tattoos. To me they are dressed sort of preppy and clean cut, but their dual ink gives their look so much edge and versatility.

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Cardigan & Vest

Cardigan & Vest

SoHo
Spring and Wooster

These two gents are all about their top layer – specifically ones with a v formation and a row of buttons. The cardigan is a perfect layering piece if it’s too warm for a jacket but just chilly enough for a second skin of clothing. The vest is more decorative, but gives an outfit just a hint of formality.

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Dark Green Pants

Dark Green Pants

West Village
Bleecker and Grove St.

This is what I like to call the cigarette break pose. In addition to his smoke stance, the color of his chinos in that dark green shade is the real appeal here. The matching of his blue shirt and blue shoes is a nice touch.

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Book Break

Book Break

SoHo
Prince and Greene St.

It’s refreshing to see someone’s head buried in an actual book rather than an smartphone or iPad. He looks very dapper enjoying his solitude.

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