Tag Archives: Chelsea

Good On A Bike

Good On A Bike
Chelsea
8th Avenue and 23rd St.

Biking around the city is often times geared towards more athletic clothing since it can feel like more of a sport than a leisurely mode of transportation. I’m more of the camp that would wear my work or going out outfit on the bike rather than carry a bag and change once I got to my destination. This is New York! Who has time for all of that.

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Well Cut

Cut Well

Chelsea
8th Avenue and 18th St.

I’ve been helping an acquaintance who works in finance with some wardrobe styling and personal shopping. He practically lives in suits six days a week. When we tackled his closet, he had amazing suits, good taste and quality but the fit and cut were all wrong. Before we even did a lick of shopping, I had him take all of his suits to his tailor to fit and mold them to his frame. A month later when he got them back he realized just how wrong he was in sizing and now he actually enjoys wearing the suits, gets tons of compliments and feels much more confident in them.

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Purple Shorts

Purple Shorts

Chelsea
7th Avenue and 21st St.

Shorts going well above the knee is really appealing to me right now. It’s time for a comeback after years of baggy, below the knee and wide shorts. If you’ve been hitting the gym and working the legs, might as well show ’em off.

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Mini Check

Mini Check

Chelsea
7th Avenue and 22nd St.

I love a good blue dress shirt. So crisp, so fresh, so summery. The appeal of this one is the gingham pattern in a more subtle, muted, mini version and the contrast of the solid white placket on one side as well as the inside collar.

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Slim Chinos

Slim ChinosChelsea
7th Avenue and 22nd St.

If you work in an office that doesn’t require a suit or a tie, here is a clean, fitted, appropriate, professional outfit that looks good any day of the week. Embrace the slimmer fit and pants that literally hug your legs and then make sure the shirt you pair with it is proportioned to the pants. No billowy, blousy, ill fitting shirts.

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Nike Socks

Nike Socks

Chelsea
9th Ave. and 29th St.

Black Nike socks pulled all the way up to the chins is all the rage in the city. I spot so many of them on guys that I could do a whole feature just on that. Truth be told, whenever I go for a run I do have the same socks and wear them constantly.

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“Loving On The Weekday” by Justin Stein

Justin Stein
Chelsea/Maritime Hotel

“Loving On The Weekday” is the catchy new tune from soul-stained pop/R&B singer/songwriter Justin Stein produced by Vaughn Elsas. Meeting Justin and his girlfriend Julia has been a real treat. I got to see his his makeshift studio in his apartment, hear his music in progress, as well as raid his closet to style and take some upcoming pictures for the blog. Some of his highlights from his bio include touring the country in his teens as the opening act for the likes of Raven-Symone, Jordin Sparks, Jesse McCartney and Corbin Bleu, being invited to attend the Clive Davis of Recorded Music program at NYU and headlining The Stevie Wonder Tribute Concert featuring Questlove of The Roots.

Justin’s tunes are pretty infectious and there was one unreleased track he played me that was pretty darn sexy. The guy’s got soul, pipes, style, the look, charisma and moves. All the ingredients that I hope will have his star rise deservedly so.

Check out the track on Soundcloud and follow him on Twitter and Facebook!

https://soundcloud.com/justin-stein-1/loving-on-the-weekday
Twitter: @justinstein.com
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/justinsteinmusic
http://www.justinstein.com/

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Pink Shirt

Pink Shirt

Chelsea
6th Ave. and 22nd St.

This is the second day I’m showcasing a pink shirt on a guy to underscore how great it looks. I especially love it paired with a dark or navy suit. A pink shirt is like a white shirt – it just works.

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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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For Jules

For Jules

Chelsea
7th Ave. and 15th St.

I recently re-connected with my old college friend Julie whom I hadn’t seen in a long time. It was like no time had passed at all during our reunion. On one of our recent outings together we spotted this super cool looking dude. That hat, that leather and those shades mixed with the hoodie and tight black jeans cemented the swagger he was pulling off that day and of course Julie was quite enamored by it all so I dedicate this post to her.

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Chilly in Chelsea

Chelsea
10th Ave. and 19th St.

I was gallery hopping on a Saturday afternoon in Chelsea and it was frigid out. I was surprised to find this French gentleman sitting outside without a coat working on his laptop. He was a very friendly Frenchie who was all smiles, polite and cheerfully agreed to let me take his picture while he tapped away on his laptop. He even said “my pleasure”. Most of my French friends are the most stylish friends I have, but rarely are they as sunny as this one.

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Calvin Dutton

Calvin Dutton

West Chelsea
10th Ave. and 27th St.

As I was walking up Tenth Avenue on my way to watch a friend’s football game, I noticed a slew of people unsuccessfully trying to hail cabs as it was that particular time of day when the shift changes. Such a circumstance led me to stumble upon Calvin also making the attempt. I noticed his bright yellow Nike high tops from across the way and dashed traffic to his side of the street to ask to take his photograph which he kindly agreed to. I love the way Calvin mixed his grey top coat with a cool and casual outfit underneath and gave a splash of color with his kicks and they way he rolled up his jeans to give them full exposure. I guess there is an upside to the no cabs quandary we in the city find ourselves in from time to time.

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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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Cavan Valance On The Highline

Cavan Valance
The Highline

Cavan and I spent the earlier part of a Sunday afternoon in early November shooting up on the Highline. I was a little wary of choosing that as a location since it has become such a tourist magnet, especially on the weekends, but logistically it was a good place for us to meet. Thankfully it wasn’t as mobbed as I thought it would be since the New York City marathon was taking place that day, so I think most of the crowds convened uptown much to my relief.

As per usual, wherever Cavan goes, there his trusty Martin Little guitar follows. It was put to good use as many of the people that passed us were intrigued to hear him sing his heart out and it was an idyllic setting to hear someone play live music. The shoot and the day felt pretty informal and Cavan dressed appropriately casual. His outfit consisted of a great vintage army jacket that he swiped from one of his brothers, a solid pink oxford button down shirt from Gap, form fitting jeans and a great pair of Ted Baker shoes. He swapped out the green jacket for a grey waist coat and I was surprised how one tiny piece of clothing made him look much more polished and somewhat of rock star in an instant. He also brought along a shall collar sweater that I was tempted to throw on myself since it was windy up there. That sweater can be seen in Monday’s post of him. For now, enjoy the view from the top. Top of the Highline that is.

Please check back on Monday morning for the second part of Cavan on the Highline.

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Two Of A Kind

Two Of A Kind

Chelsea
7th Ave. and 23rd St.

With these fellas, they are both giving us the slim fit, straight leg jean look in a dark shade. On bachelor number one, the shade is navy and he pairs it with a graphic tee, gold watch and sneakers, while on bachelor number two, the shade is a black/blue and he sports it with sunglasses, a short sleeved plaid button down shirt and boots. Two dudes, similar denim, their own unique twist.

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Boxer

Boxer

Chelsea
7th Ave. and 19th St.

I found this guy bypassing a slew of open cabs that all stopped to catch him as a fare, only to find that someone was picking him up as they hauled this box into the trunk. Him standing on the street gave me enough time to take a decent amount of shots. This is a great cold day outfit with his toggle coat, hat and scarf. I prefer dressing like this on colder days as opposed to any sort of puffy coat or bubble jacket.

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Labeled Up

Labeled Up

Chelsea
Blue Bottle Coffee

Labels, labels, labels. This guy has aplenty.Even his coffee cup has a label. I think when an outfit is more athletic and sport related, there tends to be more of stamp with labels. His bike from Bianchi is pretty stylin’ in the white shade and he got a lot of compliments on it from people passing by.

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Noise Blocker

Noise Blocker

Chelsea
Chelsea Market

Today is a particularly grey day in New York, so I wanted to post a pic with color for some pick me up. I spotted this gent on his phone and his stance seemed all too familiar with him covering his ear while trying to converse to cancel out the racket of loud trucks that were on the street. I feel whenever I have to make a phone call outdoors, I have to find a quiet side street. But enough carping. I like this guy’s arm game with the tatts and the gold watch. It’s also been a while since I’ve seen a t-shirt tucked in the way he does. It’s a rare feat to be able to pull that off, but somehow he gets the proportions right.

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Fitted Hoodie

Fitted Hoodie

Chelsea
7th Ave. and 19th St.

Now this is my kind of hoodie – fitted and shapely as opposed to baggy and oversize which is how most people tend to wear them. It can still be a casual, throw on piece, but it doesn’t necessarily mean it has to be unsightly.

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In The Hood

In The Hood

Chelsea
9th Ave. and 22nd St.

The way he was wearing his hoodie seemed less functional and more about style. He could have very well been cold, but something tells me this was more about looking good, which he accomplished.

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Rolling Stones Tee

Rolling Stones Tee

Chelsea
9th Ave. and 20th St.

What can I say? I’m a sucker for a Rolling Stones t-shirt. Love that band and their logo. Any guy who wears or owns one is okay in my book.

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Knee Pads

Knee Pads

Chelsea
Skate Park

Taking the necessary safety precautions before making the jump.

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Tab Collar Shirt

Tab Collar Shirt

Chelsea
9th Ave. and 22nd St.

It’s nice to see the tab collar shirt getting some play. The guy wearing it has it in a nice shade of pale yellow. I like the way he rolls up the sleeves and pairs it with some fitted/skinny denim.

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OBEY Flying Lotus T-Shirt

OBEY Flying Lotus T-Shirt

West Chelsea
10th Ave. and 26th St.

OBEY Clothing is the street wear label created by fine artist/graphic designer Shepard Fairey, who illustrated the infamous “Hope” poster of president Barack Obama. I see his logo on guys all over New York, usually on skater guys wearing OBEY hats.  I was happy to come across a guy wearing the label’s flying lotus tee, as it’s one of my favorite designs of the label.

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Dog Walker

Dog Walker

Chelsea
9th Ave. and 18th St.

In keeping with today’s theme of neon. But for me, it’s all about those dogs.

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Rolled Up

West Chelsea
10th Ave. and 29th St.

This guy is all about the rolls – his t-shirt and his pants. I like his choice of putting blue and green together, with his cream colored high tops. I’m rarely a pattern or prints guy, except when it comes to plaid, so I can appreciate solid blocks of color.

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Saturday Tank

Saturday Tank

Chelsea
7th Ave. and 20th St.

I have a fondness for this tank shirt because it advertises the logo of the volunteer organization New York Cares, which I used to volunteer for, until I moved to another organization. I always liked their logo and colors. As a workout outfit goes, I like how he puts it all together.

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Frame Adjustment

Frame Adjustment

Chelsea
The Highline

One of the rare occurrences where The Highline was not crowded.  The red shorts really made him stand out.

 

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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City Camouflage

Chelsea
West 23rd St.

This is real camouflage, where his outfit blends in with the scenery.  I’m feeling his cargo pants with the pockets on the front thighs as opposed to the side legs.

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