Tag Archives: Denim

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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The Hobbler

The Hobbler

West Village
Hudson and Christopher St.

This is a man after my own heart as his outfit is pretty much a replica of my daily summer ensemble – Nike kicks, black fitted jeans and solid colored t-shirt. I much more clean cut, so I’d forgo the the beard, backpack and crutches.

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Tan Jeans

Tan Jeans

Midtown East
Third Avenue and 52nd St.

This color denim is light enough to wear in summer and can also transition into fall since it falls on the brown spectrum. Blue and black jeans are staples but can get a little monotonous. Variety in denim is good to get a change of routine.

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Shirt & Jeans

Shirt & Jeans
South Village
Charlton and Varick St.

There are days when I thank God that I work in an office environment that allows nice jeans to be worn. As this fellow demonstrates, pairing it with a crisp button down shirt and a good belt makes it look professional without having to be “dressed up”. This outfit combo has saved me many a days headache for getting dressed in the morning.

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Shirt Over Shirt

Slow Week 433 copy

SoHo
West Broadway and Grand St.

I totally advocate a short sleeve t-shirt underneath an open button down shirt with the sleeves rolled up. It’s one of my summer uniforms and favorite ways to layer, with the need for that extra layer for all that hardcore air conditioning and once venturing back out into the heat, you can just wrap it around your waist.

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Band Collar Shirt

Tab Collar Shirt

Greenwich Village
6th Avenue and Downing St.

A couple of years ago I purchased a vertical and horizontal striped/contrast band collar shirt from a thrift store and had it taken to my tailor. It’s one of my favorite shirts and it seems to garner a lot of compliments and intrigue of where I purchased it. I like that type of collar because it has an informal formality to it. I liken it to what a v-neck is to a t-shirt, a band collar button down shirt is to a regular collared button down shirt. It’s slight twist, that makes a world of difference.

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The Perfect Fade

The Perfect Fade

Flatiron District
Fifth Avenue and 23rd St.

There are brands out there that treat and wash their jeans to give them that lived in, faded look. I think the only way to achieve that look to perfection is if you actually break them down yourself so that they mold to your body and weather and age from constant use and everyday wear and tear. There are some jeans you want crisp and stiff and other times, there’s nothing like a pair of old faves that have gathered some mileage and look as such.

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Royal Blue

Royal Blue

SoHo
Prince and Crosby St.

Sometimes it takes seeing a particular color on someone else to make me re-think my opinion of it for myself. A royal blue kinda guy I am not, but now I think what do I know, since I’m now in the market for a shirt in that hue, no thanks to this guy turning me out 🙂

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Scoopneck T-Shirt

Deep Scoop

SoHo
Broome and Wooster St.

Lately I’ve been toying with adding scoopnecks to my collection of t-shirts. I’m partial to a good old fashioned crew neck, but I’ve realized the wider neck adds more ventilation during those super hot days. The key is finding the right width and depth since too much dip tends to make those types of shirts too feminine looking. I think this guy finds the happy medium where it’s not too wide and not too deep.

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White Jeans

White Jeans
West Village
Hudson and Christopher St.

It’s officially summer in the city and bring on the slew of white jeans. I personally can’t bring myself to go this white, so I’ve opted for a stone, grey, light wash that feels less vibrant white. I didn’t realize how much wear they would get, but I’ve been seduced by light jeans.

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Rough Around The Edges

Rough Around The Edges
Chinatown
Canal and Lafayette St.

What can I say? Not every guy is going to be the perfect gentleman. I don’t advocate calling women bitches but his shirt is more about humor than anything else. Here’s my take on his shirt – his preference for alcohol is beer, his ride of choice is a motorcycle and his desire for company is for beautiful women.

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Dog Days

Dog Days

SoHo
Spring and Sullivan St.

Sometimes it’s just about sitting on a stoop, chillin’ with your pooch. New York can be overstimulating and always on the go, so it’s nice to see dudes just pause.

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Garrett In Plaid

Flatiron District
5th Avenue and 18th St.

I can’t with Garrett and his Pendleton plaid shirt. I can’t because I want it. I love the one chest pocket and the color. I also like how he sports a henley shirt underneath the plaid and of course the green nautical bracelet.

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Phone Break

Phone Break

Nolita
Prince and Mulberry St.

These two lounging on a bench with beverages from La Colombe Coffee, both on their phones looking so very downtown is the epitome of what you’ll see in Nolita.

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Blue Vest

Blue Vest

SoHo
West Broadway and Broome St.

A vest is something that is just not in my own personal wardrobe vernacular and yet having seen this one it inspires me. I don’t necessarily want one, but seeing how this guy makes it look so fly is worth pondering the purchase of a vest should I ever find one that looks right for me.

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Classic Ralph

Classic Ralph

Greenwich Village
5th Avenue and 10th St.

No matter which way the winds blow in fashion, style or trends, there are some things that never seem to be impacted by trends. The iconic Ralph Lauren polo player logo seems like it will always be a solid fact of life, just like the Nike swoosh. I certainly don’t see it as much as back in the day, but whenever it does appear it’s like an old friend you’re always happy to see.

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Black Levi’s

Black Levi's

SoHo
Prince and Sullivan St.

With all the great premium denim out there from Rag & Bone, to J Brand, to A.P.C. et al., sometimes it’s nice to stick to the tried and true classics like Levi’s. As long as you nail the fit and wash, you’re good to go.

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Preppy Boarder

Preppy Boarder

Greenwich Village
Washington Square Park

Your typical skateboarder in New York is pretty identifiable with their hipster, cool, downtown way of dressing. I was surprised to notice a preppy, almost waspy skateboarder with his plaid shirt jacket, sleek aviators, good watch, rugged boots and fitted jeans. I guess you really can’t judge a book by it’s cover.

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Color Block Jacket

Color Block Jacket

Hudson Square
Varick and Charlton St.

Color blocking is a nice way to break up the monotony of solid color apparel. The red and blue on this jacket is a nice compliment to each other. I also like that the hood is actually being worn and being utilized.

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Black Biker

Black Biker

SoHo
6th Ave. and Thompson St.

There are two occassions where an all black ensemble is very appropriate – the first being super formal in a tuxedo, the second being badass in some leather, jeans and riding a motorcycle. From the helmet, to the gloves, to the shades and the Ducati he is dipped in black but just to break things up a tad I love the red swoosh on the Nikes.

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Green Tee

Green Tee

SoHo
West Broadway and Grand St.

There are only so many ways you can change up a t-shirt, so I like it when it boils down to the subtle details to make it stand out just a bit. With this t-shirt, all it takes is the stripes on the pocket to give it a slight lift.

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Military Leather

Military Leather

Greenwich Village
6th Avenue and 9th St.

This is one of my favorite leather pieces of seen on the streets. What can I say? – I’m a sucker for the four pocket jacket.

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Navy Hooded Coat

Navy Hooded Coat

Hudson Square
Varick and Vandam St.

This type of hooded, 3/4 length coat was exactly the type I was looking for all this past fall and winter but could never find the right one. I did come close to finding one from the label Wings + Horns at Steven Alan but it was too long. But alas as the cold weather is waning, I’ll have to resume my hunt next year and I’ll have this pic as a reference.

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Detailed Polo

Detailed Polo

Lower East Side
Stanton and Ludlow St.

His polo shirt has subtle details that switch it up from your typical polo shirt. The placket of buttons is a bit longer, the hem is a bit higher, there are two flap pockets on the chest and overall it’s fitted. This is how polos were meant to look.

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Middle Ground

Hot & Cold

East Village
Bowery and 2nd St.

This time of year with the weather transitioning and being so precarious ,it can hard to know how to dress. You want to wear a jacket, but then you get hot or you just want to run out with a t-shirt on but then a breeze or chill sets in. I like this guy’s solution where he positions his jacket as worn but has it drape off his body. Inventive to say the least. I am fond of his slouchy grey henley shirt.

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Doppelganger

Doppelganger

Greenwich Village
5th Avenue and 11th St.

This fellow reminds me of the caucasian version of myself. I’m pretty much that height and body type,I wear my hair like his, like him, I sport aviators, his monochromatic style of dress is how I do it and without looking at the label I know I own that exact same scarf he’s wearing. I think we look good 🙂

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Denim on Denim

Denim on Denim

Hudson Square
Houston and Varick St.

I’ve always felt that denim paired with denim was a little too much of a good thing, but I’ve learned to loosen up on that rule when I see that when you contrast the denim with different shades and weights, it actually looks great.

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Neon Sweater

Neon Sweater

SoHo
Broome and Lafayette

I was inside the menswear store Odin in Soho perusing the racks of drool worthy clothes and labels and afterwards, when I stepped out I ran into this visitor from Australia who let me talk his picture after I complimented his waffle like, bright neon sweater. He even urged me to peek at the tag on the back of his sweater to read the label since he couldn’t remember where he got it offhand and lo and behold it was from the British brand Folk who were prominently displayed in Odin. I guess it was kismet.

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Red Socks

Red Socks

Lower East Side
Stanton and Chrystie St.

Those sneakers he’s wearing with the heart face are by Play by Comme des Garcons, the cult Japanese label. I like how he matches the heart with a pair of red socks and rolls up his pants to give you all his ankle action.

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Buttoned Up Polo

Buttoned Up Polo

Nolita
Prince and Mulberry St.

There’s something about buttoning a shirt all the way up that makes it look more “proper”. It’s a different kind of sexy as opposed to leaving a few unbuttoned.

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Black Jeans

Black Jeans SoHo
6th Ave. and Spring St.

Last year was all about my grey jeans as my uniform staple which I proceeded to wear the hell out of. I think this spring it’s definitely going to be about a good pair of black or charcoal jeans that I’ll once again allow to mold to my body as I wear them frequently. Here’s an example of a good mold.

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Levi’s Jacket

Levi's Jacket

Greenwich Village
6th Ave. and Waverly Place

Nothing beats a classic. Case in point – this gent’s Levi’s denim jacket. Minus the smart phone, he looks like he could be in New York in the 1950’s. Some items are just timeless.

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Leather Arms

Leather Arms

West Village
Bleecker and Perry St.

This varsity jacket with the brown leather sleeves and blue contrast is a great piece and can easily work in the fall, winter or spring. He adds some nice pops of red with his scarf and laces on his Nikes.

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Uniform Dressing

Uniform Dressing

SoHo
6th Ave. and Spring St.

Blue button shirt with the sleeves rolled up. Check. Fitted blue jeans worn in just so. Check. Brown desert or chukka boots. Check. All of these add up to a uniform way of dressing for me personally. It’s not about wearing the same thing everyday, but having a simplified way of knowing what works well and having a variation of that same look. It makes life easier.

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First Day Of Spring

First Day Of Spring

Greenwich Village
MacDougal and 8th St.

There seems to be a palpable, collective sigh of relief in the air that spring is finally here, although the weather has yet to catch up, but no matter as long as it’s official. I’m so ready for the days of dressing without a coat or jacket and just wearing a sweater or crewneck like this fellow and being outside more.

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Dave Lilja

Dave Lilja

NoLIta
Cafe Habana

I stumbled upon model Dave Lilja at the typically mobbed Cafe Habana in Nolita on a Saturday afternoon. What caught my eye was his woven brightly hued sneakers and his fur trimmed coat. He had a great look since he’s Swedish and Filipino and his agency is based out of Denmark. He mentioned that he was about to head to the Midwest to shoot a campaign for the Express brand and that he had also done some work for H&M. Upon googling him, I could see why he makes a superb model. I took the liberty of posting his link below.

http://www.unique.dk/male/models/dave-lilja/

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Coffee & Cigarettes

Coffee & Cigarettes

SoHo
Prince and Crosby St.

The ultimate break time combo – caffeine and nicotine on display here. The aqua green color of his printed shirt, grey jeans and tan boots are another great combo.

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Urban Lumberjack

Urban Lumberjack

NoLIta
Prince and Mulberry St.

I think the title of this post is very apropos. It’s the perfect mix of Maine and Manhattan. Those frames on his face look great and a white henley peeking out from all those cold weather layers is so fresh.

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Knit Cap

Knit Cap

SoHo
Prince and Lafayette St.

He is wearing his knit, cream colored fisherman’s cap very well. His hooded army green coat and denim on denim outfit are also pretty solid.

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Garrett in Barbour

Garrett in Barbour

Garrett McCarthy
Union Square

This is a very simple, tight, unfussy shot of Garrett sporting his Barbour jacket doing nothing more than having his hands in his pockets and standing tall. He’s worn this jacket before in other posts, but I’d say it bears repeating.

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