Blue Chinos

Blue Chinos
Meatpacking District
Hudson and 14th St.

The one thing I love about summer in New York is the guys bringing out the colorful chinos. Color is good in the pant area. Any choice would go perfect with a white button down shirt as this gent displays. I also notice the great green leather in his watch straps and the beige in his tassle loafers. Extra points for that thick, slick mane he’s sporting. Such a great haircut. If you got the length and the thickness to pull that style off, I say go for it.

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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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Pompadour

Pompadour

Nolita
Lafayette and Spring St.

Guys sporting big hair is something I rarely see, so it’s refreshing to capture a coif with some added weight and heft. The clean, fitted, preppy outfit against his already lean and trim frame makes the hair look even grander. He rocks it.

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The Blue Shirt

The Blue Shirt
Greenwich Village
Greenwich Avenue and Christopher St.

Just like my vast collection of plaid shirts, I should probably calm down with my wide array of blue shirts. But there are different types of blue shirts, I tell myself. I love the versatility of the blue shirt. Dress it up, dress it down, it’s a great go to when I can’t be bothered to figure out what to wear.

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West Village Weekender

West Village Weekender
West Village
Bleecker and Christopher St.

There is so much about this guy and this couple that is “West Village”. For those of you who live in New York and have observed the clogged streets of the West Village on weekend, you know what I mean – the stroller, the Magnolia Bakery bag, the plaid shirt and black jeans, the Saturday stubble. All the downtown cliches apply, but it does look good.

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Pretty In Pink

Pretty in Pink
TriBeCa
Greenwich and Beach St.

Does Casual Friday’s still exist in office environments? If it does, this is the most pared down it should be I think. Lose the tie and jacket at best, keep the shirt, slacks and decent footwear. Sidebar – every woman I know seems to love a man in pink. Something about pink’s feminine ying to a masculine man’s yang.

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Square Shades

Square Shades
West Village
Greewnwich Avenue and 11th St.

I’m digging the shape of these sunglasses. I’m partial to my classic Gucci aviators which cost a fortune but I’ve had for many years. It was because of seeing these shades that lit the spark to branch out and find a different shape. So far, the search has proved to be fruitless and I’m not a cheap sunglasses type of guy, but at least now I have a reference for what appeals to me.

 

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Nike Flyknits

Nike Flyknits
Hudson Square
Spring and Varick

I’m totally obsessed with Nike’s Flyknit Racer shoes. The two colors I’m jonesing after are sold out everywhere and I can’t settle for the other loud colors they come in. This dude is rocking the Chukka version as he speeds away and it was a reminder of how much I need those kicks in my life. But not the Chukka version. Only the Racer version in my color of choice will do. The heart wants, what the heart wants!

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Tanked

Tanked
NoMad
5th Avenue and 27th St.

And we’re off! The summer has officially become hot and humid and that means tank tops are making the rounds heavily on the streets. This actually a modest version as lately I’ve come to see some tanks that are a lot more revealing and showy. As the summer progresses, I’m sure I’ll stumble upon a wide array of tanks.

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White & Khaki

White & Khaki
Greenwich Village
6th Avenue and 12th St.

The white shirt and khaki combo is so classic and one of my favorite summer looks. Keep your striped shirts. I’ll take this look any day. That tee and those kicks are so crisp. I am so down with white in the summer.

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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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Suit & Shorts

Suit and Shorts

TriBeCa
Hudson and Leonard St.

I passed by menswear designer Thom Browne’s store in TriBeCa and noticed this worker inside and was thrilled to see him a second time a few hours later out on the street as I was running errands in the neighborhood. For anyone unfamiliar with the design and aesthetic of Thom Browne, he’s known for his suits in grey palette which tend to be shrunken or very fitted to the body. The designer himself is ubiquitously known for sporting a suit with pants where the hem reveals a lot of ankle or shorts such as this employee who acts as a model for the modern Mad Men twist of the label.

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Red Tie

Red Tie

SoHo
6th Avenue and Spring St.

I love a splash of red in a suit ensemble, but only in the form of a tie or a pocket square. Ok a red watch band or bracelet would suffice as well.

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Thin Stripes

Slow Week 142 copy
SoHo
Mercer and Prince St.

This fella gets his proportions. The short sleeves fall perfectly at mid bicep, the hem is just below the waist, and the cuff of his shorts rises right above the knee. Everything is fitted, cut to his body and frame but not tight. Let this guy be your guide on how to do the t-shirt and shorts combo without coming off as though you look thirteen years old with bad cuts, too much fabric and unflattering loose fits.

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For The Love Of Nike

NikeGreenwich Village
MacDougal and 8th St.

I don’t know what it is about Nike, but to quote an acquaintance – “There’s something about the swoosh”. I’ve tried other athletic brands – Adidas, New Balance, Under Armour et al., but they don’t do it for me quite like Nike does and I inevitably keep coming back around. Knowing where your loyalty lies saves a lot of time, not to mention money.

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Perfect Part

Perfect Part

Lower Manhattan
World Trade Center

The precision and execution of a well done side part is a thing to behold. Not everyone is destined for the side part, but for those can, please do.

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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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Maroon Shorts

Maroon Shorts
SoHo
Prince and Mercer St.

I’m digging the color scheme of this outfit with the blue shirt, black sunglasses, maroon shorts and white kicks, all mononchromatic. Bonus for the way he cuffs up his shorts above the knee so they look more well proportioned.

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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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Neon Shirt

Neon Shirt

TriBeCa
6th Avenue and Laight St.

Brighter days are here again and so is brighter apparel. Neon in my wardrobe usually finds itself in very subtle ways – shoe laces, on a small logo, or a pocket and usually on some form of athletic gear. If you do wear it, it’s best to stick to just one item as you can clearly see it stands out and speaks for itself.

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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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Double Breasted Suit

Slow Week 108 copy

Nolita
Lafeyette and Prince St.

I find that European men in the city are more prone to wear the double breasted jacket. I like the mix of casual cotton twill fabric and side pockets with formality and structure of a typical wool suit.

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Mad Hatter

Mad Hatter

West Village
Greenwich Ave and 10th St.

How nice to see a proper hat in sea of baseball caps. His accessories game is pretty tight with this ensemble and he’s even sporting some colored nails.

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Short Shorts

Short Shorts

Greenwich Village
Carmine and Bleecker St.

The shorts he’s wearing were originally those baggy, loose, wide legged, uninspiring cargo shorts that still too many guys painfully wear, even in New York. I didn’t realize that by inventively cutting a few inches off the hem would make these shorts so much more appealing as this crafty guy seemed to do.

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Square Buckle

Square Buckle

SoHo
Prince and West Broadway

I’m on the hunt for the perfect square buckle belt. I’m finding that either the metal of the buckle is not up to par or it’s that the leather is not as quality as I’d like it to be. I like how this fellow’s looks a tad worn it, so I guess this is one time I have to go for vintage.

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Mankles

No Socks And Loafers

Greenwich Village
Thompson and Houston St.

I was reading an article today in New York magazine about the term mankles (http://nymag.com/thecut/2014/05/men-throw-out-your-socks-its-mankles-season.html) – referring to the time of year when it’s not quite as hot outside for shorts, but men want to feel the sun on the lower part of their bodies, so they roll up their pants to reveal their ankles. That or have pants that are short enough to reveal them already. It is an erogenous zone and showing them off via pants can be much more attractive than seeing nice legs in unsightly, baggy, ill-fitting cargo shorts.

 

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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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Flecks Of Gold

Flecks Of Gold

Penn Station
7th Avenue and 34th St.

The hot, sticky, sweaty days have arrived in the concrete jungle. As evidenced by this gent, you gotta keep dry and sweat free by dabbing. His tattoos and accessories are what really give this fella panache. The goggle-like, thick black frames, the gold watch and tiny gold earring placed mid lobe and backward cap makes him look more downtown than the suburban crush that is Penn Station.

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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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Black Camo Shorts

Black Camo Shorts

West Village
Hudson and Charles St.

Here we are back to shorts season and first out of the gate is a nice pair of black camoflouge, high above the knee and without all that bagginess or looseness that can make a guy’s legs look thinner than they are. Like most things on this blog, it’s all about the fit.

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Fresh White

Fresh White

Flatiron District
5th Avenue and 24th St.

I recently read a quote from a well known menswear designer where he stated that every man should own a white shirt because if you’re tan or dark skinned, it adds amazing contrast and if you’re pale or light skinned it makes you look less so and brings out more color to your face. Wise words and I couldn’t agree more. Oh this gent, I’m digging how the white shirt contrasts the redness in his facial hair.

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White Polo

White Polo

Hudson Square
Vandam and Varick St.

The long sleeve polo shirt is something I rarely see anymore, but it’s a great spring piece that’s a nice alternative to your basic long sleeve crew neck shirt. I like how this one has a chest pocket.

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Bike Style

SoHo
West Broadway and Prince St.

Now that the weather has warmed up and it’s frequently sunny, I’m starting to notice more bikes on the streets. Where there’s more bikes, there’s more bike style. I’m happy to see the re-emergence of the short sleeve button down shirt for spring. These types of shirts only look good if the arm holes are fitted and close to the body and well above the elbow.

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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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Earthtones

Earthtones

East Village
1st Avenue and 1st St.

In this post, I won’t even bother talking about what the guy is wearing since it’s really all about those two dogs. I’m sure most of you would rather pay attention to them anyways.

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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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Printed Tie

Printed Tie

West Village
Varick and Carmine St.

This tie stood out to me because of it’s subtle diamond print and how well the pattern is spaced out on the tie so that it doesn’t look too busy. I also like how it’s a jewel toned color blue against the navy suit.

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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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