Men Step Up Their Red Carpet Style at 2014 Emmy Awards

If you caught the 66th Annual Emmy Awards last week, you probably were not too focused on the fashion. Sure, we were all on the edge of our seat waiting to see who won Best Drama or Outstanding Lead Actor/Actress. But let’s face it, the best award was one not actually announced: Best Dressed.

Even at red carpet events, A-list men are often reduced as “accessories” to their elaborately dressed dates. Although men’s fashion is booming, we often focus our attention on the women of the red carpet. True, how many times can you reinvent a tuxedo so that it steals the spotlight? But with beautifully tailored tuxedos, you really can’t beat a classic! Matt Bomer and Adam Levine both looked impeccable in their classic black tuxedos. Levine even added his own flair by showing up in a pair of sunglasses.

Matt Bomer and Adam Levine. Photos courtesy of GQ.com

Matt Bomer and Adam Levine. Photos courtesy of GQ.com

As we pointed out in a previous post, stars are, more and more, sporting shades of blue. In recent years, celebrities have slowly begun to veer away from the classic black tuxedo and add a pop of color with navy. The trend in blue tuxedos was not forgotten at the Emmys; stars such as Matthew McConaughey, Seth Meyers, and Ty Burrell all rode in on the blue tux wave.

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Matthew McConaughey, Seth Meyers, and Ty Burrell. Photos courtesy of GQ.com

We often expect to see stars making bolder statements on the red carpet, and although not many do, there are always a select few that manage an eye-catching style. Ryan Sweeting wore a twist of the blue fad. With black pants and a brighter blue jacket, Sweeting made a statement without standing out. Jack Antonoff also changed up the norm with his brown tux. Antonoff wasn’t the only celebrity changing it up in brown; Jim Parsons was also seen wearing a brown tuxedo. Parsons wore an all brown tux, while Antonoff paired his brown jacket with black pants. Though shades of brown definitely aren’t the first color you think of for black tie events, the color stood out nicely among the sea of black.

Ryan Sweeting, Jack Antonoff, and Jim Parsons. Photos courtesy of GQ.com and Esquire.com

Ryan Sweeting, Jack Antonoff, and Jim Parsons. Photos courtesy of GQ.com and Esquire.com

As men’s fashion evolves, male celebrities are no longer being placed in the background to their female dates. From classics to bold statements, the stars on the red carpet looked incredible. So, who do you think deserves Best Dressed for this year’s Emmy Awards? Vote here or leave a comment!

 

The Fall of Street Style has a Humorous Silver Lining

It was all the rage at Men’s Fashion Week in London, then Florence, Milan, and now Paris. While models strut down the runway in the latest trends-to-be, all we are hearing about is ‘Street Style’.

Street style? What exactly is that? The definitions vary, but it is commonly described as being all about the street and all about raw style. Truly, it is meant to display your personality and showcase your identity. Although often seen as controversial, it gives people a chance to show off what they really like, what they are passionate about. That is street style in its purest form: people in their everyday clothes, doing ordinary things in their everyday casual and personal routines. Street style is entirely authentic, revealing the ensembles that people really wear, rather than what appears on the runway or in a couture boutique.

So, if street style is really supposed to be genuine, why does it keep appearing on the runway and in couture boutiques? It has become a trend and, therefore, become entirely predictable. For almost a decade, street style has captivated the fashion world. Street style blogs have appeared by the dozens, street style photographers are appearing in top magazines, and street style is seen in the window displays of some of the most elite designer stores. However, the unique quality is now lost since it became so commercial. More often than not, those whom have previously engaged in this form of personal expression would not be able to afford what is being showcased on the catwalk. A trend that was once all about individuality is now all about high-end fashion. Simply allowing there to be a defining ‘street style look’ makes it contradict itself.

The majority of news coverage for fashion events often highlights the appearance of street style. Bloggers love predicting street style trends that we will see in future seasons. The hashtag #SS15 (Street Style 2015) has been trending on Twitter since early June. Just take a stroll down Madison or Fifth Avenue, look at the window displays, and proof of the booming popularity of street style is evident. Seemingly, the authenticity of street style has been co-opted by the fashion industry.

However, the loss of genuineness has not all been bad; some good, or rather, humor, has come out of it. Particularly, a satirical and hilariously accurate Twitter account: The Sarcastialist @sarcastialist.

1While we love fashion, we also love the humor that can be found in it. Trends, especially, are typical targets for such amusing wit.

4In a recent post, BuzzFeed described @sarcastialist as “your new favorite parody Twitter account” and that the account is “taking street style down with sarcasm”.

6By editing the captions on street style photos, @sarcastialist makes them more accurate.

8The account was created in order to showcase the reality of street style photography, or, rather, to bring back the authenticity of the whole thing. It looks like the clever account is returning street style to its more realistic purpose: reflecting people’s everyday fashion.

10For more street style humor, follow @sarcastialist on Twitter!

Celebrate Independence Day in Style

4thWith the grand prix of summer weekends quickly approaching, everyone is gearing up for the festivities in celebration of our independence from Great Britain in 1776. The national holiday marked by patriotic displays hosts hundreds of outdoor events nationwide. Parades, barbecue, and fireworks are just a few of the things that make this summer holiday one of our favorites. Whether you’re packing up for a picnic in Central Park, headed out for a weekend in the Hamptons, or utilizing the holiday as a chance to vacation with the family, we compiled a list of all your Independence Day must-haves.

It wouldn’t be a proper celebration without everyone decked out from head to toe in red, white, and blue. This year, leave your American flag shirt at home. There are plenty of ways to display your pride without draping yourself in a once-a-year fashion disaster. Show off your patriotic spirit with a custom-made shirt from Clifton Charles! Check out our four Fourth of July featured fabrics:

Fourth Featured FabricsIf you’re planning to hit the beach, try solid navy or red swim trunks. Guys, leave the American flag printed shorts at home. If you do not have either color of swimwear, soak up some sun on a red, white, and blue towel.

7" Board Short in both red and navy from J. Crew. Americana Beach Towel from Bed, Bath, & Beyond

7″ Board Short in both red and navy from J. Crew. Americana Beach Towel from Bed, Bath, & Beyond

You can further accessorize your holiday-wear with the perfect pair of shades. Pick up a pair of solid navy sunglasses to throw on while you are at the parade or during a game of Frisbee on the beach. Again, no American flag print. Actually, just leave the print for flags and avoid wearing it.

Navy Ray-Ban aviators

Navy Ray-Ban aviators

Planning to attend a dinner party? If you need a more formal patriotic look, a classic navy blue suit is the perfect way to dress the part and still show off your spirit. Opt for a clean white dress shirt underneath, and a bold red tie. Bonus points of the pattern in the tie incorporates some navy blue.

Custom suit, shirt, and tie from Clifton Charles

Custom suit, shirt, and tie from Clifton Charles

Once you’ve taken care of your ‘Proud to be an American’ wardrobe, don’t forget the other necessities! July is National UV Safety Month. No matter where you spend your holiday, remember to pack the SPF (and some aloe too, just in case). Re-apply your sunscreen often to ensure you avoid any damage from harmful UV rays. Just as important as the sunscreen, be sure to have bottled water handy. With the July heat blazing, you won’t want to forget to stay hydrated.

With all of the essentials covered, you can dress to impress and show off your patriotic spirit! So grab a cocktail, go to a rooftop or head down to the water to watch the fireworks. You are ready to celebrate Independence Day in style. Now, you can finally get out your American flags. Happy Fourth of July!

 

If you are hosting a party, check out Instyle’s Show-Stopping Red, White, and Blue Cocktails for delicious drink recipes to please all of your guests.

Still looking for holiday plans? Check out TimeOut New York’s Fourth of July events.

Spotted in the City: Fashionable Grandpas

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An Instagram account, with the username @FashionGrandpas, has been snapping photos of the best dressed old men in New York City. And now, users can even send in their own #FashionGrandpa snapshots!

image(6)@FashionGrandpas continues to collect shots of these stylish folks all over town, and people love it! With 18,000 followers and climbing, @FashionGrandpas is a hit!

We already knew grandpas have always had their own “look”, but these men have really stepped up the game.

image(7)They ignore whatever is trending…

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image(8)They just dress with flair!

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 For more of these best dressed grandpas, follow @FashionGrandpas on Instagram!

Style at the 2014 NBA Draft

hi-res-2507a9000c64e5a9d5ab8d429e915aa5_crop_northThroughout all of the excitement over the 2014 NBA Draft, there were a lot of comments made about the draftees’ fashion choices. Although fashion was not the primary focus of the event, it certainly caught everyone’s attention!. Check out our gallery with photos of some of our favorite looks from the night!

Two of the athletes featured in our gallery had something extra special to share. While many people noted their choices of color or style for their suits, some of the young men had more to show off than what was visible on the surface. Here, #6 pick Marcus Smart shows off the inside of his jacket. At a glance, and as some people criticized, it appears to be graffiti. However, when you look closely, Smart’s design incorporates aspects of his life that are really close to his heart. Most importantly, the jacket features a tribute to his brother, Todd Westbrook, who died in 2004 after a long battle with cancer at the age of 33. Smart’s first tattoo is also a tribute to Westbrook. When he first arrived at Oklahoma State, the number 3 (which had always been his number) was retired. He then chose #33 in honor of his brother.

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Another athlete with a story to share was #15 pick, Adreian Payne. Though many criticized his bright and somewhat gaudy ensemble, it looks that way deliberately. Payne’s look was a tribute to a special friend: Lacey Holsworth (pictured below). The 8 year old Michigan State fan lost her battle with cancer this past spring – a tragedy that devastated the entire campus and sports fans across the nation. They became good friends while Payne was making a visit to the hospital, and he soon became her “Superman.” Their incredible story touched the hearts of many. Payne told The State News, “I wore this for Lacey Holsworth, and it’s the color of her cancer that she had, leukemia.” Aside from the color, Payne also had “Adreian and Lacey” embroidered on the inside of his jacket to commemorate the little girl that was so close to him.

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Payne points to the embroidery inside his jacket that reads “Adreian and Lacey”

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Lacey Holsworth helps Adreian Payne cut down the net after beating University of Michigan in the B1G Tournament Championship.

Besides the special touches added by Smart and Payne, one other stood out among the crowd of athletes. Aaron Gordon’s blue suit (BITNB!) was shockingly similar to that of the Orlando Magic. The mere 18 year old attended the NBA Draft at Barclays Center in Brooklyn. The blue shade of his suit was shockingly similar to that of the Orlando Magic, but Gordon claims it was not his forecast of the draft’s outcome. Whether it was a simple coincidence or an accurate prediction, the similarity in shades of blue drew a lot of attention.

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As always, so many different styles were represented in this year’s NBA draft. Many of the ensembles seemed to showcase the personality of the player who wore it. Some raised eyebrows, others stood out for being perfectly classic. Either way, last night’s NBA Draft proved that there is never a shortage of fashion waiting to be critiqued.

Vote in our survey for who you think deserves “Best Dressed” in last night’s NBA Draft! https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/52YC3R9