I am a proud member of “the club for husbands who survived the ‘first impression’ even though it was a disaster.” Most guys are not as lucky as I was if they did not make a good impression on the first date. On a professional level, most job candidates do not get a second chance if they do not leave a positive mark on the primary interview.
I googled the definition for “First Impression”. Here’s what I found on Wikipedia:
In psychology, a first impression is the event when one person first encounters another person and forms a mental image of that person. Impression accuracy varies depending on the observer and the target (person, object, scene, etc.) being observed.
Here’s my interpretation:
A First Impression is a one second preview of your personal brand. People will always look at you from the bottom up. Their perception will be greatly influenced by the shoes you choose to wear and the face with which you were blessed.
Basically we are saying the same thing. To quote the great Jay Z “I ain’t invented the game.”
Unlike life itself you can usually count on people to be fair, in the sense that they can be predictable but they will probably have some opinions based on how you choose to appear in front of them. You cannot dress to please everyone. However you can at least try to have some control over their judgements that may affect your life. Especially if their biased decisions are based solely on your appearance.
Like most Bostonians, I am D-O-N-E with winter. Just as the Red Sox are gearing up for the new season, I’m hitting the market for some spring wardrobe. I stopped by ROSTER in Faneuil Hall to pick up a ‘47Brand cap. Ironically, something happened as I was putting on a Boston Red Sox hat for the first time in my life. I felt as if I had finally become a citizen of Boston, Massachusetts. The experience seemed more official than receiving my driver’s license from the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.
If you know anything about me, you know that I am all in for Boston. I was so proud to be wearing apparel that represents Boston-based brands (Red Sox, Twins Enterprises, and ROSTER Stores) that I instagramed an image with hashtags #FranchiseTag #Boston soon after I left store.
The B cap is a distinctive sign of Boston culture, just as cowboy hats are for the western part of the country.
True or False? People are often profiled depending on what they wear-those who wear cowboy hats are thought to drive pick-up trucks, to listen to country music and to speak with a western accent. Someone in a B cap would be branded with the Boston accent, outstanding schools, world-class hospitals, winning sport teams, and record snow falls.
How would you like to be profiled in your Boston Red Sox hat?
[ezcol_1half]A LADY IN RED
Red Cleanup Hat.
A trendsetter who likes the new.[/ezcol_1half] [ezcol_1half_end]”47 FRANCHISE BOSTON RED SOX
Garment washed Boston Red Sox clean up with a broken-in look and feel.
Someone who likes to kick it old school.
By the way, the Garment Washed cap is more my speed.
Trending: Colorful socks, bright shoe laces, flamboyant handkerchiefs, ostentatious pants, colour (British), color (American), color…
Question: Does a man have to look like a peacock all the time in order to be labeled MWS (Men With Style)?
“I wish my husband would wear more color.” “My boyfriend is always in dark colors and I hate it.” “I bought these colorful pants for my fiancé, but he never wore them.” Sound familiar?
Color is a major component of my personal brand. I embrace it. I love it. I have mastered the use of it. Whether I’m styling an editorial shoot, Boston’s most influential men, or myself, color is the weapon with which I kill them softly.
I often encourage guys to work splashes of color into their daily styles. It can add many features and benefits to the look if it is used properly. In fact, when I was a financial consultant I wore the usual blue and grey corporate uniform. However, I would change up my corporate looking ties for more engaging options for networking events. I had special business-appropriate neck wear that would help stand out as an individual in a room filled with grey, blue, and black suits.
So in celebration of color, I would like to give a shout out to my comrades who fight against wardrobe fatigue. They have places to be, people to see, and deals to close. They don’t spend valuable time deciding what to wear and what not to wear. Almost every article in their wardrobe handsomely complements each other.
Don’t you wish you could travel with a butler and a valet like they do in “Downton Abbey”? Nothing can be more exhausting then packing for a business trip. From my experience most deals get closed on paper napkins after hours when everyone is relaxed, rather than a tense boardroom with slideshows. Therefore, the evening wardrobe should be as “on fleek” as the daytime look.
But despite a thriving economy, you are still a few million dollars short of affording that traveling butler. You cannot pack your entire rainbow closet on the plane, and you don’t have the time to worry about which shoes you should wear with what. My dad and my grandfathers taught me the basics; match belts with my shoes and socks with pants. Because of this they never suffered from decision fatigue. As I’m rocking my green rubber boots while writing this post, I invite you to ignore the trending echo “COLOR, Color, color,” but to go back to basics and adopt a stylish minimalist attitude with tonal ensembles.
Check out the outfit grids below for some transitional day-to-night and weekend inspirations, where I shuffle only one or two articles of clothing, and show different accessory options.
SPECIAL THANKS TO:
Uniform – 511 Tremont Street, Boston, MA
Johnston & Murphy – 292 Washington Street, Boston, MA
WHAT I AM WEARING
Hat – Gooring Bros.
Jacket – Façonnable Quilted Knit Jacket
Sweater – vintage British military sweater
Jeans – G-Star biker pants
Boots – Tretorn rubber rain boots.
Typically at award shows, menswear is overshadowed by beautiful dresses and famous designer gowns. Gentlemen, Sunday night at the 72nd Golden Globes our team came out to play. They brought heat to the style game where we are so often out-dressed by the ladies.
Without any mentions of who they wore, here are my top picks for men’s style at the Golden Globes 2015.
Why they were selected:
- Beautiful contrast between the dark jackets and crisp white shirts.
- Appropriate jacket sleeve length and perfect shoulder alignment.
- Great fitting pants with proper quarter break.
- Dapper and classic looks finished by stylish black shoes.
- How well they complemented their stunning female partners.
[ezcol_1half]JOHN LEGEND in a one button shawl collar tuxedo. All eyes may have rightfully been on his wife Chrissy Teagan, but he was dressed as the perfect arm candy. Slim fitting jacket sleeve. Great overall fit on jacket and pants. Sharp looking laced leather sole shoes to complete the look. Well-played, John.[/ezcol_1half] [ezcol_1half_end]GEORGE CLOONEY matched his wife Amal Alamuddin in her splendor and in black and white. He looked debonair in bowtie with a classic notch lapel tuxedo, which he wore on his wedding day according to www.grazia.fr. Game, set, match, Clooney.[/ezcol_1half_end]
[ezcol_1half]DON CHEADLE looked sharp in a midnight blue tuxedo. He wore a black tie that matched the peak lapel of the jacket. Even though the shoes may look a bit too robust for my taste, I still think his style is A-game caliber.[/ezcol_1half] [ezcol_1half_end]MATT BOMER looked dapper in a blue shawl collar tuxedo. Classic fitted jacket with a pop of the shirt sleeve at the cuffs. Nicely tapered pants with quarter break. Two seconds left on the shot clock, Matt gets the final shot. [/ezcol_1half_end]
[ezcol_1half]CLIVE OWEN restyled his dressy casual velvet blazer look from the 2014 Rome Film Festival, to abide by the formal dress code of the 2015 Golden Globe Awards. Noticed the jacket may have been altered to a much more complimentary silhouette since last year. Although the pants in the 2014 photo have a better fit, the trousers have a much cleaner break. He wore brown shoes with the casual look, but black shoes for the formal occasion. MVP for best-dressed due to creativity and versatility.[/ezcol_1half] [ezcol_1half_end]2014 Rome Film Festival [/ezcol_1half_end]
[ezcol_1half]ROBERT DOWNEY JR. with his wife Susan Downey. I like the fit of the pants. I can’t even get mad at him for the sneakers. I dig them. I’m a super big fan of Robert Downey Jr. but he has been a disappointment lately with the loose tie trend. “Iron Man” better call Maaco. The untied bowtie or loose tie style never looked stylish to me. What’s the point of your neckwear if you don’t plan on tying it? I don’t typically get into the “do’s and don’ts” reviews, mainly because I have very few don’ts regarding personal style, and I encourage people to dress to express more than dress to impress. Unfortunately Robert Downy Jr. looked sloppy at the Golden Globes. Guys, for someone who has been my MVP, he was an ineligible player on Sunday.[/ezcol_1half] [ezcol_1half_end]
Jeff Lahens (DressCode Boston) caught up with his friend actor Jay Harrington, star of the USA Network show Benched, for a quick interview on Twitter. Here’s a transcript of what the Boston area native is up to and what he thinks his character’s chances are in a TV pickup game of street basketball.
Jay Harrington retweeted a Tweet you were mentioned in:
Dec 29: TODAY, 1PM EST join the chat via @styleboston w/ BOSTON’s own @jayharrington3 of @BenchedUSA #styleboston #BenchedUSA
Q: @styleboston: what’s your relationship w/New England? #BenchedUSA #styleboston
A: Grew up in Wellesley Ma love to visit as often as possible U could say it’s a serious long dist 1
Q: Where do you live now?
A: Santa Monica, Calif.
Q: How do you rep #Boston in LA and NYC?
A: .@RedSox trailer hitch on my truck
Q: We’ve learned that you’re a @SyracuseU alumnus. What did you study?
A: drama @SU_VPA @SUDrama_VPA
Q: Where did you go to high school? What sports did you play?
A: Wellesley High, hockey
Q: Do you bleed Orange for @Cuse or Green for @Celtics? 🙂
Q: What character do you play @BenchedUSA?
A: Phil Quinlan part attorney part gambler
Q: Tell us about @BenchedUSA.
A: Honest look at life of public dfndrs,workplace ensemble comedy
Q: PHIL @BenchedUSA vs HARVEY @Suits_USA on the basketball court. Who wins?
A: Phil #whosgotnext
Q: PHIL @BenchedUSA vs JACK MCCOY in the court room. Who wins?
A: Sam Waterston ftw, but Phil at the bar
Q: When discussing fashionable cities, Boston is rarely mentioned. How do you feel about that?
A: #Boston has TONS of style! W/ so many diff universities and cultures repping individual tastes together in an amazing city!
Q: What are 3 words to describe Phil’s style @BenchedUSA?
A: last min, hungover chic
Q: Who are your style icons?
A: Cary Grant was the man #whosgotnext
Q: Who is the best looking man on TV right now?
A: Ted Danson & scrawny arms @RobLowe
Q: Favorite TV shows when you were growing up?
A: $6 Million Man, Family Ties, Batman w/ @TheRealAdamWest
Q: Name your favorite restaurants/bars in Boston?
A: Clark’s Faneuil Hall, @LibertyHotel
Q: What’s a must-see or must-do in Boston?
A: #FreedomTrail, #CapeCod, @RedSox #FenwayPark
Q: Who will the @Patriots play in the Superbowl this year? 🙂
Editor’s note: The last exchange prompted @RhettNFL to Tweet: The Pats are in the Super Bowl already??? To which Jay Harrington replied: My New Year’s Resolution – to be positive.
A packed house at G-Star RAW Boston on Newbury Street to vote on Instagram for their favorite FW14 styles in an interactive fashion event produced by DressCode Boston.
The social engagement featured a style competition curated by the contenders: Alex Weaver, Managing Editor at BostInno, Georgina Castellucci, Content Curator at Notes on Lifestyle, Alexander Ingram, Blogger at A Boston Blazer, Ola Munia, Image Consultant at Styles by Ola, Edlira, Stylist at That Style Movement, Vane ssa Lundy Blogger at Vanavainvintage.com, Ferns Francois, Model at Maggie Inc. and Janee Lookerse Lifestyle Blogger at Yellow Bird Yellow Beard.
[huge_it_slider id=”10″] Two days before the event, the models gathered at PhillipoStyle in Boston South for an epic photo shoot, which wouldn’t be revealed until the show. The images were uploaded to @gstarboston Instagram, simultaneously, as each model revealed their Fall and Winter styles to the in-store crowd. The attendees and online followers cast their votes with each “Like” of the image of their favorite looks. Congratulations to Ola Munia for winning the competition.
After the final walk, the party continued and so did the Instagramming. Event guests browsed through the store racks, enjoying cocktails by Deep Eddy Vodka, and the music of DJ Alexander Padei. Meanwhile, the models gathered on the back stairway and roof of the building for another live photo shoot.
The event showcased G-Star RAW through a range of styles to which all Bostonians can relate. From preppy, military-inspired, biker looks to bohemian styles, DressCode Boston wanted to articulate the brand’s lifestyle and inspiration of “core denim range with a sophisticated tailored line that emphasizes proportion, craftsmanship and detailing.” Mission accomplished.
EDITOR AT LARGE
CHIEF FASHION CORRESPONDENT
Anna Paula Goncalves
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