Ask Joelle (Men’s): What Casual Fall Shoes Should I Invest in?

Fall Shoes for Men
“Hey Joelle. I saw your last post while I was mulling over shoes to buy for this upcoming year. I wanted something casual and I’d like your opinion on it since you’re a stylist.”

-Deon

The world of men’s shoes can be hard to navigate once you begin to transition into the workforce!  Your sneaker collection might be cool and appropriate for school, but when you start your 9-5 life, realistically you’re not going to have many places to wear them.

So what kinds of shoes should you invest in as a grown man? What casual shoes are cool to wear on your off days but aren’t super expensive or juvenile? Below, I’ve listed 4 of the basics:Converse-Men-s-Chuck-Taylor-Canvas-Sneakers-35-1

1. Canvas Sneakers: Chucks, and most styles similar to them will always be classic. Distressing and a bit of wear adds character to this type of sneaker that’s wearable with jeans.

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2. Desert Boots: These boots are the most versatile yet neutral shoe any man can own. They’re typically leather or suede, they come up right above the ankle and they have a flat sole which makes them the perfect mergence of casual and dressy. Did I mention you can wear them with any type of pants? You need these!

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3. Chukka Boots: These are definitely more casual and complete your fall “effortlessly cool” look. These go well with dark wash jeans or chinos with a crew neck sweater. My favorites are the Red Wing Chukkas!

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4. Slip-ons: Sometimes viewed as “skater shoes”, these laid-back minimalist sneaks are back in this Fall. Pictured above are J.Crew’s Sperry Top-Sider Wool Slip-ons. Check them out here.

Hope this helps!

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Sources: http://www.jcrew.com, http://www.huffingtonpost.com

Men’s Style Monday: What to Wear on A Date

Men's Style Monday: What to Wear on A Date
So, you’ve got a big date with someone you really like and you want to make a good impression. Whether it’s an active, laid back or formal date, you want to put your best foot forward! You have your plans all set about where you’re going and how to “woo” her, but how are you going to put together the perfect look for your destination? What you wear isn’t everything, but it sure will say a few things about you and the kind of man you are.
Look #1: Going to the theater, a nice jazz club or got fancy dinner plans? Chinos, a crisp button-up and some oxford cap-toe shoes are a safe bet for comfort and formality.
Look #2: Headed to the park, concert or a sporting event? A two-toned fitted hoodie, nice jeans and a pair of Chucks are the way to go to hang out and get a little active with your crush.
Look #3: Perhaps you’re going to an art museum, a family get together or spending time with your girl for the holidays. Classic khaki chinos, a chambray shirt and chukka boots are great for a date that’s just about in between – it’s safe for an outing that’s not too casual and not too dressy.
4. Don’t overdo the cologne! The worst thing could do is choke her with those ‘smell good’ scents. Here’s a list of colognes that women love.
5. Finally, keep yourself groomed! Hang-nails, unibrows, and abnormally long nose and ear hairs are unacceptable. You could look nice all day but if your hygiene is off, it’ll be nearly impossible to get her to pay you any mind. We pay attention to the details, so you should too!
Hope this helps!
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Sneak Peek of Styled by Joelle

Hi guys! I’m so excited to finally share with you what I’ve been working on for the past couple of months! Ever since I started really getting into fashion, (participating in fashion shows, blogging, etc.) people have asked me when I was going to start styling, if I could help them shop, how do I find the best deals for the clothes I buy, and a plethora of other questions. As a person that was specifically interested in designing clothes, I wasn’t really sure if styling was for me, but after my boyfriend graciously allowed me to help style and update his wardrobe, I realized that styling was something I really enjoyed doing.

Over time, we subtracted pieces that weren’t current and/or fitting him correctly and added basics and versatile staples that complimented his body type and lifestyle. He expressed that he liked a clean, sophisticated, and simple look, which was relatively easy to create for him. As you all know, I’m a bargain shopper! Our main go-to store was Gap. I find that their men’s clothing is classic, of good quality and affordable. Because they always have a sale, it was super easy to begin building his new wardrobe on a budget.

My main goal of styling is that the client is confident and comfortable in their new clothes.

When you’re comfortable, you’re confident.

And when you’re confident, you always look great.

There are three primary categories of style that I targeted in his wardrobe: Chill, Play and Work. Below, I have examples of looks for each category.



C H I L L



For his casual wardrobe, we focused on finding the perfect pairs of straight, slim and even skinny jeans. We put more emphasis on the straight styled denim because it won’t go out of style, but picked up a pair of trendy skinny jeans because it worked well with his naturally tall and slender physique.

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P L A Y



 It’s always fun to go out, so you should have clothes to have fun in. We added some color to this look by pairing burgundy pants with a two-toned graphic tee. It’s hard to find a cool graphic tee, but I suggest going to fast fashion stores like Zara or Topman like we did for a good deal. A nice non-athletic sneaker is essential to any man’s casual wardrobe. These grey Polo sneakers came from Nordstrom Rack for a deal. I love the brown leather laces they come with!

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 Business casual clothes are so important for any career man that intends to look successful and, more importantly, be successful. You need well-fitting, modern, and professional clothes that reflect your competence and work ethic. Below is a simple every day look that works for just about any professional work environment. A slim-fitted oxford shirt, corduroys, a nice sized silver Michael Kors watch, a leather belt and Clarks leather desert boots are just right for the office. It states, “I’m a well put together, confident man with a plan,” without you saying a word.

Impressions are important and your clothes do a lot of the talking. Be sure you’re conveying the right message!

unnamed unnamed-2 unnamed-3The desert boot is a unique type of boot because it can be worn with khakis, jeans, corduroys and more and they can dress your entire look up. They’re a good middle ground between casual and dressy while still a classic. I recommend these Clarks for any guy!
unnamed-21These are only a few of the many versatile looks that he can now implement into his daily life that make him look modern, polished, and stylish. With my guidance and expertise, he is now more educated on how to shop for himself  and find clothes that look great on his body type. I am so grateful that he trusted me to style him and update his wardrobe. He’s been so patient and open to my insight as my first client!

My Styled by Joelle business and website offers wardrobe makeovers, special occasion styling, and style clinic sessions for men and women at affordable rates. It’s set to launch soon, so stay tuned!

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Unspoken Suit Rules Every Man Should Know


Came across some very useful rules to follow for men’s suits on buzzfeed.com (seriously, that website teaches me SO much) and I thought I’d share some of them: enhanced-buzz-29254-1388434946-251. Your tie should always be darker than your dress shirt.

enhanced-buzz-30777-1388428095-422. The width of the tie should match the width of the lapel.

enhanced-buzz-2655-1388510147-93. You should be able to slip your hand between your chest and your buttoned jacket such that it feels snug, but with room to move.

enhanced-buzz-566-1388434455-214. The suit jacket should be long enough to cover your butt and pants zipper.
enhanced-buzz-28128-1388431044-05. For a more casual, trendy look, opt for a single-button peak-lapel jacket.

enhanced-buzz-4518-1388431677-526. Always go with the classic windsor knot for your tie, but use the size of your head to determine whether you should go half or full windsor.enhanced-buzz-969-1388440300-07. Use this guide to match the color of your shoes to your suit.enhanced-buzz-14452-1388430095-268. The Savile Row Fold keeps your dress pants from falling off the hanger.grid-cell-2286-1389196945-79. In general, thin lapels are more modern.enhanced-buzz-19624-1388428671-4

10. A pocket square adds an extra level of polish, but make sure it doesn’t match your tie in either fabric or print choice.

Click here to see the rest of the rules on buzzfeed.com.

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Photos: Buzzfeed.com

Men’s Style Monday: Idris Elba in Vogue

British actor, Idris Elba, dominates in January 2014’s Vogue issue in a spread about his newest movie premiere: Long Walk to Freedom. One of my favorite actors, because of his execution in any kind of role, he’s sure not to disappoint portraying the legend and hero, Nelson Mandela.02_MinkWell_Vogue_Jan2014

On meeting Mandela:

“He’s a nice guy,” he tells me. (They’ve met once before, at a state dinner where Elba was a guest of Britain’s prime minister.) “I go to shake his hand, and he’s like, ‘Come on, man! Give me a dap.’ ”

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On playing Mandela:

“I’ve been told I have presence. I’ve been told I’m charismatic. But I’m not Nelson Mandela,” he jokes. “Everybody has a sense of who Mandela is — his nobleness, his white hair, his voice. Those were big shoes to fill. I felt like that would be the challenge: to create Mr. Mandela’s presence on film for people who have never met him.”

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Excited for Idris and his many achievements!

xxJoelle

Photos & excerpts retrieved from Vogue.com

9 Men’s Staples for this Fall

Looking to mix up your wardrobe a bit, guys? Fall fashion fun isn’t only for girls! Here are some examples of cool fall essentials every man should own:

SHIRTS

1.plaid

Both from J.Crew.com

Classic, comfortable, and they look great with almost everything. If you don’t own at least two, I suggest you invest!

2.chambray

Both from J.Crew.com

Chambray is still in and here to stay. Chambray on denim combos, chambray on khaki, chambray under a blazer or motorcycle jacket…endless opportunities for effortless cool. And the elbow patches are a plus this season, too.

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3.jackets

Both from Topman.com

Baseball jackets seem to make shoulders appear broader. These are good for day and night wear as an alternative for a regular hoodie. Get one of these to add a little something to a simple v-neck & jeans look.

4.coatsBoth from Topman.com

A man in a nice peacoat commands respect. It says sophisticated and classy without you saying a word. Go with a longer belted wool peacoat for colder days, or a simple black one to go over a dressier outfit. Gentlemen, these [with the right fit, of course] are flattering on most body types because it gives you added structure. Get one!

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5.boots

A slip-on Chelsea boot like the one on the left is good for pairing with denim or a suit. The Red Wing boots on the right can add a bit of a rugged flair to that plaid or chambray shirt aforementioned!

6.sneakersI love monochromatic kicks. Both of these stand out to me and both pairs would look dope with skinny jeans and a graphic tee. Or a button up. Or a almost anything else.

ACCESSORIES

7.caps

Both from J.Crew.com

Baseball caps over fitteds, any day. I just hate the way fitteds look to be honest, and I think baseball caps are SO much cooler. Don’t believe me, ask Frankie Beverly. Haha, but really. You don’t have to follow baseball to pull one of these off.

8.watchesChronographic – because the more numbers, the better. All black is sleek and edgy, and bold color is great for casual daytime outfits.

9.socks

Both from J.Crew.com

A wise man once told me that socks can make or break your look. If you’re conservative everywhere else, give us a pop of color in your socks paired with a mid-rise boot or loafer.

Happy Fall:)

xxJoelle

Men’s Style Mondays: Dress Shoes

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1. Black Cap-Toe Oxfords: This shoe has a discreet toecap and it’s a basic staple for every man’s wardrobe. Wear them in the boardroom, to weddings, funerals, etc. with most suits.

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2. Brown Wing-Tip Brogues: These are my favorites, mainly because of the perforated details. I’ve seen so many intricate designs for Brogue shoes and they’re so classy in a charming way. They silently say “I’m style-conscious, and I know what I’m doing”, if worn with the right outfit. They typically feature a peaked toecap, curving side seams, thin soles and a narrow, elongated toe. Wear these in brown with any type of suit except black, with heavier fabrics like tweed and corduroy. To the office, a nice lunch or just to add interest a good outfit!

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3. Brown Monk-Straps: These have a buckle-and-strap closure that replaces traditional eyelets and laces. Wear these with a serious worsted suit and almost any other style of suit or tailored trouser for work and play, but not at very formal occasions.

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4. Brown Plain-Toe Dress Loafers: Easy slip-ons with a high vamp and a substantial sole often made of exotic leather or skin. Wear them with a casual suit, or tailored trousers with a blazer or sport jacket. Tip: wear these to the airport to get through security faster and still look great when you arrive at your meeting.

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Just like for women, shoes can make or break your look, guys! Make sure you’re wearing the right style for the occasion and your outfit, and always, always, match your belt to your shoes.

Shoes in brown (or a shade of brown) are appropriate for most suits and sport coats, including navy and lighter shades of grey. Black shoes are preferred for black, darker greys, and navy suits, when you want a more conservative look.

Avoid heavy, dark shoes during the summer. In warm weather, you always want to look as comfortable as you feel.

Hope this helped!

xxJoelle

Sources: Esquire’s The Handbook of Style, http://www.jcrew.com, Nordstrom Guide to Men’s Style

Men’s Style Monday: Alfred Edmond Jr. x Windsor Neckwear

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Senior VP/ Editor-at-Large of Black Enterprise magazine

What prompted you to design a bow tie collection with Windsor Neckwear?

I’ve had a passion for personal style, and bow ties in particular, since I was a child. I believe that choosing to be authentically well-dressed is an asset in business and in life. I’ve always been interested in fashion. Prior to joining Black Enterprise, I was a top editor at a fashion/lifestyle magazine for Black Men; my original career objective was to eventually join the staff of GQ or Esquire, although I ended up with an amazingly rewarding career as a business journalist at Black Enterprise.

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Why bow ties instead of neck ties?

Actually, I love all men’s accessories, including straight ties, pocket squares, vests, cuff links, braces (suspenders), shoes, socks, as well as bow ties. But of all these items, the bow tie best expresses my personal style philosophy: To stand out, while fitting in; to be appropriate for any given occasion, but to always be memorable and distinctive from the crowd. No one forgets that one person they know who always wore a bow tie.

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How did your personal style influence the prints of the collection?
Again, consistent with my standing-out-while-fitting-in approach to my personal style, our goal was to take classic, traditional patterns–plaids, paisleys, stripes–but apply a challenging, even intimidating, color palette. For example, orange requires courage to wear, especially for men, so it was a color I wanted to use, along with limes and vibrant purples. I like challenging colors because they force me to push the envelope on the accessories for the rest of my ensembles. I like accessories that provoke comments from people on the street or on the train; I know that for every person who voices a compliment, there are dozens of others who also noticed and silently agree.

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What do you feel makes your neckwear stand out from other brands?
My collection, and all of Windsor Neckwear’s products, stand out not just because of memorable designs, but the quality of the fabrics. Mike and Mace set such a high bar for the fabrics for my collection. Durability is especially important with hand-tied bow ties, because they are, well, handled, repeatedly, more so than straight ties. The proof of a well-made tie is now how nice it looks the first time you wear it, but is it still fresh the 30th time or 50th time? The Alfred Edmond Jr Collection passes that test with flying colors, thanks to Windsor’s uncompromising stance on quality.

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Could you explain your creative process when designing?
Michael McPherson Jr. is the real design genius behind the collection, backed up by Mace Neal III’s tech and production expertise, although my undergraduate degree is in art and I’ve studied fashion design. So it’s a great collaborative process, we work together to choose patterns and a color palette, and the Mike and Mace figure out a way to bring the line to life with great design integrity and quality. One of the best things about our process is much of is done on line, via social media tools such as Google+ Hangouts, where we can actually see the patterns and colors we’re talking about despite my being in New Jersey and them being in Nashville.

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Do you have any other upcoming projects you’d like to tell us about?

With Windsor, we’re looking to expand the AEJ Collection to include pocket squares, and eventually shoes, cuff links and socks. We’re very excited about the possibilities.

Outside of Windsor, my biggest project for 2013 is The Grown Zone, a weekly BlogTalk Radio show and monthly live discussion series hosted by me and my partner Zara Green, produced by our company A2Z Personal Growth Enterprises, a media company that promotes “Better Choices, More Self Love and Healthier Relationships.” The Grown Zone is a multimedia initiative aimed helping people to shift their focus from what they may have the adult right to do–destructive as those choices may be, and what is in their best interest to do–grown decisions–in every area of their lives, including finances, relationships, parenting, etc. Our next Grown Zone LIVE event is set for February 20, 2013 at Shetler Theaters and Studios in Manhattan: http://grownzone022013-eorg.eventbrite.com/#

I love the prints and colors of this collection! Each Alfred Edmond Jr. Collection bow tie is handmade from 100% silk with amazing texture and quality.  All bow ties from the Alfred Edmond Jr. Bow Tie Collection are limited edition and made only in quantities of 25 pieces per design and color.  They’re all priced within a range of $33-$43, and will add style and statement to your accessory collection!

Click the link below to shop the entire collection:

http://www.windsorneckwear.com/collections/a-e-j-bow-tie-collection

Big congrats, well wishes, and thanks to Mr. Edmond!

Dsquared2 Men’s F/W 2013

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One collection that’s caught my eye lately is Dsquared2’s Fall ’13 collection. Drop-crotch destroyed denim and tailored coats were a main theme throughout, and there was a sprinkle of bright tones along with a hint of military. Twin designers Dean … Continue reading

Men’s Style Mondays: Well-Suited

Real men know their size, and an ill-fitting suit can be somewhat of a tragedy. Here are some basic tips on how a business suit should fit on a man, according to Esquire’s Handbook of Style:

1. The jacket’s shoulder pads are supposed to fit on your shoulder. If they droop off and leave dents in the cloth, the jacket’s too big. Go down a size.

2. The jacket’s sleeves should never reach farther than the point where the base of the thumb meets the wrist. If they do, go down a size.

3. You do not need enough room in your jacket to house a family of raccoons. Go down two sizes.

4. Pants should touch the shoes with only an inch of cloth to spare. Anything more should be taken up.

Check list before you make that purchase:

  • High/smaller armholes
  • Narrower sleeves
  • A slight silhouette at the torso
  • Nothing too baggy at the crotch
  • No creases or ripples radiating from the single fastened button
  • No puckering of the collar
  • Bottom hem of the jacket should be level with your knuckles (or, just long enough to cover your rear)

Something like Goldie Locks, get it right:

These are rules every guy should follow. Trust me, the little details can make all the difference. I’ve also been taught to avoid buying pleated pants at my resale store job, because they aren’t fashionable anymore.

Hope you enjoyed! Stay tuned for the next Men’s Style Monday!

xxJoelle

Excerpts from Esquire’s The Handbook of Style: A Man’s Guide to Looking Good