passion before function

Style is something that you have, and fashion is something that you follow.

Sergio, one half of the driving force behind What My Boyfriend Wore is someone that I look up to highly for fashion advice, new ideas, and for general style confidence. A man who is not afraid to show a little ankle and wear a bold print. he sure knows what he is doing. Keeping it classy with a fashion forward twist, you will always be left wondering what awesome look Sergio will be pulling off next.

Becoming aware of real people that have a vast interest in fashion is refreshing. Knowing that you can look to your favourite fashion blog or website for items that you can easily find and purchase is a nice alternative to how inaccessible fashion sometimes seems in magazines, ads, and on television. Everyone deserves to look and feel great, and WMBW strive on fashion education.

Whether you are picking up a “Dapper Dexterity” tip or feeling like a bad ass after reading the weekly “Wooster Wednesday” post, there is something for every man, (and woman), on WMBW.

As quoted from their website, “It’s all about fashion for normal men with all the where, what, and how of men’s style”. 

Check them out. Say “Hello” to Sergio and his beautiful lady. You won’t be disappointed!

www.whatmyboyfriendwore.com

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Twitter: @whatmybfwore

As the man himself would say, Stay Fancy! Thanks for reading!

Thank you to WMBW for the advice, inspiration, and support. 

All I can think about this week Is Spring. We have had a rough winter so far , and I am seeing shorts and bare feet in the future.
This year, I want to grab a pair of casual sneakers that have a little bit of a punch. Comfort and fashion can merge under the correct circumstances, and as long as I choose a classic color, I will be safe. As will you.
I would say that if you want to get in on this trend, choose a sneaker that isn’t too flashy. You want to look stylish, not crazy. Get something with more of a flat, classic look. Make sure you don’t try and fashionably wear a trainer - it just isn’t going to happen. You want to be able to wear it with shorts, with a cuffed pant, and ideally  they can go from work to play. I like the “retro” look of some of the New Balance Classics. They are a reasonable price point, and from what I have heard and researched for myself, quite good quality.

Get some new Spring kicks!

All I can think about this week Is Spring. We have had a rough winter so far , and I am seeing shorts and bare feet in the future.

This year, I want to grab a pair of casual sneakers that have a little bit of a punch. Comfort and fashion can merge under the correct circumstances, and as long as I choose a classic color, I will be safe. As will you.

I would say that if you want to get in on this trend, choose a sneaker that isn’t too flashy. You want to look stylish, not crazy. Get something with more of a flat, classic look. Make sure you don’t try and fashionably wear a trainer - it just isn’t going to happen. You want to be able to wear it with shorts, with a cuffed pant, and ideally  they can go from work to play. I like the “retro” look of some of the New Balance Classics. They are a reasonable price point, and from what I have heard and researched for myself, quite good quality.

Get some new Spring kicks!

Lately I have been inspired both visually and mentally by several things, one of which being model Ricki Hall.

@RickiFuckinHall, as he would be titled in the Twitter world, is a male model and general bad ass, that is brining acceptance and demand to modified individuals around the world.

Ricki is monumental in merging two things that I love - fashion and body modification. The fashion industry can obviously be a pretentious world of judgement and doubt, and I think it is inspiring that Ricki, and other models of similar appearance, are currently in high demand for all aspects of the modelling industry. Seeing a shift in the visual of a runway show or ad campaign comes at a time when change has never been so necessary.

Ricki is a bad ass, and does it for himself. Even though a model, he doesn’t care about what people think, and goes into everything with a “fuck it” attitude. He is dapper and well dressed, and cares a lot about style and image without looking overworked. We could all learn a lesson from Mr.Hall.

Check out his portfolio of work for Boom Models:

http://www.boomtheagency.it/Models/0-427/ricki-hall.html

Enjoy, and feel bad ass.

A Good Knit


One of my favourite clothing articles is easily anything that is a knit. I love a good knit. Whether it be a hat, sock, scarf, or my preference, sweater. I own several sweaters, but I firmly believe that they are a wardrobe staple, and if purchased wisely, can transition into several different seasons well.

If you live somewhere that has the traditional ” 4 seasons” like I do, it is a great investment. I throw them on under a jacket on an extra cold day, wear it solo on a chilly fall evening, over a button up for a semi-formal look, over a tee for a casual look, and around the house just simply because I love a knit that much.

You may not need several in different colours and patterns, but I would recommend you grad a few. Possibly 2 cardigans (one heavier knit, one lighter weight) both in solid colours, 2 pullovers (one solid and one on-trend pattern such as gingham or aztec), and at least one zip up hoodie with small branding for casual days/errands/etc.  

Above are some of my current personal favourites. Here is the info on where to find them, and what they may run you!

J Crew Double Breasted Cardigan - $129

Joe Fresh Striped Pullover - $29

Obey Desert Knit Cardigan - $90 (Currently on sale for $42 at Karmaloop.com)

Alexander McQueen Diamond Fair Isle Asymmetric Cardigan - $1,195. (My pipe dream sweater of the moment. Obviously anyone can feel free to make my dreams come true)

Zara Leather Knit Pullover - $59

Grab a Sweater. Get comfortable. Get your knit on!

Winter Footwear Wonders

In Atlantic Canada where I live, proper footwear during all seasons (especially the Winter) is a must, and I have learned this the hard way. This is probably my first year having practical, yet still stylish footwear, such as the great boots from Aldo pictured above as an example.  I have ruined many pairs of shoes from salt, slush, snow, and water, and this year I was prepared.
The line between having a functional, but still appealing boot is not as slim as you would think, thankfully. Go for something in a neutral color that will match almost every outfit. Black, grey, camel, and brown are all fantastic because they match basically any color or ensemble. If you find that it gets a little boring, throw in a fun shoelace, or buy a boot with an accent detail of print, rivet, or zipper. I, personally, have a pair in each of my favorite 4 neutral colors, but that is partly because I have a shoe collecting problem to begin with and am not someone who can only have one option.
In my opinion it seems wise to go for something that is above the ankle, and is a nice heavy leather. That way unless you are in an actual flood, your feet should stay dry and warm. They look great with your pants covering them, or if you want to rock a more casual look with a cuffed pant and a loose lace, you see the boot and the detail on it. If you are going to purchase an attractive piece of quality footwear, you may want to show it off sometimes. Personally, I wouldn’t recommend suede, but that is your prerogative - it is just asking to be ruined by the salty mess. Wait for desert boots and saddle shoes in the spring to bust out the soft suede.
No matter what boot you choose, ALWAYS get a protective leather spray. I get an all purpose protective spray, and clean and re-spray the boots about every two weeks. It keeps them fresh looking, and adds extra protection so that you can have them for more than one season. When I clean my leather footwear, I put a tablespoon of vinegar in a spray bottle of warm water, spray and wipe the boots, and then spray them with a layer of the leather protector. A good piece of footwear should always last more than one season. Luckily, a lighter pair of boots can be transitioned into early spring, so take extra care and you will get extra wear!
There are certain articles of clothing in your wardrobe that you can skimp on, and I firmly believe that footwear is not one of them. You can find great sales on footwear, which is usually what I shoot for. As I said, a good pair of shoes or boots can be with you for years if you treat them right - where as a pair of yellow jeans may just be in for one season. Allocate your big ticket purchases for items that are here to stay.
Remember: Always spray. I can’t stress it enough. Crucial.

Winter Footwear Wonders

In Atlantic Canada where I live, proper footwear during all seasons (especially the Winter) is a must, and I have learned this the hard way. This is probably my first year having practical, yet still stylish footwear, such as the great boots from Aldo pictured above as an example.  I have ruined many pairs of shoes from salt, slush, snow, and water, and this year I was prepared.

The line between having a functional, but still appealing boot is not as slim as you would think, thankfully. Go for something in a neutral color that will match almost every outfit. Black, grey, camel, and brown are all fantastic because they match basically any color or ensemble. If you find that it gets a little boring, throw in a fun shoelace, or buy a boot with an accent detail of print, rivet, or zipper. I, personally, have a pair in each of my favorite 4 neutral colors, but that is partly because I have a shoe collecting problem to begin with and am not someone who can only have one option.

In my opinion it seems wise to go for something that is above the ankle, and is a nice heavy leather. That way unless you are in an actual flood, your feet should stay dry and warm. They look great with your pants covering them, or if you want to rock a more casual look with a cuffed pant and a loose lace, you see the boot and the detail on it. If you are going to purchase an attractive piece of quality footwear, you may want to show it off sometimes. Personally, I wouldn’t recommend suede, but that is your prerogative - it is just asking to be ruined by the salty mess. Wait for desert boots and saddle shoes in the spring to bust out the soft suede.

No matter what boot you choose, ALWAYS get a protective leather spray. I get an all purpose protective spray, and clean and re-spray the boots about every two weeks. It keeps them fresh looking, and adds extra protection so that you can have them for more than one season. When I clean my leather footwear, I put a tablespoon of vinegar in a spray bottle of warm water, spray and wipe the boots, and then spray them with a layer of the leather protector. A good piece of footwear should always last more than one season. Luckily, a lighter pair of boots can be transitioned into early spring, so take extra care and you will get extra wear!

There are certain articles of clothing in your wardrobe that you can skimp on, and I firmly believe that footwear is not one of them. You can find great sales on footwear, which is usually what I shoot for. As I said, a good pair of shoes or boots can be with you for years if you treat them right - where as a pair of yellow jeans may just be in for one season. Allocate your big ticket purchases for items that are here to stay.

Remember: Always spray. I can’t stress it enough. Crucial.

Affordable Spring Accessories

Lately, men being accessorized is at an all time “norm”, so I figured I would pump out a quick guide on what is easy, inexpensive, and where it all came from.

Spring/Summer accessories for men seem to be all about ease, comfort, and making a statement. If you are going to accessorize, remember to keep your ensemble fairly basic. Making too much of a statement usually looks tacky and hazardous on almost every man.

Don’t be scared to accessorize. You know yourself - so don’t over do it, either. Start at a minimum if you are new, and always have fun. Accessories are the cheapest, quickest thing to change about your wardrobe! When they are out of season, style, or if you break or lose something, it is much less of a loss. People will be impressed as they pull your whole outfit together well, and you may even enjoy owning multiple items for various occasions!

Below is a list of the exact items shown above, and where you can so easily get them for yourself! Enjoy!

Canvas Tote - Perfect for work, leisure, or just as an accessory, this bag will easily house your lunch, beach towel, and anything else you may need to drag around. ( $21, www.Forever21.com)

Diesel Watch - Having an impressive watch is an obsession of mine, so until I can afford the “You’ve made it!” watch, something like this bold purple piece by Diesel will definitely work for many seasons. ($140, www.asos.co.uk)

Tortise Wayfarers - If you are looking for this look, but don’t want to commit to the Ray Ban price, these are perfect! Get a few different colors for outfit matching! ( $5, www.Forever21.com)

Scarf - A lightweight scarf is great to throw on with a blazer for a casual look, or with a cardigan to dress it up! Easy, carefree, and looks even better when it is wrinkled. Awesome. ( $15, www.aldoshoes.com)

Necklace - A necklace is usually a man’s biggest accessorizing fear, so keep it easy. Neutral color, one piece. Throw it on with a V-Neck and you are good to go! ( $10, H&M)

Straw Bowler Fedora - Always a favorite of mine, wearing a hat of this nature can put major pizazz on even the most simple outfit. Perfect for a hot day or a chill night, get one in a neutral color that you can wear with everything. ( $35, www.gapacanada.ca)

Stacked Bracelets - Celebrities and regular men on the street have been rocking this look lately, and I am into it. Easy to slip on, and they look effortless with a basic t-shirt or blazer. ( $12, www.aldoshoes.com)

If you have any questions or comments, reach me! tmelong86@gmail.com

Have fun!

Today’s purchase #2 : Bright blue denim shorts and rose colored joggers #menstrends #mensfashion #coloreddenim #menscasualwear #denim #springfashion  (Taken with instagram)

Today’s purchase #2 : Bright blue denim shorts and rose colored joggers #menstrends #mensfashion #coloreddenim #menscasualwear #denim #springfashion (Taken with instagram)

Today’s purchase : Varsity sweater and beige boat shoes. Good spring / summer finds. #mensfashion #mensfootwear #menstrends #shopping #springfashion  (Taken with instagram)

Today’s purchase : Varsity sweater and beige boat shoes. Good spring / summer finds. #mensfashion #mensfootwear #menstrends #shopping #springfashion (Taken with instagram)

Some pieces I got online. A great cardigan, cardi-vest, bowler hat, striped tank, and a grey jelly watch. I got this all for around 60$, including shipping. Affordable is the key word in trending.

Some pieces I got online. A great cardigan, cardi-vest, bowler hat, striped tank, and a grey jelly watch. I got this all for around 60$, including shipping. Affordable is the key word in trending.

Today’s wears. Grey on grey on grey. With some black and pink. #mensfashion #vans #springfashion  (Taken with instagram)

Today’s wears. Grey on grey on grey. With some black and pink. #mensfashion #vans #springfashion (Taken with instagram)