Saturday, January 31, 2009


One of my favorite accessories, and I think one of the most important is a great pair of classic sunglasses.

Many people state that they refuse to spend over 100 dollars for sunglasses as they tend to sit on them or otherwise break them. However, I have several pairs which I have used for a few years. The simple solution is using a hard case when you are not wearing them. This alone will alone prevent most accidents.

With that in mind we can look at some do's and don'ts for your next pair of sunnies. Avoid large logos, emblazoned on the side. Also odd colors such as white and red just scream fashion victim, and are quickly dated. Stick to the classics, black or tortoise shell, only. Make sure to inspect the glasses carefully and avoid buying one which say they are made in China, you want to be paying for quality after all. The most important thing is that they fit your face. So make sure to go into a store and try some on.

Keep in mind plastic frames are not adjustable on the bridge, so if the fit is off on plastic frames, its best to move on to another pair, or another size in the same style.

Once you know what you want, you can typically find them on the internet for about 40% off retail. Just be careful not to fall prey to cheap knock-offs.

Here are a few quick ideas, feel free to experiment with stylized versions, or find your own favorites.

Ray ban Aviator: raybanaviator1

Available in multiple sizes, and colorways. Simple, classic, effective. Feel free to experiment with other companies offerings with slightly different shaped lenses. Find whats right for you.

Ray ban Wayfarer: wayfarer_black1

A classic from blues brothers to Bob Dylan. Now available in multiple sizes. 50, 52, 54, and 55 mm. Stick with the smaller sizes for an updated look.



Another timeless looking pair, sported by the new James Bond himself, Daniel Craig. Lots of high quality designs available.

Chuck Bass Scarf

In recent memory very few men's fashion figures have generated as much buzz as Chuck Bass, played by Ed Westwick on the popular TV Sitcom Gossip girl.

The outrageous suits, peacoats, scarves, ascots, and boat shoes have inspired gossip everywhere. Many of us have seen the much revered signature scarf, available at JPress. Many have even taken to adopting it as their own. But, there is something just a tad bit tacky about just following an actors style consultant. Most of us don't want to be walking down the street and immediately be recognized as a Gossip Girl follower.

That is not to say we can not draw stylistic cues from the influence of the show. The scarf, for example is an excellent accessory that for many years has been underestimated, especially in the men's fashion realm. It is an excellent and easy way to add flair to an otherwise boring or uninspired outfit.


One thing we can learn from the show is that the use of the scarf as a pop of color can give an instant update to anybody's look. A purple cashmere gives a rich tone and is paired well with the otherwise dark and dreary outfits of winter. Patterned striped scarves such as those available at American Apparel can also be striking, although a bit ubiquitous.

The key is to make it make it stand out from the rest of the outfit, but at the same time compliment it. So, add some excitement and go out of your comfort range. Its an easy way to experiment with color without buying a whole garment.

But, if you take my advice on anything let it be this: do not go with the burberry check. This has been reproduced by almost every scarf producer, and has become the trademark of the uninspired.

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