The Perfect Summer Jacket – Canali Kei Blazers

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Señores!

It’s hot!

Like, so hot that the devil had to take a day off!

Nonetheless, me espero (I hope) that you are enjoying your summer!

Travel, fun, & sun is what it’s all about.

But if you live in a climate like mine, verano (summer) can wreak havoc on your wardrobe.

Sweaty back, armpit stains, and  a wet chest will ruin an outfit. The ladies don’t like it and it can really hurt a gent’s confidence.

So how do you stay cool, yet remain stylish, during the warm summer days/nights…especially when wearing a blazer? After all, it is a staple in a man’s wardrobe.

1.  It’s All About the Quality

When shopping for a dope blazer/jacket, you want to focus on the quality of the brand. FullSizeRender (7)Quality is not always synonymous with price but the amount that you paga (pay) can be an indicator. Since 1934, Canali has been creating timeless and superbly crafted menswear pieces that are worth every penny. Canali has pieces that fit into any aesthetic and wardrobe.

When making a determination of quality, you want to look at details such as thread count, button types (horn not plastic), stitching, and weight of the fabric. Your jacket should not be shinny, frilling, or pill.

2. It’s All About the Fabric

You’ve heard me say it time and time again that fabric is what makes or breaks an item of clothing. The construction, design, and fit are secondary to the type of textile that being used. The most breathable fabrics are

  • Linen – coolest of all clothing fabrics. Lightweight and doesn’t hold moisture. Wrinkles easily and keeps the wrinkles.
  • Cotton – breathable & holds moisture; most durable and versatile textile.
  • Linen/cotton blend
  • Chambray – durable, durable, durable! Can be hot but the gauge of the fabric can determine how much heat is retained
  • Synthetic dry fit textiles – moisture wicking. This means that the fabric will pull the sweat away from the body and keeps the muggy feeling at bay. Most jerseys and athletic wear are made from this material

3. Construction is Key

For purposes of this article, construccion simply defined. It’s how the jacket is made. In blazers the construction comes in three different forms.

When a jacket is made, it has an interlining that’s known as a canvas. This interlining is usualmente made from horsehair or a horehair combined with cotton or a sythetic material. It’s found between the outer layer of the jacket and the lining. Canali Craftsmanship

It’s purpose is to help the chaqueta  to drape smoothly over the chest. The canvass gives additional support which will allow the garment to be worn properly and fall over the chest and shoulders with ease and style.

The two warm weather constructions are:

Unconstructed

These jackets are unlined and do not have the canvas in them except in the sleeve. Additionally, unconstructed jackets don’t have any roping and have common features such asUnconctructed DB

  • exposed seams
  • working cuffs
  • patch pockets

The major fabric is the outer layer. You will find these in linen, 100% cotton,and cotton blend jackets. The lack of lining allows the jacket to vent well and remains breathable.

I am especially fond of the Kei Jacket. It’s an  icon of Canali blazers and features a soft silhouette for a relaxed and refined look. It’s lightweight construction and varied colorways offer a great selection that every gent should have in their closet. 

FullSizeRender (3)When sporting this type of jacket, they are best worn with casual outfits. Pair them with some jeans and chinos. If you’re really feeling frisky, you can add some simple silhouette sneakers that will give the entire look an edge.

Half Canvas
The canvas in the lining is found throughout the top half of the jacket. This allows for a Half Canvas well-shaped shoulder structure – a very important part of a well-fitting jacket, and ensures the jacket tapers towards the waist. It’s important to remember that a half canvas jacket does have some layering but there are plenty of areas where ventilation can happen. Half Canvas jackets do not lay as flat and  do not move as much as a full canvas construction but are the most popular because they still look sturdy and are very comfortable. They are also, generalmente speaking, less expensive than full canvas pieces.

Generally, you would pair a half canvas jacket with trousers or chinos. They can, however, look great with well fitting pair of jeans.

Keep these facts in mind when searching for the perfect summer blazer or summer suit.

**Editor’s Picks

If you’re reading this blog, then you know that when it comes to style,  I am a fan of the non-traditional and lover of printed fabrics. I really don’t believe in looking like the next gent. There is an intelligent way to break the style rules or have a differentiated look that everyone else.  Canali has a Seersucker Line Seer - Jacketthat does it for me! The lightweight, fresh, and breathable details of the line are remarkable thanks to its characteristic puckering. Seersucker is the perfect fabric for blazers and casual pants for warm weather seasons.Seer - Trousers The microcheck print is different in that the blue is closer to a navy than a cobalt – which is what you would find in a traditional seersucker pattern. Additionally, the line has complete navy options and a collarless water resistant jacket for those pesky evening yacht parties in Miami harbor. The line allows you to mix and match different components seamlessly.

I also fell in love with their footwear. More especificamente, Canali’s sneakers are timeless. The simple design and rich colors allow them to be worn with casual or sporty looks. For the perfect summer chic look, the style savvy gent would team the sneakers with the Seersucker Line, a white shirt (oxford or tee), a bold pocket square, and a well made straw fedora for flare! You would be the talk of the harbor!!

Canali Sneakers

Remember, stay fly my friends!!!!!! It’s easy to do so in Canali!

-SG

This post is sponsored by Canali

 

 

 

5 Cool Ways To Wear Stars And Stripes 

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¡Señores!

Barbecue, swimming pools, and fire works!

These are the necesitos of Dia de la Independicia! 

Everyone is having a cookout and the skies will be filled with “bombs bursting in air.”

Guys will be wearing plastic hats with streamers, big sunglasses with the American Flag on the lenses, and all sorts of party favors.

Pero as a man of style, how can you stand out from everyone else? What can you do to remain fashionable as well as fly the flag?

It’s obvio (obvious) that you should wear the Stars and Stripes, but how?

1. INCORPORATE STARS AND STRIPES IN ONE PIECE

Shirt: Brooklyn Cloth | Photo: @matthewc0le

It’s important that the rest of the outfit is simple. Stars and Stripes can really compete and look too busy if you have it all over the outfit. Usualmente when the pattern is in one item, it’s done perfectly. It’s the highlight of the outfit, so less is more

Sneakers: Mosson Bricke | Photo: @mattherc0le

Light accessories with a colored shoe will work if you want to round out the look. Admittedly it’s risky as it can border on being too occupado (busy), buts it’s worth a try.

2. ACCESSORIZE WITH CLASSIC PIECES

Tie and Square: Sprezza Box | Photo: trav_white_

You want to have classico pieces because they can be worn all year. Red, white, and blue are colors that work in every season.  Additionally, it’s important that patterns are not overpowering. You can guarantee that this won’t happen by wearing solids that break the patterns up.

Tie and Square: Sprezza Box | Photo: @trav_white_

Also, the the Stars and Stripes should not be on the same accessory. They need to be separate or broken up. In the above pic, the patterns are broken up by the white shirt and the blazer. Again, this is so they eye doesn’t get confused with competing patterns.

3. WEAR STARS & STRIPES ON FOOTWEAR

Sneakers: Converse | Photo @euanholden

Wearing the pattern on your feet should be done with a simple outfit. You can tie in the colors in the shoe with headgear or other accessories for continuity. It critical that you remember that the Stars and Stripes are the focus of the outfit. Footwear is beyond importante so you don’t need to overdo it.

4. DRESS IN STARS AND STRIPES OF DIFFERENT COLORS

Tank: Rustic Soles

Cambie (change) the game with different colors of Stars and Stripes. Because it’s such a recognizable pattern that conjures so much emotion, the change of pace with different colors will really stand out. It’s best to have both Stars and Stripes on the same article of clothing when the colors aren’t red, white, and azúl.

5.  STARS WITH A COLORED SHOE

Shoes: Mosson Bricke | Shirt: Ecko

Stripes are common place in menswear; everyone has them. So having them be the highlight of an outfit is, well…regular! What’s the punto of being ordinary? For a different look, let the stars shine in your outfit. And you know I’m partial to a colored zapato! It just works!!!


Independence Day is a celebration of freedom. Express your sense of libertád in the most stylish way possible.

Stay fly mis amigos!

~SG


F L O R A L S . . . 

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Señores,

There comes a time in la vida de cada hombre when he should be celebrated. He should receive his just due. As men, estamos (we are) often times overlooked and forgetten when it comes to receiving gifts. 

I remember, as a niño, travailing and toiling about the present that I was going to get my madre pero not putting the same effort and thought into what I was going to get mom. As a married man and padre nuevo, I can only imagine how that made my dad feel. (Lo siento papa)

Pero ahora, I have a suggestion. Get you dad, esposo, uncle, cousin, hermano, and/or any other caballero imporante in your life some flowers!

YES FLOWERS!! 

Now flores tradicional will always work but if you want to change it up a bit, get creative!   

Upgrade is wardrobe with some fabulously fashionable floral fittings from Harrion Blake Apperal (@wearlapelpins). 

You can bless his wardrobe with showers of primavera (spring),  splashes of verano (summer) or hints of otoño (autumn).

     

 

•Blazer – Sean John • Denim Shirt – Levi’s • Jeans – Kayden K. Jeans • Lapel pin and necktie – Harrion Blake Apperal • Pocket Square – Tommy Hilfiger • Wing tip oxfords – Rockport

  

The simplest of ensembles are given life with the right fashionable floral arrangement!

   
    
    

• Suit – Alfani • Shirt – ZAK Los Angeles • Tie – Penguin • Lapel Pin – Harrison Blake Apperal • Captoe Oxfords – Calvin Klein

 
As you can see flowers suit a man well…pun intended! So buckle down, pay attention, and be thoughtful as you sojourn to http://www.harrisonblakeapparel.com to purchase that special fella in your life some flowers. 

Floral lapel pins and floral necktie courtesy of Harrison Blake Apparel! 

Photo credit – Euan Holden (@euanholden). 

Stay Fly my friends! 

~SG

 

S-G E N T S with J. D. F I S K

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Señores, 

Social hours as an adulto are often the highlight of our semana (week). La problema is that there are too few eventos that house a strong level  of panache and sophistication while stil remaining whimsical and fun. This seems contradictory pero it can be achieved…was this past weekend.  

Menswear savants, Southern Gents (@s-gents on Instagram), partnered with J. Blacks in the infamous Washigton Corridor in Houston and provided a great ambiente. The event was called The Sartorial Mixer!

   
Patrons could compran for stylish skinny ties or  well made lapel pins, while enjoying tall libations. Guest were not only invited to check the inventory, but to add to the conversation of men’s style. S-Gents wants to inspire men through classy and trendy editions to their wardrobe.

   
  

 
Now, to get in the building, well dressed wasn’t fly enough. Admission required something to the tune of….

   
  

  
   

  

I can’t wait till the next event powered by S-Gents! 

Stay fly mis amigos!
~SG

• Blazer: H&M

• Trousers: Zara

• Shirt/Lapel Pin/Pocket Square: Nordstom Collection

• Captoe Oxfords: JD Fisk

• Tie: Penguin 

• Timepiece: Diesel 

• Bracelets: Aldo

• Tie Bar and Cufflinks: Calvin Klein

• Belt: Aeropostale 

• Sunglasses: William Rast

Photos: Matthew Cole (@matthewc0le) and me!

U R B A N O

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¡Señores!

I have been too fond of all black. I know…I know…it’s sleek, sexy, and sophisticated. However to me, it was aburrido (boring)…not to mention yo vivio en Houston. Black in hot, humid, Houston just isn’t a good look. 

Now there’s never a shortage of black during the winter season but there was always a shortage of it in my vestidor (closet). Pero tiempo does bring change and  blackt has overtaken me. Chelsea boots, sweaters, denim, joggers, extended tee, and leather, leather, leather!

Ahora I’m on the black train and I have a window seat. But I will nunca abandon color! Check my simple, yet noticeable look from a marvelous day of shopping during New York Fashion Week!





I broke up the monochromatic black with red, gray, and silver accents just to add texture! Oh and check the texture of the shirt too!!!! 

Stay fly my friends!

~SG

•Shirt: Custom

•Elongated Tee: H&M

•Denim: Zara

•Sneakers: Mosson Bricke

•Timepiece: Diesel

•Wristwear: ALDO 

Shoutout to Urban Outfitters on Broadway and 35th for the dope setting! 

Photocred: J’nae Antionette @naerock4real

S T U D I O | S T R E E T W E A R

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!Señores!

I love to try nueva things! As I’ve evolved in my personal estilo, I’ve become more comfortable venturing out. Not only is being sartorially savvy a must pero being stylishly street is more than necesario tambien. Nothing says style like being adorned in a timelessly tailored traje (suit) with a perfectly patterned shirt and tie combinación or rocking a simple…

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street look with…

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admirably arranged accessories and…

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fabulously fixed footwear!

Recuerdo, it’s importante to remain versatile!

Stay fly mis amigos!

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C R É D I T O S:
• Skully – Urban Outfitters
• Jacket – Damaged Goods by Sons of Heroes
• Extended Tee – Dividend for H&M
• Harem Pants – Zara Man
• Sneakers – H&M
• Scarf – Nordstrom
• Timepiece – Diesel
• Bracelets : ALDO
• Ring: Custom by Kira

Images: Brett White (@brett.white)

Boots; to wear or not to wear…that is the question!

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Seňores,

When I was a child, I spoke as a child…I thought as un niňo, pero now I am un adulto, I put away childish things!!!

As a kid, I didn’t like boots. See, I’m from Texas and this is what I knew about boots:

Phto cred: esquire.com

Photo cred: esquire.com

Now there is nothing wrong with a good pair of cowboy boots (like I said, I am from Texas), but they – as all footwear – have a place…una casa where they would feel comfortable being showcased!! And as a kid, that house wasn’t mine. Now I’m still not a huge fan of cowboy boots, but I have learned a bit about its cousins…

Vamos!

Chukka Boot
It is thought that this boot is derived from the sport of Polo. The name Chukka, as reported by our amigos at The Gentlemen’s Gazette, is actually the name of a period during the game of Polo. No wonder this boot is so classic!! This timeless boot is best worn with a heavier pant or jeans! It’s the boot that can be dressed up, or casually displayed! The boot comes in suede and leather, and the toe box can vary in width.
Suggested wear – Khakis, denim or chinos.

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Combat Boot
The evolution of this specialized specimen of of footwear has been fun to watch. As the name suggests, it was originally (and still is) used for the brave men and women that serve their country in the military. Nowadays, however, the combat boot has a more glamourous reputation. The combat boot has become a favorite in urban and streetwear. It’s a versatile boot that can be worn casually and slightly dressy. The boot, however, always adds a rugged touch to all outfits.
Suggested wear – denim, chinos, cotton sweats pants, pant leg slightly tucked in.

Photo cred: followpic.net

Photo cred: followpic.net

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Photo cred: fashionenthusiast.com

Photo cred: fashionenthusiast.com

Chelsea Boot (dress boot)
To many this boot is known as the dress boot. It became popular in the 60’s and it’s demand hasn’t waned since. Generally, they have a high, close fit ankle to avoid the ever-irritating flopping! Though it’s known as the dress boot, it can still be casually worn.
Suggested wear – with slacks, a suit or jeans and a blazer.

Photo cred: gentlemensgazett.com

Photo cred: gentlemensgazett.com

Rain Boots
I used to think that the toe of a rain boot looked like a ducks bill!!! (Don’t judge me, lol) – I was still growing in style. Ohhhh but now…now I understand all that is the rain boot! As the name implies it’s boot made for wet weather. However this is not it’s only use. They have now morphed into a very fashionable option for footwear.
Suggested wear – jeans and winter/raincoat.

Photo cred - kikirooz.com

Photo cred – kikirooz.com


Photocred: huffingtonpost.com

Photocred: huffingtonpost.com

Motorcycle Boots
You know these…the ones that bikers made famous. The ones Erik Estrada diefied along with aviator sunglasses!!! Motorcycle boots are a fav among rockers and…you guessed it, motorcyclists!!! Movies in the 80’s always portrayed the hot, bad boy with the stoned washed jeans, leather motorcycle jacket with the wide belt and crisp white tee. That was the symbol of sexiness then…and guess what, many women still find it just as sexy.
Suggested wear – see previous sentence, lol!

Photo cred: denimhunters.com

Photo cred: denimhunters.com

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Topsider/Brockton Boots
This boot is a favorite among teens. With varying ankle height, una hombre joven o adolescente can get different looks from them. The most popular brands, and very good quality, are Polo and Sperry. This type of boot is a casual in nature but can be a great juxtaposition and used to “prep” up an urban, street look.

Photo cred: drjays.com

Photo cred: drjays.com


Photo cred: jumpinstyle.com

Photo cred: jumpinstyle.com

Do note that these are just categories and there are many…MUCHO variations of each. Some with higher ankles, slimmer toe boxes, thicker heels, wing tips, etc. The details are simply a personal preference. Find the style you like and run with it!

~SG

FALL Florals

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Señores,

Fall is here. OH JOY!!! Every fashioneur…every style maven gets excited about Autumn. The layering of clothes; accessorizing with rich, bold scarves and hats; boots…ohhhh the boots!!! Aaaaaand the textures drive us insane (in a good way). One of the textures that is often underrepresented in our wardrobe is floral. Tradicionalmente, floral print in menswear is saved for the Spring – largely because flowers bloom in that time of year.

However….

Think back; think back to an October of your childhood. Do you remember los colores of the leaves? Shades of crimson, orange, and marigold! Hints of heavenly hues of green. Close your eyes and feel the wind in your face…see the wind sway the weakening lily blossoms and the fading grass. As you see, floral prints belong here too.

Now that it’s Fall, make sure that your wardrobe pays sufficiente homage to the florals of this time period too!!
Let me show you why…

With Indigo Denim or khaki corduroy!

With Indigo Denim or khaki corduroy!

Floral sweater

Love this shirt

Love this shirt

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No caption needed…

Not a fan of all floral, but making them the highlight of your fit is an awesome idea!

Not a fan of all floral, but making them the highlight of your fit is an awesome idea!

Styled perfectly...yup, I'm stealing this look!

Styled perfectly…yup, I’m stealing this look!

Even in urbanwear

Even in urbanwear

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Siiiiiigh…

Floral pocket squares are classic

Floral pocket squares are classic

Flashy fashion…it’ll light up your life!

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Señores!!!

I try to mesh trends with classic looks to create a fresh new perspective to fashion. After all, fashion is the antithesis to boring! I mean seriously, how many grey suits can a señor wear? Levis, God’s fashion gift to men, are just jeans after a while.

Well, this may remain true until you understand flashy fashion…it’ll light up your life! Flashy fashion is not the over-the-top looks that dominate the runways. It is, instead, el nombre that I have given the latest casual shoe trend…neon colors. While they have been around for un minuto, it hasn’t been until recently that the neons have become uber popular!

Shhhh, pay attention below:

Alba Prat Neon

Cole Haan (these are on my wish list…oh joy)

Aldo and Prada

Stafford, Austin Plain toe …and they’re $50!!!!!!!!!!

Deltoro…Deltoro…Deltoro, how I love thee!!!!

Men's Cobalt Suede Oxford with Yellow Sole

Prada

T&F Slack

Señores, let me caution you. When wearing these zapatos fabuloso, por favor make sure that they are the highlight (pun intended) of the outfit!!!!!! Don’t over do it…puuuuhlease!!!!!!!

~SG