A Lesson from the Style Professor…

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Senores,

By day I am a maestro de la ciencias politicas (political science professor). 

Shocking, I know. I’m more than just some fly dude, lol.

And I think that kind of reality fits us all. We are more that what meets the eye. Being pegged in una caja (a box)  is an injustice as it doesn’t fully allow us to showcase how uber talented we truly are.

As such, I’d like to challenge you to show off your real identity. You know, that person you were meant to be. Gente (people) deserve to know the essence of you.

We are all put on this mundo for a reason and to achieve a specific purpose. If we aren’t being who we were meant to be, then the world won’t get to experience the measure of greatness that was given to you.

Step 1: Be Okay with YOU!

Idris Elba asked a group of adults what they wanted to be when they grew up and the responses were amazing. Actually, some made me tear up. Many had forgotten their dreams. Life took over and, like all of us, they adjusted. Now, adjusting is great. The vida that we live can throw curve balls to us and we need to be pliable…BUT NOT AT THE EXPENSE OF OUR DREAMS.

So, gaze into the world with intention and join me in showing the world who you really are!!!!!!

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Me?

I’m a dope college professor, with a dope political radio show,  who is a dope style maven that has a dope style blog (which I use for inspiration) and I try to change the world one dope; stylish, and learned person at a time! Oh, and a dope clothing line is soon to come!!!

To be more succinct, I’m Kalan Laws, The Style Professor. It’s nice to meet you!

Y usted es? (And you are…)

Now that we’ve met, let’s go to the next step.

Step 2: Cover and Show

Show the world your talentos. Give them….us a piece of your gift. UNAPOLOGETICALLY! For too long you’ve hidden behind the veil, stayed in a cave – cloaking your greatness in the shadows.

But when you show who you really are,  do so strategically.The masses may associate your face (metaphor for you) with one thing, so let your talent go before you. Produce your art, create your product, cement your brand…then reemerge as the new and autentico you!

Cubre (cover) your face (what folks know as the old you) and show your product (the new you). Caballeros (gentlemen) if you decide to literally cover your face, make sure you use some dope headgear.

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Jacket:Forver 21

Walk away from where and how you used to move and let the new you lead. Keep working toward building the foundation, walls, and roof of the you that people need to see.

Step 3: Take a Step Back

After some time, lay back and gauge the reaction to see if you are getting any bites. Sit still and watch as personas begin to marvel at such dopeness. The idea here is to let what you’re construiendo (building) work for you. Movement is great…necessary but there are times when sitting still is best.

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Boots:  Bar III (@bar3)

Step 4: Focus on the Details

As you, in all of your new dopeness, continue to enlighten all as to the real you – take a minute to focus on what makes this you different than the other you. Focus on the detallas that make the redefined you so special.

I guarantee that there is something you have or that you are doing that may be seemingly insignificant…maybe even considered a flaw or undesirable, pero is extremely poderoso (powerful).This characteristic is what your new audience NEEDS to experience. OWN IT. SHOW IT. BE IT! Give them a close up look so they can know that you are for real!

Step 5: Move with Confidence

Now that you’ve announced who you really are, walk proudly in your new truth! Pop your collar porque you have done what so many cannot or are afraid to do. Research is clear that confidence matters just as much as ability. People are drawn to the person whose moxie is fuerte (strong).

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Photos: @flawson_

And keep going. Keep pushing. Keep heading toward your finish line!! Once you’re done, stand on your proverbial podium…proud of what you’ve done and who you have become.

For now the world has seen the true you, and in pursuing your truth, you’ve realized purpose. Those who have experienced the transformation and/or finished product will have been impacted, inspired, and ignited.

-SG

 

 

 

HOW TO WEAR A DENIM JACKET 

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Denim has long been the perfect menswear item.

The denim jacket has been forgotten…or at least misplaced. 

So how do you wear it? Well, I can tell you that it’s more than just putting it on one arm at a time. 

See my suggestions below: 

1. DAPPER DENIM


Pair a spread or cutaway collared camisa with a strong tie and you have an outfit that dapper Dan would be proud of. The beauty of this look is that if you pull the tie off and roll up the sleeves, it becomes a totalmente different aesthetic.

I wouldn’t suggest this look for the tradicionál professional evironment, but it’s dope for dinner and drinks or if you work at a cosmopolitan type of job.

2. DOUBLE DENIM


This used to be known as the Canadian Tuxedo and was a a major faux pas! It was believed that only the rugged mountainous types would be seen in this look as it was not deemed refined. 

What a crock!!! 

Double denim is best when it is broken up.Wearing denim jackets are a great way to achieve this because the shirt underneath the jacket cleans the look up. 

Another way that double denim works is to sport two diferente washes/colors. 


Doesn’t matter if the top is dark and bottom is light or vice versa, it siempre works. 

3. DENIM AND KHAKI

Let’s just be honest, khakis go with pretty much everything. But put them with a denim jacket and you get a simple casual masterpiece. This is perfect for stylishly running around during the weekend. 


My preference is to role up the sleeves. It allows my watch and other wristwear to be seen. With simple outfits such as this, the detalles are super important.

4. DENIM AND JOGGERS


The versatility of the denim jacket is really underappreciated. Creating a juxtaposition of sporty and casually rugged can be done. Notice the elongated scoop neck, split hem t-shirt that adds a bit of layering. 

5. DENIM VEST 

It’s not super popular, but is very fun. I can’t imagine this item being anything but casual at its dressiest (is that a word, lol). 

Denim vests allow you to stack textiles on top of textiles. Keep it simple with a plain t-shirt under it because the vest is the highlight of the look. 


Pair with joggers, denim, or khakis and you will get a playful, yet urban look that is sure to turn heads. Denim vests are not for the conservative gent, as they are usually acid washed or have some sort of design on them. 

I don’t want to discourage you, just prepare you! 

Stay fly mis amigos!

– SG

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


Señores!
Today is la dia that we celebrate PADRES!!!

Dads get corbatas (neckties) or a camiseta (tshirt) that says “Best Dad”

Dads are taken out for dinner or to their favorite sporting event.

It’s daddy’s day so whatever he wants, he gets!

Well, what yo quiero is to share with you is three things that fatherhood has taught me about style!

1. I REPRESENT MORE THAN MYSELF

I’m elder of my family. I’m the figurehead that the world looks to to protect and provide for them. While more than important, provision goes beyond money and tangible things that have an associated value.

To my daughter (and future children), I provide an ejemplo of what a man should look like. When she gets ready to go on her 1st date (at 30 years old, lol), she’s going to choose someone that reflects me.

As well dressed man, we are though to have:

  • Power
  • Intelligence
  • Success
  • Cultured

These, among others, are qualities that I would want my daughter to look for in a man. Also, a well dressed man consistently:

  • Exhibits attention to detail
  • Exudes confidence
  • Exemplifies leadership

These are also the qualities that I want my niños and esposa to see in me.

My wife Kira and daughter Eden

As a fashionable black man, I am a walking billboard for black culture as well. The creativity that it takes to piece together such a dapper demonstration of dignity is admirable. It speaks to the innovation that resides in me ( and all other fashionable black fathers and men) in its totality.

Brandon and Olivia

Speaking of reflection, it will be seen in the mirror of the world. As such, the segundo thing style has taught me about fatherhood is…

2. I’M IN AN ELITE CLASS

I’m a dad and that means I’m in an exclusive fraternity!

I’m an African American dad and that means I’m a superhero! 

Tshirt – @TheUrbanDads


In a tiempo when black dads are not as present in the family as in yester-year, I take huge pride in this responsibilidad and privilege. 

  • My personal style helps to change the narrative in how the black male and the black father are perceived in media!
  • A well groomed and astonishingly put together black man all but eradicates the notion that all black men are ghetto thugs and hoodlums (which is how mainstream media and Hollywood often portray us).

All about business!

 

3. I AM FEARLESS

Tradición and cultura has boxed in style for men for years and it can be suffocating. It has been said that only certain colors are masculine. The old consensus was that being well manicured and paying atención to your appearance wasn’t manly. I scoff at that sentiment!

I jump at the chance to look nice!

Men of style and culture know that it can be a daunting task trying to live up to such standards that are, honestamente, not grounded in reality. Being a man of style has started to change the conversation about the perseption of masculinity.

Gents, be confident in this:

  • Dressing well doesn’t mean you’re soft and weak.
  • Smelling nice doesn’t mean that you’re not a man.
  • Polishing your shoes has no bearing on toughness.
  • Getting manicures and pedicures doesn’t make you any less of a man’s man.

Strength in style…

Style conscious gents have endured ridicule and castigation for daring to strive for excelencia in our appearance. We’ve been fearless in this pursuit regardless of the level of criticizing!

Hermanos, I applaud you for being courageous in this endeavor. You deserve a standing ovation for enduring the name calling, being cast away, and having your manhood challenged.

Call upon that gallantry in life when times get hard. Know that you can and will conquer difícil circumstances when they present themselves!


Bro, you’re a man…100%!

~SG

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3 Tips to Mixing Textures and Patterns

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Señores,

“That’s too busy for me” or “He looks old he’s hot in all that”

We’ve all said these statements. As hombres we want to portray a sense of style and sophistication sin (without) trying too hard or doing too much. 

Mirando (looking) at gents who are wearing competing patterns and textures is off putting and just downright wrong. So how is it done properly?
First let’s get a few definiciones out of the way. 

Texture: the refers to how the fabric feels. Many times textures garments have patterns on them but this is not siempre the case. Think corduroy vs. denim. The ribs of the corduroy create a pattern too with a rough texture. While denim has a texture, many different textures depending on the composition; but doesn’t always have a patrón.

  
Pattern: A pattern is simply printed design that can be abstract or reoccurring like paisley, flores, or gingham. Patterns don’t have a feel to them. Thatnis to say they’re not raised, rough, hanging, etc. 

  

Ahora, how do you mix these? Here are three ways to  make sure that you mix your textures subtlety but successfull.

1. Maintain scale differences. When mixing textures and patterns you can’t have the patterns or textures the same size. They will compete and the result is looking  too busy. 

  
 

@samodinero

 
Notice that in each one of the ejemplos, none of the patterns are the same size (scale). This allows the patterns to flow seamlessly and crest a balance in the look. 

2. Make sure the patterns and textures are broken up with solids. This will quiet the nose of the look and make it fluid.

 The patterns are touching but are surrounded by solid colors that make the pattern pop but not too noisily. 

 

@trav_white_


When mixing textures like linen, cotton, and denim, la misma reglas (the same rule) applies. Keep one piece as the solid that will break up the patterns and smooths out the textures.
3. Play with light and dark color mixes. When mixing textures and palates don’t have dark on dark or light on light.  

 
Mixing bright with dulls or dark with lights (as seen below) allows the ensemble to be balanced.  

 

@handkersquares

 

All in all, take the time to look and see if your textures and patters are balanced. We are getting closer to primavera (spring time) and the florals are about to about. Let’s make sure it’s correctamente.

Stay fly my friends!

– SG

 

Señores!

Does the world know who you are?  Do YOU know how you are?

It’s important that the world truly sees you! It’s even more important that YOU see who you really are. Your appearance will

  1. Help with self-confidence
  2. Strengthen the connection with your colleague at the office
  3. Leave a lasting and refreshing imprint on who you are currently or are trying to date
  4. Allow you to stand out in a crowd and be admired by all

As such, I’m offering my services to you! Let me help you fashionably express your “je ne sai quoi”! Email me and let’s make greatness together!


Services provided are:

1. Individual styling: Standard one on one , in person styling service. 75.00/hour

2. Group Styling: 2 or more client receiving stellar styling devices. $150.00/hour

3. E-styling: Online styling services including outifitting, style recommendations, and vendor suggestions. 100.00/ hour

4. Personal shopping: in person or online shopping for individual clients.  100.00/hour

5. Event/production/photo shoot styling: Avaialble to style your complete event or production. For photo shoots, make up is included. Coed styling services are available. Contact for rates.

6. Wardrobe Renewal: Closet consultation. I  search your existing wardrobe and find 2-5 outfits or combinations that the client did not know was in their wardrobe. $100.00/hour

7. Style Assessments: Take a visual inventory of current wardrobe and make suggestions that would help boost your personal style. Included in this assessment is a style guid that each client will receive at the end of the session. $50.00

NOTE: Combination service are available at discounted rates. Contact me directly for more details. 


Contact me at senorguapo713@gmail.com so I can assit in recreating the most stylish you!


The benefits of having a stylist is that you can rest assured that you will represent yourself in the best light possible. My team and I provide the set of eyes that require every detail of your look to be immaculate! You will remain in season and up to date on the most current trends

 We’re here for you!! Let’s make our presence known…together!

Let’s work…
-SG

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V A R S I T Y | P R O J E C T

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Señores,
There are epic momentos in our vidas that will always be etched in our memories. There are those time cuando relationships can be “cashed it” for great opportunidades! Such a time just recently occurred for me and in the iconic words of Drake, “I feel blessed”! 

I was asked to be a parte of Grungy Gentleman’s VARSITY PROJECT! This editorial project put together some of the menswear industry’s most acclaimed bloggers and estilo aficionados. Curated by GG’s Founder/CEO /Designer Jace Lipstein and shot by the incomparable Eddie Pearson and gifted Moises De Pena – the bloggers were set in the heart of Soho’s sexy streets donning the line’s signature Varsity Pants. 

 

@elisoul01

@barrettpall

  
Honestamente, the Varsity Pants are so New York! Durable yet svvelt, chic yet comfortable, the Varsity Pant is anything but a standard pair of joggers. They sit below the waist with a slim-straight cut that bail into a striped ankle cuff. 

 

@astuteattire|@isaaclikes_

  

@isaaclikes_

  

@mensstylepro

Pair them with sneakers, oxfords, or boots…it matters not because of the versatility! 

Next up is the All Season Flannel! 

 

@mensstylepro

    

@denny623

 

It doesn’t matter if your rolling up your sleeves for a long day at work, hanging around, or just chilling. You can remain fashionable doing them all while sporting the All Season Flannel. Notice the suede elbow pads that add a classico gentlemanly element to a historically rugged shirt. 

Finalamente, it’s important to stay 2 G in the Grungy Gentleman x Mitchell & Ness collaboration Snapback.  

@denny623

    

There’s no better way to stay warm or keep it cool!

Ahora  check out how the rest of the lads styled the the Varsity Pants and the All Season Flannel!

 

@stylesocietyguy

  

@elisoul01

  

@levitatestyle

  

@stevenonoja

  

@barrettpall

  

@stephenobisanya|@thestylesocietyguy

  

@denny623

  

@stephenobisanya

  

@stevenonoja|@barrettpall

  

@elisoul01|@stevenonoja|@denny623

 

The moral of the story is…

@stylesocietyguy|@levitatestyle|senorguapo713|@menstylepro|stephenobisanya

let Grungy Gentleman elevate you style.
Stay fly mis amigos!

~SG  
To shop these and other looks visit http://grungygentleman.com/shop/

J A P A N E I R O S

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Señores,

I’m not sure if you knew this, but I kinda like fashion. Menswear makes me happy! Suits, zapatos, shirts, pantalones, jewlery, chaquetas, all excite me! 

 What else makes me happy, however, is comida! Oh the joys of of savoring tasty morsels; the elation that overtakes me when I sip a well crafted beverage is…well, indescribable. I mean, think about it. How amazing of an experience is it cuando you sip a crisp, slightly chilled reisling whist esperando (waiting) on your entree to arrive? A perfectly mixed margarita will do as well!
Life gets even better when you mix both fashion and food! I did just that. I started my Memorial Day weekend with Happy Hour at one of my favorito spots – Japaneiro (located in Sugar Land, TX).

  

   
 

They have an expansive menu of Japanese and Latin fusion dishes. I recommend the Shrimp Diablo and the Chicken tostadas  paired with their signature margarita (below pic). 

 

Ahora, when the comida is this good the fit has to match! It was Sabado so I needed to be comfortable…comfortable and fly! 

 

Watch: Diesel | Ring and Shamballa: Custom

  
    

*look closely…

   

Reebox Hexlite

  

Shirt: Favela Clothing | Joggers: Zara | Hat: Thrifted


 Es importante to remain comfortable, especially when dining on the patio. The Houston humidity really won’t allow any other way! Lol!

  Entonces, enjoy your your holiday weekend in style and with full bellies. If ever you’re in the Sugar Land Town Center, go check out Japaneiros. You won’t be disappointed.

Stay fly my friends,

~SG

W A S H I N G T O N | A V E.

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Señores!!!

La Primavera (The Spring) is here and I am overjoyed! Sunny days, gorgeous flores, and bright sonrisas are commonplace!!! Make sure, during this estacion, that your fashion encompasses the same elements. Fun patterns and bold bright colores are a must. 

Today was a chill day…just because the weather allowed it to be! Met with a good friend at one of my favorito burger spots in the Washington Corridor in Houston.  

 

Lunch was great, the convo was better, the server was interesting then this just spontaneously happened…

   

         

The lesson in this is to always be prepared. Style is a existence. Live in it and you’ll always be ready!

DETAILS

▪️Shirt – Ecko Unlimited 

▪️Biker Denim – Zara Men

▪️Extended Tee – Divided by H&M

▪️Sneakers – Mosson Bricke from Urban Outfitters

▪️Timepiece – Diesel 

▪️Wristwear – Aldo Accessories

▪️Location – The Counter 

Images – Vincent Powell | @vincentpowell

K A N Y E  x  A D I D A S

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Señores, 

 Let’s keep in short and sweet this go around. Yo soy a fan of Kanye West. His música, his estilo, and his vida…it’s enviable. He debuted his first full collection in collaboration with Adidas at Mercedes Benz Fashion Week in February of 2015. I must admit…I LOVED it. 

 The event was more of a presentación than a show. Now he’s released the full lookbook shot by the incomparable and iconic Jackie Nickerson. Below are highlights from the lookbook pero you can find the complete publication on http://www.seasonzine.com. 

¡Disfruta! (Enjoy)









Gracias Kanye…gracias!!!

Stay fly my friends!