January 30, 2015
I’ve taken to wearing a uniform this winter. I admit I’m not the best at layering, but I’ve developed some sort of formula for when layers are necessary for survival. I start with a band mandarin-collar shirt under a round-neck sweater, relaxed dark trousers, woolly socks, chunky black shoes, sunglasses and gloves. I throw on my jacket of the week, or a heavyweight winter coat and scarf, as needed. I find it best to keep everything covered, in loose, relaxed layers, to avoid looking like I’m being swallowed by winter gear. And to save me from seasonal depression, I keep myself entertained with cheeky gloves, a collection of pins, among a few other cold-weather distractions.
Garrett Leight sunglasses, vintage Barbour Jacket, Reformation sweater, vintage American Eagle shirt, Bird leopard gloves, Yohji Yamamoto pants, Vans shoes
Garrett Leight sunglasses
tree-snuggling in McCarren Park
a collection of vintage pins
January 8, 2015
Many of you who follow my style closely know that I do a complete wardrobe overhaul somewhere every four to six months. I may hold on to key pieces a little while longer, but there’s always a conversation going on in my head about the image I want to portray at each specific point in my life, about gender, economics, my body image and my emotional state, and this always comes through in the way I dress. I’ve been experimenting with a new look–a little more pared-down, a little more masculine–at 29, I feel less of a need to make a splash with fashion statements, and ultimately just wear what makes me feel good. Current influences are: military classics, California, The New Order, and the pervasiveness of dadcore. Happy New Year.
Yohji Yamamoto Pour Homme military coat, Hardy Amies blazer, Jungmaven henley, AG Jeans, Tim Hamilton x Guidi boots
Capital Eyewear x Allen Edmonds glasses, Black Sheep and Prodigal Sons whale pin
the return of the accent sock
November 18, 2014
This is not a story on the hottest new jean trend on the streets; this is a story about how I fell in love with jeans again. I’ve gone months without wearing denim. I found black trousers to be infinitely more exciting than the staple black skinnies favored by many a downtown NYC boy, and I bought black pants in all shapes: slim, pleated, drop-crotch, palazzo, and parachute. Dark denim just didn’t feel right at the moment, and I didn’t even think to consider all the other colors. But there was something about the idea of classic men’s stonewash denim, dad jeans as dubbed by most, that seemed to appeal to where my style is at the moment: comfortable, pared-down, masculine, and a tiny hint nostalgic. I searched far and wide for the perfect pair, and after trying on pairs that were too whiskered, too distressed, unflattering, or just the wrong color, I found love in a pair of AG jeans two sizes too big for me. I wear them with an elastic belt, with all the cozy black things I like to wear in the winter—SO comfortable, I know what I’m wearing on the plane home for the holidays.
Yohji Yamamoto coat, CP Company sweater, AG jeans, Allen Edmonds x The Dandy Project custom shoes
AG Dylan jeans in 17 years orbit
CP Company “dad sweater,” AG “dad jeans”
These shoes are a collaboration with Allen Edmonds: I wanted a pair of classic clean American black oxfords, and had them done in the finest smooth black leather, with rubber soles for comfort. I’m giving away a pair to the lucky reader who e-mails firstname.lastname@example.org with his shoe size and a sentence explaining why we should pick you. May the odds be in your favor.
photos by BJ Pascual
November 13, 2014
Jimmy Jimeno is a store manager for Opening Ceremony, and Joey Jimeno is a freelance writer, and head barista and back of house at Rose Bakery at Dover Street Market New York. The brothers were born in Baguio, Philippines, and have lived together and separately in Northern Virginia, Berlin, San Francisco, Toronto, London, and New York—a background that has refined the two as creatives, and strengthened their bond as brothers. “Moving quite frequently growing up was one heartbreak after the next, at least initially,” says Jimmy. “One way I coped with the trauma was developing a sense of humor.” Joey, on the other hand, tends to think that everything he affords is based on his romantic longing to construct a notion of ‘home.’ I used to follow the brothers many years ago when they would post their outfits on the forum Superfuture, and had always been fascinated with the way they conveyed new ideas through their style. It was a different time then, with the volume of user-generated fashion media being only a fraction of the size it is now; it may have been elitist, and a little scary, but it was a creative hotbox for the people who were in it. “The way you deal with fashion elitism,” Jimmy says, “is giving ZERO fucks…because there are far more important things to worry about than WDYWT and brand synergy.” Like many of us kids of the early fashion Internet, the Jimeno brothers have matured in style, and have gone on to do things that hold influence in the world, but what keeps me looking to them for inspiration is that they’re two brothers who are very close, with one really cool hobby.
Jimmy Jimeno in an Agnes B floral shirt, RRL jeans, and Doc Martens 50th anniversary shoes; Joey Jimeno in an Epaulet x Liberty shirt and Taylor Stitch trousers
Joey and Jimmy Jimeno
Jimmy in a Raf Simons sweater, Lift Label jersey, Number (N)ine jeans, and Tim Hamilton Boots; Joey in a Uniqlo turtleneck, Sunny Sports Clothing chore coat, APC New Standard Jeans, and Comme des Garçons x Dr. Martens shoes
Tim Hamilton x Guidi, Comme des Garçons x Dr. Martens
Jimmy in an old Supreme NY fitted cap, custom marble dye Champion sweatshirt, RRL Jeans, and Nike Airmax 2003’s; Joey in a Kenzo bucket hat, Opening Ceremony oxford shirt, Junya Watanabe Man blazer, Patrik Ervell jeans, and Steven Alan derbies
vintage David Letterman Late Show Letterman jacket on Jimmy Jimeno
Joey in an Interwoven scarf, Rising Sun and Co. Jacket, Brooklyn Denim Co. chinos, Comme des Garçons x Dr. Martens shoes; Jimmy in a vintage YSL denim jacket, Engineered Garments shirt, RRL jeans, and Dr. Martens shoes
Jimmy in a vintage Christian Dior robe and custom Opening Ceremony soccer shorts; Joey in a Pigalle jumpsuit and J. Crew sneakers
The Dandy Project: What inspires you today? Jimmy: Too many thangs! Lately though? Definitely my friends and my Playstation 4.
Art Direction Assistant Michael Dodd
November 9, 2014
I’ve decided that my look for this fall would be “cool university professor’s young dad son”–a look that I thought would be best topped off with the Seiko Astron GPS Solar watch sponsored by the lovely people at Socialstars #AstronElite. I’m not getting any younger, I’m even graying, and I find myself drawn to things that are less weird, and less overtly slick. There is something sexy about looking like you could provide for a small family, change diapers, and manage to pull yourself together with quiet elegance: it’s a skill that young Williamsburg dads, my muses of the moment, seem to have down pat. This fall, I’m going to read a lot, and write poetry; you’ll find me dressed in khakis and dad jeans, big knits with funnel necks, and an air of maturity that I hope to catch up on in real life.
Stephan Schneider scarf, Barbour International Jacket, Seiko Astron watch, COS sweater and khakis, Church’s socks, Number (N)ine shoes
The Seiko Astron, a cool, quiet, complicated watch, uses GPS signals to identify the time zone, time and date data, and is powered by all types of light.
Number (N)ine creepers
photos by BJ Pascual
November 4, 2014
Not too long ago, GQ had urged men to ditch the going-out shirt: ill-fitting, ugly, and worn untucked with boot-cut jeans, it’s apparently the bro’s uniform when he goes to clubs, house parties, and worst of all, dates. Having grown up in Southeast Asia, where it’s too hot to wear a jacket for most of the year, I’ve always worn some sort of going-out shirt–not necessarily ill-fitting, or ugly, but something easy, that looks good in the nighttime lights. I’ve had many of these shirts in dark velvet, or crisp, fitted, architectural white, but I’m currently quite fond of this one, a funny old vintage silk shirt that drips with 90s Gianni Versace vibes. It might be a very womenswear thing to have clothes for the day and clothes for the evening, but I’m with the bros on this one. I love a shirt that is as comfy as it is loud, but gentlemen, I’ll leave the boot-cut denim to you.
rings: AC+632, Lanero, and A Land, Marsell mules
October 22, 2014
Peter Meckel is a buyer for Barneys New York and a one-time fashion blogger with a penchant for classic, everyman menswear and a knack for putting things together in an unexpected way. I was drawn to the subtly novel and thought-provoking ways he wears otherwise normal items of clothing, almost as an antidote to the faltering normcore trend—the prevalence of layering ill-fitting over unflattering, or worse, the cheap styling trick of putting Birkenstocks on an outfit and calling it progressive has all become disconcerting. “I prefer dressing for day than night, because I like to be subtle – with a small detail making the outfit different or my own,” says Peter. On his brief flirtation with fashion blogging, he recalls, “I felt very exposed and unprotected, but excited, too, because I felt it was very true to myself. It was exhausting and at times I wasn’t sure what I was doing it for.” Settled and geared towards years of growth in the numbers-driven field of fashion buying, Peter manages to do one thing many of today’s bloggers only aspire to do, which is to inspire someone to think about clothes.
Peter Hunter Meckel in a Dickies jumpsuit, Saint Laurent boots, and Henschel bucket hat, in hand.
Brooks Brothers glasses
Saint Laurent shiny leather lace-up boots
Margaret Howell coat, Margiela shirt, Carhartt jeans, Grenson boots
Carhartt jeans and Grenson boots
Acne women’s dark gray leather jacket, J. Crew henley, Carhartt pants, Buttero boots
Buttero suede boots
October 17, 2014
One thing that keeps me interested in dressing up is the idea of taking items of clothing that have fallen out of favor and finding new ways to make them work. I love a good vest– it’s an easy way to add some structure to an outfit, and a low-commitment addition that keeps you a little warmer. I guess I’ll always have a soft spot for waistcoats: they were a thing back when I had started blogging, and I wore them with American Apparel t-shirts and skinny jeans and bowler hats, and when the trend went sour, I was left with a sizeable number of vests in my closet, all without suits to match. This linen halter waistcoat by Damir Doma is a remarkable piece because of the unusual cut and detailing. I like to wear it over thin sweaters, almost like a puffy vest but for milder weather.
Oakley sunglasses, Damir Doma linen halter vest, Uniqlo heattech sweater, Damir Doma drop-crotch cropped pants, Nike shoes
grosgrain belt and sheer back
Nike Frees and a chain-link ring
October 14, 2014
Rhamier Auguste is a manager at Opening Ceremony, and a freelance stylist and creative consultant. There is a subversive sense of humor in his style that is tempered by an impossible sense of cool: I look at him and I don’t see a fashion plate, just a guy with great style, who seems like someone cool to talk to. I was even more thrilled when I came to his Bed-Stuy apartment to shoot, and found a very tightly curated wardrobe of mostly crazy pieces, with a smattering of a few basics. “Everything goes with anything,” Rhamier quotes stylist Lori Goldstein, who he’s previously worked for. I questioned my notion of what is essential in a wardrobe: as I trekked to my favorite consignment store hauling bags filled with the perfect Comme black jackets and must-have white Thom Browne shirts in every version, I thought, what a pleasure it might be to get dressed in the morning picking through a very concise wardrobe of clothes you love.
Rhamier Auguste in a Patrik Ervell cap, XXBC sweatshirt and sweatpants, and Opening Ceremony x Timberland boots
Opening Ceremony x Timberland boots
Citizen watch in blue and gold
Rhamier Auguste in a Raf Simons sweatshirt, Supreme New York x Champion warm-up pants, Ice Cold New York socks, and Raf Simons x Adidas trainers
Ice Cold New York 3M reflective socks and Adidas x Raf Simons shoes
Comme des Garcons coat, Uniqlo oxford button-down, +J by Uniqlo trousers, and mismatched Comme des Garcons x Dr. Martens shoes
Patrik Ervell hat, Supreme New York Nairobi shirt, Stone Island t-shirt, Dickies trousers, and Nike Air Max Plus TN trainers
Patrik Ervell hat, t-shirt, and jeans, Nike Huarache trainers
Huaraches and “original hems”
Patrik Ervell sweatshirt and a Supreme pin
October 7, 2014
As someone who tends to favor restraint and the subtlety of non-colors, getting so much wear out of my bright blue suit from Reiss comes as a surprise. I’ve worn it three-piece with a crisp shirt buttoned all the way up to attend a few fashion week shows (thanks, Highsnobiety and Huffington Post!), two-piece with shirt unbuttoned to dinner, and with a long shirt and a silver hair piece to a friend’s dance party at Le Baron. I felt invincible wearing it, and nodded fervently when a few days after, The Cut put out that piece on Italian men wearing bright blue suits as a symbol of power. Powerful as it seems though, there is a gentle benevolence to the color blue that seems to work even when applied all over a suit in full saturation. This time around, for the blog, I thought I’d wear the suit in the spirit of an archetype I always go back to: the young maharajah.
blue suit by Reiss, Karma Mantra necklace, vintage tunic, Guidi shoes
Black onyx and coral Japa Mala by Karma Mantra