June 30, 2009

7 summerstyle must-haves for men under $250 - going off the cheap end with jeans, t-shirts and seersucker

The challenge is simple: Find seven stunning, summer must-haves for men. No problem. Right?

Not really. There's a hitch. The total ensemble has to cost less than $250.

Holy economic downturn, Fashion Man, I need help and inspiration.

This leads me to rendezvous with local designer Genevieve Graham, who recently finished fourth on this season's Project Runway Canada.

Graham's advice is to keep it simple. "I love the look of a man in summer with a nice, really good pair of jeans and a white T-shirt," she says. "And a nice pair of flip-flops. I love jeans and flip-flops on men."

Then she flashes a bit of leg and dangles a Havaianas thong (ahem, it's a sandal) from her right foot.

"They're the best flip-flops out there," says Graham. "And they never give you blisters, which is nice."

In the past, men's Havaianas have been hard to find, but this season Club Monaco is selling them for an affordable $18.

While you're there, pick up a white T-shirt for $22. They come in a standard V-neck and a deep V-neck.

For jeans, why not stick with the classic Levi's 501? Choose the deep-indigo of the Rigid 501 for $80 at the Original Levi's Store. It is a stiff pair that gives you an excuse to wear it to the beach, swim in it, rub sand all over it and then dry it on your body in the sun all summer long. The result will be the best-fitting pants you will ever own. (continue reading at the Vancouver Sun)

June 14, 2009

Says Joe: Fresh thinking on summer menswear with Joe Mimran of Joe Fresh Style


JOE MIMRAN OF JOE FRESH STYLE ON HIS SECRET TO SUMMER STYLE:
"I think it's really easy in the summer. You're dealing with natural fibres..."
"You can get away with a lot less clothes...so with so few pieces, how do you make something out of it? It's about colour and cut. If it's not right, there's no style."
"It's all about slim lines to look modern today."

ON SUMMER SCARVES FOR MEN
"If you're of a certain age, you can do it. You'll look like you're in a band if you wear too many scarves and too many little hats."

ON SUMMER SUITS (KHAKI, LINEN AND SEERSUCKERS)
"Dress it with a polo shirt and flip flops or some anchor. Brown Church's oxfords or two-tone spectators."
"Seersucker is one of the most versatile summer suits. You can break it up. With the jacket you can break it up with white pants..."

Say it's so, Joe: Mimran suggests a man can muscle-up a summer wardrobe with a pair of white pants.
WHAT ABOUT THOSE WHITE PANTS (Joe Fresh Style, $29)?
"Getting Canadian men into a pair of white pants can be very difficult...but at the height of summer, if you can figure it out, it can change their mindset for summer. Whatever you put on top, you're full-on into summer."

ON THE MUST-HAVE
"Polos is where a guy should be these days. It [a Joe Fresh Style polo, $10 to 16] is slim and has real shell buttons. It can stand up to any polo in the market place."

June 2, 2009

Nada Vuksic of Bruce Eyewear on this summer's trends for sunglasses plus tips on buying cheap sunglasses



I visited Bruce Eyewear to get some simple tips on buying sunglasses and to look at the beautiful frames in the shop.

Nada Vuksic, the owner, showed me a couple gorgeous frames and let me know what's in for this season.

Plus Stephen Quinn of CBC's On the Coast and I talk about what you need to know before you buy cheaper, plastic shades.