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The Urban Graduate: [sock.it.to.me]

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February 17, 2010 at 6:44 pm

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The SmARTORIALIST: The Masters

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I’m perpetually astonished by men who avoid color. On every blog we’ve been featured on, every bit of style advice delivered through the u|T|o lens, we offer ‘pops of color’ as the most readily-integrable sartorial option for fellas. But, some just don’t listen.

Fine. We’re wiping the slate clean — winter is ending (slowly, esp. for mid-atlantic and northeasterners), and Spring is anxiously peering around the corner. Invest in COLOR NOW.

As guys, we have a tendency to “go COMPLETELY IN“. Why have a hamburger when I can order a STEAK (it’s ALL red meat…right)? Don’t give me a $10 haircut…I want the tapered fade, the edge up, the beard and mustache trim — why be half-assed?

Fine. Have it YOUR way.

This Spring, if you’re going to try out ‘COLOR‘…hell….GO ALL THE WAY IN. Commit entirely. Our suggestion — rock a green blazerArnold Palmer did it. Jack Nicklaus did it. Tiger Woods did it.

Green is a regal color when worn properly. In terms of hue, aim for rich tones (True Green, India Green, Hunter Green = GOOD; Chartreuse = BAD). Avoid all military greens — period. Pair with light-colored trousers (i.e. bone, white, khaki), or denim. In my opinion…pair with anything EXCEPT…more green (you will look like Leprechaun in the Hood).

Use the picture above as an example of what you want to look like….use the picture below as an example of the Jacket you want…but not the follow through you need (baby steps, baby steps). I mean, c’mon….what’s the worst that could happen — you looking like a Tournament champion fresh from Augusta??

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February 17, 2010 at 3:29 pm

Post-Valentine’s Day| The Clean-Up

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Valentine’s Day, Valentine’s Day — how we love thee. February 14th marks one of the most romantic, and hopefully, electric days of the year for Urban Grads & Graduettes. I’m sure yours were filled with falling rose petals, candlelit dinners, chocolate decadence, and of course…the special occasion unmentionables. But now that the the roses are wilting, candles have melted away, chocolate devoured, and the encapsulated passion has experienced its “decrescendo”… what are you going to do with THAT lingerie?!

For the good graduettes who said, “Take It with Me” — one point for you (it’s a recession, I understand — plus, lingerie is NOT cheap). For the naughty graduettes who said, “Leave It with Him” — two points for you (trust me…every guy wants to be left a pair of panties or a bra at least once in life — a token of your appreciation). Either way…the person who fails to WASH these underthings is a complete filthmonger.

Delicates are a very…well…delicate subject; caring for them can easily be over or under-estimated. Many cute bra/panties sets have been sacrificed, teddy and corsets completely ruined because of this laundry tug-of-war. Simple solution: LINGERIE BAGS.

It’s actually quite easy to protect your lingerie. Just place garments inside the lingerie bags, and wash on the DELICATE CYCLE with COLD WATER. After completion, DO NOT TUMBLE DRY — lay them out flat atop a bath towel, and let the capillary action do its thing.

Just because you washed it doesn’t mean that the memory will ever fade — you and he will know EXACTLY what made those unmentionables worth mentioning.

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February 16, 2010 at 1:22 pm

Mr. McQueen, Thank You

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Lee Alexander McQueen 

 Mar. 17, 1969 – Feb. 11, 2010.

Our prayers are with his family and friends. Celebrate his life, celebrate his art, and be reminded of how closely the two can be interwoven.

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February 11, 2010 at 11:55 am

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Cheat|Sheet: Suits + Sneakers

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Here’s a nifty little video conjured up by the good gents over at GQ mag. Quick breakdown of how to pull off sneakers with a suit:

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February 10, 2010 at 1:23 pm

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Leggings | An Overdue Conversation

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Urban Graduettes, leggings are as much an area of contention in fashion as they are a hot trend that does not seem to be turning lukeskywalkerwarm anytime soon. We here at Urban Takeøut have nothing against leggings. When worn the RIGHT way they can be very sexy by giving just enough visually but, like a good storyteller, have us Urban Grads wanting more.

Since we’re on the subject of being visual, let’s start by giving some ‘visual’ examples of how not to wear leggings via Fantasia Barrino, Paris Hilton, Meagan Good, and three random tweens. The last example is just simply saying you shouldn’t wear the same ostentatious leggings in groups (But they are young so whatever).

FACT 1. Leggings are not pants. — This is the most important fact and the number one mistake-maker among those who don’t agree with it (The Stylish Islander can back me up on this one). Let’s get this out the way first Beyonce made it cool to have a rotund ass, Jennifer Lopez did NOT start this trend. Then Rihanna and famed big-ass celebutante Kim Kardashian further reinforced this desire. So if you know you have a big ass there is no need to bring further attention to it. We know that you know it’s your best asset because every time you take a picture you turn around and give that one-hand-on-hip-back-turned-looking-over-shoulder butt pose. The next time you wear leggings try having the top portion of your caboose covered. Keep it subtle…real men appreciate it (Trust me, us Urban Grads can still tell if you really are “blessed” in that area).

FACT 2. If you look thirsty someone will give you a Gatorade. When I say thirsty, I mean don’t wear leggings that make you look like your thirsty for attention. I understand that there are a lot of intriguing and unique leggings out there, but understand that there is a difference between intriguing and unique shoes and stripper heels too…so don’t get it twisted. Case-in-point, Nicki Minaj, awesome body (it should have a separate post lol) but why does she look like an off-duty stripper named Licorice in that pic? Could it be the glitter leggings? NO HATE but I just wish more women who had great bodies understood the cunning craft of femininity.

FACT 3. Diversify your bonds. — Everyone knows that leggings are IN right now, but don’t let them make up the majority of your autumn/winter and spring/summer bottoms. Simply put, buy some real pants too.

Here are a couple examples of curvaceous women who have done it right. Keri Hilson has given herself the option of being able to pull her shirt down and hide more bum and here Kim Kardashian does the same. This pic illustrates my point that you don’t need to have your ass in plain sight for it to be noticed; and if you have a great one then sometimes you just can’t hide it.

Until next time…

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January 31, 2010 at 5:37 pm

Get Familiar: Simply…Suede

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SUEDE is apparently becoming hot this season with sneaker designers. It’s an interesting choice because it has strong weaknesses like the ability to become dirty and absorb liquids quickly, but it’s also soft probably making for a comfortable wear. Not to mention it just looks more luxurious. Here are some S/S 2010 offerings…

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January 22, 2010 at 11:48 pm