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The Urban Graduate [2C+(S)]

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OK, here we go Grads. This post is what this blog is all about! This is a chance for me to make style suggestions and get your opinions. So I’ve been thinking right, what’s a good look for Spring? Then it dawned on me…a concept I call THE TWO C’s OF SPRING (COLOR + CONTRAST). Here’s the equation[2C+(S)]. The COLOR part is obvious, but the CONTRAST element is a little more involved. I’ll explain shortly. Alright, here we go from head to toe:

1. The Eyewear.

My favorite ‘eye’cessories  for this Spring are the Dior Homme “Blow” Sunglasses from the Dior Homme Spring ’09 capsule collection. These are the only white pair of sunglasses that I would rock [they also come in fuschia, royal blue, black, and orange]. There are only 500 of these being produced worldwide so the likelihood of acquiring a pair is slim like a Dior suit. But I posted these just as a reference…big, unique shades for the Spring is my suggestion [but please, no more “shutter shades”].

2. Solid, Lightweight Dress Shirt.

This zip-front dress shirt by Opening Ceremony is a novel, yet very foreseeable concept. Roll the sleeves up during the day and unroll them in the evening.

If you don’t want to do long sleeves then my suggestion is a short sleeve button-up. My favorite is the Short Sleeve Slant Placket Shirt by SHADES of GREIGE. The key is to keep the top a subdued color in order to allow the pants to play.

3. The Pants.

Here is where the CONTRAST element comes in. Since the eyewear, everything so far has been contemporary with clean lines…now is the chance to break the monotony. These J.Crew Classic Fit broken in chinos in warm ember provide the perfect break from a clean look to a more colorful, worn-in look. [Try cuffing these so that they sit slightly above the ankle].

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These J.Crew Classic Fit Hook-and-Bar lightweight chinos would go best with the zip-front dress shirt because it is a much darker shade of blue. Wearing two shades of the same color can be pulled off only when the shades are significantly different from one another. Too close and it will look like you tried to match colors. [Try cuffing these so that they sit slightly above the ankle as well].

4. The Shoes.




These “shiny silver tennis” from Rubber Duck are sure to stand out…as I’m sure anything both silver and shiny tends to do. I also suggest a pair of these Jack Purcell’s if you think the metallic look is too much.

This is the first time I have had to do this…Sorry but I can no longer endorse those shiny silver tennis from Rubber Duck because they (1) are poorly made (2) mine and another person’s came with scuffs already on the soles (3) they are extremely narrow and ill-fitting and (4) I believe the same shoe mold that is used for the women’s is used for the men’s shoe…just in a longer size.

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[Sneak Tip]: Alessandro Dell’Acqua Hi[FLY]Tops

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Check out the “8731” hi-top sneaker from Italian designer Alessandro Dell’Acqua. These joints have been obviously low key or you would have seen them in blogs alongside the Ato Matsumoto’s, Kris Van Assche’s, and Raf Simons’ hi-tops. I guess because a celebrity hasn’t acknowledged these yet, they aren’t really out there…but that’s what urban grads are for. We research and find those gems that make our wardrobes the s$%! What sold me on these [besides the contrasting fabric and patent leather exterior] was the giant velcro strap across the top of the sneaker…riDONKulous. Get on em.

Check out this designer’s latest runway shows here.

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March 9, 2009 at 11:29 am

u|T|ø Endorses…Zuriick Shoes

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I almost didn’t post this because I was enjoying my Christmas break (even though Christmas is definitely not the same as it used to be) but I decided to listen to my motto “grind over glamour.” I have been on these shoes since I first discovered them because of their simple look. I’m loving the \un/derstatement on these shoes…the purple bottoms. So if you like minimalist design, simple construction, and subtle use of color, then you will like what Zuriick has to offer.

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Albert White Hide Hi-top

Zuriick Thomas Leather Hi-top

Zuriick Jack Jack Hi-top

Zuriick Albert Hi-top

Zuriick Kettle Zip Boot

Zuriik Jackie Mid-top

Zuriick Beata Mid-top

Zuriick Beata Mid-top black

Zuriick Ake Slip-on

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December 24, 2008 at 8:04 am