Celebrity Style to Watch: Victor Cruz

Football season is upon us, and the one player you need to keep an eye on is Victor Cruz. From topping every best-dressed list to salsa dancing his way to Super Bowl victory, this wide receiver has proven he has a style all his own. And we’re all for it.
 
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To snag his signature look, try these simple steps:

  1. Grab a pair of dark-wash narrow-leg jeans (a Victor Cruz staple) or straight-leg pants in an earthy hue.
  2. Wear with a button-down shirt. Leave it untucked for a polished yet laid-back vibe. Then, unbutton the top button and cuff the sleeves loosely. No undershirt needed.
  3. Add a bold black-rubber timepiece. Effortless style? You can say that again.

 

Now practice Victor’s salsa moves and you’re good to go.

For more inspiration, head to our Leading Man: Get Victor Cruz’s Off-the-Field Look Boutique, opening Sunday, August 24, at 11AM ET.

By Emily Ketterer, Staff Writer

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August 23, 2014

Calling All Sneakerheads: Customize Your Jordan Spizikes

Sneakerhead (noun): a person who collects, trades, or admires sneakers as a form of hobby. Not quite a sneakerhead but still appreciate a good-looking shoe? Enter the Air Jordan Spizike. The world was first introduced to the sneaker, designed to commemorate the friendship between Michael Jordan and Spike Lee, in 2006. Over the years, the Spizike has seen its fair share of design changes and colorway introductions. And now, thanks to NikeiD, sneakerheads and regular folk alike can customize their Jordan Spizike iD sneakers from top to bottom, creating a look that’s entirely their own.

 

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According to the Nike Launch Calendar, the newest Jordan Spizike is available in a variety of exclusive materials and colors, including denim. Choose from regular denim or an 80s-inspired black or midnight-navy acid wash, add a glow-in-the-dark outsole, and top off the look with bold laces if you so desire. And at $210 a pop, it’s a small price to pay for a piece of sneaker history.

For the ideal laid-back look, pair your custom Spizikes with a solid tee, cashmere cardigan, and narrow-leg denim (need a new set? Check out our Denim Fit Guide).

Read more on nike.com.

By Lindsey Doolittle, Men’s Assistant Fashion Editor

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August 20, 2014

Gym-Goers, Rejoice: J.Crew Has a Suit for You

Thanks to beach season, your gym game has been on point for months, which puts you in the sweet spot for fitting into that best-man suit next month, right? Wrong. That strong build, so well-suited for the sand, doesn’t always warm up well to narrow-leg suit pants and a closely tailored jacket. Luckily, J.Crew has released a new athletically minded suit fit just for you.

Meet the Crosby cut.

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Now, just what makes the Crosby cut so apt at accommodating bis, tris, and calves, you ask? J.Crew’s menswear director Frank Muytjens elaborates below.

It’s all about the proportions…we didn’t want to create a suit that was just a bigger version of the Ludlow. We focused on the upper torso, biceps and shoulders the most. We opened up the armhole, made the shoulder a little wider and worked on opening up the body as well. We also widened the lapel a hair, just to make sure everything was proportional. For the pants, we opened it up in the waist and thigh area, but still made sure the leg opening was slim.

Thankfully, showing up to that wedding in a too-small or too-big suit shouldn’t be an issue anymore. But don’t go trading in every suit in your wardrobe yet. Just know this: The tailor is your friend. Find a good one, then ask for help figuring out the right cut for your body type. They’ll alter your current suits, so you can feel free to start P90x.

By Emily Ketterer, Staff Writer

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August 18, 2014

NBA Giant Chris Bosh Goes High Fashion

As if being on one of the NBA’s top basketball teams wasn’t enough, Miami’s Chris Bosh has also emerged as one of its best-dressed athletes. And now? The 6′ 11″ power forward has taken his impeccable style and turned it into his next business venture. Enter Mr. Nice Ties, a collection of ties and bow ties he designed as part of a collaboration with Canadian accessories brand Armstrong & Wilson. The Daily Beast reports on the inspiration behind the line.

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“As a child, he remembers watching his father, ‘a very sharp dresser,’ add the final touches to his suits—a tie,” says Justin Jones of The Daily Beast. “The moment [Chris] was finally able to loop a knot by himself was a milestone, his first step to becoming a man. His ability to translate that fleeting moment into a tangible design that others can wear has been a meaningful experience.”

Chris explains he’s never been much of a risk-taker and that simplicity is key, so the colors and patterns in his collection are muted, but the fabrics are high-end. “I was really trying to make something as an expression of myself,” he says. “I love ties and this is really something I wanted to get into.”

What’s next, Chris? World domination?

Read more on The Daily Beast.

By Lindsey Doolittle, Men’s Assistant Fashion Editor

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August 13, 2014

Grab Your Phone & Take an Hermès Tie Break

To all of you out there who dream in orange boxes, whose hearts go thud-thud with the sight of that signature H, lend me your ear: There’s an app for that. For men and women alike, it’s deliciously fun to play with. Introducing Tie Break, Hermès’s recently launched smartphone app designed “to help you take a break from the harsh realities of office, airport, or public transport…or even a dull date” with “a random dose of Hermès.” Tie break

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In essence, it’s a quippy little exercise in Hermès tie knowledge-building, made fun through GIFs, games, and comics. Each time you open the app, a new one of these “surprises” will be waiting for you. Use it as a way to wean off of 2048 and CandyCrush, or to read up on the differences between Hermès’s collection of luxe silk neckties – so you can make an educated decision on your next purchase. Download the Tie Break app here. P.S. Be patient with the download. It’s far more turtle than hare. But we all know who wins that race. By Joanna Berliner, Editor 

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August 11, 2014

Be the Best-Dressed Man: How to Master Cocktail & Black-Tie Attire

The wedding invite has been haphazardly stuck to the fridge for weeks now. But that call for cocktail or black-tie attire? You know you’ve been completely ignoring it. And now it’s officially time to prepare. So relax and read on – we’re going to tell you how to nail it.

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Cocktail: When the dress code requests cocktail attire, you have some room for creativity. Opt for a dark suit (think navy or charcoal), then have some fun with your shirt-and-tie combination. Try a solid color or a subtle pinstriped dress shirt with a punchy silk tie in a paisley or diagonal-stripe print.

Black Tie: This sounds intimidating, but embrace the ease of what is essentially a fancy-wedding uniform. Grab a black tuxedo – with silk lapels and a trim fit for a slimming, modern vibe – then add a crisp white dress shirt, black tie or bow tie, and shined-up black dress shoes. Voilà, done. 

Ready to get dressed? Our Best (Dressed) Man: Style for Late-Summer Weddings Boutique opened Thursday, August 7, at 11AM ET.

By Chrissy Makkas, Staff Writer

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August 7, 2014

It’s Happening: Coach Shoes for Men

Men, rejoice. Even the uninitiated know that Coach has long been a dominating force when it comes to women’s bags and shoes. And though the brand has dipped its toes into the menswear world in the past, it’s now getting ready to fully dive in. How? By launching its first full collection of men’s shoes.

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What can you expect? Fifteen styles – think oxfords, monkstraps, chukkas, and more – in Italian leather and suede. As Greg Unis, Coach’s senior vice president of men’s global merchandising, told WWD“We’ve had men’s shoes in our stores in the past but haven’t gone after a full collection until now. The goal for launching [these shoes] is to continue to grow the lifestyle expression of our brand. There’s such a natural connection between leatherwear and craftsmanship [and] the cool aesthetic we have, and bringing that collection is the natural next step.”

Shoes range from $185 to $495 and will be available at all Coach stores come September. (Just the excuse I need to drag my significant other into the store with me.)

By Chrissy Makkas, Staff Writer

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August 4, 2014

What Your Lapel Says (or Doesn’t Say) About You

It’s wedding season. Your bedroom closet stands agape, offering nothing more than a tattered suit that’s seen better days. Time to shop for a new one. Not sure what to buy? Look to the lapel. That’s right, according to a recent article in Men’s Health, this seemingly small detail speaks worlds about your personality.

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July 30, 2014

Worth the Investment: Luxe Loafers to Own Now

There are shoes you buy and replace – like those sneakers you ran 500 miles in – and then there are shoes you invest in. The ones you take to the cobbler, resole, and wear over and over again. The pairs below? They’re in that latter category. Here’s why you should own them. And how you can wear them.

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TOD’s Gommino Loafer
Why We Love It:
 This iconic driving shoe gets its name from the 133 gommini – rubber pebbles – embedded in its soles. When Diego Della Valle founded TOD’s in the late 70s his goal was to “make more relaxed shoes that are also elegant and chic,” as he told Telegraph. He succeeded.
How to Wear It: Live in this loafer come the weekend with casually cuffed jeans, no socks, and a lightweight button-front.

Salvatore Ferragamo Gancio Bit Loafer
Why We Love It: Much like a fine wine, the high-quality Italian leather of these classic loafers actually gets better with age (you know, rather than basically disintegrating into nothing). Plus, the shoes are accented with Salvatore Ferragamo’s instantly recognizable Gancio bit.
How to Wear It: With a suit. Tailor your pants so they have little-to-no break. You’re not going to want to conceal these shoes.

Start building your wear-forever shoe collection. Our Men’s Italian Shoes: Salvatore Ferragamo & More Boutique opened Tuesday, July 29, at 11AM ET.

By Chrissy Makkas, Staff Writer

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July 30, 2014

Celebrity Style to Watch: Joseph Gordon-Levitt

It’s safe to say Joseph Gordon-Levitt has come a long way. In terms of fashion, that is. From an awkward alien teen in 3rd Rock from the Sun to a young head-over-heels-in-love professional in 500 Days of Summer to a suave agent in Inception, he’s dipped his toes in a variety of roles and styles. And emerged as the guy to watch.

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To snag one of his signature looks, try these simple steps:

1. Ditch the classics for this one. Grab a pair of slim leg pants in grey or black (treat it like a neutral) or dark straight-leg denim (a JGL staple).

2. Pair with a plaid shirt. Give it a tuck all around for a polished look. Then, unbutton the top two buttons and haphazardly cuff the sleeves. No undershirt.

3. Add a black leather belt and corresponding stainless steel watch. Casual cool? Mastered.

Now practice Joseph’s charming grin and you’re good to go.

For more inspiration, head to our Leading Man: Get Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s Look Boutique, opening Monday, July 28, at 11AM ET.

By Natasha Iwanow, Copy Intern

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July 27, 2014