Highschool is over and it’s time you discovered the new you! The stakes are higher and your competition more aggressive than you could ever imagine. You can’t just talk the talk you gotta walk the walk. No more silly knapsacks, or ripped up jeans and definitely no juvenile graphic tees and gym shorts. It’s called higher education for a reason. So, say goodbye to the boy you were and say hello to man you’re about to become!
As we settle down to digest all the men’s fashion trends for the upcoming season we can’t ignore the fact that we’re still in the heart of summer and thinking about Fall fashions is the furthest thing on anyones mind. Fortunately, one of the best parts about following fashion weeks from around the world is capturing the incredible street style. The runways maybe featuring Fall merchandise but the people attending the shows are still very much summer inspired. Here’s are some of our favourite street style’s from around the globe, from Paris to Milan, London to Sydney.
Fashion is quite often a balancing act between what you need and what you want. Fortunately, with Melissa’s list of summer essentials that decision will be quite easy because what you’ll need is quite likely what you’ll want this summer.
- The Trench: Not simply for spies, superheroes or singing in the rain, the trench has become a wardrobe staple for dashing men everywhere. Shop Now
- Colourful Cotton Chino: Stop sweating in your jeans! Lightweight, cotton, coloured chinos will keep you cool all summer long. Shop Now
- Printed Shirt: Are you puzzled in the morning over which blue check shirt you should wear? Try a print. Shop Now
- Leather Briefcase: Retire the canvas nap sack boys. It’s time to carry your gadgets and paperwork like a gentlemen, in a genuine leather briefcase. Shop Now
- Two Toned Dress Shoe: Swap your black shoes for blue, this season’s ultimate neutral. Shop Now
- Double Breasted Blazer: Take your sportcoat game to the next level with a double breasted blazer. Gatsby did it, Draper did it, Harvey did it and so can you. Shop Now
Summer, summer, summertime. Time to sit back and unwind, party, tan and go on dates. Everyone knows that summer is the time when people come out of hibernation and look to get out, reconnect with old friends and more importantly make new ones. With Spring being break-up season, its only fitting that summer is matting season, make-up season, dating season…you get the idea. Summer offers some great options on what you can do when planning a date, from afternoon picnics, late night dinner, to casual walks by the water. Unlike winter where you are confined to being indoors, summer definitely opens the doors to possibilities, which can only work in your favour.
Once you’ve got the girl and activity nailed down, pardon the innuendo, the next step is to figure out what you’re going to wear. Your outfit is key in ensuring that you put your best foot forward, because there is no doubt that she will be paying attention. To help you in that department we reached out to our stylists to put together some of their best “Summer Date” outfits.
Neal: My inspiration for my Summer Date outfit was a nice day in the park or on the beach. I wanted a look that would be nice and fashionable yet light and airy. To start with I picked these great shorts by Parke and Ronen, they offer a great fit and are made of a nice light weight cotton making them very breathable and comfortable for long walks. I paired that with a Parke and Ronen mesh cardigan which I layered with a fun stripped tank by Benson. Mesh cardigans are on trend right now and offer a nice twist to classic sartorial style.
No picnic or beach date is complete without the appropriate accessories. For this outfit I included a large tote bag from benson for all your sunscreen, towels, hats and flask incase you get “thirsty”. I also added a light John Varvatos scarf so you’re prepared incase it gets a little cooler in the evening.
Daria: My Summer Date outfit revolves around going on a nice dinner where you want to dress up but not look overly stuffy. It’s all about keeping it summery and light, yet sophisticated. I started with a classic navy Oscar shirt. This shirt is a no-brainer as it goes with everything and require very little finessing. Same is true of the sport jacket, the great check pattern allows the wearer to pretty much pair it with any colour or style. You can dress it up, as we’ve done here with a pair of Hiltil trousers or down with a nice pair of jeans for a casual afternoon brunch.
One of my favourite items in this look are the light grey brogues from John Varvatos. These shoes are simply great, the light shade offers a nice twist to a smart summer shoe, while still being versatile enough that you can wear them with trousers or jeans. It’s a perfect example of what we like to call “sophisticated casual”.
Nicole: My inspiration is based on a man that is very well put together, he has a good full time job and someone who takes a lot of pride in the way he dresses. For that man there was no other option than our stunning double breasted jacket. This isn’t your fathers old double breasted jacket, it’s modern, stylish and sure to make you stand out from the crowd. What makes this blazer great is that its 1/4 lined making it light weight and ideal for warm summer dates on the boardwalk.
But let’s not forget that any well dressed man knows the importance of details, which is why I added this great WOOD watch which goes perfectly with our monk strap shoes. And for the cherry on top, I threw in one our floral print linen pocket squares…just cause!
Joel: I think the best dates are spontaneous and you never know where they are going to lead you, so I picked an outfit that would be very versatile and literally take you anywhere. You could go to a fancy dinner or a walk in the park, there are no limitations to where you can go in this outfit.
Wearing colour is on trend right now, which is why I chose these cotton trousers as they are very easy to wear. I paired it with a lot of neutral so that it wasn’t overwhelming in colour. The other main feature of this outfit is the cotton blazer because it adds that bit of formal edge while keeping the look very light weight and easy going. I also love the shoes because even though they seem a little trendy they are a classic and can be worn in the future.
Lindsay: Mid-Summer night picnic in the park was my inspiration behind my Summer date outfit. With the great summer weather, dates in the park are always a sure bet at being romantic. Keeping that in mind I started with this sport jacket just incase it gets a little chilly as the evening progresses. We added some pop of colour under jacket with with a cool pink shirt (real men wear pink) and green scarf. No picnic is complete without some “beverages” which is why I included our great flask set, incase you guys get a little thirsty.
To round it off I paired this outfit with a nice WOOD watch, AG denim, and classic canvas brogue shoes.
Last night, thanks to our friends at Ford Canada we had distinct pleasure to have Scott Monty (Global head of social media at Ford Motor Company) drop by our Distillery District location for a quick browse and chat. Ranked by Forbes as one of the top 10 influencers in social media, Scott Monty has been hailed by his peers as ”an unstoppable force of nature,” & “the best corporate social media lead on the planet,”. Not hard to imagine considering he and his work have been featured in countless articles, over 19 different published books, and his social media presence rivals that of many great celebrities.
1) Where do you get your fashion advice?
I don’t really have any one particular place; it is more of an amalgimation of a lot of different sources. I have followed a blog for about 3 years called a A Suitable Wardrobe written by a gentleman out of San Francisco who’s a men’s fashion consultant, very old school. I have gotten the Ben Silver catalogue for the last 15 years, and while I can’t really afford many things in there… I find it’s a great inspiration for things I like. Classic stuff never goes out of style: yes, your ties and lapels are going to widen and narrow over time but if you can get something that looks good and you can mix with a lot of different patterns and colours and what not, it’s universal.
2) Who would you consider some of your style icons?
Cary Grant, Fred Astaire & Frank Sinatra: classic guys, old Hollywood. I swear one of the pinacles of what I want to achieve is to get down to Savile Row, London and have them make me a bespoke suit. The same one that Cary Grant wore in North by Northwest!
3) Do you think your current occupation allows or restricts your personal style?
At my current company, it allows it. Before I joined Ford I was working from home. I was in a virtual environment… didn’t even matter if I was wearing pants on any given day, if you’re on Skype you see people from the waist up, that’s all you need. But at Ford it’s a very conservative company, and at the world HQ where I am it is very business formal. So, for me that was like one of the greatest gifts I could ever have, not only the job that I have but the fashion sense it allows me to express.
4) When it comes to your personal style, is there any particular item you’re known for?
Well it’s going to be the cliche, you could say the bowtie… You wear a bow tie once and suddenly you’re branded as the bow tie guy. But, I maybe wear one every two weeks, I try to keep people on edge so they don’t know what to expect. But I also wear a pocket square everyday, whether it’s a white linen pocket square or the one you see here.
After our little chat was over, there was one last thing Scott wanted to add with respect to fashion and his style that totally made us smile.
“My relationship with my tailor is probably one of the more important relationships in my life”
No truer words have ever been spoken with regard to men’s fashion and ones personal style. Well done Mr. Monty!
Let’s face it: Bradley Cooper has never been know for his style, but since the growing popularity of his Oscar nominated movie Silver Linings Playbook, the actor has stepped up his game. This was him on the red carpet at the 2013 Sag Awards, where he wore a classic navy blue, black shawl collar satin lapel tux by Tom Ford. He paired this with a black bow tie and black patent leather shoes.
Now, we dont know the exact price of this suit, but suffice it to say given that it is Tom Ford you know you’ll be paying upwards of $3,000, for the suit alone! Luckily, you have us and it wouldn’t be runway to reality if we couldn’t offer you something stunningly comparable. Check out this tailored navy blue tux from SAND ($1250), paired with a crisp white Caliban shirt ($175), Dion black bow-tie ($94), and Luca Vero patent leather shoes ($250).