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The Casual Man's Key Pieces by Mike Tyle

The Fall & Winter months edition. Why is this coming out in January you may ask yourself? 

2 reasons:

It's sale time so everything listed below will be easy and cheap to find especially important since men, in general, don't shop.

Also, thanks to global warming this is when winter finally hits. Albeit stores turning to Spring/Summer already nobody will be wearing that until July sales come around... leading us back to reason 1 and completing the circle of the maybe 2x a man goes into a store a year.

Now take some notes gentleman (or gf/bf/mom of said guy).

1. Fit.

This is the first and most important hurdle for many men. The key to looking good is to not be a sloppy ass mess. That starts and ends with how the clothes fit your body. This will impact your mood, your posture and in turn, your confidence.

The right fit means the right proportions= the right look. Don't fuck it up.

Design brief: How many things can we add to this?

 

 

 

 

2. Functionality.

Talking to a friend who designs outerwear, shout out to you Isabell, explained to me if you put enough pockets on it they will come.

Basically, men like to think that they can do things and every pocket/zip/button/hook... is a technical element creating interest and versatility to a garment.

I get it. The functionality adds newness to the styling and adds value in eye of the consumer. I'm looking at you G.Star... so many details.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

From a design standpoint this is a place where creativity can work it's magic!

As a merchandiser I automatically think how can I remove items because how the fuck am I going to cost this out with each extra little detail.

Personally as a minimalist I prefer clothing that is free of any accoutrement. However that doesn't mean the functionality is lost. You'll be a lot happier in a pair of Hunter boots & a Rains jacket during a Lake District hike whereas a thin, overpriced, yet immaculate #likebutter Rick Owens turtleneck will function perfectly in an art gallery setting.

 

 

 

 

3. Layering

This is key to achieve a multitude of looks. Once you've got the form and function under your belt you can literally tuck it in or hide it with a blazer! To get a good idea of what this means look at basically any J.Crew catalog.

4. Mix It Up

Have fun! Really part 2 or #3, this is key to dressing down an overly formal look and perfect for the modern office. Swap the classic shirt for an easy plaid or chambray option. To tie the look together put a sporty sweatshirt under a smart blazer and cuffed denim. Unexpected styling adds to the modern heritage trend that every guy wants to embody at some point.

Technically chambray slub... but you get the idea.

 

 

 

5. The Chambray Shirt

Easy to wear and adaptable aka you wont look whack as fuck with this oldie but goodie. Just trust me.

 

 

 

 

 

6. Knitwear Hybrid

It's cold but not that cold... remember the functionality of point 2, here is where a sweater does the job but the trend factor comes in. 2-become-1 as knitwear becomes outerwear aka a chunky cardigan.

Look for chunky ribs and twisted yarns to create the right texture and weight for this jack of all trades. Thank me later or instead just go and buy a light down jacket at Uniqlo and call it a day. You'll be happy either way.

 

 

7. The Sweatshirt

The star of this new era of laid back dressing is the humble loop-back sweatshirt. Worn with smart chinos and sneakers, this is a key piece in the topic for wardrobe building. Works with separates and perfect for layering. Comfy enough for a lazy Sunday but nice enough to layer up on Monday at the office.

8. Texture

Salt & Pepper surfaces, space dyed yarns, mossy textures create the feeling of the season... Have I lost you already?

Just remember adding textured surfaces to plain crew necks add interest and a level of casual cool.

 

 

9. Shearling Jacket

Attention to detail with shearling trims. A cosiness is created with the teddy bear optic. A simple and effective way to elevate outerwear styles.

Started as a trend item the past few seasons and has grown to be a wardrobe staple.

 

 

 

10. Color

Don't be scared, embrace something other than black and navy... unless your a Dutch man reading this. One look in a Scotch & Soda store tells me you guys got color and pattern down.

Key color statements most men can easily wear, especially in winter months, are jewel tones. Everyone looks good in them!

Antwerp and the days surrounding by Mike Tyle

As stated in my previous post things, as well as in the title, I went to Antwerp this past Friday for work, check my Antwerp gallery I just made to show off some of the things I saw.

I always love traveling any chance I can get and the luxury of life in Europe especially in the Rhine-Ruhr is that I am close to a lot of great places. A two hour car ride and voila you can be in Antwerp, Brussels or Amsterdam. A bit over two hours longer and in Paris!

Last shopping trip a couple months ago we went to Amsterdam so this time the team split up again and I headed to Antwerp with a couple other designers. We had a great time. The weather was nice and I'm pretty sure we shopped the entire city. Seriously, on foot from 10-9 with a 30 min break. We got some exciting finds in the vintage shops and great books that will come in handy as well. 

I'm working on a city guide which I hope to have finished and posted soon...

In the mean time here are some looks from the past week: 

Walking home from work... armless.

shirt- Gap kids, tie- vintage leather tie (one of my faves) I found while in Italy.

Jeans ripped in both legs the same day! These pants are at least 8 yrs old. I don't even know where I got them from...

Also I feel like this looks like those "hot dogs or legs?" pics, ha!

t-shirt- Character Hero jaquard weave.

My plants were dying in the house but are thriving on the balcony! AKA away from me.

shirt- COS, pants- H&M, shoes- COS, backpack- from middle school, ha!

Pouring rain I was stuck in the house on the weekend.

v-neck sweater- J.Crew, shorts- American Apparel, belt- Banana Republic

Obsessed with this Banana Republic belt.

part deux by Mike Tyle

The second half of my trip home was spent in upstate NY visiting my good friend and all around awesome lady Krysta. She was home for the summer from London and while we are only a hop, skip and a jump away from one another in Europe we seem to find ourselves in the U.S. at the best time to be in the U.S.- summer!

We spent most the time doing what we do best... visiting sites, eating food, enjoying a beach/pool/mini-cooper. Below are some examples doing just that.

 

At the Empire State Plaza in Albany, NY.

Had I known about the dinner plans this would have just been a day outfit...

Krysta told me we were going out but I didn't know we were GOING OUT...

Krysta- sunglasses: Prada, dress: Herve Leger, purse: Louis Vuitton

Me- shirt: J.Crew, bow tie: vintage Lanvin, shorts: COS, belt: Fossil, sandals: Mango, sunglasses: Burberry

At the lake house. It's not summer unless booty shorts and chips are involved!

tank: Topman, swimsuit: Diesel

sweatshirt: Acne, shorts: Topman

I had to.

One last dip before the plane ride back!

mesh sweatshirt: D&G, bathing suit: Diesel, sunglasses: Burberry

Carpe Diem by Mike Tyle

Figured today is a good of a day as any to begin. 

Hectic workday... but as we all know it is important to do what makes us happy.

For me that is fashion. I like the idea that I can change my mood with an outfit. I like that every season is a evolution of the one before or a complete 180. I love the history of it and the future. 

In the mean time I am taking it day by day. 

Also, thank God it is Friday! 

Sunny Friday morning. 8 A.M.

shirt- J.Crew, pants- Marc by Marc Jacobs, watch- Swatch, bracelet- DOM, shoes- Adidas, glasses- See