Guy Style // Neutral Navy

October 22, 2013

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Mr. Pepper here!  Happy to be bringing you the latest Guy Style post this morning…  Jessie is buzzing around getting ready to head to Phoenix today for this weekend’s Pepperologie workshop, so I’m manning the site in the meantime.

Click through to find out about how to keep a classic menswear look from venturing into daily ‘Dullsville’, and be sure to let us know what you think.

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Top to Bottom // Point collar white shirt (in slim) & wool sweatshirt – J. Crew, Trousers – Banana Republic, Leather & brass belt – J. Crew, Watch – Jack Spade, Striped socks – J. Crew, ‘Madison’ oxfords – Cole Haan

I’m not usually one to wear a plain white dress shirt, to be totally honest.  My closet contains a maximum of two solid colored shirts at any given time (white and a rotating color depending on the season). The rest is a menagerie of plaids, gingham, and stripes that most men tend to shy away from.

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I find the reason why men tend to shy away from patterns is they complain that their respective work places are too formal to wear a patterned shirt of any kind. While this complaint is usually the result of a misunderstanding of what office-wear is supposed to look like, I decided I’d humor this common excuse and try it out for myself. Let’s be honest: just because you feel like you need to wear a pressed white shirt doesn’t mean it has to look boring.

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On this particular early-fall day, I chose my new favorite pair of houndstooth pants in order to give the look some variety while remaining professional. Had I chosen a pair of plain slacks, the look probably would have fallen flat as a whole.

Besides, a look devoid of pattern seems like a complete tragedy to me, so even if your work is a bit stuffy, I’m sure you can find the cajones to push the envelope just a bit.

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As I’ve said before, white shirts require a third piece, otherwise, people might mistake you for their waiter when you’re out for lunch later on in the day. Even if you throw on a tie, I’d still recommend topping off the look with a sweater, cardigan, or blazer. I ditched the tie on this occasion and just opted for a navy crewneck wool sweatshirt to keep it youthful and prevent collar flare. Finally, I finished the look with a pair of oxfords and playful socks just because life’s too short not to.  For extra points, I grabbed my new favorite watch from Jack Spade in order to give a little extra polish to the look.

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Try it out for yourself (or walk the stylish guys in your life through the motions), and tell me what you think!

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Top to Bottom // Point collar white shirt (in slim) & wool sweatshirt – J. Crew, Trousers – Banana Republic, Leather & brass belt – J. Crew, Watch – Jack Spade, Striped socks – J. Crew, ‘Madison’ oxfords – Cole Haan

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  • Reply Dani October 24, 2013 at 11:17 pm

    Awesome! Thank you for sharing with us; mens fashion is just so great!

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