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Georgi Karavasilev (me4oslav)
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Sometimes you just gotta move away from those rectangular frames and get something different and in my case something bold.
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14/05/2017
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Let's play with a t-shirt

T-shirts have a bad reputation of being unstylish pieces of clothing that one throws on simply because they are easy to throw on. Even more so - t-shirts are being experimented on with huge prints and logos, too deep v, too big or too skinny size, long length, rips and so on and so forth. In reality - one can rock a t-shirt look amazing. It all boils down to fit and style.
Let's assemble 3 outfits with one very simple crew neck long sleeve navy t-shirt with horizontal white sprites.

Outfit #1 is a simple t-shirt and shorts outfit, which you can wear in the summer:
1) $10 navy long sleeve striped slim fit t-shirt;
2) $10 off white above the knee slim fit linen shorts;
3) $35 Timex weekender watch;
4) $45 brown shades (with dioptre lenses);
5) $100 brown leather bag;
6) $10 Unsunhero white canvas sneakers;
7) $5 Tom Tailor casual belt to match the bag and the shades colour;
8) $1 no show socks;
The key with this outfit is to simply wear above the knee fitting shorts (not too skinny, not too baggy and for the love of God - no cargo shorts) and go with no show socks for the sneakers or go sockless (which I can't because blisters).

Outfit #2 - it's time to dress that t-shirt a bit with some nice chinos and cooler sneakers:
1) $10 navy long sleeve striped slim fit t-shirt;
2) $20 slim fit off-white Zara chinos;
3) $35 Timex weekender watch;
4) $45 brown shades (with dioptre lenses);
5) $100 brown leather bag;
6) $40 Vans "Of the wall" brown suede classic sneakers;
7) $5 Tom Tailor casual belt to match the sneakers bag and shades;
8) $1 no show socks;
This outfit comes with a little twist - you can go with some nice blue and navy socks to compliment the shirt or you can do it like me - use no-show socks and pinroll the chinos a bit, so you show some ankle, which will give you a more casual vibe.

Outfit #3 will dress up that same t-shirt even more:
1) $10 navy long sleeve striped slim fit t-shirt;
2) $100 Tommy Hilfiger tan chinos;
3) $100 Original Grain brown minimalist watch;
4) $40 Zorrata blue bracelet to match the jacket;
5) $45 brown shades (with dioptre lenses);
6) $100 brown leather bag;
7) $70 medium brown penny loafers;
8) $45 medium brown dress belt to match the shoes;
9) $1 blue and navy socks to compliment the t-shirt;
In here we're swapping the more casual Timex watch for a dressy Original Grain one, the sneakers for dress shoes (even if they are loafers) and we're also adding a bracelet, dress shoes, socks and a dress belt. We're also going for tan chinos instead of off-white ones. One thing to consider is that you don't want super dressy dress shoes for this situation - stay away from blacks, instead go with brown, oxblood, burgundy, green, blue, grey and etc ... also - stay clear of super clean and minimalstic dress shoes - of for some decoration like loafers and brogues and monkstraps have. Too dressy shoes will look out of place with a t-shirt.

You can easily tweak the outfits - use darkwash indigo jeans, different coloured and/or short sleeve t-shirt, put of a denim, bomer, harington or sports jacket. The key is to just not go with simple and fitting (which doesn't mean super skinny or super baggy) t-shirt and you will be fine. Just remember - you can rock a t-shirt as good as you can rock a suit.
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01/05/2017
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Let's discuss an advanced dressy casual look

Dressing smart casual is often something most men can't pull off, because mixing dressy with casual is not as easy as it sounds. A common mistake is making an outfit from 50% dressy items and 50% items, which makes the outfit too casual and look off. I good ratio to follow is 80% dressy, 20% casual. Even so, it is still a very tricky style to pull of. Today I had to pull of a smart casual outfit because of the places I had to go and events I had to attend, so I conjured up an advanced dressy casual outfit. If you know what you're doing with that particular style you can create awesome outfits, but if you don't I suggest you stick to safer dressy casual outfits, because this style is already hard enough.

Without further due here is the outfit:
1) $30 blue and pink checks long sleeve dress shirt;
2) $30 dark wash navy denim jacket;
3) $20 slim fit off-white Zara chinos;
4) $30 navy and red and nato strap Timex weekender watch;
5) $40 Zorrata blue bracelet to complement the other blue items;
6) $45 brown shades (with dioptre lenses);
7) $100 brown leather bag to play well with the blue and the shades;
8) $30 navy suede derbies;
9) $20 navy suede belt to match the shoes;
10) $2 light grey with red polka dots socks to compliment the shirt;

On a first glance it looks just like a standard dressy casual outfit, but in reality it is one tricky for two reasons:
A) It breaks the 80-20 ratio;
B) It stacks a lot of shades of the same colour (blue and red) in the same outfit and that can create issues;
To elaborate on A - these chinos are not such a dressy item to begin with, and whilst I can and have worn them with sport cots and even with neckwear (mostly bowties), they are far from a formal item. Secondly - we are using navy suede derbies (and belt) with slightly lower heel and these are definitely business or plain casual item and not something that you can wear formally unless you wanna look underdressed. We are also throwing a bold dress shirt and a casual watch. The socks are light and the polka dots patterns is saving them from looking too casual.
And on B - we have 5 blues - navy jacket, navy shoes and belt, navy on the watch strap, one blue on the watch and another one on the bracelet. We also have two hues of red - red polka dots on the socks and pink on the shirt.
If you feel like you're advanced when it comes to dressy casual outfits you can try an outfit like these and who knows, you might whip up magic. However if you're not so great at this style I suggest staying on its safe side, because you can easily make a mistake that can break your outfit.
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A (white) long sleeve henley

A henley is a polo shirt without the collar, or a t-shirt with buttons, if you prefer this terminology. It's a great casual basic that I think every guy should own.
For this examples we will use a plain white long sleeve henley and we're gonna dress it from super casual to a smart casual outfit. Keep in mind that a heney is always gonna be casual and while it's awesome, it is not a thing you should wear in any occasion that is not casual.



Outfit #1 is the trickiest one - a smart casual outfit:
1) $10 HM long sleeve white henley;
2) $200 linen true blue blazer/sport coat;
3) $20 slim fit off-white Zara chinos;
4) $100 Original Grain brown minimalist watch;
5) $40 Zorrata blue bracelet to match the jacket;
6) $45 brown shades (with dioptre lenses);
7) $100 brown leather bag;
8) $70 medium brown penny loafers;
9) $45 medium brown dress belt to match the shoes;
10) $25 green and yellow paisley pocket square;
11) $1 green and yellow socks to compliment the pocket square;

Now, as per I've said above - a henley is a casual thing, so if paired with a sport coat/blazer - the jacket must be a more casual one. Same goes for the shoes and the trousers. If you are to pair with classic single or double breasted navy blazer and wool trousers and white pocket square with TV fold and oxford shoes, the combination will look out of place due to the mix of very casual item with very formal ones. In this case I've picked a casual jacket with casual dress shoes, casual pocket square with casual fold and fun socks and that's why it works. One last thing for this combination - make sure the sleeves of the henley peek out from the jacket sleeves a tad. I would suggest staying away from dressing up a henley that much unless you really know what you're doing, because you can make a mistake that will ruin the whole look and you'll look off. However pulling it off will certainly make you look awesome and quite unique.


Outfit #2 is a plain casual, but nevertheless awesome one:
1) $10 HM long sleeve white henley;
2) $10 HM green bomer jacket;
3) $30 medium wish, slightly distressed jeans;
4) $35 Timex weekender watch;
5) Gold bracelet;
6) $45 brown shades (with dioptre lenses);
7) $100 brown leather bag;
8) $40 Vans "Of the wall" brown suede classic sneakers;
9) $5 Tom Tailor casual belt to match the shoes;
10) $1 green and yellow socks to compliment the jacket;

This is a great go to casual oufit that screams - "Hey, I am relaxed and chilling, but I still look dynamite!" You can swap the jeans for dark or light wash or even have some rips and tears here and there if that's what floats your boat (I personally do not like ripped jeans). If you wanna go with black denim swap the other items for items coloured in colours that work with black.


Outfit #3 is a very casual one, but it is not sloppy by any means:
1) $10 HM long sleeve white henley;
3) $20 navy above the knee shorts;
4) $35 Timex weekender watch;
5) Gold bracelet;
6) $45 brown shades (with dioptre lenses);
7) $100 brown leather bag;
8) $10 Unsunhero white canvas sneakers;
9) $1 no show socks;

Now, the key with this outfit is that you don't mess up the leg and footwear. Make sure you wear proper fitting above the knee plain chino (or denim) shorts. Colour of the shorts is all up to you, but I would stay away from black as it is a formal colour and we're talking casual here. Nothing baggy, nothing super tight and no cargo shorts. Your shoes are the next part that you can easily mess up - I've opted for for classic sneakers with no show socks (I can't wear shoes without socks unless I wanna suffer fro blisters from hell), but you can go with sandals or flip flops if you wanna dress it down a tad more. However do not go with socks that show (even if they are awesome one) as per socks and shorts is just a big no no and for the love of God - no crocks or crocks with socks or sandals with socks, these will just ruin the otherwise sharp outfit.



As you can see a simple plain white long sleeve henley can go all the way up from a blazer to shorts and will not let you down and that's why I believe you should have one. You can unbutton any amount of buttons you want, just make sure you don't go crazy with the man cleavage.
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16/04/2017
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Let's talk about watches

A watch has the advantage of being both a jewelry and a functional accessory and I dare say - it is still somewhat of a style staple for men and women both. Personally I think every dude needs at least one watch.

My collection of watches consists of three watches that cover all my needs:
A) Original gran minimalist rosewood chrome watch - https://originalgrain.eu/products/minimalist-rosewood-chrome-watch
B) Timex Unisex Weekender Quartz Silver Tone Brass Striped Nylon Watch T2P234 - http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/262862620758?_trksid=p2060353.m2749.l2649&ssPageName=STRK%3AMEBIDX%3AIT
C) An (hopefully) omega watch I inherited from my grandfather.

The Original Grain is definitely the most formal out of the three. I wear it with suits, at the office in business casual environment and at any other occasion that requires dressing up. It has a tiny rosewoord bezel, which adds some flair to its dressy look and I can always switch the strap for a black one if I have to go on really formal event. Having said that - it is also a watch I can dress down all the way down to shorts and t-shirts and sneakers if I wish and it will not look out of place. It's incredibly versatile watch and it does not cost an arm and a leg. I love it. If you are looking for dressier looking watch that is not super expensive - this one is worth checking out.

The Timex Weekender is my newest addition to my watch collection. It's a casual watch that shines with casual and smart casual ensembles, but it is not something you should wear in formal settings, with a suit and in business casual environment. But it works all the way from chino shorts and t-shirts and sneakers or even flip flops to jeans, t-shirt and a sport coat. The nato strap can be changed in a few seconds with any other nato or leather or plastic strap and being a watch with white dialer - any strap colour and will work - black, blue, brown, navy, green, red, yellow, anything. It is also water proof (all the way up to 30 meters) and it the dark it glows in green when one pressed the crown. It also is a budget watch, so it's wonk break the bank. If you want a casual budget watch a Timex Weekender is a great option.

The Omega one (I hope it's not a replica, but I am unsure) I inherited from my grandfather. I am usually a white dialer guy, because it works with any strap, but blue dialer works great for me because I wear a lot of blue clothing and clothing with colours that compliment blue - green, brown, khaki, sand, stone, pink, etc ... It is definitely a casual watch, so just like the Timex, it's not something I would use when I dress up, but rather when dress down. It has an intricate metal strap and gives a different casual vibe. It's also water resistant.

An year and a few months ago I was not a watch guy and I would use my smartphone to check the time, but I can tell you - having a watch as a timepiece is so much more convenient as checking the time is just a flick of the wrist away and you don't have to pull out your phone from your bad/pocket. It really changes one's perception of times, plus it's a sweet looking accessory as a bonus.
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A navy pair of chinos is incredibly versatile pair of trousers that must be in every man's wardrobe. It can easily be dressed down to t-shirt and dressed up to sport coat and a tie and look awesome in all these scenarios. Now we will create five awesome outfits with one pair of navy chinos:

Really dressed down look with just a t-shirt:
1) $60 Adelly slim fit navy chinos;
2) $10 Unsunghero white canvas sneakers;
3) $10 slim fit white v-neck t-shirt;
4) $100 Original Grain brown minimalist watch;
5) Gold bracelet;
6) $45 brown shades (with dioptre lenses);
7) $100 brown leather bag;
8) $5 Tom Tailor casual belt to match the other brown accessories;
9) $1 no show socks;

Now let's​ dress them up a tad:
1) $60 Adelly slim fit navy chinos;
2) $45 Vans of the wall brown suede sneakers;
3) $10 HM slim fit white long sleeve henley;
4) $100 Original Grain brown minimalist watch;
5) Gold bracelet;
6) $45 brown shades (with dioptre lenses);
7) $100 brown leather bag;
8) $5 Tom Tailor casual belt to match the other brown accessories;
9) $1 no show socks;
10) $12 HM green bomer jacket;

But, let's say you want to rock them in the office in a relaxed business casual environment:
1) $60 Adelly slim fit navy chinos;
2) $60 medium brown penny loafers;
3) $20 slim fit pale yellow Lacoste polo;
4) $100 Original Grain brown minimalist watch;
5) Gold bracelet;
6) $45 brown shades (with dioptre lenses);
7) $100 brown leather bag;
8) $35 medium brown dress belt;
9) $2 green and yellow socks to play well with the polo;

However these guys are no strangers to combining them with neckwear. Let's add a cool bowtie:
1) $60 Adelly slim fit navy chinos;
2) $79 medium brown full brogue oxfords;
3) $40 Sergio slim fit white shirt;
4) $100 Original Grain brown minimalist watch;
5) Gold bracelet;
6) $45 brown shades (with dioptre lenses);
7) $100 brown leather bag;
8) $35 medium brown dress belt;
9) $5 red bowtie with white polka dots;
10) $2 red and navy socks to play well with the chinos and the bowtie;

And now, we will really dress these chinos up:
1) $60 Adelly slim fit navy chinos;
2) $70 medium brown full brogue oxfords;
3) $40 Sergio slim fit white shirt;
4) $100 Original Grain brown minimalist watch;
5) Gold bracelet;
6) $45 brown shades (with dioptre lenses);
7) $100 brown leather bag;
8) $35 medium brown dress belt;
9) $20 FILTHY/Etiquette pastel purple necktie;
10) $80 Adelly grey sport coat;
11) $20 Four Fifty Five light grey and pastel purple floral motives pocket square;

These are mere 5 awesome looks with the same pair of chinos. I can easily whip up 20+ more and they will look just as awesome. You can dress up and down these trousers and they will not let you done and on top of that - they are super comfortable. You can also combine them with black, but black is not a good colour on me, so I avoid it. If you don't have a pair of navy chinos - grab one, I can't recommend them enough.
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02/04/2017
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A darkwash pair of jeans must be in every man's wardrobe. It can easily be dressed up or down and look awesome. Let's say for these examples we will go with classic navy dark wash jeans without any distressing. We will create three outfits:

A dressed down look:
1) $30 dark wash navy jeans;
2) $10 Unsunghero white canvas sneakers;
3) $10 HM slim fit white long sleeve Henley;
4) $12 HM bomer jacket;
5) $100 Original Grain brown minimalist watch;
6) Gold bracelet;
7) $45 brown shades (with dioptre lenses);
8) $100 brown leather bag;
9) $5 Tom Tailor casual belt to match the other brown accessories;
10) $2 grey with green socks to play well with the jacket;

Now, let's dress the same jeans up a tad:
1) $30 dark wash navy jeans;
2) $15 dark brown suede double monkstraps;
3) $30 slim fit white shirt with navy collar to match the jeans;
4) $15 Kenvelo burgundy v-neck jumper;
5) $100 Original Grain brown minimalist watch;
6) $20 Original Grain bracelet to match the watch,;
7) $45 brown shades (with dioptre lenses);
8) $100 brown leather bag;
9) $20 suede belt to match the monkstraps;
10) $2 burgundy socks to match the jumper;

Let's say you really want to dress those jeans up:
1) $30 dark wash navy jeans;
2) $60 medium brown leather derbies;
3) $30 slim fit white shirt with navy collar to match the jeans;
4) $100 grey wool sport coat;
5) $100 Original Grain brown minimalist watch;
6) $20 Original Grain bracelet to match the watch;
7) $45 brown shades (with dioptre lenses);
8) $100 brown leather bag;
9) $30 medium brown leather belt to match the sport coat;
10) Green and yellow paisley pocket square;
11) $7 Springfield green and blue socks to match the pocket square and the jeans;;

These are just three ways you can wear this pair of jeans. You can also wear it with denim jacket, just make sure the jacket and the trousers are different enough, you don't wanna pull of a denim suit. These way cover - cool casual, smart casual and dressy casual.
One thing to consider is that denim is a heavier fabric by design, so avoid wearing jeans with super lightweight linen shirt and/or sport coats or blazers, because it will look off​ due to the fabric weight mismatching.
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A jean jacket is a man style staple that can be dressed up or down and look awesome. Let's say for these examples we will go with classic navy dark wash denim jacket without any distressing.

A dressed down look:
1) $30 denim jacket;
2) $5 Mat Star classic white and brown sneakers;
3) $10 slim fit white vneck t-shirt;
4) $120 slim fit tan Tommy Hilfiger chinos;
5) $100 Original Grain brown minimalist watch;
6) $20 Original Grain bracelet to match the chinos;
7) $45 brown shades (with dioptre lenses);
8) $100 brown leather bag;
9) $5 Tom Tailor casual belt to match the sneakers;
10) $5 navy socks to match the jacket;

But you can dress the same jacket up:
1) $30 denim jacket;
2) $15 dark brown suede double monkstraps;
3) $30 slim fit casual blue and pink checks long sleeve shirt;
4) $60 slim fit dark green chinos;
5) $100 Original Grain brown minimalist watch;
6) $20 Original Grain bracelet to match the chinos;
7) $45 brown shades (with dioptre lenses);
8) $100 brown leather bag;
9) $20 suede belt to match the monkstraps;
10) $5 navy socks to match the jacket;

These are just two ways you can wear this jacket. You can also wear it with jeans, just make sure the jacket and the trousers are different enough, you don't wanna pull of a denim suit. One thing to consider is that denim is a heavier fabric by design, so avoid wearing a denim jacket with super lightweight linen shirt and/or trousers, because it will look of due to the fabric weight mismatching.
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27/03/2017
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I love having a ready to go outfit. In this case having one for casual occasions (walks, drinks, coffee and so on and so forth) for spring.
1) $40 Vans "Of the wall" brown suede classic sneakers;
2) $17 Lacoste slim fit polo shirt in pale yellow;
3) $70 Pierre Cardin sky blue slim fit chinos;
4) $10 HM bomer jacket;
5) $100 Original Grain brown minimalist watch;
6) $40 Zorrata blue bracelet to match the chinos;
7) $45 brown shades (with dioptre lenses);
8) $100 brown leather bag;
9) $5 Tom Tailor casual belt to match the shoes;
10) $1 green and yellow stripes socks to match the polo and the bomer;

It is a great casual outfit for spring because of the season friendly colours and the little details of matching various accessory and clothing. Those little details distinguish it from the other outfits and make a statement that some work has gone into it. You can easily tweak it (swap the chinos for some medium or lightwash jeans, use canvas bag, change the colour a bit, change the brands, and other changes).
Style doesn't end with just dressy outfits, even when you go casual, you still should look well put together and not walk out of the door in your worn out pajama and running shoes.
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Just 'cause I can ...
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