Go Green 2: A Day at Lake Balboa

Inspired by my latest post “Go Green”, I would like to give you (drum roll)…

“Go Green 2: A day at balboa.”

Look, I get it. Maybe you’re not ready to jump all in, throw on a forest green 3 piece suit and a shiny green jumper coat. I understand. That’s why we decided to highlight this semi-casual look; all about the green accents… And what a better place to shoot than our beautiful Lake Balboa as well as Anthony C. Beilenson Park in Van Nuys, California.

I put this quick look together to inspire you to play with color a bit more in effort to explore your imaginative side. Long gone are the days of black, blue and greys! (Don’t get me wrong, I absolutely love what a well-tailored black suit can do for a man. But I’ll save that for another post) Men everywhere are brightening up their wardrobes with color. In terms of livening up ones look, you can’t go wrong with green! Green represents strength, health and growth. Like the many tall and strong trees that wear this color every day, a man in green should be viewed in the same way; Tall, strong, and well grounded. We took this look to the park to show you how adding even just a tad bit of this glorious color to your outfit will make you stand out like a great oak! All photos taken by our multi-talented photographer and shoot director Nika Gocha

Sun Glasses - Aldo Tie - Forever 21 Men It cost me less than $20 to turn this outfit into something new.
Sun Glasses – Aldo
Tie – Forever 21 Men
It cost me less than $20 to turn this outfit into something new.
I kept the accessories simple and to a minimum, making the tie the main focal point in this look
I kept the accessories simple and to a minimum, making the tie the main focal point in this look
My 2nd hand brown rockport shoes. I have a few staple pieces and these are one of them. I wear these shoes everywhere. They are simple and seem to look better and better the older they get. Scuffs and all.
My 2nd hand brown rockport shoes. I have a few staple pieces and these are one of them. I wear these shoes everywhere. They are simple and seem to look better and better the older they get. Scuffs and all.

With that, the next thing I did was add a pop of color to this semi-casual summer look with the solid green tie and green tinted shades. Notice how the trees make the color pop!

The Bench 2The Bench 3The Bench 4

Even at a distance our eyes seem to close in on our green accents.
Even at a distance our eyes seem to close in on our green accents.

There you have it Gents! Your quick introduction to color. A few key points to remember here:

1: When you want to draw attention to a specific article of clothing in your outfit, make sure to minimize the accessories as to not draw the attention away from the star.

2: When it comes to our friend, the color green, remember that it’s a bold, bright color so less is more. Wearing all green from head to toe is not recommended. That being said, don’t let it scare you either. Take some risk today, with color.

‘Till next time gents. This is Mr. Shipp…signing off!

Written By: Mr. Shipp – Photographed by: Nika Gocha – Edited By: Amber Sauer

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