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THE SUBTLE POWER OF PINK

 

I’m not even going to open up the conversation of whether or not pink is a “manly” color or not. We all have very different opinions on what makes a man, but I think it’s safe to say that the color palate of a mans wardrobe has absolutely nothing to do with it. So lets squash the nonsense and focus on the style of it all, shall we.

 

A soft pink like the color of this Forever 21 bomber jacket makes a statement. Its a very subtle yet powerful statement that says very plainly:

I’m Fucking Cool!

It has nothing to do with manliness and everything to do with effortless style. When you throw on a statement piece like a pink jacket that is also subtle, it tells whoever catches a glance that, your a stylish guy without even trying. Now come get some of this fresh!

THE LOOK

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Creating this look is easy. The jacket will obviously steal the show so just make sure you pair it with pieces that compliment the jacket but don’t take away from it. I shove to go with a dark denim shirt and white jeans. Nothing too fancy. You can also pair this jacket with all white to look extra crispy and don’t be afraid to substitute the button up for a T-shirt. Just make sure you keep everything simple and let the bomber jacket be the star.

 

BREAKDOWN

 

BOMBER JACKET – FOREVER 21


DENIM SHIRT – H&M


JEANS – FOREVER 21


SHOES – H&M

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So to conclude; Don’t be afraid of pink, or any other color for that matter. I am not a fan of hot pink however but you can pull it off, go right ahead. Just remember to keep it simple and let your statement pieces shine like they were meant to.

Till next time…

Ripped Jeans and Pleather

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California Bad Boy Fresh

 

Lets face it; California does not really have “Leather Weather”. So unless you own a motorcycle, there is really no reason for you to have Leather anything. Now I’m typing this while staring at my favorite Wilson Black Leather Biker jacket, so understand that the rule (that I just made up) is not rigid. I love leather, but I don’t own much leather because of the heat, so I have a closet full of Faux Leather, and I couldn’t be any more hype about it.

There’s nothing like getting that leather look without having that suffocating, I’m totally wearing someone else skin feeling that you get while wearing the real stuff. A lot of people are ashamed of their light weight pleather but I wear mine with pride because for me, its about the look and the tailoring. If its an interesting piece and its cut and constructed right I don’t care if its leather or pig feet skin…I’m going to rock it.

Take a look at how I put my Pleather to good use in this California Bad boy look.

 

THE LOOK

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I pieced this fresh ASOS Leather Hoodie with a super long line ASOS T-shirt in stone, these cool weathered regular/slim cut black jeans from H&M and my favorite Black boots that’ you’ve seen before (and will see again…I’m not rich). This look is very simple. Black and a neutral for contrast.

THE BREAKDOWN

BLACK SHADES: H&M


IPAD CASE: ASOS


BOOTS: 2ND HAND STORE


I’f you want to achieve this look, first start with a well contracted piece of fake leather in black. Look for something interesting indifferent like this hoodie. For this look, as you can see I went with a looser fit for the jeans, I happen to think that baggier jeans look great when wearing high boots. Look you really can’t go wrong with all back and if you live in California or any other sunny state or city, you want to keep your cloths light and airy so pleather is a perfect sub for the real stuff. Here, take another look at the Freshness.

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The last Son in the dugout

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From the minor leagues to the majors

 

There’s something about the underdog that resinates with everyday people more loudly than any other story. The man who had all the odds stacked up against him and still somehow managed to overcome all the obstacles and win. It’s triumph in the mist of adversity. Glory after defeat. It’s the American dream.

Somewhere in my life I fell in love the idea of being the underdog. It was just something that I had to come to grips with at a very young age. As a soft spoken, young black kid in the ghetto, I was the underdog;  not only on a micro level which was  my community but also on a macro level; society as a whole. So I had to find strength in the fact that people didn’t believe in me or that the cards were not in my favor. The sour extenuating circumstances were what pushed me to succeed. The idea that one day I could stand at the mountain top and scream at the top of my lungs :

I made It! despite where I came from. Despite what people thought of me! Despite how many times I was knocked down! I made it!

Now when it comes to style, the underdog, being a person with limited financial resources, has to find a way to make a statement, and express themselves creatively. Personal style is not a luxury for an underdog it is a necessity. I believe that real style and fashion emerges out of these circumstances. People with limited resources have to be that much more creative, to stand out. So here’s to the underdog. The man who realizes that its not about a price tag or label, but about style, in its purest most vulnerable state.

I shot at the minor league fields by my place to represent for the underdogs. It’s a symbol for how cool it is to be the last kid in the dug out.

 

The Look

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This whole look was a steal. I found every single item in this look on sale. The highlight being the H&M jacket, that was originally $80.00. I got it at an after christmas sale for only $30.00 #swerve

 

The Breakdown

Now I don’t have all the details on this look. I could go back and find the prices of each item but that isn’t what I’m about. Its about you finding your own style and hopefully this can inspire.

Check out how heavy these rich dark tones are. From the Deep navy blue knitted infinity scarf from H&M, all the way down to the color blocked almost copper like tint of the Asos slip ons. The color scheme is one of my favorites; Brown and Blue. Also notice how I played with texture. During these colder months, texture not only looks good, but it usually means warmth.

#swerve

 

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I urge you to embrace your personal style and also embrace any situation where you find yourself playing the role of the underdog. This picture says it how…The last kid in the dugout is one bad mother’ F#@%&r!

 

 

Written by: Mr Shipp Himself – Photos by: Nika Gocha of S&G Media

 

MOTEL BLUE

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Morning After Swagger

 

It takes a certain amount of skill to look good wearing the same cloths you wore the night before. Especially if the night before was a “wild night”.

We’ve all been there right? A night out with the guys that turns into something completely different after a couple of shots and BBD’s “poison” comes on. One of those nights where you meet the girl of your dreams in a night club. Its magical. Or at least thats what you thought at the club. waking up in the morning, you realize that your dream was actually a nightmare. You find yourself in a cheap motel with a woman you barely even know. So what do you do? You get out of there. You get out of there as fast as you can!

 

if you went to the club dressed in your velvety-est dinner jacket and your shiniest dress shoes, chances are you’ll look a little odd walking down the street but luckily you didn’t do that. Luckily, you read this blog and dressed in a way that made you prepared for anything. Gentle I give you :Motel Blue

The Look

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This is a look that is dressy and flashy enough for the club but still subtle enough to walk around comfortably on recovery Sunday.

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Check out how the patterned shirt pops. I chose an invisible tie for a little edge. A subtle tie would work just as good but no tie, makes it a little more casual.

 

The Breakdown

Jacket: H&M


Shirt: H&M


Shoes: ASOS


Pocket Square: Shipp & 36th


Pants: Forever 21

I’d like to point out that this look cost me less than $100.

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So I’l leave you with this. Firstly, if you plan on getting lucky, dress accordingly. This look is easy to achieve and cheap.Also, remember that style has nothing to do with how much money you spend and everything to so with how much taste you have.

Hope you enjoyed this quick little post and hope you like the style. If you have any questions please feel free to comment and I’ll get back to you with an answer. Till next time. Stay flyy… #swerve

Written By: Mr. Shipp – Photo by: Nika Gocha for S&G Media

Darker Still

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Had to stop and take a few pictures of this look today to simply show how ill darker tones can be.

 

Just another day. I believe I was actually off to a family dinner for thanksgiving, but obviously family time trumped the creation of this post (as it should).

To me, black is one of the most powerful colors there are when it comes to fashion. Now I know I talk allot about adding more color to your wardrobe but there is just something about black and darker tones that just shapes the body like nothing else.

So I took a couple of pictures of this black and green, LA bad boy look to simply let the style speak for itself. Nothing is cooler than a man in black. Nothing.

 

-Mr. Shipp

The Look


 

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