Fall Into Fall the Gentleman’s Guide part 3: Texture

The final segment of my fall guide is probably one of the most important: texture. texture is like the red headed step child of mens personal style. It does so much for a mans outfit, but we hardly pay texture any mind. Shame on us. Then again who can blame us. No one really dives in deep and thinks about what types of textures they want to play with each day and I don’t expect you to after reading this post. What I want to do is make you aware of texture so that you can add a little extra flavor to your outfits. Adding a knitted tie to you look instead of a basic silk or cotton tie will add dimension and depth to your otherwise normal look. Textured scarves, hats, even the textures on your shoes play a key role in making your look pop.

Im not going to go over all the different types of fabric and woven materials. The purpose of this guide is to make things simple. So just remember texture is anything woven, or knitted, or  anything that course to the touch. take a look at the few examples below. Adding pieces like this to your basic wardrobe will add another dimension to your personal style. Texture is important.

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Knitted Ties
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The trick is to buy some items that have a little texture to them.  Adding pieces like these to your wardrobe make it so that you don’t have to think about these things. You can just toss on your cloths and go. The basics are good and very important but when we want to go beyond the basics and add a little extra “style” to our personal style, texture is a good place to start.

Thats sums up the Fall into fall Guide. Refer back to these post for a little inspiration and guidance when shopping for you fall wardrobe. Remember to Add color, layer and play with different textures. Follow these three simple steps and you’ll be on your way to becoming one stylish Gent this autumn! #swerve

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-Mr. Shipp

Written By: Mr. Shipp

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Fall Into Fall. The Gentleman’s Guide, Part 2: Layering

Part 2 of our guide to fall is all about Layering. Being from California, where it’s summer all year round, I only understand layering from a style standpoint and thats very important to know. because of this I can’t talk to much about layering to beat the cold, or how to wrap your scarf to protect your face from frost bite (I think that’s what they do in New York, right?). I layer in the fall because it looks good and I’m not ashamed to say it! but here is a little guide I found online via my good buddy google that breaks down how many layers to wear according to number of degrees it is outside.

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There you go: Science! Now lets get into the style of it all, but lets set some ground rules first shall we? We don’t want to walk down the street looking like we just stepped off of a Milan fashion week runway:

Take note. This is what you look like when you decide to put on every single article of clothing you own. Keep it simple.
Take note. This is what you look like when you decide to put on every single article of clothing you own. Keep it simple.

When it comes to layering. I have just a few pointers. 1: Remember to keep it simple. You want every article of clothing to be visible and stand out in its own way. Adding too many layers to your outfit just looks cluttered. 2: Play with textures. I’ll be covering texture in the final segment of this guide, but for now, just remember that texture can really make the difference between mundane and exrtordinary. Also here’s a little tip, throw on a scarf or a beanie for Christ’s sake. Accessorize. Make your fall look your own by beating the cold AND looking good at the same time. There’s so much to work with in the fall. Check it out.

Sweaters, scarves, hoodies, cardigans, boots, beanies, gloves. Look at these examples of fall layering and get inspired!
Sweaters, scarves, hoodies, cardigans, boots, beanies, gloves. Look at these examples of fall layering and get inspired!

Remember to have fun, keep it simple and accesories your fall looks. Look out for the final installment of the Fall Into Fall Guide, all about texture. Till then, keep it fresh! #swerve

Black On Black On Bradbury

Hop on the Los Angeles metro’s red Line; get off at Pershing Square; walk down 5th and cut a left onto Broadway and you’ll make your way to 304 S broadway, The BradBury Building. From the outside it is a very unsuspecting looking building but walking inside you quickly understand what the fuss is all about. That’s why we chose to highlight a minimalistic all black look here. The beautiful scenery almost elevated this simplistic look to another level.

A stop on most walking tours of Downtown Los Angeles, the historic Bradbury Building is a stunning example of late 1800 american architecture.
A stop on most walking tours of Downtown Los Angeles, the historic Bradbury Building is a stunning example of late 1800 american architecture.

Built in 1983 the Bradbury Building automatically grabs your attention as you walk into the light filled victorian courtyard for the first time. The court rises almost fifty feet with open cage elevators, marble stairs, and ornate iron railings. Still an operating Office building, guest are only allowed into the courtyard but trust me that is enough for a sensory overload.

The Look

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We all know I love color, but one of my favorite looks of all time, is ALL BLACK. When suited up, to me nothing compares to black on black. Black just seems to cut and shape the body in such a flattering way, making even the most doughy man look as sharp as a tack. Street style is the same. All black is easy, edgy and so ridiculously cool it should be illegal! I literally threw on my favorite black wing tipped boots, and black basics and I couldn’t have looked any cooler. Check it out.

Shirt: Forever 21 $14.99 Pants: H&M $19.99 Boots: Buffalo Exchange (2nd hand store) $24.99 As you can see this look cost next to nothing. I usually pick up my basics from stores like this and dress them up with more expensive pieces.
Shirt: Forever 21 $14.99
Pants: H&M $19.99
Boots: Buffalo Exchange (2nd hand store) $24.99
As you can see this look cost next to nothing. I usually pick up my basics from stores like this and dress them up with more expensive pieces.
I kept the accessories simple as usual. I picked up the neckless at the OC fair for $3 and watch is one of my favorites. A gift from my father.
I kept the accessories simple as usual. I picked up the neckless at the OC fair for $3 and watch is one of my favorites. A gift from my father.
I love how the boots are polished only at get tip and matte everywhere else.
I love how the boots are polished only at the tip and matte everywhere else.
Sunglasses: Aldo 2 for $20.00
Sunglasses: Aldo 2 for $20.00

The combination of this simple black look against the striking details of the Bradbury’s Victorian courtyard is, dare I say, perfect in so many ways. Every shot was something for the record books. Raw, rough, dark, but also vibrant, warm and glamorous at the same time.

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So there you have it. Go out and re create this look by buying yourself some all black basics. Remember its not about how much you spend with your basics. If they fit well, throw it in the bag. You can always dress up your basics with more expensive statement pieces.

And if you find yourself wandering aimlessly in downtown Los angeles, stop by The Bradbury and take in all the awesomeness that surrounds you. Trust me, you won’t be disappointed.

-Mr. Shipp

Written By: Mr. Shipp  –  Photos by: S&G Photography

Kanye’s always right!!

I wanted to touch briefly on fads and the classic man’s fear of them. I believe one of the most important components to a human beings conscious mind is identity. Learning who we are and what makes us who we are. Ever since we were children we have been taught that we are special and one of a kind. This is true, however the idea of identifying ourselves as separate from the rest of the world can also be a crutch; especially when it comes to fashion and personal style. Fads and trends have no place in “personal style” because they are everything but personal or original. So a lot of fashion conscious men tend to shy away from the trendy to stand out in the crowd. But what if, what is trendy actually compliments your personal style? What if, what’s popping actually pops on you? The answer my friend is very simple: You put that shit on!

Now, I have not been a fan of the oversized or long cut men’s shirts since they first popped up on the scene. Why? because they were too trendy for my taste. Men all over the globe, wearing t-shirts and sweaters that fell down past the knees (which is still too long in my book.) was not my cup of tea. The look wasn’t bad, in fact in some cases it looked pretty cool, but I had made up my mind that it was a trend I wouldn’t chase after.

Fast forward to  last week. I was out shopping for basics with my beautiful partner in crime and we come across the shirts. After about 5 minutes of shit talking and bad mouthing every man who ever wore one of these swag killers (especially Kanye West), my lady says, “try it on and see how it looks”… Without thinking, I do just that, and OH SHIT!!! It looked good!! It looked real good. I stared at myself in the mirror and thought “Damn-it! Kanye is ALWAYS right”. Then I bought the shirt and two others just like it and walked out of the store with a bag full of fads! Check out the look…

The Long Fall Street Look

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The Break Down

I kept the accessories simple as usual. These Aldo frame really set off the look.
I kept the accessories simple as usual. These Aldo frames really set off the look.
The boots from ASOS: Clean yet rugged.
The boots from ASOS: Clean yet rugged.
Paired it all with a few bracelets from Aldo. Inexpensive and fresh.
Paired it all with a few bracelets from Aldo. Inexpensive and fresh.

The scenery is awesome. I wanted an industrial feel to go with this look. The valley Plaza in North Hollywood has a slew of old abandoned buildings that are perfect for photoshoots.
The scenery is awesome. I wanted an industrial feel to go with this look. The valley Plaza in North Hollywood has a slew of old abandoned buildings that are perfect for photo shoots.

The lesson I learned here is simple: Fads aren’t all that bad. Personal style doesn’t always have to be different. Sometimes what’s trendy will compliment your personal style perfectly. So don’t talk shit…just try it on! Unless you see someone wearing a shirt that falls down to the ankles like a sun-dress. In that case, talk all the shit you want!

Written by: Mr Shipp   Photos By: Nika Gocha

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Purple Reign: The bold fall suit 3 ways

Fall is in full effect and I love it. All the deep and rich colors that work their way from the back of the closet onto the streets just makes me feel all warm inside. Fall is a beautiful season and it is way bigger than brown, and orange. I love to play with color in the fall to stand out a bit more and to truly represent the season, so I picked up this sharp, deep purple suit from New Look, and highlighted it just for you.  As a little style bonus I rocked this suit 3 different ways to show you how to get the most out of your “dress cloths”.

The Evening Suit

Classic cool here. Simple sleek and to the point. Pull this look out when its time to impress. The color is bold but classy at the same time. pair it with a solid tie and black shoes to get that red carpet reation.
Classic cool here. Simple sleek and to the point. Pull this look out when its time to impress. The color is bold but classy at the same time. pair it with a solid tie and black shoes to get that red carpet reaction.

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I kept the  shoes and accessories very simple.The shoes are polished and black and you can’t go wrong with that. The Nike leather band watch has a pop of color but the design is fairly simple. I added a bit of contrast with the Hugo pocket square which helped bring some of those classic fall colors into the mix and finally I finished the look off with a Shipp and 36th handmade felt lapel rose in black.

Dressed down but dressed up Look

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To Dress Down the suit I lost the tie and added some layers. Pairing this suit with a denim shirt and zip down hoodie turned this red carpet look into your everyday semi casual go-to. The beanie added that extra urban flair or “swag” as I like to call it. Notice how I still added the pocket square and opted for the classic round toed brown shoes instead of sneakers. Details like these are what makes this a “semi-casual” look. You can have a meet and greet with a potential client in this outfit and then hit the town later without skipping a beat.

Casual Gentleman

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To Dress that suit down even further, loose the pants and toss on your denim! I paired the New Look suit jacket with a slim cut denim shirt and my favorite pair of jeans in my closet (I got them at H&M for 30 bucks and they fit like a dream). I finished the look off with a Shipp and 36th Redwood daisy Lapel Flower to add a little extra pop of color.

And there you have it! The bold fall suit 3 different ways. Play around with the combination as you see fit. try throwing on your favorite solid V neck T-shirt instead of the denim shirt in the casual look or trading in your jacket for a nice cardigan sweater in the semi casual look. the possibilities are endless. How about you go out there and embrace fall in a new and stylish way. Trust me, you won’t be disappointed.

Written and styled by Mr Shipp – Photos by Nika Gocha

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