As I was shaving this morning, I was listening to some Dean Martin. I mentioned Sammy Davis Jr. and the Rat Pack in my last post so it got me to thinking of how much I appreciate the glamor (glamour) of old. The old Hollywood is what I cherish most. I have always been more passionate about the creative side of the world. I have always been a creative person but never really put too much attention to it until a few years ago.
I remember one of the reasons why I fell in love with fashion not too long ago. I saw this black dress that Audrey Hepburn wore in a film once. It was love at first sight, not just with Audrey Hepburn but that beautiful dress. She wore the now famous Givenchy couture 'little black dress' in the film Breakfast at Tiffany's (1961). This dress was pure elegance and literally, it seems only Audrey Hepburn can pull this dress off with grace. I've always looked up to the old Hollywood style of clothing and the entire world of fashion back then. This is probably why I am so fond of Giorgio Armani, who captured the old school Hollywood look for celebrities. It's really fascinating how fashion has changed over the years. Before the 1920s, black dresses were only worn for mourning periods for widows. Then in 1926, out of nowhere, Gabrielle "Coco" Chanel's black dress made it's debut in Vogue. That similar style of dress is a classic, it's timeless. Ever since that beautiful dress on Audrey Hepburn appeared, every woman with a sense of fashion had to have it in their closet. It is truly a must-have for women.
I always tell my friends/clients that you can never go wrong with black and white. It's like an unwritten fashion law. Just like the Givenchy, it is timeless. It will never go out of fashion. For men, an all solid black suit with a white dress shirt and a black tie is always a good choice when in doubt. For women, I suggest you pick out a Holly Golightly (Hepburn's character in the film) type dress yourself. It's a bit more difficult for women than men because wearing one dress more than once in a short period of time is a huge "no-no". The point in that is to find a dress that has a solid color and compliments your skin tone. Remember, technically, black and white aren't really specific colors. Black means there is no color. White means all colors. This is why these two 'colors' are the best way to go when you are struggling to figure out what to wear.
~ Ladies First ~
Mrs. Michelle Obama. The First Lady has become a fashion icon within only a year of her first appearance to the world a couple of years ago. She became the unofficial endorser of J.Crew. The label flourished and made its way into the mainstream, afterward. Both men and women gradually made their way into the J.Crew market and purchased what was necessary. The brand now is making its way up on the ladder of fashion. My personal style has always leaned towards the simplicity of things. And J.Crew does a pretty darn good job at keeping it classy. You don't believe me? Check out the early summer edition of Vogue of this year. What I'm trying to suggest here is that it's perfectly fine opting to go with retailers like J.Crew. You don't always have to hit up the lavish avenues of fashion to update your wardrobe. The 2011 Spring collection looks decent so get ready to cough up some cash.
It is true, most women do have a better fashion sense than men. Women are better at putting one and one together when it comes to colors and such. Only problem is sometimes you women tend to go overboard. Even celebrities have been caught by the fashion police. You must understand that there are only really rare occasions when a celebrity can make a huge fashion statement into a trend. My advice to all of you, following celebrities is fine and all but never try to emulate them. Find your own style. Those celebrities should only make a slight influence to your new look, they shouldn't be your entire look.
- Gentleman Tip of the Day -
If you don't have a tailor, you aren't lost. The cool and comforting thing about fashion nowadays is that the designers concentrate a lot of getting their products to fit all body sizes. It's important to where your shirts and or dress shirts the correct way. If you do have a tailor, make sure that you tell him or her to narrow down the part of the shirt as it goes down. It's really not flattering with all those dress shirts that make you look like you are wearing a box. You know what I'm talking about. When you tuck your shirt in and it puffs or balloons out in the back and the sleeves look like you are making your transition into piracy. Captain Jack Sparrow anyone? Don't worry, I have had to deal with this nonsense myself. The good thing about it is now there are several labels out there that are producing fitted shirts. Shirt and dress shirts that hug around your body like it should but at the same time not making you suffocate.
Labels close to home like Banana Republic or H&M have wonderful selections of these fitted shirts. Matching those shirts with different ties and trousers - flat-fronts (dress pants) is something else. First, you have to think about the fit and comfort. You want to purchase shirts and pants that seem close to tailored as possible. Don't worry about your figure, stressing over why you don't have six-packs. These shirts are designed to give you that tailored look. The best thing about these shirts is that it won't cost you your entire wallet or salary for the month. Sure, there are high-end fitted shirts like the one you see of Taylor wearing in white - Dior Homme. Along with the all black to the right, a Dolce&Gabbana outfit with a J.Crew belt. If you have the cash and don't have the time to call up your tailor, go for it. Get those high-end shirts. The main focus here is that you can look stylish without selling your kidney. These things can be found pretty much anywhere, you just have to give a rat's ass and make the effort in finding these products.
*(Pics of Taylor Lautner were taken from GQ.com/us)