Here at Made Man, we know how to dress, but we like to bring in new perspectives. Which is why we asked the guys behind top men’s style blog Expressions Realia what they’re wearing this summer. And wow, did these Southern California boys deliver. Unyime Akpanudosen (right) and Jonathan Barcelon (left) teamed up with photographer Derren Versoza to create the striking looks you’ll see on the following pages. The key to keeping it fresh, it seems, is being open-minded. As Barcelon explains, “It’s popular to believe summer means one is limited in what can be worn, but I see it as a challenge to bring out the full potential of the season’s essential pieces.” Meanwhile, Akpanudosen views what he has in new ways. “Making fun of a serious suit is something to look forward to in warmer months—what is usually worn one way formally can now be worn many ways casually,” he adds. With those thoughts in mind, we hope the following combos inspire you to take your style to the next level—and look damn good doing it, of course.
First Look: “A new take on t-shirt and jeans—that you can leave the house in.” —Barcelon
Matty Oxford Shirt, Club Monaco, $64.50, clubmonaco.com Flash Tee, Saturdays NYC @ Inventory NYC, $45, inventorynyc.com Chambray Pocket Square, The Hill-Side @ Need Supply, $39, needsupply.com Vintage Field Watch, Timex @ J. Crew, $150, jcrew.com Cotton Watch Strap, J. Crew, $20, jcrew.com
Second Look: “Lightweight summer suiting of a unique kind—hits the street with your favorite ball cap.” —Akpanudosen
Chambray “Blythewood” Suit, Billy Reid, $720, billyreid.com* Corduroy “Clark” Cap, Brixton, $34, brixton.com Club Collar Striped Shirt, Dockers, $29.99, dockers.com Leather “Bayard” Laptop Sleeve, Herds of the Fathers, $110, herdsofthefathers.com *No longer available, but the site has other fine suits.
Cap Toe Buck Shoe, Hawkings McGill @ Urban Outfitters, $39.99, urbanoutfitters.com
Third Look: “A linen sportcoat takes the workplace just about anyplace.” —Barcelon
Suede "Carson" Oxford Shoe, 1901 @ Nordstrom, $49.90, shop.nordstrom.com
Fourth Look: “Something to wear for an island vacation... or Tuesday.” —Akpanudosen
Printed Poplin Camp Shirt, Land's End Canvas, $29.99, canvas.landsend.com Chambray “Blythewood” Suit Trouser, Billy Reid, $225, billyreid.com* *No longer available, but thesite has other fine trousers.
Woven Espadrilles, ASOS, $24.86, asos.com