Regardless of where you live, it can be tricky to channel trends without sacrificing personal style. You want to look current without looking like everyone else. During our second foray into and around New York Fashion Week, we found a several gents seeking to pull that off. Did they succeed? Check ’em out and see…
Jesse MacDougall, 34, Senior Strategist, iCraveMacDougall made a New Year’s resolution to wear more ties. Why? “Because I got these great tie clips,” he says. This clip is one of several the self-described “studiohead” bought at a vintage store on the Lower East Side. “I think guys look better in ties,” he adds.
Stefano Magnatronic, 30, Singer/Songwriter“Organic” aptly describes Magnatronic’s style. “Greens and blues are my color preferences,” says the front man for Stefano and theTRUTH. Not only are the colors natural but the shapes and lines are all interconnected. Tucking his pants into his boots is a nice touch.
Philip Morrison, 30, Data Analyst“I love color and pattern,” says Morrison. His sophisticated style is an asset at work. He gives clothing advice to his colleagues. And his prowess will be on display when he launches his own custom clothier company, PhilipGeorge. He plans to make men’s custom suits and blazers.
Miguel Purcell, 22, EMI RecordsBlue, blue and blue make up this music professional’s look. “That’s me. That’s what I have in my closet,” says this Dominican native. “People are more colorful where I come from.” Still, it’s hard to pull off an array of one color. Purcell makes it work with blues that vary in tone.
Guillaume Fardel, 31, UN“Dressing cold, it’s a big change for me,” says Fardel, who sports a classic New York look—all black with a hint of color. He recently worked in Yemen, where men wear traditional garments called futah. It’s a bit like a sarong that can be worn with a suit jacket. “It’s very comfortable.”
Doug Joachim, 40, Personal Trainer“I teach people how to run barefoot,” says Joachim. Doing so strengthens the feet and results in fewer injuries than running with shoes. On his feet? Vivo Barefoot. He likes the traditional look better than the five-toe version of the barefoot sneaker. “These are prettier.”
Brian DeGroff, 24, Landscaper/Music Engineer/Rap artistAccording to DeGroff, there is only one rule when it comes to New York style: “You have to have a nice pair of sneakers, preferably Jordans or Nike.” He’s wearing Ken Griffeys and laments that he left his better shoes at home.
Luis Delerme, a.k.a. Lou Castle, 24, Student/Film Editor “Everybody’s wearing snapbacks now,” says Delerme, who describes his style as “rugged New York.” If you look closely you can see he has a nicely balanced stripe theme going between his jacket, hoodie and shoes.
Paul Beauregard, 18, StudentThe teenager out for a smoke break in his puff jacket says of New York: “It’s cool. I like this city. Everything is so big.” Beauregard knows something about scale. The Abercrombie & Fitch jacket is just the right bulk for the slim kid’s frame.
Jon Behr, 49, Interior DesignerWhen the wind blows down the avenue, you’d better be ready. “Grey goes with everything,” says the Florida-based interior designer. Behr’s look is dashing and hints at the Romantic—long hair, scarf draped over one shoulder, double-breasted topcoat.
McGregor Madden, 27, Tailor and Co-Owner, Proper Suit “If you buy something off the rack, it probably doesn’t fit,” says this experienced tailor. Looking like a million bucks in this modern sport coat and pocket square, Madden is the proprietor of a site offering a full made-to-measure suit for $750—and a good ad for it, too.