Hats are a classic, debonair way for a man to protect himself from the sun. A smart-dressed man reaches for a hat on the way out the door as the simple, functional way to complete a look. Many men say, “I’m not a ‘hat person’.” This is false. ’Hat people’ are merely the people brave enough to wear them. The key to looking your best in a hat (as with most clothing) is to focus on fit. Tight-fitting hats shrink the head and can add the illusion of weight; loose-fitting hats can lend the wearer an unfortunate, Oliver Twist appearance. Also remember that light colors are the only way to go in these warm summer months. Browse some simple, straw fedoras from Banana Republic, and take cues from the following photos to inspire your own look.
Sean Connery: keeping it classy.
Nick Wooster, owning the straw fedora and the blazer/shorts combo we highlighted 2 weeks ago here.
Straw hat staying on trend with the season’s bright colors. Dapper and Daring.
Another formal look for summer.
Your author, taking a casual approach to the straw fedora at the beach.
Posted by florenceandmillie on August 25, 2012
Men, just because it’s summer doesn’t mean that you can’t wear a jacket. Pairing a lightweight blazer with shorts is a tried and true way to say, “I know it’s summer, but I still have style.”
There are a few more benefits to this dynamic wardrobe duo other than looking put together. First of all, you probably already have all the pieces to the outfit; every man should have a few pairs of shorts and at least one lightweight blazer. Secondly, a jacket is a great way to look fresh in the heat. If you are going to wear a single layer in the summer, you are going to sweat through it. A layer on top actually hides embarrassing sweat marks and keeps you looking chipper – even in sweltering heat.
There are a few ways to pull off the blazer/shorts combo:
Nick Wooster keeps it formal with a tie and pocket square.
A v-neck sweater over a patterned shirt lends a preppy, American feel that will make you look like you just stepped out of a Tommy Hilfiger ad into Nantucket.
Alas! Are those cargo shorts? Camo cargo shorts? Indeed they are. Don’t be so stuffy! Try this rough approach to boldly state, “I’m a man AND I care how I dress.”
Posted by florenceandmillie on August 10, 2012
Shoes are the perfect way to zip up your simple summer time look WITHOUT having to buy an entire new closet. So ladies, lift your summer wardrobe with a new pair of platform sandals! There’s plenty of options this season, with a variety of colors, prints and people’s biggest concern, heights. Pair them with your favorite pair of colored crops, shorts and flirty skirts. Top the look off with an armful of stacked bracelets, wide brimmed hats and summer scarves. And wa-la, you have a fashionable, little look to flaunt in summertime breeze.
Here are some of the favorites we have found..
Nordstroms, Anthropologie, and Nasty Gal have provided the shoes shown above, and they are a great start to finding your perfect platform!
Posted by florenceandmillie on April 27, 2012
Sometimes we have one of those days where we just don’t know what to wear. We’ll be in a really big “I want to look super cute and awesome” kind of mood, but just can’t seem to put anything together that looks just right. On days like these, we like to take a little style inspiration from different look books that feature looks by designers or companies/stores. A big trend recently is going beyond print and creating fashion look book videos. They are more editorial and tend to give a sense of the mood and lifestyle of what the designer and collection are all about. It also serves to give you ideas on how to wear the items from the collections that are currently out or items that the store is offering. We love being able to see how collections from some of our favorite stores are being shown more and more through video look books. Take a look at some of our favorites that we have found. Everything in the videos from the amazing cinematography and music, to the styling and just overall creativity creates some pretty wonderful style inspiration.
Threadsence Spring 2012 Lookbook -Souls of Mischief
Waist-Down Wows – Anthropologie
Fossil Spring Collection 2012
Alice + Olivia Fall 2011 Lookbook
Steven Alan Spring 2012 Video, Part 1 (Guys, there are menswear looks in these!)
Steven Alan Spring 2012 Video, Part 2
Posted by florenceandmillie on April 18, 2012
Great news for those who appreciate a well-dressed man – menswear is here! We are going to be highlighting men’s clothing more regularly on Florence & Millie, and we’re excited to start off on a very bright note.
Color is the story for spring and summer 2012! Menswear has taken an uncharacteristically bold turn this season with vibrant hues for shorts, sweaters, jackets, tees, and khakis.
The British mainstay Burberry featured quite a bit of color in contrast to their usual, neutral palette.
Gucci took color in a nautical direction this season. Red, white, blue, cream, and muted orange appear in solids and stripes for that easy, yacht-club feel.
Now, we love all the clothes these top designers produce, but Florence & Millie is about everyday inspiration. The great news is that color has saturated almost every designer’s collection and made this look accessible for all.
J. Crew’s collection brightens up this season for all of us with their exciting hues and smart stripes.
We always love Gap, but these colored khaki’s are outstanding!
Seeing all of these colors may thrill you…or intimidate you. If you fall into the latter category, we encourage you to at least give these hues a chance whether you are a man who cares about his clothing or you care about a man who wears clothing. Remember that what you wear should be comfortable and fun! Consider this season an opportunity to finger-paint with your wardrobe. Relax. Be daring. Mix colors. Have fun!
Posted by florenceandmillie on April 14, 2012