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9.19.2013

Fashion Week: Day 5 (Long Overdue!!!)

I know, right? Way to make you guys wait! I'm the worst.

The good news? I think I'm finally rejoining the land of the living! I had enough energy to clean the apartment, do the laundry and go grocery shopping! Also, I don't think I'll be eating soup or sipping tea anytime soon. I can't stand even thinking about either of those things at this point.

AND Ritz Crackers...I can't. I never thought I'd see the day, but it has come. I can't stand them. I'm hoping my love will return, but after eating several sleeves over the course of the last 6 days, I'm done. Those buttery, golden disks will have to sit in their box and wait.

Goodbye, sick foods. Hello, fabulous food! I didn't realize how much I missed real food until I was sitting and watching Food Network last night and near tears wanting to put everything in my mouth. Now, the real question will be whether my stomach can actually handle real food. We shall see tonight! How exciting?

Ok, back to Day 5 of Fashion Week! (Sorry, illness digression. Booooring.)

Have I ever told you how much I love menswear? If you've followed the blog for a while, you know this. There are few things I love more than a sassy suit...and, guys, don't tell me that it's boring. You have so many options. To be honest, the best part about it is that you have options within a slightly limited set of options...let me explain.

Suits. Period. Suits are awesome...and within that parameter, you can play with colors, patterns, accessories...and it always looks put together. Women? I feel like we have too many options sometimes and too many options can lead to disaster.

So, what am I referring to in terms of suits?

I give you exhibit A & B:


Behold! A pale pink suit jacket and matching paisley pants with bright green touches. A little bit of seriousness with black hair, black shoes, and black sunnies so as to not go off the foppish deep-end. I practically ran over 10 people to get a photos of Mr. Pink. It's fresh & clean.

Speaking of clean, Mr. Seersucker got the matching pant & jacket on lockdown with a classic, updated with black/brown accessories as an anchor. This guy was oozing snazziness. Another crisp look that will never, ever go out of style. If it's hot out (and, boy, was it gross in NYC that day), go seersucker if you're stumped. It will never steer you wrong.

Meanwhile, you don't always have to go the suit route. (Rhyming is fun.) Guys, feel free to have a little fun:


Holy Hendrix (sans drugs or guitar and with legs 300 miles long.) I loved this retro look with it's rich patterns and black trimmings. By the way, hats were all over the tents and the wide brim definitely helped balance out the bell bottoms. Seriously, this guy had the longest legs I'd ever seen. I was stupidly jealous. For the adventurous man, why not go retro?

Speaking of daring, I had to take a minute to shout out my girl, Katy, who is one of my fashion muses and a fellow menswear-lover. Check her out:


Ok. Let's take a moment to admire this outfit. Very few can pull off a completely patterned jumpsuit WITH a cow pin AND bright yellow loafers. Not sure if you remember her fully floral suit from last season, but this girl knows how to rock a look. There's definitely a menswear-inspired element to this ensemble, so I'm putting it in this post because how could I not share it? Also, any excuse to share one of my fashion muses with you. Gah, I love this woman!

And now, last but not least, the piéce de résistance of my menswear finds during Fashion Week...take a gander at this little number:


ERMERGERD. I can't. I just can't handle all the amazingness of this entire outfit. Leopard shoes - check! Black cropped slacks - check! BRIGHT red jacket combined with crisp white shirt - check! Black pocket kerchief, black bow tie, black leather body strap, black thick-framed glasses - check, check, check, AAAAAND check! Winner, winner, winner! Also, this guy was really good at giving face. Each time I look at this photograph, a feeling of inspiration & sartorial respect washes over me in an awesome way. Bravo!

So, there it is. My ode to menswear - a passion that will never die as long as I shall live. I was blessed to find these lovely creatures at the tents on day 5. Hope it gave you gentlemen out there some good ideas for the upcoming colder months. Suits are always in style. So, have fun with them.

And, ladies, nothing says you can't rock a suit too. There are few things sexier than a woman in a tuxedo jacket and slim, black slacks. Go for it! xo!

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