Red Jeans….Know How To Party….

I have never been a party goer.  Don’t get me wrong, I love to have fun but my idea of “fun” never included keg stands, deafening music or being crammed like sardines in a bar.  If I am going to party, then I wanna have good food, space and my friends …… and perhaps a little disco.

So when I got the red jeans, the first outfit I put together was this feisty homage to the 70s.  I dug deep to find my inner “Disco Stu” and pulled together what I think is a modern take on the era that I would easily wear around the office or for a night with friends…..

Now if you wanna copy this shag-a-delic look…..


So I have three meetings today before I can call it quits for the weekend and enjoy my visiting family.  Fingers crossed everything goes well and I get to bust out this outfit and party down with the family!  Have a great weekend!

Peace, love and happiness!  Flower child out!

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Red Denim …. Goes to Work …

I don’t know when it all started. For years, I was a black, grey or tan pants kinda guy — if I was feeling crazy, maybe a glen plaid. Then one day, an undeniable need for color in my closet entered my clothing psyche and I have been on a quest to fill my closet with all the hues of the rainbow. Vibrant sweaters, colorful shirts and bedazzled shoes began to fill my hangers and shelves, yet when it came to pants, it was still the same old safe options.

So a few months ago, I ventured outside my comfort zone and purchased a pair of red jeans from H&M. For some, this is about as exciting as watching paint dry (which as a designer, paint drying can be exciting but I will save that for another day) but for me, purchasing these red jeans was terrifying and exhilarating. I was so excited that I asked my friend to take some shots of me in said jeans and before I knew it, we had a full-fledged ANTM photo shoot!

Red jeans are not the item that pops into my head when I think versatility but surprisingly, the jeans could easily carry me from client meetings to a dinner date to a swinging nighttime party. So I figured over the next couple of days I would demonstrate how my new red jeans carried me through my week…..

And today, let’s talk about work……

For me, nothing elevates a work outfit more than a structured jacket. But says you can’t wear your traditional camel jacket and pressed white oxford with some kicking colored denim…..

Want to try to re-create the above outfit? Start here…


Tomorrow, it’s all about how to take the jeans out on the town for date night.

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Current Obsession….. Outerwear

The Bay Area’s Indian Summer is coming to an end.  The mornings are crisp with dew on the grass and a frosty bite to the air.  I make no qualms about loving this time of year if for nothing else but the clothing.  I am a sweater and jacket dude.  I have never found a sweater or leather coat I didn’t love.  I adore putting chunky sweaters with fitted vests, layering turtlenecks under bombers and wearing oversized cardigans over just about anything. 

I am a walking advertisement for all things Autumn so it pains me to look in my closet and realize that I have done little in the way of investment for this season.  True that I have more coats than I can shake a stick at, but there is that almost narcotic high that one gets from buying the “perfect” piece for their wardrobe.  Problem is ….well Poppa is working with a limited budget this time around and my caviar tastes need to rationed down considerably.  So I have set a budget and I can either blow it on one fab item or parcel it out….you know trying to be adult and all.  I have narrowed down my choices to the following…..

I love this leather jacket from All Saints especially the collar.  The leather is washed and distressed, making for the perfect kick around jacket.  I am seeing this as an everyday jacket with a turtleneck, skinny jeans and boots. 

Pros: Moderately priced. Can be worn casually. Can be worn in the rain.

Cons: May not be dressy enough. Trendy collar may become dated quickly.

This sweater coat from Black Fleece by Brooks Brothers is awesome.  Lined in shearling, it is super cozy and warm.  With San Francisco’s unpredictable weather, it is the perfect “go and grab” outerpiece for the season.  I see this dressed up or down with grey flannel trousers, a fitted button down and a pop of color from a belt.

Pros: It can take me into winter due to the shearling.  It is versatile.

Cons: Can’t wear a suit jacket under it. Not rain suitable. Expensive.

This shawl wrap sweater is pure drama thanks to the master Ralph Lauren.  Imagine being wrapped in cashmere every day on your errands.   Luxury at it’s finest in my opinion.  I can see this with jeans and sweater or as styled in the picture for a more formal engagement. 

Pros: Light enough to layer. Cashmere.

Cons: Not suitable for rain.  High drama for day wear. Durability.

It’s red. I love a bold statement and this red coat from Zara totally does it for me.  In your face and proud but in a classic trench cut.  It is a great piece and totally me.

Pros: Great color. Great price point. Classic cut.

Cons: Bold color. May be too trendy. Durability

So which one do you think I should get?  Leave a comment and let me know……

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