Men’s Style: Weekend Gear…

I am capping off this week with how I would style the GAP Army jacket (similar)  for a weekend day about town.  I wish I could say I live a jet setting life, but aside from the occasional weekend trip to wine country or Palm Springs, I get my dose of excitement from visiting Trader Joes or a matinée movie.  Mind you, I am not complaining, but sometimes a boy can dream, so that is exactly what I did when I put together my weekend outfit….

CLake Top Army

If you haven’t guessed, I love to layer.  Just like in interior design, the different layers of an outfit bring interest.  For my weekend jaunt, I layered a thin cashmere henley (similar) under the jacket and finished it off with one of my favorite scarves from Alexander McQueen (similar).

CLake Laughing Army Jacket

As for accessories, I have been wearing my bronze metallic watch non-stop since picking it up in France this summer.  I love its chunky qualities and is the perfect unexpected element for a dude.  I am also a sunglass fiend but I am also a near-sighted sunglass fiend, so these are my every day prescription sunglasses in an aviator style from SEE Eyewear.

CourtneyOutLoud Green Army Jacket

And yup, I carry a “murse” (aka man purse).  I don’t know about where you live, but here in Northern California, we get charged for each bag we use at stores, so I have started carrying my own. I love this bag from Banana Republic (similar) – the cognac color, t he stitching and size are spot on for my weekend needs.  I think a leather tote is the perfect compromise – stash your grocery bags inside along with life’s other essentials (lip balm, wallet, iPad, phone, journal, cross bow…hey-you never know when the zombies will attach!)

So there you have it – three different looks to take you from work to night to play using one jacket as inspiration.  Hope this inspires you to go play dress up in your wardrobe and rediscover your closet.    Now get your weekend started!  Have a GREAT ONE!

Photography by: Desi Arnaz Hyter

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Men’s Style: On The Town…

I can only speak for myself, but my blue jeans have become a permanent fixture in my wardrobe.  I wear them to work, on the weekends and sadly there are moments I even wear them out for a night on the town.  I placate myself by saying that jeans at night are part of the “California laid-back” aesthetic.  But deep down, there is a small East Coaster yearning to be free…..that guy who secretly enjoys getting dressed up.  I don’t mean suits, but just taking things up a notch, so when I gave myself the challenge of style my Gap army jacket (similar) three different ways, I knew I had to find a way to work it into my “evening attire”…..


Short on time between engagements?  Forgo the tie!  I know yesterday I was all about skinny ties for work, but that’s just it.  I wear ties all the time to meet clients, so if I am going out, I want to ditch the tie for something else.  In this case a thin wool turtleneck (similar) from Club Monaco is the perfect layering piece for the jacket to take center stage.  It’s thin enough not to be bulky but still dressy enough that I feel completely comfortably going to dinner then the theater.

CLake_GAPArmy Gloves

I gave my beloved jeans a rest and pulled a favorite pair of wool glen plaid Polo trousers (similar) out of hibernation.  The play of a between the dressy trouser in a traditional pattern and the casual fabric of the jacket was the perfect amount of tension the outfit needed to make it look purposefully and not sloppy.  But then you really can’t look that sloppy too when you sport a pair of stitched leather saddle boots (similar).  I felt the outfit needed a pop of color and my orange leather driving gloves (similar) courtesy of Club Monaco was the perfect solution.  I feel debonair and ready for a night on the town in this outfit!  Honestly, I cannot stress enough how much I love play “dress up” in my closet, rediscovering all these forgotten treasures and interpreting them for my new life.

I will be back on Friday to show you the third and final look, as I get ready for the weekend!

Photography by: Desi Arnaz Hyter

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Men’s Style: Off To The Office….

I rarely wear dress clothes to work these days.  Let’s be honest, I spend the majority of my time in dank antique and resale shops, dusty job sites or schlepping samples between clients and vendors.  I, like many designers, do not life a glamorous life.  In fact, I would say 75% the the time I have spent as a designer is  pretty mundane – the antithesis of “sexy”.  There are no million dollar deals, just me with my laptop, my RAV 4 and ALOT of fabric swatches and tile samples.

However, just because I play the role of glorified delivery man at times, does it mean I should dress like one.  You never know exactly who will stumble across your path while running errands  or who may be calling asking for an impromptu meeting, so I have appropriated a work style I refer to as “on-the-go chic”.

With this in mind, I used my Army-style jacket as the centerpiece of this work outfit…….


I have never met a skinny tie I didn’t love and I especially loved pairing a tie with what could be a very casual ensemble to elevate it to work-chic appropriate.  This tie from Zara has a subtle checkered pattern that compliments the graphic plaid of the Billy Reid shirt (similar).


Dark-rinsed straight-leg jeans are a staple in my work attire; the dark rinse I find to be more dressy and the slim lines of the straight leg are the perfect foil to the numerous blazers and cardigans I wear on top.  For this outfit, I pulled out my favorite pair of APC jeans and paired it with a pair of camel brogues (similar).  Truth be told, I am in love with these shoes; they are my dressy equivalent of sneaker – all the class of a dress shoe mixed with the supreme comfort of a sneaker.


The Army-style GAP jacket (similar) is the perfect alternative to a blazer or cardigan.  Thick enough to keep me warm on chilly mornings but thin enough to toss in my day bag (aka the “murse”) as the day heats up.  And who cares of it gets dirty as I carry boxes or rub against drywall?  A quick run in the washer and it is as good as new!  This is an outfit I can confidently go from morning to night in and not think twice if it is appropriate.

Tomorrow I show how the jacket goes from work to an evening out on the town.

And I kept my promise of wearing pants……yah for me!

Photography by: Desi Arnaz Hyter

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