Style with a Z

Confessions of a middle class style addict

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Today is the last post of my blog along with my photo. Since it is the last post I am making as part of my yearlong system to better understand my closet and produce a better wardrobe I wanted to devote today’s article to a summary I’ve what I have learned and wound up with after four seasons and way to many clothes. In the end I wound up with:

8 shorts
12
Pants
27 button downs
7 dress pants
23 T-shirts
3 Henley’s
9 tanks
3 swim outfits
7 sweaters
12 vests
9 cardigans
2 blazers
7 jackets & coats

Looking from an overview I have a lot of pieces and I do but because I segregated each season so immensely the pieces don’t mix well between seasons. However they do mix decently between each of their corresponding groups. I feel overall I did quite well with the experience. It was great learning about mixing different pieces and definitely gave me a great basis upon which to expand as well as learning about what it is I do and don’t like to wear. Despite this I do believe there were a lot of areas where I could expand my wardrobe. The following are key pieces and quantities I feel I still could add to make my closet more functionable.

4 bold printed button downs (preferably some in green and violet)
2 graphic tees
2 jeans (a black and white pair)
2 chinos (preferably in bold colors)
3 flat front shorts (neutrals)
2 cardigans
2 vests
3 belts
2 bags
3 shoes (mix of formal and nonformal)
1 blazer
1 denim top
2 polos
2 ties
4 pairs of bold socks.


With each of the above purchases I plan on buying things that mix well with what I already have color and style wise. I noticed I strode away from tops with bold patterns or any patterns at all which became a problem in summer when I needed pieces to stand alone because it was too hot to layer. On the flip side I feel like a few more layering pieces for the solid tops I have would also be a good idea. An area of my closet that I know still needs work is my shoes. I feel like I have so many shoes but none of them are very useable with the wardrobe I have so I really need to work that out. One important factor I feel I miss is a style icon. I believe in bold colors and I love them but I don’t have anyone to really look up to in regards to men’s style since bold colors in style is a hard thing to come by. I feel now that this blog is complete I might come back again someday and continue my journey but for now I must bring this small portion to an end. It has been a fun and stressful road trying to find and mix outfits especially during the 30 day challenge but I’m glad I did it and I look forward to my next endeavor.

Today is the last post of my blog along with my photo. Since it is the last post I am making as part of my yearlong system to better understand my closet and produce a better wardrobe I wanted to devote today’s article to a summary I’ve what I have learned and wound up with after four seasons and way to many clothes. In the end I wound up with:

8 shorts

12

Pants

27 button downs

7 dress pants

23 T-shirts

3 Henley’s

9 tanks

3 swim outfits

7 sweaters

12 vests

9 cardigans

2 blazers

7 jackets & coats

Looking from an overview I have a lot of pieces and I do but because I segregated each season so immensely the pieces don’t mix well between seasons. However they do mix decently between each of their corresponding groups. I feel overall I did quite well with the experience. It was great learning about mixing different pieces and definitely gave me a great basis upon which to expand as well as learning about what it is I do and don’t like to wear. Despite this I do believe there were a lot of areas where I could expand my wardrobe. The following are key pieces and quantities I feel I still could add to make my closet more functionable.

4 bold printed button downs (preferably some in green and violet)

2 graphic tees

2 jeans (a black and white pair)

2 chinos (preferably in bold colors)

3 flat front shorts (neutrals)

2 cardigans

2 vests

3 belts

2 bags

3 shoes (mix of formal and nonformal)

1 blazer

1 denim top

2 polos

2 ties

4 pairs of bold socks.

With each of the above purchases I plan on buying things that mix well with what I already have color and style wise. I noticed I strode away from tops with bold patterns or any patterns at all which became a problem in summer when I needed pieces to stand alone because it was too hot to layer. On the flip side I feel like a few more layering pieces for the solid tops I have would also be a good idea. An area of my closet that I know still needs work is my shoes. I feel like I have so many shoes but none of them are very useable with the wardrobe I have so I really need to work that out. One important factor I feel I miss is a style icon. I believe in bold colors and I love them but I don’t have anyone to really look up to in regards to men’s style since bold colors in style is a hard thing to come by. I feel now that this blog is complete I might come back again someday and continue my journey but for now I must bring this small portion to an end. It has been a fun and stressful road trying to find and mix outfits especially during the 30 day challenge but I’m glad I did it and I look forward to my next endeavor.

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Today is my final outfit for my blog. That is not to say I won’t post something again in the future but it is the last look for my twice a week photos I have been posting for a year. It was definitely an experience but on to the look! The loudest pop of color today is obviously my bold pink shorts from Aeropostale. I paired them with a midnight blue and white checkered top with a plain what tee underneath. My shoes are just ordinary black shoes along with my Kenneth Cole Reaction bag. Finally I’m wearing a simple fabric belt in a similar shade as the color of my button down. As the last look on my blog I am very happy with it. I’m not one to layer shirts under button downs but I tried it for today and I did enjoy it.

Today is my final outfit for my blog. That is not to say I won’t post something again in the future but it is the last look for my twice a week photos I have been posting for a year. It was definitely an experience but on to the look! The loudest pop of color today is obviously my bold pink shorts from Aeropostale. I paired them with a midnight blue and white checkered top with a plain what tee underneath. My shoes are just ordinary black shoes along with my Kenneth Cole Reaction bag. Finally I’m wearing a simple fabric belt in a similar shade as the color of my button down. As the last look on my blog I am very happy with it. I’m not one to layer shirts under button downs but I tried it for today and I did enjoy it.

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Today’s look is another example of what a white tee shirt can do. Starting with the white shirt as the neutral base I was able to throw a violet cardigan over for a simple yet layered look. Though the cardigan is a tad thicker it is possible to carry this look through all seasons with a simple rolled up sleeve. A paired the look with a pair of light wash denim and black shoes. Finally I went simple with accessories opting for one cuff in violet and black lace.

Today’s look is another example of what a white tee shirt can do. Starting with the white shirt as the neutral base I was able to throw a violet cardigan over for a simple yet layered look. Though the cardigan is a tad thicker it is possible to carry this look through all seasons with a simple rolled up sleeve. A paired the look with a pair of light wash denim and black shoes. Finally I went simple with accessories opting for one cuff in violet and black lace.

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Today’s outfit brings out a lot of cool shades. The shorts I am wearing are from Kohls in a vivid almost neon blue. I paired the shorts with a violet tee shirt in the same cool color scheme. Giving the look an extra layer I chose my black vest giving the outfit something more. As for accessories I opted for a navy belt a silver necklace with blue beading that compares to the shorts. Finally I chose a pair of navy blue flip-flops to go with the belt and finish off the all over cool tones.

Today’s outfit brings out a lot of cool shades. The shorts I am wearing are from Kohls in a vivid almost neon blue. I paired the shorts with a violet tee shirt in the same cool color scheme. Giving the look an extra layer I chose my black vest giving the outfit something more. As for accessories I opted for a navy belt a silver necklace with blue beading that compares to the shorts. Finally I chose a pair of navy blue flip-flops to go with the belt and finish off the all over cool tones.

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I wanted to give a brief summary on my summer outfits as the colors of violet and yellow are coming to an end. Summer was definitely the most difficult season for me to dress well for. Due to every soaring heat you can’t layer nearly as well as you can for all other seasons. I’ve never been a fan of summer and that is just one reason why. Because of this I found myself straying from my original color palette to any pieces I could find that were cooler from previous collections. Atop of my unprepared wardrobe I also quit one of my two jobs taking away a lot of professional outfits I had worn in the past and I do professional a lot better than causal. Also over the course of the summer months I managed to ditch the few yellow pieces I had purchased which didn’t much surprise me. Yellow is not my color and I didn’t feel I looked my best in it so I got rid of them along the way. This season has defiantly shown me I have a lot to learn about what works for hotter days when it comes to fashion. I am okay knowing this as this whole blog was a journey of understanding fashion in a different way. This week will actually be the final week of this blog. Going on with jobs and school I have found myself losing interest in this blog and because of that my articles have begun to suffer. I know I don’t have some massive following but it was fun and an interesting experience. Without getting all gushy(until next week) I’ll see you for Wednesday’s outfit.

I wanted to give a brief summary on my summer outfits as the colors of violet and yellow are coming to an end. Summer was definitely the most difficult season for me to dress well for. Due to every soaring heat you can’t layer nearly as well as you can for all other seasons. I’ve never been a fan of summer and that is just one reason why. Because of this I found myself straying from my original color palette to any pieces I could find that were cooler from previous collections. Atop of my unprepared wardrobe I also quit one of my two jobs taking away a lot of professional outfits I had worn in the past and I do professional a lot better than causal. Also over the course of the summer months I managed to ditch the few yellow pieces I had purchased which didn’t much surprise me. Yellow is not my color and I didn’t feel I looked my best in it so I got rid of them along the way. This season has defiantly shown me I have a lot to learn about what works for hotter days when it comes to fashion. I am okay knowing this as this whole blog was a journey of understanding fashion in a different way. This week will actually be the final week of this blog. Going on with jobs and school I have found myself losing interest in this blog and because of that my articles have begun to suffer. I know I don’t have some massive following but it was fun and an interesting experience. Without getting all gushy(until next week) I’ll see you for Wednesday’s outfit.

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Today’s outfit is pretty easy with a basic Henley and shorts. First off I started with my light weight striped American Eagle Henley I varying colors. Due to the variety of greens and light blues I was able to pair the top with pink shorts for a bold effect. I opted for a green belt to stand out against the pink as complimentary colors. Finally I finished the look with simple gray flip-flops that are a good go to for summer.

Today’s outfit is pretty easy with a basic Henley and shorts. First off I started with my light weight striped American Eagle Henley I varying colors. Due to the variety of greens and light blues I was able to pair the top with pink shorts for a bold effect. I opted for a green belt to stand out against the pink as complimentary colors. Finally I finished the look with simple gray flip-flops that are a good go to for summer.

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Today’s laid back look harnesses violet and black for a bold color statement. Taking center stage is my violet and black striped tank. Adding an extra layer was essential from a styling perspective and the fact I’m not a huge fan of tanks! I paired the duo with light colors denim and black shoes. As for accessories I went pretty basic with a simple star necklace.

Today’s laid back look harnesses violet and black for a bold color statement. Taking center stage is my violet and black striped tank. Adding an extra layer was essential from a styling perspective and the fact I’m not a huge fan of tanks! I paired the duo with light colors denim and black shoes. As for accessories I went pretty basic with a simple star necklace.

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Joining the ranks of Vivienne Westwood, Mark Jacobs and Giorgio Armani, Alexander Wang is the most recent designer to join The Woolmark Company’ Merino Wool: No Finer Feeling initiative. The designer, who has won the CFDA fashion fund and the Swarovski Womenswear Designer of the Year Award is seen wearing hoodie made of the kux material in an ad campaigned photographed by Annie Leibovitz.
Alexander Wang used the fabric in his recent collections for Autumn and Winter 2013. With the new ad and his recent touch in with Merino wool in his shows Alxander Wang will replace Narciso Rodriguez in becoming an ambassador for the push.
Wang is known for his urban designs and down town designs.  Wang is known for his incredible tailoring and use of dark colors for winter and bold hues in the spring.  The designer who became an overnight sensation has taken center stage with the wool initiative and we are looking forward to what he will bring to the table to aid the company and their goals.

Joining the ranks of Vivienne Westwood, Mark Jacobs and Giorgio Armani, Alexander Wang is the most recent designer to join The Woolmark Company’ Merino Wool: No Finer Feeling initiative. The designer, who has won the CFDA fashion fund and the Swarovski Womenswear Designer of the Year Award is seen wearing hoodie made of the kux material in an ad campaigned photographed by Annie Leibovitz.

Alexander Wang used the fabric in his recent collections for Autumn and Winter 2013. With the new ad and his recent touch in with Merino wool in his shows Alxander Wang will replace Narciso Rodriguez in becoming an ambassador for the push.

Wang is known for his urban designs and down town designs.  Wang is known for his incredible tailoring and use of dark colors for winter and bold hues in the spring.  The designer who became an overnight sensation has taken center stage with the wool initiative and we are looking forward to what he will bring to the table to aid the company and their goals.

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Today’s outfit is a random splash of green. Using my green t-shirt as the focus today I through on pieces that mixed accordingly. I went with a pair of old shorts I stumbled upon with a mix of green and blue plaid. Layering the look with a black vest and navy blue boat shoes give the outfit a laid back feel. Finally for accessories I chose a green beaded necklace, a Nicole clutch and a pin.

Today’s outfit is a random splash of green. Using my green t-shirt as the focus today I through on pieces that mixed accordingly. I went with a pair of old shorts I stumbled upon with a mix of green and blue plaid. Layering the look with a black vest and navy blue boat shoes give the outfit a laid back feel. Finally for accessories I chose a green beaded necklace, a Nicole clutch and a pin.

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