Two Sneakers That Should Never Be Released

With so many successful sneaker releases this year so far, there are so many rumors going around pairs that haven’t been released yet and I just want to give my opinion on a few that I believe should never see the light of the day. You ask why? Well for one these sneakers have already created a high buzz when their initial photos surfaced and also I think that if they were to be released they would assist in taking away from the sneaker game even more. Another reason why is that with such hype around these sneakers already, a release would cause mass pandemonium for every sneakerhead out there.

 

Exhibit A: Nike Lebron 9 Low Lebronold Palmer. As much as I would love for these to release, it would just be another opportunity for the resellers and hypebeasts to camp out to get their hands on such a beautiful sneaker for the wrong reasons. I would hate to see just a bunch of pairs just floating around sites such as ebay.com, solecollector.com and seen on the shelves in a Flight Club store.

 

Exhbit B: Nike Air Yeezy 2 “Kobe Bryant”. Only one pair made and specifically for the Black Mamba himself, this shoe is nothing short of a masterpiece. Knowing Kobe’s connection and friendship with Kanye himself, it wasn’t a surprise to see this creation. This is surely the best color way of the Yeezy 2’s but we will need it to be only for Mr. Bryant himself. Releasing this shoe would take away from the essence of the shoe and also its legacy.

Swag Talk: Ciaté Nails

Probably the most forward-thinking and unique brand in the nail polish biz is U.K brand Ciaté, who’s responsible for both the caviar and velvet nail trends.

Probably like most other people, I discovered Ciaté at the nail polish section of Sephora. I was blown away by their take on nail art, offering such creative styling that I would have never though of on my own. Their Caviar Nails manicure set ($25/each) has been a huge success since it hit shelves – the concept takes nail designing to the next level, having tiny beads sit atop the nail. The multicolored/pink version reminds me of sprinkles, and I’m in love with the black and white versions.

Ciaté’s latest foray into the creative nail business is the Velvet Manicure, also being sold at Sephora ($19/each). So far they have three colors – a rich burgundy, a pale grey, and a deep blue. Rita Ora is already a fan of this velvet nail trend, and after seeing it done in person, I have to say that I love it too. The finish is really soft and delicate, and the colors are gorgeous.

Ciaté has an array of regular nail polish colors as well, priced at $15/each – about the cost of a decent manicure. I haven’t seen their regular polishes in stores, maybe I missed them while in shock over the Caviar & Velvet Nails, but they’re definitely available at Sephora’s online site. I’m really impressed by this brand’s innovative nail techniques, and the fact that you can achieve such an intricate manicure at home without having to go to the nail salon.

What do you think of these nails? Let me know in the comments section!

Swag Talk: Zara Suits

If you’re in need of a dapper outfit for a special occasion, look no further – Zara’s men’s suiting collection will take you to very fashionable heights.As you probably know by now, I’m a huge fan of Zara. In my opinion, their quality and sophisticated design reign supreme compared to many other retailers – it’s also not a secret that Zara has a knack for taking luxury designer looks and making them their own for a much lesser cost. Zara’s men’s line in general is very sophisticated and European – it takes a certain person to carry that look off, and is definitely not to everyone’s taste – but their suiting is definitely worth stopping in to check out.

I’m a huge fan of suits – they’re kind of my weakness. They’re universally flattering (for the most part), and generally make every guy look his best. I love the classic black-&-white-suit-with-slim-black-tie combination, but then again I can’t say that well-fitting suits in general aren’t nice to look at. Here are some of my favorites from Zara’s online store, anywhere from $150 – $250ish:

Some of Zara’s best in suiting.

I definitely recommend stopping by Zara for your next suit – make sure you get the right fit! Baggy suits are a no-no.

What do you think of these suits? Let me know in the comments section.

Swag Talk: My Favorite Denim Brands x Aritzia

My two favorite brands of jeans – J Brand and rag & bone – have recently collaborated with Aritzia to create some amazing colored jeans for the fall season.

The fit, comfort, design and style of rag & bone and J Brand jeans make them my absolute favorite denim to wear. There are few brands that I can count on to meet my jean needs – these two never cease to amaze me. They’ve partnered up with Aritzia to release several different colors of skinny jeans that will be great in the upcoming Fall weather.

I love the distressed black pair by rag & bone (bottom left) – I’ve tried them on and for some reason, they run really small compared to their regular jeans – not sure why. I have some rag & bone’s in a similar blue and emerald green color, and I must say that they’ve been a great addition to my closet. The deep red colors are really pretty too, and a great warm hue for fall.

I would definitely recommend picking up a pair or two to add to your jean wardrobe. What do you think of the collaboration? Let me know in the comments section.

Is The Swag Right: Fred Perry Clothing

I have known about this brand for close to three years now and since the beginning, I’ve been impressed by Fred Perry designs. This opinion hasn’t changed over the years, but it has grown even stronger. Fred Perry is an English company, but their presence is felt all over the world. Through their clothing and merchandise, you can tell that they pride themselves on authenticity, simplicity and integrity.

My personal favorites from Fred Perry are their tops – this consists of anything from a shirt to a sweater, etc. Their designs are plain and simple for the most part, while sometimes they blend two colors together; all in all these items are masterfully made. The material itself feels like heaven and their fits are great – I do find that they run a tad bit smaller than other brands, though.

For me, the greatest thing about Fred Perry is their logo. The laurel wreath is something that is known across the world, and it’s a beautifully constructed. The brand doesn’t tend to go overboard with its items and that’s what keeps it alive. People love the simple things that are easy on the eye. Although their designs are understated, they adds a sense of sophistication to your look. I mean what man doesn’t like to look decent in a nice short sleeve polo right?

If you’re looking for some new shirts, you should most definitely take a look at Fred Perry and discover something new if you aren’t familiar with them.

Trend Watch: Comic Book Fashion

Comic books have influenced Fall fashion in a major way thanks to 3.1 Phillip Lim. I definitely want to get my hands on a thing or two from this trend.

3.1 Phillip Lim is paying homage to the classic “The Break Up” comic in their latest collection; below are some of the items available on Net-a-Porter. The pieces are bright, serving as the perfect pop of color and conversation piece for your outfit.

While looking over SoleStruck the other day for my post on the Jeffrey Campbell ‘Cleata’ shoe, I came across this Black Milk x Jeffrey Campbell collaboration, which features comic book-print heels. Black Milk is the Australian brand responsible for the majority of those galactic-print leggings, swimsuits, bodysuits, dresses, and other accessories you’ve seen in that recent outer-space trend. I think it’s safe to say that Jeffrey Campbell needs no introduction at this point, but the combination of the two was much-anticipated and highly lucrative.

Black Milk x Jeffrey Campbell comic book-print heels at SoleStruck.

My favorites are the Night Lita, Damsel and the Lita Fab, all featured in the “Sick of Men” comic print. I definitely think this is a trend and collaboration worth indulging in.

What do you think of this trend? These shoes?

The Routine For Picking An Outfit

So you wake up in the morning and you wonder ” What am I going to wear today?” right? These decisions can be stressful and take up a lot of time in the morning when you’re tired, so I’m here to try and guide you to make it easier on yourself.

 

To begin with, I believe the foundation for any outfit should be your footwear. Once you get that established you can start moving up. What you decide to put on your feet is very important as your outfits revolve around it the majority of time, so make the wise decision with your selection.

 

Second has to be your top/hoody/jacket. I say so because after your shoes go on your feet everything else has to start falling in place, and you will be needing a top to compliment your sneakers. Choose something that is able to either match or contrast with the footwear.

Then we have the jeans/pants/shorts. This is basically what seals the deal, what seals the outfit. You can decide whether you’re going to wear some nice denim, camo shorts, khaki pants or etc to go along with what your outfit is already.

 

To finish off the deal, you can add to your pot of ingredients already with the addition of accessories, a hat, shades/glasses or just something small that will add a little “oomph” to your outfit.

Once you have these all down-packed, you should be ready to hit the town and show off your gear.

The What-Not’s-To-Wear Of The Winter: Footwear Edition

I came up with a list of some fashion items that will be worn in the winter although they probably shouldn’t. The death of these trends is the main reason as to why they shouldn’t be worn. This list has been a long time coming, and I’m sure you may disagree or agree with some of the items. Feel free to let me know what you think.

  • Uggs

You probably saw this one coming, as its surely time for people – mainly women – to start retiring this boot. Uggs have had an exceptional run and seen a lot of success for a while now. The numbers of people that I have seen wearing these boots are incredible – they were one of the biggest trends in the last few years but it’s time to hang them up. One main reason for this is the frequent use of Ugg boots in the summer. Come on, it’s already so hot and then you have the audacity on top of that to wear boots? I don’t get it, and it’s not justified by the shoe being so comfortable. It’s okay to wear them from time to time, but I can’t deal with seeing these boots everyday anymore.

  • Nike Boots

Next up we have the Nike Air Max Goadome Boot better known as the Nike Boot. Yes this shoe is very durable, yes it is ideal for winter conditions, and yes it will help you survive in the snow but it’s time to say goodbye to them. These are another victim when it comes to people abusing this shoe and using them all throughout the year. These shoes are so bulky, they aren’t really attractive or stylish and they remind me of a tank. I think there are many more options out there when it comes to boots, people just have to explore. To many, the meaning of these shoes to DC natives is unknown – for this I believe they should be the only ones who still have license to wear these shoes.

  • Toms

 

I don’t even know why I should have to put these on the list but it’s necessary. Last winter I saw so many people wearing their Toms in the winter and I never understood why. Were they trying to make the trend last longer? Were they trying to be a winter trendsetter? Or were just being lazy to put on suitable shoes for the colder conditions? I don’t have the answers for these questions but I can surely say that these shouldn’t be worn in the winter. They don’t protect your feet from anything, nor do they keep your feet warm – imagine how silly you would look with wet Toms on your feet. This is strictly a summer shoe. I understand that I don’t set any rules or standards, but I truly feel like they shouldn’t be worn in low temperature conditions at all.

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