Salt and Pepper Zip Hoody, American Apparel for $42
Chambray Long-Sleeve Button-up, American Apparel for $54
Fine Jersey Short Sleeve V-Neck, American Apparel for $19
Protege Jean in Morven, AG Jeans for $170
or a more budget-friendly option at fossil.com
6.0 Zoom Oncore 2 Men's Shoes, Nike for $85
I'm pretending that I have about 1000 readers per day when I tell you that I'm starting a new feature! Hilarious, I know, but I actually think it could be helpful to the 3 guys who follow me on Twitter. So, here's the encore installment of a new ALS feature "Dude Outfit of the Month." And maybe for the other 6 of you readers who are female (thank you, Caroline and Annie), you could always use this feature as fodder for gift-giving or maybe you'll just skip reading this day. Whatevs.
This outfit was completely elicited by my friend Andy Wilson, and inspired by Justin Timberlake. Andy is a local producer who specializes in doing pop music for kids, although he's very talented in lots of other areas. Andy's just getting started being the face of his music, so he "consulted me" about his look. He'll laugh if he ever reads this, because my consultation consisted of a conversation over text and a one minute phone call he made from the Buckle to me a couple weeks ago. At any rate, being a former CPA (as in accounting), he needed a little instruction on getting out of the pull over/zip-up sweater/Banana Republic genre and into the cool/children's music producer/mildly hip-hop genre. I immediately thought Justin Timberlake. J.T. can sort of be a chameleon going from pencil-thin suit to rocking leather jacket and tee, but when you see him out on an everyday basis (i.e. when you consult Google images for paparazzi shots), he's always looking very cool but relaxed. This is the direction I thought Andy should go because it's easy, it doesn't look like you're trying too hard, and JT's look has a slightly hip-hop inspiration, which Andy has a little of as well.
It's our dude outfit of the month because almost every normal guy I know is already wearing relaxed jeans, so it's easy to go out and get the other pieces. (The others are all hanging out at Frothy Monkey looking very vibey with their skinny jeans and suspiciously dirty-looking hair.) So, if you're in the vibey category, you can just swap out the relaxed jeans for skinnies and the Dunks for Chucks. Also, each piece can be racheted up or down according to your fear/trendiness level--brighter hoodie, striped hoodie, bolder Dunks, etc.
Addendum: Love this hat to top it all off (ha!), if you're into hats...and bad puns.