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A guide to help the average man... look less average

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My top celebrity style influences

Mark Kwak

There are a couple celebrities that just get it right when it comes to style. I look up to them for inspiration, and for style tips every now and again. Currently here are my top 3, in no particular order:

1. Joseph Gordon-Levitt

JGL is an incredibly stylish guy. The creative way he combines different pieces is usually quite insightful. Though he wears suits most of the time, his casual wear is also pretty awesome, so keep a look out.

2. David Beckham

If it were all up to me, this is the guy I would model my physical appearance after. How can you be so awesome at soccer and also look like such a stud? Anyhow, David Beckham hardly ever gets it wrong when it comes to style. He looks equally as sharp in a three piece suit as he does in a denim jacket and white T-shirt. Just do a Google search, you'll see.

3. Justin Timberlake

Again, another top notch style icon, in my opinion. This guy is well-informed when it comes to fashion, and you can really tell based on his outfits. He's plastered all over fashion magazines and, hell, one of his top songs is called "Suit & Tie." is it not?


These are three ultra dapper guys that are worth checking out!

Good fashion on TV

Mark Kwak

Source: Suicideblonde

Let's say you're lazy, and you don't want to read a bunch of Esquire magazines and menswear blogs to get your style advice. Instead, looking good is great, but you just want to sit back after a hard day's work, and watch TV for hours without end, remote control and potato chips in hand.

Well, fear not my lazy, but style-forward brethren. You still have an amazing opportunity to learn about fit, outfit coordination, and style through TV. Yes, it's true, even that time killing box in your living room can help you dress better as a man. I've found myself taking style cues from many folks on TV, and it's both effortless and entertaining. Here are some shows I suggest you watch in order to learn from well-dressed dudes:

suitsSource: TVGuide

1. Suits: This is perhaps my #1 show for fashion. Harvey Specter is a man amongst boys in that show, both in personality and in style. Though he wears incredibly fashionable casual-wear at times, he'll be donning a suit the vast majority of the time. Well-tailored with perfect tie/shirt combos. His costar Mike Ross is also a very fashionable individual, just in a more modern and youthful way. The show's pretty badass as well.

2. White Collar: Only one guy to look for here. Neal Caffrey (played by Matt Bomer). Decked out in Thomas Pink, Paul Smith, and John Varvatos, the man looks incredibly sharp and modern on every episode, and I give mad props to the costume designer who works on the show. Sometimes his suits will be a bit too trendy (razor thin lapels), but for the most part, the guy knows how to dress.

3. Parks & Recreation: There are two well-dressed men here. And one guy that doesn't dress particularly well, but that you should learn to be like in general. The well dressed men are Ben Wyatt (played by Adam Scott) and Tom Haverford (played by Aziz Ansari). They have different styles, but both dress impeccably. As for the guy you should be like, his name is Ron Swanson, follow his every command.

4. Mad Men: We've seen plenty of Mad Men themed parties out. People dressing to the nines, looking well groomed and incredibly classy. These parties stem from the public acknowledgement of dapperness in the show, and for good reason. Virtually all the men in this show dress well (definitely Roger Sterling and Don Draper), though most of the suit designs lean more classic than modern. If you want to look good in business, this is probably the show for you.

5. Community: Jeff Winger, the main character of this show, is a very good dresser in my opinion. He wears casual clothing most of the time, but still looks styling and profiling. No one else really stands out for me in the show, but in real life, Troy and Abed both dress very well. Check out their GQ photo shoots and in person interviews. 

6. Game of Thrones: Thick fur coats, medieval armor, and full blown nudity are IN this season. Just kidding, don't take fashion cues from this show. Instead, just watch it because it's the best show ever.

So the next time you plop down on the couch to watch some television, pay some attention to the shows and characters I mentioned above. You'll be getting your well deserved resting time while also learning about proper fit & fashion.

PS: I didn't forget Barney Stinson from How I Met Your Mother. I just think everyone else on the show does not dress well at all so I omitted it. 

Celebrity Styles: Suits

Mark Kwak

It's no secret- I love suits. In fact, I love suits so much, I've literally put on a suit just to watch a television show called Suits... in my living room. Sad? Maybe...

Awesome? I think so.

Now I'd love more than anything to elaborate on what you should look for in a suit, what colors you should get, or how suits should fit on you, but in the interest of time, I will leave that for a future post.

Instead, I'd like to show you some celebrities that I look up to, when needing some Suitspiration.

Gabriel Macht - Harvey Specter (Suits)

Harvey Specter is a man of power, and he dresses the part. He generally dons a 3 piece suit by Tom Ford, with peak lapels and a strong shoulder line. The cut of his suits is slim, but not too slim, as he isn't trying to give off a "trendy" look. Ties are also a bit more wide, matching the width of his broad lapels. Recommended for someone who wants to look like a man of pure authority and power, not a man of trends and modernity.

Matt Bomer - Neal Caffrey (White Collar)

This is the sleek and sexy look. Generally, Neal Caffrey wears a two-piece suit with a very slim silhouette, thin notch lapels, a tie, tie bar, and pocket square. His dress shirts and accessories are made by Thomas Pink and his suits by Paul Smith. Very different from Harvey Specter in that Neal's suits fit much more modern and hip. The narrow shoulders, thin lapels, and high armholes all contribute to this. If you want to be known as the "impeccably stylish man of today," learn from Neal Caffrey.

Daniel Craig - James Bond (Casino Royale)

Ah, James Bond. My ultimate role model. Always dressed to the 9s in Brioni or Tom Ford suits. I think the beauty of the suit that Bond wears is its simplicity. It's all about basic colors and precise tailoring, nothing more, nothing less. Also, we mustn't forget that Bond is the epitome of pure confidence, which ultimately makes the suit look better than it probably is. We should never forget this. Wear your outfits with confidence, and your appearance will all of a sudden change for the better.