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Insta-recap #3

Mark Kwak

In case you aren't following me on Instagram, I wanted to share some of my photos here on the blog. I still think I'm a relative newb when it comes to this stuff, but the good news is I'm getting better. Maybe I'll start asking random people whether I can take pictures of them for Simpler Man. San Francisco street style is pretty fascinating, and I bet I can capture some really interesting outfits. But then again, it is a little creepy to ask random people if I can take pictures of them with my phone. I guess we'll have to see.

Anyhow, hope you enjoy:

In case you haven't heard of Loro Piana, this company makes some of the most beautiful and luxurious fabrics known to man. Each piece felt like butter, no joke.

My Redwing Beckman boots. They're damn workhorses.

This is an Isaia sport coat. $3k was it? One day...

My favorite outfit combination for denim jackets.

I wish I had more opportunities to wear these gloves and this storm coat last winter. Damn you San Francisco! Either way, I love Ralph Lauren Black Label.

Rag & Bone cardigan and Ovadia & Sons tie. Some pattern contrast going on here.

Good God, I love red & black combos. Black Fleece shirt, Theory jacket.

These are brown burnished brogue balmorals by big, bad, baller shoe company Santoni.

Great, so there you go for my insta-recap #3. If you have Instagram, follow me @simplerman. My goal is to ultimately be halfway decent at bringing you some awesome menswear photos. Am I there yet? Probably not, but I'll get there, I promise.

Wearing black only

Mark Kwak

I've seen it a million times. Guys wearing all-pitch-black getups. Uniform combination of black shoes, black shirt, black jeans, black jacket, black watch, black scarf and black rimmed glasses. So yes, black is cool, and it's especially appropriate during fall and winter. However, I personally think you can always do better by adding a little extra color to your outfit, even if it's subtle. This actually applies to any color, since a little variety in an outfit can help it from being too boring or uniform. For example, here's an all-black outfit I'm wearing. The difference is that I wanted to add a subtle hint of color (some green and navy gingham on the shirt which together looks like black, and brown lining on the boots), and also distinguish my blacks a bit from each other. Notice my jeans are a lot lighter than the rest of the outfit, while still having that underlying black color to it. My scarf also has grey on the inverse side.

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See? Denim on denim can sometimes work.

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From a closer distance and with ample lighting, you can see that the shirt is actually blue and green, not black. Some red highlights on my watch as well.

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Hmm, my Red Wing boot lining matches my coffee table.

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I like to cuff my pants when wearing boots. Show a bit more of the boot.

Jacket: Ralph Lauren Black Label | Shirt: Black Fleece | Watch: Casio G-Shock

Scarf: Merona (similar) | Belt: Paul Stuart | Jeans: Diesel | Shoes: Red Wing

Now, I still would prefer to wear a lighter shirt with an outfit like this, but if you want to wear all-black, my recommendation is to find some way to make each piece slightly different from one another. Or else it'll just look like you're in a black jumpsuit, since others won't be able to distinguish one piece of your outfit from another.

So go out there and continue to wear black (even though some will tell you it matches with nothing... which I don't believe in the slightest). But also remember it's okay to still have some color or differentiation in your outfit to make it more interesting. Grey can be a great friend in this case, and despite what people will tell you, brown can work marvelously if used properly.

Wish List #2

Mark Kwak

That time to discuss my wish list once again. What am I interested in this time? Well, let's just say I currently have a couple holes in my closet, and am in dire need to fill them. Most of all, I need myself the most basic of basics... a solid navy suit. Either way, here's my wish list, the second time around:

Ralph Lauren Black Label V-Neck Sweater

Some reason this sweater has been on my mind for the past several weeks. I visited a Barneys up in Seattle and saw this bad boy and it's so BASIC but the color and material really hypnotize me. Cashmere v neck sweaters are a classic piece, deserving of real estate in every man's wardrobe. The fact that purple is one of my favorite colors and that this one is by Ralph Lauren Black Label just ties the knot. Too bad the price is a bit ridiculous to me.

Black Fleece Cashmere Scarf

I'm really close to just pulling the trigger on this piece. The scarf is a basic design, but I really like the grey and navy combo. It's also by one of my favorite designers, on sale, and 100% cashmere. Perfect in time for fall. Gotta think hard about this one...

Red Wing Brogue Ranger Wingtip Boot

I'm in need of a pair of black boots. They go well with so much and are almost essential when pairing with a black leather jacket. These ones by Red Wing (who I think makes great quality boots) are nice because they not only have the construction I'm looking for, but also stand out with some unique detailing. The little bit of brown doesn't distract from the black boot itself, but allows the boot to be a bit more versatile when pairing with browns.

Suitsupply Jort Navy Suit

Suitsupply is an interesting company that specializes in made-to-measure suits (but sells off the rack as well) that you can buy online or in select stores in the country (NYC and DC I think). They are European in origin, but I visited their NYC shop a couple weeks ago, and unfortunately they didn't have any in my size to try on. However, I could definitely tell the quality was excellent for the price you pay. Canvassed construction, prices starting at $400, and great designs? Call me in. I'm interested in one of these Jort suits, or the Washington style if I'm feeling a bit Harvey Specter-ish.

So there it is! My expensive and ever-changing wish-list. I'm on a hunt to save money in the next couple months, making these items even harder to look at.