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What am I wearing 1.22.12

Mark Kwak

Time for another outfit of the day post. Felt like dressing up a bit (ie: putting on a tie and pocket square), but also wanted to remain casual enough to blend into the city a bit. Here's my solution:

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Coat: Banana Republic | Sunglasses: Oliver Peoples | Pocket Square: John W. Nordstrom

Shirt: Brooks Brothers | Tie: Drake's | Cardigan: Black Fleece

Belt: Perry Ellis | Pants: Ian Velardi | Socks: Merona | Shoes: Paul Smith

So as many of you know, I'm a huge fan of Thom Browne's branding (the red, white, and blue, generally on grosgrain). That's exactly why I'm wearing this Black Fleece cardigan along with a relatively conservative outfit. I think a small, but noticeable pop of color can really put some spice into an otherwise "safe" getup, so this cardigan fit the bill for me. I'll certainly be doing a post about adding pops of color to an outfit shortly.

So until then...

What am I wearing 12.23.12

Mark Kwak

Sometimes, you just want to feel comfortable and warm. Well, for me it's just one of those days. Here's what I'm wearing... while heating up some hot water for my tea.


A shawl collar cardigan can be worn with so much; it's so versatile. This is a very casual outfit for me, and I feel the cardigan doesn't look out of place, despite being equally appropriate with a dress shirt and tie.


Interesting story about the pair of chucks I'm wearing. They were gifted to me by the person who designed them (a designer at Converse). Honestly, I don't know how many pairs of these are around, but my suspicion is that it's quite limited. Shout out to my cousin for hooking it up.


Even if you wear a simple T-shirt, it can still be a solid contributor to your overall look. In this case, I feel like the popping color of burgundy helps this shirt be one of the standout pieces of this outfit.

Cardigan: Brooks Brothers | Shirt: Rag & Bone | Watch: Omega

Pants: Uniqlo | Shoes: Converse

It's so interesting... I put this outfit together on a whim based on how I felt (wanted some comfort and warmth), but it looks like every item I'm wearing is kind of a "trend" item. The chunky shawl collar cardigan has been the thing to wear this winter, the colors burgundy (or oxblood as many like to call it) & olive green are prime colors for Fall/Winter 2012, and cargo pants have only recently begun to become popular again in mainstream fashion. Maybe I gotta take it easy on the fashion trends!

Either way, thought I'd share with you a comfortable look that you can easily emulate if you feel like it. Happy Holidays folks, stay comfortable and warm.

Now to get back to my hot tea.

Adding trendy to classic

Mark Kwak

Generally, I prefer a more classic style. To me, nothing beats a navy blazer, grey flannel trousers, grey cotton socks, black oxfords, and a nicely pressed white dress shirt. However, sometimes it's fun to mix the trendy with the classic. What do I mean by that? Well, let's think about some classic looks that everybody knows of. Solid colored suits.  V-neck sweaters with dress shirts, wool pants, and oxfords. Blue jeans and oxford cloth button downs. These are tried and true looks that have stood the test of time, and can be worn by just about anyone. The problem is that some people might argue these looks can get a bit stale and boring.

Then there's the other end of the spectrum. There are lots of weird and sometimes outrageous trends out there. Take for example pairing running shoes with suits. Or puffer vests underneath sports coats. Dress pants ending at the upper ankles, or upper thigh?

I think there can be a very happy medium between the two. Take some fun and cool trends and mix them into your classic outfit. Put a little subtle flair into your otherwise "normal" clothing.

I'll give you a recent outfit I wore as an example of mixing a little trendy into the classic:

A classic man would always wear socks, a trendy man will ditch them from time to time (or wear really short socks like I currently am). I'll go trendy here on this otherwise classic outfit.

A classic man wears wool trousers. A trendy man wears cargo pants. Why not both?

Jacket: Tommy Hilfiger | Shirt: Michael Kors

Pants: Ovadia & Sons, Gap | Shoes: Allen Edmonds

Try it out. Those that know fashion a bit will compliment you on your trendiness, while those who don't will complement you on your classiness. Can be a good combo if I say so myself.

What am I wearing 11.11.12

Mark Kwak

Turns out my first post in the "one day" series is taking a tad longer than I'd hoped, my apologies. In the meanwhile, people have been asking for consistent "what am I wearing" posts, so in case you're curious... here you go. As some of you may know, it's getting a bit chilly here in San Francisco. As long as it doesn't rain, I'm cool with that, as it's the perfect time to bust out some fall-wear.

Coat: Banana Republic | Sweater: POLO Ralph Lauren | Shirt: Black Fleece (similar) | Belt: Perry Ellis

Watch: Omega | Chinos: Brooks Brothers | Socks: Merona | Shoes: Calvin Klein Collection

Sometimes it pays to coordinate. In this particular outfit, the centerpiece for my coordination stems from the Ralph Lauren sweater. The sweater has a subtle, but noticeable red polo logo on it. As a result, I layered a red shirt underneath it, which might help make the outfit a bit better than if I wore any other color.

Likewise, I opted for black shoes and a black checkered coat to go with the sweater as well. In my humble opinion, these types of small details can definitely elevate your style to the next level.