Meet Me After School

I didn’t think it’d take me this long to sit down and actually write something. I kind of fell off of the radar and unintentionally took some time for myself. Now, it feels like I’m sitting back in class after a five day weekend, and I have to figure out how to take notes all over again. Schools out for the summer, but you’ll still catch me rocking a backpack even after all of the kids have been set free for the summer.

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Just like purses, I considered backpacks a nuisance. The only thing I needed to carry was my wallet, phone, and keys. My motto was if it couldn’t fit in my pocket, I didn’t need to take it with me. In those days, my pants were a heck of a lot baggier, so I should have been able to carry whatever I wanted with no problem. My motto hasn’t deviated too far in regards to the objects I carry with me in my travels, but I find my backpack a comforting companion I couldn’t see myself without now. Even if I’m not walking with it, I at least have it in the car with me.

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My obsession with fashion backpacks started with a cognac color leather one I came across at Charlotte Russe. Sadly, it isn’t here with me today, but it will always be remembered. It caught my eye the minute I saw it on the floor. At the time, I was still carrying everything in my pockets. However, I caught the bag on sale for $15, and the rest was style history. I was tossing everything into that bag. It was so convenient, and it went with almost any ensemble you could think of.

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Even though I haven’t been able to find a backpack to replace my first, I’ve been able to put together a decent collection to keep up with my ever expanding wardrobe. One reason why my first bag couldn’t stand the test of time was I loaded her down with anything and everything. Guys and maybe girls, the secret to pulling off the backpack look is to only store the necessities inside of it. There’s no need to be living out of it even though there maybe a time when that comes.

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Here is everything that is always in my backpack without fail. As you can see, toiletries make up the majority of my contents inside of my backpack. Remember this isn’t your backpack from school. This one can’t take the same kind of beating. Otherwise, you end up like me and lose a great companion for those journeys away from home.

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Well wishes from Clark Gent and his backpack clan!

-D. Wills

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The Shoulders I Stand On

For me, starting this blog was an adventure into a brave new world. Doing something like this is completely out of my comfort zone. Three days of week, I do more than just take few pictures and write about them. I sharing various facets of my life in a public setting. Since starting Clark Gent, I’ve had people who’ve seen my blog ask me about starting up their own blog. My best advice is to find a few blogs that you love, follow them every day, and study their blog down to the smallest letter. With that, I figured I’d share my favorite blogs that were the inspiration for me to embark on my own style journey.

Style Girlfriend

Meet Megan Collins, she’s the author of Style Girlfriend. I quickly fell in love with her blog because I had a similar experience with a woman helping me with my fashion. The style advice and tips she was offering were similar to the ones my girlfriend gave as I transitioned into a cleaner look. Her blog is great because she preaches the basics of men’s fashion: clothes with a great fit and a decent price. If you’re trying to upgrade your style, she’s a great place for advice to start.

Scout Sixteen

Justin Livingston is the stylish brain behind Scout Sixteen. He has this amazing casual style that I am so jealous of. I got the idea to don the floral print shirt from one of his posts. Many of his posts center around his cool personal style, and he always offer the places where he got each of his pieces. I’m mainly into his photography. Every picture he takes always looks so natural, and looks like he’s having a lot of fun. It’s still taking me some time to get use to being in front of the camera, but I take my modeling cues from him.

I AM GALLA

I’ve been following Galla’s blog for about a year, and I still don’t know how to pronounce his name. I came across his blog after finding Scout Sixteen. I definitely enjoy his blog for his style and photography, but I love how his OOTD of the day mimics the backdrop he poses in front of. What I love most about the blog is that every blog post is a story. The story is told through his clothes and backgrounds. I mimic his posts writing style. In my pictures, I like to talk about what was going on with me on the day I wore my outfit more so than talk subtle nuisances I went through to put it together.

DapperLou

The style blog DapperLou is what Clark Gent will be in about five years. Louge’ Delcy’s style is so amazing. His has a personal style that I cannot even describe, but you can see how amazing it is just by looking at. Normally, there aren’t many pictures of him on his website. He usually does a lot of street style photography. Being one of the first African-American bloggers I came across. I instantly identified with him because he looks like me. Not to mention, he’s crafted a signature into his style: the Panama Hat.

Dandy Project

Izzy Tuason was the first style blog I discovered. He is another one that has a style all of his own. He also gave me some invaluable advice about starting a fashion blog. In blogging you can write whatever you want, all you need to do is believe in what you’re writing and stay true to yourself. Izzy covers fashion shows, talks to designers, style models, and photographs some of the stylish people you’ve ever seen. I mimicked Galla’s writing style, but I copied the Dandy Project’s format to his posts. They always manage to be visually interesting and cleverly written. Eventually, I plan on pushing Clark Gent to being more than just a personal style blog and cover some of the things he does on his blog.

I checks these blogs every day. I look at each of these, and I can see what Clark Gent can become if I continue to push myself. If you’re interesting in blogging, completely immerse yourself into it and never be afraid to hit the shutter button…

-D. Wills

I claim none of this photography as my own. All of the pictures used above came from the perspective blogs in which I borrowed them from.

Black Shades and Floral Prints

Today felt like one of those vacation days. The sun was relentless too, but I couldn’t ask for better weather. I’ve been wanting to get into a floral shirt for a long time. I haven’t owned one until recently and I never thought I would find one that would look this good on me.

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When I saw this one hanging up in the Goodwill, it was like we were made for each other. I thought I wouldn’t get around to wearing her until some time in July, but I was inspired by the beautiful weather. For me, this was a really great outfit. The colors were vibrant, but I think the best part of the whole thing was the sunglasses.

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I’m a sunglasses fanatic. I’m not quite sure where the obsession comes from. I’d like to think that I love them so much because the beach is one of my favorite places. I won’t announce how many I own, but these black wayfarers are the foundation of my collection. If you’re a rookie in the sunglasses game, this is definitely the pair to start off with. Wayfarers fit just about every face shape, and you can find these at any store. I got these from Charlotte Russe for $5.

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If you can’t tell from some of my recent posts, I love clothes, but I’m cheap. When I first starting getting into fashion, I read GQ religiously. The only problem was everything their models wore was insanely expensive. As an unemployed graduate, I can’t live that kind of lifestyle right now (one day though!). However, I was taught one important lesson for putting together an amazing outfit: the fit.

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I buy all of my pants in a slim cut. They don’t have to be super skinny. My shirts are usually an athletic cut, and I love the ones that are made with spandex woven into them. With men’s fashion becoming a booming business, these clothing specifications aren’t even hard to find. I’m not about to go off into a rant. However, feel free to a comment on any of my posts or send me an email. I love talking about fashion. It doesn’t matter the gender or age group. I started this blog because I love talking about fashion. Also, I tend to get on people’s nerves once they get me going. So, feel free to comment on any of my posts or send me an email. I’m always up for a friendly chat.

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Enjoy your day!

-D. Wills

Thrift Store Adventures 2

Didn’t imagine I’d be back in a thrift store so soon, but its hard to keep kid away from his favorite playground though. Today, I found myself in Plato’s Closet. It was my sole intention to sale a couple of pieces, but there was a twenty minute wait. Just try not judge. The rest of my errands were done, so I didn’t have anything else to do except have a look around. This wasn’t my usual haul, but I did snag two items that have me excited.

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This picture above doesn’t do the pants justice. They’re made by Mossimo a brand from Target, my favorite place to buy pants. These linen pants are a straight-leg cut, not my usual slim cut, but I somehow still fell in love with them. I will definitely be rolling the pant legs up, so I can go sockless and show a little ankle. I found an awesome nautical sweater that matched it perfectly. Sadly, it wasn’t my size. However, it does look good with the other item I grabbed.

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I know this looks like an ordinary tangerine polo, but it’s not. This one is made by Duck Head. I feel old talking about this because this brand was HUGE when I was in elementary school. It was probably the Ralph Lauren Polo of my day. The shirt fits amazing! When I see solid color shirts like this whether it be polo, t-shirt or button-down, I try to grab them any chance I can especially when they’re at a reasonable price. They are the foundations of a great wardrobe.

Round up
Duck Head shirt – $6.00
Mossimo linen pants – $10.00

Really hope my excitement wasn’t too overwhelming in this post. The Duck Head really sent me over the edge. Be sure to visit tomorrow for my next post…

-D. Wills

Seeing Socks from the Nosebleed Seats

This was my view today as I waited for my little cousin’s high school graduation to proceed. I was fascinated by the white caps and gowns of the graduates. Aside from waiting to see my cousin receive his diploma, I spotted this one young man flexing his dapper muscles, and I had to snap a quick picture.

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I wanted to go into some deep meaning about standing out amongst the crowd, but I think it would take away from what this GENT put together. I wish I could have met him. I could only imagine how smartly dressed he was underneath his gown. This moment visually defines style. I just love it when people tailor a uniform to their personal fashion.

Also, I send a huge CONGRATS out to my little cousin/brother. He’ll know this after reading this, but he’s one of those important people in my life that pushes me to be greater every day. Love you!

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-D. Wills

Thrift Store Adventures

It’s Thursday, and Clark Gent is bringing you another post as promised. Wednesday was such a great day for me because I got to do one of my favorite fashion activities (if there is such a thing): thrifting.

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Thrifting is all about the thrill of the hunt. To be successful, you need have patience and a great eye for fashion. And it’s always better to do it with a friend which is why I brought my girlfriend along.

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When I go thrifting, I’m not just looking for clothes. I’m looking for anything that’s useful. It’s only a coincidence that clothes make up the bulk of my purchase. What can I say? Thrift stores are my playground, and clothes are like the merry-go-round. It’s the first thing I go to when I get there, but it’s definitely not the only thing. Make sure you take a look around the entire store. You’ll be surprised by the things people are willing to give away. If you don’t believe me, go ahead and think about some of the stuff you’ve trashed or put in the donation bins.

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This thrfiting adventure wasn’t my usual haul when I leave out with about three bags. I guess my thrift store karma is running a little low. I did manage to find a few staple pieces that will do well in my wardrobe. My favorite one has to be the Hawaiian shirt. It’s a short sleeve button down with a modern cut, so it doesn’t give me that boxy silhouette that traditional Hawaiian shirts are known for. With that, I’ll end things with a round-up of everything Jasmine and I found on our adventure.

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DeMarco
Hawaiian shirt – $3.99
Backpack – $4.99
Pinstriped button-down – $4.99
Plaid shirt $3.99
Total: $17.87

Jasmine
Flats – $4.99
Heels – $5.99
Yellow bathing suit – $2.99
Green bathing suit -$2.99
Jacket – $6.99
Printed button-down – $4.99
Total: $28.94

As you see, we didn’t do too bad at all, and this was a slow day.

-D. Wills