Orangerageous

This past Saturday I met up with business partner/friend, Brett, to discuss the progress of our business venture, and some of the ideas we had for pushing us on into the future. To say the least, it was a very productive meeting. I even managed to receive a kind word in the form of a compliment. However repeating it in such a public arena, his scorn would rain down upon me, and I would never hear the end of it. Then, on my way home, I started a conversation with Mrs. Gent. It was more of her venting and me listening, but I suddenly developed this call to action. I went to bed exhausted, but my was mind fully at work with notions to start building a better me both professionally and personally. My fire was reignited.

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With the many times I’ve been turned for reporter and writing positions, those rejections started to weigh heavily on my spirit. I started going through my life on auto pilot. Every day it was good enough for me just to wake up, go to work, get in bed and do it all over again the next day. My complacency was even manifesting itself through the content of my blog. I was getting sloppy in my writing and lazy about making the effort to take photos for my post. Not anymore I say!

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I’m pushing myself now more than I ever have, so I can be just as brilliant as the orange cap sitting a top of my head. Because I cannot ask anyone to hold me to a certain standard when, I refuse to do so myself. I’ve thrown myself back into a strict workout regime, sending in resumes to publications and believing in myself.

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Orange is the best color to represent my new work ethic. Against any background, it’s the first thing that catches your eye. This is how I want to be when presenting myself to a potential employer. Anytime you want to go with an eye-catching color likes this bright orange, I always suggest pairing it with a very simple outfit. I got these medium-washed cutoff shorts from JCP. They’re the perfect anchor for an outfit if you decide you want to get a little crazy with your top. I put mine together with a graphic tank top I got from American Eagle and some canvas sneakers from JCP also. Each one of them had a little splash of orange that just called for my orange Polo cap to be used to bring it out. What is the color that takes the suck out of your day? During those times it feels like you’re being dragged down, throw that color on to make your day seem brighter.

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-D. Wills

The Great Nautical Escape

Here I am attempting to take some great pictures for my next post, and I get interrupted by hotel security about loitering in the hallways. We could have simply explained what we were doing and been done with the entire ordeal. However, in true Gent fashion, the Mrs. and I decided to make a break for it and have a little fun with the guy.

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The hotel chase had us traversing across four floors and down a couple flights of gloomy stairs. For it to be so late at night, security was quite persistent with apprehending us. However if Gents do go down, we most certainly will not do so without an epic chase scene and an assortment of well selected hiding spots.

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After finding refuge in the lounge area, we decided to catch our breath and figure out what aided us in our successful getaway. Mrs. Gent believed that our carefully selected hiding spots kept us out of harms way, but I figured it had something to do with my nautical inspired outfit. My linen pants gave me free range motion, and my shirt fitted me like a fine glove. It allowed me to lead our getaway efforts and ensure our safety.

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The only thing I regret about our little adventure was the quality of the pictures. But, I have to say. I think a great story always trumps some style pictures any day. I’d like to think Mrs. Gent for giving us the moniker the High Fashion Bonnie and Clyde. Until next time…

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-D. Wills

Style and Seek

Yesterday, One of my coworkers told me that she’s never known another straight man that dresses the way I do. I have no idea to whether this was a compliment or not, but I’m definitely taking it as such. Anyone who is into fashion and personal style like I am knows the struggle it is some days to consistently put together great outfits. When we get a compliment, we gladly accept it.

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I was recently asked by a fellow blogger in an interview “what does style mean to me?” In the face of such a tall question, I was completely dumbfounded. I was staring into thin air like the question was a fixture hanging from the ceiling. Here I am three days a week talking about fashion in general and taking the time to pick what I consider to be amazing outfits, and I’m frozen in front of the question regarding my personal definition of style.

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The only thing that came to mind was my process for getting dressed. There’s always something I come across in my closet, usually some kind of accessory, that I really want to wear. With that in mind, I start putting together my ensemble based on the obsession be seen in this piece. Take my orange baseball cap for example, I really wanted it to be the center piece of my outfit. I wanted it to be the first thing people noticed when they saw me walking up. With this outfit, I could have done a number of things differently, but these pieces came together to present me a product that really made me happy.

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With this, my meaning of style came to me. Simply, it’s a series a choices. In a sea of interchangeable pieces, we make the clear choice to outfit ourselves in an array clothes until we finally find that perfect look. Whether it’s an accessory we love or a particular look we want to go for, we do everything we can to make something that we absolutely love to look at in the mirror.

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It’s this idea that makes me fall in love with fashion all over again because each of us can make it exactly what we want it to be. Think about it. What inspires you to put together a killer outfit. What does style mean to you?

Happy three year anniversary to the most amazing woman I know. Now, known to the blogging world as Mrs. Clark Gent. Make sure you stop by her page and wish her congratulations. Tell her Clark Gent sent you. 😉

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-D. Wills

Hats Off to my First Post

I couldn’t be more excited to be writing this first post for my blog, Clark Gent. It’s been a project I’ve been wanting to do for years, but I’ve only recently gotten the push to actually go through with it.

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In putting together this first post, I had to make pay respect to one of my favorite accessories: the baseball cap. Whether you’re the more serious/functional type and like your brim facing forward or carefree/rebellious kind and wear the brim backwards. There is no denying the cool that comes with wearing a baseball cap with a beautifully crafted outfit.

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A good cap is hard to come by, but I’ve managed to find mine in an array colors (12 and counting). Hands down, the Polo baseball cap has to be my favorite. They seem to go with almost anything. Some sweats and a t-shirt or a shirt and tie, I always grab one out of the closet before I walk out of the door.

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I started off with three colors: powder pink, khaki and white with the latter two going with just about everything I put on. Because of that, baseball caps have always been the final touch of an outfit. I don’t choose my clothes around them because it’s the last thing I put on before I check myself in the mirror one last time. Baseball caps have become such a style essential because of the zeal they bring to an outfit especially when turned backwards. If I want to feel cool, this is THE accessory I reach for.

–D. Wills