It’s the exciting conclusion to my 10 Essentials. The five things you’re about to read about here are the absolute things that I cannot live without.
5. Sharpie Pens
What’s a warrior without his sword and writer with his pen. This is the pen that if I let you borrow it, I wouldn’t let you out of my eye sight until I got it back. They write as smooth as butter. Whenver I need to copy down notes or jot something down real quick, it’s always nice to have one of these around. Any other pen is inferior.
4. Converse Chuck Taylors
I respect sneakers heads for their commitment to the obsession, but these Converse are the only pair of sneakers I need. They’re the quickest remedy to dressing down an outfit and not be concerned with whether they’re out of place with your outfit. They’re classic in the best sense of the word!
3. Kindle Fire
I never thought I would see the day when I’d be okay with not holding a book in my hand. I’m an avid reader, and I was anti-tablets when it came to reading books. After reading the first Hunger Games in under three days, I couldn’t imagine what I would do without it now. It doesn’t quite have all of the functionality of an iPad or similar tablets, but it gets me through the most dreary parts of my day.
Go back and read my Black Shades and Floral Prints post, and you’ll know that I cannot do without my sunglasses. I keep a pair in my car, in my bag, and clipped to my shirt. The mirrored lenses are really in right now, and they go great with a smile.
1. Clark Gent glasses
This is the accessory that started the legend. I use these as part of my Clark Kent costume for Halloween, and I just fell in love with the way they looked on my face. Originally, they belonged to Mrs. Gent. I ended up wearing them so much that they became mine by association, and the rest is history.
GQ is one of my favorite publications in the world. It’s my dream to one day write for them and even serve as the editor. One of my favorite stories that they do is their 10 Essential feature. If you’re unfamiliar with it, they ask fashion industry insiders, designers, celebrities and various personalities to list ten things they cannot live without and talk about why they love them so. Some of the hobbies and items I’ve done in the past have been inspired by this story. I decided it would be fun to do the story myself in preparation for when GQ decides to sit down with me.
10. Tic Tacs
The white ones are my favorite. I discovered these addictive little candies back in middle school. Then, I wasn’t concerned with their breath freshening usefulness and more for the delicious vanilla flavor. Now, I always pop one after any meal when I’m out and about. I can’t talk to other fashionistas with bad breath.
All of my readers know the special place fashion backpacks have in my heart. You’re guaranteed to never catch me out and about without my faithful companion. This tan one has to be my favorite. Those blue stripes on the straps gives it that nautical feel, and it goes with just about every outfit I can think of. I scored this one from Forever 21 as a gift from the Mrs., Gent that is.
8. Sperry Top Siders
These were my first expensive purchase as a fashionista three years ago. The first pair I owned I wore them with everything and everywhere, and they’re beat to hell as a result. There are versatile piece that should be an essential to any man’s wardrobe in the summer.
7. Polo caps
Another Mrs. Gent gift, this khaki one was predecessor to the collection I have amassed today. I didn’t get into hats until after I cut my hair. After I did chop the locks, I spiraled out of control into an obsession my wallet hates me for.
It’s one of the most subtle things on my list that also grabs the most attention. When it comes to men’s fashion, the jury is still out on them as an acceptable accessory in our industry, but I never leave the house without putting them on. I started off wearing the plain diamonds, but I ventured off into other colors and shapes. With all of that experimenting, I came across my favorite pair which isn’t shown: pearls. Their a staple in women’s accessories, but I likes to believe I look quite distinguished in mines.
I hope you enjoyed the first five things I cannot live without. Come back the same time next Thursday to see my top 5 Essentials.