wo(Men)’s Wear… It’s About Time!

There isn’t a happier time for me than when I come across an accessory that I fall head over heels for, and I manage to incorporate it into an outfit. I came across this clock necklace at Forever 21 a couple of weeks ago. I was out with Mrs. Gent and her best friend, Adrian. It was a fight to the death between Adrian and me for this stylish accessory. She came across the item first, so the rule of dibs entitled her to ownership. However, pity and a broke college-student budget was on my side, and the prize was mine!

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If you read my interview with Danielle from Stylistic Aesthetics, my style is inspired by women’s fashion. My girlfriend is mostly to blame for such a muse. In a women’s store, I’ll buy whatever I think can integrate well into my wardrobe. Sunglasses, earrings, backpacks, and I’ve even bought some clothes. When it comes to clothes, I believe we shouldn’t limit ourselves to whatever culture deems appropriate for us to wear. If women can raid our closets, I believe we men should take the same initiative.

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When it comes to accessories, it’s difficult for a man to get into a groove that works. I don’t think a man should have flashy accessories. Diamonds are going to shine regardless if they’re in a watch or a pair of earrings. However, I follow the rule the accessories should be functional and appear you’ve had it for a long time.

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Since I grabbed my main accessory from a women’s store, I definitely wanted to amp it up with a very masculine outfit. I couldn’t think of anything better than these boots I grabbed from Dirt Cheap. They go for $40 retail at Target, but I like to get great pieces for greater prices. These shoes are tough. I’ve already worn them a couple of times, and they just get better with every wear. Not to mention, I love wearing them because they’re a favorite of Mrs. Gent. They gave me a rugged hiker look which went really well my jean shorts and henley.

I hope I’ve inspired you to go outside of your comfort zone. Women’s clothing stores are the places where I get my best stuff besides thrift stores. What are some good finds you’ve found in the clothing stores of your opposite sex? Leave a comment and let me know.

-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.

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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