Men's Style

Royalty

       Royal blue, azure, sky, French, hell even majorelle can be used to describe the eye popping, eye catching shade of blue that makes people imagination wonder. Royal blue gives off a new more vibrant, fun, accepting, opening alternative especially during the Summer, Spring and early Fall. Embrace the Royal blue to the highest degree and it will take you far my son. So let's introduce when and where it can be worn. 

       As the seasons change so does the colors required for men's clothing. The accessories worn by a  SharpCrispClean individual will always stand out but the suit completes the look every time. Picture being on a yacht sipping Chardonnay, or run , or crown Apple, or even just apple juice for the non drinkers. Accompanied with friends, family, and co workers and it's more professional than it is causal not business moves are being made , so of course you want to dress the part for this special occasion. I would bet my last dollar or use my last breath to recommended to any SCC fanatic to wear a Royal blue suit or blazer. JUST ROYAL BLUE IT! 

No information provided is aim to hinder you but instead educated, inform and place you in the right situation to be  Sharp Crisp Clean.  

 Casual Royal Blue 

As a grown man the urge to relax when going out to certain events is eminent. The Royal blue suit or blazer allows you to do as such. The relaxed approach just requires a simple T-Shirt, V- Neck, and some white chinos to really have you  SharpCrispClean. Whether it was being brainwashed since elementary school or gaining an appreciation for the color while growing up, blue is top five when it comes to a color to have in men's clothing . Royal blue has traditionally been a masculine color and can be worn in a variety of ways. All we did was use old rules and applied them to new ways. 

Business  

Royal blue to a boardroom meeting, or business event is acceptable but certain rules must apply. First!! Make sure sure the environment doesn't required certain color suits. Next!! Apply nice professional colors underneath to compliment the Royal blue suit. Third!! Pay attention to your boss and employees in the meeting aren't conservative and are oppose to suck master piece. Last!! If you are going to wear it then you are required to master the look and have everyone you encounter coming up to you and telling you damn you Sharp! The Royal blue lightens up the mood, people and environment while still exuding professionalism. ( Never !! Ever!!wear for interviews) 

"Putting on a beautiful design suit elevated my spirit, extols my sense of self, and help define me as a man to whom details matter.  " -GayTalese-

Royal blue is a color that all will learn to love and appreciate . A SharpCrispClean man defies the odds, breaks the rules and leads by example. 

Get with it the program and  Royal Blue it! 

 

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Suspend Everybody

 

Suspenders are straps of cloth that goes over a man's shoulder and down to the front of the trousers, where they clip to the waistband. Suspenders either form a x-shape or a y-shape. The material can range based on brand. Suspenders are adjusted to raise or lower the pants so that the point at which the legs join is comfortably situated.  

Class is in session and as the dean of SharpCrispClean I've decided to suspend everybody!! Abide by the rules and welcome the suspension. 

Rule #1 - Never , never , ever wear suspenders and a belt at the same time. There's levels to this SharpCrispClean lifestyle.  

Rule #2 - Always dress for the right occasion. When dealing with suspenders certain styles fit certain looks. Some are casual, some are professional. Know the difference  

Rule #3 - Wear suspenders with confidence.  

Rule #4- Make sure the suspenders fit your body type.  

Rule #5- Never be to matchy matchy with your suspenders in regards to the outfit  

Rule #6- Jeans + Suspenders = Clean Look  

Rule # 7- Rock it with a tie or a bow tie or no tie at all . Versatility is essential . 

Rules aren't always bad especially when it helps you Live Sharp Stay Crisp Look Clean

 

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A Wing & A Tip

Wingtip shoes feature a cap toe that comes to a point in the center and spreads out towards the side of the shoe. The shape resembles a wing. A very popular style for men that can be worn with many different textures of clothing. Wingtip a range in color and material but it's everlasting touch on a look is one of a kind.  

Treat your wingtip shoes as a pride possession, make sure they are shined, sleek and the sole is in- tact. A man can't  be SharpCrispClean wearing some old kicks!!!!! Well dress men must have on the right dress shoes.. & Women Agree!    

"A shoe has so much more to offer than just to walk" Christian Louboutin

Many may argue but their are two things all gentlemen love and that's a Wing and a Tip. Put the two together and your create a masterpiece I like to call, WingTip shoes. When greatness is created by two things everyone loves ; Why fight them when you can join the club!!

Wingtip shoes are a staple that all men should have in their wardrobe. It fills you with confidence, completes your outfit and adds a unique touch to any look.   

Fellas & women picture this,   when attending a sports bar or a restaurant to watch one of your favorite sport. The first thing we are ready to order are wings. If the wings aren't up to par factored by how our team is doing .. DO WE TIP NO!!! Therefore always treat your Wing & a Tip with the same high expectations. I don't know about you guys but I love me a Wing and a Tip!

 

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The Shawl Lapel

Before understanding something, one must know the history. 

The Shawl lapel was first featured to the world when the Victorian Smoking jacket was revealed. This jacket is a garment made of silk or velvet with a combined collar and lapel. The Shawl lapels are quite versatile and are very simple to create, due to the round neckline. The collar focuses on the face of a #SharpCrispClean individual and gives a unique definition of the person's silhouette, making them look more lean. Women love men in a suit that's tailored, fitted and that stands out in a good way. 

Shawl Lapel as we know it

Styles are known to come and go based on certain seasons. One would describe styles as a trend that comes and goes as often as friends do. The classic, traditional, irresistible shawl lapel jacket is defined as the style that disappears better than Houdini in Men's Fashion. The Shawl lapel, roll collar, or shawl collar is a continuous curve most commonly used on the dinner jacket or tuxedo. A jacket that can be used for formal or informal evening wear. 

When determining a look for the night one must first think of himself and then the audience. A #SharpCrispClean individual must always "Suit Up Right" for the occasion and should aim to make everyone in the room describe him as being . . . . . .  Sharp , Crisp, Clean.

The Shawl lapel is being featured currently in all award ceremonies by all the famous stars, high school students attending prom & and homecoming and in wedding parties. 2015 has been the year of the Shawl Lapel and I would advise everyone if possible to have one in your wardrobe. The comeback is here to stay as long its being worn correctly. Personally the Shawl lapel gives individuals the classic B.O.S.S. Look.  Business-Men Originate Situational Suits 


From My Head Down To My Soles

A shoe is not only a design, but it’s part of your body language, the way you walk. The way you’re going to move is quite dictated by your shoes.
— Christian Louboutin

An outfit is only as good as the total pieces put together. So from the head down to your soles everything must be SharpCrispClean. Having a nice pair of shoes does wonders to an individual’s confidence and makes you more stylish. The #CompleteLook should always be your primary focus when dressing business professional or cosmo wear. Amazing dress shoes will take any man to new heights. Dress shoes can make or break an outfit. Picture this, if you are attending an interview or wedding and you have on an SharpCrispClean slim fit suit, a sharp bowtie/tie and a crisp shirt but dress shoes were shoes that was picked from electrical wires in your neighborhood that’s been there for months. Houston we have a problem!! To be happy, it first takes being comfortable being in your own shoes.

To be a #SharpCrispClean individual it is always important to remember to focus on things you can control.

            Quality over quantity!! Get yourself a pair of high quality dress shoes and the compliments roll in more than people roll into the drive through of a Crispy Crème Doughnut shop when the hot doughnut sign is flashing. Women love a man  that's SharpCrispClean from his head down to his soles.

Confidence Women Love

Women love to see a confident gentleman who is #SharpCrispClean. Confidence brings out the best in a person in all areas of life. This specific trait is contagious to everyone you associate yourself with and it attracts more people in your direction. Women love to be around a gentlemen who makes them feel special and at the same time holds themselves to a high standard. What way can you demonstrate this? Other than personality and conversational skills, presentation is everything.  The first impression should always be memorable.  A gentleman who exhibits power, individuality, cleanliness, and B.O.S.S. characteristics, women love to see. Wearing a suit that encompasses the right look based on the occasion is pivotal.  When the attire is #SharpCrispClean your body language gives off a certain aura that is indescribable.

Confidence according to www.merriam-webster.com is a feeling or consciousness of one’s powers or reliance on one’s circumstances. Now by no means will having a suit on or being #SharpCrispClean give you super powers like those illustrated in comics, but the power of self-belief will surely be enhanced.  The saying that you control your own fate based on life decisions is something I’m a strong believer in.  Life is too short to dress boring so let’s bring back the business professional gentleman and start winning before even getting started. 

If you have no confidence in self, you are twice defeated in the race of life.
— Marcus Garvey


What Women Want

I think every person has their own identity and beauty. Everyone being different is what is really beautiful. If we were all the same, it would be boring.
— Tila Tequila

Women want to see a man in a suit because it looks professional, classy, clean and it's something different. Think of it this way, everyone always love to see something rare and new. That attraction that sparks your interest the first time you lay eyes on your significant other or famous star you love to see is a special moment that we all remember.

As men we love to see women dress up in a beautiful dress with her hair and nails done and all the right accessories that accentuates her every feature. Men appreciate a woman who care about their appearance. That same concept goes for women in regards to men. Anybody can wear t-shirt and jeans. What is it that will set you apart? What is it that will make her think you are the one? What is it that will sweep her off her feet? What is it that will create that curiosity which will draw her to you?

Simple!! Being a #SharpCrispClean individual. When you look good, you feel good and when you feel good your confidence and personality spreads like wild fire to everyone you come in contact with.

Women adore a man who exudes authority, shows self-awareness, detailed oriented and who is in a fitted suit. Being #SharpCrispClean makes women feel that you embody all these characteristics and more. Creating a small fantasy before even speaking to a women is what you give off while being in a well fitted suit. Be sure to check out next week’s blog on looks women love to see. When in doubt don’t look familiar Live Sharp, Stay Crisp, and women love that!

Pocket Square

Accessories can make or break an entire look and with more knowledge being spread world wide on the subject it is becoming a hot commodity. An accessory some would say is the most important part of an outfit. The pocket square is that rare accessory that helps accent the suit.  It brings a splash of color and personality that can make any suit you wear look #SharpCrispClean.

            “What’s a pocket square”? A pocket square is a form of a kerchief that is a hemmed square of a thin fabric that can be carried in a suit or vest pocket. Pocket squares shows that an individual has a sense of style and attention to detail.

The limitations when it comes to a pocket square are endless. Multi- colored, striped, polka dots, mix patterns, paisley patterns, or four panel pocket squares, the designs are endless.

The general guideline is to have your pocket square color compliment some color on your tie. But why not stand out and be different, times have evolved and now the pocket square doesn't have to match as long as the color coordinates and ties in the whole look.  Trying to coordinate every color makes it look like your trying to hard and instead of getting approval you will get a look of disapproval. In regards to folding the pocket square you have several options, some are complex, some are simple but depending on how you fold it gives you a different appearance.

Always remember the smallest detail will set you apart from many. Women love a well- dressed man who pays attention to the detail. As the pocket squares makes a major comeback into men’s fashion be sure you pick out one that will keep you look #SharpCrispClean.

Check out below a image of pocket squares that's very helpful from www.pearleventsaustin.com

                               Little things make the biggest difference

Vest Life

“History always repeats itself” a wise man once told me, and as the years go by that statement is definitely a fact. At one point in time vest were expensive, worn by only those with money and associated with older gentlemen. Now a days vest are back by popular demand and are worn to casual and business professional  events all over the world.  According to Merriam-webster.com a vest is a sleeveless piece of clothing with buttons down the front that is worn over a shirt and under a suit jacket.  Having a vest within your wardrobe adds another dynamic and is beneficial because you spend money but you gain more.

In regards to style it’s always important that you know the do’s and don’t when wearing specific garment. In this case a vest first should be well-fitted and long enough to cover a man’s waist. The shoulders of the vest are a key component, which tells us how well it fits an individual and should lie flat against the body. While wearing a vest with a suit the v-shape of the vest should be visible and not hidden by the lapels of the suit.  The bottom button of a vest should always be left undone.  These are traditions that not everyone may be aware of but should be followed and respected to the utmost. Vest have been apart of men’s fashion for years, with very little change in structure and design. Adding a few carefully selected vest could lead to a wide range of options to make you look #SharpCrispClean

When a tradition gathers enough strength to go on for centuries, you don’t just turn it off one day.
— Chinua Achebe

Drop us a comment or send a photo of your style with a vest to be featured on Sharp Crisp Clean. ~Vest Life~

Young, Fly and Foolish

According to dictionary.reference.com walk is define as advance or travel on foot at a moderate speed or pace; proceed by steps; Oxforddictionaries.com defines air as the invisible gaseous substance surrounding the earth, mixture mainly of oxygen and nitrogen.  Walking on Air therefore can be interpreted as an individual who is advancing him/herself in life on earth while taking moderate steps until reaching their ultimate goal and becoming successful. Trey Parker and Antwan Williams created Walking on Air, Success Tips for the Young Fly and Foolish, which is a book that entails tips, information and insight on how to conduct and execute professional goals. The book is interesting, and a very simple read that I encourage all inquisitive minds to check out.

“The individuals who walk on air are free and willing to take a leap of faith and live in the clouds. The clouds represent a place of serenity where dreamers can dream and creative minds are free to construct the unfathomable.”  An excerpt from the book that was very influential and best summarized what this book is about.

Trey Parker one of the authors of Walking on Air, Success Tips for the Young Fly and Foolish, obtained his bachelor degree from the Florida State University and a masters in business administration from Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University. In 2010 he was initiated into the Iota Delta chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Incorporated. He truly believes in the quote “If opportunity doesn't knock, build a door, and lives by it every day. Mr. Parker’s lifestyle requires him to value the importance of living SharpCrispClean, while inspiring everyone he comes in contact with in regards to his book. As a current financial adviser for Edward Jones Mr. Parker is required to dress professionally on a daily basis so it’s a necessity to have as many professional looks as possible and that’s what we at SharpCrispClean provide Mr. Parker with.

Antwan Williams II is a strong believer in a quote from Steve Jobs that states “Have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you want to become.”  He obtained his bachelors degree from the Florida State University and his masters in Health Administration from the University of Central Florida. In 2010 he was initiated into the Iota Delta chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Incorporated. Mr. Williams is a big advocate of dressing SharpCrispClean, in which it gives him a big advantage in anything he does in life.  Mr. Williams is a leader that constantly inspires through his actions and words. He makes it his goal to empower all those that he comes in contact with, while providing them with tools and resources to take control of their lives. A prime example of this is Walking on Air, Success Tips for the Young Fly and Foolish.

Be sure to check out the book for yourself, you wont be disappointed .

No Matter the lifestyle you can always Live Sharp Stay Crisp Look Clean



Styles with Meaning

Style is knowing who you are, what you want to say, and not giving a damn.
— Gore Vidal

Every individual has a way of expressing themselves in any facet of life; it is up to that person to always show case and be proud of his/her style.  Style is something that a person can be born with or just develop over time based on experience, passion, and confidence. The most important characteristic a person with style must have is confidence. According to Merriam- Webster confidence is a feeling or belief that you can do something well or has the ability to succeed at something. When it comes to Sharp Crisp Clean every look laid out for an individual is developed with deep thought, passion and a sense of that person’s personality.  To get a better understanding of the meanings behind some of our latest looks here is a more in dept description of them;

  Sharp Look- A look that primarily focuses on the features of the suit and goal is to be more business oriented. Colors’ being more reserved but still shows a sense of style and when seen by others they will be sure to say, “damn he’s sharp”.

Suits

Hook

Ample                                 

Respected

People 

Crisp Look- A look that is for open minded individuals who aren’t afraid of wearing color.  The color scheme can range from anywhere on the color spectrum. The suit, accessory, shirt and tie or bow-tie combo will be sure to turn heads and have people staring.

Character

Requires

Individual

Strong-minded

People

Clean Look- A look that is geared for those who love the night life. Any social event , whether it’s the club, a lounge, a gathering or even a cocktail party we will be sure to have you in a nice fit.  The cosmopolitan look that will have everyone complimenting you and as you walk by they will be sure to say “that’s clean. 

Cosmo-looks

Leaves

Everyone

Amazed

Nightly

B.O.S.S. Look- A look that demands attention shows who is in charge and the leader among leaders.

Business-men

Originate

Situational

Suits

24 hour Look- Traditional looks that can be worn throughout the entire day no matter the occasion. 

Live Sharp Stay Crisp Look Clean


The Lapel Flower

When it comes to fashion, in regards to accessories, it can make or break an entire look. Accessories should never be overlooked or forgotten. The same amount of effort exerted into the outfit should be place on the accessories.  The extra dynamic the lapel flower brings to a business professional or cosmopolitan look shows attention to detail and can do wonders to the opposing eye. 

"What's a lapel flower?" You may ask. A flower lapel is a miniature sized pin in the shape of a flower worn on the lapel of a jacket. Flower lapels have replaced the popular boutonnières as as everyday alternative. 

Whether it's multi-colored, solid, striped, or has polka dots, the designs are endless when it comes to the lapel flower. There are no limitations to the flower lapel when it comes to it's shape either.

When I first saw a lapel flower, I immediately thought of the flower shaped candy I was given as a child during Easter. As time progressed, the flower lapel became more appealing to me. I realized what this pin could do for a #SharpCrispClean individual.

The smallest details will set you apart from many. Women love a well-dressed man who can coordinate even the smallest item within a look. (Never be too matchy, matchy!!). 

No matter your style, no matter your taste, there is sure to be a lapel pin out there that will will keep you looking #SharpCrispClean

To get more insight on Lapel flowers check out @anotherboatmancreation on Instagram. Marvin Boatman is a big advocate of caring about a person's look and confidence. He is a Tallahassee, Florida native, who does an amazing job making custom lapel flowers. His lapel flowers are detailed, eye popping, and one of a kind. A jack of all  trades, Mr Boatman is also a personal shopper and stylist.

The Game of Socks

As a kid wearing socks was the last thing on our minds. Wearing white, black, tube socks with holes in the heel or toe of the socks was considered normal. Matching socks with outfits or wearing socks that didn't match but still pieces the outfit together, wasn't considered cool.

In our present day of age, who cares if socks are made to keep our feet warm or protect us from athletes foot. "If it looks good then it feels good" is our new day and age slogan.

Bright, multicolored, stripes, flowers, two toned, polka dots, cartoon characters, athletes are all different types of styles that can be placed on socks. Typically when dressing up and being Sharp Crisp Clean  the socks should be an extension of your dress pants. Next time before purchasing socks for an outfit think to yourself are these socks Sharp Crisp Clean, if so buy them if not move on to the next pair.

When the pressure is on, the time is ticking, the outfit is on the line, and the special event is around the corner, take a deep breathe, block out everyone in your ear and make the right choice.

When you play the game of socks, you’re either a veteran or a rookie. There is no middle ground.
— Marvin Dupiton