Socks

Rocking Dress Shoes With No Socks

    * Sings*Summer, Summer, Summertime. Time to sit back and unwind. *Inserts Fresh Prince Voice* Here it is the groove slightly transformed. Just a bit of a break from the norm. Just a little something to break the monotony.  

     Tis the season ladies and gentlemen!! Dare to be different and remain cool literally and figuratively. With that being said guess what's back? The classic sockless look but with a twist in regards to the shoes it's being done with. More and more men are stepping out the house rocking the dress shoes with no socks look. By no means am I discouraging the look, although I'm a firm believer in the phrase "Fresh Socks is the way to the top"! As a Sharp Crisp Clean individual one must be able to adapt as if we have super powers like mystique from X-Men or as if we were the  ageless wonder of the world Snoop Dogg and spice things up. Mostly anything can work in the world of fashion- but as stated in many of my blogs prior theirs an appropriate look for every occasion. As long as you don't engage in rocking the dress shoes with no socks look while in business attire at a business event, feel free to experiment.                         

    First and foremost the shoes you wear need to stand on their own. Meaning the shoes has to be SCC standard and must be aesthetically appealing to the eye. In fashion sense, it better look how it feel! Any dress shoe is fair game, I would recommended to get some oxfords, Brooks Brothers, Florsheim's, Cole Haans, Stacy Adams, and Johnson's and Murphy's. Make sure your feet are clean, hell it's alright for men to get a pedicure! You never know when you might have to take your shoes off and to save yourself the embarrassment make sure your well groomed! 

    If you're going to do it, make sure the pants or shorts you use are up to par. In regards to pants whether they are cuff bottoms or plain bottoms make sure the break is slightly above the ankle. (2inches) Let's not have the break in our pants too high because then it looks like Capri's. Lotion up those ankles fellas! Jeans , Slim fit pants , slim-cut Chinos , and regular pants that are fitted  will all work. 

   I also recommend buying some cedar shoe trees, or power to help with the sweating that's about to take place in those dress shoes of yours. Cedar shoe tress are for after you wear the dress shoes and the powder is for during.  One must always be prepared and ready for any battle. Feel free to chyme in with any questions, concerns and comments on the dress shoes with no socks below .Images below aren't mine but are good representation of how to wear the dress shoes with no socks.

As always, ~No matter your life style you can  Live Sharp Stay Crisp and Look Clean~

 

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Set Yourself Up-Art

Life is a gift, and it offers us the privilege, opportunity, and responsibility to give something back by becoming more.
— Anthony Robbins

Up-Art is a company providing accessories that are creative, bold, unique and most importantly SharpCrispClean. The" Up" in the word Up-Art  is short for "Unknown Prodigy". Up-Arts mission is to express individuality through their accessories and provide the spark of change to those who are less fortunate. Project Bamboo Lakou in which Up-Art is working with helps establish bamboo within the Haitian construction sector, as an earthquake-resistant alternative to concrete, and to set in motion a long term reforestation energy. 

As they embark  on their mission I encourage you to check out their website www.upartsocks.com and donate to the kick-starter to help them reach the goal set to start the project.

Always remember 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 er and set yourself Up-Art and make the right choice. 

GET YOUR SOCK GAME UP!!!!!88

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