Posts Tagged ‘soft’
Wednesday, January 18th, 2012
Don’t believe me? Fine. I can be reasoned with. I’ll admit that this is difficult to back up without any substantial evidence.
HOWEVER, where you have to acknowledge defeat is in the fact that limited edition graphic apparel without question, makes you a better person. I mean, let’s explore the facts: You own something really cool (in this case a t-shirt or sweatshirt), that brings you a certain level of coolness. In addition, you happen to own something really cool that is also hard to come by. Do you feel me? Are we connecting? In more technical terms, it would look like this:
See what a simple, colorful, comfortable piece of clothing can do for a persons mood?
I realize this may seem an exercise is juvenile behavior, but the point is clearly made. Creatively designed clothing adds life, color, and sometimes a conversation piece (did we mention that less than 50 of these tees are usually ever produced?).
While I will begrudgingly concede that we can’t assert with 100% certainty that a specific type of clothing raises your “coolness” factor, you have to admit, these guys and gals below look pretty rad. Right?
File under “cool, extremely soft, colorful, graphic apparel”.
Wednesday, January 11th, 2012
Hoodies & sweatshirts; they get no respect. There was once a time when I would create an entire outfit surrounding a specific sweatshirt that I wanted everyone to see. More recently I’ve used my sweatshirts as layers that I can throw on last minute if I feel like it’s chilly outside. In some cases I’ve even used sweatshirts to replace jackets. What is happening here?
In general I feel like the sweatshirt has been devalued. They’re not even given a second thought. I’ve noticed that some of my friends would carefully pick out a really nice outfit head-to-toe but then ruin the whole thing by flinging a heather grey sweatshirt on top just so that they “wouldn’t be cold”. No thought being given to it at all.
The problem is that no one buys a sweatshirt for it’s style, but for function. Sweatshirts (or “hoodies” for you cool kids) have so much potential to enhance your wardrobe aside from just being something that’s comfortable and warm. Design-wise the sweatshirt is the perfect canvas.
Sweatshirts have to be given their credit again and to do this they need to be given more thought if you (myself included) are considering wearing one. The best way to incorporate sweatshirts into an outfit can be summed up in one word: LAYER. Seriously, sweatshirts and layering go hand in hand. While anyone can layer, if you want to look more put together and presentable rather than casual or sloppy then you have to layer right.
A Layering Tutorial
Some suggestions I have to help layer right are pairing a nice sweatshirt with a more tailored item like a blazer. There are a couple of guidelines here though. Wearing a crew neck sweatshirt underneath a blazer with a nice pair of denim is a great look. As long as the crew neck sweatshirt is not too thick, there shouldn’t be any discomfort. I’ve experienced this discomfort before and it comes from over layering or not layering properly (Won’t be making that mistake again!). Rule of thumb: the lighter layer goes underneath.
Style your hoodie right
Another way to style a sweatshirt to make it look more polished is by pairing it with a nice fitting button down shirt and a tie or bow tie. This may sound weird but trust me, this look goes well with both the hooded and crew neck sweatshirts. Throw on a jean jacket or a pea coat and a nice pair of pants and you’re good to go.
Not only can wear your sweatshirts to lounge about or go to a ball game, but you can even get away with wearing them to work. Faith & Fortune’s new sweatshirts for guys are perfect for trying out these styling suggestions and enhancing your closet. The designs are clean and sophisticated, appealing to many. They’re not too thick so you can comfortably layer them under your blazers or jackets(i.e. you won’t look like the Michelin man) and they’re CRAZY soft.
So what are you waiting for?
Nate Perkins currently studies Communciation Arts at Gordon College. In his spare time you can catch him putting together looks for his peeps on Polyvore, hopelessly window shopping online, and NAPPING. His real name is Nate, but more commonly goes by ‘Jeb’, a name his best friend changed his name to in her phone so that her mom and aunt wouldn’t call him. No one expected the name to stick but it did. He’s now convinced that no one knows that his real name isn’t Jeb.