Author Archives: David Tran

Add A Little Spring to Your Step…

by David

Ahoy, ahoy… here it is folks, the final layout for my posts on nautical gear! The whole point of this trend is comfort and ease… believe it or not, sometimes being too fashionable isn’t necessarily stylish. The “less-is-more” approach is a definite must in Spring and Summer fashions.

So this week, I want you to take notice on the three types of shoes that are a staple for this trend: the boat shoe, the canvas slip-on shoe and the classic lace-up’s. I wanted to post way more than what you see in the layout, but you get a pretty good gist of everything that is pictured.

I hope my last few posts about this particular trend has been informative and enjoyable for you to read. You now have a guide to complete your nautical fashion awesomeness…

Have an fantastic week everyone!

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STRIPED

by David

Last week I discussed one of my favorite trends for Spring and Summer… nautical apparel. I began to break down nautical style to its bare essentials, which to recap was, “a pair of straight/slim chinos, a striped shirt/tee and some loafers or boating shoe.” (I forgot so mention khaki’s or khaki/cargo shorts as well). Although there are many ways one can sport this style, I believe there is one important aspect one cannot overlook,  and that is the “classic stripe shirt.” Usually long sleeved or 3/4 length and in black and white or navy and white, sometimes red and white.  But really, anything with stripes, preferably in black, navy, green, red, royal blue, orange, etc. Being a fan of plaids and stripes, I’m definitely hooked on getting striped once the holidays are done and the weather is warmer and I can wear my shorts again with my Sperry Top-siders and of course something “stripey”… Okay, so that’s not a word, but you get the point. This week, if you can’t already tell, is all about stripes and like I said before, this is definitely a style that we can all afford because from high-end to bargain retailers and those in-between, I’ve given you options for splurging if you want to use that tax return money to treat yourself to something nice, but let me just say, there are plenty of  bargain retailers that offer (sometimes exact replicas) a pretty good interpretation of a high-end design. And because I love this trend so much, I have one last layout to add, which I will have for you next week! It will focus on shoes and accessories! If you have any questions about any of the clothing you see, feel free to shoot me a message. Have a fantastic week everyone!

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Shipwrecked!

by David

Hop aboard and sail away with me on this week’s cruise, while we spring forward into one of Spring’s classic trends… nautical apparel. The maritime concept promotes a cool effortless style that focuses on relaxed fits that anybody can rock, no matter your sex or size. I kind of like to think of it as a conservative style, but without being too stuffy or pretentious. To mix it up a bit this week, I felt like focusing on a “his & her’s” type of layout. Display below is a great example of how two people can compliment each other with their fashion choices, without being too matchy-matchy, and all the while being on-trend. Nautical attire is so easily accessible to everyone regardless of how big or small your clothing budget is, it’s also a quick way to show the fashion snots you know your shit when it comes to dressing yourself without really having to do a lot. It basically boils down to a pair of straight/slim chinos, a striped shirt/tee and some loafers or boating shoe. Boom! You’re done! I had to also include one of this season’s must-have colors, orange, into the mix and honestly, it really works well with this particular theme with the navy and white and pink, etc. Check back next week for more on my favorite nautical gear, and I’ll most definitely have some options that are a bit more price-friendly.

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You CAN Afford Designer Looks, Even If You Can’t Afford Designer Labels!

by David

So often as I make my rounds at various high-end retailers, I am always left wondering just how these fashion houses can charge someone their month’s rent for a fucking sweater… a light-weight sweater at that! Now, if you can afford to shop at luxury shops like Louis Vuitton or Lanvin or Gucci, etc… then you’re not who I am talking to in this week’s entry. For those of you who appreciate high-end style, but lack the disposable income to finance such a look, then pay close attention to this layout I created that will make you appear as if you just stepped off the Louis Vuitton runway.

Obviously, the quality difference is somewhat significant, but in the end, who cares what labels you’re covered in… if you look good, you look good! Below you will find some of my favorite looks from Louis Vuitton’s Spring/Summer 2011 collection that you can splurge on, but I also include my interpretations of these looks at a bargain! I know, I know… how is a $400-600 outfit a bargain? Relative to the LV price points, believe me, it’s a BARGAIN! Their sandals alone can cut $500 from your bank account! But if you don’t need the bags and accessories, that’ll significantly cut the costs. As I’ve mentioned before, you don’t need to spend a lot, to look like you’re worth a lot!

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Louis Vuitton, affordable?

by David

Wish you could afford to look like you just stepped off the Louis Vuitton runway? Well, check back soon, I’ll show you fellas how!

And The Best Dressed Goes To…

by David

While watching all the stars arrive at the 83rd Academy Awards show tonight, I really have to sift out some stand-out dresses. I felt many of the actresses went a little safe this year. I understand the Oscars isn’t the award show to take fashion risks, but still, the “glam” was definitely dialed down a notch this year, but I will say I was quite impressed by all the vibrant colors that were represented tonight on the red carpet.

Anne Hathaway in a vintage Valentino Couture archive dress.

The stand-out color of the evening was bright red! Continue reading

Math Can Be So Gay

by David

This week I am skipping fashion advice to discuss entertainment. It has recently come to my attention that a certain gay movie franchise, which I will not mention, is adding not one, but TWO more installments to their previously three films which were moderately successful, considering their target audience was such a specific demographic. The producers of this franchise seem to have discovered a reliable formula for securing themselves a foolproof, money-making hit. If only we could all know what that formula is, then maybe, just maybe we could also find success in Hollywood… Oh wait! It’s your lucky day; I happen to have that formula right now and yes, I am going to share it with ya’ll today. Continue reading

What’s The Skinny?

by David

Blank NYC

I don’t know if it’s some kind of hormonal imbalance that causes two bitches who are too close within each other’s boundaries that make them want to claw at one another, but dueling cat-fights are taken to new heights when a nastier, bitchier, more vicious pair of opponents are involved: gay men with differences of opinion. Several weeks ago I posted an entry about how some gay men think they can spew fashion advice simply because they’re gay. Gay folks like Mr. William Sledd, the Youtube celebutard of the “Ask A Gay Man” fame is a prime example of a gay liar man attempting to regurgitate his fashion faux pas to the public, trying to capitalize on his “gay gene” as the foundation of legitimacy as a fashion expert when in fact he’s a complete fraud when it comes to knowing what jeans a man can wear. Obviously, I am talking about his “denim guide,” and how skinny jeans belong only on guys who are emo or in a band. I fit in neither category; if I were to listen to the advice of Mr. Sledd, my 30+ pairs of jeans would dwindle down to like… five pairs. Now I have no shame admitting I’m a denim whore, and being such the whore of denim that I am, take it from me when I say I know a thing or two about what jeans are acceptable for a guy to wear.

Ask A GAY MAN's William Sledd.

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Yo, What’s Up Shorty?

by David

Trussardi

How short is too short? That is the question we must ask ourselves when considering how much leg we can reveal without being considered vulgar by a conservative public. After all, warmer weather is approaching and it pertinent to start thinking about fashions that implement style with cooling comfort. I remember shopping with one of my friends who had decided to wear some short shorts that day, of course I didn’t think much of it; it was fashionable. Continue reading

Orange Appeal

by  David

GANT By Micahel Bastian

Orange: a color better suited on a piece of fruit than on someone who is a fruit. However, it looks like the fashion industry has dictated that this color will be a part of what’s “IN” for Spring 2011. Admittedly so, I normally would never agree with the fashion gods with this particular trend, and yet a couple weeks ago when I was browsing the shoe racks at a Nordrstom Rack, I came across a pair of cute Sperry-esque boating shoes in blood orange and thought, “Hmm… interesting,” but I just kept walking. It wasn’t until my friend tried on that exact pair later on that I thought, “Hmm… I think I kinda like it… Oh fuck… I really like it!”

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Vintage Look, Modern Style: The Plaid Shirt

by David

Left: Gant Rugger, $125. Right: Abercrombie & Fitch, $70.

The resurgence of “the plaid shirt” to menswear in the past several years has definitely become a welcomed alternative to classic white/navy/black button-up dress shirts. With appropriate styling, a plaid shirt can be worn for a special night out paired with a nice fitted leather jacket, cardigan or blazer and some slim dark jeans. For a more relaxed approach, roll up the sleeves and keep the shirt unbuttoned… OR with a basic tee and some relaxed denim blue’s, wrapped the plaid shirt around your waist as a cute accessory. No matter if you dress it up or down, the plaid shirt is a staple for any man’s wardrobe (and also lesbians, but I’m sure I’m just preaching to the choir with this post, seeing how they got the whole plaid look down ages ago!) Continue reading

Putting Your Best Foot Forward

by David

NEVER purchase these style of shoes, unless you want to pay a lot of money to look tacky and gross.

There are different factors that can lead to successful long term relationships, and it begins with the first date. However, there are those who are denied the chance of a first date simply because they have failed putting their best foot forward at impressing that special someone; I mean that both figuratively and literally. What shoes you wear, silly as it may seem, can cost you a date (or if you’re lucky and got that first date, it’ll likely cost you any future dates with that person). We all would like to think we’re above such petty little details when it comes to finding a significant other, but the truth is in any group of friends there are always a few (you’re probably one of them) who will cut someone loose for the sole fact that they wore a hideous pair of shoes. Continue reading

Fashion vs. Style: Not All Gay Men Know The Difference

by David

For decades, the relationship between fashion & style and gay men have become synonymous with one another. However, there is an error with this stereotype; just because a man is gay does not mean he was blessed with the gift of style. It is an unfortunate truth that has deluded the minds of many men in the gay community who believe that just because they know how to suck a dick, automatically makes them fashion experts, and that they can thrown on any outfit and simply look fabulous.

Let me breakdown the difference between fashion and style. Although many gay men know a great deal about fashion and designers, their daily outfits can still reflect poor styling decisions. Continue reading