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