Monthly Archives: December 2013

Men’s Plaid Shirt.

Is there anything that looks better on a guy than a perfectly fitted plaid shirt? (YEAH, no shirt! hmm..good point)   Okay, I don’t know if it’s the colors that bring out their eyes or the fabric that fits their body so well, but when you see a man wearing a perfectly sized plaid shirt, whether on a cowboy, or a lumberjack, or that really hot and manly electrician who you see working at your office sometimes that you just want to smash all the lights and cut all the wires for just so he has to come back again…..you know, just hypothetically speaking…I mean, it’s just a really good look.  It’s such a classic pattern that literally looks good on EVERYONE in some form or another. So guys, seriously, if you don’t own one call 911!! because this is a fashion emergency.  Or you could, I guess, just go to the store and buy one, but do so URGENTLY, this is a social life and death situation. In summary, a plaid shirt is perfect for any guy and for any situation, including, and not limited to, (but I just came up with these scenarios right on the spot) you could wear one to work, at play, or just totally not caring (but caring a little bit.)

You would think it would be real easy for a guy to look fashionable, they don’t have hips or hourglass figures, should be pretty straight forward, but they get themselves into some real trouble when it comes to clothing. My biggest pet peeve is fit, if I hear one more guy say he wants a bigger size of something than what actually fits him because it’ll be “more comfortable” I’m going to punch myself in the face (or maybe something less violent and that doesn’t involve hurting myself?). FACT, a man’s most UNcomfortable outfit is equivalent to a woman’s most comfortable outfit, so suck it up gentlemen!

Boy oh boy did I hit the jackpot with my models. Don’t get me wrong, they are super high maintenance and had demand after demand (chicken wings at the photo shoot, bow staff/nunchuck props in their photos, I could go on, and if anything I am under exaggerating), but wowee they sure did deliver! Here’s a pic from our epic shopping trip so these boys could get their plaid on. An understatement would be to say they made a scene, but luckily I planned ahead and hired two babysitters to tame these wild animals (thanks Nicole and Rachy!).

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WORK.

Steve is one high demand model, he actually had two photo shoots this past weekend, luckily I booked him well in advance, like a few days ago, phew. Let me tell you something guys, the days of a white oxford shirts with a red striped tie are behind us, time to get creative. I paired Steve’s plaid shirt with a thinner charcoal grey tie, if I could have added one thing I would have added a tie clip, a vintage style that is coming back and makes you look super sharp. You can of course wear this outfit without the tie as well to make it more casual. On the other hand, you can also wear a full suit with a plaid shirt and if it’s a super fancy affair add a matching pocket square for a pop or color, Ooh lala!

Plaid Shirt + Thin Solid Color Tie + Suit Pants + Brown Leather Belt + Brown Leather Oxfords.

Plaid Shirt + Thin Solid Color Tie + Suit Pants + Brown Leather Belt + Brown Leather Oxfords.

Just so you know the difference between a bad work look and a good one, here’s a bad one. Although I do not condone this outfit whatsoever, I more than approve of Fuel for Fire, fruit + protein, healthy and delicious at the same time, that’s like having an outfit that’s comfy and stylish. Perfection.

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PLAY.

I told Casey to look “playful” and got these two different poses. Very versatile Case, I like.  Ladies, you decide which version of playful you’re into 😉 OH WAIT.. this is a fashion blog…not a weird plaid shirt male dating auction site…right..okay back on topic! I put Casey in a plaid shirt and cardigan sweater (Pullover! No, it’s a cardigan, but thanks for noticing!). Sorry, random movie quotes pop into my head and I can’t resist.  GUYS, you should own a cardigan, they look so good.  Don’t get me wrong, I love the v-neck sweater over the plaid shirt look as well, but a cardigan really says, HEY, I’ve got style. And when you have style you look good, and when you look good you’re confident, and when you’re confident you get all the babes.  Aren’t you seeing the pattern here? Plaid shirts single handedly make you a better person, I can’t make this stuff up. Casey is also wearing a skinnier fit khaki colored denim, and some boots that could be considered fancy or casual, perfect for a casual soiree or night out after a long day on the ski slopes! Hot toddy anyone?

Plaid Shirt + Cowl Neck Cardigan + Khaki Denim + Brown Leather Boots.

Plaid Shirt + Cowl Neck Cardigan + Khaki Denim + Brown Leather Boots.

 

DON’T CARE. (but hey, i kinda care)

I know what you’re thinking, “Oh my goodness gracious, did Maureen get the real life Paul Bunyan and Babe the blue ox to model for her blog!?!” No, no, but I got the next best thing, Nick and Oscar! Very classic look here, Nick has on a more relaxed fit jean, comfortable, yet stylish, and some casual boat shoe style boots. Did you say comfortable AND stylish, OH, yes I did boys, it’s possible so I hope you’re taking notes. We rolled his sleeves up just a bit to show off his masculine wrists and went with no undershirt because honestly, it actually looks more put together without one. With this classic look just be sure, and I know I sound like a broken record here, but I beg of you, please be sure your shirt fits properly. None of these flimsy wimsy baggy waggy shirts, or worse, ones that are bustin’ at the seems. These don’t go out of style so just invest a little extra ca$h into one that feels good and looks good, you won’t be sorry I promise. (If you’re sorry though, don’t come crying to me, honey badger don’t care). Oh come one, Oscar is just working that plaid scarf, not much else to say there, he was born to model.

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Plaid Shirt + Relaxed Fit Jeans + Casual Brown Leather Shoes.

Plaid Shirt + Relaxed Fit Jeans + Casual Brown Leather Shoes.

A special thank you to my models, Steve, Casey and Nick, for looking so damn good and putting up with my fashion blogger demands, you guys are the best!  And all you guys out there, let me know if you have a suggestion for another male post and maybe you can be my next fashion model!

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Vests.

Okay you caught me, I did something a little bit different here, I didn’t use the same type of vest for each look, but it’s still one garment and I still intend to work, play and not care in it so let’s all embrace the change together! Yeehaw! (I never, like ever, say yeehaw, but it seemed right here)

Move over Stefan Urquelle, Steve Urkel had the right idea with this vest.  As long as he doesn’t talk or move he can slay with the ladies in this nerd chic outfit.  But seriously, vests are a super fun way to change up your look and add a little bit of uniqueness to your wardrobe.  Since you don’t have any sleevies (for your armies haaaa) you can layer with scarfs, shirts, etc. which kind of fools people into thinking you are more stylish than you really are.  Something about the multiple pieces of clothing just screams “Hey everybody, come and see how good looking I am!”

Did I do that? (<–you all just said that in a nerd voice) Yup. You did do that Urkel, good job. For once.

 

WORK.

Like my profolio?  Looks real professional, huh?  I could secretly be reading a trashy celeb gossip magazine and you’d have no idea because you’d be too focused on how sophistacated that vest looks, am I right?  Okay, shut up Maureen.  This outfit reminded me of a pilgrim, although if I wore this back in pilgrim days I would probably be hanged for being such a trampy scalawag witch.  Luckily for all of us those days are over and I can wear this freely to work and ain’t nobody going to tell me not to, not even HR, probably because I am HR, but either way suck it pilgrims.  Hmm….maybe I should say something serious about this outfit now since I guess this is a fashion blog.  This is a Men’s wear isnpired vest (think suit/tux vests) and I love it.  I have had it for years and can wear it with pants or skirts.  I try to contrast the skirt or pants to avoid having it look like I am wearing a man’s suit, since you know, I’m a lady.

Tailored Vest + White Blouse + A-line Skirt + Grey Tights + Suede Heels

Tailored Vest + White Blouse + A-line Skirt + Grey Tights + Suede Heels

 

PLAY.

I just want to go to the place where the beer flows like wine in this vest, you know… a little place called… ASPEN!  So one of my Crossfit Friends was asking me what they could wear on a date to a football game, for those of you who don’t live in New England, it’s stupid cold this time of year.  This can be a real tricky situation, you can end up looking damn good clothing wise, but like a smurf skin wise because you are freezin your buns off OR you put on so many layers your date isn’t sure if he’s dating a girl or an angora bunny (please refer to reference photo below).   Not good looks.  So to stay hot while looking hot a vest is always a good choice!  A fur vest is shockingly warm, those animals have the right idea (btw my fur vest is not real fur, don’t throw red paint on me! k?), but a feather down vest can also be a good choice, and paired with a scarf/jeans/leggings you will actually have a shape to your body which is always a plus.

Fur Vest + Henley Shirt + Jeans + Leather/Gold Chain Belt

Fur Vest + Henley Shirt + Jeans + Leather/Gold Chain Belt + Suede Booties

Taking fluffy to a new level.

Taking fluffy to a new level.

 

DON’T CARE. (but hey, I kinda care)

What am I looking at?  Who cares, I don’t care, I have my I don’t care clothing on.  This vest is made of sweater…okay BUSTED I don’t know what material it is but here’s a funny movie quote to make up for it (What’s the soup du jour?  It’s the soup of the day.  Mmmm sounds good I’ll have that!).  As with most sweaters, except for the ugly itchy Christmas sweater variety, it’s warm and cozy.  I like to wear colored jeans to add some contrast and these maroon colored ones with the grey were perfecto.  This outfit is comfortable enough to hang around the house, but also can be warn to a casual dinner/drinks in the winter.

Sweater Vest + Jersey Knit Shirt + Maroon Jeans + Chestnut Boots

Sweater Vest + Jersey Knit Shirt + Maroon Jeans + Chestnut Boots

 

So the moral of the story is in-vest in a vest. See what I did there?  You won’t be sorry, vests are kinda always in style in some form or another and if they go out, hold onto it because they are coming back baby!

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