Pink Tie Chic – Men can wear floral

The Pink Tie Party is one of the first chances Washingtonians get to flex their spring fashion muscle. The party is the kick off for the National Cherry Blossom Festival, which continues through April 20th. The festival honors the cherry blossoms, which are in their peak bloom for just a few days this time of year. Pink Tie Party - The DCFashion Fool and friends_edited-1

Pink Tie Party entrance The Pink Tie Party was a fun-filled evening complete with music, dancing, specialty cocktails and bites from some of D.C.’s hottest restaurants. In addition there was a silent auction with the proceeds benefitting the National Cherry Blossom Festival, Inc., which helps to keep programming primarily free and open to the public.

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With pink being the central theme for the Pink Tie Party, partygoers pulled out their finest festive party attire with women dressing to the nines in various shades of pink. While most men stuck to the pink shirt and tie, I decided to go out for this year’s event. I figured if you’re going to make a statement, “Why not go all out?” Pink Tie Party Decor Pink Tie Party wine

Floral pants from the 2014 Tom Ford RTW collection and a lavender blazer by Peter Millar were the basis for my look. I added a solid pink shirt and pink plaid tie as my tribute to the blossoms that truly were the star of the show.

Details Pink Tie Party Guys can wear floral pants. To tone down the look, a simple substitution of the pink shirt and tie for a plain white shirt would be a great look for other spring time events such as a garden party or perhaps the upcoming Gold Cup (just add a hat)! DC-Fashion-Fool-on-Members-Hill

You want my look but pink and lavender are too much? I’ve created a similar look in blue.

Shop my look (in blue)

Peter Millar Two-Button Linen Soft Coat, Blue • Peter Millar
Polo Ralph Lauren Straight-Fit Floral-Print Pants • Polo Ralph Lauren
Robert Talbott Regular Fit Dress Shirt • Robert Talbott
Bow Tie Tuesday Sky Gingham Plaid Self-Tie Bow Tie – Men
FOXLEY Black Shiny Calf and Satin Loafers • Jimmy Choo

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Photos by ChicvilleUSA

A gray suit for spring

Spring is here and I’m ready for it. I’ve got a light gray suit that is ready to celebrate the change in season. While I’m a big fan of the fall/winter looks I have to admit the cold and the snow can really get to me. Now is the time when days get longer,, the weather’s warmer, the celebrated cherry blossoms start to bloom and Washington seems to go through a new awakening. DCFashionfool Georgetown seated in gray suit DCFashion Fool spring walk in gray suite

This is also a great time of year to wear a suit. It’s not too cold where you have to have a heavy coat for warmth and it’s not too hot and muggy where you turn into a sweaty mess just thinking about putting on your suit jacket. It’s time to get out those lighter suits and step out in style. A gray suit is a nice way to transition from winter to spring. DCFashion fool spring in the street in gray suit DCFashion Fool spring tie adjustment in gray suit DCFashion Fool mal maison spring in gray suit DCFashion Fool Spring smile in gray suit

Lately, I’ve been obsessed with gray having worn different tonal gray looks all winter (See; The tonal gray overcoat and the gray down puffer vest). Since I’m not really ready to let go of the gray I wanted to see if I could translate it into a spring look. Fortunately, gray makes an excellent backdrop when paired with the lighter shades of spring. DCFashion Fool closeup of gray suit DCFashionFool spring shoe closeup DCFashion-Fool-spring-tote

This season, I’ve chosen a lighter gray suit in both fabric and color than the one I sported during the winter. I’ve paired it with a light blue shirt and a pink paisley tie. With the blossoming of the cherry blossoms, the pink is a great color to wear as a tribute to one of Washington’s most famous tourist attractions. For an additional pop of color add a pink pocket square or lapel pin flower. Monkstraps are dress shoe option. And yes, my tote is gray too!

Details/Shop the Look

Theory Wellar Suit Jacket • Theory
Theory Marlo Suit Trousers • Theory
Ted Baker London Trim Fit Micro Pattern Dress Shirt • Ted Baker London
Snail Print Bow Tie (similar)
Allen Edmonds Mora 2.0 • Club Monaco (similar)
Coach Metropolitan Tote In Pebble Leather • Coach

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Creating a weekend business ready look

Recently I needed to create a business ready look for the weekend. Normally, Saturdays are non-workdays and I go with a more casual look. However I had a few meetings over the weekend and wanted to look professions. I knew the setting would be a little more informal so I didn’t want to go with a traditional suited look. Business Ready Weekend Business ready in no time DCFashion Fool posing in business ready Business ready in DC

While I’m not quite ready to gravitate to the lighter colors of spring, I did want go with some lighter fabrics. The folks at Bar III provided me with the opportunity to pick out a look I chose a great shirt, tie and pants combination that was the basis for my business ready look.

Suit separates are a great way option for a couple of reasons. First sizing can be a little more flexible since the blazer and pants are purchased separately. Second sometimes it’s easier to see the different clothing possibilities when the jacket is seen apart from the pants.

Weekend and business ready DCFashion in Bar3 Business ready DCFashion Fool weekend business ready Business ready weekend - DCFashion Fool For my business ready combination, I chose a leather bomber jacket instead of a jacket or blazer. Mine is a slim lightweight version and the kicker is that it’s an awesome shade of blue. The weather in Washington can be a little tricky this time of year so it’s wise to have a great lightweight jacket have if you’re running around town. As I do shift to lighter colors the jacket will make a nice contrast over spring color shades.

Instead of my laptop it’s sometimes easier to use my iPad, if I’m just taking notes, reviewing emails and web browsing. So that meant I could scale down my bag so it could be a little less formal as well. Although late, I’ve been a fan of the tote my bag was just the right size to easily accommodate my iPad and could also holds a few other incidentals if needed. Once my meetings were over, I slipped my tie into my bag and converted my business ready look into something more casual. Business casual details Business ready loafer on steps to boot

Details/Shop the Look

Zara – similar: Saks Fifth Avenue Collection Leather & Cotton Bomber Jacket • $1,298
Bar III Merlot Dobby-Textured Dress Shirt, Only at Macy’s • Bar III • $39.99
Bar III Amber Paisley Tie, Only at Macy’s • Bar III • $34.99
Bar III Midnight Blue Slim-Fit Pants • Bar III • $99.99
Zara – similar: ASOS BRAND ASOS Faux Suede Bomber Jacket In Navy • Asos • $68
To Boot New York Clifton Burnished Leather Loafers • To Boot • $395
Super Sunglasses Terrazzo B2B Sunglasses • $335
Mag-Satch bag • $159

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A patterned blazer makes for great style

A patterned blazer is fast becoming one of my go to items in my closet. While I love a great suit, the patterned blazer can really be quite versatile. It looks as great with jeans as it does with slacks and a tie. You can go as bold as you want and mix patterns to create a really eye popping look.

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Sometimes however subtly can be a winner, which is how I approached my latest look. Black slacks and a crisp white shirt are anything but boring when dressed up with my checked patterned blazer. Working with the blues in my blazer, I added a fantastic paisley tie. The paisley, in blue and black, pulled together the jacket and pants and looked great against the white shirt. Since I’m obsessed with lapel flower pins, I thought this one with its multi-shades of blue worked well.

This was one of my looks that I sported during New York Fashion Week. The beauty is that I wear this look here in DC as well. It was not one of the attention grabbing impractical looks that many were sporting in an attempt to grab street style fame. This was just a well-put together look. Remember, you don’t have to go over top to get noticed for great style. Grab a pattern blazer. It will soon become a favorite staple in your wardrobe.

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Shop my look/Details

Patterned blazer – Saks Fifth Avenue Samuelsohn; White dress shirt – Armani; Black dress slacks – John Varvatos; Paisley tie – Hugo Boss – similar; Lapel flower pin – Hook and Albert; Horsebit loafers – Ferragamo

The perfect shave with Schick Hydro®

Schick Hydro Schick Hydro® 5 and Edge® gel for the perfect shave

One of the most important things in creating a fantastic overall look is great grooming. And for many of us that means partaking in that often dreaded daily ritual: shaving. A nice close shave is the perfect complement to a well pull together outfit. Here’s how I used the Schick Hydro® and Edge® Gel to achieve the perfect shave.

The trick to getting the perfect shave is like creating a great work of art. You have to prepare the canvas first. Preferably I like to shave in the shower. If I can’t , then it’s right after I shower. The steam softens my whiskers and opens up m my pores and prepares my skin for the shave ahead.

DCFashion Fool shaving with the grain for the perfect shave

Next lather up liberally. Since I’m bald I have to shave both my head and my face. First I shave the head and then the face. I prefer a nice thick shaving gel over shaving cream. In my quest for the perfect shave, I feel I can get a little closer shave with gel, it lasts longer and my skin doesn’t tend to dry out as with shaving cream. Edge® Extra Moisturizing Shave Gel or Edge® Sensitive Skin Shave Gel are 2 great go to choices.

I have sensitive skin but I also want a super close shave. I found I can have both with the Schick Hydro® 5 Sensitive Razor. The design of the razor has recently been improved with sensitivity and safety in mind. For sensitivity, a hydrating gel reservoir provides improved glide and comfort. This lubricating gel helps reduce friction and the redesign of the razor incorporates a greater surface for the gel to exit through new recessed micro-slits.

Schick Hydro 5 Sensitive razor for the perfect shave

Since closeness is also an important factor, I tend to gravitate toward multi-blade razors. The Schick Hydro® 5 sports 5 five Ultra Glide® blades but Schick has reduced the blade span which reduces skin budge between blades. Along with a new larger guard bar these features offer a smoother yet safer shave.

DCFashion Fool shaving his head for that perfect shave

I shave in two passes. Pass one which is the longer pass of the two is where I shave with the grain. Shaving with the grain helps to reduce irritation of the skin as well as lessens the occurrence of razor bumps. The nice thing about the Schick Hydro® 5 is the flip trimmer helps to hit those hard to reach spots. Flipping the razor with my thumb the Schick Hydro® 5 Sensitive Razor Hydrating Gel Reservoir* flips back so all five blades help to trim.

Pass two is my touch up phase. This is where I go back over any missing spots. Here is where I may shave against the grain but it’s only a light pass. I especially hit those problem areas which tend to also be my hard to reach spots. For me it’s the back of my neck or right under my chin.

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DCFashion Fool can handle the DC cold

Still winter in the Gant Spectator coat

DCFashion Fool taking a moment to relax in his Gant Spectator coat

While I’m looking forward to spring, I’m glad I still have the chance to wear my Gant Spectator coat. Now is an interesting time of year but it’s the perfect time to wear those last minute winter items that have been living in your closet or that you’ve picked up at some of the great end of season sales.
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After some epic winter weather, the weather in Washington has been unseasonably warm and has me eagerly looking forward to the warmer spring months. However every now and then we get a cold spurs reminding us that it’s still winter. In fact, we’re expecting another snowstorm a few days from now.

To top it off, many of the area stores have had some fantastic sales on winter wear. One of the best is Billy Reid in Georgetown. Their warehouse sale has items marked down as much as 75%. Can’t get over there? Check out the warehouse sale online. Another great sale was the bi-annual Gilt Warehouse sale most recently held at Union Market in northeast DC that’s where I picked up this beauty.

DCFashion Fool in the Gant Spectator coat
My Gant Spectator coat now seems to be in heavy rotation. I’ve been wearing it constantly around town especially around the 14th and U Street area where I seem to be finding places to eat! I had it on when I popped over to meet a friend at Busboys and Poets and then later headed over to nosh on Nycci Nellis’ sandwich at G by Mike Isabella. And since I’ve been on a food feeding frenzy, I wore it to my brunch at Piola Pizza DC. By the way, unlimited pizza and make your own mimosas and sangria are a winning combination!

Let’s just hope, it stays cold for a little bit. With all this food, my summer body is not there yet!

The striking collar of the Gant Spectator coat Close up of Wolf vs Goat

Shop My Look/ Details

Oriental Green Spectator coat –  Gant; Burgundy Turtleneck – Hugo Boss – similar; Burgundy corduroy pants – Saks Fifth Avenue (similar);  Nico olive wingtip sneakers – Wolf vs Goat

DCFashion Fool stays warm in winter

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