DCFashion Fool x 100 Pieces of Perry

It’s fair to say that social media has changed the face of fashion. The ability to live stream, Instagram and Tweet fashion shows means that we have access to upcoming looks much sooner than in the past. It’s the designers and brands that adapt to this changing dynamic that will ultimately be successful. That’s why I was excited to take part in GQ x Perry Ellis’ 100 Pieces of Perry.
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Knowing that bloggers and social influencers are leading this new change. Perry Ellis partnered with 100 menswear bloggers to showcase their Fall 2016 collection. I was fortunate to be in that number and along with 99 of my fellow bloggers presented the collection all on Instagram using the hashtags #100PiecesofPerry and #VeryPerry.
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What was great about the 100 Pieces of Perry campaign was that each blogger had the chance to showcase their own personal style using Perry Ellis clothing. What resulted was a unified collection that was Very Perry yet also showcased individual personality. Along with the Instagram fashion show, the pictures were also made available on the company’s website where people can now shop the Perry Ellis pieces.

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Another great aspect of the presentation is the recognition of the new paradigm that says people don’t always were the same designer from head to toe. While some of the looks were all Perry others combined their great Perry piece with other brands to make an outstanding overall look. What was my piece? It was the Textured Crew Neck Sweater in plum. I paired it with plaid pants, light merlot dress shirt and tie to make a great business casual look. I finished with a navy hat and a pair of lace boots. Sweaters in autumn colors, bold plaid pants, hats & boots are all great mainstays this season.

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If you weren’t part of the original 100 in the 100 Pieces of Perry, you still have a chance to show off your Perry style by entering the #VeryPerryContest

Submit your look to enter the contest for a chance to win a $2500 Perry Ellis gift card!

1. Take a picture of yourself in a Perry Ellis piece that shows your unique style
2. Post your photo on Instagram by October 13, 2016
3. Tag your photo with:
@PerryEllis #100PiecesOfPerry #VeryPerry #VeryPerryContest

Good luck!

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Photos: Jeff Thatcher Photography

Checking out 701 Restaurant

I was really excited to check out the new fall menu at 701 Restaurant.  701 is one of those restaurants that’s been in town for years. The restaurant scene in Washington is one of the most bustling things in the Nation’s Capital. New restaurants pop up pretty frequently so older restaurants constant refresh their menus as a way to stay on the must hit list.

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Photo courtesy of Greg Powers

I am not a restaurant critic but I love dining out and trying the restaurants in DC. I guess you can say I have an appreciation for eating out. That’s probably why my waistline keeps expanding. I think it’s important that when a business is trying to show off their best, it’s important to do the same as a guest.  So for my part whenever I’m invited to events like the fall tasting at 701 Restaurant, I make a conscious effort to look my best. dressed-for-701-5 dressed-for-701-6

701 Restaurant is located in downtown DC not too far from the Capital and right next to the United States Navy Memorial. With a setting like this, I figured it was a great time to pick a classic Washington look, khaki slacks and a blue blazer. This is a great look and very easy to pull off. It can work in the summer and is also a nice transition into fall.

The key to keeping it fresh is to make sure the entire look is well fitting. Slacks should not be baggy, a nice trim cut but not too form fitting is the ideal choice. Same is true for a blazer, a well tailored blazer will help keep this traditional look modern and fresh. To make my look a little different, instead of a solid shirt and pattern tie, I flipped the script. My shirt had a slight pattern and I opted for an almost solid tie. Making a standard look your own is key in defining your personal style.

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As for 701 Restaurant, I really enjoyed. Executive Chef Benjamin Lambert has created a menu of modern American cuisine with prices ranging from $9 – $35 with specials such as a pre-theatre $35 three course prix fix menu, lunch at the Bar for $17 per person and Happy Hour with $7 wine, cocktail and bar snack specials. Live Jazz is available Thursday through Sunday.

For my tasting, I got to sample:

Cocktails

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  • 7th & Penn, rye, aged rum, PX sherry, orange and angostura bitters
  • Douro Spritz, saffron gin, white port, house tonic and soda

Food

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  • Chilled Corn Soup, bacon, cornbread streusel and chili-lime sorbet
  • Bluefin Tuna Tartare, sushi rice ice cream, ponzu and wasabi oil
  • Corn Fonduta Agnolotti, chanterelle mushrooms, truffle and sungold tomatoes
  • Cauliflower shawarma, hummus, golden raisins, tomatoes and lavash
  • Smoked Duck Breast, black beans, salsa verde and baby corn
  • S’mores, toasted marshmallow, chocolate and graham cracker ganache
  • Sweet Corn Pudding, blueberries, crunchy yogurt and Champagne

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701 Restaurant is located at 701 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W.,
(between Capitol Hill and the White House) in Washington, DC.

Details/Shop my Style

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Blue Blazer – Theory; Blue Checked Dress Shirt – Canali; Tie, Pocket Square, Socks – Harrison Blake; Khaki Pants – Ralph Lauren;  Watch – Daniel Wellington; Brown Loafers – Tom Ford

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Style a Sprezzabox

I love presents. I have to admit when I get a package in the mail I am like a kid at Christmas. That’s why I was excited when the folks at Sprezzabox asked me to be an ambassador. Not only would I be receiving a package in the mail but I would have the opportunity to style a Sprezzabox. Ambassador DCFashion Fool has a cool ring to it!
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Sprezzabox is a monthly subscription service. For $25 per month, you receive 5-6 different items handpicked by the company’s stylist. For September, I just received my box which is called, “The Smith.” A cheeky card comes with the box to describe the month’s selection. You have to love a box that comes with accessories that (according to their words), “will make my wardrobe a bit more vibrant to match my handsome personality.” Any box that calls me a stud wins bonus points!

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At first, I was a little hesitant to become an ambassador. I already belong to another subscription service so I wondered if I’m taking on another box would be too much. But my fears were quickly calmed when the first box arrived. From the thrill of receiving the box in the mail to opening it up and next the chance to put together my look, I’m enjoying the experience. Look for how I wore my August look in an upcoming post.

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There are a number of reasons why subscription boxes make sense. First, for me I can be guilty of always wearing the same tie and accessories together usually with the same suit. Getting a new box on a monthly basis can help keep my looks looking fresh. Secondly, instead of paying hundreds of dollars for a new suit the affordable monthly subscription price of the Sprezzabox gives you a new look each month. Lastly for those who have a hard time matching up ties and accessories, the stylist at Sprezzabox do a great job of curating accessories that work well together. The work is done for you.  So far I’ve been pleased with the combinations and makes that they’ve sent me. I now look forward for the chance to style a Sprezzabox.

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The box also makes a great gift. Think about it when you need a gift for the well-dressed man who’s looking to change up his look or the guy who’s not quite sure how to put stylish combinations together. Both will welcome their chance to style a Sprezzabox. Check it out for yourself.  If you code, DCFASHIONFOOL, you can get a 10% discount on your first box and entire store order. Tell them Ambassador DCFashion Fool sent you!

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Photos: Jeff Thatcher Photography

A Suit with Timberlands

This fall I will be rocking my suit with Timberlands. Now that the weather is starting to turn cooler, I’m looking forward to wearing some great looking suit combinations. This year, I plan to try some different ways to sport a tailored look.

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Over the last few years, business casual and athleisure have been the big buzzwords in men’s fashion. Guys are using these looks for everything from business to play to evenings on the town. While I don’t mind these looks from time to time, I love wearing a suit. One of my ways is to wear my suit with a smart casual boot.

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For this latest blog post, I decided to jazz my suit with Timberlands. Most people are familiar with the rugged Timberland boots but the company also has a great selection of more casual sporty styles. I found a pair of chukka boots in an awesome shade of blue and decided to pair them with a suit.

I had a chance to try out my new boots with my suit as I walked around Capitol Hill. This hidden gem of Washington is starting to see an explosion of development with new restaurants and shops popping up all over. Interesting it’s still trying to retain some of its charm. I noticed that while stopping by The Maples on Capitol Hill. Although it’s been converted to modern residencesthis former hospital built in 1795 was once owned by Francis Scott Key and still has that old world charm.

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If you’re looking for a great basis suit for this fall, start with a gray, blue or charcoal especially if it’s a first suit. These colors offer lots of options for great versatility and can be worn for a variety of functions. Keep reading my blog for future posts on other suit options.

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This suit is a navy but in certain lights look gray. It’s a great suit to show off a colorful shirt and tie but this time I went with something a little subtler, a patterned shirt with a solid gray/blue tie. So how did I add pizzazz?? It was with the Timberland boots. They added a bit of color to my look and make my look a little more casual. It didn’t hurt that these boots were some of the most comfortable shoes I’ve ever worn. The suit with Timberlands works!

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Shop My Look/Details

Blue suit – Armani Collezioni; Plaid shirt – Hugo; Tie, Pocket Square, Socks – Harrison Blake; Blue Chukka Boots – Timberland


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