Trap music lovers can now help end child poverty and stay stylish at the very same time by purchasing this shirt designed by Uniform and rap artist/fashion icon A$AP Ferg. The shirt was designed for Red Nose Day, which falls this year on May 25, 2017. You can buy this funky teeshirt for $28 and the proceeds go to support children in need.

Pickup this cool shirt and support a charity.

Pickup this cool shirt and support a charity.

If you’re wondering what Red Nose Day is, it’s a day that benefits a charity that helps kids stay safe, healthy and empowered through education and care. The charity donates to programs in every single state in America as well as communities and projects in places like Latin America, Asia and Africa.

If you want to know exactly where your shirt money is going, it may be for an American child to eat a meal. It also might give a Ugandan child access to clean drinking water or vaccinate a child in Asia. It could even help at at-risk teen or child participate in an after-school activity or help a homeless child get off the streets.

Being a gentleman isn’t just about fashion, it’s about helping the world become a better place. Plus the shirt is pretty cool, so why not kill two birds with one stone and snap one up and wear it on May 25, 2017 to show your support. Uniform also offers some other tee shirts for purchase, by the one designed by A$AP Ferg is by far the most stylish and cool.

Words by Lori Zaino and photo of shirt from Uniform.

 

Athleisure is spring’s hottest trend, though we’ve been seeing gentleman pairing casual kicks with snazzy suits for quite awhile now. While this gives me mild flashbacks to the 80’s businesswoman look, where you’d see a stout woman in business casual sporting white Reeboks racing to the office on the mean streets of New York City, BDMOTP is onboard with the sneaker trend. If you follow these key tips, you can sport the trainers with a classy outfit and look right on trend.

1.Make sure your shoes are clean. There’s no excuse for sloppiness

Just because you’re wearing gym shoes doesn’t mean you need to look a total mess. The idea is that the sneakers are clean and well-cared for (no shoes that are falling apart) giving the suit or dressier outfit a casual yet clean kick.

Make sure your shoes don't look dirty.

Make sure your shoes don’t look dirty.

2. You can be bold with color and style, as long as it’s chic. 

Don’t be scared to go bright, studded or 3-D. But do make sure it fits with the look and isn’t obscene.

Try something a little different.

Try something a little different.

3. When it doubt, go with black, white or beige. 

Basic colors make not be as crazy, but if you’re just starting to embark on this trend, you may want to ease in by doing something you’re sure will work. If you select white, make sure to adhere by rule number 1, and black is easy as it matches everything and never gets dirty.

White and crisp.

White and crisp.

4. Be comfortable. 

The whole point of pairing sneakers with your suit is to not only make it a chill look, but to be comfortable. If you have shoes that don’t fit correctly or a cheaply made, you may as well just wear a pair of dress shoes.

Be comfortable.

Be comfortable.

5. Wear socks or foot covers.

It may look like these dudes are going sockless, but really, you’ll be much more comfortable if you wear socks or at minimum, a pair of hidden footcovers. This keep you comfortable and avoid sweating in your gym shoes. After all, having gross foot odor will make your look decidedly less awesome.

 

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Word by Lori Zaino and photos by Darrel Hunter.

The weather is beginning to change and the wind is blowing a slight chill into the air. It’s time for fall, so what to wear? Here are some of the top trends for this fall and winter season, and they’re actually wearable trends that any man should be able to easily participate in.

1. The Bomber Jacket

Matthew Miller shows a bomber style jacket layered over a longer coat for a modern look.

Matthew Miller shows a bomber style jacket layered over a longer coat for a modern look. Photo courtesy of Matthew Miller press.

This jacket, which is lightweight and perfect for fall temps, has been popular for many years, in fact, since the 1940’s. This season, it’s back with a serious vengeance and every man should be able to dig one out of his closet or pickup a new one.

This guy, spotted in Paris looks sleek in his two-tone bomber jacket. Photo courtesy of Darrel Hunter.

This guy, spotted in Paris looks sleek in his two-tone bomber jacket. Photo courtesy of Darrel Hunter.

These jackets have been spotted all over the AW16/17 runways as well as in the streets. Combine it with some chic trousers or layer it (see number 2) over a longer shirt or coat for a cool silhouette.

2. Layers, layers, layers

E. Tautz shows some lightweight layers in his AW16/17 collection. Photos from E. Tautz press.

E. Tautz shows some lightweight layers in his AW16/17 collection. Photos from E. Tautz press.

This may be one of the easiest fall trends to partake in, simply because there a very few rules and anything goes. Just take some garments and pile them on to stay warm. See, fashion is easy!

Loving these layers spotted in Milan, not to mention the copper jacket! Photo courtesy of Darrel Hunter.

Loving these layers spotted in Milan, not to mention the copper jacket! Photo courtesy of Darrel Hunter.

Obviously you want to pick thing that aren’t too bulky so you aren’t ballooned out, but this trend is both practical and fashionable, as you can peel off layers if you become warm.

3. Copper

We are swooning over this rich copper coat spotted in London. Photo courtesy of Darrel Hunter.

We are swooning over this rich copper coat spotted in London. Photo courtesy of Darrel Hunter.

This is a super cool color that immediately reminds us of autumn. It’s been spotted on virtually every runway from London to New York to Tokyo, so if you plan to invest in a new item this fall, a rich copper jacket or sweater is the ideal item.

These colorblocked pops of copper are super stylish. Photo courtesy of Charles Wosselin.

These colorblocked pops of copper are super stylish. Photo courtesy of Charles Wosselin.

The return of the bowtie as an everyday male fashion accessory has presented handsome, well-dressed men all over the world with a pending dilemma: to bow tie, or to necktie?

I’ll start by running through the difference between the two:

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A bow tie is a small tie that has an ending which is straight and rectangular or one that tapers and flares out at the end. Bow ties are often for more elegant occasions, but lately have been used with more day-to-day looks, and often provides a playful, whimsical touch to an outfit.

A dapper necktie spotted in London

A dapper necktie spotted in London

Neckies are more traditional, longer ties that can vary in width. Recently, the skinny tie is a hipster trend that can be worn with just about anything, no suit needed.

Why Wear A Bow Tie?

Wearing a bow tie may be easier for those with an busy lifestyle. It won’t fall into your soup and salad lunch combo or get stuck in a car door or machinery. Men of action will like the bow tie and it also gives off a retro, spirited and elegant vibe. 

Bow ties don't always have to be dressy

Bow ties don’t always have to be dressy

Millennials also enjoy wearing bow ties with just about any outfit, including a more casual looks like paired with jeans. Of course, the old-school elegance of a bow tie can go a long way when you are trying to impress.

Downton Abbey regal British cast wouldn't be caught dead without their bow ties

Downton Abbey regal British cast wouldn’t be caught dead without their bow ties

Famous bow tie wearers: Abraham Lincoln, Winston Churchill, Charlie Chaplin

Why Wear A Necktie?

Wearing a more traditional necktie can actually make you look taller, so all you height-challenged dudes out there listen up: Tie lengths are usually between 52 and 58 inches and make sure your tie is proportional to your height.

Neckties can express your style

Neckties can express your style

Width of  ties is also important. Three inches is always a good choice and skinnier ties can give you a more hipster, downtown look. A necktie is a safe bet–one you can never go wrong with as long as you can tie it properly!

George Clooney isn't starting any new trends, but looks great in a traditional necktie

George Clooney isn’t starting any new trends, but looks great in a traditional necktie

Famous necktie wearers: Donald Trump, George Clooney, The Blues Brothers

Commit to whatever style you choose and wear it with pride

Commit to whatever style you choose and wear it with pride

Regardless of which you choose, commit to it, and choose one that reflects your personality. If you are stuck wearing a suit all day, this may be one of the few ways you can truly accessorize, so have fun with it and pick a tie you can be proud to wear.

A bolo tie can make a bold statement

A bolo tie can make a bold statement

Tie Tips: 

  • Looking impeccable means you know how to perfectly tie your tie
  • If you want something really original and retro, try a bolo tie
  • Enjoy and embrace all tie styles. You don’t always have to stick to one or the other–that’s the beauty of accessories! You can have a great collection of both bow ties and neckties.

Posted by Lori Zaino and photos by Darrel Hunter and Paloma Canseco.

After a year of fluorescent colors shocking the system at the Arnold Classic, basic black is back. The majority of the hottest fitness and casual clothing here has a biker meets Game of Thrones vibe: heavy on shields and tough text – as logos or words of inspiration. 

Gymshark’s black/camo tank was a hit at the Arnold Classic.

Gymshark’s black/camo tank was a hit at the Arnold Classic.

Some vendors went all out with their booths to catch  the eyes of  more than 175,000 people who come from all over the world for the four-day festival in Columbus, Ohio. Making the biggest splash here:  Gymshark.  They created an elevated red carpet experience where visitors could pose with familiar faces like The Hodgetwins,  YouTube and Instagram sensations. Gymshark has re-imagined the tank top, with a variety of two and three-toned designs, with black or white and a muted color or camouflage, for $30.

Former Mr. Canada body builder Mike Johnson sported a kilt during the festival as he worked the Headrush booth.

Former Mr. Canada body builder Mike Johnson sported a kilt during the festival as he worked the Headrush booth.

Headrush’s slogan,”Fortune Favours The Brave” makes for some smart t-shirts.  The company also features Native American inspired accents, and the brand is endorsed by the popular Canadian bodybuilder Mike Johnson who sported a kilt throughout the festival.

Gorilla Clothing Booth

Gorilla Clothing Booth

Monsta Clothing Co.’s in-your-face designs showed off a bit more color and a “go big or go home” attitude. Gorilla also makes a big impression with some smart jackets and t-shirts sporting their popular logo.

Swiss bodybuilder and fitness model Stan Imal sported a Team Cutler tank, named in honor of former Mr. Olympia, Jay Cutler.

Swiss bodybuilder and fitness model Stan Imal sported a Team Cutler tank, named in honor of former Mr. Olympia, Jay Cutler.

Many of the fitness celebrities proved that with the right physique, a simple black tank top can make a strong impression, like  legendary Powerlifter Mark Bell and Swiss bodybuilder and fitness model Stan Imal.

Governator Arnold wear

Governator Arnold wear

Some popular items here  include black tshirts emblazoned with “Governator,”  in honor of the festival’s namesake, Arnold Schwarzenegger. The sports and movie icon usually dons fancier duds for his appearances, typically a blazer and crisp dress shirt without a tie. His Expendables co-star Randy Couture wore a leather blazer and jeans while Michael Jai White rocked a smart custom black brocade blazer by Gentleman’s Cooperative.

Martial Arts Champion and Movie Star Michael Jai White looked smart in his custom blazer by The Gentleman’s Cooperative.

Martial Arts Champion and Movie Star Michael Jai White looked smart in his custom blazer by The Gentleman’s Cooperative.

Michael joined a group of best dressed athletes inducted into the International Sports Hall of Fame, including wrestler Paul “Triple H” Levesque, powerlifter Ed Coan, body builder Lenda Murray, kickboxer and movie star Don “The Dragon” Wilson and boxer Evander Holyfield. Presenting the awards was another best dressed fixture at the festival, Dr. Robert Goldman, founder of the hall of fame. When Arnold came to the podium, he ribbed “Dr. Bob” for his impeccable bespoke suit and tie. “You look studly!” Arnold said, encouraging the crowd to applaud.

Namesake Arnold Schwarzenegger usually is spotted in a blazer and crisp dress shirt at The Arnold Classic.

Namesake Arnold Schwarzenegger usually is spotted in a blazer and crisp dress shirt at The Arnold Classic.

Post and photos by Steve Oldfield.

 

It’s everywhere on the runways and grey is always in style when it comes to the courtroom. BDMOTP photographed and interviewed three future Best Dressed Lawyers On The Planet: students from the prestigious Loyola University Law School in Chicago. The suits and ties all come from a store that’s helpful to law students and other budget conscious dapper dressers: Cosmo’s Designer Direct near Chicago in Villa Park, Illinois.

Meet Conor, Fredrick and Michael, three Loyola Law students willing to suit up.

Meet Conor, Michael, and Fredrick, three Loyola Law students willing to suit up.

Cosmo’s Bettina Gallo created looks that work for men of various builds. For taller, leaner guys, Gallo says a vested suit can be a sharp look; shorter and stockier men are smart to avoid most vests and double breasted suits; while a single-breasted, pinstriped suit will look more flattering.

TIE TIPS: think about choosing a wool tie with a tartan print to go with a suit that has a thicker weave. Jewel-toned silks always work well: Amethyst, Emerald or Garnet ties look great with grey. For a livelier look – think about a bright tie with light blue, yellow or white accent colors.

Our legal eagles were photographed at the Loyola University Chicago Law Center, just a few blocks away from some of the world’s best shopping on Michigan Avenue.

Thank you to Loyola University’s Elisabeth Brookover and her team and Bettina Gallo from Cosmo’s Designer Direct.

Desmond is a first-year law student in the Public Policy program and an extern in the Lt. Governor’s office. Conor’s planning a career in politics and hopes to be governor of Illinois some day.

Conor Desmond is a first-year law student in the Public Policy program and an extern in the Lt. Governor’s office. Conor’s planning a career in politics and hopes to be governor of Illinois some day.

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Conor currently owns three suits including a charcoal gray one. He likes to incorporate something personal into his look. “I regularly wear a Loyola, Illinois or other tie that is connected to what I am working on at the time. When I used to work on environmental issues, I would wear a green tie. Conor nearly always wears a pin on his suit jacket: either his grandfather’s US Air Force Pin, an American Flag or a pin from his fraternity. “I want to feel connected to what I am wearing,” he said.

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Michael Tien is a third- year law student from Lansing, Michigan, concentrating on Employment & Labor Law; Litigation & Dispute Resolution. “My ultimate career goal is to end up in a position where I can use my legal skills to advocate on behalf of a person or group,” He said. “And most importantly, love what I do every day.”

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Michael owns six suits and takes his fashion cues from blogs like BDMOTP. He says that lawyers always have to dress-to-impress. A lawyer should generally dress in a conservative, sophisticated, and professional manner, but still find a way to insert their personality into their wardrobe, like the color or pattern of a tie,”Michael said. “Even the smallest details and accessories of the wardrobe are important, like cufflinks or a tiepin.”

Frederick Joseph III is a third-year law student originally from Cuba, NY. Before heading to Loyola to become a litigator, --- studied music in Boston and worked as an opera singer.

Frederick Joseph III is a third-year law student originally from Cuba, NY. Before heading to Loyola to become a litigator, he studied music in Boston and worked as an opera singer.

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Frederick owns seven suits and has been a subscriber to GQ since he was 15 years old. He generally is wearing a suit in class because he often comes straight from his job at the high-powered law firm of Schiff Hardin LLP, where he’s learned a lot about looking like a lawyer. “I think a “power” look comes from the details,” Frederick said. “A perfectly fitted suit, crisp white shirt, understated pattern on the tie. Colored socks and a beautiful pair of bench-made shoes. Can’t go wrong there.”

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Posted by Steve Oldfield.

With the biggest shopping day of the year coming up the day after Thanksgiving, we thought you men out there might need a little guidance on holiday shopping. So regardless of if you are shopping on Black Friday, Christmas Eve, or at any point in between, we’ve put together a little plan to make things easier for you!

Gift Giving Guide

Girlfriend/Boyfriend: if you listen when she/he talks, it shouldn’t be too hard

Does she/he love old movies?

Have a private screening with her

outdoor movie screening

An outdoor movie screening is a thoughtful and romantic gift!

Has she/he always wanted to see the Lincoln Memorial lit up at midnight?

Take her there!

Honestly, do something that shows you care and you’re golden.

A romantic stroll in the park  can a beautiful present!

A romantic stroll in the park can a beautiful present!

Wife/Husband: NOT the same thing you always get her (follow guidelines for boyfriend/girlfriend’s gifts)

Mom/Dad: there are two categories, practical (things they need) and things of luxury (things would like but will never buy for themselves). With both categories factor in their interests:  gardening, home improvement projects, sewing, cooking, parlor games, travel, gadget fanatic, etc. Odds are, your parents like at least one of these things, so factor this interest into focusing on a gift they will appreciate.

Co-Worker/Boss: based on jokes/conversations shared, get something small that applies. If you don’t have a cool boss give them a card/gift card combo, it can’t fail. Don’t go overboard with co-worker and boss gifts, usually something small is perfect.

Sister: a cute, unique piece of jewelry (ring/necklace/bracelet) She will appreciate the thought you put into it. If you shop at stores: Anthropologie, Urban Outfitters, Free People, you will find something any sister will like.

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Brother: Bookstore/Amazon Gift Card, it has everything! Books, movies, clothes, tools, videogames, etc. Perfect for the brother with multiple interests.

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Final Tips:

*A silly heartfelt card (not overly sappy, but an ‘I care and Love you sentiment) goes a long way with the folks, and will butter them up before they open their gifts.

You can never go wrong with a cute card.

You can never go wrong with a cute card.

*All gifts must be individualized and thoughtful at the core for them to be considered a success.

Have a great holiday season and good luck shopping!

Posted by Anne Grimaudo

Jeans and a white tee shirt…a simple, practical go to look that will never go wrong.  You can do so many things with this look, add a blazer for a more classic feel, a leather jacket for a rocker look, or nothing at all for a casual fall style.  This is a basic style that goes way back…stylish back then, stylish now, and stylish tomorrow!

Looking for some inspiration?

The Trendsetters…

James Dean and Marlon Brando

Catapulting their careers with their bad boy, rebellious public images Dean and Brando simplistically wore fitted white tees and jeans. They made the ‘greaser look’ iconic as well as a combination of carelessly cool. White tees with jeans also associated men with bikes and cars, so if that white shirt got dirtied up a bit, it added to the overall effect.  Versatility is how this look has survived and been easily replicated throughout the decades.

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Continuing the trend today…

Shia LeBeouf and Johnny Depp

Both actors have continued with the image of rebels and not following Hollywood’s rulebook. They make their own rules; maintain their eccentric side and rock tees with jeans.  LeBeouf is more of the Dean/Brando mold, riding bikes and living dangerously.  Depp is more of a nonconformist rock n’ roller, adding tons of necklaces, rings and bracelets to the basic white tee and blue jean.

 

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What you should take from these gentlemen is that fashion is not difficult to have as long as you commit to what you have chosen to wear. It’s not bad to care how you look, but once you have your outfit on you need to feel as confident in yourself as these gents mentioned above. Channeling the white tee and blue jeans rebel look, tried and true for decades, gives you the equipment you need. Go tear it apart!

Image Credits:

James Dean: stlyeandcheek.com

Marlon Brando: the zipper.umwblogs.org

Johnny Depp: fanpop.com

Shia LeBeouf: way2speed.com

Posted by: Anne Grimaudo

Jeans, Jackets, Vests, Shirts…Denim is everywhere!

All of it is in right now! There are many associations and ways to wear denim well due to its neutral colors (any color you choose, white/black/dark/light washes, can be very easy to mix with other articles of clothing).

Associations include rustic, hard-working, utility, durability. Clothes that can take wear and tear, showcasing an individual that is not afraid of the mundane of daily chores.

What you gain from wearing denim are pockets, strong fabric, layers for warmth or to shed when working hard.

Denim is making the hard working individual fashionable. We all feel proud when we’ve done a days work of manual labor, now you can feel this way more frequently simply by implementing denim into your daily look.

Trending right now in the denim world: cuffed pants, colored pants (try mint green or oxblood), and denim button up shirts, left unbuttoned over a tee for a casual look.

Feel better about your great work ethic, be a cowboy (we all wanted to be when we were kids!) Have all the pockets in your shirts and pants you could ever need.

The many ways to wear denim are shown below:

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Image Credit: hotcosmetics.com

Posted by: Anne Grimaudo

 

Let’s start at the beginning, who is Ryan Gosling? He’s an actor.  He’s no more handsome than any other young Hollywood star. However, post 2008, he wasn’t the best dressed. In fact, he was a shabby mess. And even though he was the leading man in the tearjerker, The Notebook, no one was blogging his or her fingers numb about his style. In fact, because of the success of that movie, he should have been Hollywood’s “go to” leading man.

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Ryan Gosling in 2004 on the Red Carpet

Legend has it that sometime between “Lars and the Real Girl”, a small indie film that earned him a Golden Globe nomination and “Blue Valentine”, his inner fashionisto was awakened or Cinderella’s fairy godmother arrived and fixed him. Either way, he had no aid from a highly skilled stylist. He showed up on the red carpet of the 63rd Annual Cannes Film Festival for “Blue Valentine” May 18 2010, in a crisp white fitted shirt and a pair of white and blue striped pants with a white lace shoe; he was flawless.

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Ryan Gosling in 2010 at the Cannes Film Festival

But enough about Mr. Gosling… the Gosling Effect happens when your look impacts your life for the good.  Everyone knows your first impression shapes what people think of you; however, what if you looked amazing all the time? Simply, dress for the role you want, not the one you have.  That being said, anyone can have his or her own Gosling Effect.  Here are a few tips:

1. Tailor it.

  • It is not likely that off the rack will be a perfect fit, so find a good tailor and invest in yourself.

2. If it doesn’t fit, then you should quit.

  • If you’re wearing things that are too loose or too tight out in public, it makes you look like a sloppy mess in need of a mommy. Too tight looks like you’re trying too hard to be noticed.

3. If you can’t afford or find a stylist, find a great sales associate.

  • Sometimes, you just don’t have the aptitude to put together looks. Sometimes being color blind or style challenged can hold you back.  Stylists are paid to make you look great and effortless. They can go in your closet and get rid of the mess that is holding you back and give you the tools to be your own leading man. And if you can’t find one or afford one, ask around your favorite stores for the honest associate and get their help.

4. Grooming…Grooming….Grooming

  • Get a great hairdresser or barber and make them your new best friend.  The right scent on a man leaves a great impression (not too strong or musky). Don’t live in fear of product, invest in your skin care or find a dermatologist.

At the end of the day, gentleman, you’ll feel different and that’s good. Your day-to-day life is your red carpet at Cannes. Success is bigger then profession… it’s having it all (whatever that means for you), and you can learn from the great and chic Mr. Gosling.

Go forth and look good doing it.

Photo Credits:

Red Carpet-Zimbio.com

Canne-Mydaily.com

Posted By: Denee Davis

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