Style Comparison: Suits vs How I Met Your Mother

One of my favorite TV shows, Suits, is coming back on the air soon. In promoting the season premiere, they put out this awesome infographic comparing two of my favorite style icons, check it out:

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Personally I’m a fan of Harvey Specter’s style. Looks uber classy, professional, and powerful. However, I will say that it takes an equally classy, professional, and powerful person to most effectively pull the look off, and Harvey Specter certainly checks all the boxes. Truthfully though, the safer route is Barney’s notch lapel two piece suit, which is still an absolute classic.

Trends of 2012

Happy New Year, my stylish friends!

I hope 2012 was an excellent year for you, and that you look forward to an even better 2013. Just to reminisce on the year that passed, here are some fashion trends I saw really surge up in 2012.

Knit Ties: Knit ties might have come back before 2012, but 2012 was certainly the year they started to show up everywhere. Love ‘em myself, and wish I had more occasions to wear them.

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Double Monk Strap Shoes: This is also a trend that came back a couple years ago, but it remained strong in 2012. As you guys know, I like to spend a bit more on shoes than any other pieces of clothing, so I probably won’t be investing in a pair of double monks, since I find them a bit trendy. It’s probably in the best interest of my wallet.

 Trends of 2012

Bright Colored Chinos: Didn’t succumb to a pair of colored chinos, as I feel the trend will disappear soon. I’ll leave the colored pants to my female counterparts.

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White Pants: Not much a fan of this trend. Don’t get me wrong, I think white pants can look good when they are the right fit, and on the right people. However, maintenance must be a pain, and they are also incredibly flashy. Again, I’ll leave these to my female counterparts.

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Double Breasted Suits: The double breasted suit keeps going away and coming back, from what I’ve seen. 2012 marked a year that the double breasted suit came back, but with an investment piece like a suit, I’d rather stick with the classic single breasted, two button getup.

doublebreasted Trends of 2012

Cargo Pants: Got myself a pair of cargo pants from both Gant by Michael Bastian and Uniqlo this year. I’ve always loved the utilitarian aspect of cargo pants, and I think the fashion world got the fit right this time.

Cargo Pants Trends of 2012

Fair Isle Sweaters: Fair Isle sweaters made a comeback this winter and I admit, I wasn’t sold at first. However, the more I saw of them, the more I felt like I needed one. There’s something very old school about fair isle sweaters, and I think it’s that particular characteristic that makes them desirable to me.

Fair Isle Trends of 2012

There you go! Some fashion trends I saw in 2012. Pick and choose carefully, as most of these will likely go out of the style in the next few years. Again, happy new year folks!

Celebrity Styles: Suits

It’s no secret- I love suits. In fact, I love suits so much, I’ve literally put on a suit just to watch a television show called Suits… in my living room.

Sad? Maybe…

Awesome? I think so.

Now I’d love more than anything to elaborate on what you should look for in a suit, what colors you should get, or how suits should fit on you, but in the interest of time, I will leave that for a future post.

Instead, I’d like to show you some celebrities that I look up to, when needing some Suitspiration.

Gabriel Macht – Harvey Specter (Suits)

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Harvey Specter is a man of power, and he dresses the part. He generally dons a 3 piece suit by Tom Ford, with peak lapels and a strong shoulder line. The cut of his suits is slim, but not too slim, as he isn’t trying to give off a “trendy” look. Ties are also a bit more wide, matching the width of his broad lapels. Recommended for someone who wants to look like a man of pure authority and power, not a man of trends and modernity.

Matt Bomer – Neal Caffrey (White Collar)

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This is the sleek and sexy look. Generally, Neal Caffrey wears a two-piece suit with a very slim silhouette, thin notch lapels, a tie, tie bar, and pocket square. His dress shirts and accessories are made by Thomas Pink and his suits by Paul Smith. Very different from Harvey Specter in that Neal’s suits fit much more modern and hip. The narrow shoulders, thin lapels, and high armholes all contribute to this. If you want to be known as the “impeccably stylish man of today,” learn from Neal Caffrey.

Daniel Craig – James Bond (Casino Royale)

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Ah, James Bond. My ultimate role model. Always dressed to the 9s in Brioni or Tom Ford suits. I think the beauty of the suit that Bond wears is its simplicity. It’s all about basic colors and precise tailoring, nothing more, nothing less. Also, we mustn’t forget that Bond is the epitome of pure confidence, which ultimately makes the suit look better than it probably is. We should never forget this. Wear your outfits with confidence, and your appearance will all of a sudden change for the better.