Staying true to my inner Beyonce, I take my birthday boy to John Varvatos and provide all my not so single ladies a few tips on how to give your man the ultimate upgrade.
Last week, I was on a total Beyonce-kick. First, I got my hair-did to match the thick hipped diva. I came very close to being confused for her on the street. Okay, that didn’t happen, but it totally should have cause I looked something fierce. Secondly, I gave my own King of the Rock a true upgrade. As a birthday surprise I took him to John Varvatos, one of his favorite shop spots, and told him to go on a little shopping spree.
After walking the store that rock built, I decided on a few items which will instantly upgrade any man.
The Right Pair of Black Pants – Johnny V provides a few options but the one that stands out is their Chelsea Pant ($398) which look a little bit worn and come in a relaxed fit that works well for Puerto Rican booties.
The Rocker Scarf – John’s known for completing his looks on Fashion Star by adding the right scarf to bring it all together. Even when it’s not cold out, a light weight scarf adds a little conversation piece to a look. Plus, it gives you a little more to play with when you get home and the clothes come off. Saynt picked up a USA flag scarf ($298), but this Slub Gauze ($248) version makes a great alternative.
Some Bad Ass Boots – You can go construction or cowboy, but the only boots that make girls like me go “hello lover” are rockers. Johnny’s Fleetwood lace ups ($598) are a great style that comes in a few colors including a red clay which just feels so right for an upgrade.
A Fitted Two Button Black Suit – Fitted, the keyword here is fitted. Every man in his 30′s should have already established a good relation with a tailor, but if you haven’t nows the right time (Saynt, are you reading this?). It’s easy to go loosey goosey, but nothing says “well kept man” better than a suit that fits. The Hampton Suit ($1695) from Varvatos is a great choice, the fabric is beautiful, made of virgin wool and mohair and it fits like I remember you looking before we got married.
Just Like Kissing, The French Do It Better - It’s easy to get lazy and opt for a shirt that doesn’t allow for customization. A good french cuff shirt goes a long way. Varvatos makes a look a few great slim fit options which go well with his collection of cuff links. Saynt spotted these Sterling Silver Gun Cufflinks ($330). I spotted an add on to his birthday gift list.
Military Suede – Can we just establish that men look and feel better in suede? Saynt picked up two sueded items while at Varvatos, a long military-styled trench ($2300) and a sueded shirt with about a million buttons ($2100), which, seen above on the stores in-house stylist, is the right suede jacket to make an outfit.
Upgraded Linen Tee – Something is just too perfect about the feel and smell of linen, it’s like the beachside vacation of fabrics. John’s version of the classic V-neck goes for $168 and comes in the perfect shades to match your rock n roll soul.
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