How to Clean Out Your Closet?

As with many New Yorkers space is a huge issue for me. I love to shop I just don’t always have a place to put everything. So, every two seasons, I clean out my closet and, put things in storage to make room for new things. Now overhauling your closet might seem like a daunting task but, try not to get discouraged. Just ask yourself the following questions to get the ball rolling:

  1. What’s the best thing about your wardrobe?
    1. Take a minute and decide what you love about your wardrobe.  What you keep your cloths in is just as important as the cloths themselves. With space being such a big factor in so many major cities its only natural that selecting a wardrobe would be impacting by how much you can fit. Be practical about how many pieces you’re looking to purchase. Having 30 pairs of skinny jeans is fine if you have the space. If you don’t well then you’re a hoarder and that’s not cute. 
  2. Is your wardrobe visible?
    1. Being able to physically see your clothing is just as important if not more important than selecting it. The reason that I say that is because most people tend to adopt the “out of sight out of mind” mentality. It makes sense if you think about it. I know for me the last thing that I am thinking about in the morning is climbing way into my closet to mine for a look to wear that day. If I’m in a rush I’m lucky if I am awake let alone stylish.
  3. Is your closet or rack neat?
    1. A neat closet is a big factor in cleaning out your wardrobe. A busy working person is more likely to part with certain garments if everything is not in a big pile…..
  4. What do I do with my cloths I don’t need?
    1. There are a ton of things you can do with old cloths, especially if they’re vintage. You can bring your cloths to your local consignment store to sell, and/or donate pieces. Ebay is a great outlet for selling items in good condition. I've been known to grab a few pieces from eBay as well. Hopefully this clears your clutter like it did mine! 

Cleaning out your closet is the perfect time to identify what you already have on hand. How can you look for pieces to compliment your collection if you don’t know what’s in it? AND while you’re at it, take note of the pieces you haven’t worn at all in the past one, two, three, or more years— trust me we've all got clothes like that. Seriously though, if it's been in your closet for that long you're probably not going to wear it. A good closet purging is more than liberating. I recommend making a smoothie and giving it a go!

How often do you guys clean out your closet? 



Perceived Style

My name is Kevin Kamari Foreman but you can call me Kam for short. I am a New York based up and coming designer/stylist. The idea to begin blogging about fashion came about over a glass of wine with a designer friend of mine Kenny M. at the end of 2013. I was showing him some of the looks I had put together for my birthday when he turned to me and said - "you have a good eye... maybe you should try getting into fashion yourself." That's when Perceived Style was born. I have an obsession with classic American prep, bodybuilding, grooming, beauty products, and fashion in general so it was a good fit for me. Before my blogging days I used to be very depressed, very overweight, self conscious, and constantly self-defeating myself. Fashion helped pull me out of that. It taught me to live life, love the skin I'm in, and care about what's on it. So when I was creating the blog it was easy to decide what it would be about. The main focus of Perceived Style is to inspire people to be comfortable in their own skin, to smile more, and to care more about their overall appearance using tips and photos. Job History: I used to work at BFCU in bethpage long island. Now I am the creative directior/CEO for Perceived Style and a freelance menswear designer as of June 2014. Education: I went to Farmingdale College for 2 years then moved to Hofstra for the last 2 years. I presently am taking continuing classing in blogging, fashion writing, and design. Interests: Art, Fashion Shows, Menswear, Shopping, Photography, Womens Fashion, and Food/Movies.

How to start a capsule wardrobe? - part 2

Here is part two in the series! Today I will be showcasing my list of basics with a hint of casual flare. If your coming into the series late and need a refresher on part 1 click here.

*Remember* A capsule wardrobe is “According to Faux, a capsule wardrobe is a collection of a few essential items of clothing that will not go out of fashion” so says Wikipedia. So basically it’s when you get together a bunch of staple pieces for your wardrobe that are season-less. The idea of a capsule wardrobe is that you can go to your closet and essentially get dressed in the dark.

Here is my list directly pasted from my iPhone (I found the template online) to give you an idea of how I have things structured:

 

Versatile Basics/Separates

• Beige & Black Chinos – they’re a classic and are perfect for any occasion. I have one beige pair and a black pair.

• Levi 508s – Buy two pairs in black and blue. Don’t be too precious with them. They're about the same amount as the above jeans. 75-85 for jeans.

• Neutral Cotton Bermuda Shorts – essential for the summer. Buy them in timeless colors such as navy, black, khaki or beige.

• Oxford Cloth Button-Down Shirts – white, blue and pink is all you need my friend.

• Leather Jacket – something classic and simple in black or brown.

• V-neck Sweaters & Cardigans – aim for quality such as merino wool or cashmere and stick to versatile colors such as grey, beige, brown and navy.

• Shawl Neck Cardigans – chunky knit but slim cut in navy and grey. 2 of these will suffice.

• T-shirts – crew necks and v necks in white, grey and navy. Buy spares. Graphic tees that display my personality.

• Short Sleeve White Blue & Pink Dress Shirts – make sure you focus on quality and fit. Get two solid versions of each color and then one more of each in a flattering trendy pattern but no rush.

• Crew Neck Sweater – in grey and navy for those lazy Sundays on the sofa. Paired with harem sweat shorts from H&M in black. They are so are comfortable!

• Navy Pea Coat – easy style points and can be found for cheap at army surplus stores. Thrift thrift thrift.... Or ASOS. H&M & Forever 21 Men have a good selection of outer wear as well, and there is also eBay.

Since I generally have a more prepster-ish aesthetic this list may not be for everyone. However, this should give you the framework to find what works for you. Stay tuned, more to come :-D

What's in your capsule collection? What would you change from the list above?

 

Perceived Style

My name is Kevin Kamari Foreman but you can call me Kam for short. I am a New York based up and coming designer/stylist. The idea to begin blogging about fashion came about over a glass of wine with a designer friend of mine Kenny M. at the end of 2013. I was showing him some of the looks I had put together for my birthday when he turned to me and said - "you have a good eye... maybe you should try getting into fashion yourself." That's when Perceived Style was born. I have an obsession with classic American prep, bodybuilding, grooming, beauty products, and fashion in general so it was a good fit for me. Before my blogging days I used to be very depressed, very overweight, self conscious, and constantly self-defeating myself. Fashion helped pull me out of that. It taught me to live life, love the skin I'm in, and care about what's on it. So when I was creating the blog it was easy to decide what it would be about. The main focus of Perceived Style is to inspire people to be comfortable in their own skin, to smile more, and to care more about their overall appearance using tips and photos. Job History: I used to work at BFCU in bethpage long island. Now I am the creative directior/CEO for Perceived Style and a freelance menswear designer as of June 2014. Education: I went to Farmingdale College for 2 years then moved to Hofstra for the last 2 years. I presently am taking continuing classing in blogging, fashion writing, and design. Interests: Art, Fashion Shows, Menswear, Shopping, Photography, Womens Fashion, and Food/Movies.

How to Start A Capsule Wardrobe? - Part 1

 One of the things I tend to talk a lot about on is the “Capsule Wardrobe.” Since I still get a lot of DMs asking what it is and, how to start a new collection I think it’s time to spill the beans. A capsule wardrobe is: “According to Faux, a capsule wardrobe is a collection of a few essential items of clothing that will not go out of fashion” so says Wikipedia. So basically it’s when you get together a bunch of pieces for your wardrobe that are season-less, classic, and mix-matchable. An effective capsule can give you the ability to go to your closet, and essentially get dressed in the dark - and look good.

Since building this is not by any means an easy task I will share the list I have in my phone of pieces I require for my collection. Well it’s more of a skeleton of classic menswear pieces that are essential to my style. Before you get discouraged, remember, carefully planned wardrobes don’t just develop by chance (in most cases anyway). Some sliver of serious thought has (or at least should have) been put into every purchase, there should be a reason for every piece you put in your wardrobe. Your wardrobe should have a level ease and, comfort to it while representing your signature style.

 ***Note: When drawing inspiration for your collection, please try not to get too wrapped up in other people’s style. Use other people’s looks for inspiration, not as blue prints as to what you should buy. Be yourself – you aren’t dressing someone else. Things will look far better on you if you are true to your own aesthetic, trust me I’ve been there lol.***

Here is my list directly pasted from my iPhone (I found the template online) to give you an idea of how i have things structured:

 

Formal Pieces

• Seasonal Weight Suit – would have 2 suits for Fall/Winter and 2 for Spring/Summer.

Fall/Winter: I would say any colors of black, gray, or navy. It doesn't have to be a 3 pc but focus on what's currently trending...is it a 1, 2, or 3 button suit. I would keep this basic as this is just your basic necessity suits that can be more of an everyday type of thing.  I would stay away from a full cord suit as this is too trendy for a basic.

Spring/Summer: I would say any colors of Khaki, gray, and navy as basics.  Cotton, or cotton blend. Focus on Spring fabrication...I wouldn't necessarily say a linen suit but maybe a linen blend. Linen tends to get very wrinkled and for a basic that's too trendy. It should still maintain it's structure and look neat. Of course you can recommend a cotton or cotton blend as these are great suiting fabrics for Spring.

You are right you can break the suit down into separates as well not with just the jacket but the pants be worn to produce a whole new look on their own as well.

• Navy Blue Corduroy Blazer – of course you can make the jacket from the suit work overtime, but the great thing about having another one is that I can play around with the details. A cord blazer can be a signature item and can be transitioned to fit into many looks seamlessly.

• White Pink & Blue Dress Shirts – make sure you focus on quality and fit. Get two solid versions of each color and then one more of each in a pattern such as a blue butcher’s stripe, gingham, and a white herringbone. Solids for sure. For pattern I would suggest a gingham and maybe a stripe.

• Black Tie Options – a solid silk neck tie in black, and a black bow tie in grosgrain for very formal moments. 

• Tuxedo – save up for this. All black.

• Seersucker Blazer/Shorts – for Alicia's wedding.

• Tuxedo Shirt – in white and same as above.

• Other Seasonal Bow/Ties – knitted silk ties in various colors. Grey and brown wool ties for winter. Madras and linen for summer. This is where you can throw subtle pops of color nothing too corny or stupid but tasteful and modern.

• Grey Wool Trousers – preferably in a dark grey, should be ok for work and casual depending on fit.

Since I generally have a more preppy-ish aesthetic this list may not be for everyone. However, this should give you the framework to find what works for you. I'll more tips soon so stay tuned! :-D

What's in your capsule collection? What would you change from the list above?

Perceived Style

My name is Kevin Kamari Foreman but you can call me Kam for short. I am a New York based up and coming designer/stylist. The idea to begin blogging about fashion came about over a glass of wine with a designer friend of mine Kenny M. at the end of 2013. I was showing him some of the looks I had put together for my birthday when he turned to me and said - "you have a good eye... maybe you should try getting into fashion yourself." That's when Perceived Style was born. I have an obsession with classic American prep, bodybuilding, grooming, beauty products, and fashion in general so it was a good fit for me. Before my blogging days I used to be very depressed, very overweight, self conscious, and constantly self-defeating myself. Fashion helped pull me out of that. It taught me to live life, love the skin I'm in, and care about what's on it. So when I was creating the blog it was easy to decide what it would be about. The main focus of Perceived Style is to inspire people to be comfortable in their own skin, to smile more, and to care more about their overall appearance using tips and photos. Job History: I used to work at BFCU in bethpage long island. Now I am the creative directior/CEO for Perceived Style and a freelance menswear designer as of June 2014. Education: I went to Farmingdale College for 2 years then moved to Hofstra for the last 2 years. I presently am taking continuing classing in blogging, fashion writing, and design. Interests: Art, Fashion Shows, Menswear, Shopping, Photography, Womens Fashion, and Food/Movies.

How To Find Your Personal Style?

If you’re like me the way you present yourself is very important to you. Now in days an outfit is an extension of how the world views you and, looking presentable can make a big difference in how your treated. That's why having personal style is very important. A sense of style is an expression of who you are, and is sort of like making love with cloths. Which means it should only come naturally, sort of like an instinct even. Some people say you are born with style, but I firmly believe that style is something we all have.

Style is personal. There is no herd to follow. Many of the most stylish women in the world have not been great beauties, but dared to be themselves - think Lady Gaga with her McQueen outfits or Sara Jessica Parker and her Sex & The City style. All this sounds great in theory, but finding your own style can be a daunting prospect. This is why I've come up with some tips to help you sort it all out.

Here are some examples of different popular styles:

Preppy: Friendly & Polished

Messaging: Through this style, you’re communicating a friendliness, energetic, natural, casual, happy, and optimistic message. Typically people who are preppy utilize clean lines, and more often then not wear a tie or bowtie.

Easily recognizable elements of the Prep (not to be confused with athletic wear) are:

  • All American look with functionality, semi-structured characteristics in neutral colors, pastel colors, fitted pieces, and a variety of ties.
  • Brands that exemplify sporty are: Polo, J Crew, Brooks Brothers, Banana Republic, ASOS, Top Man, Brave Soul, Levi, and IZOD.
  • Suggestions of what would work accessory wise for this style would be: bowties, lapel pins, tie bars, cuff links, pocket watches, bracelet stacks with short sleeves, and suspenders.
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Punk: Edgy & Casual

Messaging: With the Punk style, you are communicating a mixture of other subcultures and art movements, including glam rock, skinheads, rude boys, greasers, and mods have influenced punk fashion. Punk fashion has likewise influenced the styles of these groups, as well as those of popular culture. Many punks use clothing as a way of making a statement, and expressing their individual views. Punk is not for everyone, but when pulled off can look amazing.

Easily recognizable elements of Punk are:

  • Suits are a definite key element and clothing is simple and exceptionally-made, but usually have an element of wear and tear. Cloths in the punk style are usually fitted, and are seen in  wide variety of colors. A misconception is that all punks wear monochrome colors such as black. In reality graphic tees are a big influence in punk fashion, and even suits play a big role.
  • Brands that exemplify Elegant style are: Betsy Johnson, Vivienne Westwood, John Varvatos, PolyPop, Patricia Fields, and Alexander Wang.
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Bohemian: Laidback and Chic

Messaging: This style is captivating and sensual, flirtatious, seductive, and relaxed all at the same time. Bohemian fashion style has all the funky elements and the exotic zing of fashion – creating a rich cocktail of casual, hippie, 70s style, and ethnic along with vintage flare.

Easily recognizable elements of Boho are:

  •  Rather than tight pieces, bohemian dressers opt for baggy, comfortable clothing made from natural fibers. This may be by way of loose peasant blouses; wide boat-neck shirts; maxi dresses; caftans; jumpsuits; or boho skirts, which are also known as hippie or Gypsy skirts. Garments are usually flared and available in a variety of colors and patterns, although ethic patterns are most common. African patterns are also common within this style. Being comfortable albeit male or female.
  • Although not always as identifiable as women's clothing, bohemian fashion for men includes many of the same influences. Layering is important, and an outfit may include a pair of loose slacks or faded jeans topped with a T-shirt, button down, or sweater — or some combination of these — and a knit scarf and a variety of textured vests. Hats and jewelry, including bracelets and rings, complete the look.
  • Brands that exemplify boho are: H&M, Topshop, Lord & Taylor, and Karlie Kloss.
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Couture: Fashionable and One of a kind

Messaging: Dramatic dress is perceived confident and self-assured, assertive, bold, urban, powerful, fashion-forward, and have an intense attractiveness about them.  They have a commanding presence and are easily intimidating, charismatic and unapologetic in their dress.  More often, they populate the fields of entertainment, fashion, marketing, art, media, consulting, PR, etc., and some are even glamorous socialites.

Easily recognizable elements of Dramatic Style are:

  • Non-classic style but with some structured shape, exaggerated lines and silhouettes, colors are the darkest darks and lightest lights, saturated color with high-contrast combinations (black and white). The majority of the of couture clothing is home to a select few women around the world. Garments are often large scaled and make “statements.” Additionally they
  • Brands that exemplify Dramatic Style are: Karl Lagerfeld, Christian Dior, Chanel, and Gucci.
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What style are you rocking?

 

 

 

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Perceived Style

My name is Kevin Kamari Foreman but you can call me Kam for short. I am a New York based up and coming designer/stylist. The idea to begin blogging about fashion came about over a glass of wine with a designer friend of mine Kenny M. at the end of 2013. I was showing him some of the looks I had put together for my birthday when he turned to me and said - "you have a good eye... maybe you should try getting into fashion yourself." That's when Perceived Style was born. I have an obsession with classic American prep, bodybuilding, grooming, beauty products, and fashion in general so it was a good fit for me. Before my blogging days I used to be very depressed, very overweight, self conscious, and constantly self-defeating myself. Fashion helped pull me out of that. It taught me to live life, love the skin I'm in, and care about what's on it. So when I was creating the blog it was easy to decide what it would be about. The main focus of Perceived Style is to inspire people to be comfortable in their own skin, to smile more, and to care more about their overall appearance using tips and photos. Job History: I used to work at BFCU in bethpage long island. Now I am the creative directior/CEO for Perceived Style and a freelance menswear designer as of June 2014. Education: I went to Farmingdale College for 2 years then moved to Hofstra for the last 2 years. I presently am taking continuing classing in blogging, fashion writing, and design. Interests: Art, Fashion Shows, Menswear, Shopping, Photography, Womens Fashion, and Food/Movies.