5 Suits To Get You Through NYFW: Men's

If you follow me on Instagram, you’ll see that I love menswear among other things. So, of course, I was excited to hear about Fashion Week in New York is getting a week devoted to men. With all the shows on the horizon now is the best time to start getting my looks together. Along with my best friend Rose, we scoured the stores over the weekend to see what we could get on the dime, but still look chic.

We explored everything from Zara – to Bloomingdales – to Top Shop to put all of the pieces together. After grabbing as many pieces as we could afford for the day, we were pleasantly surprised with all the great things we could find on short notice… some of which we had to order for the best deal. At the end of the day we both decided to do suits which is uncommon for us but looked great! As I always have my followers backs, of course I’ll post some of my favorites in case you are scrambling to get ready like we were. All of the suits were spectacular as one would imagine, but these five really got my attention.

Without  further ado here are Perceived Style's Suit Picks to get you though NYFW:

If you haven’t had a chance to check out some summer suits being offered, take a browse around their online shops the links are listed above.

Just be sure to stay tuned, there is more to come. ;-) 


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 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.

Signature Scent

The first impression I give people is usually a lasting one, although the initial impact is usually my "inside voice" how I smell is very important to me. Whether it's in my personal or professional life I always look for my scent to compliment my large personality without overshadowing it. So to help out my brand in person I thought it was important to establish a fragrance collection and, select my signature scent. 

My aesthetic is generally simple, clean, with a hint of throwback and I wanted my scent to reflect that. So, in my quest to discover my signature scent I've tested the waters across the board (thank you Sephora lol). So here are my picks for my shelf:

Scent #1: Dolce & Gabana Light Blue

Although, this one isn't my signature scent it does embody everything I look for in a fragrance. If you’re looking for a scent that isn't heavy, but will still have people intrigued this throwback is worth its weight in gold. The sweet light notes in it made it a perfect spring scent. 

Scent #2: Polo Orange

Polo has always been near and dear to my heart. As a self proclaimed prepster I love the classiness polo brings to the table. The hints of grapefruit and smoked wood cuts the severe scent polo has been known for making it more of an everyday scent, just not for my signature. The marriage of the masculine & feminine elements made it perfect for Summer.  

Scent #3: Bond No. 9 Black Bottle 

It may seem like an odd choice to select a unisex scent as my signature but, Bond No. 9 earned it. The hints of coffee, vanilla, sandalwood, and cacao blend seamlessly with my natural scent. The price, size, availability, and slight anonymity of this brand make it a perfect choice for someone who wants something popular without smelling like everyone else. The white bottle which is very similar became a great fall scent. 

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Honorable Mentions:

When building your fragrance collection keep in mind your personal style, and focus less on the brand name. Expensive doesn't always equal amazing. If you would like to grab a bottle of my favorite scent click here.

Do you have a signature scent? What's in your fragrance collection?


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.