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Borrowed from the Boys:
Leather Accessories for Spring

 

 

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Spring is finally (thankfully! gloriously!) here.

…Yes, despite the thin layer of snow I see from my window this morning.

Don’t you know? That’s just the traditional Easter snow; it comes this time of year as predictably as Cadbury eggs line drugstore shelves. It’ll pass.

Which is why, this past weekend, I stowed away all my winter clothes and shoes, tossing a few worn-out sweaters and snow-ravaged boots in the process. Gotta make way for that warm weather wardrobe.

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In addition to the sandals and summer dresses I drag out from under my bed this time of year, I also pulled out some accessories like bracelets, dangly earrings, big rings, and floppy hats that only see the light of day in the spring and summer months. I’m not sure what it is, but warm weather makes me want to accessorize more. Usually I’m a “stud earrings and watch” kind of girl, but in the warmer months, I always go a little more…well, “blingy” isn’t the right word…let’s say decorated.

Maybe because I’m wearing fewer clothes, I feel the need to compensate with more…accoutrements?

I’m curious; do you guys switch up your accessory game when the sun starts shining?

A braided leather bracelet, like this one from the Coach + Philip Crangi collaboration, can help pull an off-duty warm weather look together without giving off vibes of trying too hard. More grown up than that friendship bracelet your niece made you, less douchey than rocking a rosary as a necklace (how did that ever become a “thing” anyhow?!?), leather accessories allow a man to accessorize in grown-up style.
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Tell me:

What does your wrist game look like in the warmer months?

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VIDEO: How to Stylishly Roll Your Shirt Sleeves in 3 Easy Steps

Ready…set…GO.

Last week, I wanted to know what I could do to make these videos more useful to you, and you guys said, “Show, don’t tell.”

You asked for actionable video content, with examples, visuals, and more overall, “Hey guys, you know that thing I’ve just been talking about? This is exactly what I mean…see?”

So I think you’re going to be really happy with today’s video. We’re revisiting an enormously popular post from the archives – a picture tutorial on how to roll your shirtsleeves. I figured, if it’s useful to see it in pictures, it would be even more helpful to watch it all unfold…or actually, watch it fold  [insert groan here].

Hope you guys like it!

Tell me:

What’s a small thing you do – like a stylish sleeve roll – that makes a big difference in your style?

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Style Girlfriend in Gant Rugger for Women

The new Gant Rugger for Women collection doesn’t hit stores until August, but I got to play dress-up early.

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Shooting the looks below last week, I got up close and personal with the brand’s new offerings, and guys, it’s really good. For any fans out their natty button-front shirts, super-soft sweaters, or well-tailored pants, you know why I’m psyched about the line going to the girls.

It’s got that uptown/downtown, comfortable-but-still-put-together vibe I love for both sexes. Plus, because the fall capsule collection includes only 16 pieces (more are planned to roll out next season), everything works together in a way that makes getting dressed easy, but not at all matchy-matchy. You know, like Garanimals.

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I had a chance to talk with Fifi Hallstensson, head of design at Gant, about the style rules that apply to both men’s and women’s wardrobes:

You should feel comfortable in what you’re wearing.

If you feel good in it, you’re going to be just as at home in jeans and sneakers, as in a suit. “It’s about liking what you’re wearing,” says Hallstensson.

It’s okay to look like you care about your style.

This is a lesson men can learn from women, the designer contends. “I like when you can tell a person cares about their style. It can still be casual, but I like when you can tell there’s been an effort made. But at the same time, you know it’s not the most important thing.”

From polishing your shoes to using a little bit of product in your hair, it’s not self-involved to be invested in your personal style. It says you respect yourself, and those around you, too.

Value function.

For instance, “It should be standard at this point for a jacket to have an inside pocket,” says Hallstensson. Pick garments that don’t just look good, but also have utility. You’ll be happier wearing them.

It’s about fit, not what’s on the label.

Women have been shopping their boyfriends’ and husbands’ closets forever, but that willingness to cross the aisle doesn’t necessarily go both ways.  ”It’s funny, but I have a hard time putting a label on a beanie, or a scarf. Because I know guys won’t wear it if it says it’s women’s, but really, it would look good on anyone.”

The lesson? Don’t be afraid to shop on the other side of the store, or the junior’s department, or the thrift store. If it fits well, you’ll be more comfortable wearing it. And hey, that’s what seam rippers are for, anyhow.

Tell me:

What other style rules do you think apply to both guys and girls?

Photographed by: Michael C. Dumler | On location: Harry’s Corner Shop

Styling: Obi Anyanwu | Hair: Arrojo | Makeup: TEMPTU

This post was created in collaboration with Gant Rugger; all opinions on how great Garanimals are my own. Thanks for supporting the brands that make Style Girlfriend possible.

25 Things You Don’t Know About Me

Working from a coffee shop recently one Saturday morning (don’t feel bad..I never could sleep in late, and besides, I love getting a jump on the next week’s to do’s a little early), I sat next to a duo engaged in what can only be described as the most cringe-worthy first date I’ve ever witnessed. First of all, who has a first date on a Saturday morning?? Get drinks during the week, or at least save the coffee date til later in the day. Aan afternoon stroll with hot beverage in hand is lovely and charming; a seated face/off at 9am is a mutual interrogation.

As they awkwardly plucked factoids from their memories in the hopes of finding a commonality to discuss, I started pulling all the little pieces of me I offer up for personal consumption, you know, in case they asked me to join in.

And because it’s how my brain works, I wrote that list down. For you.

25 things about me

1. Growing up, I always wanted to live in New York City, so when I was 18, I moved here after graduating high school. I lived here for a year, managing the front desk of a schmancy hair salon, before heading off to college in Pennsylvania.

 

2. I’m the youngest of three. My older brother works in politics in Wisconsin. My sister, the oldest, also lives in Wisconsin and runs the gifted program at a middle school. She will most likely be superintendent one day, while my brother will be the governor.

 

3. I would eat french fries with ketchup and mayo for breakfast, lunch, and dinner if nutrition didn’t count / matter.

 

4. The color most likely found in my wardrobe: grey. But I’m working on that.

 

5. I’ve run two half marathons (1 | 2) and would love to train for another…preferably somewhere warm and flat (this one would be fun).

 

6. With nearly 100% certainty, I know I’ll never run a marathon. It’s just not on my bucket list.

 

7. My least favorite part of my body? My (birthing) hips that make a perfect fit for jeans off the rack nearly impossible.

 

8. Most favorite? My eyes.

 

9. In high school, my friend taught me to drive a stick shift one Saturday night. I remember being pretty good at it, but I’ve never tried it again since. I’d love to though. Driving is so much fun, and I never get to do it.

 

10. When I was little, I told people I wanted to be a model when I grew up so I could travel the world and have someone do my hair all the time. I still blame my parents for not properly managing my expectations about the height requirements, not to mention telling me this was as dumb and insipid as wanting to be a princess.

 

11. Until about age 11, I was a total tomboy with a bowl cut (“so it doesn’t get in my face when I play” I told my mom when we went to chop it all off at the hair salon). Then, a flip switched inside me, and I decided I  had to grow it out to the middle of my back. I’ve never worn my hair short since, and I’m afraid if I cut it, all my power would be drained like a Samson with estrogen. My secret desire is a pixie cut that would magically grow out overnight in the event I didn’t like it / have a funny shaped head.

 

12. My mother recently told my niece I was “the naughty one” growing up, so now we know my mother is both a traitor and a liar. I was a perfect angel, and don’t let anyone tell you differently.

 

13. When I first joined up with the real world, I worked in advertising, but left the industry in favor of freelance writing once I realized I didn’t have a passion for the work, so was never going to be very good at it.

 

14. I love every Michael Jackson song but “Thriller.” It’s just too spooky.

 

15. The first sites I check every morning: Twitter, People, Grantland, NY Mag, and Facebook.

 

16. In college, a boy I dated my freshman year for about a millisecond (who’s since become one of my best friends, happily) introduced me to country music and I never looked back. I’ve never liked when people say, “I like all types of music…except country.” Why bother making any genre of music a “guilty pleasure?” You like what you like, and I’ll be damned if a song like Brooks & Dunn’s “Red Dirt Road,” or Tim McGraw “Seventeen” doesn’t make you feel all of the feelings. If not, you’re dead inside.

 

17. My best friend in the entire world is also named Megan. We met at the end of my freshman year in college, and because she’s about 6 inches taller than me, I immediately dubbed her Tall Megan. The nickname stuck and years later, my entire family still calls her that. It’s even her Instagram handle.

 

18. To me, “making it” in life is defined by not heading for the back of J.Crew to check the sales racks first. Still not there yet.

 

19. My family never had any pets growing up, so I’m embarrassingly afraid of animals. It’s not that I don’t like them – I just think they don’t like me. And will bite me to confirm that.

 

20. I always think of myself as rather petite because I was a total runt growing up (and my relationship in regards to #17), but a growth spurt late in college left me standing at a totally average 5’6”.

 

21. Whenever I tell a guy I write about men’s style for a living, they either 1) become immediately uncomfortable and try to apologize for what they’re wearing, or 2) proudly detail every item they’re wearing for my review.

 

22. My favorite part of the year is..well, it’s a tie between fall and spring. They’re both just so great – it’s finally cooling down! it’s finally warming up!! – how can you choose?!

 

23. My middle name is Kathleen. I never really liked it – I think it sounds like the name of a spinster librarian, but I suppose my parents would beg to differ.

 

24. I will put sriracha sauce on anything.

 

25. Most of the time, I’m working well ahead in my editorial calendar, but sometimes things go live that just…aren’t finished. Case in point, this article that I’m very quickly editing right now because, for you guys who hit SG first thing this morning, you noticed there was no 25th item!

Tell me:

I won’t ask for 25, but how about you share 5 things I don’t know about you?