Outfit of the Week

    Outfit of the Week: May 17, 2013

    17th May 2013

    Way to go, Brandon, you are Outfit of the Week!

    You get to add to your (already amazing) accessory collection courtesy of The Knottery!


    Here’s some background info on Brandon’s style:

    The colored chino thing started for me because of my teaching, where I had an older teacher tell me that developing a brand with the students will help you in the classroom and in the hallway when dealing with students you do not teach as it makes you approachable and relatable but not in a way that is “friendy”.

    Additionally, every teacher has a brand if they know or not (the gag tie guy, or the button on the blazer guy being well aware of their brand where the bad breath teacher, the close talker, or the cat lady teacher unaware of theirs) – I know I labeled my teachers, so this mentoring teacher told me to own your brand.

    I quickly decided I did not want to be the matchy tie to poly-shirt guy this is so common with male teachers that when I stumbled on to a pair of Carolina blue pants that got a big reaction from students I knew I had something.

    Now for the record, I am not arguing that my colored pants are the key to successful teaching, but the color is fun and it is a just a small piece that helps get students on my side and when students have buy in then learning becomes so much easier. 

    And, of course, the details:

    Tommy Hilfiger – Lavender Pants (the color I worked hardest to find) – bought on clearance
    Brooks Brother – Gingham Shirt – Thrifted
    J.Crew – Repp TIe – J.Crew warehouse sale
    Target-  Kensington Blazer – On sale
    Sperry Top Siders – Shoes – Birthday gift

    Gabi’s Take:

    Brandon really nailed it. I love how the patterns work together in a way that say “I tried, but nonchalantly.” Purposeful contradiction? I don’t know but, whatever it is, it’s working. And the best part? His look is rich with visual interest, but easy on the wallet. I support smart shopping!

    Megan’s Take:

    I love Brandon’s enthusiasm for developing his personal style. I know what it’s like to want to dress well on a budget (uhh, don’t we all?), and like Brandon, I know that a fat wallet isn’t a prereq to looking good. And I love love LOVE what he had to say about cementing for yourself a brand of sorts. It’s not just teachers; I’ve heard plenty of stories from readers who are “that guy who wears a tie and sportcoat at the office when everyone else is in t-shirts.” Having others recognize your personal style for the extra effort is always a good thing. Way to go Brandon!

    Tell Us,

    What’s your favorite part of Brandon’s look? How would you style lavender pants?

    • Adam Lehman

      That’s a great looking blazer, especially for being a Target steal. I definitely agree with Gabi, it’s always more impressive when you can look good without emptying your bank account. Great outfit!

      • Style Girlfriend

        Definitely agree!

      • Bob

        Word, I got a Merona tan blazer from Target on sale recently too.

    • Adam Wyatt

      I like that he wasn’t scared to mix patterns or wear bright colors. Great outfit!

    • ChrisReetz

      Killing it Brandon. Bold colors that do not come off as too loud or “look at me”. My Kensington blazer stays in heavy rotation. Can’t wear it enough. Nice pick with the Sperry’s and chinos.

    • Brandon

      Thanks for the kinds words y’all. I definitely agree on the Kensington I have more expensive or higher quality blazers sitting in my closet (all thrifted of course) but still find myself reaching for the Kensington for whatever reason – I guess the casualness of the Kensington better fits the relaxed chino look than the traditional navy blazers do.

      • Angel

        I know this defeats the purpose of the site but what do you suggest for women? Colors or not? I like the way you discussed your brand…its refreshing!

    • DeMarco Wills

      Congrats to you Brandon… I love the color palette, and it’s not too overwhelming either. I have a lot of trouble finding ties to match my patterned shirts, so I’m really digging your outfit. I’ll definitely be taking some cues from you… Also, I grabbed the same Merona blazer on sale. I snagged the navy blue and khaki one on the same day. I wear them with everything.