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2014 fashion resolutions

January 8, 2014

Goals 2014In keeping with my desire to start the year with a few goals, I give you my third annual resolutions article. Like everyone else out there, I have tried and failed to keep New Year’s resolutions through the years. Running 30-40 minutes every day? Sounded great on paper, but never fully materialized. Even though I love running, my schedule and a new found hip pain overcame my ambition for a consistent jog. As a person who dreams big, it has taken time for me to fully appreciate dreaming small as well.

That’s where these resolutions come in. Instead of setting grandiose out of reach goals this year, create a few simple and achievable goals. For this year’s resolutions, I decided to include several items to add to your wardrobe. So, if you need ideas for resolutions, give these a try:

1. Obtain and wear a fashionable watch. You do not need to empty your bank account for a Patek Phillipe or Breguet watch. I said fashionable, not expensive. In fact, you can own a stylish watch for less than $200. Try a watch from Burberry (on ebay you can find a reasonably priced new one), Kenneth Cole, Diesel, or Fossil. These are watches you wear for style, not because they represent horological masterpieces.

2. Attend a dressy event. I mean you should get all decked out in a suit (or even a tux). If you can’t think of anything, give the symphony a try. Or look up the fanciest restaurant in town and phone in a reservation. And, in my opinion, this kind of thing is best appreciated with a date.

3. Own at least one pair of excellent shoes. I’m talking about shoes that force people’s eyes to your feet. Shoes hold such a vital spot in your wardrobe. Don’t go through life without owning at least once an awesome pair. Since you look your best sporting a suit or nice dress slacks, I recommend hunting down an excellent pair of oxfords or monk straps (see the photo of my recent purchase below). Really, it’s up to you as the world holds many phenomenal shoes for you to discover. Oh, and please take care of them. If you do buy Italian leather oxfords, don’t wear them while working on your car, climbing into the attic, or pulling those weeds (even if it’s just for a minute).

4. Own at least one excellent sport coat. This must have item remains in the top ten essential purchases for every man. Where is the perfect place to start? The navy blue blazer minus the brass buttons (a dark button looks better). Take your time and pick out one that truly lights up your style meter. Think quality and good fit. It may take a tailor to achieve the best fit.

So, there you go – a few resolutions to help you for the new year. If these don’t catch your fancy, look through some of the ones of past years and adopt one of those. Happy New Year!

Here are the past articles:

2013 fashion resolutions

2012 fashion resolutions

 

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Bargain season recap

Lastly, I wish to share with you three of the bargains I found over the past few weeks.

Salvatore Ferragamo Rosso Calf Loafers – I am a big fan of Ferragamo as their Italian made shoes continually exhibit the very best of quality and refinement. Retail $540. Price paid $170.10.

red ferragamo loafers

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Magnanni cognac antiqued leather monk strap shoes – It was love at first sight with these. Retail $350. Price paid $175.

brown monk strap shoe web

 

Vince linen shorts – I especially like the muted and slightly eccentric design. Retail $135. Price paid $10!Vince shorts 

 

 

If you are wondering how found these deals and those of past years, read these articles:

 

Finding great bargains

Quality clothing + Bargain = Smart shopping

Black Friday strategies

Be mindful of marketing

 

© Copyright 2014 Jeremy Gradney.

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9 Comments leave one →
  1. January 8, 2014 12:24 pm

    Reblogged this on Direct From The Street – Stuff We And People Share.

  2. January 8, 2014 2:05 pm

    My husband is completely useless with a watch no matter how sexy he looks with a nice one on his arm. He always breaks them at work within the month. The funny thing is that he needs one for work!

    • January 8, 2014 2:22 pm

      Funny. I used to dislike watches in the past. I have come to really love them. Give him some “time.” He’ll come around.

  3. January 8, 2014 8:37 pm

    Jeremy, Happy New Year to you and the family. Big fan of Ferragamo male shoes too … and briefcases. Have 3 of his handbags.
    It’s true that a man change his whole appearance when he puts on a tuxedo or black tail on. He becomes taller straight away. But I prefer a well-dressed man in a double breasted tailored dark suit. And man with shiny shoes is a must …

  4. January 9, 2014 3:18 pm

    Wonderful advice Jeremy. Now I can share this with my man and get him all dressed up and out to a nice event (with me!) for the year! What an excuse to bring him to the ballet =)

    • January 13, 2014 2:01 pm

      All men need to wear a suit now and then. It just makes you feel better. And, I am sure I don’t have to tell you to bring a camera.

  5. January 16, 2014 4:32 am

    Great…:)

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