10 Classic Sneakers for Spring & Summer

The warmer months are the perfect time to pack away your beautiful big boots and pull out some lighter sneakers. The problem for me is that, while I like how canvas sneakers look on my wife and my brother-in-law, I hate how they look on me. I cannot make myself wear them even though every men’s style blog in the blogosphere tells me that I should be wearing them.

I love old crap and have a soft spot for many things retro, so this year I decided to look at classic men’s sneakers for inspiration. Here are some of my favorite classic sneakers for warm weather.

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Outfits: Spring Walk to a Coffee Shop

The first really warm day of spring is a good excuse to bust out the sandals and short sleeves. Keep the color scheme simple, but add a bright hit of sunshine by wearing a yellow NATO band with your favorite watch face. Hard cream pomade keeps your gorgeous hair from becoming disheveled in the warm breeze, and classic aviators keep that lovely spring sunshine from blinding you.

Skip all those sugar bomb drinks (I see you, Mocha Frappuccino with your 400 (!) calories) and get a classic. My go-to, the iced caffe latte with almond milk, has only 70 calories and is the perfect level of sweet.

Goodfellow & Co V-Neck T-Shirt ($8). Baxter of California Hard Cream Pomade ($22). The Bone Art Place Engraved Koru Necklace ($40). Timex Highland Street Watch ($36). Versol Polarized Aviator Sunglasses ($17). Dockers Slim All Season Tech Pants ($37). SIFEIRUI 20mm NATO strap ($13). Levi’s Cut to Fit Web Belt ($15). Birkenstock Mayari Sandals ($100). Iced Caffe Latte ($5).

Outfits: Fall Sunday Errands

 

Casual style collage butch fashion

Uniqlo Flight Jacket ($40). J.Crew Factory Flex Heather Washed Tattersall Shirt ($35).  Timex Men’s Expedition Scout Chronograph Watch ($60).  Timberland Men’s Classic Leather Jean Belt ($20).  Dockers D1 Slim Fit All Seasons Tech Pants ($40). Huskk RFID Slim Card Holder ($19). Solmate Socks “September Sun” ($20).  Clarks Men’s Bushacre 2 Chukka Boot ($63).  Case Burnt Indigo Peanut Pocket Knife ($39).

Outfits: Spring Cookout

Warm weather in my part of the world has me dreaming of cookouts and yard games.  This outfit uses muted colors to keep from being overly flamboyant but incorporates playful patterns and carefully chosen accessories to portray grownup style with just the right amount of whimsy.

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The Little Things

Butch Style

When I began to identify as “butch,” I started deliberately changing my appearance.  I had always been the tomboy, the sporty one.  I grew up wearing a lot of androgynous clothes, mainly jeans and t-shirts.  In college, I grew a little more confident and occasionally wore men’s button up shirts and started buying men’s jeans.  It took me long into my twenties to really begin to claim my identity.  I went through a cargo shorts phase and then discovered men’s fashion blogs and started slowly changing my style.  There were a lot of obvious outward changes  to my look during those years.  But some of the things that most helped me to claim my identity were the little things that no one would ever know about.  Looking back, I often wish I had been confident enough to make these little changes sooner as they really helped me to own my butch identity.  Here are some of the little things that meant the most in my journey from tomboy to full blown butch.   Continue reading “The Little Things”