Pairing classics with Athleisure styles featuring Nautica

This is a sponsored conversation by me on behalf of Nautica. The opinions and text are all mine.

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Rooted in water-inspired designs, Nautica’s nautical stripes have always been on my style radar since I was a young guy. With the hype of the Lil Yachty by Nautica Capsule Collection collaboration bringing new light to the brand this season, I’ve teamed up with Nautica to style a look from their most recent releases. I paired this classic striped sweater in gold and navy with an athletic pant. The color blocking on the side of the pant really caught my attention when shopping on Nautica.com and I had to order them! When shopping I saw the pants first and then decided to mix the more traditional Nautica sweater with the athleisure look of the pants.

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Styling tips:

-When wearing an athletic inspired pant for a daytime look consider a non-traditional footwear option. I paired these navy boots with this look to keep it from being too athletic while still being a fun and comfortable outfit.

-Mix colors, but don’t go crazy! This look is primarily blue. The pants contrast the gold/yellow on the sweater and boots. Matching the shoes and the pants pulls the eyes around the look without being expected.

-When in doubt, ask for another opinion! I love answering style questions. Send me a DM on Instagram or tweet at me. My handle is @ianmcrumm on both accounts.

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Have you ever paired a traditional style piece with something more relaxed or modern? Let me know when you think in the comments!

Photos by Brian Sanchez

The Well-Fitted Bomber’s Last Hooray!

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The last few months have been pretty interesting. I’ve taken a step back from a lot of projects to focus on something new that launches later this month and I could not be more excited! More on that as the time approaches… I’ve also been spending more and more time at the gym, taking CrossFit classes, and spinning my legs off during Bryant’s Soul Cycle classes. The results are paying off! There will be more on that when the time comes for the special annoucement…but for now I wanted to share this sharp outfit with one of my favorite bomber jackets from Krammer & Stoudt. I love the earthy green color of this jacket and the slim fit. Sadly the fit is becoming more and more snug on my shoulders and arms. This will be one of the last times I wear the jacket before sizing up! There’s really only one downside working out so much and that’s having to get rid of clothes you love that no longer fit! But then again… that means more room for new items in muscle fit sizes.

Photos by Brian Sanchez 

Transitioning Into Fall with Lobo Mau Clothing

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Shirt: Zara | Pants: Lobo Mau | Shoes: Cole Haan | Sunglasses: vintage

These images were already posted on IG during fashion week so I’m going to use this post to say CONGRATULATIONS to my friend Nicole for FINALLY (finalllllly) launching menswear for her line, Lobo Mau. I’ve been a big fan and supporter over the years and felt only a bit guilty when she would make me custom menswear pieces as they weren’t available to the public. But now they are! See her incredibly comfortable and graphic line on her newly designed website. The Boks Print trousers and sweatshirt are my favorite pieces…

Photos captured by fellow blogger Taye Hansberry

Styling A Very Comfortable T-Shirt at NYFW

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Sometimes you find a brand that really speaks to you. When you do… buy. it. all. This happened to me when I found out my friend Aaron Pierce started his company Gentry + Rose. What started out as a custom denim love affair (Aaron made me a pair of custom jeans that quickly became my favorite pants that I’ve worn 100+ times now). Then I moved into wearing his comfortable t-shirts like this beige options shown above. It’s seriously one of the softest, most comfortable shirts I own. I keep wearing it and am hoping he comes out with other colors ASAP. Shop similar pieces from this outfit in the widget below.

T-shirt: Gentry + Rose | Pants: H&M | Shoes: Zara | Belt: Asos | Sunglasses: vintage

Photos captured by fellow blogger Taye Hansberry

Finding Your Go-To Wardrobe Staples

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Shirt: Chafor | Pants: Primark | Shoes: Donald Pliner (similar style) | Sunglasses: Chopard

This summer has been a whirlwind of traveling around, which means… living out of a suitcase. While it’s been insanely fun… it’s been tricky packing and repacking time and time again. To simplify my life I started narrowing down the options I wore opting for better quality, basics that can be worn again and again without seeming boring. For a taste of up coming series on identifying your staple pieces I’m sharing a few items I’ve loved all summer.
1) This Chafor shirt is cut with a little extra room in the back that allows for an anti-sweat design in warmer climates. It was a great piece to wear in the blazing sun and I will certainly keep wearing it on upcoming trips to sunny destinations.
2) The Chopard sunglasses (according to my sister) fit my face the best of any I’ve worn. The wood and acetate temples are very comfortable. The wood bridge adds structure to the look.
3) These Donald Pliner shoes are going into fall with me because they are so damn comfortable! Clean, crisp and forgiving to the feet. One thing I’ve learned while traveling so much is to identify a handful of stellar shoes that will last long and have generous foot padding. Highly suggest checking out the various styles from DJP.

More on go-to essentials soon!
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