In West Philadelphia born and raised…

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You know you want to complete that sentence. For the most part, when someone hears that sline, they have the undeniable urge to finish it off with “On the playground where I spent most of my days…”. Or at least I know I do. If you do recognize these lyrics, then you were definitely a fan of Fresh Prince of Bel-Air. It was THE show of the 90’s and in my opinion, still one of the best comedy series to have aired til this day. You know how sometimes you catch an episode of a show you once found hilarious and you realize “huh…it isn’t that funny”? Well this never happens with Fresh Prince. It is still funny til this day because Will Smith and the whole gang brought us a countless number of timeless jokes.

Since it was a show from the 90’s you can imagine the style is a tad….outdated. However, that does not mean we cannot still admire the flashy and colorful outfits sported by our favorite characters. This post can technically go on forever, however, to narrow it down to a realistic length, I have decided to focus on the two most fashion oriented characters of the series: Will Smith and Miss Hilary Banks. Today Will be the main focus with his colorful and expressive attire.

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When Will got to Bel-Air Academy and realized he had to wear a uniform that screamed out boring, he decided to spice things up and turn the school jacket inside out for the lining to appear. Caught the attention of quite a few classmates. He showed us that sometimes even if you are “supposed” to wear something a certain way, doesn’t mean you can’t make it your own.

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One thing Will did not shy away from is colors. Would you be caught dead wearing this on any other day than Halloween in today? Hell no. But at the time, did Will look bad ass sporting this outfit? Hell yes.

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Will was the definition of goofy (although he hated when his girl Lisa described him as that), but when he dressed up, he was as debonair as they come. He proves why a man looks so sophisticated in a suit.

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Speaking of men in suits, have you ever seen anyone else wear a cummerbund on their chest? Also Will may have started the look of wearing a blazer with a casual shirt from under. Sure one normally wouldn’t wear a beach tank top under a suit jacket, but no one can disgree that it is different.

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As the years went by, Will’s style matured and became more manly. He often wore a t-shirt under an open long sleeve shirt which is a casual syle many can sport today.

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Will was no stranger to fluorescent colors and that is definitely one thing that has taken the fashion world by storm in the last few yrs. From tops to pants to nail color, highlighter shades is the way to go and Will’s old school zip up jacket demonstrates why.

Will has had his ups and down, and his style has changed throughout the seasons, but one thing is for sure, he tried to make the best of any situation, but it was proven to be extremely difficult when he was stuck in a basement (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1kNUDTyEgj4). I wouldn’t normally put hair extensions on the top of my head, but the patterned suspenders are definitely unique.

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Stay tuned for Wednesday’s post on Hilary Banks’ very posh and sophisticated style review.

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Crazy, Stupid, Oh-so-hot, Love. Part 2.

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A man in a suit (or overall well-dressed) is something I appreciate very much, and I am almost certain I am not the only one. “Crazy, Stupid, Love” is one of those movies that captures everything : love, laughter, sadness and surprise. On top of all this, the women and men had a great sense of style that just made the entire movie all the more pleasant for the eyes.

Jacob Palmer (played by Ryan Gosling) and Cal Weaver (played by Steve Carell) show us exactly why a man should hold in high regards the way he dresses himself.

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The same rules for suits apply also tothe casual look: simple is better. A simple grey shirt does the job on looking comfy and laid back.  

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This is probably my favorite Jacob look of the movie. I’m a huge fan of navy, and an even bigger fan when it is combined with brown or beige. This tan / navy color combination catches the eye and makes a statement. Have you ever seen anyone look as good eating a pizza than him?

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End of school year means one thing: summer is on it’s way. And Cal welcomes summer with open arms in this light grey suit with a white blouse. Clean, crisp, and ideal color combination for the warmer days.

 

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It was time for Jacob to go a tad out of the box and opted for a rich brown / burgundy suit. His shirt is simple which gives room for the suit to be the main component. Still remaining in the neutral tones, this is a suit color you rarely see, but definitely works!

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In this scene Cal followed in Jacob’s mighty fine foot steps and sported a navy suit. This type of navy is a bit brighter but balances out great with the black shirt. Such a great look especially for dark-haired men. Jacob goes for the more casual approach and opts for a simple black v-neck sweater which works just as well as one of his suits. These men are clearly ready for a night out!

So as the old saying goes, if you want to look the part, you’ve got to dress the part. A confident man wears his clothes with ease, but also feels confident on the inside. And I want to take a moment to personally thank Ryan Gosling for looking like this. He’s made me, and many others out there, a very happy person. 🙂

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Crazy, Stupid, Oh-so-hot, Love.

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Love is a many splendid thing, as they say, that can change your life from one moment to the next. “Crazy, Stupid, Love” shows different aspects of love in a most entertaining way and I thoroughly enjoyed it. A big reason why I enjoyed it as much as I did probably has something to do with the ever-so-charming Ryan Gosling who plays Jacob Palmer, the wealthy womanizer who takes Cal Weaver (played by Steve Carell) under his wing and teaches him how to act and dress like a man.

In today’s society, men often think they need to spruce up their look by adding some funky colors to their outfits and suits. I, on the other hand believe that by staying in overall neutral tones is the best way to go in order to stay sophisticated, classy and irresistible. That’s exactly what Jacob Palmer does in this movie. He made most of us women (and some men no doubt) stare in awe at his flawless sense of style and drool just a little bit (or was that just me?). Jacob was the ultimate mentor and therefore Cal deserves some limelight as well because his style goes from drab to fab in no time thanks to Jacob! Even though the women of this movie also had a great wardrobe, it’s time to take a close look to the men who lit up the big screen and our hearts.

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He….He….Um…Ok Sorry, got distracted for a moment just mindlessly staring at this work of art. Shy but confident smile, styled hair and a great suit, who can resist this?! Sometimes keeping it sleek and simple is key to a great look. Black with pin stripes and a white shirt is all Jacob needed to get a lucky lady’s attention that night.

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Dark tones is the way to go to give off that mysterious look. A dark grey suit and black blouse gives off the laid back and ready to mingle approach which is great for a night out on the town.

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This was Cal’s first day as a new well-dressed man. This is a great way to still dress up, but without actually wearing your stereoptypical suit. A suede blazer is a key item to invest in for Fall and Winter.

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Another prime example of Jacob using nothing but neutral tones to end up with a breathtaking look. This is actually one of my favorite color combinations for a suit: a medium toned grey suit with a black blouse. To make this outfit even better, it’s a 3-piece suit which as men get older, this should be a staple in their closet.

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At parent-teacher night obviously Cal won’t wear a suit, but he still dressed to impress for the occasion. A semi-casual look consisting of a blouse under a dark v-neck sweater and a great looking jacket of the same tone made his wife question why she left him in the first place.

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This perfectly fitted (not too tight, not too loose) thin polo is a great combination of casual and dressed up. Without wearing the suit, he still looks put together. Furthermore, that light brown leather watch is the ideal timeless piece.

Stay tuned for Wednesday’s post on the review of the handsome men of “Crazy, Stupid, Love”. Do you love a man in a suit as much as I do?