Tag Archives: Menswear

Blog Roundup

- What the biggest companies are from each state [Gizmodo]

- America’s coolest rooftop bars [Travel and Leisure] whoo Seattle!

- 10 menswear blogs every guy should know [Cool Material] I’m reading them too!

- 12 menswear Instagrammers to follow [Cool Material]

- Dov Charney to sue American Apparel [Refinery29]

- All the jobs and the money you can be making in them – a chart! [Vox]

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The Weekend: 5 Things

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My boss had a moving rummage over the past weekend and having been an avid collector of vintage trinkets and lots of dinnerware, I inherited a set! I don’t cook very much anymore, but someday I will start it up again and when that happens, I’ll at least have this very pretty set for my guests.

I somehow convinced him that he was going to love this movie. Bachelorette is one of my favorites and is totally underrated. I think I discovered it last year with my girlfriends last summer and while I loved it, he did not.

My coworkers and I got a DJ set by Questlove on Saturday night at the Mezzanine and it was pretty rad. There were some on/off moments during his set, but it’s Questlove so can you really hate on anything he does? Of course not. I wanted to be best friends with him obvi.

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I have a slight obsession with greeting cards. We stopped by The Museum of Craft and Design in the Dogpatch Sunday morning, but didn’t really make it into the actual museum part of it – just the gift shop. We were entertained for a solid 15-20 minutes. These cute little greeting cards caught my eye, but unfortunately, I didn’t make any purchases.

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I can’t know this for sure, but I’m guessing the best part about being a boy is probably being able to wear all of these amazing pieces. As much as I love women’s fashion, there is a fascination that I have for menswear as well. I was introduced to Welcome Stranger on Sunday in Lower Haight and wish I could’ve picked out a few for myself. Well, in some ways I got to do that, but I just got to pick them out for someone else. :)

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Let’s Talk About Tie Bars

If there’s a men’s accessory that I swoon over the most, it would have to be the tie bar. It’s funny though, isn’t it? Because it is the smallest thing in the world, but yet can have such a huge impact on one’s outfit. There is something about the tie bar  that keeps a whole look put together and as discovered on Cool Material yesterday, I have become a fan of this one by Ellsworth & Clyde. It is not only reversible, but its reverse side allows it to be another size. Most of their tie bars are constructed out of premium leather and and hand-selected woods.

What are you waiting for guys? Get to buying!

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GAP Launches 4 Menswear Collaborations – GQ Approved

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GQ has partnered with GAP to release a 37-piece collection highlighting the designs from four up-and-coming brands/designers including Aviator Nation, Baldwin, Bespoken, and Ernest Alexander. Guys, if you’ve been putting off shopping for new digs this fall, now is really the time to do it. You can peep the entire collection here (and start purchasing) or you can find a store near you to shop the collection in person. It is pretty distinct to tell the four collections apart, but at the same time there are similarities as well. I think it’s great because that just means that there’s something for every type of guy. Each designer offers between 9-12 pieces with prices ranging from $30 for accessories to $348 for more coveted pieces like a jacket.

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Isabel Marant for H&M Lookbook

In the four years that Yow Yow! has been up and running, we must have posted nearly a hundred different collaborations between brands. First, you’ve got all of your Target collabs, then H&M, and then everything else. Collaborations are the best way to expand your audience because not only does it pose something different for one brand’s fans, but it gives customers the opportunity to branch out and discover the second brand and fall in love with it if they haven’t already. Isabel Marant and H&M together is a collaboration that leaves us with no doubts. Here are some of my favorite picks!

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A Collection Part 38

Happy Mid-September everyone!

It’s amazing how quickly this year has flown by. Even though I’m about to embark on my second year out of school, there’s a part of me that still wants to follow suit in that pattern. I started my first job at the start of fall one year ago and now one year later, I’m doing the same thing again. There was something about the new school year that I loved and it wasn’t just that I had a new set of classes, a new wardrobe, or that I was one step closer to starting THIS current life, but it was the idea of starting the year with a fresh slate – wiping everything clean, getting rid of the old and progressing towards the new. That might be one of the reasons why September is considered more of my new year than January. I always like to start Mondays with reflective posts (besides Wedding Mondays!) so here’s A Collection for you :)

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Take Me There:

We’ve got an unusual case for our “Take Me There” post this week and that’s because instead of wanting to be on a tropical island or a tourist spot or even home here in Seattle, we’d rather be at New York Fashion Week for Spring RTW 2014! We’ve been covering Fashion Week on Yow Yow! since we started this blog. In fact, it may have been one of the main reasons why I started this blog so that I could have a journal of inspiring looks. We all know that Fashion Week is usually Fashion Month and while it takes so much time to look through all of the collections – each and every one – it is so worth it. It’s been four years and my love for beautiful pieces hasn’t really changed so you know…we’re just keeping it real on Yow Yow! We’re not gonna change.

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This or That: Men in Florals?

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It wasn’t too long ago that Kevin brought home a floral skinny tie from J. Crew and I had to question it. Can guys really pull off the floral look like women can? As much as it is a change that we might have to adapt to, I think the floral can really soften a guy’s look in a good way. It’s refreshing and at the same time, completely appropriate for the summer season. It’s an accessory that I can see donned at a wedding this summer and hopefully maybe I’ll catch a few of them! What do you guys think? Do you love it or hate it?

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Wool & Prince Shirts

I don’t think any girl will ever say no her guy donning a dress shirt. I always find it kind of funny though because guys will say they love it when girls are dressed down or “in sweats and no makeup,” but uh… I don’t know if a girl would say that about a guy, right?

While some guys may not like to admit up front that they like to dress up, us girls know that they do. We also understand that it takes a little bit more work for them. For one, a dress shirt requires care. It needs to be dry cleaned and ironed. Sure, girls have those issues too, but not as often. Wool & Prince has claimed that they have found the solution for men! Their new line of shirts were recently tested and the results have shown that these shirts can be worn for 100 days straight appearing clean and wrinkle free! It’s not stain proof – but then again that depends on how clumsy the guy is. The shirt costs $98, but if it lives up to all that it promises, then it is most certainly worth it.

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Vampire Weekend For GQ

Rolling Stone, FILTER, and Fader magazines, yes, but did we ever expect to see Vampire Weekend for GQ?! It had to happen eventually, right? These boys look goooooooood. My heart skips a beat every time I see a fashion/music collab.

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7 Reasons To Love Spring

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Readers, no one is more excited than I am to see winter GONE. I have loved spring since the day that I was born, but there are 7 reasons that I am going to share with you today on why I am swooning over this season. Even though it’s all that I’ve ever known, spring in Seattle is gorgeous. I don’t know how I am ever going to part with it, but we don’t have to talk about that now – so let’s just get into the good stuff, shall we?

1. I (personally) get to dress better. While I love my layers, the worst part about winter is having to hide every outfit with a coat. Another reason? I’m too lazy to go to coat check. During spring, that just isn’t a problem. Bring a cover up, fold up a cardigan, and you are good to go. This season, I am thrilled to be bringing out my favorite dresses for the weekend and even in the office paired with a blazer. Some of my favorite dresses will be featured in just a couple of days for The Closet: March 2013 post.

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2. The men are dressing better. Pastels, crisp shirts, lighter fabric – we like it all. Guys, need to know what to purchase for the spring? Check out Refinery 29’s guide here.

3. It’s the start of the wedding season y’all! Unfortunately, I have not been invited to any weddings yet this season, but I am assisting my co-worker in her side project of being a freelance wedding planner and I am ecstatic to be jumping into any sort of event planning once again.

4. The gorgeous views of the sun setting in Seattle from my home and Mt. Rainier! I can’t get enough of it.

5. My Mariners even though they’re not doing so hot right now, that’s okay.

6. Blogging on the go. What I loved about living in Seattle for the past 4 years is that I could take my computer with me everywhere and I have found that blogging in different settings whether it’s on campus, in a coffee shop, at a cafe, outside, etc completely gave me a new perspective. It affected the content that I was writing or the mood that I was in and naturally, I just loved moving out and about. You can do that in the spring, but in the winter, you won’t see me leaving the house to just blog.

7. Brunch – better yet, any meal outdoors. Enough said.

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Trunk Club

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I actually thought that I had posted about Trunk Club over the summer so I was surprised to go through Yow Yow’s archives and see nothing come up. I learned about the personal styling service over the summer when boy’s brother had used it for the first time. How does it work? You – the male – are not much of a shopper, but you want to look good and you enjoy wearing nice clothes. When you become a Trunk Club member, you work directly with a stylist who will ask you questions about your taste in clothes, what you like, what you don’t like, etc. and after you’re all done, that stylist chooses for you several outfits and many pieces that can be mixed and matched together. I happened to witness the trunk opening, which revealed what could have been a little over a dozen pieces. It was something out of a dream and I kind of wish they had a similar service for females! Maybe they’re still working on it, who knows? The prices tend to be on the higher side, but the quality is well worth it. There aren’t any membership fees associated to the Trunk Club, but what you end up keeping is what you will pay for. Not a bad deal, eh?

Guys, I don’t often write a lot of posts for you, but really – this is one you’re going to want to pay attention to.

Sincerely,

A blogger that’s on the boys’ side!

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Shipley & Halmos Debut New Website

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I’ve been a fan of Shipley & Halmos from the very start. No, they don’t make women’s clothing, but their menswear is the kind of stuff I want my future guy to wear! Well, their tech team did a major rework on their website today and it is pretty spectacular. The reason I’m sharing it with you is because the new website is more than just retail. It’s actually kind of men’s blog in itself! So male readers of Yow Yow…get up on it!

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