Month: January 2021

15 Jan 2021

2021 Trends For Men

There’s an elusive Slack channel in our company called “Men’s Fashion.” It’s private, but mainly so my male colleagues can ask each other questions and not feel uncomfortable about it. Recently, I was asked to share what I thought were the trends for 2021. As I started to thread my answer, I realized these are trends also being adopted in women’s fashion. Often times I cross post from my blog to other areas, but this time I’m doing the opposite.

1. Elevated Sweats

First up is an obvious answer. As we head into 2021, working remotely is still in full effect. By now, we’ve collected a dozen sets of sweats. Gone are the days where you only where matching ones. At this point, it’s time to elevate your look. You should be accessorizing and making your sweats look suitable for outside wear. My suggestion to the guys was to pair it with a blazer or a jacket. The top part no longer needs to match the bottom half in order to make this a complete look.

2. Dr. Marten’s

Dr. Martens’ style shoes are everywhere. If this brand in particular doesn’t suit you, you can find cheaper alternative versions elsewhere. While some of the men have complained to me that these take too much effort to lace up or that they find it uncomfortable, I’ve encouraged them to poke around. These are effortlessly chic and completely transform an ordinary outfit into an extraordinary one. I liked these so much that I also got a pair for myself at Target for $30.

3. Cardigans

Harry Styles is doing great things right now and he’s someone that I am excited to watch in the next year. We never had a chance to comment on his recent Vogue cover, but it was iconic. In a few press related things I’ve seen him in recently, he’s been bringing back the male cardigan. Not only is it a timely staple being winter and all, but it makes a man look so much cozier! I know some males won’t feel 100% leaning into this trend, but it doesn’t matter what you try. You can make it fun with a pop of color, some patterns, or go light with a pastel shade. I think a hue you can never go wrong in though is a tan/light brown.

4. Disco Era

Y’all knew I was going to mention this at some point! While we’re on the topic of pop culture icons, since BTS released “Dynamite” at the end of August, there has been a rise in disco-era apparel. Think old school plaid, colored leather shirts, bomber jackets, etc. If you need some inspiration, just go back and look at every single press interview and performance that BTS did for Dynamite. On second though, we might put together a post ourselves for that. As things start to warm up in the spring, we’ll see more of this in the coming months. Most of us didn’t even get to live through this era so bringing it back for current times is not only refreshing, but fun!

Lastly, because I didn’t collect any pictures for these, I want to share a few last minute trends. The most controversial suggestion that I gave to the men was trench coats. I’ll admit, this is not something that is easily pulled off, but what’s the harm in trying? Another trend that began this fall and was all over TikTok is sweater vests. I told the guy I’d given them bonus points if they made an attempt. And because we are still in a pandemic, masks will always be on trend.

Happy shopping!

14 Jan 2021

Tiny Desk (Home) Concert: Jazmine Sullivan

It actually wasn’t long ago that we shared Jazmine Sullivan’s song with H.E.R. as a recent “Song of the Day.” From start to finish, this Tiny Desk (home) concert was incredible. I’ve said this before, but music has really been one of those things that has been healing for me personally throughout this pandemic. Whether I’m working through the days, it brings a kind of warmth to my home that I never utilized before. That may be because mostly we rarely home before. Now, we’re finding better ways to fully use that space and sound is what I’ve been leaning into. Despite a raging pandemic, I’m glad that Tiny Desk Concerts have continued in this format.

13 Jan 2021

To All the Boys: Always and Forever

Our favorite iconic Netflix rom-com is coming to an end! With everything going on, I almost forgot that this would be releasing next month. Is it just me or is anyone else surprised that Peter K. has made it this far? Sure, he’s great and all, but isn’t Lara Jean just like 10x better? Regardless, their next (or should we say last) chapter is right around the corner. It’s the typical “will we” or “will we not” do long distance debacle. We’ve really loved growing up with these two and watching them become stars in their own right. So naturally, the weekend that it premieres, we’ll be watching it every day.

13 Jan 2021

2x Impeached

That’s it. That’s the tweet.

Now can we stick it this time, please?

10 Jan 2021

Blog Roundup

  • These Are the Rioters Who Stormed the Nation’s Capitol [The New York Times] I hate this, by the way. I did, however, think that this piece was well done.
  • User Not Found – Bottega Veneta Goes Dark [Substack]
  • ‘Sex and the City’ Reboot Officially Confirmed [Hypebae]
  • 7 Questions to Ask When Cleaning Out Your Closet [The Every Girl]
  • Who Cleans Up After A Coup Attempt? [The Cut]
  • Jamiroquai’s Lead Singer Is Not A Pro-Trump Viking Rioter [The Fader]
  • Shake Shack Introduces New Korean-Inspired Items [SF Gate]
  • Cherry Blossom Trees in Japantown Vandalized [Hoodline] WHYYY
  • The End of the Golden Age of Silicon Valley Cafeterias [Bloomberg]
  • The Silence of the Damned [NY Mag]
  • 21 Trends That Will Define the Lives of American Men in 2021 [InsideHook]
09 Jan 2021

McDonald’s Japan Has Healthier Happy Meals

Growing up, there was no such thing as a healthier Happy Meal from McDonald’s. In fact, healthier eating for young children wasn’t as prioritized back then as it is now so it’s kind of refreshing to see such a change. In order to promote healthier eating with kids, McDonald’s in Japan is introducing new side offerings including yogurt, a side salad and a medley of corn and edamame. Yum! We’d take this option as an adult if we had the choice. The main dishes themselves will not change, but if you’re a kid not wanting fries, at least you have options.

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09 Jan 2021

Taffeta Dress

The concept of a house dress was a trend that excited me during quarantine. Typically, we buy clothes with every intention of wearing them out. What do you do when going out is no longer an option? It would have been so easy to toss on sweats every day and trust me – we did every once in awhile. However, getting dressed up and having a purpose to put on real clothes every day makes a difference. I purchased this taffeta dress from Aritzia in the spring and I loved the way it looked online from the photos. Wearing it, it’s a little bit pouffier than I expected, but the color is fun and it’s the perfect modern day girly girl dress if you’re looking for one. This dress also came in a stunning olive color, but having not tried it on in person myself, I was a bit weary.

08 Jan 2021

Malcolm & Marie

The trailer is out for the highly anticipated film starring Zendaya and John David Washington. As some of you may have read earlier in the summer, this was the film that was shot during the pandemic with a limited cast and crew. Even though the trailer was just released, rumblings about Zendaya being nominated for this performance are already starting. I’m excited for this to be on Netflix. My only hope is that it will be nothing like “Marriage Story.”

The film will be selected theaters, but out on Netflix on February 5th.

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