This weekend I hit the town and ‘turnt up’ a bit to enjoy a little nightlife in the city. I skipped the normal club scene and had drinks and laughs at a new upscale restaurant and lounge. I thought a dinner jacket would be appropriate considering the high brow decor and atmosphere. When I visit places or attend events that call for me to get dressed up but don’t require me to go formal or have a shirt and tie I feel compelled to express the street edge that’s become a part of my style and that’s what I did this evening.
I purchased this dinner jacket on eBay last year as a back up for an outfit I planned for a special event. I assume this jacket was made in the early to mid- 1990′s based on the boxy silhouette and the padding in the shoulders. It was listed as my size but it fit looser than I’d like but that was nothing my tailor couldn’t take care off. I had the sleeve altered and the waist tapered so that it would be a little more flattering when buttoned. This cream color is really rich and since the jacket was in such good shape I couldn’t pass up on it.
When I’m a little dressed up I always want to wear something that makes me feel really comfortable , so I threw on my favorite heather grey t-shirt that I picked up from the Gap a few years back on sale. I’ve worn and washed it so much it fits me perfect. The v-neck is stretched out just right and the bottom has shrunken here and there. Every time I put it on it feels new and used at the same time.
About every 4 months or so I seem to buy a new pair of favorite jeans. These waxed denim jeans currently hold the crown in my closet. These are technically my first ever pair of skinny jeans. I’m not really a fan of the skinny jeans trend but I understand them. My dislike for skinny jeans really comes from the fact that a lot of guys don’t wear them well, can’t fit them and look really uncomfortable. These stretch which make them pretty comfortable. I wear these out as often as possible even though they don’t require much breaking in.
Keeping with the dressed up vibe I chose to wear my velvet slippers. A nice black captoe would work just fine but slippers are a more comfortable and they have a casual, informal pizzazz about them that I like. Frankly, these are just slicker and in mind nightlife equals slick. I left these out of the box for a few days and they picked up lent and dust. My trick to bring back the smooth, steathly, black velvet look is to roll over them with the same lent remover you’d use for your suit or jacket.
Once I’ve nailed the key pieces for the evening I used the accessories to take the look to another level and show more of my personality. There’s no other explanation for why I decided to where this scarf in my back pocket other than its bit street, I’ve seen it done before and I works for me. This silk scarf adds color to an otherwise minimal color scheme based on black, grey and a variation of white. This scarf is pretty rare and I don’t wear it much, hardly ever, but every once in a while I pull it out for special occasions. Everyone needs a special occasion piece.
I don’t wear this watch as often as I used to since my Timex is more versatile. On this night the metal band compliments the dressed up appeal more than the nylong watch straps and the colorful face is pretty interesting and makes for a good conversation starter.
These bracelets are what I call my “starter piece shines”. These were my break into the realm of man jewelry. Subtle, neat, not to flashy and very good quality. I could pass these on to my son without any blemishes.
The historical district of Mount Vernon served as the perfect backdrop for this post. The neighborhood’s history, architecture, culture and art are all create a special vibe in the middle of the city and the elements of history, art and culture all influence my fashion sense. Hope you enjoyed this post. I’m off on my date into the city for more fun. Share your thoughts, see you next post.