A SUCKER for the Season

With the celebration of freedom during Memorial Day weekend, we also welcome the warmth of summer. I know that the first official day of summer isn’t until June 21, but something about Memorial Day just brings the image of summertime. As the daylight hours get longer, the lemonade gets colder, and outdoor adventures get more frequent, summer is such a fun time of the year…it’s kinda like Christmas, with a tan!

As you are attending all your fun festivities of the season, you want to make sure that you find yourself in the Kings Court of the Season…The House of SEERSUCKER! Not just for slow talkin’, southern politicians anymore, seersucker is available in a variety of pieces that make it easy to incorporate it into your warm weather wardrobe. Not to leave you hanging, I have come up with some inspiration pieces to get you started.

Ladies, you have tons of opportunities to bring the King into your looks.

TSS Women's Seersucker

From dresses to jackets and anything in between, you can effortlessly embody the traditional southern image.

  • Look fun and flirty in a great strapless number from Old Navy. Paired with a white denim jacket, this is the perfect casual and classy look that would have you ready for any evening shindig.
  • Straying away from the traditional blue seersucker, a tan print cropped pant is an essential summer item to pair with anything from a t-shirt to a gauzy top.
  • For a completely casual look, pair a utility style jacket with a pair of shorts in a pop of color like green or coral.
  • A seersucker skirt with an eyelet overlay gives a dramatic look of texture and pattern without being too fussy.
  • A classic cut long sleeve button up in a colored seersucker is cool and casual and compliments anything from white, denim, or a bold color.
  • For a dressier look, don a more structured blazer with a simple top and a great chino. This look is even suitable for summer casual wear to the office.

Gentlemen, I haven’t forgotten about you either! The quintessential fabric of any southern gentleman, seersucker is the denim of the summer. Pair it with anything, and dress it up or down.

TSS Men's Seersucker

Cool and breathable, you’ll definitely be a dapper dandy by incorporating any of these great items into your looks.

  • Attending a wedding? A dressier summer soiree? Or just want to turn up for cocktails and dinner? A seersucker blazer has you covered. If you’re feeling froggy, go ahead and buy an entire seersucker suit so you can mix and match all season long.
  • Fun and festive, these two color seersucker shorts are the perfect piece for summer outings. Pair with a t-shirt for a casual look, or a white button up for a more classic feel.
  • Found in a variety of color options, this slim fit long sleeve button up could easily become a weekend go-to. Whether you join it with shorts, chinos, or denim, this shirt can take you from morning adventures to evening outings.
  • Every girl’s crazy ’bout a sharp dressed man! This suit vest is a sleek and polished look for an alternative dressier look. A simple white button up and almost any color chino will complete this outfit with ease. Throw on a bow tie and you’ll be the beau of the ball.
  • Summer is the perfect time to experiment with more graphic looks like these seersucker pants with embroidered details. I mean, what goes better with seersucker than glasses of lemonade.
  • Tie one on this summer with a slim cut seersucker tie. A perfect addition to your favorite jeans and a button up, add a touch of southern prep to an otherwise simple outfit.

So whether you’re headed to the pier for a day of sunshine or rubbing elbows with old money at an evening event, these affordable seersucker options will definitely keep you in the KINGS court during the heated season. Take this warm weather time to add some classic seersucker to your wardrobe. Even in the humid heat of summer, being a SUCKER for the season is a sure way for you to stay stylish!

Who Needs a Bootie Call?

Jack Frost is officially here for an extended stay.  As we enter December, we know the chills are coming and the temperatures will be diving.  As our wardrobe changes to accommodate the chill in the air, we oftentimes branch out with a new shoe wardrobe as well.  The coming months will afford a lot of activities that will bring out the best in our attire.  In hopes of always putting our best foot forward, I felt the need for a bootie call!

Dressy to masculine, sophisticated to simple…boots are here to stay for a while and there are always so many options from which to choose.  Let’s explore some of my top picks!

The Casual Boot

The casual boot is perfect for most outings because they pair great with denim, chinos, or cords.  Here are some of my favorite casual styles, and most of these are less than $40.

Casual Boot Collage

1.  The Ankle Bootie from Aldo Kaowia – These chic and fun booties are very versatile and would integrate into your life seamlessly.  Kick it for a night out on the town or strut through the mall on a Saturday shopping day.
2.  The Two Tone Riding Boot – These tall riding boots with the thoughtful hardware detail are great to go with a multitude of outfits.  Working with both brown and black, you can utilize these all season long.
3.  The Lace Up Combat Boot – I love the look of these boots!  The streamlined design with rugged details makes these boots the perfect pair for a skinny jean and just about any style top.
4.  The York Riding Boot – This simple and traditional look is the staple riding boot for you.  Available in wide calf sizes this boot is the perfect fit for any woman on the go.

The Shooties and Booties

I love this little footwear hybrid.  I feel like these pieces of fantastic footwear are a must have for every woman.  Some ladies don’t have the height for the tall riding boots, but any stature can strut their stuff in these.

Shooties and Booties Collage

1.  Faux Suede High Heel Bootie – With an asymmetrical cut, these booties are sure to catch an eye.  Whether you’re pairing them with a dress or jeans, these high stepping hybrids (available in black and navy) are perfect for you!
2.  The Strappy Heeled Booties – These effortlessly chic booties are practical and perfect for all your footwear needs.  With a side zip and clever hardware, these pair perfectly with an ensemble.
3.  Lace Up Wedge Bootie – Step it up in style with these powerful wedges.  A touch of masculinity with the oxford style, these casual wedge heel adds sophistication to any outfit.
4.  Low Tilda Welt Bootie – Sassy is the name of the game with these red hot booties.  Also available in black and cobalt, these are definitely a statement piece.  A perfect touch to an upcoming holiday party.

The Dress Boot

Boots to work are not just for Vivian Ward chasing after Edward Lewis on Hollywood Blvd.  Designers have really picked up their game in presenting some great boots for those dressier outfits.

Dress Boot Collage

1.  Black Leather Quilted Bootie – These sleek and sophisticated quilted booties would be a great addition to a power suit or pencil skirt in the board room.  With just enough heel to give some sass, they are still conservative enough to be appropriate.
2.  Leather Equinox Bootie – Carlos Santana hit it out of the park with this one.  The flattering asymmetrical lines create a polished, yet sexy look.  Pair these with a great dress or a tailored trouser and you are set.
3.  Nine West Appleye Bootie – Smooth and polished in black suede, this peek-toe bootie is trimmed in leather.  A touch of class, with a slight edge makes this unique bootie a necessity for a black skirt or slim fitting trouser.
4.  Crown Vintage Tall Boot – I’m not always a fan of a tall boot in a dressy occasion, but something about these worked for me.  Maybe it was the button detail, the low profile heel, or the camel color…whatever it was, it had me at first glance.  These feminine tall boots are the perfect pair to wear from day to night.

Short or tall, open or closed, sleek or detailed…there’s a boot for everyone.  Make sure you are equipped with some of this season’s most desired footwear.  Don’t be afraid to invest in a good pair.  I don’t see these beauties going anywhere for a while.  Get a quality pair that will last you for a while and you’ll never regret it.  Answer that phone, ladies…it may be a bootie call!  It is, after all, that time of year!  Stay stylish!

Fall Fashion: The Stylish Steed’s 4 Must-Haves

The notable Oscar Wilde once said, “Fashion is a form of ugliness so intolerable that we have to alter it every six months.” I don’t know about intolerable, but here’s to another season of alterations, Mr. Wilde. With the fall season beginning in less than 20 days, it’s time for us to prepare for some changes in our wardrobe. As you move your cords and boots to the front of the closet, there are some other items that you should consider integrating into your look.

The Stylish Steed’s Top 4 Must-Haves for Fall

The devil is in the details! Maybe not the devil, but leather sure is! A polished look for the season that works in a multitude of styles is leather detailing. Whether its patches, piping, or panels, leather details add a sleek look to your outfit.

TSS Leather Detail

Blazer – H&M
Peplum Top – Madewell
Woven Jacket – H&M
Merino Sweather – J. Crew Factory
Striped Tee – J. Crew Factory

I understand that many women change their handbag as often as their undergarments, but a staple bag for this season is the Trapeze Bag. These uniquely shaped bags can be quite expensive, but with a little research you can easily find more affordable options.

TSS Trapeze Bag

Off White – Forever21
Leather Multicolored – Aliexpress
Suede Multicolored – Aliexpress

To help you get a jump on things, the iconic jumpsuit is back. In a variety of styles, there is an option to suit your body and taste. Pair with heels, boots, or even flats, and this fashion throwback can work for almost any occasion.

TSS Jumpsuits

Geo-Print Wrap – New York & Company
Blue V Neck – Zara
¾ Sleeve Wrap Front – H&M
Button Neck – Zara

Plaid is rad this season and you can wear it anywhere! If it’s overwhelming, you can simply make it an accessory, or be bold and branch out with a large print jacket or skirt. Regardless your level of comfort, reach for something plaid in a color palette that complements your coloring.

TSS Plaid

Large Print Jacket – Tulle4Us
Rain Hat – Talbot’s
Skirt – L.L. Bean
Blazer – Talbot’s
Pant – Land’s End

Whether your personal style is chic, professional, playful, or anything in between, take this time to branch out and include some of these must-haves into your fall line-up. Don’t be afraid to explore colors that are new to you. Explore a new dimension to your style and welcome fall with a fresh look that’s sure to help you stay stylish!

Prepping for Fall

Even though the high temperatures don’t agree, fall is just around the corner.  As we begin to think about the change of season, we are bustling with activities.  Whether we are tailgating, shopping, exploring nature, or just commuting to work, it’s time to Prep for Fall.  With trends and styles ranging from ridiculous to the expected, it’s difficult to know which direction to head.  A staple classic, but popular trend for fall 2014, is directly in line with my personal style aesthetic…the preppy look.  Regardless of your autumn adventures, The Stylish Steed has some preppy looks to bring your fall fashion forward.

Weekend Prep

This casual, yet put together look is perfect for any weekend outing.  By layering classic pieces, you are able to maximize your look.

Weekend Prep

The foundation of this outfit, a denim button up from Gap, can be used in a multitude of ways.  Top it with a graphic sweater from J. Crew Factory to add personality and fun to your look.  Don a great quilted vest (J. Crew Factory) and a pop of color with these rustic gold straight leg pants from Talbots, and you are ready for any excursion.  Consider a tall riding boot (DSW), a staple from recent seasons, to elevate this look to the ultimate level of prep.

Casual Prep

For those events that require a little more refined look, consider a comfortable ensemble with refined details.

Casual Prep

The navy blazer is a classic item that is really trending this season for women.  A traditional masculine item, this blazer (H&M) is tailored for a woman.  A multicolored button up from J. Crew Factory brings life to this polished look.  Pair with a lighter wash straight leg jean (Gap), a colorful statement necklace (Charming Charlie), and a great flat with gold detail (DSW) to complete the look.

Business Prep

It’s bad enough to have to go to work during these beautiful fall days, let’s not add insult to injury by doing it in a bad outfit.  For those of us in the daily grind, a business prep look is exactly what we need to cure those boardroom blues.

Business Prep

A classic khaki pencil skirt with a pinstripe button up, both from J. Crew Factory, can be quite a bore, but you can excite this look with a few added details and accessories.  A great cranberry cardigan (Gap) adds a polished collegiate feel, while the leopard skinny belt provides just a peek of pattern to your waist.  You can never go wrong with pearls, and if you’re going to wear pearls, more is more.  This layered pearl necklace from Charming Charlie gives a big impact while still maintaining a traditional, preppy feel.  Finish off with pearl detail earrings and you’re destined for the corner office.

Incorporating prep into your wardrobe can bring a breath of fresh air to your tired duds.  Polished, yet casual.  Refined, yet a touch rugged.  The preppy look is fully encompassing fashion at its best and always a classic way to stay stylish!

Pushing His Buttons

Virginia Beach native, Jason Button, is keeping things tied up in Alabama’s capital city. The son of a skilled woodworker and a cross-stitching mother, Button has set out to create a business that provides the gents with quality bow ties and pocket squares.

button's bow ties

Button’s Bow Ties, a new development that began earlier this year, was never an initial plan for Button. With a career in industrial distribution, one doesn’t need a necktie for the office, but Button established his love for ties years ago. As a wardrobe requirement during his collegiate years, Button grew tired of donning an average necktie and found bow ties to be a fun alternative. However, even with his love for bow ties, Button says that fashion is not his forte.

So how does a man with no background in fashion set out to create a men’s line of bow ties and pocket squares?

By accident, of course! It all started with a search for watercolors. What was planned to be a creative weekend of painting ended up as a business venture that is opening doors for this busy, family man from Montgomery. While trying to locate the watercolors from storage, Button came across an old tie of his wife’s grandfather. After a brief tutorial from his sister-in-law, a very able seamstress, and some online research, Button quickly discovered how he could convert this old neck tie into a functioning bow tie. Through trial and error, paired with his parent’s influential work ethic and attention to detail, Button’s Bow Ties was born. It also doesn’t hurt that Button spent some time in his college art department, even considering Graphic Design for a career. You can definitely see his natural artistic ability in his products, down to the vintage button hand sewn on each product. Thoughtful details like that are found throughout a customer’s interaction with the dapper and creative owner.

button detail

Although it’s not a family business, Button says that his wife, a native Alabamian, and his two children are very supportive of his work. Tiffany, his wife, will advise in the fabric selection department, but leaves all the creating to her sewing sweetie. His son, age 12, has reached the age where he wears his father’s custom pieces, and his daughter, age 14, has been inspired and enjoys sewing and creating her own designs as well.

Not to neglect the Junior Dapper Gentlemen, Button also has a line of onesies that include two pre-tied, snap on bow ties.

Not to neglect the Junior Dapper Gentlemen, Button also has a line of onesies that include two pre-tied, snap on bow ties.

Drawing inspiration from the creativity of designers like The Cordial Churchman and Otis James, Button strives to create pieces that are unique and focused on details.

Conveniently packaged and delivered, your high quality bow tie has a built in tab for easy closet hanging.

Conveniently packaged and delivered, your high quality bow tie has a built in tab for easy closet storage.

A customer will find the process of purchasing a custom creation from Button’s Bow Ties to be an absolute pleasure. From the initial contact to the delivered package, Button is completely committed to personalized customer service.

A southern gentleman with an entrepreneur dream, creative mindset, and focus on customer satisfaction…it’s a recipe for success if you ask me.

Button also offers his services in converting neckties into a custom made bow tie.

In addition to his creations, Button offers his services in converting neckties into a custom made bow tie.

What’s the future for Button’s Bow Ties? Currently he is focused on bow ties and pocket squares, but has ideas of expansion which I am confident will continue his reputation of quality products and superb customer service.

Available for viewing on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter, interested customers can contact Jason Button through private messaging for inquiries or to make purchases. Like and follow him to stay up-to-date on new developments and support a local creative designer.  It’s the dreams and ambitions of individuals like Jason Button that help us men of the world stay stylish!