This week's Profile is Erik Honesty of North Philadelphia. Philly Fashion guru Sabir Peele tells us why Erik is this week's That Guy.
What I like about this look .
There are two things that I really like about this look. The fact that Erik took a risk by going with a cropped trouser, Thom Browne-esk, while upping the style ante by rocking this suit in a plaid pattern is applause worthy. As a way to fill the gap between the end of his trousers and feet, he has opted for a high lacing dress boot (instead of a dress shoe) that really completes this look and adds a bit of an edge.
Where could this outfit be worn ?
If you work in a more fashion forward environment, this look would be great for turning some heads. As a spin on traditional formal wear, this look could be adapted for a wedding or black tie event.
Where can you buy this particular look?
To find a suit in this style, you can try a vintage shop like Cultured Couture Vintage in Philadelphia or Thom Browne. Brands like Grenson, Kenneth Cole and Allen Edmonds carry dress boots for men that can be easily worn in a dressed-down manner with jeans. A pocket watch on chain is a very classic piece of menswear that can often seem "costumey"; however, Erik pulls this look off masterfully. Take advantage of local thrift stores and consignment shops to find authentically vintage timepieces like a pocket watch.
One style tip you will often get from me is that, when wearing any style of suit, don't let the suit wear you. He really injects his personality into this suit by adding the lapel pin, gold pocket watch with a chain and the crop trouser. For the novice that wants to attempt a look similar to this one, opt for a traditional length trouser with minimal to no break in the hem. Don't be afraid to add some color to this look with your shirt choice. Feel free to go with the corporate colors of light blue, pale pink and even lavender.