GUEST CONTRIBUTOR: HELLO FROM THE OTHER SIDE

Something for the Boys

I’m sure you read the title of this article and thought, “what a corny title”, but as you read, you’ll better understand why it’s titled that, and why my subsequent articles will always begin with that phrase. Let’s get into this. First off, I am not a writer, so apologies if my writing isn’t as robust as my counterpart’s. I do however, have a deep love for fashion and for looking good at a reasonable price. Second thing—I’m a guy, hence the title Hello from the Other Side (see what I did there?). I’ll be a feature every now and then on the blog to give my two cents about men’s fashion. The third thing is, I am batman. My first article zooms in on something I feel quite strongly about and I believe every guy is affected by: the athleisure culture.

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For a guy like me with a 9-5 job (sometimes extending to x amount of hours), nothing is more orgasmic than not having to wear work pants and a tucked-in shirt once you are out of the office. So, I’m going to walk you through a look that’s perfect for a busy day of running errands, courtesy of off-duty style god Joe Manganiello.

If you’re a man with a handful of responsibilities and not enough funds to hire a personal assistant, chances are you’re going to spend part of the weekends running errands.  For me, comfort is king when picking out an outfit to run errands in. However, since there’s a possibility that you’ll run into someone you know (or want to get to know, youknowharaimsaying), you don’t want to be caught wearing sad baggy dad jeans. This is where the athleisure trend comes in—a fine blend of workout attire, lounge attire and sharp-as-hell attire.  Today’s slim-cut sweatpants, sweatshirts, and technical outerwear will keep you feeling and looking good as you swagger around town.

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Stone Island sweatshirt | Polo Ralph Lauren sweatpants | Steven Alan Jersey Overcoat | Troubadour Leather and Fabric Barrel Bag | Nike Air Zoom Vomero 11 sneakers

If you are an egbon a.k.a senior man, a.k.a Abuja/Lagos big boy, a.k.a Yoruba demon and you desire to pull off Joe’s exact look, click the links above. However, since I’m all about investing your money in your future (stocks, savings accounts and even buying land), here are affordable alternatives:

Jacket: here, here and here | Fluoro Hoodie: here, here and here | Sweatpants: here and here | Sneakers

You may have noticed the profusion of department store links; this is intentional. Athleisure pieces are everyday items and you needn’t break the bank to kill the look. Department stores can be pathways to quality items at affordable prices.

The athleisure look isn’t just for running errands, it’s a general weekend/out-of-work look for the more casual, relaxed occasions, like a game night event with friends. Take a cue from our good friends Jay-Z and Kendrick Lamar court-side at a basketball game. The pair were the picture of athleisure in layers of black, white and gray. The best part: there wasn’t a logo or flash of neon in sight (well, save for Beyoncé’s pink heels)

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Kendrick: Sweatshirt | Sweatpants | Shoes

Jay-Z: Blazer | T-Shirt: here and here | Bottoms: Black jeans / sweatpants | Sneakers: Nike Roshe and Adidas MI Tubular Radial

Side note: inasmuch as people wreck Forever 21 for their quality, these shirts do last and give you that ‘macho’ look–I’ve had mine for two years now and they haven’t faded. Just stay away from black.

Let’s zone in on the sneakers. If, like me, you’re a firm believer in the fact that the Yeezy design was taken from the Nike Roshe design of Summer 2013, you can achieve the same look for just $75. Or, if you’ve joined Kanye’s crazed chorus of “f- Nike”, you can customize your own pair of Adidas sneakers for $125, as opposed to the elusive $200 Yeezy boosts.

That’s all for today, friends. Let me know what you think in the comments. Until next time.

-B

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