Javier is my male style counterpart. He's one of the few people I've met that share many of my views on fashion. The day I met him I was being interviewed for a job and he was one of the three people on the panel ready to drill me with questions and judge my worth. The second I saw him in his carefully crafted ensemble (which of course included a bow-tie) I just knew that everything would be a-ok! Needless to say, I got the job and we've been hanging out-critiquing each other's outfits ever since.**
Hey Javier! What advice do you have for men who are trying to step up their style game? Be Bold! But be yourself.
What (or who) inspires you most in terms of how you dress? Nature (a plant, for example), other men (I say, “I’ve got something similar, but pair it with . . . “), women’s fashion (not style, but colors).
How do you decide what to wear each day? It depends. Sometimes, I can plan a week in advance, or sometimes even, weeks in advance. I may have an idea of an item I want to wear on a given day (shirt, tie, vest); and use that as an anchor to build the rest of the outfit around it. Also, I may be inspired by a time of season (Fall, Christmas) or a specific day (Independence Day or St. Patrick’s Day, for example) and find clothes that reflect the occasion.
What’s your all-time fav outfit combination? Trick question? There are lots. Comments from others make certain combinations more memorable.
How has your style grown/changed/developed over the years? It’s gotten more colorful and bold. I’m far more willing to take chances as the years go by.
If your closet caught fire and you only had time to grab one thing, what would it be? Nothing! It’ll give me an opportunity to buy from the ground up.
Your top 3 places to shop? H&M. Macy’s. Vee Vintage, of course!! But of course!
What decade of style do you love most/wear most? Current, with splashes from other eras.
Anything else you'd like to say about your style? I love wearing hats and vests. I believe my style is eclectic. I love wearing “hand-me-downs” that other people would send for donation. I don’t know what is not my style, because I like to co-op other looks and make it mine. I get a lot of comments from total strangers on the elevator [at work], on the streets and even in a parking lot from people still in their cars, rolling down their windows to make a comment.
In the photos above Javier is modeling his own styled look wearing a burgundy velvet blazer, a black floral print dress shirt, white denim pants (who says you can't wear white after labor day!), black buckle dress shoes, and a black & white bow-tie and pocket square. A perfect look for winter months at the office.
**We also did a lip sync to Phantom of the Opera at our work Summer BBQ in 2015!