IMG_2101Something I always like to do is mix genres.  If you wear all preppy, or all hipster, or all grunge, it starts to look like you’re wearing a costume.

One way to avoid looking costumey is to mix in other elements to throw off a look that is otherwise pretty consistent.

For example, I love these new Cole Haan penny loafers.  When you wear them with a white oxford button-down, trim dark-rinse jeans, and a conservative tie, however, it starts to look like you’re dressing for a cotillion.

Throw an edgy jersey motorcycle jacket on and your prepster look gets some edge.  Clashing style genres can coordinate well when done right.

Give it a try –

~j

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shoes – Cole Haan

tie – Bows ‘N Ties c/o

shirt – j.crew similar

jeans – Uniqlo

jacket – H&M similar