Knitwear Season featuring Marcus Allen

October 11th, 2012

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3. Juxtapose

It takes a lot of balls, and style, to rock a tuxedo casually.

“I’m big into creating a juxtaposition. Nice and clean with old and tattered, evening with street, classic with unorthodox, etc.

Mixing formal wear with casual pieces that have a rough sensibility is one of my favorite ways to do it.”

It might not be a look that everyone can appreciate, but the girls checking him out on the walk to the Bowery that day certainly “get it”.

At the end of the day, once you find your taste and aesthetic (which takes time and practice), it’s all about confidence and attitude. (Sure, it helps to be really good looking too)

  • Midnight navy shawl collar tuxedo by Brunello Cucinelli
  • Light blue knit crewneck by Balenciaga
  • Gold Vintage watch by Rolex
  • Grey canvas sneakers by Superga
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  • Veejay

    Love the boots in pic# 5. I have the same pair!

  • http://www.chapmanbags.com Chapman Bags

    Really enjoying the use of the sneakers in the first look- the mixing and matching is what sets a confident man apart from the rest of those just going with the flow.

  • Paul

    What a great look!

  • Peej

    Love look 4, the use of blacks and browns is freaking perfect. Balance, flow, rhythm — it’s all there.

  • PETER

    Why do you have “shop this look” for items that are definitely not the same. i.e. the cable cashmere sweater is by RL, not J Crew…

    • http://thestyleblogger.com Dan Trepanier

      We are shooting real people in their real wardrobes. A lot of the pieces in the shoot are several years old or unique vintage finds.

      The concept is shopping the “look” not necessarily buying the featured items in the photos.

      Cheers,
      Dan

      • John Barrow

        All the same – while I appreciate the “shop this look” section, I’d like to see a footnote of where the person ACTUALLY got those items.

        • http://thestyleblogger.com Dan Trepanier

          John look in the left column. The FEATURED section.

          -Dan

  • Denise Harvey

    Hello Marcus,
    I am Katie Blais’s grandmother, have met you when you came to Maine, Katie speaks so highly of you….I just wanted to let you know that I enjoyed the complete site of yours and congratulations for a job well done……Take care, continue your good work…….Mem Harvey

  • http://areyoubob.com Johnny

    I’m really digging the sweater/leather jacket look! It’s a look from the best of both worlds really. I wish I could pull off layering like that, it’s hotter than ever in Florida! Last time I wore layers like this gentlemen, I was sweating bullets. No bueno.

  • http://MensStylePro.com Sabir M. Peele

    Hey Dan & TSBmen Crew,

    What I really like about Marcus’ style is that he really owns it. I know the way he styles these look are going to rub some people the wrong way because they’re not “traditional”, but, I dig what he’s doing. The casual tuxedo look really knocks it out the park. Great feature.

    Best,

    Sabir

    • http://www.thestyleblogger.com Townsend

      Thanks for the feedback Sabir! Hope all is well.

  • TO

    Mr. Allen just destroys it here. Inspiring knitwear piece. I’m not conviced some (if not most) would be able to pull off the ‘loose and flowey’ though, but it obviously works for him.

  • cam

    very nice personal style marcus. ive been heading toward that rugged luxury Billy Reid/RRL look myself lately. very american and how men should look in a casual atmosphere.

  • Brian

    Content on the blog is great as ever, but restoring an option to view all looks on one page would be nice. Having to click through multiple pages to read a whole article is one of my pet peeves.

    • http://thestyleblogger.com Dan Trepanier

      Hey Brian. Splitting up the posts is the the only way we can offer our Style Guide and Shop This Look functionalities.

      Thanks for reading.

      Best,
      Dan

  • Matt

    Marcus is just straight killing it. The looks are great for fall in New England. Dan, do you know where Marcus picked up that shawl cardigan in look 1? I’ve been looking for a navy one like that with the toggle loops, but the JCrew link doesn’t compare. I’ve seen some good ones from LLBean Signature, but the one his wearing is smooth.

    Keep up the great work! The site is really starting to come together.

  • Keaton

    Dan,
    I’ve been wanting a nice “barn” or “field” type jacket. Have you had any experience with Barbour’s? I am wondering if they are worth the investment as far as quality longevity, from style and durability standpoint. Very cool shoot, I love the quick turnaround between new posts!

    • http://www.thestyleblogger.com Townsend

      Hey Keaton,

      Barbour’s are DEFINITELY worth the investment. I have 3 myself. A great place to start would be with a classic waxed cotton Barbour, say the Beaufort or Bedale. So long as you “reproof” (read: re-wax) your jacket every other year or so, your coat will last you decades. Sure, spending 400+ on a jacket seems a little absurd right now, but for something that will potentially last you 20+ years, it really is a great investment.
      Best of luck,
      -Townsend

      • Keaton

        Thanks for the info, Townsend! I’m glad I asked because I would never have known to reproof every year. I noticed the ones ones you have in previous posts and they seem like a jacket that only gets better looking with age and wear. Thanks again for the inspiration TSB team.

  • Gazman

    He’s worked with some heavy hitters but they need to pay him more. His shirts and pants have holes in them and he needs new shoes. And how about the just a wee-bit-tucked-in look – twee and contrived.