Being that he’s a fashion writer (and a very funny one at that) I figured I should let him describe his personal style, with his quotes and personality intact. So most of this is ripped directly from the email he sent me shortly after our shoot in NYC. He keeps it real, doesn’t take it all too seriously, and offers some interesting insight into life as a freelance #menswear bro.
“I’m currently living in Des Moines, Iowa (yes, you read that correctly) working the day-shift at a prestigious advertising agency…basically some place that pays me real money so I can play dress-up all day and write for sites like Complex Style and Well-Spent as a freelancer… I’m also the Token Black Guy for Four Pins; going to fashion shows/parties and being, well, the token black guy while I make fun of people.
My style has changed over the past couple of years because I’ve been forced to figure it out on my own. There isn’t a huge market for men’s fashion in Des Moines. Hell, you could even say it’s lacking in the Midwest overall. With the internet at your fingertips 24/7, you could easily draw inspiration from Blogs/Tumblr/Instagram/etc. but the fact that it’s my job to search out the coolest things all the time, week over week, month over month, year over year; I’ve learned to tune out things that don’t fit my personal style while completely smothering stuff that does. Sometimes I spend money on silly things I know are nichey (Illuminati Shirt) but if I have the opportunity to have fun with my clothes and they fit my personal style, it’s the ol’ ‘cake and eat it, too’ adage.”
We linked up with Nick after the blogger bball game to give you a taste of his personal style.
1. Team Oxford
Yet another outfit proving that a white oxford cloth shirt is one of the most versatile pieces a man can own, no matter his style.
I love how Nick does “reverse layering” (that was almost the title of this post) in all three looks; a closed neckline with longer under-layers peeking out at the waist. It’s a subtle detail that ads depth to his relatively simple, but personalized, outfits.
“I had the homie Kevin from Windmill Club custom make this Illuminati shirt for me. Not only is it just a damn well-made shirt, the twill letters/numbers on the back are dope and make me laugh. So many people hate this shirt, and I do too in the most loving way possible.”
“These foldable Ray-Ban joints have saved my life and a couple extra dollars too many times. They pretty much can’t break ever.”
“My proudest piece is my newest tattoo on the bottoms of my shins/tops of my ankles. I have a 5 month old now who has seriously turned my life upside down in the greatest way possible. With him and my wife of 6 years by my side, I literally own the world in my eyes.
Margiela sneakers – I spilled dollar pizza slice greases on them :( ”
- Black Wayfarers by Rayban
- White Illuminati Shirt by Windmill Club
- Denim Shirt by Rogue Territory
- Black Chinos by Unis
- Brown Snake Graphic Sneakers by Margiela