The Finishing Touch: Patterned Scarves feat. Marcus Allen

February 26th, 2014

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Marcus Allen is one of the most stylish people I’ve ever met. He can pull-off just about anything, including oversized vintage jeans, leather cargo pants, and a tuxedo with sneakers.

The NYC based stylist & fashion consultant has a unique way of pulling-off things that I would never even think of (like leather clogs in the winter…?). And he does it all with a laidback, easy-going demeanor.

Risk taking aside, one thing is for sure; Marcus knows how to use a scarf to add a finishing touch to his look.

Here’s three examples we shot during NYFW.

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1. Pattern Punch

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One way to bring some life to an all black look: a colorful scarf in a southwestern-inspired pattern.

To be fair, though, the felt hat and the pajama shirt are actually navy.

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Here’s another example of a beautiful crushable felt hat by Borsalino, along with another perfect waxed Barbour Jacket.

Sidenote: what do you know about beefy shearling-lined black leather mittens?!

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Marcus and I are on the same wavelength when it comes to sharp dress boots, like these badass leather Jodhpur boots by Saint Laurent.

It doesn’t get any more ‘downtown cool’ than that.

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  • http://angelbespoke.tumblr.com/ Angel Ramos

    There seems to be a lot of controversy on these comment threads. Here’s my take, I actually loved this post. Why? Not because of the clogs or the scarfs, or whatever it may be, however I follow Marcus because I’m intrigued by his expression of art. I’m always thinking artistically, not stale or commercial but artistically and when I think of Marcus no matter what brand he’s wearing I immediately think of how’s he’s expressing his love of art through clothing, photography and his lifestyle. I look for inspiration daily and I try not to let one specific thing in someone’s attire stray me away from something else they did in their ensemble that grabbed my attention and sparked something in me creatively. So to sum things up, I loved this post. Regardless of whether one would classify it as sartorial or menswear, it’s art. The Art or what Marcus…. The rest is what you interpret.

  • Ishandev

    Style evolves. Look at the TSBmen team for example. Dan has experimented considerably till he discovered his niche. Alex has always skirted the edges of workman couture but now has full fledgedly embraced it. Towni has been dabbling into a more masculine/hirsute look which suits him. Wes has gone from a filipino callgirl to a Filipino Assassin! (I love you the MOST bro). I’m still learning about my own style and couldn’t explain what it is!

  • Bob

    I don’t see much point to linen or silk scarves; functionally, they don’t perform as well as wool or cashmere when retaining heat is important (ie when you’d want to wear a scarf in the first place).

    Cotton/denim is a little better than linen and silk, but if you sweat a little, it’s still not as good as wool and cashmere, both of which are hydrophobic materials. Cotton will just get wet and stay wet.

    The fabric selections were not well considered in my opinion.

  • Brooks

    Can I just say that I’ve been waiting for Marcus to do another post as soon as his knitwear one dropped like, a year and a half ago? He’s one of those people who can pull off whatever he wants to–it feels very Japanese streetwear-y. I dig look 3, especially the Hermes scarf. Let’s see more of his “well-edited personal wardrobe” if it’s full of eclectic pieces like these!

  • Olerud_4_Life

    First look is tough. Those boots are really healthy man

  • Daniel

    Lots of people buy expensive clothes; very few people look as cool as Mr. Marcus Allen. For example, the first look: first, Borsalinos seem to be in fashion again, but I haven’t seen many people pop the top of it like he does. I think it works. Likewise, lots of people have Barbours, but usually the look is preppier than here, where the slimmer cut, black material, and the rest of the outfit make it look urban. The scarf, the mittens, and the boots all are dope. This man was not dressed by the internet.

    Of course it helps to be able to afford items from Michael Bastian, RRL, Saint Laurent, etc., but Marcus Allen wears the clothes, rather than the clothes wearing him. And though I’m not about to buy a pair of clogs, I think he pulls them off.

    Lastly, Hermes “H” belt buckles are super tacky. IMO the quality of an item should be apparent from the craftsmanship, the quality of the materials, the styling, etc., but definitely not from the label.

  • Brent

    I like the looks. Not a fan of clogs but whatever. I will say just because you drop a large sum of cash on any particular item doesn’t automatically make that item awesome and the wearer stylish. I could rock a monkey fur coat and leather a leather track suit that costs more than a good car but look like a fool. Money spent doesn’t not equal style.

  • Sergio Arteaga

    Look #1 is by far the best one, the clogs are not my taste, that’s for sure.

  • ml

    how tall is this guy?

  • http://alreadyinvoiced.tumblr.com/ Adrian B

    Look number one is a killer.

  • AJ

    Excellent looks. The versatility of content on this site is one of the reasons I check every single day. I can’t afford many of these items at full retail; that won’t stop me from taking inspiration from them. I’ve read every post of Dan’s for several years, there are only two (of hundreds. Thousands?!) that I have not taken some nugget of information from to help improve my personal style.

    In order for someone like Dan (ambitious Ivy grad) to continue to provide such fantastic daily content, readers may have to “suffer” occasional posts that don’t help or inspire them. Not too bitter of a pill to swallow in exchange for so much (FREE) content from one of the young leaders of menswear.

    Keep up the amazing work Dan and team, TSBmen is an immense influence on my personal style and worldview.

  • Mitko

    The first look is absolutely epic! I find all black (or i guess all dark) outfits very appealing, and although I’m not a fan of scarfs that are there just as an accessory, rather than to keep you warm, the one in look one I actually like. I can’t say that I like the clogs or the scarf in look three, but hey if that’s who you are then I say go for it. None of us can tell you what to wear or not wear, just do you. That’s my favorite part about style and I feel like some people forget that from time to time.

  • John B

    The first look is awesome and the scarf really “makes” the outfit! Also, the texture on the DB coat looks pretty nice.
    Not a fan of the clogs though, especially in the winter.

    • http://www.TSBmen.com/ Dan Trepanier

      Agreed. I think we all knew the clogs wouldn’t be for everybody. That’s why they’re a great part of the story.

  • Nafi

    Loved everything. One of the most stylish guys (IMO) ever featured on the site.

    • http://www.TSBmen.com/ Dan Trepanier

      Agreed! Thanks for reading Nafi!

  • Jeanscuffed

    I knew for a fact that as SOON as I saw this post it was going to cause controversy and that’s what it’s all about: creating dialogue. I dig Marcus’s style. Do I agree with all of his style choices? No I don’t, I mean I can’t change his views on something that he sees as personal. Dan said that in the beginning of the year this site is going to take risks whether the viewers like it or not, he warned us. If we dig Marcus’s clogs or we hate Tyga’s style, it’s different from the cookie cutter suit and tie that we WANT to see, but who wants to see the same kind of content every post? It gets boring. That’s why the post vary from very urban to gentleman to a mix of both which is what I love. I look forward to seeing creative people mixing and putting things together that make me think. Good post.

    • http://www.TSBmen.com/ Dan Trepanier

      Thanks brother, well said. If all we did was feature guys in slim suits and cookie cutter J.Crew sh-t, then I would have gotten bored with this a long time ago.

      TSBmen is as much about people and unique perspectives as it is about “do’s and don’ts” of style. We can all learn something from those who don’t share our same views.

      Thanks, as always, for reading Jeanscuffed!

  • Dr. Shrock

    Love the diversity of style on TSB. Keep it up guys.

    • http://www.TSBmen.com/ Dan Trepanier

      Diversity of people = diversity of style.

      That’s the point of style, to showcase the individual.

      Cheers mate.

  • Wieczorek

    You must be joking Dan. “when you buy great pieces, looking good is easy”. Style isn’t about buying expensive clothes and wearing them together because they are expensive and designed by somebody famous. And wearing leather clogs that cost a lot of money doesn’t mean you are a cool kid. It means you are wearing terrible, ugly shoes (even if they were handmade from albino black leopard’s scrotum).

    I like some of the pieces in this post, but not overall. Marcus had great features here but this is a mistake. It is more fashion and bad taste than style.

    And something is wrong with TSB. You continue to post great editorials featuring amazingly dressed and STYLISH men (like Towni, HVRMINN, Angel Ramos). But there are also posts like this one (well, this one isn’t entirely bad), or the one with Tygga or whatever name that man chose to use. Posts about guys who have lots of money, and who spend lots of money to buy expensive designer pieces because they are expensive and designer pieces. It’s not style, it’s snobbism. Sure there are people like that, and there are people who like these looks. But I’m dissapointed with the fact that Dan Trepaniar, a man whom I deeply respect in terms of menswear and style, tries to convince us that this stuff that has been posted here lately is stylish. It is not. I find this insulting. You established a certain audience, taught as a lot about fit, color matching, textures and style. I hope you will stay true to what you started.

    And I am not a style conservatist. I love experimenting. I love having fun with clothes. I hate guys who dress having in mind fashion fads, designer labels and price tags. We are men and we should act like men. Not like some high-school kids obsessed with money and peer pressure.

    Let’s have style, not swag

    • cam

      @ Wieczorek – complete fail of a comment

      • Wieczorek

        I’m simply talking about an attitude. I love quality pieces (not necessarily suits), but hate when people think: look at this luxury item. It’s great because it’s luxury. I know what Dan thinks about quality over quantity and the real value of an item of clothing. That’s what I agree with. It’s good thinking, very reasonable. I’m not saying that there is no difference between Barbour waxed jacket and H&M waxed jacket. But there was once a time when he openly criticised people wearing belts with a buckle that has a designer logo on it (like Hermes for example). Those were also very well made belts but not stylish ones. And they definitely were tasteless.

        Nowadays, I’m afraid that I might open TSB and see a post about Hermes buckles, that would say: “Wear them, they are designer, they are expensive. That means they are great.” Because that’s unfortunately the message I’m getting from some editorials.

        It’s great if you can afford expensive and well made pieces. I get it that you only wear Goodyear Welted shoes, or have a watch with an intricate mechanism. But if you are trying to show it off, it’s going to look cheap, no matter the price. Good taste can’t be bought.

        • http://www.TSBmen.com/ Dan Trepanier

          Nobody is saying “it’s great because it’s luxury”… It’s great because it’s great. So great, in fact, that it’s considered luxury.

          And there are no logos here… It’s not about brands, its about quality.

      • Owen

        Actually I think Wieczorek made some good points. There has definitely been a shift in the content here, no doubt about that. I first started reading TSB men well over a year ago and during that time, Dan’s content made me aware of fit, cut, materials, the basic rules of menswear, tailoring, style?, and how to invest in the right pieces of clothing. I am grateful for this and it has opened my eyes to menswear and developing my own style.

        Lately more of the content has been about personal style and I feel that without the insightful posts of the last 18 months, that I would not understand some of these looks. This is where I think TSBMen is now treading a fine line. New visitors might not understand or relate to these ‘fashion forward’ posts, and the more conservative reader just won’t like them. This is evident from many of the comments left on recent articles.

        I think that TSBMen is an expression of Dan’s personal journey with style, and that does interest me, but I think this may be alienating some of his core audience. Some of the mini-series such as Garment Doctor are fantastic, but many readers want to check a blog daily and see content that they can relate to, both in terms of style, and cost. I wouldn’t have started reading this blog if all the clothing featured was super high end stuff that was unachievable for me.

        There are certainly more high end labels being featured here and I don’t see this is a bad thing, but Dan was (is?) the best dressed REAL man in America. That’s what got this started and that’s the product hes selling to his advertisers. I find the juxtaposition of a post featuring a guy wearing Prada wingtips and an Hermes scarf next to an advertisement for American Apparel a little awkward. The more style orientated stuff is great, but as this has become a commercial venture, giving the audience what they want is no bad thing.

        Thanks to Dan and everyone at TSBMen. I will continue to visit daily for inspiration (and click on the adverts) in a hope that this great website will exist for many more years.

        • Stofferson

          I think that this is the most level headed comment – it has been interesting to see how TSB has progressed with Dan’s evolution of style.

          I started reading back in the blogspot era when it was extremely down-to-earth tips. And in the subsequent iterations, Dan’s style emerged as someone who just looks good in everything. Nothing super flashy, just really well coordinated and balanced outfits. I think this formed the core audience of TSB – and honestly it was powerful. Dan, you taught me that you can actually wear pants that don’t swish when you walk or cut off circulation. You taught people how to look casual and relaxed in a collared shirt. You made tailored clothing accessible to young people looking to change their style as they grow up. That is extremely respectable.

          Now it seems like you are changing again, and like Owen says, I don’t identify with all the posts that you have. But it is an interesting display of your style – and nobody can deny men’s style as an art. That being said, I do trust your style and am excited to see where you’ll go next.

    • Jeff P.

      Just because the man isn’t wearing a suit, doesn’t mean he doesn’t have style. Style is personal. Is this something that I would wear? No…but Marcus wears it and it works for him.

      You ever think that the guys at TSB actually respect and “like” guys like Marcus Allen and Tyga? What if Marcus’ brand produced freshly tailored suits, would that make you happy?

    • Tribeca, NYC

      Contrary to your belief Mr. W, there are people who buy “expensive designer pieces” for reasons other than the fact that they “are expensive, designer pieces.” On top of that, the author is not trying to “convince” his readers of anything through this post. Those who think this site provides (or wish the site provided) rigid instructions on how to dress, likely need such instructions to get dressed. Although I know nothing about your financials, your comment simply sounds like that of a man without any money. Now, if you don’t mind, I have a tourbillon that needs winding.

    • AK

      It’s important to note that Dan says “remember: quality over quantity.” I think that has always been his personal stance: that the best sort of menswear is that which stands the test of time while fitting well and representing your personal sense of style. Now, it seems to me that, occasionally, some designer gear is actually *also* well-made. In other words, I don’t think Dan was saying “buy these pieces because they’re expensive and made by a popular brand.” It seems like he was trying to say “buy pieces that are sharp and that will last (and sometimes those pieces happen to be made by expensive, popular brands).”

      Take Barbour and Woolrich, for example (two brands featured often on this site). They’re not cheap brands, per se, but they are heirloom pieces. Properly cared for and treated, they will last, AND they just also happen to look fantastic.

      This feature was one of my favorites in a while. I love the way Marcus mixes textures (waxed cotton, chunky leather, denim) and patterns. Although the clogs w/ no socks in winter!? Boy, you crazy.

      • http://www.TSBmen.com/ Dan Trepanier

        Thanks AK. Very well said.

        You pay for quality in this world, for the most part.

        Seems like we’re due for a piece discussing pricing models… trying to explain why a cardigan can range from $19.99 to $1,900, and what’s worth paying a little extra for…

        I’ll add it to the list.

        Cheers.

    • khordkutta

      Sorry Wiz, you will find no support here, its as if you have been reading dans/tsb teams site for years, yet have no comprehension of what they are doing here. Dan said great pieces,he makes no mention that the items MUST have a high price tag, as he has been saying for quite some time. EVERYONE has style, it just may not been to our liking.

      • http://www.TSBmen.com/ Dan Trepanier

        Word. Investing in great pieces is key. Paying retail for them is non-sense. We’ve done countless articles on how to find great pieces at even better prices…

      • AFH

        Well people can say say ‘you will find no support here’ BUT he does have 5 likes, so there is vague support for his POV.

        It’s clear that the more practical articles will be increasingly ‘balanced’ with more ‘aspirational’ articles. There clearly has been a shift; anyone who says there isn’t is being obtuse. I find it amusing mostly. It’s a retreat into a more traditional fashion journalism business model, which I think is a symptom of it being quite hard to monetize practical content in 2014.

    • http://www.TSBmen.com/ Dan Trepanier

      Thanks for your comment Wieczorek, but if you think Marcus has bad taste, there is nothing I can do for you brother. I’ve met style icons from all around the world, he still ranks near the top in my mind.

      The irony in your comment is that Angel and Minn are wearing more expensive clothes in their features than Marcus is here.

      Nevertheless, the overarching theme of your comment is your frustration with people who buy expensive clothes. I feel you – I was ballin on a budget for years. Still am, in comparison to some. But the truth is, my man, well-made expensive clothes ARE objectively better than cheap clothes.

      Sure, you don’t need money to have style (we actually did an editorial with that same title where I bought an entire look at KMart) but rock Banana Republic next to a guy wearing Balmain and the difference is palpable.

      We’re fashion enthusiasts, so we appreciate and strive for the best of the best. If I was running a magazine geared toward car enthusiasts, I wouldn’t write articles exclusively about Hondas and Toyotas…

      All that said, sharing opinions and creating a dialogue that goes more than fabric deep is what we’re here to do. So thanks again for reading, and for sharing your perspective.

      Cheers,
      Dan

      • Wieczorek

        I like Marcus’ style. I liked previous looks a bit more, but these here are nice as well (especially #1). And it’s true, that I’m on a budget (which basically means that I buy less clothes, not that I buy a lot of cheap and not well made stuff). Yet I feel I’m misunderstood. It’s not that I believe it’s wrong to wear expensive clothes. It’s alright, because most of the time they are higher quality products. I believe that it’s wrong to wear clothes because they are expensive and not because their quality. There are people who do so (and I’m not saying Marcus is one of them – it’s obvious he knows what is worth the price and what isn’t). That’s the attitude I can’t stand. And maybe it’s me, but sometimes I can see some of that in the posts, in what you write beneath these great photographs (Alex is amazing at his job).

        Still, I’m going to continue reading TSB. It’s one of the best menswear sites on the internet, no doubt about it.

        I’m just afraid that the conversation here might drift from: “Look, it’s well made, it’s worth its price” to label flashing.

        Keep up the good work!

      • http://www.lucidlingo.com.au/ Gazman

        “Well-made expensive clothes ARE objectively better than cheap clothes…” Not always true. Maybe you should have said ‘subjectively’. Using the word ‘objectively’ means you are stating a fact and that’s way off when it comes to clothes. Many high-end brands are not necessarily constructed in a superior way or have handwork; for example, many suit jackets are fused and the fabric is not of a particularly high quality, at least not for the price. At some point, you are paying a premium for the brand and not for any special quality.

        • TO

          You mean he should have said they “usually objectively” better. If sometimes they are objectively better and sometimes not, they that doesn’t mean that all of a sudden the objectively better clothing is now only subjectively better.

          Bottom line is to strive to properly discern what garments are of a higher quality, more durable, etc. no matter the label or price, but often (not always) you get what you pay for. Hugo Boss, Gucci, etc. do put out a lot of crap too.

    • Steven Mason

      When you say stuff like ” Tygga or whatever name that man chose to use” when you clearly know the guy’s name, you look like an ignorant piece of shit.

  • Shawn

    Shoes in look # 2 look like heel-less Crocs we wear (by we, I mean all the other staff members) at the hospital. Not my cup of tea, I don’t know what’s ‘luxe’ about those.

    • http://www.TSBmen.com/ Dan Trepanier

      Out of curiosity, what footwear do you wear around the hospital?

      Does style play any kind of role in the inter-hospital politics?

      Thx for reading! Keep saving lives in style!

      • Shawn

        Dan, hope my comment wasn’t misinterprated, I’m just saying that I don’t like the clogs because they reminds me of what my coworkers usually wear at the hospital, and I don’t like those.

        As with every profession, dressing professionally and according to decorum/rules won’t make your better at what you do, but they will make you look more respectable and put in the eye of your employer. Though, I’ll have more respect for someone providing good healthcare, ill dressed, than the other way ’round.

        For the record, I stick with Reebok NPC or Club C, in white. Not because they’re particularly stylish, but they are damn confortable and indestructible.

        Hope I didn’t sound like an ass.

  • BerlinCrew

    Excuse me…but NO!

    • http://www.TSBmen.com/ Dan Trepanier

      no what?

      • BerlinCrew

        The first look got a good sense of individualism, the others got a touch of… a forced try of expressing some individuality that goes beyond fashion… it’s rather picking some stuff that lays aroud wear it and say… oh it’s fashionable now..

  • cam

    #Beast

    • http://www.TSBmen.com/ Dan Trepanier

      #LivingIt