Meet Nick.

How do you feel about the word basic? Kind of has a negative connotation to it, right? Well, we want to change that when it comes to fashion and style. If you've been keeping up with our posts, we're fans of keeping things simple. We can relate to being students, adults, employees and more, hence why we want to provide advice that is realistic and relatable.

Nick is a simple gentlemen; he likes a look that makes a statement but takes little effort to put together. With that in mind, his closet provided the perfect pieces for his look. Let's start from the bottom. Converse were first showcased in 1917 as an athletic shoe and transcended into being a fashionable trend. Chucks are simple, reasonably priced, and easy to pair with any outfit. If you don't have a pair, you should (of course, that's our opinion).

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As you can see, we paired Nick's Converse with polka dot socks. While there is much debate on whether socks are considered an accessory or apparel, just know that they can be crucial to the finishing touches of a look. We've got a quick history on socks below...

While you don’t have to be a genius to learn how to wear socks, you might be glad to know you’ll be following in the footsteps of your ancestors: it was the Romans who started the trend of fashioning socks out of animal skins and hair. Fast forward to 1589; the sock game remained relatively unchanged until the invention of the knitting machine offered an opportunity to mass produce newer, wool socks, which were, until this time, being spun by hand. In 1938, nylon stepped into the market, and forever changed the sock-making game; now all sorts of textures, fabrics and even patterns became widely available. Nylon enabled socks to be form-fitting, and is often woven into today’s most desirable fabrics, which include cotton, wool, and silk. Socks also have a place in folklore, where tales in the Western world have varying views on filling socks, or stockings, with gifts, as seen around Christmas time. Ultimately, socks have remained a style staple, and much like a suit, you should own more than one type.

Source: http://www.askmen.com/fashion/fashiontip_300/345_fashion_advice.html

All in all, socks are an easy addition for any look. Whether you're a fella and pulling on a pair of socks with jeans or shorts or a gal wearing a pair with a dress or skirt, they make a statement.

Side-note: Headed to the top quickly, hats can do the same, so keep that mind too!

Next we have Nick's ankle cut jeans. As you can see, he is slender meaning a slim or straight fit is perfect for his body type. For our skinny fellas, it's important to accentuate your frame by going with a sleek-straight fit that's narrow from the leg to the waist. With that said, the ankle cut simply gives him a unique style that compliments his physique even more and the shoelace was a finishing touch. The shoelace belt trend was started by skateboarders as an easier way to keep their britches up versus having to wear a heavy or even thicker belt. With that said, the shoelace belt became a trend in the early 2000s and is slowly making its return. Honestly, this touch was just another style tip. Sometimes the little things can make all the difference for a look.

For the top, we decided to go with one of Nick's favorite shirts and his Yeezy sweatshirt. To our advantage, he never thought to pair the two together so we were able to give him new ideas for how to wear two of his favorite pieces. However, here we also have a common question/concern---how can I avoid looking bulky when I layer? In our opinion, the key is to layer with a lightweight fabric under. Doing so will keep you cool, comfortable, and chic. Another tip is to limit your layers, three is ideal but it's okay to play around with colors, patterns, and lengths.

Lastly, we have the color pink. While this hue has been a trend within both male and female fashion, for menswear it has been re-defined. During the 19th century, masculinity was in question in relevance to the color pink. However with top fashion designers like Marc Jacobs and Tommy Hilfiger having a say, the color pink on men was accepted. In our opinion, when wearing pink we have a few tips for balance: 1) stick to just one pink item, 2) pair with darker colors, and 3) keep skin tone in mind (if you're light go dark pink, if you're dark, go light).

Challenge: We're back to the basics. So we've got chucks, polka-dot socks, ankle cut jeans, a shoelace belt, layering, pink, and a hat. Does that make a statement? (The answer is yes) Fun fact: it took us about 20 minutes to put this look together entirely---so there's hope because this outfit could be just as easy for you. We challenge you this week to try using a shoelace as an accessory. Whether you change the color, use them as a belt, or try changing the pattern in your kicks---change it up. Don't forget to share your creativity with us by using the hashtag #andieandaj on Instagram and Facebook!

Till next week,

Andie & AJ

Find the look:

Shoes (Converse)

Socks (Burlington)

Jeans (Hollister)

Shirt (Cotton On)

Sweater (Yeezy)

Hat (Cadillac)

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