Meet Bash.

Where do we even start with this look? One of our favorite things about meeting our models is that we get a small insight into their interests, passions, and aspirations. Not only is this a platform to get to know different people, from different backgrounds, and different ways of life—but it gives us the opportunity to be inspired by their story and their style. Bash is a young artistic guy who is also aspiring entrepreneur with creative eye for photography and graphic design. So when it came to putting an outfit together for him, we wanted to something that would match his natural aesthetic and emphasize his signature style. Bash has two distinct features about him that immediately catch the eye: his curly dark locks and his dangling cross charm on his earring. With this in mind, we decided to go with a pair of black ripped jeans, a long grey graphic tee, black timbs with a pair of rolled up white socks, and a baseball cap.

First, let’s cover graphic tees! The past couple of years, tees have been trending and as a result dominated within the world of fashion and style. The versatility of the tee is what makes it so popular amongst majority of men! Who wouldn’t want a shirt that they would wear any time and any place? There are no rules when it comes to the tee—for example, women can wear it as a dress while men can wear it tucked in; you can even cut the sleeves, distress the neckline, or simply cut holes in different areas! The possibilities are endless! With that said, oversized basic tees have also been trending for the past year or so and has slowly transition with a new style—the long tee will not only make you look taller, but it will also slim you down! More good news: the long tee can be found at almost any retail store but if you’re a fan of online shopping, Cotton On and Pacsun are great places to start! Check out this article for basic styling guidelines and lookbook inspirations!

Second, let’s talk about his timbs. Timberlands are a pair of classic staple boots that should be in every man’s closet because of its timeless simplicity, durability, and design. Originally timbs were created for hard-working New Englanders that was driven by form, function, and craftsmanship. However, it was in the 90s that the classic yellow boot took off as a style icon when hip-hop artists started wearing them, unlaced and perfectly matching their style and larger-than-life attitudes. (https://www.timberland.com/moderntrail/original-yellow-boot.html) Now, they’re used for any type of look—whether it’s causal, work wear, or street wear—you can never really run out of ideas on how to style a good pair of timbs!

When it comes to wearing Timbs, it’s best to pair it with a pair of slim fit jeans that are tapered because you something that is going to fall within the boot in order to properly show the boot in all of its glory. You always want the tongue of the boot to be seen as well as the laces—you don’t want to place your pants over the tongue! If there’s one boot that deserves to be seen and not covered by a pair of boot cut jeans, it’s Timbs! Another way you can stack your pants is by cuffing the bottom of the jeans or rolling them up if they’re too long.

With Bash, we chose to stack the bottom of his jeans with a pair of white Nike socks. When we think of black shoes with white socks, there’s only one person who did this best: the king of Pop, Michael Jackson! Honestly, you can never go wrong with black + white! The white socks added great contrast with the rest of his outfit that was consisted of darker greyish tones. We can’t emphasize enough to get creative and utilize your socks with your shoes! Adding a simple touch of color or pattern through with your socks goes a long way! We fully encourage you to channel your inner MJ! ;) Need inspo on how to wear your Timbs? Click here, here, or here on different ways style your timbs!

Lastly, let’s discuss accessories! For Bash, there were a couple of things that we used to compliment this look. There was his hat, his earrings, and his ring. Although Bash has great voluminous curls, we know that may not be the case for everyone! When it comes to hair, it can either be a blessing or a curse depending on where you live or the texture of hair that you may have. Because we know we have a couple of you guys that live in different areas with varying climates, we wanted to provide an alternate and trendy way to get your hair out of your face or even for those days where you don’t want to deal with putting effort into styling your hair. This is where the baseball cap comes in to save our day! They’re great to tame your hair, shield the summer sun from your eyes, and spare your face from the discomfort of sunburns!

Part of his signature look includes his earrings and ring. Fun fact: the dangling, cross charm was a gift from his Mom to his Dad back in the day. Because it had such great sentiment/meaning, Bash decided to follow in his Dad's footsteps and rock the same accessory. Isn't that not only beautiful, but so refreshing? Now on to his ring... Wait, take a second look; his ring is actually a hair tie wrapped around his finger! Hair ties are a must for both the ladies and the fellas with longer hair especially for the summer. Our tip here is to remember not to be afraid to use hair ties as bracelets or rings and essentially accessories. Read more tips here with D O N N A. Challenge: Bash is just like you, so this week we challenge you to rock a graphic tee. Whether you decide to layer with a button-down or go solo, be creative with your look and ultimately express your unique style. Be inspired and don't forget to share your creativity with us by using the hashtag #andieandaj on Instagram or Facebook!

Till next week,

Andie & AJ

Find the look:

Shoes (Timberland)

Socks (Nike)

Jeans ( H & M )

Tee ( H & M )

Earring (Claire's)

Hat ( Los Ranchos )

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