Meet Chase.

He's student as well as a entrepreneur that has a passion for media and pushing out quality content through his photography & cinematography business. We met Chase through Stephanie and decided to reach out to him through Instagram and he's a laid back type of guy, so we wanted to create a look that was similar to his personality. So for this outfit we decided to go with a basic black tee, a red baseball cap, light denim wash jeans, and brown Birkenstocks. Whenever we are styling our clients, we always want to make sure they are comfortable but still inspiring them to try new things. So, let's get started on the outfit!


You either love them or hate them. Now, if you're a California native, you're probably used to seeing Birks just about everywhere. But if you're not, here are some cool and interesting facts about the brand and why you should love them. Now, if you're reading this, you probably think that Birkenstocks are a recent thing, but truth is that they've been around for a long time! What's a long time? Well, we're talking about the year 1774 and over 200 years of history. Birkenstocks' roots can be traced back to Germany and come from the mind of Johann Adam Birkenstck who was a cobbler in the Langen-Bergheim, a city in the German state of Hesse. Then 100 years later in 1896, Konrad Birkenstock began to sell and manufacture in two speciality stores in Frankfurt and created what are now known as the iconic sandals with their flexible cork and latex blend footbed insoles which supports and relieves pressure of on the feet. Fast forward to 1963 to Karl Birkenstock, who designed the brand's first sandal, which is the Madrid model that remains popular to this day. In spite of them receiving backlash and negative reviews from fashion bloggers, the press, or fashion icons, the brand has always and will continue to focus on developing their products to improve the lives of their customers. The brand said, "We will never compromise on the function of the shoe. We're not chasing fashion: We're just refreshing styles in the same models we have always had." This type of conviction is the reason why Birkenstocks have continuously come back at a trend over the years in spite of them not changing their classic look.

(source: http://www.highsnobiety.com/2017/06/07/birkenstock-sandals-history-design-fashion/)

Here are some T I P S on how to wear sandals for the dudes:


Let's start with the most basic. Shorts and sandals are a classic combo duo like peanut butter & jelly. Short lengths can vary depending on your own personal style however it can be a pair of denim cut offs that are frayed at the hem, swim shorts that are bright in color or pattern, or your classic chunks that hit just below your knee.


Linen trousers are the perfect way to go if you want to vibe out in a casual summer style. You can roll up the end of the trousers for a very casual laid back look that would be perfect for a stroll on the pier with your lady, a get together at your mate's house, or for a night out in the city. Remember to make sure that they're lightweight in denim or cotton fabric.


You can never go wrong with jeans. Just remember to take into consideration that it's all about combining comfort and style but that it's about the occasion that you'll be wearing the sandals for.

(source: https://theidleman.com/manual/advice/wear-sandals-men/)


Now, we all know that denim comes in a wide variety of washes, from extremely hight blue to the deepest of blues as well as different cuts. However, light wash denim jeans are a staple item that everyone should have a pair of in their closet. Light wash denim looks great with white, black, burgundy, emerald green, red, and many more colors. You can pair light wash denim with neutral colors such a grey, olive green, navy, and white. You can also pair them with light-colored shoes or go with a pair of contrasting dark shoes.


Basic tees. All time favorite and forever classic. Basic t-shirts are a classic and versatile piece of clothing to wear for majority of occasions if you know how to style them. T-shirts were common during the 19th century because there were advancements in weaving and manufacturing of cotton fabrics thanks to the Industrial Revolution. They were typically worn by miners and dockworkers underneath their two-piece union suits while they labored. Then around the 20th center, the US Navy began to issuing undershirts to its sailors which eventually led to the other branches in military to follow suit. So, it's important that you take into consideration a couple of things before you wear a t-shirt:

What's the dress code?

Where are you going? Are you going to a funeral, a wedding, or going out to dinner. Like everything, there are inappropiate and appropriate times and places to wear specific items and it's important to take into consideration the culture, the atmosphere, and the people that you're going to come into contact with.

What's your build?

Again, like most items in our wardrobe, you want to hide the things that you don't like about your physique and accentuate those features that flatter you. We know many of us if not all of us feel the pressures of media and the standard of beauty or perfection that will make us feel insecure or inadequate. With that being said, it's about being honest about your imperfection, embracing those imperfections, and not letting those things come in the way of you feeling confident and empowered. And this goes to both the gentlemen and ladies who read our blogs weekly. So, if you feel like you're a bit overweight or you're not where you want to be when it comes to your body, try to go with the loser t-shirt and a neckline so that it draws attention towards your face and away from the center of your body. If you're on the thinner side, you can also go for the looser tee so that it will drape over your body and then bring attention to your lower body with a pair of ripped skinny jeans or your shoes with a pair of fresh kicks.

The F I T of a t-shirt is also important. A t-shirt should be neither too baggy nor too tight because too much of anything is too much. If it's too big, it will sag like a pillowcase and will look unflattering. Too tight and you will look like a sausage. If you’re in shape, and have a good build, you can lean towards the tighter fit. If you’re carrying extra weight, leans towards a looser fit — but don’t go too far because too much extra fabric will only make you look larger rather than smaller. The seams of the t-shirt should align with where your shoulder ends rather than lower on your arm or towards your neck. The sleeves should hit about halfway on your upper arm. And lastly, when it comes to shape, avoid boxy tees because you want a tee that will flatter the shape of your body. For more in depth tips click here and here.

(source: http://www.artofmanliness.com/2015/07/14/the-best-damn-guide-to-mens-t-shirts-on-the-internet/)


Ah, baseball caps, a man's loyal friend. Baseball caps are there whenever you need it: whether it's a bad hair day, shading your eyes from the sun, a mark for your favorite team, or even giving you the coverage when you cast glances at the girl across the room. Baseball caps come in a plethora of different shapes and sizes that suit every preference and personal style! There's the mesh trucker hat, the snapback, the flat bill, and the distressed hat. The biggest tip we have for you is: find one that fits your head. It's important that you know your face shape because the hat you wear will accentuate the shape of your face i.e. a round hat will make you look even more round or a taller hat will make your face look even longer if you already have a long face. It's all about trying a variety of them on and finding the right one which takes a little bit of time and effort. Baseball caps are great additions to casual outfits and can be worn for night outs if done correctly!


According to the Idle Man, the bandana originates from India and are typically used as handkerchiefs that were made typically out of silk and cotton and have been used for protective hairstyling mainly for women's hair. But, for the western world, bandanas reached their height of popularity in the 70s, 80s, and 90s. Bandanas are a chief and easy way to compliment any look with the level of diversity in styles--you can wear it around your neck, around your wrist or ankle, or around your head. The trick to wearing bandanas is that you don't want it to be a prop but rather you want it to be an extension of your style. You can really play around with bandanas by adding texture and color that can spruce up any monochrome outfit! In this specific instance, we tied a camp bandana on Chase's jeans which added such fun dimension to a basic outfit.

(source: https://theidleman.com/manual/advice/how-to-wear-a-bandana/)

Challenge: Chase is just like you so this week we challenge you to rock a bandana with a basic tee in your own style! Small things make a difference and go a long way, so don't be afraid to accessorize with bold colors or patterns! Know your style and embrace it! Be bold and stand out! Share your creativity with us by using the hashtag #andieandan on Instagram or Facebook! We'er also on Pinterest and Tumblr now so be sure to follow us!

Till next week,

Andie & AJ

Find the look:

Jeans (Levi)

Shoes (Birkenstock)

Tee (Old Navy)

Bandana (Amazon)

Hat (Amazon)

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