Jul 232012
 

Besides being one of my best friends, Roy Otwell is the founder and co-proprietor of the ultra-hip home store Switch Modern (switchmodern.com). He’s a dedicated student of popular culture, cool trends, and good style. Roy says “Fashion is about trends but style involves authenticity and a point of view.” Here’s what Roy been observing on the streets of New York this month.

“Madras! Plaid! Gingham! As men’s fashion becomes bolder and brighter over the last year, it’s no wonder that madras, plaid, and gingham are increasingly visible. Even Gap’s windows are extolling the virtues of madras. A madras shirt paired with your favorite shorts, worn leather shoes, just the right hat, and of course the obligatory Ray Bans seems to be the outfit for tooling around town. Perhaps this trend forebodes a very hot summer.”

 

Jun 052012
 

Besides being one of my best friends, Roy Otwell is the founder and co-proprietor of the ultra-hip home store Switch Modern (switchmodern.com). He’s a dedicated student of popular culture, cool trends, and good style.

I always turn to Roy for fashion advice. Roy likes to say, “Fashion is about trends but style involves authenticity and a point of view.”  Here’s what’s on Roy’s mind this month:

“New Yorkers seem to love rainy days. Look on the street, and you’ll see hoards of men and women sloshing by in Wellies, Tretorns, and other rain boots in a rainbow of colors—even camo.  Interestingly, you won’t see many traditional trench coats. Instead, men are favoring casual, lightweight, often-hooded, mid-length raincoats. Some have slits in the back and uneven hems, others are oilcloth, and some are PVC. The new look seems right for these more casual times.”

 

Mar 042012
 

I’ve ask several of good friends to share their tips, trends, and random thoughts on a wide range of topics dear to their hearts.

Besides being one of my best friends, Roy Otwell is the founder and co-proprietor of the ultra-hip home store Switch Modern (http://www.switchmodern.com). He’s a dedicated student of popular culture, cool trends, and good style. Roy says “Fashion is about trends but style involves authenticity and a point of view.”  Here’s Roy’s post for this month:

“Finally it’s winter in New York. Long coats are back but with a twist. No longer extra long and bulky, these overcoats are tailored, fitted, and worn with a casual vibe. I’m digging this look with slightly opened, calf-high boots. Maybe green Doc Martens?  Match with stiff skinny jeans, a Nazi era haircut, and a bulky sweater and you’re ready to head downtown for a Rob Roy and some meatballs. Ahhh. Everything old is new again.”