Qweary: How To Wear Harem Pants?

Anonymous asked: "My fashion style is pretty Boyish, I've been referred to by strangers as 'Bud' my whole life, but I've come a problem. My fashion dilemma is Harem pants. I love how comfortable they are! But I'm having a hard time working them into my outfits. What type of shoes should I wear? Or what kind of shirt and jackets should I stick to?"

Oh, hello. We have the exact same problem. Confession: I love streetwear. I like to rock drop crotch/harem pants with sneakers, but I’ve also seen folks KILL with slim harem pants + color socks + oxfords. Texture and proportion are the two most important considerations. What are your pants made of? How thick/thin are they? How slim/flowy are they?

As for the top, slouchy sweater + jeans are my go-to pairings, because it makes the ensemble look 80s but still have some structure to the silhouette.

Shop Harem Pants:

Sonny's E Shop End-Of-Summer Savings

As summer comes to close, this is the best time to grab incredible savings on your favorite items from my E Shop:

Also check out Blake's awesome review of Frank & Oak! It's one of our new favorite places to shop. 

New Balance 574 Trainers Was $116.50, now $58.26

New Balance 574 Trainers

Was $116.50, now $58.26

Champion: Authentic Basketball Shorts Was $22.00, now $15.40 

These shorts are the most comfortable mesh shorts I've ever owned. I own 3 pairs and I wear them sleeping, running, on long car rides. Pretty much all the time. Unlike many mesh shorts, they have pockets!

 

Qwear says, where there's a pocket, add a pocket square! See more: Casual Pocket Squares For Summer

J.Crew Leather-roller Buckle Belt Was $45, now $33.75 (with 25% off code SHOPNOW)

J.Crew Leather-roller Buckle Belt

Was $45, now $33.75 (with 25% off code SHOPNOW)

I've owned this belt for several years and wear it all the time. Still feels and looks amazing. I love the simplicity and versatility of it! Check it out on me here. 

Topman Teal Marl Joggers Was $40, now $12

Topman Teal Marl Joggers

Was $40, now $12

Burgundy Skinny Chinos Was $45, now $30

Burgundy Skinny Chinos

Was $45, now $30

Gap Broken-in straight khakis Was $49.95, Now $34.00

Gap Broken-in straight khakis

Was $49.95, Now $34.00

These are also a wardrobe staple that I own in several colors. They fit great and look like boy's pants even though they are from the women's department. Check them out on me here.

Gap Knit Blazer Was $88.00, Now $43.99

Gap Knit Blazer

Was $88.00, Now $43.99

This is also an incredible fit from Gap - and totally soft and comfortable! Another women's blazer that doesn't make me feel feminine. I'm wearing it here!

Brixton Cavern Snap Back Was $32, Now $25.99

Brixton Cavern Snap Back

Was $32, Now $25.99

Keep in mind that the items in my store from Everlane don't go on sale because they are already marked down to their full extent, and totally worth every penny!

View more at Sonny's E Shop

Style Profile: Angie Chuang, Brooklyn

Last February I got to view up-and-coming designer Angie Chuang's pieces on models at a dapperQ event, and I later interviewed her about her work.

Now I want to bring the attention back to her personal style, something I also find inspiring and uniquely her. She combines patterns and designs in a street style that really pops. You may recognize some of the pieces from her "Teddy Girls and Bois" collection. I also love how she wore the same item so many times in different outfits -- just goes to show how far a small but strong well-curated wardrobe can go!

Angie Chuang Fashion Designer
Angie Chuang Fashion Designer
Angie Chuang Fashion Designer
Angie Chuang Fashion Designer

Where did you grow up & where do you live now?
I grew up in Princeton, NJ and Pittsburgh, PA. Currently I live in Bushwick, Brooklyn.

How do you think your friends would define your style?
Urbane, monochromatic and androgynous.

What’s your favorite item in your wardrobe?
My leather studded biker jacket for sure. In the fall time I don't take it off. It's a classic yet has a cyberpunk kind of feel to it.

What’s your biggest style challenge?
My biggest style challenge is adding more color to my wardrobe.

Which literary figures do you most admire?
I admire Ayn Rand for her storytelling and writing skills though I do not necessarily believe in her philosophy. Her work is rich, intricately written and that's what I appreciate it for.

Who’s your style icon?
In terms of style icon as someone who inspires me how to dress personally, I do not have one. I liketo keep my dress simple with attention paid more to quality, silhouette and color. I find inspiration and pick up details I like from what people are wearing on the streets as well as my friends and make them my own.

Outfit Details:

Charcoal blazer: Zara
Black polka-dotted button-up: Uniqlo
Skinny tie: Church Street Surplus
Floral Blazer: Plndr
Silk black button-up: Angie Chuang
Necklace: Fab.com
Hat: Topshop
Studded leather biker jacket: Hypercore
Striped Vest: Urban Jungle

Photography by jchuangphotography

Handsome Cologne and Other Essentials From Beautyencounter.com

This post is brought to you by beautyencounter.com

We don't often hear much about handsome products for us masculine-of-center souls, but we recently received a few tips from beautyencounter.com. Last time I messed around with cologne I had a blast with Fit for a Femme and wife at their house, trying on loads of different scents. These recommendations are also great across the board to keep you feeling and looking fresh and clean. (Note: these make great gifts for the boo!)

Polo Blue by Ralph Lauren for Men
Retail price: $42.50
BE price: $31.95

Polo Blue is a classic cologne that's great year-round. The scent blends nicely with your skin chemistry whatever the season is. Polo Blue has the fresh scent of citrus and spices so you’ll feel like you’ve just come out of the shower.

Aramis Lab Series for Men Max LS Instant Eye Lift
Retail Price: $42.00
BE Price: $38.65

If you've ever stayed up late or had one too many drinks, even the cutest of queers experience swollen eyes and under eye dark circles when they don’t get enough sleep or when they’re stressed out. To cure this problem, get yourself this instant eye lift from Aramis Lab Series. It’s formulated to lift and hydrate the skin around the eye area. Dab a small amount on your finger and apply around the eye every morning and evening after washing your face.

 

Billy Jealousy Illicit Pearlized Body Wash
Retail Price $20.00
BE Price $17.47

Body Wash isn't just for femmes! Wake up your senses by using this body wash from Billy Jealousy. It has refreshing notes of sandalwood, ivy and bergamot to hydrate and moisturize your body all day long. 

True Gentlemen Madison Shaving Razor
With 30% Coupon: $70.00
Clearance $100.00

Hey queers with stubble! Look clean, young, elegant and handsome by removing unruly facial hair. What you need is a precision shaving razor that can eliminate even those very tiny hair and stubborn stubble. Find this in True Gentleman Madison Shaving Razor that’s angled to follow the shape of your face. It’s also designed to be lightweight. This razor operates in true Gillette Mach3 razors.

C.O. Bigelow Premium Shave Cream with Eucalyptus Oil
BE Price $5.00

When you shave, you need a product that aids you during the process. Prevent cuts and burns using C.O. Bigelow Premium Shave Cream. This product is infused with Eucalyptus Oil to protect your skin from friction brought by the razor. Furthermore, this will help keep your skin moisturized. 

Big Sexy Hair Root Pump Plus Humidity Resistant Volumizing Spray Mousse

Big Sexy Hair Root Pump Plus Humidity Resistant Volumizing Spray Mousse

A queer's hair is our crowning glory. Big Sexy Hair Root will give your hair volume. It also protects hair from humidity to keep style from going flat. Apply a golf ball-sized amount of mousse to damp hair and comb through hair before blow drying.

Beauty Encounter is a great your one-stop shop for handsome essentials. Apply here for great savings. 

Modcloth Is All About That Bass

If you've been on the way home, stuck on the highway with nothing but air conditioning and the radio to soothe your tortured soul, you may have heard Meghan Trainor's newest single "All About That Bass."

While being uplifting, spirited, and dripping with sass, Trainor addresses some serious issues that are arising in the fashion industry as well as the mainstream media. For decades we have looked to the media and have been influenced by the "must-haves," trending diets, and celebrity looks that fill billboards, movies, television shows, and even the magazines at your local hair salon. The issue? The girls in the magazines don't even look like the girls in the magazines. To quote Trainor, "I see the magazine, workin' that Photoshop. We know that shit ain't real. C'mon now make it stop."

Today society is being surrounded by doctored images that are set as the standard for what is desirable, and for the most part we've allowed it to happen. Some notable celebrities have spoken up against the growing trend and have shared their disappointment and even outrage with having their image altered without their permission. In 2003 after GQ ran a cover of Kate Winslet looking notably slimmer, the actress publicly addressed the situation at hand by stating, "... I don't look like that... and I have no intention of looking like that." Since this address, many more notable names have spoken up against the dishonest images that are being circulated around the world. 

As of Wednesday, August 13, 2014, Modcloth, an online boutique for "remarkable fashion & decor, inspired by our community, & delivered with uncommon care" is the first fashion company to sign an anti-photoshop pledge. The pledge states that brands will be transparent about their photoshop uses and will clearly state when images have been altered. The Heroes Pledge for Advertisers pledge was started by the same people behind the Truth in Advertising Bill. The goal? A world where we are not shamed by the images around us but embraced for the differences and uniqueness of our bodies. Modcloth already does not use professional models to market their apparel but they also have put ample amount of thought into their consumers and offer sizes 00-30. 

I think it's safe to say that Modcloth is all about that bass and so are we.