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After 5: Modern Men’s Wear

“Being in the beauty industry is much better than corporate America. Seeing the impact that I have on people’s life, especial women, is the ultimate reward. Having the knowledge and ability to educate  others about healthy Skin care is the amazing. Makeup should only be used as a beauty enhancement not as life support. Flawless skin should be your ultimate goal not flawless makeup.” -Shayvona

This week, we caught up with our southern sweetheart, Shayvona Carter. Ms. Carter, a personal makeup artist, shared with us her take on personal style, putting a feminine twist on modern men’s wear.

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Blazers are unequivocally a must have for the summer season. Easy pieces to pair with a variety of looks, the classic blazer makes any look the picture of sophistication. Clearly Shayvona is on the same page as us here at Unregistered!

“This blazer is by far one of my favorite pieces. The best thing about a black blazer is the versatility. It can be dressy or casual.” -Shayvona

Shayvona is dressed in a black blazer, shorts, and fluorescent heels, channeling her inner Janelle Monae. Shayvona makes men’s wear sexier by wow-ing us with orange heels. I don’t know about you, but we at Unregistered Style love fluorescent colors!

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“My shoes are the biggest focal point. I chose this style shoe because of its classic look. I decided to wear the orange shoes since everything else was so monotone. The orange heel added just enough color. Besides, “orange” is the new black.” -Shayvona

We couldn’t agree with you more Shayvona. When asked about where she gets her style savvy from, Shayvona has this to share:

“My personal style is simplistically chic and fun! I prefer to purchase timeless pieces rather trendy pieces. Although I research and stay current with trends I rarely incorporate them into my own style. One particular quote always sticks out to me,”trendy is the last stage before tacky” (Karl Lagerfeld). Trends don’t always work for everyone. I am one of those people.” -Shayvona

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Indeed, Shayvona shows us that she has a good head on her shoulders for both makeup and fashion. This particular look is perfect for a day at the mall or a nice evening dinner.

For more looks from Shay, follow her on Instagram @esencibeauty

 

After 5: Colored Chino

For this feature, we would like to introduce another new face to UnregisteredStyle, Trell Thomas. Mr. Thomas is a twenty-seven year old public relations professional, living in the big apple.

Within the public relations field, Trell is required to interact with coworkers, clients, and other business personal beyond the parameters of his office. As a result, Trell’s personal style plays a very influential role in his career.

Both inside and outside of the workplace, Trell makes the following statement to describe his personal style, “I would define my style as “preppy cool” I like mixing trends and eras of clothing. I love the idea of bringing something new age and pairing it with something old.”

Below, Trell shows us how to wear a After 5 outfit that can be worn on one of those dress down days to work.

post_male_040514_05The typical New Yorker works forty to eighty hours per week in an office building. Like Trell, some of those hard working professionals generally do not leave the office until the early evening hours, just in time to attend the first round of events for the night.

We at the UnregisteredStyle suggest wearing clothing that can be worn to and from work. That means, if you want to wear a nice pair of khakis to work, expect to wear them out as well. We doubt you will have enough time to go home an get changed.

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” The red pants stand out the most to me. They are a bolder piece of the outfit. ” -Trell

Monday through Thursday, employees are expected to wear a button-down, tie, and slacks. However, most businesses have “Dress Down Fridays,” where you can get away with wearing more casual outfits to work. For Trell,  his outfit would make a perfect impression in the office.

For starters, the most eye catching garment within Trell’s outfit are his red pants. When worn correctly, red pants are very visually appealing to the eye. Since the color is so bold, you will catch anyone’s attention in the office.

Second, Trell took business casual to the next level by pairing his t-shirt with a tailored blazer. Remember, you can dress up any outfit with a blazer. Blazers are perfect for covering up those minor imperfections we notice within our own upper bodies and still add a level of professionalism to any outfit.

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Overall, we love Trell’s outfit! Combining the navy and white striped shirt, navy blazer, red pants, and blue boat shoes are giving us an entire nautical theme. Trell looks ready to leave New York, hop on a boat, and sail away in the ocean.

For more looks and inspirational quotes from Mr. Thomas, head over to his Instagram @TrellWorld .

After 5: Pleated Midi Skirt

“Living in a small town in NC means living “casual cute”. We don’t get too dressed up on a daily basis. However, I decided to provide a casual chic look with just the right amount of fashion to demonstrate some UnregisteredStyle.” -Davina

Can you believe we are already in the month of May and yet,  there are so many fashion trends we haven’t discussed yet.Lets use this as an opportunity to discuss a very popular item this season, the pleated midi skirt. Ladies, if  you are a classy gal with expensive taste. this post is for you.

Recently, we traveled below the Mason Dixon line to feature our social network blogger, model, and fashion expert, Davina! We caught her on the way to a day party and she couldn’t resist taking photos on such a beautiful day. Check out her chic outfit below.

post_woman4_041114_01“My favorite part of my outfit is my skirt. I am 5’9 ½ and it is difficult to find skirts that are long enough. Being that I wanted to wear a crop top, I knew I needed to pair it with a longer skirt to demonstrate the classy look that I was going for.” -Davina

Pleating has been around forever and up until recently, its process was revived by our fashion designers and merchandisers. So, what is pleating? Pleating is the process in which double folded fabric is secured in place by pressing. The pleating process can be applied to various articles of clothing, including skirts and dresses.

If you are still having difficulty visualizing this garment, lets take a step down memory lane. Have you heard of the iconic model and actress Marilyn Monroe? In the 1955 cult-classic film, “The Seven Year Itch,” Marilyn wore her iconic white, pleated dress. You know…the scene where Marilyn is standing above a subway grating with her dress blowing in the wind.

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“When my fashion stylist found this piece for my photo shoot, I instantly fell in love with the skirt. This skirt is so versatile and can be worn to many events/occasions. I also love the pink and champagne gold clutch to add a bright fun feel.” -Davina

Pleated, midi Skirts are generally seen as conservative, chic, and sophisticated. More recently, these skirts have taken our modern retail racks by storm in such stores as H&M, Zara, Macys, and Forever 21.

Davina purchased her skirt from H&M. She styled her skirt with a pastel, printed crop-top from Forever 21, nude pumps from Nine West, and a matching clutch.

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We at the UnregisteredStyle approve Davina’s overall look. Just imagine “Breakfast at Tiffany’s, meets “Sex and the City.” Davina deserves a round of applause for successfully combining her classy garment with modern apparel.

For more looks from Davina, follow her model journey on Instagram @belovedalise25.

After 5: The Essential Wardrobe

“The wardrobe is always the last piece of the puzzle. When you step into the clothing, that’s the final step to figuring out that character.” -Mia Wasikowska

When we think of the perfect wardrobe, there are a number of garments required to build a strong foundation. According to the bloggers over at FashionBeans, a man’s perfect wardrobe includes the following items: 1) White oxford shirt; 2) Navy blazer; 3) Dark denim jeans; 4) Dark neck ties; 4) Sneakers; 5) Crew neck t-shirt 6) V-neck sweater 7) Chinos 8) Leather loafers 9) Gray suit.

Not only will these items teach the basics of how to put together a stylish outfit, your wardrobe will include essential items that can be combined with other garments for a stylish upgrade.

Here is an example of how Bryce pulled clothes from his essential wardrobe to create an After 5 look. Check out his outfit below!

post_male_030814_03“Most of the essential wardrobe items can be worn year round. It just depends on the temperature outside. You may want to wear more or less layers depending on how you feel about the weather.” -Bryce

We are not into the summer season yet. So, in regards to your essential wardrobe items, think about layers. Blazers, button-downs, sweaters, shirts, are all must have items.

More specifically, think about thin layers. You do not want thick layers! Even on the coldest days, certain garments were created specifically for winter and not for spring. We shouldn’t see you walking around a thick, cotton, turtle neck sweater in the middle of April. That is not weather appropriate.

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“You can never go wrong with a navy blazer. I have at least five in my closet right now. Each one is for a different occasion. I have a navy blazer I bring to work, one for a drink with the guys, and a couple for the club scene. The possibilities are endless!” -Bryce

Why is the navy blazer so “essential?” For starters, it can be worn with almost anything. You can transform one of the most casual outfits, into an After 5 masterpiece. Try pairing your navy blazer with a nice button-down, sweater, or t-shirt.

Since Bryce was going for a after work look, a tie was not required for this ensemble. However, he decided to combine his navy blazer with a white pocket square, chinos, and leather loafers. Bryce states, “Yes, I like to look sharp nine times out of ten, but comfort is more important to me.”

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We love Bryce’s overall look. Its simple, yet stylish. We are thinking more on the “Urban Prep” side of things. In addition, he purchased his garments for dirt cheap. The blazer was purchased on sale from Gap a couple of years ago, the button-down is Ralph Lauren, the chinos are from ASOS, and the leather loafers were thrifted.

If you want more looks from Bryce, head over to his Instagram page @Karmike.