5 Unisex Pieces to Carry You From Fall to Summer

If you’re like me, the only reason you give a shit about the seasons changing is so you have an excuse to add to your wardrobe. However, making substantial changes and buying all new clothing for different weather can be super expensive for no reason. So, I’m here to give you 5 unisex staple pieces that can easily transition year-round and trick people into thinking you have a whole new closet.

Denim Jacket

A denim jacket in a great cut and neutral wash is a classic essential and something you’ll probably keep in your closet forever. I switch off between two for the whole year: a vintage, dark-wash Levi that I wear in fall/winter and a super light version I wear in the summer. I found each for under $30 at the Melrose Flea Market but if you’re not so into the vintage idea, Levi’s is the place to go.

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Sneakers

A pair of classic sneakers in a bright color or interesting texture is something that’s easy to pull off and can make pretty much any outfit. Lately I’ve been rotating between my green/white Stan Smiths, navy A.P.C.x Nike Air Max 1’s and teal Adidas Campus.

Pro Tip: I wear a women’s 7 and usually the rad colors are only in men’s so I often buy a boy’s 5. (Plus kid’s sizes are usually about $30-40 cheaper; win win) Some other unisex favorites: Puma Suede

Puma Suede Classics:                                                                      Pharrell x Adidas

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Vintage Tee

One of my favorite things to dress up or down is a vintage band tee. I love the look of an old, ripped shirt worn with something modern like a great pair of jeans or printed skirt. I usually find the best deals on Ebay or at flea markets like the Melrose Trading Post or the Rose Bowl.

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Overalls

Overalls are pretty easy to pull off if you’re a model or Andre 3000 (ultimate bae). That said, there are ways for regular men to rock them without looking like a construction worker or a redneck, and ways for women to wear them without looking twelve.

Women:

The focus is on cut and color. Black looks good on everyone and it’s the safest way to rock the overall trend without looking super young. More importantly, don’t buy a pair that’s overly ripped; they usually don’t look great and won’t transition from season to season well. In the fall, I’ll throw on a tee underneath and wear a pair of sneakers or suede booties. Transitioning from day to night is super easy too: just layer a crew neck sweater on top and pair with heels. (Best part about layering: if your overalls are a little baggy, it’ll look like you’re wearing boyfriend jeans—and again trick people into thinking you have a brand new wardrobe) I have a pair from Paige Premium Denim that I wear constantly.

You can find a similar pair here:

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Men:

Overalls look the best on men when they layer. Don’t be afraid to wear denim on denim: a jacket on top of overalls in a similar wash looks so rad. Cuff the hem to make it look a little bit messy and throw on a pair of cool sneakers. I like a hoodie underneath, too.

Most of you will never be 1/10000th as cool as 3stacks but just look at him for inspiration, okay?

NEW YORK - AUGUST 08: (U.S. TABS OUT) Musician Andre 3000 poses for a photo backstage during MTV's Total Request Live at the MTV Times Square Studios on August 8, 2006 in New York City. (Photo by Scott Gries/Getty Images)

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Bomber Jacket

Bomber jackets are classic and cool in an effortless way. I have a black version I love that both men and women always compliment.

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How to Hack Your Fall Wardrobe

We’ve all felt it – that strong urge to get rid of everything you own and buy a whole new wardrobe at the first sign of fall. Feeling like you have nothing to wear when you’re literally standing in front of an overflowing closet (guilty). Fortunately, you don’t have to risk racking up a credit card bill to get that ‘fresh start’ feeling we all crave. You just have to get a little creative. Read on for a few simple ways you can affordably replenish your wardrobe with cool, one-of-a-kind pieces.

Host a clothing swap

Throwing a clothing swap and inviting your most stylish friends is one of the easiest ways to recycle that pile of clothes you just haven’t gotten around to dealing with and find new gems in return. Not to mention it’s completely free! One friend’s trash… well, you know. Just make sure that everyone brings lightly-worn pieces that they probably wouldn’t give to Goodwill, and that you’re all coming away with the same amount of stuff you brought in. Also, if you’re looking for something unique but don’t feel like tackling secondhand stores, this is a great way to score some vintage!

Shop the men’s section

Just hear me out. If you confine yourself to the women’s section, you may miss out on some amazing deals (more often than not, men’s clothes are much cheaper than their women’s counterparts). Plus, you’ll feel infinitely cooler when you you run into a guy wearing the same shirt/scarf/pants, but you’re wearing it better. Turn an oversized t-shirt into a casual dress or snag yourself an actual pair of boyfriend jeans. If you’re petite, browse the boy’s section and see if you can find a fitted trench or loose trouser. This is where the best deals are to be had, so be sure to do a thorough sweep. To save time, shop places like Zara and H&M online beforehand to get a better idea of what you’re looking for.

Make your basics not so basic

I’ll be the first to argue that you can never have enough basics, but sometimes you just need to switch things up. Personalize a closet staple for cheap and tell us you don’t get a slew of questions and compliments. Search sites like Etsy and eBay for cheeky pins and and patches, and place them together on a plain sweatshirt or denim jacket. Bleach that pair of pastel pants that you wore once until they turn white and cut them to a flattering cropped length (because that old saying that you can’t wear white after labor day is ludicrous. Period). Distress your jeans with scissors and sandpaper. Turn a jersey scarf into a wrap skirt. The options are literally limitless, so pick your project and get your hands dirty. If you need more inspiration, get lost in the sweet abyss that is Pinterest or look through a DIY blog like A Pair & a Spare or Honestly WTF.

So easy, right? Like with most things, the hardest part is getting started. To quote Nike, just DO IT. And share your own ideas in the comments below!

Affordable Fall Runway Makeup Trends

So it’s fashion week time, which means NEW TRENDS! This means shopping, right? Maybe if you’re ballin’ like that, however, most of us are still in school or have just graduated and don’t have the dough to buy a whole new wardrobe. Luckily you have me to tell you there’s a smaller change you can make to stay up to date with the latest trends. That change is your makeup!

Goth Lips

I know…it looks intimidating. You might not think you can pull off a dark lip, but it’s makeup, it wipes off, just try it. You might surprise yourself. I think the surefire way to pull off a dark/vampy/90s lip is to keep it the focus of the look. Like the model below, pair it with a little blush, mascara, and air-dried hair and you’re out the door. Some fall lip colors that always work are deep reds, burgundies, plums and berries.

My Picks

NYX Cosmetics Soft Matte Lip Cream ($6) in Prague, Copenhagen and Transylvania. MAC Lipstick ($17) in Cyber and Diva.hbz-fw2015-trends-beauty-goth-lips-ungaro-bks-m-rf15-6415

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Simple Smokey Eyes

Ahh…the smokey eye. One of the most feared eyeshadow looks of all time due to its raccoon/punched in the eye reputation. The easiest way to avoid that is to keep the dark shadows close to the lash lines (top and bottom) like Kendall has going on below. Also blend until you think you’ve blended enough, then pick up your brush…and blend again. The runways were filled with simplified smokey eyes using just two colors: mainly black and brown. I’d keep the black shadows near your top and bottom lashes and use any brown shadow to blend out the black into a seamlessly blended smokey eye.

My Picks

Physician’s Formula Matte Collection Quad Eyeshadow ($8) in Canyon Classics. Ulta Demi Eyeshadows ($6) in Black Out and Milk Chocolate.  hbz-fw2015-trends-beauty-smoky-von-furstenberg-bks-a-rf15-8750

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Flushed Cheeks

The key with this trend is to make it look like you’ve just run to class in 55° weather. It works on all skin tones, too. If you’re on the fairer side, baby pink blushes look great. Medium skin tones look amazing with peachy/apricot or mauve cheek colors. Deeper tones look gorgeous with plum and terra-cotta blushes. To make it look even more natural, after applying the majority of the blush on your cheeks, lightly apply any leftover blush to the very tip of your nose to add an all over flush of color.

My Picks

L’Oréal True Match Super Blendable Blush ($11) in Baby Blossom, Apricot Kiss and Spiced Plum.

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Graphic Liner

A lot of designers put a twist on the already popular winged-out liner. You can easily do the same by either straightening out the wing, or if you’re a seasoned veteran when it comes to rocking the cat eye, you can try a double wing. This look would work best using either cream or liquid eyeliner which both ensure a smooth and crisp line.

My Pick

N.Y.C. Liquid Eyeliner ($3) in Black

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Bronzed Eyes

If the black smokey eye still freaks you out, you’re in luck! Bronze eyeshadow is also in for Fall. Feel free to experiment with copper and gold too, all three of these colors are very Fall appropriate and warm up anyone’s skin tone.

My Picks

Smashbox Double Exposure Travel Palette ($24). NYX Cosmetics Love in Paris Eyeshadow Palette ($10) in Mercibeaucoup.

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How Not to Dress Too Trendy

If you live in a major metro/urban area, it’s a given that fashion trends for both sexes will change seasonally. The seasonal trends in more liberal cities where conservative attitudes towards dress aren’t present often bring WTF, eyebrow raising fashion choices. There’s nothing wrong with indulging in trends just a tad. Here and there, some cheap “fast fashion” items revamp old stuff in your wardrobe, adding freshness to your look without murdering the bank. There are times, however, particularly when multiple trendy items, all worn together, can make adventurous choices look foolish.

I’ve been in LA for about four years now. Guys here are more fashion conscious, more understanding of their own and other’s personal sense of style, but some of the choices you see slathered on people’s bodies are just plain bad.

Having style is about knowing the ‘traditional’ rules governing fashion, yet knowing what flexibilities to use to achieve a look that is unique and ‘hip.’ 1

When do people take shit too far?

Is it when they stack a mesh tank top with a man-bun and an all dark, monochromatic look? Yes it is that. But it’s precisely because they are stringing multiple trendy style choices back to back to back. If everything you’re wearing is trendy as fuck all day erry day, these are gonna be your photos in 20 years:

Look at that poor fu*ker on the left there. He knows exactly what’s just happened. Still living it down.

The point is this: dressing with a mix of classic style with flashes of trendy shows you’ve heard of the word subtlety. Everyone loves a good cover of an old song with some updates and tweaks. But the point is the good covers of old songs merely update the foundations of good stuff that was already there, so a new, probably younger crowd can enjoy. No one needs to reinvent the wheel when it comes to clothes, certainly not through the latest trends.

Of course, rock whatever you feel comfy in. Sometimes you just have to flaunt it if you got it on certain occasions among the right kind of crowd.

Sometimes, on rare occasions (e.g. weekends?) its necessary, and everyone’s been there. But lets remember that you’d probably like to save yourself the embarrassment of having your kids–or god forbid, someone else’s kids–make fun of you for how ‘effin trendy you were in and around your college years. Especially on the internet like I just did to those poor people above.

Men’s Dopp Kit Essentials

A friend probably gave me the greatest single piece of advice when it comes to traveling. You need to be ready to pick up and leave at the drop of a hat.

Think about it. Someone could get hurt, there could be a disaster, maybe you find a briefcase of cash that belongs to the mafia. Who knows?

Traveling is a mindset. You need to prepare for anything. That means being self-sufficient at all times. A robust and resourceful dopp kit is the travelers tool box.

Make sure you have what you need to survive

Toothpaste

People are known to put all types of things in their mouths when they’re traveling. By the end of the day your gonna smell like ass. Do this, every time you go back to the room to reenergize, brush your teeth.

Toothbrush

See above.

Hair gel

Because after you wake up on the train with the gross-seat-slimy-window head, you’re going to be happy you packed it. Substitute for maple syrup when you’re having a hard week.

Floss

Oh who are you kidding? What makes you think you’re going to floss on a trip when you’ve neglected it for 20 years?

Deodorant

Walking all day has it’s drawbacks. You get smelly.

Cologne

For when you go out.

Hand sanitizer

The world is fu*kin dirty. You should carry this with you wherever you go. After a museum visit, in transit and before lunch. Just lather that sh*t on.

Condoms

You never know…..Rather be safe than sorry.

Ear plugs

Amazing! These are a must have to drown out the world. Noise on a plane, snoring friend, or loud hostel/hotel. I actually sleep with them every night. It’s another layer of comfort.

Mints

Keep these on you. Going out straight from dinner? No want wants to socialize smelling like Chinese food.

Baby powder

Swamp butt. Must I say more?

Q-tips

Because because.

Lint roller

If you’re headed somewhere right off the plane, a lint roller will keep you looking fresh.

Electric razor

I hate shaving in general, but when I’ve been traveling for a few weeks, sometimes I end up looking like Forrest Gump. The electric razor is an amazing tool to keep you and that jaw line looking sharp.

Razor

For the guys who are all about that life.

Joint papers

You never know…..Rather be safe than sorry.

Batteries 

For when your headphones or camera run out. Also, batteries are life.

Advil

When you go out drinking all night in vegas or Thailand, you are not going to want to forget Advil.

Tums

When that Indian food won’t stay down and your chest feels like your about to burst.

Flashlight

Sometimes you might need to walk home in the dark. It can also be used as a weapon.