So I want to start structuring these posts with a personal story and/or a lesson about how I became who I am stylistically. I’m finding that a lot of guys aren’t sure of where to start with becoming more aware of their style, so let’s start with the basics.

Growing up, I didn’t wear a wide variety of brands. My clothes pretty much consisted of Nike, Levi’s, the occasional Adidas and Polo. A lot of that was because of the outlet mall, haha, but it was also because I knew that I could trust what these brands were putting out. I wasn’t going to love everything but I knew that by going to these stores once a month I would find at least a piece or two that fit within my confines of style. It wasn’t until I started branching out to other brands that I developed an actual sense of style. I definitely have Urban Outfitters to thank for a lot of that because of the vast array of brands they carry and their insanely awesome sale rack. By only shopping at a handful of stores I was building a closet of mostly similar pieces. Five different Polos, Nike sweatpants and shorts, Levi’s jeans…these were about as far as I ventured. Essentially what I’m saying is that if you find yourself a bit lost in the ways of menswear and how to go about building the best possible wardrobe, branch out to new brands.

Tommy Bahama is a perfect example. I always equated the brand as a Dad’s best friend. Outdated designs and baggy fits seemed to be the only thing I noticed. This cool lightweight sweater is theirs and it’s totally shifted my opinion on the brand. It’s fits wonderfully and is one of the softest pieces I own. I love the tropical styling, perfect for an evening at the beach or a boat ride. For me, it only takes one piece for a brand to totally surprise me and get me on board. When you try something new, it may get noticed more than what you normally wear so rock it proudly and trust that you look great! It’s all mental, anyways.

Let me know if you have any questions by commenting below!

Shop the look:

Sweater: Tommy Bahama, Pants: Zara, Shoes: Steve Madden, Watch: Valour Watches (15% off with code PARKER15)


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About the author

I'm Parker York Smith, a curious dude still very much figuring everything out. I hail from the Midwest but have been dwelling in Los Angeles for the last few years being a pretty stereotypical west coast transplant. I'm a fashion geek, I love to walk (a LOT) and I do my best to find the bright side. I'm extremely excited about this blog and hope that (with some hard work and luck) it turns into what I believe it can. If you have any questions, comments or concerns, please get in touch with me via my social networks (which can be found in the sidebar) or email me at parker@thelooksmith.com.

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