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If you’re just getting to know me through the blog, you’d probably be surprised to find out that I went through a pretty serious wannabe-gangster aka “wankster” phase in early high school. It was the height of Eminem and 50 Cent’s popularity and I simply just couldn’t help myself from rocking baggy sweatpants, jerseys, bandanas, all of the essentials of that era’s MTV labeled “cool guy”.

Aside from the hilarious photos to look back on (which will remain STRICTLY private), the one thing I can be glad about from that chapter of my life is my affinity for the Timberland 6″ Classic Boot. When fall rolls around, it never becomes official for me until I can dust off my Timbs. You can’t deny, these boots have always had somewhat of a stigma around them thanks to being preferred by so many rappers and urban artists, but that’s only because they’re a damned attractive boot, people! They’re awesomely masculine in a way that’s totally constructible. Let me tell you my secret…

With a piece like this, I like to surround it with items that deny the stereotype. Essentially, I become a positive version of a walking contradiction. These fitted raw jeans and slim, lightweight sweater aren’t what you’d normally see paired with Timberlands and that’s on purpose. A basic outfit like this lets the boots speak for themselves. It’s showing that I appreciate classic items like these but don’t need to change everything about my style to make them work.

These rules apply to much more than just construction style boots, too. Anything that might not normally fit into what you’re accustomed to wearing, surround it with things that are normal to you and then let the new thing be a pop of difference. It could be a jacket, vest, statement piece of jewelry…whatever. Just don’t be afraid of trying something out that you’re attracted to simply because it doesn’t mesh well with what you’re already used to doing stylistically.

Take chances! Sometimes it pays off and you build a lifelong friendship with something like I have with my Timberlands (yeah, we’re besties…we text all the time, get over it).

Thanks for reading!

Stay smiling, my friends!


P.S. The sweater is from Michael Stars Man, if you’re into it. Click here to shop.

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


google plus apple(October 26, 2015)

I don't even know how I ended up here, but I thought this post was good. I don't know who you are but definitely you're going to a famous blogger if you aren't already ;) Cheers!

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