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I was on my way to an event in Malibu last week and couldn’t resist pulling over to one of my favorite overlooks and snapping some photos. It’s been so hot lately that rather than try to dress up for the event I decided to embrace my inner Waldo and go with a striped tee instead.

It’s such a great feeling when an outfit comes together in a way that you’re not really expecting it to. This was definitely one of those looks for me. There are a few elements I want to touch on that I think are fun things to try in your own style. I’m fully aware that this isn’t a look that everyone is going to want to shop and wear tonight, but when you break it down, there are definitely some interesting tidbits.

First, the bold striped tee is a score I made from H&M years ago. It’s been sitting in my drawer for months and I almost got rid of it. I couldn’t bring myself to do it because I knew that I would get back into stripes eventually. The wider stripes on this shirt are going to make you stand out, so be prepared if you’re gonna rock something like this. Don’t fear wide stripes, they work great under a blazer or denim jacket as well as on their own.

Next, the t-shirt tuck in is a move that I’ve been seeing more and more regularly on street style photo sites. It’s a pretty Dad move when it’s not done right, though, so be sure that it’s an outfit that’s gonna look more edgy than conservative. I like it with these slim jeans and dark boots a lot. It made me feel like a french motorcyclist from the 1950’s.

As I talked about in my last post, cuffing jeans isn’t a new move anymore. However, by cuffing them up just a bit higher and widening the cuff itself, it adds a hint of vintage flair to my selvedge PRPS denim, which I love. If you want to take things up a notch, iron the cuff into your jeans so it sits flush with the pants rather than bulge out from the excess of fabric.

Lastly, the event was at the Bed Stü store in Malibu so I obviously wanted to be sure and wear some of my Bed Stü boots. They add to the rocker vibe of the look, which is nice. Oftentimes I like to contrast the vibe of my outfit with my shoes, but this wasn’t one of those times. When you have a certain aesthetic going, sometimes it’s best to give in and fully go for it. Ultimately, it’s about whatever makes you feel best.

Let me know your thoughts in the comments or hit me up on social media @parkeryorksmith!

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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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