Get the Designer Look For Less


With the holiday season in full swing, our social calendars are busier than ever. From office holiday parties, to charity galas, family functions, and get-togethers with friends, there are a ton of places to see and be seen. Slapping together just any old outfit might work during another time of year, but with practically every social gathering during the holidays sure to be documented on Facebook or Twitter, you’ll want to be sure you’re not the dude who gets all the “what the heck is that guy wearing??” comments.

Because you’re doling out the dollars on gifts (and that skimping out on a gift for your girl isn’t going to score you any points), clothes may not be a priority.

Not to fear! Enter the BALLnROLL guide to looking designer slick for slack.

Winter white has always been hard to pull off, but Dolce and Gabbana does it like they invented white pants only to be worn when it’s snowy outside. The key? Don’t wear an all white ensemble. This isn’t Miami Vice after all, or your wedding ceremony in Hawaii.


The black blazer adds a sophisticated touch and velvet may possibly be our favorite winter fabric. Add a checkered shirt and bow tie and you’re good to go.

We would lose the sunglasses, however. You don’t want to be that dude in the loafers, bow tie, white pants and sunglasses.

Get the look:

1) Diesel Cig One Slim Fit Chino Pant from Asos 

2) Hugo Boss Regular Fit 2 Button Sportscoat 

3) Topman Ben Sherman Black Checkered Shirt 

4) Black Self Bow tie Topman 

5) Aldo Hamiter Dress Loafers 

Bow ties and loafers may be a little hoity toity for some men out there, and with that in mind we present an alternative: the urban gentleman done by the men who do urban best, Dsquared.

Maybe it’s because they’re Canadian and have an understanding of the wilderness built into their blood, but twin designers Dean and Dan Caten incorporate manly ruggedness into their looks without compromising on designer luxury.

This winter look from their Fall/Winter 2012 collection screams “I’m dapper!” but also “I can tackle a bear with my bare hands if need be!” Manly indeed. The belt, tie and luxe suede jacket keep you from looking like you’re surviving on nothing in the woods…more like enjoying the scenery from your million dollar cottage.

Get the look:

1) Hartford Plain-lined Suede Jacket 

2) Salt Valley Santa Cruz Western Shirt 

3) Salvatore Ferramgamo Silk Green Tie 

4) Levi’s 520 Tapered Leg Jeans in Indigo 

5) Dsquared Logo Corduroy Hat 

6) Levi’s Vintage Plaque Belt in Black 

7) Hugo Boss Two-Tone Boots 

Finally, for all you out there with a quirkier fashion sense, there is Burberry Prorsum. The 2012 collection exuded offbeat charm with whimsical hats, patterned shoes and intricately knit sweaters.


There’s a certain cred to looking like your grandma knit your sweater. Wear it with a cool smirk and a practical toggled coat. Slick and sleek it may not be, but we can’t get enough of the one-of-a-kind cool Burberry has brought to the holiday table.

An added bonus? Practicality. While loafers may look chic, but they’re not exactly warm. The bright knitted hat, waterproof coat and thick sweater of this look will keep you warm and stylish all winter long. Exactly replicating the pieces of the quirky look is not necessary at all. Just stick to the basic forms and choose items that match your own offbeat style…and voila. This quirky look for less and custom tailored to you..

Get the look:

1) Adidas Orange Visor Knit Hat  or Obey Trademark Pom Pom Beanie in Maroon 

2) Alpha Industries Duster Fishtail Jacket 

3) Fair isle Patterned Jumper 

4) Raw Blue Stretch Skinny Jeans 

5) Lincoln Tan Brogue Shoes 



Maralynn at 14 Jan 2012

Whoa, whoa, get out the way with that good inorfmtaion.

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