Uptown Bourgeois is an arts, news, and culture blog created by New York-based freelance writer Jefferey Spivey. UB explores universal themes through a black, queer lens. 

Blue Jean Dreams

Recently, I've started reading more international men's fashion magazines in search of a perspective that's fresh, unique, and forward-thinking.  In doing so, I stumbled across a J.M. Weston ad in the pages of L'Officiel Hommes Paris.  I was struck by the toned down use of color and the simplicity of the looks used in the ads.  Of course, J.M. Weston is known for luxury shoes, so I'm sure the reduced focus on the total looks was purposeful.  But I instantly found myself digging through my closet in an effort to recreate this look.  As you can see above, I decided to play with proportion.  This 3/4 length overcoat is nowhere near as fitted as anything I've showcased on Uptown Bourgeois, but paired with nothing more than a fitted tee and a pair of rustic selvedge denim, the look feels rugged, masculine, and imperfect.  I'm going after comfort and warmth, but I'm also going after a simple and unrefined feel.  It's not always about the individual pieces but about how you style them.

Photography by SahedPhotography.com

Coat and Jeans: Gap; Tee: BDG; Shoes: Cole Haan

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