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Ensemble Style is a Calgary fashion stylist stylists personal shopper shoppers and wardrobe consultant consultants. Menswear styling and closet edits. Custom suiting for men. Made-to-measure suiting

 

 

 

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A men's fashion/style blog, for the modern, stylish man. Personal shopping and styling in Calgary Alberta, Canada. New York fashion styling and consulting.

Interview with +2

Lauren Larsen

Working as a personal styling for as long as I have, I've gotten to know a lot about how brands fit, where to shop for x body type, and if a new client will fit into a particular brand of clothing. One issue I seem to always have, however, is finding things for the extra tall guys... the ones who are over 6'4.

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Spring style from Jacamo clothing

Lauren Larsen

Well, it's technically spring, and even though there is currently snow on the ground, the 'technical' change in seasons has got me thinking spring style. I've been fortunate enough to have had the opportunity to work with quite a few of my personal styling clients on updating their spring/summer wardrobe, which means I have a pretty good understanding of what is out there, what to avoid and what to get to help make your spring style as great as possible!

A few things I've noticed this year are that style trends are not drastically different from last year - we are still rockin' the athleisure, prints, colours and various other trends we saw last season, but this year is just slightly, dare I say, cooler. 

During my online hunt for some cool athleisure looks, I came across a cool UK site called Jacamo that carries various Nike, Adidas and Puma pieces, some of which are unique to what I've seen here in Calgary.  I used both white and red shoes as options in this all black look - white for a more versatile vibe, and red to add a little pop of colour {for the daring and the bold}. I love the blacked out logo on the hat and jacket!

As I was on their site perusing, I decided to put together some funky casual looks that could work for both the spring and summer. Below are a couple different options using pieces I found on their site.

I love how the blue and red in the classic Adidas sneaker pulls out the blue and red in the printed shorts. Because this look is already quite colourful, pairing it with a basic white or black tee is definitely the way to go!

Opposite from the look above, the below adds a pattern to the top rather than the bottom. I know what you're thinking... this is a total Hawaiian Dad shirt... BUT if you pair it with some cool sneakers, and a pair of jorts (AKA jean shorts), you're taking it from dad style, to intentionally cool. I love the way the colours of the shoes work with the colours of the shirt... and once again, make sure if you are going to go with a bold print on top, you pair it with something basic {like black} on the bottom. 

I hope this blog inspired you to start your spring/summer shopping! As always, if you have any questions or need a little help with your personal style, shoot me an email!

- xox, Ensemble Style

Key things to look for when purchasing a suit

Lauren Larsen

As most of you know by now, I have become completely and utterly obsessed with suiting (see Atelier), and since starting my own made-to-measure suiting business, my obsession and eye for cheap suiting has been getting stronger and stronger. I'm going to share with you some of my suiting knowledge, and key things I've learned along the way {and why shopping off-the-rack is now one of my biggest nightmares}.

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What to wear for the holidays

Lauren Larsen

Christmas is this weekend, and that means that you're going to inevitably be spending time with family, friends and loved ones. I know you're probably more worried about that last minute Christmas shopping (I know, I procrastinated too), than trying to decide what you're going to wear to turkey dinner, which is why I thought I'd help you out a little... with an Ensemble Style approved, 'what to wear for the holidays' guide!

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elevate your success by adopting a few simple habits

Lauren Larsen

Whether your goal is to land the promotion, own the house, get the girl, drive the latest AMG model, or to have a million dollars in the bank, a few life changes can be implemented to help you get there. 

I've been doing some reading on the habits of very successful people, and have been musing on a few simple quotidian habits that can take your life to the next level, and help you reach those lofty goals. 

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How to rock a flannel shirt for fall

Lauren Larsen

If there was one print that we’re going to see a lot of this autumn and winter (and every other autumn and winter, for that matter), it’s flannel. It’s a seasonal staple that everyone owns, but the problem with plaid shirts is that they can often look too outdoorsy to be appropriate for another occasion, other than camping.

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wow her with your interior design skills

Lauren Larsen

Dressing well is step one, treating her to a couple nice dates {whilst having proper manners} is step two, and when you finally have the pleasure of bringing her back to your place {step three}, you're going to want the decor and ambiance to jive not only with your personality, but also with the expectations you've set thus far. If you have nice taste in restaurants and wine, you know that proper shoes and tailored clothing is important, but your home looks like you haven't paid any attention to it since college, you may be in trouble. Don't worry if this is you... as always, I'm in your corner and here to save you from the inevitable embarrassment of not meeting her expectations.

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How to look like a stud for Stampede 2016

Lauren Larsen

YEEEHAWWW! Stampede 2016 is here, and if you haven't started thinking about your wardrobe yet, you definitely should get on it, ASAP. 

Now, there isn't a whole lot to say about Stampede attire, other than a few things that I would consider obvious, and a couple of things that you may not know... but I'll just go ahead and discuss them all, just incase you're wondering ;).

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What you can learn from street style at Pitti Uomo

Lauren Larsen

Since diving into custom tailoring, I've been finding myself becoming more and more infatuated with the intricacies of suiting, fabrics, and when certain details work and when they don't {as if I wasn't obsessed with menswear enough to being with}. I research, ponder, question, and peruse all sorts of books and sites that delve into the fine details of menswear, both traditional and trendy, so that I am well equipped when I get random questions like "where did the lapel originate" thrown at me, and when I have to come up with a really unique, never-been-done-before-but-looks-amazing outfit for an event. 

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Five things to not wear to a wedding this summer.

Lauren Larsen

Wedding season is around the corner, and many of my clients, friends and colleagues have been starting to plan their ensembles. I get asked the question 'what should I wear to so-and-so's wedding' on a pretty regular basis, so I thought I would write a blog about it, but rather than telling you exactly what to wear... I'm going to give you creative freedom to explore anything outside of these 5 things you definitely should not wear to a wedding this summer!

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Death of the 'casual Friday shirt'

Lauren Larsen

Ok guys, I'm going to be blunt with you for a minute... this is one of my biggest pet peeves of all time... and if you are a client of mine, you've definitely heard me say this at least once. This fashion fail has somehow made its way into casual Friday dress code, and sometimes even regular Monday to Thursday ensembles at the office, and it is time to give it up.

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steal her stuff: grooming

Lauren Larsen

Wondering why her skin always looks so flawless? Maybe she's born with it, or perhaps there is something magical in her side of the medicine cabinet. Guys, you don't have to be ashamed if you want to give her grooming products a try, actually, I fully support your decision.

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Here are a few that I give you the green light to go ahead and try. 

Facial scrub

Facial scrub is a must for men and women. It's such a treat to be able to get that layer of dead skin cells off your face & end up with soft, glowing skin. If she has a scrub kicking around, give it a shot. If she doesn't... my favourite trick is to mix baking soda with face wash and use that to wash your face. It will feel slightly gritty, but once you're finished, your face and fingertips will be as smooth as a baby's bottom.

Facial oil

Facial oil is a new thing that girls totally love. Most of us use it to take our makeup off, but it is also a really moisturizing and luxurious way to wash your face. If she has one kicking around, give it a try. 

Eye cream

Ain't no body got time for undereye bags, wrinkles and dryness. Eyes are one of the first places to show aging, which is why you should be applying cream morning and night. Pretty much any eye cream is better than no eye cream, but if you have a choice, I'd go for a heavy, anti-aging one at night and a lighter moisturizing one for during the day. Sometimes day creams have ingredients in them that also help with undereye circles and make you look more awake.

Anti-aging anything

I mean, who doesn't want to look 20 something for as long as possible? If it says anti-aging on it, there is no harm in giving it a try.  

Night serums

Night serums are bomb for tired, dry & lifeless skin. By sleeping with them on, you're giving them a solid 6-8 hours {or more if you're a big sleeper} to do their thing. Chicks dig serums, and I'd bet that if she doesn't have a night serum, she has a sleeping facial, a night cream, or something along the same lines. Dig into it, slap it on your face & wake up refreshed and ready to take on the day!

Concealer

This one is the riskiest of the mentioned products, solely because if you apply it wrong, it's going to look like you're wearing makeup. If you have a big meeting and you happened to accidentally pull an all-nighter the night before, grab her concealer, dab a little bit on your finger and tap it under your eye until it is no longer visible. You shouldn't need much to make a difference!

If you're a little skeptical and don't want to risk looking like you're wearing makeup, I'd highly recommend First Aid Beauty Eye Duty Triple Remedy. It is an eye cream that is formulated to cover dark circle without looking like you're wearing makeup.

To be honest, majority of products are made unisex - the only thing that differentiates a guy's product from a ladies is the way the marketing department decided to brand it. Did they make the label black & blue, or white & pink, is pretty much what it comes down to. So, go ahead and give hers a try, you never know, you might end up looking as great as she does ;).

xo

- Ensemble Style

 

How to be a gentleman while avoiding the friend zone.

Lauren Larsen

Guys, I know you have all experienced this at one time or another. There is a girl you like, you think it's going somewhere, you treat her really nice, take her for dinner, console her when she's sad, and BAM you end up in the friend zone. The horrible friend zone. The place that potential boyfriends go to die {ok, not literally, but your chance of every being her boyfriend is dead}. 

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Incorporating athleisure into your leisure life.

Lauren Larsen

Ahh, athleisure... the trend that has stood the test of time, and continues to go strong. If you haven't heard about it, or haven't tried to bring aspects of it into your life... this blog is for you. If you have heard of it, are addicted because of the comfort, and want to bring new elements into your wardrobe, this blog is also for you. 

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The do's and don'ts of pairing shirts and ties.

Lauren Larsen

If you work in an office with any kind of corporate dress code, you’ve by now no doubt built up a wardrobe filled with a variety of shirts and ties in different colours, patterns, and textures. But do you know how to pair them? Can checks go with plaid? Stripes with stripes? Purple with…a lighter shade of purple?

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2015 recap - favourite moments in menswear

Lauren Larsen

2015 has come and gone, and what an amazing year it was. 2016 however, is looking like it is going to be the best one yet. With new content, new collaborations, new brands, styles, vibes, energy, clients and friends, it is safe to say that I am 100% ecstatic {and that word is not often used in my vocab} to see how this year unfolds. 

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