Dress to Impress
✏ EUNICA ESCALANTE & LAUREN MCNALLY
📸 CHRIS ROHRER
With help from the style and grooming experts at International Market Place, a bartender from Kaka‘ako craft cocktail bar WorkPlay upgrades his look with items that can take him from work to play.
“Our Lineage messenger bag has the structure and polish of a briefcase but with a removable strap that allows you to wear it as a more casual crossbody bag,” says Fossil assistant manager Bobby Mendez. “There’s a padded laptop sleeve and interior pockets to keep you organized, plus a ton of space to fit all the essentials you’ll need throughout the day.”
Mendez recommends pairing the bag with Fossil’s mid-century architecture-inspired Neutra automatic watch. “It’s a great timepiece to go from day to night,” Mendez says. “It has a quick release that makes it easy to switch out the interchangeable band, so you can dress it up or down.”
His pick to tie it all together? Fossil’s Griffin belt in cognac. “The more wear and tear, the better,” he says. “The more you beat it up, the better it looks.”
For effortless, versatile staples that can be mixed and matched with ease, Vince store manager Cameron Mahi gravitates toward neutral colors and simple, modern silhouettes—the brand’s calling card. “Vince’s designs are refined yet understated, and they make good transitional pieces since they can be layered easily,” he says. “This double-face, long-sleeve shirt is lightweight and gauzy with a textured inner lining, and the neutral colorway works well with things you probably already have in your closet.”
If the T-shirts in your wardrobe could also use an upgrade, try this one in soft Peruvian cotton, which can be worn alone or layered during the cooler months. “Layering or adding a half-tuck helps pull things together and make it an outfit,” Mahi says.
Survival of the Fittest
“For the most part, our pants are mid-rise and sit right at the hip, with room through the legs so you don’t feel restricted as you go about your day,” says Codie Kent, assistant store manager at Banana Republic. He turns to the brand’s Rapid Movement chinos for equal parts comfort and style. “They’re designed to stretch but still retain their shape, which is good for allday wear,” Kent says. Bonus: Their water and stain-resistant coating is insurance against coffee breaks, messy lunches, and whatever the day or night throws your way.
“A typical Banana Republic shopper would probably wear them with a pair of tennies, Oxfords, or loafers, so we like them to hit right below the ankle,” Kent says. “If they’re a little long, you can always cuff them, especially when you want to show off a printed sock.” And if you’re the type to find a style and stick with it, you can buy the pants in different colors—new ones are introduced each season.
Nail the look from head to toe by getting a couple of key products to do the heavy lifting. Cheryl Suzuki, business manager at Saks Fifth Avenue’s Sisley Paris counter, is a fan of the brand’s volumizing spray for its light, humidity-proof texture and herbal, unisex scent. Apply to damp hair from eight inches away. For added volume, flip your head upside-down and mist the underside and ends, scrunching as you go. “You can also apply a couple pumps as a touch up,” Suzuki says.
For long-lasting hold and frizz control, Saks Fifth Avenue beauty specialist Koomi Lee Bray suggests following it up with a medium-hold hair pomade. “You can mix it with a hair serum for a softer, shinier look,” she says. Warm up a pea-size amount in your palms and apply, using your fingers to shape and define the style.
Skin Is In
“The Immortelle Overnight Reset oil-in-serum is a staple that every man should have in his routine,” says L’Occitane en Provence store manager Erin Bette. “It’s a reset for your complexion that works overnight—perfect for when you didn’t get a lot of sleep and want to make sure you still look well-rested the next day.”