Styling and Fashion for Men– a First on my Blog!

I’ve always been first to admit that my sense of style borders on the safe (and haha sorry often called boring) style. I’ve been mocked and made fun of a few years back for my taste in clothes. I’m not saying I’ve improved but I think over the years I’ve just developed the hide of a rhino and have gotten very comfortable with who I am and that the opinion of other people ended up mattering less and less 🙂 Call it maturity if you will haha (or old age, fine).

Lately though, I’ve been asked to style men and women– privately (haha poor souls). But they were never really very open to the idea of me photographing them for the blog (hahaha unlike me, a cam whore). So when Mega Magazine contacted my colleague and good friend, fashion photographer Sandor Simon, to be on  their Mega Man’s Men of Style list, I took the opportunity to ask if he could also be my model at that time of his shoot (haha killing 2 birds with 1 stone). He happily obliged 😉

A little tidbit of info about Sandor (pronounced Shandor)– he hails from Hungary and has travelled the world over as a model– in fact, he is the global fit model for Tommy Hilfiger, is still a model signed with Elite Manila, but is also fast becoming known as a fashion/ portrait photographer within the industry. LOL and he was about to become my test subject after his shoot with Mega.

When he prepared clothes for Mega Man, I tagged along to check out the pieces he picked out. We went into his favorite shops at Rockwell Power Plant Mall– Hackett, Brooks Brothers, and Massimo Dutti.

This was his pick:


I particularly liked the green suede shoes. Incredible how he was able to put together a total look, all by Massimo Dutti! Good one, Simon! And this was the winning look which made it to the pages of Mega Man, officially launching on July 17 🙂

Total look by Massimo Dutti

Hahaha, and now, my pick. Can you tell I like the preppy look? I paired together a pair of navy shorts with a white sports shirt and those “boat” shoes, all by Hackett, and threw over a nice striped pullover from Brooks Brothers to complete the outfit.

Shirt, Shorts, Shoes, and Belt by Hackett; Draped Pullover by Brooks Brothers


I was still obviously inspired by the America’s Cup as well as my sailing experience in the Aegean Sea with friends back in Santorini 🙂

Here’s a little confession: I’ve always thought men’s clothes were plain boring. It’s always the same stuff– plaid, checkered, stripes, solids, neutral shades… Blah.  Going into men’s fashion stores and really looking at the clothes made me realize one thing– there are soooo many nice things for guys! Menswear is not boring at all! In fact, I ended up picking out some things for myself to wear! 😀  I wish men would be more experimental with fashion the way women are– to get the guy to actually wear colors other than the usual navy, white, gray, black, and dark shades? Priceless sartorial choice 🙂

*Special thanks to Stores Specialists, Inc— Hackett, Brooks Brothers, and Massimo Dutti for providing the clothes for the shoot 🙂