Bands Make ’em Dance feat. Westley
May 8th, 2014
One of the most rewarding things about this “job” (other than some of the amazing transformative emails we’ve receive from readers) has been observing the growth and development of my team members. It takes some learning and some practice, but personal style can be honed. And honing your personal style can breed confidence. And confidence can breed all types of positive things.
We’ve spoken often about Alex’s style transformation, but Westley has also been steadily working on his game. He’s quietly transforming from a sneaker collecting streetwearhead into a chic-dressing smooth-talking ladykiller. “The Filipino James Dean” as he calls it. And I love it. You can imagine the benefits.
If you’ve been following Articles of Style closely, you also know he’s been perfecting the art of the band collar. It’s an easy little detail that allows him to remain sharply tailored in a button-down dress shirt, but give-off a casual laidback vibe.
This one is probably long overdue, but here we turned Wes out on a post highlighting his favorite go-to band collars.
“If you ask any of the guys here at Articles of Style, they will agree that I am a man of detail. Details are what makes menswear such a beautiful thing. You can manipulate your average blue suit into something amazing with just a few personal adjustments, for example… I’ve met (and photographed) many people over the course of my tenure at Articles of Style, and I’ve notice one piece of clothing that is always present, but rarely personalized: the dress shirt.
It all started with a blue oxford shirt I bought a few years ago. It was the only oxford I had at the time. Through the course of the summer this oxford got beat to hell…especially the collar. It was stained and frayed, and I just couldn’t wear the shirt for my second semester of college. So I thought what the hell, and cut the collar off… Right away I loved the shirt with just the band collar, and ended up wearing it more than ever… I certainly didn’t think it would be a life changing thing tho.”
1. Double-Breasted Shirt
“If I had to describe my personal style in one phrase, it would be definitely be ‘dressy casual’. Although I’m a big believer in being overdressed rather than under-dressed, the sweet spot in the middle is where I’m most comfortable.
Building my outfits around this particular guideline gives me the versatility to go from day to night without having to worry if I’ll look appropriate for the occasion.
Yeah I heard it about the cargos, but frankly they help me keep my things together when photographing features… and especially on drunk nights.”
“Ever since we featured Tyga this past year, I had to get my hands on a double-breasted band collar shirt. Fortunately enough, I was able to get one made and it turned out better than I expected. Rather than wearing just a plain dress shirt, v-neck, or henley, this shirt adds a touch of formalwear and asymmetry that I love.
Looking for a lightweight jacket for those colder Spring evenings, but are tired of your typical Mac or Trench? This biker rain jacket is the perfect piece to keep you in the ‘in-between’ zone. Not to mention the shade of blue is perfect for the season.”
“Suede loafers for the Spring & Summer? Essential.
Airforce blue suede loafers? Next level.”
2. Murder She Wrote
“Black has become a staple of mine these past few months…mostly because I’ve often been out late.
I recently got this black mohair suit made and I cannot stop wearing it. From dressing it down with a white v-neck t-shirt during the day, to wearing it with this sleek black band collar shirt at the club…it has become my most worn suit.
It could probably work for a formal occasion too…”
“I know people have strong opinions about wearing black, that it should only be saved for funerals or whatever. But how often do those occasion occur? Black is for after sunset. For nights on the town.”
“I was going to wear a different pair of shoes with this look, but earlier during the day my brother and I came across these basket weaved Allen Edmonds at our daily go-to vintage store… Another example of a small detail that makes all the difference.”
- Black mohair suit
- Black cotton band collar shirt
- Black leather watch by Stührling Original
- Black leather basket weaved laceups by Allen Edmonds
3. Retro Super-Fly Casual
“Here’s Dressy-Casual at its finest.
A lot of my inspiration comes from old school Hollywood men. Simple but purposeful dressers like James Dean and Steve McQueen have had a big impact on the way I dress. I combine it with the streetwear aesthetic that I still hold dear…I think it’s something a lot guys in our generation can relate to.”
I’m not usually a long-sleeve polo shirt kind of guy, but the knit on this piece changes everything.
This particular band collar shirt has two military-style breast pockets, which makes it easier (and more functional) to wear casually during the summer.”
I know you’re looking at a shirt in your closet right now that fits perfectly, but the collar is a little dingy looking, or stained, or weirdly shaped… Go ahead man, cut that collar off.
Thanks, as always, for reading.
Yours in style,
Dan, Wes & the Team
Photography by Westley Dimagiba.