Black: A Boy’s Best Friend

18 Mar

Boys will be boys, so the saying goes, but there’s no reason that they can’t be stylish, too!

{Black: A Boy’s Best Friend}

This look is the hybrid between the classic rough-housing boy and mild-mannered gentle boy …

Yet, the combination of casual and dress apparel simply creates an attitude with a fun and stylish edge. Here’s what it looks like in action:

Origins of ‘Black: a Boy’s Best Friend’

Black Dress Shirt: By George, it was bought as a tie set at Walmart for my sister’s rehearsal dinner. Although it still fits in shoulder and torso, his arms are a bit too long, so cuffing the sleeves adds to the casually cool demeanour of this look and gives us an extra couple weeks of wear!

Camouflaged Cargo Pants: By Sonoma, I picked these up at a thrift store as a gently worn pair of pants perfect for school yard recess and neighborhood play dates.

Checkered Socks: By Payless ShoeSource, I love boys’ socks that have a big splash of color or a bold print. With this look, the checkered socks tie in the black & white theme of the Chuck Taylor’s and add a carefree detail matching the robust spirit of the camouflage.

Chuck Taylors: The Star Wars graphic on the classic sneaks are the epitome of this outfit — smart and stylish, but functional, playful and daring.

Fedora: The black fedora was acquired at H&M, while the grey felt fedora was picked up at Children’s Place, as previously blogged. We had a conflict of creative vision as to which fedora looked best with the outfit, so we decided we’d put it to a vote: I say black, he says gray, but what says you? Vote: Which Fedora Look Do You Prefer?

{So} What’s the Take-Away?

You can’t take the Boy out of Boy.

I love this look from top to bottom. Really, it is a mother’s miracle — or at least for me it is. I can have a boy whom looks stylishly presentable and yet, he can feel empowered to defend our neighborhood from invading aliens.

The key to this look rests on two factors:
1. The colors & prints, which hides the dirt.
2. The juxtaposed dress shirt, which raises the “bruiser” status of the cammies to being “well-mannered tow-head”.

So if you “can’t beat them, join them” (figuratively, of course); And, in fashion this means black is a boy’s best friend! The color hides all the grimmy messes these little urchins get into, and yet with a dress shirt, the collared crispness of the look still allows for them to come across polished while allowing you to not wince every time a handful of dirt is picked up.

With camouflage, it is a pattern that can come across with a rough neck message, yet the print is so much fun for boys to get down and dirty in. However, the beauty lies in how the camouflaged print empowers their adventurous spirits and doubles in hiding most of the damage left staining the fabric.

The combination of the two — the rowdy cammies and the suave black dress shirt — create a truly inspiring look for both mother and son!

So this is a perfect example of how boyish mischief and motherly style can co-exist. From play date to dinner date, this look is the way to go!

How do you keep your son looking stylish? Do you have a favorite trick for mixing his ruggedly practical needs and your aesthetic desires?

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6 Responses to “Black: A Boy’s Best Friend”

  1. Dawn March 18, 2011 at 7:53 AM #

    Handsome and funky. Perfectly urban. Love the last photo. And the black fedora all the way, though the grey would work in a pinch. All in all, a terrific outfit and a terrific model 🙂


  2. Zack Rivera March 18, 2011 at 8:28 AM #

    My favorite part is the toy gun! where can i get that?


  3. Laurie Watson March 18, 2011 at 9:44 AM #

    OMG! I still have my black Chucks from 1985! I am still in style! LOL Back in Black. Love it.


  4. Laurie Watson March 18, 2011 at 9:46 AM #

    By the way, Reagan will grow up to be the best designer clothing model (or vintage clothing model.) I hope he keeps his blonde hair as he gets older. So glad you live near NY so the commute will be short. 😉


  5. Jennifer Fink March 18, 2011 at 2:12 PM #

    I love this look, SO much better than baggy jeans and a plaid shirt. I think this should give public schools some inspiration on their dress codes. This is a young version of “business casual” IMHO. It’s hard to imagine he really enjoys these style challenges, more power too him and his creative mom!


    • Thrifty Vintage Chic March 26, 2011 at 9:32 AM #

      shall we call it “scholastic casual”? It would be an amazing movement to see schools requiring button-up dress shirts — not only would it shift today’s appearance of school children, but it would shift the future of society’s presentation, which “IMHO” sorely could use some improving!


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