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What's the Occasion?

Erik Engstrom

What do you dress up for? Sunday church, office job downtown, a date? There always seems to be a stigma around putting on a dress shirt and a tie - that you only do so for a special occasion. I hate that. 

It could be Sunday, Monday, Thursday, or even a Friday morning trip to the grocery store - I love wearing slacks, a button down, and a tie. One of my biggest pet peeves? When people ask me, "what's the occasion?" Is today not a good enough reason? I'm not going on a date, I don't have a special business meeting - I'm just me. Can't you just let me do me?

Since I was in middle school a tie has always been a part of my wardrobe. I remember watching videos online, teaching myself how to tie my first tie. A double Windsor. I got into high school and taught myself multiple ways of tying a tie, and then added bow ties. My current favorite knot is the Oriental (simple) Knot. The knot is so simple, casual yet classy for any occasion. 

The Tie Bar is my go to shop for ties, and has been since high school. With hundreds of options, Tie Bar simply can't be beat by other competitors. I recently picked up this ruby knit tie and love how casually it fits into any outfit. 

Today, I'm ready to conquer anything. 


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Bonobos Button Down (similar)
The Tie Bar Knit Tie
Zara Cardigan (similar)
Lululemon Commission Pants
Vans Authentic

The Chamber of Denim & Dad Hats.

Erik Engstrom

There are a number of things that I have developed a fond obsession with over the last few months and those include:

  1. Dad hats
  2. Abandoned places
  3. All black outfits
  4. Denim

When I was up in Minnesota visiting my brother a few weeks ago, we stumbled upon an abandoned middle school and I knew that we had to explore. There was a thick musk that hung in the air. Water dripped from the ceiling. Mold and algae plagued the walls and floors. I am sure that it was not the most healthy place, but none of that mattered because I was enthralled. 

Thank the fashion gods because the outfit I wore that day worked perfectly with the surroundings. The all black of my clothes perfectly complimented the vivid green mold and algae on the floor. Can I just go back and take more photographs? Okay, thanks!


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Levi's Trucker
Harvard Tee (similar)
Levi's Commuter 511
Vaywen Sneakers (similar)
Urban Outfitters Baseball Cap

Autumnal Basic.

Erik Engstrom

Let's just say it how it is. The date is September 14, 2016. Labor Day Weekend has come and gone. The days of laying out at the lake are done with. Rooftop season seems to slowly be winding down.

As far as I am concerned, we can just forget about this half-attempt at summer and just go straight into a full-fledge fall. I am talking about going full-on basic. Oversized chunky sweaters. Pumpkin Spiced Lattes. Long walks through the woods, the sound of leaves crunching beneath your feet. Apple picking. This is what I want. This is who I want to be - an autumnal basic.

This past weekend I drove up to Minnesota to visit Erik for a few days. The weather was perfect. Cloudy and overcast one day (the photographer in me was jumping for joy) and then sunny and reasonably warm the next. As far as fashion goes, I am a sucker for fall fashion. Give me all of it. The layers. The denim. I want it all. I want it all. And I want it now. 


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The Other Crew
Cotton Shawl Cardigan (similar)
Levi's® Commuter™ 511™ Slim Fit Jeans
Nike Roshe Two