Undeniable Style on Refinery29!

by Kate Franco on February 17, 2014 · 1 comment

kate of undeniable style on #Refinery29Remember when I said I wanted to get back to writing about more personal topics? Well, I guess I just jumped right in. I was on Refinery29 {holy wow!} last week, talking about being single in SF. I’m calling it my own personal Carrie Bradshaw moment, for sure.

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Boys in Ties

by Kate Franco on February 15, 2011 · 2 comments

A missive to boys who wear ties

You will always be a step above the rest. It does not matter if you are going for dapper or disheveled — what really counts is that you got up in the morning, or went out at night and you thought about the way. you. look. Even if you picked your jeans up off the floor or didn’t get the chance to shower, the mere addition of the tie says that you put some effort into being.

Men’s clothing hasn’t changed in eons; it’s the same basic pieces styled different ways. It’s surprising that it is so easy to stand out in crowd. But trust me, if you wear a tie, you will.

My heart belongs to boys who wear ties.**

Notes to boys who do not wear ties

My advice is simply this: Try it. Trust me. But…just in case you want a more expert opinion, here are some tips from one of the most stylin’ guys I know {he happens to wear ties}. Blaine says:

  • There’s more than one way to wear a tie.  Are you going for the crisp, fully-buttoned up look, or do you have the panache to wear the tie a little looser?
  • Take a tip from Anderson Cooper — wear great solids that compliment your skin tone {and, in Anderson’s case, your foxy white hair!}.
  • Do NOT under any circumstances shop for ties at the Macy’s surplus rack — going discount is great, but try TJ Maxx or Nordstrom Rack.
  • Getting into wearing ties means getting into wearing pocket squares.*  In years past, no self-respecting man would leave his home with a bare breast, and nor should you!  {Plus, having a hanky on hand will give you the je ne sais quois you need to offer a damsel in distress your kerchief [and hence, your hand ;)]}

*+ 10 points if you pull off the pocket square.
**+ a milliondy points if you have enough swagger to pull off a bow tie. yep, a milliondy.

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How-To: A Guy’s Guide to Good Jeans

by Kate Franco on November 17, 2010 · 9 comments

I’ve been getting requests about men’s style recently, and specifically questions about denim, so I decided I would share some {of what I consider} foolproof rules for buying and looking awesome in it. There are 3 major factors you want to consider: length, fit, and wash.


Go for jeans that at least reach the top part of your shoe sole/heel {wear your shoes with the highest heel for try-on!}. A little bit of wear at the hemline is cool, but jeans that are so long you’re tripping on them are not. Look polished, not nerdy or sloppy!


Straight leg is definitely current. Bootcut is fine, too. The best advice I can give is to stay moderate on this one. Don’t go TOO baggy or TOO skinny {unless you’re going for gangsta or hipster, in which case, have at it.} Relaxed Straight, Straight, and Slim Straight fits will um, accentuate the positive and look polished at the same time.


Stick with your basic denim washes {that means blues, fellas — no white or tan or stonewash, prettyplease}. The darker the wash the more formal and dressed up they can be.

Other miscellaneous notes:

  • pleasepleaseplease stay away from major bling on your booty.
  • if you are in doubt, ask a female salesperson. trust me, you want her opinion.
  • avoid SAS {Saggy Ass Syndrome}. Your jeans should work what your mama gave you, but not be painfully tight.
  • to reduce fading and shrinking, don’t dry your jeans in the dryer.
  • don’t be afraid to invest in a tailor if you’ve found the perfect pair of jeans but they’re too long. They can even reattach the original hem, and no one will ever know.
  • some brands I’m liking lately: Joe’s Jeans, Hudson and J Brand {images via these sites}. Diesel and Gap are always good staples, too.

Ladies, if you haven’t already, check out all dudes learned how to dress and it sucks. Hilarious.


Things I Would Like to Buy

11 November 2010

The Older Younger Brother Edition. I don’t get to hang out with my brother a lot. I wish I did because he’s such a hilarious and charming dude…we always have the best of times. And I know that I am on shopping hiatus, but I’ve already been thinking about what to get him for Christmas. […]

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Too Much is Never Enough

17 October 2010

I love this man’s sense of style {or his stylist’s sense of style? unclear.} I don’t really have much more to say, just wanted to share that with y’all. Love the tailoring, slim lines, and sex appeal. Reminds me of John Varvatos, and we all know how I feel about those clothes. In other GG […]

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