Upgrading “The Usual”

I recently got an email from a reader who’s been feeling like he’s trapped in a bit of a style rut. He noted a lack of inspiration, having fallen into a pattern of wearing a “self-imposed uniform” every day. We’ve all been there in some way, shape, or form. Just throwing on a go-to outfit because there’s not enough time in the morning or too many other things to think about. Upgrading “the usual,” especially in the fall, is simple. Just add a great scarf.

Alexander McQueen Scarf - He Spoke Style

| WEARING | Levi’s denim jacket, Shirt c/o Armani Exchange, Pants c/o Banana Republic, Alexander McQueen scarf, J.Crew belt, Timex watch, Boots c/o Allen Edmonds | PHOTOGRAPHY | by Rob McIver Photo

Whenever I hit a personal style rut, it’s not so much that I find myself wearing a “uniform” of sorts, but rather a similar color palate. As you know, I love blues, grays, and browns. But as far as style ruts go, it’s a good one to have since neutrals provide a great foundation to add colorful and interesting accessories and accents. A scarf is a no-brainer for the fall and you should have at least one in seasonal color, like red, umber, or emerald, for example. (I touched on jewel tones as accents in a previous post.)

You may have noticed that posting has been a little light recently. That’s because Rob and I are traveling for the next month. And, actually, when we return from this trip I’ll be heading straight to Milan for a week. We’ll keep the content coming during this time, including the popular Ask He Spoke Style video series, but frequency will be down to about three posts per week. Doing the best we can and focusing on quality over quantity while we’re traveling.

Alexander McQueen Scarf - He Spoke Style

Alexander McQueen Scarf - He Spoke Style

Thanks for reading.

Stylishly Yours,

He Spoke Style


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  • http://travisrozich.com Travis Rozich

    Hey Brian,

    Thank you for following up on the email that I sent, I appreciate that you take the time to respond to you readers and build a He Spoke Style community throughout the world!

    I’m liking the addition of the scarf as a single, unique accessory to act as the focal point and provide some detail, color, and texture to the ensemble- I love scarves, so this is definitely a suggestion I will put to use.

    Best from Switzerland,


    • http://hespokestyle.com Brian Sacawa

      No problem, Travis! We actually shot an episode of AskHSS around this question as well. Look for it in the coming weeks!

  • http://www.aridethroughfashion.com Alberto Monteagudo

    I feel more or less like that nowadays… Fortunately, coldness is coming. That means more clothes to wear and more outfits to create :)

    • http://hespokestyle.com Brian Sacawa

      Extra layers, extra dimensions. Fall is a great season for style.