City Chic in Denim and Waxed Cotton

I think most people move to NYC and go through some kind of style evolution. Or at least the people who work in the creative industries. The idea of a uniform becomes more appealing, although not necessarily in the suit-and-tie idea. This look has become one of the uniforms I wear when working, where I need to be presentable but still a little more casual.

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Chambray shirts are a little bit ruffled and messy, but pairing them with tailored pieces really makes them shine. The idea of contrasts is huge for me, and I just can’t help but be drawn to the mix of clean, slick pants with a more textured shirt.

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Likewise, this jacket from Scotch & Soda is a favorite. A waxed cotton, it’s waterproof but still has the look of a leather jacket. Style with substance! It’s been a favorite of mine fora  few years now, and I have to say I love the brand, which is well built and stylish without going into the Dandy territory, even though there are a lot of great details and special touches to their pieces.

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The sunglasses are from the SpyOptic Crosstown collection, and are a gorgeous blend of traditional/modern. I’m a big fan of bigger styled sunglasses, and these deliver on style while still being super comfortable and refined, again, that blend of casual and style. The glasses are $140 on the SpyOptic site

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The shoes are some new favorites from New Balance. Cobalt blue, they stand out like no others, and add a great dash of style to anything you wear with them. I love that they’re incredibly graphic and highly stylized, with the chrisp white detailing, but they’re still super comfortable.

Photos courtesy Kristin Booker for Giafrese

Sunglasses c/o brand

Jeff Smith

Jeff started in photography and short format video, and he's been at the forefront of the web tv movement. He’s worked on haute couture shoots in Paris, shot street style in Milan, and is currently developing a steady roster of beauty, fashion, and digital clients in NYC.