Archive for February, 2015

Spring 2015: embrace the weirdly-chic man sandal

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In 2014 we were forcefully taken back to the 90’s in regards the choices we made south of the ankle. Birkenstocks, Classic Stan Smiths, Teva’s…the works. We were giving you a hint of Full House realness and to be honest, we were completely into it (and still are). Aside from sneakers, the breakout stars in Spring 2014 footwear were mens sandals (we’re going to reference these as Mandals FYI), and this year they are back with a vengeance.

The 90’s are still lingering around with the surging popularity of shower-slide styles once made famous by Adidas and now perfected by Raf Simmons, Gucci & Valentino, as well as the familiar styling of the Birkenstock. However, this years go-to mandal combines slim leather straps, modern structural soles, and sleek closures and stitching. When not rocking your joggers and white sneakers this Spring, opt for a slick mandal with a slim pant.  

– Preston Konrad

Browse some of our top picks below 


What do you guys think? Comments below!

GQ Insider of the Month: February 2015

Screen Shot 2015-02-03 at 11.50.15 AMPreston was lucky enough to be selected by GQ magazine as Insider of the month for February and over here at Wingtip Jungle,  we could’t be one bit more pumped! A BIG thanks to GQ and the GQInsider team for the love! Check out the full article, after the jump:

GQ: Tell us about your experience as a GQ Insider.
PK: Being a GQ Insider has been amazing! I’m constantly being invited to killer events in town, I’m able to network with people I really respect in the industry as well as work with great brands via social and my blog. I’ve been reading GQ since I was able to read pretty much…so being a part of this special group has been awesome.

GQ: How does GQ inspire your style?
PK: Being from the East coast, I consider myself to be a pretty classic guy (never can have enough fresh oxford shirts). That being said, I really appreciate the finger GQ keeps on the pulse of the American man and his style evolution. It’s rare to be able to put such trust in a publication when it comes to such personal decisions in style and grooming, which I do…in all things from hair styles, to belts, to music.

GQ: How does GQ influence your blog? 
PK: I really look to GQ as my thermometer for my blog…what’s trending, what’s happening with street style, etc. GQ is always so incredibly on the pulse of menswear and emerging big ideas—more so than other books—so I tend to always keep the current issue in my tote to reference, scribble notes on, pull swipe from etc. I mean, its GQ.

GQ: What have you been up to lately?
PK: Things have been incredibly busy, for which I’m very grateful! My new style/makeover show “Style By Jury” airs on TLC on February 20th at 930pm…couldn’t be more excited about it. We shot 6 episodes in LA in the Fall and now we’re just a month away from the premiere! My blog WingtipJungle has also just relaunched as which has been a labor of love. Readers are now able to shop my picks monthly, catch up video content, and see what I’m up to…I’m pretty damn proud of it.

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Runway to Real Life: Five Trends to Try

A majority of the time, the looks that you see walk down they runway are not realistic for your Thursday morning meeting or Sunday brunch. While some trends appear over-exaggerated and larger-than-life — it doesn’t mean you can’t wear them. Though we doubt you will be walking to the corner deli in a mesh button-down or lack of pants, there are some styles you can easily transition from the catwalk to the street.

We took a look at some of the more exaggerated ensembles from the Spring 2015 collections and found a couple trends that you can easily add to your wardrobe with confidence.


Camouflage: As much as we REALLY want to see you wear a coordinating printed short suit for the warm-weather months, we just don’t think it will happen. Sprinkle in the camo by opting for this Resin-Coated Camouflage-Print Cotton T-Shirt by Maison Martin Margiela for a subtle nod to the trend.


Tropical Prints: The only time you should be near a jungle this dense, is if you’re on vacation in the Amazon. Breaking a suit into separates can be a wonderful thing and we are all about this Gitman Vintage Open Air Shirt that gives the right amount of tropical feel without looking like a leafy forest.


Military: Unless you’re traveling back in time to the Cold War, this double-breasted suit jacket (complete with curly-tip shoes) from Comme des Garçons probably isn’t going to end up on your back. Choosing a military-inspired biker, like the one above from Balmain, will add some edge to any outfit.

Large bags: Ladies aren’t the only ones who get to have a large carry-all nowadays. With our on-the-go lives, it’s a necessity to have a large enough tote that can carry our gym gear, office documents and other miscellaneous items we may need throughout the day. You don’t need to have a larger-than-life size bag like the one pictured on the Fendi runway, but the Hartsfield Weekender Tote by WANT Les Essentiels de la Vie is an excellent alternative.



Extended Shirts: We may be stealing the bag trend from the ladies, but they can keep the shirt dress we saw in the Alexander McQueen lineup. Though we expect extended shirts to be a big trend in 2015, you can opt for a more subtle version via this ASOS Super Longline Long Sleeve T-Shirt With Extended Hem.

Do you think you’ll be able to pull any of these trends off? What’s the craziest look you’ve seen on the runway? Sound off in the comments section below!

— John Soper

Fair Isle Sweaters x Fur Trim Parkas







Photo by George Evan / Instagram: @GeorgeEvanPhoto / Twitter: @TheGeorgeEvan

We’ve pretty much ditched the Holiday themed plaids by now and are looking forward to cleansing our Winter palette in the coming months. To tide us over, we’re breathing new life into our Fall/Winter fair isles by taking them to the rugged side. Grab your trusty work boot and repaired jean to give your old patterned sweater (that you’re most likely sick of seeing by now) a new look when worn under your army parka.