With time being so important nowadays, I felt it was a good idea to create a look that was easy to put together but perfect for any occasion. For this look I teamed up with Tommy Hilfiger watches. For this outfit I went with a solid black trousers, a black mock turtleneck, black hightop Dr. Martens boots, and this burgundy coat from Topman. The solid black outfit does well with anything and the coat simply adds the much needed color that can be easily removed when preferred. The whole outfit came together nicely with the help of the Tommy Hilfiger Cool Sport Watch. A look that is easy for anyone who is always on the go!
The White Chicks movie references are always my go-to when it comes to captions and titles, so I hope you liked this one. 😁 But just like the title of this story states, this corduroy overcoat is not just a coat, it's the latest coat from fashion powerhouse, Prada! As you might have noticed by now, 70's-80's textures such as corduroy are in this fall/winter season. This is a perfect time to hit the thrift shops and seek for some vintage pieces. I paired my coat with the Cormac Zip Boot by Johnston & Murphy. A solid look for this season! Let me know what you guys think on the comment box below & to shop the items simply click on the links.
I am currently obsessed with the latest UNIQLO collaboration. As you might know by now, they collaborated with the fashion powerhouse J.W. Anderson. The pieces were great and very on trend - but my favorite was this trench coat. The classic design of the trench is great but what makes it stand out is the plaid details in the inside of the coat. The styling for this outfit revolved around the coat and so I went with subtle/basic pieces that wouldn't take away from the coat. Let me know what you guys think and be sure to get your own pieces from this collaboration before they are gone!
One of my current favorite brands is now closer to me as it just opened their first story in Downtown Los Angeles. COS is a brand under the H&M group out of Stockholm Sweden. COS is a fashion brand for women and men who want modern, functional, considered design just like me.
Offering reinvented classics and wardrobe essentials, they create pieces that are made to last beyond the season. Traditional methods and new techniques merge to form timeless, understated collections.
Since launching in 2007, COS have opened stores worldwide in carefully considered locations, applying an architectural design concept that preserves buildings’ original features whilst creating a modern, welcoming space. This is very true with the new DTLA location. They opened in the old Olympic theater and did an amazing job in reinventing the space for retail.
While the space was amazing the clothes were even better. They were kind enough to invite me to the grand opening and gift me a few pieces. This is the outfit that I wore to the opening. The main piece of the outfit is from COS which is their Lightweight Cotton Mac dark khaki green coat. The rest of the pieces are tagged in the pictures below.
Welcome COS to DTLA!
I just got back from a relaxed time down in Tulum, Mexico and decided to post this outfit because it reminded me of how relaxed and easy it was to wear this outfit. The main focus of this outfit is the 'pajama' style shirt that are currently dominating the industry. This particular printed shirt is from Zara but you can find these shirts almost in every major store. The way this shirt is supposed to be worn is just how a regular pajama shirt is worn, loose fitting. It is a perfect shirt that can cover the love handles for those of us who are not in tip top shape. The loose fit and oversized is in and so this shirt supports that trend. The rest of my outfit was topped off with windbreaker pants from Publish, white Common Project sneakers, and basic accessories. Let me know what you guys think of this outfit on the comment box below.
After being absent for almost two months I decided to come back and update the blog with the introduction to the current summer trend: the Hawaiian print shirts. As you might have noticed from my Instagram posts, I recently finished up on the spring/summer 2018 fashion week season. And one of the major trends that hit the streets this season was the Hawaiian shirts. They were being paired with everything but especially jeans. So to keep the trend going this is what I wore during one of my days in Milan. I wore a Hawaiian print shirt from Pacsun, jeans from Sandro, and black Gucci loafers. To keep the sun out of my eyes, I wore my solid black shades from LURA eyewear. A trendy look for a hot ass day!
I recently received a beautifully crafted piece of furniture from the good people of Joybird. At first I was not sure what to expect because it was my first time ordering a piece that was created just for me. It was amazing to be able to create my own piece of furniture from the many options they offer. I got to select the style and material. After this happened, they got to work on creating my piece. As they were creating my furniture, they provide updates which I found super helpful as I knew the stage of production they were on. Once it was completed they informed me it was set for delivery and I simply chose a day and time. The delivery crew not only unpacked it but they placed it on the spot I wanted it.
I have had my piece for almost two weeks now and I couldn't be any happier with it. The quality of the sectional is impeccable. I have gotten so many compliments from people who see it for the first time. If you are curious to know as to which exact piece it was, it is the Lenox Corner Sectional in the Taylor Felt Grey fabric. The material is kid and pet friendly which is a plus for me because as you know in my family we have my kiddos and my energetic husky Blue. The great aesthetically pleasing sectional does a great job in having five people sitting all at once. At times modern style sofas get seen as uncomfortable or at least less comfortable than other styles, but I think Joybird knows well how to select the right cushioning because my sectional is super comfy! I hope you guys got a good idea of my experience with Joybird and this amazing piece! Have comments? Leave them on the comment box below & be sure to visit Joybird at Joybird.com
Thanks Joybird for sponsoring this post.
For this story I partnered with Express to take on the challenge of putting together an outfit that resembled the usual dress code that I typically abide by. With the busy schedule that I am always under, my dress code always consists of comfortable and easy threads. When I swung by the Express store to select my pieces, I went with skinny fitted cropped jeans and a light colored linen-blend shirt. Running from one thing to the other, I always make sure that my clothes are comfortable and durable. I accessorized with a black strapped watch and a matching black document bag. An easy outfit for the busy lifestyle is what my dress code is all about!
This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Express. The opinions and text are all mine.
A while back I visited the shops on Melrose Place and this is the outfit I wore. It took me awhile to blog about it because I wanted to wait until the light blue denim jacket was available on my online store The Eras. As some of you might know, I own The Eras online store. It is an online store that focuses on street fashion. However, because my style is not strictly street, I wanted to showcase a street fashion piece in a different way to help inspire some of you guys into trying to pair different items together. As you see, this oversized denim jacket created a nice balance for this spring look. I wore a striped sweatshirt from Human Scales and dark denim from Levis. The white Adidas and clear Warby Parker glasses sealed the deal for my chill weekday spring look. Let me know what you guys think and if you are interested in getting yourself some street wear be sure to visit TheEras.com.
As many of you might know, I started the conversation about menswear back in the early days of Instagram. Prior to Instagram, I was part of Blogger and had an account with Lookbook.nu. These sites served as platforms at the start of my journey in the menswear and lifestyle world. However, when Instagram came into my life in the late 2011 and early 2012, it made it irrelevant to continue with the other platforms. Instagram grew and so did I. Since I started I have consistently held one of the most followed menswear accounts on Instagram (@mensfashionpost). This is when the business to blogging became a reality and with it came the many influencer agencies.
Currently there are many great influencer agencies that have risen to the top because of their professionalism and their commitment to perfection. One of them being, Collectively out of San Francisco, California. I am going to tell you guys how Collectively has played a vital role in my career as an influencer, but before I tell you guys more about Collectively, I would like to give you guys some insights as to how things went down for me back in my early days.
Having a very sought after menswear account on Instagram brought with it hundreds of opportunities. Back then content and creativity did not really matter to your average advertiser. It was mainly a numbers game. If you had the most following, you landed the many advertising campaigns. And in all honesty, I made a really good money simply creating content that did not even meet the lowest of expectations. Which is something that I was and I am not not proud of but at the time it worked. As time passed the amount of followers no longer meant everything to advertisers. As you many know now, content and creativity is everything in today’s world of blogging. Having a large followers base is important but is not the deciding factor. Today, advertisers are looking for genuine creatives that are ‘killing it’ per se. That is where the real struggle came into play for me. Real work had to be accomplished or else I was going to be left behind.
Having said this, I want share how the influencer agency, Collectively, along side other similar agencies came to empower my abilities as a professional creative and influencer. Collectively has always provided the professionalism one must be accustomed to when dealing with legitimate advertisers and contractual agreements. Their communication and campaign briefings are #goals and they are an example of how every influencer agency should be. They are so detailed in every aspect that has always left me without any pending questions or assumptions when working on a campaign. This type of approach has forced me to step up my game and deliver nothing but great work. Like many successful and old timer influencers, my early days were not as polished and refined days. It has taken hard-work, time, and effort to get where I am today. Today I am very proud of the work that I am putting out and it’s thanks to influencer agencies like Collectively that have kept me to the highest of expectations. I do want to share something that I find extremely unprofessional about the poorly managed influencer agencies that are out there and that you should avoid as an influencer.
At Collectively they send out surveys where they ask influencers to respond if interested in an upcoming campaign/activation. This is great because they are giving everyone a chance to enter for consideration. Their approach to connecting the right influencer with the right campaign without giving any favoritism to influencers is something that I love the most about Collectively. As an influencer who puts a lot of time and effort into his work, it is hard to keep up and befriend every single agent at the many influencer agencies. I know networking is key in any business, but it is not to the best interest of an advertisers to have an influencer agencies only provide them with influencers who are friends with the agency. A client should have the ability to select those influencers who best fit their campaign regardless of their personal relationship with the influencer agency. Having an agency that looks at your work and not your friendship with them is a breath of fresh air. There are only a few influencer agencies like Collectively that take this point serious when engaging in campaigns and activations. Collectively’s exceptional human approach and high touch partnerships have empowered my creative spirit to continue produce meaningful content whether is sponsored or not.
This blog post is mainly for the purpose of shining some light on how your work will speak louder than anything else in today’s blogging world. Also, with agencies like Collectively, you do not have to worry much about being Insta-Famous or the most networked person there is because they will be sure to include you in a campaign that aligns to your work. Being true to your work and knowing how to evolve is something that is important and Collectively has done a great job in guiding and setting the example. I hope you guys can take away something from his blog post and be sure to check out Collectively to learn more about their work at: CollectivelyInc.com
Now let's compare my work from almost two years ago to today:
I worked with Movado in pushing their new watch line and I loved the above photo but I acknowledge now that the photo was blurry and did not showcase the watch the way it should have been showcased. Back then I did not pay attention to these types of things because advertisers were able to approve photos that were not the best of quality. Today I cannot afford to push out content that does the advertiser a disservice or is poorly created. The photo below showcases a Daniel Wellington watch. The clarity and the pose do a better job in showcasing the watch. Again, content and creativity is key in today's world.
I decided to put together an outfit that pays homage to one of the 'it' designer brands of today; Gucci! Thanks to Alessandro Michele, creative director of Gucci, this luxury designer brand has catapulted to being extremely sought after around the globe. That is why I decided to put together an outfit with two statement pieces from Gucci to try and capture their current success in the industry. The first piece that I decided to go with was the infamous Gucci Princetown Slip-On Loafer. This shoe has become a Gucci classic that will continue to make waves as time goes by. I then added one of my favorite trending pieces, the bomber jacket. This Gucci Panther Bomber Jacket gives you enough Gucci without being too overwhelming for my personal taste. I finished the look by adding some basic solid color navy jeans and a textured crewneck sweater. This look had enough Gucci to pay homage but subtle enough to meet my minimalistic needs. What do you think? Leave your comments on the box below.
With winter being over, it is time to start planning the spring season outfits. It is because of this that I have decided to put together a transitional outfit that does a good job in taking you from the winter to the spring.
I visited the Daily Dose cafe as I had an interview/meeting with a potential new MFP team member. Knowing that the Daily Dose provides such a great background for photography, I decided it was a perfect opportunity to style a cool transitional outfit.
For this outfit I wore some brown tones for the winter and incorporated a fun print for the spring. The suede Common Project chealses are a year round boot so they went nicely with this transitional outfit. The turtle neck and dark blue jeans are always winter staples. However, the fun printed bomber jacket by Scotch and Soda provided the much needed spring for this outfit without being too much. To keep the brown tones going, I sported the Omega watch which had a very sporty and vintage look to it. The last item I wore to finish the look was my favorite shades by YSL aka Saint Laurent Paris. Let me know what you think on the comment box below. Until next time!
You probably already saw all of these photos as I couldn't resist myself from posting about this outfit on Instagram during my stay in NYC for fashion week. Nevertheless, it is important that I blog about this outfit because I would like to share something that many do not think about while sporting a long coat like this one from Carlos Campos NYC. You might be wondering what it is, well it's the length of the coat. This coat is very long, too long for my height. Now, there is no rule for sporting a long coat, however, you do want to look like the clothes fits you the way they are supposed to fit. This long coat is supposed to be long, however, I found that while standing straight without any movement, the coat made me looking shorter than what I am because it is too long for me. Having said this, it is important to always think about the length when thinking about sporting a long coat because you do not want to look ridiculous. Now I still wore this because I was able to play with the coat while shooting it so that it didn't look as long. The solution was to capture moments of movement. As you can tell from the photos, the photos with the full outfit had me moving and not standing. So next time you think about a long amazing coat like this one from Carlos Campos, keep in mind the length. However, if you just don't care much about how it makes you look but rather worry about how it makes your feel, then this coat and any long coat would be perfect! Until next time...✌🏻
One of my more edgier looks was provided by my good friends over at REVOLVEman. I was given the opportunity to style a look that will push me out of my comfort zone. I decided to go with this oversized look from Fenty by Puma collection. The oversized pieces have been seen all over the runway. So I decided to try this out for myself and I found to be very comfortable wearing the pieces. The shoes I wore were the Yohi Yamamoto Y3 which are made of the most comfortable material. The look made me break out of my comfort zone but it also kept me warm in the freezing NYC temperatures. I would definitely try something out like this in the future as I am one who likes to try new things. Let me know what you think of my oversized outfit in the comment box below and be sure to check out REVOLVEman.
As I mentioned in a previous blog post, I am going to dive in deeper into my personal life as it relates to my journey in the menswear world. So for this story I have teamed up with Sunglass Hut to formally introduce my son Allen Mason into my blog. Some of you guys might have seen him a couple times on my Instagram. Allen was born around the same time I started Men’s Fashion Post. He has been a vital role in my persistence and drive to continue the work I do in this industry. As a 4 year old, soon to be 5, Allen has joined me in many of my travels and has even sat with me in fashion shows. He has been photographed by street style photographer and has even landed a couple gigs. But one things that I find fascinating is how shy he is and how he is not about taking photos. In the world of blogging, you cannot exist if you don't take photos. He knows that in my line of work I am snapping photos almost on a daily basis. He has joined me in editorial photoshoots and has also taken the role of shooting some of his own content as he owns this small point and shoot digital camera. He is fairly good for his age but I won’t say he is a photographer just yet. Because of who he is and how he interacts with he world, Allen has always made me so proud. I will try and incorporate him more into my stories as long as he is up for the job and I hope you guys enjoy learning more about my son Allen as time passes.
Now, you might be wondering how I got him to join me in for some photos for this story. Allen has always loved sunglasses since he was a baby, just like his dad. I have always loved sunglasses. And so, when I asked him if he wanted to take photos he immediately said no. However, when I added that he would be able to wear sunglasses, he changed his mind. I do not know what is it about sunglasses that makes him break out of his shyness but it does. One thing is for sure, sunglasses boosts his confidence. That is why I found it perfect to team up with Sunglass Hut as I was able to really capture the fun and confident boy that Allen is without his shyness getting in the way.
The sunglasses that we wore were Ray-Bans and Dolce Gabbana, in the adult size for me and kids for Allen. It was great to be able to collaborate with Sunglass Hut as this is one of the stores Allen and I swing by whenever we go shopping. So be sure to check out your local Sunglass Hut store of visit them online to see their full collection of sunglasses. Until next time…
Being in Paris during the coolest month of the year (January) is quite intense. The fact that I am from SoCal (Southern California), you can just imagine how much more intense the cold weather was for me. To put it in clearly... it was effin' freezing! It was literally freezing to the point that the water fountains around town were covered in iced and to top things off, there were a couple of rainy days. But I had the perfect solution to my cold rainy Parisian woes... the 'Not From Paris Madame' raincoat by the good folks over at Drole De Monsieur.
This rain coat kept me nice and dry during the rainy days. The day I visited their showroom, I was so kindly gifted this coat and well I put it to good use. Drole de Monsieur is a french ready-to-wear brand that was founded in 2014 by two friends who are from France but not from Paris in particular. That is where their signature 'Not From Paris Madame' slogan derived. Aside from having a cool aesthetic, the garments from this brand are very well made with top materials. So next time you catch your self needing a rain coat, be sure to check them out!
With fashion week being all over and done with, I am finally back to blogging about the beautiful garments that adorned my body during this past month. As you may know per my Instagram posts, I was in London, Florence, Milan, Paris, and NYC before I headed back home to LA. During my stay in all these places I got to learn about the AW17 collections from the many designers and creatives. I did document many of the outfits I wore and so I will be slowly getting them out here in my new site! Which brings me to a topic that I wanted to cover for a while, the growth of Men’s Fashion Post.
Men’s Fashion Post has always been something that I have been working on and as it has continued to grow, it has grown out of the realm of being a personal blog. I am no longer going to be pushing my personal outfits on Men’s Fashion Post because it is now an online publication that with the help of my new team of contributors will push the latest in menswear and lifestyle. It is something that I knew was going to happen but never knew when.
Having said this, I want to welcome you to EffUlloa.com which will be the home of all my menswear and lifestyle adventures. This will be a more intimate space for you and me to explore the many aspects of my life that relate to the fashion industry. I hope to share with consistency and make of EffUlloa.com the space that can be utilized for conversation between you and I. Very excited for this and so I will start my first post on the site with one of the outfits I wore during NYFWM.
I wore an almost all navy blue ensemble by the good people of COS (and some Zara of course!). The navy jacket was so cool in the many details that was added to it which provided a cool structure to both the front and back of the jacket. The cropped pin stripped pants and matching pinstripe under jacket provided monochromatic look that I am always a fan of. The oversized white button down shirt from Zara broke the solid navy blue color adding dimension to the outfit. On may wrist, I wore the beautiful Gold Seamaster by Omega which might have been the most expensive watch I have ever worn. I loved the sophistication it added by being solid gold. I then added a touch of sport by wearing these sport shoes by Nike. They kept me comfortable as NYFWM was probably one of the busier fashion weeks for me. I was very happy on how this outfit turned out and so I decided to have it be the first outfit on my new site and with that I leave you. Thank you for your time and I promise I won't be writing this much next time. Lol
The desert is home for me. Palm Springs always brings the best vibes and thus I was so excited to team up with The Amado to feature their amazing property. While my goal was to enjoy my stay days prior to the holidays in this mid-century modern home, I did get work with the great people of COS to get at least one look in and this is what it looked like:
I really liked the vintage brown color of the suit as it went well with the vintage vibes of the mid-century modern property. The cropped pants and doubled breasted features really added the classical touches.
This Skagen watch kept the monochromatic look going with a very similar leather strap.
The camel coat did the same as the Skagen watch and continued on the monochromatism.
These black beatles slip-on leather boots by A. Testino finished the look.
Thank you COS for this collaboration!
Being in Miami Beach in November for Art Basel sounds great and all, but the weather was killer! And by killer I mean humid, hot, and sticky. So for this look, I made sure I wore something that was appropriate for the weather. Merch tees have been trending lately and I felt appropriate to sport a Metallica merch tee as they are one of my favorite rock bands. I paired the tee with some zipper biker jeans from Zara to add the edginess that rockers so often have. I added some sophistication with the suede chelseas from Saint Laurent. The aviator shades from Illesteva kept my eyes protected and looking cool. To seal the deal I wore my green light coat that is made from very breathable cotton fabric. The location as definitely a cool spot to shoot this rocker inspired look. For those who are in or will be in Miami Beach and are interested in checking out this parking structure that is an architectural masterpiece, simply search for Lincoln Parking Garage. Let me know what you guys think of the look and be sure to comment below.