[Hi, I'm Justin - the stylist and blogger behind Scout Sixteen. By day, I'm scouting out the latest and greatest in fashion and lifestyle. By night, I'm like a Magic 8-Ball for all of your style questions. From finding your best local thrift store to discovering the designers you need to know, I'll be doing the down-and-dirty research so you won't have to. If you have a style question, I have the answer. Send them to questions AT scoutsixteen.com.]
I’ve noticed that snap back caps are making a comeback. They don’t sell them anywhere near me – do you know of any online stores that carry cool versions? – Jeff Z., Bay City, MI
Snap backs are definitely making on hell of a comeback. They’re (mostly) cheap, easy and quite stylish. For those who don’t know, snap backs are baseball-style caps with an adjustable back, typically one with plastic snaps. Sites like Snapbacks, Topman and Urban Outfitters have great selections. For trendier versions – especially with the latest prints or patterns – check out brands like HUF and Supreme, which create a variety of styles each season.
I live in Seattle but travel to London for work – so I’m literally in soaking wet weather all the time. I like to dress up but my shoes are always ruined. Any suggestions for a pair or two of cute shoes that can handle the rain? – Diana G., Seattle, WA
I certainly understand the dilemma. I’m often caught in a rainstorm wearing suede loafers or something equally not weather-proof. Each time the rain ruins a pair of my shoes, I die a little more inside. There are many designers who create what are dubbed “all-weather” shoes, so that means they can handle any weather element without cramping your style.
Coach makes a great, inexpensive rain boot that comes with a stylish double tassel and pop color leather. Two relatively unknown brands, Tatoosh and Cougar, both have options that can easily transition into your wardrobe. My personal favorite is this pair from Loeffler Randall – they’re functional but gorgeous at the same time. Plus, they’ll keep your feet dry!
I am dying to buy a leather jacket but they are either cute and expensive or cheap and ugly. Can you help a girl out! – Sarah W., New Orleans, LA
Leather jackets fall into the “hard to find” territory for everyone. My issue with most leather jackets is poor construction. They are made to look too detailed and complex when a leather jacket should really only serve as a finishing touch for an outfit – not the main attraction.
I actually discussed my favorite leather jackets in this post, but I’ll reiterate that info. When looking for leather jackets, it’s important to find one that stands out without making too much of a statement. Isabel Marant makes a relatively-priced option that comes in a fantastic suede leather animal print. For the wild at heart, I always suggest this Acne jacket. It’s bad-ass without being too loud. The grey leather gives it a certain je ne sais quoi that shows off your fashion-forward style. Inexpensive (but cute!) options can be found at stores like Topshop or Tilly’s.
Previously: Men’s Bracelets and First Date Outfits