Phi-Style: Mens Accessories

I was reading about Kris Van Assche’s mens Spring 2011 collection and came across an amazing photo that became the inspiration for this post.

I’ve often heard complaints that menswear, groom and groomsmen attire included, was difficult to add style since the range of accessories and “possibilities” was limited. I beg to differ. In recent years, I’m sure many of you brides have seen mens wedding attire shift away from the traditional black tux, and trend I embraced with open arms. But is it just me, or have the colorful socks and bow ties become less original and more tired trend? Hey, I’m not knocking it – if you look at my OWN wedding photos, you would see said bow ties and socks! However, after seeing Kris Van Assche’s collection dotted with demure, yet stated accessories, I thought about how many other accessories could be incorporated into a groom or groomsman’s attire.

Tie bars, lapel pins, and even chained wallets. Something beyond the polka dot socks. – Tram at Phi-Style

Kenneth Cole tie bar, $32 | Ben Sherman belt, $27 | Paul Smith cufflinks, $125 | Alexander McQueen chain wallet, $555 | Timex 80 watch, $50 | 1901 tie, $50 | Lanvin carnation lapel pin, $165

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Phi-Style: The Modern Guest

A question I am often asked is “what should I wear as a guest to a wedding – preferably under $200?”

Ladies, I’m here to help.

Although I know this is a wedding blog most often perused by you lovely brides, I also know that during my own time as a bride, I had TONS of weddings I also had to attend.  Since I had my own wedding on the brain, the last thing I wanted to do was try to figure out (at the last minute, of course) what to wear to someone else’s wedding.

These are my  picks for great frocks to wear as a guest to a wedding.  Simple, easy to wear, and allows for dancing.  Plus, at these great price points, you can afford to pick one (or a couple) out and have them ready and hanging in your closet for those last minute fashion decisions.  -Tram at

1.  Vanessa Bruno Athe, $104 | 2.  Alexander Wang, $180 | 3.  Minimarket, $90 | 4.  Moschino, $132 5.  Thread Social, $196 | 6.  Acne, $180 | 7.  Clemens En August, $142

[images from The Outnet]

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Phi-Style: The Runway Bride

Hey guys!  This is Tram from, new and proud contributing editor here at Brooklyn Bride.  My contribution to Brooklyn Bride will be mainly fashion and style.  My first post then, in light of Fashion Week which has been going in full force the past couple months – The Runway Bride.

For the bride who wants to look modern and maybe a little untraditional, runway fashion is a great way to inspire ideas and help you narrow down the look you want to achieve on your wedding day.  It’s easy to get overwhelmed with wedding dresses that all look the same – couture fashion can help bring back your personal style.  - Tram @ Phi-Style

Elie Saab Spring 2011 RTW (above)

This collection was inspired the 70′s – that’s right, Studio 54, Diana Ross, and Blondie.  With their draping and fluid flowing fabric, theses dresses scream disco goddess – in a good way.

Rick Owens Spring 2011 RTW

Rick  Owens described his current collection as a transition from abandon to control.  These gowns are an incredibly balanced mix of structured, yet soft.  For the minimalist bride.

Prabal Gurung Spring 2011 RTW

Prabal Gurung has been quoted as describing his collection to have been inspired by “the intelligent woman.  The brain is her most important feature.”  The clean silhouettes are perfectly accompanied by intricate detail that doesn’t overwhelm the long, lean lines of the dress.  Smart.

Alexander McQueen Fall 2011 RTW

Although this collection was inspired by the Ice Queen, the gowns are anything but frigid.  Gorgeous detailing with soft feathers and chiffon to balance the structured bodices.  If the rumors of Kate Middleton selecting the House of Alexander McQueen to design her wedding gown are true, she’ll be the best Ice Queen of England ever!

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