Plaid & Simple

Hey y’all,

I want to wish everyone out there a Happy Easter Sunday. Perhaps you put on your new dress or suit and found your way in church. Or maybe you had a relaxing Sunday and just hung out with family. Whatever you did, hopefully you enjoyed it. If you have been keeping up with my blog posts (hopefully you have) you’ve probably heard me use the term “balling on a budget.” Some of you may have a puzzled look on your face right now. Balling on a budget is simply a term I use to describe the way I go about purchasing cool items at a really good price. There’s a degree of creativity, patience, and outside box thinking that is required to fully execute this method. But I think y’all are definitely up to the challenge. I will give you more tips and tricks really soon so you too can “ball on a budget.”

But lets talk about this look for a second. This is one of my favorite blazers I’ve ever had. It’s definitely a statement piece that pops. Its so uniquely different that it requires a certain level of confidence to rock this piece. Good news is that you all posses that confidence. Some may have to dig deeper than others but it’s in you! I’m a detail junky, and this blazer gives me my fix. The color palette used on this blazer to generate the plaid pattern is so dope. I love the way they’ve intertwined the green and blue squares with the red lining. The fact that the designers choose to add a white elbow patches and matching white buttons took this blazer to another new heights.

Speaking of “balling on a budget” this blazer is a fine example of that. I walked into the store looking to find a “steal of a deal” as I like to say. Wow, I use a lot of random terms. But I digress. I’m in this store searching the clothing racks. Tucked deep inside one of the last set of racks I looked in was this blazer. This blazer was originally $140 but I got it for $15 (brand new with tags). That’s what I call “balling on a budget!” I get a rush searching for a great deal so this definitely fired me up. I had to dig deep to find this blazer. For me it was like uncovering buried treasure.

There’s treasure inside each of us. There’s skills, talents, gifting, creative ideas, etc., inside each of us. We are very aware of most of these talents that have already been exposed in time. But I truly believe there’s treasure buried deep down inside of us that hasn’t even been unveiled yet!

“So God created human beings in his own image. In the image of God he created them; male and female he created them.” – Genesis 1:27

“God has given each of you a gift from his great variety of spiritual gifts. Use them well to serve one another. 11 Do you have the gift of speaking? Then speak as though God himself were speaking through you. Do you have the gift of helping others? Do it with all the strength and energy that God supplies. Then everything you do will bring glory to God through Jesus Christ. All glory and power to him forever and ever! Amen.” – Peter 4: 10 – 11

If you are reading this, there’s priceless treasure buried inside. Whether is a new idea, a dream you’ve always had, an invention, or a skill set that you never knew you had. Just dig it up.

Of course I have to fill you in on the rest of this fit. This blazer pops so much as a statement piece that its a great practice (when it comes to patterns) to dial down the rest of the outfit pieces. You can refer to my previous post, flower power for more information on that topic. So I paired a long line white t-shirt with distressed detailing at the hem with the the blazer. This t-shirt of course helps to accentuate the button and elbow patch detailing that I’m so excited about!

The midnight train blue jeans are by one of my favorite denim jean companies, Neuw Denim. These jeans are a different shade color wise from your traditional blue denim. But I love the color. The color of these jeans is what really drew me to them. Its always good to do something a little different sometimes. I don’t like predictability at all, especially when it comes to style but thats just me. These jeans are really comfortable.

I am a fan of cool loafers. You know nothing kills a great outfit quicker than wearing the wrong (or an ugly) pair of shoes. The right shoe adds so much goodness to any outfit. So make sure your foundation is strong. These gray linen loafers add to the over all “casual slay” happening with this outfit.

The Entire Fit

Blazer: H&M
Shirt: Forever 21 Men
Jeans: Neuw Denim
Shoes: Steve Madden
Watch: Michael Kors

Remember there’s unlimited treasure within you! Thanks for reading!


  1. vera tillman
    April 19, 2017 / 11:05 am

    Love it my brother!! Got to read what the Lord will drop in your spirit for “decorating on a budget” or “ballers can decorate too” 🙂

    • fedrickbowe
      May 2, 2017 / 1:20 am

      Thanks Vera! I’m honored that you took time out to read it. That’s going to have to be one of my future post for sure. I love that, “decorating on a budget” or “ballers can decorate too!” YEs!!

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