Real Life Style Icon: Mustafa of ‘Astute Atire’

This is one of many Real Life Style Icon interviews in which we talk to smart, funny people who also happen to be terribly stylish. Then we forward this post to the dudes in our lives with a subject line of “HINT HINT.”

Name: Mustafa Kacar
Age: 29
Location: New York, NY
Online haunts: blog // instagram // twitter // facebook
Three reasons that you’re awesome:
1 – I know 8 different stylish ways to knot a scarf!
2 – I am a craft coffee connoisseur
3 – I once wore the same pair of white jeans 5 days in a row without staining them!


What are you wearing right now, as you type this?
As I’m typing this I have grey jeans from Uniqlo, a navy turtleneck sweater, and fleece slippers I like to wear at home.
What is the last item of clothing you bought?
Last item I bought was a grey wool tie from J.Crew.What is the item of clothing you most covet at the moment?

It’s actually an accessory. I really want the Cavalier chestnut leather duffel bag from Ghurka! Would be perfect as I’ll be traveling to Europe at the end of the month for about 3 weeks.


Tell us about a favorite childhood memory about your clothes.
My favorite childhood memory about my clothing involves my mother teaching me how to iron at the age of 6!
What is your best thrifting score?My best thirfting score came last winter as I thrifted a grey cashmere Armani herringbone blazer. It’s a staple item in my closet as it’s super versatile and looks and fits amazing.

Could you tell us your top three style tricks/DIYs?

1 – Homemade pocket squares out of bandannas
2 – I avoid huge parkas and down jackets by simply layering. People underestimate how much layering can help you stay warm and looking stylish at the same time.
3 – I like to thrift vintage coat buttons and convert them into lapel pins for my blazers and jackets.

Thanks so much for sharing, Mustafa! Which male fashion blogs do you guys follow?  Any suggestions for future dude Real Life Style Icons?


Alli Lizer

I love seeing a guy style icon. There are always so many girl bloggers, but I'd love to get some ideas for my husband. 🙂


"It Happened To Me: I once wore the same pair of white jeans 5 days in a row without staining them!"


Love seeing a guy style icon! My partner is such a fashion-conscious guy and he and I both oooh'd and aaah'd over this post and Mustafa's photos.


LOVE the guy style icon! I think I need to see photographic evidence of 5 straight days of non-stained white pants, though. That is a bold claim.


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