At Fulton & Roark we not only admire guys who have upped their grooming game but also those that make an effort to create a sense of style that is unique to them. It's why we created the series “We Like Your Look,” which celebrates the guys who express themselves with fashion, grooming, and an overall great sense of style. Today, we are featuring Parker York Smith, who is a big deal on Instagram, Youtube, and on his own website, The Looksmith. Parker is originally from the midwest but currently lives in Los Angeles. Creating an aesthetic that pays attention to the details in an outfit, Parker is not afraid to rock some of the trends we see today but also wears some of the timeless pieces that never go out of style.
For those that may not know you or are just coming across your Instagram page, how would you describe your style?
My style is a mix of west coast casual with pops of current trends, classic pieces, and the occasional suit and tie thrown into the mix. It’s really a reflection of how I’m feeling on a given day. If I’m down, I might be in all black. If I’m excited I might be in a bold yellow suit. Anything goes, really. It’s all about expressing myself and having fun.
In a fair amount of your pictures, I have seen the color yellow, whether it be a jacket, pants, or shoes. Is yellow your favorite way to add a pop of color? What are your favorite color combinations to work with?
Yellow is definitely one of my favorite colors to add into an outfit, but that will change eventually. It’s funny because I never make the conscious decision to wear more of a certain color but then when I look back at my feed I’ll notice that certain colors definitely have moments for me. I guess I just get infatuated and then eventually get tired and want to try something else.
Do you have a go-to piece or outfit that you know will make you look good at almost any place?
My all-time favorite outfit is a slim pair of jeans, a nicely fitted white tee, and some dark boots or sneakers. It’s easy, it’s functional, and it’s timeless.
Who are the people that have inspired the style that you have today?
I find inspiration from all over the place. It might be a guy I walk passed on Melrose who’s wearing a wide leg pant in a specific way, or an older gentleman in Beverly Hills wearing an impeccably tailored suit in a specific way – whatever it is, I keep a mental note of things I want to try. I also love to draw inspiration from old imagery taken in the 1930s, 40s, and 50s. Style was a part of life back then but they didn’t even realize it was intentional, which I love.
What advice would you give to a man that is interested in fashion and is starting to take their style seriously?
It takes time. You’re not going to go to the mall once and completely revamp your style. I can’t tell you how much trial and error it's taken to hone in on my true style. Also, it’s always changing so be fluid about it. If something seems fun, try it. If it works, great. If it doesn’t, at least you tried.