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August 31, 2010

Gear Up for Labor Day Weekend!


August 30, 2010

Photoshoot in Potomac, Part I

This past Friday, Universal Gear headed to Potomac, MD for a lakeside photoshoot. Our three models - Dean, Edward and Kyle - did an awesome job rocking new denim, boots and underwear. After six hours of shooting, we have some super sexy images that you'll start to see in stores and online next week! Until then, here's Part I of our behind-the-scenes coverage. Part 2, which will feature video coverage of the action, will be on our blog in the near future, so check back soon!

A special thanks to photographer Scott Henrichsen for making this photoshoot possible. We promise you won't be disappointed with his work! Make sure to take a look at his impressive portfolio online at





August 27, 2010



Photoshoot Behind-the-Scenes Video

He's back! Dylan D. stars in our latest behind-the-scenes video and has some fun while he's at it. New looks from Diesel, Ben Sherman, Scotch & Soda, Penguin and Rebel Yell (plus lots more!) are all available in store (DC & NY) and online. Enjoy!


August 26, 2010

NBC Washington Video Shoot

Earlier this afternoon, NBC Washington set up shop in Universal Gear DC to shoot two men's fashion video segments! We're going to keep the details a secret until we know the exact dates and times they're going to air. Until then, enjoy this arm-popping blooper and some still shots from our trusty (sort of) Flipcam.

--UG Team

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August 25, 2010

Fashionista Pick of the Week

Not your Daddy's Slacks! This season we are seeing a wide range of fashion friendly men's pants from brands like Diesel, G-Star, Ben Sherman, Life After Denim and many more. When people think of wearing pants, they often get this whole image of a suit and tie (ball and chain... boring!). Not the case with this season's slacks! I find that pants are a great way to switch it up a bit in the wardrobe department. Dress them up or down so that they have a look that can stand on its own. Play with color and texture. But most of all, dare to step away from the norm!

--Dustin Schaad

From left to right: G-Star Rapid 5620 Narrow Pant, Life After Denim Ribbon Lean Fit Chino Pant, Life After Denim Lean Fit 6 Pocket Pant, Life After Denim Grey Cargo Pant

August 24, 2010

Undie Update: SLIQ by 2(x)ist

Meet SLIQ, the newest collection from the underwear geniuses at 2(x)ist. The collection launched this week, and from what I've seen, men are loving it and you will love it, too! Made from stretch cotton, each sexy style of SLIQ "innerwear" is sleek, modern, and features a red-tipped microfiber waistband and subtle logo. So far, my personal favorite is the SLIQ Brief: an ultra low-rise undergarment with high-cut leg openings (for maximum movement) and a full back (for covering your assets). I highly recommend that you try this new line from 2(x)ist -- as if the video above hasn't already convinced you!

--Dustin Schaad

NOW AVAILABLE in-store at Universal Gear // COMING SOON to

SLIQ Brief 1759

SLIQ Trunk 1743

SLIQ Thong 1702

SLIQ V-Neck Muscle 1757

August 20, 2010

Future Fashion from Project Las Vegas

Last night, UG buyers wrapped up an exciting three days at Project Las Vegas. Fresh from the trade-show floors, these photos give us a glimpse of what's in store for Spring 2011!

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August 19, 2010

Tonal Trends

Every so often we see a color that dominates a season. The Color du jour is Turquoise... well, Turquoise, Teal, Lapis, Cerulean and many other incarnations of blue. These cool colors can lead to interesting wardrobe options.

Your task today, kids, is to challenge your fashion sense by choosing one of the colors above and putting together your best look. Take a photo of your styling, post it on our revamped Facebook page, and tag Universal Gear (we have a Facebook profile, too!). The person with the best outfit will be featured on Unzipped in our upcoming "Who Wore It Best" post!



Look 1 (left)
Tank by B2G, Jeans by Diesel, Shoes by G-Star

Look 2 (center)
Overshirt by Ben Sherman, V-Neck by Alternative Apparel, Pants by Levi's, Boots by G-Star

Look 3 (right)
Shirt by Ben Sherman, Pants by Life After Denim, Flip Flops by Havaianas

August 18, 2010

ONLINE FLASH SALE: 50% Off All Converse


August 17, 2010

Unzipped: Men's Shapewear From Equmen

Have you ever wondered why men's shapewear is all the rage these days? In our latest video, Chord highlights our new line from Equmen and explains how shapewear can improve everything from posture and core stability to body temperature regulation and your everyday appearance. Visit us in DC and NY to try out Equmen's Precision Tank and Underwear for yourself!

August 16, 2010

Sneak Peek: New G-Star

Just because temperatures are still hovering at 90 degrees doesn't mean we aren't gearing up for fall weather! Boxes upon boxes of G-Star outerwear - plus other styles - are being unpacked at this very moment. If you stop by our DC store today, there's a good chance you'll even catch us in the act. Or you can take our word for it, since the pictures below speak for themselves.

Happy Monday!

--UG team

P.S. On a completely unrelated note: Happy Birthday, Madonna!

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August 13, 2010

Friday the 13th Swimwear Advice


Friday the 13th doesn't have to be so unlucky after all! A super sexy swim selection at your fingertips plus sunny weather on the way - at least in DC and NY - means the perfect weekend to show off your new ES swimwear. Our recommendations? The ES Sport Stripe Bikini if you're going for skimpy, and the Retro Swim Short if you're after, well, a more retro look. Oh, and we also recommend avoiding Crystal Lake today. There's no use letting Jason Voorhees ruin a good party... or your new swimsuit.

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August 12, 2010

Hot New Markdowns

Summer Sale 2010 just got hotter! Browse our latest markdowns by clicking on the images below. Happy bargain hunting!

*UG's Favorite Find: G-Star Boot Cut Optical Jean @ $89.99 (originally $159.50)* new-sale-081210-2.jpg
*UG's Favorite Find: Paperback Newport Short @ $49.99 (originally $89.50)* new-sale-081210-3.jpg
*UG's Favorite Find: Andrew Christian Show-It Squarecut @ $29.99 (originally $44.50)* new-sale-081210-4.jpg
*UG's Favorite Find: Diesel Movie2 Graphic Tee @ $19.99 (originally $39.50)*

August 10, 2010

Fashionista Picks of the Week


With lots of brand new styles rolling in this week and many recent arrivals already available, it's no wonder that customers and employees alike are so excited these days! This week's Fashionista picks are four employee favorites. The Ben Sherman True Blue Woven (top left) and the Scotch & Soda Relaxed Slim Asher Jean (top right) make for a super stylish combo. They have yet to make their online debut, though, so keep checking back! On the other hand, the Levi's Chinchilla 511 Skinny Stretch Cord (bottom left) and the Fortunate Sun Marley Bob V-Neck are already yours for the taking both online and in stores. Another perfect pre-Fall pair, if you ask us!

August 09, 2010

Calling All G-Star Lovers...

...because these styles won't last long! Track them down in stores and online today!

3301 Format Rider Jean
Ewing Knit Cardigan
Los Angeles V-Neck (left) & Deck Check Woven (right)
Denim Logan Worker Cap (left) & Cool Rib Polo (right)

August 06, 2010

Sneak Peek (New Diesel)


August 05, 2010

Vote UG Best of DC!

Express' Best of DC competition is back, and we're here to ask for your vote! Since 1993, Universal Gear DC has been uniting the hottest and most fabulous men's fashions under one roof. Just like any 17 year old, we'd love some extra attention... We want you to nominate us for DC's Best Local Men's Store! You have til next Friday, August 13, to cast your ballots.

(To avoid bad luck on Friday the 13th, though, you might want to get them in sooner...)

Not convinced? Crank up Miley Cyrus' '7 Things' below, wait for the "7 things I like about you" verse at the end, and imagine a sultry voice serenading you with our 7 Things To Like About UG lyrics. Then go vote.

Express Best of 2010

7 Things To Like About UG

Menswear, Foursquare, our new Levi's
Our Summer Sale keeps you hypnotized
Our entire staff can help you try and
Show you why you should buy
G-Star, Diesel and Superdry
Our 2(x)ist undies fit just right
We always make
Your fashion dreams come true...

Please vote UG for Best of DC
And we'll really love you!!!

P.S. If you have a singing voice and some extra time on your hands, we'd love for you to record our lyrics over Miley's track. This is how YouTube sensations are made, people!!

August 04, 2010

Fashionista Frugalista Pick Of The Week

Hey, Fashionistas! While I live for style and trend, this frugalista LOVES a great sale. As I was picking through Universal Gear's Sale department, I put together a fabulous pre-Fall outfit for one hell of a bargain. Get into it!


The woven is from Civil Society, the ultra sexy slim slacks are from Ben Sherman, and the smart cardigan comes from the geniuses over at G-Star. If you ask me, this makes for a great all-around brand selection. And you know I love to accessorize! I found this great day bag from Christian Audigier and then couldn't decide on shoes; it was a toss-up between these comfortable, trendy Converse and the Italian Replay High Tops. I'll let you decide!

Don't forget to check out other great styles at Universal Gear's Summer Sale!

--Dustin Schaad

August 02, 2010

UG Employees Show Us Their Levi's

While our customers and Facebook friends were busy tagging us in their sexy Levi's photos as part of our Show Us Your Levi's contest, our DC and NY employees were following suit. Check out some of their pictures below. Our congrats go out to DC sales associate Michael Moreno (left), who has earned himself a free pair of Levi's simply for sharing!


"Working it at UG in my super comfy Levi's." -Michael Moreno

"Gotta love Levi's jeans! Especially the kind that make you look great!" -David McVey


"In my Levi's denim 599 slim str8 5 pocket" -Wei Chao

P.S. If you're still on the hunt for that perfect pair of denim, look no further than our Summer Sale, where you can find spectacular savings on styles from Levi's, 1921, Adriano Goldschmeid, Diesel, G-Star, Seven, and Rock & Republic.