Fresh Prince Week: New Age Carlton Banks

Happy Tuesday Everyone!


I grew up in love with 90’s sitcoms. From Family Matters to Martin, I was consumed with laughter for those 30 mins to an hour I was able to view these shows. Shows back in the day (seems like I’m dating myself) taught me valuable lessons, especially as a young black man. From how to maneuver in the world when you come from nothing to how to approach police officers in times of need. Looking back, I truly am thankful for all of the shows that taught me about life. One show in particular that held a lot of weight in my heart was The Fresh Prince of Belair, starring Will Smith and a blockbuster cast that forever lives on in our hearts. If you aren’t aware of this show, you should be ashamed of yourself (Seriously!). I’ve learned many family values from watching this show and it also gave me one my first introductions to a wealthy black family to be quite honest. Which in turn gave me something to strive for growing up. One thing that I learned about myself as a younger boy is that Both Will Smith and Carltons fashion styles were things I wanted to impersonate. Two different extremes, but both made sense to me. I had days where I wanted to exude my personality into my attire like Will did and there were also many days I wanted to have a cleaner Carlton look.  Watching the show gave me the confidence to do both, understanding deep down that I can do whatever I wanted. So to old 90’s sitcoms, I thank you. On this day, I chose to pull a Carlton.


Fresh Prince Week: New Age Carlton Banks


Fresh Prince Week: New Age Carlton Banks

In this Carlton inspired getup, I am sporting a white sweater from Zara that highlights and brings out the colors in the outfit. A lavender Polo button up shirt from Macys .Followed by pants also from Zara  and wingtips from Aldo.

Send me your best Carltons looks, would love to see how you guys put it together.

– untill next time.


Fresh Prince Week: New Age Carlton Banks


Fresh Prince Week: New Age Carlton Banks



  1. November 29, 2016 / 12:38 pm

    I think I mentioned it on your Instagram, but I just adore that lavender shirt on you!! You look awesome!

    • thortonpaul
      November 29, 2016 / 12:52 pm

      thank you so much stella

  2. Chardline Chanel-Faiteau
    November 29, 2016 / 2:54 pm

    Loving the color of your shirt! It compliments your skin tone!

    • thortonpaul
      December 8, 2016 / 11:00 am

      Chacha I love you man!

  3. November 29, 2016 / 7:35 pm

    Love this look and this post! A total modern Carlton Banks!
    Used to love this show growing up as well!
    Keep up the good work!

    • thortonpaul
      December 8, 2016 / 10:59 am

      Thank you Aimara!!

  4. November 29, 2016 / 8:20 pm

    First of all you rock purple like no other! Love all these images 🙂


    • thortonpaul
      December 8, 2016 / 10:58 am

      You’re amazing morgan!

    • thortonpaul
      December 8, 2016 / 10:57 am

      Thank you UZO!

  5. November 30, 2016 / 11:53 am

    I loved reading this post. You did such an amazing job and I specifically loved how you connect your favorite tv shows and how it helped groomed you. Clearly, you have great tatse. Job well done with this look. Xx

    • thortonpaul
      November 30, 2016 / 12:05 pm

      Thank you so much Keyma!!! I really appreciate this

  6. November 30, 2016 / 6:13 pm

    I grew up watching Fresh Prince of Belair too! It was seriously the funniest show ever. You’re really pulling off Carlton look, I love it!!

    • thortonpaul
      December 8, 2016 / 10:57 am

      I really appreciate it jen!!

  7. December 5, 2016 / 11:06 pm

    You nailed the new age Carlton! So dapper! Love the purple too! Xo, Darci

    • thortonpaul
      December 8, 2016 / 10:56 am

      Thanks Darci!!!

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