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Effortless Fashion for Men

Today’s world is full of pressure: financial pressure, social pressure, family pressure…Sometimes, it can be hard to fit everything in, and when that happens, unfortunately, there is usually one area of life that suffers, fashion. With little time on our hands, it is hard to find the time to look good, to research all the latest fashions, and to learn those little tricks that enable us to look great with very little effort. If you are one such person, then read on. Here we have listed four important rules regarding men’s clothes. Stick to these rules, and you will ensure that you look great at all times.

Belts & Shoes

If you wear a belt, always make sure that they match the style, colour, and design of the shoes you are wearing with the outfit. The easiest way of doing this is to stick with traditional styles, such as leather and suede, in black or brown.

If you are fond of wearing converse-style trainers, then buy funky material belts with clasp fastenings. This style of shoe enables you to experiment a little with colour and design, but make sure that the belt and the shoes have at least one matching colour, and try to ensure that the matching colour is the most prominent colour of each item.

With standard trainers, you can also wear a material belt, but do not opt for a belt with a pattern that is too progressive: simple is the key here.

Ties & Shirts

Twenty years ago, men’s clothes trends dictated that men match shirts with the same colour tie, in a block colour – so no dual colours or funky designs. Today, we are a lot more liberated and experimentation is a key feature of current dress trends. Having said that, however, it is important to choose a tie that is subtle in style: simple designs, such as stripes or dots are perfect, anything more can appear garish – and, never opt for a novelty tie!

Flat-Fronted Trousers vs. Pleat-Fronted Trousers

For one reason or another, men always seem to prefer wearing pleat-fronted trousers, particularly when they are in their work clothes. Pleated trousers are classic and traditional, but are not the greatest looking style of trousers. Pleated trousers are associated with discipline (because when men are in the army, they are made to iron the creases in perfectly as part of their discipline training) and perhaps this is the reason why office workers frequently sport them. Generally, though, front pleated trousers have a better fit, people assume they are meant for a more athletic figure, but that is not the case.

Incidentally, if you are worried about your figure, then dark trousers are slimming.

Socks

The rule of thumb, regarding socks, is to choose a colour that matches the colour of your trousers. You can add a touch of individuality to your outfit by choosing patterned socks; just make sure that you stick to the right colour.

Shoes

Regardless of the style of footwear you choose to wear, there is one fundamental rule: always wear shoes that in a darker colour than your trousers.

Billabong Wallet In Fashion For Men

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There are several competitive and well-known brands of wallet for men that continuously gain its reputation by consistently producing first class and high quality wallets. Billabong wallet is considered one of the most renowned brands in fashion for men. It does not only produce competitive products, it also offers its clients affordable and reasonable prices. This brand gains its popularity all over the world and has been able to maintain its reputation until now.

This wallet improves the appearance and features of the traditionally used wallet by men. Since most of the traditional wallet is simply brown and black, Billabong has created plain colored wallets but creates embossed designs to make it stylish. It is also cool to see some of its printed designs since it is actually not common to see a printed leather design for men. They highlighted an active look design to get rid of the old fashion style that has been out in the market for years now. There is also a style where this wallet has clip or handle on the side. This is cool especially for teenagers; most of them do not want to put their wallets in their back pocket and prefer to clip it on the side of their pants.

Gothic Clothing Fashion for Men Women

A clothing style worn by the members of the Goth subculture has become tantamount with Gothic fashion clothing, which stands for a definite style of clothing that prefers stark dark to extravagant colors.

Goth clothing features dark cloths such as dark velvets, dark fishnet, dark lace, dark gloves and dark leather shaded with scarlet. In order to put extra weight to Goth clothing, Goths dye their hair black and darken their lips, eye-lines and finger-nails.

Gothic fashion re-emerged in England during the early 1980s in the Gothic rock scene, which is a derivative of the Post-punk genre. But the original Goth subculture is believed to have flourished between 1200 AD and 1450 AD, when the outfits were more graceful, but simpler in cut than in the Romanesque period. More importance was given to forearms of the sleeves that were tight. Necklines were usually deep, while dresses were typically longer. Minimal trimmings were an important feature of Goth clothing of this period. But, with the passage of time styles kept changing quickly. By the 15th century, fabrics became stiffer. Padded doublets, leg-o-mutton sleeves, crisp pleat, tight belts were also distinguishing characteristics of Goth clothing in 15th century.

Gothic corset fashion has not lost its prominence even in the modern times. Gothic corset is piece of women clothing that shapes the body of a women like an hourglass, which is widely considered as flattering as well as aesthetic. This piece of clothing is an indispensable part of the Victorian and medieval costumes. Currently, the garment is more soft and convenient to wear than what it was in the Victorian and medieval period.

Gothic outfits include light natural fiber shirts with ruffles, short black trousers, dark wide-brimmed hats, accessories with dark umbrellas and silver ornaments. Pirate shirts and pirate boots gives an extra weight to Goth clothing. In the medieval era, pirate boots were used by sea bandits called pirates. These boots were usually strong enough to assist pirates in the adventurous acts during long sea voyages. Pirate shirts are generally loose fit, frilly and have drooping shoulders.

In winter Gothic coats keeps the wearer warm. The best Gothic coat is the one that covers the wearer from the head to the knees. Gothic boots are also very important to the Goth fashion. Gothic boots protect the user’s feet from several dangerous places such as forests, rocks and the like by making the user stable in unstable places. Goth women generally wear boots with heel as high as possible, while men prefer flatted boots. Gothic boots are usually dark in color, but sometimes Goths can be seen wearing bloody-red boots.

Designer Fashion For Men

It is safe to say that the world can be very materialistic at times as everywhere we look we are judged and we judge others on the material goods they possess; no more so than their clothing. In the ‘good old days’ you wore what you were given and as long as you were protected and warm in the winters then nothing else mattered but today it is a completely different story.

Gone are the days where clothes were just clothes, in today’s society they are a symbol of status, style and personality. Those in dark clothes and leathers are often the moody Goths, the smart, suit wearing persona belongs to that of the ‘geek’ whilst the bright and barely-there clothing is for the overly confident and overly flashy. You may not agree but the fact of the matter is that however way we look at it and whatever ‘description’ we wish to attach; each clothing is now a definition of who we are and for that reason designer fashions have become a way of life.

For women, a somewhat obsessive nature and a desire to wear the latest and greatest fashion has become a natural way of life but as time has gone by; that attitude has extended to menswear. Whether your brothers, fathers, uncles or husbands; designer fashion has taken over and society has now reached a critical impasse; those who have a wardrobe full of designer clothing are clearly the most sophisticated, stylish men full of personality whilst those who don’t own a single piece of designer clothing lack pizzazz, flair and any passion for life but is that really the case?

As a lover of fashion and a lover of the beauty and quality that some of the world’s leading designers bring to menswear; I cannot help but fly the flag for designer mens fashions however at the same time I will contradict myself by saying that at times, it is indeed over rated. We have become so obsessed with luxury and status that we have attached them to fashion but should we really go that far? Fashion is fashion; clothing that varies in style, colour and even quality and it is the same with anything, from the furniture we chose to the car we buy but it has become apparent that we are all becoming obsessed with little symbols and names. What does it matter whether your shirt has a little horse or crocodile in the corner, if you are comfortable with the way you feel and look then should that not be all that matters?

Yes, designer fashion can be beautiful and of real, solid quality from Armani jackets to Eton shirts but wearing them shouldn’t be a symbol of status and wearing them should never define your personality. An appreciation of designer clothing is an appreciation of just that; clothing that has been created by the best of the best, which is innovative and of immense quality but that, in no way should mean that those who don’t wear designer fashions are low class citizens!

We all love a bit of quality in our lives and for those who can afford to inject some; the right piece of clothing can become a fantastic addition to the wardrobe but don’t let it get to your head. I can see why many argue that fashion is over rated and if we continue to view designer pieces as we do; the ‘status symbol’ then I don’t see that argument diminishing. However, if we take a step back and simply appreciate designer clothing for what it is then whether you are a man or a woman; you can once again appreciate real quality for what it is worth.

Avoiding Bad Fashion for Men

Fashion is all bad, when it is not good. When is fashion good? When everyone accepts it as good, and they all go running – twittering here and there – about it as the latest rage. That lasts for about ten minutes, then everyone starts to question it and challenge it and divide the fashion into the good parts and the parts that smell like day old cheese that has been left in the sun. The fashion starts as an idea; that is copied by more than one.

When enough people copy it, it becomes a fashion trend. After too many people copy it, it is not longer fashionable. This is why it is all bad fashion. It is only a matter of timing when good fashion turns to bad. Fashion spoils the same as cheese. But some cheeses taste better when they are aged and left on the shelf for many years. These are the same with some fashions, they get better with age. Of course they are still spoiled by too many people liking them, but they transcend to becoming “classic fashion” just like a very ripe 10-year-old aged cheese.

If this seems too cheesy, then consider fine red wine. How is it possible that the older it gets the better it gets? Wine never goes out of fashion, because they can just bury it in a cellar for the next hundred years and when they pull it out once again, it will be a marvel. Some fashion ages like wine, but not all of it. The vast majority is bad fashion, which is only as good as a bunch of bananas that will soon be rotten and need to be replaced. The fashion that lasts is the classic fashion and it is hundreds of years old. Just like the fine wine, the classic black and white tuxedo is even better than the first day it was invented. But this is the minority.

If the majority of fashion is bad fashion, then how does one know whether to invest in fashion or not? The truth is you cannot invest in fashion, you can only get ripped off by fashion, unless you are a pompous designer that puts their name on everything and sells their name as the investment. That is the height of fashion. Take a $5 baseball cap, that you have made in China for 27 cents and put your designer label on it then charge $200 for it and have all the kids in high school trying to find $200 to buy it because it is the fashion.

It is bad fashion, but almost all fashion is bad fashion. Put that same $200 baseball hat on some dilettante head that is famous only for being famous, like the hotel chain girl or the K-girls and then get a photo of them wearing it, get them to sign it, and then you can sell it on eBay for $2,000. That is the height of bad fashion. Still all the guys want to be with these girls. This means that bad fashion is good.

The Rising Urban Fashion For Men

The jewelry world is witnessing it’s largest growth in stainless steel jewelry, specifically for the discerning urban men that want to add a bit of style to their daily routine. Mens jewelry has rapidly become a popular trend in recent years, and there are several reasons behind this. The top 5 reasons for this growth includes strength and durability, masculinity, affordability, and virtually zero maintenance. For these reasons, mens steel bracelets and rings can be worn daily and nearly anywhere. So how is stainless steel establishing itself at the top of the mens jewelry podium?

Daily Usability

Strength and durability in mens jewelry is important if it is to survive years of wear and use. Stainless steel is composed of iron ore (prone to corrosion) combined with chromium (anti-corrosive properties) which combats corrosion or staining, hence the stainless aspect of steel. Carbon in very small amounts (less than 0.5%) are infuse with the metal for increased durability and strength. These materials are, fortunately, much more abundant than silver or gold. We are left with a low cost yet very solid metal to work with.

Stainless steel is not very scratch-resistant when it is polished to a shine, which pertains to most stainless jewelry available. Most surface scratches are not visible from 6 inches or furthur fortunately. Silver polishing cloths will not remove most scratches but will restore the shine of your stainless steel jewelry just fine. There are ways to re-polish your light surface scratches away with very low-cost materials and this can be done at home, a topic which will be discussed in a future article.

Steel Jewelry Production Costs

Stainless Steel bullion costs about the same as copper, which is between 5-10 times less than pure silver, as verified by a nationally recognized bullion distributor – metalmint. This relatively low cost is yet another reason for stainless steels recent adoption in the mens jewelry industry.

Used by blacksmiths for several centuries and extensively used today from our automobiles to aircraft, steel has a certain sense of masculinity embedded within. Industrial applications have kept steel exclusive, until about 5 years ago. Men now have a wide selection of stainless steel bracelets and stainless steel rings available to them. Steel is also finding its way into chain necklaces, making for a long and heavy steel based chain that appeal to men for a much lower cost than before.

The manufacture of stainless steel jewelry is also fairly simple, keeping production costs low. The casting process ensures repeatable results, which gives creative mens jewelry designers the freedom to instill bold, masculine style in a tough and stylish package.

Stylish Appeal and Affordability

Bike chain and skull jewelry styles are popular for this very reason.A motorcycle chain is usually responsible for propelling a wheel. This same bike chain has now been designed as a stainless steel bracelet for men to wear daily, and is the perfect example of stainless steel’s purpose in mens jewelry: Bold style in a tough package.The links in a bike chain bracelet however must be polished and rounded, amongst other modifications, in order to make it practical for daily use.

The latest skull jewelry rage is now finding its way into stainless steel. Heavy and thick chains (widths exceeding 6mm) which typically cost several hundreds of dollars in sterling silver can now be made in stainless steel for a fraction of the price, which gives the consumer a myriad of options. Stylish chains and some familiar classic styles such as Rombo, Cable, Curb, and bike chain designs are now available in a thick and heavy package, for under 100 dollars, rather than several hundreds.

Allergic Reactions to Steel Jewelry

Allergic reactions to stainless steel metals is unfortunately a reality for a very small percentage of the population, as stainless steel MAY consist of nickel, titanium, chromium and other alloys, which can cause skin irritation or skin rashes.Stainless steel jewelry contains nickel, but its combination with the steel makes it highly unlikely to be the culprit for those with nickel allergy.Still, those with nickel allergies may want to exercise caution with steel jewelry. Check with your doctor to find out what affects you.

There are universal appeals to Stainless Steel Jewelry, and it’s recent fame will grow as the trends adopt more designs and styles in stainless steel. Low production costs and daily usability will substantially contribute to the rapid growth of stainless steel products available in the next few years. Hypoallergenic gold and silver will remain as the ideal metals for those with strong nickel allergies, but for all other purposes stainless steel jewelry can be substituted at a substantial cost saving for both manufacturers and consumers!

Urban Fashion For Men

Metropolitan fashion began from the hip hop musicians with their baggy pants, shoes, bling-bling and African cultural influences. There’s no wrong and right style here. Everything is dependent on personality and individual tastes. But urban fashion for men usually boils down to obtaining garments that are hip or stylish, long-lasting and very cozy.

Unless of course the function is a black tie one, men’s urban wear more often than not includes denim. The term denim in urban vernacular do not necessarily mean jeans on its own but now includes a wide assortment of garments such as outdoor jackets and even the more laid-back slacks. The important aspect of urban wear lifestyle is to imbibe your personality in the garments you wear. Keep a great hairstyle and constantly keep up a very good pair of shoes handy.

It is also trendy for men to have the proper accessories for their clothes. Belts, wallets, totes, briefcase, men’s cufflinks, hats, handkerchief, scarf and also the right scent are a few of the most fundamental accessories that men should care about. Nonetheless, do not be affected by celeb wardrobes but stay with the elements that you would like and feel comfortable sporting. However, you have the luxury to choose from men bracelets, earrings, pendants and chains in today’s men’s accessory site of shopping centers.

Urban fashion also means adding ethnic influences like sherwanis and kurtas. Cultural traditions influences are part of the uniqueness of urban fashion style. In the nineties, African ethnic influences were so evident that hip-hop performers started donning customized outfits that shows obvious design and style resemblances from African clothing like baggy slacks and the use of bright African colors in their apparel.

Most up-to-date metropolitan wear fashion news, however, implies that leather jacket will proceed to be the trend among the urban guys. In the same way, tracksuits are noticed to make a comeback and winter months will deliver the multi-colored thermal clothing. Not just colors but tops with funny messages are becoming favorite again for the city dwellers. Retro fashion is furthermore making a comeback as an urban fashion design. And for the office, males clothes consists of the common official office clothing, casual clothing just like cargo pants, jeans and comfortable shorts for the springtime and summer and fashionable sweaters, pullover during winter months.

Yet just as when urban fashion began, the hip-hop apparel range will by no means fade away from the downtown fashion scenery. Men who wish to make a fashion statement can do so by wearing hip-hop inspired wardrobes. The typical city men will have a preference of a range of scarves, blazers and slacks in a wide choice of colors, patterns and designs.

Metropolitan style for men is not a simple product line but instead an expensive clothing startup that suits each metropolitan situation such as street wear, office atmosphere or casual activities and every imaginable season. The clothes, of course, vary from city to city nevertheless all the same include the urban fashion aspects of functionality, appearance and individuality.

Hottest Fashions For Men and Women

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Many people are of the notion that eyeglasses make them look boring, studious, dull etc. But if you are sporting a pair of Ray Ban eyeglasses these adjectives would transform into stylish, graceful, interesting and fashionable. Since people have become extremely image conscious they don’t wish to compromise on how they look so they want to go for designer eyewear.

Ray Ban, the designer brand has been the leader of the eyewear industry for the last 7 decades. The eyeglasses as well as the sunglasses from this brand are extremely unique and interesting. It has something to offer for people from all walks of life.

Progressive, stylish and funky, a pair of eyeglasses from this world-renowned brand would spell magic and liven up the drab monotonous office attire, bring spunk to your casuals and add class and reality to your formals.

For the males the best-selling eyeglasses are:

Ray ban RX6182– Available in 3 interesting colors this pair of eyeglasses is for the discerning male. An emulation of the classy and stylish Wayfarer these eyeglasses are suave and chic. One can wear the RX6182 to work and make a serious and professional impression.

RX 5154 Eyeglasses– Attractive, comfortable and light-weight, the Ray Ban RX 5154 can be worn on all occasions. This pair of eyeglasses is the choice of males who love to make a style statement.

RX 5136 Eyeglasses– For all the men who like to look cool yet studious and hard-working, this is the pair of eyewear you should go in for. Sleek and stylish the RX 5136 can get heads turning and the limelight would only be on you whether you are in office or a party.

Amongst the best selling pairs for women, following are the featured models:

RX 5148 Eyeglasses– This pair for women comes in 3 different colors and would be well-suited for the forward looking fashionista. A lady sporting a pair of Ray ban RX 5148 needs to be taken seriously as far as her taste for fashion goes.

RX 6019 Eyeglasses– In the women’s range this pair of eyeglasses would go well with all dresses and all occasions. Available in 8 colors the RX 6019 is loved for its simple and clean looks.

So for all those people who opine that eyeglasses are for the dull and boring people, think again. The right pair of eyeglasses can make you look super-cool, stylish and give you the edgy look you have been dying for. So let your eyes be the reason for you to grab a pair of extremely modern and youthful Ray Ban Eyeglasses.

Floral Fashion For Men

Only a true man can pull off the feminine floral pattern. I dare to disagree. We’ve learned to love ourselves and appreciate other’s expression of who they are. A true man is someone who’s confident of who he is. But, don’t use this as an excuse to commit fashion crimes. Let me help you style your clothes using floral patterns that are not necessarily a shirt.

Shorts and Pants

If you’re not comfortable pulling of floral tee shirts, but you want a touch of blooms, you can always go for flower-patterned shorts and pants. This outfit is perfect for summer and spring season. There are a lot of patterns and colors to choose from so don’t be afraid to try an experiment and mix and match with your other fashion pieces. Those who said only women look good in florals doesn’t know how to shop.

Blazer

Who wouldn’t want to look polished like Harvey Specter, right? But, don’t be afraid to look polished and fashionably advanced. You don’t have to look tacky while wearing a floral blazer. Like all other fashion pieces, these come in different colors and patterns. The key here is to choose those that will complement you and your style. Also, the inner shirt combo should balance out the floral blazer.

Ties and bow ties

This is for the guys out there who love suits! If you cannot wear flower blazer and plants all the time, don’t fret. Flower ties are here. You have an unlimited array of ties and bow ties to choose from. Also, they will go with any of your suits. Let your girlfriend or boyfriend say, Chuck Bass, is that you? Swoon!

Socks

Don’t let the feeling consciousness keep you from showing your love for flowers. Show a sneak peak of that inner fashionista with flower covered socks. It is perfectly hidden between your shoes and pants that it will only show a quarter of it. Instead of a full-on exhibition of those blossoms, tease them with a shy showing off those socks. It will also give added color texture to your outfit.

Shoes

Nothing says loud statements than your shoes. You can go all classy or unfashionable simply by the shoes that you wear. For men who are into shoes, complete your collection with floral soles. From bright to dark colors, all you have to do is to take a pick. For your first pair, choose a color and style that can go with your life and fashion styles.

You don’t need to be a woman to be able to carry these fashion pieces. Confidence will always be a key and the belief that you look good.

Summer Fashion for Men 5 Must Have Wardrobe Staples

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When green hits the trees and men start hitting the greens, a strange cloud begins to form in the mind of many men. It is obvious that winter sweaters no longer feel quite right and certainly the summer means the beach, but in between ski parkas and speedos, how is a guy supposed to dress? March to September is a long stretch of time to be seen wandering around in white socks and sandals or the college t-shirt that is now older than your first child.

Listed below are 5 items that every man should own and that when mixed together, in any number of combinations, can last an entire season or two – maybe even three if you really get the hang of it! From shirts to shoes, shorts to sunglasses, these never-fail items work every year and will keep you from embarrassing yourself and your family, or worse, looking like your own father. After all, just because you may some day retire to the golf course, doesn’t mean you need to look like you’ve given up on life before 70.

#1, The Polo Shirt

Ah, the polo. Less than 100 years old, this summer staple, designed by Renee Lacoste as a tennis shirt in 1926, has long become a part of every man’s wardrobe. Usually in cotton, but also in cashmere, linen, or silk, it is by far the easiest way to transform your closet. Polo shirts know no age boundaries, fit every bank account, and are as easy to wear as your favorite t-shirt. Solid color, plaid, stripe, black, pink, lime green – it doesn’t matter. Every brand from Old Navy to Gucci provides a polo shirt as part of their lineup. And you can find them in every mall, boutique and online shop. Classic, timeless, clean and functional, the polo shirt is the first step in a successful wardrobe transformation.

#2, The Khaki Pant

At just over 150 years old, the khaki pant has been around slightly longer than most men keep their underwear. Initially designed for military wear, the tan cotton pant spread to civilians in the 1950s and has hung around ever since. The general rule for purchasing khakis is that if you wear larger sizes, you will want them pleated with a cuff at the bottom (the cuff adds weight to the trouser leg to keep the pleats in shape). Otherwise for those buying around a 36″ waist or smaller, stick to flat-front options. Khakis come in a variety of shades from white to green to black and they are all appropriate for summer.

#3, The Boat Shoe

Sperry invented boat shoes in 1935 and they are now worn for much more than boating. Usually made of leather or canvas, worn with or without socks (I prefer without), the boast shoe is a casual men’s shoe that is neither too stuffy nor too lazy. Too often men wear athletic sneakers with just about every pant they own and this is a look that should have died when Seinfeld was cancelled. Save the sneakers for the gym. Slip on a pair of boat shoes with jeans, khakis, or shorts, and you’ve instantly transformed yourself from the “What-is-He-Wearing” Guy to the “Lookin-Good” Guy in 30 seconds.

#4, The Aviator Sunglasses

Few items in a man’s closet are more masculine and invite more compliments than a pair of aviator sunglasses. Ray-Ban cornered the market when they introduced these and there is not a man in America that should be without a pair. The wire-framed glasses usually have a lens that is two to three times the size of the eye socket, and come in lens shades that are often grey or green but I’ve even seen them in blue and purple. Make sure they offer UVA/UVB sun ray protection and if you can afford it, stock up on two pairs or more – say, a gold frame and a black frame. And you have every right to quote “Top Gun” while wearing these.

#5, The White T-Shirt

When I say white, gentlemen, I mean white. Not yellowed, stained, soiled, sweat-through…I mean white. It really doesn’t get more basic than the tee. And the crisp, clean, white tee is the most wonderful and timeless article of clothing a man can own. Crew-neck or V-neck (which I prefer) the cotton t-shirt works with just about everything a man will ever own – shirts, shorts, suits, swimwear. Stocking up on white t-shirts is probably the most important thing a man can do and these days white t-shirts are not the old-fashioned shapeless blobs of cotton worn by previous generations. They are sleek and slim, they keep us cooler thanks to new fabric technology, and they don’t need to be decorated with logos, catchphrases, or fraternity symbols. And since so many cost just a couple of dollars, it is important to replace them as soon as they lose their spic-and-span look.

The five items listed above are an all-access pass to the world of warm weather wear. They work for every man, every time and will transform you from dud to dapper at home, on the links, or at the bar.