Monthly Archives: December 2017

Men’s Fashion

Contrary to what society would have one believe, women are not flocking to the man with his pants at his ankles and 3lbs worth of jewelry hanging from his ears, arms, and chest. Instead, women typically prefer a man who looks as if he just stepped out of GQ magazine — the often overlooked neat and conservative fellow. However, these neat and conservative dressers are oftentimes overshadowed by the millions of men who commit fashion suicide on a daily basis. Tube socks with dress suits, ill-fitted suits, and mismatched or over-coordinated apparel are just a few of the fashion mistakes men make. Don’t be ashamed if you are perpetrator of these crimes against fashion. A sense of fashion does not come overnight. The following tips will help you become more fashionable with easy to implement strategies to help improve your wardrobe and overall appeal.

Fashion crimes to avoid:

The Hangover Suit

Topping the list of turn offs for women is a man who shows up wearing a suit that looks as if it was used as pajamas the night before. Having a clean and crisp appearance is vital if you wish to appear the least bit presentable. It doesn’t take much to go over your clothes with an iron the night before, or at the least, invest in getting your suits cleaned once a week at your neighborhood cleaners.

Taste the Rainbow

Believe it or not, women look at even the most subtle fashion combinations. You can then understand why it is important to choose wisely when coordinating your shirts, ties, and suit coats. There are certain patterns that clash with each other. Take for example the following fashion suicide combination: a plaid jacket, polka dot tie and striped shirt. This is too much pattern concentrated in one place. Be wise. One pattern should never overpower the other. Instead, it should accentuate its counterpart. If you wish to combine items, combine colors, not patterns, to make your outfit pop. By mixing darker colors with its lighter partner on the color wheel you are able to help both items make a statement without overdoing it.

The Roman Solider

Look, we know you have muscles! There is no need to exaggerate it with 5 inch shoulder pads sewn into your suits. Avoid this look like the plague.

Shaggy the Dog

Did you forget that you have a head too? Don’t be the man who is dressed well — from the neck down. The total package includes your head too. Ensure that you are clean shaven, have a neat haircut, and are not sporting a unibrow. Women are visual creatures too and make mental notes of even the little details.

Metro Man Phobia

Having the least bit of fashion sense does not make one any less masculine. Items like the fit of a coat, correct sleeve length, polished shoes, and correct accessorizing go a long way in complementing or ruining a gentleman’s image. Neatness need not be expensive. Men are oftentimes slow to warm up to style changes. Just like a woman, men need some color in their wardrobe too! If your closet consists of only white shirts, it is time to spice things up. Seek out colors that compliment your skin tone. If you are unsure of what colors to choose, seek the advice of knowledgeable women in your life, or the sales associate at Macys. Furthermore, “accessories” is not a term monopolized by women. Men can accessorize their wardrobe with items such as a handkerchief, cuff links, or even a watch to turn a drab suit into a fabulous suit.

Terrible Tube Socks

Did you know that women enjoy foot candy on a man too? However, you are not satisfying any woman’s sweet tooth by ruining your outfit with the flash of white tube socks against a black suit and polished shoes. There is no sight more disturbing than to see white socks flashing beneath the pant legs of a well-dressed man. To avoid this costly mistake, your socks should be of a dark, solid color to blend or match the suit, and of the higher styling kind such as silk or a thin cotton/nylon blend. In addition to choosing the appropriate sock material, men should also pay close attention to the length of their socks. Don’t be the man who carelessly crosses his leg and reveals a stump of hairy shin exposed between his trouser cuff and shoe top. Lastly, don’t walk out the door with shoes that look as though you just walked through a construction zone. Unpolished shoes can ruin a good looking outfit. Make sure that your shoes are well polished before stepping out the door.

A man is considered a great dresser when he takes time selecting what he wears. By properly coordinating your outfits and evaluating your appearance before you leave out the door, you can ensure that you are not counted in the pack of fashion faux pas committers.

Sheds and Man Caves Are The New Male Fashion

Gone are the days when a garden shed, basement or garage was just used to store Dad’s tools, empty boxes or the car. The shed has evolved, the basement has had a make over and the car is now parked in the driveway.

Why?

To make way for the Man Cave of course! The modern man of the house wants a place he can get away from it all, where he can have his mates over for a drink, a laugh and to watch the game or just have somewhere to go and think. The garden shed, garage or basement has now turned into a thing of a pride and joy, no longer stopping at just organising the tools or parking the car..

Now the latest in technology, games, fully stocked bars and most comfortable recliners have all become a part of the newest addition to a man’s life. In fact the revitalized garden shed has become the latest male fashion statement. A man knows he has arrived when he has a Man Cave in his life.

Of course there are many different types of ‘cave’ and no two are alike, essentially the design, decor and what is found in the new man domain come down to personality and personal taste. Most Caves will contain some form of bar, a TV with access to all sport channels, usually a dart board or pool table and of course a stereo. How far you want to go is completely up to you! After all it is your domain and your domain alone, an expression of your personality an extension of yourself if you will.

So where do you start? How do you know if you have a ‘Man Cave’ in the making? What happens if you don’t have a space? Well first of all you need to have a shed, garage or basement to play with, a space you can begin to call your own. It needs to be organised and cleaned up and out to make space for your new toys.

You don’t have to get everything at once but you do need to make a start. Maybe the thought of creating a ‘Man-Cave club’ where each of your mates helps you to build your dream cave and in turn you help them to create their Man Paradise is appealing to you.

If the sound of a ‘Man Cave’ is tempting you and your mates and you have no idea where to start you’ll definitely want to see exactly what is available in the do-it-yourself range. After all the most satisfying kind of Man Cave is one you’ve built yourself

Fashion Tips for Men

Men’s casual shirts are a basic item in the wardrobe of any fashionable man. They come in a wide range of styles and designs, so much so, in fact, that it can be difficult to know which ones look hot, and which ones not so much. Here, we look at several different styles of shirts for men, with helpful tips and advice on how to wear them.

Dress Shirts
This is the classic style of shirt, the style that is worn to the office or school. However, although they are found most often in a formal setting, they suit more casual and relaxed environments too.

When choosing a dress shirt that will look great on you, the most important consideration is fit. This may seem obvious, after all, who wears shirts that do not fit them properly? Well, actually, many men do. Men seem to have a penchant for baggy shirts, but the most attractive looking men know that baggy just doesn’t cut the mustard. A correct fit will allow you plenty of scope for movement, but should fit snug against the skin. If in doubt, you can always employ the help of a professional tailor – they will generally oblige, regardless of whether or not you purchase an item from their shop.

The colour of the shirt is largely a matter of personal taste. Always wear a colour that complements your skin tone, if in doubt, seek assistance before making a purchase.

When wearing a suit, the advice is to avoid dark shades. However, here, we are talking about casual shirts: dress shirts in dark colours, such as black, red, and grey, look incredibly sexy when teamed with jeans, and is a look that will definitely turn heads.

One last piece of advice, never purchase dress shirts with short sleeves. If may be the middle of summer, you may be feeling hot, but you will not be looking hot in a short-sleeved dress shirt!

Crew Neck Shirt
Again, the essential issue with this style of shirt is fit, the goldilocks rule applies here: not too loose, and not too tight, but just right!

In terms of colour, you are allowed to be a little offbeat with crew neck t-shirts. Purchase bright colours or t-shirts with unusual patterns, and make them the focal point of your outfit – remember the golden rule, however, only one focal point per outfit, so if you wear an outlandish t-shirt, wear plain trousers, jumpers, and shoes. The t-shirt is the best item to have as a focal point because it is relatively small in comparison to jumpers and trousers, meaning that even if you opt for an extremely garish design, you will not appear OTT.

Always opt for a cotton material, as this is not only the most comfortable, it also works best for t-shirts.

V-Neck T-shirts
The same advice is true here, as for crew necks. However, v-necks are notoriously difficult to wear well, and should be reserved for those of you who have some experience in fashion.