Judge a Man by His Shoes

September 7, 2013 by  
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The first thing I notice on a man are his shoes. I don’t necessarily expect them to be wearing the trendiest or most expensive pair of shoes BUT I do turn my nose up at the condition they are in and sometimes even the style. Get a little guidance on men’s shoes from Debenhams. Check it out below.

Guidance on judging your man’s shoes from Debenhams

Are Legends Really Born, or Made? Heineken® Latest Campaign Voyage is About To Find Out!

September 4, 2013 by  
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Are legends really born, or made?  Well Heineken® latest campaign called Voyage is taking on a daring experiment to find out.   It’s testing what men are really made of when they’re taken out of their comfort zone and dropped into the great unknown.  Imagine this situation: you are social, outgoing and confident guy. You get chosen to go on a once in a lifetime adventure – something you’ve never tried before – something that will put your inner Macgyver to the test.  The adventure will then leave you by yourself in a freezing Alaskan wlderness; alone on a glacier, with nothing but a life ring for support, a tuxedo and a plane ticket home…only the airport is hundreds of miles away.  Intense!

Voyage is the newest installment in the campaign from Heineken® that takes different men from all over the world and drops them in remote global locations with a few basic supplies.  The result of the amazingly daring campaign is a series of episodes called “Dropped.”  In each episode it will follow different courageous explorers on their travel experience.  The integrated campaign will allow you the viewer to have an interactive experience via the Heineken® Dropped YouTube channel.  You will be able to follow each Dropped voyage, access documentary-style content and also contribute your own video entries to the ‘casting couch’ (with the ultimate chance of partaking in your own legendary travel adventure).

What I love about the concept of the series is that every Dropped adventure will be tailored to the character, putting them face to face with their own personal fears and limits.  Spanning over four continents they’ll face a variety of challenges and as each Dropped  episode unfolds, the social experiment comes to life, with viewers being able to view and follow how each traveller manages through their adventure with a series of daily entires and journey updates.

Their grand destination in their adventure?  Home.  Will they make it?  Watch and find out!  The outcome of each Dropped encounter is completely unscripted, with the participants desire to overcome the challenges the only measurements for success.  For all we know legends aren’t made, they’re Dropped!

This post is sponsored by Heineken

Men’s Coats: Get Spring Covered

April 6, 2013 by  
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You may not be wrapping up in layers and padded parkas, but spring still requires outerwear. Here’s a quick guide to the new season’s best cover ups – from the styles to track down to the shades to seek out, you’re sure to meet your match.

Metallic Madness

Shine is in! You don’t have to go all-out Quality Street-style by taking the offerings of designers like Lanvin and Christopher Raeburn as gospel, but don’t shy away from this trend on an unwearability basis; why not try a bomber jacket with metallic sleeves, for example? Not only will you be hitting two trends in one, but this will have enough more traditional fabric to ensure you feel comfortable in it, but with just the right amount of metallic material to pay proper tribute to the trend.

Nicely Nautical

The designers return to it year on year, but with sharp colours, smart/casual appeal and more than a small dose of fun, the nautical trend is worth its reoccurrences. Invest in a navy coat in a light material to give the look a passing nod, or, for a Louis Vuitton-inspired  tailored look, why not opt for a blue or white blazer? They’re more versatile than you’d think; wear with chinos or even tailored shorts for a casual daytime look, and dress it up with a smart shirt and immaculate smart trousers by night.

Come Around To Camo

It may seem a bit ‘surplus army store’ to some of us, but it’s time to embrace this print-tastic trend. For men, military-inspired outerwear is the perfect way to work this – just be sure to keep the rest of your outfit fairly low-key. A heat-friendly light T-shirt and dark jeans are ideal. If you don’t fancy being taken over by the instantly-recognisable smudges of a camo coat, go for a khaki military-style jacket like the one you’ll find here to put a classic spin on this trend.

Men’s Fashion: Celebrate Spring With Stripes!

April 4, 2013 by  
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Spring brings with it the chance to shed those winter coats and show off jumpers and T-shirts with plenty of colour – and there’s really no better way to do it than with stripes. Block colour has its place, but it’s so easy to overdo it with the brighter tones. Stripes allow you to splash in some colour while still looking understated – and they can also help your physique too.

Horizontal or vertical?

Ladies have much more choice when it comes to horizontal or vertical stripes; men’s stripey options are most of the time horizontal – probably because it’s so hard for a man to wear vertical stripes and not have it look at first glance like a football shirt. Horizontal stripes do have their uses though; men with thin frames will look wider with a horizontal stripe.

Thick or thin?

Bigger stripes tend to make a bolder statement than thinner ones, while ultra-fine ones will prevent those with a broader frame from looking too wide. Mixing fine and thick stripes is not often seen because it’s a difficult one to get right – mix in colour and it usually looks too busy, but when done well it can be an interesting look.

Colours

The top designers love stripes, and most have a range throwing together dark blues and whites or creams for a nautical look. It’s popular every spring and summer and that never looks like changing! Black and white as a combination is similarly timeless, but don’t be afraid of mixing colours; Original Penguin’s range shows that by offsetting the body stripes with block colour on the arms, or by using stripes only on the top half of a T-shirt, you can get away with combining some brighter colours -more than two, even – without being too flashy.

 

 

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Are Suspenders Still In?

April 3, 2013 by  
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Most of us have probably only seen suspenders be worn by their grandfather or great grandfather. In effect, these straps – which were invented in London in the early 19th century by clothes designer Albert Thurston in order to hold up trousers that had a high cut – fell out of fashion as uniform belts gained popularity among men. Despite this preference switch, suspenders are still being sold today since they have recently acquired the status of fashion items.

From underwear to stylish pieces of clothing

Traditionally viewed as underwear, suspenders were not meant to be seen; they actually only had a practical function – that of holding up trousers – and were therefore deliberately hidden under a waistcoat or a cardigan. In the interwar period, however, men began removing their waistcoat in public, especially in America, and the idea that suspenders should be covered progressively became obsolete.

Due to their very purpose, wearing suspenders and a belt at the same time has customarily been considered a faux pas. No wonder, then, that the expression “belt and braces” emerged to describe something that is overly prudent. Still, suspenders did not remain the preferred support garment for trousers among men for more than a few decades: at the end of the 1930s, a majority of men in America had already fallen for uniform belts.

If suspenders suffered a clear loss of popularity at the beginning of the 20th century, they have never completely vanished though. Even today, some men use H-shaped, X-shaped and Y-shaped suspenders from time to time. Famous people such as Daniel Craig and Larry King actually wear them in front of the world’s busiest cameras. Still, suspenders have become more of a fashion accessory rather than a practical piece of clothing.

Different styles

Men who wear suspenders must not fear having numerous pairs of eyes staring at them and scrutinizing their attire. In effect, since suspenders have basically lost their primary function, they clearly are worn as stylish items and they consequently draw a considerable amount of attention… just like elegant or eccentric eyeglasses that are sometimes worn prescription-less.

One does not need to have a specific clothing style to dare wearing suspenders in public, however. Suspenders actually are quite versatile: they can be worn with a chic shirt, a partly unbuttoned, casual, long- or short-sleeve shirt, a fashionable t-shirt and even a tank top! The idea is to wear the right kind of suspenders with the right kind of garment: every kind of suspenders material, shape or color does not fit every clothing style. One has to pick wisely!

For instance, formal “businessman” clothes usually are suited for wider, relatively sober suspenders. Clean, but cool shirts and pants, however, allow more freedom when it comes to fabric and colour. As to casual shirts, t-shirts and tank tops, they should be worn with relatively thin suspenders. In the light of this, suspenders are not out at all: they actually are quite in! One only needs to dare putting them on and to see the positive reactions that ensue!

 

About the author:

Alexandre Duval is a blogger for Simons. He is also currently completing his master’s degree in political science at the University of Quebec in Montreal.

 

 

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Men’s Style: Smart Gets Summer-Friendly

April 2, 2013 by  
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This greatly-anticipated spring/summer season brings with it a surprise: the reinvention of men’s tailoring into something that is not only suitable for wear on warm sunny days, but something that can be as practical as it is stylish. No sign of tatty flip-flops and ill-advised vests here!

The Full Suit

Ok, so you’re not going to be reaching for that full black or navy number in the summer’s heat, but as Louis Vuitton recently proved with their spring/summer 2013 collection, a checked suit in the right blend of lighter shades can make for a smart but easy to pull off look that won’t leave you looking out of place in the city or strolling through seaside streets.

The secret to the success of the French fashion house’s sublimely tailored collection lies in the accessories: shades are a given but the model also wore neckskarves tied subtly underneath the open collar of shirts and wore watches that were large enough to command attention, yet sturdy enough to say ‘this is daywear, not occasionwear’.

 

The Smart Shirt

The perfect item for summer: it’s lightweight but offers coverage against the sun and is available in all the shades you could want to complete any look, from every summer’s favourite – nautical, to the trend that divides men each time it appears – pastel shades. For an idea of the sheer multiplicity of shirts available out there, take a look at the offerings from Hackett; you’ll soon be pairing a smart shirt with tailored shorts or lightly coloured chinos for a daytime look that gives your style everything it needs for summer.

 

The Summer Savvy Shoes

Boat shoes (also known as deck shoes or loafers) are the stylish man’s best friend for the spring/summer season. They’ll work perfectly with the tailoring that we hope will now define your look, be that shorts or trousers, and since they come in such a range of colours, they’re the ideal way to add an extra splash of personality to your look.

 

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Jason Bateman’s GQ Look for Less

March 26, 2013 by  
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Is it me or does Jason Bateman just keep getting better and better with age?  The man is hilarious, witty and his GQ cover shows he’s got a little swag in him too.  I know he was probably styled but he wears it well and just looking at him makes me giggle.  Yes I have a crush on JasonBateman!  Maybe it’s his dimples, maybe it’s sarcasm or that little smirk of a smile, but anything that Jason Bateman is in is alright by me!  The actual point of this post really wasn’t to go on and on about how much I love Jason Bateman, but rather to highlight his perfectly styled outfit on the cover of GQ.  I recreated his look for less (I included the hat just in case you want to go all out).  It’s a great outfit for spring and maybe even a stylish easter outfit for those boys out there who don’t like the whole suit and tie thing.

Blazer – $39 at Urbanoutfitters.com | Gingham Shirt - $40 at Bananarepublic.com | Graphic Sweater - $22.50 at Yesstyle.com | Canvas Slip On – $52 at Yesstyle.com | Handkerchief - $17 at Zara.com | Hat – $34 at Quiksilver.com

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Stylish Cardigans for Men

March 7, 2013 by  
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I love me a man in a cardigan!  I know a lot of men who initially turn their nose up at it, but it really doesn’t take any more effort to put on a cardigan than it does a sweatshirt (and you can even wear all the same items with it).  In fact that’s that’s my favorite way to see a cardiagn styled – with a tee and jeans.  A cardigan is also perfect to replace a blazer on a casual friday.  Tip:  Don’t put too much thought into wearing a cardigan – treat it like any other sweater/blazer/sweatshirt and you’ll see how easy and effortlessly stylish it is to wear.  Check out my faves from Yesstyle.

Stripe Trim Cardigan – $78

Color Block Cardigan - $48

High Neck Cardigan - $58

Hooded Cardigan - $35

Notched Stand Collar Cardigan - $43.20

Disclosure: This content is sponsored but the opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of Yesstyle.

The Stylist Manifesto: First Day Of Class

January 29, 2013 by  
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If you’ve been following my Instagram lately (@stylstmanifesto) or my blog (despite my sporadic writing schedule), you’ll notice I tend to mix eras. Often this is done by seamlessly blending modern pieces with those of a vintage aesthetic. This ensemble was n exception. The driver’s cap is reminiscent of 1950′s California as are the tie and cardigan. The faint striping of said sweater contrasts the subtle striping of the tie and the almost indistinguishable black ticking of the jacket. For a bit of complication, a multi-check patterned button down peeks from beneath the cardigan and is interrupted by the aforementioned vintage tie. Then I selected Japanese tailored denim by gap with a classic Brando/Dean cuff. Finally, as two complimentary garnishes, I chose the super limited (released 2012 and sold out everywhere) Clot X G-shock Translucent Red watch.  As the blue and red palettes are always complimentary, the choice was obvious. :)

Check out more of The Stylist Manifesto guest post here

H&M Brick Lanes Bikes Collection

December 5, 2012 by  
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H&M Brick Lane Bikes is a men’s collection that combines the function of cycling gear with the hip yet vintage city-style of London. It’s about time!!! Love it!! Check out the video below and look for the collection in March 2013 at H&M.

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