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.
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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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.
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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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.
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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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
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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. :)
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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.
The hardest part of choosing a great gift for a man is giving him something you can be certain he’ll use for years to come. Trends are constantly changing, and what’s popular one year may not be something he’ll even remember the next!
Signet rings were first reserved for royalty and nobility, and were far more than mere status symbols. The signet ring had somewhat fallen from favor as “old-fashioned,” in favor of more abstract and stylized designs, but they are experiencing a resurgence in this century as interest in ancestry increases all the time.
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Tie tacks and cufflinks are also terrific gifts. A nice-looking pair of custom cufflinks, perhaps monogrammed or emblazoned with a man’s family or school crest, is a wonderful way to encourage a man who typically doesn’t to dress up and adds a little extra flair to the wardrobe of a man who does. Cufflinks and tie tacks speak to understated culture and breeding and suggest to those looking on that the wearer is a man who knows and is comfortable with his world and his place within it.
There are as many kinds of great jewelry out there as there are men to wear them. A little discreet probing, or a clandestine tour of his jewelry drawer, can offer some great ideas for what sort of jewelry would make the best stocking stuffer for a given man. Jewellery tells a great deal about the kind of man who is wearing it. When considering Christmas ideas, why not get him something different that he’s sure to cherish and use throughout the year? Customized, elegant gold or silver jewelry is one gift that never goes out of fashion!
Whether it’s an office party, family gathering or friends getting together to celebrate the holiday’s, this is the best season for a man to dress festive, look stylish and have fun! Unfortunately, I’ve lost count of the times I catch a guy tugging at the uncomfortable clothes their wives or girlfriends have picked out for them. There’s no need for that! With the right pieces, a guy can easily throw together a comfy and stylish outfit together in no time.
The key is to stay within your normal day to day style but amp it up a bit. To dress up your favorite pair of jeans or slacks, try throwing on a blazer (particularly a cordoroy or tweed one) with a simple white tee. For an effortless look, try a fitted cardigan ala David Beckham (like this one from Lyle & Scott). For a more pulled together vibe use a pullover with a button down. I personally love to layer because it’s so much more personal and eclectic.
Add your touch to outfits with a favorite scarf, a trendy tie or vest…the options are limitless and as the evening goes on you can always pull off the sweater or tie. Whatever items you choose to make up your outfit I suggest you check out Northern Threads and if I were to recommend some brands in particular I would go for Pretty Green by Liam Gallagher (one of my faves by far), you’ll find simple tees, scarves, jackets and just about anything else you’ll need to get you prepared for a gathering. There’s no excuses, with so much fine clothing to choose from you should really be partying in a stylish outfit at this festive time, don’t be lazy with you’re dressing! Click here to browse their huge stylish range of both premium and casual labels.
I know I’ve done a ton of David Beckham copycat’s, but I can’t help it…his style is always effortless and on point! This outfit is one of my favorites – its got a rugged yet polished look that’s layered perfectly and each and every peice can be mixed and matched with ANYTHING! Get David’s look for less with pieces from Hollister, Yesstyle, DSW & more!
Plaid Shirt $39.96 at Buckle.com | Cardigan – $47 at Uniqlo.com | Classic Hollister Jeans – $49.50 at Hollisterco.com | Vintage Brothers Slim Tie – $9 at Yesstyle.com | Boots – $139.95 at DSW.com | Vintage Belt – $19.99 at Tillys.com