Meet My New Contributors + 3 Stylish Travel Outfits For Men

July 23, 2014 by  
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I’ve always loved mens fashion just as much as women’s, even more so now that I have five boys. My boys are the type of kids that will wear anything I say. I’ve never been pushy with my opinion they just naturally naviagte towards me and listen to my advice. They have great taste but they always seem to come to me for final approval and I find it so sweet. Think about that for a sec, I dress 4 ( 5 if you count Joseph) guys every single day of the week. When I say I know and love mens fashion, I’m not kidding.

Not only do I dress my boys, but I also dress my husband. When you’re dressing that many people on a budget you also learn how to maximize what they have in their closet and what I buy them. When I mentioned that I wanted to bring more styling tips and finds on a frequent basis they were excited and wanted to join in!

So for the next couple of months I will have my two oldest, Evan and William (see below), contributing their stylish opinions to the post in the Boys On the Side section. I thought it would be neat to have them model for the post but they preferred to stay behind the scenes and write for now! Stay tuned but for now, you can check out three summer outfit’s perfect for traveling in style.

Evan  & William

 

Mens Travel Outfits

Floral Print Shirt | Levi’s Shorts | Ben Minkoff Bag | Sand Shoes | Sunglasses

Mens Travel Outfit

Entire Look Here

Mens Travel Outfits

Striped Sweater | Chinos | Boat Shoes

 Disclosure: “Fashiongrail.com occasionally receives vendor/brand sponsorships for selecting and mentioning brands or products in the Boys On The Side Section but the opinions expressed herein are those of the author.”

 

Updated & Closed: Win $200 from East Dane

June 13, 2014 by  
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The winners are: Alexander & Bianca!  Congratulations and a big thank you to all who participated.

This one’s for the boys! Just in time for Father’s Day and the summer days that follow, Eastdane.com is offering 2 lucky fashiongrail readers $100 gift cards. EastDane is Shopbop’s sister site (and one of my favorite online sites) and carries a TON of stylish clothes and shoes from both affordable and luxury designers. EastDane also has some incredible sales going on right now to include a 50% off men’s sale on shirts, mens jeans and shoes.

Below are some must-have summer items for men. All you need to do win a $100 gift card is to head over to EastDane.com, pick your favorite summer item and then head back on over to fashiongrail and leave the url in the comment section below. For additional entries you can tweet about the giveaway (make sure to include @fashiongrail in the tweet), pin the giveaway or fan fashiongrail on Facebook (make sure you leave the url of all the postings in a separate comment below).

Must Have Mens Clothing

 

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Giveaway will run from June 13, 2014 until June 20, 2014. Giveaway is open to worldwide entries!  This giveaway is sponsored by East Dane and winner will be emailed their gift cards. Good luck!

Must Have Nautical Pieces

April 30, 2014 by  
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Nautical pieces are classic and worth every dime you spend on them.  They never go out of style and are easy to wear to the beach, a bbq and classy enough to wear to work.  Stripes are a must, anchors are fun and red white and blue is easy to incorporate into any outfit. Check out some nautical inspiration and must have pieces below:

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Mens Nautical Picks

 

How To Choose The Perfect Trench Coat For Men

March 28, 2014 by  
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The basis of the trench coat is always the same, no matter the interpretation and personal twist the different designers might give it, but finding the right one for you is not as easy as you may think.

It’s all a matter of finding the right colour, the right length and the right fit for you, but once you do find it you will have a timeless piece to use and re-use endless times over the years.

Here is my advice on what to look for in the perfect trench coat and make sure it truly is the right one for you!

Choose the fabric carefully

Gabardine: this is the original fabric used for the trench coat and it is waterproof, lightweight and durable. It has everything that you would want from this garment! I believe this is the best material, not only for practicality, but also because it looks great.

Leather: if you are a fan of the dramatic flare, then there are always leather trench coats for you. They are not my favourites as they are very heavy and I don’t think they look terribly good on men, so I would stay far away from them if I were you!

New fabrics: many designers are now trying out new fabrics for their trench coats like event fabrics and gore text which are great for staying dry. They also look quite good and definitely constitute a good alternative to the classic gabardine.

 

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It’s All About The Color

Neutral colour: the classic colours for the trench coat are khaki and beige. These neutral hues are the most versatile and, in my opinion, also the sexiest ones on a guy. The only downside is that being that light they get dirty really easily. (Image on the left via mensclothing.alphaconsumers.com)

Blue: navy blue is another classic colour for trench coats and it has the extra perk of being more practical and difficult to get dirty.

Different colours: of course you can find trench coats in any colour, from burgundy to silver, which make much more of a statement and are for sure different from the others. Anyhow, if it’s your first trench coat, I would  go more for a classic colour and then, once you have your great timeless piece, you can think about having fun and check out other possibilities.

 

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Talking about fit and length…

Classic trench: a classic, timeless trench is double-breasted, it has a belt, cuff straps and pockets. The length is just above the knees and it has that retro flare that makes it so iconic. It is certainly a style that will never fade and you will be able to wear it for years and years to come.

Cropped trench: trenches today are going shorter and shorter and the trend right now is for them to sit just below the waist. If you want to go for something that is more on trend right now, you can go for a cropped trench coat. It’s also the ideal solution if you are a bit on the shorter side! (Picture on the right via Debenhams)

New trench: if you want to break away completely from tradition, there are lots of new trench models that do just that. No belts, single-breasted, zipper closure instead of buttons. One could argue that if you take away all these things it’s not a trench coat anymore, but I think it’s still a great modern and fresh alternative to it.

At stores like Debenhams and Boden they have a great selection of trench coats for men for really reasonable prices. Plus, you can find amazing deals on websites like My Voucher Codes that make them even more convenient.

Top Five Spring Jackets for Men Under $100

March 1, 2014 by  
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Another layering season is upon us and below are five jackets under $100 that will keep you warm on chilly nights and stylish cool during the day.

The army green utility jacket is a must have in men and women’s closet.  

Mens Spring JAckets Under $100

 Utility Jacket – $52.80 at Forever21.com

A denim jacket is a classic!  Pair with slacks a hoodie and a tee for a effortless daytime look.

Mens Spring Outfits

 

Denim Jacket - $40 at Old Navy.com | Hoodie | Slacks | Coach Sneakers | Watch

A leather jacket can easily be dressed up or down.

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Faux Leather Jacket - $40 at Forever21.com | American Eagle Jeans | Button Up Watch | New Balance Sneakers

Give any outfit a pop of color with this hooded parka.

Mens Spring Jackets Under $100

Parka – $89.50 at Jack Wills.com

For a sporty yet polished look try a knit zip up.  Pair with sweats, tee and some dock siders for a laid back look.

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Knit Zip Up - $30 at OldNavy.com | Sweatpants | Tees | Sperry Top Siders Watch

 

Black Diamond Engagement Rings for the Unique Bride-to-Be

February 24, 2014 by  
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Diamonds may still be a girl’s best friend but diamond sellers are increasingly aware that the women in question are not all looking for the same diamonds. In response retailers across the globe have gotten into the business of fancy colored diamond rings, offering a selection of diamonds in blue, red, brown, and the most popular option black. These diamonds are every bit as valuable as traditional diamonds. They also offer ring makers an opportunity to create something wholly new and unique.

Black diamond rings in particular have taken off with couples considering marriage. In the past retailers reported that clear diamonds took up nearly one hundred percent of their business. Since 2010 however colored and black diamond rings have exploded taking over between 10 and 20% of sales at some retailers. Many folks credit this explosion in popularity to the use of a black diamond ring in the poorly received but  still widely viewed movie Sex and the City 2. In the film Sarah Jessica Parker’s Carrie Bradshaw is given a black diamond ring by her husband, Chris Noth as “Mr. Big.” Mr. Big offers the unique choice of jewelry because “she’s not like anyone else in the world.”

Don’t we all want to be like no one else in the world?

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Black diamond engagement rings can now be found on the fingers of fiancés across the country. Diamond ring retailers across the country and on the Web have moved to fill the demand for these rings. For many retailers the selection of options in the black diamond engagement ring market remains surprisingly scant. Meanwhile other companies  now dedicate a huge section of their stock to unique black diamond engagement rings as well as other fancy colored diamond jewelry. Fashion designers have taken notice. During Fashion Week Liori Diamonds,  a New York based retailer of diamond rings, was asked to lend some of its best black diamond rings to a Heather Lawton fashion show.

While the traditional clear diamonds that have been all the rage for hundreds of years remain popular, folks looking to make a unique stylistic stance have taken to the world of black diamond rings. The end result is a market willing to serve all of the very unique needs of all of those Carrie Bradshaws out there, who are not like anyone else in the world.

This post was written by Tim Duffy on behalf of Liori Diamonds black 

Make Style A Breeze In The New Year

December 19, 2013 by  
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With January fast approaching, you’d better make sure your wardrobe’s well-equipped to handle the cold weather – and preferably in style. Let’s take a look at what’s in this winter:

 Grey on grey

According to GQ, going grey from top to toe is one of this season’s biggest trends, thanks to designers like Neil Barrett and Viktor & Rolf. You don’t need 50 shades of grey to pull it off, either – a dark charcoal suit with matching tie, coupled with a lighter smoke-grey shirt, is all you need to look the business.

 Velvet

A velvet blazer helps ramp up the style and sophistication of any outfit, as Ron Burgundy knows all too well. Seriously, though, this is a great embellishment for those who want to make a bigger impact – and if you don’t want to go all the way with it, a velvet tie or bow tie gives you a pop of the trend without going overboard.

 Military coats

Military-style coats are as popular as they’ve ever been – from parkas to trench and duffel coats, they look fantastic and do a good job of keeping you toasty, too. Take a look at Jacamo’s winter range this year to get some inspiration. You can wear a puffer gilet underneath to keep you warm when winter really starts to bite.

The explorer

Another strong trend this year is wrapping up like you’re off to Antarctica for a few months, rather than nipping to the corner shop for a packet of crisps. As Fashionbeans notes, this look comprises lug-sole boots, fur-lined hooded overcoats and accessories like beanies and thick socks. Choose primary colours as much as possible (they make you easier to see in the snow).

Stripey knitwear

Christmas jumpers are all well and good, but if you really want to hop on board the knitwear train, make it stripey. Pair a striped jumper with ripped jeans and a leather jacket for a grungey outfit that’s as warm as it is trendy, or go with some cosy corduroy trousers for a cuddlier look.

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Great Look For The Holidays: Ryan Gosling’s Look for Less!

November 27, 2013 by  
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Call me old fashioned but I still believe that during the holidays a man should be sharply dressed.  Doesn’t have to be anything too fussy or uncomfortable but definitely a step up from your everyday jeans and a pullover.  And if you’re like me, convincing the man in your life (or in my case men if you count my boys) it’s not an easy task.  They’re all about the comfort and don’t see anything wrong with walking around in their favorite jeans (or shorts) and tee.  I try my best to motivate them into something a little more stylish by simply dressing them myself.  Where do I get my motivation?  From my favorite celebs of course!  This outfit I used as inspiration is perfection and it doesn’t hurt that Ryan Gosling is wearing it.  It has all the right details like the dress shirt and slacks, but its kicked up a notch with fab shoes, matching belt and a sleek haircut.  SO easy to recreate and it’s not something that will leave your man wiggling in discomfort all day long.  Tip:  This is a simple outfit and the most important focus is on the  shirt.  So first shop his closet for  the other like the slacks that he might already have before you head out to buy – and always hit up your local stores like Target first.  They have a great selection of affordable accessories.

|Check out the White & Blue Stripe Slim Fit Shirt featured above and other luxury shirts at Hawes and Curtis |

The Paul Smith Brand

October 11, 2013 by  
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The famous English fashion designer Sir Paul Smith is known globally for producing exceptionally high quality designer menswear. He is respected globally for his unique fashion designs and ideas, leading to him being knighted in the year 2000. This accolade followed three successful decades of playing a key role in the men’s fashion industry. The Paul Smith clothing, accessories and footwear collections can be identified around the world by the famous Paul Smith signature logo.

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Of course Paul Smith the person was not always a global superbrand and can trace his roots back to Nottingham, UK. It all started out when Paul Smith’s father managed to persuade him to take up a warehouse job at a local clothing retailer. His real passion at the time was for sports and particularly cycling and his goal was to become a racing cyclist, until he had a terrible cycling accident at age seventeen. The accident meant that he ended up in hospital and during this time there Paul Smith made some new friends. After leaving the hospital he met his new friends again at a local pub that was popular with students from the local art college. It was while he was at the pub he discovered his passion to become the world famous designer that he is today.

One of the main reasons why Paul Smith has become such a success is that he remains continually involved in the business (as he is both a designer and the company’s chairman). His smart and fun collections have earned him a place at the forefront of men’s fashion. His collections are available throughout the globe and are hugely popular in major cities such as London, Paris, Milan, New York, San Francisco and Los Angeles.

Another reason for the brands success is its ability to anticipate, and create new trends. Not only can Paul Smith create these trends in fashion, but he can also create them in pop culture. In addition to this he also manages to develop a great sense of humour that is mixed with his love for traditional and the classic designs.

Today there are several different Paul Smith collections including the Paul Smith Jeans, Paul Smith Accessories, Paul Smith Shoe, PS by Paul Smith and Paul Smith Red Ear collections. They are designed in Nottingham and London and are primarily produced in England and Italy. The fabrics used are primarily from either Italy, France and Britain.

In short, Paul Smith designs the clothes in the way that he likes to wear them. He ensures that all his collections are made from the highest quality materials and processes. He keeps to simple style cuts and uses interesting fabrics that people find easy to wear. Paul Smith believes that his success story and huge popularity is because he remains directly involved in every aspect of the company, from designing the new collections to choosing the best possible fabrics.

 

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

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