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
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-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
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
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.
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.
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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.
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.
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
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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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.
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.
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