What’s a guy to do when its 100 degrees out and needs to step it up a notch; throw on a button down! You can wear swim shorts, put on a simple button and be set to go for a night on the board walk. It’s best to invest because they don’t go out of style and can literally be worn year round. Below are some easy ways to spruce up your summer basics and some must have button ups for now and later.
If you want a button down that can be worn with any pants your best bet is white or chambray. If you pair the white with denim you’ll have a stylish fool proof look and the chambray will immediately give all your bottoms a preppy feel. Bonus points if layered over a perfectly worn in graphic tee.
Plaid/flannels are back with a vengeance! Wear in place of a sweater on cool nights and brighten them up during the day by pairing them with white shorts, or gray and blue bottoms for a fresh spin on the 90’s classic.
Prints are fun but a tad bit harder to wear during cooler weather. Look for small prints that can be worn solo or with a tee now and then under a sweater later.
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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
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.
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.
Rugged winter boots can turn your basic button downs and sweaters into a cool effortless look. Pair with distressed denim, corduroy’s or even slacks for a stylish twist. Tips: if wearing skinnies show more boot; if wearing baggy bootcuts, tuck the front hem into the boot and don’t be afraid to show some sock; and with slacks roll ‘em up a bit but keep the pants baggy for a rough, preppy touch.
How can you not love Jessica Biel’s adorable Smythe Fair Isle Coat; it’s totally my look and captures the classic Winter style (with great selections for men too!). Check out my affordable finds below.
There’s nothing like a clean-cut suit on a man. It exudes confidence, authority and most of all an elegance that never goes out of style.
I’m prepared that a lot of you out there will think Brad Pitt’s outfit is a hot mess; but I can’t help myself. I love it! For reasons I can’t quite articulate, the khakis/sweater combo gives off this sexy Mr. Rogers look that just…works for me. And yes, I even think the dirty, tussled hair adds to the whole vibe. So if you’re in the mood to get down and dirty with your inner nerdy, try Brad’s look for less with pieces from Hanes, Karmaloop, Kohls and more!
Gone are the days when fashion trends were simply meant for women. Guys have now become equally conscious about what they wear and how they accessorize themselves. Men are now equally interested in fashion weeks held at the four major destinations Milan, Paris, London and New York.
Whether you are a style guru or an average guy, fashion trends for spring 2011 will not disappoint you.
Globe Totter: The hottest trend of spring 2011 reflects the Captain Cook look. Do you remember the captain sailing on Pacific Ocean? The fashion idea for 2011 is similar – West meets East. The fashion week held in New York played with the idea – clothing as storytelling. Clothing that gives a feel of adventure are going to be a big hit this year.
Duckie Brown: The Duckie Brown collection displayed by Daniel Silver at New York 2011 Spring Fashion Week clearly conveyed the message that the effort was to make every single piece unique. This collection perfectly reflected the West meets East look. If you are in search of a similar style, opt for garments that exhibit an eccentric mix of patterns and colors.
Gilded Age: The clipper ships and the Pan American World Airways uniforms are the inspiration for this style. You can find shirts designed with fabrics that look aged by the sun. Drawstrings at your waist, epaulettes and multi-pocket jackets are going to bring the vintage look.
Billy Reid: The Billy Reid collection was another major success at New York Fashion week spring 2011. The designer was inspired by his birthplace Louisiana and his creations captured the essence of the Louisiana style. His collections displayed madras jackets with hand made patchwork, heirloom buckled belts, the kind of dresses that would evoke a sense of tradition. Wearing a Billy Reid garment can give you the vintage look you are crazy about.
If you want to keep pace with the spring fashion trend 2011 look for some of these things including epaulettes, leather travel bag, vintage prints, sun aged fabrics, lived-in leather jackets, jackets with multiple pockets, handcrafted detailing, awning stripes and many more.
The following is a guest post by Stylist Manifesto!
As far as headwear goes, we fellas have unlimited choices regardless of weather outside. One of my favorites is the classic new era fitted with current colors ranging from the bold to more subdued hues. Check out my selection below:
The hundreds ‘chop’ hat in blue – $30 at
Even though the economy currently sucks, one must still expand his or her wardrobe from time to time. This is where shopping on a strict budget comes in. For this post in going to craft two outfits for under $200. Just for the frugal, fashionable fella.
We’ll start off with a more dressed-up version of the casual ensemble. This single button blazer is a great start, especially at only $34.20 at yesstyle.com.
This is a refreshing change from the traditional button-up as it’s not only a textured example, but also a utility version with shoulder detailing. The gray palette is wonderfully visited in modern form. Note the complementary neckwear that follows $16.00 at topman.com.
The diagonal pattern nicely reflects that romantic evening you’ve got planned for your baby, and @ $6, how can you pass it up? Topman.com baby!
There’s just something wintery about silver! This tie in brushed silver stands out beautifully against the gray utility shirt and the reflection from the silver fleck will definitely catch your mamita’s fancy. Enjoy for only $6 at topman.com.
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