Shoes For Every Man!

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As men’s fashion is constantly evolving, shoes are going right along with these trends.  Your shoes say a lot about you! Nowadays designer details, buckles, fabrications, colors and style variations have become much more accessible to the everyday shopper.

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At this time of year, your choice of footwear is more important than in any other season. As the chill settles in and the days get colder, the key consideration for any man should be comfort, weather resistance and warmth. Boots come out as the clear winner for the aforementioned deliberations. They provide timeless styling and craftsmanship to your ensemble

ImageIn the midst of fashionable shoe trends, this season of men’s footwear has tons to offer – high tops, low tops, loafers, wingtip, leather, suede, denim, laces, sporty, casual and formal. Perhaps the most dominant and recurrent men shoes trend this year is the brogue shoes, moccasins and saddle shoes.

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Color variety and bold patterns define the footwear fashion trends for men and women this year. While you’ll still never go wrong with the basic black or brown shoes, you should get, at least, a pair of shoes in a livelier shade to spice up your wardrobe and stay in style

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With multiple boot options to offer – Desert, Chukka, Biker, and Worker – men have an array of footwear to opt from. The traditional Chelsea Boot is an old favorite, characterized by the signature elasticated side panels and lightweight sole. This season alone, designers such as Paul Smith, Jimmy Choo, Grenson and Ralph Lauren have all featured Chelsea boots in their collections.

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Despite their conventional aspect, the style of Chelsea boots is versatile enough to transcend the seasons. To reflect this, Balenciaga reworked thee boots in a sleeker, sharper design with a modernist cutout panel.  GQ describe the Chelsea boot as “The One Boot You Need This Autumn” and write that Chelsea’s “…blend the urbanity of a good dress shoe with the all-weather protection of a good leather boot.”

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The beauty of boots stems from its resourcefulness. They are easy to dress up with sleek, slim-fit tailoring or down with jeans or casual wear. The key is to remain simple with outfit choice and pair boots with uncomplicated, unfussy clothes in subtle, dark hues. Simply put, go for shoes that complement your style! 

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How To Wear A Sweater Vest

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Come fall season, we are bound to experience the return of the sweater. Basically there are two primary reasons for the popularity of sweater vests in any man’s wardrobe: functionality and style. This apparel undoubtedly adds flair to your outfit.

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Starting with the functionality factor, sweater vests can fit well under a jacket. Especially in the winter season, woolen ones with provide a layer of warmth and have the unique property of retaining heat, unlike a cotton dress shirt, which doesn’t do as great of a job in cooler temperatures. Sweater vests will not only keep you warm this season, but also make you look pretty sleek and slim. Vests enable you to dress sharp instead of just throwing on a hefty overcoat.

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Secondly, sweater vests give a sense of formality to the wearer. With single-breasted jackets or a three-piece suit, it gives a narrower with the V-neck. Resultantly, a closed up look gives a more formal and monochromatic look to your attire.

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From 9-5, keep your colors solid and neutral. In the evenings, one can get creative and go for patterned vests. And if your goal is to look slimmer, stick with a darker vest and a lighter shirt – not vice versa. It makes your torso look slimmer, drawing attention to your shoulders and arms.

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Sweater vests can be suitable anywhere, as long as you keep it age appropriate. A white dress shirt and charcoal sweater is timeless and stylish. For the younger lot, try a plaid or checked shirt. In addition to this, thinner, fine, gauge vests are dressier while the chunkier versions can be relatively more casual. These can easily be layered with a suit, blazer or dress shirts. However always remember: if you’re leaving the shirt un-tucked, beware of the tails.

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Have fun with the sweater vest! It’s an essential item to have in your core wardrobe. But you have to do it right. Ill-fitted vests can kill the entire feel of the outfit and make you appear sloppy. If it’s too small, it will make you look stuffed. Too big or oversized, will make you look big and the bunching at the sides will add to your waist. According to fashion gurus, the perfect fit is one that allows you enough room to move comfortably, but not so much room that armholes gape and the waist sags! 

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Colored Denim For Men: Yay Or Nay?

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It’s hard to miss this season’s most prominent denim trend: colored jeans. Potent shades of red, green, navy blue, beige, yellow, is now showing up on jeans in fashionable design wear. This trend has been hitting the streets on men, as well as women, and getting the full glory treatment in the fall/winter collection from leading brands and designers.

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Celebrities and fashion gurus to people from all walks of life have been spotted in colored denim several times recently. The apparel industry has been bombarded with this fashion fad as of late. Blue jeans may be the most famous and traditional denim choice for men, but keeping denim interesting and fun for the coming season means mixing it up with color. Whether it’s a statement red or an earthly tone, colored jeans are a definite worthwhile investment for your wardrobe.

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The thing with bright denim is that they make your jeans the focal point of your outfit. Color blocking is no longer gender specific and confined to the fairer sex alone. Colors have traditionally presented greater challenges for men. However hues like reds, yellows, blues and greens – more muted shades – for men’s jeans eases guys into the trend.

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The trick is to pick a color and a style that suits your body type. If you’re comprehensive about bold and bright shades, don’t be afraid to “toughen” up pastel colors. Perhaps the full gelato look is not for you, and you can wear pastels back with black, charcoal, grey or tan. Men have been adding color in different arenas of their wardrobe from socks to button-down shirts and now it’s time for pants.

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Men aren’t buying into basics nowadays. It’s time for the consumer to look for something they don’t already have. Color is literally EVERYHWERE. It’s a case of pick a color, any color. 

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The Best Jeans For Your Body!

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Contrary to popular belief, all jeans are not made equal. Nowadays, there is an assortment of different styles and fits. Jeans are the most popular attire form of casual dress around the globe and we all have our trusted, go-to jeans that we rely on for all occasions. With changing fashion trends, the patterns of jeans have also been varying. Our wardrobes are now riddled with different kinds of jeans: baggy, loose-fit, boot-cut, flare, straight cut, and skinny jeans.

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Essentially there are four different types of fits. Boot cut defines a close fit with a slight flare towards the bottom, wide fit is loose fitting from waist to bottom, slim fit is slightly tapered but not form fitting and straight cut is neither tapered nor excessively loose.

A traditional/straight cut is perfect for a classic look with minimum fuss, and particularly flattering for tall, thin men. Flared jeans are great for athletic builds that want to show off their definition and can be comfortably worn with riding boots due to their roomy construction around the ankle.

Loose/wide-fit has more room around the thighs and ankles and is suitable for those who want a roomier, more casual pair of men’s jeans. However, make sure that you pick the right size for your body type and don’t end up with extremely baggy jeans.

The key characteristic of skinny jeans is that they fit close to the body, not just above the knee, but below as well. The most important thing to understand about skinny jeans is that they don’t necessarily make you look skinny per say. They work best on slender body types and cater to the younger crowd.

The rise is defined as the distance between the waistband and the crotch; the traditional distance is roughly 11 inches. There are three basic rises when it comes to men’s jeans; low-rise, mid-rise and high-rise. The most common amongst these would be the mid-rise jean, which rests right around your belly button. Similarly, low-rise jeans fall below the belly button and high-rise jeans are above.

First rule for buying the best jeans for your body is understanding what your body type is. Don’t go for jeans that make you look unflattering and chunky. Also, avoid jeans that look like they’ve gone through the shredder several times. Holes, frays, patches, multiple zippers, unnecessary buttons and embellishments were probably deemed ‘cool’ back in the 80s. Not anymore!