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The Trifecta Of Terrible: 3 Fashion Pitfalls of the Modern Man

The Trifecta Of Terrible: 3 Fashion Pitfalls of the Modern Man

Life is tough. Between work, friends and family, it’s no wonder that such nebulous concepts like ‘fashion’ are often left on the back burner. While we may not be able to turn you into James Franco, here are three common mistakes in grooming, style and fashion to avoid at all costs.

1) You are not a Movie Star.
Unless you ARE a movie star, and statistically your probably not, don’t try to look like one. Especially, don’t try to dress or style yourself like a character you saw in a movie. A Leather jacket and wraparound shades does not a Terminator make, and unless you work as hired muscle for a bond villain, this is something to be avoided. Similarly, adding a hat from the 1930s to your daily outfit does not make you look debonair, drop it for a short haircut and save the classic cover for Halloween. Think simplicity, and perhaps trendiness, never fabulous. You can definitely look fabulous, but don’t try to.

2) Long Live The 80s, But Not In Your Hair
The 80s were a great time, but that time is past. Mullets and ‘big hair’ in general is gone, and the slicked back oiled look is out on everyone but used car salesmen. As far as accessories, Aviators are out unless you are actually an aviator, anything that looks like it came directly off the hide of a jungle animal is a no go. People can and have wrote books on the styles of today, but a good rule of thumb is that if you saw it on Magnum, PI, let it stay there.

3) You Are Not A Billboard
This is a major mistake, especially for younger men. The so-called ‘Graphic’ clothes market has been slowly expanding like a multicolored tumor across the backs of the uninformed. The jackets that look like Picasso drew on your back with glitter are completely out. Burn them, give them to someone you don’t like, whatever. Unless you are going to a very specific event, like wearing a car shit to a car club meeting, shirts with words, quotes, full front or back pictures can go the same way. Double goes for clothes with giant branding. Nike is great, but don’t leave your house with a four foot tall swoosh on your back. Some shirts have a tiny little brand on a shoulder or breast pocket and that is OK, but avoid even that in anything resembling a professional setting.

A Bonus Tip: Here is something that a lot of people tend to leave out, but can actually make a huge difference, especially in a professional setting. Befriend a tailor. Custom fitting is not the exclusive purview of thousand dollar outfits and CEOs, and the world’s best outfit can still look less than perfect if it doesn’t fit right (and it probably doesn’t unless your body type is exactly that of a store mannequin). That said, custom tailoring does add a bit to the price of an outfit, but its far more reasonable than most people think. At the very least, hit up your favorite search engine or phone book and see what comes up.

And that is as they say, that. This is by no means a definitive guide to modern fashion, but if you keep these three tips in mind, you will avoid the worst of the worst.

About Author: Jason Bates is laid-back guy who is happiest when he is out running trails outside of his rural home. He also enjoys rock climbing, cooking with his wife of eight months, and recently discovered how to save money through regular credit score monitoring with the help of creditscore.net

Why Stripes Are Always Great In The Summer

Stripes are great for all seasons, and are a timeless clothing pattern, but summer is undoubtedly the best time for pulling out those stripy clothes – or even the best excuse for buying a whole bunch of new ones!

Go Colorful

A colorful stripy top or accessory can exude summer, because, as we all know, it is great to wear colorful clothes in the summertime and anything with stripes by default has to have more than one color in it! There are loads of color schemes available in the shops, ranging from those on the more vivid end of the spectrum, such as rainbow and neon, to much more neutral tones such as shades of blues, greys and pinks. Colored stripes go great with a pair of plain-colored shorts or jeans too, meaning that you don’t need to get a whole new wardrobe to feel summery. Instead of having to choose a plain old one-colored top to go with those shorts, why not try a stripy vest-top?

Accessorize

If you want to add some color and style to your wardrobe without wearing a colorful top, why not try accessorizing with stripes? There are a huge variety of accessories, including bracelets, hairbands, scarves, bags and shoes in the shops that are beautifully made with striped patterns. If you don’t want something too bright, try a neutral color scheme – cream and pale orange is a great one at the moment, or perhaps you prefer the classic white and pale blue? If you’re looking for something to add some variety while remaining perfect for a smart outfit, try stripes in shades of grey! Alternatively, many of the big brands are really getting into the theme of neon this year, and you might be able to find yourself a great bright accessory, should that be what you desire.

Stripes and Your Figure

Most of us feel as though we have put on at least a little winter-weight after Christmas, and therefore stripping off those layers for the summer doesn’t always feel that appealing. But did you know that horizontal stripes can do wonders for your figure? As well as emphasizing your waist-shape, they make your whole torso appear slimmer than it is, creating a great ego-boosting illusion. As well, a bikini or swimsuit in colorful stripes often keeps the attention away from the rest of the body, making you feel confident when you are sitting by the pool.
Don’t forget to add stripes to your wardrobe and you’ll never be wondering what to wear on a nice day to make you feel good about the weather and your body! Whether it be a top, shorts, a skirt, shoes or accessories, always make sure that you’ve got something bright, colorful, and appealing to look at somewhere on your person.

This is a guest post. Stripes and summer colors are the focus of Crew Clothing newest summer range. Visit http://www.crewclothing.co.uk for more details on the summer clothing range.

How to Choose a Shirt That Fits

With so many different styles of shirt now available and with everybody suiting and feeling comfortable with certain styles, it can be a difficult task to find the right shirt for you, and more importantly, one which fits.

We take a look at the different styles available and how best to choose a style which will suit, and fit you!

Get Measured
The one thing men don’t do is have themselves properly measured. Unless you are visiting a tailor then most retailers will size their shirts based on neck size and arm length. It’s really important to know this and choose a suitable shirt. Remember you don’t want your collar to choke you to death, it should fit snugly but comfortably.

Purpose
First and foremost get the occasion you are going to wear your shirt in right. Is it for a social occasion or a shirt you intend to wear in a more formal guise, such as work or a job interview? There will be some shirts which will also work in both situations but just be conscious of this.

Also important at this stage is whether you intend to wear a tie with the shirt or not. Though not impossible to match plaid, chequered and striped shirts are more difficult to match to ties.

Fits
Shirts will often come in a different range of fits. Different retailers will vary what these are called but they generally fit into 3 categories:

  • Tailored Fit – likely to fit closely to and hug your stomach and chest and arms.
  • Slim Fit – like a tailored fit shirt these shirts won’t be as slim fitting around the stomach as a tailored fit shirt
  • Classic/Standard Fit – shirts of this type typically have no tailoring at all.

You preferred fit will often depend on your body shape, but as a very general rule men with a more athletic physique will better suit tailored and slim fit shirts. Men with a rounder frame will suit a classic fit.

Collars
Like fits collars breakdown into even more different types. Rather than try and remember the name of each one just remember that a collar frames your neck and your face. You can therefore use a collar to balance yourself out; for example if you have a long neck and face got for a shorter cut away collar. If you face tends to be more round opt for a spread or long collar to help your face look longer.

About Author: Hayden Taylor are specialists in designer menswear. From Ralph Lauren Sweatpants, to Laine Taylor Shirts, they cater for a range of occassions and styles.