The Original Yellow Boot

IT STARTED 40 YEARS AGO WITH A BOOT CALLED TIMBERLAND.

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Founded on quality craftsmanship and Yankee ingenuity, that boot helped build a brand and set new standards in the footwear industry. Its quality, authenticity and rugged outdoor heritage continue—inspiring new collections for today. This post pays tribute to the yellow boots heritage and influence—to the icon that built a brand on this.

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Nathan Swartz started it all in 1952 with the Abington Shoe Company in South Boston. His two sons, Sidney and Herman, joined him a few years later and relocated the company to Newmarket, New Hampshire. In 1973, Sidney introduced one of the first waterproof leather boots of its kind. Incorporating premium full grain nubuck leather, thick rubber lug soles and unprecedented craftsmanship, the yellow boot was an instant classic. He named it the “Timberland”.

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The “Tree” Logo
The mark of quality, right there on the outside of the boot. Timberland was one of the first companies of its kind to boldly brand a product like this. Many discouraged Timberland from burning the logo onto the outside of the boot. They feared it would damage the leather and no one would want to buy. Turns out, the exact opposite happened.

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Timberland didn’t set out to create a new fashion icon. The yellow boot was born for a hard working New Englander. It was form, function and craftsmanship that inspired Timberland to create its yellow boot, not trends and runways. And remaining true to that authenticity is the very ideal that appealed to the fashion world’s trend makers everywhere.
Eventually, selling to stores like Bloomingdales and Saks Fifth Avenue was the beginning of a whole new era of the yellow boot: the boot as fashion.

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The Timberland® brand was known for quality handsewn boat shoes in Europe in the early 1980s. But by the mid-1980s, everyone wanted to know more about the yellow boot. Timberland distributors attended shoe shows across the continent. The rugged, waterproof nubuck leather was like nothing else ever seen on display at these shows. Soon the yellow boot could be found at high-end sporting goods stores, department stores and men’s fashion stores throughout Italy, the United Kingdom and Germany.

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In Italy, the epicenter of the yellow boot explosion, the rise in popularity can in part be credited to the “Paninaro”. The Paninaro movement in the early 1980s was a subculture of youths that were known for their regular hangouts at the “Al Panino” bar—a popular sandwich and burger joint in Milan’s Via Agnello district. They chose the yellow boot as a cornerstone of their fashionable style. By the mid-1980s, the yellow boot was adopted into popular culture in Italy, appealing to a consumer-driven middle class that was searching for a “Made in the USA” look.

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Today the Timberland yellow Boots come in many designs and colors. Over the years many designs have been released as a tribute to the classic or in reference to special events and kinda like the converse all stars, many collaborations with other designers have resulted to a huge supply of models.

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Source: timberland.com

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Tommy Hilfiger

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I was exploring the Tommy Hilfiger site the other day, and I found some interesting ideas on preppy mixed with casual on the spring and fall collections. I thought I would share what I thought were the cream of the pie.
Enjoy!

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And last but not least, a photo from the runway!

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Original article by Panos Pappas
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Beautiful summer themed clothing

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I’ve been collecting some beautiful samples of patterned clothing, which I would like to share. Animal patterns are really in this summer and i couldn’t be happier. There’s not much to say about them except they are really playful and romantic.

Enjoy.

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Birds and other animals.

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Polka dot.

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Floral.

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Aztec.

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Other summer patterns.

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Article by Panos Pappas.

Trends in Rome

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I’ve been in Rome on a convention for the past few days and I think I found my dream city. There are historical monuments all around and beautiful buildings in every street. It hardly came as a surprise that there was a strong fashion sense everywhere. The architecture and the layout of the city serves as an inspiration for classy dressing and makes a beautiful background.

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One of the most evident trends in this city are the weaved leather sandals. Many of the tourist as well as the locals are wearing them even during the night. These come in many styles, from close weaved that look more like shoes, to sandal like.

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The tailored shorts suit is another example of the influence of Rome in fashion. With the weather being so hot, dressing in a full suit during the day can be really inconvenient. Wearing a tailored shorts lets your skin breath without having a negative effect on your style. Choosing a different coloured blazer will add a lighter, casual cent to your outfit.

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Via de Condotti is a busy and fashionable street of Rome. Being near the Spanish steps, the street is visited by large numbers of tourists. It begins at the foot of the Spanish steps and is named after conduits or channels which carried water to the Baths of Agrippa. Today, it is the street which contains the greatest number of Rome-based Italian fashion retailers, equivalent to Milan’s Via Montenapoleone, Paris’ Rue du Faubourg-Saint-Honoré, Florence’s Via de’ Tornabuoni or London’s Bond Street. Via Condotti is a center of fashion shopping in Rome, dating to the atelier of Bulgari which opened in 1905. In addition to Valentino, other designers such as Armani, Hermès, Cartier, Louis Vuitton, Fendi, Gucci, Prada, Dolce & Gabbana and Salvatore Ferragamo have stores on Via Condotti. Others, such as Laura Biagiotti, have their offices there.

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Last but not least, I really enjoyed the Palazzo del Quirinale guards’ uniform, as well as the rest of the polizia’s outfits. They are really stylish without being exaggerated at all.

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Article by Panos Pappas.

Sicilia

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Fashion is not only about clothes, we all know well the showy element of this glamorous un-reality. The shock factor, showmanship and word of mouth play as much of a part of fashion as trends, influences and models. The latter in fact were all but forgotten in Dolce&Gabbana’s SS13 collection. The runway was taken over by Sicilian young men strutting their stuff (and tripping) in the same way as they would walk down their familial avenues in Taormina or Palermo. This was the context our mind’s eye should have projected onto the catwalk, not a theatre in a sweltering Milan, but a sunny Sicilian town, where the smell of the prickly pears and sounds of the dialect are carried by the sea breeze. Sending out real Sicilian men onto the catwalk is more than just an attempt by Dolce&Gabbana to project a different image, but it’s also a commentary on today’s fashion. Gone are the days of ostentatious un-wearable fashion, and we’re back to the purist clothes worn and loved by who choose them.

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The collection in itself is not monothematic however, as, like Sicilians themselves, it has many facets. Gesualdo Bufalino, a Sicilian writer perhaps describes best the peculiarity of the Sicilian population in his book “L’isola plurale”:

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So many Sicilies, why? Because Sicily has had the fate of finding itself, over the centuries, as the link between the great Western culture and the temptations of the desert and the sun, between reason and magic, between the storms of feelings and the heat of passion. Sicily suffers from an excess of identity and I do not know whether this is good or bad.

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Looking back at the average Sicilian young man, wearing his best, with some irony, to attend school was the main image which stuck to the designer’s minds when creating the collection. The joi de vivre, innocence and purity assosciated with youth is reflected in every portion of the show, from the collection, the music and the faces of the young men.

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At the centre of the collection lies the T shirt– easy to wear, quick, casual but also chic, and in warm places- the uniform of young and old. For SS13 jersey has been banned and it’s all about linen gauze. Inspired by the beach umbrellas which add colour to the sun-drenched Sicilian beaches. Green, yellow, blue and red stripes adorn shorts and T-shirts. The print is not clean, but textured for a less blocked, more romantic appearance, as though looking towards the horizon on a hot day.

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Prints are important to Dolce&Gabbana and in recent season they’re enjoyed a sort of rebirth. For SS13, typically Sicilian prints such as temples, the cart and Pupi (traditional puppets) make cotton and linen gauze come alive with the sights, landscapes and traditions of Sicily.

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Trousers and shorts are developed in three main fits for the former and two for the later. Trousers are either classically tailored, or high waisted with double or single pleats- the hems are rigorously cut above the ankle. Shorts are developed in two styles, both with high waists, one version is short, and the other is slightly longer but made voluminous with a crafty play of pleats and cuts.

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The weaved leather sandals typical of Sicilian footwear take on a new life in the Dolce&Gabbana SS13 collection. Stone washed, waxed, and distressed, the humble sandal is reincarnated in a beautiful and exquisitely detailed and highly desirable must have item. Vintage travel sets or everyday bags inspire the accessories such as bags, satchel and rigid suitcases. Soaped leather mixed with linen and aged metal hardware give the impression of a family heirloom.

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Original article by Valentina Zannoni here.

Military Inspiration

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The military influence has been well documented over the years. From avant-garde catwalk pieces to those that we like to label ‘timeless wardrobe essentials’, the forces have had a major part in shaping the cut, colour and cloth of many items in menswear. After the look went through a relatively reclusive period, military has succeeded in establishing itself as big an influence as ever for AW12.

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Definitively masculine, the military aesthetic creates a diverse look that can lean on the side of rugged or maintain a strict sharpness about it. Among the key pieces: military-inspired outerwear such as the trench, duffle, aviator and peacoat, as well as tough footwear options and striking detailing – from epaulettes to buttons.

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Whatever your preference, you can guarantee that a coat inspired by the military forces will be a timeless and versatile classic worthy of investment. The trench coat, for example, offers a great option for the morning commute when rain is a perennial problem. It also doubles as a suitable casual coat to bring sharp lines and a strong silhouette to a dressed down denim and knitwear combination.

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Winter looks built around military boots appeared to have met an untimely end a year or two ago. As a footwear option, however, there is nothing wrong in resurrecting them for a second wind. A strong military-inspired boot is a surefire way to revitalise and refresh your current footwear selection, and doubles up as a sturdy way to combat the treacherous conditions the winter season brings. Avoid pairing them with formal wear or suiting at all cost; the clash of styles is just too extreme.

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Incorporate olive into your wardrobe as a modern neutral, much like you would khaki, grey and navy. Olive mixes well with other autumn tones such as burgundy and camel while also contrasting beautifully against colours like orange, red or yellow for an altogether more striking look.

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Finally, hard wearing materials such as canvas (watch straps or bags) or metal (button detailing and jewellery) will only help emphasise the rugged and durable qualities that military wear is renowned for.

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Original article by Alex Woodhall here.

Espadrilles

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The classic rope-soled shoe of the French Mediterranean is the hot new shoe, as men around the world discover the simplicity and comfort of the espadrille. First appearing in the Pyrenees mountains, espadrilles have become synonymous with summer and the casual ease of the Riviera. Over time, their appeal and look have found their way into modern fashion, and fashion houses such as Versace and Armani have even used them on the runway. Don Johnson sported a pair in white during the early years of Miami Vice on television. Today, however, they have become the easiest to pack and most versatile footwear for a man of any age to wear in warmer climates.

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Espadrilles are normally casual flat, but sometimes high heeled shoes originating from the Pyrenees. They usually have a canvas or cotton fabric upper and a flexible sole made of rope or rubber material moulded to look like rope. The jute rope sole is the defining characteristic of an espadrille; the uppers vary widely in style.

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Origins
The espadrille has been around for centuries maybe even thousands of years. The Archaeological museum of Granada owns a pair of espadrilles that were found on human remains inside the “cueva de los murielagos” (the bat-cave).

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Espadrilles became fashionable in USA in the 1940s. Lauren Bacall’s character in the 1948 movie Key Largo wore ankle-laced espadrilles. The style was revived in the 1980s, due to the success of Miami Vice—the shoe was worn by Sonny Crockett (Don Johnson).
In the summer of 2009 one could see the espadrilles, having a hesitant comeback. Since then, they have become a classic piece of summer footwear for men.

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Espadrilles are unquestionably casual, to the point at which they could be considered more like ‘outdoor slippers’ than shoes. This is definitely not the sort of footwear you can take into a business meeting on Monday morning! However, they are an ideal solution for those planning to spend their holiday deck side, or perhaps walking the dog along the boardwalk in the oppressive twilight heat. Living in Greece, I am used to seeing Men wearing Espadrilles during the morning or the afternoon, on the beach or for a walk. Again, avoid wearing them on dinner, or something even slightly formal.

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Desert Boot Guide

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Regardless of whether you know what you’re talking about or not, it should be drilled into you that your shoes are arguably THE most important part of your wardrobe. You wear them everyday, they protect your feet from all sorts of nasties and they make a big statement about your image and your personality. They should be one of the first things on your list.

For both the initiated and uninitiated the desert boot is the prefect choice. To use a much overused cliché, they’re so easy to dress up and down, looking just as good with a plain tee as a button down and tie. The soft lines and material means they blend seamlessly within a variety of outfits and the choice of colours offers a huge amount of choice.

I would suggest desert boots to anyone in a heartbeat. They have history and they are a timeless classic that will never, and I mean never, go out of fashion; they are above trends and ‘the next big thing’ and they should definitely be a consideration for your wardrobe.

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The Origin of Dessert Boots
During the Second World War, Officers of the British Eighth Army stationed in Egypt took to wearing, in their off-duty hours, simple, comfortable, roughly-fashioned crepe-soled suede boots handmade in Cairo’s Old Bazaar. The straightforward, lightweight design of these boots, partly inspired by Indian chupple sandals and Dutch Voortrekker boots, captured the imagination of Nathan Clark, of the famous Somerset family of shoe manufacturers, when he encountered them while on military service in Burma in the late 1940s.
As soon as he could, Clark set about producing his own version for public consumption. Another possible influence may have been the Chukka boot, popular at the time, whose appearance was not dissimilar.
Early samples failed to generate much interest. But then the Chicago Shoe fair of 1950 saw the US launch of the Clarks Desert Boot in that classically clean, two-eyelet form which has lasted unchanged to this day. The new boot went down well. During these immediate postwar years, when casual footwear was still a relatively novel concept, the informality of the desert boot, akin to that of Levis jeans or the Converse sneaker, held a distinct appeal for several of the decade’s emerging youth subcultures. The French, Italians and Japanese all came to love their Clarks lace-ups.

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Light coloured suede desert boots look fantastic with dark denim, the two tones playing off each other perfectly. Keep the jeans slimmer and you create a refined silhouette which avoids swamping the shoes. Above all, keep things simple. You won’t ever go wrong with a simple but well considered outfit. Basic colours, a good mix of textures and the proper fit will make more difference than plastering yourself in all the bells and whistles.

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One downside to the traditional desert boot is the material; suede isn’t particularly fond of water, snow, ice, dirt or pretty much anything that isn’t sun and dry weather (which it still isn’t particularly fond of, as sun makes suede colour fade), so they aren’t necessarily the perfect choice for winter. The answer is to invest in a leather version.
Should your style be of a more formal disposition, your desert boots will work great with a pair of tailored trousers.

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Coloured chinos are a great addition to any wardrobe, stick to autumnal colours like greens, reds and duskier yellows and you’ll find them to be surprisingly versatile. Just the thing to add a shot of colour to any outfit.
Our weather can still be a bit inconsistent so wearing a jacket rather than a coat could well keep you from sweating your innards away. Throw on a denim jacket over a simple tee and you’ve got yourself a good base to work from; layer up with an over shirt or some fine knitwear.
One thing to remember when you’re choosing your desert boots is that different colours can be just as versatile as brown, so try a navy or a green for something a little different.

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Original article by Will Colman here.

Plaid

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History
The term “plaid” is drawn from a Highland Scots Gaelic word meaning “blanket.” In a culture in which a blanket often served double duty as a cloak, a plaid was an item of clothing as well as an article of bedding.
Over time, the term “plaid” was associated so strongly with the patterns known as tartan that the terms became largely interchangeable, though they have never become complete synonyms. Tartans are woven cloth, originally wool. A tartan was often a twill weave, and was patterned with cross-striping creating broad checks and color blocks. Tartan patterns, or setts, could be used in a range of woven applications, from shawls and capes to the “plaid” blankets the patterns became associated with.
Tartan kilts were commonly worn by Scots Highlanders until the 1700s, and made a massive resurgence in popularity as a result of Queen Victoria and her family’s affection for their Scottish estate and for the cultural elements associated with it. In the nearly two centuries since Victoria’s rule, tartan kilts, shawls, sashes and plaids have been romanticized and given a legendary aura exceeding the actual historical data. But the fabrics and patterns remain beautiful, and the legend adds great pleasure to those who use them.

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Types of plaid

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Madras
Wear Madras plaid and you are likely to be associated with the preppy set. It uses bright colors to make a plaid design that’s printed on lightweight cotton fabric. Prepsters and country clubbers embraced it after the upper crust in Great Britain made it popular. British officers brought it home from Madras, India, in the late 1800s. Indian weavers there were inspired by the Scottish tartans worn by some of the troops, and used vegetable dyes to create the colorful fabrics. This plaid is perfect for summertime, so you see it commonly on summer jackets, shorts and even bathing suits.

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Tartans
Tartans are plaids that represent specific Scottish regions and clans. This plaid uses bright and dark colors on wool fabric. Its history is debated, but most agree Tartans originated before Jesus Christ was born. Entire villages wore the same Tartan in some form of apparel, usually because the village weaver made one very long bolt of cloth that everyone used to make clothing. The most notable Tartan clothing is the kilt. However, tartan fabric and patterns are now made into all manner of clothing and accessories.

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Glen Plaid
Glen plaid uses a combination of small and large checks to create a houndstooth design. It comes from Glen Urquhart, Scotland, and is called Glen Plaid for short. It’s printed on wool and it shows up most often in men’s and women’s blazers, suits and overcoats. However, it’s also popular as a pattern on other items of clothing, such as silk ties, scarfs and handkerchiefs. It’s even used in some bedding collections. Glen plaid is printed traditionally in muted browns and grays, but modern designers print it in all colours.

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Buffalo Check
Buffalo check plaid is the name for a pattern of large square checks in two alternating colors. This plaid is as much associated with American lumberjacks as Tartan is associated with Scots. The lumberjacks often wore red and black buffalo check jackets of wool and buffalo check shirts made of flannel. In fact, the Woolrich company began making buffalo check shirts back in 1850. Today, buffalo check plaids are used for all types of apparel and home goods.

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Plaids are a bold visual pattern often using strong colors and large, clearly marked blocks of color. They are also distinctly directional. Using plaids in design thus presents certain challenges. It has been traditional in fine sewing to attempt to match plaids at seams, even when seams are cut at angles. Where that is not possible easing and careful cutting are used to attempt to reduce the visual disruption caused by mismatched pattern sections.
The large square blocks can cause other visual issues, targeting physical features with the drama of a bull’s-eye target. Great care must be taken when placing both blocks and crossing points in respect to breasts and genitals in particular: a badly placed block or crossing can cause major social discomfort to all.
The dark, intense colors must be used with caution. Often it is best to use a plaid only with solid colors drawn from the plaid itself, or simple blacks and whites.

In its current form, plaid is now applied to lighter materials or incorporated into urban outfits. Ralph Lauren has used it for a short, contemporary pea coat while New York designer Michael Bastian used the traditional red-and-black pattern in many of the clothes for his current collection.
Plaid is resurgent in suits as well. John Slattery, who plays Roger Sterling on the sartorially conscious show “Mad Men,” has gracefully donned the gray plaid suit to remind us that the pattern can be slick enough for the boardroom. To mimic the look — that is, smart exec rather than Canadian hockey broadcaster — stick with subtle patterns rooted in various shades of gray.
For nonoffice occasions, plaid can easily be paired with jeans, but to really honour the fabric and the hardworking fellows who wore it, don’t tuck. Lumberjacks never did, right?

Original article here.

Witty Accessories

We live in a very stressful age. These days fashion all about seriousness and being appropriate for each occasion. One way to lighten up your days is by wearing playful, yet tasteful accessories. It’s a great way to feel like a child again without being icky, and even put a smile on other people’s faces. So below I am presenting some witty accessories that, in my opinion, can be casually worn without undermining your outfit.

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The Moustache Tie-holder.
As you all have surely noticed, moustaches have been in since the last year. Moustache themed accessories came in hand in hand, to take place as a funny retro looking touch on your everyday dressing. I’ve seen many of them, from socks to mustache patterned shirts, but this simple tie holder can be elegant enough not to exaggerate the hole outfit.

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Eyeglasses-Patterned Socks.
Socks are a small part of your outfit, but providing you are wearing plain-coloured pants you can play with different styles and patterns on socks. I like the playfulness of these ones, as they are neutral and can me worn with almost anything.

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Gold Anchor Bracelet.
Anchors were the main theme of the last summer and hopefully they are here to stay. Anchors can add to a classy suit as well as enrich a casual look. From cufflinks to belts and buttons, anchors, and generally nautical themed clothing, is a great way to celebrate the summer. Captains are cool, aren’t they?

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Warbler Pin.
I love pins and brooches. Made of gold, brass, iron or even suede or wood, I thing it’s a kind of male jewelry that we all missed. Fortunately they’re not just for girls anymore. I find this warbler pin fascinating. Its neutral theme and discrete size can make for a great subtle decoration to your dull shirt.

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Vintage Map Watch.
I don’t know what it is that makes vintage maps so cool, but I’m really fond of them. This one is classy but not necessarily formal. The leather strap can be really versatile, while the vintage map background makes it really interesting.

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Skull Earrings.
I always wear a pair of earrings. It’s the only part, of my teenage years as a goth kid, I am holding onto. I would definitely wear this pair of golden skulls without second thought. In my opinion we should all outgrow the taboo of wearing skulls, we are not in the 80s anymore. Either with a rock look, or a casual night out, these skull earrings are enough to give you a load of bad-boy confidence.

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Nerdy Cufflinks.
Nerd is the new jock. It is obvious from the sudden explosion of comicbook-based cinema to the comeback of suspenders and big glasses. I know we are not in high school anymore, but nerd-style is the latest fad now. So why not play with it a little? And since everybody loves Star Wars, this Stormtrooper cufflinks can only be shadowed by… maybe Darth Vader cufflinks.

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By Panos Pappas.