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.

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Tips for the Spring/Summer 2013

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This spring/summer is definitely one to get excited about. We’ve had the summer of prints and bold colours, and while they were great fun at the time, this summer is all about taking what we’ve learnt from past experiences and refining it.

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Men’s style is really advocating the sensibility that less is much, so this season your mind should be on smaller, more subtle patterns and simple colour combinations that help to communicate your own confidence and natural sense of style. That doesn’t mean you can’t wear what you wore last year, you just need to be more considered when putting a look together.

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1. Old Jacket, New Fit
It seems like every designer is reaching into the past and bringing all kinds of traditional patterns and fabrics back into the modern day, complete with quality cuts and silhouettes.
This is especially apparent in blazers and sport jackets, which are set to prominently feature classic check patterns this spring/summer. Whether you opt for Glen plaid, houndstooth or gingham, look to pick one up in summer appropriate fabrics like madras, linen or cotton blends so when layered over an Oxford cloth shirt, you’ll barely even know it’s there.

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2. The Panama Hat
I mentioned this hat last year when we were covering the comings and goings of Pitti Uomo, and it seems to have done nothing but gather speed.
Forget those black, grey or navy fedoras with stingy brims – the man with the whitest widest brim wins this year.

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3. Colour Me Pastel
This is a really simple upgrade and it can do wonders for all of your looks once the sun begins to shine.Invest in pastel (or chalk-like) colours, they work great for nearly every guy once they’ve got a little bit of colour themselves and can be integrated seamlessly into your wardrobe.
Think pinks, greens, purples and yellows and always make sure to pair them with more neutral pieces to give your look balance and help ground the bolder hue.

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4. Floral Accessories
Yes, I know I said that this spring/summer would be all about keeping things simple – but you should always own accessories that help bring your look to life.
This time, rather than trying to integrate wild patterns into your look, opt for a floral accessory such as a tie, scarf or pocket square. The pattern is subtle, simple and sophisticated and works well with any outfit you build, be it a full suit or simple jeans and t-shirt combination.
Don’t be afraid to invest in florals, it’s just about the only pattern that guys haven’t worn regularly yet.

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5. Check Your Contents
When the weather picks up it’s easy to think that your only options are shorts and polo shirts, day and night. But you’re just plain wrong. With so many pieces being made out of lightweight, breathable materials such as linen, whipcord and tropical wools there’s no reason that you can’t wear a blazer during the day and layer up at night.
It’s just a matter of layering with intelligence as well as style. Try a navy linen blazer with peak lapels for a jacket that can be worn no matter the occasion or weather.

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Original article by Matt Allinson here.

Eyewear Spring/Summer 2013

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Comfort, fit and durability rank high with men when it comes to choosing their eyeglasses. While men are concerned with style, they won’t forsake comfort and fit just to look good. Men have their own tastes, but it may be a wife, girlfriend or significant other who will influence the final style or color of the frame. Lets try to change this by giving away some tips and trends for the next season.

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Nerdy is in. And it is more than evident from the shape trends that are being predicted for eyeglass frames this year. Panto (round) frames are ruling the roost. Regardless of whether you are looking to buy optical frames or sunglasses, this is the trend to pick. Fascinated by everything retro? Oversized accessories have been popular for a while now. A super-crazy trend that was seen in most runway shows was protective eyewear. Whether or not it makes an actual transition to the streets remains to be seen.

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Zachary Quinto being the King of retro in the TV series “American Horror Story”

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Terra Moderna: Specs and shades in this trend have a retro, handcrafted feel, with artisanal touches like leather piecing, weaving, perforations and topstitching. Be on the lookout for materials such as luxe plastics, straw, burnished brass and wood, which all add to a rustic appearance.

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The Ray Ban ClubMaster brings the hottest eyewear style for 2013. In addition to new and modern colors to the market, such as green, red and yellow. The model was launched in the 80s, precisely in 1986, and was inspired by a piece used by Malcolm X in the 50′s, thus becoming a reference in attitude. The Ray-Ban ClubMaster model has became famous for being the hallmark of Mr. Ripley film The Talented Mr. Ripley, besides being the darling of the rock world. Turned counter-culture reference, intellectuals and civil rights leaders, and in recent years has been gaining the fashion world and the streets as an indispensable accessory of personality and style.

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The successful lunch of the new optical collection from MYKITA has become the next level of the industry. This line was created especially for sport lovers, for use in sports. As you can see that all frames are created as sportswear and fashion accessories, as well.

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Do you believe that fashion goes round? The new round shaped frame collection from Marc Jacobs has become the retro chic heritage during the Summer 2013 season. Fans of the 50′s and 60 years and fashionistas, аs well, will be fallen in love with these new Marc Jacobs sunglasses 2013.

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Japanese eyewear label Tana-Gokoro has just released a collaborative effort with fellow Japanese brand hobo in the form of a celluloid fiber-based optical frame. The thin classically-styled frames feature simple silver ornamentation near the bridge and temples for a professorial look.

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New styles from the Thom Browne by Dita Eyewear Collection were introduced for Holiday 2012. The collection sees the reintroduction of both the Wellington and Round frame styles, as well as new color/lens combinations unique to this season. Particularly appealing is the barely-noticeable Thom Browne signature tri-color stripe on the arms.

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Hyde’s Spectacles is yet another Swedish brand that has caught our eye with their upcoming collection. Established in 2010, Hyde’s pride themselves as purveyors of old school craftsmanship. In some ways, we can look to Hyde’s as small run producers, as all of their products are crafted by hand and made in limited numbers. As with all of their previous collections, no Hyde’s logo is found on their products based on their belief that the spectacles should “belong solely to an owner’s personality.”

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Sources: framegeek and buzzle

10 Fashion Lessons We Can Learn From Joseph Gordon-Levitt

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Joseph Gordon-Levitt is a fashion success story. From an awkward teenage alien (“3rd Rock from the Sun”) to a love-struck young professional (“500 Days of Summer”) to a suave dream agent (“Inception”) and beyond, he’s managed to pack a lot of variety into his career. Through his many adult transformations, he’s retained a distinctive but unconscious sophistication, even when he’s after a laugh. His cool and sometimes quirky choices make you want to see what he’ll come up with next, and he seldom disappoints. Men want to look like him, and women want to learn his secret so they can inject some sass and shrewd fashion sense into their man’s wardrobe.

Below, we’ll explore 10 ways Joseph Gordon-Levitt makes fashion his own. His misses are minor, and his hits are dead on.

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10: Don’t Super Size
Men can look super stylish when they learn one of Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s basic but important secrets: Find the right size for your body style and insist on a good fit. Visit a tailor or grab a measuring tape and get the facts straight. Oversizing shirts and pants to conceal flaws like narrow shoulders or love handles doesn’t fool anyone. You’ll just end up looking sloppy. Good tailoring makes the man.

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9: Mix It Up
Joseph has mastered the knack of mixing patterns and colors to create a finished look. There are a couple of tricks to making checks, plaids, prints and solids work together. Here it is: If you’re using multiple patterns, keep the scale, the overall size of the designs, similar. If you are using color to make a statement, go ahead and match or contrast pieces, but take care that the elements you choose share something in common like value (lightness and darkness) or color family (their proximity on the color wheel).

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8: Find a Great Haircut
During his early years, his hair may have looked a little long and messy. We’ll even concede that a center part may not be his best look, but Joseph definitely has the hair thing down now. Whether it’s a little longer, wavy and tousled (and very touchable) or cut close to his head, his hair styles complement his expressive features, balance his jawline and ears, and contribute to his classic profile. Hair trends change from season to season, so being flexible is a good idea, but your hair should suit your face. The next time you have your hair styled, ask for some professional suggestions instead of going with the same old thing.

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7: Experiment
Joseph has a definable look most of the time. It’s tailored, often layered and always coordinated. That doesn’t happen by accident. He’s discovered that vests, V-neck sweaters, jackets with narrow lapels and pants with an impeccable drape and break in front really work well for him.
Experiment with your style until you have a good sense of what works for you, too. After that, add a couple of new, trendy items that speak to your strengths every season as fashions change. That way, you’ll have a flattering wardrobe and still keep everything fresh.

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6: Good Grooming Matters
For his role in “Hesher,” Joseph underwent a pretty astonishing transformation. Wearing a scruffy beard and long, stringy hair, he looked thin, dirty and uncharacteristically unkempt. As a social misfit, he put in an effective performance, but we can also look at his portrayal another way. It’s a cautionary example of the value of good grooming. There’s no doubt that fashion works from the skin out. Keep your hair trimmed, your teeth white and your nails short. Oh, and get clean and stay that way. If your date can smell you coming, it won’t matter much what you’re wearing.

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5: Stand Up Straight
Coming in at around 5 feet, 9.5 inches tall, Joseph Gordon-Levitt is average height. He makes the most of his inches by adopting perfect posture, though. Watch the way he moves, stands and sits. His back is military straight and his shoulders are pulled back. You can often see a slightly upward tilt to his chin that helps create a straight, clean jawline, too. If you want to look good when you’re out and about, don’t slouch — stand up straight. This is one secret of good dressing you just can’t buy.

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4: Buy the Right Jeans
We love him in a suit, but Joseph looks his most relaxed and approachable in a pair of straight leg jeans. Although he has a lean frame that really shows well in jeans, the lesson here is that the right jeans can be your go-to garment for a great look day or night. Avoid baggy styles, and go for a straighter leg if you want to add a little height. Jeans paired with a jacket, vest, sweater or hoodie can look and feel spectacular.

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3: Invest in a Good Suit
As Arthur in “Inception,” Joseph’s slicked-back hair, immaculately tailored wardrobe and economy of movement help create an aura of mystery and danger. In his off-camera suit choices, he’s inclined to go with a little less flash but is careful about selecting suits that fit his narrow frame well, especially at the shoulders and cuffs. This is another instance where a quality garment and careful tailoring can be your best friends.

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2: Pay Attention to Detail
You’ll notice that the overall look Joseph goes for is usually so well integrated you don’t flash on any one element. You don’t think, “Hey, great shades.” or “Wow, I love that sweater.” It all looks right — together. The result: You see Joseph Gordon-Levitt front and center. He’s full of personality and kinetic energy, and his clothes create the right backdrop for his crooked grin and soulful stare. Take a look at his tie widths and shirt collars. You won’t find unsightly gaps, and the separate layers combine expertly. Good dressing is about getting the details right.

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1: Get Comfortable in Your Skin
Actors learn how to move well, but even in repose, Joseph just seems to look comfortable in his clothes. That confidence adds another level to his ability to wear fashion well. He’s careful to choose the right clothes, sure, but once he’s dressed, there’s no mistaking the fact that he’s in charge. He probably wasn’t born exuding casual grace, though. Coming to terms with fashion as a form of personal expression is a process. At some point, Joseph Gordon-Levitt — chic geek and snappy dresser — decided that style was a tool he could use to his advantage, and one he could also relax and enjoy.

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Original article by Sara Elliott here.

Aztec

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Aztec (or tribal) print is once again set to be a big trend this summer for women, but it is also fast becoming a micro trend in menswear. Be it a printed rucksack, t-shirt or even a pair of socks – there are many ways to explore this trend. The Aztec print was slowly filtering through into stores last year, but this year they are all over the high street so make sure you invest in a key piece to be on trend for summer.

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This print is all about strong shapes, fabrics filled with triangles and circles, black outlines and lots of strong colours; if the bold print isn’t your thing then there are plenty of items that incorporate one colour with different shades to show the detail.

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The key to most fashion trends is understanding how to wear it – for those still a little unsure of this trend, my advice would be to invest in a subtle t-shirt like the one from Topman where the print is just on the pocket, it will spruce up your day-time look much more than just a plain tee whilst still taking a nod to the trend. There are even more subtler ways to wear this trend, we are seeing lots of rolled up jeans this year and the designers have used this to add a splash of colour by printing an Aztec pattern onto the roll ups. Then when you are feeling a little braver you can team some Aztec printed shorts with a plain vest, perfect for the festival season.

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So that’s the understated approach, how about those who are willing to experiment a little more? If you are looking to make a statement then layer up your prints – customize your denim jacket with an Aztec design (maybe on the pockets or even around the collar) and wear it over your printed tee, finished off with some denim shorts with more tribal detailing.

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This trend is suitable whether you are shy or eccentric, and with hues of pink, green and orange set to stay in autumn, the Aztec print can be worn into the winter; just tone down the colours to more earthy tones when the weather gets a bit colder and you are good to go.

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Original article by Kara Stanton here.

The Satchel

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The main difference between a satchel and a briefcase is that a satchel is soft-sided. Also, satchels often have straps while briefcases usually don’t.

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The satchel became a fashion accessory and was popular during the 17th century. The satchel predates the backpack.

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Satchels used to be only indicative of bags that men used, that had a flap and typically wore across the body like a messenger bag.

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In literature, the satchel is often associated with the classic image of the English schoolboy: “And then the whining school-boy, with his satchel” is a phrase from Shakespeare’s monologue “All the world’s a stage”.

Today, satchels are very popular and fashionable. The newest trend has been the the introduction of satchels in fluorescent and metallic colours, mostly worn by women.

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Yellow

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yellow is a prominent color that walks a fine line between appealing looks and outright garishness

Yellow is a color that immediately grabs your attention in the most direct way possible.It’s used liberally in various warning signs and labels.It’s bright, loud, and holds the eye instantly””even more so than white.It’s a color representative of spring and summer, at times festive and giddy.
When you decide to wear yellow, let’s face it: you have just decided that you want to be noticed, and not in the most subtle way possible.

Wearing yellow with just about any other color in the spectrum can easily become a fashion land mine.For instance, alternating yellow and black in an outfit may make you look like a human-sized bumble bee.Yellow and orange in an outfit is rather garish, as two loud colors close to one another in the color spectrum tend to clash.In general it’s the brighter shades of color that will clash badly.

Yellow and most other medium colors such as gray and brown can potentially become a fashion misstatement.Also, offshoots of these colors, beige, dark brown and the lighter grays may not compliment yellow very well.Strong colors like orange, green, purple and red should be avoided with yellow altogether in the same attire.

Surprisingly, certain shades of blue match with certain shades of yellow, and to clarify the earlier assessment, certain shades of gray.However, bright/light blues with yellow represent another range of garish color combinations to be avoided.When mixing with medium colors, the yellow should be toned down to a shade similar to pastels, and the medium color should be deep and rich.This makes for a pleasing contrast, for instance, a pastel yellow blouse and medium gray pants or skirt combination.

A pastel yellow dress shirt (perhaps with a white collar) works well with dark gray, navy blue, or black slacks.Everything else in casual wear is a go; shorts, t-shirts and other casual wear.Yellow in paler shades is a light, summer color for just about every informal occasion.However, yellow should be avoided in all but a dress shirt in business and formal wear.

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Oddly enough, weather conditions tend to play a factor for people when deciding what colors to wear.It is far more appealing to be seen wearing yellow on a bright spring or summer day than on a dark and rainy day in fall or winter.Even on rainy days in the spring or summer, people tend to tone down on the bright colors, more than likely a subconscious decision.

The range of colors that accentuate yellow in most clothing attire are the dark tones and shades.Charcoal grays, deep browns, royal blue and similar colors make a good pairing with yellow.A suggestion is to use muted shades of yellow in these color combinations so as not to jar the eye from one part of the outfit to the other.

In closing, yellow is a prominent color that walks a fine line between appealing looks and outright garishness, but with a good eye on coordinating it with other colors and a little care, can be very stylish.

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