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.

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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.

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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Tailored Shorts

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Based on the collections showcased at various fashion weeks across the globe, one of the key pieces for SS13 are tailored shorts, and the notion of shorts suits. It may not be particularly ground-breaking to report that shorts are going to become an influential piece of menswear come spring/summer. Nevertheless, what you should be aware of is the style of shorts that are likely to become popular and the items you choose to pair them with.

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It is clear from my research that a more traditionally tailored style will be favoured by the majority of the high street come SS13, and as Shortlist magazine writes: “It’s all about the slim cut – from hip to hem.” The high fashion designers also demonstrated a penchant for shorts paired with blazers. The concept of the shorts suit (aka a suit jacket worn with matching shorts) has been simmering within spring/summer collections for several years now – could SS13 be the season that this trend comes to the forefront?

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How To Wear
In terms of how to wear, tailored shorts look best when matched with other smart-casual pieces. Oxford shirts, polos, granddad collars and slim-fit knitwear are the perfect accompaniments, and tucking yourself in is also something that complements the essence of this look.
Whether you opt for timeless neutral shorts or more striking statement colours/patterns is completely up to you.

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Modern Shorts Suit & Separates
It is clear that this is a trend which has been trying to claim the limelight for a several seasons now, and I think SS13 could be the time for the tailored shorts suit to shine.

For those looking to take on the shorts suit approach this SS13, it has already been proven that you don’t have to utilise matching pieces in order for it to be successful. The traditional shorts suit is a look that is still not appropriate for the majority of office settings, so instead mix and match your existing separates together in order to create refined, summer appropriate outfits for the weekends or holidaying.

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With this in mind, the style of the shorts is more important, so keep them well fitted at the waist (they should be able to be worn without a belt) and make sure they closely follow the lines of your thighs, stopping an inch or two above the knee.

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Adidas originals 2013

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Original article by Ben Jones here.

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.

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