Understanding Mens Fashion

Do you want to be a fashionable male? Mens fashion has changed dramatically over the years and now days there are even men painting their nails, getting highlights and even wearing man purses. If you want to be a fashionable male then you need to understand a few things.

What you need to understand

Fashion is what you make it – The first thing you need to understand about fashion is that it is only what you make it, nothing more. If you want to be fashionable then you need to understand all different styles are fashionable, you just have to figure out what your style is.

Painting your nails isn’t necessary – Most new age men think that they have to paint their nails whether it is a clear coat or even a color. I understand men painting their nails with a clear color but for them who use red and pinks I just don’t understand.

Boots work wonders – Something many men learn very quickly especially when they are a bit short is that boots and pants work wonders. If you are a little shorter than you would like then I want to help you out, get a stylish pair of boots to wear because they will help with the visualization of looking taller and they make you look slimmer.

A jacket can accentuate your curves – I bed you didn’t know what all a jacket can do for you, right? A jacket can do more than just keep you warm, it acts a wrap to show off your best parts. For example if you want to show off your arms it would be a wise idea to get a jacket that has tight sleeves so people can see your arms, but if you want to show off your chest you should wear a jacket that is a half zip so people can see your chest. Always know what it is you are wanting to impress people with and stick with that.

If you want to be a very fashionable male then you need to understand that all the work starts from you and you are the only one that can get you from fashion no-no to fashion icon. Think about it because this is your wake up call to become the fashion icon that you were meant to be. If you don’t believe me then maybe you will believe a friend of mine who turned into a fashion icon simply by wearing mens Italian shoes.

Buying Mens Fashion Online

When people first think of fashion it is easy to assume that it is something really marketed towards the female gender. However that is a common misconception – after all, men do wear clothes! When we think of fashion it is usually skinny supermodels strutting down a cat walk that spring to mind but realistically there is so much more to offer when it comes to fashion and the way people dress.

With mens fashion there tends to be 2 opposite ends of the scale. Over recent years we have seen a massive rise in the number of metrosexual males we have – those males that like to spend time getting ready and care about what they wear. The opposite end of the scale are men who don’t really care about the latest aftershave or the newest leather shoes and just dress in what they see in shops that they like!

Thankfully when it comes to buying mens fashion online there are loads of retailers to suit what you are looking for and that are able to sell you what you want. It doesn’t matter whether you are after something cheap and cheerful or you want to splash out on an expensive suit you will be spoilt for choice when it comes to using the world wide web to buy your products.

It is easy to search for mens fashion websites online and even a quick search on Google should be enough to point you in the right direction. However you do need to look out for the fact that sizes and measurements can vary from store to store – much the same as they do on the high street. As you are unable to try clothes on before your purchase it is important that you know your measurements and check them against the description on the clothes you want to buy to make sure that they fit.

On top of this it is wise to check the websites return policy to see what they can do for you if for any reason the item that you buy doesn’t fit. Some stores allow you to return free of charge where as others require you to pay the postage to return the item so it is worth checking before you buy in case you do need to return it for any reason.

What is important to remember is that mens fashion isn’t necessarily just what is hot this season or what the fashion magazines tell you to wear. You need to make sure that the clothes you are buy are ones that you like and feel comfortable in wearing, so that you can feel happy and content in the clothes that you are wearing.

Scandinavian Mens Fashion

The region of Scandinavia is situated in Northern Europe that includes a set of progressive countries like Sweden, Denmark, Norway along with Finland and Iceland. The area particularly famous for modern day furniture designs of clean straight line that is futuristic in nature easily translates into land of fashion and street wear, with a lot of designers coming from Copenhagen and Stockholm in recent past.

Forging ahead in Mens Fashion is Norse Projects, Danish Company established in 2004. Focusing at Urban Chic, the shop is well established and popular in Copenhagen. It opened to a warm welcome in London too. They have a whole lot of new and classic brands that reflect the overall unique look.

Acne is one of the Swedish labels that is leading the way to must haves in denims and extending the way to laid back tailoring in Men’s fashion. Sack suit from Ralph Lauren with a classic cut and a sack style is following in the similar track. This particular style may not be apt for all body types but a host of modern designs in movies like Oceans Twelve showcases a lot of tapered suit that simply spells cool and never fails to impress.

Stylized and affordable jeans are the front runner for fashion houses as Cheap Monday. This house that started off as a weekend store combining old with new is flourishing now and their skinny jeans are must have among the fashion vista.

Another Danish house started by the famous Nikolaj Neilsen, also started off with a background in denims. Rooted deep with traditional and classic design, they offer an extensive array of ready to wear jeans. Our legacy in Scandinavian fashion world is easily a fan of checked shirt, rightly called the fashion Phoenix. These classic shirts can be worn by itself or with round neck cotton knits combined with denim giving that timeless college look. This look is definitely setting the trend this autumn/winter.

As per Scandinavia’s geographical location, jackets and nautical themes feature high on agenda. Uniforms for the dedicated, a recent upcoming design house offers a host of chunky knits, Horizontal striped t’s, plaid shirts along with Chelsea boots and sailors hats. With winters round the corner, the right jacket is a necessity. This winter will revive the classic military trench coat. This season team up the designer jackets with the right accessory for the cool, chic look in Men’s Fashion.

Sarasota Shopping Districts

Sarasota is a beautiful small city on the Gulf Coast of Florida that feels like a small town. Each Sarasota shopping district is walkable, and most are within 10 minutes of each other. Sort of like lily pads on a pond, each with its own characteristic atmosphere and charm. While there are local shopping malls, it’s much more interesting to search out the unique shops & restaurants that make you feel you’re in a special place. Sarasota’s shopping districts include Downtown Sarasota, Burns Square, Southside Village, Southgate Shops, Gulf Gate, St Armands Circle, and Siesta Key Village.

  • The Downtown Sarasota shopping district encompasses Main Street, Lemon Avenue, Pineapple Avenue, First Street, and State Street. Whole Foods Market Centre anchors the First Street and Lemon Avenue area. Also on First Street, you’ll find Envie, a fabuloso sort of home decor and gift shop, Petropolis pet boutique, T. Georgianos Shoe Salon, Write-On Sarasota, and Jane Boutique. Lemon Avenue is the site of the very popular Downtown Sarasota Farmers Market, which extends from First Street to State Street every Saturday from 7AM to 12Noon year-round. It’s full of produce, flowers, plants, ready-to-eat foods, arts and crafts, music, and all kinds of dogs leading their owners from booth to booth. At the corner of Lemon Avenue and Main Street, Mattison’s City Grille is an outdoor, covered restaurant with top-quality live entertainment most nights. Main Street is a multi-block stretch of local shops and restaurants that offer foods of every international flavor, including Asian, Greek, French, Mexican, Spanish, Italian, and American standards, among other tempting cuisines. During Season, Main Street, Pineapple Avenue’s Five Points Park, and Lemon Avenue are the site of numerous arts and craft fairs and holiday street festivals. Palm Avenue features many art galleries, which participate in the First Friday Art Walks each month during Season. It’s easy to miss State Street, which is tucked just south of Main Street. At State of the Arts Gallery, you’ll see world-class art by local artists, most of whom are entirely self-supporting through their art. Also on State Street is European Focus, a charming shop with gifts from various European countries, and owners who lead custom small tours of cities in Europe during the summer.
  • Burns Square is a small historic Sarasota shopping district and dining neighborhood two blocks south of Main Street, on Pineapple Avenue and Orange Avenue. A destination for art-film afficionados due to the Burns Court Cinema one block west of Pineapple, Burns Square will surprise you with excellent quality fashion (L Boutique, L’Atelier, Paris Couture), home furnishings (Malika, Sarasota Trading Company, Jack Vinale 20th Century Classics), contemporary craft (Parkland Art Gallery), and orchids (Awesome Orchids), for example.
  • Southside Village radiates out from the intersection of Osprey Avenue and Hillview Street, about one mile south of downtown Sarasota. There are restaurant hot-spots such as Libby’s, Sam Snead’s, Gateway to India, Chutney’s, and Pacific Rim. Morton’s Market is a gourmet market that displays a wide range of foods, including fresh produce, deli, home-cooking-style hot meals, meats, condiments, and baked goods. At night, the 5 O’Clock Club and New York New York fill the neighborhood with patrons ready for dancing and listening to music.
  • Southgate Shops, on Siesta Drive east of Tamiami Trail, offers local Sarasota shopping on the north side of Siesta Drive, including Kazu Japanese food, Fuel motorcycle café, Deli Lane gourmet deli restaurant, Bloom Organics, a yarn shop, and a compounding pharmacy, among other retailers. On the south side of Siesta Drive is Westfield Shoppingtown – Southgate Mall, Sarasota’s upscale mall, with anchors Saks Fifth Avenue, Talbot’s, and Macy’s.
  • Gulf Gate is an old neighborhood of mostly one-story buildings with international restaurants, bars and shops. On Gateway Avenue, The Irish Rover presents live music 6 nights a week, along with hearty comfort food. On Superior Avenue, Zest Café feels like a cozy European hideaway, with healthy, creative and delicious home-cooked food. On Gulf Gate Drive, Veg restaurant presents a menu of vegetarian dishes and friendly service.
  • St Armands Circle is located on Lido Key, just across the John Ringling Bridge from downtown Sarasota. At its center is a small park, with shopping and dining streets radiating out in all directions. There are many popular restaurants on St Arrmands, including The Columbia, Cha Cha Coconuts, L’Europa, The Crab & Finn, and Settimi gelato and pizz. Shops include typical mall shops like Chico’s, along with some local unique retailers. Off one of the spokes of the Circle is Lido Beach, where you can walk right out to the Guld and watch the beautiful surf and sunsets. During Season, there are art shows and jazz concerts on the Circle.
  • Siesta Key Village is lined with funky beach bars, restaurants, and cafes, such as S.K.O.B. (Siesta Key Oyster Bar), Gilligan’s, Baja Hub, The Beach Club, Blu Smoke, Blasé Café, Sun Garden Café, JoTo Japanese food, and numerous others. Many of them draw you closer with musicians playing live music on their decks and in their outdoor eating areas. There are also ice cream shops, of course, such as Big Olaf. For gifts, stop in at Bliss. The Beach Bazaar is an emporium of clothing, bathing suits, flip flops, kitchy gifts, hats, and other fun stuff for vacationers. Fun during the day, Siesta Village continues into the night with live music at many of its venues.

How to Buy Vintage Jewelry at Thrift Shops

Some of the best places to find great vintage costume jewelry are thrift shops. You’ve seen the big stores – Goodwill, Salvation Army, Savers…and then there are the charity shops run by churches and non-profits. All of them receive donated jewelry, and I have found some amazing pieces in thrift shops. It seems to me that the larger chain shops have better prices than the smaller charity shops, but it really depends on who is pricing the jewelry when they put it out for sale. Some shop employees are very savvy about values, but some aren’t and they often price jewelry very low. Maybe they figure that if it isn’t real gold it isn’t worth much. Good for us!

Thrift shop shopping has lost the stigma of being just junk shops or places where the down-and-out shop.

A great tip is to become friendly with the staff of the shops that you visit. One clerk lets me rummage through the jewelry bins before she prices them and puts them out on the floor. Another lets me know when they get a large amount of jewelry donated.

Find out when the shop has their specials. One store in my town has a 30% Senior discount on Wednesdays. Guess which day is my shopping day!

Sometimes the shop management will put a large amount of jewelry in a plastic bag and sell the bag for a fixed price. If you find these, examine the bag as closely as you can – you won’t be allowed to open it, and there’s lots of junk in there, mostly stuff that didn’t sell, and often lots of plastic Mardi Gras beads. I bought these bags a few times, and it was fun sorting through everything, but I wound up donating most of it to a nursing home for crafts projects. I have found a few really nice pieces this way, but I don’t think it was really worth the time and trouble.

Most thrift shops have a glass case where they keep the better stuff. Ask to see pieces that interest you, and examine them closely. Look closely at the racks where they usually hang the cheaper stuff. I found a sterling silver Native American belt buckle, with a turquoise stone in it and signed by the artist, hanging in a zip lock bag on a rack. I bought it for $2.80 and sold it on eBay for $52! It was badly tarnished, but I polished it up and it was beautiful.

There always seem to be lots of watches in those cases. Beware of copies of famous makes, and buy only name brands that you recognize. Make sure the band is in good condition and that there are no scratches on the crystal. The watch probably won’t be working, so plan to spend $5 to $7 for a battery. If you’re buying for resale, be sure to include the cost of a battery to see if the watch is worth buying. You’re taking a chance there – it might not work even after a new battery is installed.

Whether you are buying jewelry for your own collection or for resale, there are several things to look for when examining thrift shop jewelry.

1. Condition, condition, condition: You are going to come across all kinds of jewelry in all kinds of condition. Look for broken clasps, missing stones, worn metal finishes, and any green material on gold tone jewelry. The green stuff is corrosion, and it can’t be cleaned off. Pass on that one. Check that stone settings are tight, and if they aren’t, be careful with the piece – you should be able to tighten them. If the piece is dirty you can clean it. Bring a jeweler’s loupe or strong magnifying glass so you can examine the piece closely.

2. Is the piece signed? The name on the back of a pin or earring, on the clasp of a necklace or bracelet, or on an earring clip is the “signature” of the designer. Signed pieces can be more valuable than unsigned, but there are also many many “unsigned beauties” out there. Look for the name, and if there is a copyright symbol ©, that means the piece was made after about 1955. No symbol – you probably have a real vintage piece. Look for the numbers 925 on silver jewelry – that means it’s sterling silver, and if the price is right, you’ve got a steal.

3. Price: It’s hard to put a price on thrift shop jewelry – the cheaper, the better, of course! I try not to spend more than $3 for a pin, bracelet, necklace or pair of earrings. You might come across something really spectacular that costs more, and if you think you can profit from it, or you want it for yourself, go ahead and buy it. A good rule of thumb when shopping thrift shops is this: If you like it but aren’t sure, set yourself a limit, say $5. If it turns out to be not so great, you’re not out that much. As mentioned, some thrift shop employees know more about jewelry, and will price some pieces too high for you to sell and make a profit. But there seems to be quite a bit of employee turnover in these shops, so the next person pricing jewelry might not be as knowledgeable.

Shop Til You Drop in Los Angeles

Los Angeles is the second-largest city in the United States, and this sprawling, sweeping metropolis offers many different opportunities for vacationing visitors to have fun. Riding thrill rides in amusement parks, taking a boat to Catalina, surfing and people-watching on the beach, nightclubbing, mountain hiking and star-gazing in Hollywood are just a few. But people in the know realize that shopping in Los Angeles is also great fun. So much so, that in some ways shopping in this hub of entertainment almost seems like a sport.

Unlike the enclosed, traditional shopping malls of many American cities, most shopping venues in Los Angeles are actually outdoor affairs. In Los Angeles shopping is usually alfresco, making it ever so much more pleasant than the normal indoor variety. Many of this great city’s shopping areas even feature outdoor courtyards that permit food and drink, but they do double duty as rich hunting grounds for celebrity-watching.

Shopping in LA combines two activities that are popular with tourists on vacation: the thrill of the hunt for hard-to-find items coupled with the spectator sport of constantly keeping at least one eye peeled for celebrities. And just like the city, shopping is incredibly diverse. Whether you’re looking for expensive couture items or fine antiques, high-priced bling, kitschy souvenirs or other funky merchandise, there are at least a few places in LA that will have them up for sale.

But Los Angeles is such a huge city, where are tourists even to begin? In some ways the answer depends on what they want to buy. But no matter what they’re looking for, all shop-a-holics must at least stop in for a morning or afternoon at the ever-so-chic Rodeo Drive.

Even just hearing the name “Rodeo Drive” strikes a chord that resonates through any eager shopper’s heart and soul. Located in tony Beverly Hills, Rodeo Drive fully deserves its reputation for expensive, sophisticated high fashion. Cartier, Gucci, Prada, Ferragamo, Armani and Dolce & Gabbana all entice celebrity fashionistas to spend huge amounts of money there every day. Whether you’re looking for a pair of high-end blue jeans, an exquisitely tailored suit, glamorous designer jewelry or stylish shoes, you’ll be sure to find it in one of the shops along Rodeo Drive. And who knows, maybe you’ll catch a glimpse of one of those celebrity fashionistas that haunt the place. Truth be told, Rodeo Drive is a unique shopping experience that’s almost unrivaled.

LA vacationers who are shoppers also visit West Hollywood in order to simultaneously shop and enjoy superlative pop culture experiences along Melrose Avenue and Melrose Place. Much like Rodeo Drive, the Melrose area showcases a large number of internationally-renowned designer boutiques. Carolina Herrera, Balenciaga or Oscar de la Renta, anyone? But unlike Rodeo Drive, Melrose also features an assortment of vintage shops for those more down-to-earth shoppers who like to focus on buying new-old items.

Robertson Boulevard may provide the best opportunity for combining possible celebrity-sighting with a fine bit of shopping. Tourists who would love to shop shoulder-to-shoulder with celebrities should consider making a trip to this shopping neighborhood.

The entertainment industry’s influences are scattered throughout LA, and the city’s shopping venues are no exception to this rule. Entertainment’s effects on the shopping scene can be seen in more ways than just the high-end shopping that is available in several of the city’s districts. LA offers a large assortment of recorded music stores as well as bookstores that specialize in works relating to film, television, theater and other performing arts. The Hollywood & Highland Mall complex is an energetic shopping and dining area that also tips its hat to the film industry. Conveniently located in Hollywood near the Walk of Fame, Hollywood & Highland connects to Grauman’s Chinese Theatre as well as the Kodak Theater, home of the Academy Awards.

If your shopping tastes run to the less expensive, shopping on Broadway in central LA offers the less-polished, less-posh, more reasonably-priced shopping that much of working-class LA enjoys. The merchandise there includes brand-name merchandise at bargain basement prices, but watch out for counterfeit or pirated goods.

Hip Hop Women Fashion

Hip hop culture is the product of African-Americans incorporating a distinct taste of break-dance, music, graffiti art, beatbox and fashion. In a world that admits to the existence of a thin line that undervalues women and more so, black women, hip hop became their salvation. It has been their self expression, a face they wear with dominating and contagious vibrancy.

What has probably been the most catching with hip hop among the women is their fashion. Aside from the upbeat grooves of their dance, the soul stirring feel of their music, the passion of their graffiti writing and what more there is to the signature homie, the fashion is what really made them distinct. Oversized clothes, baggie jeans, bulky sneakers and flashy urban accessories are quite acceptable for men to wear. But these women fashion accessories has been embraced due to the unique look and hot and sexy appearance it brings.

Hip hop women clothing accessories are identified with a slick, relaxed manly style. The key to this women fashion accessory is not just the funky trainers or trucker caps nor to the hoodies or polo shirts that make them look masculine. It is always the attitude of wearing it. The urban accessories can only imitate a tough and rugged look but the feel of hip hop is how girls bring that impression.

Fashion for women has always been restricted to the prim and proper, the slim cuts, the somehow reserved, the cute, petite and even ranges to the complex, luxurious and extravagant. What hip hop women fashion accessories brought was a new way to present and express the manly them. It generally defies the common gentle and sophisticated nature of women clothing accessories and introduced a more nonchalant parade.

Urban accessories have also changed to fit the more sturdy appearance of women. What is probably the most popular among hip hop women clothing accessories are fitted caps which differ from the usual designs in baseball. It has no elastic or Velcro. They were meant to fit all sizes. Fashion also requires the right footwear which of this trend are sneakers with bright colors and intricate details. Old school foot gear is also preferable with its simple pattern and a sort of grubby look.

Bling-bling are so in with women fashion accessories. The flashy earrings ornament the head along with proud hairdo or a necessary hairpiece. Oversized pendants and elaborate jewelry also a must with women clothing accessories. Loosely fit large-faced watches are also a popular choice as well as the big sunglasses which have really caught on for a long time now.

Hip hop women fashion accessories are the pure impression of the African American culture. It is the shadow of the longing for impartiality. It does not hide under the guise of strength but brings out beauty through the sturdy attitude of the one wearing it. The fashion combined with the music, the dance and the art truly make up the hip hop women.

Womens Fashion Tips For Spring Fashion

When it comes to womens fashion in order to stay in fashion you have to watch each season’s runway designs so that you can make sure that you are current and up-to-date. With that in mind, now that we are getting close to the end of snowstorms and close to warmer weather it is time to update your spring wardrobe so that you are prepared from the first time you step out your door into the breezy fresh air of spring. In order to get to this point however you may want to take a look at the following trends and tips for dressing right this spring.

First of all, this spring the military designs of winter will carry over, only this time they will worked into lighter materials. You cannot go wrong with any spring jacket or raincoat that has a military barred style down the front or buttons across the breast. Although you can still get away with short hipster raincoats, the style is slowly switching towards longer below the butt length and even down to the knee if you pair the coat with a nice pair of suede or leather boots to lengthen your legs.

Next up in spring designs is the abstract trend, which is also sometimes referred to as the architectural design, and is lighting up the catwalks across the globe. The essence of this womens fashion trend is sharp cuts and accents that really make a shirt, dress, or skirt look sharp, edgy and modern. Traditionally if you stick to soft hues with sharp black edging or accents you will be ok, but if you want to push the fashion envelope you may want to create your own abstract clothing by pairing solids with sharp jewelry that stands out across the clothing.

Speaking of dresses, this season in womens fashion length is very important as very short and very long is way out. Although last autumn may have been filled with tights and short sweaters creating the mini look, minis are still very much out and you need to be careful to choose a more modest length if you want to be in fashion. While mid thigh lengths are ok, the best cut for most dresses and skirts during spring will be gently above the knee although there is room for a little variation. Extremely long is also back out so try to avoid the flowing look.

Finally, if you the last thing that you will need in your closet this spring are some floral prints, but not the large floral prints that make you look like drapes. Instead, choose floral prints that are small and detailed and appear more like prints then flowers. Pair this look with a military jacket or tunic shirt and you will have a look that will easily make you pop out to anyone walking by on the street. Toss in some boots and you will be just about as close to the runway as you can get while strolling through your daily routine.

Womens Fashion to Suit Your Body Type

Womens fashion has been important in all cultures through out history. The styles of clothes have changed and as each decade passes the silhouette or shape has evolved and altered. Hemlines have constantly adapted and so have trouser shapes, in fact until the fifties women very rarely wore trousers. Current womens fashion changes rapidly from season to season and year to year but there is also a huge variety of different styles in fashion at any time and in addition to classic styles which are timeless and never really go out of fashion. This huge selection of styles means that anyone, no matter her size or shape can find the perfect clothes that will look amazing as long as she knows what she is looking for.

The key to finding the clothes that will look amazing is to identify your body type and pick out the right style of clothes to suit and enhance your body shape. There are five main body shapes each with its own style of clothing that suit it best. Although this rather over simplifies things and in real life, it is not always possible to classify someone into these groups, it gives a general idea on which clothes to try.

Womens clothing for pear shapes

Pear shaped describes those whose hips are wider than the rest of their body. These are ladies who tend to put on weight around their hips and thighs and in proportion have smaller busts and slimmer waists.

Clothes that flatter and enhance a pear shape will generally be fitted at the waist and flare outwards from the waist to skim over the hips and thighs. A line skirts look great on those with a pear shape. Other tricks to flatter a pear shape include balancing out the hips with wide or detailed necklines or wide bottomed trousers. Pear shapes will look best with darker colours and little fuss and detail as possible on the bottom half.

Womens clothing for apple shapes

Apple shaped ladies tend to gain weight around their middles and are characterized by thicker waists, rounder tummies and comparatively slimmer arms and legs. They can make the most of their legs by wearing short skirts and their arms by wearing sleeveless tops. They should avoid drawing attention to the middle of their bodies by wearing anything tight fitting, belts or detail around this area. Empire line dresses and tops are especially flattering for apple shapes as the fabric falls from just under the bust and skims over the tummy area.

Womens clothes for hourglass shapes

The hourglass shape is characterized by feminine curves or a larger bust and hips with a slim waist. The key to dressing this shape is to celebrate the curves and cinch in with a belt to highlight a slim waist.

Well fitting and supportive underwear is a good basis for a flattering outfit for an hour glass shaped lady. Pencil skirts with fitted tops work well for those with an hourglass figure as do tops with v necks, square necks or wrap over styles. Avoid clothes that are too loose fitting or too clingy. Fitted or jersey clothes that skim over curves will look best.

Womens clothes for slim frames

Some ladies have very slim frames with little definition between the bust, waist and hips. There are plenty of different styles that this body shape can successfully wear but generally features that add shape will be the most flattering. Look for ruffles, peplums, details, draping and block colours to add volume and interest to outfits.

There are plenty of other clever tricks that you can employ to disguise or draw attention away from your least favourite parts of the body. You can also balance out larger areas of the body by wearing plain simple colours on it and clothes that make another part of the body look larger.