Month: January 2013

Equestrian Fashion in 2013

The equestrian inspired trends of 2012 do not seem to have finished their domination on the mainstream fashion world. 2013 is opening its doors to the latest fashion styles, and it seems we are in for more leather, tweed and jodhpurs. With the Summer Olympics wowing everyone who watched, it was the equestrian athletes that shone in the style stakes. The Dressage event that was surprisingly addictive to watch saw the competitors turned out to perfection with fitted blue blazers and crisp white jodhpurs, and were hands-down the best dressed of the entire Olympics. Their attire was the icing on the cake of the events; quintessentially British and exactly on trend. Equestrian-inspired clothing accentuates the womanly figure with synched-in waists and tailored fits. Even fashion giants such as Ralph Lauren are adding waist-defining jackets and suede elbow patches to their spring 2013 collections. This year will see the equestrian world and mainstream fashion world marry together well, with many trends lending more to a western theme with cotton blouses and leather trimmed jeans. It is the saviour for all women who struggle to remain graceful in high heels as this trend is forgiving in its comfort and practicality. Even hit American TV drama, Mad Men, is getting in on the equestrian fashion with the gorgeous January Jones showing off 60s styling that would work as well today as it...

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Be a square in geometric jewelry

Geometric prints might not have been nearly as prevalent as tribal or floral prints this season, but they still popped up here and there to add a futuristic jolt to spring’s wardrobe options. If the offerings of geometric patterns have you seeing spots and squares, and all other matter of tidy patterns then you’ll be happy to know that the geometric pattern is hot for jewelry, too. Geometric jewelry typically calls to mind very retro or very modern pieces, with sharp edges, bold colors, and a sort of back-to-tomorrow vibe. But geometric jewelry doesn’t have to be super streamlined and edgy; this season’s take on the trend has an unexpected feminine twist that makes it much more wearable and easier to mix with your wardrobe staples. Zariin’s ‘Timeless’ gold earrings, with black onyx and faceted citrine, offer a geometric take on the chandelier earrings trend (also hot this season). Point to something important in their ‘Glittering Showstopper’ gold ring, a triangular cocktail ring with green agate and Czs. See spots in the ‘Simply Stunning’ gold bangle, with pink quartz and labradorite. Or be a square, in the best way possible, in their ‘Talk of the Brunch’ gold necklace, which features square and oval-cut purple agate, pink agate, uncut smoky topaz, and pink quartz. As you can see, you have tons of options for adding geometric jewelry to your wardrobe...

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Biggest Fashion Flops of 2012

Fashion has been used for centuries to showcase a person’s sense of style while making a dramatic statement. While many fashion trends take off and become adapted by the general population, many others fail miserably due to their lack of comfort, attractiveness and sensibility. As the New Year takes off, one can only look back at the fashion failures of 2012 while hoping to never see certain styles come back again. Although many of these failures barely made it off the runway, one cannot help but to wonder what would ever make anyone consider them to be fashionable. Here, are the top five fashion flops of 2012 along with the possible reasons for their sudden demise. Fake Glasses Perhaps it was the hipsters who made glasses fashionable again; however, this sometimes-necessary accessory has now been overdone. According to Glamour Magazine, far too many celebrities have taken up this trend, only they have put on the added twist of leaving out the lenses. While no one can debate the fashion options of a designer pair of sunglasses or prescription lenses, wearing a fake pair only seems silly. Instead of drawing attention to one’s best features, fake glasses only seem to distract one’s attention to the ridiculousness of this trend. This year, let us leave the glasses at home unless they are truly needed. If a person prefers to accessorize, then...

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A beginner’s guide to cufflinks

Cufflinks: they are the subtle touch that elevate a fine suit and wordlessly define your look as a man. They show that you go the extra mile for style, appreciate detail and, in the truest sense of the word, are a gentleman. Yet how do you choose which ones to buy and when to wear them? Below, we provide a guide / tips to consider when making such decisions. What kind of shirt requires cufflinks? Cufflinks are intended for dress shirts with French (or double) cuffs. This means that the sleeves are extra long and without buttons to hold the folded fabric back. The cuff’s crease should be crisp and even, and the decoration should be facing outward rather than inward. Though such a practice was traditionally frowned down upon, younger men are now wearing cufflinks without the suit jacket in order to keep their look both sophisticated and comfortable. When choosing your cufflinks, take into account what other accessories you own; if you tend to favor your silver watch and silver tie clip, then buy silver cufflinks. While the rule of “no mixing metals” is, by no means, universal, the consistency will tie the entire outfit together while an assortment runs the risk of visually clashing. Never buy plastic or cheap cufflinks, as this contradicts their entire purpose; they accentuate class and shoddily constructed pieces will backfire and...

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Underwear: Advice for Men

If you want to show the ladies that you are stylish, or if you want your man to look more contemporary, then you’ve probably at least considered wearing designer underwear. Christmas 4-packs of boxers from a department store were fine when you were a teenager, but as a man women expect you to up your game and invest in some attractive under attire. Some women agonise about asking their man to invest in high quality underwear. Many men don’t understand why this is something that might be important to their partners. If you can afford to treat yourself and your partner then it is well worth considering. There’s a reason many men already wear designer underwear. This article should help to give a number of good reasons to wear well-designed underwear over lesser alternatives: Designer underwear make the body look more attractive – Good underwear is designed to make the most of men’s features, making muscles and other things look bigger. It’s important to get a good fit to ensure you have the best possible appearance. They fit more snugly to your body – Designer underwear fits neatly underneath your clothes. Other types of underwear tend to be bunch up around belts and waistlines, which can be visible from the outside, projecting a less than sleek appearance and occasionally resulting in embarrassing underwear-protruding moments. Comfort – Designer underwear includes...

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