Archive | April 2016

Fashion Advice for Men

When it comes to fashion, style, and dressing in a trendy way, most men find themselves at sea. I have seen many men who still dress up the way they used to during college, although now they are well into their late twenties! What most men don’t realize is that with a bit of creativity, they can completely turn around the way they look and dress up.

Dress Your Age
It is very important that a man dresses his age. For instance, a low cut jeans would look great on a teen or a 20 something guy, but the same on a forty or fifty year old, no matter how maintained or toned his body is, would look ridiculous.

Make Comfort Your priority
Your clothing should be such that you are completely at ease in it. Comfortable clothes, more than any of the trendy ones, will make you look much more confident and stylish any day! So, avoid blindly running after brands and latest trends. Instead, develop your own unique, comfortable dressing style.

Get the Correct Fit
Always buy clothes which fit on perfectly, i.e., they should be neither too loose nor too tight. The right fit for you would be that which hides your flaws such as a paunch and fits in nicely on the entire body.

Wear Right Colors
When you are young, all colors ranging from pink to blue to red, look good on you. After all, youth is the time for experiments and exuberance. However, as you age, you should buy clothes of only those colors which look flattering on you. Wear colors such as browns, black, and pastel shades.

Maintain a Wardrobe
There are some clothes which are a must-have in any man’s wardrobe. These include a formal suit, a white shirt, black pants, a pair of well fitting jeans, khakis, a leather jacket, a chic casual shirt, an overcoat, formal shoes, and sneakers. You can pair them with any outfit or wear them individually.

Accessorize
If you thought that accessories are meant just for women, you are highly mistaken. These days, lots of accessories such as unique neck pieces, bracelets, watches, rings, cuff-links and belts are available, which can jazz up any outfit. However, one thing you should be cautious of is over accessorizing. As a rule, do not wear more than three accessories at a time.

Be Well-Groomed
Stay well-groomed. Take a bath every day, shave regularly, shampoo often, wear polished shoes, and ironed clothes. Getting a neat, good haircut can do wonders for the way a man looks, so go to a hair stylist and get one which suits your personality and the shape of your face. A well-groomed man, irrespective of whether he is wearing stylish clothes or not, looks appealing!

Here’s hoping that with these tips you can make your own fashion statement by dressing appropriately. One last tip – Keep on refurbishing your wardrobe from time to time, at the same time, keep the must-have clothing items handy. In case you feel that you do not know which kind of clothing to opt for, you can go to any of the big stores. The customer service executives there will gladly choose outfits which match your personality and built!

This entry was posted on April 21, 2016.

Choosing Handkerchiefs for Men

“A plain white handkerchief is the sure sign of a confident and elegant dresser”

This is a quote by Allan Fusser. Sounds so true, does it not? Well, women do carry handkerchiefs, but what about men? Do they? Let’s unravel the mystery.

Taking up from the point I just pointed out, men are indeed shy to carry a handkerchief even when they have a blocked nose or a nose that promises to run a water supply facility 24/7. However, they fail to understand that this very unappealing tendency is doing a fantastic job of letting them down every time they strut around looking out for tissues in the vicinity. The scenario turns all the more anecdotal when the sneeze is about to prove its intensity. Well, to deviate on a serious note, maintaining hygiene is of paramount importance, in an age that marks the birth of novel diseases and ailments that are making their way up the ladder to prove their potency. Apart from personal hygiene, another factor that shares the platter of dominance is that of personal grooming. The art of handkerchief folding is far from realization for the men folk! Let us take one scenario with two situations.

Scenario 1 – A man has adorned a dinner jacket, with classy cuff links and polished moccasins, what would you think of him? Sophisticated?

Scenario 2 – A man adorns himself in a dinner jacket, with classy cuff links and polished moccasins is accompanied with a sneeze minus the handkerchief? The sneeze is not his fault, agreed! But does he have a handy handkerchief to wipe off the grim? What would you think of him, NOW?
. . Still sophisticated? I am sure your response is a somersaulted version of sophistication.

Chivalry has been a long-forgotten, relic etiquette of history. Offering a crisp handkerchief to a damsel in distress could be viewed no more as an etiquette, but a virtue few men are blessed with. It is but distasteful for a woman to look around for some ‘material’ help, only to find a man digging into the debris of his pocket to find nothing, but an inverted pocket! A thorough gentlemen is one who produces a well-groomed square when a lady needs it most. . . . Perhaps, to wipe the pearls of joy swinging down her cheeks. The essence lies in impressing the lady with your charm, gentlemen!

Handpicked Handkerchiefs for Men

Handkerchiefs have been around for ages. Tissues have been the new breed of handkerchiefs. However, there is nothing better than our old, faithful and very sustainable handkerchief. There are various styles on offer to suit a man’s preference. If gifting a set of handkerchiefs is your proposed idea, you could forge ahead and choose from the variety listed below.

Cotton Handkerchiefs
Men love practicality and simplistic sophistication. What about cotton handkerchiefs? Even plain white cotton kerchiefs are suitable to be used. Handkerchiefs made from 100% cotton are the ideal choice. The traditional cotton kerchiefs can be really handy and worth the penny. Men have a tendency to wait until the last piece from the handkerchief set makes its way into the closets ‘daily’ department before they buy a set of new one’s! Procrastinations cannot be the answer all the time!

Monogrammed Handkerchiefs
Well, monogrammed hankies are also doing the rounds with it being an ideal choice for daily use for men. Monogrammed handkerchiefs work well with semi-formal wear. They are generously sized for optimum usage. They are elegantly woven and embroidered handkerchiefs. They predominantly possess a cross-weave pattern. Its edges are hand-stitched. There are no issues of washing this embroidered linen. This could even be the perfect gift for men who need style packed in kerchiefs, desperately! (That was a mean statement, I suppose!)

Personalized Handkerchiefs
A set of personalized handkerchiefs could serve to be the perfect gift item for men. Simple yet elegant messages can be woven or embroidered on the kerchief triangle with colors and hues that define a sober yet classic sense of taste. Be it a love message etched on the fabric or two words conveying gratitude, you are sure to have your messages delivered in the most crisp manner possible. Do not jumble up while choosing between a monogrammed and a personalized handkerchief. Though they share a thin line of distinction, the former is an embroidered and designed initial(s) of an individual, whereas, the latter has little sayings or fond expressions woven through the fabric. Generally available in a set of three/four, they look crisp and traditional and moreover have a personalized touch.

Vintage Handkerchiefs
Vintage-styled handkerchiefs are one amongst the most luxuriant accessories for men. They are predominantly made of virgin cotton. Pay attention to the detailing as you discover the hand rolled edges and intricate embroidery to lend a classy demeanor to the hand piece. Ideal for weddings, especially for the bride’s father; they may come handy to wipe a tear or two. Offering it around for a mass ‘weeping’ session at the wedding may portray how chivalrous you have grown to be!

Silk Handkerchiefs
Silk handkerchiefs or the pocket square plays a major role in uplifting the sophisticated gentry even more! Yes, it’s true. The basic difference between a pocket square and a handkerchief lies in the sole factor of visibility. A pocket square needs to be placed in the breast pocket, whereas the handkerchief needs to be snug in your pocket without playing pick-a-boo with your attire! However, silk handkerchiefs are an expensive buy. You wouldn’t like to invest in a silk pocket square only to discover its use being transformed from a fold of style to a fold for the sneeze! They lend a finishing touch to the formal look that you adorn. It is a matter of sheer style when a silk hankie is seen in your breast pocket. Who says that your pocket square must be in perfect hue harmony with the tie or the suit you wear. The crux lies in the way you carry the look, gentlemen!

The traditional men hankies should be an accessory that covets panache, creative cheek and prerogative sauciness. So, all you men out there, it is time that the traditional hankie dives into deep waters only to emerge as the clear winner . . . where this eternal accessory is worth the keeps and not the sneeze!

A Piece of Advice: Men will be Men. If they are not ready for a pleasant change, let them enjoy the unpleasant ones! (By this statement, I do not wish to be gender-biased and I hope I have not dug my own grave!)

This entry was posted on April 17, 2016.

Top 6 Men’s Fashion Magazines

Putting fashion and men in the same sentence can seem like a bit of a mismatch. Most guys take their prejudices where the words fashion and style are concerned, to unimaginable heights. And the reason is often something as silly as ‘women perceive men interested in fashion as feminine’. Let’s set the record straight here. I speak for most women when I say that women love a guy who makes an effort to be well-dressed and stylish. We love men who know their clothes, their brands, and their designers. It is a welcome change from guys who might as well be relics from the Ice Age who believe that being particular about their clothes is a ‘woman’ thing, and they can continue wearing the same clothes they wore in high school and still have women swooning over them. Being fashion-conscious is a good thing and it is high time these guys manned up.

A guy who is willing to give it a go and embrace style and fashion needs some good advice along the way. And the best way to do that is to browse through some of the most popular and well-known fashion publications in the market. These magazines are style guides that talk about elegant living. No one expects you to strut your stuff in a button-less shirt and heavy eye makeup. But we would like it if you turned up in a pair of well-fitting trousers, a good shirt, and most importantly, a pair of great shoes. Here are our top picks for magazines that tell you how you can define your look, and be your presentable best at all times.

Note: For the purpose of this article we have focused on magazines published in English.

Esquire

First issue published in: 1933
Owned by: Hearst Magazines
Frequency: Monthly

What you can expect inside
Cover stories on prominent men in the world and their lives
Features on politics, movies, music, health, etc.
A fiction section that continuously promotes young talent, and has featured writers like Raymond Carver and Elizabeth Gilbert in the past

Why you should read it

Esquire is the kind of magazine that keeps our faith in men’s fashion magazines alive. While focusing on fashion and style with beautiful pictorials, it never dumbs down its content. It is meant for the classy, refined man’s man who knows what he wants and knows how to ask for it. With intelligently written features on a diverse range of subjects, the magazine plays it hip.

Check them out online at: www.esquire.com

GQ

First issue published in: 1958
Owned by: Condé Nast Publications
Frequency: Monthly

What you can expect inside
‘How to’ guides on dressing correctly for different occasions (and occasional penny-pincher features)
Trends taking the world by storm
Advice for living life king-size

Why you should read it

Originally called Gentleman’s Quarterly, GQ focuses on style, fashion, and culture through articles on a variety of related, yet diverse subjects. If you pride yourself on being more of a hipster, then GQ’s fashion tips will sit right at home with you. They also have brilliant photo editorials, very few ads, and quite a few thought-provoking articles on different events that affect today’s world.

Check them out online at: www.gq.com

Details

First issue published in: 1982
Owned by: Condé Nast Publications
Frequency: Monthly

What you can expect inside
Features on how to be your fashionable best with about five or so articles on different styles
Guides on the best things that you should invest in (shop for)
Lists of the most prominent/successful/to-look-out-for men or women

Why you should read it

Details is the kind of magazine that will appeal to a guy who likes to live his life a little on the edge. With a hipster-ish quality about it, the target audience for this mag is a little difficult to place, which makes it one that has something for every reader. What makes it stand out is its continuing focus on pop culture and its ability to capture the pulse of what drives the world.

Check them out online at: www.details.com

Nylon Guys

First issue published in: 2004
Owned by: Nylon Holding Inc.
Frequency: Bimonthly

What you can expect inside
Features on celebrities, fashion, styling, tech, etc.
Pieces with focus on pop culture
Shopping guides that feature high-end and budget products that make it more accessible for a regular guy

Why you should read it

If you are young at heart (or actually young), then this should be the magazine you are reading for fashion tidbits. While style remains a huge focus area, there is also a healthy dose of entertainment and pop culture thrown in. Nylon is also one of those few magazines that showcases a huge variety of brands in a broad spectrum of price ranges.

Check them out online at: www.nylonguysmag.com

The Rake

First issue published in: 2008
Owned by: Revolution Press International
Frequency: Bimonthly

What you can expect inside
Profiles on the biggest names in fashion
Features on recognizing elegant clothing and how to wear it
Articles on different trendsetting looks and how you can adopt them

Why you should read it

The Rake is one of those rare fashion magazines that actually takes a more educational approach to style, focusing on classical elegance and style as showcased by icons such as Cary Grant and Michael Caine. If you are a sophisticated professional who is fed up of the youngster-focused mags flooding the style sector of magazine publishing, then this magazine seeks to recapture the elite elegance of years gone by. Since the magazine’s core belief is that elegance comes from within, they also feature articles on conducting oneself well and good living.

Check them out online at: therakeonline.com

VMan

First issue published in: 2003
Owned by: Visionaire Publishing
Frequency: Quarterly

What you can expect inside
Cover stories featuring popular celebrities and their rise to fame
Previews of fashion trends for the season, hot music tracks, events, etc.
Articles covering men’s fashion, the industry, and the many trends and the common man’s perception of it

Why you should read it

The V in Vman stands for Visionaire, and the magazine often features young trailblazers whose vision alone makes them sought-after talents in the industry. While fashion and style are the primary focus, there are always some interesting pieces on the industry as a whole, and much-talked about current events.

Check them out online at: www.vman.com

There is nothing vain about a guy who understands being stylish. A man who keeps himself abreast of what is happening in the world of fashion only makes for a more well-turned out person. These magazines highlight menswear and do so by making it more approachable for the boy-next-door.

This entry was posted on April 10, 2016.

Tips for Men to Incorporate the Rockabilly Style

Rockabilly is one of the earliest rock and roll music styles. It is basically a mix of ‘rock and roll’ and ‘hillbilly’ (hillbilly refers to Country music), thus the name. Rockabilly music was also influenced by ‘Western Swing’, ‘Blues Music’, ‘Boogie Woogie’, and ‘Jump Blues’. It gained popularity from the early ’50s to early ’60s.

You must be wondering how rockabilly is related to fashion! It had a strong influence over fashion in its forming years, and the ‘rockabilly style’ was quickly absorbed by American youth. It was more popular because one didn’t have to spend much or work a lot to get ready, and was a very simple and an ‘any-person look’. Here’s how to dress rockabilly.

Clothing

Old Jeans

✔ First of all you’ll need a pair of denims, more of a vintage style. Go for a slim fit one.

✔ Step 2! Grab a pack of T-shirts, plain and simple, without any stripes or graphics. Especially look for a thin, white one with a round neck; it would be just perfect.

✔ If you prefer shirts to T-shirts, you could look for some Western vintage style shirts with a bit of embroidery.

✔ Remember to tuck the T-shirt in the denim jeans, and make sure that the denim is a bit more in length, as you’ll have to cuff up the bottom. Also, let the T-shirt be short-sleeved, with the sleeves rolled up for the perfect ‘Grease’ look. If you smoke, roll up a pack of cigarettes up your sleeve.

✔ You could also wear a slim-fit, shiny, sharkskin suit for occasions that are more formal. Ensure that the suit has two or more buttons, and a longer waistline.

Hairstyle

Have a Suitable Haircut

✔ Getting the hairstyle right is very important, especially if it’s the very popular ‘pompadour’ style of the ’50s. Keep the sides and the back short, while the top should be long at the front, and gradually descend as it moves backwards.

✔ Your hair should have a wet greasy look. Apply some pomade or hair cream at the back and sides of your hair, gently and evenly. Comb the sides in the backward direction. Then comb the back hair straight down. Once this is done, the sides and the rear part is all set and wet.

✔ Now squeeze some more pomade on your hand and apply it to the top part. Try and distribute it evenly through the hair. Use your hands to brush the hair at the front, while giving it a raise. You need to get more height and volume in the front. When viewed from the side, your hair should look like a ramp; raised in the front, and descending backwards. Once this is done, make it look neater by combing any hair which is out of place.

✔ Finally, grab a good hair spray and spray your hair in order to maintain the pompadour look.

Accessories

Work Boots

✔ For the shoes there are some great options. The best one is a pair of creepers. Likewise, motorcycle boots or industrial work boots suit up well with this look. To make it look more classic, go in for black oxfords or wingtips.

✔ You could hang in a pair of black suspenders to add detail to the look.

✔ If you’re planning to wear that plain white T-shirt, try on a jacket. Some options for jackets could include a motorcycle leather jacket, a wool tweed jacket, a rugged jacket with your name patched on it, and the like.

✔ To add some finishing touches, you could hang a chain in your denim pockets, or wear a cowboy style belt with a bull on the buckle.

✔ When choosing accessories for a more formal look, think of cufflinks (a pair of hot rods, or playing cards), and a skinny tie with a complementing tie clip or tie bar. All these will go great with the look.

The Rockabilly Look

The rockabilly style can very easily be incorporated, and is great for occasions like house-parties, hangouts, dates, and the like. The best part is that, it is a very inexpensive way to dress up, and the clothing as well as accessories are easily available.

This entry was posted on April 3, 2016.