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Winter Wardrobe Essentials

Winter Wardrobe Essentials

The Last Leg of Winter

Before spring sets in, bid adieu to winter in style. Getting yourself a new collection is a good way to goad you into being creative and inventive with your wardrobe. It persuades you to combine the new with the old, function with style and playfulness with looking good. To take away the seriousness of a work wear blazer, you can’t team it with running shoes and jeans. Or breathe new life into iconic wardrobe staples from the 1970s and 80s like the sweat shirt, acid jeans and leather jacket in a manner that makes them look contemporary chic. The underlying theme for this season should be about smart pairing and intelligent layering. That way every item in your wardrobe acquires multiple lives, depending on the occasion and season; morning or evening, winter or spring, office or party, brunch or dinner. Style at the end of the day is about feeling good about yourself. And to do just that, make up a rich collection of separates, shoes, bags and watches.

Peak Winter essentials for skiing.

Peak Winter essentials for skiing.

 

The Parka

This hooded jacket sits well on a relaxed pair of jeans. You can sport an olive green jacket and a brown shirt for a military inspired look. It will keep you warm and is perfect for travel, paired with tracks and a short sleeve cotton shirt. They are ideally used by winter sports enthusiasts for skiing.

Parkha Jackets for winter

Parkha Jackets for winter

The Leather Jacket

Not just for bikers and metal heads, the leather jacket over the years has come a long way and become a part of every young man’s wardrobe. Choose a sleek leather jacket with a trim fit, some well-considered pockets and a shorter length. Pair it with a polo shirt, light denim jeans and sneakers, and you are set for the evening.

The Sweatshirt

From its Ivy League origins, the sweatshirt has come a long way as an essential component of casual dressing. Best worn with tracks or jeans, make sure you wear it with a shirt inside. Tuck in the edges of the collar to make a statement. Sweatshirts are also the preferred choice for athletes during workouts.

The Running Shoes

Running shoes are not only for running anymore. They are an essential accessory when it comes to dressing, paired with jeans and a nice pair of shorts. You can choose from a range of running shoes for either pounding the treadmill or the streets. A petrol colored pair would be completely functional at a gym or an evening jog. The latest crop of available running shoes are more customized than ever, which includes cushioning and thermal wear to keep you safe and warm when running outdoors.

The Acid Washed Jeans

This eighties standard never goes out of fashion. Acid washed denim might not be everyone’s cup of tea, but rolled-up over a pair of boots and worn with a full-sleeve tee or a plain white shirt; they make for an edgy fashion statement. These are available in a range of colors, with navy and black being the most popular. They come in different styles such as tapered leg, short lengths and regular with zippers up the side or on the back and produce a faded, worn appearance.

The Tartan Shirt

Tartan shirts have moved out of the wilderness and are now preferred even by the urban men. This grunge staple lends itself to various permutations and combinations in a wardrobe. The oversized version can be worn unbuttoned, combined with a tee and jeans. They are dreamy and when worn right, have their own attitude and style.

Tartan Shirts - worn by both men and women

Tartan Shirts – worn by both men and women

The Two Button Blazer

This legendary jacket is more versatile than you think. It is a universal standard as it complements most builds and classic as it never goes out of style. After a hard day of formal meetings where you wore it with a tie and chinos, you are all set for an evening out by combining the blazer with a printed tee, jeans and boots.

winter wear - two button blazer

winter wear – two button blazer

The Graphic Tee

Making a statement has never been so easy as it has been with a graphic tee. Whether it is popular faces, cut-paste graphics or brush strokes on a comfortable fabric, the design reveals the inner you. They are not only comfortable in style, but also exciting in design. You can choose from a number of popular and fashionable brands with a classic fit and impressive design.

Metro Men – Style Shrink!

Metro Men – Style Shrink!

The one thing constant in the world of pants is change. Just when you think you’ve nailed a style, a new one pushes it firmly out of favor. In the Seventies you’d be silly to be seen in anything but flared bottoms; in the Eighties – pleated and baggy; the Nineties kept things straight and narrow and by the time the Noughties rolled around, you were modern and edgy if you owned a wardrobe full of skinnies. Today, proportions are changing again, and things are heading in the direction of roomy.

Men's Pants - dash of spice

Men’s Pants – dash of spice

Loose pants are all over the place and the latest collections all over are full of generously proportioned pants. Choose relaxed tailoring with eastern-inspired drapes or mix smart, fitted jackets with loose, flowing trousers. So, yes, volume is certainly back. As for the formal trousers, pleats work as well as the flat-front. Flat-fronts have always been around, most often seen on that wardrobe staple – khakis, and are also great for a more casual-contemporary vibe. Pleated trousers are a gentleman’s classic and traditionally considered Continue reading “Metro Men – Style Shrink!” »

Go paint the town!

Go paint the town!

Play it Up

It’s that time of the year, when you switch out your dull winter grays for a splash of spring cheer. Take cues from the colors and styles trending around the world, to spruce up your summer wardrobe with the coolest looks of the season.

Colored Khakis is trending!

Colored Khakis is trending!

Get color-happy and rev up everyday casuals with hues and prints that pop. Spotted on international runways are spurts of colors, breezy fabrics and dapper styles that are all the rage now. Men are thinking out of the box and slipping into refreshingly cool colored linens, bright khakis and Continue reading “Go paint the town!” »

Nail it to the details !

Nail it to the details !

Nail Art, creative and beautiful is never going to stop trending 🙂

Shellac Nails

Shellac Nails

If you’ve always wondered how women get such perfectly shaped nails, it’s probably got nothing to do with how good the salon or nail artist is. It’s as simple as cut and paste. All women enjoy getting their nails done starting off with a basic manicure to a unique nail design. My love for nail art keeps growing everytime I get them done. It’s another form for me to express myself to push my own uniqueness and my own individuality. Nail artists are fascinated with what they do and come up with such interesting styles to express their personalities. They play with nails as though they are mini canvases. From acrylic to shellac women have a wide range to choose from different colors and abstract motifs. Nail art can be customized in multiple ways and this makes it very special to Continue reading “Nail it to the details !” »

Grooming Essentials

Grooming Essentials
dress well, not shabby

dress well, not shabby

Accessories are on the top of the list for men as well. Specially, gear for your waist, feet, wrist and head. Don’t make the mistake of wearing pants without a belt; once you leave university, there is no excuse for this fashion faux pas. Shoes are the crowning glory of any outfit, and it’s imperative that they match your belt as well as possible. Try to have a variety of styles and colors, with at least one pair in an uncommon hue such as red, blue or green ( and make sure you wear it well). The key is finding and wearing what suits your body and face, an choosing the right accessories to enhance quality clothing. When combined with impeccable personal hygiene and a modest grooming routine, a smart wardrobe can help you inch closer to ring a poor lady’s Bond 🙂

A timepiece will further enhance your look, especially when paired with a suit and in a corporate or boardroom environment. Quality watches command respect. Top it off with a hat appropriate for the Continue reading “Grooming Essentials” »

Man Purse – is it an Oxymoron?

Man Purse – is it an Oxymoron?

 

rough & rugged

rough & rugged

Heels strike men as painful and miniskirts seem both embarrassing and inconvenient. Not on the right girl of course, but still. Makeup is nice on women but far too much effort goes into it even for a grooming conscious man, and jewellery, though pretty, seems just one more thing to worry about. Well, of all the estrogen-dependent accessories in the sartorial universe, purses are the only one that most men envy.

Like a more comely utility belt, a purse allows a woman to carry her life around with her. Forced by the lowly pocket, men face a decision between seriously limiting their daily baggage and a horribly bulging pocket – not to mention the spinal misalignment that is the latter’s most unfortunate consequence. The ladies among us can have their purses, bags, totes, pocketbooks, clutches, portable bookshelves and medicine cabinets, a bedside table and cupholder and (depending on the woman) her pantry. What honest practical man wouldn’t be jealous? Better still, a purse is one size fits all. Nothing beats it as a catch all gift; some people have even been known to stock up on extras to distribute in case of sudden emergencies. Accessories from trusted designers like Michael Kors, Ted Baker and The Collective’s own Italian-made Private Label are steadfast friends for any gentleman spread too thin.

From the rise of messenger bag in the nineties to the Dolce & Gabbana full-grain leather, men have slowly but surely accumulated their own rights to shoulder – and hand-held accoutrements. Louis Vuitton men’s show recently showcased some exotic bags which equally appealed to both the genders. Vuitton is a unique brand which strives for equal opportunity luxury. They couldn’t have been more thrilled, though for years they have Continue reading “Man Purse – is it an Oxymoron?” »

Substance with Style is a Winning Combination

Substance with Style is a Winning Combination
Clooney is known for his sophistication and charm

Clooney is known for his sophistication and charm

Men with a good heart and great conversational skills breeze through in wooing the fairer sex, and to top it all if they have a razor sharp sense of style; who can turn them down 🙂

What is it about these men that sets them apart, that elevates them above the average and into a level all their own? Surely the fact that they’re famous plays a role, but could a low profile business man or a journalist potentially find for himself that which made John F Kennedy such an engaging individual? Absolutely.

Ask several people what it means to be a man, and you’ll receive a variety of responses. There are those who’ll tell you that it’s about how much money you have in the bank, or about how many favors you can call in on any given day. And then there are who’ll cite humility and respect as the primary traits. Wealth and power are two things that many (if not all) men aspire to attain, but it’s not the stuff of substance. Character and charisma count for much more than dollars and connections. A man is defined by how he treats those who can do nothing for him, and how he treats those who serve him. A man is defined by how instinctively he offers his seat to a lady , young or old. A man is also defined by his willingness to put honesty and the welfare of others ahead of his own happiness and benefit – and in the case of Continue reading “Substance with Style is a Winning Combination” »

Making and Breaking Bonds…

Making and Breaking Bonds…

Have you long envied every girl with a straight mane and wished you could turn your wavy crop into a curtain of silk strands. But if the story of hair damage is keeping you away, here is some expert advice to flaunt your straight tresses without fear.

soft as silk

soft as silk

Straightening the hair involves changing the hair structure with physical methods such as ironing and using chemicals. In ironing, small sections of hair are ironed using a hot iron to smoothen the curls and straighten them. This is a temporary straightening method, since the hair goes back to its original form after the first wash. Use a flat iron or a blow dry and use a flat or round brush for movement at the ends. Those who want to go for a hair makeover in the form of straightened hair can opt for permanent straightening with the help of chemicals. Permanent straightening involves smoothing and re-bonding with the use of chemical solutions and flat iron. There are different types of chemical hair straightening treatments such as the Brazilian and Japanese straightening, chemical relaxers et al.

Styling Tips

Straightened hair can be treated just like you did before, as far as styling is concerned. If the hair feels very dry and frizzy within the first week, it is best to go in for an intense moisturizing conditioning treatment. Always use heat protective products when styling your hair. Not only do they prevent your hair from further damage but also help in holding the style longer.

Excessive styling of the hair can cause thinness and eventually breakage of the hair. The chemical treatments make your Continue reading “Making and Breaking Bonds…” »

Tying Times for the Fashion Forward

Tying Times for the Fashion Forward

Ties

“A well tied tie is a first serious step in life” – Oscar Wilde

knot too skinny !

knot too skinny !

One simple accessory that totally changes a man’s look is a tie. This has resulted in more and more men opting for ties as it reflects a part of their personality. When matching your tie and your shirt, remember to keep it subtle and simple. Keep it minimalistic rather than fusing too many patterns. Here’s how one can take their look from passable to polished.

Choose a tie that compliments your look. It should look great on its own as well as fit in with the rest of the outfit effortlessly. The width and the length are of primary importance. Ties tied with a dimple in it is like an icing on the cake but not always true, as we have some fashion experts who claim that tie well tied can still look perfect without a dimple as the finishing touch.The width should be neither too thin nor too wide. As for the length, for a more formal look, opt for a waist length tie and a short length one for casual outings. A contrast works well and looks striking but not everybody can carry it off. A beige suit with a purple tie is super hot but not for everyone. So you can go for a monochrome pairing which makes it look sophisticated and yet gets you noticed. When you are opting for a tie bar or a tie clip, make sure you choose a slim bar for a slim tie and a wide bar foe a wide tie. There are over a dozen ways to tying a tie. So master the art in any Continue reading “Tying Times for the Fashion Forward” »

Girls best friends!

Girls best friends!
Trendy and snazzy

Trendy and snazzy

Roses are red, Violets are blue and these are a few of my favourite things…..rings a bell? Ofcourse it does 🙂  Accessories, the most happening throught out the fashion globe and they are getting bigger and better as we breathe. Clutches, Shades and Jewellery not in any order have become so close to women, that no outfit is complete without them. Basic clothing with chic accessories can completey re-vamp your look from a girl next door to a fashion diva.

“Accessories are important and are becoming more and more important every day. They can completely change the look of an outfit, and men and women like the idea of having a wardrobe thats versatile. For instance, a trendy pair of sunglasses can complement any outfit” – Giorgio Armani

Cluthches are designed to help women hold their necessities like phone, credit cards and lip gloss for a daytime event or an evening out. From art auctions to birthday bashes, there is no end in spotting women with clutches.They are preferred to be worn on any outfit and can look snazzy when carried in one hand. Some of them have detachable chains or straps so they can be worn on the shoulder.They come in different shapes and sizes. Whether it’s a box shaped or triangular, satin smooth or covered in beads and sequins, these small accessories are available in a various different styles and personalize any outfit by adding the right amount of glam. My picks would be a Botegga Knot and snake skin Chanel. For all the teeny boppers, who are still in school and cant afford the big labels can stick to Vince Camuto or Ivanka Trump for their designs.

Shades n Style !

Shades n Style !

Sunglasses come in all kinds of shapes and colors. Tinted shades are what’s hot this season, but so are aviators, wayfarers, rimless shades, oversized frames,tea shades and plenty of other styles. You can get as hip as you can Continue reading “Girls best friends!” »