Men’s Fashion Advice for Trends to Avoid at all Costs

Let’s face facts here. When it comes to picking out the best clothes to wear, men are considered, and rightly so, to be less fashion-conscious of the two sexes. Now for the good news, that is starting to change with more fashion designers showing off all new designs and collections on their runways. It doesn’t hurt that men are beginning to realize that looking good doesn’t exactly hurt their chances with women or their careers either.

Unfortunately for some guys, fashion is something that happens to other people. Expecting a guy who less than marginable fashion sense to know why a Hawaiian shirt is the best thing to wear to a job interview or a high school reunion is likely to end in disappointment and probably a few more than embarrassing looks and stares.

So, for the benefit of bad dressing guys reading this, here are a few of the most basic of mistakes guys make when entering the frightening sphere of fashion.

  • Sandals with socks – Stay away from this fashion no-no at all costs. It is an all together fashion mess. No women will find you attractive. You’ll begin to notice that your friends call you less and less and strangers won’t even want to stand near you with this foot fashion faux paus. If your love for sandals is this strong then move somewhere warm that you can wear sandals year round.
  • Novelty Ties, shirts, or boxers – This is another fashion mess that men just don’t seem to notice or maybe not care. Why would you sacrifice your dignity for the sake of making someone laugh from a “funny t-shirt”? It isn’t worth it, in my opinion. I would much rather be known for being stylish and a good dresser than the guy who wears shirts with funny sayings on them. So with that, throw out all those clothes with smiley faces, hearts, reindeer, shamrocks, and animal prints and buy something nice.
  • Shiny shirts and suits – Come on…for real? Unless you are going to be a backup dancer in a musical then there should be no reason why you should even own a shiny shirt or suit much less wear one out in public. I can think of about a hundred different fashion choices you could go to the club in than a glittery, shiny and REALLY tacky shirt. What’s wrong with a simple form fitting black t-shirt or black dress shirt? Pair it up with some nice jeans or trousers and you’ll have no problem being noticed in a good way.
  • Ugly colors – You can look like Brad Pitt with the fashion sense of a George Clooney but if you’re wearing some ugly colored clothes no one will care who you look like. That great looking new suit you bought for you Christmas party this year may have been expensive but if it makes you look like one of the staff or something from the 70’s, then I’m sorry but you paid too much. The color of your clothes needs to compliment your best natural features like eye color, skin tone and body shape.
  • Overly loose fitting clothes – Clothes that are really loose or baggy make you look sloppy and like a bum. Unless you rap or own your own hip hop label, which you probably don’t, then you need to stay away from this fashion mistake. Instead buy clothes that actually fit you. You’ve been working out so why not buy some clothes that show it off. Try experimenting mixing and matching certain cuts and styles until you comes across the perfect fit and look.

5 Fabulous Women’s Jewelry Boxes

Many women consider jewelry a major element in their style and fashion and often, we find ourselves looking for wonderful storage to match the collection. Jewelry boxes come in a wide range of styles, sizes, materials and shapes that all make fabulous homes for your pieces. Aside from their utilitarian nature, they also make wonderful accents to your dresser or vanity. Regardless of your style and collection, you are certain to come across one you love. Here are some of my recent favorites:

Inspired by the movies “Labyrinth” & “The Dark Crystal”, this fantasy jewelry box was designed by Kristen Hassenfeld for Cerealart and features a musical diamond-shaped storage adorned with a silver-looking chain and held by a “crystal” base. The ornate lid has an inside mirror and opens to reveal a tiny lotus flower and a tiny swan that “swims” around the flower while the music plays. Made from plastic and resin, the interior partitions have a soft lining designed for small pieces of jewelry.

Bubinga Wood Jewelry Chest
The jewelry storage is a product from Chasing Treasure and manufactured by Jere Wright Global Ltd. It features an elm burl inlay with a gloss finish and black enamel accents. With a solid brass lock and key, it comes with an ivory velvet interior lining and an inside lid pocket. The 14 1/4″ x 9 1/2″ x 9 1/4″ box includes 3 pull out drawers (with partitions) and 2 side swing doors with inside pockets and hooks.

Queen’s Court Medium Case
A part of Wolf Designs royal collection, the leather case comes with various jewelry compartments and a removable travel case. It features a soft camel “LusterLoc” treated interior and an inside lid mirror with hidden necklace hangers. It comes in 3 different colors (crimson, bronze, and black), and have a chrome lock with key.

A design by John Knott of Bent Fabrication, the 6″w x 15″d x 44″h jewelry box looks more like a spaceship ready to launch or an insect stuck on a piece of metal. This rather “out of the box” design is made from poplar and chrome steel in a camouflage pattern, has 5 pull-out drawers on the front, and sits on a steel stand.

Diamond Ring Packaging
A concept by Alissia Teichroew, founder and creative director of byAMT Studio, the packaging was designed for her diamond ring collection, but it can also be used as wonderful slim storage for your own rings. The boxes are made from museum board with loose layers and come in 3 different thicknesses (for 9mm, 4mm and 2mm rings). Held together by rubber bands, each piece is laser cut while the ring shape is laser etched. The packing orientation is sideways, making the ring lie flat to the engraved ring shape.

There are so many stylish and unique jewelry boxes available nowadays it’s hard to settle on just one. Whether you are keeping an awesome original jewelry packaging or investing in a more costly designer box, keeping your pieces of jewelry organized protects them from getting mixed up and tangled (and scratched!) while they enjoy their own separate “rooms.”

Dress Your Best With This Fashion Advice

Fashion styles come and go. This means it’s up to you to pick and choose which trends you want to follow. Read on for some great suggestions to keep you fashionable.

Your purse should coordinate with the rest of your attire, including any other bags that you may be carrying. This means you should have a matched set of a briefcase and purse if you carry them both at the same time. Avoid carrying more than one bag at a time.

Be careful when wearing those sexy sheer blouses or dresses. Some areas of your body need to remain private when you are in public, or you will just look trashy.

One helpful piece of fashion advice is to make sure you’re always looking out for new styles. You can remain in the loop by subscribing to a few fun fashion magazines. Magazines are going to be your best friend because they probably have the information that you need.

Create a look that is specific to you. Lots of people simply follow the crowd, but the people who are truly original are the ones who come up with their own style. This may not work for everyone, but if you feel like you can handle it, people will admire you for doing your own thing.

Pare down the number of items you have in your makeup case. Choose products you really love with a selection of season-specific colors. Make certain to have colors for night and day wear. Once you open makeup, it can spoil, so you will want to store it at home. Worse, this makeup that has been sitting around may be harboring germs, so don’t use any makeup that has been unused for months.

Try using a moisturizing shampoo and conditioner for frizzy hair. That puts a layer of protection around the hair cuticle so it won’t absorb more moisture. Avoid the ingredients wheat or rice that are found in many volumizing products.

Every woman needs some fashion basics in her closet. Dress slacks and hemmed jeans are two valuable items to always have. On top of that, no woman should be without a black cocktail dress.

Be mindful and aware of your physique’s good traits and not so desirable attributes. Petite? Look for fitted styles and soft fabrics that enlongate your body and give you some bulk. If you are larger on top, try to find other pieces that will take the attention off of your bust line. Women with pear-shaped figures should wear light clothing on top and darker clothing on bottom.

Be quirky in your own way. You can aim to not match on purpose and wear shoes that don’t match your outfit. Being perfect is impossible, so embracing a little chaos in your look can help you stand out from the crowd.

Big hair is out, so don’t tease it. In addition to this, avoid styling your hair in a manner that causes different textures. You’ll look indecisive instead of unique and edgy.

You should always be open to experimentation when it comes to fashion. You aren’t sure if something is going to look great until it is on you! Interchanging your apparel pieces is a wonderful way to to experiments with colors and styles. You can create a unique look by wearing unique pieces.

You don’t need to be lost in regards to fashion anymore. There are a variety of paths to great fashion sense, and taking any one of them will help you keep up with your friends. Keep the information in this article fresh in your mind as you revamp your image.