Men’s Fashion Trends – Bring on the Blues for Spring and Summer

When it comes to color in fashion, there is always a yearly trend that is usually set by Pantone, but there are certain colors that that are staples in every closet. Besides the classics of black and white, blue is one of those versatile colors that never seem to go out of style. It is a universally flattering color on most everyone and is “camera-friendly” hue.

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For this Spring and Summer menswear collections, the color blue has been taken to new levels with the use of more intense blues and mixing them with unexpected colors and patterns. The first example of the prevalence of the color blue in men’s street style is this “ocean blue”, one button blazer that takes center stage over a white button-down shirt and white trousers. The cool colors of the outfit are warmed up with a cognac brown leather satchel and slip-on loafers of the same color.

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Next, is an old favorite: the “powder blue” suit. It is a color that was popular in men’s suits in the 70’s and 80’s, but it also is made more modern with a longer cut jacket, slit sleeves, and a pair of saddle brown leather slip-ons. The shade of blue in this suit is also a little more muted then its vintage counterpart.

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The third street style photo is from the fashionable city of Milan, Italy, which shows how the color blue can be used as a neutral and mixed with brighter colors like these lemon yellow trousers. The checkered blue pattern of the dress shirt adds a fresh twist to a universally popular color.

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Men’s Fashion Advice – Man-gagement Rings: I Do or I Don’t?

Man-gagement Rings: I Do or I Don’t?

The idea of a man wearing an engagement ring to express his commitment to his fiancé is not a new one, but over the years it has not been a very popular trend. However, this year, some celebrities have brought it back in a big way.

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One trend-setting guy who was spotted with a “man-gagement” ring recently on his left ring finger is Johnny Depp. His rather substantially large round diamond solitaire is flanked by graduating diamonds down the shank of the ring and is a nice compliment to Johnny’s fiancé Amber Heard’s sparkling solitaire that is in a slightly more feminine setting.

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Another couple who has jumped on board with the “man-gagament” ring trend is Singer Jennifer Hudson and her Wrestler fiancé David Otunga. His commitment ring is a band style ring with raised geometric squares and inset diamonds in between each square and along the profile. It is a modern design by one of the top ring designers, Neil Lane. It has both sparkle and unique interest all in one package.

Considering that engagements can be quite lengthy sometimes and both parties may enjoy professing their love and commitment for each other, the idea of a “man-gagement” ring seems like less of an oddity. Also, in breaking with tradition, the usual engagement ring recipient may really enjoy being able to show their love for their “spouse-to-be” with the gift of a ring in return. Most people may not have the finances to buy a 5 carat diamond set in Platinum that celebrities like Johnny Depp and David Otunga may be wearing, but there are simpler band styles made out of white gold, sterling silver, and stainless steel that may fit the bill.

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Women’s Fashion Advice – Sweet Accessories

Satisfy your sweet tooth without consuming a single calorie with Charlotte Olympia’s newest lines of candy inspired accessories. These whimsical shoes and bags are the perfect compliment to this season’s best trends. So ditch your work bag and favorite shoes in favor of Olympia’s newest line.

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These ice cream cone heels are sure to have a few people licking their lips as you strut by. The pastel colors on the Ice Cream Cone-Heel d’Orsay Pump make a great accent to a little white dress and are so much fun.

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Charlotte’s Gummi Bear Acrylic Clutch Bag is sure to be your newest candy crush. Reminiscent of those teddy bear back packs popular amongst pre-teens in the 90′s, this confectionery inspired counterpart is made for the kid in each of us.

A candy bracelet was the ultimate accessory for all girls ages 5-12. The Sweet Dolly Pump with Candy Anklet plays homage to the classic sweet accessory of your youth in a sassy pink heel.

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Arm Candy “For Keeps” Acrylic Clutch Bag is shaped like a conversation heart. While the candy is usually associated with Valentine’s Day, the pastel colors and round shape are prefect for spring.

For those who aren’t into pastels, Charlotte’s Candy Licorice Platform Sandal looks like little coils of black licorice. Even if you’re not a fan of the flavor, these platform sandals are sure to appeal to everyone.

These candy coated accessories will keep your waist line thin and trim, but it might also thin out your wallet. While cute and quirky, Charlotte Olympia’s collection might set you back a pretty penny.

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Wedding Fashion Advice – How to Choose the Right Wedding Bands for Your Upcoming Nuptials

While there is a lot of focus on selecting the perfect wedding engagement ring for the bride, the wedding band is in fact, a more important choice for the bride and groom.

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While an engagement ring can be left at home for whatever reason, married people never go without wearing their wedding bands.

This is the ring that you will wear every day and represents a token of your eternal love and commitment to one another.

Because most couples typically purchase their wedding bands and engagement rings separately, it is important to select a wedding band that suits your budget and your sense of style.

Most of all, the perfect wedding band should be both comfortable and beautiful.

Here is a simple guide to help you select the perfect wedding bands for your new life together.iy1r10 weddings mens fashion

Choosing the Right Wedding Bands

First, you need to establish how the bride will wear the wedding band. Will she wear it as a stand-alone piece of jewelry? Or, do you want the ring to be worn on the same finger as the engagement ring?

Jewelers can create wonderful engagement ring and wedding band combinations that can fit any size jewelry budget – from the smallest to the largest.

When selecting a wedding band, consider your lifestyle – do you have a life that is suited for a simple band? Is your groom a chef or landscape gardener who works with his hands all day?

A simple metal band may work better than one adorned with sapphires, diamonds or other precious stones. Wide bands, with a motif around the center, are one alternative to gemstone encrusted bands for grooms.  Slender diamond bands, however, are very popular with modern brides.

If the bride wants to wear both rings on the same finger, wedding tradition dictates that you wear the engagement ring above your wedding band, so that the band remains closer to your heart.

Size and Fit Matters

Begin your wedding band search at the jewelry store – instead of browsing for wedding band types on the internet or via catalog shopping.

In the jewelry store, you can try various wedding band styles to see what flatters your ring fingers best, and what ring styles feel the most comfortable on your fingers.

Band width is measured in millimeters, and one or two millimeters can make the difference between what is comfortable, and what is not.

If the bride plans to wear a wedding band with her engagement ring, try both pieces of jewelry on together to see whether they complement each other best.

All about Metals

For some traditional couples, the bands are usually slender circles of gold or platinum. Every once in a while couples select metal bands with personalized engraving on the inside or a few flourishes on the outside.

If you are choosing a band that the bride will wear with her engagement ring, you will want matching metals. The basic type of wedding band metals that you can choose from are: gold, platinum, palladium and titanium.

Whatever the style, the type of metal wedding band that you choose should complement every aspect of your life.

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Men’s Fashion Trends – 10 Most Trending Fitness Items

As obesity rates continue to rise across the nation, men are finding that they need to work both the gym and outdoor circuit to stay in shape all year-round. In the past, you threw on some sweats and sneakers, running out the door to jog around the block. Today’s technology has made it easier, and safer, to exercise at any age. Take a look at some of the top trending items that are contributing to men’s fitness. There are even some fashion trends that melt into this category too.

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1. UV Clothing

With skin cancer as a potential threat, you should wear UV clothing when you choose an outdoor workout. Instead of covering yourself in sunscreen, that tends to rub off, shirts and pants keep you protected from sunburn and skin damage.

2. Compression Sleeves

Colorful compression sleeves can be worn on the legs or arms. Keep those sore muscles in place as you weight lift or jog a mile. Make sure to size the sleeve correctly for the best support. You’re not looking to cut off your circulation.

3. Training Shorts

Match your workout type to your shorts. Look for cross-training shorts that allow you to bend and stretch while still retaining a solid form on your frame. Many designs hold your groin area in place without any threat of pinching or excessive compression as you work out.

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Celebrity Fashion Trends – Fancy Streetwear Styles

When celebrities are living their lives outside of special events and ceremonies, their more casual looks can be seen by the whole world. So, unless they want to end up on the front pages of the tabloid papers for a fashion flop, they may want to try to maintain a certain style.

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First up are Johnny Depp and his new fiancé Amber Heard. Johnny has always been in a style category all his own, but in this photo he looks like he is channeling his inner gangster with his grey and blue, wide-brimmed chapeaux, vintage-lapel charcoal 3-piece suit, and blue striped dress shirt. His fiancé Amber makes the perfect “maul” with her plunging black dress and bright red lips.

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Men’s Fashion Trends – Spring Jackets

This year, more than ever, anyone who has had it with the wintery weather has been thinking of shedding a few layers and breaking out the clothes for warmer weather. As winter turns into spring, it will be time to replace our heavier jackets with something lighter and water resistant.

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For 2014, there are a few trends that have carried through in fashion when it comes to men’s spring jackets and rainwear. First, color is still dominant when it comes to clothing trends. For example, this shorter pointed collar jacket in “bubble gum” pink, the pullover ¾ zip-front jacket in tangerine, and this longer spring coat that is color-blocked in shades of blue. If you are not into the brighter range of colors, then there are also darker shades of plum and burgundy that will give your look a punch of color, but with riche tones instead. Comfort and color are available with a number of outdoor jackets from Brookes, including Workwear Jackets, 3 in 1 Jackets, and Waterproof Jackets.

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