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10 Best Spring 2015 Fashion Trends

Refresh your image with some of the latest fashion trends causing a stir in spring. Here are 10 of the best.

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1. Pattern it up
Wearing black and white is still in fashion, but the spring trends show that it is the perfect foundation on which to display various patterns and textures. Think geometric shapes and stripes that give your neutrals an edge. Gingham is also heating up the trends this spring, so invite it to the party.

2. Green Your Wardrobe
Olive green is a new neutral this spring! It’s perfect in the military fashion trend that’s also creating waves. To make it work in your wardrobe, choose olive green pieces that are fitted well and textured, and wear them with brighter shades, such as luminous yellow and fiery red for a splash.

3. Enjoy Bohemian Nights
Bohemian fashion has been trendy for a while now, but this year it’s all about taking it from day to night. Think elegant long, flowing dresses and items with an almost translucent shimmer to offer a slice of classy sexiness. Team the look with suede, another hot item this spring, for extra stylishness.

If suede seems heavy for the season, that’s because you’re probably thinking of dark suede jacket or trouser numbers. Pastel-colored, light suede in sleeveless dresses gives suede a much-needed makeover!

4. Twist Your Denim
Although you might think of your flattering pair of jeans at home, denim this season is cropping up in a variety of creative styles. Dark tailored denim dresses are feminine, while loose-fitting denim jumpsuits are versatile enough for wear with different styles.

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5. See Red
Remember the spectacular red dress actress and director Lupita Nyong’o wore at last year’s Golden Globes? Well, such beauty isn’t going out of style anytime soon! This year Milan Fashion Week revealed sumptuous red shades at its shows for spring. The brighter and bolder, the better! Don’t be afraid to bring red into your clothing choices, but you can tweak it to get the perfect shade to match your skin. For instance, if orange-red tones seem to look weird on you, opt for a blue-tinged red instead.

6. Get Cropped!
Cropping is not only for Photoshop. This year fashion items are cut in half, showing off toned and tanned midriffs. Long skirts and cropped tops are a favorite, but you can also team these short tops with trousers.

7. Leave Your Heels at Home
It’s time to retrieve your flat shoes from the back of your closet because they are in fashion this spring and more versatile than ever. Team up metallic dresses with gladiator-inspired flats or get inspired by Stella McCartney’s silver wedges that give you a bit of height with a lot of style.

8. Grow a Fringe
We don’t mean on your hair but your clothing! Tassels are all the rage this season, appearing on skirts, cropped leather jackets, and handbags. When rocking this trend, choose only one fringed item of clothing to wear at a time to make a fashion statement instead of a faux pas.

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9. Bare Your Shoulder
Besides for your midriff, you should also show off your shoulders this spring. Tops with their shoulder parts cut out, as seen by Vera Wang, or off-the-shoulder items are great. The asymmetrical neckline is also trendy this year, so wear dresses or tops that cover one shoulder or straps that cut across your neckline diagonally.

10. Time to Bloom!
Although it might not sound very surprising to hear that florals are making a statement this spring, they come in all sorts of colors and patterns. Think large, graphic flowers on handbags and abstract floral prints on clothing that put a spin on traditional floral designs.

Turn the world into your runway this spring by bringing home the hottest fashion trends.

Cassie Brewer is an experience makeup designer who works for weddings and films during the day and writes by night.

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Win 2 pairs of PUMA Trainers!!

JD Sports, known for carrying a massive amount of awesome Puma men’s trainers and other fine sneakers, is giving away two pairs of PUMA Trinomic XT1s for a lucky gent (or two?).

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All you need to do to enter is:

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Basically, it’s a treasure hunt. “We’ve placed an empty branded trainer display box somewhere in the streets of the chosen cities, the lucky person to find it will win two pairs of the Puma XT1 trainers as well as the branded display box. Clues will be given via the @JDsportsfashion twitter account to help narrow down the search.”

Sounds like fun on top of free! Read up on the full terms and conditions. And good luck!

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Spotlight On JJ Suspenders

When needing something to hold up your trousers, most people automatically think of belts as being the only choice for men, but actually suspenders have made it back onto the fashion scene. A version of them has been worn for centuries, but the more modern type that we know today was invented in 1820 by a man named Albert Thurston whose idea was a solution to the higher-cut trousers of the times. Today, they have joined the belt as an item that has the dual purpose of keeping your trousers on and being a fashion accessory.

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At JJ suspenders, they have a selection of men’s suspenders that concentrate on manufacturing techniques that will provide the perfect look, feel, and fit. They make it easy to find leather suspenders that are stylish and possess the quality workmanship to last. One example of the selection of suspenders that they have at JJ Suspenders is a casual style Classic Denim Suspenders that has a denim-like fabric with brown leather detailing on the back-strap and tabs. The gold-tone clips make it easy to attach to your jeans or trousers for a stylish look. These ones are $39 and will fit up to a height of 6’2”.

chestnut java brown leather suspendersIf you like a more rugged leather look, then check out the Chestnut Java Brown Leather Suspenders which are suspenders with a classic y-back design, bold stitching, and burnished golden clip hardware, but is also offered in a button style. These suspenders have the great look of a handcrafted leather belt, with the uniqueness of the suspender style. These are also $39 and have a 15 day money back guarantee which owns.

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JJ Suspenders also makes a more formal style with the Alabaster Lite Classic White Suspenders that come in a wider material strap, sliding silver-tone adjusting hardware, and dual button attachments. This dressier, crisp white version of suspenders will run you a little more at $109, but you will get free shipping and an accessory that will blend well with your white dress shirts and more formal wear.

Want to leran more about to rock suspenders? Check out JJ’s how-to suspenders style guide.

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A Peek Into the Past: The Progression of the Women’s Bathing Suit

Today’s women come in all shapes and sizes, and luckily, so do today’s bathing suits. Bikinis and even string bikinis exist for those who are proud of their bodies and not ashamed to show a little skin, while one-piece and tankini options abound for those who prefer to take a more demure approach. As long as you’re appropriately covered and not breaking any laws of indecency, pretty much anything goes when it comes to the women’s bathing suit of today. But once upon a time, the rules were far more specific.

Bathing Suit Traditions Over Time

When the bathhouse first became a social gathering spot, women either went completely nude or in a toga-like covering. Throughout much of the 1880s, a “swimming suit dress” of sorts was most popular, and this didn’t change much until closer to the turn of the century. Once women began swimming at the collegiate level all that excess material became impractical, and the traditional bathing suit style was trimmed down as a result. Once transcontinental railroads rose to prominence, the standard bathing suit design shrunk even more as many more Americans began to find their way to the beach.
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Cole Haan & Todd Snyder: Debut Collaboration of Men’s Footwear

At the beginning of March this year, an announcement was made that two well known designers would be putting their heads together to design and produce a new line of men’s shoes. Cole Haan is an iconic fashion label that was started in Chicago, Illinois in 1928. Originally known as a men’s footwear company, they became legendary for their superior quality shoes and accessories for men and women. Being a company that honors tradition in their designs, their collaboration with Todd Snyder for men’s footwear brings Todd’s vision for classic design and highlights it with a modern appeal.

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One example of the merging of these two great designers is the Lewis Chukka in Blazer Blue. The Chukka boot has been a popular style since the 1940’s and you will find this particular style in mostly brown and black leather, but Todd Snyder has taken this low leather boot and brought it to us in a fantastic dusty navy, pebbled leather. This modern twist on a vintage classic shoe allows for more versatility with a color that will blend well with both a casual look and also gives you the ability to dress it up a little.

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Next is the Willet Plain Oxford in Magnet, which is a simple style oxford shoe that has Cole Haan’s classic leather sole paired with a smooth grey leather that has modern lines and contrast stitching around the laces. If you don’t know already, grey is the new black and this particular shoe gives you a traditional styling in a fresh neutral palette, which will take you from Spring to Summer and then, into Fall.

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Some new Spring-Summer 2015 looks by Todd Snyder that would go great with this new collaboration with Cole Haan would be this casual grey sweater, worn over a crisp white shirt and tie, that is paired with charcoal colored trousers.

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The other blue chukka could be worn with this brighter jean-style blue jacket and the dark charcoal grey pants. Both styles of shoe allow you to have fun with color without going overboard.

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Designer Eyewear for Every Man In 2015

Sunglasses are not only a form of eye protection to shield you from the sun’s rays, but they also can make a great fashion statement. You choose sunglasses that reflect your personal style as an accessory to your clothing. In Sunglasses Shop’s men’s sunglasses section,  you will find a selection of designer men’s sunglasses that will fit any taste.
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One of my favorite pairs of sunglasses from the Sunglasses Shop is the Persol sunglasses. The light brown tortoise, rounded frame compliment the light blue lenses nicely and it is a throwback to the 1960’s, but has the modern technology of Persol’s Meflecto system that prevents any head pressure with the fit and also an anti-reflective coating within the blue lenses. For 193 Euros, you get a lot of style for your money.
Paul Smith Clarefield
The next pair is the Paul Smith Clarefield, which have a retro vibe with the rounded metal frames and the mocha colored lenses. These ones are handmade in Italy for 199 Euros and are for the guy who loves a little John Lennon or Ozzy Ozbourne style.
Prada Aviator
For the classic aviator lover, the Sunglasses Shop has the Prada Sport 50P which takes the traditional Aviator style and makes it a little sportier with the rimless frame and the tan colored, graded lenses. They are a look that never goes out of style and the light color is a great summery style for 162 Euros.
Dior Homme
Last, but not least is the Dior Homme Black Tie 181s. This particular pair of sunglasses is more of a bold look with the thicker black acetate frame with brushed metal sides and grey lenses. Also, with the addition of the rubberized inner arm pieces, you can personalize your fit. This style is for the guy who wants more if a collegiate look and at 215 Euros it is a little more expensive, but it is also Dior.

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How to make your watch more versatile

Watches are the ultimate accessory to an great outfit. They can be casual, sporty or dressy, and having multiple watches for different occasions is not uncommon. However, watches are not a cheap hobby to have. Expect to spend around $100 for your first quality entry-level watch, and exponentially more for notable brands such as Omega, Rolex and Patek.

So without breaking the wallet, how do people make the watch they have more versatile for casual, sporty or dressy occasions?

You change the straps of the watch!

Most watches have a spring bar connecting the main body of the watch to the strap. If you have a spring bar removal tool, you can remove the strap by yourself without any professional help. Once you have removed the spring bar and the strap, you can swap out straps as you please. Make sure you have the correct size of strap. Most come in 18mm, 20mm, or 22mm size straps. The easiest straps to remove and replace are NATO straps. They are a piece of nylon that you slip in between the spring bars without having to remove them.

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The watch shown in the image is a dive watch, which is a style brought mainstream by the popular James Bond movies. This watch is a Seiko homage to the Omega Seamaster Bond wears in the films. The NATO strap replaced the metal strap that came with it, which gives it a more casual look. If a dressier occasion arises, a simple swap of the strap will do.

Watches are a must-have piece to a person’s wardrobe, and with it should come a strap for every occasion.

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