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Covering Your Arms and Keeping Cool in the Summer

Sometimes, even though you may long to wear a sleeveless top in the summer to stay cool and comfortable, you have to cover your arms for work or a special event. But rest assured that there are plenty of stylish ways that you can cover your arms without having to worry about getting overheated in the process. Continue reading for a few tips that will have you looking great and staying cool, even if your arms are covered.

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Look for the Right Fabrics

The right fabric is key to staying cool and comfortable during a summer event that requires that you wear sleeves of any length. Good options include any material that is particularly light on your skin. Transparent or semi-transparent fabrics are perfect, as is lace that is very breathable. The key is to stick with really lightweight materials that you will hardly feel on your arms and that will provide you with just enough coverage without overdoing it. Even a sequin top may work if the fabric is lightweight enough to make you feel cool and prevent you from overheating.

Don the Right Shapes

In addition to choosing the right fabrics, you should also choose the right shapes when it comes to the sleeves that you wear. A few good examples include batwing, bell, bishop, hanging, and butterfly sleeves.

  • A batwing sleeve is basically a long sleeve that features a deep armhole. It also tapers as it moves towards your wrist.
  • A bell sleeve is yet another long sleeve, but this one will be fitted basically from your shoulder down to your elbow. From the elbow downward towards your wrist, it will flare out just like bellbottom jeans would on your legs.
  • A bishop sleeve is like a bell sleeve in the sense that it is fuller towards the bottom than it is towards the top. It also features fabric that is gathered together into a cuff at your wrist.
  • A hanging sleeve is one that opens down the front or the side so that your arm can pass through and stay cool and comfortable.
  • And, finally, a butterfly sleeve is a shorter sleeve option that provides more width around the shoulder and downward.

Pair a Sleeveless Top with a Transparent Top with Sleeves

Another way to stay cool is by wearing a sleeveless top underneath a transparent, dressy top that has any one of the sleeve types and lengths above. In this way, you can remain really cool because the top that you wear will be completely transparent and allow for plenty of airflow, but you will still be covered because of the sleeveless top underneath it. You can easily pair this elegant top combination with a skirt of any length, as well as a pair of dress pants, and you can wear this type of outfit to a party or to work.

Now that you know how to keep your arms cool even on the hottest summer day, you can attend any event and look and feel great.

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Survey of Graphic Tees in 2015

The t-shirt has been a staple in both men’s and women’s closet forever.  Whether you are wearing it under a summer suit jacket or lightweight cardigan, with your favorite blue jeans, or with your swim trunks at the shore, the t-shirt can be an essential part of any look.

Graphic t-shirts are the modern version of the plain t-shirts.  They are used as more of a fashion accessory or statement piece than their plain counterparts.  The first printed t-shirt was in made in the 1950’s and the artistic explosion began there.  The graphic t-shirt displayed clothing design house logos, political views, and artwork through pictures on clothing. Today, the graphic t-shirt transforms an essential piece of clothing into a surprisingly clever fashion accessory regularly on shelves of urban brands like RVCA and KENZO.
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For example, this “Surf Days 1983” in a heather grey cotton weave is a throwback to the vintage tees designs that are still very popular today.  School/College logos, products found during that time period, or musical groups will spark a memory for those of us who are old enough to remember and are an interesting conversation piece, as well as a clothing choice.

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This American flag imprinted skull and wings graphic t-shirt by BlackRock Denim & Co., manufactured in a slim-fitting, thin grey fabric is a modern cut and a bold statement accessory for your wardrobe.  The patriotic theme and the skull with wings graphics are popular separately and together in an, uh, unique crowd…

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If you are a the kind of guy who doesn’t like wording on your clothing, than you may like the style of graphic t-shirts that are just a design, like this white men’s t-shirt with the infinity sign that is constructed of neutral colored triangle shapes.  The shapes are interesting and they use it to uniquely form a universal symbol that has almost a 3-D effect to it.  This would be a great addition to a casual summer linen suit jacket to give your look a little more “edginess”.

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You can even get those 6-pack abs that you have always wanted imprinted on a graphic t-shirt if you want like in this one with the snake, eagle, dragon, and shield in addition to the “gym perfect” pecks.  A bit gimmicky, if you ask me!

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Keeping Cool With Linen Clothing

When it comes to warm weather clothing, you need to be able to reach for items that are constructed of breathable fabric. Natural fibers like linen are great at keeping you cool, while letting you look crisp and comfortable.

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One of the items that are one of the essential menswear linen pieces for summer is pants. These lightweight, casual pants are the perfect accompaniment to a cool tank top or t-shirt and flips flops. Linen trousers will give you the extra leg coverage that you want, but in the summertime fabric that you need. Many people think of linen in the traditional off-white color, but now you will find linen in many different hues, like this bleached denim blue color.Natural-linen tshirt-min

Linen shirts are also a “must-have” essential item for your summertime wardrobe. This cool and comfy gauzy-white linen with the half-button front placket and rolled up sleeves says “beach vacation” without even having to be near the shore, while this natural linen v-neck t-shirt has a more modern tweed/abstract animal print that would be perfect with a pair of jeans or chino shorts for an outside cafe lunch in the city.

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If you are looking for something that is a little dressier in linen, but still has that great summertime feel, then check out this two-button natural linen blazer with the thin lapels, slit pockets, and button sleeves. This jacket is a great versatile piece that could be paired with either pants or shorts for the perfect summertime look. You can even treat your feet to some linen with these colorfully leather-trimmed linen driving mocs to complete you “easy/breezy” look.

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Win A $600 Jorg Gray Watch!!!

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Pastel Purses for Spring/ Summer 2015

Lightening up your look for summer is easy with dreamy pastel accessories. We love these eye-catching purses in sorbet shades of light pink, canary yellow and pale blue. Let them stand out against a backdrop of white or black or pair them with a colorful ensemble to really let your style game shine through.

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A touch of pink

Rebecca Minkoff’s Mini Crosby Crossbody Bag in Primrose combines a ladylike color with touch hardware for the perfect juxtaposition. Chloe’s Fadded Rose Leather Faye Mini Crossbody Bag is sure to get attention from all the fashionistas and stylebloggers. Featuring two large metal buttons and an adjustable shoulder strap, this bag takes rose and makes it modern. For a slightly more conservative take, Fendi’s Powder Pink Leather Logo Tag Shoulder Bag fits the bill. This dainty structured purse is the epitome of class.

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A dabble in blue

For a pop of blue, might we suggest Rebeca Minkoff’s Vinca Leather Medium Mab Tote Bag. Great for work or brunch with friends, this bag is large enough to fit anything you might need for the day. Another great option is Tory Burch’s All-T-Swingpack Leather Crossbody Bag in Juniper Berry. A great way to add a little something special to your work or everyday attire. Fendi’s Pale Blue Snakeskin and Leather Convertible Shoulder Bag comes in the prettiest of powder blues and the snakeskin gives it some much welcomed added texture.

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Dreamy yellow

This soft hue is perfect for summer. We love Elliot Lucca’s Gigi Bon Bon Perforated Leather Drawstring Bag in Limon for a walk on the boardwalk or a summer bbq. The spacious purse in such a soft color will really make your outfit sing. Looking for a great bag you can also bring to the beach? Vince Camuto’s  Sil Silcone Tote is just the answer.

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Red Carpet Review of Summer 2015 Movie Premieres

As soon as the Summer comes, the movie industry starts releasing their blockbuster line-ups to the public for the season’s entertainment. Along with the movie premieres, come the stars of the films and their celebrity friends who make their way across the red carpet. For example, for the Terminator Genisys movie premiere in Los Angeles this month, two old pals who still enjoy the spotlight gathered to celebrate the opening.
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Arnold Schwarzenegger and Sylvester Stallone posed together on the red carpet. Arnold looks official in his stylish navy suit that is built to accommodate his expansive chest, while Sly is a little less formal in his blue and black micro-check blazer that is paired with a pair of indigo blue jeans. They both know their men’s accessories pretty well: Arnold has the cool skull ring, while Sylvester rocks his outfit with a “boss” pair of shades.

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Next, we have Emelia Clarke at the movie premiere of Terminator Genisys also, who is making me dizzy in this optical illusion halter gown. I understand the concept and it is quite an interesting style, but it really makes you feel like you are looking into the “Twilight Zone”.

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Sandra Bullock is having a little fun on the red carpet with her new “Minion” movie. She showed up in this fitted black dress with a yellow stripe on the shoulder, as well as bright yellow Minion pumps to promote the flick.

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Last, but not least, is Channing Tatum. He stopped to pose on the red carpet in this fantastic slate blue suit with a crisp white shirt and a patterned blue tie. He is definitely dressed conservatively, as compared to his wild and crazy character of Magic Mike, but he does look just as good fully dressed in his suit as he does as a dancer.

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