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Men’s Fashion Destination: Cape Cod Massachusetts

Every year I look forward to a week’s vacation on Cape Cod. Not only are the beaches beautiful and the fashion style in Cape Cod, it would be a combination of preppy and casual elegance. There are some places on Cape Cod that are a more relaxed, summertime kind of vibe and others that are a little more dressy.

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A perfect wardrobe for sightseeing, shopping in the unique stores and boutiques, or grabbing a steaming bowl of clam chowder at an outside café consists of pieces like this blue check button-down shirt, a comfy pair of cargo or chino shorts with a braided leather belt, and the ever-popular leather boat shoes. Some key accessories that help to complete the Cape Cod casual look are the straw fedora, brown leather wrist watch, and cool aviator sunglasses. Also, this green plaid button down shirt, white cotton summer pants, and boat shoes make a comparable alternative.

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If you happen to be invited to the Kennedy compound for cocktails or are hanging out at one of the posh restaurants on the shore, then a look that is a little dressier would be appropriate. Here, is a navy sports jacket by Royal Hem, a crisp white button-down, tan slim leg trousers by Hermes of Cape Cod, and a terrific pairs of two-tone blue Alberto Morretti loafers.

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Of course, this outfit deserves a fantastic watch like this Hermes Basel Cape Cod Moonphase Watch with a croco-embossed British tan leather band, gleaming hands and numbers, with a unique moon phase dial for added interest.

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How to Go Monochromatic for Fall

Wearing one color head to toe is a very flattering concept. You look taller and leaner, streamlining your appearance. So how can you take one color dressing from blasé to chic? Follow our do’s and don’ts and you can’t go wrong!

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Do introduce another color with fun and interesting accessories to add a touch of pizzaz. Try a fun statement bag or an interesting pair of shoes. This is a great time to focus on the details, as the single color will act as a great canvas to really make them stand out!

Don’t introduce a whole rainbow of colors in your accessories. Not only does that take away from the monochromatic concept, it also takes away from you!

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Do play with different shades. No reason to go too matchy-matchy, play up light and dark shades in the same family. Try jewel tones and pastels or rich and soft neutrals.

Don’t get colors that are close together but not exact. While you can wear head to toe in the exact same shade and look like you stepped out of a magazine, you can’t really achieve that effect with colors that look similar but aren’t the same. It just gives the impression that you tried too hard to make it work, but probably didn’t. Think of a suit you bought separately- while the pants may be navy and the jacket might also be navy, each designer plays with a slightly different shade so pairing two different pieces together isn’t a great idea.

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Do concentrate on fit. The slimming concept is lost if your garments are ill-fitting. We’re not suggesting it needs to be tight, just that fit you perfectly.

Don’t worry so much about what everyone else is wearing, wear what looks good on you!

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5 Hats Women Should Rock

Gone are the days of the hat being a male-only athletic accessory. Women’s fashion is ever-evolving, and hats are the next best thing. Curious about the latest craze in women’s hats but not sure what you can or can’t do? I’ll tell you something – there is no such thing as not being able to pull something off. If you want to wear it, rock it!

From baseball caps and hats to jaunty berets, here are our favorite women’s hats, and how you can rock them.

Baseball Caps and Hats

You don’t play baseball? That’s cool, you’re not a tomboy? That’s cool too. Baseball caps and hats aren’t just for the guys anymore! Girls are totally rocking them too now, and with hair-up or hair-down; the right baseball style cap can really pull together an outfit. While many on the market tend to be a little gimmicky, bold block colours or monochromatic blacks and whites in leather are a great accompaniment to any baseball cap or hat look. Check out some of the themed baseball caps and hats available at Spencer’s website.

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Felt Wide Brim

Hats aren’t solely seasonal either, and hats for women can typically be worn year-round – score! My favourite style for summer or winter is the felt brimmed hat: soft, feminine and beautiful, while still keeping the sun out of your eyes, this hat suits both a bikini and flip-flops, or a big woollen winter coat. Style blog Who What Wear have a great guide to styling wide brim hats.

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Oversize Floppy Hat

Oozing sophistication, this oversized hat is perfect for the warmer months and gives off the vibes of lounging around by a pool and sipping mimosas. Great for beachwear, the oversized floppy hat totally rocks over the summer – keeping your face completely shaded. Style blog Always Dolled Up has lots of tips on styling a floppy hat.

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Bowler Hat

Despite what you’ve heard, the Bowler hat is simply reserved for old men and Charlie Chaplin. The bowler is an example of women’s fashion – particularly accessories – becoming increasingly androgynous. Girls can totally rock the bowler, sat back high on the head, with your hair down for an effortlessly chic look that says, “What? I just threw this hat on …” Check out the Definitive Guide to Wearing Bowler Hats – yes, there IS a Definitive guide!

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Trilby

The Trilby, (often known also as a Fedora) has been getting a bit of a bad rap lately among our male counterparts. That won’t stop us ladies, however! The trilby is super-cool, and is both fashionable and functional – becoming somewhat a summer staple. A great way to style a trilby is with classic vintage pieces with a feminine flair – think pastels and florals. Add a bit of punch with some killer heels or edgy boots. Check out celebrities like Reese Witherspoon and Liv Tyler rocking their trilbys.

Hats do more than just keep your head warm – they look awesome and stylish, too. Which hat are you going to rock this season: sporty baseball caps and hats, or the funky trilby or bowler?

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More Celebrity Street Style in August!

This week’s celebrity fashion picks were in the “do” category. Sometimes, while they are out and about, they are caught by the Paparazzi in a not so flattering light, but this time the celebrities were ready for the photographer’s flashbulbs.

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The first celebrity fashion pick is actress Reese Witherspoon, who was seen in this fantastic summery outfit. Floral patterns being all the rage, her crisp white dress that has an empire waist, a pleated bodice, and is splashed with royal blue roses is just adorable. The shorter length of the dress and strappy white sandals keep it fresh and young. Also, the wide brim fedora and sunshine yellow leather bag are unexpected, but fantastic accessories.

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Next, is bad (old) boy actor Billy Bob Thorton, who just finished the TV series Fargo. He shows how jeans can bridge the gap from casual to dressy, as he pairs them with a collarless grey woven sports coat, a micro-collar black v-neck shirt, and a great pair of silver embossed leather cowboy boots. Whereas “dressy jeans” didn’t exist in the past, they are the trend if the future. People just love their jeans and jump at the opportunity to wear them everywhere.

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Last, but not least, is former model/actress Diane Kruger and actor Joshua Jackson from the now ancient TV series Fringe Joshua is rocking summertime casual with his fitted black, v-neck t-shirt, knee length grey cargo shorts, and a cool pair of red sunglasses. Diane looks very lady-like in her strapless floral maxi-dress in the summer tones of blue, orange, and pink. The studded black leather cross-body handbag is just the right size to keep the look feminine. She is current with both the floral and studded trends in fashion today. They both have the perfect look for an afternoon out to lunch or shopping spree.

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Celebrity Street Style in August

Every day the Paparazzi are out on the streets trying to take photos of celebrities living their lives. Sometimes they catch them at the height of fashion and sometimes, not so much. Whichever kind of photograph is taken, you can guarantee that it will end up on the internet or in the tabloids.

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First off, is Actress Amber Heard. She was seen walking down a side road in CA with a friend, after grabbing some coffee. Amber is impeccably dressed in a tan, patterned blouse, a black slit skirt with a tan colored diamond pattern, a fantastic flats made of black and beige leather. Her patterned belt, British tan leather shoulder bag, and Aviator sunglasses make the perfect accessories.

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The next celebrity street style is Jessica Alba. She is strolling down the streets of Los Angeles in a summer time look with her embossed white tank top, gathered/lace-trimmed capris, and lace-up shooties. I love the top, shoes, and studded tan leather handbag, but I have no idea what is happening with those pants. The waistline, pockets, and pant front are just confusing and envelop a very nice figure.

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Next, are actress and actor Olivia Wilde and Jason Sudeikis, who are looking like the perfect tourists in Montreal Canada. Olivia is taking on a “Bohemian vibe” with her embroidered black tunic top, rolled-up worn jeans, and black leather booties. Jason is disguised perfectly in his button-down blue shirt, grey cargo shorts, and walking sneakers. The Aviator sunglasses that they are both wearing, along with Jason’s camera and baseball hat complete the tourist look.

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Lastly, is former Olympian, TV personality, and soon-to-be ex-husband of Kardashian mom, Bruce Jenner. Bruce has never been a style maven, but I think that Chris must have got the rights to the family stylist in this split. Bruce’s hair is ragged and over-processed, his blue striped polo and tan khakis are baggy, but he does have some cool golf shoes.

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On The Different Kinds of Shirt Cuffs

When it comes to dress shirts, a simpler way to increase your style range is to buy shirts with different styles – from various collars to diverse fittings to interesting cuffs.  In fact, adding shirts with unique cuffs offer a visual enhancement that accentuates your physical appearance. We dive into the world of shirt cuffs in order to display just how diverse these small shirt additions can really get.

Barrel cuffs

When purchasing department store shirts, you’ll notice that cuffs are traditionally attached with buttons. Although these generally come with single buttons, two or three buttons can also be found with these types of men’s dress shirts. Honestly, it’s no mystery why businessmen today choose plain barrel cuffs as opposed to fancier ensembles: they’re simply easier to maintain and adjust to one’s liking.  You may frequently hear these cuffs referred to as button cuffs, too.

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French cuffs

Designed without buttons, these cuffs are kept together with fancy cuff links or even silky knots.  While some fashion bloggers agree that these cuffs should be phased out, these cuffs are still popular among young professionals. Traditionally, these are worn by more affluent men, although anyone looking for that classier style could definitely benefit by wearing these.  In terms of size, these cuffs are roughly twice as long as barrel cuffs.

Turnback cuffs

You may hear these occasionally called James Bond cuffs (for obvious reasons). Strikingly similar in appearance to French cuffs, these fold then button for an incredible suave look. Since it’s not entirely necessary to wear department store dress shirts with cuff links, many men seem to be unaware that expensive shirts made with turnback cuffs can be accompanied with cuff links for added pizazz, although the cuff will be buttoned after folding anyway.  For a live look at these cuffs in action, check out James Bond’s Dr. No and pay close attention to his attire and see how it’s all in the cuff.

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Single Cuffs

Often confused with barrel cuffs, the single cuff is traditionally worn in formal settings and lacks the massive length of French cuffs.  These are normally fastened with white or black cuff links, although silver or gold would also spice up the shirts equally well.  Visiting other countries, you may notice formal dining environments will feature men with these cuff styles.

Choosing the best cuff

Choosing which cuff should be worn for professional careers, formal dining and other occasions can be a daunting task with so many options available, but a few important factors can narrow the field.  First, take into account how long or short your arms are; although you’ll probably have your shirts tailored to fit your arms, it’s always good to avoid cuffs that may expose too much wrist or forearm.

Also, consider whether you’ll wear jackets with your shirts; this will help determine which style would show through your jacket sleeve or not.  Finally, always buy the shirt cuff before the cuff link and not the reverse since gold, white and black are rather neutral and can match nearly any cuff you desire.

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Patterns Plus Prints: Pulling It Off!

Anyone who happens to glance up from their cellphone and take a look at fellow travelers on the subway or shoppers at the mall will notice that most people tend to steer well clear of busy patterns and prints when deciding what to wear. The majority will opt for a much simpler style. The inclination to avoid drawing attention to themselves is stopping people from experimenting with pattern and print, and, let’s face it, it is so easy to get it wrong; but having the confidence to include some well-placed patterned pieces in one’s closet can demonstrate a lively personality and create a unique and original look.

What makes pattern and print work for some and not for others? Well, following a few simple rules can make a world of difference.

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Planning

Supplementing a wardrobe with a palette of bold colors, patterns and prints sounds straightforward, but if not well planned, the new look could easily become overpowering or even gaudy. There is a fine line between an outfit that causes an interested stir and one that crashes loudly into the party and will not be silenced at any cost. It is all too easy to make the mistake of combining two very bold patterns or prints with clashing color schemes. No one actually wants to look as though they threw something on during a power failure. Thus even the most relaxed look requires careful planning to make it work.

Choose patterns 

The key to making patterns complement each other is to stick to the same color schemes in both patterns or pick out one color that is common to both. The effect is very subtle but still shows off a sense of adventure in the wearer. That said, a pattern of basic black and white stripes will go with just about anything, even gray, navy blue and brown. Moreover, although there may or may not be any science behind it, certain patterns and prints just balance each other. Those who are looking to show off their more frivolous side might try combining floral patterns or leopard print with either stripes or polka dots – it just works.

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Scale matters

Anyone creating a look, which incorporates patterns and prints, must be sure to achieve balance by varying the scale of the patterns that are combined. Marrying a medium to large scale with a small-scale pattern will work, as will a dense print combined with a much sparser pattern. Putting together two or more small prints can have the effect of making the ensemble look incredibly busy. However, two prints of a similar scale can work if cleverly broken up by way of a solid color such as a wide belt, plain waistband or jacket. It is always worth remembering to be clever with accessories; they can be used to separate prints. It is vital, though, to keep accessories in check so that they don’t draw the attention away from the ensemble. 

Matchmaking

Most people of a certain age have attended enough weddings and formal occasions to have learnt from experience that it can be a mistake to match too well. Anyone sporting matching prints on the head and the feet looks as though they are trying a little too hard to adhere to the fashion rules. It shows little adventure and is painfully predictable. Moreover, those who swathe themselves in the same pattern from head to foot are ill-advised unless they are aiming to resemble a cheap caricature. Nevertheless, repeating the same pattern in a different color can work extremely well and result in a fresh and exciting look.

Neutrals

Certain prints have a neutral effect, despite being patterned, so that they can be treated as solids when combining pieces. Classic and understated tweed pants fool the eye so that the fine pattern looks like a solid color – hence it blends well with pretty much any printed pieces. Equally, a fine hound’s tooth skirt sandwiched between brightly patterned tights or socks and a floral shirt can be a triumph. Indeed, the same goes for fine polka dots or thin stripes, so there is much more to choose from when breaking up patterned pieces.

Bigger prints may be worn on parts of the body that might require volume; so slim hips may be accentuated with bigger patterns. In fact, mixing patterns can serve the purpose of empowering the wearer, while at the same time adding or indeed reducing width. Wearing printed fabrics can actually do a great job at shaping the body – and who doesn’t have days when they need that?

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