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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
Most women can say with relative certainty that their men would rather watch football or do anything else rather than shop for clothing. Sometimes the job of finding new clothes is now the woman’s. With online coupons, in-store specials and so many different brands to select from, it’s easy to get confused or flustered when shopping for men. When shopping for men of larger stature this task may seem even more daunting as not all styles and sizes are readily available.
Shopping for taller or bigger men may seem difficult, but it doesn’t have to be.
Sizing them up
When shopping for big and tall men’s clothing, make sure you’re looking for the right size; the right size does not necessarily mean oversize. Take his measurements accurately in order to find garments that properly fit his stature, yet leave some breathing room; you don’t want the clothes fitting to tightly in certain areas. Add an inch to pant lengths or maybe 1 size higher than their measured chests. You don’t need their buttons popping off during important events.
The challenging aspect of shopping for gentlemen of larger statures is finding the same styles their shorter or smaller counterparts can easily find at any men’s store. Don’t get discouraged, many stores offer clothing made specifically for the big and tall man without compromising style.
Go for the autumn look
A change in weather consequently makes individuals change what they put on. Unlike during summer where one may wear light clothes, in autumn you can expect warm clothing and more layers. Autumn looks can be achieved for men of any size. When temperatures dip, personal style should not.
Many autumn colors work well in various months outside of September. Bigger men, depending on skin tone, may favor orange or autumn brown even in the summer or winter months. Overall, when shopping for big and tall men’s clothing, don’t be fooled by seasonal trends because some colors are evergreen, such as pastels.
Avoid brick and mortar?
One of the prime reasons why people turn to online shopping is because it’s easy and hassle free. Simply select the styles you like without leaving the comfort of your own home. Buying big and tall menswear from a regular brick and mortar shop can be time consuming especially if you’re standing at the store during ‘happening’ times of year, like the beginning of school. Just getting in can be a feat that you probably may never accomplish without having to stand for an hour. Of course, while shopping online is now ‘default’ for many, be wary of knockoffs.
Ralph Lauren designs and manufactures some of the trendiest men’s clothing today. Unfortunately, a lot of the stuff labelled as being manufactured by Ralph Lauren are actually knockoffs. The Polo big pony is one shirt that is consistently being sold for around $20 and labelled as being discounted off the original. If you’re looking for authentic brand names don’t trust any website. Always shop trusted sites where the brand names are what they claim to be –it’s not too hard to assimilate knockoffs from $100 shirts these days.
It may appear bigger men would be a taller shopping task, yet knowing their personality and skin tone, to name a few, would go much further. Moreover, shopping online may seem quicker, yet always look for authentic menswear – even if that means calling the corporate office to verify their brands.
Women have been wearing wedding bands for several centuries, although today’s selection favors a more eclectic woman. Individuals have long appreciated the excellent qualities of various stones due to the distinct advantages it offers over plain bands. No matter what kind of jewelry you have, you can more than likely find a stone for your wedding band that suits you.
This article will discuss several types of stones you could mount atop your favorite silver, gold, platinum or titanium band. Note: we failed to mention diamonds since many of these are combined with diamonds, or just look better as standalone stone settings.
Many centuries ago, receiving the gift of sapphire stones meant you’ve been endowed with the trust and loyalty of another. It is from this tradition that sapphire gemstones have long been a popular choice for wedding bands or engagement rings often purchased decades ago, and even still today. Whether you’re fascinated by something lavish for everyday wear or want something to accentuate your clothing for special events, you’ll never fail with sapphire stones. Because of its almost mesmerizing blue hue, sapphire gemstones have been frequently used during the course of history by magicians and clergymen.
Corundum, once refined, makes two distinct types of gemstones: sapphire, and ruby. The latter is, of course, more sought after because of its fine reddish appearance and how it looks next to S2 or better diamonds. Derived from the Latin word ‘ruber’ (red), high ranking aristocrats and kings often wore ruby jewelry to signify their position across the kingdom they reigned in. Today, you’ll find silver and gold bands adorned with ruby and diamond stones because the combination is too stunning to pass up.
Owning emeralds, as discovered in our research, often symbolizes renaissance and the abundance of the life force. With a richly emanating greenish hue, bearers of such stones often reminisce the regeneration of life inspiring hope of new marriages, second chances and having eternal love enriched by God’s glory. Of all types of jewelry stones we researched, emeralds are perhaps the more indicative of wedding vows. Every emerald bears an inspiring story that only its wearer can describe, making the gift of emerald heirlooms perhaps better than any amount of cash.
If you’re wondering which gemstone never falls out of style and accentuates all skin tones, look no further than topaz. From blues to reds, this more affordable gemstone looks stunning next to high class diamonds. Wearing topaz in pendants, rings or tennis bracelets can bring out more garment color than your diamond jewelry, although many feel white stones bring out more ‘bling’. Elegant women understand that topaz gemstones each carry symbols of beauty unique to its wearer.
Diamonds are, by default, what today’s woman wants adorning her ring finger. However, you will find a growing demand for nostalgic looks that only emeralds, rubies, topazes and sapphires bring. Try the different colors when visiting your jewelry store, and see which one brings out the best in you.
The leaves are turning, the weather is cooler and you’re taking off for a weekend getaway. But your closet is still full of summer shorts and t-shirts. Not sure what to pack for that three day, two night trip? Let us make it easy for you with a quick five point guide to dressing smart while fitting everything into a carryon or weekend bag.
1. Chinos are the perfect fall casual pant. Choose classic tan chinos or navy for an easy, laidback look that can be dressed up for an evening out.
2. Sport coats are an absolute lifesaver. Seriously, don’t even think about leaving home without one. A sport coat or blazer is the perfect way to style up a casual look, provide a place to hold your keys, wallet and mobile phone and add a touch of sartorial savvy to a relaxed weekend. We suggest the Navy Windowpane Blazer. Comfortable and versatile, it works well with chinos, jeans and slacks.
3. A dress shirt, two Polo or Henley tees and a pullover will get you through every event, gathering or activity you have planned. Wear the dress shirt with slacks and a blazer for Friday night dinner. Choose a lighter colored Polo with slacks for that early Saturday morning round of golf. The Henley works well with jeans and a cardigan or sweater vest for Sunday lunch.
4. Sneakers and a semi casual pair of shoes or boots. Choose quality leather for the shoes and make sure they are comfortable, polished and (mostly) odor free. Wrap shoes in a shower cap or plastic bag when packing.
5. Don’t forget the Dopp Kit! Also called a shaving kit, the Dopp Kit is really a bag within a bag that carries all the personal grooming essentials – shampoo, shaving cream, razor, deodorant, toothbrush and toothpaste, nail clippers, condoms, aftershave, hair gel, chapstick, comb – you will need. Whether you’re going fishing, to the mountains or visiting family, stay clean shaven and well groomed easily with all the right pieces in one place.
… Cassandra! Who told us this tale in her comment-entry to the KeySmart 2.0 contest:
I forgot my keys and had to throw rocks for an hour at my boyfriend’s window. He finally heard after he got out of the shower but I couldnt even knock on the door because our apartment has a gate around it…
Congrats, and good luck next time to everyone else!