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Who Wears Short Shorts?

Summer is no time to hide behind long pants. Show off those legs in our the season’s cutest shorts. Plus shorts are so versatile, each pair can be worn with flat sandals for a day running around or dressed up with heels and jewelry for a night out! So throw on a pair of short shorts and you’re good to go.

Try a loose cotton short for a sophisticated French girl feel. Rhyme Los Angeles Floral Shortie has a drawstring waistline and front pockets. The loose feel lends itself to a relaxed silhouette, perfect for any occasion.

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Play with graphic prints for summer perfection. Ella Moss Paz Chambray Short is playful without looking as if you shopped in your tween cousin’s closet. Made of 100% cotton with metal accents on the drawstring, you’ll feel cool and confident all day (and night) long.

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Crochet isn’t just for your grandmother anymore. Black Swan Emma Crochet Shortie features a flattering scalloped hem and crochet detailing. There’s just something about them that makes you feel fancy the moment you put them on, but the comfortable cotton fabric makes them just as appropriate for lunch.

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And for you daring gents, try the outlandish M.Nii Quasimodo shorts. Not only is this bottom piece short, it’s quite loud too. Proceed with caution!

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Viva La France

We admit it, at heart we’re a bit of a Francophile. There’s just something so undeniably chic and effortless about French style. While we can’t get you on a plane to Paris, we can help you copy that iconic look and send you out for crêpes!

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For an easy French fix, throw on a striped top and some red lipstick. Glamorous Shadow Stripe Top paired with fitted jeans just feels so right. Or opt for a short sleeve tee, such as Pim + Larkin Metallic Stripe Shirt and tuck it into a flouncy skirt for a great outfit with a little je ne sais quoi.

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Sundry Clothing, Inc. J’aime La Vie Tee has 3/4 sleeves, a center back seam and a relaxed fit. However, it’s the fun scribbled-on French saying, which translates to “I love life” making this tee a home run.

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Add a whimsical touch to your French outfit obsession with a BCBG Pardon My French tote. With it’s dual meaning, this tote is cheeky and fun but with it’s great shape, it is sure to complement your outfit.

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Finish your look off with a great shoe. French Connection Effie is a pointed toe pump with a low heel (only 2 1/4 inches!) which makes it a great choice for all occasions.

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Guide to Men’s Accessorizing (Infographic!)

I came across this neat infographic that succinctly addresses the various ways a fashionable man can integrate accessories into his ensembles. Check it out below!


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Budding Fashion Designer? Get Your Name Out There Creatively!

Some fashion designers have such a distinctive style that it is easy to pick their clothing items out in a crowd, but with some, it is all in the label.  Personally, I am not a fan of the “tagless” label because sometimes it can look very cheap and it starts to peel off over time.  There are even a few clothing designers like Louis Dell’Olio, formerly with Anne Klein, and George Simonton, who has been an instructor at the Fashion Institute of Technology in NYC for over 25 years, that have resisted the idea of tagless items and have proudly displayed their names on custom woven labels.
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If you have ventured out and created some of your own designs, whether it is a sewn, crafted, or knitted item, the label with your own name or logo on it is the icing on the cake.  It is one of the things that distinguishes your personalized clothing tags from everyone else’s. THere are many services online for producing woven clothing labels. With many of them, you can choose your wording and design from 300 symbols, 19 color, and 19 different font types.  The tags are then woven in a damask weave for durability with washing and style.  They are constructed of 100% polyester and can be applied by hand or with any regular sewing machine.  At the average price of $50 per 21 labels, it is an economical way to add that perfect touch to your own designs.  For those who would rather have the label lying flat on the fabric, there is also an iron-on version.

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As far as clothing labels go, there are less expensive ones out there, but they are usually printed on a pressed-type polyester fabric and not only don’t have the “presence” of the woven fabric labels, but also can tear and deteriorate more quickly.

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So, if you are going to put your heart and soul into an item that you created, then, choose a quality label to proudly display your name creatively. Also, if you are looking for the perfect packaging, many of these sites also have printed ribbon and hang tags to give your creation that personal touch.

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Feeling Good About Your Look!

Some people may think that clothes are just something to cover up your body, but actually, what you wear can affect how you feel. If you run out of the house wearing a worn t-shirt from the 70’s and baggy, stained sweat pants, then you may look the other way to avoid that person you know. However, if you are wearing an outfit that looks good on you and makes you feel put together, then you will be more confident and most likely welcome running into that someone.

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Just as in when you are running out the door to do a few errands, it pays to take the time to choose the right outfit for an upcoming event. There is nothing worse than either being so uncomfortable that you can’t enjoy yourself or being over/under dressed. So, let’s learn how to get you to that happy middle! And after you finish this article, click here for additional info about how to make yourself feel good by looking good.

Summer is a time that people gather for all sorts of reasons. The good weather brings all sorts of invitations. When it says “backyard barbecue”, what do you wear that will take you from day to night? Since the afternoon will usually be hot, a tank top or light weight t-shirt will do the trick with a pair of cargo or chino shorts, and either flip flops or a slip-on canvas shoe. With this outfit, you will look good and be comfortable too. Don’t forget to bring a button-down casual shirt for when it cools off or the bugs come out.

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Another gathering event that you need the right outfit for is the summer wedding. This is a little tricky in choosing the right clothes because you want to be appropriately dressed, but not melting in the heat or freezing the AC. If you need to wear a suit, choose a nicely tailored one that is made from a lightweight fabric like cotton or linen. Also, you can keep the look a little more summery with lighter colors and skipping the tie, opting for an open neckline.

Lastly, one event that you’ll want to look and feel fantastic for is that important date. The date itself can be nerve wracking enough without the fear of not having the right look. To make things easier, start with where you are going and decide whether it will be dressy or more casual. Then, choose clothes that you feel good in, are classic or a little more trendy, and make it look effortless. You want to feel great, look “put together”, but not like you are trying too hard.

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Rings For Special Occasions

Society, by default, assumes that rings are automatically purchased in lieu of weddings or engagements. Even if just to say how much you care, there are literally thousands of reasons why you should give the gift of diamond rings. To help inspire you, here are several common occasions where rings are an appropriate purchase.

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Renewing vows

Once couples have hit milestone anniversaries, they’ll entertain renewing their vows which basically reaffirms the same love they promised each other ‘x’ amount of years ago. This would also be an opportune time to give each other new wedding bands to symbolize the reaffirmation of these vows (not to mention your rings are probably pretty worn after 25 years). Platinum would be perfect around the 25 year mark, while gold would probably suffice at your 10 or 15 year affirmation. Anniversaries coincide with renewing vows as you’ll more than likely have your nuptials read at your anniversary party.

Birthdays, of course!

Instead of throwing outlandish parties for someone’s 30th, 40th, or 50th birthday party, why not take them out to eat and offer them a beautifully created diamond ring? Gifts of this magnitude should gradually get better in terms of quality as one ages; a beautifully hand crafted platinum setting for an S1 clarity of diamond would be perfect at the half-century mark of one’s life. Chocolate or strawberry gold would be perfect for a young girl’s 18th birthday party as it symbolizes both a daring and conservative appearance often showcased in our current era.

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Child birthing (the ‘Push’ present)

After going through long, excruciating hours of labor pains then finally delivering a beautiful miracle, what better way to congratulate the newly proud mother than by giving her an exquisite piece of diamond jewelry! Provided she picked the name out prior to giving birth, you could actually purchase the ring with both the mother and child’s name inscribed on the inside of the ring. There is honestly no other more immaculate occasion to give someone a beautiful gift than after the woman brings new life into existence. You can learn more about sizing rings appropriate to her finger size by downloading various ring sizing guides found online today.

‘Just because’

Yet another popular category for purchasing rings casts a wider net even still. Honestly, you really don’t need an excuse to hop down to the jewelry store to purchase a beautiful diamond ring. Giving random gifts to the person who loves you proves how much the love is reciprocated. You could take your loved one to a picnic and surprise them with a diamond ring, leaving rings inside wineglasses then pour your dinner wine, or come up with another creative way to present a diamond ring to this truly remarkable person.

Whether for anniversaries, graduations, birthdays or giving credit where credits due to a new mother, every special occasion is the perfect time to give the gift of precious jewelry. Bonus points to the person that creates their own special occasion and makes the moment the most memorable one yet.

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Tips on Maintaining Your Dress Shirts

Although a young man’s mother tries her best to train her son to be self-sufficient, not everything tends to stick. When it comes to taking care of dress shirts, most men neither have the capacity nor tools to properly care for their garments, which means they often throw their things away and buy brand-new.

If you would prefer to learn some timely tips to extend the life of your shirts, pay attention as we expose highly classified woman tactics often used to keep your shirts looking brand spanking new for decades.
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Follow tag instructions

Because men believe they’re equipped with ‘automatic knowledge’ of everything, the most obvious first tip would be to follow the designer’s garment care instructions clearly printed on the tag. Cotton, tweed and polyester will probably have different machine washing instructions which include proper water temperature and dryer settings.  Because some men’s dress shirts can get really expensive, it’s best to follow the tag’s instructions instead of throwing your expensive designer dress shirt in with socks and underwear on high heat or hot water.

No heat then hang up

Most dress shirts, after they’ve come out of the washer, can be dried on ‘No Heat’ setting then immediately hung up to maintain their current size. By allowing room temperature to dry your clothes, you will not only avoid attracting excessive lint but help keep your shirt from shrinking. Note that you could also use the permanent press setting if you cannot wait several hours for your shirt; just make sure you’re comfortable losing a few millimeters of size as exposing your shirt to even the slightest heat will cause this effect.

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Iron like a maiden

Your dress shirts will clearly outline what the fabric setting should be before you preheat your iron. You’ll usually want to make sure enough water is inside your iron because you may want to steam your collar to maintain a sharp, edgy look.  If you’re unsure what proper settings are, revert back to your iron’s manufacturing settings or quickly Google “how to iron a shirt” for best results. Never guess any fabric’s heat setting because you’ll either iron ineffectively or totally torch your expensive dress garment. As a last ditch effort, keep your mother, sister or girlfriend on speed dial.

Food for thought

Whether you’re on a low budget or can afford Armani shirts every week, you’ll eventually have to learn appropriate dress shirt care because, at some point, you’ll have no choice but to either learn proper clothing care, or risk going bankrupt buying new dress shirts too frequently. Don’t you have better things to spend your paycheck on every week?

Although we may seldom admit it, as men, we all want to look at our best. In previous years, many men may not have been as attentive to their appearance, but times have changed. Whereas in the past, male clothing care products on supermarket shelves may have included Woolite, stain fighters and that was about it; now you’ll find an array of different products to help you care for your dress shirts correctly. So use them, and be a manly man.

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