One of my favorite men’s accessories for this time of the year is a great leather watch. It not only tells time, but completes your look.
The Tsovet 38mm Watch with Leather Band has the quality of a Swiss movement, the classic style of a round face with clean numbers, and the elegance of a saddle brown, pebbled leather band. For $200, it can be dressed up or down.
Most men choose a belt for its function, but it also can be a stylish men’s accessory. With the added texture of the woven brown leather, the Anderson’s Woven Leather Belt is a great way to add some interest to a pair of pants. At $175 it may seem a little pricey, but the quality of the leather and Italian craftsmanship will be worth it.
As far as wallets go, I like the traditional bi-fold because it is less bulky and easier to find what you need. The J.W. Hulme Co. has one that is 100% cowhide, has 6 card slots with 2 pockets, and a lined cash compartment for $125. The rich color of the leather is a nod to its American construction.
Every business man needs a terrific briefcase. J.W. Hulme also makes the American Heritage Portfolio Briefcase for $695 that comes in the same rich leather with a wrap-around zip, a laptop sleeve, and exterior pockets. The rolled leather handles, shoulder strap, and brass hardware are the perfect accents.
Lastly, is the Marc by Marc Jacobs Leather Backpack for $498. It is a stylish way to carry everything that you need and still be hands-free. The black leather backpack has main, side, and zip pockets, as well as adjustable leather straps. It is the perfect accessory for city travel.
When it is time to start thinking about freshening up your wardrobe for spring, you should also be thinking about some new accessories, as well as clothing items. After seeing some of what is new in men’s accessories for Spring/Summer 2014, both color and texture have made a reappearance for the new season.
In the category of carry bags, Valentino has taken both the popularity of the camouflage pattern and mixed it with the bright colors of orange and green in this flashy leather tote. It comes with both shoulder and cross-body straps to make it easy to carry, also the studded detail on the straps give it added interest. For something a little less colorful, Gucci has a rich brown leather backpack that has the ability to lock its corners to keep your items safe and also tote handles to turn it into a tote bag.
Another man’s accessory that you should think about re-vamping for spring and summer is footwear. Color, patterns, and texture still pay a huge part in what’s new for shoes and sandals this year. One classic silhouette in footwear is the driving moccasin, however in the CH Collection for Spring/Summer 2014, they have revved it up with a bright coral colored suede. If you are not big on too much color in your clothing, then try it in a shoe or accessory.
A second item of men’s footwear that has been modernized with color and texture is the Givenchy python print leather sandals in blue and brown. The python pattern itself, as well as the blue and brown tones, are neutral enough to blend right into your wardrobe, but interesting enough to stand out in the sandal category.
The designs of multi-award winning fashion mogul Tom Ford can be seen on almost any red carpet event. Formerly the creative director of Gucci and Yves Saint Laurent, he launched his own line of menswear in 2006. Along with menswear, Tom Ford also has a line of beauty products, eyewear, and accessories. He even ventured out of the designer world into the film industry with his film production company “Fade to Black”, with which he made his directorial debut in 2009.
Although we are only into the beginning of 2014, designers have been working on their collections for the Fall/Winter. We will be taking a look at what is new for Tom Ford’s menswear line-up. Since “black is the new black”, you will see it in many new items for Fall. For example, this black leather motorcycle jacket has the typical styling with shorter rise and the asymmetrical zipper, but it is brought into 2014 with the quilt-like stitching around the shoulders and the fur lining, which makes it a little more versatile in the wintery weather. A “column look” is created by keeping the same color from head to toe. The slim fit of the jacket and trousers make you look long and lean. Also, the highly polished black leather boots work back to the jacket nicely.
Grey is another color that has remained in the forefront of fashion for 2013 and can be found in the Fall/Winter fashion for 2014. Tom Ford has multiple elements of grey with this chunky knit cardigan sweater, sleek grey dress trousers, and fur lined puffer overcoat.
Unique colors and textures have also been carried over to the new season of menswear. This bright navy suit is a prime example of ramping up a traditional style with a color that is rich and intense, to set it apart from the sea of black suits out there. The v-neck knit sweater and high-top sneakers give the look a nice casual appeal.
The last photo is an example of the importance of texture. This well-tailored, black Tom Ford suit is embossed with a velvet-type fabric. Even though he is dressed tonally, the embossing gives it added interest. Also, the tonal look of the jacket keeps it from being too “loud”.
When it comes to buying cloths for work, it is possible to tailor your outfit to meet the demands of almost any job or environment. Knowing how materials perform in various conditions is important to ensuring that you end up with the perfect combination of fibers for the environment you find yourself working in. The following workwear tips should help to clarify what materials you can choose from as well as the properties they provide to the garments they are used to make.
Cotton is popular because it is light, durable, and breathes (allows moisture to move away from the body). The term “duck” refers to the way in which the cotton is woven. Cotton duck fabric is exceptionally durable (it was once used for ship sails), second only to leather in its ability to block wind, and one of the softer fabrics used in workwear (it gets softer with washing).
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A DELICATE TRINKET
This gorgeous gold key necklace at Macy’s is sweet and playful at the same time. They’ll love it at the office and paired with our favorite party dresses.
FOR THE OUTDOORS MAN/ WOMAN
Know a camper that needs some flare in their adventure garb? Not only are there a billion little things you can him or her – as clearly displayed at the Caravan Accessories store – of funcitonal value, there are also fashionable options! Check out out these sleek Sealskinz Activity gloves, perfect for any tundra excursion! (more…)
If you already have more than three pairs of boots and booties for this season, or even more, maybe you should not read the rest of this article. Or maybe you should, just to see what’s in store for us shoeaholics this winter, because this year the fashion world seems to have exploded with new models, materials and brands. From Hollywood superstars to your office colleague, everybody’s showing off their new acquisitions so let’s see what we can try.
1. Casual leather street boots
In this department, designers really invested their time and imagination turning this season into a real fashion show for footwear. We have to choose from knee-high black leather boots with just a little bit of high heel, long boots reviving the good old rock age, as they come with all sorts of straps, buckles, zippers and metallic adornments and even over the knee boots, either military style or casual.
While I was looking at the up and coming trends for Fall 2013, I noticed the theme of leather in men’s jewelry, as well as men’s fashion. It was particularly prominent in the bracelet category. There were several designers that have taken the “earthiness” of great leather and paired it with metals, producing a mixed media style that has appeal to lovers of both kinds of material. What makes a bracelet special, and different than the Tag Heuer watches’ and other fancy watches’ bands, is this allowance for mixing styles without the possibility of clashing with a face.