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These Are Going to Be 2015’s Most Popular Fashion Trends

After ringing in the New Year and welcoming 2015, there are a number of different trends that will begin to emerge on the runway for looks that will quickly be embraced. The fashion industry is resorting to old styles and is also experimenting with new looks for a cutting edge style that is easy to follow. To stay current with fashion and feel confident with the top trends, there are a few looks to incorporate into your wardrobe in 2015.

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Ankle Socks

Boots and shoes are getting an upgrade in the coming year with ankle socks to wear underneath. The look is a nod to the ’90s and has officially made its comeback for a playful look that is best paired with oversized coats and pleated skirts. Roll the socks up casually without looking too formal for a laidback look.

Capes

This fierce and bold clothing item continues to evolve and return on the runway for a product that offers a bit of edge. Capes offer a strong silhouette that exudes confidence and is available in a number of different lengths and styles for the modern woman. Match it with a pair of fitted trousers or leggings for an impeccable look.

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Turtleneck Sweaters

This chic and sophisticated clothing item was once outdated, but has now returned as a fashion-forward style to embrace. Turtlenecks work to draw attention to the face and create a high-end style that can be paired with a few delicate gold necklaces on top. The style has also been seen underneath jackets with the sleeves rolled up for a casual, but comfortable style that is more modern.

Trouser Suits

Instead of sticking with traditional office attire, trouser suits offer a chic style that is sans the shoulder pads. The look includes cropped pants and a fitted blazer that cuts low in the front for an edgy outfit that truly makes a statement. The outfit is best paired with platform shoes or daring heels for a dramatic look that will turn heads in the office and on the street.

With the fashion industry evolving at a fast rate, it’s important to get a head start on the top looks that will be seen for the coming year. From capes to ankle socks, there are a number of practical pieces to incorporate into your wardrobe for a feminine and edgy style. Each look is comfortable and sophisticated for pieces that don’t try too hard.

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Winter Gifts for the Guy Who is ALL About ACCESSORIES

Do you have a guy on your holiday list that loves to accessorize? Then, here are a few ideas that may help you cross them off your list and “wow” them in the process. For starters, just about every man has a few pieces of jewelry. They may have a dress watch and one for casual wear, perhaps a pair of cuff links or two, maybe a necklace or tie clip, or a few rings. Even some of the younger men may have a collection of earrings, if they happen to have a piercing or two.

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Some of these accessories may be on the expensive side or of sentimental value, so it is important to take care to store the pieces properly. One classy idea is a box designed specifically for storing men’s jewelry from www.silverofwestport.com; the container comes a deep, rich wood base, felted divided compartments of various sizes for housing all his accessories, and even watch pillows to keep his time pieces clean and protected. This particular one will run you about $130, but will last for years to come.

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Is there a man on your gift list that is a lover of luxury mens gloves? Then, you may want to check out this pair of men’s black cashmere and leather gloves by Lanvin of Paris. They combine two of the most sought after luxury fabrics in their design with the supple leather palms and softness of the cashmere glove top and thumb. A selection of Lanvin accessories can be found at Nordstroms. This gift would definitely require professional cleaning, as opposed to something that you can take care of at home and be a little more expensive than the average pair of gloves.Fossil Mens FS4545 Black Leather Strap Black Analog Dial Chronograph Watch1 mens fashion

Lastly, there is one accessory that not only serves the purpose of keeping time, but also is an integral part of completing your look: the watch. Even though it may not be an everyday accessory for all men, there is always a time when a watch is the perfect mens accessory to an outfit. For example, this Men’s Black Leather Strap Analogue Watch by Fossil combines gold and silver tone metals in the face and watch bezel, along with the black leather strap to make the perfect gift choice if you are not sure if they prefer white metals or more golden hues.

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Make A Fashion Statement Even When You’re At The Gym

Gone are the days when working out at the gym means sweaty loose shirts and heavy jogging pants. Fashion brands specializing in athletic wear, such as Lululemon, and sporting brands such as Adidas and Nike, have produced many sportswear choices that provide support and comfort, without sacrificing fashion. Here are some tips when choosing your fashionable gym wear.

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Sports bras and tank tops

When choosing a sports bra, choose one made from moisture wicking material. Depending on the impact intensity of your workout, you have to choose the appropriate sports bra. For low impact and medium impact workout or for A-B cup size ladies, regular compression sports bras can provide support. However, if you have C to D cups, you might want to invest in sports bras with underwire support or combination sports bras for adequate support. Choose tank tops that are made of moisture wicking material as well. Avoid cotton, rubber, or plastic materials as they prevent heat from escaping and moisture from evaporating. It should allow your skin to breathe without sacrificing fashion.

According to workout

Your sportswear should be appropriate for the kind of workout you are going to perform. If you are going running, jogging, or biking, you might want to wear pants that cling to the skin or those that are not wide-legged nor loose as it may hamper your workout. Loose clothing might be tangled with the wheels and cause you to stumble and fall. However, if you are engaging in some yoga or Pilates, stretchy fabrics are the best option as you will be making unconventional positions during the workout. Use compression clothing for added protection and support during the workout.

According to the weather

It’s important to have different workout clothes to suit different weathers. The summer months can be hot and humid so you must have a set of workout clothes that suit the weather. Choose breathable moisture wicking material for your workout clothes. Most workout wear are suited for the summer months so it won’t be difficult to find some.

On the other hand, the wintry months should not be an excuse to not working out. If you are doing some outdoor workout such as running, biking, or jogging, wear clothes that will keep you warm. Because of the cool weather, you have to layer your clothing. Moisture wicking clothes should be the first layer as your body will still be sweating and your temperature will be elevated despite the cool weather. However, use an insulating layer on top of the inner layer. This insulating layer can be in the form of windbreakers or some form of coat that insulate from rain and wind. Wear a neck warmer to protect your neck from the cold or wear a hoodie as the insulating layer. Wear gloves and earmuff to insulate them from the wind.

Safety

Running or biking outdoors can lead to untoward incidents on the road due to poor visibility. Wear reflective clothing that reflects light from vehicles that may be passing by your route. Wear knee and elbow pads, as well as a helmet when biking.

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Ensure You’re Feeling Comfortable In Your Christmas Dress This Season

It’s early December and people are cramming to buy their Christmas essentials—gifts, Christmas trees, and of course, Christmas party outfit. Be it a Christmas dinner with the family or Christmas office party or a Christmas party with friends, every woman would want to look fabulous. However, looking fabulous doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice comfort and support. Here are some tips to being comfortable in your dress and still looking fabulous for Christmas party season:

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What to wear

Christmas parties are not like Halloween where you can wear an uber-sexy dress without people batting an eye. Instead, choose something that is casual and comfortable without being too casual. Slip on a dress and leave the jeans and pants at home for another day. If you really want to stand out, wear a pantsuit that flares towards the bottom, mimicking the way a dress would. For your dress, choose a comfortable length and one that suits your body type.

Choose for your body type

Determine your body type and use that to choose what dress to wear. For example, if you have an hourglass figure, choose a dress that accentuates your small waist and your curves. If you have a straight body type, you are lucky as it is the easiest one to dress. Most models and most dresses available in the market look good on your body type. To find your body type, look in the mirror and measure your shoulders, bust size, waist size, and hip size. Based on the measurements, you will be able to find the correct body type that suits you.

Choose good underwear

Some people underestimate the value of good-fitting underwear. First off, make sure you have the correct measurements for your brassiere. Most women find that they are way off the size they are currently using. If you find that store-bought bras do not fit you well, you can have custom fit bras made for you. For bottom underwear, choose seamless panties that will not show lines when you are wearing a fitted dress. Make sure you are wearing the correct size so no bulges will show when you wear it. You can also choose to wear G-string panties for a completely seamless look.

Shapewear

Women often feel uncomfortable wearing fitted dresses as they think some unsightly bulges will be obvious. However, shapewear or underwear that shapes the body and removes bulges answers this problem. Spanx started the trend and now, several lingerie and underwear brands had jumped on the bandwagon. Some shapewear target specific body parts such as abdomen, legs, back, or hips.

However, there are also shapewear that can be worn like a short dress underneath, providing full support to your body. Shapewear comes in black or nude color so choose the one appropriate for the color of your dress. When wearing black or a dark-colored dress, choose black. If you are wearing a light-colored dress, choose nude shapewear. However, if you have dressed for your body type, unsightly bulges should be greatly minimized, if not hidden. You might not need to wear shapewear anymore.

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Spotlight: Mainline Menswear’s Belstaff & Top Gear Contest!

Calling all gents who dabble in that cousin approach of streetwear, roadwear! Mainline Menswear is giving away a black or mahogany brown Belstaff Roadmaster Jacket in any size from small to 4XL in addition to tickets to the spring 2015 Top Gear event at Dunsford Aerodrome.

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Entering’s mad easy: Post your picture doing something road legend worthy on your preferred social network and tag MM in its description – @mainlinemen on Twitter and @mainlinemenswear on Instagram and Facebook, and add the hash tag #masteredmainline.

Alternatively, blog about about your most outlandish road experience and include stories, images and videos etc, but remember in order for your entry to count, you must link your post back to the Mainline Menswear Belstaff page. Be sure check out their Belstaff page anyway for more driving chic outwear to add to your holiday wishlist!

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Review: Structure Faux Leather Trimmed Vest with Casual Button-Down

When looking for those perfect accent pieces to add to a pair of trousers, a great fitting button-down dress shirt is the place to start. The three things that make a good dress shirt are fit, fabric, and fashion. You want a fit that is close to the body, in order to give you a shape, but still leaving you some room to move. The shirts at Structure generally reflect these values.

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One such shirt is the Men’s Slim Fit Dress Shirt with Sateen Stripe by Structure. It is a garment that is cut closer to the body with a slimmer silhouette, which is constructed of a cotton-rich broad cloth that is easy care with 55% cotton/45% polyester. It not only comes in black, but a fabulous array of blues, plums, browns, and white. The fabric has a tonal sateen stripe that gives this dress shirt a little more interest up close, yet it still acts as a solid. This type of dress shirt gives you a little more choice in complimentary ties because you can go with a micro-pattern or bolder with a larger paisley design, since the tonal striping keep it like a solid color. For $21.99 at www.sears.com, it is a great value in a dress shirt.

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Another accent piece that could compliment both the Structure slim fit dress shirt and a pair of a casual trousers is the Structure Men’s 5-Button Vest with Faux Leather Trim. It has your basics with the v-neckline, notched hem, and woven cotton/poly grey fabric, but it has some added features of trendy faux leather trim on the four slit pockets, a satin back for ease of movement, and the easy care of machine washing.

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The downside of the item is that if it is worn under a sports jacket, then you probably will not notice its unique features, but for $20.00 at Sears, it will pay for itself after one wearing.

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When Second-Hand Is First-Rate

Buying second-hand clothes and accessories (“pre-loved”) was once a practice mainly carried out in secret. You didn’t want your upwardly mobile friends to know your Armani suit started its life on someone else’s back. It made you seem down-at-heel; someone to be sneered at. But today the smart money is on vintage items, which can increase in value if properly cared for, as well as make you look totally on-trend. So buying pre-loved is absolutely de rigueur!

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It’s unsurprising that fifties and sixties vintage fashion is so on-trend, when you’ve got popular series such as Mad Men on the small screen. While the top catwalk designers are showing cigarette pants and stovepipe trousers in their new collections, there’s nothing quite like wearing an authentic vintage suit. You can find them on the internet and at the better vintage markets but don’t expect to get them for jumble sale prices. One on-line shop that’s definitely worth checking out is Oxfam’s Vintage section. It’s a bit hit or miss but you can definitely find some gems there, from names such as Christian Dior, Burberry and Daks. Put on your suit and start channelling the originators of cool, such as Dirk Bogarde or Gregory Peck.

Nifty Neckwear

Even if you don’t want a pre-owned suit, a vintage silk tie or cravat can speak volumes. If you like your look classic, then you could pick up a second-hand Hermès silk tie. As ladies who own their scarves know, wearing  Hermès says it all; there is no better statement piece. If you’re more of a relaxed, man-about-town, why not opt for a cravat? Silk cravats are being seen on modern dandies such as Orlando Bloom, Russell Brand and Martin Freeman. They’re both comfortable and stylish. You can find them in a plethora of colours and patterns.

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Have You Got the Time?

You’ve got your sixties suit and tie, but what’s that Baby G doing on your wrist? To complete the authentic look, you need the right watch. It’s worth noting that collecting vintage watches is an increasingly popular trend; partly because older watch models are in vogue but mainly because they’re seen as a prudent investment, provided you choose wisely. Brands such as Patek Philippe and Rolex should only ever increase in value, and it doesn’t hurt that they look absolutely fantastic on your wrist. If you’re unsure where to source your vintage watch, check out Market Cross Jewellers, who have a great selection.

Whether you’re looking to acquire some heirloom pieces that will increase in value, or you simply want to look the business, buying second-hand is definitely worth it.

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