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10 Popular Men’s Halloween Costumes

Choosing a Halloween costume can be difficult – particularly if you’re shopping for men’s Halloween costumes. Some epitomise Halloween costumes. For example, people have been dressing as superheroes for decades. But now and again pop-culture introduces fresh new inspiration for costumes. Here are some of the most popular costumes for men:

Superman and Clark Kent

Lets face it, who doesn’t wish on those days we aren’t feeling buff enough or hot enough that we could be transformed into a superbabe superhero? This combination costume offers the best of both worlds, your everyday persona and the babe-magnet that is Superman. Over a Superman costume (minus the cape) wear a regular old white button up and his trademark glasses and as the night goes on you can reveal the superhero within!

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Tony Montana

The original gangster, Scarface’s Tony Montana is also an original badass. Men all over the world love to dress up, smoke cigars – Cuban, of course! – put on a phony accent and show everyone who’s boss when it comes to Halloween. Say hello to my little friend!

Jack Sparrow

Ahoy! In typical Jack Sparrow fashion, you’ll be able to charm your way in and out of anything dressed in this men’s Halloween costume – the girl, buried treasure, the Black Pearl. The complete Jack’s look, you’ll need a pirate jacket, shirt, vest, and pirate’s hat. All the ladies will want to sail off with you in this costume!

Scream

Be sure to scare the living daylights out of your family and neighbours in this favourite mens halloween costume – an officially licensed light-up Scream Ghostface costume. Popularised in the orginal movie in 1996, the Ghostface mask has become a horror icon, used often in pop-culture, this costume will have people screaming for more!

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Darth Vader

He practically personifies evil; Darth Vader has been a popular mens Halloween costume since the first Star Wars film was released  in 1977. This is no old and tired men’s halloween costume idea though, as when you dress as Darth Vader the force will be with you.

Gladiator

For centuries men have loved getting drunk and fighting: in gladiatorial times not only was this popular, but encouraged and revered. Women can see why – those gladiators sure knew a thing or two, and watching was the best bit of all! Don your armour for a highly ornate mens Halloween costume, survive the battle for best dressed, and make all the girls swoon.

Khal Drogo

The popularity of the recent Game of Thrones televised series is undeniable. A popular character during his season on the show was Khal Drogo. For this look all you need is some body paint, and his trademark long black braid.

Mr. Incredible

Bring out your inner hero this year in this mens Halloween costume: Mr Incredible! The only battle you’ll be struggling through is whether or not trick or treating or a halloween party is you best bet for candy.

Assassins Creed

Who wouldn’t want to dress as a character from one of the most popular video games every year since its release in 2007? Seek revenge and hunt down your enemies in a shirt, vest, pants, cummerbund and cape. Hang onto your assassin’s blade in case of attack.

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Slenderman

The creepy, terrible internet creation of Slenderman will be one of the weirder costumes on the most popular mens halloween costumes list. You’ll create an urban legend all of your own when you dress up as Slenderman this Halloween.

For all of your mens Halloween costumes make sure you head online to Spirit Halloween first, http://www.spirithalloween.com/adult_mens/. You can also find more ideas in this Mental Floss article on awesome halloween costumes.

Happy Halloween!

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Infographic: Unusual Uses of Shoes That You Might Not Have Thought Of

Who knew shoes could be so versatile? Well, we did – here’s a quick and fun infographic to get you up to speed. Click for a large version.

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Infographic care of http://www.fswshoes.com.au.

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What to wear on a night out in a Las Vegas Casino

The casino has really become a popular choice among people looking to vary their nights out beyond the standard visits to a pub or a nightclub, but most casinos do operate a dress code of some kind – so you need to think about what to wear. Partly your dress choices will depend on this dress code, but you should also consider the kind of casino night you have planned, and how fancy and/or exclusive the casino itself is. If you’re more used to playing at online casinos like www.jackpotcity.org, then hopefully we can help give you a few pointers so you won’t stick out like a sore thumb for your first land-based experience.

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If you are just spending the evening with friends, or a partner, at your local casino then smart casual dress may be the best option. If you wear trousers (not jeans) and a shirt then this should fit comfortably within the dress code of most local casinos, and will not leave you feeling uncomfortably over-dressed when you are playing the slots or hitting the blackjack or poker tables. On the other hand if you are visiting such a casino for a party (say a stag night), then you will want to dress up a bit more. You may want to opt for a designer label suit, rather than something wackier though, unless you are sure in advance that the casino will accept this.

One thing that lets many men down is their hands. Naturally men aren’t expected to have delicate hands like women. Men’s hands are made for different things, but that doesn’t mean that you can get away without clean and perfectly manicured nails. When you play games at a casino, your hands are constantly in view, so make the best of them. A manicure doesn’t cost that much and it is getting much more common for men to have them, they are not just for metrosexuals. The same goes for the hair, a decent expensive haircut will get you a long way but do avoid some of the more hideous modern fashions and that head shaven look, it is just too corny and cheap. Though the fingernails issue may seem a little silly, think again. Life can all be seen as a game of appearances, and it has been well-documented that snap judgements can be made based on people’s fingernails. It’s the small things that matter.

Some casino party nights do feature a fancy dress theme of course, agreed in advance with the casino, and here what you decide to wear should be guided by the theme. James Bond is a common theme for a night like this, and that represents your chance to dress up to the nines in a tuxedo, accessorised with cigarette holder and martini. Another popular theme is retro gangster and for this pinstripe suit, fedora hat and cigar will fit the bill, maybe topped off with a money belt full of (presumably fake) cash, as this will perfectly complete the image of unsubtle high roller flashiness.

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7 Anime Themed Halloween Costumes

If you’ve been living under a rock lately you may have missed the biggest trend you’ve never heard of. Anime, short for the Japanese ‘animation’, is defined as a style of animation characterized by vibrant colours, fantastical themes and exaggerated features. The anime style has an affinity with all things overly cute and cuddly – the perfect combination for Halloween costume ideas. Here are a few of the anime inspired Halloween costumes ideas you could consider:

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School Girl

The Japanese school-girl craze is huge – and school girls are the heroines in many anime films and series.. Grab a white shirt and add a tie, a short pleated skirt and adorable thigh-high black socks. Couple with a pair of black Mary-Jane’s and a black beret for a totally cute anime inspired Halloween costume idea.

 

Sailor Moon
Named after the massively popular Japanese manga series of the same name, Sailor Moon is one of the most successful anime series in history. She is a middle school student, who with the help of Luna, her talking cat, and the magical brooch which gives her her power, saves the day and stops bad guys. You’ll find a gorgeous Sailor Moon costume, along with many other halloween costume ideas, on Spirit Halloween. This one comes with her signature white, blue and red sailor dress, gloves and jewelry.

 

Bunny
What could be cuter than a fuzzy pink bunny suit? Very cute, and bunnies appear in many anime films. This Halloween costume idea will have you hopping along the street trick-or-treating.

 

Wonder Woman

In this anime inspired costume you’ll make peace and love your first priority this Halloween – oh, and candy of course! You’ll kick some ass in this warrior princess costume; with signature character bodice and loincloth, gold helmet headpiece, shoulder guards, arm straps, wristbands and pouch with lasso. Get out there this Halloween!

 

Bat Baby

You shouldn’t get to have all the fun this Halloween! Spread the cuteness through the family with this adorable toddler’s anime themed costume. Bats are very popular in Japanese fashion and appear in many anime films. Your little one will look so cute in this outfit it’ll drive you batty! Wrap them up in this cozy black and purple bat suit before you fly around the neighborhood trick-or-treating.

 

Seras Victoria
My favorite anime heroine from the popular Hellsing anime, Seras wears a police outfit complete with thigh high socks and a VERY short skirt. She also packs a punch with her signature weapon – the harkonnen cannon.

Elephant
Won’t work for peanuts – only candy! This Halloween, draw inspiration from one of the cutest animals there is, and a popular subject in anime. This costume looks both cute and cuddly, made of a button-front jumpsuit in polar fleece! You’ll be snug and warm out trick-or-treating!

Check out some other awesome animal Halloween costume ideas on: 100 Nerdy Costumes.

If you’re stuck for Halloween costume ideas this year check out some anime, and channel the inner cuteness and colour within you! Animals, characters, dolls – all are great anime inspired options! Happy Halloween, tanoshimu!

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Special: Festive Outfit Ideas For the Whole Family!

The holidays provide tons of opportunities for you and your family to dress up and celebrate the season. One of the most fun preparations is the family portrait photography session. This year, gather your family, and a few fun holiday props, and take a photo for a holiday greeting card that your friends and family will be sure to remember for years to come. While formal holiday portraits will always be a fun tradition, consider loosening up a bit this year and creating a less formal, more fun photograph. Select wardrobe elements for each member of your family to create holiday pictures that are sure to delight your relatives while earning a spot on your mantel as well.

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Dress Dad up in a fun, and festive, holiday necktie. One that plays music, like this one, is guaranteed to elicit genuine smiles and laughs from the rest of the family as the photographer snaps away at the camera. A classic white button down shirt is the perfect backdrop for a novelty tie. Stay super casual with your favorite pair of jeans, or dress up just a bit with a pair of khaki pants. For an added bit of extra holiday flair, give Dad a fuzzy Santa Claus hat to top off his outfit.

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Make Mom the merriest elf of the season with this super stylish sweater dress. Add a pair of black (or red!) tights or leggings to add a bit of warmth to the dress. Of course all elves have to wear appropriate footwear, so be sure to choose carefully. A pair of fashionable ankle boots in black are the perfect pair of shoes for an attractive elf. While elves that call the North Pole home tend to wear bells for a bit of bling, try bangle bracelets or a pair of earrings that sparkle and shine.

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Let your little one’s natural cuteness and personality shine through by picking an outfit that fits with Mom and Dad. Choose a keepsake dress that your daughter will be able to remember fondly for years to come. This dress and legging combination captures the spirit of the season and fits perfectly with Mom and Dad’s ensembles. Accessorize your daughter’s outfit with a headband or small stud earrings if your little girl has her ears pierced.

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A family portrait is not complete without your favorite furry friend, after all pets are members of the family as well. Find a fun costume for your puppy at retailers such as Party City. A reindeer costume is the perfect addition to your holiday photograph since somebody has to pull the sleigh!

There is no such thing as a “perfect” holiday portrait for holiday cards and greetings. However, it is entirely possible to have tons of fun while capturing pictures that are sure to become treasured family memories. A few well-chosen wardrobe pieces help you and your family create festively themed portraits that are sure to help spread joy to your relatives and loved ones this holiday season.

 

Breanne is a recent college graduate, blogger, and fashion aficionada.  You can find her over at her blog, Proper & Pink!

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What’s Hot For Jewelry In 2015

With Christmas just around the corner, now is the time to start putting in your jewelry orders with Saint Nick. After all, what better gift could be received than the gift of jewelry? If you are keen to be seen with some of the hottest jewelry trends going into 2015, you are in the right place. Jewelry in 2015 is going to make a big impact. Flashy, subtle, gold and silver. We’ve got it covered.

So what’s going to be hot coming into 2015? Let’s look.

Pearls are a Girl’s Best Friend

Pearls are hotly tipped for next year. They’re going to be one of the hottest trends. The key to pulling of pearls is to make sure that they are simple and small. Your pearl should encase in a simple silver droplet necklace. This is a beautiful, elegant trend. But, it hones in on the vintage trend that shows no signs of slowing down. Pearls are beautiful and feminine. But, they can also look sophisticated when teamed with a little black dress.

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Slogan Bracelets

Slogan bracelets have been made popular by Chanel. But, according to Whiteflash jewelry store in Houston, Chanel is only the beginning. Many designers are keen to have slogan bracelets within their range. These are funky and on trend. What’s more, they break all of the fashion rules. Tarnished metal tones are the key to pulling off this look. This season, it’s all about wearing your life choices on your wrist. What could be more perfect?

Chunky Gold Cuffs

Chunky gold cuffs are the perfect accessory for any fashionista. What’s more, a drab outfit can look instantly fabulous with a gold cuff. Tarnished brass tones are popular. But, rose gold hues, and bold gold is making a big comeback. This is the perfect way to complete any outfit. It’s a cheap way to remain ahead of the curve and hit all of the right style notes. The chunkier, the better when it comes to gold cuffs. Keep it plain and simple for maximum impact. Some designers are choosing to etch simplistic Aztec patterns into the cuff. These are positively fierce too. Jewelry is back with a bang for 2015. This time it is bigger and bolder than ever before.

Silver, Silver

Silver has always been a hotly tipped precious metal choice. For the ultimate bohemian type, silver is a mainstay. This year, however, silver has had an upgrade. Silver is going to be bold, big and fearless. Whereas gold needs to be underplayed for maximum impact, silver should be worn loud and proud. Stack silver rings and bracelets for the ultimate bohemian look. Add delicate silver necklaces with chunkier, harsher tones. Layering and stacking are going to be a prominent feature within silver jewelry. Remaining on trend doesn’t mean splashing the cash. It means choosing your investment pieces wisely.

Necklace Combination

The choker and the elongated chain are going to be worn together in tandem next year. Gold is the obvious choice for a striking impact. But, do as Versace does and ensure that you are mixing and matching your precious metals.

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Time to Learn about Faux Fur!

Everyone can agree: There is something about fur. And thanks to advances in technology, it’s becoming harder and harder to tell the more-expensive real stuff from the faux fur. But as one can imagine, that has not always been the case. It was not that long ago that fur had its own class or caste system – it was easy to tell who were the fashionable well-to-do types with the real fur blankets on their beds, and who were the middle-class families who wanted to look the part with their faux fur blankets. Now, though, the differences are more subtle and the “classes” of fur buyers have begun to blur.

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Faux fur blankets, coats and scarves have been in the market about 80 years, which is about 80,000 years behind fur in the marketplace. And while the prices are distinctly different, in some ways faux fur has made up a steep curve to catch up in quality to the real thing. But what is the real history behind faux fur and how has it evolved to be a quality alternative to real animal fur? Glad you asked.

Faux Fur: A Brief History

Real fur being used as clothing had been a staple in fashion for thousands of years. But when people evolved and stopped killing animals for their clothing and started mass-producing fur garments, the market for fur was rather elite even as there was a market for the real thing – especially in fashion-forward cities like Paris and New York, and in places where it Just. Got. Cold.

But since many other people got cold, not just the well-heeled, manufacturing had advanced to the point that in 1929, the first faux fur – developed from alpaca fur – was developed. The new fabric didn’t reach a certain level of popularity until the 1950s when polymer manufacturing developed to replace alpaca and it started resembling fur without the animal. Acrylic was among the first materials in faux fur to replace alpaca, and those polymers had continued to develop and evolve to create more fur-like qualities. This came about through experimentation with combining polymers to create what would be called modacrylics, which have resulted in faux fur that has now taken on a texture and feel that is very similar to real fur and sold at a fraction of the price.

Why Did Faux Fur Have to Evolve, Anyway?

While faux fur wasn’t technically fake at first since it was directly made from alpaca fur, the goal ultimately wasn’t to make it surly fake; the goal was to make the alpaca work better as an alternative to mink, fox and the rest of the fine furs. And like most real furs, alpaca was pretty inflexible; it was hard to make into something that it wasn’t. Alpaca fur was not of a fine texture, there were limitations on colors and it was not as easy to work with as a fabric. While it was cheap, it showed itself to be cheap.

And if there was a choice between a real fur at the premium price and a cheaper and cheaper-looking alpaca fur garment, people would generally save their money and pay more for the “real” thing. The acrylics and polymers were becoming more vital in manufacturing around this time, so some experimentation came about to try to find a way to make faux fur cheap but not feel cheap- in other words, how to make a mink or fox shawl that wasn’t actually  from a mink or fox? As texture was very important with customers of fur, it was necessary for the faux-fur market – if there was ever going to be one – to at least come closer to the feel and texture of real fur without the real-fur price. That is where acrylics and now modern modacrylics and other polymers came in.

Faux Fur: Pros and Cons

The beauty of the polymers in faux fur is that they can be made to simulate real fur, and you can make faux fur blankets and garments in a variety of colors – especially those that don’t occur naturally among minks or foxes. This can mean vibrant colors and color combinations that are truly unique. Like how about leopard or tiger prints, or something purple or brick red?

Some other key positives are – of course – animals are not harmed in the making of modern faux fur (yay for the alpaca!); it is a fabric so it is easy to sew with; and with proper care it can last a long time. On the down side, because faux fur is not natural fabric, it does not biodegrade well, and it can be difficult to clean in order to maintain its feel and texture.  You can’t dry clean it, but you certainly can’t put it through a washing machine cycle unless you don’t mind it looking matted and losing is sheen.

However, as long as you are careful about getting faux fur dirty in the first place and you take care to clean it (usually a spot clean works best, or very light wet cleaning with a low-heat blow dryer and a brush), there is no question that faux fur has become a relatively inexpensive fashion alternative to real fur – and you won’t annoy the animal-rights activists in your neighborhood.

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