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A Fashion Primer About Undershirts

When thinking about men’s undershirts, the former opinion was that they were just a layer of clothing to keep you warmer and protect your more expensive dress shirts. However more recently, the undershirt has been paid more attention to. Previously, it didn’t seem like it mattered if a man’s undershirt fit, as long as it was able to be tucked in and not really seen under your clothing. With the change in thought about today’s undershirts, the fabric, fit, and quality matter.

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There are many designers like Calvin Klein, Tommy John, Hugo Boss, and Versace who have their version of men’s undershirts. Some prefer to work in pure fabrics like 100% Pima cotton, while others have moved onto a more modern mix with fabrics like Modal and Elastane. In turn, the type of fabric used helps to determine the fit. While cotton undershirts may be more boxy and roomy, the ones with sleeker materials and stretch may be more fitted. A fit that is a little closer to the body, without being too tight, is what will make a body more defined. Also, if the undershirt is being worn as lounge wear or casual wear, the fit and the fabric make a difference.

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One undershirt that caught my attention is called the Underfit. When compared to some of the other designer undershirts, they seem to be ahead of the pack when it comes to using a mix of Modal, Tencel, and Spandex, which gives it softness and sheen, while giving it the ability to wick away moisture and resist odor. The areas where Underfit shirts advance above the rest are how they are manufactured from eco-friendly materials, regularly donate part of their proceeds to charity, and also refund your money after 3 weeks, with no questions asked, even if the shirt has been worn.

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Also, the price of $25 is a bargain for the quality of the slim tailored cut and great fit. Don’t just take my word for it – check out all the positive press Underfit’s  gotten recently at http://underfitshirts.com/reviews!

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5 Unique Pearl Necklaces For Your Jewelry Box

Did you know that pearls don’t have to be small, round and white? Depending on the region in which they’re harvested or cultivated, pearls can come in a wide variety of colors, sizes and even shapes. If you’re looking for a change from the traditional, here are just five pearl necklaces that will make you unique among your social circle.

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7-8mm Pink Freshwater Pearl Necklace

Add a little pink to your wardrobe with these fun, fashionable pearls. They’re strung on silk thread with a gold or white gold clasp, making them a gorgeous and high-quality addition to any jewelry box. Their color is also just distinct enough to be different.

Opera Length 10-12mm Multicolor South Sea Pearl Necklace

Offering a mishmash of gold, silver and black pearls, this necklace is unlike anything that you’ve ever seen before. Not only are the colors unique and vibrant, but they’re also strung on an opera-length necklace, meaning that they won’t fit snugly on your throat. They’ll flow over your top and attract every eye in the room as they dangle, sparkle and gleam.

11-14mm Drop-Shape Golden South Sea Pearl Necklace

Baroque pearls don’t come in the usual shapes of round and oval; they’re much more diverse than that. They’re also some of the most unique pearls on the market. If you don’t mind “flawed” pieces that are actually beautiful and one of a kind, try this necklace on for size.

10-13mm Golden South Sea Pearl Necklace

When you dress like a queen, only gold is good enough to complement your look. These pearls come with a bright and gorgeous shine that’s matched only by their larger-than-average size. They’re so beautiful, in fact, that you can only find them at fine jewelers like Laguna Pearl (Laguna Pearl.com).

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13-16mm Multicolor Tahitian South Sea Pearl Necklace

Darkly glamorous, these pearls will make a statement wherever you go. For one, they’re highly shined and boasting an AA+ certification. They’re also on a multicolored strand of black and burned gold. If you want to inspire mystery when you enter a room and wistfulness when you leave it, these are the pearls for you.

These are just a few pearl necklaces that you won’t see on June Cleaver. If you’re tired of the same old white pearls in your jewelry collection, pick one of these examples for something fresh and exciting. A single necklace can change your entire look!

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Best Affordable Men’s Watches of 2014

In October 2013, GQ was ahead of the game and released a divulging directory of the Best Watches for Men in 2014, giving the industry’s most anticipated luxury watch brands a timely prologue to their new product stories. Included in the exclusive index were the likes of the Heritage Pilot Chronograph for Alpina’s 130th anniversary (over $4,000), the new Diver Watch by Audemars Piguet (over $25,000), and the striking all-black Fathoms Bathyscaphe by Blancpain (over $11,000).

Key watch trends seen within this hotlist included trending colors such as all black, blue hues and greens, and the use of chronograph faces, nano straps and vintage revivals.

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Whilst these releases were much celebrated at international trade shows such as Baselworld 2014, the hefty price tags don’t articulate as smoothly with the general public. Luckily, The Telegraph released its own, more affordable, much more accessible version of a 2014 Affordable Watches list. Here are some key pieces to look out for in 2014/15…

  1. Braun Chronograph All Black Watch

The slick and stylish Braun All Black Chronograph brings together the contemporary look of the ‘Complete Blackout’ trend, whilst still empowering a sporty and masculine look. It features a leather strap and an on-trend chronograph watch face, as well as being water resistant for the outdoor man. Under $300, it’s an absolute steal. To view this watch and to discover all of its features, visit Watches 2 U.

  1. Marc by Marc Jacobs Danny Watch

This classically stylish watch is available in various finishes, including stainless steel or black/brown leather strap. Retailing at around $200, Marc Jacob fans can have a different watch for every occasion. This watch series is nothing short of a timeless classic; aptly named the “Danny” Watch, this 2014 frontrunner is easily styled and is accessible to men from all walks of life. The Danny series can also be viewed over on the Watches2U website.

3. Casio Digital Bracelet Watch

Vintage revival has been a big trend in the luxury watch industry, with Rolex leading the way in bringing back the famous Pepsi GMT Watch, a design which became an iconic collection piece in the mid 50s. At over $41,000, it’s something that the majority of us can only admire from a distance. For something more affordable, try Casio’s Gold Digital Bracelet watch, which has a fantastic retro look to it (and also listed in the Telegraph’s 2014 list).

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Top 10 Shoes Quotes of all Time

Since the dawn of time, women have had a fascination with shoes of all kinds – high heel, low heel, kitten heel, peep-toe, closed toe, stiletto, sandal – the list goes on and on! Many theories have been put forward as to the reason behind the female fascination with footwear – the confidence that is instilled when a pair of new shoes are slipped on, the boost to the self-esteem when we step out in a pair of pretty pumps, the way they make women feel.  

Shoe Love 

Personally, I love shoes because like most women, my weight fluctuates from time to time and my favourite comfy jeans suddenly aren’t so comfy anymore, but my shoes whether they are flat, wedge or heel…they always fit me no matter what – always with me, like a good and faithful friend. And, it would seem, I’m not alone – many celebrities, fashion designers and fashion icons have espoused their love of the shoe and in doing so, have uttered quotes which have become extremely popular, all over the world.  

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Shoe Quotes 

Having come across hundreds of quotations, in my opinion, these are the top 10 shoe quotes of all time –  

  1. “You can never take too much care over the choice of your shoes. Too many women think that they are unimportant, but the real proof of an elegant woman is what is on her feet.” — Christian Dior 
  1. “A woman can carry a bag, but it is the shoe that carries the woman.” –  Christian Louboutin 
  1. “Give a girl the right shoes and she can conquer the world.” – Marilyn Monroe 
  1. “Shoes transform your body language and attitude. They lift you physically and emotionally.” — Christian Louboutin 

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  1. “I wouldn’t take it as a compliment if someone looked at one of my shoes and said, ‘Oh, that looks like a comfortable shoe.’ There is a heel that is too high to walk in, certainly. But who cares? You don’t have to walk in high heels.” — Christian Louboutin 
  1. “I still have my feet on the ground, I just wear better shoes” – Oprah Winfrey 
  1. “A woman with good shoes is never ugly.” – Coco Chanel 
  1. “How can you live the high life if you do not wear the high heels?” – Sonia Rykiel 
  1. “I did not have 3,000 pairs of shoes; I had one thousand and sixty.” - Imelda Marcos 
  1. “Shoes must have very high heels and platforms to put women’s beauty on a pedestal!” – Vivienne Westwood 

Words of wisdom 

Some of these quotes are witty, some insightful, others are thought-provoking but the one common thread between them is that they all display their deep affection and love for the humble shoe. These shoe quotes have been used time and time again by people the world over as little gems of wisdom to be dropped into a conversation or used in an article or essay. 

Why not write down your favorite and tape it somewhere you will see it every day? Whatever you do, hopefully you have enjoyed reading them as much as we had compiling them. 

Niamh O’Hara is a part time blogger and full time shoe fanatic from Dublin, Ireland. She wrote this article on behalf of Fitzpatricks Shoes who are one of Ireland’s leading shoe stores.

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Win a Mission Belt!

Hey ladies and agents, it’s time for another CEFashion contest. Holla! This time, courtesy of Mission Belt, we’re giving away a mean piece from their hot men’s belt collection. Best part? The winner gets to choose which belt they want! Here’s some quick options to consider:

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Entering is mad easy – just follow them on Facebook via the Rafflecopter widget below!

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This men’s belts contest ends October 2nd at 12:00am EST. Good luck!

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Shirt Designer Details Make All the Difference

When searching for a great new designer or brand of men’s dress shirts there are certain areas to evaluate. Speaking generally, they design their fasion shirts specifically for men and they fit great. But we can be more specific than that!

First, is selecting a designer/ brand that works in quality materials. Dress shirts come in different types of fabrics and the choice is determined by where you are planning to wear them. Some designers work in silk, some in 100% cotton, and some in a mix of materials.

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The silk dress shirts tend to be dressier and more difficult to care for. The shirts made in 100% cotton are breathable and can go with either dressy or casual, but also require some maintenance with ironing. Collared shirts that are constructed of mixed fabrics like polyester and cotton usually lean more towards a casual type of dress and requires a little less care than the other two.

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The next point of evaluation, when looking for a new dress shirt designer, is their attention to details. A great designer pays attention to the smallest of details in his design. For example, this black and white collared shirt has contrast piping around the inside of the collar, down the front of the placket, and over the two cuffs. To make it even more interesting, it is designed with dual buttons down the front and pleated French cuffs with bi-color fabric. All these details are designer touches that won’t be overlooked!

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Lastly, the fit of a designer dress shirt is a crucial point in the search for a great brand. It is important to know your neck size and arm length for a perfect fit. Also, select a collared shirt that closely fits your body, without being too tight. Big shirts will only make you look bigger. Finally, make sure that the shoulder seams actually line up with your shoulders to give your shape definition.

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2014 Audi Emmy Pre-Party Retrospect

Hollywood had been buzzing with excitement the past few months about the 66th Annual Prime Time Emmy Awards. The nominees are revealed before the actual ceremony by the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences for their excellence in the television industry. The week before the actual Emmy ceremony, the nominees are honored by pre-Emmy parties held throughout LA. One host was Audi.

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On arrival to the Audi pre-Emmy celebration at Cecconi’s Restaurant in Los Angeles, there were some great red carpet fashions. First off, is “Breaking Bad” actor Aaron Paul and his wife Lauren Parsekia. He looks the total opposite of the meth dealer character that he portraits on the show in this grey tonal plaid suit, black button-down, and black leather oxfords. Aaron’s wife Lauren is a vision in this ¾ sleeve, silky gown with the plunging neckline and a high front slit. Her black leather clutch and minimalistic jewelry selection are the perfect accents.

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The next arrival at the Audi party was Sarah Hyland, from the comedy “Modern Family”. She is ready to party in this white button-down with a pair of black wide-leg shorts, which have the look of a short skirt, and the peak of a lacey bra. Sarah’s loosely braided hair and studded black and tan leather sandals just complete her look.

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Lastly, is a photo of actress Zoe Zeldana from the “Guardians of the Galaxy” movie and her Italian husband/artist Marco Perego. Zoe is looking fabulous in this silky brown animal print dress with the lighter contrast bustline trim and self-belt. She manages to swaddle her baby bump in terrific style. Zoe’s husband Marco looks suave in one of the trendy micro-print shirts in black and grey. He keeps his look casual by keeping the dress shirt un-tucked and rolling up the sleeves. Maybe it was to show off his new “ink”, which is a portrait of his beloved wife Zoe.

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