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Short Sleeve Polo Shirts: A Spring-Summer Essential

When you are thinking about what you need in your wardrobe for Spring and Summer, the Polo shirt should be near the top of your list. After this winter, everyone is dying to shed the coats and sweaters for something lighter in fabric weight and in colors that are uplifting to the spirit. The Polo shirt is a great transition piece if worn under spring jackets or cardigan sweaters, until it is warm enough to be worn on its own.

Polo shirts are essentials in your closets because there are situation of dressing where a plain, crew neck t-shirt is just too casual. The Polo shirt gives you the option to still enjoy the comfort of a casual shirt, but is dressed up with the point collar and the button placket. You can put a Polo with a pair of pleated shorts and flip-flops, or pair it with crisp linen trousers and a great pair of leather oxfords for two different looks.

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Some fantastic Polo shirts can be found at Sears. For those of us who are old enough to remember “Sears and Roebuck”, they have a Roebuck and Co. Young Men’s Polo Shirt that is constructed of the iconic “pique” cotton knit, has a fold-over collar with a two-button neck closure, and a fitted cut with a split hem for comfort. It comes in several different colors and the best part is that it is on sale right now for $14.99, instead of $30.00 through 3/28!

Another brand of Polo shirt that can be found at Sears is the Covington Men’s Polo Shirt that comes in a classic, relaxed fit and a myriad of energizing colors to brighten up your Spring and Summer. This one is in a cotton blend, but still has the pique finish, the classic collar and button neck. It is also on sale for an astounding $12.99, so it is a great time to stock up!

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Lastly, is another popular brand of Polo is the U.S. Polo Assn. Men’s Interlock Polo Shirt. This particular one is cut a little slimmer in the body and has more of a shorter cap-like sleeve, but still has the traditional styling of the Polo. It would be a great pop of color alone, or under a neutral jacket. Get your for $14.99 through March 28th also!

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Win a Vierra watch!

It’s time again for another contest, ladies and gents! This time we’re giving away a watch of your choice from Vierra Watches. Here are some examples from their awesome unisex collection:

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Entering this time is wicked easy: Use the Rafflecopter widget below to follow @Vierra on Twitter and that’s that! Open to US and Canada, one entry per person. Best of luck, everyone!

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And the winner is…..

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@liebersohn! Who gets to pick out his very own blazer from KnotStandard. Congrats on winning the contest, Jack! And good luck next time, folks!

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5 Luxury Items We Can’t Help But Covet

What’s something we fashion-obsessed yet not loaded types are all guilty of? Envy, of course.  “Why does so-and-so get to rock those Louis sneakers and flawless plastic surgery while I’m stuck here with my PF Flyers, doomed to remove pimples naturally?!” Our only solace is the occasion sale or giveaway. And while we’re sure our cult fashion favorites won’t lose their hefty price tags completely, these are the uber-luxury items that we’ll be on the look out for in retailers’ Sale aisle or section:

Burberry Sandringham Slim Fit Trench Coat

The Burberry Sandringham Slim Fit Trench Coat: regularly $1,795

Why we love it:  This iconic coat has a rich military history which is reflected in the epaulettes on the shoulder, the gun flap fastens at the chest and a storm shield cover on the upper back. Made of tightly woven yet lightweight breathable cloth, the coat is protective against wind and rain. And, believe it or not, this coat was originally designed by Thomas Burberry back in 1879! The Sandringham takes this classic coat and updates it slightly with a slimmer fit that nips in at the waist. The details and tradition of the coat, paired with the famous Burberry check, have landed this item on our must have list.

A blended Burberry scarf: regularly $395

Why we love it:  This lightweight scarf looks great paired with a classic trench. Try the Check Wool Silk Scarf in Trench Check or the Check Wool Silk Gauze Scarf in Stone Check. No matter which material feels better to you (or which you can find a better deal for) you can’t lose!

Céline Leather Mini Luggage Tote

Céline Leather Mini Luggage Tote: regularly $2,900 and up

Why we love it:  It’s hard to go wrong with such a beautiful roomy structured tote bag. It looks great in almost every style and color from black pebbled leather to a pop of burgundy. Be wary though, Céline still doesn’t sell bags online and only certain stores sell them. (Call Barney’s or Nordstrom to see if the store near you carrie.s Céline or if you’re lucky enough to live in a big city, check there website. They have a few boutiques in Manhattan and other major cities as well as the Céline salon at Bergdorf Goodman in NY.)

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Louboutin Stilettos: regularly $795- $845

Why we love them:  They say it’s what’s on the inside that counts but when it comes to shoes it’s the bottom!  There’s nothing more fashionable and recognizable then those red soles. For a great nude peep toe try Flo, which features a petite platform and comes in a range of “nudes” from light Lea to the darker Ada. Or opt for a classic pump such as the New Simple Pump which is sure to be your next go-to shoe.

Chanel Classic Flap Bag: regularly $4,900

Why we love it:  Chanel is the epitome of fashion. It’s classic, timeless and only gets better with age. Some people literally purchase Chanel purses as investment pieces. With its quilted design, double C closure, and chain link handle, this Chanel bag goes with everything.

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Fashion and posture: are the two connected?

Fashion needs models. Designers select the models most suitable for their designs, depending on the project, their theme, the circumstances, and their preferences and when the chosen models don their designs, they showcase them at their very best. As a result, the designer’s fashions are a success and their work sells or is adopted or imitated by others. What makes a good model? When we think of a successful fashion model, as well as their looks and figure, we picture their walk, their stance and their general posture.

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 A fashion model’s posture

The posture of a model is iconic. A catwalk model walks with power, thrust and confidence. They take large strides, their head is held high, and often their arms sway at their sides. When they stand still, they don’t just hang there, they present the fashion to the onlookers. Usually, head is up, shoulders are back, chest is forward, and stomach is held tightly in. The clothes and the model look fantastic. After all, it just would not have the same effect if they slouched forward or their stomach bulged, whether it is loose fitting sportswear, sexy underwear or sophisticated evening wear that they are exhibiting. Fashion and posture are connected – having good posture makes a person and the clothes they are wearing look their absolute best.

How to have good posture

Look after your body; that is, do not neglect your feet, legs, back and stomach. Take care of your feet by wearing footwear suitable for the occasion and the season. Badly fitting shoes can cause blisters and ingrown toenails. Wear the right training shoes for physical exercise to support your feet and enable them to breathe; wear open shoes to let the air get to your feet when it is hot; choose suitable shoes or boots for walking, hiking or climbing. High heel shoes and stilettos should be worn in moderation, for a special occasion and for as short a time as possible.

The damage caused by high heel shoes

Feet act like spring-loaded shock absorbers, distributing your weight when you walk. Wearing high heels puts the mass of your weight onto the balls of your feet, which causes an unnatural strain to your body. The higher the heel, the worse it is. The way you walk in heels is completely different to how you would naturally walk because your ordinary, healthy stride becomes stilted; this can cause bone and nerve damage. Consider the following problems that can occur if high heels are worn too long, too often:

  • The Achilles tendons anchor your calf muscles to your heels, but high heels cause the Achilles tendons to bunch up.

 

  • Spider veins can result from restricted circulation when high heels force the ankles to bend forward.

 

  • Stilettos can cause chronically taut ankle and calf tendons, eventually making walking painful.

 

  • Wearing high heels can put extra stress on the inner knees, which in the long term could lead to osteoarthritis.

 

  • When you wear high heels, you have to walk with your hips thrust forward, make sure your back is arched, and push out your chest. It works the outer hip muscles and tendons hard.

 

  • To walk in high heels, your spine needs to sway unnaturally; this stretches your muscles and causes a sore lower back.

Looking after your back and stomach to encourage good posture

Consider the following exercises to strengthen your core body strength, stomach and back muscles and for overall health and fitness. Try yoga or Pilates to improve body strength and posture. Lower back pain may be due to lumbar muscle strain; if you have any back pain, Healthquest Chiropractic back treatment clinic specializes in the relief of chronic back pain through non-surgical chiropractic back pain treatment techniques.

Most people admit that good posture can make you look thinner, more elegant and more confident, as well as helping the clothes you are wearing make you look your best. Some even feel that good posture will make you look younger and smarter and is also good for your digestion. Work on improving your posture by strengthening your body through exercise, making an effort not to slump or slouch, sitting up straight, keeping shoulders back and head up, and sucking that tummy in. You could even ask a friend or work colleague to point out when you have let your posture slip and return the favor for him or her. After all, if we are really honest, anything we can do to make us appear taller and slimmer is something we could benefit from!

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Does urban style cut it on the catwalk?

For many fashionistas urban style is ultra-cool thanks to the many entertainment and sporting icons that wear such a wide range of designer clothing. Getting the street look has never been more popular, and the great thing about urban chic is that what looks good on the catwalk is easily translated for high-end shops and boutiques, referencing many of the sporting themes the style is built around.

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From hip hop to urban

The style started with the emergence of hip-hop among African-American young people in the late 1970s, with sportswear brands attaching themselves to the scene. Over the decades, the styles became known as “urban” and are remained aligned with sportswear, with many top designers in the high fashion industry being inspired by the streetwear and putting clothes and accessories inspired by the street out onto the catwalk.

Popular trends

Who doesn’t have some denim lurking in their closet? The original work clothing has had so many makeovers over the years that it could be forgiven for having an identity crisis, yet denim is ideal for imaginative makeovers and there are always plenty of fresh ideas coming through from major denim designers.

The bright, in-your-face concepts of Pop At are a trend – think Roy Lichtenstein and Andy Warhol — using comic strips and globally recognized advertising brands to decorate clothing and accessories such as bags, pencil cases and backpacks. It’s an urban style that will always catch the eye.

Are sneakers always in fashion? The answer has to be yes when it comes to streetwear. The trend was huge in the last season and has always been popular both for the gym and as comfortable daywear when pounding the city streets. This season sees colorful and chunky sneaker styles being created with a cheeky nod to the 90s and some vibrant effects to show off the footwear. They look good on the catwalk and equally fine in the urban environment.

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Sports style

Sports clothing has been the bedrock of urban style from the beginning. It’s both functional and fashionable and provides a massive range of opportunities to mix and match shirts, tops, shorts, socks and sneakers to create individual looks that can be as formal or casual as required for any occasion.

Athletes such as basketball players – think of the incredible Michael Jordan – football and hockey stars and the giants of the gridiron are all models for the type of sports clothing to found in the stores. Athletes, whether professional or weekend warrior, also need support for recovery from their exertions and featured compression clothing is the perfect addition to an urban wardrobe.

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Menswear with athletic themes are showing this season, with fused tropical textile prints featuring sporty silhouettes, a modern take on the perfect vacation wardrobe. Tunics and sporty separates feature with a variety of kaleidoscopic prints – iconographic fashion design and comfortable to wear.

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The catwalk may be the showcase for urban style, but when it translates as successfully as it does to the high street and mall then it’s going to be in fashion for many years to come.

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Mizzen + Main Lavender Dress Shirt & Spring Promo

When it comes to dress shirts for men, most people probably think of having to wear something stiffer and less comfortable than what you wear in a casual situation. Fortunately, Mizzen + Main have a different idea of what a dress shirt should be, especially one for the springtime.

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The Morse Lavender Gingham Dress Shirt takes the traditional styling of a men’s dress shirt with the point collar, single button cuff and sleeves, along with the shoulder and vertical back seaming, combining it with a modern performance fabric. This performance fabric not only ensures a solid degree of durability and conformity to the cotton when stretched or stressed, but also comfortableness throughout those inevitable and annoying extended work days.

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Furthermore, the fabric wicks away moisture, stays wrinkle-free, is cooler, and can be put in the washing machine and air dried. All in all, M + M more the successfully managed to take a classic dress shirt and fit it to the performance oriented life-style. And the color, a cool lavender, gets me excited for the May flowers sprouting in the not-too-distant future.

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You not only gain in the comfort department with button-down shirts from Mizzen + Main, but you also save on your dry cleaning bill.  For $125, you will get a “made in America” item that has all that you want from a dress shirt, minus things that you don’t.  As a bonus, you will also get free shipping to anywhere in the US.

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To celebrate Spring’s arrival (finally!!) Mizzen + Main is hosting a contest, An Amazing Spring Getaway, which is allowing people to enter their email address on a landing page for a chance to win a high dollar amount travel voucher and also a dream (read: ideal) carry-on bag that will include items from Kill Cliff, Blue Claw, Stanley Korshak, Hari Mari, and Black Jack, and also Mizzen + Main.  After this record-breaking winter, who wouldn’t want a paid for, warm “get away” and a travel bag full of the things you will need you will need on your vacation?  Sign me up!

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