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Men’s Jewelry Continues to Increase in Popularity

Last year, the sales of men’s accessories grew 9 percent, reaching $13.6 billion. This capped a two-year period that saw the category grow 13 percent, according to NPD Group, a marketing research company. Men’s online jewelry stores continue to grow in popularity as well. In layman’s terms: men are wearing more jewelry.  A ring, necklaces, even watches are all fashion-forward statements that men all over are adding to their wardrobe.


Men’s rings aren’t relegated to just wedding rings these days; it’s a very popular fashion statement that can really be the centerpiece for any outfit.  Dressed up or down, anything you wear can be accented by a simple tungsten ring.  For the guy that isn’t into “bling”, there are plenty of subtle styles of rings and you can even get black tungsten rings if you’re into that color scheme more than something that shines.  For an even more subdued look, a brushed finish can make sure you don’t feel too flashy.



The crucifix has always been a popular choice for the more religious crowd, but not every statement you make with a necklace has to be so pious.  Necklaces can come in a wide variety of thicknesses.  Admittedly, necklaces take a little more confidence to wear than other accessories, but they can really make the style if done properly.  Thin metal necklaces are timeless in their popularity, but there is a time and a place for a trendy rope or fabric choker or necklace.  Granted, when you’re dressed to the nines, no one will see your necklace underneath your button down, but in a more casual setting, a necklace can do wonders for classing up your favorite t-shirt.


With the popularity of cell phones, it may almost seem archaic to strap a watch around your wrist, but a stylish timepiece can be exactly what your outfit needs to accent your look.  What is nice about a good watch is that you can find different styles for your own sensibilities or any way of dress that you decide upon.  Metal bands are always sharp when paired with a dark suit or sport coat, while earth tones in your dress can be paired perfectly with a brown leather band.  Regardless of how you dress up, a watch is a great accent to apply.


As men’s fashion consciousness continues to permeate the landscape, popularity in accessories will continue on its upward trend.  For the man looking to make a statement with the way he’s dressed, he could do much worse than pairing his clothing with a well-placed watch, ring, or necklace.

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The Rockstars of the Hedi Slimane Band

French designer Hedi Slimane has been compared to Yves Saint Laurent himself for his remarkable ability to move separately from seasonal trends with his collections, instead finding and portraying his own voice and style each year. Perhaps this was the main reason behind the decision to make Slimane the leader of the YSL label’s revival in 2012. Since the label’s re-branding to Saint LaurentP Paris, Slimane has been behind every single show coming out of the collection. Over the past two or so years, SLP’s popularity with both celebrities such as Justin Bieber, Kanye West, and A$AP Rocky, as well as the internet fashion forum crowd has skyrocketed, mainly in the realm of menswear. Though wildly expensive, ordinary people with rent, bills, student loans, and other obligations still try to save up for the $2300 varsity jacket or the $1200 harness boots or the $1000 sweaters, or the most coveted and iconic of all; the $5500 double rider leather jacket. The effects of this are seen in the doubling of the French house’s profits since the hiring of Slimane and the 27% profit increase in 2014. Despite financial success, many critics still feel that Slimane’s time at Saint Laurent is similar to what he had done during his famous years at Dior Homme (2000 – 2007), which critics claim was the throwing out the traditions of the house to create his own aesthetic. Many further argue that Slimane’s collections at SLP are identical to his DH days, claiming he is unable to deviate from the same iteration of the same aesthetic.

I’m here to argue against this. Boom.


Hedi Slimane has always stated that he wishes to redefine masculinity with his clothes, explaining that with his clothes he creates heroes who do not embody traditional ideas of masculinity. At Dior Homme, Hedi Slimane was of course known for pushing forwards menswear with his cutting edge slim and rockstar look, but was a different flavor entirely than the rockstar look of Saint Laurent Paris. To illustrate this, I will compare the standout points and theme of Dior Homme AW07 “Navigate”, Slimane’s last Dior Homme show, to those of Saint Laurent Paris AW15, his most recent Saint Laurent menswear show.

W07 “Navigate” is one of my personal favorite Hedi Slimane collections, because it seems difficult to perfectly describe it with a single word other than “cool”. Set to the soundtrack of a song written specifically for Slimane and his show, “Navigate, Navigate” by British band These New Puritans, the show kicked off with the first skinny young rockstar of the evening wearing a draping black marble blazer with a silk shirt underneath that conceals the hands with its lengthy sleeves. On the bottom half were low-waisted, flowing dropcrotch pants above a pair of slick black combat boots. This carelessly flashy attire would set the mood for the rest of the show. Following him were more extended sleeves on coats, shirts, blazers, and sweaters, more buffed combat boots, more printed blazers, more dropcrotch pants, and a noticeable lack of biker jackets someone familiar with Slimane’s Saint Laurent work would be surprised by. There was a single leather jacket throughout the entire show, but it was not in the double rider style Saint Laurent fans will recognize. The traditionally feminine appearance of hand covering sleeves had been a constant sight throughout Slimane’s seven years at Dior Homme, but have yet to appear once in Saint Laurent’s shows. Furthermore, nothing even close to dropcrotch pants has ever been displayed during a Saint Laurent showing under Slimane. The styling of the show was almost intentionally careless. Belts and straps hung off and flapped with movement, pants slouched to one side, hair fell casually in models’ eyes. This is wildly different from the rigid tightness of Saint Laurent’s collections. A traditional Dior grey trenchcoat did appear, but in a slim form that fit comfortably in with the rest of the looks. The standout pieces of the show were a leather down-filled jacket and a glittering gold blazer modeled so casually it was a wonder whether the model was actually a rockstar who had decided to crash the runway. The show was silky, glittering, flashy, all while giving the vibe of not caring; the perfect embodiment of the word “cool”. This show and all of Hedi’s time at Dior Homme was a drastic, but much needed deviation from the more traditional menswear of Dior Homme’s past.


Now looking at Saint Laurent AW15, we get quite a different view. After a minute and a half of suspenseful droning instrumental, the show started with the ominous and minimalistic psych-rock song, “Me Suive” by French band La Femme. As mentioned before, the show was unlike the Dior Homme as it was rigid, tight, and more traditional in the style of most SLP shows. However, the collection still carried the rockstar attitude, just in a different way. Where “Navigate” said “I don’t care, I’m cool and I know it”, the Saint Laurent display cared in the way that says “I know I’m cool and you know I know you know it”. Tight, high-waisted black denim, a staple of the Hedi SLP brand, was the choice for pants on many of the models. Where they did not wear denim, they had equally tight leather pants. Cropped jackets and blazers with pristine, sharp folds seemed to stretch the legs and gave the signature Hedi Slimane proportions. Elegant coats, many adorned with animal patterns were left open and billowing to contrast with the heroin-chic skinniness on the rest of the silhouette. The trademark double rider biker jacket made several appearances as expected. There were none of the casually flung collars and flaps that appeared in “Navigate”; everything was precisely where it needed to be. On the foot of the models were high-heeled french boots in gleaming black leather, which stayed true to Slimane’s vision for redefining and challenging traditional masculinity, and when paired with Slimane’s very skinny jeans and cropped jackets gave a sense of androgyny to many of the silhouettes. It served as a reverse of Yves Saint Laurent’s famous “Le Smoking” pantsuit for women, giving the traits of femininity to men instead of the other way around. The confidence with which these challenging and forward-thinking looks were delivered made these clothes look at the very least cool, I imagine, to even the most disgruntled Slimane critic. The models moved with purpose, giving the cameras a disdainful half-second look, before turning and leaving the audience wanting more. The show was dark, confident, and sneering; a different kind of rockstar.

While similarities existed in the use of androgynous clothing and dark clothing contrasted with patterns, the tailoring, fit, style, and overall theme of the collections were unique. Though they were both cool and confident, this was presented in entirely different ways for each brand. Hedi Slimane undoubtedly has a unique style that he is able to express effectively and consistently, but he did not simply make the same clothes under a different name when going from Dior Homme to Saint Laurent Paris. Slimane implemented his own ideas and style in seperate ways that he felt were fitting for each brand considering their past.


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For Fall 2015, It’s All About Flares!

This season, skinny pants are out! Ok, maybe not fully expendable, but the style pendulum is swinging back towards the boot cut jeans of your youth. While you may be tempted to dig out a pair from the back of your close – ask yourself honestly, do they still fit? – today’s flares have a bit more of a modern feel.


What’s different about the new flares? First off, the leg is tapered on the thigh and down past the knee before gradually extending into a boot cut for that slim skinny look we all grew to love. Think of it as a combination, as if you’re skinnies and old boot cut jeans had a baby. The look is not only sleeker and sophisticated, but also makes for a great elongating silhouette.

Afraid you won’t be able to pull off denim that’s not clinging to your calves? No matter your dress size or body type, a flared leg will actually lengthen your legs, which will in turn improve the appearance of your thighs. This means if your short, you’ll actually look taller! If you’re plus-sized, you’ll look balanced and lean. Even a boyish figure will be enhanced due to a little extra fabric by your feet!


So jump on board this new flared trend! If you’re not ready to go all in, might we suggest incorporating just a pair or two into your wardrobe to change it up. No one says you need to give up your skinnies completely, but when you see how good you look in your new jeans, you might just want to!

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Review of Structure Men’s Zip-Front Jacket

Now that the crispness of Fall is in the air along the East Coast, it is time to break out the outerwear.  However, since temperatures still vary with some warmer spikes, you need a style of jacket that will keep out the chill and still be lightweight.  At there is the perfect jacket: the Structure Men’s Zip-Front Jacket.


Constructed in the timeless baseball style jacket, the 100% cotton French terry fabric jacket feels more like a sweatshirt than a jacket.  The Men’s Zip-Front Jacket is a knit piece of outerwear in a heathered charcoal material that has detailed seaming above the button chest pockets, around the pockets themselves, and vertical seaming from the chest to the waistband that gives it more interest than just leaving it plain.  The black rib-knit waistband and sleeve cuffs, along with the mock neck style with full zip are the parts of the Structure jacket that are a nod to the vintage styling of the baseball jacket.


The big difference with this jacket is that it can be worn casually over a tank top or t-shirt with a pair of jeans, or it can be dressed up a little more and worn with a button-down shirt and a less casual pair of trousers.  I can even see the Structure Zip-Front Jacket worn with a nice silk tie and dress shirt, which would take the place of a cardigan for a whole new, fresh look.  With the cut of the jacket being close to the body, there is no bulk, so it could possibly also be layered under an overcoat and worn more like a sweater. Also, the fairly long and wide breast pockets can perfectly hold a number of small items like gloves or a pen.


For JUST $40 at , the Structure Men’s Zip-Front Jacket has style, versatility, and comes in a deep heathered charcoal color, which is still one of the hottest colors in fashion this Fall. The more pieces in your closet that can do double duty, the easier it will be to find that perfect look and you will be spending less money to do so.

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The Rise Of The Man-Gagement Ring

Society evolved and what was seen as common practice a few years ago is no longer accurate. Nowadays, modern women do expect the same rights as men and education evolved to the point where engagement rings are no longer just for women.

Women have many reasons to consider proposing. In some situations this happens as the woman just wants to know where the relationship is at. Also, we do have the situation in which the woman is faced with a better financial stability where she thinks that it is financial worries stopping the man from buying an engagement ring. No matter what situation we are faced with, younger crowds do gravitate towards gender role sharing without any associated embarrassment. This led towards a constant growth in popularity for handmade engagement rings for men.

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The Fiancee Is Taken

Women do now want other women to know the fact that the fiancée is taken so it is normal to see that increase in man-gagement rings. Jewellery stores are quickly picking up the trend and feminists do consider it offensive that they have to wear an engagement ring, showcasing that they are taken, while men do not have such a limit that is imposed. Couples do buy matching rings, without taking into account who proposed.

Men Do Wear Jewellery

A few years ago, up until the late nineties, most men did not wear jewellery. This trend did change. There are many men that wear designer clothes and jewellery. Because of this shift, many men are feeling a little slighted that girlfriends receive beautiful engagement rings and they do not. Women thus now buy matching engagement rings for their soon to be spouses. We also see a constant increase in the number of men that buy their very own engagement rings, usually as a set that comes with the woman’s.


Gay Marriage Rights

In the USA we have gay marriage being legal in all states. That automatically led towards a growth in the number of male engagement rings as they basically take on a brand new meaning together with the legal aspect of gay marriage. Various jewellery stores in states that were progressive about this matter are now promoting diversity and actually have many interesting diamond rings that are designed for men that want to engage to other men.

Creating New Traditions

Engagement rings for men are driven in part by the fact that the younger generation is now looking to create brand new traditions and distance itself from the older traditions. The current generation has a reputation of bucking tradition and going on a new path with millennials embracing equality and the evolution of marriage.

On the whole, we can say that marriage is nowadays seen differently and engagement rings for men are no longer taboo. They are accepted and they are becoming a part of culture in many parts of the world. There is no shame in wearing one and there are some that are incredibly beautiful in jewellery stores that embraced change.

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Infographic: Recent Trends of In-Flight Fashion


Check out this nifty infographic care of It details the uniforms worn by flight attendants and pilots at several of the well-known airlines, AirFrance to Virgin Atlantic.  Continue reading

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