This Week's Fashion News and Advice:

Belts: Necessity or Luxury Accessory?

When it comes to men’s accessories, the belt is one that is both functional and fashionable. On one hand it does the job of keeping your trousers in the right place, but on the other hand, it acts as a fashionable accessory to complete the look of an outfit. Even though a man may not use a belt every day, there is always an occasion when it is an integral part of his look. Belts come in all kinds of materials like, woven rope, nylon, and even elastic, but the most versatile belts are leather because they can be dressed up or down. Leather men’s belts can be worn with blue jeans, khakis, or even a dress pant.

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As far as pricing goes, men’s leather belts can be very reasonably priced to something more extravagant. The best buy for your money is a reversible leather belt because you get two looks in one. An example of a bargain-priced belt is the Croft & Barrow Feather-Edge Stitched Reversible Belt, that can be found at Kohls. This particular belt reverses has the ability to switch between brown and black, making it easy to coordinate either one with what you are wearing. The double-stitching gives it some interest and the clean lines of the silver-tone belt buckle give it a fresh, modern look. At $19.50, it is one of the less expensive men’s leather accessories.

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Now, if you are a luxury loving guy, then the bi-color belt by Feit may be more up your alley. It is constructed of three separate pieces of sliced Italian leather and has eight hand applied stitches to connect the leather sections together. The anodized black hardware and the hand-crafted construction, give it more of a rustic look. This belt comes in a black/marine blue combination and also a black/white one. However, be prepared to make an investment with purchasing this bi-colored belt by Feit because it will set you back $200.

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Your Shirt Can Make You the King of the Party, or the Court Jester

The purpose of fashion is to make you feel and look good. When you are dressing in a shirt that is your style, you seem to stand taller and be more confident about yourself. If you are wearing something that is not comfortable or you don’t like, then you tend to be a little self-conscious. When you are attending that special event, you want to be able to concentrate on having fun, instead of what people might be thinking about you.

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In order to make the perfect dress shirt choice, you need to start with the fit. A shirt that is a little more tailored to fit your body is what is hot right now, but you want it to have a little wiggle room and not look like you are wearing a size too small. The next quality of a great shirt is the interest that it generates. Some men’s dress shirts are just boring, so why not choose something that has some unusual details to make it something special. For example, this black button-down has a nice slim fit with a white contrasting trim around the inside of the pointed collar and also down the covered button placket. It gives this shirt a sleek and modern look.

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If you like the lighter colors, then go for the white dress shirt with the grey accents.If you like a more asymmetrical look, then this black button-down with the geometric-looking right shoulder appliqué and arm bands of a contrasting grey fabric may be the style that you are looking for.

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Shirts can also be fun at the right events and plenty of stores have amazing mens fashion shirts to wear to holiday party. Take this black camp shirt with tropical drinks scattered across the fabric. It probably would get some strange looks as wedding wear, but at a friend’s summer soiree might be a conversation piece and attract some new friends.

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However, there are some shirts that should never be worn out of the house like this exploded self portrait t-shirt. If this guy’s overall look is not unusual enough, then he will be grabbing attention as the court jester, instead of king of the party for sure.

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Faux-Pas You As A Guest Should Avoid

When you are at a wedding, you are there to help celebrate the love between two people. However, above all else, you are a guest of the happy couple.

The last thing you want to do is to upset the bride or groom, especially on their special day. It is the day that’s supposed to be completely perfect and all about them, and you do not want to interfere with that.

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In order to make sure that no one gets angry or has their feelings hurt, follow these ground rules when attending any wedding, and you’ll be the guest every couple dreams of.

  1. Don’t Wear White

This one is mostly for the women, although I would advise against men wearing white suits too.

Wearing white is not only rude, it is bad luck. The only person who is supposed to wear white at weddings is the bride, so unless the bride has specified that she wants everyone to wear white, avoid it.

Even if the bride does not say anything to you at the wedding, she’ll always remember that girl who wore white to her wedding. (Not in a fond way, either.)

  1. Don’t Wear Black

This rule is a little bit more old-fashioned. It used to be that wearing black to a wedding was like predicting the failure of the marriage.

Nowadays, many couples are doing black tie weddings, so black dresses are acceptable. However, if it is not specified as black tie or anything like that, it is still not widely acceptable to wear black. Black is the traditional color that signifies death in formal situations, and it is still associated with funerals to this day.

So stay on the safe side and just go with something festive and bright that signals that you are rooting for the couple’s happiness.

  1. No Complaining

This rule kind of goes without saying.

Even if you are not enjoying yourself and the ceremony was too long, and it is too cold in the reception room, it does not matter. To be brutally honest, no one cares about what you have to complain about.

When you are at someone else’s wedding, you do not complain. You don’t get to be moody or irritated. You just have to smile and understand that it is not your day, and it does not matter what you think of the food or the music or the maid of honor’s speech.

  1. No Gossiping

In addition to not complaining, you should not gossip either. About anyone.

Nobody loves every single thing about anyone else. Everyone has some little habit that drives someone else crazy. However, a wedding is not the place to talk about those things.

Especially if you are talking about the bride and groom. It is their wedding day, and for that reason, they get to be totally gossip free for at least a day. Weddings are supposed to be special and happy. So just enjoy yourself and mind your own business.

  1. Use Your Manners

This is also a pretty common sense rule. At a wedding, you’ll probably be sitting at a table and eating with many people you do not know very well. For that reason alone, you should be using your best manners. Chew with your mouth closed, use your napkin, all the things your mom told you a hundred times over.

However, beyond that, it is important to be polite. If there’s something on your plate that you do not like, don’t eat it. However, don’t make a big deal out of not liking the food. Once again, it is not about you when you are at someone else’s wedding.

  1. Drink In Moderation

Although weddings seem to be a giant invitation to drink free booze and party, it is important to keep yourself in check.

Nobody likes someone who is sloppy drunk or is so drunk that they need to be taken care of. When you are that person, it draws much attention to you, especially if you make a scene.

Do the bride, the groom, and everyone else at the wedding a favor and keep your drinking in check.

Make sure to avoid those six faux-pas when attending a wedding, and you’ll be a great guest to any bride and groom. Make sure you also get a great gift! If you need some ideas you can visit sites like weddings-magazine.com!

Kate Stefanski is the sort of girl who has been planning her dream wedding for a long time, and writes on wedding related topics whenever she gets the chance. If you wish to learn more about Kate you can visit on Google+.

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Mizzen + Main Button-down Shirts

When it comes to finding the perfect button-down shirt, the qualities that every man is looking for are a great fit and easy care. However, at Mizzen + Main they not only take the time to make sure that you can get the fit that you are looking for off the rack and produce shirts that require no ironing or dry cleaning, but Mizzen + Main also uses a fabric that wicks away moisture and gives a lot of room for movement with a 4-way stretch. They have developed a men’s button shirt where performance meets style.

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For example, the Frost Light Blue Button-down Oxford takes a traditional pique texture and combines it with body-flattering seaming across the shoulders and down the back to create a stylish, easy care button-down. Mizzen + Main also pays attention to the shirts detailing with the button-down collar, one-button sleeves, and double-button cuffs. Their shirts give you the ability to stay cooler, be more comfortable, and look great without a lot of fuss. At $125, it may seem a little pricey, but think of how much time and money you will save without needing to iron or take it to the dry cleaners for care.

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The next one is the Bradbury Dark Plum Gingham Spread Collar dress shirt. As well as having the same cooling/comfort technology fabric and tailored fit, this dress shirt takes on the classic look of Gingham, modernizing it with a dark plum color. Micro-patterns have been around a long time and are a great alternative to a plain shirt when it comes to layering them under a sweater, sports jacket, or suit.

Ordering a few of these shirts will give you the ability to freshen up some of your older items in your closet with a button-down that has a modern style and fabric that you will appreciate for years to come. Also, Mizzen + Main makes that very easy with discounting a pack of 3 or 6 dress shirts for your purchasing.

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Best advice for shopping online for jewelry

The internet has made conducting business transactions easier than anyone could have thought to be humanly possible. It is now possible to browse for various goods and services, ranging from the small biro pen to a building and buy them (or make orders or bids for them) without having to leave the safety and comfort of your own home. This is big accomplishment that has also made inroads in the business of buying and selling jewelry. There are hundreds of thousands of websites currently operating on the internet and dealing in the business of jewelry supply free shipping

Since there are very many options for you to pick from, it is advisable that you have a checklist to use so that you can separate the wheat from the chaff. It is no secret that there are many unscrupulous business men and women who are only interested in fleecing you of your hard earned money. Having a checklist that will let you identify authentic and professional jewelry websites will go a long way in preventing you from falling into the hands of people who do not wish you well at all.

The following are some of the tips and suggestions that you can use to search for jewelry supply free shipping online:

1) Check the reputation of the websiteAuthentic jewelry websites are highly reputable sites that have great design and receive a lot of traffic each and every hour. It would be highly suspicious to send your credit card information to a shady website with landing pages that are full of grammatical errors and surrounded by poor design. These are clear red flags that you should be looking out for when searching for an online site to buy jewelry from. A reputable site will also be popular and you will find a few of your friends and coworkers mentioning it to you.

2) A website with a money back guaranteeGenuine websites dealing in genuine jewelry know that there is nothing to worry with buying their precious gems and jewels. This is why they have a money back guarantee, where you are assured of getting your money back if you find that the jewelry you have bought is defective or if you suddenly develop buyer’s remorse. The money back guarantee inspires confidence and allows you to test the ring or necklace that you buy before returning it to the store that you bought it from.

3) Wide jewelry collection to choose from It is also important to note that you only deal with sites that have a wide array of jewelry to choose from. This will allow you to be flexible enough so that you can choose the best pieces that have caught your eye. Sites with limited collections should be avoided as they will severely limit your chances of finding a good piece to buy and take home.

4) Other incentivesThe best jewelry sites online have incentives like free shipping that reduces your expenses and motivates you to buy more from them. It would be wise to take advantage of such features.

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Spotlight: Georges Marciano Denim Shirts

If you are a lover of denim, then there’s a chance that you have heard of Georges Marciano.  He is a designer that has been creating quality, timeless, and impeccably tailored denim garments since 1978, but has now launched a new line of apparel for both men and women that takes classic styles and gives them a modern twist.

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One of Georges Marciano’s new men’s designs that are available on www.georgesmarciano.com is the GM- Sutter Western Shirt.  For years, it seems that the prominent colors of denim were all about the darker shades like indigo and ink, but the lighter shades have now re-immerged on the fashion scene.  This western style shirt has a mix of lighter and darker bleached denim tones, as well as the pointed detailed stitching along the shoulders that mirrors the flap button pockets.  Created in 100% lightweight cotton, it will not be stiff and will move with you.

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Another take on the same style of men’s shirts is the GM- Shutter Western Shirt.  This one has similar stitching details as the lighter denim one, but they are more muted with the richness of the indigo and medium, splashed-on looking denim wash.  I also like the details of the rounded hemline and the ability to roll up the sleeves in both fabrics.  Either can be purchased for $175, which may sound a little pricey, but not when they are from an iconic denim designer like Georges Marciano, who creates items that reflect the past with a cutting-edge appeal.

Polo_Black_F_5-minIf you are not a denim person, but love traditional designs like the Polo shirt, then the GM- Polo may be for you.  This shirt is constructed of 100% quality cotton, has a nicely tailored it with the point collar, button-down neckline, and perfect sleeve/body length.  This would be fantastic with a pair of jeans or khakis and can be purchased for $85, in a myriad of colors to fit your style.

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ShirtCycle: Custom Dress Shirts at Department Store Prices

There is a company out there called “ShirtCycle” that takes dress shirt shopping to the next level.  If you ask most guys if they know their body measurements for getting a custom shirt, most would shrug. ShirtCycle solves this.  ShirtCycle takes your “off the rack” measurements and a photo to get a perfect, truly personalized fit.  They even include a personal stylist, Matt Harpalani of NYC, who has curated shirt styles and fabrics 10,000 clients.

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The advantages of a custom tailored shirt from ShirtCycle is not just the ability to choose your favorite pattern or solid fabric to fit your personal taste, but also the quality workmanship of 25-30 stitches per inch, a 4- piece collar construction, European milled fabrics, French seams, and designer Mother of Pearl Shell buttons.  With www.ShirtCycle.com, you receive a free custom shirt to try on based on your initial measurements, either keeping it because it fits or sending it back in a prepaid package to be re-tailored, at no additional cost.  ShirtCycle has about a 65% success rate on getting the fit right on your first measurements, so most clients are all right out of the gate.

After your fit is verified, you review your curated shirt fabrics and styles online, which you can confirm or swap.  In a few weeks, you will receive the 3 shirts that match your look and style, right to your door for just $250.  Each successive order will include a set of 3 hand-selected custom shirts for the same price.  ShirtCycle only sends clients shirt in a fit, fabric and style they’ve approved and are yet to have any returns, saving you time.

Unlike subscription companies “Trunk Club”, ShirtCycle only sends you shirts you want. They save you the headache of dealing with returns.  And without a big inventory to manage due to the nature of custom, they are about half the price.

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Unlike other online custom clothiers like “Indochino”, they verify your fit up front so you don’t have to find and wait to be reimbursed for local alterations to the shirts you receive. They believe time is money and try to save you time while helping you look better,

“Bespoke” clothing has become a very popular way to shop, but it usually comes with a high price tag.  ShirtCycle delivers high quality, Italian sea island and non-irons for $83 and you get to you’re your free shirt.

As far as the company goes, the name “ShirtCycle” does not say “Custom Fit Dress Shirts” to me.  I kind of understand how they are equating the process to a “cycle”, where you go through the process for custom tailoring and then repeat orders for your shirts with your personal measurements, but maybe with a name like “Style-Fitted” or “Tailored Shirts”, people may be more aware of what they actually do.

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