How to Wear Sheepskin with Style!

Sheepskin has been around for as long as man has been able to catch a sheep. For the record, catching sheep has never been easy as they can move surprisingly fast for creatures with relatively short legs. Anyway, we digress so back to the benefits of sheep and their skin:

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Yes, sheep are very useful in many ways. Sheep meat is tasty, nutritious, and a staple on many menus. Sheep’s wool is used to make wool, which in turn is woven into fabric and used to make sweaters. Lastly, sheepskin is used to create garments and soft furnishings for the home.

The Benefits of Sheepskin

Genuine sheepskin is warm, waterproof, and easy to work with, which is why it is a perennially popular fabric for coats, jackets, gloves, and boots. The history of sheepskin as a garment is long. Shepherds once used sheepskin to keep warm at night and the use of sheepskin for boots has been traced back to 500BC.

For much of history, sheepskin has been viewed as a utilitarian material, used for its insulating qualities. Working men used sheepskin to protect their bodies and extremities from the cold and a pair of sheepskin lined boots was essential for anyone toiling away in sub-zero temperatures.

Sheepskin in Fashion

Today, things are a bit different and although sheepskin is still an important material for working people, it is increasingly becoming a fashion accessory for the rich and famous. It became popular in the 60s, with a sheepskin coat essential wear for the Beatnik Generation. Fast-forward to the 80s, Vivienne Westwood used sheepskin in her collections and sheepskin rocketed into the mainstream.

Today, sheepskin is still as popular as it ever was, but if you want to be a trendsetter and wear sheepskin in style, there is a right way and a wrong way to wear this amazing fabric.

Sheepskin coats are an enduring trend and 2015 saw a revival of long, floor length coats that were so popular in the 1970s. On the Chloe catwalk, models wore long sheepskin coats over floaty dresses, accessories with thin belts. Burberry took a slightly different approach – their designers gave traditional brown sheepskin a new look with navy blue and grey dye.

Classic Sheepskin

Today there are lots of ways to wear sheepskin. A classic sheepskin coat is the perfect accompaniment to skinny jeans and a cute woollen sweater, especially on a cold winter’s day. These make a great date outfit, or why not throw on a sheepskin coat if you are heading out for a walk in the park with the kids?

Belted sheepskin coats can be dressed up with a belt and stylish knee-length boots. There are also some seriously trendy biker-style sheepskin jackets for those of you who want to rock the biker chick look.

How Not to Wear Sheepskin

Sheepskin is eminently wearable, but for the record, sheepskin Ugg boots are no longer a good look. D-List celebrities have killed off Ugg boots completely. Wear them at your peril.

You can’t go wrong with sheepskin. It looks great on and it also looks great in the home, so check out sheepskin rugs by Sheep Skin Town if your home needs a makeover.

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The Wristwatch: An Essential Fashion Accessory

Within our techno-savvy world of smart phones and watches, the simplistic ability to be able to tell the time has taken a back seat. Having been a “watch-wearer” for years, putting on a watch before leaving home has become routine, like brushing your teeth. If for some reason, my watch is forgotten, I feel the nakedness on my wrist all day.

2016-Richard-Mille-mens-watches-620x579 A watch will not only give you the time of day, but it is also considered an essential accessory to give any outfit a polished look. Even if your style is casual, a watch can be that focal point that pulls things all together. For example, Emporio Armani pairs a stainless-steel tone, bracelet link watch with a charcoal chronograph face and a great graphic t-shirt, to take a casual look to the next level.

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Sometimes a wristwatch can be a conversation piece, as well as a time piece. For 2016, Richard Mille has given a luxury accessory a modern twist with an industrial-style, exposed mechanical movement wristwatch that has a rich copper color, modern hour markers, and a Croco-embossed leather band. The designer details catch your eye, then the exposed working gears draw you right in. It is an accessory that will definitely get a second look.

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Even though you may have a favorite watch, it is nice to have a wardrobe of watches to be able to coordinate to the colors or style of your outfits. In this Coach Watch Collection you have your black and brown leather strap watches that have a clean-lined traditional face, which would look good with a sports coat or something a little more casual. The silver tone link and mesh band chronograph watches by Coach will give you that polished fashion accessory that you need to carry you from day to night.

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So, instead of pulling out your phone to check the time or wearing your lap-top on your wrist with one of the new smart watches, try a classic fashion accessory, like a watch, that will never go out of style.

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Review of Hex Tie Black

With the necktie being one of men’s most-worn accessories, it is not hard to believe that its origin dates back to the Croatian Vallerists during the 30 Year War.  The decorative cloths worn around their necks made it easy to distinguish the officers, who wore silk wraps around their necks and the, while the regular soldiers wore less luxurious materials.  The necktie actually waxed and waned in fashion throughout history and came back into the spotlight with the popularity of The Beatles in the 1960’s.

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For today’s man, there are many different choices in the world of neckties, but there are four main types:  The bowtie; the 4-in-hand necktie; the clip-on, and the 7 fold tie.  Each has its own characteristics and can be made out of materials like silk, cashmere wool, polyester, and cotton.  However, at Hex Tie, the necktie has been transformed into a space-age accessory for the modern man.

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For-going the conventional fabrics for necktie manufacturing, Enrique Alejandro Peral decided to create a necktie that was totally different.  Hence, the Hex Tie was born.  Enrique constructed a necktie that was made out of acrylic shapes that laid flat against the body and had an intrinsic flexibility with the adjoining fabric.  Every tie is assembled by hand to give each customer a unique item and one that is definitely a conversation piece.  The Hex Tie comes in different designs, according to the shapes that make up the construction.  There are ties that are made out of acrylic slices of rectangles, which resemble a version of their striped counterparts, honeycomb pieces, and even triangle ones.  The prices range from $99 in the black acrylic to $1898 for the golden chrome edition.  The entire collection of Hex Ties can be found at their online tie store.

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The concept of using a polymer to create a necktie may be an unusual idea for some traditional men, but they may be intrigued by the contemporary look of the Hex Tie and the lack of need to visit the dry cleaners.  The Hex Tie has the ability to be wiped clean without ever having to see the laundry room, which is a much easier to care for than most of the items in your closet.

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Review of Buffalo Leather Mode Wallet

In the world of men’s wallets, there are many choices and designs. There are ones that are geared toward the outdoor guy with a more casual feel and those that are more of a luxury accessory. Men’s wallets come in tri-fold and bi-fold and can be stacked with many card pockets and compartments. Sometimes, shopping for a great men’s wallet can be daunting, if you are not quite sure what you are looking for. Fortunately, there’s brands like Mode Wallets to help!

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When the founder of Mode Wallet, Alfred Hacopian, was unable to find a wallet that suited his taste for luxurious leather and a compact, efficient size that was not overloaded with extra compartments and excess bulk, he decided to have one made. That is how the Mode Wallet came to be.

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This slim, bi-fold wallet is designed from luxurious Italian leather in Glendale, CA and gives the discerning man the quality leather and minimalistic design that he seeks for an everyday wallet.

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One of the Mode Wallets is the Lorem-Adirondack, which is constructed of Italian buffalo leather, instead of calf skin. This type of leather has thicker fibers than the calf leather and the ability to conform to the body and pockets compactly, which is great for easy carrying. The outer portion of this wallet has a great pebbled texture, which will be easy to care for and show less wear.

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The open length of the Lorem-Adirondack wallet is 7.5 inches, which will accommodate bills easily and has the ability to accommodate up to 12 cards. When folded, this wallet compacts to 3.5 inches by 2.9 inches. The buffalo leather Mode Wallet will cost you $140 at www.modewallet.com, as opposed to the calf skin version for $120. The shipping will be free and comes with a 90 day money back guarantee, so, you can see if the practical luxury of the Mode Wallet is right for you.

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Review of Luxury Ties at David Fin

A necktie is one of the accessories that kind of takes a back seat when you are looking for that perfect business suit or sports coat, but it is actually very important in creating your total look.  The accessories that you choose like the button-down shirt, shoes, and neckties can “make or break” the look that you are trying to achieve.  If you have spent the money on a quality fabric, well designed suit, than you want to also choose the same quality ties and accessories to create your style.

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At David Fin, you will find a collection of men’s luxury ties that give you the quality that you want, at a price that you can afford.  David Fin is a brand that prides itself in selecting the finest luxury fabrics from prestigious textile mills in Como, Italy.  They then take these silk and wool fabrics and bring them to New York City, where each ties is individually handmade.  Because these neckties are exclusive to David Fin, they are able to achieve the quality that they want for their customers, without having to charge the same prices as their competitors.  At the David Fin tie shop, they offer free shipping and the chance for their customers to shop with a purpose because they have an alliance with the charity “Hiring Our Heroes” and with each tie that is sold, a veteran benefits.

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One of my favorite ties is the Navy and Blue Striped Grenadine Tie.  Stripes are one of those patterns that never really go out of style.  The fabric composition is 100% Italian silk with a length of 58 inches and a medium with of 3.25 inches.  The diagonal navy and sky blue stripes are combined with contrasted stitching to give the tie added interest and would make a nice colorful accessory for a navy suit or sports jacket.

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Another one is the Skinny Red Herringbone Wool and Silk Tie.  This particular tie is hand-cut, folded and lined with luxury Italian wool for structure, and then finished with David Fin’s signature silk tipping.  The herringbone pattern is composed of a rich merlot red and medium blue weave to give it that classic pattern and the width is a little smaller at 2.75 inches.

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4 Ways to Pump Up Your Style

To be truly fashionable, you need to have some individuality to your look. However, that doesn’t mean you should run out and immediately buy a quirky, hipster wardrobe. That tactic can actually work against you, since trying to incorporate too many trends into your wardrobe won’t work. In order to find your own unique style, try tweaking the small things first. Here are four tips that provide good stepping stones for men who are looking for ways to pump up their personal style.

Details Make the Man

 The old adage of the devil being in the details is still around for a reason, and that’s because it’s the small tweaks that really set apart the stylish from the fashion-challenged. One of the easiest ways to start updating details in your wardrobe is experimenting with socks. Designer men’s socks from VK Nagrani, a high end sock and underwear retailer that sells lots of different colors and fabric types, are a great way to kick off your makeover. If you’ve never purchased a pair of checkered or brightly colored socks before, now’s the time to try. As long as the quality is there, you can get away with a lot of different socks. Just remember to never wear dress socks with athletic shoes, or thick athletic socks with dress shoes. While this isn’t very hard to remember, it’s good to keep in mind as you start browsing soc

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Dig Deep and Find Treasure

According to Esquire, a recent study revealed that men only wear about 13 percent of the clothes in their closet. If you’re a man that falls into this category, then it’s time to shop your closet. Chances are that unworn clothes are hanging in your closet due to one of two reasons, the first being that some of the garments don’t fit properly. If you know a shirt or pair of trousers don’t fit the right way, toss them. The other reason, though, is that you might have bought something you liked, but then either felt too intimidated to wear it, or even forgot about it. It happens to every guy, but that’s why you need to dive headfirst into the unworn items in your wardrobe. In effect, in theory, you should be wearing 1ect a serio00 percent of your wardrobe. Wearing your clothes confidently is the perfect way to injus dose of personality, since confidence shines through.

Polish Head to Toe

 Always keep your clothes, shoes, and accessories in good shape. Looking sharp is definitely a personality booster that people notice, and you’ll be associated thereafter with looking put together. Men’s Journal recommends that shining up your shoes makes you look refined, and people notice. Many men also have one or two main pairs of shoes they wear on a daily basis, depending on the social occasion, so you’ll want to take care of those shoes. You don’t need to have five pairs of Italian leather loafers to be stylish, but you do need to take proper care of the ones you have. A little polish can go a long way in projecting the type of image you want.

Be Creative and Clever with Accessories

Ask Men highlighted ten of the best dressed men who regularly appear on Instagram, praising fashion icons who knew how to get the accessories right. It’s small touches, such as matching a bracelet to a shirt pattern, that gives your look flair. Therefore, if you’re going for a patterned shirt and you want to rock a wooden watch, make sure there’s some connection between the watch and the actual colors or pattern on the shirt. This is the best way to use accessories in a smart manner that boosts your style savvy. Incorporating  unexpected and unique elements with your accessories also draws positive attention and makes you seem like a trendsetter. For example, watches for men these days have grown increasingly daring and avant-garde. Don’t be afraid to wear one on your wrist as long as it matches your outfit and the rest of your aesthetic. On the other hand, some men enjoy shopping for multiple accessories and have an array. You don’t need to have a huge collection, but rather, just a sense of self awareness about what you’re trying to channel.

Finding your own style identity isn’t difficult if you take it one step at a time. Jumping into the nearest style guide and trying to incorporate everything you learn into your look at once is only going to lead to a jumbled, aesthetically messy appearance. Take a few of these tips into account and carefully select a detail to focus on that you feel suits your personal look. Make sure you’re following basic style rules, such as what kinds of socks to wear with dress shoes versus athletic shoes. Beyond that, though, feel free to experiment to your heart’s content until you find a look that’s truly your own.

 

 

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