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This past Wednesday, January 8th, was the People’s Choice Awards at the Nokia Theater in Los Angeles. Celebrities flooded the red carpet for an event where the nominees and winners have been voted on by “The People”. The show has been held annually since 1975 and has recognized fan favorites in movies, tv, and music.
Usually, there is a kind of fashion theme on the red carpet and it was easy to spot one among the female celebrities: plunging necklines with prominent cleavage. First, is Malin Akerman, who stars in the T.V. show “Trophy Wife”. Her black and white abstract drawing dress has a halter style top with major cut-outs over the chest area. There is not much room for error in the probably “Hollywood-taped” placement and the dress is more of a distraction than an attraction for such a pretty woman.
While I was looking at the up and coming trends for Fall 2013, I noticed the theme of leather in men’s jewelry, as well as men’s fashion. It was particularly prominent in the bracelet category. There were several designers that have taken the “earthiness” of great leather and paired it with metals, producing a mixed media style that has appeal to lovers of both kinds of material. What makes a bracelet special, and different than the Tag Heuer watches’ and other fancy watches’ bands, is this allowance for mixing styles without the possibility of clashing with a face.
When it comes to getting dressed each morning, we get ourselves into a routine that usually consists of rolling out of bed and grabbing the first thing we see. If you happen to be the type who is so laid back that you couldn’t care less about wearing odd socks or a creased shirt, now is the time to reconsider your morning routine.
Now we live in the 21st century, men are becoming more aware of their appearance and self hygiene which is a good step towards greater confidence and luck with the ladies. Comfort is the ultimate factor you must consider in order to assert your confidence. So the question is: do you wear boxers or briefs?
It is no secret that men often find it difficult to get their hands on underwear that is comfortable, durable and not to mention, stylish. While boxer shorts have always seemed like the ‘cooler’ option of underwear for a man to wear, briefs are also battling it out and becoming a popular choice among men of a variety of ages.
If you ask me, marketing in general has grown exponentially over the past few decades; and the same can be said for the promotional tactics implemented in the fashion world. It used to be that all the fashion advertising never left the hard-plastic canvas we know as the mannequin, which have always been kind of creepy to me. All creepiness aside, now an individual can be hired simply to wear custom sweatshirts, hoodies, or even something as plain as a crewneck, in an effort to directly target a certain demographic. We see this a lot in movies too. For example, have you ever noticed how in every Twilight movie, the Cullens drive a Volvo. Believe you me, that is no coincidence; there is some sort of marketing agreement between the two parties.
Still, even with the rise of on demand sweatshirts and its obvious link to marketing boom, there are still high quality, no B.S. brands producing orig inal merchandise. One example is the “Polo Denim and Supply Sweatshirt, American Flag Hoodie” that is available at Macy’s. It is a heathered indigo zip-front hoodie, made of 60% cotton and 40% polyester. The navy cuffs, waistband, and pocket trim help to give the front of the sweatshirt contrast. However, the real designer surprise is when you turn around and on the back is a weathered American flag sprawled across the shoulders. For $98, you have a unique hoodie that you won’t see on every other guy on the street.
Another type of designer sweatshirt that never seems to go completely out of style is the vintage-looking sweatshirt. Tommy Hilfiger makes the “Proctor Full Zip Sweatshirt that is done in the styling of a baseball shirt with the dark navy sleeves, vintage lettering, and yellow body. The half-zip and kangaroo pocket keep the look sporty and easy going. So, if you are a fan of the vintage styling, you can pick this one up at almost a $30 discount at $59.99.
Listed on the Macy’s website, Armani also has a pullover sweatshirt hoodie that is all about the details. It is the Armani Jeans Pullover Contrast Detail Hoodie that comes in the colors of heather navy and smoke grey. It is a slimmer cut sweatshirt with raglan sleeves and contrast piping around the hood, upper arms, and at the top of the triangular shaped pocket. The unique details by Armani make it look like a t-shirt that is layered over a long sleeve. It is a little pricey at $115, but when you wear this soft cotton hoodie you won’t be just blending into the crowd.
Years ago, most people only owned one watch and wore it every day. Now, watches not only tell the time, but are also an accessory. Both men and women have accepted the idea that it is ok to own more than one watch and that certain watches will be more appropriate with some outfits more than others.
For a casual day at the beach or walking around town in a pair of cargo shorts, t-shirt, and sandals you might want to look into a silicone strap watch. Emporio Armani makes a great looking chronograph blue silicone watch. It is water resistant up to 50 meters and has a modern style with orange accents against the cobalt blue. Check out some other Armani watches too while you’re at it: http://www.thewatchking.co.uk/brands/emporio-armani-watches.html