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Now that Summer is here, it is time to protect yourself from the sun with a great hat. Men’s hats not only have a purpose, but also are a trendy fashion accessory. One style of hat that is “in” for both men and women this year is the fedora (unfortunately).
We are used to seeing this thin-brimmed and molded crown type of hat in heavier fabrics like wool and leather, but for the warmer seasons the Fedora is lightened up by using woven straw and sometimes brighter ribbons to add interest to a casual summer outfit. Ones like these in brown, black, tan, and white are a popular, neutral accessory and these days can be worn by a man or a woman.
Another style of men’s hats that is back in fashion this year is the Bucket hat. It basically is made to look just like an over-turned bucket, but comes in many different colors and patterns. For example, Justin Beiber is photographed here with his bandana, shades, and Cochella black and white patterned bucket hat. The hat not only looks kinda cool, but also will give maximum sun protection to your ears, forehead, and hairline.
If you are a fan of the baseball-style hat, but are looking for something with a little more fashion, then you may be interested in the army-military type of cap. You get the same brim as the baseball cap, but the crown of the cap is squared off, in almost a pill-box shape. This one that is done in a grey fabric has the name-engraved side buttons for an accent, along with the round metal vents for keeping cool when it is hot.
One style of men’s hats that I am not too fond of is this wide-brimmed floppy hat by Burberry. The dark one reminds me of a hillbilly and the light blue floppy hat is just a bizarre color and shape. I can also imagine that being Burberry, it is not a very inexpensive item either.
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:
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: 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.)
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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There are a lot of articles flooding the internet about winter boots. After checking out many of them, I found, to my surprise that several of their suggestions weren’t really weather-proof at all! No matter how cute those little suede booties or leather riding knee-high boots look they won’t last long in three feet of snow!
We compiled our list of the top boots. Not only are they cute and stylish but they are made for all weather from rain and sleet to snowstorms!
First, the perfect rain boot:
There is nothing more annoying that rain boots. Sure they look adorable on children but sloshing around the streets in rubber boots with flowers or duckies on them is anything but fashion-forward. If it must rain, make sure to pack one of our wear one of our choice below. With so many chic options you might look forward to a little wet weather.
Burberry’s Check Belted Rain Boots are one part tough and two parts practical. The wrap around strap and metal buckle add the edge while the matte rubber fabric and rubber grip sole make them perfect for jumping from puddle to puddle.
Want even more toughness in your boots? Try Burberry’s Stud Detail Belted Rain Boot and hit those soggy streets running. Or for a more classical approach, the Canvas Check Detail Rain Boots are a rainy day must. The distinctive pleat and buckle detail add a little something extra to the classic rain boot. Plus the matte finish gives them an air of luxury.
Hate to trade your heels in for rain boots? Now you don’t have to! Miu Miu’s Pointy Toe Rain Boot features a 3 1/2″ heel and rubber sole. While heels aren’t great for those really bad days, they are certainly a good option if you hate carrying a second pair of shoes in your purse for work and would love to wear one pair all day long.
This week’s celebrity street style includes a few outfits that made the cut and a few that did not. Sometimes, something that may look good on a hanger should stay there and sometimes just one wrong choice can move a look from a great style to a bad one.
The first to make it to the A list is Actor Andrew Garfield, who was spotted on the streets of Berlin, wearing Burberry. Andrew is rocking the chocolate brown suit and mixing in a crisp white button-down shirt, topped with a double-breasted, tan trench coat with shoulder epaulets and a turned up collar. (more…)
For men who want to look their best, a new year means a new pair of shoes. It’s time to cast aside the boots that have trudged through winter snow and the worn-out loafers that have seen one too many late nights. New footwear is a great way to feel fresh and ready for the world again. This year’s styles are more diverse than those seen in 2013 so there’s plenty of room to show individuality and keep looking good. From the runways to the streets, they’re ready to walk.
Straitened times inevitably see the utilitarian look return to fashion – not because it’s all people can afford, but because it suits the mood and it allows people to find something stylish in austerity. Men’s shoes are no exception and there are some very sleek specimens out this season by the likes of Common and Jonathan Saunders. These are shoes that convey a disciplined attitude to life, look as good in the boardroom as they do on a construction site and, of course, can be polished up to an impressive shine. Those feeling cash-conscious can also be confident that they’re long-lasting.
This year, fashion is at one of its turning points when disparate ideas come together in unusual ways, some more successful than others. One of the ways this is showing up in footwear is in hybrids of the trainer and the traditional shoe. With springy soles and leather uppers, these may look a bit odd but they’re actually very comfortable. Gucci are presenting them without socks but that may be a step too far for some people – after all, it’s still only February!
In a jam for biggest gift-giving day of the year? Check out our favorite quick-and-easy gifts for the rest of the 2013 holiday season!
A DELICATE TRINKET
This gorgeous gold key necklace at Macy’s is sweet and playful at the same time. They’ll love it at the office and paired with our favorite party dresses.
FOR THE OUTDOORS MAN/ WOMAN
Know a camper that needs some flare in their adventure garb? Not only are there a billion little things you can him or her – as clearly displayed at the Caravan Accessories store – of funcitonal value, there are also fashionable options! Check out out these sleek Sealskinz Activity gloves, perfect for any tundra excursion! (more…)