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In the search for what is new and trending in menswear for Spring/Summer 2014, I always like to browse the social media site Pinterest, where you will get a sense of what is popular not only among the designers, but also among the buyers and wearers of men’s fashion.
This week, I found a few favorite picks that I would like to share. First, is an ensemble by J Lindeburg, who can be found at Nordstrom’s or www.jlindeburgusa.com, which consists of a leather motorcycle jacket that is done in a dark stone color with zippered accents. This style of jacket is an essential in any man’s wardrobe and the color is a great Spring/ Summer neutral, which will blend well with the season’s whites and khaki colors and is less of a harsh color than jet- black leather. The motorcycle jacket is paired with a tan shirt and matching khaki trousers, which are fitted and have a more modern ankle length. I also like the chocolate brown, patent leather lace-up oxfords that add some pizzazz and the silky brown scarf that adds an elegant flair.
Next, is an outfit by Emporio Armani: The thinner, white knitted mesh-like tank top and jacket may not be for everyone, but it is a fantastic way to have full coverage in the Summer, without the weight. If you are leery of the sheerness, then a grey or taupe tone would blend better with skin tones and make the sheerness less obvious. I really like the Armani pull-on white pants with the tie waist and also the grey leather, casual lace-up shoes.
One of the two men’s accessories that caught my eye is this great canvas and leather, carry-all tote by Mark Guisti with the padded top handles and rope closure/shoulder strap, which is terrific piece for a day trip or an over-night.
The second accessory is this pair of JJ Surf Loafer Navy Men’s Canvas Shoes with the mixed shades of blue and floral interior for a great pair of casual kicks.
When it comes to Spring and Summer, it’s not only time to change out the wardrobes, but also time to take a look at what’s new in footwear. There is nothing worse than freshening up your clothes with a few new items and leaving your old, worn-out shoes to bring down the look.
This year, some of the top designers have revealed their men’s footwear collections for Spring and Summer. The first pair is from the design house of Jimmy Choo. It is an update on an old favorite: The Boat Shoe. This iconic, nautical shoe style has been enhanced with a more textured navy leather upper and a dark stitching along the white sole for interest. I could see them with your favorite jeans and a white polo shirt.
Next, is a pair of light grey lace-ups by Emporio Armani. With these shoes, texture is the key to what makes them interesting. The thick white sole looks like it would make a comfortable walking shoe, but I probably would wear them with a darker trouser to make them stand out.
Another one of my favorites in a slip on shoe style is this brown, black, and orange camouflage pair by Givenchy. Camo is a huge trend in all accessories this year and these will be the focal point of any neutral outfit.
One look in men’s Summer footwear that never seem to go out of style is the Gladiator-style sandals. This pair by Dolce & Gabbana offers plenty of foot coverage with the laced-up leather overlapping from the toes to the arch of the foot and leather heel support. This look would be a great pair of khaki cargo shorts or more dressed up with a pair of white linen pants.
Lastly, if you are more of a minimalist when it comes to Summer footwear, then the David Beckham endorsed K-Swiss flip flops with the multi-colored rubber sole and black fabric thong straps may do the trick.
People may not think that undergarments are as important as the rest of your wardrobe, but they are actually the foundation upon which you build your look. That is why they think that it is ok to go “cheap” when you are choosing undershirts, underwear, and clothing that won’t necessarily be seen, but actually there are reasons to go for quality when it comes to your undergarments.
First of all, some brands may be less expensive, but you will usually find that the material is of lesser quality and the stitching is not as detailed and secure as some of their designer counterparts. When you are putting your designer men’s underwear, undershirts, or sleepwear in the washer and drier, you want the items to come out exactly the way that they were put in. The last thing that you want is for the waistband, arm hole, or hem to unravel after only wearing a few times. With non-designer undergarments, you may be able to purchase more items for your money, but if they are “throw-away” after a few washes, then you are really spending more money than if you went for the more expensive designer brand.
One such designer brand that is known for its quality in men’s undergarments is Emporio Armani. The Armani Emporio briefs pictured here are made of a cotton/spandex blend in order to fit the body, a microfiber waistband that will not crumble like most elastic waistbands, and a two-ply contoured pouch to keep everything secured. This particular pair will cost you about $19-26 for one.
The second reason that designer men’s undergarments are a better option pertains to the fit of the clothing item. Whether it is a t-shirt, boxers, nightshirt, or pj’s, usually a designer will concentrate on the most flattering fit for the body. They tend to pay attention to the smaller details that are overlooked by the mass producers of garments.
So, even though you may be tempted to shop “cheap” when it comes to this type of clothing, you may want to go for quality to keep your cash out of the trash.
A pair of well-made gloves are clutch for a brisk fall day in New York or a bitterly cold winter morning in Vermont. But they shouldn’t cost you a nickle, dime, and a $100 bill…
Emporio Armani leather gloves 1747 – brown
INFEASIBLE: Really expensive leather gloves
Leather gloves are the way to go in terms of what type of material to rock (since leather’s resilient, comfortable, insulated, etc.), but don’t get roped into spending a hundie on them. Seriously, you’re only paying for the name with this pair: nothing kingly about these designs.
Isotoner® Men’s Leather Gloves – Black
Feasible:Stuff from Isotope
Isotope makes a great pair of leather gloves (I used to have a pair before I left them at a movie theater – yes, I was intoxicated at the time) that never goes for more than $50. These ones, which come with a microterry lining for additional comfort I might add, are on sale (as of 11/30/09).