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Stocking Up Your Winter Wardrobe

Protect yourself from the winter chill by stocking up on your cold-weather wardrobe. You don’t have to start from scratch as there are some basic pieces that you can still wear and layer over with a snug coat. Clothing essentials for the season should not only keep you warm but also let you express your personal style as well.

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If you find that most of your winter clothes are already worn, you can choose to replace them with store-bought ones. You can also shop for clothes online for more convenience, especially if work or errands keep you busy most of the day.

When stocking up on your winter wardrobe, here are the items you should never face the chill without.

Year-round items

Many clothing pieces are always in season, such as a classic black tank and plain black and white shirts of varying sleeve lengths. You should also have a crisp white blouse and a fitted white button-down shirt that you can wear for any function. You can also buy blouses in dark and light neutrals. Keep the details such as ruffles and buttons minimal but timeless.

Don’t forget the little black dress that you can top off with a cozy coat for winter. Black pencil skirts, jeans, black pants and tights, and khaki pants are also always in season. For shoes, you will never go wrong with basic black pumps, ballet flats in a neutral color, and evening shoes in a versatile color, such as silver.

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Winter essentials

Layer those basic tops with a heavy sweater, cashmere hoodie, or leather jacket, and you’re good to go. You can also invest in a comfortable turtleneck sweater in a lightweight fabric such as wool, which can blend in well with any pants you have on without adding bulk. An alternative is a cowl-neck sweater. The best pants for winter include dark-wash, boot-cut or wide-leg jeans, gray flannel pants, and wool trousers. Keep warm in a winter coat, parka, a black cashmere wrap coat, or a down vest of a neutral color such as black, navy, or brown. Keep it classy in a wool overcoat. Pull on a pair of knee-high boots or Wellies to keep your feet warm.

Accessories

Layering bulky clothes can make you look frumpy in winter, but not if you add pizzazz to your look with various accessories. Your winter wardrobe accessory must-haves should include belts both wide and skinny to accentuate your silhouette. You can also stock up on knit and Pashmina scarves to add interest and color to your basic wardrobe. For jewelry, something that adds color and drama to an otherwise dreary wardrobe is a must. Keep your hands safe from the biting cold with a good pair of wool or knitted gloves. Keep your head warm with berets and knitted beanies!

Textures and fabrics

If your personal style is dictated by textures and fabrics, stock up your winter wardrobe with clothing pieces made from suede, dark denim, wool or tweed, velvet, and leather. You can also have silks, satins, and black lace on standby for something chic and classy!

Happy winter dressing!

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Men’s Fashion Trends – Bring on the Blues for Spring and Summer

When it comes to color in fashion, there is always a yearly trend that is usually set by Pantone, but there are certain colors that that are staples in every closet. Besides the classics of black and white, blue is one of those versatile colors that never seem to go out of style. It is a universally flattering color on most everyone and is “camera-friendly” hue.

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For this Spring and Summer menswear collections, the color blue has been taken to new levels with the use of more intense blues and mixing them with unexpected colors and patterns. The first example of the prevalence of the color blue in men’s street style is this “ocean blue”, one button blazer that takes center stage over a white button-down shirt and white trousers. The cool colors of the outfit are warmed up with a cognac brown leather satchel and slip-on loafers of the same color.

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Men’s Fashion Trends – Spring Jackets

This year, more than ever, anyone who has had it with the wintery weather has been thinking of shedding a few layers and breaking out the clothes for warmer weather. As winter turns into spring, it will be time to replace our heavier jackets with something lighter and water resistant.

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For 2014, there are a few trends that have carried through in fashion when it comes to men’s spring jackets and rainwear. First, color is still dominant when it comes to clothing trends. For example, this shorter pointed collar jacket in “bubble gum” pink, the pullover ¾ zip-front jacket in tangerine, and this longer spring coat that is color-blocked in shades of blue. If you are not into the brighter range of colors, then there are also darker shades of plum and burgundy that will give your look a punch of color, but with riche tones instead. Comfort and color are available with a number of outdoor jackets from Brookes, including Workwear Jackets, 3 in 1 Jackets, and Waterproof Jackets.

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Women’s Fashion Advice – If Fall Were a Fabric it Would be LEATHER

There is nothing more in now than leather, sorry vegans (there’s always faux!). Leather purses, leather boots, leather jackets, etc etc.

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Don’t pack up your warm weather wardrobe just yet. Adding leather allows you to wear your favorite spring looks right into autumn. Toughen up a sweet summer dress with a leather jacket like this Michael Kors snap-tab collar jacket. Or add some knee-high boots and a structured blazer to your favorite cotton dress for instant fall glamour.

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Celebrity Fashion Trends – The Summer of the Men’s Jacket

With summer in full swing, there is no shortage of celebrities hitting the Red Carpet. This week, a few of Hollywood’s most famous men have been out and about, showing off their jacketed fashion sense.

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First up is Matt Damon, who was at the New York premier of his new Sci-Fi flick “Elysium”. Matt looks great in this monochromatic suit and button-down shirt. The different tones of black give it some definition, along with the black leather belt. I also love the half-rimmed glasses in a stainless steel grey. He could have even pushed the envelope a little further by matching the glasses with a fancy, steel Emporio Armani watch. And where, pray tell, could he find a wide collection of mens luxury watches all priced below the RRP? Well, the Branded Watch Shop is a great place to start, Matt!

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Next, is Hugh Jackman who arrived at the London premier of “The Wolverine” in a sleek white Audi Spyder coupe. Even though it is almost impossible to make Hugh look bad, his simple navy suit with the open-neck white dress shirt pales in comparison to his sweet ride!

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Last, but not least, is Howie Mandel who is posing on the Red Carpet for “America’s Got Talent”. For anyone who has ever seen Howie’s stand-up comedy act live, you know that he is known for his uniqueness. That quality is evident in the outfit that he has chosen for this event. Howie’s black trousers and wing-tipped oxford-style ankle boots are offset by the jacket that is a little like a baseball style with the grey sleeves and striped knit cuffs and collar, but also almost a mandarin collar style denim suit jacket. The red accents around the pockets, lapel, and belt buckle just go along with all that is unexpected about Howie Mandel. What’s lacking however is the undershirt, which boringly matches the jacket.

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Men’s Fashion Advice – What Exactly is “Festive Attire”?

‘Tis the Holiday season rolls around, the question that has always plagued people who receive the Holiday party invitations is, “What exactly is festive attire?” Some invites may hint at a casual or formal type of affair, but others are wide open for interpretation.

My first point for any occasion is to wear whatever makes you feel good. If you are going to be uncomfortable in the style of clothing that you choose or have to try to suck in your gut the entire time, then either way, you won’t be enjoying the party. Everybody basically knows what they like, so all you have to do I to transform it into “festive party wear”.

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Men’s Fashion News – Fashion at the American Music Awards 2012

Even if you aren’t old enough to remember MC Hammer’s mega hit single “U Can’t Touch This” from the 1990’s, you probably have heard the term “MC Hammer Pants” somewhere along the way. While I was looking at the photos from the American Music Awards, I was surprised to find that the “Hammer Pants” are alive and well. Seriously, haven’t you heard about Penguin Jeans or Diesel or any of the other brands specializing in fashionable jeans and trousers?

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