Achieving the Look by Accessorizing

Sometimes, it is the little things that count.  A simple watch or pair of sunglasses will complete an ensemble and the look you want to achieve.  It is not merely the clothes you wear; but to some extent, it is also what you wear with those clothes.  Everyone is keen to add something extra to our personality by way of accessories; and, there are thousands to choose from.  The key is in choosing which one works and which ones don’t. 

In most cases, you can complete a look with the right sunglasses; but, this can also be tricky.  It is said that all men should have a good pair of sunglasses in order to make a good and lasting impression.  Try to avoid pairs that overwhelm your face; those that are chunky and over-sized.  They should be cool and solid; ones that slightly hug and cover the eyes to achieve an alluring; yet, appealing image.  Sunglasses come in many different shapes, colors and sizes.  Typical glasses have black frames and have relatively dark lenses to shade unwanted light.  However; as you may have guessed already, they are not only worn for their function, but for their fashion.  Since their very humble beginnings, sunglasses have been a symbol of stature and have defined the personality of dozens of celebrities. 

Other accessories would include wallets which could act as a fashion statement; especially, if there is money inside.  Popular among both men and women are watching.  There are specific watches that can be worn with casual wear that does not quite match in formal attire.  Most watches; whether analogue or digital, can be combined with any outfit.  Those with a shade of black, gray, or brown are neutral to common styles of men’s wear.  There are also bracelets, rings, earrings, necklaces, and more. The accessory you wear should  complete your look.             

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Easy Shopping Online For Men

Everything is on the web right now. Even for men’s or boy’s wear and accessories you can find it instantly using online shopping (web-stores). There are now more than a thousand web stores that you can search for your needs. Shopping has never been easier or more convenient for consumers. Here are some ways for the men’s, for the boys, and guys on how to shop online the easy way without spending much cash.

  • Compare products and prices. Online shopping offers a wide variety of products. Search for possible website that offers the least price but good quality. The comparison is very important an essential for consumers to be able to ensure that you get the right product at the best possible prices. If you have a lot of times try reading their customer review. It’ll help you decide what to buy.
  • Look for discounts, promos, gifts and freebie offers. This will enable you to utilize your time, money and effort. Search for a website that has a daily offers that will satisfy your needs. Of course you need to check the prices and the shipping fee for a good online shopping.
  • Secure Precautionary Measures and Maximum Security. Make sure that the e-store is 100% secure. Look for the contact details and test the contact number if it still active. Make sure that you have the information about the website. make sure that you check if the site has SSL because the URL for the site will start with HTTPS:// (instead of just HTTP://). Don’t put all information about you and always check your statement for changes. Don’t use your credit card if you are not 100% sure. Risking personal information will lead to a bad transaction. And always secure username and password of you accounts.
  • Buying out a product. You should confirm your order before paying it. Use only websites that your browser recognizes as secure. Print all the records before and after you confirm. Print any receipt that appears in your transaction. Check your credit card statement, merchant account or even bank account to ensure that they charge you accurately.

Hopefully this will help men, boys and guys to shop the easiest way for their needs. If you follow these tips there will be a better chance of success in shopping online. Be wise on shopping online.

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6 Rules of Layering

Layering is a great way to combine your favorite pieces and wear something comfortable and flexible while showcasing your sense of style. It's also very practical; you can slip on an extra layer in the morning when it's still crisp outside, remove it in the afternoon once it heats up, and then slip it back on when the temperature drops after sunset. But it can also be quite daunting: Every layer should align with the surrounding ones, but still be presentable enough to display alone if you need to shed a few.

Here are six basic guidelines to see you through layering properly.

1. Thinner clothes first
The first rule is straightforward and logical: the closer to your skin, the thinner the material. That said, make sure to start with items that are made from thinner fabrics such as a cotton T-shirt, dress shirt, or turtle-neck, and then layer them with heavier items such as a wool sweater, a corduroy blazer, or a leather jacket.

2. Keep it casual
Layering is best used for casual occasions and is generally not appropriate in more formal settings. Keep in mind, however, that a layered combo can include one or more classy pieces, such as a tailored blazer and a fine dress shirt.

3. Always feel comfortable
As a general rule, you shouldn't wear anything that feels uncomfortable. With that in mind, if you can't put your arms all the way down to your sides or scratch the back of your ear, then your layering combination is
most likely too thick, and therefore, far from trendy.

4. Mix in some color
Just because the mercury drops, it doesn't mean you have to put a freeze on your color selection. Black, brown, navy, and gray are all great fall/ winter colors, but so are lime green, purple, and fuchsia . . . well, at least when worn and combined properly. Brightly colored pieces make for excellent middle layers, peeping out from between more muted layers to give your outfit an intriguing flair. Be fearless and don't hesitate to spice up your look with a little color.

5. Be practical in layering
In general, you're better off wearing two or three thinner layers of clothing rather than one thick one—especially during fall, when the weather can fluctuate drastically.

6. Jacket not required
Last but not least, remember that layering does not necessarily include a jacket. A couple of thinner layers, a warm sweater, and a scarf will easily see you through a cool fall day.

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Mismatching Patterns

The most basic rule of patterning is never to match the scale of the pattern from one piece of clothing to the next. That is to say, if you wear a suit with narrow pinstripes, neither your tie nor your shirt should feature the same. A broad chalk-stripe on the shirt and solid tie or a solid shirt with a broadly-striped tie would be a better fit, and so on. People with a shallow understanding of clothing may extend this rule and simply say that you shouldn't wear differing patterns, but they are missing the point -- a shirt covered in small, delicate crosshatching is not inappropriate with a broadly striped suit, nor with a "figure" tie featuring a repeated crest or monogram.

Colored Patterns vs. Textured

When choosing patterns, be aware that they come from two different sources: the contrast of different colors in the dye or printing of the fabric, and the texture created by its physical weave. The latter is much subtler than the former, but equally important; there's a reason that no one puts pinstripes on a herringbone tweed suit.

Patterns created by colors are more noticeable and eye-catching, and therefore somewhat less versatile. They should be used to make a bold statement, but not in very formal situations, or in situations where you are expected to take a more supporting social role and avoid attracting attention. Examples of these include most striping, checks, "windowpane" patterns of broad gridlines, and plaids and printed figures. Unless done in very muted colors, or in colors that are very similar to one another, these sorts of pattern will be the centerpiece of an outfit, so use them sparingly.

Patterns formed by the texture of the cloth are more understated, and can be used more freely than bold prints. Many solid- color garments are made more eye-catching with a textured weave; the repeating chevrons of herringbone is probably the most famous example, giving the classic gray tweed sports coat a dash of detail and breaking up its visual impact. Wear clothes with textured patterns to support your ensemble while keeping it from being just another set of single-color clothes, or where the added depth of the weave serves a practical purpose -- woven wool ties, for example, hold heavy knots better than silk.
Assuming that patterns are going to be worn, remember the basics -- larger, bolder patterns are less formal than small or understated ones, and the scale of the patterns in your various garments should differ noticeably.  Within those parameters, fashion has produced a handful of staples that will always serve well in a gentleman's wardrobe:


Solids are the obvious first choice for formal or business occasions, and are often preferred when a garment is not meant to be the centerpiece of an outfit. If you have a fine suit, wearing it with a simple, muted shirt in a solid color allows it to shine. It is possible to have a visible pattern even within the realm of solid colors, if the weave is textured, which will make the garment less formal but more eye-catching.


Stripes refers to vertical striping, and can run the gamut from classic pin striping to the equally-sized blue and white stripes of the traditional seersucker suit. Pinstripes are very narrow stripes, usually white or gray, against a solid background. As stripes widen, the formality of the garment decreases, particularly in the case of a pattern with more than one color of stripe.
Modest striping is a good way to liven up an undershirt, particularly one worn with an otherwise solid, muted outfit.


Checks are even less formal than stripes, but still appropriate for casual suits, and completely at home in a casual jacket or a dress shirt. Plaids are the most familiar example, and the gray-dominated Glen check is still a staple of business-casual menswear. The word "check" can also refer to windowpane styles of pattern, which are created by intersecting vertical and horizontal lines set apart from one another in a broad, regular grid. Windowpane suits are uncommon, and even jackets are not a routine sight, but small windowpanes have become quite widespread in dress shirts and can match well with a striped or solid suit. Conversely, muted plaids do still make occasional appearances in suits and jackets, but plaid shirts are generally considered strictly the purview of lumberjacks and farmers (or at least country gentlemen on the weekend).


Figure pattern is a catch-all term for any repeating design or emblem, encompassing paisley, polka-dots, and more. Generally reserved for ties, there are some dress shirts with printed figure patterns; these generally work best if the colors are muted and similar and the design reasonably subtle. Neckties, on the other hand, can feature quite bold patterns when paired with subdued shirts and suits -- the limit is really only how eye-catching a man is really willing to let his tie become. Of course, as with all things, the bolder the pattern, the less formal the look.

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