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The Men’s Fashion Dilemma

When it comes to fashion, one image, above all others, comes to mind. That’s the image of super models wearing outlandish, retro futuristic, metallic outfits, walking down a runway, surrounded by flashing lights and electronic dance music. This image comes to mind, and we dismiss it, thinking, “that’s just not for me.” The good news is that you’re 100{71eeec7f13351a41c6adf47a891b9a2d5993ee0122d2c1638b2c00647303a1c4} right. That’s merely “high fashion,” and it’s not aimed at any target demographic, per se, but rather, predicted or establishing new trends. They’re not supposed to blend into society. However, fashion is still for you, because it’s for anyone that’s ever dressed themselves, which, I assume, is every adult, at the very least. However, there’s one group in particular who feels like fashion is not for them, that’s it’s something they’re not allowed to enjoy, and that’s men. We’re a relatively progressive society, but we still have a long way to go toward acceptance of men who defy traditional standards of masculinity, so men and boys have it drilled into their heads that fashion, among other things, is just for girls, and so they reflexively refuse to care beyond what the women and girls around them wear. This is truly tragic, as everyone deserves the right to dress as they please and be interested in whatever hey honestly, genuinely like. The good news is that we have come far enough for men’s fashion to just start taking some risks, so there’s never been a better time for men to get into fashion.

If you’re still experiencing some trepidation on the matter, that’s okay. I feel you. I, myself, have only just begun to dabble, and I’m not reinventing the wheel. That’s for sure. However, I have made some headway with starting to dress in more “fancy” clothing. This includes blazers, sweaters, dress shirts, etc. Nothing you couldn’t find at Brooks Brothers. This small step toward fashion has been a breath of fresh air for me. While I experimented very slightly as a teenager with a long, red, woolen overcoat, I’ve spent too much of my life sticking to blue jeans and tee shirts, and, well, it’s just boring. Trying new things has been uplifting and has given me a much needed boost to my confidence, and I’m incredibly grateful to live in such a time that I won’t be crucified for out of the ordinary style choices. I’m free to wear all of the floral print I want, and I couldn’t be happier about it.

The Ultimate Guide for Fashionistas

For anybody interested in fashion, a beautiful coffee table tome is a must have to show off your style credentials. Whether you’re interested in vintage, designer or high street, there is a wealth of books out there to tickle your fancy. Here are my top ten fashionista bibles.

  1. Face Hunter – Yvan Rodic

You know you’ve made it in the style stakes if you’re snapped by this man.

After running his acclaimed Face Hunter blog for the last four years, Rodic has collected over 300 stunning photographs taken all around the world to produce this homage to street style. It is essentially a collectable version of his online outfit database, to dip into when you’re feeling in need of some inspiration. Naturally, he only photographs the most beautiful people in the trendiest of areas but they are all unlikely style icons, nonetheless. It is always far more interesting to have a nosey at what real people are wearing than magazine mannequins and this book will certainly give you the courage to try something new.

  1. The Way We Wore: A Life in Threads – Robert Elms

Stories about clothes woven together to produce this touching autobiography.

Books about men’s fashion are strangely few and far between. If anyone was under the belief that men aren’t sartorially minded then this book is quick to dispel that particular myth. Journalist and former New Romantic, Elms, presents a wonderful account of clothes as a defining part of our identities. He remembers events by the outfit he wore at the time and milestones in his adolescence are identified by the acquisition a much sought after item of clothing. Perhaps most interesting of all, is his analysis of youth subcultures like the mods and punks and teds and how style has always been a source of pride for young British men seeking to make their mark in the world.

  1. Fresh Fruits – Shoichi Aoiki

Colourful, fearless and downright weird- welcome to the world of Japanese fashion.

Remember when Gwen Stefani sang about Harajuku girls and took four of them around with her wherever she went? This book demonstrates why so many people have become enchanted by Tokyo street style. Excerpts from the ever popular Fruits magazine were compiled to make this guide to the latest Japanese trends. Whilst the magazine was aimed at local teenagers this book has wider appeal as a something to buy for curiosity’s sake than for inspiration. Every person pictured is like a glorious cartoon character come to life and every photograph is accompanied by a blurb so that we can learn what exactly they were thinking, going out dressed like that!

  1. In Vogue- The Illustrated History of the World’s Most Famous Fashion Magazine – Alberto Olliva and Norberto Angeletti

The history of haute couture shown through the glossy pages of Vogue.

Unlike most books fashion books, In Vogue doesn’t only offer gorgeous photographs by Irving Penn and Annie Liebovitz and many an iconic cover, it is actually packed full of things to read too! This book presents the story of the ultimate fashion magazine from its humble origins in 1909 to the present day, through stories from photographers and former editors. A nice touch is also the collection of stories by famous authors that have been published in Vogue over the years. A wonderfully varied and quite hefty book that is beautifully bound and perfect for showing off on your coffee table. Let’s face it, we’d expect nothing less.

  1. Cecil Beaton: The Art of the Scrapbook

Fascinating peek into the diary of a legend.

Photographer for Vogue, Royal photographer, Oscar winner and documenter of the roaring twenties. For the first time, Cecil Beaton’s private scrapbooks are now available for everyone to look through and as well as providing a fascinating insight into the inspirations for his work, it also serves as a collection of memories from his extraordinary life. Here you will find a photo of Greta Garbo’s eyes alongside a watercolour painting and Beaton’s own notes. Less a lesson in fashion, this book teaches you how to transform your magazine clippings, sketches and postcards into a work of art in their own right. Perfect for anyone who likes to cut and paste their own mood boards but it is a little pricey.

  1. Vivienne Westwood – Claire Wilcox

The ultimate guide to the grand dame of British fashion.

There is no doubt that Vivienne Westwood is one of Britain’s biggest fashion exports and most eccentric designers. This book, which was published to coincide with an exhibition at the V&A museum serves as both a Westwood biography and design retrospective. It charts her origins in Derbyshire to dressing the punk generation and the Hollywood starlets of today, focusing on some of her most iconic designs (remember the platform shoes that defeated Naomi Campbell on the runway?) and the working methods she uses. If you can’t quite afford Westwood’s clothes, you can console yourself by cooing over the 300 beautiful pictures in this book.

  1. Vintage – Emma Baxter-Wright

Oh this old thing- it’s vintage, darling!

This book is an absolute must for anyone who, like me, adores rummaging through racks of vintage clothes but is never quite sure what they’re looking for exactly. A timeline of fashion from the turn of the last century to the present day, guides you through the key looks of each decade and is accompanied by a beautiful collection of old photographs and illustrations. The features on Dior’s New Look of the 1940s and 50s and the success of Biba in the 1960s make for particularly interesting reading. If you’re looking to recreate a specific style, the book provides a not too detailed account of techniques used and would be a great buy for anyone studying fashion.

  1. Icons of Men’s Style – Josh Sims

Clothes maketh the man.

The second book in my list dedicated to men’s fashion first caught my attention thanks to the rather dashing picture of Gregory Peck on the front cover. This comprehensive list of iconic items of men’s clothing includes the leather jacket, the boat shoe and the Panama hat. We learn about the brands that made them, usually for a special purpose, the faces that made them famous and how they have come to be staples in men’s wardrobes. This book is an easy read as well as being very cool. Expect to see pictures of Tom Cruise in his Top Gun aviator sunglasses alongside James Dean in his Blouson jacket. A must for the fashion conscious man.

  1. Fifty Dresses that Changed the World – The Design Museum

The dresses every woman wished she owned.

More portable than some of the other tomes on this list, this book created by the Design Museum in London is a wonderful tribute to fashion design throughout the decades. It is fun and user friendly and not just for the dedicated fashion student or Vogue devotee. Every iconic dress is included in this, from Marilyn’s white dress in The Seven Year Itch to Audrey’s little black dress in Breakfast at Tiffany’s and Liz Hurley’s frankly bizarre safety-pin creation. Each dress is profiled and discussed to see just why it has come to have an enduring influence on pop culture.

  1. Style Diaries: World Fashion from Berlin to Tokyo – Simone Werle

The sartorialists on the street have their say.

If you don’t fancy trawling the internet for inspiration, this offers a nice selection of people who value personal style above fashion fads.

Like the Face Hunter book, Style Diaries focuses on real people who create their own distinctive style and want to share it with the world. Blogging is very much at the forefront of modern fashion and this book acknowledges that by showcasing the 50 best fashion bloggers from all over the world. Not only are we spoiled with pictures of their favourite outfits, but they let us into some of their style secrets and the cute facts about each blogger is a nice touch. If you don’t fancy trawling the internet for inspiration, this offers a nice selection of people who value personal style above fashion fads.

Men’s Fashion Advice is all in the Bag

Maybe women were right after all these years. Carrying stuff in a purse is much, much easier than stuffing everything in your pants pockets. I know I don’t have enough room to carry the whole lot of items I use daily such as cell phones and laptops, to keys and wallets. Men have a lot of things to haul around sometimes. That may be one of the reasons why men everywhere are beginning to copy women and carrying around men’s bags for all that “stuff”.

Forget about that antiquated notion that carrying a bag is just for women and a fancy way of saying carrying a purse. What do you think that briefcase of yours is? If briefcases are OK for men to carry around then there should be no reason why other bags with classic elements, like messenger bags, can’t be an accepted accessories for today’s modern man. Here are a few of the most popular, classic bag styles that can be mixed and matched with both business and casual wardrobes.

  • Briefcase – When it comes to acceptable handbags for men, there is no other more famous that the good old briefcase. The briefcases used today are a far-cry from the ones used by our fathers and grandfathers. These new briefcases are no longer boxy shaped and don’t have those sharp corners but use a more rounded edge. They still employ the use of buckles, leather exterior, and practical interior compartments making this bag a staple for the working-man’s wardrobe.
  • Messenger bag – The slick looking messenger bag was designed and modeled after the bags traditionally carried messengers throughout history. They are normally made from a canvas material and worn swung across your shoulder. These bags have become a big part of urban fashion. The men’s messenger bag has a laidback style to go with a classic, casual flair, while the leather messenger tote screams uptown sophistication.
  • Holdall – A real man of travel needs to own a holdall for those exciting weekend getaways or out of state business trips. What was once considered big and bulky has become transformed into a sleek and stylish carryall. The design for these bags was inspired by the duffel bag believe it or not. Now thanks to a largely leather exterior and more refined appearance it took on more of a classic look than a practical one.
  • Tote – The tote is this generations take on the classic briefcase. It closely resembles an artisan’s bag with the maximum in casual business attire. It has a pretty basic design with soft leather exterior giving it that classic look. It employs the use of long handles giving it an edge of contemporary. This kind of man’s bag will add a touch of casual masculinity to any casual work wear.
  • Newsboy bag – The newsboy bag is one of those classic styles that are forever timeless. It is almost synonymous with men’s casual wear. Similar to s messenger bag’s style, its traditional exterior of canvas gives it less formality than a messenger bag. The newsboy bag is great for students and workers on the go, leaving a fashion statement mark on anyone who sees it.

The Staple Man

Women are always wondering, what to wear, constantly searching for those perfectly matching colors, styles and accessories. Women worry about every season, occasion and Friday night dinner date. But have we ever stopped to think about men?

Men’s fashion essentials will incontestably differ in price and style according to a man’s given age, work environment, personal style and will rarely be concerned with the latest runway fashions or magazine suggestion. But just like in a women’s closet there are some ‘staple’ articles every man needs. (Other than a sports jersey) So with this being said, we ask you men – which fashion items are you missing from your wardrobe?

The Basics
Just like in a kitchen you have milk and cheese, your closet has its basic necessities as well. Blue jeans, button – down shirt, belts, Etc. So please take note of the following:

Blue jeans are embedded in American culture, so of course this couldn’t be left out. A brand new (looking) pair of jeans is key. Obviously you can’t buy a new pair for every outing – we encourage proper care. (The floor isn’t a suitable place) Yet, even though worn out looking jeans have made a come back lately in fashion, just remember not to dinner. Jeans are versatile, comfortable, and can easily be combined with a dressier shoe, sneakers or sandals for a casual look.

The “blue jeans and white t-shirt” look is what men worldwide should be aiming for when not at work. This doesn’t mean the v-neck, which is three times too small or too big. However a proper fitting one with not too much graphic – and please no cartoons! The t-shirt goes with any casual ensemble. Mixed with jeans, cargos or khakis it’s a never fail solution – an extremely simple genre that looks great.

Your Favorite Sweater
Every man in college or alumni has a favorite sweater, regardless of how many times it’s been worn or washed. Don’t worry, we’re not asking you to give it up! But maybe realize that it’s not the most appropriate item to be wearing for dad’s 50th birthday party. Many types of sweaters hang on our department store racks; find one that fits your style. Make sure you’re comfy and it’s versatile. (a gray or beige is always best)

Sneakers, of course
You probably own a pair of sneakers, if not a dozen. All for different purposes, the gym, guy’s night, your ‘nice’ pair and the list goes on. Wearing nice-looking white sneakers with jeans or any other type of sporty pants looks marvelous. Not to mention it’s extremely easy, just make sure they are clean. We don’t like scuff marks.
Now we wouldn’t be complete without accessories. Just like women have purses, jewelry, scarves – the men’s list isn’t that long but here are the two you should never be without!

It’s been said, a watch is the only piece of jewelry a man needs. And it was said for a reason, because it’s true! A timepiece, like shoes can say a lot about a man’s personality and fashion sense. It’s a masculine object and there are so many to choose from, you shouldn’t have a problem.

Clothes Make The Man

Does the way a man dress really define who he is? When it comes to making a good first impression, menswear has been a hot topic as to its ability to make a lasting statement. Some will adamantly state that clothing makes the man. While others say it is not so important. Who is closer to the truth? Actually, it is not as easy to answer as you may think. If you ask someone in the fashion for men world, they would give you case studies of how their line of designer shirts and ties have changed the life of many ordinary men. However, if you ask the person on the street, they may go with a more personal attraction that caught their eye. Regardless to which side you take, you have to admit that dress style does play a part in our perception of a person. If it did not, we would have no need of mirrors; and that market does not seem to show any signs of going out of business any time soon.

“Fashion the power of color”

Men and women alike accept the fact that the way they dress definitely makes people classify us; at least initially. When it comes to dress codes, there are different style preferences as well as degrees of expression. Some people may like a more casual look and that can tell a lot about the character of those who like that wardrobe style. But even in leisure wear, you have poles of preferences. One may like jeans and a t-shirt while someone else may feel at ease with khaki pants, cotton blend button shirt with a pull over sweater topped with a one hundred percent cotton ascot tie. Both of these are classified as casual wear, yet, they convey different messages about the wearer. One says common man, while the other says fashionable business man toned downed to a relaxed state. Neither is bad.

Both men may be in the same profession with equal income; but because the average person does gauge a person by first impressions and first impressions are usually visual, the way each is dressed will dictate how he will be perceived by the viewer. Granted, clothing does not get into the psyche of a person and reveal everything about them. However, the way we carry ourselves along with our dress sheds light on what we are made of. Swagger makes all the difference in our dress. This is one reason why so many are confused when a seemingly cultured, intelligent soul falls for someone who comes across in dress and attitude as a bad influence. There is a saying that goes, you can take the pig out of the pen, but you can not take the pen out of the pig. What it means is no matter how you try to hide it, your character will always shine through any exterior you present.

So in that sense, in and of itself, clothing can not make the man. Clothing is only an extension of the man. This is why a confident man can pull off any look. Take a look at today’s fashion. It appears the homeless look is in vogue. Even the look of being under the control of an illegal substance finds itself among super models and people buy magazines and pack boutiques eagerly buying up that stuff while they give a pitiful glance at the one sitting on the sidewalk in the same attire.

The difference is the charisma and confidence that comes with the dress code. So you have to make sure that as you pick your outfits, they should make a statement about who you really are. A nerdy guy should never try to dress in a bad boy fashion if he does not have the ability to hold his prospect’s interest. As soon as he has to give meaningful conversation inline with his outward appearance, the nerd persona will rule the day. Clothing gives the man the opportunity to show what he’s made of, but not tell who he is.

Men’s Fashion Designers

If you are a man who truly cares about the way that he looks, the name on your label is probably of the most importance. What names should you look for to fit in with the ‘who’s who in fashion’? Take a look at some of the top men’s fashion designers.

Tom Ford

Ford is one of the newest men’s fashion designers to gain his own label, although his claim to fashion started long ago. He is responsible for reinventing Gucci in the 1990s with his resounding sense of fashion and eye for detail. He began designing his own clothing after leaving Gucci in 2004. Ford’s men’s collection includes stylish belts, hats, leather accessories, shoes, jewelry, suits and more. His styles are colorful, eye catching and definitely on the cutting edge. Rapper Jay-Z, brad Pitt, Johnny Depp, and Howard Stern are among the stars who wear Tom Ford.


Armani is a name most have heard of, and that is because Armani fashions are of the most extravagance. Armani offers a line of stylish, sophisticated suits, shirts, jackets, sunglasses, ties, belts, jeans, shoes and more. David Beckham, Clive Owen and Dennis Harper are among the celebrity names that you will find rocking Armani labels. Giorgio Armani has been designing men’s fashions clothing since 1975.

Hugo Boss

Although not as extravagant as Armani or Tom Ford, Hugo Boss is still a name in fashion that men prefer. It is riced less than the other mentioned brands, and there are just as many qualify styles to be found including jeans, jackets, suits, pants, ties, wallets and more. Among the celebrities wearing Hugo Boss are Tom Cruise and James Earl Jones. Hugo Boss has a versatile mix of pieces to suit men of all ages and of all character. The brand has been bringing terrific fashions to men since 1924.

Ralph Lauren

Ralph Lauren is a name that everyone trusts for high quality, affordably priced fashions. In the men’s collection guys can find shirts, socks, ties, handkerchiefs, jeans, pants, suits, dress shirts and more. Whatever it is you desire to look fashionable, Ralph Lauren probably has it available. Ralph Lauren clothing represents the true essence of a man, ensuring that each and every stich is perfectly in place, that his handsomeness shines vividly. Ralph Lauren has been designing since 1967.


Burberry clothing is sold all over the world, but created in Europe. Their fashions have a high sense of British in their design. It is certainly a brand of intrigue, and wearing a piece from Burberry is something that helps create a unique, one of a kind look. The first Burberry store was opened in 1891, and the rest is history. Many celebrities wear Burberry, including our president of the United States Barack Obama, Zac Efron and Clay Aiken.

These are among the biggest names in men’s fashion out there today, but these are just a handful of the many designer’s creating fresh, appealing looks that can cater to the needs of any man. If you want to look your best every time you step outside, keep the designer’s above in your mind, and look for their fashions. You will love the way they look on you!

Fashion The Power of Color

You can’t help it. When a woman in a red dress walks into a room, or a man in a striking black suit wearing a vibrant red tie, you turn and look. Or how about how relaxed you feel in a green room? Color is all around us and has more influence over our moods then you might think. When it comes to fashion, color is a powerful way to send non-verbal messages about your confidence and ability.
“The colors a man chooses for his business attire tell the world a lot about him,” says Dana Persia, image consultant and owner of DP Image Consulting. “Color implies his level of success, background, status, authority, personality and more.”

Here are a few tips from Persia for deciding on what colors to add or subtract from your wardrobe:

For suits, choose dark blue and dark grey in solids or pinstripes to create more credibility. Other acceptable colors for suits are brown and beige. Black can be severe; the darker the color, the more weight it carries. Black is your most authoritative choice, followed by dark navy.

As for the color of your shirt, white is the safest and most versatile since it will go with every color of suit and match all of your ties. The next best choice is light or medium blue and then light pastels like yellow or even pink, if you are so bold. A man who wears pink actually creates an air of confidence because any man who dares to where it must be just that!

Coordinate ties in bold colors like red (power, strength, ambition, leadership), blue (coolness, confidence, conservatism, dependabilty), purple (creativity, wisdom, flamboyance) depending on the business situation you are in.

And what do the color experts say about the meaning of color?


Black is an authoritative color that carries a lot of weight in social and business situations. In fashion, black is a slimming color. But on the opposite end of the spectrum, black can imply submission, which is why clergy often wear black. Black is intense and can be off-putting or intimidating. In terms of pop culture and folklore, black is associated with villains. If you find black too severe for the office or feels too formal, break it up with diagonal white stripes

The same goes for your dress shirt. If you aren’t wearing a tie, a black dress shirt with subtle white stripes is professional and modern. We like Dolce & Gabbana’s Striped Cotton Dress Shirt. But if you want the bad boy mysterious look, go for a solid black dress shirt and pair it with jeans for a night out with the boys or for a first date. The StretchPoplin Shirt in Black says sophisticated and a little bit dangerous.


In many cultures, white is a symbol of purity. Traditionally viewed as a summer color, white can now be worn year round. For fashion white goes with almost anything; however it does show dirt and is more challenging to keep clean.

White ties are hard to come by but you may see more of them with the popularity of the monochromatic looks. The Belisi Cloud Dancer tie looks great paired with a crisp, white dress shirt or any color buttondown.


Without a doubt, red packs a punch. An emotional and vibrant color, red simulates blood–the source of life. Red clothes get noticed, which can work for or against you. Red is intense, so if you’re involved in negotiations it could work against you, as red could be seen as intimidating and threatening. Red cars are also a popular target for car thieves.

For men, red is best when worn as an accent color such as in a tie.


Pink is associated with romance and tranquility. A recent trend is men wearing pink dress shirts or ties. If you’ve ever heard the saying “real men wear pink”, there’s something to it. A man who wears pink screams confident.

If you’re not ready to commit to a pink dress shirt, a pink tie is a great way to subtly infuse a little color.


The color of the sky and the ocean, blue is one of the most popular colors. It causes the opposite reaction as red. Peaceful, tranquil blue causes the body to produce calming chemicals, so it is often used in bedrooms. Blue can also be cold and depressing. Fashion consultants recommend wearing blue to job interviews because it symbolizes loyalty. People are more productive in blue rooms. Studies show weightlifters are able to handle heavier weights in blue gyms.

Have a legal face-off coming up? If you want to pacify the opposition and appear less threatening (like to an arbitrator or judge), a light blue dress shirt, like the The Burberry Herringbone Dress Shirt is a good choice. Or, accent a white, gray or black dress shirt with a light blue tie.


You might notice your friends painting their walls green. And with good reason; green is calming, refreshing and easy on the eye. Green has been associated with fertility and wealth. A man who wants to convey status might wear a dark green tie or shirt.


Yellow is associated with cheerfulness and morning. But studies show that people lost their tempers more often in yellow rooms, and the color appears to upset infants. It’s a noticeable color but hard on the eyes. On a positive note, yellow can improve concentration (explaining why legal pads are yellow) and improves metabolism–hence the reason many kitchens are painted yellow. Brighten up a gloomy day with a soft yellow tie.


Purple denotes royalty, wealth and luxury. It is a romantic and feminine color, especially in violets and deep purple velvet fabrics. Purple can appear artificial, since the color is rare in nature, so if you’re going for a natural look, purple may not be the right color for you. Wearing purple is all about balance. Choose a tie that is colorful yet not overpowering.


Brown is the color of earth and looks great on people with Autumn skin tones. Light brown implies genuineness and dark brown gives off a rustic, earthy feel with its closeness to wood and tanned leather. Brown can also be a dull color, so make sure to fill your wardrobe with a variety of colors and tones. When worn properly, brown is sophisticated in a non-intimidating way. A brown tie is a great way to send the message that you’re open and honest.

Mens Fashion Accessories

It may not seem as if there are a lot of mens fashion accessories out there, but in fact men make use of more accessories than they realize. An accessory is an item or piece of clothing that you don’t need to wear, but it does accent your look and can even serve a purpose. So fashion accessories are even quite useful to a person in the course of day to day activities. There are all sorts of items that really are mens fashion accessories.


The wrist watch is not as common as it once was, but for a short period of time every man had a wrist watch and every man’s watch had a thick gold band or a leather one. The mens watch is still popular today and it comes in many forms to further prove its popularity and convenience.

Perhaps some of the most attractive mens wrist watches of today are platinum or stainless steel. The industrial look is in with guys. This even applies to some other forms of jewelry that men typically wear.


A man does wear jewelry and jewelry can be common mens fashion accessories. You’ll see plenty of dudes wearing necklaces, rings and earrings. Though these high fashion items are often a little bit heavier and more bulky than similar womens jewelry items.

As mentioned above, platinum and stainless steel are popular metals for men these days. You’ll also see white gold, silver and even wood used in some mens jewelry. Simple chains are still the best choice for mens necklaces. Earrings and rings can and are usually outrageous in design or simple and bold. There’s plenty of room in mens fashion for silly or unique statements.


The mens tie is probably the iconic mens fashion accessory. Its purpose has been lost to history, but the tie appears to have evolved from the tradition simple neck scarf. Now the tie is a fashion accessory must for dressy occasions and comes in all colors, patterns and sizes.

You’ll want to pick out at least three ties for yourself. One is plain dark blue or black for serious occasions, one in a color that suits you or that you like for parties, and one is just plain silly for that drunken Christmas party every year. If you have trouble picking out the tie that suits you, try going for a color that matches your eyes, so you’ll always be matched when wearing it.


Another of the more commonly used mens fashion accessories are sunglasses. There’s a pair of glasses out there for every man. They come in so many different shades, shapes and styles these days it can be hard to choose though.

Typically men wear larger frames than women because it appears more masculine. This doesn’t mean a guy has to wear gigantic aviators. Pick the frame that best suits your image or the image you want to project about yourself. Plastic frames are more eye-catching so you’ll draw more attention. Metal frames are more refined and understated, they also appear to be a higher quality. Plastic frames also look more casual, unless you are going for the Men in Black look with solid black lenses.

There are always more mens fashion accessories to learn about, but these are the basic four. A man with a good watch, ring, tie and sunglasses is well placed in the world.

History of Italian Fashion

Italian Fashion during Renaissance

The period after 11th century was development and domination of Italian fashion. The development of art was as its peak. Great Italian artists such as Leonardo da Vinci gave one of their best masterpieces. The Italian fashion was also influenced by the art during that period. Great attention was paid to the extravagant dresses. The rich merchants with large amount of money at their disposal were ready to spend lavishly on the expensive clothing. They showed their power and status by competing by dressing extravagantly. Intricate designs with complex fashions were made. Just like modern fashion, no rich tradesman would wear dresses that were out of fashion.

There was increased consumption of highly fashionable cloths with greater stress to the quality of textile cloths. The demand in high quality cloth materials led to manufacture of fine fabrics.

The fabrics worn were patterned and had extremely expensive cloth materials such velvets and brocades. The men’s garments were short and wide with long robes decorated with ribbons and jewels. Richly decorated hats of different shapes matched their costumes.

The Decline of Italian Fashion

The gothic style which is simpler style became popular in Italy and influenced Italian fashion. The dominance of Spanish fashion led to decline in Italian fashion. The spotlight moved from Italian fashion for next hundreds of years. For centuries, Italian fashion faded away in the world of fashions.

The Revival of Italian Fashion

Post World War II, the Italy exported accessory fashion items and leather goods. It was effort of Florentine Businessman Giovan Battista Giorgini who attempted to bring Italy in the global fashion world.

There was revival of Italian Fashion on 25th February 1951, when Giovan Battista Giorgini held a fashion show in Florence. Giorgini keeping in mind the international audience threw an extravagant party at his villa. He had invited buyers and journalists to cover the show. The models were noble men and women who wore extravagant Italian clothes in the ballroom. Giorgini wanted to show that these expensive clothes are worn by rich influential people with ease. The fashion show became overnight success. In July 1952, Giorgini again organized a fashion show with names such as Capucci, Valentino and Armani became instant success.

Till 1970s the fashion was especially for rich and famous people. With change in time, the Italian fashion concentrated and designed cloths for common man. In 1970s to 1980s, Milan became a fashion landmark and created current trends such as blue jeans and mini skirts which were affordable for common people. The most stylish and trendy dresses were available to common man at a low price.

The Charm of Wearing Fashion

With the growing speed of the change of fashion, people fall into a frustration about how to choose their fashion ornaments. Fashion is an untouchable thing and you should follow your desire. Fashion watches become an indispensable part of the modern life. Fashion watches are divided into thousands of brands, e.g. Audemars Piguet, Blancpain, A.Lange & Sohne Patek Philippe are the most famous brands. Meanwhile, they may be classified into different series such as business watches, pendent watches, sport watches, children watches, gift watches and so on. However, do you know where the magnificance of wearing watch lies in? Here I would like to present the reasons for why we have to wear watches.

There is a saying “The watch a man wears indicates his status in a society.” Actually it is the same with woman. A first class sports watch will show zest, charm and vigor which form the temperament of a person. ToWatches, the representative of the fashion sport watches, is of this kind. There is a design called FA0301 diamond wristwatch which is composed of the most classical elements of sport watches. There are three colors in the design: pink, white and black. The pink means delicacy and elegance. The white means pureness and is full of noble nature in the brevity. The black denotes coolness and is filled with loftiness in the mystery. If you wear such a watch , both of your taste and confidence will be promoted. The ToWatches is the collection of inspiration and excellence, representing eternal pursuit.

There is no doubt that taking a watch as a present to others means a lot of things. If you give it to your friends, it means to cherish the seconds and minutes in which you are together, denoting the longevity of your friendship. Then it may means the watch can produce good luck for your friends and they receive good luck every day. If an adult sent a watch to a child, it denotes the adult wants the child to be punctual from childhood on one side, on the other side the adult hopes the child to take his time to work hard to be a useful man in the future. The meaning of a man sends a watch to a woman is quite different from that of the vice versa. That a man sends a watch to a woman means he wants to spend his time together with his loved forever, he would like to give his left time to his beloved and to be eternal and he want to be with you every second, minute and hour. However, that a woman sends a watch to a man seems a little selfish. The woman wants the man to think of her at any time and she also means she is waiting for him all the time. Love is mysterious and beautiful originally. If love is added with watch, both the lovers will watch out their love carefully and cultivate their love through all eternity. Maybe the watch you choose is not the most expensive, but it has enough meaning to make your beloved to love you forever.