All About the Details

By Austin

Many people don’t put effort into a crucial part of a good outfit; accessories. Accessories can range from watches to jewelry to bandanas to sunglasses to hats and on and on. They come in any style imaginable, and if used correctly, they can significantly upgrade a simple outfit.

Accessories are very dependent on your personal style, so if you want to start focusing more on them, get inspiration from others and adjust them to your own specific style.

I’ve recently started putting more effort into my accessories, thanks to inspiration from multiple bloggers and men’s style YouTubers. One of my favorites, Drew Scott, recently uploaded a video that I think shows the impact that a solid accessory can have on an outfit. His style tends to be more edgy, but the tips he gives in the video can be applied to any kind of style.

One of my newer accessories is a brown leather watch that Timex sent me, and I’m obsessed. It’s a very simple watch, but adding it to a simple outfit adds an extra bit of sophistication that I love. Timex has a wide variety of styles and their watches are very reasonably priced, so I would definitely recommend checking them out! Not only are watches functional, but they are an accessory that many people notice.

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Bandanas were my go-to accessory last summer, and I am already looking forward to wearing them this season. You can wear them a million different ways, which makes them a versatile piece. The best part is that they are SUPER cheap. You can usually find them for a couple dollars, and they can make a simple outfit much more interesting.

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As far as jewelry goes, I don’t tend to wear much. However, there was a necklace that I wore constantly last year. It was a simple crystal pendant, and it went with basically everything I wore. Unfortunately, I’m the clumsiest person on the planet, and I broke it. So now I am on the lookout for a new staple necklace. There was a white marble pendant necklace that I saw at Topman and talked myself out of buying, but I may change my mind and get it, because if you know me, you know white marble is my everything.

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Leave a comment below telling me what your favorite accessory is!

#Lifehacks: Wardrobe Edition

By Bradford

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With warmer months and brighter days up ahead, it’s no doubt that many of your wardrobes will soon be going through a transformation. Putting away winter clothes, buying more tees, and dropping off some of those ugly sweaters to the local Goodwill are all likely in your futures. We all know this can get messy sometimes. In order to help you keep your closet clean and functional, I’m going to share a few tips and tricks I use to help organize my clothes.

  • Hang only the bare necessities. I only hang clothes that I wear frequently (at least once every month or two). If you have clothes that you haven’t touched in over four months, you either need to get rid of them or put them away.
  • Use mostly all white hangers. This is not only aesthetically appealing, but it also helps your closet look neater. Without the clutter of wooden, metal, and brightly colored plastic hangers thrown into the mix, it makes it easier to focus on the more important things in your closet: clothes.
  • Use colored hangers to represent something. I have a blue hanger to let me know if I’ve worn something once already, just to let me know that it definitely needs to be washed after the next time I put it on. I have a few copper hangers as well to help me find outfits I’ve planned for the week. If you don’t have any colored or varied hangers, you can simply turn the hangers to face the opposite direction.
  • Organize by the details. I go a bit overboard on this. My closet is organized by article type, color, sleeve length, functionality, and a variety of other factors. Obviously, you don’t have to be this extreme, but at the very least you should organize by color. I used to struggle to find certain shirts or jackets in my closet but after I color-sorted them I haven’t ran into this issue. I also organize by article type. My current structure is pants –> button downs –> polos –> short-sleeve tees –> long-sleeve tees –> hoodies –> jackets/coats. It may seem a little extra but, trust me, it makes a difference.

There are so many more tricks and tips out there to help keep your closet organized. Some people incorporate coke tabs, binder clips, and wall hooks to help keep their clothing on track. For most of us though, the four simple hacks above should work well enough. If nothing else, they’ll get you started on your road to recovery. This means no more mornings spent frantically searching through your closet for that sweater that’s gone MIA!

5 Men’s Wardrobe Essentials

By Austin

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Whether you are looking to revamp your wardrobe or build a new style from scratch, I have a few tips and essential pieces that will help to give you variety and versatility in your wardrobe. This will be mainly focused toward men’s fashion, but some pieces are unisex-based and can be applied to women’s fashion as well.

The key to building a strong wardrobe is to have a solid foundation of basic pieces, and to then add more specialized pieces that fit with a specific look or time of year. So to start, let’s look at the essential basics that every man should have in his closet.

 

Solid T-Shirts

This may seem like a boring option, but solid t-shirts are great basic pieces that can be used year-round. The advantage to having a variety of solid t-shirts is that you can pair them with jeans and sneakers or boots for a casual outfit, or layer them with a blazer or detailed jacket, and add chinos or trousers on bottom for a more upscale look.

While you can pick up a solid t-shirt at any clothing outlet you can think of, make sure to choose shirts that fit well and are made with a decent quality of fabric. I know you may be inclined to purchase the cheapest option, but low quality can take away from the classic look of a solid t-shirt.

Purchasing neutral colors, like white, black, and navy, will allow you to cover a wide variety of outfits and looks. The two main styles of solid t-shirts are crew neck and v-neck. The v-neck is designed to give the neck a longer appearance, so if you have a shorter neck, I would recommend choosing v-neck shirts over crew necks.

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A Wide Variety of Jeans

Jeans are an obvious staple in any kind of style and wardrobe, but where some people fall short is the lack of variety in terms of wash, style, and fit. When looking at wash, light washes tend to give a more casual look, while darker jeans can be used to create a more classy look. Recently, there has been a rise in popularity with black jeans, as well. I would recommend having at least one light wash, one dark wash, and one black pair of jeans. This will give you a basis to a variety of outfits. If you are a slim or regular build, slim fit jeans will most likely best suit your body. If you are of a larger build, straight fit jeans will give you a proportional fit.

Some brands that offer a good balance between price and quality are Levi’s, Uniqlo, Gap, and ASOS.

 

Leather/Denim Jackets

I put these two types of jackets in the same category because they are both classic pieces and can be utilized in similar ways to make an outfit stand out. While they have a very different look from one another, many times they can be used interchangeably. There has been an increase in popularity of leather and denim jackets recently, with a rise in more classic pieces. They are both extremely versatile, and much like a bomber jacket, they can quickly give a basic outfit an upscale look. There are a variety of stores that sell leather and denim jackets, but is important to make sure you choose one that is relatively high quality, because you will most likely be able to wear it for years. Stores that offer a higher-quality selection that still aren’t outrageous for a staple piece like a leather or denim jacket include Zara, Topman, and ASOS.

 

White Sneakers

These are a well-known wardrobe essential for both men and women, and undoubtedly deserve a spot on this list. White sneakers can be extremely versatile, and match 99% of outfits. They are easy to find and comfortable. What’s not to love? I already have white Adidas Superstars and white high-top Converse, but I am currently searching for a pair with a little more edge. You can find white sneakers at practically any shoe outlet, but the popular options are Adidas, Nike, and Converse.

 

A Statement Piece

I realize that this is a pretty broad category. However, I think that statement pieces can vary widely from man to man, so I decided to make it more open to personal preference. A statement piece is a piece of clothing that is unique and draws the eye, and is often the focal point of an outfit. My favorite statement piece that I own is undoubtedly my black Coach backpack. Some argue that a bag isn’t technically part of an outfit, but I disagree. I bought this bag when I was living in Chicago over the summer, and it is definitely my pride and joy. (Don’t worry, it was on sale, so I didn’t spend an outrageous amount on it.) I tend to wear a lot of black and neutral-colored clothing, so this bag goes with almost every outfit I wear regularly.

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Other common statement pieces are detailed jackets or patterned shirts and pants. This may seem a little hard to shop for if you are just starting to revamp your wardrobe, but trust me, you will know it when you see it.

This Trend is Exploding in 2017

By Austin

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Please excuse my cheesy title. Bomber jackets have been and will continue to be a massive trend in both men and women’s fashion. Google’s 2016 Fashion Trend Report even went as far as to say that the bomber jacket was the trend of 2016. I am definitely a participant in this trend, and I have several bomber jackets that I wear on a regular basis (as you can see in the pictures).

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Bombers have evolved since the trend came into style, and interestingly enough, many women’s bomber jackets are shifting to a more masculine style, and vice versa. Some main appeals of bombers are how easy they are to style, and how significantly they can add edge to a basic outfit. They are also sold at pretty much every major clothing store, from H&M to Topman to Sak’s Fifth Avenue.

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Men can style a bomber with a casual top, jeans, and sneakers, or with a button-down, trousers, and boots or oxfords for a more formal look. Another great aspect of the bomber trend is that they come in a wide range of colors and materials, which makes them very versatile and efficient. Many trend predictors expect that a longer version of bomber jackets will become more popular in 2017, which I am very interested to try out. If you’re looking to upgrade your wardrobe, dive into the bomber trend before it’s too hot to wear them!