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Monthly Archives: August 2016

6 Men’s Fashion Magazines

Putting fashion and men in the same sentence can seem like a bit of a mismatch. Most guys take their prejudices where the words fashion and style are concerned, to unimaginable heights. And the reason is often something as silly as ‘women perceive men interested in fashion as feminine’. Let’s set the record straight here. I speak for most women when I say that women love a guy who makes an effort to be well-dressed and stylish. We love men who know their clothes, their brands, and their designers. It is a welcome change from guys who might as well be relics from the Ice Age who believe that being particular about their clothes is a ‘woman’ thing, and they can continue wearing the same clothes they wore in high school and still have women swooning over them. Being fashion-conscious is a good thing and it is high time these guys manned up.

A guy who is willing to give it a go and embrace style and fashion needs some good advice along the way. And the best way to do that is to browse through some of the most popular and well-known fashion publications in the market. These magazines are style guides that talk about elegant living. No one expects you to strut your stuff in a button-less shirt and heavy eye makeup. But we would like it if you turned up in a pair of well-fitting trousers, a good shirt, and most importantly, a pair of great shoes. Here are our top picks for magazines that tell you how you can define your look, and be your presentable best at all times.

Esquire
First issue published in: 1933
Owned by: Hearst Magazines
Frequency: Monthly

What you can expect inside
– Cover stories on prominent men in the world and their lives
– Features on politics, movies, music, health, etc.
– A fiction section that continuously promotes young talent, and has featured writers like Raymond Carver and-Elizabeth Gilbert in the past

Why you should read it
Esquire is the kind of magazine that keeps our faith in men’s fashion magazines alive. While focusing on fashion and style with beautiful pictorials, it never dumbs down its content. It is meant for the classy, refined man’s man who knows what he wants and knows how to ask for it. With intelligently written features on a diverse range of subjects, the magazine plays it hip.

GQ
First issue published in: 1958
Owned by: Condé Nast Publications
Frequency: Monthly

What you can expect inside
– ‘How to’ guides on dressing correctly for different occasions (and occasional penny-pincher features)
– Trends taking the world by storm
– Advice for living life king-size

Why you should read it
Originally called Gentleman’s Quarterly, GQ focuses on style, fashion, and culture through articles on a variety of related, yet diverse subjects. If you pride yourself on being more of a hipster, then GQ’s fashion tips will sit right at home with you. They also have brilliant photo editorials, very few ads, and quite a few thought-provoking articles on different events that affect today’s world.

Details
First issue published in: 1982
Owned by: Condé Nast Publications
Frequency: Monthly

What you can expect inside
– Features on how to be your fashionable best with about five or so articles on different styles
– Guides on the best things that you should invest in (shop for)
– Lists of the most prominent/successful/to-look-out-for men or women

Why you should read it
Details is the kind of magazine that will appeal to a guy who likes to live his life a little on the edge. With a hipster-ish quality about it, the target audience for this mag is a little difficult to place, which makes it one that has something for every reader. What makes it stand out is its continuing focus on pop culture and its ability to capture the pulse of what drives the world.

Nylon Guys
First issue published in: 2004
Owned by: Nylon Holding Inc.
Frequency: Bimonthly

What you can expect inside
– Features on celebrities, fashion, styling, tech, etc.
– Pieces with focus on pop culture
– Shopping guides that feature high-end and budget products that make it more accessible for a regular guy

Why you should read it
If you are young at heart (or actually young), then this should be the magazine you are reading for fashion tidbits. While style remains a huge focus area, there is also a healthy dose of entertainment and pop culture thrown in. Nylon is also one of those few magazines that showcases a huge variety of brands in a broad spectrum of price ranges.

The Rake
First issue published in: 2008
Owned by: Revolution Press International
Frequency: Bimonthly

What you can expect inside
– Profiles on the biggest names in fashion
– Features on recognizing elegant clothing and how to wear it
– Articles on different trendsetting looks and how you can adopt them

Why you should read it
The Rake is one of those rare fashion magazines that actually takes a more educational approach to style, focusing on classical elegance and style as showcased by icons such as Cary Grant and Michael Caine. If you are a sophisticated professional who is fed up of the youngster-focused mags flooding the style sector of magazine publishing, then this magazine seeks to recapture the elite elegance of years gone by. Since the magazine’s core belief is that elegance comes from within, they also feature articles on conducting oneself well and good living.

VMan
First issue published in: 2003
Owned by: Visionaire Publishing
Frequency: Quarterly

What you can expect inside
– Cover stories featuring popular celebrities and their rise to fame
– Previews of fashion trends for the season, hot music tracks, events, etc.
– Articles covering men’s fashion, the industry, and the many trends and the common man’s perception of it

Why you should read it
The V in Vman stands for Visionaire, and the magazine often features young trailblazers whose vision alone makes them sought-after talents in the industry. While fashion and style are the primary focus, there are always some interesting pieces on the industry as a whole, and much-talked about current events.

There is nothing vain about a guy who understands being stylish. A man who keeps himself abreast of what is happening in the world of fashion only makes for a more well-turned out person. These magazines highlight menswear and do so by making it more approachable for the boy-next-door.

Accessories for Men

Many men usually stay away from the accessories department in a mall, because they think that wearing leather straps on their wrists, or carrying handbags is a little too girly. But that is not the case. Men actually end up looking smart and savvy when they wear the correct accessories. While walking on the streets, we come across men who are impeccably dressed, wearing crisp suits, shiny shoes, designer ties, and amazing accessories.

7 Fashion Accessories Men Should Have

Wallets
A good wallet is one accessory that lasts for a long time. There is an array of these trendy money and card holders in the market. You can choose from plain colors, printed works, leather, and fabric ones, depending on what catches your eye.

Hats
When you talk about hats, you have to be very careful while selecting the right one for you. Choose a hat that goes well on formals as well as casuals. Trendy black bowler hats, top hats, and boaters are very much in fashion, but let me remind you that these hats go well only on formal attire. If you are going for an informal look, you could try a classy fedora.

Cufflinks
Cufflinks should be worn only when you are dressing to impress. A beautifully tailored button-down shirt, which has been ironed nicely, teamed with a simple yet classy pair of studded cufflinks, makes a man look drool-worthy. You can also wear a casual or formal jacket to complete this look.

Belts
Belts are a must for men. Not only do they keep your pants from falling, but they also complete your entire look. Picture this―you are walking on a street, wearing a nice pair of white linen pants, paired with a collared T-shirt and an elegant brown belt. Simple―yes! Classy―definitely yes!

Jewelry
Earrings, rings, bracelets, and chains look great on men, provided they are kept simple and sophisticated. Leather accessories are in vogue, so wearing wristbands made of leather will look great. Shiny and large bling look amazing on men. If you just want to accentuate your outfit with some metal and stones, indulging in classy jewelry is advised by most fashion experts.

Watches
A watch is one thing that men and women alike and should always wear it. Apart from being practical, a watch is the perfect accessory to complete an outfit. One can go without wearing jewelry, cufflinks, hats, and belts, but not without a watch.

Sunglasses
Apart from giving protection to your eyes, sunglasses look cool on suits, shorts, jeans, or even if it is worn on boxers. Always choose a pair that suits your face cut, and opt for frames that will go well with both, a casual as well as formal look.

Team these accessories with the right clothes and shoes, and you are all set to dazzle. Just remember to keep it simple and neutral so that you look classy and sophisticated.

 

Tips for Men to Wear Suspenders

Also known as ‘braces’ in the United Kingdom, suspenders were first introduced in the men’s wardrobe by a British designer named Albert Thurston, in the 1820s, due to the fashion infusion of high waist pants. With these pants, belts was not an easy option, and hence, the use of suspenders came into being. While the original design was a ‘H’ pattern at the back, it soon changed to ‘X’ and then to ‘Y’.

Originally, they were made out of ‘boxcloth’―a woolen material―at present they are made from a variety of materials like French satin, jacquard silk, argyle or plaid, and leather.

Types of Suspenders.
X and Y shape Spenders
Traditionally, there are two types of suspenders. The X shape has two separate straps across the back and can be adjusted to wider positions on the back waistband. The Y shape has two straps merging into one strap that supports the center of the back waistband.

Quick Style Tip:

Make sure your shoe color matches the color of the suspenders.

Button-on Suspenders

The buttons are on the inside of the waistband, two on each side of the center button, and one in the center of the inner waistband at the back. Face the suspenders on the right side out while buttoning them up on the waistband. Then bring it up and button up the front inner side of the pant. Once the pant is on, ease each side of the suspenders up and above the shoulders. Adjust the tightness by sliding the metal clip either up or down.

Clip-on Suspenders

The clips have to be opened and attached to each of the fly, measure about half a distance from the fly to the outer edge of the pant and attach the clip to that point. Pull on the pants to ease the suspenders over the shoulder. Adjust the tension by sliding the metal clips.
Now that we know the different types of suspenders and how to wear them correctly, here are a few looks that may inspire you. Go ahead try out these looks, just remember to wear the look that suits your personal style.

Cool Casual Look

The latest style obsession is reinventing the casual look by wearing suspenders with ripped jeans. Pair it with a well-worn T-shirt which could be mainly in light colors or subtle gray and black. The easiest way to accessorize this look is by wearing sunglasses, hat, or a scarf.
This look goes well enough for a casual trip or an outing. Choosing the right pair of shoes is also essential. Wearing a comfortable pair of chinos, chukkas, or bright sneakers would give you an edgy look.

The Corporate Look

Men who wish to make a formal impression at work can wear wide suspenders with a formal collared shirt and tie with the sleeves rolled up to give it a subtle casual look. But if you wish to make a sophisticated impression, then thin suspenders with your formal buttoned up shirt will make a distinct statement.
Pair it up with a suit jacket so that people will surely notice it whenever you take off your suit jacket. Accessorize this look with a good pair of formal footwear like oxfords, wingtip, or derby.

The Punk Look

Suspenders were originally popular with the punk community. To get this look right, wear suspenders with a formal shirt, and accessorize with earrings for a formal look. And for a more casual look, wear suspenders with a graphic or plain vest along with an informal pant. Footwear that goes well with this look are a comfy pair of boat shoes, slip-on plimsolls, driving moccasins, or canvas sneakers.

Never ever gone out of style or out of the manly wardrobe, the suspenders are here to stay, they are a very fun accessory that can give you a distinctive look and style.

How to Dress Barbie

Ever since Barbie dolls first appeared in the market, they have been objects of desire for several young girls and grownup women as well. Ruth Handler, who was inspired to design these fashion icons by her daughter’s love for playing with paper dolls, did leave the world with the greatest controversy of them all. As she realized that young girls liked to imitate adult women around them, Ruth designed Barbie with an adult body. Her husband Eliot Handler, wasn’t sure about this paradoxical business plan would sell. However, after Barbie made her debut on the 9th of March 1959, there was no looking back for the toy company. Since then, the toy doll has been through innumerable changes in look, style and fashion. Her clothes have been coveted by older women and younger girls alike.

Hair
Quintessential Barbie dolls have always had blonde hair. However, as the company began expanding its markets and catering to the needs of the globe, these dolls have had a change in look. Take advantage of this, and let your hair be as they are. Now, wash your hair and condition them well. Very rarely will you see a Barbie without a hairdo. However, with so many variations, picking one would be very confusing. Pick the Ballerina look, as it pretty much resembles the older versions too. Straighten out your fringes and tuck them to the left or the right. Tie the remaining hair in a pony and curl the ends inwards, to complete the hairdo.

Make Up
Keep the make up in tones of pink, but make sure it suits your complexion. To even out the skin tone, apply a fine layer of foundation on your face, neck and back. Wear a nude pink lip gloss with glitter, and apply a little pink blush on your cheek. Color your nails and toe nails in a shade of pink, that matches your dress.

Clothes
For the Barbie ballerina look, pick a pink tutu that has a lot of net or tulle. These fabrics will give it the required volume. On top of the tutu, get a matching corset, to accentuate your waistline and make the volume of the tutu look larger than what it is. The clothes typically resemble a Barbie clothes look, and the pink will give you Barbie like femininity.

Footwear
Since this is the ballerina look in question, you will obviously have to wear ballet shoes or slippers. For the soft and feminine look, make the slippers out of satin. You can wrap your regular pumps in a pink satin cloth that rounds at the toes and crosses your foot to tie a knot at the ankle. Make sure that your footwear matches the shade of your dress.

Accessories
If you have ever bought a Barbie, you would know that she always has some accessories. A Barbie without accessories is an incomplete one. Since you are going out for a fancy dress party, carry a small pink colored classic clutch that matches your footwear and dress. Wear a tight fitting pearl necklace and accessorize your hair with small fake diamonds for the much-needed glam, which is the Barbie’s defining factor.

Since her inception into the toy world, Barbie has been a part of several controversies. Despite her anorexic built that worries psychologists the world over or her racist undertones, a lot of children are still fascinated by her surreal looks. Although being her size is inadvisable, the least you can do is to emulate her eternal style.