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Saturday, February 24th, 2018

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Men’s Spring Must-Haves

Finally it seems that spring is just around the corner!  After a winter that seemed to last forever, the warm weather will definitely be welcomed and we can start to put away the winter coats and sweaters.  And as the temperatures start to rise, some of us guys probably need to find a way to update our spring wardrobes.  The trends that seem to be happening across the board are classic American styles and fabrics, with some updates in colors and accessories.  Many of the looks in magazines and on runways reminds us of going to the beach or sailing on the high seas.  The following are some of our picks for things we must have this year.

Oxford Shirts

Nothing screams “classic” like a cotton, button-down collar oxford shirt.  The one pictured above is available from American Apparel, who makes all of their clothing here in the USA.  It is made from a medium-weight cotton and perfect for spring and summer.  It is available in several colors, and looks great buttoned like in the picture or simply worn open over a tank or tee.  Available online at www.americanapparel.com for $52.

Organic Cotton T-shirts

This t-shirt, from Alternative Apparel’s Alternative Earth line, is a great lightweight shirt for warmer weather.  Alternative Apparel strives to make fashionable and comfortable clothing while also being good to the environment.  In 2007, the Alternative Earth line was launched.  The line uses organic cotton, recycled materials such as polyester, and rayon that is made from plant cellulose.  The company prides itself on the use of natural washing and finishing methods as well as the use of low impact dyes.  The manufacturing facilities strive to conserve energy in their factories and frequently test to ensure there are no toxins being released into the environment.

Plaid Shorts

Plaid shorts can add a bit of flair to a summer ensemble.  The pair above is from Tommy Hilfiger and is available at www.macys.com for only $65.  There are many brands out there this year offering a multitude of colors so it’s almost impossible to leave the mall empty-handed.  There are also brands available in all price ranges, so it’s easy to find a great pair within any budget.

Summer Tanks

Lightweight tanks are great to layer under a buttondown or wear by itself to the beach or a warm day at the park.  The tank pictured above is a cotton/polyester blend with a gingham pocket by Kazbah.  You can see some of the other colors offered at www.karmaloop.com, and all are around $32.

Plastic Aviators

Aviator sunglasses have been an American favorite ever since General Douglas MacArthur was photographed wearing them on the beaches of the Philippines during World War II.  The original design was created by Ray-Ban but the general shape has been copied by many different designers.  The pair pictured above are by Carrera, a company now out of Italy.  The style is called the Endurance and is available in several colors for around $120 at Solstice Sunglass Boutiques and online at stores like www.framesdirect.com.

Colorful Ties

Sometimes it can be overwhelming when you’re trying to shop for a great tie that looks good without spending a fortune.  That dilemma can be settled by shopping at www.thetiebar.com.  The store was started by two  attorneys who were sick of having to spend a lot of money on fashionable ties.  The tie pictured above is one example that is available on the site, and you can browse by regular width ties, skinny ties, and extra long ties.  And the best part?  All of their ties are only $15!  Try to contain yourself.

Boat Shoes

One of the oldest casual shoe styles around is the boat shoe, and they come in almost every color imaginable.  Why not buy a pair that helps out a good cause as well?  The ones shown above are by Tom’s Shoes and the company prides itself on donating a pair of Tom’s to a child in need for every pair that is purchased.  There are many different colors available and the shoes are extremely comfortable.  The pair above costs $68 at www.toms.com.

Colorful Watches

Jazz up your ensemble with a cool watch, whether it be metal(we’re all about some gold right now) or plastic like is pictured above.  This particular watch is called The Time Teller by Nixon.  At www.nixonnow.com you can browse tons of watches in many colors.  The Time Teller goes for $60.

Straw Fedoras

A good way to top off any summer wardrobe is a great straw hat.  These fedoras are a great example.  The lightweight material lets you add a debonair flair like you would with a regular wool fedora but without the thick material that’s not practical for this time of year.  The hat on the right is great for dressier events or nighttime.  It is by Penguin and goes for $48.  The hat on the left is great for the beach and any other casual spring or summer event.  This one is a steal for only $7.95 at H&M.


Ray-Ban has been making the Wayfarer style sunglasses since 1952 when Raymond Stegeman designed them for Bausch and Lomb, the parent company of Ray-Ban.  The style was popular for decades but really started to decline in popularity at the end of the 20th century.  It was in the early 2000s when celebrities were seen wearing the style again and vintage frames were selling for outlandish prices.  Ray-Ban saw the opportunity to redesign the Wayfarer to look more like the original ones.  Ray-Bans website offers many different colors, and I’m really a fan of these black ones with the blue accents.  This particular pair costs $145 and I can’t wait to get mine!  A great pair of vintage style sunglasses is a great way to finish off your warm weather ensembles.

What else are you excited about getting for the new season?  Let us know below!

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Express Yourself with Accessories

Has anyone else started to feel or notice a slight change in our collective consciousness? With the meteoric rise and popularity of artist such as Lady Gaga, there seems to be more acceptance and praise for individuality.  Gaga appears to be more than just another artist trying to make a name for herself using the Speidi Pratt method of shock value and publicity stunts.  Gaga is provocative but definitely has a distinct point of view and it’s fascinating to try and draw the parallels to her inspiration.  The shift and increased popularity of individual creativity has caused other artist to step up their game to reach deep into their creative mind and express their personal style.  Now it’s our turn…and what better way to express ones personal style than with the perfect mix of accessories?  The right sunglasses can sometimes be enough to make the statement you are feeling at the moment and other times it takes the sunglasses, the necklace, the ring, and maybe even the motorcycle gloves to enhance your look. Whatever accessories you find appropriate are a quick and easy way to express your creative and individual points of view.  Remember the great Coco Chanel said, “In order to be irreplaceable one must always be different.”

We live in a world obsessed with celebrity culture and are looking to be noticed, and to borrow the words of the Navi people in Avatar, “I see you.” Since we all seek understanding why not show who you are in your personal style.  Peacocking is a common practice in the animal kingdom so let’s draw a cue from nature and express yourself.  Below are some accessories that you can add to your wardrobe to take your personal style to the next creative level of self expression.

Killer Eyewear

Check out the Barracuda sunglasses that resemble ones worn by Rihanna in the Run This Town video or perhaps the Sabotage eyewear donned in an Italian vogue editorial.  This killer eyewear is from the A-Morir collection by Kerin Rose. Kerin Rose’s use of rhinestones, spikes, chains, lace, studs or even pearls reflects her love of a theatrical glam look. A-Morir has been worn by many celebs including Katie Perry, Mariah Carey, Beyoncé, and many more. Each item is handmade and will continue to have necks snapping as you traverse the crowd.

Anything Patricia Fields

If you want to give your personal style a harder edge, check out the Jennifer Goldmine Half Gloves made by Patricia Fields.  The decorative cone-studs and chain blings out the soft leather half-gloves giving the wearer an undeniably edgy look. Patricia Fields is most commonly known for her costume work on Sex & the City.  If a properly placed pendant is more your speed Fields also makes a  9” Flower Pin of gradating hues of silver and black that was featured in People Magazine . If you are looking for a more traditional accessories try the Union Jack Shoulder Bag. The bag is made of quilted leather and zips across the top with a chanel-style strap. A Patricia Fields accessory will help take your look to the next level.

Masculine Motifs

Women’s fashion has always been more forward than men’s outfitting; nevertheless with the shift toward creative individuality there are more options for men to express their points of view via accessory.  Hunters & Gatherers sells a unique take on classic suspenders with their Skin Graft Suspender Bag. The two small asymmetrical leather pouches hang on both sides with adjustable elastic bands at back, and elastic suspender clasps on the front. If one is looking for something less gun holster inspired maybe the Hensley Wallet or GG Striped Laces will more subtly make the right statement. Multi-purpose pieces allow you to take an accessory and wear it many different ways. Metropark’s Red & Gold Tie Me Up is a braided cotton studded cord accented with mini charms. The item can be worn as necklace, wrap bracelet, or as a head wrap. So no matter what way you choose to express your individuality in your personal style it is important to be your most authentic self.

Share you thoughts on enhancing your personal style with accessories below…

Contributor: Joey Williams