Monthly Archives: March 2018

Man-Bags

Man-bags. We have all heard the name and have seen fashion-forward men carrying them at the mall, but most people are still perplexed by their existence. Are there really designer handbags that are created for men or do guys sneak into the ladies department and pick one out for themselves? Are they considered fashionable or a faux pas? Are they an upcoming fashion staple or are they a slowly passing fad waiting to disappear? These are all frequently asked questions and we have the answers.

Let’s start with the most important question. Are there designer handbags that are actually intended for men? The answer is yes. Many designers have created entire lines of handbags just for men. These revolutionary bags first began to appear in the 1960’s on the catwalks of Paris. They were originally referred to as a man-case in order to give a more masculine appeal. While these man-cases did not catch on right away, they did begin to gain popularity as the pockets on bell-bottoms grew tighter and the idea of nonconformity flourished. In the 2000’s, Italian designers, such as Gucci, worked to attract male consumers by recreating the idea of the designer man-bag. Today, their popularity is growing at an exponential rate.

On to the next question. Are designer man-bags fashionable or a faux pas? Of course the answer is fashionable! Many people try to give man-bags a bad rap and paint them in a picture of effeminate transgression, but the truth is most men possess some type of carry-case. A business man sports a briefcase, hipsters don a floppy messenger, and even the burly alpha male who is oozing with testosterone owns a hunting bag. So why should a fashionable male be denied the right to carry his own type of bag?

Now, time for arguably the most important question and definitely the riskiest answer. Are designer man-bags an upcoming fashion staple or a passing fad? Fashion is an industry that is constantly changing and evolving so it would be wrong to say for certain what will become of an item once it is introduced to the world. However, the designer man-bag already has a few advantages working for it. Man-bags are useful. They have a high utility, which is something that a man appreciates. As mentioned before, most men already have some type of carrying device, so adding a designer man-bag into their everyday routine would not come as much of a shock. Additionally, as gender roles are becoming more ambiguous, the past notion of a man carrying a designer bag is not as farfetched as it once was. The stage has been set for the introduction of the everyday-man to carry a designer handbag, now it is time to watch and see what will become of it. My personal belief is that over time, the designer man-bag will gain even more popularity than what it is already experiencing and become a must-have item for all men.

For the men who are wanting to partake in this upcoming style revolution or for those who have already started to push the trend, it is time to find the perfect designer man-bag for you. Authentic is the only way to go and at a discount is best. Online stores, such as Queen Bee of Beverly Hills, are now available to help the fashion and budget-conscious man find the best designer designer man-bags.

Men’s Fashion

Contrary to what society would have one believe, women are not flocking to the man with his pants at his ankles and 3lbs worth of jewelry hanging from his ears, arms, and chest. Instead, women typically prefer a man who looks as if he just stepped out of GQ magazine — the often overlooked neat and conservative fellow. However, these neat and conservative dressers are oftentimes overshadowed by the millions of men who commit fashion suicide on a daily basis. Tube socks with dress suits, ill-fitted suits, and mismatched or over-coordinated apparel are just a few of the fashion mistakes men make. Don’t be ashamed if you are perpetrator of these crimes against fashion. A sense of fashion does not come overnight. The following tips will help you become more fashionable with easy to implement strategies to help improve your wardrobe and overall appeal.

Fashion crimes to avoid:

The Hangover Suit

Topping the list of turn offs for women is a man who shows up wearing a suit that looks as if it was used as pajamas the night before. Having a clean and crisp appearance is vital if you wish to appear the least bit presentable. It doesn’t take much to go over your clothes with an iron the night before, or at the least, invest in getting your suits cleaned once a week at your neighborhood cleaners.

Taste the Rainbow

Believe it or not, women look at even the most subtle fashion combinations. You can then understand why it is important to choose wisely when coordinating your shirts, ties, and suit coats. There are certain patterns that clash with each other. Take for example the following fashion suicide combination: a plaid jacket, polka dot tie and striped shirt. This is too much pattern concentrated in one place. Be wise. One pattern should never overpower the other. Instead, it should accentuate its counterpart. If you wish to combine items, combine colors, not patterns, to make your outfit pop. By mixing darker colors with its lighter partner on the color wheel you are able to help both items make a statement without overdoing it.

The Roman Solider

Look, we know you have muscles! There is no need to exaggerate it with 5 inch shoulder pads sewn into your suits. Avoid this look like the plague.

Shaggy the Dog

Did you forget that you have a head too? Don’t be the man who is dressed well — from the neck down. The total package includes your head too. Ensure that you are clean shaven, have a neat haircut, and are not sporting a unibrow. Women are visual creatures too and make mental notes of even the little details.

Metro Man Phobia

Having the least bit of fashion sense does not make one any less masculine. Items like the fit of a coat, correct sleeve length, polished shoes, and correct accessorizing go a long way in complementing or ruining a gentleman’s image. Neatness need not be expensive. Men are oftentimes slow to warm up to style changes. Just like a woman, men need some color in their wardrobe too! If your closet consists of only white shirts, it is time to spice things up. Seek out colors that compliment your skin tone. If you are unsure of what colors to choose, seek the advice of knowledgeable women in your life, or the sales associate at Macys. Furthermore, “accessories” is not a term monopolized by women. Men can accessorize their wardrobe with items such as a handkerchief, cuff links, or even a watch to turn a drab suit into a fabulous suit.

Terrible Tube Socks

Did you know that women enjoy foot candy on a man too? However, you are not satisfying any woman’s sweet tooth by ruining your outfit with the flash of white tube socks against a black suit and polished shoes. There is no sight more disturbing than to see white socks flashing beneath the pant legs of a well-dressed man. To avoid this costly mistake, your socks should be of a dark, solid color to blend or match the suit, and of the higher styling kind such as silk or a thin cotton/nylon blend. In addition to choosing the appropriate sock material, men should also pay close attention to the length of their socks. Don’t be the man who carelessly crosses his leg and reveals a stump of hairy shin exposed between his trouser cuff and shoe top. Lastly, don’t walk out the door with shoes that look as though you just walked through a construction zone. Unpolished shoes can ruin a good looking outfit. Make sure that your shoes are well polished before stepping out the door.

A man is considered a great dresser when he takes time selecting what he wears. By properly coordinating your outfits and evaluating your appearance before you leave out the door, you can ensure that you are not counted in the pack of fashion faux pas committers.

Top 10 Fashion and Style

Today’s metrosexual, cosmopolitan and fashion forward man would have no qualms in admitting that what is equally important to him as his manly image is being stylish. He wants to be updated with what’s latest in fashion, what’s hot and not. So here’s a chance for the men folk to spice up their wardrobe with the latest trends, colors and style all at once. Read on as we take you on a fashion tour to enlighten you of the top 10 fashion and style tips for men.

1. Suit up! Nail the Coat & Tie Look. This gentlemen’s look is perfect for another office day, and coupled with right trousers, crisp shirt with cufflinks, even more perfect for a day full of business meetings.

2. The ripped denims with tee look can never go out of fashion. If you’re looking to play around with the look a little bit, wear slippers in funky colors and a square-shaped scarf tied around in style!

3. Color is not just meant to be a little something we see splashed around in a woman’s closet. Now men can play with it too. Be it coats, jackets, shirts or pants, go for colors like red, purple, orange, blue, green, yellow etc. But yes, running around the trees looking like a goon is not on the agenda. Match colors properly with classic dark shades!

4. Make people notice that whenever you enter a room, you come with a bag. There are several options available in colors, designs, cuts and styles when it comes to men’s bags. Briefcases, duffle bags, laptop bags, sling bags, backpacks… phewww!!! The list is endless.

5. A man is known by the shoes he wears. Wear well fitted, polished and good-looking shoes whatever be the occasion. There’s nothing more that suits a man than formal shoes. There are a range of brands that offer formal shoes. Apart from that, there a plethora of options in sports shoes, sneakers, sandals,boots etc.

6. A good smelling man is the most attractive man in the world. Every man has his own signature fragrance and make sure you know yours and leave behind a trail of fresh air as you walk into a room.

7. Accessorize it right! If a man know how to get his watch, sunglasses, belt, tie, cufflinks, wallet etc. right, then the look is right. Of course you have to know how much is too much. If you want to wear it all at once, you can look stylish only if you mix and match well. So it’s better to keep it understated!

8. For the fall season, tie a scarf around and keep away the harsh winds away while you look oh-so-good. Scarves work well for both the casual and formal when tied up and teamed properly. Avoid flashy colors.

9. Men’s jewelry has been doing the rounds in the fashion circuit for a while now and refuses to leave. The daring man of today is completely secure of his masculinity, so the occasional earrings, bracelets, rings, chains etc. happens.

10. Traditional wear on men looks undoubtedly sexy. Try brands like Fab India, Yell, Earthy Hues and more for that handsome ethnic look.