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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

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.

White

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.

Red

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

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.

Blue

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.

Green

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

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

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

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.

Watches

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.

Jewelry

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.

Ties

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.

Sunglasses

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.