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A Quick Guide on Dress Shoes

Shoes have got to be the most taken for granted articles of clothing.  They get dirty, support our weight and they literally take us places.  That being said, it’s hard to imagine living our lives without shoes.

The history of shoes goes way back but we’re quite lucky, well, very, that we’re not stuck or limited to just owning a pair.  Today we have choices; much like with everything else in our lives, we can choose what shoes we want to wear today.  Shoes today are made to suit the different activities do, some are made for sports while others are made to be comfortable for work and then there are the dress shoes.  Dress shoes are what a man wears to more formal occasions or simply put, when he’s in a suit.

Common Styles of Dress Shoes

When it comes to suiting up, finding the right shoes are very important.  While some may argue that they are too far down to be noticed, I beg to differ because they can make or break the outfit.  That’s why I am here to give you a crash course on the different types of dress shoes you can wear the next time you put a suit on.

Oxfords

Gucci Oxford Shoes

Gucci Oxford Shoes

Also called the Balmoral, this type of shoe is one of the most commonly worn by men.  The main characteristic of this type of shoe is the presence of shoe laces but still remains formal looking.  One of the things you have to remember is that the sleeker and simpler the oxfords are, the more formal they look.  So for work, you can go for oxfords in brown with some design (like brogue embossing on the sides) while for more formal occasions, you’re best off with a simple pair in black.

Loafers

Bally Loafers

Bally Loafers

This type of shoe is the favorite of business travelers.  They easy to wear and to take off, which makes them preferable to wear on a flight.  Comfortable yet still stylish, loafers can be worn to less formal occasions and with jeans.  This is probably why they are so popular because you’re not limited to just wearing them with suits which means more value for money.  If you’re not a person who only has to wear suits on special occasions, loafers are a good choice for you.  They come in many different styles and different colors, just make sure that you go with black, brown or a grey charcoal color if you’re going to wear it with a suit.

Dress Boots

Salvatore Ferragamo Dress Boots

Salvatore Ferragamo Dress Boots

Dress boots are literally formal boots.  They come in many different styles but the “more simple is more formal” rule also applies to this one.  If you’re thinking of wear dress boots with a suit go for a more minimalist look in black or brown if your suit is brown.

Monk Strap

Cole Haan Monk Strap Shoes

Cole Haan Monk Strap Shoes

When you see a pair of shoes that has straps instead of laces then that is what you call the monk strap.  This shoe is much like the oxfords but it saves you the hassle of having to tie your shoelaces from time to time.  Monk straps come in a variation of styles and some are not limited to just having one strap.  Again, for formal occasions you’re best off with black or brown.

Different Shoe Designs

There are different designs that are incorporated with the different shoe styles and there are two common ones:

Cap toes

Neaiman Marcus Cap Toe Oxfords

Neiman Marcus Cap Toe Oxfords

Cap toes, as the name suggests, really have capped toes.  A small piece of leather is used to cover the tip of the shoes where your toes should be.  This serves as a design and sometimes it has brogue or embossing on it.  You usually see this in oxfords and dress boots.

Wing Tips

Kenneth Cole Wing Tip Oxfords

Kenneth Cole Wing Tip Oxfords

Wing tip is a term I’m sure most of you have come across when you’re looking at shoes.  This type of design is similar to the cap toe in the sense that it’s an extra piece of leather put on top of the shoe to create a design.  The main difference between the two is that the wing tip extends to the side creating a wing like design.  Wing tips can be a plain piece of leather or can be brogue (embossed).

 

Looking for a pair of shoes should be fun.  Take a look at us women when we’re on the hunt for shoes.  You should try your best not to be overwhelmed and resist the urge not to try them on.  First and foremost, you have to comfortable with the pair of shoes you’ll be buying because if it doesn’t fit well, you’re literally not going anywhere.

 

’til my next post!

Melanie

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7 Regent Lane’s Best Suited List

Handsome, dapper and debonair: these are some words that best describe these people.  They all did their homework (some, together with their stylists) which is why they come in no particular order.  Before I start, I’d like to point out that even though these people have people who make sure they look good in front of the camera, it is not impossible to look as good as them.  Now, let’s get started:

RYAN GOSLING

He has surely come a long way since his Mickey Mouse Club days.  I personally dig his laid back, resort style and when he suits up; he just looks so chic.  He made women swoon when he arrived at the 2011 Golden Globes in a velvet Ferragamo tux.  Now, velvet isn’t exactly what you use for a suit but he pulled it off and just looked timeless.

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Come to think of it, I’ve never seen Ryan Gosling not look fashionable; this guy just knows how to dress up even at the airport.

ED WESTWICK

What’s a best dressed list without a British man? We all know Ed as the playboy billionaire Chuck Bass in Gossip Girl and he is known for dressing like… a playboy billionaire.  While he is not as consistent as Mr. Gosling, Mr. Westwick has his fair share of fabulous fashion moments.  Here he is at the 2012 Met Ball in a Prada suit…

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I’m missing that British flair a little but he can pull off the classic look just as well.   Don’t you just love his coat lapel?

ROBERT DOWNEY JR

I love this guy.  Aside from being a fabulous actor and playing Tony Stark/ Iron Man (sorry, I just couldn’t help but mention that), he doesn’t play safe when it comes to style.  Don’t get me wrong, there are some people who are too brave that they make themselves look ridiculous and there are men like RDJ who just understand what style is about.  Here he is at the premier of “The Avengers” in Gucci: 

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Who in the world wears a purple three-piece suit and looks good in it? Robert Downey Jr. does. Oh! He also arrived in the premiere driving Tony Stark’s Acura sports car.  This is a guy who knows how to make heads turn.

TINIE TEMPAH

This English Singer- Rapper has been making waves, not just because of his music but also because of his style.  I first took notice of his unique fashion sense in the 2011 Brit Awards where he attended (and won) wearing a White Dolce&Gabbana Suit.  First of all, white is hard to pull off and then he accentuated it with a polka dot bowtie; you gotta love a man with guts.  Then he shows up in the Lanvin Men’s Fall Winter 2012-13 Paris Fashion Week show looking like this…

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Need I say more?

ZAC EFRON

The singing leading man of “High School Musical” is now all grown up and every time he steps out he makes sure he looks his best.  Zac is the perfect example of how a man with a smaller frame should wear his suits; there is not one picture of him not looking so dapper.

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That was Mr. Efron at the premiere of his movie “The Lucky One” earlier this year.  He looked so chic in his Calvin Klein Collection suit and the tie clip was a really nice touch, we rarely see them these days.

LEONARDO DICAPRIO

This guy dates supermodels and he should be one himself.  The Hollywood A-Lister just looks good in anything but I love him more in a suit.  What makes him even more amazing in the fashion sense that he looks good even in those dated suits like the ones in “Gangs of New York” and “Shutter Island”; maybe it’s the confidence that being one of the highest paid actors in the world gives but this list just wouldn’t be complete without him.  Here is Mr. DiCaprio at the 2012 Golden Globe Awards:

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Whether he’s in a movie or pitching for climate change awareness he looks sharp and elegant.  I can’t wait to see him in a 1920s suit in “The Great Gatsby.”

CHANNING TATUM

Women loved a less clothed version of him in the movie “Magic Mike” but this guy looks just as good when he’s dressed to the nines.  He is a great example on how more muscular men should dress up.  Check him out in a plaid suit for the premiere of “21 Jump Street”. 

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I love how his suit is printed but doesn’t come off as pajama looking.  His look stands out but it doesn’t make him look bulkier than he is.

ANDREW GARFIELD

This guy is just full of surprises.  He surprised a lot of people in his portrayal of Peter Parker in “The Amazing Spider-Man” and he surprised everyone in the LA premiere of the movie by coming in a red Balenciaga suit.

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I love red but put it in a suit… it’s usually a recipe for disaster.  Amazingly, he pulled it off rather nicely; very well even.  It’s cute that he went for the colors of Spidey’s costume by wearing a blue shirt under his suit.  Andrew Garfield is definitely one to watch out for, not just as an actor but as a trendsetter as well.

 GARY OLDMAN

I adore this man.  He is an amazing actor (no one could’ve played Commissioner Gordon in the Batman Trilogy as well as he did) and he’s been so well dressed this year!  He’s so well dressed that I feel the need to show you two of his awesome suited up moments.

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The one on the top was at the 2012 Oscars.  I love the subtle details of his look, the lapel and his bowtie he is definitely one of the best dressed of the night.  The picture on the bottom was taken at the premiere of “The Dark Knight Rises” in New York.  He came in a brown suit paired with a blue shirt and he looked vibrant, in fact, he really stood out.  I love how Mr. Oldman is taking risks despite being a bit older.  Age shouldn’t stop you from looking your best.

JOSEPH GORDON-LEVITT

The breakout star of “The Dark Knight Rises” makes my list! For those who have seen “Inception” you have an idea on how this guy looks in a suit: he looks sharp.  Simple, clean and straight to the point are three words to describe his style.  He also rocks the three-piece suit; check out his picture from the August 2012 issue of GQ Magazine:

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You lean men out there should take a page from his book.  If you look at his pictures on the net, you’ll see how well he dresses up according to his body type and yes, young men can look amazingly good in three-piece suits; this guy is proof of that.  He’s so well-dressed now, I almost forgot that he looked like this a few years ago:

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And with that, I bid you adieu and say that there’s always hope.  Don’t let fashion misses bring you down, we’ve all had them.

 

That’s all for now!

Melanie

 

 

Finding the Right Dress Shirt

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You’ve got to be from a different planet if you don’t understand the importance of a dress shirt especially when you are wearing a suit.  Dress shirts are a must have for every man; they’re like a woman’s white button down shirt, flexible and good for almost any occasion.   Whether you wear it alone or under a suit it is imperative that you choose one that will look good on you.  Here are some tips on how to choose a proper dress shirt:

Color

Let’s start with something really easy: color.  A shirt’s color can make or break an outfit so when you are choosing a dress shirt try to imagine what you are wearing it with.  If you are wearing it with a suit, please make sure that it will not in any way clash with the suit (an olive green suit with red dress shirt is not acceptable even if it’s Christmas).  As tempting as it may be to experiment with colors go for something that’s still “comfortable” for you.

Fabric

The next thing that you should pay attention to is the fabric.  Most men make the lethal mistake of underestimating the fabric.  The type of fabric you choose is directly proportional to the amount of comfort the garment will have.  Cotton shirts will be more breathable while those with more polyester contents may cling to you like fly paper on a hot summer’s day.    On the other hand, cotton wrinkles more easily compared to synthetic fabrics.  When you’re choosing fabric, there are two main things you have to consider: the occasion or where you’ll be wearing the dress shirt to and the weather.

Collar

A very important thing you should consider is the collar style. There are a lot of different collars out there but there are four really common ones nowadays.  The straight collar is the most common and is considered the classic look.  This collar looks good on all face shapes and body types.  Another collar is the button down collar, like the straight collar it can be worn by anyone but this certain style of collar looks good even without a tie.   There are more modern or trendier types of collar like the spread collar which gives out a more youthful, carefree and softer vibe but this is a good choice for those who have a slim built.

Style

After choosing your collar style, choose your cut or fit.  Today, slim fit is very common and these are the shirts that are tighter.  They cling to you more compared to the more traditional styles and just as the name suggests, they are good for those on the slimmer side.  There are also some dress shirts that are tapered on the waist, so I suggest that you fit the dress shirt before buying it.

Fit

While you are trying your dress shirt on this is the best time for you to check the fit.  Like the suit, an ill-fitting dress shirt is a recipe for disaster.  First, inspect the buttons; they shouldn’t look like they’re about to pop out.  Next, your sleeves, when you bend your arm the cuffs shouldn’t go up past your wrist.  The cuffs should fit just right, how to tell?  You shouldn’t be able to put the dress shirt on without opening the cuffs and of course, they shouldn’t be too tight.  Lastly, put your hands up in the air (this isn’t a joke), by doing this you’ll be able to check if the tail of your chosen dress shirt will come out or not, a proper fitting dress shirt will not get un-tucked.

Quality

Now you have a dress shirt! Wait! Before you pay for it, make sure that you’re getting what you’re paying for by doing a quick quality check.  If you’re buying a high end dress shirt, check if the buttons are hand sewn and check the stitching at the seams.  It doesn’t take an expert to tell whether a shirt is done right.  Loose threads and uneven stitching on the seams are signs of bad quality which means that shirt won’t last long.

Spending a little more time than usual in choosing your dress shirt will save you a lot of trouble in the future.

That’s all for now!

Melanie

 

 

Suits and Your Body Type

I’m sure that at some point in time you guys have heard women say something about their body type and how they dress up according to it. Self-awareness is key to healthier you and it is also important in the way your dress. Now, before you freak out, this blog post is nothing like a trip to the shrink, after all, finding out your body type is not that difficult; all you need to do is to take a good look in front of the mirror.

My number one rule in dressing up the person is that the clothes should complement the person who is wearing them. It should in no way overpower the person or make him look ridiculous. Choosing to dress up according to your body type highlights your best features and hides certain physical flaws. When you see a suit in a magazine or on a store window mannequin it may look good but it doesn’t necessarily mean that it will look good on you because of your body type. So, here are some basic pointers on what to wear for your body type:

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For men who are blessed with good height aka tall and skinny, you might want to add a bit of weight to your look. This can be easily done by wearing suits made of heavier fabrics. Being tall and skinny also allows you to easily look good in light colored suits like khaki or grey. As for buttons, go for three, it may look restraining for shorter men but it will look good on you because of your height. Being the lucky guy you are, there is no need to make your legs look any longer than they already are, so skip those low rise pants and just go for the normal or regular rise ones.

 

If you are more muscular or on the bulkier side, the first thing you should do is

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to get a suit that is in a dark solid color. While some prints and patterns may seem like an interesting choice, you are safer with a suit that is a bit more traditional. Going for a monochromatic look will make you look taller. If you really do want something that’s not that formal, vertical pinstripes will make you look taller and slimmer. Also, choose a light weight fabric for it will not add extra weight on you. As for buttons, go for two and if you think your belly is a problem area, go for a suit jacket that has a deep V neckline.

Tom Cruise definitely knows how to make himself look good wearing a suit

For men who are on the shorter side, you are best off with a suit that has vertical stripes. This will lengthen you by creating an illusion of height by drawing the eye upward. Short men also tend to look good in a suit jacket that has one or two buttons and low rise pants. Choosing the weight of the fabric will depend on your built, if you are skinny, go for suit fabrics with heavier weight and if you’re a bit bulky, go for the ones with lighter weight.

Before I end this post, there are a couple of things I would like to say: First, whatever body type you are, there is one important thing you must consider and that is the fit. No one wants to be stuck in an ill fitting suit because it’s the most unflattering thing you can wear. Second, if you are still stumped on what suit you should get, always ask an expert. They know suits inside out and they know what looks good on you.

Choosing a suit is a process and at the end of this process you will surely look good and ready to conquer the world.

That’s all for now!

Melanie

Suiting Up For The Office

 

More often than not, the corporate world isn’t just about how much money you make and how you do your job but it is also how you are perceived by the people around you. What many people don’t realize is that the way you dress can also make or break your career, if you walked into a corporate environment wearing a shirt and jeans it is less likely that you’ll be taken seriously compared to when you are wearing a suit. In the office, it is very important that you seem competent and confident about the job and nothing says confident like a suit, this is why most office dress codes require suiting up. Wearing a suit to the office doesn’t mean you have to be uptight; there is an art in finding the right balance when it comes to office wear.

It is important that you learn to find that middle ground between formal and casual. You can wear a colored shirt instead of a traditional white one or a printed tie instead of the plain old ones. Just do make sure they are office friendly, no loud prints and no cartoon characters also, make sure they match, a red shirt and green tie with a grey suit just won’t work. When it comes to your shoes, a basic pair of leather ones in black or brown are the most versatile and always wear them with black socks. No printed socks, it will never be considered cute in a corporate environment.

Don’t forget to accessorize, not the big chain type of accessories, but you are free to wear a dress watch. Leave the sports watch at home; it never looks good with a suit, remember, you are going for a serious look. Your bag should also be corporate friendly, leave the back pack for the weekend. You can have a leather case or the leather satchels that are becoming a trend worldwide, brown or black is your best option. Of course, they have to be neat and tidy inside, you don’t want that awkward moment when you can’t find documents and you have to take everything out of your bag, you don’t want to be seen as unorganized. Lastly, make sure your Suit fits you. Suits are best tailor made for you, there are rules on how it should fit your body and there are certain types that are more suitable for your body types, it’s always best if you ask an expert on this because if your suit doesn’t fit it just won’t work for you no matter what you do.

That’s all for now!

-Melanie-

Seasonal Suiting

Just as sure as the sun will set, seasons will change.  When clothing was first invented it was mainly to protect human bodies from changes in the weather.  Cavemen discovered that rawhide can be used to cover their bodies and up their chance for survival and here we are now, though we still use clothes to protect us, we can say that we upped the ante when it comes to dressing up because we have discovered “style”.  Along with the evolution of man, came the evolution of clothing, clothing today has evolved and has become a self- expression; this is why humans have learned the art of styling according to the seasons.  The four seasons can be divided into two main categories: Warm and Cold.  Remembering these two words will save you a lot of trouble and sweat when it comes to suiting up according to the season.

Warm is for spring and summer.  It is a time when kids head to the beach and soak up the sun, too bad that when you are older, wiser and working, you’re usually stuck in the city but this doesn’t mean you can’t celebrate the warmth of the season in your own stylish urban way.  The key to styling is colors.  There are people who don’t accessorize much and would rather stay on the safe side when it comes to the style of their suits but they use color.  While the white linen suit isn’t exactly urban friendly, you still have a lot of spring/ summer suit colors to choose from.  When you say warm, it means brown, taupe, and khaki. There are a lot of shades of brown to choose from, a tan suit is a perfect choice for summer work wear.  It’s not so serious yet not so casual either.  For your dress shirt, think pastel, loud bright colors more often than not clash with the warm colors of the summer and could be very disastrous.  If you want to be more adventurous, try a suit in olive green, it may sound ridiculous especially to the black, grey and navy loyalists, but it is an understated color. It complements a lot of skin tones and it’s perfect for spring/ summer.  Do make sure you don’t look monochromatic; a tan suit with a beige dress shirt is too bland for summer.  Always think, soft and crisp.  Spring and summer are the most relaxed seasons and you can still adapt that just don’t go overboard. Do remember to keep the leather shoes, never wear those sandals you see on the runways, no matter how tempting it may be.

Cool is, of course, for fall and winter.  These two months are considered to be more serious and formal.  The cold weather promotes layering and most people prefer traditional suits in wool but you don’t have to be stuck with that.  The clothing evolution has brought about more colors to choose from. When years ago they just had black and white, today we have grey, slate grey, charcoal and a lot more shades.  Cool colors may mean the traditional black, navy and dark grey but winter does not have to be this boring.  A great option for this season is a flannel suit in charcoal.  Flannel suits have this rugged look and young vibe to it which makes it a perfect choice for winter office wear.  If you want a more traditional look, then a tweed suit is for you, it may be a classic but it still exudes style.  For dress shirts, while in summer it’s not okay to be monochromatic, in winter it is fine to do so just remember that contrast is still important.  Never go all black or all grey, it is the worst thing you can do for this season any for any other season as well.  While summer means less is more, in fall and winter you are free to accessorize.  Any winter ensemble is not complete without your winter hat, gloves and a coat that fits you well.  Make sure they don’t clash with the color of your suit and you’re all set to brave the cold.

Always remember that just like everything around us, style is continuously evolving.  There’s no harm in trying out something new just make sure you do have the right suit fabric and your suit fits you right, an expert will gladly help you on this.  Apart from being stylish or fashionable, you also have to be comfortable with what you are wearing and a suit that doesn’t fit you right will never look good.

That’s all for now!

-Melanie-

Formal Wear 101

There are times in life when one is required to attend a formal social gathering; some people dread it while some enjoy it.  Formal wear can be considered more stringent but by following a few simple guidelines you can be assured that you’ll look good in any formal occasion.

Let’s start off with the suit.  When you say suit, it means a set of coat and pants made from the same fabric, it may be tempting to experiment with mix and matching suits but this is definitely something you can’t do for a formal event.   Even if they have the same color, if they are not made from the same fabric, it will still be obvious.  The second most important thing about the suit is the fit.   No matter how expensive a suit is, if it doesn’t fit you well, it will not look good on you.  For this, you have fashion stylist, tailors and designers you can consult.  The most basic rule is the suit shouldn’t be too big or too tight.

Now for styling, you have different options on how you want to wear your suit.  Since formal occasions are dressier, you can wear a three piece suit which is also making a comeback in the runways or you can opt for a simpler two piece suit but paired with a dress shirt with French cuffs so you can show off your cufflinks.  Keep the dress shirt simple, it is never a good idea to make it stand out more than your suit.   If you feel like being a bit more adventurous, you can opt to wear a bow tie instead of a tie.  These occasions happen once in a while and stepping out of your usual suit is a good idea, just remember to stay neutral, you can never go wrong with classic colors and bright colors are really not for formal occasions.

 For accessories, choose a classic pocket square, nothing bright and too savvy, you can save it for less formal occasions.  Keep the shoes simple, like classic lace ups, you can never go wrong with them, plus they are versatile and you can wear them for other occasions.  Do wear a watch, but keep it simple, nothing too fancy and nothing sporty.  And lastly, before you put your suit on, don’t forget to have it pressed, a wrinkled suit has no place outside your closet.

That’s all for now!

-Melanie

Accessorizing Suits

Accessories are not only for cars, pets and women; they are also worn with suits as well.  What men don’t realize is that these accessories can also make or break there ensemble.  Here are five popular accessories used with the suit and how they can be worn to complement it.

The Watch

Men are not into jewelry like women but they do have watches.  When donning a suit, a sports watch should never be one of your options.  A dress watch is your perfect choice, it doesn’t have to be expensive either and anything that’s simple yet strong will do.

The Bag

The most common bag to bring along when you are in a suit is a leather briefcase, though nowadays the satchel is becoming a hot trend both for men and women.  It appeals to the younger professional because it is not as stiff as the leather brief case yet it maintains this professional vibe. When choosing between the two, consider your position or what you do, if you are in a more uptight environment it is best to go with the leather brief case, on the other hand, if your job in the corporate world is a bit more relaxed then a satchel may just be for you.  Keep in mind that your bag should be leather, a back pack, a messenger bag will do you nothing but harm, so keep it in your closet for the weekend.  Another important thing about bags, keep them clean and organized. Nothing says professional more than that.

The Pocket Square

 For some it’s nothing but a piece of cloth but believe it or not it can do wonders for your suit.  Pocket squares come in different fabrics, the most common are, cotton, linen and silk.  They also come in different patterns and you can play with colors that come in an unexpected shade when you are suiting up for the office or more casual occasions as long as it doesn’t clash with anything else you have on.  For more formal occasions, pocket squares are best kept simple and classic. 

The Cufflinks

Cuff links are used for the more formal French cuffs, there are a lot of cufflinks to choose from and there are some quirky ones available in the market.  Depending on the occasion, you can use these little accessories to express yourself; you can use a casual design for business meetings and something formal for weddings.  There are a lot of cufflinks to choose from but also make sure they coincide with your whole suited up look.

The Shoes

Like in any item of clothing, shoes that are simple are the most versatile.  Classic lace up ones can be used in different occasions especially ones that are in a neutral color like brown or black.  Always remember to keep them clean and polished.  A dirty pair of shoes can ruin your whole ensemble.

That’s all for now!

- Melanie -

Don’t Fall Off the Fall Bandwagon!

Ever wonder where trends come from? Every season we hear about fashion trends, from a designer’s point of view these serve as a guide on what to do for an upcoming collection.  I think not all people realize that there’s a science that goes with this and there are big companies whose job is to simply predict future trends, like WGSN.  The designers use what has been studied and integrate it in their respective collections.  So, no, designers don’t really dictate trends they interpret them, it’s actually the consumers who do the dictating.  Trends are a social phenomenon and it’s only natural that you catch it one way or the other.  Some people are extremely trendy while others choose classics and have a few trendy pieces now and then.  There’s nothing wrong with following a trend as long as you won’t regret it later on (we all have that “what was I thinking” picture somewhere).

For this fall there are several trends on suits that are pretty interesting.  The Mad Men fever is still on making “period” pieces a must have.  Don Draper has caused a massive move to embrace the 60s and 70s and it is evident in this fall’s runway collections.  Nothing says classic more than a double breasted suit or a three piece suit.  I love vintage like a baby loves milk, it exudes confidence which I dubbed the “vintage swagger”.  I always like telling people to learn how to mix modern pieces with the classics, adding a bright tie or pocket square to a double breasted suit does wonders.

Orange is all over the place this fall, I know it sounds scary but it’s worth giving a try.  We have all heard that color influences certain emotions and a little bit of orange can make a dull day cheery. Going all monochromatic is also a trend this year but for me it’s just too predictable and good for more formal occasions.  If you are going to the office, throw in some color in there and maybe, just maybe, your boss will crack a smile (try adding a bit of green and maybe he’ll give you a raise).

I know a lot of men had question marks on top of their heads when they saw the “skinny” suits in the runways.  These are the suits that looked good on only 15% of the world’s population.  I was never a fan of tight fitting suit pants for men in the runways and I am pleased to tell everyone that from “skinny” we are now on “slim” which is flattering for more men out there.  “Slim” fit suits when done well can make you look taller and thinner without feeling constrained.  No need to worry about things bursting out of the seams.   Suits this season have a more relaxed fit so you can easily bring out your Don Draper like “swagger”.

For accessories, gone are the days when men would try to fit everything in their pockets.  Most men bring bags to only to work but nowadays more and more men have bags with them, which is wonderful! People in today’s world are always on the go and stuffing everything in your pockets will ruin your ensemble especially if you are wearing a suit.  A lot of companies and designer brands have launched bag lines for men and they are worth taking a look at, just remember to consider where you’ll be using that bag for.  Have a backpack or a messenger bag for your casual days and use a leather briefcase or leather satchel for work, there are also bags to choose from in between.  Bags are a good investment and I’m not just saying that because I’m a girl.

There are a couple more trends you can look up the internet, there’s nothing wrong if you want to follow all of them or some but what is more important that you wear what is comfortable for you.  As a designer, I always dress my clients in clothes that suit their personality.  It is important that despite all the trends around us we still retain our sense of self when we dress up; after all, it’s what makes you unique and that will serve as your life jacket so you won’t get lost in the sea of trends.

That’s all for now!

Melanie