Month: August 2014

Colour Blocking for Men

First question: What is colour blocking?
Second question: Can it look good?
Third question: Where can I get my own?

1. Colour blocking refers to wearing two or more contrasting colours together e.g a green t-shirt and some purple trousers (sounds scary doesn’t it?!)

2. Surprisingly, yes it can….when done right. Have a look at some model men and some celebrity ladies doing it right.

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Here are a few tips to make sure you are doing it right:

– Don’t go over the top i.e don’t wear a neon colour with another neon colour, or try and make every single item and accessory a different colour. 

– Some safe colour combos – matching blue with a yellow can work well, grey with pink, red with black. Plus you can get away with a whole lot more when you are for instance at the beach; a bright green tee shirt and some blue shorts can look great. 

– If you aren’t too sure, pair a bright colour with a  more neutral colour.

– Avoid patterns

Most stores will sell bright items that are all one colour.  You can actually get a colour blocking look at a bargain price if you shop around as a lot of brands’ plain colour t-shirts are often one of  their cheaper, staple items. Below are some purple cord trousers from Cordings, available in about 15 other colours too!

If you aren’t ready to go full outfit colour blocking, why not try one item that is already colour blocked for you. For example a tee-shirt like this one from Mark and Spencers or some socks by Lyle & Scott.

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Colour Block Sock by Lyle & Scot

Is Men’s Designer Fashion Becoming Too Feminine?

This week saw the first Toronto Men’s Fashion Week happen (also know as TOM). There aren’t many fashion events purely just for men, this being Canada’s first, but some of the collections have come under steam for being too feminine.  This is undoubtedly something we are noticing in high end fashion; that men’s clothing is looking more and more like women’s clothing. Is it ok to blur the lines and be a little androgynous or should men always dress like ‘men’?  

During the week, a collection by designer Mic Carter was dropped from the show because it was described as too feminine.  Known for his often gender crossing clothes, some of Carter’s latest collections have included male models in cropped shirts and skirts.

Where should men be drawing the line, or in fact should no line be drawn at all?  Of course you aren’t going to see many me wearing exactly what’s been debuted on the catwalk, as with any high fashion display, but the new trends we see from these high end designers do work their way one way or another into the high street stores.  Florals for instance, have slowly but surely made their way onto men, with a big rise in the trend in 2013 and 2014.  As has wearing pink as well, now seen as perfectly normal and acceptable by a lot of men and women.  However, we can’t help but feel that most men would draw the line at these flowing sleeves and dress like creation. Either way we are excited to see where men’s fashion will go in the future and who will follow the trends.


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Fashion does cross the gender lines and it is a common sight for us to see the women of Hollywood flashing a full suit or tuxedo from time to time in place of a pretty girly dress so just for viewing pleasure here’s some A-list women rocking some suits and showing men how it’s done.

How to look Like Robert Pattinson

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Whether you have watched the Twilight Trilogy because your girlfriend has forced you or just because you actually like watching the films yourself there is no disputing that Robert Pattinson has the ability to attract the ladies and drive them wild.  We were first introduced to Robert Pattinson in the film, ‘Goblet of Fire‘, from the Harry Potter franchise where he ends up dead after a bloody thirsty competition.  He has played a dead or indeed undead person ever since in his role of Edward in Twilight.

We are not suggesting that you apply white make up to your face and starve yourself so that you can get the hungry vampire look – unless of course you are Gothically inclined and in that case go straight ahead.  No we are thinking more about what he wears in his spare time and his gear is pretty cool.

The Shirt

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This dark denim shirt by G-Star  is a perfect match to the shirt worn by Robert in the introductory photograph. It’s slim fit and gorgeous detail wil certainly get you looking like a super star.

The Long Sleeved T-Shirt

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This white long sleeved T- shirt from Duck and Cover will fit perfectly under the denim shirt – all you have to do is roll your sleeves up to get the look.

The Jeans

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These black Levis 501 classic fit jeans  complete the look where your threads are concerned and will ensure that you resemble Robert Pattinson where ever you go.

The Shoes

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These H by Hudson boots will round off the outfit and compliment the dark blue of the denim.

 

All you need now is to look a bit tired, dishevel your hair a bit  and look at your hearts desire with the intensity only a vampire can possess.

 

 

70’s Punk in 2014

The trend of distressed jeans is one that has come and gone a lot over the years. Jeans themselves became popular sometime around the 1950’s, originally worn by cowboys and miners. Then celebrities, like James Dean in the movie Rebel Without a Cause, starting wearing them too and that’s when they became really cool! The trend of distressed jeans came about in the 70’s along with different types and colours of jeans. Punk rockers really made them popular when they were ripping their jeans during concerts and then continuing to wear them like because they were rebels and just didn’t care! People wanted to copy them. This year and last has seen another spike in popularity for the distressed look with a lot of celebrities getting their ripped denims on.

Check out this fun video showing you how to do it yourself (it’s pretty easy), complete with a few bad jokes and a history lesson in photos!