Colors 101

We don’t know exactly what is stooping you from wearing colors.  Maybe it’s safe to keep your closet locked firmly onto the holy trinity of black, blue and grey (c’mon, we all know it’s a bit boring), or you just don’t want to be bothered.  Colors can be just as classic and formal as neutrals.  Not just in summer, but all year-round.  Maybe adding some color to your closet will be a stylish new year resolution you can actually keep to.

Here is what we know.  There are many shades of a color.  You may not like (or look good in) sky blue, for instance, but you might look fantastic in royal blue or navy.  Just like in a crayola box, there are so many choices, you will most likely find one that you like, and, most importantly, flatter your complexion.  Colors that are flattering to one’s complexion will make the face and eyes look brighter while the wrong shade of the same color can make skin look washed out and muddy.

So, with that said, if you can get a color analysis done, which of course would be optimal, a professional will be able to tell you exactly what colors are best for you.  A simpler alternative is to place a clothing item of color close to your face and watch for yourself the difference a great shade can do.  Or, just keep an eye out for colors you’re wearing that you get the most compliments on.  Easy enough, right?

When you figure out some colors that are right for you, go all out.  Don’t be afraid, and by all means, copy from contemporaries around you. There are no bad colors, you just have to find your right shade.

We suggest you start with basic items and then move on to matching and playing 100%.  These are some great ways to start: adding a brighter color tie to a somber suit,
a yellow wind breaker, a V-neck cashmere sweater in a forest of bright green, a purple sport coat, bright-colored t-shirts for summer (make sure they are fitted so you don’t look like a toddler).  There are a great array of colored corduroys.  Start with blue, and see how far you can go.  And stop thinking of labeling, colors are all about aesthetics.  Most importantly, have fun and make sure that whatever you buy always coordinates with what you already have!

Red: power and energy.  Great for a presentation or people who work in sales.  Psychologically, color has an impact on the person viewing it.  Here are some fun facts about how our dear brain perceives certain colors.

Yellow: conveys youthfulness, alertness and optimism.  A yellow tie can illuminate a dull suit.

Green: radiates harmony and calmness and demonstrates credibility.  Olive green is good for men in meetings.

Blue: expresses serenity and calmness in a variety of shades.  Navy blue, in particular, denotes power and authority, thus it’s the color choice for most police forces.  Looks great on TV, too.

Purple: power, creativity.  Great to add as an
accent color for business meetings and presentations.  It could be a lavender dress shirt or tie.

Orange: conveys a confident and outgoing nature.  Remember, there are many shades!

Brown: creates a comfortable and practical feeling in the onlooker and wearer.  Always make sure they are well-maintained.

Black: elegant, fashionable.  Just be aware that it can create a washed-out look, so you may want to add a brightly colored tie or bowtie.

White: a sign of virtue.  Indeed, the easiest and fastest way to look preppy.  Just make sure it’s always spotless.  A fitted white suit is always a winner for formal summer events!

Wardrobe Color Guide

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This ultra-helpful wardrobe color guide will easily help you figure out what matches what. So when you grab a purple shirt, don’t match it with yellow, go for white, tan, even brown. There are even some “Foolproof” combinations just in case you don’t feel like learning all these matches.

How to Pick the Perfect Engagement Ring

You have decided to pop the question (such a strange phrase, isn’t it?). Now you already have the location picked, maybe you’re not sure what you’ll say just yet but you have some time, what are you forgetting? If your future husband or wife is hoping for a traditional wedding, they’re going to expect a shiny new ring to accompany your big question.

This is such a tough decision. Not only are rings expensive, there are also so many of them. You check out dozens of designs and somehow they all look nearly the same. You can’t ask your significant other, that would spoil the surprise! You could always get them a loaner ring, then have them pick out their favorite after you ask for their hand, but not many people opt for this. You need to make a decision!

We’ve may not have the exact answer you’re hoping for, nobody can pick the right ring for you. But we do have a few helpful resources to get you on your way to a happy wedding and marriage.

How to find the ring size
This is something many people can overlook. You focus on searching for the perfect stone, setting, and design, but forget to size the ring! This infographic can help you find sneaky ways to find out your future spouse’s ring size.

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The Practical side of picking a ring

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If you’re hesitating and wondering why you need a ring

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Wet Shaving Guide

Wet shaving is experiencing a renaissance of sorts. If you’re not one of the guys jumping on the beard bandwagon, you’re likely shaving. Have you thought of trying wet shaving? Do you know what it is? Think of the type of shaving you see men getting at barbershops in movies or TV shows. The kind where the barber uses the big brush to lather on foam, then uses a straight razor to artfully make the facial hair disappear.

Wet shaving isn’t something just meant for barbershops and special occasions. It can be done right at home! All you need are a few tools of the trade and a little advice to help get you started. This helpful infographic from Reddit user Wicked_Edge will get you started. It goes through the products you need, as well as the benefits of wet shaving. Do your face a favor and try it out!

Source: Reddit User Wicked_Edge

Men’s Fashion Myths (are they fact or fiction?)

Who doesn’t love figuring out whether a popular myth is fact or fiction? We’re always amazed when a long-held belief turns out to be false. How could it be!? How do these myths get so popular so as to become quasi-fact? Attire Club has done the work for us! They have taken a handful of common men’s fashion myths, researched, and figured out whether they’re fact or fiction. Let’s give you a test question: Does black make you look thinner? What do you think? Check out the article to see if you’re right.

Source: Attireclub.org

Here’s another myth that Attire Club debunks:

Myth #4: Your tie should not match your pocket square

Answer: Fact
If you are wearing a tie and wish to add a pocket square as well, the rule is that the pocket square should not match your tie in fabric and shape. Therefore, if you are wearing a red cotton tie, you can match it for example with a dotted green silk pocket square. The reasoning behind the rule is that a pocket square should compliment your tie. There is no point in adding two accessories of the same type twice.

However, there are people who break this rule and look great doing it. Style expert Tim Gunn often wears matching ties and pocket squares, which gives him an old-timey vibe. Back in the day, your tie needed to match your pocket square, so wearing matching pieces is always going to be a reference to the past.

Essential Camping Gear

Who doesn’t love a bit of camping? Getting close to nature, sleeping on the ground, building a fire (well trying to build one). Summer is a great time to get out and make use of the weather (and lack of snow). So what exactly do you need to go camping? Besides the obvious like a tent, sleeping bag, light, food. There are tons of other items you need to be prepared for anything the wilderness can throw at you.

Buzzfeed actually has a great list of camping items you need including basics like water, tarps, camp shower, cooler, firewood, and more.

AeroBed PakMat
$114.99
Inflatable camping bed, perfect for any tent or under a sleeping bag.

Brook & Hunter Premium Mo-Tool Axe
$38
More than just a multi-tool, also includes hammer and axe.

DIY Solar Powered Cellphone Charger
$20
This is something you can buy or make on your own. If you love working with your hands, try making this charger which will provide juice for your electronics while camping.

DIY Camping Shower
Cost of materials
If you aren’t looking to spend a ton on your camping trip, try making your own camp shower!

Camp Chef Everest Stove
$117
If you’re worried about making your own fire, try this gas camping stove.

Men’s Blazer Types

Infographic from Real Men Real Style

There isn’t just one of anything anymore. There are different types of socks, different computers, different chairs. This is especially true for fashion. When you’re shopping for a blazer, have you noticed all the subtle differences in the styles? There are sport coats, blazers, suit jackets, those fancy cigar jackets, tuxedo jackets. It can be tough to figure out which blazer is which, and what you should be wearing for your next event. You wouldn’t really want to wear a tuxedo jacket to a business meeting (maybe unless it was a black tie affair). It’s a good idea to read up and see the different styles. The talented team at Real Men Real Style have created a handy infographic (above) to help show you the different types.

Mens Summer Fashion

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Summer is here! Well in Florida we don’t really notice a difference, we didn’t have much of a winter luckily. But with summer comes a change in attire. Men will start wearing more loose fitting outfits, shorts, boat shoes, hats and sunglasses. As a guy, what should you be wearing this summer? What are the summer fashion do’s and don’ts? We’ll walk through some of the basic clothes you should be sporting for summer.

Boat Shoes
Boat shoes are the quintessential summer shoe. They’re not just for boats anymore, but are more often seen on men wearing shorts. If you do plan to sport boat shoes, make sure you don’t wear socks! This is a definite don’t for these shoes.

Stylish Sunglasses
Now is the time to invest in a nice pair of sunglasses that will last. If you’re going for a classic look, aviator shades are always in style. Head to Sunglass Hut and test on a few pairs. Stick with dark colors like black and brown. Colors like white, orange, yellow stand out, but don’t fit a man trying to look sophisticated.

Bring out the pastels!
Don’t drab down your wardrobe with dark colors like grey, black, brown. It’s summer! Celebrate with bright colors. These lighter colors will also make you feel cooler in the sun. Go for some yellows, aqua, orange, lime, even pink if you’re feeling confident.

No ties needed
Summer is a time for relaxation. So undo that tie and let your neck breathe! If you plan to go out on the town, try going for a blazer and button down combo sans tie. Combine this with a pair of tan or white pants (if you can pull them off).

Roll up your pants
It’s summer, and it’s hot! You can roll up those pant legs just a bit during this time of year. Just make sure you are wearing shoes without socks like loafers. This style doesn’t look good with socks.