The Adventurous Man

We’ve got a guest blogger today! Kate, from The Brown Umbrella, offers her suggestions on how to convey that “adventurous man” look.

  1. Bright Colors, especially blues and rust, are must if you are looking to make a bold statement this year.  Men who wear this trend exude confidence and style, and it can be done in whatever scale makes you comfortable.  Some looks on the runway were head-to-toe brights, but I don’t know many men who could pull that off in real life, so maybe just incorporate the trend with one piece or even just in an accent accessory like a pocket square or shoelaces.
  2. I am mesmerized by how modern rolled up trousers make suits look, especially when paired with a fitted tee.  If you do not need to wear a suit everyday, you can roll up your chinos or jeans and pair it with a sleek blazer or a chunky knit.  This may be my favorite trend off the spring runways for men because it is sexy in its ability to be dressed up, yet casual.
  3. Boat shoes have gotten an update this season by using prints and unique textures like straw and tweed to the top panel of them.  It is definitely a way to make a special sort of statement, and much more comfortable in the heat of the spring and summer than the other big shoe trend for men, military boots.  I love the idea of pairing these shoes with a button down and shorts.
    boat shoes
  4. Another big thing that I love this season is juxtaposition of pieces with innovative cuts and vintage silhouettes.  It is nice because of how much freedom it gives you to personalize each outfit.  The vintage silhouettes can be found in new pieces, or even out of your grandfather’s attic or a thrift store (they are the best places to find one of a kind pieces, but make sure you get the pieces tailored to fit you).  I love a man in a well fitting vintage piece; even vintage accessories are a great option if you are unsure of how the tailoring should be done.
  5. Tribal and Baja prints are so exciting this season because they are being used in unexpected ways.  They are used on shoes, pants, cardigans… everything.  The geometric tribal prints are very masculine and easy to style along with any of your basics.

The Classic Man

  1. For the past few years men’s suits have been getting more and more slim, but that has changed this season and we are starting to see more traditional suit silhouettes.  The wider leg is modern and clean, so when it is paired with a boxy jacket, men look traditional but very fresh.
  2. I believe every man should have a chambray shirt because it can be paired with anything from casual linen pants to brightly colored chinos to white jeans.  It is timeless and very waspy, but if paired with the right accessories it can be novel and almost urban.
  3. Check and Tweed will always be stylish.  You can never go wrong with brown tweed or gray glen plaid, but in order to keep them from looking like your dad’s pieces that are a bit dull, look for updated cuts to your pieces. Also, never underestimate the power of a good tailoring job.
  4. One of the most versatile trends this season, sunbleached neutrals, is great because you probably already have them in your wardrobe (and they are incredibly comfortable).  Since they are a neutral, they can be worn with anything, and even worn together for a spectacularly cozy monochromatic look.
  5. Trench coats will be in style and needed in a man’s wardrobe forever.  You can try a navy trench in you are feeling a little bolder than the traditional khaki.  Double breasted coats and jackets are on trend this season as well, so it is a great way to check off two trends in one.
Thanks to Kate at The Brown Umbrella for these great tips!

Men’s Guide to Cologne, From a Ladies Perspective.

Ask any lady, and they’ll all tell you the same; There’s nothing as great as a good-smelling man. Whether the scent comes simply from the soap they use, or if they purposefully wear cologne, a good scent is a great thing to have. We polled our office, friends, and even a Beverly Hills fragrance specialist to find out the top picks in men’s cologne.

Burberry Brit for MenBurberry Brit for Men Women’s POV: Clean, manly, and sophisticated.

Notes: Bergamot, Cardamom, Cedarwood, Green Mandarin, Wild Rose, Nutmeg, Oriental Woods Accords, Musk

Price Range: $57-$75

L’homme by Yves Saint Laurent
L'Homme by Yves Saint Laurent
Women’s POV: Makes you think of the classic, All-American man. Has a lightly gingered musk with a robust amber-cedar-vanilla finish. There’s a very light hint of violet leaf, which gives a hint of sensitivity to the warm, masculine fragrance.

Notes: Cedar, White Ginger, White Pepper, Cedarwood, Tonka Bean, Bergamot, Ozonic Notes, Basil Flower, Violet Leaves, Haiti Vetiver

Price Range: $45-$95

Tom Ford Tobacco VanilleTobacco Vanille by Tom Ford Women’s POV: Deep, earthy tones. Has a sweet smell, but still very manly and sensual. Could sniff this all day!

Notes: Tobacco leaf, tobacco flower, vanilla, cocoa, tonka bean, wood sap

Price Range: $175-$475

Terre d`HermèsTerre by Hermès Women’s POV: A light, fresh scent with a hint of woody bottom for a sexy warmth.

Notes: Grapefruit, orange, oak moss, benzoin

Price Range: $77 – $174

Millésime Impérial by Creed Women’s POV: A soft musk with lemon, bergamot, ambergris and musk.

Notes: Crisp fruit notes, Sicilian Lemon, mandarin, bergamot, Florentine Iris, musk.

Price Range: $140 – $380


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Ladies Spring Break Style 2012

Spring is one of the prettiest times to be a gal! With all the pastels, bright colors, and floral prints floating around, you can’t help but feel great in spring fashions. Going along with our Men’s 2012 spring looks, here’s what ladies can look forward to this spring.

On Top

Ladies outerwear

To keep warm, layer up with cute cardigans, blazers, and trenches. Bold colors are definitely in, but these pretty pastels are perfect for outerwear. Be sure to make sure your outerwear fits you properly. Just like men’s fashion, tailoring makes all the difference! We’re loving this 60s inspired mint green cardigan with pearl buttons – too cute!


All Over

dresses 2012

Nothing makes you feel prettier like a dress, so bring them out! This is where you can stash your floral prints and fun patterns, like stripes or polka dots. Wear these bare-legged or with some bright tights, and finish the look off with either flats or heels – both look great!


To the Floor

ladies shoes 2012

To compliment the looks above, pastel and neutral colored shoes are the way to go. Oxfords are still in, and they look great with cropped pants and dresses alike. Toms just released their new Ballet Flats line, and we are loving the Alessandra design! Also, don’t forget to play up embellishments. The bows on these Tiffany-blue heels are too precious.



Ladies Accessories 2012

Play up your outfits with some fun accessories this spring! Scarves aren’t just for winter, you can wear them year round! Opt for lighter fabrics like silk and linen, and don’t be scared of fun prints! Fedoras are also making a comeback for females, and the Panama style, shown above, is a great starter hat. Funky jewelry is a great addition, and so are some bright orange nails! A punchy orange is the official Pantone color of 2012, so expect to see it everywhere. Finish the look with a bold handbag. We’re loving cross-body bags, especially in this cobalt blue color.

Men’s Spring Break Style

Even if you don’t get a spring break (some of us have to work…), you can still dress the part. These breezy, preppy looks are perfect for barbecues, a quick hike with your dog, or brunch with your girl on the patio.


Up Top

sweaters and jackets

It’s not summer yet, so you’ll probably need something to keep you warm. Blazers are a classic go-to, and they’re all over this spring’s Banana Republic Mad Men line. If you don’t have a blazer, or want something different, opt for a chunky sweater. They’ll keep you warm, they’re easy to take off if you get too hot, and girls love cuddling with these.


In the Middle


Bright pops of color are in for both guys and gals this spring. Mix it up a little by wearing color in your shorts. You can wear an equally bold color up top, or you can keep it neutral and let the color of your shorts do the talking. Belt them or not, it’s up to you, just don’t let them sag.


On the Bottom

men's shoes

Going along with the preppy trend we’ve got here, you can add to this look with some loafters or plain canvas shoes. To do a good thing, and wear some of the most comfortable shoes out there, grab a pair of Toms. Sandals work, too, just make sure your feet are prepared. You’re never too manly for a pedicure, and girls hate looking at gross guy feet. It’s worth it.


Something Extra


Fedoras are coming back big time, probably thanks to Mad Men, but also because they’re impeccably stylish. Men have been wearing hats and fedoras for over a century, and they’re back. They key to looking great in one is to pick a style that’s flattering to your head and face shape, and making sure it fits. Hat sizing charts can easily determine this for you to make sure you don’t become a “fedora fail.”

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