Men’s Fashion – Time For Change

One of the biggest fears many men have regarding fashion is to try something different. While you may constantly be updating your wardrobe it is very easy to become stuck in a fashion rut where you buy the same type of clothes or the same colours, season after season.

Once you are happy and comfortable with your attire, this is often where the problem starts, you may feel too comfortable and secure with the clothes you are wearing and may be afraid of pushing your fashion boundaries and stepping out of your comfort zone by trying something new, as a result you will usually choose the same styles and colours year after year.

Men’s fashion is often influenced by your peers and social circle and this often develops a mindset of being afraid to try something different, even if it is highly fashionable. A city banker, for example, will usually be associated with tailored suits, shirts and ties, and trying something different will often be frowned upon. A teenage student, whose friends primarily wear jeans, t shirts and sweatshirts, wearing something smarter would be seen as the exception to the norm.

While our attire may be influenced by friends or our social circumstances there is no reason why you can’t express your own individualism without feeling too uncomfortable in your surroundings. Subtle changes to your attire can make a huge difference to your appearance and you can look both fashionable and stylish, without completely alienating yourself from your peer group.

Firstly consider experimenting with colour, many men continually opt for monochrome colours year after year, one reason is that they don’t want to stand out from the crowd and be remembered for the wrong reasons. Many will choose the colours they feel comfortable with again and again, black, blue and grey which often form the staple colours of many men’s wardrobe, while they are relatively safe colours, they can become rather tedious too. Wearing new colours can make you appear more confident, friendly and allow you to display your individualism, as well as freeing up your wardrobe to a host of new options and colour combinations.

Next we should consider accessories, which can add a whole new dimension to any outfit. Hats are a great accessory and can be worn without changing your traditional attire at all, while at the same time they will completely transform your appearance. While beanies and baseball caps are often worn casually, consider brimmed hats which can be worn formally or casually to give a great personalised and stylish look.

If you have never worn a hat before, the drivers cap is an excellent item to start with, usually found in tweed, they are also available in a variety of materials including wool, cord and leather and they look excellent with casual as well as smarter wear. The trilby is another great hat which can be worn casually or formally, very popular during the 1960′s, the trilby faded from fashion for many years, but is now very popular again. The bowler hat has also staged a comeback recently and while traditionally worn in a formal setting it can be a very versatile accessory and is definitely worth experimenting with, and worn less formally.

Braces are another fantastic accessory that can add a huge amount of style, they can be worn formally with a suit and casually with jeans or a pair of chinos. Braces are a great and fashionable alternative to a belt and are an inexpensive way to transform your attire.

If you are a regular tie wearer, consider the change to a bow tie, traditionally associated with a certain type of person or profession, bow ties are now the height of fashion and give a great opportunity to express some individualism and you will look very stylish when wearing one too.

Simple changes can make a big difference to your look and when you make the decision to make some changes into your attire, be brave and embrace the change.

Movie Goddesses, And How You Can Be A High-Fashion, Purse-Carrying Goddess!

Purses, fashion handbags, clutches, embroidered bags and totes, who doesn’t love dressing up with a bag that’s fashionable and fun? Handbags are the deluxe accessory you want to be seen with, as long as you choose the right look and model it on the fashion greats.

Fashion greats? Yes, we’re talking Hollywood, dear friends. Movie stars with style know how to carry a bag with style! Let’s take a look at how some of the most fashionable movie greats carried a bag with style, panache and that little extra something!

Audrey Hepburn Style

Petite Audrey Hepburn epitomized a uniquely graceful elegance. She charmed with her sparkling eyes and a smile that could light up a room. She was always beautifully attired and accessorized, whether she was dressed for a Hollywood premiere, an opening in Paris or a day in the park. In the film “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” she set a new standard with her wardrobe by designer Givenchy.

For her high fashion handbag, she favored a sassy little black snakeskin clutch, with a gold chain and a chunky gold clasp. The piece beautifully accented her little black dress and pearls. It’s the kind of simple elegance she was known for and a look that works well today! Check out different styles in small purses and handbags that offer simplicity. These timeless looks will highlight your own personal style to show you off!

Graceful Grace Kelly

The serene Princess of Monaco, Grace Kelly, was a style setter who brought the ultimate in Hollywood glamour to Europe when she married the Prince of Monaco. While pregnant with her first child, Princess Caroline, Kelly carried a black crocodile Hermes bag, using it as a fashionable accessory while also using it to artfully cover her pregnant tummy.

The stylish bag, which had a metal fastener and sleek detailing, became a handbag sensation and was renamed the “Kelly” bag. Hermes still creates versions of this bag in different sizes and in different reptile skins. Take a look at these bags for ideas on accessory handbags that are sleek and that lend something extra to your wardrobe.

Colorfully Dazzling Liz Taylor

The late, ever-lovely Elizabeth Taylor knew a thing or two about accessories!! What kind of handbags did she favor? In keeping with her personal style, it was all about glitter, bling and intense color! She loved purple and red, two colors that suited her mightily.

Ms. Taylor once made a court appearance dressed entirely, from her shoes to her dress to her handbag, in her favorite color, an intense shade of purple. When choosing a bag to light up your look, take a cue from Liz and be bold. Go for color and dazzle!