Fashion FAQs

Whether it was through comments, e-mail, or in person, I have been asked a few questions regarding some more fashion rules style tips. I think these questions are good for everyone to know the answers to so let’s dissect them now.

“Do I leave the bottom button of an overcoat unbuttoned?”

The answer is no. Only blazers and suit coats need to have the bottom button left undone. The reason is to make the outfit look less uptight and more relaxed. As far as items like trench coats or peacoats goes, keep them buttoned all the way. You may undo the last one if you like, but it is not necessary.

“What color shoes do I wear with a light grey suit?

With a grey suit, almost any shoes will be appropriate. Black, oxblood, and a medium to dark brown will look the best. A simple rule that needs to be followed is your shoes should always be darker than your suit, so be sure to choose a shade of brown (if you do decide to go with that color) darker than your suit’s shade of grey. If it is your first pair of nice shoes, go with black. It is a timeless color that will complement almost any suit color.

“What is the proper way to roll your sleeves?”

While there are many different ways to roll sleeves, different types will give you different styles. The most common and most comfortable way is to just take the cuff of the sleeve and fold that continuously up the arm until you have reached a desired length. While this is the most common, it looks the worst because it’s the sloppiest of the rolls.

For the smaller build, it is recommended to take the cuff, fold it in half, and then roll it up the arm. The smaller-sized cuffs will be more appealing and the extra rolls will give a better fit.

For everyone else, stick with “The Master Sleeve Roll”, as told by artofmanliness.com. In this roll, fold the cuff of the shirt up and bring it to where you want the end of the roll to end up. Then, take the part of the fold that is closest to your hand and begin to roll it to your cuff. This is the best way to fold shirts because it allows you to pick any particular length and width of the roll as well as giving you the best fit around your arms. Here is how to do the fold, brought to you by artofmanliness.com.

“How do I properly tuck in a shirt?”

This is a fairly simple but great question because as easy as it sounds, many people do not know. When getting dressed in the morning, make sure your shirt and socks are the first things you put on. Your pants go last. This is so your socks stay fully spread up your ankles and so your shirt can hang as you put on the pants. When pulling the pants up your legs, make sure the zipper and button(s) are undone. Shove the front and back ends of the shirt down the pants as far as they can go, then take any excess material around the sides of the shirt and fold them toward your rear end in order to create a crisp fold with a formed fit. Adjust the buttons of the shirt so they line up with the zipper of your pants and then you’ll be good to go.

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The Most Basic Fashion Rules That Everyone Should Know

Fashion can be a very complicated art. Designers are constantly coming out with different trends that change with the seasons. While there are some styles that come in and out, there are rules in place to keep these styles in check and will never leave us. These basic rules should be understood by everyone to harness these different styles so we can look our best. Let’s dissect them now.

Match Leathers: If you didn’t know to match your shoes with your belt, I am very glad you found this article. While many rules can be broken if done correctly, this one should never be altered with. Black belt? Black shoes. Brown belt? Brown shoes. Easy as that. Don’t worry if your browns are a little off, just don’t be wearing tan shoes with a dark brown belt.

Give Ties Proper Length: Ties should always be ending with the tip of the tie just touching your belt, no exceptions. Take the extra care and time to fix your tie and ensure the length is where it needs to be. The additional tries will definitely be worth the perfectly tied tie.

Do Not Match Pocket Squares and Ties: That’s right. A pocket square is meant to compliment your tie, not match it. Find something with a similar color scheme as your tie but never actually wear a pocket square that has the same material and pattern as your tie. If your tie has small black and red checkers, do not have a pocket square with small black and red checkers. The only exception is when you are dressed formally in a monochrome tie or bow tie, a plain silk pocket square of that color may be sported with it.

Wear Ties Darker than Your Shirt: This one is simple. If you have a dark blue shirt, do not wear a yellow pastel tie with it. The darker and bolder colors take the emphasis of the outfit and the tie should be the focal point. If you wear a shirt that is darker than your tie, you defeat the whole purpose of wearing a tie in the first place.

Unbutton Your Bottom Button: Unless you are of military personnel (thank you for your service), unbutton the bottom button of a suit coat or blazer. This rule has been around for centuries, so don’t think you can make it work by buttoning all of them. If you do, it makes you look tense and uptight. With a three-buttoned jacket, the top one may be undone as well, just make sure that middle one stays together.

Know the Different Dressing Lingo: If you don’t know what business casual or semi-formal means, you are not the only one. Check out The Cheater’s Guide to What Business Formal (and Other Dress Codes) Means where we dissect each of the different terms and tell you exactly how to dress for that occasion.

No Navy and Black: The only time you should wear these two colors together is when you have are wearing a navy suit. Black shoes should then be worn. Other than that, these colors are too similar and offer too little of contrast to be worn together.

No Khaki and Khaki: Just don’t do it. You’ll look like a camel.

Two Patterns per Outfit: When wearing a shirt and tie, the shirt can be vertically striped and the tie can be checkered; however, no more patterns after that or it will be overkill. And if you’re wearing a statement pattern like floral or camo, then no more patterns after that one. You will come across as if you’re begging for attention and believe me when I say you’ll get it. But it will more be people talking about how ridiculous you look, and no one wants that. One or two patterns is all you need to differentiate yourself and keep you looking good.

Own What You Wear: No matter what you are wearing, own it. Be confident in the clothes you put on your body because that confidence will make you look all that much better.

Bootcut? Relaxed Fit? Slim-Straight? Here’s Exactly What They All Mean

The worst part about shopping for jeans is knowing what the heck you’re supposed to buy. It seems like there are a million different cuts and styles to choose from but what do they all mean? Well, we here at Pared People are ready to break it down for you so that you know exactly what to look for when you’re out on the field finding clothes. If you don’t have time to read each individual description, check out The Jean Chart at the bottom for a quick summary of each style.

Bootcut: This style of denim became popular in the 1800s when cowboys needed jeans to wear that would be tight enough for the cowboys to ride horses but wide enough in the calf so that their boots would fit underneath. To this day, bootcut jeans still have that same fit. They are regular fit around the waist and thigh but widen at the calf to fit any boot inside.

Slim: Slim-fit jeans are recommended for all of the thin people out there. The denim is cut extra-thin in the thighs and calves to ensure a more form-fitted pair of jeans. These are currently the trendy style of jeans that look best when rolled up or folded in the calf.

Tapered: While very similar to slim-fit, tapered jeans stay regular fit up through the thigh and become slim fit in the calves. This gives them the “tapering” that the name describes. Like slim-fit, they provide a trendy look but for those who may not have a thin build.

Straight: This fit is one of the most classic cuts and it never goes out of style. Straight fit can be described as just the normal type jean. It stays regular fit up in the thigh and does not taper or get wider at the calf like the bootcut and tapered fits. It simply keeps its regular fit going all the way down, giving it the “straight” in its name.

Slim-Straight: Because sometimes people with a thinner body type want that classic look too, our designer friends have given them this cut of denim to ensure that they can have it. Slim-straight works by slimming down the thigh region of the jeans and keeping the calf straight going down. No tapering. No widening. Classic.

Relaxed: Recommended for people with wider legs, the relaxed fit will open up around the thighs, providing extra room from the waist to the knee. The calf of the relaxed fit jeans can either widen towards the bottom or stay straight coming down depending on the brand of jeans. These jeans are perfect for both comfort and play.

Skinny: Basically, the skinny cut is just an exaggerated slim fit. They are extra thin around both the thighs and calves to show off the lower figure of the person wearing them. Everyone can point out a pair of skinny jeans when they see them, so there is no need to go into further explanation. (Not shown on chart)

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And there you have it. Now you’re all experts and know the difference between all of the different cuts and styles. Thanks for reading everyone, and be sure to like, comment, or share if you like it.

What Clothes Look Best on Your Body Type

Everyone is different. We all come in such weird shapes and sizes, making there no such thing as a “normal” looking body. And because we all don’t look the same, different clothing items will not all fit us all the same. There are certain selections of clothes that look better on one body type than another, making it essential that you understand who you are before you analyze your closet in the morning. So what are the body types? There are three different categories that your body can fall into: ectomorph, endomorph, and mesomorph. Before we get into what clothes look good on each, let’s learn a bit about what each type means. Here’s a chart from bodybuilding.com that shares some qualities for each class. If you’re wondering which one you are, you can take their test here and find out.

Now that we’ve got that settled, let’s begin to look at what clothes look good to wear for each type.

Shirts

Ectomorph: Look for anything with the words “slim”, “fitted”, or “tailored”. You want shirts to just graze the body. Unlike popular belief, dressing in bigger and wider clothes will only make you look thinner, so be sure to find a proper fit. Find shirts with a semi-spread or spread collar to give the appearance of a wider body with emphasis on the shoulders.

Mesomorph: Because of your natural “V” shape (wide at the shoulders and thin at the waist), try to find shirts that share this fit. Look for “regular” or “classic” labels on shirts when you are shopping and be on the lookout for one that gets thinner as it goes down. Semi-spread collars will be the best for this body type because there is no need to widen the shoulders more with a spread collar.

Endomorph: Opposite of the mesomorphs, you’re going to want to try to find shirts that get wider as they go down; however, you want to make sure the shoulders fit well (if you need help, see How a Shirt Should Fit You) and the shirt is not too big. Always tuck in shirts when they can be, as this will give a slimmer appearance. Collars should be standard or narrow.

Pants

Ectomorph: Proper fit is crucial with this group. You want to always wear slim, straight, or slim-straight. If you try to wear relaxed fit or bootcut, it will look like you’re a little kid trying to wear Dad’s jeans. If you try to wear skinny, it will make you look a lot thinner than you actually are.

Mesomorph: Straight leg pants will be your best friend. They will perfectly balance out the “V” shape up top and make any outfit look more put together.

Endomorph: Wear relaxed fit or boot-cut. Relaxed fit will have a wider waist and thighs whereas bootcut will give more room around the calves. Depending on the shape of your legs, experiment with which gives you the best fit and stick to that.

Patterns

Ectomorph: Your body type is at a bit of an advantage here because trendy patterns and bold fabrics will look best on you. For example, a sweater with deep grooves should be chosen over a simple crew neck sweater. Patterns that are bigger and more rich will add weight to its piece, making your body look more “full”.

Mesomorph: As far as stripes, dots, plaid, and other patterns go, find something in the sizes of small to medium. Too big of patterns might add too much weight to your torso, so wear clothes that are less bold.

Endomorph: Stay with the classics and choose to wear clothes that are monochromatic or have subtle patterns. The impact of bolder designs or color patterns will give you extra weight. Also, stay away from vertical stripes. They do not actually make you look thinner. They do the opposite actually because when people follow the stripes down from head to toe, the stripes are seen to move in an angle outward, heavily exaggerating your body shape.

And that’s all for today. If you have any individual questions of what to wear or need clarification, feel free to comment below. We would love to help you out. No one should ever go out looking like this:

The Cheater’s Guide to What Business Formal (and Other Dress Codes) Means

We’ve all been there. You’re scanning over the invitation to “that thing” (wedding, business dinner, business meeting, club meeting, sports banquet, school dance, etc.) and you see the dress code line, which should read something like this:

“This is a Black Tie Event.” or perhaps, “Please wear business casual attire.”

Now if you’re anything like me, you jump on Google, type “Men’s business casual outfit” in the search bar, click images because no one uses images.google.com, and try your best to match whatever outfit the first one or two pictures show with something in your own wardrobe. Even though that gets the job done, it’s nice to have a working knowledge of Dress Code Terminology so that you can be prepared for any sort of event, especially because we know that our viewers are the kind of people that get invited to things. Here are some of the most commonly used Dress Code Terms and what they mean.

Black Tie Event

Men: Fellas are going to want to wear a black tuxedo with matching pants, pleated or piqué (fabric with an outer ribbing) white shirt, and a black bow tie. Cuff links are to always be worn along with shirt studs to cover up those buttons. Replace your leather belt with a pair of black suspenders and either wear a cummerbund (ribbon-like waistband that goes around the stomach and lower back) that matches your tie or just stick with a black vest. Don’t get too fancy with the footwear. Black shoes and black socks will get the job done every time.

Women: Ladies have three options. Wear an elegant evening gown, a fancy cocktail dress, or your best “little black dress” Make sure to break out those prized heels that every woman saves for an event like this and you will be all set for the event. You can’t go wrong, you’ll look stunning.

Black Tie Optional

Men: You guys have a little more leeway to dress formally than you would with a strict Black Tie Event. Like the name says, you may choose to dress in a tuxedo, or you may also wear a dark suit with a white shirt and conservative tie. Be sure to complete either outfit with leather shoes and dark socks.

Women: Sorry, ladies. There’s nothing much more that you can do here, partly because you had so many options for a normal Black Tie Event. What you can do is start experimenting with accessories. Make sure to have fun with them, but don’t overload.

Semiformal

Men: Now you guys can lose the tuxedo and just wear a plain dark suit. The vest here is optional, but you are required to wear a dress shirt and tie. Ties can start having more elaborate patterns and designs, but don’t make them too bold. It is still considered a formal event (well, semiformal). Like the past two events, leather shoes and dark socks should still be worn.

Women: Now is the time to lose the evening gowns and replace them with a nice cocktail dress, long skirt and top, or any “little black dress”. Play around with accessories and dressy separates, just keep whatever you wear within reason…

Business Formal/Professional

Men: Men, same as Semiformal but make the tie pretty conservative. This is a business event after all.

Women: Because you have pretty much had to wear the same things for the fancier events, we’ll give you more options here. You can finally wear a suit if you wish, or pull together a dress with a jacket. Are your feet still hurting from the fancier events? Well now is when you can give them a rest and slip on shorter heels or a nice pair of flats.

Business Casual

Men: There are two styles to go after here: a blazer and slacks or a sport coat and khakis. Both should be worn with a dress shirt or a casual button-down. A tie is not required but if you have a burning passion to wear one, go for it. If you’d like, you can replace your dressier shoes with a pair of loafers.

Women: On top, wear an open-collar shirt, sweater, or one of your better-looking knit shirts. On bottom, wear a skirt, khakis, or slacks. If all else fails, you can never go wrong with a dress either.

Casual

Men: Just like it sounds, dress casually, but don’t look like a bum. A plain t-shirt, sweater, turtleneck, button-down, or a polo will all look good. Khakis or a pair of dark jeans can be worn on bottom as long as there are no holes or rips. Any pair of shoes will be okay here, whether it be sneakers, loafers, or sandals.

Women: Sundress, skirt (long or short), sweater, polo, khakis, jeans, blouse, shorts. The options are endless. You can pretty much get away with anything in this event as long as the outfit isn’t a graphic t-shirt and sweatpants.

Thank you for reading and hopefully next time you get invited to a Black Tie Optional Event, you’ll know exactly what to wear…or go to the store the day before and buy. Subscribe or Share if you liked it and have a great and safe Halloween weekend!!! And if you’re thinking, “they should’ve written a Halloween Article for Halloween,” here it is:

HALLOWEEN ATTIRE

Do whatever the heck you want. But remember the most important rule of fashion (and this include Halloween costumes): You have to OWN it. Don’t walk out of that house and think, “Am I a sexy enough mouse?” or, “The zombie bride didn’t work out to0 well for Cady Heron in Mean Girls, but do you think I could pull it off?” or, “Does it look cocky that I’m wearing no sleeves when its 41 degrees outside to show off my subpar muscle tone?” OF COURSE IT’S COCKY! Especially considering you did six sets of curls and four sets of dips before going out that night. BUT OWN IT! And sweetheart, you go out and be the sexiest mouse or scariest zombie bride the world has ever known. Own it. Have fun and be safe!

The (Not So) Secret Tips to Dressing for an Interview

Ladies and Gentlemen… interview season is upon us. For some of our younger followers, you might be interviewing for a part-time job or you may have college acceptance interviews to attend. For those that are currently in college, internships are crucial to getting experience in the workplace. To get an internship, you need to go through interviews. And then there are the seniors in college or recent grads who are applying and interviewing like crazy to score that first or second job out of college. Let’s rock.

Research: Before you choose what to wear, do a little research on the company that you are interviewing for (this should always be done before any interview for a multitude of reasons, not just appropriate clothing). Judge how you want to dress based on the company that you have applied for. Contact people you know that work for the company or even give human resources a call. This can give you better information on the company dress code and how they typically present themselves. A good rule for interviewing is find out their dress “level” (casual, business casual, business professional, etc.) and go up one level. If you know they typically wear jeans and a button-up on the job, try slacks and a tie. I’ll let you use your imagination for the other one-ups.

Suits: Men, try your best to stick with a navy blue or dark grey suit. The business world typically follows a more conservative dress code so if you walk in there with a trendy, double-breasted, light yellow suit, the employer will most likely think that you’re not taking the interview seriously. However, you want to stay away from black suits because those should be reserved for weddings and funerals. Ladies, you have a few more options than the fellas. You are allowed to wear black, as this is seen as professional but not too dressed up where it normally would be for men. The key is to be conservative. You don’t want the attention to be on your clothes. You want the interviewer to focus on the words you say and the personality that you display.

Shoes: Even if you have the most expensive and well-tailored suit going into an interview, if the shoes don’t match the look, it kills the whole vibe of the outfit. As seen in our past article, Top 9 Timeless Clothing Items – Men and Women, men should stick with brown or black leather shoes. Women can again have a little more fun with this. Wear a nicer pair of pumps or flats that have a little bit of personality, but still look professional. If you do wear flats, make sure that they are bold and powerful, not shoes that you would go out wearing with your gal pals. Keep in mind, boys and girls, that you want them to also be comfortable. You may do some walking and the last thing you want to be thinking about is how bad your feet hurt.

Tailored-Fit: Consider getting your outfit tailored before your interview. It’s a fact that approximately fifty-five percent of what the interviewer (or people in general) notice about you is your appearance, so you want to be looking your best. In addition, better fit clothes will also make you more confident because you will feel better in what you are wearing. This confidence will help you answer questions and feel more comfortable during the whole process.

No Fragrances: Before you leave the house, make sure you did not spray yourself with that perfume or cologne bottle. Just because you think that it smells good does not mean that the interviewer will. Even worse than the employer thinking the fragrance smells bad, you never know what kind of allergies that they have. Could you imagine the impression you’d leave on the receptionist if you had to burst out of the room asking her to call 911 because you killed the HR person due to a cologne or perfume allergy? If I was a betting man, I’d say your chances of getting that job are slim to none at that point.

Accessories/Jewelry: The key is to keep it simple. Men, limit yourselves to a non-flashy watch and ring maximum. Ladies, do not put in your triples or cartilage piercings. Be sure to not over-due the bracelets and necklaces either. Stick to one for each body part: ear, neck, and wrist.

Shirts: Easy. No bold prints (simple stripes and plaid are okay). No wrinkles. Nothing to revealing. Next.

Colors to Avoid: Everyone knows the “avoid red” rule. There’s a reason this tradition has been passed down from generation to generation (thanks, Grandma and Grandpa). We never wear red because red is a symbol for power. When the interviewer sees red on you, you instantly could be judged as being more threatening and cocky. Save the red for when you get the job. Leave it out for the interview. Other colors to avoid are pastel yellow and pastel purple because they come across as unprofessional.

If you need a few extra tips, the images below can hopefully provide those for you. Thanks for stopping by the blog and remember: if you like it, share and subscribe! Also, stay tuned in the coming weeks for our Twitter page to be fully operational!

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10 Things for Under 10 Dollars to Help Boost the Wardrobe

We here at Pared realize that the majority of our audience comes from two key demographics: 16-25 year old males and females make up the majority and the minority is comprised mainly of my mother, grandmother, and great-aunts that think, “it is so neat your sons are making a fashion blog!” The difference between the two demographics is that one has disposable income and the other does not, and I’m sure you can guess which does not. If you’re in high school or college or maybe just out of college, you don’t have a bunch of money to blow on your wardrobe, so we came up with a list of 10 things that all cost less than 10 dollars each to help boost your look. Some are pieces you actually wear, while others keep your clothes, shoes, and accessories looking prestine. Here we go.

Shoe Tree: Shoe Trees are important because they hold the form and fit of your shoe while taking out the creases from everyday wear. The ones that we found for you are rubber shoe trees because they get the job done for less, but consider upgrading to wooden shoe trees. For only around 20 bucks for the pair, the wooden versions absorb the moisture that collects in the shoe and also reduce the odor that your feet may have left behind. However, the rubber ones will get the job done.

Price: $3.99 at Amazon

Vktech Men Plastic Spring Shoe Tree Stretcher Boot Holder Shaper Automatic Support

Hangers: Not only will your closet love you for hanging up your clothes properly, your new set of hangers will also gradually take out any wrinkles or folds that are within the shirt. This will be your savior when you wake up in a hurry and do not have time to iron your clothes.

Price: 15 for $9.72 at Walmart

Magnetic Collar Stays: If you don’t know what a collar stay is, take one of your nice button down shirts and flip the collar up. On the edges of the collar should rest a small, arrow-shaped piece of plastic on each end. This keeps the shirt collar stiff and in good shape. Problem is, sometimes our collars can still stick out too far and make us look like we’re headed for the disco. These magnetic collar stays will keep your collar where it should be. Around your neck. Slip these in place in the collar and get a small magnetic to place on the inside of the shirt in order to make these work properly in your collar. We realize we said collar 10 times. Collar.

Price: $7.99 at Amazon

Socks: While typically overlooked, socks are the perfect way to give your outfit personality. Plain black socks are as fun as they sound. Try investing in a few pairs of bold and colorful socks to amplify what you’re wearing that day. For more information on how to pull off some bold socks, check out How to Look Good in Clothes that you Already Have.

Price: Average $10 at Sock Dreams

Dry Cleaning: Have an important business meeting or are getting introduced to her parents for the first time? Don’t just throw some nice clothes in the washer and hope for the best. Take these important items to the dry cleaners at least once a season (depending on how often you wear them). They will get your clothes properly cleaned and pressed, without the risk of colors becoming faded or stitches coming loose.

Price: $5-10/item at your local cleaners

Downy Wrinkle Releaser: Let’s be real, ironing is a boring and time-consuming necessity that we all should be doing to make our clothes look in the best shape that they can possibly be. Downy has given us a liquid solution that can replace ironing in a pinch. All you have to do is spray some of this liquid onto a hung up piece of clothing, give it a tug where the wrinkles are, and let it sit overnight. You won’t have to iron in the morning and that shirt will still be wrinkle-free.

Price: $7.45 at Amazon

Replacement Shoe Laces: Shoes complete any outfit you have. They enhance the overall look that you want to display to the rest of the public. Don’t let your shoes be seen with torn up laces and broken aglets (the plastic tips on the end of your laces… yes, they have a name). Make sure you replace them when necessary. Also, don’t be afraid to choose laces with a different color to your shoe in order to give some extra pop.

Price: $5-10 at Shoe Laces Express

Shoe Polish: (Same intro as last time) Put a little shoe shine on those fancy pair of kicks to get them looking like new.

Price: $5-10 at Amazon

Pocket Square: A pocket square can act like socks for your upper body. They are the statement piece that adds color and personality to what you’re wearing. The beauty of a pocket square is that it does not have to be for only business occasions, but also any other time you are wearing a blazer. Just make sure that if you are wearing a tie, the pocket square should not be of the same pattern or fabric as the tie. It should compliment the tie, not match it.

Price: $8 at The Tie Bar

Tie Bar: Here is something that is both functional and fashionable. While it keeps your tie in its proper place, it also instantly makes you look more stylish and fashion-forward. They do require some rules that need to be followed in order to wear them correctly. Keep it between the third and fourth buttons of your shirt, clip it to the front of your tie and the placket of your shirt, and never have a tie bar that is wider than your tie.

Price: $6.10 at Amazon

 

Thanks for reading and hopefully this article gave you guys some ideas! Remember, if you like it, share it!

How to Look Good in Clothes that you Already Have

On our last few blog posts, we’ve been showing you all what to look for in the stores to enhance your style. Remember: upgrading your wardrobe will not happen overnight. It takes time! You only have so much money to spend. So, we thought it would be a great idea to give you some advice on how to boost your look without touching your wallet.

Use Colors to your Advantage: Before you start pick the colors that you’re going to wear that day, think of the colors that define you naturally. What are the colors of your hair, eyes, and skin? If you have blue or green eyes, try to wear cold colors (blue, green, purple, etc.) that will bring your eyes out. If you have a fair skin, try to find contrasting colors and avoid wearing heavy amounts of black, as this would make you look “washed out”. A great article for advice on how to match colors with your skin tone can be found here.

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Avoid Tennis Shoes: Tennis shoes and gym shoes are great… when you’re working out or running around. Avoid wearing them any other time. You could be wearing an awesome outfit but have it ruined by wearing a  pair of neon green Nikes. Shoes are the piece that completes an outfit. A clean pair of casual shoes or boots will do justice in any situation.

Rock the Socks: Socks are fantastic. Although they are almost at the bottom part of your body, a bold pair of socks can emphasize the look that you’re going for. They can act as a statement piece that will make a good outfit look great. First thing to stay away from: white socks. Like tennis shoes, they should only be worn during workouts and other physical activity. Another rule is that the color of your socks should match the color of your pants, not your shoes. Find some socks that are bold but will coordinate well with your pants. The only time you don’t want to break out these statement socks are for business settings and funerals. Otherwise, go crazy. You can find cheap socks like these here.

Tuck in your Shoe Laces: Instead of walking around with clunky knots on your shoes, try tucking the knots in. A lot of shoes give you extra long laces, leaving you with Dumbo-sized ears on your knots. Tucking in your laces will give you a fresher, cleaner look. But, this won’t work with all shoes. We’ll give you some examples of which shoes to tuck and others you want to leave alone. Just mess around with it a little bit and see what suits you.


Tame the Mane: Hair is as important as clothes when it comes to the way you look. You need to treat your hair like it’s another piece of clothing. But unlike a certain clothing item, you’re always wearing your hair, so why not make it look as best as possible? Guys, try to find a hair gel or paste that works well with your hair, so you can position it just the way you want. Girls, don’t just throw your hair into a ponytail or bun and call it quits, try different braid and curl combinations to make it stand out. For everyone, always be trying different things with your hair. Experiment with styles and find something that’s right for you.

 

Rule the Roll (Legs): Rolling your pants will make any outfit look trendy and stylish. Before you roll them to the point where your pants become shorts, let me walk you through some rules. When wearing boots/high top shoes, you usually want to put a single fold in your pants. This creates a fashionable and classy look. When wearing low top shoes, putting multiple rolls in your shoes is acceptable. Usually, you will see people with one to three rolls in their pants. The higher you roll, the more trendy you will look.

Rule the Roll (Arms): When it comes to long sleeve button downs, a good roll never hurt anyone. However, different lengths indicate different things. Rolling to above the elbow is viewed as being really relaxed. Generally, if you’re as thin as us you would want to stay away from this look, as it is unflattering for those with petite arms. Stick with a roll that is below the elbow, and try to make it as tight as possible (without cutting off circulation) to create a better overall fit around the arm. When wearing sweaters, tuck the sweater’s sleeves a little further back and fold over the cuff of your shirt so that it can be shown on top. It will add more substance to what you’re wearing. For short sleeve button ups, giving two folds revolving around the seam can add some style to your look. For more information, take a look at this article.


Work the Buttons: A common question you may ask yourself when throwing on a shirt is, “How many buttons do I leave unbuttoned?”. Well, we’re here to answer just that. The correct answer is there is no right amount. There is a different number for a different look. For a classic style, leave the top button unbuttoned and that’s it. If you want to wear a nice shirt in an informal setting, experiment with unbuttoning two buttons. This will give a classy yet confident look. If you want to look like a Hawaiian then you can keep unbuttoning lower, but we’re just going to stick with two for now. The boldest and bravest one is to button that top button. This will instantly make a simple outfit hip and trendy. And remember, trendy looks best on the slim. Just be careful to use the right shirt for it. But overall, don’t be afraid to try all three methods. Change up the way you look.



The main thing is that you need to be comfortable in what you wear. Everything that you put on your body needs to be worn with confidence. When following our tips, start simple and then branch outward into the latest styles and trends. By making these alterations, you can flip an outfit upside down and change the look of it completely.

Top 12 Shopping Tips

Shopping for clothes is awesome, if you do it right. But a lot of times, people see it as time consuming, boring, and expensive. I agree that it can be if you don’t do it right. Walking around from store to store for hours can be tedious and exhausting, and buying the wrong clothes can drop a bomb on your bank account. It’s about time we put an end to the negative shopping stereotypes. Here are some great tips to help you shop quickly and efficiently without breaking the bank.

  1. Try everything on– Don’t just buy something because it looks cool. Try it on and see if it suits you. Does it fit? Does it go with your style? These are questions you should always ask yourself.
  2. Don’t speed shop– This goes with the last one. Don’t be running around the store trying to get in and out. Take a little bit of time to see everything the store has to offer… It isn’t a race, people. But at the same time, don’t take too much time looking at things. You’re going to be drained by the time you get to the second store. That’s not what you want.
  3. Find things that match clothes you already have– You want to find things that will match things you already have. A good rule of thumb: If it doesn’t match 3-5 things you already own, don’t buy it. This will save you money now, and frustration later when you can’t find anything to match your new maroon floral jacket.
  4. Shop with a list– Look at your wardrobe… What do you need? Ok, write it down. Now STICK TO THE LIST. Sticking to a list will save you time and money.
  5. Don’t be tempted by the “sale” sign– Most of the time, the sale and clearance rack is your saving grace. You can find some awesome stuff there. Just be careful. If something was $200 and now its $150… Did you really save that much?
  6. Buy the clothing, not the brand– I’m sick of people who buy Ralph Lauren or Vineyard Vines just to say they have it. Don’t get me wrong, they have some great clothes, but it’s not worth the price that they charge you. Look for clothes that fit your budget and your body. Trust me, there’s a lot of great alternatives out there.
  7. Pay in cash– Before you head out to go shopping, stop at the bank and pull out the amount of cash you want to spend. This will stop you from going over your budget.
  8. Wear something nice- When you shop, wear some of your best clothes. It will make you feel more confident and you will look at stuff closer to what you’re wearing. But don’t make the mistake of wearing a ton of layers or clothes that are difficult to take off. Remember, you’re going to be changing in and out of them… so keep that in mind.
  9. Struggling? Check some fashion blogs– We don’t want to toot our own horn, but check out what other people are saying! People understand the struggles of shopping and, like us, are willing to help.
  10. Coupons are your best friend– At some stores, these may be hard to find. But even signing up for email lists and store memberships can be really helpful. A lot of stores offer exclusive sales to people who are signed up for their emails!
  11. Shop alone or with a trusted advisor– Sometimes, shopping is fun with friends. But many times, people will tempt you to buy things you don’t really need or things that more fit their style. Shop alone or with someone you trust that is aware of what you need, your budget, and your style.
  12. Don’t shop while emotional– Shopping while emotional can be a huge mistake. You will often find yourself buying things in excess to try to make yourself feel better. You may feel ok now, but when you check your bank account, you’ll be even more upset.

Follow these tips and I guarantee the next time you shop it will be a complete success. Stay tuned for more tips this week, people!

Guys Fashion 101

Happy Monday everybody!

Yes… I know Monday’s suck, but I’ve got some great stuff to share with you all to make your day a little better. I’ve got a lot to share so let’s just get right to the point. Today, I’m going to dish out some tips for us tall/skinny guys on what you should be wearing and how to look awesome!

Tailored Fit Clothing I cannot stress enough how important this is… Especially for people with slim body types. Tailored fit clothing is crucial, guys! Many think that wearing bigger sizes will add figure and strength to their bodies, when it actually does just the opposite! Think about it… They cover up every shape on your body and make you look EVEN SMALLER. You’ll be walking around like a turtle in an oversized shell. Slim tailored fit clothing is a must.

Pants/Jeans- It’s really important that you don’t wear pants that are too wide or too thin. Wearing trousers that are too big makes your torso look disproportionate to the rest of your body. Even if you find pants with the correct waist size, they may be too baggy. You’re buying jeans, not sweatpants. So if you can fit another set of legs into a pair of pants, don’t wear them. In addition, stay away from skinny jeans. Guys, wearing skinny jeans will make you look even thinner. Also, if you can, get yourself some corduroys or other texture-defined pants. For larger body types these heavy fabrics can be overpowering, but for you they would be perfect.

 

T-Shirts- Guys, this is the easiest thing for your wardrobe to be fixed. If you’re on the taller and thinner side, crew neck t-shirts are recommended. V-necks are OK, but they can make you look even thinner. Just watch how deep the “V” is… the shallower the better. Find crew necks that are long enough on the waist and tight enough around the torso and you’ll be all set.

Sweaters- Get excited people because winter is a thin person’s best season. Winter clothes look the best on slim people because it allows them to wear lots of layers without looking too big or bulky. Sweaters are a big factor here. Like t-shirts, try to stay away from v-neck sweaters and look for turtlenecks, quarter-zip, and cardigans (zip or button-down). And like we said with pants, try to find sweaters with textures and patterns ingrained because they especially look good for your slim body type.

Trendy Styles- You’re in luck. Why? Because those fashion designers in Europe have your body type specifically in mind when creating each season’s fashion trends. These trends often have bold pieces that only the thin can typically pull off. We’ll make sure to share with you some of this season’s fashion trends soon. But for now, try to get yourself a few trendy pieces per season. They won’t break the bank and will keep you in style.