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Hey Gentlemen, Let’s Up Your Fashion Game This Year With These Easy Style Tips

When you hear the term “a stylish man,” what’s the image that instantly appears in your mind? For most people, it would be that of a sharply-dressed man in a fitted suit, well-groomed and dressed to the nines. That’s usually why some of you have the notion that you can never be naturally stylish because that’s just not “you.” There are more ways than one for a man to look stylish – wearing a well-fitted suit is just one of them.

Every man has his own style personality; it’s just a matter of finding yours. That said, there are certain style rules and tips that you can adapt according to your preferences and match your personality. Here are 21 of those tips.

The Fit Is Everything

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Whether you’re a suit guy or a jeans-and-t-shirt guy, your clothes should fit perfectly. Ill-fitting clothes can make you look sloppy and take away several inches off your height. So, even the most expensive suit could look terrible on you if it doesn’t fit right. On the other hand, wearing the right fit will give you that effortlessly stylish look even if you’re just wearing jeans and a graphic tee.

See how good Michael Trevino manages to look by rocking just a plain hoodie with a pair of distressed jeans. The right fit makes this look work for him.

Start Out With Classics

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Before you start developing your personal style, it’s best to begin with the classics rather than experiment with lots of trends all at once. Start out with solid tees and well-fitted denim with boots or white sneakers. Or in case of formals, pair a classic white button-down with a pair of slacks in navy blue or some other neutral tone. You can then expand on these styles by adding a few trendy pieces that you like.

Stick to Neutral Tones (For Now)

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When you’re just beginning to develop your style wardrobe, it’s best to start out with neutral tones because it’s easy to match them together. Since they’re not overpowering, it’s hard to go wrong with them. You can gradually add more colorful pieces as you progress (if you want). Neutral colors include black, white, brown, khaki, navy, gray and olive.

Go Beyond Black and Brown Footwear

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While black and brown are “safe” color choices, there are plenty of shoe colors you can experiment with. Look for suede and leather shoes in reds, blues, and greens. If you’re not yet confident to experiment with such bold colors, trying going for darker shades of these same colors or stick to grays.

Retro Sneakers are All the Rage

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Retro sneakers have made a comeback – from Reebok Club C and Adidas Continental to Nike Cortez and Onitsuka Tiger. Combining style and comfort, these timeless classics would be the perfect addition to your closet. They don’t make you look like you’re going to the gym, unlike regular sneakers.

Wear Sneakers Sparingly

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Sneakers are usually a big no-no in men’s fashion. Although the more classic designs have become an exception these days, that doesn’t necessarily mean you should wear them every time you go out. Even if the office dress code says “business casual,” save your sneakers for Casual Fridays and brunches.

Experiment With Colored Trousers

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Once you feel comfortable enough to move on from neutral tones, start experimenting with colorful trousers. This could be anything from red to violet. Colored trousers are a great way to make your outfit pop, and take the boring out of your all-neutral wardrobe.

Invest in a Nice Fitted Blazer

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Even just one nice blazer can turn your whole wardrobe around. Invest in a high-quality blazer in a neutral color, and make sure it fits you well. You can then dress this piece up with a button-down or dress it down with a t-shirt as needed.

Invest in a Tailored Suit

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If you’re in the market for a suit, make sure it’s tailored to fit you perfectly. Suits are expensive anyway so it’s better to spend a little extra on a tailor-fitted set than on one that slouches off you.

Go for Staple Suit Colors

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Unless you’re going to buy several suits, it’s best to go for a staple color that you can wear year round. This means either a navy blue set or one in dark charcoal, which will be suitable for all occasions and seasons.

Get a Pair of Checked Trousers

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Like retro sneakers, checked trousers are all the rage. Invest in a well-fitted pair in neutral shades like browns and grays. You can easily dress these up with a shirt and a blazer or dress them down with a sweater and a pair of classic sneakers.

Avoid Extreme Jeans Detailing

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Ripped jeans look great. Jeans that look like they’ve just been mauled by a bear? Not so much. If you’re going to get a pair of ripped jeans, avoid excessive rips that extend to both legs. Go for a pair with a slightly extreme rip on one leg while the other leg remains intact. Or go for something with only minimal rips on both legs. The same goes for other detailing like studs, patches, and wrinkle effects – less is more.

Get Classic Denim

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When it comes to denim, it’s best to go for classic colors and designs. Dark indigo or black jeans with minimal detailing would be a perfect choice. If you do want to go for a lighter color, don’t go overboard with extreme light wash jeans, which can be difficult to style.

Experiment With Layers

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Layering your outfit with a cardigan, a lightweight jacket, or a blazer is a great way to take your style up a notch. Or you could even go for a short-sleeved shirt during the warmer months. For winter, you could further explore various layering options such as sweaters and overcoats.

Go for Clean, Minimal Looks

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It’s easy to go wrong when there’s too much going on in your outfit. A flannel shirt with a graphic tee and a leather jacket on top may not be an easy look to pull off for everyone. You could end up looking like you’re trying too hard.

So while layers are important, don’t go overboard with them either. You should keep things simple at the beginning and go for clean and minimal looks with a single layer per outfit.

Experiment With Patterns

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Solid neutrals are always a safe outfit choice. But it can get boring after a while if you only wear solids for months on end. Experiment with patterns every now and then, and try going beyond stripes and checks. Even if you’re not too sure about wearing bold prints like florals, try searching for something in a color that isn’t too contrasting from the base color.

Make Patterns Work for You

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While patterns may be great for enhancing your outfit, the right patterns can also flatter your body type. So the best thing to do is to choose something that will serve both purposes. If you have a lanky figure, you could use broad checks to add some breadth and weight to your appearance. Vertical stripes, on the other hand, will slim you down and add some height to your appearance.

Avoid Pattern-Clashing

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Although patterns are an excellent addition to your wardrobe, too much of it can go horribly wrong. The safest move would be to avoid wearing more than one type of pattern in one outfit. Even if you must have one more type of pattern, make sure you only choose one that complements (not compete with) the first one.

Use the Occasional Accent Piece

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Accent pieces can immediately add some pop to an otherwise boring outfit. Look for scarves, shoes, hats, and jewelry that can give your outfit an instant boost. The only rule is that they have to look bold, color, or unique without being completely gaudy.

Know Where Your Trousers Should End

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A lot of men have no idea where their trousers should end. So they end up wearing a pair that either looks too small or too big for them. Your trousers should rest very lightly on the top of your shoes. In other words, there shouldn’t be a gap between your trouser cuffs and the top of your shoes. And the cuff shouldn’t cover your shoes either.

Don’t Buy Into Every Trend

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One of the biggest style mistakes is buying into each and every trend that comes out. This makes it harder to develop your own style and easier to commit drastic fashion blunders. Instead, you should carefully assess the latest trends and see if they’re something you can wear with your existing wardrobe pieces.

Most of all, consider whether you’d feel comfortable wearing them. If mixing sporty elements into your formalwear isn’t something that fits your personal style, for instance, you don’t have to force it.


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Maluma Teams Up With Luxury Brand Balmain For This Must-Have Fashion Collection

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Maluma Teams Up With Luxury Brand Balmain For This Must-Have Fashion Collection

It’s 2021 and we have no shortage of epic collaborations between some of the world’s biggest Latino stars and top fashion brands. Everyone from J Balvin and Bad Bunny to Cardi B and now Maluma have entered the fashion industry to sell a lifestyle. And people are buying!

Maluma and French fashion house Balmain bring us a limited-edition collaboration.

Colombian superstar Maluma has partnered with French fashion house Balmain to launch a limited edition collection that will be available from April 12 through June 1 in all Balmain stores, including brick and mortar and online.

The collection, which includes sneakers, blazers, t-shirts, pants and other ready-to-wear clothing, will also be available at Saks Fifth Avenue as of April 15.

The Balmain + Maluma line marks the first time ever the brand has designed a line with a celebrity. And it seems like the brand’s creative designer is pretty excited about the collab. Through photos on his Instagram, Olivier Rousteing referred to the reggaetón singer as his inspiration, captioned with supportive laudatory messages about merging their cultures and joint design process.

“Maluma, more than him being an incredible singer,” Rousteing notes, “[brings] a lot to the fashion community with his joy and his happiness and the fact that he’s always playing up his style from different kinds of houses from around the world, mixing different cultures as well… I think the collaboration with Maluma is obviously giving to Balmain and pushing the aesthetic more internationally.”

Maluma also seems to be pumped for the opportunity!

Although Balmain has featured other celebrities in advertising campaigns and runway shows, it has never actually enlisted a celebrity to help design a full, name-branded line.

The brand’s high profile, along with the haute-couture retail price of the collection, underscores how entrenched Maluma is now in the global fashion world and how valuable his endorsement and name is perceived by high fashion.

“It’s been one of my goals to work with a respected fashion house on a collection, but this journey was more exciting, as Olivier pushed me to design with him and sketch looks that I personally will wear off the stage and showcase high couture with a bit of Papi Juancho,” says Maluma, referencing both his album name and alter ego.

But if you want a piece of the collection be prepared to drop those coins.

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Items in the Balmain + Maluma collection range from a black cotton T-shirt that retails for $495, to $1,500 high top sneakers to a $2,555 multi-color print bomber jacket.

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Met Gala 2021 Is Happening And Amanda Gorman Is Set To Host The America-Themed Fashion Event

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Met Gala 2021 Is Happening And Amanda Gorman Is Set To Host The America-Themed Fashion Event

It’s 2021 and the Met Gala is back this year – after being canceled in 2020 thanks to a pandemic – with superstar poet Amanda Gorman being eyed to host the fashion event of the year. Given the 23-year-old’s show-stopping performance at the inauguration, the theme fittingly will be a celebration of America and American designers.

The Met Gala will return in 2021 with a very special guest as host.

Vogue’s “Oscars of Fashion” famously takes place on the first Monday of May. However, this year it’s been pushed back to September 13, in hopes that life will have returned to something closer to normal by then.

Epic poet Amanda Gorman is reportedly in talks to co-host the event alongside Tom Ford, who is the academy’s president. The breakout star of President Biden’s inauguration, Gorman is on the cover of the magazine’s May issue and the subject of a relentlessly glowing profile inside.

The black-tie gala, which raises funds for Met’s Costume Institute, is normally fashion’s biggest night and sees guests from Lady Gaga, Jennifer Lopez and Cardi B to Jeff Bezos, Elon Musk and even Maluma.

The event was canceled in 2020 thanks to a global pandemic.

The world’s most glamorous party was canceled in 2020 because of COVID-19, which was (and still is) raging the planet at the time. There was a virtual event in place of the 2020 event, with celebs like Julia Roberts, Priyanka Chopra and Amanda Seyfried showing off their looks from home and stars like Mindy Kaling and Adam Rippon taking part in the #MetGalaChallenge, recreating looks from past years.

This year’s event will draw inspiration from all things USA.

The theme of this year’s Met Gala has not been announced, but Page Six says the night will be devoted to honoring America and American designers, following the 18-month-long COVID crisis in this country.

Recent past themes for the event have included “Camp: Notes on Fashion” (2019), “Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination” (2018), and “Rei Kawakubo/Comme des Garçons: Art of the In-Between (2017). And don’t forget 2016, when Zayn Malik wore robot-arms to Manus x Machina: Fashion in an Age of Technology.

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