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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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This Oaxacan Artist Is Turning Sneakers Into Her Canvas For Día De Muertos And The Results Are Incredible

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This Oaxacan Artist Is Turning Sneakers Into Her Canvas For Día De Muertos And The Results Are Incredible

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As the Coronavirus pandemic has brought to a halt economies and countries around the world, it’s also helped shutter the businesses of artists who rely on galleries and street markets to sell their creations.

Mexico is one of the world’s hardest hit countries and artists in the country have had to get creative to find new clients and customers amid a global pandemic.

However, with the rising popularity of bespoke sneaker collections, one Oaxacan artist seems to have found the winning formula.

A Oaxacan artist has made sneakers her canvas and she’s highlighting her culture in this new medium.

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Mexico has been one of the world’s hardest hit countries by the Covid-19 pandemic. Coronavirus-related restrictions have indefinitely closed millions of businesses across the country as tourists stopped coming to the country.

As these restrictions have impacted the livelihoods of millions of Mexicans, many have been forced to get creative. For one artist from Oaxaca, Doris Arellano Manzo, the choice was clear: a canvas is a canvas — it could be stretched over a wooden frame or stretched over a pair of athletic shoes.

Like other artists worldwide who are succeeding at beating the pandemic’s economic challenges to their careers, Arellano is learning to adapt — to be less conventional and to think quite literally a bit smaller: she now paints her art on sneakers.

Thanks to the pandemic, Arellano felt she needed to reinvent herself and her craft.

It all started in July when Arellano and her daughter Frida – a communications and social media professional, realized that Arellano needed to think outside the traditional. It was obvious that museums and galleries would likely remain closed for sometime, so how else could they bring her art to her clients?

“Since I love to paint, I can paint for you on a large canvas just as well as I can on a small one,” she recently told the newspaper Milenio. “As far as I’m concerned, while you have me here with my paints and paintbrushes, I’m thrilled.”

Each pair of shoes is unique, she said, “because it’s all done by hand, not by machine.” She describes her style as “traditionalist contemporary,” and says she is drawn to evoking the rites and customs of Oaxacan traditional culture.

Her Día de Muertos collection is garnering international attention.

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Arellano’s latest collection features shoes with colorful abstract designs in bright cempasúchil orange, with lush floral wreaths and, of course, featuring the iconic Día de Muertos Catrina.

The collection was timed perfectly since so many are looking for non-traditional art amidst a very non-traditional year.

Her latest collection of work, all painted on athletic footwear, is entitled after the celebration she’s commemorating, Día de Muertos.

She says her collections are an homage to traditional Oaxacan festivities that couldn’t take place in 2020.

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In addition to her recently released Día de Muertos collection which has been very popular, Arellano has created art with other Oaxacan themes.

In fact, when she first began her art-themed sneaker collection in July, at Friday’s suggestion, her sneaker art was based on the enormous festival of Guelaguetza. The Guelaguetza is a traditional Oaxaca cultural festival that had to be canceled this year due to the pandemic.

In some ways, she said, the enforced isolation of the pandemic has been a huge challenge for artists like herself, but in other ways, it’s actually been familiar.

“The work of an artist is a bit enclosed,” she admitted. “We go out when there are exhibits, when we have to go introduce ourselves in public or do interviews.”

Still, she said, the pandemic caught the art community flatfooted.

“Artists don’t have a way to show their work during the pandemic,” she said. “It’s all been halted, and we have to go back and look for new formats for the public to see what we are doing.”

It seems like 2020 has been the year of handcrafted sneaker lines.

Although Arellano is working hard to infuse her own culture into her art and her new sneaker line, she isn’t the first to do so. Just this year Nike released its take on the traditional holiday with a Día de Muertos-themed sneaker collection that had fans of both the holiday and the sneaker company excited for.

Then we got news that Bad Bunny was releasing a custom Crocs line – which flew off the shelves and are now selling for more than four times the original retail price. Plus, recent rumors say that Bad Bunny will also be launching an Adidas collaboration at some point in early 2021.

People have long been obsessed with bespoke sneaker collections, but thanks to the pandemic people are looking for new ways to support artists and satisfy their shopping cravings. We can’t think of a better way than by supporting local Indigenous artists like Arellano.

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First Crocs, Now Adidas: Bad Bunny To Launch Major Collaboration And Here’s What We Know So Far

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First Crocs, Now Adidas: Bad Bunny To Launch Major Collaboration And Here’s What We Know So Far

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It seems like 2020 has been the year of sneaker collaborations – or in Bad Bunny’s case – Crocs collaborations. From Bad Bunny to J Balvin, Travis Scott to Christian Dior, it seems that everyone is trying to get their name on a fresh pair of sneakers.

And I’m not complaining. I love a good shoe collaboration as much as the next guy, however, news of a possible Adidas and Bad Bunny collaborations has me extra excited since both of those are my favorites of their respective worlds. For me: Adidas is to the sneaker world what Bad Bunny is to reggaetón.

So far there haven’t been a lot of details released by either San Benito nor Adidas but this is what we do know.

Adidas x Bad Bunny will be releasing an epic sneaker collection early next year.

It’s just weeks after Bad Bunny’s custom Crocs basically broke the Internet and we’re already getting news (or at least rumors) of a possible Adidas x Bad Bunny collaboration happening soon. According to a story by Complex, Bad Bunny is about to bring more of his signature looks to your sneaker collection.

The Complex story says that a source familiar with the brand’s product plans for next year told them about the likely collab. However, neither Adidas nor Bad Bunny have announced the sneaker and wouldn’t confirm the project when reached for comment. If true though, the kicks would likely arrive as part of the sportswear brand’s Spring/Summer 2021 offerings.

In a photo Complex shared of the rumored sneaker, we get a possible first look at the soon-to-be sold out sneaker. The color palette featured on the Puerto Rican’s take on the Forum silhouette looks quite similar to his crocs with all-beige detailing that very well may also be glow-in-the-dark. The kicks seem to feature light blue design details on the sole and side sole of the shoes.

An Adidas x Bad Bunny collab will likely do as well or even better then his recent Crocs launch.

If rumors are true, the Forum would be El Conejo Malo’s first sneaker collaboration, although he already has a wildly-successful Crocs line that he released in September. And fans have proven themselves willing to go to great lengths to get their hands on Bad Bunny anything basically (myself included!).

The Crocs retail for $60 USD but are already being resold for more than $200 USD on sites like e-bay. Not to mention that the Crocs launch left many fans disappointed because of their instant success – the line sold out within minutes.

When the collab was initially announced, Bad Bunny called himself a “longtime fan” of the famous brand, adding that he hoped his version inspires his fans to “have their own fun with their personal style and wearing what makes them happy.”

He even got a little sentimental, adding: “I believe in being true and not placing limitations on myself, which is also something Crocs represents, and this is the message I always want to make sure I send out to my fans.”

For those of you who aren’t well-versed in Croc lingo, Jibbitz charms are jewelry-like flair you can pin through the holes of your Crocs. The Bad Bunny x Crocs Jibbits reference his music from his recent YHLQMDLG album–fire emojis, stars, planets, a man holding a sign that says: zona de perreo. And, of course, there was a bunny Jibbit as well.

It’s no secret that Bad Bunny is a sneaker lover.

In a 2018 episode of Sneaker Shopping on Complex, Bad Bunny explained his footwear history, saying that his native Puerto Rico was lacking in boutique stores.

“Ever since I was a child, I’ve liked sneakers,” Bad Bunny said then.

He’s not the only Latin trap artist that’s expected to release their own shoe soon. Colombian reggaeton star J Balvin said in an April interview with High Snobiety that his Air Jordan 1 collaboration was supposed to launch in November. Jordan Brand hasn’t confirmed this news.

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