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Este post es únicamente en español pues es una noticia para público guatemalteco! La marca de joyería fina a precios accesibles finalmente llegará a Guatemala en un mes! ¿En dónde estará ubicada la tienda? ¡En Arkadia claro! 

¡Sigue leyendo para conocer más de esta increible marca! 

¡Aristocrazy abrirá sus puertas en un mes, y podrás vivir una experiencia inigualable, como en una joyería de lujo y con piezas que te dejarán sin aliento! 

¡No puedes dejar de visitar Aristocrazy en Arkadia el próximo mes! 

                             Fotografías: Roberto Andrés J. 

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The Basics.      In our current culture and society, the vast majority of the population has fallen to complacency. Complacency in their goals, their jobs, their relationships, their health and in the way they present themselves to the world. Pertaining to how one dresses, this is especially true for the majority of men, who in recent generations have been satisfied with limiting their style to using mostly ill-fitting jeans, cargo shorts and graphic tees or clothing brands targeted towards teenagers. This is, of course, a generalization of us guys. I do know quite a few men who know that looking sharp is one of the greatest weapons a man can possess in his quest for success. This, coupled with confidence and a great state of well-being, allows for a trifecta that, with determination, poises one to be one unstoppable force. Most men, however, have decided to excuse their lack of ‘sense of pride in self’ with the guise that looking well isn’t a trait of masculinity, when it in fact simply is a symptom of laziness. These poor choices are pardonable for the young and impressionable, but there comes a time in every young man’s life when we must grow to accept that with age, comes the responsibility of projecting a more mature and well-presented image of one’s self.       Some men already know that the key to having great style, as with everything else, is having a great foundation to work with. Others may need a little help, so, as to not BE basic, here are the basics for any young man’s wardrobe:Dress Shirts:Every young man will need at least two dress shirts (I personally recommended four to five), one in a lighter colour and one in a darker colour. This allows for the greatest versatility for dressing up, recommended colours are white, black, pastels and shades of blue and grey. Pictured above: two oxford shirts in classic White and Black, both  by Pierre Cardain. Slacks: Slacks are as necessary, if not more so, than jeans. Where jeans can provide a smart, casual comfort slacks allow for sophistication and class.  Recommended is a pair of darker dress slacks in either a black or navy and a pair of classic chinos in either cream, khaki, olive, hunter green; navy and black are also acceptable choices. Pictured above: Black D3 Slim fit trousers by Dockers                          Khaki Chinos by Eddie BauerBelts:To compliment your pants ensure you have at least two belts, one in black and the other brown, it is highly recommended that these be of leather .Pictured above: Black skinny belt by Zara                          Brown skinny belt by Thom BrowneT- Shirts:For day to day activities these are the best and easiest to wear. T-shirts are as simple and as versatile as it gets, with must have colours being black, grey and white, with them either being crewneck or V-neck depending on your preference. Also recommended is one in blue, green or a darker red along with another in a preferred colour, totaling to five t-shirts. Pictured above: Black crewneck T-shirt by ASOS                             Grey crewneck T-shirt by Fruit of the Loom                             White crewneck T-shirt by Old Navy                             Maroon crewneck T-shirt by UrbanUp                             Green V-neck T-shirt by Pull&BearJumpers:Also known as sweaters, these are great when the cooler months arrive and the three must have colours are black, grey and white, you can add two more shirts, one in either olive, maroon or blue and the other in a preferred colour totaling four. Pictured above: Dark grey jumper by ASOS                             White jumper by Pull&Bear                             Blue jumper by ZaraJeans:One in a darker wash and one in a lighter will do, a pair of black denim is equally versatile.Pictured above: Dark wash slim straight cut Levi Strauss Denim                         Light wash Levi Straus 501’s. Button-up Shirts:These are a great addition to a wardrobe and lend themselves well to adaptability, going from casual day to day  to day on the town to  business casual. Recommended are a pair in long-sleeved and a pair in short-sleeved. Styles may be either in Plaid, Denim or Plain to start. Pictured above: Blue long-sleeved denim shirt by Route66                                Red plaid long-sleeved shirt by Dockers                                Chambray short-sleeved shirt by Faded Glory                                Beige short-sleeved shirt by St. John’s BayShorts:Perfect for warmer regions, shorts expand the options for daily wear, with recommended must colours in cream, khaki, navy and black; with an alternate to navy being olive. Pictured above: Cream Shorts by Perry Ellis                                Navy shorts by Izod                                Khaki shorts by Roundtree&Yorke                                Black shorts by DockersAuxiliary Shirts:These shirts help to greatly broaden one’s choices in the wardrobe. Polos go well with chinos and shorts, a tank top is great for summer and a Henley shirt is a great counterpart for cooler months.  Colours are to one’s preference but keep in mind that your objective should be to be able to match these items to as much of the rest of your wardrobe as possible.  Colours such as greys, blues, dark reds and greens and browns work very well, they can even be combined, such as the two toned Henley and the ever classic nautical tank top. Pictured above: Burgundy polo by Dockers                                cream and olive Henley by Faded Glory                                Nautical striped blue and white tank top by ZaraShoes:A man needs at the very least a pair of leather dress shoes and a pair of casual shoes, recommended are a pair of black dress shoes, a pair brown dress shoes, a pair or white tennis shoes and a pair of black tennis shoes. Boots are also a great addition, idyllic for rain and colder weathers.  Loafers are great for causal days when you wish to dress up a bit, but also work well for business casual, and depending on the quality even business type events. They’re recommended in black or brown.Pictured above: Black oxford shoes by Johnston&Murphy                                Brown oxford shoes by Salvatore Ferragamo                                Black tennis shoes by Pull&Bear                                White tennis shoes by Zara                                Black Loafers by Gucci                                Brown Boots by EmilioS.PereraAccessories:Every man must own a watch. Sun glasses are also great especially in sunnier regions where eye protection is in one’s best interest. Ties and bowties add an air of sophistication when dressing for certain events; one should at least own a couple of ties, one for lighter shirts and one for darker shirts. Lastly it is important that one invests in at least one quality cologne; personally I have at least two for casual days and two for special occasions. Pictured above: Brown sunglasses by Ralph Lauren                                Black club master sunglasses knockoffs                                Amber watch by Geneva                                Red leather bowtie by Zara                    Ties (L-R) by Lanvin, Polo by Ralph Lauren, EssexRow,H&M                                Blue Jeans Cologne by Versus Versace
     The objective to any great wardrobe foundation is to have versatility in the clothing you wear; meaning, that with any given article you can wear it with a good amount of other clothing pieces and it still looks great.  This allows for room for both addition of items to your basis, which creates personality to one’s style; and for expansion into other personal styles and preferred likes, once there is a comfortable level of manipulating the items you already have.  This transforms the foundation from what seems to be the most basic or articles, into the most appealing.     Along with the preceding items one must always keep in mind three very important things; fit, quality and budget. You must ensure that your clothing fits you well, not being too big nor too small. You must aim to buy clothing that is made of quality (remember that brand does not always equate quality), considering that clothing of lesser quality tend to be poorly constructed, made of poorer materials and tend to lose colour and structure easier, causing your clothes to look dingy and thus leaving you with either buying new clothes more often or looking drab in the old ones. Finally you must ALWAYS be mindful of your budget. You do not always have to spend copious amounts of capital to look smart (although it does help to have a bigger budget, it isn’t always necessary). Know your means and limits and be creative as to how to spend your money, because god forbid you splurge on a pair of jeans, but can’t cover rent or a doctor’s visit. Looking good is an investment, but do not neglect other obligations in doing so as well.      With all these things considered, you will be not only be on your way to cultivating a great form of expressing who you are as an individual but you will also grow into a confident, smartly dressed young man who’s ready to take the world.  valdm:

The Basics.      In our current culture and society, the vast majority of the population has fallen to complacency. Complacency in their goals, their jobs, their relationships, their health and in the way they present themselves to the world. Pertaining to how one dresses, this is especially true for the majority of men, who in recent generations have been satisfied with limiting their style to using mostly ill-fitting jeans, cargo shorts and graphic tees or clothing brands targeted towards teenagers. This is, of course, a generalization of us guys. I do know quite a few men who know that looking sharp is one of the greatest weapons a man can possess in his quest for success. This, coupled with confidence and a great state of well-being, allows for a trifecta that, with determination, poises one to be one unstoppable force. Most men, however, have decided to excuse their lack of ‘sense of pride in self’ with the guise that looking well isn’t a trait of masculinity, when it in fact simply is a symptom of laziness. These poor choices are pardonable for the young and impressionable, but there comes a time in every young man’s life when we must grow to accept that with age, comes the responsibility of projecting a more mature and well-presented image of one’s self.       Some men already know that the key to having great style, as with everything else, is having a great foundation to work with. Others may need a little help, so, as to not BE basic, here are the basics for any young man’s wardrobe:Dress Shirts:Every young man will need at least two dress shirts (I personally recommended four to five), one in a lighter colour and one in a darker colour. This allows for the greatest versatility for dressing up, recommended colours are white, black, pastels and shades of blue and grey. Pictured above: two oxford shirts in classic White and Black, both  by Pierre Cardain. Slacks: Slacks are as necessary, if not more so, than jeans. Where jeans can provide a smart, casual comfort slacks allow for sophistication and class.  Recommended is a pair of darker dress slacks in either a black or navy and a pair of classic chinos in either cream, khaki, olive, hunter green; navy and black are also acceptable choices. Pictured above: Black D3 Slim fit trousers by Dockers                          Khaki Chinos by Eddie BauerBelts:To compliment your pants ensure you have at least two belts, one in black and the other brown, it is highly recommended that these be of leather .Pictured above: Black skinny belt by Zara                          Brown skinny belt by Thom BrowneT- Shirts:For day to day activities these are the best and easiest to wear. T-shirts are as simple and as versatile as it gets, with must have colours being black, grey and white, with them either being crewneck or V-neck depending on your preference. Also recommended is one in blue, green or a darker red along with another in a preferred colour, totaling to five t-shirts. Pictured above: Black crewneck T-shirt by ASOS                             Grey crewneck T-shirt by Fruit of the Loom                             White crewneck T-shirt by Old Navy                             Maroon crewneck T-shirt by UrbanUp                             Green V-neck T-shirt by Pull&BearJumpers:Also known as sweaters, these are great when the cooler months arrive and the three must have colours are black, grey and white, you can add two more shirts, one in either olive, maroon or blue and the other in a preferred colour totaling four. Pictured above: Dark grey jumper by ASOS                             White jumper by Pull&Bear                             Blue jumper by ZaraJeans:One in a darker wash and one in a lighter will do, a pair of black denim is equally versatile.Pictured above: Dark wash slim straight cut Levi Strauss Denim                         Light wash Levi Straus 501’s. Button-up Shirts:These are a great addition to a wardrobe and lend themselves well to adaptability, going from casual day to day  to day on the town to  business casual. Recommended are a pair in long-sleeved and a pair in short-sleeved. Styles may be either in Plaid, Denim or Plain to start. Pictured above: Blue long-sleeved denim shirt by Route66                                Red plaid long-sleeved shirt by Dockers                                Chambray short-sleeved shirt by Faded Glory                                Beige short-sleeved shirt by St. John’s BayShorts:Perfect for warmer regions, shorts expand the options for daily wear, with recommended must colours in cream, khaki, navy and black; with an alternate to navy being olive. Pictured above: Cream Shorts by Perry Ellis                                Navy shorts by Izod                                Khaki shorts by Roundtree&Yorke                                Black shorts by DockersAuxiliary Shirts:These shirts help to greatly broaden one’s choices in the wardrobe. Polos go well with chinos and shorts, a tank top is great for summer and a Henley shirt is a great counterpart for cooler months.  Colours are to one’s preference but keep in mind that your objective should be to be able to match these items to as much of the rest of your wardrobe as possible.  Colours such as greys, blues, dark reds and greens and browns work very well, they can even be combined, such as the two toned Henley and the ever classic nautical tank top. Pictured above: Burgundy polo by Dockers                                cream and olive Henley by Faded Glory                                Nautical striped blue and white tank top by ZaraShoes:A man needs at the very least a pair of leather dress shoes and a pair of casual shoes, recommended are a pair of black dress shoes, a pair brown dress shoes, a pair or white tennis shoes and a pair of black tennis shoes. Boots are also a great addition, idyllic for rain and colder weathers.  Loafers are great for causal days when you wish to dress up a bit, but also work well for business casual, and depending on the quality even business type events. They’re recommended in black or brown.Pictured above: Black oxford shoes by Johnston&Murphy                                Brown oxford shoes by Salvatore Ferragamo                                Black tennis shoes by Pull&Bear                                White tennis shoes by Zara                                Black Loafers by Gucci                                Brown Boots by EmilioS.PereraAccessories:Every man must own a watch. Sun glasses are also great especially in sunnier regions where eye protection is in one’s best interest. Ties and bowties add an air of sophistication when dressing for certain events; one should at least own a couple of ties, one for lighter shirts and one for darker shirts. Lastly it is important that one invests in at least one quality cologne; personally I have at least two for casual days and two for special occasions. Pictured above: Brown sunglasses by Ralph Lauren                                Black club master sunglasses knockoffs                                Amber watch by Geneva                                Red leather bowtie by Zara                    Ties (L-R) by Lanvin, Polo by Ralph Lauren, EssexRow,H&M                                Blue Jeans Cologne by Versus Versace
     The objective to any great wardrobe foundation is to have versatility in the clothing you wear; meaning, that with any given article you can wear it with a good amount of other clothing pieces and it still looks great.  This allows for room for both addition of items to your basis, which creates personality to one’s style; and for expansion into other personal styles and preferred likes, once there is a comfortable level of manipulating the items you already have.  This transforms the foundation from what seems to be the most basic or articles, into the most appealing.     Along with the preceding items one must always keep in mind three very important things; fit, quality and budget. You must ensure that your clothing fits you well, not being too big nor too small. You must aim to buy clothing that is made of quality (remember that brand does not always equate quality), considering that clothing of lesser quality tend to be poorly constructed, made of poorer materials and tend to lose colour and structure easier, causing your clothes to look dingy and thus leaving you with either buying new clothes more often or looking drab in the old ones. Finally you must ALWAYS be mindful of your budget. You do not always have to spend copious amounts of capital to look smart (although it does help to have a bigger budget, it isn’t always necessary). Know your means and limits and be creative as to how to spend your money, because god forbid you splurge on a pair of jeans, but can’t cover rent or a doctor’s visit. Looking good is an investment, but do not neglect other obligations in doing so as well.      With all these things considered, you will be not only be on your way to cultivating a great form of expressing who you are as an individual but you will also grow into a confident, smartly dressed young man who’s ready to take the world.  valdm:

The Basics.      In our current culture and society, the vast majority of the population has fallen to complacency. Complacency in their goals, their jobs, their relationships, their health and in the way they present themselves to the world. Pertaining to how one dresses, this is especially true for the majority of men, who in recent generations have been satisfied with limiting their style to using mostly ill-fitting jeans, cargo shorts and graphic tees or clothing brands targeted towards teenagers. This is, of course, a generalization of us guys. I do know quite a few men who know that looking sharp is one of the greatest weapons a man can possess in his quest for success. This, coupled with confidence and a great state of well-being, allows for a trifecta that, with determination, poises one to be one unstoppable force. Most men, however, have decided to excuse their lack of ‘sense of pride in self’ with the guise that looking well isn’t a trait of masculinity, when it in fact simply is a symptom of laziness. These poor choices are pardonable for the young and impressionable, but there comes a time in every young man’s life when we must grow to accept that with age, comes the responsibility of projecting a more mature and well-presented image of one’s self.       Some men already know that the key to having great style, as with everything else, is having a great foundation to work with. Others may need a little help, so, as to not BE basic, here are the basics for any young man’s wardrobe:Dress Shirts:Every young man will need at least two dress shirts (I personally recommended four to five), one in a lighter colour and one in a darker colour. This allows for the greatest versatility for dressing up, recommended colours are white, black, pastels and shades of blue and grey. Pictured above: two oxford shirts in classic White and Black, both  by Pierre Cardain. Slacks: Slacks are as necessary, if not more so, than jeans. Where jeans can provide a smart, casual comfort slacks allow for sophistication and class.  Recommended is a pair of darker dress slacks in either a black or navy and a pair of classic chinos in either cream, khaki, olive, hunter green; navy and black are also acceptable choices. Pictured above: Black D3 Slim fit trousers by Dockers                          Khaki Chinos by Eddie BauerBelts:To compliment your pants ensure you have at least two belts, one in black and the other brown, it is highly recommended that these be of leather .Pictured above: Black skinny belt by Zara                          Brown skinny belt by Thom BrowneT- Shirts:For day to day activities these are the best and easiest to wear. T-shirts are as simple and as versatile as it gets, with must have colours being black, grey and white, with them either being crewneck or V-neck depending on your preference. Also recommended is one in blue, green or a darker red along with another in a preferred colour, totaling to five t-shirts. Pictured above: Black crewneck T-shirt by ASOS                             Grey crewneck T-shirt by Fruit of the Loom                             White crewneck T-shirt by Old Navy                             Maroon crewneck T-shirt by UrbanUp                             Green V-neck T-shirt by Pull&BearJumpers:Also known as sweaters, these are great when the cooler months arrive and the three must have colours are black, grey and white, you can add two more shirts, one in either olive, maroon or blue and the other in a preferred colour totaling four. Pictured above: Dark grey jumper by ASOS                             White jumper by Pull&Bear                             Blue jumper by ZaraJeans:One in a darker wash and one in a lighter will do, a pair of black denim is equally versatile.Pictured above: Dark wash slim straight cut Levi Strauss Denim                         Light wash Levi Straus 501’s. Button-up Shirts:These are a great addition to a wardrobe and lend themselves well to adaptability, going from casual day to day  to day on the town to  business casual. Recommended are a pair in long-sleeved and a pair in short-sleeved. Styles may be either in Plaid, Denim or Plain to start. Pictured above: Blue long-sleeved denim shirt by Route66                                Red plaid long-sleeved shirt by Dockers                                Chambray short-sleeved shirt by Faded Glory                                Beige short-sleeved shirt by St. John’s BayShorts:Perfect for warmer regions, shorts expand the options for daily wear, with recommended must colours in cream, khaki, navy and black; with an alternate to navy being olive. Pictured above: Cream Shorts by Perry Ellis                                Navy shorts by Izod                                Khaki shorts by Roundtree&Yorke                                Black shorts by DockersAuxiliary Shirts:These shirts help to greatly broaden one’s choices in the wardrobe. Polos go well with chinos and shorts, a tank top is great for summer and a Henley shirt is a great counterpart for cooler months.  Colours are to one’s preference but keep in mind that your objective should be to be able to match these items to as much of the rest of your wardrobe as possible.  Colours such as greys, blues, dark reds and greens and browns work very well, they can even be combined, such as the two toned Henley and the ever classic nautical tank top. Pictured above: Burgundy polo by Dockers                                cream and olive Henley by Faded Glory                                Nautical striped blue and white tank top by ZaraShoes:A man needs at the very least a pair of leather dress shoes and a pair of casual shoes, recommended are a pair of black dress shoes, a pair brown dress shoes, a pair or white tennis shoes and a pair of black tennis shoes. Boots are also a great addition, idyllic for rain and colder weathers.  Loafers are great for causal days when you wish to dress up a bit, but also work well for business casual, and depending on the quality even business type events. They’re recommended in black or brown.Pictured above: Black oxford shoes by Johnston&Murphy                                Brown oxford shoes by Salvatore Ferragamo                                Black tennis shoes by Pull&Bear                                White tennis shoes by Zara                                Black Loafers by Gucci                                Brown Boots by EmilioS.PereraAccessories:Every man must own a watch. Sun glasses are also great especially in sunnier regions where eye protection is in one’s best interest. Ties and bowties add an air of sophistication when dressing for certain events; one should at least own a couple of ties, one for lighter shirts and one for darker shirts. Lastly it is important that one invests in at least one quality cologne; personally I have at least two for casual days and two for special occasions. Pictured above: Brown sunglasses by Ralph Lauren                                Black club master sunglasses knockoffs                                Amber watch by Geneva                                Red leather bowtie by Zara                    Ties (L-R) by Lanvin, Polo by Ralph Lauren, EssexRow,H&M                                Blue Jeans Cologne by Versus Versace
     The objective to any great wardrobe foundation is to have versatility in the clothing you wear; meaning, that with any given article you can wear it with a good amount of other clothing pieces and it still looks great.  This allows for room for both addition of items to your basis, which creates personality to one’s style; and for expansion into other personal styles and preferred likes, once there is a comfortable level of manipulating the items you already have.  This transforms the foundation from what seems to be the most basic or articles, into the most appealing.     Along with the preceding items one must always keep in mind three very important things; fit, quality and budget. You must ensure that your clothing fits you well, not being too big nor too small. You must aim to buy clothing that is made of quality (remember that brand does not always equate quality), considering that clothing of lesser quality tend to be poorly constructed, made of poorer materials and tend to lose colour and structure easier, causing your clothes to look dingy and thus leaving you with either buying new clothes more often or looking drab in the old ones. Finally you must ALWAYS be mindful of your budget. You do not always have to spend copious amounts of capital to look smart (although it does help to have a bigger budget, it isn’t always necessary). Know your means and limits and be creative as to how to spend your money, because god forbid you splurge on a pair of jeans, but can’t cover rent or a doctor’s visit. Looking good is an investment, but do not neglect other obligations in doing so as well.      With all these things considered, you will be not only be on your way to cultivating a great form of expressing who you are as an individual but you will also grow into a confident, smartly dressed young man who’s ready to take the world.  valdm:

The Basics.      In our current culture and society, the vast majority of the population has fallen to complacency. Complacency in their goals, their jobs, their relationships, their health and in the way they present themselves to the world. Pertaining to how one dresses, this is especially true for the majority of men, who in recent generations have been satisfied with limiting their style to using mostly ill-fitting jeans, cargo shorts and graphic tees or clothing brands targeted towards teenagers. This is, of course, a generalization of us guys. I do know quite a few men who know that looking sharp is one of the greatest weapons a man can possess in his quest for success. This, coupled with confidence and a great state of well-being, allows for a trifecta that, with determination, poises one to be one unstoppable force. Most men, however, have decided to excuse their lack of ‘sense of pride in self’ with the guise that looking well isn’t a trait of masculinity, when it in fact simply is a symptom of laziness. These poor choices are pardonable for the young and impressionable, but there comes a time in every young man’s life when we must grow to accept that with age, comes the responsibility of projecting a more mature and well-presented image of one’s self.       Some men already know that the key to having great style, as with everything else, is having a great foundation to work with. Others may need a little help, so, as to not BE basic, here are the basics for any young man’s wardrobe:Dress Shirts:Every young man will need at least two dress shirts (I personally recommended four to five), one in a lighter colour and one in a darker colour. This allows for the greatest versatility for dressing up, recommended colours are white, black, pastels and shades of blue and grey. Pictured above: two oxford shirts in classic White and Black, both  by Pierre Cardain. Slacks: Slacks are as necessary, if not more so, than jeans. Where jeans can provide a smart, casual comfort slacks allow for sophistication and class.  Recommended is a pair of darker dress slacks in either a black or navy and a pair of classic chinos in either cream, khaki, olive, hunter green; navy and black are also acceptable choices. Pictured above: Black D3 Slim fit trousers by Dockers                          Khaki Chinos by Eddie BauerBelts:To compliment your pants ensure you have at least two belts, one in black and the other brown, it is highly recommended that these be of leather .Pictured above: Black skinny belt by Zara                          Brown skinny belt by Thom BrowneT- Shirts:For day to day activities these are the best and easiest to wear. T-shirts are as simple and as versatile as it gets, with must have colours being black, grey and white, with them either being crewneck or V-neck depending on your preference. Also recommended is one in blue, green or a darker red along with another in a preferred colour, totaling to five t-shirts. Pictured above: Black crewneck T-shirt by ASOS                             Grey crewneck T-shirt by Fruit of the Loom                             White crewneck T-shirt by Old Navy                             Maroon crewneck T-shirt by UrbanUp                             Green V-neck T-shirt by Pull&BearJumpers:Also known as sweaters, these are great when the cooler months arrive and the three must have colours are black, grey and white, you can add two more shirts, one in either olive, maroon or blue and the other in a preferred colour totaling four. Pictured above: Dark grey jumper by ASOS                             White jumper by Pull&Bear                             Blue jumper by ZaraJeans:One in a darker wash and one in a lighter will do, a pair of black denim is equally versatile.Pictured above: Dark wash slim straight cut Levi Strauss Denim                         Light wash Levi Straus 501’s. Button-up Shirts:These are a great addition to a wardrobe and lend themselves well to adaptability, going from casual day to day  to day on the town to  business casual. Recommended are a pair in long-sleeved and a pair in short-sleeved. Styles may be either in Plaid, Denim or Plain to start. Pictured above: Blue long-sleeved denim shirt by Route66                                Red plaid long-sleeved shirt by Dockers                                Chambray short-sleeved shirt by Faded Glory                                Beige short-sleeved shirt by St. John’s BayShorts:Perfect for warmer regions, shorts expand the options for daily wear, with recommended must colours in cream, khaki, navy and black; with an alternate to navy being olive. Pictured above: Cream Shorts by Perry Ellis                                Navy shorts by Izod                                Khaki shorts by Roundtree&Yorke                                Black shorts by DockersAuxiliary Shirts:These shirts help to greatly broaden one’s choices in the wardrobe. Polos go well with chinos and shorts, a tank top is great for summer and a Henley shirt is a great counterpart for cooler months.  Colours are to one’s preference but keep in mind that your objective should be to be able to match these items to as much of the rest of your wardrobe as possible.  Colours such as greys, blues, dark reds and greens and browns work very well, they can even be combined, such as the two toned Henley and the ever classic nautical tank top. Pictured above: Burgundy polo by Dockers                                cream and olive Henley by Faded Glory                                Nautical striped blue and white tank top by ZaraShoes:A man needs at the very least a pair of leather dress shoes and a pair of casual shoes, recommended are a pair of black dress shoes, a pair brown dress shoes, a pair or white tennis shoes and a pair of black tennis shoes. Boots are also a great addition, idyllic for rain and colder weathers.  Loafers are great for causal days when you wish to dress up a bit, but also work well for business casual, and depending on the quality even business type events. They’re recommended in black or brown.Pictured above: Black oxford shoes by Johnston&Murphy                                Brown oxford shoes by Salvatore Ferragamo                                Black tennis shoes by Pull&Bear                                White tennis shoes by Zara                                Black Loafers by Gucci                                Brown Boots by EmilioS.PereraAccessories:Every man must own a watch. Sun glasses are also great especially in sunnier regions where eye protection is in one’s best interest. Ties and bowties add an air of sophistication when dressing for certain events; one should at least own a couple of ties, one for lighter shirts and one for darker shirts. Lastly it is important that one invests in at least one quality cologne; personally I have at least two for casual days and two for special occasions. Pictured above: Brown sunglasses by Ralph Lauren                                Black club master sunglasses knockoffs                                Amber watch by Geneva                                Red leather bowtie by Zara                    Ties (L-R) by Lanvin, Polo by Ralph Lauren, EssexRow,H&M                                Blue Jeans Cologne by Versus Versace
     The objective to any great wardrobe foundation is to have versatility in the clothing you wear; meaning, that with any given article you can wear it with a good amount of other clothing pieces and it still looks great.  This allows for room for both addition of items to your basis, which creates personality to one’s style; and for expansion into other personal styles and preferred likes, once there is a comfortable level of manipulating the items you already have.  This transforms the foundation from what seems to be the most basic or articles, into the most appealing.     Along with the preceding items one must always keep in mind three very important things; fit, quality and budget. You must ensure that your clothing fits you well, not being too big nor too small. You must aim to buy clothing that is made of quality (remember that brand does not always equate quality), considering that clothing of lesser quality tend to be poorly constructed, made of poorer materials and tend to lose colour and structure easier, causing your clothes to look dingy and thus leaving you with either buying new clothes more often or looking drab in the old ones. Finally you must ALWAYS be mindful of your budget. You do not always have to spend copious amounts of capital to look smart (although it does help to have a bigger budget, it isn’t always necessary). Know your means and limits and be creative as to how to spend your money, because god forbid you splurge on a pair of jeans, but can’t cover rent or a doctor’s visit. Looking good is an investment, but do not neglect other obligations in doing so as well.      With all these things considered, you will be not only be on your way to cultivating a great form of expressing who you are as an individual but you will also grow into a confident, smartly dressed young man who’s ready to take the world.  valdm:

The Basics.      In our current culture and society, the vast majority of the population has fallen to complacency. Complacency in their goals, their jobs, their relationships, their health and in the way they present themselves to the world. Pertaining to how one dresses, this is especially true for the majority of men, who in recent generations have been satisfied with limiting their style to using mostly ill-fitting jeans, cargo shorts and graphic tees or clothing brands targeted towards teenagers. This is, of course, a generalization of us guys. I do know quite a few men who know that looking sharp is one of the greatest weapons a man can possess in his quest for success. This, coupled with confidence and a great state of well-being, allows for a trifecta that, with determination, poises one to be one unstoppable force. Most men, however, have decided to excuse their lack of ‘sense of pride in self’ with the guise that looking well isn’t a trait of masculinity, when it in fact simply is a symptom of laziness. These poor choices are pardonable for the young and impressionable, but there comes a time in every young man’s life when we must grow to accept that with age, comes the responsibility of projecting a more mature and well-presented image of one’s self.       Some men already know that the key to having great style, as with everything else, is having a great foundation to work with. Others may need a little help, so, as to not BE basic, here are the basics for any young man’s wardrobe:Dress Shirts:Every young man will need at least two dress shirts (I personally recommended four to five), one in a lighter colour and one in a darker colour. This allows for the greatest versatility for dressing up, recommended colours are white, black, pastels and shades of blue and grey. Pictured above: two oxford shirts in classic White and Black, both  by Pierre Cardain. Slacks: Slacks are as necessary, if not more so, than jeans. Where jeans can provide a smart, casual comfort slacks allow for sophistication and class.  Recommended is a pair of darker dress slacks in either a black or navy and a pair of classic chinos in either cream, khaki, olive, hunter green; navy and black are also acceptable choices. Pictured above: Black D3 Slim fit trousers by Dockers                          Khaki Chinos by Eddie BauerBelts:To compliment your pants ensure you have at least two belts, one in black and the other brown, it is highly recommended that these be of leather .Pictured above: Black skinny belt by Zara                          Brown skinny belt by Thom BrowneT- Shirts:For day to day activities these are the best and easiest to wear. T-shirts are as simple and as versatile as it gets, with must have colours being black, grey and white, with them either being crewneck or V-neck depending on your preference. Also recommended is one in blue, green or a darker red along with another in a preferred colour, totaling to five t-shirts. Pictured above: Black crewneck T-shirt by ASOS                             Grey crewneck T-shirt by Fruit of the Loom                             White crewneck T-shirt by Old Navy                             Maroon crewneck T-shirt by UrbanUp                             Green V-neck T-shirt by Pull&BearJumpers:Also known as sweaters, these are great when the cooler months arrive and the three must have colours are black, grey and white, you can add two more shirts, one in either olive, maroon or blue and the other in a preferred colour totaling four. Pictured above: Dark grey jumper by ASOS                             White jumper by Pull&Bear                             Blue jumper by ZaraJeans:One in a darker wash and one in a lighter will do, a pair of black denim is equally versatile.Pictured above: Dark wash slim straight cut Levi Strauss Denim                         Light wash Levi Straus 501’s. Button-up Shirts:These are a great addition to a wardrobe and lend themselves well to adaptability, going from casual day to day  to day on the town to  business casual. Recommended are a pair in long-sleeved and a pair in short-sleeved. Styles may be either in Plaid, Denim or Plain to start. Pictured above: Blue long-sleeved denim shirt by Route66                                Red plaid long-sleeved shirt by Dockers                                Chambray short-sleeved shirt by Faded Glory                                Beige short-sleeved shirt by St. John’s BayShorts:Perfect for warmer regions, shorts expand the options for daily wear, with recommended must colours in cream, khaki, navy and black; with an alternate to navy being olive. Pictured above: Cream Shorts by Perry Ellis                                Navy shorts by Izod                                Khaki shorts by Roundtree&Yorke                                Black shorts by DockersAuxiliary Shirts:These shirts help to greatly broaden one’s choices in the wardrobe. Polos go well with chinos and shorts, a tank top is great for summer and a Henley shirt is a great counterpart for cooler months.  Colours are to one’s preference but keep in mind that your objective should be to be able to match these items to as much of the rest of your wardrobe as possible.  Colours such as greys, blues, dark reds and greens and browns work very well, they can even be combined, such as the two toned Henley and the ever classic nautical tank top. Pictured above: Burgundy polo by Dockers                                cream and olive Henley by Faded Glory                                Nautical striped blue and white tank top by ZaraShoes:A man needs at the very least a pair of leather dress shoes and a pair of casual shoes, recommended are a pair of black dress shoes, a pair brown dress shoes, a pair or white tennis shoes and a pair of black tennis shoes. Boots are also a great addition, idyllic for rain and colder weathers.  Loafers are great for causal days when you wish to dress up a bit, but also work well for business casual, and depending on the quality even business type events. They’re recommended in black or brown.Pictured above: Black oxford shoes by Johnston&Murphy                                Brown oxford shoes by Salvatore Ferragamo                                Black tennis shoes by Pull&Bear                                White tennis shoes by Zara                                Black Loafers by Gucci                                Brown Boots by EmilioS.PereraAccessories:Every man must own a watch. Sun glasses are also great especially in sunnier regions where eye protection is in one’s best interest. Ties and bowties add an air of sophistication when dressing for certain events; one should at least own a couple of ties, one for lighter shirts and one for darker shirts. Lastly it is important that one invests in at least one quality cologne; personally I have at least two for casual days and two for special occasions. Pictured above: Brown sunglasses by Ralph Lauren                                Black club master sunglasses knockoffs                                Amber watch by Geneva                                Red leather bowtie by Zara                    Ties (L-R) by Lanvin, Polo by Ralph Lauren, EssexRow,H&M                                Blue Jeans Cologne by Versus Versace
     The objective to any great wardrobe foundation is to have versatility in the clothing you wear; meaning, that with any given article you can wear it with a good amount of other clothing pieces and it still looks great.  This allows for room for both addition of items to your basis, which creates personality to one’s style; and for expansion into other personal styles and preferred likes, once there is a comfortable level of manipulating the items you already have.  This transforms the foundation from what seems to be the most basic or articles, into the most appealing.     Along with the preceding items one must always keep in mind three very important things; fit, quality and budget. You must ensure that your clothing fits you well, not being too big nor too small. You must aim to buy clothing that is made of quality (remember that brand does not always equate quality), considering that clothing of lesser quality tend to be poorly constructed, made of poorer materials and tend to lose colour and structure easier, causing your clothes to look dingy and thus leaving you with either buying new clothes more often or looking drab in the old ones. Finally you must ALWAYS be mindful of your budget. You do not always have to spend copious amounts of capital to look smart (although it does help to have a bigger budget, it isn’t always necessary). Know your means and limits and be creative as to how to spend your money, because god forbid you splurge on a pair of jeans, but can’t cover rent or a doctor’s visit. Looking good is an investment, but do not neglect other obligations in doing so as well.      With all these things considered, you will be not only be on your way to cultivating a great form of expressing who you are as an individual but you will also grow into a confident, smartly dressed young man who’s ready to take the world.  valdm:

The Basics.      In our current culture and society, the vast majority of the population has fallen to complacency. Complacency in their goals, their jobs, their relationships, their health and in the way they present themselves to the world. Pertaining to how one dresses, this is especially true for the majority of men, who in recent generations have been satisfied with limiting their style to using mostly ill-fitting jeans, cargo shorts and graphic tees or clothing brands targeted towards teenagers. This is, of course, a generalization of us guys. I do know quite a few men who know that looking sharp is one of the greatest weapons a man can possess in his quest for success. This, coupled with confidence and a great state of well-being, allows for a trifecta that, with determination, poises one to be one unstoppable force. Most men, however, have decided to excuse their lack of ‘sense of pride in self’ with the guise that looking well isn’t a trait of masculinity, when it in fact simply is a symptom of laziness. These poor choices are pardonable for the young and impressionable, but there comes a time in every young man’s life when we must grow to accept that with age, comes the responsibility of projecting a more mature and well-presented image of one’s self.       Some men already know that the key to having great style, as with everything else, is having a great foundation to work with. Others may need a little help, so, as to not BE basic, here are the basics for any young man’s wardrobe:Dress Shirts:Every young man will need at least two dress shirts (I personally recommended four to five), one in a lighter colour and one in a darker colour. This allows for the greatest versatility for dressing up, recommended colours are white, black, pastels and shades of blue and grey. Pictured above: two oxford shirts in classic White and Black, both  by Pierre Cardain. Slacks: Slacks are as necessary, if not more so, than jeans. Where jeans can provide a smart, casual comfort slacks allow for sophistication and class.  Recommended is a pair of darker dress slacks in either a black or navy and a pair of classic chinos in either cream, khaki, olive, hunter green; navy and black are also acceptable choices. Pictured above: Black D3 Slim fit trousers by Dockers                          Khaki Chinos by Eddie BauerBelts:To compliment your pants ensure you have at least two belts, one in black and the other brown, it is highly recommended that these be of leather .Pictured above: Black skinny belt by Zara                          Brown skinny belt by Thom BrowneT- Shirts:For day to day activities these are the best and easiest to wear. T-shirts are as simple and as versatile as it gets, with must have colours being black, grey and white, with them either being crewneck or V-neck depending on your preference. Also recommended is one in blue, green or a darker red along with another in a preferred colour, totaling to five t-shirts. Pictured above: Black crewneck T-shirt by ASOS                             Grey crewneck T-shirt by Fruit of the Loom                             White crewneck T-shirt by Old Navy                             Maroon crewneck T-shirt by UrbanUp                             Green V-neck T-shirt by Pull&BearJumpers:Also known as sweaters, these are great when the cooler months arrive and the three must have colours are black, grey and white, you can add two more shirts, one in either olive, maroon or blue and the other in a preferred colour totaling four. Pictured above: Dark grey jumper by ASOS                             White jumper by Pull&Bear                             Blue jumper by ZaraJeans:One in a darker wash and one in a lighter will do, a pair of black denim is equally versatile.Pictured above: Dark wash slim straight cut Levi Strauss Denim                         Light wash Levi Straus 501’s. Button-up Shirts:These are a great addition to a wardrobe and lend themselves well to adaptability, going from casual day to day  to day on the town to  business casual. Recommended are a pair in long-sleeved and a pair in short-sleeved. Styles may be either in Plaid, Denim or Plain to start. Pictured above: Blue long-sleeved denim shirt by Route66                                Red plaid long-sleeved shirt by Dockers                                Chambray short-sleeved shirt by Faded Glory                                Beige short-sleeved shirt by St. John’s BayShorts:Perfect for warmer regions, shorts expand the options for daily wear, with recommended must colours in cream, khaki, navy and black; with an alternate to navy being olive. Pictured above: Cream Shorts by Perry Ellis                                Navy shorts by Izod                                Khaki shorts by Roundtree&Yorke                                Black shorts by DockersAuxiliary Shirts:These shirts help to greatly broaden one’s choices in the wardrobe. Polos go well with chinos and shorts, a tank top is great for summer and a Henley shirt is a great counterpart for cooler months.  Colours are to one’s preference but keep in mind that your objective should be to be able to match these items to as much of the rest of your wardrobe as possible.  Colours such as greys, blues, dark reds and greens and browns work very well, they can even be combined, such as the two toned Henley and the ever classic nautical tank top. Pictured above: Burgundy polo by Dockers                                cream and olive Henley by Faded Glory                                Nautical striped blue and white tank top by ZaraShoes:A man needs at the very least a pair of leather dress shoes and a pair of casual shoes, recommended are a pair of black dress shoes, a pair brown dress shoes, a pair or white tennis shoes and a pair of black tennis shoes. Boots are also a great addition, idyllic for rain and colder weathers.  Loafers are great for causal days when you wish to dress up a bit, but also work well for business casual, and depending on the quality even business type events. They’re recommended in black or brown.Pictured above: Black oxford shoes by Johnston&Murphy                                Brown oxford shoes by Salvatore Ferragamo                                Black tennis shoes by Pull&Bear                                White tennis shoes by Zara                                Black Loafers by Gucci                                Brown Boots by EmilioS.PereraAccessories:Every man must own a watch. Sun glasses are also great especially in sunnier regions where eye protection is in one’s best interest. Ties and bowties add an air of sophistication when dressing for certain events; one should at least own a couple of ties, one for lighter shirts and one for darker shirts. Lastly it is important that one invests in at least one quality cologne; personally I have at least two for casual days and two for special occasions. Pictured above: Brown sunglasses by Ralph Lauren                                Black club master sunglasses knockoffs                                Amber watch by Geneva                                Red leather bowtie by Zara                    Ties (L-R) by Lanvin, Polo by Ralph Lauren, EssexRow,H&M                                Blue Jeans Cologne by Versus Versace
     The objective to any great wardrobe foundation is to have versatility in the clothing you wear; meaning, that with any given article you can wear it with a good amount of other clothing pieces and it still looks great.  This allows for room for both addition of items to your basis, which creates personality to one’s style; and for expansion into other personal styles and preferred likes, once there is a comfortable level of manipulating the items you already have.  This transforms the foundation from what seems to be the most basic or articles, into the most appealing.     Along with the preceding items one must always keep in mind three very important things; fit, quality and budget. You must ensure that your clothing fits you well, not being too big nor too small. You must aim to buy clothing that is made of quality (remember that brand does not always equate quality), considering that clothing of lesser quality tend to be poorly constructed, made of poorer materials and tend to lose colour and structure easier, causing your clothes to look dingy and thus leaving you with either buying new clothes more often or looking drab in the old ones. Finally you must ALWAYS be mindful of your budget. You do not always have to spend copious amounts of capital to look smart (although it does help to have a bigger budget, it isn’t always necessary). Know your means and limits and be creative as to how to spend your money, because god forbid you splurge on a pair of jeans, but can’t cover rent or a doctor’s visit. Looking good is an investment, but do not neglect other obligations in doing so as well.      With all these things considered, you will be not only be on your way to cultivating a great form of expressing who you are as an individual but you will also grow into a confident, smartly dressed young man who’s ready to take the world.  valdm:

The Basics.      In our current culture and society, the vast majority of the population has fallen to complacency. Complacency in their goals, their jobs, their relationships, their health and in the way they present themselves to the world. Pertaining to how one dresses, this is especially true for the majority of men, who in recent generations have been satisfied with limiting their style to using mostly ill-fitting jeans, cargo shorts and graphic tees or clothing brands targeted towards teenagers. This is, of course, a generalization of us guys. I do know quite a few men who know that looking sharp is one of the greatest weapons a man can possess in his quest for success. This, coupled with confidence and a great state of well-being, allows for a trifecta that, with determination, poises one to be one unstoppable force. Most men, however, have decided to excuse their lack of ‘sense of pride in self’ with the guise that looking well isn’t a trait of masculinity, when it in fact simply is a symptom of laziness. These poor choices are pardonable for the young and impressionable, but there comes a time in every young man’s life when we must grow to accept that with age, comes the responsibility of projecting a more mature and well-presented image of one’s self.       Some men already know that the key to having great style, as with everything else, is having a great foundation to work with. Others may need a little help, so, as to not BE basic, here are the basics for any young man’s wardrobe:Dress Shirts:Every young man will need at least two dress shirts (I personally recommended four to five), one in a lighter colour and one in a darker colour. This allows for the greatest versatility for dressing up, recommended colours are white, black, pastels and shades of blue and grey. Pictured above: two oxford shirts in classic White and Black, both  by Pierre Cardain. Slacks: Slacks are as necessary, if not more so, than jeans. Where jeans can provide a smart, casual comfort slacks allow for sophistication and class.  Recommended is a pair of darker dress slacks in either a black or navy and a pair of classic chinos in either cream, khaki, olive, hunter green; navy and black are also acceptable choices. Pictured above: Black D3 Slim fit trousers by Dockers                          Khaki Chinos by Eddie BauerBelts:To compliment your pants ensure you have at least two belts, one in black and the other brown, it is highly recommended that these be of leather .Pictured above: Black skinny belt by Zara                          Brown skinny belt by Thom BrowneT- Shirts:For day to day activities these are the best and easiest to wear. T-shirts are as simple and as versatile as it gets, with must have colours being black, grey and white, with them either being crewneck or V-neck depending on your preference. Also recommended is one in blue, green or a darker red along with another in a preferred colour, totaling to five t-shirts. Pictured above: Black crewneck T-shirt by ASOS                             Grey crewneck T-shirt by Fruit of the Loom                             White crewneck T-shirt by Old Navy                             Maroon crewneck T-shirt by UrbanUp                             Green V-neck T-shirt by Pull&BearJumpers:Also known as sweaters, these are great when the cooler months arrive and the three must have colours are black, grey and white, you can add two more shirts, one in either olive, maroon or blue and the other in a preferred colour totaling four. Pictured above: Dark grey jumper by ASOS                             White jumper by Pull&Bear                             Blue jumper by ZaraJeans:One in a darker wash and one in a lighter will do, a pair of black denim is equally versatile.Pictured above: Dark wash slim straight cut Levi Strauss Denim                         Light wash Levi Straus 501’s. Button-up Shirts:These are a great addition to a wardrobe and lend themselves well to adaptability, going from casual day to day  to day on the town to  business casual. Recommended are a pair in long-sleeved and a pair in short-sleeved. Styles may be either in Plaid, Denim or Plain to start. Pictured above: Blue long-sleeved denim shirt by Route66                                Red plaid long-sleeved shirt by Dockers                                Chambray short-sleeved shirt by Faded Glory                                Beige short-sleeved shirt by St. John’s BayShorts:Perfect for warmer regions, shorts expand the options for daily wear, with recommended must colours in cream, khaki, navy and black; with an alternate to navy being olive. Pictured above: Cream Shorts by Perry Ellis                                Navy shorts by Izod                                Khaki shorts by Roundtree&Yorke                                Black shorts by DockersAuxiliary Shirts:These shirts help to greatly broaden one’s choices in the wardrobe. Polos go well with chinos and shorts, a tank top is great for summer and a Henley shirt is a great counterpart for cooler months.  Colours are to one’s preference but keep in mind that your objective should be to be able to match these items to as much of the rest of your wardrobe as possible.  Colours such as greys, blues, dark reds and greens and browns work very well, they can even be combined, such as the two toned Henley and the ever classic nautical tank top. Pictured above: Burgundy polo by Dockers                                cream and olive Henley by Faded Glory                                Nautical striped blue and white tank top by ZaraShoes:A man needs at the very least a pair of leather dress shoes and a pair of casual shoes, recommended are a pair of black dress shoes, a pair brown dress shoes, a pair or white tennis shoes and a pair of black tennis shoes. Boots are also a great addition, idyllic for rain and colder weathers.  Loafers are great for causal days when you wish to dress up a bit, but also work well for business casual, and depending on the quality even business type events. They’re recommended in black or brown.Pictured above: Black oxford shoes by Johnston&Murphy                                Brown oxford shoes by Salvatore Ferragamo                                Black tennis shoes by Pull&Bear                                White tennis shoes by Zara                                Black Loafers by Gucci                                Brown Boots by EmilioS.PereraAccessories:Every man must own a watch. Sun glasses are also great especially in sunnier regions where eye protection is in one’s best interest. Ties and bowties add an air of sophistication when dressing for certain events; one should at least own a couple of ties, one for lighter shirts and one for darker shirts. Lastly it is important that one invests in at least one quality cologne; personally I have at least two for casual days and two for special occasions. Pictured above: Brown sunglasses by Ralph Lauren                                Black club master sunglasses knockoffs                                Amber watch by Geneva                                Red leather bowtie by Zara                    Ties (L-R) by Lanvin, Polo by Ralph Lauren, EssexRow,H&M                                Blue Jeans Cologne by Versus Versace
     The objective to any great wardrobe foundation is to have versatility in the clothing you wear; meaning, that with any given article you can wear it with a good amount of other clothing pieces and it still looks great.  This allows for room for both addition of items to your basis, which creates personality to one’s style; and for expansion into other personal styles and preferred likes, once there is a comfortable level of manipulating the items you already have.  This transforms the foundation from what seems to be the most basic or articles, into the most appealing.     Along with the preceding items one must always keep in mind three very important things; fit, quality and budget. You must ensure that your clothing fits you well, not being too big nor too small. You must aim to buy clothing that is made of quality (remember that brand does not always equate quality), considering that clothing of lesser quality tend to be poorly constructed, made of poorer materials and tend to lose colour and structure easier, causing your clothes to look dingy and thus leaving you with either buying new clothes more often or looking drab in the old ones. Finally you must ALWAYS be mindful of your budget. You do not always have to spend copious amounts of capital to look smart (although it does help to have a bigger budget, it isn’t always necessary). Know your means and limits and be creative as to how to spend your money, because god forbid you splurge on a pair of jeans, but can’t cover rent or a doctor’s visit. Looking good is an investment, but do not neglect other obligations in doing so as well.      With all these things considered, you will be not only be on your way to cultivating a great form of expressing who you are as an individual but you will also grow into a confident, smartly dressed young man who’s ready to take the world.  valdm:

The Basics.      In our current culture and society, the vast majority of the population has fallen to complacency. Complacency in their goals, their jobs, their relationships, their health and in the way they present themselves to the world. Pertaining to how one dresses, this is especially true for the majority of men, who in recent generations have been satisfied with limiting their style to using mostly ill-fitting jeans, cargo shorts and graphic tees or clothing brands targeted towards teenagers. This is, of course, a generalization of us guys. I do know quite a few men who know that looking sharp is one of the greatest weapons a man can possess in his quest for success. This, coupled with confidence and a great state of well-being, allows for a trifecta that, with determination, poises one to be one unstoppable force. Most men, however, have decided to excuse their lack of ‘sense of pride in self’ with the guise that looking well isn’t a trait of masculinity, when it in fact simply is a symptom of laziness. These poor choices are pardonable for the young and impressionable, but there comes a time in every young man’s life when we must grow to accept that with age, comes the responsibility of projecting a more mature and well-presented image of one’s self.       Some men already know that the key to having great style, as with everything else, is having a great foundation to work with. Others may need a little help, so, as to not BE basic, here are the basics for any young man’s wardrobe:Dress Shirts:Every young man will need at least two dress shirts (I personally recommended four to five), one in a lighter colour and one in a darker colour. This allows for the greatest versatility for dressing up, recommended colours are white, black, pastels and shades of blue and grey. Pictured above: two oxford shirts in classic White and Black, both  by Pierre Cardain. Slacks: Slacks are as necessary, if not more so, than jeans. Where jeans can provide a smart, casual comfort slacks allow for sophistication and class.  Recommended is a pair of darker dress slacks in either a black or navy and a pair of classic chinos in either cream, khaki, olive, hunter green; navy and black are also acceptable choices. Pictured above: Black D3 Slim fit trousers by Dockers                          Khaki Chinos by Eddie BauerBelts:To compliment your pants ensure you have at least two belts, one in black and the other brown, it is highly recommended that these be of leather .Pictured above: Black skinny belt by Zara                          Brown skinny belt by Thom BrowneT- Shirts:For day to day activities these are the best and easiest to wear. T-shirts are as simple and as versatile as it gets, with must have colours being black, grey and white, with them either being crewneck or V-neck depending on your preference. Also recommended is one in blue, green or a darker red along with another in a preferred colour, totaling to five t-shirts. Pictured above: Black crewneck T-shirt by ASOS                             Grey crewneck T-shirt by Fruit of the Loom                             White crewneck T-shirt by Old Navy                             Maroon crewneck T-shirt by UrbanUp                             Green V-neck T-shirt by Pull&BearJumpers:Also known as sweaters, these are great when the cooler months arrive and the three must have colours are black, grey and white, you can add two more shirts, one in either olive, maroon or blue and the other in a preferred colour totaling four. Pictured above: Dark grey jumper by ASOS                             White jumper by Pull&Bear                             Blue jumper by ZaraJeans:One in a darker wash and one in a lighter will do, a pair of black denim is equally versatile.Pictured above: Dark wash slim straight cut Levi Strauss Denim                         Light wash Levi Straus 501’s. Button-up Shirts:These are a great addition to a wardrobe and lend themselves well to adaptability, going from casual day to day  to day on the town to  business casual. Recommended are a pair in long-sleeved and a pair in short-sleeved. Styles may be either in Plaid, Denim or Plain to start. Pictured above: Blue long-sleeved denim shirt by Route66                                Red plaid long-sleeved shirt by Dockers                                Chambray short-sleeved shirt by Faded Glory                                Beige short-sleeved shirt by St. John’s BayShorts:Perfect for warmer regions, shorts expand the options for daily wear, with recommended must colours in cream, khaki, navy and black; with an alternate to navy being olive. Pictured above: Cream Shorts by Perry Ellis                                Navy shorts by Izod                                Khaki shorts by Roundtree&Yorke                                Black shorts by DockersAuxiliary Shirts:These shirts help to greatly broaden one’s choices in the wardrobe. Polos go well with chinos and shorts, a tank top is great for summer and a Henley shirt is a great counterpart for cooler months.  Colours are to one’s preference but keep in mind that your objective should be to be able to match these items to as much of the rest of your wardrobe as possible.  Colours such as greys, blues, dark reds and greens and browns work very well, they can even be combined, such as the two toned Henley and the ever classic nautical tank top. Pictured above: Burgundy polo by Dockers                                cream and olive Henley by Faded Glory                                Nautical striped blue and white tank top by ZaraShoes:A man needs at the very least a pair of leather dress shoes and a pair of casual shoes, recommended are a pair of black dress shoes, a pair brown dress shoes, a pair or white tennis shoes and a pair of black tennis shoes. Boots are also a great addition, idyllic for rain and colder weathers.  Loafers are great for causal days when you wish to dress up a bit, but also work well for business casual, and depending on the quality even business type events. They’re recommended in black or brown.Pictured above: Black oxford shoes by Johnston&Murphy                                Brown oxford shoes by Salvatore Ferragamo                                Black tennis shoes by Pull&Bear                                White tennis shoes by Zara                                Black Loafers by Gucci                                Brown Boots by EmilioS.PereraAccessories:Every man must own a watch. Sun glasses are also great especially in sunnier regions where eye protection is in one’s best interest. Ties and bowties add an air of sophistication when dressing for certain events; one should at least own a couple of ties, one for lighter shirts and one for darker shirts. Lastly it is important that one invests in at least one quality cologne; personally I have at least two for casual days and two for special occasions. Pictured above: Brown sunglasses by Ralph Lauren                                Black club master sunglasses knockoffs                                Amber watch by Geneva                                Red leather bowtie by Zara                    Ties (L-R) by Lanvin, Polo by Ralph Lauren, EssexRow,H&M                                Blue Jeans Cologne by Versus Versace
     The objective to any great wardrobe foundation is to have versatility in the clothing you wear; meaning, that with any given article you can wear it with a good amount of other clothing pieces and it still looks great.  This allows for room for both addition of items to your basis, which creates personality to one’s style; and for expansion into other personal styles and preferred likes, once there is a comfortable level of manipulating the items you already have.  This transforms the foundation from what seems to be the most basic or articles, into the most appealing.     Along with the preceding items one must always keep in mind three very important things; fit, quality and budget. You must ensure that your clothing fits you well, not being too big nor too small. You must aim to buy clothing that is made of quality (remember that brand does not always equate quality), considering that clothing of lesser quality tend to be poorly constructed, made of poorer materials and tend to lose colour and structure easier, causing your clothes to look dingy and thus leaving you with either buying new clothes more often or looking drab in the old ones. Finally you must ALWAYS be mindful of your budget. You do not always have to spend copious amounts of capital to look smart (although it does help to have a bigger budget, it isn’t always necessary). Know your means and limits and be creative as to how to spend your money, because god forbid you splurge on a pair of jeans, but can’t cover rent or a doctor’s visit. Looking good is an investment, but do not neglect other obligations in doing so as well.      With all these things considered, you will be not only be on your way to cultivating a great form of expressing who you are as an individual but you will also grow into a confident, smartly dressed young man who’s ready to take the world.  valdm:

The Basics.      In our current culture and society, the vast majority of the population has fallen to complacency. Complacency in their goals, their jobs, their relationships, their health and in the way they present themselves to the world. Pertaining to how one dresses, this is especially true for the majority of men, who in recent generations have been satisfied with limiting their style to using mostly ill-fitting jeans, cargo shorts and graphic tees or clothing brands targeted towards teenagers. This is, of course, a generalization of us guys. I do know quite a few men who know that looking sharp is one of the greatest weapons a man can possess in his quest for success. This, coupled with confidence and a great state of well-being, allows for a trifecta that, with determination, poises one to be one unstoppable force. Most men, however, have decided to excuse their lack of ‘sense of pride in self’ with the guise that looking well isn’t a trait of masculinity, when it in fact simply is a symptom of laziness. These poor choices are pardonable for the young and impressionable, but there comes a time in every young man’s life when we must grow to accept that with age, comes the responsibility of projecting a more mature and well-presented image of one’s self.       Some men already know that the key to having great style, as with everything else, is having a great foundation to work with. Others may need a little help, so, as to not BE basic, here are the basics for any young man’s wardrobe:Dress Shirts:Every young man will need at least two dress shirts (I personally recommended four to five), one in a lighter colour and one in a darker colour. This allows for the greatest versatility for dressing up, recommended colours are white, black, pastels and shades of blue and grey. Pictured above: two oxford shirts in classic White and Black, both  by Pierre Cardain. Slacks: Slacks are as necessary, if not more so, than jeans. Where jeans can provide a smart, casual comfort slacks allow for sophistication and class.  Recommended is a pair of darker dress slacks in either a black or navy and a pair of classic chinos in either cream, khaki, olive, hunter green; navy and black are also acceptable choices. Pictured above: Black D3 Slim fit trousers by Dockers                          Khaki Chinos by Eddie BauerBelts:To compliment your pants ensure you have at least two belts, one in black and the other brown, it is highly recommended that these be of leather .Pictured above: Black skinny belt by Zara                          Brown skinny belt by Thom BrowneT- Shirts:For day to day activities these are the best and easiest to wear. T-shirts are as simple and as versatile as it gets, with must have colours being black, grey and white, with them either being crewneck or V-neck depending on your preference. Also recommended is one in blue, green or a darker red along with another in a preferred colour, totaling to five t-shirts. Pictured above: Black crewneck T-shirt by ASOS                             Grey crewneck T-shirt by Fruit of the Loom                             White crewneck T-shirt by Old Navy                             Maroon crewneck T-shirt by UrbanUp                             Green V-neck T-shirt by Pull&BearJumpers:Also known as sweaters, these are great when the cooler months arrive and the three must have colours are black, grey and white, you can add two more shirts, one in either olive, maroon or blue and the other in a preferred colour totaling four. Pictured above: Dark grey jumper by ASOS                             White jumper by Pull&Bear                             Blue jumper by ZaraJeans:One in a darker wash and one in a lighter will do, a pair of black denim is equally versatile.Pictured above: Dark wash slim straight cut Levi Strauss Denim                         Light wash Levi Straus 501’s. Button-up Shirts:These are a great addition to a wardrobe and lend themselves well to adaptability, going from casual day to day  to day on the town to  business casual. Recommended are a pair in long-sleeved and a pair in short-sleeved. Styles may be either in Plaid, Denim or Plain to start. Pictured above: Blue long-sleeved denim shirt by Route66                                Red plaid long-sleeved shirt by Dockers                                Chambray short-sleeved shirt by Faded Glory                                Beige short-sleeved shirt by St. John’s BayShorts:Perfect for warmer regions, shorts expand the options for daily wear, with recommended must colours in cream, khaki, navy and black; with an alternate to navy being olive. Pictured above: Cream Shorts by Perry Ellis                                Navy shorts by Izod                                Khaki shorts by Roundtree&Yorke                                Black shorts by DockersAuxiliary Shirts:These shirts help to greatly broaden one’s choices in the wardrobe. Polos go well with chinos and shorts, a tank top is great for summer and a Henley shirt is a great counterpart for cooler months.  Colours are to one’s preference but keep in mind that your objective should be to be able to match these items to as much of the rest of your wardrobe as possible.  Colours such as greys, blues, dark reds and greens and browns work very well, they can even be combined, such as the two toned Henley and the ever classic nautical tank top. Pictured above: Burgundy polo by Dockers                                cream and olive Henley by Faded Glory                                Nautical striped blue and white tank top by ZaraShoes:A man needs at the very least a pair of leather dress shoes and a pair of casual shoes, recommended are a pair of black dress shoes, a pair brown dress shoes, a pair or white tennis shoes and a pair of black tennis shoes. Boots are also a great addition, idyllic for rain and colder weathers.  Loafers are great for causal days when you wish to dress up a bit, but also work well for business casual, and depending on the quality even business type events. They’re recommended in black or brown.Pictured above: Black oxford shoes by Johnston&Murphy                                Brown oxford shoes by Salvatore Ferragamo                                Black tennis shoes by Pull&Bear                                White tennis shoes by Zara                                Black Loafers by Gucci                                Brown Boots by EmilioS.PereraAccessories:Every man must own a watch. Sun glasses are also great especially in sunnier regions where eye protection is in one’s best interest. Ties and bowties add an air of sophistication when dressing for certain events; one should at least own a couple of ties, one for lighter shirts and one for darker shirts. Lastly it is important that one invests in at least one quality cologne; personally I have at least two for casual days and two for special occasions. Pictured above: Brown sunglasses by Ralph Lauren                                Black club master sunglasses knockoffs                                Amber watch by Geneva                                Red leather bowtie by Zara                    Ties (L-R) by Lanvin, Polo by Ralph Lauren, EssexRow,H&M                                Blue Jeans Cologne by Versus Versace
     The objective to any great wardrobe foundation is to have versatility in the clothing you wear; meaning, that with any given article you can wear it with a good amount of other clothing pieces and it still looks great.  This allows for room for both addition of items to your basis, which creates personality to one’s style; and for expansion into other personal styles and preferred likes, once there is a comfortable level of manipulating the items you already have.  This transforms the foundation from what seems to be the most basic or articles, into the most appealing.     Along with the preceding items one must always keep in mind three very important things; fit, quality and budget. You must ensure that your clothing fits you well, not being too big nor too small. You must aim to buy clothing that is made of quality (remember that brand does not always equate quality), considering that clothing of lesser quality tend to be poorly constructed, made of poorer materials and tend to lose colour and structure easier, causing your clothes to look dingy and thus leaving you with either buying new clothes more often or looking drab in the old ones. Finally you must ALWAYS be mindful of your budget. You do not always have to spend copious amounts of capital to look smart (although it does help to have a bigger budget, it isn’t always necessary). Know your means and limits and be creative as to how to spend your money, because god forbid you splurge on a pair of jeans, but can’t cover rent or a doctor’s visit. Looking good is an investment, but do not neglect other obligations in doing so as well.      With all these things considered, you will be not only be on your way to cultivating a great form of expressing who you are as an individual but you will also grow into a confident, smartly dressed young man who’s ready to take the world.  valdm:

The Basics.      In our current culture and society, the vast majority of the population has fallen to complacency. Complacency in their goals, their jobs, their relationships, their health and in the way they present themselves to the world. Pertaining to how one dresses, this is especially true for the majority of men, who in recent generations have been satisfied with limiting their style to using mostly ill-fitting jeans, cargo shorts and graphic tees or clothing brands targeted towards teenagers. This is, of course, a generalization of us guys. I do know quite a few men who know that looking sharp is one of the greatest weapons a man can possess in his quest for success. This, coupled with confidence and a great state of well-being, allows for a trifecta that, with determination, poises one to be one unstoppable force. Most men, however, have decided to excuse their lack of ‘sense of pride in self’ with the guise that looking well isn’t a trait of masculinity, when it in fact simply is a symptom of laziness. These poor choices are pardonable for the young and impressionable, but there comes a time in every young man’s life when we must grow to accept that with age, comes the responsibility of projecting a more mature and well-presented image of one’s self.       Some men already know that the key to having great style, as with everything else, is having a great foundation to work with. Others may need a little help, so, as to not BE basic, here are the basics for any young man’s wardrobe:Dress Shirts:Every young man will need at least two dress shirts (I personally recommended four to five), one in a lighter colour and one in a darker colour. This allows for the greatest versatility for dressing up, recommended colours are white, black, pastels and shades of blue and grey. Pictured above: two oxford shirts in classic White and Black, both  by Pierre Cardain. Slacks: Slacks are as necessary, if not more so, than jeans. Where jeans can provide a smart, casual comfort slacks allow for sophistication and class.  Recommended is a pair of darker dress slacks in either a black or navy and a pair of classic chinos in either cream, khaki, olive, hunter green; navy and black are also acceptable choices. Pictured above: Black D3 Slim fit trousers by Dockers                          Khaki Chinos by Eddie BauerBelts:To compliment your pants ensure you have at least two belts, one in black and the other brown, it is highly recommended that these be of leather .Pictured above: Black skinny belt by Zara                          Brown skinny belt by Thom BrowneT- Shirts:For day to day activities these are the best and easiest to wear. T-shirts are as simple and as versatile as it gets, with must have colours being black, grey and white, with them either being crewneck or V-neck depending on your preference. Also recommended is one in blue, green or a darker red along with another in a preferred colour, totaling to five t-shirts. Pictured above: Black crewneck T-shirt by ASOS                             Grey crewneck T-shirt by Fruit of the Loom                             White crewneck T-shirt by Old Navy                             Maroon crewneck T-shirt by UrbanUp                             Green V-neck T-shirt by Pull&BearJumpers:Also known as sweaters, these are great when the cooler months arrive and the three must have colours are black, grey and white, you can add two more shirts, one in either olive, maroon or blue and the other in a preferred colour totaling four. Pictured above: Dark grey jumper by ASOS                             White jumper by Pull&Bear                             Blue jumper by ZaraJeans:One in a darker wash and one in a lighter will do, a pair of black denim is equally versatile.Pictured above: Dark wash slim straight cut Levi Strauss Denim                         Light wash Levi Straus 501’s. Button-up Shirts:These are a great addition to a wardrobe and lend themselves well to adaptability, going from casual day to day  to day on the town to  business casual. Recommended are a pair in long-sleeved and a pair in short-sleeved. Styles may be either in Plaid, Denim or Plain to start. Pictured above: Blue long-sleeved denim shirt by Route66                                Red plaid long-sleeved shirt by Dockers                                Chambray short-sleeved shirt by Faded Glory                                Beige short-sleeved shirt by St. John’s BayShorts:Perfect for warmer regions, shorts expand the options for daily wear, with recommended must colours in cream, khaki, navy and black; with an alternate to navy being olive. Pictured above: Cream Shorts by Perry Ellis                                Navy shorts by Izod                                Khaki shorts by Roundtree&Yorke                                Black shorts by DockersAuxiliary Shirts:These shirts help to greatly broaden one’s choices in the wardrobe. Polos go well with chinos and shorts, a tank top is great for summer and a Henley shirt is a great counterpart for cooler months.  Colours are to one’s preference but keep in mind that your objective should be to be able to match these items to as much of the rest of your wardrobe as possible.  Colours such as greys, blues, dark reds and greens and browns work very well, they can even be combined, such as the two toned Henley and the ever classic nautical tank top. Pictured above: Burgundy polo by Dockers                                cream and olive Henley by Faded Glory                                Nautical striped blue and white tank top by ZaraShoes:A man needs at the very least a pair of leather dress shoes and a pair of casual shoes, recommended are a pair of black dress shoes, a pair brown dress shoes, a pair or white tennis shoes and a pair of black tennis shoes. Boots are also a great addition, idyllic for rain and colder weathers.  Loafers are great for causal days when you wish to dress up a bit, but also work well for business casual, and depending on the quality even business type events. They’re recommended in black or brown.Pictured above: Black oxford shoes by Johnston&Murphy                                Brown oxford shoes by Salvatore Ferragamo                                Black tennis shoes by Pull&Bear                                White tennis shoes by Zara                                Black Loafers by Gucci                                Brown Boots by EmilioS.PereraAccessories:Every man must own a watch. Sun glasses are also great especially in sunnier regions where eye protection is in one’s best interest. Ties and bowties add an air of sophistication when dressing for certain events; one should at least own a couple of ties, one for lighter shirts and one for darker shirts. Lastly it is important that one invests in at least one quality cologne; personally I have at least two for casual days and two for special occasions. Pictured above: Brown sunglasses by Ralph Lauren                                Black club master sunglasses knockoffs                                Amber watch by Geneva                                Red leather bowtie by Zara                    Ties (L-R) by Lanvin, Polo by Ralph Lauren, EssexRow,H&M                                Blue Jeans Cologne by Versus Versace
     The objective to any great wardrobe foundation is to have versatility in the clothing you wear; meaning, that with any given article you can wear it with a good amount of other clothing pieces and it still looks great.  This allows for room for both addition of items to your basis, which creates personality to one’s style; and for expansion into other personal styles and preferred likes, once there is a comfortable level of manipulating the items you already have.  This transforms the foundation from what seems to be the most basic or articles, into the most appealing.     Along with the preceding items one must always keep in mind three very important things; fit, quality and budget. You must ensure that your clothing fits you well, not being too big nor too small. You must aim to buy clothing that is made of quality (remember that brand does not always equate quality), considering that clothing of lesser quality tend to be poorly constructed, made of poorer materials and tend to lose colour and structure easier, causing your clothes to look dingy and thus leaving you with either buying new clothes more often or looking drab in the old ones. Finally you must ALWAYS be mindful of your budget. You do not always have to spend copious amounts of capital to look smart (although it does help to have a bigger budget, it isn’t always necessary). Know your means and limits and be creative as to how to spend your money, because god forbid you splurge on a pair of jeans, but can’t cover rent or a doctor’s visit. Looking good is an investment, but do not neglect other obligations in doing so as well.      With all these things considered, you will be not only be on your way to cultivating a great form of expressing who you are as an individual but you will also grow into a confident, smartly dressed young man who’s ready to take the world. 

valdm:

The Basics. 
     In our current culture and society, the vast majority of the population has fallen to complacency. Complacency in their goals, their jobs, their relationships, their health and in the way they present themselves to the world. Pertaining to how one dresses, this is especially true for the majority of men, who in recent generations have been satisfied with limiting their style to using mostly ill-fitting jeans, cargo shorts and graphic tees or clothing brands targeted towards teenagers. This is, of course, a generalization of us guys. I do know quite a few men who know that looking sharp is one of the greatest weapons a man can possess in his quest for success. This, coupled with confidence and a great state of well-being, allows for a trifecta that, with determination, poises one to be one unstoppable force. Most men, however, have decided to excuse their lack of ‘sense of pride in self’ with the guise that looking well isn’t a trait of masculinity, when it in fact simply is a symptom of laziness. These poor choices are pardonable for the young and impressionable, but there comes a time in every young man’s life when we must grow to accept that with age, comes the responsibility of projecting a more mature and well-presented image of one’s self.  
     Some men already know that the key to having great style, as with everything else, is having a great foundation to work with. Others may need a little help, so, as to not BE basic, here are the basics for any young man’s wardrobe:

Dress Shirts:
Every young man will need at least two dress shirts (I personally recommended four to five), one in a lighter colour and one in a darker colour. This allows for the greatest versatility for dressing up, recommended colours are white, black, pastels and shades of blue and grey. 
Pictured above: two oxford shirts in classic White and Black, both  by Pierre Cardain. 
Slacks:
 Slacks are as necessary, if not more so, than jeans. Where jeans can provide a smart, casual comfort slacks allow for sophistication and class.  Recommended is a pair of darker dress slacks in either a black or navy and a pair of classic chinos in either cream, khaki, olive, hunter green; navy and black are also acceptable choices. 
Pictured above: Black D3 Slim fit trousers by Dockers
                          Khaki Chinos by Eddie Bauer
Belts:
To compliment your pants ensure you have at least two belts, one in black and the other brown, it is highly recommended that these be of leather .
Pictured above: Black skinny belt by Zara
                          Brown skinny belt by Thom Browne
T- Shirts:
For day to day activities these are the best and easiest to wear. T-shirts are as simple and as versatile as it gets, with must have colours being black, grey and white, with them either being crewneck or V-neck depending on your preference. Also recommended is one in blue, green or a darker red along with another in a preferred colour, totaling to five t-shirts. 
Pictured above: Black crewneck T-shirt by ASOS
                             Grey crewneck T-shirt by Fruit of the Loom

                             White crewneck T-shirt by Old Navy
                             Maroon crewneck T-shirt by UrbanUp
                             Green V-neck T-shirt by Pull&Bear

Jumpers:
Also known as sweaters, these are great when the cooler months arrive and the three must have colours are black, grey and white, you can add two more shirts, one in either olive, maroon or blue and the other in a preferred colour totaling four. 
Pictured above: Dark grey jumper by ASOS
                             White jumper by Pull&Bear

                             Blue jumper by Zara
Jeans:
One in a darker wash and one in a lighter will do, a pair of black denim is equally versatile.
Pictured above: Dark wash slim straight cut Levi Strauss Denim
                         Light wash Levi Straus 501’s. 
Button-up Shirts:
These are a great addition to a wardrobe and lend themselves well to adaptability, going from casual day to day  to day on the town to  business casual. Recommended are a pair in long-sleeved and a pair in short-sleeved. Styles may be either in Plaid, Denim or Plain to start. 
Pictured above: Blue long-sleeved denim shirt by Route66
                                Red plaid long-sleeved shirt by Dockers

                                Chambray short-sleeved shirt by Faded Glory
                                Beige short-sleeved shirt by St. John’s Bay
Shorts:
Perfect for warmer regions, shorts expand the options for daily wear, with recommended must colours in cream, khaki, navy and black; with an alternate to navy being olive. 
Pictured above: Cream Shorts by Perry Ellis
                                Navy shorts by Izod

                                Khaki shorts by Roundtree&Yorke
                                Black shorts by Dockers

Auxiliary Shirts:
These shirts help to greatly broaden one’s choices in the wardrobe. Polos go well with chinos and shorts, a tank top is great for summer and a Henley shirt is a great counterpart for cooler months.  Colours are to one’s preference but keep in mind that your objective should be to be able to match these items to as much of the rest of your wardrobe as possible.  Colours such as greys, blues, dark reds and greens and browns work very well, they can even be combined, such as the two toned Henley and the ever classic nautical tank top. 
Pictured above: Burgundy polo by Dockers
                                cream and olive Henley by Faded Glory

                                Nautical striped blue and white tank top by Zara

Shoes:
A man needs at the very least a pair of leather dress shoes and a pair of casual shoes, recommended are a pair of black dress shoes, a pair brown dress shoes, a pair or white tennis shoes and a pair of black tennis shoes. Boots are also a great addition, idyllic for rain and colder weathers.  Loafers are great for causal days when you wish to dress up a bit, but also work well for business casual, and depending on the quality even business type events. They’re recommended in black or brown.
Pictured above: Black oxford shoes by Johnston&Murphy
                                Brown oxford shoes by Salvatore Ferragamo

                                Black tennis shoes by Pull&Bear
                                White tennis shoes by Zara
                                Black Loafers by Gucci
                                Brown Boots by EmilioS.Perera
Accessories:
Every man must own a watch. Sun glasses are also great especially in sunnier regions where eye protection is in one’s best interest. Ties and bowties add an air of sophistication when dressing for certain events; one should at least own a couple of ties, one for lighter shirts and one for darker shirts. Lastly it is important that one invests in at least one quality cologne; personally I have at least two for casual days and two for special occasions. 
Pictured above: Brown sunglasses by Ralph Lauren
                                Black club master sunglasses knockoffs

                                Amber watch by Geneva
                                Red leather bowtie by Zara
                    Ties (L-R) by Lanvin, Polo by Ralph Lauren, EssexRow,H&M
                                Blue Jeans Cologne by Versus Versace

     The objective to any great wardrobe foundation is to have versatility in the clothing you wear; meaning, that with any given article you can wear it with a good amount of other clothing pieces and it still looks great.  This allows for room for both addition of items to your basis, which creates personality to one’s style; and for expansion into other personal styles and preferred likes, once there is a comfortable level of manipulating the items you already have.  This transforms the foundation from what seems to be the most basic or articles, into the most appealing.
     Along with the preceding items one must always keep in mind three very important things; fit, quality and budget. You must ensure that your clothing fits you well, not being too big nor too small. You must aim to buy clothing that is made of quality (remember that brand does not always equate quality), considering that clothing of lesser quality tend to be poorly constructed, made of poorer materials and tend to lose colour and structure easier, causing your clothes to look dingy and thus leaving you with either buying new clothes more often or looking drab in the old ones. Finally you must ALWAYS be mindful of your budget. You do not always have to spend copious amounts of capital to look smart (although it does help to have a bigger budget, it isn’t always necessary). Know your means and limits and be creative as to how to spend your money, because god forbid you splurge on a pair of jeans, but can’t cover rent or a doctor’s visit. Looking good is an investment, but do not neglect other obligations in doing so as well. 
     With all these things considered, you will be not only be on your way to cultivating a great form of expressing who you are as an individual but you will also grow into a confident, smartly dressed young man who’s ready to take the world. 

Hello!! today I’ll show you what my outfit was for a relaxed day. I don’t usually have a “relaxed” day, so when I do have one I usually like to spend time with Frida my cat, with Roberto, and with my family! I wore this for going to the supermarket with my mom… so know you know i like to go to the supermarket haha!

Hola!! Hoy les voy a mostrar lo que usé para un día relajado. Normalmente no tengo días relajados, pero cuando tengo uno, usualmente lo aprovecho pasando tiempo con mi gatita Frida, con mi novio y con mi familia. Utilicé este atuendo para acompañar a mi mamá al supermercado… ahora ya saben que me gusta ir al supermercado jaja!

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Hoy estoy de invitada en Ventaneando de @aztecaguate con  @danicarpio :) para hablar sobre la alfombra roja del 50 aniversario de emisoras unidas! !  Sintonicen el canal a las 4! :)

Hoy estoy de invitada en Ventaneando de @aztecaguate con @danicarpio :) para hablar sobre la alfombra roja del 50 aniversario de emisoras unidas! ! Sintonicen el canal a las 4! :)

¡Hola! En esta ocasión conocerás un poco más sobre Mauricio Samayoa! No dejes de visitar mi closet para conocer los detalles de todos los diseñadores participantes! 

  • MAURICIO SAMAYOA

En 2003 Mauricio inicia su carrera como diseñador de moda, sin embargo es en el año 2004 cuando nace su marca Morpho, la cual le ha brindado numerosos reconocimientos y una exitosa presentación en el año 2006 en la semana de la moda de Santander, España.

Tras una trayectoria de 7 años, en el 2010 lanza la línea Freaky Funk en colaboración con la diseñadora Natalia Yurrita, una línea de accesorios y joyería con toques urbanos y juveniles, con las que su creador busca expandirse a un mercado más diverso.

2014 es el año en donde Morpho por Mauricio Samayoa cumple 12 años y con ello, retoma todo tipo de proyectos y presentaciones con una colección llena de pasión, sueños y sobre todo la fe que lo ha hecho seguir con su carrera.

Su talento y profesionalismo lo han convertido en uno de los modistos más solicitados de Guatemala. Su trabajo habla por sí mismo al apreciar sus delicadas piezas de alta costura hechas a medida o sus desfiles Prêt-à-Porter. Al preguntarle sobre su inspiración el admite que sus clientas son sus musas y que la relación con ellas es parte esencial para su proceso creativo.

 

Sitio web: www.morphostyle.com

Facebook: Mauricio Samayoa 

Are you having trouble mixing prints? Fear no more! Take a look inside my closet to learn some tips & tricks on the art of mixing prints and patterns this fall. 

¿Estás teniendo problemas al mezclar estampados? ¡No temas más! Dale un vistazo a mi closet y aprenderás algunos consejos y trucos sobre el arte de mezclar estampados y patrones este otoño.

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¡Hola! Muchos de ustedes sabrán que el Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Guatemala se acerca,  es por ello que conocer un poco de más sobre los diseñadores participantes es una tarea esencial para todos los amantes de la moda. 

En este post, conocerás más sobre Guillermo Jop,  no dejes de visitar mi closet para conocer los detalles de todos los diseñadores participantes!

  • GUISHEM POR GUILLERMO JOP

Guillermo Jop, es el head designer de la marca GUiSHEM, quien gracias a la historia familiar en el negocio de la manufactura y producción de textiles ha tenido experiencia en la industria de la moda. A sus 17 años de edad decide mudarse a los Estados Unidos para estudiar un BSC en Textile & Apparel Managment para luego obtener un BS en Diseño de moda en el Instituto Polimoda de Florencia.

Guillermo ha trabajado en Norteamérica, Europa y Guatemala con reconocidas marcas como:

- Donna Karan

- Zac Posen

- La Perla

- Monte Textil

- Nylontex International

Dada su experiencia, en 2005, crea su propia marca GUiSHEM desde donde se ha convertido en una de las marcas más representativas de Latinoamérica logrando presentarse en la temporada primavera - verano 2012 en Mercedez Benz New York Fashion Week.

Las técnicas de Jop, incorporan a sus diseños patrones geométricos y cortes ceñidos al cuerpo, lo que aporta un efecto ultra moderno en sus creaciones, así como un sentido futurístico para mujeres con un espíritu fashion forward, por lo que lo ha llegado a ser uno de los favoritos en las alfombras rojas para celebridades como Kristen Stweart, Kelly Osbourne y Brittany Snow, todas ellas han llegado a vestir su marca en repetidas ocasiones. 

Sitio web: http://www.guishem.com

Facebook: GUiSHEM

Twitter: @Guishem

Tumblr: guishem

We all know eating McDonald’s meals every day isn’t healthy at all. But, I’m really glad to see how almost everyone I know was helping this awesome cause!  I bet you didn’t know I ate two Big Macs that day! (oops!) 

It’s awesome to see how we can make good things for others, Roberto and I went to McDonald’s Avenida Las Américas, and we were lucky enough to get a parking space! It was nuts inside even though it was almost 4pm when we got there, we also had the pleasure to take some photos with FOX friendly “Predator” and some guy from Star Wars (I’m not a big fan). I guess we all can have a good time while helping, even when we don’t get something more in return, than the satisfaction of making others happy! 

Todos sabemos que comer McDonald’s todos los días no es nada saludable. Pero me alegra mucho que por esta ocasión, casi todas las personas que conozco se hayan unido comiendo Big Macs para ayudar! Apuesto a que no sabían que me comí dos yo solita! (Oops!) 

Es agradable ver cómo todos podemos hacer algo bueno por los demás. Roberto y yo fuimos a McDonald´s Avenida Las Américas y tuvimos muchísima suerte en encontrar un parqueo a las 4 pm. También tuvimos el gusto de tomarnos fotos con el personaje de FOX “Predator” y un personaje de Star Wars, supongo (no soy fan de esa película). Creo que todos podemos pasar un buen rato mientras ayudamos, aún cuando no recibamos más que la satisfacción de hacer feliz a alguien más! 

  • Bufanda y cartera: PARFOIS Guatemala
  • Zapatos: Nine West Guatemala 

                                 Fotografías: Roberto Andrés J. 

Hola!! muchas me pidieron que hiciera algo relacionado a las graduaciones, por lo que era bastante necesario hacer un post especial! 

Junto a MICAH Salón, INGLOT y mi lindo fotógrafo Roberto, creamos un “catálogo” de estilos que pueden adecuarse a cada una de ustedes. 

Sé que todos somos diferentes y que quizá algunas de ustedes no logren adecuarse a uno de estos estilos, pero sepan que siempre pueden acudir a los expertos en este tema. En MICAH Salón y en INGLOT, podrán ser asesoradas para así asegurarse de que lo que quieren sea lo adecuado. 

¡Agradezco a mis 4 modelos por haberme ayudado con este proyecto!

Estas son las “Before photos”

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¿Quieres ver lo lindas que quedaron las modelos y saber cómo ganarte el peinado de tu graduación? ¡Sigue leyendo! 

Empezaremos con un estilo bastante clásico, sensual y simple.

  •  The Classy girl next door

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MICAH Salón utiliza la técnica de “Airbrush” para el maquillaje, lo cual le da un aspecto mucho más uniforme a la piel. 

El “smokey eye” en tonos oscuros, labios nude y pómulos acentuados hacen que el look se vea limpio, y fresco. Este estilo es ideal para aquellas que no acostumbran a maquillarse mucho. En cuanto al peinado, decidimos mantenerlo bastante simple también, con ondas suaves puestas todas sobre un mismo lado. Este peinado es ideal para cabello largo o mediano (debajo de los hombros).

Utilizamos:

  • Sombras #395 #391 #314 #360 y #327
  • Delineador: #77 gel, Coal #1 
  • Lipstick: 52

El siguiente estilo es bastante femenino, llamativo y colorido. 

  • Pretty in pink 

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Este estilo es una combinación de tonos rosados  y morados. Los colores de tu maquillaje dependerán mucho de tu vestido, pero si te inclinas por las tonalidades “girly” este maquillaje con delineador en tono morado y los labios en color fuccia son una buena opción! 

En cuanto al peinado, es una combinación de las ondas relajadas del primer peinado, con una trenza desde la frente hasta uno de los lados. (Las trenzas como en este tipo de peinados, son muy convenientes cuando quieres pasar bailando toda la noche!). Este peinado es ideal para cabello de todos los tamaños, claro que se verá más corto por las ondas, pero obtendrás un look muy femenino y relajado!

Utilizamos: 

  • Sombras: #7 #452 #446 #314 y #15 
  • Delineador: Coal #2 
  • Lipstick: #127 

La 3era opción es un poco menos tradicional, es el estilo perfecto para las atrevidas y sofisticadas!

  • Sophisticated chic 

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Si lo que quieres es impactar, este es el look ideal para ti. Un maquillaje bastante limpio pero con un delineado tipo “cat eye” enmarcará tu mirada y hará que tus ojos sobresalgan! Enfatizamos los labios con color rojo y enmarcamos el rostro marcando las cejas. 

El peinado es completamente recogido, entrelazando trenzas sobre la coronilla. y desde la frente. Es un peinado ideal para cabellos largos. 

Utilizamos:

  • Delineador: Coal #1 y gel #7 

El cuarto y último estilo que les voy a mostrar, es un estilo glamuroso y apropiado para graduandas o incluso alguien de la familia del graduando. 

  • Hollywood Glam

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El punto focal de este look es el color del labial, en mi opinión, algunas veces los tonos que son más oscuros que los que normalmente se usan de día, tienden a hacernos ver más elegantes y arregladas! 

Quisimos hacer un peinado recogido pero relajado. Nada que se vea muy forzado. Una trenza despeinada puede ser el detalle perfecto para cualquier peinado. 

Utilizamos: 

  • Delineador: Coal #1 
  • Lipstick: #294 

(No utilizamos Photoshop en las fotografías, para que el maquillaje se vea lo más fiel posible) 

Si quieres ganarte un peinado en MICAH Salón y un maquillaje express para tu graduación, lo único que tienes que hacer es:

  1. Seguir a MICAH Salón en Instagram @Micah_salon o en Facebook. 
  2. Darle like a la foto del concurso
  3. Taggear/mencionar en ésta a 2 de tus amigas.

¡El sorteo será el próximo sábado 18 de octubre! ¡Publicaremos a la ganadora en el blog! ¡Mucha suerte!

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Wow! !!!! Infinitas gracias a @casiocentroamerica por mi nuevo Baby G gold!!!!! 😍😍😍😍 justo lo que necesitaba! 💕 #lonuevodecasio #CasioCentroamerica #babyg #Casio #waterresistant #perfectgift #gold #StephaniesCloset #mystyle #styleblogger #styleblog #fashionblogger #fashionblog #mycloset #guatemala #modaguatemala #personalstyle