Men! Have You Ready For AW13? – Bikers

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Couple days ago starting from your foot is what I have chosen the go through in this AW13. So have you made up your mind in your shoe cabinet? remember to have a fast check before shopping!

And now I’m going to bring some ideas to this transitional season’s silhouette of choice – the biker jacket.

Biker jackets rose to prominence as a symbol of rebellious subculture since 40-50’s, they have remained embedded in modern fashion culture as a staple piece that continuously makes its mark, season after season.

Brands explored modern twists on the biker jacket trend in different ways; directional detailing utilized cut-out detailing… lots and lots of thoughts adding alongside the traditional biker stream. And not so surprised that different designers try to explode their talent out from the crowd from 3 major parts: color, material and details.

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Focusing on colors, no matter from white to black, shinny to dim, picking your own color is always depends on your own mood and favor, and I do not think colors of bikers limited by seasons, I wear soft grey in this SS13 and going to put on the fluorescent yellow one in the coming autumn!  Just fit them on while you are making your decision, and believe me, do not limit your thoughts by the traditional seasonal color trends!

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Focusing on texture, knitted, woolen and leather are what the common trends we always found. Among them, I was totally in love with leather, a black leather piece is what I must have in my wardrobe all the time. Yes! Among whole year for all seasons! There are still various choices on fabrics for you, bikers in denim or velvet is what I’m working on this year! They are just getting more popular in Asia fashion trends with their compatibility and friendly for mix and match! Sharing below my SEWINT AW13 denim biker pieces:

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Focusing on detailing, external detailing was applied to the shoulders and sleeves; emphasized shoulders and sleeves with ribbed stitching,  applied fish scale clipping to the sleeves and embroidered leather pieces on the sleeves.

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The biker jacket is such a classic and versatile style that it will always remain a constant within the industry. I do recommend you to whole one piece for yourself! And for those with tighter budget constraints, several high street brands are offering cost-effective pieces. Remember,your biker is not just for this AW!

Men! Have You Ready For AW13? – Boots

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Working on fashion and clothing, a designer is always aware of the changing of seasons; or say, we sense the time to change or create something new as the time naturally comes.

Objectively for a shopaholic or fashion lover, the transitional periods are shown by a lot of conflicting ideas, exacerbated by retailers’ insistence on switching from spring/summer collections to autumn/winter collections.

Yes, and now it is happening! Time to check your wardrobe,,check along with detailing the key pieces you should have for the coming AW. As least, remind yourself what is needed in your shopping mind!

In the coming days, IMPRESS will concrete some ideas for boosting your image in this AW considering trends or season heat items. Not providing a fixed standard of items you must own(and you know this is what I never suggest), but encouraging you to discover more! And yes, lets go on footwear tonight.. and one of the items I personally beloved – Boots!

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Strap On Your Boots

Not all boots are born the same. For a few years now, brands and designers at every price point have been creating stylish winter boots in a more sleek and simplified silhouette. So pick up the pairs that suit your own style.

If you enjoy wearing tailored pieces, get a boot that will reflect that and can be worn with your suits. If you tend to lean more towards the casual end of the spectrum, pick up a rough and ready version.

Either way, wear the hell out them and watch them become your go-to shoe throughout the colder months of the year.

Boots are surely a ideal item in the coming season, not matter designs in Oxford, brogue or Derby; colors in black, brown or shinny!

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Not Too Boring On Denim

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A Different Denim

I’m presuming that all of you own at least two pairs of denim jeans; one in a classic indigo colour and another in a lighter blue for the more relaxed days in your schedule. You have two pairs of jeans that are classic and will serve you well for nearly all occasions. So how can we start expanding your options in the denim department? Allow me to bring you some ideas on 2 basic colours of jeans – white & grey, which is more common tone.

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White jeans? How about in winter? To which I reply, yes!  Due to their neutral hue they are easy to match with pretty much every colour under the sun. They also manage to be both dressy and rugged at the same time, meaning they are the perfect item to add to your wardrobe regardless of the season.

They look great when paired casually with a simple dark striped t-shirt and a pair of loafer, or smartened up with a causal shirt and navy blazer. Even feel free to break out those navy suede bucks or olive green brogues. To keep the crispness of the jeans avoid wearing a belt with them and if you’re ever in doubt about what to pair with white denim, reach for black!

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Grey Denim

With winter now well and truly upon us, grey jeans would be the ideal purchase for something outside of blue but still practical for the colder weather. It is not a bad option if you are only interested in a pair of black jeans before.

By wearing black jeans you eliminate the use of colours up top that are similar in tone – such as navy or purple – because they cause a black hole effect, and also leave yourself unable to wear any of your brown shoes without it looking garish. Under the right light and paired with the right pieces, a pair of indigo jeans can appear as black but infinitely richer than its actual counterpart.

Grey jeans on the other hand are the perfect piece for filling in that area between your new winter jacket – be it denim, leather or cotton – and a pair of winter boots. They work just as well when spring comes along, looking great when paired with rich greens and blues.

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So why not just add some colour into your rotation? If you were all over the coloured chinos in summer, why not move this look into winter as well? Think more, try more and you will always find some new styles or colours to be your new love!

Fashion never borders!

For The One Look Men

“Fashion never stays still!”

 You can be assured that each and every season a new colour, item or look will be pushed on the runway and become a trend.

The world of fashion and style is about much more than just the little niche we carve out for ourselves. As well dressed men, we have our own idea or belief what we like and what we wear. But in a world that offers so much more, at the same time, requires more, being a one look man is not enough!

The good thing of one look is a guaranteed consistency, everything in your wardrobe works with everything else and it is all geared towards one purpose: making you look good. You will always be comfortable and confident – the reason you’ve constructed your look is because you get used to it at once, and sometimes it is a habit or believe.

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No situation will ever be the same as the last. Every social event has different parameters and asks different things of the participants. You won’t really wear a formal suit to a family picnic on weekends, on the other hand, smart casual to clubbing every night, right?

Being able to modify your style, making it more formal or more casual at the flick of a switch, gives you that edge that most others lack. You are adaptable and versatile and able to react to any situation on everyday or night. And the fact is, it is not that difficult, and all is about to make up your mind!

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Think Outside Your Box

As being a designer based in Asia, i could tell the world of clothing and everything associated with it is ever bigger than one can imagine. Trends are changing, everything are moving on day by day. The important thing is to develop your interest to different things including what you have reached but rejected in the previous or each individual particles new to you!

Always keep in mind to expand your horizons and discover something totally new. You never know what might jump out at you.

Practically, I’m not saying that simply focus on 1 or 2 particular styles on different brands. For my own, paying attention on patterns, colors, fabrics or other minor details could help bring new ideas to my mind for inspiration on design. Just similar for all well dressed men, do not border yourself’s interest on just lonely items. Up from a fur jacket to a handmade bracelet, could give you surprise for a new look!

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Pushing yourself to try new things will take your wardrobe to a whole new level, it will make it more exciting and more varied, it will throw up new possibilities and give you the freedom to wear whatever you want, whenever you want, without being restricted by your style.

“In fashion world, always keep an open mind; appreciate to new invention!” 

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After 5″3. It’s Time For Talls

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When it comes to dressing your body shape, you must firstly recognize that it is a concept completely individual to you. Although we may all share similar attributes, such as the odd beer belly or pesky love handle, our bodies vary enormously – so comparing yours to somebody else’s really is rather pointless. Time is much better spent looking at how you can make the best of what you have, and how to display that with confidence and in a style that feels comfortable to you.

I will focus specifically on dressing the taller man, identifying the problems they face, possible ways to combat them and provide tips as to how best balance a tall silhouette – ultimately aiming to detail the ideal fits, styles and trends that will work best on this particular body type.

Before we start: based on personal experience as a stylist, the most common concern tall men have is probably appearing ‘lanky’ or feeling their limbs look out of proportion. With that in mind, the advice provided within this guide will focus on how to balance a taller frame. Nowadays, more tall men do not view their height as a negative and may actually want to emphasize their long legs or arms.

Remember there is no one set of guidelines for every single individuals, so it is up to you to apply it to specific areas of your body depending on the result you want to achieve.

The main aim when dressing this particular shape is to break up the long, ‘linear’ structure that is naturally created by your body – not looking too skinny!

A long neck and torso, along with long limbs, together form vertical lines that are visually more prominent than with other body shapes. It’s these lines, along with the overall silhouette, which needs deconstructing.

Colour-blocking

Colour-blocking is a tall man’s best friend. By wearing contrasting colours on your top and bottom half you can instantly cut your silhouette in two, creating a break in the vertical line. Of course, you still need to bear in mind your colour wheel, but it is a quick and easy technique that you can apply every time you get dressed.

The majority of men will stick within a palette of timeless neutrals such as black, navy, grey and brown. These hues will always form the foundation of any successful capsule wardrobe, providing infinite versatility, but you should be aware that wearing one colour head-to-toe will only draw the eye line down and make you appear even taller.

Of course, in a working environment there is no getting away from the fact that you will probably need to wear a suit, but for other occasions, try to utilise separates! Not only are separates stylish and reminiscent of that desirable Mediterranean-inspired aesthetic, the combination of grey trousers with a navy blazer, for example, will again help to break up your silhouette in a refined, modern way. Even subtle tonal pairings, such as charcoal trousers with a black blazer will help.

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Colour & Fabric Block Detailing

With the concept of colour- and fabric-blocking remaining a strong form of detailing within the industry this season, it is possible to find pieces that make breaking up your vertical structure effortless.

Distinct colour sections, contrast sleeves and patches are some of the most popular techniques present on the market and these kind of pieces can be used to draw attention to specific parts of the body; adding width where required or shifting focus.

For example, a contrast sleeve jumper with a bold coloured main body and muted sleeves would help draw attention to your torso rather than your arms, for those that feel their limbs appear out of proportion:

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Bold Colours to Draw The Eyes

For those that are looking to make more of a statement, bold colours can help draw the eye away from specific areas of the body you don’t want to emphasise.

Again, if you have long, skinny legs then why not try a bold red statement blazer paired with navy chinos or pants? By surrounding the statement piece with neutrals, you are going to focus all the attention on your top half, meaning the length of your legs will become a mere afterthought.

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Prints & Patterns

Lastly, I would always like to draw people’s attend to prints, patterns and logos; As they naturally, or functionally, creating points of focus and highlighting key areas.

With prints being the key trend within the industry currently – and their popularity showing no sign of wavering – why not look to incorporate a bold statement print such as camouflage, leopard or floral into your look this season?

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Floral printed shirt is something I beloved in my design for seasons. They just add sweet in leisure together brings elegance when printed in formal code. And at least, not feeling bored to the variegated florals. Horizontal and Breton stripes can be utilized several ways within an outfit. They can also help lengthen or widen, that makes one looks a bit bulky.

Layering

Lastly, just a little remind for layering. Layering is an art form that all style-conscious gents should master in order to create visually interesting outfits. However, layering can help bulk out a long, lean silhouette.

For example, a shirt, lightweight knit and blazer combination can add size to a long torso, whilst a simple t-shirt layered under a denim shirt will provide the same effect casually.

Much of the advice above works best when combined with layering. Multiple pieces can aid the breaking up of the vertical line whilst also keeping bold prints, statement colours and the like under control – think knitwear over printed shirts, jackets over bright tees and tucking in tops to display a statement belt!

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Hopefully, the key techniques covered above could give a brief ideas for all you tall boys to dress in a more flattering way. I always hope the concept of dressing should start to appear a little simpler to every body shape!

The Dye’s Renovation?

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Gotta share some thoughts after receiving bunches of dyeing shirts this morning!

Patterns and prints are big business in every season on individual brands, and the trend is not going to die down anytime soon.

lage and the like, but today I would like to suggest just one more to add your wardrobe. The 1960s throwback, beloved by hippies and peace lovers across the world: tie-dye.

We’re all familiar with tie-dye – I’m sure some of you owned a few pieces when you were young and I’ve no doubt that many of your parents pretty much lived in it. Despite the past memories of childhood fashion faux pas, tie-dye is definitely making a comeback within the industry.

Bold prints are one of the easiest ways to make your outfit stand out from the crowd – they show confidence and a fashion forward way of thinking. When you consider how easy it is to just pull on a printed tee and go, it really is a wonder why more people aren’t getting involved.

Tie-dye is a love or hate thing. As with anything in fashion, there is no point in shoehorning a piece into your wardrobe that clearly doesn’t suit your personal style, just because it’s the ‘next big thing’.

For those of you that feel a couple of tie-dye pieces would slot effortlessly into your look, take baby steps before a headlong plunge. Tie-dye is definitely a statement pattern and likely to raise some eyebrows – start small with a fairly neutral coloured tee and then build up the patterns and colours as you feel more confident.

Tie-dye is undoubtedly a passing trend. It is a flash mob fashion statement that will survive for no more than a couple of seasons, but that doesn’t mean that it isn’t worthy of your consideration!

It’s by no means for everyone. It will not suit the man more used to smarter dressing, nor will it suit men who are reserved with colour choices. It could well be the statement of the season.

The perfect combination of colour and pattern, wear your tie-dye all summer long – it has served its purpose and that’s all that matters. It’s cheap, easy and fun to do and its unpredictability is what makes it so individual. Hark back to the 1960s and embrace something other than the mods or rockabilly; just think of peace and love!

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Still Stand For 5″3

When dressing a shorter body frame, doesn’t matter you are slim, overweight or well-built,  the aim remains the same: focus on streamlining your appearance to visually extend your silhouette. This streamlined appearance can be achieved by experimenting with various cuts, styles and colours.

Jackets and blazers can look great on all men, just check the fit.

For shorter body frames, a slim fit is ideal. This type of cut will help elongate your upper body and subsequently make your torso appear slimmer. Ensure the fit on the shoulders and length of the arms are correct as this will further emphasise this visual effect.

Whilst it’s entirely possible that you have longer legs and a shorter torso, or vice versa, the length of the jacket or blazer better remains the same: finishing at the bottom of the buttocks. This again will streamline, and also smoothen the appearance around the waist.

Anything much longer than this, such as a full length mac or overcoat, will have an adverse effect and shorten the legs, leaving your proportions out of balance. Instead, stick to cropped versions,

And how about colour? As mentioned navy and black will help provide a lengthening effect. Not only that, when they are layered over lighter hues it can create a definitive vertical line that will elongate your torso.

Whilst both navy and black are timeless and effortlessly stylish, if another colour is desired ensure you take into account what you are wearing on your bottom half – large variances in tones will break up your vertical lines and even shorten your frame.

Formal wear in similar hues or slightly lighter shades on top will draw the eye upwards, therefore helping to lengthen. Colourful blazers with darker bottoms will work to the same effect, but avoid stark contrasts.

Single-breasted cuts are the most effective on this body shape, with no more than three buttons is preferred. If double-breasted is unavoidable, ensure all buttons are fastened!

There is not a fear on styling, or I would say, not any fixed limitation on each individuals. Observe more, fit more is always the key! Find the style belongs to your own!

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Have you got one unique?

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Choice of accessories is an important decision when it comes to any outfit build.

Accessories can be integrated effectively into any wardrobe, including that of the shorter man. In this instance the aim is to use those that complement and strengthen the desired look or overall silhouette – ultimately, continuing on the quest to streamline and lengthen.

In terms of top half accessories, long necklaces and slimmer scarves help to streamline whilst adding a touch of individuality and some welcome detailing, but steer clear of snoods or any widening pieces that will appear to shorten.

Hats are a great way to instantly add a few inches and with so many styles to choose from.

And for belts, go for thinner styles in black, brown or tan that will complement (rather than contrast against) other colours within your outfit. Bold printed and coloured versions will split the body in half instantly, ruining any attempt to draw the eye upwards and creating a focus point at the centre that also widens that area.

Pocket squares and watches are great for adding pops of colour too but remember not to apply this to your sock choice!

Remember not to miss some “minor” parts on your body, they are mini but always the great points to show your personality!

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Pick your pairs!

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Sockless has quickly become the go-to look for style-conscious men this summer, due to a combination of current industry trends and the UK’s recent glorious weather. But are we all dismissing the humble sock’s credentials too quickly? Would a great pair of socks add something extra to your high summer outfits?

Indeed, there are options open to you when it comes to styling your socks in the summer!

Going sockless has become the default option for the majority of sartorially-inclined men. It’s comfortable, keeps you cooler in hot weather and helps channel that highly desirable Mediterranean aesthetic.

Taking socks out of the equation also creates a much cleaner look; minimalism at its very finest.

If you are the type of man that likes to feel leather against his skin, drying your feet out with talc and spraying with a deodorising foot spray before you step out the door is imperative in maintaining your personal hygiene.

For those who have spent good money on their shoe collection, shoetrees, especially those of the cedar variety, are an essential purchase – they will help to absorb moisture and control odour after a sockless day. They also do a great job at preserving your shoes and extending their life, keeping out creases and the like.

When it comes to the styling of a successful sockless look, very little effort is required; it is as simple as leaving the socks out of your ensemble. This approach works just as well with a classic polo, shorts and loafers combination as it does with a cotton suit and brogues, although it creates a very casual air and so is not suitable for formal occasions or the majority of professional office environments.

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Donning socks in the summer could, oddly enough, be a great way to stand out from the crowd. However, picking the right pair makes all the difference. Natural fibres are definitely what you should be gravitating towards in order to remain comfortable in the heat; your sock drawer should be considered just another section of your wardrobe that transitions and adapts to the current season.

A block-colored sock can inject a sense of life and playfulness into any look. They can be used to coordinate and tie a look together or, alternatively, make a statement by contrasting them against your shoe or trouser. Just remember to bear in mind your colour wheel to avoid any unsightly colour clashes.

Bright, summer-appropriate hues can really elevate a look and catch the eye, whilst pastel hues can subtly show knowledge of current colour trends. Steer clear of anything too bold in smart environments and demonstrate some restraint.

For those that really like to put an individual stamp on their outfits or are confident with colour, why not go that one step further and integrate an of-the-moment print or pattern? Avoid novelty styles at all cost and instead aim for something like an on point anchor motif, timeless stripe or classic argyle pattern.

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Socks & Trousers

Shorts may be your first port of call come summer but sadly they don’t always quite make the sartorial grade – especially when a degree of formality is necessitated. Despite recent debates on shorts in the office, lightweight trousers are a perfect alternative to the cropped staple, whatever the occasion.

With the current popularity of the angle-grazer trousers and turn-ups, the sock has the potential to become the defining point of your look. Blend some prints between your chinos and suede bucks this season for a summer style statement that won’t cost you a fortune.

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We are all well versed in wearing socks with trousers. Come the winter, Victorian rules apply: ankles are covered and socks are in.

The only prerequisite to pulling off this look is to keep your socks standard length. We should not have to tell you, but stay away from trainer socks – they are solely reserved for the gym.

Long length socks should also be avoided; they have their merits when worn with trousers but not with shorts. You risk crossing into catholic schoolgirl territory once they start approaching the bottom of the knee.

White Socks

Menswear purists will state that the white sock is for exercise purposes only. The next best option, which could be worn outside of physical activity, is a luxurious cream alternative. Yet recent streetwear trends and accompanying lookbooks are currently fighting a campaign against this rule in droves – and it’s not just the traditional streetwear labels that are advocating the style.

High street giant Primark have wholeheartedly backed the white sock for SS13, as have ASOS and Japanese label Beams in recent lookbooks and campaigns. It seems the white sock is once again having a moment.

However, this recent rise does not give anyone permission to don white socks with suiting – they’re strictly casual. Pair with trainers or other appropriately laid-back footwear and stay away from anything that approaches the smart-casual line.

On the wrong person, with the wrong look and in the wrong situation? You face an unsalvageable style disaster.

Going sockless has obvious merits during the summer, so it is no wonder the trend has exploded over recent months.

It has become the default approach for the majority of men, but this saturation means that something as simple as the right pair of socks can effortlessly separate your look from the crowd in a manner that exudes style, confidence and an individual flair!