Use polka dot…the right way

imagesPolka dot is a classic pattern, like houndstooth, checkers, or plaid.  You can look really cool with it or ending up looking like a walking Dalmatian. The key to select which polka dots to wear and where to use it on your outfits is the amount of dots and its size.

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I would recommend to start with small items on your clothing, mostly with your accessories.

Tie,scarfs and handkerchief or even your socks. Pick one of them to start. Polka dots can go with many patterns as long as you remember to keep one pattern is larger and bolder. If you pick a bigger size polka dot pattern, then minimize other pattern on other items on your outfit and vice versa.d660b43e3ac835dda04eafbb9cc315a0

Also, it is best if you stick to just grey, black or white color dots. The background fabric must go with the entire out fit or to be safe, must be in the same color hue of your shirt or suits. If you choose to go with colorful dots in many colors, then the color of background fabric really must stay in the same tone as the shirt (like the one in the picture). Either the dot or the background fabric color must match the color way of your shirt or your suits.polka-dots-mens-ties-20130856ed3f77ad9a7faaa5114bf2b3195a6b25e4715dc39ef609167766be5744d5 (1)

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When it comes to printed  polka dot shirts, try to use small dotted pattern instead of a large one. If you decided to wear polka dot shirt, wears plain pants or trousers and keep everything simple. If you are brave enough wear polka dot pants, this is the one without exception, the pattern of the dot must be small and keep the rest of your outfit plain!

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When use polka dot scarfs, its another story. You can go a shade or 2 lighter or darker from your shirt or suits color. which ever your preference is. 

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PLEASE DON’T DO IT!..DON’T BE THAT GUY!

download (1)Let’s be clear about this. I am all for “wearing whatever you want to” attitude! But that attitude should not take you to these following destinations. It is not the first time we, most of us guys are talking or hearing about it, not the first time fashion articles wrote about it. We also have told our friends not to do it. So, why the hell are these people still walking around in them like a nightmare that will not go away or like eczema that you can’t get rid off?  download (2)

These examples are not experiments still waiting to be proven wrong. It was wrong then and still wrong now. Let’s just say that even you are hot looking guys, you still are not gonna be able to get away with it.

Listen guys, just because your dad or some guys are such role models in your life but they do wear these following examples in pictures below. Just take his charisma, wisdom, morals and ethics with you, not his sense of fashion or styles. Believe me, your life will be just fine without it.

Here we go!  I’m gonna be on this first subject quite a bit! I can’t stand this non sense.

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You’ve seen it! fat old men in exotic vacation places, other men mistaken this as a beachwear must have, suburban men wears this everywhere. If you didn’t know better and thought this was a trend or trying to blend in, don’t do it.

Do yourself a favor and yourself these question: Am I in Hawaii? Where am I? Is this my first choice fabric as my table cloths or curtains at home? When my grandma died, did I keep her table cloths or any upholstery that look like this?  IF your answer is NO, then why the heck would you put it on yourself and prancing around with it?6a00d8341c44f153ef014e88555674970d

It is called HAWAIIAN SHIRT for a reason, it’s for people who live or visiting in Hawaii!

Even Bruno Mars can not even rock himself out of it! and that was in Hawaii!

bruno-mars-maui-1 The reason why it is not a good looking shirt for any guys because it just not! It just plain not flattering for male body at all. It is so boxy with no body to it and large bunch of overweight guys think they can hide their bellies under this shirt. No! we can still see them and how large they are, we can not missed it because of those tacky prints. JUST STOP THIS NON SENSE ALREADY, JUST DON’T DO IT.

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I don’t care how much you love Hawaii. Today’s fashion offers bunch of clothes and styles that look good on bigger size men and more appropriate to wear outside Hawaii and this is not one of them. Beach wears for men are more stylish and comes in many options for all sizes, also, this is not one of them.  Don’t let any of these Hawaiian clothing companies or brands fool you and tell you that you will look hot wearing this everywhere outside Hawaii! It’s insane.

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Neither of them should be wearing what they are wearing in this pic. Muscle guy! When you try to show it off wearing super tight shirt, it’s just gross.

dbags The Douche bag outfittoo-tight-shirt Love yourself too much? whatever that muscle tank or white beater gonna fit your self-centered body or not, please stop wearing them in public.

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Kurt Cobain died in the 90’s, so does this look. Please don’t bring them back. I don’t care if you miss your glorious day.

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Leave all the glitters for the ladies please, even if you have a big white woman trapped inside your man’s body. Just leave those damn glitter alone!!!

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AND MORE CRAZY CLOTHES YOU SHOULD NOT WEAR

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Don’t try to be Peter pan.

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I love Usher, but no men should wear red boots   or whatever this white or bleached out thing on the right picture is.

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TRUST ME, EVEN GAY GUYS DON’T WANNA SEE THIS!

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OH NO NO NO, YUCK! WHITE JEANS AND BLACK JACKET WITH WITH STRIPES?

kanyewestentourage1 WHAT IS WRONG WITH THIS PIC? Well, whoever your favorite celebs are. When they tried to revive something and  trends that would never fly. Don’t follow it please. Why would you want to walk around in a briefcase a size of a suitcase? I don’t care if it is from Goyard or Louis Vuitton. It’s a freaking dumb thing to do.We are not using type writers anymore. If this is trying to be cool, I don’t know where to begin, but let’s just not do this to ourselves.

GETTING HIGH…

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 It looks like High-top sneakers are not going anywhere anytime soon. Men seems to love them, others can’t stand them. From high-end designers to street wear designers, everywhere you look, you will see guys walking down the street wearing them. Why? Because they are comfortable to walk on and another obvious reason, they do look really cool.

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The versatility of it is what appealing to many guys. It goes well with shorts, trousers, khakis or jeans. It’s easy to see why every designers will try to get their name stamped on them.

The good thing is that they come in many price range, from $60 up to $1,000+. So whatever your budgets are, you can find one that you will be happy with. At the same time they do come in all colors & styles to match your personalities.download

What I think is great about them is that, they can be worn from Springs & Summer all the way up to Fall & Winter (depends on how mild your winter is). Since I live in California, I can wear them all year long. Here are some cool ones.

ADIDAS

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GUCCI

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JIMMY CHOO

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BALLY

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SUPRA

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CINZIA ARAIA

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HOGAN

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DIOR HOMME

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GIUSEPPE ZANOTTI

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PHILIPP PLEIN

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RANTUS ORLATO

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It’s all business…

SuitSupply_AW13Still wearing same old boring, lifeless dull color and unflattering suits that don’t fit? You properly are not gonna cut it today’s work place. When was the last time you buy a new suits? Why are so many men still wearing your business suits from late 90’s and early 2000? Just because you think suits are classic, it does not mean the style and their silhouettes does not change. You try to get a job in this economy and you wonder why you don’t get a call back? What did you wear to your last interview? Good first impression is everything, not a safe impression. New breed of businessmen emerged and fashion has already respond. Today’s office lifestyles and work environments rapidly changed. The way and places people do their businesses changed. Business are more fast pace, at the same time places to do business has become more casual. Businessmen today are more seriously competitive, more cultured and have to be up to speed than ever. At the same time, businessmen could never be more stylish and have so much fun with fashion. From the cutting, fitting of and the way today’s men choose to put them together, all rules of Men’s business wear have all been broken, in a good way. Here are some great examples:

The New Classic, show your personality through colors either shirts, tie, handkerchief or scarfs while keeping everything classic. It’s all about mix and match, don’t do everything in one color tone.

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Gray is new black…Yes, they’re great! Every man should own it.

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Tan is a perfect summer suits.

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The Plaid

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COOL BUSINESS Mix & Match..Show your personality. Break all the rules, when you mix classic and give it a modern twist. By switching, mix matching and experimenting with new fabrics. Time for men to break some old boring and restrictive rules and be themselves. Weather putting on some cool sneakers, using khakis with jeans blazers or cardigan over plaid trouser for your hot business look. The key is to successfully balancing your look by stay true to what is classic business look. Use accessories, new silhouettes and some new fabrics to give the outfit fresh modern twist. Remember! You can not pull these looks of successfully if they don’t fit you properly.

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Bolder & Brighter!!!  Inspired yourself and others at work!

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STREETS……The real runway for men


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Clothes are never made for just runways in Milan, Paris, London or New York, they are made to be worn. Streets are the real life runways where there are no spotlights, no stylist, no make up crew, so on the streets any flaws and mistakes of the clothes and the way you styled them can give you positive or negative results. If you make a mistake putting an outfit together, then you are on your own!

Please don’t be discourage and not trying, because you gonna end up looking like a dead man walking, it shows that you just don’t care about yourself. At the same time, The streets do embrace fashion but never let it dictates on what we should wear or how we should wear it. Street influences will determine and sometimes inspired and demand from Fashion Designers where next fashion direction should be or the next season should have. So weather you like or care about fashion or not, you’re a big part of it.

So, how can you stand out in the crowds while walking through the streets? What separate you and the guy walking next to you? What can you do to make get people’s attention and get them wanting to know you? The answer is what you wear to present yourself and how well you wear them. Sound simple enough? Not really!

Here are some pics of stylish men who shine on the streets and know how to put it all together, not because they have money to buy brand names clothes, but because they do care about themselves, they make an effort to try new colors & silhouettes, they know what works with their body and shown their personalities at the same time. Results? You can’t help but noticed them..in a good way.

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The classic double button blazer is always a must have. Let me repeat it again, A MUST HAVE ITEM IN YOUR CLOSET! This is a timeless piece you should invest your money on. Whatever your budget is, it needs to fit you perfectly! This is not a piece when you think you can get away with a size up or down, it’s not like buying  a  pair of pants where you can get away with wearing 32″ when you are 31″.  Weather your suits size is  38, 48, 52 or whatever it maybe, please get them in your size.  If the sleeves or hem is to long, go get  them altered. I will post more tips and styles of blazer you guys should have on my future post.

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This military inspired look is very cool and self assured at the same time. It is also a very tricky outfits. It takes some sense of styles and experiences to pull off one of these ensembles. Some are born with great sense of styles and taste but for most or you who are not, please don’t sweat it. The more you pay attention and take notes, you’ll be able to do this stuff in no time.

So,Why is this outfit so tricky to wear?Well, just a wrong choice of shoes can send you way back in the Colonial era or joining some Civil war reunion rather quickly.

That pair of blue sneakers makes this outfit very hip and stylish.  The way he folded his collar inwards makes it looks less of a military, but more of a military inspired fashion forward instead.  You could find this kinda jacket in some vintage clothing store with little money. FYI, I could careless about the hat but this guy can pull it off. Confident makes a different how you wear your outfits and how you walk in them.

The key to wear any jackets or coats, it needs to fit you well. If you plan to get this one in particular, please pay attention to the fit and the hem line should not be more than 2″ pass your crotch level or else you would look like you have short legs. For you tall guys, this look would look great on you. For shorter or boxy shape guys, I would not recommend this exact jacket. If you want a double breasted winter coat, try the one with buttons that matches the fabric color or find the one with just zipper without button (flat front) instead.  Also, you can try wearing this outfits with a pair of red or black sneakers.

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This is it guys, another ensembles that you need to own! This foolproof looks and works great weather you are 5’6″ tall or above 6′ tall. Perfect fit jeans with classic bomber jacket. The jacket you can not be a size larger , it does not look right but you can do a size smaller on this jacket if you cans till move in it and don’t forget a cool pair of shades. You will look great in it running errands on weekends, have coffee with friends, it also travels well.

( Tips: The blazer of the guy in the back ground should not be worn by anyone in this century, this is a perfect example why I stress out earlier you should invest in a good blazer &  how important fitting can make or break your overall look.)

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When you layering your outfits correctly, it should look easy on the eyes, not heavy and stuffy. It should looks like you can easily move and function in them comfortably. Otherwise, both outfits and you just look awkward.

(Tips: When layering, it’s best to keep all layers plain and simple. If your outer jacket is made of textured knit or prints, keep your second layer such as cashmere vest or cardigan plain and dress shirt as simple as possible. If you choose to do colorful or printed cardigans, dress shirt or vest, the same “keep it plain and simple” rules apply to the rest of your outfit.)

If you choose to do this ensemble all in mono tone, then try it out and be playful with belt, shoes or scarfs (pick one not all of them) as a statement piece, show some personality like try using hot bold color scarfs, shoes or belt while keep your outfit in subtle muted colors. Let your personality shines through.

On your good skin day or good shaving day, I’d recommend you use a colorful scarfs to frame and show off  your handsome face and bring people’s attention to it. On the day that you don’t have time to shave, just put on a pair of strong color shoes or interesting belt and draw other’s attentions there instead.

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Everyone in fashion world knows that T-shirt won’t hide any flaws you got on your body unless you got a decent body or good genetic to begin with. For guys who never set your foot in to something called ” GYM” and built your muscles to perfection, then T-shirt will never be your best friend. In the second pic, you can see why blazer is your friend and how it can works wonder while you are wearing your favorite t-shirt.

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Always have these in your closets. If they are old, please replace with a new fresh one.

1) Blue shirts short and long sleeves (try having different pocket styles and fabrics)

2) Jeans that fits you/ Try on some new jeans, they come now in many styles and cuts. Finds out which one works for you.

3 Khakis pants and trousers.

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This is a true timeless classic men’s casual look. The different are in small details such as prints of the shirts you choose to wear and how bright and bold colors of your fabric or accessories are.

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With these ensembles, all you need is a cool pair of shoes, any of your favorite. Weather it’s Chukkas, moccasins, boat shoes, wingtips, bright sneakers or high-top , they will all go with this mix match ensembles.

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To polish and complete these styles, always have clean hair and style it well, wear some great looking watch or accessories,  put on your cool pair of shades and you can walk down any street in Milan, New York,  or anywhere in the world  in style!

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Last but not least, put some colors into your wardrobe collection. You want people to notice you? Just wear some color! Weather it would be your belts, handkerchief,  jackets, pants, socks or shirts, it will help you to stand out in the crowd. When I talk about colors, I do not mean that I want you to be seen or remembered as a guy in a pink suits!  I want you to think of it as a “conversation” piece,more subtle. It could be an ice breaking subject where people can use it to come up and talk to you.

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Also, wearing some bright colors doesn’t mean you are less masculine in anyway. On contrary, you could even look are more masculine, brave self assured. We can all agree that majority of us guys like blue color, but we need to broaden out our colors spectrum a little bit..even blue color comes in many shades or tones.

There are some shades of blue colors that makes you look fresh, and confident like the one in the pic and there are some blue colors that makes you look like your are about to commit suicide. Ask yourself next time before you buy another navy blue shirt if you have enough of that shade already or not, what is really your other favorite colors? Go try some on when you see them at the stores.

Remember guys, in fashion there are no definite rules of do’s and don’t but knowing your own body and the basic principles of what does and does not works with your body types before you can go on building your wardrobe collections and make your own styles that fits your  lifestyles & personality.  

(pics by EFFIE KATS, Melodie Jeng for details.com,onlinepace, fashion tag)