7 Styling Ideas For Men

Here are some styling ideas for the gentlemen to try out this spring:

  • Right Fit

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The most dramatic improvement you can make in your style is to make sure every piece fits perfectly. Most men wear clothes that are too large. Make sure every piece you put on is almost hugging the shape of your body, without being to tight. That is the right fit. Bad fit is an epidemic, cure yourself.

  • Accessories

Never underestimate the power of accessories. Accessorizing correctly means you have paid every attention to the details, and that says a lot about your style. The last thing you put on is usually the first thing people notice. Accessories have the power to give you a completely different look; cool shoes, interesting jewellery or a subtle pocket square they can make you look modern and stylish immediately.

  • Keep It Simple

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Do not wear more than three pieces of jewellery and colours at once. Do not dress like a rock star, unless you are in a band. You can still look flashy and simple at the same time by going for flashing accessories instead of clothing. So a flashy watch and dressy shoes, instead of a flashy blazer. Get it?

  • Edit Your Wardrobe

Restructure your wardrobe every year or every season, if you can afford to. Clothes and accessories need breathing space so keep your wardrobe organised and make sure there is enough room for everything. Consider giving old and unwanted clothes to charity, or sell them on eBay.

  • Signature Style

Invest time and money into your image. Your style is a huge mode of communication, and it speaks volume.

  • Invest In Superb Pair Of Shoes

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Most men disregard their shoes. This is a no-no. Show you are a man of great taste by investing in a great pair of shoes.

  • Experiment With Your Style

Try out new pieces and accessories every now and again. Step outside your comfort zone and discover your taste. So many guys are afraid to express themselves through their style, don’t be one of them.

Do you have any more style tips to share? Sound off in the comment section. Thanks for reading. Thank God its Friday.

Fashion Criminal – Leigh Francis aka Keith Lemon

So I am starting a new blog series titled Fashion Criminal. This weekly blog series will feature celebrities committing fashion crimes all over the web.

Leigh Francis, better known as Keith Lemon is our first fashion criminal on Fashion and Style Police.

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Leigh Francis is an English entertainer, best known for creating Channel 4’s Bo Selecta and portraying Keith Lemon in several ITV shows here in the UK. Leigh Francis wears a lot of loud shirts and bright colours with statement suits. Although statement suits and loud shirts are trendy at the moment, wearing them all together is not.

The fashion rule is when your wear a loud piece, everything else has to be understated. Leigh Francis has broken this rule multiple times.

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Leigh Francis’ image is out of style and it does not flatter his natural blonde colouring, and his body shape. He urgently needs my expert styling services, and is sentenced to a makeover session.  Leigh Francis can be funny and stylish at the same time by looking simple. Looking simple is about bridging the gap between distinction and discretion. Simple is strong and masculine. Simple means you are the one getting the attention, not the clothes. Simple is about understated clothes and accessories worn with confidence.

I will style our fashion criminal; Leigh Francis, with dark and neutral colours, but with a pop of colour to wake up his look depending on the occasion or TV show. I will aim to have him in mainly plain leather, cotton and wool fabrics. There can be patterns in his outfits; but they will be restrained, there will be colours; but they will be muted, they will be accessories; but they will be functional.

I believe Leigh Francis or Keith Lemon can pull this off effortlessly because he has the charisma to pull anything off. Do you agree? Sound off in the comment section. Thanks for reading.

10 Business Lessons From Chanel

Chanel has successfully appealed to its target market. So the question is, why has Chanel succeeded where other brands and businesses have not? What is the brand doing differently, to ensure she stands out from her peers. Here are my ten big takes from the Chanel story. They are important lessons for other brands, bloggers and entrepreneurs  to future-proof their business. Bloggers, brands, designers and entrepreneurs should be able to relate with this post.

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1. Recognise what is missing in your market, and use it to your advantage.

2. Be competitive and distinct. Bring something different to the table.

3. Meet the needs of your clients, customers or readers. Find out what they need to read, or wear, and deliver.

4. Live your brand story without hesitation.

5. Never be complacent. Remember pride comes before  fall.

6. Keep your customers and readers curious. Be a little unpredictable every now and again.

7. Know your history, but don’t be a slave to it.

8. Work within the absolutes of your philosophy.

9. Recognise what those who are loyal to you, really love about you.

10. Understand what is timeless about what you offer and what is not.

 

The Yin and Yang Of My Personal Style (Spring 2015 Series)

I have written about the yin and yang of my personal style, winter series, here and here. For this spring 2015 series, I sharing some of my styling tips. Here they are:

Accessorize in brights

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If you have a closet filled with neutral or dark pieces, you can add some colour and energy to your look by accessorizing with bright accessories like sunnies, belts, coats, shoes, watches, scarves, hats, necklaces and so on.

Show skin tastefully

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Do not show your legs and cleavage at the same time. Show some skin strategically by choosing one body part to show skin and keeping the rest under wraps.

Embrace your shape

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Go for outfits that suit and flatter your body shape.For example, if you are an Apple shaped woman, you can aim to show off your slim legs, and disguise your large tummy area, you can choose skirts with a  fuller shape to skim over tummy, you can opt for wide legged trousers to create better balance between your upper and lower half, and show off those slim ankles with no detail on the hip area.

Pair loose with tight

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Only few people can pull off head-to-toe baggy. So team your billowing pieces with a body conscious piece like a skinny jeans, jeggings, tights and so on.

 

Beauty Muse – Kelly Rowland

Beauty is in the eye of the beholder they say, but I believe we can all agree with Kelly Rowland being a beautiful black woman. She has perfect facial features. Her skin tone is just flawless, she has a well-shaped nose and mouth, and her eyes are so beautiful. Everything about Kelly Rowland is so beautiful.

I have always admired her back in her Destiny’s Child days.  What do you think of Kelly Rowland?

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The Confident Plus Size Woman

The British songstress; Adele is a stunning plus size woman. She is a UK size 16, very confident and very comfortable in her own skin. Adele carries herself so elegantly, she wears her clothes, not the other way around. She has her signature style and she is not afraid to tell the world she is happy with her weight. I love that about her.

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I see some women looking frumpy just because they are overweight. Forgive me, but your weight is not an excuse to look disorganised, or to look like your Nan. You have to own it, whether you are a size 6 or a size is irrelevant. Adele was once quoted saying

I like having my hair and face done, but i am not going to lose weight because someone tells me to. I make music to be a musician not to be on the cover of Playboy.

I completely agree with her. Some women can dress up to save their lives and they are super skinny. Before Adele hit major stardom, she use to be seen in baggy sweaters and frumpy coats but all that changed with the help of her fashion stylist; Gaelle Paul. Gaelle Paul has changed her image by putting her full-fledged figure in more figure flattering pieces that give her a very elegant look. Thumbs up Gaelle Paul.

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I know do not have the celebrity paycheck and cannot afford a fashion stylist like Gaelle Paul so I will be dishing out some tips for you to try out:

  1. Feminine styles are a lot better for the plus size woman. Don’t go for edgy or boho styles if you can help it. They just make you body appear bigger.
  2. You need to own it. Adele is a big girl, she knows it and she wears it with confidence. Remember that.
  3. Once you find those pieces that work for you, stick to them. Consistency is the key, Adele sticks to colours and styles that look good on her. She wears black a lot because they give the illusion of a slimmer body. This doesn’t mean you can’t wear colour, just go for neutral colours more, especially for the larger part of your body.