Tuesday, 16 October 2018

6 Techniques for Visible Layering Classic Men’s Clothing

SOURCE: gentlemansgazette



Before you begin layering above your shirt (instead of under it), it’s essential to define what a layer is and how each layer interacts with the others. First off, layering is really about what you wear on your torso, where any individual item that goes on top of another one makes up a layer, whether or not it covers you. So, in visual terms, a scarf, a tie, and a pocket square count as layers just as much as a sweater and sports coat. Knowing this helps you envision how to style your layers effectively.
Scarf layering
Scarf layering

1. Monochrome Layers are Easy

Perhaps the easiest layering you can ever do is to create a monochrome look using all the same solid colors, such as a three-piece suit with a matching color tie and overcoat. This requires very little skill provided the colors in your layers harmonize with one another, but the end result can be eye-catching. Note that this is best accomplished with a color that isn’t too dark; dark navy and black will not offer enough interest or contrast to make this look polished.
Tom Cruise in a monochrome layering
Tom Cruise in a monochrome layering

2. Layer with Contrasting Colors

layer cake
layer cake
A good beginner’s principle that you can always follow is to contrast your layers by alternating between colors. You can use either complementary colors or those in the same family. Think chocolate layer cake with mocha or hazelnut cream. Let’s say that you have a blue necktie on. The layer above it, a knit cardigan, could be gray, brown, beige, rust, yellow or any other color that complements blue. Following the rule of alternation, you could go back to blue for the jacket above your cardigan.
Layering with a simple alternation of two colors.
Layering with a simple alternation of two colors.
Alternatively, you could choose a third color that coordinates with your other layers, like a tonal variation. For example, you could wear your blue tie with a taupe cardigan and then a brown jacket. This enables you to select your layering colors from a similar palette or family, like various gradations of blue or all earth tones for autumn as shown in the images below.
This flat-lay image from Boggi Milano shows layering with shades of blue (light blue shirt, navy vest, admiral blue suit jacket).
This flat-lay image from Boggi Milano shows layering with shades of blue (light blue shirt, navy vest, admiral blue suit jacket).
Burzanblog layering with earthy tones.
Burzanblog layering with earthy tones.

3. Alternate Solids and Patterns

Similar to using colors, you can contrast your layers by alternating between patterns and solids. So, if your shirt has a pattern (stripes or checks, for example), your tie would be a solid color. You can then use a patterned waistcoat above it and finish with a solid suit jacket or sports coat. The alternation is therefore pattern (shirt), solid (tie), pattern (waistcoat), solid (jacket). Another possibility would be a solid shirt, then a patterned tie on top of it, like a glen check, a solid knit sweater over that, and, finally, a patterned jacket: solid, pattern, solid, pattern, always alternating.
Alternating solids and patterns.
Alternating solids and patterns.

4. Try Two (or Three) Patterns in a Row

Of course, it is possible for those with an advanced sense of style to go pattern-on-pattern, such as a checked shirt with a windowpane necktie or a striped shirt with a geometric tie, but layering with more than two patterns is risky. If you also add a patterned vest, for example, your look becomes busy and visually cluttered, making it difficult for anyone to focus on any single aspect of your clothes. So, when involving patterns, start first with the thought of alternating and perhaps expand to two patterns in a row, followed by a solid.
With that said, one way to experiment with three pattern layering is to use variants of the same fairly subdued pattern, especially stripes.
three pattern layering
Three pattern layering

5. Create a Bridge Between Layers with Shared Colors

When you use layers, you have a chance to coordinate colors in a sophisticated way, such as wearing an article of clothing that contains a small bit of the same color present in another layer, as discussed in the last example. In the first image below, the waistcoat contains both the orange of the tie and the blue of the jacket, creating a kind of transition between the two. In the second image, blue is repeated subtly in the double-breasted waistcoat while still maintaining some contrast. The subtle repetition of a color connects layers and unifies your look.

 6. Pay Attention to How Layer Colors Interact

When choosing layer colors, always keep in mind that the perception of a hue is most affected by the color directly next to it, so check how the color you select for each layer reads when adjacent to the next one. A royal blue tie might look good alone with a white shirt and brown jacket, but adding a rust waistcoat above it might make that tie suddenly appear too electric.
The good news is that the interaction of colors across layers can often help alleviate one of the sins of style: wearing two solid colors that are similar but different enough for the difference to be noticeable.  For instance, it might not look great to wear a copper tie with rust pants because the two colors are similar but just a little “off,” but the minute you throw a beige cardigan on, the visual separation created by the added layer can harmonize the two colors. If you want to wear a solid blue tie that is just a shade different from your suit jacket, separating them with a grey waistcoat tricks the eye into ignoring the dissimilarity.
Dr. Lee wears a suit and tie that are slightly different tones, broken up by a knit waistcoat.
Dr. Lee wears a suit and tie that are slightly different tones, broken up by a knit waistcoat.

What Garments to Use for Layering

Assuming a shirt and jacket, with or without a tie, to be your starting point, we can turn our attention to options for what to wear above or between these base layers.

1. A Waistcoat or Vest

Historically the first additional layer worn by gentlemen would be a waistcoat. In fact, this was originally not optional because today’s shirts were originally considered undergarments to be hidden. A vest was necessary to cover the wrinkles, dirt and inevitable dishevelment of a shirt as it is worn during the course of a day, smoothing out the wearer’s appearance. The odd vest can do the same for you today by creating a more refined visual layer while also adding color or pattern to an otherwise staid outfit. In fact, even the most formal of get-ups, morning wear, admits a splash of color via buff yellow and cornflower blue waistcoats. Plus, you don’t need to worry about getting your tie blades the same length; just keep them under your vest.
Sven Raphael Schneider in a fedora, vintage brown Caraceni suit, vest, winchester shirt, collar bar and spectators
Sven Raphael Schneider in a fedora, vintage brown Caraceni suit, vest, Winchester shirt, collar bar and spectators
For a more casual look, you can try a knitted vest, in cashmere or wool, with or without buttons.

2. A Cardigan

Chris Cardigan
The look of a light cardigan under a suit jacket or sports coat is similar to that of a waistcoat but provides the added benefit of long sleeves for extra insulation. Cardigans are probably the most common layering choice today. They’re easy to pack for travel and can be taken off and put on easily as the weather changes. When sizing a cardigan, it is usually better to get one that fits close to your body because cardigan knits tend to be softer in construction than the odd vest. Otherwise, a loose fitting cardigan tends to bunch around your midsection and look make you look paunchy by emphasizing your belly area. As with a waistcoat, cardigans look best if you also leave a button or two open at the bottom. Some gents open one or two top buttons as well, which can either come across as sprezzatura indifference or sloppy depending on your point of view.

3. A Sweater

For a more sporty look, some men prefer to layer under a sports coat with sweaters or synthetic quilted vests like those made of nylon. They present more of an outdoorsman or apr├Ęs ski style and definitely add warmth in winter but are better with casual outerwear, such as a bomber jacketpeacoat,  quilted jacket or waxed cotton jacket, than as a layer with tailored clothes.

4. A Scarf

European men, especially Italians, know the power of a scarf to add depth and complexity to an outfit, and Italians will be the first to tell you they don’t wear scarves primarily for warmth. A scarf gives you layering versatility for three seasons. In spring, fall, or winter, it can be worn on top of an overcoat, between a jacket and an overcoat, under a jacket, and even under a shirt if it’s thin enough, without adding too much bulk to your torso. Available in a huge range of colors and patterns, in silks and cashmere, a scarf is the most flexible tool to achieve levels of contrast while layering.
Solid Cashmere Scarves Made in Germany - Fort Belvedere
Scarves, like these from Fort Belvedere, are a perfect choice for cashmere. They can be worn for decades, and are soft and warm on the neck.

5. An Ascot or Cravat

Cravats and ascots, like those sold by Fort Belvedere, are unique among layering items since they represent a visible layer beneath your collar-line. This can make them useful to set up a particular sequence of contrasting patterns and colors. Since cravats can be any cloth worn directly around the neck, light silk scarves are also a popular choice to be worn this way. Certainly, these forms of neckwear deserve more widespread use, offering the beauty of a tie in a more unusual form. For advice on how to wear them check out our guide.
Scarf worn as Cravat
Scarf worn as Cravat

6. A Pocket Square

As small as they are, pocket squares count as a level when you’re layering because, like a tie, they present a visual plane with color and/or pattern above the level of your jacket. They also pack a lot of visual punch because they are actually your “top layer” unless you wear an overcoat or scarf. They provide a chance to pick a tone from your other layers and represent it subtly again. Or they enable you to add further contrast or a complementary color. Read our guide on how to combine a pocket square with your tie, suit, and shirt.

7. Overcoat

When it truly is cold out, a wool or cashmere overcoat will represent your topmost layer, unless you put a pocket square or pair of gloves in your coat pocket.  Coats are unique because their effect varies depending on how you wear them. If you wear them open for the most part, they should coordinate with your other layers following the techniques presented earlier. If you wear your coats closed, however, you can choose to coordinate with just your tie or whatever shows in the open V at your chest, like a scarf; you control which layers to show. This can open the door for variations, including overcoats in a brighter color or stronger patterns like a Casentino.
Lino Ieluzzi and Renato Plutino show the possibilities of coordinating layers with open and closed overcoats.
Lino Ieluzzi and Renato Plutino show the possibilities of coordinating layers with open and closed overcoats.

8. Boutonniere

Even though it is just a little lapel flower, it creates visual interest and therefore constitutes a layer in the the sense of this guide. With an otherwise tonal outfit, you can create a bold contrast with a carnation or just tie something together with an Edelweiss. To learn more about these buttonhole style enhancers check out:

Madder Print Silk Tie in Buff 9cm width with Red Pattern , Field Scabious Boutonniere Buttonhole & Classic White Pocket Square
Madder Print Silk Tie in Buff 9cm width with Red Pattern , Field Scabious Boutonniere Buttonhole & Classic White Pocket Square

Conclusion

Whether we notice it or not, layering takes place quite often on a casual level: it happens whenever someone puts on a hoodie or a sweater and a coat. However, layering with tailored clothing requires conscious thought and greater aesthetic consideration. You need to make use of your coordination skills but take them up a notch or two because you have to achieve an effect with a larger number of garments, each of which has an effect on the others. It’s an opportunity to up your game and experiment stylistically, with the reward of creating a more complex outfit that also keeps you warm in inclement weather.

SOURCE: gentlemansgazette 

Monday, 8 October 2018

The Coolest Sneakers of 2018



2017 and 2018 have already been an intense years for sneakers seamlessly taking you from the gym to the streets. Designers are creating sneakers that are both comfortable and also trendy and fashionable. They go with just about everything in your closet! From chunky soles to gigantic designs and personalized pairs, white sneakers have always been the winner. Meanwhile, with 90's trends rising the contemporary ways were always in it.
We have done our research and compiled a list of this season’s most-wanted sneaker styles.This is our list of the best sneakers of 2018, so far.

1. Nike Huaraches

Nike Huaraches, created by the renowned and prolific footwear designer Tinker Hatfield, quickly gained popularity with its 90's spirit. Huarache transitioned from a performance product to a streetwear staple with its unique cage and iconic colourways. With its lightweight construction and breathable, bootie-like fit, men’s Huaraches continue to improve upon the original, featuring updated materials designed to enhance performance and comfort.


2. Balenciaga Triple-S

We don't want to confuse the two very different trends of Dad Shoes and Chunky Shoes, but the Balenciaga Triple-S represents the peak for both of them. Besides women loving it big time we cannot deny that the Triple-S has had a massive impact in men's style too. They are basically the start point of the chunky sneaker trend.  Triple-S seems like a weak knock-off of the sneaker that truly set the tone. The year has also seen the silhouette develop and change in both look and price because the shoes sell out as quickly as Balenciaga can make them. It's truly a phenomenon.



3. Reebok Sock Run.R

The sock runner trend, after Balenciaga Speed Trainer, hit its apogee with Reebok's Run.r. The upper is about as simple a sock you can get, with some printing on the throat, but the sole is what's most interesting about the shoe. It's minimal design, cool and comfortable. The look is intense but surprisingly well balanced.



4. Fila x Liam Hodges

Big, ugly sneakers have found new life via these Fila x Liam Hodges kicks.
After first collaborating for Spring/Summer 2018, London-based designer Liam Hodges has reunited with FILA for Fall/Winter 2018. The new capsule takes inspiration from the FILA archives, as well as themes of nostalgia and youth from the main collection.


5. Y-3 Adidas 

Y-3 is always a reliable source of futuristic kicks, and Fall 2018 is no different.

Wednesday, 11 July 2018

Top 7 Men's Grooming Products For 2018 Summer



Most probably you have seen or heard so many grooming products that it makes it difficult to choose the best ones.
As a general opinion men don’t take care of their “beauty” as most women do but you know what... You should! :) If you you like or want to take care of your face and yourself here is the guide that we put all the best advices from real people together. Either you have a beard, moustache or not, nor you want to spend money or not, don't forget to check this post.

PS: The cosmetic and beauty products may effect different to everyone. We recommend you to simply take these suggestions under your consideration and try them in small amounts to see which one fits you best. 
 **** Secondly, as a woman I can easily say that men who take care themselves are more attractive to us. No need to mention how hot it is to watch them shave their face. :) 

**** Click here the read ''TOP 10 Men Fragrances for This Summer'' article. 

1. Skinceuticals Triple Lipid Restore 2:4:2 AntiAging Cream 


Men mostly say that they have noticed their skin feels smoother with this product. You need to create a routine to see the real effect though... 

2. Can You Handlebar Beard Oil Brush 


If you are cool enough to pull off a beard, make sure you have a way to tame it. The Beard Oil Brush from Can You Handlebar is compact, comes in a sleek tin case and does a great job of controlling those whiskers. 

3. Panasonic ER-GB40 Beard Trimmer 


It is a wet/dry trimmer. Compact, durable and the rubber outer casing makes it easy to hold. 

4. Big boy grooming products 


Big Boy have created a range of artisan beard products that will hydrate, soften and moisturise your skin while keeping those whiskers under control. Not only are the products free-from sulphates, sodium and parabens, but all the products are cruelty free and manufactured in an environment where no animals, plants or humans are harmed. They have skin care, non-greasy Beard Balm, and Moustache Wax products which are mostly recommended by many men. 

5. Kerstin Florian MEN Clarifying Exfoliating Scrub (Men's Health Magazine recommended) 


To tackle the dirt and oil that can get trapped in your pores, you need to add an exfoliating scrub like this one to your regimen. It includes everything including jojoba beads, seeds, chamomile extract to soothe, and geranium oil for antibacterial benefits. Not only is it good for your skin but it also helps you get a better shave so you’ll always look sharp. 

6. Harry's Face Lotion 


Most of men forget to apply sunscreen every day but it’s truly essential. This mineral SPF face lotion moisturises and protects against the most harmful UVB/UVA rays. It hydrates your skin but will feel so light on your face that you’ll actually forget that you’re wearing it until you look in the mirror and realize how much better your skin looks. 

7. Tom Ford Skincare products 


Of course. We would never end this article without mentioning Tom Ford. The actual bathroom products are as luxurious as you would expect from the brand Tom Ford, with a purifying Face Cleanser, Mud Mask and intensely hydrating daily moisturiser. They also have different sizes that are ideal for travel or to give them a try. The Tom Ford grooming range also includes the more expected staples such as moisturiser, cleanser, serum and an eye treatment.

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