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Nail the Minimalist Look

Suit up

One of the staples of minimalism is the crisp, white, cotton shirt, and every man is bound to own at least one. While playing with different shades of white, keep tonality in mind to avoid looking washed out. For a perfect summer look, pair a white t-shirt with a cream blazer and a navy trouser. Skip the belt and pick a pair of brown shoes instead of black.

Subtle variations in tonality also make a great minimal outfit. Pull a chic all-grey look with a mid-tone blazer, a darker pair of chinos, and a light grey tee, and take it further by as adding matching accessories and accents.

Tee off

The one item that every man on this planet owns is a T-shirt. And it makes such an ideal minimalist look when paired with tailored trousers. Monochrome is the easiest way to do minimalism: a white tee over black or other dark coloured trousers makes a neat, clutter-free and elegant minimalist look that’s also really stylish in an understated sort of way.

Hear-to-toe neutrals are quite the fashion rage these days, so don’t be afraid to keep your footwear and accessories in the same colour as the outfit instead of opting for a contrast hue.

Rock it

If you’re doing a traditional rock look, aim to keep it subtle and refined. Jackets should be clean and devoid of patches or embellishments, t-shirts should be plain and neat, preferably white, and the jeans should be neat too. To add your own touch to the outfit, skip the leather boots and go for a pair of low top white trainers.

While going all-black is the way to do rock chic, the ideal way to break the monotony of the look is by adding another neutral colour to the mix-like a an over shirt or a pair of boots.

Asian twist

Relaxed and cool silhouettes are a key component in minimalism, and what better way than Japan’s flowy cuts, comfy cottons, and fine linens? Cool fabrics and stylish silhouettes come together to make a minimalist look perfect for summer.

Mandarin collars and wide sleeves make Japanese shirts so great for the warmer season, and in winters, Japan’s selvedge denims are a great combination with a coat and t-shirt, paired with boots.

Manage Wardrobe Perfectly

Know Your Style

It is extremely important to know what style you are comfortable in. Do you layer your clothes or wear a lot of jewellery. Are you a party person who likes getting dressed up and going out with perfect hair and make-up or do you prefer bold colors over the neutral ones. The later process depends on knowing what you like and what you don’t for your sake and not fashions.

Know Your Lifestyle

If you know what your lifestyle is like then it becomes easier to know what clothes you are going to use and need to buy. So if it is something I have to do then: most of the week I need formals for work both ethnic and western, then for the weekends I need casuals and party clothes which can include fancy places or regular hangouts. This means in need pants, shirts, kurtis, formal skirts and dresses, jeans, casual clothing and few fancy pieces. Heels are optional. I need to buy jewellery as well.

The Capsule Wardrobe

A capsule wardrobe is basically a setting where you put together outfits and then hang or stack them accordingly. So your formals can have one section, then your casuals, then your party wear and then your nightwear. So if you have a uniform like a combination of jeans, t-shirt and flats, it is easier to find this combination in this case. Even with footwear, you can section them the same way. With this can have more possible outfits than you think as you mix and match. You can do this with your jewellery a well. Combining statement pieces in one place, earrings in one or you can even do them as per the outfit you wear them with so that when you buy jewellery you have a fair idea of what you own and how they work.

Detox

When you plan all this out and go ahead to organizing your closet, give your wardrobe a much needed detox. Sort out your belongings in three categories of “New”, “In use”, “Give away or sell” and “Trash”. Now, don’t be afraid to do this, until you make space and let go of things, new things won’t enter in your life. Throw away all the things that are faded or stained beyond repair or which are torn, sell things that you have worn too many times or grown out of or don’t like anymore but are in good condition which includes everything from shoes, jewellery to clothes. You can sell them on Instagram or give away to your friends or in family or have a small sale in your house or yard.

Shop

Almost every piece that I have can be paired together in any combination. This is the part we all love. After all this is done, you new wardrobe is set, make a list of all the things you need. Do not buy things you don’t need or won’t wear, when you buy jewellery it is important to know your need and how much will you use it. Also stock for the next season as you realize what all you need in the coming time like maybe boots or a sweater or a blazer. If you wear formals a lot like I do, try to have as many combinations as possible so that you don’t repeat your outfit too quickly.

Take Care Of Your Boots

Protect them from snow, rain and spills

Moisture is harmful to all products including boots. To protect your shoes from the moisture you should avoid going in moisture prone areas. It’s also recommended that you invest in “waterproof” treatment the will protect your units from unexpected weather or spills. When you apply the treatment, it prevents water from getting into the shoe; therefore, you wipe it away before it bleeds inside. For ideal results, you should apply the treatment at least once a week.

Moisturize your boot

To preserve the shine and make your boot last for a long time you should moisturize it. The best product to use for miniaturization is a leather conditioner. There are many products in the market that you can go for but for ideal results go with products made by a reputable company.

Get rid of stains as soon as possible

Stains make your boots an eyesore. Sometimes you come across products that easily stick on your boot without your knowledge. To give your shoe a beautiful look, remove the stain as soon as you notice it. One of the best products that you should use to remove a stain is a salt stain remover. You should apply the remover as soon as you notice the stain and let it air dry overnight.

Fix damaged heels

Heels have a great impact on how your shoes look. To maintain a great look watch the nature of your shoe heels. If they are worn out, you should replace them as soon as possible. In addition to giving your shoe a great look, fixing the heels also ensures that you are comfortable walking. When getting the heels fixed, it’s recommended that you ask a professional to add a thin protective rubber sole to the existing sole. This is to extend the life of the sole.

Picking Shoes for Preteens

Don’t worry parents, if you don’t know the sizes of your pre teens’ feet, have them trace their own feet and measure them with a ruler that way, you can covert the sizes and then shop online with confidence!

My daughter is going through a phase whereby, trendy looking top sneakers are her thing. She particularly likes the leather high tops as she said they give her feet extra comfort, and just for appeal they even have the LED lighting in them… Not sure what this is all about. But am not questioning her fashion sense here. My son likes these shoes too, but didn’t want to copy her, so he decided to choose a high top sneaker that had a ‘wing’ on it. This apparently gave the shoe so much more character, and didn’t look anything like his sister’s so he was super excited about that.

For the pre-teen girls that liked this wing too, there was an option for them that I found, but it wasn’t something my daughter would wear, as she said they weren’t ‘her style’, I had to laugh! Style at age 12 changes overnight sometimes. Myself, I opted to get my son a pair that was a little less ‘flashy’ looking, as we needed to make sure he had a normal conservative type looking shoe in the wardrobe, for any type of occasion that would suit any type of clothing.

However, the latest thing was the ‘roller shoe’ so instead of losing my cool, I did some research on the web and found these really comfy shoes for my son. Apparently I’m being ‘uncool’ if I call them ‘roller’ shoes’ so I will call them what they are really and that is a ‘skate shoe’. For pre-teens these types of shoes are a must have. I found that when going out they were often distracted in their own minds with their own little worlds, and instead of hearing them complaining about being somewhere these shoes seemed to occupy them, so that I could do what I needed to do without interruptions. It really was a win-win, buying them for the kids. My son wasn’t as confident balancing as my daughter at first, but with time he was more confident and loved wearing the shoes everywhere.

My daughter was a pro from the start wearing these types of shoes, you are able to walk normally on them as well which was really interesting to watch, as you could see in their eyes they just wanted to skate off in the super market at times. This is when I’d say, “right you go to aisle 4 and get milk, and you go to aisle 2 and get dog food.” Kind of fun for me watching them use the shoes with confidence.

Guide To Men’s Summer Suits

Summer Suit Fabrics

Still wearing woolen suits in the peak of summer? It’s time to put them away till autumn and welcome cotton and linen in. Cotton and linen are renowned for being cool, lightweight fabrics that keep you both stylish and comfortable. Linen does crease easily, but a little maintenance and care can rid you of the problem.

When buying a summer suit, also look for something unlined and in a loose weave. Loose weave gives more breathability and skipping the lining keeps you breezy and comfy.

Summer Suit Colours

Colours go a long way in keeping you cool in the heat. So be prepared to become a sauna if you opt for blacks and browns. Steer clear of dark colours and make friends with summer favourites grey and khaki. If you really must stick to office appropriate colours, then these will work great while also keeping you cool.

On the other hand, if you want to do mad things because of the heat, try mauve, beige, green, powder blue… Of course, you’ll receive more than a second or third glance at office, but that shouldn’t be a problem if you love standing out. Don’t hesitate to try different patterns either.

Shirts With A Summer Suit

The main aim of a summer suit is to keep you comfortable in the heat. Keeping this in mind, the shirts should be of the same fabric as the suit. Stick to linen and cotton since nothing is more comfortable than lightweight, breathable fabrics. Look for shirts in a loose weave for increased breathability. If you don’t always need to dress formal, then you can easily replace the shirt with a well-fitted polo. Polo shirts look cool with a suit and are less uncomfortable than shirts. Feel free to play with colours, patterns, and prints. Summer’s the time to make heads turn.

Shoes And Accessories With A Summer Suit

The rules remain the same as any other suit. But if you choose to stay alive and well in the sultry summer, skip the necktie when it’s not absolutely essential. Go for an open-collared shirt to allow your neck to breathe. Socks are also optional in summer, and you would want to keep your shoes stylish as well as comfortable by choosing something in light leather or canvas.