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Kanye West's Yeezy Boost Basketball Sneakers Could be Dropping Soon


Back in July, Kanye West was spotted with 2Chainz at a UCLA men's basketball team practice. According to reports, the run-in was an accident. But it was widely covered for the same reason everything Kanye does—getting into cars, carrying his laptop, leaving restaurants—gets covered: because West was wearing a new sneaker that's been rumored to be in development for years—a Kanye West-designed basketball sneaker. Back in 2016, Slam reported that the kicks would debut in 2017. And though they haven't hit shelves yet, the shoes have been seen again: yesterday West himself was spotted in Los Angeles wearing a revamped version of the pair he rocked at UCLA.

The Yeezy basketball sneaker looks sort of like a high-top version of the Yeezy Boost 700 that West has been wearing heavily in recent months, and that's factored into his increasingly dad-like outfits. Like the 700s, the high-tops have a paneled upper, reflective 3M detailing, and neon green laces, which give them a sort of half-future, half-retro look. Performance-wise, these new Yeezys are serious high-tops, which is good news for all of you weekend ballers who aren't trying to tweak an ankle on your next fadeaway jumper. Think of it as Kanye's gift to pickup-playing dads everywhere. There's no news yet of a release date, but the question we're really eager to see answered is whether any NBA players will actually wear some Yeezy sneakers on the court. (Not you, Nick Young.) There's no question that people will line up to buy and wear these in their day-to-day lives—but creating a sneaker that actually performs at the highest level on the hardwood is literally a whole different ball game. West loves to say that "Yeezy jumped over the Jumpman." Now that he's apparently entering the same arena as Jordan Brand, we'll get to see just how high the Yeezy brand can soar.
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Source: GQ

Men's fashion trends - 9 Men’s Style Resolutions For 2017


Christmas is the most wonderful time of the year, or so singer Andy Williams told us. Firstly, there’s the food (because who doesn’t love being holed up for days on end with no one counting how many sausage rolls you’ve consumed – least of all you?). There’s the sales (all the year’s best pieces at a fraction of the price – err, yes please). And, then there’s the brief but delicious abandonment of all things buttoned-up.
As for resolutions, forget about the gym – that’s not going to outlast Dry January. And speaking of Dry January, forget that too. After all, what’s the year’s gloomiest month without a little liquid spirit? Instead, pull yourself up by the bootstraps – or slippers as the case may be – and leave all your sartorial sins in 2016.

1. Buy Less, Buy Clever

This first resolution isn’t so much a pearl of wisdom as plain common sense. Before you even think about investing in the latest burgeoning trend, have a long think about whether or not you’ve covered the basics first.
Buy the navy chinos that will go with everything, or the Oxford shirt that can be dressed both up and down – and don’t be afraid to splurge on them either. They’ll last longer and you can wear them with almost anything.

2. Know Your Strengths and Weaknesses

The phrase ‘If the cap fits, wear it’ might be a roundabout way of telling somebody that they’re a fool, but taken literally, it’s also a pretty solid piece of style advice to live by.
There’s no shame in admitting that no, you do not stand comfortably northwards of the five-foot mark, nor is it a shortcoming to accept that your arms won’t ever rip T-shirt sleeves. What you can change, though, is how you dress what the man above has given you – and this is never more important than when wearing a suit.
“Go for a suit that flatters your shape,” says Alex McCart, men’s formalwear buyer at Selfridges. “For example, a double-breasted suit is a good choice for tall, slim men, while a single-breasted design is a classic all-rounder. And if you’re on the shorter side, it pays to remember that vertical stripes [such as pinstripes] add height.”
Work with what you’ve got, not against it.

3. Dress For Your Age

We’ve all cringed at Madonna’s peculiar inability to reconcile her actual age with an age-appropriate wardrobe. But we men are often no better. And whether in the grip of a midlife crisis or a misguided attempt at looking mature, our wardrobes can end up being the giveaway.
Dress according to your decade. In your twenties, it’s still acceptable to experiment. In your thirties, it’s important to begin dressing like you’re a grown-up (even if your life choices to date say something else). In your forties, you should consider putting your rebellious days behind you (no slashed denim and studded leather jackets please). And in your fifties, recognise that the fit of your clothes is just as important as how comfortable they are (Jeremy Clarkson, we’re looking at you).
The truth is, it doesn’t matter what age a man is – he can still look sharp and on top of his sartorial game.
Charles Tyrwhitt

4. Find Yourself A Tailor

We hate to be the ones to break it to you, but size matters. Luckily, we’re talking about your trousers, not what’s inside them. Along with your suit jacket and everything else down to your chinos and your shirts, fit is paramount.
Your clothing consigliere, a savvy tailor is arguably the most important personal in your sartorial black book, so find one pronto. Not only can they make a budget suit look a million dollars with just a few tweaks, they can also extend the lifespan of your pieces by replacing buttons and zippers and even updating cuts and shapes (within reason) to stay with the current trends.
Much like a barber, the key is finding a good tailor and sticking with them, so tap friends or our forum for recommendations. This allows the tailor time to get to know your personal style and even push you to try new things in the future.

5. Maintain Your Wardrobe

By now you should have learnt how to perform upkeep on your skin and your body (if not, what are you waiting for?), so it stands to reason to pay the same care to your clothes.
Looking after what your wear requires more than throwing things in a boil wash once every couple of outings. But that’s not to say increasing the lifespan of your staples need involve endless instructions and worry over which detergent to use.
Get into a habit of polishing shoes your regularly, de-bobbling knits before they look like they’ve contracted something and take five minutes to acquaint yourself with the wool setting on the washing machine. Trust us, you’ll get more mileage out of your menswear, save money and avoid endless embarrassment.

6. Be Swayed By Suede

Suede jackets used to be the oxymoron of the luxury fashion world; incredibly expensive to produce but almost always naff in their design. Those oversized, shapeless vintage versions you see haunting charity shops? They were just as shudder-inducing in their heyday.
In 2016, however, suede finally came into its own. There was everything from suede bombers and overshirts to shoes and bags to take your pick from. And it’s not just run-of-the-mill shades of brown, stone and tan that it comes in now, either – 2017’s suede is set to be a veritable rainbow of touchably soft luxury.
“Soft and supple to handle, suede gets better with age and its velvety surface means it shows the best of both deep and soft colour palettes,” says Reiss head of menswear design, Alex Field.
Just don’t take it out in the rain.

7. Don’t Divide Your Wardrobe Into Smart And Casual

Your mother may still be of the opinion that owning a pair of joggers makes you a card-carrying member of ‘the wrong crowd’, but if there’s one thing we learned in 2016, it’s that menswear is relaxing.
Trainers with tailoring? Right on. Tapered joggers and Derby shoes? Absolutely. Try mixing and matching tailored and relaxed pieces for surprisingly versatile and stylish combinations that you might not have previously thought of.
Just stop short of trying to get away with wearing your gym kit on a night out.

8. Accessorise All Areas

Got your basics collection completed and live in a uniform of black, navy and grey? Yes, you may look well put together, but without a spark of originality you risk blending in with the rest of them.
Make 2017 the year you invest in accessories. The appeal of accessories is that you can choose a level of commitment that suits you. Tentatively show off your originality with a subtly patterned scarf or a simple leather bracelet. Feeling braver? Try adding a point of difference to your tailoring with a lapel pin or collar bar.
In short, accessories offer an easy way to upgrade your existing look, without breaking the bank.

9. Keep Your Shirts In Check

The shirt is the workhorse of a man’s wardrobe. But come the end of the day, it usually sits crumpled at the foot of the bed. This year, take due care of this timeless staple – follow these tips and reap the rewards:
  • Wash a shirt at no more than 40 degrees Celsius.
  • Wear your shirt only once before washing.
  • Take your shirt off carefully, folding once lengthways and then sideways before putting into your washing machine.
  • Use a fine cloth (such as linen) to place between your shirt and the iron to prevent damage.

9a. Master The Military Tuck

For a crisp finish when wearing a shirt, try deploying the military tuck. Once you’ve buttoned up your shirt, and with your trousers left unbuttoned at the top, tuck only the front of your shirt into your trousers, making sure there is no bunching of fabric.
Then, pinch the side seams of the shirt and fold back against your torso, tucking in and smoothing the back of your shirt. Keeping everything in place, button up your trousers.
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10 Tips That Will Make You A Better Man In 2017


You might think being a better man is all about making things bigger. Bigger arms, bigger bank account, bigger… yeah. But what if we told you that when it comes to creating [insert name here] 2.0 in 2017, it’s the little things that count.
Here are 10 seemingly small, but surprisingly powerful, life hacks that together add up to a better, happier and (probably) more successful you. And not a heavy thing to lift in sight.

Be More Mindful

Mindfulness is a form of meditation in which you focus on external phenomena – usually your breathing. You can (and should) practise it every morning by sitting down in a quiet room for 10 minutes and listening to a guided meditation app like Headspace.
But you can be mindful in other areas too. Eating mindfully, instead of while watching TV, for example, can help you consume less and digest the meal better. Additionally, lifting mindfully, by concentrating on the muscle contraction, can increase your gains (just ask Arnie). You can even be mindful while walking, instead of letting your thoughts race. Especially of other pedestrians.

Read More

At the start of his paper-stacking career, Warren Buffett, the American investor and third richest man in the world (worth around a cool £63b) read between 600 and 1,000 pages a day (of books, that is, not the Mail Online). He’s since cut back to a more manageable 500, which still takes up around 80 per cent of his working day.
Like all of Buffett’s other investments, reading pays dividends in the form of knowledge, inspiration or dinner party conversation fodder. Trade social media for educational and self-help books, or autobiographies of successful people like Buffett; if you’re going places, then buy, buy, buy audiobooks, or download podcasts.

Get Outside More

Remember sunlight? It’s vital for vitamin D, which plays a part in everything from testosterone and fat loss to cardiovascular health and cancer prevention. The University of Illinois found that office workers who sat next to the windows slept better, exercised more and had better quality of life than their troll bridge colleagues.
If you can’t go outside, bring the outside to you: surrounding yourself with plants has been shown to increase productivity and reduce stress. Even looking at pictures of nature – on your desktop or phone screen – can help. And just a five-minute walk in the nearest park has been proven to make you feel like the grass is greener.

Do Yoga

Whether you’re a lifter, a runner or a loafer, you stand to benefit from yoga – on one leg, with your other leg crossed over it, arms outstretched.
There are the flexible benefits, obviously. But yoga’s mindful focus on breathing can also reduce stress and increase your one-rep max. Yoga can be a challenging strength workout in its own right. The balance work will prevent you spraining your ankle on the trail or the five-a-side pitch – and breaking your hip in years to come.
According to the University of Texas, yoga can even stop you getting sick, ramping up your production of lymphocytes – or flu fighters.

Put Your Phone Away

The humble smartphone is a bigger home-wrecker than Ashley Madison. Your mobile blocks interpersonal connectivity even when you’re not actively using it to screen out your partner: the message from Essex University is that just having it visible on the table during a meal dials down empathy.
It’s time to go off grid. Turn off as many notifications as possible. Instigate a no-phones rule in the evenings, so you can Facetime with bae IRL. Charge your phone overnight in another room instead of taking it to bed, so the blue light from the screen doesn’t interfere with your sleep. And don’t use it as an alarm clock: that time mindlessly scrolling Instagram in bed could be better used for, say, mindfulness. Or sleeping. Or, you know.

Sleep More

Skipping sleep is only a badge of honour for dozy idiots. The land of Nod is where your mind and body repair themselves. Conversely, a Vitamin Z deficiency will severely hamper your memory, immune system and yes, your #gainz.
Such is sleep’s importance that Sir David Brailsford, the former performance director of British Cycling, made his athletes take their own pillows when they stayed in hotels. NASA has even studied the optimum nap time for improving alertness (26 minutes).
The major key to quality shuteye is going to bed and getting up at a consistent time. Yes, even at the weekends. But if you’re doing it right, then you won’t need to lie in.

Go First

This concept is from former pro volleyball player Gabby Reece, via Tim Ferriss’ new book Tools of Titans (which, if you haven’t already, you should add to your reading list immediately).
Next time you’re in a potentially awkward situation with a stranger, where your instinct is to look away or at your phone, make eye contact and smile; when the cashier asks you how you are, give them your full attention for a second, answer them sincerely, and ask them how they are in return. You just might make their day. And if nothing else, at least you won’t be just another rude sod who was looking at their phone the whole time.

Be Grateful

Like scaremongering news headlines, dwelling on the negatives in your life, no matter how insignificant or first-world, can blind you to the overwhelmingly positive rest.
As an exercise, before you go to bed every night think of three things that you’re grateful for. Not just obvious stuff like family and friends. Make them as specific as possible to that day: the delicious free cup of coffee you got because you smiled at the barista; the beautiful sunset as you walked home mindfully. It sounds like hippy bullshit, but it’s a psychologically legit way of boosting your mood and keeping you motivated.
Try it. You’ll be thankful.

Write Stuff Down

Putting stuff down on paper forces you to order the information and create spatial relationships between it, which helps you retain and recall key facts. Brain-dumping also frees up mental and emotional bandwidth: Ohio University found that writing down negative thoughts then physically throwing them away can clear your mind.
So don’t stop at writing down your resolutions to make them more real. Create to-do lists. Take notes in meetings, even if you throw them away straight after. Record your workouts to ensure you’re making progress. Keep a food diary, because what gets measured gets managed. And jot three things that you’re grateful for every evening.

Adopt A Uniform

This can save you a hell of a lot of time, energy and money on failed experiments. Hence why Barack Obama only wears navy or grey suits. It’s one less decision to make.
You don’t have to go the full Steve Jobs. Think of a uniform more as go-to building blocks: suit, shirt and tie, or jeans, sweatshirt and tee. Either way, identify the styles that work for you then stock up on multiples in different, versatile colours (navy and grey, but also olive, burgundy, camel and black). That way, you can get dressed in two seconds flat, and the dark – particularly handy at this time of year.
Wearing basically the same thing every day might seem boring. But not as boring as spending half an hour trying to work out what to wear.
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Why Gold Is the New Standard for Watches in 2017


Men are like raccoons: We’re attracted to flashy objects. Unlike raccoons, we’re also attracted to flashy investments. (Surely Bitcoin would be more mainstream if it wasn’t the least-sexy-sounding concept of all time.) Which explains the undeniable power, prestige, and desirability of the gold wristwatch. But if you’re the kind of guy who doesn't want any gold watch but the gold watch, you no longer have to choose from 50 different options. You only have to choose from four.
If you don’t want your baller status to jump off your wrist, Patek Philippe crafts the subtlest and most sophisticated watches money can buy. (And of course, those who know, know.) This model—reference 5196R, in rose gold—is based off a 1932 Bauhaus-influenced design, and the clean dial and slim case makes it perfect for formal situations.
We could say that Eisenhower wore a gold Rolex and leave it at that. But the Day-Date (or “president’s watch”) celebrated its 60th anniversary in 2016, and Rolex appropriately celebrated by tricking out one of their most famous models with a striking green dial. And is there anything cooler than a solid gold Rolex link bracelet?
A fine leather strap should always complement a watch, but in rare instances it makes the watch. It should come as no surprise that when Hublot teamed up with the French leather-masters at Berluti that’s exactly what happened. The Berluti leather strap and stamped dial redefines “patina,” that subtle vintage hallmark, and the polished gold case sure doesn’t hurt. If that’s not unique enough, only 250 exist in the world.
The Royal Oak’s octagonal bezel makes it one of the most recognizable watches in the world, and the sporty silhouette gets just the right lift from 18ct yellow gold, with a brushed finish reminiscent of the watch’s innovative steel origins. Royal Oaks are highly collectible, so if you can find one—and the EOY bonus came through—do not pass it up.
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10 Iconic Men’s Shoes & Boots

10 Iconic Men’s Shoes & Boots

Good shoes are the bedrock of a man’s wardrobe – the foundation on which everything else lies. Do you remember what happened to the man who built his house on sand? Well, neither do we, but we’re pretty sure it had something to do with him torpedoing a job interview by marrying a pair of leaky plimsolls with an otherwise perfectly good suit. Thank the heavens, then, that it’s so easy to get the foundations right (with a little know-how). Though we live in changing times (celebrity presidents, Leicester in the Champions League, Ed Balls thrusting in a sequined romper suit), the heroes of the shoe rack remain reassuringly constant. To help you put your best foot forward in 2017, we present 10 of the most iconic shoes and boots of all time.

Timberland Boot

The Timberland boot never wanted to be an icon. A humble, deeply practical work shoe designed for the labourers of New England, the Original Yellow Boot was built to outlast all its competitors and, crucially, keep its owners’ feet warm and dry during the snow-addled East Coast winters.
It did that through a combination of thick-cut nubuck leather, 39 separate parts, a revolutionary welted sole and a lengthy 80-step process. But then the nineties came along, and a hip-hop movement obsessed with larger-than-life garments and high-cut statement shoes dragged the Timberland boot from the worksite to the streets. And then the word was out.
Still made from the sturdy, no-nonsense materials of its 1973 prototype, the prerequisite work boot is a design legend that today does its best labouring teamed with selvedge jeans and chunky knits.
Available at Timberland, priced £170.

John Lobb Half Brogue

If you’re going to buy a new pair of smart shoes, you’ll want to choose half-brogues. And if you’re going to wear half brogues, you’ll want to choose the original and the best.
An elegant middle-ground between the more ornate wingtip brogue and the business-like Oxford, John Lobb first presented his half brogue at the Paris Exhibition of 1937. It may well still be the cordwainer’s biggest gift to menswear (which is saying something, seeing as Lobb also perfected the penny loafer and pioneered the shape of the modern Chelsea boot).
Imitated everywhere but never bettered, John Lobb’s quintessential town shoe lends a touch of reassuring quality to any formal ensemble. Plus, it pulls off the magic trick that only a very well made shoe can: it makes everything above it look about 10 times sharper.
Available at John Lobb.

Sperry Boat Shoe

While sailing one summer on the Long Island Sound estuary just off New York, shoemaker Paul A Sperry slipped on the deck of his topper and fell overboard.
After hauling himself back on deck, the inventor resolved to develop a sports shoe that held its grip even on the damp surface of a sailing boat. This he did with the Sperry Top-Sider: a rubber soled deck shoe engraved with a revolutionary herringbone texture that maximised traction without adding bulk.
Lightweight, hard wearing and with a flattering low-cut upper, the Sperry boat shoe looks as good today with dark chinos and smart-casual staples as it does amongst the preppy slouch of its East Coast birth place.
Available at End Clothing, priced £85.

Clarks Originals Desert Boot

“It will never sell.” That was the verdict on the prototype desert boot designed by Nathan Clark (grandson of the British brand’s founder) when he pitched it to the board. Clark poached the idea for the shoe from the soft suede casual model that British officers wore in the desert – crepe soled, high-topped boots that were light, durable and flexible enough to handle the varied terrain of the desert.
Undeterred by the reservations of the old guard, Clark unveiled his creation at the Chicago Show Fair in 1949, where its sleek silhouette and chunky sole captured the imagination of the world’s fashion press. In the decades since, the desert boot has been adopted by almost every subculture under the sun – from the London mods to the Riviera Playboy; the Cool Britannia of the nineties to the understated chic of the New York millennial.
Today, the desert boot is most at home with lightweight tailoring for a relaxed twist on formalwear, or with rugged jeans and knitwear for a casual weekend look.
Available at End Clothing, priced £95.

Converse Chuck Taylor All Star

The Chuck Taylor All Star turns 100 next year, but the deceptively simple canvas and rubber sneaker feels as fresh as ever. Though originally conceived as a technical basketball shoe (the soft canvas high top was designed to move more naturally with a long gym sock, and thus cause less blisters) the trainer has become one of the most versatile pieces of footwear in history.
With its clean lines and forgiving materials, the All Star feels at home in almost any setting, while its countless colourways and endless reincarnations ensure the model stays relevant where other shoes waver.
Available at Mr Porter, priced £70.

Birkenstock Sandal

You know you’ve created an icon when its name is hijacked and repurposed as a political slur. During the 2004 Presidential race, front runner Howard Dean’s hippie-ish supporters were referred to slightingly as the ‘Birkenstock Liberals’, much to the delight of the mainstream press.
Well, we can think of worse brushes to be tarred with. After all, the Birkenstock sandal is a seriously impressive piece of engineering and just about the only shoe in the much-maligned sandal category that has stood the test of time.
Though its revolutionary arch support was developed almost a century ago, the shoe remains the gold standard in ergonomic and foot-friendly design. The rugged combination of cork and leather, meanwhile, lends the sandal both timeless styling and heavyweight environmental credentials.
We’d opt for the classic chocolate colourway in its laid-back two-strap incarnation – match it with natural tones and blue denims in the spring time, or chino shorts and linen shirts as summer settles in.
Available at Office, priced £54.95.

Dr. Martens Chelsea Boot

Dr. Martens’ most famous piece of footwear is the eight-eye boot – a chunky-tread stomper that transformed the brand from a maker of obscure workwear (the boot was first marketed as a gardening aid) to a symbol of counterculture and rebellion. But for our money, the British brand’s most significant contribution to the modern wardrobe is its moddish take on the Chelsea boot.
With its classic gum rubber sole, this Goodyear-welted shoe dragged the traditional Chelsea boot from the riding school to the streets of London via the swinging sixties’ hub of the King’s Road and the rock ‘n’ roll stylings of the Rolling Stones.
Today it plies its trade as a rough-and-ready take on its more formal cousin, with a buoyant air-cushioned heel and all-weather tread. Worn with rolled up jeans or dark chinos, it’s a no-nonsense way to winterproof a smart-casual outfit.
Available at Dr Martens, priced £110.

Tod’s Driving Shoe

The boisterous lovechild of Italy’s two great obsessions, the driving shoe is a European icon that screams for the heat and drama of the racetrack.
Deeply impractical on paper (the best driving shoes have an exposed underbelly of soft, defenceless suede for better pedal feel) the shoe has nonetheless become a stalwart of the shoe rack, thanks, no doubt, to its relaxed lines and foot-swaddling comfort.
Pair yours with rolled up chinos and a splash of ankle, and don’t be afraid to plump for a slightly more colourful model than you might otherwise allow yourself.
Available at Mr Porter, priced £260.

Gucci Horsebit Loafer

The Gucci loafer has lived a charmed life. From the Gatsby-esque origins of the house’s founder (who pinched the horsebit snaffle from the equestrian obsessions of his aristocratic friends) to the blue-blooded Sloane Rangers of the 1980s (not to mention a thousand Wall Street power brokers, international diplomats and Ivy League trust-funders along the way); the shoe has long been the common denominator of the upper crust.
Eerily long-lasting and hardy despite their famously supple and lightweight construction, Gucci’s horsebit loafers are a serious investment piece and perhaps the only shoe that it wouldn’t be silly to include in your last will and testament.
They also look good below almost anything: the right pair adds a knowing flashness and a continental chic to a casual dress code (try them sockless in the summer for a dose of ageless sprezzatura), and will also drip a little decadence onto formalwear or black tie ensembles.
Available at Mr Porter, priced £505.

Common Projects Sneaker

Not all icons are long lived. The Common Projects sneaker celebrated just its 12th birthday this year, but already the cult tennis shoe has garnered a following to match its older counterparts.
With a sleek profile that lends an upmarket feel to the classic low-top shape, the Common Projects sneaker has become the new standard in high-end sports shoes. The iconic all-white upper is set apart from the crowd with an understated gold serial number, while the supple Saffiano leather ensures the product matures and improves with age.
And, like most icons worth its salt, the sneaker is more than happy to break the rules: pair with anything from distressed denim and relaxed chinos to formal suit separates and pleated two-pieces.
Available at End Clothing, priced £249.
How To Dress Like A Minimalist (Without Even Trying)

How To Dress Like A Minimalist (Without Even Trying)

Minimalists like things clean, neat and uncluttered. There’s usually a lot of white, open space and room to move for, well, nothing. Basically, it’s a style with little or no variation on the colour palette and even less rules pertaining to a strict shape or silhouette.

Offering a less-is-more approach to style, minimalism does get criticised for a lack of creativity, sterility and everything-looks-the-same-ness. But, even haters have to admit more men are by default big fans of minimalism. Made up of neutral style basics, you probably already own a majority of the pieces needed to dress like a minimalist. Here’s how to master minimalist style without even trying.

Things To Consider

As mentioned, minimalists like to appear impossibly effortless. But, getting the look does involve some groundwork. Here are some style points to consider first.

Colour

While minimalists aren’t ones for print and patterns (and neon rainbow hues), there is room to experiment with colour. The minimalist’s palette is primarily made up black, brown, navy, grey, and white. Think plain, it is minimalism, after all.

“One of the newest approaches to the minimalist style is opting for items that match with only a very subtle variation in tonality,” explains Laura Wassermann, fashion consultant and trend forecaster. “It could be a head-to-toe look incorporating 3 different shades of khaki.”

Cut

Minimalists make their biggest splash by experimenting with the shape, silhouette or cut of their outfit. That means the major sartorial rules are minimised, and proportions get to be played with. This looks like cropped lengths, boxy shapes and oversized or longline silhouettes.

“There are also floaty, drape-y forms, as well as sharp, asymmetric cuts. Basically, shape is a free-for-all, with a balancing of proportions. It adds to the whole this-just-happened look,” continues Wassermann.

Texture

Texture refers to the aesthetic finish and ‘feel’ of garments, seen visually in an outfit. In minimalism, contrasting fabric types, densities and washes is the best way to inject some interest into a one or two colour look. Denim is a great way to add textural density (and colour), while wool knits (waffle, cable) and leather jackets add textural depth to an outfit.

But cotton is king, and unlike the other fabrics, it can be worn all-over. Just vary the weight between pieces. “In the end, think clean cut pieces, quality fabrics and items void of too much detail,” adds Wassermann. “It’s easy!”

Mastering Minimalism

While there are many ways to dress like a minimalist, here are four ways to rock minimalist style this season. the idea is to let the cut of your clothes and the clean colour palette be the feature, not garish accessories or prints.

1# Neat Suiting

A crisp, white cotton shirt is a minimalist staple when it comes to tailoring. For summer separates, white and off-white pair perfectly. For a tonal look up top, opt for a basic white t-shirt and cream blazer, teamed with a navy wool-cotton trouser and matching pocket square. Brown loafers, instead of black, are a lighter option and leave the belt behind.

Tonality is key. “Take a mid-toned khaki blazer, slightly darker khaki chinos and a lighter khaki basic tee to buffer in the middle,” says Wassermann. “And, take it a notch further and incorporate matching accessories in similar tones.”

When the temperature drops, lose the shirt completely, rocking the roll neck in a darker shade than the suit, for some openness across the front. Two piece suits look great with a notch lapel and slim jacket, affording a roomier trouser with a cropped hem for something more contemporary. Not into leather lace-ups come the weekend? Just add white sneakers (the minimalist’s go-to shoe).

#2 Smart-Tee

One of the simplest ways to dress like a minimalist involves just two items (that you’re bound to own): a t-shirt and tailored trouser. Voila! That’s it. Monochrome — black and white — is a neat way to rock this James Dean look, opting for a a white tee over dark coloured trousers.

All-over light neutrals are a huge trend this season too. “Fashion aficionados are also taking it a step further by incorporating their footwear and headwear to match in the same shades,” says Wassermann. “This style update is especially emerging in the streetwear arena, thanks to Kanye’s Yeezy line, but this easily translates to a smart casual look.

#3 Clean Rock

Traditional rock looks are a touch more refined in minimalism. For a clean finish, jackets are less embellished — void of patches and logos — with only minimal metallic hardware like zips and press studs visible. The humble t-shirt comes fitted and fresh, white lightening up all that black. Wearing jeans? Let the shirt hang naturally. But if you’re the more rakish rocker, a tee-turns-dapper tucked into cotton trousers, foregoing the leather boots for (yes, you guessed it) white low cut sneakers.

“Purists should follow the 1+3 rule: starting with a layer of one base colour such as black — black jeans, black t-shirt and some black boots,” says Wassermann. Then, mix in another neutral colour piece over the top, like a denim overshirt or leather.

#4 Athleisure

Minimalists also walk the line between functional sportswear and luxury. One take is the health goth aesthetic: mostly white and black with nylon-y parkas and neoprene sweaters, sat over cotton-poly blend jogger pants. Mesh and tech-y, monochrome runners are the key footwear for this look.

Then, there’s vintage sports-inspired: cuffed track pants in royal blue with a prep-ish grey marl sweater and subtle logo print – the luxury enhanced by quality fabrics such as loopback cotton and cashmere. Retro coloured and shaped sneakers work well with this look.

“Keep it contemporary with the cleanest of cuts and going for quality pieces which will ensures you’ll keep the refined aesthetic of minimalist dressing,” says Wassermann.

#5 From The East

Japanophiles, rejoice. Minimalists embrace the Asian nation’s airy cottons, fine linens and trouser-esque denim silhouettes. “It’s about casual and cool fabrics in elegant silhouettes, dyed in the minimalist’s all-over tonality,” says Wassermann.

Cropped and boxy cotton trousers teamed with mandarin collared shirts or tunics with wide sleeves are summer-perfect, especially in whites, cream and beige. For winter, black Japanese selvedge denim in a louche fit, is a solid basing – with boots – teamed with an unstructured chore coat, and floaty linen tee.
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Source: Dmarge

The Only Boots You’ll Need This Fall


Boots are the ultimate go-to footwear for fall, but the standard black or brown can get a bit tired.

Instead, why not pick up a new pair of high-quality boots that will both update your look and—just like black or brown boots—go with everything you already have in your closet? (Of course, if you actually are looking to overhaul your entire wardrobe, we’ve got you covered there, too.)
Sand-colored Chelsea boots—pictured above on actor Justin Theroux—are our top pick for fall 2016.

They’re still a neutral color—so you can wear them whenever you would normally go for black or brown boots—but the sand suede gives your look a decidedly modern edge.

Shoes like these are great because they give you the comfort of a boot without the bulk. Plus, you never have to touch a lace.

Just don’t forget to protect your new suede shoes before heading outside.
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Source: Men's Health
Why 2016 Is Officially the Year of the Bomber Jacket

Why 2016 Is Officially the Year of the Bomber Jacket


Every year Google releases its Fashion Trend Report, giving us a data-soaked glimpse of what's hot—and what's not—in the world of fashion. Thanks to our many, many, manysearches (like the ones that make "V" auto-populate with "Vetements Snoop Dogg tee"), Google can track the rise and fall of all the styles we wear. And the big trend winner this year? Bomber jackets.
Yep, the ol' M1-A has officially come into its own. No longer confined by its military roots, the bomber is now a true fashion essential, one found draped across the shoulders of nearly everyone who gives any thought to what they wear. According to Google, searches for bombers—which were already shooting upward in 2015—were up 297 percent in the UK year over year in 2016, and a whopping 612 percent here in the U.S.
And not only are searches up on the jacket as a seasonal item, they're up year-round, meaning it's about style as much as it is utility. If you're wondering who the celebrity most responsible for juicing this trend is, it's the Great and Powerful Ye. Kanye West tops the charts of celebrities most associated with the bomber here in the U.S., while David Beckham had the strongest showing in the UK.
Beyond the bomber, another trend that looks like it's officially locked in is ripped jeans. Searches are up 141 percent over last year in the U.S., and in the UK it's 104 percent. Actually, jeans in general are holding firm, with a 51 percent bump over last year for men. If you're wondering what kind of denim to go with, searches for distressed jeans grew by 60 percent while searches for black jeans grew by 56.
As for what should probably be rotated out of your closet, it looks like drop-crotch pants have officially run their course. They dropped 14 percent in searches over last year. It's also time to ditch those acid washed jeans—Google has officially marked them as "sustained decliners."
And finally, in case you're wondering what common theme currently unites everyone in fashion, it's that the figurative lines haven't just blurred—they've been erased. Overall behaviors indicate that popular terms are being searched across genders, ages, sizes, occasions...you name it. It's a brave new inclusive world. Now go get yourself a bomber jacket.
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