Fashion Style Guide For Men

I’m sure you’ve noticed that all over magazines, TV and the internet lately, the focus is on fall, fall, fall. We’re starting to think about football, Thanksgiving and all of the other terrific things that autumn brings. This also means that you should start to think about transitioning the items in your closet. Although the weather may not yet feel cooler in your corner of the country, it will get there soon. And you will want to be ready to approach the season in style.

When it comes to men’s fashion, the area where a lot of men fall short is in assembling a wardrobe with variety. You’ll notice that any time a male celebrity is cited in the news for his great style, he has a visually interesting, varied, and often colorful outfit. In putting together a stylish wardrobe, you’ll need to include elements of color, pattern and texture.

If you are one who normally has a difficult time assembling a wardrobe that you feel good in, start from the bottom and work up. It can be a lot less intimidating to shop for shoes than other items of clothing, such as pants and suits. Plus, depending on what types of shoes you prefer, this can help to dictate the rest of your stylish look.

A great shoe style for fall of 2011 is a brown suede or leather derby shoe. This is shoe style is truly classic, and can easily be dressed up or down. A good suede shoe will also add the crucial element of texture to your outfit. Now, continue to build up. Your wardrobe of pants should include dark wash denim, flat front khakis, and corduroys. Cord is an excellent fabric for fall, and can be found in all sorts of interesting colors. Don’t be afraid to try something different, such as olive green, burnt orange, plum, or mustard. This would, of course, bring in your element of color.

Now for your top half, an excellent and stylish look for fall is to dress in layers. A look that is great for this fall is to layer a cardigan sweater over a button down shirt or a ribbed cotton tee shirt. Are you cringing at the word “cardigan” because it makes you think of Mr. Rogers? Just look for a cardigan that fits snuggly and isn’t bulky to avoid looking dated. If you find a material, whether it is cotton or wool, that bulges, place the sweater back on the shelf and keep looking. If you are more of a jacket person, look for a cotton and wool sports jacket, and a great faux or real leather jacket in a shade of brown, camel, or reddish brown. These are staples that can be layered over nearly any outfit.

As you shop for shirts, resist the urge to buy the same plain tee shirt in a whole stack of different colors. Your shirt wardrobe definitely needs variety. Plus, ties are an essential for a stylish wardrobe, and you can’t try out a variety of interesting tie knotsif all you wear is tee shirts. Don’t be afraid to wear a patterned dress shirt with a tie of a different pattern. It will work as long as the patterns are in the same color family. This goes for patterns such as paisley and stripes; Glen-Plaid and polka dots; and even polka dots and stripes, which was traditionally thought of as a faux pas. Just anchor the look with neutral pants and perhaps a neutral colored jacket. If you prefer to use pattern in a more subtle way, stick to just one patterned element, such as an argyle scarf looped around your neck.

Remember, the key to building a stylish wardrobe is to include color, pattern, and texture. Don’t be afraid to experiment with new fabrics and looks this fall.

When in Rome, Shop in Style – Advice for Women

So you have gazed in awe at the Colosseum, unearthed the secrets in Pompeii, spent a small fortune throwing coins in Fontana di Trevi, hobnobbed with tourists at St. Peter’s Basilica and the Pantheon. Think you are done? Far from it. For the best thing to do in Rome is shopping. The thriving, uber-cosmopolitan city is THE shopping destination. Choc-a-bloc with great boutiques, specialty shops and designer outlets for everything a woman could ever desire! Whether you are on a family vacation, a single traveler on a jaunt or here to spend a weekend with your gang of girls, for some reason, Rome just seems to bring out the shopaholic in all of us! Before the shopping frenzy sets in, do remember that shops in Rome are usually open 9:00am-1:00pm and 3:30pm-7:30pm and are closed on Monday mornings.

What makes Rome a city like no other is the shopping scene – Bespoke, Discerning, and Dizzying. Hunt fashion down at Piazza Spagna, the famous shopping district at the base of the Spanish Steps which hosts a major fashion show every summer. Expect innumerable options when it comes to haute couture with brands like Louis Vuitton, Cartier, Armani, Bvlgari, D&G and every label you can possibly think of. Feast your eyes on classic women’s clothing – chic knitwear, elegant suits, dainty scarves and a selection of alluring accessories – all understated but exceptional. Running parallel are Via Borgognonaand Via Frattina which house fashion behemoths such as Gai Mattiolo, Laura Biagiotti, Hermes and Ferragamoand in the past were the homes of Byblos, Tiffany’s and Versace.

Satiate your senses at the Trident(called so, because of the three streets, Via del Corso, Via del Babuino, Via Ripettaand their quaint alleys), littered with an astonishing number of outlets by Prada, Valentino, Gucci, Mui Mui and many more.Need a Gucci clutch or a Bottega coin pouch? This is where you should get it. Whet your shopping appetite at Via Condotti, the (in)famous street where shops used to charge a small fee for entry. A must-see, not just for the sweet joys of window shopping, but, also for the latest in women’s fashion, luxurious accessories and intricate jewelry. Be warned though, you might find yourself spending a small fortune in minutes. But, the intoxicating feeling that follows is worth it.

That Rome is synonymous with luxury shopping and high-end fashion is what you might assume early on, but a few hours in Rome’s back alleys and flea markets will change all of that. If you in the mood for some great bargains, head over to Porta Portese, the most famous Roman flea street market (read: Colosseum of used goods) specializing in value-for-money clothing and great deals on shoes, bags, gloves and all things leather. Find great deals at Parco Leonardo at Fuimicino, probably where the term “shop till you drop” originated. Not to be missed is the TAD Concept Store, a true shopper’s paradise selling exotic flowers, body care essentials and Oriental ceramics. Topping that up is a lush hair salon and an eclectic cafĂ©.

End the evening shopping with the locals at Cola di Rienzo replete with quaint, lovely shops selling suits, bags, accessories and shoes at mid-range prices. Head over to Via dei Baullari, which houses Loco, the store with the coolest shoes in town and chase it down by strolling around Piazza Campo de’ Fiori and Via del Governo Vecchio picking up classy and original outfits by independent designers. So, Ladies, go ahead, you know what they say – When in Rome, shop like the Romans!

Moms Shop in Style for Their Little Ones

Once a woman gets pregnant, she always dreams of the best things for her baby. Moms always want their babies to grow up having the best of what they deserve and need; that is why designer toddler clothes are not an exception to that thought. Parents, moms most especially, want to meet their child’s every demand even as they grow older and become toddlers. They dress them up with the most beautiful pieces of designer toddler clothes they can find and afford so that their child is in on what’s new in the fashion industry.

When children reach the toddler stage, they become overly active and spend most of their time playing. When we dress them up, we have to think of the appropriateness of their outfits and give great consideration to their comfort. How do you dress them up that they look and feel good at the same time?

There are a lot of designer toddler clothes that offer not only style but also comfort. In them, children are not only comfortable but they also look really good wearing them too. Kids get invited to a lot of events, birthday parties, Halloween, the Christmas holidays and all that, and in every occasion that they go to, it is moms pleasure to dress the child up with the prettiest dress or costume she or he has in the closet. Manufacturers of various designer toddler clothes now offer a wide variety of styles that parents can choose from. From shirts, dresses, shorts, jackets, pants, sweaters with matching accessories, a growing market makes all these things widely available.

Attending a costume party is no hassle at all anymore because there’s always a piece that you can find for your toddler to wear. You may think that buying designer clothes may not be as comfortable. But you may be wrong, because a lot of brands have been using clothes that are friendly to your children’s skin. With a growing market such as this, it is hard not to find the perfect designer clothes for your child.

In this modern day and age, there is a very wide array of toddler clothing. Pink, blue, yellow, orange, green or whatever color you wish plus a lot of different styles, pattern and designs, it is so easy to fall in love with these pretty little designer toddler clothes. Your problem now is not how you can find one that you would consider the best, but rather how you can decide when there is so much you can choose from!

Now, shopping designer toddler clothes is made even easier through the internet. All moms have to do is browse through various sites and links of designer brands and there you have it. Moms then have the freedom to choose among the many different preferences that are presented to them. With just clicks away, you can order designer toddler clothes that your little darlings can wear. Just remember that shopping in style doesn’t mean forgetting about the quality and comfort of the products that you buy. Quality and comfort is the first thing you have to consider when buying clothes, whatever type they may be, for you precious darlings.