Monday, 9 September 2013

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For guys, one of the easiest ways to keep up with current fashion is to just take a look at what celebrities are wearing. Luckily, suit styles are pretty straightforward. But there are minor details that can't be overlooked. If you do, you will stand out in a crowd as if you were on fire.

"Off the Rack" = Out of your Mind

Before we take a look at what styles celebrities are wearing, there is a general rule of thumb when it comes to suits: You do not buy off the rack. Your suit should always be tailored to fit you.

Flat Front No Matter What

Suit trousers tend to change often. They go between flat front pants and pleated. And pleats can be anywhere from a single pleat to three pleats. Right now, and for quite a few years now, no one is wearing pleats. A nice overview of current suit styles supporting this claim is in GQ's most recent "Guide to Suits".

Narrow Lapels, Notch and Peak Style

The late 70's through all of the 80's saw a very wide lapel. But today, the narrow lapel reminiscent of the 50's is back. The difference today is that we are seeing "peak" lapels with narrow widths. This is the upper part of the lapel that is either a "notch", or a pointed cut that points upward toward the shoulders. The latter described is a "peak" lapel. Be careful when buying peak lapels because they are much more trendy. If you only need one suit do not buy a peak lapel.

High Gorge, Less Buttons

The "gorge" is the open "v" area that showcases the shirt and tie. Today, the narrow lapels have been paired with a higher, tighter gorge.

In the early 2000's this was achieved by adding buttons; suits were 3, 4, 5 or even more buttons.

Today, the narrow lapel is matched with a more conservative 2 button style; a style that never goes out. One of the best dressed celebrities is recording artist Pitbull.

Most of the suit styles we have described are displayed nicely in this 32 page pictorial slide show on

See, that wasn't that hard, was it? As long as you make sure your suit is tailored, and it looks similar to what celebrities are wearing, you really will be just fine. The last rule we will ask you to apply to your sartorial ventures is universally respected.

That simple rule...No synthetics! Ever!

Thursday, 5 September 2013

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The noughties were a time of great change. The decade following the dawn of the new millennium was a time of growth. Nowhere was this more obvious than in the world of fashion. Here are four fashion trends from the noughties that may seem a bit silly now, but that we can't help but to secretly miss.

California Prep

Before the days of Gossip Girl and Forever 21, teens from Los Angeles to Chicago trying to recreate the preppy California style seen on shows like The O.C. and Laguna Beach.

This entailed dropping big dollars at the chain store Abercrombie and Fitch, which has dwindled in popularity in recent years, especially after the company's CEO made some offensive remarks about plus-size women.

Lolita Style

In the late '90s, Britney Spears broke onto the scene with her debut single, "...Baby One More Time." Not only did the song launch her epic career, but it brought back Lolita style. From 2000 to 2010, we saw tons of grown women who were dressed as if they were on their way to the first day of third grade. We've definitely moved on now, but some of us can't help but to feel a little nostalgic for pigtails and mini knapsacks.

All About The Abs

In yet another trend that Queen Britney brought forth, the noughties were all about bare midriffs. However, a proper noughties girl didn't just eat right and jog to get a flat stomach. Instead, pop stars all had extremely toned abs, and the trend required women to do endless situps in order to achieve that pop diva stomach.

Pop Punk

These days, if you want to be a rebel, the trend is to head over to Urban Outfitters and find a hipster ensemble. In the noughties, however, high school rebels showed their middle finger to the world by rocking pop punk looks. These bubblegum punk ensembles were inspired by the pseudo-punk queens of the noughties, Avril Lavigne and Kelly Osbourne.

The noughties were a time of playful change in the world of fashion, with teenage style definitely dominating the trends. We can't wait to look back on the decade that has yet to be named - 2010 to 2019 - once we arrive in the '20s.