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Masculine Monday: It’s About Time (Pieces)

Time Pieces Today

Today it’s all about men’s time pieces. Refinery 29 features Nic Screws, Esquire‘s Fashion Market Editor dishing her picks for Fall’s hottest watches for women and men. The top watch picks for gents this fall range from the fashion forward Tag Heuer Aquaracer 500M Calibre 16′ Auto Chronograph to the forever classic Rolex Oyster Perpetual Date.

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Tag Heuer Aquaracer 500M Calibre 16' Auto Chronograph, $3,550, available at Aol Shopping.

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Rolex Oyster Perpetual Date 34mm Steel

GQ has also been bitten by the Rolex bug, as Ted Stafford names the Rolex Oyster Perpetual Submariner Watch of the Week at GQ.com’s Style headquarters. His take:

“What do I love about this watch most (aside from the fact that Mark Sanchez makes it look so damn good on our September cover)? Its precision-brushed steel bracelet with that edgy green bezel. It’s straight up sophisticated luxury. Jets fan or not I say go for the green, folks.”

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Rolex Oyster Perpetual Submariner, Price upon request

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A similar style, the Rolex Stainless Steel Submariner Green Bezel 16610 in the Raymond Lee Jewelers Ebay store for $US $6,995.00

Esquire, meanwhile, is all about black ceramic this season, featuring luxury watch brands carried by Raymond Lee Jewelers like Longines, Bell & Ross, Ralph Lauren, IWC, Jaeger LeCoultre, Hublot, and – of course – Rolex.

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GMT Master II ($7,900) by Rolex


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The Rolex GMT Master II, $7,495.00 at Raymond Lee Jewelers

Whichever of fall’s trends you choose to indulge in, you can rest assured that Raymond Lee Jewelers remains South Florida’s number one source for luxury watches both classic and contemporary. And gents, we’re curious – would you prefer to don a watch with a rich, colored face, try the ceramic trend, or stay the classic course with a Rolex? Discuss in the comments below.

Masculine Monday: NY Antique Jewelry and Watch Show (and Tell)

 

 

Masculine Monday: Give Your Rolex Watch Away

Good Morning Everybody!  Hope that you’ve all rested up over the weekend, and that a case of the ‘Monday’s’ is not setting the mood for your day.  With Monday being reserved for our Masculine Monday Entries, today’s Masculine portion will come to you in a varied delivered way…

Today, Gents, our advice for some serious Girlfriend/Wife/Best Friend bonus points… give the lady your wristwatch.

Preferably, give her your Gents Rolex wristwatch!

Rolex GMT

We touched on this trend just as it was sparked a few months ago, where Jennifer Aniston and her men’s Rolex wristwatch was featured in our entry, ‘Breaking the Mold‘.  As time has passed, more and more gals are wanting a gents wristwatch, as opposed to a ladies model.

Along with the other most prevalent trends being shown by consumers at the New York Antique Jewelry & Watch Show, which we’ll touch on later, many women are looking for Gents Rolex models for themselves. It has become one of the strongest trends withing the watch industry.

“Many women are looking for gents Rolex models for themselves. That is the new trend.” 

This comes straight from the source, the Raymond Lee Jewelers VP, who is currently exhibiting a carefully chosen selection of Raymond Lee Jewelers Antique Jewelry and Luxury Watches at the famous US Antique Show.

Being a true modern gentlemen with style and substance does require the ability to choose the perfect gift for the one you love. When the next Birthday or Anniversary rolls around, consider picking up your gal a Gents Rolex to light up her face with glee.

Better yet, find yourself a new timepiece to liven up the life on your wrist, and give her your current gents wristwatch as a gift. This will be both sweet and sentimental, and you’ll be thanking me in no time.

Julia working with clients at NY Antique Jewelry & Watch Show

Masculine Monday: A Vintage Village Guide to Men’s Fashion

Ruby Lane: Vintage Village

SWANK Vintage 1960s Mother of Pearl Cuff Links

Masculine Monday: What has Vintage Done For Men Lately? A whole lot of greatness! With 1930’s style vests, unlined blazers, throwback retro baseball caps and a Converse dedication to preserving vintage presentation, Men’s Fashion 2012 will be garnished with many more valiantly vintage garments and accessories.

To this, we celebrate!

These white Mother of Pearl cuff links are offered on Ruby Lane, Vanity Flair Vintage 

via Vintage Village!

Available at the Vintage Village Page of Callooh Callay

This sweet vintage travel alarm clock, made in Occupied Germany U.S. Zone by Welby, works wonderfully and folds up into a leather case that looks like a suitcase.

http://www.etsy.com/listing/77926703/vintage-1940s-occupied-germany-welby

One last modern man’s vintage must have….

The Skinny Tie.

Fleur-De-Lis Skinny Tie Circa 1940s

"A great vintage man's tie circa late 1940's. The design has a great pattern with a bit of funk. The background is a dark red, the fleur-de-lis design is ivory, gray and black. The material has an interesting texture and pattern of diamonds in the weave as well as a slight sheen. The photos were taken both with a flash and natural light-the tie appears more red with the flash,  the darker photos best show the overall color and the flash ones show the weave & texture. Condition is excellent, very clean and without wear, damage or stains. Measures 50" long and 3.25" at the widest. A wonderful vintage tie in amazing near mint condition."

Vintage Fashion is here to stay, gentlemen. And it's looking better now than even the first time around. Have some fun with these vintage accents in 
2012!

‘Masculine Monday’: A Day Late and a Dollar Shorts…

Colors, Textures, Patterns:

Three Essentials for Mens Shorts – Summer Fashion 2011

Men's Summer Fashion! Jun 3, 2011By Andrew Eirich

Summer is officially in full swing, especially here in the humid swamplands of South Florida. Celebration of the heat is easily found with a day on the beach or cooling off with buddies at a pool-side cook out, so you’ll get no complaints about the sunshine here. However, thick denim jeans aren’t going to keep you cool while you try to kick back.

Shorts have been big all year round for mens fashion trends this year, but the summer variations are taking a specifically textured, structured, bold appearance that is pretty righteous. The best trends in men’s shorts this Summer are defined by the presence of one to three of the following elements: texture, pattern and color.

Men’s shorts are also adopting a shorter and slimmer fit than in previous years. Not to worry, not 1988 tennis player short, but.. modernized. In the image above, courtesy of the High Gloss White fashion blog contributor and skilled photographer, Andrew Eirich presents a perfect picture of simply handsome summer shorts for men.

 

“…wearing an excellent pair of very worn-looking and faded H&M denim shorts along with a grey Top Man trench coat in the second shot. Also, a light-weight hooded knit jacket is best worn under the trench so you can transition through each temperature level a summer day might dish out! Grey is always a color you can feel confident in rocking because it isn’t as harsh as black, and as easy to stain as white. Best of both worlds! To make the look edgier, Mitchell has on a pair of black combat boots. You can swap these out for some slip on deck/boat shoes or mocassins depending on your mood, and your closet!”-

….http://highglosswhite.com/2011/06/03/hgw-mens-summer-fashion/

The idea here, gentlemen, is that you have a great deal of pliability with your summer shorts this year. Faded denim shorts with combat boots are among my favorite looks presented in this entry, but so many options are workable. Sandals, boat shoes and loafers are all types of footwear that have been seen with this new series of brighter, textured, structured shorts.

Any great tee shirt with an unlined double button blazer would look amazing with shorts, while still maintaining a confident sense of style, ready for any summer occasion. For those laid back days where worries are entirely out of site, a simple grey henley tee will keep you cool, and worn with either white or faded denim shorts, will maintain a muted pastels color scheme that is being embraced within the world of men’s fashion this summer.

Check out alternativeapparel.com for an awesome collection of Men’s Henleys.

Ok Boys, Get some shorts on and go play in the sun! 

Magnificent Masculine Monday Montage

Masculine Monday

A Montage.

Welcome to the work week’s breakout day, the ever famous Monday.  For today’s Masculine Monday, the week will be kicked off with a magnificent montage of fashion favorites that every dude should check out. With stand out awesome finds like men’s Max Azria summer shades to Stormy Kromer caps and urbangent giveaways, today’s men’s fashion dedicated entry will provide a delightful style sampling. Enjoy!

Have you had your coffee yet?!?!

Our favorite men’s fashion blog, theurbangent.com has a Starbucks Gift Card Giveaway/ Custom Frappaccino Competition that is worth voting on! Choose one of the three competing urbangent frap’s, and be entered to win a $25 Starbucks gift card! Free Coffee, rock on! Details below…

Win FIVE (5) $25 Starbucks giftcards. So if you’re a frappuccino or Starbucks lover be sure to enter to win. You’ll be able Create-Your-Own at Frappuccino.com, then you can order a round for you and your friends with your $25 giftcard. (All the winners will be announced this weekend).

To win: Follow on Twitter, Fan on Facebook, and/or sign-up for T.U.G Mail. Then simply comment or retweet. And as always the more ways you enter the higher your chances of winning. (winners are chosen via random.org

Check out our custom “The Urban Gent MochaMint” and “The Urban Gent’s Girlfriend” blends below…

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The Urban Gent MochaMint Frappuccino: Venti, Ice, 2%, 1 Shot, 1 Pump Classic Syrup, 3 Pumps Mocha Sauce, 1 Pump Peppermint Syrup, Caramel Drizzle, Mocha Drizzle, 1 Pump Frappuccino® Roast Frappuccino Blended Drink”

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The Urban Gent’s Girlfriend Frappucino: Grande, Ice, Nonfat, 1 Pump Caramel Syrup, 3 Pumps Mocha Sauce, Caramel Drizzle, Extra Mocha Drizzle, 1 Pump Frappuccino® Roast Frappuccino Blended Drink.

What’s that on your head?

It's a Stormy Kromer, of course.

This righteous cap is a celebratory find for the vintage look loving man! Another giveaway by the gents over there at urbangent.com is the classic early 19th century canvas visor cap, the ‘Stormy Kromer’. Named after the semi-pro baseball player and railroad engineer, George “Stormy” Kromer, this cool cap is part of the American Made Giveaway. Two classic companies have come together to offer this lifetime warranty backed cap. Kudos to Duluth Pack and Stormy Kromer. 

Duluth Pack. Founded in 1882 by Camille Poirer in Duluth, Minnesota. In the 1870s Camille started a small shoe store, then in 1882 filed for a patent on a new type of “packsack.” It was a canvas sack, that closed with a buckled flap, had shoulder straps and other new features. It was known as the Poirer Pack, and is now called the original Duluth Pack.

Stormy Kromer. George “Stormy” Kromer was a real guy – a semi-pro baseball player and railroad engineer. Not the kind of guy you’d expect to start a clothing company, in other words, but one who happened to create a cap that became known for long-comfort and the ability to stay snug, even in the fiercest winds.

One day George “Stormy” Kromer asked his wife Ida, who was a naturally talented seamstress to fashion him a modified version of his baseball cap that would help to keep him warm when working on the railroads in cold weather. It was in 1903 that Ida created the first all cloth, six panel fitting hat that would keep George warm on the chilliest of nights. The comfortable fit and stay-put element of the modified baseball cap was such a hit with other railroad workers that Ida had to hire a few employees to keep up manufacturing the head warming sensations. ‘Stormy Kromer‘ was born!

Stormy Kromer

Keep the Sun Out of Those Eyes With Style: BCBG Max Azria Realm

BCBG Max Azria Realm Men's Sunglasses

These men’s sunglasses by Maz Azria have a subtle style and strong structure, built to withstand the fun of summer!

I Usually Don’t Do This…

Against the grain of a general theology that fashion rings just don’t work on men, this unique creation stumbled upon in The Dandy Project is the first exception.

photo by Pop, Bop and Snap

Details: watch-skeleton ring by Once Lost

Classic Pieces That Form a Wonderful Wardrobe Warranty

These classic white Nike kicks can do no wrong.

Vintage American Needle Baseball Cap: Cardinals Pride!

Vintage St. Louis Cardinals Cap by American Needle.  A rarely-seen vintage logo embroidered in precise detail at front available at modells.com for only $17.99!

Have a Magnificent Monday, Gents!

Alexandra

Raymond Lee Jewelers

Masculine Monday: ‘Grungy Gentleman’, ‘Tucked’ and ‘Bonobos’ Giving Men’s Fashion Reasons to Celebrate

On This Fine Day, We Give Thanks To Combat Boots, Trousers with a Cool Color Boost,

and Successful Subtle Sarcasm of Formal Wear achieved by the designs of Bonobos!

'Tucked' Q&A Series with 'Bonobos' Fashion Line

Grungy Gentleman Combat Boots of Perfection!

Tucked.. with a cool color boost to love!

To disassemble the who’s who between these male-geared virtual publications was a bit treacherous at first, I must admit.  It seems that ‘Tucked, LLC‘ has much admiration for ‘Bonobos’, both of which are warmly welcomed by the Grungy Gentleman Blog, a creation of the virtually mysterious Jace Lipstein.

Upon entrance of the Grungy Gentleman Blog, there is an open door to a Singer22.com, (aka ‘S22 Man‘), which just so happens to feature some awesome fashions for color lovin’ gals, like myself!  To see these, and I recommend highly you do so, or at least forward the following URL to your girlfriend/wife/insert affiliation here: http://www.singer22.com/blog/

To provide some clarity to the domain clutter, it ultimately isn’t clutter at all. It is a complex example of proper Blog Etiquette. Mutual  admiration in publications to peers and inspirations. It has now become clear that Jon Singer, Founder of Singer 22, which is taking off in the Men’s Fashion Industry, had been interviewed by Grungy Gentleman. The interview, of which, was featured on the Tucked Blog.

(For complete interview, please  visit URL: http://www.grungygentleman.com/2011/05/q-with-jon-singer-founder-of-singer22.html)

SINGER22 is emerging as a force in the industry. With additional retail locations on the horizon, the launch of menswear, and celebrity appearances, SINGER22 has created quite the buzz. Their growth and success starts and ends with the guy in charge, Jon Singer.

Grungy Gentleman sits down with Mr. SINGER 22, Jon Singer…

Now that we have that a bit cleared up… The point was ultimately to say a sincere Thank You to these Fashion-Gents.

The combat boots featured in Grungy Gentleman are totally awesome, not overpriced and not outlandish in appearance either. They walk the perfect line of ‘in-style’ and ‘not trying at all’. This is a hard look to pull of successfully, and these boots will answer the prayers of many, including myself if they’re available in a Men’s size 4, which I’ve already inquired upon 🙂

THE BOOTS 🙂

The Boots: Take 2

For More on These, Please Visit The Original Entry at: http://www.grungygentleman.com/2011/06/grungy-gentleman-x-j-shoes-campaign.html

Secondly, to Tucked LLC, you rock dude! This blog has numerous tips and awesome images to help convey completely what a man that looks well dressed without looking primped should appear like. In real life. With stylish approaches that inch toward, but never jump off the bridge, like ’30s inspired cuffed up pant legs, wool vests, green trousers and suspenders, that all work in the creation of Tucked, I am in an awe-inspired thanks. He describes his ensembles much better than I should attempt, and if you’re interested in looking this smooth, take a gander into the mind of Tucked…

Tucked

Tucked: Watch Me Dress

Original Post: ‘Authentic Yet Modern: Watch Me Dress’ A Composition of Justin Bridges of  Tucked LLC:

http://tuckedstyle.com/post/6354750578/authentic-yet-modern-watch-me-dress

And lastly, the sneaky sarcasm of the dress pants. I can’t help but find that humor in formal menswear deserves some sort of applause or a treat of some kind. Bonobos CEO Andy Dunn began his successful men’s fashion venture with hopes to catering to the comfortable fit of stylish menswear. Bravo, Mr. Dunn. And then some. A few key pieces from this line that are infectiously lovable include items such as the Graham Slackers and the Banshees, in addition to more obvious favorite picks like the Mint Juleps!

Graham Slackers

Mint Juleps by Bonobos

Bonobos Bashees

As explained by ‘Ninja Dan’:

To be refined takes a little more effort, but you don’t want to overdo it and become boring and stuffy. The Banshees create a look that is at once both simple and exuberant. On the outside, they are fine-cut black wool pants: spartan and appropriate. On the inside, they are vibrant, playful, and rebellious. So while you may be in middle management and have daily meetings about corporate synergy, you can always rock the Banshees and know you’re the cock of the walk. – Ninja Dan

What a marvelous Monday for Masculine Fashion Finds! These sure fire ensembles, tips and approaches to looking great without it seeming like you spent a great deal of time in preparation… is the answer to any man’s ‘looking great.’ I hope these resources help, here’s wishing all our cherished gentlemen a happy week and a marvelously Masculine Monday.

Thanks For Stopping By,

Alexandra

Raymond Lee Jewelers

Masculine Monday: Five Fashion Trends for Guys We Strongly Advise Against

Wear At Your Own Risk

Five Fashion Trends for Guys We Strongly Advise Against

Men's Leggings: SOLD OUT

Fashion is different for everybody, and nobody understands that better than a group of Jewelry Enthusiasts who cater to a variety of different tastes and preferences on a daily basis. When the Masculine Monday entries began, we wanted to be sure and ease the minds of men who were overwhelmed with the new demands of accessorizing, and new requirements of brightening your wardrobe that were somewhat forced on the male species throughout the past year.

In an effort to help explain that utilizing one statement piece of otherwise avoided fashion, such as celebrity-inspired shades or a pair of colored trousers, Masculine Monday posts began as an aid to open the minds of men used to monochromatic wardrobes with fear of the unknown… a bit of a boost. We’ve touched on a few awesome pieces of Spring and Summer 2011 fashion to consider, such as the unlined blazer, suede lace-up shoes and renewed henley tee’s for the boys to rock with confidence this Summer. Cuff-links, vintage style wristwatches and classic style (like that of Prince William) are still encouraged as fashionable additions and approaches to men’s appearance.

Skimming through the currently pushed trends through fashion media, I discovered something a bit frightening. We’ve not yet mentioned what to avoid. They say ‘you can’t always believe what you hear.’ Well, the same is true for what you read, of course. Particularly when what you’re reading is the simple comprehensive opinions of fashion professionals. Sometimes there’s a look that can take off, something that was worn down a runway in Milan that enough people embraced that it made fashion headlines. This can often lead to street fashion catastrophe.

Now, believe me, I adore Alexander McQueen. However, I would be prepared for a few cross eyed looks if I hopped in my car to work while sporting a big feathered lavender number with lace embellishments. For these designs, there’s a time and a place. That place is the runway, that time is when you’re a professional model.. or an A-list Actress. Since I have no plans to become either, chances are I probably won’t be frolicking around in some of my favorite McQueen gowns.

In the same sense, sometimes things should just never be worn. By anybody. No offense is intended for the designers of these pieces. Obviously many people enjoy them, and to each their own. This is all opinion, after all… So never take our advice, nor anybody else’s too seriously. If something feels right to you, wear it. Rock it. If you feel like you’re in costume before leaving the house, chances are you will feel that way throughout the evening.

That said, thank you for allowing us to share with you five specific men’s fashions that we simply cannot get on board with this Summer. Let us know what you think…

#1. Men’s Leggings

There’s been a surge in media support for jersey material fitted leggings. Not just for women, but for men as well. While I can get on board with a pair of 3/4 length leggings to work out or walk my dog in, for the life of me (and according to trusted opinion sources from both men and women) there seems to exist no possible event or situation where these fitted jersey leggings should be worn on men.

#1. Men's Leggings

Over the past few years, menswear has gotten consistently slimmer: skinny ties, then suits, then jeans. Now designers like Prada and Jean Paul Gaultier are applying the final squeeze, as men’s leggings (meggings, perhaps?) show up in their fall lines. Some feature stirrups, some are paired with gladiator-style tunics. All are shamelessly tight.Fashion Masochist: Men’s Leggings ‘For guys, “slim fit” has taken on a whole new meaning’ 

By Jason Feifer

#2. Overdone Retro Footwear

We love the surge of Converse vintage themed comeback kicks, like the old-fashioned high tops with an Americana twist. The DC collection of basketball homage is also worth a 2nd and 3rd viewing, as the sneakers look great in person. The new collections of Converse, DC’s and Doc Martens all share one common element, though. They aren’t forcing anything grandiose into their designs. They’re focusing on details that ultimately matter most when the finished product is worn, and this is probably why so many people are overjoyed by being able to wear their favorite footwear with a renewed appearance. The same cannot be said for the few pieces of extremely futuristic, Back to the Future based, bulky footwear that ironically titles itself as ‘retro.’

It’s a walking contradiction… Literally.

#2. Overdone 'Retro' Footwear

#3. The Chambray Scarf

This is certainly a battle that won’t be easy to win. These scarves first started popping up a good while ago, and they just keep multiplying, now popping out of pockets, worn under sweaters, inspiring the fabrics for tee’s and shorts, etc. Maybe this is just a personal thing, but I have to disagree with the statement of UrbanGent.com that the ‘chambray is an essential.’

No. It’s not an essential. Scarves are feminine. They just are, and no matter how you twist it or present it, they will always appear feminine…

…At least according to the majority of women that have been asked the opinion of.  *Just an FYI*

#3. The Chambray Scarf

#4. The Deep V-Neck

Never a supporter of the original V-Neck, I would proudly protest against the wearing of these designs by men in any Country, at any time. The result of the exaggerated low neckline makes it look like not only are you trying to reveal cleavage, but exposing your chest hair in the process. The shirt, itself, looks confused, even before it’s placed on a male body. Let’s be clear. No man’s body is made for this cut of a shirt. It’s just a bad idea…

#4: The Deep V-Neck

#5. The Man Purse

Actually, there are a few bags that are entirely men’s messenger bags. They have no feminine attributes, and look great with the right outfit to carry your notebook, ipod or other necessities in without feeling like you’re wearing a purse. For instance, this design is ready to fit a laptop, pens, a cellphone and plenty others without a hint of girly. The colors are workable with nearly any ensemble, and it’s… well, manly.

A Few Details:

These are few and far between. With so many man purses fluttering about, it’s easy to be reeled in by a bag that looks like a patent leather accessory. The only thing that could add to the misfortune of an emasculating man purse is dual disaster of something like a man purse/ bright trouser combo. Too much. Too bright. It’s just not right.

#5. The Man Purse

If anyone would like to offer up some feedback, some refute even, it is more than encouraged! I like to be proven wrong, and I’m truly interested as to how other girls/guys feel about these fashion fads. Thanks!

-Alexandra

Raymond Lee Jewelers

Masculine Monday: Princes William and Harry are Among GQ’s Best Dressed in Britain

Masculine Monday Toots it’s Own Horn for Recognizing the Impressive Display of Prince William Style Last Month! 🙂

This news was still unbeknownst to me when we published the Masculine Monday dedicated to Prince Williams Classic Style of Proper Patriotism. Now serving as further proof that their is an undeniable and strong allure to a well-groomed and proper mannered gentlemen who can carry his name and Nation with pride.

Prince William. Prince Harry.

Obviously, nothing is without flaw, and we might have done without Prince Harry‘s daring anti-sematic fashion mistakes. As they say though, no press is bad press, and the buzz around Prince Harry’s more embarrassing ensembles opened the gateway to Style Stardom for Prince Harry.

As a Nation, we feel that we’ve been part of an evolution, a perpetual change in the appearance of the younger Royal Brother. Whether it is in fact the truth or not doesn’t matter much, as he’s worked his way successfully into the soft spots of our American hearts.

Princess Diana with Princes William and Harry

Prince William snagged the number 27 spot, because, as GQ puts it, he is ‘”following in his father’s footsteps as a great ambassador for British style.” He even gets a ringing endorsement from Pharrell Williams: “‘I like it when Prince William goes dandy. He’s got all the proper wardrobe when they do the hunting thing. They kill that!”

Prince Harry landed a top spot on the list at #5.  This top spot was earned through the fashion measures of eliminating effort, truly. GQ fashion experts explain, “he looks good because he really doesn’t care.”

Prince Harry on cover of GQ Magazine

The special edition front page shows the 26-year-old wearing kit for the Walking With The Wounded charity, of which he is patron. He will arrive at the group’s base camp in Longyearbyen, northern Norway, on Tuesday to begin his training, before he heads out into the frozen wasteland on Friday.

Harry will be with his teammates for the first five days of the gruelling walk, which is expected to take around four weeks and will cover up to 200 miles (322km). They will haul sledges weighing more than 220lb (100kg) in temperatures as low as minus 60C (minus 76F).

The Prince told GQ: ”This extraordinary expedition will raise awareness of the debt that this country owes to those it sends off to fight – only for them to return wounded and scarred, physically and emotionally.”

There definitely is something to be said for the power of an attractive man that looks like he’s just rolled out of bed. However, following the Royal Wedding and all of the well-deserved enamored praise for new Bride, Kate Middleton, society may find itself placing more value in the appearance of an obviously groomed, self-aware Prince. I would propose that on the next published list, Prince William’s Classic Style may rank higher among the GQ Experts, with fresh eyes.
Prince William’s Classic Patriotism Style

Congratulations is in order for this impressive Royal Brotherhood, though they come a bit late.

With different approaches to fashion that vary from ultimately traditional to the extremes of casual, both have made their mark on the world of fashion, and what the future has in store for us should be nothing less than an exciting style evolution for both men.

Prince William. Prince Harry.

Gentlemen, if you have been working your way up the fashion ladder in hopes to place among the best dressed in Britain list… Here’s a great wardrobe staple to give you a head start on Royal Style!

Vivienne Westwood Polo Shirt

Now you can consider wearing polos with the famous Vivienne Westwood quirkiness. As always, we’ve got plently of details giving the piece something attractive. Featuring a striped collar and some offbeat white contrasting buttons, this polo is a godsend for the casualwear. That’s all we plan to wear during our summer holidays!

£99 from Question Air

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….P.S. Hope that the Royal Honeymoon has been amazing for the Newlyweds,

Prince William and Catherine Middleton!

Prince William and Kate Middleton

Masculine Monday: J Crew Capsule Collection with Billy Reid

Good Monday Morning, Gents!

The Alabama-based Designer who is well known for his classic style with a fit-for-work-wear appearance, the anticipated collection from CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund Award winner Billy Reid for J Crew has arrived… in style. The Capsule Collection includes a variety of pieces, ranging from modestly priced to high-quality exquisite pieces that could be considered fashion investments, if you will.

Today, we’ll focus on a few key pieces from the Capsule Collection that will brighten up the look of any outfit this Spring Summer 2011 Fashion Season for Men. To start, a simple polo with a twist on the original design.

J.Crew Grand Isle Polo

The ideal vision behind this creation by Billy Reid was to maintain the integrity of all the formal elements of a proper Polo shirt, while bringing to the design all of the comfortable and breathable features of a casual fishing tee.

Billy Reid at J.Crew Blythewood Sport Jacket

In Japanese Cotton Chambray, this charcoal colored sport jacket is dressy enough to wear to a good friend’s wedding reception and still comfortably durable. The idea was a sports jacket that could dress up any tee-shirt and jeans to a night-worthy style, while maintaining the comforts of an easy breasy spring and summer-time jacket option.  This Summer Sports Jacket is sure to be a home-run for the fellas. Wrinkles? Not to worry. With this fabric and fit, wrinkles pretty much belong. The thin and breathable fabric lock up the success of the ideal summer sports jacket. Well done, Billy Reid!

Billy Reid at J.Crew Bridwell Henley

With darted seam details and utility pockets, the Capsule Collection henley cotton shirt brings some fundamental fashion updates to this classic and pliable look. A shirt that can be worn alone or with layers, this henley is a lightweight answer to all men’s summer attire. The patch pockets maintain the classic henley appearance, while the addition of a few key details make a refreshed design to a classic long-sleeved breathable tee.

Billy Reid at J.Crew Blythewood Trouser

The Capsule Collection Trouser’s by Billy Reid also feature the Japanese Cotton Chambray fabric as the super summer sports jacket pictured above. There is a huge comeback in the color grey in terms of men’s jeans, trousers, jackets and blazers, even charcoal colored watch faces are popping up as top men’s fashion picks. These dark to heathered hues of grey will likely be seen for a few Seasons to come as the forefront of certain Men’s Fashion.

“It works well with bucks, or rolled up with a pair of sandals.” Billy Reid designed these trousers with the Sports Jacket in mind.

With a special feature of suspender-ready buttons on the waist, Reid explains that he wanted these creatively fashioned trousers to have a definitive nod to old-school fashions.

Check out ‘Billy’s Picks’ including suede bucks, short-sleeved plaid casual tees and a versatile seasonal duffle bag at J Crew.com

Since I’ve also foreshadowed on the presence of grey jeans on their way to Men’s denim domination, have a look at these Diesel Black Gold Jeans.

GQ Reports ‘Clear Skies, Grey Jeans’

Gray jeans should be your go-to jean for the summer. In most cases, they’re washed, worn-in, and lighter-weight. Once you get used to them, you realize they go with almost everything too. For starters, try them with a super soft tee (or something a bit rumpled) and a pair of suede moccasins or designer sneakers.

So get in the grey, guys. The color will be a strong trend this Spring and Summer 2011 Season in jeans, trousers, blazers, watches and more. Be sure to take a look at the Billy Reid Capsule Collection for J Crew. The classic all-American styles with modern-day spins are great high-quality garments that can build the foundation of a winning Spring Summer wardrobe with a few key pieces to build the frame.
Once these workable classics are hanging up in your closet, spinning them into something creative and stylish will be easier than you thought possible. With the addition of a celebrity-inspired pair of shades, a charcoal-colored watch or vintage-themed accessory, you will have a winning ensemble pieced together in perfect masculine harmony!

Masculine Monday: We Haven’t Forgotten About the Rocker Boys!

With so much focus recently being given towards the renewed sense of classic men’s fashion making a strong and steady comeback, certainly didn’t  want to give the impression that we’ve forgotten the pathfinders (or path makers, rather) in men’s style… The Musicians.

Rock Stars will simply never go out of style. They’ve always been there, and so long as the tide keeps turning, there they will remain…

Bob Dylan

Men like Robert Plant, Tom Petty, Bob Dylan, Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Kurt Cobain and Jack White, who make their own place in fashion history by creating their own personal and powerful style distinctions… Wearing them with the pride and swagger that belongs only to Rock Stars.

Not only are Rockers adored for their fashion risks, but applauded for just how well they seem to work, no matter how bizarre. ‘80s Rock Band Poison created a fashion sensation among fellow artists and fans with the bright purple leggings worn by guitarist C.C. Deville and front man, Bret Michaels.

And don’t laugh, ladies.. I know a good few of you sent in audition tapes to Rock of Love. One, Two, and THREE!

(It’s alright. So did I…)

Women love musicians. Is it a cliché?  Yes. It is also an inarguable truth.

Kate Hudson is pregnant, and happily engaged to Rocker Matt Bellamy, front-man of Muse. The charming and talented daughter of Goldie Hawn has had a magnetic pull towards musicians throughout her love life, but this Penny Lane finally seems to have found her soul mate in Bellamy.

Kate looks absolutely stunning in every recent photograph, beaming with happiness and excitement to begin their life together as a Family.

 

Kate Hudson and Matt Bellamy

Another gorgeous Actress who has fallen under the spell of a musician is the lovely Kiera Knightley. Rumors of a blooming relationship between Knightley and James Righton, keyboard player for rock band Klaxons, have been confirmed recently through very telling images.

These two coordinating cuties were introduced through mutual friend, Alexa Chung about five weeks ago.

What’s becoming so likeable about the new Rocker Boy fashions is the mild approach to daily ensembles, a casual appearance that has been taking a backseat to way-too-tight pants and super long locks for the past few years.

With a solid pair of charcoal or black sneakers, a plain white tee, some worn jeans and charismatic sunglasses, Rocker Boy’s today are looking ultra adorable in their casual wear. Their Leading Ladies seem to love it too… 

So, a few tips on obtaining the simplified Rock Star Style that is capturing hearts from here to England:

Understated, and Making a Statement: The Long Sleeved White Tee

Many of us forget about the long-sleeve lightweight tee. This doesn’t have to be just an undershirt. It looks great by itself, especially highlighted with a great accessory (i.e. watch, bracelet, etc.). Some slick linen pants and sandals would also be right at home with this one – $19 at 80sPurple.com

Via: FashionGrail.com

Men’s Shirts: Patch tees and men’s button down shirts can take a guy from organization casual to rocker on the prowl. Men’s shirt brands like English Laundry, Local Celebrity and Suitable English all offer you wonderful men’s t-shirt styles.

Outerwear and Accessories: Jackets with hand made patchwork, Heirloom buckled belts, simple fashions that exhibit a vintage appeal such as old-fashioned bomber jackets and leather strapped wristwatches will help to achieve the kicked-back Rocker look.

A New Spin on Classic Khaki’s

Khaki’s are making a substantial evolution in men’s fashion.  These summer staples are a beautiful way to maintain a crisp look for the bottom half – Men’s Long Beach pants – $109 at  80spurple.com.

Simple Kicks

Sneakers that are basic in color and fit, absent of any bright accents are a fantastic feature of any laid-back rock star style. These white and grey simple kicks are sure to be a hit on any pair of feet, whether or not they’ll be kicking drum pedals by the end of the night.   $83.95 at Zappos.com

Stylist Manifesto: Sometimes the most appropriate way to go is minimalist. From shoes to accessories, tops to bottoms, there are times when simplicity works best.

So, there you have it fellas. Get the appeal of a rock star, whether you’re a musician, banker or athlete. The attraction of the rocker boy fashion is all in how you wear it. So slip on a pair of casual kicks and a plain white tee. Pair it up with a vintage wristwatch, some charismatic shades, and before you know it…

The Keira Knightley or Kate Hudson you’ve been waiting for will be walking your way!

Masculine Monday: Prince William’s Signature Style of Classic Patriotism

Oh, The Royal Wedding! Such an elegant and beautiful Alexander McQueen gown worn by Kate Middleton, decorated with the most delightful diamond drop earrings and the famous ‘something borrowed’ tiara.

With so much attention being given to the blushing Duchess, I thought today would be a perfect opportunity to recognize the classic style of Prince William. He seems to have created a new genre of men’s fashion, and I personally believe it to be absolutely brilliant!

Prince William prefers clean lines and classic fits, exuding a proper patriotic gentleman appeal that is quite easy to be enamored with.

The leading fashion trends today, from Edwardian Era Engagement Rings for the gals, to Vintage Leather Strapped Watches for the gents, seem to be showing appreciation and paying homage to the men and women of America’s early 20th century more than ever before.

With Classic evolving into Couture … Prince William’s simple, cleanly patriotic look, seen the day of The Royal Wedding, is a clear example of his fashion-conscious style.

In 2000, Prince William was highlighted by People Magazine for his personalized style. At the time, Prince William was making fashion statements with British flag stitched waistcoats, embellished with the words, “Groovy Baby.”

Prince William of Whales was 18 at the time, and has since retreated into a conservative style that unbeknownst to us, was entirely ahead of the fashion curve for men! With a constantly classic and proper wardrobe, Prince William prefers navy blue, burgundy and other regal, richly conservative colors. 

His dress shirts tend to be of either lighter blue’s, classic white or cream colored, with classic pointed medium spread collars. His suits are not slim-fitted, and the press has yet to see him sockless. This dedication to proper attire, and avoidance of the fashion trends that sit too far apart from classic are commendable. Prince William has the patriotic gentleman look pinned. Perfectly.

Gentlemen, Get Classic…

There are a few key Royal fashion tips that you should take from Prince William. For upper-dressed occasions, You can’t go wrong with sporting a classic tie clip, small patriotic accents, or navy and burgundy neck ties. On casual days,  polo shirts worn with khakis, and crew-neck sweaters on-top of button-up shirts and trousers will be a successfully royal choice every time.

Have a wonderful day, Ladies and Gentlemen!

-Alexandra at Raymond Lee Jewelers

Masculine Monday: Water for Elephants Style Vests, Sweaters and Suits

Masculine Monday: Channeling the 1930’s

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1930’s Men’s Fashion: Water for Elephants

There were many US designers that made their mark in fashion during the 1930s. It comes as no surprise that the eye of fashion has happily revisited and revived this exciting era of new fabrics, textures, colors and trends. While the Nation was experiencing the most economically challenging times yet, there is an obvious showing that even in the darkest of times, creativity will find a way to bring hope to the masses.                         
During this first third of the 20th Century, Men’s fashion became more daring and colorful than ever before. Perhaps the introduction of new fabrics, cuts and cheerful color palettes aided in some way to distract from the fact that we were in the middle of a Great DepressionWith money and job opportunities scarce, the uncertainty of our future as a Country was at an all time high. In some regard however, this helped open a whole new world of fashion possibilities.
Elsa Schiaparelli was perhaps the most well-known Italian Designer during this time, greatly known for her creative work and ingenuity by using fashion as a distinct form of artistic expression. Unwilling to cut down on manufacturing costs and the changing fashion that came with WWII, Schiaparelli’s business was closed in 1954.
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Elsa Schiaparelli remains one of the most influential and theatrical Fashion Designers in history, having collaborated with Surrealism Artist Salvador Dalí in the design of the infamous ‘shoe hat’ circa 1933, as well as creating the wardrobes for over thirty films. Her wardrobe successes include 1933’s Topaze, the outfits worn by Zsa Zsa Gabor in the 1952 production of Moulin Rouge, and with the help of a mannequin proportional to her measurements, Schiaparelli famously dressed Mae West for the 1937 film, Every Day’s a Holiday. She was also responsible for the Tromp L’oeil scarf first ordered by Lord and Taylor, and featured in Vogue.

30's Inspired-Looks Making a Strong Return

Coco Chanel has been one of the most innovative Designers of men’s fashion. It was in the ’30s when Chanel‘s signature color pairings of navy and white, beige and black, and burgundy and white were first introduced. She became recognized mostly for using the economic downturn to her advantage during this decade.

As baseball and Jazz music began inspiring men’s fashion, Coco Chanel began to incorporate the use of jersey fabrics into her menswear. The comfortable and durable fabric had become less expensive to produce in the US., and Chanel began designing men’s garments infused with daring new color pairings and a heightened use of  jersey material.

Mens 3 Piece Suits

Men’s fashion in the 1930’s introduced never before seen fabrics, colors and accessories worn by men. Many attribute this surge to the short, baggy knee length trousers worn by Edward the III, later dubbed as “Plus Fours.” This unusual  piece became a popular item among men in the ’30s, often worn with a round-necked schoolboy sweater.

Both men and boys began to wear full three-pieced suits, designed to broaden the shoulders and elongate the body for a more masculine appearance. This was also the reason for the v-shaped vest worn under the newly introduced double breasted jacket, a jacket design which is just as popular today as it was upon it’s introduction during the ’30s.

As you can see by the wardrobe ensembles of the men in Water for Elephants, this is also the first time in history when accessories became an integral part to a man’s ensemble. A hat of some kind was worn nearly all the time, and the introduction of the fedora was happily accepted by men of all social classes. Neck ties and pocket handkerchiefs became more popular than ever before, as men seemed to adopt the notion that their ensemble was a direct reflection of their character and level of social etiquette.

The Return of the 3-Piece Suit

Along with suede dress shoes, classy fedora styles, three-piece tailored suits and raincoat’s, expect to see many other men’s fashion revivals from the 1930’s. Among these stylish returns are the tie clip, handkerchief, men’s gloves and schoolboy sweaters.

Schoolboy Sweater at TrendHunter.com

Be one of the first to obtain a few of these signature styles and you’ll be stylishly ahead of the curve!

…Read more on male fashion trends that are channeling the 1930’s in a modernized way on TrendHunter.com

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