Monthly Archives: January 2017

Millennial Pink Fashion Finds

The hottest color of the season? Millennial Pink. Don’t let the name fool you—the soft, dusty shade is flattering at any age (and for any skin tone!).

1. Baublebar Earrings

Tassel earrings are adorning everyone’s ears lately. Pop this blush, beaded version on and let the compliments roll in. We suggest wearing them with your hair pulled back to really show off the style. Also available in eight other colors.

2. Topshop Blazer Dress

Try this daring take on the basic blazer—the muted color gives this menswear-inspired shift a more feminine vibe. The more adventurous may want to try it as a cocktail dress, but we like it best as a layering piece over a turtleneck and trousers (or leggings). Also available in two other colors.

3. J. Crew Top

Want to test drive the ruffle trend? Ease into it with this adorable frill-sleeved top. That little design detail can turn ho-hum staples—like white jeans and ballet flats—into a killer outfit. Also available in two other colors.

4. Adidas by Stella McCartney

Break away from your boring black gym leggings. This blush pair will set you apart from everyone else, while keeping you comfortable—the weave detail at the calf adds ventilation, while the flat seam equals chafe-free exercise. Also available in red.

5. H&M Denim Jacket

A denim jacket is a classic for a reason, but this updated version in pale pink feels like a breath of fresh air. Add it to a sun dress for those in-between days (or for over-zealous air conditioning).

6. Merona Tote

Pretty and practical, this satchel is done up with cute details (note the tassel), but it will also fit all of your workday essentials, like an iPad or laptop. Bonus: The pouch inside snaps in and out and can act as a crossbody on its own. Also available in green.

7. Free People Sandals

Slip into these sandals and put a little spring in your step. The block heel adds a little lift, but still feels comfortable (and sturdy) enough to wear all day. Also available in three other colors

Simple Tips to Roll Up Shirt Sleeves

Historically men have rolled up their shirt sleeves in preparation for work (or an occasional fight) as clothing was expensive and they didn’t want to damage it.

Watch any old Western film and notice how men take that extra moment to carefully fold their sleeves before landing a punch!

Sleeves would also be rolled up at the end of a long day as men headed to the bar for a drink with their mates.

In the modern world – the act of rolling sleeves has evolved into a style statement.

Men fold their shirt sleeves to indicate a relaxed mood, for freedom of movement or simply to bare their arms.

 

I’m going to give you a five methods to roll sleeves below. You can decide for yourself after reading this article which method suits you best.

Before you roll your sleeves – remember to undo the buttons on the cuff and gauntlet of your shirt.

Also, let me answer a question about rolling up sleeves – should the sleeve stop above or below the elbow?

The simple answer would be – above the elbow if you’re about to do work. Roll your sleeves below the elbow if you’re just cooling off and want to let in some air or to signal that it’s the end of the day.

The Easiest Method To Roll Sleeves

Many people haven’t heard of the AIFA method to roll shirt sleeves. It involves a simple and it also adheres to the rule of thirds – a design principle that has implications in men’s style too. In the AIFA roll, the sleeves expose only a third of your arm. This ratio is visually appealing according to the rule of thirds.

One fold, about the width of the cuff.
Then a second fold of similar width.
My arms are not terribly big or long – so the AIFA roll makes my arms look proportional to the rest of my body.

This roll is below the elbow and is more of a casual fashion statement. Perfect for a day out with the family – with a dress shirt and your favorite denims.

2. The Basic Roll – The Intuitive Way To Roll Up Shirt Sleeves

This roll is how it sounds – very basic. If you’ve ever watched someone who hasn’t been around people who roll their sleeves, you’ll see them use the basic roll.

Depending on the shirt and fit – the basic roll is time-consuming. It can restrict your hand movements and is difficult to undo.

However – it’s the most intuitive way to roll sleeves:

Using the cuff as a measuring point, fold the cuff once.
Repeat the first step several times, tugging at the fabric to make sure it is straight and smooth.
Roll up until you go past the elbow.

3. The High Roller – Sleeve Rolling For Men With Arms Worth Displaying

Most often used by men with big biceps and tattoos on their arms, the sleeves are rolled well above the elbows.

Lay your shirt down on a flat surface.
Slip your hand into the sleeve through the wrist opening. Pinch the fabric half-way up the sleeve.
With your other hand, roll the sleeve fabric inside out up to the shoulder seam. Flatten out the sleeve.
Roll the sleeve half way to the bottom of the turned out cuff.
Roll the sleeve a third time to cover the entire cuff. You can leave the top part of the cuff exposed if it has a contrasting color or design.
The High Roller works best with semi-casual or informal shirts. The Master Roll is better suited for fitted formal shirts.

 

4. The Master Roll – My Favorite Way To Roll Up Shirt Sleeves

My favorite way to roll shirt sleeves, and one I find many men have never heard of!

You’ll notice that some shirts have a contrasting color detail or design pattern under the cuff, which is visible only when you use the master roll.

Roll the sleeves up to about two widths of the cuff
Smooth the fabric, taking out folds.
Roll the bottom once more – covering the cuff and leaving just the top of it exposed.
If there is a contrasting color or design on the cuff – show just a hint of it.
To undo the fold – simply hold the edge of the cuff and pull down.
The master roll is the least constructive method of folding shirt sleeves.

It gets the sleeve completely out of the way – allowing for natural arm movement. It keeps the whole appearance neat and in place.

Modern sartorialists accept the master roll as the preferred way to roll up sleeves.

5 Ways To Roll Your Shirt Sleeves5. The Band Roll – Retro & Practical Method To Keep Shirt Sleeves In Place

Over time – the shirt sleeve tends to lose its elasticity. They tend to unroll and create some frustration especially if you are doing something important. Like helping the wife with the dishes.

New York restaurant waiters in the 1960’s came up with the smart idea of securing their shirt sleeves with a sleeve band. A sleeve band or sleeve garter holds the folded sleeve firmly in place.

The sleeve band disappeared for a few decades and regained popularity after soccer player David Beckham used them to give his sleeves a slim and neat appearance. Here’s how you can use one..

Secure the upper part of your shirt sleeve using a sleeve band.
Pull the shirt up few inches to hide the sleeve band under the shirt folds.
A bonus option is to secure a master roll using a sleek and smart sleeve band.
It works really well to secure and keep your folded cuff in place. A strong rubber band can also be used, but ensure the band is hidden in the shirt sleeve folds.

Tips To Always Be Stylish

1. Stay Focused On Looking Your Best

You may have heard of the saying “Burn the ships.” The history behind it is quite powerful. It dates back to the year 1519 when Hernán Cortés set foot with his 600 men in the New World. His command was loud and clear – for the men to set all their ships on fire.

What Cortés did was force himself and his men into a do or die situation so that they could finish their mission. He took out the option for the entire clan to retreat. There was no turning back. And this gave everyone all the more will to succeed. Two years later… Cortés conquered the Aztec empire.

While being stylish isn’t as dramatic of a deal – you should take inspiration from Cortés and burn your own ships. That means letting go of “safe” choices such as:

  • Buying low-quality items when you know you can afford better quality
  • Limiting yourself to monochrome and darker colors
  • Dressing the same way as everybody else

Fill your closet with items that suit your style and personality. Learn to love and value everything you wear. As long they fit and are in good condition, there’s definitely a way to make each one work. You just need to figure out how.

Your goal is to be the most stylish guy you can be. You deserve to look your best and feel fantastic every time. So don’t allow laziness, stinginess or any lack of confidence to get in the way of that.

2. Incorporate Unique Accessories

A lot of times it’s the guy with a brilliant accessory who ends up outshining the rest. If you want to be that guy – you have to be gutsy. You can’t be afraid of taking risks and experimenting with any of the items below.

Jewelry

Wearing men’s bracelets, rings and watches requires careful selection. Unlike women – guys follow certain “rules” regarding jewelry in order to get a look that’s classy and confident but not loud. The right accessories add subtle finishing touches that sharpen your style.

For high-quality watches, I recommend you to check out the Original Grain collection. This company uses the finest hardwood and steel to handcraft watches with timeless designs. They take elegance to a whole new level.

Hats

Hats add a couple of inches to your height which most guys would like. But beyond that there’s a subconscious association of hats with strong and authoritative men. We often see cowboys, soldiers and police officers rock them perfectly. Here’s an article on classic hat styles you might to try.

Hairstyles

You should aim for your hairstyle to stand out as much as your outfit. You have to realize that hair can influence the way others perceive you. So now’s the time to find a great stylist and explore some of today’s trending looks. Don’t worry too much about getting it wrong – it’ll grow back soon!

3. Use The Right Accent Pieces

One trick to staying ahead of the game is to use specific pieces that highlight your sense of style. These are what show people you’re not dressed up to be like the rest. These are clothing elements that showcase your individuality.

Boots

I love shoes just as much as you do. But boots empower your masculinity even more. They’re heavier and more rugged looking – having been originally made for the elite and military men over the centuries. And that’s why they’re useful for a well-defined style from head to toe. You’ll want to learn about the different types of dress boots so you can make the best choice.

Pocket Squares

A well-fitted suit or jacket looks great on any guy. But it won’t always make him stick out – especially when others are wearing the same. That’s why pocket squares come in handy. They make the whole outfit pop. By knowing how to wear a pocket square you can edge out all the men around you and catch the ladies’ attention. Pocket squares also start a lot of conversations.

Bright Colors

Many men tend to avoid bright clothing since they don’t think it goes well with them. In reality they simply lack an understanding of color. Vibrant hues can draw attention to certain areas of your outfit if you’re able to use them strategically. Part of that is about knowing the ideal color percentages in a man’s well-balanced wardrobe.

4. Take Out The Bad Apples

This one is simple: keep your closet clean. Never keep anything that’s going to end up embarrassing you or destroying your style. Remember that physical mess reflects a cluttered mind. Empty the trash first – then you can start thinking clearly about your style. You can figure out exactly what has to be changed or replaced.

Throw away all clothes with holes or large stains. Get rid of everything with a loose or tight fit. Don’t think twice about it. Don’t even feel guilty. These items represent past mistakes and there’s no reason to dwell on the past. Now is the time to start fresh.

If there’s something you haven’t worn over the past 12 months, you’ll probably never use it again. So the best thing to do is put it in a Donate Box. It no longer benefits you but it’ll benefit someone else.

5. Keep Learning About Style

Learning never stops. Remember that the only way to get better at something is to gain more experience. It’s the same thing when it comes to style. You should develop a system in which every day you expand your knowledge about men’s fashion.

There are plenty of platforms for you to keep educating yourself:

  • Coffee-table books
  • Magazines
  • E-books
  • Email lists
  • Instagram
  • Podcasts
  • YouTube
  • Online courses

I’m proud of my two premium online men’s style courses offered at Real Men Real Style. Their detailed lessons have helped countless men over the years in dealing with daily style challenges. If you want to get down to the how and why for every item of clothing – there’s no doubt these are your best sources.

A Man’s Guide To Style

  • Teaches you how to build a wardrobe within your budget
  • Explains the importance of body type, color, pattern
  • Includes tips to dress up for weddings, meetings, hot and cold weather

The Personal Image Blueprint

  • Gives you an understanding of the power of image, first impressions
  • Designed for guys who lack confidence in the way they present themselves, who tend to look overweight or unprofessional, who don’t command respect