HOW TO TIE A TIE: January 2008

Tuesday, January 29, 2008

Buying A Briefcase - For Men Only

There are many different styles of briefcases available for men. The hardside case called an attache is one style. This is a box with a carry handle that closes with a lock. The locks are usually combination locks that can be set for your favorite number. Attache cases are usually available in leather. However, there are some of the "James Bond" styles in aluminum or molded materials. Attache cases generally do not have a shoulder strap. If you are travelling, these can usually be hooked up to your "add a bag" strap found on your discount luggage. Attache cases are the most organized style of briefcase. They will open up with a file folder in the top portion of the case. There's usually pen loops inside as well as a PDA compartment or cell phone area. The bottom is empty and can carry books, more papers or even a laptop case. You can easily work out of an attache case from a car or on a plane or train. If you need more space, they are available in 2", 3" 4" and 5" depths. There are popular models that expand from 4" to 5" by a hidden snap closure located inside the case. Traditional cases may also have a desk inside. Some attache cases will have leather wrapped corners or a "French edge" that extends beyond the corners of the case. Many of these cases are leather lined for durability. The better quality cases will you many, many years of great wear.

Litagation style cases or briefcases are the very traditional style of top opening case that can hold a great deal of papers and books. These are the "professor" style cases now carried by many lawyers. Some are available with a padded inside compartment which will hold a laptop case. They generally have a combination lock or a key top of closing. Most of these cases do not usually have a shoulder strap. They are available in many beautiful leathers will a harder side bottom. These cases can carry a great deal of weight. Some of them have cell phone pockets and pen loops inside to organize your case. Others may have an outside pocket for a paper or one of the greatest travel accessories, a small folding umbrella. These very traditional looking cases are available in rich brown tones or black. You'll usually see these cases with a discreet monogram of the owner's initials. As with all of these types of cases, the better leathers will give you years and years of service.

The standard portfolio is the most popular with the younger men. These always have a shoulder strap for convenience in carrying. The ergonomic straps are the most comfortable when you are carrying a lot of weight. The are available with zippered closures or messenger style with a flap. These cases are available in leather or fabric or combinations of both. Leather cases are the most durable and most elegant, although some of the better ballistic nylon cases will hold up very well. Portfolios are available with many pockets and usually an inside organizer. The organizer will hold glasses, cell phone, business cards, pens and PDA's. The inside file pockets will organizer your papers. Many of these cases have a slide over feature on the back to hook over your lightweight luggage for traveling convenience. Some of the portfolios are also expandable for those days when you're carrying an extra load of papers. The better cases are made to last and give you years of dependable service.

Of course, there are now briefcases available with wheels. We seem to carry more and more and the wheeled case is becoming more and more popular. These are generally as large as the larger portfolio styles. Some of the models do have a shoulder strap for convenience. Other models have the slide over feature to also hook the case up to your luggage. Models are available with combination lock closings for security. Many of these cases may be monogrammed with a company name or logo and are popular as corporate gifts. There are versions of the wheeled case with removable wheels for the times you do not require them. The very handy pad covers will easily fit inside these cases. They are available in luxury leathers and ballistic nylons and combinations of both. Most of the wheeled cases also have an organizer inside for your pens, business cards, cell phone and PDA. Remember, in business, your briefcase case as part of that all important "first impression."

Maxine Greco has been in the luggage and travel business for over 38 years. She is currently working at Village Luggage and Gifts.

Black Diamond Rings - Men Can Wear Diamonds, Too

Who says that only women can wear diamonds? Depending on how the diamond looks like and the setting used for them, diamonds can also be a man's best friend.

Traditionally, wedding bands have been solid rings of yellow gold, white gold, or platinum. Those who wish to use gemstones on their matching wedding rings opt for diamonds, as they are the most durable gemstones and thus symbolize eternity and fidelity.

However, some feel that the regular diamonds are too feminine to be set on men's wedding bands. This is why jewelers now offer the option of having black diamond rings instead of regular diamond rings that exactly match the brides' rings up to the last diamond.

Characteristics of black diamonds

Diamonds are known to come in many colors. The most common is, of course white, and some are yellow or brown. Rarely do we see diamonds that are pink, purple, or red, and it's only now that black diamonds are gaining popularity and building a fan base of its own.

Black diamonds are rarer and thus cannot easily be set according to any whimsical design. Because they are less common than white diamonds, it is difficult to find black diamonds of the same size and cut.

Black diamond rings are usually done in pave settings and in white gold to make their beauty stand out. Although they can be found in most jewelry stores and online retailers, a buyer has to take the necessary precautions when buying one. Some stones are merely irradiated or go through a process that alters their color.

You must therefore choose a jeweler that you can trust to make sure that you are purchasing authentic black diamond rings. It is prefereable to buy from shops which provide certificates for the jewelry that you buy. After all, black diamond rings appreciate each year and it's worth spending more on pieces whose authenticity you're sure of.

A black diamond ring, just like a regular diamond ring, can become an heirloom that's passed on from one generation of men to another. Their cuts are classic and they can be restyled by the owner into whichever way he wants it.

If you want to start the tradition of passing on an heirloom black diamond ring, make sure you visit a trusted jeweler and choose a style you want. Alternatively, you can have a custom made black diamond ring if you want it styled according to your personal taste.

You can also find more info on diamonds and certified is a comprehensive resource to know more about diamonds.

Saturday, January 19, 2008

Top 7 Men's Clothing Stores

Following is a list of online shops and websites compiled for the fashion conscious male of the 21st century.

Bluefly Men’s Clothing
Is the leading online retailer of designer brands, fashion trends and superior value. It is the ultimate fashion store for the fashion conscious man with trendy designs, latest cuts and designer labels that include Prada, Gucci, Cole Haan, Zegna, Ted Baker and many more. From blazers to belts, cashmere to cufflinks, briefcases to bathrobes, there is every item that a man could possible want.

Brooks Brothers
An American icon, two centuries old, it continues to uphold the same traditions and values, always making, dealing and offering merchandise of the finest quality ever. Besides the casual and business collections, their special departments have so much to offer from country, big and tall as well as formal wear.

Paul Fredrick
Paul Fredrick’s designs a classic collection of men’s fashion apparel of the finest fabrics and includes dress shirts, tailored clothing, sportswear and accessories. Known for their style and comfort, these fashion garments not only sport exceptional value but continue to wear well through the continuously changing fashion cycles

International Male
A company in existence for the last twenty-five years especially focuses on the fashion conscious male. They cater to individual tastes whether it is exciting or eclectic, straight laced or button down and create designs with more than just a distinctive look – fashionable and trendy. Not only are the clothes and accessories sensible, but stylish as well. The International Male website offers you a productive and efficient online shopping experience.

Men’s personality is largely reflected through the clothes they wear, whether it is dapper, dashing or distinctive, they express their individuality through style. Vintagetrends recognizes this and has gone on to become the leading web-based distributor of vintage, military, designer clothing and accessories. Men’s vintage clothing is as unique as it is bold. It is known for its high quality in fashion apparels sourced from across the globe.

Thomas Pink
It is one of the best online shops offering luxury shirts, ties, cufflinks and accessories made from the finest materials. Thomas Pink is synonymous with classic British shirt making and London’s Jermyn Street heritage. From business to casual, slim fit to tailored, Thomas Pink showcases a selection of various styles.

Casual Male
With an innovative comfort technology adapted in their clothing style, Casual Male has earned a lofty reputation for their fashion apparels especially for bigger sizes. It is largest specialty retailer for bigger and taller men and offers great styles, designer comfort and huge selections.

William Brister - - A guide to male style.

Men's Clothing Suit Styles

Suit jackets certainly can be worn with other things, but you're right, you do have to be careful. Can you let me know your husband's age and size? The last thing I want to do is recommend unsuitable attire!

Also, have you checked with a tailor that the pants cannot be altered? Most suit pants can be either let out or taken in by up to 1 3/4 inches if done properly, and of course the hems can be altered to suit length as well.

Ok, the dark blue subtle pinstripe, this is where the importance of your husband's age comes in! I would recommend using this for an informal/formal look and teaming it with a smart pair of jeans, and a formal work shirt.

Matching this jacket with a pair of formal pants will be nigh on impossible, but matching it with jeans and going for a casual yet still smart look is easily done. What you have to do is think about the accessories. As I said, a nice oxford shirt in either a pale blue or white, along with a pair of smart jeans and then a black belt and black shoes, either plain oxfords or perhaps a pair of suede loafers even.

For the glen plaid, this can be matched into something more formal and worn almost as you would a sports jacket. Pants will have to be dark, plain and pleated. I would recommend dark navy pants, and brown shoes and belt. In terms of shirt and tie, you can't go far wrong with a white shirt, and then a tie that brings out a bit of the color in the glen plaid, so a tie with a hint of red in would go nicely.

If you are looking for a more western interpretation, then you can find suits with a mandarin influence, or perhaps a Nehru style suit which fuses Indian themes within the suit style. I would avoid the white shirt/black tie routine, it'll either make you look like you're going to a funeral, or going to carry out a hit on someone!

What you need for interviews is something safe, but also nice and smart. You can't go too far wrong with a pastel blue (not a navy blue, more of a sky blue) cotton shirt with tie that has gold/yellow/blue in it. Alternatively a lilac shirt with a tie that has a combination of purple/blue in it works well.

A general rule of thumb that I advise is that the darker the shirt, the lighter the tie color to lift it. The opposite of that works too, i.e. if you're wearing a very light shirt, then a heavier colored tie is good.

I say go ahead and buy the suit. It sounds like a winner. There are always a lot of questions asking whether or not a double breasted suit is hip and I say it can be. It's a classic look that will never go out of style - although, sometimes the look is more "in fashion" than others. However, because this suit is a classic it tends to look better on men and not young men or teens.

Victor Epand is an expert fashion consultant at Visit us when you want the best prices, styles, fashions, and fits of all types of lingerie. We carry a super selection of everyday, as well as bridal and specialty items.


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