Monthly Archives: February 2013

Pure Jean-ius- Men’s Denim Special

Let me get straight to the point: there is more than one style of denim for men. In fact there is a plethora of options to choose from. Straight cut, boot cut, slim fit, vintage wash, etc. It can be confusing and quite frankly, a bit intimidating. Here’s what you need to know about your next potential pair of jeans.

The Cuts (the fit of the denim):

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The Straight Leg: Men’s denim does not get much classic than this item. It’s simple, easy to wear, and suitable for everyday occasions. Note that it’s called a “straight fit” because there is no difference in the shape of the leg from hip to hem.

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The Slim Fit:. It’s the straight fit’s edgier cousin, yet more reserved that the skinny fit. The slim fit  is suitable for all those hipsters out there writing their epic novels in a coffee shop. It gives off an effortless air of coolness. Note how the leg tapers slightly from hip to hem and fits closer to the body.

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The Skinny Fit: More extreme than the slim fit, the skinny fits very close to the body and tapers into a narrow leg opening at the hem. If you just started a band, wearing the skinny fit will cement an edgy rock and roll/punk image. Look at how the fit of the leg tapers more visibly from hip to hem.

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The Boot Cut: It’s the straight-leg’s blue-collar brother. Aptly named the boot cut so that it fits over boots. The leg flares ever so slightly beneath the knee so that the hem can accomodate a bulky shoe. It’s suitable for everyday workwear. Not much risk here, but the classics are always appreciated.

The Washes (the color of the denim):

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Light: This faded version is most appropriate for the younger crowd.

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Medium: No age limit here. Classic and easy to find. Perfect for just about every occasion.

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Dark: Great option if you are going out and hitting the town hard. It’s dressier without being dressed up. Sleek and cool.

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Vintage: Work hard, play harder. It’s a bit roughed up and more distress will make the wash look better.



Sweets for Your Sweetie

That candy-coated, pink hearted, and chocolate covered holiday is right around the corner. Do you have something special for your sweetie yet? You could go with the conventional flowers, chocolate, and card…or try something new!

candy hearts

For the lovely lady:

Date night outfit: Go on down to your local boutique and have a sales associate help you pick out a dress, jewelry, and shoes for a night out on the town. Tip: do your homework and take note of your lady’s size…it will help the process 🙂

For your marvelous man:

“Now and Then” photo frame: Take a photo frame with two slots and place your first photo taken together on the left, and the most recent on the right. It will keep him thinking you, even when you’re apart.

This idea…just check it out here.

Or…go on an unconventional date!

Go to the roller rink, skate a few rounds, get a slushie, and relive your preteen glory days.

Go on a hike and have a super fancy picnic. Pick your favorite route, but don’t forget the champagne and strawberries! If the weather is too inclement, try snowshoeing or building your own snow fort. Steaming hot chocolate is also a great addition.

Does your community put on a V-Day 5k? Take a walk or run together…bonus points if you hold hands the entire way 🙂

Hope your Valentine’s Day is full of lots of love and laughter!



Monochrome-Color on Color

Perhaps one of the boldest statements you can make with your clothing is to go monochromatic. Color on color. More importantly, the same color. The biggest monochromatic trend this year is obviously the “Canadian Tuxedo”–or, denim on denim

The denim atrocity below is an example of what should not happen when wearing the “Canadian Tuxedo.”

(via iVillage)

You see, Britney and Justin are all clad in light blue–there is no variance of shade.

If that denim atrocity frightened you out of any hope of putting together a monochromatic outfit, don’t fear. It’s actually relatively easy to put together looks composed of one color that will not leave you looking like a ninja or a bowl of oatmeal.

The big secret when it comes to balancing the one color-coordinated outfit is to vary the saturation levels. In other words, the lightness or darkness of a color. For example, matching a bright coral top with a pale peach skirt, or a rich plum jacket with lavender pants. This mix of saturation levels varies the outfit enough so that you don’t look like a cartoon character.

Now, let’s look again at the “Canadian Tuxedo”. This time with a chambray shirt and dark navy skinny jeans. The light blue and dark navy contrast so that the wearer is not a blob of blue. Much better, eh?

canadian tuxedo

(via Pinterest)

Next up, let’s play with a monochrome outfit inspired by Pantone’s Color of 2013. A green monochromatic outfit is a bit more daring, but the vivid and fresh look is well worth it. Pull out some dark emerald corduroy skinnies, add the palest mint green top, throw in a few accessories and there you have it! You can even reverse the idea by wearing mint jeans and and emerald top.

monochrome green outfit

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Back in black. If you prefer not to look like you are a ninja attending a funeral, make sure to utilize different shades of black (like any type of gray!) in an outfit.

monochrome black

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Now for something a bit more challenging. Neutral beiges and tans. As mentioned before, a tan monochromatic outfit should not resemble oatmeal. The variance of saturation should be subtle and noticeable at the same time. Start with ivory, progress to beige, and move on to tan. Now it looks as though you are wearing nude colors, and not in the nude.

neutral business wear

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Until next time,



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