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Four Ways To Rock The Grunge Look

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It’s 2018, but the ’90s grunge fashion is showing no signs of ever becoming obsolete. The casual and playful combination of clothes and accessories is actually a product of generation Y’s desire to break free from the restrictive bonds of society and express individuality.

Today, grunge fashion is being reinvented to combine it with modern sensibilities. And if you want to keep the grunge fashion alive, you can sell your vintage clothes online or at secondhand stores. That adds authenticity to a real grunge lifestyle. Remember that grunge fashion is about nonconformity.

How does one pull off the grunge look? We’ve got you covered with these helpful tips:

Clothes

The economic upswing experienced in the 1980s ushered, in the ’90s, the rise of capitalism, a system where the means of production are owned by private entities. A lot of people then, the youth especially, resented the idea that human values were defined by materials and money.

As a reaction, some people decided to go against the ideal. They didn’t care about brand names. They cared about comfort and functionality. It’s no wonder then that the clothes were mixed and matched haphazardly. The silhouette was deemphasized, and the focus instead was on an androgynous look, which went beyond gender-biased fashion taste.

Music influenced fashion, as bands had their own merchandise and key musicians like Kurt Cobain created their own clothing aesthetics. Band shirts were paired with distressed jeans. Flannel shirts were worn over graphic tees or, when the weather was hot, tied around the waist. The older and more distressed your clothes were, the better.

The denim jacket was the go-to clothing item because of it’s versatility.

Footwear and Accessories

High-top sneakers and chunky combat boots were the usual footwear. Converse and Doc Martens were popular brands then.

Bracelets with metallic details like studs and spikes, round sunglasses, and slouchy beanies were the typical accessories. They were unusual choices but went well with a person’s overall look, exuding an effortlessly put-together outfit.

Hairstyle

What may be unkempt for some is actually trendy for others. Scruffy hair, dyed blond or in crazy colors like purple or orange, gave the appearance of someone who just got out of bed. This may have looked dirty to some, but it was not unclean.

Summing Up…

While grunge is considered a trend now, it actually started as a non-trend, a resistance to the conventions of previous generations. The seemingly careless and random choices of clothes and accessories ultimately expressed a generation’s need for self-identity, as well as their frustration and disenchantment over a society that placed a high premium on materials and excessive profit. Grunge transcends clothing choices; instead it reflects a lifestyle that rebels against loneliness and fights for social rights.

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5 Tips On Matching Watches With Style

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Every man has his own style, and finding a men’s watch to fit your style can be tricky if you don’t know what to look for. Don’t get caught wearing something tacky! Instead, follow these expert tips, and you should be good to go.

Choose the Right Watch Size for Your Wrist

Not every man has the same size wrist, so every man will need a differently sized watch to accommodate them. The key to looking stylish with a new watch and not looking like a kid wearing a watch from the cereal box is to find one that perfectly fits you. Measure your wrist circumference and keep it in mind as you start to shop for men’s watches.

If you’re a little bit on the “large and in charge” side of the spectrum, take a look at these big face watches made from geardhardware.com and worn by bodybuilding legends.

Quartz Movement vs. Automatic: Which is Better?

Behind all of the shiny parts on the outside of the watch is the heart of the machine that keeps track of time. You want something that is as reliable as the morning sun without much fuss. There are two primary choices here: quartz or automatic.

Quartz movement watches are fairly reliable but require batteries and the second hand often goes in a tick-tock kind of motion. Automatic watches on the other hand, well, automatically keep track of time! No batteries, only powered by the motion of your wrist. Although if you store the watch for a couple of days, time will catch up and you’ll need to “wind” it up again.

Strap Up

The strap is what keeps time by your side at all times, and it is also one of the ways you can truly express your style. Metal link watches are more versatile for everyday use and hold up well, leather bands look great it a suit, and the NATO, canvas style is more casual and utilitarian. Determine the style you’re going for and strap up accordingly.

Consider Face and Case Size

Some watches have super big faces while others are nestled in a metal case. It all comes down to preference, but traditionally watches with a wider face are for formal events while watches with bulky metal cases are more for everyday wear. You can bend the rules, however—it is your style after all. Think about this when choosing a watch especially if you intend to wear it while you’re at the gym or working on cars and such. You’ll want something tough that can hold up to use and abuse.

Simple or Technical?

What do you want out of your watch? Some people prefer the cleaner aesthetic of a big face watch with only hands with no numbers or bulky crowns and dials. Some people on the other hand like their watches to tell them the time, the temperature, and jokes if it can. It’s all your preference and what you consider most important in a watch.

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Have Difficulty Driving At Night? You Need A Pair Of Night Drivers Glasses

Do you have trouble driving at night? Over the years, I’ve noticed myself struggling to drive at night, squinting to see in the limited light, while avoiding the blinding glare from headlights and streetlights. When I asked my eye doctor about this […]

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This post was sponsored by Night Drivers as part of an Influencer Activation for Influence Central and all opinions expressed in my post are my own.

Night Drivers Glasses

Do you have trouble driving at night? Over the years, I’ve noticed myself struggling to drive at night, squinting to see in the limited light, while avoiding the blinding glare from headlights and streetlights. When I asked my eye doctor about this, he told me that this was perfectly normal, and that as we get older, our pupils become less response, thus allowing less light transmission into our eyes.

After doing some research, I came across Night Drivers by Solar Shield, night driving glasses that enhance contrast and reduce glare to improve overall visibility at night, making it much easier for you to drive at night.

Here’s how it works. Night Drivers have special yellow lenses that improve contrast, making it easier to see in the dark. What’s more, they have an anti-reflective coating to help block the glare from headlights, especially those ultra-bright HID (high intensity discharge) headlights that light up the night. Those bright lights are great for the driver, but they are terrible when they are pointed right at you.

Night Drivers Glasses

Night Drivers glasses have a soothing effect on the eyes, reducing eye-fatigue and strain. Furthermore, Night Drivers lens technology passes global traffic light standards to enhance contrast and reduce glare.

With darkness coming even earlier these days (thanks, Daylight Savings Time), I found myself driving home from work in the dark now, so I decided to test out a pair of Night Drivers for myself to see if they would help, opting for the “Sunday Driver” style, which as you can see look like stylish aviator sunglasses.

The difference was immediately noticeable – I was able to see much “clearer” than before, without the eye-fatigue (and subsequent headache) that would often come from me driving at night.

It’s hard to believe that a pair of $25 glasses could make such a difference, but trust me when I tell you that they really work. Drive safer at night by improving your visibility with Night Drivers glasses by Solar Shield!

Night Drivers Glasses

So what do you say? If you’re having difficulty driving at night, pick up a pair of Night Drivers and get ready to see everything in a new light. Be sure to use the promo code NDI-4 for 50% off of your purchase and free shipping within the United States

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How To Choose The Best Formal Shoes

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They say that shoes can make a man. And with the right pair, anything is possible. In fact, of all the items in a man’s wardrobe, shoes are the single most important element of style.. yet it’s often the most overlooked.

Now I’ll admit, in my earlier years, I too was guilty of this. When I had my first job interview, I bought a pair of black dress shoes from a local department store, and anytime I had a formal event to go to (work, interviews, weddings, funerals, first dates, etc), I’d throw them on and be on my way.

But here’s the thing. When it comes to formal shoes, you get what you pay for. So spend the extra money for some well-made shoes made with real leather, sturdy stitching and solid soles, as you will definitely get your money’s worth out of them over time. Italian shoes are made to last: Canali’s formal shoes are known for their great craftsmanship and high quality. I’ll share some tips with you in a moment, but first let me tell you one other reason why you should opt for this kind of shoes.

Trust me when I tell you that women will take notice of your shoes. I’ll never forget this job interview I had a few years back. I had dressed to impress, with a freshly pressed suit, starched shirt, a bold tie, and a nice watch, along with my brand new, very nice, somewhat expensive shoes. The very first thing the interviewer said to me as I walked into her office was “nice shoes”.

When it comes to dress shoes, there are numerous styles to choose from (Oxfords, Derby shoes, loafers and monk straps), and depending on the occasion, some will be more suitable than others. Not sure which one to go with? We’re here with some suggestions to help you out.

Black calfskin Oxford shoes

You can never go wrong with a pair of classic black leather Oxfords (plain toe or cap toe), which can be worn for the most formal of events (black tie, weddings, funerals and job interviews). They’re sleek, simplistic, and should be a staple of any man’s closet.

If you are looking for something that’s not quite as formal, the Derby shoe is a solid choice, with open lacing that allows for a wider fit than an Oxford. One of my favorite looks is a brown leather Derby brogue (with decorative perforations along the seams of the shoe) with a pair of jeans or chinos and a sharp shirt.

Loafers and monk straps are nice options when you’re dressing up in the summer months, going well with a lightweight linen suit or a button-down shirt and chinos. Socks are of course optional.

Hopefully this post helps you understand the differences between the various options available, so you can look your best at any event, interview, meeting, or date that requires a formal shoe.

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