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How To Select High Quality Dress Shirts

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What does James Bond from Her Majesty’s Secret Service have in common with Don Draper from AMC’s Mad Men series? Other than the fact that they’re both fictional characters, they are both men with perfect style, including impeccable taste in men’s dress shirts.

Men who care about dressing well may appear to be careful about everything from shoes to suits, but their real obsession is with dress shirts. While women might desire a wide selection of shoes, sartorial men want a wide selection of dress shirts.

While it might seem that there is more to say about picking good running shoes than to pick a dress shirt, a stylish man evaluates many details that other men miss entirely. He considers the stitching on the buttons. He considers the weight of the fabric. He considers how well the collar holds up when wearing a jacket. 

He also considers whether it’s merely a fashionable dress shirt or a performance dress shirt. While a trendy shirt will look good at a sedentary office job, a performance shirt will stand up to frequent movement and sweat when worn in an active job. For example, a sales trainer giving an enthusiastic presentation to a large group would be better off with a performance dress shirt.

Choosing a dress shirt is much more complicated than most people imagine, and the reason why it matters is because it can make a huge difference to a man’s career. For instance, it can make a difference when talking to a client, making a presentation, attending a social gathering, or going to a job interview. Men who dress for success understand that grabbing a shirt off the rack and hoping things will work out is not the best way to create a favorable impression. It’s important to spend time finding the best color, fit and quality.

While the well-dressed man might claim that he merely thinks about the finer details because he’s being practical, the truth is that men who love clothes evaluate at least 7 different characteristics in a dress shirt. Here are the things he evaluates:

  1. Color. Colors depend on the job or activity. An executive should not wear the same color at work as he will when meeting his colleagues for dinner. The choice of color must match the environment or the occasion. While off-white or light blue might look great in the office, brighter, bolder colors will help project a lively image at a social gathering.
  2. Patterns. Like colors, these depend on the occasion. While solid colors can work for formal occasions, a person will look overdressed at a casual party. Subtle patterns, stripes, and plaids work better for business-casual type of situations.
  3. Fit. When it comes to fit, there are three choices. You can wear a slim fit, athletic fit, or broad fit. The right fit depends on your body type. A slim fit is tighter around the chest and the sides, without much fabric at the back. It’s ideal for an ectomorph, someone who has a flat chest, small shoulders, and lean muscle mass. An athletic fit has more fabric around the chest and tapers toward the waist. It’s ideal for a mesomorph, someone who is athletic, with well-defined muscles and a rectangular shaped body. Finally, a broad fit has a customary amount of fabric, It’s ideal for an endomorph, some who is stocky and has a rounder physique.
  4. Fibers. The best fibers are linen and cotton. Linen is a strong fiber and has a crisper look than cotton. Since it retains heat, it’s best worn during the cooler seasons, like fall and winter. Cotton is also a strong fiber and it can be worn in any season. It’s soft and is suitable for work and formal settings.
  5. Weave. A weave is the thickness and tightness of the thread. These are classified as broadcloth, pinpoint, oxford, and twill. Since these are hard to detect with the naked eye, you will have to ask the salesperson or look for any product descriptions. Broadcloth is best for executive functions, high-level business meetings. Pinpoint is best for formal social occasions like a dinner. Oxford is best for general business wear or a formal gathering. And finally, twill works well for formal and informal occasions because while the shirts are soft, they are less likely to wrinkle because they have a diagonal ribbed pattern.
  6. Ties. When wearing ties, it’s best to choose a light blue, gray, or white shirt. These solid shirt colors work well with almost any tie, whether or not it’s a patterned or solid color tie. By contrast, the best way to advertise that you have no idea how to dress is to wear a tie with a patterned shirt.
  7. Collars. The two primary choices when it comes to collars are point and spread collars. The point collar is considered the default standard, and the edge of the collar points at an angle of 60 degrees. The spread collar is considered more youthful and carefree, and the edge of the collar points at an angle of 90 degrees.

While many men distinguish between a quality dress shirt by the brand name or the price tag, it can still be difficult to decide between two quality brand names at similar price points. Using this 7 point checklist will make it easier to pick the best shirts.

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Omega Seamaster 1948 Limited Editions Pay Tribute To The Original Classics

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If you are in the market for some wrist candy that is both classic and timeless, you have got to check out the Omega Seamaster 1948 Limited Editions. Released to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the Seamaster, these watches pay tribute to Omega’s original post-war classics.

A little backstory: Between 1940 and 1945, Omega delivered more than 110,000 timepieces to the British Ministry of Defense, all highly valued by British airmen and sailors for their water-resistance and reliability in combat. After the war, there was demand for a civilian version of the watch. This led to the creation of Omega’s first family of watches in 1948, the Seamaster.

The Seamaster has since become one of the cornerstones of Omega, known for their precision, water-resistance and reliability.

Omega Seamaster 1948 Limited Edition Central Second

In celebration of the Seamaster’s 70th anniversary, the brand has released two new watches that are clearly inspired by the two 1948 inaugural Seamaster models, with a slight touch of modernity added. “We do not have the same movement from the original 1948 because it would be too complicated,” said Jean-Claude Monachon, vice president at Omega.

Two models are available, one with a central seconds hand, one with a small seconds counter at 6 o’clock and each limited to 1,948 pieces. Other updates from the original include a larger diameter (expanding it from 34mm to 38mm), and water resistance of up to 200 feet.

A stainless steel case, polished bezel, opaline white domed dial and polished crown, embossed with vintage Omega logo are common to both models. The watches are presented in their own special collector’s box made of soft brown leather and are delivered with a spare NATO strap, along with a strap changing tool.

Omega Seamaster 1948 Limited Edition Small Second

There’s no doubt about it, the Omega Seamaster 1948 Limited Editions deliver the quality and craftsmanship we’ve come to expect from the company, and you will be hard-pressed to find a more beautiful and historical watch anywhere.

It’s perfect for gift giving. To yourself of course.

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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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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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