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From opening up floor plans to remodeling rooms, updating your home can be a time-intensive and costly process. And though your average might promise you otherwise, it’s not always easy to find upgrades that suit your aesthetic. However, that doesn’t mean it’s impossible. You can make significant improvements to your home—and boost your enjoyment of it, too—for a pretty reasonable amount. From to space-saving storage, we’ve rounded up 50 amazing ways to —all for under $50. *Note: Since deals are always coming and going, some of the sale prices shown in this article may no longer apply. 1 A gold wall sconce $26; buy now at Need a stylish way to illuminate your space? This black and gold wall sconce is the perfect addition to any , whether you’re in a contemporary home or favor mid-century modern décor. 2 A stylish paper bag recycling bin $48; buy now at Who says your bins have to be boring? This paper bag recycling bin is so adorable, you’ll be eager to display those recyclable goods. 3 A cotton front door wreath $46; buy now at If you want to boost your home’s and make it look stunning for the season, this cotton wreath will kill two birds with one stone. 4 A braided laundry basket $59$44; buy now at may be a thankless task, but a fancy French laundry basket can add a little style to every cycle. 5 A marble catchall $13; buy now at We’ve all been there: After a , you toss your keys onto whatever piece of furniture is nearest and then scramble to find them again in the morning. Luckily, this elegant marble catchall makes those misplaced keys, change, and other knick-knacks a thing of the past. 6 A faux-leather folding ottoman $34; buy now at Just because you use your remote control frequently doesn’t mean it should become a permanent fixture in your home décor. For all those living room extras you’d rather keep tucked away, this faux-leather ottoman is perfect. 7 A gridded wall shelf $40$34; buy now at Bulky bookshelves aren’t the only way to give yourself more room to display your treasured goods. This cantilever wall shelf isn’t just , it’s an attractive way to show off those travel souvenirs and other pieces of ephemera. 8 A bronze dome lamp $50$35; buy now at Here’s a bright idea: Add this vintage-inspired metal lamp to your and elevate your space in an instant. 9 An antique-inspired soap dispenser $20; buy now at You don’t need to break out the sledgehammer to give your a major makeover. Case in point: This glass soap dispenser can immediately add some serious style to any powder room. 10 A gold letter holder $13; buy now at Instead of letting that mail pile up on your entryway, keep it organized with this stylish gold letter holder. 11 A motion sensing table lamp $25; buy now at You don’t have to spend tons of money on a pricey smart home system to enjoy more . This motion-sensing table lamp is under $25, but has all the functionality—and style—of a far pricier piece. Plus, it turns itself off when it detects no one is in the room. 12 A bathroom rolling shelf $46; buy now at Eager to hide those less-than-beautiful bathroom accessories? Even if you don’t have a sink with a cabinet underneath, you can keep those extras under wraps with this rolling shelf. 13 A birdhouse cubby $50; buy now at Whether you’re an amateur or you simply love rustic design, this birdhouse-inspired shelf is sure to keep your home looking stylish—and , too. 14 A pink glass vase $18; buy now at Those blooms from your local florist—or just your —will look sweet in this delicate petal pink vase. 15 A filigree bathroom rack $44; buy now at Small bathrooms, meet your match. This over-the-toilet space-saving bathroom organizer is every bit as stylish as it is smart. 16 These blue ceramic storage bowls $24; buy now at Whether you’re practicing your mise en place with these stylish ceramics or using them to keep track of those odds and ends on your nightstand, these bowls are a chic way to keep everything contained. 17 A sleek cord-concealer $40; buy now at Even the most room can look a little rough with a tangle of cables in the corner. Luckily, this cable-containing box does a great job concealing all those electronic elements. 18 A statement tray $49; buy now at The next time you have guests over, you’re sure to wow them when you bring out their or appetizers on this chic serving tray. 19 A triple copper pot holder $60$24; buy now at Who needs those glass ramekins that are always getting lost or broken? When you’re hosting your next get-together—or even the next time you make burgers at home and want to put out condiments—use this elegant set of copper cauldrons instead. 20 A dog treat canister $30$26; buy now at That in your life doesn’t just deserve treats—they deserve stylishly-presented ones, too. Fortunately, this attractive canister won’t look out of place even in the most minimalist . 21 A woven leather rug $20; buy now at Looking to add a little style to your entryway—or just give yourself a soft landing when you get out of bed? This upcycled leather rug is sure to fit the bill. 22 A gilded starburst clock $30; buy now at You don’t have to spend a huge amount of money on to infuse your home with mid-century charm. Case in point: This stylish starburst, which clocks in at just under $30. 23 Or a clock that predicts inclement weather $25; buy now at Who needs a app? This adorable cloud sits on your desk, nightstand, or kitchen counter, and changes its consistency based on the weather. It’s the cutest reminder for which days you need an umbrella. 24 A cat night light $18; buy now at If you love your , why not incorporate their pawsitively adorable image into your décor scheme with this sweet little night light? 25 A set of gold canisters From $20; buy now at Oatmeal and coffee may be morning essentials for you, but that doesn’t mean you want to see the unattractive boxes they came in on your counter. Luckily, this canister set can help you ditch them and make your kitchen look Ina Garten-levels of organized. 26 A set of ceramic planters From $29From $21; buy now at You don’t need a garden to exercise your . These tabletop planters are the perfect spot for those herbs, spices, or succulents. 27 A substantial circular mirror $67$34; buy now at It doesn’t take a lot of money to add a lot of style to your space. This sizable mirror works in a bedroom, bathroom, or front hall, and will only set you back $34. 28 A set of llama planters $49$36; buy now at Looking to add a little whimsy to your design scheme? These adorable llama are the perfect way to make any table or windowsill more cheerful. 29 A rustic white medicine cabinet $49; buy now at You don’t need to spend thousands on barn doors and shiplap to infuse your home with some rustic appeal. Even if you’re not ready to commit to a full home makeover, this farmhouse-style medicine cabinet will certainly brighten up your bathroom. 30 A velvet floor pillow $39; buy now at No room in your budget for additional couches or chairs? No problem! These pintuck pillows make the floor just as comfortable a lounging spot as your average armchair. 31 A set of brass frames From $25; buy now at With these chic brass frames, you might actually be convinced to from your social media IRL. 32 A silver semi-flush-mount light $38; buy now at Those standard builder-grade flush-mount fixtures are doing nothing for the appeal of your room. And while this silver-accented light is inexpensive, it can make any space look like a . 33 A terra cotta wall planter $15; buy now at Finding a stylish home for your precious plants doesn’t have to be an expensive proposition. Whether you’re attaching them to the outside of your home or creating a stylish plant wall indoors, these terra cotta planters can add instant appeal. 34 A white drum light $49; buy now at Ditch that drab lighting your home came with and spiff up your space with this pretty drum light, certain to . 35 A macramé hanging shelf $49; buy now at Just because you’re short on space doesn’t mean you have to skimp on style. While it’s got a low profile, this macramé hanging shelf can add instant appeal to any room. 36 A snazzy ring holder $30; buy now at Don’t lose another piece of jewelry to the recesses of your nightstand again. With this adorable, brightly-colored Lily Pulitzer jewelry holder, you can easily keep track of all of your baubles and display them with pride. 37 A brass lotus lamp $35; buy now at While it’s got tons of vintage-inspired charm, this brass lamp base definitely doesn’t have an antique-store price tag. 38 A gold starburst mirror $49$36; buy now at Starburst mirrors have been home design staples for the better part of a century, but like many antiques, their cost is often prohibitive. Luckily, these West Elm mirrors have ample style, a wallet-friendly price, and are small enough to use in conjunction with other pieces without overwhelming your walls. 39 A set of brass beetle knobs $15; buy now at Give that old dresser or nightstand new life. Your houseguests will definitely be bugging out over these gorgeous drawer pulls. 40 A glass bowl sink $44; buy now at You don’t have to spend on a remodel to get a magazine-worthy bathroom. This glass vessel sink serves up big style with a budget-friendly price. 41 A lemon-print shower curtain $39; buy now at That dingy shower curtain you’ve had for years isn’t doing your bathroom any favors. So, how can you liven up your space without spending a fortune? This lemon-print shower curtain is a perfectly sweet addition. 42 An adjustable shoe rack $45; buy now at Those muddy boots need to go somewhere, but that doesn’t mean your bedroom floor should be littered with shoes. And luckily, with this adjustable shoe rack, you can . 43 A mosaic glass trash can $25; buy now at Just because something is used for trash doesn’t mean it needs to look like garbage, too. This chic mosaic wastebasket is the perfect accessory to replace those cold metal cans. 44 A set of wooden dot coat hooks $18; buy now at No room for a coat rack? No problem! Taking a page from ‘60s home decor style, these adorable dot coat hooks can keep that clutter at bay. 45 A set of agate bookends From $24-From $18; buy now at You’re proud of your —and you should be proud of how you display it, too. With these gorgeous agate bookends, you never have to sort through a dusty pile of novels to find the one you want to read again. 46 A white and gold palm print pillow $50$42; buy now at You can lend some tropical vibes to your design scheme with the addition of this stylish palm-print pillow. 47 A five-tiered towel shelf $40; buy now at A lack of a linen closet doesn’t have to mean your towels are haphazardly hung up all over the place. This five-tiered rack can keep those towels organized—and stylishly so. 48 A triangular side table $50$39; buy now at Whether you’ve got a small space, a small budget, or both, this petite side table is sure to liven up any corner without breaking the bank. 49 A set of crackled glass coasters $32; buy now at Is there anything more frustrating than finding a beverage ring on your coffee table? With these stylish coasters, you can rest your drinks in style—and without fear. 50 A white wooden lacquer tray $44$33; buy now at Organization is everything. And with this tray, you can keep your nightstand, front-hall console, or bathroom vanity looking like a magazine-worthy tableau. And for more ways to make your home feel more spacious, discover these . To discover more amazing secrets about living your best life, to follow us on Instagram! The post appeared first on .
May 02, 2019
There was no such thing at subtlety in the —if you wanted to be cool, that is. Bright statement colors (and by bright, we mean neon), acid-wash jeans, Members Only jackets, and Swatch watches were the definition of totally tubular—so in order to light up a room, you literally had to light up a room. And though we certainly don’t want these ’80s to return, it’s always fun to , cringe, and say, “.” So put on your fingerless lace gloves and straighten up those shoulder pads, because it’s time to relive the ’80s fashion trends that defined cool. 1 Acid-wash jeans Image via Wikimedia Commons Acid-wash denim . It was accidentally created by Italy’s Rifle jeans company when they tumbled jeans and pumice stones with bleach in a washing machine without water. And the best part was that it was possible to create this ’80s fashion trend, which was particularly popular with punks, on your own. All you had to do was splatter bleach on your high-waisted jeans or overside denim jacket, and suddenly your threads looked just like the glitzy garments being sold at Bloomingdales. 2 Jams shorts Jams shorts, with their bright, often Hawaiian-inspired patterns, perfectly demonstrated the loud of the ’80s. Jams were another staple of skater culture, with both men and women proudly sporting them even if they weren’t anywhere near a beach. And if you want to buy someone Jams as a , you’re in luck: They’re one of the . 3 Vans Alamy Mostly thanks to skater Jeff Spicoli (Sean Penn) in , checkered Vans sneakers were everywhere in the 1980s. Nothing seemed to quite embody the spirit of California cool like Vans did, and still do to this day. 4 Croakies croakies.com Today, Croakies would probably be considered . But in the 1980s, everyone was sporting these sunglasses straps. Actually, you can still shop the Croakies 40th-anniversary collection today (like the pair above) at . We have to admit, it’s a great way to ensure you don’t loose your Wayfarers. 5 Shoulder pads Wikimedia Commons/Pirot Historical Archive There was no better way to look professional in the 1980s than with a blazer with massive shoulder pads. Truly, bigger was better when it came to this ’80s fashion trend, which Andie Walsh (Molly Ringwald) embodied in . If it looked like your boyfriend or husband loaned it to you, you knew you’d found the perfect blazer. 6 Members Only jackets Even if you didn’t grow up during the 1980s, you’re likely familiar with the Members Only jacket, thanks to the series Stranger Things. They were a signature ’80s fashion trend and were famous for their advertising campaigns, some of which were odd PSAs and others of which featured celebrities like . 7 Chunky jewelry Everett Collection / Shutterstock Just like everything else, accessories only got bigger and bolder in the 1980s. Gold chains became hugely popular during this era, thanks to Mr. T wearing a breastplate of chains on the hit show The A Team. Soon enough, numerous rappers, like members of The Sugarhill Gang, adopted the style. 8 Sperry Top-Siders Alamy Though Sperrys first launched in the 1930s, they didn’t have their moment until the 1980s, when the preppy look took over the and subsequently street style as well. When it came to ’80s fashion trends, Ivy League style ruled, and so Sperry Top-Siders were the only acceptable footwear to accompany your khakis and the tied around your neck. 9 Leggings Image via Amazon With the rise of the aerobics craze, leggings became a fashion staple in the 1980s. As Jane Fonda perfectly demonstrates here, they were often worn under a high-cut leotard (ideally in neon, of course). 10 Neon Condé Nast If you weren’t covered in neon in the 1980s, then what exactly were you wearing? In the ’80s, you could see someone coming from a mile away. (At least nighttime bicycle riding wasn’t a problem!) With its neon leg warmers and off-the-shoulder sweatshirts, this decade glowed brighter than the rest. 11 Animal print Wikimedia Commons/National Archives and Records Administration Could you even consider yourself trendy if you weren’t decked out in animal prints in the ’80s? Cheetah, giraffe, and even zebra-print garments were about as common during the Reagan era as “Just Say No” memorabilia. But this wild style (worn by Suzanne Somers here) wasn’t for women alone. Animal print was popular in , too; even the members of Mötley Crüe got in on the trend. 12 Ray-Ban Wayfarers Wikimedia Commons/Alan Light If you lived you through the ’80s or are a , you can probably still picture strutting around in his Ray-Ban Wayfarers in Risky Business. From the moment the movie was released in 1983, anyone who aspired to reach Cruise’s level of cool—including Corey Feldman here—had to have a pair. 13 Bally shoes bally.com The 1980s saw the birth of hip-hop culture, and along with it came a style that would define a generation. Bally sneakers, which ’80s rappers like Rakim and Slick Rick were particular fans of, were considered the ultimate status symbol throughout the decade. (The shoes stoke so much ’80s nostalgia that you can still buy them now, for $425 on ). 14 Lace accessories © 1985 Orion Lace was everywhere in the 1980s—mostly thanks to Madonna’s influence on stage, in her music videos, and in 1985’s Desperately Seeking Susan (pictured here). From gloves and headbands to sheer tops and leggings, anything could be—and was—made of lace in the 1980s. 15 Swatch watches Founded by Swiss watchmaker Nicolas Hayek in 1983, Swatch watches were one of the biggest ’80s fashion trends. During the decade, the brightly colored timepieces adorned the wrists of cool kids everywhere. And since they were also pretty affordable—the watches sold for about $50 each—it became fashionable to wear more than one on each arm. In fact, the more Swatches you piled on, the better. 16 Mickey Mouse clothing Galvanized/Diana Bruk In the 1980s, Disney was more than just a popular theme park—it was also a trademark style. After John Lennon proudly wore a Mickey Mouse ringer tee in the decade prior, it wasn’t long before vintage-inspired Disney shirts and sweatshirts were everywhere. 17 Kangol hats Any knew there was a single acceptable piece of headwear: the Kangol hat. Whether you went for a beret or the bucket hat, the English brand, with its distinctive kangaroo logo, took the States by storm in the ’80s. Soon enough, Kangol became a hallmark of hip-hop style, as you can see from LL Cool J’s 1987 “I Need Love” music video. 18 High-waisted jeans Alamy The stylish set of the 1980s rebelled agains the with super high-waisted ones instead. As modeled by Freddie Mercury here, they were functional, comfortable, and looked great paired with a “Choose Life” tee. Plus, thanks to those big back pockets, high-waisted jeans could hold a cell phone the size of a brick, which is about how big they were at the time. 19 Tracksuits Wikimedia Commons/Allan Warren In the 1980s, tracksuits transcended workout wear and became an everyday fashion staple for the coolest kids on the block, namely thanks to The Beastie Boys and LL Cool J. The tracksuits of the ’80s, like those made by Adidas, came in a wide assortment of colors, patterns, and fabrics. If you wanted a neon nylon set, Surf Style had you covered. But if you wanted a suave velour version, Fila was probably your go-to. 20 Coca-Cola clothing If there’s one thing Americans love, it’s Coca-Cola. And in the 1980s, we didn’t just love to drink Coke—we loved to wear it, too. Branded Coca-Cola merchandise was a huge ’80s fashion trend, and the most iconic item was the rugby shirt. Designer Tommy Hilfiger created these relics, which featured Coca-Cola’s famous cursive letters and bright red hue. 21 Ruffled shirts Wikimedia Commons/Ronald Reagan Presidential Whether you were Prince, Liberace, or Nancy Reagan, ruffled (or “puffy”) shirts were the look of 1980s royalty. Sure, they were a little loud and gaudy, but that’s what the 1980s were all about. 22 Cazals Wikimedia Commons/Alan Light Oversized Cazal glasses were a paragon of ’80s fashion. Created by Australian designer and visionary Cari Zalloni, these bold specs were incredibly popular and had celebrity fans like and Spike Lee. 23 Miniskirts Image via Wikimedia Commons Unlike the A-line miniskirts of , the ’80s skirt styles were tighter, shorter, brighter, and more likely to be covered in acid-washed ruffles. 24 White pumps If you were a bridesmaid in the 1980s, you probably also owned a pair of white satin pumps. While other colors, especially neon shades, were popular in the 1980s, white was iconic. “The white stiletto once stood for style that was bold, brash and sexy,” a fashion writer from explained. 25 Puffy vests After Back to the Future came out in 1985, every guy wanted a puffy vest so he could be more like Michael J. Fox’s Marty McFly. And, just like you didn’t have to be at the beach to wear Jams, it didn’t have to be cold to sport this wintertime look. And if you can’t get enough ’80s fashion, check out these . 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April 12, 2019
Timberlands that never once graced a construction site. Surf shorts that never saw a beach. Boat shoes that never set foot on a dock. The ‘90s were, if nothing else, a perplexing time for . From the ankle-bearing allure of capri pants to the ease of throwing your hair up with a brightly-colored scrunchie, ‘90s were wonderfully weird. Read on for the definitive list of the style moments from this defining decade. Paramount Pictures / Pictorial Press Ltd / Alamy Stock Photo 1 Bomber jackets Military-inspired style proved to be immensely popular in the ’90s. And leading the charge was the iconic bomber jacket. Designer Raf Simons spearheaded the trend that got an added boost from in Top Gun and Natalie Portman in Léon: The Professional. Trinity Mirror / Mirrorpix / Alamy Stock Photo 2 Slip dresses Supermodels like Naomi Campbell and Kate Moss catapulted the slip dress to new levels of infamy . It’s no secret that the last decade of the 20th century was all about minimalism in every sense of the word. But this ’90s fashion trend proved just how minimal style could truly go. Slip dresses left little to the imagination, hugging every curve. Flickr/Joshua Heller 3 Fanny packs At one point, they were just reserved for tourists to keep a watchful eye on their belongings. But fanny packs found a captive and even fashionable audience in the ’90s. The late himself created his very own fanny pack for , which premiered on the brand’s runway in 1994. From that point on, the decade witnessed the debut of countless other designer and mass-produced fanny pack styles that would eventually epitomize an entire decade of fashion. Wikimedia Commons/Airwolfberlin 4 Plaid flannel shirts Nothing epitomizes the grunge look of the ’90s like plaid flannel shirts. Rockers like Kurt Cobain, heartthrobs like Jonathan Bradis, and “it” girls like Claire Danes alike wore them, whether slouched over their shoulders or tied around their waists. 5 Timberlands Timberlands go much further back than the 1990s. Nathan Swartz initially designed the boots with blue collar workers in mind. But in the ’90s, they became a status symbol in hip-hop. Everyone from Nas to Notorious B.I.G. wore them—and rapper and producer Timbaland even named himself after the construction boots. Delias 6 Baby tees You can thank stars like Jennifer Aniston and Tyra Banks for this trend, which kept in line with the minimalism that dominated ’90s fashion trends. In their own way, baby tees reinforced the “less is more” approach. And they were the precursor for the crop tops that took over in the early 2000s. 7 Scrunchies It’s safe to say that the biggest hair accessory of the ’90s was the scrunchie, available in a whole host of colors, sizes, and fabrics. They adorned the high ponytails of everyone on Full House and Saved By the Bell and even made their way to the . From Thelma & Louise to the movie version of Buffy the Vampire Slayer (RIP ), you just couldn’t escape the scrunchie in the ’90s. A certain red one was even used as a metaphor for power in . krugloff / Shutterstock 8 Chain wallets This relic of the ’90s was more about fashion than function. Chain wallets were a mainstay in the punk and grunge scenes at the time, even though they’re now considered the “.” Flickr/Opacity 9 Platform sneakers After each member of the Spice Girls sported chunky sneakers in the “Wannabe” music video, it wasn’t long before women everywhere wanted similar shoes. If you fell for this ’90s fashion trend, chances are you got yours from an Alloy or Delia’s catalog. Barry King / Alamy Stock Photo 10 Board shorts Board shorts, of course, were typically worn by surfers. But that didn’t stop young people in the ’90s from wearing Roxy, Billabong, or O’Neill shorts when they were nowhere near the ocean. The guys’ version was super long and the girls’ was extra short. But they were pretty practical—instead of buttons and zippers, the fly was typically made of velcro. Heather Kaiser / Flickr 11 Combat boots Your ’90s grunge look wasn’t complete without a pair of combat boots. They reigned supreme and Doc Martens specifically were the kings of the shoe market. Whether you wanted floral ones, a crushed velvet look, metallic material, or yes, even plaid, there was truly a Doc Marten for everyone. Flickr/Vintspiration 12 Penny loafers Penny loafers, a shoe once largely associated with school uniforms, took a turn for the trendy in the 1990s. In addition to the classic brown leather slip-on style, penny loafers were transformed by designers in the 1990s with the addition of buckles and chunky platform heels. They were frequently paired with babydoll dresses, that is, if you were super cool. AF archive / Alamy Stock Photo 13 Overalls While overalls have been the uniform of farmers since time immemorial, the ‘90s made them a must-have fashion trend for adults. Whether long, short, patterned, or plain, there was no wrong way to wear your overalls in the 1990s. But if you wanted to prove just how cool you were, you’d definitely leave one side undone. Scott Weiner / MediaPunch Inc / Alamy Stock Photo 14 Babydoll dresses Throughout the 1990s, babydoll dresses became a fashion staple for goths, punks, and Lilith Fair attendees alike. The trend’s popularity surged, thanks in no small part to Hole front woman Courtney Love, who frequently wore micro-mini versions of the style on stage, complete with bows and lace. IMDB/Outerbanks Productions 15 Chinos They may have been the go-to pants of Gap employees, accountants, and pretty much everyone’s dad in decades prior, but in the 1990s, chinos had their moment in the sun. Whether worn baggy or fitted and cuffed, these former hallmarks of square style were suddenly cool in the ‘90s. Presumably, we have James Van Der Beek and the cast of to thank for that. Flickr/Direz Zender 16 Boat shoes Much like chinos, the rise of the docksider in the 1990s was undeniably perplexing to those who’d known them as decidedly uncool dad shoes in the decades prior. That said, if you wanted to make it clear you were a trendsetter in the ‘90s, it was time to head to your local mall to check out their Sperry selection. IMDB/ABC 17 Horizontally-striped sweaters Clearly, in the 1990s, it cool for adults to dress like overgrown toddlers. Case in point: The popularity of the horizontally-striped sweater, a trend that became synonymous with grunge style, courtesy of Kurt Cobain and Jared Leto as Jordan Catalano on My So-Called Life. Flickr/Cheryl 18 Chokers If it didn’t look like your head was being held on by your necklace in the ‘90s, you couldn’t call yourself cool. Instead of traditional drop chains, 1990s trendsetters were all about the choker, whether wearing them in lace, leather, or stretchy plastic “tattoo” form. Chris Willson / Alamy Stock Photo 19 G-Shock watches Long before the advent of the smartwatch, there was the G-Shock. The chunky watches, which came in a range of colors, from all-black to pastels, were about as technologically-advanced as timepieces got back then. You could even store phone numbers and load games on them. Truly, they were all that and a bag of chips. 20 Capri pants Not quite pants, not quite shorts, capri pants were all the rage among cool kids in the 1990s. If you wanted to really push the look into trendsetter territory, they were best accompanied by platform flip-flops (Rocket Dog, of course) and a midriff-bearing tank with very thin straps. PA Images / Alamy Stock Photo 21 Spaghetti strap tank tops While tank tops have long been a summer staple, the ‘90s saw the rise of the spaghetti strap. They didn’t typically show much more than a collarbone, but they were deemed so scandalous that many schools had outright bans on them. 22 Oakley sunglasses Though the Oakley brand was founded in the 1970s, it wasn’t until the 1990s that the glasses became iconic. They may have made ’90s cool kids look like low-budget versions of The Terminator—sorry, Justin Timberlake—but the glasses were popular enough that Oakley had when the company went public in 1995. Shutterstock 23 Slap bracelets Were they dangerous? Yes. Were they little more than a colorfully-wrapped ruler? Sure. Were they an essential piece of jewelry for any cool kid in the ‘90s? Most definitely. And after being banned in numerous schools, these illicit accessories only got cooler. IMDB/NBC Productions 24 Cross Colours Following the brand’s launch in 1989, Cross Colours clothing became a hot-ticket item. The brand was known for its color-blocked apparel (typically made in green, red, yellow, and black), as well as the inspirational messages affixed to its garments, like “Stop D Violence.” In the 1990s, they were everywhere in hip hop in particular, with rappers like Will Smith and Salt N Pepa frequently wearing the brand. 25 Track pants Whether worn with a sports bra (a la Britney Spears in the “Baby One More Time” video) or with a matching jacket for the full tracksuit look that dominated the ’80s, this ’90s trend was everywhere. And for more style trends we hope stay in the past, check out these . To discover more amazing secrets about living your best life, to follow us on Instagram! The post appeared first on .
April 03, 2019
Got a friend who quotes Harry Potter nonstop? A sister who dreams in poetry? A spouse who can never have enough bookshelves? If you have a book lover in your life, a book (or two, or three) is always a . But if you’re a little tired of picking out hardcovers and want to switch it up, or get the bibliophile in your life something with a bit , there are plenty of literary gifts for books lovers that aren’t books! From custom bookmarks to wearable literary tributes, here are 20 of the best thoughtful gifts for books lovers that aren’t books. neimanmarcus.com Gold Burst on White Marble Bookends $185; buy now on Bookends are a fun way to contribute to a book lover’s carefully-organized bookshelves. These unique iron and marble bookends will add a pop of style and pizazz to any home office or library. It’s one of the best gifts for books lovers who are just as concerned with staying stylish as they are with staying up to date on . etsy.com Personalized Bookmark $16; buy now on A gift of a personalized, stamped metal bookmark could save your favorite reader from ever having to fold the corner of a page again—and honestly, what better could you do for the world than preventing that kind of sacrilege? Just pick your character count and message, and you can give an extra-special gift to your favorite book lover. amazon.com ‘Shh I’m Reading’ Tube Socks $13; buy now on If there’s one thing book lovers adore more than reading, it’s snuggling up and being cozy. Your favorite reader will love cuddling under the cover in these warm tube socks that warn would-be interrupters not to disrupt their precious book time! etsy.com Personalized Bookplate $30; buy now on Help the book lover in your life create a mini-library in their own home with this customized adhesive bookplate. Under “Ex Libris” and a vintage design, you can choose the name and font you’d like. It’s also a great detail to include if you do give the gift of a book. homesickcandle.com Library Scented Candle $30; buy now on There’s nothing better than burying your nose in a book and breathing in the scent of old pages. And fortunately, the folks over at Homesick candles have captured that scent in the most perfect (and totally chic!) way. This gift will allow your favorite book lover to recreate the delicious scent of a library in their own little book nook. (And for what it’s worth, “library scent” includes orange and nutmeg top notes; library books, cinnamon, clove, sandalwood, and cedarwood mid notes; and vanilla, balsam, and amber base notes.) amazon.com LEDGLE Rechargeable LED Book Light Neck Reading Lamp Hands Free $13.99; buy now on A true book lover will read absolutely anywhere. You can help them get their story on during a commute, in the backseat on a road trip, or while multitasking around the house with one of these incredible gifts for books lovers: a hands-free rechargeable reading lamp. They can wear this gift around their neck for up to 10 hours without having to recharge it (perfect for getting through a whole book in one sitting). modcloth.com ‘Come Check it Out’ Graphic Tee $29; buy now on If your book-loving friend or loved one is a library fan, they’ll want to get ‘checked out’ in this conversation-piece graphic tee. The dates are meant to look like old-school library stamps (remember those?) and it comes in sizes up to XXXL. amazon.com The Book-Seat Book Holder and Travel Pillow $40; buy now on Even the most dedicated readers can get a little tired holding their arms up through countless chapters. This book holder elevates the text so that your gift recipient can read in total comfort in any position they like. modcloth.com A-Line Skirt in ‘Library’ Print $69; buy now on Give a book-loving friend this adorable A-line skirt, lined with rows of colorful books on cozy shelves, and help them fulfill their lifelong dream of becoming one with the library. The gathered waist makes it flattering for every body type. uncommongoods.com Banned Books Scarf $32; buy now on From A Handmaid’s Tale to To Kill a Mockingbird, some of the most influential titles in literary history have been banned at one point or another. The reader in your life will love paying tribute to a few of them with this white scarf emblazoned with the names of controversial books. uncommongoods.com Shakespearean Insults Chart $25; buy now on If the reader in your life has never called an enemy an “indubitate beggar,” maybe it’s time for them to start! This poster of Shakespearean insults makes for a fun, quirky gift for anyone who loves literary history or the arts. uncommongoods.com 100 Books Scratch Off Poster $15.00; buy now on Especially for parents who read to their kids, this poster is a fun way to encourage and celebrate reading. Readers can “cross off” books like Wuthering Heights and Clockwork Orange from their to-be-read list by scratching off each title with a coin after they’re done and revealing the artwork underneath. caseable.com Create Your Own eBook Reader Cover $29.99; buy now at Know a book lover who can’t live without their Kindle? This customizable gift will give their on-the-go reading a personalized touch. Add words and a custom design, or choose from a number of graphics options to create a one-of-a-kind Kindle cover for a truly unique gift. barnesandnoble.com Classic Book Fan $6.99; buy now at This accordion fan, made from vintage book pages, looks like an old-school blue hardcover when it’s closed. That means it’s one of the best gifts for books lovers who appreciate a little elegance and whimsy alongside their stories (Jane Austen fans come to mind). uncommongoods.com Well-Read Women: A Reader’s Journal $14.95; buy now at The next best thing to reading? Writing about it! This journal, packed with beautiful watercolor illustrations of female characters by Samantha Hahn, will help your sister, mom, friend, reflect on what they’ve read recently—turning their own literary memories into a keepsake. neimanmarcus.com Oraton Rubber Stamps Library Embosser $26; buy now at Do you know someone who’s constantly loaning out books and never getting them back? This library embosser will allow them to mark their literary territory with a personalized embossed stamp, reading “Library of [Name].” amazon.com Novel Teas $13.50; buy now on Book lovers adore cozying up to a warm mug of tea for a Saturday afternoon reading session. This package of 25 English Breakfast teabags, each tagged with a famous literary quote, will let the reader in your life combine their two loves with every sip. basbleu.com Color-Changing Bookshelf Umbrella $17.98; buy now at Lovers of fantasy and time travel will appreciate this umbrella, which comes equipped with a little bit of bookish magic. The umbrella is blue, white, and bookless (sad, right?) when it’s dry, but when it rains, a packed bookshelf appears around its perimeter. After all, books are some of the best parts of rainy days. knockknockstuff.com Personal Library Kit $16; buy now from If you know a book lover well, you probably know that they’re passionate about their personal library. This kit will bring them back to elementary school with old-school date stamps, checkout cards, and self-adhesive pockets to keep track of who’s borrowed what—and who owes late fees. amazon.com Umbra Conceal Floating Bookshelf, Set of Three $22.40; buy now on These ergonomic bookshelves are L-shaped and carefully designed to look like the books atop them are “floating” in mid-air. They make a great gift for aesthetically savvy book lovers and students with limited space for traditional bookshelves or home libraries. To discover more amazing secrets about living your best life, to follow us on Instagram! The post appeared first on .
April 03, 2019
There was no such thing at subtlety in the … if you wanted to be cool, that is. Bright statement colors (and by bright, we mean neon), acid-wash jeans, Members Only jackets, and Swatch watches were the definition of totally tubular. And though we certainly don’t want these ’80s to return, it’s always fun to , cringe, and say, “.” So put on your fingerless lace gloves and straighten up those shoulder pads, because it’s time to relive the ’80s fashion trends that defined cool. And for more 1980s memories, check out the . Condé Nast 1 Neon If you weren’t covered in neon in the 1980s, then what exactly were you wearing? In the ’80s, you could see someone coming from a mile away—and nighttime bicycle riding was hardly a problem. With its neon leg warmers and off-the-shoulder sweatshirts, this decade glowed brighter than the rest. 2 Members Only jackets Even if you didn’t grow up during the 1980s, you’re likely familiar with the Members Only jacket, thanks to the series Stranger Things. They were a signature ’80s fashion trend and were famous for their advertising campaigns, some of which were odd PSAs and others of which featured celebrities like . Alamy 3 Vans Mostly thanks to skater Jeff Spicoli (Sean Penn) in , checkered Vans sneakers were everywhere in the 1980s. Nothing seemed to quite embody the spirit of California cool like Vans did, and still do to this day. 4 Coca-Cola clothing If there’s one thing Americans love, it’s Coca-Cola. And , we didn’t just love to drink Coke—we wore it, too. Branded Coca-Cola merchandise was a huge ’80s fashion trend, and the most iconic item was the rugby shirt. Designer Tommy Hilfiger created these relics, which featured Coca-Cola’s famous cursive letters and bright red hue. 5 Jams shorts Jams shorts, with their bright, often Hawaiian-inspired patterns, perfectly demonstrated the loud of the ’80s. Jams were another staple of skater culture, with both men and women proudly sporting them, even if they weren’t anywhere near a beach. Alamy 6 Sperry Top-Siders Though Sperrys first launched in the 1930s, they didn’t have their moment until the 1980s, when the preppy look took over the and soon, street style as well. When it came to ’80s fashion trends, Ivy League style ruled. So Sperry Top-Siders were the only acceptable footwear to accompany your khakis and the tied around your neck. Image via Wikimedia Commons 7 Acid-wash jeans Acid-wash denim . It was accidentally created by Italy’s Rifle jeans company when they tumbled jeans and pumice stones with bleach in a washing machine without water. But it was possible to create this ’80s fashion trend, which was particularly popular with punks, on your own. All you had to do was splatter bleach on your high-waisted jeans or overside denim jacket. bally.com 8 Bally shoes The 1980s saw the birth of hip-hop culture, and along with it came a style that would define a generation. Bally sneakers, which ’80s rappers like Rakim and Slick Rick were particular fans of, were considered the ultimate status symbol throughout the decade. (The shoes stoke so much ’80s nostalgia that you can still buy them now, for $425 on ). 9 Swatch watches Founded by Swiss watchmaker Nicolas Hayek in 1983, Swatch watches were one of the biggest ’80s fashion trends. The brightly colored timepieces adorned the wrists of cool kids everywhere. And since they were also pretty affordable—selling for about $50 each—it became fashionable to wear more than one on each arm. In fact, the more Swatches you piled on, the better. Alamy 10 High-waisted jeans The stylish set of the 1980s rebelled agains the with super high-waisted ones instead. As modeled by Freddie Mercury here, they were functional, comfortable, and looked great paired with a “Choose Life” tee. Plus, thanks to those big back pockets, high-waisted jeans could hold a cell phone the size of a brick, which is about how big the first ones were at the time. 11 White pumps If you were a bridesmaid in the 1980s, you probably also owned a pair of white satin pumps. While other colors, especially neon shades, were popular in the 1980s, white was iconic. “The white stiletto once stood for style that was bold, brash and sexy,” a fashion writer from explained. Wikimedia Commons/Allan Warren 12 Tracksuits In the 1980s, tracksuits transcended workout wear and became an everyday fashion staple for the coolest kids on the block, namely thanks to The Beastie Boys and LL Cool J. The tracksuits of the ’80s, like those made by Adidas, came in a wide assortment of colors, patterns, and fabrics. If you wanted a neon nylon set, Surf Style had you covered. But if you wanted a suave velour version, Fila was probably your go-to. Wikimedia Commons/Pirot Historical Archive 13 Shoulder pads There was no better way to look professional in the 1980s than with a blazer with massive shoulder pads. Truly, the bigger the better when it came to this ’80s fashion trend, which Andie Walsh (Molly Ringwald) embodied in . If it looked like your boyfriend or husband loaned it to you, you knew you’d found the perfect blazer. croakies.com 14 Croakies Today, Croakies would probably be considered . But in the 1980s, everyone was sporting these sunglasses straps. Actually, you can still shop the Croakies 40th-anniversary collection today (like the pair above) at . We have to admit, it’s a great way to ensure you don’t loose your Wayfarers. Wikimedia Commons/Ronald Reagan Presidential 15 Ruffled shirts Whether you were Prince, Liberace, or Nancy Reagan, ruffled (or “puffy”) shirts were the look of 1980s royalty. Sure, they were a little loud and gaudy, but that’s what the 1980s were all about. © 1985 Orion 16 Lace accessories Lace was everywhere in the 1980s—mostly thanks to Madonna’s influence on stage, in her music videos, and in 1985’s Desperately Seeking Susan (pictured here). From gloves to headbands to see-through tops, anything could be made of lace in the 1980s. Wikimedia Commons/Alan Light 17 Cazals Oversized Cazal glasses were a paragon of ’80s fashion. Created by Australian designer and visionary Cari Zalloni, these bold specs were incredibly popular and had celebrity fans like and Spike Lee. 18 Puffy vests After Back to the Future came out in 1985, every guy wanted a puffy vest so he could be like Michael J. Fox’s Marty McFly. And, just like you didn’t have to be at the beach to wear Jams, it didn’t have to be cold to sport this wintertime look. Image via Amazon 19 Leggings Leggings became a fashion staple in the 1980s. The aerobics craze helped push this trend to the forefront. As Jane Fonda perfectly demonstrates here, they were often worn under a high-cut leotard (ideally in neon, of course). Wikimedia Commons/Alan Light 20 Ray-Ban Wayfarers If you lived you through the ’80s—or are a —you can probably still picture strutting around in his Ray-Ban Wayfarers in Risky Business. From the moment the movie was released in 1983, anyone who aspired to reach Cruise’s level of cool—including Corey Feldman here—had to have a pair. Wikimedia Commons/National Archives and Records Administration 21 Animal print Could you even consider yourself trendy if you weren’t decked out in animal prints in the ’80s? Cheetah, giraffe, and even zebra-print garments were about as common during the Reagan era as “Just Say No” memorabilia. But this wild style (worn by Suzanne Somers here) wasn’t for women alone. Animal print was popular in , too—even the members of Mötley Crüe got in on the trend. 22 Kangol hats Any cool ’80s kid knew there was a single acceptable piece of headwear: the Kangol hat. Whether you went for a beret or the bucket hat, the English brand, with its distinctive kangaroo logo, took the States by storm in the ’80s. Soon enough, Kangol became a hallmark of hip-hop style, as you can see from LL Cool J’s 1987 “I Need Love” music video. Galvanized/Diana Bruk 23 Mickey Mouse clothing In the 1980s, Disney was more than just a popular theme park—it was a trademark style. After John Lennon proudly wore a Mickey Mouse ringer tee in the decade prior, it wasn’t long before vintage-inspired Disney shirts and sweatshirts were everywhere. Everett Collection / Shutterstock 24 Chunky jewelry Just like everything else, accessories only got bigger and bolder in the 1980s. Gold chains became hugely popular during this era, thanks to Mr. T wearing a breastplate of chains on the hit show The A Team. Soon enough, numerous rappers, like members of The Sugarhill Gang, adopted the style. Image via Wikimedia Commons 25 Miniskirts Unlike the A-line miniskirts of , the ’80s styles were tighter, shorter, brighter, and more likely to be covered in acid-washed ruffles. And if you can’t get enough ’80s fashion, check out these . To discover more amazing secrets about living your best life, to follow us on Instagram! The post appeared first on .
April 02, 2019
Timberlands that never once graced a construction site. Surf shorts that never saw a beach. Boat shoes that never set foot on a dock. The ‘90s were, if nothing else, a perplexing time for . From the ankle-bearing allure of capri pants to the ease of throwing your hair up with a brightly-colored scrunchie, ‘90s were wonderfully weird. Read on for the definitive list of the style moments from this defining decade. And for more blasts from the past, check out these . Trinity Mirror / Mirrorpix / Alamy Stock Photo 1 Slip dresses Supermodels like Naomi Campbell and Kate Moss catapulted the slip dress to new levels of infamy in the ’90s. It’s no secret that the last decade of the 20th century was all about minimalism in every sense of the word. But this ’90s fashion trend proved just how minimal style could truly go. Slip dresses left little to the imagination, hugging every curve. Wikimedia Commons/Airwolfberlin 2 Plaid flannel shirts Nothing epitomizes the grunge look of the ’90s like plaid flannel shirts. Rockers like Kurt Cobain, heartthrobs like Jonathan Bradis, and “it” girls like Claire Danes alike wore them, whether slouched over their shoulders or tied around their waists. Heather Kaiser / Flickr 3 Combat boots Your ’90s grunge look wasn’t complete without a pair of combat boots. They reigned supreme and Doc Martens specifically were the kings of the shoe market. Whether you wanted floral ones, a crushed velvet look, metallic material, or yes, even plaid, there was truly a Doc Marten for everyone. Delias 4 Baby tees You can thank stars like Jennifer Aniston and Tyra Banks for this trend, which kept in line with the minimalism that dominated ’90s fashion trends. In their own way, baby tees reinforced the “less is more” approach. And they were the precursor for the crop tops that took over in the early 2000s. 5 Scrunchies It’s safe to say that the biggest hair accessory of the ’90s was the scrunchie, available in a whole host of colors, sizes, and fabrics. They adorned the high ponytails of everyone on Full House and Saved By the Bell and even made their way to the big screen. From Thelma & Louise to the movie version of Buffy the Vampire Slayer (RIP ), you just couldn’t escape the scrunchie in the ’90s. A certain red one was even used as a metaphor for power in . 6 Timberlands Timberlands go much further back than the 1990s. Nathan Swartz initially designed the boots with blue collar workers in mind. But in the ’90s, they became a status symbol in hip-hop. Everyone from Nas to Notorious B.I.G. wore them—and rapper and producer Timbaland even named himself after the construction boots. Paramount Pictures / Pictorial Press Ltd / Alamy Stock Photo 7 Bomber jackets Military-inspired style proved to be incredibly popular in the ’90s. Beyond combat boots, there was the iconic bomber jacket. Designer Raf Simons spearheaded the trend that got an added boost from in Top Gun and Natalie Portman in Léon: The Professional. krugloff / Shutterstock 8 Chain wallets This relic of the ’90s was more about fashion than function. Chain wallets were a mainstay in the punk and grunge scenes at the time, even though they’re now considered the “.” Flickr/Opacity 9 Platform sneakers After each member of the Spice Girls sported chunky sneakers in the “Wannabe” music video, it wasn’t long before women everywhere wanted similar shoes. If you fell for this ’90s fashion trend, chances are you got yours from an Alloy or Delia’s catalog. Flickr/Joshua Heller 10 Fanny packs At one point, they were just reserved for tourists to keep a watchful eye on their belongings. But fanny packs found a captive and even fashionable audience in the ’90s. The late himself created his very own fanny pack for , which premiered on the brand’s runway in 1994. From that point on, the decade witnessed the debut of countless other designer and mass-produced fanny pack styles that would eventually epitomize an entire decade of fashion. Barry King / Alamy Stock Photo 11 Board shorts Board shorts, of course, were typically worn by surfers. But that didn’t stop young people in the ’90s from wearing Roxy, Billabong, or O’Neill shorts when they were nowhere near the ocean. The guys’ version was super long and the girls’ was extra short. But they were pretty practical—instead of buttons and zippers, the fly was typically made of velcro. 12 Track pants Whether worn with a sports bra (a la Britney Spears in the “Baby One More Time” video) or with a matching jacket for the full tracksuit look that dominated the ’80s, this ’90s trend was everywhere. Scott Weiner / MediaPunch Inc / Alamy Stock Photo 13 Babydoll dresses Throughout the 1990s, babydoll dresses became a fashion staple for goths, punks, and Lilith Fair attendees alike. The trend’s popularity surged, thanks in no small part to Hole front woman Courtney Love, who frequently wore micro-mini versions of the style on stage, complete with bows and lace. IMDB/Outerbanks Productions 14 Chinos They may have been the go-to pants of Gap employees, accountants, and pretty much everyone’s dad in decades prior, but in the 1990s, chinos had their moment in the sun. Whether worn baggy or fitted and cuffed, these former hallmarks of square style were suddenly cool in the ‘90s. Presumably, we have James Van Der Beek and the cast of Dawson’s Creek to thank for that. Flickr/Direz Zender 15 Boat shoes Much like chinos, the rise of the docksider in the 1990s was undeniably perplexing to those who’d known them as decidedly uncool dad shoes in the decades prior. That said, if you wanted to make it clear you were a trendsetter in the ‘90s, it was time to head to your local mall to check out their Sperry selection. AF archive / Alamy Stock Photo 16 Overalls While overalls have been the uniform of farmers since time immemorial, the ‘90s made them a must-have fashion trend for adults. Whether long, short, patterned, or plain, there was no wrong way to wear your overalls in the 1990s. But if you wanted to prove just how cool you were, you’d definitely leave one side undone. IMDB/ABC 17 Horizontally-striped sweaters Clearly, in the 1990s, it cool for adults to dress like overgrown toddlers. Case in point: The popularity of the horizontally-striped sweater, a trend that became synonymous with grunge style, courtesy of Kurt Cobain and Jared Leto as Jordan Catalano on My So-Called Life. Flickr/Cheryl 18 Chokers If it didn’t look like your head was being held on by your necklace in the ‘90s, you couldn’t call yourself cool. Instead of traditional drop chains, 1990s trendsetters were all about the choker, whether wearing them in lace, leather, or stretchy plastic “tattoo” form. Chris Willson / Alamy Stock Photo 19 G-Shock watches Long before the advent of the smartwatch, there was the G-Shock. The chunky watches, which came in a range of colors, from all-black to pastels, were about as technologically-advanced as timepieces got back then. You could even store phone numbers and load games on them. Truly, they were all that and a bag of chips. 20 Capri pants Not quite pants, not quite shorts, capri pants were all the rage among cool kids in the 1990s. If you wanted to really push the look into trendsetter territory, they were best accompanied by platform flip-flops (Rocket Dog, of course) and a midriff-bearing tank with very thin straps. PA Images / Alamy Stock Photo 21 Spaghetti strap tank tops While tank tops have long been a summer staple, the ‘90s saw the rise of the spaghetti strap. They didn’t typically show much more than a collarbone, but they were deemed so scandalous that many schools had outright bans on them. 22 Oakley sunglasses Though the Oakley brand was founded in the 1970s, it wasn’t until the 1990s that the glasses became iconic. They may have made ’90s cool kids look like low-budget versions of The Terminator—sorry, Justin Timberlake—but the glasses were popular enough that Oakley had when the company went public in 1995. Shutterstock 23 Slap bracelets Were they dangerous? Yes. Were they little more than a colorfully-wrapped ruler? Sure. Were they an essential piece of jewelry for any cool kid in the ‘90s? Most definitely. And after being banned in numerous schools, these illicit accessories only got cooler. IMDB/NBC Productions 24 Cross Colours Following the brand’s launch in 1989, Cross Colours clothing became a hot-ticket item. The brand was known for its color-blocked apparel (typically made in green, red, yellow, and black), as well as the inspirational messages affixed to its garments, like “Stop D Violence.” In the 1990s, they were everywhere in hip hop in particular, with rappers like Will Smith and Salt N Pepa frequently wearing the brand. Flickr/Vintspiration 25 Penny loafers Penny loafers, a shoe once largely associated with school uniforms, took a turn for the trendy in the 1990s. In addition to the classic brown leather slip-on style, penny loafers were transformed by designers in the 1990s with the addition of buckles and chunky platform heels. They were frequently paired with babydoll dresses, that is, if you were super cool. And for more style trends we hope stay in the past, check out these . To discover more amazing secrets about living your best life, to follow us on Instagram! The post appeared first on .
March 26, 2019
The 1970s were a time of political turmoil and dissatisfaction with the American government, but if you were to judge the era by its fashions alone, it was a pretty great decade. Punks, mods, hippies, and disco shaped the ’70s style, and thrust fringe, psychedelic prints, and micro-mini clothing into the mainstream. Whether you lived through the ’70s yourself or simply long for this bygone era’s groovy style, enjoy a blast from the past with these essential outfits and accessories every cool person in the ’70s had in their closet. 1 Caftans Caftans saw a major rebrand in the 1970s, moving away from their reputation as frumpy house dresses and beach cover-ups and into the mainstream. These figure-obscuring frocks became so popular that luxury brands began to get into the caftan business, with fashion houses like Missoni, Halston, and Christian Dior making their own iterations of these oversized items. 2 Hot pants Hot pants, or extremely short shorts, was a term first coined by Women’s Wear Daily in 1970 to describe itty-bitty shorts made in luxury fabrics like velvet and satin. Designers like Yves Saint Laurent, Valentino, Halston, Betsey Johnson, Mariuccia Mandelli, and Mary Quant offered high-end versions of this fashion staple beginning in the early part of the decade, with stores like Sears offering cheaper alternatives. Hot pants also found their way into the closets of the rich and famous. Celebrities such as Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, Elizabeth Taylor, Jane Fonda, and yep, you guessed it, David Bowie, were all spotted wearing them. 3 Tie-dye Colorful tie-dye gained traction during the 1960s with the rise of the hippie movement. But in the ’70s, the psychedelic pattern saw its popularity surge. And while designers like Christian Dior and Halston jumped on the trend, tie-dye’s ubiquity was due in no small part to everyone’s ability to create the look using little more than some rubber bands and dye. 4 Clogs While wooden-soled shoes have been worn throughout Europe and parts of Asia for centuries, it wasn’t until the 1970s that clogs hit the fashion mainstream in the United States. Typically made with leather upper material, wooden soles, and visible metal studs joining the two parts, clogs—particularly those with a chunky platform heel—became the go-to footwear for countless ’70s style icons. Wikimedia Commons/Gene Daniels 5 Halter tops If you weren’t wearing a halter top in the 1970s, you might as well have been from another planet. Halters, which tie around the neck rather than being held up by shoulder straps, were so popular that some of the decade’s most famous designers, like Halston and Missoni, even incorporated them into their evening-wear lines. Alamy 6 Wrap dresses A more form-fitting alternative to caftans and loose maxi dresses, wrap dresses were a staple among ’70s trendsetters. The popularity of the style is often attributed to designer Diane von Fürstenberg (above),who first brought a knit jersey wrap dress to market in 1974, creating a fashion empire worth more than $100 million by the end of the decade. 7 Corduroy Corduroy fabric had already been around for decades, but the 1970s saw the material become suddenly fashionable. From bell bottoms to dresses to full suits, if you were a stylish dresser in the ’70s, your wardrobe was definitely full of the stuff. Wikimedia Commons/Koch 8 Maxi dresses The longer the dress, the more fashionable the wearer—at least as far as ’70s style was concerned. Similar to caftans, maxi dresses were long and frequently oversized, but typically had a more defined shape, with plunging necklines, tie waists, and fitted sleeves giving them a more streamlined look. 9 Aviator glasses Though aviators were first created by Bausch & Lomb in 1936 to keep pilots’ eyes safe from irritants during flight, the ’70s saw the style’s popularity surge. Fashion icons of the time, including Elvis Presley, brought this trend into the mainstream, but it was Bausch & Lomb’s Ray-Ban brand that flooded the market. 10 Bell bottoms Bell bottoms are nothing short of iconic. In the early 1970s, husband-and-wife entertainers Sonny and Cher helped this bold style gain an international following when they repeatedly wore the pants on their television show, The Sonny & Cher Comedy Hour. Cher especially was considered to be the fashion barometer of the decade. Made from denim, bright cotton, and satin polyester, bell bottoms soon became one of the decade’s must-have fashions. 11 Platform shoes Though platform shoes had a bit of a moment in the 1930s, it was their appearance in a 1970 edition of Seventeen magazine that brought them into the mainstream. Platform shoes (often worn with bell bottoms and covered in glitter or other colorful adornments) were typically worn by women in their teens and twenties—and in the early part of the decade, by men who enjoyed heading to the discotheque. Perhaps the most famous cultural icon who rocked the platform heel was glam rocker David Bowie, who wore the style while performing as his alter ego, Ziggy Stardust. 12 Leisure suits The leisure suit look frequently consisted of a fitted jacket, bellbottom or flared pants, and a button-up shirt with the top few buttons undone. The popularity of this disco-inspired style hit its apex following 1977’s Saturday Night Fever, when John Travolta’s white suit became one of the era’s most iconic outfits. Flickr 13 Micro-mini skirts Though the trend was first popularized in the 1960s with the help of mod designer and fashion revolutionary Mary Quant, micro-minis gained even more followers in the 1970s, with feminists like Gloria Steinem identifying the trend as a form of liberation from the longer hemlines of decades past. 14 Go-go boots Since their debut in 1964 by designer André Courrèges, the go-go boot has come to include any boots that are knee-high, square-toed, and block-heeled. Throughout the ’70s, some of the world’s most famous models and actresses were spotted wearing these trendy boots, from fashion icon Twiggy to controversial bombshell Brigitte Bardot. Alamy 15 Sheepskin coats Sheepskin coats—also known as shearlings—were as ubiquitous in the 1970s as the iconic Members Only jackets were in the 1980s. While commonly considered a luxury item by today’s standards, these popular jackets, defined by their buttery exterior and fleecy interior, were available at virtually every department store in the 1970s. Wikimedia Commons/Alkivar 16 Mood rings In 1975, inventors Maris Ambats and Josh Reynolds hit the zeitgeist when they created the mood ring. The rings, which changed color in response to the wearer’s body heat, supposedly as a means of telling their mood, quickly became a must-have item for the fashion-forward, with high-end versions of the ring selling for upwards of $250. Wikimedia Commons/Tim Schapker 17 Black leather jackets An emblem of counter-culture style to this day, the leather jacket became a staple among punks in the 1970s, having previously been a hallmark of greaser style two decades prior. However, unlike the leather jacket’s prior iterations, cool kids in the ’70s customized theirs with studs, patches, and pins. Wikimedia Commons/Torbjörn Levin 18 Fringed leather While punks wore black leather jackets in the ’70s, everyone else with an eye for fashion was wearing brown fringe. The popularity of these garments—also known as buckskins—accompanied the rise in popularity of western wear at the time, with bolo ties and embroidered button-ups also becoming major trends. Wikimedia Commons/Southerly Clubs of Stockholm 19 Gold chains When it came to 1970s jewelry, the prevailing style was big, bold, and gold. Yellow-gold jewelry made a major resurgence during the 1970s, with thick yellow-gold chains becoming a staple during this period. The trend carried over into the following decade and became a hallmark of hip-hop style. Flickr/Asli Nalbant 20 Creepers A comfortable alternative to traditional platforms, thick-soled creepers were a fashion trend popular among punks, hippies, and mods alike in the 1970s. The style has been revived yet again in recent years, with Rihanna creating a line of creepers through her Fenty x Puma collaboration. Wikimedia Commons/Jeanne 21 Tube tops The feminists who did away with their bras in the 1960s didn’t need them by the time the ’70s rolled around, thanks to the tube top. This strapless style saw a surge in popularity toward the end of the decade and was frequently worn by fashion icons like Cher, Bianca Jagger, and Suzanne Somers. Image via Flickr/Glen.H 22 Jumpsuits From polyester to fishnet, silk to macramé, the jumpsuit was a must-have for any fashionista in the 1970s. Worn by celebrities like Farrah Fawcett, Cher, and Jerry Hall, the one-piece garment was associated with disco style and was a staple at clubs like Studio 54. Wikimedia Commons/Ed Uthman 23 Head scarves Taking a cue from the hippie style of the ’60s, headscarves were a popular accouterment among stylish individuals in the ’70s, as well. These scarves, often made of polyester or silk and dyed in bright colors, were typically either worn as headbands or tied in a turban style. Wikimedia Commons/Lars Jacob 25 Studded belts As punk rock grew in popularity in the early ’70s, so too did the styles associated with the musical genre. That included brightly-colored mohawks, leather jackets, and drainpipe jeans. For those dipping their toes into the punk scene, studded belts were a way to emulate some of the subculture’s more socially-acceptable styles without a full Johnny Rotten makeover. Wikimedia Commons/Ollie Atkins 25 Oversized collars Small collars were totally square by 1970s standards. Worn by everyone from Elvis to Mick Jagger, oversized collars kept the button-up shirts of the time from looking too, well, buttoned-up. To discover more amazing secrets about living your best life, to follow us on Instagram! The post appeared first on .
March 11, 2019
Whether it’s an , a Bill Murray-style , a flat-bill number like you’d see on , or the , your preference in golfing headgear—even more so than your clubs, your shoes, and your shirt—will define your on-course style. And if you play golf, you know one thing to be true: it’s really, really difficult to find a great golf hat. Since most pro shops are utterly worthless in the hat department, we’ve scoured the web for the coolest, most stylish, and most wonderfully functional flat brims, truckers, snap backs, old-school bucket hats, and Tin Cup-style tour visors. Whether you’re looking for bold colors and witty slogans or more traditional colorways with understated designs, there’s a great golf hat for you here. So, without further ado, here are 11 of the coolest golf hats you can possibly purchase for any loop in 2019. And for more great golf apparel, . 1 G/FORE Pray for Birdies Snapback $45; buy now at Creativity reigns at G/FORE, so it’s no surprise they’re churning out an endless number of unique designs. Topping the charts is the ultra-cool “Pray for Birdies” snapback, sure to turn heads and prompt a little playful banter with the starter on the first tee. Who knows, maybe he’ll be so impressed that you find yourself bumped up the tee sheet. And for some shirts to rock with this hat, check out the . 2 Jones Birdie Snapback $30; buy now at A fun take on everyone’s favorite score on the course, the Jones Birdie Snapback features a white felt appliqué shuttlecock icon stitched on the front. Aside from the creative logo, a contrasting color under-bill and lightweight wool blend fabric make this a winner for the first days of spring ahead. 3 Criquet Trucker Hat $30; buy now at For those on the hunt for a great trucker hat, look no further than Criquet Shirts. A contrast color mesh back, “Grassy C” logo, and comfortable fit will make this your go-to for rounds at the local muni and summer BBQs, alike. 4 The Carolina High Crown Tour Visor $30; buy now at The key to wearing a visor is actually wearing a visor. That means going full billboard—high-crown, old-fashioned logo—and eschewing the cheesy low-crown visors that have plagued golf fashion since the dawn of . This great number from Georgia-based headgear maker Imperial is made of a high-quality cotton and poly blend, comes equipped with a useful terry cloth sweatband, and looks so gorgeous and classic that even and would be proud. 4 Greyson Order & Honor Snapback $39.50; buy now at Sophisticated in style, this Greyson snapback is perfect for topping off any elegant on-course look. The simplicity of the “Order & Honor” shield stands out in all the right ways, and pairs perfectly with an elevated solid or stripped polo. 6 Sugarloaf Pimento Bucket $45; buy now at If the thought of bucket hats and pimento cheese sandwiches don’t get you going, it’s time you familiarize yourself with Sugarloaf Social Club. What started as a small group of golf-crazed friends with a strong appreciation for the history of the game has today turned into a trendsetting bunch in the world of golf. SSC is making dad hats, bucket hats and high-crown tour visors all the rage again, with small-batch releases that are often snatched-up in minutes. The Pimento Bucket is a nod to everyone’s favorite Master’s sandwich, making this hat that much more delicious. 7 Titleist Rope Hat $29.95; buy now at Rope hats have resurfaced in popularity of late and no one is bringing them to life quite like Titleist. The industry stalwart is proving they can do more than clubs, offering rope hats in a variety of colors (ranging from a classic white to a vibrant red) to match any golf look. 8 DVRX G*LF Snapback $35; buy now at An interesting twist on the sport we love, the “G*LF” hat by Scottsdale-based DVRX is as fun a lid as any. The resort-style golf brand offers this structured flat brim in black or white, making it an ideal wardrobe staple that’s sure to climb to the top of your hat collection in no time. 9 Birds of Condor Shaked Caddy Cap $29; buy now at The Australia-based Birds of Condor are putting the fun in fashion with a variety of creative golf hats. If you don’t take yourself (or your golf game) too seriously and want a hat to match, this is the brand for you. Snapbacks and truckers make up the majority of their hat lineup, however the curved brim Shaked Caddy Cap (paying homage to the popular Caddyshack movie) might be the coolest of all. 10 Nike AeroBill Classic 99 $28; buy now at It should come as no surprise that the leader in performance athletic apparel has also created a best-in-class performance hat, too. The Nike AeroBill Classic features a lightweight fabric and sweat-wicking technology to keep you dry, while the printed criss-crossed club design ensures you look as cool as you fee. 11 Blue Line UV Lite USA Hat $29.99; buy now at Blue Line may be better known as a surf company, but their Jupiter, Florida location has loads of tour players rocking their hats on the regular. Sure, sponsors dictate their hat selections for tournament play, but trust the boys in Jup would much rather be rocking the cool designs of Blue Line. Choose from the ever changing wide selection of snapbacks, curved brims, truckers and more. 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March 08, 2019
A needs a rock-solid base of great clothes. But there’s one common major hurdle: cost. Shopping for clothes—any clothes, even the basics—can get quickly get expensive. The good news for guys is there are countless options on the market where you can grab amazing clothing at amazing prices. And few items on the racks have experienced steep price drops quite like the tried-and-true basics have. Don’t believe us? Here, we’ve rounded up just a few of stores where you can pick up smart, stylish staples without breaking the bank. Banana Republic Nearly every mall in America boasts a Banana Republic, and that’s not a bad thing, by any means. If you’re looking for smart casual styles that are both on-trend and classically handsome, you can’t do much better than BR. But the best part about Banana Republic? You rarely have to pay full price for their merchandise—if you shop smart. Banana runs a sale literally every weekend (starting on Thursdays), offering anywhere from 25 to 50 percent off a lot of their merchandise. They usually run their best sales during federal holidays— or Memorial Day weekends, in particular—allowing you to stock up for a whole season at up to 50 percent off. What to buy: Wear-to-work staples like dress shirts and weekend staples like their Luxury Touch Polos. Wait until you see a sale of at least 30 percent off (no matter when you’re reading this, it’ll probably happen within the next month), then stock up. You won’t find a better deal on well made wardrobe staples. $44.50; buy now at Uniqlo The Japan-based Uniqlo has been gaining a lot of ground in North America over the past few years, and it’s not hard to understand why. While their range of offerings isn’t what one might call huge, they’ve managed to meld form and function by bringing streamlined innovation to some of the most classic menswear staples, like sweaters, chinos, and dress shirts. A big reason why Uniqlo has gained a foothold on this side of the Pacific is because they price their products on the lower end of the spectrum for menswear, but the quality is higher than most of their low-priced competitors. What to buy: Uniqlo’s merino V-neck sweater might just be the best menswear deal on the market. At $40, it’s half the price of competitors like J.Crew and Banana Republic. And while it’s admittedly quite thin, it’s remarkably well-made and sure to last a couple of seasons. $39.90; buy now at Gap Gap is kind of like Banana Republic’s little brother. The two share a parent company, but, while Banana offers business casual staples, Gap’s focus is full-on casual, offering staple pieces that evoke a classic, all-American look. Fortunately for guys who like to score deals, Gap employs the same sales strategy as Banana Republic. You can find something on sale pretty much every weekend, and really score big on holidays. What to buy: Leather jackets. Often, Gap excludes leather goods from their promotions. Still, you can find them on sale a couple times a year (usually on bigger holidays). Leather is notoriously costly, but by taking advantage of Gap’s sales, you can grab a well-made piece for a great price. $473; buy now at Old Navy Also owned by Gap’s parent company, Old Navy is kind of like the runt of the litter. Like the Gap, they focus on casual, classic Americana—but their merchandise is priced even lower. While the quality is actually pretty decent for the price, the reason Old Navy isn’t more popular is simple: The fit is a little inconsistent. While Gap and Banana Republic both cater to slimmer, form-flattering fits (even on guys carrying a few extra pounds), Old Navy’s styles tend to be on the boxier end. So be prepared to size down. What to buy: Workout gear. While you could pay twice as much for brand names like Under Armour, Nike, or Gap’s new line of Gap Body products, Old Navy’s stuff wicks sweat just as well. Exhibit A: this quarter-zip pullover, done up in an appropriately named “sumptuous purple” tone. $29.99; buy now at H&M Everyone loves the Swedish fast-fashion retailer for the simple fact that it sells sharp styles at sharp discounts. Jackets, sweats, suits, ties, shirts—you name it, H&M has it. The company is also known for collaborations with top-tier designers. Over the years, they’ve put out exclusive, limited-edition lines with everyone from Moschino and Jimmy Choo to Lanvin and Alexander Wang—all at a fraction of the price those designers normally retail for. However, with H&M, it’s worth remembering that you get what you pay for. While much of their clothing looks amazing and can’t be beat on price, the quality often leaves a lot to be desired. You can usually get away with wearing each piece for one season. Beyond that, you can bet it’ll be in tatters. H&M has implicitly acknowledged this by implementing a recycling program. (: “we believe it’s senseless that so [many] clothes and discarded textiles end up in landfills.”) Bring in any unwanted clothing—in any condition, from any retailer—and they’ll give you a 15 percent discount on your next purchase. Not bad! What to buy: For less than the price of a cheeseburger, you can pick up crazy cheap menswear essentials. Case in point: t-shirts. Their slim-fit tees fall in the $5 to $10 range, depending on the exact cut. With a mix of 95 percent cotton and 5 percent elastane, they hug your torso and arms perfectly—. $9.99; buy now at Marshall’s/TJ Maxx/Nordstrom Rack Discount department stores like Marshall’s and TJ Maxx tend to cater more toward women than to men, but make no mistake: there are some serious menswear deals to be had here. These stores essentially offer designer brands like Calvin Klein and Michael Kors, but for way less than you’d pay in flagship stores. Of course, there’s always a catch, and in this case it’s unpredictability. These stores flip over their entire inventory every few weeks, so you really have no way of knowing just what you’ll find when you walk into one—or how long that piece you have your eye on will be there if you don’t nab it right away. What to buy: Accessories like ties, wallets, belts, and bags. In many cases you can grab the exact same products that you’d see at department stores like Macy’s or Nordstrom, but for 30 to 40 percent off. Just look at this Valentino tie, which clocks in at less than $100. (You could easily find yourself paying twice that for designer neckwear.) $99.99; buy now at J. Crew Sure, J. Crew is hardly a discount retailer. When it comes to menswear stores that you can find in most malls, their pieces are among the most well-made and highest quality—and are priced accordingly. But, for all intents and purposes, J. Crew counts as an affordable menswear shopping destination for two key reasons. First, their sales are far more common than they have been in years past. And second, even though these aren’t always included in said sales, the Ludlow suit is an absolute standout. Ludlow suits start somewhere between $300 and $400, which isn’t anything to scoff at. But when it comes to Bond-worthy tailoring, it’s worth it. You could easily pay twice as much for a suit that only looks half as good. What to buy: As mentioned, the Ludlow. Even at full price it’s a great deal on a great suit. Keep your eye out for sales and you might just score one of the best deals of your life. $168; buy now at J. Crew Factory No, J. Crew Factory isn’t the same thing as J. Crew. It’s a completely separate store, and an even better place to score a deal. The Factory line includes the same sort of pieces that J. Crew is known for: shirts, sweaters, and pants for both weekends and the workplace. J. Crew Factory even has their own answer to the Ludlow: the Thompson. While the Factory certainly don’t offer as many styles as the flagship stores, the quality and fit are often just as good, while the price is much better—making Factory stores the perfect place to stock up on staple pieces. What to buy: Pretty much all staple pieces, but the slim-fit jeans are a particularly great deal: high-quality denim, perfect fit (slim but not too slim), and a great price. $69.50; buy now at Spier & Mackay If the prices at stores like SuitSupply and Indochino are a little too high for you, take a look at Spier & Mackay. The Toronto-based online suit suppliers have carved out a niche for themselves among menswear aficionados by offering well-cut, well-made suits that start at just $300. And when they’re on sale—which happens often—you can find options starting at half that. What to buy: Well, suits! Spier & Mackway offers a bazillion options, most of which are 100-percent merino. As anyone who knows anything about suiting can attest, that’s a ridiculously good deal for a brand-new, 100-percent merino suit. $348; buy now at Amazon Welcome to the 21st century, where you can buy your clothes from the same company that produces your favorite streaming show and recommends your favorite books and . Amazon has muscled into the menswear space over the past few years by leveraging the same buying power, distribution, and delivery networks that have allowed it to dominate, well, everything else. In addition offering great prices on established brands, Bezos and company have become menswear manufacturers of their own, offering classic staple pieces under their in-house label Goodthreads. What to buy: Well-priced, stylish staples that—bonus!—come with the ease of delivery and returns offered by Amazon (especially if you’re a Prime member). This Dockers button-down is available in a whopping 14 colors, and starts at just $20 (depending on the exact hue). From $20; buy now at eBay The iconic online auction site is far from the first store that comes to mind when you’re looking for menswear, which is exactly what makes it a great place to score deals. While eBay is still a refuge for people looking to sell used goods, I’d recommend shopping for pre-owned clothes online. Fortunately, there are a lot of sellers on eBay specializing exclusively in new products, including some menswear must-haves. What to buy: While you won’t find nearly as wide a selection on eBay as you will on, say, Amazon, it can be great for grabbing deals on accessories, especially higher ticket items like designer sunglasses, like these Gucci frames. $180; buy now at The Tie Bar One of menswear’s great online retail success stories, The Tie Bar rose to prominence by recognizing two important truths: first, well-made and great-looking ties don’t need to cost a fortune; and second, they’re the perfect product to buy online, in bulk. Both their ties and their eponymous tie bars have gone on to be featured in men’s fashion magazines, and they deserve all the recognition they’ve received. What to buy: Well, ties and tie bars. Their knit ties are a particular steal, and look just as good as designer brands that cost three times as much. $25; buy now at Aldo Aldo is kind of like the H&M of the shoe world. Each season, they release a new line of shoes on-trend shoes that are often not just stylish, but impeccable. The only catch? If you buy a pair now, they may not hold up until this time next year. While the quality often leaves something to be desired, the styles are so good—and so affordable—that in many cases they’re still worth trying. What to buy: To get the most out of Aldo, it’s best to opt for warm weather shoes like oxfords or loafers that will never have to face the snow and salt. For best results, opt for suede. Shoe nerds can spot cheap leather from a mile away, but cheap suede is a lot more forgiving—and a lot harder to distinguish from its top-of-the-line counterpart. $150; buy now at Abercrombie & Fitch Abercrombie has been working hard to outgrow its reputation as the exclusive domain of college students and surfer dudes, while still offering prices that guys on an all-ramen diet can afford. The result is a number of great staples: Oxford shirts, chinos in every color, shorts that actually flatter, and henley tops that really accentuate the upper body—all of which will cost a lot less than you’d pay for a similar product from a more “grown up” brand. What to buy: Most staples, but it depends on your tolerance for logos. A&F still has a tendency to slap their logo all over everything, which is one of the reasons why they haven’t fully shaken off that dorm-room vibe. But many of their button-up shirts are logo-free, and come in a great range of styles and colors. 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March 06, 2019
Remember the days where golf shoes and bowling rentals shared way too much in common? Yeah, us too—and we’re glad they’re gone. Despite horrifying memories of the oversized and uninspiring golf shoes of old, the same is spilling over into footwear, too. And while a plethora of fresh, new companies are leading the charge, recent releases by industry stalwarts prove that even the old dogs have a few tricks up their sleeve. At the forefront of the modern footwear movement is the premise that a golf shoe should be wearable for more than just golf. In turn, companies are looking beyond the board room and out into the streets for a little style inspiration. Replaceable spikes are being, well, replaced as sleek designs and spike-less bottoms allow today’s golfers to ditch the shoe bag and rock their shoes straight to the course and beyond. Whether you’re after a show-stopping sneaker style or desire a reinvented classic, no two ways about it: today’s golf kicks are bringing the heat. Here are are a dozen of the best golf shoes for 2019. And to look your best head-to-toe, check out these . 1 Nike Air Max 1G $120; buy now at From the company synonymous with the best athletes in the world, Nike recently looked to their ever-popular Air Max sneaker to design a golf shoe that’s as cool as it is comfortable. A water-resistant fabrication helps keep your feet dry on the course, while the spike-free treads and fashion-forward color options—including a stunning red-and-white, as pictured—make the Nike Air Max 1G a worthy off-course look, too. 2 G/FORE MG4.1(Men & Women) $185; more info at (available on April 15th) G/FORE is no stranger to eye-catching designs, and their upcoming MG4.1 golf shoe is no exception. This athletic-style shoe—complete with an ultra-light construction, knit upper, and ribbed rubber bottom—is designed to be worn everywhere from the streets to the course. Extra attention to a clean toe line and a unique architecturally-inspired midsole pattern offer a great aesthetic, too. Plus, women can rejoice, as the MG4.1 is a unisex shoe, available in both men’s and women’s sizes—and in five different colors, to boot. (For what it’s worth, we’re partial to the pewter, as pictured.) Mark your calendars: the MG4.1 is available for order on April 15th. 3 Royal Albartross Club Brogue Black $299; buy now at If superior comfort and a refined style are your thing, you’ll love the Club Brogue Black from Royal Albartross. , the black calf leather and semi-brogue lend a premium look, while the patented orange Vibram sole and subtle red stitching add a nice touch of detailing. These Club Brogues will look as good with a blazer at dinner as they do with performance trousers on the golf course. 4 Ecco Biom Hybrid 3 GTX $200; buy now at Seeking top-notch performance in a golf shoe? Then look no further than the Ecco Biom Hybrid 3 GTX. Though not as strong in the style department as some of the other brands, this golf shoe is designed to withstand any and every on-course element you may encounter. Leather uppers yield incredible stability, waterproof GORE-TEX keeps your feet dry even in the wettest conditions, and a patented “Tri-Fi-Grip” technology has been utilized to make every step more efficient and comfortable. 5 G/FORE Women’s Welt Stud Gallivanter $250; buy now at For any women looking to add a little flare to their golf shoe collection, the G/FORE Welt Stud Gallivanter is the perfect choice. This shoe carries all the benefits of the traditional Gallivanter—lightweight, waterproof leather with a padded interior for extra comfort—while the addition of metallic and gold-stud detailing presents a unique look that’s sure to make any outfit pop. 6 New Balance NB 574 $105; buy now at The same streetwear we’ve come to love from New Balance has been transformed into a green-worthy shoe. The New Balance NB 574 delivers with a water-resistant construction for those dewey mornings and a spike-less rubber outsole designed to take you well beyond the course. 7 Jack Grace Innovator 1.0 Golf Shoe(Men & Women) $160; buy now at Possibly the most versatile shoe in golf, Jack Grace’s Innovator 1.0 Golf Shoes feature an interchangeable saddle, allowing players to change their look in a matter of seconds. The shoe is essentially a blank canvas (it comes in white, grey, and black), where a variety of different colored saddles can be swapped in-and-out to appropriately match the outfit of the day. And to top it off, they’re , too. 8 True Links TRUE Major $199; buy now at With a mission to design shoes for the walking golfer (read: lots of comfort), True Links recently released its latest creation, the TRUE Major. Okay, so what makes it major? The shoe design comes directly from years of feedback and discussions by the TRUE Player Advisory Board (in other words: PGA Tour Players). With some of the best players in the world weighing in, you can trust the on-course performance here is stellar. 9 G/FORE Disruptor (Men and Women) $185; buy now at At the forefront of bringing street fashion to golf, the G/FORE Disruptors are the epitome of a street-style golf shoe. The beauty lies in the simplicity of the shoe, offering an opportunity to pair the Disruptors with just about anything on or off the course. They come in a variety of different colors for men and , but, in our eyes, it’s hard to beat the ultra-clean look of the classic white. 10 Adidas Crossknit 3.0 Shoes $150; buy now at Mimicking an athletic sneaker, the Adidas Crossknit 3.0 Shoes are lightweight, water-repellant, and feature a spike-less bottom. Available in a cool blue, complete with unique metallic designing, this golf shoe is designed with one purpose on mind: To stand out from the rest. 11 Puma Malbon Suede G Golf Shoes $144; buy now at In collaboration with Los Angelas based Malbon Golf, the Puma Malbon Suede G’s are a style-savvy choice that extend from the links to the streets. The classic Puma silhouette is combined with a suede leather upper and hidden traction sole for an outstanding performance—and looks to match. 12 FootJoy 1857 Shield Tip Shoe $750; buy now at Though the versatility of spike-less golf shoes has taken full hold this season, we’d be remiss to exclude a more traditional style shoe. For those seeking classic styling with epic old-school vibes, the FootJoy 1857 Shield Tips are the epitome of cool. Fully handcrafted with Goodyear Welted leather soles, calfskin leather uppers, and unparalleled detailing, the FootJoy Shield Tip shoes pay homage to the history of golf, while lending an ultra-luxurious option for the course. The price tag is steep, but with proper care, trust these beauties will last you a lifetime. And for some places to sport your new kicks, consider playing . Jordan Griggs is an avid golfer, travel enthusiast, and founder of the site . To discover more amazing secrets about living your best life, to follow us on Instagram! The post appeared first on .
March 05, 2019
Take a trip across the country and you’ll find a range of stunning homes. From stately mansions to rustic cabins, there’s a lot to take in. But to put it simply, those normal dwellings have absolutely nothing on the crazy ones you’re about to see. We’ve rounded up a list of the most unique, most creative, and, oftentimes, most ridiculously bizarre homes that exist in every state. And when you’re done looking at these, you’ll also want to read up on Alabama: Rosenbaum House The , built in 1940, is the only home built by famed architect Frank Lloyd Wright in the state of Alabama. The home is noted as the perfect example of the “Usonian Home,” a Lloyd Wright concept that reimagined the American home as smaller and more futuristic. Today, long after the original owners have gone, tours are still available to see this unique piece of history in person. Alaska: Goose Creek Tower Also called the Dr. Seuss House for its whimsical design, the 185-foot-tall Goose Creek Tower, located in Talkeetna, Alaska, was erected nearly two decades ago by Anchorage attorney Phil Weidner. With cabin after cabin built on top of one another, your first question is likely whether or not this building is structurally sound—and you wouldn’t be the only one to ask. Apparently, it is. (Though it a basement with an escape tunnel to a safe room—you know, just in case.) The tower has a clear, 360-view of Denali and the start of the Aleutian chain. Its owner simply calls the home “a poem to the sky.” Arizona: Taliesin West Taliesin West, located in Scottsdale, Arizona, served as architect Frank Lloyd Wright’s winter home from 1937 until his death in 1959. Wright wanted the home to have a connection to the desert and built it using local rocks and materials. He also employed natural light wherever he could, and the ceiling of his drafting room is covered by a translucent canvas. At the end of the day, Wright saw this winter home as an inspiring escape. Now, it serves as the main campus of the School of Architecture at Taliesin and is home to the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation. Arkansas: Treehouse Home Worth an estimated $10.9 million, this home in Fort Smith, Arkansas, is the most expensive residence in the state. Situated on a sprawling 20 acres, the 18,367-square-foot home features an indoor pool with two infinity edges, marble fireplaces, a sports bar room, and, yes—a treehouse, made using an imported California redwood, according to . California: Winchester Mystery House The Winchester Mystery House in San Jose, California, was the brainchild of Sarah Winchester, heiress to the Winchester Repeating Arms rifle fortune. After a series of tragedies, including the deaths of her daughter and husband, Sarah visited a psychic to ask for help. The spiritualist told her that her family was being killed by the ghosts of gunshot victims and that the only way she could escape them was to build a mansion full of booby traps. Sarah took this advice seriously and set off to build a mysterious estate that now features doors that open to 12-foot drops, staircases to nowhere, and sealed off rooms. It’s also rumored to be quite a bit haunted. Colorado: Deaton Sculptured House Also known as the Sleeper House, the Deaton Sculptured House on Genesee Mountain in Colorado was built by architect Charles Deaton in 1963. (You might also recognize it from Woody Allen‘s 1973 film, Sleeper.) The five-story home features five bedrooms, five bathrooms, a state-of-the-art kitchen, and a top-level master suite. According to Deaton, he built the home to feel and see the earth simultaneously. “On Genesee Mountain, I found a high point of land where I could stand and feel the great reaches of the Earth. I wanted the shape of it to sing an unencumbered song,” he told authors . Connecticut: Gillette Castle Originally built by actor William Gillette (famous for playing Sherlock Holmes on stage), this was occupied from 1919 until 1937—and was eventually purchased by the state of Connecticut after Gillette’s death. But, it turns out, the castle was never structurally sound. The walls, for example, were constructed similarly to a stage set and lacked reinforcements in critical places. Additionally, some of the castle’s insulation included seaweed and paper. Fortunately, the stunning estate was restored in 2002. Delaware: The Milton Futuro House Throughout the ’60s, people thought that Futuro Houses, designed by Finnish architect Matti Suuronen, would be able to end the world’s housing shortage. This one, in particular, was built in 1968 and is one of two Futuro Houses in Delaware—and one of just 96 ever built. Located in Milton, it stands at the edge of an airfield tarmac and appears as though it might have just landed. The saucer is currently owned by a man named Rich Garrett, who the only drawback of this home is its lack of closet space. Florida: The Dune House The Dune House in Jacksonville was built in the ’70s by architect William Morgan, who saw an opportunity to create an home in a sand dune created after Hurricane Dora in 1964. Taking the blank canvas that nature left behind, Morgan insulated the home using the surrounding earth—which inevitably camouflages the home to onlookers. The Dune House was also built using no right angles—just curves. Georgia: Guitar House This fun home, built by country-western singer Elvis Carden in Fayetteville, inspired his album Living in an Old Guitar. And it’s certainly a sight to behold, especially by air. At one point, the home was on sale for a minuscule $160,000, according to . Hawaii: Kehena Cliff House Perched on a lava cliff at Kehena Point, the Kehena Cliff House is a three-story concrete mansion with spectacular views of the sea below. Each room was designed to accommodate —and the home is particularly well-suited for whale watching. Now, those who would like to stay in this architectural feat can for $249 per night, as an . Idaho: Teepee House This teepee house, built in Cascade, Idaho, is a tiny home consisting of a quaint 826 square feet. Inside , a half bath, a kitchen, and a wood stove (there’s a bathhouse just outside). Located in the middle of the woods, this home is all about accessing the simple things in life—like the wooden deck made for stargazing. Illinois: The Kirsch Home This bizarrely shaped residence was designed by architect Errol J. Kirsch in the late ’70s. And while he didn’t say much about his inspiration for it, the architecture blog says the was likely built to be environmentally conscious, with the masonry moss strategically placed to provide insulation and the windows set up to illuminate the space in place of electric lighting. Image via Wikimedia Commons Indiana: Twisted House For this creative home, on showcase at the Indianapolis Art Center in Indianapolis, American artist John McNaughton aimed to “turn the idea of a home (literally) on its head.” was installed in 2005 as part of the Center’s ARTSPARK initiative. If you visit, you can walk around and pretend what it might be like to live in this bizarre little home. Iowa: Spaceship House Located in Urbandale, Iowa, the Spaceship House was built in 1993 by farmer and millionaire businessman Lemar Koethe. Though the mansion may have an incredibly futuristic exterior, its interior still contains all the luxuries that the owner didn’t want to forego, such as a car wash bay and a recreation center. More than anything, the home provides stunning panoramic views of the surrounding Iowa countryside. Kansas: Subterra Castle Perhaps the most unforgettable dwelling on the list is this Cold War-era missile silo that was converted into a home by Ed and Dianna Peden in 1994. Once housing a four-megaton warhead, this “home” is now an . Who says living underground can’t be stylish? Kentucky: Mother Goose House This was built by artist George Stacy in 1935. The goose structure is even equipped with egg-shaped windows and automobile lights that serve as the goose’s eyes. Decades after it was built, visitors still flock to this home to experience it themselves. Image via Ebay Louisiana: The Shipping Container House Since 2017, this three-stories tall shipping container home has been standing proudly in New Orleans. Dreamt up by owners Kicker and Ann Kalozdi, this home contains seven Irish Channel shipping containers, welded together for durability. The interior of the home is just as unique, specifically because it looks nothing like the inside of a shipping container. The couple managed to creating comfortable, open spaces throughout the home. Image via Wikimedia Commons Maine: Goose Rocks Light Built in 1890, Goose Rocks Light, located near North Haven, Maine, was purchased by a private organization, Beacon Preservation, in 2006. Now, can stay overnight in the second level keeper’s quarters, though it’s definitely quite the adventure to get there. Maryland: The Mushroom Home During the 1970s, futurist architect Roy Mason transformed the once-ordinary home that stood on this site into this one, which typically reminds people of the set of The Lord of the Rings. To create its curvy shape, the architect used polyurethane foam. The interior includes plenty of reading nooks and magical spaces. Currently, the Bethesda home is privately owned. Image via Wikimedia Commons Massachusetts: The Paper House Yes, this is an actual house made of actual paper. The in Rockford, Massachusetts, was designed and built by mechanical engineer Elis F. Stenman. Now, nearly a century after the property was first constructed, visitors can explore this wild home, which was built, and decorated, using 100,000 pieces of varnished newspapers. Image via Wikimedia Commons Michigan: Honolulu House This Hawaiian-inspired oasis was built in the middle of small-town Marshall, Michigan, in 1860. The inspiring piece of architecture was constructed by the former chief justice of the Michigan Supreme Court Abner Pratt, who wanted to mimic the ‘Iolani Palace in Hawaii. Featuring tropical murals and a sprawling wraparound porch, the remains the most impressive home in the state. Minnesota: Ensculptic House Made out of hardened polyurethane insulation foam, the Ensculptic House was built by architect Winslow Wedin in 1969. If you view it from the top or the side, the Minnesotan home looks like a giant mushroom, with small pockets of light illuminating the creative spaces inside. The residence is still privately owned. Image via Wikimedia Commons Mississippi: Longwood Mansion Also known as Nut’s Folly, this historic antebellum mansion in Natchez, Mississippi, was built in 1864 and is the largest octagonal home in the country. After surviving decades of neglect, the mansion now operates as a historic house museum. (Fun fact: You might recognize this home from a few episodes of True Blood). Image via Facebook/@caveland.us Missouri: Caveland Once a licensed bomb shelter, the cave used to build was originally purchased on eBay by owners Curt and Deborah Sleeper. Now, the property features two stories of bedrooms, gently curving staircases, hardwood floors, and 28 sliding glass doors on its facade. Not to mention, a good portion of the cave is preserved inside the home. Montana: The Shire of Montana Though it might seem like it’s straight from the set of The Lord of the Rings, this architectural treasure in Trout Creek, Montana, is a private guest home adorned with all of the staples that make it resemble the famed Hobbit dwellings you know and love. Nebraska: The Captain Bailey House Built in 1877 for Benson Bailey, a Civil War vet, this has become somewhat famous in the state of Nebraska. Though no one knows where the home was originally built, it was at one point disassembled and moved to its new location in Brownville—and now serves as part of the Brownville Historical Society museum. Nevada: Castillo del Sol Since former Nevada lieutenant governor and neurosurgeon Lonnie Hammargren is known as the “Man who Collects Everything,” it makes sense that he would build a massive estate to pay tribute to his treasures. Located in Las Vegas, this not-so-humble abode features millions of dollars worth of collectibles, from roller coasters to movie props, according to . New Hampshire: Lake Sunapee Home Currently listed as the most expensive home in the state of New Hampshire, , situated on the scenic Lake Sunapee, is just five years old but still manages to embody a stunning old-time opulence. And if you want to own this piece of paradise, it’ll cost you; the dreamy home is listed at $6 million. Image via Facebook/@rockyboscarino'sluna-parc New Jersey: Luna Parc Considered artist Ricky Boscarino’s largest and most impressive work to date, was built in 1989—but that’s not to say it was finished then. For decades, the artist and architect has added new sculptures, paintings, and other pieces of art to his whimsical home. New Mexico: Taos Pueblo For thousands of years, Taos Native Americans have lived in the —perhaps making it the most ancient structure in America. The buildings that are there now were most likely constructed between 1000 and 1450 C.E. To this day, visitors can still take a walk through this centuries-old establishment, which is still occupied by Taos Native Americans. New York: Bioscleave House When you picture the Hamptons, you likely think of enormous mansions before you think of funky homes designed by avant-garde artists. The Bioscleave House, however, breaks the mold of the typical Hamptons house. Built by artists Madeline Gins and Arakawa, the interior of the home is just as playful as the exterior, featuring a raised dining platform, earthen mounds in the flooring, and off-kilter windows—all painted a kaleidoscope of colors, according to . North Carolina: Biltmore Estate George Vanderbilt, the grandson of famed industrialist Cornelius Vanderbilt, erected this 250-room French Renaissance chateau in Asheville, North Carolina, as a testament to his wealth and taste in 1889. Filled with a number of architectural treasures (like a two-story library), this estate continues to be one of the most prominent examples of the Gilded Age. Though it’s still owned by the descendants of the Vanderbilts, tours are available to for yourself. Image via Wikimedia Commons North Dakota: Coghlan Castle The only standing castle in the state of South Dakota, the Coghlan Castle was built using stone at a time during the early 20th-century when nearly every other building was made of sod. Located in a remote part of the state, the castle had been left to rot since the Coghlan family left it in the 1940s. This hidden gem remained largely unknown until it was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2008. A decade later, it’s still in the process of being renovated. Image via Wikimedia Commons Ohio: The Mushroom House Located in Cincinnati, Ohio, the Mushroom House appears as though it has been transported to the landscape straight from a fairytale. Architect Terry Brown created this interesting space, complete with a cone-shaped addition and several architectural oddities that make it the most interesting residence in the state. Oklahoma: Fishing Reel Home Located just outside of Tulsa, Oklahoma, this home, built in 1970 to resemble the look of a fishing reel, has managed to captivate many across the state. In order to create the perfect shape, each room in the home had to be circular, according to . We can only imagine what it was like to furnish this place. Oregon: Pittock Mansion Built in 1909 to be the private home of Oregonian publisher Henry Pittock, this 46-room French Renaissance-style château, which features panoramic views of downtown Portland, has become the most famous piece of architecture in the city. More than a century after it was built, the home, now owned by the city’s Bureau of Parks and Recreation, is open to . Pennsylvania: Fallingwater Perhaps one of the most famous buildings in the entire country, Fallingwater in Mill Run, Pennsylvania, was named the “best all-time work of American architecture” by the American Institute of Architects. Designed by Frank Lloyd Wright in 1935, the home was first used as a weekend getaway for Liliane Kaufmann and her husband, Edgar J. Kaufmann, Sr., owner of Kaufmann’s Department Store. The house is most famous for its notable use of natural materials—including the waterfall that flows naturally underneath it. Rhode Island: The Breakers Yet another testament to the Vanderbilt family fortune, this expansive mansion, which sits peacefully on the coast of Newport, Rhode Island, was built in 1895 with the intention of being a “summer cottage.” However, with all of the incredible features inside of the home (including an arcade, a library, a music room, and a morning room), it’s hard to imagine that resembles anything close to a cottage. South Carolina: The Calhoun Mansion As one of the most impressive homes in South Carolina, the Calhoun Mansion, built for businessman George W. Williams in 1876, is a Victorian-style residence in Charleston. After Williams died in 1903, his son-in-law, Patrick Calhoun, moved in—and eventually turned the place into a hotel. Since his passing, the mansion has remained famous for its role on the hit television show North and South—and is still open for . South Dakota: The Onion House Also known as the Thomas Lenehan House (as he was the one who built it), this famous home was erected in 1902 and features an incredibly distinctive onion-shaped dome. At one point, the dwelling was used as a hospital. Now, it’s listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Image via Facebook/@ArchiWorld Tennessee: Flying Saucer House Built as a part of the flying saucer craze of the 1960s, this home in Chattanooga is still outfitted with many of the retro features it was originally built with, including the retractable staircase leading into the home (though it is now permanently stuck in the “down” position). Currently, the home can be rented. Image via Wikimedia Commons Texas: Steel House In Lubbock, Texas, the Steel House, designed by architect Robert Bruno, was constructed over the course of three decades. But despite spending the better portion of his life on this architectural wonder, Bruno died before it was completed. More than a decade later, the home still sits unfinished—though there are plans to move it to a different spot designed to memorialize his work, according to the . Utah: Beehive House Once the official residence of Brigham Young, the second president of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, this home gets its name for the feature on top of it that resembles a beehive. The home was built in 1854 to accommodate Young’s large family (remember, he was a polygamist). It was also his official residence as the governor of Utah. Now, the stunning mansion serves as a museum and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Image via Wikimedia Commons Vermont: The Tack House Constructed by architects Dave Sellers and William Reineke in the 1960s, the Tack House is among the most innovative architectural wonders in the country—and the one that reigns supreme in the state of Vermont. After you’ve taken in the dramatic exterior of the home, you’ll be even more awestruck by the inside (and you can totally check it out, since the space is available to rent on ). Each of the three floors are connected by a series of ladders, with cozy sitting areas and nooks throughout. Virginia: Monticello Considered one of the most famous homes in the United States, was Thomas Jefferson’s primary plantation. Located just outside of Charlottesville, Monticello was the first home of its kind in America, with its raised ceilings and elements of European design that were rarely seen in the states during the 18th century. Washington: Rainforest Castle This home in Sedro Woolley, Washington, is nestled on 20 acres of pristine Pacific Northwest forest and feels like a fairytale come to life. The home is equipped with every castle must-have, including turrets, a stone facade, and a bridge that provides the only access to the home. It also has a salmon creek and an all-natural swimming pool. Image via Wikimedia Commons West Virginia: The Coal House The 1933 construction of this home in Williamson, West Virginia, was merely a publicity stunt by O. W. Evans of the Norfolk and Western Railway, who wished to create a recognizable symbol for Williamson’s coal industry. Designed by architect Hassel T. Hicks, the home is made entirely of bituminous coal. Now, it’s a national historical landmark. Wisconsin: The House on the Rock When Alex Jordan began working on this home in 1945, he did so with the intention of making it as spectacular as possible. Now, the home is thought to be one of the most bizarre in the country, with each room containing a different set of wacky decorations. For example, one room is decorated with mannequins hanging from the ceiling—and several pay tribute to Jordan’s love of Christmas. Overall, the home is a unique blend of ideas and architectural concepts, and is well worth your . Wyoming: Smith Mansion Located in Wapiti Valley, this mansion is legendary in the state of Wyoming. The sprawling and imaginative cabin was built by amateur architect Francis Lee Smith—whose small building project eventually turned into an obsession that never stopped. In fact, the rickety wooden house became such an obsession for Smith that it eventually killed him, when he fell to his death while working on it in 1992. Now, decades later, it’s still in the care of his daughter—and remains a popular attraction in the city of Cody. And for more reasons to avoid building your own mansion, check out these To discover more amazing secrets about living your best life, to follow us on Instagram! The post appeared first on .
February 26, 2019
Every February, the streets of New York City are filled with the most expensive clothing in the world, models rushing from runway to runway, designers making last-minute touches to their collections, and lovers taking it all in. While the looks that come out of New York Fashion Week are the definition of cutting edge, some step a little bit over that line. From head-to-toe rainbow to bejeweled face masks, these are the most shocking looks from New York Fashion Week Fall/Winter 2019. And for some more practical style from New York Fashion Week, check out the . We Gotta Hand It To Ya A post shared by (@chenpengstudio) on Feb 12, 2019 at 6:45am PST This bubble jacket from the Chenpeng collection is as shocking as New York Fashion Week gets. You might think it’s just some bright yellow outerwear, but that hand attachment hanging down really sets it apart. Far apart. Wiggin’ Out A post shared by (@annasui) on Feb 12, 2019 at 9:08am PST This look by Anna Sui has bold colors, vivid prints, and a technicolor wig that brings you back to the early days of David Bowie. Nothing is casual or boring about this design, that’s for sure. Sparkle Central A post shared by (@sarakerens) on Feb 11, 2019 at 8:18am PST Since winning Project Runway, Christian Siriano has dominated the fashion world. And he took a big chance this year with this silver, sheer, sparkly bandage number that celebrity model Ashley Graham sported on the runway. Siriano called his collection “a world where we live as a society in an .” Well, mission accomplished? Walking, Talking Cotton Candy https://www.instagram.com/p/BtrSXfNhKGe/ These cloud-like gowns featuring a multitude of colors made a huge statement at the . With an array of top models and celebrities posing in the cotton candy-like pieces—from Game of Thrones’ Gwendoline Christie (pictured here) to Bella Hadid—these are sure to be talked about for awhile. The Most Expensive Face Mask Ever A post shared by (@area) on Feb 11, 2019 at 12:07pm PST During the Area Fall/Winter 2019 fashion show, models came strutting down the runway with their faces covered in shimmering crystals. This face mask might even be too rich for our blood. Hot Topic, But Make It Designer https://www.instagram.com/p/BtysCuVHt68/ Jeremy Scott is giving us strong goth vibes with these black and white tabloid tutu dresses. With huge bows, feathers, tulle, and newspaper print text, the look reminds us of every teenager’s punk phase. Careful Of That Banana A post shared by (@feyminoriyanagase) on Oct 29, 2018 at 4:12pm PDT The Asia Fashion Collection fashion show featured many confounding ensembles, but perhaps none as head-scratching as this banana-esque body suit from Fey Minoriyanagase, complete with fanny pack and puffer jacket. We hope no one missed her and slipped! Rainbow Bright A post shared by (@hoerchata) on Feb 10, 2019 at 9:30am PST This other Fey Minoriyanagase look appears to be a rainbow two-piece skirt and hoodie, brought together by suspenders… or a harness. Hey, at least this model can breathe through her mouth? A Look Into the Future A post shared by (@iiseseoul) on Feb 10, 2019 at 3:40pm PST This year’s hottest accessory is apparently a transparent rim covering your mouth, at least according to the Concept Korea fashion show. Socks & Sandals Strike Again https://www.instagram.com/p/Btocj9UhsQM/ The PH5 Fall/Winter 2019 presentation took crimping to a whole new level. Not only did all the models have crimped hair, but this turquoise pantsuit is crimped on the hem! The whole thing screams retirement home, especially with the socks and sandals. Kangol’s Back A post shared by (@gregbackstage) on Feb 7, 2019 at 10:19am PST Tom Ford basically created the mullet of women’s suiting at New York Fashion Week this year. It’s sexy tux on the bottom and furry 1990s Kangol hat up top. Fuzzy Wuzzy Had A Dress A post shared by (@byalisondias) on Feb 12, 2019 at 5:27am PST This look from Kanon at the Asia Fashion Collection show is made up bright prints in random shapes with different length sleeves and patterns layered on top of each other. And since it’s fuzzy, at least this model was warm, we’d imagine. Little Red Riding Hood https://www.instagram.com/p/BtqzubuA5EO/ Some of New York Fashion Week’s biggest moments were pleasantly shocking. Like iconic ’60s and ’70s supermodel Pat Cleveland, who walked the runway for Hellessy in a sparkly bright red pant suit. She proved you’re never too old for a fairytale. Chromat Did That https://www.instagram.com/p/BtrZaKnDu1y/ Who ever thought we’d see curvy women of color, women with disabilities, and albino women stomping the runway at New York Fashion Week? The fact that Chromat featured these women is shocking in the best possible way. This brand continues to think forward in diversity, inclusivity, and sustainability, all while maintaining its high fashion aesthetic. And for some of the fashion trends we’re glad we left behind last year, check out . To discover more amazing secrets about living your best life, to follow us on Instagram! The post appeared first on .
February 19, 2019
By the time you reach your 40s, you’ve got less and less time to devote to Fashion Week. After all, you already know which styles work for you, and no 20-something on a catwalk is likely to change that. But hear us out: Fashion Week can be fun—and knowing which trends are about to hit it big can be super practical. To save you time, we’ve rounded up the best styles from New York Fashion Week’s Fall/Winter 2019 shows that will excite women over 40. And for more styles you’ll love, check out the Shutterstock/Sam Aronov 1 The Little Red Dress Red was all the rage for Fall/Winter 2019—which means if you haven’t started experimenting with the color yet, it’s time to start. This mini-length style from the Prabal Gurung Fall/Winter 2019 show proves just how versatile the look can be. Choose a dress with a fun sleeve or neckline and accessorize it with something unexpected (the yellow bow is totally optional!). The playful hue is bound to make you look, well, red-hot. And for more dress inspiration, check out the 2 The (Longer) Poplin Shirtdress Shirtdresses are forever in fashion, particularly when it comes to daytime dressing. And while the midi-length is probably the most popular style right now, Fall/Winter 2019 is about to be all about the longer hemline. If you’re feeling bold, you can style it over pants like the team at BLWDN (shown backstage, above). And if not, style it the way you would a classic shirtdress (as in, button it up and you’re ready to go). And for more fashion-forward advice for women over 40, check out the Shutterstock/Goran Jakus 3 The Black-Tie Suit You’ve seen the black-tie women’s suit on celebrities such as Cara Delvingne, Celine Dion, and Julia Roberts—and for a while, it seemed like something only certain women could pull off. But after seeing these showstoppers yet again at Fashion Week, we’ve declared this a look every woman should try. For your next event, ditch the floor-length gown in favor of a tux-style suit. 4 Bootcut Denim After more than a decade of super-tight skinny jeans, 2019 is about to usher in a new era of looser denim—especially in the form of figure-flattering bootcut designs, like the jeans seen here at the L’Agence presentation for Fall/Winter 2019. 5 The Textured Jacket A bold jacket is the epitome of cool. And if you find one that’s carefully designed with textured embellishments, you’ve got a serious statement piece on your hands. This updated bomber, complete with intricate knit details and sporty sleeve cuffs, is perfect for layering over a pair of jeans, or something dressier. Shutterstock/By Ovidiu Hrubaru 6 All Velvet Everything Sumptuous fabrics were a must for Fall/Winter 2019, but nothing was than the layers of monochrome velvet we picked up on at several shows, including on Gigi Hadid at the Tom Ford presentation. We love the bold hue, but you can also choose something in a neutral shade for a more wearable look. It’s chic and warm—and that’s all we could really ask for in a fall trend. 7 The Modern Leather Top Leather clothing sometimes feels too edgy for everyday wear. But when it’s got a chic cut, as is the case with this sleeveless leather shell, it’s entirely professional. Pair it with a tailored pant, maxi skirt, or culottes for a look that’s ready for the office. 8 Fresh Fringe Whether it’s styled onto the edges of a shirt or pants or used as a fun embellishment on an accessory, fringe feels anything but Western for Fall/Winter 2019. It now adds a bohemian twist that can instantly upgrade an otherwise traditional piece. Here, leather fringe brings a simple top to an entirely different level. Shutterstock/lev radin 9 Strategic Draping Sometimes, the best styles leave a little bit to the imagination. Rather than making everything skin tight this year, designers created looser pieces that will skim your figure and make it appear even more flawless than it already is. This dress from Christian Siriano shows exactly what we’re talking about. The loose ruching provides a sexy shape that’s still age-appropriate. 10 Glimmering Metallics Whether in the form of sequins or shimmering fabric, metallic hues are about to be huge this upcoming fall. These pleated, wide-leg trousers prove that even traditionally unsexy styles can be extremely alluring when done in liquid silver, gold, or bronze. 11 Lace Details Lace showed up at several shows for Fall/Winter 2019. But unlike previous seasons, the sheer fabric never exposed too much—rather, designers used it strategically on more demure cuts like long sleeves and lengthier hemlines. Shutterstock/FashionStock.com 12 Winter White Forget the rule that you can’t wear white after Labor Day—winter white is about to be the color of the season. Many of the all-white looks this year featured intricate detailing, with belts, furs, and other accessories thrown into the mix. All that’s to say the more, the merrier. Shutterstock/Ovidiu Hrubaru 13 Chain Details Add a chain detail to your look and you’ll instantly feel . This chain neckline, which went down the runway at Tom Ford’s Fall/Winter 2019 show, adds just the right amount of toughness to a seriously classic gown. 14 Longer Hemlines A few seasons ago, designers were clamoring to hit midcalf with a variety of midi-length skirts, dresses, and pants. But for Fall 2019, those hemlines are about to get a bit longer. Many of the looks we saw for Fall/Winter 2019 hit right at the ankle and showed just the slightest sliver of skin. 15 Cozy Tracksuits Not every trend has to be fancy—case in point, the continued popularity of the fashionable tracksuit. Wear one with a stylish sneaker on days when you’re looking to make a maximal statement with minimal effort. Shutterstock/Ovidiu Hrubaru 16 The Cool Fedora “Put a hat on it” might just be the easiest style advice you’ll ever get. Whether it’s a furry one, like this Tom Ford Fall/Winter 2019 fedora, or one of the sleeker styles you’re more familiar with, these fashion-forward toppers will hide bad hair days and help you look incredibly chic. Shutterstock/Lev Radin 17 The Turtleneck Dress You’ve already embraced the turtleneck neckline on your shirts. But this coming fall, you’ll want to invest in a dress option, too. In his Fall/Winter 2019 show, Christian Siriano sent several iridescent turtleneck gowns down the runway (that’s one of them, above), which means they’re officially en vogue. Try one like this for a black-tie affair, or look for one in a more casual fabric at a mini or midi length for everyday wear. And for the looks you should stay away from, check out the To discover more amazing secrets about living your best life, to follow us on Instagram! The post appeared first on .
February 19, 2019
When you think of New York Fashion Week, you likely picture stick thin, teenage models in barely-there outfits you could never dream of wearing. But, while some looks are certainly out there, there’s plenty of style straight from New York Fashion Week’s Fall/Winter 2019 runways that will work for all women. From belted coats that show off your curves to slimming monochromatic ensembles, here are the best fashion trends for women over 40 that emerged from New York Fashion Week. Goran Jankus / Shutterstock 1 Belted Coats Fall/Winter Fashion Week is always all about the coats. But this year, the classic wool trench got an upgrade courtesy of a singular, super stylish accessory: a belt. By cinching a bulky item like this at the waist, you instantly have a shape. For more inspiration when it comes to this fashion trend, check out this take from , which features a two-tone design that’s thoroughly modern. 2 Ankle-Length Dresses While the past few seasons have been all about the mid-length dresses (AKA midis) and floor-length ones (AKA maxis), Fall/Winter Fashion Week 2019 was filled with ankle length dresses. This new aesthetic provides just the subtlest peek of the leg, without showing off too much. 3 Pleated Skirts When you hear “pleated skirt,” you might picture Catholic school uniforms. But there is a mature way to rock this look, and Fall/Winter Fashion Week 2019 proved it. Mid-length pleated skirts were all over the catwalk—and when they’re cut from diaphanous fabrics, like satin or silk, they’re stylish and sophisticated. Even if you haven’t worn a pleated skirt since you were 14, your 40-year-old self can totally pull this one off. Gordana Sermek / Shutterstock 4 Long Sleeve Sequin Gowns If you have the opportunity to go full glam this year, take a page from Tom Ford’s Fall/Winter 2019 collection, which included a , fit for a queen. Typically, evening gowns are strapless or have dainty straps. But adding full-length sleeves to this look is the perfect amount of sexy, especially if you’re nervous about showing skin. And there’s no reason entering your 40s means you aren’t allowed to flaunt a show-stopping gown. After all, there’s a reason this was the grand finale of Ford’s runway presentation. FashionStock.com / Shutterstock 5 Black-Tie Suits If you’d rather go unconventional to your next black-tie affair, try the coolest new trend for women when it comes to formal wear: a tux. There were plenty of examples in and all over New York Fashion Week. A classic cut in a satin-silk fabric works incredibly well for all shapes and sizes. 6 Lavender Outerwear Lavender is one of the coolest new colors for the 2019 season, in part because it’s so unexpected. After all, pastels are not commonly used in fall or winter, but the icy nature of this lavender coat hits all the right notes for chilly days. Who doesn’t want a hint of spring in the winter? 7 Kimono Dresses Wrap dresses have never gone out of style, thanks to Diane von Furstenberg. But Fashion Week Fall/Winter 2019 added an Asian-inspired angle on this classic with tons of kimono-style dresses. Belted at the waist, the look highlights the bust while drawing attention to the slimmest part of your figure. Thanks to the flowing design at the bottom, this style skims the rest of your body ever so slightly. No cut has ever looked this flattering and fashionable. 8 Two-Piece Sets You might thinking the matchy-matchy vibe should stay in the 1980s and 1990s, but Fashion Week Fall/Winter 2019 proved that you can age up and dress up a coordinated ensemble. Case in point: this blouse with matching Bermuda shorts. 9 Bold Shoulders Shoulder pads may also bring you back to the ’80s, but don’t let that be a deterrent. Not only are bold shoulders incredibly figure flattering, they’re also a great way to add detail to simple styles, cuts, and colors, as this outfit shows. 10 Anything Purple It’s not just lavender outerwear that popped up during New York Fashion Week—there was a whole lot of purple in general going on. Shades of gemstone amethyst read as downright regal, which is ideal for women of a certain age who want to show that they’re authoritative and stylish. 11 Oversized Silhouettes Clingy shapes were cast aside at New York Fashion Week this year, and loose, oversized silhouettes reigned supreme. When styled with luxe accessories, the look is not at all sloppy—think of it as more comfortable and chic. 12 Lacey LBDs We all know about the little black dress (or LBD) by now. But there were plenty of Fall/Winter 2019 styles at Fashion Week that amped up this classic with some lace. With long sleeves, it’s the perfect way to show some skin in a classy (not trashy) way. Karnizz / Shutterstock 13 Monochromatic Red Another color designers fell for this season? Bold reds, whether of the fire engine or burgundy variety. When used head to toe—like this , for example—it’s a modern and daring look. 14 Plaid On Plaid Yes, this is another throwback to your old schoolgirl days, but plaid can be worn in a grown-up, fresh way. This gorgeous plaid outfit from , for example, says sophisticated all over it. 15 Layered Sweaters The double-knit aesthetic is practical and, as they say, “twice as nice.” For Fall/Winter 2019, designers took layering to a new level, placing knits of the same fabric but with different necklines on top of one another. It gives a modern vibe to the traditional cardigan-and-shell sweater sets. 16 Fringe Accessories Fringe—as seen on a clutch purse here—adds the perfect amount of fun to a more serious outfit. Obviously, we’d suggest pairing this youthful accessory with a two-piece suit, not hot pants (which are really just for the beach and exercise). Miguel Rajmil/EFE/Alamy Live News 17 Patterned Puffers Puffers have been cold-weather mainstays for years, but for Fall/Winter 2019, many designers proved that they can be so much more than insulated jackets. Since you wear your winter gear daily—sometimes from November to March—a coat like this one Spanish designer Custo Barcelona ensures you’ll never be bored by your outerwear. 18 Head-To-Toe White Although all black is traditionally thought of as the most slimming monochromatic style, next fall and winter is going to be all about head-to-toe white, which have just as much figure-flattering power. Forget the idea that —in fact, it’s cooler when you wear it in the winter months, to be honest. Oh, did we mention just rocked this look. Need we say more? FashionStock.com / Shutterstock 19 Turtlenecks Turtlenecks may seem a bit bulky and stodgy, but they can also be supremely sexy. Especially when styled as a dress or paired with a skirt—as collection proved—turtlenecks can be feminine and slimming against your face shape. 20 Sumptuous Fabrics Regardless of the cut or style, one major trend to come out of New York Fashion Week for Fall/Winter 2019 was luxurious materials and fabrics, with velvet being a prime example. Who said cozy and cool had to be mutually exclusive, anyway? And for more style inspiration, check out the . To discover more amazing secrets about living your best life, to follow us on Instagram! The post appeared first on .
February 13, 2019
If you can’t wear something outrageous to the Academy Awards, where can you wear it? Whether it’s a massive princess-inspired ball gown or drowning your body in an elegant animal, actresses have historically made bold choices on the Oscars red carpet, some of which work out and others… less so. But, since there’s no such thing as bad press, these actresses are all winners because we’re still talking about their Academy Awards looks. From Audrey Hepburn’s lucky Givenchy gown to Björk’s bizarre bird dress, here are the most memorable moments in Oscars fashion. 1 Audrey Hepburn (1954) Audrey Hepburn was nominated for five Oscars throughout her career, but the only one she won was Best Actress for Roman Holiday in 1954. At the ceremony, she had Givenchy take a gown Edith Heath had designed for the film and adapt it for the red carpet. According to Hepburn’s mom, the actress called the belted floral number her “.” 2 Grace Kelly (1955) Few looks are as memorable as Grace Kelly’s blue strappy silk masterpiece, also from Edith Heath, that she wore to the Oscars ceremony in 1955. Kelly took home the Best Actress Oscar for The Country Girl. The thing that really took her look to the next level? The inclusion of those ivory gloves that just made the whole thing ooze class and elegance, of course. 3 Rita Moreno (1962 and 2018) Rita Moreno wore this showstopper when she accepted the Best Supporting Actress trophy for West Side Story in 1962. And she brought it out again to present at the 2018 Oscars. There were a few alterations the second time around—like changing the neckline and adding accessories—but the statement gloves were a must both times. “The fabric is made out of Obi, which is the sash that Japanese women use in their kimonos,” Moreno told at the 2018 ceremony. “It’s been hanging in my closet.” 4 Barbra Streisand (1969) When she headed to the 1969 Oscars, Barbra Streisand donned a daring pantsuit with flared bottoms and tuxedo trimmings by Arnold Scaasi. It was a daring look, but the biggest surprise was that you could see right through it. “I had no idea that when the lights hit that outfit, it would become transparent!” the legend later told of the controversial look. Still, it brought her good luck. She won the Best Actress Oscar for Funny Girl (in a tie with Katharine Hepburn for The Lion in Winter). 5 Cher (1988) Unlike Streisand, Cher was always in barely-there clothing and she brought her bold fashion sense to the 1988 Oscars. For the biggest night in Hollywood, the Moonstruck star wore a jaw-dropping Bob Mackie gown to collect her Best Actress trophy. This sheer look with black netting and jewels in all the right places is one for the record books. “Cher’s the eternal 15-year-old who’s going to do exactly what her mother says not to do,” Mackie later told of the look. “She’d been in a lot of movies where she was wearing jeans and T-shirts and hadn’t worn a getup in a long time. I said, ‘But you can’t wear that to the Academy Awards.’ She said, ‘I don’t care. I don’t want to look like a housewife in an evening gown.'” And she certainly did not. 6 Geena Davis (1992) Thelma & Louise star Geena Davis attended the 1992 Oscars as a nominee, along with her co-star Susan Sarandon. But she also took the opportunity to make a daring fashion statement with this mullet-esque Bo Peep dress from Bill Hargate. “She was going for something with a sense of humor and different from everyone else,” Mary Ellen Fields, an associate of Hargate, told years later. “We were looking at a lot of magazines, ‘What if we did something like this?’ Like, ‘Wow, this is fun. We get to go to a big party and play dress-up.'” Well, “fun” is one word for it. 7 Nicole Kidman (1997) There are few dresses that have been as equally praised and abhorred as Nicole Kidman’s Christian Dior gown from the 1997 Oscars. Joan Rivers certainly fell into the latter category. The fashion critic made vomit noises in Kidman’s direction on the red carpet. Kidman must have known opinions would be split. “I love it. I don’t know if people will get it,” she told on the carpet. “But if they don’t, well, maybe they should.” One thing’s for sure: People are still talking about it. 8 Céline Dion (1999) Céline Dion was the definition of cool at the 1999 Oscars in a backwards Dior tuxedo, pointy top hat, and diamond-studded sunglasses. She was there to perform “The Prayer” from Quest for Camelot alongside Andrea Bocelli. Looking back, she realizes the look was ahead of its time. “When I wore that, everyone was wearing dresses, not pants,” she told years later. “If I would do this today, it would work. It was avant-garde at the time. And it doesn’t matter. You just have to assume what you wear, you wear, and I did.” That’s the attitude! 9 Gwyneth Paltrow (1999) If it was a princess moment Gwyneth Paltrow wanted, that’s exactly what she got at the 1999 Oscars with her now-iconic bubblegum-pink Ralph Lauren gown. “I just wanted to look very sweet,” Paltrow told of the outfit she wore to accept her Best Actress Oscar for Shakespeare in Love. Mission accomplished! 10 Björk (2001) Chances are when you think of the most memorable Oscars fashion, you see Björk’s conversation-starting swan dress. The feathery look from Marjan Pejoski enveloped the Icelandic singer, who was a 2001 nominee for Best Original Song (for “I’ve Seen It All” from Dancer in the Dark). If the dress itself wasn’t enough to make jaws drop, Björk took it to the next level as she dropped actual ostrich eggs behind her. “The swan dress was actually part of my winter 2001-2002 collection and Björk saw it and loved it,” Pejoski told later. “Björk was definitely outside the box. Without people like her, it would be boring. … Look at us, 15 years later and we’re talking about it.” 11 Julia Roberts (2001) Julia Roberts rocked this stunning vintage black-and-white Valentino dress to accept the 2001 Best Actress Oscar for Erin Brockovich. It took our breath away, and the designer’s as well. “I have dressed so many people but I have to be sincere, the person that made me feel so very, very happy was Julia Roberts,” designer Valentino Garavani later said, according to . “I watched it on television and really, I was so excited that she appeared in my dress.” 12 Halle Berry (2002) Halle Berry turned many heads with an Elie Saab number that was sheer on top with an embroidered bodice and a merlot taffeta skirt at the 2002 Oscars. But the look really stays with us because it was a history-making night. She was the first black woman to win the Oscar for Best Actress—thanks to her work in Monster’s Ball—and she gave quite the moving speech to mark the occasion. 13 Angelina Jolie (2012) Angelina Jolie wowed in a black Atelier Versace dress at the 2012 Oscars, but a certain body part literally stood out: her right leg. Jolie strutted the red carpet with the now-famous limb bare for all to see and it wasn’t long before she went viral. But the actress—who was there to hand out the screenplay awards—didn’t really care what we thought. “I honestly didn’t pay attention to it,” Jolie told . “It’s as simple as being a woman, picking a dress you like and having a night, and not really thinking about anything else.” Well, we’re all still thinking about it, Angie. 14 Jennifer Lawrence (2013) Not only does Jennifer Lawrence’s 2013 Oscars dress have the distinction of being the most expensive of all time— worth a staggering $4 million—but it’s one of the most talked-about gowns too. That’s all thanks to a fall she had in the giant Dior gown when walking up to the stage to accept her Best Actress trophy for Silver Linings Playbook. Never has a slip-up looked so good. 15 Lupita Nyong’o (2014) One of the most angelic Oscars looks of all time is Lupita Nyong’o’s blue Prada dress from the 2014 ceremony. The gown—which she paired with a tiara-like headband—made her look absolutely regal. It really was a fairytale night for the actress, who took home the award for Best Supporting Actress for her big screen debut in 12 Years a Slave. Nyong’o told her gown was inspired by “champagne bubbles because [they] wanted to celebrate this wonderful occasion.” And the gorgeous color also reminded her of her hometown in Nairobi. And for more Oscars history, check out . To discover more amazing secrets about living your best life, to follow us on Instagram! The post appeared first on .
February 12, 2019
Men have a habit of finding something they like and sticking with it, not just for awhile, but for life. Trust us: Change can be a good thing, and it doesn’t have to be a big deal. One of the easiest, quickest, and least expensive ways to switch things up is with a new ‘do. By changing your hairstyle, you may gain tons of confidence and end up shaving years off your look. So, without further ado, here’s your step-by-step action plan for rocking a new hairstyle after 40. 1 Book a new barber. Loyalty and commitment are admirable qualities in a person, but it’s natural to seek out something new. You’re not married to your barber, so if you want a new style, feel free to try someone new who can work their magic. 2 Switch up your products. If you’ve had the same haircut forever, it’s safe to assume you’ve stuck with the same products, too. That means you have an opportunity to switch things up sans scissors. All you have to do is pick out a different product. The ingredients in styling products are more advanced than they used to be, and can instantly make your hairstyle look different. If you’re going for a gritty look, add a texturizing paste. Or try a hi-shine pomade for a slick and dapper style. Do a little research and don’t be afraid to try a few different things. If you hate your new product, just wash it out. 3 Assess your face shape. If you want to look your best, you have to find a style that . Oval faces look great with shorter sides and more length up top, while rounder faces that lack natural definition benefit from more structured styles that create harder visual lines. And face length plays a role here, too. For example, if you’re more rectangular, avoid anything too short on the sides, since it further elongates your face. 4 Find your inspiration. When you picture hairstyles you like, chances are you picture a certain celebrity. After all, the biggest names on the planet are the biggest trendsetters when it comes to hair. Lucky for you, they’re also amongst the most photographed people in the world. Maybe you want to cop Tom Hiddleston’s close-crop, steal Jon Hamm’s flawless waves, or rock whatever David Beckham is rocking these days. Whomever your inspiration is, do a quick Google search, find the image you like, and bring it in to your barber. It’s one of the best ways to communicate the style you want, since it eliminates any guesswork or miscommunication. Your barber will thank you—and you’ll thank your barber. 5 Change your shade. Unless you had a rebellious punk phase as a teenager or twenty-something, you’ve probably had the same hair color for the past four decades. But what better time than now to try a new shade? There’s no shame in finding out if blondes really do have more fun, just be sure to have a specialist . Consult with them to guide you through the process and to help pick the right shade for your skin tone. It might be tempting, but trust us: Do not try this at home. 6 Lighten things up. If completely changing your hair color isn’t up your alley, one of the best ways to give your hairstyle a refresh is by adding highlights or lowlights. If done well (read: professionally) these strategic streaks of color can slim your face, add depth and vitality to thinning hair, and even camouflage balding spots. Visit a reputable salon and consult with a professional colorist who can paint your highlights or lowlights exactly where they need to be. After all, you don’t want to look . 7 Let the facial hair flow. One of the most common complaints from men over 40 is that while their hair thins on top, it grows thicker everywhere else. So why not unleash your facial hair? When done well, beards are masculine, powerful, and can completely change the way your haircut looks. It’s best to get an idea of how your facial hair grows, then research different beard styles. Once you find one you like, start growing. Your barber can help you maintain and style it so you’ll look your best. 8 Embrace your natural texture. Much like your metabolism, eyesight, and tax bracket, your hair texture tends to change as you age. And that’s a great reason to change . If your curls have become waves, grow them out. If your once-straight locks have grown coarse and voluminous, adapt. Figure out what your texture is and find a style that will work for you. 9 Or change your natural texture. Is your thick hair starting to thin? Have your once pin-straight locks started to curl? Worry not—it’s just your hormones flaring up. But if you don’t want to invest the time into learning how to use a blowdryer, curling iron, or thickening products, there are more permanent options for you. Perms, relaxers, and keratin treatments can change the texture of your hair or create the illusion of thickness. Keep in mind, these are protein-bond changing chemicals, so they aren’t child’s play. It’s important to leave these processes to a pro as well. 10 Switch your part. Switching your part can totally change your existing hairstyle totally free of charge. It sounds so simple, but even something this small can make a big difference. It’s not for everyone, since some hairstyles are cut to lay a certain way, but it’s worth trying next time you head to the barber. Play around and see if you like it. If you don’t, it takes just one second to reverse course. 11 Go long. If you’ve been rocking a military-style crew cut or tight fade for most of your life and you’re just getting tired of it, . Not every man can let it flow like Fabio or World War Z era Brad Pitt, but even letting your hair grow slightly longer than you’re used to can really change things up. It’s important to remember that growing it out doesn’t mean you stop getting haircuts. You’ll want to get regular trims to keep everything looking neat while your locks get longer. 12 Or take it all off. If you’re someone who has always worn your hair a little longer or messy up top, one of the best ways to completely change your hairstyle is to start over. A buzz cut is an incredibly low-maintenance style that makes just about every guy look handsome. It’s also a particularly effective solution for men who are balding or seriously receding. It’s a dramatic change, and you may not like the results, but it’s just hair—it’ll grow back. 13 Don’t dread dreads. Many hairstyle options for men are created with straight or wavy hair in mind—which can leave black men, with coarse, curly hair in a frustrating position. For black men looking for a style shift, consider braiding it, twisting it, or going for dreads. Look to Snoop Dog, Lenny Kravitz, or even Bob Marley for inspiration. These styles can still look sharp for guys up to and over the hill. Your best bet is to visit a stylist who specializes in these techniques once you’ve decided to get started. 14 Get yourself some new power tools. Many men have a lack of experience using hot tools. But a blowdryer, flat iron, or curling iron can be your hair’s new best friend, opening you up to a world of different styles. While it’s not exactly rocket science, these tools can be intimidating, and if used incorrectly, they have the potential to damage or burn your hair and skin. Start off slow. And ask a higher maintenance friend, a significant other, or your stylist for tips. 15 Change your shampoo. If you’ve had the same haircut for decades, you’ve also probably been using the same shampoo. But it’s time to break that habit. If your hair is thin or lifeless, you’ll be shocked at what and conditioner can do. Dry hair can also find a shiny new life with a moisturizing duo. There are options to add structure to your curls, deep-clean your hair and scalp, or even enhance your hair color. 16 Or shampoo less. Most guys like a daily shower routine, which includes the ole’ lather, rinse, repeat. The truth is, unless your hair gets incredibly oily or dirty every day (or you go overboard with styling product), you probably don’t need to wash it on the daily. Most barbers and stylists will tell you that any haircut looks better the day after you wash it. That’s because of the natural grit it gets from a little bit of dirt and oil. Not only will spacing out your shampooing sessions give your hair texture, it will also keep your hair and scalp healthier overall. 17 Swap out your brush or comb. Just like screwdrivers, drill bits, and wrenches have unique functions, the same goes for your hair tools. Fingers style differently than a barrel brush, and a barrel brush styles differently than a fine-tooth comb. A great way to change up your style in a subtle way is to try out a few different tools and see how your hair responds to them. You’ll be surprised by the results. And if you want your ‘do to dial back the clock, don’t miss these . To discover more amazing secrets about living your best life, to follow us on Instagram! The post appeared first on .
February 12, 2019
Bangs are definitely a look. The argument for them goes that by cutting your hair to graze above your eyes, you’ll frame your face and highlight your best features. And sure, for some people, that’s definitely what happens. But on many, many others, not so much. So before you become a slave to the scissors (yep, most people with bangs require monthly trims), you’ll want to read on to find out why cutting bangs may not be in your best interest. Because if the last time your experimented with this look was when you were seven-years-old, there’s a lot you don’t remember about what a hassle bangs truly are. 1 Bangs need to be trimmed regularly. If there’s one type of haircut that needs constant upkeep, it’s bangs. While forehead fringe may appear cute and give off a low maintenance vibe, the style is anything but. You’ll need to schedule regular trims at least once a month—and more so if you’ve got a highly stylized look, like baby bangs, or have hair that grows particularly fast. And if you’re not aware, the price of haircuts adds up fast! (We hope we don’t have to tell you that you should never even think about trimming them yourself.) 2 Bangs only work with round or oval face shapes. If you’ve got a round or oval-shaped face, bangs can help accentuate your features. But if you’ve got a square or heart-shaped face, bangs will probably not do you any justice. If you were looking into bangs to balance out certain features, say, a wide forehead, choose some face-framing layers or angles instead. 3 They may itch your forehead. Bangs are . Baby bangs will leave your upper forehead in constant need of a scratch, while longer fringe may wind up irritating your eyes. “Depending how thick your bangs are, the blunt ends of your hair rubbing up against sensitive eyelid skin can cause irritation,” Joshua Zeichner, the director of cosmetic and clinical research at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City told . Wearing a hat to hold them down won’t help much, either. In fact, it just might make the whole experience worse. 4 Bangs always need to be styled, even on days you just don’t feel like it. Somehow, bangs always manage to look both frizzy and flat at the same time, regardless of your hair texture or type. If you were blessed with naturally straight strands, you may not need to constantly work at fixing your fringe—but if you weren’t, consider bang maintenance your new full-time job. 5 If you decide to grow them out, things get awkward, fast. Newsflash: Hair does not . Which means those perfectly trimmed bangs will grow out totally crooked. That means you’ll have to frequently decide whether you want to keep trimming them (and slow down the growing-out process) to make them even, or just accept the fact that your hair is a million different lengths. Not to mention, the entire time you’re dealing with this you’re going to be the bobby pin queen. Expect to have at least a half-dozen bobby pins in your pockets/on your head/in your purse for the next six months, minimum. 6 Bangs get oily particularly quickly. Because bangs lay against your forehead, they pick up your skin’s natural oils way more quickly than the rest of your hair. Not only will your fringe be super prone to looking greasy, but it could also cause acne breakouts on your forehead. According to the beauty experts at Allure, the best way to curb this is by pinning your bangs back when you’re not out and about and spraying product onto your comb instead of directly onto your hair. Sounds like a hassle to us! 7 Bangs won’t flatter your features the way you might think they would. You may be thinking, “If I cut some fringe, I’ll highlight my big, beautiful eyes.” But in reality, that’s not the case. Rather, bangs will crowd your eye area, covering your gorgeous peepers, and instead emphasize your nose, usually making it look larger than it is naturally. And for more on what hairstyles are “don’t” and which are “do’s,” check out the To discover more amazing secrets about living your best life, to follow us on Instagram! The post appeared first on .
February 11, 2019
While you may have once enjoyed a never-ending streak of good hair days, for many people, turning 40 signals the end of lustrous locks and the beginning of suddenly limp, lifeless hair that refuses to behave. Whether it’s the sudden onset of grays or a change in texture, the days when you could simply wash and go are a thing of the past. “For certain people, their hair will dry out and get lifeless as they get older,” says Marc Zelno, a stylist at in Brooklyn. “You lose elasticity in your hair just like you lose elasticity in the skin. It also tends to get a bit ashier and it doesn’t have the body it did in your 20s.” But there’s no need to panic yet. Just because your hair has changed doesn’t mean you’re doomed to an endless procession of bad hair days. By following these simple tips for getting your best hair no matter your age—whether you’re 40, 50, or even 60—you’ll look like you just stepped out of the salon, seven days a week. 1 Stop with the daily wash. While you may have been able to get away with washing your hair on a daily basis when you were younger, as you age, your scalp and hair tend to get drier, meaning daily shampooing can make your mane look dull and lifeless. “The most a person should shampoo their hair is twice a week,” says Zelno. “Something that’s sulfate-free would be a good choice versus something that’s harsher.” 2 Keep your hair well-moisturized. Think skipping the conditioner will keep your hair from looking oily? Think again. In fact, as hair ages—especially if you’re dealing with grays—it tends to get coarser and needs a little more TLC in the shower. “Older people should condition their hair every time they shampoo it,” says Zelno. 3 Don’t assume you have to go short. While many people assume that they have virtually no choice but to cut their hair short when they hit 40, Zelno says that that advice is woefully outdated. “It works for some people, but every ‘rule’ is not for everyone,” says Zelno. “There’s no reason older women can’t have hair past their shoulders. A lot of women go by that rule—cut your hair short because you’re older—but it’s very foolish. It’s just not true. In fact, there are some older women who look much better with long hair than they do with short hair—as long as it’s treated well. It all depends on the thickness, the curl, and the color. There are no set rules in hair anymore.” 4 Embrace your natural texture. Instead of trying to get your hair to become something it’s not, when you’re over 40, there’s no better time to start embracing your natural texture. As your hair becomes drier, it also becomes more prone to breakage, meaning the less time you spend trying to straighten waves or set your hair in rollers, the healthier it will be in the long run. 5 Get bangs. If you’re noticing some unwanted lines and wrinkles as you age, the answer isn’t Botox: it’s bangs. Bangs can not only disguise some of your forehead wrinkles, the right bangs can also flatter your face and highlight your bone structure. 6 Embrace your grays. Who says that grays are something to be ashamed of? Gray is one of the hottest colors in the hair industry right now, so if you happen to be lucky enough to come by yours naturally, embrace it—there are plenty of people willing to pay hundreds or thousands to get the same look. 7 Keep your flat-ironing impulses to a minimum. While you may love the look of sleek, flat-ironed hair, try ignoring the voice that tells you to straighten your hair on a daily basis whenever possible. As your hair ages, it may be drier or more prone to breakage than when you were younger, and flat-ironing it will only exacerbate those issues. 8 Don’t be afraid of hair oils. Though it might seem like hair oils would make your hair oily, they’re generally a great tool for anyone who wants to smooth age-related frizz without making their hair limp and lifeless. Zelno recommends oil-based products for aging hair as a means of keeping it soft, shiny, and manageable. 9 Add some face-flattering layers. While the shape of your face may look different at 40, 50, or 60 than it did at 20, there are plenty of ways to flatter your face, no matter what shape you’re working with. One of the easiest: Adding some face-framing layers that hit at your cheekbone and jaw to highlight your bone structure. 10 Attend to that flaky scalp. For many people, aging means dealing with an unexpected—and unwanted—hair issue: dandruff. And for many people, the dandruff shampoos that fixed the problem when they were younger barely touch it as they get older. If your shoulders look like you’ve been standing outside in a snowstorm after you brush, it’s time to head to the dermatologist to get a prescription-strength product that will put an end to those flakes for good. Or, just consult our expert-backed guide on 11 Try out a new part. If you’re feeling like your hair has looked the same forever, you don’t necessarily need a new cut to shake things up. Parting your hair in a new way, whether you opt for a deep side part or suddenly part it down the middle, can completely change the look of your hair, and is a great choice for anyone who’s not ready to take on a major chop just yet. 12 Add a clarifying shampoo to your routine. For those dealing with hair-dulling product buildup, a clarifying shampoo can help refresh your hair in a hurry. Just make sure not to use it more than once a week: clarifying shampoos tend to be more drying than their regular-use counterparts and can strip your hair if you don’t use them judiciously. 13 Get a pixie cut. While you shouldn’t assume that you have to opt for a short cut just because you’re over 40, that doesn’t mean these styles are off-limits, either. Now’s the perfect time for that pixie cut you’ve always flirted with trying—as your face loses its babyish attributes, a well-cut pixie can help bring out your eyes and show off chiseled cheekbones. 14 Ditch heavy products. Though your hair may be drier as you age, that doesn’t mean you should opt for heavy styling products to make it softer. Dry hair should be treated with a light hand, meaning that those heavy waxes, pomades, and gels will likely make it look lifeless instead of simply taming it. 15 Protect your hair from sun damage. It’s good practice to leave the house with a healthy coating of sunscreen on your skin every day. It’s also good practice to do the same for your hair. Since older hair tends to be dry and often gets lighter over time, it’s important to avoid exacerbating those issues by applying sun protectants first. The right sun-protection products can keep your hair healthy and reduce the frizz that often accompanies sun-damaged hair. 16 Heat style carefully. If you simply can’t break up with your daily heat styling routine, make sure you’re at least using an appropriate product to protect your hair first. “Never dry your hair without something in it,” says Zelno. “You have to coat it. You can’t just put heat on it directly. Your hair will last a lot longer if you put something on it to protect it from the heat.” 17 Use dyes specifically formulated for your hair type. While it may seem as though all dyes are created equal, there are definitely formulas that work better than others, depending on your hair’s texture and natural color. If you’re dealing with dryness, opt for an ammonia-free formula—preferably one infused with vitamin E or other emollients—which can keep dye-related breakage to a minimum. 18 Try balyage. Feel like those highlights you used to favor no longer suit you, but want to change up your look? Opt for balyage instead. This technique, which creates a subtle gradation of color in your hair, is flattering on a wide variety of hair textures and skin tones and feels like less of a commitment than a drastic dye job. 19 Master some protective styles. If you have coarse or kinky hair that’s getting drier as you age, there’s no time like the present to master some protective styles. Whether you’re doing braids, twists, or dreadlocks, the right protective style can help keep your hair from breaking. 20 Get a grown-up bob. There’s a wide range of bob styles between a little girl’s bob and the harsh angles of A long bob—or “lob”—can help you keep this chic cut face-flattering without adding tons of time to your daily routine. 21 Skip the sticky hairspray. It may help you set your look, but sticky firm-hold hairspray could be making your dry hair worse. Most hairsprays have high alcohol content, which can dry out hair, so opt for alcohol-free sprays instead whenever possible. 22 Get trims even when you’re growing out a short cut. While frequent trims won’t have any effect on how quickly your hair grows, they may make When you ditch those split ends that end to plague heat-styled short cuts, your hair will sit flatter, making it look longer, even if you’re taking off the occasional half-inch. And, better yet, over time, you’ll avoid having to take off huge chunks of split ends that can seriously set you back when you’re trying to grow out that pixie. 23 Pump up the volume. If you want your cut to shave a few years off your face, try adding some volume to it. A root volumizer can give your hair the youthful lift you want while keeping your hair looking healthy, too. Just make sure you’re not using a volumizing shampoo, though: “Shampoos that advertise that they give you body are not very good for the hair. The alkaline level is very high, but it’s an illusion—you’re actually drying it out at the same time,” says Zelno. 24 Make sure you’re using the correct amount of product. As a general rule, most people only need between about a two-quarter-sized dollop of shampoo or conditioner, and serums and oils are best doled out in small doses, too. For styling creams, serums, pomades, and waxes, use no more than would cover the surface of a dime or quarter, depending on your hair’s length, and for mousse, use just enough to cover a silver dollar. 25 Stop rubbing your hair to dry it. While rubbing your hair with a towel to dry it may seem like a good way to remove excess moisture, it’s also increasing your risk of breakage, frizz, and fly-aways—all of which people with older hair are more predisposed to in the first place. Instead, squeeze excess moisture from your hair and, if you need something to dry it on, blot it with an old t-shirt instead of a towel. 26 Try a soft updo. If you’re short on time but don’t want your hair to look worse for wear, opt for a messy bun. This casual look is chic enough for a night out but easy enough for everyday use and doesn’t require the heat styling needed to achieve other more formal looks. 27 Invest in a silk pillowcase. If you want every day to be a good hair day, where you sleep is just as important as to where you get styled. A can reduce breakage and frizz while keeping hair looking lustrous and soft, not matted. 28 Let your hair air dry whenever possible. Many people become so dependent on their heat styling products that they haven’t actually seen their natural hair texture in years. If this sounds like you, take a day to let your hair air dry naturally. Once you’ve seen your hair in its natural state, you’ll be better able to assess your hair needs—something particularly important for people over 40, as hormonal fluctuations related to perimenopause or menopause can cause significant hair texture changes. 29 Load up on (the right) supplements. In addition to your usual multivitamin, the right supplements can help improve the health of your hair. Vitamins A and E are particularly good for fighting breakage, while biotin is popular among those struggling with inadequate hair growth. 30 Learn to love your curling wand. While daily heat styling with a blow dryer and flat iron may be too harsh for your hair, the occasional pass with a curling wand can make all the difference in your look. Just a few strategically-placed curls can turn your hair from limp to voluminous in only a couple of minutes without the damage of whole-head heat styling. 31 Get a brush with natural bristles. Those soft brushes are doing no favors for your hair. When you want to make your hair look healthier, softer, and shinier, it’s time to choose a natural bristle brush instead. These stiff bristles can trigger oil production from your scalp, which you can then brush through your hair to create an especially glossy—but not oily-looking—effect. 32 Do a regular deep-conditioning treatment. If you want your hair to have healthy youthful shine over 40, it’s time to invest in a good deep conditioner. “Get a good deep conditioner and get a shower cap with elastic and sleep in it. Just rinse it out in the morning. The longer you leave a conditioner in, the more benefit it’s going to give you,” says Zelno. 33 Ditch uncovered elastics for good. Plain, unwrapped elastics may be inexpensive, but they’re wreaking havoc on your hair. If you want to minimize breakage, opt for fabric-wrapped elastic bands instead, which can help you achieve the looks you want without causing damage to your locks. 34 Maximize shine with a gloss treatment. If you’re seeking shiny hair, it’s time to talk to your stylist about a gloss treatment. “If you feel your hair has no luster, I would highly recommend a glazing or a gloss, whether it be natural, meaning no color change, or something that’s closer to your own hair color,” says Zelno. “Something like a glaze or a gloss should be done at least once a month if you feel like your hair isn’t as shiny as it was in your 20s. It will give it some shine and a bit of body to it, too.” 35 Invest in a great dry shampoo. Want to extend the amount of time you can go between shampoos? Opt for a dry shampoo. Just make sure to avoid ones free of alcohol and sulfates, both of which can dry out your hair and make it look limp and lifeless. 36 Get the right cut for your face. The cut that looked amazing on you in your 20s may not be as face-flattering when you’re 55. If you’re over 40, have your haircut reevaluated every few years to take into account changes in your face, like fat loss or a loss of elasticity in your skin, that could be unnecessarily highlighted by your old cut. 37 Condition at your roots and work your way up. If you want to make your look shiny but not greasy, it’s time to start conditioning your hair the right way. That means working from the tips upward and avoiding putting conditioner on your scalp, where it can lead to build-up and cause your hair to look greasy and lifeless. 38 Go in for a trim every six weeks. Because hair tends to get more brittle as you age, split ends are a practical inevitability over 40. With that in mind, it’s a good idea to start actually adhering to those suggestions about just how often you should be getting your hair trimmed—and fortunately, since most people hit their financial peak in their 40s, it might finally be doable to see your stylist every six to eight weeks. 39 Men, don’t assume dye is off-limits. If you’re one of the countless men whose beards and hair aren’t turning gray at the same rate, don’t be afraid of adopting some dye. Dyeing either your beard or the hair on your head can make your look more cohesive and make you look youthful. 40 Get wild. There’s no age limit on having fun, especially when it comes to your hair. Instead of sticking to the same staid look over and over, make your over-40s hair more fun by opting for a or striking cut. After all, you only have this one head of hair—you might as well enjoy it. To discover more amazing secrets about living your best life, to follow us on Instagram! The post appeared first on .
February 07, 2019
From the slim lapels of the ’50s through the loud-and-proud patterns of the ’70s all the way to the angsty flannel of the ’90s, we’ve pulled together the most popular menswear styles, year-by-year, from the latter half of last century. So read on—and be inspired to upgrade your own closet. And if you’re curious about what’s cool today, don’t miss these Thayne Tuason / Wikimedia Commons 1945: Pinstripe Suit The ’40s were all about the big bold suit, but pinstriped iterations were especially popular due to the rise of Italian American gangster films. Hollywood widely popularized the style with films like 1945’s Dillinger, where pinstripe suited wise guys left a big sartorial impression. And for more blasts from the past, check out these . 1946: Knit V-Neck Vests Though head-to-toe formalwear was big in the ’40s, the knitted V-neck sans blazer or jacket became a common look sported by many urbanites, especially among those assimilating back to postwar home life. And if you’re not sure what old items still look good, check out the 1947: Pleated Trousers The prominence of formalwear in the ’40s saw pleated pants become a regular for many men. Glance at nearly any photo of a suited man in 1947 and you’ll be sure to spot a pleat in his pants. And for some more modern fashion advice, don’t miss these . Library of Congress, Prints & Photographs Division 1948: Zoot Suit The zoot suit—characterized by its high-waistline, wide-legged cut, tight-cuffed and pegged trousers, and a long coat with wide lapels and wide padded shoulders—was one of the most popular suiting styles from the ’40s. It was especially popular among jazz musicians and swing dancers (in other words: the most stylish cadre ever). 1949: Patterned Ties As leisure suits and casual clothing grew in popularity, ties with colorful patterns started gaining traction. Many fashion glossy mags at the time championed the trend, and it even scored an in the venerable pages of Harper’s Bazaar. State Library of New South Wales / Wikimedia Commons 1950: Edwardian Revival Fashion glossy Harper’s Bazaar ran an article in 1950 titled “Return of the Beau,” claiming that Edwardian-era menswear was being revived for modern times by the tailoring experts on Savile Row. The look included a slightly flared jacket, natural shoulders, and an overall narrower cut, worn with a curly-brimmed and a long slender with velvet collar and cuffs. Next, check out these . U.S. National Archives and Records Administration 1951: Hawaiian Shirt The floral Hawaiian shirt became a vacationing staple in the ’50s—even President Harry S. Truman was a fan, evidenced by his spot on the December 1951 cover of Life magazine. Willem van de Poll / Wikimedia Commons 1952: Beatnik Jack Kerouac’s famous 1952 novel On the Road heralded a subculture known as the Beatniks, known for their pseudo-intellectualism and bohemian lifestyle. Their look commonly consisted of slim-fitting black clothes, berets, and thick-rimmed glasses. Key art via IMDb 1953: Biker Jacket The black leather jacket-wearing, motorcycle riding “greaser” is one of the most iconic subcultures of the ‘50s. Marlon Brando’s memorable role as gang member Johnny Strabler in 1953’s The Wild One popularized the look across the country. U.S. News & World Report Magazine Photograph Collection, Library of Congress 1954: Browline Glasses Browline glasses, named after the bold upper part of the frames, were the most popular eyewear of the ’50s. Prominent figures—such as Malcolm X and Colonel Sanders, the founder of Kentucky Fried Chicken—were notable fans of the style. German Federal Archives / Wikimedia Commons 1955: Harrington Jacket James Dean was the ultimate pop culture icon of the ‘50s, influencing many of the decade’s trends. When the actor famously sported a bright red Harrington jacket in 1955’s Rebel Without A Cause, one of his most lauded films, the outerwear became a widespread staple among many American youths. 1956: Pompadour Elvis Presley mania officially took hold of the country by the mid-late ’50s. When his debut eponymous album released in 1956, the singer became widely recognized for his influential look, particularly his signature pompadour hairstyle. 1957: “Ivy League” Style The collegiate style of dress—navy two-button blazers, Oxford-collar button-downs, tons of cable-knit middle layers—which is said to have originated on Ivy League campuses during the mid-50s, was widely popularized by the nation’s upper class. According to a 1957 , about 70 percent of all suits sold were in the “Ivy League” style in 1957 and 1958. Deutsche Fotothek / Wikimedia Commons 1958: Fedoras Hats in general were commonly worn throughout the decade. One of the more popular headwear styles, the fedora, was endorsed by popular figures like Frank Sinatra and Carey Grant. 1959: Western-wear Western clothing was another big ’50s trend, thanks to the rise of rockabilly, greaser, and rock-n-roll subcultures. Roy Rogers was another influential pop figure from the decade known for his trademark cowboy getup. 1960: Continental Suits Spiffy suited looks were all the rage among early ’60s icons such as Sean Connery and members of the Rat Pack, including Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, and Sammy Davis, Jr. 1961: Preppy A more modern version of ’50s Ivy League fashion saw a rise in prominence during the early ’60s. Polo shirts, chino pants, argyle sweater vests, and Nantucket Reds—as made popular by , who was sworn into office in 1961—became staples for middle-class American men. 1962: Mariner’s Caps Widely popularized by Bob Dylan, the mariner’s cap was a common headwear sported by various countercultural tribes of the ’60s. The legendary folk singer even wore one on the cover of his . 1963: Surf-wear Surfing gained significant popularity in the United States between the early to mid-60s. The California rock band, The Beach Boys, solidified the signature surfer lifestyle with their hit 1963 jam “Surfin’ U.S.A.,” leading to a rise in Pendleton jackets, board shorts, and Hawaiian shirts. Thomas Dellert / Wikimedia Commons 1964: White Tuxedo Thanks to the critical and commercial acclaim of 1964’s British spy film Goldfinger, starring Sean Connery as James Bond, the white tuxedo, one of the film’s most memorable looks, became a significant sartorial trope in many fashion ads and films. 1965: Mop Top Hair With the growing influence of Britain’s mod subculture in America, many young men began wearing mid-length hairstyles. This haircut was particularly endorsed by The Beatles, who at the time became the first rock group to be nominated for the Grammy Award for Album of the Year with their 1965 LP 1966: Mod In 1966, Life magazine published an article titled “Revolution in Men’s Clothes: Mod Fashions from Britain are Making a Smash in the U.S.” The mainstream success of mod fashion—which consisted of dandy tailoring, , and slick-combed hair—was in part due to the rising stock of British bands like The Beatles, The Who and The Kinks, who popularized the look. 1967: Paisley Shirts Colorful prints were frequently worn in the mid to late ’60s, especially paisley. Ebony magazine published a trend article in 1967, which stated: “Giant paisley print reflects the brightness of Acapulco and the colors—torero red, Pacific blue, and Mexican maize—are as zesty as a bowl of chili. Green and gold medallioned [sic] sport shirt is worn with Van Heusen’s chili cardigan.” 1968: Crushed Velvet The late ’60s was marked by the “Peacock Revolution,” heralding a return of flamboyant Edwardian suits in unique fabrics and patterns. Crushed velvet became a trademark look for many musicians in rock music at the time, including the Rolling Stones and Jimi Hendrix. Derek Redmond and Paul Campbell / Wikimedia Commons 1969: Hippie The legendary Woodstock festival took place in the summer of ’69, becoming the ultimate gathering for the decade’s peace-promoting, tie-dye-loving hippie subculture. Other hippie touchstones included bell-bottom jeans, fringe vests, and headbands. 1970: Military Surplus With the ongoing controversy surrounding the Vietnam War and the popularity of that year’s war-themed films, M*A*S*H and Patton, men developed a growing interest in military surplus clothing. 1971: Oval Glasses Beatles mania dominated the ’60s and a good portion of the ’70s. The band’s most popular member, John Lennon, embarked on a solo career in 1970, and his single “Imagine” topped the charts that year. A widely influential political activist and an icon of the hippie movement, Lennon’s fashion sense, particularly his oval eyeglasses, was widely adopted by many like-minded youths. 1972: Sideburns Sideburns gained new connotations in the late 1960s and early 1970s among youth subcultures such as hippies and skinheads. Pop culture icons such as Steve McQueen, Burt Reynolds, and Elvis Presley were also famous for the facial hairstyle. Schiffer Pal / Wikimedia Commons 1973: Glam Rock Androgynous glam rock fashion was ultra popular among British and American youth, marked by embroidered Western shirts, platform boots, satin robes, velvet sport coats, and other flashy fabrics and patterns. David Bowie was considered a symbol of the style, especially with his Ziggy Stardust tour, which lasted from 1972-1973. ce U.S. National Archives and Records Administration / Wikimedia Commons 1974: Quasi-European Suit By 1974, American suits started to resemble their European counterparts. They were slimmer, featured padded shoulders, higher arm holes, a smaller waist, open patch pockets, and a small flare to the pants and jacket. 1975: Mood Rings Keeping with the era’s penchant for bohemian philosophies and colorful fashions, mood rings became all the rage when they were created in 1975 by two New York inventors, Josh Reynolds and Maris Ambats. 1976: Punk The aggro-street sensibility of punk fashion roared through the mid-’70s. The Ramones, one of the genre’s pioneers, were a huge style influence in the punk community; on the cover of their self-titled 1976 debut LP, the band wore ripped skinny jeans, low-top sneakers, and black jackets. HammondCase / Wikimedia Commons 1977: Disco Disco fashion is probably one of the most defining trends of the ’70s. The release of iconic 1977 disco film Saturday Night Fever, starring John Travolta, catapulted the style to the masses; soon enough, everyone was wearing colorful three-piece suits characterized by wide lapels, wide-legged or flared trousers, and high-rise waistcoats. 1978: Heavy Metal By the late ’70s, rock music started getting louder, angrier, and more theatrical. Fusing the styles of punk and glam, early metal-heads rocked teased hair, leather vests, studded belts, and headbands, as evidenced by Van Halen’s (masters of the craft, onstage and off) 1978 self-titled debut LP. 1979: Kipper Ties As the ’70s came to a close, clothing started becoming bigger and bolder. Kipper ties, characterized by their extreme breadth and often garish colors and patterns, were a popular accessory, especially with comedians like Max Miller and Jerry Siegal. 1980: Preppy Revival As young career-minded urban professionals began seeping into the workforce, people began expressing disdain towards the laid-back and rebellious attitudes of hippie and punk subcultures. As a result, The Official Preppy Handbook released in 1980, and its success marked the return of throwback Ivy League fashion of the ’50s. 1981: New Wave Punk music eventually morphed into the synth-laden, experimental guitar sounds of New Wave music, whose scene was recognized for its slim-fitting suits, thin neckties in leather or bold patterns, striped T-shirts, Members Only jackets, club-wear, metallic fabric shirts, and androgynous neon-colored makeup. The arrival of MTV in 1981 would usher in New Wave’s most successful era in the United States, with bands like Blondie, Devo, and Simple Minds becoming some of the most successful acts of the decade. Allan Warren / Wikimedia Commons 1982: Athletic Clothing As people continued to move away from the disheveled look of hippie fashion, athletic clothes started replacing jeans and leather. Common items worn were tube socks, velour tracksuits, nylon shorts and sports jerseys. The release of Rocky III also contributed to the interest in sportswear. 1983: Red Leather Jackets Michael Jackson was the ultimate pop icon of the ’80s, trademarking a distinct look and style that would be copied by men and women everywhere. The release of his legendary music videos for “” and “” in 1983 catapulted the sales of red leather jackets everywhere. 1984: Air Jordan In 1984, Nike partnered with basketball player Michael Jordan for its first ever Air Jordan sneaker, the Air Jordan 1. The shoe became an immediate success—and is still worn today. LS Toledo / Wikimedia Commons 1985: Miami Vice American crime drama Miami Vice had one of the most influential impacts on men’s fashion when it debuted in 1984, only to hit peak popularity in 1985. Many cite the show as inventing the “T-shirt under Armani jacket” style as well as popularizing the colorful tailored designs of Italian brands like Giorgio Armani, Gianni Versace, and Vittorio Ricci in American. (Not to mention .) Alan Light / Wikimedia Commons 1986: Safari Jackets A growing interest in exotic travel saw a rise in tropical fashion, such as the safari jacket. The success of 1986’s Crocodile Dundee popularized the outerwear for many American audiences. 1987: Power Suits The release of Wall Street in 1987 provided a strong reflection of the types of suits that were popular among businessmen of the era. Dubbed “power suits,” many were defined by wide pinstripes, double-breasted lapels, broad shoulders, and colors that spanned a range from navy to slightly bluer navy. (To be fair, some enterprising individuals wore gray.) 1988: Hair Metal Drawing heavily from the fashion worn in the glam rock scene of the ’70s, the big-haired stadium rock bands that ruled the hair metal scene were known for their use of make-up, tight denim or leather jeans, spandex and headbands. By 1988, bands like Bon Jovi, Motley Crue, Def Leppard, and Poison were considered pioneers of the style. 1989: Doc Martens Goth subculture achieved relative mainstream recognition in the late ’80s thanks to bands like The Cure, who released the chart-topping Disintegration album in 1989. Fashion associated with the genre—chiefly, Doc Martens combat boots—were widely sported by many men and women throughout the ’80s and into the early ’90s. 1990: Parachute Pants MC Hammer’s wildly successful 1991 single “U Can’t Touch This” skyrocketed the popularity of wide-legged pants known as parachute pants, though “Hammer pants” were an exaggerated iteration of the style. 1991: Grunge The raw hard rock sounds of grunge became one of the most popular music scenes of the ’90s. Grunge style was marked by its blatant anti-fashion look, consisting of beat-up flannel, combat boots, droopy wool sweaters, and ripped jeans. Nirvana’s grunge anthem “Smells Like Teen Spirit” pioneered the look when it was released in 1991. 1992: Hip-Hop After the success of 1991’s Boys in the Hood, hip-hop music went mainstream. By 1992, oversized baseball jackets, baggy jeans, bomber jackets, Baja Jackets, and tracksuits were popular among young men as casual wear. 1993: Overalls Baggy cuts were a big fad during the early ’90s, as made famous by the growing influence of hip-hop fashion. Tupac Shakur, Aaliyah, and Will Smith’s character from The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air were popular purveyors of overall jeans, which became a defining sartorial touchstone of the genre. Infrogmation / Wikimedia Commons 1994: Pajama Chic The loose fits of business suits and streetwear spawned a style of pajama-tined casual wear that was popular among many Americans. In 1994, Esquire published an article titled “Clark Kent Goes Casual,” which stated: “Lois and Clark’s Dean Cain hangs loose in this spring’s pajama-inspired sportswear, proving that you don’t have to dress like the Man of Steel in the off-hours to look super.” 1995: Modern Preppy Popular ’90s brands like Gap, Calvin Klein, and Tommy Hilfiger pushed a more minimal, contemporary preppy style that became popular among many young Americans. Solid-colored turtlenecks, khaki chinos, straight-cut denim, and contrast-collar shirts were staples by 1995. Forest and Kim Starr / Wikimedia Commons 1996: Bowling Shirts The 1996 film Swingers played a huge influence on men’s fashion, leading to the popularization of the “dressy casual” look. Bowling shirts, worn untucked, became particularly popular because of the film. 1997: ’70s Revival The United Kingdom’s “Cool Britannia” movement experienced a short but significant run in the United States with the popularity of Brit pop bands like Oasis, Radiohead, and Blur. This resulted in a revival of ’70s fashions: Mod haircuts, aviator sunglasses, denim jackets, Harrington jackets, velvet sport coats, striped shirts, and polo shirts. In March 1997, Vanity Fair published a special edition on Cool Britannia with Oasis’s Liam Gallagher on the cover. 1998: Smart Casual Bill Gates and Steve Jobs, the tech titans of the ’90s, were particularly recognized for their casual business attire, which generally consisted of blazers and turtlenecks paired with jeans, khakis, and white sneakers. Steve Jobs’s outfit when he introduced the iMac at Apple Expo in 1998 would become a poster child for the smart casual look. 1999: Spiky Hair Aside from being a popular hairstyle among boy bands like the Backstreet Boys and N*Sync, spiky hair—often with bleached tips—was also a big style takeaway from 1999’s Fight Club, where Brad Pitt’s character Tyler Durden donned the famous spiky look. 2000: Y2K Fashion The excitement of the new millennium and the popularity of sci-fi films like The Matrix resulted in “futuristic” clothing, consisting of “tech” fabrics, colorful patterns and sportswear in metallic colors. And for some more modern fashion advice, steal these . To discover more amazing secrets about living your best life, to follow us on Instagram! The post appeared first on .
February 07, 2019
While clothes don’t make the man, they sure can make him feel better. Rocking the perfect piece of menswear does more than help you stand out from the crowd—it infuses you with unrivaled confidence, makes you feel like you can conquer the world. Thing is, not all clothes are created equal. While some get-ups can turn heads and make you feel like a king, others can make you look insignificant—and go totally unnoticed. Below we’ve rounded up 20 things you can wear that will put you squarely into the former category and help send your confidence levels into the stratosphere. 1 Leather Jacket and Jeans $550; buy now at No single piece of menswear gives off “Were you talkin’ to me?” vibes like a killer leather jacket. Opt for an always-in-style moto jacket in black or brown, and make sure to follow the golden rule of leather jackets: Keep it slim. You want to look like you just came off the motocross track, not like you stole your dad’s jacket from the closet and snuck out of the house. For best results, pair the jacket with a simple white tee and a pair of beat-up jeans. You’ll feel as strong as you look. 2 The Navy Suit Much to the relief of menswear enthusiasts everywhere, the idea of the over-sized “power suit” was put to death in the ‘90s. Today, the best way to look and feel authoritative at the office is to wear one of the most versatile looks of all time: the (perfectly tailored) navy suit. Unlike black suits—which can actually look brown in certain lighting—navy always looks great and is as appropriate on a date as it is in the office. 3 Aviator Sunglasses If you’re looking for shades that make you look and feel powerful, look no further than the preferred sunglass style of James Bond, Don Draper, and, of course, Top Gun‘s Maverick. Whether you or Draper’s square version, the key to rocking aviators is to make sure they fit your face properly. A lot of guys mistakenly adopt a “bigger is better” policy when it comes to their lenses, making their eyes look cartoonishly big and their faces childishly small in the process. 4 Shawl Collar Cardigan Sweater $298; buy now at A staple in both the real-life wardrobe of Daniel Craig and the movie-magic wardrobe of his James Bond, a confers class and sophistication, both of which help you feel powerful. The key: you’ll want to keep your shawl collars slim. They should fit pretty snugly in the arms and torso, and extend down no further than just below your belt line. Otherwise, you risk looking like Mr. Rogers, who wore his oversized cardigans more like housecoats than sweaters—and, frankly, is the only guy in history who can pull off such a look. 5 A Three Piece Suit If your sensibilities tend toward the classic, think Steve McQueen in The Thomas Crown Affair. If you’re more of a modern man, think Tom Hiddleston in, well, anything (on-screen or off). And if your tastes fall anywhere in between those two style icons, then you need to own a three-piece suit. Why the presence of a waistcoat makes men feel even more powerful than they would in a normal suit is somewhat of a mystery. Maybe the extra layer makes you feel more protected, or maybe it just helps hid any extra bulk in the mid-section. Whatever the case, that extra piece is an instant confidence boost. 6 Navy or Grey Peacoat $575; buy now at Popping the collar of your polo will make you look like a first-year pledge who got lost on the way back to Alpha Beta Whatever house. Popping the collar on your peacoat, on the other hand, will evoke menswear icons like James Dean. Who would you back in a fight? Publicity still via IMDb 7 Black Tee with Blue Jeans With all due respect to Agent Mulder, making David Duchovny look tough-as-nails is no easy feat. And yet, for seven seasons, the stylists on Californication did just that by sticking to a simple style principle: black tees always work. Yes, Duchovny is in pretty decent shape for a middle-aged guy, which definitely helped, but he’s not exactly an Avenger—which is exactly the point. By dressing his character, Hank Moody, in a , blue jeans and black boots, they imbued him with an unrivaled, effortless cool. And if the look can work for him, it can probably do wonders for you. 8 Rubber-Soled Leather Boots $395 $213; buy now at If Hank Moody’s black tee and blue jeans had been paired with a pair of Brooks running shoes, he would have looked less like a Porsche-driving tortured writer and more like a minivan-driving suburban dad. Leather boots, on the other hand, instantly offer a shot of testosterone to just about any outfit. Pick up one pair in brown and another in black to add a powerful punctuation point to your look. 9 Camel Topcoat and you’ll instantly stand out from the black and grey masses; wear it over a sweater and some tapered joggers to send the message that, for you, the weekend is no excuse for weak style. 10 Slim-Fit Polo When it comes to , there’s one word that beats all others: “slim.” And with good reason. When your clothes billow out from your body, you look small and insignificant inside them. When they track your arms, shoulders, and torso fairly closely, you look (and more importantly, feel) larger and more powerful. With no piece is this more true than the polo. Find a fit that hugs your arms tightly to help your biceps look bigger, pick up a few colors (black, navy, gray ,and burgundy should all be in your rotation), and start wearing them as soon as the weather warms up. 11 Short-Sleeve Henley Henleys are the perfect power shirt; slightly dressier than a regular tee but less formal than a polo, they convey a cool confidence without seeming stuffy. Of course, thanks to the deep neckline, they’re doubly powerful if you’ve been hitting the gym—and triply if you’ve been maxing out on the bench. And if the sleeves are short, well, that’s just an excuse to show off any guns you’ve sculpted. 12 Double Monk Strap Shoes The preferred shoe style of Italian auto industry tycoons and Manhattan law firm partners, double monks represent a distinct departure from the oxford lace-ups you see in most offices—which is what makes them such a power move. 13 Sharp-Toed Chelsea Boots $220; buy now at The practicality of Chelsea boots is obvious: with an elastic band at the ankles, they slip on easily without having to fuss with laces, which is why you see so many men (and women, for that matter) wearing them. But if you really want to step up your boot game (pun very much intended), , rather than the rounded toe you see most often. You’ll get all the ease and benefit Chelseas provide, but stand out from the Blundstone-wearing crowd. 14 This Do-It-All Outfit One of the most powerful feelings your clothes can provide is the confidence in knowing that, no matter where the day takes you, you’ll be dressed for the occasion. To guarantee the feeling, rock this look, which is neither over- nor underdressed: navy chinos, white button-down, gray blazer (complete with a white pocket square), and high quality leathers (for best results, a simple dress belt and a pair of brogues). For the leathers, you can go black or brown, just be sure they match. Otherwise, . 15 An Unstructured Blue Blazer (with Chinos) Another look that can take you almost anywhere, this potent, timeless combo comes with an air of sophistication. Sticking with an unstructured blazer keeps it from feeling too stuffy, while rocking a modern pair of chinos (best bet: a muted khaki) allow you to evoke Kennedy-level class without going full Martha’s Vineyard. 16 Dark Grey Tweed Blazer I would never give my fiancée the satisfaction of telling this to her face, but I kind of like watching Downton Abbey. Why? Because, while the overwritten melodrama may be hard to stomach, the menswear is often on-point—especially during the hunting scenes. Yes, in 2019, wearing a full-on tweed hunting outfit would make you more like a cosplayer than a player, but you can can evoke the rugged spirit of the look by throwing a well-fitted tweed blazer over a cotton shirt and a good pair of dark denim. Finally, to complete the outfit, throw on some rugged brogue boots. 17 Grey Suede Boots (either Desert Boots or Chelseas) When it comes to footwear, most guys rarely think beyond black and brown, which is what makes grey such a great option. The suede can stand up to both sandy natural environments and grimy city ones, and the grey is versatile enough to pair with any color combo (not to mention hide some of that grime). 18 Bomber Jacket $700; buy now at When Top Gun came out in the mid ’80s, Maverick was the coolest of the cool. When my friends and I watched it for the first time, in the mid ’90s, Maverick was the coolest of the cool. When , he looked totally nuts—but Maverick was still the coolest of the cool. Why? Because, much those aviators he championed, a bomber jacket never goes out of style. Whether you opt for a fur-lined version or the kind with the baseball/varsity-style collar, you can’t go wrong evoking one of the most classic military-inspired looks of all time. 19 Field Jacket Another piece of military-inspired menswear, the field jacket is a must for guys who want their looks to evoke a little adventure (which is to say, pretty much all guys). Originally developed by the U.S. Army in 1943—and redesigned multiple times by both military and civilian designers alike—the field jacket makes you look and feel like you just came returned from a fight on the Western Front, even if all you’re really fighting off is the urge to take an afternoon nap. 20 Tuxedo Unfortunately, in today’s more casual world, opportunities to rock a tux are few and far between. But should you find yourself invited to a wedding or another formal event where black tie is optional, do yourself a favor and just go all out. Who knows when the next chance will come around? There’s no outfit on earth that will make you look or feel more powerful. And for looks to rock this year, check out these As the founder of , Dave shares advice that helps guys use style to stand out from the crowd (and jokes that make his readers wish he’d just stick to advice). To discover more amazing secrets about living your best life, to follow us on Instagram! 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February 07, 2019