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It was an Inspiration, so I decided to share this out.
For all that are inclined in ‘FASHION’.
So please SUBSCRIBE, WATCH, LIKE and SHARE.
A little disclaimer before we begin. This beginner’s guide is not for the traditional Indian wedding with the traditional desi attire.
Most people believe that only women turn to bridezillas or zombie vampires as they fuss over every aspect of the wedding especially the way they look, whether it is their own wedding, their best friend’s, office colleague’s, relatives near or distant or they are just a plus one. But this belief does not imply that the men get a get-out-of-jail free card and are let off the hook to DRESS and behave as they please.
Men too require to plan their ensemble depending upon the location, venue, and theme of the wedding and their relationship to the happy couple. Of course the general tone is formal but still it is better to consider all scenarios while preparing.
Confused. This is because the Groom and his guys in the wedding party are generallyDRESSED in a Tux. It is like girls can not wear white to the wedding. The bride should be the only one wearing it. Same rules apply here. Go for a formal suit instead. It would be really cool if you can enquire in advance what colors the wedding party is sporting on the wedding day and avoid those too.
Avoid joggers too. I am sure you can stay without them for a day. However athletic or fitness freak you are abstain from flaunting it. Even runaway brides are DRESSED elegantly.
The monochrome look is a classic but all black is best reserved for funerals and other grave occasions. It is a wedding for heaven’s sake, lighten up and add a dash of color to make your monochrome look pop.
Because there are few things worse than a bad one.
Putting on a great suit is transformative. Your shoulders are broadened; your lines, longer and leaner; your waist, that much trimmer. You look great, you feel great. That is, assuming you got the right suit and had it properly tailored. As any man who’s spent an evening in a boxy rental knows, there are very few things as good as a great suit. There are—in the sartorial sense at least—fewer things worse than a bad one. Since even a modestly priced off-the-rack number can look like a million bucks with the right nips and tucks, we’re here to help with six essential rules for getting a perfectly tailored suit.
This is the number one place most guys go wrong when it comes to tailored clothing. Even A-List stars—who should know better—have been known to leave things far too long. Though you don’t necessarily need to embrace the ankle-baring aesthetic espoused by designers like Thom Browne, all that extra length isn’t doing anything but making you look shorter and sloppier. Opt for a very small break (the edge of your pants should just brush the tops of your shoes) for a look that’ll stand the test of time, but still feels modern.
The shoulders of your suit jacket should feel like they’re hugging your own. If they’re noticeably tight, the jacket is too small. And if the shoulder seams are sagging past the natural line of your body, like they do for all too many workaday types, it’s too big. The shoulders are the one place that even expert tailors are hesitant to mess with: It’s difficult, expensive, and can ruin your suit. Nearly everything else can be altered, but if the shoulders aren’t spot on, it’s time to return it to the rack.
Slightly less pervasive than the problem of pooling trousers—but no less pernicious—is that of over-long sleeves. Your jacket sleeve should end a quarter-inch to a half-inch before your shirt sleeve does. All the better to show a sliver of cuff. If your jacket sleeve is hitting your knuckles, it’s way too long. This is an easy and cheap fix if the buttons on the cuffs aren’t functional; your tailor will simply trim from the cuff up and then move them. If the cuffs feature working buttons, it’s a bit more labor-intensive and pricey. The sleeve has to be taken up from the shoulder. Still, better than the knuckle-grazing alternative.
You might not be able to see it, but everyone around you will. The collar of your suit jacket, if not properly fitted to your neck, will sit away from your shirt collar, leaving a gap. This can happen for any number of reasons, and if it’s not too severe, a tailor can usually fix it. But anything more than a small gap can be a problem. Watch out when you’re buying, and unless you’ve got a particularly skilled tailor that you trust completely, steer clear.
Many suit jackets are made with a “democratic” cut, which is a nice way of saying they’re designed to accommodate men of a certain girth around the midsection. If you aren’t one of these men, it also means that your jacket will look boxy until you have your tailor take it in at the waist. Don’t get too aggressive about it, though. Remember, you still need to be able to move in the thing. Aim for being able to comfortably fit a closed fist between your jacket and shirt when the top button is closed.
A lot of guys have tuned into the idea that going narrower on the pants is a great way to elongate the lines of a suit and create a tailored silhouette. Take a page from their book and taper your own trousers. One thing you might not have thought of is doing the same for the sleeves of the jacket. It’s a little more complicated because your tailor will have to deal with the lining, but it’ll make for a much more polished look in the long run. So, you know, worth it.
How one small business is updating traditional English tailoring for a new generation.
For Luke Sweeney, the decision to get into the business of making and designing clothes wasn’t some grand philosophical one. “For me, it was purely visual,” explains Sweeney, who co-founded London tailoring brand Thom Sweeney with Thom Whiddett in 2007.
Still, as he and Whiddett prepare for a U.S. trunk show at New York’s Bergdorf Goodman on September 25th and 26th, Sweeney notes that there’s some family heritage in the mix. “My dad, my family, were always in the clothing industry. And every time I saw tailors working in the cutting room, or coat makers making jackets, everyone looked smart, everyone looked cool, and I just wanted to be a part of it. I didn’t know anything about the business side of it, I just knew I wanted to be a part of it because everyone looked so great.”
Sweeney got his start working in fabrics and measuring for an established tailor, Timothy Everest, who trained under the legendary—and legendarily quirky—Tommy Nutter. It was at Everest’s bespoke atelier where he met Whiddett. The latter man, for his part, fell into the world of bespoke almost by happenstance. While working for Esquire UK, he went along on an interview and met Everest. And things fell into place. Soon, he was working as a cutter, tracing and cutting patterns for garments. “I love the industry and wanted to learn the trade,” says Whiddett. “I wanted to kind of soak it all up there, and then we could do our own thing later on.”
The business did grow, though. And by 2014—after years of customer requests for ready-to-wear options—Thom Sweeney decided to break out of the bespoke world and introduce a seasonal collection to complement their custom offerings. It launched exclusively with online retailer Mr Porter, with whom Sweeney and Whiddett already had a relationship: Mr Porter’s editor-in-chief, Jeremy Langley, was a bespoke customer. The tailoring duo was confident that it was the right outlet.
“We wanted to keep it tight,” explains Whiddett. “We don’t want to be sold everywhere. We want to, in an ideal world, pick and choose the right partners who can buy and sell it correctly, and with Mr Porter, we were really confident that they were the right guys to do it.”
Now in its fourth season, Thom Sweeney’s ready-to-wear collection is the natural outgrowth of its bespoke business. Marked by rich fabrics, muted colors, and a house cut that’s a little slimmer, shorter, and softer than traditional English tailoring, it’s the kind of stuff that even guys who don’t have to wear a suit every day can live in. It is also impeccably tailored, even straight off the hanger. Turns out obsessing over things like armhole height, jacket length, and lapel width for seven years is a pretty good way to iron out all the details so crucial to well-fitting clothing.
“You have to find a garment with those details,” notes Sweeney, “but not gimmicky or in-fashion. You try and create pieces that you can take out of the wardrobe in two or three seasons’ time and they still look current and modern.” To that end, though, both tailors look to the fashion world for inspiration from time to time, they eschew the capital “F” designation—and the often over-tight jackets that grace so many runways.
“I have nightmares about it,” says Whiddett of the so-called fashion jacket. “We always have our customer in mind, and I think our customer doesn’t really buy into that. I think if you’re going to wear something that costs you decent money and last a while, it should be made well. That’s really our focus.”
That doesn’t mean frumpy, though. Thom Sweeney may be informed by the classics, but the end goal is to create garments that are modern, cool, and impeccably constructed. The duo credits their ability to toe this line as the main reason for their success. Says Sweeney: “I think that’s why we’ve really tapped into a market. There aren’t many young tailors doing it the old way with a modern take.”
Traveling has been on my mind for months. Being able to change locations and live somewhere else around the world is life changing. People that travel often have a lot to say about it, traveling is one of the best feelings. Now that there is social media people are able to see travelers from around the world show their experiences to millions of people. Most people spend half of their life traveling and working at the same time, being able to do this in this day of age is amazing and I feel that more people should start traveling more frequently. A few months ago I started considering traveling soon. I have been in California my whole life and the only place that I have been out of state is Las Vegas, but I live in Southern California so going to Las Vegas and back isn’t quite the adventure that I’m looking for.
Places That I Want To Visit
Japan has been on my list for a while, actually ever since I was a kid I had always wanted to visit Japan. The culture is amazing to me and I’d love to be a tourist one day in Tokyo, I had many friends that have been there and they always tell me that it’s one of the greatest experiences they had.
London, United Kingdom
Growing up, I watched a lot of tv shows based in London which made me fall in love with the UK. Traveling around the UK has always been a place that I knew for sure that I would love to visit in the near future.
Visiting other countries around the world is something that I really have a desire to do. Many of my friends and family have traveled, I don’t think that it would be long until I will be able to start traveling and really getting a chance to see and experience the world and learn new things!
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Stepping into a well-cut suit is transformative. It will make you that much more stylish, it’ll help you walk taller, and if you get it right—i.e. buy your correct size and get it tailored—it will even make you feel better in your own skin. What it won’t do is make any extra room in your closet. So here’s how to narrow things down to just the essentials. Keep on reading to see the only five suits you need.
This is the workhorse. It’ll get you through everything from evenings out to job interviews, plus, the color looks great on everyone. Choose a breathable wool that’s not too heavy, and it’ll carry you through all but the coldest winter nights and swampiest summer days. Opt for single-breasted, with a two-button closure, and dress it up or down as you please. Just don’t ever button the bottom button.
Nothing says warm weather like a crisp cotton suit. Khaki’s the classic color here, for good reason. It’s appropriate for the office and has enough of an edge to pull double-duty on weekends. Try a patterned short sleeve shirt and a pair of white canvas sneakers (no socks, of course) to show the world you’re dressing up because you want to, not because you have to.
There’s no better way to prove you’ve got dandy chops than by rocking a double-breasted suit. Gone are the boxy cuts of the old days, replaced by a style that’s more trim, more comfortable, stripped of its padding, and designed to hug your shoulders, not swallow them. It’s still a power move, though, so if you feel like going for, say, an understated Prince of Wales check, we’re not going to stop you.
Prince of Wales check suit ($787.78) by Boglioli, farfetch.com
Once the uniform of suffering American salary-man, the grey flannel suit is now a bit more rebellious, much more stylish, and still totally versatile. Look for a mid-gray color, throw on a white shirt with a black knit tie, and you’ve got a perfect nine-to-five look. For weekends, layer on a sweatshirt or break it up and wear just the jacket. The grey flannel suit is about freedom now, which is why it’s better than ever.
Lazio light gray plain suit ($499) by Suitsupply, suitsupply.com
Skip the rental game and buy a tux instead. It’s an investment, but you won’t just be buying a suit: you’ll be investing in a better looking you. You’ll wear it for years, so make sure to get something that’ll age well. Black is a solid bet, but midnight blue is great for men who want something different. Go for peak lapels or a shawl collar, avoid flapped pockets, make sure it closes with one button, and you’re golden.
Both old school wisdom and modern day science say that optimism is one of the greatest indicators of how successful you’ll be. This is supported by scientific research which found evidence that optimistic people do enjoy a higher quality of life when compared to pessimists. The study highlighted that optimism promoted a healthier lifestyle, greater flexibility, and better problem-solving capacities.
Let’s try to discover what being optimistic means and what optimistic people do differently.
Life has its ups and downs. It can be a fun ride, but you also have some awful stuff happening in life. There is, however, a group of people that stands solid as a rock, no matter how tough it gets. Optimists. They get back up on their feet after each failure and tell you with a smile on their face, “it wasn’t that bad, was it?”
An optimistic person sees the glass as half-full rather than half empty. And in situations in which life gives them lemons they always have sugar, water, and salt at hand to make lemonade. Being optimistic can have a profound impact not only on your view of life in general but also your physical and mental health.
Studies are showing that in the long run, having a positive outlook on life will make you happier, healthier, and wealthier while raising your quality of life. It’s key!
Positive psychologist Martin Seligman says “Habits of thinking need not be forever. One of the most significant findings in psychology in the last twenty years is that individuals can choose the way they think.”
Another positive psychologist Sonja Lyubomirsky says “All that is required to become an optimist is to have the goal and to practice it. The more you rehearse optimistic thoughts, the more ‘natural’ and ‘ingrained’ they will become. With time they will be part of you, and you will have made yourself into an altogether different person.”
Studies published in the Journal of Abnormal Psychology suggest that positive and negative attitudes might be hardwired into our brains. The researchers found a brain marker that distinguishes negative thinkers from positive thinkers. That’s good news for optimists, but what about the other people out there who swing to opposite end of the attitude continuum? Are pessimists doomed to negative thinking, worry, and anxiety forever?
Fortunately, the answer is no, and if you do tend toward pessimism, there are plenty of inspiring reasons to work on creating a more optimistic attitude. Optimists do better in almost all areas of life.
Reframe your frustrations.Researchers at the University of Kent in England found that people who strived to see the positive side of things that went wrong — rather than venting to friends about what went wrong, or blaming themselves for small failures — were happier and more satisfied at the end of the day.
“If you didn’t get that promotion or you failed an exam or a relationship disintegrated, what can you learn from it? Failure can be a huge gift,” Lombardo says.
Just say “om.” Recent research suggests that people who meditate daily have more positive emotions than those who don’t. Mindful meditation works just as well, says Richard O’Connor, Ph.D.
Look for inspiration. there are several ways you can surround yourself with inspiration, such as spending time with smiling babies, or reading inspirational books,encouragement quotes, and affirmation.
Inspire yourself with a smile. If you expect the worst, the worst will happen. If you let things bother you, they will. But if you smile, you’ll feel better. Studies have shown that putting a cheerful smile on your face can trigger a part of your brain that actually makes you feel happier and more optimistic about the present and future.
Give love, receive love. Love is the greatest force in the universe. It’s a treasure that people would give anything for, yet it costs nothing to give and receive. There is an endless supply, and it can be extended to family, friends, and strangers at any moment. It increases positivity and acts like a shield against negativity. It forgives, heals, encourages and inspires.
Be Grateful. There is always something you can be grateful for, so acknowledge it, say it out loud. My favorite is “thank you for my breath”
Do you struggle with maintaining a positive attitude when faced with life’s challenges? Are you ready to live your life with gratitude and abundance every single day? Unlock the power of daily gratitude and create the life you were meant to lead with 30 Days of Gratitude. This program offers insightful tips and indispensable habits that can help you on your journey to achieving your personal best in all that you do. Filled with thirty diverse topics, this book encourages you to take action based on what you have learned on each day. With your new habits, you’ll be able to design your life with gratitude, new goals, and a vision, which can help in finding your life’s purpose. Whether you have been practicing daily gratitude for years or are just beginning your journey of gratitude, this journey introduces you to new concepts that can enhance your life.
The more you are aware of your negative reactions, the more frequently you change to more positive thinking, and the more you look to surround yourself with inspiration, the more optimistic your life will be. Once you are in this more positive frame of mind, the easier it is to make the decision to live a fuller life—one with more fun, more joy, more excitement, and more adventure.
CENTRAL SAINT MARTINS graduate Richard Quinn was awarded with the annual H&M Design Award in London yesterday, granting him €50,000, a year’s mentorship, and the chance to develop pieces from his winning collection to be sold in the high-street store.
Onwuchekwa by Chikezie Daniel is a proudly made in Nigeria high street brand that focuses on changing and reinventing the way men and women should look. The Onwuchekwa collections features mix and match, clean lines and pops of colours.
In this brand new Eclectic collection, Onwuchekwa creates a classic look from fabrics of silk, neoprene, crepes and a beautiful Intarsia knitting of birds in different positions. The looks are also with bold print details of fuchsia pink, black, mint green, cool grey and monochrome.
A true minimalist as Chikezie Daniel who is the creative director of the Onwuchekwa brand is a strong believer of Eclectism, hence the inspiration behind this collection is “ECLECTIC “. Chikezie recalls how he loves the vibrant burst of colours and the power they possess to make people burst into smiles.
Chikezie Daniel who is a 2015 Lagos fashion and design week Fashion focus finalist adds that “with this collection, I want people to learn to embrace their weird side, for I believe the weird side people try to conceal is actually the realest version of them”.
The collection gracefully re-echoes the words of George Elliott that said “it is never too late to be what you might have been”. Onwuchekwa is a platform for realism, a movement for self-actualization.
The Eclectic collection is a ready to wear for every alpha male (and girls who dress like boys who crave attention just like girls).
Find images from the Eclectic collection below;