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The Hottest New Items to Purchase Right Now

As the seasons transition, we find ourselves scrounging for the next best items to own to wear proudly and continue to be the most stylish guy. Below you will find a list of items that you need to purchase for this autumn.

First is the off-white shade Wrangler Wild Wash Vintage Design T-shirt. This shirt is perfect for street wear! It is a simple graphic T that you obviously need so follow the link Wrangler.com. Another is the River Island Mid Blue Faded Ripped Jimmy Slim Tapered Jeans. Oh man… that is one long name for a pair of jeans! Anyway, these jeans resemble a 90s style fit with a white washed look. It features multiple rips as well. Here is the link to purchase a pair RiverIsland.com. The Primark Camouflage Backpack features the next century camouflage at a reasonable price. Follow the link Primark.com to retrieve your newest backpack!

Next is the H&M Nylon Bomber Jacket. This is the perfect jacket to transition throughout the season. It is a very lightweight jacket; so follow the link H&M.com to purchase your jacket for the 2017 Fall. The collaboration of RNLI X Finisterie features items that include fisherman knits, beanies, and waterproof jackets. The positive affect happens when you purchase an item. 10 percent of the sales are donated to charity!

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The Fimex MKI Aluminum Watch is the next best thing to own this season. This watch is the reinterpretation of the Mik-W-46374B TimeX from 1982. It features a military aesthetic with a sleeker and slimmer band. Here is the link to purchase one for you End.com. Another pair of jeans to own would be the G-Star Raw Motac 3D Slim Jeans. These jeans were specifically constructed for mobility and comfort. It features 3D ribbed panels along the calf and back of the knee. To own a pair here is the link g-star.com.

Obviously, shoes need to be purchased for this upcoming season. The Adidas Originals EQT Support Boost 93/17 has the most ground breaking contemporary design to date! Here is the link Adidas.com to purchase a pair for you. You already know that you will not be disappointed in this wise purchase. The MKI Miyuki Zoku Pink Printed Cotton Top is another shirt to buy. It has a very updated design that runs up the sleeves. Here is the link harveynichols.com.

To carry all of this stuff you are about to purchase you need a stylish bag. The Sandqvisk Apollo Backpack that has a sleek style for durability and practicality. Here is the link sandqvick.net so you can carry all of the necessities! Again, you can never have enough shirts so the Beams Plus Camp-Collar Printed Shirt will be a great purchase. This shirt resembles a 80s theme by the print-blocking technique pattern throughout the shirt. Here is the link to buy it mrporter.com.

Topman featured black checked jogger pants. These joggers are extremely fashion forward that are as comfortable as ever! Here is the link Topman.com to keep looking stylish but comfortable as ever! Lastly everyone just needs to purchase the Boohoo Man Nasa Cap. Everyone needs a hat… so there is the excuse to buy it boohooman.com!

These are some of the top essentials to own right now especially during the change in the seasons. Hopefully, you find some of these products to fit your personality and can represent your style!

The 90s Fila Brand Called… And They Are Back!

For quite some time now, multiple brands have been finding their influence for recent fashion trends throughout numerous achieves of collections especially from the 90s. From Tommy Hilfiger to GAP, the 90s style is just beginning its comeback!

Recently the Fila Brand decided to collaborate with Barneys New York for the inspirational 90s fashion collection. The collection features a total of eight different pieces ranging from $95 to $165. Within the collection, the brand resembles some of the staple pieces from the 90s such as a half-zip jacket, long-sleeve jacket, and a redesigned 90s tennis shoe. This collection revamped the 90s style trends with updated shapes, fabrics, and colors.

The Fila brand updated signature colors from navy to black to pair with multiple pieces in the collection to detail a luxe laid-back style that resembles Barneys Department Store as well. This collection is an exclusively featured collaboration at the Barneys Department Store and is part of the BNY Solo Series Collection. The BNY Solo Collection is a project of collaborations sold at the department store. Other exclusive collaborations that Barneys Department Store has been involved in the past with consists of multiple limited edition series such as Stan Smith, Filling Pieces, and Vans.

Some of the favorite pieces from the collection consist of the Striped Cotton Polo Shirt, the Original Tennis Leather Sneaker, the Colorblocked Track Jacket, the Tricot Half-Zip Pullover, and the Tricot Basketball Shorts. Most of the exclusively favorite pieces resemble three main colors of black, white, and red. Most of which feature the solid colors and stripes. All of these phenomenal 90s fashion favorites can be yours by buying them exclusively at Barneys.com for a limited time only! So what are you waiting for? Go buy the essentials to be the 90s kid you once were and rock it like it is 1999!

The Need for Tweed

We’ve talked about patterns here on FashionMR before, but this is more of a love letter to the king of fall/winter patterns: tweed. Timeless in design, it’s a staple item in the fall wardrobe. I know fall is behind us, but it also deserves a rightful place in winter fashion. Whether it’s on a suit, shirt or sweater, the pattern or fabric is tastefull and classy for the season; making it a rather popular option in the sartorial community. While it’s favored by high fashion enthusiasts, the pattern has a more humble and rugged past.

via TheTweedFox
via TheTweedFox

Dating back to the 19th century, Tweed was an invention that originated from rural Scotland and Ireland. Commonly worn as a hunting jacket, the patterns rise to fame began when it became popular with the British elite. At the time, the northern estates in England became an attractive purchase for the British upper class. They wanted to purchase or rent these estates not just as a status symbol, but also as a place to spend their time taking part in leisurely pursuits; shooting, hunting or fishing. The demand and popularity of tweed increased with the British royalty embracing the pattern. Throughout the years, tweed established itself as a casual pattern appropriate for social functions and even commutes to the office.

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via Sunshineandfeelingfine/Tumblr

If you’re thinking of adding some tweed to your ensemble, you’re making the right choice. The various colors and patterns offered in this fabric, allows for some contrast to an outfit without being too bright and colorful; that’s what the summer months are for. If you’re trying to go with a tweed suit, feel free to match it with a blue shirt and navy vest combo like the image below. And if you’re thinking of throwing a tie into the mix, try not to pick a tie that would overpower the suit’s color. Allow the clothing you’re trying to showcase, make the most statement in color. But most importantly, whatever color/pattern setup you’re trying to achieve, commit to it and wear it with confidence.

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The Future of Winter Wear?

Nudown is out with an interesting line of outerwear. Calling it “Nutech Technology”, each jacket or vest (only comes in two designs) comes with a built in pump. The pump allows the wearer to manually force air into air pockets found on the outer linings of the clothing; creating a layer of air between the fabric and the outside temperature. The air then traps your body heat creating further insulation from the winter chill. If you start feeling hot, just release some of that air to cool yourself down. Coming in at $350 for the jacket and $250 for the vest, this is another example of how fashion designers are trying to merge tech and style.

 

Pattern Watch: Herringbone

Patterns can present a challenge to the modern gentleman.  It can be difficult enough to blend color and texture in an outfit; patterns present their own difficulties.  We would therefore recommend that a gentleman just beginning to discover fine menswear keep his patterns simple at the beginning.  You should stick with one piece that has one pattern, and keep the rest of your outfit texturally plain.  One great beginning pattern is herringbone, but it is more than a beginner- it is a solid, perhaps an essential addition to any man’s wardrobe.

Herringbone’s name is a case of literalism: it derives from the fact that the alternating lines of woven fabric zig-zagging across the garment look like nothing so much as the bones of a fish.  Herringbone is commonly found as a pattern in sport coats, particularly wool tweed in the Fall and Winter, where, in brown or black and white, it adds a distinguished complexity to the jacket in question.  It is also found sometimes in the weave of dress shirts, though it is less visible there as the cotton is typically of a single color.  Sometimes entire suits will be woven in a herringbone style.  All of these can further be found in lighter weights for Spring and Summer, both in fresco weaves of wool and in linen or cotton.

With a herringbone sport coat as your foray into patterns, feel free to keep the rest of your outfit simple, as we advised before.  Pair a gray sport coat with dark jeans, a white shirt, and a plaid tie for a weekend in the city.  A brown sport coat can take navy pants, a pink shirt, and a golden bow tie to a dinner with a special someone.  Congratulations: you’ve passed Patterns 101.  Class dismissed.

The Shawl Collar

A collar is arguably the most important part of a shirt, a sweater, a jacket, a sport coat.  It swathes the neck, it frames the face.  It can determine our stance and posture as we walk or as we sit.  On an article of clothing that closes in the front, like a jacket or a cardigan, it can even help shape our torso as it appears to observers.  The collar, or the lapel on a jacket, is vital to creating our image.  As the weather turns cool, one variation among the collars on your upper pieces you should consider is the shawl collar.  From sweaters to tuxedo jackets, the well-dressed FashionMR can rely on the shawl collar to bring elegance to his comportment.

There’s no mystery to the shawl collar.  It is what its name suggests: a collar that resembles a shawl wrapped around the shoulders.  Rendered in wool, cotton, or cashmere, it softly swathes your body in a rolling curve, creating a gorge even around the neck.  In a pullover sweater, the shawl collar frames the face like a turtleneck, while allowing the shirt beneath to show through, and giving you more freedom to move your head.  Coming around the neck and close to the jaw, the collar provides additional warmth, making the shawl collar ideal for colder Fall days.  It does not take ties as well as v-neck sweaters, making it best suited for casual settings.  A shawl collar sweater is your best companion during a lazy Fall weekend, keeping you warm and granting you some style on the side.

The shawl collar can also be stretched, broadened, to take on the role of lapel on front-closing garments.  Shawl-collar cardigans are a potent Fall style item: they can, in some settings, take the place of sport coats.  Wear a pair of corduroy pants below, and pair a gray shawl-collar sweater with a white shirt and a colorful knit tie, and you’ll be the toast of any office party.

Perhaps the ultimate form of the shawl collar is its use in evening wear.  The shawl lapel not infrequently takes the place of the peak lapel on dinner jackets, where it accentuates the strong torso of a well-dressed gentleman.  A shawl-collar tuxedo demonstrates discernment, good taste.  It shows a FashionMR who cares about how he looks, who puts thought into his appearance.

The First Suit: Basic Business Dress

We live, undoubtedly, in an age of relaxed business dress.  Casual Fridays have turned into Casual Weeks, and working men are encouraged to value comfort above all other considerations.  We certainly would not want you to be uncomfortable in your job; after all, comfort can be helpful to improve performance.  However, too much comfort can actually impede performance.  It can cause us to grow slothful and careless in our work.  We would therefore encourage every man who works in an office setting to avail himself at least part of the week of traditional business dress, and that means a lounge suit.  Think of this as our guide to the first step in that progression.

If you are buying a business suit for the first time, it’s best to search for something simple and versatile.  A two-piece suit, consisting of trousers and a jacket, will be fine for almost any office, respectfully formal without being too showy.  Look for a suit whose waist is not too low and whose armholes are not too low; going higher in both of these will aide your freedom of movement.  The lapels of your jacket can be thinner or thicker; the recent trend has been towards skinny lapels, though that is beginning to reverse.  It’s generally best to keep everything in proportion to your body, so if you are a larger man, opt for thicker lapels, while thinner lapels look best on smaller men.  Similarly, your own size will be a consideration when deciding what cut your jacket employs.  If you are a barrel-chested man, it is unwise to try and squeeze yourself into a slim-fit suit.

For your first suit, we suggest either a dark gray color or a navy color.  Both of these are extremely versatile, able to be matched with many combinations of shirt and tie; moreover, both of these colors can take either black or brown dress shoes, meaning they can transfer from a more casual daytime environment to a formal event in the evening with some modification of their accoutrements.  They are acceptable at weddings and funerals, at work meetings and job interviews.  They are the suits of a man who knows what he wants from the world and how to get it.  Yes, that man is you.

Dyed Denim: Beyond Blue Jeans

The designer denim craze that has so gripped the world of fashion has transformed the way we think of jeans.  What used to be workwear has been dressed up, shaped up, prettied up, and thrust into the spotlight as a wardrobe staple on par with the navy blazer- indeed, jeans and a blazer are now recognized as an excellent evening staple, a state that used to be considered heresy.  In the rush to upscale blue jeans, however, there is one option that is sometimes overlooked: who said jeans have to be blue?

Denim can take on many garment dyes; indeed, as cotton, it is highly suitable to a broad range of colors.  We therefore recommend that you go beyond blue.  An easy way to start is with a pair of white jeans, a great substitute for white chinos in the Spring and Summer.  If you don’t want stark white, consider an off-white pair like the ‘wheat’ color sold by J. Crew.

There’s more to dyed denim than white, however.  Denim most enjoys dyes of bold, dark colors, such as black, gray, and even burgundy.  At the same time, it can take the lighter shades, such as the aforementioned white and even khaki or stone.  If you have the resources, don’t hesitate to experiment with different colors of denim.  Treat these jeans like a pair of colored chinos or corduroys, but with the added edge of their rough exterior.  Pair them with a scratchy tweed sport coat, a marled sweater, and some desert boots, and you have the perfect outfit to spend a night out on the town with.  Or you can go hiking, if you feel so inclined.  You are wearing jeans.