Archive for July 17th, 2012
Lyle and Scott have been in the clothing industry for more than 80 years, a true testament to the innovative, stylish, and upmarket designs they produce. Lyle and Scott concentrate their efforts primarily on the manufacturing of fashionable knitwear, although they do run other lines, such as the famous Lyle and Scott polo shirts. Over the decades, the company has worked closely with some of the world’s leading designers, most notable of which are Christian Dior and Michael Kors, from whom they continue to draw inspiration today.
The popularity of the Lyle and Scott brand has waxed and waned since they first began designing fashionable clothing in the 1870s, and it was not until the latter part of the 20th century that the company truly made their mark within contemporary fashion circles.
The golden eagle logo, the famous Lyle and Scott trademark, is easily recognisable, and has come to be associated with a certain class of fashionable young males, namely celebrities of the Britpop/geek-chic culture. Notable celebrities that love the Lyle and Scott brand includes Dermot O’Leary, The Arctic Monkeys, Kasabian, Steve Jones, and Pete Doherty, which if you have any understanding of contemporary culture, you will know are amongst the most popular and inspiring celebrities of our times.
Celebrity has had a strong influence on the popularity of the brand throughout the latter half of the 20th century, and these modern males simply emulate styles of those who came before them, for instance, Bing Crosby and Jimmy Tarbuck are both known to have worn Lyle and Scott branded clothing.
However, the first celebrities to whom the brand truly owes its popularity are the golfing celebrities of the 1960s, 70s, and 80s, who popularised clothing lines such as the Lyle and Scott polo. A line of clothing that is very much ‘en vogue’ and ‘a la mode’ today. Indeed, it is a common sight to see a Lyle and Scott clothing sported by the younger generations on a Saturday night out. The polo shirts make an ideal accompaniment to the geek-chic style much loved by the upwardly mobile youth of today. Team polo shirts with a pair of skinny, well-fitted jeans, a black pair of brogues, and an attractive leather jacket, and watch the heads turn as you move around your social circles.
As mentioned earlier, the Lyle and Scott brand is innovative, and this accounts for their continuing popularity amongst fashionable males. Lyle and Scott were one of the first manufacturers of clothing to cotton on to the trend for vintage, classic clothing. They now produce much sought after retro clothing and boast shops in upmarket areas, such as Covent Garden, London – not many fashion designers can boast such a prestigious spot, and this simply proves how truly great the Lyle and Scott brand is.
If you’ve read my other articles on men’s fashion, you know I truly believe the right clothes can magnify your sex appeal by leaps and bounds. And, you also know that I prefer an understated style, with lots of emphasis on masculinity.
I’ve already shown you my other favorites (peacoats, aviator jackets, etc) but sometimes those styles aren’t warm enough, and sometimes they aren’t practical.
If you’re just on your way out to the pub and the snow’s up to your knees, you’re probably just going to want something to keep you from freezing the boys off. And that’s fine, but there’s no reason you can’t look sexy while you’re doing it. After all, you might run into a sexy snow bunnie along the way. This is a list of my favorite puffy coats.
Yeah, technically they’re called down jackets or something like that, but I don’t care. To me, they’re puffy coats, and they make a man look good, y’all. You’re just going to have trust me on this one. No matter how old you are, these will suit you.
North Face: Nuptse Coat
My favorite. I love this coat, and I have one myself. It’s the warmest thing I’ve ever owned, and it’s incredibly light-weight. You can be out in subzero weather, and you won’t feel the chill one bit. It has a hood, but you can keep it stored and invisible. It’s really amazing how masculine this coat makes a man look. And I really do mean every man. I used to know a guy who always seemed a bit unsexy in many respects, and I will never forget how stunned I was to see him in one of these. It changed my entire perception of him. I’m sure that will sound shallow – it’s not really intended that way, there just isn’t a better way to explain it. Just trust me when I tell you it will look good on you. It comes in several colors, but the sexiest is definitely black.
North Face: Aconcaqua Coat
I love this one, too. And I love this color – if you prefer something more matte this is for you. It’s pretty much the same coat, but not quite as Michelin Tire Man as the previous one. If you’re already a big and broad kind of guy, you may prefer this one, as something too puffy could end up making you look like the Stay Puft Marshmallow man. You remember that scene from Ghostbusters? Yeah. This is good alternative to that. This coat also differs in the sleeve style, with nice two-toned coloring.
North Face: Prism Optimus Coat
This coat is very cool, and it’s probably the most rugged looking of the bunch. This one will actually make you look a bit buff, as well, because of that chest pattern – it’ll make your chest look defined even if it isn’t. No, really. I don’t know if that was the intention, but that’s the result. It’s subliminal, but it works. That chest pocket also makes you look quite outdoorsy, which equals rugged manly man. Yeah, I know, this description sounds very unscientific. Just trust me when I tell you this is a very good looking coat.
North Face: Elysium Coat
This is similar to the previous coat, but it’s a little more glam. It’s not too glam, or I wouldn’t have mentioned it, but this is probably more for the frat boy type, than the MacGyvers out there, if you know what I’m saying. I like the contrasting colors, and I like that chest pocket. Note, this one doesn’t have the same exact pattern as the Prism Optimus – this will not make your chest look like it’s defined beyond whatever it already is, because the line’s straight across. It’s a nice coat, regardless, so if you’re into this style go try it on!
Summer is a time for you to be relaxed and carefree, and the best way to portray this attitude is by the way you dress this summer. The basic idea is to look trendy, yet be comfortable in your skin. The great thing about summer fashion is that you can wear just exactly what you like, and call it summer fashion. It is time for bright colors, and bold prints that you were shying away from all along. Even men have the option to choose from lighter fabrics and colors so that they can enjoy the summer as much as us women do. Here we talk about summer party dresses for women, and the ideal summer party attire for men.
Summer Party Dresses for Women
When it comes to summer party dresses for women, the options are just unlimited. The prints, the patterns, the colors, the fabrics, and the styles are endless. However, choosing the right dress for your body type, and your personality is what matters. Furthermore, the type of event (semi-formal or formal) you are choosing the outfit for also impacts the kind of outfit you choose. Here, we give you a few tips on choosing the right summer party dresses for you.
A summer event in the morning is the perfect time to bring out those bold prints, bright colors, short hemlines, and deep necks. Choose from a strapless dress, or one that is off-shoulder. Ensure that your arms are well-toned so that you can show them off in these beautiful outfits. If you have a great summer tan to show off, there’s nothing like it.
When it comes to the hemline, the higher the better. On the other hand, you may also choose from a long-flowing maxi, with bold floral or retro prints and bright colors, for a morning event such as a garden party or a summer barbecue. Thin shoulder straps, deep necklines, and the empire cut, are the order of the day and make for cute summer party dresses. Halter necklines and backless dresses are also great for such events. Choose a maxi with a slit; it’s sexy and elegant at the same time.
If it is summer wedding party dresses you are looking for then keep this in mind. If it is a morning summer wedding, you can choose from solid, pastel colors such as a light blue, pink, yellow, and peach. These colors speak summer through and through. You can also pick a dress in a pastel color with a mild floral print on it. Remember to keep your summer makeup light, as well as sport minimal accessories at a summer wedding. For a summer wedding under the moonlight, pick a long, flowing maxi in a solid color. A backless dress with a deep neckline, or a strapless dress, is perfect for such an occasion. Here, wearing a solid color is ideal. A darker blue, purple, or green are the perfect cool colors to sport on summer evenings, and still look hot.
If it is a summer cocktail party, a shimmering little dress, with a hemline that is as high as you are comfortable with, will suit the occasion well. Another option is to wear a dress with gathered lace, or a pleated evening dress. Though black is eternally beautiful, try to avoid it this summer. Choose from an array of other summer colors, such as shocking pink, and though it may hurt, ditch the little black dress this season.
Keep in mind that though summer is all about bold prints and patterns, solid colors make a whole world of a difference when it comes to a formal event. For a semi-formal event, you can opt for those bold prints.
Remember to accessorize well. Your shoes should complete your entire outfit, and not stand out and ruin your look. Also, don’t overdo the jewelry. A simple pair of earrings, along with a stylish bracelet will speak for themselves. Women’s summer hats add the perfect jazz to the summer fashion and trends. Summer Party Attire for Men
If you think men don’t have much to choose from when dressing for a summer party, you’ve got it all wrong. The combinations that you can come up with are wondrous, and you will be amazed at the different types of looks you can sport from the trendy summer men’s fashion.
This summer, it’s time to ditch the heavy fabrics that weigh you down for a formal event. If you are attending a morning event such as a garden party, opt for linen pants or cotton pants, paired with a light, solid-colored, button-down shirt. Depending on the formality of the event, t-shirts paired with flat fronted chinos are also a great option.
Choose from long-sleeved lightweight shirts, rather than the short ones. Long sleeves can be rolled up for a more informal and youthful look, and rolled down when you need a more formal look. They give you more variety than the short-sleeved shirts.
Printed shirts are not for everyone, though they look great on certain occasions. So if you are unsure about it your safest bet is a solid-colored shirt available in different summer colors.
Accessorize with hats, and with scarves such as the Arab men’s neck scarves when you are dressed for a semi-formal event. Paired with your overall outfit, it gives the right blend of formality and informality. For shoes, try out laced shoes this summer and leave the flip-flops for the beach.
For a summer wedding, depending on the time of the day, opt for a linen suit rather than a heavy silk suit. It looks formal, elegant and is still summery. Choose from morning colors like beige, or a light blue. Keep the inner wear to a lightweight white cuffed shirt. If you don’t wish to wear a tie, opt for a silk neck scarf that will complement your overall outfit. Keep the shoes formal by choosing to wear shining, leather shoes. If it is an evening wedding, keep the fabrics similar, and go for darker colors such as a dark blue, or a dark green. Even burgundy suits are very trendy for men. These suits can be paired up with lighter colored variants of shirts, of the original suit colors.
For a more formal evening event, a suit is your best bet. As far as possible, keep the suit light, and stick to the traditional colors if you are unsure about the kind of event it is. As mentioned before, switch the tie for a trendy neck scarf if possible; it looks as classy. Remember, the whole idea about summer party dresses and attire this season, is to look bold with flashy colors and patterns, yet appear stylish and most importantly, be comfortable. Similar is the case when it comes to summer party attire for men. It should be elegant, yet light, and airy so that you yourself are comfortable, and so are others who look at you. Dress well this summer and make the most of the summer heat, by wearing as less and light as possible.