Men’s Fashion Advice – Dress For Success

If you want success, you have to dress for it! Most everyone is familiar with the saying, “Don’t judge a book by its cover.” However, hardly anyone seems to follow that advice. People do judge other people by how they look and by what clothing they are wearing.

Quite often, it seems as if the “cover” of the book or our clothing is much more important than the book’s contents. This isn’t fair, of course; however, that’s just the way life is.

The reality is that you are going to be judged based upon what you are wearing.
Your boss, your colleagues, your clients and sometimes even your family and friends – all of these people and more will be looking at what you are wearing and making decisions about you based upon what they see.

Here are some suggestions on how to make sure that your clothing makes a great impression upon everyone who matters:

1. Don’t just buy clothes off the racks at the store – Often, those don’t fit everyone’s body types. Instead, purchase the clothing that fits you best; If you want to go the extra mile here, head to a tailor who can customize the shirts, pants, and jackets to your exact measurements. While you’re at it, have the tailor put cuffs on the pants. This makes the pants hang nicely and keeps them from climbing up your legs as you walk.

2. Wear mostly neutral or dark colors – The main parts of your outfit should be comprised of neutrals or darks; However, you can have a less common accent color as a small part of your outfit. For example: your tie or pocket square (if you wear one) could be an accent color.

3. No “super” flashy patterned ties – Yes, you can wear an accent color on your tie, perhaps with a mild, understated pattern; but, cutesy cartoon ties or loud patterns are not acceptable.

4. Wear dark socks and dark (preferably black) shoes – Brown shoes are acceptable as well with the right outfit, but make sure your socks match it. Your belt should match your shoes – and, yes, always wear a belt…no suspenders, ever.

5. Dress shirts should be white, off-white, or light blue – If you choose any other color, you will find it difficult to find a tie to match; therefore, you will typically wear the same tie every time you wear that shirt. People will notice after awhile, and it will become like a set uniform – you’ll become the Thursday – light-green-shirt-with-the-green-and-brown-tie guy.
Stripes and squares patterns are OK as well, but it should match your outfit and shouldn’t be too dominant.

6. If it’s not “Causal Tuesday” – avoid the Short-sleeved shirts – You don’t want to take off your sports or suit coat and be wearing a short-sleeved shirt. You aren’t going to get too hot in a long sleeved dress shirt – nearly everywhere has air-conditioning these days. However, even if you do get hot, rolled-up sleeves look better than a short-sleeved dress shirt.

7. All of your clothing needs to be neat, clean, and wrinkle-free – You could be wearing a high-end, expensive suit that has been custom-tailored – but, you won’t impress anyone if it has a stain on the pant leg or if the suit jacket looks as if it were slept in. Dry cleaning might be a little expensive sometimes – but it well worth it!

5 Fabulous Women’s Jewelry Boxes

Many women consider jewelry a major element in their style and fashion and often, we find ourselves looking for wonderful storage to match the collection. Jewelry boxes come in a wide range of styles, sizes, materials and shapes that all make fabulous homes for your pieces. Aside from their utilitarian nature, they also make wonderful accents to your dresser or vanity. Regardless of your style and collection, you are certain to come across one you love. Here are some of my recent favorites:

Treasury
Inspired by the movies “Labyrinth” & “The Dark Crystal”, this fantasy jewelry box was designed by Kristen Hassenfeld for Cerealart and features a musical diamond-shaped storage adorned with a silver-looking chain and held by a “crystal” base. The ornate lid has an inside mirror and opens to reveal a tiny lotus flower and a tiny swan that “swims” around the flower while the music plays. Made from plastic and resin, the interior partitions have a soft lining designed for small pieces of jewelry.

Bubinga Wood Jewelry Chest
The jewelry storage is a product from Chasing Treasure and manufactured by Jere Wright Global Ltd. It features an elm burl inlay with a gloss finish and black enamel accents. With a solid brass lock and key, it comes with an ivory velvet interior lining and an inside lid pocket. The 14 1/4″ x 9 1/2″ x 9 1/4″ box includes 3 pull out drawers (with partitions) and 2 side swing doors with inside pockets and hooks.

Queen’s Court Medium Case
A part of Wolf Designs royal collection, the leather case comes with various jewelry compartments and a removable travel case. It features a soft camel “LusterLoc” treated interior and an inside lid mirror with hidden necklace hangers. It comes in 3 different colors (crimson, bronze, and black), and have a chrome lock with key.

Sliver
A design by John Knott of Bent Fabrication, the 6″w x 15″d x 44″h jewelry box looks more like a spaceship ready to launch or an insect stuck on a piece of metal. This rather “out of the box” design is made from poplar and chrome steel in a camouflage pattern, has 5 pull-out drawers on the front, and sits on a steel stand.

Diamond Ring Packaging
A concept by Alissia Teichroew, founder and creative director of byAMT Studio, the packaging was designed for her diamond ring collection, but it can also be used as wonderful slim storage for your own rings. The boxes are made from museum board with loose layers and come in 3 different thicknesses (for 9mm, 4mm and 2mm rings). Held together by rubber bands, each piece is laser cut while the ring shape is laser etched. The packing orientation is sideways, making the ring lie flat to the engraved ring shape.

There are so many stylish and unique jewelry boxes available nowadays it’s hard to settle on just one. Whether you are keeping an awesome original jewelry packaging or investing in a more costly designer box, keeping your pieces of jewelry organized protects them from getting mixed up and tangled (and scratched!) while they enjoy their own separate “rooms.”

Looking Good Doesn’t Have To Cost A Fortune – Buy Estate Jewelry

When it comes to estate jewelry there is always much discussion about what is and what is not estate jewelry. The definition is really quite simple. Estate jewelry is jewelry acquired from the estate of another person, who can be living or deceased. The simple definition of estate jewelry is jewelry that is previously owned.

Contrary to what many believe looking good doesn’t have to cost a fortune – just buy estate jewelry! And save plenty!!

There is often much confusion with both dealers and consumer. There is some false myths floating around that estate jewelry is antique jewelry. Nothing could be farther from the truth.

Although many pieces of estate jewelry are antique, many pieces are also vintage, retro, or fairly modern. That’s why searching for estate jewelry can result in some terrific buys!

Estate jewelry also does not mean fine jewelry. Estate jewelry can be costume or fine and is found both ways.

Throughout the ages and even today a perfect gift for a woman was a piece of jewelry. There is also a distinction made of women who wear jewelry. It seems to set them a class above other women. Why has never been determined. It’s simply been a cultural norm for centuries.

We often take our clues as to jewelry popularity by watching what the celebrities are wearing. Next time you are watching television take note of how many pieces of jewelry the stars are wearing that are from another era. Celebrities are very fond of estate jewelry!

Antique jewelry is normally classed as jewelry that is pre 1920, while art deco, vintage, and retro are often grouped together and denote the era from the 1920s to the 1950s. Estate jewelry can be from any of these eras.

If you are looking for classic jewelry like your grandmother may have worn consider searching jewelry sites that sell antique and estate jewelry. If you are collecting jewelry you should pay special attention to the estate jewelry sites who have a wide range of designer marked pieces. Collecting can be expensive so make sure to set a budget.

If you are looking to complete your wardrobe and hate looking like everyone else, estate jewelry is an excellent choice. Here you will find variety and beautiful pieces from many different time periods. The chances of finding another wearing the exact same jewelry piece as you are drastically reduced.

You can look unique and stand out from the crowd with estate jewelry. You also can choose between fine jewelry and costume jewelry. The prices are very reasonable and the costume jewelry of past eras has a much higher quality than modern costume jewelry.

The designs and styles were more highly refined and much classier. Costume jewelry of past eras was designed not only for the general population but also for the rich and famous. Many design ideas were inspired from fine jewelry pieces of the era.

So the next time you are looking to add glamour and sophistication to your wardrobe remember to have a quick search on line for estate jewelry. I think you’ll be pleasantly surprised with your options!

See I told you looking good doesn’t have to cost a fortune!