The Nautical Look

Nautical Feature

“Style is the answer to everything.
A fresh way to approach a dull or dangerous thing
To do a dull thing with style is preferable to doing a dangerous thing without it
To do a dangerous thing with style is what I call art

This stanza is from one of the most iconic poet and novelist of the recent times, Charles Bukowski. He believes that style is everything. And we agree!

Style is one of the factors that separate great men from the mediocre. Everyone must learn his own style. It comes from the most unexpected places and if you want to find it, you must be vigilant. Style inspiration is everywhere; just open your eyes.

One of the best places to get style inspiration is the sea. Some would consider the nautical look as a trend but we think it is more than that. It is a style and we firmly believe that will stay longer in the limelight. Timeless as it is, the nautical look can withstand the tests of time. Heck, it’s even perfect for all seasons!

James Dean Nautical Look

The legendary James Dean sporting the nautical look

For those who are clueless, the nautical look is a style that is heavily derived from the classic maritime and admiralty fashion. Some of the most common prints are the boat anchor and the ship wheel. The most common colors used are red, white, and blue. But the most notable pattern that we can associate with the nautical look is the Stripes.

If you want to exude that boyish and playful vibe, you have to integrate some nautical style in your wardrobe.

Polo Nautical

American brand Polo Ralph Lauren’s timeless ads are usually nautical

Tommy Hilfiger's 2013 Lookbook

Here is Tommy Hilfiger’s s/s 2013 lookbook. Everything is nautical. The style even extends to the brand’s women wear. Everything is laid back! Check out that kid! He sported the nautical look best.

Classy Nautical

Nautical can be very classy. Who says it’s only for the rugged type? Put on some wayfarers and a trench coat and you’re good to go.

Casual and Stylish Look

The striped sweatshirt is perfect with the cuffed blue jeans. It’s a perfect example of the nautical look.

Anchor Print Tie

Guys, you can integrate the look in formal/corporate events. The subtle detail is exquisite.

Anchor Buckle

Here’s a good nautical look for autumn. The sweatshirt is not nautical but that belt captures everything.

Nautical Stripe on Blue Blazer

Those nautical stripe shirts are perfect with that navy blue blazer! Also, that guy on the right has the sickest nautical belt ever!

Simplicity

The best feature of the nautical look is its simplicity but it has that overall appeal.

Nautical Knitted Tie

Knitted ties are the rage this year. It is gaining more and more momentum in the menswear industry! Since the knitted tie is on the more casual field, you can incorporate the nautical look easily.

Nautical Knitted Sweater

Here’s a perfect nautical knitwear for Autumn/Winter season

Boat Shoe

The nautical look is not complete without a good boat shoe. You should totally invest on buying one. It’s a good everyday shoe and it’s versatile with any look.

Try the nautical look for yourself. Of course, some of you guys might not like it but there’s no harm in trying, right? There are hundreds of different styles out there. If you want to find your style, try each one. Some day you will find your own style and when you do, stick to it.

Wearing Gold: Digging a Goldmine In Your Wardrobe

Gold Rolex

Let’s face it, not everyone can pull off the color gold. Like any other metallic color, gold is something that must be worn with caution. Only a few can get away with it. If you’re not confident enough, the color might end up wearing you, not the other way around.

 Gold has been worn by great men of history. It is a color that is fit for a king and royalty.

Royalties

Royalties in Ancient Egypt wear gold. It symbolizes the Sun, their culture’s primary deity.

With the sudden rise of faux gold in the market, everyone can look like a king. Just be careful with the faux gold because in your attempt to look rich, you might end up looking cheap.

Gold Guy

Money can’t buy style

Today, gold is often neglected in men’s wardrobe because it’s too flashy. There’s also a bad connotation that people who like gold are materialistic and superficial. Some of you might remember Mr. T, from the 80s.

Mr. T Gold

“First name Mr, middle name ‘period’, last name T!” Who could ever forget this guy!

Kanye West with Gold Chain

If wearing gold reminds you of the tacky 80s, how come Kanye West looks so good wearing ‘em?

There are hundreds of reasons why gold is often taken with a grain of salt, but if you open your eyes, you’ll see that gold in your outfit can do wonders. Believe it or not you can pull off wearing the color gold! Just keep in mind that gold should be worn at a minimum level.

Kanye West with Huge Gold Jewelry

Even if you’re naturally good-looking in gold never overdo it.

Moschino Gold Suit

It looks cool on the runway, but seriously, who would wear that in real-life?

Gold Guy 2

…oh yeah this guy

But don’t worry, you can wear gold and still look good!

So here’s a basic rule: Just like your leathers, the metals in your outfit should match each other. Thus, if you happen to wear a blazer with gold buttons, wear a belt with a gold buckle and a gold wristwatch.

Gold Watch Gold Tie

Gold is not confined to men’s jewelry. You can also incorporate gold in some of your accessories. The color is perfect with navy blue and other mute colors. Shiny fabrics are always appropriate in formal events.

Dapper Lou with Gold Watch

Gold can also give that vintage effect to your outfit.

The color is also not limited to formal wear. We have seen gold in the recent trends today in the casual wear. Check out the Gold Swoosh on that Stefan Janoski!

Nike Gold Stefan Janoski

NIKE Stefan Janoski SB – Black / Metallic Gold colorway

Gold Casio Watch

…and of course the Gold Casio watch that is a big hit with teens nowadays

…and of course the Gold Casio watch that is a big hit with teens nowadays

It’s not about being materialistic, it’s about being stylish. Style is a virtue, and as Plato once said, “All the gold which is under or upon the earth is not enough to give in exchange for virtue.”

The Rich History of Plaids

Tartan Bow Tie

When we first saw this trend in 2009, we thought that it was just a passing fad. Guess what, it’s here to stay!

Did you know that Plaid has been with us for 5 centuries? The earliest purchase of this clothing was recorded by the treasurer of King James of Scotland. It was said in the records that the King purchased a Tartan Plaid in 1497. Plaid was considered a royal fabric until in 1746 it was used in Rebellion against the British Crown. There was even a point in time where an Act of Parliament made it unlawful to wear one.

Plaid Rebellion

Rebellion of dapper men!

In India, Plaids are referred to as Madras. These textiles are hand-weaved and perfect for spring and summer. They create this fabric in a certain way to make it very lightweight. The process has been handed down from generation to generation where the yarn was spun from the tip-skin of ancient trees called Karvelem Patta. Archaeologists reckon that the site of these trees has been inhabited since 3,000 B.C. Now that’s a very long time ago.

When the east met the west in the Age of Exploration, it was love at first sight. The plaid fabric became the hottest textile during the 17th and 18th century.

Picking your Plaids

Plaid

The signature plaid of Burberry: one of the most distinguished patterns in history.

There are many types of plaid. The most common ones are the Tartan, the Gingham and the Tattersall (checkered).

Tartan Plaid

Tartan Plaid is commonly used as kilts in Scotland.

Gingham Plaid

Gingham is very popular with preppy kids nowadays

Tattersall Plaid

Tattersall is usually called checkered. It is perfect for casual Sundays.

Tattersall Plaid 2

Tattersalls are the hottest plaid right now.

There are generally two types of plaid according to how it’s made: the printed and the woven. Printed ones are usually cheaper but the woven plaids are generally reversible. You should remember that a plaid’s quality can be viewed from a distance. At first glance you can see if it’s substandard or high-end. The proportion of colors should be appropriate with each other. Remember, you should always consult different color palettes.

Large Print Plaid

Large printed plaids are perfect for thin guys

You should also consider the size of the print in relation to your body. Smaller prints give an overall positive effect to the horizontally challenged. Medium and large size prints are perfect for lanky guys as it can make you seem to gain pounds. Heavy vertical bars add to the illusion of height while heavy horizontal ones will add to the appearance of width.

Colorful Plaid

It’s all about color coordination

You should also consider your present wardrobe. Always ask yourself, will you need a wardrobe revamp? Will you need new accessories? New trousers? Plaid can be very tricky that is why you should be very careful when wearing one.

Subtle Plaid Suit

Subtle plaids on a suit.

Plaid Double Breast

Plaid suits are back!

Plaid is very laid back and informal. Nonetheless, wearing plaids doesn’t always connote casual setting. With the right color coordination and matching, a plaid shirt can be used in the office or in a formal event.

Little Round Details: It’s All In The Buttons

Buttons

We have reiterated time and again that the first thing you have to know about menswear is that it’s all about the details. This is where most of us commit mistakes. Sometimes, you’re too eager to buy branded clothes without taking into consideration the smallest things. We can’t emphasize this enough but details are very important in men’s wear. As a matter of fact, its importance transcends fashion and style. Your ability to look at details is also important with your work and hobbies, heck it is even equally important in relationships.

Button Shades

Buttons are important in men’s wardrobe. It’s not just a tool to fasten clothes; it symbolizes a lot of things and it can control your overall outfit. In the Renaissance period, buttons were considered as a status symbol. Buttons were once engraved with the most intricate designs. Sometimes, the symbol and patterns are exclusive to a certain family or a club. Buttons were a serious business at that time so much so that Amish cultures restrict themselves from wearing one because of its potential ostentation.

De Goya's Don Tadeo Bravo de Rivero

Check out all his buttons! De Goya’s Don Tadeo Bravo de Rivero, 1806.

Intricate Vintage Buttons

Intricate Vintage Buttons

The effects of buttons in society can still be felt today. Ever wonder why your blazer’s buttons are located at the right while your wife’s are at the left? Well, history suggests that women’s clothes were made to be worn to them by handmaidens. Of course, this practice is not applicable today but button placing is a great way to tell if you’re wearing woman’s clothes.

Button Material to Suit

Going bespoke is fun until you’re lost with material choices. Picking the right button for the right fabric and the right occasion can be very complicated. Of course you have your trusted tailor to back you up. His experiences speak for itself and his opinion on the matter is of great weight. But of course, it all comes down to what you want. So you have to have at least a little background on buttons.

Button Set

 The most basic thing to remember is to closely match the color of the fabric with the shade of the button. This is the most traditional button choice when in formal occasions. If the fabric is light, you can go one or two shades darker for the button. Thus for business and formal events, it’s black on black, dark brown on charcoal, dark blue on navy, or dark grey on charcoal.

Button Shades 2

Nonetheless, if you want to be a bit edgier, pick contrasting colors. This is perfect if you opted for a CMT (cut, make, trim) blazer. Thus in sports coats, white buttons are perfect for navy fabrics.

Colored Buttons

Cool buttons!

White Button Sports Coat

Informal yet classy.

You likewise have to consider the material used. Some of the most common ones are Corozo, Horn, and of course, synthetic ones. Horn buttons usually come in all shades of brown, black, amber, and even ivory. These are specially carved from the horns of animals like buffalo or bull. Corozo buttons, on the other hand, are made from actual seeds of the Mococha fruit. If you don’t want animal cruelty, this is the best alternative to the Horn button. Ultimately, you can also opt for synthetically made buttons that mimic the texture of natural buttons.

Corozo Buttons

Corozo buttons in action.

Pearl Buttons

This dude used Mother of Pearls in his double breasted suit. Mother of Pearls are perfect for informal suits.

Horn Buttons

Horn buttons are almost always polished.

Metallic Buttons

You can also opt for metallic buttons but be careful with the other metals that you’ll be wearing.

As we have said, it’s all up to you! Choose wisely and act confidently. But when choosing, always remember that buttons are very important in men’s wardrobe. Don’t underestimate its effects!

One for the Money, Two for the Show: The Blue Suede Shoes

Blue Suede Shoes

When Carl Perkins composed the song Blue Suede Shoes in 1955, he had no idea that it will be a big hit. As the legend goes, when Johnny Cash, Carl Perkins and Elvis Presley were on tour throughout the South, Cash suggested to Perkins that he write a song about blue suede shoes. He was reluctant at first, saying he does not know anything about shoes.

When Perkins played on a dance on December of 1955, he noticed a couple dancing near the stage. Between a song, Carl heard a loud voice saying, “Uh-uh, don’t step on my suedes!” He saw the boy wearing blue suede shoes which had a scuff mark. “Good gracious, a pretty little thing like that and all he can think about is his blue suede shoes,” thought Carl. So he composed the lyrics.

The song skyrocketed to number 1 when the legendary Elvis Presley sang it on national television. The rest is as they say history. The blue suede shoe was cemented as a staple in men’s wardrobe.

Wearing blue suede shoes is not that hard to pull off. We are just victims of prejudice that men’s footwear is limited to the browns and the blacks. Of course, just like any other articles of clothing, the blue suede shoe is subject to certain rules like color coordination. Nonetheless, you don’t really have to worry about it because blue is a basic men’s color.

Blue Suede Shoes with Yellow Laces

Blue Suede Chukka Boots with Yellow-Orange laces.

Tri-Color Suede Shoes

Multi-Colored Suede.

Blue Suede Shoes on White Pants

Blue Suede shoes on white pants.

Blue Suede Shoes on Khakis

Cool outfit! The touch of blue is perfect with mute khakis.

Matthew McConaughey Blue Suede Shoes on Red Carpet

Err… but you just can’t wear it all the time Matthew McConaughey! Especially on the red carpet.

How to clean it

Well, you can knock me down / Step in my face / Slander my name / All over the place. / Do anything that you want to do, but uh-uh, / Honey, lay off of my shoes. 

Even the legendary Elvis Presley can’t tolerate a smudge on his blue suede shoe! Suede shoes in general are very difficult to clean. Because of the nappy surface, a suede shoe can stain even with a little splash of water. You just can’t evade the scuff on your shoe. One way or another, you are going to have to wash it.

Having it dry cleaned is the best way to go. If you’re cost-cutting, you can try these cleaning remedies at home:

  1. With a clean bath towel, gently rub the surface of the shoe to bring up the nap.
  2. Use a clean pencil eraser to remove small dry stains. Avoid any commercially produced stain removers such as bleach, soaps and detergent.
  3. Lightly dab vinegar on stubborn stains.
  4. If the suede shoes got a little soaked with rain, let it dry in room temperature. Never expose it to direct heat.
  5. Regularly brush your shoe with a wire suede brush.

A blue suede shoe can bring color in your wardrobe. Nowadays, you don’t get to see many guys who are brave enough to sport one. Channel your inner Elvis and strut it out.

The Magic Touch

The Magic Touch

Thinking of what to give your woman? Actions speak louder so instead of splurging on an expensive dinner, why not give your woman a massage at the comfort of your home.

Massage 2

Massage is an excellent way to relieve her stress and make her relax especially after a day’s work leaving her feeling warm, tension-free and even sexy. It also creates a therapeutic effect. It can even enhance your loving relationship as it gives both you and your woman a romantic and intimate moment to bond.

WHAT YOU NEED

Ambiance is the key; you need a place that is relaxing. Enhance the ambiance by dimming the lights or by using scented candles to give a luminous effect to the room. Turn on some relaxing and soothing music. Have it play throughout the massage. These things help to relax the mind as well as the body.

Scented Candles

If you don’t have a massage table in your home, use a bed which is firm yet comfortable or just place a mat on the floor.

Use massage oil. It can be easily absorbed by the skin and does not easily disappear as compared to a lotion and it reduces friction making it easier to knead her stressed body.

Massage Oil

You will also need a blanket or towel to cover her body.

Massage tools like a massage ball or a rolling tool can also enhance the massage experience.

Massage Balls

HOW

Massage

You don’t need to be an expert to be able to give a good massage. Anybody can give one like a trained pro.

First, have your woman lie on her stomach. Once she’s comfortable, use the blanket or towel to cover her body. Pour just enough massage oil on your palm. Don’t pour it straight onto her body. Rub your hands together to warm the oil before you apply it. Start with slow and soothing strokes. Once you feel her muscles have relax you may increase the pressure. But ask her how she likes the pressure or where she would like you to focus on. Avoid pressing too hard as it may cause pain instead of pleasure.

Scalp Massage

Begin from one point of her body then move on to the next adjoining part. You may start with her neck or shoulders since these parts are highly sensitive to tension. These areas can be a great place to begin a massage so that her tension is eased right from the start. Then you may work your way down. As you work, remove the towel only on the area of her body you want to massage. Then cover it again to keep the area warm. Once it’s done, wipe her body with a towel to remove the oil.

After Massage

It may not be equivalent to a professional massage but surely it’s a heck of a good one since it is being done by her man.  All you need is a gentle touch, a few massage skills and it will surely be appreciated by your woman. So grab your woman now and give her a relaxing and enjoyable massage experience.