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Bold prints are everywhere this season. Shirts, shorts, shoes and even coats are getting the bold print treatment. From the more classic stripes and checks to the louder prints like Aztec, animal print and florals, they are all leaving a mark on your favorite men’s fashion pieces.

Fashion is all about personal expression. Today, more and more men are looking to explore the world of bold prints and trying to keep up with the trend. In fact, many of them are considering the look. But given that these prints can look big, bold and scary, they end up intimidated.

If you think bold prints aren’t for you, think again. It’s time for you to open your world a little wider to fashion and style and do away with the black and grays that have been dominating your wardrobe during the winter months.

Use these tips to help you pull off bold prints this spring.

Don’t be afraid of prints

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Prints work for both relaxed and amped up situations. It can work even on the most casual of days. You have the option to wear a graphic tee, printed chinos, dress shirt, or even Bermuda shorts. But when wearing prints, whether it be Aztec, polka dots or floral prints, you want to tone it down with a basic pair of jeans and shoes. Use neutral colors to balance out a loud combination.

Dark trousers will also look great when paired with a bright patterned shirt. If you find floral prints a big feminine, you can toughen it up by pairing a floral shirt with more masculine accessories like a blazer or jeans. You may also wear a neutral-patterned jacket to combat those April showers.

Don’t be afraid to play around with patterns and colors. Try out a few patterns to see which one will suit the location and occasion. Have fun working on your individual style.

Smart casual

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Most people are under the impression that print shirts are meant for casual attires. Oftentimes, people see it as a holiday shirt or those worn by middle-aged men. Sure, they may look a lot more casual as compared to their dress shirt counterparts, but that doesn’t mean that they can’t be worn stylishly.

Floral prints, for instance, can look sophisticated, provided that you only have one item of clothing featuring this pattern. It could be a floral shirt or a jacket. Match it up with solid colored pieces like a basic pair of trousers. You want it to look pulled together and not too busy.

If you decide to wear a patterned blazer, be sure to wear a white shirt underneath to tone it down a bit. If you try to pull off mixed prints, there’s a good chance that the colors will clash and you may end up looking like a walking street light or a clown.

Suit up

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Imagine a jacket and trousers that bear the same print. That’s a sure head turner. We know it’s a bold start, but if you really want to look cutting edge, you might as well head into it full on. Keep in mind, though, that everything should be done in moderation.

If you find that you absolutely love printed suits, we recommend that you pair it with a solid colored shirt of a completely different color. This will help balance out the busyness and loudness of the suit. Neutral colors are your best option. Do this and you’ll become the most well dressed man you want to be.

Accessorize

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Bold print makes for a great statement piece. If you are looking to add a little flare to your outfit but find it a bit intimidating, accessories would be a great place to start. Ties, watches, belts, caps, socks, shoes or other accessories that feature paisley or floral prints may be what you need to make an impact. This is especially recommended if you’re just starting to dip your toes into the patterned end of the pool.

If you’re a smart dresser, you may want to start by pairing a white shirt with a patterned tie. White shirt is like a blank canvas, so you can use whatever tie you like and it will undoubtedly look good.

Introduce pattern into your wardrobe slowly, especially if you are new to wearing print. Just start small to see how it feels for you. When you feel confident enough to move towards a bolder wardrobe, then go ahead and invest in printed shirts, pants, shorts and other pieces of clothing.

Final thoughts

Bold prints make for some much needed color and vibrancy into minimal or neutral outfits. When done right, you’ll be able to stand out in the crowd. But wearing prints will only work for you if you feel confident with what you’re wearing.

Awkwardness is extremely difficult to hide. Any kind of second guessing will make you look comfortable. When wearing bold prints, the key is to wear it with a great deal of confidence. Remember, it’s how you carry your clothes that make the biggest impact.

Best Short Haircuts for Men

Kath —  April 13, 2017

Short haircuts for men come in different varieties. With barbers and hairstylists creating new hairstyles on almost a monthly basis, it is not surprising why men are becoming more interested in trying out different hairstyles. After all, why would you stick to the same old haircut when there are a lot of cool hairstyles to choose from?

If you are looking for inspiration, then you came to the right place. In this blog post, we have gathered 6 of the best short haircuts for men. Here, we’ll feature some of the most popular haircuts that you can try out whether you have fine or thick hair.

Let’s review your options for your next visit to the barbershop. Here are some of the best short haircuts for men.

Buzz cut

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A buzz cut is defined as being short all over and very close to the scalp. Many of you probably think of it as the tennis-ball looking cut you used to have as a kid, but this is a classic look that never goes out of style. In fact, many celebrities like Brad Pitt, Justin Timberlake, David Beckham and Channing Tatum have rocked the buzz cut style.

With the temperatures rising, some of you are probably considering shaving off your head. This will be a great look for the summer. Not only will it keep your hair from looking messy and frizzy, it will also prevent you from becoming a sweaty mess this summer.

Taper fade

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If you are looking for a hairstyle that is easy to maintain, but looks like you put some effort into your appearance, you might want to give taper fade a try. Taper fade has been one of the most popular short haircuts for men, and for good reason.

In this type of haircut, the hair length gradually reduces until it merges with the skin at some point or disappears entirely. Taper fade offers a clean, yet masculine look, making it a great haircut for men of any profession. Because of its clean, timeless look, many men in the military have this hairstyle. It allows them to conform to the rules while still looking good and stylish.

High and tight

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Some men don’t like dealing with their hair. If you prefer an easy to maintain hairstyle, then this could be a good option for you. The high and tight has been one of the classic short haircuts for men. For decades, it has been worn by men in the armed forces. Eventually, it has found its way into civilian life.

The high and tight is a very short hairstyle with the sides and back buzzed short and leaves only a small area of hair on top of the head. Because it’s too short, most men choose not to style it. But if you opt for a longer length or you have enough hair left on top, you can use wax or a light gel to style your hair and keep it in place.

Slicked back undercut

 

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Slicked back undercut isn’t a new hairstyle. In fact, it has been a go-to hairstyle for men since the 1930s. In this hairstyle, the hair on top is kept long, while the sides and back of the head in an undercut haircut. This funky hairstyle works for all hair types and face shapes.

A good quality pomade is necessary to slick the hair back. Although a styling wax or a gel may be used, pomade will give your hair more shine. The slicked back undercut provides a more formal look. Slicking your hair back is best for formal occasions like wedding, a holiday party or when you’re at the office. The more formal the occasion the shinier your hair can be. However, please avoid doing so when you’re in gym clothes as it will make you look like a 90-year old trapped in a 30-year-old’s body.

Classic crew cut

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The crew cut is a clean haircut wherein the sides are usually short and tapered, and a bit longer at the crown. It is a timeless staple that will continue to be one of the best short haircuts for men. This is perfect for those who are looking for a clean cut and athletic hairstyle.

It suits all hair types and most face shapes. The crew cut can define one’s face. It can make your face look more sharp and defined. It offers the perfect mixture of cool confidence, businessman bravado and masculine sportiness. You’d be hard set to find someone who doesn’t look good in this clean and masculine cut.

Side part

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The side part is clean, classy and coy. Just as the others on the list, this short haircut for men also belongs to the classic hairstyles. There is something about this hairstyle is that it makes a man look distinguished.

What’s great about this hairstyle is that it’s versatile. It’s a sharp and wearable do that looks equally good in the office as it does in the red carpet. While a lot of celebrities have owned this look, anyone  from college guys to businessmen can pull off this look. To keep your hair looking stylish, you’ll need some hair gel and a little work in front of the mirror.

 

Scarves have always been a staple in men’s clothing. This profound piece of neck wear has graced the necks of the world’s greatest warriors, artists, statements and most prolific leaders. There may not be a lot of stylish ways to wear a scarf during the earlier times, but they wore their scarves proudly. During those times, scarves were used to signify one’s rank or class status. Today, however, a scarf is seen as a functional and fashionable accessory for men.

Men’s scarves may not be as vibrant as compared to that of women, but that doesn’t mean that they should end up looking plain or dull. As such, we’re always looking for stylish ways to wear a scarf. The right scarf knotted the right way can truly elevate your outfit. In fact, it adds a strong element of style to an otherwise bland outfit. However, since most men consider wearing them effeminate, it is very seldom that we see men donning a scarf. Plus, most men are baffled on how to properly wear one.

If you’re looking to step-up in the scarf-styling game, then you came to the right place. In this article, we’ve put together 6 stylish ways to wear a scarf for men. Follow these tips and you’ll be on your way to being your most stylish self.

Classic drape

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If you don’t know how to properly tie a scarf, then this is the best option for you. Obviously, it doesn’t involve tying. All you need to do is to hang the scarf around your neck, making sure that both ends of the scarf are of even length. That’s it.

Since the front of your neck will be exposed, this isn’t recommended during the cold, winter months. Rather, this would make for a casual look for spring or fall. The scarf is more of an accent piece that can be used to upgrade your outfit.

The classic drape may not be the most stylish way to wear a scarf, but that doesn’t mean that it should look boring. Pair a colored scarf with neutral-colored outfits, and we can guarantee that you’ll turn heads.

Classic flip

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Drape the scarf around your neck. One end should be shorter than the other. Next, fling one end of the scarf over your shoulder and leave the other end hanging.

This style is simple, but it brings a bit of spiffiness to each outfit. The classic flip is typically worn with your scarf on the outside of your sweater or coat. Adopting this stylish way to wear a scarf will give an effortless, yet sophisticated feel to your outfit.

Once around

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To start off, drape the scarf around your neck. Make sure that one ends is longer than the other. Pick up the longer end and wrap it around your neck. Then, let it fall over your chest. This style looks just as great messy so don’t stress if one end starts to become longer than the other. For this style, a medium length scarf is recommended.

Unlike the first two styles, the once around knot will do a great job of keeping your neck warm during the cold winter months. It can easily upgrade your outfit, whether you wear a winter coat or a tee and a cardigan.

Twice around

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Drape your scarf around your neck and allow one end to be shorter than the other. Then, wrap the longer end twice around your neck and keep both ends lying in the front. This scarf style allows for a more bundled look.

For the twice around knot, you will need a longer and slightly thinner scarf. To achieve the desired result, we recommend using a scarf that is at least a foot longer than the one you usually use with the once around style. This offers a great balance between relaxed and stylish.

Ascot

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Ascot knot may sound more complicated than it really is, but it’s actually very easy to do.  Just like the other styles, drape the scarf over your neck, making sure that both ends are even in the front. Then, take both ends and tie them as if you were starting to tie your shoelace. Although you can still achieve a more formal look with a thicker scarf, the Ascot knot is better when you use a thinner material.

The Ascot is one of the most stylish ways to wear a scarf. Because of its soft, ruched appearance, it gives off a more sophisticated look. This scarf style will give any outfit a professional look within minutes.

Parisian

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Fold the scarf in half and then drape it over your shoulders. Then, pull the loose ends through the loop and pull to tighten. You need a long scarf to pull off this look. Since you’ll be doubling up the fabric, it is best to choose a scarf that is not too thick or bulky.

The Parisian knot will keep your scarf neat and stylish. This is a great option for those days when you’re out and about on a cold winter day. This style is ideal for turning casual outfits into well put together look. Appropriately masculine and polished, this easy knot is perfect for a night out.