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1950s men’s fashion is an era that most men want to draw style inspiration from. Fashion style of this decade is often summarized into 4 CS – casualness, correctness, comfort, and color.

When WWII started in 1939, fabric rationing began. During this time, men’s fashion was focused on functionality rather than style. Clothing was very simple. Some changes were made in men’s fashion in an attempt to prevent fabric wastage. But as soon as the war ended, people became more adventurous with their clothing choices. This brought on a significant change in 1950s men’s fashion.

By the end of the 1940s, men’s fashion was given a new direction. Designers infused new life into the men’s clothing with their wider color palette, tailoring, textiles, and styling. This was carried over to 1950s men’s fashion.

If you are curious to know how men dressed in the 50s, then keep reading. Here, we’ll give you a glimpse into the fashion of the 1950s and together, let’s take a look at the changes that took places in the fashion world throughout the years.

Shirts

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Dress shirts of the 50s came in a variety of colors and materials. With the end of the fabric ration, designers were free to experiment with fabrics, styles, and colors. Unlike the dress shirts of the previous decade, men’s 50s dress shirts were made of more comfortable, breathable fabric. Also, collars were no longer starched. They were still considered as the shirts of choice for formal wear, but they were no longer as stiff and constricting as the ones they previously wore.

Men’s shirts in the 50s were no longer limited to formal dress shirts. In fact, men were given several classic styles to choose from for their day-to-day outfits. Although men were still expected to wear button down dress shirts in the office and in formal occasions, they have the option to wear more casual shirts like polo shirts, bowling shirts, plaid, classic white shirts or the Hawaiian shirts. These shirts are still seen in our current, everyday fashion.

Classic white shirts

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The classic white shirts were first introduced in the 1940s as an undergarment. These shirts were worn under a sports shirt. But a 1951 movie entitled “A Streetcar Named Desire”, which stars Marlo Brandon gave the classic white shirt a public debut. Due to the success of the movie, young men started wearing the white shirt in public.

Although this was frowned upon by the older, more conservative men, younger men embraced the white shirt because of how comfortable it is. Many of them also opted for tight-fitting shirts as it gave them a chance to show off their muscular physique.

On casual days, you’d often see men wearing a white shirt paired with denim jeans. This was one of the biggest trends of the 50s. Since then, men were rarely seen wearing trousers, unless they were  on a business meeting or on a formal occasion.

Suits and sports coat

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1950s men’s suits are a classic in the world of men’s fashion. During this era, suits were loose and plain in shape. But what sets it apart from the suits of the previous era is that they were made from textured fabrics like curdoroy, flannel, tweed, and wool. They also used fabrics with patterns such as plaid and checks.

During the latter half of the decade, suits became more fitted. In fact, suits became slimmer, narrower, and more fitted. Colors, at first, were conservative. Gray and black were the universal colors. Others would wear clothing in shades of blue or brown on some occasions. But halfway through the decade, men’s clothing embraced the 4 Cs – casualness, correctness, comfort, and color.

When the political unease subsided by the mid 50s, men embraced colors, patterns, and textures. Hence, the rise in popularity of sports coat.

Vest

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During the 1940s, vests were no longer used as it was seen as an unnecessary luxury. Hence, the 3-piece suit became the 2-pc suit. During the 1950s, however, the vest became popular once again. Men would wear vests by itself or under a suit or sports coat. It has been one of the most popular pieces of clothing due to its versatility.

Some businessmen would wear a vest or a sweater when they weren’t wearing a suit. They wear a vest over their dress shirt with a tie. This was considered as the casual business look.

Pants

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1950s men’s pants featured a high waist up to the belly button with a sharp center crease. They were looser as compared to the pants we know of today.  But by the end of the decade, they were moving towards that direction.

Just like the suits, pants were made from textured fabrics such as nubby wool, tweed, curdoroy, and flannel. Brushed cotton and linen were also trendy during the 50s. Pants in the 50s usually came in solid colors. Popular colors for formal pants include tan, gray, chocolate brown, and blue. For more casual occasions, men opt for lighter and more vibrant colors like rust, light blue, maroon, teal, and teal.

As compared to the previous eras, 1950s men’s fashion was more relaxed. In fact, there was some flexibility with casual wear. It was during this decade when denim jeans were introduced. Back then, denim jeans were high-waisted, wide-legged, and cuffs rolled. The pants were really simple.

Hats

 

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Popular hats of the 40s like the Fedora hat returns in the 50s. These hats, however, came with simpler, more refined style.

Unlike the previous decades, hats were no longer considered as a key aspect of men’s fashion. But men like Frank Sinatra kept the Fedora hat alive a little longer. His brim fedora made a lasting impression on the hat industry. Unfortunately, this old hat style went out of fashion by the end of the 1950s. In fact, this has been the last decade that men wore hats in their everyday style.

Let’s face it. The 1930s fashion was a hard act to follow, but the 1940s is still a brilliant decade when it comes to style. The 1940s men’s fashion was heralded as the last decade of elegance. It signalled a dramatic shift in men’s clothing.

It was during this era when practical styles began. Clothes were simpler to conserve material. But once the war ended, men became more daring and experimental with their fashion choices. Extravagant clothing rose into popularity once again. It signalled the end of fabric rationing.

Despite the hardships of WWII, there were still some flamboyant styles by the end of the decade. Once the war was over, men were able to cut loose. This is especially true in terms of fashion. They were in a celebratory mood due to their victory, and it was reflected on the clothes they wear. They went on to experiment with style and color as never before. The result was tailored, stylish, and fabulous clothing.

If you’re interested to know what men wore during the 1940s, then we urge you to read on. In this blog post, we’ll walk you through 1940s men’s fashion and see how it differs from the style reflected in other decades.

Shirts

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Most dress shirts were made from cotton, with a large, pointed collar attached to them. During this era, dress shirts were the most versatile option. They would wear the dress shirt with suits or by itself with a pair of slacks. Dress shirts were worn tucked in. White and blue were the popular colors for formal and office wear.

After the hardships of the war, strict dress codes became impossible to implement. Men were tired of wearing confining suits and scratchy uniforms. They were finally free to experiment with their clohting, especially in terms of cut, style, and color. Post war casualness opened the flood gates for men’s sportswear, as well as Hawaiian-style shirts.

For a more casual look, men would forgo the dress shirt. An open collar sports shirt is worn in its place. Typically, sports shirts have two large patch chest pockets. This type of shirt is often worn with the top button undone. Unfortunately, it isn’t very common in our modern wardrobe.

Hawaiian-style shirts are another trend that became popular during this decade. The shirts come with big, colorful, and cheery prints such as fruits, flowers, and fishes. This is exactly the type of clothing they needed after the dark years of the WWII. This is the type of shirt men usually wear in beaches. Surprisingly, the Hawaiian shirt has remained in use to this day.

Suits

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For most of the 1940s, most working middle class men wore suits almost every day. They wore suits to work, business dinners, and in formal events.

War rationing caused a significant change in men’s suits. Once the war started in 1939, suits became 2-piece as the vest was deemed an unnecessary extravagance. Also, suits and trousers became more tailored in the hopes of saving on material.

During this time, materials like wool were unavailable since they were used in the production of military uniforms. With the lack of materials for the production of day-to-day clothing, synthetic rayon with wool was used to make suits. Also, men’s suits became limited to dark colors such as black, charcoal, and navy. Zoot suits were also banned due to over-abundant materials used.

Once the war was over, men’s suit became liberated. Single or double-breasted suits with notched lapels, three buttons, and pronounced shoulders became a 1940s men’s fashion trend for formal and office wear.

Pants

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Unlike the wide-legged pants that were popular in the 30s, trousers became more tailored in the ‘40s to save on material. The WWII fabric ration forced designers to focus on basic clothing that are simple and practical. Their pants were still high-waisted and held up with suspenders or a belt, but trouser pleats and cuffs were removed so as to prevent wastage of materials.

On casual occasions, however, men opted for plain blue or brown trousers. During this decade, clothing in blue and brown were considered semi-casual.

Later on, men became bold enough to try clothing they were forbidden to wear during the war. The Zoot Suit that was frowned upon during the war became a huge influence to post-war clothing. Wide-legged, double-pleated pants became popular by the latter half of the decade. Pants with patterns like pinstripes, windowpanes, herringbones, and checks also became a trend by end of the ‘40s.

Neckties

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No suit would be complete without a necktie. Ties were still worn during the ’40s, but they were more narrow and subdued during the war. When the war ended, the ties became available in almost every color imaginable. Ties with bold patterns and art deco prints also became popular. Popular patterns were wide stripes, dots, plaid, monogram, curly lines and geometric shapes.

Ties also became wider again after the war. During this decade, neckties ranged from a standard 3.5-inch to 5-inch wide tie. Bow ties were still worn during this 1940s, but were less popular.

Other accessories

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Accessories were crucial to the dapper gentlemen throughout the decade. Hats and shoes didn’t change all that much in 1940s men’s fashion. The much-loved Fedora still remained to be the head wear of choice. In fact, it was worn by everyone from businessmen to gangsters. Even President Roosevelt wore the strong, stylish hat. The classic wingtip that rose into popularity in the 1920s was still worn by men even after the war broke out.

Belt and suspenders were also worn during this decade. Suspenders were especially popular during the war since all the leather used to make belts went to the war effort.  However, the sales of suspenders greatly declined over the decade.

When it comes to accessories, a pair of wingtip shoes, fedora hat, pocket square, belt and a good necktie is all you need to complete your look.

The Great Depression of 1929 had a huge effect, not only on the economy, but also in 1930s men’s fashion. Fashion took a backseat during this decade due to the lack of financial stability. The lack of money showed up in their everyday fashion. People can no longer afford tailored clothing. This is the era where ready-to-wear clothing was introduced.

As compared to the Roaring Twenties, fashion sense during this decade showcased a more relaxed silhouette, less formal and less extravagant clothing. Despite the economic hardships, many young, dapper men didn’t let their personal style go away. In fact, this particular era brought on some of the most dramatic changes in men’s fashion.

1930s was the era of men’s classic clothing. Those who couldn’t afford to dress elegantly observed the style choices of those who can afford to partake in the fashion world. Once they bounced back from the Great Depression, people became more inspired to express themselves through their clothing. This gave rise to the classic attire like tuxedos, full-cut trousers, and double-breasted suits, which are still popular with in today’s men’s fashion.

If you’re intrigued by the 1930s men’s fashion and you’re looking to put together a 1930s-inspired ensemble for a themed event you’ll be attending in the coming weeks, then we urge you to read on.

In this blog post, we’ll give you glimpse into the 1930s men’s fashion and teach you exactly how they dressed during this era.

Dress shirts and sweaters

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Dress shirts in the 30s are actually very similar with what we have today. Clean, pressed, button-down shirts were a staple in 1930s men’s fashion. The style was fashionable, but less formal than the style that was favored during the last decade.

It was during this decade when polo shirts were introduced. Men wanted more comfortable pieces of clothing, and actually liked the idea of wearing a top made of soft fabric. While more casual than dress shirts, younger men find it appealing. The polo shirt quickly rose into popularity and they haven’t left the fashion world since then.

Blue collar workers wore casual, simple pieces of clothing during their workdays. Most housewives would spend their free time knitting sweaters for their husbands. Eventually, sweaters were no longer seen as the clothing of the lower class. By the mid-1930s, young men were seen wearing knitted double-breasted sweaters and it actually became a trendy piece. People saw it as a refined fashion element.

Pants

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1930s trousers came in navy blue, brown, and gray. During this time, pants in dark colors were deemed more acceptable. Trousers in vibrant colors, however, were seen to be in bad taste. Later on, men wore patterned pants such as stripes, windowpane, tweed, check, and plaid. Patterned pants became acceptable for both casual and business wear.

During the Roaring Twenties, men wore wide leg trousers. In the 30s, however, men’s trousers were wide at the hip and tapered down the legs. The pants were high-waisted to add to the illusion of having broad shoulders and a small waist. It was during the 30s when men started wearing full-cut trousers.

Suits

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During this decade, the athletic body seen in boxers and superheroes like Captain America and Superman became the ideal men’s shape. They realized that clothes are meant to enhance the male physique rather than hide the natural lines of the body.

Because of this, everything about the 1930s suit is wide – wide, elongated lapels and broad shoulder. This is done to create the illusion of a larger torso. A lot of men even wore shoulder pads to make their shoulders look broader than they really are. The waist, however, is pinched to create the illusion of a smaller waist.

During the early 30s, suits in solid colors were the norm. Later on, suits with distinctive patterns such as stripes, checks, and plaids became a hit. While men of the 30s were known to be fashionable, many of them don’t seem to be bothered by the idea of wearing mismatched suits and pants. In fact, a dark jacket over light-colored pants has been a trademark of 1930s men’s fashion.

Several other suits came to the forefront in the latter parts of the decade. For instance, the double-breasted suit made its mark during this period. Thanks to its distinguishing characteristics, it quickly became everyone’s favorite – from Hollywood elite to royalty. This is not surprising considering that this type of suit embodied both elegance and authority.

Hats

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1930s ensemble wouldn’t be complete without a hat. Boater, bowler, Homburg, Fedora, and walker are some of the most popular men’s hats of the 30s.

The straw boater hat is one of those hats that were carried over from the 20s. This hat was worn during the summer as well as in sporting events. However, it diminished in popularity by the end of the decade. The Fedora is one of the most popular hats of the decade. They are available in solid, dark colors and are often see in Hollywood movies, worn by gangsters and handsome detectives. Homburg is slightly more formal than the Fedora. This is the hat preferred by most gangsters.

Accessories

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The 1930s was a wild and colorful time in men’s neck ties. During this era, bow ties and scarf ties were no longer used. Men’s neckwear was only limited to silk ties.

Silk ties came in a variety of colors and styles. Often, you’ll find neck ties embellished with multiple colors of pin dots, large dots, check, plaids, and horizontal stripes. During the early years, blues, peach, yellow, and earthy greens were acceptable. During the later years, however, neck ties in vibrant colors were preferred.

Final thoughts

1930s men’s fashion was extremely conservative during the early parts of the decade due to the great depression. Fortunately, they were able to recover, which led to less restricted ideas in men’s fashion.  In the later years of the decade, they welcomed a return to a more stable economy, which allowed more freedom of expression in men’s fashion.

1920s was the life of glam and luxury. The fashion of the era reflected the people’s liberated minds and luxurious lifestyles. 1920s men’s fashion can be summed up as men wearing dark suits or tuxedos with silver cigarette cases, walking sticks, and black or white fedora hats.

Although many decades have passed, almost everyone still recognizes the style. In fact, it has influenced present day fashion more than any other era. Up until today, men wear suits in the corporate setting as well as in formal events. The dark suits worn during the era don’t look too different form the modern suits.

If you want an excellent reference to 1920s men’s fashion, you should watch Boardwalk Empire. The historical accuracy brings the show back to life. The wardrobe designer produced several pieces of suits using fabrics recreated from the 1920s garments and even used patterns from the era.

Let’s take a closer look at 1920s men’s fashion.

Men’s shirts

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White dress shirts were the norm during early 1920s. They wear them with suits and ties. To make their look more classy and formal, dress shirts and collars were starched stiff. Young men, college students, and the working class, on the other hand, wore casual, long-sleeved shirts.

During the World War I, men were issued soft shirts with detachable collars. Eventually, they became used to the ease and comfort of the soft shirts and decided that they wanted to do away with the plain and rigid outfits. They abandoned the highly formal attire and began wearing more comfortable clothes instead. The conservative men wanted to keep the stiff collar in 1920s men’s fashion. The formal look remained until the end of the decade, but their clothing became more relaxed than before.

The 1920s is the era when men’s dress shirts saw an explosion of color. Solid colored dress shirts became acceptable. White collar workers, however, preferred lighter colors such as whites and nudes for formal suits. This was regarded as a sign of financial status. Blue collar workers, on the other hand, opted for darker colors so the shirts won’t easily get stained or dirty. Later on, the striped shirts were introduced. The trend continued towards the late 20s. Although more casual styles began appearing, formality still ruled in 1920s men’s fashion.

Suits and Sportcoats

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The suit plays an essential role in 1920s men’s fashion. Black or midnight blue suits were the preferred dress for almost every occasion. It is the one item of clothing men wore on almost a daily basis. They wore 3-piece suits in parties, dinners, business calls and in the office.

Since they wear them on a daily basis, the upperclassmen own a closet full of suits. They wore the best suit they can afford. Many of them were tailored and handcrafted to the owner. Others even order suits by the dozens. They have suits of every color, style, and material. The only ones who don’t wear a suit were college men, teenagers, athletes, and blue collar workers. Manual labor was very hard, so it wouldn’t be practical for them to wear suits. They wear sturdy denims and canvas overalls at work. Although they dress more casually, each of them own a suit. They wear them to church on Sundays, and do so with pride.

Since wool and dark-colored suits are too hot to wear in summer, men turned to linen suits or light flannel seersucker during the warmer weather. They also started wearing loose, patterned coats by the mid-20s.

Pants

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1920s men’s fashion was a whirlwind of fashion trends. It marks the decade of crazy pants. At the beginning of the decade, suit pants were plain-colored and slim. They were fit high on the waist, and the waist bands were held up with button suspenders.  By the mid-20s, men opted for looser, more relaxed clothing. Wide leg pants have been a fashion staple.

Knickerbockers are another type of pants that became popular during this decade. They are baggy trousers that fit low on the waist and whose legs are gathered just below the knee. The ends are constrained, giving it a ballooned appearance. It was the popular sportswear for wealthy gentlemen. However, the trend was replaced as quickly as it came in. Knickers gave way to the wide-legged oxford bags.

Oxford bags are loosely fitted pants. They feature extremely wide legs that measure between 22 to 40 inches wide. The style supposedly originated when the knickers where banned from the classrooms in Ivy League schools. The oxford bags stuck around for the rest of the 20s.

Over the span of just 10 years, men’s pants grew from skinny jazz trousers to wide-leg to oversized Oxford bags.

Hats

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The top hat was first worn by the haberdasher John Hetherington in 1797, but it was only during the 1850s when the top hat really took off. It became the fashion rage when Prince Albert wore it in public. After this, it became an everyday hat. Men started wearing it regularly.

During the late 20s, casual hats rose into popularity. Panamas, straw boater hat, and the 8 panel newsboy cap became popular with men. Every occasion called for a hat to match their outfit.  They even wear different hats for different seasons. Longhorns, panamas, straw boaters, and linen flat caps are the best choices for warm summers. Men wore conservative clothing in the winter, and completed their looks with fedoras, derbies, and bowlers.

Since then, they only wore the top hat in formal occasions like dances, weddings, political gatherings, and when doing business. It became the hat for formal wear for another 50 years.

Other accessories

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Men didn’t wear jewelries in the Roaring 20s, but they tried to incorporate some accessories to add dimension to their look. Suspenders, knit ties, as well as walking sticks earned popularity. The twenties men also donned bow ties and were paired with pocket squares. Colorful ties with wide stripes and small patterns were also common in the 1920s. The pocket square doesn’t always have to match the necktie or bow tie, but make sure that it coordinates with at least one color in it.

Years ago, Korean men’s fashion used to be seen as the cheaper version of the Japanese style. But over the years, fashion in South Korea has greatly evolved and is currently enjoying its moment in the sun.

Today, Korea is considered as a big player in the fashion industry. Seoul has just taken over Tokyo, and is now named as the most fashionable and culturally influential city in Asia. The global fashion industry recognizes Seoul as a must-visit city. Korean fashion men style has influenced not only the Koreans, but also fans from all over the world.

Here are 5 reasons Korean fashion men style is taking over the United States.

Fashion

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The Korean industry is considered as the Hollywood of Asia. With the intertwining of film, music and fashion, the k-pop industry has jumped to a worth of over a few billion dollars in less than a few decades. It became a global obsession. It’s not just the mind-boggling plots of the dramas or the well-choreographed moves that got people’s attention. It’s also about the way they dress.

K-pop would not be where it is without fashion. Korean celebrities make sure they look their best when they go on stage. Because of this, a lot of fans became interested in dressing up like their Korean idols. The eye-catching and daring outfits of the Kpop celebrities are no longer limited on the entertainment scene. If you visit this fashion city, you’ll find a lot of people who try to dress up like the stars just about anywhere.

In Seoul, even the average guys are extremely stylish. That’s a fact. With fashion increasingly at its core, fashion experts have reported that they have seen some of the most well-dressed male population in last year’s event, Concept Korea.

Design prowess

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Even after the economic meltdown in 2008, the demand in the fashion online retail market of South Korea has inclined at a substantial growth rate. Cementing its position as a design capital, South Korea has seen a boom in designers over the past 2 to 3 years. All of these brands are vying for dominance in the international market.

Koreans stay on top of fashion trends. Many of them are luxury friendly and are willing to spend a huge sum of money on designer clothing and accessories. With the increasing demand for Korean fashion men style, Korean designers continue to churn out unique and well-calculated designs.

In last year’s Concept Korea Show at the New York Fashion Week, fashion designers have proven that Korean fashion men is the next big thing. During the said event, a series of expertly tailored pieces came down the runway. Designers Lee Ji-Yeon, Lee Suk-tae, and Lie Sang-bong has garnered a lot of attention during the event. Not only did they produce unique and amazing designs, they also introduced the Korean lifestyle and culture at a global level.

Many Korean designers study fashion abroad and then goes back to their home country to build their own brand.

Sense of identity

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There is no denying that Korean men’s fashion is booming. There’s an enormous pool of designers in Korea. These designers believe that there is no point in creating the same thing that everyone is making. What they do is they get inspiration from current trends and then give it their own spin to it. They take self expression to a whole new level. Korean brand and designers create pieces that are fashion forward enough that it looks interesting, yet practical enough that it can be worn even in casual settings.

Koreans, in general, bring a whole new meaning to fashion. They even take self-expression to a whole new level. They have a unique way of interpreting current trends and never shy away from making a splash. Their day to day outfits and style often surpass Westerner’s style in terms of originality and intensity.

Personalities

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Let’s face it. Korean men’s  fashion didn’t become popular on its own. Aside from talented and handsome, Korean idols are also very fashionable. As mentioned above, they always try to look their best.

People have shown interested to Korean fashion because they liked how Korean idols present themselves. G-Dragon, for instance, is an accomplished solo artist and is also a well-known member of boy group Big Bang. He is not only known for musical talent, but is also considered as a fashion icon.

Taehyung is also one of the most popular personalities in Korea. He is a member of the famous group BTS and goes by the name of V. He has a quirky personality and it really shows in this clothing choices.

Costumes and colors

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Centuries ago, Asia already had a burgeoning art and graphics scene. During this time, the United States was barely being industrialized.

The use of creative costumes is one of the things Koreans do so well. Aside from putting together unique and well thought out outfits, they also know how to incorporate colors into their ensemble.  So it came as no surprise when the Korean fashion and culture became so popular and captured the hearts of millions and millions of people from all over the world.

Final thoughts

Korean men are fashionable. They believe that they should always look good, especially when they go out in public. Well, who doesn’t? They are always updated with the latest fashion trends and have some amazing fashion styles. But what makes them so special is that they have a strong sense of identity.

Rather than just keeping up with the latest fashion trends, they try to incorporate their personal style into every outfit. As such, they come up with an outfit that’s interesting, unique and reflective of their personality. Korean fashion men has definitely gone a long way from what it used to be a few decades ago.

Shorts are inherently casual. Some fashion experts would recommend against wearing them as they would make you look adolescent and sloppy. Others claim that gentlemen shouldn’t wear shorts at all, but we respectfully disagree. Grown men can still look good in shorts, as long as you choose the best men’s shorts and fit them into an outfit.

This year’s summer will be harsher than usual. The summer heat is expected to intensify in the coming weeks. With the heat on, many of you are probably considering wearing shorts throughout the summer. We won’t judge you.

Whether you want to bare some thigh and let your legs enjoy the outdoors or you’re just looking for lightweight bottoms to beat the summer heat, there are a wide array of shorts you can choose from. Here are out top picks of the best men’s shorts to wear this summer.

Chino shorts

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Everything you love about the chino pants found its way into these best men’s shorts. They’re comfortable to wear and will standout without being too in-your-face. Plus, they’ll look great with everything –from a simple crew neck shirt to a button down shirt.

Chinos usually come in a single block color. Because of their simplicity, they can be styled in numerous different ways. They can also be worn in wider range of situations – from going to the pub, running errands, night outs or even a formal working lunch.

If you’re looking to up your shorts game this summer, try pairing it with linen or cotton shirt and a pair of loafers. The best thing about this outfit is that it will help you stay cool despite the summer heat. The fits are relaxed and the fabrics are breathable. Plus, you’ll look smarter than you would than when you’re wearing a t-shirt. You’ll look fine no matter where you day takes you.

Denim shorts

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Denim shorts are one of the best men’s shorts and are a staple in any man’s wardrobe. They are practical, comfortable and available in a wide range of styles and colors. They can also be styled in numerous ways. And let’s face it. Who doesn’t look good in denim?

Denim may seem a little less comfortable than the others on the list, but it does keep you cool in summer and provide you with freedom of movement. To look great in denim shorts, it should be slim fit with a little room for your thighs to breathe. It should sit just above the knee. Also, keep it simple and stick with classic blue or black denim.

Just because denim shorts have cemented themselves as the epitome of street wear, that doesn’t mean that you can’t dress it up. If you want to differentiate your look this summer, try pairing them with smart casual pieces. Start with a pair of blue denim shorts with minimal fading or distressing. Pair it with a patterned short sleeve shirt and then top it off with an unstructured blazer. Finish the look with a pair of suede bucks.

If you are looking for a casual look that can be worn on a daily basis, simply pair denim shorts with a basic tee, and boat shoes. Bring the outfit up a notch by incorporating floral shirts into your outfit. Florals have been a major print trend this season, and can be a great way to inject some summer vibes into your outfit. Finish off the look with a pair of loafers.

Pleated shorts

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In the past few years, the overall direction of men’s fashion has been slim and cropped. After a decade of wearing tight-fitting clothing, relaxed-fit clothing is on the rise. Dad style is cool right now. Everything in men’s wear today is freer and looser, and pleated shorts fit right in there. Believe it or not, it is dominating the market. In fact, fashion designers and trend-driven retailers are slipping double-pleated shorts into their “New Arrival” section. Why? Because it’s selling and it’s making them money.

Pleated shorts look a bit dressier than the other types of shorts because of the pleats. They give the shorts a freshly-ironed sort of look. You can wear this on casual days like a family barbecue or a casual day at the office (provided that you’re allowed to wear shorts). If you are to wear shorts in the office, choose dark colors and steer clear of prints. Make sure that you pair it with a collared shirt to give it a more professional look. Leave the polo shirts for your casual days. Also, go for something tailored that feel more like short pants.

Since pleated shorts are a bit loose, make sure that they are well balance for your body type and for you height. Proportion is the key.

Flat front shorts

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People have strong opinions about cargo shorts. They think they’re hideous. But still, there are many diehards who think they look great. Good news for those who can’t stand the sight of cargo shorts, men are finally catching on to how ugly these shorts are. In fact the sales of this type of shorts have decreased significantly over the past year.

Flat front shorts provide a great alternative to the cargo shorts. These shorts for men provide a nice balance between sporty and cleaned up. Plus, they deliver the same utilitarian level without the added bulk. The flat front shorts are simple and straightforward. They tend to be modern and athletic. You can wear them on casual occasions like daytime barbecues, block parties, river boat tours or a trip to the beach.

Flat front shorts may look casual, but they’re quite easy to smarten up. When it’s hot and you’re not sure of your plans, try pairing it with a button up shirt and a pair of canvas sneakers. Just roll up the sleeves to help you stay cool in the summer heat. This outfit looks a bit dressed up without looking too formal. You can go from the beach to the bar with ease.

Believe it or not, getting dressed in the morning isn’t just a problem women face. In fact, a lot of men would look at their wardrobe and struggle every morning, not knowing what to put on. They want to make a better first impression, but there are only limited choices out there. Plus, most men’s street style revolves around whatever is trendy this season.

Mainstream fashion changes too fast. New fashion trends are being introduced almost every season. The average men can’t afford to change their wardrobe every season. That said, we highly recommend that you shop for pieces that isn’t specific to any given season. The good news is that men’s street style tends to lean toward staple pieces. They are versatile and comfortable, which makes them ideal for everyday wear.

For men who wants to keep it casual but don’t want to look lousy, this men’s style guide is for you. To give you an inspiration for your next look, we have collated some of the best men’s street style ideas you need to try.

Dark jeans

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Men’s wardrobe wouldn’t be complete without a good pair of jeans. They are a staple in men’s street style. They are one of the most versatile pieces of clothing you can own and works well with almost every outfit.

A lot of people see jeans and shirt as sloppy. Whether you like it or not, men’s street style plays a huge part of men’s fashion. That means, you don’t need to give up your jeans any time soon.

To upgrade your jeans game this season, we highly recommend that you invest in high quality jeans. That means simple, dark colored, straight legged, and free from wear and tear. Dress things up a notch by pairing your denim jeans with a short or long-sleeved shirt. If you want to keep things a bit casual, opt for plain-colored shirt and pair it with rugged accents. No logos or graphics. Also, make sure that it fits perfectly. Men’s street style is about looking rugged without looking sloppy.

Bold printed shirts

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Printed shirts are a huge trend this year. In fact, almost every high street brand and store carries men’s bold print shirts. It’s impossible to walk down the street without seeing someone wearing a printed shirt. Floral prints, Hawaiian shirts, stripes, and even polka dot prints are everywhere.

If you are looking for a casual date ensemble that would give off a good impression, then look no further. Printed shirts are a great way to add a subtle edge or statement to men’s style. But if you decide to make it the center piece of your outfit, then we highly recommend that you keep the rest of your outfit simple. You don’t want to give people a headache. Pair it with denim jeans or chino pants and a pair of white canvas sneakers. This summer, you may also put on some sunglasses to complete the look.

When done right, printed shirts can transform an outfit. The key is to find the right shirt for you and wear it with confidence. Awkwardness is difficult to hide. Any kind of second guessing will make you look uncomfortable.

Monochrome prints

 

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For those who aren’t brave enough to rock the printed and patterned shirts, try monochrome.  Here, clothes are featured in traditional patterns like gingham and stripes, which allows you to make daring statement, but in a more subtle way. This creates a look that is classic and sophisticated, simple yet modern.

During the 17th and 18th century, monochrome pieces tend to be worn on more formal settings. In the modern times, however, monochrome is acceptable in both formal and casual settings. Last time, we wrote an article that highlights the changes in men’s fashion and style through the years. For those who are interested to learn how men’s fashion progressed through the century, click here.

For an eye-catching, yet understated look, try varying the textures within your look. Throw a plain white shirt and pair it with black jeans. You may also add in a leather jacket to add in an interesting twist to a plain outfit. Finish off the look with a pair of trainers. This is a great option since monochrome is one of the most wearable trends. Plus, it is not specific to any season, so you can wear them all year round.

White out

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While everyone is busy making statements with bold patterns and eye-catching hues, others are taking on a minimal approach. White clothing is a staple in spring and summer men’s style. It creates a relaxed, laidback look. Plus, white reflects light, so you don’t feel too hot. Ultimately, it’s a classic and suits almost any occasion and situation.  You can’t go wrong with all white.

Some people are worried that all-white look may look like you’re wearing a uniform. Others are hesitant to give this look a try as it may come across as unimaginative or boring. For a more casual style, choose a white polo shirt and pair it with a chinos or white jeans. For summer, white linen shirts and breezy pants would make a great outfit.

White on white can be overpowering, so try to get a touch of color in there. You can add accessories like watches, sunglasses, handkerchiefs, patterned ties, and colored belts.

Final thoughts

Street style dressing doesn’t always translate to loose shirts, baggy pants and trainers. Given the amount of more complex designs and high end designer clothing being introduced in men’s style, you’d be forgiven for thinking that.

Trends come and go. Over the years, we’ve seen significant changes with men’s street style. Today, men are no longer limited to shirts, jeans and sneakers. Rather, they are free to choose whatever type of clothing they want – something that would reflect their individual style. Be bold, brave and adventurous with how you dress. Remember, fashion is all about finding your personal style.

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If there is one thing that stays the same with men’s fashion, it’s change. In fact, it’s been happening to men’s fashion for centuries. Each season, fashion experts would publish magazines and articles that contain their predictions on which style, color, and fabric would be “in” in the next season.

For some, men’s fashion is a high priority. They prefer to wear clothes that are currently popular. They try to keep up with the latest fashion and style. But with the advancement of modern technology, fashion trends are coming in and out at a surprisingly steady rate. Keeping up with the latest men’s style can be a headache for most of them.

Let’s take a look at how men’s casual style and fashion trends have changed over the years.

Popular Styles Today

Men’s Street Style

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Men’s street style is more of a reflection of their lifestyle and personality. It is generally associated with youth culture. Since it is under a constant state of evolution, it can be difficult to define. But the core components of men’s street style are items you already have in your wardrobe – t-shirts, jeans, varsity jackets, caps, and sneakers. They emphasize on casual and comfortable clothing.

The classic streetwear is big, baggy clothes. Oversized shirts are often paired with baggy pants and white sneakers. So, if you’ve spent countless hours in the gym sculpting an impeccably V-shaped torso, this may not be the best option for you. In street style, walking around wearing a shirt with a logo on your chest is acceptable. In the luxury world, it may seem promiscuous. But in streetwear, a logo is an acknowledgment that you’re aligned with a particular style tribe.

Male Cyberpunk Fashion

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Cyberpunk is a subgenre of science fiction. Cyber refers to technology; while punk refers to the attitude of the protagonist. Often, this refers to dissenters, visionaries, criminals, anti-heroes, and outsiders. Punk is often associated with dark colors and leather clothing. If you are looking for distinctive, edgy and dark clothing, then this would be the perfect style for you. Keep in mind, though, that it won’t work well for everyone.

What’s great about male cyberpunk fashion is that you can get away with wearing whatever you want. As long as it’s dark and futuristic, it is categorized as cyberpunk. Some prefer to wear dark, baggy clothing; while others prefer tight-fitting clothing.

Cyberpunk clothing doesn’t always have to be black. You are free to use colors in the darker range like dark gray or brown.

Korean Fashion Men

 

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The Korean entertainment is booming right now. They are not just known for Korean dramas, k-pop music, and beauty products; they are also making it big in the fashion industry. In fact, Seoul has become one of the largest destinations for international style seekers.

Korean men have absolute freedom in their interpretation of fashion. Although the Westerners have influenced their fashion style, they try to develop their sense of individuality and identity. They are open to try new things and take more risk in prints, colors, and cuts.

Season Trends

Men’s fashion evolves and continually changes over time – from the sharp, dapper and charmingly retro look of the 1920s men’s fashion to the more unfortunate looks that became popular during the 80s and 90s. It’s amazing to see how certain events in history have influenced how people dress up. For instance, people were forced to come up with simple outfits during the World War II since they were only allowed a certain amount of fabric.

Some of the fashion trends that defined earlier eras have stood the test of time and even became style staples. Others are just fads. They became popular for a short period of time, and are never worn again. For instance, Michael Jackson made the parachute pants popular in the 1980s. The hippies made bell-bottom pants all the rage in the 70s. These pieces of clothing are no longer available in today’s clothing stores.

Let’s take a look at men’s fashion styles through the years and how far we’ve come to get where we are today.

Men’s fashion 2017

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There is not a lot of innovation in men’s style and fashion from the past year. Some of 2016’s biggest trends spilled over into 2017. But men’s fashion 2017 saw a huge rise in bold hues, prints and patterns. Designers incorporated more colors, and patterns into their clothing as they believe that the modern men are brave enough to go out of their comfort zone. They aren’t afraid to make bold statements into their clothing and experiment with boldly patterned shirts. If you’re not as brave, we suggest that you start with monochrome prints.

This year, men are starting to bid farewell to skinny jeans are opting for wide-leg trousers instead. They prefer a more relaxed way of dressing. Looser cut jeans and trousers have been working their way from the runways to the mainstream for the past few seasons.

Men’s fashion 2016

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Men’s fashion 2016 saw a revival of the past trends – from the 50s inspired shirts and overalls to distressed jeans to traditional colors.

Men’s fashion 2016 took inspiration to your grandfather’s favorite short-sleeved shirt – the Cuban collar shirts. These shirts are relaxed, breathable and made out of cotton. We’ve seen an uprise in Cuban collar shirts during the summer. Green and gray have been the color of choice for 2016.

Distressed jeans died down a little during the mid-2000s but made a major comeback in spring and summer 2016. These jeans are versatile, comfortable, and can add a bit of individuality to your look. With more and more men opting for a more relaxed fit, many of them have steered away from the skinny jeans. Rather, they found a new love for the wide-legged jeans and trousers.

90s Fashion men

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Fun, freedom and rebellion were the theme of 90s fashion men. It seems to be all about being daring, brave and bold in your clothing choices.

They seem to reject the uncomfortable clothing trend of the past decade. That said, comfort became the emphasis of men’s fashion during the 90s. During this time, there was a surge in the popularity of Hip Hop music, which encouraged the wearing of oversized hoodies, distressed jeans, graphic print t-shirt, and trainers. Even corporate attire became less formal, and suits got bigger than usual. Neon-colored clothing and accessories also became popular with the youth.

80s Fashion for men

 

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80s fashion for men was all about power dressing. They became more serious about fashion and preferred more expensive clothing and gaudy accessories. Matching sweatshirts and sweatpants were incredibly popular throughout the decade. It was everywhere. Men rocked snug fitting, but comfortable clothing. Graphic patterns, bold patterns, and broad shoulders conveyed a new national confidence.

In the early 80s, denim pants rose in prominence, with Levi’s and Wrangler being the jeans maker of choice. Athletic shoes also became a fashion symbol in the 80s.

70s Fashion men

 

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Military surplus clothing, tie dye shirts, and bell-bottom jeans were the highlights of 70s fashion for men. The early 70s fashion men was a continuation of the hippie rebel style.

During the 70s, disco funk was all the rage. Shirt collars became long and pointed, neckties became wider and bolder, and suits became available in a bewildering variety of colors. Homemade accessories like bracelets, headbands, and necklaces also became popular in the 70s.

60s Fashion men

 

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In the 60s, people preferred more casual clothing. Casual was in, and formality was out. Sports shirts and polo shirts were the norms for casual wear. Even men’s business wear took on a new casualness. Collars got longer and wider, lapels, belts, and ties got wider. The conservative men’s suit took on some geometric design. It was also during this decade when wide leg pants were introduced. They also started growing their hair, with The Beatles leading the way.

50s Fashion men

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50s fashion men was dominated by conservative gray suits and minimal accessories. During this time, men returning from the military were trying to fit and look the part. The goal was to look smart and employable. There was less variety of styles offered.

Back in the day, almost everyone was wearing a boxy suit, oxford shirt, loafers and rep tie. Individuality in style of clothing has become an afterthought. Since everyone is wearing the same set of clothes, mass-produced ready-to-wear clothing took over as the everyday norm. The clothes were cheaper and basic pieces were more accessible.

1920s men’s fashion

 

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1920s men’s fashion pivoted on classicism but was injected with a thematic twist. It was a time of classic sophistication. The emphasis was on formality.

Suits were an essential part of men’s daily wardrobe and wore them with pride. They wore suits at parties, in the office, and even on ordinary days. The only exceptions were teenagers and blue collar workers as they dress more casually. But they also own classic suits in neutral colors. Much of men’s clothing in the 1920s greatly influenced today’s business attire.

Conclusion

Most people buy something because they’re seriously on trend this season or because they love that particular brand. We understand that you want to look stylish and stay on top of the latest trends, and there’s nothing wrong with that. But before you decide to buy any piece of clothing, ask yourself if you really like it. Also, will it look good on you?

Beware of buying something just because it’s on trend right now. Sometimes, these trends don’t last that long. After several months to a year, these fashion trends will long be forgotten. It will be such a waste of money investing in clothes. What was cool last season may look weird and awkward this season. That said, we highly recommend that you stick with basic and versatile clothing when shopping for clothes. Opt for crew neck t-shirts, well-fitted jeans, white button down shirts, black or navy suit, sports coat or jackets and a good pair of shoes.

Once you have built a classic and timeless wardrobe, it would be easier for you to bring your own twist and incorporate the new trends into your personal style. Not only will you save money, but you’ll also look better on it. No matter what outfit you choose, make sure everything fits impeccably. Find the style that is right for you.

 

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Everyone needs a selection of clothing and accessories in their wardrobe that will showcase their best features and sense of style. If your goal is to update your style and dress well on a regular basis, you should take some time to understand the clothes that are most ideal for your body type and lifestyle.

Style Inspiration

  • There are different steps that you can take towards identifying your style, including fashion icons that can inspire you.
  • Consider people whose styles you admire and keep them in mind while you shop for clothes and dress.
  • Style goes beyond being trendy or dressing well. It represents your character and involves being able to confidently wear items that you like and want.

Lifestyle

It is important to dress according to your lifestyle. Tailor your style to accommodate the life you have and incorporate in your daily life. Regardless of what your situation may be, you can be stylish without compromising on your comfort.

If you regard clothing as a representation of your unique style and personality, create a wardrobe that is based on your preferences. Start shopping for outfits and focus on finding items that you can easily mix and match.

Be Prepared

  • Preparing your outfits in advance saves time and enables you to carefully pick out the things you wear and create the right impression.
  • Learn how to coordinate different colors and patterns.
  • Invest in quality pieces that will last. These will serve as dependable foundations for the rest of your wardrobe. Items such as shoes should always be high quality because of the wear and tear that they are exposed to.
  • Make sure that everything you buy fits because no matter how expensive or trendy clothing is, it will not look good if it does not fit properly.

Men’s Wedding Bands

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Men usually out a lot of effort into choosing engagement rings but it can be challenging to select their own bands, especially when they are not aware of the options that are available. Your wedding ring is an important purchase and since it will be a key aspect of your life, you should be happy with the choice that you make.  Visit www.mensweddingbands.com.

 

Width

There are various factors to consider when picking a wedding band that may end up being the only jewelry piece that you wear. These factors range from width to detailing. It is essential for the groom to determine how wide the ring should be.

Spare some time to try on as many wedding bands as you can with various widths and decide what suits you best. Wider rings may cost slightly more, depending on the jeweler, because large amounts of metal are required to make them.  Strike a balance between the size of the ring you want and a price that you can afford.

Precious Metals

There is a metal for virtually every budget and there are several options to choose from. Conventional metals that are used for men’s wedding bands include yellow gold, white gold and platinum. Each type of metal has its benefits and can be used to create a stylish, comfortable and durable wedding band.

 

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If you are browsing the exquisite handmade diamond rings, it is quite obvious that you are preparing to propose to your beloved. There are many factors to consider while choosing an engagement ring for your life partner. It is understood that a budget would play a crucial role in your final choice but your focus is on choosing something exclusive and exotic for your fiancée. After all, an engagement ring is a true expression of your deep love and unfaltering commitment to your life partner. Here are a few important factors to keep in mind while choosing a handmade diamond engagement ring.

Opt for a Reputable Jeweler

It is vital to identify a renowned jeweler while making your purchase. You need to talk to family and friends and seek their recommendations. You could talk to other recently engaged or married couples and find out from where they had purchased the rings and if it is worthwhile to pay a visit to their jeweler. Moreover, choose a company which is receiving letters to certify the authenticity of their diamonds from the GIA (Gemological Institute of America). Your jeweler must offer diamonds that are evaluated by any certified jewelry institution

Remember It Is Going to Be Time-Consuming

When you are looking for handmade diamond rings, obviously, you are not expecting to buy it and take it back with you the same day. You would need to place an order for customizing the engagement ring. It would take about a month for the ring to be ready as per your unique specifications.

Check Out the 4Cs While Choosing the Diamond

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You must keep in mind the 4Cs while choosing the diamond. The 4Cs include the clarity, cut, carat and color of the diamond. Whatever you choose must be according to your personal preferences. If you are looking for maximum dazzle and overall brilliance, then place emphasis on the cut of the diamond. Moreover, it pays to remember that the symmetry, proportions, and polish could be having a major effect on the overall appearance of the handmade diamond.

Do Ample Research on Settings

Browse the Internet for different setting options. Do ample research online about the diverse settings. After a thorough study, you could choose the right setting for the engagement ring. You could ask your fiancée to try on a few different settings to make sure which one suits her most or which one she would prefer to wear.

Choosing the Band Wisely

While choosing the right band, you could choose from the conventional yellow gold, or white gold, platinum, or opt for the currently in fashion, the rose gold. You may even consider mixing and matching two different kinds of metals to create a unique band. It is all a matter of your choice and preference.

Uniqueness Is Bound to Win

When you are opting for a custom handmade diamond ring, it would actually be designed right from the scratch. You would be providing valuable inputs at every stage of the designing process. You could choose your favorite metal for the band; express your preference for the cut and size of the diamond, the stone itself, the carat, and different elements that go into the making of the handmade diamond engagement ring for your beloved. This would imply that the final product is certainly 100% unique. There would be no other ring that would look just like yours.

Conclusion

Choosing the best handmade diamond engagement ring for your life-partner is an important and critical decision. You just want to ensure that your beloved would find it mind-blowing. Think about the factors mentioned above and you would be on the right track.
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