The Right Swimwear Style for You

I am finally back. It took awhile, but honestly I was busy with many stuff in my life after I graduated from my degree. What matters most is I am back and with more post than before, at least regular ones. I shall kick out with something soft while I sort through some of my Outfit of the Day and Stuff I Bought post.

Summer is coming soon for most places and what’s the first thing that comes into mind? Beach, of course! Summer, sun and beach, it’s definitely important to remember to get the best swimwear shorts. I saw a few guides to getting the right one and this particular one interests me.

Article do not own by me but Gentleman’s Gazette

What Swimwear Style Is Right For You?

It’s separate into six categories: tall men (6′ or above), short men and then buff, thin or big build.

Tall & Buff

Are you 6′ or taller, with broad shoulders and chest, and do you like to workout with weights, then you fall into the tall & buff category meaning you can wear anything you like because chances are it will always look good on you. If you have a good tan, lighter colors like white or pastel tones look great, but bear in mind that white rarely stays like that for a long time. In case you like bolder patterns, think about a classic paisley, madras or gingham.

Tall & Buff men's swimwear

Tall & Thin

If you are 6′ or taller with a slender built, go for traditional board shorts. An 8″ inseam is enough for people around 6′, and taller men can increase it to 10″ as long as they end above the knee. While a fuller cut is good, avoid the baggy board shorts trend from the 1990′s. They have the unfortunate tendency to look too youthful or simply sloppy. If you are really tall, it will be difficult to find anything with a longer inseam. You definitely want to avoid vertical stripes, because these will give you the appearance of being taller and thinner than you already are. On the other hand, horizontal stripes may work for you. In any case, avoid skinny Speedo swim briefs because chances are it will make you look boyish.  In terms of color choice, your complexion should be a good guide: if you are pale, avoid extreme colors in terms of lightness and darkness, whereas men with a tan often look better with lighter or bright colors. A rich blue like in the picture (or green, red, etc. ) will work for anybody.

Tall & Thin swim shorts

Big & Tall

As a big & tall man, you want to look advantageous and long, dark, solids board shorts will do just that for you. If your thighs are not too strong, try to avoid shorts that are too baggy. If you prefer patterns, go for a micro pattern or vertical stripes.  Avoid swim trunks, Speedo briefs and thong style swimwear.

Big & Tall swimsuits

Short & Buff

The best style for shorter, buff men will be a trunk or boxer style because the shorter inseam makes  you look taller. I’d recommend avoiding suits with an inseam longer than 6″. At any cost, avoid board shorts because they make you visually even shorter and often overhang the knee, while vertical stripes will help you look taller.

Short & Buff swim trunks

Short & Thin

If you are short and slender opt for trunks, or slim board shorts with a shorter inseam. Avoid bold and large patterns, as they will overpower your small stature. Choose microprints, or low contrast stripes instead.

Short & Thin swim trunks

Short & Big

In case you are shorter and bigger, consider a pair of high-cut briefs that would give the illusion of longer legs. Below you can see the original model in khaki which was designed for the  Underwater Demolition Team in the forties and they are still used by the Navy Seals today. At just $18, you get a classic swim trunk that won’t break the bank.  You want to opt for a looser fit without an elastic waistband, because it will make you look bigger. If the swimsuit cuts into your stomach, better go with the next larger size. Dark solids colors will always work and often have a slimming effect, but dark vertical stripes are also good as long as they are not too bold.

Short & Big swimsuits for men

What Not to Wear

Regardless of your stature and build, if the goal is to look great at the beach, there are a few things to avoid that apply to everyone interested in a classic look. If possible, avoid large logo or brand symbols. I am sure you all have seen men in large Armani, Versace or Hugo Boss shorts or briefs but big branding tends to scream with a lack of self confidence, not to mention lack of personal style. So, don’t be a brand victim and choose a tasteful model that suits your physique and complexion rather than being the equivalent of an advertising billboard.

Cited from: Men’s Swimwear Guide — Gentleman’s Gazette http://www.gentlemansgazette.com/mens-swimwear-guide/#ixzz31tlSh3C4

It’s up to you eventually. I really find this article useful, so go check them out. Let me know if you have any opinion about it as well.

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MTV VMA’s 2013 Men Fashion

I know I am fairly late for this post, but better late than never. It was only a week plus after MTV biggest event of the year (from my perspective), beside girls striding the red carpet, guys did too. One thing about MTV VMA, it’s not a formal event, therefore many celebrities wore semi-formal suits or even casual wear.

I am not a fan of casual for events like this, but I find some semi-formal wear are actually very nice and I would totally wear it in my daily life. Have a look at some of my favorites male celebrities red carpet outfit for the night.

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Justin Timberlake is definitely bringing sexy back, from his 20 minutes performance, it brought the house down! I have a whole new respect for him. However fashion wise, I don’t actually like the shirt he had on, which is black and white, it somehow don’t attract me. With the suit, I think he pulled it off handsomely.

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Macklemore and Ryan Lewis, both of these sexy Mofo’s had an amazing performance and I might say amazing fashion taste. It is casual enough for VMA however much formal for our everyday life. I actually like the challenge they took for this outfit. Love the fur scarf on Macklemore, I presume.

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Adam Lambert fashion taste always has the rocker edge to it, but sophisticated in the same time. I find the shoes interesting though, not something I would wear but it’s interesting.

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Congratulation Austin Monroe on his award. I like what he had on and the fact the shoe matches the suit, but I think it makes him look abit younger. It’s nice though.

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My favorite boy band of all time! Congratulations on getting an award for Best Song Ever! I love them mainly because of the fashion sense they have. I don’t think they ever got it wrong when it comes to fashion. I like how they coordinate they fashion together. Most importantly the style they have can be inspire by us for our daily life.

And the best dress in my opinion goes to:

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Darren Criss! He looked stunning in this maroon suit. Enough said, it’s perfect!

What do you guys think of the MTV VMA? What about the fashion? Let me know.

Semi Formal Dinner Wear.

WordpressA simple mix and match for you guys out there to have some inspiration on what to wear. I wore this for a birthday celebration recently. Some items are out of fashion, so I tried to find the closest item of the current season. The items are not very expensive, so it’s actually possible for an average person to grab it.

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In a previous post, I talked about shirts with “deco”, birds in particular, but recently different designs are out and it’s absolutely gorgeous! from Topman.

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My standard burgundy chinos by Topman. The color which is close to red.

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A red watch to match the outfit by Swatch.

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Shoes by Vans.

Gothic Menswear Fashion / Givenchy Fall 2013

I recently helped a friend did a small amount research on the brand Givenchy and it’s fashion concept, whereby design an interior of a retail outlet for it. We came up with Gothic fashion for Givenchy. I might as well share my research here for a better understanding of Gothic fashion and how Givenchy express it in it’s menswear.

When it comes to design, merely just designing would not be good enough but a design with a concept is what people are looking for. Designers are often asked what inspiration they have during design to create that fabulous collection, therefore it is essential to have one as designers.

Givenchy is inspired by Gothic fashion in most of it’s collection through out the years.

Gothic fashion is a clothing style marked by conspicuously dark, mysterious, exotic, and complex features. Complex features can mean the ornaments and prints on shirt. Ornaments to my interpretation is spikes and studs.

TPhoto is from fashitects.

How is Gothic fashion translate to menswear? Well, it’s dark, mysterious and complex.

F/W 2009 Collection from Ann Demeulemeester. Based in blacks and whites, it embraced an earth-toned color palette.

A very nice interview with Gothic Remaissance by Madly Juicy. Check it out! http://www.madlyjuicy.com/?p=6563

Personally, I find Givenchy has a unique style, but I don’t find it practical, hence not owning any items from it. A brief introduction to Givenchy Fall 2013 collection, some of my favourites and relating to Gothic fashion.

“Riccardo Tisci wanted to make a much more couture collection for menswear, he was keen to challenge himself by offering something more chic, more…well, couture-ish. And there it was, in experimental new cuts, collarless and lapel-less, and in a new depth of fabrication.” Quote Style.com 

Photos are from Style.

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The printed T looks amazing, but the cutting isn’t what I would often wear.

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A simple example of ornamentation on jackets.

I find that the below two don’t represent much Gothic fashion but I especially like formal wears, simple but elegant.

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I think the idea of Givenchy used in Gothic is the unique printed tees, ornamentation and definately the dark color palette used.What do you guys think of Givenchy Fall 2013, even though Summer has just begun?

As always, this is my point of interpretation and my opinion. I only did that many research therefore would love to hear comments on your thoughts and whether did I misunderstand or explained wrongly. Cheers!

Ermengildo Zegna 2013 Spring Collection

 

 

In conjunction with the most recent Ermenegildo Zegna 50th Anniversary Wool Awards, I would like to talk about Ermenegildo Zegna collections. Ermenegildo Zegna is one of my favourite brands (part of it maybe it’s because the name is so authentic), even though I do not own any items from there, but I like going through news and blogs about their latest collection. I find Ermenegildo Zegna collections are sophisticated and elegant. It makes the model or person wears it feels like a class above with the fine details on the clothing.

Ermenegildo Zegna spring collection 2013 brings elegant to the runway with silk as one of the main materials on the clothings. “The cashmere of Summer” Anna Zegna, granddaughter of the original Ermenegildo, called it. Silk showed up in every look: mixed into perforated knits, shining in shantung suiting, wafting in shirts printed with tropical banana or mango leaves.

Below are some of the interesting looks that caught my eyes while scrolling through Ermenegildo Zegna spring collection 2013.

Photos are from Style.

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The detail of the shirt and pants shows a sophistication. I especially love the bag the model is carrying. For me, bags like these are a must have to the modern day male.

 

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I love this double-breasted suit. This formal suit looks stylist and formal at the same time.

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Ermenegildo Zegna added color suits and pants to their collection and made it looked formal and stylish altogether had me fascinated with their spring collection 2013. What do you think of Ermenegildo Zegna spring collection 2013? I can’t wait for that day I earn enough money to afford myself an Ermenegildo Zegna suit!

Night Out 1

Ever question what to wear for a night out drinking with your friends? I find guys won’t usually give much thought into dressing for a night out. Usually it’s just a jeans and t-shirt or polo. For me, I would definitely consider what I wear especially for night activities. It won’t hurt putting a little bit more effort dressing to bars and clubs.

I suggest putting on a pair of chinos for a night. I admit it’s not easy to match and most of the time I’m figuring what shirt to match my colour chinos, but a black shirt or t-shirt seldom would go wrong.

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Shirt: Thrift Shop

Chinos: Topman

Belt: Mark&Spencer

Shoe: Thrift Shop

Watch: Calvin Klein

It’s amazing sometimes what thrift shop are able to offer. I was glad I went Bangkok earlier this year and got a look at some of the stuff in thrift shops. Surprisingly, it’s design are not bad at all and it’s cheap, therefore more quantity to get! I definitely recommend guys to check out thrift shop for cheap clothing once in a while. Hope I inspired you to wear something rather than t-shirt and jeans on nights out. What’s your opinion on it? There’s definitely more to come on these topics.

MTV Movie Awards 2013 Best Dressed Men

MTV Movie Awards! Yup, it’s another award show and besides watching Rebel Wilson hosting the show, I like to check out award shows to look at style and fashion. Even though most of the items celebrities wear are not affordable to us but it’s nice to know what new designs and what we strive to get if we have the money.

MTV Movie Awards are not as glamorous or formal as Oscar, since the categories of awards includes best shirtless and best kiss, overly formal doesn’t suit it at all, but I like to see how celebs dress up with suits without being too formal. Watching through the red carpet, I came up with a few of my best dressed, so here they are. Though I don’t know who the celebs are wearing, but hope it might inspired you to wear something similar.

I do not own any of this photos. Photos are from OKmagazine, RemoteControlMTV, Hollywoodlife and TomandLorenzo

Beau Mirchoff

Beau Mirchoff looking absolutely stunning in the blue suit and shirt! Absolutely love how he matched everything and goes very well! I would love to get my hands on that suit he’s wearing.

Vinny Guadagnino

Bow-ties are definitely a nice touch to the perfect outfit, I recommend guys should get a bow-tie.

Charlie Carver and Max Carver

Charlie and Max Carver from Desperate Housewives. I love how they still wore formal suits to MTV Movie Awards. I believe that you can never be overdress for an event. Their well-fitted suits are a A+ in style!

Nolan Funk

Nolan Funk wore on a simple T-shirt with a suit making his style simple yet stylish. I like how it didn’t seemed to formal and suited the event.

Eddie Redmayne

Eddie Redmayne wore much casual clothes compare to his Oscar suit, but he still looked amazing.

The 5 above are my best dressed male of the night. Absolutely love all their style and I would love to be able to get my hands on those style as well.

Zachary Quinto

Zachary Quinto wore a DSquared suit which I love the color so much. The only thing was the fitting on the pants that didn’t seem appealing to me, wish he had made the pants slightly more fitting. Tip of the day: fitting clothes are essential!

That’s my review on the men’s fashion on MTV Movie Awards, what do you guys think? Agree or Disagree?