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Summer 2015 Tops Menswear Trends (well the ones that I am excited to share):

It’s really no secret that I love, I’m going say it again LOVE menswear. Menswear has certainly come a long way, especially in recent years. The gents are just as eager to identify trends and carving out their own personal fashion style. Designers are listening by creating more in depth lines including ready to wear and fantastic accessories. Social media relating to this topic are exploding. Bloggers, Pinterest and Instagram are helping the fashion hungry gain style tips and information on how to look on point. I adore my male clients and truly enjoy styling for one of my favorite menswear magazines “Talk of the Town”. Here are a few of my desired summer trends.

Flawless example of a blackout timepiece. (Zenith Chronometer Open Rolling Stones Limited Editon retail watch)

Flawless example of a blackout timepiece. (Zenith Chronometer Open Rolling Stones Limited Editon retail watch)

 

Blackout Watches: A timepiece not only helps keep you punctual, but also it’s truly the safest and easiest way a man can accessorize. If you are looking to stay on top of this season’s trend, select an all black watch. It’s effortlessly cool and undeniable masculine. Nearly every brand from luxury high end to mass marketers incorporates this model into their repertoire. Since it has more of a sporty feel, try it with your weekend garb vs. teaming with your 9 to 5 suits.

Significant looking red pants paired with light and dark blue hues.

Significant looking red pants paired with light and dark blue hues.

 

Seeing Red: This rich hue is one of this seasons must have colors. Red is a strong tone, therefore needs to be matched with softer and natural shades. Now is not the time to grab a suit in this color, leave that for the runway. Rather select a blazer, pants or shorts in this hue, otherwise go subtle with a pocket square or tie.

Great striped shirt option combined perfectly with a tailored dark denim. (Vineyard Vines ‘Tucker - Oceaneer Stripe’ Slim Fit Sport Shirt)

Great striped shirt option combined perfectly with a tailored dark denim. (Vineyard Vines ‘Tucker – Oceaneer Stripe’ Slim Fit Sport Shirt) | Buy from Nordstrom

 

Stripes: Reach for stripes this summer as the nautical look is thoroughly prevailing. It’s one of the easiest patterns to pull off mixing well with other prints and should be in every modern gents wardrobe. Both luxury designers and high street giants are putting a new twist on the traditional classic. This season the stripes are wide, vertical and bold in color. Grab this print in a blazer, t-shirt or sweater. Just make sure you anchor your look with basics and muted surrounding pieces.

Impressive denim combination. When layered, it adds a powerful impact in streetwear.

Impressive denim combination. When layered, it adds a powerful impact in streetwear.

 

Denim: Currently, denim is not just for your legs. Designers decided to redefine this hardwearing fabric into pieces aside from jeans. They have created a modern twist by using this cloth for blazers, trench coats and shirts. Over the summer, you will see while browsing through stores pieces that reflect era of the 1970′s, the century’s most psychedelic decade. The denim jacket made popular by Levi is back and is paired with your favorite skinny denim. Make sure you keep it modern by teaming a simple t-shirt or crisp button down.

Admiring this structured backpack. The casual design is on fleek, paired with the luxury alligator skin. (H.L. James Backpack) hljames.com

Admiring this structured backpack. The casual design is on fleek, paired with the luxury alligator skin. (H.L. James Backpack) | Buy from HL James

 

Backpacks: Now more than ever, brand directors are incorporating into their lines chic and stylish pieces for the well-traveled man. This season the backpack has taken center stage. Not the traditional school black canvas backpack, but a sleek version in exotic skins and leathers with unique hardware and interesting details. Grab one for your carry-on as it’s a sure fire way of looking super stylish walking to your gate.

Noteworthy example of bringing athletic wear into the streets. You can substitute the beanie with a retro hat.

Noteworthy example of bringing athletic wear into the streets. You can substitute the beanie with a retro hat.

 

Athletic Wear. Once again this season, designers incorporated the “athletic inspired” appearance into their cialis composition lines, not to be donned while lifting iron. You will see sport inspired clothing with more of a dress up feel in fabrics such as neoprene, mesh and cotton jersey. This also includes the all white sneaker and retro baseball hats.

A modern day summer loafer. The white sole as well as the leather tie is an excellent match with your shorts or cuffed denim. (Swims Lace Loafer)

A modern day summer loafer. The white sole as well as the leather tie is an excellent match with your shorts or cuffed denim. (Swims Lace Loafer) | Buy from Nordstrom

 

Modern Loafer: This time of year, you will see a modern spin on traditional designs, while shopping in the shoe department. The loafer is no exception, with options in an array of bold hues and tassels including beaded adornment. Skip the socks, cuff the denim and pair with a simple cotton t-shirt or a fresh button down.

This certainly is a way to kick up your tie clip collection. Pair it with a simple design or solid tie. (John Hardy Men’s Naga Sterling Silver Dragon Tie Clip)

This certainly is a way to kick up your tie clip collection. Pair it with a simple design or solid tie. (John Hardy Men’s Naga Sterling Silver Dragon Tie Clip) | Buy from Bloomingdales

 

Tie Clips: Tie clips have made their return to be wildly popular, as of recent with shows like “Mad Men.” This trend is for the male who likes to dabble that bygone era. The tie clip is known to be more fashionable then it is functional. More and more jewelers are putting their own spin onto this trend with embellished silver bars, colored metal and interesting shapes.

Loving this fedora. Grab it for a trip to the coast with its nautical feel. (Glory Hats by Goorin 'Killian’ Fedora)

Loving this fedora. Grab it for a trip to the coast with its nautical feel. (Glory Hats by Goorin ‘Killian’ Fedora) | Buy from Nordstrom

 

The Fedora: The fedora has resurged thanks to celebrities sporting them everywhere. If you are looking for something to freshen up your wardrobe, this style hat is for you. This season the fedora brim is slightly longer and the shades are lighter. Placement is key; it should frame your eyes and not hide your face.

 

As always I hope I have inspired you to look outside your comfort zone and try something new.

Empowering YOU makes me beyond happy.

xo-CK

Why I love pearls…and think you should too!

“Pearls are always appropriate”

Jackie Kennedy

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Pearls: Laguna Pearl / Earrings: Chanel / Shirt: 5 Twelve / Jeans: AG Adriano Goldschmeid Shoes: Steve Madden

 

 

Oh, I not only 10,000 percent agree with Queen of Camelot’s statement, but I continue to proudly shout her words of wisdom. For anyone who knows me past, present and (for certain future) is cognizant that I worship (big word) pearls. These treasures of the sea are a must have staple of mine, ever since my grammy bestowed a pair to me at the age of twelve. There was a solid decade that I wore some type of pearl accessory daily and considered it my “signature,” still do. I went through all 4 collegiate years, first dates, job interviews, in fact, every milestone of my life wearing these iridescent beads. They simply have become part of me. When donning, I instantly feel sophisticated, elegant and well pretty. Jackie O would have been pleased for sure. May sound a little crazy my pearl obsession, however totally normal to me and well to Coco Chanel who said “A woman needs ropes and ropes of pearls.” (Agreed!)

“A woman needs ropes and ropes of pearls.”

Coco Chanel

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Pearls: Laguna Pearls / Shoes: Ted Baker / Shirt: Zara / Jeans: Hudson

 

“Every woman should own a gorgeous pair of pearls.”

Candace Kristin (hehe)

How to think outside the style box with regards to pearls:

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Perfect placement of a brooch attached your multi strain of pearls.

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Pearl rings

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Great example of stacking different sized,shaped and color pearls. Also love the way they are cascading around her neck.

Mix metals with your gems: For a trendy look, pair your pearls with other necklaces such as chunky chains, rhinestones, simple gold lariats and bayer levitra uk mg other gem stones. This certainly will create a statement. Talk about instant pizzazz and a look that is totally “street fab worthy”.

 

Pile on your pearls: Make Coco proud and layer on your pearls. Stack multiple strands of pearls of different sizes, shapes and colors. This look can be worn with day and night outfits as well as a necklace or bracelet combination. You can choose to cluster the stands together on your neck to create a thick statement or add a layering affect by having the stands cascading. The classic white hue should not be your only go to color. To create impact, mix the traditional color gem with black, grey and even pastels colors.

 

Blend your trends: If you are a girl that would rather opt for a more modern approach to the classic bead, no problem! Now more than ever, companies have created pieces that are a far cry from your “grandma’s” simple stands and studded pearl earrings. As of recent, designers entice us to buy wrap around earring cuffs and exaggerated oversized pearls. For a non-traditional look, wrap your beads around your head. This is perfect for attending a festival in LA or channeling your inner bohemian gal.

 

Add Impact: Grab a rhinestone brooch and clip it to your pearl necklace, even better if you add multiple stands. This is a sure fire way of bringing your simple pearls from traditional drab to modern fab with a simple adornment. Placement is key; make sure your attachment is off centered closer to the collarbone. You want to look like it’s off symmetrical and less fussy.

 

I would like to thank Laguna Pearl for providing me with a beautiful pearl necklace. I am truly honored and will proudly wear them with a smile on my face. I hand selected a couple of my favorite products to feature within this blog. Even in the world of pearls my motto “go big or go home” applies here, check out that gorgeous ring! I am also coveting those stunning earrings, they have hit the top of my must have list, hopefully yours too. Laguna Pearl’s online business has been around for two decades and chooses to sell directly to the consumer at prices that would make anyone happy. We “continually thrive on providing high quality pearl jewelry products with the best customer service on the Internet.” Another huge bonus about Laguna Pearl is their customer service. Customer satisfaction is of the utmost importance and to me that is worth its weight in gold. Their high quality pearl jewelry products truly stand out as a wonderful accessory with any type of style. I highly suggest you head on over to www.lagunapearl.com.

As always I hope I inspired you. If so send me a picture or message. xo-CK

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Mix your metals with your pearls. Watch: Hublot / Shirt and Jean: J Crew: Bracelets: Stella and Dot, and vintage.

 

 

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