Stylish Clothes for the “Mature” Man

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First of all, let me say that the “mature” man doesn’t equate to the intellect, character, personality or hygiene of that person. As “mature” women are being called for those NOT petite or skinny, the “mature” man can be considered in the same way. Living in the south, there are more “mature” men here than anywhere else I have been.
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Armani Exchange: New April Collection

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Armani Exchange Spring Collection 2010

Armani Exchange Spring Collection 2010

Armani Exchange launches their new Spring collection, just in time for Spring Break.  Check out the latest and greatest in their Spring Break Essentials:

Armani Exchange Tonal Stripe Sweater

Armani Exchange Tonal Stripe Sweater

Lightweight V-Neck with graduated stripes, perfect for layering!

Comes in White, Cirrus or Ice Pink

$78.00

Armani Exchange Sporty Aviator Sunglasses

Armani Exchange Sporty Aviator Sunglasses

Aviator Glasses with white frame

Metal detail on top frame

Metal logo detail on temples

$65.00

And for all you fans of PayPal, Armani Exchange is now accepting PAYPAL!  Have fun shopping!

How To Dress Up a Suit in 3 Ways

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A great suit isn’t just a suit that can be worn as is. A suit should be able to be versatile in other combinations of attire as well as superb and comfortable by itself. If personal style is the defining factor that will ultimately showcase the overall look, pieces to compliment the suit will help accentuate the personal style. Let’s look at ways to make the suite more versatile.

The Debonair Look

A suit by itself should be striking and fittingly comfortable; and by striking I mean elegant, handsome, and vibrant.  Regardless if it’s a 2-piece or 3-piece suit, you can’t go wrong with a great suit when:

  1. The fabric is comfortable and doesn’t look cheap.  Wool Gabardine is an easy fabric that is lightweight, wrinkle-resistant, and is quite form-fitting.
  2. The style and type accentuates your body and the look you’re going for.  Light to medium weight pinstripes should be a good standard for most body types.
  3. The tailoring fits well with your own body. Don’t go baggy on the suit, but ensure that you actually fit comfortably in both the jacket and the pants, and the pants do not sag nor run down farther than base of your ankles.

A good suit with a nicely pressed solid button-down shirt, such as Nordstrom’s classics, Armani Exchange’s slims, or Express’s MX1, should keep you looking freshly debonair.  Add a little spiciness by changing classic colors to bolder, modern colors (lavender, steel gray, royal blue, for examples), or introduce bold stripes to your color to enhance the interest factor.

In selecting ties, try choosing colors that are at least 2 shades away from your primary color palette for a classic look.  For bolder looks, look for adjacent color schemes by alternating neutral colors with striking patterns or colors.

Selecting accessories for great suits should never be taken lightly.  I suggest using modern square toes from Kenneth Cole or Cole Haan, or for a more sophisticated feel, go for Salvatore Ferragamo, Gucci, Prada, or Nordstrom pointed toes or cap toes.  A great black leather belt and cuff links can be found at Kenneth Cole.

The Relaxed Look

With a great suit, you can also mix and match tops and bottoms to make your outfit more versatile.  Pair up your suit jacket with a polo shirt from Kenneth Cole, Banana Republic or Armani Exchange to transform the sophistication of the jacket into more of a relaxed feel.

A nice dark denim jeans from Rock and Republic should be sufficient in keeping things down to earth, and driving mocs from Banana Republic or Steve Madden will definitely complete the outfit.

Add in Kenneth Cole New York watches and bracelets, and you will be good to go.

The Semi-Formal Look

Use the pants to establish the foundation of this look by pairing it with a more formal style pique polo from Nordstrom, Banana Republic, Burberry, or Brooks Brothers.  Or for a bit more sophistication without being too sophisticated, get long-sleeve button-downs from Brooks Brothers or Banana Republic, or even use a v-neck cashmere sweater or sweatshirt from Kenneth Cole.

Keep the style uniform with Banana Republic or Nordstrom loafers.  For a more edgy look, go for Kenneth Cole or Cole Haan shoewear.

I typically would keep watches and accessories from Kenneth Cole, but higher end Fossil, or lower-end Movados or Bulgaris should keep conversations entertaining.

For all you Black Friday Shoppers

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There are tons of sales happening right now, as you may very well know.  Let’s get down to the nitty gritty…  Who is this Encarnacion?

Oops, my bad: good movie (Nacho Libre), wrong timing.

Here are some of my fave sales happening so far:

DSW’s $20 off sale and $29.95 boots

Express.com has a 25% off Everything sale

Kenneth Cole’s 41% off Black Friday Sale

Gap’s 50% off Sweaters sale

Armani Exchange’s $50 off every $150 purchase in-store or online

Nordstrom.com free shipping on orders of $100 or more (use HOLIDAY09 code)

Saks.com free shipping with HOLIDAY9 code AND 60% off Thanksgiving sale

Steve Madden: 30% off entire order plus Free Standard Shipping with code MADDEN30 at checkout! (Expires 12/7).  15% off orders of $50 or more plus Free Shipping! Use code SHOPIT15N at checkout.

I’m sure there are more happening, but you get the drift.  Enjoy the sales!

Labor Day Sales

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To all you guys who don’t know how to shop, or don’t like shopping, and to all the girlfriends and wives who shop for their partners:

Labor Day sales are here! I’ve listed quite a few places where you can get quality clothing (and I mean quality!) for fractions of their original prices!

Kenneth Cole:

Kenneth Cole New York Modern Chinos

Kenneth Cole New York Modern Chinos

Check out these chinos from Kenneth Cole.  $59.99 was $68.00. Take 50% off!

KENNETH COLE NEW YORK  LONG SLEEVE WHITE GROUND BLACK STRIPE SHIRT

KENNETH COLE NEW YORK LONG SLEEVE WHITE GROUND BLACK STRIPE SHIRT

Check out this long sleeve White Ground Black Strip Shirt from Kenneth Cole.  $69.99 was $158.00 .  Take 50% off!

Kenneth Cole New York Deal Me In

Kenneth Cole New York Deal Me In

New York Deal Me In.  $99.98 was $145.00.  Take 50% off!!

Armani Exchange

Check out these sales from Armani Exchange!

Deal of the Week: Icon Logo Thermal

Armani Exchange Woven Panel Jacket

Armani Exchange Woven Panel Jacket

Armani Woven Panel Jacket.  Was $88.00, now $39.00.  Take an additional 20% off!

Armani Shouler Logo Henley

Armani Shouler Logo Henley

Armani Shoulder Logo Henley. Was $48.00, now $29.00.  Take an additional 20% off!

$50 and Under deals!

Macy’s

Labor Day sales at Macy’s are usually quite good. Check out some of the products they have on sale!

Calvin Klein Petrol Faded Dark Indigo Jeans

Calvin Klein Petrol Faded Dark Indigo Jeans

Calvin Klein Petrol Faded Dark Indigo Jeans.  Originally $44.98, now $29.99.

Kenneth Cole Reaction On The Loose Ornament Loafers

Kenneth Cole Reaction On The Loose Ornament Loafers

Kenneth Cole Reaction On the Loose Ornament Loafers. Was $98.00, now $56.24.

Father’s Day

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Father’s day is coming up soon, so here are some great ways to get great gifts (and save $$) for the father(s) in your lives!

With the “new” Bing live and running, I’ve checked out some cool electronics for all you gadget dads out there.  I personally would get an iPod, but I wouldn’t discount the Zune products either.  Coming from the land of Microsoft, it has very cool features that most iPods don’t have, but I would still get the iPod anyway LOL.

And with summer being on the horizon, check out the summer sales that DSW has for you fathers out there.  There are some good shoes on sale here that I wouldn’t miss buying!

Let’s not forget Your Personal Shopper’s favorites, like Armani Exchange’s summer sale event.  Up to 70% off of your latest Armani fashions!  Check out their Under $29 sale and their Tees selection as well!

Here are some more places to get great deals on your shopping spree 🙂

  1. Shopittome.com
  2. Bluefly.com
  3. Zappos.com
  4. Nordstrom.com
  5. Macys.com
  6. Brooksbrothers.com
  7. Bananarepublic.com
  8. Armaniexchange.com
  9. Shoes.com
  10. DSW.com
  11. Saksfifthavenue.com
  12. Shoebuy.com
  13. Endless.com
  14. Kennethcole.com
  15. Piperlime.com
  16. Express.com

So go get shopping for your Dad!  Just do me a favor: don’t buy him Crocs, okay?

Summer Sales at Armani Exchange

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Check some of the latest sales from one of my fave stores!

$10 flip flops with purchase of any swimwear or eyewear using *flipflop* as online code. View the newsletter or go straight to the site.

Check out their End of Spring Sale for some great clothes at valued prices.

And don’t forget to visit their summer looks for guys.

And for my fellow metro guys who want to check out the goods in style before buying them, go look at their virtual dressing room and see your outfits matched by, well, YOU!