Men’s Vegan Summer Shoes

It’s finally summertime. Sand and sun, cool water, gorgeous skies and lots of fresh air. It’s a beautiful time of year… a welcome season for those who are exhausted by the harsh climate of winter and ready to move on from the ups and downs of spring. This is the time of year to enjoy being outdoors and having all the fun you can. With so much activity, however, you want to stay cool, especially in the outdoor heat.

Cool and comfortable in the summertime often means wearing as little as possible in the way of clothing and keeping that clothing as lightweight as possible. You want your skin to be able to breath underneath that material. Otherwise, you will be running as fast as you can for the nearest air conditioner. Most people have a full closet of summer clothing – shorts and t-shirts – but have you given much thought to what’s on your feet?

In the summer, it is both fun and comfortable to go barefoot. Who wants their feet shoved inside some enclosed shoe with a pair of socks in the sweltering heat? Since going barefoot is not always safe and is often not allowed in some places, the next best thing is summer shoes: sandals, flip-flops, or whatever your style choice may be.

Most men and women have a pair or two of summer shoes amongst their footwear. However, if you’re a man in the market for men’s summer shoes, there are a lot of options on the market these days. You could run right out and buy any old pair to get your feet through the summer season, or you could consider your choices carefully.

Did you know that most shoes on the mainstream market are made with materials that harm both the animals and the Earth? That’s some real food for thought! These days, it is hard to avoid being somewhat conscious of such things. After all, with the increasing popularity of living a “greener” lifestyle, more and more people are seeking out earth-friendly products, and they are becoming more widely available. If you consider yourself an Earth friendly guy, you can reflect this belief in your choice of men’s summer shoes.

Men’s vegan summer shoes are the perfect fit! Made from natural plant fibers or synthetics and often employing recycled materials, no animals are harmed in the making, of these shoes. Men’s vegan summer shoes will even biodegrade in the end, because of their harmless materials and dyes. They’re ultra cozy too. Remember that break-in period that left your feet sore and blistered with that last new pair of shoes? There is no need to break these shoes in. The materials are made to stretch and breath, making your feet comfortable all summer long.

Men’s vegan summer shoes come in the same styles, designs and colors as mainstream shoes. There are even shoes made to look like leather and other fashionable materials, but no animals have to suffer for vegan shoes. Whether you buy them online or in a retail store, you won’t have to pay more for vegan options than you would for other guys’ shoes, making vegan summer shoes a great option for any eco-conscious guy!

An Introduction to the Suit Jacket

Without a doubt, the most elegant item of clothing in a man’s wardrobe is the suit jacket. It comes as part of a set with matching trousers and sometimes with a vest in the same or contrasting fabric.

There are two main types of suit jackets – the single-breasted jacket, usually with notch lapels and the double-breasted jacket, strictly with peak lapels. Occasionally, you may find a suit with a mandarin collar but it’s not mainstream. Shawl lapels are commonly use in a tuxedo jacket.

Single-breasted jackets have a single row of buttons down the front, usually two or three; there may be an occasional four, commonly for very tall men. The jacket’s front sides only overlap enough to permit buttoning.

A double-breasted jacket has two rows of buttons, and the front overlaps enough to allow both front sides to be attached to the opposite row of buttons. These jackets were all the rage in the 80s and seem to be going through a revival of sorts with some recent high-profile adopters in David Beckham, Jake Gyllenhaal and even Prince Charles. The current double-breasted jackets though are only remnants of their former selves – gone are the big shoulder pads, they are cut shorter and the bulk factor is removed altogether allowing shorter men the opportunity to don one without looking all swamped up.

Jacket Fit. The fit is the most important part of the jacket and I can’t stress that enough. People have different comfort levels with how tapered they wear their jackets. This is usually done at the waist to allow the jacket to closely follow the contours of the body. It all depends on how comfortable you feel in the look. You may have noticed men who power-dress, bankers and management consultants for instance all wear tapered jackets as it is what basically creates the image. To look good in a suit, you need not have your jackets fitted to that level unless you like it that way. Although be careful that it’s not too loose either as that creates the opposite effect of a shabby image. Make sure it’s shaped well on you and the fabric does not pinch at some corners and hang loose at others.

Here are a few things other you will want to look at to ensure the rest of your jacket fits well. The waist button should rest just below the natural waist of the wearer. The length of the jacket should be in line with the middle knuckle of the thumb and the back should rest just a little below the bottom. The cuffs should rest just a little above where the wrists. This leaves room for the shirt cuffs to be seen, usually around half an inch.

Jacket Shoulders. Jackets are usually built around the shoulders, and this structure is essential to the fit of the garment. The most important function of the jacket shoulders is to create symmetry. People come in different shapes and sizes and that is true of their shoulders too. Some men have extremely broad shoulders, others drooping and some will even have shoulders of different heights. There is absolutely nothing wrong with that and a well-stitched bespoke jacket will easily help to create symmetry. The padding of the shoulders is the place to start. Make sure the shoulder lines are well-defined but not exaggerated. For most people excessively large shoulder pads, for instance those that extend beyond the natural shoulder line creates a disproportionate look. On the other hand, if you naturally have small shoulders, having the shoulder pads very slightly extend beyond your shoulder line, will correct the look for you. It’s all down to your body type.

The thickness of the padding is the next thing to look at. If you naturally have shoulders of different heights, you can use the padding of varying thickness to easily correct that for you. As a general rule with shoulder padding, gone are the days when bulky shoulder pads were in trend. Today’s jackets largely have a thin padding with a slightly downward natural slant. Over-padding causes the neck and head to be engulfed by the jacket, and too thin padding does not allow the jacket to have the formal look that a suit jacket is supposed to create. What a bespoke jacket does is to create evenness and symmetry no matter what your natural shoulders are like.

Jacket Lapels. Lapels are the folded flaps of cloth on the front side of the jacket; a continuation of the jacket collar that stretches down to where the buttons begin. Lapels come in different styles and options. The most common variance of the lapels is the width. For a classic look, a moderate-width lapel is best and it works well on most occasions.

There are three basic types of lapels. The most common is the notched lapel and is the type used on single-breasted jackets. A suit jacket with notched lapels is often considered the most formal way of dressing and the type adopted by businessmen across the board. The second type, the peak lapel is more dressy than notched and commonly used on a double-breasted suit. Peak lapels create a broader and stronger silhouette with it’s fuller looking edges and arched angles – more of an occasion look and might be a bit much for the working day unless of course it comes on a double-breasted jacket. Shawl lapel is the third type and is usually found on tuxedo and dinner jackets. Here, the lapel and collar are not separate – the under collar is cut in one garment front with the centre back seam joining the two halves.

Jacket Sleeves Buttons. One of the things that distinguishes a bespoke jacket from an off-the-rack one is functioning sleeve buttons. In fact it has become fashionable to leave the last one unbuttoned as a statement to say that the jacket is custom-made. Most suits these days have four sleeve buttons but three is not uncommon. Regardless of the number, there should be at least as many of them as there are buttons on the waist, and they should be placed within a half-inch or so above the hem. Also sleeve buttons should always match the waist buttons.

Jacket Pockets. There are three typical styles of pockets on a jacket. The first is the jetted pockets. This type of pocket is sewn into the lining of the jacket and only a narrow horizontal slit appears on the side. As they appear nearly invisible, it contributes to a very sleek and polished look and frequently found on formal wear.

The second type of pocket is called the flap pocket. Flap pockets are like jetted pockets with an additional flap sewn into the top of the pocket, thus the name. It covers the pocket’s opening. Flap pockets are the most common type on suit jackets and nowadays is tailored such that the flaps can be tucked inside the pocket thus creating the jetted pocket appearance. This gives wearers’ the option of wearing the suit one day with the jetted pocket look and another with the flap pocket look.

There are also patch pockets, the least formal, and like the name suggests, a cloth is patched on the outside of the jacket to make it into a pocket.

Some bespoke jackets also come with a ticket pocket, another customisation that distinguishes a bespoke jacket from a ready-made one. It’s a smaller pocket placed above the standard pocket on the right side or occasionally on the left if that’s the wearer’s dominant hand.

Pockets are, usually, horizontally cut, but on some less formal jackets like the sports jacket you will find that they are made with a slight slant.

Moving up and common to all jackets is the breast pocket – basically a jetted pocket found on the upper-left chest. It’s purpose is not that of a pocket as such and is used more commonly for putting a display handkerchief or pocket square.

Inside pockets differ from jacket to jacket. Off-the-rack ones don’t often come with one. On a bespoke suit, it depends on the customisation requests but as a standard there is normally one on the left side and it is sewn into the lining. Some additional inside pockets for holding pens and/or credit cards are also not uncommon, another signature that the jacket is bespoke.

Jacket Vents. Vents are flap-like slit(s) in the back bottom of the jacket designed to accommodate freer movement while a person is seated for instance and for easier access to trouser pockets for the wallet. On the bespoke jacket there are three options – ventless, center vent and side vents.

Ventless jackets as the name suggests have no vent and is commonly found on Italian-style suits offering a sleek look for the back side of the jacket. Center vent is one single slit in the center of the jacket. A jacket with side vents has two vents, one on either side, usually where the trouser pockets are placed.

If there’s one point to take away after reading through the article, make sure it’s “fit”. A well-fitting suit covers a multitude of sins you may make in fabric, color and style.

Latest Fashion – Know What Is Hot This Season

Fashion might be your passion or your profession might have brought you to the fashion industry. Whatever is the reason for you to get into world of international fashion, it’s essential to find out latest fashion trends from all over the globe. The newbie always thinks that United States is the origin of most of the fashion trends but it is not. Italy or France would win the battle against United States when it comes to latest fashion. Paris fashion show 2011 is perfect example for that in which new trends where quite inspiring and innovative. For more information in latest trends, one can get lot of information from Fashion Magazines, Fashion Blogs, and Fashion week.

One question must be hitting your mind quite often as spring and summer is heading closer. What are latest fashion trends for this spring or summer? Light, bright, and cheerful dressing will be likely and enjoyable approach for this spring that officially arrives in March. To be more innovative, one can use his/her fashion ideas along with latest trends in fashion.

Latest Fashion Trends for This Spring/Summer

  • Androgynous: Classic tailored pants and stylish crisp pants with ‘easy boyfriend jacket’ and sleeves rolled up over shirt are perfect for Androgynous look. For person with heavy middle section, this look is perfect to camouflage that section. This look goes nicely on any place thus gives higher return for investment in latest fashion.
  • Transparent: Do you want to create romantic feminine statement or a sensual seductive one? Transparent items with see-through element in flesh nude tone will be perfect option. Crochet and Lace items or clothing made of fabric that has ability to transform to utterly fresh look in next summer.
  • Minimalist: Simple items made of natural fabric in neutral colors and soft lines are in demand this time around as they were over past few years. Collarless top or unstructured jacket combined with baggy pants and relaxed straight shirt could be perfect outfits for this season. Try this for fresh and uncluttered look.
  • Whites: Your wardrobe will be incomplete without elements of white clothing this season. Starting from head to toe, wear whites to look fresh all the time this summer. You can also use Bold and Fluorescent colored clothing as well along with whites.
  • Stripes: As the case with Paris Fashion Show 2011, Stripes are in demand this year. They are available in all directions, all colors combination, and all bandwidths. To update your look instantly, add one outfit with stripes in your wardrobe.
  • Denim and Baggy pants: To make definitive new style statement, use Denim or Baggy pant for your lower half. You can combine them with ‘Chambray’ shirts, Jeans Jackets, Capri leggings, and list goes on and on.
  • Accessories: Small new trends can made huge difference in your overall look. Bold colored mix, garden flower motifs, stripes, and the transparency trend goes well with light, bright, and trendy clothing. To pull whole new look all together, use pair of sandals as well as ‘Lucite’ bangles.

These latest fashion trends and ideas will certainly give you refreshing new look this season.