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How to Wear Sleeveless Shirts for Men

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sleeveless shirtsSleeveless t-shirts first started appearing on men in the 70’s and 80’s, and skyrocketed in popularity as bodybuilders and athletes began wearing them. However, they took a hit in the 90’s, and there are many ways to wear a sleeveless shirt and look ridiculous. These shirts are starting to come back, but there are a few things that you need to keep in mind in order to avoid a fashion disaster. Here’s a guide to wearing sleeveless shirts for men.

Layering it

First of all, determine whether you’re going to be wearing the sleeveless shirt on its own or as an undershirt. Sleeveless shirts look great when layered under button down shirts or tees; they also work especially well underneath a basketball jersey. However, if you’re going to be layering, you should avoid any print or decoration on the sleeveless shirt and keep it a neutral color such as white, gray, or black.

Choosing a Color

If you wear the shirt on its own, however, then you have a lot more latitude in choosing the color. Blue, red, dark purple or green are all great masculine choices. You might want to take your skin tone into account, though—dark muted hues work better for men with heavy tans and dark skin tones, while brighter colors work better for paler guys. If you like the color and can wear it with confidence, though, go for it.

Rock the Shirt

Make sure that the shirt flatters your body type. Sleeveless shirts emphasize muscular physiques, flat stomachs, and large biceps. If you have an athletic build, then by all means go sleeveless. You can still get away with a sleeveless shirt if you have an average or stocky body however. Choose a looser shirt, which can make your chest look fuller and divert attention from your biceps. Also, darker colors can make the wearer look slimmer than he really is. If you want your chest to look fuller, try layering two sleeveless shirts together.

Don’t Show Off

Although a sleeveless shirt can make you look great, a little modesty never hurt anyone. Even if you have fantastic abs, it’s best to let other people notice on their own instead of showing them off through a small, super tight tank. If you wear sleeveless shirts that leave little or nothing to the imagination, then people are likely to notice your muscles first and your vanity second. Steer away from the tightest shirts and you’ll manage to show off your body without looking conceited. Also, stick with rounder necklines, since they show less skin.

Keep it Together

Try to balance your top and bottom. If you’re wearing a flashy sleeveless shirt with bright colors or dramatic prints, you’ll probably want to stick with plain denim or khaki shorts. However, plain shirts can look really good with patterned shorts or flashy vintage jeans. Don’t make your pants and shirt fight for attention.

Where to Wear

Finally, sleeveless shirts can’t be worn everywhere. They are great for casual parties, the beach, or the gym, but they shouldn’t be worn to work. Also, these only work in warmer weather. Sleeveless shirts in the winter just look silly.

There are many reasons to love sleeveless t-shirts—they’re cheap, versatile, and really enhance your physique. With a good shirt and these tips, you can’t go wrong, so get out there and lose those sleeves!

Your Best Boots: How to Pick the Right Style

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suede bootsBoots are a necessity to every girl’s wardrobe; whether it be winter or summer, a good pair of boots always need to be on hand! There’s never been a girl who’s bought a pair of boots and then regretted it – they’re so important! Sometimes there’s an outfit that won’t work until you have the perfect pair of boots – but how do you pick the perfect pair? Fear not – continue reading and you’ll find out!

High or low?

Firstly, you need to decide whether you’re going to benefit from high boots or low, ankle cut boots. The best way to do this is to consider what you’ll be wearing more, and what season you’re in.

For winter, you’ll be mostly wearing jeans and tights, or skirts with stockings – obviously in this situation, high boots look fab. However, you can’t go wrong with ankle boots either – they look good with skirts, dresses and pants! Sometimes, when wearing high boots with skirts you can end up looking more 70s than most people intend; so if you often wear short skirts or dresses, perhaps ankle boots are the best choice for you.

Colour

The colour doesn’t really matter too much – black and grey go with everything. However, if you’re after a statement pair of boots, and you’re opting with a red hue, beware! Red does not go with everything. Of course, if you wear a lot of red, or most of your clothes are dark blacks and greys, red will definitely work – but if you don’t, think before you take the plunge on that ‘out-there’ colour for your boots!

Material

doc martens floralSuede or leather? It’s an age-old question that plagues girls across the world when it comes to buying boots. It seems so simple, but it’s not. Both suede and leather have their perks – and their downsides.

Suede is dressier and often nicer, but leather is more durable. Suede can get bald spots, but leather wrinkles and creases with age. Suede doesn’t do well with the rain, but leather fades.

In the end, it depends on what type of life you lead – if you’re outdoors often, and you’re country sees a lot of rain, leather would probably be the best bet for you. If you like the indoors, and need your boots to be dressed up, go with suede!

Boots are imperative to the success of any wardrobe – every female in this world needs a reliable pair of boots in case the situation arises that she needs a pair!

Whether it be ankle boots, knee-high boots, Dr. Martens, whatever – a girl needs boots! If you’ve read this list and thought to yourself, “damn, where are my trusty, reliable, constantly stylish, handy dandy boots?”, then you need to head straight to Universal Store and invest in a pair of said handy dandy boots! For the sake of your wardrobe: get a pair of nice boots!

Shopping For Athletic Shoes

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ralph laurenWhen shopping for footwear, it is important to know the exact use of the shoes that will be bought. There is tremendous variety in the design concepts of shoes that are made for various sports and athletic activities. Consumers should take their time understanding some of the features of different sneakers and footwear.

Basketball sneakers are ideally designed to give players maximum traction on the relatively slippery surface of an indoor court that has a polished wooden finish. Such shoes also give players a boost in jumping abilities.

chuck taylorBasketball sneakers may have spring like designs that allow players to get extra air time during jumps. There are also basketball style shoes that are designed to make a fashion statement. For example, classic style sneakers are available with flat soles and canvas materials that have been used decades ago in professional basketball.

Athletic shoes are usually designed to be lightweight, comfortable and efficient. Ventilation is also important in footwear that is worn during exercise and sports games. After all, athletes can expect to sweat a lot when running around for hours.

The insoles are designed to absorb and release moisture efficiently in order to prevent common conditions such as athlete’s foot. Speaking of insoles, athletes can always insert new ones in order to get maximum comfort while walking and moving in shoes.

noosaRunning, walking and training shoes are very lightweight. Such footwear is optimized to minimize the impact on the feet as well as joints such as the ankles, knees and even hips. The bottoms of running shoes are made of super soft material that is very flexible in order to absorb the impact that each step generates during contact with any type of surface.

Athletic shoes are available in a variety of sizes that are categorized according to U.S. and European standards. Additionally, some shoes may also vary in width to accommodate people with unusually wide or thick feet and lower legs.

The best selling sneakers are usually available in different colors. Laces can also be mixed and matched in various finishes to create bold fashion statements.

A store like Sneaker King and other shops are examples of online dealers that sell athletic shoes for men, women and children. When buying footwear online, it is important to understand the return policy. Usually, shoppers have between 30 to 60 days to send back unwanted shoes and request a refund or exchange.

How to Make Money Selling Tie Dye T-Shirts

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tie dye shirtsWith a resurgence of 60s styles, tie dye clothing is making a big comeback. A tie dye t-shirt shows your own style and individuality because no two designs are alike. You can earn extra money by selling t-shirts online and at street fairs and flea markets.

Supplies Needed
You can sell your original designs in addition to selling do-it-yourself tie dye kits. Tie dye kits are available online at reasonable prices if you buy in bulk. Try out a few until you find a few designs that you like. If you are doing your own designs, look online and at craft stores for bulk dyes and materials to dye your own shirts. You will also need a website, advertising, packing and shipping supplies and a good source of blank t-shirts.

Blank T-shirts
You can buy t-shirts in bulk from an online wholesale apparel company. Choose 100% cotton shirts for the best dye patterns. Don’t forget to allow for shrinkage if you will be using hot water. Decide whether you want to target men, women, children or all sizes. Concentrating on a limited size range may limit your market but will also limit your inventory liability. You don’t want to get stuck with dyed shirts in sizes that don’t sell. Check with suppliers on their return policy for unused merchandise. Also look for free shipping or shipping discounts.

Setting Up Your Website
Make a few samples and test them out on friends and family for comments. Take good clear photos of your shirts to use on your website and in advertising. Choose a web designer to create your site. Alternately, you may try one of the free websites and design it yourself. Choose a web hosting company that will give your site high visibility in search results. Create ads for social networks and video channels to advertise your t-shirts.

Selling Offline
Find street fairs, outdoor festivals and flea markets where you can sell your product. Also check out summer festivals, outdoor film shows, beaches and parks for vending opportunities. Be sure to wear your shirts and have business cards which display your logo and designs.

Clutchette Power: Phone Charging Convenience in the Bag

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chicbuds_clutchette_lifestyle1Smartphones has redefined the term “to plug-in” and ever added a new term in the urban dictionary, “low bat”. Like most smartphone users, searching for the nearest wall socket or charging station is already second nature.

What if it is possible to take charge of your battery life and still do it in style? Fashionistas are letting out their secret of how their smartphones keep up – Clutchette Power, the fashion clutch with a built-in phone charger.

With Clutchette Power by Chic Buds, phone charging convenience is in the bag…literally! Inside each Clutchette is a lightweight, ultrathin battery to recharge smart phones and USB devices on-the-go. So light it’s practically undetectable!

Featuring built-in USB cords for easy charging of both phone and Clutchette, it’s always ready for a charging emergency and provides most smart phones with a full charge.

Plus, with its chic design and room for keys, lip gloss, and other essentials, Clutchette Power is the secret weapon every modern Wonder Woman needs to charge through the day on full power.

Stylish enough to be carried alone and small enough to throw into a bigger purse or bag, Clutchette Power stores and conceals phones, cords, and battery in one pretty pouch. Plus, its included attachable wrist strap converts your Clutchette into a chic wristlet for nights on the town.

Additionally, there are three battery indicator lights show how much charge is left. Available in four chic must-have metallic colors: Jaqueline (pink), Emma (black), Taylor (silver), and Rae (rose gold), it’s the perfect companion for any fashionable super girl from the jet-setting professional to the ever-active tween.

Clutchette Power is a reasonable $49.99 and can be purchased online at Chicbuds.com.

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