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How to Look as Cool as Your Favorite Movie Character for Less!

Disclosure: This post was sponsored by the folks at Sunglass Warehouse.

Many of us spend a good amount of time watching movies. Sometimes the humor is what keeps us entertained, like in The Hangover. Sometimes its the genuine badassness that hooks us like in Scarface.  From Bradley Cooper to Al Pacino to Zach Galifinakis and the Blues Brothers, classic movie characters often come with classic style.

While we can’t typically afford the threads that our favorite actors wear on the silver screen, we can get their look for less.

For those of us on a budget (like me) trying to look like these iconic characters can be tough. That’s where Sunglass Warehouse helps us out! You can find a variety of styles inspired from some of the styles in these classic guy movies.

Personally, aviator sunglasses have long been a favorite Spring and Summer style staple for me but I like to switch it up every now and then. After all, style is all about personal expression and how often do we always feel the same?  Right?!

Take a look below to see how you can have your favorite sunglass looks for less.

Click on the image to buy the recommended alternative from Sunglass Warehouse.

 

 

How to Maximize Your Attractiveness: Adopt These 7 Grooming Habits ASAP

Guest submission by Robin Salvador.

Do you have a social event you need to attend to or just trying to make an impression?

With all things to consider: from the shoes, hair, and clothes; you are off being busy in making yourself socially presentable – sporting the classic hairstyles for men, and looking very dapper in a new suit, this all easily translates to a well-groomed guy. But of course, rather than just keeping yourself well turned-out for a special occasion, why not make it an everyday habit? After all, a guy who exudes a level of confidence with his persona is something you would want to embody even in a casual setting.

For any guy who wants to make an impression, I am revealing the seven grooming habits all young debonair men have in common. It’s time to make a change ASAP!

Skin Care

For any well-groomed guy, he factors in a good sunscreen. You want to maintain a healthy skin on a daily basis. When you’re an active guy, all you need is a good, effective sunscreen. It can make all the difference. Remember to always use sunscreen to protect your skin from sun damage and harmful UV rays. In addition, a great moisturizer is always handy as it prevents any cracks and peeling dry skin from worsening.

Be a regular at your barbers

When you’re living in a fast-paced environment, there are times you’ll most likely prolong doing activities/chores such as going to your barber shop to get yourself shaved and cut. One habit you need to apply is to book your appointment beforehand so that you already make time for it in your schedule.

Find your signature scent

Men who smell great are definitely more attractive. A signature scent amplifies your presentation to others. In general, we identify every person we know based on how they look and how they smell. So if you want to make a striking impression, a signature scent is what you need. Just don’t go overboard and wear too much so that people around you are overwhelmed by it.

Hair Products

Well-groomed guys also swear by the hair products they use. They want to have a hairstyle complimentary to their attire. So for your own hair products, you need to know and identify which products work well for you. Does your thick hair handle pomades and gels well? If you are a bit lost on what hair products you should choose, ask your barber if he or she has some suggestions.

Dental Care

Not only is skincare and hair care important, dental care is a no-brainer. Since brushing your teeth alone takes up a small percentage of dental care, be sure to floss your teeth every day because this helps prevent gum disease and bad breath.

Facial Grooming

Managing your facial hair or manscaping, to be exact, isn’t something you need to hold out on. Keep things neat. Taming facial hair is necessary to look your best. If you want to present well and be taken seriously, trim it enough to make it look nice and clean. You don’t have to necessarily shave your beard off, just cut it in a nice length where you can still manage it.

Hand-care and Foot grooming

A good habit to note is having your nails cut once in a week, or when your nails get long enough that you scratch yourself. Make it a routine to do your nails after you shower because it’s easy to cut them when they’re softer. It is also important to be mindful of the flaky skin around your nail beds. To help soften those, dab some moisturizer around your nail beds to treat and smooth them down. It is these small details that will make a big difference.

Robin Vinz Salvador is the Digital Marketing Manager of Bound for Style. You may contact him at robin@boundforstyle.com.

Fall is (Almost) Here!

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I know that for a lot of us we’ve been braving some pretty hot and humid summer days the past few months.  And if you’re like me your patience is starting to wear very thin. Thankfully, fall is almost here!

A few days ago NYC hit a heat record, with a 90+ day in September.  It’s time for this to all be over my friends!  I have always really loved the moderate temps in both the fall and spring.  With fall comes the excitement to bust out layers and boots which, in my opinion, offers the best fashion out there. And who doesn’t love a nice cardigan?!

In an effort to relish in the upcoming hopefully chilly weather, I’ve been shopping.  I’ve taken some time to really up my game in the MANE MAN Shop.  There are some great new threads to choose from as well as some more stuff for home so feel free to check it out!

 

Disclosure: Please note that I do receive a commission on any items purchased through the shop located at manemanblog.nmrkt.com.

A Guys Night Out with Rockport

One of the hardest things (see: #firstworldproblems) about going out and socializing, is for me, deciding what to wear.  As a guy, we often have limited options to choose from and have less acceptability in attending a function wearing a glorified t-shirt.

That’s why it’s always fun to take advantage of a guy’s night out every once in a while, but that’s no excuse to look like a slob (especially in a place like New York City).  One of the things I actually like most about style here is how everyone manages to have this  cool work/sleek/stylish/comfortable wardrobe that seamlessly transitions from days at the office to happy hours to date nights.  I guess it’s because we’re often running right from one event to the other.  I’m not entirely sure that’s a good thing, but that’s neither here nor there.

I’ve found the perfect style combination for me that usually includes dark jeans, a button up shirt, some chukkas and a nice jacket. Substitute a blazer or cardigan for the jacket and a polo for the button-up shirt and you pretty much have what I wear 90% of the time.  Yes, sadly I’m not that inventive.  I do try and switch up colors a bit from time to time, however.

guys night out

If you can’t tell, I’m all about comfort and function.  If a shirt hugs just a little too tight I’ll toss/donate it.  If my shoes hurt my feet I’ll never wear them.   That’s one of the reasons why I’m really glad to have partnered with Rockport shoes for this post. Their Parker Hill Desert Boot comes with ADIPRENE technology which basically means you feel like you’re wearing tennis shoes/sneakers but with the look of a boot. They are just awesome.

So for me, guys night out can consist of drinks, likely some carb-heavy food and maybe a movie.  Sometimes that plan devolves into  a variety of things, but hey I guess that’s one of the down upsides of living in the Big Apple with so many options.

That’s a quick look at my guys’ night out style.  Check back here on the blog soon with a really special offer from Rockport. I promise you won’t be disappointed!

Disclosure: This is a sponsored post by Rockport shoes.

Product Review: Mission Belt Co.

Back in March 2014, I wrote a small feature on Mission Belt Co., a company that makes specially designed hole-less belts.  After being enthralled with the brand, I finally got one!

Not only does Mission Belt Co. provide cool, unique belts, they also use $1 from every belt sold to provide micro-lending through Kiva and help fight global hunger.

Recently, Mission Belt Co. just launched a few new summer inspired belts in bold colors and I had to get my hands on the purple one:

mission belt co.

One of the best-selling features of their belts, is that no piece has any holes.  None!  So if you’re in between sizes or feeling a little thinner after months of dedicated work outs then you just ratchet up the belt a bit.  There are no unsightly holes anywhere.

While I personally really dig my belt I have to say that the ratcheting sound definitely took some getting used to.  Admittedly, I was a little self-conscious my first couple of times using a public bathroom (which tend to be eerily quiet) because the sound is kind of unexpected.  Not loud, per se, but definitely unexpected.

If you’re like me, and Seeley Booth, then embracing this little style piece of rebellion in your otherwise basic or classic wardrobe, you probably won’t be disappointed. Belts are available in the Mission Belt Co. online store and range from about $26 to $40 each.

Disclosure: This post was sponsored by Mission Belt Co. and all the opinions listed herein are mine and mine alone.

Product Review: Obviously Boxer Briefs with Anatomical Pouch

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I don’t purposely make it happen to review underwear here on MANE MAN but it seems as though it’s something I’m growing accustomed to. Truth be told, I’m a bit of an underwear aficionado (no, not in a creepy way) but just in that I want to try out different undies to make sure I’m super comfortable.  There’s nothing wrong with that, right?  That being said, today I bring you my review of Obviously’s Basic Boxer Briefs with Anatomical Pouch.

OK, I know what you’re thinking. Anatomical pouch?! Yep!  Here’s the thing, Obviously (the underwear brand) has created the anatomical pouch to give a “nearly naked” feel.  Now, that’s a tall order.  And let me tell you, I was pleasantly surprised.

For guys who are looking for superior fabrics, Obviously has definitely got that covered.  These boxer briefs were definitely one of the most comfortable pair of underwear I’ve ever worn.  Yes, this specific pair comes in at $27 bucks a pair, but maybe they’re just worth it.  The 90% micro modal and 10% lycra fabric is awesomely smooth and offers sweat absorbent technology.  I tried mine out on a 85 degree plus day here in NYC and was really thankful that I had worn these briefs instead of some cotton ones.  It goes without saying, humidity is not my friend.

On top of that, the anatomical pouch makes for a comfortable day, even if it is super humid outside.  Is the “anatomical pouch” a little strange to look at? Sure, I’ll concede that. However, what it lacks in handsomeness it more than makes up for in comfort.  After all, it is designed to let you enjoy that natural hang you already have and ain’t nothing wrong with that!

No chafing, no squashing, very little sweat, and not hot.  Yep, these are a winner.  I think it’s time you try your own pair of Obviously underwear…

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Disclosure: Products for review and giveaway have been provided courtesy of MensUnderwearStore.com.

What’s YOUR color?

What’s YOUR color? Everyone has one. Women have pretty much mastered the basics of style and if you ask most women the question, “what is YOUR color?” I have to believe that a sizable percentage will know.

When it comes to style, YOUR color isn’t necessarily your favorite, but more so the color that really captures you.

I can’t lie to you, I don’t think I wore anything outside of the blue/gray/black color spectrum until freshman year of college, hell, maybe even sophomore year. That’s because like most guys, I was scared of color. I’m glad to say I have attended dull color rehab and am doing much better these days, but there’s always the occasional gloomy outfit.

Imagine my surprise when I stepped out of morose color-comfort-zone and found that whenever I wear deep pinks or purples I get a lot of compliments. Imagine that!

What I’ve learned is, it’s really all about color balance. If you are lighter skinned with pinkish undertones, steely blues and bright greens might do the trick while if you’re like me, and have dark skin with yellow undertones, deep saturated pinks and purples might just be your ticket to getting noticed.  If you have olive-y skin then cooler dark colors usually work really well (ex. black).

Here are some examples:

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Now, it may take a little time to get used to straying from the color safety-line but it’s ok to toe it every so often. Stepping out of your color-comfort-zone will definitely get you noticed. Just make sure you’re ready for all the new positive attention.

Taking the Rockport Challenge Pt. 1

Working in a business casual environment can sometimes be challenging. It’s a weird balance between looking the part professionally but also being comfortable and accessible in an environment that’s less than formal.

One of the sticking points for me has always been, “what shoes do I wear?!” Traditional dress shoes seemed to be too formal for casual work environments yet tennis shoes (or sneakers) were obviously too casual. Oxfords and other “casual” work shoes became a good balance of the two, are versatile, and have been a good fit for me. However, hard bottom shoes haven’t been too comfortable to hang on to for a long day at the office no matter how long I’m sitting. I have always been on the search for something a bit more comfortable.

Enter the Rockport Challenge where I was able to test out a new pair of Rockport shoes to compare to my old hard bottomed work shoes and let me tell you there really is a huge difference.

Months ago I gave up my hard bottomed work shoes because I found that after walking in them after just a few hours around the office, my feet grew very tired and cramped. I’ve been wearing Rockport’s Total Motion Mocs for a few weeks now and I have to say that my old hard bottom shoes are seriously done for.

Not only are mocs generally more comfortable than any version of a dress shoe but the Total Motion Mocs, and many of the shoes from the Rockport lineup, offer Adidas ADIPRENE sport sneaker technology that makes them extra comfortable and wearable, even more so than a a pair of tennis shoes. And it goes without saying that the loafers are infinitely more professional and stylish than a dusty old pair of sneakers. Let’s just say, I find it hard to believe that any one would cite you for violating the company’s dress code policy if you were caught wearing these:

Rockport also gave one of MANE MAN’s readers a shot of trying them out his own too. Bryan, who was previously featured on site, will share his review tomorrow!

Not too bad, eh? Check out Rockport’s line of Total Motion shoes here and take the challenge on your own. There may also be some opportunities in the future to help contribute to a post right here on MANE MAN so please leave a comment below if you’d like to be considered in the future!

Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Rockport shoes. Products were provided courtesy of Rockport for the purpose of this review. The comments and opinions listed herein are my own.

Spotlight: Mission Belt Co.

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Previously featured on ABC’s hit show Shark Tank, Mission Belt Co. provides a belt solution for guys who frequently find themselves plagued by inaccurate, and unsightly belt holes.

Have you ever found yourself gaining weight during the winter months and needing to create a new belt hole?  What about when you get a little bit more fit than you planned but are too cheap to buy a new belt?   Like many of us, I’ve been there.  Well the folks at Mission Belt Co. came up with a solution that avoids those unsightly self-created notches and keeps you looking stylish whether you are in your chubby or fit stages.  The belts themselves are stylish and simple, which is what most guys look for in a belt, but Mission Belt Co. also offers a variety of belt colors and buckles to suit most guys needs.

In addition to offering a new take on traditional belt, the company also serves a bigger “mission”.  Mission Belt Co. co-founder Nate Holzapfel states:

“Mission Belts are really well made. We use the best materials and components we can get. On top of being an awesome product, when you buy an amazing Mission Belt you also become part of the MISSION. A dollar from every belt goes to help families build sustainable food sources all over the world. That’s the Mission in Mission Belt and that’s our business.”
Buy a belt and help someone else?  Sounds like a pretty good reason to shop to me.

4 Elements of the Perfect Outfit

In my previous post, How to Dress to Impress Without Trying too Hard, I discussed the 3 elements of style (color, pattern and texture) and I realized I had one glaring omission…FIT.

Any fashionisto/a worth their salt will tell you that fit might just be the single most important part of an outfit.  While styles change over eras, a well fitting shirt and pants will take any guy far in this world. Dressing well shows a sense of self-awareness, commitment to self care and a palpable sense of confidence.   These days, slim fit is everywhere and while slim or “fit” looking guys will likely fare well with the contemporary cuts, meatier gents should likely rely on more classic cuts in both formal and casual wear.  With the cooler seasons among us, layering makes it a bit easier to pack in these critical four style elements in one outfit.

To review, these are the four elements of style and examples of how to implement them:

  • Color (choose at least one non-neutral color to add character to your outfit; ie gray, black, olive & khaki don’t count)
  • Pattern (one element should have a distinctive visible pattern; think gingham, plaid, polka dots, stripes, etc.)
  • Texture (one element should feature a rich texture; think cashmere, wool, tweed, etc.
  • Fit (the perfect foundation for any outfit; body conscious fit is the single most important element)

But, how does one put all these rules together in one outfit?

4 Elements of Style
4 Elements of Style
  1. Burgundy knit tie from MIV Neck ties $12.95 (color)
  2. Traveler Spread Collar Slim Fit Patterned Dress Shirt $55 from Jos A Bank (pattern)
  3. Men’s Cashmere Sweater, V Neck $129.99 from LL Bean (texture)
  4. Dockers Signature Khaki D1 Slim-Fit Flat Front Pants $58.00 from Kohls (fit)
  5. Kenneth Cole Reaction High Pitch SU from Zappos.com $105.99 (texture)