For Him: How High Your Socks Should Go When Wearing Pants

When you are wearing pants and socks, your socks should go as high as if you cross your legs there will be no glance of leg skin. At all. Just like the dude in photo is showing. That simple.

Still About The Oscars: The Power Of Wearing The Right Shade Of Color

Julia Roberts in Elie Saab.
Photos: Getty Images.

When Julia Roberts showed up on stage to present the last award of the Oscar night she wowed everyone. She looked amazing, prettiest as ever, radiant, right? And looking at her, we can see she was quite simple: her dress, her make up, her hair, even her jewelry. All gorgeous but very understated. And yet she was glowing.

And the biggest trick here was simple: she was wearing the perfect shade of pink for her complexion. Of course that the perfect shade of hair color also helped a lot… Like a lot, but it is all about the right shades of colors. That is why she looked sensational, regardless.

And taking a cue from her styling… if you are gonna wear an one shoulder dress that is how you accessorize with jewelry: a bracelet and earrings. And yes, you could wear ring or rings as well but necklaces are usually not a good option in here. By the way, her set of gorgeous jewelry was from Taiwanese designer Cindy Chao.

Men At The Oscars: How To Black-Tie Differently

This year at the Oscars there were a great variety of men’s looks to illustrate how a men could still wear a tuxedo and yet be a little different than the black pants, black tux jacket, black bow-tie and white shirt combo. Have a look at those gentlemen to get a great cue:

David Oyelowo in Etro, Stephan James and Richard E. Grant.
Photos: Getty Images

Yes, you can bet in a splash of color to do that. And this could be applied just for the jacket (with or without a mismatched lapel) or for the whole suit, including the waistcoat/vest. Dark green is a more discreet option than red but it will all depend on your personality.

Other details to notice to take your tuxedo slightly out of its comfort zone: details… Like a colorful bow-tie, a brooch, a chain instead of a button to button up your jacket, a detailed shoes… Or even a boot. Ok, a white boot is something a bit (too much) fashion forward but for the dude above worked pretty well. A black or dark brown boot would have been a more men next door alternative.

And yes, velvet is always a classic alternative for the jacket. But for the whole suit is something trendy. But still an option. That could work pretty well as those gentlemen illustrate.

Henry Golding in Ralph Lauren, Mark Ronson and Maharshala Ali in Ermenegildo Zegna.
Photos: Getty Images.

Again, you can bet in details to be less tuxedo obvious like a white waistcoat and a white bow-tie. Or little white frames here and there in your jacket.

Other shlightly different option is a collarless shirt with obviously no bow-tie.

Nicholas Hout in Dior Homme and Billy Porter in Christian Siriano.
Photos: Getty Images.

For those who want to kind of reinvent the tuxedo look here are two great options: a wrap jacket instead of a regular buttoned up jacket and no bow-tie in an all-black look. By the way, I loved Nicholas Hout alternative tuxedo. He totally owned the look.

And speaking of owning the look… oh-my-Fashion-God! Billy Porter! He totally rocked his ballgown tuxedo. And everything that is part of the look just made the look even more interesting like the waistcoat/corset, the ruffled cuffs, the velvet, the bow-tie in a high collar… Loved it. loved it, loved it.

Of course that not everyone would look this good with those both options, but if you are one of those who can rock those tuxedo looks, go for it, man. We appreciate that!

About The Oscars: The Plus Size Ladies

Last night at the Oscars the plus size ladies who attended the ceremony shined and proved that looking stunning is not a privilege of only skinny actresses. Not at all.

And that you can look elegant or sexy or both, wear color, show off some skin (off the shoulder is a great option) and major curves. And even rock the pants and cape look as Melissa Mccarthy did. By the way, for me she was one of the best dressed at the night. Loved her look.

And speaking of curves… those ladies illustrated so well as well that you don’t need to hide your curves, au contraire, you should embrace them. And show off.

And how about you? Which looks did you like the most?

Style Rule 1: Fit Is Paramount

If you want to be always well-dressed then you have to understand that perfect fit is paramount. And by fit, I mean:

  • An outfit that is never too tight neither too loose, that just follows the body silhouette with no extra volume neither any bulkiness.
  • A shirt, coat or even a jacket that has the shoulder’s break at the person’s shoulder’s break and the cuff that never swallows the hand.
  • Trousers that have the proper length without adding any volume over the shoes and stays put at the waist (wherever the waist for that model is if low, mid or high rise) with no belt assistance.
  • The belt thing could be said to skirts as well.

Things like that.

Having said that, of course that from time to time trends will incite you into breaking this style rule. Baggy clothes, oversized pieces are all around to prove it, but yet, it is always a good idea to know how clothes should fit properly in you so when those “trendinites” show up you can break the rule with property. Because that is how you break the rules and get elegantly away with it.

And yes, I will post a guide to how clothes should fit for her and for him. And yes, this post is for both. Because both should mantra this rule. Fit is paramount to anyone.

The only difference here is that, usually man tends to make a mistake regarding fit because he bets in pieces that are bigger than he is, whereas woman get it wrong because she goes for pieces too tight for her.

Go figure.

And besides all that, a perfect fitted outfit looks expensive; one that is not looks cheap, regardless the price tag. So, it does worth invest on it.

Belts And Suspenders: The Deal

Pretty simple: if you are betting on suspenders, forget about the belt. If you are going for a belt, don’t wear suspenders. Visually, it gets way too much wearing them together. Plus they are both there to hold your pants in place, so wearing both in the same look is kind of redundancy. 

Having said that, your pants should never need a belt or suspenders to be on its place. If you need one of them for that, then your pants’ fit is a bit off. 

And yes, you could wear none of them even if your pants have the belt’s loops. It is an option.

Wardrobe Essentials For Her: Bras

If you want to have a good bra foundation in your wardrobe those are the bras you should have:

  • 2 (or 3) comfortable bras to sleep and stay at home. A bralette with no underwire and enough support that doesn’t compress too much is a good option. Neutral colors are always welcome, especially the nude ones. And black.
  • 2 (or 3) everyday bra, like a t-shirt bra. Nude and black colors are a great option. You can also wear your bralette here. And have just one t-shirt bra and 1 more bralette or 2.
  • At least 1 racerback bra. That could be your daily bra or a stay at home or sleeping bra.
  • 2 (or 3) sexy bras. And there are a lot options here. It can be a lacey one, a satin one, a see-through one, it can be a demi cup, full cup, a cami… It will all depend on you and your style. Here you can even bet in color like red, purple, blue, green, yellow, pink… Or even black and gray. Or white.
  • Around 2 convertible bras or one with all the options. But here consider one with different options for your back, a strapless and also one with a plunge deep V-neck. Nude or black.
  • It is a good idea to have 1 stick or silicone lift bra, just in case you need a bra to wear with a bare back. Or prefer that option for a strapless outfit.

Those are pretty much the type of bras you will need to have a good bra wardrobe. Of course that if you are the type of person who never wears a strapless outfit or would never consider a deep v-neck dress an option, you don’t need to have a bra like that. Just get the ones that you might need to wear with the clothes you already have in your wardrobe. And you will know better than me which ones you will need in your wardrobe.

Got it?

It is always a good idea to have at least 1 nude bra in every category to be able to wear with clothes that demand an invisible-ish bra.

And one more thing regarding bras: it is very important to get your size right. And sometimes it will vary from different models. Even in the same store. Also, you can loose and gain weight and that can change your size as well. So, pay attention to it. Because it is very important to get it right and have the perfect support.

Styling Option For Him: Opened Cuffs

Yes, you can wear your single cuff opened as an alternative to vary. If, it is that kind of detail that is very much you. If not, just keep on wearing it closed.

Photos: Pinterest.

But if it is for you, then be aware that you can wear it opened with a blazer, a coat, a jacket or a cardigan framing it for you. Or you can wear a shirt with an opened cuff with nothing over it. That is another possibility.

This will give a stylish fashion forward touch to your look. And yes, it is a bit more casual, but still a possibility to wear with a suit even. It will all depends on you, your style and whether or not the occasion would welcome that little detail. Detail that can make a difference.

You Don’t Need To Have A Wardrobe Full Of Clothes

What you need to have is a wardrobe with key pieces that could be mix and match to multiply your options for every occasion you will have ahead from day to night, from week to weekends, from work to happy hour, from work out to vacation. And to accomplish that you will have to have a foundation wardrobe with essential pieces. Which pieces? Well, that will vary greatly for everyone because your lifestyle, your daily routine, your taste and personal style, all combined will dictate that.

What I can do is to give you an idea of which pieces they could be. But this will come in other posts later on, for ladies and dudes. So, stay tuned.

An All-Black Look Is Not The Only Way To Look Slimmer

Ok, an all black look is indeed a good way to look slimmer. But only if it fits properly. A head-to-toe oversized outfit for instance is not gonna do the magic. So, if you do want to look slimmer, take care of the outfit’s fit. It matters. It should not be too comfy neither too tight. Just perfect.

Looks All-Green, All-Navy, All-Grey.

With that fit thing in mind, consider other color combos to have the same result as an all-black look. Like an all-navy or all-dark green or all gray look just like in the photos above. In fact, any dark shade of color is a good bet and alternative to black.

Look Close Dark Shade To Close Dark Shade.

Other possibility is betting in two very close shades of a dark color like dark gray and navy or black and navy/gray or even dark gray and dark green or dark burgundy red with dark brown and so on and on…

Dark Purple, Dark Grey, Dark Blue/Navy, Dark Green, Dark Brown, Dark Red.

Now you know that the next time you want to look a little slimmer you can rely on other dark shades of color and not only black to do the trick. You can even wear two different colors in a similar dark shade to do it.