Posts Tagged ‘men’
Deep V-necks, scoop-neck tops, and V-shaped blazers was one of the strongest menswear trends, during New York’s September Fashion Week. Celebrities such as Jude Law, Ed Westwick and HBO’s True Blood star, Mehcad Brooks have all sported their “Heavage” recently. So what is this new men’s fashion phenomenon?
NY-based Menswear designer, Miguel Antoinne, included this trend in his Spring 2010 collection, sending models down the runway sporting the look. Miguel predicted this would be a huge fashion trend and this shape featured heavily in his collection. Miguel explained to Marvelous Girl more about the trend:
MG: WHAT exactly is heavage?
MA: The male equivalent to cleavage.
MG: WHY such a big comeback?
MA: The trend has been around for a few seasons now beginning with the now thank-goodness, extinct deep V-tshirt.
MG: WHO will be sporting this trend next season?
MA: The sexy, the proud, the confident…these leading men of style will have taken the trend to the next phase of its cycle.
MG: HOW should men wear this look – blazers, v-neck, low scoop t-shirts?
MA: It is a versatile look that men should have fun with. There is the flexibility of dressing the look up or down while still baring the fur and feeling sexy. Fit really is going to be the most important relative to this look next season. The fit should be loosely draped as if effortless. The fitted, deep-V was always a NO.
MG: And How much hair should men dare to bare?
MA: Men should bare as much of their man fur as their inhibition allows them to. Obviously more or less works with different outfits. Buzz works better with more dressy looks where as one might be able to pull off a bush with a t-shirt.
The miguel Antoinne collection is a favorite among celebrities and has been worn by American Idol finalists, singer Trey Songz, Marlon Wayans and Alexander Skarsgard (True Blood). As a former menswear buyer, trendsetter and up-and-coming designer, Miguel Antoinne is the perfect gateway in to men’s fashion trends.
- The holidays can be a stressful time, and giving the current economic climate, the nation will likely be getting less sleep this season as they worry about finances, according to Sleepbetter.org. The company released a Holiday Slumber Index with some interesting findings:
Losing Sleep Over the Holidays?
44% of parents say they are worried about affording the holidays this year
- 35% of all Americans are worried about affording the holidays (16% much more/19% somewhat more)
- Hispanics are more worried about affording the holidays this year – 46% (vs. 35% for the general population
- Women (21%) are more likely than men (13%) to say they lose sleep in the run-up to Christmas.
The Night Before Gifting, All Were Not Sleeping…
- 66% of parents will get six or fewer hours of sleep the night before gift-giving
- 17% of parents get less than five hours of sleep the night before
- And on the flip side – three in ten (30%) parents receive 7 to 8 hours of sleep, while few (4%) slumber for more than 8 hours the night before gift-giving
- 49% of the entire population gets less than 6 hours of sleep the night before gift-giving
- Two in ten (19%) parents say that their children get 6 hours or less of sleep that night. 44% of parents say their children get 7 to 8 hours of sleep, and 34% get 9 or more hours the night before gifts.
This was a national telephone survey (1001 respondents) conducted by IPSOS and commissioned by Sleepbetter.org.
Often the “business” of a relationship (who’s picking up the kids, what’s there to eat for dinner, how are we doing on our family budget?) can get in the way of the closeness that’s necessary in a marriage. “The intimacy can diminish from a couple’s love-life: not that they love each other any less, but that closeness, that feeling of true connection can fade. What usually happens next? Women complain about their plight but men leave,” says Dr. Noelle Nelson, relationship expert and author of Your Man is Wonderful.
“Men don’t necessarily leave physically,” notes Nelson, “but whereas women speak up loudly in relationships about what’s bothering them, men respond more often than not by simply leaving. First emotionally, then mentally, lastly physically.”
Nelson believes men are trained by our culture and society not to whine or complain, but to be stoic and put up with hardship. “They bring that attitude into their relationships as well,” says Nelson. “Which is why a wife is often surprised to find her mate has strayed. She assumed that since he wasn’t complaining, all was well.”
Nelson offers these suggestions to couples who want to keep (or rekindle) the closeness they felt when they were first married:
- Pay as much attention to the connection side of your relationship as you do to the business side.
- Openly express your appreciation to your mate every day, let him or her know how valuable they are–to you, to your family, to the world.
- Purposefully join in those activities your spouse enjoys, be that the ballgame on Sunday afternoon, her new interest in tennis, or his fascination with a new software program.
- If you can’t join in, be supportive, interested and enthusiastic.
- Be engaged in his or her work, show interest in what makes up your spouse’s day, and engage your spouse in yours.
“Connection is automatic when we first fall in love,” says Nelson, “but it must be nurtured if it is to be maintained, and lovingly tended so you remain close, not apart, as the years go by.”
Despite the economic downturn and retail sales plummeting, this Father ’s Day it looks like dads are going from handyman to dandyman, as sales of pampering services and related products are expected to increase 35.7 percent, according to industry research firm IBISWorld.
Although pampering services only accounts for a small portion of total Father’s Day spending on the nation’s 66.3 million dads as reported by the U.S. Census Bureau, pampering is emerging as this holiday’s fastest growing gift category with consumers expected to spend $190 million compared to $140 million in 2008.
“Traditional Father’s Day gifts, such as tools and electronics are declining this year while spa services, personal care products, and greeting cards are increasing,” explained Toon van Beeck, senior analyst with IBISWorld. “It seems that ‘New Age’ dads are this year’s fad.” Mr. van Beeck added, “According the U.S. Census Bureau, there are an estimated 66.3 million fathers in the nation today which demonstrates the impact spending on Father’s Day has on the U.S. economy.”
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It’s not that complicated to keep a man happy. Glamour dating blogger, Ryan Dodge, gives five easy suggestions sure to make your guy smile:
#1 Touch his arm
#2 Send him a random text message in midday
#3 Ask him a question about something he knows a lot about
#4 Give him a very specific compliment (i.e. he’s funny, handsome, smart, etc.)
#5 Send him the diary entry your wrote after your first date — or write one now