Men’s Fashion Advice – Dress For Success

If you want success, you have to dress for it! Most everyone is familiar with the saying, “Don’t judge a book by its cover.” However, hardly anyone seems to follow that advice. People do judge other people by how they look and by what clothing they are wearing.

Quite often, it seems as if the “cover” of the book or our clothing is much more important than the book’s contents. This isn’t fair, of course; however, that’s just the way life is.

The reality is that you are going to be judged based upon what you are wearing.
Your boss, your colleagues, your clients and sometimes even your family and friends – all of these people and more will be looking at what you are wearing and making decisions about you based upon what they see.

Here are some suggestions on how to make sure that your clothing makes a great impression upon everyone who matters:

1. Don’t just buy clothes off the racks at the store – Often, those don’t fit everyone’s body types. Instead, purchase the clothing that fits you best; If you want to go the extra mile here, head to a tailor who can customize the shirts, pants, and jackets to your exact measurements. While you’re at it, have the tailor put cuffs on the pants. This makes the pants hang nicely and keeps them from climbing up your legs as you walk.

2. Wear mostly neutral or dark colors – The main parts of your outfit should be comprised of neutrals or darks; However, you can have a less common accent color as a small part of your outfit. For example: your tie or pocket square (if you wear one) could be an accent color.

3. No “super” flashy patterned ties – Yes, you can wear an accent color on your tie, perhaps with a mild, understated pattern; but, cutesy cartoon ties or loud patterns are not acceptable.

4. Wear dark socks and dark (preferably black) shoes – Brown shoes are acceptable as well with the right outfit, but make sure your socks match it. Your belt should match your shoes – and, yes, always wear a belt…no suspenders, ever.

5. Dress shirts should be white, off-white, or light blue – If you choose any other color, you will find it difficult to find a tie to match; therefore, you will typically wear the same tie every time you wear that shirt. People will notice after awhile, and it will become like a set uniform – you’ll become the Thursday – light-green-shirt-with-the-green-and-brown-tie guy.
Stripes and squares patterns are OK as well, but it should match your outfit and shouldn’t be too dominant.

6. If it’s not “Causal Tuesday” – avoid the Short-sleeved shirts – You don’t want to take off your sports or suit coat and be wearing a short-sleeved shirt. You aren’t going to get too hot in a long sleeved dress shirt – nearly everywhere has air-conditioning these days. However, even if you do get hot, rolled-up sleeves look better than a short-sleeved dress shirt.

7. All of your clothing needs to be neat, clean, and wrinkle-free – You could be wearing a high-end, expensive suit that has been custom-tailored – but, you won’t impress anyone if it has a stain on the pant leg or if the suit jacket looks as if it were slept in. Dry cleaning might be a little expensive sometimes – but it well worth it!

Silver Lining For Jewelry Artists in Current Crisis?

Recent news about the jewelry industry has been grim. Rapaport News reported a 19% decrease in attendance at the prestigious American Gem Trade Association show in February. Tiffany announced it will close its sixteen Iridesse Pearl Stores, opened in 2004. And from the UK is the news that Diamonds and Pearls, a large retailer, is in “administration.”

What does all this mean for the jewelry industry? JCK, an industry publication, recently concluded a series of roundtables with leading manufacturers and retailers. Their conclusions: the industry will consolidate; the credit crunch will continue to be a problem keeping inventories on both the manufacturing and retail levels low; the high price of gold continues to be a problem for manufacturers and retailers; and, both industry sectors will have to find new methods of working together.

But despite low inventory levels and the credit squeeze, retailers will have to keep their shelves stocked. Nothing scares off a potential client quicker than empty showcases. So, it is highly likely that these retailers will be far more open to accepting goods on consignment than in the past.

This is an opportunity for jewelry artists, artists who create one-of-a-kind highly collectible jewelry and who may have previously confined their sales and marketing efforts to art and craft galleries. The opportunity is to educate the consumer about the wonderful work being created by studio artists, a term that originated after WWII and refers to an artist working alone in his studio.

Although many of these artists work in high karat gold and use gemstones, a number of them use lower cost materials. And it is likely that artists who use both expensive and less expensive materials in their work are highly interested in moving their jewelry in this economic climate. So, prices which would be high in good times are probably lower.

The opportunity for artists is to expose their work to a new audience, but one that is also interested in collectible jewelry. The opportunity for jewelers is to display new work. And, the opportunity for consumers is to acquire one-of-a-kind work from artists they may be previously unaware of.

Is a Diamond Cocktail Ring What You Really Want? Fashion Advice Before You Purchase

Enjoy the beautiful pictures of diamond cocktail rings but still not sure how you could pull of wearing such a ring in public? There are definitely some “do’s” and “don’ts” with fashionably wearing a cocktail ring. They have been gaining considerable interest due to concerns about conflict diamonds in the last few years and taking the time to learn a few quick fun facts will help you out.

Here’s what you need to understand about diamond cocktail rings and when you should wear them.

1. If you want one to wear everyday make sure it only has one center stone and it’s less than 8 to 10 carats in size.

2. Wearing for a special occasion? An expensive cocktail ring with a center stone greater than 10 carats is ideal. Understand that if you go with a cheaper ring over 10 carats it tends to look pretty bad.

A ring is considered a cocktail ring when the center stone is colored and 3 carats or above. There’s many unique designs you can find and diamonds are often included as surrounding stones accompanying the center gemstone piece. There are two main types of cocktail rings to keep in mind. Disregarding the type of metal you go with for the band you have the less expensive ones which consist of crystal, cubic zirconia or blue topaz.

So if you’re in the market for a diamond cocktail ring but want to keep the price under $300 to $400 than going with these as center pieces will help. The second type of ring is more expensive, $400+, with such stones as aquamarine, amethyst, citrine, ruby, sapphire, etc. Depending on the size of the gemstone, additional diamonds and metal prices are vary greatly.

Fashion tips for shopping for your diamond cocktail rings.

1. Fashion advice 101 says to forget a cubic zirconia center stone. As a small stone on a ring they can pass and not look too bad but when it comes to a cocktail ring it’s out of the picture.

2. Try to stick with the darker center stones are you can wear them more often and compliment a woman’s wardrobe. You’ll also find that lighter gemstone cocktail rings are replicated more often for some reason and the darker tend to be more unique.

3. With cocktail rings it’s more acceptable to go with one center piece typically. If you do add additional stones such as diamonds, then make sure they don’t distract and clash with the main stone.

Do you know what’s great about looking for cocktail rings? You can save quite a bit more than you probably expect.