How To Help Your Man Find His Best Style

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If your man wanted a wardrobe makeover, and asked you — with that puppy dog look — if you would help him out, would you opt for preppy or classic?

This is a question worthy of Jeopardy, because the answer is not as obvious as it may first appear to be. Most people, men and women alike, think of both terms as synonymous. Not only is this wrong, but it is the number one reason why well-meaning men commit a fashion faux pas without a clue why everyone looks ill-at-ease and slightly appalled.

Since the difference and similarity between preppy and classic is a common source of confusion, it bears repeating: the preppy style is not the same as the classic style, and while neither is better than the other, mixing them up is likely to create a strange effect — everyone knows that something is off, but nobody is clear what went wrong.

There is a thin line between the two styles and not crossing that line requires some smart thinking. The reason why people often think of the two as synonyms is because they both originated from Ivy League schools in New England.

Defining the Classic Style

The classic style is neat and refined. It has an order to it. It is polished without going overboard and looking pretentious. It is more of an approach rather than a particular effect. When Sean Connery played James Bond and was not getting blood, sweat, and dirt on himself in an action scene, he modeled the classic style — and it is an updated version of the sartorial tone set generations earlier by Gary Cooper. In other words, while conforming to traditional dress codes of what it means to be a well-dressed man, individualism is still alive and well, too.

The classic style is not about formality. It is also not a statement about where your man went to school, what clubs he has joined, or the current state of his financial affairs.

Here are some other distinctions to make it clear what the classic look, style, and attitude personify:

  • -The classic style has clean lines.
    -It has a traditional approach without looking overdressed.
    -It relies on a perfect fit.
    -It uses earth tones as a foundation, with other complementary colors to finish off the overall effect.
    -Although trim and elegant, it is also simple and straightforward.


Defining the Preppy Style

The preppy style is great for California or Florida. It’s as casual and has polo shirts, blue blazers, and blue jeans. It’s refined, yet irreverent. There is a hint of a prep school past without the snooty overtones. It’s a democratized look, without a college kid’s immature dress code. Fabrics can include tweeds, tartans, or corduroy.

The prepped out style can be overdone, and if your man tries too hard, it looks silly, not cool.


Why It’s Important to Appreciate the Distinction

It’s easy to understand the confusion: after all, both styles originated from the East coast. But, at the same time, it’s important to learn how distinguish one from the other to prevent overdoing a style or accidentally blending two subtly different styles until they clash.

When you can persuade your man to get a handle on the difference, it will help you both steal the limelight on social evenings. Neither style, of course, is better.


Does your man want to look urbane, polished, and suave, or would he rather elegantly play around with color?

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Spring Fashion, Nautical Style

Posted 3 years ago by

When winter turns to spring, there comes a need for newness and change in every area of life, especially in fashion. For most people, spring comes as a huge relief after the cold and dreary winter. This relief plays out in fashion with the response of bright colors, light fabrics, flowery patterns and slim, crisp shapes.

One thing about changing seasons that can be difficult, is trying to keep a budget for a new wardrobe.  Tj Maxx and Marshall’s carry designer and fashionable clothes for low and affordable prices.  Also, make sure you check out sales, and clip your coupons for great deals at department stores.  Forever 21 is also a great place to find cute, inexpensive clothes for the spring.  Spring fashion is the most exciting, luxuriating in the sharp contrast of cold turning to warm and the subtle elegance of new growth.

With all of the impulses to change up the wardrobe, the best way to keep spring fashion classy is to turn to the casual, sophisticated styles inspired by the Hamptons. The atmosphere is full of freshness, laid back elegance and classic chic. The combination of the relaxed environment with tastes for high fashion brings forth the epitome of spring style.

Characteristic of relaxing in your Hamptons homes; nautical fashion is summed up with clear, crisp ensembles and pieces in natural materials such as cotton, linen and silk, colors with a flavor of sea breezes and classic, well defined feminine shapes. With timeless pieces that easily transition from day to night, from the beach to the city, it’s easy to create a personal style by combining certain wardrobe staples and accessorizing in a unique way. With a destination like the Hamptons in mind, a nautical flavored fashion emerges that is timeless, ageless, classy, unique and easy going.

Spring is also a time to bring out all of the lightness and fun. Don’t get caught up in trying to go all out. Let the focus of the wardrobe be practicality and relaxation, and the beauty and style will look effortless without getting in the way.


For daytime, have fun with light, simple outfits in crisp fabrics. Focus on clear shapes that have a great silhouette. Dressing in solid colors is always classy and timeless and makes accessorizing simple. Save money on clothes shopping by investing in classic pieces, like denim pencil skirts, great jeans, basic tees and cardigans, that can be paired with lots of other things. Just because simplicity is the goal doesn’t mean it has to be boring!

Pull out striking colors and dramatic shapes. Don’t forget stripes! Enjoy stripes in every area of fashion, from a nautical bag to a striking black and white top to a flirty skirt. Chambray is both trendy and timeless, so look for a flattering dress that works for at home, for errands and with a cardigan for a casual night out and use it as a centerpiece this spring.


The fun of evenings in spring comes with converting day looks to something a little more dressy. Exchange a cardigan for a blazer, cover up a light dress with a chic jacket, or take the sweater off to show off the pretty details of a cute frock. Change flats for heels and put hair up in an up-do, and the look is complete! The look of Hamptons fashion is effortless and graceful, so don’t try too hard.


Accessorize the simplicity of the spring look with favorite, personal details. Wear lots of heels and open sandals in natural leather, accentuating the breezy naturalness of the nautical feel. To bring out the nautical feel, choose jewelry in brass, from necklaces to bangles. Keep jewelry light, since spring at the Hamptons is relaxed and classy. Enjoy the fresh nautical fashions this spring, relaxing in effortless style.


Win It: A $5000 Shopping Spree from Doncaster

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Have you always wanted a wardrobe that would make Kate, Duchess of Cambridge jealous? Do you need a classy wardrobe makeover? Well, enter to win a $5000 Doncaster shopping spree!

This Southern brand is infused with timeless British class and style. Click here for a chance to win! You only have until 4/1/2012 to enter, good luck!

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