2010 Hot Spring Trends: Ruffles

March 17, 2010 by Anna  
Filed under Style & Trends

Alright guys, you saw it on the red carpet and if you haven't already, you're going to start seeing it everywhere! The ruffle trend is back for 2010 and it's going on pretty strong. I love this trend because ruffles are playful, they add a lot of texture, girlyness and flirtyness and should definitely be embraced while it's here. You can use ruffles as your main style focus or in your accessories. Let's check out all the different ways we can incorporate this trend into our wardrobe.

Tops & Suits:
That's right guys, nothing as safe and fun as a ruffled blouse. If you didn't get rid of your ruffle blouse from the 90s, break it out and see if it'll work in any of your outfits. If you are bold and daring, I found some really cute ruffled suit jackets! This gives a little flair to that boring old suit you wear everyday and you can really let some style take over the bland cubicles at work. Here are some of my top picks for blouses to pair with slacks and unique ruffled suits to wear to work.

 

Dresses:
Without looking too salsa dancer (while there is nothing wrong with that), there are a lot of ruffled dresses that have the right amount of ruffle for you. Ruffles add a little more interest to that little black dress and draws positive attention. Choose any of the following dresses to wear for any formal, evening out, or daytime dress occasion. As I mentioned before, ruffles are flirty and girly, so to sport the trend in a dress, you'd be the ultimate girly girl. Here are my picks for some of my favorite ruffled dresses.

 

Accessories:
If big pieces of ruffles are too much for you, try out accessories. It's a cheap way to incorporate a trend without changing or budgeting for a whole wardrobe. Accessories are great accent pieces that bring together the whole ensemble. For example, you're wearing that standard black suit in the office and then woah! You go to lunch flashy a ruffled clutch purse. You leave people wondering where all this flair comes from! That's what accessories do. They keep people guessing. Here are my top picks:

How to Dress like Bradley Cooper

March 12, 2010 by Anna  
Filed under Fashion For Guys

Aahh...Bradley Cooper. He's like the fraternity guy that kept screwing you over but you kept going back to him because he was so hot. He's totally got that playboy look down. If you want to get that playboy look too, perhaps you'd like to learn how to dress like him. I'm sure his good looks have nothing to do with those piercing blue eyes, it's all about the ensemble. This guy wears a lot of suits. He likes his blazers and if he doesn't have a tie on, he can be seen replacing it with a scarf. Three of my favorite looks that I've chosen to replicate, however, don't show him wearing a scarf. But you can always add that layer on yourself for warmth or extra color or texture.

Casual Look #1: Yummy Bradley Cooper
Alright so this example is more of a headshot/model photo. But this is a great example of how you can turn a regular old graphic tee and dress it up. I love how this look has a semi rocker flair without your typical black leather chains, bells, and whistles. It's Bradley, in a graphic tee with brown graphics coordinated with a tan/brown leather blazer with eyes just piercing through to your happy place. Is that just me?....Anyway, this look would be best with dark wash jeans and casual brown shoes or even black canvas zappos. If you're not into the leather, try wearing a canvas blazer or brushed twill. It has the same look without the hefty price tag and more economical all around. Oh, and if you're as into the eyes as I am, try out colored contacts. Why not have fun with it?

 

Casual Look #2: Traveling Bradley Cooper
So when you're traveling, it's hard to know what to wear. You gotta make sure you have something to keep you warm, but not too hot, something presentable, but comfortable, something to approachable, but not too approachable because you don't really want to strike up conversation with that guy next to you. Take a tip from Bradley. He's dressed in a neutral color, tshirt seems soft and comfy, light jacket, and a hat to keep his privacy, but a blue hat, as to not be so harshly stand offish. This look is great for traveling as well as getting coffee with friends.....do guys do that?....

 

Formal Look #3: DAYUM! Bradley
Ok, so when he wears his suits, he WEARS his suits! I love that he doesn't go with the normal black suit, solid dress shirt. Try out a little pattern underneath your suit. This changes up the look a bit and definitely makes you stand out without having to put on a zoot suit fot attention. The attention will be that you're fashion forward and stylish. All I have to say is, Dayum Bradley!

How to Dress like Ryan Reynolds

March 10, 2010 by Anna  
Filed under Fashion For Guys

Who wants to see this guy in clothes? Have you seen his abs? I truly think that those shirts with the abs painted on was inspired by Ryan Reynolds himself. So if you truly want to dress and look like Ryan Reynolds, look into purchasing one of these. Of course, that probably wouldn't be acceptable in the office or get you a date, so here are my suggestions and tips on how to replicate Ryan Reynolds' style.

Casual Look #1: Manly Ryan
Ok, so this look is great when you want to be a little grungy, burly and uber manly. Of course the beard he's sporting has a lot to do with it. But the leather man bag, the lopsided beanie, the distressed leather jacket, it's all screaming, "Manly and don't care". Although, if you look closer, he is layering galore. He clearly knows what he's doing when it comes to fashion. The gray tee underneath the brown v-neck sweater, the black leather jacket, the light brown distressed braided belt with gray jeans. I love the mixture of black and brown and I love how it has a rustic feel. Oh that Ryan....he's so vintage!

 

Casual Look #2: Preppy Ryan
When Ryan is clean shaven, he is a preppy guy. Notice he lightens up the color with a cool blue plaid shirt that is slightly unbuttoned, rolled up sleeves, with wife beater tank underneath. Topped off with a straw fedora hat, khakis, and the brown leather man bag makes another appearance. This man is not afraid of accessories and honestly if guys weren't intimidated by accessories, there would be so many more fashionable straight guys out there. Go for the hat, the scarf, the man bag and have fun with fashion!

 

Casual Look #3: Incognito Ryan
Is that Ryan Reynolds? Or is that someone replicating his look by reading Style with Anna? Who can tell with this incognito look. All in black, with a pop of color from that big bold striped chunky scarf. The gray newsboy cap, big bold scarf and casual kicks lighten up the look. And are you seeing his belt peaking through? Boy is coordinating what looks to be a canvas belt that is red, black or navy and white stripes. Oh yea, he knows what he's doing.

 

Semi-Casual Look #4: Inspector Ryan
(He can inspect my Ryan....what?...what does that even mean?) Alright so this look is great for evening out with friends, parties, semi-casual/semi dressy occasions. This look is simple and classic. You need essential pieces like a trench coat, or a vest, and who doesn't have a black tie and gray button up dress shirt and jeans? I love the deep dark blue wash of these jeans and how they are straight fit and not super baggy.

Make sure you look good in straight cut jeans. If you're 6'5" 250lbs, you may wanna stick with a loose fitting or relax fit jeans. Nothing like a big tall man in tight jeans or a medium to bigger built shorter guy in tight jeans. Know your body and know what flatters you.

 

Formal Look: 007 Ryan
All guys need to have a 3 piece navy blue tailored suit shown here. Besides the standard black suit, the blue suit is flattering and gives you a cool shade against your skin tone. Be sure that the undershirt, vest, jacket, pants, everything fits like a glove. Anything baggy just looks sloppy and unkept. Oh yes, and when wearing this outfit, be sure to walk with the "James Bond 007" music theme playing in your head. This will really help with the attitude.

How to Dress like Matthew McConaughey

March 8, 2010 by Anna  
Filed under Fashion For Guys

Sure, most of Matthew McConaughey's wardrobe and accessories consist of board shorts and an ipod, but this leading man definitely has style of his own. When he's not on the beach doing yoga in his board shorts or playing his bongos naked, his style is rustic meets leading man. On casual days, he usually sports a manly outdoorsy/surfer guy look. When it's time to do the red carpet, he is slick back and very well put together. I'll show you what I mean.

Casual Look #1
You will hardly ever catch this man in pants. He lives in LA and if he's not naked, he's almost always in shorts. To achieve Matthew's look, think outdoorsy. Go for rustic colors like greens, red, rust, browns, etc. Buy a good pair of flip flops (go for tan or brown) and don't be afraid to go for a leather rustic man bag. Sure, you guys will think, "I am not wearing a man purse." In my opinion, you are afraid to wear a man bag because you're afraid you'll like it too much. You will never loose your wallet, keys, cash, or id ever again. Makes too much sense. And if you guys start comparing and swapping man bags with your friends, it could get a little weird. I understand. But try it out. At least when you travel or of course for school. If Matthew Mcconaughey is man enough to do it, so could you.

How to Dress Like Matthew McConaughey -  Casual Look 1

 

Casual Look #2
In this casual look, Matthew is wearing a polo shirt or button up with cargo shorts and flip flops. The key to this look is the relax way that he wears it. Keep your top buttons unbuttoned (please no crazy hairy chest), accessorize with the essentials. Choose the following accessories: tennis visor, bandanna (not shown, but definitely Matthew McConaughey-esque), aviators, and man bag. Keep the colors muted and BAM! You could audition for "Ghost of Girlfriends Past 2" - the straight to video sequel.

How to Dress Like Matthew Mcconaughey -  Casual Look 2

 

Semi Casual Look
Matthew just really doesn't like clothes. Even when he's wearing clothes, he hardly wants to button any buttons. And that's exactly what you should do to channel your inner Matthew McConaughey. Here is a great example of his rebel attitude to fashion. A navy blue dress shirt with dark grey jeans and nike walking shoes. Does it make sense? No. Does he have a hot woman on his arm and millions of other women swooning? Yes. The key to this is attitude. Oh, and don't forget the aviators. VERY important.

How to Dress Like Matthew McConaughey -  Semi Casual

 

Formal Look (just the way we like him)
Alright, so when Matthew is absolutely REQUIRED to wear clothes, he does a fine job. Most red carpet looks for men is boring and bland. I don't blame you guys, it's hard to spice up a plain old black suit. Well take some direction from Matthew. Pinstripe pants, vest, deep reddish almost purplish dress shirt with a deep burgundy red tie to really spice it up and keep it sexy. Keep your hair slick back, groomed and clean with a hint of a 5 o'clock shadow. The perfect recipe for a leading man. Oh, and don't forget to accessorize with the hot model on your arm. :-)

How to Dress Like Matthew Mcconaughey - Formal Look

****BONUS FASHION TIP*****
If you live in colder climates and can't exactly sport the Matthew McConaughey, reinterpret his look. If he's wearing a light polo, choose a polo sweater. If he's wearing cargo shorts, opt for cargo pants or distressed jeans for that rustic look. If you need to throw on a jacket to pull off the look, interpret his brown leather man bag into a brown leather jacket. If it's too cold to wear a visor, opt for a beanie. If he has canvas colored flip flops, go for canvas colored or rustic brown leather casual dress shoes or boots. So this way, no matter where you live, you can always channel the McConaughey.