Autumn is my favorite season as a fashion designer and stylist for two reasons. For starters, it's not that hot on the West Coast and not too cold yet for you East Coasters. Second, you can wear a mix of casual summer pieces and winter styles and not look awkward. Running my own clothing line Michael Ferrera Custom Clothing means that I must stay on top of the latest trends. I’m just back to LA from fashion events in Las Vegas and New York so, in the interests of helping out all the Made Men out there, I’ll share the top five style tips gentlemen should have this season.
This is a style trend that ladies have used for years but through GQ, Esquire and all the other gentleman mags the dress boot has become more acceptable for men in the professional world. Hugo Boss, Allen Edmonds, and John Varvatos do a great dress boot, but you can find a bunch of comparable options.
Quite frankly the skinny tie is becoming the norm and a tie is always appropriate in corporate America. But if you really want to showcase your style opt for a scarf. Ditch the tie but accent your suits and shirts with cashmere, silk and wool scarves instead. A bit of unexpected flair is sure to turn heads.
Burgundy is a color that we in the fashion world have been exploring for a while now and it seems like it is here to stay. It adds some color when you wear ties, hats and accessories but you can also wear it this season in large pieces like suits and overcoats. It’s a bold statement but definitely can be pulled of by a confident gentleman in the fall.
This is not a new trend for the season but many gents just forget about it. Rather than keeping it casual on a date, rock an overcoat or a vest. Going somewhere fancy? Go for it with a three piece suit that will show how polished and grown up you are. Put in some effort to your wardrobe and layer your style this season.
Drop-crotch has been a stylish buzzword the past few seasons and it’s definitely a cool edition to your casual wear. This is not your first date outfit, but it works for your quick run to the mall, the market or your Saturday brunch date. Add some cool sneakers, a nice T-shirt and beanie to the drop-crotch sweats and she’ll think that you stay fresh for every occasion.
Dinner plans, check. Appropriate manly-yet-romantic gift for the man you love, check. Candles and music for the...ahem...after party, check. But the day of love is approaching and you haven’t answered the million dollar question: What are you going to wear!? Here are some classy suggestions for outfits sure to make his heart beat a little faster:
This floral sheath from Aqua hugs you in all the right places. It is sure to brighten up any evening outing. And since it’s on sale for $75.60, the price is right to buy now for V-day and wear through spring.
Keeping your Valentine’s day low-key? Or just not the type to dress up? Then I recommend wearing your favorite love story. From the romantic Great Gatsby to the sensual Lolita, Out of Print clothing carries a variety of T-shirts, fleece, and totes featuring famous book covers. Wear one of these T-shirts under a blazer and pair with high-heels or boots for a casual look that is timelessly chic.
Planning a long walk on the beach? This jumpsuit is a stylish and cute way to strut on the sand. The red rose print is also very fitting for Valentine’s Day wear.
If you’re going somewhere a bit more formal, this dress by French Connection has great movement and is a fun but classic option.
These tanks by Haute Hippie are playful and perfect for V-Day. Wear with leather leggings to make a flirty statement.
These d’Orsay pumps by Jean-Michel Cazbat can be worn to work and to play. The mint and pink choices are perfect for making a V-Day outfit pop. Oh, and that back detail – walking sex!
I am not really a Hello Kitty kind of girl. But even I have to admit these heart-print Hello Kitty pumps I found on JustFab.com are quite cute.
Going somewhere glitzy? If you’re visiting a local hot spot or going dancing, these glittery sandals by Kate Spade will have you standing out and feeling good.
If your taste is edgier or you are looking to bundle up by wearing some cute booties, these studs are the perfect mate. The toes are capped with spikes and crystals, and the boots come in red or black. Who doesn’t love a hot shoe on sale? For only $70 you can have a trendy boot to wear with a LBD or some great skinny slacks.
This studded heart bag will win yours over. And for $48 this deal is no heart (or bank) breaker.
Jacquie Aiche shows us how to show our love: by wearing it on our ears. The ear cuff is a new, trendy way to wear jewels on the ears. I love how this piece peeks out at the top of the ear, so unexpected and fresh.
This necklace from JustFab.com is a true gem. It has every color on it, so it can go with anything! In fact, you may want to gift yourself with this beauty come V-Day.
Don’t wait for a guy to put a ring on it. You can do that yourself. Stack and layer this cute bow ring also on (JustFab.com) for a truly pretty sight.
Whatever your plans may be for February 14, show yourself some love and indulge in a wardrobe update. Valentine’s Day doesn’t have to be about just lingerie. Buy something that you will actually wear on other days of the year and that you absolutely love.
Summer is here, the weather is getting warmer, and guess what that means? It’s time to break out your favorite pair of sandals and show off that great pedicure! I don’t know about you, but I just love a cute pair of sandals and perfectly polished toes. But before you think about slipping on those sandals, you should do a self-check of your feet to make sure they are up to par. I encourage you to please, please, take care of your feet. Nothing ruins a pretty pair of sandals more than crusty feet!
Now I know that everyone can't afford an expensive pedicure at a salon, but don’t worry--you can do your own pedicure at home for a small fraction of the cost. You can find very inexpensive mani/pedi sets at Target or your local beauty supply store. You can even order online; Amazon has a kit for $15.44 and Ulta.com has one for $17.99. Now you're ready! Follow these step-by-step instructions for an at home pedicure.
What you’ll need:
1) Set the Vibe
Gather all your pedicure tools and organize them on a coffee table next to a comfortable chair. Fill the large bowl with hot water (not too hot; you don’t want to burn your feet) and place the bowl in front of your chair. Dim the lights or turn them off completely and get ready to work by candlelight. There's something so soothing about candlelight--it'll help give you the feeling that you are in a spa. Be sure to take a moment to relax before you get down to business!
2) Soak and Soothe
Remove old nail polish using the cotton balls and then clip and file your nails. Pour a sweet smelling oil into the water, which should be warm by now. I love eucalyptus or lavender oils personally, but anything soothing and relaxing will work. Soak your feet in the bowl of water for 10-15 minutes. Make sure to take them out before they prune up! Use the pumice stone periodically to help shed your dry “winter” skin.
** Depending on the degree of roughness, you might need to repeat these steps to get your feet in flip flop shape.
3) Treat Your Feet
Pat your feet dry and, using the nail file, smooth any rough edges that you missed before soaking. Apply essential oils. Use tissue paper to separate your toes. Be sure to push the cuticles of your nails back and treat with the oil of choice before you begin to treat your nails. Just make sure the nail surface is oil-free before polishing. Apply nail hardener, base coat, a nail polish of your choice and your top coat, then let dry. Now you can relax!
If you need come cool nail ideas check out Made Woman’s Pinterest Board for ideas. And click here to see the hottest nail colors for spring. Now, you have all you need to handle your at home pedicure!