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Sheds and Man Caves Are The New Male Fashion

Gone are the days when a garden shed, basement or garage was just used to store Dad’s tools, empty boxes or the car. The shed has evolved, the basement has had a make over and the car is now parked in the driveway.

Why?

To make way for the Man Cave of course! The modern man of the house wants a place he can get away from it all, where he can have his mates over for a drink, a laugh and to watch the game or just have somewhere to go and think. The garden shed, garage or basement has now turned into a thing of a pride and joy, no longer stopping at just organising the tools or parking the car..

Now the latest in technology, games, fully stocked bars and most comfortable recliners have all become a part of the newest addition to a man’s life. In fact the revitalized garden shed has become the latest male fashion statement. A man knows he has arrived when he has a Man Cave in his life.

Of course there are many different types of ‘cave’ and no two are alike, essentially the design, decor and what is found in the new man domain come down to personality and personal taste. Most Caves will contain some form of bar, a TV with access to all sport channels, usually a dart board or pool table and of course a stereo. How far you want to go is completely up to you! After all it is your domain and your domain alone, an expression of your personality an extension of yourself if you will.

So where do you start? How do you know if you have a ‘Man Cave’ in the making? What happens if you don’t have a space? Well first of all you need to have a shed, garage or basement to play with, a space you can begin to call your own. It needs to be organised and cleaned up and out to make space for your new toys.

You don’t have to get everything at once but you do need to make a start. Maybe the thought of creating a ‘Man-Cave club’ where each of your mates helps you to build your dream cave and in turn you help them to create their Man Paradise is appealing to you.

If the sound of a ‘Man Cave’ is tempting you and your mates and you have no idea where to start you’ll definitely want to see exactly what is available in the do-it-yourself range. After all the most satisfying kind of Man Cave is one you’ve built yourself… from scratch.

Return On Investment From Fashion

Return on investment (ROI) from male fashion? What’s ROI got to do with fashion? After years of follow all latest man fashion trends and spent quite substantial amounts of money in latest fashion products or goods! Have you even think about what is the return on investment or what returns fashion can bring to you!

Return on ivestment, in financial arena, mostly relates to dollar and cents! ie. How much payback you received when you put your money into financial instruments, such as shares, property, bonds, trust funds etc. ROI is normally measure in certain time frame. But what is the payback for fashion?

Payback for Fashion

The payback is not in tangible or monetary form, but in intangible manner.

Invest in fashion, what I think the 9 common returns you will get.

1. Image – Enhance your image to others, especially you are in Fashion industry, sales and marketing works.

2. Presentation – How you show up in public, in workplace and peer group;

3. Prestige – With certain famous brands, it definitely bring a higher prestige value;

4. Self confident – To large group of people, being putting more trendy fashion is definitely help to boost up your self confident;

5. Power – With formal business attire, will definitely enhance the informal power or authority;

6. Sexy – With proper matching of clothes and accessories, will definitely be sexy;

7. Macho – You are definitely;

8. Conform – To certain extend, some people are look for conform when they invest in clothing and accessories;

9. Health – while keep up with image, it also give you a healthy lifestyle. (For skincare and health supplements).

So what are you looking for when you invest in Fashion?

Fashion Tips for Men

Men’s casual shirts are a basic item in the wardrobe of any fashionable man. They come in a wide range of styles and designs, so much so, in fact, that it can be difficult to know which ones look hot, and which ones not so much. Here, we look at several different styles of shirts for men, with helpful tips and advice on how to wear them.

Dress Shirts
This is the classic style of shirt, the style that is worn to the office or school. However, although they are found most often in a formal setting, they suit more casual and relaxed environments too.

When choosing a dress shirt that will look great on you, the most important consideration is fit. This may seem obvious, after all, who wears shirts that do not fit them properly? Well, actually, many men do. Men seem to have a penchant for baggy shirts, but the most attractive looking men know that baggy just doesn’t cut the mustard. A correct fit will allow you plenty of scope for movement, but should fit snug against the skin. If in doubt, you can always employ the help of a professional tailor – they will generally oblige, regardless of whether or not you purchase an item from their shop.

The colour of the shirt is largely a matter of personal taste. Always wear a colour that complements your skin tone, if in doubt, seek assistance before making a purchase.

When wearing a suit, the advice is to avoid dark shades. However, here, we are talking about casual shirts: dress shirts in dark colours, such as black, red, and grey, look incredibly sexy when teamed with jeans, and is a look that will definitely turn heads.

One last piece of advice, never purchase dress shirts with short sleeves. If may be the middle of summer, you may be feeling hot, but you will not be looking hot in a short-sleeved dress shirt!

Crew Neck Shirt
Again, the essential issue with this style of shirt is fit, the goldilocks rule applies here: not too loose, and not too tight, but just right!

In terms of colour, you are allowed to be a little offbeat with crew neck t-shirts. Purchase bright colours or t-shirts with unusual patterns, and make them the focal point of your outfit – remember the golden rule, however, only one focal point per outfit, so if you wear an outlandish t-shirt, wear plain trousers, jumpers, and shoes. The t-shirt is the best item to have as a focal point because it is relatively small in comparison to jumpers and trousers, meaning that even if you opt for an extremely garish design, you will not appear OTT.

Always opt for a cotton material, as this is not only the most comfortable, it also works best for t-shirts.

V-Neck T-shirts
The same advice is true here, as for crew necks. However, v-necks are notoriously difficult to wear well, and should be reserved for those of you who have some experience in fashion.

Man Fashion

Some of the most common trends are in collar, a button front or cuffed sleeves. The materials frequently made up in crisp fabrics like cotton.

Classic Long-Sleeved Dress Shirt

You really can’t go wrong with this, as long as you find the right matching color and pattern. Try to find something that doesn’t have any pockets, if you can, for smart casual. White is most preferred color as it is easily match with whatever pants, but almost any color will work. However, the latest trend is black or other uncommon dark color, which is very popular in man fashion world, which was against those days where black is always related to mafia or gangsters. You can mostly find this type in the business attire or smart casual wear.

Short-Sleeved Dress Shirt

I realize it might be hot in the office, but this rarely looks good on a man. Makes me think high school science teacher the moment I see it. I might even ask where your pocket protector is! So those are the basics. There are other shirt styles out there that may look good on you, but these are pretty much safe for anyone. My advice is to avoid anything flashy or trendy – they tend to get you noticed for the wrong reasons. And by the way, you don’t have to buy Polo brand – Land’s End, L.L Bean, Hanes and many other companies make quality shirts. Just get something made of quality material and you’ll be fine.

Long-Sleeved Polo Shirt

The most classic and mannish. Just make sure you leave at least the top button undone, ha ha, otherwise this will look like a geek. It is well received with solid colors and jeans or khakis. Tip: For jean, it is preferable to leave it un-tucked if this is not too long, but if wearing khakis, tuck it in.

Short-Sleeved Polo Shirt

Again, classic and mannish, these come in a variety of fabrics and designs. These short-sleeved polo shirts are mostly suitable with jeans or khakis. Color strip or solid colors are both well received in man fashion world. Recently, it is also very popular in man and women sports world like golf.

The Turtleneck

A round close-fitting neckline that comes up higher than a crew neck but not so high as a polo neck. This was initially design to suit winter weather in Western world, and it turned out to be fashionable style in male and female fashion world. Don’t you dare laugh, this looks is really great. They come in a variety of fabrics, something nice and thick tends to suit every man.

Classic Crew Neck T-Shirt

This is most well received by all age group. College t-shirts are fine, as long as they meet the other guidelines. Some prefer with pocket and others no, but I think they look better without. Most common colors are white and black, red is hot and yellow is fun. A nicely match t-shirt makes any man look twice as good! T-Shirts also gives men the choice of creating a ‘personal brand’. This means they can personalize the T-Shirt to their taste, political affiliations or personal thought, and this is getting common in teenage fashion world, and also well received by man in IT world, such as Steven Jobs of Apple, Larry Page and Sergey Brin of Google.

Tip: Make sure it fits your body, these don’t look good baggy.

Classic Wife-Beater

Also known as A-shirts, they are usually worn by men, They are generally made for use as underwear, and generally have large sleeve holes and a large neck, down to near the chest. The term originates from frequent depictions in popular culture of aggressive American men, usually living in poor conditions and having low income, beating their wives and/or children while clad in this shirt.