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Fall Fashion Must Haves 09/16/2013

Fall Fashion Must Haves

The leaves are changing, temperatures are dropping, and Starbucks is once again offering the Pumpkin Spice Latte, which can only mean one thing, it’s fall. Every fall men trade in their flip-flops, polo’s, and shorts for more functional items of clothing like vests, chinos, and sweaters. Don’t be left out in the cold this fall; make sure that your wardrobe is up to par before the temperatures drop below 50 for the remainder of the year. The following are some staples that every man should have on hand in their closet for fall.

The Scarf More men are wearing scarves these days, and they should be. This fashion piece dates back almost 2,000 years, and is known in men’s fashion just as much for its function as for its form. There are a variety of ways to tie scarves, and choosing one is simple, just make sure that you leave the ones with animal prints and bright colors for the ladies.

The Collar Stays Of course we were going to say collar stays. Especially personalized collar stays; they bring life to any shirt and make it look exceptional no matter how you wear it. A classic button down collar shirt will have collars that wilt over time, so make sure you keep them fresh and looking clean with collar stays.

The Sweater Not just any old sweater, but a durable, classic sweater. Open weave cable knits are particularly stylish and can work with everything from jeans to suit pants. Crew styles are always a classic, and having one or two can easily fill in gaps in your wardrobe when paired with a button down dress shirt.

The Vest Just as versatile and classic as the sweater, a sturdy vest can last for a long time. It’s perfect for those autumn days that start out chilly, are warm by mid-afternoon, and chilly again at night. It can easily go over a hoodie, or can pair with a dress shirt if the occasion allows.

The Corduroy Dress Pants Sure, jeans are an easy to go to pants style that will never go out of fashion, but this fall, try mixing it up with a pair of corduroys. Burgundy and bright red are popular right now, but most traditionalists will argue that browns and tans are the way to go. Remember, the thicker the cord, the more casual the look.

4 Ways to Stand Out At Your Interview 08/15/2013

4 Ways to Stand Out At Your Interview

Interviews can be nerve-wracking, especially if you haven’t been on one in quite some time. Instead of seeing a job interview as a task in which you nervously rattle off your qualifications, approach it as a challenge you’ve been training for, and do so with confidence by following these helpful hints.

Do your homework Make certain that you know your facts about the company at which you are interested in taking a position. By taking an hour or so prior to the interview to go over the basics of the company; who they are, when they were started, what they do exactly, and most importantly, why you would be the best candidate for them, you are getting a leg up on the competition. Nothing can be quite as frustrating to the person doing the interviewing than when the interviewee is clearly just looking for a source of income rather than a potential career. Prove that you’ve got what it takes to make a positive difference in the company by sharpening up and standing out.

Dress Sharp Speaking of standing out, making a striking first impression by being well dressed can go a long way. Many people try to get a feel for the company they are applying to and dress accordingly. However, by dressing up in a suit and tie, along with the proper accoutrements such as a tie pin, cufflinks, and a pair of the best collar stays in the world, you can stand apart from the competition while quietly communicating that you are deeply invested in acquiring the position the interviewer’s company is offering.

Show Up Early Never ever, ever, ever, ever show up late to an interview. Even if you do manage to wrangle a job offer, do you really want to work somewhere in which being late is an acceptable part of the culture? Always arrive earlier than expected, especially if you feel there may be several other candidates vying for the same position. If you need to commute into the city by bus or train, figure out which one will arrive at least 20-30 minutes prior to your actual interview. This may seem like overkill, but it’s better to show up 30 minutes early and sit at a nearby coffee shop in order to kill some time than it is to show up 10 minutes late and know you likely aren’t going to be highly considered for the position.

Follow Up If you think just making an appearance in a suit and tie and nervously answering some questions is enough to make you stand out, you’re going to be disappointed. Follow up with an email or phone call depending on which is more acceptable in the industry in which you are interviewing. While you can make a great first impression during the interview, following up with a note or a phone call is going to ensure you don’t get lost in a sea of well-suited candidates.

3 Accessories That Are Going to Make you Stand Out at Weddin... 07/18/2013

3 Accessories That Are Going to Make you Stand Out at Weddings This Year

It’s that time of year again when it seems as if your calendar is perpetually filled with weddings weekend after weekend. This can be a problem if you’re the type of guy who cringes at even the thought of putting on a suit and tie. Fortunately though looking your best can be a breeze if you can work the following 3 items into your outfit.

Bow tie: The bow tie, once relegated to the likes of Pee-Wee Herman and Gene Shallit, has made a strong come back in the last several years. Learning to tie one can be a bit difficult since it takes practice and patience, but just like tying a necktie (or riding a bike) once you’ve correctly done it a few times, you’ll be set for life. The key to this accessory, as with most, is subtlety. A bow tie with a loud, obnoxious pattern is going to make you stand out from the crowd, and not in a good way, whereas a subtle pattern will make it look as if you’ve put a lot of time and effort into your outfit (even if you haven’t.)

Pocket Square: This classic staple of men’s wear is both sophisticated and functional. A neatly folded pocket square with a pattern that matches your shirt can not only (once again) make it look as if you put much more time into your outfit than you actually did, it can also come in handy to wipe the sweat from your brow after you’ve been on the dance floor for too long.

Collar Stays: A set of collar stays is something that should be standard in every man’s wardrobe, but unfortunately isn’t. Over time collars degenerate and become worn, collar stays can keep collars looking new and crisp; giving them straight, clean lines. Stayclip personalized collar stays are one accessory that will never go out of style and should be a part of every man’s wardrobe.  

6 Great Gifts For Dads That Are Not Ties By: Stayclip 06/10/2013

6 Great Gifts for Dad this Fathers Day

Every year, dads across the nation receive countless ties on Father’s Day. While a good tie can last a long time and make a guy look spiffy is that really the best you can do for your old man? Here are 6 unique Father’s Day gifts that are not ties which your Dad is sure to love.

BBQ Set

 Almost every guy loves to be in the back yard, grilling on the patio over an open flame. No matter what's being cooked up on the grill; make sure that Dad has the right tools to cook everyone’s food flawlessly. Many custom BBQ sets include basics such as a set of tongs and durable spatulas for flipping meat to grilled perfection. Having his initials engraved on the carrying case for these tools, or the tools themselves, can serve as a reminder of when he received this wonderful gift.

Pocket Squares

If your dad is a well dressed guy, he probably already has plenty of ties at his disposal. However, if you really want to step up your game this Father’s Day, you can get Dad a set of pocket squares that have his initials on them. Pocket squares are functional in case of a spill or other such emergency, and will make any outfit look as if it was carefully and thoughtfully assembled.

Personalized collar stays

Speaking of accessories that draw an outfit together, this Fathers Day get dad some personalized collar stays from Stayclip. Our collar stays come in a variety of materials, look sharp, and can be engraved with a personal message. Affordable and long lasting, personalized collar stays are the perfect gift this Father’s Day.

Mobile or Tablet Case

Mobile phones and tablets are both ubiquitous these days as well as expensive. Make sure that your Dad’s looks great in a case made out of manly materials such as mahogany or leather. These great cases will make sure that your Dad’s items look great and stay safe no matter where he’s at.

Golf balls

What Father’s Day list would be complete if we didn’t mention golf balls or golfing accessories? While not every guy gets out on the links as much as they’d like, it’s almost a guarantee that he will be invited out to a course at least a few times in his life. When that day comes, he can at least look prepared in regards to what he’s carrying around in his golf bag. Personalized equipment can make a big impression on his fellow players, even if his driving and putting don’t.

Tickets to the Big Game

Dad may not be an avid golfer, or a snappy dresser, but that doesn’t mean he wouldn’t love tickets to the big game. Whether it’s going to a baseball game together or scoring tickets for an upcoming playoffs game, any dad can appreciate spending time with their family while taking in a game. Plan out the day around a game and you can be sure that it will be a memory to last a life time.

 

 

  

5 cute and unique ways to tell him you love him 05/05/2013

 When you’re in a great relationship, finding ways to tell your significant other that you love them can become more fun with each month and year that passes by. While some women are content with writing on their guy’s Facebook walls, or simply sending a quick text with an effortless “I love you”, there are others who are so in love with their men that they want to find the most unique way to remind their guy just how special he really is. Here are 5 great ways you can remind that special fella in your life just how wonderful he really is

1) Set up a Scavenger Hunt

Setting up a scavenger hunt with clues that you have written out before hand can be a fun date night. Each clue can lead to a different place that’s meaningful to you and him, or just a series of his favorite places if you want to make it all about him. This one takes a little extra effort than the others, but in the end, it will be a memory the two of you will continue to look back on fondly for years to come.   

2) Lunch Notes

Stick a note in his lunch if he takes one to work. It’s quick and easy and can be a great surprise in the middle of a hectic day.

3) Mirror Love

 Trace the words “I love you” on the bathroom mirror before he takes a shower. If you use a slight amount of shaving cream on the tip of your finger, wherever your finger has touched won’t fog up during his shower. When he gets out he’ll be surprised by your tender note, or think he is being haunted by a ghost that is infatuated with him.

4) Make a mix CD

Sharing your favorite music with him, or making a mix of songs that remind you of him, is a great way to let him know that the rhythms of your heart are following the same beat.

5) Personalized Collar Stays

Personalized collar stays will keep your man looking fresh all day long and each one can be engraved with a special message telling him how much he means to you. Stayclip collar stays are easy to keep track of with the Stayclip organizer and are made out of a variety of durable, classy materials such as carbon fiber and polished titanium.

No matter what the occasion, any of these ideas are a great way to tell him you love him, so what are you waiting for? Go out of your way to tell him you love him today!

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