Archive for December, 2009

‘Tis the Season for Gift Giving: The Urban Gentleman Ultimate GIFT GUIDE for MEN

Okay, lets get down to business, you need gifts and you need them now. You’re a guy or a gal who’s in serious need of help on what to get: the fashion-forward stylish friend or man in your life (you know the one who technically dresses better than you), or the young up and coming urban gentleman who has watched a little too much of Run’s House (particularly Diggy) and now wants to emulate everyone stylish (he’s on a mission to have the best style, the sickest fashions, and is the only 13-yr old you know who wears glasses without prescription), or you’re just simply looking for a unique solid gift idea that will appease your friend, brother, boyfriend, husband, dad– basically a guy or guys in your life that deserve (or don’t deserve) a nice thoughtful gift.

Loyal Urban Gent readers already know the trends, but if you’re not a regular go ahead and boost your style IQ by reading about the TRENDS in men style (seriously click on the link then come back to this article and continue reading). You want to choose a gift that will either compliment his style or up-it, and based on the current trends and your personal analysis of him you should be able to gauge how “fashionable” he is and get an idea of what you would like to purchase him.

From the current Urban Gentleman “What Do You Want for Christmas” Poll, it seems as if most guys want casual apparel for the Holidays, followed by dressy apparel, then electronics. So we’re going to work with that. With that said, grooming items are always an easy surefire way to atleast bring on an authentic smile and thank you. Grooming items may not be on the very top of most gift lists, but a great smelling fragrance will be used everyday.

Okay so here’s the approach: you call or text the guy you are purchasing the gift(s) for, and ask for his basic size information, “Hey ___his name___, I’m about to go holiday shopping and I just wanted to get your sizes just in case I buy you clothing?” You should get their pants/waist size (a number like 32, 34, 36), their shirt size (M, L, XL), shoe size, and dress shirt size just in case you opt for the dressy apparel (based on their neck and arm length you should get a number like 17/35 or 16.5/36). Coats, blazers, and jackets usually come as M, L, XL or 36,38,40 (which is the chest size) If you are buying someone a suit (how nice), be sure to get that information as well.

Here’s a basic chart of the S-M-L conversions:

chart from Overstock
For more European & American sizing, go here.

I always try to, if possible, give gifts in pairs– it’s fun to have more presents to open up, right? If having to choose from one pair of $150 jeans -or- one pair of shoes and 2 shirts at $150, most people would go with the latter. But at the end of the day quality is better than quantity (for the most part).

Obviously a Playstation, Xbox, Wii, and DJ Hero Renegade Edition with Jay-Z and Eminem will be on the lists of many young Urban Gentlemen. A flat screen, blackberry, GPS navigational system, or slr may be on the lists of all the other Urban Gentlemen. If you have the money and they don’t already own it, I’ll certainly suggest getting them one of the items above, but besides those fun gadgets I’ve listed a few specific gift ideas below. Note: though most of the suggestions combine two or three items, they can also be broken down into individual items that would make as great singular gifts.

THE URBAN GENTLEMAN
ULTIMATE MEN’S HOLIDAY GIFT GUIDE


Gadget-Friendly:
Watches & Headphones. Everyone’s tired of the tiny earbuds, they are useful when working out, but when you’re relaxing at home or at a friend’s place you want headphones. We all thought cell-phones replaced the watch, but they’re actually more popular than ever. Artistic, colorful, and creative looking headphones and watches are heavily in vogue, especially for the younger urban gentlemen.

(clockwise)

SKULL CANDY The Lowrider Mic’ed Headphones, $39; Nixon watch, $100; G-Shock Japan limited edition watch, $80; Wesc Oboe headphones $55

Shop more watches here. Shop more headphones here.

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Lumberjack Hipster:
Plaid shirts, dark denim, and maybe a pair of boots while you’re at it. For someone transitioning into being a trendier guy a few plaid shirts will help jumpstart his wardrobe. Dark denim jeans are a basic that every person needs, and the boots– well its Winter and if you have a larger budget a pair of boots would be the icing on the cake.

Shop more plaid. Shop more jeans. Shop more boots. Shop more button-downs and plaid shirts.

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The Intellect:
For a stylish student who has preppier taste or wants to move over to a classic sustaining wardrobe- a messenger bag, cardigan, and ‘father’s readers’, would really compliment his style.

(clockwise)

Cavi B. varsity club sweater, $46.99; Deep 10 black shawl sweater $96; RY cardigan sweater $125; Obey grey cardigan $103; Insiders fleece cardigan, $64.99; Cavi B. varsity club sweater, $46.99

(clockwise)

BedStu Sobel Messenger Bag $90; Lacoste City Casual Large Messenger Bag $100; Ben Sherman Premium Messenger $119; Latico Basics Adventurer Messenger Bag $149 (all messenger bags have free overnight shipping).

- Get the perfect pair of ‘father’s readers’ here. More clear glasses and accessories here.

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Simple Style:
Combine two essentials that exemplifies the style of the person you’re shopping for. Denim jeans and oxford lace-ups. Denim jeans and sneakers. Sneakers and a graphic tee. Any combination you see fit.

Abstract Night tee $15.90; PUMA sky high vulc rls, $64

Shop the flyest kicks. Shop the high-end fly kicks. Shop more oxfords and other style shoes.

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The Upgrade, the Businessman:
Many guys have enough casual clothing in their wardrobes and above all else need to seriously up their dressy attire. Suits are pricey, but would make as a very thoughtful gift, as would dress shirts, ties, cufflinks, and pocket squares. They are all nice additions to the closet of a business man or someone who needs a businessman upgrade.


Shop more dressy apparel. Shop more ties & accessories.

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Groom Him:
If you don’t know enough about a guy to buy them clothing, then colognes makes a for a great gift option. You can read a few of our cologne posts to get an idea of what fragrance might be best. Here’s a great collection of Men’s Fragrances.

Budget Friendly: $40ish or less.
If you have a small budget… no more than $50, but more like $20/$25, then I suggest getting a gift that compliments something they already have or plan to receive for the holidays. If they are going to get an ipod, then get them stylish headphones or a digital docking speaker system. If he’s a sneakerhead who expects more fly kicks, get him a unique fitted hat. If his Christmas is going to be filled cardigans and blazers, purchase a quality scarf or men’s messenger/satchel bag. If he’s getting alot of money– maybe a new wallet would be nice. When you don’t have alot of money to spend thoughtful gifts are best, they show the person that you really do pay attention and care. If the linked items above didn’t catch your eye, check out the budget finds below:

Men’s messenger/satchel bags:

Men’s wallets, hats, scarves, gloves:

The Urban Gent staff will give more Holiday gift ideas throughout the week. Merry Christmas, Happy Kwanzaa, Happy Hanukkah, Happy Holidays!

More Urban Gentleman Gift Ideas here.

Holiday GIVEAWAYS… win free stuff.

We have two giveaways running… yes, that’s right, you can win FREEEEEE stuff. Be sure to enter and tell your friends. These would make as great Christmas gifts/stocking stuffers for those who want to save a little cash. One giveaway ends tonight, the other tomorrow.

Derek Jeter cologne.
Billy Jealousy grooming kit.

HOLIDAY Deals: Free Overnight Shipping, 1/2 off Armani, 1/2 off GUESS

This weekend is an important one. For most retailers, it’s the last weekend you can successfully order something online and get it in time for Christmas. So those of you who have been putting your Holiday shopping off, you can’t wait any longer to get the best deals be sure to order today and tomorrow. But of course, there are many retailers that have one and two day shipping, so for those places I would be sure to order by about Monday/Tuesday the week of Christmas (basically by the 21st).

New Sales & Previous Sales that are still running:

- Armani: For those that want to step it up for the Holidays, shop Armani: Buy any item, get the second 50% off ends Sunday Dec. 13th

- EXPRESS: Express Sale: $30 off $75 -or- $15 off $30 use promo code 4509
- Express – Shop All Top Gifts For Him

- GUESS: Sale Event 20%-50% off

- LRG/Dr.Jays: Over 25% off LRG Jeans

- Nike: Extra 20% off Clearance use code EXTRA

- Oki-ni: If you’re shopping for a stylishly advanced gentleman, check out Oki-Ni’s gift guide

- Reebok: 5% Discount on Reebok.com products use code REEBOKWINTER

- 7 for All Mankind (one of our favorite denims): instantly save $25 when you spend $200. The more you spend the more you save until December 12th, use code SHOP7

- Dr.Jay’s: Holiday sale footwear, outerwear, and more up to 50% off.

- Famous Footwear: buy One Pair get the, Second Pair 1/2 Price Sale

- Jos.A. Bank: Spend $100, Save $25 until December 15th

- Finish Line
: $10 off $60 or more, use code HOLIDAY 1060.

- Get a fresh pair of J’s for the one you love: Jordan Men’s Collezione Retro VII Defining Moments Package on sale for $199.98 (previously $310).

PUMA: $20 Off orders of $100+ use code PUMASAVE20 until December 13th

Shoes.com: Save 15% off at Shoes.com with code SNOW until December 31st

FREE SHIPPING: (why leave the comfort of your home, when you can just shop online, saving gas and time).

Clothing (and accessories):

7 For All Mankind – Free Shipping on all orders!

Jos. A. Bank – Free Shipping On All Orders $175+

Shoes (and accessories):
Converse - Free Shipping until December 23rd


Famous Footwear - Free Shipping until 12/15

Journeys- Free Shipping on all Orders $75 or more until December 20th

Shoes.com – Free Shipping and Returns

Clothing, Shoes, and Accessories:
Fossil - Free Overnight Shipping on ALL Orders through noon CST 12/23

Dr.Jays - Free Shipping until December 24th, use code 1DQSJ6

Nike – Free Shipping on Everything use code GIFT

Reebok – Free Shipping and Returns


PUMA Online Shop – Grand Re-Opening and Free Shipping Offer!


***More Discounts will be added throughout the weekend.

Urban Gentleman Holiday Giveaway: Billy Jealousy ULTAMATE Grooming Travel Kit.

Just in time for the Holidays, Mr. Billy Jealousy has launched a little something special with his friends over at ULTA. Introducing the Billy Jealousy ULTAMATE Grooming Travel Kit.
Enclosed in a travel bag, the Billy Jealousy ULTAMATE Grooming Kit will make your life easier. It has every product a man needs at home or for his travels–whether its to the gym or across the country. Best of all the Gromming Kit contains award winning products.
    White Knight contains essential moisturizing agents to provide necessary hydration while cleansing skin. The white, foaming formula cleanses without stripping the skin of essential oils. SLS-free, Paraben free, no fragrance added.
  • 2oz LiquidSand Facial Exfoliator
    Less penetrating than a scrub and more powerful than a face wash, this gentle cleanser removes dead skin cells, dirt and all round grime. Colorant –free, SLS-free
    A rich, technologically advanced cream that keeps you looking sharp and feeling cool. This shaving cream cools, heals and conditions the skin with its micro-silicon beads, while natural citrus oils condition, moisturize and purify skin.
  • 2oz Fuzzy Logic Shampoo: INSTINCT WINNER of BEST SHAMPOO
    This shampoo contains two DHT blockers (DHT causes hair loss) Menthyl Lactate and Peppermint Oil creating strong, healthy and thick hair. The powerful shampoo also contains Cocamide MEA, which is a coconut-derived cleanser and moisturizer as well as Panthenol, a provitamin conditioner.
  • 2oz Cashmere Coat Conditioner: MEN’S HEALTH WINNER of BEST CONDITIONER
    This hair strengthening conditioner is infused with peppermint as well as DHT blockers to restore strength, volume and hydration to keep your hair lookin’ healthy.
  • 2oz Illicit Body Wash
    Created after the huge success of the ILLICIT Eau de Parfum, this body wash is infused with citrus bergamot, tea, ivy, ginger and sandalwood. The hemp seed oil softens and sooths the skin while Cocamide MEA, a natural derivative of coconut oil cleans and moisturizes and Vitamin E conditions.
Order any of the items above from ULTA and get free shipping*, just use code 33069.

The Urban Gentleman Holiday Giveaway products will make as perfect gifts or stocking stuffers for family and friends– best of all they’re free!

As usual there are several ways to enter the giveaway:

*Leave your name and email address

-AND-

(one of the below)

1. Answer the question: What do you want for Christmas/Hanukkah/Kwanzaa?

2. Subscribe to The Urban Gent (look on right column)
3. Fan us on facebook
(and answer the question on the wall or via a message)
4. Tweet about the contest (then tell us you did via “comments”)
5. Follow us on blogger

Any one of the above will do, but the more ways you enter the more chances you have to win. So I suggest atleast commenting on this post then choose any of the other entry ways.

Contest ends Monday, December 14th.

More Holiday Giveaways, Exclusive Holiday Sales, and more.

Hey guys,

Check back later today for more giveaways, exclusive holiday sales, and more. In the meanwhile, don’t forget to enter to win Derek Jeter DRIVEN Sport.

Fresh Cuts & Styling: Gallery of Hair Inspiration for Men. Celebrity Men Hairstyles.

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It's the Holidays and many of you will be doing alot of mingling, whether it's at your company's holiday party or at your family's Christmas/Hanukkah/Kwanzaa dinner. As always, we here at the Urban Gentleman endorse looking your best at these functions and of course looking your best starts with grooming. Yeah, let's put the clothes and shoes aside for a second, and get to the core. We've already written many articles on basic grooming, skincare, moisturizers, manscaping, chap-stick/lip balms, even the best soaps for men, but we don't have too many that focus on hair.

Shampoos, conditioners, and styling gels will come at a later date, besides we've reviewed many of those items in the past. Today, we'll focus on styles.

So here's a collection of men's hair styles, many of them great, some creative, some okay. I know every guy has a different hair texture, but these days with the massive amounts of styling tools and products, most of the hair looks below can be achieved on almost any hair type: curly, straight, or wavy.

 

Usher Raymond

 

I figured we'd start with the classic line-up and waves. I know many men love this style and put in serious work to get those perfect sea-sick waves. What's the trick again guys? Always brush from back to front, right? with a boar bristle brush.

 

Usher Raymond

 

Usher's Raymond's hair and overall grooming is always immaculate– thanks to his now ex-wife and stylist Tameka Foster Raymond. It's always nice to have a woman around that can help keep you well styled and groomed.

 

I'm a huge fan of Zac Efron's hair, his hairstylist/barber continually updates his look. He's like the male version of Rihanna. His latest hairstyles, all featured here, are my favorite. Above he sports the classic short cut, combed over and back, with a side part. This hairstyle embodies the Conservative Dapper trend , you'll instantly look like a character from Mad Men.

 

Zac Efron
 
 
Zac Efron

This is a looser longer version of the hairstyles above. Also very handsome especially with a little 5'oclock shadow.

 

In this photo, Zac's hair is also cut short with a side part. But the part is less obvious and the hair is cut in more layers on top, then swept backwards. Also, one of my favorites.

 

I'm not a fan of the swept-over/"mop-top" hairstyle on most guys, unless it's on someone 17 or younger. Zac sported these when he was in his teens, through-out high school musical, and once (from what I can remember) this year, I hope he's done with this look.

 

John Cho
 

The slightly spiky hair is a staple for most celebrities these days. It's pretty easy to style and maintain without having to go to the barbershop or hair salon. Cut it shorter on the sides, longer in the middle, then use your favorite product to create fun messy spikes. When you're done it's suppose to look like "neat messy bed-hair"– if that makes any sense.
 

 

John Cho

 

I think I'm just a sucker for classic men's hairstyles because, like Zac, I think John's hair looks the best like this.

 

John Cho
 
John Cho

 

For ease of browsing the rest of the hair gallery will be divided by background/ethnicity and (somewhat) hairtype.


1. Men of color/African-American: Curly/wavy hair textures
2. Asian/Pacific-Islander/Indian: Straight/wavy hair textures
3. European-American/Caucasian/Latino: Straight/curly hair textures


Men of Color/"African-American"

 


Andre' Benjamin

Not everyone is a fan of this 50s/60s hair-do, but I adore it. Why? Well because it flows along with his preppy southern-boy Benjamin Bixby look- it gives him character. The girl version of him or of this hairstyle would have to be Janelle Monae, she also sports a reto hair style (an afro-curly pompadour to be exact).


Andre' Benjamin

No this isn't a conk, lol, which for those who don't know is a hairstyle worn from 1920s-1960s where American men of color would straighten their hair and style it into a pompadour (examples: Nat King Cole, Chuck Berry, Little Richard, James Brown). To get this hairstyle Andre' probably uses a texturizer, moisturizing conditioner, or styling product that makes the extreme curls in Black-American hair looser, creating a wavier hair-texture. Definitely, don't try this at home, go to a salon or barber when first trying to achieve the look.


Andre' Benjamin
Everyone shouldn't attempt to wear this hairstyle. It's take a certain attitude, personality-type, and overall style to successfully pull it off.


Will Smith
You can't go wrong with a mini shaped-up fro and dark taper.


Will Smith


Will Smith


Kanye West

His 808s and Heartbreak look, further boosted the trend of ambiguous faux-hawks. It's hard to walk out the house and not see atleast one person with a faux-hawk, I'm sure its that way in every part of the world.


Kanye West

Afro-mullet. 4 words= not a good look. I felt what Kanye was doing– his girlfriend was bald, and his label mate, Rihanna, has fashionable hairstyles, but I just wasn't a fan of this look of his. Maybe the mullet can safely return in about 5 years, who knows…
 


Kanye West

Artistic expressions through hair has always been a trend in the Black-American community– with men and women. Though distracting, I thought this cut of his was kind of cool. I mean, why not do it? Now of course, this is excessive for the average guy, I most likely would not recommend this to someone unless they had a distinct personality, but as an artist this is just another non-harmful way to express yourself.


Kanye West (side view)


Kanye West (back view)


Kanye West with artistic swirls cut into his hair.

This design was only on Kanye's left side.

John Legend keeps his hair is small twists. If you want this look it's best to go to a salon. Depending on your hair-texture you can get a similar curly look with a texturizer or a conditioner that brings out the natural curls in American of Color/African-American hair.


John Legend


As you can see John's hair is usually the same,
he only makes changes to the thickness of his beard.


Ludacris.
Very-low afro-fade, with strategically cut side-burns.

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Asian/Pacific-Islander/Indian


Actor Daniel Henney (from X-Men Origins Wolverine)

I honestly can't get enough of this guy, he's so hot (sorry guys, lol), and his hair is always perfect. He's definitely a good source of hair inspiration for men with a similar hair type.


Daniel Henney


Daniel Henney

I love his hair here. Simple, elegant, and extremely healthy. Doesn't his hair look extraordinarily healthy, he should be endorsed by a men's hair care line.


Actor James Kyson Lee (from Heroes)

The faux-hawk is still a fashionable hair-style of choice, it just doesn't have the impact that it once did since every other fashion forward guy wears one.
 


Daniel Dae Kim (from tv show LOST)
I often find that a person's hair looks best when they work with the natural texture of their hair.


Daniel Dae Kim


Aziz Ansari

Do you guys ever watch him on NBC's Parks & Recreation? . He's hilarious, and makes the show in my opinion. If he wasn't on it I most likely would not watch it. (I randomly discovered the show one day on Hulu when I needed something extra to watch– and just like Community it grows on you.)


Aziz Ansari

I'm a fan of his simple low-cut. It's low-maintenance (depending on how fast your hair grows) and stylish.


Aziz Ansari



Kal Penn


Kal Penn sports a very subtle faux-hawk.

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European American/Caucasian/Latino


Ed Westwick

Zachary Quinto

A perfectly styled short and straight hair cut, that forms a small pompadour. His eyebrows seem to be shaped as well. If you have bushy eyebrows try to keep them tame and neatly trimmed.


Robert Pattison

So this is vampire hair I suppose, nah I'm kiddin. He does however resemble Wolverine, lol, hmmm? I really do like his hair though– all-over messy bed-hair combed back a little. Actually, maybe I don't like this…. I like the hair I'm just not sure if this is the best cut & style for his face though. (sigh) Okay, I do like it on him, but it just looks better from afar it appears overly done up-close.


Robert Pattison
It's as if the style above just fell.


Johnny Depp

I'm not a fan of this hairstyle, for some reason, it often time comes off as creepy or strange. However, people like Johnny Depp can get away with it.


Russell Brand
Keeps his hair long with loose natural curls.


Jonathan Bennett


Matt Damon with his usual tapered/crew cut.

Soccer/Futbol player Ronaldo Cristiano reminds me of David Beckham when it comes to his hair, he's had an assortment of hairstyles over the years. Here he wears a slightly curly faux-hawk.


Ryan Seacrest is probably one of the originators of the spiked hair trend.


Taylor Lautner


David Beckham
He's had every hairstyle in the book from short crew cuts
to mohawks to faux hawks, as pictured above.

Even if you aren't going to a family gathering or holiday party, these photos can help inspire a new-look for 2010. Have you been rocking your hair the same way for the past few years? If so, it's time to switch it up. Find your favorite hairstyle above, print this page out, and hang it on your mirror or wall just so that the idea of the new cut can properly sink in (maybe ask a few friends how they think the hairstyle would look on you), then when the time is right, take it to your barber and try it out.

 

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