Men’s Spring Summer 2011 Fashion, Trends, & Style Guide

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The world of men's fashion has really matured over these past few years, and the trends certainly reflect that. Baggy to extra-skinny to "fits just right", no accessories to over accessorized to "masculinely accessorized just the right amount", but best of all I feel like we've finally managed to combine the styles of different cultures and decades to create a sort of modern day celebration of men's fashion. And this season's trends continues this celebration…

Presenting The Official Men's Spring Summer 2011

Fashion, Trends, & Style Guide.

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Insouciant Prep. We've been internationally prepping it out for a minute, and now it's just our lifestyle so we can be more relaxed with it. You don't have to be bow-tied, striped socked, oxfords with matching vest and pocket squared-up for every single look. Keep it simple– button down with rolled up sleeves, shorts with a print of some sort, and deck shoes or loafers worn sockless.

 

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Dolce and Gabanna

Summer Black. Even more consistent than white, designers flooded their Spring Summer 2011 shows with black. Simon Spurr, John Varvatos, Louis Vuitton, Burberry, Y-3, Balenciaga, Yves Saint Laurent, Jeremy Scott and the list goes on. So when you're feeling "New York" or just a little moody– as Jay-Z said, opt for "all black everything", black shirt, black shorts, all black everything.

Get the Look: SUMMER BLACK look book, HERE.

 

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Michael Bastian

City Refined. It's simple classic urban gentleman type dress, but adapted to the summer sun. Basically being spiffy and immaculately well-groomed wherever you go. Casually wearing well-tailored suits more than the average guy, loafers and oxfords even in casual settings. Double breasted blazers and crew neck shirts, paired with trousers that show a little ankle and shoes that compliment.

 

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Native Inspiration. Whether we're talking cowboys and indians or Aztec, Mayan, and Inca civilization being inspired by the natives of North, Central, and South America  is probably my favorite trend of the summer. The fashion elite, both male and female, have made native prints their new plaid. And because of its lack of being in many designers collections (for men) and the sheer fact that many folk just don't know how to coordinate native prints, you won't see everyone walking around in it (which is a bonus). The best way to approach this trend is to keep it simple by focusing on collecting specific native pieces– a vintage Navajo print blazer, an Aztec patterned rucksack, even a bolo tie. 

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A Hodgepodge of V-Day Gift Ideas: Tokyo Bay DIY Watch, Kings Underwear, RumbaTime Watches, Etc.

Here's another hodgepodge of Valentine's Day Gift Ideas

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We meant to post this watch as a great Christmas gift idea, but unfortunately didn't get around to it. So we have our opportunity again with Valentine's Day. Tokyo Bay has a Do-It-Yourself Watch kit that will truly make any guy feel like a man.

The limited edition DIY tool box contains nine quality tools essential for ‘do it yourself’ watch repair, enabling the wearer to become the pro themselves. The DIY watch kit includes two mid size classic watch faces in a cream dial and black dial, alongside four different colored straps in military canvas, sporty nylon and hard wearing leather. Back up batteries and slug pins, which hold the strap onto the watch case, are also included to keep the watch in working order. All components put together create the ultimate in modern hand built watches.

Purchase it, here.

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Kings Underwear, we gave away a ton of their stuff for Christmas. And since then we've had a chance to review them ourselves– very soft and comfortable stuff. So if you think your man will be purchasing Victoria's Secret for you, then maybe return the favor and get him King's Underwear.

RumbaTime watches would of course make for great mini V-Day gifts for friends and crushes. Maybe buy a bunch in red, pink, white, and black and just pass them out like the Santa of Valentine's Day.

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More Gift Ideas:

Valentine's Day Gifts for Men, $25 or Less, click here.

Valentine's Day Gifts for Men, $100 or Less, click here.

Valentine's Day Gifts for Women, click here.

Valentine’s Day Gifts for Him, $100 & Under.

Valentine's Gifts for Him. $100 or less.

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A few of our favorite Valentine's Day Gifts for Men for $100 or less…

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For more advice on giving gifts to the man in your life, and for gifts $50 and below, go here.

Valentine’s Day Gifts for Him, $25 & Under.

Valentine's Gifts for Him. $25 and below.

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If he's just a simple crush, you may not want to spend more than 25 bucks, so below we've got a great mix of items: shoes, jackets, wallets, money clips, pocket squares, and more:

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For more advice on giving gifts to the man in your life, and for gifts $50 and below, go here.

Valentine’s Day Gifts, For Him.

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Valentine's Day Gifts for Him:

We've done a couple posts on V-Day gifts for women– we of course want to keep the women in our lives as happy as possible. Now, let's focus on Valentine's Day Gifts for Men. And just as we advised the men– you can mainly go one of two ways when choosing a gift for your gent: 1.) Traditional 2.) Thoughtful.

Traditional Valentine's Day Gifts for Men: cologne, special cooked dinner, "above average" intimacy (probably involving new lingerie), and home-made or special ordered desserts.

Thoughtful Valentine's Day Gifts for Men are usually pretty simple because A.) usually a guy doesn't expect anything (which of course he shouldn't)  B.) women are typically much more observant at seeing wants and needs.

So just sit back and think about what your man is into: fashion? sports? gadgets? grooming? is he a work-out fanatic? does he have a hobby? Purchase him something in that specific area. To get you started we've got a few gift ideas: $25 & Under, $50 & Under, and $100 & Under, starting with $50 & Below, Check it out:

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Check back later for more gift ideas and giveaways.

Valentine's Day Gifts for Men, $25 or Less, click here.

Valentine's Day Gifts for Men, $100 or Less, click here.

Valentine's Day Gifts for Women, click here.

Valentine’s Day Gifts, For Her: Heart-Shaped

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Keep it traditional with heart-shaped jewelry for Valentine's Day. If you want something a little more unique go for the fortune-cookie locket necklace or vintage locket ring, or keep it traditional with a simple heart-shaped necklace, ring, or item from Tiffany & Co. See more below, ranging from $4 – $6,175.

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