Men’s Gifts $25 & Under

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We're a little tardy on our gift guides (it's been extremely busy over here lately), but with every other retailer offering free 1-2 day shipping this year, I think we're good. Throughout the week we'll be bringing you several gift guides, and the first is for Men's Gifts Under $25.

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Advice for Your Skin Type: Oily, Dry, or Combination

Oily skin is the type of skin which produces too much sebum(oil). The face has a greasy appearance , especially after waking up. Your face will become shiny after a few hours after you washed it. It is characterized by large visible pores as well. This type of complexion is prone to acne and skin problems due to the activity of the sebaceous glands.

Skin challenges includes :

  • breakouts
  • uneven skin tone (sun damaged skin)
  • large pores
  • razor bump prone

Combination skin is a mixture between oily skin and dry skin. The skin produces excess sebum(oil) on some parts of the face and doesn't produce enough on others. Usually the oily part is the T-zone, meaning the forehead and the nose area, leaving the cheeks and chin dry. The pores are more visible in the T-zone and less visible on the dry parts of the skin

Skin challenges includes :

  • breakouts
  • dry flakey skin (fine line, wrinkles)
  • uneven skin tone
  • razor bump prone

Dry skin is the type of skin which doesn't produce enough sebum (oil), leaving the skin matte. You will experience tightness especially after washing your face with water. Dry skin is caused by the skin protective barrier’s inability to retain enough natural skin lipids or oils to keep skin moist. A weakened barrier is often hereditary but occurs naturally as we age and can be accelerated with lifestyle

Skin challenges includes :

  • dry flakey skin
  • advanced aging of the skin
  • easily irritated skin
  • uneven skin tones

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Men’s Fall Winter Fashion Guide 2010-2011

For your "on the go, I need to know" conveniences we created the Men's Fall Winter Trends Pocket Guide. That included this seasons must-haves for any and all stylish gents. Now we'll get a bit more specific. So go ahead, and bookmark it…


The Urban Gentleman presents

2010 – 2011 Fall Winter Fashion, Style, and Trend Guide

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All-American Workwear. We’re pulling up bootstraps and going to work. This ain’t for the wannabe’s or pretty boys its for the men that have work to do, have success on the brain and are taking steps to do it… wait a sec, that got kinda preachy. Okay, but seriously All-American Workwear is about the work ethic frame of mind in that hardworking American way… so that means all the labels for this look have to say “made in USA”. USA made classic boots and sneakers, khakis, denim, creased pants, monochromatic tones that closely mimic the attire of hardworking Americans- like mechanics, railroad workers, cattle-herders (yea, I said it), etc. But we just add a few refined Urban Gentleman touches.

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More of this tomorrow.

 

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The Schoolyard Kid aka The Prep. Inspired by the new Ivy Style of our Schoolyard Wardrobe, this guy is the walking spokesperson for, “The Official Prep Handbook”, but with a new age Urban Gentleman twist. He doesn’t mind showing a little ankle in the summer, and in the Fall he knows to stock up on a variety of socks to keep warm (and stylish).

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For more ivy style / prep / schoolyard kid.

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90s Steez. It’s like this, everything cool about the 90s is all we wanna sport from the boxy denim jackets, to the not cool then, but are cool now shirts… we’re even rockin’ the hairstyles—that means the parts, Kid 'n' Play boxes, and Zac Morris haircuts. Color blocking, opposing patterns, cross colors, 90s cartoons gear, did I already mention denim?, shirts tucked in, and most things signature early-mid 90s. We'll be bringing you a sweet taste of this next week.

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Plaid and Selvedge. And the plaid goes on, we’ve just upgraded its bottom half. As mentioned in the Fall Winter Men’s Fashion Pocket Guide… it’s almost a “go premium, or go home” situation these days. Obviously its not That serious, but every gent has to have atleast one pair.

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Urbane Wanderer. This guy is a dreamer, he's on a mission to greatness and he's slightly hush about doin' it. He probably carries a rucksack (equipped for life's travels). You probably know his wardrobe– he invests in few articles of clothing… because almost everything he wears is specific, sometimes meticulously chosen: his jacket, his beaten up boots, his signature hat, maybe his scarf. He collects pinbacks, he likes classic vintage things, and really respects those with good style.

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photos by: The Urban Gentleman, (mechanic: the sartorialist.blogspot.com), runway: nymag.com

Pocket Guide: Men’s Fall | Winter Trends 2010-2011

Okay, we have something more to hold you guys over until our, well, "surprise."
 

We've created a Mini Pocket Guide for Men's Fall|Winter 2010-2011 Trends and Styles. This covers a few basic fall & winter trends that all Urban Gentlemen should know…

 

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Crew necks: You may or may not have noticed the change, but designers are slowly switching back to the classic crew necks and moving away from the wide scoop necks and trendy v-necks. Of course you can still do a slight V if needed, but a classic crew will suit you, and all your masculinity, best.

Selvedge Denim: Everywhere I go, I find myself getting into "deep" conversations about selvedge denim… people are obsessed, some are a bit too passionate (usually the newbies), but it's understandable. Be sure to invest in atleast one pair of selvedge denim.


MINI Lesson on Selvedge Denim: "What is Selvedge/Selvage Denim?"
Selvedge denim is basically premium denim, its the crème de la crème of the denim family. "Selvedge" describes the way the fabric is produced. The denim is made on a shorter loom, making the time to create them longer. In a pair of selvedge jeans you can actually see where the weaving stops and is finished by the loom… long story short: if you flip a pair of selvedge jeans inside out you can see the production and "self-edged" finish. The quality is higher, the fabric is heavier and more durable, and more thread is used to create them. Some companies mark their jeans on the selvedge with a woven stitch in a certain color. Some even mark the inside selvedge line with their company's name.

What folks love most about selvedge denim is that you can "wear them in" yourself- so no fake wear marks (even though these days some companies will scuff em a bit). Within 6 months of wearing them the jeans will customized to your body… some will argue longer times, many people wear their's for a year without washing to "completely" break them in… honestly the "breaking in" time all depends on how often you wear them.

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Classic Boots: Whether it's vintage or workwear inspired, you must have a pair of quality classic boots. Some may go with duck boots, others may opt for chukkas, while the manliest will be keen on rugged utility boots. Choose your favorite brand and style in a color that fits your wardrobe and make it your staple. Or choose several to increase your fall and winter footwear options.

 

Hint Of Camo: You heard it here first. Just give em a hint of fatigue this fall and winter. Unless you're a solider, we need not see you in all over army fatigue… not yet anyway. Just a hint… a jacket, socks, a bag, whatever you like.

Canvas: Whether you sport a canvas backpack, watch, or jacket… its the chosen material for so many stylish things these days.

 

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Stay Tuned for the Complete Guide.

H&M Denim Style Guide Collaboration with The Urban Gentleman

The Urban Gent x H&M
 

We never got a chance to announce it, but earlier this summer H&M asked us to contribute to their style guide, here's the feature (it was up on their website August/September):
 

 

Pretty cool, right? Thanks for the feature H&M! When building one's wardrobe on a budget, H&M is a great store to shop at to find the latest trends, visit them here.

H&M x The Urban Gentleman 2010 Style Guide featuring Kanayo King

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The Schoolyard Wardrobe, Part III

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The Schoolyard Wardrobe, is our mini-guide for back-to-schoolers or back-to-workers (with "dress how you want" jobs). We started with a few tips and trends, gave you some sales, deals, and shoes, now we're wrapping it up with an informal look book of sorts. Basically a pre-fall run-down of what will be cool all-year long (dontcha feel lucky?). Cindy (Miss Urban Gentleman) and I casually put together a few looks to help you gents with your schoolyard wardrobe. Most are easy-to-get (simple) transitional looks that can take you from summer to fall.

 

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8am class? Wake up and toss it on:
striped oxford shirt, seersucker shorts (rolled up), and
leather tassel moccasins (loafers)

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short-sleeves button-down, linen trousers,
brown woven-detailed tassel loafers, vintage jean jacket.

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Lets take a little time-out from all the designer logo "varsitywear"; take a trip to the campus bookstore, buy a shirt and/or cardigan, and properly represent your college or university.

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college tee, navy double-pleated corduroys, vans authentic

(there's a pair of navy cords on sale at macys for 29.99)
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In hand: The Filthy Rich Handbook

plaid button-down, paisley suspenders, white pants, loafers

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When it comes to wearing a shirt in the spring, summer, and parts of fall, a basic schoolyard rule: "Button it down. Roll it up". Rolling up the sleeves gives you a more casual look.

vintage jean jacket, lightweight tweed trousers, canvas lace-ups
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gingham button-up, gray jeans, army fatigue jacket, converse all-stars

While I usually let my back-pocket do all the fatiguing, I decided to amp it up and make my hint much more noticeable. (check part I for more camouflage/army fatigue options)

 

Subtle changes can be made to all of the above looks and the overall look will still be just as fly. For example: black or dark blue jeans instead of the gray; Navy trousers instead of the linen ones; etc. Be sure to go back and review Parts I and II to properly implement the schoolyard wardrobe.

The Schoolyard Wardrobe: Part I

The Schoolyard Wardrobe: Part III

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