Fashionable Gifts for the Trendy Guy on Your Shopping List

Men often get a bad rap for dressing like slouches, especially when what they wear is under their own control. While we all have men in our lives with t-shirts that they’ve owned since the ‘80s; some of us also know men who are trend-setters. The latter can be harder to buy for, as we are anxious to get them something that will please their picky sense of taste. Don’t panic, though, as we’ve got your back (or, really, his back). Read on for fashionable gift ideas for the trendy guy on your shopping list.

A Masculine Man Bag

The man purse is an oft-used punchline but the reality is men need something stylish to store their goodies in just as much as women do. If your dapper dude is a workout fanatic, likes or needs to travel, or commutes into work, he needs a bag that’s both fashionable and functional—and that’s not always an easy task. If you go for a work bag, make sure it suits his work atmosphere and commute, so something leather might not work for someone who gets caught in the rain at least once a week. As for workout bags, you want these to be waterproof on the bottom, stylish on the outside, but also be small enough to store. And when it comes to the weekender, you can’t go wrong with something like this sleek Michael Kors duffle. It’s not the cheapest bag on the market but it will last for a very long time.

A Watch That Works and Wows

If your man is still using his cell phone to tell time, you need to sit him down for a little chat. All grown men should own a watch, and preferably at least one for the active portion of their lives and one that’s more for work and/or going out at night. There are a lot of amazing sports watches that can do everything from tell him where he is if he were dropped in the middle of a desert to timing his next 10-mile hike. If he needs one that will impress both at the office and out at night, check out MVMT leather watches. Bonus: He’ll no longer have any excuses for being late.

Throw Some Shade

Sunglasses are a great gift, as many of us often need them but we don’t think to replace scratched or lost pairs for ourselves. And stylish men like to have a pair for every occasion, so you can’t go wrong. Whether you get him a classic pair of Ray-Ban wayfarers, some sporty Von Zippers for his next time on the slopes, or a pair of classic Burberry sunglasses for the office, he’ll think of you every time he puts them on (and it’s hard to argue with that).

Sneakers

While these have never gone out of style for their pure functionality, there is no doubt sneakers are having a moment. A pair of clean Converse, Adidas, or insanely expensive designer sneakers can even be used in lieu of dress shoes on many occasions. Many men have their groomsmen in these instead of dress shoes on their big days, which surely makes the transition to the dance floor easier. And because they must be clean and flawless-looking to be a proper part of your stylish man’s closet, a new pair of sneaks is never a bad idea. 

He Can Leave His Hat On

Hats are another big part of many men’s lives. While they might not be allowed in the office during the week, he surely dons a variety of them on the weekends. There’s something about a hat that just screams, “It’s time for lounging.” And from a warm beanie for cooler days and/or a ski hat to baseball hats that rep his favorite team and fedoras, there is no shortage of options to choose from.

The trendy men in our lives keep us on our toes when it comes to shopping for them but to that we say: CHALLENGE ACCEPTED. Buy anything off this list of gift ideas for men and you’ll surely beat Santa at his own game.

Updating Your Wardrobe for Fall

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[By: InFluential Magazine Fashion Editor-Michelle Washington]

As summer comes to an end, say goodbye to basking in the sun on lazy beach days and cute summer sandals; it’s time for autumn and cooler temperatures! While transitioning to the fall is a welcome change for some “Fashionistas” and “Fashionistos”, others prefer to hang on to their lightweight summer apparel. The fall is an opportune time to clean out your closet and to make way for new styles. However, keep in mind that some pieces in your summer wardrobe work wonderfully as autumn garments. Whatever your season preference, use these tips to make the switch to a stylish fall wardrobe easy:

Look through all of your fall clothes. Pick out the ones that you don’t like, don’t fit in, or do not wear anymore. You can donate all of those clothes if they’re in good quality. If not, throw them away.

*Take a good look at your existing wardrobe and don’t immediately reach for dark clothing at the first sign of fall weather. Recycle your pastels and your other summer tops underneath a jacket (tailored or denim). Incorporate great accessories such as a scarf.

*Shop your own closet. The best way to refresh your fall wardrobe is to look through what you already have. This is a good time to explore your closet and uncover things you haven’t thought about in a while; put together some fresh looks with items you purchased more recently.

*Take inventory and organize. Go through your entire closet top-to-bottom to make sure you don’t unnecessarily spend money on items you already have. Take time to organize your wardrobe into the basics: dress pants, jeans, skirts, jackets, blouses and dresses.

*Take advantage of end of season preparation from your favorite designers and name brand labels; making room for the next season’s goods. July is prime time for summer sales to start, running straight through August in clearance mode. Fall sales will start in September through October. Winter sales will start directly after Thanksgiving. Sales will continue through the Holiday season and clearance starts the day after Christmas through January.

*Another easy way to update your wardrobe is to use trendy accessories. Ladies: current trend jewelry, hats, shades, scarves and shoes. Men: watches, “man-bags”, shades, cold-weather scarves, ties, handkerchiefs…etc.

A woman can mix and match items to create outfits for any occasion, even during transition seasons:
–1 little black dress
–1 white blouse
–1 neutral cardigan
–1 knee-length skirt
–a pair of black dress pants
–a pair of jeans
–1 solid color tee shirt
–1 solid color turtleneck
–1 denim jacket
–tailored jacket
–a pair of black heels
–a pair of neutral heels
–a pair of dressy flats
–a pair of casual flats
–a pair of fashion sneakers
–a pair of boots
–1 basic handbag
–1 dressy handbag
–ACCESSORIES such as jewelry and scarves…etc.

Men, your wardrobe should have at least the following basics. Start adding a few of these pieces and you’ll be ready for the fall season!
–1 Neutral vest
–1 Pair of jeans
–1 Pair of khakis
–1 Pair of chinos (chino fabric is 100% cotton and twill; heavier than what is used for khaki trousers)
–1 Chunky sweater
–1 Fine-gage sweater
–1 Denim jacket
–1 Tailored jacket
–1 Light weight jacket
–1 pair of ankle boots
–1 pair of fashion sneakers
–1 pair of athletic sneakers
–ACCESSORIES ties…etc.

Updating your fall wardrobe is an easy transition once you learn how the addition of a few versatile pieces to your closet will help you look stylish and put together for fall.

YIRKO SIVIRICH Spring-Summer Collection 2014

By Leonardo D’Almagro, Fashion Editor for InFluential Magazine

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For this new season, Yirko Sivirich originally inspired: the city of Ica and its desert landscapes. The dunes, fertile land and traditional mud houses in the city are the starting point for this collection, giving it a color palette ranging from strict earthy hues and neutral. Cotton and linen, in turn, will bring lightness to the clothes and make them less stiff, perfect to withstand summer temperatures.

The collection shows us a completely new urban safari style, where metallic materials play an important role and accentuate the edgy style of the collection. This style is also present in accessories like shoes and handbags that complement the collection and tell us more about her and the man she saw Yirko Sivirich this season, a man of cosmopolitan spirit and confident in himself.

Special thanks:

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John Richmond Latest Autumn / Winter 2013-2014

Male model Lucas Valerdi looks like a real modern rocker as he is clad in John Richmond latest Autumn / Winter 2013-2014 collection’s clothes. The latest campaign from John Richmond comes with classic menswear pieces including fitted trench coats with leather sleeves, rose dressed pantsuits, studded blazers, military inspired coats with leather patches on sleeves and modern accessories. Every piece has something special, something that is timeless but in the same time is highly modern. There is no doubt in John Richmond’s sophisticated creations and bespoke quality.

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