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Menswear Monday: Classic Shirts with a Modern Twist

Let’s start this Menswear Monday off with one of my favorite mottos: “change is good.” Here at Zappos, one of our Core Values is “Embrace and Drive Change;” so why not take this philosophy and make it apply to your wardrobe? Don’t get me wrong, I think basics serve as the foundation to any well-dressed gentleman’s wardrobe. However, why not “flip the script,” so to speak, on some classic fashion staples? Listed below are some examples of how contemporary designs have influenced classic menswear staples.

Fashion is all about experimentation, so do be afraid to incorporate a new color, pattern, or print into your wardrobe. Many of today’s top fashion brands have implemented contemporary twists into their collections through the use of mixed-media fabrications, unique dye processes, and bold prints. A classic polo shirt with a striking dip-dye effect can easily add a contemporary twist to your look without being too bold. If you find yourself a little on the conservative side when it comes to your style, feel free to try out a long sleeve raglan Henley with contrast colored sleeves to add some visual interest to your look.

These contemporary design twists can easily elevate your look from casual to dressy. Pair slim-fitting dark jeans or chinos with a garment-washed denim shirt for a date night look. When happy hour is calling your name, a color-blocked polo paired with flat front shorts and boat shoes is a look that certainly summer ready.

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THE POLO SHIRT

1. French Connection Wembly Dip Dye Polo

2. 7 Diamonds Collider Polo

3. Alternative Apparel Stripe Polo

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THE BUTTON-UP

1. Calvin Klein Jeans Direct Dye Trucker

2. Original Penguin Checkered Chambray Woven Heritage Shirt

3. DKNY Jeans Long Sleeve Jacquard Camo Shirt

THE HENLEY

1. Lucky Brand Stripe Indigo Henley

2. Calvin Klein Jeans Henley Mix Media Garment Dye

3. Alternative Home Run Tee

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The Raglan Tee

1. 7 Diamonds Norva Shirt

2. Alternative 3/4 Raglan Henley

3. Alternative Printed 3/4 Raglan Henley

Remember to have fun when incorporating these twists into your wardrobe! Change is ultimately a process that cannot be rushed. Take it slow, and as you become more comfortable with incorporating these trendy pieces into your closet. You will soon see your style evolve to classic with a contemporary twist!

Happy Shopping!

--Clinton

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Menswear Monday: Business Casual, Updated.

Guys, you may think that mundane Mondays are “business as usual”, but we’d like to invite you to shake up your work week with business casual clothing and shoes that are anything but boring and stuffy! 

For work settings that are more on the laidback side, or if your office partakes in “Casual Fridays”, you can’t go wrong with a great-fitting button-up shirt in either a neutral solid or a subtle print. Pair your button-ups with everyday trousers in a more relaxed fabric like twill or cotton.

Remember: the key to avoiding a sloppy business-casual look is to pay attention to fit. Make sure your shirt shoulder seam sits cleanly right at the shoulders and your pant hem isn’t pooling at the bottom. And yes, it IS worth it to get your workwear basics altered by a tailor if it means the difference between looking casual yet professional and just plain unprofessional.

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1. DKNY Jeans Roll Tab Slub Shirt

2. 7 Diamonds Velvet Morning Shirt

3. Howe Any Fun Woven Shirt

4. Dockers Men's Alpha Khaki Pant

5. Tommy Bahama Denim Authentic Montana Pant

6. Volcom Frickin Modern Stretch Chino

7. Frye Jim Wedge Wingtip Shoes

8. Kenneth Cole Reaction Flat Top Loafers

9. Steve Madden Gameon Boat Shoes

 

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Menswear Monday: Tropical-Print Shirts

As the temperatures steadily climb, we’re shifting our focus on tropical prints that remind us of sunny summer days by the beach. Printed men’s shirts are definitely one of the season’s biggest must haves, and tropical printed shirts are the ultimate in summertime style! Below are a few of my favorites; some of which are really easy to dress up or down depending on your needs.

As always, when purchasing new pieces for your wardrobe, great fit should be the first requirement. Obviously, you need to love the pattern, but how it fits on you is extremely important. 

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1. 7 Diamonds Pure Shores Short Sleeve Shirt

2. adidas Originals Palm Photo Print Tank

3. Original Penguin Tropical Print Woven Short Sleeve Shirt

4. Ted Baker Talaton T-Shirt

5. Rip Curl Larry Tank Top

6. Jack Spade Short Sleeve Chambray Tropical Shirt

7. Tommy Bahama Desert Bloom Batik

8. Marc by Marc Jacobs Palm Print Polo

9.  DSQUARED2 Poolside Sweater

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Short sleeve button-ups are a great option for rocking a tropical print, particularly if you’d like to dress up your look a bit. You can wear them nice pair or shorts or slim-fit denim. You can even dress them up underneath a suit for a cool take on date night. Coordinate the shirt with colors that are found in the print to match with your bottoms or suit.

For a more casual feel, the tropical print t-shirt and tank top are a great way to go. These are the perfect laid-back options for summer BBQs, days at the beach and day parties. Again, pair them with relaxed shorts (or simple board shorts) or nice denim.

When it comes to tropical print shirts, you can opt to stay cool and classic with more subdued prints or go for a more fashion-forward look with bolder hues and patterns. It’s all about pairing like colors together when styling your looks. The trick is not to be too matchy-matchy, but rather, coordinated.

Hopefully these small tips will help you create a few new tropical-inspired looks for your warm-weather wardrobe. Enjoy!

--B

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Holiday Vacation Gift Ideas for Him

Whether it’s a fancy cruise or a laid-back beach getaway to escape the winter cold, holiday vacations are reason in and of themselves for a celebration! Why not get the guy in your life a gift that he can use during this much-anticipated trip?

Below are just some gift ideas to make that holiday getaway even better!  For even more gift ideas for him, check out our 2012 Holiday Gift Guide!

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1. 7 Diamonds Sticks and Stones Shirt, 2. Tommy Bahama Flip Side Pro Half Zip Sweater, 3. Tommy Bahama Board of the Rings Swim Trunks, 4. Shark Freestyle Classic Silicone Watch, 5. Robert Graham Tyrion Limited Edition Shirt, 6. Sanuk Vagabond

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On-Location Men's Fall Shoot: Nelson, NV

We recently did a photo shoot right here in our own backyard; well, Nelson, NV to be exact, less than an hour away from Zappos HQ. There’s an awesome ghost town out there, and it made for a really cool backdrop to this fall shoot.

Check out some of our favorite shots (Click on the photos to shop these looks!):

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