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Shoe Shop A Place to Pamper

A shoe shop is where you buy footwear from. Stacked with all kinds of footwear from shoes to sandals, one can find a shoe shop almost anywhere. From the street corner to a high profile shopping mall, a shoe shop can accommodate itself everywhere, catering to everyone’s footwear needs.

Change is the only permanent thing in this world, so it is said. Change applies to everyone and everything. And to shoe shops too. The traditional role of a shoe shop was to meet the basic footwear needs of the common man, leaving the designer and fashion stuff to the movie people. But things have changed. Fashion has crept into everything. From belts to even the smallest things like the buttons on your shirt, fashion plays a big role in everything.

Then how could shoes, just remain shoes? Shoes have now become a fashion accessory. From shoes to boots to sandals, footwear is now designed keeping in mind the latest fashion trends. Fashion is now a need of the common man. Shoe stores no longer play the basic role of meeting peoples footwear needs.

Designer footwear that was once only accessible to the rich and famous is now available at local shoe stores at affordable rates. Shelves stacked with footwear belonging to biggest names in designer footwear like Marco Tozzi, Versace, Gucci etc. are now a common sight in almost every shoe shop. The common man is no longer happy with just comfortable footwear. Footwear lines and shoe shops have understood this. Stylish, fashionable and comfortable is what people understand today. And footwear shops have to meet this need of the fashion savvy people of today.

The competition is fierce. The more designer shoes of leading brands a shoe shop stacks, the more it gets attention and that means more business and more money. A real world shoe shop is only accessible to a limited number of people. To grow business and reach a larger number of potential customers, these shops have taken to the internet. Almost every store has a virtual online store, a replica of it physical existence in the real world, complete with pictures and descriptions of the range of footwear it deals in, their prices and everything else a customer has to know. These online shoe stores are accessible to everyone in the world. Once the shop can reach potential customers worldwide, its business knows no limits. Anyone, anywhere in the world can order shoes online, pay for them, and get them delivered at their doorstep.

Trench Coat Online Shopping

Times have passed when one had to go physically to a shop or store in order to purchase goods. With the dawning of the information age and the constant development of the internet, one can order for goods from the comfort of one’s office or home. Most companies that deal in various goods and services have websites wherein they offer information on their products, plus delivery at one’s home or office once one purchases their products. Having a website has become a basic requirement for any business to succeed nowadays. A company without a website may find it hard to carve its niche in its specific field of business.

Being that one cannot physically see the product that one is purchasing online, caution is a virtue that must be put into good use to avoid being swindled. Detailed knowledge of the product you wish to purchase will come in handy when looking for a product. The same goes when trench coat online shopping. They come in many colors, styles, designs and length, all hinging on the coats designer. Each person has a certain design which they find suits them the best as compared to others. When online shopping, there are a few factors that one should consider.

The trench coat that one chooses should be a proper fit. An ill-fitting one will be a nightmare to wear. Some trench coat designs may make one have a different outlook to others; for instance, one may look larger or shorter than they actually are. One should also decide whether their ideal one is a double or single breasted. These two designs have a significant difference in the outlook of the coat wearer.

The length of the coat is also very important if you are buying online. A coat of the ideal length should compliment one’s dressing as well as protect from the harsh effects of the weather. The color of the trench coat should also be to one’s liking. Being that one is buying online, carefully select from the colors presented on the vendor’s website. Last and most important is the price. Make sure that you select a that is one within the price range that one can afford. It is advisable to compare the price of one’s ideal trench coat with a number of vendors online. Do not be blinded by the brand of the coat. A similar coat; if not better; may be available at an affordable price according to one’s budget.

One of the best things about the trench as a fashion wear is its unisex nature. There is a variety of trench coats for men on the web. These coats have the appeal of making a man sexier and manly, while some say that it has an appeal of wealth. Every stylish man needs to have one in his wardrobe, as men need to look fashionably warm in cold seasons.

These days men’s trench coats come in different colors, but the dark and brown shades remain to be popular. You can never go wrong with khaki, beige coats. Most fashion experts agree that they have proved to be a timeless fashion piece and statement.

Men’s Fashion

Men’s fashion has always been an industry that commands recognition, what the handsome, chiseled models that display the handiwork of some of the world’s best designers and artisans. With the explosion of social media, men from all around the world are now paying even more attention to how they look; seeking to capture the onscreen attraction of models such as David Gandy and Tyson Beckford.

Given that men are spending so much money and time on menswear these days, new companies are springing up to accommodate them. And cater to the fashion requirements of these patrons. As such, the following is to help instruct younger men – older, too – about the basic elements of male fashion.

Elements of Men’s Fashion

Fashion is essentially a style that encompasses the clothing, footwear and accessories you put on; these can be things such as watches, wallets, sun-shades, bracelets and ties. You may find it helpful to check out a few fashion magazines, and jot down a general list of the things you like – put this list in your Smartphone, so you can start acquiring them little-by-little when you go shopping.

Fashion trends are also dependent on the particular occasion; what you wear should depend a lot on whether you’re going to a formal party, wedding, business meeting or some other special function. Even sportswear counts for fashion – you know how good you feel when you’re wearing certain work-out clothing before heading to the gym.

Keep in mind that the major elements of fashion that cannot be overlooked are the fit and comfort. Baggy clothing is mostly out for grown men – your clothes should not be too baggy or too tight once you hit your 20s. There’s even an extent to which you should sacrifice comfort (just a little) to make sure pants and top aren’t too loose. You don’t want to look unkempt! Proper fit enhances your appearance, and the fabric used goes a long way in helping with this attribute – soft cotton vs. polyester, for example.

Oh – and ditch the flashy colors, as a man. Sure; they may catch the lady’s eye; but it isn’t for a good reason, I can assure you. Men are under pressure to look manly (which is a good thing), so this shouldn’t really be a problem. Avoid reds and pinks, please, if you’re looking to attract women. Grays, blues, browns, blacks, silvers, etc, are always good colors to consider when strategically selecting your ensemble to impress.

The Importance of Getting Good Advice From a Boutique

Why would you even consider going this route? Because a shop or boutique that caters exclusively to men’s fashion employs professionals with considerable experience in menswear. They will help you make the right selection.

They can also counsel you on color schemes that you think are good, just because they look good on the store mannequin. The professional will more easily be able to picture how they’ll look on you, depending on your height, complexion, bearing, etc. The style you think you like might just not flatter you in reality – although the end-choice is, of course, yours. Take their experience into consideration when making a selection.

Always pay attention to the cut of the clothing – it makes a huge difference in how it looks on you. Here, more than anywhere else, the professional salesman can be of help.

Shopping with Style

If shopping tops the list of your favourite pastimes, then Aberdeen City and Shire won’t disappoint.

From designer boutiques to a host of high street names, you’ll find all the labels and top quality outlets you’d expect from a major city.

The city has for centuries been the main shopping destination for a huge catchment area, and a popular destination for European shoppers taking a weekend break. With its striking skyline, historical old town and impressive granite buildings this is a prosperous, cosmopolitan city.

The great range of excellent shopping centres ensures that you’ll always be able to find exactly what you’re looking for and if it’s something more exclusive or a little quirky that you’re after, one of Aberdeen’s independent retailers will be able to provide that too.

At a mile long, Aberdeen’s Union Street is Britain’s longest high street and is jam packed with a host of household names and high street favourites. At the upper end you’ll find the newly opened Hugo Boss, G -Star Raw and Cruise, along with premium stores like Jaeger and Jones the Bootmaker.

Cruise, which opened in the autumn of 2007, is one of the UK’s leading independent luxury retailers with a fantastic reputation not only for designer brands, but as a showcase for fresh cutting edge fashion. Brands currently available at Cruise include Gucci, Prada, Dolce and Gabbana, Versace, Dior, Hugo Boss, Paul Smith, Vivienne Westwood, Fendi, Chloe and Jimmy Choo to name a few.

At the bottom end of Union Street, just before it meets the historic Castlegate, is The Bon Accord St Nicholas Shopping Centre.

Right in the heart of the city it has a fabulous range of stores and is the prime retailing area in Aberdeen. The biggest shopping centre in the city, it is split into two buildings and has three floors extending to 630,000 sq ft over two levels. Built in a serpentine shape to maximise shop unit frontage, it is covered by a barrel vaulted glazed roof with a 90-ft high glazed dome.

Flagship stores include New Look and Monsoon, one of the largest in Scotland, a large Boots and Woolworths and shops such as The Body Shop, River Island, Miss Selfridge, Dorothy Perkins, Ortak and Oasis. A new Costa Coffee will revive the most weary shopper, while the restaurants within the Upper Mall, John Lewis and Marks and Spencer, located at either end of the Centre, remain a poplar rendezvous for a casual lunch and a catch-up with friends. And of course, there’s a Starbucks, with an outdoor sitting area, if you fancy a spot of cafe culture.
Just across from the city’s Union Terrace Gardens, The Mall Trinity is a great, one floor shopping centre with around 27 stores including Debenhams, Argos Extra, T-Mobile, HMV, Superdrug, Waterstones and a large Primark.

Cobbled Belmont Street, known for its trendy bars, cafes, and art house cinema, is also the location for The Academy shopping centre. Surrounding an Italianate style piazza, it has an excellent range of upmarket brands and individual shops, coffee shops, bars and restaurants, and the open-air piazza is often a focus for live entertainment throughout the summer months. Here the style conscious will find independent shops such as Attic, AB10 and Concept, which specialises in casual designer-ware for men. A true style leader in Aberdeen, Attic is constantly introducing new collections including U.A.R.M, Green Apple Tree and Six Pack. AB10 has everything from footwear to accessories, with many main stream brands including G-Star, Ted Baker, Miss Sixty, Replay, Firetrap and Gio-Goi.

Nicknamed ‘Little Chelsea’, the Thistle Street area of the city is the acknowledged style quarter of Aberdeen with a range of independent shops stocking everything from clothes, shoes and accessories, in addition to gift shops, delicatessens, French bakers, florists and art galleries. Bellino and Hamish Munro both have excellent ranges of shoes by continental designers, and if you need a dress for a big night out, try Frox – with everything from funky to formal, it’s evening wear with attitude. Esslemonts and Esslemonts 2 stock a stylish choice of menswear and women’s fashion from leading brands such as Camel Active, Tommy Hilfiger, Remus, Hobbs and Turnover.

Verdict, also on Thistle Street, stocks a wide range of really unusual designer clothing and accessories that are both wearable and glamorous. From contemporary evening wear and associated accessories through to casual jeans and edgy tops, Verdict was named by style guru Caryn Franklin as one of the top ten independents in Scotland.

For stylish, classic designs Kafka, just around the corner in Alford Place, has the latest from Armani, Burberry and Prada, while Kafka for men can be found on Rosemount Viaduct.

Aberdeen’s up and coming area, The Green, is home to a range of first class bistros and fine dining, and a number of trendsetting shops have also opened in the area, including Coco Violet, designs for the cool and trendy. It houses an eclectic collection of fashion for the woman that wants to stand out from the crowd, with stunning items you won’t find anywhere else in Aberdeen, let alone the UK. For shoes with a difference take a look at Fenner and Coburn at Netherkirkgate with an impressive collection of distinctive designs.

Meanwhile Zoomp, tucked away in Jopps Lane behind John Lewis, has a wide range of clothing covering everyday casual to Jimmy Choo and Matthew Williamson.

If it’s a retro feel you’re after, head to The Closet in Jopps Lane for quirky, vintage retro – an Aladdin’s cave of retro finds and one off pieces , or nearby Retrospect, which was recently featured in Vogue magazine, while Vintage Phoenix in Chattan Place will tailor your finds to fit.

Jewellery, art and antiques

Aberdeen is not known as the Silver City for nothing – the sparkling granite buildings that make up much of the city are testament to that – however the city is also the home of some independent jewellers who can design that signature piece to celebrate a very special occasion.

Family-owned Finnies the jewellers, has Scotland’s largest stock of diamond jewellery – and biggest collection of grandfather clocks. As well as over 26 watch brands, you’ll find unusual gifts including silver snooker chalk holders. Jamieson and Carry is another family firm, established in 1733. From pearls to pendants it’s a firm favourite with jewellery lovers. You can even commission a special piece to be individually designed and made in-house. Sandy Menzies Designer Jewellers present a constantly evolving range of contemporary jewellery. The design and production of commissioned pieces in precious metals and gemstones is also available, while George Kite on Holburn Street features a range of modern Scottish designers.

For antiques, head for the city’s West End, where you’ll find Elizabeth Watt on Thistle Street, specialising in ceramics, silver and jewellery while Rendezvous, on Forest Avenue, has great art deco finds as well as contemporary art. Thistle Antiques on Esslemont Avenue is the place to go for gorgeous antique mirrors and lamps, and Atholl Antiques on Great Western Road has quality furniture and paintings. For antique maps, go to Colin Wood on Rose Street, who carries a very fine range.

Gallery Heinzel specialises in contemporary Scottish art from its base in Aberdeen’s Thistle Street. The gallery hosts up to 10 exhibitions a year showcasing the work of established and emerging Scottish artists. The Carby Art Gallery, in a contemporary art space, offers a unique gallery experience. Resident artist Ian Carby, famed for his vibrant landscapes and shoreline scenes, exhibits alongside international and local artists with sculptures, ceramics, jewellery and photography

If you’re searching for that special gift that’s a little bit different from the run of the mill, Nova on Chapel Street has long been a favourite with Aberdonians. Its comprehensive gift selection ranges from the cool and funky to the classic while Annie Mo’s, on Holburn Street and the bottom end of Union Street, also stocks an unusual range of gifts along with some beautiful furniture.


Aberdeen’s Country Fair is a monthly market with over 30 stalls of fresh farm produce, local crafts, home-baking, food and drink. The main market takes place on the last Saturday of every month and there’s a smaller weekly version every Saturday at the Academy Shopping Centre. One of the largest markets in Scotland, it provides local farmers and crafters the opportunity to showcase their quality home-grown and handcrafted products. A typical Aberdeen Country Fair will feature everything from Aberdeen Angus beef, fish landed at Aberdeen and Peterhead Harbours, local fruit and vegetables, baking, cheeses, confectionary, Scottish whisky, wines and handmade

Three or four times throughout the year, and in the weeks leading up to Christmas, you’ll find Aberdeen’s popular International Market, one of the largest and most successful of its kind. The annual three-day event offers a wide range of European and British foods with 70 stalls including fresh French fruit and vegetables, French, Dutch, Scottish and English cheeses, hams from Spain, biscuits from Brittany, and a variety of French breads. You’ll also find an array of fine textiles, accessories, and arts and crafts on offer.

Shopping in the Shire

You don’t always need to visit the City for shopping, as Aberdeenshire also has a great range of shops. Quirky craft shops abound, and there are a number of stylish clothes shops that are well worth a visit. In Inverurie try Altro Designer Wear on North Street for D&G, Versace, Armani, Guess, Hugo Boss, and G-star. B’s Knees Too (and original B’s Knees in Oldmeldrum) carries a fabulous range of clothing and accessories from casual wear to exclusive evening wear and a wide range of bags, shoes and jewellery. A branch of Attic has recently opened in the town too.

Thirty minutes drive from Aberdeen City centre, Royal Deeside is a treasure trove of galleries, craft shops and exclusive outlets, many of them with Royal Warrants.
The royal village of Ballater has a good selection of individual shops and boutiques, many carrying the Royal seal of approval. There are a few surprises too, such as the Chocolate Box, which also sells Lulu Guinness handbags, and Foxy for an eclectic range of clothes, jewellery and furniture.

Deciding To Go Shopping

Jeans have always played in important role in your wardrobe. Not because of its value, its been proven to be one clothing to bring comfort when wearing them. When going shopping for mens jeans it should be a happy event. It shouldn’t be a stressful one, even though there are so many different stores in finding what your looking for. This should be a fun occasion, which can be shared with someone close to you.

Over the years, styles may have changed, but the original blue denim will always remain in the market when shopping for men’s clothing. Its not easy to know what will be in style year to year. One thing we can expect is that the true denim classic styles will remain a selection for years to come.

There are different fits you may choose from, like straight leg, classic, standard and relaxed fit. The most popular one is the straight leg and the boot cut. Many individuals prefer to wear designer jeans, making them look classier than ever. Society has made individuals shop for designer name brands making them look more high class.

Men’s dress shoes are mainly wore at casual events, the colors vary. Most used colors are black and brown. There is a large variety in fashion raging from color to style. There’s nothing better than seeing a well dress man walking down the street.

Starting with men’s dress shirts, they have an outstanding look. By choosing the slim fit shirt, or choosing plain, striped, leather, or pattern. There is also the selection of a simple look not concentrating in name brands.

There isn’t a wardrobe without having denim pants in there. Its versatility is seen year after year. Some people use them in casual outfits creating an outstanding look for them. Shopping for men’s clothing is difficult if you don’t know what to buy.

In dress shoes, depending where you wear them, some styles are made for work where others can be worn for formal wear. Black shoes are considered more formal than any other color. The more patterns you see on the shoe the more formal it is.

There is a wide range of fashion to choose from. Some people are interested in a simple look, not necessary looking for brand names, where others only choose brand names Men’s suits is another preferred clothing. The jacket should fit perfectly as possible. It should have a collar that allows your dress shirt to stand above it by one inch at least. When buttoned the jacket should be flush against your torso but not pulling on the bottom. The sleeves should go all the way down the end of your wrist bone so that 1/2 to 1/3 inch of shirt sleeve is exposed. For the more simpler individuals there are other men’s shirts that are less fancy but yet preferred by plenty of people.

Shopping For Current Prom Fashion

Attending dances and formal occasions in high school is very highly anticipated and well looked forward to among students. Attending these occasions is often considered an integral part of having fun and simply letting lose in a formal occasion that allows students to dress up for the evening. Anyone considering attending this type of formal occasion should know what is considered when shopping for current prom fashion styles.

The prom is simply one of those occasions that is commonly and vehemently looked forward to among students in the school. This is a formal occasion that focuses very heavily on the dress that is purchased and worn as well as on any themes that are made available for people to focus their purchases on. Keeping up with current trends and what is currently being worn at other proms around the world is often considered a very complicated process to keep up with.

Anyone considering the attendance of this formal event often find an incredible number of options to consider as a result. These are all options that are aimed at ensuring the entire purchase is made easy and in an efficient and stress free manner. Attendees that keep a few of the basics in mind are able to ensure they perform this process in the most effective manner possible.

Keeping up with what is current and actually guiding the purchasing process is often performed on blogs. The internet is filled with blog writers that focus on fashion and the specifics that surround formal wear for formal occasions. These are helpful in establishing what is hot and trendy within this marketplace of items in order to ensure the entire purchase is a success.

Reading fashion publications is also a major component of this entire process. These magazines are tailored to suit the needs of people making this decision in that they provide pictures and articles on the latest in formal occasions and dresses. They are also filled with various hints and tips in hair designs and accessories that should be purchased as well. Even goers should also thoroughly peruse all local specialty boutiques and retailers when attempting to find the latest trends. These retailers are often some of the first to carry the latest in formal fashions and are often able to help guide interested consumers toward making a successful and trendy purchase. They are also some of the first retailers to offer theme gowns and items as well.

Promotional and special pricing events should also be paid attention to. This is often a purchase that is very expensive to make and should be reduced as much as possible to ensure it remains well with budget. Many local retailers advertise heavily during prom season to help attract consumers. Shopping for current prom fashion styles should finally be performed with a thorough understanding of all retailer return policies. The gowns that are purchased are often only performed after careful consideration and numerous options being considered. This easily understood policy helps ensure that returns or exchanges are made in an effective manner.

Mens Fashion Scene Turns

It has been observed in recent times that men are taking to fashion trends as fish to water. Their awareness of the changing scene globally is registered by the new wave of men’s designer clothes. Men too are demanding their limelight about their fashion profile and this is reflected in the latest styles and designs being showcased by the fashion fraternity.

Today’s man is well informed about the changing fashion scene, understands his role in it, and the importance given to styles and looks. Now it is easy for the modern men to understand fashion swings and accordingly alter their clothing styles.

Usually men prefer to stick to masculine colours and styling. This trend is slowly changing. Now men are more ready to experiment with their looks, hair, styles, clothes, and even accessories. Keeping that ‘macho-man’ intact, today’s men are out to try new styles in their clothesline. When men’s colours used to be white, blue, grey, black, cream, baize, or khaki, now it is the turn of red, orange, yellow, green and any other colour under the sun.

Apart from matching and mixing their clothing, men’s fashion is all about the right accessories too. In fact, this is reflected in the number of shops catering to ‘only-men shop’ and ‘men’s wing’ in big malls around the globe.

Fashion knows no boundaries. Men’s designer clothes too are changing according to the needs of the global man. Fabric from different places and different cultures around the globe is also depicted in men’s attire. Denim, which was long associated as being almost the second skin of men’s clothing, is quite often replaced by a pair of silk trousers or linen trousers.

Men’s fashion has seen lots of transformation in introduction of new designs and cuts. Be it trousers, shirts, blazers, shorts, scarves, tees, shoes, jumpers, or cardigans–anything and everything is undergoing sea-change for men. They are coming in unbelievable colours and shades. Men’s jeans are also available in low waist, skin tight fittings, etc. Trousers come in neutral as well as light coloured ones.

In shirts too, there has been a huge transformation. Men nowadays are not averse to experimenting with coloured half sleeves, full sleeve, folded up sleeves, pinned ups sleeves, and many more in checks and stripes of different hues and colours.

Shop For Style Online

Surely it’s considered a major fashion faux pas – turning up somewhere in the same outfit as someone else. If the current crop of high street shops are anything to go by, however, you’d be forgiven for thinking that clothing conformity is something we’re all striving towards.

Let’s face it, for those of us looking for something a little bit ‘different’, high street shopping can be a pretty dreary and dispiriting experience. Just imagine that you’re blindfolded and parachuted into a UK city’s shopping street – your blindfold is removed – do you know where you are? The answer is that there will probably be very few clues, as you will find exactly the same shops wherever you go. The ‘usual suspects’ will be side by side, churning out similar-styled garments and cashing in on the latest ‘celebrity style’ craze with cheap copies of couture pieces.

To those who crave individualism and want to dress with a bit of flair and originality, this copycat culture is depressing. Kate Moss only has to appear looking stunning dressed in her own inimi

ur hard earned cash on faked fashion which isn’t going to make us look a million dollars, and won’t make us look like Kate in a million years. When it comes to mock fashion the real mockery is the one we make of ourselves.

Don’t despair! The internet is a fantastic resource for anyone seeking their own unique style. There are plenty of places to shop online offering distinctive, desirable apparel and accessories which will set you apart from the ‘clothing clones’ without breaking the bank. The benefits of buying online are many; no more trooping round town elbowing others out of the way, no queues, and no last minute buying because the shop’s about to shut, only to get home and discover your panic purchase looks terrible on or has traces of cosmetics on the collar. Instead you can shop from the comfort of your home, browsing and buying at your leisure.

Small businesses and solo fashion designers use the web to showcase their products, and because their overheads are lower (no huge retail premises to maintain or large staff to pay) you have a real opportunity to purchase gorgeous garments and attractive accessories which won’t cost the earth. There are also sites selling quality second-hand and vintage fashion pieces, allowing you to track down your own style statement for a fraction of the price of buying new. If something is described as ‘hand made’ don’t let memories of Auntie Dot’s amazing asymmetrical unravelling knitwear cloud your judgment – handmade usually means lovingly crafted with great attention to quality and detail, and can definitely denote a one-off, original clothing item which will be the envy of others and a fashion favourite for years to come.

If you’re more concerned about the look you want than the designer label you’re wearing, there are a few points to consider when buying over the internet. Search for sites with decent product photographs and detailed descriptions, not tiny little ‘thumbnail’ images. After all, you wouldn’t buy a product from a catalogue unless you had a good idea what it looked like. Use careful keywords to narrow and speed your internet searches. For example, if you’d prefer a product in a quality fibre, include ‘wool’ or a more specific term such as ‘mohair’ as one of your search words to find precisely what you want faster. Vague, all-encompassing search terms will only drag the high street to your desktop, and you’ll end up ploughing through ‘virtual’ polyester! Make sure sites offer secure checkouts that encrypt your credit-card details; safe and trusted payment methods include PayPal, WorldPay and NoChex, although there are plenty of others.

Finally, enjoy the experience! The internet gives you a great choice, and buying online from a smaller supplier often means you’ll receive a much higher quality product and level of service than you’d find in a vast anonymous ‘bricks and mortar’ store. Independent online retailers are keen to involve their customers in a real relationship, and you’ll find yourself returning regularly to your favourite fashion sites. Shopping to suit yourself can be very rewarding, and not just financially.

Men’s Fashion

Although it would be nice if the first impression people took from us was our personality, the fact remains that our exteriors are, naturally, the first thing people consider when they look at us. This is not necessarily style-related; our wardrobes may be perceptions of what our bank accounts or personalities are. Even the smallest details of our dress send messages about ourselves that can be misinterpreted. Men tend to fall victim to this unfair scrutiny often as they tend to be unaware of the silent messages their ensembles are sending. We have provided some simple tips to help you avoid this situation and become more aware of the message you may be sending.

At one time, over-sized clothing was undoubtedly in style. However, that time has come and gone. Now, clothing that hangs on your frame and bags and sags is unattractive and presents an image of untidiness to people who see you. Choose clothing that is tailored to your frame without being too tight, and that provides comfort without being too baggy.

Often men also make another mistake, they do not think about their foot wear choices. It may seem easiest just to grab some tennis shoes out of the closet, but you have to think of what impression this is giving other people. It may not be comfortable for some men to wear anything but tennis shoes, but these men should make sure that their shoes are clean and not too worn.

A good hairstyle is also important to project and image of cleanliness and style. Find one that looks great and is easy to replicate by any stylist. You should have to spend a little extra the first time on a good haircut, but going to a professional, trusted stylist will be well worth the expense.

Try something new. Too often we get stuck in our “comfort zone” and then our style becomes stale. Try spicing things up once and a while, buy that electric blue shirt instead of the pale blue you normally would. Ask your friends, family members or coworkers for their style ideas. Resist that urge to go to the store and purchase the same clothes. Take those few moments and look at what is available, colors, textures, fit of the clothes, try something new.

Shopping Naples Style

Shopping isn’t just a tradition in Naples, Florida, it’s an institution. With a wide range of options from which to choose, Naples offers everything from the well-known, upscale shops of 3rd Street South and Naples 5th Avenue to newer additions such as the Waterside Shops, and Village on Venetian Bay. For those looking for a more traditional setting, the Coastland Center mall provides indoor parking, air conditioning, and a number of anchor stores.

Third Street South is one of the most picturesque settings for a leisurely shopping expedition, nestled among historic courtyards against a backdrop of flowers and lush greenery. The district includes a number of art galleries featuring sculptures, ceramics, and paintings by internationally renowned as well as emerging artists. Antique stores are another popular destination brimming with porcelains, silver and fine furniture. The many high-end boutiques provide a mix of designer clothes and resort fashions for men, women, and children.

Fifth Avenue South boasts avenues that stretch all the way to the Gulf as well as cooling shade from the prized banyan trees lining the promenades. The many boutiques and one-of-a-kind shops provide opportunities to purchase the perfect accessory or timeless gift you won’t find in another store. The shops alternate with a number of bistros and sidewalk cafes so you can indulge in a glass of wine or fresh seafood dish during your shopping expedition. The bustling commerce has led many to characterize Fifth Avenue South as Naples’ “cafĂ© society.” At night, the district comes alive with theater, musical performances, art shows, and a number of themed festivals scheduled as part of an annual calendar of events.

Reminiscent of a European community, the Village on Venetian Bay has carefully selected 60 specialty shops and designed them to take advantage of its prized waterfront setting. Known for its distinctive shops and personalized service, shoppers can choose from couture styling to resort-wear as well as whimsical fashions for children. The Village also offers boutiques specializing in European home items as well as an assortment of dazzling jewels.

The Waterside Shops at Pelican Bay combine Spanish architecture, lush greenery and cascading waterfalls for the ultimate in serene shopping experiences. The 45 specialty stores are anchored by Saks Fifth Avenue and Jacobson’s as well as other upscale designers, such as Burberry and Coach. The area offers a number of spots to sit down and enjoy the ambience while contemplating your next purchase.

Located in the heart of town, the Coastland Center Mall offers a more traditional mall experience with favorites such as the Gap, Limited Too, and Old Navy. With over 150 retailers and a large food court, Coastland Center provides a convenient alternative to the outdoor shopping mix in Naples.