Contemporary thinking on plaid tends to lie in one of two camps: those who see it as a simple, stylish essential, and those who denounce it as a sartorial symbol of that shudder-inducing neologism, the ‘hipster’.
But to dismiss plaid as just another tired trend is to do it a disservice, as its history and longevity suggest otherwise. Whether it’s in the form of a classic flannel jacket, a preppy button-down shirt or subtly situated within a suit, we’re firmly planting our flag in the pro-plaid camp.
So what makes the plaid shirt so enduring? How does one wear it, and wear it well? If you’re unconvinced, let this be an easy-to-follow illustration of just how useful this wardrobe staple can be.
Origins Of The Plaid Shirt
Before it became intrinsically linked with the great American outdoors, plaid was a loaded political symbol. This humble casual shirt’s beginnings stretch back to the 1500s, deriving from Scottish tartans that represented rival clans battling for control in the Highlands. As a result of the Scottish rebellion, The Dress Act of
Noted nineties philosopher Skee-Lo articulated the condition of many a man when he said, “I wish I was a little bit taller / I wish I was a baller”. But for every Tom Cruise forced to accept the seemingly impossible mission of making himself look lankier, there’s a Peter Crouch banging his head against a brick wall. Not to mention low ceilings.
Fret not: we have your headache cure. Whichever end of the height spectrum you’re at, there are wardrobe hacks you can use to chop off inches (at least visually) or add them on as required. This is the long and short of how to dress taller or smaller.
Tips To Look Taller
Enhancing a Napoleonic stature needn’t be complex. The idea is that you want to draw the eye upwards, forming an unbroken vertical line and thus creating the illusion of height.
By minimising distractions between top and toe – with, say, slit pockets rather than patch or flap ones – you’ll give the impression of more distance between the two.
Hued have thought that wearing the same colour on both halves can make you
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An overly excited, nervous, happy and equally tensed you have started shopping for the most special day of your life. In this process of getting the best of the lot, the most challenging part is to decide upon the perfect bridal lehenga designs. This is pretty well understood and so here are some points to help the future brides to be with few of some thoughts on getting the right lehenga.
Now who doesn’t like designer wears? One or the other designer lehenga might have appeased most of us sometime. Nowadays many brides are opting for designer lehengas. There are plenty of popular markets, malls, standalone shops in Delhi, which ably cater to the need of their customers. An exquisite lehenga collection designed by leading couturier obviously comes at a price. As they are breathtakingly beautiful, it can also burn a hole in your pocket.
If your budget is over a couple of lacs or more, you can jolly well opt for top designer bridal lehenga. There are many shops in Delhi where the exact replica of a hugely expensive designer lehenga may come up with a cost much lower
Some men have a BIG problem being small. Maybe it’s because a tall man is likely to earn £100,000 more over a thirty-year career, or maybe it’s the worry of spending your life as an armrest. Whatever the reason, a lack of height can be a real issue.
While, like ageing and grey hair, some men embrace it, the notion of being below average in a line-up is just not an option for some. Yet while nothing short of a miracle will take you from Danny DeVito to Shaquille O’Neal overnight, there are some tricks you can play on people’s eyes using your wardrobe to give the illusion of height.
Orthopaedic shoes and Cuban heels aside, here are a few style tips to make you appear taller.
Believe it or not, hidden in the body is an extra inch – all you need to do to unlock it is stand up straight.
Alongside eating a balanced diet, exercising regularly and getting eight hours sleep every night, posture is the most natural way to increase height.
If you’re unsure how to achieve (and maintain) good posture, then imagine a thread running through your body, holding your head up. Keep that image in mind throughout the day
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In the street style wars, simply pulling on your suit is never enough. Standing out comes courtesy of the tweaks and flourishes that turn by-numbers outfits into stand-out getups.
Here, we’ve equipped you with five easy steps to personalise your looks, which will take you from background character to leading man.
Bling Is In
You know it’s best to shun pinky rings or diamond studs, unless you’re knocking in goals in front of the Kop, but there are some tasteful options in the male jewellery box. A plain white tee is the perfect foil to a fine chain or pendant necklace, ideally in a reassuringly masculine gunmetal finish.
Or try contrasting your watch with a leather or canvas bracelet, for a subtle high-low juxtaposition that strips your wrist candy of any city boy connotations.
Transform Your Tailoring
At the height of the #menswear boom, a certain sort of man adorned his suits with enough bric-a-brac for a decent game of Buckaroo. Lapel pins, boutonnières, artfully ruffled pocket squares, even pocket watches – these affectations stacked up until it appeared the wearer was heading for a shift at TGI Friday.
Yet what was destroyed by overwork is receptive to a sympathetic hand. Simple lapel pins in silver or
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