Category Archives: Fashion Tips

Most Comfortable & Stylish Men’s Shoes-(What to Wear to NightClubs)

When shoe shopping I would look for Comfort and Style.  Price does not necessarily dictate quality or comfort.  I think it’s silly to have amazingly stylish shoes, that cause you pain (at least for dudes, I know girls often do whatever it takes to look hot).

The most comfortable Dress Shoes I own are consistently Kenneth Coles.  I’ve had 3 pairs and they are all super comfy AND they look good.  I actually prefer more outlandish and striking designs, but Ken Coles are very classy shoes. www.KennethCole.com

The past 4 years I’ve had 9 pairs of Creative Recreations, they are in my opinion the most stylish high end sneakers out there.  Many brands are imitating their style and design now that Creatives are so popular.  I like them because they are versatile, I can wear them with some sweat pants to take  Hip Hop Dance Class, or wear them out to the club with some nice gear.  They are pricey for sneakers (Many are $100+) but if you want to know my insider tips to get them cheap email me Dance@Chihoe.com. www.Crea8Rec.com

One of my favorite clothing brands is Zara.  I discovered them in 2001 when I went studying abroad in Spain.  I came back to the states with at least a $600 warddrobe from Zara.  My boy Dennis and I would hunt out Zara in every European country we backpacked to, and in most cities we found them.  The shoes are very comfy, very stylish, and have decent durability.  European style is often 2 years ahead of the states so go check em out! They’ve expanded with many stores in the States and Internationally. www.Zara.com

What are your favorite Shoe Brands?

-Chi

Happy New Years!

 

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An Amazing Feeling!

The state of your surroundings is a reflection of your state of mind.  A dirty car, bedroom, office reflects a state of disorganization in your mind.  A clean and organized daily environment promotes productivity and efficiency.

This week I got rid of 3 trash bags of clothing- at least 200 items some dating back to 2001 or earlier.  I took it to Buffalo Exchange who took a whopping 3 items and credited me $20 which I promptly put towards a shiny silver American Apparel track jacket.

Growing up I’ve been somewhat of a pack-rat.  Holding on to things for sentimental reasons, and the “What if I need it later” attitude.  (Thanks Mom, I learned it from you!)  As someone who’s averaged one move per year over the last 12 years, I can tell you lugging around all the extra crap and trying to find places to store it have become a burden.

The high I’ve gotten from getting rid of things and getting organized lately is one of the best feelings I’ve had in a long time.  In fact I’m addicted now and looking for more things to get rid of!

A good rule to go by when spring cleaning is if you haven’t worn or used something once or twice in a year, you should get rid of it.  My new rule is that you should either absolutely love everything in your closet, or need to wear it for certain occaisions.

I gave my girl Lisa a fashion show and she helped me decide what gear to keep.  It was difficult as some stuff still fits and looks good yet was out of style or looked good but not great. My new rule is when in doubt don’t keep it, get rid of it!

As Lisa said, “Make room for new things in your life” getting rid of the old helps you look forward and makes room for new exciting things and opportunities to come into your life.

Here’s a great article I found on Feng Shui: http://progressivelightingblog.blogspot.com/2010/12/ten-ways-to-feng-shui-your-state-of.html

Take this opportunity over the holidays to make room in your life for all the abundant things to come.

Happy Holidays Everyone and Wishing you all the Success, Love, and Happiness you deserve in 2011.

-Chi

 

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7 Tips To Keep Your Gear FRESH!

I talked previously about how wearing clothes that fit you is the most important fashion advice you need to know.  I also mentioned great places like Buffalo Exchange and Nordstrom Rack to get high fashion clothes at budget prices.

Another great way to look good without spending too much money is to take good care of the clothes and belongings you have.

I have used these methods to keep my favorite clothes looking FRESH.

Here are some of my best tips:

  1. Wash Clothes on Delicate Cycle
  2. Hang Dry Clothes you Care about like Dress Shirts and Nice Pants
  3. Use AWESOME Brand Cleaner to Get Stains Out Before you Wash
  4. Dry Clean the clothes that are Special Fabrics or stains
  5. Scotch Guard/ Leather Protect/Polish your shoes when you first get them
  6. Use Magic Eraser to Clean your Shoes
  7. Rotate Shoes so they Last Longer

1. Washing clothes on delicate cycle will help them last longer, as the fabric won’t be as roughed up in the machine.  This is particularly in reference to button down shirts and even cotton t-shirts.

2. Hanging dry your clothes may take a bit of effort, but again, it will put less wear and tear on your clothes.  The girl I’ve been dating was surprised and impressed the first time she came over and saw my clothes hang drying in my room.  I was like “I hang dry my clothes so they last longer” and she was like “I KNOW I do too”.  (You don’t need to hang dry underwear socks, towels).

3. No I’m not being compensated to promote AWESOME cleaner, my Aunt introduced it to me years ago in college and I’ve found it the best stain remover for those collar neck stains and to clean my white garments.  The best part is you can buy it at a 99cent store.  (On a side note I’m not sure how environmentally friendly it is, it has a chemical smell that can be strong).  It also helps to have a good clothes scrubber (I stole my parents’ scrubber from the house).  Another good idea for heavy stains is to presoak dirty items  in OXYCLEAN.

4. Find a good dry cleaner (not just a cheap one) because I’ve noticed some of the cheap ones don’t really get stains off your clothes!  Dry clean silk ties,and items with special fabrics.  Don’t wear the items too long before cleaning because stains may set in and be unremoveable. If you’re not sure how to wash your clothes look at the tag inside for directions.

5. Scotch Guarding will help protect your shoes,bags from stains.  It helps repel liquids off the fabric.  My shoesmith told me to polish my leather shoes when I first get them because shoes from the factory are not protected and you want to take care of the leather.

6.  This Magic Eraser is freakin’ amazing as well.  It takes out 83.2% of the scuff marks on the bottom outside of your athletic shoes.  Give it a try and thank me later.

7. Rotate the shoes you wear so you don’t wear one pair out super quick.  I have this habit where I buy a shoe that I love, and end up wearing it everyday.  I normally then wear that shoe out quickly in a matter of months.  I do get my moneys worth, but I wear the crap out of the shoe and then it looks to worn, plus it loses its support and structure.  When I switch up the shoes I wear between at least 2-3 pairs, I can wear those shoes for way longer than a year.

What’s your best gear maintenance advice?

-Chi

p.s. check out this Groupon coupon for $25 for $50 worth of purchases at Nordstrom Rack.  It ends tommorrow!

 

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High Fashion, Low Budget

As I mentioned before, the first impression you make on a woman before you even utter a word is made by your appearance.  As many women know it’s always safer to dress well on daily basis even to run errands then to look like a slob.  Be prepared and be at your best all the time, you never know whom you’ll run into.

A challenge for many guys is finding good looking, comfortable clothes that we can afford.  The best places I’ve found to get great clothing at a reasonable price are:

  • Buffalo Exchange
  • Nordstrom Rack
  • Loehmann’s.

Buffalo Exchange is a place where you can buy and sell clothes.  Most times people don’t want to wear clothing other people have worn  but often times the stuff here has either never been worn, or were worn a few times and were really well taken care of.  They have a strict policy and standard of what they take which is that it must be in style, and in almost new condition.  I brought in a pair of what I thought was a nice pair of Lucky jeans I had worn a couple times..  The  girl checked the tag and was told me they were from a few years ago and were out of style.   I’ve bought my infamous Maroon leather jacket there, a $300 G Star jacket for $40, and my friend Derrick just bought a Mint condition Zara Suit for $29 top and bottom.

The next place I really like is Nordstrom Rack.  They have high end clothing starting at 50% off retail.  I consider retail price sometimes ridiculous, so  at 50% the pricing I feel is reasonable.  They have great jean selection like True Religion, Citizen of Humanity, Rock and Republic.  I bought my most expensive pair of jeans there a couple months ago- I spent $100 on a pair of Citizen of Humanity (retail $200)  and$50 on a pair of Monarchy.  Prior to that I had never spent more than $25 on a pair of jeans.  The  cut, style, and quality and comfort of the more expensive jeans does make a difference.

Spending alot of time in Asia the past few years I’ve bought some knock-offs in China of Gstar and Diesel.  Yes, they look good, I’ve gotten compliments on them and they were cheap $15usd however they fall apart after a few washes.  So spend more  and get a better quality product.

Another place to check out is Loehmanns, which I say is a “Baller” version of Ross or Marshall (more high end).  Similar discounts to Nordstrom Rack- about 50% off retail.  There’s something about Nordstrom Rack that I like a bit more, they seem a bit more organized and well staffed.  I would check out both just to compare.

Another option if you don’t have a budget to spend much is to tailor your old clothes that you wear so they fit and look sharper on you.

Lastly you can check out thrift stores such as Goodwill or Salvation Army, however it’s unlikely you’ll find alot of designer or expensive stuff.  Not to say that you have to wear designer to look good.  When you do make finds at the thrift stores, they’ll be amazing like Suit jackets for $10.

Those are my best suggestions, things I haven’t really tried but you might be able to find stuff on Craigslist.org, or ebay.  Also generally online you can find stuff cheaper, and whatever store you like (Banana Republic, Guess) you can often times Google and find coupons and discount codes.  There are also sites like Gilt.com,
thewarehousesale.com, and RueLaLa.com that offer crazy sale prices on luxury items.

Good Luck and Happy Hunting!

Send me a before and after pics of your outfits! (Remember to buy clothes that fit!)

-Chi

What are your High Fashion, Low Budget suggestions?

 

 

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Best Fashion Advice You’ve Ever Received

The first impression you make on a woman before you even utter your first words is made by your sense of fashion and style.

The fashion advice every man needs to hear: Wear clothes that fit you!

Clothing that does not fit you can make you look short, fat, skinny, goofy.

Wearing clothing that fits you makes you look taller, sexier, sophisticated.

Incorrect Fit:  Proper Fit:

Let’s face it fellas, we’re not in High School anymore.   It’s not appropriate to wear XL jackets when your size is really Medium. Perhaps you have the opposite issue- maybe it’s been 10 years since college and you’re still trying to squeeze into your favorite t-shirt from High School.  For me the size of my clothes has gotten smaller as I’ve gotten older (to the point where they fit me completely now).  Yes it’s taken me a good 10 years to figure what looks best, but I can confidently say I know if my clothes fit me and the right sizes to wear.

6 Common ways Men’s clothes do not fit them:

  1. Shirts/jackets are too wide in the torso
  2. Sleeves are too baggy, too long
  3. Pants are too long
  4. Pant waist is too big or tight
  5. Pants are too baggy around butt and legs, crotch is too low
  6. Wrong size shoes

Incorrect Fit:

 

Proper Fit:

 

Ways to figure out if your clothes don’t fit:

  • Put your arms out to the side shoulder level – the shirt should not be excessively baggy around your torso.  If you look like you have wings and can flap them with all the excess material you need a slimmer cut shirt.
  • Hold arms out straight ahead chest level. Unbutton the cuffs and allow them to reach as far down your hand as they go. They should not go past 1/3rd of your hand (where the bottom of the inside of your thumb is).
  • Raise your arms up above your shoulders  – If  your shirt goes above your belly it is too small.
  • Roll up the bottom of your jeans/pants, if you have a cuff more than 2 inches your pants are probably too long
  • Pants are too tight if you have to inhale to put them on or if you can see the outline of your nuts.
  • Pants are too loose and low if you can grab large portions of fabric around your legs or from below your crotch.
  • Shoes are too big if your feet slide around, if you kick out and they move, if you have to wear super thick socks.
  • Shoes are too small if your toes go to the edge of the front of the shoe

How to find your clothes size:

  • Go to a tailor and get measured
  • Try different clothes brands as they size differently (I know Nautica and Tommy Hilfigger size Small fits like a size Large in Ben Sherman)
  • Try the clothes size smaller and bigger than you think you are.  Have a girl or buddy come with you to give you an opinion.  Ask the sales clerk for an honest opinion.

Ways to make your clothes fit you better:

Get them tailored.

Go to them Gym to put on weight or lose some weight.

Here’s an article I found helpful:
http://freshlyeducatedmen.wordpress.com/2009/11/25/how-to-find-the-right-fit-for-your-clothes/

For custom men’s fitting consultation check out this site: http://www.KinoWear.com

You’ll feel better when you look better.  Go to the mall this weekend and try out some new clothes.  A couple of great fitting new shirts or new shoes will make you feel like a new man!

What’s the worst Fashion mistake you’ve seen a guy make?

-Chi