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5 Simple Ways to Improve Your Style this Summer

5 Simple Ways to Improve Your Style this Summer

Summer is on its way. Change of weather means a change of clothing and style. Some people cope up with this change very well while the others find it bothersome to shift to new things. However, it’s not a difficult job at  all provided that you consider the basics of summer clothing and style. Before you go for your summer shopping, you need to keep a few points in mind. 

Try New Things

                    Try new things. Kollar Clothing. Rugged outfit 2017.

The true sense of style comes when you open your mind to new and unique options. You don’t have to be conventional and follow blindly whatever is in vogue. Making acceptable variations is always in your hand. Make a good use of it. So, you can wear chinos instead of wearing baggy pants or shorts. You can wear your casual dress shirts with shorts if you wish.

There is no such hard and fast rule regarding which thing goes with what. Try to make new combinations. Wear hats, half sleeves shirts, loosely buttoned shirts. All that will help you fight summers while being a fashionista as well. Believe me; people go crazy after what’s different and new!

 Find a Signature Accessory

        Try new accessory. Vitaly Design necklace. Unique necklace available at Mule Ties.

Fashion has always been about finding your signature style statement. So, this is what goes with this summer too. For women, this might be an interesting topic as they have a lot to choose from, jewelry, skirts, hats, dresses that fits the summer months. However, for men, it might get boring and difficult. This is because men tend to think they have a limited stock to select from.  They can wear a handkerchief as a pocketsquare or carry a stylish backpack with them, choose a jewelry that fits your style. Vitaly never fails to create jewelry that speaks loudly about one's character. 

Wear Light Colors

                     Summer Clothing. Light Colored Shirt for Men. Kollar Clothing. Mule Ties

Summers are all about light colors. Remember that light color does not refer to dull ones. It means the cool colors that soothe one’s eyes and do not make it more piercing to look at while the sun is blazing on the top. So you can wear any shade of blue, pink, light yellow, whites, off-white and greys.

Choose the shirts of your choice from the vast range at Mule Ties. Get them delivered to your doorstep just at one click. Get the best-quality shirts for summer this year.

Sunglasses

Komono Sunglasses. Unisex Summer Sunnies.

When talking about styling, sunglasses should never be kept off the list. Choose the ones which go best with your face's shape and let the style speak.

Sunglasses have always been the first choice during the summer months, it's a must-have. Not only for style but for protecting our vision from that striking heat of sunlight. Also sunglasses do protect the skin area around the eyes - hello wrinkles! Hey we're all heading in that direction one day but why not slow down the aging of your skin by wearing sunglasses when needed?!   

Don’t Get Overdone!

                What not to wear. Overly done outfit.

Whether it’s summer or winter, the rule remains the same; don’t get overly done. Listen, there's no need for you to wear all that you have all at once. This will make you look bothersome. Unless you're seeking for attention in a bad way then go for it! Simplicity is always perfect. Just go with your style statement and wear what makes you comfortable. Save the layering for the winter season. 

 

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The Tactical All Round Nike SFB Field 6″ Boot

The Tactical All Round Nike SFB Field 6″ Boot

Built for the tactical athlete, the Nike SFB Field 6″ Boot is made all the materials everyone from your office runner to a first responder needs to do their job effectively. Breathable canvas and quick-drying fibers. Dynamic lacing. Ultra-lightweight comfort. Internal rock shield. Aggressive traction pattern on the outsole. Multi-surface grip. Puncture protection. Phylon midsole for stability and cushioning. If the feature list and the design silhouette isn’t enough, this boot combines Nike Co-Founder Bill Bowerman’s experiences as a member of the 10th Mountain Division in Italy and his time as the head track and field coach at University of Oregon. In short, it’s a good looking boot that was designed to keep you standing up.

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How to Shine Your Shoes

How to Shine Your Shoes

Your shoes might not seem important, but they are much more than you think. To polish shoes is an art. It will give you an incredible look and sense of neat. When your shoes shine, then everything fits in place, and your overall body will glow.

 

On the following sections, we will show you everything there is to know about how to shine your shoes. You will get some tips about the right utensils to get them shining properly.

 

Who are expected to keep their shoes shiny?

 

To have polish shoes is a matter of presentation. It is important for everyday life. Some professions are fonder than others on personal presentation, particularly of the shoe shine.

 

For example, if you were in the military, you would be expected to polish shoes and make them shine like mirrors. On the other hands, for architects who work at a construction site, it is not as important. They will get dirty anyway on the first hour of work.

 

People in business take shoe shine seriously. You will not be punished if your shoe shine is not right, but you might look like a stranger when all other people have polished their shoes.

 

 

Special Occasions to Shine your Shoes

 

For special occasions, shoe shine is a must. You cannot show to your wedding with dirty shoes. Other special events like proms, anniversaries, and formal parties also require you to polish shoes.

 

At times, people get new garments for such occasions. However, if you are using your old and faithful shoes, then it is best to take care of the shoe shine first.

 

 

Benefits of Shinning your Shoes

 

Shining your shoes has further benefits than the mere presentation. To polish shoes is a way of maintenance for your footwear. Think of it like washing your clothes.

 

Besides, shoe shine protects the leather from spanning. It gives the necessary moisture and reinforces the natural waterproof properties of leather. When you polish shoes often, they will have a longer and better life.

 

 

Utensils to Polish ShoesShoe Polish Kit - Mule Ties

 

The right utensils to polish your shoes depend on your shoe stock. We will go through all the details for polishing leather. You will need:

  • Shining cloth.
  • Small cotton balls.
  • A shoe polishing brush.
  • A shining brush.
  • A can of polishing wax.

 

The shining cloth should be 100% cotton. You can use an old shirt you will not use anymore to make one. The shining brush is best when it is made out of horsehair. For the polishing wax, you can get a neutral (no color) wax. However, if you don’t have much variety of colors, it is best to get a colored wax. Most men, for example, only bare black and brown shoes. In that case, you can get a can of polishing wax for each color.

Walter's Shoe Polish Kit 

 

Simple Steps to Shine your Shoes

 

Before you start the shoe shine process, find something to protect your working area. You don’t want to taint your favorite carpet while you polish your shoes. Once you’ve done it, proceed to use these four simple steps to shine your shoes:

 

  1. Use the shining brush to take off any dirt on your shoe. If you find it hard to take it off, then you can use the shining cloth with some water to tear off all dirt. Before proceeding, dry the shoe or wait until it dries naturally.
  2. Use the shoe polishing brush to apply the polishing wax. Remember that your polishing wax should be the same color of your shoe. If your shoe is a rare color, there are neutral waxes with no color. When you apply the wax do it evenly, and cover every corner of the shoes. Once you’ve applied the wax, let it rest for a quarter hour. The wax will dry to be ready for the following step.
  3. Now it is time for the shoe shine. Use the shining brush again, and this time brush vigorously. You should take off the excessive polish. While you do this, the opaque color of the shoe will start changing into a beautiful bright
  4. Finally, go for the details. Most shoes need particular attention on the heel and toe. Use the small cotton balls to polish on circles. You will cover the damage on these zones, giving your shoes new life. Once you’ve used a small cotton ball, dispose it and use another to continue.

 

 

Additional Advice

 

You can improve the shoe shine with the shining cloth. Secure your shoe in a safe place and rub it with the cloth until you get satisfied with the results. This technique is a complement of the use of the shining brush.

 

To polish shoes for the first time can take some time. Be patient to get the best shoe shine. In average you can take 45 minutes to an entire hour to get a perfect shoe shine from old and damaged shoes. When they are not as bad, polish shoes is just a matter of 15 to 30 minutes.

 

 

Conclusion

 

To polish shoes is not just essential for your personal presentation. It is also useful to maintain your shoes properly.

 

Make sure you have all the right tools at hand before you start the polish shoe process. Depending on how damaged are your shoes, it can take some time. Be patient and o it thoughtfully to obtain the best shoe shine.

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How To Match Your Socks With Your Outfit - Men's Guide

 

Nowadays, socks have been used not only for protection and comfort, but for style and fashion. For men these days, fashion socks have been a staple to men’s everyday outfit. Gone are the days when socks were just used for practicality and function. Today, similar to pocket squares and ties, men have been closely paying attention to details of their socks’ design and style and how it should match their outfit.  It may seem easy to think about what socks to wear but choosing what pair of socks to use in matching a particular outfit can be tough. Every man with taste in fashion knows the importance of pairing up socks with their suit or even just casual wear (jeans, shorts, khakis). Here are some guide on how to match your socks with your outfit:

 

 

  1. Always wear socks that is in perfect condition. Unless your socks won’t be exposed while you wear it it’s not an issue. However, it is better to be careful than lead to an unexpected embarrassment when you unexpectedly take off your shoesJ.

 

  1. Match the color of your socks with the color of your pants. This is the safest choice in matching your socks with your pants, however, avoid wearing the exact same color. Choose the lighter or darker shade to enhance some complexity in your style. And if you do match your socks with the color of your pants, you can also try to be creative with the texture, just to add a bit of flare in the overall appearance of your look.

 

 

  1. Use colorful socks to add depth in your style and a touch of personality to your look. Colorful socks are best paired with patterned, striped, and solid suits. If you feel like wearing colored socks to your outfit, it’s better to follow Fashionbean’s color wheel to capture the right choice of your sock. The color wheel is your guide in matching a perfect sock for your outfit. When in doubt of your color choices, the color wheel is the best guide for you.

 

 

  1. Patterned socks. As a general rule, match your patterned socks with a color that you’re wearing above the waistline, like the color of your shirt, tie, or sport coat. You should also void matching the pattern of your socks with the exact pattern that already exists somewhere else in your look. Notice if there’s already a lot of pattern going on in your look, reach out for the solids or neutrals and save the patterned socks for another day.

 

 

 

  • No-show or sneaker-cut socks. A no-show or sneaker-cut sock is ideal for pants that shows your ankles. If you wear a mid-cut socks, chances are it will look a little off especially when wearing formal suits.
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    Socks is a staple part of mens’ outfit. If you’re someone who’s new to this, don’t be afraid to explore the sock world. Not sure where to get them? You can browse our sock shop here. There are a ton of stores that carry fashion socks nowadays, you’ll quickly find them whether in stores or online shops. It’s just a matter of the design you are looking for. Once you start wearing fashion socks, you’ll find it’s hard to go back to the plain white, well, boring socks. Black socks is still pretty versatile, you can pair it with a ton of coloured outfits. I hope you find this short blog helpful and useful.

     

    Until next time!

     

    Sources:

    http://www.fashionbeans.com/2014/how-to-match-socks-with-your-outfit/

    http://www.artofmanliness.com/2010/12/15/guide-to-socks/

    http://www.ties.com/blog/kicking-up-your-sock-game-a-guide-to-mens-sock-fashion

    http://muleties.com/collections/mens-corlorful-designer-socks

     

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    5 Tips on How To Dress Sharp

    Tip #1: Pick the right shoes. Investing in an expensive, high quality shoes are worth it. I don’t mean just get any pair that you like, but get something that will help you look sharp and respectable. With expensive brands they usually are very comfortable shoes and lasts quite a long time. It’s smarter to buy 1-2 pair of good shoes that are comfortable and will last you years rather than buying 10 pairs that are cheap but will only last a few months. And even worse if the shoes are uncomfortable to wear. And always remember keep them clean and shiny at all times:)

      

     

    Tip #2: Don’t wear a strong scented cologne. Wait, what I really mean is...don’t go crazy with it! Guys guys please puhhhlease! It’s cool if you used to do this, especially when hitting a club on a Saturday night.  It’s good to smell good but it can be offensive and unattractive when you smell like you just poured the whole bottle all over you! You want to smell good and fresh. Apply just the right amount, couple spritz and you’re good to go. Overwearing your cologne just isn’t classy.

     


    Tip #3: Age your look a little. The way you dress is the way you are perceived. If you want to be perceived as a boy, then dress like a boy. If you want to be treated like a man with experience in the real world, you’ll have to look it! This doesn’t mean you have to wear dress pants or suit all the time. If it’s a casual day at work, try matching a pair of jeans with a linen material collared shirt. Go through your wardrobe, maybe it’s about time to change things up. Get rid of the super baggy pants, we’re not in the 90’s anymore! Wear more ties or pocket squares when appropriate depending on your day, meetings, etc.

     

     

    Tip #4: Wear clothes that fit you perfectly. Guys, be mindful of this. There is nothing more unflattering than wearing something that’s not your right size. Doing so can result into looking either bigger than you actually are or smaller than you are. Below is an image from GQ online, clearly the wrong fit is on the left, while the right image is the right fit. You can see the wrong fit just appears off while the right fit is just looking classy and sharp.  

     

     


    Tip #5: Good posture. Broaden those shoulders and keep your head straight to where you’re going. If you’re looking down a lot when walking how are you supposed to see what’s ahead of you? When you stand up straight, you’ll automatically look leaner and it projects confidence. Look at the person in the eye when talking to them. People are going to avoid talking to you if they know you're not the approachable type of person.  Below is a good reference I got off Google images. Stand straight, sit up straight. Catch yourself when you notice you are slouching. It's only a matter of time and you'll find yourself with a good posture. 

     

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    Q&A with Mancave London, Men's Grooming Shop at it's Best

    Q&A with Mancave London, Men's Grooming Shop at it's Best

    The Mule Ties team continues to work with other fashion designers and trending shops. We're glad to introduce to our customers, viewers and readers, London's hottest men's grooming shop, Mancave London! They're modern, classy, sleek and stylish! Let's hear a little bit about their background. 

     

    How did you guys get started? 

    Menswear designer, Gemma Fraser founded the brand in early 2015. With a passion for menswear and brands with a unique visual identity from around the world; Mancave London was born. Built for the contemporary gent, for those that admire sartorial style, supporting the eager designers of tomorrow, and dressing to impress; Mancave London continuously collates the very best products from all corners of the globe. Bringing the modern day gentleman unique, beautifully crafted products and menswear suitable for both work, and play.

    Mancave London has quite the exquisite style. Where do you get your fashion inspiration?

    We get our inspiration from our gentleman, dapper gentleman - whether that be through street style, travelling to different cities, Instagram, or people watching whilst having coffee down a cobbled street in Shoreditch, London. Style is all around us and it just depends how you interpret peoples individual take on a trend.

    What are the top 5 wardrobe staples every man should have?

     Top 5 is hard - however, if we had to pick (In no particular order)

    1. A blue slim fitting Blazer is the backbone for any Gents wardrobe –whether you need a preppy, modern or traditional look the blue blazer is your man.
    2. Good socks - socks can really make or break an outfit - especially with the ‘rolled up trouser’ / ankle grazer slack look that is in at the moment. You could be wearing the most dapper 3-piece suit and flash a pair of terrible socks and the look is ruined. Our Alfredo Gonzales little numbers are the ideal choice http://www.mancaveldn.com/#!socks/c1f88
    3. A grey three-piece suit – preferably in a windowpane check to up the sartorial stakes.
    4. A good white shirt is key to any man’s wardrobe. A strong, stand up collar is your first checkpoint followed by a slim fit. Slim enough in the body to avoid the look of ‘shirt fat’, but not so tight you look like Popeye (let’s be honest that try hard look isn’t attractive). Box pleats in the back are preferable to add a little ventilation (no one likes sweat patches). Basic principle for cloth is cotton (it let’s you breathe), in a strong 120g either poplin or an Oxford weave – we personally like a bit of texture you get from the Oxford.
    5. A classic watch in a timeless style with leather strap is the staple arm candy for any gentleman. See Mancave London’s selection http://www.mancaveldn.com/#!watches/co68

    What are your top 3 hottest products?

    1. Stuart & Lau Cary Briefcase – Blue / Tan – Brought to Mancave London all the way from New York, the Stuart and Lau Cary briefcase is the ultimate accessory for any gentleman’s daily attire. Designed to provide a streamlined experience for your every day, the Cary briefcase includes features that address the real needs of a day spent in motion – whether it be their built in umbrella holder, newspaper slip for your daily commute, luggage tag pen that is perfect for your travel card or the fact that it’s actually waterproof to protect your daily essentials rain or shine, this guy is a must have. http://www.mancaveldn.com/#!product-page/c6np/ab5ccb65-328a-ab41-69d5-e6a3c9275835
    1. Il Bussetto Portfolio – Hand stained, crafted from the finest Italian leather, using traditional methods, Il Bussetto creates the most stylish portfolios we have ever encountered. Available in two sizes and 4 colours, the sleeve is perfect for your laptop/Ipad, as a travel document holder or to hold your daily documents. Versatile and unique, this guy will only get better over time. http://www.mancaveldn.com/#!wallets/eb0mf
    1. Hunter Lab Skin Care Products – A man’s face is his biggest asset. The moneymaker, the first touch point, in every meeting, in every power play and first impressions last. Now men with ambition, motivation and a modern approach to clean and healthy living have learnt what women have long known; that taking care of their skin will ensure they look dapper for longer. Mancave London has brought Hunter Lab all the way from Australia, where they have perfected the tools to keep a man’s skin tip top, in the city or exploring. http://www.mancaveldn.com/#!skincare/s4mhs

    How to dress casual but still looking sharp?

    It’s all about the layers and making sure whatever you’re wearing fits well. Jeans and a tee are perfectly fine – but make sure they flatter your body shape. Throw on a suede bomber and some leather Chelsea boots and you’re away.

    What is the most common fashion mistake guys make?

    An ill-fitting suit is just the worst fashion mistake committed by some men. Just because you are wearing a suit jacket, trousers and some kind of shirt, does not by any means mean you look sharp. If there is one New Years resolution you keep this year – get your self a proper fitting suit. Every one who matters in your life will thank you for it.

    What's the latest fashion trend you hate?

    Man-buns; done badly. Man buns, done well are perfectly acceptable. Meticulously grown hair, matched with a well-groomed beard on a well established man is A-OK. A little stump of hair on top of the head of a baby faced jaeger-bomb enthusiast however is not.  

    Visualizing the fashion world 20 years from now, how does it look like to you?

    In recent years we have seen a considerable increase in the number of gentleman that are taking more pride in their appearance. Inspiration of how to dress is subtly placed in men’s hands, through endless imagery on social media. Individual, online ,creative brands are more accessible to those used to just the high street. On the whole, shopping and dressing for men aren’t so much a chore anymore, but more a pleasure that they take great pride in. That being said, you would think that the percentage of well-dressed men would have increased in 20 years time? 2025 for us will be more about the roots of a brand; where they came from, how they’re made, what they stand for. Uniqueness will be a positive and following the crowd will be more of an after thought. 

     

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    The Easiest Way How To Tie A Bow Tie

    It’s time to up your game from a clip-on bow tie to an actual grown man’s bow tie and that’s going to take some practice. Not many men know how to even tie a regular tie, let alone a bow tie, but with some practice, you’ll be a pro in no time! And if you haven’t added bow ties to your closet, it’s time you get a few because it’s become the go-to accessory in men’s fashion!

    To start, place the bow tie of your choice (here’s a great selection http://muleties.com/collections/bowtie-store) over your neck so that each end is hanging down on either side. Know that one end of the bow tie should be longer than the other side by a few inches (if you’re right handed, it should be longer on your right side and on the left side if you’re left handed).

    Cross the longer end of the bow tie over the other side so that it forms an “X” on your chest. Then bring the longer end right underneath the shorter end and bring it out from the center up to your face (it’s sort of like tying a shoe lace at this point). With the longer end up on your face, it’s time to fold the shorter end that’s still hanging down horizontally into a bow shape.

    Now place the longer end over the shorter end so that it starts to shape the middle of the bow before folding that same long end horizontally. Finally insert that longer end through the loop you’ve created at the back of the shorter end and pull both ends together gently to tighten the knot that you’ve just created. And volia – you’ve tied you’re first bow tie!

    But don’t be discouraged if your first bow tie comes out lopsided or imperfect because it’ll take some practice to get it just right. Take a few minutes out of your day to practice tying a bow tie in the mirror and you’ll get the hang of it. Then the hard part will be trying to decide on what bow tie to accessorize your outfit with (like these Rome, Maestro or Gneiss options)!

     

         

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        Fashion Talk - It's All About Balance

        ZZ Top sure hit the nail on its head when they sang “Every girl’s crazy ‘bout a sharp dressed man”. While style has always been subjective (and should be!), you can’t argue that making a little bit of an effort with your look certainly leaves an impression. And sometimes ‘old school’ can be very ‘right now’!

        Take neck-ties for example – These slender lengths of fabric, when worn right, can take your look from “Meh” to “My, My” in a jiffy! And while the dapper gents of yesteryear had but a few options in this department, today’s gentlemen can choose from neck-ties in a plethora of fabrics and textures – silk, seersucker, flannel, wool, straight cotton and Madras checks, to name only a few.

        Welcome to Mule Ties! Here, we love to celebrate all that’s dapper and trendy in the world of men’s fashion accessories. Based in Calgary in Alberta, Canada, the Mule Ties team works tirelessly to curate a fabulous collection of men’s fashion accessories for the discerning gentleman. After all, why should women have all the fun?

        It isn’t just neck-ties that can transform your look. A classy bow-tie can add brilliant dimension, lending your ensemble a flavour that’s equal parts vintage and hipster. Add to that the variety of fabrics and textures they are available in today, and you’ve got yourself a fun way to infuse individualistic style into an otherwise mundane ensemble. Not too comfortable with tying a bow-tie yourself? A good clip-on can look just as stylish. Either way, a bow-tie is a lot more versatile than you might think. Don’t just reserve them for tuxedos; a smart buttondown shirt and well-tailored pants can be turned into something extraordinary. Add a pair of suspenders, and you might have to deal with a few weak-kneed ladies!

        Feeling a little more adventurous? A lovely floral lapel will give your outfit a touch of romanticism for a special occasion, perfect for weddings or special dates. And no, there’s nothing girly about adding a floral element to your look. Quite the contrary, the contrast can actually make you look a little more rugged than usual! Pick from classic solid colours, subtle textures, or quirky prints, to make the trend your own.

        So visit us at www.muleties.com today. Or call us directly 1-800-425-2807, and our team of stylists will help you find that perfect addition to your wardrobe. We may be based in Calgary, Canada, but the accessories we curate are universally stylish!

         

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        The Eco Friendly Wood for Fashion?

         

        We see it everywhere and anywhere we go - houses, buildings, furnitures, when camping, water sports, it's literally everywhere we go!  Who would've thought wood can be used for fashion?!  When my business partner/bf and I started a fashion accessory business online selling ties and bow ties,  he mentioned to me the idea of adding wood watches to our collection.  I was a bit skeptical.  I've just never seen anything like it!  A watch that is made out of wood?!  Well, that's just weird...and different.  I started checking these wood watches on the internet, styles, models, colours, etc.  And to my surprise I've started liking them myself and eventually began to get curious how good they would sell out in the market.

        So, it has now been roughly six months since we launched our site www.muleties.com and the watches so far have been selling great!  Why do people buy them?!  They are made out of wood, not leather nor gold!  Our customers buy them not because they're looking for a new watch, they buy them because it's wood, it's unique, it's a wood watch!  Not to mention they're eco-friendly and all natural - there is something very appealing when you hear the word 'all-natural', of course you have to be smart not to wear them in the rain:)

        So next time you're looking for a unique watch  - consider getting yourself or your special someone a wood watch! It's unique; it's different.  Wood for fashion you ask?  Why not! Grab yours now :) http://muleties.com/collections/watch

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