In this day and age, we’re all trying to keep our spending habits in check in order to save money. Unfortunately, many of us are unsure where to spend money on a more expensive brand and where we should opt for a more budget option.
Well, worry not, as
here’s our guide to where you should save and where you should spend when it
comes to fashion:
SAVE – Wrist Jewelry
We all love
accessories. No matter if you’re adding some sophisticated jewelry to a work
suit or something bold and fun for a date. However, with so many different
outfits and current trends, you can easily spend a small fortune on jewelry
trying to keep up.
Instead, save yourself
money by opting for costume jewelry from cheaper brands. Since this jewelry
will be far cheaper than designer, you’ll have room to buy more, so your outfit
will always have the best accessories.
SPEND – Sunglasses
While you may want to
save money on your wrist jewelry, there is one accessory that you should never
scrimp on – your sunglasses! As, when it comes to your sunglasses, you need a
pair that will adequately protect your eyes from the harmful UV lights that the
sun gives off. Which is why you should pay a bit more for your sunglasses and
opt for a reputable brand.
Not only will respected brands like Ray-Ban give you the best in protection for your eyes, this brand will also let you customize your lenses and even add a personal touch like engraving. Even better, by buying designer, you’ll have a quality pair of sunglasses that will last you years, which means you won’t waste money replacing them frequently.
SAVE – Basic Tees
Every wardrobe needs
some basic tees. Not only does a t-shirt look great with a nice pair of jeans
for a casual look, your tee can be dressed up with accessories and a skirt for
a night out. The problem is, as our t-shirts get so much wear, they also get
washed a lot. So, whether you bought a cheap or more expensive t-shirt, there
isn’t that much difference in the level of quality, which means they both
become washed-out, bobbly and in need of replacement quickly.
Which means, rather than wasting your money on an expensive t-shirt, you should save money and just buy a cheaper tee. As long as it’s comfy and it’s a color you like, that’s all that really matters.
SPEND – Blazer
Unlike a t-shirt,
which tends to get hidden under other clothing and accessories, your blazer is
there to make or break an outfit. Which is why you should always invest in a
quality brand, such as a real tweed blazer, with an impeccable fit. As, if you
scrimp on your blazer, it’s both unlikely to fit you well and the poor quality
will be very obvious.
SAVE – Running Shoes
While in the past it
might have been a good idea to invest in running shoes from a designer brand, in
the last few years gym clothing has become a massive market, meaning that more
budget-friendly shops are now making running shoes that are both affordable and
high-quality. While you shouldn’t buy the cheapest pair, you can see, before
you waste hundreds of dollars on one pair of trainers, instead try something a
little cheaper – they’ll do the same job for so much less!
SPEND – Work Shoes
It doesn’t matter if
you work in an office or you’re a personal trainer in the gym, when it comes to
your work shoes, it’s essential that you spend a little more. As, when you buy
more expensive footwear, you’re far more likely to have a pair of shoes that
will keep you comfortable all day – even if you’re on your feet a lot. Plus,
pricier shoes will look more professional, particularly in an office
SAVE – Pyjamas
While designer brands
might try to tell you that their nightwear is softer, silkier and will help you
sleep better – in reality, our pyjamas shouldn’t be something that you spend
too much on. For one, hardly anyone is ever going to see them as you only wear
them to bed, so there really isn’t any need to show off a brand name. Nor are
these expensive brands actually any comfier, with very little difference to how
they feel when worn.
SPEND – Bathrobe
The problem with cheaper bathrobes is that they aren’t typically as soft as more expensive brands. Which becomes a problem when you want a bathrobe to keep you warm and cozy during those chilly winter months. So, rather than scrimp, treat yourself to a quality bathrobe that you can snuggle up in on a rainy day.
While the stereotypical man might only need a shirt, a pair of jeans, and some shoes to be dressed, the reality is much more complex. Though men’s fashion choices will never really rival those dealt with by women, there are a lot more options out there for the average guy than you might think. And while some of those options are nothing more than personal preference, some clothing choices should be made with a focus on intended use instead of purely what you like. The realm of men’s underwear is one of those areas.
When it comes to picking the right underwear, you should consider more than whether there’s an entertaining pop culture reference or other joke on them. While considering the size, fit, material, and other design aspects are important, you can alternatively just decide which main style you want; boxer, brief, boxer brief, thong, jockstrap, and bikini.
Picking the Right Style
When it comes to picking the right style of underwear for your nether regions, form and style are just as important as the look. Additionally, what you are doing should also be taken into account when deciding what to wear; what you wear on a daily basis might not work as well when you’re out exercising or doing something more strenuous.
While the breadth of underwear choice has definitely increased for men over time, the age old debate of “boxers versus briefs” is still the biggest question when it comes to picking underwear. So which is best? Well according to Everyday Health, Dr. Gregory D. Albert, MD, states that it’s really just a matter of personal preference. Boxers provide more airflow and breathing room while briefs provide more support, but can lower fertility.
If you can’t pick between either of those two styles, you can compromise and get either boxer briefs or boxer trunks, the hybrid offspring of boxers and briefs. While the difference between the boxer briefs and trunks may seem very minimal, trunks are basically low-rise variants of boxer briefs, Dappered discusses in some detail how trunks are a much sexier alternative that also has less chance of bunching up into a sort of “underwear diaper”.
While a number of additional styles like thongs and bikinis were mentioned in the intro, those are beginning to veer away from underwear designed for regular use. While it’s possible to wear underwear like thongs and bikinis during regular day-to-day life, it’s not usually recommended as those types of underwear are designed for sexiness and aesthetics instead of function. EBay’s guide for men’s underwear warns that wearing more revealing underwear with pants can cause discomfort due to sweating and riding up. Even so, picking a sexy top underwear brand like VK Nagrani Men’s Designer underwear can really help put a spring in your confidence and might just spice up that special night.
Your Body Type Matters
Buying underwear for the aesthetics alone is likely to end up with you being very uncomfortable in your pants. So it’s important that you take the time to find underwear that will fit your body type. If you’ve never taken the time to figure out what sort of body shape you have, perhaps now is a good time to begin.
Though all underwear types can technically fit all body types, The Underwear Expert emphasizes the fact that different underwear styles fit certain body types better than others. The main body types they discuss are apple-shaped, pear-shaped, slim, short, and tall. Each of these body types can run into issues with how underwear fits, how good its coverage is, and how large or small the underwear looks on the wearer. It’s best to take some time to figure out what sort of body shape you have and pick underwear accordingly.
What you wear during your workout and your day-to-day life won’t always cut it when you’re doing something more adventuresome than running to the gym. There are specialty underwear types that you may want to look into if you’re a more outdoorsy kind of guy. Looking into thermal underwear styles can be beneficial if you intend on going anywhere particularly cold, whether camping, skiing, or just visiting the north. Additionally, since most thermal underwear is ankle length, they can be used as loungewear at home as well.
While not as common as regular underwear, undershirts also come in various styles and uses. Depending on your preferences, picking up some undershirt underwear can be a good idea.
There is one more style of underwear you can always fall back on if you can’t find any others that work for you. This fall back style is known as Going Commando and actually consists of not wearing any underwear. As odd as it may seem to those of you who have never tried it, Going Commando can be an incredibly comfortable style. However, as warned by Everyday Health, it’s best to proceed with caution when opting for the no underwear look as some clothing can be too revealing without underwear and sweating up a storm can lead to nasty chaffing.
Duck Dynasty is getting its own line of camouflage running shoes courtesy of Spira Footwear.
The collaboration is part of A&E’s Project Startup, a partnership with crowdfunding site RocketHub.com to help young companies find their audience. A&E helps entrepreneurs finance new projects on RocketHub.com, where they take their products to the public.
“The biggest challenge for any entrepreneur is the opportunity to tell their story,” said Andy Krafsur, CEO and Co-Founder of Spira Footwear, in a statement.
“We’re grateful to A&E Project Startup for discovering us and helping us along on our journey.”
Spira Footwear is a privately owned company based in El Paso, Texas. Their Project Startup campaign also includes a commercial airing on A&E.
The officially licensed Spira Duck Dynasty Camouflage Shoe sports a duck camouflage pattern in three color options each for men and women.
While a running shoe company and Duck Dynasty may not seem like an obvious match, the project aims to draw a comparison between Duck Commander founder Phil Robertson and Spira founder Andy Krafsur.
“The Robertsons built a better duck call based upon their passion for hunting, and we believe we have built a better shoe based on our passion for running,” reads a message from Spira Footwear on their RocketHub site.
Spira Duck Dynasty Shoes
“I had been a runner my entire life, and ran competitively in high school and college. But by my early thirties, I was so beat up after a run, I would have to take a week off,” said Andy Krafsur.
“I will never forget the first time I tried on what turned out to be the very first Spira shoe. It was a crude prototype with the WaveSprings duct taped into a cut open midsole. I put the shoes on and shot around on our basketball court for a couple of hours and suddenly realized my legs were completely fresh.”
The WaveSpring is a lightweight, compact spring placed in the heel and forefoot of Spira shoes. It has a dual function: to cushion and to return energy to the wearer. The effect, Andy Krafsur claims, is more comfort and less stress than most footwear on the market.
But Spira has not been without controversy in the running world. Running community site LetsRun.com followed a 2007 debate between Spira and USA Track & Field, the sport’s governing body, regarding whether the shoes are legal in competition. Oddly enough, it was Spira that insisted the shoes were banned. A USATF rule prohibits shoes that incorporate “any technology which will give the wearer any unfair advantage, such as a spring or similar device”. At the same time, the USATF stated that Spira shoes were not banned. Regardless, Spira filed a lawsuit against the USATF in 2007, which Spira eventually dropped. Runners have continued to race in Spira shoes at USATF events without penalty.
Spira addressed the controversy in the FAQ’s on the RocketHub site: “Are the shoes legal for competition?”
Their answer is: “USA Track and Field has a rule that prohibits the use of springs in shoes for competition, but no one has been disqualified for racing in the shoes and runners competing in Spira have won over 200 major races and marathons in the U.S.”
Runners and Duck Dynasty fans can pre-purchase the shoes on RucketHub.com. Shoes start at $100 and decrease in price when purchasing higher quantities. Fans can expect to receive them in three to six months from the date of purchase.
In addition, A&E promised to donate $20,000 to America’s VetDogs, a charity that provides service dogs for disabled veterans and active duty service members, when the Duck Dynasty shoes reached $100,000 in sales on RocketHub. The project launched August 16, 2013 at www.rockethub.com/duck and has already raised over $225,000.
Now Spira Footwear’s Duck Dynasty shoes, like the show, will be a reality. The campaign will continue through November 14, 2013
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