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20 Men’s Grooming, Fragrance and Skin Care Products for the New Year – Part 1

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With Christmas a few days away, you may still be looking for last gifts for those your list this holiday season. Fragrances, shaving products and bath sets are always good last minute gifts for any occasion since they’re very accessible and there’s such a large number of options to choose from. On the other hand, if you’re done with your holiday shopping you might be looking to use any gift cards you’ve received this season or to restock your grooming cabinet for the new year.

Whether you’re looking for a gift for someone or want to pick up new treats for yourself, or both, see a collection of men’s grooming items that’ll help kick off the new year with a great start:

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Gift Guide: 5 Classic Gifts For Men

classic-mens-gifts-holiday With the holiday shopping season among us I’ll be posting a set of gift ideas at least once a week for the rest of this month and in December with the topics of travel, grooming, tech, winter style and more! The gift guide series will hopefully help inspire you if you are stuck on what to get for friends, family, and significant others, and you might even want to pickup something for yourself. In this set, classic gifts for men that never go out of style:

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12 Swimsuits To Get This Summer

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The first day of summer is coming up, so why not treat yourself to a new bathing suit? From simple, light prints to statement makers, see 12 picks for this summer from brands such as Parke & Ronen, (2)xist, Mr Turk and Saint Tropez’s Scalise. Also, during trips to Curacao, Puerto Vallarta and Las Vegas the past months I’ve styled some of these selects and will be rolling out swimwear outfit posts soon!

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9 Polos To Get This Summer

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June seems to be going by so fast, as Father’s Day is already this weekend. To add to your summer wardrobe, or in case you haven’t had time to pick up a gift yet for your dad, partner or any other men in your life with kids, a polo is a timeless summer style.

As a summer essential, the polo can be dressed up or down and is offered in the collections of several men’s fashion brands each summer season. See my picks below:

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Get ‘The Great Gatsby’ Look – Catherine Martin’s Gatsby Style Formula

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With Oscar Sunday approaching, I’m hopeful to see (and pretty much counting on) costumer designer Catherine Martin and The Great Gatsby take home the Academy Awards for Best Costume and Best Production Design. They won  the Critic’s Choice awards for both, but I’m also a little biased as I had a chance to chat with Martin herself on designing for the film for an article in Out Magazine, in which she shared her formula for men to get the Gatsby style right: Slim silhouettes, bookish blazers, ties with half-Windsor knots, and fitted waistcoats.

“Waistcoats are a great garment because they control the shirt and give a slender illusion,” Martin also shared. “If you’re slim, they make you look more slim, and if you’re a little less than slim, they help with the silhouette.”

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10 Winter Coats & Jackets To Get Now

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Now that Christmas is over and winter sales are in full effect, no better time to pick out a new winter coat or jacket to start the New Year. From the varsity jacket to the wool trench, see 10 styles to get now:

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L.L. Bean Signature Lined Wool-Blend Shirt Jacket ($175, L.L. Bean Signature)

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GANT Rugger Nylon Army Puffer ($213, GANT Rugger)

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Gap Varsity Jacket ($199, Gap)

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The 20 Best After-Christmas Sales For Every Style

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Now that Christmas has come to end (and I hope you all had a wonderful one!), it’s time for every shopper’s favorite holiday, the After-Christmas sales! They’ve started early this year, and after doing some damage myself, here are 20 of the best sales for every style:

ALDO Shoes
Boxing Day event with an extra 30% off entire store. Free shipping on orders $60 or more.

Armani Exchange
50% off entire site. Free shipping on orders $100 or more.

Banana Republic
50% off sale items with code BREXTRA50, and take another 10% off with code BRCARDSALE if you are a card holder (Gap or Old Navy work too). Free shipping and return on orders $50 or more.

Ben Sherman
Savings on sale up to 50% off. Free returns on all orders.

Brooks Brothers
Semi-annual sale deals with savings up to 50% off, plus extra 15% off (applied automatically).

Burberry
Up to 50% off select sale items. Free shipping and returns on all orders.

Club Monaco
40% off sale items with code WINTER40 and free shipping on orders $150 or more.

Gap
30% off sale items with code GAPBONUS, plus earn bonus GapCash to use in January. Free shipping on orders $50 or more.

J.Crew
30% off full-price and 40% off sale items with code GIFTNOW. Free shipping on orders $150 or more.

Kenneth Cole
Up to 60% of select sale items. Free shipping on orders $125 or more. Bonus rewards for orders $150 or more.

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Outfit: Combining American and British Heritage Brands

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As we start to say goodbye to the fall season with December’s arrival (and with the recent snow in New York), our autumn wardrobe is here to stay for the winter ahead. Shot just before all the foliage starting leaving Central Park, I styled Vee Travels model James in heritage brands from both sides of the Atlantic for an outfit that you’d just need to throw a coat on and you’ll be all set for a cold winter’s stroll.

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American classic Brooks Brothers’ lambswool shawl collar sweater is perfect to keep warm, and has the added feature of suede elbow patches that makes it a sophisticated sweater. I paired the orange sweater with the Milano Fit Brushed Twill Pants (which will work both in the office and on the weekend) and with an olive and purple plaid shirt from J.Crew. I topped off the look with a pair of rugged, scotch grain derby boots from British footwear heritage brand Grenson.

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NYFW: Brooks Brothers & Black Fleece SS14

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A nice little break from runway shows and shooting street style all day during the tail end of New York Fashion Week, I headed over to Brooks Brothers’ Madison Avenue flagship store for a showroom tour of their Spring/Summer 2014 line, and that of the Thom Browne designed label, Black Fleece by Brooks Brothers.

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Sea, surf and sun are the theme, and the line is filled with items inspired by archival photos of Ernest Hemingway and other artists, intellects and jet-setters in The Great Gatsby era and decades following (1920s-50s).

The collection’s beach looks included madras (which was actually introduced to the States by BB), white on white styles, and seersucker and patch patterns.

Travel-ready and day-to-cocktail-hour looks included single and double breasted suits, bold use of red, navy plaid and geo patterns, gingham shirts, leather goods and striped woven ties:

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Outfit: The Business Casual Summer Traveler

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Business travel is on the rise again and New York remains the top U.S. destination, so no better location for a business casual look that’s perfect for in the office or on the go—whether it be plane or commuting down the High Line.

If you’re traveling this summer for work, and your hosting office calls for a casual look, have some fun and ditch the khakis or the wingtips and cap-toes. A colorful boat shoe or moc can really put that extra pep in your step, while keeping it prep, and that is what this look was based around.

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Business On Top, Party On The Bottom

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