When you want to look trendy and stylish, you must have a number of trends that you adorn every once in a while. It is not difficult to be trendy as a man even if you do not have a keen eye for the fashion world. There are a number of timeless styles that are always great for all seasons which you can choose. In 2018, a number of styles have already established themselves. Here is some 5 best men's fashion trends for 2018 that you should keep an eye on.
2018 is the year when many people are embracing the softer and comfortable clothes. It is thus not surprising that suede, velvet, corduroy and other softer materials have been embraced fully by many fashion designers. You will definitely not be out of place by wearing softer textures by the end of the year. In order to achieve the right look though, you will need to be mindful of the colors you choose. Brown, white and black hues are the best for soft materials. The colder seasons of the year are also the best time to catch on this trend.
The past few years have been marked by particular silhouette trends. The women fashion trends have specifically been rampant. Last year though, the men trends also caught up. One of the major things about the silhouette trend of recent times is the increase in the size of the garments. Silhouettes are much larger and looser than they were in previous years. In 2018, this trend is yet to wane and you will not be late for the party. Oversized silhouettes look great especially when you have selected the right material and chosen a sophisticated look.
Another major trend that you will not go wrong within 2018 is the biker fashion. The biker style that uses dark colors, leather and biker accessories are always great for all seasons. Since this style is popular among many men, the best thing to do when you want to rock it is to add a little uniqueness and sophistication. You can do this by choosing some great biker accessories to go with the clothing. A gothic skull ring for biker could especially do the trick. There are, of course, other accessories like belts and chains which you can also use.
Suits are always in fashion no matter the time or season. Turtleneck suits though are a special style that is only worn by those keen enough to try something different. These suits can be paired with a wide range of items including boots, bags and a wide array of shoes. Turtleneck suits are not only great for protecting you in the cold weather but the trend is a smart break from the common shirt-and-tie look.
The camo and military trend is a timeless fashion that keeps coming back. In 2018, the military look has specifically prevailed over the camo look. Aviator jackets, army green bags, khaki and other items are functional. It is quite simple to go with this style as inspiration is everywhere. The functionality and simplicity of this style make it very attractive for most men.
From the earliest cultures, colors have had their symbolic meaning. What they represented and the way they were used in cultural ceremonies varies from culture to culture, and was changed throughout history. Mystic meaning of colors often originates from religious, spiritual, social and historical events.
Red is the color human eye sees in the setting sun, fire, blood, sweet fruit, and it is also the color of human heart - which was treated differently in cultures which practiced human sacrifice.
The color red is known to be the color of love and passion in Europe and North and South America. Red is the color we use to celebrate Valentine’s Day, color of roses, candles, balloons we express our deepest feelings with.
Meanwhile in Asia and Africa, different cultures use the same color to express a variety of symbols. If we take a look at India - in Indian culture red represents various things: fear, wealth, purity, love, marriage, beauty. If a women is wearing red henna on their hands and indoor, they are telling us they are married.
Nearby, In China, red represents luck and fertility. During the celebration of Chinese New Year, they distribute small red envelopes to share good fortune. Women also wear red during their wedding day, as they connect it with fertility.
People of Thailand see red as the color of Surya, the sun god. In Thailand, every day is represented by color, and red is their color for Sunday.
Orthodox Church, for example, uses the color red to mark certain dates in the calendar, which are reserved for celebration of an important saint, and on that day, out of respect, people are not meant to perform chores in the house.
In some African cultures, red stands for death and grief. In Nigeria and South Africa, it symbolizes violence and sacrifice. Red on the flag of South Africa shows the violence during the fight for their freedom.
Now we see that some cultures particularly use red to mark the days for resting, praying, showing respect for the spiritual forces, while others, with more violent history, connect red with blood and rebellion.
Either way, red is the color that we'll always connect with something powerful and strong, the color which tells us to pay attention, be precocious and stop at the traffic sign.
About the author
Nina Petrov is an activist, poet, performer and mathematician. She communicates with the world mostly through words, movement and equations, but sometimes also by speaking very loudly. The only truth she could say about herself is that she keeps changing every day, never stops learning and interacting with her surroundings.
This week we are re-featuring the pattern template contest we initially posted last Friday. The challenge is to create a numbered pattern using any number one through seven (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 or 7) with the month of April in mind (see more on the theme, below). Also, each number must be its own pattern template.
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Createmixedmedia.com features an artist each week on their homepage in "THE WEEK AS ART" as visualized by the artist who creates that weeks days as art. This week on createmixedmedia.com there is a wonderful display of numbered art four through ten (4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9 and 10) each very rich in color by artist, Denise Brown (inkstitch.net).
source: createmixedmedia.com homepage, week of march 4th through 10th (THE WEEK AS ART)
Create Mixed Media will place each winning COLOURlovers template as a colored version by the creator, on their site the first week of April in THE WEEK AS ART. The image on the site will link back over to the winners pattern on COLOURlovers.com.
This fun opportunity offers you as a creator, exposure on your design skill and a prize of $25 to spend in the North Light Shop which has tons of books on mixed media, color, anything art, craft, hobby and technique.
The challenge rules:
Template must be created using any single number one through seven (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 or 7).
You can submit as many versions and numbered templates as you like.
Please submit a colored version along with your original grayscale template.
A loose theme of "April Fools" and/or "April Showers" will give you more weight in winning, but you are not limited to this directly (i.e. in the current weeks artist on createmixedmedia.com, her work is simply colorful and organic which will work too).
You can use any extra design elements (shapes, lines, etc) you would like within the template, but the number does need to be noticeable.
Remember, you must only put one number in to one template as the template is referring to a day of the week.
CONTEST ENDS: Wednesday, March 21st, 2012. Submit designs in the comments of this post.
For those of you following Leatrice Eisemen's training schedule, her 4-Day Color Training Program is off to a start this very morning in Burbank, CA. LindaHolt and ModernMuse (aka Michelle Stroescu), the two COLOURlovers who won full and half scholarship for the class back in November are excitedly enjoying their first day of learning and meeting Leatrice.
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To tide you all over until we get to do a followup with both Linda and Michelle about the class experience, Leatrice kindly took the time to answer the intriguing questions each winner had asked at the time of receiving the announcement that they had won.
Linda: I would love to know what the process is and what goes into choosing the Color of The Year?
Leatrice: I literally travel the world looking for clues. If I see a color that I think is ascending in importance, I make special note of it and then look for evidence in it gaining momentum. Fashion is always a good indicator, but it is not the only design area that must be examined. There are so much creative design areas that must be considered including graphics, the world of art, product design, home furnishings and so on . Another very important part of the choice is tapping into the “zeitgeist ‘ of the world around us and the emotional message that the color imparts. For example, with the that big gray elephant (the economy) still looming large and the concern that is being felt internationally, we would not want to choose a color that could be a “downer’. Instead we listen to people’s aspirations and try to give them a color that, at least symbolically, satisfies and encourages their needs and hopes.
It’s here! Some consider it a plague, some consider it a shopaholics dream, and some people just want a new pair of socks at rock-bottom prices. That’s right, the full contact sport of Black Friday has returned for another year. Which brings me to wonder, why do they call this day of awesome deals and big crowds black? Here are a few interesting theories I've pulled together…
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Original credit for the phrase is given to the plunging gold prices way back in 1864 that started a panic in the stock market, thus a very black Friday indeed.
Then, in the late 1960s, Philadelphia newspapers borrowed the phrase to describe the dark masses of shoppers crowding the stores. Sounds kind of creepy I know, but let’s imagine them wearing festive holiday colors and the picture isn’t so bleak.
Later on, this idea was clarified to mean that the crowds increased profits, thus the black ink on the accounting balance sheets is why it is called Black Friday.
Tweak this theory again and black now represents the day retailers make a profit or break the bank. Ominous, I know.
Whatever the origin, by the time the 1990s rolled around, Black Friday had turned into a nationwide retail holiday (albeit unofficial). Since then its fame has grown, and now it is the season’s biggest shopping day of the year (says market research firm ShopperTrak).
Whether you brave the crowds, hide at home, or enjoy a regular day at work (with a little crowd control), be safe and have a happy Black Friday from all of us at COLOURlovers!
Hi everyone, I'm Sarai, sewing writer and pattern designer for Colette Patterns. In honor of the release of my brand new book, The Colette Sewing Handbook, I thought I'd share a few of my all-time favorite textile prints for making clothes.
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In the chapter on fabric in my book, I go over a range of different types of prints and patterns, from florals to stripes. For me, there are a few types of prints that I always fall in love with at the fabric store.
Ikat is a style of fabric weaving used throughout the world. Traditional ikat fabrics can be found in diverse cultures, from Japan to Guatemala. The graphic patterns are often produced in rich colors, and the resulting designs work so beautifully for everything from clothing to decor.
Understanding color can be a daunting task with many dead ends. Have you ever taken a color theory class only to be left feeling like it didn’t teach you anything to do with applying color in the real world?
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Maybe you have an awesome natural instinct for putting together cohesive palettes or colorizing fabulous patterns perfectly, but why are you so good at it? Validating the why, where and when of color will change your entire outlook on color and what it can do to your personal or professional life.
Color opportunities exist in many industries. Companies need color design expertise to guide them through the many choices they have to make as a successful business. Choices they must make involving color range from advertising, product design, branding and many more. You need credible, verifiable information to back up your decisions as a consultant or designer and you need more than a simple love for color to get you there.
Neon is one of those palettes that often finds itself on the wrong side of the high-brow/low-brow division. Most of us associate the vibrant colors with things like the blinking signage advertising the local bar or fast-food spot, or our favorite "Saved by the Bell" inspired outfit from middle school.
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But neon "throw-back" clothes are back, and just as neon's having a fashion revival on the street, it also has a place in the couture scene.
Take these three projects, which insert the hues for dramatic touches that serve as the centerpiece of the images.
There's just something beautiful about a friendship bracelet. I don't know if it's the 454 gorgeous colors DMC offers. The few materials needed to create something beautiful. Or the ease of making the bracelet itself, and how relaxing it can be. As a child, I have fond memories of making bracelets with my girlfriends.
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For as long as I can remember, I have always been an entrepreneur. While most kids' first business is the adorable lemonade stand, mine, was friendship bracelets. I had the fancy little case, the bobbin winder, and cardboard bobbins. I organized them by color families, and remember just looking at them, thinking about how much I loved the colors! My love of friendship bracelets carried through high school, where I actually made a little money making bracelets and sometimes necklaces.
Pumpkin orange and midnight black—the predominant colors of Halloween combine the Autumn season with darkness and scary entities.
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But how did these colors really come to dominate this most unusual holiday? The truth is, when it comes to the question of the origin of the Halloween colors, it can be hard to separate the opinions from the facts.
The most common opinion about where the colors originated is steeped in the rich history of the Celtics and the Druids, with the burning of unbleached beeswax candles (orange) and ceremonial caskets draped in a black cloth.
Feng Shui candles are said to help create peace in the center of your house (source)
Now, let’s step into the world of Feng Shui, where a balance of energy reigns supreme. Believers of Feng Shui feel that the colors of orange and black were chosen because they are on opposite sides of the energy spectrum: orange is warm, happy, lively, and brings to mind the bounty of the fall harvest, while black represents mystery, void, power and protection (source).
The most obvious answer to this question is that the classic color of Autumn is orange, while black can be equated with the approaching darkness of winter.
And, if you want to get really extreme, some people claim that black and orange were the only colors left after Christmas took red and green, and Easter took all of the pastels.
Of course, Halloween colors are not just limited to orange and black, you will also see a lot of blood red, eerie green, ghostly white and deep purples. So, where do these colors come into play? Here is a plausible explanation.
Celtic wheel of the year (source)
Going back to the Celtic festival of Samhain in 700 B.C., it signified the end of the harvest and the approaching of winter, or the end of one year and the start of another. The Celts believed that ancestral spirits joined them on this day when the past and the present are about to cross paths, which is why it was also considered a “day of the dead.”(source)
All of the Halloween colors seem to implicate some kind of connection to death and dying. Red is a classic implication of blood, fire and demons, while green represents goblins, monsters, and zombies. Purple draws in a bit of the supernatural and mysticism, while white reflects ghosts, mummies and a full moon.
Stepping away from color for a moment, Halloween is also dominated by an abundance of Jack-o-lanterns and children out trick-or-treating. These traditions also have an interesting origin.
Stingy Jack (source)
Jack-o-lanterns trace back to the Irish myth of Stingy Jack who died and, finding himself rejected by both heaven and hell, was forced to roam the darkness seeking a resting place for his soul. Legend has it that he hollowed out a turnip and used it to carry a coal to light his way. This said, the first Jack-o-lanterns were carved in turnips, and only changed to pumpkins when the tradition was brought to America.
Trick-or-treating came about during the Great Irish Potato Famine. On Halloween, peasants would beg for food from the wealthy. They played practical jokes on those that refused to give them something. So, to avoid being tricked, the wealthy gave out cookies, candies, and fruit. It is easy to see how this turned into modern-day trick-or-treating. (source)
No matter what history tells us, the Halloween color palette we see today is warm, bright, fun, and sometimes a little spooky. Each color has a place in the holiday and can find a place in your life as well, whether you are wearing it, eating it, decorating with it, or simply reading about it. So, have a happy, safe and colorful Halloween!
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