2015 VMA Red Carpet to Your Closet

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By Nicole Ruccolo:

The VMA red carpet was littered with jaw dropping styles, that our favorite celebs so effortlessly posed in for the paparazzi.  Makes me wonder how long do they need to practice all those poses and deep stares into a camera lens.  The fashion was so fresh that I looked for styles that kept popping up and translate them to items we can totally use in our own closets.

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Style Mix items: Garden Floral Print Funnel TopCrema Neutral Tailored TrousersAllegra Graphic Shoe

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Style Mix items: Wrap-Over Shell TopNotch Back Tapered PantsStudded Open Toe Shoe

2. Sheer cutouts

Who wore it: Britney Spears

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Style Mix items: Sheer and lace dress, Party shoulder bagBlack & Gold pumps 

3. Deep V Necklines 

Who wore it: Nikki Minaj, Demi Lovato, Kim Kardashian, Rita Ora

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4. Long Sleeves & Textured Dresses  Who wore it: Kylie Jenner, 5th Harmony

 

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Style Mix items: India Goldshimmer Textured Bodycon DressEvening PumpsDrop earrings

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Nicole Ruccolo is the CEO and Co-founder of the styling app, Stylebar. Follow her team's journey from mockups to working business using #confessionsofastartup.

A New Style for the Fashion Conscious

By Eric Lau:

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For those of you out there looking for a completely new style, one that’s becoming more popular is the Side Zip Tee.  It’s pretty out there as far as traditional clothes go but it looks really good and if worn right can be pulled off exceptionally well.  I suggest Zip Tee’s are best paired with typical jeans or Chinos and Joggers.

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Express Marled Thermal, $59.90

 

Joggers are also a fashion forward item at the moment.  Though Joggers have been around for awhile now, they’ve really been picking up a lot of popularity and are now trending casual going out clothes.  Dare to be different and check them out!

Joe's Jeans slim fit jogger, $168

Reiss, Flecked Jogger, $145

John Varvatos, knit jogger, $398

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Back to School Essentials

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By Sawyer Young -

Yep, it's that time again, time to move back on campus and get into the daily grind.  Classes, roomates and drama oh my.   We know your focused on your class schedules, as well as, trying to find ways to deter from paying that $200 for a textbook.  So we decided to give you a break and take a glance at some eye candy. Here are our college essentials that you have to pack with you!

For Studying

   Must have staple, oversized sweatshirt. Current/Elliot, $148

Comfy long sleeve. Forever 21, $12.90

For Partying

Show off that sexy back. Topshop, $35

Skinny jeans. Top shop, $70

For Coffee runs

booties to go with your leggings - Steve Madden, $109.95

Utility jacket. Topshop, $115

For Girls Night In

All you need is popcorn and a movie. Forever 21, $12.90

Boyfriend jeans. One Teaspoon, $148

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Time to Upgrade those Pants

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In a previous post, I talk about the advantages of Slim black jeans and how they serve as a great multi-purpose article of clothing;  you can check it out here.  To re-visit that issue, though slim black jeans are great for going out, there are times that call for dressing up even more.  For example, in a lot of work environments sometimes employers won’t allow black jeans as they may seem too dressed down in the office.  In another case, you may find yourself wanting to go out on a date and wear a black shirt without using your black jeans.

So what do you do? You could dress up using dress pants or dress down using regular jeans.  Well, If you find yourself stuck deciding and wishing for a great middle alternative, I suggest Chinos.

Chinos are great because they are pants that can serve as a well to use dressed up yet casual pair of pants.  Chinos will help you keep your dressed up appearance without looking too dressed down like regular jeans.  Another great reason to like Chinos are they are typically made of cotton twill and so are more durable and crease less than dress pants.

Check out a couple great options provided below!

 

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Classic Twill Chinos by Reiss, $180

 

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Straight Leg Chinos by Reiss, $180

Alternative Choices

Polo Ralph Lauren, $99.98 $69.99

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Have you heard of "I Love Me" gifts?

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By Nicole Ruccolo -

As a stylist, I have worked with dozens of women.   Every meeting I would ask "How are you?" and the first response is simply, "busy."  It didn't matter if they were full time employees, company owners, full time moms or often times a combination of two. When I put the handpicked outfits into their fitting rooms I would always make sure not to overwhelm them with too much product but always had a secret bar of items that would be my little surprise.  I always made sure I added an "I love me" gift or two into the mix.   It is a gift to herself, for her to really look forward to wear or have something that wasn't on her list of necessities she had to buy.  Here are few of my favorite "I Love Me" gifts.

1. Feel good PJs, $98

2. Humorous Tee, $55

3. Mini Facial Kits that don't break the bank, $20

4. The easy but stylish slip on sneaker, $195

5. A conversation starter cuff, $32

6.  Not your ordinary cross body, $175

Want more from Nicole, check out Sunday Style Prep & How To Wear Distressed Denim!

Follow Nicole on Instagram @Nicoleruccolo

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Wearable Tech in High Fashion

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As many may know, wearable tech and health conscious fitness has been a big topic of discussion lately.  Wearable tech is currently trending as the must have item at the moment.  Though there are many designs and styles out there, a truly fashionable one can be hard to come by.  This fact also was the main reason why I had yet to write anything on wearable tech; however that ends today.

While working on a group project for wearable tech, one of my classmates (Nicole from StyleBar) found a great product by Tory Burch which had partnered with/designed a wrist band for the FitBit Flex.  It’s surprisingly well designed and comes in a range of colors from rose gold/gold/silver.  The one catch to this great design however is it is merely a housing band for the true FitBit Flex piece which you will have to buy separately.  The total ensemble will run you roughly $300.

 Tory Burch For FitBit Metal Hinged Bracelet ($195)

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If you are looking for something a little less expensive Tory Burch also offers other Silicone printed bracelets for only $38.

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FitBit Flex ($95)tumblr_inline_nqzpurE1fV1qf969g_500These are great pieces in wearable tech market at the moment and can be the next best gift idea!

Check out more men’s and women’s fashion content at Fashion Omni. Follow Eric Lau on instagram @elau808.

Guys, Take the Thinking Out of Getting Dressed

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By Jae Lee -

4th of July is here and so are the dog days of summer.  How will you stay cool this summer and still look good?  Whether you plan on going to the beach or to the local coffee shops, here are several outfits that will definitely get people looking at you twice, in a good way that is.

Lets start off with some Ralph Lauren Floral Flat Front Chino Shorts. They come in multiple colors and designs.

Then select a solid color t-shirt.  Remember, do not over do pattern

And finish it off with these slip-ons or flip flops.

Pull it together!

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There you have it. 4 outfits that will keep you cool and looking great no matter where you plan on going to stay cool during the summer.

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Stylebar's own Jae Lee is co-creator and head of marketing for both Openbar and the Stylebar app.  Follow Jae Lee on instagram @iamjaelee and Facebook!

Different ways to wear fringe

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Fringe is back and better than ever. No matter if it is on bag, shoe or clothing, it makes you vivid and exotic. Fringe is just right for those who are fun-loving and who want to stay ahead of the fashion curve. Fringe is a detail and finishing touch. We can dress boho-chic yet still look polished. We can wear a simple outfit but still look sophisticated. We can be a rock star, be sexy, be hipper or be professional.

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How I wore fringe!

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Zara fringe dress, Buy Now! $59.90 $39.90

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Follow Cecilia on Facebook and Instagram @Luckyystarrr

Best Products for Fighting Wrinkles

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Let's face it, wrinkles are not our best friend nor should they be on our face.  But there are preventative ways to slow down the aging process.  Stylebar finds the top rated skincare products to help combat those nasty wrinkles!

1.  Anti-Aging Serum

 

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2. Eye Cream

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3. Overnight Moisturizer

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4. Lightweight Face Cream

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5. Intense overnight skin treatment

 

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Casual-Chic Watches

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Hello Everyone,

Spring Quarter is over!! Summer is here, we know it will bring a lot of invites to outdoor parties, bbqs and brunches. Get your outfits ready, flowy summer dresses in yellow, pink and blue, match them up with bold and sleek watches. You don’t need to spend a bomb on them. Pick a few different styles, team it up with bracelets, rings and nail paints and you are good to go!

I bought this silver Michael Kors for $80 last summer and I often pair with an embellished ring and bright nail polish. So fun!

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I have a couple of good ones from Fossil too.  Most of the affordable pieces of their collection range from $100-$300 and you can always find something you like. I purchased their classic rose tone seven-link bracelet. Looks very feminine. I also have one in a glitzy vintage look which goes well with my gold accessories. IMG_7425 IMG_7428 copy

Want to go a little bold? Try this white watch from Emporio Armani which goes very well with a casual top, jeans and heels. I don’t need to accessorize it with anything else. Just carry it with confidence!

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Neeti is one of the creators of Stylebar, formerly from India, she shares her tastes and fashion advice with busy men and women.  Follow Neeti on Instagram @ntulsyan and Facebook.

Navy Maxi

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By Waistedd-
As of late I’ve been so into Free People- I love their brand and how it has such a carefree spirit. I found this maxi on gilt and I’m so glad I decided to purchase it. It has been perfect for spring and will transition great into Summer. My favorite part of this dress is absolutely and obviously the back- I love the openess and simplicity. The layers at the bottom of the dress create such an incredible shape for my shorter frame. My only complaint is that if you are a little bit busty, this type of top can be trouble some- I didn’t find it to be an issue but if you do, it is easy enough to layer with a fun lacy bralette (check out Victoria’s Secret).

Do you ever shop on flash sale websites such as Gilt.com or Hautelook.com? Lauren and I both really like them- I’ve found such amazing products for nearly half the price and it’s fantastic.

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Check out more from Waistedd.  A fashion blog created by two best friends as a creative outlet to showcase their style and inspiration. Be Social on their Instagram & Twitter: @_waistedd // Tumblr // Pinterest: WAiSTEDD

Summer Shorts for Men

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As the weather heats up it’s time to say goodbye to long pants and hello to shorts!  Touching back on one of my first posts, I want to re-stress the importance of having shorts that are the correct length.  Of course styles can change based off a person’s personality, but a good general shorts length should end slightly above a person’s knee’s.  In addition, it’s great if you can find a pair that contours to your body well such as slimmer shorts for slimmer guys.  It’s best to minimize the amount of baggy sizing in your pans because that widen’s your base and shortens the look of your legs (your goal should be to make your legs look longer).

Below are a couple great options that I have picked out from Express Men’s that fit this bill!  Also, don’t be afraid to try some simple styles or light colors.  With a little confidence that little difference can look great!

 

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10 Inch Belted Lennox Shorts-Icicle Blue ($35.94)

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Striped Linen-Cotton Shorts ($35.94)

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10 Inch Belted Lennox Shorts-White ($35.94)

Check out more men's and women's fashion content at Fashion Omni. Follow Eric Lau on instagram @elau808.

Have you tried these workouts?

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By Nicole Ruccolo

The summer is literally upon us, and it's never too late to break a sweat, tone up, or slim down!  Its time to get out and try activities that take the zzzzzzz's out of working out.  I review five fun and adventurous workouts that will get our muscles moving!

Spin it off - Soulcycle, first class is $20

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Soulcycle is not just your typical in-door cycling class.  It is a blend of choreography, hand weights and cardio bundled in a 45 minute minute class.  Soulcycle provides first time riders with their "click in" shoes which are safer and better for your workout. With your favorite tunes playing and an energetic class of dedicated spin-istas the class will leave your body feeling oh so good.

What to wear:

 

Nike, $67.99

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Hiking with a view - Rancho San Antonio Preserve, CA, FREE

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This 165-acre preserve will definitely give our bum a workout.  Grab a friend and start early and trust me the hills are intense on certain trails.

What to wear:   Nike, $109.99  Adidas, $79.99

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Seek out your inner gymnast! - Airborne Gym / Goldstar Gym (both FREE for first timers)

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Pull out your inner gymnast and try an adult class at a gymnastics gym.  The classes are mixed with those who are new to the sport and those who used to do it in their college days, so overall a nice mix of skills.  The coaches will work you out just like the gymnasts do with conditioning, drills and a chance to use equipment during "open gym" time.  You don't have to be a pro, you literally can walk in and with never doing a somersault in your life and you will get a killer workout.  Warning.... walking will be hard the next day!

What to wear:

Nike, $67.99

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Adidas, $44.99

Got a creative workout idea?!?  Share Below!

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Dress the Lost Boys

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By Lauren Bigelow

There is a very real moment every man must come face-to-face with. It usually occurs sometime in May, 1-2 years after their college graduation. This moment is when men realize it is no longer “sexy” to wear boardshorts and bro tanks every time the weather forecast spikes above 70 degrees. Some men, of course, have this realization earlier in life and start to adapt the Vineyard Vines look or, god forbid, the more “lax” look of Jorts, beat up skate shoes, and a large t-shirt. I decided to run a little experiment using my stylist partner and fellow blogger, Eric Lau, to show how these men should be dressing from a lady's point of view.  I’m creating a list of Summer must-haves for the man who falls somewhere in between East Coast Preppy and West Coast Hipster.  Of course, Eric didn't let me off the hook, check out how he chimed in and styled me on his blog, here.

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Eric Lau, Fashion Omni

 

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Summer means it’s time to keep it light! Mix and match light blues, dark blues, greys, white, and neutrals. For Eric, I recommended getting a light grey suit, a dark blue suit, and a pair of nice Khakis. From there, pick out patterned shirts, fun ties, and stylish socks to keep outfits looking fresh throughout the season. As for shoes, a pair of light brown leather shoes or gray shoes can be worn effortlessly with any of these combinations.

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Slip-ons, shorts, jeans, T-shirts, button-downs, and hoodies are the simplest way to stay looking sharp without wasting anytime planning. Try to buy pieces that can all be mixed and matched - the goal is to look effortlessly handsome without actually looking like you put in zero effort. Summer is an excuse to break away from the same colors you always wear so try a pastel or something more wild - shorts with subtle patterns, for example. It’s the season all about stripes and patterns so seek out t-shirts or hoodies that will make the ladies look… twice!

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For a Date Night

 This outfit will vary based on the occasion, but for Eric I say: slip on a clean pair of slim jeans or khakis, pull out your favorite patterned button down, slide on some slip-ons and whatever you do, don’t be late! This style is a combination of your weekend look and your in-office look. If you’re going out to dinner, steer away from t-shirts and jeans. Put on your favorite watch, your mysterious shades, and head out the door!

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Remember: keep it light, play around with patterns and pastels, blue and neutrals are your best friend, and any outfit can be upgraded by adding a watch and sunglasses!

Want more personalized advice? Visit www.gostylebar.com to request your invite to the bar, coming soon. We’ll keep you looking sharp without ever stepping foot in the mall.

Stylebar’s own, Lauren Bigelow is a senior at Santa Clara University and fashionista extraordinaire! Follow her journey with Stylebar and her travels on instagram @laurenbigelow

All Black Everything

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By Lauren Bigelow

When I’m rushing out the door to have dinner with girlfriends, getting dressed for a night out in the city, or throwing on an outfit to go into the office, the vibrant words of Lupe Fiasco flash through my mind: “All Black Everything.” Thats right, my favorite, go-to look of every season isn’t decadent colors, patterns, or eye-catching florals. My “style uniform” is all black everything!  And I love the look for both men and women. It’s simple but sleek, sexy, and can be so chic when properly executed. Which means, yes, even an outfit of all the same color can go wrong.

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Mixing textures of black can make an outfit just as eye catching as a bright, patterned look. Leather, cotton, silk, are a few of the materials I most often mix. Again, this look is out-of-the-park for both men and women and never goes out of season.

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It’s time to discover it!

Comment below and tell us how you dress up or dress down the “All Black Everything” look I swear by! Happy Shopping!

Stylebar’s own, Lauren Bigelow is a senior at Santa Clara University and fashionista extraordinaire! Follow her journey with Stylebar and her travels on instagram @laurenbigelow

Fit & Flare

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Hi Everyone! Hope you all had a fantastic week, it’s crazy that April is over! I wore this great fit and flare dress the other day. I bought it from Anthropologie a few years ago and wore it to my college graduation! I actually forgot how cute this dress is on- such a great print and shape. I’ll have to start wearing it more often, especially now that it’s warmer!

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Do you ever forget about certain items in your closet? How do you re-wear older pieces in your closet like they are new?

Share with us below! Have a GREAT weekend!

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Texture and Floral Dresses for Summer!

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By Kaly Leonoudakis

With the weather warming up and the school year coming to a close, it’s finally time to get ready for some fun in the sun!  Now with graduation just around the corner, there’s no better time than now to introduce you to these two crave worthy trends!

 

1.  With aztec surely going out of style, floral is the new trend to bring in Spring and Summer. Look no further than Topshop for a brightly colored floral print dresses!  I shopped these two dresses from Topshop.  They can be worn with gladiator flats for the day or a nude heel for dressier occasions. Screen Shot 2015-04-28 at 2.02.44 PMOff shoulder Bardot Dress, $105

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Sweet Parisian Dress, $90

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2. If you’re looking for something unique,  try a textured dress with some wedges. Nothing is more flattering than a slight heel with a summer dress!  Dresses with texture add a specialness and can be simple to accessorize, just throw on a mini bag and stud earrings.

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Graduation Worthy Lace Shift Dress, $160

Whether you want to keep it more casual for a school day or dress it up for graduation, these dresses are so versatile.  If you would like a few of my accessorizing tips, comment below!

KalyStylebar's own, Kaly Leonoudakis is a senior at Santa Clara University and fashionista extraordinaire! Follow her journey with Stylebar and her travels on instagram @kalyleo !!!

Spring & Summer Shoes

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By Eric Lau-

Spring has finally arrived and with it warm sunny weather!  As the temperature begins to rise it opens up a greater variety of clothes guys can wear.  Now that it’s finally shorts weather a question that might be on people’s mind is what type of shoe can I wear? I have found that wearing high dunks with shorts, though useful in some cases can also look a little awkward from time to time.  So, as you go to the store looking for more spring/summer shoes my best suggestion is on getting a pair of low boat style shoes.

Classic Sperrys ($155)

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Sperry’s (my personal favorite) ($155)

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Low cut shoes are often very useful because they aren’t as suffocating for your feet in hot weather and they look great with shorts.  This sometimes also provides the added benefit of giving off a perception that a person is taller particularly if their shorts end above their knees.  A couple shoes I have picked out for this occasion include Boating shoes such as the classic Sperry’s and a more casual sneaker.  It all depends on which style suit you best however both are a great option.

Van Sneakers ($75)

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 Eric Lau is the creator and writer of the men’s fashion blog, Fashion Omni.  Follow him on Pinterest @fashionomni // Instagram @elau808

Spring and Summer Tanks

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To build on my previous post of Spring and Summer shoes on Fashion Omni, I now move on to Tank Top wear.  For the (Bro)tank wearer out there, there are many options including design and material.  Frankly I believe anyone can wear a brotank regardless of their physique, it’s really about the confidence you have while doing it.  With Brotanks the most common materials are cotton and mesh.  Cotton has always been a stable material in clothes where as mesh provides a little more breath-ability and hides sweat.  For a typical cotton Brotank, they are often designed in mono-chrome or few solid colors.  The pocket Brotank and regular Brotank are both fun and cool in the spring and summertime making them perfect for your outfit and style.  However, an important note is sometimes pocket tanks may be a little harder to pull off.

For fun flavor, I will also add a mesh tank design from PacSun that I think can take your style to the the next level.  This Brotank can look a little wild compared to regular Brotanks but that’s the point.  It’s all about being able to wear things and being confident in them.

On The Byas Hawaiian Floral Mesh Jersey Tank Top ($29.95)

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Heathered Colorblock Pocket Tank ($7.90)

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Stylebar sidekicks, in collaboration with Eric Lau also picked a couple of tanks especially for you. Questions? Feel free to comment on the box below! Happy shopping!

Vans Seward Tank Top ($32)

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Puma Grey Striped Tank ($35)

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Eric Lau is the creator and writer of the men's fashion blog, Fashion Omni.  Follow him on pinterest and instagram!