Friday, August 30, 2013

Aztec Dip-Dye Shorts

Happy DIY Friday fashion fiends! The summer's not over yet, so why not make your own cute pair of Aztec shorts to go out with a bang in? Follow these simple steps to give your shorts some Aztec flair!

What You'll Need:
  • Any old pair of shorts
  • Latex gloves
  • A ruler
  • Scissors
  • A sharpie
  • Black paint
  • A pen
  • Paper to make the blueprint of your design or to create a stencil
    • If you choose to create a stencil, you'll need black spray paint
  • Bleach (NOT concentrated)
  • A large bin

Step 1
Fill your bin with bleach until the bottom is completely covered. Slightly tip the bin (as shown below) so that the bottom of your shorts will be completely submerged in the bleach. Using your latex gloves, fold your shorts in half and rest only the bottom half in the bleach. Let them sit for 20 - 30 minutes, or it has discolored to your liking.

Keep an eye on your shorts while they're sitting in the bleach so you can decide how much discoloration you'd like them to have. Jazmyn decided to have her shorts completely white.

And they will look something like this....

Step 2
Throw your shorts in the dryer for 20 - 30 minutes. While your shorts or drying, use your paper and pen to draw the design you'd like to have on your shorts onto your sheet of paper, or to make your stencil.

After your shorts are done drying, use your ruler and pen to copy the design onto your shorts.

If you have your own stencil already made, simply place the stencil on the side(s) of your shorts you want designed, and paint/spray paint away!

You can use your black sharpie to begin outlining your design, just so it'll be easier to fill in with paint later.

Step 3
Repeat step two for any other sides of your shorts you want designed. Then, fill in your completed design with the black paint.

Vwah-lah! Now you have a rockin pair of Aztec shorts!! Thanks Jaz!

Here are a couple of other cute designs that I loved that you could also incorporate onto your shorts!

Design and Creation by Jazmyn Shabre

Monday, August 19, 2013

Best Dressed Dan in America - Dan Trepanier

From the looks of his squeaky clean patent leather loafers and brief case, I bet you would never be able to tell that fashion blogger Dan Trepanier was once a farm boy from Windsor Ontario Canada and played four years of Division 1 basketball at Colombia University. But our adoration for Dan goes beyond his stats as an athlete and his Ivy League degree. Dubbed as Esquire's "Best Dressed Real Man in America" a year or two ago, I only found it fitting that Dan took the spotlight as our Stare Case man of the week.

If it's a more dapper look that you're attempting ace, never fear. Dan shows the gents the advantages of a good neck piece on a seemingly simple outfit. It's easy. If your outfit is doing all the talking with patterns or bold prints, go for an understated piece (such as in the picture below). Or if it's your outfit that's more on the understated side, don't be afraid to try a tie that's a bit more colorful or loud! But a neckpiece doesn't just mean ties. Autumn is on the horizon, so you may want try Dan's oversized infinity scarf, or skinny striped scarf!

Any real business man never leaves home without a suitable briefcase to compliment his suit and Rolex.

If you're looking for a go-to item of clothing to pull together an out-on-the-town outfit, might Dan and I recommend a light jacket that makes your look seem cool and effortless. I love the classic leather jacket with the dark attire to match!

Get innovative with your fitted sweaters with a nice vest or colored jeans!

And as I've said before, you can never do suave wrong with a fitted blazer. And if you're really trying to stay warm, match your blazer with a cool colored, understated turtle neck, or a vest and button up ensemble.

When becoming serious about dedicating his career to the fashion industry, Dan Trepanier pursued another level of higher education at New York's Fashion Institute of Technology where he graduated at the top of his class in the men's design wear. And after working hard to be at the top of his game, Dan now works as the Senior Advisor for Michael Andrews Bespoke and is also a brand ambassador for Gilette, just to name a few of the many jobs he's taken on since his fashion blog has taken off. It's not easy Taking the Stares as the best dressed man in America. But hey. Someone's got to do it.
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