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How to Foldin Your Shirt

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Shirts are a very common clothing item. People who do not know how to fold a shirt properly, are confronted with space issues when it comes to storing them or carrying them around while traveling. If shirts, or any clothing items for that matter, are folded properly, they can be stored easily even in a limited space.

Quick Shirt Folding for Travel

Step 1
Find a proper flat surface, like a table, on which you can lay your shirt fully open. Lay out the shirt in such a way that the buttons are on top and facing towards you. Using your hands, smooth out any wrinkled areas on the shirt and its extended arms, and button it up.

Step 2
Take the right sleeve and fold it cross-ways on the shirt in such a manner that the end of the sleeve (cuff) extends to the bottom seam on the left side. It is the same as placing your right hand on your left thigh. Again, smooth out any wrinkles that are formed.

Step 3
Take the right sleeve and fold it diagonally back from above the elbow area to below the shoulder area. Ensure that the sleeve seam and shoulder seam align together. After this, fold the whole right side area vertically, in such a manner that the shirt’s side seam is placed on the button line in the middle. Follow the same procedure on the shirt’s left hand side. If there are any wrinkles formed, smooth them with your hands.

Step 4
Carefully fold the shoulder and collar down, ensuring that no wrinkles are formed on the collar. Take the bottom of the shirt and fold it upwards until the fold is aligned with the cuffs. To get the fold size you want, simply fold the top and bottom halves together and smooth out any wrinkles that form.

Folding a Dress Shirt

Step 1
Find a flat surface to lay your dress shirt on and spread it out completely, buttoned up. The shirt should be kept in such a way that the buttons are facing downwards, on the table. Use your hands to smooth out any wrinkles formed.

Step 2
Take both sleeves and fold them back to the shirt’s center, horizontally. The cuffs should be one above the other at the center. Ensure that you do not take the side seams in while folding. They should appear straight on both sides.

Step 3
Now fold both sides of the dress shirt to the middle. Take both the sleeves along with their side seams and fold them inside in such a manner that they meet below the collar. Make sure you fold them evenly on both sides.

Step 4
Fold the shirt lengthwise. Use both your hands to hold the shirt’s bottom, and simply fold it to the top in such a way that the shirt’s bottom meets the bottom of the collar. You can do multiple folds depending on the size you want.

It is always advisable to iron a shirt well before folding it, as this will make the process easier.

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Tips on Buying Cheap Skinny Jeans for Men

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You might know that not everyone likes it when men wear cheap skinny jeans. The images of emo kids and juvenile skater boys are the first ones that come into your mind when you think of skinny jeans on a masculine man. No worries, however, as our experience tells us that it is not about what you wear, but more about how you wear it and also what you wear it with.

Are Skinny Jeans So Risky For Men To Wear?

Not all jeans are equally skinny, so if you want to avoid looking like a little boy just choose those that are a bit wider. The extremely skinny jeans are indeed usually worn by emo people or those who are really into fashion trends and don’t mind looking a bit feminine. There is a bit of charm to those images, if we were to be honest, but we don’t expect most male population to understand it, and let’s face it – the topic of fashion is mostly a women’s topic, not men’s.

From The Past To Nowadays

The fashion on skinny jeans has emerged in 1950s and has been changing ever since. The tight skinny pants were worn by such big names as Elvis Presley, Beatles and Michael Jackson. Of course, they received very mixed reactions from the crowd for wearing these pants, but that is probably also why this clothing has gained so much popularity. Many other famous rock bands also wore skinny pants, including the glamorous KISS, Metallica and Aerosmith.

Who Wear Skinny Jeans Today

These days you mostly see either glamorous crowd that wear tight designer skinny jeans, or teenagers who wear them with sneakers or dress shoes (which actually is really a good combination, if you know how to choose the items to complement the individuality of your body complexion) with the majority of population preferring the regular fit types of jeans. However, sometimes you don’t have the regular types of jeans that would fit your waist, for example, and that’s when the skinny jeans are chosen instead.

The most common mistakes that people make when buying jeans

The most common mistake the male population makes when buying jeans is they tend to go after wrong sizes. That is true not only for jeans, but for the men’s clothing in general. Remember, guys, that when you buy a shirt its shoulders must coincide with your shoulders exactly, and when you buy skinny jeans you want them to fit your legs as tightly as possible (in fact, this is true when buying any kind of jeans). Most general rule that we like to give to men is that if you think that the clothing fits because there is some “free space” in it – pick a smaller size.

Another mistake that people make when buying jeans is that they rush their decisions whenever they see a big discount on a product. While most shops allow the items to be returned, you still want to base your decisions on the fit and the design first and foremost, and only then price. Women are also guilty of this, by the way.


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Select Fashion Shoes for Men

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It’s true what they say, if the shoe fits, wear it. The perfect shoe for any occasion is very important and the fit is too. Shoes are almost the most important part of a man’s outfit. If it fits perfectly you will be comfortable, no matter where you are. If you haven’t got the perfect shoe it’s time to upgrade and step back into comfort.

We would all like to be comfortable with casual shoes such as our favourite pair of sneakers or flip flops, but sometimes we have to wear formal shoes. Whether you are going to an important meeting, a corporate function or a wedding, your shoes need to be formal, comfortable and elegant.

There are many types of shoes to choose from. Some people prefer the style and forget about being comfortable. Choose a formal shoe that is both comfortable and matches your suit. Formal shoe styles vary much and include options such as lace up, slip-on, formal, semi-formal, and classy.

A fashionable shoe comes in different colours also. Some colours available include white, black, brown, burgundy and walnut. Before choosing a shoe make sure that you are going to wear it again and that it matches a number of suits in your wardrobe.

Formal shoes are made of genuine leather, faux leather, or suede. Plus there are variety of brands to choose from, namely Mazerata, Urban Art, Franco Jameli, Dakotas, John Drake, and Watson.

Casual shoe brands such as Dakotas include the colours black or brown. They are available with tassels or without and can be worn with jeans or formal pants. Other shoe brands such as Watson or John Drake have a formal style and goes well with a formal men’s suit. These shoes are normally worn with wedding suits or corporate suits.

The ankle dress boot for men is also a very fashionable item and can also be worn with a jeans or formal pants. These boots are also available in different colours.

There are also cleaning solutions available for formal shoes. Polish gives your formal shoes a clean and glossy appearance. Shampoo is also available to wash the dirt off. These cleaning solutions are available in colours similar to your shoe’s colour. When wearing your shoes make sure that you wear socks. The socks will absorb the bulk of the sweat which will minimise the dreaded foot odour that usually remains in the shoe. So, shop for comfort and dress to impress.

Located in Johannesburg’s most iconic shopping institution, the Oriental Plaza, Abrams Stores is a family owned and managed business, specialising in high-end, exclusive branded wear for men and boys. Our philosophy is simple, and has been the driving force behind our success – we value quality, exclusivity and customer service above all else.

Visit our website and contact us for your next suit.


Buying Great Casual Shoes

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We all know that there are dozens of types of casual shoes on the market today and we know that one of the common pitfalls of shopping can be overspending. In today’s current economy it is important to figure out just what you need and what you are willing to spend to have it, therefore, when it comes to picking out a pair of casual shoes, it is important to know where you will be wearing them.

However, the difference in opinion between men and women on this subject is quite different. When you ask a man to define what a casual shoe is, he will probably reply with tennis shoes or sneakers. However, when you ask a woman to define the term “casual shoes” you will not only get a definition, you will probably also get subcategories.

Most men have only a couple pairs of shoes in their closet and their needs are met. A pair of sneakers, dress shoes, flip flops and work shoes will probably complete the variety in most men’s closets.

However, if you are a woman, there’s no way you are getting by with just four pairs and what you are searching for in a casual shoe is much different than what your guy is.

First, when buying a casual shoe it is important to question what the purpose will be behind it. For instance, will this be a pair of shoes that needs to alternate from day to night, from jeans to dress clothes? Do you need to have a heel on the casual shoes you are looking for and does it have to go with a variety of pant lengths?

Next, consider where you are purchasing the shoe from. Make sure you work with a reputable retailer that allows you to either try the shoe on in the store or if you are making your purchase online, make sure the company you purchase from has a liberal return policy in case the casual shoe doesn’t work out.

Rest assured, whether you are looking for one pair or twenty, there are many choices to you when it comes to casual shoes at a reasonable price.

Amanda Clark is a shoe-aholic. She loves buying cheap shoes whether they are cheap men’s shoes for her husband or some casual shoes for herself.


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