Choosing Casual Clothes

Clothing is becoming an increasingly important part of people’s image in this day and age. In the past people would be very particular about the clothes they wore to work or to parties but give little regard to their casual clothes. The attitude seems to have taken a drastic turn with many people spending much more on branded casual clothes and opting for cheaper supermarket work clothing that can be simply used and repurchased when worn. To represent this shift in consumer spending many large brands have developed that fill in the casual clothes market and have become recognised as household names.
The styles available can massively vary from retro t-shirts and jeans to smarter polo shirts and cardigans. We will be looking mainly at shoes and shirts for the basis of this article.

Casual shoes these days seem to be split into a few distinctive styles, there are the standard trainers, slip on flat shoes, high back trainers and thick design skate or street sports shoes.

The standard trainer is commonly associated with big sports brands such as Adidas and Nike, it is commonly perceived to be “tacky” to wear these kinds of shoes with the smarter casual where available these days but their primary use endures as sports equipment. If worn with the right set of clothes anyone can pull trainers off but make sure you don’t go with a smart pair of jeans and a shirt cardigan combo.

Pumps or slip on shoes have become increasingly popular in the last three years, they were launched forward by alternative clothing brands such as Vans to target a unisex market (although extreme designs or colours often corner some styles for a gender). They go well with either a casual or smart casual style and come in a massive range of colours and patterns. Their popularity has recently grown even further with many mainstream brands taking the style on (especially for women) and making slightly more elegant versions of what originally existed.

The high back trainer’s style is most commonly associated with the Converse or Converse Classics shoe design. These shoes tend to be made of a canvas material which is comfy and breathable and tends to lend itself to plainer designs. They are often available in a selection of neutral colours meaning they can fit in with many outfits. Their plain design also lends them to a smart feel however they can still appear very ‘trainerish’ if you are planning a smart-casual look.

The thick designed trainers more commonly known as skate shows are more much more widely than they were 5 years ago. They are strongly associated with the skate and rock scenes and the Vans brand. They feature robust styling and high durability and go well with a more casual look. They look very much like standard trainers but styled to be much flatter and wider.

These days t-shirts can say a lot about a person, mainly because there are so many different styles available therefore selecting one to where must mean you have an affiliation with what is printed on it.

There is really two distinct T-Shirt styles out there at the moment, branded t-shirts tagged with either a company or product logo and “retro” or “vintage” style t-shirts tagged with products and images from past fashions. Branded t-shirts usually appear a little smarter than their retro counterparts and are also more standardised colours (such as blue, black and white). The retro styled shirts usually feature a logo or picture of an out of date TV show or company and are often made to look faded and old on purpose. They can also feature puns and made up but funny companies based on real life older brands. They are much less formal than standard t-shirts.

Hopefully this article has given you an idea of what styles are available for you to combine as well as the basic principles regarding what the styles actually are. You can visit a multitude of good stores for more information and pictures of the clothing items that you can potentially purchase including brands such as Original Penguin, Vans and Crocs.

Buy Some Clothes and Help a Cause

Do you like to help a cause you believe in? Do you feel like you want to do more to help? You can help and it is easy to do too!

There are various brands out there for cyclists to choose from. You have Pearl Izumi, Desente, Canari, Nike, Shebeest, Primal Wear and several others. Let us take a closer look at what Nike has to offer. Nike’s line of cycling products is not as extensive as some of the other brands. They do however have a good variety. Several of their products came about because of Lance Armstrong. You will appreciate the fact when you buy a Lance Armstrong inspired article of clothing, a portion of your purchase will go to help fight cancer. This is a very worthy cause to support.

Nike products give you the same great benefits you have come to expect from other brands. Plus you get the good feeling of knowing you are helping out a great cause. What could possibly be better! Some of the benefits you are used to are moisture absorbing short chamois and jersey fabric. These benefits are there to help keep you drier for longer during those intense rides.

Nike has products to keep you warm in the winter and cool in the summer. You can also purchase some sunglasses to protect your eyes. You could also get a pair of lighter cycling shoes. They have all the basics when it comes to apparel and shoes. You can improve your performance and keep your self drier! You can’t go wrong with Nike cycling products!