Magazines Search for a New Type of Cover Girl

Unsurprisingly, A-list Hollywood actresses– you know the type: outrageous amounts of money, ridiculously high heels, and sculpted husbands– are not the most relatable to the everyday female. This may seem like obvious news but there are some resounding effects.

Jess Cagle, managing editor of Entertainment Weekly, puts it this way:

“…[M]ovie stars are less revered than they used to be, and also audiences have shifted their allegiance in large part to television.”

Due to this shift in “allegiance” so to speak, editors have adjusted their magazine covers to satisfy the readers. For example, Glamour’s covers were 50% populated with film stars, but when the magazine realized that their edition featuring Lauren Conrad– a reality TV star– was the best selling issue in 2012, they opted to make film stars the minority of cover girls.

Other leading ladies who have made sales mile markers are Beyonce and Lady Gaga, showing that musicians pack a lot of punch as well. The growth of social media has also aided in the relability of some stars, especially those who tweet, or are patrons of Instagram and Vine, for example. Other possible reasons for the attachment to reality stars is the ongoing, weekly relationship  developed through regular programming, versus the roughly two hour relationship created during movies. The personal investment is much more temporary with movies than with television.

Another speculation is that most movies (as of late), appeal to men, and women make up the majority of magazine buyers, so  a gap is created where women do not relate to male movie stars.

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Dressing your Man

Dress your man, and he looks good for a day; teach a man to dress himself, an he looks good for a lifetime. A few weeks ago, we posted an article about men’s fashions. That article reported on patterns, which are still very in! But for a more subtle, but still sexy look, men have options. We have another tip below, so listen up!

Employ some color! It’s springtime. Embrace it. Instead of your standard white button down, go for a saturated pastel– lavender, yellow, sky blue. These colors are eye catching, and when paired with jeans or khakis, always match! Don’t try to be too matchy-matchy; let the shirt be the focal point of the outfit. The other parts of the ensemble should be subtle. Banana Republic offers an especially comfortable, colored button down in their Soft Twill Line,  costing $59.50.

An important thing to remember when choosing what shade to wear, is what it will look like against your own skin tone. A good rule of thumb is to pay attention to warm and cool tones. For men with lighter, cooler skin tones, stick to cooler colors, like blues and greens. For men with darker, richer, warmer skin tones, stick to the warm colors, like pinks, reds, and oranges. When in doubt, ask a salesperson for help.

PS, does anyone wish their closet at home looked like this one?

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Male Must Haves

Men, listen up. Spring is around the corner and it’s time to break out the warmer-weather wardrobe. When you do, make sure you have the following items in your arsenal:

1. The distinct sport jacket:

Sports jackets are wearable in almost any situation. Dress it down with jeans, dress it up with slacks. Don’t just settle for the sport jacket though. Go with blue or brown; skip the standard black. Look for an interesting detail, such as piping.

2. The jacket that matches everything:

A light jacket that is versatile in temperature and an earth tone, such as a warm grey, tan, or khaki.

3. The slip-on Sperry:

Sperry’s aren’t out of style! The slip-on boat show radiates ideas of summer, relaxation, and carefree attitudes. Worn with or without socks, with pants or shorts, they make a great “out-the-door” shoe.

4. The soft sweater:

A well fitting sweater will accentuate broad shoulders and a strong chest. A stripe across the chest may help, if you aren’t blessed with those assets already. Also, the soft texture will encourage your lady to snuggle up close.

5. The Suit:

Double breasted or three-piece, the suit is back (and by that we mean “always”) in style. Dr. Who and Barney Stinson of How I Met Your Mother are bringing back a style that we ladies think shouldn’t have left to begin with!

Patterns on Patterns

I find myself drawn to florals, flannels, paisley, and polka dots. I can’t help but be drawn to these classic patterns, as well as the less traditional ones, or the surprising pairings of two of these patterns together. I am especially tickled when I see men pairing these patterns and colors well. Why can’t they all dress like that? When it comes to dressing your man (or dressing yourself, male readers), don’t be afraid to go bold. It’s eye catching and effective. You’ll exude confidence and people will notice. Putting a little more into your wardrobe will pay off. And as a good friend once told me (and if he told me once, he told me a thousand times), if you look good, you feel good. 

He’s in the picture below, but take your pic! Whatever your type, we’ve got it. Checkers, stripes, flannel, paisley, solid. Classic denim, black jeans, colored denim, and shades of khaki. Keep in mind, I pulled this photo from MY friends. This is real life fashion, not an unrealistic runway image. And don’t they look good?

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Don’t dress you man, but come to a compromise. I like a guy in purple, but let him pick which purple. I like a guy in a skinny tie, but let him pick the color. You might have to help him out with the combinations but if you can show him examples of what you think looks good (in ads, or on others if he doesn’t mind), he’ll be more confident in trying something new.

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