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PostHeaderIcon Men’s Rings: Which are Office Appropriate and Which Aren’t?

It used to be that the only men’s rings that you would ever see in an office environment were wedding bands, but times, they are a-changin’. Nowadays men’s fashion jewelry, especially rings, is nearly as prominent in the workplace as it is on the runway. While there’s nothing wrong with adding an accessory for a final polished touch to your workday ensemble, you do need to take care that you remain office appropriate and professional in appearance at all times. Here are a few dos and don’ts for wearing rings at work.

The Dos

Wearing Rings at Work - Wedding Band

Wedding rings

Unless you work for the rare employer that bans wedding bands at the office, or if you work in some field that requires no jewelry on your hands (like some sectors of the medical industry), your wedding ring is almost always acceptable to wear on the job. Most offices respect the fact that you’re honoring a sacred bond and vow – in some cases, your wedding band may even win over a client, employer or fellow employee who appreciates family values. So long as your wedding ring doesn’t have a design that’s somehow offensive, it’s always a safe bet to wear at the office.

Class rings or other commemorative men’s rings

As is the case with wedding bands, almost all employers will respect your choice to wear a class ring or other meaningful commemorative band. Like wedding bands, these types of men’s rings can in some cases even prove to be a talking point that leads to a strengthened connection at the office or with a client. However, you do still want to take care and exercise a little sound judgment – if your commemorative ring is overly garish or gaudy, you may want to leave it at home. While it may have a great deal of personal significance to you, its appearance may be too distracting for others, or worse yet, give them a negative impression about you.

Classic plain bands

If you keep it simple and stylish enough, most employers will not begrudge you a plain men’s ring, even if it’s not a wedding band. Fortunately, regardless of whether your taste runs more towards traditional or modern, there are plenty of styles of men’s rings available in a variety of materials. If a classic plain band sounds boring, try minimalist men’s rings in higher quality contemporary materials like titanium, tungsten and cobalt chrome.

The Don’ts

Overly flashy rings

It should go without saying that overly flashy rings are not workplace appropriate, but there are still plenty of bling perpetrators. The office is simply not the place to display a multitude of glittery diamonds or cubic zirconia. A single small diamond in a men’s ring may be acceptable, and some exceptions can be made for wedding bands as well, but again, it’s best to use your most cautious and conservative judgment.

Wearing Rings at Work - Bikers RingSkull or other biker-type rings

Unless you work at a garage, any ring that can be loosely termed a biker ring is not appropriate for the work environment. This can include but is not limited to men’s rings with skull designs, studs or spikes, chains or the Iron Cross. These men’s rings can often have negative connotations that stretch far beyond mere fashion or style, and may seriously offend your employer or co-workers. Leave them at home.

Oversized rings

They may be in fashion right now, but like flashy rings, oversized men’s rings generally have no place in the workplace. Exceptions can be made for certain wedding rings or for larger width rings for more substantial men.

It’s great to show a little personality when dressing for the office, but you also need to ensure that you don’t detract from the impression you make as an employee (or employer). Remember, you have plenty of time off-hours to dress and accessorize however you see fit.

Author Name/Pen Name Tanya Zilinskas Naouri

Author Bio:- Tanya is jewelry designer as well as writer to writes on Men’s Designer Jewelry as well as Men’s Fashionable Rings for justmensrings.  She likes to designing and little bit writing on men’s jewelry.

PostHeaderIcon Who Started the Snakeskin Strapbacks Trend?

San Antonio Spurs Snakeskin Strapback Hat

Celebrities Who are Wearing Strapbacks

If you keep up with celebrity fashion trends, you may have realized something. Several hot male celebrities are now sporting custom strapback hats. These hats are like baseball caps, yet they are distinctive because they feature snakeskin brims. Celebrities such as Kanye West, Big Sean, and Jay-Z are responsible for starting the snakeskin strapbacks trend. Other celebrities beyond the hip hop realm have also been known to sport a strapback hat. Numerous athletes have worn these snakeskin-brimmed hats that bear their team logos.

Who Makes Strapback Hats and How Are They Made?

It may have been Kanye West who pushed strapback hats into the mainstream, though Don C, his manager, is credited as being the first manufacturer and designer. His line of Mitchell & Ness custom hats has remained popular throughout the past few years. Hats created by Don C are considered among the best out there today.

Originally, strapbacks were custom made to order. These days, both pre-made and custom strapback hats are being sold. The snakeskin that is used for the brims is mostly taken from the wild pythons of Indonesia. These snakes are skinned, and their hides are sent out to tanneries to be made into leather. After the skins have been tanned, Don C and other designers receive them in order to make the hats that are so popular with celebrities today.

Even though these hats have grown in popularity, many animal rights organizations are protesting against how the snakes are killed. They say that the snakes are being treated inhumanely. There are witnesses who claim that such snakes are taken alive and allowed to starve or left to face exposure to the elements.

Strapback Hat Styles that Are the Most Popular

The sports teams that are most frequently represented on the hats are the Chicago Bulls and the New York Yankees. That is because these two teams are the ones that were originally worn by Kanye West and Jay-Z. Many people want to support their favorite teams by wearing the team logos on their hats, so the top sellers on eBay are now the Miami Heat, Boston Celtics, and Atlanta Falcons. Among the most popular designers of strapbacks are RSVP and Don C because of the impeccable quality of the hats. Other brands, such as scyocclothiers.com, also offer outstanding quality strapbacks. For those who can’t afford a designer hat, it has become easy to locate good quality knock-offs at an inexpensive price that are made with both faux and real snakeskin.

The RSVP online gallery features many Don C. hats for sale. However, you will have to pay top dollar for the real thing. The hats usually are priced at around $400 each. Cheap strapbacks may be found on discount and auction websites like eBay. Don C. hats may be less than $100 on some of these websites. Faux snakeskin strapback hats may be purchased if you are turned off by wearing the real snakeskin. Specialty hat websites and sites such as eBay offer many cheap strapback hat alternatives that are crafted from faux snakeskin.

PostHeaderIcon Top 8 Fashion Tips to Flatter a Post-Pregnancy Body

Just when you think that nothing could ever happen that would burst that bubble of joy that comes from spending time with your cute little newborn, someone pops the question: “When are you due?” This can be disconcerting, to say the least, but it took nine months for your stomach to get that big; it will not shrink and disappear overnight!

The pre-pregnancy body should return after a few months (hopefully) but that does not mean that the new mom is stuck with sweatshirts and oversized T-shirts for the time being. Here are a few style tips that should help new mothers make the best of that postpartum body in the meantime.

1. Shapewear is Your Friend

While it might not be a good idea to get a full body-shaping suit, especially in summer, you can never go wrong with shaping briefs. Opt for briefs with straps that can attach to any bra. These will have the wonderful effect of slimming your bum and hips and the post-partum tummy all the way to just beneath your bust.

Such shaping briefs are also known to give C-Section mothers some relief by applying pressure to the scar area and protecting it from the waistlines of outer garments.  Shaping camis are another great option. Most of them look like tank tops and can be layered under a flowing top.

2. Avoid Empire Waistlines

These are common designs with the waistline cut just under the bust. It is perfect for hiding the tummy, right? Wrong. Most empire waistline dresses and tops are not so billowy, so that cut just above your tummy will only serve to accentuate it instead of hiding it.

Go for trapeze tops or dresses instead. These begin to flow from just under the armpits and can hide the tummy like nothing else can. Most of these are billowy enough to be worn on their own but for maximum effect, you can layer them over a shaping cami. To offset the volume, pair the top with a pair of shorts or cropped pants to create a flattering look.

3. Structured Blazer

Structured Blazer

This structured blazer is available at Amazon.com

This is a bold look with endless possibilities. The deep V-neck actually hides the postpartum belly and the bold colors draw attention up towards your face. This can be paired with shorts and some nice heels for a hot date or thrown over a tank top and jeans for a day in.

4. Linen Sweaters

A linen sweater with a large draping neckline, short sleeves, dolman-sleeve arms and a breezy fit will do wonders in hiding that tummy. Better still, it can be layered over a shaping cami for maximum tummy taming.

5. Prints

Prints should be a new mom’s best friend—the bolder the better.  Because they are so eye-catching, they tend to draw away focus from any body imperfections. They are also great for concealing any leaks and add a bit of cheer to the wardrobe. As a plus, they will probably mesmerize your baby too! Pair these with some neutral-colored pants to balance out the look.

6. Peplum Tops

These are fitted at your bust then flare out for a fun effect. The secret behind the peplum top’s tummy hiding ability is in finding one that flares out just where the tummy starts. The peplum top has much more volume than your average empire waistline top, so it can hide the leftover baby belly much better. Pair your peplum top with a pair of slim cropped pants for a fabulous look. It looks great with shorts, maxi skirts, or any other slim bottoms too.

7. Tuck it In

Surprised? Tucking in a billowy top into your pants can actually work for new moms. If done correctly, tucking your shirt in can create a waistline even where there is none and hide that belly wonderfully.

8. Show Some Skin

One of the easiest ways to camouflage that new baby belly is to simply draw attention away from it. Wear tops that show off your arms instead of your belly. Coupled with cute shoes and confidence, no one will have a chance to notice your tummy!

Erica McPherson is a fashion blogger and has written posts to help women dress in style during and after pregnancy. You can see a great collection of designer formal dresses on her website.