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[caption id="attachment_2925" align="alignleft" width="410"] Photo by Eva Rinaldi / CC-SA[/caption]I sat down recently to begin writing my interpretation on the upcoming male fashion trends for the 2014 fashion year, now that New York Fashion Week has made its statements, and North America is beginning to...

men's watches

I'm not a big jewelry person, however, over the past few years I have developed an interest in timepieces, specifically, men's watches. Things have changed a lot throughout the past 100 years, and manufacturing processes and technological advances, while not radically changing how watches work, have radically changed what a nice watch costs. It is entirely possible to get the style and beauty of a Rolex / Patek Phillipe in a sub-$500 timepiece.

spring fashion

Let's face it, there aren't a lot of guys out there who are openly into fashion and staying on top of the trends, and I'll be the first to say I don't consider myself one of them. That being said though, it pays to show some concern here and there, if you know what I mean...If you're the average guy, it's simply a matter of walking into Hollister, American Eagle, Abercrombie and Fitch or the like, seeing what's at the front of the store, and then finding stuff on sale at the back that's close to it. Welcome to the 90%... you've just declared yourself average, within your first impression. Don't get me wrong, there's nothing wrong with lying low, but there's nothing much to be gotten out of it either, in my opinion. You get what you pay for, and you get right back out whatever you put in.The truth about men's fashion is this: if you care even half of what you should about what you're wearing, you'll take the miniscule amount of time it takes to stay at least somewhat ahead of the trends -- because there's a benefit and a reason to.It's good to stand out once a while. It's a world of conformity, and that little bit of effort can make all the difference in your personal and professional lives. Being on top of things makes you stand out as somebody who cares about their appearance, and takes pride in looking good. It's a little trait that people notice and admire.Fashion makes you feel good. Fashion is good for the soul. If I remember correctly, Anna Wintour said something along those lines -- you know, just the editor-in-chief of Vogue Magazine. I believe good fashion should be apparent, easy, and accessible. Magazines like GQ and Details make presentations to men of a completely different income level than what I do. It's not that I don't believe in having nice things -- I do -- I just don't believe in paying full price, or in not being savvy about it.Money should never stop you from feeling good about yourself; there's always ways to leverage it. Your clothing budget also shouldn't make it impossible to afford to eat. All simple things, right? I think so! So here's my summary of what's going to be hot for Spring / Summer 2013, and how to do it all -- the smart way. Here's the Spring 2013 Men's Fashion Review.

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