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March 31, 2009

Smash and Grab

Ready to Rock! Smash has a raw edgy aesthetic that lends very well to today's fashion scene. With everything going retro, Smash brings back a little bit of the rebellious punk/metal 80's (thankfully without the Regans) with their detailed leather side bags. Perfect for your camera, mp3 player, cell phone, these bags are detailed with distressed leather, skulls, studding, and contrast stitching. If you're like me and you like to put a little extra into your look, Smash is the brand for you.

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--Dustin

March 19, 2009

Chip & Pepper U

Calling all co-eds! The Chip & Pepper University line has arrived just in time for summer. Chip & Pepper partnered with Universities all of America to bring you these authentic vintage looks sold exclusively at boutiques. Not only do these tees have great vintage designs but they are also well made with a terrific fit and feel. While some of the tees are 100% Cotton others have undergone a unique finishing process to make them burnout tees. This means they have a more weathered look and are extra thin, giving them a super soft feel and unique look. So support your favorite teams in style like the Duke Blue Devils or the Florida Gators, or just look like a diehard fan (we won't tell.)


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March 11, 2009

Did you say SALE!?!

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So, if you haven't already heard Universal Gear's Underwear Sale has started! For those of you familiar with the Gear, you know that twice a year we have a phenomenal Underwear promotion where we mark down all of our Manties! This year in addition to our famous 25% off all Underwear we are also offering an unheard of 50% off select styles. Crazy, right? So don't just sit there! Get to your nearest Universal Gear and take advantage of this awesome deal. Not near a store? No worries our online store is having the same great deals. (inside scoop, any online order over $150 get free ground shipping, us this coupon code UGUS9)


And while we're on the subject of underwear we just received a new shipment from Diesel, now I must warn you that I am absolutely obsessed with Diesel underwear, especially these beauties. They have an amazing fit, smart design and not to mention they are totally comfortable. This new line is quite creative with bold colors and comical screen prints. If you love underwear that doesn't fit the norm and that's a little quirky, Diesel has you covered (just barely, check out the hot low rise brief).

--Dustin
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Along with the new Diesel underwear we also carry all your favorites from 2(x)ist,; CIN2, G-Star, Andrew Christian, Calvin Klein, Ginch Gonch, Elementos and many more. This is the perfect time to stock up but you better move fast!

March 03, 2009

Get Cruised

Last night as I sat in my apartment wrapped in a soft cashmere
blanket watching the snow flurry and fall all the while cursing mother
nature. I decided it was time for me to go on a cruise to somewhere warm and
sunny. In other words, anywhere but Washington DC. I fired up my trusty
laptop, Googled winter cruises and suddenly the possibilities where endless,
destinations that were sunny, warm, and without a flake of snow or a sickle
of ice. After a bit of soul searching and bank account checking I decided
the Caribbean looked perfect. I threw off the blanket, pulled out the
luggage and dove into my closet. Like any true fashion friendly man I
started running over outfit selections and what I came up with inspired me
to write this entry.

Going on vacation is no excuse to get lazy in the wardrobe department.
Yes, you want to be comfortable but you still want to look put together (and
yes there is ban on wearing crocs, unless it's in the gym shower. Even then
it's questionable). During the day light hours neutral colors are best.
Light khakis and toned down plaids are where it's at. Alternative Apparel
has great collection of light weight tees and tanks that work perfectly in
the tropics. The best part is that these tees are very versatile. You can
dress them up or down depending on the occasion. Cargo shorts are also a
great companion for a cruise. Besides being handy when you're at port,
passports and currency can easily be stowed away, they complete the look.
Tailor Vintage has a great cargo short that is both comfortable and very
fashionable (you know I packed mine). Also, G-star is a brand known for their
fit and durability, they have a pair of shorts that are certainly a must
have.
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Night life is my favorite part of the cruise and not just because I
have a strong affinity for Blood Orange Martinis. Every night is like
fashion show, everyone is decked out in their best. Remember how the day
time was great for light, neutral colors? Well here is when you have the
chance to throw some color in the mix. Now I'm not condoning looking like a
Miami peacock but a bold color every now and again will have you stand apart
from the crowd, "Hey did you see that guy in the red? Hot right!" I always
say a well fitted jean and crisp button down is always the way to go. And
hell, you're on vacation loosen a button or two, it's alright to show a little
chest. It's generally accepted to unbutton the top 3 buttons (going any
further you take the risk of looking cheesy).

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If you want to make a splash at the pool or beach swimwear selection
is key! Make sure you wear the swimsuit and the swimsuit doesn't wear you.
Hugo Boss and the Brazilian based Blueman have some really great styles this
cruise season. When buying a swim suit for vacation you want to make sure
your over all look is on point, don't be shy ask the sales associate their
opinion. Remember they are getting the full 360 view and can see angles you
don't (trust them, any sales associate worth their salt knows better than to
lie to client). Another very important rule is bring more than one suit, I
try to bring at least three different styles of swimwear. You don't want
people to say behind your back, "Didn't he wear that yesterday?".
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I hope I've helped you steer clear of any cruise wear faux pas, have
fun and remember your passport, sunglasses and plenty of sunscreen. Later!

--Dustin