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June 30, 2010

ONLINE FLASH SALE: Rock & Republic

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June 25, 2010

ES: The New Brand Fresh From Spain

ES underwear and swimwear have become some of the hottest trends in the men's swim and underwear game. Until recently, the ES Underwear Collection was only available in Spain. Now, however, a limited selection is available in the US, and we were lucky enough to snatch it up just in time for summer. Since our UG customers have been raving about the comfort and fit of our sexy ES styles, we thought we'd tell you a little bit more about the brand.

The ES Collection started in 2005 and, as a fledgling business, made quite the splash. It was featured on the cover of DNA magazine and has appeared in other print and online publications. The annual unveiling of the new ES Barcelona swimsuits and the ES Underwear Collection has become a highly anticipated occasion. If you're not lucky enough to travel to Spain for these fabulous events, look no further than Universal Gear and www.universalgear.com to check out the sultry collection.

What I love about ES underwear and swimsuits is that the entire collection is made to be sexy and incredible. The use of hot colors, original styles and clean lines makes the ES Collection the outstanding brand that it is. I especially love the attention to detail and fit, which is so important to the ES design process. Every piece from collection is a masterpiece in itself. So, be bold and try something new: click here to view UG's assortment of ES Swim & Underwear!

--Dustin Schaad

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June 24, 2010

Coming Soon: 20+ New Diesel Styles

In case the photos below don't give it away, next week means hot new summer apparel from Diesel! More than 20 styles of the trendiest denim, shirts, underwear and shoes will be coming your way very, very soon! That is, as soon as we finish unpacking these boxes...

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June 23, 2010

ONLINE FLASH SALE!

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June 21, 2010

Fashionista Picks of the Week:The New Prep

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A New Spin on a Classic Style. I love these new chino style pants from Ben Sherman & Diesel 55. They have that preppy touch with a twist; the slight tapering of the leg mixed with a clean design makes for a smart and, might I say, dashing look! The 55DSL Tan Prowler Pant (center) & the Ben Sherman Bravo Chino Pant (tan & stone grey) are must-haves for the hip professional. To make the look a little more casual, pair these styles with a hot new polo from Fred Perry or a sexy layered Henley from our latest Spanish import, ES.

--Dustin Schaad

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June 18, 2010

Behind-the-Scenes: UG Photoshoot


The first of many behind-the-scenes/photoshoot clips to come: Chris models our new arrivals from G-Star, Fred Perry and Life After Denim!

June 17, 2010

Rebel Yell: A Collection Reborn

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For those of you old enough, we used to carry this line a while back. Rebel Yell has finally reformed and is looking better than ever! A combination of bright colors and fun vintage graphics makes for the perfect casual summer look.

The collection also boasts a compelling, beautiful story. When we read this, we simply couldn't resist bringing Rebel Yell back into your lives and ours:

Rebel Yell reflects the nostalgia of a childhood spent in the glory days of the late 70s & early 80s. From the clothing to the distinct name, the inspiration for the line comes from the many memories that owners - and brother/sister duo - Daniel and Andi Ballard shared while growing up in Virginia. What better way to epitomize their rowdy, all-American childhood than to name the brand after their favorite wooden roller coaster, The Rebel Yell?

Raised by a fashion-loving folk/rock musician mom, Daniel & Andi were introduced to and influenced by the world of style at a very young age. There was never a shortage of inspiring fashion, art and music around the house while they were growing up. With the classic rock greats they were raised on echoing through their design studio, Andi & Daniel set out to create a collection reminiscent of the clothing they grew up with: kick-ass, worn-in to perfection, and all things vintage.

June 16, 2010

ONLINE FLASH SALE!

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June 15, 2010

HIGHLIGHTS: Capital Pride Underwear Fashion Show & Auction

One week ago today, Universal Gear hosted its Underwear Fashion Show and Auction to benefit the 35th Capital Pride celebration. From atop the bar at JR's, our sexy models Aaron, Embry and Shawn displayed the latest Camo, Surf, Static and Essentials underwear lines from 2(x)ist and, much to the delight of the crowd, even attempted a few one-handed push-ups. Thanks to Washington Blade, we have some excellent video coverage to share with you below. Once again, many thanks to everyone who came out to support us and Capital Pride!
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June 14, 2010

Capital Pride Parade

Thanks to everyone who supported Universal Gear at this year's Capital Pride Parade! You all looked fabulous. For your viewing pleasaure, here's a nice video recap of the festivities, compliments of Washington Blade. Enjoy!

June 11, 2010

DIY (Part 2): The Notched V-Neck

Welcome to Part 2 of our Do-It-Yourself series! Today we'll show you how to take any crew neck t-shirt - such as the American Apparel one below - and turn it into something a bit more sexy. The notched v-neck is one of the easier modifications out there. It only takes about 5 minutes and can be done in 4 easy steps. So, grab your scissors and get ready to cut it out!

1. Find a tighter fitting crew neck t-shirt. The look just doesn't have the same effect if the shirt is too loose.

2. Find the center of the front crew (it's usually in line with the interior tag). Grab your scissors and make your first cut about 1/4" to the right of the center point. The cut should be straight down and about 1" in length.

3. Repeat the same cut about 1/4" to the left of the center point.

4. Cut inward at an angle from both existing cuts so that they meet at a point. If the notch that you've cut out is more or less triangular in shape, congrats - you've created your very own notched v-neck! Now, put it on and enjoy!

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P.S. Don't be surprised if your friends are jealous of how sexy you look. You can always help them out by sending them over to UG Unzipped! ;)

June 09, 2010

Pride 2010 Fashion Survival Guide

That's right, June is finally here! It's time for Pride: remembering the past, celebrating the present and planning for the future. Major Pride festivals and parades are happening in New York, Seattle, Orlando, Los Angeles, Chicago, San Francisco and DC throughout the month of June, and Universal Gear has all of your Pride needs covered! In order to survive any Pride weekend, there are four fashion essentials that you should keep in mind. Let me break them down for you.

Underwear

Let's start with the basics. For those of you who choose to showcase your underwear at all of your favorite Pride events (I don't judge), now is the time to get creative and colorful! After all, Pride is a celebration of diversity! Brands like Andrew Christian, Baskit, Clever, Ed Hardy, Ginch Gonch, Papi, Diesel, Piss & Vinegar and 2(x)ist offer assortments of vibrant prints and cuts.

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Footwear

Comfort and style are very important considerations when it comes to choosing the correct footwear for Pride. Let's face it: between the parades, bars and festivals, you end up spending a lot of time on your feet. Flip-flops from Havaianas and Sundek are perfect for a casual daytime look, while brands like Replay and Converse will cater to your nightlife needs.

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Tanks

The tank is always a hit during Pride because it allows you to show off - without completely compromising modesty - the body you've worked so hard on! Universal Gear has a plethora of tank styles from a variety of popular brands. Check out some of our amazing G-Star, Andrew Christian, B2G, LASC and Zodiak tanks.

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Bottoms

No Pride celebration would be complete without an assortment of bottoms... like shorts and denim. Selecting the right pair of shorts for your daytime activities is very important: a well-fitted pair with adequate pocket space is ideal. Your best bets from Universal Gear are our lines from Diesel, Jet Lag, G-Star, Paperback, John Varvatos, Ben Sherman and Union. Of course, when you're living it up at night you'll probably want to make the switch to denim. With our sexy and lightweight summer styles from Diesel, Levi's, Seven and Adriano Goldschmeid, we've got you covered!

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Take care and play safe! Happy Pride!

--Dustin Schaad

June 04, 2010

Capital Pride Fashion Show & Auction

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June 02, 2010

DIY: Ajaxx63-Inspired T-Shirt Cutting

This is our first post in our new Do-It-Yourself (DIY) series. Ever since our website revealed an Ajaxx63 model sporting a DIY cut tee, we've been getting a lot of questions about how to do this at home. So, here you have it: a step-by-step guide, thanks to EMENSHION, on how to turn a basic tee into an ultra sexy muscle shirt! Enjoy!

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1.Find a slightly baggy t-shirt (you definitely don't want it to be too tight). We suggest sticking to a regular crew neck or ringer neck; V-necks don't really work with this style.

2.You're going to need to make 4 notch marks - two on each side - where you want to start and finish your cut. The top notch marks will ultimately determine how much coverage the shirt provides. For example, cutting closer to the neck will reduce the coverage. We suggest starting the cut about 1.5" to 2" away from the neck, measured from the rib collar (the green collar in these photos). The bottom notch will determine the depth of the cut; the lower the cut, the looser the fit.

3.Time for the actual cutting process! Start at the top notch and work your way down. To achieve the best shape, the cut should look like a "J". This means that the first 2/3 of the cut should be pretty straight, and the final 1/3 should curve out to meet the bottom notch. Don't worry about making the perfect cut - as long as you stick to the basic shape, you'll be just fine!

For a little bit of inspiration and your viewing pleasure, check out the hot DIY Ajaxx63 muscle shirt below. Oh, and make sure to stay tuned for our next DIY t-shirt cutting post!

--Chord & Dustin

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