For Men: Leggings Latest Menswear Trend? Meggings They Call It

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Men on Meggings

Men on Meggings

Meggings? If you’d ask me, I’d tell you only muggins wear meggings. Don’t mind the celebs, they can put on whatever, but for us, meggings is a NO. As if men wearing the urban skirt (shirt tied around the waist) and mandals weren’t odd enough, the fashion world is ushering in a new trend: man leggings.

 

Leggings for women are controversial enough as many fashion critics and bloggers have deemed that they’re nor really “pants.” But now men can jump in on this trend and trade in their Rick Owens hard denim for the comfort of “meggings.” Instead of donning a pair of skinny jeans, some guys can now opt for skintight tights that come in black, stripes and animal prints.

 

Since the fabric isn’t strong (or manly) enough to have pockets don’t fret as you can place your most prized belongings in a man bag. Fashion critic, Robert Johnson, says meggings aren’t for everybody. Essentially, if you haven’t been shooting in the gym lately nor have a case of man hips please do us all a favour and don’t wear meggings. Please!

 

GQ, the manliest mens magazine, had one thing to say about this trend: “No.”

 

As much as some of us don’t want to have anything to do with meggings, watch out for it on the streets. You know why? Celebrities wear it already; Kanye and Bieber are great fans of the meggings.

Kanye style; skirt on meggings

Kanye style; skirt on meggings

 

‘If Kanye can wear it, why can’t I wear it? Kanye is my idol, and if he wears it, it’s great!’ This is the kind of comments we will start hearing from young people who I believe will soon start donning the meggings.

 

One Nigerian who won’t have any problems trying meggings out on the red carpet is Channel O’s Denrele. ‘Weirdness’ is imprinted in his DNA, so if meggings looks weird for men, Denrele will definitely wear it soon, that’s if he hasn’t already.

 

For men’s sakes, I hope the meggings ends before it really begins. I just can’t imagine meeting men dressed like this at parties. Gosh! We need the fashion god to come intervene ASAP.

 

Would you wear the “meggings”? And ladies, would you go out with a man in “Meggings”?

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For Men: Your Socks Are As Important

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No man should appear dressed like this

 

For most men, picking out the right socks to wear is not important as they believe socks are just there to absorb sweat and protect your shoes from the horrible odour we all know. As much as that is a major use of the socks, there is more to socks than just absorbing sweat.

Socks can really invigorate your wardrobe. Your classy style can be ruined with the kind of socks you put on. Imagine a man donned in a nice suit and nice shoes with classic fit wearing big, tall, woolly tube socks. Awful! Remember what I said about socks and sweat? Now if socks were only for absorbing sweat, then we should all be wearing the big woolly ones. But you know as much as I do how that would make you look even with your expensive clothes and shoes.

Isn't this nice?

Isn’t this nice?

If you’ve ever read any piece on this page talking about men’s dressing, you would have noticed the emphasis on simplicity. Yes, it applies to socks too…it’s keeping the simple thing simple. Dark socks are great for everyone and goes with almost everything. You don’t want to wear socks that makes it look like you are wearing nude panty hose; that’s how the flesh-toned socks makes you look, especially if you have a fair complexion. Promise me you will never buy them again.

When you’re not sure of which socks to wear, match your sock colour to that of your shoes; it will create a seamless line. That perfect consistency is something you can’t get if you match socks to pants. Some say it makes it look as if you are wearing stirrup pants.

An army of black and brown cotton or silk dress socks is great for every wardrobe. You could try some patterned socks too, but just remember our code; simplicity, always keep it simple. There’s nothing as bad as a bold-patterned suit with a patterned sock. Well, you guys hardly wear patterned suits these days.

Just like we agreed on about underwear, socks with sports figures, superheroes, Christmas trees, Santa Claus, etc. must be avoided at all cost. Also, steer clear of any socks that’s provided free of charge… those branded socks companies give out to you in the name of giving back to their customers.

Wool socks could be scratchy and hot, but if you don’t mind, you can stick to them. Cashmere socks are so cool! But if you can’t afford them, a merino wool sock isn’t bad too.

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cashmere socks

elder merino wool socks

elder merino wool socks

Some people don’t know there is a reasonable height your socks should have. There is. A good quality dress sock should always be long, but not up to your knee please! They should be long enough to go well up to your calf. No one wants to see the gap between your sock and your pant when you cross your legs. Of course if you are a Muslim cleric and your pants are usually short, we’ll understand.

Stop wearing those socks if they are already falling down around your ankles. A good sock should be able to get up your calf and stay there.

Italian Painter Sells Drawing For N7b In Auction

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Renowned art pieces are some of the most highly sought-after things in the world, but this latest auction definitely takes the cake.

One of the most significant drawings by Italian painter & architect Raphael sold for 29.7 million pounds (N7,511,770,000) in London Wednesday, completely surpassing pre-sale estimates, AP reports.

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The drawing at hand, “Head of an Apostle,” (seen above) was expected to fetch between 10 million pounds and 15 million pounds. Sotheby’s auction house said the sale set a record for any work on paper sold at auction, with the winning bid being placed over the phone following an intense battle among four bidders.

“Head of an Apostle” was originally created in preparation for Raphael’s Biblical painting “The Transfiguration,” which hangs in the Vatican Museum in Rome. The piece had been part of a collection at the Duke of Devonshire’s Chatsworth House home in Derbyshire since the 1700s.

Do you think the painting is worth 9 zeros?

For Men: What You Should Know About Undershirts

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Think of your undershirts as your dress shirt’s little helper. If you are an average income earner like me but you know the importance of buying quality shirts so much that you’ve invested a fortune in them, then you must appreciate your undershirts.

When you have really beautiful quality, super luxurious cotton dress shirts, you don’t want to over-launder them. If you wear a T-shirt underneath your dress shirt, it runs interference for you by absorbing the sweat, dirt, and body oils that we all inevitably secrete. By putting a nice little tee under your dress shirt, you might be able to get away with not having to launder the shirt every time you wear it, especially if you have a car and don’t have to rub your beautiful shirt against people’s sweaty skin and dirty seats of buses, and your shirt will last with you for even longer.

Picking out undershirts to buy doesn’t really have to do with brands. Even if your tee is made in Aba, just make sure it is 100% cotton. Put your hand underneath the shirt; if you can’t see your hand through the fabric, that’s a good gauge of quality. Mr Kressley  once spoke about some ridiculously super luxurious undershirts made of silk, but why would anyone spend so much on silk undershirts when you can get soft and cuddly good old high-quality cotton for less?

Undershirts come in different necklines as you know; crew-neck, V-neck, and the wife beater. Wearing a V-neck with a dress shirt with an open neck is great. Ladies call it sexy when they say see bare chest. Of course, flaunting bare chest is ‘flaunting bare chest’. Please don’t show your chest if it’s hairy. Your woman may love to play with it, but not everyone wants to see your hairy chest. In fact, someone once said seeing a hairy chest spoils her day.

Sadly, some ladies from the eastern side of Nigeria are endowed with hair in more places than their head, and they hate to share the mirror with their man when he shaves in the morning, so they just leave the hairs. I’m sure you’ve seen a girl flaunting a hairy chest, or am I the only one who have seen such?

Sorry about the digression. Back to our undershirts talk. Some hate to see the white ring of a crewneck T-shirt peeking out from underneath a dress shirt with an open neck. I may be indifferent about this because mum raised me to wear it because of cold, but fashionistas say it’s not dope. If you have to wear a crewneck T-shirt that will show, make sure it’s white.

Except you are a member of the NYSC, never wear T-shirts meant to be undershirts alone without a shirt on it. The kind of white T-shirts you can wear alone on jeans is not the same kind made as undershirts, and you know it…you can spot the difference.

The wife beater fashion gurus say have become more obsolete, and might as well be eradicated. They believe the wife beater fulfil no purpose as they don’t cover the areas where you sweat most, your armpits. We can’t do without the wife beater in Nigeria though, as our native attires favour them. No one wants to see your crewneck or V-neck tee showing from at the neckline of your buba.

Finally, if you don’t work in a bakery and probably want a light top and thick trouser, never wear the wife beater alone with jeans, please! It reminds one of tank tops which many ignorantly use as a fashion statement today. The only place for tank tops is the gym. Don’t make heat an excuse to wear a tank top to class.

If there’s something I’ve written here that you don’t agree with, please let’s hear you.

World AIDS Day: Let’s Stop The Spread Of The Virus!

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Human immunodeficiency virus infection / acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (HIV/AIDS) is a disease of the human immune system caused by the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV). During the initial infection a person may experience a brief period of influenza-like illness. This is typically followed by a prolonged period without symptoms. As the illness progresses it interferes more and more with the immune system, making people much more likely to get infections, including opportunistic infections, and tumors that do not usually affect people with working immune systems.

HIV is transmitted primarily via unprotected sexual intercourse (including anal and even oral sex), contaminated blood transfusions and hypodermic needles, and from mother to child during pregnancy, delivery, or breastfeeding. Some bodily fluids, such as saliva and tears, do not transmit HIV. Prevention of HIV infection, primarily through safe sex and needle-exchange programs, is a key strategy to control the spread of the disease. There is no cure or vaccine; however, antiretroviral treatment can slow the course of the disease and may lead to a near-normal life expectancy. While antiretroviral treatment reduces the risk of death and complications from the disease, these medications are expensive and may be associated with side effects.

Genetic research indicates that HIV originated in west-central Africa during the early twentieth century. AIDS was first recognized by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in 1981 and its cause—HIV infection—was identified in the early part of the decade. Since its discovery, AIDS has caused nearly 30 million deaths (as of 2009). As of 2010, approximately 34 million people have contracted HIV globally. AIDS is considered a pandemic—a disease outbreak which is present over a large area and is actively spreading.

HIV/AIDS has had a great impact on society, both as an illness and as a source of discrimination. The disease also has significant economic impacts. There are many misconceptions about HIV/AIDS such as the belief that it can be transmitted by casual non-sexual contact. The disease has also become subject to many controversies involving religion.

AIDS was first clinically observed in 1981 in the United States. The initial cases were a cluster of injecting drug users and homosexual men with no known cause of impaired immunity who showed symptoms of Pneumocystis carinii pneumonia (PCP), a rare opportunistic infection that was known to occur in people with very compromised immune systems. Soon thereafter, an unexpected number of gay men developed a previously rare skin cancer called Kaposi’s sarcoma (KS).  Many more cases of PCP and KS emerged, alerting U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and a CDC task force was formed to monitor the outbreak.

World AIDS Day, observed on 1 December every year, is dedicated to raising awareness of the AIDS pandemic caused by the spread of HIV infection. Government and health officials observe the day, often with speeches or forums on the AIDS topics. Since 1995, the President of the United States has made an official proclamation on World AIDS Day. Governments of other nations have followed suit and issued similar announcements.

Today marks World AIDS Day, a time for the global community to recognize the widespread impact of HIV/AIDS.

We need to show love to people living with HIV/AIDS as much as we try our best to stop the spread of the virus. We can help them live better lives by not discriminating against them. We’ve heard stories of infected persons deliberately infecting others because of how they were being treated.

Let’s stop the spread of this deadly virus. Spread the word, AIDS is real!