16 Best Leggings for Every Activity

BY Lexie Sachs, GOOD HOUSEKEEPING INSTITUTE

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AMAZON, LULULEMON, NORDSTROM

It’s safe to say leggings are must-haves in your closet, but with so many styles to choose from (not to mention, a wide range of price points), it’s hard to know which ones are actually worth the splurge.

The Good Housekeeping Institute Textiles Lab tests leggings for things like durability, moisture management, comfort, and performance features, and our fashion editors weigh in with the most stylish leggings for everyday wear to find the best, longest-lasting, and most comfortable leggings out there. When you’re shopping for leggings, consider when you’ll be wearing them. Here’s what to keep in mind:

  • Workout leggings: Synthetic performance fabrics (like polyester or nylon) are ideal for workout leggings because they are stretchy, durable, opaque, and often moisture-wicking to help manage sweat. Look for flat interior seams to prevent irritation and friction.
  • Leggings to wear as pants: You can wear leggings as pants or even to work if they’re made of thicker fabric like ponte and faux leather. To make sure fabric isn’t see-through, try the leggings in natural daylight or under a bright light. Bend over in front of a mirror or check for show-through by deeply bending your knee.
  • Loungewear leggings: Don’t need leggings to be fully opaque? Opt for a plant-based fiber like cotton, lyocell, or modal if you want a super-soft pair to wear 24/7 or to layer under longer tops or dresses.

The leggings ahead are top-tested styles, staffer favorites, or popular picks with unique features. Here are the best leggings for women to buy in 2020:

1 BEST OVERALL LEGGINGS Align Pant LULULEMON

These leggings earn our top spot because they’re insanely comfortable (the lightweight, buttery smooth fabric has a barely-there feel) and they’re versatile enough to wear for pretty much any occasion. They’re equally useful as workout leggings, everyday wear, and loungewear. This high-rise waist is also flattering without digging into you or rolling down. On top of that, they’re available lots of different options with various colors and patterns, rises on the waist, and lengths on the leg.

2 BEST VALUE LEGGINGS Basic Solid Leggings LEGGINGS DEPOT

Leggings can get expensive, but this pair is a total steal. It’s one of the most popular leggings on Amazon with over 19,000 reviews from users swear they’re incredibly comfortable and opaque. They’re not your best bet for exercise, but they’re ideal for everyday use or lounging at home. This style comes in tons of color options and is available in three size groupings, including plus sizes for up to 32W.

3 MOST POPULAR LEGGINGS Live In High Waist Leggings ZELLA

These Nordstrom leggings have a cult-like following from users who swear they’re even better than styles pricier brands. They’re thicker than lightweight leggings, which helps them look flattering and feel a bit more compressive. Still, they’re moisture-wicking, stretchy, and extra soft so they feel equally comfortable to wear during workouts and for everyday use. They also come in a wide range of sizes for regular and plus size.

4 BEST LEGGINGS FOR RUNNING HeatGear Armour Leggings UNDER ARMOUR

Perfect for any exercise that involves lots of sweat and movement, these leggings are smooth and moisture wicking to help reduce friction. They’re also more compressive than other workout leggings, which can help with muscle fatigue from high-intensity exercise. We’re also big fans of the brand’s ColdGear leggings, which are fleece-lined for cooler weather, yet still breathable for running.

5 BEST LEGGINGS FOR YOGA Wunder Under High-Rise Tight LULULEMON

Lululemon makes our list again, this time for its tried and true Wunder Under Tights using the Full-On Luon fabric. These fan favorites are designed specifically for yoga and testers in our evaluation said they felt like second skin and stayed put throughout their workouts. They’re also flattering, breathable, and durable so you know they’ll last. On top of that, they come in lots of variations for different colors, rises, and lengths.

6 BEST LEGGINGS WITH POCKETS Salutation Stash Pocket Tight ATHLETA

Many leggings with pockets only have a small insert for a credit card or key, but these have deep pockets on the side that can fit your phone or wallet. Plus, the pockets lie flat against your legs so they aren’t bulky like pockets on jeans. They’re made with Athleta’s signature Powervita fabric, which is buttery soft and slightly compressive, making this pair ideal for yoga and studio workouts.

7 BEST LEGGINGS FOR WORK Ponte Leggings SPANXS

Spanx isn’t just for shapewear – the brand also makes super flattering leggings of all kinds in a wide range of sizes, including tall, petite, and plus. This pair in particular is made of ponte, which is a thicker, knit fabric that looks more professional than athletic materials. If you’re looking for something even more structured, check out the Perfect Black Pant, which looks like regular work pants but has a stretchy, legging fit at the waist.

8 BEST SUSTAINABLE LEGGINGS High Waist 7/8 Leggings GIRLFRIEND COLLECTIVE

This pair proves you don’t have to sacrifice performance to go green: The fabric is made of recycled water bottles and users commonly call them the “best leggings ever.” They’re also compressive, making them ideal for high-impact exercise. Plus, they come in a wide range of sizes, including plus size.


9 BEST LEGGINGS ON AMAZON High Waist Yoga Pants with Pockets IUGA

Unlike our value pick above that’s an affordable everyday style from Amazon, these leggings are perfect for exercise because they’re made with performance fabric that’s stretchy, opaque, and comfortable to move around in. They’re also a fraction of the cost of other workout pants, yet verified reviewers swear they’re high quality. In fact, they have over 6,000 five-star reviews, and that number continues to grow.

10 BEST LEGGINGS TO WEAR AS PANTS Orion Legging II EPQOUE EVOLUTION

These leggings are unique because the fabric feels like a pair of smooth running tights, but they’re more polished withdesign features like flattering seams down the front of the leg and flared openings around the ankles. And if the legs are too long for you, you can use a scissor to trim the unhemmed fabric – no tailoring required (just make sure you cut in a straight line!). On top of that, the fabric is made using regenerated nylon from old fishing nets and carpets.

11 BEST COTTON LEGGINGS Go-To Legging PACT

This pair is certified organic, meaning the entire manufacturing process (not just the growing of the cotton) follows strict environmental standards. The brand is well-known for its sustainable fashion practices and these leggings in particular are best sellers, yet not too pricey. Just note that cotton leggings aren’t as moisture-wicking, durable, or opaque as synthetic performance fabrics, but they feel super soft.

12 BEST PRINTED LEGGINGS Tall Band Foil Print Leggings TEREZ

If you prefer something more fun than basic black leggings, Terez has options in tons of prints for every style preference. Several even feature colorful metallic prints like this one. The smooth fabric proved to be durable in our tests and though it isn’t as high performance as other workout leggings, it’s certainly the trendiest pair you can bring to the gym.

13 BEST ATHLEISURE LEGGINGS Elation 7/8 Tight ATHLETA

These leggings are versatile enough to wear from working out to hanging out. They’re incredibly comfortable thanks to the soft and smooth fabric, yet they stay in place, wick sweat, and have minimal seams for good performance during exercise. They have thousands of five-star reviews on the Athleta website and come in lots of variations, including more fashion-forward prints.

14 MOST FLATTERING LEGGINGS Perfect Control Leggings COMMANDO

With a built-in control top (like what you’d find in a pair of tights), these leggings have a smoothing and slimming effect. Most users agree that while they offer a tight fit, they aren’t restricting or uncomfortable at all. They’re also personal favorites of Good Housekeeping Fashion Director, Kristen Saladino. You’re better off wearing these for everyday use as opposed to workouts, but note that some users say they’re not as opaque as other leggings.

15 BEST FAUX LEATHER LEGGINGS F aux Leather Leggings SPANX

Not only are these leggings on trend with their shiny, leather look, they’re also super comfortable and incredibly flattering thanks to their stretchy and smoothing waistband. And unlike true leather leggings, they’re machine washable for easy care. Not surprisingly, they’re also one of the most popular leggings on the market, and they’re available in plus and petite sizes.

16 BEST LEGGINGS FOR LAYERING Ultra Legging with Wide Waistband HUE

Cotton leggings are perfect for wearing under longer tops or dresses when you want them to be comfy but don’t need to worry about them being fully opaque. These leggings are a cotton blend and look more matte than shiny for everyday use. And unlike some other layering leggings, they have a wide waistband so you don’t have to worry about them rolling down.

Source: https://www.goodhousekeeping.com/clothing/g32884290/best-leggings/

8 Beauty Trends to Try—Even If You’re Only Wearing Leggings

Our team has discussed the death of the jean for quite a while now, and with winter ahead, the last thing any of us are putting on is real pants. But just because you’re in an exclusive relationship with your leggings doesn’t mean you can’t look amazing for every Zoom meeting and mirror-walk-by of the day. Putting on a fresh face and experimenting with my makeup looks and hair routine have pretty single-handedly given me something to look forward to and stay motivated throughout my day. Ready to try something new beyond your daily BB cream and top knot? Here are eight beauty trends anyone can wear that take your leggings and a tee to a solid 10/10:

1. Winged Liner

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This trend isn’t going anywhere, and this fall, we’re seeing it in practically every shape, color, and finish. Now that we have a little extra time in the morning, it’s not the worst idea to finally master your perfect winged liner look. Then, you can experiment with different shapes, styles, and colors. I’m loving a classic, deep black wing when I’m just heading to the grocery store because it adds a little bit of interest to my eyes (the star of the show since I’m wearing a mask!) without taking too much effort. But I also love the metallic liner trend, especially for holiday. A wash of gold or silver looks cool and editorial; like you just stepped out of Pat McGrath’s chair.

2. Brushed-Out Curls

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If you have naturally curly or textured hair, this is a breeze (although it might feel a little unnatural if you’ve abided by the “don’t brush your curls!” rules of the past). As a straight-haired person, I get the look by curling my hair at night with a small curling wand (my hair is fine, so I use a ½ in, but I’d say to go ½ in smaller than your normal-size iron), set it with a hairspray, sleep on it, and then brush them through in the morning. I’ll do it while I’m watching TV or listening to an audiobook, and then I’m guaranteed sexy, voluminous hair for days. I’m also loving this look with a ponytail!

3. Multi-Masking

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So, you can’t *exactly* wear this for a work meeting, but I’d be damned if I left out one of the best WFH perks out there: masking while we work. I’m all for a self-care night filled with my skincare favorites, but sometimes my skin calls for an all-day mask situation. Something hydrating is great for dry, winter skin; you can opt for a depuffing, oxygenating mask with a facial massage in the morning with your coffee; or I swear by a purifying mask after a hot, steamy shower when I wake up with a breakout. I especially love this trick with undereye masks. The serum in an undereye mask stays on your skin, leaving it hydrated and plump for the entire day—why would I waste that when I’m just heading to sleep?

4. Beaming Highlight

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There’s nothing like catching yourself in the mirror when your cheekbones are highlighted. And I’m not talking your run-of-the-mill highlight either; I mean “aliens up in space are discussing the beam of light coming from an undisclosed North American location” type of glow. When you’re wearing an otherwise understated look, adding a striking highlighter to your cheekbones can turn up your confidence and make a look seem a lot more intentional (when really you just rolled out of bed). I also love having a bit stronger cheek highlight for Zoom meetings—I typically powder more because the webcam can make you look shiny, so adding extra highlight makes it look like your skin is truly perfect.

5. Grey, Plum, and Taupe Shades

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There’s no time like the fall and winter to dive into deeper makeup tones, and instead of opting for your usual pumpkin oranges and rich browns, 2020’s spin involves something a little cooler. Cool-toned makeup is slowly but surely making its way back in the hearts of makeup-lovers everywhere, and we’re starting with rich plums, taupes, and greys. An easy way to tackle the look is a cool, grey-toned purple lip—like this one from The Lip Bar—but if you have a little extra time in the morning, a swipe of a shimmery, taupe eyeshadow looks put-together, glamorous, and chic. Bonus points if the shade has a bit of sparkle too! 

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Another iteration of this look is using matte shades for a more retro-style. Think Ariana Grande in the “Positions” music video. Create a wing with a cool-toned medium brown shadow (if you have a medium or dark skin tone, apply a white/cream shadow all over the lid to make this brown pop!) and a brush, and bring the wing over your crease. This look is actually pretty wearable, but looks so impactful (some might say West Wing worthy). 

6. Face-Framing Tendrils

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The ‘90s have influenced the biggest hair trends of the last few years, and this one is in full-force right now. This look can be done many ways, whether it’s braiding your front pieces—like in the above photo—or pulling out a few pieces from a bun or ponytail. I love adding little braids to frame my face, and it takes seriously no time at all. Whether you have layers and shorter pieces cut already or you want to fake it, this look is probably the easiest on this list with some of the highest impact.

7. Monochrome

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One of the simplest ways to look put-together, in my opinion, is a monochromatic look. Whether you go for a light neutral eye look with a nude lip or opt for a pink cheek and lip, you’ll look like a professional makeup artist graced your face with seriously minimal effort. The easiest way to do this is using a lipstick and swiping it across your lids (use a primer and set with a translucent powder to make it stay all day with no creasing), on your cheeks as blush, and on your lips! A few shades to try this with include: red cheeks and lips; berry eyes and lips; taupe eyes and lips, rosey-brown eyes, lips, and cheeks; and cinnamon-brown eyes, lips, and cheeks.

8. Red Lip With A Bare/Natural Face

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This look has been around for decades, if not centuries, but it’s a gold standard of the life we’re living in 2020. A simple red lip can improve your mood ten-fold; plus, it makes even a messy bun and “I-was-too-lazy-to-put-in-my-contacts” look chic and intentional. Wearing it with a bare face keeps the look natural while also increasing the impact of the bold red lip.

Source: https://theeverygirl.com/beauty-trends-to-try/

No Shave November Beard Guide

How To Grow a Beard During No-Shave November

/SPY article by Jacorey Moon 

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Chances are that if you’re reading this, you are pondering your facial hair, or lack thereof, during the annual challenge known as No-Shave November, or Movember. Maybe you want to grow a beard, experiment with your first mustache or simply maintain the facial hair you already have. While some bearded guys take their facial hair for granted, what do you need to know if you’ve always been clean-shaven? To help guys wondering how to grow a beard, we put together a beard guide for No Shave November that will help you make smart decisions about your beard and how to maintain it during the impending cold months.

There is no set path to growing a beard. Mostly due to genetics, growing a beard is a practice of patience and good hygiene. As Ananda Tuyes, master barber and esthetician from Baxter Finley Barber & Shop in West Hollywood told us, products matter when growing a beard — just not the ones marketed for beard growth.

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“There aren’t any products that will grow your beard, but if you want a fuller beard, you can promote hair growth by stimulating the hair follicle through exfoliation [facial scrub] and also keeping the area clean — a clean environment is a healthy environment and a healthy environment promotes balance and growth,” Tuyes said.

We put together a list of tips that will help your beard flourish during No Shave November. We’ll go over the grooming tools you should use, what products actually help you grow a beard, and the best practices to adopt for a healthy, well-kempt beard. (See full article for beard products).

How To Grow a Beard & Mustache: Step-By-Step Instructions

Step 1. If you’re looking to grow a beard, stop shaving. No, we’re serious. That’s the entirety of step one.

Often, guys rely on friends, relatives or social media to learn how to grow a long, healthy beard. It is a common myth that shaving off your beard will make it grow back faster or fuller. Like we said previously, growing a beard takes time and commitment. Don’t rush to cut off your beard because it’s not showing quick results.

Tuyes says that it can from 4-6 weeks to see growth when taking the necessary, specific steps necessary for your beard.

Step 2. Trim your beard as often as needed. 

Don’t get us wrong, you shouldn’t completely ambush your beard and cut it down to the subble, but you still have to trim it to keep it healthy. Trimming is an important part of the hair growth process. Trimming your beard can be the difference between a sloppy beard and compliments everywhere you go, so whether you want to keep a certain length or just get rid of flyaway hairs, keep those scissors at the ready.

Keep in mind regular paper scissors won’t cut it. You need scissors designed to cut hair.

“This is completely up to the individual,” Tuyes said. “Hair grows a little bit each day hence the ‘5 o’clock shadow’, so trim it when you don’t like the way it’s looking. For a fuller-looking beard, sharpen/clean-up the lines on the edges. It’s an optical illusion since the hairs look longer next to the smooth skin.”

Step 3. The right style can make you more attractive (not saying that you already aren’t). 

A great beard makes your face more symmetrical and helps to improve your attractiveness overall. The beard should help create an oval shape. If you have a more square-shaped face, then growing your beard longer will help. If you have more of a slender face, then growing your beard bushier will help. Tuyes recommends that you get this done professionally.

“If you don’t know what style of beard you want or what would look good on you, do some research and take photos of styles you like,” Tuyes said. “Then bring it to your barber, and they will customize the look for you based on your facial structure. You can then follow their direction at home for maintenance between barbershop visits.”

We’ve previously written about our favorite mustache styles, and there’s no wrong way to style a beard in 2020 — as long as you put the bare minimum effort into maintaining it and cleaning it. No one likes a sloppy beard.

Step 4. Beware ‘Beard Growth’ Products. Stick to Scrubs and Beard Oil. 

When it comes to products, we are typically told to slather on beard balms, priming oils, beard oils, and hope that these products will work. This is not the best way to approach beard growth. It’s important to tend to the skin underneath your beard, as Tuyes stated above. Exfoliators and light beard oils should be the two main products that you use on your beard.

“There are no miracle beard growing products. Save your money on the scams and just invest in good skincare and a lightweight beard oil [one that is non-comedogenic/pore-clogging],” Tuyes said. “If you clog the pores, you risk suffocating the hair follicle, which can slow/inhibit hair growth.”

Step 5. Don’t stress about the growth (or lack thereof). 

Stressing about the pace of your beard growth won’t help it grow. It’s best to let it (your beard) do its thing, and you help your beard along the way. Reducing your stress and anxiety levels will help your beard grow as well. Also, it’s important that you eat enough nutritious food so that your hair, in general, is nourished. Overall, don’t just take care of your beard; take care of yourself as a whole.

Your beard will grow in its own time. So if you’re stressing about how to grow a beard, take some pressure off of yourself. Facial hair is supposed to be fun!

And for all the guys participating in facial hair challenges, Happy No-Shave November!

Source: https://www.msn.com/en-us/lifestyle/shopping-all/no-shave-november-beard-guide-how-to-grow-a-beard-during-no-shave-november/ar-BB1aR1s3?ocid=msedgntp

Best Men’s Parkas For Winter 2020

By Harvey James for /SPY

It is an undeniably cool jacket style. But what exactly is a parka? Essentially, it’s a long weatherproof jacket with a hood. The hood is usually, but not always, lined with fur or faux fur. The best men’s parkas have a thick, insulating inner lining and are made of water-resistant material to keep away the winter snow. As a result, parkas can be quite bulky. Many parkas make use of drawstrings and a fishtail hem at the back of the jacket. All of these traits converge to define the modern parka jacket.

How to Wear a Parka

Thanks to its hood, its waterproof material, its many pockets, and its bulky shape, it is by nature a more casual article of clothing than an overcoat or a trench. But in northern parts of the country, parkas are absolutely indispensable when winter arrives. In recent years, parkas have had a major resurgence, and many top men’s fashion designers now produce incredible parkas. But whether you have $250 to spend or $2,500, we’re here to help you find the best men’s parkas for winter 2020.

The Best Men’s Parkas to Buy in 2020

Below, we’ve put together a broad range of styles, price points and brands to push the boundaries of what a parka can bring to your wardrobe. Keep reading to find the best men’s parkas available right now.

1. Woolrich Arctic Parka with Genuine Coyote Fur Trim

BEST OVERALL 

This is the complete definition of a traditional parka. However, this Woolrich coat executes these traditional elements luxuriously and with panache. There is the silky coyote fur trim to protect you and keep you warm in icy cold crosswinds. The Teflon-coated water-resistant shell will protect you and the effortlessly cool blue color matches the fur so well. It is the complete men’s winter parka package.

Woolrich Mens Parka

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2. Canada Goose Emory Slim Fit Genuine Coyote Fur Trim Parka

BEST TO KEEP YOU WARM 

Canada Goose is having a bit of a moment. The brand has long been popular in certain areas of the country, but in the last couple of years the company has become widely known for its durable winter parkas. The Emory Slim Fit parka with genuine coyote fur lining is one of our favorite looks from the company. This line comes in a variety of stylish colors, but the blue “Northern Night” is our top pick. This slim fit, thigh-length jacket is filled with white duck down and nylon lining. It will keep your core warm without restricting your movement. This isn’t the cheapest parka available right now (it’s not even the cheapest from Canada Goose), but people don’t buy these coats because of the price. They buy them because when it comes to the best men’s parkas, Canada Goose has been producing long-lasting and reliable winter coats for a long time.

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3. Herschel Supply Co. Woodland Camo Fleece Lined Fishtail Parka

BEST SIMPLE DESIGN 

This coat is a winter wardrobe essential. Despite being of humble design, it boasts angled pockets and a colorful fleece pattern lining which extends into the hood, making it a stylish, cozy jacket. The classic fishtail hem at the back comes with a drawstring, giving you the option of tying up or letting it nonchalantly swing behind you. The 60% cotton, 40% polyester exterior is water-resistant, making it ideal for those long and dreary winter months.

Herschel Best Parkas

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4. The North Face McMurdo III

BEST FOR NORTH FACE FANS

Some guys just love their North Face. Whether you prefer the jackets, sweatshirts, or outdoor gear, this brand has some pretty committed loyalists. If that sounds like you, then you’ll want to check out the McMurdo III parka from the popular outdoor brand. At $200, this is an affordable parka from a dependable clothing company, which means it will last through the end of this winter and beyond.

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5. UNIQLO Blocktech Parka

BEST MEN’S PARKA UNDER $80

This parka takes the regular design and minimizes it way down to create a sleek, fitting, layer-friendly look. The surface of the coat is water-resistant and windproof, and the back wicks moisture so you stay dry no matter the conditions. If you’re looking for something a little lighter for cold and sunny days heading into spring, consider adding this look to your closet. At $80, it’s so worth it.

Uniqlo Mens Parka

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6. Patagonia Men’s City Storm

BEST UNDER $500

No list of the best men’s winter parkas would be complete without an entry from Patagonia. While the popular outdoors brand doesn’t match everyone’s style, the company is known for high-quality products that last for years. This year, we like the look of the men’s city storm down parka, designed to keep you warm and stylish. Perfect for winter camping and urban commuting, this sleep parka has a slimmer profile than other bulky jackets. It’s insulated with 100% recycled down and is Fair Trade Certified sewn, which also makes it a sustainable winter coat. With a price tag of $499, it’s also the best men’s winter parka under $500.

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7. Prada Technical Parka

BEST DESIGNER PARKA

At the top end of the spectrum, there’s the Prada Technical Parka — the epitome of chic. Moreover, it is woven in a Prada signature technical fabric and comes with a completely separable inner quilted jacket. Put these two dynamic pieces together and you have on your hands a very well insulated, weatherproofed and smart parka jacket.

Prada Parka

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8. Kenzo Printed Logo Panelled Parka

BEST TRENDY PARKA

This is one of the trendier parkas we’ve found that doesn’t sacrifice coverage. With multi-color panels, pockets and a sleek design — you don’t need to compromise style when donning this for months on end in the winter. The drawstring hood gives you the options you need on a rainy day, all you need is your to-go coffee and you’re ready to take on whatever comes your way.

Kenzo Mens Parka

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9. Canada Goose Snow Mantra Parka

BEST FOR HARSH CONDITIONS

Look, there are parkas and then there are parkas, this is the latter. When it’s cold (like, icicles forming from your breath) and you want to be as warm as possible, reach for this parka. CG made it for the purpose of commercial work, so if you see someone in snow patrol rocking one of these, well, you’ll know why. This parka has a temperature rating of 22 degrees Fahrenheit, meaning that whatever you come face to face with in the harsh winters of your day to day, you’ll be well protected.

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10. Fjallraven Barents Parka

BEST FOR WET CONDITIONS

Fjallraven rules. The Swedish company regularly cranks out quality garments, from their ever-popular Kanken backpacks to outerwear of all types. This is why it comes as no surprise that their take on the men’s parka is well done. With an adjustable fuax-fur hood, adjustable cuffs and a water-resistant shell, you can feel confident that light or heavy showers won’t stand in your way. For some, a parka is used to keep warm, but if you find that you’re often battling rain and snow, this is the parka for you.

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Save the Duck Minimalist Parka

BEST FOR SHORT GUYS

Parkas solve a lot of problems, to be sure. However, if you’re on the shorter side of the height spectrum, the average parka will look more like a dress for you. And that, well, that can sort of suck. If you want to stay warm but also stay on style (without looking like you borrowed your dad’s coat), opt for this minimalist parka from Save the Duck. Not only is it warm and water-resistant, but it won’t reach your ankles. What’s more, it’s straightforward and streamlined. Forget the fur or faux fur. This is a city-dwelling parka and one that will keep you warm and dry in cold and wet conditions.

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12. Howler Brothers Spellbinder Parka

BEST QUILTED

The standard parka (as you’ve likely noticed by now) has a tougher outter shell and is rather streamlined. If you want that quilted look in your parka, though, Howler Brothers make a great option. Though still offering protection from the cold and damp, this men’s parka injects a built more style. Not only are the shoulders reinforced to help keep you extra warm where you need it, but the entire body utilizes 100 gram PrimaLoft Gold insulation to make sure you are extra cozy, even if this parka doesn’t go below the belt.

Also, we appreciate the color options. While blue, black and red are classic colors, sometimes you want something a bit different. If you fall into that category, go ahead and pick this parka up in Hideout Green (pictured below) or Oatmeal/Khaki.

best men's parkas

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13. Everlane The ReNew Long Parka

BEST FOR THE ENVIRONMENT

Leave it to Everlane to do more with their men’s parka than just keep you warm. While all of these coats on this list will last a lifetime with proper care, Everlane goes a step further by building their ReNew Parka with 100% recycled polyester. After all, if you can stay cozy while also doing right by the planet, why wouldn’t you, right? Especially when going green is so affordable, it almost seems like a no-brainer.

Though it’s not recommended to rock this parka when temperatures go below 0, for most of us, that’s totally fine. A clean-looking coat, this parka will do you right during most winter days and nights.

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OK guys. Get one before the “Hawk” blows cold and snow upon your body!

Source: https://spy.com/articles/gear/accessories/best-mens-winter-parka-214789/

WOMEN’S PUFFER JACKETS FOR THE COLD WEATHER

I have an inside scoop that this is the latest trend for fall and winter, puffer jackets. That’s right! Check it out:

The padded puffer coat is a fashion hero piece and an investment that you will wear season after season. From quilted down jackets to insulating hooded bomber styles, there are cozy coat options for every occasion.

Free People Pippa Packable Puffer Jacket,

Stone Nylon Diamond Quilted Hooded Puffer Jacket

STONE NYLON DIAMOND QUILTED HOODED PUFFER JACKET

Women's Warm Core Down Coat

Women’s Warm Core Down Coat from LL Bean

Best Trendy Puffer Coat: Orolay Women’s Thickened Down Jacket

Best On-The-Move Puffer Coat: Lululemon Wunder Puff Jacket,

Hey. Like it or not, the cold is coming. Get ready for it.

Jewelry Sizing Guide

The number one problem with online jewelry dealers is often size. One size never fits all. The world is composed of many different shapes and contours and finding the right look for you is all about perspective. SilverTribe.com will always accommodate the needs of our guests. We understand the frustration of other sites listing their details, but not how they’ll look on you. That’s why we decided to provide you with some useful visuals. All of our pieces have jewelry measurements (length and width) information listed. Once you find something you really love just refer to the images and size charts below to make sure they’ll give you the look you want. With these tools, you’ll know how far a necklace will drape down, if your bracelet will be too loose or too tight, and much more. Planning the perfect ensemble is getting all about getting down to the fine details. How can you pick a necklace to go with your dress without knowing how far the pendant comes down? The SilverTribe Jewelry Measurements page gives you all the information needed to find the jewelry that fits the way you need to complete your ideal ensemble.

Necklace Jewelry Measurements

It can be difficult shopping for necklaces when you don’t understand how the different sizes will look on you. We think it’s easier to visualize how various necklace lengths will rest on your neck and chest. Keep in mind that these sizes are the average sizes, and can vary depending on your body type.

16 inches: Choker length

17-19 inches: At the collarbone

20 inches: A few inches below the collarbone

22 inches: At or above the neckline

24 inches: Below the neckline

Bracelet Measurements

SilverTribe uses the inner circumference and the opening of a cuff bracelet to get the final measurement. If the bracelet has an opening, you’ll just add that length to the inner circumference (displayed in the bracelet image chart) to find the perfect fit for you.It’s important to remember that some bracelets, like cuff bracelets, are not adjustable. Trying to bend these bracelets so they fit could result in damaging the bracelet or losing stones.Instead, you can use these charts to help you use our system and find the jewelry measurements that will be a perfect fit. For example, if the inner bracelet circumference measures approximately 5-1/4″, you would add that to the 1-1/8″ opening.The simple additions (5-1/4 + 1-1/8) give you a 6-3/8 wrist size.As a helpful hint, you can take a piece of string and wrap it around your wrist, then measure the length of the string with a ruler or a fabric ruler to find your measurement. Many jewelers say a quarter inch above or below will most likely still fit, it all just depends in your preference for tight or loose fitting jewelry.

Link Bracelet Measurements

We measure the length of the link bracelets a bit differently depending on what type of clasp it has. In the item listing, it will describe the number of links in the bracelet and how long each link is.

For Lobster clasp bracelets, we measure the length of the bracelet and subtract 1/8″ from the full length.

Toggle bar and clasp bracelets, we measure the length of the bracelet and subtract 1/8″ from the full length.

For Box clasp bracelets, we measure from the start of one box clasp to the right before the second clasp starts.

Source: https://www.silvertribe.com/jewelry-measurement

Here’s where the “no white after Labor Day” rule came from

Slide 4 of 16: Ever wonder why you’re not supposed to wear white after Labor Day? The tradition goes back to the end of the Civil War, when society was ruled by the wealthy wives of old-money elites. As more new-money millionaires entered society, the jealous old regime invented a whole suite of arbitrary fashion rules that only those in the in-crowd would know. Anyone who showed up to an autumn dinner party in a white dress, for example, would be instantly outed as a nouveau riche newbie. That tradition of not wearing white past summer has since trickled down through fashion magazines and into mainstream culture… even for those of us whose ideal dinner party garb is sweatpants. The good news is, most fashion experts agree that there's no need to follow this elitist rule today.

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Ever wonder why you’re not supposed to wear white after Labor Day? The tradition goes back to the end of the Civil War, when society was ruled by the wealthy wives of old-money elites. As more new-money millionaires entered society, the jealous old regime invented a whole suite of arbitrary fashion rules that only those in the in-crowd would know. Anyone who showed up to an autumn dinner party in a white dress, for example, would be instantly outed as a nouveau riche newbie. That tradition of not wearing white past summer has since trickled down through fashion magazines and into mainstream culture… even for those of us whose ideal dinner party garb is sweatpants. The good news is, most fashion experts agree that there’s no need to follow this elitist rule today.

Thanks to Brandon Specktor, Claire Nowak of Reader’s Digest for that bit of fashion history.

More surprising facts at: https://www.msn.com/en-us/lifestyle/career/15-surprising-facts-you-never-knew-about-labor-day/ss-BB18tMvI?ocid=msedgntp#image=4

Is Nail Polish the New Lipstick? It’s Kind of Looking That Way . . .

Slide 1 of 6: BUY NOW$28There's a theory called the "lipstick index" or "lipstick effect," which states that in a time of economic crisis, people will cut back on expensive, big-ticket luxury items but still spend money on small indulgences, like lipstick. This theory dates all the way back to the 20th century and the Great Depression, but we've seen it play out many different times in history. For example, in 2008 after the big stock market crash, L'Oréal reported a 5.3 percent growth in sales. The idea is that small, feel-good items like a lip product can help boost spirits, therefore, people still think they're worth spending money on.  A crisis like the coronavirus pandemic may have tested this lipstick-effect theory once more, but there's one problem: face masks. Because these cover the lower part of your face and cause makeup products to smear and transfer, it's understandable if people aren't too keen on buying a new lipstick during a time like this. It's just not practical.  But if you take the theory at face value and less literally, the lipstick effect could be applied to any makeup product. During a time when lipstick doesn't make the most sense, people might look for a small comfort to enjoy in its place - and nail polish might just be that item. With bold lips on the back burner, there's room for another trend to move into its place. Sure, bright statement eyeliner is having a moment, but you can't deny that trend takes a level of skill that not everyone possesses (including myself, really). A fresh manicure, on the other hand, is something that a majority of people can get behind. COVID-19 has been tough on the beauty industry already, and it's almost as if brands, too, have predicted that the usual lipstick release may not have the same impact. As such, many have adjusted their strategy accordingly to feature new nail-polish collections instead. Is it in the hopes that fun and exciting nail-polish colors can help fill that lipstick-size hole in our beauty routines and act as a substitute luxury item in a time of crisis? Probably. Of course, lipstick will always have its place in the spotlight, but for now, embrace the nail-polish trend. This is the perfect time to give your bold lip a break and let your manicure shine with the best new nail colors, ahead.
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There’s a theory called the “lipstick index” or “lipstick effect,” which states that in a time of economic crisis, people will cut back on expensive, big-ticket luxury items but still spend money on small indulgences, like lipstick. 

A crisis like the coronavirus pandemic may have tested this lipstick-effect theory once more, but there’s one problem: face masks. Because these cover the lower part of your face and cause makeup products to smear and transfer, it’s understandable if people aren’t too keen on buying a new lipstick during a time like this. It’s just not practical.

But if you take the theory at face value and less literally, the lipstick effect could be applied to any makeup product. During a time when lipstick doesn’t make the most sense, people might look for a small comfort to enjoy in its place – and nail polish might just be that item. 

Of course, lipstick will always have its place in the spotlight, but for now, embrace the nail-polish trend. This is the perfect time to give your bold lip a break and let your manicure shine with the best new nail colors, ahead.

Slide 2 of 6: BUY NOW$28Gucci Vernis à Ongles Nail Polish in 700 Crystal Black ($28)

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Gucci Vernis à Ongles Nail Polish in 700 Crystal Black

Slide 3 of 6: BUY NOW$6Revlon Nail Enamel Fade Resistant Nail Color in Valentine ($6)
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Revlon Nail Enamel Fade Resistant Nail Color in Valentine

Slide 4 of 6: BUY NOW$18Smith & Cult Nail Polish in Poppy Papi ($18)

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Smith & Cult Nail Polish in Poppy Papi

Slide 5 of 6: BUY NOW$24Givenchy Beauty Le Vernis Couture Colour in N06 Framboise Velours ($24)

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Givenchy Beauty Le Vernis Couture Colour in N06 Framboise Velours

Slide 6 of 6: BUY NOW$28Dior Vernis Couture Color Nail Lacquer in Orange Sienna ($28)

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Dior Vernis Couture Color Nail Lacquer in Orange Sienna

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“Black Espresso” is Fall’s Moodiest Hair-Color Trend

Slide 1 of 8: I don't consider myself much of a foodie, but I have to admit that this fall's biggest hair-color predictions - some of which boast names like "Champagne pop" and "chocolate almond" - sound nothing short of delicious. "Espresso black," for example, is another rising hair-color trend that gets its name from a beloved beverage, only this one is just moody enough to fit your fall aesthetic. As the name suggests, the color is a very dark brown that almost looks black, and you can see the chocolate-y tones better under sunlight. According to Karissa Schaudt, a colorist at Maxine Salon, if you're planning on making a dark-hair shift at some point, there'll be no better time to do it than in the next few months.  "It's smart to transition into this dramatic color during the cooler months to prevent fading due to sun exposure." "It's smart to transition into this dramatic color during the cooler months to prevent fading due to sun exposure," she previously told POPSUGAR. Colorist Rex Jimieson agreed, and also said that achieving the hue is as simple as adding "black to your medium or dark-brown base color with foils or balayage rather than going completely solid. Ask for a demipermanent so you can change it down the road and it will be super shiny." If you think "black espresso" is the moody fall hair color for you, read ahead to check out our favorite takes on the trend.

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“Black Espresso” is Fall’s Moodiest Hair-Color Trend, and We’re So Into It

I don’t consider myself much of a foodie, but I have to admit that this fall’s biggest hair-color predictions – some of which boast names like “Champagne pop” and “chocolate almond” – sound nothing short of delicious. “Espresso black,” for example, is another rising hair-color trend that gets its name from a beloved beverage, only this one is just moody enough to fit your fall aesthetic.

As the name suggests, the color is a very dark brown that almost looks black, and you can see the chocolate-y tones better under sunlight. According to Karissa Schaudt, a colorist at Maxine Salon, if you’re planning on making a dark-hair shift at some point, there’ll be no better time to do it than in the next few months.” It’s smart to transition into this dramatic color during the cooler months to prevent fading due to sun exposure.”

“It’s smart to transition into this dramatic color during the cooler months to prevent fading due to sun exposure,” she previously told POPSUGAR. Colorist Rex Jimieson agreed, and also said that achieving the hue is as simple as adding “black to your medium or dark-brown base color with foils or balayage rather than going completely solid. Ask for a demipermanent so you can change it down the road and it will be super shiny.”

If you think “black espresso” is the moody fall hair color for you, read ahead to check out our favorite takes on the trend.

Slide 2 of 8: Turns out, shiny black is the new black. "It's smart to transition into this dramatic color during the cooler months, to prevent fading due to sun exposure," said Schaudt. Both her and Jimieson recommend doing a demi permanent dye in case you're feeling noncommittal. "It's also softer and easier to wear if you add the black to your medium or dark brown base color with foils or balayage rather than going completely solid," said Jimieson. "Ask for a demi permanent so you can change it down the road and it will be super shiny.

Slide 3 of 8: Fall 2020 Hair Color Trend: Black Espresso
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