Olivia Holt cover shoot for FAULT Issue 29 Screen section

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Olivia Holt - FAULT Magazine Issue 29 - Screen section cover

Photography: Benjo Arwas | Styling: Courtnee Scully @lalaluxe | Make-up: Tonya Brewer | Hair: David Stanwell @thewallgroup | Post-production: Nadia Selander | Director of Photography: Scott Smith | Editor: The Pioneers | Production: Kiley Coleman | Thank You to Saksfifthavenue.com

By most standards, actress and musical performer Olivia Holt appears to be on the precipice of a career breakthrough.  With her new role as Dagger in Marvel’s latest superhero incarnation, Cloak and Dagger, alongside co-star Aubrey Joseph, the 20-year old, Mississippi-bred talent is very quickly establishing herself as an on-screen force with the talent and fortitude to portray characters substantially more complex than audiences have previously seen from her.

In addition to her new show, Holt has been working daily on writing and recording her brand of music, which she describes as pop that pays homage to her soulful, Southern roots. The success of her recent single, ‘Generous’, which gained one million views in just five days after its release in late 2017, should serve as teaser to fans of what to expect.

Holt recently took the time to talk with FAULT about the new show and her unguarded approach to her career and to life.

FAULT: Can you remember the very first performance you ever put on for an audience?
Olivia Holt: It was an audience of four as a kid: my mom, my dad, my brother, my sister. That lasted for a very long time until they were totally over me forcing them to sit down and watch me perform. But, I’d say for like a legit audience the first thing I ever did was ‘Annie,’ I think. I played an orphan and I loved every second of it.

Olivia Holt for FAULT Magazine Issue 29

Full shoot and interview available exclusively in FAULT Magazine Issue 29 – available to pre-order now!

How did you prepare for the role of Tandy?
Olivia Holt: Tandy has a lot of layers. She’s not just one note. She is a cynical human being. A lot has happened to her and she experienced something very traumatic as a child and is sort of living in survival mode and with that a comes lot of responsibility. She’s sort of the parent in her mother-daughter relationship. She’s having to take care of everything and everyone around her and I think that’s a lot for a teenager to deal with. So she have a lot on her plate.

I would remember being a physically and emotionally exhausted at the end of some of the days just because of some of the stuff that Tandy is dealing with, whether that be her relationship with her mother, or addiction, or sexual assault. So, preparing was not an easy thing, and I think I’m still preparing. But, I think she was learning and so I was learning too. We were sort of finding where we fit in our lives. That was that was an interesting journey to go on.

How was it like working with your co-star Aubrey Joseph?
Olivia Holt: He is a gem of a human being. He is just so down to earth, talented — a great scene partner but an even better friend and I feel so grateful to work with somebody who has this insane work ethic and who is genuinely nice and so passionate, not just about his character but  about the story that his character and my character share. I just think we have an awesome, special connection and the fact that both of us get to tell that story is so surreal, and I think we’re both forever grateful for it. But, I love working with him.

What can we expect from you musically later this year?
Holt: I’ve been in the studio almost every single day writing and recording this year. I actually feel like I’ve been able to prioritize music rather than bouncing around and trying to balance both acting and music. This year has really been focused on honing in on the music and making sure that I’m involved in putting in the work to find my sound and, lyrically, what I want to do. And, it’s been an incredible journey just exploring all of that. I have a few things coming up this year that I’m really excited for people to hear.

Olivia Holt for FAULT Magazine Issue 29

How would you describe your overall sound and what are some of your influences, musically?
Holt: I’m making pop records but I grew up in the South so I’m very drawn to organic instruments. So there’s a little bit of soul, a little bit of alternative — it’s artistic and cool and it just really showcases my energy and my personality and the way I talk. They are all stories coming from my real life experiences or things that I want to experience. So it’s all very personal and vulnerable and that’s my creative outlet for my specific headspace, in hopes that people are going to be able to relate and feel things when they hear my music.

Olivia Holt for FAULT Magazine Issue 29

What is your FAULT?
Olivia Holt: Acting and music are my creative outlets. It’s a way for me to escape and a way for me to be vulnerable and have that space to connect with people. But I want the projects that I work on and the music that I make to move people and make them feel alive and to keep curious and to thrive and to live so fiercely… I want to change people for the better and I want them to live a fulfilled life and hopefully I can do that through what I love to do. I want to create an environment for people to feel wanted and loved. I think that’s my fault.

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What You Need to Know if You Want to Start a Fashion Business

The fashion industry is notoriously difficult to crack. Designers and fashion stores come and go. Some are more successful than others and go the distance, but many fashion startups fail. But, what’s good to know is that this is an industry you can get a foothold in. Creativity is purely optional, and you don’t need to be a designer to achieve success. Here is some helpful guidance if you want to start your own fashion business.

Choosing the Right Startup Idea

There are many different ways to enter the fashion industry and most of them don’t require creativity. Of course, if you have a flair for design and you want to be the next Alexander McQueen, a fashion degree is a good place to start. But if your interest is purely making money, you will find more success in opening a store.
The internet has made it incredibly easy to go into retail, fashion or otherwise. It’s very easy to buy a domain and create an online store. Content Management Platforms such as WordPress, Shopify, and Magento are all geared to e-commerce and you don’t need to be an experienced coder to build an online store.
However, until you have a recognisable brand, your best bet is to start selling on eBay, Etsy, or a similar online platform. Sites like these are perfect for fashion startups. It costs nothing to create listings and until you actually sell something, you won’t pay any fees.
Choose a niche within the fashion industry. For example, if you are interested in accessories, buy some belts, ties, hats, etc., and start listing them. Men’s fashion is a good place to start, but there is no reason why you can’t target women’s fashion too. Women’s fashion is a much bigger market, but it’s also saturated with sellers. Your best chance of success is to find an underserved niche and make it your own.
There is a big market for second-hand goods, especially fashion items. Used designer goods always sell well online. If you know your designers and can source some good quality designer goods, there is money to be made.

Funding a Startup

There are many ways to fund a startup. The most obvious – and cheapest – one is to use your own savings. If you don’t have any spare cash, ask family and friends to help out. You probably won’t need a huge sum of money, to begin with, unless you are jumping in feet first and plan on opening a retail unit on the high street. If this is the case, or you need to invest in more expensive stock, consider taking out a business loan or using a credit card.
Don’t worry too much if your credit rating is less than stellar. There are loan companies who specialise in bad credit loans. Look for a specialist bad credit loan provider with good reviews and fill out an application form. Online loan companies are often more competitive than high street banks and building societies.

Buying Stock

For new items, the best place to source stock is overseas, specifically China. Thanks to sites like Alibaba, you can chat with suppliers and order samples from your armchair. Start small until you know there is a market for your goods. Expect to pay higher prices for items until you can place larger orders. Always check samples before you place an order and remember to factor in shipping costs/taxes when ordering stock from overseas.

Dropshipping

If you don’t have space to store stock, look at Dropshipping. The dropshipping model has become popular in recent years. It’s very simple. You act as the middleman between the supplier and the customer. When the customer places an order on your site, you order direct from the supplier and arrange for the goods to be shipped straight to the customer. The difference between the price the customer pays and the price you pay the supplier is your gross profit. Deduct any cost and you are left with the net profit.

Marketing

It takes time to build a brand, so you will need to do some marketing to find customers. Working via a site like eBay is easy, as the site takes care of all the SEO for you. As long as you set your prices at the optimum level, use the right keywords, and provide good customer service, you are good to go. Once you leave these sites behind, you need to put more effort in.
Start with social media. Create a social media presence and try selling through Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. PPC ads are also effective, as well as economical. If you want your fashion website to be more visible, hire an expert to plan an online marketing campaign, but for a high street store, more traditional marketing methods still apply.

If you have a burning desire to be an entrepreneur, fashion is a fun business to get into, so give it a try!

Feeric Fashion Week 2018 in Romania

Feeric Fashion Week 2018 in Romania is the biggest fashion week in Eastern Europe. This year saw the launch of the fiercely contested Feeric33 competition for 33 breakthrough designers to win various opportunities to help launch their label to the international market. The judging panel included the likes of Diane Pernet, (founder of ASVOFF), Liana Satenstein (Senior Fashion Writer at Vogue US), Adriana di Lello (Fashion Features Director at Elle Italia) Raoul Keil (founder of Schon Magazine), Patricia Lerat (founder of PLC Consulting and curator of Designers Apartment in collaboration with Fédération de la Haute Couture et de la Mode), Riccardo Terzo (Fashion Stylist and Contributor to VOGUE Talent), Tania Cursano (founder of IT-ELITE Showroom) and Carolina Molossi (founder of Get Book A Look Digital Showroom).

FAULT was in attendance to see Polish designer Kalina Kocemba win the grand prize: a 3 year management contract with The Secret Code of Fashion Agency and Feeric Fashion Week, worth €30,000. Other prizes for the talented finalists included a cover feature in 33 Magazine, a collaboration with V for VINTAGE trade fair platform, and a Summer Course scholarship with IED – Istituto Europeo di Design in 2019. Romanian model and Vice-President of Feeric Fashion Week Landiana also chose 3 lucky contestants and wore their looks throughout Feeric Fashion Week 2018.

Kalina Kocemba, the winner of Feeric33 @ Feeric Fashion Week 2018

Kalina Kocemba, the winner of Feeric33

Winning designer Kalina Kocemba declared nature to be the inspiration behind her first collection, one dominated by white fabric which tightly surrounds the body and gives the sensation of wearing a second skin.

Other shortlisted and noteworthy participating designers at Feeric Fashion Week 2018 included Zeta, Eliza Dobai, Lili Eva Bartha, Tara Lalic, Ariana Spin, Aigerim Kairat – along with many others.

 

 

 

 

 

For more about Feeric Fashion Week 2018 & Feeric33, please visit:

www.feeric.ro
@F33ric

Photography by Ancira Adeon

3 Ways To Wear a Golf Shirt off the Course, and 6 Shirts To Try It With

There’s no denying the appeal of wearing athletic wear on a full-time basis. 10 years ago, the thought of wearing any kind of sports shoes with a suit was unheard of, but today it’s almost expected. The ability to wear sports clothes in any setting other than their natural habitat is the sign of a cultured and fashion-forward man.

If you’re just dipping your toe in the world of sportswear for everyday wear, fear not as we’ve put together this list of ways you can wear a golf shirt off the course and feel sharp doing it. There are three main ways you can rock a golf shirt off the course and they’re all suitable for a number of different environments. Wearing sports wear as everyday wear is fast becoming the norm, so no need to worry about rocking up with work in a golf shirt under your blazer. Seriously, everyone is doing it. Here are our top three ways to wear a golf shirt off the course, and six options to try it with.

With a Suit

If you’re looking for an easy way to dress down an everyday suit, then adding a golf shirt in place of your normal dress shirt is the easiest way to do this. It’s great in the summer months when the performance fabric will help keep you cool no matter what the day throws at you.

To perfect this look,try switching out your usual dress shoes with a pair of statement sneakers. Obviously, this look isn’t going to fly in every office environment, but if your work dress code is somewhat relaxed it’s worth a try.

Perfect this look by pairing a dark suit with a neutral polo. This RLX golf shirt in French Navy would be a great addition to your work wardrobe. Likewise, this full button Puma Golf shirt in peacoat heather is an interesting twist on the three button style with buttons running right down the front. With a blazer over the top, you wouldn’t even know you aren’t wearing a dress shirt.

Smart/ Casual

It’s a common dilemma. You’re heading to a work function, a party or a wedding and the dress code says smart casual. Very few people feel at home in the smart casual realm, but rocking a golf shirt is a surefire way to guarantee you toe the line of this dress code perfectly.

Start the look with a well-fitted pair of chinos or a smart looking pair of jeans (if you think you can get away with it). Slip on your favourite pair of loafers and then select your golf shirt of choice. Depending on the occasion, you can go bold and bright or smart and sophisticated. This look works great in the summer months and will ensure you observe both sides of the smart and casual dress code.

If you’re looking to make a statement, this bright fuschia golf shirt from Ted Baker is a sure winner. The contrast collar adds a little interest and the bold hue is enough to get you noticed anywhere. If you’re looking for something more subtle, this Nike golf shirt with contrasting stripe sleeves is the perfect choice. The contrast sleeves add enough interest to stop it becoming too boring.

Athleisure

Love it or hate it, the term athleisure isn’t going anywhere, so it might be time to embrace the look and get comfortable being comfortable. Athleisure wear is like an updated take on the gym wear trend. To perfect this look, you have to make it look like you just rolled out of the gym, but in your finest fitness duds. This isn’t about standard sweats and a grubby tank top, it’s about premium fabrics and neutral palettes that make everyone feel like an Instagram influencer out for brunch.

Start with a pair of well fitted joggers in a premium, luxury fabric. Add your best pair of trainers and then layer up a light bomber over your favourite golf shirt. The golf shirt elevates the look to create something more than an everyday athleisure outfit. In terms of colours, tonal layering is the key to achieving this look. This means layering up different shades of the same colour, usually a neutral tone like black or grey.

If you want to try this look, you can’t go wrong with this Galvin Green golf shirt in iron grey. The technical fabric with a slight stretch is ideal for everyday wear while the textured stripe pattern is the perfect foundation for any athleisure outfit. If you like the look of vintage sports wear, this Hugo Boss golf shirt in white and dark blue with a contrasting grey stripe is the perfect choice.

If you want to show your love for the sport and wear your golf shirt off the course, all of these looks will allow you to do this with style.

Isle of Wight Festival 2018 starts tomorrow!

This year, FAULT will be sporting our finest glittery glad rags to help celebrate the 50th anniversary of Isle of Wight Festival 2018. Guaranteed to be a cracking year and soundtracked by none other than FAULT Issue 27 cover star Liam Gallagher, along with The Killers, Kasabian and Depeche Mode.

Isle of Wight Festival 2018 lineup

Every year Isle of Wight continues to bring some of the best live music around! With the likes of Manic Street Preachers, Nile Rodgers, Rita Ora and Chase and Status also making an appearance, there’s guaranteed to be an act for all to enjoy.

And of course, it’s not all about the music, Isle of Wight is also a fantastic opportunity to unwind and get stuck in to some fine dining. With a huge variety of food stalls on offer at the Octopus’ Garden, you’ll be able to experience a range of culinary delights.

With the Old Mout Cider Kiwi Camp back for a second year, they’ll also be providing plenty of entertainment with Disco Yoga, Rockaoke and much more, running all day and night.

Or, if you want to just kick back on the sofa swing and take it all in. The bar will be fully stocked with that crisp, cold, fruity stuff that Old Mout make so well.

We’re most excited to see James Bay return to the stage to perform his blistering follow up album Electric Light, along with The Killers belting out some familiar stadium-sized hits and Liam Gallagher adding some swagger to the stage.

Liam Gallagher is headlining the Isle of Wight Festival 2018 (Saturday 23rd June)

Liam Gallagher is headlining the Isle of Wight Festival 2018 (Saturday 23rd June)

There will also be a range of awesome indie tunes being blasted out This Feeling, the UK’s best club for future rock and roll, which is making a welcome return and bringing with it to the stage Hey Charlie, Avalanche Party and many more – all of which gives this year’s Isle of Wight a real edge in the UK top festival stakes!

 

Visit the Isle of Wight festival website for more details: isleofwightfestival.com

Words: Jack Lloyd

How To Dare To Wear White This Summer

Summer is just around the corner, if not pretty much here already.

For us fashionistas, it means warmer weather and the opportunity to introduce lighter colours and styling to our everyday wardrobe.

White clothes just aren’t welcome during the Winter (although there is nothing wrong with it, but there’s just something about the glowing bright shade whilst the weather is murky and dull that doesn’t quite work). But many people feel that white clothes can be dangerous territory altogether.

Let me tell you – white clothes are a brilliant way to show off your complexion, or if you’re anything like us, then that weekly fake tan. They make you look bright and beautiful, fresh and modern, and I white is actually a trending color this season.

Still not convinced you can rock the white trend? Check out my #trendingwhite style inspiration below, for the ultimate tips on how to wear white this Summer with Zaful items…

White Denim

The comfiest of trousers look amazing in white. Believe us when we say a white wide or straight leg pair of jeans will elevate any outfit. Style up your white jeans in monochrome colours, teamed with trainers or a heel and you’re good to go.
These Distressed Skinny Jeans with Pockets are a flattering skinny fit, but come with a rip design to give them a little more creativity. If you want to team your white jeans with a crop top but don’t feel like baring your belly, opt for a pair of High Waisted Ripped Jeans, which sit at the waist and look perfect with a bandeau or crop top.

The White Skirt

This versatile item is perfect for mix-and-match, you can literally wear an asymmetrical white skirt with any colour summer top. Switch out the accessories for a different styling each day, we love the combination of either a ruffle style mini skirt, or a tea length ruffle skirt. Team with cami’s, crops, and everything in-between!

The Slit Ruffles Mini Skirt will look great with practically anything, from a loose fitting kimono cover up like the Batwing Sleeve V Neck Printed Blouse or a cute bright yellow off-shoulder top.

Ideal for holidays and walks on the beach, this Tuve-Top And Maxi Skirt Two Piece Prom Dress set looks super pretty and a great way to wear white in lightweight materials.

The White Shirt

An oversized white shirt has always been a wardrobe essential, and the good news is you can use this trend for the Summer. If it’s oversized enough, you can even wear it as a dress or over jeans for everyday workwear. You can roll the sleeves up slightly to tailor the look, or team with black boots and oversized chunky jewellery to accessorise.
The good news here is that it’s totally OK to bring in splashes of other colours or prints. This Embroidered Oversized Shirt looks fab tucked into jeans, but would also work well tucked into denim shorts or a denim mini skirt.

Our favourite look is teamed with distressed denim cutoff shorts, like this look below.

This Button Down Plaid Knotted Shirt is also a gorgeous take on the white shirt trend. The faint plaid print gives it a relaxed look, and you can again easily team up with sassy shorts, like these High Waisted White Shorts, of a little skirt.

White Smart-Casual

A white jumpsuit or playsuit gives a real classy look that you can take from smart to casual in no time, and is the perfect holiday look for a city break weekend, or week-long beach holiday. Dress it up by layering a blazer over a romper style playsuit for an easy instant outfit, or wear alone with sunglasses and an oversize clutch for that beach break glam.

Lace Trim Tie Shoulder Romper With Dot Pattern

 

All White Everything

Now this one is for the braver fashionistas! If you dare to wear all white, try pairing a white wide legged trousers with a white body underneath, making it an easy way of styling your day-to-night look.
Or, opt for a white denim jacket for the daytime to make your look more casual. There are so many white outer wear items which can look great with white bodysuits without being to OTT.

The White Summer Dress

Last but not least- the white Summer dress is an essential holiday piece, that is literally a failsafe item. If you’re not into dresses though, don’t worry, we got you. Swap out for with a jumpsuit or playsuit as mentioned above, to keep you cool but still look hot.

Wear your White flowing dress with heels or sandals and your fave statement sunglasses. Some favourites are below:

Remember, if you’re a little worried about rocking the white trend, there are always more subtle ways to step into it. These including opting for off-white, cream and beige shades first, or teaming one white key item, like a t-shirt, with other shades to ease you into it.

Give it a go!

MAALS Watches: guest post by co-founder Andy Sealey

In the beginning: the start of MAALS Watches

 

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Jump Over The Moon brushed steel by MAALS

 

Guest post by @AndyLSealey

My brother and I have always collected watches. None of them too expensive – some old, some new – but all a bit out of the norm in design. After years of talking but not doing, we bit the bullet and finally decided to start our own watch company and design watches that we’d be happy to have in our own collections.

This series of blogs will be about our journey from cool idea to reality. We’ve never written a blog or started a company before, so this is a whole new exciting – but a little scary – world for us. Welcome to MAALS Watches.

 

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Etched caseback art by The Art of Okse on the steel and black versions of Jump Over The Moon

 

MAALS Watches: the history

 

I, (Andy), started collecting watches when I moved to my own place at 18. New job, new city, new flat, so (of course) new clothes and a new watch or two had to be done. I started off with a Storm Camera which I stumbled across in a trendy charity shop in Worcester where I was living. That first one sparked an interest in Storm watches and their designs. After that I picked up a Storm Navigator and a lovely Storm Bubble, then a couple of Tokyo flash pieces.

The Storm Bubble was swapped for drinks on a special works night out by a friend of mine, whom I’d lent it to – we had some serious words about that one. The rest of my collection was unfortunately stolen – along with the TV, Stereo, photographs, (honestly, why?), and my housemates’ car – when the house I was living in was burgled. I stopped collecting after that for a long while. Partly because there wasn’t anything I really wanted, but mostly because I simply didn’t feel like collecting anymore.

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Jump Over The Moon black and steel – UK designed, unique moonphase timepieces

 

I started collecting again thanks to my other half who bought me an Armani as a birthday present. My small collection now consists of:

  • Armani
  • Two Skagens
  • Nooka Zub Blue
  • Nooka Zaz with its see-through dial
  • Storm Ovnik Blue
  • A gorgeous brushed rose gold Lasser jump hour, which is about as old as me I think.

My brother Bruno’s love of watches started much longer ago than mine. Old Mr Manny, who lived upstairs from us in the block of flats we lived in when we were both young, used to repair watches and taught him about movements and some basic repair bits for mechanical watches.

 

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Jump Over The Moon black steel by MAALS

 

MAALS Watches: the watch collectors

 

Time moved on and so did we. Bruno went to Uni in Liverpool in the 1990s where he brought his first watch: an Adidas sports watch, with money from being a lifeguard and working for the university. He had been given several by then but this one was with his own money. That was followed quickly by one of the first Puma watches, which he unfortunately lost. Several digital watches came and went while living and working in Japan, which would have been exceptionally cool if he still had them.

His collection today is very eclectic and goes like this:

  • Adidas sports watch
  • Next Prism
  • 1973 Damas 17 jewels automatic jump hour
  • Swatch London
  • Swatch California
  • Zirro Mercury
  • A Skagen
  • A Mondaine
  • Citizen Eco Drive Stealth
  • Lip Mach 2000 Chronograph
  • Xeric Xeriscope Square
  • A Garmin fitness tracker/sports watch

And

  • 3 Disney watches

I did say it was eclectic…

 

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Jump Over The Moon black steel with MAALS handmade leather watch pouch

 

MAALS Watches: The brand

 

Coming up with the idea for our watch has been far easier than creating the brand for it, to be honest. At first, we just wanted a cool name, which sounds easy but, frankly, every idea sounded rubbish. Eventually moving away from trying to be cool, we settled on simply making the brand personal. The idea being that the more it means to us, then the more we’ll put into it. It all sounds so obvious now that  I’m sitting here writing it…!

MAALS stands for Mark Anthony Andrew Lee Sealey – the initials from my brother and my name tailed with our family name. Simple and personal.

After that it was just a question of researching the watch market, creating a unique watch design, finding a reputable manufacturing partner, creating business and finance plans and lots more besides…

Still: at least the name is simple.

 

For more information on MAALS watches, visit http://maals.co.uk

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How to Find a Men’s Wedding Band That Fits Perfectly

Choosing a wedding band is a very personal endeavor. After all, it’s supposed to represent your undying love for your spouse and will be the one accessory you wear every day.

But it can be an overwhelming process. The options are seemingly endless once you start looking. There are more materials and styles available than ever before. And of course, you can always decide to go with a custom design.

Whether you’re considering modern meteorite wedding bands or want a simple, traditional gold band, it’s important to put some thought into the decision after your better half accepts your proposal.

To Match or Not to Match

Obviously, you and your fiance make a great pair, but should you get matching wedding bands? That’s a discussion every couple should have well in advance of the wedding.

Some couples like to have wedding bands that look the same as a way to signify that marriage has made them one. But other couples are composed of two very independent individuals that like to do their own thing. You may want to find bands that compliment one another without being exactly the same.

There’s no right or wrong answer. Just make sure you’re on the same page before you go ring shopping.

Personal Style

You chose an engagement ring that reflects your fiance’s personal style, and the same should hold true for your wedding band. The best wedding bands for worldly men will be quite different than the ones chosen by men that like to keep things simple.

For some men, personal style is well cultivated and they know exactly what ring will fit the rest of their wardrobe. Others may need to put some thought to what their personal style is and how that factors into their wedding band. Take time to consider what your personal style is and how it has evolved over the years. This will give you a better idea of what ring will fit your personal style for years to come.

Finger Fit

Like your suits and shoes, fit is a big part of finding the best wedding band. Size is certainly an important consideration no matter what type of wedding band you choose. You may want to get professional sizing done by a jeweler to confirm the actual size. But you should also think about the width of the band, how raised it is off the finger and how it’s constructed.

There is something called comfort fit bands. These bands are designed so that the interior of the band is curved or doomed rather than straight and flat. This makes the ring more comfortable when it’s going over the bulge of the knuckle.

One of the most common questions men ask is how snug a wedding band should be. A good rule of thumb is that the band should go over the knuckle with a little bit of friction and be snug enough to fit on the finger without slop. Getting the best fit possible means you need to understand ring finger anatomy and consider what type of fingers you have before buying.

Day-to-Day Lifestyle

Do you have a labor intensive job? Are you hands-on with your hobbies? Your day-to-day lifestyle is another consideration. This will largely influence the material of the ring since some materials are more durable than others.

Titanium is the most durable metal on the market, and it’s also lightweight. Platinum is also durable, but it weighs more. If you need a wedding band that can handle roughly handling you may want to steer clear of silver and high karat gold.

Don’t Be Afraid to Splurge

You can’t put a price on love. You also shouldn’t hold back when it comes to the most important piece of jewelry you’ll ever own that represents such a major milestone in life. Definitely set a budget that you’re comfortable with, but don’t be afraid to splurge.