Men's Fashion

The Best Dressed Male Celebrities in T&T

Fashion designer, Tom Ford, once stated that "dressing well is a form of good manners" and there are a few popular faces in Trinidad and Tobago who truly embody this. From Soca artistes, to renowned sportsmen, to DJs and entertainers, here are Caramel Couture's picks for the best dressed male celebrities on the island:

1. KEES DIEFFENTHALLER- This Soca artiste is always a stunner both on and off the stage. His casual, effortless style aptly depicts the true Caribbean look and feel.

2. BRIAN LARA- The retired West Indies cricketer is the epitome of male sophistication. It is evident that good tailored suits are a staple in his wardrobe.

3. DJ PRIVATE RYAN- As the most versatile DJ in the world, Private Ryan is usually found in the trendiest male clothing. His style is the perfect blend of urban and clean-cut.

4. RAVI B- The Chutney Soca artiste is never afraid to take risks. From his funky hairstyles to his extraordinary outfits, he is definitely one of the most fashion-forward male celebrities in Trinidad & Tobago.

Who else would you add to this list? Comment below.

Fashion and Beauty

Makeup Tips & Tricks

There are certain occasions that call for some makeup. Makeup is a great way to enhance your natural beauty and appearance. When you are dressing up for a themed party, a wedding, Carnival, or a night out with friends, the right makeup can definitely complement your outfit and complete your overall look.

Whether you are a beginner or a pro, achieving a flawless look can be simple with the following tricks:

1. Start with a clean, fresh, moisturised face. This will ensure that your makeup goes on smoother and lasts longer.

2. Always use shades and colours that match your skin tone. This includes foundation,  face powder, blush and eye shadow.

3. It is important that you have the right tools to apply makeup to your skin. For best results, invest in proper makeup brushes as opposed to using your hands and fingers to apply product.

4. Bold, statement lips has become a major makeup trend this year. Go for bright red or popping pink lipstick to achieve an extraordinary look. This is also a quick and easy way to awaken your whole face.

Do you have any makeup tips and tricks? Share them in the comments.

Fashion Tips

Do It Yourself Fashion Hacks

Every now and again you may encounter a fashion-related problem which requires a quick solution. The following tips and tricks will simplify every Trini fashionista's life and, of course, save money:

1. Use cold water and vinegar to remove stains on your clothing.

2. Use vaseline to unstick a zipper.

3. Use clear nail polish to stop a ladder in your stockings.

4. Wait at least five minutes before putting on clothes that you have just ironed to prevent new wrinkles from forming.

5. Use a glue gun or double sided tape as an alternative to hemming.

6. Remove wrinkles from your clothing without an iron by putting it in the dryer with an ice cube or a damp cloth.

7. Use baby wipes to remove deodorant marks on clothing.

8. Use clear nail polish to keep buttons on your shirt from unraveling.

9. Stretch clothes that have shrunk by soaking it in hot water and hair conditioner for five minutes.

10. Use olive oil to clean leather shoes.

Are you willing to try these stylish solutions?


Five Reasons Why Online Shopping Is Better Than In-Store Shopping

As the world becomes technologically advanced, more and more consumers in Trinidad and Tobago are leaning towards online shopping as opposed to traditional in-store shopping. So why exactly does online shopping seem to be better than in-store shopping? Here are five simple reasons:

1. You don't need to worry about looking for a parking spot. Everybody knows that finding a parking spot anywhere in Trinidad is one of the most difficult tasks known to mankind, especially during peak hours.

2. You can shop at your convenience. Online stores are open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week so you can shop anytime. In some instances, you can also have your items delivered by the next day.

3. You can save money. Online items are usually sold at lower prices than a brick and mortar store. In addition to coupon and discount codes, under some circumstances you can also get savings on taxes.

4. You never have to wait in line. When you shop online you are always first and you never have to worry about unnecessary delays- simply click and checkout.

5. You have the ability to shop in your pyjamas. Really, there's nothing better than shopping from your couch, while sipping on a glass of wine or a Carib beer!

Are you more fond of online shopping or in-store shopping?


Shopping Habits: Men vs Women

From since the beginning of time, we have learnt that men are from Mars and women are from Venus. In other words, there are major differences that exist between the two genders and some of these traits are reflected in their shopping habits and overall attitude towards fashion. Certainly, this is true for Trinidadian men and women.

Firstly, men generally view shopping as  a chore. They go to the mall to get exactly what they need and try to do that in the shortest time possible. On the other hand, women view shopping as  a hobby or a pastime. As such, they go shopping for the sake of it. If they happen to come across something (or a lot of things) that they like they would buy it on the spot.

Additionally, it has been proven that women's shopping habits are part of their DNA. Therefore, their lifelong mindset dictates their buying patterns. Women tend to make purchases on an emotional level while men tend to buy based on facts and data.

Furthermore, women are more likely to look for bargains or sales to ensure that they are getting the best price for a product. In contrast, men are wiling to pay a little bit more for a product than women and are less likely to invest energy in comparing prices or finding available discounts.

Surprisingly, men are more loyal to brands while women are more loyal to good service. As a result, men are more likely to find a good brand they like and purchase it repeatedly. Women, however, take their service experience into consideration when deciding whether to buy a product again.

Do you agree? Share your thoughts in the comments.

Carnival Fashion

Welcoming Carnival 2017 With Style

Trinidad and Tobago's Carnival is not just the greatest show on earth but can also be considered the ultimate fashion parade. As such, the months of July and August are known as band launch season as many look forward to the unveiling of the new themes and costumes. Indeed, choosing the right costume is just as important as choosing the right outfit on a daily basis. There are many factors that come into play when making this decision including colours, fabric and fit.

As we welcome Carnival 2017 with style, here are Caramel Couture's picks for the most fashionable female costumes:

1. Costume: Mirage
Carnival Band: BLISS
Theme: Al-Sahara- The Great Desert
Designer: Solange Govia
Mirage is perfect for the fashionista who wants to parade in a super hot design with an amazing fusion of colours.

2. Costume: Husky
Carnival Band: TRIBE
Theme: Zero Degrees- The Life Below
Designers: Anya Ayoung Chee & Sandra Hordatt
Husky is a wonderful choice for the fashionista who's ready to rock lots and lots of plumes and feathers.

3. Costume: Dudup
Carnival Band: The Lost Tribe
Theme: Riddim
Designer: Valmiki Maharaj
Dudup is ideal for the fashionista who's looking for a unique design with fabulous prints and colours

What are your favourite costumes for Carnival 2017 thus far? Share your choices in the comments.

Men's Fashion

Men's Fashion Tips for July / August

In Trinidad and Tobago we don't have summer, however the July/August period is filled with events and things to do. For one, it is unofficially known as 'band launch season' as the most popular mas bands preview their costumes and themes for Carnival 2017. In addition, there are various boat cruises, parties, outdoor events and the ever popular Caribbean Premiere League (CPL) cricket matches. Indeed, this is the perfect time for Trinbagonian men to upgrade their wardrobe.

The top male fashion trends for 2016 include knee skimming short pants, patterned shirts, distressed jeans and lots of grey, green and neutral colours. Remember, that the right fit is important so your clothes should be neither too baggy nor too tight. Also, be cognisant of the fact that it is the rainy season and dress accordingly. So fellas, no matter what you are doing or where you are going over the next two months, ensure that your kits are up to standard. It won't hurt to give your barber a visit as well since this is not the time to commit any fashion felonies.

Do you want to be a trendsetter for the July/ August season? The Caramel Couture Online Boutique offers personal styling services for men and women.