Symbols to Look for on Outdoor, Lifestyle and Travel Clothing Tags

The following will help you acquire the best of Lifestyle, Outdoor and Travel Clothing.  Look for these symbols on garment tags you are considering for purchase. You will know you are getting Quality, Affordable and Longevity Apparel. These garments will be some of the most comfortable clothing items made with the latest fabric technology. These are just few of the fantastic fabrics available. These standards assure you are getting good garments from ethical manufacturers who care about the environment. It also represents the best of manufacturing; garments will have a few of these symbols, not all.

Buying Clothing does not have to be a Challenge by Dick Lerner

Buying clothing is challenging, it can be simplified. This is what you can do to make sure you have a good garment. It starts with the fabric. Make sure the fabric is not flimsy, has good weight, hold up in light and make sure you cannot see through it and stitching is tight with little space between stitches. Squeeze and make sure fabric holds its shape and not looked crushed.

Build a year round wardrobe that you can wear all year long. Buy core essential items that will mix n match with what you have. Some of the best clothing can be found in Lifestyle and Outdoor Clothing Manufacturers. You can be assured of high standards. Look for clothing that features Fair Trade Manufacturing. This assures your garment is made to the highest standards and not in sub human conditions. Most clothing made is Eco, Sustainable and Organic.

Organic Cotton, Bamboo, Hemp are some of the best fabrics to look for. Most garments are made with stretch, pack n go, easy care, quick dry, wick moisture, UPF+ protection and breathable. The difference is the garments last, don’t break down, quality and affordable. The freebies and lines constantly advertised don’t mean you are getting the best for your money. Get out of the box and see what Kühl, Toad & Co, Prana, 10 Tree and Mountain Khakis have to offer. There is a difference. A great way to build a wardrobe for work, travel or just kickin’ back.

Feet Hurt? Is it the Socks? Shoes? Both? By Dick Lerner

Feet Hurt? Most of the time it’s not the Shoes, it is the Socks are too thin.  There is no cushion and the fabric is a cotton, nylon or polyester. What will make a difference how your feet and legs will feel?  Shoes should be fit by the arch length, not heel to toes.  Toes can very in length, the arch width of  your feet needs to fit flush in the arch of the shoe; not forward or back.  The arch width needs to be wide enough not to cause corns or bunions.  When your feet hurt wearing your shoes its because your socks are too thin and have no cushion.

To solve this is best to get cushioned insole socks, made of washable merino wool.  Merino Wool absorbs sweat and doesn’t stink.  It adds cushion between your feet and shoes and actually feels very comfortable.  When feet hurt this is the best remedy.

When legs feel fatigued, tired and no support, the best socks are over-the-calf mild or firm compression merino wool stretch socks.  These socks give great support and promotes good leg circulation.  When sitting for a long time there is nothing better to wear.  Socks have a cushioned footbed and what a difference at the end of day how your legs and feet will feel.  Socks make the difference.  If you need more information or help, please contact Bel Air Fashions.

Don’t Take Chances Outside with Insect Bites This Fall by Dick Lerner

In 2017 and continues today, the Outdoor Recreation segment has been among the fastest growing components of the USA Economy.  With that said, people are partaking in outdoor activities in greater numbers.  As a result there is greater exposure to the Sun and Bug Bites.

Recently in Michigan and now Connecticut, mosquitos have been discovered carrying Eastern Equine Encephalitis disease.

Unfortunately there have been recent deaths as a result of the EEE disease and currently no treatment or vaccinations.  Authorities are telling people to wear long-sleeves and cover up and avoid being outside at peak times.

Insect Shield Apparel will help guard against ticks carrying lyme disease and mosquitos carrying malaria, yellow fever and zika to name a few.

Insect Shield Apparel helps keeps insects away.  Insect Shield is a process that is bonded to the apparel, it stays on the clothing, not on the skin.  Insect Shield lasts up to 70 washings.  Don’t take a chance this Fall contracting a insect borne disease, protect yourself.  

Insect Shield is available in men’s and women’s apparel, long-sleeve shirts, long-sleeve crews, jackets, pants, hats, neck garters and socks.  If you need further information or help be sure to contact Bel Air Fashions.

Women’s Professional Dress…Not Dead and Buried! by Dick Lerner

One of the biggest frustrations for Women is the lack of quality, affordable classic styled Suits and Suit Separates. Fabrics are flimsy, wrinkle, garments don’t fit, Jacket Sleeves and Pants are too short. Garments are not made well and don’t last! Professional Dress is not the latest trend and yet it is not fuddy-duddy either. This end of the business is not dead, it is thriving.

Many of the Apparel Manufacturers cease to exist and presents a definite void in the marketplace. This presents a challenge for women who still need to dress professional. Made to Measure is a wonderful solution when you want a longevity garment, it is an investment. It is made for you. This is not the answer for everyone, especially when first starting out and on a tight budget.

There are Suit Separates made of a wool blend stretch fabric, which is ideal for year round wear. Fabrics have good weight, smooth finish, hold their shape, don’t break down and look good throughout the day. These are quality and affordable garments that last and styling is modern fit. Choice will be a classic style Jacket, Flat Front Pant or Skirt. All three items will be Core Essential items that can be worn as a Suit or mix n match with other items in the wardrobe.

When the need is too dress up for an upcoming job or promotion interview or important meeting; having the right fabric, classic styled garment, fits well, will help you make the compelling professional statement you seek. If further information is needed, contact Bel Air Fashions, will be glad to be a resource.

Tips to Plan a Wardrobe for Work and Travel by Dick Lerner

Planning Clothing for Work and Travel is building a Core Essential Wardrobe that reduces waste.  The Apparel Industry is the 4th largest polluter of Air and Water.  It is better to buy better quality it will last longer and spend less in the long run and not fill up are Landfills and Oceans.  There is a lot of disposable junk in the marketplace that has to be replaced over and over.  It is better to be Eco and Sustainable and protect the Planet.

Buy items that give flexibility, mix n match, dress up or down, but dress right.  Good quality fabrics that are made with the latest technology help assure quality and longevity in a garment.  A good fabric held up in the light should have density and weight so the garment will hardly wrinkle and fit well.  A garment shouldn’t look like it was slept in five minutes after wearing.  Fabrics with stretch are ideal to help look fresh all day long.  Non Iron Cotton Shirts require no ironing.  Four way stretch micro-fiber Shirts are terrific for comfort and holding Shape.

These are examples of fabrics are great for day to day wear.  Planning purchases around a few good tops and bottoms will create a number of mix n match items and ideal for Travel.  Having the right items prevent over packing, garments will not look crushed after traveling.

What to Look for in Outdoor and Travel Clothing by Dick Lerner

If you want a great cake, it takes great ingredients to make it! There is no substitute for quality.  If a Outdoor or Travel Apparel Clothing line has a great name and reputation, it certainly didn’t happen overnight.  It took vision,  hard work, passion and more importantly protecting the environment.

The essence of any garment is what is it made of, how it is made, work environment, fair trade manufacturing and is the company socially responsible?

Apparel that sets itself apart will be easy care, wick moisture, UPF+ protection, stretch, pack n go.  The manufacturer will use natural fibers that feature bamboo, organic cotton and hemp just to name a few.  At the same time use high standards of protecting the environment that is eco and bio friendly.

When selecting apparel for the outdoors and travel, be particular in your selections.  There is no free lunch…junk is junk and clutters up the landfills and the oceans.  It takes all to turn the tide to protect our precious resources. The way to stop this is buy smart and be eco and bio conscious.  A little bit of effort does make a huge difference.  Next time you are buying apparel think about what you are purchasing and is the apparel made by a socially conscious manufacturer.  In the end what kind of Planet do you want for your children and future generations to come.  Time is now to be accountable and the kind of carbon footprint we all make.

Acquire Outdoor and Travel Apparel from manufacturers that are passionate about their products and the environment.  Quality is affordable and will last and help balance consumption.


Shirt – Tucked or Untucked, What to Look for….by Dick Lerner

When is it appropriate? It depends where you are at and accepted protocol.  Whether it is business or social, ask in advance what the expected dress is.  If the setting is relaxed, your Shirt becomes the focus.  Last thing you want to do is draw attention for the wrong reason.  Make your shirt your asset, not a liability.  When assembling your shirt wardrobe know what looks best on you.

Fit is dependent on body type, biceps, upper torso mass, muscles, size of shirt and pant waist.  The ultimate goal is to acquire dress down fabrics to go with stretch jeans and modern pants.  The fit should drape, not cling.  Stretch shirt fabrics should look crisp, not flimsy.  Have good body and weight.  Shouldn’t be transparent to expose what is underneath.

Shirts worn untucked need to cover any exposed skin.  Ideal length is 2 to 3″ below the belt.  Make sure the fit compliments your body type.  It should look as good if it is tucked in.  Some of the stretch fabrics feature odor control, wick whisking, non iron and UPF protection.  Better quality fabrics are 4-way stretch that are lightweight and look and fit great throughout the day.  Many of the stretch are designed to worn tucked in or untucked.

Travel Season is here, is your Wardrobe ready? By Dick Lerner

Key components when assembling your Wardrobe are the advancements made in Technology and Fabrics.

Essentials for your Travel Clothing:  

UV Protection – 30 to 50 – good range – a must for protection

Wick whisking – lift and repell moisture.

Light weight, Pack-n-go, Easy care.  Fabrics that you can wash overnight that are quick dry and ready to wear next morning.

Outerwear that is Goretex Waterproof and Wind resistant.

Shoes that are Gore-tex Waterproof and Ice-Lock – especially on wet and slick surfaces help keep you from falling.

Insect Shield protection that is bonded to the fabrics that are lightweight and provides a barrier and repels insect bites carrying the Zika Virus, Lyme and other insect carrying diseases.  Insect Shield available in Shirts, Pants, Socks, Jackets, Socks and Outerwear for both Men and Women.

Whether exploring in the Rain Forest, Desert or the High Country, You are protected.  Garments made by Companies that have a Passion for the Outdoors, Eco minded to protect the environment, and Fair Trade Items that assure you are getting the best of the best; apparel made in safe manufacturing facilities by companies who socially responsible.

Kühl – The Original Articulated Pant – Since 1996

With warm days ahead and outdoor activities ramp up why not be comfortable in what you where, especially your Pants.  Kühl has some of the best Pants for Men and Women when it comes to Travel, Outdoor Activities, on the Trail or just kicking back.  Since 1996 has featured articulated knees on the men’s Revolvr and other Pant models, standing or bending, your knees don’t get tight.

Revolver Men’s Pant features:

Articulated Knees, Wicking Performance, Quick Dry Fabrics, Lightweight Stretch Fabrics that stand the heat and keep you comfortable.  Unmatched Performance and Comfort!

Splash Roll-up Women’s Pant features:

Kühl Free Ryde™ that follows the waistline that contours to the natural shape of the hips for a form fit. Rollup leg that snaps, relaxed fit, snap closure back and thigh pockets, performance stretch cotton fabric that is quick drying and so comfortable to wear.

Experience the best of fit and comfortable.