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HOW TO | Fix Common Style Oversights

Getting to grips with looking your best can be a challenge. From finding the perfect-fitting suit to ensuring all accessories are on-point, we would be lying if we said we didn’t slip up now and again.

With so much to consider when crafting an outfit, effortless is often anything but, and occasionally details get overlooked. With this in mind, we’ve identified the most common oversights that could be holding back your look and show how to go about setting things right.

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Bulging Pockets:

Though they serve a purpose as convenient carriers for life’s little essentials, overstuffing the pockets of your jeans or pants can quickly destroy a look. This sin can undo the sharpness of a silhouette you’ve worked hard to perfect. One easy change that can be made is to slim down on wallet size, which is mercifully far easier than shifting your own excess. Ditch old receipts, bin expired gift cards and reduce the amount of change you carry. Better yet, swap the whole wallet out for a slimmer, more stylish leather card holder.

Sub-Par Shoelaces:

It’s often said that one of the first things other people notice about a man’s appearance is his shoes – and that, unsurprisingly, includes shoelaces. While it may sound like nit-picking, it’s this level of attention to detail that wins serious style kudos.

Much like underwear, laces should be replaced at regular intervals – especially when they appear worn, are dirty or have lost their anglet (the metal or plastic casing at the end of the lace). This advice doesn’t just apply to formal shoes, either. One of the easiest ways to make a pair of white sneakers appear cleaner is to wash or replace the laces with a fresh white pair.

Forgetting to Check the Weather Forecast:

Outfits can be planned down to the very last detail before hitting the hay, but if you wake to pouring rain and thunderstorms that suede jacket shouldn’t be making it out the door.

Try to avoid setting outfits in stone. One of the benefits of building a solid capsule wardrobe based around pieces that all work together is that options can be kept open right up until a final scan of a weather app.

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HOW TO | Not Look Boring at Work

Going back to work for the new year is upon us, which mean now is the time to reassess your work wardrobe. It’s not as simple as the cliché of dressing for the job you want: your clothing needs to fit your role and the organisation you’re in. The aim is to dress for the job you have. Just, you know, better. So instead, follow these nine ways to appear less dull at your place of employment.

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Tie the Knot:

The yoke of corporate oppression has been thrown off in recent years by men desperate to assert their tieless independence. Congratulations: you now have the freedom to look exactly the same as every other guy in a navy or grey suit and an open-necked white or blue shirt. Instead, you should see a tie as an opportunity to express your individuality. A knitted tie will instantly make you more noteworthy, as will seasonal materials: wool in winter, linen in summer. There’s also something understatedly classy about their matte finish.

Take Positive Steps:

There are some workplaces where only strictly formal black shoes will cut it. In which case, you don’t have much scope beyond Oxfords. Generally, though, brown is acceptable in town, gives you more scope for variation and is way less boring. Providing they match your suit, navy, burgundy, oxblood and even dark green are also surprisingly versatile, and will put you in higher standing than your less imaginative co-workers. And depending on how soft the rules are, suede can be a nice touch.

Get Shirty:

For most men, the only types of shirt they are familiar with are white or blue. Maybe pink if they’re feeling brave. However, expanding your horizons with colours and patterns such as checks or stripes can give your look the promotion it deserves.

Bag A Promotion:

Crappy, overfilled backpacks drag down many a work rig. Especially those that come free with gym memberships. You could upgrade to a luxe backpack, but even that might be too childish for grown-up jobs; and without thorough thought, hard briefcases can be a tad stuffy, not to mention difficult to dress down. Get hold of a more modern, soft briefcase that’s just wide enough for your workout gear without giving the impression that you’re staying overnight. 

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TREND | Best Dressed Men in 2018

You couldn’t call it a boring year for menswear, could you? Looking back, 2018 has been the most diverse, colourful and expressive spell we’ve had in a long time. Clothes became fun again.And in a year when all bets were off, these five men were there to show us how it’s done – leading trends, breaking rules or keeping it classic, their message was the same: wear whatever the hell you want, and do it with a smile on your face.

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5. David Gandy

When trends go crazy, as they undoubtedly have this year, you can always navigate your way to good style by following the north star of menswear himself, David Gandy. Brilliant and unchanging, he’s a fixed point – a guiding light through choppiest of fashion trends. Gandy’s formula of excellent suits and tailored casual wear is and always has been masculine, rakish and proudly British. This year, he debuted his first ever tailoring range, with a capsule collection designed for Marks & Spencer. Somewhat predictably, it’s really good.

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4. David Beckham

It’s usually bad form to out-dress the groom on his big day, especially when the lucky man is also sixth in line to the throne. But then Prince Harry should have known better than to invite David Beckham to this summer’s royal wedding. Beckham in morning dress is the same as Beckham in motorcycle gear, or Beckham in tweed, or Beckham at Fashion Week – better than everyone else, basically.

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3. A$AP Rocky

Praise the lord, it’s the undisputed king of high-fashion hip-hop. A$AP Rocky is one of the originators of the couture streetwear look that has become the new fashion paradigm over the past few years. He sang “Raf Simons, Rick Owens: usually what I’m dressed in” while draped in a Supreme gym towel in the video for ‘Peso’ back in 2011 for crying out loud. If that isn’t predicting the future of fashion, then we don’t know what is. Anyway, he’s still at it here in 2018, mixing sportswear, high-end fashion and grills to glorious effect.

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2. Henry Golding

At the beginning of the year, Henry Golding was a presenter on the BBC’s The Travel Show. At the end of it, he’s a Hollywood leading man and one of the most stylish men on the planet. It’s a modern day Cinderella story, only less of the glass slippers and more of Golding’s impeccable three-piece suits. The British-Malaysian actor flits effortlessly between classic and contemporary tailoring, keeping it all buttoned-up for the former, loose and relaxed with a pair of chunky trainers on the latter. Every inch the leading man.

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1.    Michael B. Jordan

A series of hits from Black Panther through Fahrenheit 451 to Creed II means 2018 has been a blockbuster year for Michael B. Jordan. The same is true of the man’s style. He doesn’t show it off like some do, but he’s made every menswear move that matters this year and topped it off by becoming the face of Coach for 2019.

We’ve seen chunky, multi-coloured knits, statement streetwear, subtle nods to the leaders of the black rights movement and exemplary tailoring, usually with an individual twist that makes it his. The fact that he does all this on the bulky frame of Adonis Creed makes it even more impressive.

The kaleidoscope of colours and silhouettes that surfaced in menswear this year could be off-putting for the average guy. Michael B. Jordan is the man who proves that it doesn’t have to be. He takes what he wants from trends, makes them his own and seems to understand the single best thing about the way menswear has gone this year: you can have it all and still look great.

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MUST HAVES | Style Rules for the Party Season

Dust off your finery, polish your shoes and prep your liver – it’s party season once again. And while we know the next few weeks is about easing off and letting your hair down, we’re also aware of the potential pitfalls such events pose. From turning up underdressed to getting too turnt up, it’s not always plain sailing through the festive circuit. So to help, in the wardrobe department at least, we compiled a handy guide. Who’s getting the drinks in?

Make A List (And Check It Twice):

Drafting a list of Christmas gift ideas that’s long enough to put you in the red might be a priority at this time of year, but, as well as ensuring stockings get stocked, it pays to plan for pre- and post-Christmas parties. Preparation is key to a stress-free party season. Spend some time going through your eveningwear a few weeks ahead, making sure you have everything and that it has been dry-cleaned, so that it’s ready to go at a moment’s notice.

Make an Effort, But Don’t Try Too Hard:

Like the concept of smart casual, dressing, nailing a festive party dress code can prove tricky when it’s not as straightforward as ‘Christmas jumpers’ or black tie. There’s nothing worse than feeling underdressed at a party. Especially if there is a work connection to the invitation – you won’t impress a prospective client or future boss by turning up unprepared. That’s a thumbs down for the snowflake-pattern onesie, then.

Keep Your Locks Low-Maintenance:

No amount of hairspray will hold a quiff in place once attacked with unforgiving weather. So while it may go with the pomp and ceremony of party season, consider swapping a pompadour for an easier to manage mop. Avoid high-maintenance styles. This is summer: it’s hot, humid, and potentially stormy and these types of haircuts are just going to get annoying, and you’ll never look as intended once you arrive at your destination. Instead, steer simple with unfussy cuts, which simply require a little texturising product such as sea salt spray or volumising powder to finish.

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MUST HAVES | 20 of the Best Quotes about Fashion & Style

If you’re the sartorial sage in your peer group, setting the agenda and the dress code for everything from a business-casual office to a few days at the beach, then you could quickly run low on modish pearls of wisdom.

In which case, breathe a sweet sigh of relief, as we’re here to provide you with a rundown of our favourite quotes about fashion and style – all of which you can pass off as your own musings after a few beers down at your local.

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1. “Shoes transform your body language and attitude. They lift you physically and emotionally.” — Christian Louboutin

2. “Remind yourself. Nobody built like you, you design yourself.” – Jay Z

3. “Fashion is what you adopt when you don’t know who you are.” – Quentin Crisp

4. “To achieve the nonchalance, which is absolutely necessary for a man, one article at least must not match.” – Hardy Amies

5. “Being perfectly well-dressed gives one a tranquillity that no religion can bestow.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

6. “If people turn to look at you on the street, you are not well dressed, but either too stiff, too tight, or too fashionable.” – Beau Brummel

7. “If you’re asking someone for money wear a tie.” – Unknown

8. “People always ask me what the trends are, but I’m not a believer in trends. Individuality is more important to me, to stand out and have the confidence to wear something you’re comfortable in – it just happens. I’m comfortable wearing a suit.” – David Gandy

9. “Fashion is what you’re offered four times a year by designers. And style is what you choose.” — Lauren Hutton

10. “Fashion is a playground up until a certain age. But then you have to find your own signature and your own style.” – Nicolas Ghesquière

11. “Clothes mean nothing until someone lives in them.” – Marc Jacobs

12. “Fashion is more about feel than science.” – Pharrell Williams

13. “As you age, it’s quite important to pay attention to how you look and to take steps towards ensuring that you stay happy with how you look. And grooming, whether you just use a moisturiser or go the whole hog at a salon, can make that much-needed difference.” – Saif Ali Khan

14. “Style is knowing who you are, what you want to say, and not giving a damn.” – Orson Welles

15. “Fashions fade, style is eternal.” – Yves Saint Laurent

16. “Every man should have a magnifying mirror. If you look good magnified, you are set to go” – Tom Ford

17. “People will stare. Make it worth their while.” — Harry Winston

18. “Whoever said that money can’t buy happiness, simply didn’t know where to go shopping.” — Bo Derek

19. “We define a metrosexual as someone who really takes care of themselves in terms of grooming and style. There is nothing wrong with that. But I think you need to have some other values. It’s cool to incorporate some traditional values into metrosexuality. Then it becomes a good lifestyle.” – Frank Vincent

20. “To be noticed without striving to be noticed, this is what elegance is about.” – Luciano Barbera

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TREND | Christmas 2018 Present Ideas

If you’ve not yet been bombarded by Wham’s ‘Last Christmas’ either in the office or walking past the shops, you’ve definitely have not been out enough. For ’tis the season, and with the multiplying tinsel comes growing anxieties over presents. In a world where shopping can happen at the click of a button, choosing a memorable gift for someone is harder said than done. But you also need to make time to consider what you want to see in your present sack this festive season. With that in mind, we’ve collated the finest festive gifts for men at every price point.

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Your Favourite Aftershave:

Just make sure to spell out exactly what you want, leave the empty bottle laying around, send links if you have to, or risk getting a fragrance that smells more like rubbing alcohol. 

Wrist Bling:

It’s often thought that a watch is one of the few pieces of sparkly jewellery that men are allowed to actively seek out. Pick a style that best works for your lifestyle.

High-Quality Socks:

Not just a myth; well-made socks make getting up when it’s still dark out that much easier (on your cold feet, at least). Wool-cotton styles wear better and keep your feet warmer. Add a splash of colour under your suit trousers for a little added personality.

Premium Cotton T-shirts:

If there’s one thing every man needs more of, it’s basics. Washed a red sock with your white t-shirt? Ruined. Coffee spill in transit? In the bin. Sweat stains? Out. We’d suggest requesting a pack of six or more.

A Good Cookbook:

Because it’s the 21st century and if you haven’t yet cooked a meal that consists of more than toast you’ve got some catching up to do. We’d suggest one-pot options to start (a home cooked meal is still a home cooked meal) while you work up to more complex recipes (just hide that burnt pot after).

An Alarm Clock:

Early morning wake-ups make it even harder to crowbar yourself out from under the duvet. A wake-up light alarm clock mimics a real sunrise to coax your body into getting up and at ‘em while others are simply obnoxiously loud but get the job done.

Wall Art:

You’ve successfully moved out and you’ve managed to keep a plant alive. Now it’s time to decorate the walls. No, not with boughs of holly. With tasteful wall prints.

An Activity Tracker:

Looking to get fit in 2019? A fitness watch can be enough to motivate you (or shame you) into swapping the TV tray for the treadmill. Try not to take it as an insult, everyone is wearing them these days.

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TREND | Your Ultimate Summer 2018 Style Guide

The weather is starting to heat up so it’s finally time to start looking forward to summer! Bringing in a new season only means one thing; a new wardrobe. It’s the perfect excuse to browse the latest trends and update your wardrobe with the latest styles for summer.

So, whether your personal style is throwing on a casual t-shirt and jeans, or you want to put in a little more effort this season, men’s summer style includes easy-to-wear designs, eye-catching prints and bold colours. Update your wardrobe this season.

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T-shirts:

T-shirts are an all-year-round choice, but in summer you get the opportunity to be a little more adventurous with your style. The weather could mean abandoning your jacket and showing off your latest t-shirts in all their glory, so make sure you’ve got some stylish ones hidden away in your wardrobe ready and waiting. Choose bold colours like blue, red or orange to brighten up for wardrobe for the summer season. Don’t forget to look for embellishments like block colour stripes, contrasting panels on the sleeves or features like curved hems to create a statement look while you’re out and about.

Denim Jackets:

Saying goodbye to your winter coat is a great feeling, but you need a summer alternative waiting in the wings. After all, a great jacket can create a strong look as well as keeping you warm in the cooler evenings. A summer must-have is the denim jacket, popular every summer season. Opt for something unique, such as an embroidered denim jacket or distressed elements. Bleached denim jackets stand out from the norm, while patterned designs such as camo continue to be a great choice in the sun.

Jeans:

You no doubt already have a few pairs of jeans in your drawer, which probably includes your favourite, go-to pair. Jeans are great all year round, but for summer you might want to consider the different styles available. Distressed or ripped knee jeans look particularly stylish in the summertime, providing some ventilation which could come in handy if you’re sat in the heat! 

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TREND | What to Look Out for this Summer 2018/2019

Now that summer is fast approaching, new styles are starting to emerge for men. Before you head on your shopping extravaganza, take a look at some of the following trends that are about to explode into fashion. Armed with this information, you really can supercharge your style this season.

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Pink Is Making A Comeback:

It would be fair to say that pink is a shade which tends to go in phases. One year it might be completely out of fashion, but the next it can be the colour that every guy walking down the high street is donning. Over recent times, we have seen it make a comeback and it doesn’t seem to be going anywhere. At this point it’s worth mentioning that the vibrant hot pink isn’t quite on-trend right now. Instead, experts are suggesting that you turn to milder tones in the pastel variety. All of the big brands are buying into the pink fad right now, so jump on board.

Suits with Vertical Stripes:

This season, it’s all about suits with vertical stripes. This has been seen as something of an interesting development, as in other areas of the industry block colours are being turned to. The stripes are coming in all different widths; some will be more like a pinstripe pattern, while others will include thicker stripes.

Men in White:

Something else that is making a resurgence is the all-white appearance. In other words, you are dressed head-to-toe in white. Many would argue that this is a bold move; but it will certainly turn heads. You can even things off somewhat by relying on a pair of leather shoes, which will also make you appear a little smarter as well.

The Two-Pocket Factor:

Recent fashion shows have also suggested that the era of wearing two pockets on your top is making a comeback. Of course, there are different styles available within this. To keep things on the modern side, you should look to pockets that are a little more rounded or slouched. This can really make the difference and make it seem as though you really know what’s what when it comes to your summer style choices.

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MUST HAVES | Summer Shorts

Summer is finally on the horizon so now is the time to start thinking about shorts. Read ahead for a few essential tips to help you make the right decisions when choosing shorts for this summer.

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Patterned Or Plain:

Plain is probably safest but certainly not your only option. If you do opt for a print, go for lighter colours and avoid anything too unrefined. And remember that logos or brand names emblazoned all over a pair of shorts will only ever look cheap.

Smart And Casual:

A tailored style is always the best way to go. Something in a soft cotton with a turned-up hem is perfect for all occasions; a versatile piece that allows you to relax at the beach before going out that evening, without ever having to demonstrate anything less than the height of sophistication. The tailored short goes well with anything up top, from a t-shirt to a button-down– there is really no excuse to deviate from this classic.

If The Shoe Fits:

If you are going to get things right, you will need to make sure you complete everything with the correct footwear. With your legs as exposed as they are, a poor choice will stand out more than ever. Smarten up – there is plenty of choice from espadrilles to loafers, sandals to summer brogues, trainers and boat-shoes.

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HOW TO | Dress for a Spring Wedding

When dressing for a wedding, it’s all too easy for men to fall into the black suit, boring shirt/tie combo because, really, if you’re not prepared to put in the leg work it’s actually quite hard to find something decent. Read ahead on some alternative options to be best-dressed at any upcoming wedding. 

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Firstly, try and think outside the box a little and incorporate some colour. Make a statement by opting for lighter shades instead of a plain black and dazzle the guests with a sharp shirt/tie colour combination or opt for an exciting print. But, as much as you want your outfit to be innovative your statement shouldn’t be too bold. The focus is on the bride after all. Pastel colours are extremely popular this coming season.

Now that spring is gracing us natural coloured suits work extremely well, especially in lighter fabrics. Navy is always a great choice – classic and elegant but a little lighter than black and much more flattering. If you’re really daring, then go for a pop of colour. I would recommend quite a deep tone, perhaps burgundy, and ensure you’re only making one statement in your outfit so balance it out with a more subtle shirt.

If you’ve gone for quite a neutral suit then you should definitely work some fashion magic on your shirt, tie and shoes. Mixing a striped shirt with a dotted tie is a killer combination so long as you’re working with limited amounts of colour and neither prints are too large. Stripes on stripes are also a vibrant option but again, the same rules apply.

Shoes are also hugely important and often not thought about. So many times, a perfectly polished outfit ruined from lack of footwear thought. Make sure yours are smart and in line with the rest of your outfit, so don’t even think about wearing a black pair if you’ve opted for a navy suit! Oxfords and brogues are classic and timeless and always create a sophisticated look but try to find a pair that isn’t too bulky otherwise they’ll look a little dated. If you want something a bit more suave, then choose loafers with a slimmer toe but ensure you also opt for a fairly tailored trouser to keep the look fresh and modern.

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