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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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MUST HAVES | Braces

Attention to detailing is like the icing on the cake, it’s what separates a good look from perfect appearance. There’s various ways we can add more detailing to our look, but the most common way is through the use of accessories. In particular, with the timeless accessory: braces. Read ahead on how to style a pair.

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Typically, braces are worn with formal attire. They’re normally used for function, but of course, we want to focus on wearing them for style. You’ll normally see guys wearing braces with suit trousers and a shirt, adding detailing to a formal look. But more recently, we’ve seen them utilised with casual attire being worn with polo shirts and sometimes even a basic tee. Braces add individualism and uniqueness. Check out some inspiration images below.

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MUST HAVES | Desert Boots

The humble desert boot continues to reappear season after season due to their comfort and easy style. A perfectly versatile boot, they come in a variety of fabrications, including suede, leather and leafy crushed fabrics. You are also spoilt for choice in the colour department, with desert boots ranging from neutral browns, burgundy, navy, khaki and the classic black.

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If you want to look great in desert boots but aren’t quite brave enough to wear them in a bright colour, try a brown pair with jeans and a striped crew neck. For those of you who are more adventurous, try the some burgundy desert boots with jeans in a stone wash and an oversized winter jumper.

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MUST HAVES | Tie Styles at Work

Working in a professional environment entails a particular dress code, and that means suits will become part of your everyday routine. This is a great opportunity to show off your business attire and look the part, no matter what industry you’re working in. If you’re required to wear a suit and tie as part of your job, it’s crucial that your fashion choices are right on point.

Men’s ties often include a huge range of choice, both in colour and pattern, making it difficult to find the right tie for the occasion. After all, a professional tie will no doubt look different to your weekend choices or if you were attending a wedding. Read ahead on the must have tie styles at work. 

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Key Colours:

Your work suits are no doubt made up colours such as black, white, grey and navy. This means when it comes to choosing the colour of your tie, you should carefully consider what is going to add a great visual element to your outfit.

There are a few key colours that should definitely have a place in your work wardrobe. Firstly, a red tie is the ultimate professional style. Red is a powerful, bold colour that will demonstrate your authority with ease. Choose from a classic, ruby red or opt for a burgundy shade for a sophisticated edge to your appearance.

Blue is another staple colour for your work attire. A blue tie is easy to wear and always looks smart. Choose a light shade for the summer months and stick to navy for all other occasions. Navy ties have a timeless, versatile style that you simply can’t go wrong with.

Key Patterns:

Your choice of work tie doesn’t just stop at the colour. You should mix in a few patterns to create a contemporary collection of ties, ready for anything the office might throw at you.

Firstly, you should always make sure you have at least one solid colour tie. They are the easiest to match and will likely look the most professional; perfect for important business meetings. Make sure you choose a colour that will create an impact, such as red as discussed earlier.

A popular pattern to choose is striped. A classic choice, striped ties should sometimes be chosen with caution. If your shirt or suit is also striped in any way, you can still wear your striped tie! Just make sure the stripes are of a different thickness or even direction so that they don’t blend into each other. All of the colours incorporated should complement each other.

Similar to choosing a light colour, certain patterns can also liven up your suit. Paisley print is popular for its subtler take on a floral tie, with an interesting pattern that can include many different shades. Remember that anything too bright or garish could have a negative impact on your professional appearance, so perhaps consider a tonal style with similar shades of the same colour.

Polka dots or pin dots are another way of adding some extra visual appeal to your suit. After all, your tie is the focal point of your suit, so you may as well add some texture and contrast to your outfit.

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HOW TO | Style a Blazer

The blazer is a classic that every man should own, but how do you wear it? Read ahead on how to style one blazer in three different ways.

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(1)  Dress it Up

A blazer is similar to a suit jacket, but it obviously comes without suit trousers. Therefore, it gives you the chance to rock ‘separate’. Pair a navy blazer with stone-coloured chinos, completing the look with a pair of formal oxford shoes.

(2)  Layer it

Use a lighter weight blazer as a secondary layer. Layer it under a coat in the cooler months for a smart casual outfit. For an even more casual look, replace a shirt with a sweater under the blazer for an even warmer alternative. 

(3)   Lose the Shirt

Last but not least ditching the shirt and replacing it with either a t-shirt, a polo shirt, a sweatshirt or a roll neck helps you dress the blazer down. It’s comfortable, it’s effortless and goes against the normality of dressing it up with a shirt and tie.

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HOW TO | Instantly Improve Your Style

Let’s face it, we all want a quick fix. We all want to look better quickly, we all want instant gratification and more importantly we want immediate results. Read ahead for our tips on how to instantly improve your style.

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1. Get Your Clothing Tailored

The simplest trick: focus on the fit. For example, take loose, baggy jeans to the tailors and make them a lot slimmer. Make sure the length is fine, the break is perfect on your shoe, and that the waist is fitting perfectly. All of these finer adjustments don’t cost a lot of money, but they have a huge impact on how you look. So instead of going and wasting money on new clothing, take your clothing that you already own and get it tailored. Just by changing the way your clothes fit, it will have a dramatic impact on how good you look.

2. Dress Up More

Dress a little smarter. Now that doesn’t mean that you have to go straight out for the suit and completely shock everyone, instead, simply slightly increase how formal your outfit is. Replace your jeans and t-shirt with tailored jeans (taking advice from the first point), a nice buttoned-down shirt and a nice pair of dress shoes. Automatically your style increases but at the same time, you’re not overdoing it.

3. Wear Dress Shoes

Focus on your choice of footwear, switching out sneakers for a good pair of dress shoes. The change that your outfit will have just by wearing some good shoes is huge. If you wear some battered-up sneakers every single day and instead you switched them out for a Brogue or a Double Monk-Strap shoe it’s going to dramatically improve your style.

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HOW TO | Use Online Shopping Effectively

Thanks to the wonders of the internet, we can now window shop from the comfort of our own home, which often results in a wish list as long as our arm! Social media further encourages this, with constant sharing of lusted items with friends and followers. Read ahead on how to use online shopping effectively. 

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Online Shopping Made Easy:

As well as being able to aimlessly browse through items that we may or may not want, the internet makes it really easy to actually buy items that we really want. When you do go to a website that you know stocks items that you like, you’ll usually find they have categories and different sections to break down everything that they have for sale. This makes it easy to find exactly what you are looking for.

Shopping Inspiration:

We’ve all been there – knowing that we need to buy someone a gift, but not having a clue what to actually buy them. Rather than spending hours of your day walking from store to store, looking up internet gift guides is much more sensible. Often you’ll find that gift guides are broken down into different types of gifts, which makes looking for what you need much easier. When special occasions such as Mother’s Day or Christmas are approaching these type of gift guides start to become more popular. By browsing these you can see what is popular and on trend for that season, as well as getting some ideas and inspiration on what you need to buy.

Getting What You Need Without a Fuss:

Without a doubt, online shopping has become something that is part of our everyday lives. We know that if we see something online, we can get it easily and without a fuss. Don’t forget it is also worth looking up voucher codes and discounts online before you complete your check out. A quick Google search will often result in a discount code that will help make your online shopping experience just a bit sweeter (and cheaper).

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MUST HAVES | Accessories Every Man Should Own

A stylish man knows that it’s all about the finer details and wearing accessories can really add detailing to any outfit. You could be wearing a navy suit and a white shirt and at the same time the guy next to you might be wearing a navy suit and a white shirt. The only way that’s going to make your outfit different from his is the accessories that you choose. Read ahead on our top accessories that every man should own.

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(1)  Watch

The first one is a good watch. From a metal watch to a leather dress watch the choices are endless, but the one important thing is that you need to have at least one watch in your wardrobe. Wearing a good watch can make a subtle statement. A good watch can lead to compliments alongside starting conversations.

(2)  Pocket Square

A pocket square is a good way of adding colour or adding print and even a different fabric to a blazer or to a suit jacket. Typically, the suit jacket or the blazer that you’re going to wear is going to be plain. From a classic Navy blazer to a Charcoal Grey suit jacket, a pocket square can inject some colour when needed.

(3)  Leather Bag

Don’t ignore the importance of a good bag. Invest in a really well-made leather bag, which is going to look very elegant and it’s also going to be very practical. Don’t stuff your pockets or turn to the nearest canvas rucksack, invest in a good leather bag and it will make any outfit more elegant.

(4)  Sunglasses

Invest in quality, don’t just invest in the brand. This will keep your eyes protected from the sun, and also ensure that you don’t have to keep buying new sunglasses every season.

(5)  Wallet

If you’re buying someone a drink and you pull out your fabric Spiderman wallet, it’s not going to go down very well. So invest in a good leather wallet. Again, focus on quality and you’ll be able to keep the same wallet for years to come. Further, with card being more prominent for transactions now, a cardholder is more slimline but it still looks stylish.

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HOW TO | Add Colour to Your Wardrobe

As cool and dependable as they are, you can’t always wear black and white clothing. Although many of us throw on a black pair of jeans, a white t-shirt, and a black pair of shoes when we rush out the door, there are other ways to dress simply but still with a bit of spark and liveliness. Read ahead and add some easy colour to your wardrobe.

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Go Big with Accessories:

Perhaps you can’t part with your black and white wardrobe just yet, well, how about some small steps first? The easiest way to pop some colour into your appearance is to use bold accessories that can add a bit of punch. Whilst we probably wouldn’t recommend anything too neon or garish, something with subtle touches of colour always looks great with common shades. Colour on watches can be rather hit or miss, but a light brown or dark green leather strap can look really beautiful and eye-catching.

Be Bold with Loud Sneakers:

Although these might not be to everyone’s taste, the idea of giving your wardrobe an injection of colour via sneakers is something we are on board with. If you want to make an announcement with your bright new wardrobe, then opting for some colourful footwear can make an impact.

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MUST HAVES | Summer Suitcase Essentials

Summer is fast approaching and the countdown to your sun-filled holiday is getting closer and closer. Stay stylish on your getaway and make sure you don't forget anything. Read ahead on all essentials you need in your suitcase for your adventure in the sun.

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Modern Sunglasses:

If you remember to pack only one thing for your holiday, it’s got to be a modern pair of sunglasses. As well as shielding your sensitive, hungover eyes from the blazing sun, they’ll also instantly add a fashionable edge to any ensemble.

Versatile Footwear:

With a strict baggage weight limit to adhere to, you can’t afford to bring your entire footwear collection with you. To stay stylish and comfortable throughout your holiday, you need to find the perfect pair of versatile shoes. Classic white sneakers are the way to go. They’ll work for every occasion, from heading to the beach to hitting a local nightclub.

Fresh Summer Fragrance:

As you enjoy a hot day of sightseeing or a clammy evening out on the town, the last thing you want to be worrying about is whether your deodorant is fulfilling its duty to keep you fresh. Find yourself a long-lasting, delicious new signature scent for your holiday. 

The Suitcase Itself:

Last but not least, you need a sleek and modern suitcase for hitting the airport and surviving the dreaded check-in queues in style. Stick to one colour and simple shapes for a fashionable look.

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