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MUST HAVES | Simple Suiting Mantra

The manner in which you wear your clothes carries a degree of etiquette. In this specific case, we’re talking about suit/blazer buttons. Easy, surely? Put the button through the hole? Afraid not, but thankfully there’s an easy method for remembering what to do.

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Simple. Always button a one button suit or blazer. Just remember to unbutton it when you sit down.

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Again, nice and easy. Always button the top button. Button both, look in a mirror and observe. Doesn’t look or feel right, does it? According to legend, King Edward VII got so fat that he simply couldn’t close the last button on his jacket and waistcoat. To make him feel better about his predicament, the court simply followed his lead and wore theirs with the bottom button undone. Whether it’s true or not, don’t do it.

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Slightly trickier territory. Always button the middle and sometimes button the top but never button the bottom. The middle button pulls your jacket together at your natural waist, the top button is more of an aesthetic decision – I’d personally button both when stood up but only leave the top button when sat down. The bottom button will simply cause your jacket to appear crumpled; especially with slimmer cuts. Think of it as a panic button – one you will never, ever touch again.

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So there you have it. Sometimes button the top, always button the middle and never button the bottom – one simple suiting mantra to rule them all. Stay sharp!

HOW TO

HOW TO | Dress for a First Date

Congratulations! You’ve managed to line up a date with that cutie at the cafe you’ve been working up the courage to talk to for months (or years). The next step is to make sure you dress to impress. Dressing to impress isn’t just about putting on your most expensive outfit and heading out the door. A little planning goes a long way, and with the right outfit you might just even be able to make her overlook your lacklustre social skills and flawed personality traits. Read on for to learn how to make your next first date your last first date.

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Location, location, location: 

If you’ve booked a romantic dinner for two at a fancy restaurant, the last thing you want is for your too-casual attire to not even be let through the door. And on the other end of the spectrum, is your tuxedo really the best thing to wear to the local, no frills burger joint down the road? It’s important to show that you’ve at least gone to a bit of effort to look presentable, but also appropriate for the situation. A nice shirt and a fun, colourful tie might work for more upscale joints, and for more regular establishments consider a more laid-back look (think jeans or chinos paired with a floral shirt to bring some colour).

Be Comfortable:

You might look great in that jacket or those pants, but you’re going to look like an oddball if you’re constantly readjusting your clothing the whole time. You’ll find that you’ll feel more confident and relaxed if you dress in a more relaxed manner, and don’t forget to be mindful of the weather. 

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MUST HAVES | Cufflinks

There aren’t many opportunities in a man’s ensemble to include jewellery that is both functional and aesthetic. Why should women get to have all the fun? Cufflinks are one of the few jewellery accessories a man has available to complement his outfit, yet they’re sometimes not fully appreciated. Cufflinks are a surprisingly versatile accessory that can be coupled with a number of different shirt combinations.

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Firstly, what are cufflinks?

For those of you who are unaware, cufflinks are an alternative to buttons and serve as a tool for fastening the cuffs of a shirt closed. They come in countless shapes, sizes, styles, colours and materials and vary from the symbolic, to the flashy, to minimalist and the downright quirky. Picture virtually any symbol ever and it’s been made into a cufflink design.

Secondly, why do I care about cufflinks?

If you’re a gentleman who is all about the details, then getting your paws on a number of different cufflinks is the best way to show off your sense of style and attention to the little things. You don’t have to only wear cufflinks with your fanciest formal shirt; you can pair them with some of your smart-casual variations. Consider wearing a pair of simple black chinos, a checker shirt with cufflinks and a dinner jacket for a laid back, yet sophisticated appearance. 

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HOW TO | Turn Heads with Your Style

There’s a fine line between dressing smart for the office and looking stylish for a soirée. It might be easy to reach for your work suit to wear to a special occasion, but that doesn’t mean you should. That’s why we’re here to give you a few other, more appropriate options. Because no man should have to party in what he’s worn from 9-5. 

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Slightly Different Shaded Suits:

We love a classic black suit, but we’re also loving summer’s subtler take on one of fashion’s most timeless ensembles. It’s not just about black, navy and grey anymore, with various labels experimenting with an entirely new spectrum of shades. Think subtle variations of powder and navy blue, off whites and classic neutrals.

Check Mate:

The check is back, and it’s more versatile than ever. From Tattersall to gingham to graph to windowpane, the classic print is set to dominate the season, appearing in shirts, trousers, blazers and ties galore. Nothing says confidence like a man in check.

In Bloom:

This season the floral gets in touch with its masculine side, coming into full bloom in a range of menswear collections. Hawaiian shirts are back, updated with a sleek, modern take. This summer’s floral statement exudes style and class, the perfect option to work into your party wardrobe. 

 

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TREND | Dressing for Australia Day

Regardless of whether you’re planning to spend this national holiday in a mate’s backyard, at the beach, or at a bar, there’s a few things that go without saying. A handful of friendships will be forever tarnished arguing over the merits of the top song in Triple J’s Hottest 100, at least one mate will insist on chanting “Aussie, Aussie, Aussie” until the word loses all meaning, and way too much BBQ food will be cooked (which is never a bad thing). So, what do you plan on wearing on Australia Day? Read ahead for some tips on dressing sensibly whilst still looking good. 

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Slip, Slop, Slap:     

Ok, ok, I know that as soon as you hear somebody tell you to be sun safe, you just want to sprint out into the sun bare-chested and burn yourself to a crisp just to rebel against their authority, but being sun safe doesn’t mean compromising on your outfit. If you’re not a fan of third degree burns, then slap on the sunscreen and get yourself a stylish hat to at least afford your face a little bit of shade.

Comfort is Key:

Whilst it might be tempting to show up everyone in their thongs and boardies by wearing a shirt, blazer and pair of chinos, you’re going to regret that decision when it gets to two in the afternoon and you’re sweating up a storm of epic proportions. Instead, try some short sleeve shirts instead for a more comfortable option that will keep you looking slick.

Multipurpose Shorts:

As we’ve established, it’s going to be hot- very hot. If you’re fortunate enough to know a mate with a pool, or are planning on breaking into your neighbour’s property, having a pair of casual shorts which can double as board shorts is a practical option. There are many styles available with fresh prints and colours which will look great, and stand up to a bit of a soak.

 

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HOW TO | Reinvent Your Style

If you’re the type of guy who embraces the concept of ‘new year, new me’ then you’re most likely a prime target for every New Year’s Eve based marketing campaign out there. You might feel the overpowering desire to change yourself immediately on a cellular level the moment the clock strikes 12, but these things need to happen naturally.

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Do it Gradually:

So you want to try a new style for yourself in 2017? Great, now that’s a New Year’s resolution we can work with. Start by identifying the look you want to try. Be specific and clearly visualise it when shopping for your new attire. Don’t go crazy in the first shopping trip and purchase eight different outfits in the one style, you’re only going to make life hard for yourself if you realise this new look just is not for you. Start slow. Be it a single shirt, one item of clothing in a rather bold colour, or two items playing off one another.

Accessories Help Bridge the Divide:

If you’re not ready to commit to a world of scary new possibilities, try transitioning between new and old with some neutral accessories. If you’re trying to dress up these days with more shirts, chinos and boat shoes, try throwing a cap in there to dial it back down slightly so you don’t feel completely out of place from the get go. The same applies in the opposite direction. If you’re trying to dial down the outfits and try the jeans, hoodie and jacket look, throw in some dressy dessert boots that bridge the divide between classy and casual.

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MUST HAVES | White Shirts

A man’s summer wardrobe should be cool, classic and most importantly – versatile. The best way to approach warm-weather dressing is to embrace smart-casual separates that can be easily dressed up or down. When it comes to summer staples, you can’t go past the classic white shirt. Whether it’s an everyday tee, a casual button-down, or something fancy for after 5, all men should be equipped with the following three styles. 

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The White T-Shirt:

It’s pretty much scientifically proven that a white t-shirt can do no wrong. If you don’t have a classic (or three) you can rely on this season, you’d be wise to get your hands on some pronto.

The Casual White Shirt:

The casual white shirt is your ticket to timeless style. Whether you pair it with shorts, jeans, slacks or chinos, this classic is a must-have for the summer wardrobe. To mix up your look, roll up your sleeves or embrace the “kind of half tucked in” look to enhance your sartorial street-cred.

The White Dress Shirt:

Summer is all about surf, sand and special occasions. Which is exactly why every self-respecting man should own at least one quality white dress shirt – though we definitely think it pays to have a good selection. This staple is crisp and guaranteed go with every suit you own. Did we mention it also looks ridiculously good? 

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HOW TO

HOW TO | Dress For NYE

Another year has come and gone. There were some twists and turns, some ups and downs and another unfulfilled list of resolutions. As the clock counts down the final 10 seconds, the world holds its collective breath as we wait for the cosmos to wipe the proverbial slate clean and begin the Earth’s new solitary rotation around the sun. To be perfectly honest, New Year’s Eve is always hyped up far too much. Regardless, the night is still a perfect opportunity to dress up in your sharpest threads.

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Dress for the Occasion:

If you’re struggling to decide what to wear, your first step is to consider your intended destination for the night. Whether you’re going to a black-tie event, house party or something more relaxed, there are certain outfits to suit each setting. If you’re going to a semi-casual house party or gathering, nothing beats a nice shirt with rolled up sleeves and a pair of jeans. Remember, it’s also going to be muggy as hell (as per Australian summer standards), so a short-sleeve shirt is also a wise idea. If you’re going to a dinner party, or a classier event, dress to impress. NYE might have impossibly high expectations, but there’s no harm in making sure you’re turning heads.

 

Own What You Wear:

You could be dressed in a three-piece Armani suit, or a heavy-duty bin liner with arm and neck holes punched out; the most important element of any outfit is to look confident in it. Be proud of your style and your confidence will ultimately complement your wardrobe.

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MUST HAVES | Top Fashion Mistakes

There are many things in life that come with an unnecessarily complicated series of rules and instructions. Dressing yourself in the morning is one of them. Whilst the gospel on men’s fashion is extensive and ever changing, here are some of the top fashion don’ts.

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Rocking a Tie with a Short-sleeved Shirt:

Unless you aspire to look like a used car salesman, or a middle aged fast food chain manager who still wants to be taken seriously, then this is a look you should simply avoid. If you’re going to wear a tie, make sure you do so with a long-sleeved shirt.

Improper Tie Length:

Whilst we’re on the topic of ties, make sure when wearing one that it always ends around the centre of your belt buckle. Too low or high above this perfect balance of tie symmetry, and you’re going to look foolish.

Having Too Many Colours:

Whilst it can feel fun sometimes to dress as a walking talking rainbow, you’re not going to be winning any fashion awards. Limit your ensemble to three shades or colours to keep your look consistent and coordinated. This doesn’t mean going the other extreme and wearing a single block colour, instead you should find yourself a colour wheel online and see what works together.

Becoming an Unofficial Brand Ambassador:

I’m sure Adidas really appreciates your valiant efforts to spread their brand awareness, but unless they’re paying you to wear their logo splashed all over your outfit, you just look like a walking billboard advertisement.

Tucking in your T-shirt:

Only acceptable for polos and shirts, tucking in should not be applied to tees. They’re essentially the embodiment of casual and you are defiling the very meaning of its existence by stuffing it into your beltline.

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HOW TO | Complement Your Significant Other’s Style

When you’re in a relationship you need to make a lot of compromises, including upping your fashion game. Clueless as to what we mean? Read ahead on how to attain the ‘power couple’ title and complement your SO’s style. 

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Dress to Match Formality:

When it comes to dressing to match your partner, this does not mean pull a Spears and Timberlake fiasco and rock up to your next social event together in all denim. It also does not mean shop around for clothes that look creepily similar or you’ll end up looking like siblings. Your primary goal is to simply match the level of formality your partner is attaining. So, if she’s going all out for her friend’s birthday and wearing a jaw-dropping, slim fit, red cocktail dress, your acid washed denim jeans and extra low cut crew tee just isn’t going to cut it. At the other extreme of the spectrum, if you’re going to casual night out with your friends and your partner decides to dress appropriately, don’t make her look like a fool and wear a dinner jacket, dress shirt and leather shoes.

 

Learn Complimentary Colours:

Another tip when it comes to dressing with your partner as a single unit (again, not identical for the love of God), is to use complimentary colours to your advantage. I’m talking your blues and greens, whites and blacks and warmer colour combinations. This can be subtle too. For example, if you’re going to the races, colour coordinate with an electric blue tie and pocket square to compliment your partner’s blue dress. 

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