MUST HAVES

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

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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HOW TO

HOW TO | Avoid Shopping Mistakes

From buying too much clothing to wasting money away on flashy brands, read ahead on how to avoid the common shopping mistakes.

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Shopping with No List:

If you’ve ever shopped with a shopping list before, you probably know that you’ll normally buy things that you don’t necessarily need. You’re overbuying, and in return you’re spending more money than you need too. It’s exactly the same when you’re buying yourself some clothing. Go shopping with a shopping list. What is it that you need? Write yourself a very specific shopping list so that when you actually go shopping, you know exactly what you need to be getting.

Choosing Brand over Quality:

This is a mistake I see a lot of men make. They’ll typically go to the premium stores and they’ll buy something just because of the logo on the shirt. Don’t choose brand over quality. When you’re shopping in person in particular, you want to really check out the quality of the garments. Give it a quality check. Is it good fabric? Is the stitching good? Is it made well? Is it manufactured well? A good quality garment will last you for years.

Sale Frenzy:

A lot of men see that a sale is on and buy as many items as they possibly can. It’s the same as what’s called impulse buying. You’ll see a shirt that you like, you’ll buy it, you’ll wear it a few times and then you’ll hoard it away in your wardrobe. Don’t buy something because it’s cheap and don’t buy something just because you like the look of it. Only buy things that you necessarily need.

Avoiding the Changing Rooms:

We all know that fit is the number one principle when it comes to improving your style, so making sure that you’re trying the items on before you purchase them is a very, very good thing to do. I know it’s a pain and I know sometimes you haven’t got the time, but don’t buy something without trying it on first. Trying on different sizes and trying on different items will help you decide whether or not you should exchange your hard-earned cash for the item. It will take you more time buying something, trying it on at home and having to exchange it.

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HOW TO | Dress Better Today

If I had to improve my style today, what would I do? 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. So what would I do if I started all over again? Read ahead for four things you can do today to dress better.

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(1)  Get Your Clothing Tailored

For an immediate impact on the way you dress, focus on the fit. You already have clothing in your wardrobe and you probably don’t have the time to go out and spend money on new clothing, so take some of the items in your wardrobe that you wear that are still stylish and take them to a tailor. Focus on small changes like making your pants the correct length and making sure the waist fits perfectly.

(2)  Dress Up More

Dress up a bit smarter to make an impression. Instead of your typical baggy jeans and t-shirt, opt for a tailored pair of jeans, a nice button-down shirt and dress shoes. Your style automatically increases without overdoing it.

(3)  Wear Dress Shoes

Focus on your footwear choice and switch out sneakers for a good dress shoe. The change that your outfit will have just by wearing some good shoes is huge. If you wear some old sneakers every single day and instead 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 | Save Time on Your Hairstyle

As men, we pay more attention to our hairstyle than we make out. A quick Google or YouTube search will show you, men’s hairstyle content is in high demand. But with a huge need to make our hairstyle look faultless, we too often face a battle with time. We all want stylish hair without having to spend countless hours in front of the mirror. Read ahead on how to have good hair in less time.

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(1)  The Haircut

This is obvious, but often overlooked by most men. Choosing a good haircut is the first step to saving time on your hair every morning. A good haircut is all about looking stylish whilst being manageable. A lot of men choose a hairstyle that they like and admire to have without thinking about their lifestyle.

(2)  Pre-Styling

A blow dryer will become your best friend to speed up your hair-styling process. Blow-dry damp hair, not wet. If you blow-dry from wet hair, it’s obviously going to take you more time, so towel drying your hair first before blow-drying worth trying. Use a good pre-styling product and try out a few to see what suits your hairstyle. It is also recommended to not wash your hair daily to help retain natural oils and make styling easier.

(3)  Choosing the Right Product

There’s a lot of products on the market, so finding one that suits your hairstyle is important. All in all, you don’t want a product that’s going to weigh your hair down or a product that makes it look perfect before you leave the door but then lose the hold as soon as soon as you leave the house. Again, the product to use depends on your hair and hairstyle so try a few to see what works for you.

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HOW TO | Save Your Money on Clothing

Dressing well doesn’t mean you have to spend a lot of money. All you need to do is shop smarter. Read ahead for four items of clothing that you can save your money on.

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1. The T-Shirt

Invest in quality and versatility, by going for basic colour-ways and avoiding brands. Pay attention to the quality though, investing in good cottons and good production and you’ll find the t-shirt will still look good for years to come.

2. Socks & Underwear

Although socks and underwear do serve a purpose when it comes to dressing well, overspending isn’t needed. Don’t neglect the importance of socks by wearing those off white athletic socks you wear to the gym but keep it simple with merino wool and don’t be afraid of a bit of colour.

3. Accessories

Accessories serve the purpose of adding individual touches to an outfit. They’re used to enhance an outfit, not to make it. Therefore, you’ll want a few accessories in your wardrobe so you can individualise any outfit. Take a tie for example, you could spend $150 on one tie and wear it over and over again. Or you can buy 3 ties, 3 pocket squares, a tie clip and a scarf for $150. What option gives you more? Focusing on quality is important when it comes to buying accessories but don’t be afraid to spend less but buy more.

4. Loungewear

Cut back the costs on loungewear and instead invest in pieces worth the money. Loungewear should be comfortable and minimal, and focus on making an impression outside of the house, rather than inside it. 

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MUST HAVES

MUST HAVES | Easy Styling Tips for White Shirts

The white shirt is a staple in any man’s wardrobe, but how do you style it? Obviously, donning a suit with the white shirt is the most common outfit but the versatility of the white shirt means you can dress it up and dress it down. Read ahead to discover seven alternative ways to style the white shirt.

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1. The Suave Look

Dressing it up for work. You don’t want to overwhelm your colleagues, but you definitely want to be the one of the best dressed men at work. Opt for a classic, crisp, slim fit white oxford shirt with slim-fit black pants and a slim patterned tie in maroon or silver. Throw in personalised cufflinks for a little bit of panache and dark brogue shoes.

2. The Attractive Look

A hot date lined up, you want to play it cool and yet look attractive - try a white classic collar shirt, rolled up sleeves tucked into a pair of straight cut denims, a blazer and boots.

3. The No-nonsense Business Look

The very James Bond Look - dark grey suit, teamed with a white french-cuff dress shirt, charcoal wool tie, black derby shoes and a white pocket square. The epitome of a quintessential man.

4. The Sporty Look

Jeans, short-sleeved shirt and a sports jacket teamed with a pair of trainers and a sporty watch and you’re ready for a boy’s day at the Super Bowl.

5. The Laidback yet Hip Look

Khaki or beige Chinos, teamed with rolled- up sleeves Linen shirt in white, or a cotton white shirt with a self-embossed pattern on it and boat shoes.

6. The Beachboy Look

Short-sleeved mandarin collared or a button-down collar white Linen shirt teamed with navy or dark brown shorts and brown espadrilles. Accessorise with a smart watch and a pair of aviators.

7. All Formal Look

Go three-way – A three-piece black suit, teamed with a white french cuff shirt, light blue tie, white polka dot pocket square, dark brown belt and black derby shoes with a vintage Rolex.

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TREND | 2018 Hairstyles

Men’s hair trends are booming, with endless possibilities and more variation on the catwalk than ever before. No matter what texture, colour or hair type you have, there is most definitely a number of options for you.

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The Textured Top Hairstyle:

The textured top hairstyle is a fresh look that works for a wide range of hair types. The most popular hair types for this style tend to be coarse hair with plenty of body, fine hair but plenty of it and natural curls. This style is better suited to men who already have quite textured locks.

In terms of the cut, the key with this hairstyle is to have the top looking effortless as the top will often style itself with little to no work. The length on top should be even, with no real length on the fringe. Partner the textured top style with a high fade, a short back and side or even a severe undercut. Speak with your Barber in terms of the cut, and don’t be afraid to show them photos for inspiration.

The Buzzcut:

This became increasing popular hairstyle is easy for any man to manage with virtually no grooming necessary! However, this style isn’t for everyone, the buzz cut tends to work better with men who have a rather angular face.
Men with wide set jaw lines – seem to carry this classic, minimal style really well.

Have a good chat with your barber before you commit, they should be able to offer you options on the optimum length that will suit you best. Another key thing to remember about this cut is with it being so short – the edges and finishing touches are probably more important here than ever before here.

Sweep & High Fade Haircut:

Fairly similar to the textured top but with a lot more length. The high ‘short back and sides’ are back with an absolute vengeance after Tommy Shelby and his brothers made every man want to be them and every woman want to be with them.

This sleek style is a playful mixture of the longer – ‘heart throb, I just run my hands through my hair’ look paired with the defining contrast of a high fade. Depending on your hair type this style can be low maintenance. The most idealistic hair would be medium thickness and either straight or wavy as this type of hair tends to have a natural tendency to stay in place due to its weight. However, if your hair is curly or a little fine then this style is still possible for you with the right cut and the right products.

The Pomp Hairstyle:

Almost a happy medium between the sweep back top and a textured quiff. This contemporary favourite has become pretty timeless. The most popular cut for a Pompadour hair cut this year seems to be again with a fade – yes, those iconic short back and sides are back for more.
However, you can even work this style with a slightly longer textured top and even a medium length style with no fade at all – this is probably one of the most versatile hair trends this year that works with a range of styles and lengths.

When styling this look you want to sweep your hair in the natural direction that it tends to want to fall, that way you’ll achieve more of an effortless shape. Use a hair dryer to aid the hair to fall right and set with a good hairspray or a wax – depending on whether you want effortless or super sleek. Work the product in bit by bit to avoid over doing it.

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MUST HAVES | Skin Care Routine

Looking after your skin is not just for the ladies. Despite our busy schedules, improving our skin and the way we age doesn’t have to be a big time commitment. Read ahead for our tips on how to look after your skin.

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1. Cleanse & Moisturise

Cleansing your skin will remove the dirt accumulated throughout the day, leaving your skin feeling clean and refreshed. By the way, cleanse is just a fancy way of saying wash your face with face wash. A moisturiser will soften the skin and also help freshen it up so combining the two go hand in hand. This is where the anti-ageing magic kicks in, and also the glowing skin you’re looking for. For each, just use a small amount as too much product can sometimes be more damaging. A pea sized amount is normally a good place to start for the moisturiser, and the size of a 50 pence piece for the face wash..

2. Implement It Into Your Daily Routine

One of the most common reasons why we as men don’t have a skincare regime in place is because of time. But there’s no excuse if you simply implement it into your current routine. The best way to build a habit is to attach it to another habit you’ve already established. Now I’m guessing you brush your teeth morning and night? Attach this simple skincare regime to that habit, so now every time you clean your teeth you apply a face wash and then moisturiser. It’s going to add 60 seconds to your existing routine but it’s going to make a huge difference. If you only want to use the face wash once a day, then apply it every time you shower or wash (again something you should already be doing daily).

3. Remember Why

“I can’t be bothered” is a common response to the question of why we don’t look after our skin as men. But again, not bothering now can lead to regret later on in life when you’re told you look older than you are.

Motivation to do something always comes from remembering why we’re doing it. Why we’re making it a priority. It’s almost like tricking yourself into looking after your skin daily.

The next time your mind says “I can’t be bothered” remind it of these benefits…

– It will help you age better.
– It will make you look less tired.
– It increases your attractiveness.
– And you’ll be a good example for your children.

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