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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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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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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 | 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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HOW TO | Wear a Suit Properly

The suit really is the be-all and end-all of style. It’s something every man should own, and it’s something that instantly makes you look and feel better. Even if you’re the definition of ‘I’m not really a suit guy’, there will be occasions (weddings, job interviews, events and more) where you’ll be required to wear a suit. Read our rules that you should follow when wearing a suit.

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1. Unfasten The Bottom Button On Your Blazer

When wearing a two-button blazer, you should always unfasten the bottom button on the jacket. This offers a better silhouette and doesn’t restrict your movement. On a three-button suit either button just the middle button or the top two.

2. Don’t Let The Fit Let You Down

Fit again really is key to pulling off a suit. Remember, if you buy an ‘off the rack’ suit you can get it altered to fit as it should. Here are some things to consider…

Shoulders – The blazer should sit flat on your shoulder and the top of the shoulder on the jacket should be the same length as the bone underneath it.

The Trouser Break – This is up to personal preference but a general rule is the trouser cuff should fall neatly at the top of your shoe. The trouser will often fall a little bit longer at the back then at the front, and there shouldn’t be any loose fabric bunching up at the bottom.

The Mid Section – The jacket should be brought in slightly roughly at the waist to better complement your shape, and this isn’t a difficult adjustment. When buttoning the blazer it should close without creating strain, and again there shouldn’t be any loose or scrunching of fabric around your midline.

The Sleeve Length – More on this in a minute, but the jacket sleeves should show half an inch of shirt cuff. They’re too long if the pass your shirt, and they’re too short if the show more than an inch of cuff.

3. Match Your Leathers

A simple rule but one a lot of guys forget to apply. If you’re opting for a brown pair of shoes, go for a brown belt to match. The colour grade doesn’t have to match perfectly but avoid the black belt and brown shoes combination. Opt for a thin belt over a large one, and make sure the buckle is understated but classy.

4. Unbutton Your Suit Before Sitting Down

When sitting, unfasten the buttons on your blazer. When standing up again, fasten them as you should.

5. Expose Your Sleeve Cuffs Half An Inch

Often overlooked, this small detail can make a huge impact. It’s a minor adjustment to alter the sleeve lengths on your jacket and you’ll want them to expose half an inch of shirtsleeve. When letting your hands rest down at your side your shirtsleeve should finish at your wrist, not fall over your hand.

6. On A New Suit, Remove Stitching On The Vents

When buying a new suit you’ll tend to find the vents at the back (if you have them) are stitched up, alongside the pockets. Gently using a pair of scissors remove the stitching before wearing the suit.

7. Don’t Stuff Your Pockets

If your trousers fit as they should, you’ll often find they offer a slimming appearance. Therefore, stuffing your pockets with a phone, a wallet, gum and car keys will have a negative effect on your overall appearance. Store them in your coat pockets or store the items evenly in the inside pockets of your blazer.

8. Polish Your Shoes

It sounds simple but forgetting to polish your shoes is a schoolboy error. It doesn’t take long, and it will help maintain the investment of a good pair of shoes.

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HOW TO | Tie a Windsor Knot

The Windsor, also known as the Double Windsor or the Full Windsor (we know, confusing stuff), is probably the second most common way to tie a tie after the four-in-hand (the one your Dad tried to show you in that designated father/son time you had to go through as an awkward blackhead-laden teen). The knot sits wide against your collar and should be a perfectly symmetrical triangle. Take your tie game up a notch.

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Step One:

Hold the tie around your collar with the wide end on the right and the skinny end on the left. Leave the skinny side short because you’ll need the extra length for the knot. Lift the wide end over the skinny end, only moving the wide end as you do this.

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Step Two:

Pull the wide end up through the neck loop from underneath and then pull it back to the left.

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Step Three:

Then pull it around the skinny end to the right but lifting it up, over and through the neck loop and back down to the right over the top.

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Step Four:

Move the wide end across the front to the left and then up into the neck loop from underneath.

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Step Five:

Breathe out. You’re nearly there. Bring the wide end down through the loop you’ve created in the front and tighten the knot by pulling down on the wide end. Then it’s just a matter of sliding the knot up and adjusting according to the size and tightness you want.

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HOW TO | Dress for the Winter Races

If you’ve ever wanted a foolproof guide to the do’s and don’ts of dressing for the winter races, look no further. These easy-to-follow tips for getting men’s race wear right will save you time, and trouble, when you're putting together your outfit – or looking to up the ante in the fashion stakes – for race day. 

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Get the Right Fit:

It doesn’t matter how expensive your suit is, if it doesn’t fit right, you’ll still look like a slob. When buying a suit, make sure you’re fitted with the right cut for your size and body shape. After buying off-the-rack, don’t be afraid to take it to a tailor to make the necessary adjustments to achieve a perfect fit.

Accessorise:

For the most part, keep your accessories simple and subdued, but don’t be afraid to add a little flair with items like patterned pocket squares, bold socks and lapel flowers.

Strong Shoe Game:

You’re not in the office anymore, it’s race day! The perfect occasion to bust out the brogues, double monks or penny loafers. Browns, dark burgundies are the perfect complement for a grey, blue or navy suits.

DON’T:

Sports Sunglasses:

Remember you’re spectator at horse race, not a cyclist in a velodrome. Any eyewear that was designed with an advanced aerodynamic frame, should not be worn to the races.

Ill-fitting suits:

Never show up looking like a kid who borrowed his dad’s suit for a dress-up party.

Novelty Attire:

Just because The Simpsons is your favourite TV show it doesn’t mean you need to wear Homer around your neck.

 

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