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HOW TO | Wear the Right Colours for Your Skin Tone

Just like finding the right haircut for your face shape— selecting hues that work with your complexion is often easier said than done. With such a kaleidoscopic spectrum of shades on offer, it’s no mean feat sorting the wheat from the chaff. But if you want to shave some time off your shopping rounds or buy more confidently online, then it’s worth acquainting yourself with a few fundamental rules when it comes to knowing the tones that are sure to complement you.

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Fair/Pale Skin:

Find yourself constantly looking for somewhere to shade from summer sun? More freckles than a speckled goose egg? Or, at the very least have red, blonde or light brown hair? Chances are you’re the proud owner of a milky pallor.

Colours To Wear:

If you’ve got pale skin and light features, then hues that clearly contrast with your skin tone will – quite literally – bring some colour to your complexion. Darker colours like grey, brown, burgundy, bottle green, navy and bolder shades of blue will all work well as these shades contrast with your skin tone.

Colours To Avoid:

Avoid soft, pastel shades or bright colours as these will only wash you out further. The same goes for neutrals too; so rather than white, light beige or stone, choose richer shades such as sand, camel, khaki and slate grey.

Olive/Medium Skin:

If you’ve got olive-toned skin that tends to tan rather than toast in the sun, then you have what’s known as a ‘warm’ complexion which suits a much wider spectrum of colours than those with fair skin or ‘cool’ complexions.

Colours To Wear:

While most colours will work with a medium skin tone, you can ensure you look your best by opting for shades that are either a little brighter or darker than the middle ground. What does that mean exactly? Choose pale beige rather than warm sand if you’re opting for light neutrals, or try a bolder shade of purple (such as magenta) rather than mauve, for example.

Colours To Avoid:

Since your skin will likely have yellow or green undertones, it’s wise to avoid wearing shades of these colours that are too close to your skin tone. What you’re trying to avoid here is ending up looking nude i.e. having your skin blend in with your clothing. Hues you should probably give the heave-ho include pistachio, mustard, olive and mocha brown. 

Darker Skin:

Much like those with medium skin, when it comes to finding colours that suit you, guys with darker skin have won the genetic lottery and can try their hand at pretty much any hue without much need for trepidation.

Colours To Wear:

The world, gentlemen, truly is your oyster. The colour of your skin is perfectly positioned to marry well with the vast majority of hues and shades, as it doesn’t run the risk of being washed out like comparatively pale skin tones. With that said, there are a couple of caveats. Be mindful of adding balance to your outfit with a colour that will hold the look together. In practice, that means not spinning the colour wheel like a mad decorator, but choosing a single pop of colour or two that complement rather than compete with each other.

Colours To Avoid:

Brown is pretty much a no-go. Much like how pastel shades wash out paler skin tones, brown won’t contrast clearly enough with your skin, resulting in your look ‘blending’ into your skin. While black and navy are two key colours in any man’s wardrobe (making up the majority of formal and corporate wear), it’s worth keeping these to a minimum to really make the most of your especially versatile skin tone.

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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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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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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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