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MUST HAVES | Summer Shorts

Summer is finally on the horizon so now is the time to start thinking about shorts. Read ahead for a few essential tips to help you make the right decisions when choosing shorts for this summer.

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Patterned Or Plain:

Plain is probably safest but certainly not your only option. If you do opt for a print, go for lighter colours and avoid anything too unrefined. And remember that logos or brand names emblazoned all over a pair of shorts will only ever look cheap.

Smart And Casual:

A tailored style is always the best way to go. Something in a soft cotton with a turned-up hem is perfect for all occasions; a versatile piece that allows you to relax at the beach before going out that evening, without ever having to demonstrate anything less than the height of sophistication. The tailored short goes well with anything up top, from a t-shirt to a button-down– there is really no excuse to deviate from this classic.

If The Shoe Fits:

If you are going to get things right, you will need to make sure you complete everything with the correct footwear. With your legs as exposed as they are, a poor choice will stand out more than ever. Smarten up – there is plenty of choice from espadrilles to loafers, sandals to summer brogues, trainers and boat-shoes.

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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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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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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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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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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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MUST HAVES | 21 Habits of a Stylish Man

When being stylish is something you do effortlessly, it means you have reached a level of mastery. But what are the habits that stylish men adhere too? Read ahead on 21 habits of a stylish man.

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1.       They’re confident in what they wear.

2.       Everything he wears fits.

3.       He knows his tailors name.

4.       He knows less is more.

5.       They’re not afraid to spend money on quality.

6.       They’re not obsessed with brands.

7.       He has a wardrobe built around his lifestyle.

8.       His wardrobe is organised.

9.       They don’t brag about how good they look.

10.    They don’t dish out the style advice.

11.    They don’t plan ahead.

12.    They know their barber.

13.    They look after their clothes.

14.    They pay attention to the finer details.

15.    Workout clothes stay at the gym.

16.    They know their measurements.

17.    They know the rules (but aren’t afraid to break them).

18.    They have a grooming routine.

19.    They clear out unused/unworn clothes.

20.    They have mastered their signature scent.

21.    They know it is better to be overdressed than underdressed. 

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MUST HAVES | Sneaker Styles

If the past few years in menswear have proved anything, it’s that kicks are key. With the overarching instinct in menswear now being to loosen up, trainers are increasingly seen as acceptable, if not preferable, alternatives to ‘smarter’ footwear styles like Oxfords and loafers. These are the three kicks that’ll cover all your bases.

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The All-White Tennis Sneaker:

Clean, minimalist sneakers are about as close to a dress shoe as a trainer gets. They look great with denim and can dress up a smart-casual outfit. Don’t forget to use a waterproofing and leather protection spray to keep them in pristine condition.

 

The Fashion Runner:

Lightweight, breathable and boasting an incomparable level of comfort, the runner puts performance first. But it’s not all function, no form: the latest running styles look as good with a smartly cut trouser as a pair of training shorts.

 

The Slip-On:

The slip-on sneaker deserves a place in every closet – if only for its ability to be worn with shorts, lightweight chinos and distressed jeans. Choose a canvas version in a colour like beige, black, grey and navy for optimal wearability.

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