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MUST HAVES | Four Suits Every Man Should Own

There are few guys who don’t aspire to one day own a walk-in wardrobe filled with every type of suit, but we’re often in the dark as to how to get there. For the remainder, suits are a necessary evil: an insurance policy for professional and social occasions that you want to spend the bare minimum on.

Whichever camp you fall into, allow us to illuminate you. This is a guide to building a tailored wardrobe. Not in the IKEA sense, more along the lines of what to buy, and in what order, to most economically cover your event bases and get maximum bang for your sartorial buck.

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1. The Plain Navy Two-Button Suit

The tailoring equivalent of the little black dress, if you buy just one type of suit, make it a plain navy two-button with a notch lapel. You won’t get more use out of anything else.

2. The Plain Grey Two-Button Suit

The other type of tailoring workhorse. The cavalry. Just when your navy suit was about to give up the ghost (or just head to the dry cleaners), grey rides to the rescue, ready to make you look good.

3. The Dinner Suit

Black tie invitations may be few and far between — as infrequent as one a year, even — but they will come, with increasing regularity as you get older. And when they do come, they’re invariably for occasions when you want to look and feel at your top: a swanky work party, a wedding, a long-overdue Oscar nomination for Best Actor. 

4. The Summer Suit

It’s common knowledge that a pair of board shorts goes far better with the summer season than a suit. However, that’s not to say the warmer months don’t cater for the man who needs to dress with a touch of formality. The trick to staying cool when the weather is not isn’t just in choosing the right type of suit, but the right textiles. Tightly woven fabrics such as twill and artificial fibres may be less prone to creasing, but they restrict the amount of air that can circulate through the garment, making ultra-lightweight open-weave linen, seersucker or hopsack a far better choice.

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MUST HAVES | 8 Habits of Well Dressed Men

Do you get your jackets tailored? Wash your whites separately? Press your underwear? No? Then there’s a strong chance your style might be suffering as a result. According to club menswear’s most influential opinion-makers, there are a few habits shared by nearly all the most impressively turned out blokes on the red carpet, and it’s not necessarily having a stylist on speed dial. In a bid to give you the sartorial shortcut to wardrobe success, here are eight things worth adding to your daily routine.

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1.            They Know The Basics – And Stick To Them

Well-dressed men rely on basic uniforms and don’t worry about making a statement if that’s not their style. Cover your bases with a few well-fitting white T-shirts, a sky blue Oxford shirt, grey sweatshirt, denim jacket and some light coloured chinos in a slim or straight fit.

2.            They Shop Offline, Too

With thousands of brands at your fingertips, no queuing, and the ability to buy pants without wearing any, shopping online has revolutionised the way we stock our wardrobes. But steer exclusively digital and you might miss a trick.

3.            They Don’t Ignore Care Labels

There are few things in life more irritating than discovering that the new season jumper you just bought is dry-clean only. But caring for your clothing could be the difference between subpar and outstanding style. 

4.            They Only Settle For the Best Trouser Break

Aside from allowing your footwear to be on full display, nailing the trouser break is something that separates the men from the boys, and can also elongate your frame to make you appear taller and slimmer.

5.            They Don’t Wash Their Jeans

Believe it or not, in some cases it’s possible to look better by doing less. This is particularly true of jeans, which you should skip washing in favour of a swift half down the pub for at least the first six months of wear.

6.            They Take It Up With Their Tailor

Every well-dressed adult knows that the key to looking good is fit. From your basics to your best two-piece, there’s nothing that can’t be improved with a nip and a tuck.

7.            They Wear The Shoe That Fits

It’s not uncommon to hear people waxing lyrical about how footwear is the most important component of an outfit. And while it’s quite a bold statement, they have a point. Some of the most versatile shoes a man can have are Chelsea boots in brown, plain loafers, a pair of white sneakers an and an all-rounder black shoe.

8.            They Organise Their Wardrobes

It’s been established that not all impeccably-dressed men spend hours meticulously planning their outfits. However, they do give themselves the right tools to work with, thanks to a spot of wardrobe organisation. Try organising by colour, type of garment or season, and you’ll find getting dressed in the morning becomes a whole lot easier.

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MUST HAVES | Accessories That Never Go Out of Style

Accessories: no decent outfit is complete without them. But sometimes it can be difficult to know just how good an investment any of these stylistic accoutrements might turn out to be. Fortunately, history has taken some of the trial and error out of the process; because if it looked good 50 years ago, and it looks good now, chances are it’ll look good for 50 more. These are the men’s accessories that will never go out of style.

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Classic Sunglasses:

Few things do a man more favours than a pair of sunglasses. Flattering, practical, and a dab hand at hiding dark circles when needed; glasses conjure up images of golden-age movie stars like Steve McQueen at the flick of a hinge. It’s telling that the most popular styles have changed little over the decades. Aviators, Wayfarers and Clubmasters are all time-honoured staples that suit different face shapes. Seeing as a decent pair of sunglasses will stick around for life, don’t be afraid to make them an investment piece. Just be sure to maximise longevity by keeping everything classic and understated with either black or tortoiseshell frames and brown, black, or dark green lenses.

A Leather Billfold Wallet:

Practical, moulded to the contours of its contents and aged to perfection over time, a leather wallet is an accomplice that will do the business long after the business has stopped accepting cash. It’s for this reason that many men choose to have their note carriers embossed with their initials; a move that sets out intentions to keep it for life, even if what’s inside doesn’t make it to the end of the month.

Leather Belt:

A good belt does more than simply hold your trousers up – it also holds a look together. Choose brown, black or (better yet) one of each, and always opt for the best you can afford. This thing will be holstering your trousers for many years to come, and you wouldn’t want to be unseated by a crumbling imitation number. Subtle, classic buckles in unprocessed metallic tones will also stand you in good stead.

Leather Holdall:

Is there any name in the world of fashion more winning than ‘the weekender?’ A bag reserved for the best time of the week, a friendly porter for an adventure, and the container of the wardrobe’s greatest hits. Theweekend bag – or leather holdall – is an enduring favourite of the menswear arsenal. As with most leather accessories, favour simple black or brown (or, in defiance of the rules, a mixture of the two), or a faded olive shade for a more contemporary take. As well as colourways, look to experiment with texture. Supple, smooth calfskin is a sleek choice, while a fuller, more tactile pebble grain lends a rugged feel to jetting off for a weekend at the beach.

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MUST HAVES | Style Rules for the Party Season

Dust off your finery, polish your shoes and prep your liver – it’s party season once again. And while we know the next few weeks is about easing off and letting your hair down, we’re also aware of the potential pitfalls such events pose. From turning up underdressed to getting too turnt up, it’s not always plain sailing through the festive circuit. So to help, in the wardrobe department at least, we compiled a handy guide. Who’s getting the drinks in?

Make A List (And Check It Twice):

Drafting a list of Christmas gift ideas that’s long enough to put you in the red might be a priority at this time of year, but, as well as ensuring stockings get stocked, it pays to plan for pre- and post-Christmas parties. Preparation is key to a stress-free party season. Spend some time going through your eveningwear a few weeks ahead, making sure you have everything and that it has been dry-cleaned, so that it’s ready to go at a moment’s notice.

Make an Effort, But Don’t Try Too Hard:

Like the concept of smart casual, dressing, nailing a festive party dress code can prove tricky when it’s not as straightforward as ‘Christmas jumpers’ or black tie. There’s nothing worse than feeling underdressed at a party. Especially if there is a work connection to the invitation – you won’t impress a prospective client or future boss by turning up unprepared. That’s a thumbs down for the snowflake-pattern onesie, then.

Keep Your Locks Low-Maintenance:

No amount of hairspray will hold a quiff in place once attacked with unforgiving weather. So while it may go with the pomp and ceremony of party season, consider swapping a pompadour for an easier to manage mop. Avoid high-maintenance styles. This is summer: it’s hot, humid, and potentially stormy and these types of haircuts are just going to get annoying, and you’ll never look as intended once you arrive at your destination. Instead, steer simple with unfussy cuts, which simply require a little texturising product such as sea salt spray or volumising powder to finish.

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MUST HAVES | 20 of the Best Quotes about Fashion & Style

If you’re the sartorial sage in your peer group, setting the agenda and the dress code for everything from a business-casual office to a few days at the beach, then you could quickly run low on modish pearls of wisdom.

In which case, breathe a sweet sigh of relief, as we’re here to provide you with a rundown of our favourite quotes about fashion and style – all of which you can pass off as your own musings after a few beers down at your local.

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1. “Shoes transform your body language and attitude. They lift you physically and emotionally.” — Christian Louboutin

2. “Remind yourself. Nobody built like you, you design yourself.” – Jay Z

3. “Fashion is what you adopt when you don’t know who you are.” – Quentin Crisp

4. “To achieve the nonchalance, which is absolutely necessary for a man, one article at least must not match.” – Hardy Amies

5. “Being perfectly well-dressed gives one a tranquillity that no religion can bestow.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

6. “If people turn to look at you on the street, you are not well dressed, but either too stiff, too tight, or too fashionable.” – Beau Brummel

7. “If you’re asking someone for money wear a tie.” – Unknown

8. “People always ask me what the trends are, but I’m not a believer in trends. Individuality is more important to me, to stand out and have the confidence to wear something you’re comfortable in – it just happens. I’m comfortable wearing a suit.” – David Gandy

9. “Fashion is what you’re offered four times a year by designers. And style is what you choose.” — Lauren Hutton

10. “Fashion is a playground up until a certain age. But then you have to find your own signature and your own style.” – Nicolas Ghesquière

11. “Clothes mean nothing until someone lives in them.” – Marc Jacobs

12. “Fashion is more about feel than science.” – Pharrell Williams

13. “As you age, it’s quite important to pay attention to how you look and to take steps towards ensuring that you stay happy with how you look. And grooming, whether you just use a moisturiser or go the whole hog at a salon, can make that much-needed difference.” – Saif Ali Khan

14. “Style is knowing who you are, what you want to say, and not giving a damn.” – Orson Welles

15. “Fashions fade, style is eternal.” – Yves Saint Laurent

16. “Every man should have a magnifying mirror. If you look good magnified, you are set to go” – Tom Ford

17. “People will stare. Make it worth their while.” — Harry Winston

18. “Whoever said that money can’t buy happiness, simply didn’t know where to go shopping.” — Bo Derek

19. “We define a metrosexual as someone who really takes care of themselves in terms of grooming and style. There is nothing wrong with that. But I think you need to have some other values. It’s cool to incorporate some traditional values into metrosexuality. Then it becomes a good lifestyle.” – Frank Vincent

20. “To be noticed without striving to be noticed, this is what elegance is about.” – Luciano Barbera

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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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