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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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MUST HAVES | Winter Knitwear

Just because the temperature is dropping and the rain is falling, it doesn’t give you an excuse to leave your house donning an outfit that resembles the abominable snowman. Leave that frumpy scarf and resist the urge of trying to make that ragged jumper “work” because we’re about to give you our best tips on looking sharp while staying warm this winter season with our must-have knitwear essentials. 

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V-Neck Sweater:

The V-neck sweater is a wardrobe classic that will work hard for you on its own and as a layering piece. With its signature V cut out at the neckline, it is designed to flatter and streamline your silhouette by elongating and adding height visually. From casual everyday to smart occasions, it will supercharge your look with timeless style and provide added warmth through the chilly months.

For the office: Keep your look refined by opting for a V-neck sweater with a thinner and lighter fabrication and in a more conservative, solid hue. Layer over a dress shirt with a crisp collar and add a subtle statement or colour pop with a patterned tie. For extra warmth, pull together your outfit with a blazer or overcoat.

For off-duty days: For casual occasions, experiment with heavier fabrics, fun patterns and bolder colours. Keep it simple by layering over a basic tee or an untucked shirt; and for another layer, add a leather jacket or your go-to bomber jacket over the top for effortless street style.

Crew Neck Sweater:

A no-brainer, the humble crew neck knit should be considered a staple in any modern man’s collection of winterwear. A workhorse of knitwear and the V-neck’s rival, the crew neck jumper will be your best friend when it comes to keeping you comfortably while looking ever-so put together through casual Fridays at the office and lazy weekends. From luxe merino wool variations to chunky ribbed the styles, your options are endless.

Loud up top: With so many styles to choose from, you might as well have fun while you’re at it. For thinner, lighter knits, brighten up your outfit with a burst of colour; think a rich jewel tone such as emerald green or a classic red. With a thicker knit, you’ll want to opt for a statement pattern or a cheeky graphic print. Keep your crew neck the focal point by pairing with a plain bottom half.

Understated style: If you’re after a cleaner look, stick with a neutral palette and pair your crew neck top with a buttoned-up oxford shirt and dark denim jeans. Add a touch of interest by experimenting with different weaves such as a waffle knit, cable or mixed ribbed design. Turn it up a notch for the office with dark slacks, leather brogues, and an overcoat over the top.

Cardigan:

The perfect on-the-go piece for those of you that are weary of temperature fluctuations, the cardigan offers flexibility and is easily removable or thrown on at a whim. When it’s just starting to get cool and winter is still being a tease, the cardigan is your trans-seasonal staple and can simply be worn on its own over a short or long-sleeved t-shirt. When the blistering cold finally hits, it makes for the perfect layering essential with shirts, jackets and overcoats.

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MUST HAVES | Leather Work Bags

Why Leather?

Leather is a beautiful, natural material that has a variety of uses. The end product can either be a soft, hard, textured or suede leather, which is then used to produce bags and other leather goods. The benefits of leather bags is that they are highly durable, and overtime develop their own patina and unique look.

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A Bag with Character:

Much like your favourite pair of raw denim, leather ages in a similar way, developing a “patina” as oils from your skin and other elements of the environment absorbs into it. Patina isn’t a negative; instead, it’s the main reason people fall in love with leather. In order to actually get a nice patina on your item, you have to do one simple thing—use it. Over time through natural wear, splashes of water, oils from your skin, and even the sun will cause a patina to develop, which will give your bags its own individual appearance.

The Leather:

Saffiano Leather

Saffiano is a textured leather, meaning that it is a treated leather made with the texture pressed on it by a machine. It gives the leather a cross-hatch finish, which is a special diagonal pattern that was created in 1913. This calf hide leather is also finished with a wax treatment. As a result, the leather is pretty much scratch resistant, durable and easy to clean.

Calf Leather

Calfskin products are known for their soft texture and their high durability even in harsh conditions. Calfskin is tougher and withstands abrasion better, so is the perfect leather to use on bags.

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MUST HAVES | Winter Essentials

If your winter wardrobe feels lacklustre, it’s time to explore the power of accessories. Most of us understand the basics of dressing for the cold, and as mornings become frosty; our sartorial choices start to catch up. Jeans and trousers are favoured over shorts, t-shirts are traded for shirts, and suddenly you’re taking a jacket with you everywhere you go. By the season’s peak, all of us appreciate the beauty of a sturdy winter coat.

Staying warm isn’t rocket science. But staying warm in style? That’s an art. We’re here to show you how it’s done. Accessorised well, even the most basic of outfits can turn heads. From beanies to backpacks, broad-brimmed hats to boots, final touches are key to making a statement in the blistering cold. Keep reading for your winter essentials check list, to put your most handsome foot forward this winters.

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Hats & Beanies:

If you’ve been waiting for an excuse to embrace your inner Don Draper, now’s your chance. Reminiscent of the ’50s – a time when men wore hats en masse – fedoras are back this season, in a variety of fur felts and soft wools. But if broad brims aren’t you’re thing, you can rest assured knowing that the beanie remains a street style staple.

 

Boots:

Boots are back on trend, in fact, we’re not sure they’ve ever been completely out of style. Point is, if you don’t own a pair, now’s the time to invest. From the slim lined to the military-inspired, we’ve got you covered with shapes for night and day, and boots for work and play.

 

Bags:

Every self-respecting man needs a bag that complements his style, and winter always offers a fine selection. This season, expect to see soft leather totes, traditional cross-body satchels, and a host of practical backpacks – the perfect casual add-on for the weekend. Because who really wants to wear out their pockets carrying around a mobile, keys and wallet?

 

Sunglasses:

Sunglasses are one of fashion’s most trans-seasonal accessories, and this winter they’re everywhere. Popular shapes this season will include the classic aviator and vintage rounded frames. For something a little different, experiment with futuristic mirrored lenses.

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MUST HAVES | Made to Measure Suits

In a world where you can buy entire outfits online from the comfort of your home, the concept of made-to-measure can feel luxuriously self-indulgent. But there’s a reason we’ve seen resurgence in the popularity of bespoke tailoring of late. Reality is, there’s simply nothing quite like personalisation. The answer to your wildest wardrobe dreams, made-to-measure clothing offers more than just the perfect fit, it delivers the perfect fit for you. If being measured head-to-toe for a suit still feels a little fancy, we challenge you to think again. Here are a few reasons why made-to-measure suiting is a great option not only for special occasions, but for your every day.

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For the Fit:

It’s no secret that good fit is hard to find. Hours can be spent trying on options from what feels like hundreds of different brands, until finally you find something that seems to work. But why settle for something average when you could have something created on-spec? When you opt for made-to-measure suiting an expert tailor will modify each garment to the shape of your physique. That means less time worrying if your cuffs are sitting right, and more time feeling confident in your chosen ensemble.

For the Feel:

Getting dressed isn’t just about looking good; it’s about feeling good, too. And there’s nothing quite like the confidence that comes from wearing a garment made just for you. Made-to-measure clothing gives you so much more than just perfectly-aligned buttons and hems that fall just so. When you step out in a garment made for you, you step out with unbridled confidence, in comfort and in style.

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