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TREND | Style Epiphanies Every Man Goes Through

It’s a long drive down this road we call life, and along the way, your brain will absorb constant gems of new information, sometimes without you even noticing. Some of these will be microscopic practical realisations, while some may unlock the answers to bigger philosophical questions. And, of course, others will just be simple lessons in how to improve the way you dress. Read ahead for the style epiphanies all men discover sooner or later.

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Suits Don’t Always Look Smart:

You think you look like James Bond emerging from the ocean (yes, in a suit) before wandering into a bar to order a martini. But get it wrong and you look more like a 16-year-old who went to the formal in his dad’s suit. Four words: find a good tailor. 

Sometimes the Most Simple Outfit is the Most Stylish:

It can be easy to get caught up in the insane whims of fashion, as you find yourself making a grand entrance in a sarong and what looks like a dressing gown. But there’s a reason why all the fashion greats, from Steve McQueen to James Dean, kept it simple. Because it just works. It’s amazing how far you can get in pair of straight-cut jeans, a well-cut tee and a cool jacket.

Your Hair Should Not Be Overcomplicated:

There’s not a jury in the world willing to forgive frosted tips, or a gelled-down fringe, or that weird phase you went through with the blond stripe down the middle, or the spiky front bit and the soft, feathery back. The key to good hair is to understand how yours works with your face and to stick to the simplest and most obvious cut there is.

Trends Aren’t as Good As A Signature Style:

At some point during your sartorial puberty, crackling light bulbs will start repeatedly exploding above your head, as you realise that you have developed your own nose for what looks good, and no longer feel the need to tick off every seasonal trend.

Show Your Feet Some Respect:

Just as a princess has to kiss a lot of frogs before they find their prince, you will likely have to work your way through a conveyor belt of bad shoes before you find the ones that fit you perfectly. Fairytale metaphors aside, the point is this: if you want to expedite the process, avoid extreme shapes – particularly anything too pointy or too square.

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TREND | Best Dressed Men in 2018

You couldn’t call it a boring year for menswear, could you? Looking back, 2018 has been the most diverse, colourful and expressive spell we’ve had in a long time. Clothes became fun again.And in a year when all bets were off, these five men were there to show us how it’s done – leading trends, breaking rules or keeping it classic, their message was the same: wear whatever the hell you want, and do it with a smile on your face.

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5. David Gandy

When trends go crazy, as they undoubtedly have this year, you can always navigate your way to good style by following the north star of menswear himself, David Gandy. Brilliant and unchanging, he’s a fixed point – a guiding light through choppiest of fashion trends. Gandy’s formula of excellent suits and tailored casual wear is and always has been masculine, rakish and proudly British. This year, he debuted his first ever tailoring range, with a capsule collection designed for Marks & Spencer. Somewhat predictably, it’s really good.

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4. David Beckham

It’s usually bad form to out-dress the groom on his big day, especially when the lucky man is also sixth in line to the throne. But then Prince Harry should have known better than to invite David Beckham to this summer’s royal wedding. Beckham in morning dress is the same as Beckham in motorcycle gear, or Beckham in tweed, or Beckham at Fashion Week – better than everyone else, basically.

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3. A$AP Rocky

Praise the lord, it’s the undisputed king of high-fashion hip-hop. A$AP Rocky is one of the originators of the couture streetwear look that has become the new fashion paradigm over the past few years. He sang “Raf Simons, Rick Owens: usually what I’m dressed in” while draped in a Supreme gym towel in the video for ‘Peso’ back in 2011 for crying out loud. If that isn’t predicting the future of fashion, then we don’t know what is. Anyway, he’s still at it here in 2018, mixing sportswear, high-end fashion and grills to glorious effect.

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2. Henry Golding

At the beginning of the year, Henry Golding was a presenter on the BBC’s The Travel Show. At the end of it, he’s a Hollywood leading man and one of the most stylish men on the planet. It’s a modern day Cinderella story, only less of the glass slippers and more of Golding’s impeccable three-piece suits. The British-Malaysian actor flits effortlessly between classic and contemporary tailoring, keeping it all buttoned-up for the former, loose and relaxed with a pair of chunky trainers on the latter. Every inch the leading man.

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1.    Michael B. Jordan

A series of hits from Black Panther through Fahrenheit 451 to Creed II means 2018 has been a blockbuster year for Michael B. Jordan. The same is true of the man’s style. He doesn’t show it off like some do, but he’s made every menswear move that matters this year and topped it off by becoming the face of Coach for 2019.

We’ve seen chunky, multi-coloured knits, statement streetwear, subtle nods to the leaders of the black rights movement and exemplary tailoring, usually with an individual twist that makes it his. The fact that he does all this on the bulky frame of Adonis Creed makes it even more impressive.

The kaleidoscope of colours and silhouettes that surfaced in menswear this year could be off-putting for the average guy. Michael B. Jordan is the man who proves that it doesn’t have to be. He takes what he wants from trends, makes them his own and seems to understand the single best thing about the way menswear has gone this year: you can have it all and still look great.

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TREND | Christmas 2018 Present Ideas

If you’ve not yet been bombarded by Wham’s ‘Last Christmas’ either in the office or walking past the shops, you’ve definitely have not been out enough. For ’tis the season, and with the multiplying tinsel comes growing anxieties over presents. In a world where shopping can happen at the click of a button, choosing a memorable gift for someone is harder said than done. But you also need to make time to consider what you want to see in your present sack this festive season. With that in mind, we’ve collated the finest festive gifts for men at every price point.

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Your Favourite Aftershave:

Just make sure to spell out exactly what you want, leave the empty bottle laying around, send links if you have to, or risk getting a fragrance that smells more like rubbing alcohol. 

Wrist Bling:

It’s often thought that a watch is one of the few pieces of sparkly jewellery that men are allowed to actively seek out. Pick a style that best works for your lifestyle.

High-Quality Socks:

Not just a myth; well-made socks make getting up when it’s still dark out that much easier (on your cold feet, at least). Wool-cotton styles wear better and keep your feet warmer. Add a splash of colour under your suit trousers for a little added personality.

Premium Cotton T-shirts:

If there’s one thing every man needs more of, it’s basics. Washed a red sock with your white t-shirt? Ruined. Coffee spill in transit? In the bin. Sweat stains? Out. We’d suggest requesting a pack of six or more.

A Good Cookbook:

Because it’s the 21st century and if you haven’t yet cooked a meal that consists of more than toast you’ve got some catching up to do. We’d suggest one-pot options to start (a home cooked meal is still a home cooked meal) while you work up to more complex recipes (just hide that burnt pot after).

An Alarm Clock:

Early morning wake-ups make it even harder to crowbar yourself out from under the duvet. A wake-up light alarm clock mimics a real sunrise to coax your body into getting up and at ‘em while others are simply obnoxiously loud but get the job done.

Wall Art:

You’ve successfully moved out and you’ve managed to keep a plant alive. Now it’s time to decorate the walls. No, not with boughs of holly. With tasteful wall prints.

An Activity Tracker:

Looking to get fit in 2019? A fitness watch can be enough to motivate you (or shame you) into swapping the TV tray for the treadmill. Try not to take it as an insult, everyone is wearing them these days.

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TREND | Your Ultimate Summer 2018 Style Guide

The weather is starting to heat up so it’s finally time to start looking forward to summer! Bringing in a new season only means one thing; a new wardrobe. It’s the perfect excuse to browse the latest trends and update your wardrobe with the latest styles for summer.

So, whether your personal style is throwing on a casual t-shirt and jeans, or you want to put in a little more effort this season, men’s summer style includes easy-to-wear designs, eye-catching prints and bold colours. Update your wardrobe this season.

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T-shirts:

T-shirts are an all-year-round choice, but in summer you get the opportunity to be a little more adventurous with your style. The weather could mean abandoning your jacket and showing off your latest t-shirts in all their glory, so make sure you’ve got some stylish ones hidden away in your wardrobe ready and waiting. Choose bold colours like blue, red or orange to brighten up for wardrobe for the summer season. Don’t forget to look for embellishments like block colour stripes, contrasting panels on the sleeves or features like curved hems to create a statement look while you’re out and about.

Denim Jackets:

Saying goodbye to your winter coat is a great feeling, but you need a summer alternative waiting in the wings. After all, a great jacket can create a strong look as well as keeping you warm in the cooler evenings. A summer must-have is the denim jacket, popular every summer season. Opt for something unique, such as an embroidered denim jacket or distressed elements. Bleached denim jackets stand out from the norm, while patterned designs such as camo continue to be a great choice in the sun.

Jeans:

You no doubt already have a few pairs of jeans in your drawer, which probably includes your favourite, go-to pair. Jeans are great all year round, but for summer you might want to consider the different styles available. Distressed or ripped knee jeans look particularly stylish in the summertime, providing some ventilation which could come in handy if you’re sat in the heat! 

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TREND | What to Look Out for this Summer 2018/2019

Now that summer is fast approaching, new styles are starting to emerge for men. Before you head on your shopping extravaganza, take a look at some of the following trends that are about to explode into fashion. Armed with this information, you really can supercharge your style this season.

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Pink Is Making A Comeback:

It would be fair to say that pink is a shade which tends to go in phases. One year it might be completely out of fashion, but the next it can be the colour that every guy walking down the high street is donning. Over recent times, we have seen it make a comeback and it doesn’t seem to be going anywhere. At this point it’s worth mentioning that the vibrant hot pink isn’t quite on-trend right now. Instead, experts are suggesting that you turn to milder tones in the pastel variety. All of the big brands are buying into the pink fad right now, so jump on board.

Suits with Vertical Stripes:

This season, it’s all about suits with vertical stripes. This has been seen as something of an interesting development, as in other areas of the industry block colours are being turned to. The stripes are coming in all different widths; some will be more like a pinstripe pattern, while others will include thicker stripes.

Men in White:

Something else that is making a resurgence is the all-white appearance. In other words, you are dressed head-to-toe in white. Many would argue that this is a bold move; but it will certainly turn heads. You can even things off somewhat by relying on a pair of leather shoes, which will also make you appear a little smarter as well.

The Two-Pocket Factor:

Recent fashion shows have also suggested that the era of wearing two pockets on your top is making a comeback. Of course, there are different styles available within this. To keep things on the modern side, you should look to pockets that are a little more rounded or slouched. This can really make the difference and make it seem as though you really know what’s what when it comes to your summer style choices.

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TREND | 2018 Hairstyles

Men’s hair trends are booming, with endless possibilities and more variation on the catwalk than ever before. No matter what texture, colour or hair type you have, there is most definitely a number of options for you.

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The Textured Top Hairstyle:

The textured top hairstyle is a fresh look that works for a wide range of hair types. The most popular hair types for this style tend to be coarse hair with plenty of body, fine hair but plenty of it and natural curls. This style is better suited to men who already have quite textured locks.

In terms of the cut, the key with this hairstyle is to have the top looking effortless as the top will often style itself with little to no work. The length on top should be even, with no real length on the fringe. Partner the textured top style with a high fade, a short back and side or even a severe undercut. Speak with your Barber in terms of the cut, and don’t be afraid to show them photos for inspiration.

The Buzzcut:

This became increasing popular hairstyle is easy for any man to manage with virtually no grooming necessary! However, this style isn’t for everyone, the buzz cut tends to work better with men who have a rather angular face.
Men with wide set jaw lines – seem to carry this classic, minimal style really well.

Have a good chat with your barber before you commit, they should be able to offer you options on the optimum length that will suit you best. Another key thing to remember about this cut is with it being so short – the edges and finishing touches are probably more important here than ever before here.

Sweep & High Fade Haircut:

Fairly similar to the textured top but with a lot more length. The high ‘short back and sides’ are back with an absolute vengeance after Tommy Shelby and his brothers made every man want to be them and every woman want to be with them.

This sleek style is a playful mixture of the longer – ‘heart throb, I just run my hands through my hair’ look paired with the defining contrast of a high fade. Depending on your hair type this style can be low maintenance. The most idealistic hair would be medium thickness and either straight or wavy as this type of hair tends to have a natural tendency to stay in place due to its weight. However, if your hair is curly or a little fine then this style is still possible for you with the right cut and the right products.

The Pomp Hairstyle:

Almost a happy medium between the sweep back top and a textured quiff. This contemporary favourite has become pretty timeless. The most popular cut for a Pompadour hair cut this year seems to be again with a fade – yes, those iconic short back and sides are back for more.
However, you can even work this style with a slightly longer textured top and even a medium length style with no fade at all – this is probably one of the most versatile hair trends this year that works with a range of styles and lengths.

When styling this look you want to sweep your hair in the natural direction that it tends to want to fall, that way you’ll achieve more of an effortless shape. Use a hair dryer to aid the hair to fall right and set with a good hairspray or a wax – depending on whether you want effortless or super sleek. Work the product in bit by bit to avoid over doing it.

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TREND | Braces

An old school necessity, braces have returned to their former glory and are making their way back to the men’s fashion arena. So now the only question remains, how does one wear braces?

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Throwback to the 20th Century: 

If images from the early 1900s are to be believed, pants threatened to go flying off a man’s person at a moment’s notice and needed to be firmly secured in place. Now, however, most pants are designed to hug one’s waistline snugly, forgoing the need for braces or belts. This hasn’t stopped the return of the braces, though, as gents everywhere embrace this time-tested accessory in a myriad of increasingly dashing ensembles.

Brace Yourself, Style is Coming:

Whether with a dark minimalistic suit, or jeans and a polka dot shirt, braces can complement a wide range of different ensembles whilst adding a flair of class and sophistication to almost any look. Most people when they envision braces or suspenders, see them going with a businessman in a suit, but this look is not restricted to corporate types alone.

Nail that smart casual look and rock the classic blue jeans and white long sleeved top whilst sporting some skinny styled braces. Dial up the dapper a notch and pair your braces with a bowtie and shirt for a quirkier look. Leather braces are also a great opportunity for you to match your other accessories, such as shoes, watch band or even a satchel.

 

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TREND | Cotton Blazer

As the temperature continue to rise, looking good and feeling fresh are never more important. You need an ensemble that says laidback cool, but equally says sharp and sophisticated – and that is where a cotton blazer comes in. We have put together our favourite blazer looks for the season, perfect whether you are heading off to work, out for drinks or lunch with friends.

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The Beachside Bar:

Who doesn’t love lazy days in shorts and short sleeves? It is the ultimate summer look, and we don’t doubt you will be sporting both throughout most of the summer months. But what happens when the sun is out, but the occasion is a little dressier? Throw a cotton blazer over the top of your favourite ensemble for a polished, smart look that is light and breathable.

Saturday Night Drinks:

Stand out this Saturday night with a blazer in a bright, punchy colour. Want a statement-making look that is sure to turn heads? A blazer is blue or emerald green will do the trick. Anchor down the look with navy and brown accessories and keep the rest of your outfit simple.

Sunday Lunch:

In our minds, weekends are reserved for comfort – but one should never have to sacrifice style to achieve it. Cotton t-shirt’s are a must, with stretch denim or cotton trousers their perfect companions. Add a blazer to the equation (whether you opt for something as sartorial red colour or a staple in navy), then finish with your favourite driving shoes.

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TREND | Dressing for Australia Day

Regardless of whether you’re planning to spend this national holiday in a mate’s backyard, at the beach, or at a bar, there’s a few things that go without saying. A handful of friendships will be forever tarnished arguing over the merits of the top song in Triple J’s Hottest 100, at least one mate will insist on chanting “Aussie, Aussie, Aussie” until the word loses all meaning, and way too much BBQ food will be cooked (which is never a bad thing). So, what do you plan on wearing on Australia Day? Read ahead for some tips on dressing sensibly whilst still looking good. 

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Slip, Slop, Slap:     

Ok, ok, I know that as soon as you hear somebody tell you to be sun safe, you just want to sprint out into the sun bare-chested and burn yourself to a crisp just to rebel against their authority, but being sun safe doesn’t mean compromising on your outfit. If you’re not a fan of third degree burns, then slap on the sunscreen and get yourself a stylish hat to at least afford your face a little bit of shade.

Comfort is Key:

Whilst it might be tempting to show up everyone in their thongs and boardies by wearing a shirt, blazer and pair of chinos, you’re going to regret that decision when it gets to two in the afternoon and you’re sweating up a storm of epic proportions. Instead, try some short sleeve shirts instead for a more comfortable option that will keep you looking slick.

Multipurpose Shorts:

As we’ve established, it’s going to be hot- very hot. If you’re fortunate enough to know a mate with a pool, or are planning on breaking into your neighbour’s property, having a pair of casual shorts which can double as board shorts is a practical option. There are many styles available with fresh prints and colours which will look great, and stand up to a bit of a soak.

 

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TREND | Mismatched Suits

Acing the art of suit separates can be tricky, but once you have the basics down, you will be able to create a unique look in no-time. If you’re a man with an eye for colour and keen to take on the challenge of pairing the right separates on your own, then read on to find out a few of our tips for getting that great look.

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Pick Your Separates:

Firstly, don’t assume every piece in your suit collection can be used as a separate. Certain patterns such as pinstripe probably shouldn’t be separated, unless you are an expert at styling. For starters, try picking a few solid colours and a couple classic pattern pieces.

Keep it in the Family:

Make sure you are picking colours that are of similar tones. Don’t opt for warm coloured red pants with a cool coloured navy jacket, as this will only look clashed and you play the risk of looking like your kid dressed you this morning. Instead, choose a cool navy jacket and a cool, neutral trouser. Opt for all warm tones, or all cool tones, and keep your colour palette fairly complemented.

One Risk at a Time:

Opting for separates is already opting for a look that might not be necessarily tailored to match. So, when you’re picking your separates, make sure to only pick one contrast, to avoid any unnecessary clashing. If you have a patterned jacket, a safe bet is to choose a solid pant. Or, if you’re going for solid on solid, then choose only one colour to be the contrast piece, and make the other piece is a more quiet, complemented colour.

 

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