Accessorising your suit isn't the hardest task in the world, I mean there are only two main accessories being the tie and pocket square, so why are so many people getting it wrong? The key is to pick these two accessories that enhance the colour of your suit. So often I see gents wearing the same plain, boring coloured pocket square and tie combination, for example wearing a plain red pocket square with a plain red tie in exactly the same fabric - it just doesn't work and I'll go as far to say it looks terrible. I don't blame them because the high-street (especially over Christmas) sell these gift packs and advertise that ties and pocket squares should match. Well I'm here telling you that they shouldn't or at least you'll look much more sartorial if you choose pieces with a bit more personality that contrast each other.
Currently as I'm typing this, the F&F Clothing #FFSS17 Press Day is still alive and kicking with press getting stuck in to their new Spring/Summer collection. Having worked with F&F before and was (at the time) surprised at the quality they are producing, I had to head down to see if they have moved the collection on from a good AW16. Well they have, it is certainly an improvement as you would expect and the SS17 collection has character and a personality along with a clear focus on athleisure and casual wear.
A puppy is not just for Christmas and bomber jackets are not just for summer, in fact they are the perfect all-year-around jacket. I can understand why a lot of us wear bomber jackets more in summer especially when the mornings are as cold as the last couple of days in the UK. A lot of this style jackets on the market are made with cheap materials and in turn have little of no insulation, padding or comfort. With Black Jamm you'll get SO much more.
Here is my Christmas Gift Guide for Him in 2016, featuring a number of amazing brands for different price points. Knitwear, winter coats, grooming kits, indoor gifts and office wear are just some of the categories in my Christmas Gift Guide. So if you are struggling to buy christmas presents for your Dad, Brother or friends - this guide is all you need. Click below to read more.
With the Sky+ information on the Channel4 First Dates Series 5, Episode 19 saying "Carl and Marissa's date gets intense, spiritual and really quite steamy" - I'm sitting here with 3 hours before it airs absolutely shitting my pants and thinking, why do I always seem to put myself into these situations! The situation isn't being helped by my lovely 'friends' who have all signed up to twitter just to give me 'bants' during the airing...thanks guys! Now, it's the morning after the episode aired and I'm feeling incredibly positive and excited for 2017.
We are back, for the 6th episode of THE STYLE OFF, a YouTube collaboration with Oli from The Tailor Fitted where we both take a single item of clothing and style it to our own personal style. We have taken two of our favourite pieces from the Superdry Menswear AW16 Jackets collection and completed the look in our own style. Watch both videos above, let us know what you think and of course, who styled it better using #Carl or #Oli with a comment on the YouTube videos. This months style off was sponsored by Superdry Menswear AW16 collection. The items we have chosen from the Superdry jackets range is their Tan Camel Biker Jacket and their Navy Winter Trench Coat. Watch both videos and let us know who styled it better.
It's very rare these days that I'm introduced to a menswear brand, especially one as well known as Antony Morato that I've never heard of, yet are so fitting to my personal style. Antony Morato were born and raised in Italy in 2007 and have grown rapidly ever since and are now in 70 countries throughout the world, with many in Italy, Spain and France. So come on guys, head on over the English Channel and settle some physical stores here, it's not too far, some even have swam it! According to their website they are currently not stocked in UK physical stores currently, so for now shop their collection online directly or via ASOS and if you want to compare sizing, I would say there are very much like Reiss or Zara here in the UK.
It is no secret that many fashion houses have been substituting quality for profit for some time, although it is not just the fashion industry that has been passing off cheaper goods to their customers. The pressure is on to make more profits and the simplest way to achieve that is to reduce the cost-of-sales by using inferior quality materials or by spending less on the manufacturing build. This week in the news, even our beloved Toblerone chocolate is changing its iconic shape to reduce the weight from 400g to 360g. Everywhere I look there are examples of not getting value for money anymore. However ultimately the consumer has the power, you make a choice on what to buy and it seems that consumers have had enough of being puppets to the super brands and wanting to know where their products come from and how they are made.
Finally I can share this incredible campaign with you that I worked on with Burton Menswear and we're inviting you to the party. We are helping you to up your sartorial game with a fresh few looks for this party season. Our outfits are styled completely from the Burton Menswear party season collection and are unique from each other, so you'll always find a style that is right for you. Let me know whose style you prefer most.
With Christmas around the corner, before you know it it will be Christmas Eve and you'll still need to do some last minute shopping in a rush. However this year, how about being super organised like myself! A couple of weeks ago I wrote up a Christmas List to plan roughly what gifts I'm going to get for my family, friends and even pets...yes it is Christmas for them too! In doing this, it has allowed me to be much better at working out my budget. I've also already done a lot of shopping around for gifts and lucky for you I'm going to pass on my latest top gift picks for men which took my eye when I recently shopped at Debenhams.
Isn't it great when your local coffee shop serves your favourite homemade velvet cake, when your barbers sells your favourite hair product or the supermarket also sells office supplies? Okay okay, enough of the analogies, I'm sure you understand what I'm getting at! When one of your favourite clothing brands starts selling another one of your favourite clothing brands, it makes shopping a whole lot easier and most importantly quicker! For me that is Label Online where they also sell other popular, designer brands making shopping simple.
We are back, for the 5th episode of THE STYLE OFF, a YouTube collaboration with Oli from The Tailor Fitted where we both take a single item of clothing and style it to our own personal style. We have taken two of our favourite pieces from the NEXT Menswear AW16 knitwear collection and completed the look in our own style. Watch both videos above, let us know what you think and of course, who styled it better using #Carl or #Oli with a comment on the YouTube videos. This months style off was sponsored by NEXT Menswear AW16 collection. The items we have chosen from the NEXT knitwear range is their Burgundy Textured Roll Neck and their Grey Textured Gansy Jumper. Watch both videos and let us know who styled it better.
Winter is here and after a couple of weeks of dog walking ruining my white converse boots, I was in the market for some hardy, comfortable, outdoor boots. For those of you who have a dog, will realise that for a good 5 months of the year we'll be walking through mud, puddles, dirty leafs and even some surprise doggy poop from time to time. So having a pair of boots that are also easy to clean and waterproof, are essential. You might be thinking wellies, yes they work but for me I would prefer a more day-to-day outdoor boot that you can drive in, walk in and have a coffee in.
I've put together 3 outfits for 3 different occasions, for a first date, for a dog walk and for outdoor sports. Shopping at Superdry is easy because of the diversity of their collections, head into their stores and I think you'll be pleasantly surprised with the depth and extensiveness of their clothing all produced at an exceptional quality.
I've had a long history with Vauxhall motors all the way back when I was 17 and passed my driving test. In fact my first car was a Vauxhall Corsa Breeze, if I recall correctly. It was a lovely 1.0 litre beast in a colour crossed between yellow and green. My love for the Vauxhall Corsa continued as my second car which was an upgrade to the first and was a black Vauxhall Corsa 1.2 litre...although I don't recall the exact model, I do recall driving it around in my early twenties, arrrr we had some good times together! As I grew older and my career was progressing, I wanted a sports car...ideally, 2-seater, soft-top, something a little bit impractical for the time in my life when I could be as I had zero commitments. I've always had a great experience with Vauxhall cars, and I read plenty of reviews on what a great car it was....so I brought a Lightning Yellow Vauxhall VX220, an incredible car and one that I wish I still owned.
Earthy tones are great colours to wear in autumn as these hues are particularly easy to style and an alternative to grey or monochrome looks that have been so prevalent in most autumn/winter trend reports. You just need to look at the windows of the high-street fashion houses to find earth tones in almost all of their menswear looks. The earth palette is great worn as a single statement piece, like a classic tan overcoat or layered with neural tones to give a contrast of colours.
This weekend Emily Hartridge and I took a short 1 hour flight from London Heathrow to Belfast City in Northern Ireland to visit this incredible place - Galgorm Resort & Spa. The Galgorm Resort & Spa caters for a wide variety of events including weddings, special relaxing spa weekends away, country walks, epic scenery, an onsite 9-hole pitch & putt golf course and promises to have you rejuvenated and relaxed for when you return to normal life.
Leather jackets are not just a trend for AW16, they are a total classic that will get better with age and if you opt for a simple style such as a bomber or biker, it will never go out of fashion. I have a few leather jackets and they are worn daily, walking my dog, to meetings, out for dinner, even dates...especially dates. Putting on a leather jacket does make you feel immediately cooler than you really are and I like that feeling, who doesn't?
It is not everyday you get to work with Burton Menswear, so when I got the opportunity I jumped at it and boy am I glad I did because what a day it was! Burton wanted to create a fun, engaging and of course dapper, sartorial and fashionable PR, social and digital campaign focusing around their Christmas partywear collection. Five well dressed gents needed and that's where we came in...
One of my favourite looks this autumn/fall is combining neutrals and Reiss have the clothing to style this look perfectly. The look is centred around this neutral coloured over coat, which Reiss define as oatmeal, worn two ways in a traditional way or over the shoulders. Again from Reiss, I've worn this wool striped jumper and longline white tee underneath for comfort and to give extra layering. Finally I have gone for dark jeans to give to look some gradient transition paired with a pair of black brogues.