My Eyewear Style Edit

Accessorising an outfit has always been a way of adding extra personality and can be done perfectly by selecting a pair of stylish frames from David Clulow opticians. These incredible, tortoiseshell coloured eyewear are from Oliver Peoples latest collection and are extremely versatile. There are so many decisions that you need to make when choosing the perfect glasses for yourself and it can be very overwhelming. Different face shapes suit certain frame shapes, large frames, small frames, do they fit correctly on your nose etc are amongst some of the most common questions asked. Often it is good to bring a friend along when choosing the right glasses for you or of course you can always go into David Clulow opticians and discuss everything with one of their style experts.

The glasses style experts at David Clulow will be able to give you expert advise to make absolute sure that you choose the perfect pair or pairs. Personally when choosing glasses or sunglasses for that matter, I also look at my style of clothing and what palettes I like to wear most. Also when will I wear these glasses? For work, watching TV, going out or a utility pair? All these questions need to be answered. If I'm buying a pair for work, I would want a solid colour such a black frame which would work well with any coloured suit. Whereas, my indoors pair would have to be more flexible and light in weight. Finally a going-out pair would be where I choose something a bit more risky, a bit more stylish to stand out from the crowd.

This outfit of the day is focusing on mixing tan tones with black and therefore I've accessorised perfectly with my Oliver People glasses and Harrys of London tan sneakers. If you imagined this outfit with a pair of green or red framed glasses, I'm pretty sure it wouldn't work as well. So getting the right pair of glasses for your own personal style is something you should take time to get right. 

Recently I collaborated on a 'day in the life of' type video with David Clulow. So make sure you head over to their website (link below) to watch the video and read my full interview discussing eyewear and style.

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Photography by Ella H

*This post was created in collaboration with David Clulow*

Casual Sports Tailoring | Suits with Trainers

Casual tailoring is a type of men's style that seems to be more tolerated in terms of a style choice these days. Traditionally, I would turn my nose up at wearing a suit with trainers. Even wearing gym trainers with your suit when hitting the gym prior to work was a little too much of a fashion faux pas for my traditional sartorial sense of style. Well times are changing slightly and mixing casual clothing such as a t-shirt or trainers with formal suits is becoming quite mainstream with NEXT menswear running collections dedicated to the design or styling of 'modern tailoring' or 'sports tailoring' as you may also hear it referred to.

I personally don't see this style breaching the strict dress codes of some of the larger FTSE100 or 250 companies in the heart of London...by this I mean the big banks, insurance, accountants etc. Bigger companies tend to be less lenient on breaches to their dress code 'give an inch, take a mile' springs to mind. As a 36 year old man who prior to working in the fashion industry used to work in a corporate office, I loved to dress smart or formal. Not only do you feel a sense of power, a sense of style, a sense of tradition, it also is quite easy to dress formal as you are not having to think so much about high-street fashion. Wearing suits is very much about colour or pattern combinations, get this right and you'll look great regardless on the cut and cost of your suit.

However there is a place for this type of mixing casual with formal style and I'm seeing it appear more for going out, when a suit is too much yet a blazer is perfect. I'm seeing this style be very much a spring/summer look, where the design of the blazer is tapered and the trousers are either draw-string or tailored as cropped which allows for the wearer to opt for no socks and trainers or a more casual shoe choice. 

In my outfit choice of the day, I've styled my look based on what I'm doing throughout the day. During this day I had a few meetings dotted around London, so I was walking between them, jumping on an off trains as well as having a press event in the evening at one of London's coolest rooftop bars. Firstly and most importantly, I needed to wear my most luxurious, comfortable trainers (or sneakers). There was really only one brand that comes to mind and that is Harrys of London whose shoes and trainers are at the forefront of design and only use exceptional, luxurious materials. It's this level of comfort I needed when wearing no socks and doing a lot of walking on a day where the weather is in the mid 20's. These sneakers are handmade in Italy and part of their 'Mr Jones' collection, which are designed to look just as good with tailored trousers as well as a pair of jeans. The Mr Jones offers unrivalled comfort and practicality in the form of the Harrys of London new non-skid Vibram® Wave rubber sole. Being a warm day, I then wanted to wear a lightweight suit with a roomy t-shirt, it really was just a comfort choice. When walking around, I could just take off the blazer; put it back on and I'll still look smart, casual and stylish for my event in the evening.

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Photography by Ella H

Men's Stylish Eyewear by David Clulow & Oliver Peoples

Recently I teamed up with my favourite opticians and eyewear specialists David Clulow to bring you an insight into why eye-wear and eye-care are so important to me. I've been wearing glasses since I was about 10 years old and I still recall my first pair that I wore in primary school. Gold rimmed, rectangular in shape with squared edges and to add a touch of youth, on each arm there was a hologram of transformers (my favourite cartoon at the time)! 

Head over to David Clulow for my Full Interview discussing eyewear and style.

Glasses always have to be the finishing touch.
— Carl Thompson

For those of us who have grown up with glasses appreciate perfect eyesight much more than those who have known nothing other than 20/20 vision. Throughout my teenage years my eyesight deteriorated to around -4.75 in both eyes, which for those of you who can't grasp how bad that is. If you are walking past someone in the road, you wouldn't be able to recognise them until they were within a metre away from you whilst squinting profusely. Nowadays I realise much more about the importance of looking after my eyes and would love it if I could pass on some of my wisdom to anyone reading this. Technology has come on a long way and opticians tests are much more than just reading letters on a wall or reading small print of a book. David Clulow will use state of the art equipment to test the health of your eyes as well as the traditional eye test methods to work out the exact prescription for your eyes.

But what style, I mean are glasses actually stylish? Of course growing up with glasses you'll go through stages in which you love and hate them, that's natural. Our sense of style will change throughout secondary school, college, university and into our adult lifes as we experiment and find out who we are. I mean, I'm a completely different person to what I was at school and I think most people would say the same. For me, I had no choice but to wear glasses, especially at school when reading the blackboard but fast forward to the present day and now I choose to wear glasses not to mention I feel happier and more confident wearing them. Eyewear is incredibly stylish...it completes an outfit. There are so many amazing brands out there reinventing classic frame shapes, colours and styles such as my two personal favourites Oliver Peoples and Persol.

 

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Photography by Rebecca Spencer

*This post was created in collaboration with David Clulow*

Men's Outfit of the Week | SS17 Style Edit

When I'm heading off to the pub on a Sunday afternoon for a roast dinner, I like to go cool, comfortable and casual whilst still looking stylish. You never know who you are going to meet and first impressions are extremely important. Lightweight jackets are the focus for this outfit of the week as they are essential when dressing for spring. 

I love lightweight jackets that you can roll the sleeves up and this suede trucker jacket by Linea of House of Fraser is perfect. Navy is simple to style and almost any colour combination will work well paired together. What I've done in this outfit is layer a simple plain grey t-shirt, black jeans, black/khaki trainers and finally a black strap Timex watch.

It's simple, casual yet stylish...if you like it, you can shop the look below.

 

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Photography by Ella H

My Outfit of the Week | AW16 Casualwear

This weeks outfit of the week has an everyday edge about it using a grey, navy and black palette. In fact looking back at this look, I love ti so much, I think I'll be wearing it tonight when out in Clapham. This shoot was taken in the incredible and stylish Me London, perfect for the darkness and edginess of this look. This outfit may seem quite simple and not warm enough for winter time, but on most occasions when you get to the pub you unravel layers anyway.

This look has been styled from the bottom up, starting with the footwear. Recently I was introduced the the brand ohw Shoes from where I got these navy trainers from. Ohw's aim is simple - to bring a fresh approach to men’s footwear with contemporary and functional designs. The Deacon trainer from ohw is made from navy full grain leather and date palm suede details.

Although my toes hate me, I decided to wear the outfit with no socks and roll my Topman dark navy jeans up a couple of turns to showcase the trainers. I've then worn a black longline with curved hem t-shirt from Only & Sons and layered with my luxury grey bomber from Black Jamm's AW16 collection. Finally, I have accessorised with a pair of Persol specs which I got from David Clulow Opticians and a Seiko Prospex watch.

 

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Photography by Kylie Eyra

Camber Sands Beach Lookbook | In memory of those lost

It feels quite weird to be posting a Camber Sands shoot the day after so many fatalities on the beach where we did this photo shoot a week ago...so this post is dedicated to those who have lost their lives on British beaches this year, may you all rest in peace. It really does hammer home how fragile life is and how important it is to respect life as well as living life to it's fullest. You don't have to tell me twice...watch this space! 

It feels wrong to drag this post out too long so I'm just going to explain what I'm wearing and where I brought the clothes from.

Starting from the top, I'm wearing a pair of Ray Ban sunglasses purchased from David Clulow. The breathable lightweight light blue button-down shirt is perfect for these heat-wave temperatures we have been getting and it is of course from the one and only Hawkins & Shepherd. My watch is from the ultra slim collection from Rotary. White chinos trousers are ASOS and finally you have to try these grey slip-on pumps by Daniel Footwear which are currently in the sale down to £59.99.

 

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Photography & Videography by Rebecca Spencer

England's Beautiful Beaches - Camber Sands

We all have childhood memories of going to the beach. Growing up in Kent, I was lucky enough to be about an hour to most of England's south east beaches. I remember as a kid going to Whitstable beach eating cockles and ocean pinkies. Hastings was a favourite of mine because of the crazy golf course. Then there was Dymchurch where I recall spending all day in the amusement park. Camber Sands was also always one of my favourites, although there isn't too much to keep you entertained, it does have an incredible beach and sand dunes that you can roll down and play hide-n-seek in...ohhhh I wish I was young again!

With Summer officially ending the chances of getting a hot, cloud free day to head to the beach is going to get harder so on this sunny Monday morning Rebecca and I headed down to do this photoshoot. Camber Sands is approximately 1 hour and 45 minutes from London, so a little bit of a journey but well worth it. 

Camber Sands has a vast sandy beach and at low tide the water is so far out making the beach seem much larger. Lining the beach are some amazing picturesque sand dunes, a seemingly perfect place for the locals to grab their metal detectors and start searching for lost engagement rings and other lost personal treasures. Im guessing the local job market isn't that great. 

In this Camber Sands, outfit of the day I have kept things pretty simple with a pair of cropped skinny jeans with extreme rips in a light brown colour and white tee both from ASOS. As the jeans are cropped, they are perfect to be worn with a pair of white trainers or even flip-flops. These Adidas trainers in white and gold are from resole.co.uk my first point of call when I'm looking for some sneakers at a good price. To finish off the look I have accessorised with some Ray-Ban sunglasses that I got from the opticians and experts in eyewear David Clulow who have stores all over the UK and only offer the best designer frames. Finally, I'm a massive fan of watches that are slim and not too bulky and recently Rotary have designed their slimmest design ever which I managed to get my hands on. The design is classic with a white background and gold details and when you put it on it just moulds to your wrist. Being ultra slim in design you barely feel like you are wearing a watch.

 

 

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Photography by Rebecca Spencer