Outfit of the Day | Smart Tailoring

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For anyone looking to get into smart tailoring, take a look at the following combination that I'm currently enjoying. I was recently asked in an interview by Vuelio for my favourite go-to outfit and I instantly gravitated towards this. 

The flannel double breasted suit is from Suit Supply and I've had this in my locker for close to 4 years now. It's a flannel wool so has that nice texture to it. Close up you can see it's almost a marl sky blue, with some fleck which from a distance gives it that two tone look. 

It's double breasted but I like to wear it open. Because the jacket is reasonably short, almost like a peacoat, and the fabric is light it drapes well open. When it's closed it's a 2x6 construction and I have the sleeves cut to a modern length so the cuffs can pull through. 

The shirt is one of my own, a Hawkins & Shepherd Blue Stripe Luxury Shirt made from 100%c Soyella Duecento cotton. The cuffs you can see are mitred which gives it a little extra. I love how the blues marry between the shirt and the suit jacket. 

I've kept the pattern on the tie simple so not to interrupt the visuals. A Deep silk navy polka dot tie done in a four in hand. 

It's a look that you can pull off in client meetings, event dinners or even on first dates. I wouldn't personally wear it on a first date as it looks more business than smart casual. Depending on the setting of course. 

I've also modernised the look by wearing ankle socks. This shows off the tailoring of the trouser and breaks up the darkness. You could even where light or stone coloured khakis with this double breasted jacket for a nautical look. I once toyed with the idea of changing the buttons over to brass, but never got round to it. 

Someday maybe. 

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Outfit of the Day | My Signature Autumnal Style

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What is your go-to Autumn outfit? If you're looking down the road once we pass the summer heatwave for some Autumn menswear ideas then here is my signature look. 

The 'blogger approved' key to layering articles will be hitting your feeds very shortly. I'm looking to get out in front with this look. 

First it's the Hawkins & Shepherd Camel Cashmere coat, currently half price on the website. This coat has been a staple piece in my Autumn wardrobe for the past three years. It's interchangeable, it's light and it's perfect for those slightly chilly months on the run up to Winter. 

Underneath I'm rocking a faded denim shirt by Zara. This brings out a wonderful contrast, not only colour but in texture. The shirt has the worn in look, whilst the coat looks brand new (although it's three years old).

The Autumn look has to have something earthy, something honest. The black Superdry jeans and tee, are fairly run of the mill but keeps the look clean. 

I do have distressed jeans, knee blow outs and honeycomb stacks, but that would have been too much of a clash, I didn't want anything to break the lines of this aesthetic. It may look simple, but it's a classy look. 

Take a look at the watch. It's a Rotary GMT Henley with the red/blue Pepsi Cola bezel. The chain strap gives it the verisimilitude of a dress watch, which upgrades the entire look. Same with the Ray-Bans. 

Let me finish by waxing lyrical about these Dr Martens. Don't they look supreme? They are the Cherry Red Vegan 1460's Boot and unlike most men’s boots, don't need to be worn in. Normally I like to hire one of my lackeys to break in my boots for me to save the blisters. (Only joking). 

They are currently available for £130 and I can't recommend them enough. The colour is tailor made for autumn wear and they bring a real classy yet street finish-vibe to my Autumn look. 



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11 Best Fashion Books You Need on Your Shelf

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Today I want to breeze through some of the fashion books that I've read in the past year. Some I use as reference books for blogs, others I use for design inspiration, some I just the like pictures ok? 

I think these fashion books offer something for everyone and I'd love to get some recommendations from you in the comments below. 

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DRESSED TO KILL - JAMES BOND THE SUITED HERO 

The impact of the Bond films on popular culture is impossible to overestimate. (BTW if this is your cup of tea then I can recommend  my friend Pete Brooker's podcast From Tailors With Love where he dedicates an entire 30 minutes every week to the style of James Bond). 

Dressed to Kill follows the sartorial transformations from the 1960s chic of the Nehru-collared jacket in Dr No to the classic Italian tailoring by Brioni in Goldeneye. 

Dressed to Kill is available on AMAZON: 25 GBP

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FASHIONPEDIA 

The visual dictionary of fashion design. This is very much a reference book for me that I must turn to at least 2-3 times a week. It has everything from flat designs, collar types to the anatomy of a mans dress watch. 

From the Fashionary Website: 49 USD (I purchased mine in the Saatchi Gallery).

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ICONS of MEN'S STYLE - JOSH SIMS

I probably started my modest collection with this beautiful book a few years ago. Again this is a great reference guide for me. Behind nearly every item in the modern male wardrobe is a 'first of its kind' - the definitive example., often designed by a single company or brand for specialist use, from which all subsequent versions have evolved (and originals of which are now collected in the booming vintage market). 

Icons of Men's Style: Available from Waterstones for 10 GBP 

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FASHION IN FILM - CHRISTOPHER LAVERTY 

Christopher Laverty is a costume and fashion writer and consultant. Fashion in Film celebrates the contributions of fashion designers to cinema, exploring key garments, what they mean in context of the narrative, and why they are so memorable. Be sure to check out Christopher's blog

Clothes on Film is available through his publisher Laurence King: 30 GBP

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HOUSE OF NUTTER: LANCE RICHARDSON 

House of Nutter tells the story of two gay men who influenced some of the most iconic styles and pop images of the twentieth century. A fascinating read and wonder through 60's, 70's menswear. Anyone who loved Rocketman and is interested in the suits Elton John wore would definitely be interested in this book. Tommy Nutter also designed the clothes worn by 3 of The Beatles on the cover of the Abbey Road album. 

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A HISTORY OF FASHION - J.ANDERSON BLACK & MADGE GARLAND 

This is a real comprehensive view on the subject of fashion. Maybe you'd struggle to take this on your summer hols, it's quite hefty. However, it's a glossy treasure-house of information. I was lucky enough to pick this up in a charity store. Sadly I've not managed to find one online. 

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THE KING OF CARNABY STREET - THE LIFE OF JOHN STEPHEN - JEREMY REED

John Stephen first came to London in 1952 at just eighteen years old, but his expertise and unerring eye for cut and detail propelled him to the front of the fashion brigade. You'll find his blue plaque on the fringe of Carnaby Street. 

Available from Waterstones for 20 GBP

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BOUTIQUE LONDON: A HISTORY: KING'S ROAD to CARNABY STREET - RICHARD LESTER 

To any style conscious Londoner in the sixties just two places mattered: the King's Road and Carnaby Street. By the end of the decade the whole world came to be seen, to take part in the theatre that played out of the new boutiques and onto the street. 

This book is beautiful, wonderful images and really captures the essence of the time. 

By this used on Amazon right now for 15 GBP 

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MAKING THE CUT: RICHARD ANDERSON 

Master cutter Richard Anderson has worked on Savile Row for over 35 years. He started his career at the age of seventeen as an apprentice at Huntsman. In 2001 he co-founded his own Savile Row company, Richard Anderson LTD, with Brian Lishak. 

I learnt a lot from Richard in this book and its beautifully presented. 

Available through Thames and Hudson for 30 GBP

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SAVILE ROW - THE MASTER TAILORS OF SAVILE ROW 

James Sherwood is currently working with Henry Poole I noticed. He did a book with Turnbull and Asser and it's hard to believe that this book is nearly 10 years old. It's the real almanac for Savile Row tailors and it's elite and lustrous history. 

Available on Amazon for 30 GBP. More information on James Sherwood can be found on his website

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THE WORLD'S MOST INFLUENTIAL FASHION DESIGNERS - NOEL PALOMO-LOVINSKI 

Another great reference book for the history of inspiration. Each of the 50 designers is analyzed according to his or her most significant contributions to the dialogue of fashion. There is a special emphasis on who and what influenced each designer, as well as how the designer has inspired others, thereby revealing connections that have helped to shape the history of fashion. 

Buy used from AMAZON for 2 GBP 

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What to Wear at Ascot | My Men's Style Recommendations

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With Ascot upon us (June 18th - June 22nd) now’s the time to start thinking whether you're appropriately dressed. Don't leave it until the last minute to see if those ill-fitting dark blue chinos with the spaghetti sauce stain will be eligible for entree at the Queen Anne's Enclosure. (They're not by the way). 

So you know there are certain restrictions if you've purchased tickets for the enclosures and they can be found on the Royal Ascot website.  

One thing that is forbidden in all enclosures is the allowance of fancy dress, novelty and branded or promotional clothing. 

What SHOULD I wear to Ascot? I hear you cry. 

The thing with Ascot, is that you'll feel immediately under dressed if you don't make something of an effort. It's quite different to feeling under dressed at a black tie event. Under dressing for black tie is disrespectful. Under dressing for Ascot just shows lack of imagination. 

My advice? Retire your old race day suit, or relegate to the christening suit. No one cares about christenings or what people chose to wear to them. 

NEW SHIRT TIME

I'm going to offer up the Hawkins & Shepherd Blue Soyella Duecento Shirt. It's from my latest Luxury Collection and is hand crafted using the finest cotton fabric in the world. 

The Slim Fit shirt is our best fitting shirt, for that more tailored touch.  The fit is typically slimmer through the chest, waist and hip. The collar lining is medium-soft, so you won't feel like you're on your way to a board meeting. Although you'll look impeccable and nothing can truly beat the feel of a new shirt. 

The shirt is handmade using the finest Alumo Swiss fabrics, replete with mother of pearl buttons and finished with a double button mitred cuff. If you're a shirt enthusiast then I also offer a subscription service that will entitle you to a discount.  

NEW SUIT TIME

As regular readers of my blog know I'm a huge lover of Reiss. I'd love to have my shirts in the same conversations as some of their suits and here are some of the ones I imagine would work well with the Hawkins & Shepherd Blue Soyella Duecento Shirt. 

The Reiss Grove Single Breasted suit. One of the things I love about this suit is the texture leaps out at you. You can purchase this suit and make both the trousers and the blazer interchangeable with other garments. The slim fit wool-blend suit costs 275 GBP and has a modern feel, short in length, suppressed waist, only with slightly wider lapels than a modern fit would forgive. 

The jacket costs 275 GBP whilst the matching flat front trousers costs 135 GBP. 

WHY DON'T I BUY THE REISS SHIRT ALSO?

Sure, you have the option there for you. As well as purchasing the Leicester monk strap toe caps that Reiss also recommends. However, I'm always in favour of people mixing and matching, rather than simply shopping the mannequin. A bit like when your Aunty buys you the tie and matching pocket square. Never let anyone dictate your wardrobe to you, accept me of course. 

 

Style Icons Who Have Nailed it in Their 40's

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Yes I'm coming for you 40's. Though I'll forever have one foot in my 20's. I'm in the embers of my youth as Frank would say, but have never felt better. I'm in better shape now than I've ever been and currently writing this under a palm tree in Whitsundays, killing an hour before I head out chase down the sunset on my paddle board. Life is good. 

Before I do I wanted to highlight the style icons in their 40's that I admire. I'll do a series of these overtime as the generation thing, how people dress as they go through the gears of life fascinates me. 

DAVID BECKHAM 

David Beckham is the gift that keeps on giving for influencers and bloggers. Annotating his different outfits can certainly kill a slow news day in fashion. He's a wonderful ambassador cum-co-owner for Kent & Curwen, a British heritage brand with now a flagship store in Covent Garden. 

He traverses the line of style and statement effortlessly. Wearing some beautifully pared down pieces that will get anyone noticed without screaming 'look at me'. Exactly the line a man in his 40's needs to know. 

CHRISTIAN BALE 

Readers of my blog might have guessed that one was coming. I love Christians red carpet game more than his casual out-of-office style. Which is about as non-descript as it gets but hey-ho. Lots of cargo pants and non-logo denim shirts from what I've seen in the press.

He is obviously on good terms with Brioni however because Christian's always immaculately turned out at black tie events. His Brioni tuxedos are styled with black silk shirts and matching black ties to emphasise his mysterious quality. 

He is after all Bruce Wayne still in my eyes. He is an enigma of an actor taking on crazy roles for independent movies like The Machinist. That film was bananas. 

JUDE LAW

The thing I love about Jude Law is that he has a natural eye for a decent casual game. He has a very English style, loves his braces and his Donegal tweed. Well before he took on the role of Watson in Sherlock Holmes. 

He is a big proponent of wide brim hats are Brooklyn-esque beanies. I've read online that his style varies from Topman to Hackett London. As a resident Londoner it's no surprise that he's an indigenous shopper. 

DERMOT O'LEARY 

He has an awesome line of aftershave does Dermot, be sure to check out my blog reviewing his fragrances exclusive to M&S. He's regularly touted as being one of the UK's best dressed style icons in their 40's 

He has had some turbulence in the fashion industry. Investing and apparently losing £70k in former Savile Row tailor Spencer Hart. 

Dermot has a very unfussy style, fan of roll necks and a modern look. His lapels often suitably narrow, nipped in at the waist with a slight flair in the skirt. Very Doug Hayward of the late 70's. 

SADIQ KHAN 

If it's ever been possible to completely dislocate ones feelings of a person; their political agenda from their personal style, Sadiq Khan is that man. 

Seemingly out-of-office during the Climate protests. Knife crime at a record high. Cross Rail not delivered and the infrastructure for transportation has been somewhat wanting in London of late. All of which I can't hold Sadiq personally accountable for, but I just don't know what the man is doing other than looking swathe in his blue suits. 

He makes off the peg Zara (reportedly his go-to) look like tailor made costumiers. Sadiq dresses perfectly for a man in his late forties. His height is also a factor. He has a diminutive body (carriage) so low rise trousers work well.

High rise with inverted pleats would distort his frame. His shirts fit snug but not sprayed on. Never a tie so I think he wants to relate to the man on the street. He looks like he's about to roll his sleeves up and get stuck in. If only he would.  

 

 

Introducing the Luxury Shirt Collection by Hawkins & Shepherd

Today I'm very excited to announce the launch of The Luxury Collection by Hawkins & Shepherd. It's been in the pipeline now for a long time. This collection of luxury shirts uses the finest fabrics in the world and the highest level of handmade shirt tailoring.

Within the collection I have two different kinds of luxury shirts; the Cashmerello shirt which is a luxurious blend of 15% Cashmere and 85% two fold 120's Swiss Cotton and the Soyella Duecento shirt which are a Two-ply 2/200 fabric.

Tell me what makes these shirts luxury?

Mens shirts have become something of an obsession for me. I have to have the best quality, the best fabric, the best cut. The finish on these London shirts are just beautiful. Look at the stitching on the collar, it's as close to the edge as you can get which denotes the quality.

Now look at the stitching on the collar of a Charles Tyrwhitt shirt. You can immediately see how safe the stitching is because they've brought the finish in at least 10ml from the collar edge.

Please note this is not an attack on Charles Tyrwhitt shirts. From online reviews they provide adequate shirts at an accessible price. I'm merely attempting to clarify and distinguish what makes my shirts superior and where the extra money is being spent.

The cuffs on both shirts are double buttoned only the Cashmerello shirt comes with curve edges, whilst the Soyella Duecento shirt features cut edges. Both are adorned with mother of pearl buttons.

For what occasions can I wear these luxury shirts? 

These are not dress shirts, the colours are not conducive to black tie events. Unless you buy them in white of course. However, men’s formal shirts are not quite as formal as they once were. With the advent of casual Friday and the up rise of men working from home, men are no longer restricted to wearing white shirts to the office. 

Luxury shirts brands such as Hawes and Curtis, Thomas Pink and Turnbull & Asser have also cottoned on to this (pardon the pun) with their recent capsules introducing dress-down collections. 

I'd recommend these UK shirts for most formal events. If you're looking to make a statement and want to feel confident when walking into a room. 

OUR BEST FIT | Marks & Spencer release their new denim campaign

Today I'm going to showcase the new denim campaign from Marks and Spencer which celebrates their 'best ever fit' across menswear and womenswear. 

The big news is that Marks and Spencer have streamlined their denim collection to four fits. Skinny, Slim, Straight and Regular. It feels like Gordon Ramsey has done a Hell's Kitchen make-over and stripped everything superfluous off the menu, leaving just the signature dishes. 

Outfit 1 - Indigo Skinny Denim Jeans:

So here we go, starting with outfit one. I'm wearing a pair of the Skinny-fit stretch jeans for a remarkable £22.50. It has a little bit of elastane in the cotton so doesn't feel constricting like some skinny fit jeans can. 

The jacket is pure cotton and sits well with earthy tones, like the indigo jeans and brown boots. The notches are high on the lapel which gives it a work-wear vibe. I love the tortoiseshell buttons, a nice accoutrement. Only £65. 

The Oxford Shirt is 100% cotton and is cut narrow through the shoulder and slightly suppressed through the waist. It has a button down collar and is priced at £19.50. 

The Chelsea Boots are probably my favourite piece of the ensemble. Available in brown or chestnut, (I've gone for brown) it really completes the look and smartens everything up. Available for £79. 

TOTAL price: £186 

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Outfit 2 - Light Blue Skinny Denim Jeans:

This second look is an even more casual affair. You won't often see me in light denim but I wanted to shake things up a bit and experiment. 

This is the Light Denim in the same cut. A skinny fit stretch jean in a 32" that will get more mileage in the summer I'm sure. 

They pair really well with these super-sleek white lace up trainers. It's a fresh look, it's upbeat and the price is remarkable at £35. 

You noticed how I paired the white sneakers with the white shirt? That wasn't accident folks. This is a Grandad collar shirt, the fabric is lightweight and the sleeves are long. However, it's more suited for the Spring and I often rolled my sleeves so it works perfect for me. 

I've finished the look with another cotton tailored fitted jacket (although not in this picture). The blue-on-blue, partitioned with the white shirt and white trainers is a very fresh look and brightens up the Instagram feed. Available for £65. 

TOTAL price: £140.25 

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Overall thoughts 

Very accessible price points. A good touch stone for people looking to get into smartening up their wardrobe. Arguably a little safe, but this is M&S not Gucci. For the price and the quality I think Marks & Spencer still offer great value. 

The items are all fairly neutral in tone so can be interchangeable. 

*Includes paid partnership in collaboration with Marks & Spencer.

 

King & Tuckfield and Richard Biedul Reunite for SS19

King & Tuckfield and the statuesque Richard Biedul have joined forces again for a second collaboration. This much anticipated SS19 collection has only feathered the nest of affection I have for both Richard and King & Tuckfield, spearheaded by the irrepressible Stacey Wood. 

This latest collection has drawn inspiration from vintage postcards of weather worn British seafronts and has imbued a sophisticated yet playful collection of summer essentials, in a warm and uplifting colour palette. 

The collection offers an oblique rejuvenation into the deck chair stripe and a return of the high rise single reverse pleat denim trousers with exaggerated flared trousers that beautifully characterises the flamboyance of the brand, and the versatility of Richard. (I'd love to pull off a look like that). 

I was also privy to some of the mood boards into how the collection was annotated. What became clear to me instantly, was the domineering essence of vintage nostalgia. From the 60s-Era Porsche 911 Targa, to the wistful echoes of a British Summer along the Yorkshire Coast. 

King & Tuckfield modern elegance nods respectfully at a young 1950's gentleman, appreciative of the detail and craftsmanship of that era an antidote to today's throwaway culture. 

The brands signature materials palette of quality denim, merino and twill is accented with playful deck stirpes and vintage textured suits. King & Tuckfield continue to focus strongly on sustainable, ethical and responsible manufacture, incorporating quality denim, merino and even reworking classic deckchair fabrics from the 1950's. 

You can also be a apart of the King & Tuckfield journey as they are looking to crowdfund capital to take the brand to the next level. Check out their Crowdcube campaign here. 

As a side note I also enjoyed listening to Stacey Wood talk to my friend Peter Brooker over on the Menswear Style podcast about how the brand got started and her working relationship with Richard. 

This limited edition 8 piece capsule will be (in part) available for pre-order at www.kingandtuckfield.com from November, and from selected stores including Liberty and Fenwicks from early 2019.

Please note that the full King & Tuckfield SS19 collection is available to view by appointment at their showroom (92-96 De Beauvoir Block, De Beauvoir Road, N1 4EN). 

Clothes for the Grey Moods | Men's Style Edit

I received such blandishments on a recent Instagram post that I felt it would be remiss of me not to write a line or two about it. 

A good friend of mine Darren Branch recently and astutely recognised that my Instagram page has been ladled with a palpable greyness. That's partly because it's turned so bitterly cold and bleak out there. 

This outfit though I'm particularly pleased with as it engenders and reflects a certain melancholy that comes with the change of season. 

The Peacoat is a perfect coat for winter by French Connection, and I've written extensively about the Deluxe Pile Coat on my blog.  It's double breasted but because it's a peacoat and not a trench or overcoat, you can wear it open and it doesn't lose its shape. 

I've teamed that with a simple medium-weight cotton button down shirt underneath; quite figure hugging, as is the black stretch denim jeans from Topman that I've double-cuffed at the bottom. 

The lace up brogue boot from Goodwin Smith is the real show pony of the ensemble. This Sherwood Men's Leather Brogue Boot is more formal than the brown pair I own. I paired those with the cashmere overcoat you can find in a previous style edit

Finish off the look with some on-trend Serge Denimes jewellery. 

These shots were taken by the wonderful Sophie Milner, who is just a delight to work with and not only manages to capture my outfit, but captures my mood also. 

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The Large Lapel Black Men's Overcoat | Men's Style Edit

I going to elaborate further on this exquisite French Connection Deluxe Pile Coat as it's drawn a lot of attention on my Instagram feed. Firstly, it's a double breasted wool-blend with a heavily textured look. A lot of bloggers and sartorialists will tell you never to wear a double breasted open, which is true for suit jackets and long coats as they will lose their shape under the unevenness of the fabric. 

However, this is more peacoat in size and I can wear it open because we live in a free society and you're not the boss of me. Sorry, I'm feeling uncharacteristically defensive today.  

Secondly, it's super luxurious and the fabric has a gorgeous supple quality to it. It's a loose, non-constricting fit and the large collars really draw focus to the face. 'Vanity, always my favourite sin' - Al Pacino. The Devil's Advocate. (By the way my predictive text wanted me to say The Devil's Avocado which I thinks sounds like a much more interesting film). 

In a rich grey hue the coat promises versatility, providing the perfect finishing touch to your winter wardrobe. I have paired this with mutual dark colours to emphasise the broodiness, yet styled with white sneakers brings a little contrast to the ensemble. 

This French Connection Deluxe Pile Coat is currently on offer through the French Connection website, reduced from £250 to £200. Only available in Black. 

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Wearing Khaki White & Black | Men's Style Edit

Yesterday I was staying over at the girl I'm seeing's house with the heating on and a duvet watching Netflix, yet today I've been sweltering at home with all of the doors and windows open. Those weather contrasts are typical of this time of year and therefore your style has to match this diversity. T-shirts and shorts need to be in your wardrobe next to knitwear and jackets. 

A look that I'm really enjoying wearing right now is a plain t-shirt layered with a shirt and khaki/black/white is a great combination of colours for this 3 piece casual outfit. My khaki shirt was purchased from ASOS as well as the black jeans and white t-shirt. The mid-top white canvas trainers are from Superga, where you can design your own artwork and the in-house artist will paint your design onto your trainers for a small fee. My accessories are plentiful with EMOM sunglasses, a watch from Esprit, rings from Serge Denim, bracelets from Gentlemens Chuckaboo and pendant chains from Alex Orso.

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Men's Cream Bomber Jacket | Men's Style Edit

This week I've taken my own advice and spring cleaned my life, winter coats have been either packed away or taken to the charity shop. This cleanse was immediately followed by a heightened need to fill those newly free coat hangers. Winter coats are perfectly replaced by lightweight bomber jackets in every colour for the spring/summer season. 

Since I've already got a navy, grey, black and green bomber jacket the next logical choice was something a little lighter such as this cream one from ASOS. I've styled this men's style edit look casually with a pair of dark navy jeans, black trainers and a plain white t-shirt, all brought online via ASOS.

 

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Yellow Tinted Sunglasses | The Latest Men's Summer Trend | Men's Style Edit

If you wasn't sunning it up at the most Instagrammable festival this week, aka Coachella in Palm Springs, California then you were probably getting royally pissed off with everyone that was. In all honesty I have no clue what bands played or if it was genuinely any good. All I know is that it's quite stylish and there seems to be a big wheel in the middle of it that's in the background of everyone's photos. 

What I did get out of all the 100's of instagram photos that I liked is confirmation on something that I've known for a while - yellow tinted sunglasses are this years festival trend. Actually let me rewind, this is not just a festival trend but one that will span men's, women's and unisex accessories this summer.

The yellow tinted sunglasses that I'm wearing in this men's style edit are from Gucci. Navy and yellow always work well together so I've gone with this colour theme for this look. My navy essentials t-shirt is from Zara and the layered navy striped shirt is from Reiss. My jeans are from ASOS, shoes from Goodwin Smith and finally watch from Rotary.

 

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Everyday Dressing | Men's Style Edit

If you've been keeping up with my Instagram, you'll have realised that I've been in the Philippines over the last week wearing linen shirts, cotton shorts and t-shirts. Whilst everyone staying in the UK has been 'embracing' the snow in minus 8 degree temperatures wearing all the layers with the chunkiest knitwear and coats. Somewhere in between you'll find the mean of these two extremes, which is your everyday outfit. Simple colours and single layers are perfect for wearing indoors as well as out for average daily weather.

For me the ultimate everyday men's style is dark colours, so you can wear them more than once without them looking completely grimy. Layered simply with a jumper, bomber jacket or my favourite jacket style, the biker jacket in leather or suede. You can then accessorise to keep things fresh with glasses, sunglasses, rings, pendents, different kinds of footwear such as black or white trainers or even a dark pair of Chelsea boots would work great.

For this look I've been shopping mainly at ASOS, buying the grey suede biker jacket, t-shirt and black jeans. If you love the complete look, you can shop it below.

 

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How to Layer Clothes | Men's Style & Fashion | London Street Style

One of the main questions I get asked throughout my social media accounts is how to layer clothes, why is layering so important in men's fashion and what the hell is layering season? So in this post I'm going to address all of these questions as well as showing you an example of layering knitwear, a blazer and overcoat in my own style. 

Layering season is referred to when changeable weather conditions exist and therefore you may be required to add layers to keep warm or remove layers to cool off. Typically the layering seasons are Spring and Autumn when you can get sun, rain, warm and cold weather all in one single day. Layering can also be used in Winter as an efficient way to keep warm and if you're a snowboarder or skier you'll be familiar with adding layers to keep warm.

Layering your clothes is not only an efficient way of keeping warm, it also gives you styling options and looks great. My main tip for layering clothes in men's clothing is to keep the colour palette simple by choosing one single colour to be your main focus. In my style example, I've chosen a nude camel colour to be the main focus so out of the 3 items of clothing I've styled 2 of those items this colour. If I had worn a camel roll-neck, I would have layered with a different colour blazer and the camel coat. Try to avoid layering too many different colours of clothes as it can get more complicated to get it right and you're adding more chance of getting colours clashing. 

In this style edit, I'm layering a maroon knitted roll-neck jumper from Burton with a camel tweed blazer from Moss Bros and the final layer is a 100% cashmere camel coat from Hawkins & Shepherd. The rest of the outfit comprises of black jeans from Superdry, black shoes from John White Shoes, sunglasses from Taylor Morris Eyewear and finally a slimline leather briefcase from Launer London.

 

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8 Killer Men's Winter Fashion Trends

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They say that fashion fades, but style is eternal. Even though the adage is true, there is no wardrobe that is complete without a few classics. It is still okay to snap a few cool pieces that make you stand out, but you still need an array of different collections to match different occasions. The winter season is a great time to layer and try a variety of new styles and trends. Here are some fashion trends to try this winter:

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Tactile Fabrics

This style makes one look good by how they feel. Call it the dress code for getting in touch with your feelings. This trend is composed of tactile winter fabrics like the herringbone and the corduroy, alongside a shearling and staple velvet for a party season. This dressing style will make you feel warm, cozy and people will love looking at you.

How to dress

You can dress in a corduroy suit, a trouser, and a fuller silhouette. If this style is a too mild, try to add a few textured items to your outfit and add some color to the dress code.

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Moss Green

It is common to see most mean retreating into dark clothes when winter comes. Men often stay away from a bright colour palette during the winter months. Instead of wearing bright colours, try taking on darker shades of your summer dressing attire, like moss green. The hue is easy to wear and it gives you a little colour that it is not too bright.

How to dress

Men easily underestimate how good dark green colours work well in dressing. Green breaks down the navy, black and grey trends that men are used to. It speaks volumes about courage and dressing in daring colours. If you pair black with moss green, it looks smarter and more appealing.

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Winter Whites

Winter white dressing is an elusive trend among men; only a few men dare to try it. Instead of thinking pure white colours, think off-white, cream and ecru. It is definitely not a trend when you are going for a picnic lunch, but it is a stylish look if you want to stand out.

How to dress

In the summertime, you want to dress in sharp, light and crisp optic white. But for winter, you should look out for soft and warm handle fabrics. You should think of boiled overcoats, brushed and corduroy trousers or soft moleskin, roll necks and cashmere crew.

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Statement Knitwear

In fashion, each trend is normally followed by its opposite. For instance, since men relied on stripped-back Scandi as a dressing guide, things are getting out of hand again. To be an adopter of men's dressing, stand out in your top half. For starters, knitwear begins with unsubtle patterns and logos.

How to dress

The most important thing is to choose a print that is in a texture that can mute it a little. A well-knitted cotton or pattern on wool feels much better than having some design on a material like satin.

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Nostalgia

Anyone who remembers the 1990’s remembers the rise of the denim and tracksuits. Those years are now considered nostalgic years. Some trends will last more than a season like the sportswear movement. The good thing about it is that one can rock the outfits at any given time.

How to wear

It is fine to wear matching tracksuits that are bright in colour, add some cross body handbags and a touch of retro sneakers. You can also dress in a tracksuit from head to toe. Remember to balance the pieces out with a roll neck or an overcoat to look more fashionable.

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Coloured Tailoring

To change the mood of any event, colour has transcended to clothes. We are not suggesting dressing up like a clown, instead, simply explore different shades of clothing outside the traditional black, navy and grey. For example try camel, teal, powder blue and taupe. This is the easiest way to separate yourself from common coloured clothes.

How to dress

Men have a particular norm of dressing in few colours, and the additional range of new colours adds an interesting taste to the traditional shades. Autumn hues look good for any person. You can try fitting a burgundy suit with a crew neck t-shirt or a roll neck that is slim fit. Colours also blend well with texture. You can try a knitted tie with a coloured suit and a white shirt, or a blue or rust corduroy to look formal.

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Printed silk shirts

One of the least talked about attire for men is the silk shirt. Most men don’t like trying out printed silk shirts because it is outside of the comfort zone of men. But once you start going to parties, you will love the silk shirts.

How to dress

If you are trying out the printed silk shirt for the first time, dress in neutral attire to stand out. But if you are already comfortable with the style of dressing, go all out and mix the patterned silk with other patterns.

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Oversized

During this Winter season, dressing in relaxed-leg trousers, coats that resemble cocoons, inflated knitwear can be a perfect outfit choice.

How to dress

In case you want to get big proportions and you are unsure about looking good, go for sober colours. When you go shopping, start from the outerwear. Invest in a rain mac that is long which will look really big, but it will keep you dry and warm in the cold season.

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Abby Drexler is a contributing writer and media specialist for Oak Hall. She regularly produces content for a variety of men and women’s fashion and lifestyle blogs.

Why It's Time for a Life & Body Detox

My life 'Online' is great. Just head over to my Instagram account and you'll see that for yourself, but is it really that great in 'real life'? If you peel back those Instagram filters and Photoshop layers you'll uncover the truth. Just a normal guy who experiences the same highs and lows as everyone else, battling through life. Trying to be successful in work, experiencing different cultures through travel, searching for 'the one', trying to find time for friends and family whilst forever thinking what the fuck am I doing with my life?

This weekend started on a Thursday for me, as I was an usher at one of my friends wedding which was taking place on Friday. Being freelance taking time off work is always quite stressful as you have no holiday pay, no sick pay and no pay in general if you don't put in the effort and hours. Right now I'm working so hard creating content and have a variety of different collaborations of which are focused on creating advertorial and editorial content for the brands. Interesting but time-consuming. Having a few days off work made me think about the blogging industry in general, is it really worth all the work for the reward and why I continue to do it? 

5 years ago I left a very successful career in IT working for a privately owned commodities trading house where I was the global head of networks, network security and voice communications. A role that took me around the globe, from DR Congo in Central Africa to the bright lights of Singapore in Asia and everywhere in-between. If only I knew what a travel blogger was back then! I left this career to pursue a better work/life balance, something that, looking back over the last 5 years I've yet to achieve and although blogging isn't the most challenging in terms of intellect it is extremely challenging creatively and mentally. I now work from home 7 days a week from 7.30am to about 10pm most days, if not later. 

The blogging industry is an odd one, it's relatively new in terms of a career and most of the time it is very individual, a bunch of very ambitious, competitive people all contesting in a saturated market place. I've been creating content on my blog since 2014 and built it from a handful of page views to one that now competes with some of the biggest men's lifestyle publications in the UK. I'm really proud of where I've got in this new workspace, but I'm also immensely proud for each and every single men's or women's blogger out there. The very early adopters of the blogging life deserve so much credit, they were the visionaries of what created the industry that many of us work in today. Then you have the remarkable creative bloggers who have refined blogging with their professionalism and exceptional content. This selection of people are the ones who have elevated blogging into editorial content creation, a segment of this industry that is arguably the most cost effective and desirable for brands. Finally you have the late-adopters trying to make it, who are incredible; their desire and ambition keeps us all on our toes. The way we consume data has changed year on year and is going to continue to evolve over time, so who knows where we'll all be in 5 or 10 years time. Each and every blogger deserves credit as you've seen a gap in the market and capitalised on it.

This year I've been working really long hours creating content for men's lifestyle brands as I feel things have really taken off with not only my blogging but my business too and I need to capitalise on the good times. My business is London shirt makers Hawkins & Shepherd and I'm currently in the final stages of creating a new collection of 'Country Shirts' perfect to wear with a tweed jacket and in the early stages of designing a new premium Made-in-Britain range of shirts. It is all taking it's toll on my work life balance as right now there is very little 'life' going on as it is all 'work'. Even events which seem great on Instagram Stories are actually considered as 'work'. 

At 37 and what seems like a great life, I've been successful in my career, I've started a year-on-year growing business and have capitalised on a new industry in blogging. I've met some incredible people, some intelligent people, some people that make me belly laugh for hours and some amazingly beautiful people. All that said I'm still single and spending the weekend at a wedding with incredible couples and families really hit home. Is work effecting my ability to find a girlfriend? Am I concentrating on work too much, that my life and what I desire in my future are being affected? Is work stopping me from seeing my friends and family? Why does work take up every spare hour of every day I have? And is this the reason why I can't seem to give even what 'on paper' is the perfect girl for me a chance? Am I going to be eternally single and 'Uncle Carl' to all of my friends kids? Work has taken over, fact. Which is why I've decided to take a life detox, that doesn't mean that I'm going to stop working - hell no! It just means that my priority's need to change slightly and I'm going to look at delegating more so that I can focus on life again. 

If I look back at my relationship history in the last 7 years, it's been pretty shocking on all accounts. Other than one relationship that we brought out the worst in each other I've only really had a few two months flings (I don't really know what the call them) as they had potential but went nowhere. But it's not only my love life that has taken a backseat due to work commitments but it is also my fitness. Today I felt normal again after a couple of days of insane drinking, so decided to do a boot camp class on Clapham Common with British Military Fitness. How have I got so unfit?! So it's also time for a body detox which I'm going to record my progress as of tomorrow for a couple of months and see how far I can transform in a relatively short timescale of 8 weeks.

 

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Photography by Sophie Milner

WINTER MORNING WALKS ALONG CHELSEA EMBANKMENT

This week for me has been one of those weeks to totally forget. Its been a time that if my brain had a format button it would have been pressed daily if not hourly! Who else has had one of the weeks or months? When I'm feeling down, upset, angry or stressed I find that getting up early and going for a walk helps set me up positively for the day ahead.

For me its good to get up early and do something with my mornings, either gym, British Military Fitness, walk my dog, do some writing...my mind is clear and hasn't yet been tainted with all life's stresses. I also find that I'm much more proactive and productive with the rest of my day.

This particular street style shoot was done along Chelsea Embankment one Sunday morning just after sun rise and I'm loving the soft lighting in these shots. What I'm wearing is very typical weekend, winter day wear - jeans, thick knitted jumper, casual blazer and a big scarf. Its comfortable, warm and versatile for many Sunday situations such was walks, pubs and even chilling on the sofa watching breaking bad (I'm now on Season 4!).

So the shoes which I wear like all the time are from River Island brought via ASOS.com and are somehow still in stock at only £60. Then the jeans are mid-wash blue semi skinny. My knitted jumper is from last seasons Allsaints collection, although in the shop the look below, I have added one that is very similar (but better...dammit!). The harris tweed casual blazer is via ASOS and finally so is the multi coloured scarf.

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Photo Credit Sophie Milner

DOUBLE DENIM & DOUBLE CAMEL

This season is the perfect time to try something different. As the sunlight is shorter therefore if you get it wrong, you can just hide in the shadows of darkness. For these reasons, I've attempted a double denim/double camel look for you. 

It seems like quite a while since I have done an outfit post, which is strange because I love autumn winter fashion. I have been buying more clothes than normal and naturally would want to show them off! 

There are a couple of men's clothing items that I'm seeing everywhere right now - online, on the high-street and designer showrooms. Those items are denim shirts and the camel overcoat so why not double them up and just see what happens! Making my double camel look complete, I have picked up a camel coloured bobble hat from ASOS, in fact all of the items I have used in this post are from ASOS, except the socks which are Hawkins & Shepherd.

Of course double denim is one of those subjects that can make most hardened stylist spill their skinny flat whites. In fact the other day whilst shopping, a guy in the queue behind me decided to comment on my style with "Oooooo double denim...bold" which was said not in a 'nailed it!' tone but in a 'you shouldn't have gone there' tone. Which made me think, although I'm a double denim addict, this actually isn't the norm - especially around Clapham. 

With DD, there is a couple of simple rules that I work on. The first is that the denim has to fit perfectly and secondly, do not match the same denim tones. So in this outfit-of-the-day what I have done is styled a dark wash denim with black washed skinny jeans.

Does the look work for you? I would love to hear your thoughts?

 

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Photo Credit Sophie Milner