Men's Dress Code at Henley Regatta | What to wear for Henley Regatta

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What makes Henley Regatta one of the best events in the Summer calendar? This year I was kindly invited to enjoy the frivolities of the festival on behalf of Bremont watches. 

It was my first year at the Henley Royal Regatta. Of course I had first gotten the rowing bug watching the likes of Steve Redgrave and Alex Gregory bring the Olympic Gold home for Great Britain. 

My long distance readers might also be familiar with the scene from The Social Network depicting the oddly brilliant Winklevoss race sequence, filmed here in Henley. 

I finally got to experience my first ever Henley Regatta. Cautious to meet the right dress criteria, I opted for my white Debenhams chino trousers with my stone peak-lapelled linen blend Reiss jacket and a Hawkins & Shepherd formal shirt

You'll find many navy and deckchair striped blazers at the event. Of course if you’re affiliated with a rowing club or rowing school, you’ll be able to wear your school/club blazer and tie.

I adhered to these trends by wearing a burgundy, grey chevron tie, with a pin stripe shirt. The burgundy really off-set the white colours and we were really fortunate with the weather.

The linen jacket was light enough to circulate the heat and of course my Bremont watch finished the all British look. (OK aside from my Tom Ford sunglasses, nearly all-British).  

It's worth noting one of the event sponsors Jeremy Hackett of Hackett London has a word on the dress code on the Henley Regatta site. If you're not attending the Stewards Enclosure there is no dress code, although one is encouraged to enter the spirit of the event with rowing apparel and striped attire

Elsewhere I was in esteemed company with the likes of David Evans from Grey Fox Blog. He looked an absolute picture in the paddock as they say, wearing a striped shirt from Budd Shirtmaker’s, a Navy New and Lingwood jacket and a straw panama from Laird Hatters. 

Influencer and model Alistair Guy plumbed for a blue pinstripe shirt from Eton Shirts. 





 

 

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. 

 

Celebs Bring Their A-Game to the Avengers Endgame Purple Carpet

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When you have ten hours at an airport to kill you can't help but fall down a few rabbit holes on the internet. With the Avengers And Game premiering in LA this week I got to see the whole thing unravel on Twitter, Instagram etc. I've developed a rather obscure fascination with celebrity style and red carpets these days. I've made some notes and might require some of your help to identify the tailors and brands. 

Anthony Mackie - Falcon

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Falcon! Anthony did his research alright. Look how cool he looks on the purple carpet with his purple knitted tie and purple check shirt. His 3 piece suit looks to have a dusting of purple in it, although the light and the carpet could be playing tricks on me. 

This is could be a Calvin Klein suit. He has been known to endorse Calvin Klein before for a shoot for Sharp Magazine. Although if I was a gambling man I'd guess this is a Brooks Brother suit. Similar to the BrooksCloud fit, deconstructed. 5 button waistcoat, bruschetta pocket and peak lapels. The fit is so good around the shoulders. Brooks Brothers also did the wardrobe for The Adjustment Bureau in which Anthony starred. 

Chris Evans - Captain America

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Cap is a big lover of Salvatore Ferragamo. He wore Ferragamo to the Oscars and arrived in China as part of the press tour for Avengers Endgame wearing an all red Ferragamo suit. 

For the premiere in Los Angeles Chris arrived dressed in a custom royal blue two-button notch suit with a slim-fit mint shirt and tie by Ferragamo. 

Chris Hemsworth 

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A real ballsy number this and not afraid to show off some silver jewellery also. Hemsworth wore a full paisley suit by Etro. The shirt is also just-off navy and his silk tie is a heavy midnight blue with still a touch of paisley print to it. 

This look required no pocket square as it would interrupt the flow of the pattern. Instead Chris has accessorised with some silver rings, a black bead bracelet and gold bezel watch. Probably by TAG Heuer as he is an ambassador. Thanks to GQ magazine for highlighting the brand. 

Robert Downey Jr - Iron Man 

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Jesus Christ talk about rabbit holes. Trying to find out who does Robert Downey Jr's suits is like swimming through custard. I gave up in the end so if anyone can help me out with that I'd love you for it. 

Robert wore a black and silver embellished 1 in 4 double breasted suit that screamed Gucci. I'm tempted to say Savile Row tailor Richard Anderson could have been the mind behind this as he's known for odd quirks in detail. Check out the jetted pocket on the right skirt, unmatched to the flap pocket on the right. 

The peak grosgrain lapels are wide enough for Sexton to raise an eyebrow, and the gold collar matches evenly with his signature eyewear. For my money he is trying too hard to stay hip with his suede ankle top biker boots. But what do I know. Bradley Cooper (right) shows him how it should be done. 

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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). 

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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Floral Shirts for Summer | Men's Style Edit

Google search 'floral shirts' or browse the SS18 menswear collections from all of the high-street powerhouses and you be inundated with floral print shirts signifying a trend this summer season. If you shop around as much as I do, you'll realise that some designs of the floral shirt are loud with bold prints and bolder colours - think of a floral shirt mating with a Hawaiian shirt. 

Personally I prefer floral shirts that are a little more subtle, such as this Reiss number. Two colours and a semi-simple print design. Easy to style with a pair of black or navy jeans or with shorts on your summer holiday.

In this men's style edit, I'm wearing the shirt from Reiss, t-shirt and jeans from ASOS, watch from Rotary, sunglasses from Taylor Morris and Chelsea boots from Goodwin Smith. 

 

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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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An insiders look | Pitti Uomo Autumn/Winter 2018

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Every six months, the menswear community travel to Florence to attend the best and most elegant menswear show: Pitti Uomo. It was the 93rd edition and a record 36,000 visitors mingled with over 1200 brands for the four day event.

My first trip to the show was in the summer of 2003 when I was the tailoring buyer for Ede & Ravenscroft. It was an incredible experience to see so many great brands. I particularly liked how the larger companies such as Hugo Boss and Canali could share a platform with smaller, artisan brands. The show is held in a medieval fort (The Fortezza de Bassa) but the spirit of the show captures the whole of the City. The streets and bars are alive with visitors from around the globe. No other trade show that I know of has such an effect. Of course, Florence is a beautiful place and no matter how many times I have visited, I am still impressed by the beauty of The Duomo that was the inspiration for Christopher Wren’s St Paul’s Cathedral.

Of course, one of the great pleasures of visiting Pitti, is the people-watching and social media has had a seismic effect on this practise. There were always a few photographers capturing street style but they were few in number and non-disruptive. They would approach you politely and ask your permission before taking your image. But then Scott Schuman and The Sartorialist changed everything! His street photography was so popular that some would spend a few days trying to be photographed…and the outfits became more and more extreme.

Pitti gives us menswear folk the opportunity to wear clothes that in the real world would gain attention…two-tone shoes, wide legged trousers, exaggerated lapels and ultra-short jackets are often the norm. So we have seen the birth of the “Pitti Peacocks”…men who visit the show with the main objective of being captured by one of the many street photographers, who no longer ask permission (who would decline?) and dress in the most extreme fashions. Bright coloured suits, pocket squares, hats, fancy shoes. I am not sure who these men are and what role they have in the industry but they are a constant fixture, fuelled by Instagram (The ‘peacocks social media of choice).

Pitti 93 seems to be a vintage year. My favourite stand was Corneliani who had an impressive display of wrap DB coats, chunky knits, relaxed trousers accessorised with luxury luggage and vintage sports cars. It was good to see a big brand put on a big show. Many pulled out in favour of private “invitation-only” affairs in Milan or Paris and I hope more return. Knitwear worn with tailoring was so ubiquitous, it feels wrong to call it a trend. The fashion for over-shirts is continuing, and Marol 1959 had some beautiful versions in lightweight worsted wools. A good overshirt can be worn over a polo shirt, fine gauge knitwear, or even another shirt and are great for travelling. Expect to see more of them in the High street this year. Tailoring was a little looser and easier with the over-tailored, ultra-skinny fit looking very dated along with the overly narrow lapels.

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It is an irony that I have to travel to see the best British shoe brands in one place, but there is no UK show where Edward Green, Loake, Cheaney, Sanders etc all exhibit together. The UK shoe industry is in good health with interest and buyers from all over the world. English shoes are the best in the world and they avoid seasonal trends but I have noticed more offerings of chunkier soles combined with elegant styles, and the colour palettes are beyond the traditional black and browns. Dark navy is a particular favourite shade but I also saw smart offerings in grey and green.

Colours that would have offended my traditional tastes not that long ago!

I hope I am not turning into a peacock!

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Photo Credits to: collective AKAstudio

Autumnal Season Workwear | Transition Seamlessly for Work

Boy 'o' boy do us Brits love to talk about the weather all the time. Not only did I just spend 15 minutes of my life watching a Celebs Go Dating couple talk about how changeable the weather was, non-stop throughout their date, but it is also all over twitter. With people that I follow commenting the likes of "I can't believe summer is dead", "say goodbye to summer", "how on earth did it go from summer to winter so quick?" - you get the gist. Maybe they all have a point; to be fair the weather in the UK does dictate a lot. Cold days equal a lot of swiping left (and occasionally right) on Bumble, whereas a warm day and I'm down the pub in shorts and flip-flops sipping an ice-cold cider. 

Fashion is so heavily dictated by the weather and with the UK weather so unpredictable, it does make it a little bit more difficult to dress when the seasons are transitioning. Personally I'm an optimist and I refuse to believe that the warm weather is over. Yes we have had a cold snap as of late and I've been bringing out a few coats from the clothes archive but look back at 2015 & 2016 where we had days in October that recorded above 20 degrees celsius. Hello Indian Summer.

Layering is one way to combat these warm yet cold days but that works better when dressing in a casual attire. Deciding what to wear for work during these changeable months if far more difficult, especially if you work in a formal environment. What I suggest is simple, for the warmer days, dress as per the style in this post. Trousers (no socks optional), shoes, cotton poplin weave shirt (which is very breathable and lightweight), blazer and sunglasses (optional). Okay so for days when it is a little bit cooler, simply add socks and a coat. You can also change your shirt for a thinker weave, lets say an Oxford, which is still breathable but a bit weightier than the poplin weave. 

For my Autumnal Season Workwear Outfit of the Day I've chosen to shop in a variety of different places such as, ASOS, To Boot New York, Hawkins & Shepherd, Seiko and Taylor Morris. 

 

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Photography by Sophie Milner

The Style Off - M.Studio - Episode 2

We are back, for the 2nd 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. This months style off was sponsored by the brand M.Studio which is the own label from MenLook.com. The items we chose from the M.Studio range was a plain cream coloured jumper and a pair of chino shorts. Watch both videos and let us know who styled it better.

THE M.STUDIO CREAM JUMPER - CARL'S LOOK

THE M.STUDIO CREAM JUMPER - OLI'S LOOK

THE M.STUDIO CHINO SHORTS - CARL'S LOOK

THE M.STUDIO CHINO SHORTS - OLI'S LOOK

WHAT TO WEAR FOR A MEETING THESE DAYS?

Every so often I have to head out of the comfort of my Clapham home office into town for a meeting and I always struggle to know what to wear. London's office style is changing and it is no longer as simple as putting on a shirt, suit and shoes. With more traditionally corporate offices adopting casual-Fridays, some opting for no-tie smart attire, some smart-casual and others just wear what you feel comfortable in...it makes dressing for a meeting a bit of mission. 

On this occasion I was visiting digital design agency Vitamin London to discuss some major changes to the ascetics and functionality of my website hawkinsandshepherd.com. Digital, creative...hmmm...that sounds casual right? Probably but then again I don't want to turn up looking like I haven't made any effort and after all I have another meeting afterwards in a traditional office block. What to do? 

More often than not, we worry about things that actually don't matter much at all and this meeting was one of those occasions as Jacob (Vitamin's Founder) greeted me in a floral bomber jacket over the top of a navy check shirt (see above images). Talk about creative!

What I tend to do is dress in dark black jeans with no rips, or a pair of slim-fitted fashion trousers, what I mean by fashion trousers is not just a pair of baggy trousers that you wear with a suit but instead a tailored pair of grey prince of wales check for example. Shoes, but a type that can bridge the gap between smart and casual, like a pair of brogues. Then a button-down shirt as it is the perfect shirt to look smart but also casual with the sleeves rolled, lastly a big long smart overcoat. You might feel a little over dressed for the most casual and fashionable offices. You might also feel too under dressed in a hedge funds head office but generally speaking you'll tick all the boxes. Now just concentrate on the meeting itself!

 

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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

PRE FALL TRENDS - KHAKI & CHECKS

Much like dressing for Spring - dressing for Autumn is also challenging. Not only do you have changeable weather but you also have menswear stores starting to stock their Autumn Winter AW15 collections and putting most SS15 into SALES. This gives us a season in-between seasons where we can pick up some cheap Spring Summer pieces and style them with the up coming styles of Autumn Winter. Going a little American on you...we shall call this Pre-Fall.

Whats going to be big and trending this Autumn/Winter AW15 is khaki green and I have been dipping in to this trend for a couple of months now. 

In the above look I'm wearing khaki biker style skinny trousers available for only £30 at ASOS. Converse Chuck Taylor All-Star hi top trainers in a camouflage print available via Foot Locker at £59.99. On the top halve I have tucked in a plain white tee and black short sleeved check shirt again from ASOS for only £25.

Below is another look I have style with Khaki green and you can view the whole post here.

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PHOTO CREDIT SOPHIE MILNER

SUMMER PRINTS

Like many relationships, its not over until, well, its over and summer is no different! It's NOT over people - be positive maybe an Indian summer is just around the corner (*maybe). I for one am not giving up, I actually refuse to. So to get you all in the same happy summery mentality I have put together this floral print look with some of my favourite pieces this summer. 

I know it is struggs when waking up to the same old grey cloudy days but thats what holidays are for. Do you really think someone from Rio, Monaco or Dubai has the same buzz we get about going on holiday...I think not! So if my weather predictions are incorrect take this look abroad, it is perfect.

Throughout Spring Summer 2015 (SS15) from the catwalks of London Collections:Men to the high-street labels, bold floral/tropical prints have been used in abundance. 

Floral prints are the main focus of this outfit yet I didn't want to over do it. For me styling prints on prints is a bit much...therefore I've opted for a plain pair of navy shorts from my favourite newly discovered brand Spoke-London.com. The floral short sleeved shirt is from ASOS which is a white shirt with black stencil print and it even matches my floral tattoos...sorted. The bag is from Herschel purchased again through ASOS, again it's floral print and perfect for the beach. The look is finished off with my pair of Hudson Pierre tassel loafers which makes the look a tad more smart, although replace with some flip-flops or canvas trainers for a beach vibe.

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MINT GREEN - THIS TIME STYLED SMART CASUAL

Without sounding too much like a broken record, I love mint. Mint choc-chip ice-cream, mint aero, spearmint, peppermint, mint tea and especially that mint tea-tree shower gel that tingles your balls! More than all of that I love this Mint Extreme Cutaway Shirt that I have crafted for Hawkins & Shepherd SS15.

I love so many of the shirts I create but this one is my current favourite, the mint stripe is so subtle and the touch of peach on the last button hole goes so well.

In this post I wanted to show you how you can utilise one shirt both formally and casually. If you would like to read the 'Mint Green Formal Look' post, click on the picture below:

MINT GREEN - THE ESSENTIAL SUMMER COLOUR - FORMAL STYLING

MINT GREEN - THE ESSENTIAL SUMMER COLOUR - FORMAL STYLING

Being Summer, I think the subtle mint green in the shirt goes best with pale tones which is why I have styled the shirt with light jeans, a light grey cardigan, tan brogues and sea foam socks.

Does it work? Let me know your thoughts in the comments.

 

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Hawkins & Shepherd Shirt | ASOS Jeans | Diesel Cardigan | Hawkins & Shepherd Socks | Tan Brogues

Photo Credit Sophie Milner

SNEAK PEEK INTO NEW LOOK AW15 MEN'S COLLECTION

When Lewis Hamilton joined the silver arrows of Mercedes back in 2013 from McLaren everyone thought he was mad but Formula1 as well as Fashion goes in cycles of dominance. For a long time New Look Menswear has always been a mid-pack runner. Never going to win a title yet never at the back of the grid, in a kind of state of 'whats the point'? 

Is New Look Menswear the new Mercedes? Well with their new AW15 collection, I cant see why they can't be! With a total re-design of its chassis and a pit-stop here and there, their designers have been working non stop to bring us New Look's best menswear collection yet.  

Look back to their AW14 collection and it was all a bit safe with nautical blue tones, cable knit jumpers and wool pea coats - yep seen it all before.

Now look forward to their AW15 collection, which is their strongest yet. Military being their key trend, with classic outerwear mixed with distressed denim and 90s inspired grunge prints. Khaki is the must-have colour of the season, but ecru, putty tones and black are also essential.

The Harrington is the hero jacket, while fur, borg, shearling and leather make a statement on collars, linings and hoods. Bomber jackets in real suede are a great investment piece.

Brown is making a comeback and looks great mixed with authentic denim washes and winter pastels, giving a modern feel to a retro-inspired look. Prints are both bold and dainty - patchwork is introduced and geos and tribal mix well with smaller ditsy prints.

Knitwear will steal the limelight, with twisted yarns and plaited, ribbed and fluffy textures and taking centre stage. A focus on necklines means roll necks, turtle necks and cardigans and a real wardrobe staple.

After London Collections: Men recently I put together my favourite trends, you can view that blog here. So I'm excited that high neckline knits as well as shearling jackets are being adopted by the high-street.

Hat's off to New Look...they have absolutely nailed it.