A Bloggers Retreat | The Serpentine Gallery | Kensington Gardens

The Serpentine Gallery has become a bit of a bloggers dream backdrop. I'm not the first and will certainly not be the last blogger to rock up to this gallery and post the same image as every one else on Instagram! On initial viewing the structure was incredible, although not as white as it comes across on everyones images....good editing people! The early birds to this exhibition would have been able to have stood on the squares unopposed, however since so many people have been climbing the structure (fucking bloggers, spoiling it for everyone!), they've had to hire security to make sure you do not. I mean just imagine if one of the square tubes came away from the rest of the structure and it tumbled down like a Jenga puzzle, awks!

You can visit The Serpentine Gallery 10am - 6pm Tuesday to Sunday and is free to enter and located here (by the pin):

Do what I didn't and make a day of if as there is plenty more to do in Kensington Gardens then just sunbathing. Try visiting the Albert Memorial and if you have children visit the Diana Memorial Playground.

I would like to thank these guys and my photographer Kylie for the inspiration...here are a couple of other Men's Style Bloggers who have done similar shoots at this exhibition (Click on the image to view their Instagram Profiles):

Oh yes, what I'm wearing and why....well I had a few meetings and it was bloody hot, so I decided smart casual was the way forward. In hot weather when you are jumping on and off the tube and you have to wear a shirt, go for the most roomy fit and the most breathable fabric (linen or a poplin cotton weave). Chinos are great in the summer too, a light airy fabric and can transition easily from smart to casual.

 

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Photography by Kylie Eyra

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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THE COTTON SHORT - FITTED & COMFORTABLE

Living in Clapham does lend itself to be tarnished with all the Clapham stereotypes from 'Isn't it full of Australians' to 'Chino wearing posh boys'. Well I have facial hair, tattoos, was born in East-London (actual East London not Essex) and I'm certainly not posh, yet despite all of this I love smart shorts.

Cotton shorts are the backbone to any mens summer wardrobe and in particular from SPOKE LONDON where quality comes first. Their shorts are cut from the same design as their chino trousers, so if the trousers fit so will the shorts. Tailored with the finest Italian and British fabrics but if that isn't enough they are built using Swiss hardware. These shorts are built to last.

I have worn Spoke chino trousers before (see blog post here) so this time I knew what to expect. Exceptional feel, fit and style.

With cotton shorts, it is easy to just throw on a shirt and it just works but that is too easy. What I have tried to achieve here is a look that would work throughout the day and into the evening, for those sunny days when 'just a few drinks' turn into an all-dayer by mixing a formal pair of shorts with this summers biggest trend, a floral t-shirt.

These shorts is so versatile, wear them casual with a t-shirt, smart casual with a shirt or formal by adding a blazer and tie, they all work. I styled my navy Spoke shorts with a T-shirt from Converse and some blue suede shoes by Kurt Geiger. 

Spoke-london.com have a collection of 5 shorts (available in Reef, Tan, Navy, Olive, Slate) and update their looks regularly. As always they are quality products, fine fabric, branded buttons, patterned comfortable lining, ribbon detail and quality seaming & hemming.

If you head over there now, some of their shorts are 20% off, they retail at £59.00 which is great value for a pair of shorts will become a wardrobe staple and as with all Spoke-London products will last for a very long time.

 

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Spoke Shorts | Converse T-Shirt | Kurt Gieger Shoes | Ray-Ban Sunglasses | Omega Watch

Photo Credit Sophie Milner

SUMMER CHINOS - MADE TO FIT

It's been all over the news, Britain is in the middle of a two week heat wave, which shouldn't be of surprise as it happens every year at some point, although a little unpredictable when. Which is why your wardrobe NEEDS a pair or two of chinos. It's these hot, sweaty days when the inner silk lining of your suit sticks to your body and your jeans are just way too hot - that you need to turn to your chinos for help!

Everyone knows that summer in London can be great, with all the festivals, bear gardens, pop-up foodie places, alfresco dining etc need I go on. But it can also be one of the must frustrating, mainly the unbearable heat of the tube, especially when stuck in a tunnel due to 'someone taken ill'. 

I would recommend a light coloured chino in these days of crisis. In particular from SPOKE LONDON where fit comes first. I have been a lover of chinos for a long time but it is hard to find a pair that fits well around the thigh as well as the calf. When I first tried on this pair of their almond flex design I could feel the quality of the materials used and also they fitted perfectly. The waist fitted so a belt was not required, the thighs all the way down to the calf fitted exceptionally without being over skinny, I even caught a 'few' girls (well you have to exaggerate these things!) checking out my butt - so it must have fitted nicely there too. They were comfortable, practical and look awesome.

The chino is so versatile, the above look was smart-casual which I think works best. I styled the Spoke chinos with a Peter Werth navy blazer, River Island white t-shirt and brown tassel loafers by Hudson Pierre. You can easily change this up a little with a shirt/tie for a formal look or tone it down by removing the blazer and throw on a pair of casual footwear for a more casual look.

Spoke-london.com have a large collection of chinos and update their looks regularly. Although it's not just about having a large range - the colour palettes and fabrics their designer choose are bang on. Being in the tailoring business myself, I understand a bit about quality products...I love the fabric used and the small details of the pocket fabric, the branded buttons, the ribbon lining and the quality of the seaming & hemming. 

Their website is also well designed and intuitive, with major emphasis on getting your fit right. They have a fitting guide where you measure your waist, leg and thigh then input it into a calculator and like magic you are told the best size for you.

If you head over there now, some of their designs are up to 30% off which is a bargain for something that will cost around the £60-80 mark and last a very long time.

 

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Spoke Chinos | Peter Werth Blazer | River Island T-Shirt | Hudson & Pierre Loafers

Photo Credit Sophie Milner