LOOKING GOOD IN A SWEATSHIRT


Sweatshirts have been a main stay for most young fashionista’s men & women for a long time, they have been sold by Primemark to Hugo boss, they are a universal piece of clothing, they can be used for casual or sports attire even as dress piece for a night out, they are often used as a way for Apparel company’s and college’s or university’s to advertise them self’s, some times people will use them to self express who they follow or how they feel by putting messages on the front, but more and more people are wearing plain sweatshirts in vibrant colors as a staple piece of their outfit, the key to understanding how to dress up a simple sweatshirt, is first understand where it started from and what it original purpose in life was so let’s have a look at its humble beginnings & how this simple piece of athletic sports wear changed the way we dress and express ourselves today.

In 1926 Benjamin C Russel Jr., quarterback for the Alabama Crimson Tide Football team, was tired of the constant chafing and itching caused by their wool football uniforms.Russell Jr. worked with his father, who owned a manufacturing company, to come up with a better option. At the time, Russell Manufacturing Company made garments for women’s and children’s knit shirts and undergarments.

Knowing the durability and comfort of cotton they created a new practice jersey that was a modification of a ladies’ union suit top from thick cotton that was produced throughout the factory. These loose, collarless pullovers – produced from women’s undergarments to be used as men’s football jerseys – would go on to become an iconic sweatshirt. Russell went on to create a new division of his factory, focusing solely on the production of sweatshirts in the Russell Athletic mills in 1930. Eventually, Russell Athletic mills became Russell Athletic co.

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The Original Russell Athletic Sweat Shirt 1930’s Era

The sweatshirt’s potential as a portable advertising tool was discovered in the 1960s when U.S. universities began printing their names on the medium. For students and parents alike, university names on sweatshirts became the preferred casual attire for exhibiting school pride. The sweatshirt, along with the T-shirt, provided a cheap and effective way of disseminating information on a mass scale. The T-shirt slogan fad of the seventies inevitably translated to sweatshirts. Recognizing the relative simplicity of customization and the power of clever graphics combined with catchphrases, sweatshirts became a vehicle for personal expression for both the designer and the person wearing them.

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1940’S College Sweatshirt

Sweatshirts are arguably a type of sweater, but made of a fabric and cut similar to sweatpants. A sweatshirt worn with sweatpants forms a sweatsuit a kind of exercise clothing designed to raise the core body temperature and cause perspiration in order to lose body weight before a weigh in for a weight divided sport. It is fashioned out of a thick, usually cotton jersey material. Sweatshirts are also almost exclusively casual attire and not dressy as some other sweaters may be. Sweatshirts may or may not have a hood, and may or may not have a zipper. A sweatshirt with a hood is now usually referred to as a hoodie, although more formal media still use the term “hooded sweatshirt”.

Russell Athletic is still going today and still making this iconic piece here is a sample of one of their sweatshirts

It’s In the original cotton grey sweat fabric, with comfort stitching for less irritation and soft brushed fabric on the inside for increased warmth and comfort, sporting knit cuffs & waistband for a snug fit, with their name on the front, but on the left sleeve you can see their logo with there trade mark eagle motif.

This the company logo up front, so if you’re looking for an original piece you know what to look for, Russell Athletic at this time have a deal with the Harlem Globe trotters to supply all their kit.

During the late 70’s early 80’s, music and culture changed the way looked and dressed, out went the glam-rock and Saturday night fever wide collar shirts and big flares, in came a less dress down attitude, more functional clothing was worn, most kids in America would have owned a Sweatshirt as their School or college would have issued to them as part of their sport kit, if you were a young kid and you were in the Schools/ College’s Basketball or Football team, you wanted people to know you were the man, so sporting your teams sweatshirt under a denim jacket, was away of getting people to notice you, before we knew it every one was following this simple teenage dress style, soon young hip hop rappers, were hitting the streets and making a name for themselves, these young kids, didn’t have cash so they wore what they had, one of those key pieces was the classic Sweatshirt, this influenced a generation to dress down & express them selves.


Run DMC were a huge influence On sweatshirts

The Beastie boys were another iconic Hip group who sported the Sweatshirt

During the 90’s fashion the perryboys popped up there heads and disappeared the grunge look came and went, the Goths stalked our bus stations, but one thing all these styles sported was the Sweatshirt, in the 2000 era brands like McKenzie or Duffer surfaced one of their key pieces was the Sweatshirt, soon the sweatshirt was something most kids got dressed in as it was a cheap item to buy and its wad robust, during the later part of 2010 to 2012 the Sweatshirt was seen sported by people like David Beckham or actors like Jason Statham, soon brands like H & M were sighing them up to do photo shoots sporting their style of sweatshirts to sell to the masses.

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David Beckham Sporting a plain Blue Sweatshirt with indigo Jeans

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David Beckham sporting the Kent & Cerwin Sweatshirt

When it comes to looking for a Sweatshirt this is the amazing thing they are not hard to find, price wise you can pick up a simple unbranded one up for around £8.00, if you’re looking for branded or more stylish you will pay more, If you are wanting something different but stylish, go to H & M, there sweatshirts are a staple of what they sell, they have a lot of plain all stylish & printed ones your looking between £18 to £30, not bad prices if you ask me, the originals are about $30, I think you can get them through Amazon too. My advice is invest into three plain pieces in Burgundy, Navy, Grey, these three pieces are more than enough to make some great outfits and look stylish.

One of the things l like about Sweatshirts, if you want to make a statement you can, by buying pieces with unique designs and colours, the one above is just amazing you have the rich deep burgundy colour, then a simple drawing in bold white, no writing just a great design, if you’re looking to be bold in your approach to your style, look for pieces like this, that will show your individuality, loads of people have the Nike & the GAP be different be stylish.

When it comes to styling a sweat shirt there a lot of ways you can do this, but one of my pet hates is people wearing matching bottoms, People you look like your walking around in a big rompers suit, no style points there my homies, get with it, dress in style and have pride, go out there and rock the show, let me guide you a through a couple of looks, to inspire you and get that grey matter in one’s head rolling and clicking in these images are not mine, but l found them on the web, one of my favorite points of call, is Pinterest a great app for style ideas, l do a lot of research on there

This Outfit is a classic to put together, this guy a has gone for a plain grey sweatshirt with slim fit stone jeans, he’s added a camouflage M65 field Jacket, finished with low top trainers, this is a more sort of popping around the shop look, dressing down on a Sunday afternoon style, but very casual and it has bags of urban chic.

Now if you want to stand out and want to make a bold statement, color is key, bold pastel colours, this guy wants all the attention to his top half, the bottom half is the blank canvass, he’s gone for retro plain black running shoes, black socks, added slim fit black chinos, then he has a vibrant striped T-shirt untucked, it kind of breaks up the two plain colors, then he finished it of with the pastel pink Sweatshirt, a bold and striking outfit, this is an evening or weekend Outfit, I like the black but the pink is a little to light for me.

Now if you want to be an average Joe, or your just tipping your toe in how to rock a sweatshirt, keep it simple but basic, don’t put on sweatshirts with crap art, i.e l love husky or Beer helping guys to bonk, they are not stylish, until you get the basics right keep it simple and work your way up, this guy has basic boat shoes on with some straight fit chinos, then mid blue Sweatshirt with some small logo, he not setting the world on fire but he keeping it basics and looks good.

Now if you can remember this one it’s from the David Beckham H & M picture above, who said advertisement don’t work, I like how this guy has put this out fit together, not much for the hat, but the skinny indigo jeans married up with the black boots, give this a fresh street style relaxed  look, finding you own style, is key try to use some of these looks inspire you, you can even go for normal trousers if needed to, that’s the best bit about sweatshirts you can work them in on any style your trying to create, just keep it simple and fresh.

Again I hope you have found this blog informative and I have not been sponsored by any body, this is my view and how I feel about the iconic sweatshirt, I hope you take some thing away from this and it inspires you to dress better, and most of all respect a little more what you are now wearing on your back.

By

BobRedfern

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Stylish Boots Every Gent Should Own


It’s winter and its time to put away your puffy summer loafers & pumps and invest into some stylish boots, they come in many different styles and materials when it comes to boots you need stylish but practical ones, not stupid plastic patent leather crap, but good leather ones, that come with a welted sole, so when you have worn the sole down you can get them resoled again, lm going to cover three different styles of boots, all these styles are all ways in my wardrobe. The other reason l like to wear boots in winter, they give you good support on your ankles when trying to walk through snow and ice.

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Cognac Brown Suede Chelsea Boots

The first style I want to cover is the Chelsea boot, they are close-fitting, ankle-high boots with an elastic side panel. They often have a loop or tab of fabric on the back of the boot, enabling the boot to be pulled on. The boot dates back to the Victorian era, when it was worn by both men and women.

The design is credited to Queen Victoria‘s shoemaker J. Sparks-Hall. The shoemaker, J. Sparks-Hall claimed that “She (Queen Victoria) walks in them daily and thus gives the strongest proof of the value she attaches to the invention”. In his advertising of the period, he refers to the boot as J. Sparkes-Hall’s Patent Elastic Ankle Boots.The boot became popular for horse riding as well as walking.

Charles Goodyear‘s development of vulcanised rubber enabled the invention of the elastic gusset boot. The advantage of elasticised boots meant they could be easily removed and put on again. By the late 1840s, the fashion began to catch on. This became a prominent style in the West until the onset of World War I.

In the 1950s and ’60s, Chelsea boots became popular in the UK – and their association with the King’s Road (a street in Chelsea and Fulham in inner western London) set of Swinging London – worn by everyone from the Rolling Stones to Jean Shrimpton – is believed to explain how the name “Chelsea” became attached to the boot. They come in many different colours & fabrics, my two choices are Oxblood leather & Cognac brown suede, these two styles are great addition to any Gentlemen’s wardrobe use looking to up date his boots collection.

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Brown Suede Brogue Boots

My next choice is one of my favourites it’s the brogue boot, Modern brogues trace their roots to a rudimentary shoe originating in Scotland and Ireland that was constructed using untanned hide.Modern brogues feature decorative perforations. These are often said to stem from the original Irish brogues as well, specifically from holes intended to allow water to drain from the shoes when the wearer crossed wet terrain such as a bog. However, contemporary descriptions of the original brogues do not mention such holes.The word “brogue” came into English in the late sixteenth century. It comes from the Gaelic bróg (Irish), bròg (Scottish) “shoe”, from the Old Norse “brók” meaning “leg covering”. The Scots word brogueis also used to denote a bradawl or boring tool as well as the action of piercing with such a tool.

The word “brogue” was first used to describe a form of outdoor, country walking shoe in the early twentieth century traditionally worn by men. At that time the brogue was not considered to be appropriate for other occasions, social or business. Over time perceptions have changed and brogues are now considered appropriate in most contexts, including business. Brogues continue to be most common as leather dress and casual shoes and boots, but can also be found in many other forms including canvas and leather sneakers and high-heeled women’s shoes. When you come to invest into a pair of Brogue boots there are two styles, heel boots & high leg boots, the difference is one comes to your Ankle the other covers the first half of your calf, the colour l choose is tan, they look fantastic with Denim indigo jeans, you can get them in chest nut-brown even classic black, Oxblood is another nice

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Brown Calf Leather Chukka Boots

My next choice Chukka boot, they are ankle-high leather boots with suede or leather uppers, leather or rubber soles, and open lacing with two or three pairs of eyelets. The name chukka comes from the game of polo, where a chukka is a period of play.

Chukkas are usually made from calfskin or suede, although they can be made from other materials.The style first became popular in the late 1940s through the 1960s as casual wear.In the 21st century, chukkas persist as a popular menswear shoe, particularly in the United Kingdom. They are simular to desert boots but desert boots are made with a crepe soft sole, not leather or rubber uppers. my choice of Chukka boots are my suede Cognac ones, they are a stylish piece of footwear.

A good pair of boots will see you through many bad season’s, when it comes to cost a good pair of boots can cost up to £100 or more, my favourite place to buy my boots are Samuel Windsor, they offer nothing but good leather shoes, you can get leather or rubber soles, my choice is if you’re looking for a dress boot go for a leather upper, if your looking to do more than go say to the office or a night out, invest in a rubber sole, these are also better for winter.

Here is a couple of pictures to inspire you in how to dress with these style of boots, boots look great if paired with the right outfit, it just takes a little imagination & thought.

The first Image we have a classic look and style, we have a pair of beige suede boots, paired with a classic camel overcoat & slim fit Jean’s, this a simple urban street style but very easy to achieve.

Here we have the Chelsea boot in a dark tan leather, with a more square toe, mixed with the indigo jeans, the boots just pop and stand out, this a more refined look mixed with a nice over coat & driving gloves, these boots word go great with a nice Navy suit or a mid grey suit.

In this picture we have the classic Chukka boot in a dark brown, l like this outfit its very stylish, but it still has a touch of urban chic, this guy has first gone with an US navy watch cap than gone with a classy navy rollneck, then added the old trusted M65 field Jacket, then added a pair of straight fitting slate grey trousers, this outfit would loom great in the office or on a day out.

If you’re a hipster you will love this outfit, here we have my favourite boot, the classic brogue boot in tan, here again they have gone with a straight fit indigo jeans, then a plain grey mark T-shirt, finished with a classic rain mac, then to add a touch of class he’s added a Trilby hat, I lime how his belt & watch strap match his boots, you can use this style with a waist coat & a white Oxford shirt.

One area l want to mention is looking after your boots, here in the UK we get some very bad weather and our foot wear do take a bashing, from cold rainy weather to very hot summer’s, these kind of weather’s dry out & damage the leather, so like your skin, your boots need cleaning, so a good cleaning kit is a must, if your like me and have most colours of leather, you then need the right shoe polishes, a tin of black, tan, brown, Oxblood, and good old neutral, if you have tan shoes and put drown polish on them, you will simply make the boot darker, looking after boots is easy, you need to make sure you wipe or brush all the crap of the boot, then apply the polish in the correct colour, wait for it to dry, then polish with a leather shammy, l normally put two good coats on, this seals a nourishes the leather and give it a nice patina.

Suede cleaning block for suede boots

Suede Copper Wire Cleaning Brush

When it comes to looking after suede boots you need the right kit as your boots can looked buggerd very quick, as here in the UK in winter we use salt on the roads during winter, when the ice melts it mixes with the salt and can damage your shoes very quickly indeed, once you take off your boots, use the suede cleaning block to clean the stubborn marks then you use the wire brush to bring the Knapp back up you can use a foam cleaner, but be careful at these can strip the suede from the shoe.

I hope again you have found inspiration in this blog and it will help you to dress better and be a true stylish gent, again this blog has not been sponsored by no buddy, it’s just done for the love of fashion and to inspire new fashionista’s

By

Bob Redfern

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Winter 2018 style review


 

The colder shorter days are up on us, its time for coats & winter accessories, I want to look at a couple of pieces for 2018 that will see you through untill next year, when I look at clothing, I don’t just look at a garment and say l want that, l first have a look at my Wardrobe and see what l need to update, if I need a coat, l first think what style I want then l shop round on the net when l see a style, l look how l could fit this into my Wardrobe now and what l have to go with it, and most of all does it need altering etc,

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My first choice is this lovely Flintoff by Jacamo Wool Double Breasted Check coat, in a prince of wales black & white check, its 60% Polyester & 40% wool, the coat is in a regular fit, sizes from M to 5 XL, the cost of the coat is a £120.00, every man needs an overcoat, but the key word is universal, every thing in your wardrobe needs to be able to go with most things in your wardrobe, this coat you could dress up & dress down, for a smart casual idea go with a black V-neck sweater, white dress shirt, charcoal dress trousers, burgundy socks & a pair of Oxblood loathers stylish & bang on the money, dress down go with a plain white cotton T-shirt dress up with plain black slim fit (NOT FUCKING SKINNY FIT) jeans then finish off with a pair of crisp white plimsolls, finish off with a nice dress scarf or baker boy cap, most of these things you will have in your wardrobe just have a think.

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The other thing about winter is knit wear if you buy the right knit wear you will be able to use them more as they again will go with most of the pieces you have in your wardrobe all ready, one of my favorite pieces of knit wear at winter is cable knit sweaters, they are chunky but so stylish if paired correctly with the right pieces, this Mustard cable knit jumper from Debenams, from their Racing Green range, is an ideal piece to invest in, its 100% cotton, they do have several other colours, sizes range from S to 5 XL, they are priced on-line at £30.00 but the sales do kick in shortly, my idea would be to dress with khaki chinos the slip on a dark indigo denim jacket, the mustard colour jumper would just pop, if I was to dress up with this jumper, I would go with a Navy trouser then a plain white shirt, finished with a dark drown herringbone blazer, again the mustard would just shine through.

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As you get older and stop dressing like a 5 year old 7 stop wearing jogging pants, you may start to invest into trousers, when it comes to winter, thin cotton chinos wont cut it, you need proper stylish trousers that look and feel amazing. but they can be used for casual or formal dress, let me introduce you to the flannel trousers, they are the king of winter casual trousers, flannel is a thick brushed fabric usually 100%, if they are not 100% wool then don’t buy them, the fabric hangs beautifully and adds texture to your outfits, this pair is from Gents Outfitters Peter Christian Lord trousers him self, they are 95% wool & wait for it ! 5% cashmere super warm super soft very nice trousers they come in a casual fit only tho, waist size start from 32 up to 56, they come in at £85 per pair, this is a very good price for a pair of trousers that will last you a good couple of years, I had to get my tailor to re-cut my  trousers to a more stylish fit as like a more defined cut that’s all, these trousers can make every outfit look amazing, I like to wear my flannels with a polo shirt & a navy blazer with oxblood brogues proper dressy, when I want to dress them down even more, I will go for french striped breton shirt and a navy twill cotton engineers jacket in navy blue, then some white plain low top trainers finished with a red trawler cap for a proper winter look.

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Winter is also about accessories you know hats scarfs gloves, when its cold we need to keep warm, but it’s no good taking your time to put an outfit together then realising you need a scarf or a hat, and the only thing you have is your dads lads & dad football crap 1980’s hat, look for simple casual pieces again that will complement your outfit, my of my pieces is the classic USN watch cap, its been a winter staple for years, it was around before the crap David Beckham beanie err, it was used by navy sailors during WW2, its hard to find originals now but there are a couple of sites still making them like http://www.pikebrothers.com , but they can cost up to £80, here is a copy on ebay for only £30.00, a good way to wear the watch cap and complement your outfit including your flannel trousers is going for a navy polo neck sweater with a plain green M65 field jacket, finished of with chest nut-brown suede chucker boots you will be warm and toasty but also king of the street on a cold winter day.

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During winter you need good proper foot wear that not only looks good but is also very practical I have a about 30 pairs of shoes give or take but they are all different, so come winter I always look for good shoes that will see me through the bad weather, a couple of weeks ago I came across these lovely Oxblood brogues from Lucini, what I liked about them was the chunky sole with tread, normally brogues come with a plain slip sole, which is not good on ice day, so with these bad boys I get good-looking shoes that are damn practical in snowy freezing weather, I got these from Ebay for £39.00, I will probably wear these with a navy suit or for dress down a pair of tobacco colour chinos & a tweed waistcoat with a white Oxford shirt finished wearing my m65 field jacket

Remember looking stylish does not have to cost a lost of money, as you can see I shop around then when I find some thing i like, I try to think I how I would wear it and most off all is it going to suit me and look good, if you’re in doubt don’t buy simple, invest your money wisely fashion changes quicker than the seasons, keep to the basics and you will always look great

There are no direct link to these products as Im not sponcering direct if would like to know more about these pices let me know I will be happy to provide the information you need to fid them.

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by

Bob Redfern

The Sartorial Striped Shirt


Striped shirts are one of the most underrated shirts in a mans wardrobe, the original name for a striped shirt was the Bengal striped, its got its name from the Bengal striped fabric which originated from the classic gingham weave, although now gingham is characterised by its plaid – or checked – weave, it started life in the Far East as stripes (it’s believed that ging-gang means ‘stripes’ in the Indonesian and Malay languages). So when this fabric started being shipped from Bengal, it made sense to name it after another of Bengal’s most famous exports, the Bengal tiger, since then there has been very many different stripes from pencil stripes to candy stripes, striped shirts are very vivid but stylish, in the early 20s Jazz players wore stylish striped coloured striped shirts, striped shirts became a stylish shirt for young stylish men all over the world, by the 60s came striped shirts became less fashionable.

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Jazz Players from the 1920s

In the 80s the striped shirt came back with a bang, bolder the strip sharper the shirt, by the mid 80s early 90s yuppies made the striped shirt apart of their wardrobe, it was all about power dressing red braces & slicked back hair, it was all about the money, the image of a sleazy yuppie put people off striped shirts all together, but striped shirts are back fresher and bolder more than ever.
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Candy stripes are more bolder, it gets its name from the Barbers pole that used appear out side barbers shops, it looked like a big striped candy stick, also barbers in America used to wear striped shirts, even today in America barber quartets are famous for wearing striped waistcoats.

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Pencil striped shirts get their name from the very fine line you get with the fabric, they were worn mostly during the 20s, pencil striped shirts are more for business dress than casual dress,

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Herringbone striped shirt, the herringbone striped shirt gets its name from it herringbone stripe woven into the fabric, you get a bolder striped with a stylish pattern running through it, these shirts are worn more for business, but as a casual shirt your getting a very special piece.

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In todays fashion market you can get many striped shirts from most apparel, but a striped shirt has its good points and bad points, if your of a slim build with short legs a striped shirt can give your torso a slim longer look, if you’re a fat guy and you wear a striped shirt you will look like a big beach ball, so be careful in your choice of striped fabric and fit.

The shirts I have chosen for you are from some of the very best on the market today if you like any of the pieces I’ve chosen simply click on the image it will take you to their website so you can purchase it if you wish too.
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Multicoloured cotton striped shirt from +People.

Striped Contrast Collar Long Sleeve Shirt
With an air of business class style, our Striped contrast collar shirt is ideal for modern formal dress codes. The white contrast point collar provides a sharp feature against the striped body of the shirt. Also features a subtle dobby weave, mitred cuffs and a slim tailored fit design. Contrast collar formal shirt Striped shirt base with subtle dobby weave Long sleeve Classic point collar Tailored slim fit Tonal buttons Adjustable mitred cuff

Moss 1851 Tailored Fit Magenta Double Cuff Striped Shirt
This Moss 1851 tailored fit shirt is made from 100 cotton This shirt is great for either work wear or for special occasions Add a Moss 1851 tie and cufflinks to finish your outfit off Formerly known as Blazer

Uniqlo MEN +J Regular Fit Striped Long Sleeve Shirt 64 BLUE
This fine men’s dress shirt features the glossy, elegant texture and superbly soft comfort of 100% premium cotton. The cut is designed with the +J collection’s exceptional attention to detail for elegant, flattering lines. A classic narrow striped pattern adds even more style.,

Jonathan Saunders Men’s Contrast Stripe Cotton Shirt
The Jonathan Saunders Men’s Contrast Stripe Cotton Shirt for AW14, seen here in red/white. Utilising a multi-directional striped design for a strikingly graphic effect, this shirt showcases Jonathan Saunders’ characteristically bold aesthetic. Crafted from soft cotton, it is finished with bonded seams for a sleek design. – Soft cotton construction – Multi-directional striped pattern – Bonded seams – Concealed button-down placket – Double-button cuffs – Curved hemline Made in Portugal from 100% c

Now we have found some stylish striped shirts what to wear with them, it’s all about wearing the right pieces in a stylish way, so I’ve chosen a couple of pictures to inspire you to wear your striped shirts with a smile & a bit of swagger.

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  For a street wear inspired look go for a white navy striped shirt, add some washed slim fit jeans, you create a relaxed but stylish look to finish the look add some loafers or stylish suede shies but no socks guys ok

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 if your looking for Italian inspiration go for a red and white striped shirt matched with a light grey suit, this is a stylish look for business or a trip to a restaurant

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For a summer inspired look try a slim fit striped shirt with some stone chinos, you create a fresh but stunning look

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I hope you have enjoyed my choices, my favourite striped shirt is my baby blue with white bold stripes with a button down collar priceless, style is what you make it adding stripes to your wardrobe will give you a different but stylish look.

By

Bob Redfern

Buying A Suit Off The Peg Guide


When it comes to buying a Suits most men will buy a Suits of the peg, off the peg means ready to wear, not produced especially for that person, before off the peg Suits became available all suits were made bespoke which meant made to order for the wearer,  into days fashion most clothing is mass-produced, so buying a suit is very easy, but getting a suit that fits you properly is another thing, a lot of young buy a suit that they see on TV or magazines, but what they don’t understand when the designers designed these suits, they didn’t have fat Bob from Stoke On Trent in mind, no it was made for some sexy male Italian model called Gucci Gucci  who looks good in tight pants, so don’t get caught up in these silly fashion crazes, you might just end up looking rather silly and you will have wasted your money.

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The first step is knowing your body size that’s your torso area not including your legs, jackets come in three sizes lengths from short, regular, long,  you may think a tall man needs a long fit wrong, his legs may be long but his torso may be short, same for short people they may have a short legs but a long torso so they may need a regular fit, the key to finding out your ideal length is putting on a jacket put your arm down to your sides, if the jacket falls below your hand it’s too long, and above too short, the final thing is the close is no good buying a jacket that doesn’t close because your to fat, the jacket should close with out creating a X shape on the front when closed, you should be able close the jacket and put two fingers behind it, if you’re a large gent please stay away from slim fit go classic style every day.

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Trousers are usually more easy to get in the right fit, sizes go from 30 waist up 50 waists in some stores, you can choose from plain front or pleated, but I would go for plain front every day simple lines stylish,  when choosing your trouser length the trousers should just sit at the top of the shoes,  any longer they will look ill-fitting and cheap, if you want to get a spot on fit get some extra long or unfinished trousers, take them to a tailor and get them shortened to your length .

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Sourcing your Suits is very easy but it’s about what your willing to spend, my self if you buy a suit for less than £50.00 your going to get a cheap nasty suit unless it was expensive suits that’s been  reduced, try to stay away from man-made fibres they make you sweat and when ironed they start to shine, not a good look, if any thing look for a suit that is wool or made up to 50% of wool, pattern wise to me keep it simple, go for a Navy or Grey, blacks are for funerals and charcoal is very dull, there other colours but at the end of the day its your own choice.

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Matalan Harrison three piece suit

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This three-piece suit comes from Matalan, its a oatmeal check design, the jacket comes in a classic two button cut, the waistcoat comes a simple classic style with a 5 button front, the trousers come in a stylish fit with a flat front, the best thing about this suit its made of 58% wool and the rest is polyester, if your looking for a stylish suit for work or just for those special occasions, this suit will see you right its stylish and looks amazing, the best thing is the suit only comes in at £116.00, a bloody steel if you ask me, Matalan don’t always come out with good suits this is a rare chance for you to get some thing that’s stylish and most of all a bargain.

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Magee Dillon three-piece suit

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Now if you have the money and you want a suit that looks the dogs balls, meet the Dillon navy suit from Magee, this stylish three-piece is 100% wool, the jackets features 2 slanted pockets, 2 buttons on the front, the waist coat features 3 welt pockets with a stylish peak lapel, the trousers come in stylish straight fit, the best thing about this suit you could wear the suit jacket as a blazer, even the waistcoat is stylish enough to be worn on its self.

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Vintage pocket square from eBay

Now you have your suit how about giving a touch of style, by adding a simple pocket square you can turn a simple suit in to a stylish piece, there are many places you can buy pocket squares, I like to wear vintage pocket squares with modern suits, the best place to find them is on eBay, if you want to keep it simple go for a classy white pocket square old school but stylish.

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Classy gold skull lapel pin from eBay

Lapel pins are super chic, it’s another way of adding colour and a touch of bling to your suit, I’m not a wearer of lapel pins but I wear them now and then I like to wear them with blazers more than any thing, the best place to sort them again is eBay, you can’t lapel flower pins or jewellery ones.

I hope this blog helps you when you go looking for a suit, remember fashion is what you buy style is what you do with it, so buy a suit that fits you and most of all add some stylish accessories.

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Bob Redfern

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The Long Sleeve Polo Shirt Part 2


We have already talked about how the essential stylish polo shirt came into being thanks to Renny Lacoste, but we didn’t touch on the long sleeve polo shirt it’s essentially the same as a short sleeve but it comes with a longer sleeves, original long sleeve style polo’s were knitted racing jerseys, but as fashion changes so does what people wear, over the last couple decades the long-sleeved polo shirt has become more fashionable, the long-sleeved polo is a stylish alternative to a shirt, it still has a collar and a buttoned placket on the front, they can be mixed with most pieces in your wardrobe.

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Harley Davidson racing jersey

When the motor bike was invented racing clothing had not been invented, there was no such thing as leather biker jackets or even T-shirts, sportsman were still expected to dress smartly, so they had to have some thing made that still had a collar, the knitted racing jersey was invented it was a simple knitted jumper with a collar and a small placket, you can still find some examples but they are very rare now, over the next couple of decades better racing clothing appeared, people wore racing jerseys less and less, but once the modern polo shirt was invented people wanted more casual clothing more than ever, during the 50s Jazz singers were often seen in knitted polo shirts in vibrant colours and patterns, today you can get them in light stretched cotton or a rich cashmere.

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Gabicci vintage knitted Mod inspired polo shirt

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Long sleeve polo shirts are a must for any stylish young man, they really come into their own during the cold months, people can still dress casually but keep warm, and if you wanted to dress up all you need is a stylish blazer and some indigo jeans, one of my favourite long sleeve polo’s is made by John Smedley Matthew in a fine merino wool, the key to wearing a stylish long sleeve polo is matching them with complementing stylish pieces.
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John Smedley Matthew merino indigo polo shirt

http://www.johnsmedley.com

Here we have an indigo merino polo shirt by John Smedley, this iconic stylish piece comes in a slim fit, with a fully fashioned collar and tailored placket, its matched with a light grey tweed blazer from Blue Inc, this stylish look would look great in the office or a night out to your favourite restaurant.

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Fred Perry long sleeve twin tipped polo shirt

http://www.fredperry.com

For years Mods loved to wear stylish clothing, so when it came to stylish clothing the long sleeve polo was an automatic choice, most clubs had a dress code which was collar and tie, but with the onset of the fashionable long sleeve polo with it stylish collar and button placket, the rules were relaxed the long sleeve polo became the choice for all stylish Mods, matching them with a pair of stylish Relco Sta Pressed Trousers in a prince of Wales check pattern, will give you a stylish but classy look.

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Ralph Lauren cotton slim fit polo shirt

http://www.ralphlauren.com

If your looking for a real classic stylish piece Ralph Lauren long sleeve polo shirt in marl grey is what you want, its looks great on its own or dressed up with a classy blazer, to give it that real stylish street look match it up with some fine indigo 501s, or you could go for slim fit chinos in a light tan colour.

So you can see having a stylish long sleeve polo in wardrobe opens a lot more doors, here’s a couple of pictures to inspire you a little more and give you some stylish idea’s in how to wear a stylish long sleeve polo shirt.

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This guys wearing a stylish Lacoste long sleeve polo shirt with some dapper indigo jeans, the style and look is a relaxed but chic look.

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I like this picture the guys used a simple linen scarf in a darker grey than his polo shirt, he wearing stone jeans with two-tone canvas pumps, but to give his out fit a stylish street look he gone for a black beanie .

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This is a sartorial smart look, he’s gone for a wine  slim fit polo shirt with a striking slim patterned collar, then he’s chosen dark tan loose fit trousers finished with some stylish shoes.

So my fashionista`s a long sleeve polo shirt is some thing you definitely need for your wardrobe, you wont just look good but very stylish throughout the whole of the year.

By

Bob Redfern

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What Knit Wear Should A Man Own


Knit wear is essential for every mans wardrobe, knit wear comes in many different styles & colours, a lot of young stylish men tend to wear sweat tops or hoodies, but what they don’t realise is that they wont be young and funky for ever, it’s also true people judge you by what you wear, so if you wear more stylish grown up clothing your more likely to get further in life, knit wear is one of the oldest forms of clothing in history, man learned to knit before weaving machines were invented, in the 1900s knit wear was used for cycling sports wear they were called racing jerseys, knit wear was never worn as every day clothing, it took the first World War for knit wear to be excepted as casual attire, in the 1920s it became stylish to wear a cream or white V-neck cricket jumpers knitted with the club colours into the neck with blazers, by the 60s there was an even bigger demand for casual knit wear, during the 60s every fashion label included knit wear in their collections, today all fashion apparel labels continue to included stylish knit wear in their collections, so what knit wear should you have in your wardrobe I hear you asking !.

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Penguin V-neck lambs wool sweater

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Sweaters are the most common form of knit wear that men buy, you can get them in a crew neck or V-neck, they come in many different materials like lambs wool or cashmere, styles range from plain knit, purl knit, even cable knit, style wise there are many amazing patterns to choose from but the classic has got to be Argyle pattern, its famous for being worn as a golf jumper, a lot of people ask me if they should wear crew neck with jeans or trousers, my rule of thumb is crew neck with jeans and V-neck with formal trousers.

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Cream cricket tank

http://www.ctshirts.co.uk

Sleeveless sweaters also nick named tank tops are not as common as sweaters but they are still very stylish, you can get them in a crew or V-neck too, one of my favourite types of sleeveless jumpers are cricket knit wear in a stylish cream with a colour full knitted neck line, they are also stylish during the warmer months, they look stylish with trousers or jeans even chinos, they to also come in many different styles and fabrics, one of the best stylish looks with a sleeveless sweater is pairing it with tweed blazer in a V-neck.

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Black merino wool roll-neck jumper

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Roll neck sweaters are one of my favourites they are also called turtle necks or polo neck sweaters, the origins are not quit clear where this design came from, but they have been worn by fishermen and the British navy, a roll-neck is essentially a sweater but with a close-fitting round high collar that folds over, they became stylish in France due to French philosophers wearing them, they became a hit in the US as a part of the preppy style amongst students, roll-necks became famous for bucking the trend where men went to restaurants wearing this item in stead of a tie, they also make the wearer look very masculine, you can wear a roll-neck for work and then afterwards slip on a blazer and make it look very dressy.

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RRL Shawl collar heavy cotton cardigan

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Shawl neck cardigans are very stylish they usually come in a heavy knit, they have been worn for years as stylish pieces, they were made famous by people like Steve McQueen, it gets its name from its collar that’s rolled with lapel that’s in all in one piece that curves from the back of the neck down to the front closure, they are essential during the winter months, there are many different styles & colours to choose from, the most common style is the cable knit with leather football buttons, the stylish shawl cardigan looks great with a oxford shirt and some indigo Levi`s 501s.

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Men’s waffle cardigan

http://www.menswearuk.com

The V-neck cardigan is another type of knitted garment, it gets its name from a James Brudenell, 7th Earl of Cardigan, he wore a knitted waistcoat during the Crimean war, a cardigan is like a sweater the only difference is it has an opening on the front usually with buttons but some have stylish toggles on the front, the cut and design creates a V-neck shape that’s very chic and stylish, they also come in many different materials and patterns, they are great for creating a sartorial layering effect. cardigans are more stylish in plain colours and patterns but you can choose what you want.

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With knit wear you can choose many different types of wool from thick wool for cold months to light wool for the summer months, if you want some thing more luxuries you can get it.

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Lambswool comes from seven months old lambs, they make very plush soft rich jumpers great for those chilly cold moths.

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Shetland wool comes from the Shetland Islands, its famous for its resilient slightly coarse-textured knit wear.

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Cashmere wool is one of the most luxuries wools you can get, it comes from goats in the Himalayan mountains.

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Angora is another expensive wool it comes from rabbits the breed originated from France but are now bred in China.

So you now know what stylish knit wear is, and some of the major pieces you should have in your wardrobe, the question your now asking is what should I have in my wardrobe, to me you should have at least five pieces in your wardrobe and they are.

  • Two sweaters in a V-neck or crew neck the colours I would choose is medium grey and a navy both are neutral colours and would look good with jeans or trousers.
  • V-neck cardigan in a stylish black this is a great piece to wear to the office, and you can wear it under a blazer giving you a classy layering look.
  • A classy sleeveless sweater in a vivid colour like an electric purple, a tank can be worn with a oxford shirt then add some dressy chinos finished off with a bow tie you have the preppy look.
  • The final piece that you need is the stylish Shawl neck cardigan, they are truly the most stylish piece of knit wear ever invented, if you want to dress down, you simply wear a T-shirt and some indigo jeans add the shawl neck cardigan your looking stylish and dressed down.

Like with all clothing if you want to look stylish in your knit wear, you need to know how to mix it with your exciting wardrobe. so I’ve included some street style pictures to give you some ideas and food for thought.

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Crew neck sweater with a camel over coat keeps is simple but classy the indigo jeans really stands out.

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These sleeveless sweaters with their coloured tipping really make these piece stylish and look good with jeans or trousers.

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This guys wearing a stylish V-neck cardigan with slim fit trousers the over all look is sartorial but super chic.

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Cardigans don’t have to be plain this stylish piece has a stylish pink tipping on the edge it really brings this look to a different level very classy but truly stylish.

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Shawl neck cardigans are my favourite knit wear, they give you a rugged masculine look to your outfit that screams stylish.

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Roll-neck sweaters are super smart and a great alternative to a shirt and tie they look great with flannel trousers.

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Well I hope I’ve given you some thing to think of, having stylish knit wear is key to looking good, every man need stylish knit wear I hope my guide helps you and most of all inspires you.

By

Bob Redfern

BE BOLD BE PROUD

The Art Of Being A True Gentleman


In today’s society there are very few gentleman left around, this is down to how people are brought up, no manners no respect, in the older days you were learnt the art of being a true gentlemen from your farther,  in today’s world the average farther is no older than 18, so how the hell are they going to teach a young man to be a gent when they never had the chance to be one themselves, about a hundred years ago only the nobility were classed as Ladies and Gentleman, but were not on about titles it’s the “art” of being a gentleman, a gentleman is a man who has good manners, usually well-educated, well-groomed, and dresses very smartly, so if your interested in being a gentlemen don’t worry, you don’t need to learn Latin, you don’t need to buy a pair a fancy duelling pistols, you don’t to buy a swish smoking jacket, it’s all about being respectful having manners and being well-groomed and dress with a touch of class,

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Manners And Being Respectful

  The first part of being a true gentleman is having manners and being respectful, if you ask most young men how they treat their young lady’s they shout “TREAT THEM MEAN KEEP THEM KEEN” how classy, their idea of a date is gong McDonalds getting a McSandwich then having a fumble in their crappy boy racer, so lets take a step back for one second , if your taking a young lady out you need to treat her with respect, if she is the kind of girl who drops her knickers on the first date bonk her then dumper her, but if she’s a nice girl think of a nice place you and her can meet and get to know each other, when she arrives stand up and great her with a compliment, don’t stare at her tits, don’t use cheesy pick up lines, try not to fart or belch in front of her if you need to fart be sneaky and do silent farts, let her sit down first then you sit down simple, if your going for a meal eat with your mouth shut, don’t just talk about your self and how good you are in bed, , ask things about her, this is how you wow the ladies  and make them feel good, but when your out and about you can still be a gent, if you’re at a bus stop in a queue  and a lady’s behind you let her on first, always hold a door open for a lady, these are little things that show you have manners but most of all you’re a true gentleman.

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Gentleman’s Grooming

Now a proper gentleman is always well-groomed and well turned out, most young lads think a quick wash then wearing loads of expensive cologne  is the ticket, listen here you haired arsed grease balls, male grooming takes time and dedication, as we get older we get hairier in different areas, in older times a true gent would grow a huge moustache, then spend loads of money on fine oils and creams for his fine beast of a moustache, beards are back in but they are not every ones cup of tea, so the first step of male grooming is smelling good you need to invest into some type of body wash or shower gel, invest into a lime based shower gel that also cleanse your body, you then need an antiperspirants  for get about body sprays they don’t stop you sweating, next aftershave or cologne every man need to smell good, but remember when you enter the room you don’t want to blind with your aftershave, you need to be subtle simply apply to a little to your neck a little on your chest then a touch on your wrists, so when you approached some body they are greeted with mild stunning fragrance, now hair grooming no were not on about hair cuts, we are talking about nose a hair errrrrrrrr, as we get older we get more hair growing, so implement a grooming regime every three days, get some clippers and keep your nose and ears hairs in trim guys, next nails the worst thing about a man is dirty nails it puts lady’s off, no you don’t have to go a nail bar and get your nails done, buy some nail clippers and a nail brush wash your hands every day with the nail brush then keep your nails trimmed, Men`s hair this is really down to the man just keep your hairy tidy and make sure it’s washed on a regular basics.

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Gentleman`s  Clothing

A well dressed gentleman is ways admired, don’t worry you don’t have to start wearing frilly shirts and three-piece tweed suits, a gentleman’s clothing is all way cleaned and pressed, but what you do need is proper smart clothing, a true gentleman would not go out for a meal wearing a Bart Simpson T-shirt, your cloths should be stylish, a simple wardrobe will keep the emphasis on you, stick to simple colours, please no neon colours you’re not a circus act,  make sure your cloths fit you correctly, when it comes to shoes a true gent keeps them clean, so invest into a proper shoe cleaning kit,

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Dealing  With Altercations

Every gentleman will face some kind of altercation in his life time, from over starched shirts to burnt toast, the mark of a true gentleman is how you deal with them, gone are the days of duelling pistols, a true gent is expected to protect his lady’s honour,  so if some scum bag calls your misses a dirty whore, give him a stare then get up and offer to meet him down stairs in 10 minutes, then get your mobile phone out order a taxi and leave by the fire exit, as you leave stick your finger up to the guy and shout your mother is even dirtier, remember a true gentleman will never resort to violence but with witty one liners and guile.

But on a series note it’s not hard  being a gentleman you just need good manners and have respect and dress stylish

By

Bob Redfern

BE BOLD BE PROUD

Weekend Travel Stylish Essentials


Its spring the long bank holidays are here that means yes “weekends” away, time to pack your weekend bag enjoy the sun and some beer, but if you’re hitting the beach you want to be looking good and stylish, it’s all about packing the right pieces that are practical but also essential, there are many times I’ve seen guys getting away for the weekend, and they are carrying too much kit, also if your going to fly to Europe you normally can only carry an on board bag, even then they check your case if you’re carrying too much aftershave they even take it off you, so you need to be smart and crafty what your carrying in your bag.

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The first thing you need is a stylish weekend bag, forget about those little trolley dolly cases you wheel behind you, get a proper man`s bag that’s stylish but most of all you can get your kit in it, the best type of bag is the classic holdall, they come in leather or other materials, a classic brown or black are the classy colours, the other benefit is they have a shoulder strap, which makes it easier to carry, don’t be a pussy and wheel your case behind you, be a man and carry your case you will look stylish and masculine, I’ve chosen this Kangol antique holdall,  because of its size and striking red and navy canvas stripe stylish design, it has three pockets, a shoulder strap and handles which makes this perfect for your weekend getaway.

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http://www.lacoste.com

The polo shirt is one of the most versatile pieces you can pack for your weekend away, it looks great on the beach and if you’re hitting the clubs its bang on with the money, one of the best pieces is the Lacoste ultra slim polo shirt with tricolour piping on the collar and arm bands, it has a stylish button placket, its inspired and designed for the those weekends away.

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Oxford shirts are often overlooked as some thing for the weekend, but oxford shirts look great with shorts or chinos, they are the classic playboy look on the beach matched with some snazzy Ray Ban sunglasses, with one oxford shirt you can get two outfits on a weekend end away, wear it on a night out then the next day wear it with a pair of shorts, it will be broken in a ruffled way but you will look very stylish, this oxford I’ve chosen is from Next, it’s a simple shirt made from real oxford fabric, with contrast trims and button down collar, but the good thing it only costs £20.00 not a king’s ransom.

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Weekends away are all about catching some rays dressing down, so every man needs some stylish shorts, for get about sports shorts they are ok for the pool, but when you’re hitting the beach side bars you want to look stylish, go for some chinos cotton shorts in a vivid summer colour, these Faxan shorts in a deep pink come from Joules, they are a smart alternative to chinos, but most of all they look stylish with a oxford shirt or polo shirt.

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http://www.toms.co.uk

When it comes to foot wear there are many different pieces to choose from, but for me its a pair of Toms Espardrilles, they slip on your feet like a pair of socks, they have a classic suede insole for comfort, a latex arch for added support, they come in a striking rust linen material, Toms even look stylish with jeans and a summer blazer, classy footwear for your weekend away.

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Chinos are a must for any weekend away, great for city breaks or hitting the beach, chinos come in many colours but keep it classy go for a light tan or stone, also when you’re hitting the beach you can just roll up the legs and look stylish walking across  it, these chinos come from River Island in a slim fit in a stone colour, they have a classy button fly, they would look amazing with a blue oxford shirt.

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Another piece that would not go a miss is a classy straw Trilby, they are not just stylish but also very practical, if you’re sitting by a beach bar all day you need a little protection from the sun, with this Stetson Raffia straw Trilby that’s what you get, with its stylish navy grosgrain ribbon band you will look dapper and stylish.

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As you now when you get your bags checked you run the risk of being told your carrying too much toiletry’s, and then you get told to hand over a bottle of aftershave that cost you £65.00 your going to feel pissed off, you then have to go to the duty-free shop to buy more, so even before you have started your holiday your over a hundred pound out-of-pocket, so invest into some travel aftershave atomiser`s, they are about the size of a lipstick case, you simply fill them with your favourite shave, pop them into your bag, and leave your favourite aftershave at home. your sorted also they fit in your pocket, so if you want to stay fresh all day your covered guys.

Where ever you decide to travel to this year do it in style, have fun enjoy the sun and stay safe on your  travels.

By

Bob Redfern

BE BOLD BE PROUD

Are You`re Socks Stylish !


Socks are one of the most overlooked items of clothing in a man`s wardrobe, I am a guy who always look at men’s socks, to me it shows if a guy has really taken time to think what he wearing on that day, some times a flashy pair of socks can really make your outfit sing, socks have been worn for thousands of years, the earliest socks would have been made from animal fur before man learned to knit.

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These funky 12th century socks were found in Egypt

Once man learnt to knit they were able to create stunning socks, by the 1600s socks were very important dress for the nobility they would wear silk socks, where every day people wore simple wool socks, because socks were man-made each culture could personally put their own culture stamp on them and design,

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In the old days boys went to school in shorts come winter or summer so they needed  knee-length socks to keep warm

By the 1900s nylon was invented and automated machines, so socks were made on a Industrial scale, with this socks became simple pieces taken for granted, but over the last couple of decades with fashion changing and people wanting to look good socks have become stylish pieces again.

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Argyle pattern

The Argyle pattern is made of diamonds, the word is sometimes used to refer to an individual diamond in the design but more commonly refers to the overall pattern. Most argyle layouts contain layers of overlapping motifs, adding a sense of three-dimensionality, movement, and texture, the pattern comes from the tartan of Clan Campbell, it became stylish during the 20s, the Argyle pattern is stylish and gives you a unique look that’s bang on with the money.

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Polka Dot pattern

Polka dot is a pattern consisting of an array of filled circles. early instances were generally equally sized and spaced relatively closely in relation to their diameters, many modern prints include more randomly spaced, sized and coloured dots, the key to wearing polka dot socks is choosing the pin dot polka dot pattern, polka dot socks were worn by jazz players and rhythm and blues bands, polka dots look great with grey flannel trousers.

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Striped pattern

Striped pattern is made by having lengthier spans of color in the runs, causing distinctive striping patterns, strips were originally worn as sports socks, students would wear them at the university’s,  stripes are very sartorial you can have multi stripes or bold stripes, I don’t like socks with to many different stripes, I keep it simple by choosing socks with two bold colours like navy & red, yellow and navy blue, they look great with Indigo jeans.

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Plain Socks

Plain socks in a striking vivid colour is always a style winner, if you’re wearing a striped suit or checked trousers you need to keep your socks plain, for get the plain grey or black they belong to the bin of dull, you need to add classy colours like bold reds, light pinks, sky blue, electric purple.

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Natural wool socks

Socks come in many materials most common is polyester but its manmade, so it cause your feet to sweat more as the material cant breath, wear wool or mohair they are natural materials, they keep your feet warm and cool naturally so your feet wont sweat as bad.

Now you know your different patterns its time to see how you can incorporate them into your every day wardrobe, to look good in stylish socks it’s all about matching colours and patterns to what you’re wearing.

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The Argyle pattern may be hundreds of years old but it’s still stylish and very chic.

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Polka dot style socks look great with jeans or trouser but stick with pin dot more stylish.

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Striped socks are very sartorial they look amazing with plain chinos worn with brogues.

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Plain coloured socks are very stylish in vivid colours, they can brighten up a dull suit or give your outfit a classy finish.

Their was a time when I only wore black socks, but now I love stylish socks they are key to my style and how I want to look.

By

Bob Redfern

BE BOLD BE PROUD