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

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Peaky Blinders Style


In September 2013 the BBC brought us Peaky Blinders, it was their answer to Americas Broad Walk Empire, a stylish 1920s gangster TV series, it was based in Birmingham,  the gang yes was called  Peaky Blinders headed by Thomas Shelby (played by Cillian Murphy) , It soon gained rave reviews I had not seen at this point, but a friend commented on the sharp suits they wore on the programme, so being a follower of fashion and style I was interested, I got a dvd copy slipped it on I was met with Nick Cave singing the theme song “Red Right Hand”, then Cillian Murphy then appeared riding a big black horse dressed in a three-piece tweed herringbone suit, with a white pressed penny collar shirt but with no tie just a gold stud, then to finish the look dressed in a classy baker boy eight panel cap with a button in the middle, I was hooked not just by the story but by the clothes they were stylish, they were items of clothing you could wear today, the costumes were designed by Stephanie Collie, to recreate the era she didn’t want to do a history lesson in period clothing, the costumes were made and hired to accurate 1920 style,  but the trousers given a more stylish fit, the suits were made by Keith Watson he’s been making suits since the 60s he started off in Savile Row, this is where he learnt his trade, the best thing is the cast loved their suites you can see this in how they move and wear their suits on set.

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Thomas Shelby from Peaky Blinders ( played by Cillian Murphy ) 

The best thing about the Peaky Blinders look is anyone can put it together and wear the same outfits, the cloths and accessories used on set wouldn’t look that out-of-place today,  after all the men are only wearing tweed suits and flat caps, classy over coats, this look has inspired young fashionistas  to incorporate the vintage look into their wardrobe, so I want to take you through a couple of pieces and show you how this look would look stylish in your own wardrobe.

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In Peaky Blinders most of the characters wear tweed suits, this is what most suites were made from at this time, most men would have owned one suit at a push two, the Thomas Shelby character has may be more, in one scene he is seen wearing a grey pin striped suit, but his main suit is a three-piece grey herringbone suit with a notch lapel and high wasted trousers with short legs with turn ups, getting a three-piece tweed suit is not easy but if you shop around you can find them, I’ve chosen the Marc Darcy tweed three-piece suit because it doesn’t break the bank, also with the felt black collar it gives it a modern twist.

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In Peaky Blinders all the characters are seen wearing beautiful starched white starched collars, in the 1920s shirts didn’t come with collars you would attach the collar to the shirt with studs, in the 1920s men didn’t have a lot of money to buy cloths so they normally they would have a two starched collars and one shirt, this way they could keep the shirt going all week nice, today a lot of shops don’t stock starch collars but you will find them in vintage shops, in Peaky Blinders Thomas Shelby is seen wearing a wine striped shirt also a blue striped one but my favourite is the powder blue one with the contrast of the white-collar it looks amazing with a grey herringbone tweed suit, the style your looking for is the penny collar, this shirt from Tesco does not break the bank but looks stylish.

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The Henley shirt is a stylish piece worn as underwear  on the set by many characters, it looks amazing when worn with braces and tweed trouser finished off with a tweed cap, the Henley shirt gets its name from when rowers in Henley-on-Thames wore them to race in, there are a lot of company’s making the Henley shirt, but to me there is only one company who make a proper Henley Shirt that is Wolsey, their Henley shirt is made from 100% cotton, in a loose fit, with a five button placket and ribbed cuff

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Another feature of the Peaky Blinders is the long black overcoats they wear, they are big and loose-fitting very masculine in style, when the character’s done theirs coats and walk on seen they look very menacing in deed, the style your looking for is a simple over coat that just hangs off your shoulders but fits you in the sleeves, I’ve chosen this black over coat from Warrior Clothing, its made from 100 % wool with a stunning red lining you can’t go wrong with this stunning coat.

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The crowing glory of the Peaky Blinders look is the eight panel tweed cap with a peak at the front and a button in the middle, the caps have many names like the Gatsby, The baker boy, the newspaper boy, it was a type of head wear worn by dock workers and other manual workers of the time, in Peaky Blinders they had sewn razor blades into the peaks of their caps, then used them as weapons, this how they got their name Peaky Blinders, Baker boy caps to me are the most stylish casual head wear you can own.

If you wear a waistcoat wear it with a pocket watch

 The final piece to the Peaky Blinders look is the pocket watch, Thomas Shelby is always seen with a pocket watch hanging off his waistcoat, before the wrist watch was invented all men wore a pocket watch it would be attached to their waistcoat by a gold chain, the more stylish chains would have a fob attached to the chain, to me a pocket watch is a great way to add a touch of style to your waistcoat, don’t go out and buy a new watch get your self a vintage one, ebay is a great place to get them.

Peaky Blinders is truly a unique programme very stylish as well as entertaining, cant wait for series three just hope the guys are still stylishly dressed.

By

Bob Redfern

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The Stylish Trilby


The Trilby is seriously stylish for 2015, there was a time when every man wore some kind of hat, now you very rarely see a man in a hat, the Trilby its self is a narrow-brimmed hat where a Fedora has a wider brim, it gets its name from the stage adaptation of George du Maurier`s 1894 novel “Trilby”, a hat was worn during the production of this style so it was called yes the Trilby, a Trilby is usually made from felt but you can also get them in tweed , straw, wool, the Trilby like most hats became less fashionable by the late 50s, during the 60s a new music movement emerged called Ska, it was a mixture of American jazz and rhythm and blues, it was listened to by a subculture called rude boys, they would wear sharp suits and Trilby hats, but by the time the 70s came the Trilby became less fashionable again.

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The Classic Blues Brothers Jake and Elwood wearing their famous Trilby`s and sunglasses

The Trilby hit new heights during the 80s one of the main reasons was the Blues Brothers, it was a film about Jake and Elwood Blues, they were lead singers in the rhythm and blues band, they were dressed in Trilby`s and sunglasses through the whole of the film, this gave the Trilby a new lease of life, designers started to design new outfits including the  Trilby as a part of their design, soon lady’s were sporting Trilby`s too it became a unisex hat, but as a fashion accessory for  young stylish men it didn’t take off.

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Bruno Mars looking uber cool in his Trilby

Over the latest couple of decades vintage has become back into fashion, one of the reasons is young musicians and rappers like Pharrell Williams, Andre 3000, Mos Def, Bruno Mars, Common, all these guys have dumped the base-ball cap and jeans hanging off their asses, they dress in the latest suits also dapper Fedoras and Trilby`s, this new love of vintage style has inspired a whole new generation in to wear the Trilby again.

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The most common Trilby is made from felt, felt is a textile that is produced by matting, condensing and pressing fibres together, felt can be made of natural fibres such as wool or synthetic fibres, the finished product is truly stylish and practical, it’s normally decorated with a plain silk hat band, and a stunning natural feather plume.

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The tweed Trilby is not as common as felt, tweed is a rough, unfinished woollen fabric, of a soft, open, flexible texture, resembling cheviot or homespun, but more closely woven. It is made in either plain or twill weave and may have a check or herringbone pattern, this style of Trilby is usually worn by women instead of men.

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The straw Trilby is a classy choice for summer, it’s simply woven out of straw or reeds, it’s designed to protect the head from the sun and heatstroke, a classy straw Trilby hat is usually fitted with a stunning colour full hat band.

Trilby`s are real classy if you can pull it off, but its all about what you wear with the Trilby, if you’re wearing a felt Trilby normally a nice waistcoat and some indigo jeans look best, if you’re sporting a straw Trilby a nice oxford shirt and some chinos is the ticket.

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For a cracking summer look go for a blue oxford shirt, some white Ralph Lauren shorts, add some Fred Perry white pumps, then some classy Ray Bans and a dapper straw Trilby.

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Trilby`s give any out fit a classy stylish look, here Usher go’s for double denim then a V neck French blue T-shirt, to finish the look he goes for a grey Trilby, the over all look is very casual but stylish.

Buying a stylish Trilby does not have to cost you a lot of money, an average stylish straw Trilby should only cost you about £10 to £15, felt Trilby`s are a little more expensive but you can still pick up a stylish one for a little as £20 but you can pay well over a £100 for some top name ones, my favourite place for buying a Trilby is Ebay, I always do a world-wide search when searching on Ebay.

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Trilby hats are very stylish,  but if you want to make your Trilby even more stylish try these assorted feathers, each pack comes with six different feathers, featuring vibrant and unique color combinations. Simply slide the feather behind the hat band, and you’ll have the new look you’ve been waiting for.

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Trilby`s can get dirty very quick so every stylish man needs a hat cleaning kit, to maintain the quality and appearance of your stylish Trilby, in this kit you get a felt hat sponge and brush, then to protect your hat from water stains you get a can of felt hat protector spray, and to keep the hat in shape a low profile hat stand.

Trilby`s are super stylish and have a place in every mans wardrobe, a lot of men feel uncomfortable wearing hats,so invest into a cheap straw one for summer, wear it if you like the look invest into some more.

By

Bob Redfern

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The Mod Style Essentials


The Mod subculture started in the 1960s, it has gone through many revivals and carries on today, the Mods were all about fashion and music, the Mod movement started off on London in the late 50s but its height was during the 60s, Mods were modernist`s they were all about the latest fashion and music, it attracted young working class lads, there style was all about bespoke sharp suits, and sharp dressing, at the weekends mods would meet a cafes and listen to music looking good, band`s like the Small Faces and The Who were influenced by the Mod subculture, Mods were known for fighting with rockers, Mods favourite mode of transport was the scooter they chose Lambrettas and Vespas, there was a couple of reasons why they chose scooters, one was because the engine was encased in two side panels this stopped them getting oil over their fancy cloths, the other was because they were affordable and young lads could get the newly available higher purchase plans, and this is where the iconic Mod parka came in they wore them to protect cloths while riding their scooters, but by the mid 60s the Mod scene became to commercialised, their was company’s setting up Mod clothing collections, this went against what Mods were all about choosing their own style, it became to stylised instead of young people customising their own cloths.

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Mods on their Scooters

Over the last couple of decades the Mod subculture has gone through many revivals, in the 80s the classic film about Mods Quadrophenia  was made, in the early 90s bands like Oasis ,Blur, The Verve, were all influenced by the Mod subculture through their music and style, today the Mod subculture has spread to places like Japan even south Korea, Mod clothing brands like Lambretta  and Merc still sell Mod style clothing to this day.

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Mod fishtail parka is one of the most iconic items of clothing associated with the Mod subculture, the original parkers were never meant for young  stylish Mods, they were made for the US army, so their troops could fight in cold climates, that’s what happened in the Korean war in the 1950s, it was a united nations war so Britain had to take part, but British troops were not equipped for the cold climate so America issued them with the fishtail parka, the name fishtail parka comes from the coat is shaped like a fishtail, this was so the coat could be tied around the legs for added wind proofing,  after the war hundreds found their way into army surplus stores, Mods first used them as an ideal garment for fending off the elements and protecting their smart clothing from grease and dirt, but soon they became apart of the Mod look with Mods sewing on badges and the iconic roundel on the back of their parka`s, it’s very hard to find original parka`s now with the fur hood, but company’s like Merc London continue to make this classic as close to the original as possible, but you can’t get a fur hood now because of an outcry by the fur lobby, but you can get a synthetic fur hood.

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The original Mods were influenced by modern jazz, jazz came from America when jazz players came to the UK they wore fancy sharp shirts made by Brooks Brothers, very soon young modernist were looking for these shirts, because the shirts had to be imported certain importers were able to corner the market so the shirts became very expensive, one Man Ben Sherman saw a market for his own shirts, he quickly designed his own oxford shirts made from the finest cottons, he targeted the young mods soon his shirts were hit, among these were his Gingham and paisley shirts, to this day Ben Sherman continue make the finest casual shirts influenced by the Mod subculture.

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In the late 50s young stylish mods were looking for stylish casual clothing, one of the items they chose was the polo shirts, the brand they chose was the Fred Perry polo, the main reason was Mods loved to dance all night but still look good, the Fred Perry polo shirt came with a collar and placket so it could be worn with a suit, because of its knitted piquaterial and its ability to retain its shape, Mods could dance all night in it then wear it again the next day, very soon suppliers were getting requests from streetwear fans for tipping on the collars and cuffs, Fred Perry loved the idea he gave his permission this design to made, it gained a nick name the Perry, since then Fred Perry has been heavily associated with the Mods and its music scene.

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Another classic that mods chose was the Sta Prest Trousers, they were originally invented and produced by Levi Strauss & Co, they were a wrinkle resistant trouser renowned for their sharp style and straight leg, also they came in a flat front, they were a practical trouser that looked good but also after being worn on a scooter for a couple of hours they still looked sharp and classy, Levi`s no longer make the Sta Prest trousers, but company’s like Relco and Warrior make a similar trousers called Sta Press trouser, they are still worn by young stylish men today.

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Desert boots were the first casual shoes to be invented for casual wear, they were invented by Nathan Clark of Clarks shoes, he was serving in the second world war in Africa wear soldiers first wore desert boots, he came back to the UK designed his own boot, by the late 50s they became a casual classic, mods loved them for their simple straight lines and design, but one of the main reasons was the crepe sole its naturally gripped the road when riding their scooters, deserts boots have been copied by every fashion label going but the originals are by Clarks only.

There are many other pieces that Mods are famous for like Harrington Jackets and Ox blood tasselled loafers, the Mod cultures lives on with weekend scooter rally’s, and Mod music by the Jam and Paul Weller, open up your mind add a little Mod culture your wardrobe.

By

Bob Redfern

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Sinners Attire Apparel


Sinners Attire are a fairly new street clothing brand, their design’s are very vivid and inspiring, a lot of thought goes into their designs, they bringing you the latest unisex streetwear, if you want to be different and stand out from the crowd, then Sinners Attire is the place for you because nobody really wants to just fit in, what makes them unique they put their art work on the back of the T-shirt very retro and the designs come in a classic  black and white print bold two-tone, so please have a look at some of their latest 2015 collection

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Mantis Skull T-shirt

This stylish black t-shirt comes in black with a skull embroidered on the front, then the Mantis and skull pattern on the rear, there is also a woven skull hip label, it comes in a cut & sew design.

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Polygon Skull T-shirt

This classic T-shirt comes in white, it has a skull embroidered on the front, then on the back you have the Polygon skull design, on the side you have a woven skull hi label, it comes in a cut and sew design.

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Sinners Zip Hoodie

Sinners Attire hoodies are very dapper they come in grey and black, made from 100% cotton, on the front you have a small Sinners logo, then on the back you have an even bigger logo, super stylish and great for layering or worn on its own.

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Now if you’re looing for jacket that’s stylish and stunning Sinners Attire`s Varsity Jacket is for you, it comes in jet black with contrast white press buttons and white tipping on the colour on the collar, cuffs, bottom of the jacket, very retro but super stylish.

Sinners Attire have got a flash sale on right now up to 50 % off , so bag your self some stunning pieces for spring and summer, trust me with these stylish pieces your going to look amazing.

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Bob Redfern

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Looking Stylish In Tartan


Tartan is very fashionable and stylish, more designers are now using tartan in their designs more than ever before, tartan its self is a pattern consisting of criss-crossed horizontal and vertical bands in multiple colours, which is made from wool, but it’s now made from many different type of materials, tartan is heavily associated with Scotland and kilts,  tartan is called plaid in America, in 1746 tartan was outlawed to bring warrior clans under government control, tartan is now the symbolic national dress of Scotland.

a lot of people think each clan had its own tartan this is not the truth, the highlands tartan are really associated with regions and districts, tartan was produced by local weavers using natural dyes available in that area, the patterns were different, people chose what colours they wanted like people today when they go cloths shopping, it was not till the late 19th century that many patterns were created then associated with clans of the highlands.

When Scottish regiments were formed in the British army they had their own tartan designed for them, each regiment like all British regiments had their own customs and certain dress uniforms, one of the most famous was the Black watch their tartan was also known as the black watch tartan, many men served in the Scottish regiment, in time these men left the army and some emigrated to places like Canada, Australia, America, even Europe, they took with them their tartan kilts, which would have been worn on remembrance days, very soon these tartans inspired many designers.

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Black Watch tartan

The Black watch tartan is one of the most used by designers, it gets it name from the dark colours of the tartan, its consists of blue, black, green top check then a blue, black, green, black, blue under check, this allows the opposite blues to carry a different check, the effect is stunning but stylish, this is why I’ve chosen this tartan, you can get many stunning pieces in Black watch tartan.

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This stylish field jacket from Mackintosh in Black Watch tartan, is crafted in the UK from  showerproof waxed cotton bolstered with supple oiled leather, this handsome tartan piece is practical and stylish, it’s a part of the Mr Porter Kingsmen collection, it would look great with roll-neck sweater and some brogue boots.

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If your looking to make a statement in style, this 100% pure wool slim fit blazer, in classic Black Watch tartan, will see you turning heads, it comes with working cuffs, also a striking green lining, add some stunning charcoal flannel trousers and a pair of brown suede loafers for a stylish classic look.

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Now if your looking for a stylish but practical shirt  this Black Watch 100% wool shirt is the ticket,  it comes from the Pendleton Woolen Mills collection, with a stylish button down collar, and branded buttons in a tailored fit, add some Levi`s 501s for urban chic look.

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Scottish trousers or Trews  as they are properly known,  are simply tartan trousers in a tapered fit, these trews from Wingtip in Black Watch tartan are 100 % wool,  they look great with a navy blazer and a nice white dress shirt.

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Tartan is very stylish for street style here we have a guy wearing some stylish Black Watch tartan trousers.

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Black Watch tartan shirts are very chic and make a bold statement add some chinos for a stylish look.

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Black Watch wool suits are very chic go for a tailored fit to create a sartorial sharp look add a navy tie.

So you can see having a little tartan in your wardrobe is stylish and very different, there are many different types of tartan to choose from, me I always go for Black Watch to me its more stylish and chic.

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Bob Redfern

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Getting Stylish For 2015 Music Festivals


Yes it’s that time again music festivals are here, from the classic 1969 Woodstock to Glastonbury, T4 on the beach, V festivals, its been a right of passage for young people to pack their bags and get shit faced for the weekend, than talking about it for the rest of their lives, it’s a time where friends some times have their last get together, before they finish college or university and start their adult life, for some its their first adventure from home and being able to kick back and have some fun,what I love about festivals is you can wear what you want and no one gives a shit, you can wear loud or just dull, it’s about having fun listing to some great music then chilling with a beer, but what I have noticed for years women get noticed for their fashion at the festivals, but the boys don’t get a mention so I thought I would give the boys their own fashion guide for a change and a few tips from my experience’s at the festivals.

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Woodstock 1969 the Granddaddy of all music festivals

Festivals are normally held in fields yes fields so things can get dirty and very crazy, so when your going to festivals you need to pack the right things, other wise you   could be very wet and cold and pissed off that you have wrecked  a £100 pair of trainers, so the guide I’m going to do is not about fashion labels, its about looking stylish but practical.

The other key element is what you pack, remember your going away for the weekend, not for a week, so you need to keep it simple but light, my advise is always check the weather, when I started doing festivals over 20 years ago you didn’t know if it was going to rain or shine, but thank to modern technology we can get a seven-day weather update on our phones, so check the weather before you leave you Muppets, so think about what you need not what if this goes with this, you will be just carrying loads of cloths for bugger all, also if its muddy there’s a good chance all your cloths will get shitty to so more washing for nothing

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T- shirts yes it summer what else would you wear, my advise is let your hair down it’s a festival, get loud get some t-shirts with some great vivid prints, there are lots of company’s now that just sell great t-shirts like Johnny Cupcakes or Ark Angel Apparel, but stay away from the cartoon character ones you want to impress the ladies “right”, the other thing about t-shirts they are light to carry, so once you have ironed them you simply roll them tightly, then when you take them out of the bag quick shake their still crisp and fresh.

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Shirts now if you’re a stylish man you will always carry a classy shirt with you, but remember shirts can get wrinkled quick and if you’re in a muddy field there are no irons, so keep it simple pack a oxford shirt or a short sleeve shirt, style wise go for some polka dots or simple strips, if you can find a shirt with some amazing design buy it, shirts are also great for layering you could wear a t-shirt then a shirt over the top unbuttoned.

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Shorts summer and festivals are all about shorts, the choice is up to you, denim shorts are classy also stylish, chino cotton shorts are your next choice great khaki, reds, navy, are good colours, but one style tip for you, if you wear a patterned  t-shirt go for plain shorts, other wise you will look like a walking comic painting,

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Chinos and Jeans yes I know its summer, but you never know if its going to rain or get cold, so my advise is always pack one pair, also if you wanted to leave the festival to go out and have a meal, you know you have the right cloths to go out if you wanted to.

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Hooded tops are just amazing at festivals, they are stylish but practical, there has been many morning I’ve gotten up in a field and its been a bit chilly, I just reached for my hoody pulled it on and I was toasty again, also when you pack up on the Sunday or the Monday you are on a comedown from the booze and partying, you feel like pants you simply slip on your hooded top, pull the hood over your head slip your earphones on your sorted ready for the journey home.

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Jackets yes like I’ve said many times festivals are about summer, but the British weather does not give a crap about summer if it wants to rain it will, I always carry a Karrimor Jacket, they are light but stylish and practical, they will keep you dry and if you do role in the mud it simply wipes of cool, but the choice is down to you but personally always make sure you have jacket in your bag.

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Footwear this is simply down to your choice, my advise is buy some cheap £20.00 stylish pumps, if they do get covered in mud and mashed up just chuck them in the bin, trust me I can tell you from experience save your money, about 15 years ago I went to a rock festival in some white Fred Perry Pumps, they cost me over £70.00 and yes it rained for two days solid in a field they were fucked, lesson learnt, flip-flops are a great choice if they get muddy you just wipe them down.

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Hats are not just stylish but practical too, think bout it your drinking all day out in the sun, you will get dehydrated very quick, so a hat keeps your head cool and covered, I love wearing a straw Trilby very dapper, or you can go for a classy bucket hat or keep it simple and wear a baseball cap.

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Sunglasses are a must for all festival goers, but again they cost a lot of money, a couple of years ago I sat down and worked out how much I had spent on sunglasses that got broken or lost and stolen at festivals, I came in about £550.00, so if your going to festivals save your best glasses take some cheap stylish ones, Foster Grant are my choice and at about £20.00 a pair I could not be bothered what happens to them.

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Towels now this is a free tip, it will save you the hassle of dirty smelly wet towels in your tent, simply buy a  travel towel its a special type of towel, that’s water absorbent,  its comes in a travel pouch the size of a face cloth, you unzip it, it opens into a full bath towel wipe your self dry fold it back up put it in the case all done no mess no dirty smelly towel, it will last you the weekend just wash it when back home.

If you do attend any music festivals this year stay safe and have amazing time in style of course

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Bob Redfern

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Desert Boots King Of Casual Footwear


Desert boots are the king of casual footwear, before desert boots came about there was no such thing as casual footwear, but all that changed when the desert boots came on the scene, during the second world war the British army went to fight in the desert, they were not properly equipped for the harsh climate, British officers saw locale people wearing a crepe sole shoe made from rough suede, very soon they were going to the local bazaars and getting some made for them self’s, one of those young officers was Nathan Clark he was a member of the family behind Clarks, one of the worlds most iconic shoe company’s, he decide to design his own desert boots, in 1944 while he was stationed in the desert he had some made at a Cairo bazaar, after the war he took his designs home with him, he went to the directors of the company and put his ideas to them, they said they would never sell, but Nathan believed in his design and started to cut the design him self, in 1949 Nathan Clark took his prototype boot to Oscar Schoeffler , fashion editor of Esquire, he decide to run a story on the new casual footwear with pictures, the desert boot was a hit, the rest as they is history.

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Nathan Clark the inventor of the modern Desert Boot

The desert boots became a hit over night , in 1957 they ran an advert saying the most travelled shoe, the desert boot became the first casual shoe, they ended up selling in over 100 country’s,  it was also named as one of the 50 shoes that changed the world, it was down to its unique design, before the 1950s all shoes or boots were made with leather uppers they were made to last so they could be heavy on the feet say after 8 hours at the mill, with Clarks desert boots they were made from a crepe sole, one of natures great shock absorbers and water-repellent, crepe is made from latex tapped from the para rubber tree, its then mixed and mashed and rolled into sheets, then layered to make a great a great comfortable sole, the best thing is it’s entirely natural not man-made. then covered in two pieces of the finest suede.

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Steve McQueen wearing thick crepe sole desert boots in the film “Bullet”

Desert boots have been worn by all types of famous people, in the 60s Steve McQueen famously wore a pair of thick crepe sole desert boots in brown suede they looked amazing, the boots he wore were Hutton Original Playboys, they went bust in the 70s, they were sold in the states under the name of Players as Hugh Hefner of playboy didn’t like people using his company name “PLAYBOY”,  what made McQueen`s character stand out “Frank Bullet” he wore desert boots with a pair of charcoal trousers in the office, this was a revolution in its self, normally if people worked in an office they wore proper shoes, deserts boots were no longer just casual shoes but every day wear.

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Even Prince Harry wears desert boots

Over the last couple of decades desert boots have still maintained a cult following, and have been worn by the likes of Bob Dylan, The Beatles, even Prim Minster`s, they became the foot wear of choice for the mods, the desert boots appeal was adopted by all types of people, that`s why it became such a style icon, the desert boots have been even copied by Marks and Spencer.

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The great thing about desert boots is they go with most outfits, but its all about the colour that you choose, if you go for crazy reds and bright oranges your limited, but if you choose brown or sand even navy your better off, my favourite colour is cognac brown very rustic with a rich sheen to it, because most fashion labels and stores make their own desert boots now you can pick up a pair for around £20.00, but if you want the originals your looking around £65.00 a pair.

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The other great thing about desert boots they are unsex so both boys and girls can look stylish too.

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With desert boots you know your able look smart even with jeans, they are very chic with an urban twist

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If your someone who has to wear a suit for work dress it down a touch with a pair a stylish desert boots

I’m a lover of the desert boots I own 5 pairs, they are super casual but practical, if your new to desert boots get a pair today you wont regret it, they will become your favourite shoes for ever.

By

Bob Redfern

BE BOLD BE PROUD

Mixing Vintage With Modern Style


The Vintage look is fast becoming something that every stylish person is going for, in today’s society of throw away fashion, clothing and accessories are not made to the highest standard’s like they used to be, but with vintage pieces this is what you get, about a 10 to 20 years ago certain pieces like silk scarfs and cufflinks would cost you about £40 to £50 you now can pick them up for as little as £5.00, the thought of wearing some thing that some one else owned really puts people off going vintage, this I agree with but I’m not on about clothing I’m on about accessories, but now and then I invest into a vintage pucker blazer if I like it, when I visit  different  country’s I always hit the back street chunk stores, on one of my last European trips I went to Tallinn, in Estonia,  we found many shops selling vintage pieces, in one shop I brought a vintage razor and four pairs of cufflinks it cost me just £20.00, my friend Peter picked up a vintage Finnish navy style pea coat, it was an amazing find he wears it with some Levi`s and looks very stylish,   Key to the vintage look is how you incorporate it in to your every day wardrobe, if you just wore vintage pieces it would probably look like you have just raided your granddad wardrobe,  so what you need to do first is think what vintage pieces would look great with your wardrobe.

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Now if your looking to give your dress shirt a classy stylish look, go for vintage cufflinks, here we have a set of art deco emerald stone in a gold finish, they are just stunning and scream quality, add a suit or blazer your looking the business, these were only advertised at £12.00 on the net.

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Now if your looking to dress up your dull brown blazer, a silk scarf is a great choice to add character and style, this classic silk scarf is in a neutral beige base colour but with a striking green and red design, it brings life to the blazer and looks amazing, the cost for this vintage piece was only £6.00

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When it comes to waistcoat’s you very rarely see people sporting a pocket watch chain when they wear a waistcoat, a pocket watch chain is stylish also it gives your out fit a bit of bling, here we have a stylish black velvet waistcoat adding the silver pocket chain really brings it alive, what I love about this chain is the silver thob that hangs from it very retro but stylish.

Finding vintage pieces is not hard there are hundreds of websites selling vintage clothing and accessories, eBay is a great place simply put in the search bar vintage followed by what your looking for i.e. cufflinks, scarfs, on the settings change it to a world-wide search, when your on holiday find the back street stores have a good mooch about, barter have fun,  when I look for vintage I look for great cufflinks silk scarfs also pocket squares and the odd pocket watch, I love it when people say ” I like that ” I then say it’s a vintage piece they go no.

One of the best things about going vintage is having some thing no one else has, it’s all about individualism, your own style and if you choose vintage this is the style you will get, very rad but super stylish.

By

Bob Redfern

BE BOLD BE PROUD

Who Is Looking Good At the 2015 Oscars


The 87th Academy Awards ceremony, presented by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, honour the best films of 2014 which takes place on February 22, every year at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood, Los Angeles beginning, it’s also a time for the stars to shine, and this is where designers get their chance to show the world how good they are, by dressing up the stars in their latest creations so lets see who shined and who bombed this year.

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Eddie Redmayne again has not let us down, he shines in his Alexander McQueen Navy tuxedo, with black bow tie, the style is in a peak lapel, with a 1 button fastening, very stylish, and he went on to win the best actor Oscar.

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Benedict Cumberbatch went proper old school, he turned up in a stylish shawl collar white tuxedo, it was down to the detail here he got right tonight, stud fastening dinner shirt, a sleek bow tie, with a dapper black pocket square, very stylish with an old school twist.

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Common (Lonnie Rashid Lynn Jnr) was by far my favourite tonight, he looked amazing in his Prada Navy velvet tuxedo, he went with a white bow tie, but to finish the look he chose an eye catching silver brooch, I love velvet tuxedos right now and Common didn’t let me down tonight.

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 David  Oyelowo went for a less formal but still very stylish red tuxedo from Dolce & Gabbana, the style was in a shawl lapel, finished with a red bow tie and he to finished it of with a brooch too, very stylish but the Jackson five look is not some thing I’m into.

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If you ever wondered what a Homeless guy looks like in a crap cheap tuxedo, thanks to Jared Leto we now know, what ever he was thinking or smoking it backed fired, buddy you need help.

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Oh my god John Travolta what were you thinking, yes he’s wearing a choker, has 50 shades of grey got to him who knows, all I wanted him to do was shout “YO DOG” get me my money, nice tuxedo beside that.

So over all 2015 Oscars have been stylish and sharp suited, just a couple of lunatics this years, a very well done to Eddie Redmayne for winning best Oscar .

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Bob Redfern

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