Men’s Summer Sartorial Style Guide


Summer is fast approaching guys, it’s time for Summer garden party’s & relaxing in the beer garden, heading abroad for our annual Holidays, because we are getting hot weather or traveling to warmer climates, most men stick to the basics, some funny logo T-shirt & big baggy cargo shorts, wearing horrible colored flip flops, but if you plan ahead, by the time you go on holiday or start to enjoy the hot weather, you could have one of the most stylish summer wardrobes, and it does not take much to get together, this blog is more directed to older men, who want to drop the tight fitting denim shorts & multi colored T-shirts, and those horrible bulky very expensive running shoes, so lets take a look at whats on offer & how you can put a great summer outfit together and look stylish with a squeeze of sartorial thrown in.Now the first pieces are shirts & polo shirts this is what real stylish men wear, when it comes to a summer style polo shirts are king, it can be a linen one or choose a 100% pique cotton fabric, these are natural fibers none man made so you wont sweat as much, because the fabric is breathable, again with shirts stick with linen or a 100% cotton, the style you should be looking for is not slim fit, “WHY”, most of us don’t have a body of a Greek God carved abs of granite, we are average joe’s, so lets dress accordingly, and you will look stylish & well put together, we need standard fit, the garment needs to simply drape a little, not hang off you, so it gives you room to breath & you feel comfortable, the same with summer shirts try to aim for short sleeve if you can & go for casual fit guys, colors and patterns is your next issue, you could end up looking like a bright looking ice lolly, if you don’t get the basics right, my advice is don’t be scared of color, summer is all about color but lets say you go for a bright pink shirt, tone it down with plain dark colors below, now patterns are great for summer I love short sleeve shirts with floral prints, these can be stylish if you buy the right ones, one piece I for got to mention is T-shirts, they do have a place in your wardrobe , but if we are trying to achieve a sartorial look, you got to keep them in plain colors, pastel colors if you can, as it is your summer wardrobe, please please no logo T-shirts, so here is a couple of options to get you thinking.

This stunning Indigo polo shirt is a Linen & cotton blend, this comes from Mango Man it retails for £29.99, this piece can be with shorts & trousers, andy you could dress it up with light coloured blazer.


Add statement prints to your smart-casual collection with this shirt from Patrick Grant’s exclusive Hammond Co. Range. Working a bold tiger pattern throughout, it’s made with ecovero , a sustainable, eco-friendly material, for an ultra-soft and lightweight feel. A fashion line from Debenhams, the shirt is retails at £40.00 but is on sale right now if your looking to save some money.

Now if your not a lover of short sleeve shirts, and you are looking for a stylish long sleeved summer shirt, then UNIQLO have your back coverd, this simple smart elegant 100 % pure line shirt, ideal for breezy summer days, its available in many versatile colors, and its designed to drape elegantly when not tucked in, it retails for only £29.99, can be worn on it own or dressed up with a blazer.

This Burgundy slub short sleeve t-shirt from Burton’s men’s wear, has a roll cuff detail. This item is part of of their eco collection and is made with 100% organic cotton fibres. Organic cotton is grown without the use of chemical fertilisers, pesticides, or Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs) and has a lower impact on the environment, its available in many bold summer colors and retails at £9.00 so cheaps as chips, looks good as a base layer or worn on its own.Thats the top half lets have a look at some stylish piece’s for the bottom, l do own jeans, but l try to stay away from wearing them during the summer months, also l want to show alternatives from denim jeans and get you thinking, people choose denim because its a safe choice for them, so let me tempt you & show you some stylish pieces that will get you thinking.

In summer you dont want to be wearing wool or flannel trousers, its linen or light cotton chinos, now to me the king of chinos is Charles Tyrwhitt, I have brought made to measure chinos & top shelf brand ones, but to me these are the best l have ever brought in my life, they come in three styles, classic fit, Slim fit, extra slim fit, you can have pleats or flat front, these non-iron chinos deliver a smart look in an easy-to-wear fabric. To ensure a comfortable fit, they are crafted with a curved waistbandt and added a touch of elastane to the soft cotton fibres. Their tailored design narrows towards the hem to create a contemporary silhouette. Charles Tyrwhitt have packed these trousers with thoughtful extra details, such as Bengal stripe detailing on the pockets and an internal French bearer panel. This additional piece of material helps to keep the front of the trousers flat. As you can see from the images, you can wear them for business or casual, and the price for these are only £69.95

My next choice are these expertly tailored, regular fit flat-front trousers they ideal for the summer months, keeping you feeling fresh when temperatures rise and allowing you to dress smartly even in the heat. Sophisticated and comfortable, these trousers will keep you looking sharp, elegant and stylish, whatever the occasion. 55% linen and 45% cotton. they are from from Samuel Windsor, they are normally known for their shoes, but they also provide a stunning mens wardrobe, and they come in many colors too, retail price is only £34.50, you can wear them with a stylish blazer or a nice short sleeve shirt.

Summer is all about shorts, but young young gentleman seem to struggle with the concept of what the difference is between sport & casual shorts, casual shorts simply dont have any logos on them, dont buy shorts with cargo pockets, your shorts should be just above your knee, these Shorts come from TU clothing, you will look stylish in these cool red shorts. Cut from a classic cotton twill in a stylish shade of soft red, they feature all the essential attributes of a classic chino short with the added benefit of stretch. Team them with a smart polo shirt and you’ll be suitably attired for the golf course or club house. And at £12.00 a pair you cant go wrong.Now we have covered the basics which will make up your stylish summer wardrobe, its time to add the final touches that will give you the sartorial element of your summer wardrobe, these are blazers and suits, remember cotton or linen is what your looking for, your looking for unstructured pieces, and they have no lining in side of them, this makes them more light wearing, you want simple pieces in summer or earthy colours in a classic fit.

So let me introduce you to your next favourite item of summer clothing, its your linen suit, with one suit you get a jacker & a pair of trousers, because of the neutral color of this suit, you can wear the jacket or the trousers on their own, so you have a item of clothing you can use with every piece of your summer wardrobe, so when you need to look smart but don’t want to wear a wool suit, linen is the answer answer.Breathable and lightweight, this suit comes from Moss Bross 1851, the jacket is half lined and made from 100% linen to keep you cool when the temperature is on the rise. In a neutral stone shade and with tortoiseshell buttons, this is a versatile and classic jacket. The tailored cut ensures a strong shoulder and a defined waist. For a relaxed yet smart outfit, try it with an open-necked linen shirt. dress it down with some white trainers or dress it up with a pair of leather loathers. the suit retails at £209.

The final piece to finish your wardrobe is your blazer, with so many colours & styles l could not find one to really show you a individual one as l loved every one l saw, colour should not hold you back its summer, after all, aim for a linen mix or cotton, go plaids & herringbone patterns or quite simply go for what you like, for remember lighter the fabric the more the jacket will keep you cool, your looking for is a unstructured blazer, it is the jacket equivalent of a decent pair of chinos. It retains enough formality that it can be dressed up with a shirt and tie, but is also relaxed enough that it looks good over a T-shirt and with jeans.

People ask me what style of blazer should l choose, my self you want a patch pocket design, two button front, simple notch lapel, with side vents on the back, this style is more dress down and so true to the orginal design of a sports coat/blazer, the style of the blazer is more relaxed & you want in a classic fit so it fits you just right. keep it simple & you will look stylish.

Foot wear at summer time is simple, stay the fuck away from sandals & flip flops, for the pool & beach yes, for for everything else, go for loathers or boat shoes or espadrilles or white trainer’s simple thats easy to understand. I will show you a couple of pieces to give you an idea

Boat shoes were invented in 1935 by American Paul A. Sperry of New Haven, Connecticut after noticing his dog’s ability to run easily over ice without slipping. Using a knife, he cut siping into his shoes The classic boat shoe gets a contemporary update with the Albury pair from Hammond Co. Made from leather in an all-over woven design, they’re shaped with an almond toe and set on a contrasting sporty sole. they would look great with the linen suit or with the chinos

I love white trainers, they are my number 1 go to for dress down casual shoes, simple but stylish l recently came across a new footwear brand called Loyalty, they wanted to inspire people with something meaningful-to lead with a message and to be more than just a brand. That meant earing trust & developing powerful, long lasting relationships with like minded individuals. And to me they have done this and made some amazing styilsh pieces, they retail for £100, again these would look great on the beach or a evening out, keep it simple but stylish.

Again thats all l have time for today, again I claim to be no guru fashionista just a guy who loves to dress well & l like to share my knowledge & hopefully inspire some up coming young fashion inspired men to dress well, building a good wardrobe starts with the basics and from there you build your way up.

BE BOLD BE PROUD

Yours Kindly

Bob Redfern

Indiana Jones Style Review


 

 

Its 1981 and there’s a new breed of Superhero, he has no super powers, he does not wear a cape, but he has a whip & he knows how to use it, his name is, “Indiana” Jones’s full name is Dr. Henry Walton Jones Jr., and his nickname is often shortened to”Indy”. In his role as a college professor of archaeology, Jones is scholarly and learned in a tweed suit, lecturing on ancient civilizations. At the opportunity to recover important artifacts, Dr. Jones transforms into “Indiana,”a”non-superhero superhero” image he has concocted for himself.Producer Frank Marshall said, “Indy is a fallible character. He makes mistakes and gets hurt. That’s the other thing people like: He’s a real character, not a character with superpowers. Jones is characterized by his iconic accoutrements (bullwhipfedorasatchel, and leather jacket), he is wry, witty and has a sarcastic sense of humor, hates Nazi’s, knowledge of ancient civilizations and languages, and a fear of snakes. well come on guy’s all super heroes have at least one weakness, He was also named the greatest movie character by Empire magazine. Entertainment Weekly ranked Indiana 2nd on their list of The All-Time Coolest Heroes in Pop Culture. Premiere magazine also placed Indiana at number 7 on their list of The 100 Greatest Movie Characters of All Time, Harrison Ford said the fun of playing the character was that Indiana is both a romantic and a cynic,while scholars have analyzed Indiana as having traits of a lone wolf; a man on a quest; a noble treasure hunter; a hardboiled detective; a human superhero; and an American patriot.

Now what makes Indy stand out is his iconic costume, Upon requests by Spielberg and Lucas, the costume designer gave the character a distinctive silhouette through the styling of the hat; after examining many hats, the designers chose a tall-crowned, wide-brimmed fedora. As a documentary of Raiders pointed out, the hat served a practical purpose. Following the lead of the old “B”-movies that inspired the Indiana Jones series, the fedora hid the actor’s face sufficiently to allow doubles to perform the more dangerous stunts seamlessly. Examples in Raiders include the wider-angle shot of Indy and Marion crashing a statue through a wall, and Indy sliding under a fast-moving vehicle from front to back. Thus it was necessary for the hat to stay in place much of the time.

Indiana Jones

So its the costume l want to go into more detail than the character, if anything its his Fedora hat that’s more famous than him, no Fedora no Indiana Jones, his leather Jacket is like his amour, in it he can jump on moving trucks & tanks, ride horses, fight Nazi’s, Fly planes, and he does not seem to get injured while wearing it, in the film Indian Jones & The Temple Of Doom, he gets captured & is stripped of his Jacket, Indy falls under there spell, Short Round has to burn him with a torch to bring him back around, so this proves his leather jacket is more than a jacket to Indy.

Indiana Jones In the Raiders Of The Lost Ark

So first lets take a look at Indy’s Fedora hat, we know its a tall-crowned wide brimmed Fedora, the hat came from The fedora was supplied by Herbert Johnson Hatters in England for the first three films. An Australian model was used by costume designer Deborah Landis to show hat maker Richard Swales the details when making the iconic hat from “the Poets” parts. The Fedora gives Indy his iconic silhouette when his shadow appears, the hat even has it own story, it belonged to a treasure hunter named Garth, who discovered the Cross of Coronado with his gang in 1912 in Utah. Jones, while on a Boy Scout trip, stole the cross and eluded Garth and his men and returned home. The Sheriff arrived to reclaim the cross for Garth’s employer, but Garth, seeing spirit in the young man, put his fedora on Jones’ head, and told him, “You lost today, kid, but that doesn’t mean you have to like it.” Jones kept the hat, and wore it as he traveled the world. Indiana Jones nicknamed the man Fedora, after the hat. From that day he wore it every time he went on a expedition to recover new relics. You can still buy a exact copy of this iconic hat, from many on line companies, there were also several different models made for all four films & the TV series, l’ve included some images & price if your interested into investing into a Indiana Fedora.

Indiana Jones Wearing His High-Crown Fedora
A Replica Of Indiy’s Fedora Made By http://www.villagehatshop.com £50

The next piece we are looking at is his leather Jacket, oh boy oh boy, Indy’s leather Jacket, as a kid l remember seeing Indy for the first time, you here some men talking at the start of the movie, one of the men pulls a gun you hear a crack of a whip, the gun is wrenched out of the mans hand, by the whip, Indy steps forward from the shadows & the rest is history & hero’s now where a leather Jackets, now Indy’s jacket is no run of the mill jacket, it was made especially for the movie, that’s what makes it so iconic, you can still buy the exact model today, But did you know the original Raiders and Last Crusade leather jackets were made in a little place in England called Kent? In 1980, Peter Botwright of Wested Leather (Leather Concessionaires at the time) were commissioned by Bermans & Nathan
to design and make Harrison Ford’s first Indy jacket, the original jacket had two way hand warmer pockets, one leather bound inside pocket, side vents with adjustable side straps, and brass zips with D rings, the jackets were made from heavy lambskin, as l stated before Wested Leather are still making the Indy jacket, they offer a couple of models from all four movies in cotton and leather, Each jacket sold is sent with a Certificate of Authenticity and a Signature Label confirming you are purchasing an authentic replica from the original maker based on the original patterns which are fit corrected and adapted for streetwise durability, please find some images below and prices.

Raiders of Lost Ark Jacket in Washed Lambskin Authentic “Indiana Jones” 
£210.00

    
Raiders of the Lost Ark Jacket in Brown Cotton “Indiana Jones”
£89.00

Now no action hero cant go around butt naked, he needs trousers, remember this is the 1930s & 1940s, gortex & cotton trousers, have not been invented yet, but our hero Indy needs a strong pair of trousers, that wont get ripped while he is being dragged under a truck on a dirt road in the desert, remember Indy travels to some of the hottest shit holes in the world, so he can’t wear flannel or wool trousers, his balls would be red raw, he cant wear Linen trousers, they would just disintegrate on the first day with Indy, so he needs a pair of trousers that are hard wearing but they also keep him cool, At the time, the US had a version of khakis that was made from a tough, service-grade twill cloth dubbed “Cramerton”, created by weavers Galey & Lord. Later that year, officers were also permitted to wear khakis while “at-ease”, whenever breaks of ‘liberty’ were granted. The khakis of the American GI were often referred to as “suntans”, as they were a lighter shade than those worn by the British (hence the distinction between regular “khaki” and the slightly darker “British khaki”).  basic design and do carry a slight pinkish hue. The pants made for Raiders are said to be more of a greyish-brown where the pants made for Temple of Doom and Last Crusade were supposedly a purer reddish-brown. The pants were made of a khaki wool-twill, pleated with seven belt loops, two scalloped button flap rear pockets, a button fly and a four-inch military style hem. They were all most likely subcontracted by the costume department and made by famed London based cinema costumers, Angels and Bermans, to be tailored perfectly for Harrison Ford for the production. You can buy a reproduction pair from several outlets please find below some pictures below.

A View Of The Front & Back Of Indy’s Pants
“Indiana Jones” Pants / Trousers 100% Wool Calvary Twill
£89.00

Now the Final piece of Indy’s costume was his shirt, this shirt very rarely survive to see the end of any of his movies, normally the sleeves would have been ripped off, or they would have just fallen to bits through Indy sweating so much in thick jungles & hot dirty deserts, The Indiana Jones shirt is based on a typical safari-style shirt. The shirt has a spread collar and seven buttons down the front placket that get progressively darker in each movie. The two patch pockets on the chest close with a single button on a pointed flap. The epaulettes are sewn at the shoulders and button down on the pointed end at the neck. The sleeves have a single-button squared cuff, distinctive feature is two vertical strips running from the shoulders to the bottom of the shirt tails and a common debate regards the original shirt color. Surviving samples of the original shirts seem to be darker in reality than they appear on screen. Most fans look for an off-white “stone” color for their replicas. The original shirts, however, may have been more of a “tan” or “natural” color. The shirt varied little from film to film, the only notable difference being the darker buttons in Temple of Doom and Last Crusade. Originally designed by Andreas Dometakis for the films, this shirt was once one of the hardest pieces of gear to find. If you are interested in acquiring a reproduction shirt, l have some pictures below with links to buy them.

Harrison Ford Wearing “Indy’s” Shirt

IndyShirt £49.00



Now the final piece of the Indy outfit has to be his foot wear, remember this is again set in the 1930s, so boots were common, but he would have needed the best boots money could buy, he need a pair that could take on the swamps of the rain forests, the sands of the deserts of Egypt, also kick bad guys ass’s with, it was actually Harrison Ford who suggested to use Alden boots model 405, Ford had worn them for work when he worked as a carpenter, they are still sold today (though in a redder (brick) shade of brown than seen in the films) and are popularly known as “Indy Boots, you can buy the originals for £632, if you want to save some money you can buy a reproduction pair for half the price, ever way these boots would look still stylish today


In These Shots You Can See Indiana Jones Wearing His Alden’s 405 Boots
The Real Deal I Give you The Indy Boot Other Wise Known As Alden 405’s £632
Indiana Jones reproduction Adventurer’ Boots. Made by Wested
£110.00

Indiana Jones was clearly one of the coolest guys around, he made archaeology cool, travelling to amazing country’s, discovering lost treasures, also fighting Chinese gangsters & evil Nazi’s, and machine gun toting commies, this guy did it all & it was never for personal gain, it was to save priceless relics from falling into the hands of the bad guys, and so people could see these priceless relics in museums and adore there beauty, if there was one person who you would want on your side when the chips were down it would be Indiana Jones.

I hope you have enjoyed our look into India’s wardrobe & even today key pieces like his boots and Jacket would look amazing in your wardrobe, l don’t know about the hat, but l would say no to the whip defo, remember again l’m no style guru, this is my take on fashion.

BE BOLD BE PROUD

Yours Kindly Bob Redfern

 

No Time To Die Style Review


James Bond is back & he looks better than ever, this will be Daniel Craig 5th outing as Bond, and at 52 years of age he still looks good, the reason why l like Daniel Craig as James Bond, there is no stupid Jokes, funny Gadgets from Q, if Bond gets into a fight, he gets hurts his clothes even get messed up, his hair does not stay in place after a epic car chase and a fight with 57 bad guys, not like Roger Moore, when he played Bond he would get into a punch up and he would have no marks and his hair still looked good, with Daniel Craig you see Bond get shot, slashed, beaten up the whole shebang baby, its about as real as your going to get it, the only thing that has stayed the same is James Bond style, the character is known for wearing the best clothes money can buy, his suits are hand made by the best tailors on Savile Row, so when l heard Bond was back l wanted a quick peek at what he was sporting now in his ass kicking wardrobe.

Bond On A School History Trip

As you know the press are all ways leaked sneaky shots of Bond on set, when they want to start promoting a new Bond Movie, any way l went on the web and found pictures of Bond doing his thing killing bad guys, but in a light tan suit, l could not see clearly what kind of Fabric it was, so l started to search online, then l found it, wait for it, Corduroy, yes you heard me, Bond was killing bad guys in my history teachers suit, l was like have they spent all there money on stunts, or was this to portray MI5 was skint & Bond had to shop at his local department store, surly bond was not wearing a history teachers suit.

Any way after doing a bit of research & I had stopped laughing, I found out since Daniel Craig had being playing Bond, he has a lot of impute in what he thinks Bond should wear, like in Spectre he wore that stunning brown blazer from Brunello Cucinelli, it turned out that Daniel Craig him self buys cloths from them, so when it came for Bond to kick ass again & teach the bad guys a lesson, he was going to do it as a pissed off Alcoholic history teach, so they brought a off the peg suit, for you not in the tailoring game, that means all ready made, so lets have a closer look at Bonds suit.

              The Massimo Alba Suit

Daniel Craig as James Bond wears a corduroy Massimo Alba Sloop Suit, The two-button sand-tone suit is worn during the high action scenes with Bond and Dr Madeleine Swann The unlined ‘Sloop’ suit comes in what Massimo Alba calls the color ‘Desert’. The suit can be ordered directly from Massimo Alba on their website The suit costs £896 (approximately £1000), much less than the Tom Ford suits worn in the film which start at approx. £3500. Even Mr. Alba was surprised by the sartorial choice, saying he assumed the whole thing was a joke when he received an email last March from Jane Gooday, the film’s head costume buyer at Pinewood Studios, he sent over his look books for Mr. Alba’s spring 2019 and fall 2019 collections, the studio ordered 30 suits, raincoats and trousers from the spring styles, each in three European sizes — 50, 52 and 54. The unlined Sloop suit came in what Mr. Alba called “Desert,” a sandy hue; the duster coat in “Agades,” a moss-green color named after the Niger city Agadez; and the pants in a gray shade called “Alluminio” or aluminum. And the studio paid the bill — though Mr. Alba declined to say just how much it was.

The Suit you can buy from Mr Porter, the suit is Made in Italy from finely waled cotton-corduroy, this suit includes a notch-lapel jacket that’s lined through the sleeves so it slips on smoothly but remains quite lightweight. The trousers are cut straight and have unfinished hems that you can tailor for your ideal break, but at £896 its still very expensive, Bond has expensive taste, My history teacher was a drunk and had no taste, but he could afford a corduroy suit, so l decide to see If you could actually put a similar outfit together for less.

The Studio Suit Blazer

My first obstacle was the said suit, l searched Google, Ebay , even rang around retirement homes for pissed up ex history teachers, l even emailed Jeremy Corbyn, the king of no fashion sense, he was playing hard to get, then by chance l came across a website, called Studio Suits, you can get a suit made of the peg, or made to your measurements, l found a similar fabric, you can pick how you want it look , remember the suit is unlined, and it has notch lapels, side vents on the back, slanted pockets with a ticket pocket, the cost of the suit was £245, Including delivery, not bad if you ask me, l do not know if the suit would be good but it would look the part.

The Cornflower Blue Shirt

My next problem was the shirt, in the film bond is seen wearing a cornflower blue button down collar long sleeve shirt, again l looked every where to find out what type of shirt Bond was wearing, he Normally wears a Tom Ford shirt, they retail around £388, ouch l hear, l found 2 cheaper options, the first was, l could get a shirt made in the same color cornflour blue, and same style, at http://www.itailor.com for £33.99, again you can get it made to order, or pick a standard size, the final option was a company on line on from Ebay actually advertising a copy of the shirt for £30.00, these were the closest option, l think l would go with the Itailor option.

The final major piece of this Outfit, is the boots he was wearing, it didn’t take me long to find out our Bond was sporting a pair of Drake’s Crosby Moc-Toe Chukka Boots in Dark Brown Suede, These Drake’s shoes are Made in Italy, and are unlined, using premium suede uppers and hardy rubber crepe soles. It features a leather insole with embossed logo. The top has a Moc-Stitched Toe (a distinctive moccasin-style stitching around the vamp). They are stylish but at £275 a pop you would be scared to piss on them by accident, luckily there is a cheaper option & wait for it they are even made in Italy too, The Astroflex Dukeflex boot is one of the best kept secrets in men’s footwear. Handmade in Northern Italy by a family that’s been making boots for six generations, these boots are eco-friendly, handsome as hell, It all starts with premium European leather that’s aged for 30 days in an all-natural mixture of water, oak bark, and powdered mimosa. The leather is then softened with all-natural ingredients, also 100% natural rubber soles. They are a steal at £130 a pair half the price of the Crosby, more money in your pocket.

James Bond Wearing Drake Crosby Moc-Toe Chukka Boots
The Astroflex Dukeflex Boot

The final two pieces are the trouser suspenders he wears with his suit and that deep burgundy shirt, you very rarely see bond sporting suspenders, the only time you see him wearing them is when he wears, his famous dinner suit, obviously if Bond needs gentlemen accessories he only has the best, and he is sporting a pair of Albert Thurston Dove Grey braces with brown leather joints and gilt clasps in silver, you can buy them from MASON & SONS for £65, again a cheaper option is ebay, you can pick up Dove Grey button suspenders for £20, and they still look as stylish.

The Real Albert Thurston Suspenders

 

The final finishing touch is the necktie worn by James Bond, is The Avery Necktie by Alexander Olch, a New York based designer.The tie is hand-made in New York from burgundy silk twill ground with contrasting bourette silk spots, the necktie is available in 4 different widths, 2″, 2.5″, 3″ and the most wide, 3.5″. For the film, the 3.5″ version was used. The length is 58″ but can be customized, but at £150 again this is a lot of money to waist on a tie your going to strangle some one with, my option is cheaper and more in keeping with a pissed up history teacher, l chose a deep burgundy tweed tie & matching pocket square set from ebay, it looks amazing & looks even more stylish, the price was all right too, £8.99 including delivery.

The Avery Necktie By Alexander Olch

The only thing you need to finish of your look is your omega wristwatch if your Bond, and if your a pissed up history teacher, its a brown bag & a bottle of your cheapest shit whisky, James Bond is a style icon & will be all ways be remembered for his love of Woman & Martini’s, he is the essential British Gentleman who lives life in the fast lane and all ways looks amazing.

So again its time to say goodbye again, as usual I state I’m no fashion guru, this is my take on fashion, seeing Bond looking good in off the peg suits, is nice but again its from top labels a lot of us cant afford, but as you can see shop around and you can look like Mr Bond for a fraction of the price.

BE BOLD BE PROUD

Yours Kindly

Bob Redfern

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.

Oxblood Leather Chelsea Boot’s

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.

Tan Leather Ankle Brogue Boots

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

Brown Suede Chukka boots

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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