The Lowdown On The Hawaiian Shirt


Should I say hello or Aloha my fellow fashionistas today lm taking a look at one the most funkist shirts ever invented, yes its the all singing & dancing Hawaiian shirt, they are bold & bright, you could be arrested for being to load, Did l hear “book.him Dano”, the shirts them selfs have a rich history, have appeared on our TV’S on many differnt programmes from “HAWAII FIVE-O” “MAGNUM P.I.” it was Thomas Magnum PI played by Tom Sellock, who made the shirts so iconic, he wore them while driving his red ferriar 308 around Hawaii solving cases, his most famous one was the Jungle Bird one, In 1988, Tom Selleck turned over his famous red Hawaiian shirt and other items from the show to the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, DC. The Smithsonian chose the Magnum PI memorabilia because the show portrayed Vietnam Veterans in a positive way at a time when the nation was still dealing the wounds of Vietnam. Those characters were Thomas Magnum, T.C, and Rick. Since then his shirts have become a well sort after collectors piece, from the followers of this classic show.


Thomas Magnum Wearing His Famous Jungle Bird Shirt


The Aloha shirt, also referred to as a Hawaiian shirt, is a style of dress shirt originating in Hawaii. They are collared and buttoned dress shirts, usually short-sleeved and cut from printed fabric. They are often worn untucked, but can be worn tucked in as well. They are not only casual wear, but serve as informal business attire in Hawaii.”Aloha Friday”, a now-common tradition of celebrating the end of the workweek by wearing more casual attire on Fridays, initially grew out of an effort to promote Aloha shirts.According to some sources, the origin of Aloha shirts can be traced to the 1920s or the early 1930s,when the Honolulu-based dry goods store “Musa-Shiya the Shirtmaker” under the proprietorship of Kōichirō Miyamoto,started making shirts out of colorful Japanese prints.It has also been contended that the Aloha shirt was devised in the early 1930s by Chinese merchant Ellery Chun of “King-Smith Clothiers and Dry Goods”, a store in Waikiki.Although this claim has been described as a myth reinforced by repeated telling,Chun may have been the first to mass-produceor to maintain the ready-to-wear in stock to be sold off the shelf.

Koichiro Miyamoto,aka Musa-Shiya The Shirtmaker”- One Of The Original Aloha Shirt Tailors

The name “Aloha shirt” appeared later. By 1935 and 1936, the word “Aloha” was being attached to various sorts of Hawaiian products, so calling the garments “Aloha shirts” was hardly original.The term Aloha shirt first appeared in print in an advertisement for Musa-Shiya in the June 28, 1935 issue of The Honolulu Advertiser newspaper. However, Ellery Chun is sometimes credited for coining the term, perhaps in 1933; Chun’s store reportedly carried window signs that said “Aloha shirts”. The term “Aloha sportswear” was registered as a trademark by Chun’s company in 1936,followed by Chun trademarking “Aloha Shirt” in 1937 and owning the rights to this appellation for the next 20 years.

And as they say the rest is history now we know how these crazy shirts got there name & origins lets see shirts in all there glory & how they could give your wardrobe the kick in the pants it needs. Now there hundreds & hundreds of different shops offering Hawaiian shirts, so how can you find the best, simply hit the internet and search, lucky for me I found one company called http://www.hawaiian-shirt-shop.co.uk that sold proper Hawaiian shirts, that were made in Honolulu so here are three of there shirts that I fell in love with.

Hang Ten £44.99


100% Cotton poplin Hawaiian short-sleeve shirt with pattern-matched chest pocket. Genuine coconut shell buttons. Cool and lightweight for summer. Made in Honolulu. this shirt is stunning, a deep grey-blue florals print with a stunning coloured band on the top, this shirt would look amazing with stone chinos & tan leather loathers.

Hibiscus Mania £44.99


100% Cotton poplin Hawaiian short-sleeve shirt with pattern-matched chest pocket. Genuine coconut shell buttons. Cool and lightweight for summer. Made in Honolulu. this shirt screans take me to the beach, you could wear this with a plain whit T-shirt underneath & the shirt unbuttoned & a pair of washed indigo jeans for a casual laid back look.


Hibiscus Garden Navy £44.99


100% Cotton poplin Hawaiian short-sleeve shirt with pattern-matched chest pocket. Genuine coconut shell buttons. Cool and lightweight for summer. Made in Honolulu. Out of all the shirts l love this one the most, the deep blue fabric & vivid bright colours of the floral print really set this shirt apart, I would wear this with some tan linen trousers & white trainers.

One of the problems with Hawaiian shirts alot of young stylish fashionistas dont know how to wear them, the key is to let the shirt do the talking for you. Here is a couple of ideas to help you.

Now I love this outfitt the shirts base colour is dark & the print design has flashes of white all through it, the guy gos for simple white shorts & trainers so he keeps the outfitt neutral, and all the attention is aimed at the shirt.

The next shot shows you can wear a Hawaiian shirt in a inner urban city area, this guy has gone for a lush deep navy shirt that has a vivid coloured print running through it, to give it that street look he put on a classic white T-shirt & a pair of indigo jeans this look is bang on the money people.

Thats all we have time for today people, remember lets keep it simple & stylish, Im no fashion guru, I just love 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

SPRING FASHION ESSENTIALS


Winter has finally ended & the clocks have gone forward, its time to say goodbye to your chunky jumpers & heavy winter coats, we still need our tweed blazers & light knitwear, but its also a great time to get ready for summer too, as Spring can be a warm period too, as with all men’s wardrobe’s key pieces wear out like T-shirts & jumpers, so these need to be constantly replaced over time, so Spring is a ideal time to clear out your old tatty pieces & replace with fresh colorful pieces. Old stock sales should be on soon, also the new summer ranges are coming out. so I’m going to go through a couple of pieces I reckon a stylish man should have in his wardrobe for the next couple of months.

My first piece I think you need is the classic tweed blazer, tweed comes in many colors & amazing patterns, so they can give you added color & style to your wardrobe, my reason for picking tweed is for two reasons, the first is this blog is for men who want to learn how to dress properly and stylish, when you hit 40 +, puffer jackets do not look good on you any more, its time to grow up and start looking like a real man, a blazer is a key piece that can be dressed up with trousers or Jeans, that’s the key a stylish blazer you can use it with almost any thing in your wardrobe.

So my second reason is how Tweed is made its a rough, woolen fabric, of a soft, open, flexible texture, resembling cheviot or homespun, but more closely woven. It is usually woven with a plain weave, twill or herringbone structure. Color effects in the yarn may be obtained by mixing dyed wool before it is spun, Also Tweed is an excellent fabric for summer too, you know! … Rough, thick and water-resistant, there’s nothing better than a tweed blazer to keep you warm and stylish during the most dreary time of year. But just because tweed wears well in wintery weather doesn’t mean you can‘t rock the look all year-long, so lets have a look at a couple of stylish looks to see how a tweed blazer could do wonders for your wardrobe this year.

Tweed Blazer & Denim Jeans

The first image I’ve chosen is a light brown ie tan tweed blazer, the style of the blazer is a standard notch lapel, two button fastening, straight flap pockets, with four button surgeon cuffs, with leather elbow patches, this is a great casual look , the guy has gone for a pair indigo jeans, light bottle green V-neck jumper & striped shirt, the jumper look great with the blazer due to its deep color and the light tan blazer, over all the base colors are all deep rich colors which makes the light tan color pop out, the finishing touch is the pocket square, you could go with chinos with this outfit, this look would look great in the office, mid week at the pub, or a lazy Sunday morning.

The next image is more sartorial than casual, but still casual in the way it looks, the blazer is a hounds tooth check due to its pattern, again a very light tan color, the blazer is cut in a slim fit style, it tappers to the body to give it a more sharper look, the blazer is a two button wide notch lapel, what makes this jacket very casual is the patch pockets on the front, I love how the cuffs give 1/2 inch to show the shirt cuffs, that’s where the sartorial look comes in, the guy has chosen a pair of deep navy chinos & a simple tan belt, with a white dress shirt with no tie, and finished off again with a pocket square, this outfit is more for a evening out or a summer party, even a wedding, you could dress this look up even more with a pair flannel trousers & a stylish tie, the choices are endless.

My next piece is a must have for all men of all ages, yes its the classic denim trucker jacket, this icon of fashion has been worn by at least every pop star or film star in the last 40 years, the jacket, The first recorded jean jacket was created in the United States in about 1880 by Levi Strauss, approximately ten years after he had invented jeans as a new type of work apparel intended for use by cowboysminers, and railroad workers. The “Type III” denim jacket, introduced by Levis Strauss & Co. in 1962, has been described as the jean jacket “to rule them all”. Also known as “the trucker jacket”, design elements of the Type III include a tapered style, welt hand pockets, and bar tacks which hold down chest pocket and sleeve openings, I own at least five types of these jackets, from borg lined , to simple denim ones, these jackets again are so versatile they are like the Swiss army knife of your wardrobe , winter time they are great for layering, summer time keeping the chill out during the evening, don’t think denim jackets are just for young teenagers, they look great on older men if worn right. so lets have a look at what this stylish piece can do for your wardrobe.

Denim jackets are well known for looking great even when your not trying to look stylish, in this look you can see how easily this shows, the guy is wearing a simple white T-shirt & straight leg chinos, a pair of white trainers, the look is simple but stylish, that’s the simplicity of the trucker jacket, it does not take much to look stylish, you can go with denim jeans if you want, but my self I would stick with chinos, I like how the guy dresses up the look with a simple wrist watch, if it was colder you go with a nice mid grey sweatshirt, the choice is endless just keep it stylish & simple.

Denim jackets are not just for dress down they can be used to look dress up, in the look above you can see the guy has gone for a classic white shirt & navy chinos, his choice of denim jacket is a nice dark indigo, he added style by turning the cuffs up and showing the shirt cuffs off, this look would be great for the office even a date at the local restaurant of your choice, I would even added a nice pocket square to the left pocket to a dash of color,you good even wear a nice pair of dark grey trousers, with this outfit to make it even more classy finished off with a pair of monk strap shoes

As I stated above spring is when the weather gets warmer but it can still be chilly in the morning and evenings, so the next piece we are going to have a look at is the most stylish simplest piece of kit you need to own, yes the sweatshirt, years ago I would of never even thought of owning one of these bad boys, but now they are key to my wardrobe in the colder months, A sweatshirt is made with sweatshirt fleece, which is a heavy fabric that is finished on one side and has a soft, fluffy nap on the other. The garment is designed to be worn with the finished side out and the napped side close to the skin, so the air trapped by the nap will help retain body heat. Despite the name, it does not have to be wool; sweatshirts can be made of cotton, synthetic fibers, or other materials, I love sweatshirts as they keep me warm but stylish, with a sweatshirt you can get away with not wearing as many layers as they keep you warm, they come in every color of the rainbow, a lot of men don’t wear them, as they are viewed as sports wear, how wrong you are, be ready to be amazed what you can do with this piece of stylish kit.

Classic Sweat Shirt

The thing with a sweat shirt its not going cost you much to get one, and if you are fairly stylish guy already, you should have the basics to go with it already, I call this a rugged street style look, simple grey sweatshirt & a pair of Indigo jeans & chunky boots, this look is stylish and bang on the money, you could go with really any color and you would look good, try to stay away from Logo Sweatshirts, its hard to look good in something that makes you look like a advertising board, remember keep it simple and you wont go wrong.

The next image I’ve chosen is to prove you can dress up with a sweat shirt, here we have a guy with a sweatshirt in classic marl grey, indigo jeans again & white trainers, then he goes with a camel over coat, this really dresses this outfit up, if you look there is no designer labels on his clothes this proves you don’t need labels to look stylish, he has kept it simple but stylish, with this outfit he could of gone with Navy trousers & Oxblood brogues to really make it pop, sweat shirts are truly underestimated.

My final piece is another classic of men’s wear its the flannel shirt, yes I know Lumber jacks wore them but trust me, a flannel shirt is a stylish piece to own, you can wear it with nearly any thing if you put your mind to it, Flannel is a soft woven fabric, of various fineness. Flannel was originally made from carded wool or worsted yarn, but is now often made from either wool, cotton, or synthetic fiber. … The term “flannel shirt” is often used casually to mean any shirt with a plaid or tartan pattern. so it keeps you warm and stylish with out trying.

My first picture wait for it yes its me, I love plain flannel shirts they look and feel amazing, in this picture I wanted to dress up this lovely dark chocolate flannel shirt, I chose a knitted beige tie & stone chinos. finished of with cognac color suede chukka boots, this out fit look great for the office or a casual meeting even going out for a meal. I could of gone with Indigo jeans & Chelsea boots, remember keep it simple but stylish.

The World is your oyster

To be honest I looked at so many images to find a nice casual way of wearing a nice flannel shirt, and they were all good, so I simply decide to share them all, you can see from the pictures they in many colors of plaid and you get plain if you wanted too, they go good with jeans and chinos, so again if your the kind of guy who keeps his wardrobe top upped with the classics, you will be able to put together one of the looks above, don’t be scared to mix colors, but don’t mix patterns you look like some one has attacked you with a artist set, if you look above they all wear plain jeans or chinos, let the shirt do the talking, keep every thing else quite, style is not what we buy that is fashion, what we do with it is style.

Thats all I have time for today guys, I hope you have found this blog informative and helpful, I don’t claim to know whats in fashion or what the fashion industry are saying is the next big thing, I view fashion in a simple way, I simply look at the basics and put them together, that way you will never go wrong when trying to look good for your age, do not be scared to try new things, if your looking to buy stylish pieces, you do not need designer labels, go to places like, Burton’s, Uniqlo , Mango Man, Next, and many more these places sell good quality clothing that lasts & its affordable, and you can build a strong wardrobe that will last you a long time

BE BOLD BE PROUD

Yours Kindly

Bob Redfern

The Gentleman’s Grooming & Lifestyle Show London


Today we are in London and have been invited to view the latest Gentleman’s grooming products for 2018, The show is being held at the Old Truman Brewery in Ely’s Yard London, E1 6QR, from 12.00pm today and tomorrow, so if you are in London plus please pop down and say hello, see you there

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 companys and college’s or university’s to advertise them selfs, 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 colours as a stayple piece of there outfit, the key to understanding how to dress up a simple sweatshirt, is first understand where it started from and what it orginal purpose in life was so let’s have a look at its humble begings & 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 there 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 there name on the front, but on the left sleeve you can see there logo with there trade mark eagle motif.

This the company logo up front, so if your 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 there kit.

During the late 70’s early 80’s, music and culture changed the way looked and dressed, out went the glamrock and Saturday night fever wide collar shirts and big flares, in came a less dress down attuide, more functional clothing was worn, most kids in America would of owned a Sweatshirt as there School or college would of issuede 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 swearshirt 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 them selves, 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 there 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 sighning them up todo photo shoots sporting there style of sweatshirts to sell to the masses.

David Beckham in a H & M Advertisement

David Beckham Sporting a plain Blue Sweatshirt with indigo Jeans

David Beckham in simple grey Sweatshirt

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 undranded one up for around £8.00, if your 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 alot of plain all stylish & printed ones your looking between £18 to £30, not bad prices if you ask me, the orginals 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 your looking to bold in your approach to your style, look for pieces like this that will show your indervintuality, loads of people have the Nike & the GAP be different be stylish.

When it comes to styling a sweat shirt there alot 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 romper 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 giude you a through a couple of looks, to inspire you and get that grey matter in ones head rolling and clicking in these images are not mine, but l found them on the web, one of my favourite points of call, is Pinterest a great app for style ideas, l do alot 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, colour is key, bold pastal 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 colours, then he finished it of with the pastal pink Sweatshirt, a bold and striking outfit, this is a 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, dont put on sweatshirts with crap art, ie l love husky or Beer helping guys to bonk, they are not stylish, untill 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.

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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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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

BE BOLD BE PROUD

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.

BE BOLD BE PROUD

by

Bob Redfern


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Personal Grooming


As men get older you lose hair on your head, but hair then grows in other places,  ears and nose etc. so having a personal grooming program in place is a must, it’s not a silly thing, Personal hygiene is noticed & a well-groomed man gets noticed too. You don’t need to go over board and spend hundreds of pounds, just a couple of things in the old medical cabinet and you can keep your self smelling good & looking amazing.

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My first point of personal grooming is nose & ears hair, I fucking hate it, when I see grown men with bushes growing out of their noses and ears it make me cringe, my self Every 3 days I trim my ears then my nose hairs, I have a proper electric trimmer, I also some times wet shave my nose on the inside when I wet shave, having clean ears and nose, shows you care about how you look, once you have tamed those bad boys trim your eye brows , again this is another area men don’t pay attention too, but the ladies do, a man with bushy brow looks like a crazy Scotsman take your time. you do not want to shave them to far, just take the thickness out of them, the simplest way to keep your eyes brows in check is by using your clippers with No 2 guard on them, simply go over them and take the thickness out of them, then use the clippers with out the guard on to shape the edges, to give you your eye brows a more defined look, I will go over them with a wet razor because you need to get rid of that monobrow, whats a monbrow ? I hear you say A unibrow (or jacco brow or monobrow; called synophrys in medicine) is a single eyebrow created when the two eyebrows meet in the middle above the bridge of the nose. basically you look like a dick get rid and look good, remember until you look in the mirror and take a look at your self you wont notice where your going wrong in your personal grooming regime.

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You can tell so much about a man who looks after his nails , I can’t stand men who bite their nails down to the stubs or nails covered in nicotine, looking after your nails is not a hard job it’s a 10 minute job if that, nails need to be clipped every three days, first give your hands a good wash & scrub those nails with proper nail brush, then rub some moisturiser in to your hands, then work in to your nails, it brings them to life and makes them look fresh and a little more supple to cut, next get a good pair of nail clippers not scissors, then just trim the edges down not to short just enough, then get a nail file, and file your nails to a nice shape, once you have done this rinse your hands, added a little moisturiser to finish, I like to finish my nails with a buffer pad, it just adds a little polish to them. and makes my nails stand out, if you have nicotine stained nails put your hands in diluted bleach warm water give it a couple of minutes, then rinse, wash with a scented soap and wash with a nail brush this will bring your nails up a treat.

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Hair is a problem for some men and others it’s not, my self I’m bald and proud, so I clip my own head once a week, having clean groomed hair is again some thing people notice, if you have greasy unkempt hair it makes you look dirty and unattractive, my view on   hair is simple if you have short or long hair, you need to wash your hair with proper shampoo, not body wash, they are designed for two different things, body wash can dry out your hair which can cause dandruff, buy a good shampoo and rinse your head properly, if you have long hair buy a good conditioner, to make your hair look good. and comb and brush your hair daily, when it comes to keeping your hair trimmed go to a barbers regularly, for short hair every two weeks if you like it long, just go in each month to trim the ends and keep your fringe in toe. remember if you’re using gels or a wax again wash your hair regularly as these products can leave nasty residue in your hair if you don’t regularly wash it out. also using some products can damage your hair, hair styles come and go, in my time I had a brush cut, center parting, side parting, slick back, so if you have hair have fun, find your own style, and cut if you want to, dye it go ahead, just look after your hair wash it right with the right products and get it cut right and keep it fresh and you will never go wrong.

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Beards have become a big fashion statement, my self for three months decide to have a big bear on my face, it took a lot to keep it clean & tidy and well-trimmed, when you start to grow a beard or a mustache, the first things face hair does is dry out your face, so you need to wash and wax or moisturise your face daily, my self i brought a beard shampoo, these are designed to give your beard the right oils and not leave your face itchy and flake, if you don’t do this you will have beard dandruff which looks very nasty, once your beard starts to grow and get’s thicker and bushy, you will need to buy beard balm or oil, this again keeps your face moist and makes your beard feel soft and easy to comb into shape, you need to buy a beard comb or brush to keep your big bear beard in shape, when it comes to trimming or shaping your beard or mustachio, you need to give it time to fill out and grow, during the first week and month you make look a little scruffy & feel unkempt, stay the course once your beard & mustachio have thickened out, its time to trim and shape, I do recommend a barber who offers wet shaves, as these guys are usually masters at their trade, and can turn a tidy shaggy beard into a lush man beard,  a beard will take time & money to keep tidy of your not willing to follow these guide lines, you will end up looking like a local hobo nothing more.

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Shaving is another area where a lot of young men go wrong or they don’t have a clue, My self I very rarely shave now, this is down to choice, but I still maintain a shaving kit for when I need to, the first question people ask is do I need to shave every day, This really down to you if you work in a job that needs clean-shaven ie army etc then yes, but I would say 90% of jobs you don’t need to be clean shaven now, also shaving everyday strips your face of its natural oils, before you start carving your face up, you need to get a shaving kit together, this is a must, its like giving an artist a bloody painters roller, and telling him to do a master piece, he might e able to do it but its going to be very messy, The first piece you need is a good razor, now there are many razors out there to choose from, young lads go for cheap cheap, follow these two rules, NO FUCKING CHEAP BIC RAZORS THEY WILL FUCK YOUR FACE, DON’T USE YOUR MUM’S FUCKING LEG SHAVING RAZORS AGAIN THEY WILL BE BLUNT AND CARVE YOUR FACE UP, the safest choice for me is always Gillett razors disposable or blades, they give a damn good proper shave and don’t carve your face up, the next thing you need is a shaving brush, trust me invest into a shaving brush it will give you a better and proper shave, you can buy cheap ones or buy a badger brush one, these are the best ones but cost money, next buy a shaving bowl if you want one if not a mug will do, not your dads favorite brew mug use your younger brothers football mug instead, the next thing you need is shaving cream. now there are many different shaving creams, you have cans of shaving foam and gel also shaving sticks, my advice to start with a gel as they work in to a nice lather and are easy to apply to your face, I also buy a shaving oil, you don’t need to buy one but if you do use one, it gives a more smooth shave, I use king of shaves oils, the last thing you need is a good face balm none alcohol is recommended, this is face food it replaces all the natural oils back into your face, and most of all it protects your fresh new skin to the elements and will reduce the rawness on your face, owe you might want to get styptic pencil (not to be confused with a caustic pencil). This is a short stick of medication. Anhydrous aluminium sulfate is the main ingredient and acts as a vasoconstrictor in order to disable blood flow. The stick is applied directly to the bleeding site. this will help with any nicks or cuts, so lets recap.

  1. Good brand new razor
  2. Shaving brush
  3. Shaving cream
  4. Shaving bowl or mug
  5. Aftershave Balm
  6. Styptic pencil
  7. Shaving oil

Now we have the shaving kit sorted its time to shave, those 7 things seem a lot, but remember your not going to buy a bowl and brush every month, you can get a good razors and gel or cream plus after shave balm for under £8.00 per month, and this is if you shave every day, I shave about 15 to 20 times a year now if that,  when it comes to shave you need hot water and a towel and a face cloth, first just run the hot tap get the hot water going, now wash your hands just with hot water no soap or any thing else, just rub your hands under hot water, then just shake of the excess water, get the face cloth and run it under the hot tap then ring out, not too much, just so you have some moisture in it, put it on a side plate, put in the microwave for 30 seconds that’s all, take back to the bathroom, now simply wash your face with hot water, clean all that grease & sweat from your face just hot water and clean hands, work the hot water into your face, now get your shaving cream or gel squirt in your bowl or mug, run your brush under the hot tap, shake off excess water, then work the brush into the cream or gel in a circular motions, to create a thick soapy lather, now if you did buy the shaving oil, squirt on your face and work it in to your stubble, then get the hot face cloth and put over your face, this is prepping your face turning the coarse stubble into a softer hair, if you do this before you shave you will have more sicker and closer shave, give the face cloth about 60 seconds, then take off, now get your shaving brush and apply the shaving mixture to your face, use a circular motion, what this does is raise your hairs on your face so its easier for the razor to shave you properly, run the razor head under a tap, again hot water, now when you come to shave don’t please don’t press hard with the razor hard you need light strokes, If your new to shaving practice  first by shaving your thigh at the top, might sound crazy, but no one can see there so if your missing hair who cares, but getting used to holding a razor to your face is an art and you don’t want to rush it,your face hair grows up and down a lot of people say shave away from the grain, my self I shave twice, once I go over my face in a down motion, after every couple of strokes  always rinse the head of the razor under clear hot water, once I completed that shave, I apply lather again and then use the razor in an upward motion, I will then rinse my face with hot water, then using my fingers I will check for the smoothness, If I feel any stubble missed areas I use the razor to quickly go over this area again, now again thoroughly wash your face using hot water, the next step is not to rub your face pat it dry with a nice towel, then dry hands, get the after shave balm you need about a pea size squirt not much more as to much can make your face look greasy, not fresh, I normally smear not rub I repeat smear in to both hands then apply to face, don’t for get under the chin, then leave to dry and your ready for the day, there are also things you should never do when shaving.

  1. never apply aftershave direct to shaven skin this simply makes your face red and can leave it raw hence why we use aftershave balm simple science.
  2. Do not use ordinary soap or shower gels as a shaving cream all it does is dry your face out and you will cut your face to bits
  3. All ways clean your razor after shaving using hot water
  4. Leave your shaving brush standing up so it can dry off

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Now we have covered nearly all male grooming areas, there is one area where a lot of men don’t pay enough attention, is smelling good, yes smelling good is not just about spraying you dads trust brute and hitting the town, smelling good shows a couple of things, it shows you have pride & it can attract the ladies or men if you like, the first thing men get wrong they buy sprays not antiperspirants, you can pay for a crap David Becham spray up to £4.00 or a can of trusty Aldi antiperspirant, spray only makes you smell nice where antiperspirant stops you sweating, this is how antiperspirant works it blocks the sweat ducts, thereby reducing the amount of sweat that reaches the skin’s surface. … When they are applied to skin and come in contact with sweat, the pH rises causing the aluminium salts to precipitate out and form a plug over the sweat glands. if you don’t use this and go for a spray you will sweat and by 12.00pm start to smell of Body odor  which is caused by bacteria breaking down sweat and is largely linked to the apocrine glands. … The apocrine glands are mainly responsible for body odor because the sweat they produce is high in protein, which bacteria can break down easily so you will smell bad and your shirt will stain and look bad, My choice is Sure it’s never let me down, now my next subject is Aftershave or Cologne, every man needs to pick a scent that defines him and make it his own, but  buying the right scent can be difficult, first of all do we go for a Aftershave or a cologne or a Eau de toilette or a parfum ,  The main difference between types of fragrance lies in the concentration of essences. The order of highest to lowest concentration is first Perfume, second, Eau de Parfum, third, Eau de Toilette, and fourth Eau de Cologne.fifth aftershave. Perfume is very expensive because it can have up to 40% concentration of essences, most of us cant afford to spend £100 a month on a fancy spray, but we should be able to afford a good Eau Do Toilette, this is the third in the table of perfume strengths, all after shave does makes you smell ok for ten minutes then it fucks off like a cheap hooker, my choice of Scent is a simple one, its CK one its simple its fresh and if applied right will last 8 hours, which is what you want when spending good money, But just spraying your Eau Do Toilette  to you your body wont work, there is a bit of science so when the spray hits your body it stays and does not fizzle out, apply using this method and you will find your scent will last longer.

  1. Shower first and use a similar smelling shower gel it opens your pores
  2. Once you have dried your self off apply a moisturiser or petroleum jelly to your neck arms and chest with CK One you can buy the body moisturiser with scent built-in.
  3. Spray your scent below the ears and once on the chest than on the arms, don’t rub your wrists together it will destroy the top notes of your scent
  4. Spray the back of your head, hair keeps the scent longer
  5. Stay hydrated, hydrated skin keeps your scent going longer

If you follow this simple process every morning you smell better for longer, but remember never apply your scent direct to dry skin, it’s a bit like painting a car you have to put a base primer down first before you can added the main coat, that’s why its important to wash then moisturise your skin first, then apply your scent it should last for 8 hours at least, if you want to make sure it lasts, take with you a perfume atomiser, top up with your favorite scent, then top up four hours later this will refresh the base notes again from the first application and keep you smelling fresher for longer, you can apply your scent to your cloths as fabric keeps the scent longer but be careful as this can damage or stain certain fabrics, hope this has helped you, like I said in the beginning choosing the right scent is going to define you & most of all its going to be your signature, I chose CK One as its a classic and you can get body washes and moisturise in the same scent, and its easy to get on the net, its a timeless classic for summer and winter, when I choose to go out for special occasions I will mix it with CK Obsession I don’t wear any thing else except sure antiperspirant under the arms so I don’t sweat.

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Finally your mouth it’s where we speak from, its where we put our food and drink, its one of our main focal points, so it attracts a lot of attention, so a dirty unkempt moth is very obvious, oral hygiene is a must for your health & personal hygiene, a dirty mouth can lead to halitosis Poor oral hygiene. The most common cause of bad breath is poor oral hygiene. Bacteria that build up on your teeth – particularly between them – as well as your tongue and gums, can produce unpleasant-smelling gases. These bacteria are also responsible for gum disease and tooth decay, so having a good oral hygiene routine is a must, you need four things a good toothbrush, mouthwash, toothpaste, dental floss picks, like a tradesman you need the right tools to do the job, most people use toothpaste first then mouth wash last, you’re doing it wrong one of the main ingredients of toothpaste is fluoride – a naturally occurring mineral found in toothpaste, drinking water and some foods that can help to prevent tooth decay, so if you use a mouth wash last your washing this away, I normally floss first if I’ve had a meal with a lot of meat in it, if not I do it every three days, then I put a cap of mouthwash in my mouth and swill it around for a minute to try to get as many particles of old food out of my mouth first, then I pit a good sample of tooth paste on my brush, then scrub all over for about two minutes, I also scrub my tong to freshen it up, then simply wipe my mouth, I do carry in my day bag a small mouth wash bottle to freshen up after dinner, follows these simple rules and you wont ever be found short and you will keep your teeth longer and your dentist bills will be less costly, remember replace your tooth-brush every 3 month and visit the dentist at least every 12 months.

There are many areas we can go into but the main ones are the ones that people notice, but if you have bush in your pants trim it up now and then, if you have a rug for a back get your mate to trim it with the trimmer or get it waxed now and then, if your feet hum every time you take your shoes off, air your shoes out buy some shoe spray, wash your feet daily and use proper foot talc and change your socks daily. it’s all about routine and time we all have 5 minutes to have a wash or shower in the morning, The cost of keeping your self clean, has never been cheaper, I recommend Lidl for male cheap grooming, they offer every thing now even decent aftershave that are Eau de Toilette, that’s smells like Hugo Boss, I took a look at a months cost of men’s toiletries from Lidl it was amazing cheap but the quality is out of this world, I do use their shower gels & face cream.

  1. Shower Gel X 2 £2.00
  2. Mouthwash £1.00
  3. Antiperspirant x 4 £5.00
  4. Body moisturiser  £1.45
  5. Eau de Toilette X 2 £6.00
  6. Toothpaste £1.00
  7. Shaving Jell £1.60
  8. Razors £4.00
  9. Face cream £5.00

Total cost for looking and smelling good £27.05 for the month, that works out at £6.24 per week per day that’s a cost of 89p per day, so you can’t tell me looking and smelling good costs the earth, it’s just finding the right pieces and learning in how to use them, I hope you have found this article helpful, remember we cant all afford the most expensive aftershave and perfumes, but buying the most simple of scents etc and using them like I have mentioned will see you through and raise your game by a 1000 %, and get you noticed by the ladies and you will be showered with compliments as people will notice the  new man breaking through and making his mark on the world with his new signature scent.

BE BOLD BE PROUD

yours kindly

Bob Redfern

 

Calvin Kline & Justin Bieber


Just when we thought it was safe to turn the television back on, Bieber`s back if your on twitter then you have already heard, its official guys Justin Bieber has been chosen to be Calvin Kline new pants man, its ironic as his songs are pants any way, It’s for Calvin Kline spring & summer collection, all I can say thank you for ruining my summer, yes there will be pictures of Mr Bieber strutting his package on billboards, the shoot was shot in New York, It was done in true Calvin Kline style black & white glossy pictures, it was done by Mert Alas if you know this guy take him off your Christmas list this year.

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Yes Summer 2015 has been cancelled

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There is an up side to this story, they did decide to cast some one else with Mr Bieber, yes we have Dutch Model Lara Stone, they are shot together in certain positions we will say no more wearing certain pieces from Calvin Kline denim & underwear collection, but most of the pictures are of Mr Bieber strutting his package & wash board abs, “only if every man looked like that”, so good news for die-hard Bieber fans, not so good for the people who were looking forward to a great summer, any way if your after some nice underwear the Calvin Kline SS15 will be out soon , lets hope Mr Bieber does not release his pants song Baby feat then it will be a very pants SS15.

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Lara Stone in Calvin Kline denim collection for SS15

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Mr Bieber Looking a prized “package” in Calvin Kline SS15 underwear collection

I would like to apologise if I have caused you to spill your coffee or shout out certain words that you would normally used in the men`s locker room, Calvin Kline is a iconic brand & their style is truly amazing putting Mr Bieber to one side.

By

Bob Redfern

BE BOLD BE PROUD