Matt Goss The Stylish Crooner


Matt Goss is an English singer-songwriter and musician, currently based in Los Angels, he was the lead singer with his twin brother in the 1980s band Bros, Matt was born on 29 September 1968, in 1986 Matt and his twin brother Luke Goss also Craig Logan formed the band Bros, the band’s name comes from an abbreviation for the word ‘brothers’, during the late 80s Bros were very big they had several top ten hits, by the early 90s Bros became a duo,  in 1991 Bros stopped recording, Matt went solo and had a hit with “If You Were Here Tonight”, he has sold over 5 million records worldwide to date, in 2009 he started playing live shows at Palms casino resort in Las Vegas, by 2010 his live show moved to Caesars Palace, playing at Cleopatra’s Barge every Friday and Saturday night, the show was a success he won a three-year contract with Caesars Palace. His live show is produced by the creator of the Pussycat Dolls, his shows and music are inspired by the Rat Pack and Elvis.

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Matt with his brother Luke in 1989

Matt freely admits he no longer follows fashion, this is also apparent in his personal style. he once stated that he would be a fashion designer in a heartbeat!, he has always loved clothes. and over the past ten years he’s followed fashion trends less. he likes finding his tie-pins and pocket squares on eBay, and going into vintage shops and finding his ties and cufflinks, when he buys a new suit he likes to mix it with a vintage tie. he loves getting tuxedo’d up for his Vegas shows, they make Matt Goss look good. It inspires his music.

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Matt Wearing his iconic fedora hat

Matt loves wearing famous fedora hats, this has become his signature look but he does still have hair, he uses the fedoras to dress down his tuxedos when he’s on stage, Matt Goss has been a customer of Hollywood Hatters for several years, also the New York Hat Co, his inspiration for the fedora comes from his love of his style icon Frank Sinatra and The Rat Pack.

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Matt`s style is truly unique

Matt does have several favourite brands like Pal Zileri, Vivienne Westwood and Tom Ford,  his sense of style is amazing, he is not obsessed with trends, what matt is obsessed with is style, he is a lover of vintage accessories like braces, ties, pocket squares,  to matt its all about the uniqueness having some thing that no one else has.

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Matt wearing a red stunning velvet tuxedo at one of his shows

Matt does not just get his style influence from Frank Sinatra but also  David Bowie, and the Rolling stones who are famously fashionable, and known for their imitable style as much as their iconic music. Goss has quite the closet, preferring the classics, like his amazing Pal Zileri suits, Smythson wallet and David Beckham for H&M pieces, mixing in edgier pieces or shopping the men’s shoe collections from Jimmy Choo and Christian Louboutin.

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Matt`s street style is very casual but truly chic

Matts over all style is sharp suited, dressed up with vintage accessories, when Matt dresses down  he likes to keep it simple but sharp, he loves to wear Christian Dior jeans for casual because there is not a lot of branding on those jeans. he’s not into big labels on the front of T-shirts, he prefers to keeping it simple with a classic white cotton t-shirt,  he loves crew neck jumpers with patches on the elbow.

To me Matt Goss style is very unique, to me it proves you get more stylish as you get older, I love Matts style very much he is a true style icon who knows how to dress very stylish with a touch of class.

By

Bob Redfern

BE BOLD BE PROUD

Looking Swanky And Dapper In A Velvet Blazer


Velvet is a very old stylish material, Velvet is a type of woven fabric with a short dense pile, giving it that unique velvet feel, it can be made from natural or manmade fibres, years ago only people of nobility wore velvet garments, it was worn by kings in the middle east before trade routes opened up, once trade routes opened up spices and fine fabrics found their way in to Europe, most of it found its way to Italy, soon European  weavers were making their type of velvet weaves, there are hundreds of pictures of kings and queens wearing swanky velvet garments, velvet garment has a unique way of shimmering due to its unique make, but as times changes so does fashion velvet became less fashionable, over the next couple of hundred years velvet was used more for special occasions like weddings or Christening’s, but real gentlemen would love to wear a smoking jacket when at home.

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Navy Blue velvet tuxedo jacket in a smoking jacket style

The smoking jacket was really the first velvet casual jacket, but you didn’t wear it out you wore it in the house, the classic smoking jacket is a mid thigh-length jacket made from velvet, silk, or both. It has a shawl collar and turn-up cuffs and toggle or button fastenings, or may simply be closed with a tie belt. smoking jackets are still worn to this day, one guy who’s always wearing one is Hugh Hefner creator of playboy, Fred Astaire was buried in his dapper chap to the end.

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The Moody Blues were famous for their crushed velvet suits and jackets they wore on stage

But during the 60s crushed velvet and frilly collars and cuffs became fashionable, a lot of young designers were graduating from the Royal College of Art and London College of Fashion, rents were dirt cheap on Kings road and Carnaby street for simple shops, soon boutiques were opening all  over the place, in the early 60s Edwardian style was in fashion, people like the moody blues were soon seen wearing blue velvet trousers very nice, but by the mid sixty’s velvet was out in was more street style jeans and T-shirts

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Austin Powers wearing his swinging sixty’s velvet shagging outfit

Over the last couple of decades the Velvet blazer has been lampooned, Mike Myers dressed his character Austin Powers wearing a velvet suit with frilly cuffs, shagging his way through the 60s then again in our time, another guy that didn’t do the velvet blazer any favours was Liberace, he was an American pianist and entertainer who dressed up in lets just say very poncy outfits that scared young kids, so by the late 90s velvet blazers were not cool at all thanks to these jokers.

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Giorgio Armani wearing a super plush black velvet blazer

But then Giorgio Armani came to its rescue, he redesign it and gave it a stylish twist, soon the velvet blazer was making appearances on the red carpet, one of the people bringing the velvet blazer back into the lime light is Eddie Redmayne he wore a black one at the 2015 Golden Globes then a navy blue one at the 2015 Baftas, so the velvet blaze is back in vogue people, its time to shine and look dapper with a stylish twist.

The velvet blazer is some thing that can be worn for formal or dress down it’s not just for night at the theatre,  normally I find some images to give you some ideas in how to wear this swanky piece, but what I’ve done today using the same blazer is given you three looks, because it`s all about adapting your wardrobe for every day use and that’s what you can do with a velvet blazer.

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for a smart sartorial office look I’ve chosen a black two button velvet blazer, added some plush grey flannel trousers with a classy dress shirt, then to finish this retro look I’ve gone with a black silk knitted tie, you could add a nice pocket square or a tie bar to just finish the over all look.

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Now if you want a stylish street style look a black velvet blazer can give you that edge, I’ve gone with a simple black and white print T-shirt from Ark Angel Apparel, added some indigo black Levi`s 501 in a straight fit very classy but casual, you could add a nice silk scarf or again a nice dapper pocket square.

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Dressing casual with a smart twist can also be achieved with a velvet blazer, here I’ve chosen a simple medium purple roll neck sweater that just looks amazing with the black velvet blazer, but the best point is it would look great with the trousers or the jeans, just add some snazzy shoes or again a pocket square or silk scarf.

The Velvet blazer has come along way, from rich toffs to 1960s long-haired free loving puffter boys , to the sartorial look it brings today, having a velvet blazer in your wardrobe will give you so many stylish looks.

By

Bob Redfern

BE BOLD BE PROUD

Time To Go Bespoke Chaps


Bespoke was a very common word about a hundred years ago, now most people don’t know what it means, and they would just look at you with a blank expression, it means to individual order, custom made, that’s how clothes used to be made, if you were planning to go out about a hundred years ago, you couldn’t just walk down to a shop and pick up some 501s thank you very much sir, no your cloths were made to order, the only places that had clothes on the shelf’s was places like the army, but as fashion changed so did hows cloths were made, in the 1960s fashion changed 100% shops started to make shirts and trousers that could be worn of the peg, shops had been doing this for a long time but not in the volumes that they started then, gone went the days of going to the local tailor picking your fabric & style, getting your first measurement, then your second fitting then finally picking a garment that was tailored for you.

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Bespoke became some thing only the rich and famous could have, but now thanks to the internet sites and traveling tailors, you can get a suit blazer or shirt just made the way you want it made, it is some thing I recommend to every young man to get done at least once in their life time, having some thing made that can put your own stamp on is very unique, you get to choose the cut, the collar, the cuffs, the lining, and when it arrives it says made for “YOU”, not made by bla bla in shitty bla bla, it is something that you will be happy to wear and when people say where did you get that from you would say, oh just from my tailor, your friends will say what !, you say it again yes my tailor knocked this little number up for me, then you show them your personal label with your named stitched in it made from the finest silks.

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Going bespoke is not that expensive ever you can get a suit or a blazer made from about a hundreds pounds with delivery about £150, but before you go guns blazing you need to find out if bespoke is for you, my advise is first go for a blazer very simple choice, you have two choices scour the internet for visiting tailors book a meeting in a local hotel get measured, or you can find bespoke websites where you can log on and choose what you want to fill in your measurements, four weeks later your suit arrives nice, but first let’s go through the process of building your bespoke garment.

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Material yes first you need to pick the material, you can have tweed , plaid, stripe, mohair,wool, my advise is go for wool its an all year around fabric, it keeps you cool in summer and warm in winter, and it looks good, colors it’s up you but personally keep it neutral like a navy or a grey.

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Fit now this where you choose the fit you can for a fitted garment which is meant to give you a slim lined figure or you go with a classic fit which hangs of the shoulders just right my self I all ways go for the classic fit.

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Button front style this is where you choose how many buttons you want on the front for a blazer you traditionally go for two button if you want one go for a one button do it, if you want three buttons on the front its all down to your taste.

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 Time to choose your lapel style, you can go peak lapels, notch lapels, rounded notch, shawl lapels, personally stick to notch lapels very classy that will suit most people.

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Pockets this gives your garment a more layered look there are many combinations we could go for , so to keep it simple if you go for the fitted look slanted pockets, classic fit go for straight pockets, one thing I would include is a ticket pocket on a blazer very stylish.

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Cuffs this is some thing else people over look if you have the choice go for working cuff, most suits don’t have them also you can leave one sleeve button undone to look stylish, also you can choose to get the button holes done in different thread colors, always go for a four button, if your daring go for five guys.

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back vent this is the back style of the garment, rule of thumb is a blazer or sports jacket has a center vent a suit has a double vent i.e vents on side but its your garment you choose.

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Lining now this usually one area that gets over looked, I say be as loud as you like, people wont see it only when you open your jacket, so when you do flash your going to wow people, lining is really down to your choice, my self I love vibrant prints in bold colors, paisley in bright colors, chines red dragons spitting orange flames, colorful peacock’s with multicolored feathers, Rio carnival dancers in reds and shimmering purples. what ever you choose just give your bespoke garment some pow.

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Thread color again another area people miss out on when getting your bespoke garment made you can really personalize it with color, choose a stylish color for button holes & lapel pin holes, not long back I had a navy suit made with an orange lining but to bring the suit together, I had the lapel pin hole and the fourth button-hole on the working cuff stitched with orange silk thread it was the bomb no one has what I have.

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now measurement this is most important thing about going bespoke if you don’t get this right you will have wasted your money, if you’re visiting a traveling tailor he will take your measurements, but if you’re doing it through a bespoke site you need a tape measure and a friend, they will have a video explaining how to take measurements do this at least five times, each time Wright the measurements down if all mirror each other fill in the measurement on the site, but there is an easier option most sites you can just click for standard sizes, so get an old suit or jacket that fits you check the size and click the boxes but you still can pick the sleeve size and garment length just to give you that bespoke fit.

I hope I have given you food for thought bespoke is some thing you should try once in your life.

By
Bob Redfern
BE BOLD BE PROUD

The Kingsman Style Chic or Geek


The Kingsman is a film about a secret service, that was founded by high-end tailors looking to maintain world security so as to ensure a market for their sharp and fancy wares. cue some killer duds, their headquarters are based on Savile Row, London, in a bespoke tailors, so combine a killer spy film and bespoke suits, you get nifty gadgets & sharp suits ooossshhh baby, in away they are taking the “taking the piss” out of Mr James Bond 007, but who gives a crap any way I’m not here to talk about the film it’s the costumes that were made by Mr Porter, if your going to do a film that involves tailors you need best, so when Arianne Phillips came to design the suits she went to Mr Porter bespoke tailors, sensing a marketing ploy they decide to create a 60-piece clothing line based on the film and changed the film’s name from The Secret Service to Kingsman, the brand is called The Kingsman Label its available direct from Mr Porter web site, its the first film from which customers can buy all of the outfits they see, the line includes classic British labels such as Cutler & Cross, George Cleverly, Turnbull &  Asser, it includes dapper suites to shirts and ties even umbrellas every thing a gentleman would need, so I’ve gone through some pieces to see if the Kingsman collection is chic or Geek, so take a look at what I’ve chosen if there any pieces you like just click on the link below.

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MR PORTER believes “The first thing a gentleman needs is a good suit”, and this pinstripe two-piece by Kingsman is a sterling investment in British craftsmanship. Made in England using exemplary wool from British mill Dormeuil, this double-breasted design has high armholes for a modern fit and is canvassed to ensure an unbeatably sharp silhouette. The working cuff button holes and selvedge trim inside the trousers demonstrates the bespoke detailing. This item is small to size, take the next size up.

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Tracing its history back to 1823, raincoat firm Mackintosh knows a thing or two about keeping dry and sophisticated no matter what the weather holds and this Kingsman Black Watch field jacket is first class. Crafted in the UK from showerproof waxed-cotton and bolstered with supple, oiled leather, this handsome tartan piece is practical and luxurious. Team it with a knitted sweater and robust leather boots.

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Velvet smoking jackets conjure up decadent old-school panache, and Kingsman have tweaked this style to make it feel thoroughly modern. This piece is cut for a slim, neat fit and finished with a contrasting black grosgrain shawl collar, with no fussy frogging or quilted detailing often found on the Edwardian originals. Turn up the cuffs to show the silk lining and wear it with a shirt and slippers to retire to the drawing-room or after party in style. This item is small to size, take a size larger than normal.

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Constructed in England using select wool-flannel from renowned clothmaker Fox Brothers, these Kingsman trousers are an investment in ageless sophistication. The dark charcoal hue and trim cut guarantee a sharp silhouette. Team them with polished black Oxford shoes.

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A double-cuff shirt is integral to an accomplished formal wardrobe and this classic white piece by Turnbull & Asser for Kingsman is a sterling investment. Constructed in England from the finest cotton, the trim silhouette exudes timeless sophistication. Match the sharp collar with slick tailoring.

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Mr George Cleverley was born into a shoemaking family and spent much of his childhood selling boot polish and spare laces. Going on to launch his eponymous brand, the label has come to symbolise the finest quality footwear – making it a natural choice for the Kingsman wardrobe. These lace-up boots come in a classic tan colour way, and are finished with hand-stitched toe caps and soft leather linings; an attention to detail that ensures unrivalled comfort and durability.

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The Bremont ‘World Timer’ automatic chronograph is an impressively intricate watch, and yet this utilitarian piece doesn’t compromise on sophistication. Originally created for C17 pilots, no less than 24 time zones can be read off the internal rotating bezel and the custom-modified automatic chronograph movement ensures accuracy. Crafted for Kingsman, this piece comes in exquisite rose gold with a crocodile-embossed leather strap and is apt for a global traveller who demands reliable quality, ageless elegance and high-performance.

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‘Manners maketh man’ is embossed on this Smythson notebook, and there’s really no better way to remember your Ps and Qs. Drawing on a rich history of uncompromising British craftsmanship, this sophisticated piece of stationery is crafted from sleek cross-grain leather with the brand’s signature blue, gold foiled pages. Whether jotting down amusing anecdotes or recording important engagements, Kingsmen appreciate the streamlined profile which can slip discreetly into an inner pocket or briefcase. Designed exclusively for MR PORTER

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This classic Kingsman fountain pen is made by Conway Stewart, the esteemed British firm used by Sir Winston Churchill during the war. This sleek piece is beautifully weighted and comes in an eternally refined black and gold palette. This timeless piece will make an impeccable addition to the writing desk of any discerning wordsmith.

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FOR HEALTH AND SAFETY ALL POISONS AND EXPLOSIVES INCLUDING KNIFES HAVE BEEN REMOVED FROM THE GADGETS AS YOU WONT NEED THEM THE CLOTHES ARE DANGEROUS ENOUGH. 

my over all view of the collection I love it, its been put together with classic and practical stylish pieces that would look good in any gentlemen wardrobe.

By

Bob Redfern

BE BOLD BE PROUD

Oswald Boateng Fashion Designer


Oswald Boateng is a world-famous  fashion designer, Style icon, Tailor, businessman, celebrity, also showmen yes Mr Boateng has many hats but he’s more famous for his sharp suits & the vivde colors they come in, born in 1968 to Ghanaian immigrants, he had grown up in working-class north London, Boateng was inspired by the immaculate suits his father wore, and received his first suit from his mother aged eight: a double-breasted in purple mohair, he would get up set when his mum put it back into the plastic wrapping, at fourteen, he found a summer job sewing linings into suits,while studying computer science at Southgate college at age 16, he was introduced to cutting and designing by his girlfriend. he started to make his own cloths soon he was designing and selling to his fellow students, he realized that a career in fashion would be more appropriate for him and switched to graduate in fashion and design.  he became obsessed with design, devising a signature fusion of traditional tailoring with exotically colorful fabrics, unmistakable even to an eye as undiscerning as mine, it was not long before Oswald was getting noticed by major fashion designers, he was asked by a friend to help him with to make clothes for a fashion show, and after receiving praise for his work, he was able to sell his own menswear collection to top fashion boutiques in London, very soon he was able open his first studio on Potabello Road in London in 1991, During this time Oswald was mentored by Tommy Nutter but inspired by Giorgio Armani, In 1994, Boateng staged his first catwalk presentation during Paris fashion week, the first tailor to stage a catwalk show in Paris.

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Oswald Boateng the youngest tailor to open a store on Savile Row

In 1995 Oswald opened up his first store on Savile Row,he became both the youngest and first black tailor to open a store on Savile Row, a lot of people said he was too tailored for fashion and to fashion for tailoring  , but Oswald put his doubters to one side & moved on, he wanted to offer some thing different to the younger crowd, his idea was unstructured tailoring, he wanted to create something fashionable but stylish, his design is based on the shoulder line this is key on a bespoke suit, but with an infusion of traditional tailoring with exotically colorful fabrics.

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People said he was too tailored for fashion and too fashion for tailoring

Since then Oswald has dressed film stars to many African leaders, he has been involved in many collaborations, he was made creative Director of Menswear at French Fashion house Givenchy, in 2004 he was asked to design The Coutts ‘World Credit Card’, even designed an affordable line for the high street – o-z for Debenhams, his cheapest suit will cost you more than £1000, while some of his most expensive bespoke suits can fetch up to £20,000

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Ozwald Boateng’s new flagship store and headquarters at No. 30 Savile Row

Boateng’s first flagship store opened in 2008 on Saville Row and Clifford Street’s corner, it was the former old Anderson and Sheppard store, Boateng merged the corporate headquarters of his company with his redesigned flagship store, he currently produces two collections every year which are manufactured at the former Chester Barrie factory in Cheshire, he has a new online store opening soon too.

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The poster for the Man’s Story documentary film.

Oswald has been all so involved in television & movies, he has designed bespoke costumes for,  Hannibal, Lock stock and two smoking barrels,Tomorrow never dies, Sex and the city, Ugly Betty, Eastern Promises, Gangster Number One, Alfie, Assault on Precinct 13, The Matrix, Miami Vice, Oceans 13, and Rush hour, Oswald had a film made about him, it was about Boateng and his business it was filmed between 1998 and 2010, it was a fly-on-the-wall feature documentary, A Man’s Story, it was released in March 2012.

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Oswald Boateng style is traditional tailoring with exotically colorful fabrics

Oswald has now been in the fashion business for over 25 years, in that time he has gone bankrupt once got divorced twice, he`s been awarded a OBE for his services, set up a charity for Africa opened up a flag-ship store on Savile Row and even had a film about him, at 45 there’s lot more petrol left in the tank for this fashion designer to accomplish yet.

By

Bob Redfern

BE BOLD BE PROUD

 

What is STYLE ?


I hear the word style used to often, but to me a lot of people don`t know the difference between style & fashion, to me style never dies, fashion does, style is the manner or the way you wear your cloths, by creating a distinctive appearance, some people have natural style some don`t, for those who don`t understand style they will see a certain look then try to emulate it, some times with disasters effects,  you should be bold & proud when it comes to your wardrobe, style is some thing you achieve over time, its like a fine wine it takes time to mature and become special.

There are certain style icons who had style and to this day we still look at them for inspiration, one such icon was Steve McQueen, he has the title of king of cool, he had an uncanny way of taking a simple garment & making it look stylish, certain brands came synonymous with him like Persol, Belstaff, Baracuta, his style was masculine he would wear simple T-shirts or shawl neck cardigans even classy chinos, a lot of people have mimicked his style, the reason why he kept his style simple, last summer I attend a garden party, in a blue oxford shirt & tan chinos with brown loafers and Persol sunglasses, people gave me compliment after compliment, all I did was copy Mr McQueen.

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Here Steve McQueen wears casual chinos, crew neck burgundy sweater with a white shirt, he finishes it off with charcoal blazer, the blazer and sweater complement each other, add Steve McQueen`s casual stance, you have an amazing look.

Another style icon who was stylish, was the Duke of Windsor former King Edward VIII, he was known for bucking the trend, the Duke of Windsor was world-renowned for was his style, not only by his choice in clothes, but how he matched them and how he wore them, it was his modern approach to clothes that made him stand out, he showed disregard for the establishment, he preferred comfortable clothes, on one occasion he was asked to inspect some troops he turned up wearing Oxford bags trousers very loose-fitting trousers, to this day people still take inspiration from this man.

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Here Duke of Windsor wears a check suit most probably wool, the suit is a two button jacket, here he sits with one button done up, the fit is amazing, he chosen a neutral plain color for his tie & shirt , which then gives the suit more definition.

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This man has style, I don`t like the rolled up 80s sleeve look, but the casual chinos with the deep red shirt is a classy touch, he has then added the trench coat to give a smart look, to finish it off he chosen a vibrant silk scarf that goes with the coat & shirt, finished with suede brogues.

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This stylish look is simple but timeless, classic oxford shirt with Navy chinos in a tapered fit, followed by some stylish shoes.

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l like this mans style, he gone with a modern double-breasted prince of Wales check suit, added a stylish waist coat, it’s the red & black that makes it all go together, finished in that fantastic white dress shirt without a tie, most of all his confident stare .

Learning what style is important if you want to look good, fashion comes and go`s, Style never does, it`s all about how you match & wear your cloths.

By

Bob Redfern

BE BOLD BE PROUD`

One Grey Suit = Three Different Looks


When it comes to the grey suit people don’t exploit it to its full value, you need to look at it as being a desirable piece, rather than merely a functional suit. the way that you do this is first invest into a good suit with a good fit, then using key piece`s from your wardrobe, a grey suit can be chic with bags of panache if you get the style right.

Now the grey suit has been around over 200 years, grey suits used to be used for morning suits, these days we don`t see enough people exploiting the full value of the suit, the first bit you need to get right is getting the right suit, for get about these super small super slim numbers, fashion changes style does not, invest into a proper two button medium grey suit, not to dark not to light, forget about man-made fibers they make your balls sweat, you want Wool, Mohair, Cashmere, these are natural fibers that keep you warm in winter cool in summer, also due to their waxy fibers they are very water absorbent.

Sourcing your suit can be expensive & time-consuming, two tips scour the sales & company’s discount sites, if you’re not sure about your size they don’t charge in shops for trying on suit`s, go in find your size & fit take a picture on your camera phone of the label, then hit the internet or sales stores.

 How a suit fits is top priority, there are some simple key rules when buying a ready-made suit or off the peg to get a proper fit follow these rules.

1. Shoulders’ Because this is where the suit hangs, from the fit should sit on the shoulders, if there is any hunching it is to tight or to big.

2. Jacket closure’ if you get the shoulders right the jacket should close right, if you close the jacket and the front pulls on the button causing a big X on the front it’s too tight, if the lapels hang forward its to big.

3. Jacket sleeve’ When you put your jacket over your shirt sleeve ,there should be a half an inch between the shirt cuff and blazer sleeve, basically only 5 inches of cuff should be showing.

4. Jacket collar’ very easy to spot there will be a gap at the back of the collar, if it’s to big if it’s to small.

5. Jacket Length very simple stand tall put your arms down to the side, if the jackets below the hand its to long above to short.

6. The seat’ is your bum area, your trousers should just hang again if very loose to big too much hunching means to small.

7. Trouser break’ where your trouser end it is called the break, a proper fit will result in a simple dimple at the bottom, no dimple to short more than one dimple to long.

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If you want to create a chic Italian style look with your grey suit, go for a black Roll-neck add a polka dot pocket square .

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If you have dinner date or you have to attend a business gathering, be stylish but super casual, wear a classy white dress shirt with some stunning cufflink`s to give your grey suit some major style points.

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Turn your grey business suit into a party suit, if your going out after work you don`t need to take your wardrobe to work invest in to a casual classy shirt, grey is a neutral color, so adding a the likes of a Polka dot shirt really dresses up the suit most of all the wine color mixes well with the grey double bonus.

 Get more out of you’re the grey suit, adding the right pieces to your wardrobe, turns your grey suit into a Swiss army knife, you have suit for work & pleasure, 

By

Bob Redfern

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Tweed Blazer


My favorite blazers are made from tweed, its comes from Scotland & Ireland, lt would have been made by local people in their homes, before industrial mills were built, tweed is a multicolored carded yarn and twill construction you could call it a stubby coarse woolen cloth, It is has twill weave and may have a check or herringbone pattern. Subdued, interesting colour effects (heather mixtures) are obtained by twisting together differently colored woolen strands into a two- or three-ply yarn. local people used it for years to keep warm and make cloths from it, it soon caught on with the land & gentry, they noticed its great quality’s, it was used as hunting suits or walking wear, but tweed was never worn for formal wear, with tweed you get hints of green & purple, reds, oranges,so it gives the blazer or suit a unique look, but most of all it will last you a life time. over the last couple of years its explode into the fashion market like an atom bomb, more young fashionsitas are wearing tweed than ever, the reason why its less informal & you can do so much more with a tweed blazer, every fashion label will have a tweed blazer or suit in their next collection.

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Tweed was traditionally worn a at shooting party`s

Tweed is great in winter you can mix a tweed blazer with knitwear, you can wear tweed easily with denim giving you a classic relaxed style,choosing a tweed blazer is easy it’s really down to you, my advise is go for a tan or nut-brown, you can get check tweeds these are amazing as they give your out fit definition. herringbone is very sartorial but chic,

grey tweed

If your new to tweed keep it simple go for a grey tweed like in the picture above, you can wear tweed for formal or informal wear, mix your blazer with a bright sweater, the grey will give you an even balance of fashion but practicality.

CHECK TWEED

If you want to be bolder & dapper, go for a checked tweed blazer, match it with some fine needle cords & a classy dress shirt for a solid dressed down chic look.

Herringbone red blazer

Tweed blazer are not just for winter, you can get them in a summer light weave, and some amazing colors, this strawberry herringbone is very classy sharp but very stylish, just add some classy chinos add and a vibrant pocket square.

Buying tweed blazers is fairly easy, but if you want to flash the cash, go to Walker Slater to me they make the best tweed blazers in the whole of the UK.

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Bob Redfern

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Turnbull and Asser (Winston Churchill Outfitters)


Turnbull and Asser are s a gentleman’s bespoke shirtmaker and clothier established in 1885, their store on Jermyn street is in London, it was founded by Reginald Turnbull and Ernest Asser,  during World War 1, Turnbull & Asser developed a raincoat which doubled as a sleeping bag for the British Military. in the 1920s when more people turned to more casual wear, Turnbull and Asser adapted to the changes, where most traditional gentlemen`s outfitters didn’t, they started to design & make ready to wear shirts for which it is most known for today, but they still make bespoke shirts, during the company’s history it`s customers have ranged from prime minister, US presidents, Hollywood stars, also famous singers & bands, even the royal family, Turnbull and Asser have a unique way of staying ahead when it comes to changing fashions, they can offer the latest styles & fashions or the more traditional styles, this way they keep their old clients coming back, but attract new customers by offering the latest fashions & styles.

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Winston Churchill’s siren suit aka the first onesies

On of Turnbull and Asser most famous customers known as size 46  was Winston Churchill, he was always seen wearing a navy polka dot tie, as homage to Churchill they have a bow tie named after him, they also famously designed the ‘siren suit’, during the war Churchill worked into the early hours so he wanted some thing comfortable to wear, remember the track suit hadn’t really taken off yet also imagine Churchill sporting a Nikey track suit nice, also during the war he was in his 60s not so nibble, so if the air raid sirens went off he needed some thing quick to put on, he went to Turnbull and Asser & asked them to design some thing for him they asked him what he wanted, this is what they came up with, a generously cut all in one suit with a zip on the front, with breast pockets and roomier pockets to the side, it had fold-over cuffs and pleats to the trouser fronts, made from wool, what they invented was yes the first onesies, yes my homies Churchill was getting down to groove before you, he liked them so much he ordered 12 in total,  there are on 3 left surviving one is on show at Turnbull and Asser store, its made of green velvet, he famously wore it a the white house, he was given a nick name “Little Lord Fauntleroy.

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Sean Connery getting measured for his famous shirts for his part in James Bond

When  James Bond first hit the screen, it was Turnbull and Asser who was called in to dress this dapper character,  they designed the famouse turnback cuffs fastened with buttons as opposed to cufflinks, referred to as Portofino, or cocktail cuffs, or James Bond cuffs, it was a natunatural choice to use Turnbull and Asser given that Bond author Ian Fleming was a customer already,  Turnbull and Asser advised Connery to sleep in his tailored garments – including his shirts – so that he’d feel ‘more at ease’ in them. Connery was amazed that his wardrobe felt ‘just as comfortable after a full nights sleep,The James Bond ‘signature’ remains in the Turnbull & Asser collection and has proved integral to 007’s wardrobe for more than 50 years,Lindy Hemming, the Oscar-winning costume designer who modernised Bond’s wardrobe worked closely with Turnbull & Asser to ensure the shirts were up to the challenge of hand-to-hand combat. They also had to remain intact during Casino Royale‘s Montenegro shower scene, in which Craig’s 007 displays his ‘softer side’ comforting actress Eva Green’s Vesper Lynd.

Turnbull & Asser  are still making amazing clothes here are a couple of their latest pieces that have hit the headlines & appeared in magazines their style is sharp sartorial classy but very British.

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This corduroy Sports Jacket is an effortless way to add texture to your wardrobe. Made in England, it features a burnt orange lining, left breast pocket and three lower front pockets.

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This attractive Blue End-on-End Shirt is complimented by a White Collar and White Double Cuffs, similar to the one we supplied for the film Wall Street, worn by Gordon Gekko.

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Winston Churchill famous polka dot bow tie made from pure Silk and incorporating a stylish red ‘Petersham’ adjustor; thus ensuring a perfect fit around the neck of the wearer.

http://www.turnbullandasser.co.uk

 Turnbull and Asser now have a store in New York, but all its shirts are still made here in the UK, with new Bond movies coming out, new MPs coming to London in 2015 , it’s going to be a busy year for Turnbull and Asser.

I would like to dedicate this blog to one man Sir Winston Churchill, I don’t know if you were a great leader, but I know one thing in our darkest hour you stepped forward, you took charge & after 6 years you gave us back our freedom, for this I thank you & god bless you Churchill.

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Bob  Redfern

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The Waistcoat/Vest


If your really serious about fashion right now, the waistcoat/vest is something you need in your wardrobe. because of it`s simplicity  & design it will go with most outfits you put together, it`s the only piece of clothing to have a royal charter, we know this because Samuel Peps kept a diary, also with waistcoats/vest you don’t have to pay a lot of money for one, Marc Darcy`s  in Manchester have some of the best going  they start at £25.00 also very stylish, or you could go to Walker Slater in Edinburgh they are the best in my view, your looking around £85.00 for a nice waistcoat/vest  you won’t buy better, don’t worry they have an online store. So are waistcoat/vest really stylish and practical, “YES”, look around & when I say look around, l mean read about men’s fashion on-line, read the latest fashion magazines there are thousands of articles & pictures to whet your appetite,  so who is wearing the waistcoat /vest & getting noticed for their style, first up is Mr Olly Murs he’s been voted by GQ as one of the best dressed men in the UK, his style comes from the high street, he love’s Fred Perry, Ben Sherman, Top man all iconic British brands, what this means to you as a savvy shopper ,you can get the same look at affordable prices, Olly’s style normally is a classic granddad shirt, Stunning waistcoat/vest then very tight trousers. He is a very stylish man, he does not follow any brand`s or style`s 70% of clothes he buys come from the high street, he will buy a certain item  then wear it in his own style.

Olly Murs in a Henley shirt & a tweed waistcoat finshed off with a trilby hat

Olly Murs in a Henley shirt & a tweed waistcoat finished off with a Trilby hat

Another lover of the waistcoat / vest is our Gary Barlow of Take That, another winner of GQ magazine best dressed man, he has a more tailored style than Olly Murs, he love’s tweed & check designs etc, but Gary ‘ s style again does not come at a cost. He’s worn suit`s from Top man on the X factor more than once, Gary Barlow is now a fashion icon, when he get`s dressed up he has a very confident look about him, that’s because he knows he looks good.

Gary Barlow in rich deep burgundy shirt finished off with fine black pinstripe waistcoat-vest

Gary Barlow in rich deep burgundy shirt finished off with fine black pinstripe waistcoat-vest

So you can see it’s not just me talking about why waistcoats / vest are fashionable, you have famous people & style icons wearing them,but most of all they are buying them from the same high street shop`s you shop in, from the likes if Top man, Fred Perry, Ben Sherman, Ralph Lauren, Next, River Island, Marc Darcy, Walker Slater, these are not some fancy boutique selling waistcoat / vest at silly money but your every day mens clothing shop, so  buying a waistcoat / vest wont be expensive, my advice is stick to tweed or herringbone style waistcoat / vest but you choose what suits you. When buying a waistcoat / vest you need to try them on, they are a very tight-fitting garment, so getting one that fits you right is very important, when you get your waistcoat / vest you then need to think what you’re going to wear with it, due to its design you can wear nearly any thing with it, Henley shirt, Oxford shirt, T-shirt, it’s up to you, it’s trial & error, now l can list you every tom dick & Harry who has the best waistcoats in the UK, but l won’t lm going to give you two to whet your appetite a little, both provide stylish classic waistcoat / vest but it’s about cost & style you choose.

Marc Darcy waistcoat / vest in tweed

Marc Darcy waistcoat / vest in tweed

http://www.marcdarcy.co.uk

Marc Darcy are from Manchester, their style is very old school but with a fresh twist, they make over coat, blazers, waistcoat / vest in the old comble style with velvet collars very stylish and other designs to, what they offer is cost-effective men’s tailoring at affordable price’s,  l own three of their waistcoats / vest and they are stylish & well made, the style is five button waistcoat with two pockets, notched lapel, tweed front satin back with two side adjusters all that for £25.00 & people will compliment you on your style.

Walker Slater tweed waistcoat / vest

Walker Slater tweed waistcoat / vest

http://www.walkerslater.com

Now if your willing to splash the cash ! Meet Walker Slater based in Edinburgh, but they also have store’s in London, all their product’s are designed in Scotland also made there, they are tweed crazy, they make the best tweed suit’s in the UK,  they offer two services off the peg or bespoke, what your looking for is off the peg, their standard design is the Edward Waistcoat / vest it’s a classic 5 button waistcoat with two pockets, notched lapel, tweed front & silk back with adjuster, the cost is only £85.00, you can’t go wrong at that price, l have one of their waistcoats / vest it’s my favourite l love it. I hope again you have found this blog help full if you have any questions please let me know.

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Bob Redfern

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