Buying A Suit Off The Peg Guide


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

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

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

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

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Matalan Harrison three piece suit

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

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Magee Dillon three-piece suit

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

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Vintage pocket square from eBay

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

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Classy gold skull lapel pin from eBay

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

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

By

Bob Redfern

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The Art Of Being A True Gentleman


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

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Manners And Being Respectful

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

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Gentleman’s Grooming

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

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Gentleman`s  Clothing

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

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Dealing  With Altercations

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

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

By

Bob Redfern

BE BOLD BE PROUD

Who Is Looking Good At the 2015 Oscars


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

By

Bob Redfern

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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

Idris Elba The Coolest Man Alive


Idris Elba is a British film and television star and rapper also style icon, Idris was born in Hackney, London, his farther came from Sierra Leone,  he was christened Idrissa Akuna Elba, but he shortened his name to Idris when he was at school, while he was in his early teens he helped his uncle with hid DJ business, by 1986 he started his on DJ company, when he left school he had many different jobs, but still worked as a DJ at the weekend under the DJ nickname Big Dris , by his early 20s he started to audition for television parts after completing a stint in the National Youth Music Theatre,  one of his first parts he got was in Bramwell, a medical drama soon other roles followed in family affairs, Dangerfield, looking to further his career he moved to New York, while he was in the big apple he found roles on Broadway,  this brought him to a different audience and he soon was getting noticed by big television executives.  

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Idris as Russell “Stringer” Bell which made him an international star

His break role came with him playing the role of Russell “Stringer” Bell in the HBO series the wire in 2002, the character was a drug king pin in Baltimore, before he got the role he had to speak with an American accent this took him three years, he originally auditioned for the role of Avon Barksdale Stringers boss, the role only had a couple of lines in the first season, but thanks to Idris amazing acting he gave depth & layers to the character, soon Stringer became one of the main characters in the wire, the television series became a hit & made Idris an international star, Idris does not like drug dealers him self & didn’t wanted to be just offered other roles similar to Stringer, so he made a career move to playing good guys with an edge, his break out role in the UK was playing Luther, Idris portrays Detective Chief Inspector John Luther a raging brooding copper in London, it ran for three serious and it gained many awards.

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Idris as Nelson Mandela

Idris has now become a big Hollywood actor with roles in Legacy, Thor, Takers, Ghost rider 2 but he soon gained leading roles in films like Pacific Rim, but in 2012 the got the role of playing Nelson Mandela in Long Walk To Freedom, Idris wanted to capture what Mandela went through as a prisoner, he decide to spend a night alone in the cell where he was kept as a prisoner on Robben island, he ever met Mandela but he did spend time with people who knew the great man, Mandela died before the film was launched, but the producer of the film Anant Singh, visited him before he passed away and showed him scenes on a iPad, he asked was that him in the scenes, it was explained about the prosthetics, Idris was nominated for best actor at the Golden Globes.

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Idris as DJ Big Dris doing a turn on the turn tables

Idris is also a renowned DJ and music producer, he has performed at many major events under his DJ name Big Dris , in the early 90s he loved to visit fuller street mall in Brooklyn to pick up vinyl’s, he loved to get his hands on fresh records you couldn’t get in London,  Sean Combs inspired Idris in his younger days, also in the early days while trying to find acting work he would perform at club called the Ludlow, since then like his acting career his music has hit bigger highs, producing and performing with Mumford and Sons, he also has appeared in many music videos.

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Idris Elba is renowned for his unique style

Idris is also renowned for his fashion & style, Idris is a London boy at heart he dresses well but not in a stuffy way, he carries him self with panache and charm, he`s appeared on the front of magazines like GQ, FHM, Essence, Esquire, his style is very relaxed wearing jeans or t-shirts even bespoke suits when required, he loves to wear Christian Louboutin Nono flat sneakers, his favourite suits are from Gucci, he is also a lover of classic Levi`s 501s in a classic fit, some times his style can be a little wacky like sporting a big red bubal hat,  other wise he is one cool cookie.

Idris continues to break new boundary’s in television and film also music, there has been rumours of  him becoming the next James Bond, if that does happen Bond will be one cool bad ass cool agent.

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

Steve McQueen the king of Cool


Steve McQueen was a American film star & style icon, he is known as the king of cool, He was born Terence Steven McQueen in 1930 in Indiana, Indianapolis, he probably got his rebel side from his farther William Terence McQueen he was a stunt pilot, his Mother was said to be a prostitute who drank, she was unable to look after him, He moved in with his grandparents, then he moved in with his uncle Claude, he had good memories of the times on his great-uncle Claude’s farm,  In recalling him, McQueen stated: “He was a very good man, very strong, very fair. I learned a lot from him, on McQueen’s fourth birthday, Claude gave him a red tricycle, which McQueen later said started his interest in racing, when he turned 8 his mum sent for him, she had got remarried to another man, when Steve came to leave Claude gave him a pocket watch with an inscription inside the case.” The inscription read: “To Steve – who has been a son to me, McQueen was dyslexic and partially deaf due to an ear infection, Steve’s time with his mum wasn’t good he was sent back to his uncle Claude, a couple of years later his mum sent for him again she was living in Los Angeles, California, his mum had got married a third time at the age of nine his step farther beat him very bad, very soon he was on the street roaming with gangs committing petty crime, he soon was sent back to Claude for the last time, at the age of 14 he left Claude`s with out saying good buy, he drifted back to his mother, very soon his step farther was beating him again & he was committing petty crime again, McQueen was caught stealing hubcaps by police, who handed him over to his stepfather who beat him severely, ending the fight by throwing McQueen down a flight of stairs. McQueen looked up at his stepfather and said, “You lay your stinkin’ hands on me again and I swear, I’ll kill ya, after the incident, McQueen’s stepfather convinced his mother to sign a court order stating that McQueen was incorrigible, remanding him to the California Junior Boys Republic in Chino, California, here McQueen grew up & matured when He eventually left Boys Republic at 16. When he later became famous, he regularly returned to talk to the boys and retained a lifelong association. over the next couple of years moved from job to job a lumberjack, merchant marine, oil rigger, in 1947 he joined the United States Marine Corp, when he first joined up he was very rebelliousness & ended up in the brig many times, but he soon sorted him self even finding him self guarding the president at the time, his military training would come in use later on in life when he used weapons in films, he left the marines in the 50s, when he left the military he was able to get financial assistance from the GI bill to get into college.

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Steve McQueen in the classic film Bullet

McQueen began studying acting at Sanford Meisner‘s Neighborhood Playhouse, delivered his first dialogue on a theater stage in a 1952 play produced by Yiddish theater star Molly Picon. McQueen’s character spoke one brief line: “Allez iz forloren.” (“All is lost.“), to earn extra money he turned to motor bike racing at the weekend which he became famous for,  McQueen ended up getting bit parts in plays, in 1955 McQueen moved to California seeking better acting work in the movies, he again got bit parts but his break through role was a B movie called the Blob, Steve McQueen the film star had arrived, but his first starring role was in a TV program called Wanted Dead or Alive, he played the role of Josh Randal the bounty hunter, his character was famous for holstering a special sawed-off .44-40 Winchester rifle nicknamed the “Mare’s Leg” he soon was in movies with big stars like Frank Sinatra, what came next was of his most memorable roles, it was  Vin Tanner in the The Magnificent Seven, the film the music was a smash hit it cemented McQueen as A list star, Then came one of his most famous roles as Capt. Virgil Hilts, the “Cooler King” in the great escape he was famous for performing most of his own stunts on set, through the 60s top producers wanted McQueen in their films, he became the highest paid actor in Hollywood history, he gained a anti-hero persona, over the next couple of years he starred in many famous films, Bullet, The Sand Pebbles, The Getaway, The Thomas Crown affair, Papillon, Towering Inferno, McQueen became combative with directors and producers in the 70s  which made him less sort after, he didn’t work for 4 years he ended touring america on his motorbikes, he returned at the late 70s and made a couple of movies that were launched in the 1980, it was around this time it was revealed he had cancer, on 7th November 1980 Steve McQueen passed away  after surgery to remove tumors from his neck and liver.

The style icon still lives on today his estate is one of the top ten highest-earning deceased celebrities, this is because Steve McQueen lived life to the full, he had style like no other man, the way he carried him self was amazing, what ever he wore or drove or rode he made it look cool, to this day certain pieces that he wore or used still use his image to sell their products.

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Steve McQueen loved stylish but practical things, so when it came to sunglasses he chose Persol true Italian style, Persol were designed by Via Caboto he made technical advanced glassed, designed to satisfy the demands of pilots and sport drivers who requited comfort, protection and optimum vision, The blue-tinted sunglasses (Persol 714) worn by McQueen in the 1968 movie The Thomas Crown Affair sold at a Bonhams & Butterfields auction in Los Angeles for $70,200 in 2006 after McQueen`s  death Persol dedicated a collection to him.

http://www.persol.com

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When Steve McQueen started bike racing he needed proper bike Jacket that was rugged but practical, he chose a British brand called Belstaff, the Trialmaster is a classic, belted, four pocket jacket, cotton treated to protect against rot, fungus & water, storm cuffs with poppers, it was made popular by trials riders in the fifties and sixties. It was worn by factory test riders as well as competition riders like Sammy Miller and Bud Edkins,

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Steve McQueen also loved Harrington Jackets again it was down to their practicality, they were a short bomber style jacket undisputed iconic garment from the collection, chosen by some for its straighter silhouette. Water repellent poly/cotton outer. Coolmax cotton/poly Fraser Tartan lining. Zip front. Double button fastening collar. Two front flap pockets. ‘Umbrella’ back vent. Side adjusters. Made in UK. Regular fit. the brand he chose was called Baracuta

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In the 1970s Le Mans, film he famously wore a blue faced Monaco 1133B Caliber 11 Automatic which led to its cult status among watch collectors. His sold for $87,600 at auction on June 11, 2009, Tag Heuer continues to promote its Monaco range with McQueen’s image.

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Steve McQueen lived by a mantra I live for myself and I answer to nobody.” this sums up the great man he lived life to the full and if any one didn’t like it then to hell with them was his answer, this man has inspired me so much, he changed the way I looked at men`s style he inspired me to start writing this blog on men`s style and fashion. 

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

BE BOLD BE PROUD