Looking Stylish In Tartan


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

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

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

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Black Watch tartan

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Bob Redfern

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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.

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Bob Redfern

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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.

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Bob Redfern
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Get kitted out for work


Fashion changes quicker than a tramp changes his pants, but style never changes, office based work has always been smart dress, usually suit & tie but not any more fashionista`s, you can now dress smart but with a casual twist, it’s all about your wardrobe and what you wear, take a look at these inspirational pieces.

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This slim fit crisp poplin shirt from Charles Tyrwhitt will see you stylish in and out the office

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Looking for a practical stylish piece this Aubin brown pure wool blazer from Blurton London ticks all the boxes

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Ties can be so boring leave the wide tie at home get a knitted silk tie with stripes very chic but stylish

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Get some major style points in the office with these classy Sterling silver blue lapis & mother of pearl oval bicolour cufflinks by Aspinal of London

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Suede is very in vogue this year invest into sharp looking suede brogues from Samuel Windsor

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Throw caution to the wind add a bit of color to your wrist with this classy watch from Lacoste

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When it comes to a mans bag you want a proper rugged masculine looking bag go for this canvass messenger bag

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We still need to take notes at meetings etc get rid of those crappy note pads invest into a proper leather Journal

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Adding a dash of color to your blazer is easy with a pocket square also a tip for you we all carry mobile phones keep the screen clean by using the pocket square stylish and practical

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so you can see adding a few accessories to your wardrobe with the right cloths you can look stylish in & out of work.

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Bob Redfern

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Roll-neck sweater


The Roll-neck sweater is a sweater with a close-fitting , round, and high collar that folds over & covers the neck, they move with the body, also they are flattering too, because they accentuate the face & elongate the figure, its known by other names like, Turtle neck, Skivvy, Polo neck, Roll-neck clothing have been worn for century’s, In the 19th century they were worn by naval officers & the fascists black shirts, french philosopher Michel Foucault loved them, They became a hit in the united states when Noel Coward started to wear them over there,

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Steve McQueen in Bullet wearing a blue Roll-neck sweater

During 50s women started to wear the Roll-neck, the Roll-neck became a anti-tie symbol, for people who hated formal wear but they still wanted to look good, during the 60 s & 70 s the Roll-neck was lampooned, nearly every bond movie or spy film had bad guys dressed in black in Roll-neck`s, but young & old academics, artists and puffy Shakespeare loving actors, kept the Roll-neck in the mainstream.

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Roll-neck come in many colors

Roll-necks have caused controversy, where men have decide to buck the trend & rules, they have decide wear a Roll-neck to weddings & restaurants,where normally the dress code is tie only, there was reports in the papers of fierce conflicts at restaurants,

The Style of the Roll-neck makes it a great piece to wear, you can wear it on its own, add a blazer for a super chic look, the most common color is black or navy, what ever you wear with the Roll-neck your guaranteed a stylish look, take a look at these stylish looks they will give you some ides how to wear a Roll-neck.

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for a stylish chic look go for a navy Roll-neck & indigo jeans

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if you’re wearing a Roll-neck simply dress it with a stylish blazer

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mixing a Roll-neck sweater with a Camel over coat is stylish & chic

Roll-necks sweaters are amazing, to me you need at least two in your wardrobe, go for Navy & Black, you can get them from most apparel shops, I love to wear my Roll-necks with a blazer & over coat the look is just amazing, the Roll-neck can be worn with any thing, Denim jackets, blazers, overcoats, they are just so universal you just need to buy one.

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Bob Redfern

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The Navy Blazer


You can have a million items in your Wardrobe, but one item will see you good come rain or shine, that’s the classic navy blazer, “now were not on about the ones the old soldiers wear on remembrance Sunday. We’re on about the classic two button single vent ones, that come in classic tweed lush wool even cashmere, if you want to splash out a little you can go bespoke or off the peg it’s your choice.

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Navy blue tweed blazer

My favourite blazers are made from tweed, its comes from Scotland & Ireland, lt was made by local people in their homes, tweed is a multicoloured carded yarn and twill construction you could call it a stubby coarse woollen cloth, the local used it for years to keep warm before the land & gentry noticed its great quality’s, a tweed blazer is not just one colour you will have hints of green & purple, so it will give your blazer a unique look, but most of all it will last you a life time.

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Navy blue wool blazer

Navy blue wool blazer

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Wool blazers are in tune with city folk, wool is great for Warmth it insulates protecting the user against heat as well as cold, it is water absorbent soaking up perspiration and circulating it back into the environment & it gets its water-resistant from its waxy fibre-coating. It is also hard to set alight & merely smoulder, it’s very hard-wearing responds well to steam irons, so if your after a year all-rounder a wool blazer is the one to choose.

Navy blue cashmere blazer

Navy blue cashmere blazer

If your willing to splash the cash a little then cashmere is what you want, it comes from an Asian mountain goat, it’s very light and yet almost as hardy as wool and not subject to the palling (furring) often associated with cashmere, you find both some jackets the cashmere will be blended with other materials so if you’re looking for a business blazer this is the one for you.

Bespoke Navy Blazer

Bespoke Navy Blazer

If you have searched every Web site but can’t find what you want or can’t find a blazer in your size, then go bespoke the world is your oyster my friend, you have thousands of materials to choose from, you can choose from single vent double vent, three button or two button, notch lapel, slanted pockets straight pockets, what ever is your desire your tailor can make it happen, the reason why l love bespoke blazers, l can get surgeon cuffs with 4 buttons, then the best thing is you get to choose the lining, l love to go for some thing very loud so when l open my blazer people will go wow, “Trust me if you go bespoke you won’t look back.

Navy blue cotton blazer

Navy blue cotton blazer

Cotton blazers are very in vogue right now, there more of a chino material, cotton originally comes from Asia, it absorbs perspiration, cotton can be washed at high temperatures with detergents repeatedly, the down side to cotton it creases very easily, also it does not keep the user warm, lm not a lover of cotton blazer, but l will wear one in summer on a night out with chinos & a Oxford shirt not for getting the pocket square of course.
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Now we have looked at the different types of different materials, the main thing we should be talking about is how to wear a navy blazer, and the looks you can achieve with a bit of desire & passion, Your Wardrobe should contain the finale pieces you need .

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Navy blue blazer & chinos

A Blazer will come alive by using chinos in light colours, you will want match it with a white dress shirt, you won’t just look suave you will have panache and a bit of swagger to you.

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Navy blue blazer & jeans

Now every man owns a pair of jeans, “but hold that thought for one second ! lm not on about your grandaddy stone jeans, lm on about classic indigo jeans in a proper fit, match those jeans with a Oxford shirt finish the look off with cognac coloured desert boots your look is timeless but stylish.

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Navy blue blazer & Tshirt

“Now wearing blazers with T-shirt’s, “when l say T-shirt l don’t mean your dad’s Heavy metal T-shirt, l mean a classic Crewe neck or V neck T-shirt, “if you can pull it off” in plain colours add a nice silk scarf man you have style & class remember keep it simple and you can’t go wrong.

Navy blazer with a bowtie

Navy blazer with a bowtie

Now last but not least the bow tie, l love bow ties they have a unquie way of making your out fit that little more special, don’t go for ready tied one’s learn how to tie a bow tie, that way you can get it just right, “don’t go for cartoon bow tie’s “choose polka dots & bold stripes or go for plain colours, but choose a lighter colour than navy it will give your out fit that bang you’re looking for.

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I hope you have found this blog help full, if you have any questions or opinions please let me know l would be happy to talk to you.

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Bob Redfern

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