SPRING FASHION ESSENTIALS


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

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

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

Tweed Blazer & Denim Jeans

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

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

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

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

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

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

Classic Sweat Shirt

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

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

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

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

The World is your oyster

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

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

BE BOLD BE PROUD

Yours Kindly

Bob Redfern

The Art of Denim Clothing


As a lover of fashion I’ve always had a bit of denim inn my wardrobe, I can remember my first skinny dark jeans in the 80`s,  they were by Dark horse god I loved them, I got my first denim jacket when I was 11 it was a stone wash Wrangler, I thought I was the dog`s balls, my favorite Jeans were my stone washed Levi`s 501`s, I got them in the summer 1987 when Levi`s were at their height, they lasted me up to my 16th birthday, as a young lad I had worn them to the park out to the school disco, you name it I did it did it in those jeans, but we all grow up as kids, so I had to say good-by to my number one favorite Jeans,

I always thought denim came from the good old USA, bit how wrong I was, denim is a sturdy cotton warp-faced twill textile in which the weft passes under two or more warp threads. This twill weaving produces the familiar diagonal ribbing of the denim that distinguishes it from cotton duck, The name “denim” derives from the French serge de Nîmes, referring to the city of Nimes, the word Jeans is also French for Genoa, Italy,  this is where the original denim Jeans were made, as immigrants moved to the new Americas, they brought with them their customs & traditions, that`s how denim came to the US.

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Levi`s Jeans were all about being masculine

One new immigrant that came to America was Levi Strauss, he set up a wholesale business selling the denim material in  San Francisco, a tailor named Jacob Davies, a Latvian Jewish immigrant, from Reno, Nevada, would buy denim material from him to patch up gold miners trousers,  he had an idea to use copper rivets to reinforce the points of strain, such as on the pocket corners and at the base of the button fly, but he didn’t have the money to purchase a patent, to protect his idea, so he went to Levi Strauss & asked him would he like to go business with him, Strauss provide the material`s, Davies made them,  on May 20, 1873, the two men received U.S. Patent 139,121 from the United States Patent and Trademark Office, the Levi Strauss Co was born, in the 1890s they invented the iconic 501 five pocket jeans.

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Calvin Klein made denim sexy & desirable

Jeans eventually became more excepted as casual wear, former immigrants returned to their home country’s taking with them the modern jeans, soon subcultures like Mods, Hippy`s, Punks, adopted the Jeans as a part of their look, during the 70,s new designers like Calvin Klein took the humble jeans to new heights, they made the practical jeans in to some thing that was fun & desirable, the 80s was all about denim, rockers wore denim every wore denim, at the end of the 80s the denim dream was over, Levi`s had to close over 10 factory’s, more people turned to casual trousers,

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When fashion changed to more casual chinos denim crashed

But denim is back people and its even hotter than ever, you can mix denim with every outfit if you match it with the right cloths, but one point people its got to be Indigo, stone jeans is what your granddad wears to go shopping in, be bold be proud, it’s all about layering so let’s have a look at some fashionistas wearing some dapper denim pieces.

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This guy has taken the smart but casual look to a different level, but the rolled up sleeve belongs in the 80s other wise Nice.

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Double denim is always a cracking look, what I love about this look is the classic suspenders, the pumps just make it pop.

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Denim was invented for work wear, so matching it with a shawl neck cardigan will give you a raw masculine stylish look.

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Here we’ve got double denim again, then he’s worn a tan roll-neck sweater added a touch of tweed with the waistcoat, then with a great layering effect he`s added a classy short trench coat, very chic with bags of panache.

I don’t wear denim much today, but I’m investing in a new indigo denim jacket this month, I`ve just got a great pair of Levi`s 501s with the red tab guys, denim has a great place in any man`s wardrobe it all about how you wear it & what you wear with it.

By

Bob Redfern

BE BOLD BE PROUD