What Knit Wear Should A Man Own


Knit wear is essential for every mans wardrobe, knit wear comes in many different styles & colours, a lot of young stylish men tend to wear sweat tops or hoodies, but what they don’t realise is that they wont be young and funky for ever, it’s also true people judge you by what you wear, so if you wear more stylish grown up clothing your more likely to get further in life, knit wear is one of the oldest forms of clothing in history, man learned to knit before weaving machines were invented, in the 1900s knit wear was used for cycling sports wear they were called racing jerseys, knit wear was never worn as every day clothing, it took the first World War for knit wear to be excepted as casual attire, in the 1920s it became stylish to wear a cream or white V-neck cricket jumpers knitted with the club colours into the neck with blazers, by the 60s there was an even bigger demand for casual knit wear, during the 60s every fashion label included knit wear in their collections, today all fashion apparel labels continue to included stylish knit wear in their collections, so what knit wear should you have in your wardrobe I hear you asking !.

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Penguin V-neck lambs wool sweater

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Sweaters are the most common form of knit wear that men buy, you can get them in a crew neck or V-neck, they come in many different materials like lambs wool or cashmere, styles range from plain knit, purl knit, even cable knit, style wise there are many amazing patterns to choose from but the classic has got to be Argyle pattern, its famous for being worn as a golf jumper, a lot of people ask me if they should wear crew neck with jeans or trousers, my rule of thumb is crew neck with jeans and V-neck with formal trousers.

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Cream cricket tank

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Sleeveless sweaters also nick named tank tops are not as common as sweaters but they are still very stylish, you can get them in a crew or V-neck too, one of my favourite types of sleeveless jumpers are cricket knit wear in a stylish cream with a colour full knitted neck line, they are also stylish during the warmer months, they look stylish with trousers or jeans even chinos, they to also come in many different styles and fabrics, one of the best stylish looks with a sleeveless sweater is pairing it with tweed blazer in a V-neck.

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Black merino wool roll-neck jumper

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Roll neck sweaters are one of my favourites they are also called turtle necks or polo neck sweaters, the origins are not quit clear where this design came from, but they have been worn by fishermen and the British navy, a roll-neck is essentially a sweater but with a close-fitting round high collar that folds over, they became stylish in France due to French philosophers wearing them, they became a hit in the US as a part of the preppy style amongst students, roll-necks became famous for bucking the trend where men went to restaurants wearing this item in stead of a tie, they also make the wearer look very masculine, you can wear a roll-neck for work and then afterwards slip on a blazer and make it look very dressy.

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RRL Shawl collar heavy cotton cardigan

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Shawl neck cardigans are very stylish they usually come in a heavy knit, they have been worn for years as stylish pieces, they were made famous by people like Steve McQueen, it gets its name from its collar that’s rolled with lapel that’s in all in one piece that curves from the back of the neck down to the front closure, they are essential during the winter months, there are many different styles & colours to choose from, the most common style is the cable knit with leather football buttons, the stylish shawl cardigan looks great with a oxford shirt and some indigo Levi`s 501s.

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Men’s waffle cardigan

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The V-neck cardigan is another type of knitted garment, it gets its name from a James Brudenell, 7th Earl of Cardigan, he wore a knitted waistcoat during the Crimean war, a cardigan is like a sweater the only difference is it has an opening on the front usually with buttons but some have stylish toggles on the front, the cut and design creates a V-neck shape that’s very chic and stylish, they also come in many different materials and patterns, they are great for creating a sartorial layering effect. cardigans are more stylish in plain colours and patterns but you can choose what you want.

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With knit wear you can choose many different types of wool from thick wool for cold months to light wool for the summer months, if you want some thing more luxuries you can get it.

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Lambswool comes from seven months old lambs, they make very plush soft rich jumpers great for those chilly cold moths.

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Shetland wool comes from the Shetland Islands, its famous for its resilient slightly coarse-textured knit wear.

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Cashmere wool is one of the most luxuries wools you can get, it comes from goats in the Himalayan mountains.

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Angora is another expensive wool it comes from rabbits the breed originated from France but are now bred in China.

So you now know what stylish knit wear is, and some of the major pieces you should have in your wardrobe, the question your now asking is what should I have in my wardrobe, to me you should have at least five pieces in your wardrobe and they are.

  • Two sweaters in a V-neck or crew neck the colours I would choose is medium grey and a navy both are neutral colours and would look good with jeans or trousers.
  • V-neck cardigan in a stylish black this is a great piece to wear to the office, and you can wear it under a blazer giving you a classy layering look.
  • A classy sleeveless sweater in a vivid colour like an electric purple, a tank can be worn with a oxford shirt then add some dressy chinos finished off with a bow tie you have the preppy look.
  • The final piece that you need is the stylish Shawl neck cardigan, they are truly the most stylish piece of knit wear ever invented, if you want to dress down, you simply wear a T-shirt and some indigo jeans add the shawl neck cardigan your looking stylish and dressed down.

Like with all clothing if you want to look stylish in your knit wear, you need to know how to mix it with your exciting wardrobe. so I’ve included some street style pictures to give you some ideas and food for thought.

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Crew neck sweater with a camel over coat keeps is simple but classy the indigo jeans really stands out.

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These sleeveless sweaters with their coloured tipping really make these piece stylish and look good with jeans or trousers.

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This guys wearing a stylish V-neck cardigan with slim fit trousers the over all look is sartorial but super chic.

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Cardigans don’t have to be plain this stylish piece has a stylish pink tipping on the edge it really brings this look to a different level very classy but truly stylish.

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Shawl neck cardigans are my favourite knit wear, they give you a rugged masculine look to your outfit that screams stylish.

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Roll-neck sweaters are super smart and a great alternative to a shirt and tie they look great with flannel trousers.

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Well I hope I’ve given you some thing to think of, having stylish knit wear is key to looking good, every man need stylish knit wear I hope my guide helps you and most of all inspires you.

By

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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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, 

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Bob Redfern

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Milan Fashion week


Milan fashion week has been going since 1958 its a part of the “big” four fashion weeks, its takes place just after London fashion week, there are over 40 shows during the week, which includes the latest men`s & women`s fashion. so lets see whats hot to trot & may be found what will be the latest look for AW15.

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We`ve Seen  more fitted style trousers on the cat walk & streets of Milan, Designers highlighted slimmed-down silhouettes tweed topcoat, classic trenches, and double-breasted wool coats.

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Earthy colors matched with dark colors, but layered on top of each  to give an even tone & style, think of accessory`s with hints of orange a rusty red`s.

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 Dolce & Gabbana  sharp suiting matched with classic over-coats styled in a fitted look, matched with rich printed ties.

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The least formal also relaxed a player in a roll neck, greatshearling outerwear, The thicker rugged sheepskin is a great way to show texture when playing with those additional layers next season, especially when your trying not to look good..

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make use of those shades of gray, create a striking silhouette with fitted through trousers, finish with a clean look with a classic shirt add tone with striking shoes.

The points I would give any stylish man wanting to look good in AW15, plenty of fine nutty brown tweed`s . fine corduroys in rich dark colors, stylish fitted over coats in chic grey herringbone’s, most of all in a tailored fit for that sartorial sharp look.

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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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