Month: May 2014

Avoid Committing These Fashion Disasters

Even in today’s fashion conscious environment we are all still prone to dropping fashion clangers that are repeated year after year.  Most of them are due to the perpetrator choosing comfort over style and being misguided in their approach to their attire.  The fashion faux pars we have selected in this article are ones that seem to reoccur time after time in similar pieces of writing so must be the most difficult mistakes to rectify.

Sandals and Socks

What’s that I hear you say? Never in a million years! Well sorry guys it does happen and is a fashion crime committed by all men not just crusty science teachers with tan sandals and beige socks. If it is warm enough to wear sandals then just wear sandals – if the weather is a bit iffy and you fear that your tootsies will go blue then wear shoes like deck shoes or other light foot wear.


Too Many Designer Labels

We love designer labels – so much so that we can’t list all of the ones that we love some favourites include; Original Penguin, Duck and Cover, Scotch and Soda, Farah Vintage, Franklin and Marshall, UCLA and many more.  As you can see even bragging about our favourite designer labels is overwhelming; so imagine how overpowering wearing a cacophony of labels would look.  Two common errors we make when wearing labels is: – having everything we are wearing sporting the same label, including our underwear and socks! Another one is mixing and matching different labels, which succeeds in making us look comical rather than sophisticated!

penguin shorts

One Pair of Shoes for all Occasions

We know you are showing how frugal and resourceful you are by making your rather expensive gym trainers go with every outfit you own but in the fashion world it is just not the done thing – unless you are a student of course.  For a start you don’t want to make your trainers dirty with everyday mess such as; mud, beer or scuffs – that would just not be considered acceptable in the pristine gym.  Invest in a couple of pairs of shoes that will suit different occasions, make sure that the dressy shoes in particular are of a style that will not go out of fashion and you will always be able to dress your feet according to a variety of occasions.  Invest in some street trainers that will allow you to look casual and save your sporty trainers for the gym. One more thing – please wear socks!!!!

Too Much After Shave

A hint of after shave is very attractive and gives the impression of careful grooming and pride in your appearance – too much and you will make everyone around you cough.  If you kiss anyone when you have a lot of fragrance on you are likely to cause their cheeks to sting a little.  Remember people are attracted to each others’ natural odours in the form of pheromones and the chemistry that you are trying to achieve is by finding someone whose natural smell attracts you.  If you don’t smell like yourself you may miss out on meeting your soul mate.

Wearing Trousers the Wrong Length

Our last piece of advice is to make sure that you choose the right length of trousers to fit your legs, this is simply because they just don’t look as good when they bunched up around your ankles and creating turn ups by rolling them up would look as if you had been working on a farm in the Deep South of America.  Avoid this problem by either measuring your inside leg yourself or getting someone to do it for you!

original poppy levis jeans

Photographs of Penguin shorts and Original Levis Poppy Jeans curtsey of  


How to avoid a First Date Disaster!

You have finally caught her eye and not just spoken to her you have also managed to secure a first date with her – yippee!!!

life is looking good – great in fact especially as the World Cup is around the corner and the sun is starting to shine!

Hold your Horses

The very worst thing you can do is to dive into the date head first without making some preparation, so we will give you tips on the best type of preparation to make in terms of attitude, style, venue, l’amour etc.

Take the Reins

Most girls won’t admit it but they actually like their men to be decisive and sure of themselves, in fact just a hint of arrogance in a man can reassure her that he does have a brain and a backbone – too much of course would just result in her feminist instinct raising its judgemental head. Have a game plan and organise the venue, her interests and what clothing style into consideration so that you can tell her all of the arrangements in advance and there will be no awkward moments – also if she winces when you inform her of the venue you can make a swift rebooking somewhere more appropriate.  Apparently women love surprises but as with everything they like to be surprised and prepared. Remember be a gentleman not a caveman!

Choose an Appropriate Venue

Please please find out if she has any dislikes before you plan the date of the century because it could be a deal breaker if you take her to a steak house when she is vegetarian or to a rock concert when she would rather go to an opera.  A girl likes to feel relaxed and comfortable because it is so easy for them to become up tight when they feel edgy.

Look Tidy

Please please don’t fall into the trap of believing that your favourite scruffy jeans and Glastonbury t-shirt would impress her in the context of a first date.  You must take into account the fact that she will have been preparing for this date the moment it was arranged, she will have held crisis meetings with her friend on line and in the flesh regarding her beauty regime, dress, shoes, hair, conversation and many more topics that men are completely unaware of.  Remember after the date she will be holding an evaluation conference with her friends leaving no stone unturned so it is vitally important that you show that you have made an effort.

Blazing Saddles – well blazers

All of these references to horsey phrases are cool – just because you must be some kind of stud to need this advice in the first place.  We think that a blazer is truly the way to go because it can transform any outfit into a cut above the rest.  A blazer would definitely compliment any dress she may have chosen and will make you feel very smart and glad you made that choice.  Don’t be fooled into thinking that blazers are restrictive and stuffy because there are many designs to choose from that will suit the occasion and your own personal likes.  This Farah Vintage blazer is very stylish and tidy and would certainly please the lady you are dating.

blazer farah vintage

You have One Mouth and Two Ears

This is a popular phrase used by teachers and parents alike to the chatter box in the room who doesn’t listen to a word anyone has got to say.  Please take notice of this and listen twice as much as you talk by asking questions and listening to her answers.  Avoid intense subjects and discussing past relationships – you don’t want to put the fire out before it has ignited.

To kiss or not to kiss

If it looks like the timing is right and the opportunity is there then go for it – please don’t look as if you are going to kiss her and then change your mind – it can really destroy the moment.

If the date went well and you both really liked each other then get in touch with her – in this day and age playing the waiting game is so yesterday – girls have mobile phones these days!  They don’t have to sit by the phone all day any more waiting for your call!