Month: July 2014

6 Timeless Fashion Tips for Young Men

Does conflicting style advice have your head in a whirl? Don’t know which trends you should be following and when you should follow them?  Fashion is an ever changing thing and it is almost impossible to keep up with.  This is why we’ve compiled a general list of timeless fashion tips that are always relevant for young men. Let us know what you think and if we have missed anything in the comments below!

Keep it simple – Don’t rush out to start buying some pricey items because you think they will make you look smarter.  If you do this you may well be left with a mix of smart and casual wear that doesn’t work well together. The idea is to gradually upgrade, perhaps spend a little more than you usually would on a few key items but remember to keep whatever you are wearing in tone with your environment i.e don’t wear a three piece suit in the July sun because it will make you look sophisticated…it will most likely just make you look sweaty.

Charity/thrift store shopping – Now don’t immediately be put off by this one.  Charity or thrift shops are a fantastic place to get some really good deals, plus they will likely be things that no one else has.  There is a certain stigma attached to young people doing their shopping in a charity shop but honestly, you can pick up a great bargain! Just take a trip round your local ones every so often and see what they have to offer.

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Have one nice suit in your wardrobe – Either a black or charcoal grey suit will work well here.  Always have one in your wardrobe to rely on because there will be times when you need a suit at short notice and buying a new can be tricky.  You don’t want it to be a rushed decision or a panic buy, plus if you need one for a job interview, for instance, you don’t want to be wasting time beforehand running around feeling the pressure looking for a suit when you could be prepping for the interview. Every man, whatever his profession needs to have at least one good suit that fits him. House of Fraser stocks a huge range of designer and non designer suits -.http://www.houseoffraser.co.uk/Suits+Tailoring/213,default,sc.html

Dress like a grown up –  It can be hard to take a man seriously if he is still dressing like a boy. This will most likely involve cutting back on how often you wear t-shirts, at least for social events anyway.  Swapping t-shirts for either a simple, crisp, shirt or polo with a small logo and a good fit will improve your look no end.  Stand-Out.net has a big range of designer shirts and polo shirts, have a look here http://www.stand-out.net/Shirts-c-3.html .  Dressing more like a grown up will also involve branching away from the denim; jeans are handy yes, but not always appropriate.  A pair of tailored trouser or even a pair of chinos will make you look much sharper and they not seen on young men as often so you will already be standing out and making a good impression. There are more than enough options somewhere like John Lewis http://www.johnlewis.com/men/men’s-trousers/c600001540

Pay attention to your footwear – Footwear can be  the downfall of your whole look.  If you are a man who wears running shoes with just about everything, it is time to branch out and invest in some smart shoes.  Sandals & flips flops should be reserved for the beach or the garden, and running shoes for sports. Instead, look for some casual leather shoes that look good for day to day wear, then step it up with a formal dress shoe for events and social occasions. Do be prepared however to pay a significant amount of money for a pair of decent, well made shoes. They will last you years though with just a touch up and polish every now and then. Definitely an investment that every man should make.

Be aware of what others around you are wearing – Have a style mentor, whether they know it or not! Though we wouldn’t advise turning up in the exact same outfit…and definitely not on more than one occasion, people may get the wrong idea about you.  Pay attention to people on television, whether it’s your favourite character on a show, a news anchor, chat show host etc to see what style you like to see on other men and think would look good on yourself. You may well find your style inspiration!

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Earn your Fashion Stripes with the Grove Knit from Farah Vintage

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When a clothing brand is as old as its name suggest, it is refreshing to see designers who have been able to incorporate the vintage ethos into their designs as well as increasing its profile in the world of fashion.  Farah Vintage earns four star respects for achieving this fashion accolade and has been trading for 92 years after starting trading in Texas in 1922.  The brand has become internationally renowned and sports almost every type of clothing and accessory in its product line.  It has managed to gain worldwide notoriety and maintain its iconic retro style.

Style and Comfort

The initial aim of Farah Vintage was to enable men to wear stylish clothes without having to compromise on the comfort – apparently women are able to tolerate uncomfortable vintage clothes but men however are not.  One particular piece of clothing in the range that does combine comfort and style…

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Gearing up for Magaluf or Ibiza with the Lads!

This is a coming of age article for those lads who have been waiting until this particular Summer holiday to escape the shackles of education and family holidays.  You have made it – you are seventeen eighteen years old and you organised your passport in December, when you and your mates spent  an evening in front of the Ipad booking your first holiday as a group.  After a very brief discussion about what you wanted from a holiday it was unanimous that you were all looking for sun, sea, sand, sex and copious amounts of alcohol.

What to Wear

Choosing your holiday wardrobe is probably the most exciting part of your holiday.  At the moment anything seems to go – florals, block colours, white and red being the most prominent.  We have found this collection in Stand-Out.Net of tasteful and comfortable clothing that follow a distinctly red theme.  Avoid taking your favourite and most expensive clothes because you will probably lose your t-shirt at some point during the holiday.

What to Put in Your Washbag

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Your wash bag doesn’t have to be as cool as this one from Not on The High Street but you do need to make sure that you include some very essential items in your bag to keep you clean and healthy.

  • Sun tan lotion.
  • Shower Gel.
  • Shampoo.
  • Flannel.
  • After Sun.
  • Insect repellent.
  • Headache tablets.
  • Tooth brush and tooth paste.
  • Condoms (yes I that’s right – go to any family planning clinic before you go and they will give you hundreds for free).
  • After shave.
  • Deodorant.
  • Tablets for constipation and the runny stuff.
  • Anything else that your mum thinks you should take (because mums do know what they are talking about).

Other things to Remember

Don’t forget your passport and please take a photo copy of it with you so if you lose it there is less hassle when trying to get home.  Make sure you take out holiday insurance because there is no NHS in the rest of the world – you don’t want that drunken fall to cause your parents to re-mortgage  their house.  Remember that any photographs that are uploaded on to Facebook may effect your work prospects in the future so avoid moonie shots and anything that may prevent you from getting a grown up job (because alas you will grow up one day).  The general rule is only post up things you would be happy for your granny to see!  Make sure you use protection because you only want to take home memories of a holiday romance not a rash on your crown jewels or a paternity case.

Make sure you enjoy yourself and you have a holiday to remember for all of the right reasons.