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Second-hand September: Keep your clothes looking good for longer

Second-hand September: Keep your clothes looking good for longer

The fashion industry is getting a bad rap recently with shocking stats coming out about how fast fashion is ruining the planet.

Oxfam have decided to address this with Second Hand September which encourages people not to buy for a whole month or only to buy second hand.

Now obviously men are not nearly as guilty as women at buying tons of  clothes, and it's aimed at those who are buying things constantly and wearing them a handful of times before discarding them, but as a personal shopper it's something I feel a little responsible for and would like to address:

Categories: Wardobe Edit, Wardrobe Edit, Recycling

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3 Burgundy Blazers and what to wear them with

3 Burgundy Blazers and what to wear them with

Whilst recce-ing for a couple of clients I had last week, who were looking for blazers, I noticed there was a lot of burgundy coloured ones around. So I thought I'd show you a few of them here, if perhaps you're thinking you could do with a new blazer for Autumn Winter and would like to make a change from your default navy or grey.

You may have some hesitatation about getting something other than a neutral, but I bought the Reiss one below with a client and even I was surprised at the amount of outfits I was able to make with it! Here are some suggestions:

Categories: Colour, Business, Jackets

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Ten tips to smarten up your wardrobe if you work in tech

Ten tips to smarten up your wardrobe if you work in tech

The tech world is well known for being very casual with a "wear what you like" dress code.

However, when you get promoted in a tech job, though you can continue to wear what you want, I find that many men actually want to smarten up a bit - to give them authority and mark the change in their role. It would look odd though if they suddenly turned up to work all suited and booted - so it's smaller, more subtle changes that are needed.

If you've recently been promoted in your tech job (or any job that has a very casual dress code for that matter), here are my ten tips on what to wear to smarten up your wardrobe without looking like you don't belong in the office anymore! Many of these suggestions are things I've bought with clients whilst on personal shopping trips that had this brief.

Categories: Dressing for Business, Smart/Casual dressing, What to wear

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Brown suede shoes for every occasion

Brown suede shoes for every occasion

I've been thinking about dark brown brogues and Derbies recently whilst with clients, as the perfect thing to go with summer suits.

I find that suede looks more summery than leather, and the dark brown goes better with navy than tan which can be too light and too much of a contrast with dark trousers. If you buy them to go with a suit, they can also been worn easily with jeans or chinos in varying shades. Here's some of the ones I've chosen with different clients for various outfits & occasions:

Categories: Shoes, Smart/Casual dressing, Accessories

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How to dress in smart/casual for a date

How to dress in smart/casual for a date

I was recently introduced to Hayley Quinn who's a professional dating coach.She runs live training programs, one to one coaching and a dating club, so if you're single and could do with a helping hand, then check out the options.

She mentioned that many of the guys need help with what to wear on dates, and so I wrote this blog post for her on How to dress in Smart Casual for a date.

 

Categories: Smart/Casual dressing, How To, Dating

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Patterned swim shorts for your summer holiday

Patterned swim shorts for your summer holiday

When was the last time you updated your swimwear? If you usually go for plain fabrics, then why not try some pattern for your next pair of shorts?

It's not like you have to worry too much about what to wear them with as you'll be wearing them on their own or you could easily put all of the following with a plain neutral t-shirt, polo shirt or linen shirt. The only thing to take into consideration then, is that it goes with your skin tone.

Categories: Summer, Holiday, Swimwear

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3 x shirt styles to try for Summer 2019

3 x shirt styles to try for Summer 2019

Most of the time, I'm making subtle changing to client's wardrobes. It's not necessarily about having the big "ta-da....male makeover moment" but about introducing you to small changes that make a difference. This could be by using more colour, pattern, different shapes or a better fit.

Here I've picked out 3 shirts with slightly different collar styles that you may not have tried before, but which may add some variety to your wardrobe and not just feel like you've bought yet another generic pale blue or white shirt.

Categories: Shirts, Sale, Summer

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Cardigans - summer layers for changeable weather

Cardigans - summer layers for changeable weather

Is this changeable weather confusing you no end as to what to wear? Yep, me too. The answer though, is layering and I find a lot of the guys I take on shopping trips, like the ease of a cardigan so they can whip it on and off as the sun goes in, out and shakes it all about.

Though I frequently buy navy and grey with clients, I thought I'd step away from the defaults for a minute and take a look at some at the lighter brown end of the spectrum. They lend themselves particularly well to cotton and linen textures which is what I've chosen here, and it also means they'll be warm as an extra layer but still breathable and won't look too wintery either

Categories: Knitwear, Summer, Layering

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Tobacco coloured linen for summer

Tobacco coloured linen for summer

As fashion turns towards the 70s for inspiration, there's been a lot more 'brown in town' and particularly this rich tobacco shade. It works perfectly when crossed with a "Talented Mr Ripley" style of higher waist trousers, cool linens and knitted polo shirts.

It also complements the pale blue and white that fills most men's summer wardrobes, making a welcome contrast without being too 'out there'.  And of course, it looks excellent worn with other earthy tones of khaki, beige and cream, which will look particularly good on you if your colouring is a little softer (ie: you don't have much contrast between your hair, eye and skin colour.

Categories: Colour, Smart/Casual dressing, Casual, Summer

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What shoes should I wear with a smart casual outfit?

What shoes should I wear with a smart casual outfit?

When I go to clients houses to do a wardrobe edit  I'll often find a distinct lack of shoes. They will probably have some smart black Oxfords to wear with suits and some sport trainers and perhaps some hiking boots, but quite regularly I'll find there's not a lot in between, so they struggle putting together a smart casual look.

So I often find myself looking for this style when we go on a personal shopping trip. As well as buying smart leather trainers  (you can see the sort of style I mean here though they don't have to be white), we also look for ones that can be a little more formal and be worn for work and / or going out.

Categories: Shoes, Smart/Casual dressing, Summer

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