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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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Super lightweight summer holiday wardrobe

Super lightweight summer holiday wardrobe

A few clients recently have asked me to take them shopping for their holiday wardrobes, so I've been seeking out some lightweight things for them, which I share with you here. As you can see it's mainly bottom halves as shirts and t-shirts are lighter anyway. I hope this is useful for you and points you in the right direction if you're off on holiday, and if you'd like some help, please do get in touch.

Categories: Casual, Summer, Holiday

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Seventies style - Shawl Collar Cardigans

Seventies style - Shawl Collar Cardigans

Just like Steve MQueen & Starsky & Hutch, I do love a shawl collared cardigan. I was searching for one for a client a couple of weeks ago and found one in J Crew and then when I went to visit another client, he happened to have on a great one from Timothy Everest (see below) Since then it seems the 70s trend is really kicking in and I've found the ones below too.

Categories: Knitwear, Sweaters, Casual

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3 x versatile chore jackets & how to wear them

3 x versatile chore jackets & how to wear them

This time of year I'm sure we all feel ready to throw off the shackles of our thick winter wardrobes and embrace the sunny days we've been having.....and yet, it's still a bit chilly. I recommend doing some layering and for that, I'd suggest the versatility of a chore jacket. Originally made for working in, these have now become stylish and practical and can be dressed up or down and also layered in different ways - see my suggestions below.

Categories: Spring, Casual, Jackets

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Three transitional jackets for Autumn

Three transitional jackets for Autumn

There's a definite nip in the air today and I'm now thinking about transitioning through to winter when I do wardrobe edits and personal shopping trips with clients.

There are many different styles of casual jackets to choose from at the moment - the bomber jacket is still going strong, there's lots of cord around and denim with shearling collars. But for a change I like these chore jackets, also known as a workwear jacket or a variation is a shacket (a hybrid of a shirt and jacket style).

Here are some of the ones I've spotted around that I think would fit easily into your wardrobe.

Categories: Casual, Jackets, Autumn

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From casual to formal - a step by step guide

From casual to formal - a step by step guide

I put this guide together for a recent client to try and demonstrate a beginners guide on what makes items and outfits more casual, gradually going to more formal. It's based on summer wear with some explanations as to what to look out for and other variations you may also want to try. 

From what I hear about how some people dress on Dress Down Fridays, I think this is something a lot of men struggle with, so I hope this is a useful guide, particularly around the middle section where it can get more subtle and therefore complicated to achieve.

Categories: Formal wear, Suits, Dressing for Business, Smart/Casual dressing, Casual, Outfits

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Best casual jackets for men this Spring

Best casual jackets for men this Spring

Often a cool lightweight jacket is missing from my clients wardrobes. They tend to have blazers and more technical jackets but a cool, casual weekend jacket is nowhere to be seen. If it's the same in your wardrobe, then here are some of the best I've seen around:

Categories: Spring, Casual, Jackets

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5 ways to wear pastel this Spring

5 ways to wear pastel this Spring

While the weather is dreary and raining, the shops are awash with items in pastel ice cream shades - mint, pistachio, vanilla, and raspberry are just some of the colours you can choose from. But for some guys this is a step too far from their comfort zone of blacks, greys and 50 shades of blue. If you're in that camp and can't quite see yourself wearing pastel tones, then here are my suggestions as to how you might be able to introduce them into your wardrobe this Spring.

Categories: Colour, Spring, Casual

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Winter accessories & how to wear them

Winter accessories & how to wear them

Winter accessories can really help to show your personal style and also to help your outfit look finished off and put together. It's the small details that often make the difference....a great pair of socks peaking out from under your jeans, a beautiful scarf, a hat to add some colour to your outfit. Here are my top picks of winter accessories and how to wear them.

Categories: Colour, Shoes, Accessories, Casual, Winter, Gift Ideas, Hats

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Summer sale swimshorts

Summer sale swimshorts

Whether it's Brockwell Lido or the Bahamas you're going to, take advantage of the sales to restock your swimwear drawer this summer.

Most of my clients like a medium to longer length so I've chosen a selection of those here, in colourful prints but ones I feel whisper summer sun without screaming "look at me" from the sand dunes!

Categories: Casual, Sale, Summer, Holiday, Pattern, Swimwear

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