Last week I did a webinar for some members of the Hayley Quinn Dating Academy. After discussing smart/casual shoes with a couple of the guys who took part, I decided the most versatile and stylish shoes would be a pair of chukka boots. They both had completely different styles and wouldn't go for the same pair but either way they can go with jeans, chinos and some of the more formal ones look good with tailored trousers too.
If you don't have many smart casual shoes in your wardrobe (a frequent gap I find when I do wardrobe edits) then perhaps you'll find something you like in the suggestions below:
How many belts do you own? It's common for me to find just one or two when I go over to a client's to do a wardrobe edit. And it's usually black, brown or tan.
There's nothing wrong with them, but the reason men book me to help with their wardrobes, is to introduce some interest and shake things up a bit! So I find myself regularly suggesting that they add some alternative belts into the mix. If we don't buy them on our shopping trip, I often send links afterwards, when I'm putting together their outfit list, of belts that give the finishing touches to the outfit and pull it all together.
Most men will have shoes in black or brown, so I thought it would be helpful to put together some suggestions on what belts to wear with them that aren't plain black or brown leather.
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:
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.
Every summer I get asked by a number of clients what shoes I can suggest for summer to wear with shorts and no socks (or no show socks) as an alternative to sandals.
Here are some of the suggestions I've made which you may find helpful if you too, don't like getting your toes out in public in summer - or just find it easier to walk around in something that actually covers your foot :~)
If you're not yet ready for the 'fugly' trainer trend that's been sweeping the catwalks, and would prefer to keep it simple and classic then go for some white leather trainers. Here are my top 3 picks, with details on how to combine them with tailoring:
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.