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Is a smart casual jacket a gap in your Autumn Winter wardrobe?

Is a smart casual jacket a gap in your Autumn Winter wardrobe?

A smart/casual jacket is a gap I notice in many men's wardrobes when I visit them for a wardrobe edit. They often have smart winter coats - the sort that you'd wear over a suit, and a puffa or waterproof type jacket but the in between section is missing. The sort of thing you might wear out for lunch, or when you're visiting friends, or to a bar or pub in the evening.

So I thought I'd show you some of the ones that've been on my radar recently whilst out prepping and on personal shopping trips with clients:

Categories: Smart/Casual dressing, Winter, Jackets, Autumn, Coats

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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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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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Podcast interview - why men use a personal stylist

Podcast interview - why men use a personal stylist

Last week I was asked to be on the podcast of fellow stylist Lisa Gillbe. It's always lovely to connect with other stylists, and Lisa is one of the people I often recommend for women.I jumped at the chance to be on The Style Stories podcast where we discussed why men and women book personal stylists, plus which 5 pieces we would choose for a smart casual capsule business wardrobe for men or for women.

Categories: Smart/Casual dressing, Personal Styling, Personal Shopping

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What to wear to take your mum out for Mother's Day

What to wear to take your mum out for Mother's Day

Taking your mum out for lunch on Mother's Day on Sunday 22nd March? You probably haven't thought about what to wear yet, but this is exactly the sort of occasion that you need to master the tricky smart/casual scenario so you can look smart but not as if you're going to the office.

Here's some style swaps for you, so you can make your mum proud this Mother's Day and that you can put into rotation for other occasions that require a similar dress code too.

Categories: Smart/Casual dressing, How To, Event dressing

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Check coats for Spring

Check coats for Spring

As Spring is coming (I think?!) it'd be nice to lighten up a little with the outerwear. There are lots of checks around at the moment and if you tend to wear plainer colours as your basics, this could be a great way to reinvigorate your wardrobe for Spring. I urge you to at least try one on when you're next out shopping and who knows, you may even like it.

Categories: Smart/Casual dressing, Spring, Raincoats, Coats

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