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3 x Green blazers

3 x Green blazers

Last week, by coincidence whilst out on personal shopping trips with 2 separate clients, each of them bought a dark green blazer.  It wasn't something I was specifically looking for and in fact it was the shop staff that suggested them in the first place, but both myself and the client were very taken with them.

If you've already got your basic navy and grey blazers in your wardrobe and are looking for something different without being too "out there" then I'd suggest you try out a dark green.

I love something that's versatile and even though it doesn't initially seem it, I think this colour is surprisingly adaptable. Unfortunately I can't find either of the ones I bought with my clients to show you online but I had a look around for some others and these are the ones I came up with.

Categories: Colour, Dressing for Business, Smart/Casual dressing, Winter, Jackets

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Five looks with grey flannel trousers

Five looks with grey flannel trousers

Last week I was on a personal shopping trip with a client. He really liked these grey flannel trousers from Jacob Cohen, but was unsure whether or not he'd wear them, as he'd had something similar before that didn't get worn. He asked me what he could wear them with and as I went through the selection of things we'd already decided to get, it appeared they went with nearly everything! He was sold!

Most of the outfits he needed were very casual, occasionally moving up a notch to smart casual, so here's how I styled them for him with the other pieces he bought, in an effort to show you just how versatile they can be.

Categories: Smart/Casual dressing, Client Profile, How To

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You've got the basics in your wardrobe, now what?

You've got the basics in your wardrobe, now what?

The majority of clients that come to me, don't dress badly, but would just like some fresh ideas as to how they could expand their wardrobes. It's not so much of a transformation they're after but some tweaks here and there, and a few side steps from their normal default style. I've deliberately kept the advice as simple and easy steps that you could incorporate into your wardrobe, rather than super bright colours or extreme styles. The things I'm recommending are the sort of things I frequently shop for with clients when I take them on a personal shopping trip.

So, let's have a trawl through your wardrobe shall we?

Categories: Colour, Knitwear, Smart/Casual dressing, How To, What to wear

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Styling the Tustings with Grey Fox blog

Styling the Tustings with Grey Fox blog

The Tusting brand was introduced to me by David Evans from Grey Fox blog. They're a family run brand who produce beautiful, leather bags for both men and women, made in their factory in Buckinghamshire.

I've previously had the pleasure of working with Gillian Tusting alongside David on a couple of occasions, so I was super happy to be asked to work on a new and exciting project that Gillian had dreamed up - "Styling the Tustings" which was a ruse for David and I to get her husband and son's wardrobes in order. Clever girl!

Categories: Smart/Casual dressing, Client Profile, Grey Fox collaboration

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5 ideas on how to dress in a heatwave & still look smart

5 ideas on how to dress in a heatwave & still look smart

It's tricky to stay looking smart in the heat & I must say I feel sorry for guys having to wear trousers & jackets when us ladies can swan around in cool dresses. Linen is okay for some but can look a little crumpled, so not ideal for all situations. Here I've chosen 5 items that will be ideal for keeping you cool in the heat but still look smart enough for business casual.

Categories: Smart/Casual dressing, How To, Summer, What to wear

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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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Crease resistant solutions for smart / casual business trips

Crease resistant solutions for smart / casual business trips

Last week my client challenged me to find him some smart casual work wear which was crease resistant, as he travels a lot for work and often goes directly to meetings. I researched thoroughly before our personal shopping trip and here are some of the things I saw that were non iron, crease resistant or part of a travel range.

Categories: Business, Dressing for Business, Smart/Casual dressing, How To, Travel

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How to do Winter Layering for men

How to do Winter Layering for men

Whilst out and about at London Fashion Week Men,  I came across a colleague who looked great in a t-shirt and mid weight bomber jacket but had seriously underestimated how cold it was and had spent the day freezing. When questioned, I was surprised to hear that he didn’t know how to layer, so here are six ideas on how to stay warm but well dressed this winter.

Categories: Smart/Casual dressing, How To, Layering

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Textured trousers - an alternative to jeans and chinos

Textured trousers - an alternative to jeans and chinos

What's the alternative when you're looking for trousers that aren't jeans or chinos, but are also not as plain as a lot of suit trousers tend to be?

I like the ones that have some sort of texture to them or a small micro pattern. I find this adds a bit of interest when wearing a plain shirt but is versatile enough to go with lots of things too.

Here are some I found coming up for the new season.

Categories: Business, Dressing for Business, Smart/Casual dressing, Trousers

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