There's a definite 1970s influence to the things in the shops at the moment and perhaps that's why there are lots of printed shirts around.
When clients ask me to take them shopping, we might stock up on some basics but they're often looking for something slightly different from what they would normally choose and different colours and prints are a good way to do that. So I thought I'd share with you some of the printed shirts that I've bought with various clients over the past couple of weeks and how we styled them:
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.
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 Originally made for working in, these have now become stylish and practical and can be dressed up or down and also layered in different ways - see my suggestions below.
Layering seems to baffle many people (men and women alike!) and a client asked about this again recently. Having written a post on layering in winter I thought it would be useful to do a summer one too. Although it might seem contradictory to talk about layering in summer - if you live in the UK, then you know how erratic the weather can be so you might be glad to have a few layers to hand!
Here in the UK, we’re great at dressing in our tweeds and wax jackets for the winter months, but not so well versed in summer wear. When the sun actually does come out to play, it always seems to take us by surprise and invariably our wardrobes are not prepared for it.
So what do we need to do to get the nonchalance of our European cousins in Italy and France, and get ready to bask in the sun?
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:
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.
Part of looking stylish is dressing appropriately for the occasion, and more often than not that includes factoring in the weather. There’s nothing more satisfying than the smug feeling you get when you know you’ve nailed it - you’re standing up to the elements but you’ve managed to look good too!
Therefore I'd say a mac is pretty essential in every guy’s wardrobe......I've chosen navy as one of the most versatile but you could also go for a classic stone or sand colour. Another thing I always think contributes to looking good, is paying attention to the details. This means continuing your style through to your accessories…..like the umbrella you carry. My current favourites are by London Undercover, some of which you can see below.
The clocks have gone forward and the days have got longer and warmer, though things are still changeable. Wool is starting to look wintery, so freshen up your wardrobe with a lightweight jacket. There are plenty of different styles to choose from and here I've picked a selection that I'll be bookmarking for future shopping trips with clients.
Wear any of these now on top of a t-shirt, shirt and crisp cotton knit sweater and if the wind is still biting, add a cotton scarf too.
Most clients come to me because they'd like some fresh, new ideas on how to enhance their personal style and and take it a step further. One of the quickest ways to do it is by expanding the colour range they wear. This year, Pantone has decreed that "Greenery" is the colour for 2017, so with that in mind, I've stalked the stores to picke out some pieces of greenery that you may like to introduce into your wardrobe this Spring....