Monday, 31 March 2014

Monday must-have: leather wallet by Property Of

Has your wallet seen better days? If you are in the market for a new one here's a little suggestion for you.

The Louis Coin Wallet, 119€ / 139US$

This traditionally styled wallet caught my eye because it reminds me of a coin wallet my dad once had. The open-out pocket for coins is a clever little feature that makes them easier to grasp in a hurry. There's also plenty of room for bank notes and cards. Although the interior is made of leather, the outside is made of waxed canvas and is finished with an elastic and leather strap to keep everything inside nice and safe. This is one style investment that you really can use every single day, and you'll definitely get your money's worth from it (excuse the pun).

Saturday, 22 March 2014

5 men's shoes in shades of grey

Bored of black? Maybe it's time for a change. Grey is a great alternative because it goes with almost everything but is softer than black, making it the perfect footwear option for spring. Take a look at some of my top picks from Sarenza for some new-season inspiration.

Grey men's sneakers

The Cool Sneaker

The Supra Skytop sneakers, £93.50, have a subtle check pattern and colour-matched laces for a fresh, urban look. Team these with laid-back denim and a casual sweat top.

Clarks grey lace up shoes for men

The Weekend Essential

Try the Nadon Place lace-ups by Clarks, £54.99, for a sleeker weekend look. The simple styling makes them really versatile. You could even wear them with a suit for a dressed-down edge.

Kenzo grey lace up formal shoes

The Formal Shoe

For a smart finish, the Kenzo Horst shoes, £229.50, are a great option in grey. Wear them with a modern, skinny-fit suit for a polished look from head to toe.

men's boat shoes by sperry top-sider

The Boat Shoe

The chunky sole and denim-look fabric of these Sperry Top-sider canvas boat shoes, £60, set them apart. Team with chinos now and shorts once the sun comes out.

tassel slip on loafer for men

The Slip-On

The tasseled shoe is a must-have in the modern gent's wardrobe, so try these Marvin&Co Nicapone shoes, £84. Rolled up trouser hems will keep your look current.

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Sunday, 16 February 2014

Is stubble killing the kiss?

As popular as the beard has become in recent years, there's one thing that most girls seem to agree on; it's nicer to kiss a clean-shaven man than a guy with stubble. A recent street poll conducted by Gillette in the run-up to Valentine's Day showed that 93% of women preferred kissing a nice smooth face, while in a national survey 75% of women said they like the look of stubble but hate the way it feels.

Personally I agree with the majority. Stubble isn't a total mood killer, but I love it when my man is clean-shaven. I also love the smell that a bit of shaving foam or balm leaves on the skin which is another reason to get close.

So, if you've got a hot date coming up how should you prepare? Dan Rookwood, former model and ‎US Editor at MR PORTER, has some tips.

Date-Night Prep

  1. "Short stubble is the strength and thickness of copper wire and left unshaven it can cause serious damage in a close embrace" he says. Dan recommends shaving with Gillette's Fusion ProGlide Power, £15.49, for a close shave without irritation (for you and your partner).
  2. Banish any nasties on your breath by keeping a packet of mints in your pocket at all times.
  3. Shower before your date and choose a light, citrus-based scent. Dan suggests applying to "pulse points on your wrists and behind the back of your ears". 
  4. One area that often gets overlooked is the fingernails. A window to your health and personal hygiene, dirty or bitten nails won't win her over so make time to trim and clean them properly.
Now all you need for your hot date is the right outfit. Keep it smart but simple with a nice clean pair of jeans, freshly ironed shirt and shoes. Check out my picks from Mr Porter below.

Men's style: date night

Image (top) courtesy of photostock /

Sunday, 12 January 2014

Leonardo DiCaprio's Wolf of Wall Street style

The party season is now over, and I'm actually quite relieved. I've switched boozing for movies, at least for January, and one film that I can't wait to see is The Wolf of Wall Street. Leonardo DiCaprio's performances never disappoint – could this one be the Oscar-winner for him?

For the film's London premiere on 9 January, Leo chose to wear a Prince of Wales check suit with peaked lapel from Giorgio Armani. He kept things simple with a coordinating grey tie and plain white shirt. Sometimes classic really is best. The movie also shows the actor as Wall Street tycoon Belfort wearing a signature Armani style from 1993. I wonder whether '90s-style tailoring will make a come-back. What do you think of this era of men's fashion? How much have we moved on?

Here are a few more shots from the film.

Mary Cybulski - © 2013 Paramount Pictures. All Rights Reserved
 Stripes and spots, navy and claret... it's all about contrast.

Mary Cybulski - © 2013 Paramount Pictures. All Rights Reserved
 I love this check tie, especially with the grey pinstripes.

Mary Cybulski - © 2013 Paramount Pictures. All Rights Reserved
An off-duty look of chinos and a polo shirt.

Mary Cybulski - © 2013 Paramount Pictures. All Rights Reserved
A laid-back denim and blazer combo. 

Mary Cybulski - © 2013 Paramount Pictures. All Rights Reserved
Working a paisley print tie and double breasted suit.

Monday, 11 November 2013

Camo prints up the cool factor this autumn/winter

If there's one print worth investing in this season it's camo. The classic military-inspired print has been given a revamp for autumn/winter – it's less about urban styling and more about high-fashion looks. Just take your lead from the likes of Valentino and Dries Van Noten's catwalk collections. The way to wear camo right now, is with tailoring; it's all about the contrast.

I've picked out a few key pieces below that give camouflage a modern spin.

The watch

Want to keep things subtle? Try the Komono Woodland Camo Watch, £60.00, from Topman. The clean styling of the watch face is the perfect antidote to the heavy print.

The knit

Valentino's Camouflage Intarsia Cashmere Cardigan, £740, will look great with smart trousers and shoes. Or, go casual in dark washed jeans, sneakers and a white tee.

The pocket square

Take your tailoring to new heights with a camouflage pocket square, like this one from Beams, £35. The Silk-Twill fabric gives it a luxe look.

The accessory

From Cutler and Gross, the D-Frame Camouflage Acetate Optical Glasses, £310, will give your style the edge this season and beyond.

The polo shirt

For a twist on the khaki colouring of traditional camo prints, try this Valentino Camouflage-print polo top, £270. The deep blue will suit almost anyone. Looking for a cheaper version? French Connection have a very similar style for under £40.

Sunday, 10 November 2013

What's hot and happening this November

Movember barbershop from Gillette


The moustache 

You'd have to be living under a rock to miss the massive Movember buzz that's once again taking hold. It's such a great cause and one I always give generously to. Gillette are sponsoring the event for another year and have opened The Best A Mo Can Get Barbers on 7 Earlham St, Seven Dials, London. For all those taking part in Movember, Gillette are offering free lip trims, seven days a week throughout November. Well, if you are going to have a moustache it may as well be a well-groomed one. You can find more events taking place this month on the Movember website.

Dressing down for work


According to some Savile Row Tailors, American-influenced ‘dress-down' culture is holding Britain back. Cad & the Dandy co-founder James Sleater says: "The gradual creeping in of American dress-down culture to Britain's boardrooms is stunting Britain's export growth potential." The likes of Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg and Google boss Sergey Brin are fans of casual dressing, and it seems to be increasingly popular this side of the world too. A relaxed dress code is said to appeal to entrepreneurs, so is it really all bad? I visited Google's office in central London this week and those in higher positions who gave talks definitely did have a more casual approach to dressing for work than you might expect.

Personally, I think we need to appreciate that everything evolves, and for some industries it's just not necessary to wear a suit any more. That said, you should always dress for the occasion. If you're going to be meeting important clients then a smarter look makes sense, compared to a day where you'll be working alone or with close colleagues.

Traditional timepiece from Guess watches in gold and black

The traditional timepiece

You might not immediately look to boy bands for your style inspiration, but it's not a bad place to start. As worn by Max George of The Wanted on the band's latest album cover for Word of Mouth, it seems the grown-up watch is back on the younger man's radar. The trend for super-modern, chunky watches may yet give way to the timeless wristwatch, like the style from Guess shown above. In a brushed gold finish and with black aluminium bezel it's the sort of watch you can wear with everything. It also reminds me of the watch my grandad used to wear. If you're looking for something less traditional and more cutting-edge, check out GQ's key watch trends from Baselworld 2013.

Velvet eveningwear for men from Hackett as seen on the catwalk


It's not for everyone, but if there's any time of year that you can give velvet a try it's now. With Christmas party invitations arriving, it could be the perfect time to refresh your look and make sure your style stands out – for the right reasons. The smart, evening look above comes from Hackett's catwalk show and features a velvet bow tie, fringed scarf and amethyst trousers, which bring a fresh twist to the luxurious dinner jacket. If adding this much velvet feels like overkill for you, simply trying a velvet tie or bow tie gives a nod to the trend without transforming your look too much.