Posts Tagged ‘summer’

Outfit picks

Head to toe: cool summer pick for hot nights

By cchapman on July 7th, 2009

TopToToe.jpgWith sales in full swing and the heat here to stay, now is the time to put together an outfit for those balmy evenings when you want to turn heads during your evening ‘paseo’. A mix of high street and simple staples pulls together current menswear trends without trying too hard. First up, this very fun sailor hat from Topman, with authentic braiding detail. With such quirky headgear best to keep the rest low key, hence the simple tank (buy a size up) and black cuffed shorts. The mix of brown shoes with black clothing is very 2009 and these battered-looking Oxfords would look great matched with cotton socks in a soft pastel shade, like a cream or lemon.

This is an easy look that works equally well whether you are tearing up a beach-side disco or enjoying cocktail hour amidst white stucco.

Sailor hat, Topman. Tank, Cheap Monday from 80s Purple, shorts and shoes, ASOS



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Don’t sweat like the rest. Rock a vest!

By jsmith on July 3rd, 2009

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Being on public transport in the glorious-but-annoyingly-timed-to-coincide-with-the-working-week heat wave is pretty grim. Buses, trains and especially the Tube are hotter than Bin Laden’s pager number; if you were naked you would still be wearing too much. Clearly you can’t rock out with your cock out on public transport, however you can compromise with Granddad’s favourite, a vest.

There are a few considerations to take into account before you don a sleeveless wonder, jump through to see what you need to know.

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Accessories, Clothing, Coats & Jackets, Gallery, Sportswear, sunglasses, T-shirts, Polos & Shirts, Trends

Menswear summer picks from Lee Douros, head buyer at my-wardrobe pt2

By admin on July 2nd, 2009

The second instalment of our summer picks from menswear buyer Lee Douros. There are some beautiful items that will take you stylishly into autumn including a wonderful pair of cornflower blue deck shoes.

Having made their first foray into menswear my-wardrobe have got some exciting brands on board for Autumn, can’t wait for their A/W picks!

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Accessories, Clothing, Coats & Jackets, Footwear, Gallery, Gifts, sunglasses, T-shirts, Polos & Shirts

Menswear summer picks from Lee Douros, head buyer at my-wardrobe

By admin on June 30th, 2009

Lee Douros is the menswear buyer for my-wardrobe and at the last press day we had a great chat with him about men’s clothing and the online side of things. Lee definitely knows his stuff, so we were thrilled when he agreed to present his top summer picks for us. If you’re still stuck for high-summer chic then this is like the holy grail. Stay tuned for pt2!

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Grooming

Kiehl’s sun protection: your summer sun essential kit

By cchapman on June 15th, 2009

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As a typically pale Brit, sun protection is something I need to take seriously if I want to avoid the look referred to as ‘rosbif’ in certain parts of Europe. I use Kiehl’s Ultra Factor Moisturiser with an in-built SPF 15 as my daily. For more serious sun, I recently trialled Kiehl’s SPF 30 Face and Body Sunscreen Lotion. I had memories of Kiehl’s sun lotions being quite greasy, but this seems to be a new recipe. Buttery but easily absorbed, the SPF 30 is perfect for the first few days of your hols when burning is most likely, and advisable for your face, potentially, for your whole trip. I’d pair it with a spray such as Kiehl’s own SPF 25 spray.

As an after sun treatment, Palmer’s Cocoa Butter Formula can’t be beaten and leaves you smelling like a posh chocolate. Best stick to something lighter such as Clinique’s After Sun Rescue with Aloe for your face, though. As a final tip, if you’re only stealing away for a few days, try decanting your products into the handy travel-sized clear pots and bottles from Muji.



Grooming

Lacoste Challenge: Fresh Scent For Summer

By admin on June 12th, 2009

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Kiss & Makeup‘s Zara writes…

Lacoste are launching a new scent which challenges men to be, uh, Challenge(d). The idea is that the scent will capture the essence of today’s young metrosexual, and be light enough to wear daily. Considering the tagline is ‘Never resist the call of the game’. it seems pretty relevant for Wimbledon, and I can imagine Henman spritzing on a little in between getting trounced trying his hardest.

The scent combines notes of tangerine and lemon mixed with aromatic lavender- an unusual combination for a male scent. They have added ginger to give it an extra a kick though, so hopefully you’ll be feeling zesty rather than getting flashbacks to your gran’s knicker drawer.

It costs from £24 for 50ml, and will be available this summer.

Related: False Eyelashes for MEN! (It’s OK, they’re ‘natural’)



Accessories, Trends

Alternative cover-up for Summer evenings: the ethnic shawl

By admin on June 9th, 2009

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Colin Chapman writes…

Having just returned from a sunny holiday I’ve been thinking about ways to cover up in the evenings, when the temperature inevitably gets a little chilly but when a jacket seems a bit stifling. I’ve recently spotted fashion leaders Joe Casely-Hayford in a long chunky cardigan and Charlie Porter in a very fetching grey wool poncho, both great options for beating the chill factor whilst still proclaiming a bit of summer informality. Alternatively there’s the shawl.

The pashmina is a ubiquitous accessory for women, probably to its detriment, but hasn’t been accepted as a popular garment choice for men – yet. Scouring the web for pashmina alternatives, I came across these beautiful hand woven alpaca shawls and scarves. A bit hippy, yes but both models here actually look really elegant and the shawls would create a great contrast in an urban setting. See what you can find locally in terms of hand-made ethnic wraps, shawls and scarves if you’re traveling somewhere interesting this summer. You’re likely to turn things up in places from Morocco to South America and whatever it is has got to be more interesting than a nylon jacket.



Footwear

Does the perfect men’s summer sandal exist?

By admin on June 4th, 2009

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Summer footwear for men is tough, flip flops are too Antipodean surfer, don’t even think about action sandals or jesus trainers and slides (those slip on leather sandals) just have too many linen-trousered boyband connotations.

Retro 100% leather sandals seem one of the most acceptable ways forward, we featured a selection of woven shoes and sandals recently and Seb namechecked an awesome APC pair in his summer picks. KG’s Soulac Sur Mer (such an evocative name!) sandals are a great warm tan colour which should improve any pasty foot which goes into it! Only £60 from Liberty they look like they’ll last for a few summers to come, both in terms of wear and style.



Gallery, Jeans & Trousers, Trends

Gallery: Summer Shorts

By admin on June 2nd, 2009

Summer is most definitely here, at least for today and if you’re sweltering under the heat of some office trousers we feel your pain. Actually we’ve got our legs out, sorry.

Take a look at our guide to this summer’s shorts, we’ve trawled the internet for the best in short trousers to keep your legs cool and your outfit stylish without a toggle, cargo pocket or zip in sight. There’s something for everyone from denim to tailored and also floral pair you’ll love, honest!

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Accessories

No-way-farers

By Jonathan Smith on May 29th, 2009

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There’s an urban myth that in London that you are never 8 feet away from a rat, it’s clearly bullshit but you try to get 8 feet away from a pair of Wayfarers this summer- you won’t. The number of companies ripping off the Ray Ban original is staggering with prices and quality ranging from £12 for a cheap pair from Topman up to £115 for a pair of Ray Ban’s from ASOS.

However if you’re like myself then you don’t want to wear this seasons equivalent of vermin but don’t want to spend £115 on some awesome but very breakable/losable/lendable sunny G’s. My suggested solution is these Cheap Monday Night Watch Wayfarers, cheap at 200 Krona (under £17) and looking more than your average Wayfarer with a squarer, more angled structure. These shades come in 3 colours: light turtle (pictured above), grey and black all available at Caliroots and though it is a bit of a snub having to pay the same again in P+P that you have for the glasses themselves (200 Krona) for £34 you have a pair of branded, wellmade Wayfarers that won’t make you cry if you drop ‘em under a bus.



News, Suits & Tailoring, Top Five

Top 5: Skinny Summer Ties

By Will Reid on May 27th, 2009

toybreaker silk caviar tie bsd.jpgThe Times has a feature at the moment detailing the changing size of the common tie as we go through decades of economic change. Apparently John Lewis has announced “a dramatic inch-loss of nearly 25 per cent in width over the past six months” with its most popular ties. Charlie Allen, the famous tailor Brandish recently had an exclusive sit-down with over the new ‘n’ improved England kit, told the Times that “the impact of economic turmoil on tie design can be traced back through the previous recessions of the 20th century. While postwar Britain and the Swinging Sixties embraced exaggerated prints and widths of up to 5in, the downturns of the 1930s and 1980s saw sizes reduce to as little as an inch.”

See after the jump for my Top 5 ‘Skinny Summer ties’- on the cheap for your enjoyment! (They’re all under £10)

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Designer Spotlight

3sixteen tell us what they’re wearing this summer, & whether they prefer Speedos or shorts!

By admin on May 15th, 2009

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We featured a sneak peek of the 3sixteen A/W collection recently, and they’re back, this time Johan Lam, one of the 3sixteen designers, answered our questions about his sartorial summer.

What are you going to be wearing this summer? Any new trends/pieces that you’re going to be cracking out?
It gets pretty hot in LA during the summer, so my uniform these next few months will be Quoddy boat shoes on my feet, seersucker button ups and solid colored v-necks on top, and a combination of cuffed denim or chino’s, cropped khaki’s, and knee high shorts on bottom. Ankles out!

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Footwear, Trends

Woven shoes for summer from high street to designer

By admin on May 8th, 2009

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We recently had a reader request about woven shoes, the reader in question wanted a pair of semi-formal shoes for summer, with a weave. Seb Law already mentioned that tatty plimsolls are not a good look for the warmer months, and woven shoes are a far more grown-up alternative.

Airy and breezy, Ask the Missus‘ white lace ups are just what every man who can’t quite face sandals needs. For high summer and holidays a pair of sandals with a braided detail are much more stylish than flip flops. The most rustic of the bunch, the brown woven slippers will be the only shoes you need for a summer holiday. Lastly, Officine Creative‘s woven loafers are modern take on a classic, and more than smart enough for the office. Jump through for full product details.

If you have any summer clothing quandaries drop me an email at isabelle@shinymedia.com

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Gallery, News

Matthew Williamson launches menswear range for H&M

By admin on April 29th, 2009

Following on from the high profile launch of Matthew Williamson’s H&M range for women comes his men’s collection.

As you can tell the collection takes inspiration from Williamson’s mix of traditional Brit and colourful hedonism, with brights, seersucker (a brilliant summer fabric) and tie dye. “I have aimed to incorporate a styling juxtaposition where global inspiration is fused with quintessential English style.” said Williamson. It might be a little much to wear all together, but the seperate pieces will definitely give your summer wardrobe some pep.


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Outfit picks, Trends

Love the Look: Pastel knit scarf

By admin on April 27th, 2009

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Ville, snapped by the Hel Looks team, has a stylish, easygoing look we love. A pair of skinny jeans and white hi-tops make up quite a basic outfit, but the addition of a pastel knit scarf gives the ensemble a feminine slant and is perfect for spring.
The grey trench adds to the delicate feel and the slouchy shape contrasts nicely with the slim silhouette.

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