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  • Matching Belt And Shoes

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    It’s well known and established to have matching belt and shoes. The fact that you’re even on a fashion blog in the first place means you have some understanding of fashion. Black with black, brown with brown, tan with tan and so on and so forth. I don’t wish to bore you with the basics. With this post I intend on helping you with some tips as to how you go that extra mile and really match your belt and shoes.

    2 Essentials – Black/Brown & The Tanned Belt

    Black – The black belt is a must. Don’t cheap out here. I have a few black belts but the belt I’ve been wearing for the last year is a beautiful Tommy Hilfiger leather belt. I bought it on sale from House of Fraser for £26.

    TOMMY HILFIGER Leather Belt

    Black belts go well with everything, mostly because they go unnoticed by many. Having matching belts and shoes in black is the easiest thing to do. People with a keen eye will notice your belt and they will have a new found respect for you when they see the quality of your belt. This is something that has brought about many compliments for me, I recommend grabbing yourself a nice thick, genuine leather belt, preferably with a small designer logo on it.

    Brown – There are a hundreds of different shades of brown. Finding one to match your shoes will be difficult. I solved this issue pretty easily. I bought a standard brown belt for £10 from Marks & Spencer. I’ve owned it for ages and it matches loads of stuff. If you put the belt next to the shoes, it would be slightly off but who cares. Not all of us have the money to own fifteen different belts.

    John Lewis Reversible Leather Belt, Black/Brown

    Tan – If you have a hard time matching brown with brown you will most definitely have a hard time matching tan’s. You can’t really have a tan belt that goes with everything. I wouldn’t advise having a basic tan belt, best thing to do is take your shoes with you when you go to buy a belt and just place them next to each other.

    Can You Be Too Matchy?

    Matching shoes and belt is a must. It’s never too matchy, don’t listen to anyone who says otherwise. With that being said, matching more than your belt and shoes, like the other types of leather accessories are a bad idea. Wearing leather driving gloves or carrying a leather briefcase that matches your shoes and belt will look far to pretty. If pretty is your thing, go for it.

    Extra Tips

    Leave The Belt At Home

    It’s better to leave the belt at home and go out with your brown brogues by themselves than wear an off belt with it.

    Same Store

    As with the picture above, many good retailers sell belts that perfectly match their shoes in store. If you’re buying a pair of beautifully blended oxblood/brown shoes and the same store sells a matching belt – buy it! If you let that opportunity slip you may never find a matching belt again.

    how to match your shoes and belt

    Don’t Buy A Blue Belt

    Except if you’re following the previous tip and you are buying that belt specifically to match a pair of bad-ass blue loafers, avoid blue belts. Match tan with tan, brown with brown and black with black or blue.

    Always Have Matching Belt And Shoes – You Can’t Afford Not Too.

    Matching Belt And Shoes

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  • Is The Waistcoat Size The Same As The Jacket Size?

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    Waistcoats aren’t worn nowadays as much as they should be. With six months of cold ahead of us, layering up makes sense and wearing a waistcoats is a great idea. How do you know your size?

    How do you know your waistcoat size?

    Is the waistcoat size the same as the blazer or jacket size?

    The model David Gandy wearing a bespoke suit by Henry Poole & Co

    Waistcoats are sized by our chests, the same as the suit jacket sizes. If you wear a size 40 blazer then you should follow suit accordingly with the waistcoat size. There are a few things to consider before purchasing a waistcoat.

    Waistcoat & Your Stomach

    If you have a large stomach then you need understand that unlike the suit jacket, the waistcoat will be done up all the time. It’s best to order one size up in the waistcoat if this is the case. It will give you more room to breathe, especially if you’ll be eating.

    Copy The Suit Cut

    Many suits come with waistcoats however some don’t. All suits and waistcoats are cut in different sizes. If you’re going to be buying a waistcoat from a company your not used to, go one size up to be safe.

    Remember: Leave the bottom button open.

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  • Suit Size – Struggling To Find The Best Fit?

    Suit Size - Struggling To Find The Best Fit

    It’s important to know that suits that are readily available in retail stores, like the ones I post on here or the ones you find on the high-street, they are made in their thousands and the suit size is based on the “normal” size human. What’s considered normal? I don’t have a clue but I know I haven’t been “normal” or been able to wear a suit straight off the rack since I was nineteen years old. I play football and cycle a lot so below my waist is much larger than “normal” meaning none of the trousers off the rack will fit me. Suit jackets off the rack fit me fine.

    Tailor Made

    Let’s get down to it, if you cant find a suit that fits you, what do you? If you can afford to have a tailor design a suit for you from nothing, usually costing around £600 for the entire suit – then you need not worry, the suit will fit you perfectly. Most of us, myself included cannot afford to be buying tailor-made suits.

    A good friend of mine messaged me this morning this same question. He’s super slim and 6″5 in height, you can imagine his struggles.

    Retail & Tailor Combined – The Perfect Suit Size

    The Perfect Suit Size

    The best thing to do is to combine between buying from the retailers for cheap and then spending another £15-£50 at your local tailors to get them to readjust the suit to fit you. I advise you to always buy the suit in a larger size and then you’re tailor will have an easy job removing the excess fabric.

    If you are in doubt, go into the tailors without a suit, get them to measure you and tell them your intentions of buying an off the rack suit and getting it cut. They’ll tell you what jacket and trouser size to go for and you can work from there.

    My Preferences

    My budget for a suit is usually around the £150 mark. For me anything above that is pushing it and anything below that is a bit too cheap and tacky. My favourite store at the moment for suits is Mark’s & Spencer’s, their suits are usually made really well and they have a MASSIVE range of sizes so it becomes easy for me to find a suit that fits perfectly in the jacket. Then my tailor charges me £25 to get the trousers tapered in and turned up above my ankles.

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  • Rules All Men Should Follow

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    While on StumbleUpon, I stumbled upon a decent set of rules all men should obey. Not only are they interesting, they are also easy to implement. The majority of fashion blog’s will focus on looking amazing outwardly, when undoubtedly, having a beautiful character will benefit you a lot more. The rules are short and concise and hopefully you will be able to implement them into your own life. All credits go to the original author; OkShark.Com.

    36 Rules all Men Must Know

      1. Know what you want. Don’t go around asking for approval.
      2. Always love and respect your parents.
      3. Never cheat on your girlfriend/wife.
      4. On the bus always give up your seat to the elderly, pregnant women, and mothers with their kids.
      5. Don’t lend money to your family. Give it.
      6. Don’t put others down.
      7. Don’t participate in gossip.
      8. Exercise.
      9. At the gym wear nice clothes. You will interact with a lot of different kinds of professionals there and first impressions are everything.
      10. Don’t ever take selfies.
      11. In emails and texts don’t use short form.
      12. No matter how mad you may be at your family, keep it in the family.
      13. Don’t brag.
      14. Listen. Girls like to talk about themselves.
      15. Never use the term: “Shit happens.” Put in more efforts into comforting that person.
      16. If talking to someone you don’t want to, make a polite excuse and leave.
      17. Don’t follow others.
      18. Don’t waste your life away being on your phone and computer all the time.
      19. When making plans, call. Don’t text.
      20. Know how to fix things around the house.
      21. Don’t be intimidated by anyone.
      22. Know how to fight.
      23. Have hobbies.
      24. Don’t be afraid to go and watch a movie alone.
      25. Learn to be patient and relaxed.
      26. Never stop learning new skills.
      27. Read books and keep the mind fresh.
      28. Read the newspaper.
      29. When your parents don’t make any sense, put up with it anyways. It’s too hard for them to change at this age.
      30. Never split the check. Always pay it.
      31. Play chess at least twice a week. Keeps the mind super fresh.
      32. Buy your mum flowers for no reason.
      33. Own a pair of expensive sunglasses, gloves and nice scarf.
      34. Own at least two nice watches.
      35. Use a money clip. Not a wallet.
      36. Don’t buy things you can’t afford.

    You don’t have to agree with these rules but they are all characteristics of a good man.

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  • Winter Coats – What To Wear This Winter?

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    All of those blessed enough to live in hot countries, can get away with wearing their blazers throughout the year. Those of us that have to grow our hair for a few months just to have some extra insulation, know all about wrapping up this time of the year. The cold in the UK is no joke, and wrapping up is essential, but so is looking good.

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    The Perfect Winter Coat

    Most of us don’t give a monkey’s about comfort, we just want to look great. With winter in full effect, and every other day the rain beating down on my hairless head, there shouldn’t be a doubt in anyone’s mind that for you to look great this season it’s all about the coat you wear. There are many different types, some will suit you perfectly and others you may look out of place. Regardless of the type of coat, the most important thing you need to get right is the combination of three;

    – Fit
    – Warmth
    – Style

    Fit

    Having a coat that fits, is imperative. Its the same with all outer garments. When out shopping we sometimes fall too deeply in love with something and are willing to sacrifice how well it fits. This is pretty much always a bad idea. If you’ve tried on both the Medium & Small and they’re not quite working for you, as much as it hurts – move on. We’ve all been there, trying to force our way into an item we love, then a week later we end up hating it. Be patient.

    Warmth

    Now the coat fits, you need to make sure it’s actually worth wearing. No point wearing a thin layered coat that won’t keep you warm or dry. Get yourself a nice thick jacket that will be your saviour on that rainy day, so when you get back in from lunch you won’t have to sit at your desk dripping wet. Not only that but who wants to get ill?

    Style

    Realistically, we are all here to look good, if the jacket keeps you warm and dry and fits well but looks like it belonged to your grandmother – eww. I recommend two coats this winter; the bomber jacket and the trench coat.

    Undoubtedly trench coats are the way forward this season. They cover your top-half as well as most of your bottom, so if you ever get caught in the rain, your coat will bear the brunt of it. The wool trench coats will keep you warm from the blistering winds, plus most come with added fur for that extra softness. They go perfectly well with the office look and will set you levels above the rest. A good trench coat should cost around £100, while the more designer ones are upwards of £500.

    Bomber jackets are fantastic for the casual look, the days I wear chinos and a shirt, I usually complete the look with one of my Zara bomber jackets. Most bomber jackets will keep you dry through light rain but once the amazon showers start, you’re likely to get soaked. You’ll pick up a good bomber jacket for around £50.

    A great winter coat, should keep you dry, warm and make you look fantastic. Don’t compromise, spend a little more, you’ll thank yourself in February when you’re standing in the snow.

    Reiss Unstructured Wool Overcoat

    ASOS Double Breasted Overcoat In Black Boucle

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  • Now’s The Best Time To Grab Yourself A Bargain

    Who doesn’t love a bargain? Genuine quality items are rarely discounted. Why would Gucci need to put stuff on sale when they’re guaranteed to sell at full price? So when’s the best time to grab the best deals?

    shopping for men

    Easy answer – when the seasons change. Autumn and winter seasons clothes begin being sold in August but summer clothes like shorts are still sold until October. After October retailers don’t mind taking a hit on revenue just to make a small profit on leftover stock from summer.

    Here’s where you come in; check around your favourite websites. All of them will have a “new in” section. Skip past that. Go straight to the sale tab. What you’ll find are mostly items best fitted for the hot weather. Thin linen/cotton suits, slip-on loafers, button down collars shirts and chinos.

    You can usually pick these up for around half their retail price. ASOS is my favourite company for doing this. I grab my best bargains around October and March. I simply do the opposite to most people. I buy winter stuff when everyone’s buying summer gear and vice versa.

    My latest buy are these Frank Wright brown loafers which I picked up for £23 down from £75, definitely a bargain if you ask me. They’re comfortable and most importantly beautiful.

    Frank Wright Leather Tassel Loafers

    Break a habit and shop the opposite way round, you’ll get some great deals.

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  • Two Fashion Mistakes Some People ACTUALLY Make

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    You cannot make a mistake when it comes to style, style is who you are and what you choose to do with your clothes, so feel free to express yourself in anyway you see fit. However, when it comes to fashion there are MANY mistakes and I mean MANY. Some of the well known “fashion mistakes” I disagree with and this is evident in my own style. There are on the other hand some mistakes you can’t afford to make.

    Two of which I have seen today and want to try and hopefully prevent you from doing them.

    bad fit suit

    1. Badly Fitted Clothes

    Badly fitted suits are horrible, whether they’re too baggy or too tight. Clothes should make you feel comfortable and look good. If you’re uncomfortable, your clothes are probably too tight. If you feel like you’re in bed, your clothes are way to big.

    I saw some incredibly baggy clothes today. They looked like they were handed down through the generations. I remember when I went to my first interview, I wore my dad’s suit and oh my God, I looked horrible and everyone could tell.

    If you find it difficult finding clothes that fit you properly, then either branch out of your comfort zone and try out new stores or build a great relationship with your nearest tailor. You’ll be surprised what tailor’s can do.

    2. Short Sleeves With A Tie

    Fast food restaurants want their managers to look the part so they ask them to wear ties. Obviously they can’t wear a tie without a shirt so they get them to wear a shirt. The problem arises when you have someone wearing a shirt, getting sauce and oil all over their sleeves. Which obviously leads to this short sleeve/tie combo we see today.

    short sleeve shirt with tie

    Now unless you’re a manager in a fast food restaurant, why would you ever wear a short sleeve shirt with a tie? Please don’t. The short sleeve/tie combo is associated with low paying jobs and unless that’s the look you’re going for, avoid it.

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  • Men’s Fashion & Style

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    I’m not much of a traveller really. Apart from the fact I’ve been all over the UK, I have only really had the pleasure of going to Rome, Barcelona, Tenerife, Marrakech, Amsterdam and Lagos. Not many places right. However I am a massive internet user and I’m constantly on some sort of social media and with over 1,600 Instagram posts I’ve seen many outfits from around the world. One thing I’ve noticed is the fact fashion is so different everywhere in the world. I just came back from Marrakech, and you would be insane to wear a three piece suit in that heat. We can look at one another’s pictures and want to emulate that for ourselves but ultimately it’s not what you wear at all, you need to create your own style.

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    Style is how you wear it, do you wear a great pin stripe suit and look like your going to a wedding or do you look like you wear a blue pin stripe all the time? Wait go back again and re-read that. Seriously the clothes you wear, how do they look on you. Fashion are the individual items you’re wearing, style is how you put it all together and carry it.

    Here’s a silly example, those gangsters around the world that carry/wear bandanna’s and walk around with their boxers on show to the world. If you dressed like them, would you fit right in or would you look like Justin Bieber? If you do look natural wearing an XXL white wife-beater vest and tracksuits hanging down your backside, then you probably don’t look natural in a suit, not saying Bieber does either by the way.

    Things to consider when trying to look natural and make sure the suit, suits you;

    Grooming

    Whatever hair you keep or remove, whether it’s your beard, your moustache or your nose hair. Have you removed it all properly, does it look good and the hair that remains, is it looked after? How do you walk and talk? Can people understand you, do you speak clearly and are you polite to people? Are you a mature person?

    Budget/Lifestyle

    Are you shopping way above your budget and lifestyle? Can you afford to replace those battered year old shoes? Or are you spending all your hard earned money on useless stuff? Do you wash and iron your clothes properly and regularly? When’s the last time you went to the dry cleaners to pick up one of your suits?

    There’s two types of suit wearers in this world;

    1. “Ooo look at you looking all smart and dapper, where you going today/tonight?”

    2. “Where do you get your outfits from? Do you think you could help me pick some stuff?”

    Which one are you?

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  • Match The Knot Of Your Tie To Your Collar

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    If reading the title confused you a little then good, it confused me the first time someone said it to me. Thankfully it’s pretty basic and once I explain it, you’ll just do it subconsciously. If you have been wearing suits awhile – you may already be doing it.

    The size of your tie’s knot should be in proportion to the size of your collar and vice versa. In layman’s terms; big & thick ties for large collars and skinny/thin ties for small collars.

    The style in which you choose to tie your tie matters. I haven’t worn my tie in any other way except a full Windsor for over five years. I find it perfect for me as when I choose to wear a tight fitted shirt with small collars and a tie bar, my skinny tie and Windsor knot looks fantastic. Equally as fantastic are my TM Lewin big wide collar shirts with my thick standard ties in a Windsor knot. However, I have seen some people doing some crazy knots, making patterns out of it all, this is fine if it suits you but make sure that you haven’t wrapped your tie around your knot 15 times on a shirt with small collars.

    If you are unsure as to whether your tie’s knot will be big or small then simply look at the width of your tie. The more material in the tie the larger your tie knot will be.

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    Skinny Tie With Small Collars
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    Regular Tie With Large Collars
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  • Shop Around For The Best Deals – Google It!

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    With every company in the world now online and more and more people buying their favourite clothing labels from the comfort of their sofa. I’m definitely one of them, I’ve been buying clothes online myself for around eight years. I first started on eBay, buying g-shock watches and superdry products back in 2006. I remember wearing the first Superdry polo-shirts, they were around £60 at the time but I grabbed all mine for around £25.

    Shopping online is amazing, especially if you’re not one of those who shop in the high end retailers. Walking around in Louis Vuitton or D&G is always a pleasure, however Next, H&M & Topman can be extremely annoying. I’d much rather be sitting down on my sofa flicking through my favourite stores than walking around stores crammed with people.

    I’m flying out to Morocco in a few days and I needed a camera. After some googling to try and find out which one was most suitable for me, I decided on this nifty little camera called Canon IXUS 160 Digital Camera. Initially I was going to buy it off Amazon for £135, which I figured was a decent price for a good camera. Thankfully I did some googling and found the same camera for £67 from John Lewis. Saved £72 by being patient and having a look first.

    Depends how bothered you are about saving money but you never know how cheap you’ll be able to pick up that suit or patent shoes. Obviously if you’re buying a Mark’s & Spencer suit from their site then there’s no point googling it. It may take a few minutes to find the same product you’re interested in, but if you can save £5 you may as well. The only time I pay more for an item is if I’ve had a bad experience with a company, even if they’re cheaper I’d rather have my stuff delivered in one piece.

    Google it, eBay it & save some money.

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