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  • Your Guide To An Office Wardrobe On A Shoestring

    Your Guide To An Office Wardrobe On A Shoestring

    Whether you’ve started a new job, or you want to revamp your current style , sometimes you contemplate picking up a brand new set of clothes to wear at the office. You may have some staples in your wardrobe, or you could be a complete novice. But before you panic , you should know, you don’t have to break the bank to look good. Don’t believe me? Read on.

    Buy your main items of clothing in neutral colours

    Neutral colours like black, white, navy blue, grey and beige are colours that fade into the background when worn with a more eyecatching item, this means you can wear them more than once without giving people outfit deja vu. You can mix and match easily, saving time and money. We all have an item of clothing in our wardrobe, whether it’s a shirt , trousers or jacket that looks smart and awesome by itself, but it literally cannot be paired with any other item that you own. They’re just there, almost for decoration, to show everyone how good your taste is.

    On that note, you don’t need lots and lots of clothes to look varied each day. Try getting about five shirts, three or four jackets, three or four pairs of trousers, five pairs of socks, three ties and two pairs of shoes. This is more than enough when you’re starting out.

    When it comes to shoes, black and brown are your safest bet in  a professional environment, the same goes for socks too.

    Buy complimentary pieces in coordinating colours

    Avoid having too many neutrals,and be sure to get some solid colours such as red and blue  as distinct patterns are more likely to stand out, making it obvious that you’re reusing the same thing again, and they’re more difficult to mix and match. If you do prefer patterns, look for  muted colours, and minute patterns that will compliment the other items in your wardrobe.

    Try working with what you’ve got

    Have a look in your wardrobe for some inspiration, you might have a nice shirt that just needs ironing or a pair of shoes that would look as good as new with a little  polish. Never underestimate the power of washing, ironing and polishing to really bring out the quality of something!

    Ask friends and family if they have office wear they’re not using that they can give you, or at least let you borrow

    Rather than splashing your cash at Zara, why not ask someone close to you to lend their showstopping shirt or shoes that got them a job every time? This option is great if you’re really strapped for cash, or simply if you know that it always feels better getting things for free.

    Make a list of what you need before you go shopping

    Start with the cheapest priced stores first, nothing is worse than buying a £80 blazer only to find its twin for £25 somewhere else. Stick to your shopping list, and avoid going into a more expensive store if it’s outside of your budget.Going without a shopping list means you’re more likely to pick up something you didn’t want or need.

    • Charity shops- Go to the ones in nicer neighbourhoods, as you’re more likely to find good condition designer clothes. Look for jackets, trousers and shirts as these are more likely to be wearable Avoid buying used shoes.
    • Discount retailers (Primark etc)  Buy your dress socks, possibly your shoes and tie here. Take a look at the shirts; look for machine-washable natural-fiber shirts and tops. The jackets/pants/shirts at the discounters may look nice but they are not usually made to last.
    • Discount Ex-shop retailers (TK  Maxx): This is where you find the designer stuff that department stores couldn’t sell. Luckily, last year’s classic suit looks pretty much like this year’s classic suit. This isn’t cheap (expect to spend £100-200 for a suit) but it’s still cheaper than paying full price at a department store.
    • Online shops and marketplaces- Shops such as boohoo, or online marketplaces such as eBay and amazon are normally  fairly inexpensive with good quality clothing. You don’t even have to leave your house and voila, you have your outfit. Just be sure to check where the item is shipping from and what the expected delivery date is if you need your shoes or clothes for a particular day.

     

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  • A Young Man’s Guide To His First Work Outfit

    A Young Mans Guide To His First Work Outfit

    A Young Man’s Guide To His First Work Outfit

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    Whether it’s for an interview or you managed to land yourself a good apprenticeship, we all experience going shopping for the first time for that all important first work outfit. I’ll touch on some of my experiences and then give you some advice on how to make sure you wow your new employer (in a good way.)

    How Should a Suit Fit? Your Easy-to-Follow Visual Guide
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    My Experience

    I remember what it was like buying my first proper dress shirt. It was for work experience in a desk job at the councils recycling center. I had no idea what people would be wearing in the office so I went into Burton with £30 and picked up a light blue shirt and a black & gold shirt. Needless to say, this was at a time when social media was limited to MySpace and Bebo, so there wasn’t much in the way of fashion inspiration. As time went on, I learned how to dress while making horrible fashion mistakes at the same time, including the classic Michael Jackson look, black suit with white socks.

    P.S – I bought at least six suits from Primark when I first started out.

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    Some Young Men I Found On Instagram Who Were Going To Their First Interview

    When you are first starting to dress formally in suits and shirts outside of school, it can be a bit daunting, just know that it will take time but you will get there. Pay close attention to the way you dress, and build your wardrobe slowly in accordance to your income. Below are some tips to help you pick out your first work outfit.

    Have A Plan

    Having a clear plan before you start splashing out the cash is important, especially if your funds aren’t unlimited.

    Size

    When going to buy your first work outfit, I don’t recommend buying it online. Go into a few stores that you like and that are in your price range and try on as many different sizes as you can. Get a feel for what size fits you, don’t just buy the same size blazer you wore in school.

    Colour

    Know what colours you want, for the suit, keep it dark. Black and blue are the two best suits to buy as a beginner. They are so easy to match with things and they’re suitable for many occasions.

    White shirts are always an easy start, but if you’re feeling adventurous then you can try for a light blue or a light pink shirt. Stay far away from dark colours for now – trust me.

    Keep ties simple, no weird patterns or cartoon characters. Go for a colour that matches the colour of your suit.

    Keep your socks black or navy blue, at least for now. Never wear white and leave your crazy colours at home. Once everyone at work knows your name and they like you, then you can wear your yellow and pink socks.

    Expect To Fail

    This is something you should be used to, failing. We all do it. Don’t expect to go shopping and spend £80 on your first work outfit and expect it to look like those Instagram gurus. A lot of the men on Instagram spent upwards of £2000 on their outfit and they’re in their thirties. Your time will come.

    Try to limit your failures but if you do end up wearing an outrageous tie and people make you feel uncomfortable for it, don’t sweat it. We’ve all been there – on more than one occasion as well.

    A Young Mans Guide To His First Work Outfit
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    Dare A Little & Enjoy It

    You’re young (if you’re not young then you’re young at heart right?), enjoy yourself and don’t take all this fashion stuff too seriously. It’s definitely not worth being late to work just to fix your tie. Fashion is something that’s enjoyable, I have this blog to have fun and I do enjoy it a lot. The moment you start stressing too much over what shoes to wear to the point you’re late to work, is the point you need to do a 180 degree turn and assess yourself.

    Remember: Have fun with your outfit!

    A Young Mans Guide To His First Work Outfit
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    Educate Yourself & Copy Others

    The fact you’re reading this is a great sign. When I started there weren’t many blogs around but I remember clinging to GQ Magazine. Knowledge is power and the more you learn, the better you will look.

    When you’re traveling to work, waiting for someone or just sitting on the toilet – read some blogs and fashion tips. Obviously I’d recommend my own but there are loads online.

    Go on Instagram or Tumblr and follow people who dress well and have great taste. Screenshot what you like and when you go shopping pull up those pictures and use them for inspiration. Forget this original nonsense, I copy the New York gents all the time and it works great for me over here in the UK.

    Keep It Simple

    I hope this helps a little, I wanted to keep it short and just get across the message; keep it simple and don’t be afraid to make mistakes. That’s the exact advice I would have given to myself ten years ago when I bought a £80 silver suit (cringe.)

    A Young Mans Guide To His First Work Outfit
    [Photo Credit: menstylefashion.com]
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  • Black Friday Deals – The Best Of The Crop

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    It’s that time of the year when our inbox’s get spammed with deal after deal about the wonderful Black Friday. All the deals start to get a bit confusing after awhile. Mainly due to the fact most of deals available aren’t actually deals. The usual tell-tale signs are “UP to 40% OFF” banners, meaning four products are 40% off and the others are normal price. Another trick is the whole “25% off today only.” All of these types of sales I dislike and never use. Everything you like on sale will probably be ridiculous sizes or utterly hideous.

    To help you out,I figured I’d combine a list of all the best deals that are actual deals. Most of the deals below will be site-wide discounts meaning you can use the discount code on ANY product on the website.

    Please note all of these offers were sent to my email and I strongly advise signing up to your favourite companies newsletters so you can receive these offers throughout the year.

    Black Friday Deals

    Click either the banners or the titles below and you will be redirected to their website. Hope you enjoy the list and I’ll see you after this madness that they call Black Friday.

    Ben Sherman

    30% off everything!!!
    no code needed!

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    The Hut Group

    30% off Everything this Black Friday.
    Enter code: BLACKFRIDAY
    Valid: 27/11 – 30/11

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    ASOS

    20% off Everything.
    Enter Cyber at Checkout.

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    The Idle Man

    20% off Everything.
    No code needed!

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    Dobell

    20% off Everything
    Remember to enter BL20 at checkout

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    MenLook

    30% off everything
    Use the code “BLACKFRIDAY”

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    Moss Bros

    30% off everything
    Use the code “FRIDAY20”
    Dates: 26th – 29th November

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    Happy Socks

    40% Off + Free Shipping On All Orders
    No Code Needed

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    Jake’s Shoes

    20% off everything!
    No code needed!

    jake shoes

    Office Shoes

    20% off with free delivery online and in store
    ENTER ‘SNOW’ AT CHECKOUT
    Valid from: Wednesday 25th Nov until Monday 30th November (23.59).

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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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  • Gucci, Armani, 1 Million Or YSL?

    1 million aftershave

    What aftershave is the best? I’ve seen it asked in so many different ways so many times, whether it’s men asking each other what they wear or what their preference is, or if it’s a woman on a forum asking what aftershave she should buy for her husband/dad/brother/boyfriend. Considering there are millions of different fragrances to choose from and so many different types of aftershaves (sprays, roll-ons etc), there is no way I’m going to go through a huge list.

    I like brands, I like people knowing that my suit is from their favourite brand or being told that my Louis Vuitton belt looks great. Obviously I also enjoy people asking me where I got something from but when you mention an unknown brand it kind of kills the conversation. When I wear my one million aftershave – no one needs to ask what I’m wearing, they know already and I can see on their face that they like it. Yes to confirm – my favourite aftershave is one million.

    Females

    Sometimes the easiest thing to do if you’re a woman and want to buy a man in your life perfume – just buy him one he already has. If you want to go one step above that then you could buy him an aftershave that he has recently finished, chances are; if it’s finished the aftershave, he likes it.

    What Aftershave Is The Best?

    There isn’t one. It’s completely down to the individual and what they prefer. I know that answer sucks but it’s the truth. So to help you out, I found this amazing info-graphic and decided to put it to the test with a couple of my friends. I sent it out to a few friends and it worked wonders.

    Gucci armani 1 million or ysl which aftershave is best

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  • Secret Sales – Quality Designers – Massive Discounts – Hardly Any Stock

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    Have you any heard of such a site? You probably have but I doubt one as good as Secret Sales. If you are looking for a quality double breasted blazer, a stunning pin striped suit or the sexiest pair of crisp Armani shoes and want them all at a cheap price – keep dreaming. You can’t get brands like Armani, Dolce & Gabbana, Oliver Sweeney and Versace for cheap, they would be 100% fake. If however you want all those top quality brands with 20-50% knocked off the retail price, then Secret Sales is the site for you.

    Secret Sales - Designer Suits

    The easiest way to describe them is – an EXTREMELY successful flash sale site. They boast that they sell an item every 15 seconds, which is pretty decent. A company based in the fancy part of London (Notting Hill), they are quite huge (over 100 staff) for a flash sale website and have been going six years now.

    You actually have to register/sign up to Secret Sales before you can even view their products, I suppose it creates a feeling of; “members only.”

    The way the site works is simple, they buy designer products that are really low in stock off the big brands for dirt cheap, add a profit and then resell it. The reason they get the items for next to nothing is because the product is so low in stock the brand can’t put it out in their stores. Can you imagine Louis Vuitton having a clearance store? It’s bad for brand image!

    Mens Designer Shoes - Secret Sales

    Secret Sales runs successfully by adding a whole bunch of products together, for example they have a category called “mens formal designer shoes.” Then out of the 40 different pairs of shoes in that category, every design has one or two pairs left in each size. The whole category “mens formal designer shoes” is put up on the site for four days and then is removed and never to appear again. This is their biggest strength and weakness. Every day you go on the site, there are new things added but it also means that the beautifully crafted double breasted tweed jacket you saw yesterday, has now expired.

    Top tip: if you see something you like & they have your size – buy it.

    Check Them Out Here; Secret Sales

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  • How To Buy An Expensive Suit For Cheap

    how to buy a cheap suit

    Today I wanted to share a personal trick of mine that not many people know about it and I really think this will be extremely helpful to all of you. The other day I bought a £130 suit for £42. Obviously £130 isn’t an expensive suit but I’m just going to run you through my trick by using this suit as an example for you guys to understand.

    Sales and clearance items are great because the suits go from £250 down to £85, however they are usually really annoying to go shop through. Even if you manage to find a blazer your size, it’s impossible to find trousers that fit.

    The trick is to find a trousers that are too long for you and get them cut to fit you. I managed to find a slim fit blazer 38S, which is my exact size, then for the trousers I had to buy a 34L which is about 4 inches too long for me. So very simply, I took the trousers to the tailors and got the 4 inches cut off for me. It cost me £10 to get them cut which meant in total the suit cost me £52. Not bad eyy?

    One final tip, when you go to the tailor, if you have other things needed, like dry cleaning or another alterations, always try and pitch them for a discount.

    Remember buying something for cheap isn’t always a bad thing.