• Tips
  • How Long Should My Socks Be?

    How Long Should My Socks Be 2

    No Sock Look? How Long Should Socks Be? Socks Bunched Around Ankles? Let’s touch on some important points here and some not so important points. Here’s everything relating to socks.

    1. Should I Try The No Sock Look?

    Some could also ask should you wear socks at all, the simple answer is, if you’re employed – yes. The no sock look is great for walking around on holiday or relaxing in a park somewhere but at work, socks are an absolute must. If you insist on the no sock look then give your colleagues their right to odourless air by wearing invisible socks.

    Should I Try The No Sock Look?
    [Image Credit: forgetfulgentleman.com]

    2. Whats The Deal With Stretched Out Socks?

    Quality is important in every aspect of your wardrobe, from your suit to your shoes. It’s a widely accepted assumption that the more expensive the item, the better the “quality”. Since more expensive materials were used then the item must be better for the user. This may be the case in general but just because your socks cost the price of most peoples shoes doesn’t mean they are actually good quality.

    Many socks lose their tightness (elasticity), thus resulting in the sock rolling down your leg and bunching up around your ankles. The sock can also bunch up in your shoe which can easily make you uncomfortable when walking. I’ve found this most commonly in cheap cotton socks but it still definitely happens with the expensive branded socks that are made cheaply.

    This can be easily resolved by getting a pair of socks that are a blend of cotton and lycra. It will cost you slightly more in the short term but you will end up buying less pairs of socks thus resulting in everything balancing out.

    3. How Long Should Socks Be?

    Now onto the discussion of how long your socks should be. If you are going to take anything from this then let it be the following. Keep all the hair on your legs hidden at all times. When you sit, your trousers will raise and your sock should at all times prevent your lovely hair legs from being on show.

    How High Up Should My Socks Be

    The issue of white socks is well established so I’ll mention it briefly, if you’re an Michael Jackson fan and couldn’t care less what some humans think about you, then go for it.

    Regardless to how beautiful your legs are, they are not appropriate for the work place. Save them for the beach when you can really turn some heads.

    Also bear in mind, none of these rules really mean anything, enjoy yourself and have fun with your socks. Trial and error is the way forward my friend.

    Until we meet again,

    Hamed.

  • Tips
  • Men’s Business Attire – How To Dress

    menswork wear

    What is the most appropriate men’s business attire? Great question, here’s a better one;

    What Is Business Attire?

    Deciding what to wear to work can be difficult sometimes. Every workplace operates slightly differently, while some employers want top-notch fashion savvy employees while other employers would rather you come to work in jeans.

    You can broadly put each type of business in two categories.

    Two Types Of Workplaces

    Formal

    mens business attire

    These types of workplaces are the most common, a place where employees should wear a two piece suit and a dress shirt. Some employers want a tie worn at all times, some don’t mind without the tie and some don’t even mind if you leave your blazer at home.

    Formal attire is very restricting, your trousers must match your blazer. Your tie must be a sensible width and length. There are many rules when it comes to dressing formally, and this is to be expected since most of the multinational companies operate based on a set of strict rules and regulations. As long as you fit somewhere between a three-piece suit & tie and dress shoes/shirt and two piece suit – you’ll be sound.

    My whole working life I’ve worked in environments where the tie has been a mandatory thing but I was still free to express myself with wild socks and lavish pocket squares. Now for the first time I no longer work in this environment. I work in a very small office now which has meant that the rules of business attire have flipped a bit.

    Smart/Casual

    mens casual business attire

    Smart/casual work environments range from t-shirts/jeans (Mark Zuckerberg) to the combination of a dress shirt and trousers. Many workplaces that allow casual dress code will expect their workforce to still look smart. While formal business attire is quite rigid, casual business attire has much more freedom.

    The great thing about dressing casual is the freedom to express yourself and really go all out. You can wear a bunch of accessories and crazy shoes with funky socks. It’s all good as long as you keep the bare essentials.

    If you don’t have to wear a dress shirt to work then keep your t-shirts and jumpers logo/picture free. Do not come into work with a picture of a half-naked (or even naked) woman on your top or some slogan which involves a bad word. If you do, you may find yourself being sent home to change or asked embarrassingly to take it off.

    If dress shirts are compulsory, then keep your shirt freshly ironed, wear good quality shirts from somewhere like TM Lewin or Hawes & Curtis. Wear good trousers and don’t slack and wear jeans every time you can’t be asked to iron. Grab some comfortable chinos from Zara for £30, trust me they will do you wonders. If you can get away with trainers you may as well but make sure they’re black or as close to black as possible and not high-tops.

    Currently my boss has me in limbo, when I started I was wearing a suit, dress shirt and shoes with no tie. Now I’ve left the blazer at home, ditched the shoes and wear plain black vans and a cotton jumper over my dress shirt. I look slightly confused but I’m super comfy and I fit right in with my colleagues.

    Matching Your Boss

    So you think it’s a good idea to buy a new suit and come in looking much better than your boss so then maybe he might think you’re serious about getting promoted? If your boss is a SHE, then it might work, if however your boss is an egocentric HE, it’s definitely a bad idea. You’re on his territory and showing him up is not a good idea. Judge your boss or manager and match them. If you want to look a bit better than them, go for it, but don’t over do it.

    So What’s The Correct Business Attire?

    Depends where you work. As a botch standard, stick to a two piece suit with minimal accessories and a tie that matches the width of your suit’s lapels. Wear the best shoes you own and hope for the best. Just remember, the first time you show up anywhere, it’s better be overdressed with a lavish pocket square bursting out your chest pocket than have a mickey mouse jumper on when everyone’s dressed like the cast of wolf of wall street.

    TOP TIP: Look around and copy, don’t over do it & don’t blend in – balance is key.

  • Tips
  • Match The Knot Of Your Tie To Your Collar

    match tie knot to collars

    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.

    michael fassbender gq cover
    Skinny Tie With Small Collars
    david gandy gq cover
    Regular Tie With Large Collars
  • Tips
  • Your Tie Clip Should Never Be Wider Than Your Tie

    tie clips and suits 3

    I’ve been really busy recently and haven’t managed to post much but I went for a walk today with the Mrs and noticed some cheerful chap in a suit, he looked pretty decent except he had a wide tie clip on a skinny tie. I had a dying urge to go up to him and correct the issue by stealing his clip. However I’m now hoping he reads this.

    Tie bars are a great accessory and can really make us men look smart and dapper. They create a feeling of taking extra care on our appearance, even though they only take 3 seconds to apply in the morning.

    tie clips and suits 4

    If you are like me and like to switch between skinny ties and wide ties depending on the suit you are wearing then you really should own a tie clip for your skinny ties and a tie clip for your wide ties. Tie clips aren’t expensive so don’t be stingy on this one, its important. Some people say the tie clip should be the same length as your tie, others claim it should be almost the same length. Which ever opinion you follow is up to you, however it is absolutely essential that the tie clip isn’t longer than tie itself. This looks crap, cheap and weird.

    The only other problem some people have is where to position them, that’s pretty simple, just have a look at the below image.

    the perfect way to wear a tie bar

    Get Yours Here..

    Moss London Gunmetal Skinny Tie Bar
    Moss London Gunmetal Skinny Tie Bar – £15.00
    Moss 1851 Silver Brushed Tie Bar
    Moss 1851 Silver Brushed Tie Bar – £15.00
  • Get The Look
  • Get The Look #4

    get the look #4

    I haven’t done a get the look post in awhile and you guys have been bugging me for it, so here it is.

    This weeks Get The Look is based upon two of my favourite colours. Black & White! These two colours aren’t generally consider to be peoples favourite colours but could you live without them? Black and white are the two most simple colours you could ever wear. They fit perfectly into all outfit combinations and are almost completely neutral. This outfit today is very simple and won’t cost much at all, but if you get it right, it will look amazing!

    get the look #4

    The Suit

    Wearing a black suit is really easy, theres not much thought needed with it, simply just wear black socks. The only problem with black suits is finding a quality one, there’s too many cheap ones out there. The two suits I’ve added below are from Moss Bros and TM Lewin – two giants in the suit retail world. Both of these suits are quality, I personally prefer the Franco Suit from TM Lewin as it’s a blend of polyester and wool. The Moss London Black Mixer Suit is still a quality suit, however as its a blend of polyester and viscose it falls slightly short compared to the Franco Suit.

    Franco Suit Jacket
    Franco Suit Jacket By TM Lewin – £149.00
    Moss London Slim Fit Black Mixer Suit Jacket
    Moss London Slim Fit Black Mixer Suit Jacket – £129.00

    The Shirt

    The shirt is very simple black and white checked shirt. However purchasing a black and white checked shirt isn’t an easy choice and it should be done with care. You need to know the difference between a weekend/summer checked shirt and a business formal checked shirt. In this look, the shirt is single cuffed, although I believe a double cuffed would suit better, both are fine. Understand that in order to pull off this look, you need a firm shirt, with solid collars that are not flimsy and look like you mean business. I found it really difficult to find shirts that are similar quality to the one in this picture. I did however manage to find one I really liked from ASOS.

    ASOS Smart Shirt with Long Sleeves in Gingham Check – £20.00

    ASOS Smart Shirt with Long Sleeves in Gingham Check
    ASOS Smart Shirt with Long Sleeves in Gingham Check – £20.00
    ASOS Smart Shirt with Long Sleeves in Gingham Check
    ASOS Smart Shirt with Long Sleeves in Gingham Check – £20.00

    Bow Tie

    The bow tie in this outfit is really simple, its a basic black bow tie with white polka dots. You could also wear a grey bow tie with white polka dots and that would go perfectly with this outfit as well. Where you buy your bow tie from is pretty irrelevant really, you can buy them from many different retail stores but I’ll be nice and offer you a few.

    Black with White Polka Dots Bow Tie
    Black with White Polka Dots Bow Tie – £8.99
    Reclaimed Vintage Polkadot Bow Tie 2
    Reclaimed Vintage Polkadot Bow Tie – £16.00
    Ted Baker Spotted Print Bow Tie
    Ted Baker Spotted Print Bow Tie – £40.00
    Jack & Jones Knitted Bow Tie
    Jack & Jones Knitted Bow Tie – £15.00

    The Bracelet

    Bracelets are easy to come by and not a necessity in your outfit. However, you can wear whatever type of bracelet you prefer with this outfit and it will pretty much go. In this look, the wearer is wearing a plain bead bracelet and a metal link bracelet. Here’s a few;

    Tassel Bead Bracelet
    Tassel Bead Bracelet – £5.00
    Beaded Tassel Bracelet Multipack
    Beaded Tassel Bracelet Multipack – £10.00
    Lovebullets Barrel Bead Bracelet
    Lovebullets Barrel Bead Bracelet – £35.00
    Designsix Chain Bracelet
    Designsix Chain Bracelet – £12.00

    The Lapel Pin

    Lapel pins are a great way to add something special to your outfit. In this look it’s just a simple musical note pin but you could replace it with any silver lapel pin. Don’t spend too much money on these, you can get them for pretty cheap. I would recommend having a look on ebay here so you can find your taste.

    The Pocket Square

    Pocket squares are among my favourite pieces of an outfit and are so simply to apply. This look is no different, just a simple checkered pocket square.

    Black Bow Tie And Pocket Square
    Black Bow Tie And Pocket Square – £10.00
    ASOS Pocket Square With Polka Dot
    ASOS Pocket Square With Polka Dot – £6.00

    That’s All

    Have fun creating your own look and let me know how it goes.

  • Tips
  • Tie Width Matching Lapels

    tie matching lapel

    The width of your tie needs to match the width of your lapels.

    It’s pretty basic but so many people go wrong either because a) they don’t know this or b) they just don’t have another tie to wear with the suit.

    tie matching lapel

    If you are among the “a” people then now you know, no excuses! If you are the “b” people then either go buy some more wide/skinny ties or don’t wear a tie with your suit. As tempting as it may be, a skinny tie looks awful on a wide lapeled suit and vice versa.

    For those of you reading this confused.. I’ll go into a bit more detail. The lapels are the part on each side of a coat or jacket immediately below the collar that is folded back on either side of the front opening. Some jackets have really wide lapels, others really thin. Usually a skinny fit suit will have really thin lapels which is why they look great with skinny fit ties obviously.

    If you have a ridiculously wide lapeled suit like the one shown below, then obviously don’t try to find a tie with the same width.

    tie matching lapel

  • Tips
  • Don’t Match Pocket Square & Tie

    Don't Match Pocket Square & Tie

    Sounds weird right? Why wouldn’t you match your pocket square with your tie. Some say that’s the whole point of wearing them. Well I disagree – kind of. Let me explain..

    If you buy a tie and it comes with a pocket square, don’t wear them together. Instead mix and match your pocket squares and ties. A black and white polka dot tie might look great but when paired with a black and white polka dot pocket square, its a bit too much.

    I obviously understand that if you only have a few pocket squares and ties then you can get away with it. But eventually you want to build up a big enough collection that you can constantly keep mixing things up and keeping your outfits forever changing.

    I wouldn’t advise going out and buying 10 pocket squares, however it wouldn’t hurt to spend £8 once every payday and grab yourself a good quality pocket square.

    Remember you want to coordinate in your colors and fabrics but not be too robotic and matchy.

    Don't Match Pocket Square & Tie

  • Blog
  • 25% Off Burton

    Whether you like Burton as a company or not is irrelevant, why you ask? Well if you use the code “STYLE25” at checkout you get 25% off. Now I don’t know about you but 25% off anything in store regardless whether its on sale or not, is an absolute bargain to me. I just bought a new purple polka dot tie and a new suit last night, all three adding up to £42. I’m excited!

    Burton is not the greatest company in the world for clothes but considering they are definitely one of the cheapest, chuck in an extra £25 off a £100 suit, you are definitely winning.

    So as mentioned above, enter “STYLE25” at checkout to get 25% off your entire basket.

    Also if your basket total reaches above £30, enter “FREEDEL” at checkout to recieve free standard delivery as well.

    Here’s the tie I bought;

    Red Geo Print Tailored Tie

    Red Geo Print Tailored Tie

  • Blog
  • Scott & Taylor Navy Tonal Spot Tie

    SCOTT & TAYLOR NAVY TONAL SPOT TIE front

    So as you can imagine I spend quite a bit of time prowling through the hundreds of different websites available to us looking for a deal for myself and you guys. Once again I’ve hit the jackpot with another website; Suit Direct. They have fantastic deals with many different items you will like so be sure to have a good look around when you got some cash.

    I’m a tie guy, I love ties and I own so many I hardly wear any of them but guess what?

    I’m going to buy another one. From where you say? Suit Direct obviously.

    Suit Direct

    SCOTT & TAYLOR NAVY TONAL SPOT TIE front
    SCOTT & TAYLOR NAVY TONAL SPOT TIE

    The tie I’ve fallen for is the Scott & Taylor Navy Tonal Spot Tie. Made from 100% Polyester with a subtle tonal polka dot design which is perfect for work. I love ties that go with different outfits and this is definitely one of the. On sale from £10 down to £5 its well worth the price.

    Also available in grey and purple.

    Scott & Taylor Navy Tonal Spot Tie

    SCOTT & TAYLOR NAVY TONAL SPOT TIE front

    SCOTT & TAYLOR grey TONAL SPOT TIE front
    SCOTT & TAYLOR purple TONAL SPOT TIE front
  • Get The Look
  • Get The Look #3

    get the look issue 3 above the ankles cover

    When it comes to getting dressed in the morning, I don’t know about most of you but I definitely do not have more than 20 minutes to get dressed. If I take any longer than 20 minutes I’m definitely going to be late to work. Are there ways around this? Of course! I could wake up earlier or I could get my outfit ready the night before but let’s be honest here, I’m not going to do that. So the easiest way round it is to have outfits that are simple yet look fabulous. Here’s why I chose this picture for this weeks get the look; simple suit, bright tie and stand out accessories – love it!

    The Look

    get the look issue 3 above the ankles cover

    Looking at the picture you can tell from the get-go that everyone including you and me instantly noticed the tie which is absolutely fantastic. Outfits that have one stand out thing about excite me. These kind of outfits can often earn you nick names and get you noticed by some people who used to just look past you. The outfit is really simple and easy to replicate; it starts off with a plain navy blue 2 buttoned tailored fit suit with normal width lapels. Pair that with a plan white double or single cuffed shirt (I prefer double) and you have 99% of the suit wearing worlds outfit.

    Here’s the fun part; grab yourself a brown woven belt & a nice medium width bright coloured polka dot tie. The great thing about wearing a plain navy blue suit, pretty much any other colour apart from blue fits perfectly. You can throw down a bright red polka dot tie or yellow striped tie, it wouldn’t matter much because it would just look fantastic either way. Once you decided on the tie, grab yourself a matching coloured flower pin, add some beaded bracelets and don’t forget your watch. Outfit done, probably in all under 20 minutes as well.

    Blue/Navy Suit

    TM Lewin Jackman Navy 1-Button Skinny Suit – £149.00

    TM Lewin Bale Plain Blue 1-Button Skinny Suit – £149.00

    Moss London Slim Fit New Blue Mixer Suit – £129.00

    Moss 1851 Tailored Fit Bright Blue Mohair Look Suit w/Waistcoat – £199.00

    M&S Blue Puppytooth Slim Fit Suit – £134.00

    M&S Ultimate Performance Wool Blend Slim Fit 2 Button Suit – £149.00

    White Shirt

    TM Lewin Fitted Plain White Twill Cutaway Collar Shirt – £34.95

    Moss Esq. Regular Fit White Single Cuff Twill Shirt – £25

    Two Pack Plain White Shirts – £24.00

    ASOS Smart Shirt with Stripe Tie and Pocket Sqaure – £26.00

    M&S Pure Cotton Slim Fit Shirt – £45.00

    Bright Tie

    M&S 2 Pack Striped Ties with Stain Resistance – £16.00

    M&S Machine Washable Striped Tie – £9.50

    Debenhams Pink Textured Paisley Tie – £10.00

    Burton Light Blue Textured Slim Tie – £4.00

    Debenhams Thomas Nash Light Blue Plain Tie – £8.00

    Jaan J Textured Thin And Thick Stripes Tie – £13.00

    Jaan J Bright Pink Cotton Tie – £16.20

    Jaan J Purple Cotton Tie – £16.20

    Jaan J PETA Elephant Tie – £25.70

    Flower LApel Pins

    Moss Bros Savoy Taylors Guild Navy Flower Lapel Pin – £3.00

    ASOS Flower Lapel Pin In Sparkle Fabric – £6.00

    Etsy Carnation Mens Lapel Flower – Black Tie Lapel Pin – £8.02

    ASOS Flower Lapel Pin – £6.00

    The Belt

    Charles Smith Brown Leather Woven Belt

    Charles Smith Brown Leather Woven Belt – £22.50

    get the look issue 3 above the ankles cover