The men’s guide to dressing for Wimbledon

The men’s guide to dressing for Wimbledon

 

Ah, Wimbledon - the sporting event where all of a sudden we become a little bit less interested in the sport and a little more interested in the pursuit of people watching. With so many onlookers, knowing what to wear can be a conundrum – which is where this handy guide on what to wear to Wimbledon comes in.

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CENTRE COURT


If you’re heading to Centre Court, you'll want to look effortlessly pulled together, without any indication you’re trying. Think summer suiting in creams, light blues and greys. Go for a subtle, heritage check and tone down the smart level by switching your shirt for a slim-fit white tee.

Alternatively, play with your pairings. Team your neutral suit jacket with navy trousers and a spotted tie, or a pastel pink or sea green blazer with dark chinos and a white shirt and leave your tie at home. When it comes to your footwear, pick Oxfords, suede Derbys or loafers. Though as a side-note, Stella McCartney’s husband, Alasdhair Willis, looked pretty cool in a light pinstripe suit with white trainers last year.


ON THE GROUND


Got ground tickets? You can afford to have a bit more fun. A short-sleeved shirt in a ditsy print teamed with chinos and loafers will get you on the best dressed list. Last year, actor Nick Blood rocked an apricot shirt, worn open, with a white tee underneath, making a strong case for pastel hues. Plimsolls look great here, as do espadrilles or white sneakers.

Otherwise, go for that failsafe combo of mid or long tailored shorts and a striped tee. Keep it suave though – Pimms and baggy sweats don’t mix so well.


GAME ON


If you’re going to be dabbling in a little tennis yourself, go for signature whites. Channel Lacoste, Fred Perry or Bjorn Borg – all founded by tennis legends, of course.

All eyes will be on SW19. The trophies? They’re up for grabs. The ‘best-dressed’ title? That’s yours.

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The long and the short of packing for a holiday

The long and the short of packing for a holiday 

Packing well for a holiday is a bit of an art form. Some men (we’ve been there too) leave it to the last minute and leg it to check in with a hastily packed case consisting of mismatched outfits and a distinct lack of underwear. This year, don’t be that guy. Be the guy that packs a coordinated ensemble of items that go together and look great whatever the combination, whilst also not taking up too much suitcase space. We’ve devised the perfect capsule holiday wardrobe - so the long and the short of it is, pack the below.

 

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1. A plain-but-statement tee

Only & Sons Edgar T-Shirt

 

A striped t-shirt is standout enough to add interest but simple enough to go with a multitude of bottoms. Easy.


Only & Sons, Edgar T-Shirt, £15

 


2. Smart shorts

Selected Homme Paris Shorts

 

Look for versatility in the shorts department. A tailored chino pair will look equally at home in the city gallery as by the hotel pool.


Selected Homme, Paris Shorts, £35

 


3. Cool aviators

Ray-Ban Bronze RB3026 Aviator pilot sunglasses

 

James Dean, Steve McQueen… take inspiration from the greats and make sure you’ve got a great pair of aviators for vacationing. Ray-Bans are top of our list.


Ray-Ban, Bronze RB3026 Aviator pilot sunglasses, £136

 


4. Multi-tasking swim shorts

Polo Ralph Lauren Traveller Swim Shorts

 

You never know what’s going to happen on holiday, right? Be prepared with a pair of swim shorts that you can wear straight from the pool lounger to the bar stool.


Polo Ralph Lauren, Traveller Swim Shorts, £75

 


5. Summer shoes

Toms Seasonal Venice Classic Espadrille Shoes

 

All hail the espadrille: the most hardworking summer shoe out there. It manages to look cool beachside and super suave in the city.


Toms, Seasonal Venice Classic Espadrille Shoes, £38

 


6. Sophisticated trousers

French Connection Machine Gun Stretch Slim Chinos

 

Risk-takers only take shorts on holiday. Those in the know take stone chinos that they can roll up in the day and roll down if the weather doesn’t do its thing.


French Connection, Machine Gun Stretch Slim Chinos, £59

 


7. Breezy shirts

Gant Short Sleeve Plain Linen Shirt

 

Instantly adding class to your holiday ensembles, you’ll be glad you packed a shirt when sunset drinks on the terrace beckon.


Gant, Short Sleeve Plain Linen Shirt, £95

 


8. Cool backpacks

Barbour Eaden Backpack

 

Eager to pack as much into your bag as you do a holiday? Then you need a slick rucksack.


Barbour, Eaden Backpack, £75

 


9. Versatile jackets

AllSaints Amerson Jacket

 

Sorry to be the bearer of bad news but sometimes on holiday it rains and sometimes you need a jacket. This one, though, will brighten up those somewhat less-than-ideal days.


AllSaints, Amerson Jacket, £148

 


10. Understated hats

The North Face 66 Classic Logo Cap

 

With a baseball cap, there are two ways to go. One, bold and look-at-me. Two, understated and vintage like this iteration from The North Face.


The North Face, 66 Classic Logo Cap, £20

 


11. Run-around trainers

Camper Runner Four Perforated Detail Trainers

 

A quick look at your health app after a day of sightseeing and you’d be surprised by how many steps you’ve just got under your belt. With that in mind, some sturdy trainers are a must.


Camper, Runner Four Perforated Detail Trainers, £99

 


12. Statement sweats

Fred Perry Sweatshirt

 

Picture it – a late-night beach trip with your significant other, cosying up under a blanket. The outfit needed: shorts and this sweatshirt.


Fred Perry, Sweatshirt, £80

What to Wear to Royal Ascot

What to wear to royal ascot 

 

RSVP'd to Royal Ascot but still unsure of what to wear? With so many rules and regulations to follow, we know that getting the dress code right can be tricky. Whether you’ve been invited to the Royal Enclosure or are heading to its Queen Anne, Village or Windsor counterparts, get to know your area and get Ascot race day ready with our outfit do’s and don’ts. From full-length trouser suits to stylish jumpsuits and classic cocktail dresses, head this way for your Royal Ascot dress code.

 

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The Royal Enclosure

 

Once only reserved for royalty, membership to the historic heart of Royal Ascot is still by invitation only. Dress up to the nines in this fascinator-free area and finish off the look with one of our beautiful hats or headpieces. If you do choose a headpiece, Royal Ascot states that it must have a solid base of 4 inches (10cm) or more in diameter, anything smaller is considered to be a fascinator. Modesty is key in the Royal Enclosure, with full-length trousers, jumpsuits and knee-length dresses being a strict requirement.

Windsor Enclosure

With front-row views of the Royal Procession and the racing (of course), the Windsor Enclosure permits picnics and also adopts a less formal dress code. Wearing a hat or fascinator is recommended but not a necessity, so why not choose a clip-in fascinator for a completely fuss-free look? Go for Bardot dresses, pretty playsuits or flattering midi dresses.

"Inject some summery vibes into your look with a floaty floral dress and natural accessories."

 

 

 

 

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The festival guide

The festival guide

 

As much as we love festivals, they can be a bit of a minefield. The mud, the crowds, the booze... and that’s before you even think about what to wear. With limited space, the probability that you'll be getting ready in a tent with little to no room and the need to pack for unpredictable British weather, we've created a handy festival guide. More fun, less faff, guaranteed. 

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The basics 

Festivals are the perfect opportunity to have a little fun with your wardrobe. The printed shirt is the festival hero piece – breezy, lightweight and it can be unbuttoned if the sun comes out to play. Multi-tasking, neutral shorts are, again, your festival sidekick. Avoid denim (we all know how long that takes to dry) and items that look bad if creased.

A bum bag is a must for keeping everything close to hand, secure and leaving hands free for pints and dancing. Track jackets, anoraks and field jackets also do great at festivals. Hats (bucket hats in particular) and great sunglasses are a stylish necessity – plus don’t forget a wattle bottle and that SPF.

The nitty-gritty

Glastonbury or Isle of Wight 

If you’re going to a mainstream festival like Glasto, pick an outfit that reflects the sunny, chilled vibes. You can push the boat out style-wise as everyone else will too. Holographic bum bag and a dash of your girlfriend’s glitter? Go for it.

Port Eliot or Edinburgh Festival Fringe 

For a cultural festival, go for mellow vibes. Pick a sophisticated, printed shirt and pair with classic shorts. Lace up boots will add edge and shades are a must for hours outside. You’ll look totally cultured, we assure you.

Latitude, Wilderness or Green Man

For a countryside festival that’s more chill, go for artsy vibes. Try an outdoorsy jacket, cargo trousers or chinos in earthy tones with a bucket hat thrown in for good festival measure. Now, with the outfit locked down, you can just sit back (or stand up) and enjoy the music. Living your best life right here… 

 

 

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Bikini trends to sport this summer

Bikini trends to sport this summer

With the holiday season fast approaching, we've picked ten of summer’s best bikinis to buy now. Whether you're heading to warmer climes or relaxing on the UK coast, there’s a design for every destination.

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1. FULL-CUP

Freya Flower Bikini Top

 

We're loving popping floral prints this season and whether you're lapping lengths or lounging by the pool, this full cup bikini will suit. 


Freya, Flower Bikini Top, £38

 


2. HIGH WAISTED 

Vero Moda, High Waist Hipster

 

High-waisted briefs are having a moment. Just order a dry Provençal rosé and pretend you're on the French Riveria - Instagram will never know you're actually in Margate. 


Vero Moda, High Waist Hipster, £18

 


3. ANIMAL PRINT

Billabong Banded Triangle Bikini Top

 

It's no secret that we're wild about animal prints. This zebra motif is a great neutral to clash with other prints (go on, try it with a leopard spot) and solid separates.


Billabong, Banded Triangle Bikini Top, £30

 


4. TIE-DYE

Billabong Tropic pants

 

This season there is a hippie feeling in the air thanks to the resurgence of the tie-dye trend. L.A, we're coming for you. 


Billabong, Tropic pants, £26

 


5. FUNKY FLORALS

Calvin Klein, Warhol Fixed Triangle Bikini Top

 

With arty florals and a classic triangle style, what’s not to love? Add a flowing kaftan and timeless aviators for easy beach style.


Calvin Klein, Warhol Fixed Triangle Bikini Top, £54

 


6. BANDEAU STYLES

Curvy Kate, Miami Heat Bandeau Bikini

 

Are maxi dresses your go-to beach cover-up? Allow us to introduce you to this clever strapless number which will pair beautifully. 

Curvy Kate, Miami Heat Bandeau Bikini, £36

 


7. NAUTICAL VIBES

Curvy Kate Sailor Girl Padded Balcony Bikini

 

A simple striped bikini will never let you down. Wear yours with a classic red lip and retro accessories.


Curvy Kate, Sailor Girl Padded Balcony Bikini, £36

 


8. SUMMER STRIPES

Jack Wills, Midgrove String Bikini Bottom

 

Stripes have had an overhaul, just in time for summer. Team this set with a suitably bold pedicure and an oversized shirt to cover up.


Jack Wills, Midgrove String Bikini Bottoms, £19.95

 


9. SUNSHINE YELLOW

Vero Moda, Revolution Bikini Bottoms

 

Hello, yellow. This sunshine shade is a major colour trend for summer and looks great with (or without) a tan. 


Vero Moda, Revolution Bikini Bottoms, £18

 


10. TROPICAL TREND

Spicy palm cross bikini top

 

Tropical prints are a sure way to set off sun-kissed skin. The finishing touch? A cocktail, of course.


Biba, Spicy palm cross bikini top, £30
 
 
 
 

Our top picks for pride

 

Our top picks for pride

 

 

 


Rainbows at the ready people, Pride Month has officially kicked off. This year, Pride parades and celebrations around the world are commemorating 50 years since the Stonewall uprising in 1969 - an event that kickstarted the gay liberation movement and developed into the global fight for LGBT+ rights. So with this year's festivities set to be bigger than ever, we're getting ready to celebrate this milestone in style. Whether you’re taking to the streets for one of many Pride parades around the UK, watching Kylie headline at the Brighton & Hove festival or just plan on donning a rainbow hue or two to show your support, be sure to spread the love in these statement styles.



 
 
 
 
 
 

 
 
 
 
 
 

 
 
 

Festival makeup ideas

Festival Makeup Ideas


Festival season is almost upon us, and with it comes the chance to step out of our beauty comfort zone. From bold colours to excessive glitter and glossy lids, throw out your usual makeup routine and try something new.

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All that glitters
Glitter is forever a mainstay at festivals. You don’t have to go full Giambattista Valli (although that's always encouraged), but applied around your eyes, on your cheekbones or even on your lips, you’ll look suitably disco. Keep loose glitter in place using a liquid highlighter like the NARS Illuminator.


Get glossy
There’s a fine line between dewy and greasy, but this blurs where festivals are concerned. Matte is out, so emulate a sun-kissed glow with an illuminating primer, adding highlighter and eye gloss. Yes, you read that right - add a glossy top coat to your eyes for a high-shine finish.


Electro eyes
When it comes to your eyes, the bolder the better. From vibrant blue to neon yellow, anything goes. Sweep one highly-pigmented shade over your lids to create a block of colour, or go (slightly) more subtle with bright eye liner. For the most intense colour pay-off, spritz your brush with a setting spray before you apply.


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Summer accessories you need in your life right now

Summer accessories you need in your life right now

As summer hits and the mercury rises, you need some equipment to deal with the impending heat. From hats and sunglasses to festival bags and holiday holdalls, we’ve picked the best men's summer accessories that should make up your hot-weather survival kit (and if ice-cold beers were an accessory, trust us, they’d be on this list).

 

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1. Backed up

Lyle & Scott Rucksack

 

We know what you’re thinking – you’ve already got a backpack. But is yours in a delectably summery, sorbet shade? Does it combine Scandi minimalism with retro British vibes? No? Didn’t think so.


Lyle & Scott, Rucksack, £50

 


2. Shady work 

Prada Gold Pr 55Us Irregular Sunglasses

 

Sunglasses serve two goals: to protect your eyes (a given) and to make every outfit decidedly cooler. Both are wholeheartedly served in this Prada pair. 


Prada, Gold Pr 55Us Irregular Sunglasses, £217

 


3. Hold on

Barbour Leather Travel Explorer Bag

 

Summer inevitably involves packing and travelling. Both are a chore but, we’re happy to tell you, made all the more enjoyable with a luxurious, heritage-inspired holdall. Now, where’s that passport…


Barbour, Leather Travel Explorer Bag, £319

 


4. Comeback kid

Lyle & Scott Bucket Hat

 

Remember the bucket hat? It’s back and will be sported at festivals up and down the country this summer. Join in with the fun with your own Lyle & Scott variety. 


Lyle & Scott, Bucket Hat, £25

 


5. A visionary 

Ray-Ban Folding Wayfarer Sunglasses

 

A frustrating (first world) problem is where to put your sunglasses when not wearing them. Ray-Ban has found the solution by turning their iconic Wayfarer style into a foldable design so they can fit neatly into a pocket. Genius. 


Ray-Ban, Folding Wayfarer Sunglasses, £172

 


6. Waist level

Slydes Crystal Bum Bag

 

This holographic bum bag says festival like no other. Just the right size for all your essentials, it’s safer and more practical than bulging pockets. We’ll see you on the field…


Slydes, Crystal Bum Bag, £14.99

 


7. Side order

Penfield Downey Pouch

 

In honour of everything '80s and '90s, the retro cross-body bag is back in full force. A black iteration will work with all the printed shirts you plan to wear on rotation this summer.


Penfield, Downey Pouch, £40

 


8. Style win

Barbour Emblem Trilby

 

Not just the reserve of the races, a trilby is often overlooked for its sportier cousin, the cap. However, with its classy, gentlemanly aesthetic and its practical wide brim, we vote that it deserves to be reconsidered.


Barbour, Emblem Trilby, £35

 


9. Not peaked yet

Levi's Logo Cap

 

The hat market is a crowded one and with so many brands, it’s hard to know what to buy. Fortunately, Levi’s offer us a clear favourite by way of this denim number that’ll make stylish double, or triple, denim very easy indeed.


Levi's, Logo Cap, £27.99

 


10. Cash in

PS By Paul Smith Stripe Logo Card Holder

 

Nowadays with contactless and cashless, the days of a wallet bursting with notes and receipts are long gone. Choose a leather cardholder that’s minimal on fuss, max on efficiency.


PS By Paul Smith, Stripe Logo Card Holder, £75

Men's grooming guide

Men's Grooming Guide


Wondering how to get the perfect shave? Follow our guide for all the tips, tricks and grooming products you need to make your routine a whole lot smoother. 

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Before
Before you do anything else, start by washing your face with warm water. Whether this is in the shower or over a basin, it will soften the hair making it easier to cut, as well as opening your pores, reducing the risk of ingrown hairs. Even better, use an exfoliating cleanser to remove every trace of dirt, oil and dead skin cells which would otherwise end up in your razor.


During
Now you have the perfect canvas, apply a shaving gel or cream to the hair in upwards motions. The Elemis Ice Cool Foaming Shave Gel is a fail-safe option. This will improve the glide of your razor and show exactly which spots you've missed. A good formula will also protect against irritation and result in fewer nicks.


After
A hard-working post-shave product will ensure your skin looks healthy and leave you smelling fresh. Rinse your face with cold water to close your pores before applying an aftershave balm like the Acqua di Parma Colonia Pura to soothe your skin and eliminate redness or itching. Finally, apply a moisturiser to restore your hydration levels.


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8 red lipsticks to wear this summer

8 red lipsticks to wear this summer

Ask any beauty insider and they’ll tell you the easiest way to add that French-girl chic to any outfit is with a red lip. Whether you’re going all out vamp in a deep, rich red or pairing a tomato shade with strong brows and a little mascara, it’s a fail-safe way to make a statement. Looking for a new shade this summer? Keep reading to see our favourite red lipsticks from the likes of Tom Ford, Charlotte Tilbury and YSL.

 

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Guerlain Rouge G Matte Lipstick 

Guerlain Rouge G Lipstick

 

The iconic Rouge G now comes in a semi-matte finish. More than just a lipstick, there's a selection of cases to choose from, all of which include a mirror so you can easily touch up on-the-go.


Guerlain Rouge G Matte Lipstick in 24, £26.00

 


Giorgio Armani Rouge D'Armani Matte Lipstick

Giorgio Armani Rouge D'Armani Matte Lipstick

 

The most hydrating, long-lasting matte lipstick we've tried yet. Shade 400 is an intense, vibrant red, and not one to wear if you plan on blending in.


Giorgio Armani Rouge D'Armani Matte Lipstick in 400, £30

 


YSL Tatouage Couture Matte Lip Stain

YSL Tatouage Couture Matte Lip Stain

 

Liquid lipstick is still going strong, and with its intense colour and impressive staying power, YSL has created another winning formula. This dries down to a luxe matte finish.


YSL Tatouage Couture Matte Lip Stain in Rouge Tatouage, £29

 


Origins Blooming Bold Lipstick

Origins Lipstick

 

Infused with the conditioning oils of 12 different flowers, the new lipstick from Origins is nourishing like a balm without compromising on colour. Try Tiger Lily for a bright shade that looks great with a tan.


Origins Blooming Bold Lipstick in Tiger Lily, £18.50

 


NARS Lipstick

MAC Lipstick

 

Heatwave is the ultimate summer shade and this is the lipstick we want to be wearing when we're outside sipping Aperol. Enriched with Vitamin E, this is semi-matte but very wearable.


NARS Lipstick in Heatwave, £23

 


Bobbi Brown Crushed Liquid Lip

Bobbi Brown Crushed Liquid Lip

 

If you like your lippy to be low maintenance, we'd recommend Bobbi Brown's new liquid lipstick. Try Cherry Crush for a lightweight, nourishing red that you won’t have to spend all day re-applying.


Bobbi Brown Crushed Liquid Lip in Cherry Crush, £19

 


Tom Ford Lip Colour

Tom Ford Lip Colour

 

You're unlikely to find a lipstick more stylish than Tom Ford. Cherry Lush is a true red that lasts for hours and suits every skin tone. Try it once and you'll be hooked for summer.


Tom Ford Lip Colour in Cherry Lush, £40

 


Charlotte Tilbury Matte Revolution

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If you prefer a deeper red, we love Charlotte Tilbury's warm berry shade Love Liberty. The best-selling Matte Revolution formula contains 3D glowing pigments to give the illusion of fuller lips.


Charlotte Tilbury Matte Revolution Lipstick in Love Liberty, £24

The men that inspire our style

The men that inspire our style

 

Knowing what to wear, for many of us, can be a tricky business, but there are some men that just nail it. For Father’s Day this year, we’ve picked five men deserving of the title ‘male fashion icon’. Get inspired and see what you can learn from our menswear hall of fame…

 

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James Dean

 


Steve McQueen


The King of Cool wore everything with confidence. His casual looks oozed a nonchalant appeal, and smart outfits looked polished but - with the addition of his perennial Persol 714 sunglasses - also carefree. His style favourites included neutral chinos, bomber jackets and desert boots. Everything had a clean-lines feel - pared-back and unfussy.

So what can we learn from the man? Invest in great basics. Make sure they fit well, keep colours neutral and mix and match for a wardrobe that always speaks of unassuming sophistication.




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James Dean

 


James Dean


The legendary Hollywood actor is forever remembered for his effortless cool and the power of a great white t-shirt. Paired with jeans, rugged boots and tortoiseshell shades, it’s a timeless look that’s remained cool ever since.

The red Harrington jacket he wore in Rebel Without a Cause has become iconic in itself. To channel a piece of James Dean’s undeniable cool, pair a black roll-neck with dark trousers, or a plain tee with a leather biker jacket. Thick rimmed shades are a must.


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Ryan Reynolds


Ryan Reynolds, for all his Hollywood stardom, dresses in a way that’s well, surprisingly normal. It’s normal but it’s also nonchalant. It’s stylish without looking like he’s tried too hard. Always on-point but it’s as if he didn’t know it.

He particularly knows the power of a couple of really well-chosen basics. The perfect Oxford shirt, sleeves effortlessly rolled up, great chinos paired with understated trainers, the white t-shirt, the Harrington jacket.

Our take-home tip from Ryan is choose a minimalist colour palette – navy, khaki, black, stone, white – and pull together thought-out ensembles but then undo them a bit. The jumper slightly rumpled or the jeans looking lived in gives a vibe of easy cool. It’s dad dressing done really well. Great job, Ryan.


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Oliver Cheshire


Oliver Cheshire is a definite part of the menswear fashion elite. Model, street style favourite at London Fashion Week Men’s, and now founder of his own label, he’s a menswear authority with the personal style to match. He’s a master of fun wardrobe pieces that look totally at home, rather than OTT.

He’ll pick a short pink trench, paired with a graphic monochrome top, or a colour-pop, retro varsity jacket. His choices always look sophisticated because he pairs the statement piece with a neutral backdrop. He excels at rocking the Cuban collar shirt, worn open, and teamed with simple, loose shorts. His style is mostly fuss-free, easy on the logos and big on the sophisticated shapes and textures. Slightly preppy, retro and always suave, a pair of great glasses complete the look. 

Our take-home tips? A jumper slung around the neck and textures, like suede, silk, or faux-fur, add a dose of swoonable sophistication.


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Cary Grant


Cary Grant, known for his eternally stylish attire, never in fact considered himself well-dressed. He attributed his sartorial choices to simplicity.

He looked impeccable in suiting. His suits weren’t skinny or overly wide-fitting, but rather a happy middle. In his own words, he went for ‘undisturbing, easy and comfortable’ clothes.

He took the stance of investing in a few great quality pieces rather than a wardrobe of clutter. He knew the power of looking after clothes – creaseless shirts and polished shoes completed his suave look. For casual, he’d pick great knitwear, particularly cardigans, and breezy trousers – worn with one hand nonchalantly tucked in a pocket.

To emulate his style, focus on fit. Get clothes altered so they fit impeccably, invest in a few more expensive pieces and take simplicity seriously. Follow these rules and the title of style icon is yours.


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Gifts that’ll make your father’s day

Gifts that’ll make your father’s day

Dads – as a species – are notoriously tricky to buy for. On top of that, Father’s Day creeps up on us every year meaning more often than not, in a blind panic, we settle for a hastily bought bottle of alcohol and a card and pray he likes it. This year, however, be different. Choose one of our hand-picked gifts from our guide and be surprised by how much he loves it.

 

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1. Keep your cool

Lyle & Scott Short Sleeve Oxford Shirt

 

Father’s Day falls at the same time as the weather (hopefully) heats up so gifting him a piece of keep-cool kit, like this short-sleeved shirt, will be a lifesaver for upcoming work or rest.


Lyle & Scott, Short Sleeve Oxford Shirt, £50

 


2. Knot for you 

Paul Smith Tailoring Ditsy Floral Tie

 

A tie is a classic gift but we would hazard a guess that he already has a number of plain colour ties and a couple of striped or spotty numbers. So, take his tie game up a notch with a botanical print that’s jazzy enough to be different without being OTT.


Paul Smith Tailoring, Ditsy Floral Tie, £100

 


3. Bottoms up

LSA Islay Whisky Set

 

He’s probably dreamt about kicking back with a whisky but has he got the glassware to do it right? Luxurious and indulgent, it’s unlikely he’d buy a set like this for himself – providing you with the perfect opportunity to swoop in.


LSA, Islay Whisky Set, £150

 


4. See clearly

Ray-Ban Silver RB3570 Square Sunglasses

 

All dads everywhere will appreciate the easy cool that comes with a pair of great sunglasses. The masters of shades, Ray-Ban, make versatile pairs like this one that he might, in fact, not want to ever take off.


Ray-Ban, Silver RB3570 Square Sunglasses, £163

 


5. On our watch

Links of London Brompton Men's Leather Watch

 

A watch is more than a watch - it’s an investment, an heirloom, a piece of personal branding. So for a gift that’ll mean a lot, a timeless timepiece is often the best way to go.


Links of London, Brompton Men's Leather Watch, £295

 


6. Smoke and fire

Gentlemen's Hardware BBQ Multi Tool

 

Indulge his inner hunter-gather instincts with a nifty barbecue tool that’ll always make him head chef. Pass the ketchup, please…


Gentlemen's Hardware, BBQ Multi Tool, £35

 


7. Top marks

Gant Sun Bleached Polo Shirt

 

Polo shirts are pretty much universally flattering and massively versatile. With jeans come weekend, suit trousers for work, and shorts come holidays, they have us sold.


Gant, Sun Bleached Polo Shirt, £75

 


8. Fancy footwork

Just Sheepskin Donmar Mule Slippers

 

The granddaddy of classic gifts, the slipper, gives him the perfect excuse for rest and recuperation, which we’re pretty certain he needs. Say goodbye to gifting cold feet.


Just Sheepskin, Donmar Mule Slippers, £65

 


9. Heaven scent 

Christian Dior Sauvage Eau de Parfum 100ml

 

Notes of vanilla absolute, ambery Ambroxan and Calabrian bergamot are whipped together to make this intoxicating scent. No bathroom cabinet is complete without it.


Christian Dior, Sauvage Eau de Parfum 100ml, £87

 


10. Hot to handle

Coach Hudson 5 Bag

 

Luxuriousness is encapsulated in this smart Coach bag that we envisage will make his weekday commute that bit more pleasurable. An optional cross-body strap gives maximum versatility.


Coach, Hudson 5 Bag, £495

 


11. Make waves

Polo Ralph Lauren Traveller Swim Shorts

 

Swim shorts may seem a rogue gifting choice but he is certainly going to use them in the upcoming months and if there’s a risk that for himself he might buy a less-than-flattering pair, it’s better for you to jump the gun and gift them.


Polo Ralph Lauren, Traveller Swim Shorts, £75

 


12. Beautiful brew

Coaltown Black Gold No. 3 Ground Coffee

 

This small-batch coffee company has a nice backstory (bringing jobs to an ex-mining community) and produces sublime concoctions, like this one, with a chocolatey and biscuit-tasting base.


Coaltown, Black Gold No. 3 Ground Coffee, £9

 


13. Sock it

Calvin Klein Striped and Solid Ankle Socks

 

Socks, really? Before you groan, just think – when else is he going to buy them for himself? And as Dumbledore once said, one can always have more.


Calvin Klein, Striped and Solid Ankle Socks, £14

 


14. Step up

Loakes Goodwork Penny Driver Loafer Shoes

 

There’s nothing better than the feel of classic, weighty shoes. A loafer like this one, from iconic shoemakers Loake, will work for all the events in his summer diary. 


Loakes, Goodwork Penny Driver Loafer Shoes, £140

 


15. Grooming hero

Elemis Pro Collagen Marine Cream for Men 30ml

 

This anti-ageing moisturiser helps make skin plumper, smoother and more shine-free. It’ll be his magic potion if ever he had one.


Elemis, Pro Collagen Marine Cream for Men 30ml, £58

 


16. Sound advice

Urbanista Tokyo Wireless Ear Pods

 

We happen to know how to win the ‘best child’ award and it’s with these slick, wireless ear pods. The sound quality and sleek design will be music to his ears.


Urbanista, Tokyo Wireless Ear Pods, £119.99

The men's skincare manual

THE MEN'S SKINCARE MANUAL

Whether washing your face in the shower is the extent of your current grooming routine or you’re a skincare expert looking for new things to try, these are the age-defying, face-improving male grooming products we’d recommend.

 

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The cleanser

Kiehl's Facial Fuel Energizing Face Wash

 

Washing your face morning and night with this cleanser will ensure your skin is free of dirt and impurities - especially important if you live in a city. Formulated with caffeine, vitamins C and E and invigorating citrus extracts, it will revitalise even the tiredest skin.


Kiehl's Facial Fuel Energizing Face Wash 1L, £56

 


The exfoliator

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If you shave you're already exfoliating your skin regularly, but using this mask will further remove dead skin cells which can cause a dull-looking complexion. Known in Korea for its mattifying properties, black charcoal is the key ingredient, keeping skin smooth and shine-free.


Erborian Black Scrub, £24

 


The moisturiser

Origins Save The Males

 

Applying a moisturiser twice a day after cleansing will keep your skin healthy and hydrated. This one is lightweight, oil-free and includes powerful antioxidants which work to reduce the appearance of lines and wrinkles.


Origins Save The Males Moisturiser, £30

 


The treatment

Clinique For Men Maximum Hydrator Water-Gel Concentrate

 

Formulated with 10% sulphur and vitamin B3, this targeted treatment soothes and reduces the appearance of blemishes. The anti-bacterial properties of salicylic acid also help to reduce acne-causing bacteria, preventing future breakouts.


Kiehl's Blemish Control Spot Treatment, £24.50

 


The eye cream

Clarins Line Control Eye Balm

 

Concerned about the signs of ageing? Don't neglect your eyes. As one of the most delicate areas of the face, it's usually the first place to start showing fine lines. Try this cream from Clinique to combat wrinkles and restore firmness, while also brightening dark circles.


Clinique Age Defense for Eyes, £27.50

 


The mask

Niod Mud

 

A weekly mud mask treatment will help to decongest your skin, drawing out a build-up of dirt, oil and toxins, which is especially important if you suffer with blackheads. Apply to cleansed skin for a clearer complexion - you'll wonder how you ever lived without it.



Niod Flavanone Mud, £38

 


The serum

Dior Capture Youth

 

Serums contain a potent dose of ingredients targeted at specific skincare problems. If you use one, apply it after cleansing and before moisturiser. Dior's Redness Soother is perfect for sensitive, irritated skin.


Dior Capture Youth Redness Soother Serum, £75

 


The lip balm

LA MER The Lip Balm

 

Now you have your skin in check, don't neglect your lips. Start protecting them with a quick swipe of lip balm at the end of your skincare routine - you’ll thank us come winter. This formula includes marine extracts, botanicals and vitamins to soften roughness and help them to heal.


La Mer The Lip Balm, £52

The grown-up guide to festival dressing

 

THE GROWN-UP GUIDE TO FESTIVAL DRESSING

 


 

Festival season is almost upon us and we're starting to think about what to pack. Whether you're heading to Isle of Wight, Secret Garden Party or something in-between, we are true believers that you need a big dose of practical (and stylish) fashion. So we've rounded up the festival wear that'll see you through heat waves and inevitable British weather in style. And in true festival spirit, we've even included a survival guide with all the extras you need to get through the weekend.


Isle of Wight

Unpredictable weather means we need a hint of sensible style for festivals such as Isle of Wight. A firm favourite with the likes of Alexa Chung and Kate Moss, the festival has become known for its low-key cool - think classic denim and boho blouses. Keep a wax or waterproof jacket close for when the sun goes down and the weather - inevitably - turns. Worried about footwear? Opt for chunky Chelsea boots that will see you through the mountains of dust and look equally cool with dresses or jeans.


Bestival

We love festivals that bring the chance to have some fun with your outfits. We're all about classic denim shorts, slogan sweatshirts and handy backpacks. Or, if you're feeling really daring, why not try a bum bag? They've made something of a comeback this year and can even be worn across the body. Footwear-wise, whether you prefer classic green or something a little more eye-popping, you can't do festival season without a pair of trusty wellies.


Port Eliot

Festivals don’t always mean dressing up and dancing the night away. There are an array of cultural, literary and art festivals to enjoy this summer, with options to buy day tickets too. The best part? Avoiding those muddy fields means you can step out in a pretty, white summer midi - we love this tropical print iteration from Warehouse. Pair it with a soft leather jacket and classic western boots to toughen up the look. And when it comes to accessories add cool, copper Ray Bans and layered gold jewellery. 


Your survival guide

As well as all the glitter palettes and wardrobe essentials on our list, there are some necessities we just can't survive a festival without. Stay hydrated while basking in the sun with our reusable water bottles - just refill as you go. Other saviours include power banks (because there's nothing worse than your phone dying at midday), hip flasks and bottle openers. And must-have accessories? Don't leave without a pair of trusty sliders for those muddy shower dashes. Looking for a hair hero? Our tropical headbands hide unwashed hair with a chic twist. There you have it, all bases covered.


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10 best men’s swim shorts

10 best men’s swim shorts

Summer is calling, the sea is calling, but before you jump straight in, have a quick check of your swim shorts. The same pair you had last year? A little tired? Kind of baggy? We reckon it’s time for a refresh, starting with these stylish pairs. Now we’re talking (or swimming for that matter)…

 

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1. First bloom

Polo Ralph Lauren Polo Floral Swim Shorts

 

Holiday dressing is a great, no, the best, time to push the boat out style-wise. It’s sunny, dull colours look, well, dull, and there’s an expectation that clothes should be jolly. Printed swim shorts like these can be your toe-in-the-water foray into bolder dressing.


Polo Ralph Lauren, Polo Floral Swim Shorts, £75

 


2. Blue for you

The North Face The Cass Rapids Shorts

 

Trunks that hit the knee are ideal for taller guys. This teal pair is classic, versatile and we bet you can’t find us someone on whom this hue would look bad. We're adding these to our basket now...


The North Face, The Cass Rapids Shorts, £45

 


3. Line up

GANT Seersucker Swim Shorts

 

With retro seaside vibes reminding us of candy canes, sweet shops and all manner of childhood things, these shorts will look equally good as a grown-up with a crisp summer shirt and beverage in hand. Shades very much encouraged.


GANT, Seersucker Swim Shorts, £60

 


4. It's a classic

Barbour Coastal Swim Shorts

 

The coastal print of this Barbour pair is subtle enough to be timeless and ditsy enough to be not your average pair of shorts. Now, where’s that sun lounger?


Barbour, Coastal Swim Shorts, £50

 


5. Topical tropical 

Bjorn Borg Slyvester Swim Shortss

 

For smaller guys, you want close-fitting shorts that won’t drown you. These leaf-print ones say ‘look at me’ in the most tropical way possible. Bali will have nothing on you.


Bjorn Borg, Slyvester Swim Shorts, £40

 


6. The short answer 

Guess Woven Swim Shorts

 

Bear with us here. While the idea of short shorts may conjure up wannabe body builder images and make you want to run a mile, the reality is they’re in fashion and surprisingly flattering. Hot pink will look good with a burgeoning tan.


Guess, Woven Swim Shorts, £44.99

 


7. Surf smarter

Ted Baker Ted Geo Midi Swim Shorts

 

Today swim shorts are, counterintuitively, not just for swimming – they’re for lounging, pool parties, drinks and the like. The way to go, therefore, is with a geo-print pair that says less swim, more gin.


Ted Baker, Ted Geo Midi Swim Shorts, £59

 


8. On the rocks

Barbour Logo Solid Swim Shorts

 

Remember when beach breaks weren't just about relaxing? Remember when they were about surfing, rock climbing and massive sand sculptures? Relive your holiday escapades of youth with these outdoorsy shorts.


Barbour, Logo Solid Swim Shorts, £40

 


9. Sail away 

Polo Ralph Lauren Traveller Swim Shorts

 

Dreaming of the high life? Sipping Negroni on a yacht, people-watching on a cruise liner, 007 vibes and all that? These printed shorts will put you in just that frame of mind.


Polo Ralph Lauren, Traveller Swim Shorts, £75

 


10. Purple haze

Luke Sport Chopper Swim Shorts

 

‘Can I wear purple?’, you wonder. Yes. Yes, you can. The easiest way to introduce this summery hue into your wardrobe is, handily, in swimwear form where a retro colour pop will look totally at home with sliders and shades.


Luke Sport, Chopper Swim Shorts, £40

Mother of the bride outfit ideas for every type of wedding

Mother of the bride outfit ideas for every type of wedding

Wedding dressing is always a challenge, especially for the Mother of the Bride. You want to look sophisticated and polished but not sacrifice fashion-forward style in the process. Not to mention you’ll have plenty of duties, be in lots of photographs, and will be doing plenty of mingling so you'll need to feel top of your game on the big day. The good news? We’ve collated our favourite fuss-free mother of the bride outfits so that you can enjoy the wedding in style.

 

Countryside 'do

Looking for something a little less traditional? A chic jumpsuit will look effortlessly cool in the pews. We're rooting for this abstract print number from LK Bennett, which is super flattering thanks to its mid-length sleeves and tapered waistline. Style with a pair of comfy wedges and some on-trend pearl earrings.


Classic and traditional

A traditional approach to wedding dressing calls for blush-coloured tailored styles. This elegant, fitted dress is a classic that you really can’t go wrong with. The oversized sleeves keep it on the right side of contemporary and the knee-skimming length is universally flattering. All it needs is a pair of colour-pop earrings, a statement clutch and, if you really want to top off the look, a hat or fascinator.


Garden Party

If you're heading to a more casual get-together to undertake your mother-of-the-bride duties,  look to Marella for the perfect party-ready maxi. The floaty silhouette will keep you cool while the mid-length sleeves will help you avoid catching pink shoulders in the sun. Keep the ensemble summery and up to date with white, block-heeled sandals, a fabulous sun hat, and some statement gold earrings.


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Countryside affair


Traditional style


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