What to wear to the polo

What to wear to the polo

 

Said to be the oldest team sport on record (first played some 2,500 years ago, but who's counting?), today polo is as much of a joy if you’re a punter as a player. The International Day takes place on Saturday 27th July and will see England battle against Argentina for the Coronation Cup. Frasers are the official sponsor of the England Polo Team so fittingly, we’ve got polo on the mind right now.

With the heat, sun and people to impress, knowing what to wear to a match can be a tricky one. So we’ve pulled together this foolproof guide.

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The dress code is smart-casual which can mean many things. Start with a great shirt and wear tucked into stone chinos with a slim, tan belt and chocolatey loafers. Otherwise, a printed, short sleeve shirt – even a Cuban collar one – can look great with tapered trousers and chunky brogues or sleek leather loafers. Think the shirt you’d wear to a festival but outfitted a whole lot smarter.

Summer suiting is another great way to go. Seersucker, linen and hopsack are all breathable so look for these fabrics.

Loose, relaxed fits are very much on-trend. If you’ve just got ground tickets, try a loose, linen two-piece with a white t-shirt or neutral polo shirt. In a hospitality venue where a collared shirt is a necessity, try a lightweight suit cropped to just above the ankle to show off summery-yet-smart espadrilles. If you’re feeling daring, opt for wide-leg trousers with a linen shirt tucked in and black leather sliders – the style spectators will applaud.

Sunglasses are an absolute must (no one likes squinting at the best of times). Ties are optional so instead pop a patterned pocket square in your jacket pocket. But if you do don a tie, a slim shape and a mellow hue, like a forest green, will look smart yet relaxed.

When the mercury rises, rolled up sleeves look crisper than a shirt that’s unbuttoned too far - definitely don’t feel the need to swelter in your jacket. A jacket casually slung over one shoulder says easy sophistication – just remember to take out your wallet to avoid any slipping-out-of-pocket mishaps.

There you have it. Polo may be a historic game but dressing for it, that’s a modern day coup. 

The classic

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10 of the best men's shorts

A short story

Shorts sometimes have school boy connotations, which is a shame because today’s pairs are decidedly grown-up. The shorts suit, shorts to work (we dare you), shorts to summer ‘dos… there is no reason why shorts should be an after-thought. Make them the focus of your summer wardrobe with these beauties. ‘Can I really wear shorts?’ we hear you cry. Yes, yes you can. 

 

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1. Just beachy

Raging Bull Shorts

 

Where once pink in itself was a fashion statement, now it’s a pretty staple shade for most guys. So to push the style boat out that bit further, choose a shorter length which was all over the Spring/Summer 2019 catwalks – and now, admittedly, all over our wish list.


Raging Bull, Shorts, £50

 


2. Cool cloth

 

Super breathable, linen is summer’s most useful fabric and it's also super classy. These shorts have got us dreaming of drinks by the Riviera…


Only & Sons, Lou Linen Shorts, £32

 


3. It’s a match

Jaded London Floral Shorts

 

Co-ords are big news. Printed shorts with a matching printed shirt is our new favourite kind of match-making. The Havana suit it's called, in case anyone asks…


Jaded London, Floral Shorts, £34.99

 


4. Good jeans

Diesel Jeans Slim Fit Shorts

 

These shorts conjure up slightly grunge, slightly ‘90s, slightly geek-chic vibes which is perfect for summer ’19 when the garms of your teenage heyday are now all the rage. 


Diesel Jeans, Slim Fit Shorts, £90

 


5. Line up 

Hymn Drawstring Shorts

 

These are supremely comfy but also very smart, which ultimately is the fashion holy grail we’re all craving – like a night on the sofa but make it fashion.


Hymn, Drawstring Shorts, £172

 


6. Play the field

Umbro Azteca Shorts

 

If Instagram is anything to go by, we’re all a little obsessed with retro sportswear right now. These ones say as much fashion as they do football and happily work for either. 


Umbro, Azteca Shorts, £34.99

 


7. Back to the island

Lacoste Slim Fit Cotton Gabardine Bermuda Shorts

 

Bermuda shorts date back to the 20th century as the attire of British military officers posted on the scorching island. Today, they are perfect for your own corner of paradise – even if it’s more Bromley than Bermuda. 


Lacoste, Slim Fit Cotton Gabardine Bermuda Shorts, £85

 


8. Bring the fun

GANT All Over Print Shorts

 

Whoever said shorts were boring? (We didn’t. Alright, maybe we did. Once.) There’ll be no complaints of sartorial snooze with these whimsically fun GANT shorts.


GANT, All Over Print Shorts, £95

 


9. Smart move

Armani Exchange Chino Shorts

 

If we had to pick the ultimate shorts, the grandaddy if you will, it would be the chino short. As smart as your pair of chinos, they’re classic, suave and will look good with all your summer plans.


Armani Exchange, Chino Shorts, £75

 


10. Press print 

Ted Baker Cross Embroidery Shorts

 

Slap bang in the middle between statement and staple, these Ted Baker shorts have a subtle pattern that’ll go with just about anything. Plus, that grey will suit your newfound tan.


Ted Baker, Cross Embroidery Shorts, £79

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

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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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.



 
 
 
 
 
 

 
 
 
 
 
 

 
 
 

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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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

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

The no-stress guide to summer weddings

The no-stress guide to summer weddings

 

Weddings, while being wonderful, are rife with potential social pitfalls. The alcohol, the traditions, the expectations, the relatives and throw into the mix the outfits and the whole thing’s enough to want to retract that RSVP. But don’t fear, for we are here to help with the latter. We’ve pulled together a handy guide for what to wear to summer weddings, so if you’re a key figure or a hastily-invited plus-one, you’ll be guaranteed sartorial success, not stress.

 

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The suit

The fit of your suit is of the utmost importance. The classic three-piece suit is a great bet but make sure it fits swimmingly. As this is summer and crowded rooms of drunk people tend to get toasty, consider the fabric. Linen, fresco wool or cotton are all breathable. A patterned shirt does away with the need for a constrictive tie, and a waistcoat can be your best friend for looking sharp sans suit jacket.

In summer you can experiment with colour. Try an eternally debonair neutral, a more daring bright hue or a mellow pastel. If you get too hot, neatly rolled sleeves look sharper than a shirt unbuttoned too far (we know it’s tempting).

The suit, believe it or not, in today’s wedding landscape is not even necessary. Try separates, like a linen blazer, a great shirt and neutral trousers, which provide max on-or-off versatility.

The shoes

If going for a classic three or two-piece, equally classic Oxfords, Derbies or brogues will set it off. Make sure they’re polished and don’t look like you’ve just run from work – your footwear may be judged by distant relatives.

If the fit of your suit is slimmer and more tapered, a loafer is the dream – you could even try a backless suede variety if you’re feeling fancy. While we wholeheartedly approve of trainers for many a situation, for a wedding it’s safest to leave them at home – unless you know it’s a relaxed, modern affair, in which case, you can sport neutral, branding-free kicks.

The accessories


A tie can make or break an outfit. Sometimes it’s tempting to choose a humorous, whimsical one but really, you want to go for classic or modern. A subtle pattern, clashed against a checked suit, looks suave or a slim shape or woven texture with a plain suit is always a winner.

Pocket squares give the opportunity to bring a little something extra to an ensemble. Use them to add a pattern hit (that works tonally with the rest of your outfit), or to introduce a new texture or colour.  

There was a time when a jazzy sock proudly sported under a suit trouser was a fashion statement. But now, these are best worn ironically. Neutral-coloured socks will ensure you keep your best fashion foot forward at all times.

Sunglasses are not always thought of as a wedding essential, but with squinty photos and hours spent in sun-drenched croquet lawns, we advocate that they’re a must. Choose a cool aviator shape or even a slightly more unusual rose hue and wear for easy, unassuming cool – we all want to be that guy. 

 

 

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Prints

How to dress for a wedding in 2019

How to dress for a spring wedding 

 

At certain periods of life, your summer consists not of said holiday, festival or family trip but rather of a copious amount of weddings. As friends and family get hitched, this can mean a lot of dithering about what to wear. Weddings – and wedding outfits – have changed a lot and today’s rulebook can be a confusing one. So what do you wear to a spring wedding in 2019? Well, we happen to know… 

 

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The summer look

We’re declaring 2019 the year of the suit. The Spring/Summer 2019 catwalks were a sonnet to tailoring and more specifically reimagined tailoring. Instead of traditional fits, suits were slouchy and roomy – think dad in an ‘80s office. This look is great for summer weddings. A looser fit has the benefit of breeziness, a built-in air-conditioning if you will. Swap your standard shirt for a t-shirt, tucked in, or a micro checked shirt. Black can look poorly dressed funeral director-esque so go for a grey with a slight sheen.

In other catwalk news, suits of varied colourways took to the floor. Sugary pastels, stone and even neon brights made an appearance. This is a brilliant look to channel full summer vibes.

The modern look

At the same time that fluid suits are a trend, tailoring has also gone close-cut. The rules of suit trousers hitting your shoes are no longer mandatory, but rather trousers tapered above the ankle with summer's very favourite shoe, the loafer, is the modern way to wear suiting. Here a shirt is not needed – try a graphic tee, choosing one that incorporates the hue of your suit. Not only does this say contemporary but it’s super practical for balmy summer days too. Excellent. 

 

 

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10 best men's t-shirts

10 best men's t-shirts

Admittedly, we wear t-shirts all year round, but summer is where they really come into their own. Being jacket-less is surprisingly liberating but it does mean pressure for your t-shirt to be tip-top. We’ve picked our ten favourites, from graphic tees to logo t-shirts, and with these at your fingertips you’ll look sharp all summer long, guaranteed.

 

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1. Go bold

Diesel Abstract Neon Logo T Shirt

 

Menswear is no longer fashion’s boring sibling, reserved to a palette of navy and grey. And in no way is this better demonstrated than with the graphic tee, which has moved from only for the sartorially brave to modern staple for men everywhere.


Diesel, Abstract Neon Logo T-Shirt, £45

 


2. Take me there

Polo Ralph Lauren Polo AOP Tee

 

If the weather’s not doing its job, sometimes you’ve got to take matters into your own hands, right? This tee brings the sun so even if the weather’s more Bromley than Bali, you’ll feel positively tropical.


Polo Ralph Lauren, Polo AOP Tee, £75

 


3. Shape shifter

Calvin Klein Jeans AOP Mono T-Shirt

 

The all-over print of this tee may seem a little headache-inducing but in fact, it’s the opposite, because it’ll solve many an outfit head-scratcher. It’s cool enough for casual but smart enough for modern workwear, slipped under a coach jacket.


Calvin Klein Jeans, AOP Mono T-Shirt, £45

 


4. Bright idea

Hymn Placement Tee

 

Essays could be written on the power of a great white t-shirt. But in the same way that that would be boring, this tee makes life a little more exciting with a retro, stencil-esque print. Achingly cool if you ask us.


Hymn, Placement Tee, £30

 


5. Colour in

Wrangler Rainbow T-Shirt

 

Once the reserve of the wild west, now Wrangler is a street-style fave. We very much enjoy this retro, rainbow tee that feels like summer 2019 in a bottle.


Wrangler, Rainbow T-Shirt, £29.99

 


6. With the brand

Champion Chest Logo T-Shirt

 

A quick scroll through Instagram and it’s pretty hard not to spot a bit of Champion here or there. Our current favourite from the brand, this rusty orange number, will make you feel right on the money. 


Champion, Chest Logo T-Shirt, £25

 


7. Bring the party

Armani Exchange AX Block Logo Tee

 

What shall I wear to Creamfields? We hear you ask. The Notting Hill Carnival? Glastonbury? ‘This tee!’ is the answer, which stands out for all the right reasons and paired with denim shorts, high-tops or sliders is a party-going dream.


Armani Exchange, AX Block Logo Tee, £40

 


8. Back to basics

Levi's Lazy Logo T-Shirt

 

Previously fashion had an obsession with the logo. Now, that logomania has turned to logo rejigging. Here Levi’s turns its logo on its head (almost literally) with a happy 90° shift which gives their iconic emblem a novel new look.


Levi's, Lazy Logo T-Shirt, £25

 


9. It's ace

Nicce Tape Sholder Colour Block T-shirt

 

Everyone’s favourite tennis championships are on the horizon, yes Wimbledon. To get into the spirit, don this whimsical tennis-based t-shirt. Pimms in hand, it’ll be almost like you’re in SW19, even if you’re in Shoreditch.


Polo Ralph Lauren, Polo Wimbledon T-Shirt, £69

 


10. Fashion heights

The North Face The Short Sleeve Easy T-Shirt Men's

 

The North Face has quickly ascended from mountaineering/ outdoorsy brand (the kind you buy for your camping trip and nothing more) to casual brand de jour. Wear now to propel your style quicker than it takes to say 'Snowdonia'.


The North Face, The Short Sleeve Easy T-Shirt Men's, £25

Your summer event guide

Your summer event guide

 

This summer is set to be a cracker. But with a dizzying amount of events going on and invites flying left, right and centre, knowing what to wear to said event can be a troublesome process. So to help out, we’ve pulled together a foolproof guide. Consider this your hot-weather handbook…

 

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Wimbledon

Wimbledon is as much an opportunity for people-watching as it is watching tennis itself, so the pressure for what to wear can be high. We recommend summery smart-casual: a great shirt, stone chinos, summery loafers, and the almost obligatory shades. Leave all-white to the pros and go for neutral colours. This is not the place for peacocking – who knows who you might run into?

Work do

Is it just us or as soon as summer hits, does your calendar go haywire? Work drinks, functions, lunches and the like mean it can be hard to get any actual work done. What’s more, sometimes choosing something that'll work from desk to do is more hard work than the event itself. We recommend a great, short-sleeved shirt in a print or subtle pastel shade. Team it with summery suit trousers, chinos or, if your office dress code so allows, tailored chino shorts. Minimalist trainers are helpful if running to and from venues and so is a leather backpack.

Polo

It comes as no surprise that a quintessentially English event calls for a preppy outfit. Try a blazer, a short-sleeved shirt, and slim, tailored shorts. A polo shirt is another obvious choice – but steer clear of white jeans and a white polo unless you want to be mistaken for a player. Keep colours neutral and summery and natural fibres will be more breathable which is a definite winner. Boat shoes look great here – smart but still carefree and breezy.

 

 

What to wear to Wimbledon

 

What to wear to the work do