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Matt Bomer’s 15 Best Outfits (And How To Get The Look)

Worn sockless and rolled up, or with a cardigan as a makeshift waistcoat, the traditional rules of tailoring are being ripped up by business casual and the relaxing of formal attire. But actor Matt Bomer is showing the purists that you can have your suit both ways – looking good either buttoned up like the classic old rat pack days or worn smooth and casually as if the blazer jacket was something you could go to bed in.
With such a versatile and adaptable suit game, it’s probably no surprise then that the role Bomer is most associated with is the constantly besuited con artist Neal Caffrey in White Collar (coincidentally his second most famous role is as a stripper in Magic Mike, where the costume choice was the exact opposite). With a slim frame, quiff hairstyle and cleanly shaven square jaw he has the genes to pull it off, but it also takes some style chops to consistently make it work.
The Look
Did we mention Bomer likes tailoring? Why he hasn’t appeared in the TV show Suits is frankly a travesty of casting, but while we struggle to get over that, we should mention that his colour of choice is either navy blue or black and that sometimes he shakes up the suit with a jumper or turtleneck underneath. The footwear always complements the rest of his outfit so is usually a merry-go-round of plush loafers, white sneakers and polished Oxford shoes.

If on the very rare occasion Bomer is going casual, the look is very dressed down – usually just a denim jacket or cardigan thrown over a T-shirt.
Inspiration: Cary Grant, Yves Saint Laurent, Don Draper
Go-To Brands: Todd Snyder, Calvin Klein, Ermenegildo Zegna
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Black & Blue
Some say that putting black and blue together is one of the cardinal sins of fashion. This is because the two colours are so similar that they can blend into one dirty puddle. It’s also nonsense. The combinations can work well and often, and the key is to contrast through textures as Bomer does here with black jeans, a cotton polo and a woollen blazer. Then roll those trousers up for a smart-casual, garden party look and you’ll never fail to impress.

Simply Red
Bomer isn’t really one for jazzy patterns but he does pull out a bold shade every now and again. The red on the roll neck really pops against the black suit, although it’s worth noting that when it’s worn under a blazer or suit jacket, your knitwear needs to be a slimmer fit or else it’ll make you look far bigger than you are. As usual Bomer has nailed it in what is a sleek and slightly adventurous outfit (for him at least).

No More Mr Nice Guy
In the film The Nice Guys, Bomer plays a smooth hitman who ends up brutally murdering a number of people. But Bomer himself is a nice chap and looks every bit of it here at the premiere of the film in a slimming black suit paired with a white shirt, in what is one of the oldest plays in the history of tailoring. The classic theme continues with a simple pocket square and a wider tie knot.

Take Me To Church
While we have to admit that there is something ecclesiastical about that contrasting white roll neck collar, we don’t expect the village vicar to look this good at a Sunday service. The varying grey tones on the blazer and trousers break up the outfit, and the white and cream sneakers are matched well with the white on the roll neck. When it comes to footwear, cleanliness is next to godliness.

The DL On The DB
There are some hard and fast rules when you start to play with the double-breasted suit. Firstly you want peak lapels, then make sure the jacket is tapered round the waist so that it’s not too boxy. A successful DB comes down to balance, so opt for a six button closure which achieves the ideal middle ground. Bomer has ticked all of those boxes, but we’d suggest that you get the jacket cut a little shorter, giving it a more contemporary feel. The saving grace are the flecks of blue in the grey suit that match his blue shirt and silver tie.

Burgundy Basics
While it is still far behind the white tee in the list of the best basics of all time, a simple burgundy T-shirt is a versatile and adaptable neutral basic that can go with most dark looks (although we wouldn’t pair it with light grey tailoring). Here it’s looking resplendent underneath a checked blueish grey blazer and Bomer keeps the colour running in the shoelaces of his chunky hiking boots.

Silver Fox
While we feel that those of us blessed with a jawline as sharp and angular as Bomer shouldn’t cover it up with facial shrubbery, the flecks of grey in his facial hair do make the actor look a lot more interesting and distinguished. Colour co-ordinating with the chunky blazer and lightweight roll neck is a great play and Bomer always likes to tuck something away in that chest pocket, smartening up his structured but nonchalant range of blazers.

The Green Party
Two button double-breasted suits are relatively rare, but as Bomer proves here, they can work. Along with the green hue (we’re going to hedge our bets and call it moss), it actually achieves the impossible and makes the traditionally stuffy DB look casual, a result that is further completed by the knitted polo shirt up top and white sneakers down below.

Suiting A Three-Piece
Dare we call this outfit peak Bomer? With those baby blues, the guy is always going to suit the colour and the three-piece is him all over. Keep the top button done up when standing and go for a slight break on the trouser hem – three-piece suits look a little odd when the hem is cropped. A knitted tie is also a good option as the added chunkiness and texture tones down the suit’s inherent formality, keeping things from looking too uptight.

Black Tie To A Tee
For someone who looks like he popped out of the womb in a three-piece, it’s no surprise that when Bomer wears black tie it becomes something very special indeed. The diamond pattern on this dinner jacket is surprisingly subtle, and the plain trousers help to neutralise it further. Take note of the jacket’s lapel, too. Arguably the most elegant form of jacket collar, the shawl style is just that little bit more glamorous than the peak and works especially well with black tie. If it worked for Connery’s Bond, it can work for you.

Deep Purple
After five minutes of eye-straining, we’ve figured out the polo Bomer is wearing here is a subtle purple, which breaks up the all-black along with his brown shoes. Purple is a difficult colour to pull off – go too rich and you risk looking like a Prince tribute act. Whilst a lighter shade works really well for summer, a darker shade is your best bet as it can act like burgundy and makes for a great neutral basic.

Cream Of The Crop
Brightly coloured suits tend to work better in lightweight summer fabrics like linen, as Bomer shows off here. Beige is one of the most versatile summer suit colours, working equally well with pastels or richer tones, such as this elegant blue shirt. It’s a smart casual suit, so feel free to dress it down with a knitted polo, or, if formality calls for it, put on a sturdy pair of brogues.

Casual Threads
So it turns out that Bomer isn’t completely glued into his suits. When out and about the city, the suit comes off, and into his comfy and relaxed clothes Bomer goes. This fleecy Armani tracksuit top, loose light-wash denim and white Adidas high-tops combination is a good example. But the star of the show here is undoubtedly the 1960s-inspired round orange sunglasses, which look ace on Bomer’s square and annoyingly well-proportioned face.

Polo Power
The only way that quiff is staying up like the Hawaiian wave it was meant to be is if Bomer keeps it cool (seriously a sweaty brow can ruin a grooming regime in no time at all). So off comes the blazer and on comes the knitted polo, which can look just as smart and dandy as long as you wear it with pleated or dress trousers and the ultimate smarter than casual tool – a pair of leather loafers without socks.

Bane In Blue
Tom Hardy’s character Bane in The Dark Knight Rises didn’t need help looking colossal, but the sheepskin camel coat he sported in the film definitely made him look like an otherworldly beast. Bomer has a very similar coat here, but in a more understated blue, and it works by making the fairly slim actor look more filled out. It’s a rough and ready piece that would be hard to get right over the top of a suit, so a pair of straight leg jeans, knitwear and boots is the correct path to go down.

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8 Men’s Style Rules You Should Never Break

Most style rules aren’t really rules at all. Most are simply judgements steered by the most recent thing to come down a runway. Some arise then evaporate in weeks. Others have more sticking power. Only one or two have been around for centuries.
Take slim silhouettes, the default for a decade, now challenged by wider legs and loose fits. Even long-banished bastions of bad style are largely subjective calls. Square-toed shoes, bootcut jeans, mullets – they aren’t objectively wrong, just unfashionable. Toe-curlingly unfashionable, yes. But time and enterprising designers might still bring about their rehabilitation. (Good luck.)
In such a fluid world, only a handful of commandments are carved in rock. These are menswear’s lores, the keystones of getting dressed in the morning. They’re not subject to trend or taste. They’re dictated by the makers – this is how your clothes were made to be worn. To do so in any other way is, well, wrong.

Never Use The Bottom Button On A Blazer
It’s understandable that, when presented with buttons, men do them up. However, the modern suit jacket is designed to flare out at the hips to create the appearance of a slimmer waist. Button every fastener and the fabric pulls and puckers, disrupting the silhouette and destroying the seams.
You run the same risk if you stay buttoned up when sat down. A suit should fit close to your upright body. When you sit, your posture shifts and puts tension on the fastening, which tests your tailor’s stitching.
Only the paddock jacket flouts the rule, says Christopher Modoo, a tailoring expert who cut his teeth at Savile Row firm Chester Barrie. “It’s designed to have both done up, or even just the bottom button. But it’s archaic.”
If in doubt, learn your sartorial ABCs, or rather your SANs: sometimes, always, never – starting with the top button on a three-button jacket and working your way down. For a two-button, it’s even easier: always, never. For a one-button, it’s simpler still: always.

Cleanliness Is Not Next To Godliness
It’s a misconception that clothes need washing after every wear. Underwear aside, unless you’ve got the table manners of a farm animal, most pieces can stand up to a few outings.
This is especially true of tailoring. The chemicals used when dry cleaning a suit damage the fabric and weaken the stitching. If possible, only subject them to it twice a year. Instead, Savile Row Company managing director Jeffrey Doltis advises brushing away dirt after every wear and giving them at least a day to air out. Then just try to keep your red wine hand steady.
Denim should be washed even less frequently, according to Nudie Jeans denim specialist Chris Bloxham. “Normal jeans should be washed every few months, whereas dry denim you ideally wouldn’t wash at all,” he says. That’s because the indigo dye rubs off naturally with wear to produce denim’s signature fades. Toss them in the machine, and the dye disappears uniformly, and your jeans have no personality.
“We recommend at least six months before the first wash, but the longer you leave them, the better your jeans will look – and the more character they will have,” says Bloxham. “And never wash with heat or tumble-dry – it’s kinder to the environment, anyway.”

Tucking In The Wrong Shirt Doesn’t Make It Smarter
We have mums to blame for thinking that tucked-in shirts are a prerequisite for looking smart. But this isn’t always the case – it all depends on the style of shirt and, most importantly, the hem.
“Dress shirts and tailed shirts are designed to be tucked in, as they’re worn in a more formal context,” says Paul Higgins, a stylist who has worked for the likes of Aquascutum, Diesel and Reiss. “They have a longer hem at the back, which gets pinched between your body and trousers when you sit down, so the shirt doesn’t ride up or wrinkle.”
Try the same with a shirt designed to be worn untucked (particularly anything made from a thick denim or flannel), and you’ll spend all day stuffing it back into your trousers.
If you’re the kind of guy that favours a tucked T-shirt or polo, prioritise longer-line styles and wear with a belt if possible – it will keep the look sharp, negate the need to keep re-tucking throughout the day and ensure you don’t inadvertently flash strangers whenever you crouch down.

Polish Is About More Than Shine
Good shoes are an investment. But you can’t pass them to your kids if you don’t treat them right. Drill sergeants aren’t obsessed with shiny shoes because they’re psychopaths (well, not just because they’re psychopaths), it’s because polish stops leather falling apart.
“A good polish is leather food,” says Tim Little, owner of heritage footwear firm Grenson. “It soaks into the pores and keeps it supple.” A biweekly feed is enough to keep any shoes soft, keep water out, and keep you off potato peeling duty.
Before you start dousing your footwear in the shiny stuff, you’ll need to make sure any unwanted passengers have been unceremoniously ejected. Get rid of unsightly muck by using a clean shoe brush to buff off dirt and apply a small amount of water to the brush to shift more persistent stains.
When your shoes are clean and dry, apply a generous amount of polish to your shoe brush and buff your shoes thoroughly until only a thin film of polish is visible on each shoe. For the heels you’ll need to recruit a slightly damp cotton wool pad with polish on it and then use circular motions to get rid of dirt that’s outstayed its welcome.
Not only will your shoes shine so bright they’ll practically be their own light source, the leather uppers will feel quenched and pesky grime will find it harder to gain a foothold.

If You’re Wearing A Suit, Carry Your Bag
Rucksacks aren’t just for playgrounds anymore. With countless designers fully on the backpack bandwagon, the back-to-school look is now prevalent on every street.
But no matter how luxe your bag, it doesn’t accessorise with your suit. Not because you’re coupling formal and casual – high-low dressing is trending as hard as ever – but because it wrecks your tailoring.
“Never put a shoulder strap with a tailored garment,” says Modoo. “Pressure and friction damage the fabric and can leave your shoulders shiny or frayed.”
If a briefcase is a touch too civil service, decant your work kit into a high-quality tote instead. Then use those things on the end of your arms to carry it.

Suit Fit Does Not Change With Tailoring Trends
Tailoring has undergone more reinventions than David Beckham’s hair. But while the latest menswear diktat may say that wide’s a winner, when shopping for a suit always follow the same rules.
“On blazers, make sure the shoulders feel comfortable and finish in line with your actual shoulders,” says Higgins. Any bigger and they’ll give you a winged edge, which always looks messy. “The sleeves should fall where the base of your thumb meets your wrist, and it also helps to try it on with a shirt to make sure a few centimetres of cuff is visible.”
Regardless of whether MC Hammer or Johnny Borrell is tailoring’s present muse, the rules of good suit etiquette don’t change down south either.
“A good fit on the waist of your trousers is important to maintain a smart and clean silhouette,” adds Higgins. “Don’t go too skinny, but do go slim enough to preserve the cut of the suit overall. If you tend to fluctuate in size choose a waist adjuster – the aim is always for comfort in the leg.”

Novelty Anything Is A No-No
This one goes as much for the Canadian Prime Minister’s ‘fun’ socks as it does for middle managers everywhere attempting to conceal the lack of a funny bone with a novelty tie.
Whether it’s neckwear, socks or a set of clip-on braces (shudder), there are no redeeming qualities here. “Just say no,” says Sarah Gillifan, founder of men’s personal shopping and styling service Sartoria Lab. “It won’t mark you out as being witty or hilarious, just deeply uncool.”
Except perhaps under the cover of darkness, there’s no situation in which novelty clothing won’t do your reputation severe damage. “If you’re wearing novelty items of clothing for work, people will think you’re not serious about your job. If you’re wearing on a night out, you run the risk of looking immature.”
There are plenty of ways to add personality to your outfit, but this isn’t one of them. A printed shirt worn under a blazer is a better option, as is statement sneakers with a neutral look. Or, for an advanced move, play around with pattern mixing.

Always Match Your Leathers
It says a great deal about this rule that, even in an age when juxtaposing suits and sneakers is encouraged, it remains an unforgivably amateur mistake.
There’s no ifs and no buts: the same tones of leather should always stick together. The problem isn’t so much the colours (after all, black and camel make for a killer combination) but the material. “Because of leather’s slightly shiny texture, mixing different colours just causes each piece to fight for attention,” says Rebecca Langrish-Smith, from the River Island Style Studio.
“Whether it’s a wedding or an everyday office look, you can’t invest in a suit without teaming it with perfectly matched leather accessories,” she adds. That means getting precise with your belt, your watch and any bag you might be carrying.
The rule extends beyond accessories. Every bit of leather that you’re wearing should be in complete tonal harmony. So keep that in mind next time you want to throw on a pair of brown loafers or a black leather biker.

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19 Up-And-Coming Menswear Brands To Buy From Right Now

Modern life is busy, and so is modern menswear. Lots of brands, lots of subcultures, lots of choice, but no time to check them all out and find the stuff you like. So what do you do? You visit the same shops, buy from the same brands and before you know it, you’re stuck in a sartorial rut.
Staying on top of new and emerging names is one surefire way to keep things from getting stale. Which is why we’ve taken the guesswork out and put together a list of up-and-coming labels to start paying attention to, before your mates do.
As one-half of the brains behind Manchester-based menswear store Oi Polloi, it would be fair to say that Steve Sanderson knows more than most about what goes into making quality clothes. Unsurprisingly, his new in-house brand, Wyse, is testament to that. Featuring laid-back, simplistic garments, ethically produced in India, Wyse’s offerings are ideal for everything from lounging around the house to a spot of casual globetrotting.

King & Tuckfield
An obsession with denim, knitwear and attention to detail was what initially drove London’s Stacey Wood to set up King & Tuckfield. Today, almost four years after her vision became a reality, it’s still something that’s evident in the brand’s collections. All of King & Tuckfield’s output is designed and made in the UK, something that sets it aside from many of its competitors. Expect nods to the 1950s, plus premium materials and next-level quality across the board.

A Day’s March
Affordable, high-quality and stylish: it’s the holy trinity of menswear that so many brands fail to pin down. Get two right and the third, almost invariably, suffers. However, there must be something in that brisk Swedish air, because A Day’s March has hit the sartorial bullseye. Superior quality garments that ooze Scandi charm, the brand does a particularly good range of overshirts. And all for prices that will leave you with enough change for some Ikea meatballs.

Ader Error
As the years roll by, South Korea’s reputation as the spiritual home of avant-garde streetwear is becoming increasingly solidified, and Ader Error is doing nothing to halt the process. The shadowy design collective has become one of the most talked-about names in contemporary fashion and given the timely arty-streetwear meets high-fashion look it champions, it’s not difficult to see why. Expect embroidered logos, modern cuts, quirky motifs like branded coffee cups as packaging and a bizarre (but effective) approach to social media.

Sustainability is a big word in fashion at the moment, and it’s something that’s at the core of what young, London-based label Paladrin does. To get a feel for the brand’s aesthetic, imagine American workwear that has been designed and created in the English capital, then you’re pretty much there. We’re talking chore jackets, overshirts and more, made out of durable, ethically sourced fabrics, by skilled local craftspeople.

Far Afield
Given the name, it may not come as much of a surprise to learn that Far Afield is a label that takes a large part of its inspiration from global travel. Set up by brothers Chris and Mark Scholes in 2016, the Brightonian brand is quickly making a name for itself as one to watch. Staple pieces include simple worker jackets, knitwear and bespoke shirts. But don’t be surprised if you see the occasional wool gilet or bold print thrown in now and again.

You don’t need to be blessed with the torso of a Greek god to look good at the beach. A solid pair of swim shorts is all it takes. There are a number of brands out there pushing luxury swimwear but Apnee is definitely the one with the jazziest patterns. Colourful, all-over prints are what it’s all about here. However, if you’re not about turning heads, there are more subtle, block-colour options available too.

North 89
When you’ve spent all your winters trudging through rain and snow in Northern Europe, you develop an appreciation for the importance of weatherproof shoes. Problem is, ‘weatherproof’ and ‘stylish’ have pretty much always been mutually exclusive. Until now. Swedish label North 89 has filled the gap in the market, providing sleek, minimalist sneakers that can hold their own when things turn meteorologically unsound.

A quality timepiece needn’t cost the Earth. Just ask the guys behind Armogan, a Belgo-Luxembourg watch brand with an eye for quality and good design. The label’s products are inspired by navigational tools of the past and reimagined for the explorers of today. There’s also a thorough after-sales policy, meaning you can buy with confidence, knowing you’ll be able to chart the world with your watch long into the future.

Les Basics
Wardrobe staples like crewnecks, plain tees and hoodies lay the foundation for every outfit you pick out. With that in mind, sourcing quality examples is not a task to be taken lightly. Les Basics may be a relatively new brand, but it’s one that fully understands how important the essentials are, and so has built itself around doing them properly. Here you’ll find no fuss, no clutter, no in-your-face branding. Just simple, quality items crafted to exacting standards.

Personal Effects
London-based menswear label Personal Effects knows that style isn’t always about making a bold statement. In fact, the secret to looking put together lies in simplicity and attention to detail. The brand’s garments are pared-back, subtle and well-designed. But that doesn’t mean to say they’re boring. In fact, interesting silhouettes and reimagined classics are par for the course.

Sustainable, vegan footwear. It’s a nice idea, but it’s probably going to look like something found at the back of Willie Nelson’s wardrobe, right? Wrong, and it’s all thanks to newly launched, ethical sneaker brand Yatay. The label’s shoes are minimal, timeless and even PETA-approved; rendered using planet-friendly materials and packaged in boxes made from recycled plastic bottles. All of which means you can look good and do good at the same time.

It’s no secret streetwear and haute couture have merged to become something nobody is really sure what to call any more. And no label is more symptomatic of this than A-Cold-Wall*. The London-born brand has been causing a stir in fashion circles for a few seasons with its modern take on traditional utilitarian designs, but recently there’s been more widespread attention. Get in with this experimental label before it goes stratospheric.

Aprix (pronounced ‘ah-pree’) is the latest creation of Noah founder and former Supreme creative director Brendon Babenzien. It’s a sneaker brand with a focus on fuss-free design and beachy styling, filtered through the lens of skateboard culture. The resulting products are some of the most wearable shoes we’ve seen of late, albeit in some rather vibrant colours. Still, if you’re looking for a tasteful way to make an outfit pop, a pair of Aprix trainers could be just what you need.

From the design mind that gave the world luxury swimwear in the form of cult label Orlebar Brown, Sørensen is a new clothing brand taking its cues from vintage workwear. Using his own personal archive as the starting point, Wayne Sørensen designs classically styled basics that fuse utilitarian elements with premium materials. We’re particularly fond of, well, anything in its signature navy colourway.

You can be wearing a tailor-made suit cut from the finest Italian cloth, but if residing beneath it is a pair of grubby white Y-fronts, then you’re still not really ‘well-dressed’, are you? Luckily, Swedish premium underwear company CDLP has the solution. The label’s luxury smalls are pants the likes of which you’ve never experienced before. We’re talking silky-soft cotton, carefully considered design and high-end European craftsmanship.

Set up by skate- and sneaker-industry veterans, Greats was founded in 2013, which is hardly ‘new’. However, the brand has always remained largely under the radar, especially in the UK. It’s one well worth having on your map though, because, in addition to making some very good looking shoes, Greats’s products are far more affordable than some of its key competitors.

Aimé Leon Dore
There aren’t many brands that manage to achieve cult status within the notoriously picky menswear scene after just four short years. But Aimé Leon Dore is one of the few. Helmed by Teddy Santis – a man with no fashion background, but a unique eye for design – the Queens-based brand has swiftly risen through the ranks to become one of the preferred names among streetwear-leaning men’s fashion aficionados.

Londoners might already be familiar with Trunk Clothiers – a premium menswear boutique nestled away in the heart of Marylebone. However, what’s lesser known, is that the company recently branched out to launch its own in-house tailoring line. The collection consists of fine Italian-made suiting that embodies the Trunk aesthetic, and now there’s even a made-to-measure service to go with it.

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Ranking Men’s Celebrity Fragrances, From The Best To Donald Trump’s

The term ‘celebrity fragrance’ leaves a bad smell. What was once the sole preserve of Hollywood’s A-list has become an exercise for anyone remotely famous (or infamous) to put out something licensed and smelly – your Geordie Shore cast, sex tape connoisseurs, I’m Not A Celebrity, Get Me Off Your TV Screen and the like.
It’s easy to turn your nose up and sniff at the heavily discounted celebrity scents behind the till, but know that they equate to around 4 per cent of the global fragrance industry – or a cool $1.8bn, according to Yahoo Finance. Not all celebrity scents are created equal, either. Some are bad. Really bad. Others, however, have won awards for olfactory excellence that are usually reserved for the Chanels and Pradas of the world.
So in a bid to give credit where credit’s due, we’ve ranked some of the most well-known male celebrity fragrances, from those that belong in your bathroom cabinet to those that should go in the bin.

Sean John, Unforgivable
Unforgivable – a term that is both the name of Sean John’s 2006 fragrance, and a useful description of its god-awful marketing campaign. But despite reductive ads featuring P Diddy himself sans clothing in bed with another hip-hop honey, the scent itself is considerably more tasteful with fresh marine notes compacted with unexpected rum and birch leaf. It’s complex and seductive, and frankly nothing like what you’d expect.
It won men’s luxury fragrance of the year in 2007 at the industry’s influential FiFi Awards, and it’s still worthy of the honour today. That said, it doesn’t give you free licence to emulate Diddy’s wardrobe, too.
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David Beckham, Beyond
Fragrance was the final frontier for David Beckham. After a string of abysmal scents (sorry, Dave), the release of 2015’s Beyond signalled a complete 180 to fall in line with the rest of Brand Beckham. No frighteningly gauche crown motifs, no Vegas-style gold bottles; just a fragrance that packs mojito chords with warm tones of patchouli and vanilla.
An everyday fragrance with a rare, everyday price tag.
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Bruce Willis, Personal Edition
There was no need for Bruce Willis to release a fragrance. He’s neither a style icon nor the type of Hollywood celebrity men aspire to be. Famous, yes. Rock hard, certainly. But red carpet style maven? No.
That said, his Personal Edition fragrance was a pleasant surprise, marrying citrus notes with tobacco and leather for a scent that smells suspiciously like Creed’s Aventus. Wholly unnecessary, but appreciated nonetheless.
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Antonio Banderas, Blue Seduction
Antonio Banderas was last cool when he played an animated Puss In Boots in Shrek. That’s not the best foundation on which to sell something as image-dependant as a men’s fragrance, but this is surprisingly safe ground for an everyday summer fragrance.
Blue Seduction (awful name, just awful) blends melon and mint to surprisingly good effect. It’s not the longest-lasting scent but considering the price, it’s a handy warm-weather spritz.
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Pitbull, Miami Man
Yes, we’re aware Pitbull is responsible for some of history’s most woeful lyrics (“I saw, I conquered, I came,” stands out, for example), but Miami Man smells much better than the rapper sounds.
The blend of grapefruit and pink pepper is lighter than the norm, enveloping masculine musk and amber base notes to ground the cologne as a genuinely classy nocturnal scent. As in, one you can wear outside of nightclubs with ‘NO SPORTSWEAR, FREE CHAMPAGNE FOR THE LADIES’ written on the door.
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James Bond 007
James Bond may be cool, but fawning over a fictional character to the point that you want to smell like him is just plain sad. If you can park the toe-curling “dangerously sophisticated” marketing campaign, however, the scent itself is a long-lasting, fresh combination of lavender and moss.
The worst you could say about it is that it’s a little unremarkable. Though what else can you expect from a fragrance that’s more a marketing gimmick than a bona fide cologne?
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The Only Way Is Essex, Be Reem
The only thing more vapid and soulless than a bunch of unenlightened apes on ITVBe is a generic fragrance designed by nobody in particular stamped with promotional shots of said apes. Be Reem is everything you’d expect and more: sweet, pungent liquid that isn’t fit to freshen up your kitchen bin.
If the only way is Essex, it’s also the same path that leads straight to the ninth circle of hell.
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Cristiano Ronaldo, Legacy
Ever wondered what wet look gel and rampant spornosexuality smells like? Well, ponder no more. Cristiano Ronaldo’s Legacy is said to be the Portuguese striker’s signature scent, melding overly rich cedar and rosemary for a cologne pungent enough to knock out a national team (and its under 21s).
Best paired with a high-gloss puffer jacket and Eurovision party.
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Peter Andre, Conditional
Despite the name, Peter Andre’s Conditional is surprisingly lax on the prerequisites: you need no taste, and little self-respect. Even for a fragrance under £20, the heady mix of cashmere, nutmeg and vanilla is far too sickly to be a serious cologne – the olfactory equivalent of a bad fake tan.
Let your nan use it as an air freshener.
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Jay Z, Gold
For the Carter-Knowles family, no dollar bill is left unturned. That includes the world of fragrance. As a mere way to boost the Benjamins, Jay Z released 2013’s Gold to unanimous scorn. The sickly sweet cologne was once compared to blueberry muffins, while a lack of promotion (Jiggaman didn’t even bother to wear his own product) resulted in a $20m lawsuit by the fragrance company behind it. Money really ain’t a thang after all.
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Donald Trump, Empire
Kicking off a presidential campaign with a namesake fragrance reeks. Bigly. Donald Trump’s Empire is but another PR exercise from the commander-in-spin, with the scent itself almost a direct Carolina Herrera rip-off.
Factor in the unassuming bottle and GCSE graphic design packaging, and you’re left with a fragrance that fails to get any votes from us.
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How To Layer Every Jacket In Your Wardrobe

It’s officially layering season, when we’re all exposed to cataclysmic changes in temperature every half an hour and battles over office thermostats turn deadly. It’s at this time of year when you have to deploy your most cunning fashion moves, creating coordinated outfits with more layers than an emotionally intelligent onion.
Of all the layering pieces you own, your selection of jackets will be the most versatile. They can work as your outermost armour when the weather is so balmy that you don’t need much underneath but they also slot in-between your tees and top coats when more layers are called for.
Here’s how to get even more wear from every cool jacket hanging in your wardrobe.

Chore Coat
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Few jackets can be worn in quite as many ways as the chore coat. Usually unlined and in a hard-wearing fabric such as cotton drill or moleskin, it’s ideal for a range of casual looks from all-out workwear through to off-duty tailoring.
It can also be layered under a heavier garment, or over something lighter such as knitwear or a gilet. Due to its boxy cut it can easily accommodate a chunky roll neck underneath, or an equally functional utility vest if you want to maximise the pockets available to you.
Try going full early-20th-century-factory-worker and pairing yours with cotton work trousers, complete with double-stitched pockets and wide cut for ultimate comfort. Underneath go for a zip-through waistcoat in seasonally appropriate tartan fleece, which’ll both keep you warm and add a welcome pop of colour.

– Charlie Thomas, senior editor
Trucker Jacket
The hardy perennial of casual dressing, the trucker jacket thrives out in the open all year long. It sits atop tees and shirts during the warmer months but really shows what it can do with autumn and winter layering.
When it’s cold outside, the most obvious way to wear a denim jacket is over a sweatshirt, fisherman knit or hoodie, trapping the heat from your knitwear. The look works with chinos but for best results lean into the style’s workwear origins and go double-denim.
If you want to mess with convention, however, wear your trucker jacket as a mid-layer instead. Buttoned up under a boxy mac or spacious overcoat, the effect is unexpectedly pleasing on the eye and it lets you mix fabrics while you’re at it – a key skill in any layering game.
– Ian Taylor, editor-in-chief

Wind-stoppers stop wind – it’s in the name. But the lack of padding isn’t exactly designed to keep you snug underneath. That’s where it’s useful to pull them into a layered look, with a mighty padded coat over the top, bringing the heat and sucking you into a duvet in which you can spend your winter days.
An arctic parka will fit the outerwear vibe, preferably one in a versatile black or navy. That way you can experiment with your wind-stopper colour underneath. Pick one without a hood, or at least a detachable one. The thicker material on your parka will make for a better hood, and having two hoods flying behind you can be annoying.
Keep the outerwear vibes running downstairs with a pair of on-trend and hard-wearing cargo trousers, and some similarly en vogue hiking boots. With the outdoors look so popular at the moment, it would be rude not to.
– Richard Jones, staff writer

The overshirt can be treated in a similar way to the chore jacket in that it can worn in a hundred different ways. Open over a T-shirt, buttoned up under an overcoat, or even worn over a lighter shirt, it’s the utility player capable of doing it all.
The latter option may be the easiest way to layer on this entire list, but there are some tricks to it. First of all, the overshirt needs to have a slightly boxy, almost oversized cut, which will allow it to be worn over another shirt. Secondly, pay attention to fabric. The overshirt should be made from a heavier weight fabric than the shirt worn underneath to differentiate the two – think cotton drill or canvas.
For ultimate layering points though, wear both shirts under a proper coat. As an overshirt is nearly always unlined it will sit well under a parka or unstructured overcoat, offering not just extra insulation but extra storage in the form of chest pockets, too.
– Charlie Thomas, senior editor

Padded Gilet
The gilet has to be a bit of a one-off in men’s fashion, in that it’s as popular with bankers and political strategists as it is with anarchists and warcore fans. Granted, these somewhat divergent style tribes have their own ways of wearing them, but what they all agree on is that it’s a supremely snug and practical layer.
At the smarter end of things, the idea is a simple one: you make your tailoring a little toastier for the commute by slipping the gilet under your blazer or overcoat, giving your outfit a pleasing high-low quality in the process. Then you take it off again when you get to the corner office.
In more casual circles, where traditional outdoor performance gear is fast becoming must-have fashion, the look is all about techwear. Combine your gilet or vest with thermal tops and waterproof outerwear that could see off an Icelandic winter, even if you don’t intend to leave the city. Look for dramatic silhouettes and keep the palette muted – all-black ninja chic is preferable.
– Ian Taylor, editor-in-chief

Wax Jacket
No jacket has more of an association with the British countryside and the bitter weather that dwells on our rolling hills, than the waxed jacket.
It’s hard therefore to take it away from the very British farmer’s uniform. We’d avoid the flat caps and walking stick – too much like a costume for its own good – but instead plump for a modern smart-casual wardrobe of turtlenecks, fine knitwear and crisp, cotton button-downs underneath.
Swap in a subtle graphic sweatshirt for your regular wool jumper for a sportier, streetwear vibe while still maintaining a degree of smartness. On your feet, ditch the wellies, and instead pick up a pair of chunky leather boots with a stand-out sole – they’re this season’s must-have and can be smartened up or down depending on your ‘fit .
It’s not too much of a drastic change from the farmer’s uniform sure – but we’re not trying to overhaul the formula here; merely updating it.
– Richard Jones, staff writer

Bomber Jacket
Bomber jackets come in a wide range of styles, from World War I-style leather pieces through to ‘60s jet-era MA-1s made from nylon. Unless you’re going for a period look or want to incorporate vintage clothing into your wardrobe, it’s best to look for aviator-style jackets, which are inspired by these historic styles but feature updated details and more modern fits.
Look for styles based on the MA-1 bomber but with a more minimal design, which makes them far easier to layer. Ideally, you don’t want the traditional arm pocket, wide cut and interior wadding, just a well-cut jacket that sits much closer to the body and will rest under a larger jacket with ease.
A bomber such as this is ideal for placing under a longer overcoat or raglan-sleeve raincoat. Keep the tones of both dark and simply remove the coat when indoors for a classic look inspired by the menswear heroes of yesteryear.
– Charlie Thomas, senior editor

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The Best Winter Fragrances For Men You Can Buy In 2021

The idea that men’s fragrances should always tally with the calendar seasons is a dated and quite frankly flawed concept.
Admittedly, some scents – the ones usually ripe with citrus fruits, aquatic notes, or smell of freshly cut grass – are better suited to summer, while those steeped in woods, resins, leather and Middle-Eastern spice do feel more at home in the winter months. Regardless, these ‘rules’ are far from hard and fast, and are increasingly up for interpretation.
The world (as we once knew it) has changed, and it’s as common to see a fragrance inspired by the Pacific surf, or an English meadow being launched in November, as it is to see one infused with comfortable winter fruits unveiled in June.

To that end, these are some of the best winter colognes for men. Expect the unexpected.
DSquared2 Green Wood

From its provocative campaign featuring a young-buck woodsman in a check flannel shirt to its explicitly masculine and robust blend of aromatic ingredients, Green Wood by DSquared2 is every inch a fragrance for the modern alpha male.
A versatile scent that will carry you from work through to play and back again, it features a bracing hit of lemon, Santolina (a Mediterranean shrub from the chamomile family) and the spiced flavor of bourbon pepper as its opening act.
The dry down is a blend of resinous musks and an abundance of woody notes; including cedarwood and vetiver. It’s like a walk through a winter forest at dawn. Or a sexy car air freshener (totally possible, promise).
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The Art of Shaving Sandalwood & Cypress 

This Art of Shaving cologne encapsulates stepping into a traditional barbershop of the 1950s. This handcrafted fragrance combines masculine, woody sandalwood with aromatic, bright cypress and bright bergamot. Imagine a room full of classy elegant furnishings, sleek walnut barber chairs, luxury upholstery, ornate mirrors, even crystal chandeliers, and this unique scent would fit right in.
Created with traditional masculine scents in mind, it’s ready to make the perfect finishing touch in your grooming routine. The Art of Shaving is a well-known brand staple in any well-groomed men’s bathroom, and this scent will surely fit right in. In short, it’s as crisp and easy-to-wear as a freshly laundered shirt.
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Frederic Malle Rose & Cuir

There are few fragrances that immediately strike a chord with the public and earn recognition as a future classic. Rose & Cuir, however, (that’s rose and leather, for anyone a bit sketchy with your French) from Frederic Malle is one deserving recipient of such an accolade.
Created by master perfumer Jean-Claude Ellena (the man behind that other game-changer, Terre d’Hermes) as part of the brand’s Editions de Parfum line, this one is inspired by the Mistral winds that sweep over the South of France.
In non-fragrance speak, that translates to a romantic but punchy blend that works well for the evening, combining timut pepper (a Nepalese spice), blackcurrant, peach accord, bourbon geranium, vetiver, cedarwood, a synthetic leather note and cumin. Très bon.
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Tiffany & Co Tiffany & Love For Him

Tiffany & Co, a name synonymous with art deco grandeur (and engagement rings few men can afford), has entered the dual-fragrance category for the first time – that’s one for he and one for she.
Created by perfumers Sophie Labbe and Nicolas Beaulieu, who between them have created scents for Givenchy, Hugo Boss and Paco Rabanne, Tiffany & Love is aromatic with citrus and a wood-infused base. It opens with an energizing clout of ginger, mandarin and cardamom oils before drying down to a base of sandalwood, vetiver and blue sequoia.
However, it’s a co-distillation process created exclusively for Tiffany, allowing for a unique blend of cypress and juniper berry, that makes this one as refreshing as a gin and tonic and the best winter cologne with a real point of difference.
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Zara Vibrant Leather

Oftentimes, the best winter cologne doesn’t come from large fast-fashion retailers. Yet, this collection from Zara has become one of their staples for a reason, it’s light and classic, mixing notes of leather, bergamot, and refreshing bamboo. Plus, costing less than a round of drinks, you don’t need to be a mathematician to work out that this is a marriage made in heaven.
The Vibrant Leather collection is light enough to be worn as an everyday scent, giving a forgiving smell even when it’s mixed with 15 others at the office. And easy enough to change when going out at night and needing a heavier scent more suited for evening play.
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Maison Martin Margiela ‘Replica’ Jazz Club 

Shhh…can you hear the soft jingling of cocktails being made, rowdy conversation and the sharp melody of jazz? One whiff of Maison Martin Margiela’s ‘Jazz Club’ is sure to make the mirage appear real. The immortalized tradition of handing down the secret address to a private jazz club comes alive with this classic men’s fragrance, evoking rich wood and smoke notes captivating the masculine and exhilarating ambiance of a Jazz club.
The nose behind this elegant bouquet of premium cigars (think tobacco leaf and pink peppercorn) is Alienor Massenet, originally launched in 2013 it has become one of the best winter cologne for men. The major notes balance between a heady cocktail and classic leather, additional top notes are described as, pink pepper, neroli and lemon; with base notes of clary sage tobacco leaf, vanilla bean and styrax.
This earthy men’s fragrance will only enhance with the chill of the winter and the warm atmosphere indoors, making it the best winter cologne to transition from warm office to after-work drinks.
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Moschino Toy Boy

Current Moschino frontman Jeremy Scott is an extrovert at heart; sticking two fingers up to the establishment and living his best life while furthering the philosophy that more is more.
Toy Boy, which recently won Best Everyday Fragrance (why not make it best winter cologne as well?) at the FashionBeans Grooming Awards, plays to those maverick strengths with both its fetishist ad creative and its unorthodox roster of top-grade and not-commonly used ingredients.
Playful and seductive, with a spicy/woody/sweet flavour, pink berries and Indonesian nutmeg, pear-tree leaves, clove buds and ambroxan all bring on the heat while rose, magnolia and vetiver serve as a sophisticated contrast. This one’s a winner for date night.
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Baxter Of California Pacific Cannabis

It was only going to be a matter of time before the East Coast’s coolest exporter of skin, hair, shave and body solutions expanded into some of the best winter cologne for men. For it’s debut, Baxter of California tapped perfumer Clement Gavaary, the man responsible for big hitters by Tom Ford, Armani and Calvin Klein, to give it some serious gravitas.
With a brief to capture “a day at Venice beach enjoying the cool vibes of California”, Gavaary, as the name would suggest, made the bold choice to give centre-stage to the cannabis herb (though sadly only by way of using other plants to replicate the oil). And while it might sound like a summer fragrance, it doesn’t smell like one.
The buzzy botanical has been combined with pink pepper, rosemary essence and bergamot, lavender and sage, drying down to patchouli, tonka bean (which is sweet like vanilla) and a kind of sea-salted, oceanic driftwood. Surf dude or city boy, this one will add cred to your bathroom shelf.
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Creed Green Irish Tweed 

Creed is one of the last major fragrance producers that still make use of traditional methods, using mostly natural ingredients and high-quality modern synthetic materials. It makes sense why it’s priced at the top of the market. Creed’s staple fragrance could easily transition from the best winter cologne to a great spring scent, always leaving you with one definitive everlasting scent. 

Green Irish Tweed opens with top notes of lemon verbena and peak-season iris, followed by damp morning soil, mint and heavy bottom notes pulling it all together with sandalwood and ambergris. A favourite of many celebrities and high rollers it’s sure to leave your audience with an unforgettable scent full of sunshine and underlying sex appeal (what else could you ask for?)

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The Best Hair Gels To Buy In 2021

Hair gel – along with Lynx deodorant and crappy Bic razors – seems to be an integral part of our initiation into the world of grooming. When we first begin experimenting with a ‘hairstyle’ it seems the first product we turn to is a sickly, plastic-scented, gluey mess in lurid packaging. Those who dabble with gel quickly learn it can withstand wind, rain and a double header; hell, you could even sleep in it and hair wouldn’t budge. But it would also form unsightly flakes and left hair so rock hard that no-one would want to touch it.
In the early days, gel abuse is common, but when you know how to apply it properly, it’s actually hard to beat. Like a high quiff? Nothing will hold a pompadour like gel. Those who dropped it in favour of trendier hair products some time ago might like to revisit this classic; it’s all about finding the right one that works for you.
What Is Hair Gel?
Hair gel is a styling product that typically has a clear, jelly-like consistency and is known for its shiny, wet look (though matt options also available) and elastic properties.

Who Does It Work For?
Gel is a God-send for those who struggle to restrain their natural hair texture. It smooths away curls and repels moisture so it keeps frizz in check. Gel is also an essential ingredient for short to medium length slick back styles, sharp side partings and retro shapes such as a pompadour or rockabilly quiff. Basically, if you’re the type of person who likes to style your hair and then not have to think about it again, all day, gel is for you.

How Should You Use Gel?
Who better to ask how to use gel than some of London’s top hair stylists? They create looks for celebrities, photoshoots and fashion shows and still know what works for everyday clients. “I think gel had a bad reputation because it can make hair super crispy when it dries, and it can even cause hair breakage when you touch your hair if the hold is too strong,” says Davide Barbieri, session stylist with regular clients including Robbie Williams. “Modern gel formulations are nothing like their crunchy, flaky predecessors and are easy to remove,” he says.
“Always start with a small amount when using for the first time and apply evenly to damp hair before styling into the desired shape,” adds Joshua Gibson, session stylist at Sassoon, who’s worked on editorials for i-D and L’Uomo Vogue.

The Best Hair Gels
Sebastian Liquid Steel
When only the strongest hold will do, recruit this heavyweight. Joshua Gibson says, “Liquid Steel is one of my go-to gel products in my kit. It does what it says on the tin – it gives the strongest hold – and nothing will move a sleek look made using it except washing.” Be warned: this one dries super-fast so it’s for advanced gel users only.
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Eco Styler Professional Styling Gel
Want a no-gel look with a strong gel hold? Lee Machin, session stylist, who creates show looks for Missoni and regularly works with actors such as Jamie Dornan and Douglas Booth, goes for Eco Styler Professional Styling Gel Krystal Clear. “This is my favourite gel. You can blow dry it in on wet hair to get volume and hold for quiffs and it will dry and look completely product free. I also love it for catwalk shows and for sleek wet looks and it won’t flake.” It’s also the best value for money.
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Bumble & Bumble Bb.Gel
Want a natural look? Davide Barbieri favours the flexible hold of the Bb.gel from Bumble & Bumble when testing out new styles. “It doesn’t dry too quickly so you have more time to change the shape of the style,” he says. It also gives great natural-looking shine and firm hold once your style is set.
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Nioxin Thickening Gel
Fair or fine hair? Gibson recommends Nioxin Thickening Gel. “It’s is great for lighter hair colour types like blondes, or where receding is an issue. It still has strong hold but isn’t concrete and brushes out easily.” The formula contains thickening polymer technology to form bonds between gaps in the hair to give it a denser looking appearance.
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Fudge Hair Gum Extreme Hold Controlling Gel
Want the hold without the shine? Carmelo Guastella, Men’s Grooming Director at Gielly Green Four Seasons in London, recommends Fudge Hair Gum Controlling Gel. “It gives hair volume with strong hold and control, without going totally stiff, and the finish is matt. The other quality I like about this gel is that you are able to put your hands through your hair, breaking up the stiffness of the gel. And it leaves no residue or flakes.”
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Davines Strong Hold Cream Gel
Tim Pateman, session stylist, uses Davines Strong Hold Cream Gel on fashion shoots and on clients at his salon, The Lion & The Fox. “This strong hold gel gives a great wet look, which is easily pliable when water is added to allow control before the style sets in place. If you like a tight barber look with a top that is going to stay where you want it to stay – use this.” It doesn’t flake and a little goes a long way. For best results always apply to wet hair.
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Kiehl’s Clean Styling Gel
Prefer a lighter gel? Try Kiehl’s Clean Styling Gel. “It’s light and won’t flake when you touch the hair,” Barbieri says. It also gives a more natural looking shine from a non-greasy texture and has a fresh woody scent.”
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Davines Medium Hold Modeling Gel
Need control but want touchable hair? Tim Pateman suggest Davines Medium Hold Modeling Gel. “It’s a lightweight gel that I use for blow drying. Great for quiffs. It leaves hair touchable and malleable so you can still manipulate your style.” This is also an excellent product for curly hair.
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The World’s Best-Dressed Menswear Designers

Considering their day job is to keep guys’ wardrobes up to date with stylish must-have pieces, it’s peculiar how many menswear designers default to a jeans-and-sweats uniform that seems more suited to reinvigorating the garage than the zeitgeist.
Of course, you could argue that when you’re helming a worldwide label, the creativity exerted on your wardrobe is better spent reinventing everyone else’s. But as the men below prove, you can boss your own swag without lessening what you send down the runway.
Charlie Casely-Hayford
It’s arguably an unfair advantage in the style stakes when a) your dad is one of British menswear’s most decorated names; b) you run one of menswear’s most innovative fashion labels with him; oh, and c) he blessed you with the kind of genetics that also landed you a modelling contract.

Still, kudos to Charlie Casely-Hayford for turning his dealt hand into a style that embodies what his eponymous brand does best: sportswear reimagined by some liquored-up Savile Row exile. Think cropped slim-fit suits worn with military boots, roomy colour-blocked outerwear and, sure, just good old sweats and sneakers.
Regularly featuring in our annual world’s best-dressed men list and moonlighting as a stylist who has dressed the likes of Sam Smith, Nas and The XX, he’s a lesson in the benefits of knowing your body and its best fit, then understanding the power of less.

Virgil Abloh
You don’t get seated next to Kanye at fashion week without making some serious heat. And Virgil Abloh’s label Off-White is hot enough to scald. The American designer’s high-end streetwear is collecting famous fans like football stickers, courtesy of pieces that are both distinctive and wearable.
Abloh’s own look is like a living mood board of where streetwear’s at now – think box-logo hoodies and T-shirts, and the latest must-cop kicks. Ideally finished with his own signature outerwear.
Though his own designs are part of the breathless hype cycle, his look is streetwear as it once was: comfortable, distinctive, but without being ostentatious.

Paul Smith
It’s easy to wonder if Paul Smith had followed his original career path and become a cyclist whether he would have made any sort of best-dressed list. But having swerved a life donned in head-to-toe Lycra, he is more than deserving of his spot.
For close to half a century, the Nottinghamshire-born designer has peddled classic menswear pieces with a twist, usually updated with his signature multi-coloured stripes.
Though he is a fan of the bold and the brilliant in his collections, Smith’s personal style is increasingly stripped-back, more fitting of a man in his 70s, but one that’s still youthful enough to give the everyman something to aspire to. Think staple dark suits, spruced up with white sneakers and a flash of colour via his shirt or his accessories.

Alexandre Mattiussi
Since Alexandre Mattiussi founded Ami in 2011 (well, re-founded – he shuttered its first incarnation as a T-shirt business), it’s been an extension of the Frenchman’s own, unfussy style: classic menswear made just different enough to be unique.
It’s a Parisian take on streetwear, where single pieces can be used to dress up or down an entire look, and the same rolled chinos are as comfortable with lace-ups and a blazer as sneakers and a sweatshirt.
In an industry obsessed with thinness, Mattiussi is an example of how simple pieces, cut right, are gold dust to the type of guy who hits the gym (and happy hour). His suits are slim, but not skinny, creating shape, but not constricting what’s inside. He knows that a denim shirt takes tailoring somewhere unexpected. And his layering game is world-class – proof that a loose-fitting overcoat completes any look.

Patrick Grant
For any man who has ever littered the floor with rejected clothes, it’s easy to resent Patrick Grant’s ability to make whatever he wears look like it was stitched especially for him. But then, it probably was – he’s got London-based fashion brand E. Tautz in his stable, as well as storied tailor Norton & Sons, both of which have struck sartorial gold reworking their archive in modern ways.
And like his labels, Grant transitions effortlessly between the off-duty comfort of wide-leg chinos with a safari shirt and the kind of bespoke suiting you’d expect from someone with an address on Savile Row.
What really sets Grant apart is the details. Inspect his tailoring and you’ll spot a thicker lapel, which creates a more masculine silhouette; or a heavy turn-up on a wide-leg jean to stop the fabric billowing. Of course, the fact that he also looks like he could be walking his runways, not just dressing them, doesn’t hurt.

Tom Ford
A man who once declared dressing well to be a form of good manners, Tom Ford has something of a responsibility to set an example with his own wardrobe.
The well-turned-out Texan doesn’t disappoint, likely because he leans on his label’s own impeccably-cut black suits, topped off with a spritz of Neroli Portofino or Oud Wood from his best-selling fragrance line-up.
His secret weapon – oh, did we mention he dressed Daniel Craig for Bond? – is always showing at least one inch of shirt cuff, a move that works in harmony with trousers that just about hit his narrow-profile shoes to create a streamlined, enviable silhouette.

Riccardo Tisci
Italian-born Mr Tisci somewhat undermines the idea of expressing creativity in personal as well as commercial wardrobes. But if you’re going to have a uniform, then expertly fitted basics are never a bad idea.
Givenchy’s former head of design, Tisci’s fascination with Gothic touches isn’t just apparent in his work (though his rottweiler print has been synonymous with the label since 2011), but also his own all-black-everything look, which is almost always bookended by a pair of white sneakers.
Far from lazy, having a signature look also cuts down on time spent picking clothes in the morning. Helpful if, like Tisci, you need to fit collaborations with Nike, Kanye West and Jay-Z into your daily schedule. But it also makes you more memorable, the clothes becoming an extension of your personality.

Kanye West
On-stage rants and walking Jesus complex aside, it’s hard not to admire what Kanye West has achieved in the world of fashion in the space of a few albums.
Having graduated from tacky shutter shades and a children’s entertainer colour palette, Yeezy has proved he’s got a natural eye for killer looks with a personal style comprising a mix of high-end designer pieces and easy, sportswear-inspired silhouettes.
Need more proof of his credentials in the style arena? The man practically invented reverse layering. Case closed.

Ralph Lauren
Ralph Lauren may have stepped down in 2015 from his role as chief executive of the eponymous company he founded more than half a century ago, but his stylish hoof-print is likely to be around for decades to come.
Whether it’s old-school Ralph mixing and matching patterns like a pro, or present-day Ralph managing to make jeans and tailoring look, well, not Jeremy Clarkson, the Bronx-born-kid-turned-billionaire has long given us something to aim for.
The 91st richest man in the world, Ralph Lauren has more than just dollar bills to take to the bank, he’s got an eye for preppy style that’s worth its weight in gold.

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The Best Short Haircuts | Men’s Short Hairstyles 2021

There are few ways to show the world you care about your appearance as easy as getting your hair in order. After all, it’s just a matter of selecting a style and checking in for a chop, right? True, but it remains down to you to nail the all-important first steps if you are to be left with locks that stand you head and shoulders above the rest.
For this reason (and many more), it’s worth exploring all the short haircuts for men available. Fond as we are of the recent move towards longer, shaggy styles (think early-nineties Kurt Cobain), a sharper-than-sharp short cut is the perfect time-saving tool when getting ready in the morning.
“Cuts on the longer side take more time to style and maintain, while shorter cuts need little, if any, work at all,” says Steve Robinson from multi-award-winning salon chain Electric. “That said, they don’t always have the flexibility to suit different looks, so ensure you’re happy with a ‘one do for all’ approach.”

It’s not as simple as barking “short back and sides” at a barber, either. Doing so will likely result in an unremarkable snip rather than something that will turn heads. Instead, take time to understand the different hairstyles available to you, and have a conversation with a stylist about which might suit your face shape and overall look.
A buzz cut is about as short as you can go before it becomes the full Bruce Willis. But even that’s not the simple standard-issue military style it once was. Yes, it’s still a short-all-over job created with clippers, but it comes in many different iterations ranging from the induction cut (the shortest of all) to the tapered-down brush cut, which verges on crew cut territory, albeit with less length.
For a centuries-proven classic, there’s the Caesar cut. Characterised by a straight-cut fringe and sides of a similar or shorter length, this is an easily managed, masculine style that works particularly well to disguise a receding hairline.
It’s also possible to ‘accessorise’ short cuts with details such as a fade — take your pick from tapered, high, skin or scissored techniques — or texture on slightly longer styles, perfect for unruly hair or those with cow’s licks.
As for maintenance, you need less of everything except time in the barbers. You can get away with shampooing less frequently (once every three to four days with suffice) and you’ll require less product than medium-length hairstyles like the quiff.
However, the style will visibly grow out faster, so aim to rebook every fortnight — and browse some of the best short haircuts to take with you, below.

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6 Of The Best Men’s Boots Ever Created

The everlasting styles every man should be shod in come winter.
Men have been wearing boots for at least 3,000 years, so we’re going to hold our hands up here. What follows does not include calfskin ankle boots designed by Inca warriors or mankind’s original winter men’s boots, which were made by Inuit tribes and decorated with seal intestines. Sorry about that. What it does include, however, are classic 20th-century designs that do what the best boots for men have always done: they work.
Fashion rarely gets more functional than this. Whether you’re talking military stompers, steel-capped workers or rootin’-tootin’ cowboy boots, they’re all built for purpose. The fact that they look good is, in most cases, a happy coincidence.

These days, you might not work on the docks, and your feet probably only need protection from deceptively deep puddles. But if you want to look rugged and stylish at the same time, in footwear that will last longer than almost anything else in your wardrobe, these are the best pair of boots for men you should have on your feet.

Having shod the feet of Allied troops in two world wars, traditional Northamptonshire shoemaker Grenson is more than qualified to offer the smart, functional footwear when you need to look suited and booted. The firm, founded in 1866, was among the first to adopt the famous Goodyear welting technique, but its triple welt boot proves that it’s still innovating more than 150 years later.
Launched in 2014, the triple welt gives the brand’s classic brogue boot an even chunkier sole, adding width and height to a design that was already hard-wearing and nigh-on watertight. Designed to last you winter after winter, the sole of these winter boots will wear as slowly as the dapper brogue details date.
How To Style Them
“Grenson provides practicality with its hiking-inspired eyelet lacing and sturdy Goodyear-welted soles, but also through offering a contemporary vibe with brogue detailing,” says Mr Porter shoes buyer David Morris.
For meetings in the city, the pebble-grain leather pairs expertly with flecked wool trousers, but don’t mistake them for a strict Monday-to-Friday option. “These boots will always give a rakish look when teamed with denim jeans,” says Morris.

A classic variation of polo-inspired chukka men’s boots, the key difference is the casual and exceedingly comfortable crepe sole. Nathan Clark, whose grandfather founded the eponymous shoe store in 1825, first noticed the style on the feet of British troops in Myanmar in World War II. He sent sketches back home, and the design has remained virtually unchanged since 1950.
“As [footwear] staples go, this is quite possibly one of the most important pairs you’ll own,” says Sarah Ann Murray, a stylist who has dressed the likes of Samuel L. Jackson and Kit Harrington. “What’s particularly relevant about them, given the ankle height, the weight of the boot and its fabric, is that they complement all heights and builds and pretty much all trouser styles, even suit trousers.”
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“Clarks offers a handsome colour palette with clean lines and unfussy finishings, though you can’t go wrong with chocolate brown if you can only pick one,” says Murray. “They’re perfect weekend attire, great paired with casual trousers or smarter jeans and offer a cool alternative to luxury sneakers.”


A bona fide cultural icon, this is one of the best boots for men – famously worn by The Who’s Pete Townshend and a whole generation of skinheads – is about shit-kicking rebelliousness. It’s punk. It’s self-expression. It’s one of the ultimate best boots for men. So it’s funny that it was dreamt up by a German bloke with a dodgy foot. Dr. Klaus Maertens came up with the idea of an air-cushioned sole while recovering from a foot injury. At first, the innovation appealed mainly to elderly women and postmen, but then came the 1960s and 1970s, and with them, counterculture’s adoption of workwear styles, turning them into a stylish boot.
Today the 1460 boot (named after the date production began – 1 April 1960) is available in dozens of finishes, numerous collaborations, lightweight soles or – if you really want to rebel – vegan leather. “It’s one boot we all ought to own, never throw away and let that classic yellow stitching and cherry finish patina to perfection,” says Murray. “Dr. Martens bridge the gap between rebel style and hardcore functionality. But it’s their unconventionality that forms part of the appeal. Decades of nonconformists usurping the latest sneaker trend, or overpriced bourgeois luxury boots, has elevated DMs to an almost cult-like status.”
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“When you want to add just a nod of inner rebel and a confident edge to your ensemble, they’re perfect for rocking with an upscale workwear look, or tapered pleated trousers and a casual jacket,” says Murray about the chunky boot. 
“Then for a full off-duty model look, of course, skinny jeans, a leather jacket, check flannel shirt, or any one of the above will complete the punk roots of this boot – but you don’t have to be Joey Ramone to wear them with panache.”

Nancy Sinatra presumably approves of Timberland’s iconic style because this boot was made for walking. Thick treads and a cushioned ankle make for a comfortable hike, while sealed seams keep the rain from leaking through that famous wheat-yellow nubuck. But, 40 years after they were first designed, the 6-Inch is, if anything, more comfortable on the tarmac than the open countryside, still making it one of the classic best boots for men.
“They are proof that function and fashion can, in fact, go hand in hand,” says celebrity stylist Alex Longmore. “They stood the test of time on the style front, are de rigueur in the wardrobes of seriously successful American rappers and are a favorite with the likes of David Beckham and his son Brooklyn.” As well as appealing across the generations, this boot also strolls between fashion tribes. Outside of hip-hop, you’ll also find them in workwear outfits, while the range of colors they’re now available in means they work with all kinds of tonal winter looks.
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“The reason they are so popular is they are masculine,” says Longmore. “These legends look best worn with casual clobber.” So put your pleated trousers away and make like Kanye in some relaxed-fit jeans with a simple T-shirt and bomber jacket.


Chelsea boots were first designed by Queen Victoria’s bootmaker J. Sparkes-Hall in 1851 as an alternative form of riding boot, with an elasticated ankle that made them easy to slip on and off. The high society connection survives to this day, but such an elegant boot is tougher than it looks.
“R.M. Williams’s Chelsea boot was built for durability and comfort to withstand the demands of the Australian outback,” says Morris. “The fact that these handcrafted boots are still worn and celebrated today highlights the level of expert craftsmanship,” Morris says. “Investing in a pair of these will guarantee you lasting style and substance.” Today the silhouette may be more synonymous with menswear bloggers than Mick Dundee, but its origins should be all the proof you need that the Goodyear-welted style is as resilient as it is dignified.
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Despite the Chelsea boot’s outback credentials, resist the urge to team them with a ripped shirt and cork hat. One of the few best men’s boots you can wear with a suit, the design is nevertheless more comfortable a couple of dress codes down. Ideal for getting your date-night outfit off on the right foot, wear them with slim-fit jeans or tailored trousers, some fine-gauge knitwear and either an overcoat or leather jacket, depending on the season.

These days you’ll more likely see Red Wings on the feet of creatives and baristas, but the brand’s moc toe design was first made for farmers and factory workers in the mid-20th century working in muddy conditions. It comprises reassuringly sturdy uppers on a lightweight crepe sole with minimal tread underfoot to reduce the mud that would cling to the boots at the end of the working day.
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What was originally made to wear with overalls today looks best with another workwear staple: denim. The round moc toe with contrasting white soles suits a look that mixes pinrolled indigo jeans, a flannel shirt, and a worker jacket altogether. If you have to clock on, you might as well look good.


This British brand’s leather boots would become synonymous with motorcycle racing, flying, the world wars, and much more during its lengthy history. With ambassadors like David Beckham and Ewan McGregor, Belstaff went from strictly racing boots made to maintain a level of protection while racing (and providing comfort) to becoming a world-renown fashion brand, branching into leather jackets and other goods. 
The Storm leather boot itself is a lightweight version of the famous Belstaff Trooper that takes cues from the military leather that would’ve been used for soldiers trekking in warmer climates. The lightweight EVA and rubber wedge sole provide great traction, offering foot protection in slippery conditions. Mixed with calf leather and Cordura nylon, these boots are sturdy, sleek, and perfect to wear in wet weather. 
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Channel your inner biker with a crisp leather jacket, plain white t-shirt, and a pair of dark-washed jeans. Opt to wear either a straight leg or skinny fit so that you can tuck into the boots or roll up the hem to meet the top of the boot. 


Established in 1873 in Northampton, Church’s started as a small, family-owned factory and would go on to become a bold, innovative, and award-winning shoe brand that would adorn the feet of the British Monarchy, among others, while growing into an international phenomenon after joining the Prada group in 1999. If royalty can wear them, how can they not be the best boots for men? 
Their suede chukka boot was originally created using crepe-soles and suede uppers to be used by soldiers during the campaigns in North Africa during WWII. Nowadays, these ankle-cut shoes are worn as a casual boot during the warmer months. 
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This boot style should be reserved for casual, weekend outings. Pair them with chinos, a loose button-up or upgraded t-shirt, and a pair of brown sunglasses for a summer stroll in the city. 

The 100% born-and-bred Northampton shoe brand builds their boots to last — and their Stow Country boot is their most iconic design yet. Recognizable for their seven eyelet designs, these waterproof boots feature a leather lining and either a traditional leather sole or a Dainite sole for more practicality.
If you decide to invest in a pair of Tricker’s Stow Country boots, you can expect a boot that will last. Made from start to finish in their factory, each pair of boots takes about eight weeks and 260 processes to complete, with each material being able to be traced back to its source. Even his Royal Highness, The Prince of Wales, is an avid customer of the shoe brand.
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Even though it started off as a country boot, they are now worn everywhere. Pair them with a fun pair of long socks, indigo denim pants and a tweed blazer for a sophisticated, old-school look. 

Mostly used by men in construction and other hard-on-the-feet jobs, Carhartt boots can handle all terrains, providing protection and comfort to those who wear them. Depending on whether you’re using them as work boots, hiking boots, or just casual boots, the wedge boot (either steel toe, composite toe, or non-safety toe) is designed with oil-tanned leather and waterproof, breathable materials that keep feet dry and fresh. 
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If you aren’t wearing these waterproof work boots on a worksite (and thus can avoid wearing mandatory work clothing), style these boots with ruggedness in mind. Think light-wash denim, thick flannel, and a comfy winter jacket for a cold-weather look that will have you ready for sloshing around in the snow, sleet, and mud. 

Founded in 1884 in Massachusetts by Charles H. Alden, this New England, family-owned shoe brand survived the Great Depression, WWII and more due to their high-quality dress shoes, as well as their venture into orthopaedic and medical footwear. Luckily, they also got into the boot game.
Their Indy boot is a classic – this authentic work boot has waxed leather uppers, a full-glove leather lining, steel shank, and oil-resistant outsoles. It also features moc-toe stitching and comes in a variety of colors. 
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The Indy boot is versatile, you could either dress it up with nice pants, a jacket and a button-up, or you can dress it down with trousers and a comfy cardigan. You could even go rugged with denim and flannel. They tend to be a bit classier than other work boots, so when pairing them with an outfit, make sure they don’t outshine too much. 

Also founded in Northampton (this area really knows its boots!), Crockett & Jones have continuously made a name for themselves in the boot industry — especially with their Derby boots. A Derby boot is a fully lined, high leg, and more substantial boot with variations similar to a Derby shoe, and the Brecon version from Crockett & Jones takes all of that and more. With a Dainite rubber sole and from their lasting variations 341, this boot is both stylish and durable. 
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Much like the desert and chukka boots, these ankle-cut derby shoes can be worn in a more casual setting. However, with the dark brown leather, you can potentially pair them with a more formal outfit, like a suit or blazer combo. As long as the colors mesh, then you will be golden. 

Started in 1892 in Chicago, Florsheim has been at the forefront of trends since its inception, becoming some of the United States’ first squared-toe shoes as well as being a boot supplier during both world wars. Their retail stores also revolutionized the shoe industry by bringing shoes out of the back rooms and into stores for customers to see. 
With prices that don’t break the bank, their boots are both stylish and affordable – especially their Plain Toe Gore Boot. The boot design combines modern materials with the comfort of a fully cushioned Ortholite footbed in a classic Chelsea boot design. You can choose between smooth leather or crazy horse-type leather upper, and it has a durable rubber sole to help you trek in style in any type of weather. 
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These boots are great for when you need a hybrid dressy casual look. Style one of the best boots for men for a date night, class reunion, or casual work event, these boots paired with dark jeans or trousers (lean towards a skinny fit) and either a button-up, cardigan, leather jacket or denim jacket, will have you looking the part. 


Season Three is the brainchild of two MIT graduate students who decided to ditch software for physical products, putting their time and energy into creating the perfect all-weather boot in a sustainable manner. This led them to create the Ultralight Hiking Boot, their take on the popular European hiking boot. Minding their carbon footprint and keeping their manufacturing in Northern Italy, the Ultralight Hiking boot is one way to look good while trekking up a mountain or traversing the city. 
The boot includes temperature-regulating wool to keep your feet warm in any and all situations and is made with 100% waterproof calfskin leather upper and Ortholite insoles for maximum comfort. 
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If you’re hitting the trails, pair your boots with a warm sports jacket or flannel, sweatshirt and either joggers or light-wash denim. If you’re planning on wearing them in a less muddy scenario, pair them with some dark-wash denim and a leather jacket or sleek winter coat and sweater combo. 

Nick’s Boots out of Spokane, Washington introduced their staple work boots back in 1964, solidifying their spot in the sustainable, durable, and American-made boot department — and their classic 6-inch work boot, the Urban Drifter, is a representation of that. Built from USA-sourced Horween leather (the legendary Horween Tannery in Chicago), the boot has leather insoles that mold to your feet and a Vibram lug rubber outsole. 
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These boots are best for working or playing outside and should be avoided when you need a more formal or dressy shoe. Pair these work boots with jeans and a retro t-shirt for a laid-back, casual look. 

Men’s boots FAQs: 
Which is the best boot in the world?
It’s hard to pinpoint the perfect boots, but this list gets pretty close. From casual boots to hiking boots to rain boots, any of these pairs above would make a solid staple in your wardrobe. 
What are the best hiking boots for men?
The Season 3 Ultralight Hiking Boot, the Belstaff Storm Leather Boot, and the Timberland 6-inch work boot are all great options when looking for a hiking boot. 
How much is a good pair of boots?
Depending on the style and brand, a good pair of boots can range from $100 to several hundreds of dollars.

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The 7 Biggest Men’s Streetwear Trends For Autumn Winter

‘Streetwear trends’ is so ubiquitous that its name doesn’t really do it justice these days. It’s no longer just for skaters oblivious to fashion. Nor is it a cooler-than-cool subculture for people who wear everything first. Right now, streetwear is a certified menswear phenomenon, mainstream fashion and haute couture, price-tag depend.For proof this statement isn’t a load of hype about hype, you only need to look as far as the luxury world, in which titans like Burberry and Louis Vuitton have swapped tradition for ultra-stylized comfort and utility.If you want to inject the same level of swag into your line-up but don’t spend your days tearing up half-pipes, we’ve got seven expert-approved ways to level up your streetwear game for the coming season. And the good news is that streetwear is made for autumn-winter: layering, oversized fits, different textures and weatherproof sneakers.Outdoor Performance GearThe outfits worn at Fashion Week and the outfits worn while attempting to summit the actual Mont Blanc are usually two very different things. Not this season, though. Streetwear trends trailblazers all have one thing in common: they’re decked out head to toe in high-performance outdoor gear.“The fascination with outdoor gear has been slowly building, but now it’s starting to peak,” explains Tayler Willson, online style editor at MixMag. “People used to laugh if you wore a pair of shorts with a big coat, but it’s now becoming common practice. Meanwhile, the type of clobber that used to be worn by your old man on Sunday walks is being paraded down the catwalk.”At the core of this shift is the streetwear scene’s obsession with utilitarian design, performance labels and technical materials. Gore-Tex, for example, is a functional fabric that we’re increasingly seeing being repurposed by designer labels. Meanwhile, brands like Arc’teryx and The North Face are now just as prevalent at the fashion shows as they are on the mountainside. HuckberryNorthfaceFleeceJacketBlackPeacePocketDrawstringPantsOver-Engineered SneakersThe ugly sneaker trend birthed by Raf Simons, popularised by Balenciaga and milked dry by quite literally everyone else climaxed long ago. However, while bulky, platform-esque silhouettes may be dead in the water, maximalism, in general, is still very much afloat and alive in current streetwear trends.“The Raf Simons x Adidas Ozweego truly catalyzed a shift toward overstated footwear,” says Highsnobiety footwear editor, Chris Danforth. “As sneakers became a bigger business for fashion houses (nearly every major fashion house has introduced an original sneaker silhouette in the past 2-3 years), we started warming up to the idea of a statement sneaker, something that would be the ultimate outfit accentuation.”The new breed of over-engineered sneakers gaining traction is just that. These kicks boast just as much detail as a Balenciaga Triple S, yet are less likely to make you the butt of jokes down the pub. Look to the unprecedented levels of hype around the Nike x Sacai LD Waffle, for example. Or the re-emergence Nike Shox, particularly in the UK scene.’70s Textile TakeoverIn keeping with menswear’s fervent idolization of your dad’s duds, streetwear has started copping classics that your old man’s been wearing for years. This time though, it’s not the turn of the millennium that’s being plundered, but the murky depths of the seventies.“It’s now fashionable to look like your dad’s slightly sketchy best friend,” says Oliver Winn from Sunderland-based menswear independent Aphrodite, which stocks brands such as Stone Island and Vans. “Thick suede and fur-lined garments are starting to become as essential as a fresh pair of AF1s.”Bear in mind that there’s a fine line between full Saturday Night Fever and contemporary streetwear trends. To land safely in the latter category, you’ll need to go easy on the vintage threads and stick to the one-piece rule. A fur-lined aviator or fleece worn over a tracksuit is all you’ll need to nail the look. Who knew looking so knowingly disreputable would be such a cinch. PercivalArgileQuaterButtonBaggy CutsAs we transition into the ’20s, it’s becoming increasingly apparent that skinny fits will be remembered as one of the hallmarks of the last decade’s style. However, silhouettes have been expanding for a good few years, and we’re now seeing a definite jump towards pure, unfettered bagginess. Nowhere more so than in streetwear trends.“It used to only be in Shoreditch or Soho you could get away with loose cuts without being heckled as a goth, but thankfully that’s changing, says Willson. “There’s a mix of both Japanese and American fashion influence in this, as well as the obvious old-school ’90s skater cues. Boxy tees, wide-legged trousers and oversized garments aren’t going anywhere.”This new breed of cut isn’t just wide, though. Cropped and cuffed jeans and trousers are losing ground in favour of longer, baggier styles that cover the tops of sneakers. Hoodies and sweatshirts are being worn several sizes too big to achieve a baggy fit, and in general, dressing like a character from Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater is cool again for the first time since your 13th birthday.Trail-Running Gear (Still)Despite style observers harping on about them for seasons, trail-running shoes – and the gear championed by the brands that make them – are only getting bigger. This season, ergonomic designs, technical detailing and generally taking your wardrobe cues from an ultramarathon runner has never looked so good or been so prevalent in streetwear trends.“There’s solace to be found in the idea that what you’re wearing can perform a function, if needed,” says Danforth. “Outsole tread, supportive cushioning, weatherproofing like Gore-Tex, or an anatomical fit are all factors that will keep your feet happy.”As long as hydration vests and wraparound shades are given a wide berth, incorporating the odd bit of fitness gear into a functional wardrobe is actually fairly simple. Footwear-wise, a pair of purpose-built trail runners from the likes of Salomon or Hoka One One would make a good day-to-day sneaker. Particularly when paired with other streetwear-leaning staples like baggy cargo trousers, a hoodie and a thick-pile fleece gilet.Graphic KnitwearHistorically speaking, delicate knitwear and streetwear trends don’t really go hand in hand. However, pullovers featuring punchy, retro logos and intricate graphic designs are beginning to come onto the scene in a big way.“In terms of fads, this shows no signs of slowing down,” says Willson, “especially now the likes of Off-White, Raf Simons and Balenciaga are getting in on the action, too.”Graphic knitwear is vibrant and eye-catching. This considered, if it’s to be pulled off without causing any migraines, it should be worn as a statement piece. This means keeping the other parts of your outfit stripped-back and simple while letting your jumper do the talking.TranslucencyBeing transparent is not usually something many would take pride in, but for the streetwear trends this season, showing your motives is all the rage. Translucent materials have from gone laughably impractical to absolute essential, giving the streetwear crowd greater chance to show off their carefully curated brand line-up.“The allure of translucency is in being able to incorporate your own personal touch underneath, so in translucent trainers could go out there with it with a neon pair of socks,” says stylist and photographer Chris Tang, who has worked with the likes of Liam Gallagher and Theo Walcott. “Lots of bags been crafted from translucent materials too, and there are even translucent luggage sets if you’re open to showing what underwear you’ve packed.”Copping a pair of see-through kicks might sound easy, but it’s categories like outerwear where things get a little trickier. Just make sure the rest of your outfit is in a simple palette (read: navy, grey, black, khaki, cream). Unless that is, you’re looking to get papped at fashion week, in which case, go for batshit crazy neon as your base. OffWhiteTransparentJacketjpg

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Men’s Date Night Grooming Guide

Big anniversary? Maybe a Valentine’s dinner? Perhaps, after four long weeks of DMs, you’re finally meeting someone from a dating app in IRL.In all scenarios, chances are how you look is going to be front of mind. You don’t need a rogue spot or bad hair to let you down. Fortunately, you can out-groom every blemish that stands a chance of knocking your confidence well in advance. Here are the proactive steps you can take to ensure that, when it comes to personal grooming at least, you’re always at your best.Freshen Your BreathAccording to a survey conducted by Wakefield Research in America, 86 per cent of people said that bad breath on a first date was a deal breaker, while 58 per cent of women said they’d end a relationship if halitosis was a constant problem. These facts probably explain why nearly three quarters of us feel less confident on a date if we’re worried about our breath.And while it’s easy to blame a love of spicy food and onions, one of the main causes of bad breath is not cleaning between the teeth properly – you only have to swiftly sniff a piece of dental floss after you’ve used it for proof of this. And yet, less than a quarter of us floss daily.“Men, especially, seem to have problems flossing, possibly because they have bigger hands so find it fiddly,” says Sally Goss, lead hygienist at the Harley Street Dental Studio in London.If you find it a chore, try using interdental sticks or an electric flosser, which uses rapid bursts of air and water to effectively remove plaque and trapped food particles. An easier way to remove the gunk between teeth than traditional dental floss, it’s much more fun to use to boot. You can also replace the water with mouthwash for super fresh breath.Be Fastidious About Facial HairAttitudes towards beards have changed massively in the last few years as their popularity has – like the whisker themselves – grown. But while women have warmed to them as style statements (one survey, by the University of New South Wales, revealed they perceive men with facial hair to be more attractive and better ‘father material’ than clean shaven ones), many still have concerns about their itchiness and cleanliness.To make sure these beard-related fears don’t come between you and your date, simply practice a little basic beard hygiene. For starters, keep your beard clean and fresh by washing with a face wash or shampoo – just don’t overdo it.“Over-shampooing beards strips out the natural oils that keep your beard healthy and moisturised,” says Eric Bandholz, founder of Beardbrand.For extra freshness on your date – and to ensure your facial fuzz is soft and conditioned – apply some fragranced beard oil like Tom Ford’s Oud Wood Beard Oil, D R Harris’ Beard Oil or Beardbrand’s own Four Vices Beard Oil.According to Bandholz, the best time to do this is immediately after the shower while your pores are still open. But since they’re pocket sized, why not take them with you and re-apply just prior to meeting your date, so you’re looking on point?Have Lips That Are Worth KissingPucker up, because your lips lack oil-producing sebaceous glands, which means they’re especially prone to dehydration and chapping.To keep yours looking – and feeling – approachable, lightly slough off any dry skin with a toothbrush (a mixture of olive oil and salt works too), then apply a flavour-free lip balm like Aesop’s Protective Lip Balm or Lab Series’ PRO LS Lip Tech Lip Balm.Not only will a balm keep your smackers soft and supple, it’ll also ensure they’re looking as plump as possible. Why’s that important? Well, a study by the University of Louisville has shown that both men and women find plump, voluptuous lips attractive.Take The Shine Off Your SkinSince men’s skin can be up to twice as oily as women’s, there’s always a chance that you’ll be sporting a less than ideal shiny patch somewhere on your face. What’s more, the stress of a date can actually trigger oil production – as can nervously touching your face with your fingers.One way to deal with oil-slick skin is with the help of a product like Clinique’s Exfoliating Tonic or Baxter of California’s Herbal Mint Toner.“If your skin is oily and you want to quickly cleanse and refresh it before going out in the evening, applying a toner will be very effective,” says dermatologist Nicholas Lowe.Simply apply with a cotton wool pad and sweep across the forehead, nose and chin, where skin tends to be oiliest. If you can’t do this just before your date, make sure your skin stays shine-free during the day with the help of a mattifying moisturiser like Kiehl’s Oil Eliminator, Witch for Men’s Anti-Shine Moisturiser or Lab Series’ Oil Control Daily Hydrator.All of these are formulated to hydrate skin while mopping up oil at the same time.Cover UpFew things knock a man’s confidence quite like spots, so what if one rears its ugly head on the day of your date? That calls for emergency measures.This is where a concealer like Recipe For Men’s Anti-Blemish Cover Stick or Tom Ford’s Concealer Stick comes in. Both of these products have an advantage over traditional concealers in that they treat the spot as well as instantly disguising it.Go slowly, though, gents – according to hair and make-up artist Ciona Johnson-King, the most common mistake men make when applying concealer is using too much. “That’s when it becomes obvious,” she says.To avoid looking like you’re trying your hand at drag, she recommends cleaning the skin thoroughly first, and then applying a small amount and blending it in with your middle finger. “If you use your index finger, you’ll probably apply too much pressure and won’t get good results,” she says.Always Be PreparedHeading for a date after a long day’s work? No time to pop home and freshen up? No worries – there are an increasing number of products available geared to the time-poor man for whom a bathroom and running water are sometimes a luxury.If you’re heading straight from work, think about keeping a dry shampoo of texturising spray in your office drawer so you can freshen up your hair before you step out.You can also shave without foam with the King Of Shaves Hyperglide Razor (simply activate the self-lubricating head with a little water) and top up your fragrance by decanting it into a pocket-sized sen7 Refillable Fragrance Atomizer.

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