Real Men Wear Scarves: Here’s Why

If you’ve always thought scarves were just for girls, think again. By choosing to wear a scarf, you are actually following in a tradition pioneered in the West by pilots in both World Wars. Flying in freezing, un-pressurised cockpits, these aviators used scarves for warmth, and also to prevent chafing against their leather jackets and helmets. In the United States, South America, and Australia, cowboys and cattle ranchers continue to use cotton squares as improvised facemasks, to protect against the dust kicked up by livestock. So, whether you need to bundle up against the winter elements, shield a shaved head [...]

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Summer BBQ Style: The Essentials for Staying Cool

There’s nothing that says “summer time” more than an outdoor BBQ. Soaking up some warm sunshine, eating great food, and spending time with friends and family make it a favourite social event for the season. Knowing what to wear to your next BBQ shouldn’t be difficult, but striking the right balance for a casual outdoor affair without sacrificing style isn’t always as easy as it seems. Each season gives you a new opportunity to spread your fashion feathers, and summertime is no exception. Here are some simple ways to dress in style (and comfort) for your next summer BBQ.

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How to Wear Monochrome – In Black And White

Simply put, monochrome is the art of building an ensemble primarily using black and white pieces, an approach that has deep roots in fashion history for both men and women. However, whereas in the 17th and 18th centuries monochrome was acceptable only for formal events, the fashionable today hold monochrome in high regard for everything from formal to casual looks. Like the timeless elegance of old black and white movies, monochrome similarly brings a classic touch to any outfit. Many times monochrome is described as a ‘trend’, but this is a look that simply and steadily boasts elegance, explaining its [...]

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Summer Hairstyles for the Classy Woman

Suffering from a sweaty neck during the torturous midday heat of a summer’s day is unpleasant, to say the least. Do you sometimes resort to throwing your hair up into some kind of unstructured bun, with whatever you may have on hand (rubber band, kids scrunchie …), which then ends up looking like you’ve just come from a gym with no mirrors? Welcome to the sweaty neck club. But classy updos are not always something that you have to book in for at a hairdressers. Most styles are easy to master in front of your own mirror or, if the [...]

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The Women’s Guide to Dress Codes

Dress codes are an age-old tradition that we cling on to in our busy, event-ridden lives. But they are something that we should welcome as a friend, not see as an enemy to our wardrobe freedom! Yes, it can be annoying when a host requires everyone to go out and quickly find an appropriate ball gown for a black tie event, however without dress codes we’d be lost in a sea of outfit choices. It means we’re never under or overdressed, however you do need to make sure you know how to interpret said codes. Despite some newer, made-up themes [...]

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The Men’s Guide to Dress Codes

You’ve received an invite and at the base it reads: “Semi-Formal with a Lounge Suit vibe”. What does it all mean? Are you going to rock up to this do massively overdressed only to spend the evening cowering in the corner with embarrassment? Does the addition of “Lounge Suit vibe” mean you can actually wear what you want, but the hosts will never speak to you again? Cracking a dress code has become increasingly confusing in the modern era. Gone are the Edwardian days when White Tie meant a top hat and tails and Formal meant a tux. Those were [...]

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Stay Cool (But Look Hot) With The Summer Suit

Instead of schlepping it out this summer in too-warm woollen suits, you’ll need to update your wardrobe for summer. Alarmingly most men have a few good suits they wear year-round, as if sweating through the summer months are something that has to be endured. Yes, you want to look good, but you also want to avoid hunkering down in front of an air con unit, flapping heavy suit jackets to alleviate growing sweat stains. Nobody likes a smelly colleague. The difference between a comfortable man and a man on fire in summer is the suit they wear. And it all [...]

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Man vs Fashion: How To Conquer The Bag

You know when you buy a great pair of slacks, they fit just right, accentuate all the right angles – and then you go and put your bulky phone/wallet/keys combo in your pockets? The waistband starts drooping towards your knees and a permanent indentation appears on your upper thigh from your tight-jeans-and-phone combo. But where else can you put these necessities? Well, things are changing, men of the world – bags are back. And let’s not reform that habit of fashion blogs and magazines and call them “man bags”. That moniker just makes men never want to pick up a [...]

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Checks, Mate: The Men’s Guide to Wearing Red Checks

Checks have sauntered out of vintage stores and attached themselves to the bodies of unnaturally good-looking men all over A/W14 runways recently. They’re a wardrobe essential. They’re both ‘safe’ and ‘fashion forward’ at the same time. But it takes some gumption and know-how to wear a checked or tartan shirt to a business meeting without looking like you’ve just come from a shift at General Pants Co. Checks may have just come back to the fore, however some styles are already overdone. Take the popular blue and white checked shirt that’s as ubiquitous in New York as cream cheese bagels. [...]

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Casual Friday Office Politics: How Casual Can You Go?

Casual Fridays. A day that strikes both pleasure and fear into most employees’ well-suited hearts. There’s usually a no-nonsense dress code that is to be followed Monday-Thursday, but when it comes to Casual Friday, office dwellers are left to their own devices. Panic ensues. How casual is too casual? Can I wear gym gear? (The answer here is, of course, no – but we’ll get to that later). The word “casual” can be interpreted in many different ways. And let’s be honest, in some workplaces it is. But there are boundaries, people. No matter how much you were looking forward [...]

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