Words by Charlie Britton

Hairstyles have and will always be very important for the modern man. It’s the crown you never take off. The part of your image and style you can’t really change up on a daily basis. With the new year in full swing, gents are searching far and wide for a new look and are turning to 2018 men’s hairstyle trends to try something new.

Here at Clothes Make The Man, we want to make sure you get the style that suits you best. From 2018 trends to hairstyles that you should and should not try, we’ve put together a guide to make sure you get a cut above the rest.

The 2018 Hairstyle Trends

There are a handful of 2018 trend forecasts for men’s hair, all suggesting slightly different styles you can put into action this year. It’s clear that some are definitely of-the-moment ‘dos, which we can’t see being very popular at all with the everyday gent. However, some styles are certain to become staples for 2018 which will fit perfectly with menswear trends set for success this year.

The Buzz Cut

In 2017, the buzz cut was brought into fashion by celebrities and everyday blokes alike. It became a pretty-boy staple for some, including Sam Smith, Zayn Malik and Brooklyn Beckham all sporting the sheared back style.

The buzz cut is sure to stay in 2018, but it’s not for the faint hearted if you’re used to luscious long locks cascading from the top. Furthermore, the buzz cut wont suit all face shapes. If you have a round or triangular face shape, a buzz cut will only work against you. If you have a more rectangular face shape where your jaw matches your forehead in width, then a buzz cut will work great and compliment that masculine head of yours.

One thing to consider with this cut is also your ears. If they stick out a fair amount, leave your hair longer on the sides. A buzz cut will only exaggerate your ears, encouraging ape-related banter from friends and colleagues.

To achieve this style, simply ask your barber for a buzz cut. A good starting point is a clipper grade #2 on top and #1 on the sides. You can also ask for a skin fade on the sides, up to either a #1 or #2 on top. This will give the cut a bit more shape and structure, however will leave the sides free from hair at the bottom, so expect quite a drastic transformation.

mens buzz cut

Zayn Malik and Sam Smtih

The Bob

A hairstyle that’s been around for years is the swept-back bob. This longer hairstyle has been made popular over the years by famous faces including Johnny Depp, Tom Cruise and more recently, Kit Harrington.

The bob is the perfect long hair, don’t care style for running your hands through your hair without the risk of upsetting anti-hipsters by sporting a man-bun. On a quick note, the man-bun is well and truly done, so chop that thing off if you’re still in denial that you borrow your girlfriends hair bands.

This style suits quite a lot of head and face shapes, as the bob can be cut and styled to suit each individual. Gents with square and more circular head shapes can pull this off perfectly as the swept back style can add structure to the overall image. However triangular and longer rectangular head shapes can work with this style well by letting the hair fall in front of the ears.

To achieve this style, you’ll either have to grow out your hair until it’s a good length, then ask your barber for a long swept back bob that tapers slightly at the neck. You can also opt for a more laid back style by letting the back fall onto your shoulders if you’re not too bothered about a groomed finish. If you have longer hair, it’s just a matter of having the style cut into shape at your favourite barbershop.

mens bob hairstyle

Kit Harrington, Johnny Depp and Bradley Cooper

The French Crop

There are quite a number of variations for this cut forecasted for 2018, but they inevitably come down to the french crop. This hairstyle has been worn on celebrities across the globe and the average joe for quite some time, however it’s not going anywhere anytime soon.

The french crop is effectively created with a tapered back and sides, usually taken rather high, with a textured and short top. The front is then either cut bluntly, leaving a contrasting line of hair across the forehead, or pushed slightly to the side. This style of course will change slightly depending on the barber you visit, but a french crop is easy to achieve with the right knowledge of what to ask for.

As a short style, this is again suited to the more masculine square face shape. Rectangular and circular face shapes can also pull this off by leaving the fringe slightly messier, creating more texture across the front of the head.

To achieve this style, ask your barber for a french crop, faded down to a #0.5 or even a skin fade. Inform your barber that you want the hair to sit going towards the front of the head, with lots of texture. If you’re up for a more striking cut, ask for a blunt fringe with a little texture. If that doesn’t tickle your fancy, ask for the front to be left messy, so you have the choice to leave it straight down or pushed slightly to the side.

mens french crop

Cillian Murphy

Classic Side Part

As much as the skin fade and very short back and sides are popular in todays society, 2018 is the year we finally see a comeback of the classic haircuts, including the scissor cut pompadour, slick back rockabilly and of course, the classic side part.

George Clooney, Ryan Gosling, David Beckham and Leonardo DiCaprio to name a few have been seen rocking this classic cut many of times both on and off the red carpet. Theres a brilliant reason as to why. It’s a timeless classic, full of elegance, style and sophistication. This cut has been the front runner for the men’s grooming industry since we can remember and it’s about time it made its sparkling come back.

Furthermore, this style can be adapted to suit every face shape and every style, so whether you’re after a well groomed cut, or something more natural and loose, the classic side part is a great go-to for 2018.

To achieve this style, decide how short you’d like to take it, then ask your barber for a classic side part haircut. Simple as. We definitely wouldn’t recommend going shorter than a #2 or #3 on the sides to maintain the classic look, and ensuring the parting is on the correct side of your head to go with the shape of the growth and crown. You can also ask for a scissor cut side part to leave the sides longer and looser if you’re not a fan on a tight back and sides.

mens classic side part

George Clooney, Justin Timberlake and Leonardo DiCaprio

So there we have it. Our favourite forecasted men’s hairstyle trends for 2018. Whatever hairstyle you decide to try next, remember to make sure it will suit your face shape! For all the barbershop jargon you might not be aware of, we have the perfect post to bring you up to speed with the barbers, so have a read here if you’re looking for your next trim.

What other haircuts do you think will be prominent in 2018? Leave us a comment below or tweet us here at Clothes Make The Man!

The festivities of the Yuletide may be well and truly behind us, but I’m sure you, like me, had to hit the ground running when it came to going back to work and it crept up on you, like the realisation that it was you, and only you, who are the entire box of Milk Tray, yes both layers! Nonetheless, and lets swiftly move on, you still haven’t caught back up on your sleep after partying a little too hard on the Advocaat and Port and boy are you feeling it, plus it’s really showing in your face.

The eyes are the window to the soul and when you start to feel run down, they are the first to give you away. We all know a good eye cream can change everything. It can even help you look younger, it’s not a miracle, for longer. Defy the visible signs of aging—which often show up first on the thin skin around the eyes—with something new from LabSeries: MAX LS Power V Instant Eye Lift.

For the first time, their patented LS Power V Technology is available for the eye area. This high-tech moisturizing treatment delivers five key actions to instantly give skin a tighter, firmer feel and a smoother, more youthful appearance. It helps you virtually “defy” gravity as it helps visibly transform skin.

I. BOOSTS MOISTURE
II. PROVIDES AN INSTANT TIGHTENING SENSATION
III. FIRMS THE LOOK OF THE EYE AREA
IIII. MINIMIZES THE LOOK OF LINES & WRINKLES
V. IMPROVES THE LOOK OF UNDEREYE PUFFINESS

As Jodie Boland, LAB SERIES Grooming Director, explains,
With MAX LS Power V Instant Eye Lift, you immediately see a difference around the eyes, which refreshes the look of your entire face—a great confidence booster for my clients and models.”

A recent study by men’s online store, StandOut has revealed the most popular looks per major U.K. City over the past 12 months and insights into the clothing preferences of the men living in each of these cities based on transactional data.

The study illustrates that the jeans favoured by most of the UK’s male fashionistas, including those living in London, Glasgow and Bristol are Levi’s Blue 511 Slim Fit Rock Cod Jeans. Most cities tend to go for dark wash jeans except Birmingham, who prefer to stand out from the crowd in light blue jeans that are ripped at the knees.


Converse trainers are style staples for men in London, Manchester, Liverpool and Bristol, with 3 out of 4 of these cities opting for the same style – Converse Optical White All Star Ox Trainers. Liverpool however, prefers a slightly grungier vibe with a pair of Converse Black/Mono Taylor OX Trainers.

Edinburgh and Glasgow like to channel a slightly more vintage aesthetic with the edgier trainer choice of New Balance and Saucony.

When it comes to outerwear, popular jackets and coats differ from city to city apart from London and Edinburgh where the preferred brand and style is the practical yet stylish Levi’s Black Berkman Trucker Jacket.

Jackets and coats are the second most popular clothing type in the chillier climes of Edinburgh and Glasgow as well as being the favourite clothing type across the whole of Scotland.

Also, it’s true what they say about Scotland – underwear and socks are nowhere to be seen in the top clothing types bought by Scotsmen over the past 12 months.

The similarities between the capital cities of London and Edinburgh continue with the favourite choice of t-shirt. The men living in these parts of the UK know that a simple white or black t-shirt will go a long way and is a true wardrobe staple when putting an outfit together. And they certainly know that you can never have enough plain tees, buying their favourite style in a handy two-pack.

In comparison, the men living across the other major UK cities are not afraid to sport a bolder look. The favourite t-shirts differ from brand to brand such as Vivienne Westwood and Religion and tend to display a pattern, large logo or design. Added to this, we know we’re only halfway through the league, but many football fans will confirm that Manchester is blue which is reflected in the sky blue t-shirt choice of stylish Mancunians, of course.

WORDS BY ISAAC PERRY

After 2017 being the year of collaborations, 2018 has kicked off with a bang thanks to this beauty from sportswear giant Nike and legendary denim brand, Levis. Both arguably top dogs in their fields. Through the use of Levi’s most signature denim washes alongside the classic Jordan 4 silhouette sounds like a recipe for a spectacular collaboration.

Rumoured to have an extremely limited size range, unless your willing to pay the crazy resale prices predicted by many, your going to have to keep your eyes peeled and with retail for the sneakers rumoured to be £170.00 you can’t go wrong as these will just get better with time. On top of the ever so hyped release of the air Jordan sneaker is the reversible denim trucker jacket combining the classic craftsmanship, flight suit inspired wing detail and the Jordan brand logo, both pieces set to dominate the January Street wear scene upon release.

The only piece missing is recognisable Levi’s horse patch replaced on the back by the jump man logo, with the classic red Levi’s tab included in the shoes design, a reversed denim material fills the in sole and liner. With key details including a gum sole and golden stitching. With only limited, exclusive, personally chosen retailers in the UK will hold both items these being End clothing based in Newcastle, you lucky Geordies and Levi’s Regent street London and if you have entered any of the competitions we hope some of our readers will be lucky enough to win.

Contact us on social media and let us know what collaboration you would like to see in 2018!

 


Words by Keanu Adorable

We’re right in the middle of the winter season, and it hasn’t been forgiving. Keeping warm is our priority but this doesn’t mean we should sacrifice our style (you don’t really need to put on that sweater you got from aunt Julie during Christmas). But no worries, we have sorted you out in the knitwear department, ranging from high street to high end, it’s time you invest properly in some quality knitwear pieces for, what look so like, the long harsh winter months.

KNITWEAR PIECE 1: JIGSAW – Mock Neck Cocoon Jumper

Made from a chunky lambswool blend in a mouliné slate blue, this jumper by Jigsaw features that statement mock neck. Further styling details include raglan sleeves and deep ribbed cuffs and hem, giving you maximum comfort and coverage – perfect knitwear piece for those cold mornings/evenings.

KNITWEAR PIECE 2: FOLK- Wool Blended Sweater

This Folk sweater is knitted from a soft wool-blend in warm shades and is an exclusive at Mr. Porter. The crew neck is lightly padded to provide extra warmth where you need it most, which is often if you’re in the northern hemisphere these upcoming months.

KNITWEAR PIECE 3: KENT AND CURWEN – Vintage Cable Knit Sweater

With the feel of a favourite vintage piece, this textured knit by our emerging favourite brand Kent And Curwen has been carefully stonewashed and finished with deliberate aged and used detailing. You can pair this piece with a tonal peg leg trouser for a strong winter look for casual or smart wear.

KNITWEAR PIECE 4: COS – Cable-Knit Jumper

This jumper from COS is made from a chunky, heavyweight cotton blend with a mix of half-cardigan and wide cable stitches for detail. A relaxed fit, that is completed with a rounded neck and ribbed edges. A perfect piece for your winter wardrobe.

KNITWEAR PIECE 5: CRAIG GREEN – Cutout Merino Wool-Blend Bouclé Sweater

Awar winning designer Craig Green’s fisherman-inspired sweater is rib-knitted from merino wool-blend in a bouclé effect that’s both soft and substantial – perfect for this season. It has an embroidered cutout on the back, underneath the label’s signature tassel detail. Try teaming this piece with chinos and sneakers for a laid-back and casual fit.

KNITWEAR PIECE 6: OLIVER SPENCER – Talbot Roll Neck Beech Grey

Made from 100% extra fine merino wool, the Talbot Roll Neck is a perfect winter layer. It can be worn over a t-shirt for a more casual look on warmer days or alone under a short jacket for a smarter look. It also features slightly longer sleeve allowing your thumb through the subtle hole in the cuff to keep your hands extra warm.