The Importance of Good Shirting – Never underestimate the power of a good shirt !

Every man should have at least one good quality, clean, crisp, fresh, white shirt in his wardrobe. A white shirt is one of the foundations pieces of any man’s dressing repertoire. It’s an indispensable item that virtually can go with every outfit from casual to formal, from a black suit to a pair of jeans, its one of those few truly versatile items of clothing that goes with pretty much anything.

But like so many things within this wonderful and great world in which we merely inhabit, it isn’t altogether straight forward and the white shirt is indicative of this fact. A white shirt, isn’t simply just a white shirt and possessing one white shirt won’t mean it caters for every required occasion. But, investing in a good quality example will serve you well and should see you through a multitude of occasions over the coming years. So take this white shirt, see it as an investment buy –

This fine Oxford shirt by Hackett with button down collar in the Clifton. With cutaway collar, two button mitred cuff, made from the finest woven cotton.

This fine Oxford shirt by Hackett with button down collar in the Clifton. With cutaway collar, two button mitred cuff, made from the finest woven cotton.

 

5 Ways to way a White Shirt

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The Classic Tuxedo, timeless, classic, elegant. Nothing more needs to be said

The Tuxedo, timeless, classic, elegant. Nothing more needs to be said

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Keeping it easy and casual. A simple white shirt, throw on a pair of jeans & a navy blazer.

Keeping it easy and casual. A white shirt, throw on a pair of jeans & a navy blazer, for that start casual look.

 

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Sharp, dapper, and quintessentially looking good you can't go wrong with a well cut suit team with a white shirt and tie

Sharp, dapper, and quintessentially looking good you can’t go wrong with a well cut suit teamed with a white shirt and tie

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The Autumn is nearly upon us and work that weekend look with one of the biggest trends for the season a spot of tweed and some fair isle knitwear. Adding a white shirt makes the outfit stand out more.

The Autumn is nearly upon us and work that weekend look with one of the biggest trends for the season a spot of tweed and some fair isle knitwear. Adding a white shirt makes the outfit stand out more.

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The trick is to keep things easy and simple. Just a white shirt and a pair of chinos, no more no less

The trick is to keep things easy and simple. Just a white shirt and a pair of chinos, no more no less

 

 

 

All Top Secret in Dept B – Barbour’s Secret Customisation Project proves great Inspiration

Screen Shot 2013-08-21 at 20.02.01In the light of the U.S Government finally acknowledging the existence of Area 51, Barbour thought now was the right time to own up and confess about their own shadowy project. “Department B‘’ was a special area in Barbour’s South Shields Factory that specialised in customisation, taking customer’s individual requests for extra pockets or special reinforcements and creating jackets that were unique and personal to each wearer. These requests and this special attention to detail are celebrated in Barbour’s latest Men’s Heritage collection, Dept. B.

Screen Shot 2013-08-21 at 20.01.29Whether it’s a hidden trim, an unusual stud, a zipper that also serves as a ring-pull, unfortunately not a build in life jacket or jet pack, at the moment – all these are located in clever places – meaning there is always something interesting to discover in the jackets, knitwear and shirts that make up the collection.

In its opening season, Barbour’s most recognisable pieces are given subtle yet meaningful makeovers. The Commander Jacket takes its customisation cue from the wardrobe department on Skyfall, who featured a Barbour jacket on James Bond. Taking its inspiration from this jacket, the new Commander jacket even references its iconic muse in its product code, which, of course includes the famous code name of the agent, 007, in its composition.

The art of customisation is referenced in the midlayers in this collection too, with bursts of contrasting colours, textures and trims featuring on pieces such as the Pym Zip Thru, the Dart Tee and the Hatch Polo.

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The Jacket that never goes out of Fashion – The Denim Jacket

M apparel 7The origins of the Denim Jacket are not only very humble but very simple, originally created for the workplace; it formed part of the overall denim uniform that was rugged and durable for the manual worker of the 18th Century. In the late 1800s, it began to become more of a part of general clothing and it became a serious part of fashion attire thanks to companies like Levi Strauss. The company began seeing success with denim jackets in the early 1900’s and never looked back.

However, although not really changing a great deal over time regarding its overall design, the denim jacket is a cultural icon and has played a key role in the overall look of many sub cultures since its conception. Whether it be the western cowboy look which is never-endingly begin interpreted and reinterpreted by brands as a source of inspiration. The British Skinhead following of the 1970’s or the Hell’s Angels Rock inspired movement. The Americana image of the 1950’s Double denim rebel made famous by James Dean in “Rebel Without a Cause” or staying with the American influence of their Redneck brethren.

Screen Shot 2013-08-21 at 11.15.16Virtually every brand on the planet today gives their take on this piece of clothing from TOPSHOP and GAP, to the daddy of Denim Levi’s and Wrangler, right the way through to Ralph Lauren and of course Calvin Klein. Many of these brands have produced unforgettable and zeitgeist advertising campaigns including Nick Kamen taking off his 501’s in the laundrette, Leigh Bowery asking, “Where’s Pepe ?” Lee’s “Jeans that built America”. But my personal favourite has to be a beautiful and rather young Brooke Shields, pondering,”You want to know what comes between me and my Calvins? Nothing.” This not only sent people running out to buy denim in their droves but it made Jeans SEXY !

Since this moment Calvin Klein Jeans have been knocking it out of the ball park when it comes to marketing denim, not only using Brooke Shields, but Marky Mark Wahlberg accompanied by an early appearance by Ms Kate Moss. Jamie Dornan, pre his Serial Killer tendencies in “The Fall” or even being a little too controversial and having their Ad campaign banned altogether, which only added fuel to the fire of their desirability.

For Autumn 2013 Calvin Klein Jeans have reworked the sense of structure to their traditional denim jacket and shirts. The garment’s authentic details and aesthetic features with a mixture of shapes and colours.

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Is there no Limit to what this brand can do – TOPMAN Limited returns

Shot_03_001.tifTOPMAN’s LTD collection started life as a free-range project with the intention of delivering certain pieces to a Topman customer, but also to a customer who might not always look to the High Street retailer for its wares. It was pitched at attracting the type of guy whose wardrobe ethos works on the basis of collectable classics rather than disposable catwalk trends. The collection took a hiatus whilst preparing for its expansion, which now sees it going into 22 stores including international markets and topman.com.

The re-launch will mean that the LTD collection will now be a yearly commoddity. It means there will always be a small capsule collection of staples pieces including jeans, shirts and knitwear available all year round and this will then be interspersed with the LTD trend pieces every other month, to entice and captivate you.

Shot_02_033.tifTOPMAN’s Creative Director and good friend of Clothes-Make-the-Man, Gordon Richardson says of the recent re-launch;

‘Once again these new collections are full of simple, beautifully designed contemporary classics that would not only enhance an existing wardrobe but be the start of a burgeoning new one. We are also very excited that LTD will now be available throughout the year.’

The first trend of this newly relaunched LTD, is called Pitwall the range draws inspiration from the Golden age of the automobile and the birth of motor racing as a popular spectator sport. Topman Ltd have taken inspiration from these early pioneers of motor racing. The drivers, who secured fame and notoriety with their skills behind the wheel to secure a top spot on the podium and were equally known for their playboy antics as they were for their prowess on the racing tracks.

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Whatever the Weather – Six of the best Trench Coats

The weather at the moment is as reliable as a TfL train schedule, don’t get me started. You wake in the morning it seems a bit dull and overcast, by the time to get to work the sun is cracking the stones, you fly out to grab some lunch and it pours down and by the time you’ve arrived back to the office the sun has dried you off via its natural radiation, or it can be any of the mixed up aforementioned scenarios, literally four season in one day.

To combat this infuriating conundrum and make your life a little easier we’ve selected six of the best, of a piece of outerwear that EVERY man should possess, the Trench. Thin enough for the transitional period, thick enough to tackle most things Mother Nature can hurl at you, essentially enough to see you through whatever the weather and still having you looking sharper then sixpence, whatever that means ????

 

OK lets start with something a little left field and not your traditional Trench, from Belstaff @ Harrods.com

OK lets start with something a little left field and not your traditional Trench, from Belstaff @ Harrods.com

 

This is a classic in every sense of the word and if you look after it, it should return the favour. Jaeger @ House of Fraser

This is a classic in every sense of the word and if you look after it, it should return the favour. Jaeger @ House of Fraser

 

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This trench is a must for the season and is from Marks & Spencer’s Autograph Collection so you can be assured of quality and price

 

Within Trench coat history there is an on going argument as to who first invented the Trench, with Aquascutum claiming they did.

Within Trench coat history there is an on going argument as to who first invented the Trench first, with Aquascutum claiming they did.

 

Whereas the other contender to this title, also holds the Royal Warrant. It is of Course Burberry, this example of the classic is from Burberry Brit at MrPorter.com

Whereas the other contender to this title, also holds the Royal Warrant. It is of Course Burberry, this example of the classic is from Burberry Brit at MrPorter.com

 

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Fancy something a little more contemporary but that won’t go out of fashion ? Go for this Trench from Reiss available from JohnLewis.com