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#FINDYOURFREEDOM with FILA

This summer, FILA has created a fresh, vibrant summer collection to help you find your freedom. Vibrant yellows, pinks and greens sit alongside FILA staples with classic track tops in the iconic FILA red, white and blue. 

The SS21 campaign represents all aspects of the 110-year-old Italian brand using ambassadors to represent each element. Stepping out to the streets of East London, we see how you can find your freedom in FILA SS21 collection.

Splitting the brand into four key categories, activewear, streetwear, fashion, and heritage FILA has appointed ambassadors to represent each aspect of the brand.

  • ACTIVEWEAR: Stefani Nurding (pro-skateboarder), Starr Kiely (Dancer in Diversity), Arum Akom (Tennis coach) 
  • STREETWEAR: Judah Williams, Lucas Wright, Pia Kristine Cruz
  • HERITAGE: Jack Fincham, Alex Gildea Trott (Football presenter), DJ Spoony (Renowned House and Garage DJ)
  • FASHION: Angelo Mitakos (Fashion Editor, GQ) Itunu Oke (Fashion Editor, Vogue)

Watch the video

Visit www.fila.co.uk

CREDITS

PHOTOGRAPHER: BRENDAN FREEMAN

VIDEOGRAPHER: HENRY GILL

HAIR: ELLIOT MCQUEEN

MAKE-UP: JESSICA KELL

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Skincare

Explore our range of premium beauty brands & skincare products for men. They include moisturisers, eye creams, face gels, face cleaners, face oils, peel-off masks, mousse soaps to name a few.


Calming Pad and Cream by COSRX

Discover COSRX One Step Green Hero Calming Pad, a gentle toner pads soaked in plant-driven green-rx complex essence that bring relief to sensitive skin. .
The COSRX Centella Blemish Cream helps improving the appearance of acne and blemishes and relieves stressed skin.
Available at Beauty Bay and FeelUnique for just £7.00. 

New Skincare Range for Men by Monat

Essential Face Wash – An invigorating and luxurious facial gel wash crafted to deeply cleanse, refresh, and energise the skin. Without stripping the skin’s natural oils, this non-drying formula revitalises the complexion and helps illuminate the appearance of dull and fatigued skin. This vital first step will leave skin looking healthy and more radiant.
Essential Face Scrub – A creamy micro-exfoliating scrub, containing biodegradable and eco-friendly ingredients, smooths the skin and reveals a more radiant looking complexion. Getting rid of unwanted dead skin cells, this gentle exfoliant preps hair for a cleaner and smoother shave. 
Essential Face Moisturiser – A lightweight, non-greasy emollient moisturiser that provides long-lasting hydration and helps protect against environmental aggressors. This quick-absorbing formula tightens whilst promoting smoother, softer skin, leaving you feeling refreshed and energised. 
Shop at www.mymonat.com

Couturiers Hand Cream by Seams

SEAMS is non-greasy and absorbs instantly to help mend, moisturise and soften very dry rough skin and condition nails, fast. With 9 natural ingredients including a Biomimetic Lipid Complex to help lock in moisture so that hands will feel soft, supple and smooth.
Visit www.seamsbeauty.co.uk

Oat & Argan Moisturising Cream by Scrivner

SKIN PROTECT uses a unique combination of Oat Kernel and Argan Kernel organic oils, beta glucan rich colloidal oatmeal, anti-oxidant betulinic acid from white birch bark and Vitamin E for ultimate skin protection.
£27 RRP. Visit www.janecrivner.com

Lavander Foaming Bath by L’OCCITANE

This rich foaming bath, with its captivating lavender scent, lets your mind escape to Provence as you breathe in its fragrance and enjoy a soothing moment of relaxation. It leaves skin feeling supple and fragranced with the delicate scent of lavender. Only a small amount of product is needed to create a bath full of bubbles and to sweep away the cares of the day.
£26 RRP. Visit www.loccitane.com

Refillable shaving gels and oils by King of Shaves

Better for the planet, better for your pocket – it’s time to refill not landfill.
Available at launch retailer Waitrose
The 250ml refillable sensitive shave gel is £5.99, 200ml refill pouch is £3.99
The refillable advanced shave oil is £5.99, 25ml refill is £3.99

Cade Purifying Charcoal Mask by L’Occitane Homme

A purifying and soothing mask in response to specific needs of men’s skin.
Enriched with Charcoal powder, Shea Butter and Cade wood essential oil, this face mask is ideal for combination and oily skins. It helps to purify and soothe the skin, absorbs excess sebum and reduces shine. Skin is left perfectly cleansed and feeling soothe and comfortable. Use twice weekly.
£15 RRP. Shop at www.loccitane.com

Prebiotics & Probiotics by FUNDERM

FUNDERM products contain an exclusive & innovative active complex made from Prebiotics & Probiotics which target problematic and pimple-prone skin.
Priced from £27 – £38 RRP. Shop at www.funderm.com

Microdermabrasion by BaeVac

Cult Instagram brand, Silky Bae, have revealed that their iconic BaeVac has become so popular with consumers seeking a professional level microdermabrasion at home, that soaring sales have meant that they now sell 1 unit every 90 seconds.
£39,99 RRP. Shop at www.silkybae.com

AC Collection by COSRX for sensitive skins

No1 seller on Amazon in the ‘Beauty & Personal Care’ category / 5-Star Rated Online / Vegan, cruelty-free, travel friendly and ingredient-focused / Teen Vogue award-winning
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Mint & Rosemary Hand Sanitiser by A.S APOTHECARY

The Isle of Harris Distillery, or the Social Distillery as it is often referred to, has provided high-strength alcohol from the spirit-making process to a number of local businesses to act as a key ingredient in the production of hand sanitiser. Those benefitting from the donation of the raw spirit for this vital product include Amanda Saurin of A.S. Apothecary, who lives in the village of Northton in South Harris and Essence of Harris in Tarbert.
£5.25 RRP. Shop at www.asapoth.com

Cocunut Charcoal Purifying Face Mask by Green People

A pore-purifying detox mask to mattify and balance combination or oily skin.
87% certified organic ingredients.
Ingredients: Activated Charcoal (absorbs pollutants and reduces the appearance of pores), Alpine Willow (balances oil production, refining skin texture), Bentonite Clay (works in synergy with Charcoal to draw dirt and toxins away from the skin) & Oat Lipid* (rich in ceramides to support the structure of mature skin and slow skin ageing).
£21 RRP. Shop at www.greenpeople.co.uk

The “Ferrari of tweezers” by Rubis

Esteemed makeup artist Bobbi Brown claims Rubis are “the Ferrari of tweezers”. The range from Rubis includes Classic Slant, Pointer, Magnifying Tweezers (pictured above) so there is something for both professionals and individuals to keep your brows in perfect shape.
Available from both Cultbeauty.co.uk and Lookfantastic.co.uk from £19.50. 

Milk & Peel Balm by Erborian

A daily cleansing and exfoliating oil-in-balm, for flawless-looking skin in just one step. Formulated with Sesame milk, known to visibly smooth skin’s surface texture, as well as exfoliating enzymes, MILK & PEEL BALM gently removes dead cells and cleanses the skin every day. Made with over 40% botanical oils, this balm transforms into oil and melts on the skin, giving a feeling of comfort.
£26 RRP (75ml). Shop at www.erborian.com

Moisturizing balm by Lumin

Developed with Korean innovation and technology, Lumin’s goal is to get more men using skincare by making it easy, affordable and effortless. They believe taking care of your skin should be a habit for all, regardless of gender, and aim to make it as second-nature as brushing your teeth. 
With just 6 core products, Lumin was formulated to specifically target men’s skin concerns, and it works. 89% of guys felt 24-hour hydration after applying their moisturiser, and 82% saw fewer fine lines in 28 days.
Moisturising Balm @ $29 RRP – Shop at www. luminskin.com

Caviar Lime Hydra Eye Treatment Cream by Too Cool For School

This naturally powerful hypoallergenic eye treatment for dryness, wrinkles and puffy eyes contains 65% caviar lime extracts. The moisture of the Caviar Lime, combined with 6 kinds of hyaluronic acid works hard to diminish crows’ feet and smile lines, by increasing moisture and elasticity levels in this delicate area, for even the most sensitive skin.
£24.99 RRP. Shop at www.boots.com

Active Face Cleanse Gel & Active Face Hydrating Gel by Organic Apoteke

Active Face Cleanse Gel | Wash away your imperfections… Let out your inner glow… A purifying cleanser that detoxifies, stimulates healing, refines pores, and prevents blemishes.
£35,95 RRP. Shop here.
Active Face Hydrating Gel | Detoxifying & Oxygenating. Clear complexion, Radiant skin… This multi-action moisture gel evens complexion, heals and protects, rebalances skin, stops spots.
£35,95 RRP. Shop here.
The actives in those products create a youthful blush by stimulating microcirculation.
Shop the full range at www.organicapoteke.com

The Smart Facial Cleansing Massager LUNA Mini 3 by Foreo

FOREO’s newest model includes upgraded technology such as the ‘Find my LUNA’ feature on the app, and the never-been-seen-before ‘glow boost’ – a 30 second glow boost feature rejuvenating skin immediately. 
The device also carries all of the trusted hallmarks of the LUNA range including a smart Swedish design, 650 uses in a single charge, high grade hygienic silicone body and customised power levels.
£139 RRP. Shop at www.selfridges.com

Face cleaners by NAKIN

Nakin Natural Anti-Ageing Advanced Cleansing Milk. Formulated with an advanced active blend of oils, hyaluronic acid, pomegranate and seaweed extract, it helps to even skin tone and assist cell renewal.  £15 RRP. Shop at www.nakinskincare.com.
Nakin Natural Anti-Ageing Purifying Face Toner. Facial toners are like a deep clean for your skin. They help to clear pores deep down, as well as condition skin with active toning, astringent and tightening ingredients. There’s no better way to freshen skin. £15 RRP. Shop at www.nakinskincare.com.
Read StylePilot’s review here.

Face Oil by DAYTOX

DAYTOX Natural Day and Night Facial Oil is a light, dry oil that easily absorbs into the skin. Containing vitamins E and C to help fortify and strengthens the skins natural barrier, and  Almond oil, a powerful natural antioxidant that prevents the effect of stress and harmful ultraviolet radiation rays to the skin. 
£24 RRP. Shop at www.ocado.com

Peel-Off Mask by Daytox

Active charcoal peel off mask provides an intensive deep cleanse, absorbs excess sebum and combats the formation of blackheads. The result is a more revitalised radiant and refined complexion. Free of parabens, silicones, artificial colours and allergen free perfume oils. Certified vegan and cruelty free.
£20 RRP. Shop at www.waitrose.com

Egg Mousse Soap by TooCool for School

This creamy, meringue-like cleanser combines milk proteins, amino acids, and egg extracts to thoroughly cleanse the skin in a perfectly harmonious trio. Tiny particles are able to go deep into the skin, not only to dissolve oil and dead skin cells, but also to nourish for long-lasting smooth and hydration effect. Egg white extract purifies, tightens, and brightens while egg yolk extract moisturizes. Your skin is left thoroughly clean, hydrated, and glowing but NEVER feeling tight or stripped.
What is it formulated WITHOUT Paraben, Sulfate, Mineral Oil.
£18.50 RRP. Shop at www.boots.com

Gym Bag Heroes Gift Set by Green People

Post-gym grooming essentials for men in a canvas wash bag. This pack contains: Green People For Men – No. 6 Detox Shower Gel (150ml), Green People For Men – No. 8 Thyme & Prebiotics Deodorant (75ml) and Green People For Men – No. 10 Itch Away Shampoo (150ml).
£39,95 RRP. Shop at www.greenpeople.co.uk

Luxurious Soap by Urban Apothecary London

Majestic and rich. Oudh is one of the most highly valued ingredients of the perfumer’s palette. This rare and resinous wood from a tropical tree is loved for its smoky and aromatic woody character. In this oriental composition, the unique scent of oudh is freshened with geranium’s rosy tones and deepened with smooth notes of amber, vetiver, patchouli and praline.
This luxury soap has been formulated with an extra-gentle vegetable base and is enriched with softening shea butter. Use with warm water to create a luxurious lather before washing off to leave skin beautifully cleansed. Avoid contact with eyes. If product gets into eyes, rinse immediately with plenty of warm water. For external use only.
£12 RRP. Shop at www.urbanapothecarylondon.com

Irresistible Almond Collection by L’Occitane

A gift of pure indulgence, this collection contains all your Almond must-haves: 250ml Almond Shower Oil | 100ml Almond Body Balm | 50g Almond Delicious Soap | 30ml Almond Delicious Hands.
RRP of £49. Buy online, or in shops, from L’Occitane.

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The New Skin Reset Razor by Wilkinson For The 3+ Days Stubble

There are razors and there are game-changers. The revolutionary new Wilkinson Sword Hydro Comfort Skin Reset is the razor you’ve been dreaming of.

Wilkinson’s first razor is designed to comfortably tackle up to 7-days of hair growth, with less tugging and pulling (vs. Hydro 5).

What’s new?

This innovative razor allows you to comfortably shave up to 7 days of stubble with less tugging and pulling (vs. Hydro 5). The unique comb guard aligns hair with the leading blade for a close shave and helps prevent irritation.

Dermatologist tested – the razor was designed for maximum comfort. Easy-to-rinse blades have three layers of comfort coating and Skin Guards on each blade for extra protection.

This shaving razor for men also features a flip-back precision trimmer to edge and trim in hard-to-reach places

Product Benefits

COMB GUARD – Comb guard aligns hair to help prevent tugging and pulling.

GEL POOLS – Water activated gel pools hydrate throughout each shave, and help to protect from irritation.

EASY RINSE – The grooved channels of the Comb Guard and the spacing between the comb and first blade increase water flow through (vs. Hydro 5), making it easy to rinse off shaving debris.

FLIP TRIMMER – Flip trimmer for precise trimming and to get into the hard-to-reach spots.

PACKAGING – Packaging made from more than 90% recycled paper and recyclable*!

*check your local recycling facility

Ingredients

PEG-115M | Ceramide NG | Zinc Stearate | Cyclodextrin | Maltodextrin | Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice | Camellia Sinensis Leaf | Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) | Camellia Sinensis Leaf | Panthenol | Sodium Hyaluronate | Tocopherol

How much does it cost?

RRP: £17.50 (+ 5 Razor Blades). Shop at www.wilkinsonsword.com

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3 New Fragrances From Bespoke London

We are always please to try new fragrances at StylePilot. Thanks to Bespoke London for introducing the ‘three new fragrances variants for those who enjoy the finer things in life’, to quote them.

Proving that smelling luxe needn’t cost the earth, this range captures the essence of sophistication and embodies every men.

The range includes:

Bespoke Caramel Amber & Cashmere EDP

Bespoke Caramel Amber & Cashmere EDP introduces warm notes of rose and black pepper, that lead into a woodsy heart, enriched with notes of caramel and dry ambers. This fragrance captures a masculine base of soft cashmere, sandalwood and vetiver.

Bespoke Gin & Citrus Woods EDP

Bespoke Gin & Citrus Wood EDP releases refreshing notes of gin and fresh citrus with a woodsy heart of cedar, sandalwood, oak moss and a hint of floral. This fragrance has a blend of amber and cashmere musk to complete this fresh, outdoorsy scent.

Bespoke Black Suede & Fougere EDP

Bespoke Black Suede & Fourgere EDP is bursting with fruity and aromatic notes complementing the suede and amber scent. This fragrance offers luxurious wood and spicy notes with rosemary, amber and lavender.

Where to find them and how much?

RRP: £9.99, available exclusively instore and online Superdrug

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Essential Tips: Shirts

Shirting is one of the easiest areas to refresh in our style arsenal, but with such a vast array of designs to choose from, where do you begin? Our easy to follow guide will help you sort your Oxfords from your Marcellas, and have you looking crisp and polished whatever the occasion.

The White Shirt

1- £18 RRP from boohooMAN | 2- £25 RRP from M&S | 3- £55 RRP from Hawes & Curtis | 4- £325 RRP from Turnbull & Asser | 5- £85 RRP from Reiss

A backbone to both formal and casual looks, the white shirt remains a timeless menswear classic. With formal white shirts (defined by a stiff collar and long sleeves, sometimes with double cuffs), gents with a stockier or larger frame should opt for the classic fit, which offers a little more room. For slimmer gentlemen, opting for a closer slim cut can bring a more modern feel to the look. Lightweight casual white shirts are a great option for summer, and a loose-fitting linen or cotton style will be cooling whilst lending an artistic touch to your outfit.

Where to wear it: To work with your weekday tailoring, formal events and off-duty occasions layered beneath knitwear

Style tip: For a casual summer take, try a loose-fitting linen shirt with a pair of pastel chinos and loafers. Finish by nonchalantly rolling up your sleeves.

The Oxford Shirt

1- £95 RRP from Hackett | 2- £16 from boohooMAN | 3- £44,99 from Superdry | 4- £90 from GANT | 5- £120 from Thomas Pink

A menswear staple, every man will have one or two of these in his wardrobe. A casual style, the Oxford shirt is identified by its Oxford cloth, usually made of cotton or linen and woven with a fine basket-weave. Some Oxfords have a chest patch pocket, others are pocket-free and can either be plain or printed. Collars are often of the button-down variety. A casual classic, Oxford shirts are lightweight and ideal for layering with knitwear, or wearing solo in accordance with the season.

Style Tip: The Oxford shirt is a great all-rounder and can easily be smarted up with tailoring, or worn casually with denim. During colder spells, pair with a tweed blazer, swapping for a navy cotton jacket when the weather warms. On down days, simply team with a pair of indigo jeans and pop-colour diving loafers

Where to wear it: During casual weekends paired with chinos or denim, or smart- casual occasions with tailored trousers and a blazer.

The Printed Shirt

1- £50 RRP from ASOS | 2- £119 RRP from HUGO BOSS | 3- £20 RRP from boohooMAN | 4- £25 RRP from M&S | 5- £44,99 RRP from Superdry

Menswear is largely dominated by solid tones, so a printed shirt can add a welcome dash of pattern to your aesthetic. Whether you opt for an artful micro-print style, a traditional check or stripe or a bold floral print, a printed shirt will bring a fresh dimension to plain wardrobe staples. If a more subtle approach is your aim, a geometric micro-print shirt is a great way to introduce pattern in a quieter fashion, while the check shirt remains an essential ingredient in today’s menswear offering. For the more daring gent, an abstract or bloom motif is will lend a summery edge to any casual look.

Where to wear it: To offices with a creative outlook, after-hours drinks, weekend gatherings.

Style tip: It’s best to avoid pattern overkill. If you’ve opted for a printed shirt, pair it with solid-tone separates for a more considered approach. A micro floral-print shirt will look great layered with a slim-fitting navy blazer and dark-hued denim.

The Short-Sleeve Shirt

1- £22 RRP from ASOS | 2- £25,99 RRP from ZARA | 3- £20 RRP from NEXT | 4- £29,50 RRP from M&S | 5- £16 RRP from boohooMAN

Previously seen as a relic of our grandfather’s closet, short-sleeve shirts are back in a big way. Cotton or linen, plain or printed, the style is the perfect for the warmer months, making them a holiday wardrobe essential. Hawaiian shirts have shaken off their Magnum P.I. and tasteless tourist associations, and have become a bona fide summer style necessity, with high-end and high-street designers creating luxe, contemporary versions. Short-sleeve shirts have equal styling merit with shorts and sandals as they do with tailored trousers and chinos.

Where to wear it: Holidays in warmer climes, sultry days in the city, barbeques and summer outdoor jaunts

Style tip: Avoid dressing up a short-sleeve shirt too much, and leave it out of formal office ensembles. It definitely still works best in casual situations. Invest in a dark-hued Hawaiian shirt for your next jet-set break to warmer climes and team it with a pair of light grey linen shorts, leather sandals and your favourite retro-inspired sunnies for a nonchalant holiday look.

The Dinner Shirt

1- £29.50 RRP from Marks & Spencer | 2- £44.95 RRP from T.M.Lewin | 3- £89 from Hawes & Curtis | 4- £135 from Hackett | 5- £235 from Turnbull & Asser

The dinner shirt or dress shirt is a style we see less and less of these days with the relaxation of dress codes and the waning of black-tie events. Traditionally worn with a dinner suit, the style is identified by a pleated, plain or textured pique ‘bib’ front (known as a Marcella shirt) and double cuffs and is fastened with either enamelled metal dressed studs, or buttons. This style of shirt can have a wing collar or a classic spread collar. Traditional dinner shirts are cut in a classic fit, but contemporary slim fits are a considered choice, particularly if you’ve opted for a close-fitting jacket.

Where to wear it: Formal black tie functions

Style tip: Don’t feel obliged to opt for the more ubiquitous wing collar when choosing a dinner shirt. A classic spread collar offers a neater look as it folds over the neckband of your bowtie and keeps it in place. This is particularly useful if you don’t know how to tie your own bowtie and wish to conceal the clip and adjuster.

Words by Shane Kurup

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Essential Tips: Blazers

A blazer is a key component of the modern man’s style offering. It smartens up casual looks with a tailored edge, yet exudes a more relaxed impression than a suit. It will pair equally well with a denim and tee combination, or a crisp shirt and tailored trousers.

Some believe the garment’s name is derived from the navy uniforms made for the crew of the HMS Blazer in 1837, others claim it was due to the ‘emblazoned’ family and school crests that were applied to 19th century blazers. Whatever the origins of its name, its adoption into mainstream menswear stemmed from the necessity of a casual style of jacket to thrown on at more laid-back occasions.

Here, we take a look at the crucial styles and factors to consider when investing in this wardrobe all-rounder.

The Cotton Blazer

A cotton blazer is suitable for dressing up a fine-gauge knit during transitional months, or pairing with crisp shirting and crew-neck tees during warmer weather. A navy two-button style is a wardrobe failsafe you can rely on time and again; the shade is timeless and will complement both micro-print patterns and solid colours layered beneath.

Where to wear it: To the office with your formal shirting and silk accessories, at the weekend with a crew-neck tee or merino knit. You can’t go wrong at most smart-casual occasions with a navy blazer.

The Wool Blazer

Given that the British climate is generally of a cooler persuasion, a wool blazer is an indispensable style suitable for wear throughout most of the year. A quality virgin wool or mohair blazer in a neutral shade will prove its worth and versatility each season, and retains warmth while remaining breathable.

Where to wear it: Wear it in the week dressed up with a striped silk tie and a crisp poplin-cotton shirt, or try it with an Oxford shirt and lean indigo denim for weekend drinks. Finish the look with leather derby shoes for the office, or penny loafers at the weekend.

The Linen Blazer

Linen tailoring has enjoyed a resurgence in popularity in recent seasons, and its suitability for warmer climes makes it ideal for maintaining a polished appearance in summery conditions. The fabric is renowned for its cooling, lightweight qualities due to the breathability of natural linen fibres.

Where to wear it: Holidays to tropical climates or warm Mediterranean city breaks. Linen is also acceptable city wear in summer for those who want to beat the heat while remaining smart. Try it with a minimalist white polo tee abroad, or chinos and an open-collar shirt in town.

The Tweed Blazer

Heritage fabrics have been big news in menswear design for successive seasons, with designers and brands reinterpreting this traditional British fabric in a modern context with slimmer, more contemporary cuts. The dense weave of tweed cloth means it retains warmth exceptionally well, explaining why it was used in the past exclusively for outdoor sports. This makes it the perfect way to combat the cold and damp British winters.

Where to wear it: Traditionally confined to the country, tweed has now made its way into the urban closet. Sunday lunch, weekend drinks, or strolls in the rural wilds are all acceptable occasions to don a tweed number. Wear it with sturdy boots in the country or polished leather brogues in town.

The Double-Breasted Blazer

The double breasted blazer is rather like sartorial marmite – you either love it or hate it. There’s certainly been a concerted effort to reinterpret this style for modern tastes, and retailers from high-street to high-end are full of them. Appearing a touch more formal than the single breasted, the overlapped, double-button front creates a structured silhouette that broadens the shoulders, offering a more masculine shape. It’s ideally suited to gents with taller, more slender frames – avoid it if you’re shorter and stockier as it broadens the chest and will make you appear squatter.

Where to wear it: In the city for work or play – it can transition nicely from the boardroom to after-hours dinner, and will make a sharp impression on a date. Try it with a lightweight cashmere roll-neck and printed silk pocket square for an elegant retro-inspired look.

FINDING THE RIGHT FIT

Fit illustrations from Artofmanliness.

Finding the right fit for a blazer can be a bit of minefield, but following our simple guide below will hopefully find you one that fits like a glove.

Sleeve Length

The ideal sleeve length should finish just on your wrist bone and show about 2cm of your shirt cuff. It shouldn’t be approaching your knuckles, nor should it be so short that it shows your entire shirt cuff.

Blazer Length

The hem of the blazer should finish at your knuckles. It shouldn’t extend beyond this and shouldn’t finish above the wrist (unless specifically a cropped blazer).

The Front Fastening

When fastened, the jacket should sit comfortably showing the loose outline of your waist. The material should not be ruching or pulling (too small), not should there be so much excess fabric that your body shape is lost (too large).

Whether you’re wearing a two-button or three-button blazer, always leave the last button unfastened.

The Shoulders

The shoulder seam of the blazer should sit naturally on the end of your shoulder. If it’s too small, the jacket will pinch and ruche around the shoulders, too large and the seam will be drooping over the edge of your shoulder.

ESSENTIAL HINTS & TIPS

Buying your blazer

  • Avoid synthetic fibres – they don’t breathe like natural cloths and ultimately won’t last as long
  • Don’t buy into trends if they don’t suit you. You may be reading about the virtues of the double-breasted blazer everywhere, but if you have a shorter, stockier frame, it’s only going to make the situation worse
  • Wear what you’re comfortable with – everyone has their own taste in apparel, and rules are there to be broken, so if you feel like wearing a tweed jacket to the office, go for it, but keep the rest of your ensemble smart and city-appropriate
  • Don’t just buy the first thing you see – do you research into brands to find the perfect fit. Many brands have a signature cut which will suit certain individuals, and once you’ve found yours, you can return to the brands each season knowing what to expect

How to Care for your blazer

  • Give your blazers a rest – don’t wear the same blazer day after day. Instead, invest in several and rotate them. Hang your blazer up after a day’s wear and let it air before putting it back in your wardrobe
  • Get rid of those flimsy wire hangers you have left over from your last dry-cleaning trip and invest in some broad-shouldered wood hangers for your blazers. These will help maintain the shape of your blazer
  • Don’t dry clean too often. The dry cleaning process uses chemicals which gradually break down material fibres with each treatment. We recommend dry cleaning no more than twice a year for each garment to prolong its lifespan.

Words by Shane Kurup

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Haircare

A selection of men’s grooming products including Conditioner, Shampoo, Styling Cream, Hair Gel, Matte Wax, Matte Clay & Salt Spray.


Curl Cream and Essential Oil by Olew

Guys, if you are a long lover of a bouncy ‘FRO’ or only just starting to embrace the curl, these products are perfect for you! 
Olew products are packed with natural, hydrating, and nourishing ingredients to give curlies the curls they deserve.
The curly hair collection from Olew has all your hair needs covered and are super easy to incorporate into your regular hair care regimen; perfect for men on-the-go.
Visit www.olew.cymru

Daily Calma Shampoo for dry and damaged hair by Centred

A luxurious lather that won’t strip the hair or scalp of its natural moisture. Our Daily Calma Shampoo is a Calming blend of Aloe Vera, Chamomile and Orange Blossom Water combined with a coconut derived cleanser for gently removing daily build up whilst soothing the scalp, smoothing the hair and calming the mind.
£22 RRP for 250 ml
Visit www.wearecentred.com

Hair Rescue Repair Spray by Natur Vital

Hydrolysed Wheat Proteins (HWP) penetrate and strengthen the hair shaft, improving its hydration levels, softness and shine, and making it less susceptible to breaking. The Phytoactive Complex obtained from Wheat and Soy sprouts and Ginseng extract provide the scalp with the energy and nutrients it needs to stimulate hair growth. No Colourant & Silicon Free.
£8,95 RRP. Shop at www.naturvital.co.uk

Densifying Shampoo for Men by Christophe Robin

Cleansing Thickening Paste with Pure Rassoul Clay And Tahitian Algae.
This shampoo is ideal for men with fine or thinning hair.
Its innovative formula, composed with 95% natural-origin ingredients, is concentrated with pure rassoul clay. Rich in minerals, it gently absorbs impurities that suffocate the scalp and immediately brings fullness and body to the roots. It is combined with a Tahitian algae known for its densifying and invigorating properties.
£40 RRP. Shop at www.christopherobin.co.uk

Wax, Paste & Clay by Johnny’s Chop Shop

Dragon Hair Wax: Medium hold hair wax enriched with Dragon blood plant extract. £7.00 RRP
No1 Matt Paste: Matt look pro-quality for long lasting hold, texture & definition. £7.00 RRP
Wild Cat Hair Clay: Strong hold, matt finish styling clay imported from Asia. Contains Beeswax, Sage Leaf, Extract & Black Pepper. £7.00 RRP
Shop at www.johnnys-chopshop.com

Builder’s Dust by Johnny’s Chop Shop

Gets a grip of limp hair and instantly adds texture, builds volume while degreasing and freshening.
£5.50 RRP. Shop at www.johnnys-chopshop.com

Gift Of Style Grooming Set by Osmo

The professional haircare brand created a collection of unique gift packs including its most successful ranges such as Grooming.
The ultimate styling experience for all style conscious gents in search of effortlessly cool originality, textured control and look definition. The pack is the ideal Christmas treat to have to offer as a gift.
Contents: Matt Clay ExtremeTM (100ml), 1 x Fibre SculptTM (100ml), 1 x Detoxify Shampoo (250ml).
£19,99 RRP. Visit www.feelunique.com

Xpander Whip Conditioner and Gelée Shampoo by Fudge Professional

Shampoo: Perfect for fine and limp hair in need of weightless volume, this specially designed shampoo uses Opti-plex technology, caffeine and ginseng to cleanse the hair whilst providing bounce and all day volume.
Conditioner: Perfect for fine, limp hair, this Xpander Whip Conditioner works to plump and volumise. Formulated with weightless fibre-dense technology, it visibly strengthens and thickens leaving the hair looking and feeling stronger and fuller.
£9,99 RRP each from www.lookfantastic.com

C-8 Invisible Volume Chalk by Electric

The chalk contains no magnesium, it only uses natural chalk – sourced from the white cliffs in Sussex (England) – to provide instant grip, hold and volume.
£19,50 RRP. Shop at www.electric-hair.com

The Original Brow Shaper by Lilibeth New York

To use the Brow Shaper, just place at a slight angle (45-degree) against clean, dry skin. Without any extra pressure, glide the Brow Shaper across your skin in short strokes. Watch the hair and dead skin remove instantly and pain free! After each use, wipe clean.
Tip: It is best advised to practice on a large area first, like your arm. To use the Brow Shaper on your face, pull the skin taught.
Why not try the Brow Shaper elsewhere?  It works on the delicate upper lip area and is great for those pesky little hairs on your chin, along the cheek and back of neck.
£7.49 RRP. Shop at www.makeupbox-ldn.co.uk

Silver Caffeine Shampoo, Styling Cream, Thickening Spray by Trevor Sorbie

Trevor Sorbie Mg Thicker & Fuller Thickening Spray contains botanical blends, multi-vitamins and amino acid complexes to add body and thickness to fine and thinning hair and care for the scalp.
Trevor Sorbie Mg Silver Caffeine Shampoo reduces unwanted yellow tones and revitalises grey, white or blonde hair.
Trevor Sorbie Mg Curl Tamer Styling Cream controls, defines and enhances your natural curls. Perfect for those who want to get long-lasting control and definition whilst nourishing and strengthening the hair. It can be applied on dry or wet hair.
Available to buy online from trevorsorbie.com, Boots.com , Boots stores and Trevor Sorbie salons now.

Matte Clay by Osmo

Osmo Matte Clay Extreme (100ml) is the prefect clay for giving extreme hold and natural expression. Will tame flyaway hairs whilst also giving extreme, yet flexible hold. Has a matte finish. Suitable for short to medium length hair. Completely cruelty-free.
£8,45 RRP (100ml). Shop at www.feelunique.com

Matte Wax by Fudge Urban

No shine wax for a messed up look. Super dry, non-sticky wax gives raw matte finish with a firm hold.
How to use: Rub through dry hair and style as desired.
£7,49 RRP (70ml). Shop at www.boots.com

Salt Spray Texturiser by Osmo

California dreamin’… evoke the beach babe and surfer chic look. Mattifying texturiser sea salt spray for gritty and messed up hair.
Directions: for a matt textured style, shake well before use. For best results use Osmo Matt Salt Spray on dry hair. Spray sparingly onto sections. For added volume, spray through damp hair and blowdry as normal.
£8.50 RRP. Shop www.feelunique.com

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Gifts Sets

A very popular section of the website when seeking for gifts ideas from the Grooming department. Just scroll down and hopefully you’ll find something you’ll like.


A Sweet Tree Decoration by L’Occitane en Provence

A sweet tree decoration with delightful L’OCCITANE treats for him inside. This Christmas, hang a gift for him on your twinkling tree with this bauble including: 10ml Cade Energising Fluid for the face, 25g Shea Milk Extra-Gentle Soap, 10ml Shea Butter Hand Cream.
£12 RRP. Visit www.loccitane.com

Wet Shaving Gift Set by Kent Brushes

The Kent Brushes wet shave set is designed for those looking for a traditional close wet shave that leaves the skin moisturised and supple. The gift set includes the Infinity synthetic shaving brush, chrome shaving brush stand and a 75ml tube of Kent’s famous menthol skin conditioning shaving cream.
£25 RRP. Shop at www.kentbrushes.com

L’Homme Cologne Cedrat Gift Set by L’Occitane en Provence

A fresh and masculine set containing: Spray Deodorant, After-Shave Cream and Eau de Toilette. 
Refreshing, masculine and full of character, this collection blends citrus notes of cedrat with icy notes of mint and woody spices.
L’OCCITANE has been manufacturing products in Provence, in France, since 1976. 
Behind each product lies an ingredients lies a producer, working with us to sustainably develop their land.
Shop at www.uk.loccitane.com

Gift Of Style Grooming Set by Osmo

The professional haircare brand created a collection of unique gift packs including its most successful ranges such as Grooming.
The ultimate styling experience for all style conscious gents in search of effortlessly cool originality, textured control and look definition. The pack is the ideal Christmas treat to have to offer as a gift.
Contents: Matt Clay ExtremeTM (100ml), 1 x Fibre SculptTM (100ml), 1 x Detoxify Shampoo (250ml).
£19,99 RRP. Visit www.feelunique.com

Washbag Essentials: Skin & Hair Kit by Manual

This tremendous trio are the ultimate in face rejuvenation and hair well-being. A proven cocktail of ingredients backed by science to fight the signs of ageing, maintain your mane, and keep your head all handsome.
All in one bag: the moisturiser, the power shampoo and the wrinkle warrior.
£39 every 2 months. Shop at www.manual.com

Gym Bag Heroes by Green People

Post-gym grooming essentials for men in a canvas wash bag. This pack contains: Green People For Men – No. 6 Detox Shower Gel (150ml), Green People For Men – No. 8 Thyme & Prebiotics Deodorant (75ml) and Green People For Men – No. 10 Itch Away Shampoo (150ml).
£39,95 RRP. Shop at www.greenpeople.co.uk

Tweezers & Scissors by Rubis Switzerland

The Ferrari of TWEEZERS: According to the makeup artist Bobbi Brown, Rubis have the best eyebrow tweezers in the world. Grasps the smallest hairs: the tweezer tips are so precisely aligned with one another that they can grasp even the smallest hair.
Rubis® Classic Tweezer (1F000) £25.50 RRP. Shop at  www.amazon.co.uk
These Rubis NAIL SCISSORS cut your fingernails in a simple but precise manner. They are also suitable for cutting the cuticles. 2 in 1: With these scissors you can cut both your nails and cuticles. The scissor tips are slim enough to perfectly cut the protruding skin around the nail.
Rubis® Classic Scissors (1F000) £23.50 RRP. Shop at  www.amazon.co.uk

Clean Shaven Gift Set by Raw Supremo

This ‘Lose It’ gift set is ideal as it includes 3 products gently Fragranced with Raw Supremo’s signature Coconut & Lime fragrance: Shaving Oil, Facial Moisturiser and Shaving Cream. See StylePilot’s review here.
£14.99 RRP – Shop at www.rawsupremo.co.uk
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Fragrance

Explore Fragrances, Eau de Parfum, Perfumes, Aftershaves, Gift Sets, Luxury Brands, Celebrity Brands.


Eau des Baux by L’Occitane Homme

An elegant and luxurious French eau de toilette with a woody fragrance for the energetic and self-confident man. Created through the distillation of authentic lavender blended with the peppery, nutmeg scent of burnt wood, L’Occitane Eau de Toilette is a nod to the rich scents of French Provence, in their ruggedness and mystery. This elegant and luxurious cologne is intended for men, but women love it, too. 
PERFUMERY NOTES 
Top Note: Black pepper, Lavender 
Middle Note: Nutmeg, Cinnamon
Base Note: Tonka Bean
£49 RRP. Shop at www.loccitane.com

Black Oud Fragrance by LUKE

A masculine fragrance, but has so much dimension because of the Lemonchello and spice. A unique masculine fragrance, a perfect complement for day or evening wear.
£25 RRP (75ml). Shop at www.luke1977.com

Hugo Iced Fragrance by HUGO BOSS

Discover a blast of ice-cold freshness with Hugo Iced aftershave for men, a fragrance designed for the modern urban man, set to inspire him to embrace the fresh potential of every day.
£46,50 RRP (75 ml). Shop at www.thefragranceshop.co.uk

Refillable Fragrance Atomiser by Twist & Spritz

Whether you are heading out straight from work, going to the gym or even have a day full of important meetings, you will always want to smell your best. However, with many of us not wanting to cart around massive bags or heavy bottles of aftershave this can be a bit awkward. Why not invest in the stylist atomiser to decant your favourite scent into. 
 This carries 8ml of scent which equates to 100 sprays.
£10 RRP. Shop at www.thefragranceshop.co.uk

Laconia Eau de Parfum by Tom Daxon

Tom Daxon spent the autumn of 2017 in Monemvasia, Greece. A vibrant-flavoured homemade lemonade, served to him at his hotel, inspired him to create this succulent and citrusy Laconia scent. With a heart of water mint, green violet leaf and jasmine, the light floral scent is injected with zesty punches of lemon, orange and mandarin top notes. A base of sea salt, vetiver and cardamom culminates in a rich aquatic scent that lingers on skin. Addictively wearable, Laconia is elegant and fresh – the perfect fragrance for spring and summer.
Read StylePilot’s review here.
£105 RRP (50ml) / £155 RRP (100ml). Shop at www.tomdaxon.com

Sweet Spice and Sandalwood Eau de Parfum by Bespoke London

Cool, charming, charismatic and confident? That’s the BESPOKE LONDON man.
For guys always on the go, BESPOKE LONDON Sweet Spice & Sandalwood will match your rush of an adrenaline high with its vibrant explosion of saffron, coriander seeds, nutmeg, bergamot and neroli, followed by orange blossom, rose and jasmine. As your rush dips, so does your fragrance turning into a lingering combination to cedarwood, amber, sandalwood, vanilla, incense and guaiac wood.
Read BESPOKE LONDON StylePilot’s review.
£9,99 RRP (100ml). Shop at www.superdrug.com

Bowmakers Eau de Parfum by D.S. & Durga

Bowmakers is a wonderfully woody composition with rich accords of mahogany, tree resin, and rosin – violin wax. Warm and sumptuous, with a hint of roughness that reflects the hard worn outdoors lifestyle of the 19th century workers that inspired the scent.
£148 RRP (50ml). Shop at www.trouva.com

Gentleman Suave Eau de Parfum for Men by Yardley London

Enhance your Dad’s personality this Father’s Day with an elegant fragrance from Yardley London Gentleman Collection. Suave Gentleman is a fragrance for the stylish, charming and chivalrous man: it is modern, sophisticated fragrance for him.
This iconic scent contains fresh notes of bergamot, lavender and orange oil, combined with neroli and a warm base of musk and nutmeg.
£19,99 RRP. Shop at www.yardleylondon.co.uk

Eau de Parfum by MiN NEW YORK

Turn of the century, a carnival travels at dusk. A scrumptious, gourmand perfume. A splendid wonder swirling in enchantment.
Top: Bergamot, Pink Peppercorn, Ananas & Cotton Candy
Heart: Cistus, Labdanum, Nuts & Geranium
Base: Patchouli, Caramel & Wood Chips
£60.00 (15ml) / £220 (75ml). Shop at www.harrods.com

Luxury British Perfumes by Clive Christian

Original Collection Travel SetCitrus, Oriental, Spicy, Woody.
20% Perfume Concentration. The Original Collection masculine edition travel set, combines 1872, No1 and X into three compact bottles. This exquisite set is presented in a luxurious black coffret holding each miniature perfume perfect for travelling or gifting. 
See StylePilot’s review here.
£195 RRP. Shop at www.clivechristian.com

Golden Serenade by JUSBOX Perfumes

Jusbox explore the connection between scent/ music and inspired by the first gold record that was awarded to Glenn Miller and his band in 1942 for the sales of 1 million records. An extrait de parfum strength with notes of pure oud oil, amber and saffron.
Read StylePilot’s review.
RRP £250/ 78ml, exclusively at www.selfridges.com