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Make Up For Men: Are We Ready?

You might have seen Danny Gray the founder of War paint For Men brand on Dragon’s Den. They are the new make up brand for men! They are on a mission: “Giving men the ability to feel confident in their own skin”.

War Paint For Men is breaking the stigma that makeup is solely for women and make it the accepted norm that men wear makeup. Giving men the ability to feel confident in their own skin. They are here to change the face of the men’s makeup industry.

So, really pleased here to get to try it!

The Offering

WAR PAINT offers a range of tinted moisturisers, foundations, bronzers and make up tools for the everyday man. Their make-up products are UK produced, cruelty free, vegan ingredients that are designed specifically for sensitive male skin.

Got a chance to review the Tinted Moisturiser and the Concealer (pictured below).

War Paint For Men- Makeup for Men, Designed for Men.

Some Interesting stats

  • One in four men is expected to be wearing makeup by 2023.
  • Male skin is 25% tougher than female skin.

The Tinted Moisturiser

Tinted Moisturiser is basically a mix of moisturiser and Foundation. 
It gives light coverage for the more natural look.
It takes seconds to apply and lasts all day.
£22 RRP.

Compared to a traditional tinted cream, which would be just a cream with a very light tint, our TINTED MOISTURISER is a foundation, moisturizer, and concealer skincare product all in one. It does a good job of all of these so is a great product to quickly apply and go. 

FOUNDATION V TINTED MOISTURISER? FOUNDATION is typically thicker and provides more coverage. TINTED MOISTURISER is typically light and while it can conceal blemishes, it typically won’t cover major scars or blemishes.

The Concealer

With added Tea Tree Oil to make sure your skin is well looked after, our Concealer produces a 5* cover-up to hide and illuminate. 
£18 RRP

Concealer is a cream base which you can use to hide dark under-eye circles, spots, large pores, and other small blemishes visible on the skin. It is similar to foundation, but a lot thicker so it can cover unwanted imperfections.

Concealer is ideal to use on its own if you would just like to cover your spots or under-eye circles.

What else?

War Paint For Men​’s​ ​collection includes cleansing tools, brushes and sponges, as well as a makeup range that spans five shades to suit all skin types, with a handy shade finder tool available on the website to ensure you find your best fit. In addition, sets such as the Night Out.

The collection is priced from £6 – £90 RRP. Shop at ​www.warpaintformen.com

About the brand

All ​War Paint For Men​ products are consistently tested, re-tested, sliced and diced in order to reach an end result that is simple to apply, light to touch and weightless on skin. The range is also entirely UK produced, cruelty free and vegan, with plans already in motion to move to an all-natural model in the near future.

A nice Christmas idea? 😉
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Versus Versace Eugène Watch

Versus Versace Eugène is an amazing and attractive watch. Always pleased to check new comers in this very busy watch market.

It combines the classic shape of a men’s chronograph with the brand’s contemporary character traits.

This model is 50 metres water resistant and it can be submerged in water for periods, so can be easily used for swimming.

I really like the Stainless Steel case and the black colour for the dial.

The sporty personality of the watch is highlighted by the three counters with date display at 4 o’clock. While they add movement to the geometry of the dial, the diamond-faceted top ring gives Versus Eugène a modern overall look.

Please note that there are different colour combinations of the dial and case, together with a range of leather straps or stainless-steel mesh bracelets matching the case, which makes the Versus Eugène a versatile accessory.

Technical information

Case: IPGun stainless steel – 46 mm Ø

Water Resistance: 50 m/5 ATM

Movement: quartz chronograph

Dial: blue, three counters, date at 4o’clock, logo at 12o’clock

Band: IPGun stainless steel mesh bandSliding buckle

A sleek and simple socket.

Where can I get one from?

£ 220 RRP. Shop from www.watchshop.com

About Versus Versace

Versus Versace watches are part of the collection from the first ever diffusion line launched by international Italian fashion house Versace. The range was introduced with a strong focus on flair, innovation and unconventional design ideas for those who wanted a more individual look. Versus Versace watches are one of the flagship collections from the line, along with leather accessories and a chic clothing range. The Versus Versace watch collection features bold, strong colours and a sporty appearance, using durable high quality materials and with many pieces offering water resistance of as much as five atmospheres. Each features the Versus logo within a uniquely designed dial, with straps ranging from elegant metallic through classy leather to practical fabric or plastic. For an even more diverse range of designs, check out the other Versace watches available from Watch Shop.

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Black Oud: The New Fragrance by LUKE

It is always with great excitement that I open a new box to discover a new fragrance!

The first thing you notice is its weight: the glass bottle and its hefty top makes it even heavier than the average fragrance. Then, wow the top!? What a statement this bottle is. It cannot go unnoticed on your bathroom shelf.

Then, the smell. And ‘yes’ I loved it.

What it is made of

Spicy top notes of Cardamom, and Ambergris topped with a subtle dash of fresh Lemonchello, blended with middle notes of Pogostemon Cablin, Ebony Wood, Aquatic Cyperus Papyrus and Rosewood, layered on a bed of sensual Tobacco Leaves, warm Musk and Oakmoss base. Voilà !

According to LUKE, Black Oud is the new headline fragrance, using the most expensive woody based as the major element of this heady smell.

Our verdict

It feels fresh, however still strong and also long lasting (something I really like). It is masculine, but has so much dimension because of the Lemonchello and spice.

A unique masculine fragrance, a perfect complement for day or evening wear.

A bit of background

Since forming in 2001 LUKE 1977 has become a leading contemporary fashion brand divided into LUKE the Technical Tailor and LUKE Sport.

Luke the Technical Tailor is a premium menswear offering. While LUKE Sport is a full lifestyle collection inspired by athleisure and urban street style.

Equally a home on the terraces or on a night out, the brand offers an exclusive look for an inclusive country; the United Kingdom of Luke.

With that in mind, LUKE have launched the new Fragrance LUKE Black Oud.

Where can I buy some

75ml LUKE Black Oud Eau De Toilette. £25 RRP. Shop on www.luke1977.com

About LUKE

Since its humble beginnings in the West Midlands in 2001 LUKE has developed into a leading contemporary menswear brand with a following stretching far and wide. Having grown with the support of key independent menswear boutiques the brand has evolved organically keeping all if its values, which sets it apart.

LUKE is a practical interpretation on contemporary menswear and has all the components of the modern lad, a gentleman, a working class hero and a bit of a rogue. The brand draws strong influences from the tough elements of its native Birmingham. Foundry worker meets fashionista, Luke’s taste envelopes all. Luke’s ethos is to put a fashionable twist on any men’s garment but without over designing to retain a cool masculine look. The brand offers an exclusive look for an inclusive country, the United Kingdom of Luke.

Visit www.luke1977.com

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Fragrance

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

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

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Hurry Up: It’s (was) Black Friday!

Black Friday is now over for 2019! See you next year!

Black Friday @Justhype

70% off on website. No coupon needed, discount will be shown on item. For everyone: KIDS, MENS, WOMENS  5VER AND 10ER Lucky dips on the website running from 29th-2nd December

Black Friday @ All Saints

30% off EVERYTHING!

Black Friday @Superdry

Black Friday @ Oliver Sweeney

Whether it’s sourcing the finest Italian leathers for our uppers or deciding what colour hand-stitching to feature on our luxury trainers. Oliver Sweeney are obsessed with style, quality and detail. Mixing traditional craftsmanship with contemporary design to create shoes that challenge convention without compromising on comfort. 

Black Friday @ Suit Direct

Limited Time only. Up to 50% off!

Other popular brands

Black Friday @ Next

Black Friday @ ASOS

Black Friday @ boohooMAN

Black Friday @ CREW Clothing

About Black Friday

Black Friday is an informal name for the Friday following Thanksgiving Day in the United States, which is celebrated on the fourth Thursday of November. The day after Thanksgiving has been regarded as the beginning of America’s Christmas shopping season since 1952, although the term “Black Friday” did not become widely used until more recent decades

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Skincare

Explore our range of premium beauty brands & skincare products for men.

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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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.
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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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Sergio Tacchini x Triwa Collaboration

This is the story of a collaboration between a legendary Italian sportswear brand, Sergio Tacchini, and a disruptive watchmaker, Triwa.

Under the concept name Time for Sports they have developed four limited edition watches, made from durable Swiss TR90 plastic, perfect for sports or just for your everyday occasions.

At StylePilot, our take is that this is a refreshing collection, and we can’t wait for the summer to come back!

Designed with luminous indexes, colorful oversized luminous hands and domed mineral glass, this watch is a unique piece that will stand out on any wrist.

Specifications of this Limited Edition

– 5 ATM water resistant
– Scratch resistant mineral glass
– 2 year international warranty
– Free shipping
– Quick delivery
– Safe payment options

In details

Watch name: Sergio Concrete
Family Triwa x Sergio Tacchini
Case size: 37 mm
Case material: Recyclable TR90 – Concrete Grey
Surface treatment: Matte
Dial color: Concrete Grey
Band: Nylon 20 mm
Band color: Concrete Grey
Buckle: Stainless Steel
Water resistance: 5 ATM
Urverk: Miyota GL30
Urverkstyp: Quarts 
Sku: SERG104-SG121512P

How much?

£99 RRP. Shop at www.triwa.com

About Sergio Tacchini

Sergio Tacchini is an Italian fashion designer of sportswear and former professional tennis player. The sportswear firm bearing his name is located in Bellinzago Novarese, Novara, Italy. He was born in 1938.

Italian style and creativity, innovation and quality together with tennis DNA are the values of Sergio Tacchini, a reference brand for those who love to wear casual but with elegance and style. The Company showroom and offices are based in Milan, Italy. Sergio Tacchini is now a Brand Company working with Licenses worldwide. The Brand is in charge of Style, Design of new collections, Product and Marketing. Distribution is made by Licensees.

The Sergio Tacchini brand was at its peaks in the late eighties, and has recently made an amazing comme back!

Visit www.sergiotacchini.com

About Triwa

Founded: 2007 by four friends (still operational and still friends)
Idea: Transform the industry of watches (TRIWA) through contemporary design, modern distribution and creative marketing
Distribution: 1200 retailers in 25 markets
Office: Studio in central Stockholm which houses a team of 30 people
Portfolio: Watches, watch bands, bracelets and sunglasses
Design philosophy: We only design what we want to wear ourselves

Visit www.triwa.com