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It's a man's world

Wednesday, 29th August, 2018 4:59pm

Given that most of my work involves styling womenswear and shopping with women, I often forget about menswear and how much retailers have upped their game when it comes to the offering that’s out there for guys these days.

I’m a big fan of menswear especially when it comes to tailoring and smart casual looks and I have some male personal shopping clients that really are a joy to dress.

It used to be that a lot (not all) of men went from being dressed by their mothers or sisters, before the job was passed on to a girlfriend or wife, but nowadays men take a lot more interest in putting together their own signature style.

That said, I still know a few men who could count on one hand the amount of times they’ve stepped into a clothing store but we’ll mention no names on that one!

If you’re interested in updating your look, or ladies if you feel the man in your life needs a style overhaul, here are some simple tips and tricks that can take your look from dad style (which is totally in this season BTW) to sophisticated gent in no time.

First up invest in some good outerwear. Nothing spoils a well put together look like a jaded old windbreaker that not even Corrie’s Roy Cropper would look twice at. A simple navy blazer is a great investment and can be worn over a t-shirt and jeans for a more casual look or over a shirt when you need to take things up a notch.

Now that we’re coming into autumn, it’s time to start thinking about coats and you can’t go wrong with a camel or navy overcoat. It’s a style that never goes out of fashion, so you’ll wear it for many seasons to come.

When it comes to shirts you’d be forgiven for thinking that the only type of shirt out there is in a check print. Now while two or three in various colourways are okay to have in the wardrobe, you don’t want all your shirts to be in that pattern because really that is just going to get very boring when it comes to getting dressed. There are so many more prints out there to experiment with and give a more subtle fashion edge.

The print doesn’t have to be overpowering, just a small polka dot or floral print will do in a variety of colours. It adds some fun to your wardrobe.

If you’re thinking of investing in a new suit try looking at different colours. Yes a navy suit is a classic but play around with various shades of grey, tan or even a small print to change it up a bit.

Stone and sand shades are as easy to wear as navy and look good with a range of different colours, so it’s easy to change up the look with different shirts, shoes and accessories. If you’re feeling particularly brave, why not roll up the leg of your trousers to reveal a bare ankle or create an interesting contrast with a colourful sock?

Don’t forget about footwear. There is nothing worse than a great outfit being ruined by the wrong shoes so have a great pair of trainers, a brogue and a boot in your wardrobe.

Accessories will finish off any look to perfection so choose things like a watch, belt and scarf carefully and if you’re feeling like a fashion moment, why not grab a lapel pin to jazz up that jacket?

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