At Burton we have just launched a range of premium, 100% wool men’s suits. Our collection of wool suits have arrived just in time for the cooler months and are set to last you season after season, providing you take our tips on caring for your new wool suit.
No, no, no. Don’t stick your new wool suit in the wash after the first couple of wears. It’s not necessary and will ruin it. Instead hang your suit after each wear and allow it a bit of a rest, airing out to ensure it doesn’t smell.
Steam your suit every once in a while to knock the creases out and to help remove any minor stains. Don’t iron it as it will make the beautiful wool fibres go shiny which I’m sure you’ll agree isn’t a good look.
Brushing after every few wears can increase the lifespan of your wool suit by brushing out fine debris that can collect in the fibres of the wool and weaken it. Brush in smooth downward strokes whilst the suit is hanging on a wooden hanger.
4. Dry Cleaning
You only really need to dry clean your wool suit twice a year. The chemicals used in the process can damage the fibres so keep dry cleaning to a minimum and instead ensure you’re hanging, airing, brushing and steaming your wool suit as required to care for it.
No-one likes the smell of mothballs, but in a trade off, that lingering odour would trump having holes in your favourite wool suit. Luckily these days there are much better varieties on the market, but for a more natural solution, using a cedar wood hanger is said to be a great repellent, as well as keeping the form of the shoulders on the jacket. Bay leaves can also help stave off the moths.
A luxurious wool suit is a thing of beauty and a right of passage for any sartorially inclined gent. Shop our range of wool suits from only £129, available online now.
A new season can be a little overwhelming for those who aren’t the best at keeping up with trends but still want to fit in. Just to make it as simple as possible for you, we’ve picked out the top 5 colours you should be wearing this autumn. Follow our advice, add these colours to your wardrobe and you won’t go wrong!
Camel has been around for quite a while and is definitely a must have colour, it can easily be pulled off by most. We suggest going for a camel blazer or camel coloured jumper which are best teamed with dark denim. Some camel chinos are great for a more casual look and are easily paired with other colours and check shirts.
When you see burgundy you know autumn is here! This colour has the right tone to make your outfit look stylish but not too loud. Whether it’s a bomber, parka or fisherman jacket it will look great in a burgundy tone. If you’re not too sure about burgundy, start of with smaller details such as a burgundy tie. When pairing clothing with burgundy you can’t go wrong with denim or a blue shirt. Top tip – when in doubt always go for something white.
3. Bright Red
Autumn isn’t as bright at summer but it doesn’t mean we have to pack up all our bright clothing. This bright red is just what you need to add some boldness to your look! If you’re worried about looking too bold this autumn go for a check shirt with some bright red and other darker colours to balance it out. If you’re brave enough go for a bright red jacket or even jumper. As this red is quite bright be careful not to pair it with other bright colours – stick to one main, neutral colour such as beige or navy.
Teal is a mix between blue and green – one of the simplest colours of the lot to pull off. Step away from wearing just blacks, navys and greys during autumn and add some teal to your smart and casual look. This formal teal smart shirt will have you looking stylish at work or at a formal occasion. If you’re going for a more causal look this colour is perfect for colour blocking – use teal as the main focus and layer with other neutral colours to complete the look.
Mustard is one of the most popular colours this season – it’s quite similar to the camel colour but a little brighter and the more daring of the two. Many may be a little unsure about this colour as they think it might be too bold, but if you follow our advice it will be your favourite colour this season. When choosing mustard products the easiest to go for would be a shirt or a jumper – simply wear these with a pair of navy trousers or jeans and you’ll look great! If you want to stand out of the crowd we recommend layering a red check shirt under a mustard jumper for extra style points.
With so much contrasting information out there these days online and in magazines, it can be very confusing to know what the right way to build muscle is. In truth, there isn’t one set rule. Rome wasn’t built in a day and your body won’t be either. ‘I don’t want to get too big’ is a frequent quote I hear from beginners. Worry about that once you have started adding muscle. You will not become muscle-bound monster over night. Start by setting small achievable goals and progress from there. For example, aim to add 1-2lb per week of lean muscle tissue and increase strength with it.
1)Leave The Ego At Home
Where I see a lot mistakes, is people (especially younger guys) trying to lift too heavy with incorrect form. I was no different when I first started. I was too busy thinking about the number written on the dumbbell or what others would think if the weight was light, rather than thinking about how to move it properly. Quality of movement wins every time and prevents injury that can hamper continual progress. If you can’t lift it correctly drop the weight and your ego. You can have the best plan, diet and supplements in the world, but if you aren’t training properly you will not grow.
2) Track Your Progress
Tracking your results is essential to both short and long term goals. Without an actual plan, workout log or goal you could be banging your head against a brick wall for years in a quest to build some muscle, wasting a lot time and money in the process.
Take pictures, your body weight and body fat before you start training, and again the same time and day the following week. Not only is this good for motivation but also makes your accountable to yourself to stay focused with your weekly workouts.
You should also be recording your workouts, beating your previous numbers, and setting new targets each week. In the end, however you do it, track your workouts and your body so you know you’re making progress! If you’re not making progress, it’s time to change the routine.
3) Don’t Over Complicate
Keep it simple. Develop a simple workout program that includes all big lifts like the squat, incline bench press, overhead press and deadlifts for around 6-8 reps maximum each set. Then work the rest of your exercises around these big muscle builders for around 8-12 reps. It’s not necessary at the beginning to look into advanced workout protocols. This will allow you to build a solid foundation for future gains.
Work the biggest muscles of your body first (glutes, quads, hamstrings, pectorals and back). By training your big movers with compound lifts, you’ll be able to lift safely – and heavily – in the gym.
Use a simple workout, work hard, refuel post-workout, and rest properly. For as hard as you train, you must recover harder for quicker muscle gains. That’s the best advice I have for everyone — from beginning lifters to experienced gym rats.
4) Eat Big To Get Big
You can be the hardest working guy in the gym but if your nutrition isn’t right you won’t grow. Your diet doesn’t need to be perfect, but pay attention to these basic rules:
1. You must be in positive caloric balance to build mass. If you want to put on weight of any kind – whether muscle or fat — you need to eat more! That’s how the mathematics of weight gain works.
2. Eat your protein! You can’t build new muscle without it. Good sources of complete proteins include fish, beef, chicken and any other dead animal. Milk, Greek yogurt and eggs are also great choices. Your bare minimum should be 1 gram of protein per pound of body weight per day. For more rapid muscle gains, bump that amount up to 1 1/2 or even 2 grams per pound.
3.Eat fat! It will support healthy hormone production and testosterone levels, both crucial for building muscle, fat loss and a health heart. Great choices are nuts, oily fish and avocado.
4. Don’t be scared of carbohydrates. Eating sufficient carbs are essential for both energy and recovery around sessions, especially if you have fast metabolism trying to grow. Choose your carb intake from oats, white potato, sweet potato and whole grain rice to minimise body fat gains as you get bigger.
5) Take The Right Supplements
You’re not going to need a barrage of supplements your first day in the gym. In the beginning, focus on eating healthfully, recovering, and performing well.
However, a good protein powder is a must if you’re going to want to add some muscle. Whey protein isolate (Iso:Pro 97) is essential post-workout and beneficial any time of the day. Multivitamins (Alpha Men) are your insurance against any vitamin deficiencies. Creatine Monohydrate will help maintain and build new muscle tissue, as well as increase your strength.
It’s okay to add more supplements as needed, once your priorities are in order and you can make good use of them.
For further training and diet advice feel free to check out my website www.kirk-miller.com
Words by Kirk Miller – Cover Model & Myprotein Ambassador
We all love to suit up and this season will be no different. Trending this week at Burton is the premium wool suit – Take our word for it, if you really love your suits then you’ll want to go for one of these the next time you need to smarten up.
The premium wool suit is made up of the perfect wool blend to make sure you not only look good but feel the best too. If you’re someone who really prides themselves on quality and style then this is the suit for you. If you’re not off to a special occasion this suit can easily be pulled off at work, its classic style will be around for years to come so you know it will be a good spend.
The 58th London Film Festival kicks off today and with 248 films on the program, it’s no small task to whittle it down to the 2-3 that you actually want to see.
We’ve stepped in and offered a helping hand with 5 of our predicted favourites to catch on the big screen over the next 10 days:
Brad Pitt’s back on the front line as Wardaddy. Outnumbered and outgunned, and with a rookie soldier thrust into their platoon, Wardaddy and his men face overwhelming odds in their heroic attempts to strike at the heart of Nazi Germany.
Wonderboy Tatum stars in this true story of Olympic Wrestling Champion Mark Schultz who decides to get justice after schizophrenic John duPont killed his brother, Olympic Champion Dave Schultz.
A young British soldier is abandoned by his unit in the streets of Belfast in 1971. Unable to tell friend from foe, the raw recruit must survive the night alone and find his way to safety through a disorientating and deadly landscape.
The Dead Lands
After his tribe is slaughtered through an act of treachery, Hongi – a Maori chieftain’s teenage son – must avenge his father’s murder in order to bring peace and honor to the souls of his loved ones.
The Imitation Game
Based on the real life story of Alan Turing (played by Benedict Cumberbatch), who cracked the German Enigma code, the film portrays the nail-biting race against time by Turing and his brilliant team at Britain’s top-secret code-breaking centre.
Find out more about the London Film Festival from BFI.