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3 Essential Summer Shoes

If you’re thinking about buying a new pair of shoes this summer make sure it’s one of these. Wearing the right pair of shoes will definitely make your outfit a lot more stylish – here are three styles that you can’t go wrong with.

 

Loafers

1. Loafers

Wearing loafers will help you easily achieve a smart and casual look. We know what you’re thinking, don’t worry! You don’t need to be a style expert to wear these – the best time for loafers would be a garden party, when you’re going on a night out or to impress your crush on date night. They look great when paired with a short sleeve shirt, slim jeans, chinos or smart shorts if it’s looking hot out. If you need to look that bit extra smart, simply add a blazer and you’ll have the right balance of smart and casual.

 

Plimsolls

2. Plimsolls

These plimsolls are a must have summer essential because you can wear them for a variety of different occasions. Whether you’re going on holiday, out with some friends or just casually heading into town – it doesn’t get any more simple than pairing these stylish plimsolls with a casual t-shirt and jeans. They’re also all about the comfort making them ideal holiday shoes or if you’re planning on doing a lot of walking.

 

Monk

3. Monk Shoes

We know you already have a pair of classic brogues, so why not opt for these stylish monk strap shoes instead this summer. You can wear them exactly the same as brogues – they look great paired with a stylish suit when you’re headed to a formal occassion and look great during the day with some slim chinos and oxford shirt. You can’t not look stylish while wearing a pair of these!

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Top 3 Summer Hairstyles

Want to refresh your look for summer? Here are some of our favourite hairstyles to consider…

Slicked

1. Slicked Back

This hairstyle was popular in winter, spring and still big during the summer. It’s perfect for keeping your hair out of your face on a hot day and will leave you looking very sharp and stylish. This is a very clean look and looks especially great on someone who prefers a very simplistic and formal style. The best way to achieve this look is to invest in a really good pomade – which is a greasy wax, giving you the perfect hold.

 

Quiff

2. The Quiff

Whether you’re going for a curly, wavy or straight quiff this is an effortless hairstyle that will keep you looking very cool. It’s perfect for someone with thick hair giving you a much more laid back yet stylish look – be sure to keep he side shorter to really emphasis the quiff. When styling your hair make sure you use a good wax to achieve a dry matt look.

 

Fade

3. The Fade

If you’re looking for a really low maintenance and easy hairstyle then the full fade look (middle image) is just for you. It requires barely any styling and you won’t need to invest in any products, although we do recommend talking to your barber first as the full fade might not suit certain face shapes. The fade also looks really good on your sides if you’re going for a slicked back look or the quiff, especially if you have a long curly quiff – faded sides will help neaten the look up.

Kingsdown Roots on How to be a Gentleman

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Matt Ridout is a men’s fashion blogger based in London. He writes for Kingsdown Roots covering a range of topics, primarily focusing on first hand reviews, upcoming trends for men and monthly fashion wishlists.

Dating

When going on a first date, how important do you think gentlemanly behaviour is to impressing a date and why?

I think first impressions count for a lot so it’s nice to do that little bit extra to make your date feel special.

What is the one gentlemanly thing all men should be sure to do on a date and why?

Complement your date on how they look; if it’s the outfit they’ve picked out or feature such as their hair or nails; everyone likes to be told they look good, especially if they’ve made the effort.

What is the one faux pas all men should avoid while on a date?

Not listening properly to what your date is talking about is a big no in my book. If you don’t appear interested in what they’re saying then it’s a mood killer plus not to mention, rude.

 

Etiquette

Do you think gentlemanly conduct is less common now than it was in previous years?  

I think men actually make more of an effort these days than in previous decades. There’s a lot more openness in society about equality which is definitely a good thing.

When it comes to being a gentleman, how big a role does good etiquette play in your opinion?

You don’t necessarily have to be well spoken to be a gentleman but the actions you take and the courtesy you give someone plays a big role on how you’re perceived.

What is the one key etiquette behaviour you believe there is no excuse not to follow?

Just being courteous in everyday situations; say please and thank you and being considerate to those around you. It’s easy to get lost in your own world each day and thinking everyone is against you but being polite and friendly goes a long way.

 

Inspiration

Which male celebrity do you look at as a true gentleman and why?

This will probably sound strange but I always consider Hugh Jackman a true gentleman; he’s a Hollywood A-lister but also a devoted husband and family man. What I’ve read and heard from people that have met him personally is that he’s incredibly humble and happy to spend time with his fans when most other actors would not.

Which celebrity do you look at as being ungentlemanly and why?

I’d pick Noel Gallagher; he’s always publicly bad mouthing others, appears arrogant and rude in interviews.

Which celebrity do you consider to be the perfect partner for a gentleman and why?

My choice would be Eva Mendez as the perfect partner for a gentleman. She always looks fantastic, dressing appropriately and elegantly when not on the screen which would certainly complement any gentleman. She’s never in the papers for the wrong reasons either plus she’s just started a family so it’s clear that she has those important family values.

Which film character do you think is the ultimate gentleman?

This is going to be a strange choice but I would say Andy Stitzer, the main character from The 40-Year-Old Virgin. Ignore the fact the film is a comedy and he dresses awfully, he actually displays a lot of characteristics that are important for being a gentleman. He’s respectful of women, polite, kind, considerate and most importantly he’s true to who he is. Put that character in a blender with the style of James Bond and you’d have the ultimate gent!

 

Clothing

In what style of clothing do you feel most like a gentleman?

I personally feel more like a gentleman when I’m dressed smartly, usually in a nice three piece suit. It’s probably a physiological thing whereby because you’re dressed well you should behave appropriately; it’s also the perception of how others see you too.

For your look,  what are key things to consider? 

It really depends on the occasion when wearing a suit, typically when putting together an outfit it’s important to get a look that’s fitted, especially around the shoulders and leg. If you don’t get the right fit it won’t look right at all. It’s key to accessories with a nice suite too, whether it’s nice belt, cufflinks or a pocket handkerchief, these are the details which really make you stand out.

 

Do you think clothing is a major factor when it comes to creating a favourable first impression with someone?

Absolutely, first impressions count for a lot regardless of the situation. The first thing you see when meeting someone is what they look like and how they dress, be it on a first date, job interview or even meeting a person on the street. If you’re made the effort and dressed well then the perception of you is going to be positive before you’ve even said anything – it’s a definite advantage.

 

Grooming

How big a role does grooming play in looking like a gentleman in your opinion and why?

It’s important to be well groomed when looking like a gentleman, it again boils down to the smaller details which people pick up on. Someone who puts no effort into their grooming could give off the wrong first impression so it makes sense to invest a little time into it.

Do you have a daily routine for grooming? 

Ten years ago my daily routine for grooming involved a shower, deodorant and some hair gel. Nowadays it’s a different story; I try to look after my skin, moisturising twice a day, once in the morning and again just before bed. I put more effort into maintaining any stubble and shaving too and on top of that I make sure I get a good haircut once every 3 weeks.

What is the one grooming item you couldn’t be without and why?

Would have to be my clippers; it helps me maintain my beard/stubble each day, without it I’d have to wet shave and my skin gets irritable very easily.

 

Finally…

What do you believe are the main qualities of a modern day gentleman?

A modern day gentleman should show a combination of all aspects we’ve talked about. He should be courteous, polite and well behaved at all times while his appearance looks smart, taking time to look good for those around him. Finally he should be well groomed at all times investing time into the smaller details.

 

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Style Over Substances on How to be a Gentleman

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I’m a thirty-something Brighton native, who has lived a little, travelled a lot and shopped even more. I have a passion for fashion and all things beautiful. Style Over Substances is a personal insight into my life and sartorial choices, with the odd pearl of wisdom thrown in here and there.

Dating

When going on a first date, how important do you think gentlemanly behaviour is to impressing a date and why?

Gentlemanly behaviour is important in all aspects of one’s life, but is especially pertinent on a date. It gives a good indication on how a potential relationship could play out and will make sure that the date is as smooth and enjoyable as possible for both parties.

What is the one gentlemanly thing all men should be sure to do on a date and why?

A true gentleman should always make sure their date gets home safely, if you cannot walk your date home, then at least put them in a taxi (for which you pay). This demonstrates good manners and also an element of care – even if the date itself didn’t go as you may have expected.

What is the one faux pas all men should avoid while on a date?

Never talk about sex on a date; it’s not classy or befitting for a gentleman and your date will certainly not be impressed.

 

Etiquette

Do you think gentlemanly conduct is less common now than it was in previous years?

No. It’s probably due to the changing nature of fashion, with shows like ‘Mad Men’ being echoed both in behaviours and clothing into this modern day.

When it comes to being a gentleman, how big a role does good etiquette play in your opinion?

Good etiquette is key to being the perfect gentleman, after all good manners cost nothing.

What is the one key etiquette behaviour you believe there is no excuse not to follow?

The most vital part of being a gentleman for me is never to forget to say please and thank you, this one small thing goes a long way in every culture.

 

Inspiration

 

Which male celebrity do you look at as a true gentleman and why?

Actor Douglas Booth for me is the personification of the modern day gentleman, not only for his impeccable style, but also his demeanour and conduct.

Which celebrity do you look at as being ungentlemanly and why?

I’m not the kind of person to put anyone down, but I would say that I am yet to see Justin Bieber possess any qualities of a gentleman.

Which celebrity do you consider to be the perfect partner for a gentleman and why?

This all depends on one’s orientation. If you are looking for a woman, it has to be Rosie Huntington-Whitely – elegance, beauty, poise and with a brain to match. If women aren’t really your thing, Mark Francis Vandelli is a good candidate; charming, devastatingly witty and of course, good breeding.

Which film character do you think is the ultimate gentleman?

For me this has to be James Bond.

 

Clothing

In what style of clothing do you feel most like a gentleman and why do you think that is?

A good suit is the staple for any discerning gentleman. Fit is crucial, an individual knows what suits their body and should dress appropriately. Classic colours and a timeless fit will mean you can wear a good suit almost anywhere.

How important is clothing and fashion when it comes to looking and feeling like a gentleman?

The most important aspect of a gentleman’s clothes is comfort. One should be comfortable in what they wear, if it doesn’t feel right, it will show.

Do you think wearing certain clothes has an impact on your general behaviour and etiquette?

To a degree, but the ultimate gentleman will behave appropriately in whatever he wears in every situation.

Do you think clothing is a major factor when it comes to creating a favourable first impression with someone?

Most people do judge on first impressions, whether subconsciously or not. If you pair the right look with a winning attitude, you have it covered.

 

Grooming

How big a role does grooming play in looking like a gentleman in your opinion and why?

Grooming is very important. If you have messy nails and an unkempt appearance, this will far outweigh even the nicest attire.

Do you have a daily routine for grooming?

For me, I make sure my skin is clean and hydrated at all times. Stubble can give an edge to an outfit, but I always keep it at a certain length and clean up any messy edges if needed. As mentioned already, clean neat nails make a big difference, you don’t have to have a weekly manicure, but maintenance is required. I probably spend around half an hour a day on my grooming, which is wholly manageable.

What is the one grooming item you couldn’t be without?

Personally I would favour a good moisturiser or serum over anything else, a clear glowing complexion will always get you noticed.

 

Finally…

What do you believe are the main qualities of a modern day gentleman?

Diplomacy, dignity, tact and wit are indispensable for the modern day gentleman.

 

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Overdressed & Underprepared on How to be a Gentleman

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My name is Robert Nixon, a Fashion Management student with a lifelong love for style, design and quality. This has led to me creating Overdressed & Underprepared (O&U for short): a place for people wanting to read an honest opinion, topped off with good style and fine photography.

Dating

When going on a first date, how important do you think gentlemanly behaviour is to impressing a date and why?

This is a vital factor in impressing a date, possibly even the most important factor. Your date is giving you a rare chance to be one of the key figures in their life, this means that chemistry is needed, humour is preferred, but proving that you will always treat them as they deserve to be treated is necessary.

What is the one gentlemanly thing all men should be sure to do on a date and why?

All men should pay attention on a date. It’s simple, easy and it makes all the difference; it shows that you have as much interest in them as you do in yourself.

What is the one faux pas all men should avoid while on a date?

Avoid being rude to waiters and bar staff (or anyone at all).

 

Etiquette

Do you think gentlemanly conduct is less common now than it was in previous years? 

Yes. It’s hard to really know the truth as the past is glamorised. Gentlemanly conduct still exists but it seems to have declined as common etiquette has declined. The fact that day-to-day clothing has become increasingly casual may also play a part.

When it comes to being a gentleman, how big a role does good etiquette play in your opinion?

Good etiquette and being a gentleman go hand in hand. You can’t have one without the other.

What is the one key etiquette behaviour you believe there is no excuse not to follow?

Eating with your mouth closed.

 

Inspiration

Which male celebrity do you look at as a true gentleman and why?

I have a lot of love for Eddie Redmayne at the moment and believe that he is the perfect example. His humility doesn’t cease to amaze me, all whilst staying true to himself as a person and being a genuinely nice guy. Plus, he has a great sense of style.

Which celebrity do you look at as being ungentlemanly and why?

Quentin Tarantino. He is arguably one of the greatest directors of all time and he knows it. He’s arrogant, intrusive and rude, which all add to Tarantino being Tarantino. He would likely be the first to admit that he is not a gentleman.

Which celebrity do you consider to be the perfect partner for a gentleman and why?

I’m going to have to opt for Lady Gaga. That woman knows exactly who she is and she is not afraid of that. Although undoubtedly zany, she is known for being grounded and for having a passion for her loyal following. I think the perfect partner for a gentleman is someone who can keep him on his toes, which I’m sure Lady Gaga is more than capable.

Which film character do you think is the ultimate gentleman?

V from V for Vendetta. Well spoken, well mannered, well dressed and, well… awesome.

 

Clothing

In what style of clothing do you feel most like a gentleman and why do you think that is?

This has to be a suit. A good suit makes you stand up straight and feel confident. Confidence is an strong aspect of being a gentleman. Fit is definitely the key thing to consider. A suit can be as beautiful or as expensive as you want, but if it doesn’t fit, it’ll look awful.

How important is clothing and fashion when it comes to looking and feeling like a gentleman?

Crucial. Suits help significantly but they are not compulsory, nor is anybody in a suit a gentleman. On the other hand, it’s almost impossible to look and feel like a gentleman in a tracksuit.

Do you think wearing certain clothes has an impact on your general behaviour and etiquette?

General behaviour and etiquette should be consistent within a man, regardless of what he is wearing. However wearing an outfit that makes you feel like you look good (be it a suit, tux or something else) will help.

Do you think clothing is a major factor when it comes to creating a favourable first impression with someone?

Without doubt. People are likely to see you before they hear you (hopefully), and visuals are incredibly dominant.

 

Grooming

How big a role does grooming play in looking like a gentleman in your opinion and why?

Grooming plays a large role. Not necessarily being clean shaven and having business-like hair, but ensuring that whatever style you go for is kept tidy.

Do you have a daily routine for grooming? 

My routine involves moisturising my face and hands, along with trimming facial hair and applying beard oil. All in all, this takes about five minutes. I should probably do more.

What is the one grooming item you couldn’t be without and why?

For years I have had incredibly dry hands, forcing me to try out one new moisturiser after another, until I found Burt’s Bees Almond Milk Hand Creme. It works a treat and smells amazing.

Finally…

What do you believe are the main qualities of a modern day gentleman?

Humility, patience, manners, punctuality, loyalty, ambition, charm, appearance and the ability to stay calm.

 

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