New Year Resolutions to get fit and healthy might have fallen to the wayside, but if you want to look great for your summer holiday this year, now is the time to get stuck in to your workout routine.
We find that new gear acts as a pretty great motivation to get down the gym, and our Monosport collection is bound to do the trick.
Soft jogger shorts, bold printed tees and streetwear inspired leatherette detail gym bags are the order of the day. It’s a clean, simple but very effective look for the gym with pieces that are simple to mix and match so you can just pick the pieces that you best like to workout in, whether its joggers or shorts, hoodies or sweaters, vests or t-shirts, safe in the knowledge that everything in this black, white and grey collection si going to go together perfectly.
Going away somewhere nice for a long weekend? We’ve put together the perfect guide on what you’ll need to pack – from must have essentials to key style picks. Just to make looking great that little bit easier these styles can be mixed and matched for any occasion. Don’t leave packing to the last minute – get these staples now and you won’t need to compromise your look later.
The most important thing about packing your bag for a weekend away is getting the balance between smart and casual clothing correct. The key is not to pack too much and go for picks that can easily be teamed with each other – all you need are a few items that will take you from day activities to nights out.
Most importantly you’ll need some key style items to make sure you look on point all weekend. These should include a cotton blazer, oxford shirt, darks jeans or chinos. If you’re headed somewhere sunnier go for a printed short sleeve shirt, chinos shorts and some cool sunglasses to complete the look.
Shoes are also very important – pack a pair of suede dessert shoes, these will go great with any formal or smart casual outfit. You’ll also want to opt for some comfy plimsolls or boat shoes if you’re planning on doing a lot of walking, but still want to keep that on trend look.
Every weekend away will need some must have essentials – you can’t go wrong with a plain t-shirt, a hoodie for when you’re lounging about and most importantly socks and boxer shorts!
The Classic Fragrance
Launched in 1996, masculine fragrance opens with fresh notes of bergamot, neroli and green tangerine, when fused with fruity persimmon and warm Indonesian patchouli the result is both fresh and sensual with a very slight marine woodiness. There’s not a guy we’ve met who doesn’t like this fragrance. A true classic for almost 20 years.
The Staple Fragrance
Bold and sophisticated, Dior Homme Eau for Men is defined by its urban edge and instant charm. The fragrance mixes spicy top notes of Moroccan Grapefruit, Bergamot and Crimean Coriander, mid notes of Tuscan Iris and a robust base of Virginia Cedar Wood for a refined, masculine scent.
The Cult Fragrance
Comme Des Garcons fragrances have achieved somewhat of a cult status amongst those in the know. For Spring the Comme des Garcons series 4 Citrico is #JustTheTicket and features bitter orange, bergamot, neroli, lemon, rosemary, orange blossom, rose, cedar and sandalwood. It’s a smooth, dry citrus cologne and is lighter than eau de parfums and eau de toilettes and so is intended to be applied liberally.
The Luxury Fragrance
Tom Ford’s reinvention of a classic eau de cologne features crisp citrus oils, bold floral notes and amber undertones. The scent is supposed to nostalgically capture the fresh, bracing air of the Italian Riviera. It’s not cheap, but trust us when we say you don’t need more than a small spritz as it’s a strong scent.
The All Rounder Fragrance
Good for every day and suited to most men, Issey Miyake’s L’Eau d’Issey Pour Homme is a fresh, vibrant and elegant scent with a very masculine signature. It offers a blend of citrus, precious woods and spices, perfect for a modern man. If in doubt, this is our go-to all year round, not just for Spring.
Now you’ve sorted your spring scent, it’s time to nail your spring wardrobe too.
Leave your preconceptions at the door. Real men do yoga, and here’s 5 reasons why.
Don’t confuse this with yoga being easy. It’s not. It’s a real workout. Do an hour class though and you’ll walk out feeling calm, relaxed and stress free. If you’ve got a hectic job or a busy lifestyle, taking an hour a week to do some yoga will help you de-clutter your mind and relieve pent up tension in your body. It can even help you focus better at work and become more productive as a result.
You’ll Look Great
Yoga is going to help you achieve a tighter and more toned body. It’ll sculpt your muscles as part of your regular routine. By all means keep pumping weights in the gym, but introduce some yoga and your physique is going to look longer and leaner. A win in our books. Studies have also shown it helps men with their digestion and can kill cravings for bad foods making it an all rounder at improving your appearance.
Ryan Giggs has credited yoga with helping him overcome a spate of hamstring injuries in his 20s. He kept it up and played into his 40s with minimal injuries! Giggs introduced other players like Joe Hart, Rio Ferdinand and David Silva to yoga too and they’re all converts. Yoga eliminates tightness in your muscles that can lead to injury so if you fancy yourself as a bit of a Sunday league superstar, yoga is going to help you step up your game.
We weren’t lying when we said it’s not a walk in the park. Yoga focuses on the core, and who wouldn’t want a set of killer abs? You’ll also build strength in your legs and arms – it’s a full body workout, targeting all the muscle groups. It’s a different ball game to pumping iron in the gym so if you think you’re a tough strong guy, we challenge you to pit your strength against an hour of yoga.
Banishing anxieties and gaining a great body is definitely going to give your confidence a real boost. Did we also mention that the average yoga class is probably around 70% women? So once you’ve worked up a sweat, those post workout endorphins flowing and you’re feeling on top of the world, after your yoga class is probably the time to ask out that gorgeous girl with the perfect downward dog from the third row! Your new found confidence won’t let you down.
Now you’ve been persuaded to give yoga a try, have a go at some of these free online beginners tutorials before taking the plunge with your first class.
Distressed denim is nothing new, however we’ve just introduced our latest twist on a classic technique. Our washed effect black denim give you that worn in and well loved look right off the peg, only they’ve had the washed effect applied in all the right places so whilst they’ll look naturally worn, they’re anything but scruffy. See for yourself the difference in the aesthetic between our washed effect black jeans and those old kegs you keep in the back of your wardrobe – they’re miles apart!
We turned our eye to the streets to see how Britain’s most stylish are wearing the trend so pick up some pointers to set your look on the right tracks. If in doubt, we love these jeans styled smarter with Chelsea boots, a slim fitting shirt and a Harrington or mac, or take the casual route with some simple plimsolls a fresh white tee and a black bomber.