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The Bomber Jacket – Style Icons

This easy to wear and versatile staple has been around for years and is definitely a style hero of this season. When it comes to this time of the year and you have no idea whether it will be warm or cold – opting for a lightweight bomber will be your safest option. The bomber jacket can be simply paired with a basic t-shirt and jeans for a casual day or if it’s looking chilly out pair your stylish bomber with a sweatshirt or jumper. You can’t go wrong with this classic jacket, but here’s a little more inspiration from a few top style icons who we think have been pulling off the bomber jacket perfectly.

 

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James Dean

This cultural icon has pulled off this bomber jacket so well in his well-known movie ‘Rebel without a Cause’ that we think this stylish red number might be just as famous as he is. His bad boy character Jim Stark has not only pulled off this jacket really well but at the time he gave it a rebel status as men were mostly seen in smart blazers. If you’re not too keen on this colour, opt for a burgundy or even black or grey if you don’t want to stand out too much.

 

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Ryan Gosling

We couldn’t help but be impressed when we saw Ryan Gosling pulling off this stylish suede bomber jacket. Simple yet stylish, you can’t go wrong with the colour and shape of this one, we think it’s perfect from autumn winter. Not to mention it’s much easier to pull off than his scorpion bomber jacket which kicked up a bit of a buzz in the past.

 

 

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James Blake

Here is the talented James Blake wearing a unique yet simplistic bomber jacket at Glastonbury. Wearing a printed bomber jacket is an easy way to liven up a casual outfit. If you’re going to invest in a printed bomber jacket like this one pair it with a plain t-shirt and jeans – having one style piece like this printed bomber will really make your outfit stand out.

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Can I Wear Jeans To Work?

Of course you can wear jeans to work but perhaps the real question is SHOULD you be wearing jeans into work? It depends on the context of your job and in some industries it is actually encouraged. But if you’re not sure whether you can get away with wearing jeans in the office read our quick checklist below…

Are you the boss?

If you’re at the top of your game, you don’t can pretty much wear what you darn well like into the office. However, you do need to be aware that your sartorial choices will have repercussions and set the tone for the dresscode in the office. If you work in a profession where a suit is the norm then a pair of bleach wash jeans and a band tee is going to raise some eyebrows regardless of your status. Be sensible and lead by example. If you want your staff to look sharp and smart, then ensure you are too.

Are you client facing?

If you’re face to face with your customers on a daily basis you need to take some time first to think about how appropriate jeans are. Would you trust an accountant, lawyer or doctor who was wearing jeans to work? On the flipside, you’d almost expect an architect or someone in the creative industry to wear something that said smart casual rather than a suit. And if you need to come across as friendly and relaxed to customers, a smart pair of jeans could be just what you’re looking for.

So, when can’t you wear jeans?

When you have a work uniform, when all your peers wear a suit, when you’re client facing and need to convey power and professionalism, when you work in a conventional office with a smart dress code and when you’re a corporate CEO who leads by example. Best leave those jeans for the weekend and dress the part at work.

Then, when CAN you wear jeans?

Dress down Friday’s go hand in hand with your favourite pair of dark wash jeans. If you work at a creative agency or you’re freelance then jeans are probably your go-to choice anyway. If you’re right on the borderline and really unsure then go for it one day but make sure you go for a smart denim look or even black jeans.

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Team a dark wash pair of jeans as these always look much smarter with your favourite work shirt. Keep to the professional dress code by wearing a blazer and add a belt to smarten up your look. You could always wear a waistcoat from your favourite 3 piece suit over the top or a smart fine knit.

For more ideas of jeans at work, take a look at our Day To Night Feature

5 Ways To Update Your Work Wardrobe

The summer is almost over and you’re back to the daily grind so why not make a fresh start by updating your work wardrobe. Simply by tweaking your work attire, you can look the part and be more confident to face whatever challenges are thrown at you. Smarten up your act and look stylish with five easy updates to your work wardrobe.

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1. Stock up on shirts

Invest in two to three formal shirts to freshen up your work wardrobe. A crisp white shirt is a safe standby but make sure it fits – getting rid of excess fabric will instantly make you look sharp. Choose between regular, tailored or slim fit and find a style to suits your frame. Another option to try is the Oxford shirt in classic light blue. Worn with a suit or pair of chinos, you’re guaranteed to look good. Finally, it wouldn’t hurt to throw a navy or dark grey shirt into the mix. And if you want to wear your shirt more than once during the week, wear a vest top underneath.

2. Think formal trousers

A pair of well-cut formal trousers in black are standard work wear in any man’s wardrobe but why not switch it up colour wise? Navy or grey formal trousers are just as smart and they work with white, blue, burgundy and pink shirts. Another good option is a pair of subtly patterned trousers. Team with a white shirt and formal shoes to ensure you’re confident and ready for the boardroom.

3. Smart knits

If you want to remove your blazer or suit jacket in the office but still feel a bit of a chill (thank the air conditioning for that), add a smart knit to your list. Stick to “fine-gauge” or thinner knitted jumpers in grey, black or burgundy (one of the most flattering colours for autumn/winter). Wear a v-neck jumper over a shirt and tie or a crew neck with a shirt buttoned right up. If you don’t have to wear a shirt and tie to work, you could always try this season’s roll neck. Layer under a blazer or your suit jacket on those particularly chilly days.

4. Simple details

Reboot your work wardrobe with a few new accessories such as a plain tie in this season’s burgundy or patterned navy with tie pin. Don’t overcomplicate the situation and stick to two or three finishing flourishes. In addition to the tie, cufflinks works with a French cuff shirt and a smart leather belt will make your look much more stylish. You could even refresh last year’s blazer or your favourite suit by adding a patterned pocket square.

5. Shoes that fit

Pay attention to your footwear and ensure you’re looking good from the ground up. It doesn’t hurt to give your shoes a polish or even try a new style of formal shoes. From classic tan brogues to black leather Monk shoes, put your best foot forward by updating your inventory in the footwear department.

For more ideas on what to wear to work, see our Tailor Made feature.

National Burger Day – 5 Best Burgers

It’s National Burger Day on Thursday 27th August 2015 and to celebrate we’ve put together 5 of the best burgers. We’re not saying you ever need an excuse to try a great burger but make sure it’s a good one by picking from our fine selection…

 

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1. Byron

If you haven’t heard of Byron, then the meat and bun craze of the past few years has probably passed you by. Serving up meaty number to get your taste buds racing, Byron should be on your hitlist. Choose from a range of mouth-watering “proper hamburgers” to suit all preferences (even veggies). And with plenty of locations up and down the country, you’ll sure to find one nearby. Feeling hungry or simply up for a challenge? Get your teeth into a 6oz Freddar Dawg.

 

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2. Gran Luchito

Don’t feel like heading out? Why not make one yourself – Gran Luchito’s chilli con carne burger is easy to make and you’ll feel satisfied that you had the knowhow to pull it together. Featuring smoked chilli paste, chorizo and kidney beans, this is one tasty meat feast. If you see yourself as a bit of a top chef why not get together with a few friends and cook up the best burger they will ever have?

Find the recipe here

 

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3. Almost Famous – Manchester, Liverpool & Leeds

Make sure you get in early to the Almost Famous because the booming busy vibe of this place never seems to let off. With friendly staff are extremely friendly and a welcoming atmosphere, you’ll feel at home while you decide which work of art to devour served in little plastic red baskets. And with edgy furniture and decor, this burger joint has an authentic American feel. Head there now to try out their new menu which is full of even more great burgers to try.

 

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4. The Burger Joint – Bristol

Spoil yourself at the best burger restaurant in Bristol. The Burger Joint has an electric atmosphere and unbeatable prices to make your burger experience even better. There is a step by step menu which lends you a hand assembling your ultimate burger with every patty, topping and sauce you could possibly imagine. The enormous range of combos means that you can make your burger as simplistic or extravagant as your heart desires.

 

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5. The Joint – London

If you’re looking for a simple fast food place with a twist then the Joint is the place to go. Choose from delicious 16-hour slow-cooked pulled pork or slow-cooked shredded chicken – either are guaranteed to leave your mouth dribbling. If you in London and enjoy burgers, make this a destination to go to. Based in Brixton and Marylebone, we’re sure it’ll become one of your favourite joints.

Anatomy of a Shirt

The shirt is an everyday article of clothing, worn with everything from suits to sweaters or just with a pair of classic dark denim. And with an absolute wealth of options available, deciding on whether you’re smartening up or dressing casually for the occasion can help when it comes to your sartorial selection.

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Collars

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One of the more noticeable details on your smart shirt, your choice of collar can speak volumes.

A classic point collar is a time honoured, versatile option, that’s popular because it is understated, smart and suits all face shapes.

Next up you’ve got spread and cutaway collars. “All cutaway collars are spread collars, but not all spread collars are cutaway collars”. To stop any confusion, let’s get down to the nitty gritty. In the simplest terms, a spread collar has points that finish wider apart than a classic point collar, so a wider angle in between and a cutaway collar is an even more extreme version of this. They’re often considered slightly more formal than a classic point collar and they really suit men with thin and long faces.

The button-down collar is conventionally thought of as less formal, it’s traditionally a sports collar that would not be worn with a suit (dress down Friday is more within its remit), however times change  and it is now considered acceptable to wear a button down collar at formal occasions. Wear with a knitted tie and perhaps leave the suit jacket at home.

The tab collar is much more elusive and less common than it’s other collar counterparts. Falling in and out of fashion since the 1920s, it’s popular with those who are after a vintage twist to their formal look. The tab fastens right under the tie knot which holds the tie right up to the top of the collar and keeps it looking precice all day long. The tab collar works well with a skinny tie and a modish skinny suit. If it’s good enough for James Bond (Daniel Craig rocked a tab collar in Skyfall), it’s certainly good enough for us. A similar effect can be achieved with a collar bar too.

The most formal collar type is the wing collar, it’s traditionally part of your black tie dress code and would be worn exclusively with a tuxedo or a morning coat and a bow tie. Not one to wear to the office, this shirt should be saved for special occasions only.

Cuffs

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As with the collar, there are many varieties of shirt cuff too. Let’s focus on 3 of the most popular for now.

The most universal cuff is the barrel cuff which you’ll find on most ‘off the shelf’ shirts. It’s great for the office and business wear because it’s understated and won’t break any of the rules for formal dressing. You get barrel cuffs with one, two or even three buttons (one is the most common on a formal shirt) and the cuff can be cut straight, gently rounded at the edge or even mitred to create some additional angles.

Next up is the French cuff which is also known as a double cuff. The material is twice as long as a barrel cuff and folds back on itself before you press the inner facing surfaces together and fasten with a cufflink. The French cuff is fairly divisive. In one camp you get those whose love the formality of the French cuff and it’s association with high flying business executives. This explains its enormous popularity in The City amongst the bankers, brokers and board members of the world. In the other camp, you find those who think the French cuff is ostentatious and over the top. Whatever your opinion, it is unanimously agreed that cufflinks are obligatory with a French cuff, anything else is considered sloppy and most certainly not ‘edgy’ and cool.

Finally we have the cocktail cuff which you may also have heard of as a turn back cuff, James Bond cuff, Portofino cuff, Milanese cuff, Neapolitan cuff or a British cuff. As you can imagine, it’s easy to see how this cuff can cause some confusion. The cocktail cuff is similar to the French cuff in that it also turns back on itself, however you do not require cufflinks, as the cuff is stiff and won’t flop around and is fastened by two buttons traditionally. This cuff makes a slightly more unusual alternative to the French cuff and saw a rise to popularity when it was worn by Sean Connery and Roger Moore in Bond movies throughout the 60s and 70s. As you can probably defer from the name, this cuff is intended for occasion wear including black and white tie dress codes but it has recently made a transition into the upper echelons of business dress.

Pleats

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Another hotly debated topic when it comes to men’s shirts but what it really boils down to is personal preference and the level of formality you’re after. The function of the pleat is to give you some excess material to help increase your comfortable range of movement at the shoulders and back. The down side is that this also adds some volume of material to the waist too which doesn’t help achieve the slim fit which is right on trend at the moment.

A box pleat is the least formal option and is usually found on shirts with a button down collar, they’re often also found on many ‘off the shelf’ dress shirts (but not ours).

Secondly, you have side pleats which can also be known as knife pleats. These are often preferred over a box pleat for formal dress as they don’t create the same amount of excess fabric at the waist but should be avoided if you have broad but slightly sloping shoulders as they won’t sit properly.

An inverted back pleat is also know as a scissor pleat, its function is much the same as the box pleat, it’s just inverted. It’s more scarce than the box pleat but still considered fairly informal. It looks great on a smart-casual shirt like a denim or a chambray that can be used to dress down a suit.

A great deal of people prefer not to have any pleats at all on their dress shirt. If the shoulders and arm holes fit well there is little need. Having no pleats also means that you don’t have the extra inches of fabric around the rest of the torso. It’s also not really the done thing to have darts in a shirt with pleats and if you’re after a slim, sleek silhouette then no pleats and a pair of neat darts to sculpt the shirt is preferable. We offer this style of shirt across most of our smart range.

The Placket

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The placket also comes in a choice of designs available. The most familiar is the conventional placket which is found on most ‘off the shelf’ shirts. It gives the shirt a symmetrical aesthetic and is traditional British business and formal dress.

The French placket has the fabric is folded over inwards so that the stitches don’t show on the front of the shirt. It’s considered more modern and is much more minimalist and popular in the rest of Europe. However, it is becoming much more popular in the UK too and can be considered more formal that it’s conventional counterpart.

The Fly Front placket has a flap of material which conceals the shirt buttons underneath. This is your go-to placket style when you have a black tie dress code or an occasion that calls for a tuxedo.

Finally, a contrast placket is most often a conventional placket which is made in a contrast colour to the rest of the shirt, it can also be complimented with a contrast collar or even contrast cuffs too.

Now when it comes to picking the perfect dress shirt, whether it is for business, black tie or you just want to show off your extensive knowledge, you’ll be clued up on everything you need to know to nail your look. For a little more inspiration check out our article on how to pick the perfect shirt and tie combination too.

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