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How to do Halloween in style

Whilst we seldom recommend fancy dress to any discerning gent who’s past University age, we also wouldn’t recommend being a party pooper.

If you’re invited to a costume party this Halloween, you’re going to turn up in a costume. To do otherwise is a slap in the face to the host.

Luckily we’re on hand, with 3 of the best Halloween costume ideas that involve a sharp black suit, which is about as sartorially inclined as you’re going to get for possibly the most unstylish holiday in the calendar.

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1. Superman

Layer a blue superman t-shirt under your favourite sharp black suit and white shirt combo. When you get to the party, loosen the tie, undo a couple of buttons and pop on some square glasses. You’ll have a host that’s happy with the level of effort you’ve put in, plus for the journey home, just button back up and you’re looking as sharp as ever.

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2. The Crazy 88

For this one not only do you get to look seriously dapper in a well fitting slim black suit and crisp white shirt, but you get to don a black face mask and whip a considerable sword from your sheath. If there’s a group of you even better, it probably won’t take much persuading to find someone to fill Uma Thurman’s boots too.

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3. Patrick Bateman

History’s most stylish sociopath, Patrick Bateman is as well renowned for his horrific crimes as he is for his sharp dress sense. Suit up and pull a plastic overall on top and finish the look with lashings of fake blood and a faux axe.

Best of the rest

You’re not just limited to these 3 stylish get-ups. Other ideas include James Bond, Men In Black, Mobsters or perhaps even a redundant banker after the financial crash, complete with a cardboard box and forlorn look.

However you celebrate Halloween, do it in style with a sharp black suit.

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Trending This Week: Monochrome

The monochrome trend is still here and it’s still big! It’s as simple as black and white, so we’re not too surprised that it’s been really popular. It’s a great look and easy to pull off whatever your style! If you haven’t got your monochrome gear already – no worries, it’s still not too late.

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We’ve handpicked some of our best pieces to get you started. Choose from a variety of plain and print tees, jumpers, jackets and even your essential joggers can be part of the trend. The great thing about this trend is that you only need two staples pieces that are black and white or to make it even more effortless just go for a print tee and pair with some jeans. Here’s a great tip – if you’ve already got a short sleeve monochrome tee – just add a plain black or white long sleeve tee to keep you warm when it’s cold and upgrade your look to autumn winter.

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How To Care For a Wool Suit

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.
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1. Airing

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.

2.  Steaming

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.

3. Brushing

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.

5. Moths

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.

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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.

We recommend wearing yours with a roll neck jumper and a smart pair of brogues.

5 Key Colours For Autumn

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!

1. Camel 

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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.

2. Burgundy 

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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

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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.

4. Teal 

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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.

5. Mustard 

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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.

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BUILDING MUSCLE: Top Tips to add some mass

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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

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Words by Kirk Miller – Cover Model & Myprotein Ambassador 

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