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Do you play in a folk band? Ride a fixed-wheel bicycle? Curate a Tumblr feed devoted to naked girls in s Scandinavian cars? Are you Jeremy Paxman? Answer yes to more than one of these and you have my permission — even encouragement — to bin your Gillette. Otherwise, for goodness sake man, have a shave.
Fit and comfort are crucial. That's why skinny jeans and deep-V T-shirts look ridiculous on anyone over 24 and 10 stone. But comfort comes not only from the right size but the right fabric. But even cashmere will feel uncomfortable if it's two sizes too small. Depends what you're using it for. Bags should have practical applications. If you are hiking, cycling or running to work, a rucksack makes more sense than a briefcase. And vice versa if you are carrying important documents and a banana to a business meeting.
Man bag is a neologism that us style snobs avoid. The best of all worlds, in my opinion, is a soft-sided briefcase in brown leather. As a rule of lambskin-clad thumb, if it's handmade in England, France or Italy, chances are the people who made it were paid and treated better than if it was mass-produced in the developing world.
It'll look better for longer, too. Sunglasses that suit your face. There's no one-size-fits-all in men's style. If you look as if you're trying to be cool, you're not. So try before you buy. The stylish man's colour palette, at least when it comes to major purchases, tends to be limited. Blue, grey and sometimes brown are correct. Lilac, lemon, mint, fuchsia, tangerine, not so much. Navy is the safest colour of all. Formalwear is black or white, midnight blue at a push.
Shirts are white, pale blue, perhaps pale pink. Leather shoes are black or brown. Injections of colour into smart outfits tend to come from accessories: Red jacket, yellow shirt, patterned trousers?
I still tend to stick to navy. Generally, the rule is not to clash. Leave the competing checks, the deliberately clashing colours and the oppositional prints striped shirt with spotted tie to the professionals. Better to mix pattern with texture. If you are wearing a patterned shirt, match it with a plain knitted silk tie. Business shirts need not draw attention to themselves. That's what ties are for: In these situations, it is always better to be over- rather than under-dressed.
I take smart casual to mean soft, lightweight blazer in navy! Too Tarbuck even for the 19th hole. The simplest of simple rules: It may seem cruel to single out one man in particular for opprobrium, and May, the blokeish, shaggy-haired Top Gear co-presenter, is possibly not the worst-dressed man in Britain. May breaks every rule of elegant dressing. His outfits are so ghastly they bring on a sort of synaesthesia: I can hear his wardrobe: Denim might appear the most humble and democratic of fabrics, but jeans are fiendishly difficult to get right, as Simon Cowell so helpfully and regularly demonstrates.
I generally refrain from recommending specific designers or items, but fashion is full of exceptions and here's one: I have numerous pairs, in various stages of disintegration. They obey every rule of good jeans: By the way, that whole thing of wearing your jeans with a suit jacket, canvas trainers and an open-necked shirt? It doesn't make you look like a Lower East Side art rocker. This brings us to the question of kit. Kit is anything with a practical application beyond keeping you warm — or at least covered — and presentable.
Walking boots, motorcycle jacket, tracksuit, these are all examples of kit. They should all be worn for the purposes for which they were designed. This change in lifestyle called for a more casual style of dress to suit a faster pace of life, warmer climes and athletic pursuits.
Although the modern polo was first invented in the mids, it rose to fame in the fifties, with the middle classes aspiring to a Riviera lifestyle and opting for a more casual, athletic wardrobe. Ideal for warm summer days, the simplicity of the polo has ensured the garment has stood the test of time and remains as popular today as ever.
Any style-conscious gent will be able to tell you that shorts have been getting increasingly shorter for several seasons now. Ripley show how to pull this look off with panache.
A summer essential, pastel, ice cream or light shades are ideal for a considered warm-weather nod to the s. The fifties saw an increase in mass production and new manufacturing techniques that lowered the cost of consumer goods. Sunglasses , considered a luxury in previous decades, became more affordable and were popularised by key figures in the public eye.
Ray-Ban, now a household name, first earned its stripes in the fifties, with its iconic Wayfarer frames changing the face of sun opticals. This instantly recognisable shape was the first style of sunglasses not to employ metal in its specification, and spoke volumes of a new post-war age of design. The Clubmaster also owes its origins to the decade. Versatile and timeless, both the Wayfarer and Clubmaster will make a fine pairing with your retro summer attire.
Before the s, suiting had tended to be a somewhat stiff and starchy affair. With the increase in leisurely pursuits, a more relaxed form of tailoring emerged. The sports blazer, cut in a more comfortable shape from lightweight flannel or linen and designed with open patch pockets, was the new jacket of choice for everyday wear. Deconstructed tailoring techniques saw the removal of excess padding and thick linings, and can largely be attributed to the tailors of fifties Florence and Rome.
This nonchalant yet elegant style of tailoring epitomises the Italian concept of sprezzatura , a truly effortless sense of style — just take your cues from Gregory Peck in the classic, Roman Holiday. Ideal for surviving the city heat, a deconstructed blazer or sports coat will smarten up everything from a neat chino and polo combination to tailored shorts.
Despite originating in the Pyrenees mountains, the silhouette has come to exemplify the timeless nautical look, due to its association with resort wear. Spain manufactures some of the finest espadrilles, and Catalonian brand Castañer produces designs of exceptional quality.
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