Going Out: Style Savvy
As January becomes a distant memory and our bank accounts start to recover from the financial doom and gloom, it’s time to start venturing out of the house. And although it may not be summer or time for the beer garden just yet, it is never too early to head to a bar with few friends for the odd cheeky drink.
Over the next few weeks will we will be providing you with a three stage guide to looking sharp and becoming impossibly smooth whilst making the most of your time out of the house – all with a little help from our friends over at Cobra and their Live Smooth philosophy.
To start, we have the part that everyone begins their journey with: Style, and ultimately finding one to suit you. We have chosen four outfits below which you can mix and match to get your perfect look depending on your age, body type and general personal style. Whichever you choose, versatility is key and pulling something together out of nothing is a personal win.
Although we say casual, there aren’t many bars in the world that would turn you away from its doors looking as on-trend on this. Textures are key with the addition of a thicker set tweed jacket (not just for farmers and is a perfect transitional piece for 2014). Teamed with a lighter pant, white t-shirt and plimsoles for an outfit that will not look out of place no matter what the occasion.
Coloured tailoring is making it big, and with so many brands jumping on the ‘clothes horse’ it’s easy to grab some great pieces that suit your personal style. Dress down a coloured suit with an open collar shirt but add a contrasting and bright tie to bring it back up a notch. When it comes to footwear, the classic brogue will work every time, and make sure your belt is to match.
It doesn’t all have to be shop bought and brand new, vintage is now a mainstay in male fashion just as much as it is with the girls. A traditional blazer with texture (Tweed couldn’t be more in right now!) and an added pocket square will give a touch more class to proceedings, you can even extend to include a waistcoat for extra effect. On the bottom half, a smart chino or trouser will tailor your look, with colour being of paramount importance. Go different.
There are times when no element of casual will do, and we have all been out for a few drinks after a wedding or even in black tie after an event to be greeted with a wave of admiring glances. As part of Cobra and their new Live Smooth campaign, we take inspiration from The Boss, the new face of Cobra with his timeless style.
When going for a suit be it a dinner suit or for everyday use, tailoring and fit is everything. There is a vast difference between wearing a suit and it wearing you. It must fit in every place and be styled to suit your shape. Remember, we are all different, and that is what makes us so special.
The Boss wears the suit with a strict undertone of confidence, a near swagger even with such simple and traditional tailoring, and believe us, The Boss knows a thing or two about tailoring.
There we have it, three key trends to keep you looking sharp, tune in next week as we leave the house and head to a bar. But is there really a thing such a thing as drinking etiquette? Finally it’s the finishing touch, with our male grooming guide.