Good old London Town. Home to jellied eels, the Queen, numerous fictional detectives and, as any seasoned shopper will agree, a bountiful selection of menswear stores. The UK capital has so much to offer when it comes to refreshing your wardrobe. It’s the worldwide epicentre of tailoring, many top-tier designers have opened flagship stores along
Hot weather is not usually a friend to menswear. It limits your options and invites you to bare more skin than anyone really wants to see. Fortunately, this summer’s record-breaking temperatures haven’t caused the 15 guys below to go running for ungodly short shorts – it’s been a white-hot season for tailoring, workwear and colourful
England’s capital of the North (sorry Liverpool, Leeds, Newcastle, everyone else), Manchester is almost a nation-state all of its own, imbued with a sense of civic pride you just don’t get with, for example, most grumpy, ground-down Londoners. Ask any Mancunian what makes Manchester tick and they’ll point you towards the countless iconic bands from
Of all the annoying dress codes in menswear – and there are plenty – business-casual is the most opaque, the most open to interpretation and pretty much the only one that could you get you a call from HR. It’s because the modern workplace is changing. Businesses across the board are adopting more casual forms
If you take a look inside the modern man’s bathroom cabinet, you’ll probably find enough products to moisturise a small army. Vain creatures, these 21st-century chaps. But while most are happy to sort out their skin, shaving and scent routines to a religious degree, there is a whole category of grooming that’s often overlooked: haircare.
Every so often, a trend comes along that makes you double take – in the case of men’s co-ord sets, quite literally. Like chunky trainers, cargo pants and bucket hats before them, co-ords have gone from relic to ironic, to bona fide menswear trend. “Co-ords create a totally different look to your usual get-up,” says
As the parameters of what it means to be a man become more fluid, the face of masculinity is changing. Quite literally, in fact, as the number of men having cosmetic surgery and other procedures continues to rise. And it’s not just our faces, but our bodies and even our balls, with men opting for
With record-breaking summer temperatures now a scary norm, something drastic needs to be done to stay cool. Especially in the trouser department. Once regarded as the go-to trouser style for ’90s singer-songwriters and stuffy Brits abroad, linen trousers are now having a style resurgence, thanks to modern cuts, accessible colour palettes and polished finishing touches.
No-one told you style was gonna be this way. Ten years ago, when Don Draper was on TV, the idea that chunky trainers, patterned tracksuits, dad jeans and sweater vests would become prominent menswear trends was near-unthinkable. The ’90s was the decade that fashion forgot, but just as the ’70s and ’80s were once dismissed
It is instantly recognisable, ridiculously robust and versatile enough to wear with everything from joggers to dinner jackets. It is the watch every man wishes was in his wardrobe as well as being the watch forum geeks argue over, thanks to its reference numbers and unreliable history. The Rolex Submariner is one of those watches
Hobbs & Shaw, the latest going-to-cross-a-billion instalment in the neverending Fast & Furious series, is many things. Loud. Ludicrous. Lacking in even a basic respect for Newton’s laws of motion. But it’s also an ode to a very particular, very nerdy strain of menswear. When costume designer Sarah Evelyn needed clothes that conveyed just how
The Bentley Continental GT doesn’t so much drive over tarmac as consume it. This is not a car for a quick run to the shops – although it could easily be driven every day. It’s a car to spend hours in as you drive from one side of the country to the other. This is
Modern-day performance sportswear is all about probing the future for inspiration. A 3D-printed sole unit or temperature-regulating smart fabrics – these technological innovations help the wearer leap hurdles, kick balls and cross finishing lines higher, harder and faster than they otherwise would. The problem is, sci-fi wonder garments aren’t exactly versatile from a style standpoint.
British period dramas don’t tend to inspire our wardrobe choices. We can’t recall wanting to dress like the cast from Downton Abbey or Poldark. Okay, The Crown has some inspirational get-ups, but it’s more toffs in top hats again. The interest in Peaky Blinders comes from its working-class heroes. The distinctive style of Birmingham’s favourite
Colour has long been a contentious subject in menswear. While some guys pride themselves on broaching the punchier realms of the colour wheel, most are content to keep things low-key. But while blink-and-miss-’em colours like black, white, grey and beige have always been a mainstay in the minimalist wardrobe, in recent years they’ve been thrust
Better known as the goodie-two-shoes of the Marvel universe and cleanest-cut superhero around, Captain America, Chris Evans nevertheless does a great sideline in rugged facial hair. Although it was first seen in a number of his early films, the Chris Evans beard really became a thing with Avengers: Infinity War and now the glorious facial
Fitness is full of fads. From restrictive diets that see you trying to live like a caveman or flushing your insides out with juice diets to gym regimens that have you trying to pick up the finer points of barre work in an attempt to shift pounds, there’s always something new to hang your towel
We’ve come a long way when it comes to grooming. The old soap-and-flannel routine that served men for generations has, in the past 10 years, been swept away in a torrent of scrubs, masks, moisturisers, serums and balms. Now it might be time to level up again. A meticulous 10-step skincare routine is slowly taking
It’s worn by punk-rock legends and hip hop royalty. It’s been paraded down runways for some of the hottest designers on the planet. It’s the subject of ongoing collaborations with cooler-than-cool streetwear brands like WTAPS, Supreme and Opening Ceremony. And all of this from a sneaker that demands no more than a modest £60 in
The relationship between fashion and football is nothing new. First it was the fans, the so-called casuals who became style pioneers in the 1970s and ’80s, importing of European luxury brands like Stone Island and Fila before anyone else, and inventing terrace fashion in the process. Then there’s fashion itself – which seems to find
Think of sustainable fabrics, and your mind probably wanders to ill-fitting hemps and other itchy fibres normally associated with people who sell ‘herbs’ at world music festivals. But as sustainability becomes an ever more pressing concern in fashion – which is the world’s second largest polluter, behind oil and gas production, let’s not forget –
Menswear is full of archetypes; its wearers are akin to Mr Benn. Every day, we assume different identities through clothes that are interwoven with history and symbolism: the soldier, the sailor, the personal trainer, as the nursery rhyme didn’t go. Commentators periodically take the industry to task – not always undeservedly – for appropriating the
“Guys don’t need a lot of choices,” the menswear designer and retailer Sid Mashburn once declared. “They just need the right choice.” Nowhere is this style koan more pertinent for men than in the matter of the shirt collar. When confronted with the dizzying array of variants on display – from tab to cutaway to
Flirting should be as intuitive as a call of nature. Both are driven by basic urges, and both can bring some of the greatest satisfaction known to man. But while our bathroom technique grows ever more comfortable (aloe vera paper, come to papa), flirting can feel like that moment you discover the roll is bare