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Category: Menswear Basics

5 Jun

Top 5 Designer Penny Loafers For Men This Season

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While it looks similar in construction to any lace-less shoes, the penny loafer has become synonymous with the American private school aesthetic since the 1930s. Over time, the refined scholarly appeal of the penny loafer has extended beyond the US and many men across the globe now find the classic shape of the shoe to be a must-have in their wardrobe. We couldn't agree more - the penny loafer should be a staple in any gentleman's wardrobe - and so, when investing in the perfect designer penny loafer for your wardrobe, it should fit three criteria: quality construction, classic shape and use of the best leather. The following designer penny loafers for men all fit these criteria in different ways and...
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14 Jan

How to Wear Moleskin Trousers

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So you've bought a nice pair of moleskin trousers, but now what? They're too formal to be worn with a t-shirt, too casual to be worn with a suit jacket, so how should a man pair and match his moleskin trousers? To answer this question, it's firstly important to understand moleskin as a fabric and what sort of characteristics it has, and then learn how to wear it with other clothing in your wardrobe. What is moleskin? Moleskin is a rugged cotton fabric which was traditionally used in outwear and trousers for British farmers and labourers. Given the fabric is durable, washable and keeps the chilly winds at bay, moleskin has always been associated with the British working class. Overtime, moleskin was...
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25 Jul

9 Top Expert Tips for Packing Light

Our top tips to help you pack light and travel in style For many people, travelling is both an exhilarating and stressful experience. Before one gets on a plane and arrives at their choice of destination, they must endure the ordeal of packing. So can do you ensure the packing process is painless and lets your arrive at your destination feeling light and refreshed? Here are our top time-tested tips for packing light and travelling in style.   Tips for Packing Light #1-3 Colour co-ordinate your clothes for light packing Pre-matching your clothes is an easy way to eliminate clutter when packing for travels One major obstacle to light packing is bringing too many clothes. While the old adage advises 'Lay everything you want to bring and...
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15 Jul

The Only Sweatshirt You’ll Need: Noble Denim

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This single pocket sweatshirt from Noble Denim is our new favourite sweatshirt It's official, sweatshirts are in. What was once relegated as a wear-at-home-only garment, the humble sweatshirt has been elevated to new heights in menswear. As the New York Times reported, designer brands have jumped on the sweatshirt bandwagon and are now producing luxury versions of the basic sweatshirt. Many of these come in bold colours and statement-making graphics - and hefty price tag. But if you prefer to not fork out an arm and a leg for a wardrobe staple, may we introduce the classic and understated classic Noble Denim sweatshirt. This sweatshirt from Noble Denim is understated and avoids loud graphics Crafted from...
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8 Jul

Neoprene in Mens Fashion: Its Rise and Uses

High end designers like Lanvin to retailers like Zara have all embraced the humble neoprene in men's fashion Neoprene isn't a fabric you'd consider for everyday wear. In fact, most would think of it as a material exclusively reserved for scuba diving and water sports. But in recent seasons, we've seen menswear designers inventively use neoprene on their runways and look books. What used to be a low-cost synthetic rubber materials is now prized for its flexibility and ability to keep shape in hot and cold weather. Fashion designers are also realising neoprene is very practical fabric - it's perfect for colder seasons as it keeps you insulated, and it's also easy to care for. But what...
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6 Apr

Graphic T-Shirts We Like for Spring/Summer 2014

Graphic tees were everywhere in menswear shows for Spring/Summer 2014. L-R: Raf Simons, Casely Hayford, Christopher Kane and Miharayasuhiro Graphic t-shirts were everywhere in the Spring/Summer 2014 menswear shows. In most cases, they were worn casually and paired with shorts and relaxed trousers. However, in some shows, such as Miharayasuhiro  and Casely Hayford, graphic tees were created with a more formal aesthetic. Now that the Spring and Summer season is finally here and retailers have are stocking the latest collections from various designers, here is our list of our favourite graphic tees for Spring/Summer 2014. L-R, Top to Bottom: Sibling Graphic Printed Cotton Jersey T-shirt, AMI Floral Graphic T-Shirt, Raf Simons 'Super Nylon' Graphic T-shirt, Marc by Marc...
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17 Jan

Best Men’s Watches Under $500 (2014 Edition)

In our technology-saturated world, an unfortunate trend has emerged: men no longer wear watches. For some reason there's a breed of men who believe their smartphone is a sufficient replacement for a watch. But we still believe that a quality time piece is an essential part to the modern man. Aside from its obvious purpose, a watch is also a statement of style and reflection of your personality - much like your shoes and tie. Whether you prefer a classic chronograph or a rugged Casio, your choice of watch says a lot about you, whihc is why we've put together this list of Best men's watches under $500. Best Men's Watches Under $500 (#1-5) The Luminox 3000 Series...
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24 Oct

Mr Black Garment Essentials Review

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Mr Blacks Garment Essentials has two standout products: Denim Wash (L) and Denim Refresh (R) Denim manufacturers recommended that denim jeans and products shouldn't be washed for up to six months to retain its shape, colour and wash. But let's face it, we often wear denim jeans when we care the least - so what should you do when your favourite pair of denim doesn't look so fresh? Enter stage left: Mr. Black’s Garment Essentials care range of product which are specifically formulated to refresh and wash denim jeans - minus the washing machine. The Australian brand focuses on one fundamental idea: that you should care for your denim. Seeing that your denim is not only a wardrobe...
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22 Oct

17 Best Menswear Stores in Sydney

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Whether you're traveling to Sydney or a long time Sydneysider, one thing you'll notice is the plethora of mens clothing and menswear stores and shops in the city. Male shoppers in Australia's most populous city are increasingly fashion-savvy, so here we've listed our list of the 17 best menswear stores in Sydney. Let us know if you have other Sydney menswear store you think should be on this list in the comments section below. Best Menswear Stores in Sydney #1-5 Harrolds Harrolds is Sydney's premier store for luxury menswear Sydney's premier destination for luxury menswear is undoubtedly Harrolds, located inside the city's central Westfields shopping mall. It is the go-to menswear shop for fashion-conscious crowds and there you'll find big names...
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14 May

Maverick Laces

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Maverick Laces are off to change the face of footwear, one shoelace at a time Often the simplest of things can make or break an outfit. Melbourne-based Maverick Laces know exactly that and so they're in the business of producing fine shoelaces that at add colour, style and quality to the humble and often neglected shoelace. The brand's philosophy is that "If the shoe makes the man, then laces make the shoe". It's a simple idea that's caught on for fashionistos who like to have DIY elements in their outfits. Maverick Laces' range of shoelaces come in total of nine eye catching colours including baby blue, fire engine red and canary yellow. For those a bit more daring,...
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20 Mar

10 Killer Leather Jackets

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The leather jacket has come a long way from being the garment of choice for motorcycle gangs to wardrobe staple for every man. From its original look back in the early 20th century - shiny black leather, thick and very heavy - menswear brands are now innovating the leather jacket. The modern leather jacket is now light, slim-fit and suitable for many occasions. Here are 10 we love: Leather jacket #1 - Surface to Air Black leather quilted biker jacket Inspired by bikers, this leather jacket by Surface to Air has the classic cinch belt at the front hem. There are nice details like a stand-up collar with velcro and multiple zipper pockets for your phone and wallet. Made from 100% lamb...
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15 Mar

Le Coq Sportif Neon-Striped Bomber Jacket

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I've had my eye on a casual jacket for a while and this neon-striped bomber jacket from Le Coq Sportif's Autumn/Winter 2013 collection is just what I need.  A bomber jacket is one of those key pieces men should have because it's a wardrobe staple, but often, their college/varsity look seem to dampen their appeal. This jacket is different because it has a more relaxed cut and uses softer fabrics. It easily works with chinos and a cap, or it can be used to dress down a white shirt. The neutral tones with a splash of neon are also a great touch. SHOP...
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25 Dec

Givenchy Officer Coat

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A long coat is one of those staple pieces which men should all have. But what I've found is that it can be a hassle to find the perfect one. What I think most men look for is a coat that's versatile, suitable for work and play, keeps us warm in winter nights and isn't a hassle to clean. And this Givenchy coat fits the bill. Aptly named the 'Officer Coat', this coat is made from a wool-cashmere blend and has a military twist to it. Featuring a stand collar to keep the winter chill away, it also has concealed buttondown closure at the front. There's also minimal branding - only a logo tab at the cuff) -which is good news...
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21 Dec

How to Choose a Cashmere Sweater

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Every man comes to a point in his life where he deserves a fine cashmere sweater. Tips on how to Choose a Cashmere Sweater A fine cashmere sweater is essential to any man's wardrobe. Not only does cashmere keep you warm during colder months, but it's also perfectly suitable for cool summer months. However, a lot of people are turned off by their high price – but these simple tips will help you find and choose cashmere garments which suits your needs. Check the label on your sweater One of the first things you should consider when buying any garment – not just cashmere sweaters – is its material. When you examine the labels on your clothes, it will state its...
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10 Dec

COS Nubuck Sleeve Jacket

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Finding the perfect leather jacket is a taxing task for many guys. Some like to go for the full-on biker look with creased leather and metal fastenings, while others prefer a more subdued style with less bling and more leather. There just never seems to be a leather jacket men can agree looks cool, that doesn't look to try-hard. If you prefer the subtle look, then COS's nubuck sleeve jacket should be on your to-buy list this season. It's like a hybrid between a traditional leather jacket and a baseball jacket. The jacket is minimalist and is an understated way to wear contrast sleeves. Made from 100% leather, with the sleeves in nubuck - a top-grain leather with a buffed finished -...
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2 Dec

How to Iron a Shirt in 3 Minutes

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Ironing is one of those things that divide the nation, either you love it or hate it. Personally, I can't stand ironing, and I've been looking for many ways to make ironing a quicker and more painless process. So when I came across this video by T.M. Lewin, I had to share it. T.M Lewis is an English shirt-maker company that's been around since 1898 and now have stores in Europe, Singapore and Australia. Here's their Creative Director, John Francomb on how to iron your shirt in 3 minutes. [youtube id="yK6iQj-I_0w" width="600" height="350"]   How to Iron a Shirt: The Tools Preparation in always the key to success and the tools you need to iron a shirt are just as important as how you iron...
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5 Nov

SKYFALL Style: The Shoes

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If you’re a James Bond fan, then you’re probably just as excited as I am about SKYFALL, the 23rd James Bond film that’s coming out in a few weeks’ time. Naturally, we can expect plenty of action and extended fight scenes from Daniel Craig and Javier Bardem, but I've having watched the trailer (several times now), I’ve also noticed the handsome shoes worn by our favourite British agent. Daniel Craig spotting the Crockett & Jones Highbury After doing some research it turns out that Daniel Craig will be wearing creations from British shoemaker Crocket & Jones. More specifically, amongst the fistfights on train tops in rural Turkey and car chases in Scotland, Mr Bond is donning four pairs...
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14 Oct

Onia Men’s Swimshorts

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For those in the southern hemisphere, summer is just around the corner and it's that time of the year to dust off those coats and bring out the swim shorts. Onia (pronoucned Oh-Nee-Ah) was founded by designer Carl Cunow in 2009 with the aim of bringing quality materials to a modern classic. Props go to their choice vibrant colours and excellent attention to detail like the fast-drying fabric blends, custom hardware made from antique nickel and fine mesh linings so soft woven draw cords that don’t fray (a pet peeve of mine). [You can buy Onia swimwear at David Jones or through their online store] ...
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