Dealing with online abuse

It’s 2017 and currently over 70% of the UK’s adult population has a social media profile. Unfortunately with social media comes trolls, rumours, abuse and K***e Hopkins (I mean really, why?!). More and more people suffer at the hands of online trolls because sat behind a screen it’s much easier to get away with being a dick for no reason.

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My New Look

I am always keen to keep my wardrobe updated to keep it fresh each season, so when New Look got in touch to ask if I could pick some season staples, I knew this was one for me...

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#THREE - Formally Autumn

It’s time for the third and final outfit from my #THREE campaign with Topman, we launched this a few weeks back to celebrate a crazy, amazing, inspiring and awesome three years of this very blog! We wanted to go out on a dapper note and this three-piece certainly hits all the right trends.

I love a three-piece suit, it’s always something when I was younger I never thought suited me, I found myself a bit too lanky and tall for them, but I think after those awkward teenage years, I have grown into my height and I am finally venturing into new style territory. You won’t find many suits on my blog, there are loads of great bloggers out there that do dapper great and do it often, but over here you’ll find me more actual and highstreet, Tom Ford is great but let’s be achievable!

Topman Suit | Sam Squire UK male fashion & lifestyle blogger

I love this light blue wool-rich suit from Topman, it’s got a nice thick quality to it, so those horrible creases you pick up throughout a day in the office are pretty much non-existent. Wool-rich suits are great for late autumn, headed into winter as they definitely add a bit of warmth to your suit, especially if you go for that extra layer and add a waistcoat!

The fine lines and detailing on the suit are so nice, I am usually a black suit kind of guy, I don’t often venture too far when it comes to suits but when putting this campaign together with the guys over at Topman, we decided to try something new and I have to say, this is now my absolute go-to suit!

Topman Suit | Sam Squire UK Male fashion & lifestyle blogger

I also decided to try a different fit, usually, I opt for a slim fit suit, nothing too tight but nothing too loose (loose fitting looks so weird on me). This time, I picked an ultra-skinny fit suit and I am a big fan of the fit, the only annoying thing is it rides up my legs when I sit down and gets all bunched up on my legs when I go to stand up, but all in all it’s a really comfortable suit, it’s such a good price too, especially got the quality you get! It’s a great suit for dressing up or down depending on the occasion.

I always think you can’t go wrong with a white shirt, no matter the colour of the suit, if you’ve got a white shirt then you’re set. This white stretch-skinny shirt is such a nice fit, but it isn't too tight and will definitely stretch with you as you over-indulge at a festive dinner party! Topman has a great selection of white shirts so if a skinny fit isn't for you, click here and have a browse of their other white shirts!

Topman Suit | Sam Squire UK male fashion & lifestyle blogger

I paired the suit with some snake-effect leather shoes, light blue/grey suits are great because you can wear brown or black shoes with them, some people don’t like black and grey together but I think it works really well. These are actually on sale at the minute and are currently the comfiest smart shoes I own, the genuine leather is so soft and they’ve got an even softer leather lining inside too - again these aren't something I would usually opt for but I am wearing them all the time, I think they look great with this suit as a finishing piece.

As it was chilly, I also chucked on my wool mix longline bomber that I featured in my last post, it's perfect for keeping warm on a cold day, check it out here!

As this is the final part of the Topman X Sam Squire #THREE campaign, this is your last chance to win £100 to spend at Topman, click here to find out how to win!

Got to give full props to my sister for taking these shots, I love them! Check out her blog, The Stylinguist!

An Autumnal Affair

Can you believe how quickly autumn has crept up on us? Honestly, it feels like spring was just a few weeks ago, and this up and down weather certainly doesn't help when deciding what to wear for the day. I tend to update my wardrobe with some key pieces each season to make sure that I have all the latest trends to mix and match throughout the season.

Samsoe Samsoe | John Lewis | Sam Squire UK male fashion blogger

This autumn I have been checking out John Lewis, I am sure I don’t need to do any introduction for the UK’s most famous department store, but I have been seriously impressed by the effort they have put into their menswear collections, adding new brands and making sure they’re on the very top of the seasonal trends.

One of their latest additions comes in the form of Scandinavian brand Samsøe & Samsøe. The luxury brand offers some chunky knit jumpers, smart-casual shirts and easy to wear jackets make for a fantastically versatile collection, I especially like the Shields Jacket, a black jacket with really cool gold zip detailing. It’s the type of jacket that you could wear during the day for a really casual look, or dress up with a shirt and smart shoes in the evening for a comfortable yet smart night out.

Samsoe Samsoe | John Lewis | Sam Squire UK male fashion blogger
Samsoe Samsoe | John Lewis | Sam Squire UK male fashion blogger

The fall collection is perfect for updating your wardrobe, with lots of earthy, neutral tones that you’ll definitely want to wrap up in as the cooler mornings - I love a flannel shirt, their Liam flannel shirt comes in a pearl blue colour, a great colour for layering, like the Kronos crew, team these with a pair of black jeans and some Chelsea style boots and you’ve got yourself a really good look.

I’ve got to say I am really impressed with John Lewis, they’ve got a great collection together with Samsøe & Samsøe and I’ll certainly be picking myself up some items from the collection if you want to shop the full range, click here and take a look! Let me know what you think in the comments below.

AAA: Harvey Nichols Menswear!

Harvey Nichols Menswear | Sam Squire UK male fashion & lifestyle blogger

Last week the very cool and extremely stylish bunch from Harvey Nichols got in touch and asked if they could show me around their newly refurbished and relaunched mens department, definitely not one to turn down!

I headed over to the Knightsbridge store, and down into the depths of man-styling…which was actually super easy to find, just head to the nearest stairs and then down to basement level - I’ve been told, and this is a little exclusive from me to you…the menswear department is getting its own street-level entrance, so you don't have to weave through the makeup counters to get downstairs, pretty cool if you ask me!

Harvey Nichols menswear | Sam Squire UK Male fashion & lifestyle blogger
Harvey Nichols Menswear | Sam Squiew UK Male fashion & lifestyle blogger

My Access All Areas tour let me snoop around the two-floor menswear department, and I’ve got to say…I am pretty blown away! Not only is the design something of a work of art, but it feels well thought out too, rather than just an addition to the corner of the women’s department. It truly is separated from the rest of the store, so it makes it feel like a cool man cave down the bottom of it all!

Talking of man caves, the style concierge area is insane, with large changing rooms and the perfect lighting, your pro-stylist will help you to find everything you need. There’s no minimum spend and there’s plenty of space for your mates to kick their feet up, have a drink from the private bar and watch some sports or play on the consoles attached to the sleek wall-mounted televisions! They really are super cool, and I am loving the houndstooth couches!

Harvey Nichols Menswear | Tailoring | Sam Squire UK Male Fashion & Lifestyle Blogger

The contemporary styling is carried right across the two-floor department, with different theming in the different sections. The tailoring is all in one place, with suggested shirting, shoes and accessories, great for the busy man who just wants to be able to visualise an outfit in one space, rather than having to trail around the store looking for a pair of shoes. The denim room has a really cool feature, it’s sort of an ‘everyday essentials’ section, with various jeans, white tees, leather jackets and jumpers, you can simply walk around the section, completing your look at ease!

Harvey Nichols Menswear | Sam Squire UK Male fashion & lifestyle blogger

I’ve got another little exclusive for you right here, opening in May is something called Project 109. This innovative new space will house the very latest in gifts, technology, sunglasses, fragrance and grooming, plus an installation area, which will showcase a series of pop-ups and immersive experiences offering customers inspiration at every turn - as well as this, there will also be a barbers and a cafe that’ll turn into a classy bar for the evening…this new department is more than just about style, it’s about the whole men’s lifestyle experience, ensuring you’re catered for in every way!

Harvey Nichols Menswear | Sam Squire UK Male Fashion & Lifestyle Blogger

The whole department has a gallery-esque feel to it, you can see how much effort and thought has gone into the vast 28,000 square foot store, to ensure it’s working effectively for the modern man. You’ll be blown away by the collection of brands available, I certainly was! From Corneliani and Oscar Jacobson in tailoring and exclusive collections from Blood Brother and Pier Wu, there’s actually something for every type of guy in the new Harvey Nichols menswear department at their flagship on Knightsbridge. It’s well worth a visit, even just to check out the fantastic array of brands on offer!

I’ve got News

So, if you haven’t noticed from the amount of Apple adverts all over the blog, I have been working with Apple lately on some advertising and something else which I am pretty excited to tell you all about!

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Hubba Hubba

The word Hub to me means somewhere that’s a basecamp, with everything easily accessible and a plethora of things to do around you, clearly this is a thought Premier Inn had when creating their brand new range of hotels. Hub by Premier Inn is a modern, sleek and digital savvy hotel that won’t let you down. The folks from Hub by Premier Inn kindly offered me a complimentary stay a couple of weekends back and it really didn't disappoint. 

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Awesome for Autumn

So one of my favourite blog series that I do is my Vision Express one. I am super lucky to have a great working relationship with them and some of the ideas for new content we have are pretty cool, I definitely can’t wait to show you them.

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