#YACHTLIFE (& GIVEAWAY!)

So I make no secret of being a huge fan of M&S, especially when it comes to top model David Gandy’s Autograph collection, so it’s probably no surprise that the guys over at M&S outfitted me for the summer again this year.

M&S David Gandy for Autograph | Sam Squire UK Mens fashion & Lifestyle blogger

This year’s Gandy For Autograph range is easily the best yet, with a really heavy mediterranean feel flowing through the whole collection. I took to the seas here in the beautiful island of Menorca in a private chartered yacht to explore some of the most beautiful hidden beaches, my Gandy for Autograph blue tailored swim shorts were the obvious choice for a day out on the sea, because not only do they look awesome with a nautical themed stripe, but they’re also really quick drying which is great when you’re jumping off the boat, because you won't be soggy for the rest of the day! They also come with a handy little bag to pop them in when you take them off, so you don’t get the contents of your bag covered in salt. I’d say these are a bit of a steal at £25, tailored shorts are so popular right now, and so many brands are happy to rip you off for them, with M&S you can grab them at a great price, and talking from experience, you’re going to be really chuffed with the quality!

I paired the shorts with my Gandy for Autograph flip flops, but took them off to walk around on deck, the shoes from the collection are all really cool, featuring a printed chevron type pattern, they’re worth checking out!

M&S David Gandy for Autograph | Sam Squire UK Mens fashion & lifestyle blogger

I didn't wear a t-shirt the whole time because no-one wants a t-shirt tan, but when the sun got a bit too hot and started to turn me a nice light shade of lobster, I slipped on my tee. The Gandy for Autograph Stay Soft Crew Neck tee is amazing when in sunny climes like the 30+ degrees that I was in, it’s possibly the softest, stretchiest and most comfortable tee I have ever worn, it’s £15 from M&S which I would say is about average for the cost of a tee, but it’s more than worth it, it’s great for keeping you at a comfortable temperature!

M&S David Gandy for Autograph | Sam Squire UK Mens fashion & lifestyle blog

I don’t know about you, but I’m not a massive fan of the feeling of salt water when it starts to dry on your skin, so after getting a quick shower on the back deck of the yacht I grabbed my huge beach towel from the Gandy for Autograph collection this £25 cotton monster is more than value for money, I’m a bit over 6 foot tall and can easily lay out on this towel without overhanging, it’s really soft and dries you within minutes, it looks great too, adopting the chevron style patterning from the footwear.

COMPETITION TIME...

Okay, so now you’ve seen some of the amazing Gandy for Autograph summer 2016 collection, it’s time to buy some yourself, but don’t worry about having to spend you hard-earned cash, I’m giving one lucky reader £250 to spend at M&S to help you get ready for your summer hols. All you need to do is enter below for your chance to win a £250 M&S gift card!

Catching Up With: Oliver Cheshire

Oliver Cheshire is owning the menswear scene right now, there's not a single FROW he hasn't graced and is a hot favourite for mens lifestyle mags. You probably know him as the face of M&S but I wanted to delve deeper in to Oli's style, inspiration and top tips for you aspiring models. I caught up with Oliver to get an update on what he's up to right now.

Oliver Cheshire | Marks & Spencer Autograph | Sam Squire UK Male fashion blogger
Oliver Cheshire | Marks & Spencers Autograph | Sam Squire UK Male fashion blogger

How would you best describe your overall look?
 
My style is a variety of lots of different things. I love the preppy look, but I still have a soft spot for leather jackets and rock 'n' roll Chelsea boots with black jeans. At the moment bomber jackets are everywhere and I love them, I wore one to the Brits recently, I think you can wear them with almost anything. I also grew up around a lot of sportswear-based fashion which is massively on trend and wearable, as well as very functional in today's fast paced society.

Oliver Cheshire Style | M&S Autograph | Sam Squire UK Male Fashion blogger

What do you think it takes to become a successful model?
 
You need to feel comfortable with yourself and the way you look in front of the camera, you also need to be able to listen and take direction well. Personality plays a big part too, and obviously you need to keep in shape, you don’t want to be too slim or too muscly as your body and face are your tools. I also think determination and resilience are also key, it can take a lot of knock backs and no’s before you finally get your break, and you can’t ever give up.

How long does it take you to get ready for a red carpet appearance, what’s the process?
 
It takes me about 30 minutes to get ready that's including the shower hair and moisturiser. The thing that takes the longest is picking my outfit and making sure it is tailored to perfection. The key to grooming in my eyes is less is more, find what hairstyle suits you and find creams that suit your skin and stick to them.

Have you ever had a style disaster? Tell me about it…
 
Sometimes I look back at shirts I've worn in the past and think Oh No what was I thinking when they're too loud. Also I've had a few style disasters when I've tried to pull off trends and they haven't really worked for me or they were just awful in the first place but I thought they were cool at the time.

Who is your ultimate style icon?
 
David Beckham has always been a style icon of mine. I was a 90s kid and when I was younger he was everywhere. He took risks with his fashion and that is something I loved, he wasn’t scared to try new things and he managed to set trends at the same time. Now he is older he knows what suits him and he sticks to it.

What would you say is a must-have style essential that every man should own?
 
I think everyman should own a good quality white crew neck t-shirt because it will go with everything you own. It has to be high quality cotton though, so it feels good against your skin and doesn’t get ruined in the washing machine.

What is the one trend you’d never rock?
 
Being on photo shoots, I've pretty much been dressed in most trends, but there are a few I personally wouldn't dress myself in for days out, such as, socks and sandals or flared trousers. But hey, never say never.

Oliver Cheshire | M&S Autograph | Sam Squire Uk male fashion blogger

What does casual style look like in the world of Cheshire?
 
I love casualwear, there has been such a lean towards the smart casual trend recently with sports luxe and athleisure trends. I love to mix casual pieces with something more formal – i.e. mixing a tracksuit with a smart pea coat or a tux with a pair of trainers. Autograph menswear is based around smart casual dressing, with a big sports luxe influence. In the summer collection short suits are introduced to create a new look with a focus on style, texture and detail.

What’s your one ultimate style tip for men the world over to help them look photoshoot ready?
 
The fit of the clothes is key on any photoshoot, they are often pinned back by a stylist. It's also a good idea to get a good night’s sleep before your shoot so you don't have puffy eyes on set.

What’s your all-time favourite piece from Marks & Spencer’s Autograph collections?
 
My all-time favourite piece is the Autograph black wool and leather bomber jacket. It is the perfect transitional, layering piece; on colder days I wear it with a roll neck jumper and once it warms up I will style it over a casual crew neck t-shirt.

The new M&S Autograph summer 2016 collection is available online and in stores now. I personally want everything...you can shop the collection by clicking here!

The BRITs Look

It’s my favourite awards night of them all tonight, the BRITs! Whilst I was invited to go along (and go to a bloody awesome afterparty) I unfortunately had to decline…broken hearted! However I’ve done the next best thing and teamed up with my friends over at M&S to bring you some dapper award style!

When you’re on the red carpet and headed to awards, you want to look your best, dress dapper and of course, be noticed! With this look you’ll stand out and have the respect and attention of style aficionados the world over!

BRIT Awards | Marks & Spencer mens style | Sam squire uk male fashion blogger

The Limited Edition navy tuxedo is a super modern tux in a dapper super slim fit with a jacquard pattern - it’s amazing quality and will feel comfortable all night long, no matter what parties you end up at! You can pick this up over here, it’s £55 for the jacket and £44 for the trousers, a pretty good price I reckon!

Brit awards 2016 | M&S mens style | Sam squire uk male blogger

With this tux you can pair it simply with a white shirt, I’d personally recommend this Pure Cotton Slim Fit Shirt from the M&S Collection - the Collection items are such good quality and the slim fit cut will go great with your suit if you leave it unbuttoned for a really comfortable look! This is £45 and available here!

brit awards 2016 | m&s collection menswear | Sam squire uk male fashion blogger

Every dapper man around knows a bow tie is the way to go…and not just any bow tie…a tie-it-yourself bow tie! This M&S pure silk bow tie will help you look the part and it’s only £12.50…now you just need to learn how to tie it!

Brit awards 2016 | M&S COllection menswear | Sam squire uk male fashion blogger

If you’re going for the ultimate dapper look, these M&S Collection Toe Cap shoes are the perfect addition to your smooth evening outfit - and at £65 it’s a pretty good deal, too! Or, you could pull an Ed Sheeran and rock some sneakers for the casual look!

Gandy Strikes Again!

We all know him as possibly the world’s most famous male model, everything he models turns to fabric gold. His close affiliation with Marks & Spencer has seen him produce collection upon collection of his widely popular Gandy for Autograph range…and he’s done it again!

David Gandy Autograph | Sam Squire UK Male Fashion Blogger

This time it’s sports-luxe loungewear, something I think every man should own. Sports-luxe has been popular for some time now, it’s the epitome of comfy-cool loungewear that you can even wear out of the house (my prayers answered…)

David Gandy for Autograph | Sam Squire UK Male Fashion Blogger

Speaking about his comfy new collection, David says “Men want style in all aspects of their life. I wanted to design styles that could be worn pre and post workout, as an extension to my loungewear collection. The new styles have been designed in premium fabrics, with flattering cuts, and with traditional sports detailing such as engineered seems, adding style to essential wardrobe items.”

David Gandy for Autograph | Sam Squire UK Male Fashion Blogger

Amen to that, brother - I am all for comfy loungewear, gone are the days of the ugly Sports Direct sweatpants and in their place is some comfy, stylish and great quality loungewear. Prices, as usual for these collections are extremely reasonable starting from £22.50 with a top price of £39.50…not bad at all for such quality! 

The collection will be available this month and I can guarantee I will be headed out to swag as much of the collection as I physically can. It seems every collection he does just get’s better and better, no wonder he’s seen as such a style god by men the world over!

Very British Style

If there’s one high street shop that is the epitome of British, it’s got to be Marks & Spencer. The super-power retailer is changing its image bit-by-bit. I know they won’t mind me saying this but even just a couple of years back I would have thought of Marks & Spencer and automatically seen it as somewhere you go when you become a dad and need to start dressing like a 40-year-old businessman to be taken seriously.

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Gone Swimming 🏊🏽

As you guys will know from my social media activity, I’ve been well and truly sunning up a storm on the beautiful island of Mallorca. Before I headed away, the lovely folks from Marks & Spencer reached out and offered to send me a pair of David Gandy’s hugely popular swim shorts he designed for M&S’s in-house brand, Autograph. 

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Pre #FuelMySummer - Six Summer Suitcase (e)Ssentials

I don’t know about you BUT the weather lately in the UK (also known as summer…it doesn't tend to hang around long!) has really given me some summery vibes. As you know, my HUGE blog series #FuelMySummer, which…FYI isn't going to be daily, so there will be a couple of months of non-daily (but still effing amazing) content starting next-actual-week!!! I’ll be kicking things off in Squire style by giving something away…that something is pretty bloody epic and is going to fuel your summer in a very stylish way indeed…enough of that.

I thought I would put together a quick guide to Six Summer Suitcase Ssentials (essentials, but y’know…alliteration and all that) - check out the below list and make sure you have all of these items ready to pack for your sunshine getaway!

Men's Summer Essentials | Go Pro | Scaramouche & Fandango | Vision Express | Ray Ban | Flash Lenses | David Gandy Swim Shorts | Sam Squire UK Male Fashion & Lifestyle Blogger

1. Shoes Glorious Shoes…

What’s a suitcase without a few pairs of stylish and occasion-appropriate shoes - from a beachy flip flop to a sophisticated boat shoe you need to be packing multiple shoes to make sure you’re set for any situation…you can’t wear a trainer on the beach and a flip flop in a bar sounds foot-stompingly painful (in a stylish and literal sense). Don’t forget your espadrille, too…leave the Birkenstock’s where they belong - the bin. (One hopes a ‘croc’ doesn't even come in to the equation).

2. Hair

From days in the pool to laying on the beach, your hair really takes a battering - well, it would if you didn't whack some Scaramouche & Fandango Shampoo in your bag! It cleans deep and leaves your hair super fresh - perfect for if you're headed out exploring for an evening!

3. Face

After a day in the sun and of course after having a shower (probably with S&F’s Shower Gel) you want to slap on some Scaramouche Hydrator to keep your face fresh for the evening ahead…a flakey nose shouldn’t be on anyone’s agenda! Click here to shop Scaramouche!

4. Picture Perfect

Wherever you’re planning on going, you no doubt want to document the whole thing…Kodak wind-up cameras simply aren't acceptable, who even has the time to get film developed these days? Not this guy! I am pretty much in love with my £98 GoPro Hero - this camera is in their brand new camera line-up, it shoots HD, takes pics and is fully water proof and dirt proof…this is really going to come in handy this summer!

5. Sartorial Shorts

A drawstring swimmer is perfect for around the private pool, but if you’re headed out and about, with the chance of a dip in the sea - make sure you’re looking super dapper and naturally stylish with a pair of tailored swim shorts - I know I have mentioned them before BUT David Gandy’s M&S collection is literally everything you need…I have rather excitingly been sent a pair by the lovely folks at Marks’ and the quality is amazing…full post on these coming soon. Make sure to click here to shop the collection 

6. Getting Some Shade

You know what they say…only mad dogs and Englishmen go out in the midday sun. Something I will of course be adhering to, we all know that is the best tanning time. Whilst you’re (responsibly) tanning yourself you don't want to be getting all that sun and glare in your eyes…it’s actually super bad for them! Currently EXCLUSIVE to Vision Express, the Ray-Ban Flash Lens New Wayfarer are a really cool matte Wayfarer with literally the sickest lenses you have seen, they’re bright, colourful and vibrant flash lenses - you HAVE to check these out…only £99, too!! Eyes peeled for a post on these very soon!!

I hope this helps you pack wisely…and remember, if you’re packing your suitcase…roll, don't fold!