Emerald Isle Style

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It may be full steam ahead to the next Bank Holiday weekend, but I’m turning the clocks back in this blog post to the last one. I made the most of the incredible weather (what happened to that?!) and hopped over the water to Ireland. It was a mix of a trip, getting away to the countryside, seeing family and doing a quick spot of sight seeing. However, what kind of men’s fashion blogger would I be if I didn’t share a couple of outfits with you?!

City Slick

Sam Squire, UK Male fashion & lifestyle blogger

We took a quick trip into Limerick, the closest city to my family’s village to grab some lunch. When the ultra-warm weather comes out, so do my pale little ankles…it’s just how it works. 

I teamed my Topman cropped suit trousers with a simple black t-shirt from H&M - they make my favourite tees and I actually go for the cheapest ones…the fit is always so nice!

Axel Arigato Sneakers | Sam Squire UK Male fashion blogger

Footwear wise, I donned my go-to trainers, my pink Axel Arigato Clean 90’s. These are my pride and joy for sure, they add a nice bit of colour to most outfits and can either be worn super casual, or dressed up a bit smarter…who said guys can’t wear pink? Sadly they don’t seem to stock these exact croc-effect sneakers anymore, however the Clean 90 style is so comfortable and great for spending the day walking around the city. Click here to check out the Arigato collection.

Embroidered

BoohooMan Denim Jacket | Sam Squire UK Male Fashion Blog

I am pretty sure I have posted this denim jacket before, it’s actually just a cheap one I got from BoohooMAN, I don’t often shop there, but from time to time they do have a good find! 

River Island t-shirt | Sam Squire UK mens fashion blog

I paired it with a new striped embroidered tee, which it has been pointed out to me looks like Harry Potter merch, so there’s that. I picked up the t-shirt a couple of months back from River Island, stripe have been pretty popular for the last year or so…which is why this particular tee is now sold out. However, you can find some alternative options here

I finished the look with my Ray Ban prescription clubmasters, Topman jeans and a simple plain black snapback from H&M. 

Now all we need is for the weather to get a little nicer again, surely it should start to warm up again soon?!

Guest: Beard Styles for Gentlemen

We’re in a world where your style and fashion choices get noticed on nearly a daily basis. Depending on your social activity, work schedule, and just how often you go outside, it has become a normal part of our day to day. You can’t tell me you’ve never noticed anything about someone’s choice in fashion. Either way we’re here to talk about bearded gentleman and some of the great styles that suit them well. These styles may not suit you specifically, but you might
find something you like. Of course a beard could just go with anything, but what about styles that really make a great beard stand out?

Beard styles for men | Sam Squire UK male fashion blogger

The Lumbersexual This niche style goes great with a beard. It’s almost required to be a lumbersexual. Typically found with plaid clothing, jeans, and sometimes straps to hold your pants up. The lumbersexual is a great look to sport time to time. Now that we’re currently in the winter months it makes it the perfect time to find you some suitable clothing and give this style a try. You may just spark a hidden flame In your “special other” that you didn’t know where there before.

Some other features to note about this style:

  • The hair is usually a mid-length to shorter cut.
  • Pairs well with lean or muscular guys.
  • Plaid is the key element of the look.
  • Ripped jeans are a plus.

The Hipster

There’s some back and forth discussion about the hipster look. Some people don’t like the look, but from what I’ve found its typically because of the way some guys try to pull it off. They tend to make it a “I’m better than you” look which often is a part of their attitude and personality. There’s a couple key features to help pull this look off. A great pair of sunglasses or even clear glasses paired with a fit button up shirt, dressy vest, khaki pants, and even a fedora if you can pull it off.

Beard styles for men | Sam Squire UK male fashion & lifestyle blogger

The look changes to keep up with latest trends. Here’s the more exact definition of hipster: “a person who follows the latest trends and fashions, especially those regarded as being outside the cultural mainstream.” Another key aspect of being hipster is maintaining your body hair . You’ll always noticed a very clean appearance in this style. Nice sharp hair lines, beard lines, and if shirtless a great manscaped appearance.

It’s All Business
As we see beards become more mainstream you’ll see them more frequently in the work place. Finally, businesses are starting to loosen up a little with requiring men to shave their facial hair. With this moving trend, we’re going to see a lot more business fashion with bearded gentleman. One of my favorite looks is a well-fitting dark suit, only a watch accessory, and a beard that’s ponytailed down. This does require a longer beard, but it’s one of my most favorite bearded styles.

What’s Your Favorite?
There’s of course many more styles out there to choose from. Which ones are your favorite to see guys with beards wearing? I hope you enjoyed this article and please share you thoughts with a comment below. I’d love to see what some of you think and your own personal favorite styles.

This article was written by contributor Wesley who is the owner of iManscape, a website about men, beards, and manscaping.check out his website or Facebook here

Guest: Styling Tips For Men

Have you noticed that whenever you look in the mirror you always fixate on the bits you don’t like?

That’s only natural, but when it comes to deciding what clothes to wear you gotta get out of that habit and take a different approach to how you see your body. Use your wardrobe to flaunt what you’ve got, rather than hiding what you don’t. You’ll look and feel your best when you wear stylish clothes that are comfortable and flattering, and we’re gonna tell you how.

Lowes menswear | Sam Squire | UK Australia male fashion & lifestyle blogger

Get the perfect fit
Wearing clothes that fit perfectly is the easiest way to improve your look and help you feel confident in your body. However, let’s face it, most of our bodies are different and not many people can afford to have custom-made shirts and suits. Our best tip for getting the tailored look without the hefty price tag is to buy items that fit the largest part of your body and then get your local alterations specialist to make some simple and cheap adjustments. For as little as £20 you can make a £30 shirt look like a £200 shirt.

Try stylish shorts
Dress for warmer days with a pair of shorts in a flattering classic cut. If you’ve hit the shops lately, you’ll know that men’s shorts come in all sorts of colours, patterns and fabrics now, so you’re bound to find something that you like. The best shorts for guys are ones that rest just above the knee, cos they’re freeing enough to let you move around, but aren’t so short that they’ll cause a scandal. P.S. I know baggy running shorts are super comfy, but do yourself a favour and leave them at the gym, they look sloppy anywhere else.

Proportion with pants
If you’ve seen those guys walking around with their pants practically down around their ankles, you’ll know that the rise of your pants is important. By defining your waistline, the rise of your pants proportions the two halves of your body. While low-rise pants can be pulled off if you’re wearing casual jeans, don’t confuse these with short-rise pants which are great for shorter guys as they fall at the natural waist and flatter shorter legs. On the other hand, mid- and high-rise pants are perfect for all the tall guys out there cos they create the best proportions between your legs and torso. For a more detailed guide on how certain styles of pants should fit, check this out.

Frame your body
If there’s only one thing you’re gonna take away from these tips, let it be this – get a structured jacket. A blazer, suit or sports jacket is a wardrobe staple. These trusty jackets can easily take you from a day out with friends to a dinner party at night. When picking the right jacket for you, keep in mind that single-breasted ones are slimming, while double-breasted jackets give your torso more bulk. Taller guys should opt for three-button suits while smaller men look great in a classic two-button. Finally, customise your jacket with some badass shoulder pads to give your body more definition, and to class it up for formal situations.

Wear suitable fabrics
You know how your mum’s always nagging you to bring a jacket so you don’t catch a cold? She’s right, mate. Dressing for the weather is always a smart move, and it’s best to do this with seasonal fabrics. Lightweight fabrics like cotton and linen are great for keeping you cool on warmer days. As natural fibres, clothes made from these materials let your skin breathe and give you a classic look. During winter, stand out from the crowd by experimenting with different heavy fabrics for example with a leather, corduroy or even velvet jacket. Chuck these over a wool sweater for a stylish outfit that’s also practical enough to make your mum proud.

Utilising patterns
Want a quick and easy way to add some excitement to your outfit? Pick clothes with interesting patterns! Patterns have different associations which you can use to your advantage (or peril). If you’re lucky enough to be on a tropical holiday you might just be able to pull off a loud Hawaiian shirt, but for an everyday outfit, you’re much better off going with casual plaid or whimsical polka dot elements. You can also use patterns to bring out the best in your body type. Big and tall guys look great in smaller, understated patterns like paisley and light checks, while men on the smaller side should definitely try out vertical pinstripes or patterns with larger elements for a bolder look.

Combine colours
Like patterns, colours have varying meanings so mixing and matching the right items in your wardrobe can drastically improve your look. Remember that the more colourful and bright your outfit, the more casual it’ll seem. So if you’ve been dying to make a fashion statement at work but you’ve got to stick to the dress code, try subtle pops of colour. Create an eye-catching outfit by sprucing up one of your plain suits with accessories in different shades of the same bright colour – for example, a grey suit with a coral shirt and orange tie.

Go dressier
When in doubt, always choose something dressier over a more casual get-up. For minimal effort but maximum results, fill your wardrobe with clothes that have interesting cuts over more plain items – for example, skip a common t-shirt and go for a polo shirt. Also, layers always make it look like you’ve put some effort into your outfit and the easiest thing to layer with is a black v-neck because black goes with pretty much everything (nice!). Finally, for the icing on the top, throw on some accessories. As a reward for sticking it out to the end, here’s my number one tip: a good hat will elevate nearly anything you wear from an outfit to a ‘look’.

 

You've got to love a sale!

The whole saying of you can’t get something for nothing simply doesn't apply to this post. Now I love a sale as much as the next guy…maybe even more. Heck, who actually wants to pay full price when they could be knocking a few quid off? When Love the Sales got in touch, you know I jumped at the chance to work with them.

Love the Sales is an online destination for sales lovers. They collate sales from all your favourite brands in one place and cover categories such as style, grooming and homeware. It’s basically the tool you need in life to help save some serious dollar.

The folks over at Love the Sales challenged me to put together a super casual look, they call that a challenge?! I picked a couple of really cool items to style up my final look, and I have to say not only would I have saved a pretty penny, but I am chuffed with the look, too!

Love the sales | Topman | Sam Squire UK Male fashion blogger

I picked these Topman spray on skinny jeans, because as you know, they’re the only fit I wear! If I can save some money on them, then I certainly will!! I picked these ones as they’re slightly distressed with a little tear to the knees, I have been loving the ripped knee look at the minute, but have only really been able to find it in black - so I was pretty chuffed to bag these in blue!

The second item I picked up from Love the Sales was a pretty cool Jack & Jones shirt. To be completely honest, I haven't really worn Jack & Jones before and never really paid the brand much thought, but this shirt was a real find! It’s super lightweight which makes it perfect for this spring/summer season, I am a big fan! It’s also perfect for dressing up or dressing down.

With the whole look I paired my new favourite things, the Yeezy Boost 350’s in Oxford Tan - these things are like damn slippers, and whilst they weren't from Love the Sales I just had to share them!!

If you love sales, don't forget to click here to check out Love the Sales!

Spring at M&S

I’ve been closely affiliated with UK high street retailer M&S for some time now and I feel like every time they launch a new collection all I do is say how amazing it is and how much I love it.

This is one of those posts…

M&S Autograph | Sam Squire UK Male Fashion Blogger

The Autograph range has been pretty strong for a while and the spring range is looking pretty damn good, too! M&S say the spring collection is focussed around ‘smart casual dressing’ - perfect for all those garden parties and rooftop drinks receptions you’ll be attending, no doubt. The range is all about relaxed tailoring, neutrals, texture and detail and there’s a mix of sleek suits, simple colour palettes and textured pieces building the key looks for this season.

M&S Autograph Collection | Sam Squire UK Male Fashion Blogger

There’s some awesome printed shirts which would go great with jeans and shoes/oxford boots for one of those occasions that doesn't deserve a full suit and the range features a palette of neutrals, monochrome and greys which forms a great base of the outfit and is great to add a dash of colour to, as well!

M&S Autograph Collection | Sam Squire UK Male blogger

The lighter items are great for milder days, however we’re British and ‘mild’ is about a common as seeing a flying pig so the statement black wool pea coat or textured black and white weave jumper form essential layering options.

With Valentine’s Day on the horizon, why not treat your man to some seriously good spring style courtesy of the M&S Autograph range - you can check out the collection by clicking here or by visiting your local M&S store…you’ll be seriously impressed!