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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Pearly Whites

I get quite a bit of blogger mail, and a lot of it doesn't make the mark to be put up on the blog - I only ever want to share products I fully endorse with you lot. Last week I took delivery of a rather posh package, inside a black box emblazoned with Bruzzoni

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GUEST: 6 Simple Style Upgrades

As a man myself I will readily admit that we are a bit of a conundrum. Our resistance to change is comical at best and downright frustrating at worst, and suggestions or advice relating to our taste in clothing is more often than not taken as a direct insult to our manhood. But there are times when change is for the best, and those old high school hoodies and band merch shirts must find another home.

So, if you know a man that is in dire need of a style upgrade, drop a link to these tips in your next email, or better still leave your laptop open on this page and put it next to the fridge.

1. There are seven colors in a rainbow
Contrary to popular belief (amongst us males anyway) there are in fact more colors than the three or four staples we base all our clothing purchases on. Open a guy’s wardrobe and a sea of neutral colors will underwhelm your senses. Navy, gray, black, and brown (for special occasions) are what we do best, but it’s all very boring.
Instead of dressing like you want to blend in, guys should opt for at least one bright and vibrant color in their ensemble. A simple red shirt or even an orange sweater complements those charcoal jeans perfectly.

2. Stop shopping at chain stores
Okay, perhaps there’s no need to stop completely, but the signature pieces of an outfit should not come from a rack of fifty identical items. There’s nothing worse than walking into an elevator, or worse, up to the bar only to find yourself staring at a guy with the exact same checked shirt.
Try vintage stores or specialty shops for items such as sweaters and jackets that help create a decidedly individual style. Dress and casual shirts, on the other hand, should be the domain of your friendly neighborhood tailor. Speaking of which…

3. Invest in a custom-made suit
Yes, there are many excellent off the rack suits on the market but finding one that fits you perfectly is a tough task for even the most average-sized of average men, and besides, custom-made threads are the pinnacle of style and none more so than the tailored suit.
A tailor worth their salt will assist in choosing the right style, fit, and fabric to complement any body shape, it’s an investment in style that is virtually guaranteed to last a lifetime.

4. Dress down that suit
It’s easy to understand why the majority of men try their best to avoid wearing suits outside the office. It’s a link to those long working hours spent tied to a desk and not wearing one at the weekend can feel quite liberating. But think about dressing down that suit with a sweater and a pair of sneakers or loafers. If that’s a bit too fashion-forward then simply use the jacket to level up any smart casual outfit. Just remember though that no matter how much you wear the jacket on its own, suit pants and jacket should always go to the dry cleaners together so as to remain uniform in color.  

5. Ditch the running shoes
Use active wear of any kind for its intended purpose, so no matter how comfy those running shoes are, keep them for the track only. Leather sneakers in a block color are the ideal finishing touch to an outfit. Their lack of branding, dayglow stripes, and reflective patches is a nice change and makes them and easy addition to any look.

6. Replace hoodies with sweaters
We all know that his favorite hoodies will never truly leave a man’s life, but there’s nothing wrong with them spending a little more time in the closet. As a replacement choose a close-fitting sweater, preferably in one of those vibrant colors mentioned earlier.

While these six simple tips focus on upgrading a man’s clothing, there are actually more benefits than just looking better. In reinventing his style, a man can learn to take more pride in his appearance and enjoy a significant boost in confidence. And after receiving the terrible news that his current taste in clothes beggars belief, we all know he could probably do with that boost.


About The Author

Jatin Vengurlekar | Sam Squire UK male fashion & lifestyle blogger

Jatin Vengurlekar is the CEO of Montagio Mens Suits Sydney and a leading men’s fashion consultant in Sydney, Australia. He has been featured in publications such as HuffingtonPost, GQ, Men’s Fitness and many other leading publications. In his spare time, he likes to write men’s fashion advice on his men’s style blog and take his dog for walks on the beach.

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’.

 

#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.

Neutral Tones

HAPPY BANK HOLIDAY!!!! 🎉

I don’t know about you guys but that extra lay in this weekend has worked wonders. I feel like a new man! So, the weather this Bank Holiday weekend has been phenom, so warm and super sunny! Summer feels like it’s on its way which gave me the opportunity to get out and shoot some new blog pics, I’ve taken a couple of weeks off just simply because I have a few projects being worked on which I’ll share with you soon and I needed to give them all my focus!

If you know a bit about style, you’ll know how crazy crazy popular neutral tones are right now. Beige, cream, khaki…loads of earthy tones and neutral shades are exactly what you want in your outfit, and one place that has them in abundance is Topman!

Topman Neutral hoodie | Neutral trend | Sam Squire UK Male fashion blogger

I picked up this cool neutral Sand Hoodie from Topman, it’s got a really nice slouchy fit and is perfect for this super-hot trend. Speaking of super-hot…you’ll stay super cool in this hoodie this spring summer season because it’s actually really thin and light! I was pretty surprised when I first put it on, as it seemed like a pretty substantial hoodie, not something I would tend to buy this time of year due to the warmer days!

Topman Neutral hoodie | Neutral trend | Sam Squire UK Male fashion blogger

I reckon this should be a piece you pack for your holidays, if it chills off in the evenings chuck this bad boy on, not only will it keep you warm, but it will also show off your killer tan. I picked this up for a pretty reasonable £25, which I really don’t think is too bad at all for such a key wardrobe piece! You can click here to check it out!

Topman Neutral hoodie | Neutral trend | Sam Squire UK Male fashion blogger

I didn't want to go too over board with the neutrals, hence pairing it with some black Topman spray on skinny jeans, which if you read my blog often, you’ll know these are all I wear! They’ve got so many awesome styles within the spray on skinny category, worth checking out here. I was also going to wear my Yeezy Oxford Tans but they looked a bit too matchy with the hoodie, and the whole thing just didn't really work. Instead I’ve got my khaki Nike Stefan Janoski sneakers on, which I wrote about a few weeks back, they’re seriously comfortable!

What’s your summer style staple? Let me know in the comments below! ✌🏼

#ExpressYourself with Vision Express!

I was super excited to be asked to partner with my old friends Vision Express on the launch of the new Exclusive Brands collections. The other week I headed down to their flagship Oxford Street store in London for the very exciting launch of the collection.

The collection launch was attended by loads of bloggers, models and fashion journos - the event on a whole was hosted by X Factor and celebrity stylist Gemma Sheppard. Exclusive Brands are all about making a statement, the collections are for people who don't just want a pair of glasses, they want a piece of style.

The best part about these designer-quality specs is the price, I personally wear the In Style collection on a daily basis and would compare the quality to the likes of Ray Ban and Ted Baker…not bad for just a fraction of the price!

My sister, Katie from www.thestylinguist.com and I attended the event together and got the chance to sit down and do a bit of filming with Gemma Sheppard, who like the styling-queen she is, managed to guide us around the store and help us pick the best styles for our faces…check out the video below, and don’t forget to sub me on YouTube! Make sure to keep your eyes peeled on the blog, I get to pick up my new specs in a couple of weeks, and will be sharing my thoughts right here…exciting!!

You can check out all the information you could possibly need about the fantastic Exclusive Brands by clicking here. Don’t forget you can also join the chat on social media using #ExpressYourself.

Spring has sprung!

I’M OFFICIALLY 21!!! Today is my Birthday and I thought what better way to celebrate than to blog about my new favourite thing…my Topman camel coat!

Topman Camel Coat | Sam Squire UK men's fashion & lifestyle blog

So, camel coats are pretty big business right now, everyone’s wearing them and I thought I would invest in my own. I headed straight for Topman, I knew exactly which coat I wanted and I was prepared to fight to the death for it…and I nearly had to.

There was only one in my size left in my local Topman store so I did the really mature thing of basically racing another guy to get the coat…I took home the coat, and a medal for 1st place nifty bastard 👊🏼

Camel coats are great for so many different style, whether super smart or ultra casual it just works so well. My coat has a bit of length which is great because it keeps you warm but not too warm, as you’d usually wear it open.

Topman Camel Coat | Sam Squire UK Mens fashion & lifestyle blog

I decided to pair my coat with a red plaid shirt for a bit of colour, a white crew-neck tee - which I have to thank my man Oliver Cheshire for recommending when I had a chat with him last week, a pair of my signature black spray-on skinny jeans from Topman and some black zip suede boots…there’s a lot of black going on, I know!

It’s a great spring outfit and I am loving layering shirts, tees and coats right now - hopefully as the days get a bit warmer I can just wear the coat with a white crew tee. Topman actually have a huge range of camel coats to pick from, you can click here to see the full range or click here to check out my exact coat…it’s on offer for £50 right now so I would definitely recommend checking it out!!

Well, I’m off to go and wear party hats and eat copious amounts of cake…you’re only 21 once, right? 🎂🎉

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!