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 Watch

So today I thought I’d introduce you to a wicked new brand I have been involved with recently. The very cool folks over at TW Steel dropped a little gift in my PO BOX this last week for me to check out, and I loved it so much I thought I’d share it with you lot.

TW Steel Watch for men | Sam Squire UK male fashion blogger

So if you haven't heard of TW Steel before here’s a quick bit of background - they are a Dutch watchmaker founded in 2005 and are renowned for their chunky industrial style watches. They very kindly sent me over a watch of my very own which I have been wearing for a couple of days and love.

I personally think a watch is so important for your style, watches finish off an outfit really well and if your collection is as huge as mine, you can chuck on a different one to match the look you’re trying to achieve. The Canteen ‘CS1’ watch that TW Steel sent me is a chunky, large-faced watch with a thigh leather strap - it feels like it’s got some real substance to it, after all it has an impressive 100m water resistance!

TW Steel Men's Watch | Sam Squire uk male fashion blogger

The look is super vintage and I think it would look great with a smart slim fit suit, maybe even a dinner suit if you’ve got a posh event coming up! This might sound weird but I appreciate the fact the ‘tick’ is pretty quiet - I hate those watches that you put on your bedside table and then have to lay awake all night and hear ticking for all eternity.

The dial is hidden under the large case, this spins off on its hinge and reveals the dial. Now, I don't know if this serves a purpose or if it’s just for show but I think it might seal it and possibly help the water resistance.

This watch is a must-have if you’re looking for a nice smart watch - you can get it straight from the guys over at TW Steel for £199 by clicking here!

Steal his style…Oliver Cheshire round 2

So, these posts are back by popular demand, I am often getting messages asking if I can show you how to steal a dapper dude’s style so here we go! One of the top posts from the last run of these style stealing blogs was of course featuring the king of style, Oliver Cheshire, so I thought what better way to kick off round 2 of Steal his style than with the man himself.

Oliver Cheshire | Sam Squire Uk male fashion blogger

Oliver is known for being the face of Autograph over at M&S…as well as owning the world’s most famous cheekbones. Today I’m going to show you how you can steal his look from the InStyle EE BAFTA party…and how to do it for under £75!

So, Oliver’s look is a really chilled smart-casual look and whilst relatively simple, he looks really slick. For the jacket I would recommend this Pull&Bear faux leather jacket available for less than £40 from ASOS, genuine leather can be a bit pricey so this is great for achieving the look on a budget.

Oliver Cheshire Style | Zara Menswear | Sam Squire Uk male blogger

White trousers are becoming increasingly popular and a fashion staple on the red carpet. They’re great to use with a pop of colour like Oliver has with the top he’s wearing. For the trousers I’d highly recommend checking our Zara, they have a huge range of white trousers - I reckon these casual white chinos are a great addition to the outfit, plus at £29.99 they’re a steal, too!

Oliver Cheshire style | Boohoo menswear | Sam Squire uk male blogger

If ever I'm looking for some quality clothing that’s a total bargain, I always head straight to boohoo. That’s exactly what I’ve done to find a red tee for this look…and they didn't disappoint! Whether you want a crew neck, v neck, super-deep v neck to show off those gains…serious they have a whole bunch! I opted for the slim fit crew neck tee - it costs 5 quid which is ridiculously cheap and is just the right shade of red for the look, you don't want anything too bright!

So, team this with a pair of black brogues or boots and you’ve got yourself a super dapper red carpet ready look just like Oliver himself…all for less than £80, you’re very welcome lads!

Who do you want to steal the style of next time? Drop a comment below and let me know!