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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Cropped for Spring

Apparently, it’s spring…I mean, the weather alone could have fooled us all. Luckily, I headed out at the weekend to get some shots minus today’s torrential rain of an outfit I am loving for spring 2017...

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John Lewis: Autumn

As you guys know from a couple of blog posts ago, I am a real big fan of John Lewis’ AW16 collection. Autumn seems to be well and truly here, leaves are falling and I am sat snug in a jumper by a radiator as I write this post.

The folks over at John Lewis got in touch and let me know about a couple of new launches over on their site and I wanted to share them with you. John Lewis seems to be positioning themselves in a slightly different way with some of the new brands they are bringing on board, if you read my Harvey Nichols blog post, I would say that John Lewis has definitely taken a leaf out of their book!

Libertine Libertine are the latest new brand to launch with John Lewis, their autumn//winter 2016 collections feature earthy colours and textured layered looks.

Libertine Libertine | John lewis Menswear | Sam Squire UK Male fashion blogger

Some of my favourites from the collection are the Libertine Libertine Logo Sweater which would be great for chucking on for a really casual look, the Turbo Affect Wool Mac Overcoat which I think would finish off a suit on a chilly or damp autumnal morning perfectly, and finally the Bruce Hunter Shirt which is a really nice asphalt coloured shirt, great for completing a casual, laid back look.

Libertine Libertine | John lewis Menswear | Sam Squire UK Male fashion blogger

The Libertine Libertine prices are definitely higher end and the John Lewis collection ranges from £50 for a top up to £255 for the Turbo overcoat, but they are a luxury brand and you definitely get what you pay for when it comes to a quality brand like this.

I would say the collection is well worth checking out and there are some great staple pieces for the season ahead. Click here to have a browse of the collection! Don’t forget to let me know what you pick up from the range!!

#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!

The Hat

Mum always told you to wear your hat in the summer, so just because you’re a big facial hair growing man now, doesn’t mean mum wasn't right. Hats are super important for your health throughout the summer but they are also  a style essential, there’s so many different styles for different guys, below are three you could try and a few outfit suggestions to go with them!

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Cocktail Club: Bloody Jack

It’s Saturday we’re all super chilled and you know exactly what that means…time for another Cocktail Club recipe! Today’s is called the Bloody Jack, it’s a really quick and simple recipe with hardly any ingredients needed so if your cupboards are bare it isn't going to ruin your night of cocktail fun. 

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I Shoes You

I am a lover of style in general but as you’ll know from reading my other blog posts, I really bang on about having a good few pairs of shoes. You could have literally THE most on-point outfit going on but mate if your shoes suck then no one will be paying attention to how well dressed you are. Here’s my top three pairs of shoes for your to grab online right now! 👞

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In This Month’s…Men’s Fitness

Welcome to a brand new segment!! As you know I struck up a deal with magazine.co.uk and they kindly hit me up with a few 12 month magazine subscriptions…how kind are they?! Each month I get these mags so I thought ‘Heck, Sam what a fantastic opportunity to write about, create more blog content and NEVER run out of ideas’ so, in today’s blog post I’ll be telling you three things you’ll find in Men’s Fitness the Summer Edition. 

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Olly's Style - Colour Blocking

Olly Murs certainly gets my style approval, the 30 year old singer and TV personality definitely knows how to rock a blazer and shirt proving that you don’t have to be scruffy to be comfy. Most recently he’s taken to a super on-trend style, colour blocking. Here’s my top three current favourite colour blocked items available on the high street so you can steal Olly’s super trendy style. 

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Cocktail Club: Lynchburg Lemonade

It’s the beat say of the week - welcome to Saturday!! So the awesome folk over at Jack Daniels got in touch and asked if I would work with them to make some awesome and unique content to go along with my Cocktail Club series - of course I said yes and so they sent me to British supermarket Tesco along with a bundle of cash to pick up loads of supplies. 

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The Shades

I definitely think shades are one of the most important things for the summer. Not only to protect your peepers but also to style up your outfit and go all out for the summer - here I have picked my top 4 (because who needs 5?!) summer shades that you definitely want to be rocking this summer, be it chilling by the pool, checking out the amazing scenery or laid on the beach!

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