#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!

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!

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!

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!

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!

Chilly Kneecaps

So if you can’t tell by my bright red nose…winter has officially arrived. Snow is drifting its way across the country and temperatures are hitting the minuses…so what better time to go an photograph some jeans with the knees ripped out…

Topman Ripped Knee Jeans | Sam Squire UK Male Fashion Blogger

I bang on in every blog post about Topman’s spray-on skinny jeans because A) they are my favourites and B) I am hoping for some free pairs (JOKE, before anyone gets shitty with me…) - spray ons are my go-to, I think I look really weird in jeans that are baggy, I look like I'm trying to be a cool 90’s dude but clearly failed. 

On browsing in my local Topman I came across a section of ripped knee spray-ons and I literally had no idea which ones to buy. I went for the black ones because I like black things to match my soul…plus they pretty much go with everything I wear in my winter wardrobe. They had some different blue shades in the same style which I did contemplate but I just didn't feel brave enough to move away from my staple black jeans. 

Upon buying, I dropped a little Tweet to express my excitement…Topman swiftly replied insinuating these are definitely not for the current weather…clearly I was feeling brave (not drunk) and headed out to get some cool snaps in the chilly weather…the snow had literally just melted and I instantly regretted every choice I had made up to that point….a model’s life, eh! 😏

Topman Ripped Knee Jeans | Sam Squire UK Male Fashion Blogger

These are pretty much my new favourite jeans, I teamed them with a Pull & Bear denim shirt my winter coat from River Island and my Dune chelsea boots which I definitely need more of because even I’m starting to get bored of seeing them in every blog post I do 😬

These jeans are available right over here for £38...I paid £40 in store and now feel I've been robbed £2...

Summer Style & Giveaway!

Some of my top summer travel essentials include a good sun-cream or oil, a few pairs of shades and of course some crazy on-point outfits! When I was looking around for some summer outfits, Blue Inc was one of my first stops, the kind folks there actually gifted me the clothes I wanted so really and truly, it them you’ve got to thank for all of the stylish summer shots that have been floating round social media! Read to the end for your chance to WIN…I am way too good to you!

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Burgundy

The Bank Holiday seems so so far away now doesn’t it? Bank Holiday Monday was actually a relatively nice day so I headed to a seriously nice spot to do some spring style shooting. I haven’t done loads of personal style posts lately purely because they take a bit of time to sort and organise…time I don’t have due to some big projects I am working on right now. 

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Watch Out!

You guys know how in to my watches I am, seriously I have spent a pretty fortune on wrist fashion over the past few years, I literally don’t want to total up the amount I have spent because that could  and will drive me in to a breakdown.

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What I Wore: Spring

What better way to spend a lovely bank holiday weekend than to head for a walk? Yesterday I took a stroll and took the opportunity whilst it was dry to get a few pictures snapped. You can browse these in the gallery below. 

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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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Steal His Style: Mark Wright

This post has been another highly requested one - essex boy Mark Wright is known for his brilliant smart-casual blend of style. A little while ago him and his friends headed out on a ‘pre-stag do’ which, personally I didn't realise was a thing…is it not just called a night out?

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Wear It Right: The Stripe

So SS15 see’s the stripe becoming a staple part of every well dressed guy’s wardrobe - there’s so many ways to wear stripes to get yourself a super suave look this Spring through Summer so I thought I would give you a little guidance as to what to buy because heck, it can be hard to pick!!

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