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...Read More
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.
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.
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.
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!
Did you have the best Christmas?! I hope you did!
Ah there’s nothing better than being gentry, right? I recently look a stroll around my house and grounds (ha, I wish) because that’s just something Lord Squire does. I thought i’d snap a few pics along the way and show you my winter style.
Plaid and black play a pretty strong game in my winter wardrobe, nothing beats a nice warm plaid shirt. I tend to wear them in different ways, with this shirt I simply did up the top button and wore a dark undershirt but sometimes you can just leave it completely open, I just found it slightly chilly.
My jeans are of course from Topman. Those of you who are established followers of mine will know that the only brand of jeans I ever wear (and actually own) are Topman’s Spray on Skinny, I love the fit and just find them super comfortable, actually the pair I am wearing are about 5 years old…a pure quality item!
My coat is one of the more recent purchases, is beauty is from River Island and is hands down the best coat I have ever worn, it’s warm, comfortable and looks pretty swanky too. It’s got a vibe of shearling about it but not too much, I don’t want to go for the full Del Boy…
Finally my boots, which clearly weren't made for walking on 16th Century cobble stones (or maybe I’m not…) are from Dune, they’re a really soft leather and I genuinely think I could walk for hours in these. I love Chelsea boots, they’re great to complete the look and these ones in particular are the comfiest boots I have ever worn.
What is your winter staple?
It’s that time of year, I'm sure you young lads will be getting butterflies of asking a girl to prom and heck don't even get started on the suit. Don’t worry young ones, Squire is here to help you pick the best suit and make sure that girl that turned you down for prom is crazy jealous. It isn't all about the standard old tux now, oh no - it’s all about dressing the part, looking crazy dapper and winning Prom King! Here are my top three suit options for looking the gent for your school prom this year!Read More
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!!Read More
With double breasted jackets becoming more and more in demand, possibly the most stylish guy in the world, Oliver Cheshire was of course seen donning a blue double breasted suit a couple of months ago at an event. The vibrant colour is brave, I don't think I could ever personally pull off a coloured suit but on Oliver it looks sharp, dapper and ridiculously on trend. In this post I am giving you a few options to get his red carpet style from the high street!Read More
I think it’s really good now and again to applaud your fellow bloggers, both new and established - it’s important to appreciate other people in the community because heck, we aren't a huge group!Read More
So I was cleaning out my room when I came across some tatty old jeans. They are the fit I love but I couldn't wear them out and about because they have gotten so battered over the years. I found that last summer I was desperately looking for some skinny jean shorts but couldn't actually find what I had in my head.Read More
It’s back, one of the most anticipated photo-ops on the celebrity calendar, Coachella…I mean, come on - they don’t exactly go for the music, do they? Held in the heart of SoCal this music and arts festival has grown in popularity amongst the big stars with many an opportunity to get papped having some fun in the sun.Read More
Yuh so like Made in Chelsea season 9 is like totally upon us…can you literally believe it?
The lovely folks at E4 released the press pictures of the cast of their hit reality show (no, not ‘Taking New York’ 😏) Made in Chelsea. Believe it or not, it’s already season 9…Read More
A wise Twitter account once told me “A good pair of jeans will feel like they were made just for you.” - that Twitter account was, of course Topman UK…also known as the ruler of all things stylish (I’m sure I am just one below them on the top 100 rulers of style).Read More
31 year-old DJ, Singer, Songwriter, model and probably a plethora of other things Calvin Harris has been massively in the news lately over rumours that he is now dating Taylor Swift. I’ve got to say I am not wholly interested in the celebrity dating game and Taylor Swift has literally dated a new guy every week.Read More
NEW SHOWZER ALERT!!! YouTube phenomenon/funny lady Grace Helbig has only gone and landed herself a TV show, she serves as host to her own channel and is one of YouTube’s most popular creators.Read More
The oldest of the Beckham brood may still only been a baby-faced 16 year old, but the dude has some serious style going on…well, lets face it - with his parents he was never going to be a Primark Tracksuit wearing hoodlum.Read More
The king of Essex Dapper never fails to look anything other than ridiculously smart. Mario was pictured heading for filming in Romford. I have had a few people request a Steal His Style on Mario, probably because he is always super well dressed! Here goesssss…I call it the all black errthing (plus a bit of colour)…as you can see I am getting better with making up style names…Read More