Italy 2013: Travel/Fashion Essentials

Italy 2013: Travel/Fashion Essentials!

As many of my twitter/Instagram followers & friends may have seen me ranting on about how I was about to visit Italy for the first time ever! I’m just going to rant a lot more in a positive way! I explored so much fashion and culture in Italy, I’d be stupid not to let you all know what it was like. This blog post is about travel essentials, but for a fashion conscious man.

1) A great pair of walking shoes!

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– I am not a fan of wearing for comfort, which was a BIG mistake as I did not realise how much walking I would have to do! So guys (& girls) please if you’re the type who likes to walk a lot, a good, solid pair of trainers (sneakers), pumps or plimsolls. If you prefer sandals, make sure you wear them beforehand to see if you can cope a day in them. Above is the pair of plimsolls I wore a majority of the time. They were soo comfy and durable. They also fit perfectly and were light and great to walk loads in.

2) Protect those eyes with some Shades!

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– being from the UK, I don’t think I would have been able to survive my holiday without my sunglasses. I literally slept with them because I was so used to wearing them a majority of the time. I like a variety of different shapes and colour sunglasses, but I knew Italy was a very sophisticated place and I wanted to make a good impression. As much as I LOVE aviators (which look good on anybody), I wanted a quirkier pair which was also fun & sophisticated. I went with a pair of brown wayfarers. Above is the pair which I wore all the time, ultimately leaving me with a tan line over my eyes! Oops!

3) Straw hats ain’t for those in the Deep South anymore…

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– if you’re travelling to a beach resort or a hike up a mountain this summer, a hat of any type is necessary. Although caps are perfectly fine, a more fashion forward statement is the straw hat which is very light and stylish all at the same time! I visited seriously hot places and I would not be able to have survived without it! I wore the hat in Rome, Pompeii, Naples and Capri. Above is how I wore it. Yet there are many ways you can wear it. I personally do not like looking like a tourist, there’s something so not appealing to how a majority dress, everyday you should try to dress good, especially when abroad!

These three essentials are a must-have for any guy/girl who are travelling this summer to any hot destination.

Other essentials include:

-Sun-Tan Lotion: be safe, and you don’t want to burn. This helped me a lot!

-Deodorant: you need to smell good as often as possible!

-Fragrance: You need to smell amazing on the outside also.

-Moisturiser: nobody wants dry skin on a summer holiday.

-Beard Trimmer: unless you want to keep a beard, it’s best to keep it short, keep this with you in your toiletries bag.

-Simple Accessories: a watch, bracelet, ring or necklace. Just to jazz things up.

-Invisible Socks: no, not stockings for men, they are socks which you can’t see when wearing with pumps to give an illusion that you’re not wearing any, when you are!

Where to purchase: –

Good shoes – ‘Next’ for £10 or any high street store you like.

Shades – ‘Urban Outfitters’ – £15. Cheap and long lasting!

Straw Hat – ‘Zara Man’ – £18, stylish and helpful!

Good quality deodorant and moisturiser from ‘Kiehls’

I wore ‘D&G: Light Blue’ fragrance – a classic.

Invisible Socks available at Mr Porter or Urban Outfitters.

Hope you’ve enjoyed a helpful guide for those of you travelling! – let me know where you’re heading for the holidays? Any more interest? Thanks!

Fashion Must-Have

I believe that every man should have at least one item in their wardrobe and that is, Leather!

Leather is an essential which can be worn any time of the year. Whether it’s in the freezing conditions of Winter or even to wear on your way to a meal in the evening. I appreciate that Leather as I find it highly comforting, stylish and adaptable to change in any weather condition.

I think a must-have Leather item is the jacket. A Leather Jacket makes any outfit improved and gives a cool edge to an ordinary outfit. I have owned around 5 Leather jackets, and so less because they are so long-lasting! I still own a Leather Jacket which I had bought 4 years ago, which I regularly wear to spruce up my look.

This Leather Jacket (back&front below) is available to purchase from the ‘www.asos.com’ website, where they  have a collection of designer and high street price ranges. I specifically chose this jacket (ASOS Leather Bomber Jacket) as it defines how it can instantly create the effortless edge it aims to achieve. This is also a bomber jacket, so it will keep you dry in the rain, and won’t make you sweat like crazy on a summer evening. The price of this jacket is £110.00, which is a reasonable price as it is long lasting (if you take care of it). This is shown as worn in a casual look, a plain white tee or a graphic print top would also look good for an informal trip out. If you want to prep up the look, I would advise wearing a shirt and sweater combo (preferably a light shirt and a colourful sweater works better). 

 

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If you’re looking for a high designer label, ASOS also provide designer jackets. (Below) is another leather jacket, from the ‘Pepe Jeans’ designer. By the way, Leather does not limit you from wearing just the black kind. There are colours such as Brown, Tan, Maroon and Navy Blue Leathers which are just as cool. 

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If you would like some advice on how to style your leather jackets, whether it’s vintage, high street or designer, let me know. If both of these jackets are not your style, I encourage you to visit local high street stores or look online for a range of jackets in all sizes and shapes. A Leather Jacket can sophisticate, make casual or spruce up your clothing. I also encourage you to invest in a jacket which you can wear all year round and they attract much compliments. 

If you already have a Leather jacket, I recommend matching leather gloves, Zara Man sell brilliant quality leather gloves with different styles, so I recommend that also. I guarantee that Leather is a timeless piece of fashion, which will never go out of style!