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!

Walk the Walk

Walk The Walk

You cannot complete an outfit without a pair of amazing shoes to compliment them. So I’ve researched some amazing shoes for you to keep an eye on.

This pair is an amazing trainer from Alexander McQueen for Puma. I love the texture of this trainer, it’s like that it has breathable gills on the side. It’s a very street style shoe, which suits skinny jeans and a graphic tee. The price is just under £200 and can be purchased from retailers such as Harvey Nichols, Selfridges and Independent designer stores.

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I really like loafers. I think it suits a smarter wardrobe and are also very comforting. I picked this black studded loafer from Aldo (£80, below) and I’d pair this velvet treat with high cropped chinos or jeans, showing the ankle, giving a European fashion look. Pair if with a dark blazer and a casual tee for a brilliant combination. Silver jewellery included anywhere else on the outfit also works.

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Brogues are also important when wearing a smart outfit. Here (below) is a smart brogue which can be worn with many outfits and colours. It’s at a reasonable (£70) and dress casual and smart when doing so. A tweed jacket and black skinny jeans/trousers would go well with these brogues also.

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Here are three types of current styles of shoes. I will constantly update more shoe styles so you know what’s on trend. Which one do you like? How would you pair the shoes and outfits? Let me know!

Fashion Icon: R-Patz & Gucci

Fashion Icon: R-Patz & Gucci

Robert Pattinson, star of the Twilight Saga may seem to have a relaxed personal style, yet you can tell he has a fashionable, confident side comes out when he dresses in the best Gucci suits! Let’s see his best choices.

This suit is one of my absolute favourites (below). He wore this powder blue Gucci at the premiere of Cosmopolis. This was after the K-Stew cheating scandal, where he displayed to the public that he was unfazed by the media frenzy and promoted his film with style and class. I love the idea of the suit shade getting darker. His powder blue suit is paired with a darker blue shirt and a black tie. The colour contrast of this is brilliant and recommended when wearing a coloured suit. The idea of using black minimally creates a unique look, rather than the typical. Also a great fit is hugely important, slim fit trousers are the trend, and ultra-slim is much flattering to guys with longer legs or a natural slim frame like R-Patz.

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This suit (below) was worn at the Twilight: Eclipse premiere. Although a while back, maroon/burgundy is a popular suit colour on red carpets for men. This suit is very daring, so pairing it with a white shirt makes it pop and keeps it simple. Having the jacket buttons match the tie here works well.

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This suit (below) was worn at the premiere of ‘Water for Elephants’ and I love this colour. This brown is rarely seen on the red carpet, (but Ryan Gosling was recently seen wearing a similar one). It’s such a rare colour and yet it works really well. The black and brown combination works well and the brown is not a typical brown, it’s almost hazel and chocolate combined.

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Last but not least, is one of my favourites R-Patz has donned. Worn at the Breaking Dawn Part Two premiere in LA and I have to say its a stunning suit. I love it. When I first saw this suit I was crazy to find a cheaper and affordable version! It’s one of a kind due to the intimate squared detailing on the emerald suit, it also has a silky shine to it. A statement suit for sure. The powder blue shirt is also a great combination, making it that little more different.

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Tip: in order to look youthful, only close the one button of the jacket, allowing you room to breathe also.

More Celebrity styles coming up soon! Which one is your favourite suit? Let me know!

Images that inspire

Menswear Images to Inspire…

A post of what styles inspire me. I like looking and feeling smart, sophisticated, yet I also love a statement piece, getting people to react in any way possible. Go ahead. Look. Be inspired…

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Which styles do you love? Tell me what you think about these looks. A majority of these images are Burberry Prorsum. Also included are Tom Ford and Alexander McQueen.