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!

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Spring Must-Have: Straw Hat

Spring Must-Have: Straw Hat

Spring is nearly here (21st March to be exact), and I have seen a spring of trends, but the one that has caught my eye recently is the Straw Hat.

I’m not the one who usually wears hats, but the Straw Hat looks good. I actually tried these on and they actually flatter my large head.

My current trip to London (my favourite city), my walk around Knightsbridge high street where I spotted the trend. I walked into one of my go-to shops, Reiss, where I spotted an amazing hat. (Below – Reiss hat for £49.99, a gorgeous blue)

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This hat also comes in a yellow colour (below).

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If the Reiss hat is not your style, there’s an alternative hat from Zara Man. For an affordable £19.99, here’s this option.

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And this option from Zara Man.
Also (£19.99)

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Like this cool trend? Let me know and what would you pair this with? What other trends are hot this spring?

Blazer Fashion

Blazer Fashion

No matter what the weather, Blazers are always in trend. The best thing about Blazers is that you can buy many different fabric blazers to suit any weather conditions. Another thing which is great, is that Blazers will instantly give a preppy/smart look to any casual or formal outfit.

A recent Blazer I have purchased is from Zara Man. This gorgeous Blazer is perfect for this cold weather as its made from a two cotton blend of white and black fabric, Blazer (pictured below), cost a reasonable £59.99 and is very comforting and warm. Overall, a perfect piece to accompany a trip out on the town, a pair of black jeans, coloured brogues and a cotton shirt would be ideal.

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Another blazer which I also own is from high end store ‘Reiss’ which was on sale from £250 to £120. I literally picked up the last one at my local store. This luxurious emerald velvet blazer is so stunning and rich in colour. It is made for a cocktail hour or an occasion out, a ball/prom or wedding. I have been saving this blazer for the right occasion, which I would probably stick to the classic black trousers and a white shirt. (Pictured below)

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Another Blazer from Topman is a very classic casual style. This Harris Tweed Blazer works really well with a casual look, a pair of blue jeans and a blue shirt. I pair this with brown or dark purple skinny trousers and a pair of brown brogues.

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Blazers are very on trend and I recommend all men to own at least one Blazer. No matter what occasion, a Blazer will help you look and feel smart & confident! Let me know what you think about these blazers!

Glove It Up! My Favourite Pair

Glove It Up: My Favourite Pair

Even though the weather in the UK seems to be improving doesn’t mean you should be without a great pair of gloves. It’s constantly cold sometime in the day, whether it’s a dreary cold morning or a breezy night, gloves are perfect to have handy!

I’ll show my favourite pair of gloves I own, (below) are my leather studded driving gloves from Zara Man. They were really hard to get a hold of, but I visited London at New Years and found so many which were on sale at £19.99! I was so ecstatic when getting them because I had searched for many months to find such a statement accessory & what a statement it was! I recently wore then around a trip to London where the gloves were seen as stand outs, where people and friends also commented on how great they were.

I paired these gloves with a dark navy leather jacket, black and white scarf, black skinny jeans and a pair of navy trainers. This gave a casual fashion look.

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Some men think studs aren’t their thing, but Zara Man had paired these gloves with a smart black jacket and a suit. So, I think the pair of gloves work well with young men and working men. Leather is also very strong and these gloves are very easy to manage.

Do you like these gloves? Need advice on the best type of gloves? Do you think you could pull them off, and if so with what accompanying outfit? Let me know!

Scarf-face the Fashion

Scarf-Face the Fashion

Another accessory I love to wear in the winter and I can truly have fun with are Scarves!

I always wear a scarf, whether it’s in the cold winter or an evening out, it automatically compliments any attire.

There are so many styles of scarves. Either thin cotton types, or chunky knit wear. From ascots to snoods. So many to choose from!

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(Above) is a 100% cotton scarf in navy blue from high street brand ‘River Island’ which is very simple and can make a casual outfit very sophisticated and cool. You could also pair it with a suit or a dark pea coat.

This chunky knit scarf (below) from Zara man is a very fashionable item. I love the style of how it’s wrapped around, as it keeps you warm in the winter chill and turns heads when you walk by.

The black scarf (below left) is very understated yet this reminds me of Johnny Depp, making it very relaxed and effortlessly stylish. A blazer and a scarf work very well together, especially when it’s thin and light in weight.

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For those dressing to impress, silk scarves are very suited towards working men. Silk scarves add an elegant ‘tinge’ to the smart casual look, and on guys define expense and class. Silk scarves are usually patterned, yet I think you should stick with heavily patterned silk than a plain one. (Look below)

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I love this scarf (below) especially because of the pop of colour and the design. It really contrasts well with the check design and the beige coat. Try and contrast well, it always looks fashionable to take a risk.

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Another example is how to contrast a scarf is choosing a darker colour and putting it with bright or moody colours. (Below) is my check black and white squared scarf with an army green jacket which works well.

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I hope this explained how scarves can enhance a look instantly without changing the outfit & best of all, it keeps you warm and stylish! Feedback welcome! Please share this around.