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A Gentleman’s Style Guide

August 15, 2019

 For men, it can be quite easy to get stuck in a rut fashion-wise. Christopher Legard, Managing Director at quality menswear retailers Joseph Turner, offers his advice for those in search of a new look.

Looking to revamp your personal style? Well, there are a few basics you that you need to know about before you start shopping. Following fashion, forward planning, and taking care of yourself are the tools all stylish men use to keep themselves looking and feeling good. Here, I’ll be sharing my tips for gentlemen who want to know how to pull it off.  

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Research the latest fashion and trends:

Flicking through men’s fashion mags is a good place to start if you’re thinking about getting serious with your style, but a lot of the more couture looks can often feel a bit overwhelming when you’re just starting out. If you’re looking for every day, wearable trends, it’s best to look to street fashion for inspiration. 

You can pick up on lot of key trends just by taking a look at what everyone else is wearing, then putting your own spin on it. Rubber-soled leather footwear, for example, is extremely en vogue right now and you only need to spend a few minutes outside to see plenty of evidence to back that up. So, buy yourself a pair and build your outfits around them.

Alternatively, take your inspiration from classic menswear popularised by sports, music, and movie stars. Think a plain tee, polo, or turtleneck paired with a tailored trouser or a trusty pair of well-fitting denim blues — if it’s good enough for James Dean, it’s good enough for you.

Whatever trend you go for, it’s important to stick to your personality. Fashion items of all colours, patterns, and fits look best when worn with confidence, so focus on looking for clothing that suits your sense of style and makes you feel good.

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Style tips: travel and events:

With your day-to-day fashion sorted, it’s worth thinking about your travel wardrobe. Whether your trip is for business, leisure, or other commitments, your clothes should be comfortable and practical, but also stylish. 

Go for layered outfits, like jackets and scarves, rather than hefty coats so you can adjust to fluctuating temperatures. Tough fabrics, like tweed and canvas, are more resistant to wears and tears caused by traveling, but they are also less likely to crease. Choosing garments and accessories made from these materials means you can stay looking sharp despite your long flight or road trip.

Your washbag is probably stored deep within your luggage, so remember to include a travel pack with grooming essentials in your carry-on so you can freshen up on the go. You’d be amazed how much of your look you can maintain with just wet wipes, hair styling products, and a toothbrush and paste — and how much impact that can have on your overall appearance. If you’re jet-setting, just be aware of any hand luggage regulations before you hit airport security.

When it comes to special events, 99% of the time it’s better to be overdressed than under. If you turn up to a party and you’re the only person in a suit, you’ve stood out for all the right reasons. Turning up in a tracksuit to a black-tie event, however, sends out completely the wrong message; it’s not ‘cool’ or ‘casual’, it’s sloppy. 

With that in mind, always aim for the smartest option when dressing for events. Clean clothes, high quality fabrics, and formal fits are never OTT. Finally, remember to pack a pair of classy swim shorts as you never know when you might get the opportunity to take a dip.

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Finishing touches:

Style with the most impact pays attention to the finishing touches: accessories, hairstyle, and personal grooming all have a huge effect on your overall look.

Thinking about accessories doesn’t just mean throwing on some jewellery, although it should be noted that bling is back in a big way this year. Everything you choose to accessorise with, from your eyewear to your shoes to your statement watch, puts out a message to the people around you, so it’s worth spending the time to find statement pieces that elevate your look. 

A lot of the time, personal grooming can be the only difference between a well-dressed man and a handsome man. Keeping yourself clean, making sure your beard and fingernails are neatly trimmed, and choosing a statement haircut that accentuates your facial features can do a lot of the hard work for you when it comes to cultivating a style.

With these tips, you’ll be able to find fashion that looks and feels good. Most importantly, you’ll have the style and confidence to really pull it off. 

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