George & King: Meet the revolutionaries of the male shopping experience.
I'm not one to stereotype but in my experience most men are only able to just tolerate shopping. Usually the guys don't tend to spend their Saturday mornings perusing shopping malls in order to purchase the latest styles or spend hours eyeing accumulating a shopping, wish-list online.
However, research into the male shopping habits has found that men prefer to shop online, mainly for ease. The only problem is that if an item doesn’t fit, they do not usually bother sending it back. Often the mere thought of printing the label and taking the item to the post office is simply too tiresome. So the male wardrobe has become a graveyard for poorly fitting shirts and pants. (sad, I know) Think about all those unworn garments left hanging for all eternity, never to see the light of day.
This is wear (pun/spelling intended) George & King, the custom sartorial menswear and styling company is here to save the masses. This month, George & King launched their latest and greatest amenity yet: The Concierge Service. This impressive option will solely revolutionise the shopping process for men - welcome to the future.
What is The Concierge Service?
This service is designed to alleviate any stress or trauma that men associate with shopping. The client will be given unprecedented access to the personal style concierge team, a look book starring the latest collections and a yearly garment and style planner which is prepared for each client - meaning he never has to shop again. It's like having your own personal stylist but without the ridiculous costs.
A style survey has been designed in order to allow a detailed sartorial profile to be created based on his answers. The information will filter through to an advanced retail system that allows members of the style concierge team to create the clients perfect wardrobe based on their style preferences and needs. The team will keep the client updated on the latest trends, give advice on how to copy celebrity styles, aid in choosing an outfit for that special event, offer personalised style advice and curate looks for both work and play.
Every three to six months a member of the concierge team will follow up with the client in order to arrange a new suit, shirts, pants and more based on the client’s requirements and arrange direct delivery to them without having to step foot into a shop or browse online. And the best thing is the garment will fit them perfectly.
2. Book a fitting so the measurements can be taken and stored as George & King want to ensure the fit is perfect.
3. Pick your first complete look with the help of the concierge team and in 4 weeks the garment will be ready.
4. Once all the measurements are stored, leave the sartorial mastery to the experts. Your looks will be designed and sent through via email for purchase and with one click your new clothing will be delivered directly to you for ease.
In the very near future George & King will also offer a Wardrobe Inventory service where appointments can even be booked with a member of the specialised team. They will come to your house, help you de-clutter your wardrobe and rid you of those impulse purchases or ill-fitting online items, creating a list of looks and styles personal to you with a focus on the necessities that all men should own.
The Concierge Service gives you free access to the George & King Style Concierge team, available when you need them to take care of all your clothes shopping needs. This is the future of male menswear!
Every man knows that a well-tailored suit is priceless!
Recently, I scored a brand new suit. As thrilled as I was, there was one big problem: the fit. The pants were too big around my waist and the hem was too short. The suit coat was also ill-fitting. The shoulder seams weren't sitting right and my knuckles disappeared under the sleeve length. Overall, I didn't look great.
Thankfully I had been recommended to visit Operations Manager Clare Sheng from The Fitting Room. But as you would expect, though this pricey new suit needed saving - I was a little hesitant at leaving my new threads with someone I didn't know.
I stepped into my suit and watched them takeover. From the get go I felt like I was in good hands. The team knew exactly what they were doing and had me in front of the mirror dressed in my suit. They made note of the necessary changes that were needed with pins and tape measures.
Slightly reluctant, the time came to depart ways so I handed over my suit to let them work their magic. A few days later I received a message from the The Fitting Room letting me know that everything was ready and I could swing by to pick it up.
I'm not going to lie, I was nervous. I was feeling hopeful that they had altered the length and fit right but there's always a sense of the unexpected.
On my next visit, I was welcomed by my name and given my suit to try on. I came out and stood in front of the mirror and was left speechless. It was amazing! They had done such an impressive job. There's no better feeling than wearing a suit that fits you perfectly. I didn't want to take it off!
The whole process was a great experience and the team from The Fitting Room are fantastic. Their warmth makes for a comfortable experience and their level of professionalism calls for a job well done. I couldn’t recommend a better place.
The next time you're looking at making a few tweaks or alterations to your suit - don't go past The Fitting Room on Edward Street.
The Fitting Room offers an array of tailoring packages with a turn around of only between 3-7 days. To find out more about their services visit the fittingroomonedward.com.au.
Thinking of popping the question this Valentine's Day? Here's what you should wear.
Love month is officially upon us. Valentine’s Day. Proposals looming, wedding season. I am pretty sure the fear of God is starting to set in, with many men thinking, ‘Can I do this? Will she say yes? How can I make this perfect? What do I wear?’
Having styled many sartorial looks for proposals and wedding for the custom menswear and style company, George & King, I can lend some advice.
Can I do this?
Quick answer, yes of course you can. Now man up!
Will she say yes?
Probably, I cannot promise such things. Soz.
How can i make this perfect?
There are so many articles out there dictating how one should propose. At a restaurant? Or on the top of a mountain, whilst it is snowing and there are fireworks spelling out her name, a violinist and champagne being poured while you ride up on a horse then get down on bended knee with a diamond ring.
My recommendation is to make it personal.
You do not have to go overboard to ensure the perfect proposal. It just has to be special to you and the person you are asking to spend the rest of your life with. Think about your partner, what is important to them? Are there any specific places in which memories have been formed throughout your relationship? They can be funny or romantic, the first time you said I love you, the first trip you went on. It does not matter where the proposal takes place. What matters is that it means something to both of you and will be remembered forever.
Proposing is a very nerve wracking experience; one you cannot understand until you do it. Keep it simple and romantic. That way you will not have to concern yourself with external factors that are out of your control. Your partner will be ecstatically happy no matter how you propose. All of the weddings that I have styled are based around the dynamic of the relationship. The theme, look of the ceremony and reception is centred around the couple’s personalities and loves and that is how you should start your journey towards marriage.
What do I wear?
Depending on the event, your outfit is key. Remember there will be a camera.
The scenic proposal
The beach proposal, the picnic proposal, the park proposal, the hinterland proposal- they all have something in common; be at one with nature. I recommend pleated pants and a shirt, sleeves rolled up with loafers or espidrilles, as seen in Ralph Laurens SS17 Purple Label showcase. Feel comfortable in what you are wearing. Pleated trouser suits offer airy comfort, ensuring you look smart, yet relaxed, almost nonchalant so your partner will never guess what is going on. Classy yet effortless.
The up-market proposal
The fancy restaurant, rooftop or concert hall proposal. Going up-market with your proposal? Ensure you dress the part. I am by no means suggesting full dinner suit. Think sophisticated, think stripes. When people say pinstripe a connotation of the poor old man suit comes to mind. Yet, the Pinstripe has changed. Now available in almost any colour. Change up your style with a double breasted or mix with a neon accessory, and for the brave a silk shirt.
Going all out
Jetting off to Paris? Hiring a private island? Planning a 5 star spa retreat and booking out the entire hotel? Then you must go all out with your attire. Make it memorable, step away from the norm, shock, surprise and scintillate. A luxe print, velvet jacket and embossed detailing.
One does not need to spend a small fortune on creating these looks. George & Kings style concierge team are here to dress you for your proposal day. Pop into our showroom today to build your own personal sartorial creation from our range of fabrics and styles. We always make it personal.
Young teen designer, Jayden English has managed to surf up success in the Sunshine Coast with label Turtle3 Co.
Student, designer and entrepreneur, Jayden English has just turned eighteen and immersed himself into a creative career that is quickly demanding the spotlight. Recently launching Turtle3 Co. in 2015, English has swapped country town Gatton for designing coastal inspired t-shirts.
Congratulations on the success you've had so far with your label Turtl3 Co. Tell me about the light bulb moment of when you came up with your business idea?
JE: After just messing around in class trying to find something to pursue following school, I drew up a few t-shirt designs and decided to get a few made for myself and a couple of friends. After seeing the shirts in person on myself and my friends I though that I could make something out of the design. Following this, Turtl3 Co. was born.
Having only turned 18, you're still quite young but seemed to have embraced the power of Instagram. How has this influenced and impacted your brands growth?
JE: Instagram has definitely been the biggest influence on the brands growth. A majority of the photos seen on the brands page are sent in or posted by customers. I have done this because I believe it portrays a raw and authentic view from the customer’s perspective. With the power of Instagram and social media it has allowed me to expand my brands reach into areas all across Australia and the world.
You've had some local famous faces sporting your designs including NRL footballer Suliasi Vunivalu. You must feel proud seeing your creations worn by the many?
JE: It feels surreal seeing some of my favourite NRL players wearing clothing that I have created. The moments I think that have hit me the most are spotting Titans Halfback, Ash Taylor and Cowboys Winger, Kyle Feldt on channel seven having interviews wearing Turtl3 Co. apparel. Being a huge rugby league fan, playing since the age of 7 it doesn’t feel real seeing some of the people you watch on TV every weekend wearing your stuff.
Tell me about the inspiration behind your current range?
JE: The current range is all about simplistic designs solely highlighting the original logos that were created when first starting the brand. Inspiration draws from a relaxed and laid-back coastal lifestyle. Being raised in the country town of Gatton, I have an outsiders look into the Sunshine Coast lifestyle. A lot of the stunning beaches and landscapes I have seen since moving have been influential in a lot of the designs.
When can we expect to see another collection drop?
JE: The next collection can be expected in early 2017 as I am still wrapping up a few pieces. In the up coming collection customers can expect to see a lot more colour and less structured designs.
You're studying a Bachelor of Design and Marketing next year at the University of the Sunshine Coast. How do you plan on managing your business and your studies?
JE: I started University at the University of the Sunshine Coast at the beginning of 2016. At times it was tough trying to balance study and working with the brand. Although the study does benefit the brand as ... I am able to translate experiences I have with the brand into my course and vice versa.
I understand that you design, market and sell Turtl3 Co. all by yourself. Plus, everything is made locally. What has been the biggest challenge you've learnt so far as you master multi-tasking?
JE: The hardest thing has definitely been finding time in between studying and social life to try and promote the brand, keep ahead of the accounting and get new designs out. It has been easy to forget things and fall behind.
What's next for you?
JE: Next, hopefully is to expand the Turtl3 Co. brand. The ultimate goal for 2017 is to increase my stock lists and get the brand into more stores!
Transport to the Italian Riviera with George & King
January 10, 2017
Campari and Soda, Aperol Spritz, Negroni, Sofia Loren – what do all of these things have in common? Taste, class, style, oh and Italy.
George & King welcomes the premier Italian fabric range Vitale Barberis Canonico to their ever expanding range of luxury fabric. This merino wool is without a doubt some of the best fabric we have seen in the suiting world. Even Zegna himself used this range before he became Zegna; master of fabric creation.
In 2016, VBC won the Wool Excellence Award. The fabric ranges are specially designed for suiting jackets, dinner suits and overcoats. Each piece reflects versatility and comfortability. No matter the occasion, you won’t want to take it off! The suit fabrics are light yet resilient; the jackets robust and allow for movement; the dinner suit a more refined austere fabric and the overcoat is one that offers protection from the elements.
According to VBC and George & King, a real wardrobe is like a marshalled army, not just a cupboard stuffed full of clothes. Chosen with taste and upgraded over time, the clothes in a wardrobe are an expression of a personal style in any given situation. In order to avoid waste, a wardrobe should be built up by identifying what is really necessary, then choosing what seems most correct and attractive amongst the various possibilities.
So how does one create their capsule Summer Wardrobe? Here’s what you’ll need.
1. A blue double breasted blazer with metal buttons. 2. A grey weave two toned suit, hot off the catwalk of Milan Fashion Week. 3. Slim fitting suit pants in shades of taupe, blue and grey. 4. A semi structured jacket in a taupe. This can be worn with any of the above. 5. A classic suit, a windowpane or pinstripe that can be worn to more formal occasions. 6. A brown brogue. 7. A black shoe. 8. A white shirt 9. A sky blue shirt.
George & King’s latest campaign photoshoot showcases some of our personal favourites in VBC suiting. A grey and brown windowpane and a subtle blue pinstripe, matched with print shirts and pastel plains. Each look is based around the versatility of the fabrics, alongside a representation of the elegance Milan and the Italian Riviera generate.
The suits are handcrafted, as with all our garments; a bow of respect to the fabric and its history. When you don a VBC tailored suit, you are not just wearing a personalised piece of mastery, you are wearing a slice of history and of family.
Transport yourself to Italy this year. Prices starting from $1200.
How many of these gadgets do you need in your life?
It’s 2017, and there are certain gadgets that all men need in their life. If you don’t have these already, we suggest you head to the shops or add them to your birthday wish lists. Here’s the top 5 gadgets every man needs in 2017.
We’re sure you've watched plenty of the dash cam videos circulating Facebook, but these are an essential for your car. You never know what can happen, and who knows you might just capture something that goes viral!
VSforMen Beard Designer Groomer: was it a hit or miss?
Recently, VSforMen asked me to trial one of their new game changing beard designers. Admittedly, I was hesitant. There are a number of electronic grooming tools on the market that promise impressive results and I wasn't too sure if this one would live up to the hype. But, I gave it a go and here's what I thought.
I like to keep a ‘five o’clock shadow’ but still look well-groomed and crisp. Surprisingly, this groomer gave me just that. It was simple to choose the length I wanted and it was comfortable, easy and efficient to use.
If you're the modern man who's looking for convenience and versatility all in the shape of an electric groomer, then VSforMen beard designer does not disappoint. From the moment I held it in my hand, I was impressed with knowing I had a slick, durable product that is fast and simple to use. Precision trimming at its finest.
I liked that they've included a smart memory function which automatically remembers your last setting. Basically, I was able to switch it on, trim and run out the door.
Using a revolutionary patented 3D cutting system which offers accuracy for length, you're guaranteed to get the beard shape and look you're after every single time. The titanium spinning blades are a game changer in the world of mens grooming. But the real stand out feature for me was the LED display screen which clearly shows the trim setting, battery life and has a handy charging reminder.
All in all, this a stand out product that offers amazing value for money and total beard mastery!
Grab yourself one of these VSforMen Beard Designers exclusively from the Shaver Shop.
Words: Caleb Fleet
Caleb Fleet is a local Brisbane Influencer and Fashion Weekly's Menswear Ambassador. Don't miss a beat and follow him on Instagram.
Mr. Paolo Canali visits Brisbane and shares an insight into the 20 year standing partnership with Mitchell Ogilvie and the opening of the new Canali boutique.
Luxury Italian suit brand Canali unveiled a brand new, re-furbished boutique in the heart of Brisbane late October. Mr. Paolo Canali himself was in attendance so we sat down with him to talk about the new space, how Brisbane compares to the rest of the world and his long-standing partnership with Mitchell Ogilvie.
Congratulations on the new boutique opening.
PC: Thank you.
Can you tell me about the new space?
PC: This is the new boutique with the new international Canali concept. This is part of a long-term collaboration with Mitchell Ogilvie. We started many years ago in a small way where we found the partnership working very well. The next natural evolution was to open a shop together where basically the entire Canali collection would be displayed and presented properly.
How do you view the Australian market compared to the rest of the world?
PC: We have a presence in over 100 countries around the world. 40 years ago we started looking beyond our Italian borders to start exporting our product.
One lesson we learnt is that ... each market is different. Because of the information from the media, magazines and internet – trends are spreading faster in certain countries. It’s a mix of local and global.
We’ve been doing business in Australia for about 20 years and we’ve found that the Australian consumer likes to dress up and appreciates tailored clothing. In the last few years, they’ve adopted updated shapes and have become more innovative. Say, less conservative and more daring. What you find here in Brisbane is similar to what you find in our Milan store.
Mr. Paolo Canali and Mitchell Ogilvie
Blue seems to be very popular this season.
PC: Yes, blue is fashionable and at the same time a classic. It’s been like that for the last few seasons. It’s very masculine and it’s a colour men feel comfortable wearing.
Who is the Canali man?
PC: It’s somebody who understands and appreciates elegance, quality and sophistication. He’s quite knowledgeable about what he buys and wears in his wardrobe. He understands the quality and the know-how of the Canali product.
What does Made-in-Italy mean to you?
PC: First of all, it means that it is 100% made in Italy. (he laughs) ...We make the garments with our own people which we train extensively using our know-how. For us, Made-in-Italy means that we fully own and control the production.
What is next for Canali in Brisbane?
PC: It will be an evolution of all we have been doing with Mitchell Ogilvie.
See the new collection and visit the Canali Boutique at 168 Edward Street, Brisbane City.
Congratulations on the new boutique opening.
Can you tell me about the new space?
This is the new space with the new international Canali concept. This is part of a long-term collaboration with Michael Ogilvie. We started many years ago in a small way where we found the partnership working very well. The next natural evolution was to open a shop together where basically the entire Canali collection would be displayed and presented properly.
How do you view the Australian market compared to the rest of the world?
We have a presence in over 100 countries around the world. 40 years ago we started looking beyond our Italian borders to start exporting our product.
One lesson we learnt is that … each market is different. Because of the information from the media, magazines and internet – trends are spreading faster in certain countries. It’s a mix of local and global.
We’ve been doing business in Australia for about twenty years and we’ve found that the Australian consumer likes to dress up and appreciates tailored clothing. In the last few years they’ve adopted updated shapes and became more innovative. Say, less conservative and more daring. They’ve even started liking more accessories than they had in the past. What you find here in Brisbane is similar to what you find in our Milan store.
Blue seems to be very popular this season.
Yes, blue is fashionable and at the same time a classic. It’s been like that for the last few seasons. It’s very masculine and it’s a colour men feel comfortable wearing.
Who is the Canali man?
It’s somebody who understands and appreciates elegance, quality and sophistication. He’s quite knowledgeable about what he buys and wears in his wardrobe. He understands the quality and the know-how of the Canali product.
What does Made-in-Italy mean to you?
First of all, it means that it is 100% made in Italy. (he laughs) …We make the garments with our own people which we train extensively using our know-how. For us, Made-in-Italy means that we fully own and control the production.
What is next for Canali in Brisbane.
It will be an evolution of all we have been doing with Mitchell Ogilvie.
‘Tis the season to be jolly! It’s not only Santa who’ll be rocking the red suit this year. Burgundy, maroon, wine, plum, scarlet, crimson and all shades within the red spectrum is what stylish men will be sporting this Christmas. Celebratory soirees and gatherings call for different looks dependent on the party style. That is the beauty of a tailored suit; it can be customised to compliment your personal needs.
So how do you choose the perfect red suit? Here is some guidance courtesy of custom suit company George and King’s stylist for how to wear red to this year’s festivities.
Burgundy was traditionally worn to formal events in Victorian Britain with gentlemen donning deep red coats for morning or afternoon outings. Here’s how you can inject new life into your spring summer wardrobe with this unpredictable addition.
1. For the formal invitation wear a burgundy tuxedo.
Everyone knows Ryan Gosling looks great in anything, and this custom burgundy dinner Salvatore Ferragamo suit circa Drive premier 2011 is a favourite amongst many clients. The black contrasting peak lapel on this jacket acts as a safety harness for those not ready to go full burgundy. Wear a crisp white shirt with a regular pointed collar to add a sense of occasion and a black bow tie. If you want to be particularly festive, try out Christmas themed cufflinks to up the party spirit.
2. For the day event dress it down with smart causal crimson.
If getting dressed up for a Christmas party just isn’t you then customise your look to suit your personal style. Choose a slim fit suit in a dark crimson or scarlet with a slim notch lapel. Choose an unstructured sports jacket instead of a traditional full canvas blazer. That way you can wear your white Converse or Adidas originals and still look ready to party. Wear a square collar on your shirt and go for one button rather than a French cuff. Paisley or wide striped shirt would complete this look.
3. For the party of the year wear statement pattern piece.
Moving away from flat a tonal colour, the adventurous should go for a Windowpane or Prince of Wales check print in a bright red. Customise the lapel and buttonhole stitching in white and wear with a double ply button down collar shirt. Highly polished black shoes and paisley accessories are the perfect additions to compliment this look.
Christmas is the perfect excuse to dress fancy. George & King specialise in custom tailored suits book your appointment today to receive your made to measure suit in time for your Christmas party. As a bonus, right now they have 10% off for all Fashion Weekly readers. All accessories available from George & King.
Unless you’ve been living under a rock you’ll know that we have recently launched our Menswear Section! Now, we’re so excited to introduce you to the official Fashion Weekly Menswear Ambassador, Caleb Fleet.
Hailing from New Zealand and now residing in Brisbane, Caleb is sure to give you guys some serious style inspo!
We caught up with Caleb to talk why he loves fashion, whether he’s a tea or coffee man (the important questions) and where you’ll find him on a Friday night.
Tell us three fast facts about yourself!
CF: Originally from New Zealand, love a good adventure and very spontaneous.
Why do you like fashion?
CF: I like how it’s unpredictable and is a strong expression of one’s personality.
From military hues, mechanic luxe and Cuban influences- here’s the latest male fashion trends for this Australian spring summer 16/17.
Gone are the days of guys just wearing the same style tee and chinos throughout the year. This season step out of your comfort zone and experiment with the latest male fashion trends for this Australian spring summer 16/17. After all, a well-dressed man is always irresistible.
A veteran style that’s dominated the fashion scene for years, this Australian spring summer 16/17 expect the lengths of shorts to rise. This season wear bright shades for an instant summery pop of colour, or stick to neutral tones for a relaxed vibe.
If there’s one accessory you experiment with this season, make it the neckerchief. These have been a popular trend of choice for females throughout autumn winter, and now is the time for you to experiment with the style. Bandana’s add an instant edge to any outfit and can be worn in heaps of difference ways to create a whole new look. Tie loosely with the tails facing down at the front, or in a triangle around the neck for a western look. Plus, neckerchiefs are the perfect way to inject a pop of colour into your wardrobe this spring summer 16/17.
Yet another trend that dominated the autumn winter scene, this season don’t expect bomber jackets to budge from our wardrobe. Opt for jackets in loud hues and patterns for an on trend aesthetic. Play with your proportions and pair with shorts for those cool summer nights.
Growing up you were always told to eat your greens, and now the shade has never looked better. Military inspired hues will be a popular colour throughout the season. However, this season is all about clashing the colour. For an on trend aesthetic, mix a military hued jacket with an emerald green tee and dark green shorts.
Yet another trend for females this spring summer, overall are set to dominate the male fashion scene this Australian spring summer 16/17. Select boxy, mechanic inspired silhouettes in light denim hues.
This season stand out amongst the crowd in completely white outfits. Pair white jeans or shorts with a white tee and cap. Or if you’re feeling brave switch styles up and sport white overalls for an on-trend aesthetic.
Follow these trendy guys and you’ll be looking sharp in no time.
Guys, if you’re looking for some style guidance, outfit inspo or are just in need of something new in your Instagram feed, look no further! We’ve found the best male fashion ‘grammers and we’re sharing our favourites with you. These guys’ outfits are always on point and they know what they’re talking about when it comes to fashion. Whether you love crisp, classy looks or prefer cool street style, these seven Instagram accounts are the ones to follow:
Street style personified, Jovel Roystan always looks effortlessly cool. Ripped jeans and patterned button-downs are his go-to, with a nod to the old-school look that is so trendy right now. Standout aspect: rocking basics.
Model Danny has mastered the smart-casual look and always looks fresh in crisp button-downs and light-coloured slacks. He dresses it down sometimes with dark-rinse jeans. Standout aspect: check out his black leather jacket for the perfect fit and styling!
This long-haired blogger not only pulls off the man bun, he also nails the layered look. We love his scarf and leather jacket combo for easy style on cooler nights, and his crisp white kicks for the perfect wardrobe staple. Standout aspect: rocking a blazer with busted-knee jeans.
This guy is the one to follow if you need guidance in looking effortlessly put together from head to toe, even down to the art of the half-tucked shirt. Standout aspect: turning a waistcoat from formalwear to a wardrobe staple.
This ‘grammer’s massive following is clearly due to his easy, achievable casual style. Paul takes jeans and a tee to a whole new level of cool, and he never met a flanno he didn’t want to tie around his waist. Standout aspect: skinny jeans rolled to just above the ankle.
This New York City lad has layering down pat. He also knows the value the right shoes can bring to an outfit – take note, guys! Even more awesome, William uploads flat lays of some of his favourite looks, which is perfect for anyone wondering how to style certain pieces. Standout aspect: his go-to pair of classic Ray Bans.
The trends dominating the male hair scene this spring summer 16/17.
With summer just around the corner it’s time to update your hairstyle. A fresh cut can instantly update your look and we can guarantee that these styles will leave the ladies (or men) swooning.
Here’s the top hair trends for spring summer 16/17.
Undercuts have been having a massive moment for a while now, and what’s so great about this style is that it’s easy to maintain and you can style it heaps of ways. You can wear your hair swept back, to the side, pulled forward and if you must, tied it in a knot.
As they say curls get the girls. If you're blessed with curly hair keep it short and tousled. Steal some of your girlfriends texturizing spray to add extra volume for this look.
How many of these accessory essentials are you already rocking in your wardrobe?
We've broken down the top 5 accessories every man should own in 2016. If you don't already have at least 3 of these essentials, you might need to consider heading to the shops today! Switch things up every season and update these favourites to keep you on trend and seriously stylish.
Don't leave the house without a sophisticated leather satchel. Sleek and luxurious this essential will get you noticed at your next office meeting.
Customise your look with unexpected details. Cufflinks never go out of style and these silver-toned brass favourites will highlight your signature style and give you a point of difference amongst the masses.
Though watches are no longer used for practicality, a statement timepiece will speak wonders about your style. A strong design such as this will polish and pull your look together. It says serious with a lot of personality.
These modern-meets-vintage sunglasses will be the exclamation point to your outfit. They'll take you from the office to a sports game without the fuss. It's a must-have for the season if you want to look cool and carefree.
How to make the ladies swoon and your ego bloom ...and avoid looking like a baboon (while we're rhyming)
Menswear isn't about quantity. Let’s face the facts, yes, menswear has evolved and trends come with each season; however, a base wardrobe is a necessity. Every man needs to invest in timeless staples for their wardrobe, with quality being the highest contributing factor. The essentials should include: a tailored jacket, a tie (black and dark blue), two white shirts, a pair of dress shoes and a grey suit.
Let’s break those elements down...
A tailored jacket
Giorgio Armani says, “Jackets are the backbone of menswear, so when you buy one, make sure it fits properly. Just because it is a piece of tailoring doesn’t mean it is a magic wand. A badly fitting jacket—however expensive—will look awkward.”
If you are headed to a casual event, you could wear a blazer (still tailored). A “blazer” is a term more commonly used in the US for jacket which doesn't match the pants, or a jacket with a patch pocket on the front breast. If your blazer or jacket isn't tailored, it will not complement your physique. Also, if you button your jacket you will find it to be more slimming.
When you get an invitation that says 'dress code formal', if you’re in the corporate world or you’re just having a Chuck Bass moment - break out your tie.
A black tie is for the extra formal occasions and is more commonly worn with a black suit. If it’s worn with any other coloured suit, it'll bring the suit down a few notches on the smart-scale. The blue tie suits virtually anyone and is a good base colour to have in your closet. By all means, branch out and go crazy with an array of wonderful colours, but when you’re having a skeptical-clothing day, the blue tie will be there, waiting patiently to be put to good, sensible use.
Why two? Because when the washing hasn't been done, a backup white shirt is a lifeline. (You'll thank me later.) When choosing your shirt, don't cheap out. Look at the shirt fabric and the collar. Do you want to be the guy with the sweat patches under your arms because you bought the fabric which doesn't breathe? Also, make sure you select the right collar size. You should be able to comfortabley fit your index finger and middle finger between the collar and neck.
Oh, and boys, keep that shirt tucked in!
Yes it's true about what they say; women do judge a man by his shoes. Not for, er, size...but rather maintenance and style. It says a lot about a person. If a guy comes to an event all suited up, but has sneakers on – he has no chance. Try some shoes on, ask the salesperson at the shoe shop to help you and pick something that you will feel confident in.
We've already addressed where to wear the black-tie-with-black-suit combo, but how about the other events which you have to go to that aren't as formal....
These are your grey suit occasions. Be it a nice dinner, a wedding (not your own), a work function or an interview – pull out your trusty, ol' grey suit. If you want to zazz up the trend, add a pinstripe to it.
“There is nothing worse than an ill-fitted, big black suit. It looks like they’ve borrowed it from their dad … If you are wearing a $5,000 ill-fitted suit, people will look at you differently and won’t trust what you have to say.”
When it comes to choosing a style that's suave, the ultimate goal is to look sharp and feel comfortable. But what’s the secret to rocking a classic suit with a statement?
Sheng says, “First, start with a price bracket. You can begin with a basic that might not be as comfortable or long wearing. Or you can go for a bespoke or custom-made suit. If you are buying off the rack, you should find something that [complements] your body-shape.”
She recommends that the younger demographic opt for trendy pieces and younger brands such as M.J. Bale. Whereas, more mature gentlemen should look towards Elio Moda or Hugo Boss.
From there, the tailoring can begin. “The first thing you need to look for is the shoulder fit. If the shoulder fits nicely, then the remaining alterations are all quite simple,” she says.
The secret to customising your look is by personalising it with accessories.
“Knitted and skinny ties and pocket squares are in fashion right now. I would recommend avoiding the bow tie this season unless you can really pull it off. Cuff links also aren’t big right now. It’s more about the pocket squares, tie clips, beaded and leather strapped bracelets.”
She continues saying, “Also, at the moment the tapered leg is very on-trend, so this is an easy alteration to make to a wider leg pant. Bright socks are also in, so choose the right pants length and play with coloured socks."
The Fitting Room offers an array of tailoring packages with a turn around of only between 3-7 days. To find out more about their services visit thefittingroomonedward.com.au.
If there’s one item every man needs in their wardrobe it’s a fitted suit. Yet finding the perfect style that fits you just right and suits your style can be tricky. We sat down with the designers at George & King, Brisbane’s custom suit experts, to talk finding the perfect suit, the menswear trends for the season and how you can learn to love shopping (shocking, we know).
What would be your top 3 tips for men who hate shopping?
G&K: 1. Firstly and obviously, get a custom suit made with us. Meet with a stylist who will suggest the look you go for. The fabrics, the cut etc. You will have the perfect look for you created in less than an hour. We keep your measurements on your profile and you can choose from our ready to wear collection in the future and everything will be delivered to your work/home and you know you will be happy.
2. Go to a large well stocked department store that have everything you need for the event you are shopping for – everything is in one place. You can go in, purchase and you are out having a beer in no time.
3. Take your wife or girlfriend. They will help you make decisions – or tell you what to buy.
What's your top tip to avoiding the annoying sales assistant?
G&K: Pretend you are a shopping professional. Inform the person that you are just browsing when they ask how you are doing and will ask for help when needed. If that fails avoid eye contact at all costs.
What's the secret to finding the perfect suit?
G&K: Meet with our trained stylists who will talk you through colour options and suit customisations to fit you. They will then take your measurements for the made-to-measure suit.
How can you tell if a suit doesn't properly fit the client?
G&K: The shoulders will often pucker at the sides meaning the shoulders are too big, the vent at the back of the jacket will stick out and not lie flat if the waist is too small. There will be a small X across the front of the stomach if the suit is too small and a large gape if big. The secret to a well-fitting suit is you should be able to fit just too fingers down the front of the first button, the lapel should lie flat and the suit jacket will come to the bottom of your buttocks.
What are the essentials items every man should have in his closet?
G&K: A great pair of polished black shoes. A well-fitting navy suit, well-fitting crisp white shirt, plain white tee and a well-made sports jacket in a taupe or navy.
What's summer's biggest menswear trend?
G&K: Grey on grey. Layering different tones of grey in a suit look. The two tone suits (blue jacket, cream chinos) is a bit done now so to stay fresh men need to mix and match tonal colours. Whether with a chino or suit pants and a sports jacket. Short suits with short sleeve shirts are also a must for SS16.
What advice would you give someone who's trying to discover their personal style?
G&K: What colours are you drawn to? What do you feel most comfortable in? Fashion is as much about personality as it is about body type. There is no point trying to fit a square in a round hole. Personal style doesn’t have to be about catwalk looks or high end brands. It is about projecting yourself to the world. When styling men for a suit always start with the basics a plain fabric, whether it be a suit or shirt. Then slowly push the boundaries with a pattern, a check or a stripe until they find something they are happy with. Finding their style for men can often be daunting as traditionally fashion was associated with women. However, now more than ever men are stepping forward in the fashion world and are owning their personal identity and style.
What's the one fashion rule that should never be broken?
G&K: Without sounding pretentious I don’t think there are any rules any more. People are pushing boundaries like wearing socks with sandals and pairing blue with green. My one fashion rule not to be broken is wear items that fit you and never over the age of 16 wear low hanging pants.
How should our readers prioritise wardrobe updates when they're on a budget?
G&K: Think about a capsule wardrobe, items that will go together. Buy colours that are versatile. Navy, cream, light grey. Always have a good fitting crisp white shirt and a pair of brown shoes. You don’t need to buy a lot of clothing, but what you buy ensure it is quality, durable and items that will mix and match. Quality over quantity always applies.
Which do you recommend - shopping online or in-store and why?
G&K: Coming to the showroom with us for your first appointment is a must. Not only do you get to talk to a personal stylist who will talk you through different looks and cuts and recommend the right style. You can look at the fabrics and feel them, see them in the light and ask questions about the custom suit process. After the first suit is made, shopping online is more convenient if you like a suit that is in our ready to wear collection. The bonus is when you order it you know it will be perfect.
To obtain your own customized suit, be sure to visit George & King in store or online.
An honest look at what us women really think of your style.
So, we’ve covered the trends that women love that guys hate. Now it’s time for us to turn the blame and focus on the trends that you guys whole heartedly love, but us women can’t help but shudder when we see them.
Listen, as a woman I can easily vouch that these are the trends that you guys somehow find trendy, but us women find a turn off. We mean, we’re all for self-expression and doing what makes you feel happy, but these questionable styles truly show that men are from Mars and women are from Venus (it’s way better in Venus, tbh).
Here’s the trends that guys love that women hate.
Singlets and board shorts on the daily
While board shorts and singlets are totally acceptable at the beach and pool during summer, when you’re sporting this combo in the city it’s a total no-no. Keep it classy, people.
Clip on man buns
It’s a hairstyle that is for a certain taste. I know plenty of women who love a good man bun, but for the majority man buns are just so... weird. Especially the style where guys completely shave the sides and leave a strange mop on top. What. Is. The. Purpose. If you’d cut back that man bun to something a little shorter, that’s something we can get behind. What’s worse is the clip on man-bun. Why?
Super baggy pants
We mean, hello it’s 2016. Don’t you think you’d finally pulled up your pants by now, or discovered a belt? Don’t even get me started when you display your boxer shorts, especially the cartoon kind, like they’re your pride and joy.Are you 25 or 15?
We feel so passionate about the last point that we’ve decided that this no-no deserves its own category. Maybe for sleepwear, but daily wear? They couldn’t be that comfortable, right?
Too tight jeans
Ok, ok I know what you’re thinking. We don’t like super baggy pants but we also don’t like too tight jeans? We just urge you to find the happy medium. Please.
Super v-cut tees
There’s nothing wrong with a nice v-neck shirt, but the ones that are cut so deep that your pecks are basically popping out are just too much.
Wearing thongs out
Like board shorts and singlets at the beach, wearing thongs on a night out is a major turn off. No, there is no such thing as fancy thongs either.
Obnoxiously loud button ups
I’m ashamed to admit, but I’m pretty partial to a Hawaiin shirt. But it has to be the good kind. Opt for subtle prints that don’t make us fight the urge to wear sunglasses when we look at you.
Chunky, scuffed sneakers
Especially when you wear these on a date. Please leave these for the gym, or even at the back of your wardrobe where they belong. A nice pair of dress shoes on the other hand...
Ill fitted suits
Last but not least one of the biggest turn offs is an ill fitted suit. It’s no secret that a man in a suit just does something, but if that suit is hanging off you, we can guarantee the magic disappears. Get your suit fitted by a professional and go to a tailor to always look on point.