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How to Build a Stylish Wedding Guest Outfit

How to Build a Stylish Wedding Guest Outfit

Whilst you’ve got your wardrobe sorted for festivals and garden parties, you’re not quite so prepared for the flurry of weddings coming your way this summer.
Whether it’s family, a good friend or an old uni pal, it seems like everyone’s getting hitched this year.
And figuring out what to wear to each one, as well as how you’re going to afford to attend them all, isn’t fun.
That’s why we’ve created a guide to putting together the perfect wedding guest outfit that’ll see you through the entire season.
Follow it through and you won’t have to deal with the dreaded “what-on-earth-am-I-supposed-to-wear-to-this-thing?” panic next time an invite comes through your door. Take a look.

How to Build a Stylish Wedding Guest Outfit

1: analyse the dress code 

First things first, pay close attention to the invite you’re sent – don’t just save the date in your calendar and stick it in the pile of neglected bills and letters.
It should give you a good idea of how formal their wedding is and, if you’re lucky, it might even come with explicit instructions (e.g. if they want everyone in traditional kilts).
Plus, take note of whether you’re a day guest or evening reception guest. If you’re going to be there for the whole shebang, you’ll want to bear that in mind and find an outfit you’ll feel comfortable in from morning till night.

How to Build a Stylish Wedding Guest Outfit

2: focus on cut 

The most important thing for looking dapper in a suit is to focus on the cut – you could be wearing a Gucci three-piece, but if it doesn’t fit properly, it might as well be Primark for all it’ll be doing for your look.
If you’re a bit clueless about slim fits and lounging jackets, this guide will give you a quick insight into how to find the right shape, style and length for your body type.
And remember, your outfit will forever be immortalised in the happy couple’s wedding album, so if in doubt, go for a classic shape and colour that won’t date.

How to Build a Stylish Wedding Guest Outfit

3: coordinate with your date 

Power dressing as a couple is difficult – just look at JT and Britney’s iconic matching double denim disaster as proof – but for formal events such as weddings, it’s a skill you’re going to need to perfect.
The trick is to focus on complimenting your partner’s outfit, rather than overly coordinating every single item of clothing you’re both wearing.
So, if your girlfriend is planning on rocking a patterned floral print dress, like this one from AX Paris for example, pick out one key colour and find a tie that matches. It’s simple and subtle, just how modern power couple dressing should be.

How to Build a Stylish Wedding Guest Outfit

4: groom yourself to perfection 

Want your complexion and hair to look picture-perfect throughout the whole wedding? It all comes down to prep work.
Go for a haircut at a good barber shop the week before (although don’t try out an edgy new style, just in case it goes wrong) and take care of facial hair (by either freshly shaving it off in the morning or applying some beard oil to keep it under control).
Our top tip for surviving a wedding on a hot summer day, though, is to treat yourself a mattifying facial moisturiser (this one from Clinique can’t be beaten). It’ll keep your face shine-free, no matter how hard you hit the dance floor.

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The Best SS18 Trends from Milan Mens Fashion Week

The Best SS18 Trends from Milan Mens Fashion Week

Often thought of as the middle, somewhat-forgettable sibling between London and Paris and a more conservative occasion than New York, Milan Men’s Fashion Week did an about-face this time around, breaking out of the mold to put more effort into its menswear lineup. And, what could’ve been a transitional few days ended up finding a more youthful passage.

The Best SS18 Trends from Milan Mens Fashion Week

Although some consider this strategy direct pandering to Millennials, especially with singer Shawn Mendes modeling for Emporio Armani and showing off their smartwatch, its overarching concept reflects the streetwear-infused styles infiltrating menswear over the past few seasons: Workwear pieces, sportswear silhouettes, bolder patterns, and a glut of returning ‘90s trends. Yet, out of everything unveiled from June 17th through June 20th, the following stand out:

The Best SS18 Trends from Milan Mens Fashion Week

Shorter Shorts 

At one point, Bermuda shorts – slimmer cut and falling above the knee – seemed like a novelty. Yet, based upon designers’ Spring/Summer 2018 presentations, higher heights now push that limit. Prada, for instance, departed from its pop art imagery to add a both a shorter length and higher waist to loose, lightweight materials. But, while many might find Prada’s oeuvre reminiscent of 80s basketball shorts, the Salvatore Ferragamo presentation tried out something similar from another perspective – Mediterranean coastal style. The combination, here in solid shades and striped prints, sits lower and falls wider and reflects Guillaume Meilland’s attention to texture.

The Best SS18 Trends from Milan Mens Fashion Week

Jumpsuits 

Whatever you want to call them – RompHims, coveralls, one-pieces, or just jumpsuits – this garment transcends aesthetics and trends. Offering a literal interpretation, Prada borrowed heavily from workwear – think of a classic Carhartt or Dickies coverall – and spliced it with an 80s preppy-esque popped collar. Yet, not every iteration ended up being as on the nose. Instead, collections created a one-piece illusion and simultaneously upgraded the monochrome ensemble. Malibu 1992, as another example, paired a solid-colour, oversized suit jacket with matching ripped jeans for a thrift store-find, grunge-referencing ensemble. More refined, Ralph Lauren Purple Label kept the shade constant through a solid-colour, unstructured suit and button-down pairing.

The Best SS18 Trends from Milan Mens Fashion Week

Clashing Patterns 

Remember power clashing, the supposedly ostentatious trend from 2013 that involved pairing two prints together and finding common ground between them? Milan’s menswear collections raise this a few points with pattern clashing – essentially the same thing without power clashing’s tepid and tame cohesiveness.

What’s different this time around? For starters, designers steer away from power clashing’s commandments – smaller prints and similar shades, particularly – and intentionally go for as many contrasts as they can. Marni’s and Missoni’s SS18 presentations give you an introduction with multi-stripe combinations and by playing checks off stripes or florals. Fendi, along these lines, picked a preppy foundation and seemed to select up to three patterns at random: Plaid, checks, and colour-blocking for one, and a neat print alongside houndstooth for another.

Yet, other designers posed the question, “Why stick with the familiar, when you can invent your own pattern?” Prada, Versace, and Dolce & Gabbana ventured on this path in three different directions. Prada paired its comic book and pop art styles with thin, two-tone stripes. Versace, reviving its 90s pieces, went for a collage effect, adding its Baroque prints, Greek border, and two-tone geometric patterns to a single garment. Dolce & Gabbana went with an everything-but-the-kitchen-sink concept: Pieces pulled from its loud Italian kitsch imagery, added animal prints, incorporated florals and colour-blocking, referenced souvenir jackets’ East Asian symbolism, and gambled with playing card-shaped placement patterns. It’s a large amount to take in and, at times, seems intentionally chaotic.

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Henley Regatta Partner with Bremont

Henley Regatta Partner with Bremont

David Fincher once coined the Henley Regatta as the Super Bowl of boat racing. He, of course, should know having filmed along the Henley stretch during the Regatta for the derailing Winklevoss race sequence. This was unchartered waters for me, pun intended. I had never rowed before. No-one in my family, none of my friends, no-one I knew, rowed. I had an ex-girlfriend that rowed, but rowing was not congruent with anything else she did in life so technically I can’t even lay claim to knowing her.

Henley Regatta Partner with Bremont

This was all a bad idea – I thought, scraping goose poo from my heel on the jetty amongst a kettle of journo’s and some nice people from Bremont, the British watch company who will be the first Official Timekeeper in the Regatta’s established history. The Henley Regatta attracts thousands of visitors over five days and spectators will enjoy over 200 races of an international standard, including Olympians and crews new to the event.

Henley Regatta Partner with Bremont

Sir Steve Redgrave, Alex Gregory and a well turned out chap by the name of Richard, carried a coxless four from the boat shed to the river. Sir Redgrave is the Chairman of the Regatta’s Committee of Management and I watched idly and with incredulity as he carried the boat into the water. Surely one of the greatest living Olympians should command a huddle of slaves to throw petals in his wake like some Persian Emperor. Not only does he carry his own boat but he even scurried back to the boat shed to fetch the oars.

Henley Regatta Partner with Bremont

The Regatta committee has a clandestine vibe, from the outside looking in. Not too dissimilar to the MCC at Lords where someone within the fraternity needs to nominate the enrollee. In fact, as Sir Steve intimated, any kind of lobbying for membership position is frowned upon and will often result in ex-communication and sometimes death! I jest. But what are the benefits for these volunteers? The 58 stewards that make up the committee that are obliged to sacrifice all their downtime and holidays. “Well we might get a nice watch,” says Richard coyly palming his mouth. This much is true. Remarkably Henley Royal Regatta is one of the few sporting events that is still timed mechanically rather than digitally. Bremont will be building a custom handheld chronograph for the umpires.

Henley Regatta Partner with Bremont

Once the boat had been lowered I’m ordered to saddle up. Quickly I’m scolded for stepping directly onto the hull of the boat. Apparently you’re supposed to tread on the wooded trusses, much like you would in your parent’s loft. Failure to comply with these life rules often results in ploughing through an artexed ceiling and taking out an entire cabinet of fine China.

Once underway, we puttered out into the river, nearly taking out another oncoming coxless four. A few chunters from the rowers could be heard before they diminished into the distance with, ‘did we nearly take out Steve Redgrave?’

Henley Regatta Partner with Bremont

Rowing is all about the legs. Eventually you’ll feel it in the lungs, they’ll give first. But the legs are where the power comes from. The secret to rowing in the 3rd position, (known as the engine) is to rhythmically synchronise with the seat-slide of your team mate directly in front, whilst peripherally keeping an eye on your stroke side partners paddle. ‘Watch the catch,’ Sir Steve flagellated from behind, ‘relax your hands, straight arms to the last, you’re in control’. I really wasn’t. I was done for. We passed a Cormorant on the river marsh who looked on, it shook its head having witnessed the embarrassment of my flailing efforts and flew off. No doubt it will flock back, as thousands will, when the event kicks off from 28th June to 2nd July 2017. Bremont will have a pop-up boutique on site, situated outside the bandstand entrance to the Stewards’ Enclosure.

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How to Wear Pale Pink Menswear

How to Wear Pale Pink Menswear

If recent seasons are any indication, colours have circled back around to masculine archetypes. Olive drab, reminiscent of military uniforms, embodies the aggressive rigidness of someone heading out to battle, solid black has the type of mysteriousness that’s omnipresent but never totally open, and navy emerges with a stern, nautical influence. Yet, for Spring/Summer 2017 and subsequent Autumn/Winter collections, one shade subverts it all with a dusty, understated character that’s neither fully feminine nor heavily masculine.



How to Wear Pale Pink Menswear

Sitting somewhere in that androgynous middle is a shade Pantone has dubbed Pale Dogwood. One of the top 10 shades seen on the runway this season, it follows in the footsteps of last year’s Rose Quartz, a shade they aptly describe as “candy floss.” But, if Rose Quartz is specifically associated with sweets and seems more like the colour the media calls “Millennial Pink,” where does that leave Pale Dogwood? In spite of its implications, it exudes more of a tranquil, subtle vibe that’s neither in-your-face nor as low-key as off-white. If it were to embody a type of personality, it’s the soft-spoken man you regularly notice but know little about.

How to Wear Pale Pink Menswear

As another return to form, Pale Dogwood’s emergence in menswear collections hints at pink’s pre-20th century significance – that the colour was once reserved for men. In line, perhaps indirectly, with this notion, brands trying out this shade have taken a more masculine perspective – one that treats it like any other colour, rather than spin it in a predictably feminine novelty direction. 

Streetwear
 

Particularly for American streetwear brands, the three key tenants, transcendent of season, go along the lines of: Strive for a monochrome ensemble, throw a logo on it, and put together a few limited-edition collaborations per year. In all three, pale pink’s managed to have a presence.

Adhering to the first of these principles, Visvim splashed the dusty rose shade across its 101 suede jacket, a piece styled like workwear. Although simple at a glance, its fusion is a push-pull scenario between the masculine and the feminine: One clearly expressing its rugged side, and the other infusing it with something gentler.

How to Wear Pale Pink Menswear

Less about symbolism and more about what streetwear brands do best, Stussy adds the faded bubblegum shade to one of its strapback caps. Less obvious, Ovadia & Sons strayed away from the logo-based design, but applied the light pink colour with a shimmering finish to a souvenir jacket seen at its July 2016 New York Fashion Week show. Nothing’s complicated in either instance – just a different take on a staple piece – and that’s kind of the point.

Yet, solid isn’t the only way streetwear has been taking on this trend. Stone Island, for example, reaches an intersection with its Hand Corrosion Parka. Sure, it’s a pink variation, but its construction involves military influences, a bleached aged finish, tech elements, and a classic sportswear silhouette that just happens to be practical.

How to Wear Pale Pink Menswear

Trainers 

Expanding more on the streetwear concepts listed above, several trainer collaborations have managed to introduce a light or rose pink variation. Perhaps the simplest, the Opening Ceremony x Vans collaboration utilised the latter’s Old Skool low-top silhouette, added a luxurious polished leather upper, and unveiled a solid pink version that, even for all of its supposed low-key character, is going to look bold wherever you end up – after all, how often do you see pastels at the skate park?

Taking it up a notch, the Nike SB Zoom Bruin added in a few contrasts – but nothing out of the ordinary. Playing off a colour hinting at mid-century Americana, a black Swoosh cuts through the side, and the vulcanised outsole remains a solid white shade. The Gosha Rubchinskiy x Vans Era Decon LX goes down a similar path, clashing a bright pink top against a black-trimmed outsole.

How to Wear Pale Pink Menswear

For something darker but bolder, be sure to keep the Raf Simons X Adidas Originals collaboration on your radar. The now-ubiquitous Stan Smith silhouette brings together elements from both brands, and in giving you that edge above all hypebeasts, a deeper pink hue covers everything – outsole through laces – with only a white logo on the tongue breaking up the monotony. 

High-Fashion Collections 

Louis Vuitton’s SS16 collection, including an embroidered Cuban collared shirt, essentially posed the question, “Is pale pink a pop of colour, or a neutral shade?” In response, a handful of SS17 offerings searched for its appropriate place. Veering full-on toward the former, Sacai’s Clockwork Orange-influenced sportwear pieces utilised it for the shock value, incorporating it in solid form or as an accent through coats and cropped pants. Also viewing lavender in much the same light, the pieces flipped the concept of wallpaper-like pastels on its head, giving them more of an aggressive quality.

How to Wear Pale Pink Menswear

Gucci’s SS17 line further utilised the colour’s impact to accent its dandy-meets-Mod theme. On the runway, Alessandro Michele appears to envision it as component of a three-part colour-blocking scheme, pairing it against other pastels. When not a solid shade saturating a pair of trousers or a blazer, however, it surfaces as one of several colours composing a floral print reminiscent of vintage paisley.

But, what about everyday wear? Topman Design SS17 collection has that covered. Using British Seaside as a foundation, the line itself runs the gamut of casualwear – shorts and sweatshirts, unstructured single-button jackets, tracksuits, and bombers – and adds a pink-hued iteration for each. Out of all examples, a nonchalant outlook, here, makes pale pink less of an oddity and more of a variation on any neutral – just like men have been wearing burgundy or olive green over the past few seasons.

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Introducing iRestore Hair Growth

Introducing iRestore Hair Growth

I’m the self-titled authoritarian on going bald. Even if I walked into a committee meeting by accident, and the agenda of the meeting was ‘going bald’, and the committee and the board were all composed of bald men, and it was chaired by Patrick Stewart, I would own that entire room of chrome domes.
A while back I was commissioned to write an article on going bald. I revealed how I tried desperately and in vain to prevent my hairs fatalism. I went to specialist clinics that were so dire and back alley, they wouldn’t have looked out of place in a listicle of the country’s best derelict buildings. I watched endless videos of supposed brand ambassadors such as Jimmy White and Shane Warne talk about these clinics with horribly dubbed voices. Clinics where doctors no longer become doctors, but car salesmen, trying to jettison their phony untested treatments much like my crown was mercilessly jettisoning my hair follicles.

Introducing iRestore Hair Growth

Soon after the article was published I was approached by a company called iRestore, who wanted me to test their product. For transparency I’m only a few weeks into the trials, and even these have been interrupted with trips and general ‘life getting in the way’. But I wanted to put the brand out there because for some people, this could be a totally pain-free, drug-free solution to hair loss via laser and LED light technology. The product is an FDA-cleared medical device that uses clinical-strength laser technology to treat thinning hair and regrow fuller hair for men and women who suffer from androgenic alopecia (genetic hair loss). It uses non-invasive red light therapy to stimulate rapid growth of thicker and healthier hair. The light energy is absorbed by hair follicles to enhance cell metabolism rate and increase energy production. This biochemical process extends the growth phase of the hair growth cycle and reactivates dormant hairs to combat receding hairline, balding, and thinning hair.

Introducing iRestore Hair Growth

Of course there are add-ons and bi-products such as the iRestore Hair Growth Shampoo. This restorative formula is made in USA with essential nutrients that revitalise damaged, thinning hair for more fullness, shine, and body. Key ingredients include hydrogenated castor oil, amino acids, antioxidants, and other vital nutrients that promote the ideal scalp environment for preventing hair loss and thinning hair. The iRestore 3-in-1 Hair Growth Formula combines the most scientifically researched ingredients that have been proven to trigger growth of thicker, fuller hair. This potent formula includes biotin, saw palmetto, and their DHT blocker blend to improve hair density and volume quickly.

Introducing iRestore Hair Growth

In addition there is also the iRestore Hair Growth Serum which is formulated with patented molecules, Redensyl, which proliferate hair stem cell activity and nourish hair follicles to promote rapid hair growth. This powerful formula is clinically proven to stimulate growth of thicker, fuller hair for both men and women.

In clinical studies, 85% of participants who used this Redensyl formula experienced significant hair growth in just three months. Although individual results may vary, users can expect to see astonishing hair growth from this breakthrough in biotechnology.

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10 Style Commandments for June

10 Style Commandments for June

As we welcome summer 2017, we’ve decided to tap River Island for 10 stylish commandments that men should take as gospel during the holiday season. We sat down with Giles Farnham who is Head of River Island Style Studio who lends his expert styling eye on how guys can stay cool and remain stylish during June 2017.

1. Do It Like Tony Montana

Cuban collar, camp collar, reverse collar… whatever you want to call it, this shirt is the go to for the summer. The open neck gives some much breathing space in hotter climes. Throw it on over a white tee or vest. 

Recommendations: Stripe Short Sleeve Shirt / Leaf Print Shirt / Car Print Shirt

10 Style Commandments for June

2. Bags, Bags, Bags

Its no use putting all that effort into you ‘airport look’ if you’re dragging a rather sad looking suitcase behind you. When planning any trip always start with the bag. From a stag do in Ibiza, to two weeks in Morocco with your loved one – smart, practical luggage is essential. 

Recommendations: Black Suitcase / Navy Holdall / Mesh Bum Bag

10 Style Commandments for June

3. Let Your Feet Breath

Just because the mercury is through the roof it doesn’t mean that smart shoes are out of the window. Suede is far more breathable than leather, which is perfect for dressing up in warmer climes, your feet will sweat less and it looks rather chic too. Free your feet this summer. 

Recommendations: Suede Tassel Loafers / Suede Brogues

10 Style Commandments for June

4. Lightweight jacket

You know what they say; hope for the best… prepare for the worst! Wherever you’re going, take a backup jacket. Even if the heavens don’t open, it will at least be handy for fending off an evening chill. 

Recommendations: Suede Biker Jacket / Denim Jacket / Bomber Jacket

10 Style Commandments for June

5. Sun’s Out, Toes Out

Sandals for men used to be limited to a sweaty plastic flip-flop. Thankfully, those days are long gone. The vast selection of stylish “mandals” available nowadays means that we no longer have to be ashamed of showing a bit of toe. 

Recommendations: Print Sliders / Hike Sandals

10 Style Commandments for June

6. Winning In Linen

Super breathable, linen a perfect alternative to cotton when you want to dress up a little for the hotel bar. Lightweight and margherita appropriate. 

Recommendations: Linen Blend Shirt / Linen Suit Jacket / Linen Trousers

10 Style Commandments for June

7. Swim Game On Point

Inject a little ‘Club Tropicana’ into your poolside ensemble with a striking pair of swim shorts. Make a stylish splash with a bold print or colour. 

Recommendations: Fluro Swim Shorts / Tropical Swim Shorts / Leopard Swim Shorts

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How to Stay on the Fitness Wagon During Summer

How to Stay on the Fitness Wagon During Summer

Summer is almost here, and you are probably thinking about the perfect vacation spot. This is the period when all the exercise you have done in order to look good in a pair of swim shorts will pay off. However, you mustn’t forget your habits for an extended time span, if you don’t want to fall off the fitness wagon. Both diet and exercise tend to be a chore, but if you keep track of your habits, and employ some mindful tactics, you will be sure to stay fit even during the summer holiday season. In this article, we are going to discuss some tips on how to do this.

How to Stay on the Fitness Wagon During Summer

Don’t stop moving 

Wherever you are vacationing, it is essential that you keep moving as much as possible. If the hotel gym is not your thing, then you could make use of your time under the sun by taking walks, checking out water sports or exploring new locations. All of these activities are burning your daily calories. Don’t be lazy and take the elevator to your hotel room. Take the stairs and stretch those legs. Pay a visit to the local club in the evening and dance. If you dance for an hour, you will burn about 450 calories.

How to Stay on the Fitness Wagon During Summer

Mini-workouts are great 

Since your days are bound to get busy, you might be tempted to skip exercising that day. However, if you can still opt for mini-workouts as the perfect substitute, they tend to get you satisfying results as well. Basically, if you do three 10-minute workouts during your day, your results won’t be different from doing a single 30-minute workout. So, if you can’t take up time for a long fitness session, do shorter workouts three times a day.

How to Stay on the Fitness Wagon During Summer

Don’t munch, drink water 

The fact is that a lot of people aren’t taking in enough water. A lot of them prefer drinking coffee, which can actually result in exhausting the body’s supply of water, as one of the properties of caffeine is that it is a diuretic. So, if you suddenly have an urge to munch on something, drink a couple of big glasses of water instead. Soon enough, you will lose the need for snacks and you will be able to wait for the proper time to eat.

How to Stay on the Fitness Wagon During Summer

Think realistically 

You need to be realistic about your goals. If you’re a couple of pounds more than you’d like to be, you need to keep in mind that it took time for them to form, and therefore it will also take time to get rid of them. If you ask a good fitness professional, they will tell you that a sensible diet and a workout routine are all that you really need. True, it tends to feel like a chore, and takes away your time, but it is essential that you don’t give up on it. Follow your routine for a year, and when you look at the results, you will be glad that you did it in the first place.

How to Stay on the Fitness Wagon During Summer

Stick to your diet 

You should always have snacks at hand that aren’t detrimental to your diet. Go to a local grocery shop, and then pack broccoli florets and baby carrots (or whatever vegetables you prefer) into plastic bags for each day of your vacation. Always carry them around in your backpack. You can throw in some apples, raisins, and pretzels if they fit your nutrition plan. If you are into supplements, such as the great whey protein isolate, carry them with you as well.

How to Stay on the Fitness Wagon During Summer

Celebrate your success and don’t beat yourself up 

Positive reinforcement works for most people, so if you are one of them, make sure that you reward yourself in even the smallest of ways for sticking to your fitness program and not giving up. It doesn’t really have to be anything expensive or huge. Treat yourself with something that makes you happy. It is also very important that you don’t beat yourself up in the case that you do fail to stick to the plan. We all make mistakes. The worst-case scenario is that you feel so bad about it that you decide not to care about it altogether. Just accept the fact that you have eaten more than you should, or that you have skipped exercise, and make sure that you don’t do it next time.

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Take Part in Mens Health Week

Take Part in Mens Health Week

The primary and vital goal of Men’s Health Week is to spread awareness about the real and preventable problems plaguing men’s health. A staggering 1 in 5 men die prematurely before the age of 65, whilst 67% of all men are obese. Because of this, the theme of this year’s campaign is belly fat. Belly fat affects men disproportionately, increasing the risks of cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and high blood pressure. If you’re a man who feels a little out of shape, is suffering from stress or just needs a few tips, the following guide will help you on your way to good health.

Take Part in Mens Health Week

Top Form 

A great way to combat unhealthy weight gain and keep in good shape is, of course, through exercise. To remain healthy adults should try and be active daily, but don’t be dismayed, this doesn’t mean exhaustive sessions at the gym or 10 mile runs everyday. Rather it means keeping on the move by walking to the shops, taking the stairs and, if your job is sedentary, making sure you stretch your legs by going on a small walk at lunch and taking regular breaks.
Men should total either 150 minutes of moderate aerobic exercise a week (such as fast walking, cycling or tennis) or 75 minutes of vigorous activity every week (such as jogging or running, swimming, or hockey). As well as this, men should do two or more days of strength or weight training that works the major muscle groups (shoulders, arms, hips, legs, back, abdomen and chest). For more information on what counts as moderate and vigorous activity as well as how to go about strength training visit the NHS website.
There are many health benefits to regular exercise including decreased stress, which means better mental health, and reduced risk of major illnesses such as heart disease, type 2-diabetes, cancer and premature death. If this is your first foray into exercise remember that being out of breath is good, it is not a sign that you are ‘bad’ at exercise but simply means your body is working properly. Ensure that you allow yourself regular rest days from vigorous activity and join a team sport or switch your choice of activity often to keep it interesting.

Take Part in Mens Health Week

Acknowledge your Vices 

To improve your health it’s important to recognize bad habits that feed unhealthy cravings or exacerbate stress, replacing them with positive, less harmful alternatives. As the biggest cause of preventable deaths in England, one of the more obvious bad habits is smoking. Smokers are more susceptible to strokes, cancers, heart disease and impotence, to name a few. So how to go about quitting? There are a number of methods ranging from hypnotherapy to going cold turkey, but one of the more effective approaches is replacing cigarettes with a nicotine alternative. Public Health England recently did a survey that found E-cigarettes to be 95% less harmful than smoking, whilst the NHS endorses E-cigarettes as a healthier alternative which successfully helps smokers quit. Following quitting, health improvements are rapid. Only two weeks after your last cigarette the risk of heart attack falls, lung capacity improves and your cravings should have all but disappeared.
Binge drinking is another habit that can cause health problems. After a stressful week at work it is understandable that you want to let loose, but binge drinking can lead to serious mental health problems. In the long run there is a higher likelihood of liver disease, liver cancer and dementia. In the short, binge drinkers are at risk from death by accidents and poor sexual health. To avoid binge drinking try alternating between alcoholic and soft beverages on a night out, it’s also worth talking to friends and colleagues about doing alternative activities such as bowling, going to the cinema or cooking dinner together.

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Combating Stress  

To help kick the aforesaid habits, as well as others such as binge eating, it’s necessary to get to the bottom of what triggers them. This could be any number of emotional pressures including stress at work or feelings of isolation. Stress can cause and exacerbate a lot of health problems such as depression, anxiety, digestive problems, and skin conditions like eczema or psoriasis. Stress is sparked by both internal problems (pessimism, unrealistic expectations or negative thinking) and external problems (major life changes, overworking, or financial problems).
Having identified these problems there are a number of ways to manage them. A great way is reconnecting with your family and friends. Support networks are extremely important to health and happiness so don’t be afraid to give your friend a call to catch up and talk about what’s bothering you. It’s also a good idea to set some time aside for socialising. To avoid stress at work, preparation and organisation are good preventatives. Timetable your days so that each task seems manageable and speak to your manager if you’re feeling under pressure. If you have a stressful but desk-bound job try going for a walk after work. This will release some of the stress causing chemicals that will have built up in your body throughout the day. The Men’s Health website has more useful tips.
Although taking care of your mental health may seem the most immaterial and least relevant aspect of your health, suicide is the main cause of death for men under the age of 35, whilst four in five of all suicides are male. Your mental and physical health are therefore both as important as each other.

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Symptom Checking 

Men are a third less likely to visit a doctor than women, this may be because a lot of men view asking for help as a sign of vulnerability or weakness, traits which are not compatible with traditional ideas of masculinity. This means that a significant proportion of men rely on their female partners for support and do not access professional services for their general health concerns. This can be dangerous mentally and physically, as symptoms that go unaddressed often get worse.
Some men may not even realise that they are experiencing symptoms. If you are feeling more tired in the mornings, distancing yourself from your peers, feeling less satisfied with sex, or craving alcohol and food it could mean that you are experiencing depression. In which case you should speak to your doctor and loved ones to discuss how this can be improved.
Testicular cancer is the number one cancer for men aged 15-35. Doctors advise that all men should do a self-examination once a month. Choose a day and set a reminder. If you do feel a swelling or lump go and see your doctor. For more information on how to do self-examinations visit the teenage cancer trust website.
Men are also less likely to attend regular health check-ups than women, but these are fundamental to maintaining health and really help to nip any problems in the bud early on. You should get your eyes tested every two years and attend the dentist every six months. You should be honest with your doctor so that they can give you the best and most accurate health care.

Take Part in Mens Health Week

To summarise, Men’s Health Awareness Week is still so important because the idea that “real men don’t need help” persists. Seeking professional help and guidance as well as looking after yourself, are not signs of weakness but part and parcel of being human. There are many ways to keep yourself in good shape including regular exercise, frequent check-ups, and sharing your emotional burdens. To participate in Men’s Health week get the tape measure out and get measuring that belly fat. You can download posters to put in your work place from the website where you’ll also find some great suggestions on how to take part.

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The Sun and Stars Out For St James Fashion Show

The Sun and Stars Out For St James Fashion Show

The girlfriend barked at me, one foot out the door, the other shoeing in the cat. “Just get a postcode. Ask your guy where you need to be, exactly.” Proficiency and punctuality is her mantra; she would have made a good naval officer or female James Bond. She was accompanying me to the St James’s Fashion Show for London Fashion Week Men’s (LFWM) on Jermyn Street. However, the only coordinates I had for the catwalk show, was simply, ‘Jermyn Street’. Postcodes for events invariably indemnify strutting from street to street, venue to venue in un-broken shoes, missing large chunks of events, the good canapés, being rained on, hopelessly trawling through emails on my phone and conversing with strangers for navigational advice. But for this show, yes, all I had was ‘Jermyn Street’.

The Sun and Stars Out For St James Fashion Show

My guy wasn’t responding to any of my emails or texts, and when we reached Jermyn Street I could see why. The catwalk had demanded the occupation of the entire Street. Littered with the milieu of foppish bloggers, all talking over each other’s shoulders, calling each other by their Instagram handles, or the one I loathe the most, ‘Bro’. We’ve dispensed with real names now, which is semi-convenient for everyone else because I’m only survived in people’s memories by levels of intoxication at shared press trips, not by name or syndication. I’ve often thought, if I introduce myself as Dwight Hugsbottom from Gay Times Magazine, I might linger more prominently in people’s mental rolodex. I’m not bitter, I’m beyond bitter.

The Sun and Stars Out For St James Fashion Show

I exchanged the briefest of hugs with said guy before being dismissed to my seat. Clearly, I’d encumbered him with pointless requests for coordinates on the busiest day in his calendar. It was hotter than balls and I’d invested poorly in a thick fedora and a heavy non-breathable wool blend suit. I sweated profusely as I stared across at the heavy hitters. There was David Gandy, very much looking the invigilator in his light sky blue cotton shirt with spread collar – the green braces cradled his chiselled frame. A lesson to all that somehow, the more effortless the look, the absence of arm tattoos and the peacocking accoutrements, the more stylish you become. I took a picture of him that felt oddly invasive.
Richard Biedul was there, looking remarkably like a bedraggled Vincent Cassel. And that is by no means a slight on Mr Biedul or Mr Cassel. He smokes openly, which I like.

The Sun and Stars Out For St James Fashion Show

This is the third year that stylish Londoners have been invited to share the front row with the world’s fashion leaders, media and celebrities for a one of a kind show as part of London Fashion Week Men’s, bringing together a fantastic array of leading brands. The event, now a fixture on the fashion calendar, which offers a see-now-buy-now runway show – an opportunity to purchase looks straight from the catwalk in stores across St James’s. John Smedley previewed its collection too, a first ever in its 230-year history.

The Sun and Stars Out For St James Fashion Show

Above all, this was a celebration of London‘s finest. Some of the best brands in the world are stationed in this neck of the woods. Brands like Turnbull & Asser, Emma Willis, Lock & Co, and N.Peal remain assiduous pillars to the British fashion community sharing a symbiotic relationship, not connived by competition. They’re proud and they’ve become central to the romance of LFWM. The only unidentifiable British occurrence that day, was the weather. Damn you BBC Weather App!

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Building Your Summer Capsule Wardrobe

Building Your Summer Capsule Wardrobe

The sun is beaming down and the air is thick with the smell of BBQs. The sound of friends laughing and cracking open ice cold beers echoes across the land. It can only mean one thing: summer is officially upon us. It came out of nowhere didn’t it? So much so, in fact, that you may not have had a chance to sort out your summer wardrobe yet. The problem is, where winter increases your clothing options tenfold, summer does the exact opposite. This can leave a lot of guys settling for the tried and tested ‘plain T-shirt, chino shorts and trainers’ combo. And there’s nothing wrong with that, but if you want to spice things up a bit and keep things fresh, you’re certainly not short of options. With that in mind, we hit up our pals at some leading menswear retailers to bring you the lowdown on what to stock your summer capsule wardrobe with this year.

Building Your Summer Capsule Wardrobe

Retro running shorts 

As far as men’s shorts go, you’re pretty much limited to around six different styles, so if you’re looking to branch out this is a good place to start. Retro is never not going to be cool and no matter what direction fashion moves in, we’re always looking to the past for inspiration. Jamie Carson, Digital Editor at Topman is definitely on board with the look, due in no small part to Danny Dyer, oddly enough. “Basically, I only watched Danny Dyer’s The Business for the first time a couple of weeks ago and now I’m obsessed with 80s lad wear,” says Carson. “I don’t really fancy moving to Spain to shift mountains of cocaine, but I will take the iconic retro short shorts.” For the complete look, top them off with a track jacket and a nice set of retro suede runners.



Building Your Summer Capsule Wardrobe

Camp collar shirt 

The light and airy camp collar shirt has been around for a few seasons now and it’s ideal for the hot weather. It’s the perfect item for those confusing summer evenings where it’s roasting hot, you’re supposed to be eating out and you have no idea what to wear. Equally, it looks great dressed down with some light shorts and leather trainers. “You’ll be pleased to know that billowing camp collar, short-sleeved shirts continue to be key for this summer,” says Olie Arnold, Style Director at Mr Porter. “They are fun, breezy and perfect for keeping cool strolling along pavements and promenades at the height of summer. My favourites are the tropical prints from Gitman Vintage or a plain option from Japanese brand Neighbourhood.” Arnold suggests wearing yours with swim shorts by the pool, chinos in the city or styled over a plain t-shirt for a more relaxed feel.



Building Your Summer Capsule Wardrobe

Pool Sliders 

Holiday footwear can be a notoriously tricky thing to get right. Flip flops are a bit boring, sandals are a veritable minefield when it comes to picking out a pair that won’t make you look like your secondary school geography teacher and trainers are often way too hot. Enter the pool slider… “There are few examples of summer footwear that are as elegantly simple or suited to wearing on the streets as they are along sandy shores as a pair of sliders,” explains Mr Porter’s Arnold. “Sliders are my must have in casual footwear for this summer, wear with printed t-shirts and shorts and wear a leather pair with jeans and a casual shirt to give a contemporary feel. For ye brave fashion folk, channel SS17 Prada vibes and wear with socks. N.B. socks must be thick, textured and pulled up!”



Building Your Summer Capsule Wardrobe

Knitted Quarter Zip Top 

Knitted polos are riding a wave of popularity at the moment which doesn’t look set to break anytime soon. We love them, but if you want to take it up a notch this summer, Topman’s Jamie Carson suggests adding a zip collar into the equation. “I don’t cycle because I’d last about 5 minutes on the open road before flying into a fit of rage at passing motorists,” jokes Carson, “but if I didn’t have unresolved anger issues I’d definitely be channelling my inner Bradley Wiggins with a casual knitted polo with a quarter zip. This cycling-inspired little beauty is ideal for teaming up with a pair of chino shorts and loafers during the day, or with slim selvedge denim and luxe leather trainers for breezy summer evenings.” If you don’t fancy going for a knitted version, you could try taking a look at Fred Perry’s collection with the man himself, Bradley Wiggins. The cycling legend has put his mark on this particular style in Fred Perry’s classic pique polo material.



Building Your Summer Capsule Wardrobe

The Suede Bomber 

You might be under the impression that you can prance though the whole of summer without so much as having to glance in the general direction of a jacket, but you’d be wrong. Especially here in England, you’ll be lucky to get through the entire season without having at least a handful of times in which you find yourself out on a rather chilly evening with nothing but a T-shirt. A suede bomber jacket is not only bang on trend, it’s also light, versatile and the prefect companion for breezy summer evenings. “I’ve always felt that the suede bomber is the leather jacket’s lighter, more tactile cousin and my go to item to take the edge off cool summer evenings,” says Mr Porter’s Arnold. “It’s the kind of jacket you could imagine hanging off the shoulder of a style icon such as Mr Steve McQueen. So, find you inner Mr. McQueen and invest in what will become your most worn jacket this summer.” Like we said, the suede bomber is seriously versatile, but a good summer evening look would be to layer it over a crisp white Oxford shirt, with cropped trousers on the bottom and a pair of desert boots to tie the outfit together.


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