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Bullet and Bone Launch Sports Care Skin Recovery Range

Bullet and Bone Launch Sports Care Skin Recovery Range

Firstly, hat’s off to a great name. I love the name Bullet & Bone, you could attach that to anything. It could be the next Jason Statham movie, the next Artic Monkey’s album; the list is endless. Alas Bullet & Bone is none of the above, but a breakthrough ‘sports care’ category with its inaugural range of four, premium skincare products designed to enhance sporting performance and aid recovery.

Bullet and Bone Launch Sports Care Skin Recovery Range

I was introduced to Bullet & Bone as part of a press event at BXR Gym in London lead by Physical activity expert and world-renowned sports scientist and Olympian; Greg Whyte. Greg has the hugest calves I’ve ever seen on a human being. That is no way relevant to this article, but I wanted you all to know that Greg Whyte has indefatigable calves.

Bullet and Bone Launch Sports Care Skin Recovery Range

I rowed dismally in comparison to my fellow sports writers and influencers. We were all humbled to learn of the record 5km pace set by James Cracknell on the Ergo who averaged 1.29m/500m for 5km. In a team of 6 we averaged a 0.38/500m. A much needed ERGO tip from Greg Whyte: “You might wonder why rowers have huge asses?! Because you’ve got to pull back from your legs. It’s all in the legs when you row and then pull through on the arms after you’ve extended.”

Bullet and Bone Launch Sports Care Skin Recovery Range

Next up we were tasked to throw the same amount of punches as Anthony Joshua did in his win against Alexander Povetkin; 256. Sounds easy right? Well actually it was, because the bag didn’t punch back, and I’ve had boxing coaching in the past. I was also aided heavily by the Bullet & Bone Vapour Balm which enabled my breathing and momentarily curbed my head cold. I was riddled with a head cold, but I turned up because I have a little something called grit. Plus, I wanted to see this gym, rumoured to be the London work out retreat of Daniel Craig (Unconfirmed by members of staff when quizzed).

Bullet and Bone Launch Sports Care Skin Recovery Range

Lastly, I ran, like the wind. A very small fleeting, ‘blink and you’ll miss it’ wind. Again, we were given an Olympians frame of reference, Mo Farah won the Chicago Marathon in 2.05 hours, averaging 20.1km. I lasted about 1 minute and a half on the treadmill at that pace. Did I mention I had a damn cold!? I’m no stranger to the treadmill, however no Bullet & Bone muscle activation cream was going to see me usurp that record anytime soon. That pace was insanity. To think that was an average pace, Mo would have surpassed this speed as he went through the gears.

Bullet and Bone Launch Sports Care Skin Recovery Range

“As a sports scientist and former Olympian, I’m often asked for advice on how to achieve marginal gains. Getting the most out of your session takes more than just hard work. I was pleased to learn that Bullet & Bone addresses a gap in the market with a range of products specifically designed to optimise your preparation, your session and your recovery.” 

The innovation was informed by Bullet & Bone’s recognition that time poor, active men will invest in the latest sporting equipment, gadgets and food supplements to enhance their sporting prowess, but there’s a gap in the market for potent, ‘all-in-one’ skincare tools that help to warm up, optimise performance and cool down. Also, the aromas are amazing. I was enamoured with the vapour balm especially, being able to battle through a head cold and not smelling like VIX in the company of others is a huge win-win for me.

Bullet and Bone Launch Sports Care Skin Recovery Range

“Each sports care product contains targeted, evidence-based properties that should assist with those all-important marginal gains. The power base of three active natural ingredients across the range of maca extract, magnesium and jasmine – like any sporting ritual – are likely to be helpful for all levels of sportsmen.” – Professor Greg Whyte.

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De Vere Beaumont Estate Hotel Review

De Vere Beaumont Estate Hotel Review

The fact that this hotel was once a boarding school back in the day makes sense because there are lots of long corridors; It’s like a maze at times. Those long hallways are now turned into seated reading stations with hundreds, if not thousands, of books available on display shelving for guest to read. The De Vere Beaumont Estate, in Old Windsor recently had a £12 million refurbishment, which includes the creation of new luxury bedrooms and a general overall revamp, including its unique Grade II listed 19th Century chapel which is popular for weddings.

De Vere Beaumont Estate Hotel Review

There are tons of quirky British design features throughout (gallery walls, wood boat paddles and a rocking horse were among our favourites) are striking and tasteful. The 44-acres of beautiful parkland with complimentary use of Hunter wellies is particularly useful for families. We came across a children’s playground area, natural ponds, specially commissioned sculptures and an enchanted forest walking trail.

De Vere Beaumont Estate Hotel Review

The History 

The story of this estate is a very British one; a tale of democracy, royalty, education and religion. At its heart, sits an 18th-century mansion, a chapel, 75 event spaces and a Georgian white house in vast grounds. The original house was built for Lord Weymouth, but it was its time as a public school for boys (dubbed ‘The Catholic Eton’), from 1854 – 1967, that saw most of the estate’s architectural developments.

De Vere Beaumont Estate Hotel Review

The Room 

We stayed in one of the most impressive suites located in the White House, accessible by the grand spiral staircase and once the room of House Master Joseph Bampton. The suites are open plan luxurious spaces with a separate bedroom and lounge area; with even more great modern books to read, a Roberts radio and two smart TVs. The bathroom was one of the biggest we’ve ever seen and comes with a roll-top bath (equipped with rubber frog), walk-in shower, H2K Harrogate toiletries, fluffy robes and slippers.

De Vere Beaumont Estate Hotel Review

1705 Restaurant 

We were very lucky with the weather and were able to sit out in the internal courtyard area, where the boys of the old school would play when the weather was rather poor. 1705 Restaurant takes seasonal, local ingredients and creates delicious food. Alternatively, to the courtyard guests can choose to dine in the light and airy, wooden-floored restaurant with its feature ceiling and rich materials or onto the comfy sofas in the adjoining bar. Weather depending, we did spot a wood-fired pizza oven (reserved for hotter days) in the courtyard so we’ll be back to experience that in the future for sure.

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Old Fashioned Week with Woodford Reserve

Old Fashioned Week with Woodford Reserve

The Old Fashioned is such a popular choice in bars these days (possibly due to the influence of Don Draper in Mad Men in the early 2000s), it even has its own week of celebrations! From 1st – 10th November admirers will be toasting to the 19th century cocktail around the globe and in London it is with the help of Woodford Reserve. Some of the best bars across London will be hosting a variety of events and experiences to celebrate Old Fashioned Week, with some of them creating speciality serves using this straight bourbon.

Old Fashioned Week with Woodford Reserve

A classic Old Fashioned is made by ‘muddling’ sugar with bitters (typically Angostura), followed by adding alcohol and will normally be served in a short, round tumbler. As with most American cocktails, ice will be placed in the glass, as well as a piece of citrus peel. If you have tasted a well-mixed Old Fashioned, you have to admit it is a ‘serious’ drink and the award-winning Woodford Reserve is a fine spirit to create it with. MenswearStyle were kindly given an exclusive preview of the celebrations and taken on a tour of a few bars across East of London to try different adaptations of this well-known beverage.

Old Fashioned Week with Woodford Reserve

As an introduction to this ten-day festival, we started our tour at Sagar + Wilde on Paradise Row, in Bethnal Green. This is the company’s second location, with a third on the way. One of their signature takes on the Old Fashioned involves Woodford Reserve combined with olive oil which gives the cocktail a lively and peppery kick! I personally tried the Baked Apple which ingredients included apple caramel, cinnamon and walnut bitters. As you can imagine from the name, it offered festive and sweet notes that made it a delightful drink for a wintery evening. Bring your appetite with you to try some delicious sharing plates whilst sipping on your Kentucky-born spirit.

Old Fashioned Week with Woodford Reserve

Our second stop took us to Coupette, just around the corner from our first destination. This French-inspired watering hole rightfully won ‘Best New International Cocktail Bar’ at this year’s prestigious Spirited Awards. Stepping into this bar you are immediately welcomed with a laidback and lowly lit atmosphere. The leather stools, lengthy bar and copper hued overhead pendant lamps give it an air of Parisian sophistication. Your eyes will easily be drawn to the unique pieces of art, produced by local artists, that adorn the exposed brickwork walls. It was here we were treated to a simply classic Old Fashioned. Don’t expect crazy cocktails here, it’s all about perfecting traditional drinks and focusing on the art of cocktail making. Coupette provides the ideal environment to enjoy the warmth and depth of Woodford Reserve’s aromatic notes.

Old Fashioned Week with Woodford Reserve

Bar III at Blixen in Spitalfields Market was aptly our third port of call where we were taken down to the basement to try whisky infused with earl grey tea, fermented milk and cedarwood. Yes, you might turn your nose up at the thought of fermented milk combined with alcohol (ignore any flashbacks of a University dare…), however it was absolutely delicious. It creates a completely smooth twist on the Old Fashioned and makes it dangerously easy to drink! If you plan on celebrating with fellow whisky drinkers at this cosy and atmospheric bar, I can highly recommend this cocktail.

Old Fashioned Week with Woodford Reserve

For our final cocktail, we headed to the characterful Oriole bar, curiously tucked away in Smithfield Market. This is certainly a place for some fun cocktails which are creatively served in the likes of quartz tumblers and glasses featuring miniature wooden monkeys. Here we tried two signature cocktails, The Storyville and Acadia. The first features Woodford Reserve mixed with Remy Martin Cognac, Amaro Montenegro and Mallo Vermouth. The second; the whisky combined with Roots Tentura liquer, maple syrup, peanut butter and grapefruit juice. As well as a delicious twist on the classic, Oriole will be serving live blues music to compliment your evening.

Old Fashioned Week with Woodford Reserve

Other top London bars such as; Swift, The London Edition, The Ned and Milk & Honey have partnered up with Woodford Reserve for Old Fashioned Week. Carefully curated bespoke whisky cocktails are ready to be tried and tested as well as listening to great live music and enjoying some soulful southern-inspired food. And if you don’t fancy heading out, why not grab yourself a bottle of this triple-distilled bourbon and make yourself an Old Fashioned in your own home.

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Carnaby Christmas Shopping Party

Carnaby Christmas Shopping Party

Save the date for Thursday 8 November from 5-9pm for an exciting and experiential shopping party, where guests can enjoy a 20% discount at over 90 brands in Carnaby as well as exclusive offers, free entertainment, and in-store activations. Dance under the Bohemian Rhapsody lights with live entertainment on Carnaby Street throughout the evening from Bulsara and His Queenies, bringing the spirit of Queen to Carnaby, and dynamic, electric string quartet Vesper. Expect edgy, high energy performances of iconic Queen songs as well as festive tunes to launch the Christmas season.

Carnaby Christmas Shopping Party

Carnaby’s fashion and lifestyle brands taking part include Dr. Martens, Monki, Jack Wills, Levi’s, OFFICE, Scotch & Soda, PUMA and Happy Socks. Try your luck on the Skinnydip Christmas spinning wheel, shop limited edition frames alongside a Queen-inspired guitar set at MOSCOT and enjoy free cap embroidery at New Era, the perfect Christmas gift. Head to the Newburgh Quarter for discounts and offers at brands including Shinola, The Great Frog, Lazy Oaf, Nixon and Onitsuka Tiger. 

Visitors can also immerse themselves in the ultimate Queen experience at the Queen global experiential store at 3 Carnaby Street, in celebration of Queen and Twentieth Century Fox’s movie Bohemian Rhapsody. Guests can enjoy 20% off purchases at the shop including exclusive Carnaby apparel, vintage tour t-shirts, the Queen Monopoly game, the interactive book ‘Queen In 3D’, Queen branded gin and beer, as well as Christmas specific products such as a ‘Thank God It’s Christmas’ card.

Carnaby Christmas Shopping Party

Enjoy the party throughout the 14 streets of Carnaby with themed-drinks, DJs, complimentary makeovers and gift personalisation. Visitors can register for a free ticket at Carnaby.co.uk. Beauty fans can look forward to discounts and exciting in-store activations at popular brands such as Spectrum, Cowshed, Pixi, Too Faced and Urban Decay, who will be offering complimentary eye looks with their new Elements Palette. Staff at popular beauty store Benefit will be channeling Freddie Mercury by wearing moustaches and crowns, and will be giving shoppers a free lip wax with every brow wax and tint on the night. 

Refuel in Carnaby’s restaurants, bars and cafés with 20% off at Breddos Tacos, Island Poké, Ugly Dumpling, Rosa’s Thai Cafe and CLAW, who will be offering a free rum punch for every guest on arrival. In Kingly Court, Dirty Bones, Le Bab, Shoryu Carnaby, Cahoots and Casa Bonita are among those offering 20% off, plus head to Pizza Pilgrims for ‘Another One Bites The Crust’, an entertaining evening of karaoke with free pizza for all participants.

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Floris London Ditches Badger-Hair Shaving Brushes

Floris London Ditches Badger-Hair Shaving Brushes

Floris London, which created a bespoke fragrance for this year’s royal wedding, has ditched cruelly obtained material after hearing from the animal rights organisation. The luxury perfumer has removed all badger-hair brushes from its stores and website after a new PETA video exposé of China’s badger-brush industry revealed that “protected” badgers are illegally hunted in the wild using snares and other cruel methods.

Floris London Ditches Badger-Hair Shaving Brushes

The graphic footage shows that these badgers, as well as others who were bred in captivity, are confined to small cages on farms before being violently killed for paint, make-up, and shaving brushes, prompting dozens of global retailers to ban the cruelly obtained material.

Floris London Ditches Badger-Hair Shaving Brushes

“Gentle badgers were beaten with crude instruments, cut open, and left to die, all for make-up and shaving brushes,” says PETA Director Elisa Allen. “Floris London’s swift and decisive action in rejecting these hideous blood brushes is sure to influence other companies to follow its compassionate lead.” PETA – whose motto reads, in part, that ‘animals are not ours to abuse in any way’ – notes that brushes made with soft and luxurious synthetic bristles are widely available, cruelty-free, and in many ways superior to their animal-hair counterparts.

Floris London Ditches Badger-Hair Shaving Brushes

Floris London, the oldest English fragrance retailer and the only perfumer to hold a Royal Warrant from the Queen, is one of numerous companies – including Procter & Gamble, which was the first to ban the production of badger-hair items after seeing the video, and Penhaligon’s – that have agreed to stop selling badger-hair products.

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5 Autumn Menswear Trends According to Instagram Influencers

5 Autumn Menswear Trends According to Instagram Influencers

The front rows are empty and the catwalks are clear; London, New York, Paris and Milan fashion week are wrapped up for another season. To make sure you look sharp this season we’ve pulled together the biggest Autumnal trends from the runways and those worn by your favourite Instagram influencers. From fresh takes on the traditional suit to daring autumn shades, this season promises to mix up your wardrobe with key pieces you’ll love to wear.

5 Autumn Menswear Trends According to Instagram Influencers

1. Brown is the new black  

Brown; once a staple of the 1970s (and hasn’t really been seen a lot since) is back on the scene. For this season, as demonstrated recently on the runway, beautiful brown hues are being tailored and knitted with suits and jumpers helping it make a huge comeback. 

How Instagram Influencers are wearing this trend: If you’re looking to join the cocoa crowd this autumn, be sure to aim for a lighter shade closer to milk chocolate to stay bang on trend. Raheem Nelson enters autumn wearing a warm taupe, channelling Mad Men 1960s vintage, partnering the look with a trilby and thick framed glasses: Whilst Carl Thompson showcases a combination of a brown suit jacket with a matching overcoat:



5 Autumn Menswear Trends According to Instagram Influencers

2. Tartan out of Ten 

Fashion rules state that clashing patterns should be avoided at all costs, AW18 collections beg to differ. Scottish heritage got one hell of a salute from Italian designer Donatella Versace, who led this season with what has been described as her best collection in years. Models donned bright tartan and plaid suits on the runway, from Clueless yellow to traditional reds and greens. Whether you are on streets of London or in the Scottish Highlands, it seems you can’t go wrong with pairing, or mismatching, plaids and tartans for the ultimate autumn look.  

How Instagram Influencers are wearing this trend: Everything is safe this season when it comes to plaid patterns, and it seems the bolder the colours, the better. They’re meant to be a statement and should be showcased from head to toe. To make sure you’re turning the most heads with your bold look, team your plaid/tartan look with an equally striking patterned tie, like Instagram influencer Matt, who showcases the latest trends on this Instagram account: The Cardinal Man.



5 Autumn Menswear Trends According to Instagram Influencers

3. Trendy tactile textiles 

When you hear corduroy you immediately get flashes of That 70s Show or The Big Bang Theory’s Leonard Hofstadter’s hideous brown suit. But, as demonstrated by top designers, corduroy and the collection of heavy fabrics it falls into (corduroy, herringbone and velvet) are perfect for an on-trend formal look this season. With the right fit and styling, men of all ages can cut a sharp figure in a corduroy suit, just like any other vertical-pattern fabric. 

How Instagram Influencers are wearing this trend: The key with this trend is to ensure the perfect fit. If you are buying off the rack ensure that you ask a tailor to add a slight taper to the legs of the trousers. Corduroy has the risk of making its wearer look like a beanbag if the fit is off, so look for a suit that is crisp and slim. If this fabric isn’t for you, you can still try another tactile textile. Neil Thornton can be seen rocking a velvet blue suit jacket as his one textured item of clothing, perfect for upcoming parties and a trend that comes around again and again:



5 Autumn Menswear Trends According to Instagram Influencers

4. Colour me tailored 

This season, we recommend you experiment with coloured tailoring. Veer from the standard black, blue and grey suits and head for the rich autumn/winter shades, including plums, teals, greens and browns. If you are more adventurous, brighter suits are also in fashion. Rock up to your next event in a pillar-box red, berry pink or forest green three-piece-suit – the trend all about wearing tailored trousers and suit jackets in the same less ordinary colour. Who knows, once you try a coloured suit you may never go back to black again. 

How Instagram Influencers are wearing this trend: Coloured tailoring has become a wider rebellion against the traditional suit colours and is popular with the millennial crowd looking to make their mark on the business world. However, it is a trend that is accessible by all, it is just a matter of finding the right shades for your complexion. As Raheem Nelson demonstrates by wearing his rich burgundy suit.

If you’re not quite ready to brave the bolder colours, you can stay within the blue shades you’re more comfortable with, as shown here by Toni Tran and this stylish teal suit.



5 Autumn Menswear Trends According to Instagram Influencers

5. Pinstripes: A blast from the past 

Pinstripes have a reputation for being dated. Yet pinstripe suits have the ability to make everyone look like Patrick Bateman or Jordan Belfort; basically a Wall Street big wig from the 80s. The vertical stripes have become synonymous with this financier image set by alpha males in the 1980s. After years of decreasing in popularity, making way for check, plaid, Tweed and bold coloured suits to take the spotlight, pinstripes have once again re-emerged as a season favourite for autumn 2018. Alexander McQueen brought out the pinstripes in force when showcasing his AW18 collection. Showing off a mixture of red and white stripes on black tailoring. Whereas Off/White contrasted this look with modernised pinstripes – Virgil Abloh put on a show of slouched and relaxed pinstripe looks – coining the collection as ‘Business Casual’, as opposed to the traditional tight and slim fit attributed to the pattern.  

How Instagram Influencers are wearing this trend: If the thought of a slouched or even slim fit pinstripe suit doesn’t suit your style you can still partake in the trend. Instead, pair pinstriped men’s formal shirts with plain suits, coloured if you want to tick off another autumnal trend. It will have the impact of the pinstripe trend, without the risk of looking like a banker from decades past. You can even take a leaf out of a fashion influencer’s book and, like Kyle, wear it in a relaxed fashionable way. However, if you feel a sense of nostalgia for pinstripes, like Carl here, you can conquer autumn in a casual non-iron shirt showcasing vertical stripes and look suave while doing so.


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The Easiest Ways to Improve Your Stamina

The Easiest Ways to Improve Your Stamina

Stamina is a big problem for many people. Whether you are struggling to run for the bus, climb the stairs or you’re having trouble beating your 5k PB, it’s often stamina that’s the problem. You just can’t keep going at the same rate and pace for as long as you need to. Many people start an exercise routine and find that they make quick improvements without much effort. Then, suddenly they hit a standstill. Try as they might, they just can’t push themselves harder. They hit the wall, and they can’t run any further. Their legs burn, their lungs feel as though they are on fire and they have to stop.

The Easiest Ways to Improve Your Stamina

A lack of stamina doesn’t just affect someone’s athletic performance. If can affect all areas of your life. It can ruin your enjoyment of activities, make you feel older than you are and give your confidence a huge knock. Fortunately, there are some easy ways to improve it. Here’s a look at some of the best.

The Easiest Ways to Improve Your Stamina

Quit Smoking 

If you are still smoking, the first thing that you should do for your stamina is switch to Aspire E Cig. Smoking can massively affect your stamina. It causes carbon monoxide to replace the oxygen in your body. You can’t hold air in your lungs for as long, you can’t take deep breaths, and you can’t regulate your breathing when you exercise. Smoking has an adverse effect on your performance and ability. Give it up, and your lungs will have more space to breathe. 

Decrease Recovery Times 

When we first start exercise programmes, we’re often advised to take a day off between each session, and have two days rest before we increase any weight, time or distance we tackle. This is a great way to get into exercise and to start improving your health and fitness levels. It’s undoubtedly the best way to start out if you are entirely new to exercise or very unfit. But, over time your body adjusts to this routine. It gets used to it, it expects it, and you stop making the same leaps forward. Your endurance levels especially can hit a wall. If you want to increase your stamina, reduce the recovery times between your workouts. This also applies to the rest times between reps when you are weightlifting. Cut your rest times, and you will soon start making strides forward. Just make sure you do it sensibly, and you don’t push yourself too hard.

The Easiest Ways to Improve Your Stamina

Lift Weights 

Many people make the mistake of thinking that to improve their endurance they must focus all of their efforts on cardio exercise. But, lifting weights can also have a positive effect. Weights help to strengthen your muscles. This gives your cardio workouts more power and helps you to go for longer. 

Mix Things Up 

Another mistake people make is sticking to the same exercise. They want to run a marathon, so they run. They feel as though any other training would be a waste of time. But, your body gets used to things. It falls into a pattern, and the same muscles get exercised with every workout. If you want to make noticeable improvements to your performance and stamina, you should mix things up as often as you can. Spend some time on the cross trainer, add a strength training session to your weekly routine, and practice yoga to help with your balance, posture and core strength.

The Easiest Ways to Improve Your Stamina

Get into The Right Mindset
 

When you hit that wall, is it really your lungs and legs that are stopping you? Or, is it your mind? Could you push through the pain and carry on if you really wanted to? Or do you desperately need to stop? It’s often our mindset that is in the wrong, not our bodies. If you are used to moderate increases and stopping when you are ready, pushing yourself harder might be a challenge. So, it’s essential that you go into it with a positive attitude. Tell yourself that you can do it. Believe in yourself and push yourself forward. Get into the habit of thinking positive thoughts. Or, try to take your mind off the pain by listening to motivational podcasts or music. 

Take a Break 

Yes, you need to push, and you need to keep going. But, you still need days off, and rest times. Listen to your body, and give it what it needs. Boosting your stamina isn’t just about running for longer and increasing your physical performance. It can make your life more comfortable, and more fun. You’ll feel more confident, you’ll push yourself harder, and you might even develop a new love for exercise and a zest for life.

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Twisted Tailor Launch AW18

Twisted Tailor Launch AW18

British tailoring and outerwear brand, Noose & Monkey, have decided after four and half years in the industry to rebrand themselves for the upcoming season – they will now be known as Twisted Tailor. If you were an original fan of Noose & Monkey, fear not as they will continue to ‘revolutionise the perception of formalwear’ and focus on encouraging men to wear tailored pieces on a more frequent basis. If you weren’t previously aware of Noose & Monkey, and have a penchant for an eye-catching suit, this brand could be right up your street.

Twisted Tailor Launch AW18

For AW18, Twisted Tailor’s collection has taken inspiration from the British culture through the 1970s and 80s. There is a heavy influence of the coquettish aspect of the punk era, in their seasonal campaign, with heavily tattooed models styled with slicked back hair, heavy eye makeup alongside open black shirts and printed double-breasted velvet suit jackets. This dramatic look might be too daring for some, however don’t be too quick to turn away as, with almost a nostalgic nod to the cassette tape, there are two sides to this new collection.

Twisted Tailor Launch AW18

On the ‘A-side’ you have the more striking pieces that will certainly act as a statement for any special occasion or big night out. Stand-out pieces are the golden sequin suits, blue and black lace shirts and almost ombre-effect printed gold and black single-breasted jackets. Twisted Tailor have added new fabrics for Autumn/Winter and shirts with added collar bars and chains. There is no chance of shyly hiding in a corner of a room in one of these and the sequins will undoubtedly make you a sparkling addition to any Christmas party!

Twisted Tailor Launch AW18

On the other side of the collection, the ‘B-side’, are the more everyday tailored pieces that can be worn formally or mixed in with casualwear. The ‘check’ is massively back in trend for AW18 and Twisted Tailor have followed suit (no pun intended) with their jackets and matching trousers in shades of red, navy and grey. Tweed also features in stand-alone blazers and three-piece suits. The 70s are still clearly evident on this side of the collection; warming overcoats come with large faux fur lapels and a classic camel coat has the addition of subtle velvet details. If you feel like testing the waters and adding some colour to your wardrobe, Twisted Tailor’s classic skinny-fit suit style, the ‘Ellroy’, will be available in some strong new shades such as mustard yellow and racing green. These look great in the winter with a pair of Chelsea boots or if you are feeling brave, a pair of creepers – as styled by the brand.

Twisted Tailor Launch AW18

There is no doubt, a certain amount of confidence is needed to wear some of the brand’s more eccentric suits but don’t be afraid to add a bit of spice to the suiting in your wardrobe, particularly for the impending festive season. Twisted Tailor are determined to persuade men to change their perception of formalwear, not only by creating affordable suits but also interesting pieces that can be mixed into your everyday attire.

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Win a Scaramanga Citylander Briefcase

Win a Scaramanga Citylander Briefcase

We’ve teamed up with Scaramanga to offer one of our readers the chance to win this Citylander Leather Briefcase worth £177. The brand’s fearless leader Carl Morenikeji discovered an old iconic vintage leather satchel whilst travelling in India in 1998. Inspired by the style and quality, he sought out artisans who would use the same traditional methods and tools to recreate modern leather satchels. At the same time he started sourcing vintage furniture and so Scaramanga became what it is today; an original lifestyle brand handcrafting classic leather bags and supplying unique vintage furniture.

Win a Scaramanga Citylander Briefcase

This laptop bag is a classic design that has a rustic style and practical design that meets the needs of modern commuting. Made from antique hunter leather, this bag features a distressed look to represent your individual style at work. You can fit up to a 15-inch laptop, books and files in the padded main compartment. There is also a 13-inch pocket to fit smaller work essentials such as notebooks and tablet computers.

Win a Scaramanga Citylander Briefcase

How to Enter 

To be in with a chance of winning this £177 Scaramanga Citylander Briefcase and Laptop Bag simply enter your name and email address into the form below (or click here if browsing on mobile) before completing the optional bonus entry methods to increase your chances of being randomly picked. You have until 9th November 2018 to get your entries in and we will contact the lucky winner directly before announcing it right here within 24 hours – good luck everyone.

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How to Wear Spray-On Denim

How to Wear Spray-On Denim

Dress for your body type – it’s a phrase that brings up overly critical women’s magazine pieces that essentially tell the reader to do everything to hide her imperfections. Men’s mags, in a sense, do the same thing, albeit with a softer touch and a less-snide and infantilising tone. The goal, often, is steering the reader toward dressing his best, from colours to fits, without that heavy dose of body shaming dressed up as faux-sisterhood rhetoric. So, through this lens, where do spray-on jeans fit? Also going by names like ‘ultra-skinny’ and ‘jeggings,’ spray-on jeans have a very specific design: Tight and shapely, but never constricting, with a higher percentage of elastane to create that effect. But, it’s an item that despite being a staple of Topman’s, River Island’s, and ASOS’ lines for close to five years, feels like an outlier in the menswear industry – essentially a super-casual silhouette that only looks good on a select few and should be specifically styled.



How to Wear Spray-On Denim

At their core, spray-on jeans get their stretchiness from a combination of cotton, polyester, and elastane. You can slide them on without trouble, and if you’ve selected the right fit, they don’t chafe once you’re wearing them. On the other hand, you could very well say these same things about a pair of meggings. What differentiates spray-on jeans is the texture: There still has to be a hint of the woven-and-dyed process. And, while more men sport cropped styles these days, anything this skinny and stretchy should always taper down to the ankle. So, if you’re new to spray-on jeans, where do you begin? We offer a few of our own tips, and also we had a chance to speak with the denim professionals at River Island and Topman too.

How to Wear Spray-On Denim

Finding the Right Fit
 

At one point, men wanting the ultra-skinny look went to the women’s section. That’s more acceptable compared to 10 years ago – see the second season of Netflix’s Queer Eye for an example – but it’s still filled with the same issues. Tight stretchy jeans are cut for a women’s figure – think mid-rise, a thinner waist, wider hips, and less room from the hips on down. Arbitrary sizing doesn’t help either, unless you want to go through 10 pairs in a department store dressing room. As more men’s brands stock spray-on jeans, however, you’ve got options better-suited to your body type. The thing to think about is how much you want to show. For guys, ultra-skinny denim tends to be a statement piece with limitations – you won’t be tucking in your button-down or even wearing it with a polo. As well, the fit and material aren’t terribly forgiving when it comes to your body. Any insecurities you have will be accented, if not magnified by the woven material. Now’s not the time to think about how to cover things up.

How to Wear Spray-On Denim

At Topman, getting that sculpted-but-not-too-revealing look is the ultimate goal. For its 32 styles covering a range of washes and detailing, the brand uses power stretch denim specifically for this purpose. “Topman’s spray-on jeans feature a short rise and low waist, and are cut from power stretch denim that allows further flexibility,” a spokesperson told us. “The jeans are designed to complement the Topman customers’ leg shapes, with a super-skinny look.” For a good fit, spray-on jeans should always have some degree of stretch, a senior stylist at River Island told us. Beyond that, think about where the waist falls – high or even a little low flatters a man’s body shape. Along with these factors, proportions further play a factor – just like they do with boardshorts. Generally, the wider the waist is, the less skinny a leg should be. So, if your waist tends to be broader, or even if you have bulkier thighs, consider a traditionally skinny cut – slim and tapered but with some room, thicker material that won’t stick to the skin, and usually a higher percentage of cotton – instead.

How to Wear Spray-On Denim

How to Style Spray-On Denim 

“The beauty of a spray-on jean is that you can style them with everything – from loose T-shirts to printed shirts,” the spokesperson from Topman told us. “This season, we have rips, fringes, and statement prints in a variety of washes, allowing the Topman customer to opt for a smart or urban look.” This variety expands the potential styling options, but first and foremost, think about what you pair with the jeans. As a general baseline, never go for the tight head-to-toe look – it’s as if a pro cyclist decided to suddenly start wearing denim on the road. Whatever you wear on top needs to have some space for a noticeable contrast. But, your shirt and jacket shouldn’t be too loose or draped; at that point, especially if you’re wearing a pattern, it seems as if you’re attempting to wear a muumuu with denim. Rather, get in the mindset that while your look shouldn’t be baggy, it won’t be crisply tailored. Spray-on jeans fall within the realm of streetwear, and these sharp casual essentials make a solid starting spot: Short-sleeve, boxy button-ups, bomber jackets, straight-fitting tees, and even a Cuban collar shirt falling to the hips.

How to Wear Spray-On Denim

From here, think about the vibe you give off. With tees, bombers, and even moto jackets, go minimalist and monochrome, with black or solid white skinny jeans. For an example, look at how Dutch EDM producer Nicky Romero has been dressing these days. But, if you decide to add some rips and accessories, take inspiration from grunge rockers. The stylist at River Island recommended to start with “Ankle boots and pair it with a nice black denim shirt, belts, some necklaces and bracelets, to add an edge to your look.” Or, go in the opposite direction once the weather warms up. You’d think nothing about wearing mint, ice blue, or pale pink chinos, so try the same thing out with your spray-on jeans. In this instance, think about the rules of styling pastel shades in general – stay light or look for contrasts, and be conscious of the material.

Article by Menswear Style