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Maplin Launches Free Smart Home Consultation Service

Maplin Launches Free Smart Home Consultation Service

Smart technology is growing at a rapid rate with more than 4 million Brits owning a Smart Home device and one in five are expected to buy an Amazon Echo or Smart surveillance product in the next six months. Yet despite growing popularity, research from Maplin has revealed that people are still confused about Smart technology, with more than half admitting they do not fully understand it.

Maplin Launches Free Smart Home Consultation Service

In response to this, Maplin has launched the first ever free service dedicated to providing people across the UK with helpful, at-home impartial, expert advice on using and setting up Smart technology in their home. Whether its deciding between Amazon Echo or Google Home as your first foray into Smart, or looking for ways to save money on bills or simply being able to remotely keep an eye on your pets at home, Maplin Smart Home surveyors will provide a detailed and bespoke home evaluation, personal to everyone’s needs.

Maplin Launches Free Smart Home Consultation Service

The Free Smart Home Survey service has now launched nationwide and offers people a free home visit with a Maplin Smart Home surveyor to discuss your needs and the different types of products available. The surveyors will also provide a free Wi-fi health check to ascertain whether your home is ready for smart technology and if necessary give advice on networking solutions. Following this, the surveyor provides a bespoke report listing the Smart Home products that would be suitable based on the needs outlined and should any of the products be purchased, Maplin also offer an installation service to ensure customers are fully set up and working.

Maplin Launches Free Smart Home Consultation Service

Next week a Maplin surveyor will be conducting a Smart Home consultation at our Founder Craig Landale’s home in London. Craig is staying optimistic and hoping introducing smart tech will be useful and not just a fad. He comments; “I’ve never been overly interested in smart tech in the past. I wonder if I would fail to use it after the initial excitement is over after a week or so. Just like Siri on the iPhone; I simply don’t use it and can never think of something to ask him, and he never understands my Yorkshire accent. That’s another thing about Amazon Echo for example, how easy is it to learn what to ask it, what can they do? Is it easy to install? I’m a Millennial whose job is online so I consider myself tech savvy, and If I’m not sure about this I can imagine the average guy is even more confused than me. However, I’m working with Maplin to get educated and have an aim to make my life easier at home through smart products whilst saving money on my bills, so I’m going into this with an open mind and see if it works. Let’s see if I can be converted, let’s see if it will actually make my life easier.”

Maplin Launches Free Smart Home Consultation Service

Appointments can be booked in Maplin stores nationwide or online at maplin.co.uk

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5 Ways to Layer On-Trend for AW17

5 Ways to Layer On-Trend for AW17

As cooler weather sets in, you know the drill: Layer up to stay warm without looking or feeling uncomfortable and awkward. The rules, thus far, typically involve starting with a button-down, adding a quarter-zip or a V-neck sweater preferably with a finer knit, and matching that with a pair of structured trousers and either a blazer or a more substantial coat. Or, for a more casual option, there’s always the Grunge-influenced combination: Start with a T-shirt and jeans, throw a flannel or over-shirt on top, and go with a shearling-trimmed denim jacket.

But, as plenty of runway presentations reveal, layering doesn’t have to be an either-or scenario. Rather, designers have started changing up the rules.

5 Ways to Layer On-Trend for AW17

Reversed and Untucked
 

When you stick with traditional layering, you keep each piece visible, tuck in the loose ends, and streamline your overall silhouette. Yet, both AW17 and SS18 presentations at Paris Fashion Week indicate a total reversal: Excluding your trousers, the longest garment becomes the base – a button-down with longer shirttail hems, for instance – and a shorter, cropped garment goes on top – usually, a sweater or buttoned vest hitting the hips. At the same time, those longer, looser shirt-tails hang right over your preferably skinny and structured trousers, adding a third contrast. Playing up the seemingly out-of-sync ratio are contrasting prints: As one common theme, a plaid or check patterned shirt clashes against a bold, striped sweater.

5 Ways to Layer On-Trend for AW17

In (Contrasting) Threes 

Layering, by default, is purely practical: You’ve got to hold onto body heat when it’s cool, and adjust when the temperature goes up. That being said, there’s a difference between layering for the outdoors – for instance, with moisture-wicking base garments, a fleece mid layer, and a waterproof shell jacket – and doing it partially for style, and that aspect comes down to colours, patterns, and textures.

Here, what’s considered the rule of three comes into play: When you’re starting with a mock neck or button-down shirt, introducing a sweater and finishing it off with a shearling bomber or pea coat, no two pieces should be the same shade. Match, yes they should, for everyday use, but that goes more along the lines of balancing your greys, navy, and blacks with light shades, pops of colour, and statement prints.

Or, if you’re not finding that precise balance point, runway trends point to an amalgamation of pattern-clashing and uneven layers: Cobble a floral print, checks, and stripes together just because you can.

5 Ways to Layer On-Trend for AW17

Uneven Monochrome 

As another alternative, diverge from the “Which colour?” decision entirely, pinpointing your sights on monochrome. Y-3’s AW17 show exemplifies the notion that layering doesn’t always come down to colours and prints and, instead, can distinguish itself through uneven lengths and asymmetrical silhouettes.

In line with long-standing streetwear concepts and the more-recent jumpsuit phenomenon, this trend isn’t simply taking the template and painting it a single shade. That’s too easy. Rather, in further using Y-3’s example, opt for pieces of different lengths and cuts – thinner or even jogger pants, a longer billowing jacket, and a shirt or two with either a cropped length and loose fit or a longer hem. The result essentially resembles the male equivalent of a women’s handkerchief skirt from the mid-2000s.

5 Ways to Layer On-Trend for AW17

Double jackets 

Who says you just have to wear one? Cold weather doesn’t always call for a cumbersome puffer, especially when you’ll end up looking like George Costanza and his fur-trimmed Gore-Tex number. Appearing like you’re heading off to the Antarctic doesn’t work when you’re walking around the city all day, so, to be pragmatic and far more stylish, just layer your jackets.

But, there’s also a method to this. It’s not as simple as picking two from your closet and putting them on. The result, in that case, makes you resemble Bender from The Breakfast Club. Instead, factor in the contrasts – where the hems fall, the materials used, and how the collars overlap. Keep it short with a silk souvenir jacket under your shearling-trimmed suede bomber, or dress down your camel coat with a structured and partially-buttoned denim work jacket underneath.

5 Ways to Layer On-Trend for AW17

Large, Baggy Sweaters
 

As a kid, you might’ve had a relative hand you a long, chunky cable knit sweater with a mock neck, and after you protested its obviously large size, you simply got told, “You’ll grow into it.” This time around, however, there’s no waiting for this garment to eventually fit. As J.W. Anderson’s AW17 runway showed, oversized, baggy sweaters, preferably with a visible knit, are the key to staying warm. Yes, the cut clearly gives it a youthful quality, but simultaneously, it acts as a layer: A piece that overlaps with trousers or jeans and can additionally be tossed over any lighter, fitted shirt underneath.

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Win a DAKS Store Voucher

Win a DAKS Store Voucher

This week we’ve partnered with the brand DAKS which has always been synonymous with British heritage, style and elegance. Together, we’re offing one of our MenswearStyle readers the chance to win a £300 to spend in their flagship store located on London’s Old Bond Street. Originally founded in 1894 by Simeon Simpson, DAKS has since become one of the UK’s most quintessentially British luxury labels, specialising in fine tailoring and accessories for both men and women, whilst continuing to uphold the values of quality, reliability and innovation first established over 100 years ago. These values remain unchanged and are paramount to the brand’s identity, as does their desire to create much loved classic pieces.

Win a DAKS Store Voucher

For their Autumn/Winter 2017 collection, DAKS has drawn inspiration from three iconic landscapes in Britain; the city, the country and the Scottish islands. The fabrics that make up this collection have been sourced and developed through exclusive collaborations with some of the finest cloth mills in Europe. Prince of Wales, houndstooth, herringbone and pinstripes are presented in tones of grey melange, rusty brown, and hues of blue and navy, while wintery floral prints bring some light to the collection with tones of dusty pink and red. The theme is a celebration of all things British. The landscapes are a key focus for the imagery and colours used throughout the collection, but at its heart is the heritage of the British textile industry and the classic look that is associated with it.

Win a DAKS Store Voucher

How to Enter 

To be in with a chance of winning this exclusive prize to win a £300 DAKS store voucher, simply enter your name and email address in the below form before completing the optional extra entry methods which will boost your chances of being the randomly picked winner. You have until midnight on the 16th November 2017 to get your entries in and we will announce the winner in the below form within 24 hours and contact the lucky individual directly. Good luck everyone!

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Introducing Proverb Skincare For Men

Introducing Proverb Skincare For Men

A man’s grooming kit should be a state of constant flux. Evolving like the very skin he lives in, constantly striving for peak perfection. At MenswearStyle we’re constantly on the lookout for new and innovative skincare brands that work in simpatico with healthy lifestyles, that comes from an eco-friendly core and is designed to inspire men to feel better about their skin, body and mindset through being lifefuelled. Introducing Proverb, a new skincare range for men whose founders hail from the elite worlds of professional rugby, rowing, and skincare; who live and breathe the philosophy, you ‘get out what you put in.’

Introducing Proverb Skincare For Men

Proverb takes the understanding and efficacy of elite sports nutrition and applies it to your skin. They have managed to galvanise clean, active, natural and organic ingredients such as proteins, anti-oxidants and enzymes, formulated for lab proven results; making Proverb the first male skincare brand to be awarded EWG (Environmental Working Group) certification.

Introducing Proverb Skincare For Men

“When I started out in women’s skincare over 10 years ago it was always a source of amusement amongst my professional sports peers and those that knew me. Since then I have had a vision to make it ‘OK’ for men to care about their skin and how they look and feel. The goal is for Proverb to become the most trusted and desirable ‘clean’ male skincare brand that takes a truly integrated approach to healthy skin, body and mindset driven by my desire to see things differently”Luke Sherriff, former Pro athlete & Co-Founder.

Introducing Proverb Skincare For Men

Products from the range include everything a man needs in his grooming kit survival guide. Cleanse & Shave Nutrient Mud, Hydration Pro Moisturiser, Oil Balance Pro Moisturiser, Skin Definition Facial Scrub, Skin Resistance Training Supplements and a Strengthening Skin Serum. What I love most about this brand is how accessible it is for the man on the move. All the products are available in volumes of 100ml or under which makes it a blessing for anyone travelling internationally and wants to maintain a consistently good grooming regime, without the need or rigmarole of checking in luggage. The name is also a welcome relief from its more derivative contemporaries who seem to cling onto voguish laddish idioms that they believe resembles modern masculinity – MAN MOIST, BRUT FACE, GRILL CLEAN – need I go on.

Introducing Proverb Skincare For Men

The packaging is inoffensive, borderline nondescript. But it’s main USP is that it’s not only a product backed by science, but it’s been championed and conceived by athletes. People such as Brand Ambassador, Thom Evans, who leads the brand’s launch campaign. A model and ex rugby pro, Thom trains hard, loves sport, eats clean and is passionate and excited about life – he is the epitome of lifefuelled.

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Can You Wrap Up Warm And Still Look Fashionable This Winter?

Lots of guys brave the cold during the winter months because they want to look their best. Those men worry that wearing thick clothing will prevent them from appearing fresh and fashionable. Well, those people are wrong, and this article will help to set the record straight. Some of the most popular high-street brands have already released their winter lines, and so now is the best time to invest. If you leave it too long, prices will increase, and you’ll struggle to get the most stylish items. Just consider some of the suggestions below, and you’re guaranteed to look amazing!

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Get some handknitted jumpers

If you want to wrap up warm and still look like a style icon, you can’t go wrong when it comes to handknitted jumpers. Sure, there are some cheesy designs on the market, but there are also some stylish concepts out there if you shop around. Handknitted Sherpa jumpers for winter will ensure you never have to braze subzero temperatures if you arrange a night out with the boys. If you end up getting too hot, you can always remove the sweater and place it in a cloakroom until you’re ready to leave. Some companies even create custom designs based on your requirements. So, make sure you shop around!

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Invest in some thick lumberjack shirts

Lumberjack shirts were fashionable ten years ago, but they went out of fashion for a short while. Thankfully, you’ll find lots of them in shops today as the cycle has begun to repeat itself. The best thing about that item of clothing is that it’s used to keep people warm in some of the harshest conditions. So, it should be more than suitable for the average person’s requirements. You can get lumberjack shirts in a range of different colours, and they’re sure to help you to maintain a better temperature when compared to alternative options. The benefits of lumberjack shirts include:

  • Thick material
  • Durable
  • Excellent for retaining body heat

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Buy winter boots

Lastly, it’s time to think about your feet. The last thing anyone wants is to feel like they’ve slipped their toes into a bucket of ice during the winter months. So, make sure you don’t make the mistake of going out wearing the same shoes you used during the summer. There is also a decent chance you will encounter patches of ice when the temperature drops, and that is why winter boots offer the best solution. Again, there are lots of products available from designer brands right now. However, as most people won’t look at the logo on your boots, you can probably save a fortune by shopping at budget stores.

To answer the question posed in the title of this post, yes, you can wrap up warm and still look fashionable. You just have to use some of the advice from this page and shop around for the best deals. The internet is your friend during that process, and you should use it wisely. It’s possible to find some excellent discounts if you choose the right websites at the right time. Good luck with that!

How Lee Miller Reinvented Herself as a Gourmet Chef

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To many, Lee Miller’s name has been but a footnote in the history of photography and Surrealism, as she never achieved the household-name status her former mentor and lover Man Ray received (thanks in part to their collaborations). A fellow artist, a muse to Jean Cocteau, and a model swept off the streets and onto the cover of Vogue by Mr. Conde Nast himself, to those that know it, Miller’s legacy is entrenched in photography.

Beyond the pioneering Surrealist…

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Alexander McQueen’s Medieval Answer to Haute Couture

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Sleeveless asymmetric top, Alexander McQueen

Cashmere voile with with Samplers embroidery


The earliest variety of English textile art can be traced back to the craft of Opus Anglicanum, a term for the ecclesiastical embroidery produced by a close-knit community of London-based workers during the Middle Ages. Incorporating silk, velvet and linen, with the lines of the needlework accented with golden thread, this painstaking process was often executed by women who worked…

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The Art Of Packing For An Overnight Getaway

The Art Of Packing For An Overnight Getaway

One of the hardest things about an overnight getaway or a business trip is knowing what to pack
and what to leave behind.
Unfortunately for most of us, that decision is often made by the
ancient luggage we lug around with us everywhere. Without a doubt the first rule of any trip
should be having the right bag, and it should be no surprise that there are some amazingly
smart and stylish options out there. One of our favourites by far is the exceptional Garment
Weekender
bag from Hook & Albert.

The Art Of Packing For An Overnight Getaway

Why We Love It 

The Garment Weekender bag does just what it says in the name, combining a garment bag to
hold two of your favourite suits or shirts, while also doubling as a roomy and well put together
weekender duffel bag for everything else. After your long journey you can finally have a
suit without any creases ready to go. The bag also comes in pebbled leather and a twill fabric
which is super light and very stylish – it’s even TSA approved as carry on luggage.

The Art Of Packing For An Overnight Getaway

The Essentials 

Now that you have the right luggage, it is time to take your first packing steps. We often find that
people get overwhelmed trying to make sure they pack everything right away. One of our tips is
to take a step back, and just think about the essentials. Not sure what those are? Well luckily we
have just the list for you. 

The Gentleman’s Wardrobe 

In thinking through what to wear on your overnight stay, we like to break the mold a little bit. We
truly believe that the modern gentleman knows to leave the university T-shirts and flip flops at
home. Instead make sure you have trousers and a jacket at the ready. You never know when an impromptu dinner party with an important client or close friend could arise, and we promise that no
one has ever been shamed for overdressing. Dressing up a little is always a good thing to do no
matter the destination or occasion, and hey, they may even bump you up into first class at the airport.

The Art Of Packing For An Overnight Getaway

Casual Must Haves 

Just because it’s time to relax, this doesn’t mean that you have to lose your style. A great pair of
dark jeans are an easy item to dress up or down, and if you haven’t found a comfortable pair yet
then you truly aren’t looking hard enough. We recommend pairing them with a super soft cotton
black shirt and some stylish sneakers. Also, invest in a
good nightwear, we promise you’ll thank us later. All of these items should fold flat as well,
keeping your bag nice and light. 

A Lesson In Shoes 

Being one of the bulkier items, we find that one of the hardest things to know how to pack well
are shoes. Bring too many and you’ll need a massage from a sore back, bring to few and you
may be left wearing dress shoes and shorts, which isn’t a good look for anyone. We recommend
bringing shoes that are super versatile. As mentioned above, you can never go wrong with a
nice pair of white sneakers. The great thing about these is that you can dress them up or down
with ease, and they are also super comfortable, clean and minimal.

The Art Of Packing For An Overnight Getaway

The Kitchen Sink 

Let’s face it, most guys don’t know how to be well groomed without getting very messy or having far too many products. That’s why having a good leak-proof bag for your toiletries is a must. If
you were smart and got the Garment Weekender mentioned above, then lucky for you each one
has a matching dopp kit you can purchase with it. I think we can all agree it is time to stop it with
the Ziplock bag. 

Forgettable Smalls 

The last few things on our list are all the small accessories that are easy to forget and will leave us grumpy
and anxious. These items include all necessary charging cables, a good pair of sunglasses, a
lint roller, pocket detergent, and your basic socks and underwear. Just make sure that anything
you might want mid travel is easily accessible. Cables and sunglasses are always best kept in
your bag’s side pocket.

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