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Choosing a Winter Scarf

Choosing a Winter Scarf

Fashion for men has always been a difficult thing to master and even the simplest items can cause trouble. Take a scarf for example. It seems simple enough but you need to get the style right if you’re to look your best during colder weather. 

With all the designs and colours available nowadays, you don’t need to limit yourself to one scarf either and this means there is plenty of opportunity to match this functional accessory to different outfits. 

To make the best choice, there are a few tips which can help you select a scarf which makes a personal style statement while keeping you warm – and here’s our advice.

Choosing a Winter Scarf

Choose fabric carefully 

What kind of protection you need from the weather depends on where you live but our guess is that if you’re shopping for a scarf then you need warmth as well as good looks. 

The most popular choices of material for scarves are wool and cashmere as they keep the heat in but lighter fabrics are also quite successful against the chill. 

Thick cottons, silks, synthetic materials or a mix of these are common in mens clothing and men’s accessories, and it’s important you recognise the merits of each. 

Cashmere will have the softest touch but potentially the highest price tag, while wool will be hardier but potentially a little rougher to the touch. 

Cotton and synthetic materials are a good compromise while silk is another luxury, soft option which is better suited to milder climates.

Choosing a Winter Scarf

Proportions 

There are standard widths and lengths for winter scarves but that doesn’t mean you can’t shop around for something which suits your height and frame. 

If you are tall, you can get away with a long scarf worn loose or wrapped around your neck twice. This kind of look probably won’t flatter a smaller man who can nonetheless suit a short hanging scarf. 

How to tie your scarf 

You’ve taken care to select your scarf; now make sure you wear it properly!

There are scores of ways to tie a scarf which are very simple but make such a difference to your appearance. 

A Parisian knot, where you make a loop with a folded scarf which you pull its ends through is both smart and casual. 

A once-around-knot is a loosely tied look which works well on days which have a chill but aren’t freezing while for a more informal look you can loop your scarf around your neck loosely.

Choosing a Winter Scarf

Colour 

For a formal occasion an elegant scarf in dark colours will likely fit the bill whereas for outdoor activities or casual events you can go for something brighter. 

After our recent trip to Pitti Uomo 85, it was clear that bright and unique prints on oversized cotton or silk materials, draped over the shoulders is the new “in” trend.

Ivan Putrov: Men in Motion

Men in Motion
Men in Motion

There are few people who are as fully immersed in the world of ballet as Ivan Putrov. The son of a soloist and a principal dancer, Ukrainian born Putrov was “raised in the theatre”, before becoming an award winning dancer and producer in his own right. Having made his first stage appearance just aged 10, Putrov carefully honed his craft for a number of years, going on to become The Royal Ballet’s principal in 2002. More r…

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Stamps of the World

Stamps of the World
Stamps of the World

Stamps are one of life’s simple pleasures. Pleasing sheets of perforated paper, gummed, embossed, foiled, even scratch & sniff. With their petite brilliance your letter gets to see the world and, in a way, so do you. Here are three of our favourite collections, each specific to a certain place. Other countries with great stamps of note include the Netherlands, Great Britain, Bulgaria and New Zealand.

Israeli Stamps
Israeli Stamps

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Life is a Beautiful Sport

Life is a Beautiful Sport

Lacoste brings about a new era by reinstating its founding
values into the core of its marketing message. This new message was unveiled during the recent Paris Fashion Week at an exclusive event. 

Lacoste gathered up some of their favourite people from around the world to join them at their launch party. These individuals were bloggers, social media gurus, journalists, publication owners and photographers. The combined online influence  of the gang was quite huge to say the least!

Life is a Beautiful Sport

The chosen crew included Fashion Toast, Menswear Style, Daaamn, Andreas Wijk, La Petite Anglaise, Kate Loves Me, Mr. Boy, Yin & Yang, Fucking Young, Highsnobiety and others.

Life is a Beautiful Sport

So, we hopped on the Eurostar, checked into Hotel Fabric, got ready (with a key Lacoste staple of course), and partied like it was 2004 (that’s when MWS Craig was 19)! 

The event was one of the best we’ve been to. There was just so much to see and do, from live music/DJ’s to a wheat pasting demonstration which revealed billboard sized images of their latest collection. There was also a cool studio photography setup type thing which took awesome 360 photos.

Life is a Beautiful Sport

Admittedly we don’t know the technical name of this but you see our picture here – which is VERY cool! 

The next day, in a daze we went to the MAN show to check out some cool brands including Lacoste Live, Stutterheim, YMC and London Undercover.

Life is a Beautiful Sport

Our take on the new collection campaign titled “Life is a Beautiful Sport”, gives a great deal of motivation to those of us who find themselves far too busy with the work and life balance to take up a regular sport or actually make it to the gym which is costing you £70 per month. 

There’s no reason why you can’t take the stairs at work or jump over a few puddles in the street, whilst imagining something a little more dangerous and extreme in a Walter Mitty way.

Life is a Beautiful Sport

The press visuals and posters are Jacob Sutton’s creation; they poetically
portray men and women elegantly proceeding “above” the city and life’s tribulations. 

These urban and minimalist visuals represent the “Lacoste spirit” stripped
down to a simple metaphor, remaining sporty and relaxed when confronted with
challenges.

Roll On Roll Neck

Roll On Roll Neck

The classic Roll neck. Not a trend distinctly known for its ‘cool factor’, or even for being a trend, having received a large amount of criticism in the fashion world in the past. 

However, for the now, it is here to stay and adding a roll neck to your repertoire is an instant wardrobe update.

Whether it’s a big, thick chunky knit worn on its own, or a slightly thinner version worn underneath a blazer, the roll neck works every time.

Roll On Roll Neck

My favourite look is with a two-piece suit replacing the usual shirt and tie combo. This updated, modern version gives your suit a more casual look allowing you to wear it for a number of occasions. 

Alternatively a pair of jeans, a blazer and a chunky cream knit is a winning look for any occasion. If you want to be really crazy, you could even try layering a fine knit under a chunkier jumper, whatever works best for you.

Roll On Roll Neck

Having been seen on a number of runways and designer collections, editorials and all over the high street, the roll neck is a very accessible item for men of all ages. 

However… a couple of tips before you invest. Firstly, if you are going for a fine-knit version, make sure you get a good fit. There should be no gaping, but not too tight, as it can be very unflattering if you get it wrong.

Roll On Roll Neck

Secondly, please don’t go for a ‘quirky’ print or ‘out-there’ pattern. The roll neck is all about understated cool, so block colours are a must. 

Apart from that, you can’t really go too wrong!
Overall, the roll neck is an incredibly versatile piece of clothing which can be worn in a number of different ways to update your style this season. What do you think of the trend?

AnOther’s GIF Catwalk

Chanel S/S14
Chanel S/S14 Illustration by Toby Neilan

Chanel’s multi-coloured squares; Marc Jacobs’ embroidered and tassled jacket and short combos; Rei Kawakubo’s Comme des Garçons interlocking, abstract shapes; Sarah Burton’s intricate tribal prints; and Miuccia Prada’s delicate pastel tones, thick vinyl and smart coats for Miu Miu. Here, we present 5 highlights of the S/S14 women’s collections, now in stores, brought to life by artist Toby Neilan. “The tra…