4 SIMPLE OFFICE STYLE UPGRADES FOR AW15

The majority of men who’ve devoted their lives to the concrete jungle will agree that this guide is the basis of their 9 to 5 ensembles. However, the 21st century style-conscious gent would also agree that office attire has a more individualistic appeal. With this ever-growing transition of style, there’s no doubt that it can be a minefield when approaching the daunting task of office attire. Will it ever be acceptable to style that shirt and sweatshirt? Will your boss look down on you? What if you don’t like wearing your suit jacket or if ties irritate you? With that being said, here are 4 key office staples for you to conquer this winter 2015.

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3 WAYS TO UPGRADE YOUR DENIM STYLE

Denim… the one fabric in fashion that’ll always be our go-to, our first port of call, our first love. It’s easy to wear, comfortable, durable, and ultimately very versatile. It’s one of those materials which grows appeal the more it’s worn and without a doubt the most popular style is the timeless t-shirt and jeans combo. You’ve probably already got it mastered, so with that being said, here’s a guide to upping your denim game.

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STYLE YOUR SUMMER IN BLACK

We’re all prepping for the warmer weather that is yet to grace the streets of London town; we’re longing for the days where we can chill around a BBQ, open terrace bars, and bust some moves at a festival. Ah, we can feel it, it’s coming.

With it being close to SS15, Men’s fashion is set to be saturated in pastels and bold colours, but what if all that washed yellow and off pink stuff really isn’t you.

Black clothing will always looks effortlessly chic; and it doesn’t even matter whether you dress up or down. Let’s be realistic you aren’t going to head out in all-black-everything on a warm Summer’s day; it just isn’t practical.

In saying this, we’re set to showcase ways to wear a few of Religion Clothing’s statement black pieces that will seamlessly transition you into spring, without breaking a sweat.

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It’s a classic timeless piece in anyone’s wardrobe, that brings an edge to your style that you may have missed. To dress this down, style with a fresh statement tee, tapered jeans and smart trainers.



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Nothing speaks Religion Clothing more than our tee’s. Available in our unique distressed washes and statement bold prints; we have a brand spanking new SS15 range for you to get your hands on #LIVEINBLACK.

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Without a doubt one of the hardest items for a man to dress and feel confident in wearing. Our latest SS15 offers a range of shorts from Jersey, Denim, to Woven.

When opting for shorts, remember to take: length, cut, and pattern into thought– and voila, your shorts can take you from a day at the office to evening at the bar.

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Our new range of footwear is perfect for those Summer days where you want to make minimal moves with your look.

From breathable flip-flops, easy-to-wear sliders, or printed slip ons. Dress your feet in black and get movin’.

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Why The ‘Man Bun’ Needs To Thrive In 2015

Ah the glorious Man Bun; possibly known as a “mun” or a topknot, and is basically achieved by tieing long locks with a hair band on top of the head. Who would’ve thought it’d be so easy to create a bun, eh?

I know what some of you are thinking: Man Bun?! Is she fo’real?! Yes, yes I am my friend. 2014 was the year of the beard with  Movemeber, and somewhere along the lines the gorgeous Man Bun came to light.

This new-ish hairstyle takes masculinity to daring heights; toying with the norms of androgyny, and frankly enticing the majority of females into  pulling out those long locks, playing with them, and go down a fifty shades of… Er okay, I’ll stop there.

The Man Bun derives from Japanese legacy of the samurai; and today is simply styled into a topknot. As the Man Bun pulls its way through into 2015; we’ve seen actors, musicians and sportsmen jump onto the trend, from  DiCaprio’s messy bun; footballer Beckham using top knots; Jared Leto, with his half-open bun; and of course One Direction’s Harry Styles who undoubtedly rocks the bun effortlessly.

Top 5 ‘Why The ‘Man Bun’ Needs To Thrive In 2015′

1) No matter what; man bun’s will always look effortlessly man-chic.

2) They make your average lazy-day style 10x more appealing.

3) These Man Bun stylers probably have the best hair care tips, and I want in! Look at those ‘locks.

4) Haters gon’ hate; he’ll rock his Mun regardless.

5) Dogs are jumping on the trend too!

 

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Alex Turner Style Profile

Voted NME’s coolest man on the planet, he’s sported a few killer looks in his time, some questionable others iconic. Whether you like him or not, there are some interesting style-grabs when it comes to the Arctic Monkeys frontman. Who doesn’t want to know all the secrets to Alex Turner’s style?

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How to Get Alex Turner’s Style

From the scrawny Sheffield lad buzzing about in polos and track jackets, to the Saint Laurent styled rockstar maven. Turner’s style has seen him marry smoking jackets with rockabilly shirts, knitted polos, sharp penny loafers and, of course, THAT quiff. The illustrious front man has proved that his wardrobe etiquette is just as strong as his lyrical prowess. Safe to say, Turner and his look have substantially evolved over the years.

When the Arctic Monkeys exploded onto the scene in 2005, they were four lads that encapsulated the style and sentiment of all the teens out there listening to them. They had the same hairstyles and wore the same clothes. A 19 years old Alexander David Turner epitomised that generational look. From crooning over scuffles with the police and girls in clubs, the boys clad in polo shirts and drainpipes have come a long way.

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By 2008, Turner and It girl Alexa Chung are officially an item and his style shifts to a distinctly more conscious way of dressing. It’s out with the jaded polo shirts and in with the floppy hair, boho Breton tops and a lot of ’70s leather. No doubt new beau Alexa had a thing or two to do with that, and it was a sartorial step in the right direction.

Fast forward a few years, and following the release of 2011’s Suck It and See came a new look for Alex like nothing we’d seen before. He’d swapped his hippie do for a cleaner, slicked hairstyle and fitted t-shirts worn under biker jackets in a shift towards a ’50s inspired style.

Through his style transitions, Alex has learned a thing or two and his current style meshes ’50s hair, with ’60s tailoring and ’70s influences. If there’s a polo in sight – it’s a vintage-style knitted one, and the jeans are hoisted up with biker style buckle belts. As his sound has evolved, so has his style and he’s fast become a go-to mood board of inspiration for many.

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Through the Years: Alex Turner’s Clothes

Whether it’s teddy boy, boho or biker style you’re into, Alex Turner has given us enough style inspo over the years to dedicate plenty of precious column inches. If you want to learn the secrets to Alex Turner’s style read on for ideas on how to replicate his style through the years.

The Tracksuit Years

The mid-2000s saw Alex hold the torch for every other adolescent lad out there by showing that you could write the biggest selling British debut record of all time before the age of 20 and still wear the polo shirts and track jackets you were wearing to college. Whilst the 2000s might not have been Alex Turner’s sartorial peak, they’re perhaps the years we remember him most fondly. Doe-eyed and fresh-faced, with his polo collar popped and his guitar slung over his shoulder, Turner unleashed himself on us all.

How to Wear a Tracksuit: With a resurging interest in streetwear, now is as good a time as any to invest in some serious sportswear. They may have once been associated with yob hanging about the corner shop asking you to buy their cans, but not anymore. To emulate the style, keep things contemporary with a current brand like Champion and some style savvy trainers.

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The Leather Look

The chameleon of style stepped out of his shell once again in 2012. Shortly after the release of 4th studio album Suck It and See, we began to notice a distinctly more conscious way of dressing. We can see Alex stepping away from the baggy t-shirts and faded denim. With his slicked rockabilly quiff and a closet full of biker jackets and crew neck t-shirts, Alex made putting a contemporary spin on a retro look as easy as he does everything else.

How to Wear Leather: Alex’s ’50s inspired all black leather look was a style conscious nod in the right direction for the frontman. It was out with the loose naughties fits and in with the tapered cuts. Alex has been wearing so many leather jackets that it wouldn’t be surprising if brands started releasing ‘The Alex Turner Leather Jacket’. After all, he’s been doing quite a service to this essential piece of outerwear.

A Vision in Vintage

I think it’s safe to say Alex has well and truly sent his polo shirts packing, unless we’re talking about the knitted variety, which he seems to carry in abundance. You can be as brave as Alex who’s wearing his rockabilly inspired pieces whilst running about LA with Miles Kane. Needless to say that if you’re not the lead singer in a very successful rockband, you might get a few questionable looks – but hey, give em something worth looking at eh?

How to Wear Vintage: Vintage inspiration filters into more aspects of contemporary fashion than you’d probably think. Roll necks? The ’60s. Track jackets? The ’90s. With Turner’s style, he very much sticks to clean tailoring and distinctive shirt and jacket styles taking influence predominantly from the 1950s and ’60s. Find a suit that is fitted and well tailored, with a leg length that just skims the ankle.

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On That Note

Whether it’s naughties football casual outfits or 1950s leather, the Arctic Monkeys frontman’s style is endlessly eclectic. Through the years, there’s always something for everyone in Alex’s wardrobe. We’ve got a lot to learn from the Sheffield lad. Be it his hairstyles or his taste in clothes, Turner proves that his look is as relevant today as it was over a decade ago.

We’ll be keeping our eyes peeled for the next look he brings to the table. No matter what kind of Alex you prefer, it’s probably time to get your hands on a staple leather jacket or even a tracksuit, why not? May Alex’s style spirit guide you along the way.

Embrace Colour This AW14

With the majority of dull muted colours being covered already; it’s time we injected a bit of colour and life into your wardrobe. Colour creates a bold statement within your fashion game; admittedly it’s far from easy and relies the utmost confidence when styling.

While there’s nothing wrong with muted colours, the constant subtle palette when dressing can become a little… boring? You want to turn heads with your style and create outfits where you look good effortlessly.

Colours are here to stay, and should be embraced for AW14. Just because it’s cold and dark out doesn’t mean you have to hide away in muted tones.

Lets get started.

When styling colours remember to pair cold colours together, or to switch things up to create combinations of 2 cold colours with 1 warm. For example a cold navy and blue mixed with a warm red or orange.

There aren’t set rules when styling with complementary colours; you should only note that too much may become busy for the eye to handle – just keep an eye on what feels and looks good on you.

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It’s important to mix up palettes. Try not to pair light colours often, as it’s best to have light with darker tones like charcoal grey, navy, or black. With dark colours like navy or burgundy, style with lighter options as you’ll start to find that dark overpowers light.

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What To Wear When Meeting Your Girlfriend’s Parents

You’ve had a few dates, things are going well, and it’s time for the next big test – meeting the parents. We’ll give you a few tips on what to wear to impress while staying comfortable and confident. 

The first date is said to be the hardest part of the dating cycle – you don’t really know each other, you’re not sure what jokes will work, which stories to mention and which ones to hide away forever, and of course what exactly to wear. Once you’re passed that you might think it’s pretty much smooth sailing. You get through a few arguments, grow closer, share those embarrassing stories you thought you’d keep secret, and then comes the fateful day. The one where you meet the parents.

Now, if your girlfriend’s pretty relaxed and unfussy, then there’s a good chance her parents will be the same way. But anyone with inlaws like that doesn’t really need an article like this. We’re not here for people with easy meetups planned, we’re here for the ones who have a bit more of a challenge.

Maybe the parents you’re dealing with are strict, maybe they’re overly protective, maybe they’re the type who liked to be called ma’am and sir. Whatever the case we’ve got a few ideas on how to dress like yourself, while still pleasing the parentals. Fair warning – a suit and tie might be necessary.

What to Wear When Meeting the Parents

What’s important to remember when you’re meeting anyone’s parents is that everyone has their little quirks and oddities. Some people think it’s totally normal to dress up for Sunday dinner, some people are strict vegans and would be disgusted by your pure leather jacket, and some would think you were pretty boring if you didn’t wear a colourful jumper at Christmas time.

Before you dress up or down, it’s a good idea to double check any dos and don’ts that these parents might have. First impressions can stick, and they’re made quickly. Best to avoid offending someone with a badly chosen T-shirt, and err on the side of caution instead. Don’t worry though, if your partner is rooting for you then they’ll be sure to give you any important details before hand. Let’s start by going through some of the most obvious places you could meet though, and give you some basic, fail-safe outfits to try.

Meeting the Parents at…A Cafe

If your first meeting is somewhere as casual as a cafe then you don’t have a lot to worry about. A cafe is about as laid back as you can, and instantly means you can avoid anything too dressy or fitted. It’s the kind of meeting where you can wear jeans and not feel like you’re totally underdressed. Still, despite the more relaxed environment, you still want to make a good impression, and if you’re going for anything too simple, make sure that it’s perfectly cut and fitted.

Jeans and a plain, perfectly clean, white T-shirt is an easy enough combination, and as long as you get the fit perfect, it’s a look that’s classic and subtly elegant. It also leaves you enough of a blank slate to accessories a little, which we’d recommend doing. Any outfit that’s too simple just gives the impression that you haven’t made any effort, and that rarely looks good.

Try adding in subtle boosts of colour with something like a brown leather watch, and match this with a tan or coloured bomber jacket to keep things casual yet put together. If this still feels too simple, swap out the white T-shirt for a white Oxford shirt instead. The jeans and jacket will still keep it grounded and not too formal.

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This is a simple, neat and well put together outfit, with enough accessories to keep it from looking boring, and a good dose of warm colours to add a casual twist. Still, it’s not for everyone and if you’re prefer something less plain, but equally casual you might want to incorporate some more colours into your look.

A denim jacket is one of those versatile pieces that can actually be thrown on with a lot of looks. If you smarten it up with a high neck, finely woven jumper and pair it with some darker jeans, you can avoid a more obvious double denim look and keep a good balance between smart and casual. Accessories with some good quality glasses and you’re all set.

For footwear keep your shoes comfortable and light, opting for something like clean white trainers, some suede chukka boots, or some brown leather boots.

Meeting the Parents at…Their Home

One of the more common place to meet the parents, and sometimes the most nerve-wracking. They’re comfortable in their own home, they know where everything is, where the dog sits and what precious antique should never be touched. You on the other hand – you’re clueless. There’s no way to avoid the slight awkwardness that comes from first stepping foot in someone else’s home, but wearing something that you’re comfortable in and that’s appropriate for the occasion can help.

Bring back the denim jacket and balance it out with a simple grey jumper, creating a light match of colours that’s complementary, casual and yet put together. Layer a simple navy T-shirt underneath, then pair the top half with a simple pair of black chinos. The knitted jumper and denim jacket gives off a casual vibe that’s good for the more laid back home setting, but the chinos and the overall colouring maintains a smart-casual balance.

You can also go for a smarter top half and a more relaxed bottom half, which is ideal if you’re really not a fan of chinos and prefer the comfort of a good pair of jeans. Don’t go for something too slim fit, like a dress shirt, as it’ll just look too formal, and instead keep things relatively relaxed with a fail-safe Oxford shirt.

If you pair a white one with a light blue pair of jeans you’ll create a look that’s both casual in colour and yet refined enough to be parent-appropriate. Finish off with light coloured overcoat, in something like beige or cream, and keep your hair in check with a bit of product.

For shoes you want something that’s simple, not going to detract too much from the outfit, and versatile enough to match with different colours. Dark brown boots, smart trainers or some suede brogues can work well and create a clean base to work with.

We can all admit that’s a little scary meeting our partner’s parents for the first time. They might not like us, we might not like them. You could say an inappropriate joke and make things awkward, they could say an inappropriate joke and make things awkward. Things could go seriously wrong, but they could also go pretty well.