A casual day down the pub

Hi everyone,

I have just been down the pub and decided that as a 40 something I want to share how a casual look can be put together with a mix of high end and high street.

I am as big a fan of Harvey Nic’s and Harrods I can lie but I am also a River Island and Topman fan too.

But there are rules, there are always rules……… in my life obsessed with fashion I have always felt 3 things catch the eye. 1) Tops. People always see your top half, if you’re sat at a table you can see the top half, if you’re in an office you can see the top half……. I think you get it SO it has to fit well and say everything about your personality. Look at people in the public eye and the tops say it all. Keith Lemon is outrageous and so are his tops, Ant and Dec are comfortable, so are their tops, Beckhams are cool, so is he…… So tonight I wore a classic Stone Island sweatshirt. They cost a bit £155 but they would withstand a nuclear attack like a cockroach such are there durability. Save up and get one. OK white is a bit high risk but a navy, charcoal or black one is a winner. Get one here

With jeans you can go high street. I have explored jeans and used to love diesel but they never kept up with trends and I lost interest, I have bought Mastercraft Union from Harvey Nichols and they ripped after 2 weeks – they cost £680!!!! Credit to Harvey Nichols full refund and one of those things so no complaints from them. But for me it’s all about comfort and fit. I suit Nudie and River Island ……. yes RIVER ISLAND!!!!

So here are the jeans, and remember if your top is the statement you can go understated with jeans and wear it with confidence

They are a very modest £40 and wear really well. They are a stretch skinny jean so comfy when you move but fit well. I have no complaints and have them in a range of colours.

Key tip 2) This statement comes from the footwear. Please don’t short change yourself with footwear. Guys if you are after on a date or making a first impression your partner WILL check out your feet, so impress…. I like a trainer/pump when wearing a casual outfit and last year I found the most stylish and above all comfortable trainer ever and although they ain’t cheap they look incredible and I must share

They are adidas ultra boost uncaged at £150

So that’s 2 core ingredients behind the casual pub look tonight. And the 3rd and final has to be the jacket. Especially in England you are going to wear coats/jackets a lot of the time so invest in jackets that look good and can be worn with multi garments to make it stretch across outfits offering better value for money.

I have a CP Jacket with goose down to keep me warm ( style doesn’t have to hurt ) but it’s light enough to wear casually rather than being wrapped up for a trip to the Antarctic like a massive parka.

The D.D. Shell is the king of jackets and on sale now

D.D. Shell Mixed Goggle Down Jacket in Black

I hope this helps in some way and any tips or questions I’m here to help. If you want options and are on a budget I can point you in the right direction. Age is just a number, we ain’t done just yet.

It’s been emotional

Stylish Smithy


Asos Skinny Chinos – the smartest cheat on the market

Everyone and I mean EVERYONE loves a bargain and here is the best cheat I can give you. I selfishly didn’t want to share this one as I don’t want ASOS to ever sell out but I’m feeling in a generous mood.

So where to start? Well firstly ASOS are very good at what they do. It’s not just the speed and efficiency they demonstrate from order to delivery although that is extremely quick but it’s also the customer service they provide. The bag it’s delivered in can be reused with self seal closure and the returns sticker is idiot proof and they should be commended for that but anyway…….. the chinos…..

They are perfect for smart casual at work with an open neck shirt, playing golf ( material has a bit of stretch for picking the ball out of the hole ) but also they look amazing with a shirt, blazer and a smart shoe   Although the pic below are not the ones I have recently purchased they are a sand pair also from ASOS of course
So here are the recently purchased ones..
They really are the most all round accompanyment to any wardrobe and I haven’t even told you the best bit yet, they cost £34 for the pair!!!! That’s right just THIRTY FOUR POUNDS

That’s just £17 each!!!! BARGAIN

Dress them up with a blazer, shirt and brogue or loafer, dress them down with a tee-shirt and pumps or sport them up with a polo shirt and golf shoe, either way they look good
So where can you get them

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Enjoy your purchase and as I said earlier for a great quality, excellently fitted trouser and a ridiculously low price look no further

It’s been emotional

Stylish Smithy

Tan/Brown Formal Work Shoe Review – Kurt Geiger

I must admit I am not a fan of black shoes as they always seem to dial down the sharp look of a suit or nice pair of trousers with their modest styling. So by default I am a massive fan of Tan and Brown and always make sure I have a good pair of both each season.

I used to wear Hudson and occasionally still do but always seem to wear the heel down so this season and last I made the decision to buy some Kurt Geiger shoes and I have not looked back.

I am going to share my review of 2 pairs and firstly the tan shoe. I chose Kurt Geiger “Oliver” shoe.

Firstly look at the sleek style of this, it’s just perfect for the smart-casual look like chinos, shirt and jacket. It’s 5 eye lacing looks great and they are incredibly comfortable to wear.
The detail on the heel is really classy and is just that extra piece of styling that makes these shoes that little bit special. ( sometimes it’s the small things in life that we love )

They retail at £79.00 and are available in black too if that’s your preferred choice but the Tan ones as mentioned are pretty special.

Then there is the smarter shoe in my opinion and my real favourite and that is the Anthony Oxford shoe. It’s a real thing of beauty and with its premium brown leather sets it’s self of nicely with a sharp suit.

The Anthony has a similar 5 eye lacing and I love the detail in this area, makes it come alive from the rest.
The toe is classic and has a stacked heel too and are very comfortable to wear all day such is the comfort of the leather used. Again available in black and retails at £89 but as you know it’s all about the brown shoe for me.
They are available in stores and online and the Oliver is £79 and the Anthony £89 with a £3.50 UK delivery charge on line

I hope you like them as much as I do and this helps with a search for a great pair of Tan and Brown shoes

Happy hunting and stay smart people

It’s been emotional

Stylish Smithy

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The best slim/fitted formal men’s work shirts on the market

I don’t know about you but one of the most frustrating things about office attire is buying work shirts, it’s almost like most shops just don’t want you to know what it looks and feels like until you’ve bought it, unwrapped it and tried it on hours after you’ve bought it due to the packaging.

Well allow me to help and you can be safe in the knowledge that I’ve done that bit already and after many attempts have found the shirt to buy.

Forget Next and their various interpretations of what a slim 16.5 inch next fits like, move aside Marks & Spencer and it’s 1 dimensional one size suits all and say hello to T.M. Lewin

They have the best quality shirts and in my opinion ( and 20 years of work shirt wearing I rate myself as a good judge ) and with the John Francomb Super Fitted range I am no longer going to waste time looking anywhere else and do you know what? Neither should you

Now when it says super fitted don’t panic. I am a 40 inch chest and love a beer or 5 so I’m by no means skinny but imagine average shaped and they fit so well. Also they now have introduced a 95% cotton 5% elastane ( Lycra basically ) blend which means if you lean forward to pick something up the shirt moves with the contours of your body rather than fights against you.

The collars and cuffs are finished beautifully and hold their shape well, the collar has a removable strengthener inside and this gives it a starched like hold looking great with or more often these days without a tie. You can order either button single cuff or double cuff options.

The price per shirt is between £34.95 to £39.95 but they often have a multi buy option depending on range but currently it was £120 for 4 so £30 a shirt.
You can find them in high streets or online and I will be ditching all other formal shirt option for these in future.

Go and make yourself look amazing

Happy shopping everyone and once again….. it’s been emotional

Stylish Smithy

Monday Morning Commuter Quick Tips

Well this is my first real attempt at a blog so it may ramble for a bit as I go but wanted to give you a true representation of me and what I am about.

I am not better than anyone else, and in life we all see things differently, for example I can’t speak a foreign language (and I’ve tried) yet some people can. They aren’t better or worse than me but I value their input when I need it. The same can be said for clothing and with this blog I am just giving my input.

So today I am on the train into London for work and looking around there are just so many examples of poorly dressed lads that could do with a little refinement but obviously don’t realise it or know what to do to change it. I fully appreciate its early and you just want to get out the house (I do too) but I want to share these quick learnings to potentially offer some help……

So a couple of immediate No-No’s to get started

  1. Navy Suit and Black shoes is not a great look, get some brown or tan shoes
  2. If you do listen to point 1 get a belt that matches. Black belt and brown shoes is not good
  3. If the option is there, wear a belt. Trousers without is just plain weird
  4. Chinos with black work shoes – Shoot me now

See how easy it is to refine and style when you know how.

I don’t want everyone going out and buying designer clothes either, that isn’t going to look any better without the basics and will just be a more expensive disaster.

Work train basics

  1. If you’ve got a work satchel/Briefcase – Match the colours with the accessories (Belt and Shoes)
  2. If you have a coat with a suit make sure it’s not a Parker, you need a more refined overcoat
  3. Socks need to match, yes most of the time you can’t see them but when they make and appearance don’t get caught out. (Match the shoes)
  4. Rule of thumb – Blue Suit with Brown Shoes, Grey Suit with Black Shoes, Black Suit with Black Shoes (matching belts and bags remember)
  5. Chinos are always a tricky one and need more work depending on the nature of the overall look but as a rule of thumb I dress mine with a brown shoe, it’s just easier that way

Now don’t feel awkward if this is you, it happens. Let’s remember that tomorrow is another day and if you’ve put it right then well done you.

Good luck and thanks for reading