What to wear with a Navy Suit

This is a very shot and sweet blog on Navy suits. I see many people in my office, on the commute, at weddings who just always seem to make a mess of wearing a navy suit. 

The rules are fairly simple and is illustrated perfectly in the image below ( which is not my image but a generic rule of thumb )

The rules are simple 
1) There is no need and I mean NO need for black accessories and that isn’t exclusive to just watches, belts and bags but more importantly shoes.

2) Everything should match, i.e. tan shoes = tan belt

3) pocket square and tie needs to contrast, doesn’t always have to match although I try to get close but it has to work together. That’s a bit vague I know so best bet if your. It sure….. ask someone.  

I told you it would be a short blog and with winter coming up remember a simple trench coat that also follows these rules is keytoo. You don’t have to spend a fortune on it but it looks so much better than a Parker ( you know you’ve done it )

ASOS again is the best place to go and here you can see what’s about 


I hope this helps 

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


Or more precisely…….


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 http://www.kurtgeiger.com 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 http://www.tmlewin.co.uk 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

Foodies Festival – Alexandra Palace 27th August 2017

On a warm Bank Holiday weekend there are 2 things that are a must, spending time with the family and tasting good food and drink so what better than to attend the foodie festival in the 27 degrees heat.

So we arrived at 11.45 and it was a little sparse and quiet but within 45 mins it was rammed, and with good reason.

Firstly ( always first in my book ) the vino, we saw and purchased some amazing wine from “les Vignobles Guindeuil” and if you like special occasion high end wine then seriously look no further. It’s not cheap but I mean that from a price and quality perspective. We purchased 6 bottles and they will be delivered in October, the real Gem amongst this range was the Pauillac £49 and the Chateau Graves Rouge £27 ( we liked the 2015 and 2016 ). Jean Christophe is a great host and will allow you generous samples to assist you in making the correct choice. You can find them here http://www.bordeaux-wine-guindeuil.co.uk

So after this we decided to we needed more vino ( I told you it’s high on the priority list ) so we attended the wine sampling presentation from “Les Dauphins” which is more of a mid range wine provider but had some incredibly good wines so reasonably priced they have to get a mention. Firstly the blanc de blanc sparkling NV which you can get at Waitrose for just £12.99. A very intense sparkling with a great body and length on the palate which is applaudable for a blanc de blanc. In short I’m a massive fan and Waitrose gain is my gain too. I will pop in tomorrow to clear the shelf
Another mention for the Les Dauphins Cotes du Rhone villages grand reserve 2016. Full bodied and beautifully complex and a great accompaniment for the BBQ I intend to have tonight.
If you want to look them up check them out on twitter @LesDauphins_UK

So onto the food, we all decided to not eat the from the same food provider to allow us the chance to sample more food and I chose a crispy duck pancake and if I don’t mind saying so I made a wise choice, all made from scratch in front of me it was sensational and so delicious and practical to eat.

Look them up, hunt them down and eat…….There were many others to get stuck into and here is a pic for inspiration if you’re a real carnivore. I mean there was a lot of red meat smoked to perfection on offer

My last word on the day goes to the calorific head explosion that takes you back to being an 8 year old child again and this is Mega Milkshakes. I admit it, it’s a weakness of mine is a milkshake and once I upload the pics no further commentary is required, they are stuffed full of objects like one of Delboys cocktails and are almost impossible to eat/drink but for £6 was pure indulgent theatre and me and the inlaws LOVED EM

( I finished it and I’m proud )

Anyway off for a lay down now but all in all a big thumbs up to #foodiesfestival

“it’s been emotional” 😉

Stylish Smiffy

Real Estate Band – Roundhouse 13th June

It’s a great feeling when our tickets come through for a band you’ve been dying to see. Real estate are a rock band from Ridgewood New Jersey formed in 2009 who had a brilliant album called “Atlas” in 2014 and have recently followed it up with “In Mind”

They are quite chilled and the track “talking backwards” off Atlas does have an early Stone Roses feel about it.

Just need the 13th June to happen now……. maybe see you there?

Stylish Smiffy Real Estate Band Tickets

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