Valentines Day Essentials For Men

Paul Smith Men’s Black Lamb-Leather Biker Jacket – £650.00
Available from paulsmith.co.uk
mens paul smith leather jacket

Dolce & Gabbana Heart Dot Print T-Shirt – £195.00
Available from harrods.com
mens valentines day tshirt dolce gabana

Paul Smith Jeans Zig Zag Jacquard T-Shirt
Available from harrods.com
mens valentines day shirt

Dolce & Gabbana Heart Print T-Shirt – £195.00
Available from harrods.com
valentines day outfit men

Premium Black 100% Merion Roll Neck Jumper – £38.00
Available from topman.com
mens roll neck top

Mens Givenchy Fine Knit Raglan Sweater – £355.00
Available from harrods.com
mens givenchy top

Asos Shirt In Sheer Splodge Heart Print With Long Sleeves – £25.00
Available from asos.com
mens valentines day shirt

Zara White Structured Shirt – £29.99
Available from zara.com
mens white dress shirt

Zara Skinny Black Jeans – £29.99
Available from zara.com
zara skinny fit jeans men

Lanvin Knitted-Silk Bow Tie – £96.00
Available from matchesfashion.com
mens valentines day red bow tie

Dunhill Chassis Hip Flask – £135.00
Available from matchesfashion.com
mens hip flask

Saint Laurent Grained-Leather Cardholder – £115.00
Available from matchesfashion.com
saint laurent card holder men

 

Gucci Cashmere and Silk-Blend Scarf – £192.00
Available from matchesfashion.com
mens gucci scarf

Burgundy Herringbone Curved Peak Cap – £12.00
Available from topman.com
mens cap valentines

Chuck Taylor All Star II – £60.00
Available from converse.com
mens converse

Calvin Klein 2 Pack Trunks – £37.00
Available from asos.com
valentines day underwear

Emporio Armani 3 pack Trunks – £38.00
Available from asos.com
mens valentines gift

Little Book Of Chat Up Lines – £5.99
Available from asos.com
mens chat up lines

 

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9 Skincare Tips For Men

We all know we should take care of our skin. Having good skin has a huge impact on your appearance and how you feel, and can boost confidence tenfold. Below we breakdown what it means to truly look after your face to help have clear, well hydrated, and healthy looking skin.

1. Know Your Skin Type
Knowing what type of skin you have is crucial when it comes to skin care management, the main reason for this is you need to know what type of product to use. Get it wrong and you are likely to either dry out, irritate, or over grease your face. There are typically five different skin types: normal, oily, dry, combination, and sensitive. If you aren’t sure which category you fall under you should ask an advisor before purchasing, UK stores such as The Body Shop, Boots, or Debenhams all have staff that should be able to advise you.

2. Have a Solid Skincare Routine
As part of your morning / evening routine you should wash, tone, and moisturise your face twice a day. First wash to clean your pores of excess oils and dirt that naturally build up throughout the day, then using a cotton pad tone to remove any remaining oil or debris left behind from the wash, finally moisturise to replace the natural oil and moisture that you’ve just stripped away, and also to protect your skin from the elements of daily life.

  • Aim to use only natural products on your face, harsh chemicals will only irritate your skin no matter what your skin type
  • Whilst washing and applying moisturiser use gentle circular movements – Save the ‘go hard or go home’ attitude for the gym
  • Look for a moisturiser that contains SPF as this will help protect from long-term sun damage

Wash
Normal / Dry Skin
Clinique For Men Face Wash – £16.50
Available from clinique.co.ukmens face washSensitive Skin
Seaweed Deep Cleansing Facial Wash – £9.50
Available from bodyshop.co.uk
sensitive
Tone
Normal / Dry Skin
Aesop B & Tea Balancing Toner – £37.00
Available from mankind.co.uk
mens face toner

Sensitive Skin
Seaweed Clarifying Toner – £9.50
Available from bodyshop.co.uk
mens toner

Moisturise
Normal / Dry Skin
Clinique For Men SPF21 Moisturiser – £23.75
Available from mankind.co.uk
mens moisturiser

Sensitive / Oily Skin
Seaweed Mattifying Moisture Lotion SPF15 – £13.00
Available from bodyshop.co.uk
mens sensitive skin moisturiser

3. Don’t Touch!
These are the exact words and tone used by a doctor whilst discussing my skin once – he saw me about to relieve an itch I had on my nose and shouted as if I was about to commit child murder. “Do you realise how much bacteria there is on your fingers?” he asked me, “and you want to spread that onto your face…” he continued. This may be something you’d quickly dismiss, however one of the biggest goals for fighting acne is eliminating bacteria, and once you’re conscious of it you’ll soon realise how often your hands meet your face on a day-to-day basis. Be it an itch, resting your chin on your hand whilst thinking, or burring your face in your hands whilst stressed. As a rule the only time you should touch your face is whilst you’re washing it or applying moisturiser.

4. Use a Clean Towel Daily 
It’s hard to think of a more ideal environment for bacteria to breed than a damp towel left in a warm place. Use a clean towel daily to minimise the amount of bacteria that comes into contact with your face.

5. Use an Extractor Tool for Blackheads and Pimples 
Squeezing, picking, or poking is never a good idea when it comes to blackheads and pimples. The three main reasons for this are 1; You are likely to spread bacteria to your face from your hands, 2; By squeezing too hard you will cause scaring that will last a lot longer than the actual spot would have if you had of left it 3; For blackheads you probably won’t remove the actual root and it will come back bigger and more badass than before.
Use an extractor tool like the one below by first applying the ‘loop’ above the target spot or blackhead and applying a small amount of pressure until you get the gold. For blackheads you should use the same method but also gently rock the loop from side-to-side until the root is exposed and can be removed. If the spot doesn’t pop after applying gentle pressure then leave well alone – It’s not ready and you will cause more harm than good.
Tweezerman No-Slip Skincare Tool – £9.79
Available from amazon.co.uk
blackhead remover

6. You Are What You Eat (and drink)
Keeping large amounts of fresh fruit and veg in your diet is essential for promoting healthy skin as they contain antioxidants that slow the signs of ageing. Foods rich in vitamins A, C, and E should be targeted as they boost hydration, and help defend against the elements including UV rays and pollution. Drinking enough water throughout the day not only keeps your skin hydrated and generally healthy looking, it also flushes out evil toxins from your body, whereas alcohol has the opposite affect by dehydrating leaving you with a dull and puffy looking face.

7. Use Lip Balm
If there’s one thing I can’t get my head round it’s why people would go through the discomfort of having dry, peeling, or cracked lips when it’s so easily avoided. Apply lip balm throughout the day to keep them hydrated and healthy – If not for your own comfort then do it for others, no-one wants to look at a pair of dry and crusty smackers.
Burt’s Bees Lip Balm is a good buy as all ingredients are natural and it’s really affective.
Available from boots.com for £3.69
lip balm for men

8. Beauty Sleep is Not Just For Girls
Getting enough Zzz’s has endless health benefits, so it’s not surprising that it also has a positive impact on your skin. A study at the Skin Study Centre at University Hospital in Ohio in 2013 found that poor sleepers had increased signs of skin ageing and slower recovery from a range of environmental stressors, such as exposure to the sun. Sleeping between 7-8 hours a night will keep your skin looking young and healthy, it also delays those dreaded wrinkles.

9. Exfoliate Weekly
Depending on your skin type you should exfoliate your face once to twice a week. If you have oily skin keep it to once a week as over exfoliating will cause your pores to produce excess oil. Using circular motions gently massage the scrub over your face and then rinse. Exfoliating washes contain micro beads that deep clean your pores by removing dead skin cells, dirt, and debris. They also lift ingrown hairs on your face and neck.

Clinique Face Scrub – £20
Available from clinique.co.uk 
mens face scrub

L’Oreal Paris Men Expert Pure & Matte Deep Exfoliating Wash – £6.12
Available from mankind.co.uk
mens exfoliating wash

Summary 
By keeping a solid routine for washing and moisturising you’re setting yourself up for success by removing daily dirt and balancing the amount of oil your skin produces. Whilst being aware of what’s good and not so good for your skin will help with day-to-day decisions that in the long term will ensure your skin stays clear, hydrated, and healthy looking. Let us know what you think and if you have any other skincare tips in the comments below.

 

 

 

Menswear AW16: We Spy a Winter Trend

Burberrys AW16 mens fashion show was held in London’s Kensington Gardens earlier this month. With models presenting next seasons collection there was a distinct focus on Sports / Leisurewear being mixed with both formal, and military details – Breaking the mould by merging traditional with the modern London gent. Watch the show in full here.
Below we break down this look and give you the heads up on where to find some key pieces available now.

How to wear
Layer your more formal and traditional trench or pea coat with a leisure zip sweat / sports top, polo t-shirts also work well. On the legs pleated trousers with a relaxed fit add to the formal mix, or if this really isn’t your thing then denim also works. Colour pallets consist of navys, dark greens, and rich royals. Sport shoes and runners are the footwear of choice. Buckle, zip, and button details are a focal point as they give a military feel. Accessorise with a scarf and bag of choice.

Key pieces available now on the high street
vintage sport x military classics  - oui style

 

Ted Baker Herringbone Wool-Blend Peacoat – £299.00
Available from selfridges.com
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The Kooples Double-Breasted Cotton-Twill Coat – £385.00
Available from selfridges.com
Self1

ASOS Lightweight Trench Coat in Stone – £60.00
Available from asos.com
asos4

 

Urban Renewal Vintage Surplus Navy MA1 Bomber Jacket – £65.00
Available from urbanoutfitters.com
urbanout

Nike FC Track Jacket – £65.00
Available from asos.com
asos1

Polo Ralph Lauren Track Top with Logo – £119.00
Available from asos.com
asos2

Ellesse Fonda Track Jacket – £55.00
Available from asos.com
asos3

Burberry Brit Quilted Shell Bomber Jacket – £495.00
Available from mrporter.com
mrp1

 

 

Our Top Picks: Mens Performance-wear

If the high street and online retail giants all have one thing in common right now it’s Workout and Performancewear. Whilst they expand to capitalise and commercially target consumers switching their minds from Christmas to beach-bod, it’s a perfect time to refresh your gym/running wardrobe as there’s no other time of the year you’ll find so many options out there – And as with anything in fashion, the good stuff doesn’t hang around for long.
Below we break down the world of Workout to give you three on-trend colour pallets using some of our favourite technical sportswear out there, and where you can find them:

Number 1
Technical Wear - Oui Style1

Adidas by Kolor Technical Anorak Jacket – £225.00
Available from matchesfashion.com
matches1Adidas by Kolor Layered Technical Performance Shorts – £105.00
Available from matchesfashion.commf2Adidas by Kolor Colour-Block Performance T-Shirt – £75.00
Available from matchesfashion.commf5Athletic Propulsion Labs Nylon-Blend Running Tights – £90.00
Available from mrporter.com
mp3

Adidas Supernova Tee – £31.00
Available from adidas.co.uk
ad2

 

Y-3 Retro Boost Low-Top Trainers – £233.00
Available from matchesfashion.com
mf12

Adidas Springblade Trainer – £130.00
Available from harrods.com
hrds2
Adidas Performance Cap – £14.00
Available from zalando.co.uk
zalandoNike Sports Water Bottle – £4.95
Available from wiggle.co.uk
wiggle2


 

Number 2
Technical Wear - Oui Style3

Huez Starman Performance Storm Jacket – £235.00
Available from matchesfashion.com
mf8

Soar Running Waterproof Shell Jacket – £150.00
Available from mrporter.com
mp1

Nike Training Pro Combat Hypercool Dri-Fit Max Compression Top – £35.00
Available from nike.com
mrp17

Soar Running Colour-Block Mesh T-Shirt – £55.00
Available from mrporter.com
mrp19

Nike Dr-Fit Knit Running Top – £65.00
Available from nike.com
nike2

Soar Running Three Season Running Shorts – £65.00
Available from mrporter.com
mp2

Nike Lunarglide 7 Running Shoe – £110.00
Available from nike.com
nike4

Nike Flyknit Lunar 3Running Shoe – £140.00
Available from nike.com
nike5

 

Huez Starman Performance Shorts – £95.00
Available from matchesfashion.com
mf7Athletic Propulsion Labs Knitted Nylon-Blend Running Tank Top – £40.00
Available from mrporter.com
mp4

Triggerpoint Grid Extra Firm Foam Roller – £45.00
Available from mrporter.com
mp18


 

Number 3
Technical Wear4 - Oui Style

Huez Starman Wind Jacket – £125.00
Available from matchesfashion.com
mf6

Every Second Counts Raise the Bar Cotton-Jersey Sweatshirt – £68.00
Available from matchesfashion.com
mf3
Every Second Counts Raise the Bar Track Pants – £130.00
Available from matchesfashion.com
mf4
Every Second Counts Make it Count Performance Hooded Sweatshirt – £78.00
Available from matchesfashion.com
mf10
Huez Starman Cycle Seamless Jersey Performance Top – £95.00
Available from matchesfashion.com
mf9
Nike Training Pro Hypercool Dri-Fit Compression Shorts – £28.00
Available from mrporter.com
mr15
Nike Dri-Fit Knit Running Top – £55.00
Available from nike.com
nike2

Adidas Ultra Boost – £130.00
Available from office.co.uk
office1

Nike Air Zoom Pegasus 32 – £90.00
Available from nike.com
nike6

2XU Elite Compression Socks – £40.00
Available from mrpoter.com
mp5

Nike Sports Water Bottle – £4.95
Available from wiggle.co.uk
wiggle1

 

 

Mens SS16 Look: Under Current

With Christmas behind us the world of fashion moves forwards into the Spring Summer season. These looks have already started to creep in and will soon be in full-force once retailers have cleared through their remaining winter ’15 stock.
We’re not suggesting you bust out your shorts and boat shoes just yet, which is why we’re featuring a fresh SS16 look that works well with layering to help with the transition from winter to spring.
Below we break down this look and give you the heads up of where to find some key pieces.

How to wear
Under Current is a casual look with relaxed fits and a fresh spring feel. The colour pallets consists of underwater blues, together with more neutral hues of greys and white. Printed t-shirts work well adding freshness, whilst layering with lightweight jackets and knitted accessories help with the seasonal temperatures. On the bottom half denim and trainers keep a casual feel.

Key pieces
Undercurrent - Oui StylewealsolikeUndercurrent - Oui Style2Undercurrent1 - Oui Style

Where to buy

Michael Kors Slim-Fit Cutaway-Collar Checked Cotton Shirt – £85.00
Available from mrporter.com
mrp3

Theory Andiron Striped Modal-Blend Jersey T-Shirt – £80.00
Available from mrporter.com
mrporter1

J.Crew Flagstone Melange Knitted Cotton T-Shirt – £45.00
Available from mrporter.com
mrp2

Paul Smith Jeans Zig-zag Cotton T-shirt – £69.00
Available from selfridges.com
self3

Burberry Contrast Cotton Polo Shirt – £280.00
Available from selfridges.com
self2

Cav Empt Panelled Cotton-Flannel Shirt – £140.00
Available from mrporter.com
mrp4

Ribbed Colour Block Jumper – £70.00
Available from reiss.com

reiss1

Tommy Hilfiger Poplin Shirt – £75.00
Available from asos.com
asos1

Vivienne Westwood Anglomania Longline T-Shirt – £65.00
Available from asos.com
asos2

Rains Waterproof Overhead Jacket – £70.00
Available from asos.com
asos3

Charcoal Tonal Textured Jumper – £32.00
Available from topman.com
topman

Circle Print Oxford Shirt – £22.99
Available from zara.com
zara1

Grey Polo Shirt – £19.99
Available from zara.com
zara2

Striped Swear – £19.99
Available from zara.com
zara3

Mixed Fabric Jacket – £35.99
Available from zara.com
zara4

Mixed Fabric Bomber Jacket – £29.00
Available from zara.com
zara5

Jeans with Padded Knee Patches – £39.99
Available from zara.com
zara6

Paul Smith Lawn Low-top Leather Trainers – £170.00
Available from selfridges.com
self4KG Kurt Geiger Officer Suede Trainers – £95.00
Available from selfridges.com
self5
Adidas Los Angeles Trainers – £64.99
Available from selfridges.com
self6Converse All Star Low White Mono Canvas – £44.99
Available from office.co.uk
self7Paul Smith Nylon Backpack – £375.00
Available from selfridges.comself1

Porter-Yoshida & Co Leather-Trimmed Canvas Backpack – £280.00
Available from mrporter.com
mrp5

Mollusk Linen Baseball Cap – £45.00
Available from mrporter.com
mrp6Blue Blue Japan Indigo-Dyed Melton Wool-Blend Baseball Cap – £90.00
Available from mrporter.com
mrp76

Summary
This is a real fresh SS16 look that shakes off the dark and heavy image of winter. The above examples show the colour pallets and style to this look but is not exhaustive, let us know what you think in the comments below.

10 of the Best: Check Scarfs for Men

AW15 has seen checks backed bigger than ever by designers and retailers across the globe. With men becoming more in-tune to the importance of accessorising, and those winter chills on the way we break through the riff raff to give you our Top 10 Check Scarfs.

BEGG & CO TREVANNY CHECKED WOOL AND CASHMERE-BLEND SCARF – £80 available from mrporter.com

beg and co

GIEVES & HAWKES PLAID CASHMERE AND WOOL-BLEND SCARF – £150 available from mrporter.com 

gives hawkes

ZARA MAN BLACK AND WHITE OVERSIZED CHECK – £15.99 available from zara.com

zara

TED BAKER CHECK SCARF – £45.00 available from asos.com

ted

JOHNSONS LAMBS WOOL SCARF – £30 available from selfridges.com 

self

MULBERRY CASHMERE & WOOL CHECKED SCARF – £180 available from selfridges.com

self2

PAUL SMITH MENS BLACK ‘CITY STRIPE’ SCARF – £75 available from paulsmith.co.uk 

paulsmith

BURBERRY CLASSIC CASHMERE SCARF IN HERITAGE CHECK -£335 available from burberry.com

burbs

REISS HAMISH CHECKED WOOL CHARCOAL SCARF – £60 available from reiss.com

reiss

POLO RALPH LAUREN REVERSABLE BLUE CHECK SCARF – £65 available from johnlewis.com

ralf

Mens AW15 Trend: The Chelsea Boot

Created by the shoe maker for Queen Victoria and worn by the Rolling Stones, it’s hard to find a better example of British heritage footwear design. The Chelsea boot takes on it’s own form of ‘Smart-Cas’ by subtly dominating your outfit in that classy iconic-London look kind of way. Growing momentum from last year and featured heavily on the catwalk, the Chelsea boot is backed bigger than ever by designers and retailers across the globe.

How to wear
Wear with slim or skinny dark denims, cuffs can be turned to put emphasis on the boot. Layering with dark knits and open jackets builds texture to the outfit.

 

Office Cramble Chelsea Boots Black Leather – £74.99
office

London Mens Spy Chelsea Boots Black – £80.00base

Dr Martens 2976 Boot – £110.00
dr martens

Barbour Mens Farsley Brown – £199.00
barbour

Dune Mens Canteen Contrast Effect Chelsea Boots – £89.00
Dune

Timberland Larchmont Chelsea Boots – £105.00
timberland

Summary
It’s safe to say the Chelsea Boot has become a staple classic in the mens footwear scene. Easy to match to almost any outfit whilst adding style and practicability for those winter months should make these guys the centre piece of your AW footwear collection.