How to choose a suit for a wedding

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Wedding season has been in full bloom. It’s the time of year when young couples declare their love for one another in front of weeping family and friends, and then everyone proceeds to get inappropriately hammered on some ritzy golf course or banquet hall. Being a wedding guest can be a stressful position: you have to RSVP on time, find a date, get a good gift, and try not to appear to drunk in front of someone else’s elderly relatives.

One of the most difficult parts of preparing to attend a wedding is finding the right thing to wear. Weddings are tricky because they’re somewhere between a night out on the town and a family gathering. You can’t get away with wearing what you would regularly wear on a Saturday night, but you also want to have an outfit that’s a little bit more fashion-forward than what you would wear to your aunt’s retirement party. Plus, weddings can be a great place to meet people if you’re single, so you’ll have to clean up well if you want a shot with that cute bridesmaid at the end of the table.

We had the utmost pleasure of being sent a suit from Jacamo to trial down the aisle, and even if we so ourselves…it was a hit. Jacamo’s suit ranges, which tailor for every type of gent (from tall to short, slim to those on the larger side) it’s one of the stores that truly stands out and expands to your needs (or waistband! haha). Jacamo offers the chance to get suited and booted with the sharpest range of men’s suits in a choice of colours, cuts and styles. Size is their best suit so you’ll find jackets with up to a 60″ chest and a collection for all you handsome, tall gents. For those of you not so tall, they even cater for a short leg, so if you do like the suit, you can still go ahead and give it a whirl.

Photographed is the Willliams & Brown London suit from Jacamo that we had the pleasure of wearing, but to help you pick a suit, with a little help from Jacamo, we’ve come up with what you should consider as a guest at the up-most of formal occasions…

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Formal wear can be difficult for guys, because a lot of the options out there look pretty similar. You don’t want to be just another guy standing around the bar at a wedding reception in an innocuous suit that’s indistinguishable from the one the guy next to you is wearing. How can you make sure that you stand out? The key to having a knock-out wedding outfit is in the details. Small accessories can spruce up any outfit that’s falling a little flat. Consider investing in a sharp pair of cuff-links, or a pocket square, or a pair of specialty socks. These little accents will add some flair that will single you out as the snazziest dresser at the reception. But remember: Everything in moderation. Add too many eye-catching accessories and you’ll end up looking like the eccentric musician the bride and groom hired for live entertainment.

Coordinate With Your Date

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If you’re attending a wedding with a plus one, make sure you consult with them before choosing an outfit. Nobody wants to be that jerk who looks like he tried to out-dress his date, and clashing outfits will ruin all the pictures. Wearing a suit that complements your date is a classy move — people will be impressed by your ability to coordinate. Plus, if you’re struggling with what to wear, your date’s outfit may give you some direction. For example, if your date is going to wear a ’60s-era dress, consider wearing a ’60s-era suit to match. Again, subtlety is key, though — outfits that match in a really exaggerated way are better suited to comic book conventions, not wedding receptions.

Dress Practically

Is the wedding you’re attending taking place on a white-sand beach in the Caribbean? Then maybe don’t wear a heavier, synthetic fabric. Go with a lighter, natural fabric like cotton to keep yourself cool. Are the vows and the reception happening one after the other with no time to change in between? Then maybe opt for a tieless look and durable shoes so that you can keep dancing all night long. Take note of the practicalities of the situation — location, weather, length of event — and plan your outfit around it. Weddings are all-day affairs, so you have to choose an outfit you can feel comfortable in for a long period of time. Waistcosts are a nice add in, but bear in mind the weather, a hot day and its another layer to warm you up! You’re not going to impress anyone with what you’re wearing if you feel worn out, too hot, constricted, or in any way uncomfortable in your wedding-day outfit.

Don’t Be Careless

Don’t leave your wedding outfit preparation to the last minute. This one is a no-brainer, but it bears repeating. If you haven’t thought about what to wear at least a week or two in advance, you could end up in the suit you wore to your junior prom, the one that hasn’t fit in years and has holes in the crotch. Take the time to shop around for something nice. Consider buying something new; weddings are once-in-a-lifetime occasions, and if you’re close to the bride and groom, it might be worth dropping some cash on something a little special. Visit a tailor! — they’re generally not too expensive, and they can work with you to alter whatever clothes you have into something custom-made for your body type. And for God’s sake, make sure to shine your shoes and run an iron over everything before you leave the house. Presentation is everything!

Don’t Upstage

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This is probably the most crucial tip. Being a guest at someone else’s wedding means that you ultimately have to resign yourself to the fact that the day’s events are not about you. It’s about celebrating the happy couple and their love for one another. Don’t steal the thunder by wearing some earth-shattering outfit. Play it cool and opt for something classic, a finely tailored suit or tux, nothing too over-the-top. If you wear something flashy, you’ll look like an attention-seeking dweeb who can’t let someone else have the spotlight for one afternoon. Most importantly, don’t wear a white suit. Yes, this rule applies to guys as well. White is the color the bride gets to wear. I don’t care if you totally look like James Bond in your white suit — don’t wear it. It’s just a dick move.

For full tips and tricks from Jacamo, and to view their range of suits, shoes and accessories, please click here. Full size guides and prices are available alongside all items.

Gym must haves for Autumn

Summer is almost over and our sunny days on the swimming pools or at the beach are numbered. For a lot of people, this means going back to their regular workouts in the gym. And with this comes the age old question, what should we pack in our gym bag? Some people are organized and already know what they need, but the others have a hard time keeping track of what’s necessary and what’s not. That is why we compiled this list of must haves for your gym workouts this fall.

Water Bottle

This is a no-brainer for all gym rats out there, but a lot of people forget to put one in their gym bag. If you are one of the forgetful bunch, then we recommend that you to get one high-quality water bottle you will only use for the gym and always keep in your bag. They don’t wear out easily and don’t require much cleaning.

Gym Clothing

Workout clothes is something every gym lovers should think about. Sweating in the gym is normal and necessary, if you’re not sweating, you are not training hard enough and wearing the right gear.. That’s why you should look for high quality gym clothing like Distinct Clothing offers. Good pair of gym fit t-shirts or tanks and compression shorts are a must this fall.

Jockstraps

Jockstraps are very important if you do a lot of cardio and have a lot of bouncing down there. They will provide a much-needed support and keep your whole “package” in one place. There are a lot of models you can choose from, but essentially, what makes a good jockstrap is a resilient rear strap and a firm waistband. Pick designs that you like at JockUp and you are set to run for as long as you want. Also, wash your jockstrap frequently because they tend to get dirtier and smellier faster than the regular underwear.

Sports Watch

A good sports watch is absolutely necessary for gym workouts that include running or multiple rounds of exercises. We know that you can count in your head how much sets and reps you did on the bench, but if you really want to enhance your performance while doing time sensitive exercises, we strongly recommend that you get one. If you keep track of the time to the millisecond, you can see where your strength dips and improve on that. Some of the best sport watches you can check out here.

Body shapers

One last thing on our list is body shapers. The body shaper is essentially underwear that goes beneath your clothes to make your body figure leaner and add additional support. Some people question the need for body shapers in your workouts, but we think that they have wider use than just giving you a better look. Because of their tight grip they can provide additional support for your back, chest or belly, depending on what model you are wearing. Companies like Leonisa make one of the best body shapers on the market and offer a wide range of models. Pick the one you need and you will not only look better but also have much needed extra support during your intense workouts.

With this, we conclude our list of necessary equipment for your gym workouts. We hope that you found this article useful and that it reminded you of a few things that you would otherwise forget. So, this fall, when the summer is officially over and all of you gym lovers return to your sanctuaries, remember to pack items from this list and enjoy your workouts.

Peter

Gruhme continues to grow

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Congratulations to our favourite men’s fragrance brand, Gruhme.

We recently featured Gruhme as an already acknowledged brand for it’s fantastic fragrances, in particular the award winning No.14. It therefore came as no surprise earlier this week when the following announcement landed in our inboxes:

British fragrance house Gruhme continue their success as they launch in luxury retailers Flannels, Cruise Fashion and Van Mildert. Thanks to the latest partnerships, the award winning men’s fragrance is now available in over 50 shops across England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

“We are thrilled to have established a partnership with Gruhme, and are excited to be able to offer the product to our customers, both through our retail stores and online channels.

The partnership comes as part of our expansion into the fragrance category, which is a new venture for the company”, says Flannels Marketing Manager Jenna Triscott.

Head of Sales at Gruhme, Tom Kollen, says he is excited to be working with these well-established retailers which he describes as being the perfect fit for their brand. He also expects other high end retailers to follow suit and take on their products in the near future.

“This is one of the fastest growing markets right now, and there is a tremendous increase in the demand for niche men’s fragrances, especially if they are made in the UK.”

Gruhme, who won Best Men’s Fragrance in the grooming category at the Beauty Shortlist awards earlier this year, was founded in late 2013 and has experienced a steady growth over the last couple of years as well as an ever increasing interest from magazines and bloggers reviewing and praising their products.

Congratulations once again to Gruhme on securing more stockists, we, here at High Street Gent, look forward to seeing you expand.

5 ways to make a great first impression

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We all may think that we’ve nailed first impressions. We’ve sold ourselves in interviews, have been a success at networking events and were legends when we fronted that pitch. But research has found that a first impression is made within the first seven seconds of meeting someone. So have you really made a good first impression? Try doing these things next time you meet someone.

1. Think about your appearance 

You want to make sure that you are portraying the best possible image of yourself. So think beforehand about your outfit from head to toe and prepare yourself well ahead of time. Consider your hair, what you’re wearing and accessories like handbags and necklaces. By looking your best, you will feel your best and more confident, which will leave a better first impression. Fo some inspiration check out our article on ‘how to rock at a job interview.’

2. Body language 

You could say that your body language actually says more about you than anything that comes out of your mouth as it really does speak volumes. When you meet someone, a firm handshake is a must as well as being stood tall and showing authority. To make a lasting impression though, smile and use eye contact. 

3. Start the conversation

By starting the conversation, you appear confident and interested in that person. If you don’t know much about them, simply engage in a bit of small talk to get going, or just ask them how their day has been. This will create ease between the two of you and you can get off on the right foot. Alternatively, do your research beforehand and ask them something about their company.

4. Be on time

Seems like an obvious one, but it’s by far the most important. Nobody appreciates having their time wasted, especially if it’s for no good reason. If you are late, even by just a few minutes, you have made a bad first impression as you’re not showing commitment to them. Allow yourself enough time!

5. Ask questions

In order to make a good first impression that will last, ask the other person questions about themselves. You will seem interested in them and you might find that you have a lot in common. By not asking questions, you can appear self-obsessed or boring.

This article first appeared in the ‘business bytes’ section of thebusinessdesk.com – East Midlands.

Festival Fundamentals

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Aren’t you getting thrilled about all the upcoming festivals? ‘Cos we are!

Summer alone is probably the most beautiful time of the year; add quality music to that – you’ve got yourself a paradise on earth. Tanned skin, tricky temptations, devilish inhibitions released, beautiful exhaustion, inexplicable excitement, love, good vibes, beats that are taking you higher and all the dancing may be just some of the awesome reasons why you should fall in love with every single moment of your festival time.

Don’t you think festival fashion tips for guys seem comparatively thin on the ground. Then again, do we really care?

Let’s be honest, will there be beers? Yes. Will there be sun? Hopefully. Will there be unforgettable performances you’ll bear witness to and boastingly reference at parties in the future? Most likely. So, why the hell would you care about you’ve got on?

Well you’ll have an amazing time – but, after all, a few things you need to think about prior to dispatching on your summer ride. Don’t get stressed all of a sudden – it’s nothing serious… but it’s definitely helpful! Here’s what we are talking about:

1. Protect your feet!

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However cool you might think you look in your trainers, they are not the right footwear for a British festival. Instead, prepare for inclement weather with a pair of waterproof, slip-resistant wellies (remember, kids, mud is a great leveller).

The Independent consulted festival goers of all ages to bring you the best boots for the job – from inexpensive pairs that will keep your feet dry and mud free, to seriously hard-wearing ones that will last for a decade. Take a look here.

2. Wear the right pair of underwear

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While to some of you this may be a given, there are others who aren’t really thinking in that direction. Truth is, when you are going to a festival, no matter how stylish and edgy your personal fashion is, you need to be comfortable first and then follow up with some good fashion. Naturally, a huge (and maybe base, even) part of that comfort is the type of underwear you have on. You want something you can move in, something that won’t give you a wedgie (go on, laugh) or feel unnatural on your skin. So the perfect choice is Drake & Hutch underwear. Their fabrics are  made of natural fibers and the cut flattering. Just think about it – you’ll be moving around in that underwear, dancing, walking, sweating (maybe even pee a little when the line to the bathroom is lengthy or the run to the nearest bush too long) – so you want them to be of the right, comfy kind.

…and if we’re being honest, you’re going to be in the same pair for days, aren’t you chaps? Make sure they’re decent ones!

3. Kill ‘em with style

Festivals are all about self-expression, crazy outfits and released inhibitions… and are there better ways to express yourself at occasions like these, but wear things that show your amazing personality? Put on your favourite funky tee and rock that festival fashion better than anyone around. Go for the Dedicated tees or cropped tops, that amazing graphic print or your floral boho and enjoy the ride! It would be wise to pack another shirt you’ll be changing into after you get soaking wet (there’ll be a lot of dancing involved, after all).

Remember however, the nights can get chilly, so it’s always worth chucking your favourite hoodie or sweater jumper in your bag to wrap up when the sun goes down.

4. Put on a pair of weather appropriate shorts

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It’s understandable you want to rock your style and show it off at every corner, as you should. But! Be smart enough to go for clothes that are both stylish and functional. Opting for a pair of Bowler & Beach shorts instead of a pair that you would be freezing/sweating in is way smarter and way more practical. Plus, you don’t want people looking at you like you’ve gone crazy for wearing a see-through mini shorts with 60 ºF out!

If Glastonbury this year is anything to go by, it’s going to be wet, it’s going to be muddy, so you want something that will dry quickly, not be too-clingy and always breezey.

5. Bring a raincoat

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It’s true – we often associate raincoats to those huge, shapeless pieces of clothes our mums used to dress us in whenever there was even a hint of rain out. But guess what – turns out mums knew their business after all. Not only that raincoats do actually protect from the (heavy) rains but they’re also making a comeback in the fashion world! They now come in variety of cuts, colours and prints, and are definitely a piece everyone should include in their wardrobe, especially when they are going somewhere for a longer period of time. The best raincoat pieces we’ve spotted lately are on Peter’s of Kensington website, so make sure you do your buying before hitting the road.

Lastly, stay safe, wear sun cream and make some memories.

Have fun, take photos, enjoy your time and make mental images of everything you fail to capture through your lens – you’ll remember it for life!

Feel free to let us know which festivals you’re attending this year and what you will be wearing in the comments section below…

Peter

What to wear to work?

It can sometimes be hard to figure out what to wear to certain occasions, especially to work. How nice are you supposed to dress? What shoes should you wear? Does this even match? Your first job, or even a job interview is one of life’s most significant milestones. As a young person, it may seem as though employers are extra weary of how you carry yourself, which is why dressing your best is important to make a good first impression. It can be hard to figure out exactly what to wear, and it can also be something that puts a rather large dent in your wallet. But, thankfully, there are affordable and stylish clothes out there that will help you land and keep your dream job.

First things first. Get a sense of the atmosphere of where your job will be as much as you can. You can look up the company online, or even ask whoever you will be interviewing with what the workplace dress code is. Then, depending on what the dress code is, you can base your outfits off that. But, a rule of thumb is that you would rather be overdressed than be under-dressed, so try and spruce it up a couple notches above the acceptable look.

With the help of T.M. Lewin, take a look at their very clever info-graphic to give you all the tips your need based on your career choice…

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Check out T.M. Lewin’s variety of formal shirts, their wide range of patterns, colours and fits will keep you looking smart and sharp!