What you REALLY want for Christmas 2016 revealed

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Aftershave to undies, perfume and lingerie may traditionally top the list of the most romantic yuletide gifts, but a new nationwide survey of more than 1000 people has found that 90% of Brits would actually prefer to receive an experience over a product this Christmas.

In fact, 9 out of 10 of those expecting to find something special under the tree next month would choose a night out at a theatre or show in London above receiving perfume, chocolates, alcohol or underwear.

An experience like a shared night out was also picked as a very romantic and thoughtful gift, in the survey carried out by SurveyMonkey on behalf of London theatre break specialists, BoxOfficeTheatre.com.

Those heading to the high street to buy some bubble bath might want to think twice, as 64.7% of us think bath gift sets are the most clichéd gift, showing a lack of thought and effort on the part of the giver.

With more than half of shoppers saying they wanted to make more time for memories with loved ones, a festive night out to see a showstopper like Aladdin or The Lion King could be just the ticket.

Caroline Coulson, Director of BoxOfficeTheatre.com said, “Christmas is a stressful time for many people, especially when it comes to choosing gifts for loved ones and 95% said a night out would be a thoughtful gift. With old staples such as socks, chocolate, home furnishings, perfume and clothing all receiving the thumbs down, it could be time to re-think those faithful standbys in favour of something that shows a little bit more thought and a lot more effort.”

Key findings from the Survey: What do you really want for Xmas this year?

  • 64.74% of people associate a bath gift set with a lack of thought and effort, followed by socks (27.01%)
  • 78.4% said they would get most enjoyment out of a trip to the theatre or to see a show, followed by clothes or accessories (10.24%)
  • 55.36% of people considered putting thought into the other person’s interests as the most important part of gift giving, followed by choosing something to create unique memories for the recipient to treasure (42.27%)
  • 64.45% of respondents consider clothing to be the most difficult gift to buy, followed by perfume (17.16%)

Offering a broad variety of show tickets available from feel-good musicals such as Wicked to acclaimed thrillers like The Woman In Black, BoxOfficeTheatre.com have thoughtful gifts available for everyone.

BoxOfficeTheatre.com is offering all customers a special Xmas gift, 10% off ALL Theatre Tickets and Theatre Breaks. Simply use code Xmas10 at the Checkout.

 

 

Christmas Guide to Last Minute Gifts for Guys

 

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Some people are ready to go over the top to get that special someone a gift of their dreams. However, spending excessively on gifts is probably not something you can do every month and definitely not something you can afford twice a month. Now, birthday, Christmas and anniversary are occasions where the price tag doesn’t matter. Still, this doesn’t mean that a good present is necessarily an expensive one. This especially goes when gifting a guy.

So, are you after that perfect stocking filler? Already anticipating the look on his face (or, if your just buying for yourself this Christmas) here are a few great last minute ideas.

There’s still time lads and lasses, lets go-ho-ho-ho…

Wallet

The thing about men is that, although they like getting nice stuff, they value pragmatism above all else. A perfect way to combine the two is to get them a leather-bound wallet. This is also a perfect reminder of your devotion since they will remember you every time they use it. But you can even take this one step further and get your man a Covert Clip travel wallet. By having this wallet, you’re making this gift both unforgettable and completely unique because of it’s practicality and design.

Belt

One of the greatest things about buying a belt is that it’s something everyone wants, but seldom actually comes around to buy for themselves. Here, you will have a plethora of choice like whether you will go for something simple and practical or even buy something handmade  like The British Belt Company belt. All in all, this decision is not your own, since it should be based on the personal taste of the one the gift is intended for.

Socks

Traditionally, sweaters and socks are the most common Christmas gifts. Accidentally, they are also a perfect low-cost option for those who approach the holiday season on a tight budget. The London Sock Exchange offers socks, those with cutting edge patterns, tartan or polka dot motifs as classic as these presents get. However, if the person you’re gifting is a renowned jokester, you can even look for a prank-gift in a form of a particularly silly pair of socks. Needless to say, wearing these at any family gathering would be a great success.

Wristwatch

Some of these gifts are situational. For example, if you know that your friend, family member or a significant other has a job interview after the holidays, you may look for the way to help them out. Buying a full suit may be too expensive even for a Christmas gift. But, you can always get a useful accessory like a wristwatch or a tie. For those in love with retro, you may even want to consider buying a CIRCULR watch, minimalist design yet maximum style. This gift is particularly great for any outfit choice and occasion.

A Vintage Gift

It is human nature to always look at the times long gone buy through a prism of nostalgia. Seeing how they can’t bring back the time, the next closest thing these romantic dreamers resort to is collecting vintage items. If their home looks like more of a Victorian palace than a high-tech man-cave, you may want to consider getting them a nice vintage camera as a final touch. If money is really not the issue, you may even look for a vintage car and buy or, at least, rent it out for them.

Beard Grooming Kit

Another great idea would be to get them Arthur J Hawke beard grooming kit. Sure, everyone agrees that there is nothing more epic that a well-groomed full beard. Still, this is not something that just happens on its own. So, to help the person in question get on the right path, you could get them some starting products like beard oil, wax, and a moisturizer. This shows a great level of intimacy since it requires you to know their skin and hair type. Furthermore, you may also want to look for a nice beard comb and/or brush. Different materials both react and feel different in contact with your beard which is yet another thing to consider.

Underwear

Finally, you can get your friend a sexy, manly or even funny underwear. It all depends on the particular person as well as if the gifted one (pun intended) is going to be on their own when they unwrap it. The underwear that caught our eye is Tani USA. Those luxury underwear pieces are made of Micro Tencel® and Lycra® which makes them one of the most comfortable out there. Perfect for men on the run.

Lets wrap this up…

As you can see, there is a great choice of great gifts for you to go through. The final choice comes down to your personal preference and what you believe your friend/partner would like. Choosing a great gift is not that hard, but in some situations great simply isn’t great enough.

How to Rock a Modern Tie

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When you’re out on a date or catching the tube for an important business meeting, it’s the little things that matter the most. You never know when the color of your shoes, the dial of your watch, and the knot of your tie may work their magic on someone and make them fall for you. Hence, you must always be particular about the little details on your dress, especially the tie.

Ties, for men, have always been a crowd-puller. Even though a more informal style of dressing has come to replace the formal suits, ties continue to steal the limelight. The contemporary fashion for men has squeezed in space for neckties as well as bowtie, and therefore, you must know how to rock a modern tie!

Length and Width Matter

The length and width of your tie are supposed to vary in accordance with the type of collar of the suit. However, it’s a given that your tie should be no longer than the belt-line until and unless you’re pulling off the whole short-suit thing. You are allowed to let it hang above the navel only then.

As for the width, wide ties went out of fashion half a decade ago. With that, came into fashion ties that are narrow but not super-skinny – about two and a quarter to two and three-quarter inches at its widest point.

Invest in the Knot, But Not So Much

People often mistake bigger for better and end up making their necktie knot look like a giant Dorito. The Half Windsor, the Double Elliot, the Prince Albert, and what not! The list of tie knots is a long and ongoing one. Do yourself a favor and do not consider it!
The one and only knot you must perfect is the four-in-hand knot – neither too big, nor too petite, and not flawlessly triangular. It’s the one knot you can sport at any given occasion with any given suit and collar style. Mark my words; this elegant knot is a life-saver!

Don’t Over Flash Colors and Patterns

Tie colors and patterns that clash with the shirt or suit colors and patterns don’t say good things about you. Whereas those that accent the color and patterns of your shirt and suit can instantly draw attention towards you.
As a rule of thumb, when in doubt consult the solid black, solid blue, ,or solid grey tie in your collection. In a nutshell, solid colored ties are must-haves in your wardrobe.

Accessorize Simply

Common necktie accessories are tie pins, tie chains, and tie clips and bars. Tie clips and bars can sometimes bring out the best in your ties, especially when adorned upon solid colored skinny ties. However, you don’t want to overload your tie with nitty gritty accessories and kill its elegant vibe. Tie pins and tie chains are particularly outdated and must be avoided at all costs.

Let Loose!

Have you noticed how in movies the hero always loosens his tie before a romantic scene? Well, you can look like a hero from a romantic movie all day every day with a slightly loosened, slightly scruffy tie.

Now don’t go overboard and make it appear like you just lost a million dollars in a bet, keep it low-key, subtly loose at the neck, and as natural as possible.

If you manage to pull off the quick and fairly easy tips, you are sure to have a great day and get into at least a couple of interesting conversations that start with, “Hey, man! Cool tie” or “Hey, I love your tie.”


 

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This article is a guest post by Ricardo Martinez , part of the marketing team at Hextie. Hextie is a fashion forward neck-wear company focused on creating unique and beautiful masterful pieces for men. Whether it’s ties, bow ties or accessories, the uncommon brand will certainly make any dapper gentleman stand out.

 

How to Cheat at Common Games this Christmas

Ok, Perhaps not “cheat” as thats ungentlemanly but how to strategically gain the upper hand. A term now in common usage is “Moneyballing”, a homage term to the book and film of the same name.

Let’s be honest though, it is not the taking part that counts. Crush your nearest and dearest with our gamesmanship tips. You don’t need to be the smartest at the table…just the best prepared.

So lets “Moneyball” some common Christmas and Family games….

Jenga: The Lean and Pinch

Put your elbow against the tower to stabilise it. And, if there are two blocks left in a row, it’s perfectly legal to pinch them together and move them so you can work one free.

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Monopoly: Smart Real Estate

Buy Orange; The most commonly landed on square in Monopoly is “Jail” and the most commonly rolled numbers are 5, 6, 7 and 8, which statistically makes orange squares five times more likely to be landed on than any other.

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Scrabble: Know your Two Letter Words

“Zo” is a Himalayan cow and “Za” is a Pizza, since you ask. S may only be worth 1 point but that’s because it’s so versatile. Q is worth a lot more, but you’ll struggle to use it. Popular use of Q is “QI” the Chinese life-force. Still get rid of it ASAP.

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Cluedo: Deduce and Deceive

Don’t ask about cards you know your opponents are holding. When you make a suggestion, your goal is to get more information. If your opponents can show you the same card you’ve already seen, then you get no new information, and your turn has failed. The only cards that you have already marked off on your list that you should still ask about are your own cards, since nobody else will be able to disprove them.

Use the secret passages. This lets you move from a room to another room, guaranteed, without having to risk rolling the dice. That’s two suggestions in a row that you get to make, without having to worry about bad luck stealing your opportunity.
If you haven’t eliminated those two rooms after that, you can keep going back and forth between those two rooms until someone shows you one of those cards. Until they do, it’s the most efficient way to gather information.

Figure out what your opponents know. If an opponent repeatedly uses the same item in suggestions, whether it’s a location, weapon, or character, it probably means nobody else can disprove that item. If Suzy has made three suggestions in a row about the Revolver, chances are very good that the Revolver is either the murder weapon or in Suzy’s hand.

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Roulette: Thunderball Strategy

The James Bond Roulette System is rather simple betting system. You need £20 for you to make a bet with this roulette strategy.

You need to bet £14 on high numbers (19-36), £5 on six numbers 13-18, and £1 on zero as insurance.

Possible outcomes:

  • If a number from 19 to 36 comes out you will have £8 profit.
  • If one of the 6 numbers from 13 to 18 comes out you will have £10 profit.
  • If Zero comes out you will have £16 profit.
  • If a number from 1 to 12 comes out and you lose, next time you will raise your bet as with the Martingale Roulette System.

If all else fails, play Russian Roulette, with dirty tactics….but don’t catch yourself out!

There we have it gents, go fourth and multiply your winnings this Christmas. Be champ at table trivia, the King of the family. This article was written for us by Blades Magazine.


 

Do’s and don’ts of office Christmas Party Outfits for Men

Dos and don’ts of office Christmas party outfits for men

The Christmas party season is well and truly under way, however if you’re yet to attend your office party then be sure to follow this list of dos and don’ts so you aren’t left making fashion mistakes you’ll be regretting all the way into 2017.

DON’T forget the weather

As cold as it gets during the day, evenings tend to get even colder so be sure to layer up. The perfect way to go about it is with a smart coat which you can remove once inside and throw back on when it’s time to leave and brave the wintery chill.

DO find out the dress code

Make sure you’re aware of what the actual dress code is. In most cases it’ll be smart-casual but you’re better off playing it safe and finding out – the last thing you want is to turn up in jeans to a smart do. Ask around and get an idea of what others are wearing or what people wore last year, this should give you a better idea of what look to go for.

DON’T wear your work suit

This is one of the main things to avoid – whatever you do don’t wear one of the suits you regularly wear to work. You’ll only look like you haven’t made any effort and it probably won’t make the best way of ending the year. If you’re out of ideas for clothes try switching up your work trousers for jeans to at least add a bit personality to your look.

DO try velvettailors

You might not have considered velvet but it’s certainly a material which can work very well when used in moderation and it’s texture has a festive feel to it. Throw on a velvet blazer in black or burgundy to create a sharp look (as long as it fits well) that will have you standing out amongst the Christmas party crowd.

DON’T opt for novelty items

Office parties tend to involve smart casual looks so steer clear of overtly Christmas themed clothing. While Santa hats and light up sweaters are great fun during the festive period, they’re sure to look out of place at the Christmas party. If you’re really wanting to add some festive cheer to your look then opt for something which isn’t as prominent such as Christmas socks.

DO make sure your clothes are well fitted

The type of clothing you wear is one thing, however there aren’t many items of clothing which will still look good if they aren’t well fitted. You’ll need everything from your shirt, to your blazer, to your jeans to sit just right if you want to look your very best.

This article was originally written by thebusinessdek and can be seen also here.


 

 

Winter Grüuming Tips for Men

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Winter is well and truly upon us and whilst the majority will have swapped short sleeve tees for jumpers, and denim jackets for parkas, just how many of us have actually thought about the changes we should be making to our grooming routines? The good news is that just a few small changes can make all the difference.

Below are the top tips you can put into place straight away to protect yourself from the elements this winter – tried and tested with the subscription service from Grüum.

Taking care of your skin is the single most important thing you can do for your appearance. Sure, a sense of style helps, but the best clothing in the world can’t cover up unsightly bumps and blemishes. Even if you think you’re a skin care expert — and chances are you’re not — this refresher course from the basic to the advanced will remind you of what you should be including in your skin care regime.

As a man, your skin is unique and using female or unisex products just won’t cut it. The reason for the differences is due to testosterone. The biggest differences are: your skin is 25% thicker than a woman’s, primarily due to having higher collagen density than a woman, providing a stronger structural base for the skin. This means less creasing and folding of the skin, also known as wrinkles.

This is also a big reason why men’s faces hold up better over time, if taken care of.

Exfoliating Face Wash

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Twenty years ago, it was a miracle if men’s grooming including anything more than washing the face with a bar of soap. Unfortunately, using a simple soap is about as bad as doing nothing at all: It can leave your skin taut and thirsty. Instead, use a cleanser that strikes a delicate balance between tough and tender. Look no further that Grüum…for a naturally fresh fragrance gel face wash that’s suitable for all skin types that is strong enough to cut through those overactive male sebaceous glands yet gentle enough to be used every day. This gel smells good, not too potent for first thing in the morning, but leaves your face feeling fresh.

For example: Grüum‘s gentle everyday cleanser gives a real deep clean, without stripping the skin. Designed to work with all skin types, you can count on kóri to help you look your best. A combination of Witch hazel, Aloe Vera, Orange and Eucalyptus work in harmony to combat dryness, soothe the skin, whilst keeping oil at bay. Sounds like a win to us.

No artificial colours or synthetic fragrances. EDTA free.

Face Tonic

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A face tonic is just the opening act for facial cleansing. Men’s skin is naturally thicker than women’s, with larger pores that roll out the red carpet for nasty debris. No one likes to look at bumps and blackheads, and scrubbing will help smooth your complexion for a clearer, cleaner appearance it can often be left looking shiny! No one wants shiny. It also softens the skin as a first step toward a less gruesome shaving experience. With Grüum the combination in the little bottle means you don’t have to scrub away, scratching your skin, it softly cleanses with a cracking scent too.

After using for a few weeks, it feels natural and clean, it also washes away simply leaving you feeling fresh.

For Example: It takes just a second to add gösta to your skincare routine, and the benefits clearly outweigh the effort. Do you ever find your face looking shiny throughout the day? Does your skin feel irritated after shaving? Or perhaps you’re having some trouble with blackheads and breakouts? These common (and very annoying) problems can easily be improved with the facial tonic.

Grüum believe in the goodness of nature, so they’ve loaded their facial toner with honest, natural ingredients. Soothing Chamomile, Rosemary Oil, and Aloe Vera give the skin some real TLC, whilst Witch Hazel works to kill bacteria and refresh your complexion.

No artificial colours or synthetic fragrances. EDTA free.

Moisturiser

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Even the mildest facial cleansers can leave your skin feeling just plain parched. And don’t think you can cheat the system by using one fortified with a laundry list of special moisturising agents. The truth is that every guy, even those with oily skin, needs to replenish the moisture content of their skin. Something as routine as showering or washing your face with hot water can open pores and allow valuable water to escape. A moisturiser like Grüum is light and breathy, minutes after putting it on it felt as though nothing was there, it wasn’t oily, thick or gloopy, it was a pleasure to use.

This whole process was pretty simple in and out the shower too, so it won’t add time to your routine, even though they’re few products.

When it comes to choosing the right moisturiser, make sure that you avoid certain chemicals, sulphates and parabens as they are amongst the main causes of skin problems. Also, to get the best results our of your moisturising sessions, it’s important to have a simple grooming routine consisting of cleansing, toning and finally hydration with a moisturiser. These simple steps are crucial during winter considering that your skin is more likely to be exposed to the elements.

For Example: kåre daily moisturiser is the essential finishing touch to your skincare routine. Cleansing your face with a gentle face wash (kori does the job very well) creates the ideal base to allow moisturiser to penetrate the skin and lock in that goodness.

Packed with the natural goodness of Chamomile, Rosemary Oil, and Green Tea extract, kåre is kind to sensitive skin and great at soothing post-shave irritation.

No artificial colours or synthetic fragrances. EDTA free.

Look after the whiskers

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If you’re still backing the beard trend then it’s important to consider how to look after the whiskers this winter. Keep things simple by making it a two-step process.

1) Use a beard shampoo when you shower, this will clean the beard hair thoroughly and keep it healthy.

2) Use a beard oil after washing.

Beard oils help to reduce beard dandruff (it’s a thing) and also moisturise the beard hairs and skin below.

In addition

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Shaving is notorious for upsetting your skin, particularly if it’s sensitive. The natural formulation of danne shave gel works to keep your skin happy. Soothing Aloe Vera helps to combat post-shave irritation, whilst Witch Hazel keeps bacteria at bay.

However, one that smells amazing is often a clear winner in our eyes! Like this…

For Example: danne is the perfect sidekick for any style of shave, it’s the robin to your razor. Use as a clear gel for precision and visibility, or lather up to create a gentle foam. Forget harsh artificial fragrances, danne is au natural, with Orange and Eucalyptus for a fresh subtle scent.

Looking better for less

Grüum works in several very easy steps, so you can achieve the and receive the right products for YOU.

  1. Tell them about you: Take our 3-step survey about your face and style.
  2. Build your kit: They’ll hand pick a selection of products perfect for you.
  3. We deliver to your door: They’ll send your kit direct to your home or work.
  4. Enjoy the benefits: See the difference in the mirror and in your wallet.

Another added bonus is that you never have to feel trapped with a subscription service! With Grüum you’re never tied in. The flexible approach means you can change, pause or cancel your kit at any time. Simple.

If you’re looking to treat yourself or the man in your life, we’d whole heatedly recommend Grüum as not only a great gift, but also something that’s great for the face! The simplistic design and easy-hold shavers are a classy touch on the regular ‘bic’.

To browse and shop the full Grüum range, please click here.

Five Classic Signs That You’re A Certified Hipster

Five Classic Signs That You’re A Certified Hipster

The term “Hipster” has been around for decades, but in the past five years the term has seen a real resurgence. Independent coffee shops, microbreweries and vape bars are all popular haunts for this curious yet stylish breed, but for those looking in the mirror and wondering if they fall into the category, e-cig experts Shoreditch have compiled a handy checklist.

Hipster [“hip-ster”] (noun): A person who follows the latest trends and fashions, especially those regarded as being outside the cultural mainstream.

1.Facial Hair

Any facial hair that has gone beyond stubble falls firmly into hipster category, especially if it takes longer to style than actual hair and has its own products. Extra hipster points for use of moustache wax and beard combs.

2. Check Shirts

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A checked shirt vaguely reminiscent of a lumberjack in any colour is a wardrobe staple for every hipster male. These are frequently paired with painfully skinny jeans, abovementioned facial hair and “fashion” specs without a trace of irony.

3.Body modification

This includes both tattoos and piercings. Creative expression and a distaste for the mainstream go hand in hand. This is true for both male and females of the hipster variety. Full sleeves are preferable, ideally with at least one inking completed abroad.

4.Vaping

Vaping in Shoreditch, London

The hipster community as embraced vaping as a less harmful alternative to traditional tobacco, and a true hipster is rarely seen without an intriguing-looking mod device and an impressive array of e-liquids for every occasion.

Ryan Shaw, founder of Shoreditch says, “Shoreditch is a famously popular haunt for anyone who enjoys exploring what life has to offer outside the mainstream, which is why we chose it as our brand name. Being a hipster isn’t just about what you look like, it’s about your lifestyle, and the convenience and personal element of our e-liquid subscription boxes fit this ethos to an organic matcha green T(ea)!”

5. Ale

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Craft beer is the new wine and a trip to any Brewdog establishment will reveal that hipsters have been ahead of this trend for a while. They knew it was cool before it was cool. Obviously.

To purchase from Shoreditch and to find out more visit here.


 

 

Are you up to scratch with the best Gentlemen’s Practice?

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Are you? Are you really?

When it comes to choosing accessories to go with your suit it can be tricky knowing what to pick, if it goes and whether it’s right for the occasion. With Christmas parties and festivities on the horizon, you’re probably going to be dusting off your blazer and wanting to impress. So we ask, what is best practice for men’s accessories?

Remember, accessories are the last thing on, but the first thing noticed. So when deciding on yours, it’s important that you take your time and know what you’re doing.

Most women will tell you that what attracts them to a stylish man lies within the details. Women understand this intimately; just a quick look at the extras they put into an outfit will tell you this. Ranging from make-up (and there are thousands of types each available in thousands of colours) to jewellery, hair accessories and bangles. Fortunately for us chaps, there are far and few between, so there should be no excuses!

Wearing accessories is a sure-fire way to stand out from the crowd and draw positive attention from the people your directing it towards. Apply these rules when wearing a suit and it’s even more evident.

Luckily, we’ve met Gentlemen’s Practice – a place for “Dapper Gents” to go and know that the leg work has been taken out of that search and for affordable prices. It’s a place to go and practice being a Gentlemen without breaking the bank.

Enough chatting, let’s take a look at what accessories every man should own…

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Ties

A tie is the most basic of accessories. You can still spice things up a little depending on how you wear it and what type it is.

Firstly, make sure you choose the correct width. There are three main types:

1) Skinny
2) Slim
3) Standard

The Skinny fit is the trendier option and is suited for slimmer silhouettes and thinner suit lapels. Slim is obvious. And Standard, the ‘Mario’ of the tie world, still looks great without a jacket. The Average option is a more traditional style and has been around the longest. It’s probably what your dad has, no disrespect.

An important factor to consider is to make sure your tie has a dimple. It’s what sets the well-dressed from the stylish. Make sure you fall into the latter group.

Shop GP ties here.

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Watches

Nothing screams amateur like wearing a sports watch with a formal suit. You wouldn’t play William Gallas a striker when picking Arsenal on ‘Pro Evo’ (well if you were one step ahead, you wouldn’t be picking Arsenal in the first place but that’s another matter. Forum time?) It’s out of place and out of position.

That’s exactly the same when wearing your watch. The right one can make your outfit, the wrong one breaks it completely.

A dress watch is an elegant-looking timepiece. They tend to be either mechanical or quartz, very seldom are they digital. Stick with a silver chrome watch as it compliments most suit colours.

Shop GP watches here.

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Pocket Squares

Probably the simplest way of pushing your personal style to the next level, the attention that a simple pocket square gets is exponential.

As stated before, women pay great attention to details and the pocket square is a prime example. There are a variety of ways in which you can make the pocket square into your own. Like the tie, there are an array of colours and styles but even more options of how they can be worn.

A simple place to start is to match the colour of the square to a colour within your tie.

Once that’s sorted, you can start experimenting with patterns and fabrics. From paisley to checked, they add a little character to your suit and help individualise your look. If you find it a little difficult to pick a pattern, simply pick a colour in your suit and use that as a base to compliment the rest of your accessories, but do in subtly.

When all else fails call on the classic white cotton pocket square.

Shop GP pocket squares here.

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Cuff Links

Cuff links are only ever worn with French cuffs (double cuffs). There are many different names for the variety of cuff link styles each claiming to be the correct one. All-in-all they do the same thing. Our advice is to experiment with these little guys. You can really show off your personality. Either match it to similar colours in your suit or watch or just go for a design that sparks interest.

The thing to take away here is to understand that you don’t need to take them too seriously, just have fun with them (unless you’re the former Prime Minister…or dare we say it, Donald Trump!)

Shop GP cuff links here.

Tie Bar

The tie bar can often be associated with the car sales man in ‘The Fast Show’. But I assure you that it’s an accessory that is not only stylish but practical too.

Its main use is to keep your tie held firmly down to your shirt, avoiding an unkempt appearance by a tie that’s waving around like it’s on crack.

The small bling in the metallic bar adds the final finishing touch to your accessorised suit. They come in a variety of shapes, but a limited colour palette of either gold or silver (although we have found some decorated ones in vintage stores.)

Try one with your tie and discover how a simple metal bar raises your look; you’ll be surprised what it does to your whole outfit.

Shop GP tie bars here.


 

Bish, Bash, Bosh

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So how can Gentlemen’s Practice help?

Not only do Gentlemen’s Practice offer a monthly subscription box but they are also the home of affordable accessories at their online store. It’s a treasure chest of accessories and gentlemen’s treats! But, with their monthly box, they make it easier than you think.

Your dapperness comes straight to you! Easy!

…It can be tricky traipsing around the shops trying to find what you’re looking for…just because you’re too busy to be shopping all the time. So, who better to trust than the dapper gents at Gentlemen’s Practice (GP) to create a top end dapper products on your behalf each month and just send it to you for you to enjoy?

Well that’s what Gentlemen’s Practice are going to do if you sign up to the subscription service. Each month they’ll send you 3-4 dapper items (9 times out of 10 they’ll be a selection of those listed above) for you to add to your wardrobe armoury and for just £18 per month!

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We were lucky enough to be sent the GP December Box, which featured the likes of what is shown above. The quality, detail and quirky nature of GP make each box feel personal and ridiculously easy to rip the box open and wear there and then.

If you have a dapper gent in your life that has no time on his hands, treat him this Christmas to the subscription box and enjoy his sharpness all year round.

For full stock lists and more information regarding the Gentlemen’s Practice Monthly Box-set, please visit their website here.