Bargain Time. #Watches

Watch

“Time is the most valuable thing a man can spend”

…and on time is what I’ve spent my money. Not a lot of money, but hence the reason for this very short, but very sweet post.

Unfortunately, my trusty watch stopped at the weekend, I’ve had it for a good few years, so tasked myself with finding a new one. I wanted something suitable for work and play and more importantly not too pricey.

If you’re like me, I feel naked without my watch on, so I wanted a new one pretty sharpish…having spent 3 days looking at my bare wrist for the time. Not cool.

After browsing the first places online that sprung to mind, nothing was jumping out at me. They were either ridiculously chavy or came with a hefty price tag. That was until I remembered ASOS had sent me an email about their Men’s Watches Sale a few weeks ago, so I head on over to their site.

I found it. It’s smart, classy, eye catching and not a chunky number that screamed “rob me”.

The Sekonda Leather Strap Watch with Mechanical Detail (Item 3426.27) was mine.

The best part about it is that it only cost £39.99. Right on time.

I’ve blogged about ASOS before and how speedy their service is, it’s cracking. I ordered at 6 pm at night, with next delivery for a fiver. At 10 am the next day my wrist was fully dressed again, not catching the breeze and I could relax, ready for anyone to ask me time. (I’ve been some what walking around the office today with my sleeve rolled up, hoping someone will ask about it).

I’m my own worst enemy though, I give away all my secrets and told them how much it was.

Chaps, if you’re looking for a new watch, that looks expensive (minus the price tag) take a look at ASOS’ Watches range – with currently 70% off a lot of items, even watches, it’s top notch.

 

Style it! What You Wearing?

A quick blog post to start off 2016…the optimum time to grab yourself a bargain lads!

At the beginning of December I was at Winter Wonderland in Hyde Park, wearing what I thought was a pretty casual set up of clothes. My mate took a picture of me and naturally it became my profile picture across social media…

…Since updating my profile picture, I’ve had lots of people ask me where I got a few of the items from, therefore, as a New Year ‘style it’, I thought I’d let you into a secret, my secret chaps…

It’s a relatively cheap and versatile outfit, suitable for many occasions, so here is a little insight (if you’re even bothered) to where and how to dress for these dark, depressing and freezing cold months at the start of the year.

Plus, you may get a ‘Brucie Bonus’ in the January sales by getting them even cheaper than I did!

Double Button Camel Coat: Primark £30.00

Burgundy Long Sleeve Polo Jumper: Primark £8.00

Black Extreme Stretch Cropped Skinny Jeans: ASOS £12.00

Camel Barbour Scarf: Debenhams £20.00

Burgundy Suede Chelsea Boots: H&M £25.00

Outfit cost total: £95.00

There’s my little cheat for you, if you’re looking for a similar look, whether it be for a smarter event or even a casual stroll around town, it’s well worth a look around!

By twining day-to-day brands with household favourites like ‘Barbour’ you can re-wear, recycle, and mix up your outfits.

Of course, ninety-five smackers for one outfit may seem a bit steep, but remember £30 of that is a coat (wear it whenever) and £25 boots, which are a nice alternative to leather shoes when heading into town on a Saturday night!

New to 2016 we’ve launched our Instagram page, if you haven’t done so already, drop us a follow @highstreetgent!

Drag your Blazer Out the Wardrobe and Down to the Pub

A blazer. A blazer doesn’t have to be that one item of clothing that only gets a run-out during wedding season. Blazer isn’t just your answer to events with a posh invitation or job interview. Style it right (and invest well…that doesn’t even need to cost a lot of money) and one good piece can take you from desk to bar to nuptials, and everywhere in between.

The All-Purpose Blazer Style

The more ornate your jacket, the less adaptable it becomes. It’s easier to polish something simple than to try and dial down gold buttons and a crest. “A two-button jacket with patch pockets and soft shoulder is versatile enough for any occasion,”

“You can dress it up, or dress it down.”

But colour is key. Brights won’t work in formal settings, so steer neutral. Navy is sober enough for work and you can use accessories to turn the shade to whatever occasion you may wish to dress for. Look for something half-lined, in an open-weave wool, so you can still wear it when the temperature starts climbing.

It’s time to promote your blazer from subs bench to the first name on your tailoring team sheet!
1. With A White T-Shirt, Dark Jeans, And Trainers

Ditching the collar evicts any stuffiness. Try to avoid wearing a printed tee under a blazer! …and most definitely avoid anything too bulky, as it will ruin the sharp silhouette of your jacket.

Swerve them with raw denim a few shades darker than the jacket and a pair of minimalist sneakers. This is no place for anti-fit. Your jeans should be slim, as should your tee, which should also end before your blazer. Don’t even consider tucking it in!!

 

Short Sleeve Crew Neck T-Shirt - click to buy A.P.C. PETIT NEW STANDARD SLIM-FIT DRY SELVEDGE JEANS - click to buy ZESPA ZSP4 SNEAKER - click to buy

2. With A T-Shirt, Hoodie, Chinos, And Boots

The blazer is your key high-low piece. Since it’s less formal than a suit jacket it plays better with streetwear, so you can pull together disparate pieces without looking like you dressed in the dark. Just cool your palette; it’s easier to blend neutrals than brights when you’re meshing styles.

Again, fit is key. The jacket’s slim, so your hoodie, shirt and chinos need to match. But this is no time for fussiness, so leave the jacket and hoodie open, then opt for boots over trainers to cement the urban explorer vibe, but means you can still go to a pub or bar.

 

BLESS MARL CREW NECK T-SHIRT - click to buy JOHN SMEDLEY RICKON MERINO WOOL HOODIE - click to buy CLUB MONACO DAVIS SLIM-FIT COTTON CHINOS - click to buy CLARKS ORIGINALS DESERT MALI - click to buy

3. With Black Skinnies, A Shirt, Sweatshirt, And Chelsea Boots

Your blazer’s formality is defined by what it sits with. For weekends, you need to lose any office ornamentation. Swap the neck noose for an air tie and keep your trousers simple.

Chelsea boots take your jeans up a notch, but trainers will shift your jeans from casual Friday to kick-back Saturday. Just make sure they’re plain, unadorned and crafted from leather.

J.CREW BUTTON-DOWN COLLAR COTTON OXFORD SHIRT - click to buy BEIGE CREWNECK - click to buy BROWN WASHED CHINO - click to buy CONVERSE JACK PURCELL LEATHER SNEAKERS - click to buy

 

 4. With Flannel Trousers, A Roll Neck, And Chelsea Boots

Playing with texture is a power move that can break up a tonal outfit, and pull together opposing shades. Contrasting your blazer with flannel in a darker shade ups its formality, but keeps you out of suit territory.

“Dress it up by wearing it with dark grey trousers,”

The roll neck helps you outflank that tricky open-collar-or-not conundrum.

Casual shoes turn things too informal for work, but add a pair of chocolate brogues (or even oxblood monk-straps if you’re still a big name in the #menswear forums) and you’ve got a look that can take you straight from desk to double scotch.

 

BLACKJACK CASHMERE ROLLNECK JUMPER OFF WHITE - click to buy GREY TROUSERS - click to buy PAUL SMITH LINCOLN WASHED BROGUE - click to buy

5. With Jeans, A Tee, Casual Blazer, And Boots

The best way to stand out in a suited-and-booted office is to shun both. “Team it with a crisp sky blue shirt with a bluff point collar, with no topstitching,” says Lee-Anne Solomons, buyer at Austin Reed and Viyella menswear. “This combination will give you a clean and refined base for you to add character.”

Accessories lift your look but silk will drown out your blazer. Instead, think texture; a knitted tie in a darker shade than the jacket and shirt hints at your colleagues’ matchiness, without succumbing.

“Have the outfit ready and then add the blazer, and if that works go with it.” Which means your look still works when you drape your jacket over your chair back.

 

Snapback, Flash Back – Best Summer Deals

If anyone knows me, you’ll know I’m all about snapbacks and fanny packs…not on there own, I do where clothing, to which the head and waist wear compliment.


Snapbacks and other head wear are pretty versatile to wear, I wear mine day-to-day, for festivals, for gigs, for nights out…they’re becoming more and more an item of clothing outright, rather than an accessory. There’s a huge range out there stocked by most High Street shops – however, they often come with a whacking price tag and your left deciding whether it’s ‘worth the investment?’

Believe me it is! Well, price dependent.

As you’ve read through my blog, you’ll probably see I like to keep it reasonably safe, but, throw into the mix something slightly ‘coolternative’. My snapback choices are similar. I go for something different, that’s variable with outfits and well priced.

So here’s a little guide to what I think are the Top 3, at your finger tips, where at, how to, variety of caps, hats and snapbacks that won’t burst your bank balance…

Size?

By far my favourite place to shop for caps is Size? they always have a broad range of caps, bucket hats and woolies, and always seem to have discounts or sales. I have managed to gain quite a few over the past few years, with an ever growing collection.

Foot Asylum

Ok, so it might not be the first place you’d think of to look for a hat, considering your feet are the other end of your body, but Foot Asylum do some fantastic head wear. Their summer sale is on at the moment with first reductions being up to 50% off (further to be announced).  Stocked in the sale are brands such as New Era, New Balance, Umbro, North Face, Creative Reaction, Mitchell & Ness, plus many more…

JD Sports

Similarly to Foot Asylum, JD Sports offer a wide range of hats and caps with their summer sale in full flow with up to 50% off. Note also, JD Sports offer ‘Next Day Deliver’y on all orders placed before midnight.

Just to add, there are also lots of great vintage shops on boutiques on the that often design, make, create and sell their own snapbacks at VERY reasonable prices.

If you are not Midlands based and haven’t heard of them, I’d suggest certainly checking out Cow Vintage…not only for hats and accessories but for one off pieces.

 
Remember, by grabbing a snapback, there are alternative ways you can wear them, it’s not just a ‘one-trick-pony’ item of clothing, be adventurous, wear it backwards!

Super Cool, Extra Hot, Ibiza, Rocks!

So this weekend marks the 20th Anniversary of Radio One in Ibiza and it seems like every guy and his scrunchy is heading there!

This weekend’s events mark the very peak of peak season, clubbers, so if you are in Ibiza on Friday the 31st of July you’re going to want tto look your best at the open air Ushuaïa Beach Hotel. 7000 will rave with DJ sets from none other than Disclosure and Calvin Harris, the event hosted by Radio 1 darling, Annie Mac…so stand out from the crowd!

Like every night, all season, in Ibiza, the party rages poolside from 17:00 until midnight over a jam packed weekend that is completely free of charge, a nightmare to consider what to wear though, right?!

All this comes as a bit of a blow knowing that only 2 weeks ago I was there, in the thick of it, partying on down on the White Isle, but maybe I can help…

If your like me, whilst I was there I wanted to look top notch, the freshest of fresh and slick, fitting in with the crowd, but managing to spin my own alternative style on what I was wearing. All this in 35+ degree heat. Which, with a bit of planning and knowing what to take can be achieved!

For those big nights that I hit Ushuaia, Amnesia and Cafe Mambo, I had 3 staple outfits that would keep me cool (in the heat), recognizable to my friends, and hopefully a fashionable guy to onlookers…all for a reasonable price. Which actually happened…I hope!

So if you’re actually interested and want to wear more than your swim shorts at these events, here goes:

Ushuaïa:

 
Grey Softmore Shorts, with long cream drawer string – TOPMAN £14 (currently in sale) // Vintage, light weight short sleeved short – Wild Clothing Nottingham £9.00 // White Ankle Sports Socks – Primark Mens – 5 pairs for £4 //  Grey, White, Peach Nike Air Max 1 – ProDirect (Great offers and discounts on Nikes) // Retro Punk Flip-Up Glasses – EasyPeasyOnlineStore Ebay £5.50

Amnesia:

 

Multi-coloured marble effect swim shorts – Primark Mens – £4.50 // Cobalt Blotch Poplin Short Sleeve Casual Shirt (worn open) – Topman £15 (currently in sale) // Nike Low Tops Dip Dye green & white – ProDirect.

Cafè Mambo:


White super skinny jeans (rolled up)- Asos Menswear £25 // *Rewear* Cobalt Blotch Poplin Short Sleeve Casual Shirt (worn open) – Topman £15 (currently in sale) // Loafer Burgundy Tassel Loafers – Topman £20 (Currently in Sale) // Snapback – SIZE £21.

Of course you want to keep your luggage as light as possible, so I re-wore a few key items in different ways.

Hopefully this little guide to where you can find a couple of things in the sale will help!

You also can’t beat a good best and short combo! ✌🏼️

Scrub away at the price – ManCave Grooming

“The role of a Mountaineer encompasses all aspects of the Huntsman, Pioneer and Explorer calling on a variety of natural resources to command his terrain.” (ManCaveinc.com)

I’ve never been one for ‘manscaping’ products, usually I grabbed whatever shampoo and shower gel that was on offer. This was, however, until I received some ManCave Grooming products as a present…

Bargain Alert!!

Before I tell you a little bit more about ManCave, take a look at 5 piece Gift Set which is currently only £19.99 at feelunique.com, saving yourself £23.28p!

www.feelunique.com/mancave

Without going into too much details at risk of boring you, the ManCave range adds something different to your morning routine. I never used a ‘FaceScrub’ or a moisturizer before, but with ManCave’s caffeine free and whiskey scent products, I was sold!

I shower once or twice a day…and these products are long lasting. To say I was bought my first range in December 2014 and I’m only just restocking, proves that for the price of these items, the quality and quantity doesn’t reflect the price…it exceeds it!

In summary, the range is focused on replacing man-made chemicals with a precise amalgamation of natural ingredients where even distinctly possible – all while using the most sustainable sources of production…so there you go, it’s even suitable for the ‘eco-warriors’.

The Gift Set is a bargain not to be missed, if you bought each of the five items individually it would cost £43.27, so it’s practically half price!

The ManCave range can be bought on the high street (Boots, Sainsbury’s, Debenhams) or from their online store ManCave Men’s Grooming.

I found this deal by searching for ManCave’s #ownthebathroom and for more “supreme-performance men’s grooming products, keeping you naturally fresh” follow @ManCave on Twiter.


Above. My dwindling ManCave products, in need of a replenish.

A High Street Gent?

“I think I’m slightly impulsive, sometimes organised and always in search of a bargain!”

For the average paid young professional, like myself, staying on trend and trying to look good can be pricey… I’m always thinking about how I can re-wear my favourite items of clothing without people noticing on social media that ‘he always wears that’. I tend to spend time frantically hunting through the sale racks for those items people hide at the back for that right pair of jeans that ‘aren’t too much’, or that tee I desperately want before everyone else!

However, it is getting easier. With E-blasts crashing into inboxes daily, Tweets soaring down your news feed and Instagram posts pappin’ the high street’s best deals, the fashion-loving-inner me, is in its element. Bargains now search for us, it’s just knowing where, when and how.

For those who would rather not venture into town on a Saturday, hopefully, by staying ‘in the loop’ it can be simple to head in the right direction, be in and out the shop quickly, wallet intact and looking fly.

Keep an eye out as I launch and build up my blog. Feedback is of course always welcome.

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