As men enter their 40s, they might find that their personal style and wardrobe need a bit of a refresh. Some men can find this time a period of reflection, choosing to update their wardrobes and lives. Other men will be doubling down on what they have learnt. Either way, we should be honing our craft and experimenting less than we did in our 30s.

With days of all-night parties behind us, men in their 40s have more disposable income to invest in great menswear pieces. But, when it comes to shopping, men should cast aside fashion trends, instead focusing on timeless items that match their now-finessed personal style. Here are some tips to help you dress well in your 40s.

Style Rules for Men in their 40s

Life is just starting in your 40s, so men shouldn't retreat into cardigans and slippers. Yes, there are items we shouldn't be wearing at this age (more on that later). But there is still plenty of style expression left in the tank for the next decade of your life.

That being said, we believe there are some fundamental style rules men need to follow in their 40s.

Ignore Fashion Trends

We alluded to this earlier. Dressing well at any age is about understanding how far we should push our own personal style. Fashion, for the most part, is a young man's game. Every season it needs to expand its boundaries. It is also notoriously here today, gone tomorrow. In our 40s, we are leaning into timeless, quality items. Your wardrobe and wallet will thank you for it.

Embrace Tailoring

Let's face it. A suit looks great on any guy. Done right, it can conceal and enhance in all the right places. Therefore we would always recommend men expand their tailoring options at this age. We aren't heading to the gym five days a week anymore, so men need a little sartorial help to keep us looking our best.

Nail Off-Duty Style

When removing the suit at the end of the working week, it can be easy to retire into whatever feels most comfortable. But comfort is typically not the most stylish option. Our efforts to look great shouldn't end when we close the laptop. If men can build their foundational pieces, they can have a weekend wardrobe of dependable staples. A suede bomber, jeans and knitwear can all be crucial to this. A tri-facto of refined menswear for whatever your day off brings.

Keep Regimented

In our younger years, men can get away with looking a little slobbish. A late night or just a lack of desire to look well-maintained are all socially accepted. As we get older, time exacerbates these quirks. Receding hairline, wrinkles and general wear and tear can catch up with us quickly. Grooming, though, can be our friend. We can embrace hair loss with a cropped cut or refresh tired skin with a skincare regime. Men can't reverse the ageing process, but we can grow old gracefully while looking presentable.

Note the Details

Admiring older, well-dressed gents like Idris Elba, David Beckham or Patrick Grant can produce a recurring note theme. They have all paid close attention to the details. Aside from being well-groomed, their clothing is tailored to flatter, and they know how additional details like complimenting accessories can make or break an outfit. This might sound tricky, but the more we practice this level of attention, the easier it becomes.

Key Purchases In Your 40s

The Suit

In your twenties, there might not have been the need for you to buy a suit. If there was, money was probably tight, and value for money was crucial when purchasing. Now, with more cash in the back pocket, men can focus on suiting that will look impeccable for the growing number of formal invites.

If you can stretch to a bespoke option, this type of suit will make a great investment if cared for correctly. Not only that, but the elevated fit can be a faithful friend in ensuring you always look your best.

The Footwear

Now you are convinced that the impeccable drape and fit of formal menswear are essential in your 40s, greater focus is placed on your footwear to support this new polished look. We can rely on options like Oxford or Brogue for dependability. But, we prefer to spread our glance further afield and the versatility loafers offer.

The loafer bridges the gap between comfort and formality, so naturally partners well with a suit. Don't stop there, though. Chinos and jeans can equally help men saunter from smart to casual when worn with this shoe style.

The Knitwear

We don't mean chunky cardigans with elbow pads. It's about transitioning from the more youthful hoodie or sweatshirt into something more special. A nice piece of knitwear is grown-up and sophisticated, with enough room to showcase a little flair.

The Watch

The devil is in the details. Yes, that might be adhered to stringently in the fit department. However, it can be just as prevalent when we discuss accessories. A watch is a fine example of the chef's kiss for a pristine look.

Take your time (literally!) and assess the finer peculiars on offer, as the watch we have in mind costs a hefty chunk of change. But, with the potential of kids in the mix, a watch might even become an heirloom that can be passed down through the generations. Or at least that's what you'll tell yourself to justify spending.

Edit Your Current Wardrobe

Before shopping for new clothes, it's important to assess your current wardrobe. Identify the pieces that you wear most often and consider investing in quality versions of those items. This might include a well-fitting suit, comfortable dress shoes, or a versatile jacket.

Consider building a capsule wardrobe, a collection of essential pieces that can be mixed and matched to create a variety of outfits. This can include items like a classic white button-down shirt, a tailored blazer, or a pair of dark-wash jeans.

Quality over Quantity

When updating a man's wardrobe, it's important to invest in quality over quantity. This means buying fewer items of higher quality that will last longer and save you money in the long run. Cheap clothes may seem like a good deal at first, but they will wear out quickly and must be replaced. Paying attention to items' material, cut, and craftsmanship will result in high-quality clothes that will last longer and look better—saving you money in the long run.

Make Adjustments

It might be that a lot of what you already own can be given a new lease of life. Small alterations and adjustments can make a big difference in how your clothing fits and looks. So, consider taking your clothing to a tailor for small adjustments like hemming pants or altering the sleeves on a jacket. It might be a bit of extra cash; nevertheless, the sartorial outcome will make it well spent.

Versatility is Key

As men get older, the variety of occasions we attend makes having a versatile wardrobe crucial. When purchasing new clothing or assessing what you already own, take stock of how the individual pieces work together. That showstopping satin jacket might be a conversational piece. But, if it is going to rarely get an outing, is it still worth buying?

What Not To Wear in Your 40s

Graphic Tees

Whether it is paying homage to your favourite band or a not-so-funny quip, large graphics in any form shouldn't be part of your wardrobe. Approaching this age is about being refined in how we look. Leave the Van Halen tee for the reunion concert and stick to understated, neutral colours.


In the gym, even on the way to the gym, it can be accepted. But walking around Sainsbury's in your joggers is a no for us. Athleisure might be everywhere right now, sidestep it and stick to the classics that flatter and look far better.

Garish Trainers

You know the ones we mean? Weird designs mixed with a lurid array of colours. Ditch these and the hi-tops in favour of a minimalist palette of whites, beige and navy—no big logos, a simple aesthetic that can be blended with formal and casual attire.

A Bad Haircut

We talked about no more experimenting in our 40s, and we are including haircuts in this. Find a barber you can trust and stay with him. He can help find the best trim for your face shape and the products to make it look great.

Men's Style Inspirations

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Simon Crompton

Though Simon only just scrapes into this age bracket, his personal style, represented on his site Permanent Style, can definitely be upheld as a blueprint for men of this age to dress. He effortlessly mixes timeless formal and casual elements while always remaining true to his desire to choose brands that offer superior craftsmanship.

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Ryan Reynolds

The Deadpool star constantly delivers a masterclass in off-duty dressing. No big logos, or athleisure here. Mr Reynolds favours uncomplicated clothing that has an understated but well put together aesthetic. Every element is considered and works in harmony, older gents take note.

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David Beckham

Of course Becks is on the list. No man has had his personaly style evolution played out for the cameras more than him. Gone are the days of pushing fashion boundaries of his youth. Now Beckham consistently opts for coloured hues of tailoring or statement knits to deliver his style in a more refined manner.

Spring is here, and with the change of season comes the opportunity to revamp your wardrobe. If you want to update your style for the season, you’re in the right place! Here are some staple clothing pieces every man should have in his wardrobe this spring.


The hope is that with the spring weather, there comes sunshine, so it's essential to have a pair of sunglasses in your wardrobe. Not only does this accessory add a touch of cool to your outfit, but the UV protection is also actively shielding your eyes from the sun's harmful rays.

When choosing a pair of sunglasses, it's important to consider the shape of your face. For example, if you have a round face, you might want to choose sunglasses with angular frames to balance out the curves of your face. On the other hand, if you have a square face, you might want to choose sunglasses with rounded frames to soften the angles of your face.

Sticking within those face-shape rules doesn't mean you can't experiment with colour. Take inspiration from stylish men in history like JFK, who favoured a tortoiseshell or go bolder with a sun-kissed colourway to make a greater statement.

Lightweight Knitwear

You may be tempted to ditch the knitwear as the temperature starts to warm up. However, as we know, on these shores, we aren't always guaranteed endless amounts of sunny days. So, a handy piece of knitwear can be essential for those intermittent weather days.

To nail this, men need to opt for a light jumper or cardigan in a merino or cotton mix. Merino holds a lot of warming properties, but the fabric's natural fibres will air to circulate, giving a perfect balance. It is an excellent transitional piece for spring and can be easily layered over a t-shirt or worn beneath a blazer.

Polo Shirt

The humble polo shirt is a staple of any stylish guy's spring wardrobe. Smarter than a classic tee but without going too formal. It hits the sweet spot of smart-casual dressing.

Inherently versatile, men can choose to wear a polo shirt with a variety of looks. Why not switch up the formal shirt and wear it with your suit for a contemporary twist on business dressing? Or, it's hard to beat the pared-back combination of a polo shirt and chinos.

Whichever way you choose to wear it, there is a wide choice of polo shirts for men to choose from. Remember, the fit is crucial for this piece to look its best. A well-fitted polo shirt should be snug around the chest and shoulders but not too tight. The sleeves should hit the mid-bicep, and the hem should fall just below the waistband of your pants.

Oxford Shirt

The Oxford shirt is a classic piece of clothing that has stood the test of time. It has been a staple in men's wardrobes for over a century and is still as popular today as it was when it was first introduced.

An Oxford shirt is named after the famous English university where students in the 19th century first wore it. The woven cotton fabric used to make the shirt is durable and comfortable, with a distinctive texture. This texture is created by weaving together two different yarns - a coloured yarn and a white yarn.

The versatility of this item is priceless. It's a shirt style that will easily integrate into any man's wardrobe. Able to be dressed up or down depending on the wearer's need, we recommend picking a white or blue colourway to get maximum wearability from it.

As the temperature starts to rise and we remove layers. It is always a bonus to have a dependable shirt like the Oxford to keep you looking presentable.

White Trainers

White trainers are a must-have for anyone who values both comfort and style. The streamlined, minimalist aesthetic make them intrinsical to warm-weather dressing. Whether it is a casual Friday work look or a trip to the pub. There is nothing quite like the faithful white trainer to see you through any plans.

Not every white trainer is created equal, though. Men should be aware of nuances when shopping for this style. White leather trainers might give the most premium outcome, but they won't be as breathable as a canvas alternative. Something to keep in mind as we move into summer. Also, cheaper leathers will deteriorate quickly over time. The white trainer is always at its best when fresh and clean. So, take note of how to clean your chosen material after wearing it for any period of time.

Society's changing attitudes to how men dress in different work or causal scenarios have changed over the years. Therefore, it is hard to think of many situations when a nice pair of white trainers paired nicely with jeans, chinos or even formal trousers wouldn't be accepted.


Let's not beat around the bush. In spring, it rains. Sometimes, a lot more than we would be patiently willing to tolerate. Spring is notorious for its unpredictable weather, so it's essential to have a raincoat in your wardrobe. Take note of weight and material, as men need a waterproof option that can be easily packed away if the sun decides to turn up.

Did you know that the first raincoat was invented by a Scottish chemist, Charles Macintosh, in 1823? He discovered that by sandwiching a layer of rubber between two layers of fabric, he could create a waterproof material perfect for rainy weather. That may have been 300 years ago, but this choice of jacket is still a great pick for the modern man.

Today, Macs or other raincoats come in a wide variety of styles and materials. Some are made from breathable fabrics like Gore-Tex, while others feature fun patterns or bold colours. No matter what your personal style is, there's sure to be a raincoat that suits your needs.

Chore Jacket

For those days when the heavens haven't opened, but you still need something to take the chill off, we look to the chore jacket.

Chore jackets have reached peak-menswear appreciation over recent years, and in spring it is easy to see why. Originally designed as workwear for blue-collar workers, chore jackets were made from sturdy materials like denim or canvas to withstand the wear and tear of manual labour. However, over the years, chore jackets have evolved into a fashion staple that anyone can wear, regardless of their profession.

The beauty of a chore jacket lies in its simplicity and versatility. It can be worn more casually with chinos and a t-shirt. For something a little smarter, wear it with knitwear or a formal shirt. Or, go for a mix and include a hoodie with tailored trousers for optimum smart-casual attire.

Unlined Blazer

An unlined blazer is a great piece to have in your wardrobe for spring. It's less structured than your typical lined blazer and therefore is more adept at being worn with different menswear pieces.

The overall aesthetic is a smarter vibe than the chore jacket, but we can incorporate many of the same pieces, like chinos, trainers and button-down shirts, into our looks. Though, where we feel the unlined blazer really sings as a summer formal piece—ideal for the warm-weather nuptial invite or a BBQ at the boss's house. You can stick on some smart shoes and the blazer while balancing them out with chinos and a polo shirt. The result is the Hamptons/Riveira mash-up we can all get on board with.

Desert Boots

The desert boot cut its teeth in the military but is now a spring-summer menswear staple. Smart suede uppers are paired underfoot with a hardwearing rubber sole. No matter whether you are in the 'desert' or 'chukka' camp, this is a style of boot that delivers what we need.

On the smart-casual scale, we would put the desert boot further down towards casual. That means picking to wear this footwear with jeans or chinos. Keep the rest of the look simple and you'll get a top-notch outfit.

White T-Shirt

Is there a menswear item that says laidback cool, more than the humble white t-shirt? A key foundational piece, it can be crucial within a layered look in colder months. But, on warmer days, we can bring it to the fore.

This timeless, classic piece of menswear has decades of inspiration for men to look to for approval. Marlon Brando, Jimmy Dean back in the day, or Ryan Gosling more recently. Wardrobe departments have chosen the white t-shirt as their masculine weapon of choice for leading men.

Take note, or you will undo all the hard work if your white t-shirt doesn't fit well. It needs to look presentable and not be too tight or too baggy. Fit is everything in menswear and you need to get the basics right to look your best.


In conclusion, these staple clothing pieces are essential for every man's spring wardrobe. They are versatile and can be mixed and matched to create multiple outfits. By investing in these key pieces, you can ensure that you always look stylish and on-trend, no matter the occasion.

It's easy to overlook jewellery when it comes to men's fashion, but accessories can add that extra personality and style to any outfit. Whether you're dressing up for a formal occasion or want to elevate your everyday style, there are certain pieces of jewellery that every man should have in his collection. The legendary Hardy Amies described jewellery for men as "dangerous ground", which is why we have put together this article. In it, we'll look at six classic jewellery pieces that men should consider adding to their wardrobes.

How Men Can Incorporate Jewellery Into Their Wardrobe

If you're new to wearing jewellery, it can be overwhelming to know how to incorporate it into your wardrobe. The key is to start small and choose pieces that reflect your personal style or have some sentimental value. It also doesn't have to be an everyday piece. Consider the occasion and outfit when selecting jewellery, and look for pieces that complement your clothing rather than overpowering it. Don't be afraid to experiment and try new styles to find what works best for you.

How To Choose The Metal

The type of metal you choose for your jewellery can impact both the look and the longevity of the piece. Some metals, like stainless steel, are more durable and low maintenance than others. Take the time to research different metal types and consult with a jeweller if you're unsure.

Try to stay true to what you like, as temporary fashion trends can often sway decision-making. We always recommend options for timeless pieces that will make better investments. Also, consider your skin tone when purchasing. For example, silver may be better than gold if you have a lighter skin tone.

Overall, jewellery can be a subtle but powerful way to add style and personality to your everyday look. By incorporating the below six classic pieces into your wardrobe, you'll be well on your way to elevating your style game.


Cufflinks have been a welcome addition to a man's smart wardrobe for centuries. They were first introduced in the 17th century as a way to fasten the cuffs of men's shirts. Since then, they have become an essential part of any formal outfit, adding a touch of sophistication and elegance to any ensemble.

There are many different types of cufflinks available, each with its own unique style and design. Classic silver cufflinks are always popular, but more playful designs are available. Just remember going to kitsch, with designs like sporting equipment, will only be detrimental to the polished look you are trying to achieve.

When choosing cufflinks, it's important to consider the shirt you'll be wearing them with. You want to ensure the cufflinks complement the shirt rather than clash with it. For example, if you're wearing a white dress shirt, silver cufflinks would be a great choice. However, if you're wearing a patterned shirt, you may want to opt for more subtle cufflinks that won't compete with the pattern.

Overall, cufflinks are a versatile and stylish accessory that every man should have in his wardrobe. Whether you're dressing up for a wedding or a business meeting, a pair of cufflinks will add the perfect finishing touch to your outfit.


A good watch is an essential part of any man's wardrobe. Not only is it a functional accessory for keeping track of time, but it also adds an element of sophistication and style to your look. There are countless brands and styles, from classic leather strap, watches to more modern smartwatches.

When selecting the perfect watch, there are a few key factors to consider. Firstly, think about the size and style of the watch face. A larger face can make a bold statement, while a smaller one may be more understated. Additionally, the style of the watch face can vary greatly, from classic round faces to more unique square or rectangular shapes.

Another important consideration is the type of strap or bracelet. Leather straps are more formal, adding a touch of elegance to any outfit. Metal bracelets, on the other hand, can be more versatile and durable. For a more casual look, consider a NATO or rubber strap.

When it comes to brands, there are countless options to choose from. From luxury brands like Rolex and Omega to more affordable options like Timex and Seiko, there is a watch for every budget and style preference. It's worth considering the watch's features to narrow down your search. Men can find options that are water resistant or have additional functions like a stopwatch or alarm.

Ultimately, the perfect watch is one that not only looks great but also fits your lifestyle and needs. Whether you're looking for a watch to wear to the office or a more rugged option for outdoor activities, there is a watch out there for you. So take your time, do your research, and find the perfect timepiece to add to your collection.


While wearing a ring is a more personal choice, it can still be a great addition to your everyday look. A simple metal band can add a touch of masculinity to your outfit, while a more ornate design can be a statement piece. If you're not used to wearing jewellery, starting with a simple ring may be the best option.

Did you know that rings have been worn for thousands of years? The ancient Egyptians, for example, believed that the circular shape of a ring represented eternity and the unending cycle of life. They often wore rings made of precious metals and gemstones to symbolise their wealth and status.

Today, rings are still a popular choice for both men and women. From wedding bands to fashion rings, there are numerous designs to choose from. Some people even choose to wear multiple rings on different fingers to express their individual style, though approach this one with caution. We aren't all Johnny Depp.

When choosing a ring, there are a few things to keep in mind. First, consider the metal. Do you prefer the look of gold, silver, or something else? Next, think about the style. Do you want a simple band or something more elaborate? Finally, make sure you choose a ring that fits comfortably. You don't want it to be too tight or too loose.

So, whether you're looking to add a touch of sophistication to your everyday look or want to make a statement with a bold design, a ring is a great accessory to consider.


A bracelet is a piece of jewellery worn for centuries by both men and women. It is a versatile accessory that is subtle enough to be worn with a variety of outfits.

The history of bracelets dates back to ancient times when they were made from bone, wood, and shells. Today, bracelets come in various materials, including leather, metal, and beads. They can be simple or elaborate and even adorned with precious stones or engravings.

Regarding men's bracelets, leather and metal are popular choices. Leather bracelets offer a rugged and masculine look, while metal bracelets can add a touch of sophistication. Bead bracelets are also a great option, as they can add colour and texture to any outfit. Just try not to look like you've stepped off the plane from Corfu.

When choosing a bracelet, it's important to consider the fit and material. A bracelet that is too loose or too tight can be uncomfortable to wear, so make sure to measure your wrist before making a purchase. Additionally, consider your personal style and the outfits you plan to wear the bracelet with. A leather bracelet may not be the best choice for a formal event, while a metal one may be too flashy for a casual outing.

In conclusion, a bracelet is a great accessory for men who want to add a touch of style and individuality to their outfits. With a wide range of materials and styles, there's sure to be a bracelet that matches your personal taste and fashion sense.


More men than ever seem to be wearing necklaces. Whether that is thanks to Harry Style's love of pearls or the Love Island necklace and oversized t-shirt craze. There is no denying we are seeing more and more necklaces on show.

The history of necklaces dates back to ancient civilizations, where they were worn as a symbol of wealth and status. In today's modern world, necklaces are a personal choice and can be worn for any occasion.

When choosing a necklace, it's important to consider the length and style that will complement your outfit. Is it going to be worn on top of clothing or underneath? A simple metal chain can add a subtle elegance to any look, while a statement necklace can make a bold fashion statement, for example. Consider a leather cord necklace or a pendant with a meaningful symbol or design for a more casual look.

The material of the necklace is also important. Gold and silver are popular choices for their durability and timeless appeal. However, there are also necklaces made from alternative materials such as wood, beads, and even recycled materials.

Finally, ensure that the necklace fits comfortably around your neck. A necklace that is too tight can be uncomfortable, while one that is too loose may not sit correctly on your collarbone. Adjust the length to find the perfect fit when trying on a necklace.

Tie Bar

A tie bar is a small yet significant accessory that doesn't have to scream prohibition gangster. It is a stylish and functional addition to your wardrobe that can make a big difference in your overall look.

When selecting a tie bar, there are a few things to keep in mind. Firstly, the colour of the tie bar should complement the colour of your tie and shirt. A silver or gold tie bar is a classic choice that pairs well with most colours. If you are wearing a patterned tie, choose a solid-coloured tie bar that matches one of the colours in the pattern.

Secondly, the material of the tie bar is also important. A metal tie bar is the most common choice and something we recommend if you opt for this accessory.

Another thing to consider is the size of the tie bar. A tie bar that is too short or too long can look awkward and unflattering. A good rule of thumb is to choose a tie bar that is about three-quarters the width of your tie.

Overall, a tie bar is a small detail that can greatly impact your outfit. It keeps your tie in place and adds a touch of style and sophistication. So, the next time you are getting dressed for a formal occasion, don't forget to add a tie bar to your outfit!

Your shoes make a statement about your personality and style. That is why it is essential to keep them looking their best. One way to achieve this is by taking care of the leather. Not only will it prolong the lifespan of your shoes, but it will also maintain their appearance and comfort. In this article, we will explore the best ways to care for your shoe leather.

Understanding the Importance of Shoe Leather Care

High-quality shoe leather is an important part of any shoe. It adds elegance to your footwear and gives it a unique character. However, failing to take care of your shoe leather can lead to cracking and drying, significantly reducing your shoes' lifespan.

Leather shoes are an investment, and like any investment, they require proper care and maintenance to ensure they last a long time. A well-maintained pair of leather shoes can last for years, even decades, and can save you money in the long run by avoiding the need to replace them frequently.

Keeping Your Shoes Dry

A good pair of shoes shouldn't come cheap. So, if you invest in good footwear, you want to ensure it lasts long. The first step towards this goal is to take care of the leather and avoid exposure to water or direct sunlight when not being worn, as they can cause discolouration and damage to the leather. Stop this by storing your shoes in a dry and cool place.

In addition, it is important to note that leather shoes are unsuitable for all weather conditions. In wet weather, if your leather shoes do get wet, make sure to dry them thoroughly before wearing them again.

Regularly cleaning and conditioning your leather shoes can also help preserve their lifespan. Leather shoes should be cleaned with a soft brush or cloth and a mild soap solution. After cleaning, apply a leather conditioner to keep the leather soft and supple.

Maintaining the Appearance and Comfort

The appearance and comfort of your shoes go hand in hand. If your shoes look good, you feel good, and vice versa. Therefore, regular leather care maintenance can help maintain the appearance and feel of your shoes. This process includes cleaning, polishing, and conditioning your leather shoes.

Polishing your leather shoes can help restore their shine and give them a great finish. Use a high-quality shoe polish that matches the colour of your shoes and apply it in a circular motion with a soft cloth. After polishing, buff the shoes with a clean cloth to remove any excess polish.

Comfort is also an important factor when it comes to leather shoes. To ensure maximum comfort, it's important to choose the right size and style of shoe for your feet. It's also a good idea to invest in high-quality insoles that provide support and cushioning for your feet. Aside from feeling nicer when worn, picking the right size will minimise creasing and bending in the leather as your foot fills the space better.

In conclusion, taking care of your leather shoes is an essential part of ensuring their longevity, appearance, and comfort. With proper care and maintenance, your leather shoes can last for years and continue to look and feel great.

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Choosing the Right Leather Care Products

When it comes to leather care, not all products are created equal. Choosing the right products is essential to achieve the best shoe results. The following are some of the leather care products you may want to consider:

Leather Cleaners

Leather cleaners are specially formulated to remove dirt, stains, and other contaminants from your shoes. They help to ensure that the leather is clean and ready for other processes, such as conditioning. When looking for a leather cleaner, go for one that is gentle and does not contain harsh chemicals that may damage the leather.

One important thing to note is that not all leather cleaners are suitable for all types of leather. For example, some cleaners may be too harsh for delicate leather types such as suede or nubuck. Therefore, it is essential to choose a cleaner that is specifically formulated for the type of leather you want to clean.

Another factor to consider when choosing a leather cleaner is the application method. Some cleaners come in sprays, while others are in liquid form. Sprays are ideal for cleaning large areas, while liquids are suitable for cleaning small spots or stains.

Leather Conditioners

Leather conditioners help to keep your leather shoes soft, supple, and comfortable. They do this by replacing the leather's natural oils, which deplete over time, leaving the shoes dry and brittle. A good conditioner should penetrate the leather and moisturise it from the inside.

When choosing a leather conditioner, consider the type of leather you want to condition. Some conditioners may be too heavy for delicate leather types, while others may not moisturise enough for thicker leather types. It is also essential to choose a conditioner that matches the colour of your shoes to avoid discolouration.

It is recommended to condition your leather shoes at least once a month to keep them in good condition. However, if you live in a dry climate, you may need to condition them more often to prevent them from drying out.

Leather Protectants

Leather protectants are essential in extending the lifespan of your shoes. They form a protective barrier that prevents water, dirt, and other contaminants from penetrating the leather. This barrier also makes the shoes easier to clean since most contaminants will sit on the surface of the barrier and not penetrate the leather.

As always, when choosing a leather protectant, consider the type of leather you want to protect. Some protectants may be too heavy for delicate leather types, while others may not be strong enough for thicker leather types. And remember to choose a protectant that matches the colour of your shoes to avoid discolouration.

We recommend applying a leather protectant at least once every three months. However, if you live in a rainy or snowy climate, you may need to apply it more often to prevent water damage.

With the right leather care products, you can keep your shoes looking great for years to come. Remember to choose products suitable for your type of leather and follow the manufacturer's instructions for the best results.

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Proper Cleaning Techniques for Shoe Leather

Leather shoes are a timeless classic and can add a touch of sophistication to any outfit. However, it is essential to take proper care of them to keep them looking their best. Proper cleaning is one of the most critical aspects of leather shoe care. The following are some of the cleaning techniques you can use for your shoes:

Removing Dirt and Debris

The first step in cleaning is removing any dirt or debris on the shoes. This is an essential step, as dirt and debris can cause scratches and damage to the leather. You can use a soft-bristled brush to remove any surface dirt before proceeding to the next step. Make sure to brush gently to avoid damaging the leather.

Applying Leather Cleaner

Once you have removed the dirt and debris, you can apply the leather cleaner to your shoes. Leather cleaner is specially formulated to remove dirt, stains, and other contaminants from leather without damaging it. Apply the cleaner evenly on the leather and let it sit for a few minutes before wiping it off gently with a dry cloth. This process will remove any remaining dirt and contaminants, leaving your shoes looking clean and polished.

You should always test the leather cleaner on a small, inconspicuous area of the shoe first to ensure it does not damage the leather. If the cleaner causes discolouration or damage, do not use it on the rest of the shoe.

Drying and Buffing

After cleaning your shoes, let them dry for a few hours in a well-ventilated area. It is important to avoid drying them in direct sunlight or using a heat source to dry them, as this can cause the leather to crack or fade. Once dry, apply a quality leather conditioner and buff it with a soft cloth to ensure the leather absorbs the conditioner evenly. Leather conditioner helps to keep the leather soft and supple, preventing it from cracking and drying out over time.

It is important to clean and condition your leather shoes regularly to keep them looking their best. With proper care, your leather shoes can last for years and continue to look as good as new.

Conditioning and Moisturising Your Shoe Leather

Conditioning and moisturising your shoe leather is just as important as cleaning. This process helps to keep the leather soft, supple, and comfortable. Here are some tips for conditioning and moisturising your shoe leather:

Selecting the Appropriate Conditioner

The first step is to select the appropriate conditioner for your shoes. Choose a conditioner that matches your shoe leather's colour and composition. Leather is a natural material that requires regular care to maintain its quality. The right conditioner will help to protect your shoes from drying out, cracking, and fading. Many leather conditioners are available, including creams, oils, and sprays. Read the label carefully to ensure your chosen product is suitable for your shoes.

It's also important to consider the type of leather your shoes are made of. Different types of leather require different types of conditioners. For example, suede and nubuck leather require a special conditioner that is designed to penetrate the fibres of the leather without leaving a greasy residue. Smooth leather, on the other hand, can be conditioned with a variety of products.

Applying the Conditioner Evenly

Once you have the appropriate conditioner, apply it evenly on the leather, ensuring you get all the nooks and crannies. Use a soft cloth or sponge to apply the conditioner, and work it into the leather in a circular motion. Be sure to apply the conditioner sparingly, as too much can cause the leather to become greasy or discoloured.

If your shoes have any stains or marks, clean them before applying the conditioner. Use a leather cleaner or a damp cloth to remove any dirt or debris from the surface of the leather. Once the leather is clean, you can apply the conditioner.

Allowing the Leather to Absorb the Conditioner

After applying the conditioner, let your shoes sit and absorb the oily substance. This waiting time should not exceed 24 hours for best results. During this time, the leather will absorb the conditioner and become softer and more supple. Avoid wearing your shoes during this waiting period, as the leather may become stained or discoloured.

Once the conditioner has been absorbed, buff the shoes with a soft cloth to give them a polished and moisturised look. You can also use a leather brush to remove any excess conditioner and restore the leather's nap. With regular conditioning, your shoes will stay soft, supple, and comfortable for years to come.


Taking care of your leather shoes is an essential part of preserving their appearance and lifespan. By following the tips outlined in this article, you can be sure that your shoes will remain in top condition for years to come. Remember to choose the right leather care products, clean your shoes regularly, and condition and moisturise them to keep them looking and feeling great.

Like with music, sometimes classics are the best. There seems to be a ton of aftershaves realised every year, most promising to help allure the opposite sex. For this article, though, we wanted to focus on classic aftershaves, which are exactly that, aftershaves. These aren’t the colognes forced upon you through spray-happy sales assistants in department stores.

An aftershave is exactly what the name suggests for use after you have finished shaving. Applied to the face and neck post-shave, an aftershave helps close-up pores, which will lower the risk of irritation or razor burn.

These classic aftershaves are more likely to be found in your local drugstore than sitting alongside Paco Rabanne in a department store.

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1. Old Spice

Having a resurgence during recent years in part due to some fantastic online and tv marketing. Old Spice aftershave still has some outdated connotations for the younger generation. I’d put most of it down to its name having ‘old’ in it. Price-wise, this classic aftershave is an absolute bargain.

We are big fans of the timeless look of the bottle. If you are invested in having a great shave, then you undoubtedly have a few different products. This bottle of aftershave will look fab sitting next to all your shaving paraphernalia.

Shop Old Spice Original After Shave 150ml

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2. Brut

This aftershave was called ‘The Essence of Man’ in earlier advertising. Originally launched in 1964, the great Elvis Presley was known to be a user of the aftershave. The current Brut fragrance, as we know it is not as strong as the original. It was once a separate brand called 33% Brut (i.e. 33% of the strength) before being re-branded and taking over as the single Brut headline aftershave.

A robust scent, this classic Brut aftershave contains glycerin, known to calm the skin post-shave.

Shop Brut After Shave – 100 ml

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3. Pinaud Clubman

Pinaud Clubman is the oldest aftershave sold in the United States. What you might guess from the name is it is a French brand. This is that classic aftershave you see adorning the shelves in an old-school barber. I honestly don’t think I have been to a traditional barber that doesn’t have this on the counter.

We recommend you use it with the talc to get the best effect from the brand for your post-shave care. With a strong scent, this classic aftershave might be one for men to build up to rather than jumping straight in.

Shop Clubman After Shave Lotion 6.0z 170 ml

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4. Proraso

Established in 1924, Proraso is an Italian institution. Re-branded a few years back with new packaging, 95% of its ingredients are now of natural origin. Like a family pasta sauce recipe, what goes into it is a guarded secret. The recipe is passed down from generation to generation.

Added witch hazel reduces rashes and razor burns, and this classic aftershave will have a cooling effect on the skin.

Shop Pro Raso Aftershave Lotion 100 ml

Have you ever received an invite to a black tie event, only to be filled with dread at the thought of what to wear? Fear not, as we present the ultimate guide to black tie attire. From understanding the dress code to choosing the right tuxedo, everything is covered.

Understanding the Black Tie Dress Code

Before delving into the specifics of black tie attire, let's first examine what this dress code entails. Black tie events are formal occasions that call for sophisticated and elegant attire. It is the pinnacle of smart dressing. For men, this typically means a black tuxedo jacket and trousers paired with a white dress shirt and accessories that align nicely in black and white tones.

The History of Black Tie Attire

The origins of black tie attire can be traced back to the 19th century when British royalty began adopting black as a good colour for formal events. The dress code then evolved to include black tie attire as we know it today, with the addition of the bow tie and waist covering.

During this time, black tie attire was exclusively worn by men of high social status and was considered a symbol of wealth and power. As time passed, black tie events became more common, and the dress code became more accessible to the general public.

The Importance of Black Tie Events

Attending a black-tie event is a mark of sophistication. It's an occasion to celebrate and partake in an atmosphere of elegance and refinement. Dressing appropriately for such an occasion adds to the ambience and shows respect towards the event planners.

Black tie events are often associated with charity galas, awards ceremonies, and other high-profile events. They provide an opportunity for guests to dress up and feel glamorous while also supporting a worthy cause.

Decoding the Black Tie Invitation

When invited to a black tie event, it's critical to understand the dress code to ensure you're appropriately dressed. Look for the invitation's terms 'Black Tie,' 'Black Tie Optional', or 'Formal Attire'. Typically, a black tie dress code means a tuxedo is required, while the other two terms offer more flexibility in attire choices. When in doubt, always opt for a tuxedo.

It's important to note that black tie attire is not just limited to men. Women also have various elegant options, including floor-length gowns, cocktail dresses, and dressy separates. When in doubt, opt for a classic and timeless look that aligns with the event's formality.

Understanding the black tie dress code is essential for anyone attending a formal event. By dressing appropriately, you'll look your best and show respect towards the event planners and the occasion itself.

Essential Components of a Black Tie Outfit

The following is a breakdown of the critical elements of a black tie outfit. However, a true gentleman knows there is more to dressing for a black-tie event than just the basics. Here are some additional tips to help you stand out from the crowd.

The Classic Tuxedo

The tuxedo jacket is the cornerstone of a black tie outfit. Opt for a classic black single-breasted jacket with peaked lapels and a satin finish. Try a shawl collar for a modern twist if you're feeling daring. Though men can experiment with a velvet tuxedo jacket if they want to make a statement. The luxurious texture will add a touch of sophistication to your look.

The Dress Shirt

A crisp white dress shirt is the perfect complement to a tuxedo. Opt for a classic fit and stick to a plain front. Depending on your preference, you can choose a spread or wing collar, but avoid embellishments such as pleats or ruffles. For a unique twist, consider a black dress shirt. It will deliver a subtle contrast between the black shirt and tuxedo jacket that can elevate the classic look.

The Bow Tie

A black bow tie is a must for black tie events. Make sure to keep the size proportionate to your collar and that the material is silk or satin. Yes, black is the most popular pick. However, braver men might choose a burgundy or navy bow tie to add a pop of colour to their outfits. These colours will complement the black tuxedo and add a touch of personality to your look.

The Waist Covering

The waist covering refers to either a cummerbund or vest. A cummerbund is a pleated sash that covers the waist, while a vest is a more traditional option that is either single or double-breasted. Choose options that match the jacket colour. Take note, it is either/or, and men should never wear both at the same time. If you want to add a touch of texture to your outfit, consider a velvet waist covering. The luxurious texture will add a touch of sophistication to your look.

The Trousers

The tuxedo trousers are typically high-waisted, featuring a satin stripe down the leg. Opt for a slim fit and ensure they sit comfortably on your waist. Patterned trousers can add a touch of personality to your outfit. Keep the tartan in the wardrobe for now. A subtle pattern, such as a herringbone or windowpane, would be our preferred pick.

The Shoes

A classic black patent leather shoe is perfect for black tie events. Make sure they are polished and in good condition. However, for a more dapper twist, you might consider a velvet or suede shoe. These textures will add a touch of luxury to your look.

The Socks

Stick to black socks high enough to cover your leg when sitting down. Accessories are a great way to add a dash of your own style. A subtle design, such as polka dots or stripes, will add a touch of playfulness to your look.

The Accessories

Accessories such as cufflinks, a pocket square, and a watch will add a touch of personality to your black tie look. Remember to keep them within the same colour scheme of black and white to maintain a cohesive look. Why not add a touch of colour to your outfit by choosing a pocket square in bold red or purple? This can add a welcome pop of colour to a traditional event.

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Choosing the Right Tuxedo

Attending a black-tie event is an opportunity to dress to impress. And what better way to make an impression than by wearing a tuxedo? A tuxedo is the epitome of elegance and sophistication, and choosing the right one for the occasion is essential.

Tuxedo Styles and Fits

Regarding tuxedo styles and fits, there are a few options to consider. A slim or modern fit is an excellent choice for those who want a contemporary look. These tuxedos have a slimmer cut and are more form-fitting than traditional tuxedos. On the other hand, a classic fit offers a timeless appeal. These tuxedos have a more relaxed fit and are perfect for those who prefer a more traditional look.

Tuxedo Fabrics and Colors

Regarding tuxedo fabrics, wool and wool blends are the most popular choices. Wool is a durable, comfortable fabric that drapes well and is perfect for all seasons. Opt for a black tuxedo for a classic look. However, if you're feeling adventurous, you can experiment with shades such as navy or burgundy for a modern twist.

Renting vs Buying a Tuxedo

While purchasing a tuxedo may seem like a significant investment, it's worth considering if you attend frequent black-tie events. Owning a tuxedo means you'll always have the perfect outfit for any formal occasion. However, if you only participate in black tie events once in a while, renting a tuxedo is a much more cost-effective option. Renting a tuxedo also means experimenting with different styles and colours without committing to purchasing.

Tailoring Your Tuxedo for the Perfect Fit

Regardless of whether you purchase or rent a tuxedo, it's essential to ensure a perfect fit. A poorly fitting tuxedo can ruin your entire look. Have a professional tailor measure you correctly to ensure your jacket, trousers, and waist coverings fit you like a glove. A well-tailored tuxedo will not only look better, but it will also feel more comfortable.

With this guide, you'll be sure to turn heads at your next black-tie event. Remember, the key to black tie success is to keep it classic and elegant while adding a personal touch with accessories and fit. Don't be afraid to experiment with different styles and colours; always ensure you feel comfortable and confident in your appearance.

When it comes to accessorising your tuxedo, less is often more. A simple black bow tie, cummerbund, and polished black dress shoes are all you need to complete the look. Consider a pocket square or cufflinks that reflect your personality to add a personal touch.

Now, get ready to channel your inner James Bond and embrace your sophisticated side in style. Whether attending a wedding, gala, or awards ceremony, a well-fitted tuxedo will make you feel confident and ready to take on the world.

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