Sea-faring, Nautical Trend Update

The nautical trend has become a style staple this summer and it’s looking to continue well into autumn/winter 2014 too. The colours red, white and blue make up the typical nautical palette, as well as pieces such as Breton tops and pea coats. However the look has evolved into a much more masculine, maritime appearance.

The fisherman jacket, with its practical pockets and strong water-resistant fabric has become a necessity amongst fashionista males. Brands such as Soulcal, Denham the Jeanmaker and Suit Samson have a selection in bright colours including red and yellow, or wear-with-everything neutral hues like navy and khaki.

As always, nautical stripes are a strong look. Choose Breton tops in traditional navy or grey stripes with white, but experiment by looking for t-shirts with varying stripe widths or a mixture of vertical and horizontal stripes together can update this classic.

Wear your Breton top with chinos or jeans, or for a Riveria inspired look, layer under a white or navy blazer to make your outfit smarter.

For a fun update to your wardrobe, fashion stores such as ASOS, Urban Outfitters, All Saints and Topman are stocking sea-faring prints and patterns with anchors, sailing boats and seagulls seen on every piece from cardigans, t-shirts, shorts and even ties. Just make sure to wear one piece at a time to avoid nautical overkill.

When it comes to footwear, who can’t resist the boat or deck shoes? They tick all the right boxes – practical, comfortable and stylish – and can be worn with shorts and trousers. Other shoes include tan suede loafers or even plain white plimsolls, which will go with your nautical-inspired outfits.

5 Must-Have Classic Accessories

From a beaten up and tired looking pair of trainers, a scratched belt plate or mud-sodden rucksack, accessories are always noticed. Essential to an outfit yet a lot of the time purely ignored, accessories have the power to change an outfit entirely. Below is a multi-tasking list of recommended accessories to take you from weekends away, black tie occasions or even work wear.

  1. A leather belt – To make an outfit look pulled together, a belt is a must. Stick to classic black and brown leather styles with silver fastenings and/or buckles too. Purchase in both colours, or look for a reversible black/brown belt to save your pennies – suit retailers including Moss Bros or Austin Reed stock great traditional-looking accessories.

  2. Pair of sunglasses – There’s nothing like a pair of Rayban aviator sunglasses to add a touch of cool finesse to an outfit, and this style like Converse plimsolls never seem to date. Although make sure to have a trying on session in store to find the right style for you, spending more on designer sunglasses can also guarantee you get quality lenses, but save the fashion-forward and on-trend styles to cheaper high-street stores.

  3. A watch The raise of smart phones have meant the joys of carrying a Filofax and wearing a watch have diminished over the years, with people resorting to peering at their phone for the time instead of simply glancing at a sophisticated time piece. A silver or gold watch is your ‘go with everything’ timeless style, just as great with a t-shirt as it is in the office.

  4. Pair Of Leather Gloves – Rock stars to politicians, most of them own a pair of luxury leather gloves to guard their hands from the cold each winter. Hard-wearing and stylish, leather gloves are much better than wool gloves which can look tired quickly – A truly sophisticated addition to your winter wardrobe.

  5. Leather holdall – You can’t go wrong with a medium-sized leather holdall. Like leather gloves and belts, this super strong material stays looking well-groomed at all times – much better than its canvas holdall counterpart. A leather holdall can be used for many occasions including trips to the gym and weekends away.


As our skin ages it becomes thinner and more easily damaged. Whilst men’s skin ages at a slower rate than women’s, men’s skin is oilier and up to 20 percent thicker than women’s leading to larger and more prominent pores and deeper wrinkles.

Skin ageing is caused by a reduction in elasticity and loss of collagen. Sun damage is a leading factor in skin ageing – UV rays weaken collagen and elastin which keep skin elastic and plump. Consider using a moisturiser with a built in sunscreen throughout the year to reduce UV damage in addition to dedicated sun cream in the summer months.

Wearing sunglasses in the sun is also wise. The skin around the eyes is very delicate and is often the first area to show wrinkles. Sunglasses with provide an additional layer of UV protection and prevent squinting which can cause wrinkles.

Fight Ageing SkinDrinking enough water keeps the body and skin hydrated and can help you look healthier. The British Dietetic Association recommends drinking 1.5 to 2.5 litres per day.

Encouraging cell turnover with products containing Alpha Hydroxy Acids (AHAs), such as Zirh Clean, to help remove dead skin cells and encourage new growth leaving the skin looking fresh and youthful.

It’s safe to say that anti-ageing creams aren’t miracles in a jar that will make wrinkles immediately disappear forever. What they can do is even out the skin tone, improve the health of the skin with anti-oxidant vitamins A and C and improve the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.

The range of men’s anti-ageing products are formulated specifically for our oilier skin and the rigours of daily shaving. Women’s products, contain a lot of oil for their drier and thinner skin, which can irritate our skin and clog pores.

We hope with these tips and a few well chosen products you can enjoy a more youthful look for years to come.