Colour Trends for Men – 2014

The transition from summer to autumn has begun, so now is the time to stock up on autumn/winter 2013-2014’s new and interesting colour palette.

If you’ve not scoured the latest updates from the runway, this season proves to be a shocker. Autumn/winter usually calls upon stereotypical dark hues of plum, black, navy and grey, however this winter will be decidedly bright and optimistic instead.

Zest for life

Designers such as Burberry and Jonathan Saunders showcased various bright shades of orange and yellow for both separates and tailoring. These colours were worn with dove grey and charcoal to show the contrast even more.

On the high street, brands such as Topman, Homme Penn at Urban Outfitters and Levis have picked up on this trend and are already stocking zesty shades to update your wardrobe.

Topman Orange 89 mesh vest £20.00

Topman Orange 89 mesh vest

Homme Penn Tee £22.00

Homme Penn Tee

Levis Short Sleeved One Pocket Washed Shirt £70.00

Levis Short Sleeved One Pocket Washed Shirt

Pastel Power

A major side step away from winter’s harsher tones, the pastel shades from spring/summer have trickled into next season effortlessly. Which is good news if you did invest in a tailored pastel suit this summer, as you’ve got yourself more cost per wear.

Hues such as cornflower blue, dusky pink and mint green have all featured on the autumn/winter 13-14 runways, from designers including Richard Nicoll and Hackett. Even Christopher Raeburn re-invented the military style parker in a powder pink for this season – just make sure your girlfriend doesn’t nab it!

A favourite from the high street is Topman’s blue dip dye blazer at £85.00, this piece could be worn with chinos or jeans to make a subtle impact to your look.

Topman Blue Dip Dye Blazer

For a smart-casual classic pink shirt, Uniqlo stock perfect 100% cotton Oxford, long sleeved shirts for just £14.90.

Uniqlo Classic Pink Shirt

Team H&M’s pair of mint green chinos (£19.99) with a dark grey v-neck sweater to balance out the colour proportions.

H&M Chinos

All-American Style – The Never Fail Look

You may have a signature look or a piece in your wardrobe which never fails to spruce up an outfit, but sometimes you may get bored and fancy mixing it up a bit in the style stakes.

Never fear, there’s a go to look that will suit any body shape and age appropriately – the all-American look. The staple pieces include blue denim jeans and a plain white t-shirt – it’s what you layer over and the accessories you wear with it that can fit in with what you feel most comfortable with.

The Basics

Look for the highest quality plain white t-shirt your budget can afford, and of course these are available in almost every high street and designer store around the world – the most classic style is a round crew neck.

The next investment piece is the indigo denim jean in a slim/regular fit, with or without turn-ups and definitely without any distressed details. This purely depends on how ‘Americana’ you want to go. If James Dean, Danny from Grease or Marlon Brando are your heroes, why not give turn-ups a try?

Layer It Up

For the under 40’s, the plaid flannel shirt in bold shades of red, green and blue can make a real statement with the all-American look, this style of shirt will also nod to the 1990’s trend nicely as well. If plaid flannel shirts aren’t to your tastes, wear a chambray shirt with rolled up sleeves, in a light blue or grey colour to layer up over your plain white tee.

As the weather turns cooler for autumn, a great cover up is the ‘worker jacket’ favoured by the blue-collar workers of the Deep South in America – a boxed, waist-length shape, with long sleeves and a collar in urban tones of charcoal, black or rust are a good choice.

Footwear & Accessories

The key to the all-American look is to keep it simple and stick to the classics. Converse All Star trainers are a fine symbol of American style, which haven’t dated in decades. Stick to their primary range of trainers in white, black, navy or red to really gain a lot wear from these shoes.

If your occasion calls for a smarter look, or you find Converse trainers a little too cold in the drizzly autumn weather, the lace up ‘work boot’ in suede or leather is a great alternative. High street stores have many options available and in many different price ranges, from All Saints to ASOS or River Island to Kurt Geiger.

Like the footwear, keep the accessories down to a minimum. Choose a black or brown leather belt to pull the look together and be sparing with any jewellery.

MEN-U GROOMING: An Introduction

Men-U have introduced a full range of multi-award winning men’s grooming products. The ultra concentrate liquid formulations ensure a little goes a long way, providing great value, whilst delivering the finest ingredients to where they are needed most without waste.

The handy 75 and 100ml bottles with locking pumps – ideal for the gym bag – provide 60-265 applications dependent on the product and provide accurate dosage.

Men-U have also taken on the challenge of improving shaving – the daily ritual that can cause all sorts of skin problems. Men-U Shave Crème is packed with lubricants, including silicone and moisturisers. This means a closer shave for you with less resistance, less irritation, less nicks and a longer lasting blade and we know what replacement cartridges can cost!

With their Premier Shaving Brush, Men-U turned 250 years of shaving tradition on its head, eschewing badger hair bristles instead opting for highly developed synthetic bristles. A shaving brush with synthetic bristles is non-absorbent, so they need less shaving cream to create a richer lather.

Men-U db Premier Synthetic Shaving BrushSimon Shaw, Wahl UK Artistic Director said of the new shaving brush “The Men-U Premier, synthetic bristle shaving brush is the best I have ever used! The bristles are easily cleaned and you use less product. I have always felt uncomfortable about using badger bristles.”

Men-U continue to develop and introduce new dedicated men’s grooming products – from shaving to skincare to hair styling.

No Men-U products have been tested on animals or their ingredients for Men-U product purposes.

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For clients who want that natural finish without looking like they’ve tried, Men-U Grooming Wax holds hair just where you want it.
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Used daily or overnight [Men-U Matt Moisturiser will] moisturise while soaking up your sweat, leaving your face matt and smooth.

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FHM Grooming Awards

Make his morning routine a breeze with this [Men-U Premier Shaving] brush, plus three free Men-U mini skincare favourites. A quality synthetic alternative to badger bristles makes it great for animal lovers.
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Best Dressed Footballers

The new football season is upon us with the Premier League set to kick off on the 17th August, so now’s the time when footballers behaviour will be magnified both on and off the pitch – not forgetting their sometimes ‘interesting’ style choices. However some players do get it right, so here’s Timothy Edwards round up of the best-dressed footballers to look out for this season.

Thierry Henry

Not afraid to try new things, French footballer Thierry Henry has been spotted wearing this summers style staple the varsity jacket as an addition to his off-duty, casual style. Thierry also chooses classic pieces such as straight leg jeans and neutral-coloured shirts, which are pulled together with a classic blazer.

Michael Essien
Chelsea player Michael Essien aka ‘The Bison’ may have a tough approach on the field, but off the pitch he pulls together a refined aesthetic, favouring ultra-slim fitting suits and sharp ties for evening wear, and plaid shirts with eclectic accessories for daytime.

Raul Meireles

Portuguese footballer Raul Meireles is covered in tattoos, but his style is suitably polished. Favouring a fashion-forward wardrobe of elegant suits, Breton striped t-shirts, topped off with a good dose of rock and roll swagger. Raul loves fashion so much, he and his wife decided to open a fashion boutique in his home country.

Xabi Alonso

Spanish star Xabi Alonso hasn’t been an ambassador for designer Hugo Boss for nothing, as his look fits in perfectly with the fashion house. Classic and smart, Alonso sticks to classic casual wear such as V-neck sweaters layered over t-shirts, form-fitting suits and a clean-cut hairstyle.

David Beckham

Save the best till last (even though retired), we know Mr Beckham can sell almost anything – from Sharpie pens to D&G underwear. He’s been on the style radar and a role model for over a decade for taking fashion risks, but when the pressure is on to look extra good, David Beckham always delivers. Anyone who can pull off a Ralph Lauren morning suit to the recent Royal wedding or a sarong on holiday gets a fashion salute – even if he does get some extra style tips from his Spice Girl and fashion designer wife, Victoria Beckham.