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So, it’s happened. Your bad Tinder jokes have finally worked, and a match has agreed to meet with you. The only issue is, they’re only free on Tuesday at 6 pm. How are you meant to get home, changed and get back out again in time? Here’s our life-hack: you don’t.
With careful planning and some brilliant execution, you won’t even have to take anything extra with you on your morning commute. If you pick the right outfit, you can smash out your day job and then go straight to your date with a flawless transition. Here is our how-to guide for going from the office to date night.
Ditch The Tie
Right, you might look fantastic in your fancy work suit, but your date night isn’t about who can sell the most paper this month, its about selling yourself. If you ditch your tie, it gives your outfit that more casual edge that shows you aren’t entirely work orientated. You’ll feel more relaxed and less robotic, no doubt your body language will mirror this.
It is important to choose a shirt that looks equally as impressive without a tie, make sure the collar isn’t awkward when unbuttoned, your tailored trouser and shirt combo should suffice.
A Perfect Fit
Regardless of what you finally choose to wear, just make sure it fits you well. If you’re going straight from work in a clean, slim fit shirt, then you have to make sure it fits comfortably but well. You don’t want to wear that shirt you bought because you like the pattern but the sleeves are 3ft. too long. A good, well-fitted outfit goes a lot further than an extremely fashionable, but badly fitted outfit.
You arrive at the meeting place first, take a seat and wait for your date to arrive. When they finally arrive you don’t want to stand up to reveal some ridiculous footwear that’s going to send them running. If you opt for a cropped smart trouser at work, you can easily transform the outfit by swapping out your smart shoes for a clean, simple white sneaker. It shows a fun, casual edge but whilst also still showing elements of smart. The perfect smart-casual look, right?
If white sneakers aren’t your thing, boots go down very well on dates. Chelsea boots are a great way of flying straight out of the office to meet your date as they are clean and smart without over-doing it.
If you feel like your workplace outfit is just a bit too smart, swap out part of your outfit and casual it up a bit. For example, if you swap out your shirt for a plain t-shirt combined with a cropped trouser and white sneaker, you can really pull off a more casual but very neat look. The trousers bring in enough of a smart feel that you won’t be under-doing it whilst still being a very simple transition from the office outfit.
A last couple of pointers – a splash of cologne before you go will help, with no time to properly freshen up, this can refresh your scent enough for a few hours- don’t go crazy and leave their eyes watering after one whiff.
If you’ve decided to get yourself a new pair of Chelsea boots or harder wearing shoes for your date, make sure you do wear them in at work or home first. There’s nothing cool about complaining about your feet hurting, or even worse, bursting your blisters at the table. So make sure they’re comfy before you leave work!
Airports have tricky fashion rules. It’s probably the only place you’re likely to see men in smart business suits and boys in garish lad’s holiday tees, complete with depraving nicknames. There isn’t a set standard when it comes to dressing for the airport, but here at Mainline Menswear we think you should look casually smart (not the same as smart-casual, I promise), feel comfortable, and be able to get through airport security as quickly as possible (that means no change in your pockets, guys). Here we go through what to wear at the airport, from making you look presentable to also keeping you comfortable when you get that 2 hours delayed call.
Chinos and a button-down shirt take the number one spot for outfits we’d recommend at the airport. This is a well put-together look that requires minimal effort and is comfortable to boot. Also, chinos (when fitted correctly) don’t need a belt, meaning you won’t have one to take off at security. Win-Win.
Sure, it might be raining in Britain, but if you’re on your way to somewhere sunny then you might want to dress for the weather there not here. In that case, keep things smart but comfortable with chino shorts and a Cuban collar shirt. We’ve discussed in length why we think Cuban collars are your best go-to shirt here, and this look is beach ready whilst at the same time makes you look presentable. Layer the look with a plain white t-shirt and an unbuttoned Cuban collar over the top just in case it’s cold in the airport.
Airport security is going to make you take your shoes off at some point, so let’s make things easier for everyone by wearing shoes that you can easily slip on and off. Loafers and boat shoes are a great option here, as they forgo the laces and are easy to take on and off. It’s practically like you’re wearing slippers out, but smart slippers. Just make sure you’re wearing liner socks so, while no one can see them, your feet will still keep cool and comfortable.
So What To Wear At The Airport?
Here are our final top tips for all your destination dressing:
Wear slip-on shoes without laces
Chinos are more comfortable (and smarter) than jeans
Layer up to help you keep warm or cool depending on the temperature
Which sunglasses suit you best? The weather is warming up, your holiday is just around the corner and you’re eagerly awaiting that “beer garden?” text. It’s only when you’re outside and struggling to see against the blinding sun that you realise you’ve lost your sunglasses. Even though they maybe (definitely) didn’t suit you anyway, you are sorely missing them.
That’s where Mainline Menswear’s sunglasses guide comes in. With a large selection of styles to choose from, some sunglasses look better on certain face shapes. There’s bound to be a pair of sunnies that will kill off that wrinkle-inducing squint you’re developing. (Disclaimer: wrinkles are a part of life; I don’t make the rules). It’s time to pick out some sunglasses worth investing in for this summer to complete all those chilled summer vibe outfits you’re about to show off to the world. Here are our top sunglasses trends for this year.
For almost 90 years’ Aviators have held their own in the sunglasses world. There isn’t a more classic, American cool style than Aviators. Top Gun proves it. Another bonus is that the familiar design is very flattering and suits just about every face type, making them a sensible choice if you’re not sure.
Another type paying homage to a vintage look are round shaped sunglasses. The go-hipster style of choice takes a bit more confidence than Aviators, and we don’t recommend them if you tend to have a round face yourself. These sunglasses give you that stand-out edge over a simpler looking design. So, if you want to stand out this summer, these are the pair for you.
If you fancy something bold this summer, opt for a vibrant lens or frame. Not for everybody, but certainly a very simple way to stand out throughout the warmer months. We just recommend you consider the colour of your glasses carefully. You don’t want them to clash with the rest of your outfit. The primary colours, red, blue and green are all excellent choices if you’d like to add a bit of colour to this timeless accessory.
If nothing you’ve seen so far takes your fancy, then why not shop for designer sunglasses online with Mainline Menswear? We’re sure you’ll find a pair that’s right for you.
Loafers are the forgotten shoes you need to reintroduce to your wardrobe. Often neglected in place of trainers or brogues, loafers can be a stylish addition for both casual and formal wear. Being easy to dress up or down makes them your newest go-to shoe that’s minimalistic, easily adaptable, and looks like you’ve put a lot of thought into your dapper-vibe outfit. Be warned though, the loafer look can be completely spoiled if you don’t style them correctly, so read our top tips here on how to wear loafers.
What Are Loafers?
Starting with the basics, loafers are slip-on style shoes that do not have laces or any other fastenings. Think fancy slippers. Usually, loafers have a low or even no heel and are typically made using leather or suede.
What’s the difference between loafers and moccasins?
We have our friends in Scandinavia to thank for the invention of loafers. The Norwegian footwear was actually based on the moccasins worn by Native Americans. The difference between moccasins and loafers is that moccasins tend to have lace across the top, but they never feature a heel and do not have a separate sole like their loafer-cousins. Moccasins are also typically made using soft leather, whilst loafers are considered a bit tougher.
What’s the difference between loafers and boat shoes?
Loafers are also similar to boat shoes, but don’t tend to be as sporty and are considered more formal than boat shoes. You could easily wear boat shoes with shorts, but loafers and shorts tend to be a no-go (with a few exceptions that we’ll explain down below). We’re adding a pinch of smartness to your outfit with loafers. So, if you want casual, opt for boat shoes instead.
How to wear loafers?
Getting onto the tips now, there are many different styles of loafers you could go for. Including Penny Loafers, Gucci Loafers, and tassel loafers. Penny loafers are plain on the top with no embellishments, while the Gucci loafer has a metal clasp across the front and the tassel loafer has (you guessed it) a tassel on the front. But the style is really up to your personal taste, instead, we’re going to explain how you can match loafers with your outfits. From every day to formal occasions.
How to Wear Loafers with Casual wear?
For a casual look, your loafers can add a bit of a dapper vibe to any look to give things a bit of an upgrade. We recommend you try to match your loafers with one other semi-smart piece of clothing whilst the rest can stay casual. For example:
Try to pick a pair of loafers that aren’t too “dressy” either. No shiny black leather loafers here. Instead, go for suede loafers in bright colours like jade green and ruby red. This will help make the loafers the star of your outfit and make the outfit seem planned.
How to Wear Loafers Formally?
On the other side, we don’t recommend bold coloured loafers for your formal look. Here the trick is to keep the tones of your outfit in the same colour palette as your shoes. Timeless shades such as black, brown and grey will all work here. Also, opt for leather loafers rather than suede to ensure things stay smart.
Summer in Britain is sporadic at best, and we never know if we should be layering up for freak showers or wearing as little as possible to combat the heat. It can go from hot to cold without much warning, and I don’t know about you, but I only have three summer outfits for the year. If you’re anything like me, you’ll be sick of the same old t-shirt and shorts combo, and picking a coat for the summer is more confusing than it has any right to be. Well, summer looks like it’s ready for a long-term relationship, so it’s time to step up our game with some expert summer layering.
Here we go through how to do summer layering for men. Summer layering will make your outfit look interesting and fresh, transitioning your day-time wear to night-time without much effort!
Combine T-Shirts with Loose Collared Shirts
Here is the main tip I want you to take away. T-shirts and shirts. Shirts and t-shirts! The combination looks great, keeps you cool, and if you need to look a bit smarter in the evening? You Just button that shirt up and bing, bang boom you’re ready to go. Sorted!
Like to keep things simple but get too cold once the sun goes down? Your answer is a thin jacket (duh). Perfect in the summer and keeping you warm in the evening. These jackets are versatile and can be worn with almost anything. Just make sure your jeans are a different shade of denim if you want to break the 101 rule and go for double denim with a denim jacket. As long as they’re different colours you’ll pull this look off no problem.
Top Tip: Try to opt for a lightweight jacket when summer layering, this means you can stow it away when the sun’s blazing and get it out as soon as things cool down slightly. We also recommend you go for suitable colours (like the beige Ralph Lauren jacket below) as you’ll be able to wear it with more of your wardrobe.
Own A Thin Raincoat
In Britain, even though it’s hot doesn’t mean it’s not going to rain. You need to be prepared for a short drizzle no matter what time of the year, so Mainline Menswear recommend a good quality, thin raincoat when it comes to summer layering. Thin enough that you won’t overheat, but also perfect for short spells of cloudy weather. Match with jeans then your t-shirt and shirt combo to complete the outfit.
Top Tip: Bucket hats are in this year and make for a great summer accessories. They protect your head in both the rain and the sun! So don’t be afraid to complete your summer raincoat look with a reliable bucket hat.
Ditch the Rucksacks & Opt For Bum Bags
Okay, a bit of a wildcard here. But as we explained in this post about how to rock your favourite bum bag, these are perfect to keep hand free whilst having the essentials. You don’t need to be carrying a big bulky backpack when you’re summer layering, so pick up a designer bum bag and wear it crossbody to stay on trend whilst maintaining functionality this year.
If you’re still unsure on summer layering, try to concentrate on colours and the fabrics you’re using. Go for lightweight clothing in cotton and make sure your outfits breathable before you take on the day. And remember to stay hydrated while you’re out and about in the sunshine.
Sound the trumpets, rally the boys, grab the Pimm’s, as it is finally swimming short season. In the UK there’s only a short amount of time where we can get our chicken legs out and finally enjoy the heat. That time is finally here, so you need to get a pair of trusty swimming shorts to take full advantage of the situation. But what are the best swimming shorts for men? What length should your swimming shorts be? And is there ever a time for budgie smugglers? (That’s going to be a hard no on that last one). Here we’ll dive right in and answer all your questions with our biggest swimwear do’s and don’ts, so you’re beach ready.
Men’s Swimwear Don’ts
Board Shorts – These are not a suitable option. Ten years ago maybe you would have gotten away with it, if your mum bought your summer wardrobe from a catalogue. Or a early 00’s surfer? Basically, the baggy ¾ lengths do no need any space in your suitcase this summer.
Garish patters – Being in the sun means people are most likely wearing sunglasses. However, this doesn’t mean neon bright patterns are acceptable. Though we’re all for statement swimming trunks that show off a pattern, pick a pair that are subtle and classy. Neon is a no.
Shapeless Shorts – Wearing baggy unattractive shoes is no longer the fashion (and was it ever?) We don’t all have a Greek God physique (my mum says I do) but we can improve our look with clothing that fits us correctly. Yes, even your swimwear should fit properly. If you are blessed with large thighs go a size up, shorts should not be tight. On the flip side if you’re on the skinny end of the scale don’t opt for baggy shorts, go for something slim and fitted these will be more flattering.
Speedo’s – I don’t care if it’s a lad’s holiday or even a stag do. It’s still not fun for anyone to wear speedos around the pool – especially if you’re the one wearing the speedos. Leave some things for the imagination and leave the budgie smugglers at home.
Men’s Swimwear Do’s
Pastel Colours – When the cold weather finally leaves us that means it’s time to leave the dark clothing behind as well. Opt for pastel coloured shorts in blues, greens and pinks. They will help accent your tan (if you’ve got one that is).
Go Shorter – When shopping for shorts a good rule to go by is the hem should fall a few inches above the knee. If you’re a guy who’s been working on leg day, why not be brave and go for something shorter? Show your hard work off.
Pack Different Styles – We are all guilty of finding a style we like and sticking to it. But this is not always practical. You may spend days on the beach which implies you’ll need your mobile phone and some cash, so shop practically for the shorts with zip pockets and then for the pool you can opt for a sleeker design.
The heatwave is officially on, and with summer finally welcoming the BBQs and garden parties, your old chukka boots need to say goodbye until autumn. Finding shoes to wear for high temperature can be more complicated than you’d think, with even trainers feeling like too much when the heat really kicks in. And what shoes can you wear to the office when it’s hot? Sandals, sadly, won’t always make the cut.
Here’s our official summer shoe guide for men to help you pick your footwear for all occasions, from workdays to weekends on the beach.
Okay, so you’re going to insist on wearing trainers. That’s fine. But when it’s getting sunny, we would recommend some plain white trainers instead of those darker silhouettes that are your usual faves.
A pair of underrated, smart white trainers will be your new go-to this year. Able to match with everything but keep up the summer vibes, simple is more when it comes to these sneakers. Just remember to invest in a Crep Protect cleaning set to keep them sparkling white.
Boat shoes or loafers are by far the easiest slip on and go footwear available to you. They’re breathable, comfortable and available in a wide range of colours and styles, meaning you can mix and match for the occasion.
Match your boat shoes/loafers with lightweight tailoring, such as chino shorts, and try to stay away from polo shirts if you want to avoid that frat boy vibe.
You no longer need a luxury car to wear driver shoes. Originally made for that extra grip in your Italian Ferrari, your typical, non-Ferrari owning man can now also enjoy the comfort of these classic silhouettes.
Driver shoes already look pretty bold, so we recommend you take things further and go for fanciful colours with your shoes to really show them off. Think dark reds, bright blues and even a few quirky patterns.
You thought we weren’t going to mention flip flops, didn’t you? Whilst not suitable for any semi-smart related occasion, sandals/flip flops are the shoes for your summer. There is nothing airier than a pair of flip flops, and they will be your best friends over the weekend. The only issue we have here is that flip flops can break easily, and that’s the last thing you want when your out and about. What we recommend is you get a comfy pair, preferably made with genuine leather. A reliable pair of Birkenstocks are high quality with a thicker sole, meaning they’ll last and be comfier to walk in too.
A sandal alternative is also a nice pair of sliders. Less likely to snap compared to flip flops, sliders are still a summer must-have for your feet.
Mena Massoud has been making strides since staring in Disney’s newest Aladdin. The 27-year-old is far from a street rat when he’s not on set. From looking sharp and formal on the red carpet to colourful casual wear at Coachella. Mena has his own style that includes some bold accessorizing and a fantastic dose of confidence, making him our latest style icon. Here we’ll go through some of our favourite Mena Massoud outfits to help inspire your own fashion choices.
Sunnies + Scarfs
This somewhat conflicting outfit is seemingly simple at first glance: a beige t-shirt and some jeans for Coachella. But Mena Massoud has upgraded a boring look with some eye-catching accessories. The necklace, the scarf and even the sunnies are what’s carrying this outfit and making it pop. We especially love the Egyptian infused scarf draped oh so casually over his shoulder. Summer scarfs are a bold choice that most men will avoid, but we urge you to take a leaf out of Mena’s book and try something new.
From Coachella to promoting Aladdin in Mexico. Mena’s shirt here is loud, and if he’d worn it alone, I’m not sure I could recommend it to you. What really makes this outfit work is the fact that he’s subdued the shirt with a plain black suit. Subtle meets excessive to make a real stand out formal look that you could easily pull off.
Our final red (or purple) carpet appearance is a little more casual but no less stylish. It feels like Mena is channelling his inner Aladdin with this look. The matching pattern velour bomber jacket and Aladdin style pants are a smart-casual choice made veering more on the casual side with the addition of trainers. The added band-collared shirt adds some much-needed smartness that completes this look.
So how can we dress more like Mena Massoud? Our takeaway here is to consider the spotlight of your outfit carefully. From colourful scarfs to bold shirts, we recommend you all pick one piece of your outfit that you’d like to stand out and channel your inner Mena with more casual pieces to match.
Menswear tends to be a more muted palette; however neon hues are hitting the fashion trends and fast. From Neon Parties on Love Island to bright sportswear on the field. The aim is to look as bright as a highlighter because fashion has gone high-vis. But no we’re not suggesting you dig out your roadside jacket, add in some statement pieces and fresh accents to hit this autumn/winter trend and make sure they get noticed with these choices of vibrant colours.
There really aren’t that many rules when it comes to wearing neon – except to be brave perhaps. The important decision you want to make is picking which part of your outfit is going to be neon. Whether it’s your trainers, jacket, shoes or even socks – make sure you pick the item that you want to make the centrepiece of your outfit, as you are literally highlighting it in a big bold colour.
If your neon outfit seems a little too much (which obviously it will) then remember that layering is your friend. You can make a bright piece of clothing more subtle by layering on top of it. For example, a neon t-shirt paired with a denim jacket.
Here we have a few examples of neon outfits to get you starter.
Attention Grabbing Trainers
Neon yellow is the perfect colour to highlight your feet. This is a fantastic go-to if you want your trainers to be the centrepiece of your outfit. Draw attention with these black and neon yellow tech runner, the new addition to Mallet. The style is constructed from premium knit interwoven fabric on a unique bubble sole. Another option is to add some vintage nostalgia and keep on-trend with the Adidas Continental 80 trainers. Both are on-trend and will make your feet glow.
Don’t fancy drawing that much attention to your feet? Opt for an on-trend t-shirt and make that stand out instead. These styles from Adidas and Superdry are on-trend but aren’t as bold as some t-shirts. They’re lowkey neon but still pack a punch and will keep you feeling summery and stylish.
Suns out, legs out, neon out. Wear neon big and bold with these Hugo Boss dolphin swim-shorts. Make yourself seen as you emerge from the pool with confidence and style. Want a subtle hint of the highlighter trend? Opt for these EA7 Emporio Armani Colour Block Swim Shorts, they are very much business in the front, party on the side – like a mullet but with better sense.
Neon is a perfect choice for your swimwear. The bright colours infuse a summer vibe and you won’t feel as self-conscious for loud swimming trunks than you would say, adding neon to your everyday look. This is the perfect gateway into the loud and proud neon trend.
So depending on brave you feel why not add a bit of the highlighter trend to your wardrobe and stand out in a crowd.
From announcing to the world that he makes “awesome decisions in bike stores,” to feeling extremely inspired by Ikea, it is safe to say that Kanye West is a man of many surprises. Ignoring his much-missed twitter for a few seconds, we would like to discuss Kanye West’s style. With a few shocking outfits sprinkled here and there, Kanye is definitely a man who appreciates fashion.
To start with, Kanye has his own label Yeezy, collaborated with Adidas; and a second label ‘Calabasas’ with his wife, Kim Kardashian West and Adidas. These strides in the fashion industry alone make Kanye a style icon, but we’d like to delve into some of our favourite outfits that Kanye (also known as Ye) has rocked this year.
Minimal Effort at The Met Gala
Kanye keeping it cool. On a night like the Met Gala when celebrities are battling to stand out the most with the most unique outfit, Kanye west completely ignores that and stands out by keeping it casual. The rapper wore a simple black Dickies zip-up jacket (worth a very fair $43), paired with a white t-shirt, black pants and black Yeezy season 4 combat boots. An outfit we could all achieve ourselves that he picked for fashion’s biggest night. Is that rude? I mean, maybe. Is it bold? Probably. Is it a simple and easy outfit we could wear into town? Definitely.
Next up we’ve got Kanye looking good in his very weather appropriate jacket from The North Face. And look! He’s actually smiling for once. If that doesn’t convince you to grab a North Face jacket, then we’re not sure what will.
The point is this outfit is once again simple, comfy and perfect for the colder weather. Well done, Kanye.
You thought we were going to talk about the jacket, didn’t you? In the words of Trump: wrong! Sure, the statement jacket is great (and we recommend statement jackets to one and all) but what we really want to take note here are the trainers. That’s right, the classic three stripe trainers. It is safe to say Kanye LOVES Adidas, and they probably love him if their collaborations are anything to go by. He is constantly being seen in a pair of adidas Originals trainers, so if they’re good enough for Ye they’re good enough for you.
This is a look anyone can pull off with minimal effort. And it really shows how versatile a pair of Adidas trainers can be.
Our final outfit is similar to the others, in that it features Kanye West, but is also very easy for us non-Kanyes to pull off. Once again Kanye is representing his Adidas ties with some classic tracksuit bottoms, but he’s styled this casual look up with a bit of layering. We bang on about layering a lot here at Mainline Menswear, and that’s because it can upgrade your outfit instantly and makes everything seem a little more put together and a lot more thought out.
Take a leaf out of Kanye’s book and layer your top half when your bottoms are some simple tracksuits. We don’t recommend covering half your face with your hood though, you won’t be able to see where you’re walking and it’s just not safe. Bad, Kanye.
So how would we describe Kanye West’s style? In short: easy, simple with a large dash I-Don’t-Care-What-You-Think attitude. Adidas is your first stop if you want to look like Kanye West, and then please remember that smiling is optional.