Every guy needs a pair of formal shoes in their wardrobe for special occasions and nights out. To help guide you on finding the perfect pair to add to your collection we have created a list of the top smart styles for every gentleman.
Since the release of Wolf of Wall Street last year, the suited and booted city men have adopted the Jordan Belfort look and have taken a bit of ’80s style inspiration.
The streets of Bishopsgate and Bank have an added touch of Wall St glamour with city slickers pounding the pavements to and from work in some sharp tailoring. Long gone are the ill fitted suits, creased shirts and printed ties, with the working gentleman now taking a much more premium approach to his wardrobe.
Pale, feminine colours that were popular in the ’80s, such as powder pink, baby blue and yellow are back in the form of contrast ties, pocket squares, socks and shirts.
When the days are a bit warmer or it gets a little heated in meeting, a pair of braces against a white shirt is the perfect boardroom attire. Keep it New York inspired with the Appraisal American Brogue and a double breasted navy suit.
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Lads, its time to start thinking new season as the colder weather is approaching faster than we think and it is a great excuse to have a bit of a wardrobe overhaul and dig out the layers and muted colours.
This season is all about the rugged gentleman, fusing tailoring with casual wear and adding oversized outerwear. Some of the recent grooming trends are sticking around with guys opting for short, back and sides and a bit more facial hair than usual, which will come in handy for the winter.
Rugged styles like the Amuse Lace and the Alpaca Apron have that old American workwear style and look great matched with deep indigo turn up jeans, heavy knits and if you are feeling adventurous, a touch of double denim.
A popular formal style this season is the monk shoe and this also transcends into casual with the Access Double Monk which has a touch of wingtip detailing. Navy suede will feature heavily this autumn and will match with grey tweeds, brown hues and denim.
For formal occasions or if you fancy changing it up a bit in the office, the Artistry tassle loafer is best paired with a 3 piece suit for the Jordan Belfort’s of the world or worn with some nice tailored trousers and shirt for an evening in a nice city bar.
Commonly seen as a fashion faux-pas the leather sandal has always appeared a bit feminine and uncool but this summer it has had a bit of a style revival.
The leather sandal was the usual footwear choice of our awkward dads in summer and more often than not paired with socks, the dreaded combo. They would crack them out on family holidays to everyone’s horror and since then the closest thing to a sandal a guy would put on his feet is a pair of Havaianas.
Recently men aren’t as afraid of a sandal, realising that it is the best way to stay cool in the summer and can be quite easy to style up or down.
The woven Nero slip on is a great smart choice sandal to match with some cotton twill chino shorts and shirt for those summer evening events.
For the guy who doesn’t want to be too adventurous, the Crixus sandal is a classic flip flop but with premium leather uppers and sole and is easy to wear with anything.
The trend-setters favourite is the slider or footbed like the Birkenstock Arizona 2 Strap or OFFICE Thong sandal. Dress down with jeans, a vest and a loose fitted plaid shirt or smarten up with some chinos and t-shirt.
In the summer months there are plenty of events that seem to fill up our weeks and often we need to go straight after work, making it hard to decide what to wear. We have selected 4 new in, smart-casual styles to transport you from day to night in effortless style. Styled up or down they are easy to wear and more importantly you will be let in the club in them!
1. Stay retro with a simple suede round toe lace up like the Hawk, they look great with a suit for a summer wedding and for everyday with some pin rolled chinos and loose t-shirt or a short sleeve printed shirt.
3. Desert style chukka boots are probably the ultimate casual shoe that transcends the seasons. Our Metz Apron Chukka smartens it up slightly with a top stitched apron without losing the rugged aesthetic. Pair with indigo turn up jeans and a white t-shirt for the day or smart twill trousers and black t-shirt when hitting the bar.
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You know what they say lads, you can tell a lot about a man by his shoe collection. Don’t be caught short this summer with your 10-year-old tatty espadrilles, not when Office has SO much to offer us!
I know, it can be confusing as to what pair to wear with what outfit, and I do realise that some of us just like two or three pairs that are comfortable, versatile and ‘alright’ with all outfits. But why stop at two when you can have many, especially when they won’t break the bank?
Here are a few tips on how to dress up your summer holiday outfits with some great footwear choices:
By Simon Glazin
Winner of Cosmopolitan Magazine’s Male Blogger of the Year 2011
London Collections: Mens (LCM) has now become a permanent fixture in our fashion calendar twice a year just like its womenswear counterpart LFW and the SS15 shows and presentations didn’t disappoint.
The menswear designers have made their mark and earned their own fashion week to showcase the best of what London has to offer, not to mention some international visitors from the likes of DKNY and Moschino.
From Burberry and Alexander McQueen we saw the classic tailoring they are famous for, slimmed down with ankle grazing trousers, light shades and styled with tennis shoes and runners.
Things got a bit wild when Moschino hit the catwalk, with bright fizzy drink logos and bleached denim dominating the looks. Since loud and proud designer Jeremy Scott took over as creative director, Moschino has returned as the luxuriously tacky label we loved in the early ’90s and this week was Moschino men’s first ever showing in London.
We at OFFICE HQ were lucky enough to go along to the iD presents Moschino party as Calvin Klein model and style icon Aaron Frew’s date for the night.
Celebs, bloggers and models were out in full force to support the Jeremy Scott’s first mens collection with Moschino and the party definitely raised the roof. We managed to rub shoulders with the likes of Lindsay Lohan, ASAP Rocky and Jeremy Scott himself, there was great music, a great atmosphere and we had an all round amazing time. Moschino sure know how to throw a party and we cant wait for next season!
Street Style imagery sourced: Guest blogger – Simon Glazin
Winner of Cosmopolitan Magazine’s Male Blogger of the Year 2011
The nights are darker, the mercury has plummeted and X Factor and Strictly have taken over Saturday night TV; it can only mean one thing – autumn is here.
We can’t do anything about the dark nights, or banish reality TV from the schedule. But we can make sure you stay warm, while looking stylish, over the next few months.
Here’s our pick of the men’s boots guaranteed to keep your toes dry and toasty.
If you’re not quite ready to ditch your trainers yet, these Timberland Earthkeepers offer the best of both worlds. The rubber cupsole and rope laces keep them looking casual and cool, but you’ll be glad of the padded ankle collar and sock lining if you get caught in the rain.
First up from our very own brand Ask The Missus is the Carter Zip Boot. The rugged style is definitely in this season, with a host of designers sending models down the runway in boots which are both fashionable and functional. Don’t just wear them with jeans at the weekend – toughen up your suit.s
Chelsea boots are a fashion institution and go with anything so make sure you have a pair in your wardrobe. Our favourites come in tan leather and would look great with a navy suit.
These lace-up boots with a brogue-style toe walk a fine line between casual and smart, making them a must-have addition to any wardrobe. Going for a walk in the park? Yes they’ll do. A trip to the pub? Perfect. A day in the office? Why not.
These burnished black brogue boots are the ultimate in casual cool. Inspired by the runway these boots are sure to become this seasons go to style. Team with a pair of on-trend gunmetal grey trousers as seen at Neil Barratt* for a great weekend look.
Grey is this season’s hottest colour, with multiple designers sending models down the catwalk in head to toe silvery shades at the autumn/winter 13 shows. Choose charcoal trousers and a lighter top to pair with these grey suede boots.
Got a winter wedding to attend? These smart tan chukka boots are the perfect accompaniment to your suit. Or they’ll look great with an Oxford shirt and tweed jacket for a more casual look.
Desert boots aren’t just for winter. Team with chunky knits and jeans during the colder the months and then pull them out again to pair with shorts in the summer. The beauty of desert boots is they look even better once they are a bit worn – BONUS!
Last but by no means least, the Dante Strap Boots in black leather are a true classic. Simple yet stylish they’ll go with any of the top autumn/winter trends whether it’s burgundy, tweed jackets, plaid tailoring or statement overcoats.