Office Blog Posts Tagged ‘smart’

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Monday, August 3rd, 2015

Its not long before the new term starts and whether its back to school, college, uni or just back to work after the holidays, we have the best of our new in smart styles to get you ready.


The new school year often brings dread especially after lapping up the sunshine on holiday, but it isn’t all bad. You get new shoes, new stationary and if you are lucky a new bag that isn’t a tote you got free in a magazine.


Back in the day, shopping for new term shoes was the starter of stressful trips to the town centre and blazing rows with your mother in a busy store, but no more. Pretty much all styles are super cool these days and there is a style to suit every girl, in fact the “geekier” the style, the better it looks. The Clueless style Mary Janes and chunky lace ups are back and whether you are still at school or not, they look great with a tartan kilt, knitted jumper and ankle socks.

A style that dominated school corridors in the early nineties, the Wallabee is sure to be spotted this AW15 and you can get the look with our Vine Lace Up or if you want the original then Clarks is the way to go.

Go a bit grungy with our cleated sole Risk Mary Jane or Vagabond Kenova lace up and pair with a New Balance backpack with plenty of added badges and patches.

Add some prissy preppiness to your uniform with the quilted Cecilia Ballerina or the kiltie tassel Result pump, the girls at school will be quick to copy you.

If you love nothing more than visiting thrift stores in Brick Lane on the weekend then the retro Quaint monk shoe is the style for you and its so smart you will want to rock this out of the classroom with your cute vintage finds.

School has never looked this good and if you have left then you can easily rock these preppy styles this Autumn (and not have to go to class- Bonus!)




Monk shoes – How to Wear

Thursday, September 25th, 2014

Over the years. men’s formal footwear choices have stayed simple and slick, with most opting for a classic brogue, a chisel toe lace up or a slightly daring winkle-picker.

Recently guys are getting a little more daring with their choices and the favourite silhouette of the moment seems to be the monk shoe. This Wall St style became popular in the 80s with the Jordan Belforts of the world and with 80s formal fashion coming back around, its only right that the footwear should follow.



Premium monk shoes like the Poste Apparel and Giovanni are best paired with a 3 piece suit for the office or worn with smart trousers and a shirt/jumper for evenings out.

Slightly more casual styles like the Ask the Missus Hirst and Anarchy look good with dark wash denim, loose fitted tweed and thin knitwear.








City Slicker

Monday, August 18th, 2014

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.

Slim fit 3 piece suits, pocket squares and matching ties are the everyday norm, kept sleek and sophisticated with the slim Sean Chelsea Boot or slipper loafers like the Artistry and Aristocrat.


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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Football Style Icons

Tuesday, August 5th, 2014

In honour of the Premier League kicking off in less than 2 weeks we thought we would pay homage to a select few football style icons as chosen by the guys and girls in OFFICE HQ.

These sporting heroes manage to turn it up both on and off the pitch with their unique style and personality and we have selected some of our favourite footwear to match with these talented chaps.


1. Real Madrid’s Sergio Ramos used to sport some long flowing locks and a headband but now this Spaniard has chopped off his famous barnet, grown a beard and always manages to look ruggedly cool. A fan of a Nike Air Max, these new Air Max 90’s are fresh, clean cut trainers that look good simply paired with jeans and a t-shirt.

2. Girls and guys alike never get bored of David Beckham’s timeless style and despite a few fashion blips in the ’90s this man can do no wrong. He looks good in pretty much anything he puts on but his off duty look seems to consist of loose dark jeans, shirt or tee. This classic Beckham style pairs perfectly with the Alpaca Apron shoe as it is easy to dress up or down.

3. Retired German footballer Michael Ballack never fails to look great in a full suit and these premium Poste Artistry loafers are a sleek alternative to a classic lace up. With a high shine finish it is a great shoe for formal events or matched with some nicely cut jeans when you need to look a little suave and sophisticated for dinner.

4. Argentinian bad boy Dani Osvaldo looks like he belongs on a BMX not a football pitch but his rebellious attitude only makes him cooler. He looks a little bit like a pirate and his rocker style stands out with arms covered in tattoos, lots of skull themed jewellery and his long hair tied up in a man bun. Osvaldo’s effortless style is easily matched with some desert chukka boots like the Cookie.

5. Spanish goalkeeper Victor Valdes is not only a great footballer but he is also a pretty good model and like Beckham, looks great most of the time. His classic modern gentleman style calls for a pair of retro Converse All Star ’70s.








Men’s Leather Sandals – How to Wear

Friday, July 25th, 2014

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.



Men’s New In: How to Wear

Tuesday, July 8th, 2014

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.

2. A summer favourite is the boat shoe, our leather Igor is ideal for sandal phobes on the beach and can be smartened up with a shirt and light coloured slim fit trousers for holiday evenings.


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.

4. A gentleman’s wardrobe is not complete without a loafer and our premium Lorenzo from Poste is a classic. Wear with socks and a suit for the office and wear without socks and jeans at the weekend.




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