menswear

Fantastic Florals

Hi Guys,

Well February is nearly over, so Spring should be well and truly here. Although in Ireland given the current weather you wouldn’t think it! One of the many trends that appears every Spring/Summer is florals. Yes I know florals, how original! This is often seen as a no go area for guys from my past experiences. The reasons usually given are as follows: florals are for girls, florals are only worn by gay guys, the colours are too bright, I’ll attract too much attention etc. Well on my recent travels to Marrakesh I stopped by the large Zara store in the more modern area of the city. I noticed a few items which I think will help solve this problem and prove that florals are for guys too!

Here are the items I mentioned earlier from Zara

If anyone is unsure when trying out a new trend then always start with accessories when doing so. This allows you to try out a trend without being too in your face. These pieces from River Island and Topman should help with this.

If and when you gain confidence from this t-shirts, shirts and maybe even jackets are the best way to show off this trend. Here is another few pieces which wouldn’t look out of place in any stylish man’s wardrobe. All of these items are easily paired with chinos or denim for a smart or casual look.

Well I hope you like these items, let me know what you think and share your pics and experiences of wearing florals.

Dave

Event Time:Pat O’Byrnes 35th Birthday Celebrations

Hi Guys

I was delighted to be invited to Pat O’Byrne’s Man’s Shop 35th Birthday celebrations by the lovely Sinéad Burke of the blog Minnie Mélange, coincidently this also happened to be my first event I had been invited to as a blogger so to say I was excited was an understatement. The shop is based on Market st in Trim in Co. Meath. The event was hosted by one of Ireland’s most stylish men Brendan Courtney of Lennon Courtney, so that made it even better. I brought my girlfriend Sandra to the event with me. She has been a huge supporter of my blog and I felt she deserved to go with me. We were greeted to a champagne reception and was greeted with great warmth by Pat. He really made us feel welcome even though it was my first time setting foot in his shop. This showed that he really stands behind his motto “personal service is our secret” and also why he has been in business for 35 years!!

Me and Pat O'Byrne Shop owner

Myself & Pat O’Byrne Shop owner

I also had the pleasure of meeting Rebecca who also runs well-known blog Haute So Fabulous. We had a great laugh and plenty of fun was had by everyone. Plenty of blogging tips were discussed and fashion talk was also high on the agenda of course and the champagne wasn’t in short supply either! Having done my research before attending the event I wanted to find out what brands Pat stocked before I got there. There was 20% off everything in store on the night so there was a few bargains to be had. The shop caters to men of all ages. For the established fashion-conscious gentleman brands such as Gant, Magee, Baumler and Casa Moda were the brands of choice. For the younger man Remus Uomo, 6th Sense, Bugatti and Vichi were some of the brands available. Pat also has a wide range of wedding suits and accessories for any future grooms who need to be kitted out for their upcoming nuptuals.

Here are 2 pieces that caught my eye at the start of the night

Magee Blazer

Magee Blazer

Wide selection of ties available

Wide selection of ties available

As I mentioned earlier there was 20% off on the night so I thought why not make a few purchases and so I did thank god for pay-day!!

Here is what I bought

6th Sense Blue Check Shirt

6th Sense Blue Check Shirt

Remus Oumo Shirt and Zazzi Tie

Remus Oumo Shirt and Zazzi Tie

Casa Moda Denim Shirt

Casa Moda Denim Shirt

Zazzi Bow Tie

Zazzi Bow Tie

I was very happy with my new additions to my wardrobe and with the event overall. It was well run, had a great attendance and showed that local communities really support their own businesses. Pat O’Byrnes Man Shop really caters to everyone’s needs. I felt that if I walked in there again I could find something for my Dad, Brother, Uncle etc and I would know that I have bought them a quality item,that would be a fine addition to their wardrobe. Finally once again I want to thank Sinéad Burke for the invite. Pat, Rebecca and the rest of the O’Byrne family for the welcome I received and for the opportunity to meet Brendan Courtney. My shoes got Brendan’s seal of approval so happy days!! It was definitely worth the two and a half hour drive.

Here are a few more photos taken during the night.

Myself & Sandra

Myself & Sandra

Me & Rebecca

Myself & Rebecca

Brendan, Sinéad & I

Brendan, Sinéad & I

Brendan, Sandra & Sinéad

Brendan, Sandra & Sinéad

Sandra & Rebecca

Sandra & Rebecca

Hope you enjoyed this post and please be sure to check out Pat O’Byrne’s Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/pages/Pat-OByrne-Manshop/1391011117786122

Dave

Style Icon: Johannes Huebl

Hi Guys

Next on my list of style icons is a German model who should need no introduction, yes you guessed it it’s Johannes Huebl. Also known as the better half of fashionista Olivia Palermo, Johannes has developed himself as a style icon and has shown he is more than capable of matching Olivia in the style stakes. Johannes has stated that he learned to style himself when he went to boarding school in Dublin, Ireland. He also stated that his interest escalated when his best friend introduced him to a tailor. For any mans wardrobe a good tailor is essential. They can make the necessary adjustments to make any item fit perfect. Johannes also speaks about how important the fit of clothing is to a persons appearance and confidence. Here is a video from Mr Porter called the way I dress featuring Johannes and it will explain better about his style and dress sense

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1orum1CxGoE#t=62

Suited and Booted

Johannes Huebl is big fan of tailoring but he likes to keep it simple with his accessories also quite simple pairing his suit with a classic watch and pocket square. This works well and just goes to show how dressing simple is sometimes the best way to go. Here are some of Johannes finest suiting moments.

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Here is an outfit from H.E by Mango that is very Johannes

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Suit: Mango http://shop.mango.com/fichaOutfit.faces?state=he_007_IN if link does not work it is called the Jerez Suit

Shoes:Goodwin Smith  https://www.goodwinsmith.co.uk/shop/townsend-black-2/

Tie: Mango http://shop.mango.com/IE/p0/men/accessories/striped-silk-blend-tie/?id=33020157_N1&n=1&s=accesorios_he.corbata_he&ident=0_accesorio138_0_1416448349479&ts=1416448349479

Casual

Johannes also has a great dress sense when it comes to casual wear proving he has a great all round dress sense and the term smart-casual is often associated with Johannes. Here are some of Johannes best smart casual looks.

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Here are some items which will help you steal Mr Huebl’s style

Jumper: River Island http://eu.riverisland.com/men/jumpers–cardigans/jumpers/Navy-blue-V-neck-jumper-279244

Shirt: Next http://ie.nextdirect.com/en/g402280s6#673982

Chinos: Next http://ie.nextdirect.com/en/g402296s5#676582

Loafers: ASOS http://www.asos.com/asos/asos-loafers-in-leather/prod/pgeproduct.aspx?iid=4302220&SearchQuery=loafers&pgesize=36&pge=1&totalstyles=152&gridsize=3&gridrow=3&gridcolumn=3

Hope you enjoyed this latest Style Icon piece feel free to leave feedback below or suggest any style icons that you would like to see mentioned on this page

Dave