The writer Jared Diamond keeps presenting the evidence: no matter what doom and gloom you read in the papers, statistically these remain the best time to be alive – ever. We live longer, healthier, more secure lives than at any time in history. Not to trivialise such a thought, but the same might be said
It’s not often you can eye up a catwalk trend, then ransack your bank account safe in the knowledge that you’re investing in an ageless menswear classic. You can this season, however. The check coat is fashion’s must-have piece of outerwear. A natural people pleaser, this style of coat is both a trend and an
It’s a styling question we’re asked about so often by guys: “How do you wear a blazer with jeans?” Followed up by the most pertinent part of this wardrobe conundrum… “and not look like Jeremy Clarkson?” And it’s a fair point, he is dastardly in every style sense of the word but, Clarkson aside, the
It’s not too long ago that getting your hands on an eye cream meant stealing from a female relative or heading to a makeup counter with the discretion of an MI5 operative for fear of being spotted by your mates. What a time to be alive – today blokes can’t move for choice. Which is
Aside from the question of who of sound mind would plan their big day in the darkest depths of winter, figuring out what to wear for a winter wedding is more often than not a complete pain in the backside. Black tie? Red tie? Air tie? Go sans socks or wear bright white tennis socks?
Unless you’re a male model posing shirtless on a sailing boat during a thunderstorm (for argument’s sake, we’re going to assume you’re not), looking good during a downpour is no easy task. However, getting a soaking from mother nature doesn’t always have to send your style credentials drifting down the gutter and into the drain.
The concept of ‘power dressing’ feels obsolete in this day and age. Rigid dress codes have largely been relaxed since the stiffly shoulder-padded eighties. For every suited and booted corporate titan, there’s a Mark Zuckerberg in a hoodie, grey T-shirt and jeans – with the power to buy them outright. Indeed, some argue that 21st-century
The parka is one of style’s stalwarts. Although it’s usually the wool overcoat that’s seen as the definitive winter style classic, the parka comes up trumps for versatility – what other top layer has been taken up by Inuits battling Arctic breezes, soldiers in the trenches and mods keen on protecting their suits from moped
Gym life comes with a litany of code words and phrases that can baffle the ears of an outsider. Wander into any high street gym, and you can be forgiven for not quite knowing your DOMS from your WOD. Let alone understanding the difference between ketogenesis and tabata. It’s not just the movements that can
Buying the perfect anniversary gift for the man in your life can be a confusing prospect. What do men want? Do men actually want anything? Should I just get him another pair of socks? These are all questions you’ve no doubt been asking yourself and, being men ourselves, we feel well-equipped to answer them. Choose
Obviously, we’re no architects. However, we’d imagine a question that comes up fairly early on when planning a new building is: “How high can we make this thing?” It’s a query that has cropped up in other areas of design too and the world of sneaker innovation is no exception. “Originally high-tops were all about
As the frost begins to spread across the land, it becomes ever harder to leave our tightly tucked quilts. What we need is something equally quilted. Like a jacket made of a quilt. A quilted jacket, if you will. And even if you’ve never been pheasant shooting in the three counties let us tell you,
There are plenty of minimum age limits (drinking, gambling, Quentin Tarantino movies), but bar driving, nowhere near enough maximum ones. It’s alarming, given that letting myopic septuagenarians loose on streetwear can result in an equally horrific car crash of the mutton-dressed-as-lamb or badly packed sausage variety. Which is why FashionBeans has decided to impose some
There are few men who would pass up the opportunity to look a little better each morning (and that probably includes you, seeing as you’re here). But most, understandably, want to do so without spending any more time in front of the mirror. Far from an impossible task, these eight low-effort, high-reward style hacks for
We know what you’re thinking. Cargo trousers? Really? As in those baggy trousers with actual pockets on them? Seriously? Are you drunk? You must be drunk. No, we’re not drunk (unfortunately), merely observant. The fact of the matter is cargo trousers – those divisive britches first worn by the British Armed Forces in the 1930s,
There was a time, not too long ago, when if you picked up a men’s style magazine, you couldn’t move for features on icons like Paul Newman, Steve McQueen and John F Kennedy. Fair enough. These guys had impeccable taste, it’s true, but they are all American and they’re also dead. We’re biased here at
If long, shaggy hairstyles are all carefully coiffed peacockery and close shorn buzz cuts are bold in their scalp-baring daring then crew cuts occupy a middle point on the hair spectrum. And, as a result they don’t command nearly enough of the respect they deserve. Sure, crew cut hairstyles are traditional, tidy and haven’t got
Hiking – it’s hardly the most stylish of pastimes. Even a properly handsome bloke like David Gandy isn’t going to look his best covered in sweat and mud, halfway up Scafell Pike, squatting behind a boulder and trying to take a tactical pee while several sheep stare on. So how, then, did clothing from such
When it comes to clothing, brown’s name is mud. Brown shoes, fine. A belt, sure. But brown pretty much anything else has traditionally been shunned as unwelcome and unflattering. Brown is ugly, they say. It conjures up images of everything regrettable about 1970s style. That hasn’t stopped the world’s best designers from splashing it all
It’s difficult to believe that, just a few years ago, pretty much the only people wearing backpacks were either gap-toothed school kids who needed something to stash their Pokemon cards in or, well, backpackers. These double-strapped receptacles were always far too functional to be considered fashionable, and to begin wearing one day-to-day was to admit
In almost every instance, it’s advisable to steer clear of indigenous clothing. So much damage has been done by folks wearing headdresses to festivals or sports societies in hachimaki headbands that our default position on wearing garms with a cultural resonance to which you are not privy is simply: “nah, pal.” But there are exceptions.
Not every fashion trend is worth paying attention to. Indeed, most are fleeting moments that generate little momentum before fizzling out, making room for the next batch. Some, however, are genuinely interesting, and have the potential to change the way we dress forever. Take Marlon Brando, who, throughout the 1950s, defied the suit generation and
When styling your hair – be it into a neatly coifed quiff or slick side-parting – it’s very easy to blow it. Too much pomade, not enough hold, and it’s all over. It’s also very easy to blow it, and by that, we mean with a hair dryer. One of the most underrated tools in
There is more than one David Gandy. There’s the version you know, the one with the blue-eyed stare, the torso and the tailoring. And there’s another, one who operates away from the flash bulbs, the man behind the supermodel. On set today, both Gandys are present. The concept of this exclusive photoshoot for FashionBeans, devised