The Five Minute Shoeshine

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There are an awful lot of “how to polish your shoes” videos floating about the ether these days, and all of them seem to recommend a different routine. Some recommend conditioning before polishing, others suggest using nothing but cream, and you might even find videos that recommend using rendered down bits of mustelidae to waterproof leather soles. Being inherently lazy I will, unless there’s a damned good reason for it, opt for the … [Read more...]

Buying a Pair of Shoes for £300: Church’s, Crockett & Jones or Tricker’s?

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Picking out a good pair of shoes is something that I’ve wanted to do for a while. That’s not to say that my current crop of dress shoes is terrible – I’ve got a small but solid collection that served me very well for the past few years – but I’ve long fancied a pair of solid, Northampton-made jobbies that both look the part and can stand up to the elements. After long periods of lurking and reading through old StyleForum threads I … [Read more...]

Things I Wish I’d Known When I Was Twenty-Two

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While checking through the latest posts from men's fashion blogs it struck me that the vast majority of my favourite writers are younger than me (I'm thirty), often by a good five or six years. Looking back at how much I knew about style when I was their age is a rather humbling experience. When I was twenty-two the most stylish suit I owned - or so I thought - was a ventless chocolate brown number that I had made by a Bangkok tailor. I used to … [Read more...]

Buying Ready-to-Wear Shirts in Japan: Beams

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Here at Men’s Flair we frequently discuss that most essential item of men’s attire: the dress shirt. One aspect of it that we repeatedly mention, like Howard Hughes on a bad day, is the fit. Even a $300 shirt can make you look bad if it’s baggy and ill-proportioned, and with so many options available these days, men really don’t have an excuse for wearing something that looks like it once hosted the Cirque du Soleil. Finding that … [Read more...]

The Smart-Casual Dilemma

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I’m a big fan of polo shirts. Their pique weave makes them perfect for wicking away sweat during the long, hot summer months from July to September; they’re low maintenance; they suit almost everybody; and their collar serves to make them that bit smarter than crew or v-neck tees. On weekends, the polo shirt is without doubt my most essential “go to” item – I have at least six or seven in various colours. However, I’ve never … [Read more...]