Monthly Archives: December 2013

Pierce Brosnan – The Real Gent

Fashion is often perceived as a young man’s game. Spending money you don’t have on items you don’t need. It’s hard enough to follow fashion when you have free time but a full time job, family and other responsibilities make it very hard. However, no one seems to do it better than Pierce Brosnan. I wasn’t actually aware of how stylish he was until a friend recently tweeted a picture from his instagram. I think it’s compulsory for all Bonds to be stylish, but Pierce is in a different league to Connery and Craig.

 

 

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I think the most noticeable thing is his grooming; now I don’t know if there’s a little bit of hair dye in there but he’s definitely embracing the grey. You only have to look at people like George Clooney and George Lamb to know that this look is great when done correctly. It’s pretty incredible to think he’s 60 years old! I’ve noticed that simplicity seems to be a theme in my posts, but why over complicate it. It’s probably even more relevant the older you get because theres nothing worse then looking like you’re trying too hard. A trench coat is a winter classic, clean lines and neutral colours are important. It’s well worth checking out the Zara sale, or this overcoat from Mango stood out in their sale.

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This is my favourite look as its very current. This type of sweater was a popular look during some of Pierce’s bond movies but this is particularly sleek. It’s important to establish the difference between a polo, turtle and roll neck; the roll neck is usually made from thicker material and has a loosely turned over collar, the turtle neck is a fairly fitted style usually of a thinner material up to chin height, and the polo neck is similar to the turtle neck but folded over. Here it looks like he’s wearing a roll neck, possibly a polo neck. There wasn’t too many in the sales but Topman seemed to have the best choice and represented most value. Here’s a classic and slightly more practical number, and a more adventurous one. I’d recommend teaming up the blacker sweater with a textured jacket, this Paul Smith one would a touch of style. 

 

 

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A slightly alternative look here, highlights the fact he can dress down as well. There’s a strong british traveller vibe here, with the formal hat and watch teamed up with a casual satchel and faded shorts. You’d pick that sort of bag up on your travels for next to nothing, or you can find something similar down at Camden. Everything else is pretty basic, cargo shorts, V-neck tee, and a few bracelets. He keeps it coordinated with the colour red and adds the trilby for a bit of flair! 

 

 

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And he knows how to take a good photo!

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Harry Styles – BFA British Style Award

So Harry Styles managed to break up Alexa Chung’s three consecutive British Style awards. Its great to see a male win this award, particularly that someone so young is seen as such an fashion icon and trendsetter. Although I would of picked Tinie Tempah or Jack Guinness ahead of him, with such a loyal following its easy to see why he won.

Where to start with the boy? He’s got Midas touch, girls of ALL ages throw themselves at him and most lads wouldn’t mind a day in the life of. His style has changed dramatically from his first TV appearance, and he really seems to of found his look. I mentioned the idea of doing a blog on Harry and my friend laughed and suggested “how can he win a style award when he probably doesn’t dress himself”, I think his outfit choices in his downtime quell this theory. 

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On the night of the awards Harry wore an all black outfit, and pretty much perfected smart casual look. I liked the scarf and shoes in particular. Although I was in awe of Jack Guinness’ suit from Agi and Sam, who continue to impress.

One of the best items of clothing I’ve seen recently was the Yves Saint Lauren suede bomber Styles wore, I nearly fell off my seat when I checked the price I’m sure it was over £2,000! It’s a pretty unusual piece; a tan suede with shearling collar, but it definitely works. My cousin recently purchased a denim jacket with a shearling collar and lining from Brick Lane, and charity shops really are the best places for items like this. Although it may take a lot of rummaging and searching to find one, when you do pick one up for a bargain price its all worth it!

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It’s easy to see where he’s been influenced; Keith Richardson is evident, particularly the bandanna he seems to often be sporting, the jewellery and the unstructured tee’s. It could be argued Mick Jagger as well, with great tailored dinner jackets and black skinny jeans. Harry does have a touch of rock ‘n’ roll about him and that could be down to the Rolling Stones duo. (It’s actually scary how many comparison photos of Jagger and Stylesthere are on Google images!)

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Harry recently spoke about David Beckham being another inspiration and this is seen through leather and denim jackets, work shirts, and tones of black and grey. Just like Becks simplicity is key in most of his looks, and he often looks effortless. 

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Thought I’d mentioned this outfit as it highlights the above point. Chelsea boots, trench coat and skinny black jeans, they should all be basics in most men’s wardrobe. He combines these with a leopard skin tee which has been a very popular print this season. It really is as simple as that!

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There’s not many negatives to say about his style, but the hand drawn tattoo’s are definitely questionable! I think the less said the better. A worthy win though and I imagine it won’t be long before his own range or collaboration.

 

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