Life on Mars
In this monthly column, I’m going to write from a male’s perspective about the many and varied happenings in the world of fashion.
At no point will I tell you how to dress. I’ll just bring you the wonderful, colourful people who live and breathe fashion and style.
On a personal note, I do like to get dressed up and look smart when I have an event or night out - but I also love nothing more than my comfy chilling out clothes!
This section will showcase a few people every month who have caught my eye for looking outstanding and fabulous. These may be celebrities, sports stars or everyday folk who have dressed and styled themselves impeccably.
He is a photographer and lifestyle blogger for GQ. Simon is currently living in Cologne, Germany, which is a stunning city. As you can imagine his Instafeed is awash with eye-catching and envy-inducing images, which is why I felt the need to include this chap. Not only does he dress great in his own unique style, but the images he shares are aesthetically pleasing.
I believe that if you do just one follow, then follow this fellow. It will bring some unbelievably great photos to your feed, and well worth your while. Be warned some of his posts may be explicit and/or contain nudity.
Pinpoint the look:
- When required, wears a suit very well.
- When not, wears comfort and relaxed clothes even better.
- Contemporary European style.
- Not afraid to mix up textures such as leather and denim. You probably already know my thoughts on leather and denim mix?! STYLE NIRVANA! Or given the magazine I’m writing for, STYLE HEAVEN!
Emmanuel is a menswear influencer and traveller with a unique and unorthodox style. He almost adopts a catwalk ready dress code, which is why I have included this gent in this month’s issue, as it’s a bit left field and not something everyone is used to.
The look - an oversized jacket/blazer and high waisted oversized trousers, both in the same pastel colours, teamed alongside a pair of sandals is an extremely catwalk ready look. What with living in Paris I guess we can forgive someone for having too much fashion thrust upon them can’t we?
Pinpoint the look:
- Catwalk style
- Pastel colours
- Oversized garments, jackets and blazers.
- Retro graphics
Real Men Read
Recently I have rediscovered my love for reading, which I think this has been brought on strangely by the leaps forward in social media. I found that I would spend and eventually waste hour after hour browsing social media. So I thought to myself that I would create a place in my column to share with you which book(s) I'm currently reading.
My thinking behind this was instead of wasting 30 to 60 minutes a day on Facebook and other social media, I could instead, spend that time reading about stuff I'm actually interested and have a passion for, learning new styles, tips and tricks.
This month I've been leafing through “Contemporary Menswear” a book compiled by Steven Vogel, Nicholas Schonberger and Calum Gordon. Its tagline reads “A global guide to independent men’s fashion” - the book brings together over fifty brands, designers, websites, stores and blogs to the forefront, many of which you may not have heard of before; showing readers how to dress and style different outfits. I was particularly intrigued and interested in reading about where certain styles originate from.
For anyone who is into fashion this book is well worth a read: whether you’re looking for a style overhaul, want to broaden your cultural horizons and fashion industry knowledge, or just to brush up on styles you may not be used to, with the added in depth bonus of learning how the world of men’s fashion has been shaped.
This part of my column I'm going to share a product every month that I find particularly useful and use day to day. It may vary month in month out between new technology, fragrance, skincare and hair care.
This month’s product comes from the vast world of technology. I have recently moved into a large house in the city and waiting on my flat mates to arrive in a few months’ time. However, the prospect of having no internet for two months made my blood run cold. I’m sure you can sympathise?!
So to save the day please step forward and take a bow, the wonderful people at EE. For a modest fee (£20-ish a month - prices will vary depending on terms, provider etc) I bought my very own Mini wifi box: fully portable and operates on both 3G and 4G, it’s about the size of a foundation pot.
It’s a clever little piece of kit. You can connect up to 10 devices, take it on the go wherever you would normally receive a phone signal, and you have your own secure WiFi. It will tide me over and save my sanity over the next few weeks.
Look of the month
This part of the column is to sign off at the end of the month with a picture of one my favourite outfits I've worn in the last few weeks.
- Shirt - Ralph Lauren - light blue pinstripe
- Belt - Topman
- Chinos - Zara
- Loafers - Asos
I hope you find these tips, characters and products I’ve shown you to be useful and you’ve enjoyed this month’s read.
See you next month for my latest transmission from Life On Mars.
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