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Men’s fashion – What’s In and What’s Out This Summer?

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Male fashion is so often – quite wrongly, in my view – seen as a poor bedfellow to women’s fashion. This is why I thought I would redress the balance somewhat, by taking a closer look at some of the male fashion trends that are definitely ‘in’ and definitely ‘out’ – and rest assured that I’ve done enough observing in my own time to know which is which!
For the benefit of my male readership as well as the many ladies out there who would like to encourage their guy to upgrade his ensemble, here are my summer 2016 ‘ins’ and ‘outs’…

IN: Athleisure

‘Athleisure’ – clothing that makes as much sense for exercise as it does for lazing around – has become something of a ‘thing’ in recent times and the important message for this summer is that it definitely isn’t going anywhere. It’s the look that is coming to dominate men’s casual fashion, albeit with luxury elements sometimes included in the mix, too.

IN: High-fashion anoraks

If the anorak still conjures up images for you of bespectacled train-spotters, you’re already behind the times, the recent catwalks showing that it’s merely the latest category of male clothing to undergo a high-end resurgence. Patterned, block-colour and even transparent styles have all emerged to challenge our ideas of what an anorak (the clothing item, that is) truly represents.

 

IN: Work wear-like leisure wear

Building on the athleisure trend, it seems that casual clothing really is embracing every aesthetic – even that of previously utilitarian work wear. One of the best-known work wear brands of all, the almost century-old Dickies, is especially great at this with its sophisticated selection of durable trousers and denims that are purposeful, while also being great for lounging around.

 

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OUT: Overly conservative suits

I’m not trying to suggest here that you should wear a suit that makes you look like Timmy Mallet – the key to a guy expressing himself through a suit is to keep things understated. Many guys in summer ’16 are choosing to swap the traditional regular navy blue for the brighter ‘new navy’, for example, while the general fit of suits is also becoming that bit looser.

OUT: The man bun

I’m sorry to share the news, guys, but the man bun is really not a dignified hairstyle choice, and I’m glad to hear (and see!) that it’s firmly on its way out as 2016 warms up. Just, whatever you do with your hair… don’t. Trust me (and your girlfriend) on this one.

OUT: Dressy hats

Fedoras and similarly ‘striking’ hats had been creeping back into fashion in the last few years, and it’s another trend that is dying a well-deserved death. It just makes men look like they’re trying too hard, and no one wants to see that. Keep your head unadorned – it’s fine just the way it is.

 

What do you think? Do you think I’ve picked the right ‘ins’ and ‘outs’, or are there any other male fashion trends that you’ve noticed in recent weeks and months, whether in your hometown or at the fashion shows? Hit me up here with your suggestions, and I’ll give them a good read.
In the meantime, for those guys who are looking for a more comprehensive list, Vogue has published a useful spring ’16 menswear cheat sheet.

 

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Renting a Flat in the North West

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We moved into a rented apartment in the North West about 6 years ago. It was a fancy 2 bed flat, in a very lovely area in Cheshire, and I loved it. It felt like our first real home. We lived there for 3 years, and I enjoyed the best part of our time there. During our time at the flat, We realised the rent we were paying was a lot higher than other flats in the area, but I didn’t want to move. I hate moving, the amount of time and stress it takes to move houses puts me off, I rather pay a high rent, than move, which was what we did for 3 years, until we bought our own place.

I have rented quite a few properties in my life, and in the North West, that I feel I am in the position to dish out some advice to anyone thinking of renting a place. However If I was asked to dish out just 1 advice, it would be;

 

Go Through a Lettings Agency

I have nothing against private landlords. I am sure there would be some few good ones around, but majority of them have the tendency to behave out-of-order, and that is where the Letting Agencies come in to make sure everything is in order. I have rented apartments through private landlords and through Lettings Agencies, and the level of service I got from renting from a Letting Agency was over and beyond what I expected. Even after the contracts have been signed, and the move has taken place, some of these Letting Agents still manage the apartment, which usually makes the tenancy run smoothly. For my North West tenancy, the Letting Agency handled every repair and breakdown enquiry, and usually had most issues sorted on the same day, which was fab.

However once the landlord decided to start managing the property herself, everything went downhill. She never picked up her phone, never returned calls until she was chased multiple times, repairs and breakdown enquiries were ignored, it became a joke really. It became so annoying that we couldn’t wait to move out of the over priced flat, and move out we did.

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I could be here all day moaning about my days of being a tenant of  private landlord, but I won’t want to bore you with the details. You can get more rental information off  Homelet’s soon to be launched eBook, titled – “Landlords Advice with Regional Relevance”, which I am part of, so keep an eye out for that. I should be tweeting about the eBook as soon as it is released, so look out for my tweets.

Do you have any tenancy advice or horror story to share?

 

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