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King & Allen bring you all the very best style advice, news and ‘tailored’ articles. If you have a question that you’d like to see answered on our blog, send us an email to [email protected].

 

26 September 2019

The suit lover’s guide to the smart-casual office trend

An increasing number of companies are adopting a less formal office dress code these days, with fewer businesses expecting their male employees to show up in a suit and tie. Instead, the new watchword is ‘smart-casual’. But where does that leave the suit lover?

Style Tips & Advice Business Style
12 September 2019

Hype For Pinstripe

The term ‘pinstripe’ refers to the very thin, parallel lines that run through a cloth, contrasting with the main colour. Taken at face value, it would seem to be a fairly bland description of a simple fabric pattern. But the history of the pinstripe suit is anything from bland and, indeed, the suit itself has a host of connotations attached to it.

Style Tips & Advice Style History
27 August 2019

Peaky Blinders: why we love Aunt Polly’s suit style

The new Peaky Blinders series is back with a bang and we’re not just talking about the storylines. As ever, Tommy and his crew look as sharp as the razor blades the real-life Peaky Blinder gang were rumoured to stitch into the peak of their flat caps.

Style Tips & Advice Celebrity Style Style History
23 August 2019

The Bespoke Overcoat

Nothing pulls an outfit together more than the addition of an overcoat. It's been a staple in the fashion landscape for years and has recently had something of a resurgence in the public imagination...

Style Tips & Advice Celebrity Style Style History
19 August 2019

Peaky Blinders: your guide to the iconic flat cap

The Peaky Blinders return to our screens on the 25th August 2019, guaranteeing two things: a whole lot of drama and a whole heap of sartorial style. But while each Peaky Blinder has their own individual suit style, they all share a love of one particular statement piece – the flat cap.

Style Tips & Advice Celebrity Style Style History
30 July 2019

Surprising Summer Style

You’ve heard all the advice about what to wear during a heatwave - linen suits, floaty cotton dresses, flip flops and sunhats so large they eclipse the sun...

Style Tips & Advice
30 July 2019

Celeb wedding suit styles we love

No one throws a wedding like a celebrity; after all, they’ve got the means to really put on a show, not to mention access to all the best stylists and party planners. So, if you’re tying the knot any time soon and are looking for that stand-out wedding outfit, why not take inspiration from some of the A-list?

Celebrity Style
22 July 2019

Dior vs Chanel: one of fashion’s great rivalries

The fashion industry loves a good bust up – think Yves Saint Laurent vs Karl Lagerfeld, Giorgio Armani vs Donatella Versace, Tyra vs Naomi. But no one did rivalry, or put downs, quite like Coco Chanel.

Style Tips & Advice Celebrity Style Style History
27 June 2019

From Bowie to Lennox: The Suits That Rocked

Music and fashion have always been inextricably linked, with many catwalk collections drawing inspiration from rock and pop stars over the years. Here, we take a look at four of our favourite music legends, each with their own signature style, but all of whom really knew how to rock a suit.

Style Tips & Advice Celebrity Style Style History
27 June 2019

LGBTQ+ Icons

June is Pride month. A chance to reflect on the strides made towards achieving equality and to acknowledge that there is still a way to go, as well as a time to celebrate the breadth and diversity of the LGBTQ+ community.

Style Tips & Advice Celebrity Style Style History
25 June 2019

Dressing For Your Body Shape – Why Bespoke is Best

When it comes to bodies, there’s no such thing as a standard shape or size. Sure, plenty of us might have long legs or broad shoulders, but ultimately your proportions are unique to you. Is it any wonder, then, that so many people are left disappointed with the final fit when they choose an off-the-peg suit?

Style Tips & Advice
29 May 2019

The Groom's Ultimate Guide to Wedding Planning

There’s no such thing as a traditional wedding anymore. For most of us, the days when the bride’s parents were expected to foot the entire bill – meaning the bride and her mother planned the whole affair – are long gone.

Style Tips & Advice Weddings
28 May 2019

And The Winner Is...

Back in April, we invited King & Allen customers to enter our annual Photo Competition. Entrants posted a photo of themselves on social media, wearing a King & Allen suit, using the hashtag #shootthesuit and tagging us.

King & Allen News
23 May 2019

A Wedding Style Guide for the Father of the Bride or Groom

With all eyes firmly fixed on the bride and groom, it’s easy to forget that a wedding is also a landmark moment for the happy couple’s parents. Naturally everyone wants to look their best for the big day, not least because the photographic evidence will be around for a long time to come!

Style Tips & Advice Weddings
25 April 2019

10 Curious Facts About...Bamboo

Bamboo might not be the first thing that springs to mind when choosing a cloth for your bespoke suit. However, for an increasing number of our vegan clients this soft, highly breathable fabric makes a fantastic alternative to wool.

Style Tips & Advice Vegan
23 April 2019

How to Care for your Business Suit when Travelling

Having a bespoke suit made is as much a personal investment as it is a financial one and nowhere is this more true than when it comes to business attire.

Style Tips & Advice Business Style
17 April 2019

The King & Allen Photo Competition 2019

The King & Allen Photo Competition is back for 2019. Enter now for your chance to win a bespoke suit!

Style Tips & Advice Weddings King & Allen News Business Style
28 March 2019

Ditch The Dress

On the 29th March 2014, the UK saw its first same-sex marriages take place. It was a landmark moment in the history of LGBTQ+ rights and the weddings themselves were a testament to love in all its forms. Five years on from this historical milestone, we look at how the wedding industry has changed and how we, at King & Allen have seen our business grow in exciting and unexpected ways, particularly in our provision of bridal suits for women.

Style Tips & Advice Weddings Style History

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