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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].

 

16 December 2016

11 Tailoring Tips for the Tall, Slim Man

If you’re a tall, slim man, it is likely that you are noticed wherever you go. Whether you like it or not, you stand out from the crowd! That is why it is important that you look polished at all times.

Style Tips & Advice
11 December 2016

11 Stylish Gift Ideas Every Man Should Have on his Christmas List

Choosing the perfect Christmas gift is tricky, especially when the intended recipient is a sartorially minded chap. Whether your loved ones are pestering you for inspiration on what to buy you, or you need some stylish gift ideas for the man in your life, we are here to help with our Christmas gift guide.

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23 November 2016

Belt Loops vs Side Adjusters: How to Wear Your Suit Trousers

It’s the age-old debate for suit lovers everywhere. Belt loops vs side adjusters: which is more appropriate? Traditionally, belt loops are the casual option, whilst side adjusters offer a more formal touch to trousers and suits. But is this still true today?

Style Tips & Advice
13 October 2016

How to Wear Tweed

We, at King & Allen, have always appreciated tweed. There’s something about this heritage cloth that appeals to us, as lovers of classic menswear. However these days, even those who have previously turned their nose up at tweed are starting to admire it, no longer considering tweed to be the fusty fabric, worn only by geography teachers and those who enjoy country pursuits. Tweed is a stylish cloth for the modern man.

Style Tips & Advice
06 October 2016

5 Pieces of Outerwear that Everyone Should Own

Investing in a small wardrobe of high-quality outerwear pieces is an incredibly practical thing to do, as we all know that these are the pieces that stand the test of time.

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29 September 2016

The Best Tailored Street Style Looks from ‘Fashion Month’

We may well be in the midst of Women’s fashion month, but that hasn’t stopped the fashion industry’s most stylish men from dressing for the occasion. Whilst we can’t take inspiration from the catwalks this month, there are plenty of looks worn by the men’s fashion elite that will inspire you to step up your style game.

Style Tips & Advice
15 September 2016

How Should a Suit Fit? Advice from the Experts

A suit looks fantastic on anyone, whatever your age or size, but only if it fits well. The problem is: most men don’t necessarily know what a well-fitting suit looks like.

Style Tips & Advice
04 August 2016

Icon of the Month, Daniel Radcliffe

While so many other child stars have gone off the rails or disappeared into obscurity, Daniel Radcliffe has managed to steer the post-Potter course exceptionally well, choosing a variety of different roles and avoiding inevitable typecasting.

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08 July 2016

RIP Nigel Farage – Long Live the Double-Breasted Suit!

There are so many reasons to dislike Nigel Farage, it’s hard to know where to start. However, since this is a menswear blog we’ll sideline the politics for now and focus on just how much we loathe his style…

Style Tips & Advice
05 May 2016

What does ‘Worsted’ mean?

Gorge, melton, baste, handle, pitch, twill… the world of bespoke tailoring is blessed with a rich and expressive vocabulary. Many of the terms are as old as the industry itself, and are seldom used outside the world of suiting. As a result they can be confusing, ambiguous or even misleading, and over the years this blog has sought to ease the reader gently into this brave old world.

Style Tips & Advice
24 March 2016

Why injecting colour into your suit style could make you happier (and richer!)

Wearing a splash of colour with your suit could get you a promotion, a pay rise and make you happier, according to a study of 2000 British workers. The study produced a number of interesting statistics:

Style Tips & Advice
24 February 2016

Style Predictions 2016, Part 2

On the blog last month we gave you Part 1 of our annual Style Predictions. As you yourself may have predicted, here is part 2!

Style Tips & Advice
18 January 2016

Style Predictions 2016. Part 1

Now in its 5th year, the King & Allen style predictions have become as much of a January fixture as failed diets and feigned sobriety. Sometimes we get it right (we predicted waistcoats and slimmer trousers back in 2009), and sometimes we get it horribly wrong (2015’s floral explosion never quite happened!), but either way it’s always worth having a think about what the menswear world might be doing before you make your first suit purchase of the year…

Style Tips & Advice
05 January 2016

How to Choose Your Wedding Suit

Are you nervous about how to choose your wedding suit? You are not alone. Choosing your wedding suit is a big decision! Your wedding day is one of the most important days of your life where all eyes will be on you and your future spouse. Understandably, you want to look at your very best.

Style Tips & Advice
16 September 2015

Why should you invest in 2nd trousers

Before we start this list, it’s important to bear in mind that a well-kept jacket can last a lifetime. For trousers this is much more of a challenge. There are three reasons why it’s highly recommended that you invest in a second pair of trousers for your suit:

Style Tips & Advice
16 September 2015

What is the true definition of a Dandy?

From its origins in early 19c regency England to present day pop stars like Kanye West, the word ‘dandy’ has been bandied around with equal parts respect and derision. However, fashion historians would argue that much of the negativity stems from ignorance of the true meaning of what it is to be ‘dandy’: “Contrary to what many thoughtless people seem to believe, dandyism is not even an excessive delight in clothes and material elegance. For the perfect dandy, these things are no more than the symbol of the aristocratic superiority of mind.” Charles Baudelaire.

Style Tips & Advice Celebrity Style
10 August 2015

Customer question: what’s the difference between a suit jacket and a blazer/sports jacket?

The origins of the sports jacket were, as you would imagine, forged in upper class outdoor pursuits. The ‘sporting’ gent required a jacket that could survive the rough and tumble of excessive hunting, fishing and swigging from hip flasks. It often had a belt and buckle around the middle as well as elbow patches for comfort and hardiness respectively. Over time, those styles have evolved into hacking and hunting jackets, with the sports jacket now interpreted as an informal garment worn with casual trousers (rather than suit trousers).

Style Tips & Advice
10 August 2015

Discussion: The ‘Slobification’ of society

In an impassioned rant in the New York Post last week, writer Elisabeth Vincentelli berated the ‘slobification’ of modern society.

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