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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].

 

10 August 2015

The K&A Guide to Bespoke Shirts

As with suits, there are a number of choices you’ll need to make when ordering a bespoke shirt – which is, of course, part of the fun!

Style Tips & Advice
08 July 2015

Summer Separates

Summer events (especially weddings abroad) are becoming increasingly casual. This is actually quite a challenge for the male guests – how to respect the formality of the occasion without looking too business-like and/or getting too hot.

Style Tips & Advice
08 July 2015

King & Allen celebrate: Linen

Linen is one of the first products known to civilised man, dating back 30,000 years. As well as clothing, it was used for sails, rope, fishing nets, linseed oil and even currency. Indeed, the Latin for flax (the plant from which it is extracted) is linen usitatissimum (extremely useful!).

Style Tips & Advice Style History
09 June 2015

Summer Suit Style Inspiration

Whilst the winter months lend themselves better to the darker hues of blue, grey and black, the summer allows the opportunity to try something a little different. Get inspired with these bold, colourful ideas to improve your summer style:

Style Tips & Advice
13 May 2015

Innovative ways to tie a tie

To celebrate the fact that we now sell bespoke ties (in the same colour as your lining if you wish), it seemed the perfect opportunity to offer some tie advice. The four-over-hand and half-windsor are probably the only two knots in your tie tying armoury, so why not impress your friends (and yourself!) by learning one of these more innovative methods:

Style Tips & Advice
01 April 2015

The K&A Guide to Dressing for work

Would you like to look great at work? Do you want to rise through the ranks like the proverbial phoenix? Of course, you do!

Style Tips & Advice
01 April 2015

Shirt Collars explained

There are a huge variety of shirt collar styles to choose from – especially if you’re buying bespoke.

Style Tips & Advice
24 February 2015

The K&A Guide to Socks

The K&A Guide to Socks

Style Tips & Advice
28 January 2015

King & Allen Style Predictions 2015

London. Paris. Milan. The three main men’s fashions weeks of the year all took place in January, and we’ve kept an extra close eye on the catwalks in order to provide you with the most relevant Style Predictions a King & Allen customer could wish for. But as well as looking to the catwalks for inspiration, we also analyse the buying habits of hundreds of K&A customers – and see what trends we should expect in the suiting world based on our own customer’s requests.

Style Tips & Advice
28 January 2015

The King & Allen guide to Tweed

This week’s guest blogger is Mary-Cait, who is a consultant at our Northern Tailoring centre in Wilmslow. Being so much closer to Scotland than us soft southerners, she is in a far better position to tell us about one the UK’s most charismatic cloths – Tweed.

Style Tips & Advice
05 December 2014

Layering up for winter…

This week’s guest blogger is Lorna Thompson – a tailoring consultant at our Liverpool Street store. She’s going to help us beat the winter blues through keeping warm and dressing with style…

Style Tips & Advice
23 September 2014

Overcoat Season is here again

The weather has turned, the nights are drawing in, and October will soon be upon us. It’s time to start thinking about how you’re going to protect yourself (and your suits!) from the elements this winter. Thankfully, overcoats have never come in more styles, cloths and colours than they do today and thanks to a change in overcoat fashion over the last couple of years it is now perfectly acceptable to break away from the classic blues, blacks and greys – even for a business suit.

Style Tips & Advice
23 September 2014

Accessories – the magic number

Pocket squares, tie pins, collar bars, cravats, tie bars… suit accessories have never been more popular. And understandably so: a well-chosen blend of accessories can turn a standard suit into a sartorial masterpiece. But if you take it too far you’re trying too hard and you could ruin all that effort. The crucial thing is to strike a balance, and the magic number to ensure accessorising harmony is, as De La Soul so famously put it, 3. However, this magic number only works if one of your three is your tie or (coloured) socks. If you’re not wearing either of these the number falls to 2.

Style Tips & Advice
20 August 2014

Myth busting – The truth about the ‘Super’ number

The ‘Super’ rating on cloth refers to the width of the fibre in microns. It is therefore an indicator (but by no means a measure) of quality and performance. The finer the wool is spun the thinner it is in microns and the higher the Super number – indicating that it will feel very soft. However, the high number also indicates that the cloth will be more delicate and therefore require more care be taken when wearing.

Style Tips & Advice
22 July 2014

King & Allen celebrates – The Henley Regatta

King & Allen have always kept a close eye on the development of mens summer style – in particular through the sporting social calendar – and it’s been great to watch how the gentleman guests have embraced the dress code with increased relish over the years. This year’s Henley Regatta, in particular, was an opportunity for the gents to show a bit of daring in the way they dress. Across the length and breadth of the river you’ll see a flourish of pocket squares, an array of colourful bow ties, fabulous socks, boaters, braces and of course the wonderfully coloured rowing blazers. Henley attire is not overtly stylish, but it is fun and sometimes having fun is what it’s all about.

Style Tips & Advice
02 June 2014

Cloth, Construction and Colour – The 3 C’s that will keep you cool this summer.

You don’t need us to point out that May had some scorchingly hot days. If you’re a commuter, or you got married, you could probably recount each and every one of them – for polar opposite reasons! It’s not too late to prepare for the summer heat, and below is the King & Allen guide to the 3 C’s that will stop you sizzling this summer: Cloth, Construction and Colour.

Style Tips & Advice
02 June 2014

Suit Up Ladies….

This week’s guest blogger is Mary-Cait Bristow, who works as a tailoring consultant in our Wilmslow store. She is going to share some insights into a subject close to her heart – ladies suits…

Style Tips & Advice
11 April 2014

Style advice for 2014 – Accessories

This year we are seeing a return to classic British style, with gentlemen dressing like gentlemen. The conservative formality of the recession is dwindling and men’s style is starting to show a little flare once again. We explored this topic earlier in the year with regard to the suits when we looked at the rise in popularity of flannel, classic checks and double breasted… today we’re looking at the finishing touches that turn a great looking suit into a magnificent looking outfit.

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