How to age in style

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Senior stylish man

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Stay stylish…

Age starts to become a hot topic when you venture past 40 years old, so it might be time to put the miniskirts away, especially if you’re a bloke.

But that doesn’t mean you have to bring out the Zimmer frame and thermal vests and dress how you think society wants you to dress.

It’s not what you wear, but how you wear it that matters and so if you don’t feel comfortable or smart in your own clothes, then it’s likely they don’t suit you either. Here are some fashion tips for the mature wardrobe.

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Elf and safety: Stay safe this Christmas

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Christmas Health and Safety

What dangers lurk over the festive season?

With Christmas almost upon us, it’s worth taking stock of elf and safety, as the festive season is also known as the accident season.

T’is snow joke either, as RoSPA reports (Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents) reveal that more than 80,000 people require hospital treatment each year for accidents during the Christmas period.  And you’re at your most vulnerable when you let your guard down to enjoy fun activities like opening presents and putting up decorations!

Just take stock of the following and it’s highly likely you’ll be in good elf come the New Year. Though we can’t be responsible for what you get up to on New Year’s Eve.

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Winter fire festival fun

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Fire Festival

Get festive the fiery way!

Billowing flames light the night sky, sparks and embers drift on the cold winter wind, and everywhere people laugh and roar, dance and sing, drink and make merry.

Yes, it’s time to get busy with your log splitter because it’s winter fire festival season.

But what fiery treats are on offer?

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What every man wants for Christmas in 2014

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Delight this Christmas…

With the festive period suddenly well and truly upon us, Christmas shopping pressure is certainly looming.

In 2014, the gift options for men go beyond new socks or a book – the revolutionary new products on the market are simply too good to miss off of a list to Santa!

With this in mind, we’ve compiled our top 5 Christmas treats for men this season.

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Why men get more stylish with age

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Effortlessly stylish…

It’s not just fine wine that gets better with age – the style and sophistication of a man often matures and improves over time.

With modern trends coming and going, quickly changing on what feels like a daily basis, it is the gents who stick to the style they know who stand out from the crowd.

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Technology demands bigger trousers!

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Bigger phones, bigger pockets…

Is your pocket feeling the strain? New generation smartphones cost a pretty penny, but we’re not talking about the cost of upgrading your phone.

Apple’s new iPhone 6 Plus is over 6” long by 3” wide, Samsung’s Galaxy S5 measures approximately 5.5” x 3”, LG’s G3 has a 5.5” display. Time was when smaller was better, but the sheer size of the latest offerings from the communications giants makes for a lot of computer to cram into your pocket of a standard pair of mens trousers.

But as technology changes, we adapt…

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These shoes were made for walking: The best walking apps

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Forget exercise, the new watchword is ‘movement’, and the best ‘movement’ of all? Walking.

Experts now say there’s evidence to suggest that even if you work out, that hour of training four or five times a week still isn’t enough to undo the damage caused by an otherwise sedentary lifestyle. But if you walk a lot, you’re doing yourself good with every step. That’s because putting one foot in front of the other helps the body’s systems work at their most efficient, keeping you fit and healthy for longer.

And now your phone can help get you moving. Motivating, guiding and providing information on the move, walking apps make the whole business of exploring on foot just that little bit easier. Here to help you make the most of a decent pair of mens shoes, our guide to the best walking apps.

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Environmental showdown: Natural vs. Synthetic

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Line up of mens shoes in a shoe shop.

Who will win…

We all want to do our best for the environment, but when it comes to choosing new shoes and clothes, should you go for leather or faux leather, cotton or polyester, wool or acrylic?

The environmental choice is not always obvious. Natural materials sometimes require large quantities of chemical fertiliser, place huge demands on water resources, and their processing can cause pollution. But synthetics don’t necessarily biodegrade, and can use a lot of energy during production. And then there’s the shipping…

We don’t pretend we can speak for all fibres produced in all countries, but here is a guide that will at least explore some of the things to think about when buying new clobber.

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6 Silver linings of winter

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Look on the bright side…

If summer and winter went head-to-head for the honour of being the most popular season of the year, then it would be no contest and summer would win easily with its sunshine, ice creams and suntans.

But hold on just a minute. Winter shouldn’t be written off quite so easily; there are lots of overlooked benefits during the snowy season.

Summer has its perks for sure, but no season does comfy time quite like wintertime. Allow us to remind you of what’s in store when the nights draw in.

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7 Winter fashion characters

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man in winter storm

Which one are you…

Sunbathing, swimming in the sea, barbecues … all gets a bit repetitive after a while. Yep, summer is overrated.

Winter isn’t too far away though! And that means more opportunities to grow a beard, wear long overcoats with the collars up and bring out your winter fashion alter ego.

Check out our winter fashion characters, which one are you?

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