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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Feet Warming By Fireplace

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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8 Back to school style rules

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Back to School Style Rules

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Stick to the rules!

September is upon us meaning the hordes of children are off back to school at last, cue sighs of relief everywhere.

But don’t get too relaxed, as back to school is where we’re headed to explore fashion rules inspired by the best days our lives (apparently).

Here are 8 back to school rules worth following.

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5 Surprising slipper facts

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Surprising Slipper Facts

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You’d never guess…

In the menswear market, the slippers on offer are no longer the dowdy and dull offerings you’d associate with your granddad. With a range of different styles and colours, there are now slippers available that wouldn’t look out of place with your best suit.

Adopting a range of different luxe materials, from leather to fleece, it is now possible to keep your feet comfortable and slipper clad, as well as stylish.

To celebrate the successful
 transformation of the classic men’s slipper, we’ve compiled 5 fun facts about them that you may not have known…

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Must-have summer accessories

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Mens Accessories

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Don’t forget to accessorise!

More and more men are accessorising. Men’s accessory sales this year grossed $13.6 billion – a massive leap of 9 percent in the last 12 months.

Today’s accessories go way beyond functionality. They have to perform well and add something to your look. Clever accessorising will help you breathe new life into a tired wardrobe without spending a fortune.

This summer’s key items have the potential to wow. So be brave and embrace our top five must-have accessories.

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Pull your trousers up!

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Sagging trouser trend

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Look away!

Known as ‘sagging’, it’s been banned in some places, rock stars have been thrown off flights because of it, and even Barack Obama has had his say on the issue!

To many of us, it’s a mens trouser fashion disaster, to some it’s downright offensive, but why do they do it, and why hasn’t this fad ‘bottomed’ out by now?

Here we take a look at the saggy trouser brigade – and their penchant for pulling their pants down.

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No socks for summer

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Sockless Style

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Sockless style.

Tempted to go sockless this summer? Go for it!

Where mens shoes are concerned, the bare ankle is one of the coolest fashion trends around.

But as with all crazes, there’s a way to go about ditching your socks; not all shoes look good without them, and when it comes to turning up your turn ups, how many turns is the right number? And then of course,  as well as looking the part, you’ll want to smell the part too!

Here’s our guide to a hosiery-free summer…

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5 ways to revamp your wardrobe

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Wardrobe Revamp

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Give your wardrobe a new lease of life.

If your wardrobe is looking a little dated but you’re loathe to part with old favourites, maybe it’s time to get revamping!

There are tonnes of things even a novice with a needle can do, and the end results are impressive.

So if you fancy upstyling your mens leather shoes or updating your favourite old tie, read on for some inspirational DIY tips and tutorials.

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