Must-have summer accessories

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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5 ways to revamp your wardrobe

New wardrobe?

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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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Festival footwear for men

Festival

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Get the right kicks for your festival.

It’s summertime and that means festival season.

Deciding what to pack can be tricky when who knows what the British weather will throw at you.

Thank heavens for our guide to festival footwear for men – something to make life a little easier.

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Bonkers men’s slippers

When most of us think of slippers, we think of keeping warm around the fireplace, kindly old grandfathers, and a nice cup of tea.

However, some people like their slippers to make a statement. Here are our favourite slippers for men, women and children who like to keep their feet warm in unusual ways.

We've heard of 'loaf-ers', but these bread slippers are just what you knead

The original ‘loaf-ers’? We think these bread slippers are just what you knead
Source: Transition Edinburgh Uni

Panzer tank slippers

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Slippers for the aspiring Panzer tank driver

Slippers you can drive?

Slippers you can drive?
Source: Tesla motors blog

Cute animal slippers are common. Not many people choose earthworms...

Cute animal slippers are common. Not many people choose earthworms…
Source: Etsy

Clean the floor with these mop slippers

Clean the floor with these mop slippers
Source: Allee Willis

Rasta man slippers

Rasta man slippers
Source: Ebay

LED light slippers

LED light slippers
Source: Toxel

These are supposed to look like sushi, what do you think?

These are supposed to look like sushi, what do you think?
Source: Sushi Booties

Split windscreen VW campervan slippers

Split windscreen VW campervan slippers
Source: Wikipedia

Fold your own: origami slippers

Fold your own: origami slippers
Source: Project X

Homer Simpson slippers

Homer Simpson slippers
Source: Flickr

Take your lawn to the beach

Take your lawn to the beach
Source: TechJi

OK, we know these are technically flip-flops, but in Hawaii flip-flops are called ‘slippers’. That’s good enough for us. Aloha.

The Wrong Trousers

As Wallace and Grommit discovered, wearing the ‘wrong trousers’ can be more than a fashion faux pas. But it appears young men continue to ignore this cautionary trouser tale.

Mens trousers have come on leaps and bounds, and we’re eager to embrace coloured chinos and skinnier fits with open arms (or rather, legs). We do, however, draw the line at some of these…

Red trousers

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Trousers bad enough to start a riot

Tartan trousers

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Fashion icon

Skiing

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I don’t care if you’re skiing, there’s never an excuse for these…

Oh dear

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Spotted on the streets of Perth… oh… dear…

Log splitters and other cool log stuff

Man and his log: the relationship goes back a long way, and began perhaps with the spark that first made fire.

Woodworkers and lumberjacks may be few and far between these days, but the bond between man and log is still strong, as this cool log stuff shows.

Log Splitters

logmaster log splitter

The axe is no match for a modern log splitter
Source: Clifford James

Although the axe is a seriously macho tool, it’s no match for its powerful descendant, the log splitter.

It will get the job done in no time and saves you from the perils of manual labour: no bad backs, no impromptu amputations and no pneumonia / man-flu from being out in the cold for hours on end!

Log Cabins

log cabin

Log cabin kits for DIY fanatics
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For the real DIY fanatic, the market now offers build-your-own-log-cabin kits: perfect for creating a nice new shed for storing your log splitter and other power tools, which also serves as a secret man den to escape to when a new project takes your fancy.

Other construction ideas could include an outdoor office, summer cabin or hideaway place for when the in-laws come to stay. Available in a range of sizes and shapes to meet all your log cabin needs.

Log Fires

log fire

Make fire and relax
Source: Steve MC

After your log splitter has saved you the exertion of splitting wood, use your reserved energy and innate man power to ‘make fire’.

After all your hard work, it’s time to light up the log fire, put your feet up and relax with a nice bottle of whatever takes your fancy.

Yule Log

Christmas Yule Log

Logs for eating
Source: Chris Elwell

Gather ‘round ye Yule log and grab a fork, folks: you won’t need a log splitter to break up this log!

Also known as a Buche de Noel, this delicious Christmassy treat is fab for sharing with all your loved ones, while the blaze of your log burner in the background gives a little fiery ambience.

Log Flume

Log Flume

Log flumes for fun and falling in love
Source: Wikipedia

Shooting down a log flume may not strike most people as being a particularly romantic event. But for Lawrence Key, it was the most nerve-racking ride of his life, as he took the opportunity to propose to his girlfriend of five years.

She was completely unaware until she received her souvenir photograph at the end of the ride, proving that falling in love really can be a rollercoaster! [Source: Mercury]

Famous women who wore the trousers

Who wears the trousers in your relationship?

Throughout the ages many a strong woman has donned a pair of men’s trousers – in both the metaphorical and the material sense.

Here’s our round-up of some pretty formidable ladies who feel right at home in a pair of slacks.

Amy Johnson

Amy Johnson

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Amy Johnson

Hull lass Amy Johnson appreciated a pair of warm trousers in 1930, when she flew single-handed from Britain to Australia at the tender age of 26.

Sadly this pioneering aviatrix died in the line of duty delivering a plane as part of the war effort in 1941.

Marlene Dietrich

Marlene Dietrich

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Marlene Dietrich

German actress and singer Marlene Dietrich wore men’s suits on stage and screen.

A vocal anti-Nazi, she abandoned Germany for the US in 1939. Dietrich played for the Allied troops on the frontline throughout the war and was awarded the Légion d’honneur for her bravery.

Wallis Simpson

Wallis Simpson

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Wallis Simpson

Wallis Simpson – ‘that woman’ – was the American divorcée, fashionista and socialite for whom Edward VIII gave up his throne.

Simpson’s sartorial elegance made her a fashion icon of her era, even if her politics and morals were decidedly questionable.

Madonna

Madonna

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Madonna

Ranked one of the most powerful women of the 20th century by Time Magazine, trouser-wearing Madonna continues her campaign of world domination in this century.

She is the world’s best selling female recording artist, ever, and the most talked about celebrity of the last decade.

Annie Lennox

Singer, songwriter, activist and philanthropist, Annie Lennox is a passionate woman of many talents.

Dressed in a city suit, with orange, cropped hair and the face of an angel, Lennox questioned the nature of femininity in the ‘80s.

Grace Jones

Jamaican Jones is far from your average ‘singer/actress/model’.

With some outstanding music under her belt and an amazingly sculpted body – even now aged 64 – Grace is still a force to be reckoned with.

Hilary Clinton

Queen of the trouser suit, Secretary of State Hilary Clinton has served in politics for over 20 years.

Having survived the Lewinsky scandal with her dignity intact, Clinton has proved herself an extraordinary diplomat, politician and wife.

Queen Elizabeth II

Ok, so we admit this is a rare photo of the Queen wearing a pair of trousers. Elizabeth II prefers skirts to slacks, even when jumping out of a helicopter with James Bond.

But as the nation’s figurehead for the last 60 years we figure she deserves a metaphorical entry in our list.

Men’s slippers – the perfect base for a cheese toasty

What have cheese toasties and men’s slippers got in common? Why would you need a shoe to finish your meal? Which fish is named after a Roman flip flop?

If you have spent sleepless nights pondering these questions, never fear, for we have the answers. And if you have never worried about such matters, take heart in the knowledge that they might one day crop up in your local pub quiz.

Ciabatta

Ciabatta

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Melted cheese on your slipper?

Oh, the ciabatta, mistress of all things toasty and slightly Mediterraneany. The long, flat Italian loaf which forms the perfect base for those naughty, gooey panini that tempt you away from your usual cheese and pickle.

But did you know that ‘ciabatta’ is Italian for ‘slipper’! Why? – you may ask. Well, it (ahem) clearly looks like a slipper, doesn’t it?

‘Doing the little shoe’

doing the shoe

That naughty little shoe!
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Another Italian foodie phrase for you. ‘Fare la scarpetta’ or ‘to do the little shoe’ means using bread to mop up those lovely bits of sauce left on your plate at the end of a meal.

Why a hunk of bread resembles a little shoe is matter for debate. But you don’t need to go there. And while it’s not exactly elegant behaviour in Italy, it’s authentic, it’s old-school and it’s bloomin’ lovely.

Sole

Sole

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The unfortunate sole

The tasty sole is an unfortunate creature. If being skew-whiff in the facial department and rather on the thin side weren’t enough of a burden, this poor fishy has a rather unglamorous name.

And no, you’ve guessed wrongly. It’s not named after the sole of your foot, although you’re getting warm. It gets its name from the Latin ‘solea’ – a type of Roman flip flop!

Heeltap

heel tap

Cowell’s secret weapon
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A heeltap is the name for a ‘lift’ or extra bit added to the heel of a shoe to give the wearer extra height. Think Simon Cowell, Tom Cruise and Nicolas Sarkozy and you’ll be on the right lines.

It’s also an old English name for the dregs at the bottom of your drink. If you don’t fully sink your pint or drain your wine you’re guilty of leaving a heeltap!

Choux pastry

profiteroles dessert

Profiteroles paradise
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Choux is the French spelling of the English ‘shoe’. The French named this delightful pastry after the dainty shoes worn by Elizabeth I on her trip to France in … No. Sorry. Wrong, wrong, wrong!

Choux has nothing whatsoever to do with footwear. It actually means cabbage. Confused? So are we. Never mind. Any excuse to look at pictures of profiteroles.

Leather slippers make you more attractive

Yes, it’s true, leather slippers make you much more attractive to women.

So throw away your famous brand deodorant, and ditch the triple-blade superduper razor…they’re not going to get you anywhere. If you want to impress the opposite sex you need to start wearing mens leather slippers.

Why? Well read on and we’ll reveal what your slippers say about you…

Leather slippers

leather slippers clifford james

Leather slippers make you more attractive
Source: Clifford James

A good friend once advised that in matters of the heart, one should always ask oneself: what would James Bond do? There’s no doubt, leather slippers are the only way Bond would go in the comfy footwear department.

So when you need to fetch another bottle of champagne from the fridge mid-loveathon, make sure she sees you slipping your feet into some stylish leather slippers, like the Carltons pictured above.

Novelty slippers

novelty slippers

We don’t love them tiger feet
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Novelty slippers are an absolute no no. They’re not ‘fun’ and unless you’re Adonis incarnate it’s far too dangerous to wear them ironically. Please, please don’t do it. Ever.

Trust us, the only thing shuffling around in tiger feet or wearing your football colours on your tootsies expresses is your severe lack of judgement, taste and sex appeal.

Slipper socks

slipper socks

Slipper socks rank low on the footwear social scale
Source: T Stokes

It’s more than a sock yet it’s not quite a slipper. The slipper sock is neither one thing nor the other. It’s an inbetweener, a try-hard, a climber of the footwear social scale.

Far from making a good impression, wearing a pair of slipper socks infers that you can’t quite make up your mind and that you lack integrity. Not a good start.

Socks

holy socks

Avoid white and worn out socks
Source: Caitlin Regan

You have to be so, so careful if you choose to go down the stocking-feet route. Choose the best socks you own and make sure there are no holes – there’s nothing worse than a protruding big toe to put you off your carbonara.

Avoid white socks, Christmas novelty socks, garishly coloured socks, man-made fibres…in fact, forget it, just get some leather slippers.

Bare feet

bare feet

Keep your terrible toes undercover
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Unless you are the kind of gent who takes good care of his feet – are you? are you really? – baring your pinkies to a new love is the worst thing you could do.

You don’t need to give everything away on the first date. Save the sole searching (sorry) for later on in the relationship when you’re comfortable enough to bare all.

Convinced? You should be. You need a pair of leather slippers and you need them now.