Men, get the right trousers this winter

Bad weather, last minute Christmas shopping and escalating heating bills are some of winter’s main annoyances.

But whilst we can’t control gas prices, we can give advice on what to wear when it’s chucking it down and freezing cold.

So swot up on which mens trousers to wear this winter, and you’ll have one less thing to worry about.

Thermal trousers

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Trust us, they’re thermal
Staying warm is a certainty with thermal trousers. Some options even have a windproof fleece lining, while others feature a lining designed to capture warm air.

Staying warm needn’t mean your trouser choice has to change either. Mens thermal trousers are available in many styles including jeans, suit trousers and chinos.

For some, thermal trousers can be too warm. But for lovers of the outdoors, particularly walkers, they are a winter staple.

Waterproof trousers

Bear Grylls filming Man Vs. Wild. Patagonia, Argentina
If Bear Grylls wears them, so should youFlickr
Green fingered folk know that a garden still needs attention in the winter. Waterproof trousers allow you to tend to your garden in the colder months, so preparing for the spring can be done without soggy legs.

Any type of trouser can be worn underneath waterproofs, but ideally wear a pair that have a high cotton or wool content. Trousers made with man made fabrics won’t breathe as well, making you hot and sweaty.

Cord trousers

Needle Cords Stack Colourful
So bright, you can save on your lighting
Corduroy is made with a high concentration of cotton yarn stitched onto a backer. Due to this extra fabric, cord trousers are a hardwearing option that can cope with the winter.

The dullness of winter can often get people down, in fact some poor folk get SAD. But with mens cord trousers, there are bright myriad shades available. Plum, claret or vibrant emerald will stop the dark days from being dull.

As well as being colourful and hard wearing, cord trousers are highly breathable because of their high cotton content.

Moleskin trousers

James Bond moleskin trousers
So hardwearing, Bond wears them
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Just like cord, moleskin trousers are hard-wearing, breathable and come in an array of colours.

Unlike cord however, they do not have the signature ridges, but instead a brush like texture akin to suede. And don’t worry, moleskin fabric is made without harming any cute soil dwelling critters.

Moleskin is so durable and hard-wearing, that the West German Army used it for their uniforms for over thirty years. And if it was good enough for marching through the Cold War then it is good enough for winter.

Whatever trousers you choose for the winter, just remember that cotton is breathable and waterproof trousers let you wear almost anything! But if you’re still worried about the heating bill, then add thermal trousers to your last minute shopping list.

World’s wackiest umbrellas

A few days ago Lady Gaga was spotted using a bizarre brolly fashioned after a giant conch shell.

Never one to blend into the crowd, onlookers were shell-shocked (sorry) at Gaga’s odd choice of rain protection. But we wondered, is that as weird as it gets?

After ogling our collection of downright bizarre and often impractical brollies, you’ll have a new found respect for your stock standard windproof umbrella.

Let the madness commence…

Hands free umbrella
Image source: Nubrella
Sure, you might look like a displaced astronaut, but this hands free brolly is definitely functional
dog pet umbrella
Rover had his human trained very well
Source: Wikimedia
electric light umbrella
Um, it’d be perfect for long midnight walks in unlit areas?
Source: Instructables
city umbrella
Surely a contender for the world’s largest brolly?
Source: 1 Funny
upside down umbrella
Use as a makeshift paddling pool when you return home
Source: Pxleyes
Internet umbrella
Image source: Tom Igoe
Meet the internet umbrella, complete with built-in camera, a motion sensor, GPS, and a digital compass
polite contracting umbrella
Constantly conscious of getting in peoples way? This contracting ‘polite’ umbrella is perfect for you
Source: 2 Modern

How to make a good bonfire

Already, the pungent odour of burning wood, dense clouds of smoke and sound of crackling fire fills the air. Yes, many people have already jumped the gunpowder, but tonight is the night for real bonfire action.

But whilst a fire may create a comforting glow in your garden, for many the task of lighting a fire leaves them hot headed.

Fear not though, because with this guide you’ll soon be the boss of the bonfire. Let’s just hope it doesn’t rain.

Safety

Fire fighter
Don’t let this be your garden
Source: Wikipedia

There aren’t any laws against having a fire, there are some rules to follow.

Whilst there may be a temptation to get rid of household waste, doing so creates pollution, so it is best avoided.

You should also watch the wind direction and location of your bonfire, as smoke can be a serious obstruction to road users. If you live next to a busy road it might be best to skip the bonfire making.

Failure to follow these rules, could not only make you an annoying, unsafe neighbour but also result in a £5000 fine!

Not annoying neighbours and authorities is one thing, but staying safe is another. As a safety precaution ensure you have water to hand, either a bucket or hose will work. You should also keep the fire away from flammable structures, such as fences.

It is also a good idea to surround your fire with a circle of stones, which creates a clear boundary for children and helps stop the fire from spreading.

Preparation

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Pick n mix tinder
Source: Outdoor Life

The foundation of any decent bonfire starts with tinder. Small amounts of bark, whittled bamboo or dried leaves make great natural tinder. Newspaper is the best synthetic tinder, but should be used sparingly. Too much newspaper and you will cut off the oxygen needed for a fire.

Small sticks and twigs, known as kindling should also be added. As long as the kindling is dry and no larger than 30cm, it will help kick start the fire and keep it burning

If you want your bonfire to last, you’ll also need bigger pieces of wood to keep the fire burning. Whilst kindling is good for getting the fire started, it soon turns to ash, so you need something more substantial to keep the fire alight.

With a hydraulic log splitter you can get the larger pieces prepared without breaking your back, and produce the odd bit of kindling too.

Construction

Teepee fire burning
Burn baby burn!
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There are several different structures of bonfire, such as the lean-to, the log cabin, the pyramid and the aptly named random pile (you may want to avoid that one).

But it is the teepee that creates the best looking fire. Make a tripod with three larger pieces of wood and put tinder and kindling underneath. Once lit, either place wood on the side, or in the middle on top of the kindling.

Note that a teepee fire can be structurally unstable as the logs in the “tripod” can burn at different rates. With a log splitter though, you can easily gauge the size of the wood you’re using.

Ignition

Lit match
A match made in fire
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If your tinder, kindling and construction is correct, you can light a fire with just one match. To get started light the tinder and then gently blow at the base of the flame. Don’t blow too hard as this will extinguish the fire before it’s started.

Slowly add more wood, but not too much as this can stop oxygen fueling the fire. Dampness, green wood or poor tinder may hinder the “one match” theory. So if this is the case, place firelighters around the base of the fire. Do not use aerosol, petrol or other highly flammable liquids as this can be extremely dangerous.

For many homeowners a back garden bonfire is a yearly event. The crackle, aroma and dense smokey fog combine to create a warm glow in our cheeks and the air. And with a log splitter, some wood and a bit of know how, the crackle and spark of warming bonfire can be had with great success.

Should you wear red trousers?

In a recent survey, participants were shown a man in red trousers and were asked to say the first thing that came to mind.

The results highlighted their controversial status and raised the question: should a mean ever wear red trousers.

Lots of men in red trousers landscape
All the red trousers
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But with cool hipsters and society’s “elite” championing the questionable hue, we wonder if there a case to be made for red trousers?

Why shouldn’t you wear red trousers?

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Oh baby you look like a moron!
Source: Posh 24

Because the survey said so! 46% of those questioned in the YouGov survey, didn’t like red gents trousers. 120 people said “red” on seeing a picture, which doesn’t show a lot. But the third most used word was “idiot” (44) and “prat” (27) wasn’t far behind.

But if it’s your fear of being labelled posh that stops you donning your red trousers, fear no more! Whilst you might [italics]think[italics] people associate red trousers with posh folk playing golf, you’re wrong. Posh was only the 35th most submitted word

What is certain, however, is many find red too bright for the world of muted menswear.Lisa Armstrong, fashion editor of the Daily Telegraph says, “It’s very hard to wear them and not look like a giant chilli pepper.”

Why should you wear red trousers?

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Will Smith looking fresh in red
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Hipsters are often the source of experimental fashion trends, so for them, red trousers are just a stylish staple. But what about the rest of us?

You’re never too old to have fun with fashion, so we think everyone should try the red trouser trend. It’s a refreshingly bold change from the usual grey, black and navy menswear offerings and will help spice up your winter wardrobe. But if red is too bold for you, go for orange instead – a surefire hit for AW13.

If you needed further proof that red trousers can be fashionable, then look at this Pinterest board.

Red trousers you can wear

Red chinos
The soft casual red trouser look
Chinos are the number one option for red trouser wearers, and are surprisingly versatile. For a day in the country, wear with a tweed jacket and a checked shirt. And if people see that as “elite” then remind them that the survey proved red trousers aren’t just for posh people.

Slim fit red chinos work with a t-shirt for general casual wear. But for those that don’t like slim fitting clothes, wear straight leg chinos, with a casual tucked in shirt.

Red trousers are undoubtedly divisive. Like Marmite you either love them or hate them. Hipsters love them, 46% of the UK hate them. But if you ask us, red trousers look great, as long as you’re name isn’t Justin Bieber.

Why do postmen always wear shorts?

The rain has come, the chill is upon us and the shorts have been packed away. Unless, of course, you are a postman.

Rain, hail and even snow cannot deter the hardiest of postmen from wearing their shorts.

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The famous frosty postbox
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So why does the posty keep showing off his knobbly knees, even when the rest of us are shivering away in thermal long johns?

The history of the uniform

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The famous “knock”
Source: The British Postal Museum and Archive
Postmen haven’t always worn shorts. Traditionally, delivery workers, wore trousers. Just like today, red hues dominated the uniform, but things were a bit more formal back in 1973 and posties had to wear a scarlet tailcoat every day!

The first instance of lighter attire for postal workers wasn’t until 1896, when they were given a summer hat. Shorts were still nowhere to be seen.

In humid India, postal workers did wear khaki, but in 2004 opted for red and blue, like UK postal workers. But unlike UK postal workers of today, who have worn shorts since the 1940s, Indian postmen wear trousers.

Comfort

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An unnamed shareholder in shorts
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Walking 10 miles over 6 ½ hours is thirsty work, and would make even the fittest athlete sweat. To stop getting so hot on their rounds, postmen wear shorts. And while mens trousers with a high cotton content are breathable, they still aren’t as airy as shorts.

Postman have to walk those 10 miles even in the winter, so they still get hot from all that exercise. Even if it’s sub zero and snowing!

Safety trousers

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Essential for the British weather
Men like to compete to show how tough they are, but the big bosses don’t seem to think their postmen are that tough at all. Well at least not as tough as these people.

In Cheltenham, postal workers were banned from wearing shorts, after one slipped in icy conditions and grazed his leg. A pair of mens cord trousers may well have limited the damage, but better ice and snow treads would be even better.

The postmen in question were not happy with the attempt to ban trousers. Luckily the “ban” was lifted when the snow and ice thawed.

From the posty’s mouth

Postman Pat in named chair
Ready for your interview Mr Pat?
Source: Tennant News
To find out why postmen always wear shorts, we spoke to Leicestershire postman, Lewis Morrish.

He said “It’s not for a bet or any macho reason, but I just prefer it. When it rains I don’t have wet trousers chafing my legs, and I put on waterproof leggings if the forecast is bad.”

Shorts wearer yes, but trousers aren’t a complete no-go-area for Lewis, “I only really wear long trousers if it turns icy and slippery after snow – I don’t want to fall over and cut my knees!”

So like in Cheltenham there is a risk of injury, but is there any reason not to wear shorts? Well Lewis said, “There is nothing showing in my original contract BUT shorts are available as a catalogue item so by a logical conclusion, shorts can be worn and it doesn’t stipulate that these can only be worn on suitable occasions.”

“Basically, we have a choice!”

The Royal Mail has come a long way since 1793, when summer hats were revolutionary. And though its slightly more perilous to wear shorts in the winter, it seems that posties just find it comfier. And if you believe our postman, then there is no competition aspect to it…honest.

Why you should use a log splitter

Flickering flames, sizzling sparks and a comforting crackle, there is no denying the magic of a fire. But for many, it’s a magic that is very hard work. Chopping and splitting logs by hand can be a very tough task, but a log splitter can change all that, meaning a comforting fire is wonderful again. Find out how…

Speed

Cold snaps can appear out of nowhere, so for those reliant on fire for heat, it’s handy to have a stack of logs ready for action. But preparing your wood by hand can take ages.

With log splitters, preparation time is chopped down dramatically, so that comforting fire can be ready and roaring in no time at all. Powerful dual log splitters can get through up to 150 logs in an hour, which is over two a minute. Something that these guys would be envious of.

Neat and Tidy

Messy log splinters
You’re going to need a bigger bucket
Source: Fimby
Chopping wood with an axe might make you feel powerful, but using an axe creates mess that will need tidying. So if picking up splinters isn’t your idea of a good time, use a log splitter which forces the wood to split cleanly, meaning less mess for you.

Not all of us are blessed with acres of space, so chopping wood by hand isn’t always a viable option. As well as being tidier, a log splitter also provides a compact solution to preparing wood – it doesn’t even require the space to swing an axe!

Safe

First aid kit outdoors
You might have sun block, but you don’t have axe cream
Source: Peak Mountaineering
Splitting wood by hand will help you build core strength, namely your lats, abs and gluteus maximus – otherwise known as your bottom! But for some, using an axe or maul will just compound old injuries, or create new ones. So negate this risk by removing the physical labour aspect. You just have to load the logs.

Forget pulling a muscle though, one missed stroke of an axe could result in serious injury! A log splitter offers much more protection as there are no swinging sharp edges. And to make it extra safe most log splitters have a safety cut out, eliminating the risk of electrocution.

Better fire

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The only thing that makes fire better is wine
Source: Flickr
Fire needs three things to flourish: heat, oxygen and fuel. The easiest way to improve the amount of fuel you have, is by using wood with a larger surface area, allowing more access to burnable materials.

If a log goes in whole it won’t burn as well, and knotted or moist “green wood” is hard to split, so may have to go on in one piece.

But with hydraulic log splitters, or foot powered ones, most pieces of wood can be used, meaning a larger surface area, and a better fire.

A fire is no good if you can’t enjoy it. Log splitters also cut down preparation time so you can sit back and listen to the crackle and snap of burning logs.

Green

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Grow your own wood
Source: Wikipedia
Green wood may be harder to chop, but finding green fuel for heating is even harder. If you’re lucky enough to have your own source of wood, or have a local sustainable source, then your fire can be a little bit greener.

Many buy firewood, pre-split and ready to go, however this is costly and you don’t always know the true source. By splitting local, sustainable and traceable wood at home, you know exactly what you are burning, and saving money in the long run too.

A log splitter may not be magical, but a fire is. So get the magic quickly, without the risk of pain, and without having to clean up lots of bits. The benefits are plentiful, and even go as far as improving your love life.

Give me a break – the length of men’s trousers

Michael Jackson was famous for wearing trousers that showed his socks. You might think the half masted look is a little odd, but for the moon-walking superstar, peculiar was normal.

But how should mens trousers be worn? Full break, half break or no break at all? Let’s find out.

What are breaks?

Primer trouser breaks
Because life is hard, and sometimes trousers need a break
Source: Primer Magazine
The break is where the bottom of your trouser meets your shoe, creating a fold in the cloth. A quarter break, or a half break is where there is less of a fold, but still a noticeable kink.

Longer trousers mean more than one fold or break. Go too long and your trousers will look like they don’t fit.

When there is no break, the bottom of the trouser sits perfectly at the top of the shoe around the ankle.

Suit trousers

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Suiting simplicity
Source: Effortless Gent
If it’s time for that business meeting, then you need to make sure your suit trousers touch the top of your shoes. A full break is fine, but a half or quarter break looks better.

To make sure they are the right length, look at the back of the shoe. This will take some flexibility, a mirror, or a friend. The leg of the trouser should stop just over half way down the back of the shoe.

One man famous for his socks, hasn’t quite got his break options correct. Channel 4 news reader, Jon Snow has taken the ‘no break’ thing to new levels.

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Breaking the rules for Help the Heroes
Source: Brand Rapport

Chino

Chinos with one break
Anyone afraid of red trousers?
Chinos are a versatile classic, perfect for a stroll at the weekend, and similarly suitable for the boardroom

For formal occasions, chinos should be worn with no break. As they have a loose fit, a full break will ruin the line of the trousers and deter from the smartening effect of formal shoes.

When keeping things casual with standard fit chinos, a full break will help exude relaxed vibes. To really show the shape of slim fitting chinos, wear with no break at all.

Jeans

Light Stonewash Thermal Jeans
I bet you can’t tell they are thermal jeans?
Most of us wear jeans for casual occasions, whether traditional denim, the alternative of moleskin, or lightweight cotton options. But though there are several different fabric to choose from, it’s important to get the break correct.

With no break your socks are always on show, so make sure they aren’t embarrassing ones. The safer option is to go for a half break – suitably casual, without looking too long.

When jeans are too long, with more than one break, you run the risk of soggy, frayed, disheveled hems.

Cords

Green cords with a break
Booting in the cords
Cords are hardwearing and come in an abundance of colours, but it’s important to know how to wear them.

Mens cord trousers are often worn as part of a casual country outfit. A full break is too casual for the heritage look. A simple half break will sit perfectly with a pair of comfy winter boots and similarly well with country brogues.

Cords and brogues
Kicking it in the brogues
Source: Ask Andy About Clothes

Michael Jackson was able to get away without a break, but for the rest of us, there are rules to follow. First, learn the breaks and then learn which one you need for your trousers. Get this wrong and you will look a bit peculiar, but get it right, and you’ll be the most stylish gent around.

Get better British Bake Off bread

A massive slice of the UK population seems to be obsessed with the Great British Bake Off television series.

The show, which sees passionate amateur bakers competing to be the best at baking stuff, has inspired every viewing Tom, Dick and Mary to try their luck with a bread mix and a rolling pin.

But how about adding something special to the mix and using a halogen oven to bake your bread? Anything you can cook in a conventional oven you can cook in a halogen oven — and below are seven reasons why halogen means better British Bake Off bread.

Space saving and flexible

Halogen oven
A true kitchen space saver
Source: Clifford James

Halogen ovens are about the size of a large food blender, so much smaller than traditional ovens, which is great news if space is at a premium in your kitchen. So move it around to suit your (ahem) kneads.

It’s also easy to transport the halogen oven to a place where it’s more convenient for you to bake. You could even take it on holiday or on a camping trip if you have a power supply. Surely Mary Berry would be impressed!

Save your back

Baking
Image source: Stockyimages
Put a stop to baking related back pains

Apparently it’s a bit of an in-joke that contestants spend most of their time crouched over staring at oven doors. This isn’t doing their backs any good and a stiff back isn’t conducive to a productive session of baking.

Baking shouldn’t be a physical strain, so use a halogen oven instead. Being small and easily manoeuvrable, halogen ovens can be located in back-friendly locations like worktops and kitchen tables. Meaning your back should feel just as light and relaxed as the dough.

Rise

Dough Rising In A Bowl
Image source: Johan Larson
Get a rise out of your dough

Rise is such a good word in so many contexts and it is the holy grail of utterances when it comes to baking bread. The not-so secret method for helping your bread to rise is making sure the dough rises first.

You’ll need a warm and draught-free place to let your dough expand (as you don’t want your dough to dry out) and an excellent candidate is of course the halogen oven. Adjust the setting halfway between off and thaw (which is just enough to warm the bowl) and the dough mix should roughly double in size in around 30 minutes.

Viewable progress

halogen oven bread
Who could resist having a peek?
Source: Crafting Heaven

This is the fun bit, so grab a pew and turn on the HOT channel (Halogen Oven TV). As halogen ovens are made from glass, when it comes to baking your bread, you can actually watch as your lump of squidgy dough is magically transformed into a golden brown loaf of fluffy goodness.

There will be no more bending over to peer into darkened oven doors, or opening those same doors to receive a scorching blast of hot air in your face. All rise for the fabulously helpful halogen oven.

Quicker

Kitchen clock
Image source: Cura Photography
Speed up your baking time

Halogen ovens rely on halogen bulb heating elements to convert electrical energy into intense heat, which is then circulated by a high performance fan. This efficient and highly effective system results in halogen ovens generally being much quicker than traditional ovens — as much as three times faster in fact for particular dishes.

When it comes to baking a loaf of bread, you’ll only see a small increase in actual cooking times, but it will still be quicker as halogen ovens take hardly any time to preheat.

Save money

Piggy Bank
Image source: Gelpi
A wallet friendly way to bake bread

There’s lots of money to be saved by opting for a halogen oven. Not only are they up to eight times cheaper than their conventional rivals, halogen ovens are also far more efficient.

Due to their high performance, they will cook the food faster and so require less electricity. It all adds up, so eventually the trusty halogen will pay for itself in reduced fuel bills.

It’s cool

Space shuttle
Image source: K J Warden
A halogen oven wouldn’t look out of place in this

So it’s smaller, cheaper and quicker — it also looks like it belongs on a space exploration vessel, so using a halogen oven to create your loaves is a pretty cool way to do get busy with your bake off.

And if all that wasn’t enough to convince you, then here’s the best part of all: many halogen ovens have a wash setting, so when it’s time to clean the flour and crumbs from within, your trusty bake off friend will do it all for you.

Celebs love them – so is it OK to wear slippers outside?

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Chatting about slippers?
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The majority of us might associate a pair of comfy slippers with a night on the sofa, feet up, watching the telly, but not so for the star studded showbiz elite.

These days, you’ll see Taylor Swift wear slippers on the red carpet. The irrepressible Ryan Gosling appeared on the US chat show, Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, wearing – yes – carpet slippers.

So what’s going on? Are outdoor slippers cool? Or are the stars out of step? Here we find out.

The Albert slipper

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Slippers that hiss style
Source: The Funshion Mistress
Prince Albert’s eponymous slippers were a 19th century invention that had their origin in the majestic stately homes of the aristocracy. Lords of the manor sought footwear that didn’t damage their expensive floors but could cope with the outdoors. Enter the leather soled slipper.

Prince Albert refined the design with the addition of velvet and satin, and many added personalised embroidery.

These men’s slippers were the epitome of luxury and were worn at elaborate black tie dinners. In America, they became known as tuxedo slippers.

The Churchill slipper

Winston Churchill was not a man to be messed with, even in his pyjamas. A serial napper and a habitual wearer of slippers, he proved that casual slip-on footwear can be worn for nearly every occasion.

In the 1960s, velvet Albert slippers became popular with America’s elite, and RFK was no exception. Here he is with his children, on the steps of his family home – look at his feet – he’s wearing Albert slippers.

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A man not scared by slippers
Source: Bull and Tassel
The most famous outdoor slipper wearer is rarely seen without his jim-jams. Rich, yes. Saintly, no. His behaviour may be questionable, but his sense of style is undoubtedly unique. Say hello to none other than Hugh Hefner.

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Not all slipper wearers are saintly
Source: Flickr

Taking the bins out

Outdoor mule
Warming up for outdoors
It seems it’s acceptable for the elite to sport outdoor slippers inside and outside their homes, but what about us mere mortals?

Taking the bins out is a job few people enjoy. But some mens leather slippers are sturdy enough for the rigours of a pebbled path and won’t be worn down too quickly.

Slip-on mules made from nappa leather and with tough man-made soles, are much sturdier than traditional fabric slippers. With their smart looks, mules are perfect footwear for a quick natter over the fence with the neighbours, or a potter around the garden. And they’re equally at home – in the home.

The case against

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You should have bought some shoes
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While there are some occasions where it’s fine to slip on your slippers, sometimes PJs and slippers are a definate no-no.

A Cardiff Tesco banned shoppers from wearing pyjamas and slippers to “avoid causing offence or embarrassment to others”. School headteachers in Middlesbrough evidently share the same view, writing to parents to ask them to not wear pyjamas when dropping off their kids.

Seen as lazy and a poor example to children, authorities from Louisiana to Shanghai have adopted anti PJ and slipper policies. Perhaps we’re seeing a return to more formal morning attire.

So are the celebs right? Is it OK to wear your slippers in public. We think the answer is yes – as long as you choose the right ones. For red carpet affairs, pick a pair of luxury Albert slippers, for taking out the bins, Churchill slippers or outdoor mules. For a trip to Tesco stick to loafers.