So you've got your Christmas party outfit sorted, but what about your hair? This is no time for a "quick back and sides", so we've enlisted Gavin from Richard Ward Hair to give us his top trends to ensure your 'do looks the part for any party that comes your way this December.

Gavin says:

"Autumn Winter 16 has seen a revival of a longer look on men so, for me, it's all about mid-length hair for the Christmas social season. The look is more relaxed, pushed off the face, longer through the top sections, over the ear and through the back. It's easy to wear and effortless in appearance but still controlled - think Jake Gyllenhaal or Chris Hemsworth. Just right to transcend from the office desk to the office party with minimum effort.

There's also a definite move away from the totally groomed undercut feel of former seasons. We're now seeing a much more relaxed finish. Using your fingers rather than a comb or brush will give a more modern edge, but the secret is in your product choice - try Shu Uemura Master Wax for a flexible, controlled look. Its finish is semi-matte with natural shine but non-greasy to the touch, so it's perfect for whatever the office party scenario presents.

For those guys out there with a natural curl, my advice is to embrace it - the bigger the better! Let your natural frizz win out - hint at your look being tamed by keeping things neat around the ears and nape of the neck but let those curls free fall onto the forehead and face. Product should be kept to a minimum and only used to give volume or body. This look is the ultimate in low maintenance and perfect for that retro 80s feel that's right on point for the 2016 party season."

Gavin Hoare is the Manager of a team of 95 staff at Richard Ward Hair and Metrospa, a super salon based in the heart of London’s Chelsea that leads the way in over 170 innovative hair and beauty treatments for men and women. With a career spanning over 35 years there is not a lot he doesn’t know about male grooming, what’s hot and what’s not and how today's men are keeping up with their female contemporaries. There has been a massive evolution in male grooming in recent years and there really should be no uncharted territories for even the blokiest of blokes in this brave new world of male grooming, so sometimes it helps to have a guide through this expanding frontier.

How to tie a bow tie

Tuesday, 06 December 2016

The bow tie has been around the block a bit over the decades, going in and out of popularity like most good trends do. Today, you'll probably only wear a bow tie on formal occasions, but it's a pretty charming accessory to have to hand outside of strict dress codes, too.

Pre-tied bow ties are just the job for pulling together a formal look in a flash – and we offer a handsome selection if you're in the market for one. But it's not just the convenience that makes them so popular: it's the fact lots of us don't actually know how to tie a bow tie ourselves.

So let's fix that, shall we? Have a go using our 6-step guide below. It'll take a little practice to get it right, but the result is well worth putting in the effort.

Take your time with it, don't rush and definitely don't panic that it's not tight enough. If you over-tighten your bow tie your collar will bunch up and be uncomfortable. If you tie the bow correctly it will stay put all on its own.

A self-tied bow tie will always be a little asymmetrical and that's exactly what gives it its character. Master the technique and you'll stand out as the guy who knows what he's doing among everyone else with their perfectly-balanced pre-tied versions. And who doesn't want to be that guy?

Got a Christmas party on the radar but tired of the same old black tie look? Take your style cue from The Gentleman Blogger Matthew Zorpas, the sharp dresser who's all about encouraging men to be a bit braver in their fashion choices.

Case in point: here he shows how embracing a bit of colour can bring your evening look to life. Forget the loud party shirt - Matthew's look is all about the subtle statement of his inky velvet jacket. Paired with classic men's eveningwear, a hero jacket is an elegant way to stand out of the party crowd.

Get the look with the Moss 1851 Tailored Fit Teal Velvet Jacket and complement its standout shade with Moss London Skinny Fit Navy Jacquard Dress Trousers and the Moss 1851 Slim Fit Marcella Wing Collar Dress Shirt. A classic silk bow tie will look all the smarter when coordinated with a cummerbund. It's a crying shame that the traditional cummerbund isn't in every man's wardrobe, as it's just the trick to streamline your silhouette (and hide the evidence of that extra mince pie). As the night goes on, slip the bow tie in your pocket and loosen the collar of your shirt for a look that'll take you right through to the early hours.

3 ways to style out the Christmas Party

Thursday, 01 December 2016

It's that time of year and we've all got at least one festive party to go to in the lead up to Christmas. The work do, the family celebration with your better half's side, the annual excuse for a big night out with your friends - whatever it is you've got in the diary, there are few better occasions to pull out the tailoring big guns and break a few black tie rules along the way. Here are 3 ways to style out the occasion:

For when you want to stand out

The statement jacket may not be for wallflowers, but the Christmas party is no time to blend into the crowd anyway. This flocked floral jacket is made for merrymaking - pair its bold pattern with slick monochrome separates and revel in your status as best dressed guest.

For when you want to feel sophisticated

If the occasion demands you make an impression, the classic tuxedo is your answer. Guaranteed to make any man look his sharpest, it's best teamed simply with a crisp white dress shirt and the eternally stylish black bow tie. Our tip? Learn how to tie it yourself to truly mark you out as a sophisticate.

For when you want to go all out

Usually reserved for only the most formal occasions, we think a cork-popping kind of Christmas party is just as good an excuse to indulge in the white tux jacket. Famous white tux-wearers include Brian Ferry and James Bonds from Connery to Craig so you'll be in very stylish company. Break from tradition and let it shine with an all-black shirt, trousers, bow tie and polished shoes.

After working 9-5 for the whole year, it's time for a few well deserved parties. Unless you're going to a strictly black-tie event, how you dress is up to you. 
But don't reach for that one suit or shirt you always wear on nights out - it's time for a something a little different.
A move up from the block colour velvet jacket, we have crafted a series of jacquard and velvet prints to add texture to your look and propel you out from the crowd. Play it down in dark jeans and a t-shirt or a tonally matching shirt.
The colours for the party wear season are blues and monochromes. Carrying you from early afternoon, right the way through to the early hours.
Whether you opt for the tonal head to foot full on effect or the accent jacket, you'll be sure to be making a statement in these rich, season-relevant tones.