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June 01, 2015

How To Dress Your Age - 60s and Beyond

From our great friends at GQ magazine and Nick Carvell.. We bring you the 'How To Dress Your Age' series.. A brief guide from 20 to 60 and beyond of how to dress your age, look great and feel even better.. 

HOW TO DRESS YOUR AGE - 60's and Beyond

After 60 many men become preoccupied with trying to appear younger, whether that's through buying a sports car (approved), getting a younger partner (encouraged) or dressing like you're a teenager again (nope). Just remember: dressing to appear younger doesn't mean dressing like a younger man, it means dressing well for a man your age. And GQ is here to help show you how to dress in your 60s and many years beyond.

With any luck you'll find yourself with far more free time on your hands after 60, combined with an enviable expendable income - of course you're going to want to have a good time, and, more importantly, you're going to want to dress for it in comfort. Suits will have less importance as you head beyond your 60s, and instead you're going to want to invest in smart, multitasking separates.

However, while it's time to get casual, that doesn't mean ditching your tailoring altogether. On the contrary, a blazer and smart chinos will be your wingmen over the coming decades as they will look at home for pretty much any event you can attend. Let's face it, you may have to go for straight-cut trousers that can accommodate a fuller thighnow - and there's nothing wrong with that. The last thing you want to be doing is squeezing into anything in your wardrobe.

However never do you want to wear anything too baggy. No-one wants to look like a crumpled mess, so keep in touch with your tailor - properly fitted clothing will shave years off you.

This is also the decade to get smart about materials. In warmer months you will be less likely to throw on a pair of shorts, so invest in trousers in different fabrics that have you covered whatever the weather (linen mixes for summer, lined wool and tweeds for winter). The same goes for jackets (both half- and fully-lined), shirts and knitwear (cotton mixes for summer, cashmere and Merino wool for winter).

Oh, and while it might be time to buzz your hair off if it's thinning (no-one ever got laid because of their comb-over), that's all the more excuse to grow out your beard once again, if you ask us.

However the most important thing is not to fall into a rut. Top priority is to keep updating your wardrobe as trends change - not by trying to pull off a pair of drop-crotch joggers, but by incorporating a seasonal colour into your armoury, for example. Don't stop going to the high street or checking out what's happening on the style scene here on GQ.co.uk.

How to dress in your 60s: 5 golden rules

1) Look for structure

Unless you plan on spending every waking hour in the gym, it's time to accept the fact that you're probably going to get a little softer around the middle. With that in mind, look for casual clothes that are going to give your body that extra bit of structure. Try to wear more button-downs and polo shirts that, thanks to their seams, will both define your shoulders and make your arms look bigger (go for polos with tighter arm holes and roll up shirt sleeves to bulk up your biceps). If you want to wear a T-shirt, look for ones with baseball-style raglan sleeves (a seam that runs from under the arm to the collar) that will broaden your chest and back.

2) Neutrals are your new friend

Black can be a harsh colour on paler, more mature skin. Instead go for staples in warmer neutrals like soft grey, navy blue, brown and camel.

3) Buy flowers for your wife, not your wardrobe

Rather than rocking big, bold prints, keep the majority of your outfit sleek and simple, then add interest with small pops of pattern (a floral tie, a striped silk scarf or spotted socks, for example).

4) Don't go straight for the tuck

Unless you have a washboard stomach, it's best to keep your casual shirts, T-shirts and polos untucked. Just make sure you get the right fits to do this with: invest in an arsenal of slim fit polos and trim button-down Oxford with a curved hem that hits midway down your fly.

5) Let it go

It's an unfortunate fact of being a man that you may find you have less and less hair after you turn 60. If baldness is kicking in, don't go the combover route - take control and shave it all off. We know it's a big step, but if you're scared to do it just remember there's evidence to suggest that bald men are seen as far more masculine than their follicularly fortunate counterparts.

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June 01, 2015

How to Dress Your Age - 50s

From our great friends at GQ magazine and Nick Carvell.. We bring you the 'How To Dress Your Age' series.. A brief guide from 20 to 60 and beyond of how to dress your age, look great and feel even better.. 

HOW TO DRESS YOUR AGE - 50's

Don't be one of those men who lets his style slide when he hits the big 5-0. You've got your look and the vast majority of your wardrobe in place - now's the time to finesse what you've learned both in the workplace and outside of it.

Firstly - and most importantly - the key to dressing in your 50s is to make sure your clothes fit right. Go through your existing arsenal and make sure all of it slips on easily - not just so you look good in them, but also so you feel comfortable whatever situation you're dressing for.

And while the more "out there" elements of casualwear might be harder to get right, that's no reason to assume the only way you'll look good is in jackets. Yes, your wardrobe should err far more on the side of style than fashion by now, but keep an eye on the catwalks - there are still plenty of items that are going to work for you. However, rather than going to the more trend-heavy brands, make the great subtle style collections from brands such as Ted Baker and Hugo Boss guide you. These will show you how to take your tailoring and make it work for multiple occasions, both casual and formal. Speaking of, it's time to invest in quality things (see our Style Rules below).

One word of advice: trainers become increasingly tricky to pull off as you verge into the latter 50s - especially those of the more brightly coloured designer variety - so make sure you invest in an enviable array of smarter shoes that are still comfortable. Loafers and monk straps in a selection of colours would be a great start, but also go for slip-on Chelsea boots, driving shoes, deck shoes and smart suede espadrilles. And if you do still require trainers, still to sleek classics in block colours, such as those from Diesel or Ted Baker.

Let's face it, you've achieved great things personally and professionally by the midlife marker, but you've still got lots more you want to do. Own it, and show every other man on the street where you're heading by keeping your style game strong.

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June 01, 2015

How To Dress Your Age - 40s

From our great friends at GQ magazine and Nick Carvell.. We bring you the 'How To Dress Your Age' series.. A brief guide from 20 to 60 and beyond of how to dress your age, look great and feel even better.. 

HOW TO DRESS YOUR AGE - 40's

When it comes to clothing, there's a fundamental difference between "fashion" and "style" - and the key to dressing in your 40s is to favour the latter. In short, it's time to finesse everything you've learned over the past two decades (and filter out some of the more questionable purchases).

What's important this decade to to pay real attention to fit. Unless you're hitting the gym every day, you're probably going to have to relax your fits slightly from those drainpipe shapes you wore in your 20s and 30s. That said, don't immediately assume a bigger size is what's necessary (remember how good Steve Carrell's baggy, 40-something character looked when Ryan Gosling's character dressed him up right in Crazy Stupid Love?). There's no need to go overboard when you go shopping; simply make it your default to go to straight leg jeans instead of the slim ones - and for god's sake don't buy stonewash rinses.

Also make sure you really invest in the details this decade. As your style settles down and you find yourself wearing more of a uniform both casually and professionally, it's your accessories that will really add personality. Choose a palette of colours that work for you and keep it in mind when you're shopping. And while you might not be able to bust out the full-on print shirts without looking a little try-hard, don't be afraid of deploying patterns in small bursts with your ties, pocket squares and scarves. Also think of the accessories you might have had little need to spend money on in younger years: really good leather gloves, a selection of smart hats, jewellery, and matching luggage that doesn't fall apart when it gets thrown in the hold.

Finally, if you haven't done so yet, now's the time to start that watch collection.

You've spent your 30s getting to where you are; this new decade is all about celebrating that success - and what better place to start than with your wardrobe? Here's GQ's pointers for how to dress in your 40s...

How to dress in your 40s: 5 golden rules

1) Edit (and upgrade) your wardrobe
You have spent 20 years building up a solid armoury of attire, so it's understandable if some of those items have fallen out of regular rotation. If you haven't worn something for a few years, give it to a charity shop. If you find you wear one item a lot, perhaps invest in a couple of alternatives for it so it gets a rest once in a while. And take stock of any gaps that might need plugging. Also take the opportunity to upgrade not only the items in your wardrobe, but also the wardrobe itself. Buy a wardrobe that's big enough to store all your things so they don't crumple up against each other and, if you haven't done so already, invest in wooden coat hangers, fabric suit bags and plastic boxes for your shoes (Muji make very good ones).

2) Don't assume you need a bigger size (but DO adjust your fits)
You're not 20 anymore (thank God), so chances are those clothes you used to wear when you were 20 are not appropriate any longer. However, don't assume that means you should start going for the next size up! Usually this will only mean that the seams of your suits need letting out ever so slightly (a minor alteration that can make all the difference), or that you need to choose a straight leg selvedge rather than a slim fit (no bootcut, please).

3) Approach sportswear with caution
Sportswear is dominating menswear right now - and while injecting a dose of it into your wardrobe can freshen up your downtime attire, investing in this look too heavily in your 40s can end up giving off a bit of a PE teacher vibe. If you want to do it right, eschew the baseball hats and backpacks and invest in cool designer trainers from the likes of Diesel or Hugo Boss in pared-down colours, worn with a loopback or cashmere jumper and indigo jeans on the weekend.

4) Perfect your wrist action
You might have one or two watches in your repertoire, but now's the time to take it to the next level. If you haven't done so already, your 40th birthday is a great time to treat yourself to your first high-end watch - and by that we mean the sort that you can pass down to your son one day (see some superb examples in the GQ Watch Guide 2015). Also invest in jewellery that complements it, whatever you're into - whether that be a ring or a small stack of bracelets that you can wear on your downtime which feature subtle stones or highly-polished beads and metals.

5) Settle on your haircut
No more mohawks - the days of experimenting are behind you. When it comes to your haircut, decide on what works best for your hair type and face shape, and find a barber who gets it right every time. That's one less thing to worry about.

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June 01, 2015

How To Dress Your Age - 30's

From our great friends at GQ magazine and Nick Carvell.. We bring you the 'How To Dress Your Age' series.. A brief guide from 20 to 60 and beyond of how to dress your age, look great and feel even better.. 

HOW TO DRESS YOUR AGE - 30's

You've spent your 20s experimenting with your style - now's the time to lock it down. By the time you hit this decade you know what you like when it comes to clothes, however what's key with how to dress in your 30s is coming up with a list of go-to labels that fit both your personal aesthetic and your body. Let's face it, as you inevitably move into a higher paying job heading a team - and perhaps even start a family - you will probably have less time to spend picking out matching things before you head out every morning, let alone shopping for them in the first place. When you know exactly what to get from where you'll be able to save time by getting basics delivered straight to your desk through the magic of the internet. This decade you need an arsenal of clothes at hand so buy well and buy in bulk.

And while jeans and (smart) trainers will still feature heavily on a weekend, suits will become increasingly important this decade as, unless you work in an industry with a strict uniform, your workplace and off-duty wardrobes will begin to merge. While last decade was about being smart when you needed to be in the office, this because is about being smart 24/7 - who knows when the CEO will call you into his office or those clients from Japan need entertaining at the last minute?

It's also a time to take a more 360 approach to your grooming regime. Grooming isn't just about getting your haircut anymore - start thinking about your skin too.

However this is also a decade to start giving back to yourself. You got the basics down in your 20s, so use your 30s to invest in the occasional item you use all the time that's going to last you - and look damn good doing it. Trend-led items like designer trainers are a great addidtion to your ouvre, but make sure you also set some funds aside for classics: a beautifully-made everyday bag for work, a go-anywhere overcoat or an umbrella you didn't panic-buy in a sudden downpour.

In short, it's time to grow up - just a little bit. Here's how to do it in style...

How to dress in your 30s: 5 golden rules

1) Get to know which labels work for you
Come up with a core selection of shops that stock staples that fit without the need for altering them - whether that's T-shirts from Ted Baker or button-downs from Eton. Then start buying in them in bulk so you always have enough on hand in the morning. If you have time, head in store and make sure the size and cut suits your shape best. If you're strapped for time, order online and get it sent to your office.

2) Make suits the backbone of your wardrobe
You bought your first decent suit in your 20s, now's the time to get a few more options in. Invest in good quality grey, navy and black blazers at the very minimum, then expand into a few bolder colours, materials or patterns (tweed and checks are particularly versatile) as well as different weights for winter and summer. Remember: a jacket isn't just a staple for the office, it can be worn casually with denim, chinos and T-shirts, not to mention jackets or trousers from other suits. Make sure each item is tailored so it works in its own right (if you wear your trousers slightly slimmer casually, get your suit trousers tapered similarly to ensure you wear them outside of the office too).

3) Get your head around Casual Friday
Casual Friday causes a dilemma: you don't want to turn up to work underdressed, but equally you don't want to be overdressed when everyone else is dressing down - especially important when you're leading a team of your peers, but are also still trying to seem professional to your superiors. As a general rule, avoid a suit at all costs - with smart shoes it will look like you've forgotten your tie, with a T-shirt and trainers it will look too casual. The best thing is to come up with a uniform made from well-fitted separates - smart indigo jeans or flat-front trousers, a wool blazer, an unbuttoned button-down (with a thin crew or V-neck jumper over the top if it's cold), and a pair of smart brown shoes (ideally double monk-traps or loafers). Start with that, then inject personality with your accessories (such as colourful socks).

4) Master warm weather in style
Gone are the days of whipping your shirt off and lying in the park in a pair of jeans - you should still look like a grown-up in hot weather, whether that be on the beach or a sudden heatwave on home shores. First stop is a decent pair of swimmers that can also double as actual shorts at the bar (Ted Baker or Hugo Boss are both solid options‎). After that look our for shirts, suits and trousers in cotton or linen-cotton mixes, and summer-appropriate loafers for smart events. Leather sandals or suede espadrilles make ideal alternatives to flip-flops - and are far more pleasing on the eye if you have hairy toes (you know who you are, guys).

5) Invest in standout items
Now's the time to start adding items to your wardrobe that are going to last you a lifetime. Start out with items that you're going to use a lot, and invest in the best you can buy. We're talking about those kind of items that you only really need one of such as bags (whether that be for work or a weekend away), a go-anywhere trench coat, silver cufflinks, a proper umbrella (such as those from Ted Baker) or a high-end leather wallet. This is also a good time to start expanding your shoe collection from your basic few pairs to others that suit your fancy, whether that be sleek trainers or various varieties of smarter shoes like loafers, Derbies or Oxfords.

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June 01, 2015

How To Dress Your Age - 20's

From our great friends at GQ magazine and Nick Carvell.. We bring you the 'How To Dress Your Age' series.. A brief guide from 20 to 60 and beyond of how to dress your age, look great and feel even better.. 

HOW TO DRESS YOUR AGE - 20's

We're not going to lie - your 20s are tricky. While you will probably be in the best shape of your life and trim enough that you can wear pretty much anything you want, you will also go through a massive transformation as you leave uni behind and start establishing your career. In short, you're a grown man now, and the key to mastering how to dress in your 20s can be summed up in two words: capsule wardrobe.

This is the time to invest in important go-to pieces that will form the foundation of your wardrobe for many years to come, and make you feel great every time you slip them on: hard-wearing chinos, good jeans, smart shoes, your first proper suit and a decent watch.

However, this is also the time to experiment with trends - yes, you'll make mistakes with colours and patterns, but, heck, you're young - now's the time to do it and work out what looks good on you.

Towards the end of the decade, go for your first designer pieces - although we'd recommend you start small with ties, cufflinks or wallets, and work your way up as your budget expands with your wage.

In short, this is the first decade of the rest of your life - so make sure you start it in style.

How to dress in your 20s: 5 golden rules...

1) Go for slim cuts
You are in the best shape of your life right now, and you don't need to spend hours in the gym to maintain it. Make the most of it by searching out clothes with slim cuts (note: not skinny cuts) that don't swamp you in acres of excess fabric.

2) Get to know your colour
Now's the time to figure out which colours work best on you. As a general rule, lighter colors work best on dark skin (pale blue, yellow, pastel pink, white) and darker colours work best on light skin (navy blue, dark green, dark red, brown). When you've decided on which you feel most comfortable in, adopt it as the backbone of your accessories game. If you invest in socks, pocket squares and ties that are both solid and have hints of the colour in a pattern, you have created a thoroughly interchangeable selection.

3) Experiment
There are more shops out there (especially of the more wallet-friendly variety) catering to guys in their twenties than any other decade. Make the most of it by trying out different patterns and more trend-led items that can be added into your core wardrobe as the seasons change. Smart jogging bottoms, a bold blazer or a summer-appropriate sandals are all good trend-items to try right now, should budgets allow.

4) Make friends with a tailor and a barber
Never, ever underestimate the power of a good haircut and an expertly fitted suit. Get to know these men and/or women now and they will keep you looking good for years to come. Hey!

5) Learn to look after your shoes
This is a decade where making the right first impression counts, whether that be going on a job interview or getting out there on the dating scene. It's often said that shoes are the first thing a person notices about your outfit, either consciously or subconsciously, are your shoes - so they'd better be shiny.

Coming next... How To Dress Your Age: 30's

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January 14, 2014

Circle of Gentlemen 2014

2014 Membership now open..

Joining the Circle of Gentlemen has never been easier..

Here at Decorum we have enjoyed a fantastic relationship with our Dutch brand Circle of Gentlemen. We have offered the highlights of their collections for the past 2 years now and inspired hundreds of customers with their high fashion designs and uncontested quality of product.
However, we have only been able to offer you a select choice of their collection -until now.

We have now started our unique Circle of Gentlemen ordering service online at decorummenswear.com.
With over 30 new styles added to our online store, additional to our already large collection in store, we can now order all and any items from the Circle of Gentlemen 2014 Spring collection, subject to availability.

More information on this unique service is available online by clicking here
By using this service you will be able to take advantage of our much larger available collection, and order these items direct from Circle of Gentlemen via. us here at Decorum. 

You will have seen in our previous email a taster of what we will have available in store, here is another sneak peek at what is now available from Decorum Online..

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April 06, 2013

Spring/Summer 2013 Collections now online

The new Spring/Summer 2013 collections have now been updated online and they include some fantastic styles.

Ted Baker is continuing it's pursuit of proving it is far from any ordinary brand, whilst Diesel is injecting a rock and roll, worn-in feel into the collection this season. Circle of Gentlemen is once again turning heads and keeping the guys here in despatch on their toes with orders flying in from all over the globe for the Dutch premium brand. Lyle & Scott provide a typical English feel with their collection of shawl necks and luxury materials and Simon Carter fails to disappoint with yet another season of stunning, eye-catching cufflinks with inset Swarovski crystals.

Find what you're looking for by using our navigation panel to the left and choose your favoured brand or item of choice. If you really don't know what you're looking for, click on New Arrivals to get an overview of all that is new!

Happy Shopping!

 

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January 23, 2012

Styles selling out FAST in Clearance Sale

Styles from ALL brands are selling out fast in store and online in the Decorum end of season Clearance Sale! Be quick to grab yourself a bargain and spend over £100 to bag yourself a 10% discount code ready for the NEW S/S12 Collections which are arriving with us in store and online more and more every day!  Sale selling out! @ Decorum Menswear Online

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January 17, 2012

Spring / Summer 2012 New Collections

Spring/Summer 2012 @ Decorum Menswear Online

-  the new spring / summer 2012 collections are now available on decorum online. more styles will be added as the new collection becomes more available instore. you will be notified of a delivery date on purchase of your item. returning decorum online customers can expect to receive a special 10% discount off all new collections as a thank you from decorum for their continued support.

 

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January 05, 2012

AW11 Sale Now On!

Clearance Sale @ Decorum Menswear Online

Click on the 'CLEARANCE' icon above to view all of the collections in the sale!

All items in the sale section have been reduced up to 50%!

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January 03, 2012

Welcome to Decorum Menswear .com

NEW SITE LAUNCH @ Decorum Menswear Online

Hello!

Welcome to our new improved online store at Decorum Menswear!

Here you can view and purchase all our current collections from all of our brands, if at any time you have any questions or you have a question to ask about the online store or any item available on it, please do not hesitate to contact us by the methods at the top of the page.

We hope you all like our NEW & IMPROVED Decorum Online store - may we continue to provide you all with Menswear Finery throughout the UK and Europe!

Thanks for shopping with us!

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