Fashion: This season's must-haves for men
Brighten up your May with bold prints, statement shades, seductive scents, and stylish candles. Then chill out in a cosy hoodie while you embark on a box set marathon. . .
Strolling in blazing sunshine or soaking up glorious rays on a garden lounger are the ultimate mood-boosters, thanks to the increased production of feel-good serotonin in the brain. But a decent pair of shades are essential to protect your eyes against harmful ultra violet rays.
Iconic Austrian eyewear brand, Silhouette, fuse innovative technology, UV protection and contemporary design. Whether you like your shades square or aviator, retro or sporty, the range is available in both rimless and full-rim styles. Designs are timeless and frames are lightweight, crafted from high-quality material. Stay chic (and safe) in the sunshine.
The Silhouette SUN collection start from £199, at silhouette.com
Now is not the time to be dull and boring; pop on a bold printed shirt to brighten the day. If you’re working from home, with back-to-back conference calls, these nature-inspired prints are sure to raise a smile from your colleagues on Zoom! Plus you can team them with a pair of comfy joggers, your legs tucked neatly below the desk - and they’ll never know!
Revere botanical print shirt, £49.95, at Joules
Printed camel shirt £25, M&S Collection
Tiger print shirt, £40, at Debenhams
Black print shirt, £25, at Burton Menswear
Pineapple print shirt, £25, Debenhams
How’s the working from home going? Whether you’re lucky enough to do business from a plush garden office or have resorted to setting up an ironing board in a cramped bedroom to pop your laptop on, there are ways of making your space feel calm and Zen. Why not treat yourself to a super luxe scented candle? We’re thinking of test-driving the Antique Leather Soy Wax Scented Candle by The Luxe Candle Co. Described as ‘a playfully arrogant masculine fragrance, smooth like the inside of a brand new car’, it’s a musky fusion of leather, blooming jasmine, raspberry, thyme, olibanum and amberwood. Created from one hundred per cent eco-friendly soy wax, and poured in small batches at a Saddleworth studio, the candles have wood crackle wicks, and tasteful tan leather tags, so will look chic on your desk too.
Antique Leather Soy Wax Candle, £50, at theluxecandleco.co.uk
Life is Budeful
Most of us have a faithful hoodie stashed away in our wardrobes, ready to pull on after a run or snuggle beneath for a box set marathon on a windy weekend. This Hawaiian Blue hoodie by British lifestyle brand Budeful - featuring a handy Kangaroo pouch pocket and double fabric hood - is ideal for blustery walks or to beat evening chills, if you’ve ventured onto the patio for a tipple while watching the sunset.
Budeful is an eco-friendly company, specialising in designs inspired by the beautiful beaches and grassy downs of Bude in North Cornwall, as well as the Art Deco movement. We likey.
Hoodie, £44.99, at budeful.com
Make it Personal
Now present-buying opportunities are mostly restricted to online shopping, this personalised wash bag is a thoughtful gift idea. Made from 100 per cent cotton, it can be washed at 60 degrees, comes in a choice of colours and personalisation options, plus it’s big enough for all those grooming essentials.
Personalised wash bag, £17.99, at prezzybox.com
With all that money most of you are saving on the non-existent work commute, surely it’s time to splash out on an intoxicating new scent? Jo Malone London’s Black Cedarwood & Juniper Cologne is a racy number, reminiscent of ‘midnight rain’, described as ‘seductive with the carnal touch of cumin and chilli leaves’. Ooh, la la!
With top notes of aromatic spice, a heart of vibrant juniper and base of Virginian cedarwood, it’s delectably woody, evoking thunderstorms and rain-lashed mountains. What a feat to encapsulate the aroma of the elements in a bottle – but Jo Malone’s brilliant perfumers have nailed it.
Jo Malone London’s Black Cedarwood & Juniper Cologne, starts at £48 for 30ml, at jomalone.co.uk
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