how to wear your favourite t shirtBill Richardson at online clothing retailer Kings and Dukes, shares his tips on how to wear a favourite T-shirt that is past its best 

Everybody has that one favourite T-shirt, and no matter how old, faded, and ill-fitting it becomes, we can’t bear to part from it. Whether it holds fond memories or we just love the way it looks, we can become incredibly sentimental about our favourite top, even if it has become a shadow of its former self. Whether it’s a football top, a band tee, or a just a shirt you love the look of, here’s how you can breathe new life into it. 

An old tee that looks like it has a past to it can make a great focal point for any outfit and effortlessly set you apart from the crowd. Wearing clothes with a story behind them is a fashion statement in its own right in the disposable age that we live in. Your favourite old tee will be a great conversation starter too, as well as the perfect way of expressing yourself through what you choose to wear. 

Contrast the nostalgia of a faded replica football top or band tee with the clean and crisp lines of a new pair of jeans and a jacket to make a bold statement. Alternatively, blend it seemlessly with a pair of jeans in a relaxed fit and a pair of well-worn trainers for a cohesive look. 

If your favourite top becomes worn to the point you don’t feel its appropriate even for the most casual of situations, then don’t despair — you can always use it as pyjamas. If you don’t feel like retiring it quite yet, then you could use it as a gym top instead. However, you may not want to go this route if you’re incredibly sentimental about the top, as it will quickly deteriorate and have to go the journey. 

If you’re still holding on to a much-loved and well-worn T-shirt, then keep these tips in mind so you can keep it as an integral part of your wardrobe for years to come. 

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Coach menswear chic geek style bloggerTheChicGeek takes a trip. Thanks to Coach and their new Spring 16 men’s capsule collection, TheChicGeek stands out from the crowd in bold colour and pattern.

Inspired by 60s West Coast psychedelia, the collection references everything from The Beach Boys, 90s New York hip-hop and the Kennedys. 

Stocked in three Selfridges stores - London, Birmingham & Manchester - and online, this collection has the style, simplicity and ease needed when travelling this summer.

The days of travelling in style are back! Where are you going? Get involved #CoachMens2016 

Credits - All Coach - C101 Low Top Sneakers, Tiger Print Leather Backpack, Psychedelic printed blouson (exclusive to Selfridges), Wild Cat Marine Tiger T-Shirt

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Wednesday, 18 May 2016 12:16

How To Choose The Perfect Watch

how to choose a perfect watchBurns Jewellers offers TheChicGeek some advice on choosing the best watch for you

Watches are an accessory that can really finish off an outfit, and while wearing an expensive time-piece is a real power move, it is important to consider your lifestyle and which type of watch would be the most appropriate for you. If you are generally quite active you may not get much use out of a designer watch, for example, whereas those who like to socialise in the evenings would have no use for a sports watch. 

To ensure you pick a watch that can be worn regularly and proudly, it is important to follow the advice offered by the experts. Reading over this ensures you will understand exactly what the many different types of watches offer throughout your buying journey.

What makes you tick?

There are several different types of methods and mechanisms to make a watch function: 

An automatic calibre works using kinetic energy — regular movement from the wearer winds the mainspring, which allows the hands to keep moving. Automatics can be spotted by the second hand floating around the face of your watch, as opposed to ticking.

Quartz timepieces use ready-made calibres and are battery powered, which means they can last a lot longer and are more accurate, but are not as interesting. These are looked down upon by watch snobs, but are actually a far more reliable watch. The second hand ticks. While the battery does have a long life, it will eventually need to be replaced.

What is your style?

An age-old idiom is that ‘the least important thing a watch does is tell the time’, and high-end watch distributors would tend to agree with this. Watch expert Burns Jewellers identifies three distinctive styles of watches, and categorises them based on appearance and the materials used in the watch’s construction.

A dress watch is identified by its plain, thin case and its large hands. These formal watches usually feature a leather strap and have gold bezels, mineral glass, and perhaps even titanium casing. These watches are great for evening events or formal occasions — a classy and elegant option.

A designer watch is more lavish than a dress watch, and the wearer is usually looking to make a statement by wearing one. Designer watches cannot be described generally, as they are individual to that particular brand’s trademark styling. However, they usually feature a gold or other precious metal strap, with a vibrant-coloured face for maximum visual impact. 

A sports watch is hard-wearing and usually water resistant, so is made from a combination of stainless steel, rubber, and scratch-proof glass. The face usually features thick, clear numbers and is usually fitted with a compass or another cool gadget.

Hopefully, by knowing exactly the type of watch you’re looking for, you’ll find choosing the perfect piece much easier and more enjoyable. 

Published in How To
Monday, 15 February 2016 11:55

#OOTD Topman Suit Style By City #sp

topman suit the chic geek ootdA sartorial tour of the UK, Topman’s Suit Style By City series aims to show the most popular Topman suit styles and how they are wearing them, city by city across the country. It turns out London was matched to a trend for coloured suits.

Representing his hometown, London, TheChicGeek, knows there’s no place as stylish as home in this ultra-skinny green suit. The coolest city in the world, with a geek to match, where London leads the rest of the world follows.

Nothing says ‘London’ like a red phone box or two, especially with a flaming cactus print shirt to match. Team with matching green shoes for that extra attention to detail.

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TheChicGeek is very excited to announce his London Collections: Men #LCM social media takeover of great British men’s brand, Jigsaw Menswear.  Follow everything he gets up to during London’s Men’s Fashion Week, wearing Jigsaw Menswear throughout. Check out the stylish new collection here 

Plus an extra special ChicGeek installation is taking place over the weekend in their flagship Duke Street Emporium in London’s Mayfair. Your eyes definitely aren’t deceiving you! Come down and check out what TheChicGeek is wearing from Jigsaw Menswear’s new SS16 collection plus get a #selfie with one of the many ChicGeeks.

Follow TheChicGeek during #LCM on Twitter & Instagram @thechicgeekcouk

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Thursday, 17 December 2015 17:40

TheChicGeek & Fossil's Curious Night Out #sp

The Chic Geek fossil q smartwatchThe mulled wine was flowing and the Christmas tunes were pumping as TheChicGeek hosted his Curious Night Out with Fossil on Oxford Street, last thursday. 

Left - TheChicGeek checking out the new range of Fossil smartwatches and bracelets

Guests were treated to an exclusive ChicGeek discount, monogramming service on leather good and jewellery and luxury goodie bags. I got to chose a selection of gifts, suitable for the whole family, from Fossil's extensive range of watches, leather goods, jewellery and gifts.

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So, with Christmas wrapped up, all in one place, there's nothing left to do but wish you all a Happy Christmas and a Curious New Year!

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Left - TheChicGeek 'geek-handling' Fossil's leather rucksacks 

Below - Fossil Oxford Street, London

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Friday, 04 December 2015 00:36

Join TheChicGeek @Fossil Oxford Street

fossil the chic geek blogger eventPerfectly timed to get the serious business of Christmas shopping underway, join me at the Fossil flagship store, Oxford Street - (between John Lewis & House of Fraser) - on Thursday 10th December, from 6pm - 9pm for an exclusive shopping event.

the chic geek blogger fossil influencerWith a special 10% discount and free engraving and embossing on the night, treat someone you love this festive season with the perfect gift from Fossil. 

Right - The curious pairing of TheChicGeek & Fashion Foie Gras. Join us next thursday night

The first 25 guests through the door will receive a special exclusive 'curious' goodie bag and with live DJ, fun photobooth and festive refreshments, it's not to be missed! 

When: Thursday 10th December from 6pm - 9pm.

Where: Fossil, 330 Oxford Street, W1C 1JE

RSVP: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

#callingallcurious

Don’t forget to RSVP! See you there!

#Sponsored by Fossil

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Friday, 13 November 2015 15:11

TheChicGeek’s Top Geek-Chic Spectacles

chic geek spectacles gucci menswearGo bold, that’s TheChicGeek’s 2015 message for eyewear. Make a style statement in thickly rimmed retro style spectacles, this season. Perfect for the current vintage inspired looks, as seen on the catwalks for SS16, and the huge trend for facial hair and fuller hairstyles.

Left - Gucci Menswear SS16

smart buy glasses zack pilot spectacle framesTheChicGeek has complied a scrapbook of his 5 favourite spectacles, available right now from SmartBuyGlasses, and a few special spectacle wearing style icons to give you some inspiration.

Left - Smart Buy Spectacles - Zack

 

 

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TheChicGeek says, "Think about your favourite TV stars of the 1970s in their oversized frames. The best shapes to go for are the aviator/pilot or thick square or rectangular frames".

Below - Yves Saint Laurent doing his best 1970s safari look, Gucci Menswear SS16

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Left - Yves Saint Laurent Spectacles

TheChicGeek says, "Fashion has entered a very fantastical moment full of dress up, patterns and prints. The types of spectacles help finish these eclectic looks".

elton john best geek chic spectaclesLeft - Elton John

Below - Cazal Spectacles

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Left - Gucci Menswear SS16

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Below - Gucci Spectacles

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TheChicGeek says, "Be bold. Oversized frames ooze confidence. They are also fun. Think Elton, Yves and the new look from Gucci".

Far Left - An older Yves

Left - Gucci Menswear SS15

Below - Tom Ford Spectacles

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Left - Young Yves

TheChicGeek says, "Spectacle frames reflect your personality. Standout and look confident".

Below - More 70s Yves & Elton 

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This article is brought to you in association with SmartBuyGlasses 

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New Look Menswear The Chic GeekIt's a very exciting week at New Look, this week, as they open the first of their menswear only stores. 

The first in a whole raft of UK men's destinations open in Portsmouth and Wigan, followed swiftly by Manchester Trafford and Merry Hill. 

TheChicGeek wanted to showcase the best of the new men's AW15 New Look collection. Centred around the luxury suede shacket - hitting stores in the next couple of weeks - TheChicGeek's look is a smart casual mix of slim grey jeans, knitted roll neck, leather belt and chocolate coloured suede desert boots.

Perfect for that stylish autumnal walk no matter how moody the weather!

Credits - All items New Look Menswear AW15

Shot on Olympus PEN 

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