Tuesday, 09 December 2014 09:56

#OOTD 22 – Pinstripe Day 4/4

the chic geek pin stripe suits menswear styleIt’s the end of the day, literally, and after a long day blogging, TheChicGeek likes nothing better than a good book – TheChicGeek’s Fashion, Grooming & Style For Men – to be precise!

Kicking off his shoes, he still looks the part in his double breasted pinstripe suit and, thankfully, his geeking for the day is done.

Credits – Suit – Atelier Scotch, Shirt - Evocha, Tie – Drake’s, Watch – Maurice Lacroix, Briefcase – Swaine, Adeney Brigg at MR PORTER.COM, Bowler Hat – Hackett, Socks – Stance

Shot by Robin Forster on #OlympusPEN

With thanks to Rocket Gallery

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Monday, 01 December 2014 17:20

#OOTD 21 – Pinstripe Day 3/4

the chic geek ootd men's style fashion bloggerThe only thing predictable about the British weather is its unpredictability. Teaming a warming roll-neck with his double-breasted pinstripe, TheChicGeek is always prepared, whatever the weather. The geek means business and never leaves home without a stylish umbrella to ward off those raindrops and stop his ginger paint from running!

Credits – Suit – Marks & Spencer ‘Best of British’, Roll-neck - GAP, Watch – Maurice Lacroix, Umbrella – London Undercover at MR PORTER.COM, Bowler Hat – Hackett, Shoes –Church’s, Socks – Thomas Pink

Shot by Robin Forster

With thanks to Rocket Gallery

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Tuesday, 25 November 2014 12:00

#OOTD 20 – Pinstripe Day 2/4

the chic geek menswear style blogger fashionStart the #WorkingGeek in style in a pinstripe suit. The theme for this month’s OOTDs, pinstripes, combine the historical City of London with the new professional age of blogging.

TheChicGeek turns the commute into catwalk as he waits for the 8.05 train to Chicsville. Go classic with a white shirt and traditionally patterned tie. TheChicGeek means business!

Credits – Suit – Alfred Dunhill, Shirt– Eton, Tie – Drake’s, Watch – Omega De Ville Co-Axial, Suit Pin – Alice Made This, Bowler Hat – Hackett, Shoes – Russell & Bromley, Socks – Burlington, Briefcase – Swaine, Adeney Brigg at MR PORTER.COM

Shot by Robin Forster

With thanks to Rocket Gallery

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Monday, 12 October 2015 16:10

#OOTD 53 - Warhol GEEK 1/4

The Chic Geek as andy warhol leaving the factoryThe American pop artist, Andy Warhol, embodies modern male dressing: slim shapes in simple clean lines. The model of the 1960s Beatnik, Warhol, in his early career, liked to stick to his uniform of dark denim, striped Breton tops and leather jackets.

A master of his own image, TheChicGeek couldn't help but try his hand at becoming Andy Warhol, well, for 15 minutes at least!

Tonight, Matthew...

#WarholGEEK

Credits - Leather Jacket - Acne Studios, Top - Farah, Jeans - Energie, Watch - Fossil, Sunglasses - Balenciaga, Socks - The London Sock Co, Camera - Polaroid Cube, Trainers - Converse, Lip Balm - Bulldog, Charcoal Face Wash - B.Mens, Shave Cream - B.Mens

Shot by Robin Forster on OlympusPEN

With thanks to Sonsoles Print Studio, Peckham

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Monday, 17 November 2014 12:46

#OOTD 19 – Pinstripe Day – 1/4


the chic geek menswear fashion styleNothing says ‘London’ or ‘Business’ quite like pinstripes. This classic tailoring material is having a renaissance, right now, in new slimmer shapes and contemporary cuts.

On my daily pilgrimage to ChicGeek Towers, every sartorial i is dotted and t crossed before I leave the house. Today, I've opted for a bespoke grey Loro Piana made bespoke by Kingdom and teamed this with a pop of brightly coloured merino knitwear. The rest is classic London - bowler hat, monk strap shoes and briefcase. And, TheChicGeek's blogging day begin...

Credits – Suit – Kingdom, Suit Pin – Alice Made This, Knitted Polo – John Smedley, Watch – Omega 'De Ville Prestige Power Reserve', Bowler Hat – Hackett, Shoes – Russell & Bromley, Umbrella – Aramis, Pocket Square – Atelier Scotch, Socks – Ede & Ravenscroft, Briefcase – Swaine Adeney Brigg at MR PORTER.COM

Shot by Robin Forster

With thanks to Rocket Gallery

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Tuesday, 06 October 2015 15:21

Buyer's Guide - AW15 - Finaest.com

Finaest.com Founder, Luca Catalano

Cordone shirt the chic geek"Cordone shirts are really well known for the superior, high-quality fabrics and vestability. This shirt is a style staple yet offers a peculiar sleeve stitching that sets it apart.  Shirtmakers Cordone construct their shirts by stitching the first two parts of the body, front and back, and then re-attaching the sleeves to guarantee the best fit possible. I love mixing up different styles to mirror my personality and this versatile Cordone shirt in jeans paired with a jacket is real must have for me this season".  

Left - Cordone - Alassio Denim Cotton Shirt - £87.13

Sera pocket square handkerchief the chic geek"I always add a silk pochette to my look because it  gives a punch of colour to winter greys, browns, blues and blacks, rendering the look instantly chic. Serà fine silk pocket handkerchiefs originate from the Italian Como Silk Textiles region, known for its artisan handcrafted pieces for those true style aficionados".   

Left - Serà - Fine Silk Pocket Handkerchief - £38.34

 

 

 

 

Maglia umbrella"I can’t forget my favourite  A/W wardrobe staple, a Maglia umbrella. Handcrafted through 100 different phases, I chose this umbrella in particular because its bamboo handle  that adds a sophisticated, playful air. A man has to distinguish himself through details like this umbrella".

Left - Maglia - Lord Blue & Red Pinstripe With Bamboo Handle - £205.62

Miserocchi Brown Camel Leather Ankle Boots"Miserocchi is one of my preferred shoe brands because they are so comfortable, entirely made by hand, and created in the finest supple leathers on the market. My A/W wardrobe cannot be without a pair of Miserocchi ankle boots because not only do they keep my feet warm, but I don’t have to  renounce comfort and style. 

Interesting side-note: Each pair requires at least two and a half hours of artisan craftsmanship, using only the finest Tuscan leather. The true artisan value lies in the fact that the shoemaker ‘feels’ and ‘regulates’ each stitch of every boot to ensure the most tailored elegant fit".   

Above - Miserocchi - Brown Camel Leather Ankle Boots - £132.43

 

Cappellificio Beillese Gingham Jockey Cap"Because each item that makes up my look has to quintessentially hold both a special story and be made out of the best materials on the market. This hat from Cappelificio Biellese does not disappoint…. and not only! I am really into this blue print. I think a blue hat is a must have in everyman’s winter wardrobe". 

Left - Cappellificio Beillese - Gingham Jockey Cap - £62.03

Monday, 05 October 2015 13:44

Tried & Tested - Erborian CC Homme

Erborian Men's CC Homme Cream ReviewErborian’s CC HOMME product is a complete, multi-purpose skincare product that draws on the expertise of Korean technology. The next big step in male cosmetics and skin care, these makeup maestros even your skin tone, disguise a wide range of mild imperfections including dullness, fatigue, irritation and redness and ultimately brighten your face giving an instant ‘healthy glow’ effect. 

Left - Erborian - CC Homme - 30ml - £29

Containing multiple ‘cc pigments’, a new generation of genuine colour controllers, this cream goes on white and naturally adjusts to your skin tone to enhance your skin’s true radiance. What’s more, it also contains built-in SPF25 coverage to protect the skin. 

Providing a sheer and subtle coverage, this cream matifies the skin, leaving it looking smoother and the complexion more even. 

TheChicGeek says, “Korean men have become the pioneers of men’s grooming. One of the highest spending of male consumers in the world, it was inevitable that one of the first men’s CC creams would come from this part of the world.

Let’s start by explaining first what a CC cream is. A "CC cream" is used  to mean Colour Control cream, or Colour Correcting cream, which reduces the appearance of skin redness or sallowness or to improve uneven skin tone.

Many women use a CC cream as a base under their make-up as it corrects the skin’s colour using light-diffusing particles. Men can put their moisturiser on, then apply this on top.

Firstly, it has the colour (grey/white) of and looks like a standard face scrub yet is smooth. I applied sparingly and then blended it into the skin being careful around my beard/stubble.

It definitely evens out your skin tone and gives you a more uniform appearance. When it’s says ‘brighten’ this often means lighten, but this gives you a hint of colour.

I did ask a few people if it looked like I was wearing make-up and they said “no”. It definitely doesn’t feel like you are. 

Men have had BB creams for a while and I thought CC would have been quick to follow. This is the first one I’ve tried and it is definitely something I’d be happy to use again. Guys with uneven skin tone and blemishes would probably find this the most beneficial”.

Friday, 02 October 2015 12:16

Menswear Must Have Hat Beret

Gucci beret must have mens hatIt was Prince who once sang about a raspberry beret and while he was admiring the wearer, going in through the out door, this season he should be one sporting himself.

Left - Gucci catwalk AW15

Seen on the catwalk at Gucci, it’s the beret’s simplicity that really makes it appealing for the cold weather season. 

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Left - Gucci - £160

A stylish alternative to the beanie or bobble hat, here are a few suggestions, but they can be picked up, relatively cheaply, on eBay and Amazon.

From the French word béret, it is a simple flat woollen cap traditionally worn by peasants. It was adopted by revolutionaries and artists and adds that romantic feeling to any look. Just remember, you want to look studious not like a New York Guardian Angel!

Picasso in beret the chic geekLeft - Picasso

 

Lock & Co Mens beret the chic geekAbove- Lock & Co - Basque Beret - £85

Below - Che Guevara

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What makes you curious? This is the big question American accessories brand, Fossil, is asking this season. To celebrate TheChicGeek starring in their new AW15 campaign, we are giving one lucky ChicGeek reader the chance to own this handsome Fossil chronograph watch.

The Machine Chronograph Black Stainless Steel Watch, worth £155, is a modern favourite with its matte black case and bright white dial. Built to outlast fleeting trends, this refined chronograph is a superlative investment fit for any occasion.

The additional date detail and quality build makes this a timely addition to any man’s wardrobe.

See more of TheChicGeek’s #CallingAllCurious campaign here.

Get involved on social media - #CallingAllCurious @Fossil www.Goldsmiths.co.uk

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Lab Series review future repair serum men's groomingLab Series’ new Future Rescue Repair Serum is a high performance, anti-aging treatment that if used daily helps renew the look of skin today and for your tomorrow. Featuring a ‘Quad Focus’ approach to combat visual ageing - antioxidant/enviornmental defence, purifying surface detox, barrier fortification and damage repair. This global serum acts as the skin’s first line of defence to help combat the look of aging. 

Left - Lab Series Future Rescue Repair Serum - 50ml - £48

Research shows that only 10% of visible aging is chronological, the remainder is from our surroundings: the sun, pollution, stress, lifestyle etc. 

TheChicGeek says, “Lab Series had me at ‘The Future of Handsome’ with this one. Okay, so serums haven’t really taken off in men’s grooming, but, the way to look at is as a future-proofing anti-aging layer: giving your skin a boost and added protection.

When this first went on, the smell and texture reminded me of the Lab Series all-in-one moisturiser PRO LS, but this is much better than that. 

Applied day and night, it is light, absorbs quickly, but feels rich enough to do what it says. These types of products are often about a feeling rather than an instant change and needs long term usage to reduce the signs of aging. This isn't about turning the clock back!

I would recommend this, but apply an SPF moisturiser over the top during the day, to really protect your skin for tomorrow”.