Fashion Outfits

INSPIRE

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Where do I find inspiration for my style? Historically, I would have to consult female magazines like Vogue, ELLE and Harper’s Bazaar as I’ve always found them generally more informative and accessible.

inspire001Words: Oliver @oliverinstead / Photos: Laura

But times have changed, male fashion is now considered just as big a deal as its counterpart. The new digital age has introduced me to a whole new load of e-resources I can turn to when I need a doze of mens style inspo.

 

One of my favourite go-to sites is Fashion Beans. I love it for a number of reasons. As an aspiring writer, I enjoy the well-written style posts laden with wonderful wit that makes for much pleasant reads as well as a welcome change from the serious articles found in the pages of established publications. Besides styling advice that will help you stand out in the crowd and stay the most stylish man around, they also provide helpful shopping tips like where to find the best quality on-trend items for less – perfect for fashion savvy readers on a budget.

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Jacket & Shirt: H&M | Trousers: Topman | Shoes: Frank Wright | Bag: River Island

What’s even better for all us thrifty shoppers is the Discount Codes section, which I have yet to try out but it’s definitely one to make use of wisely.

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I must also make a special mention to this fabulous video that innovatively sums up how men have been dressing over the decades and how our style has evolved in the last 100 years:

Whether it’s the early 1900s’ sharp tailoring or the sass and flamboyance of the 70s, there is always something I can relate to throughout the ages. Though I never claim to be a dapper per se, I definitely draw inspiration from all fashions, which has resulted in this outfit that I’d describe as very ‘me‘ indeed. Under the bold colours and patterns, I try to keep things relatively classic with the smart blazer and tailored bottoms. Whereas through the styling, i.e. the pushed-up sleeves, rolled-up hems, sockless look and tucked-out shirt, I give it a casual edge that I feel is the core of my style, the basis I build my outfits upon.

 

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Finally, the website also houses an extensive archive of current street style – also my favourite part of the website. The part I wish to be on someday. These images have been captured and carefully compiled by the dedicated team of FB. In it you can find pretty much any trendy style, be it androgyny or alternative, boho or biker, you’re free to immerse yourself in the collection and soak in all the awesomeness from the best dudes in the mens style game.

In short, Fashion Beans has everything a man could need to keep up with trends and perfect his personal style under one roof, what’s not to love?

 

Massive thank you to Laura from Fashioneatstar for these beautiful pictures! x

 

Love, Oliver

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12 Comments

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    Chrissie
    May 31, 2015 at 3:18 pm

    I thought the video was brilliant – I think men looked best in the 40’s and 50’s as it was so unique. There’s no mention of punk but then I s’pose that was more of a sub culture until Vivienne Westwood put a price tag on it. I like the colour of your blazer it really works with the place you chose to shoot.

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      Oliver
      May 31, 2015 at 5:32 pm

      I know right? It’s such a cute video!

      Thanks – I’d always wanted to shoot there and it just so happened I was wearing the perfect outfit for it so it all worked out. 😀

      Oliver x

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    Anna
    May 31, 2015 at 6:38 pm

    I love your photos and the way you dress up! Is amazinG!

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    Sarah
    May 31, 2015 at 6:53 pm

    I love those tartan trousers. I’ve got some in red that I’m so tempted to dig out, especially now the weather is so rubbish. Love Fashion Beans too, I love unisex style so it’s great for outfit inspiration.

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      Oliver
      May 31, 2015 at 6:54 pm

      These trousers are my go=to bottoms when I don’t know what to wear… they’re so comfy and easy to style! :)

      Oliver x

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    MissPond
    June 1, 2015 at 8:41 am

    What a great video! I love your outfit, perfect for this weird mix of warm and cold weather we’ve been getting!!!

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      Oliver
      June 1, 2015 at 8:55 pm

      We are getting some weird weather! It’s not just me!! It needs to sort itself out though… it’s already June and still raining all, the, time! :(

      Oliver x

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    Susan Dollparts
    June 1, 2015 at 10:52 pm

    Looove these trousers, they are amazing! Really cool Vintage look! Found you on a Manchester bloggers post on lookbook, are you still in MCR? :) xx

    dresses-and-travels //@susandollparts

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      Oliver
      June 2, 2015 at 8:30 am

      Hi Susan,

      Thanks for the comment! Yes, I am in Manchester :)

      Oliver x

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    Allie
    June 2, 2015 at 7:02 pm

    Very smart look! That jacket I love!

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    steph
    June 2, 2015 at 7:41 pm

    I love your style and the pictures are amazing.

    I loved the video as well, there seems to be a big jump from the 40s – 50s and from the 80s on wards I can name people who looks exactly like a guy in the video

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    Marta
    August 6, 2015 at 12:30 pm

    Well men and women often share styles and fashion items so it´s only natural that we get inspired by fashion of women or men indistinctly.
    P.S.Love your style!

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