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It's official, autumn is definitely upon us. The overcoats are on, the gloomy days are beginning to feel like one perpetual night, and our bodies are being lured into a state of near hibernation. We all know the feeling when our heads starts to nod uncontrollably on the commute to work and our eyelids turn to lead as we trudge through the endless meetings, all the while drinking copious amounts of coffee just to make it through the day.
Well, you are certainly not alone as low energy and fatigue are two of the most common complaints reported in the workplace, especially at this time of year.
With this in mind here are my top tips to boost your energy levels naturally by making small changes to your daily routine. Follow these tips and in no time you'll be powering through the day with a spring in your step and a focus as sharp as the cut of your suit. 1. Bring on the breakfast In the morning before you slip on that bespoke shirt and button up your tweed waistcoat spare a thought for the humble breakfast; the most commonly overlooked meal of the day. Eating a healthy breakfast is key to getting your day off on the right foot, ensuring your energy levels stay consistent through until lunchtime.
The best breakfasts for energy are high in either fibre or protein (or both). Wholegrain muesli and porridge are naturally higher in fibre, but make sure you go for the unsweetened varieties with a preference for nuts and seeds over copious amounts of dried fruit. If you miss the sweetness of dried fruit then try adding in fresh berries. For a protein-rich breakfast you can't go wrong with good old eggs (poached, boiled or scrambled) on a slice of rye or wholegrain bread. 2. Sensible snacking If you do get peckish between meals opt for a low sugar, protein-rich snack such as a small handful of mixed nuts and seeds with a piece of fruit. When cutting back on high sugar snacks the tendency is to satisfy your sweet tooth with a packet of dried fruit, but it's best to keep this to a minimum in favour of fresh fruit and berries as large quantities of dried fruit can lead to fluctuations in blood sugar levels and knock-on energy slumps. 3. Break the lunchtime routine. How many of us fall into the routine of grabbing a meal-deal and wolfing it down whilst catching up on emails? It's now easier than ever to ditch the stodgy sandwiches and get more adventurous on your lunch break. Many of the chains now offer delicious wholesome salads and balanced hot meals. Salads have a much higher protein to carbohydrate ratio while also being packed with fibre, both of which can help fend off the afternoon slump. It's also really important to take your time to eat your lunch and relax rather than multitask. Sit back, take off your jacket , roll up your shirt sleeves and fully engage with your lunch break. Make it count even if you can only spare 15 minutes. A bit of relaxation at this stage can help you become a productive fiend while everyone else is slumping over their keyboards come 4pm. 4. Stay hydrated
It's so easy to forget the importance of water in your daily routine, but water is essential in the process of how the body makes energy and even slight dehydration can manifest as tiredness. A way to increase your water intake is to place a litre bottle of water on your desk at the start of the day and gradually work your way through it, with the target of finishing the bottle by the end of the day.
5. Catch up on your shut-eye
Sleep is becoming increasingly under-rated in the modern world with people often struggling to even manage 6/7 hours a night. Lack of sleep can lead to poor energy levels the next day so try gradually creeping the time you go to bed forward by 10 minutes every night until you are getting a full 8 hours. Give yourself a cut-off time from the TV/laptop/iPad as the bright screens can stimulate your mind and keep you awake. Try having some turkey with your dinner, which is a source of an amino acid called tryptophan and can help increase levels of the sleep hormone melatonin.
Well that's it for me this week. Next week I'll be looking at the effects of stress and what we can all do to keep our levels in check. Feel free to drop me a tweet @pagetandcoles with any questions and I'll make sure I answer these in my next post. 'Til next time.
Stay smart, stay healthy!
Tomm Coles is a Nutrition and Lifestyle Consultant at Paget Coles, 10 Harley Street, London
One of my favourite trends in non-formal suiting recently has been the cropped trouser. The look has, over the summer been seen in all the fashion capitals of Europe, cementing it as a credible style for the smart gent.
The designer Thom Browne is the original trailblazer for and they are still very much his signature item today. He wears them with anything from a , to a and even a dinner suit!.
As the daughter of a pretty 'traditional when it comes to tailoring' father there are certain garments I know and love but long to see refreshed and adapted for the modern gentleman. One such item is the navy blazer.
The popularity of which was brought to my attention when a customer came to see me in requesting the very thing. It is a relatively low-investment as you are not committing to a .
This single item though will effortlessly invigorate your outfit!. For many people this garment still carries the stigma of the wide, loose-fitting, double-breasted blazers of the past (see the image below). If we abandon this style and embrace a more contemporary, slim-fit, single breasted blazer the look can be kept more modern. A standard width notched lapel certainly gives a more casual and timeless look. Opting for single breasted will instantly slim the body and enable the jacket to be worn both open and buttoned. This is a look that can be adapted for all seasons, during the summer wear your blazer with a pair of beige chino, brown leather belt and white or pastel coloured shirt, glass of champagne optional.
In terms of colour you can't go wrong with a classic 100% wool navy cloth such as the twill or matt. If you'd really like to stand out why not try an electric blue mohair or deluxe pinstripe for a truly stunning boating blazer?
It is such a versatile item, you can also make your blazer part of a more casual look, a worn by JLS at the 2012 Brit Awards. I'm a big fan of Orits Williams' contemporary take on the classic blazer using a slim shawl collar with a wool and silk cloth which gives a fabulous sheen to the Jacket.
One thing the Brits know how to do well is wear a good suit - and we have certainly not been short of sartorial inspiration during the celebrations. The chap that has stood out to me the most as looking especially suave at every occasion of the Olympics is David Beckham.
Beckham has played a role in the journey of the Olympic torch since May when it was brought from Athens to the UK at the start of the Torch Relay. As shown above Beckham went for a , the texture of which gives a little more depth to the without the need for a or .
A beautifully tailored suit, David wears a single breasted, two button jacket with notched lapels, double vents and straight flapped pockets paired with straight leg trousers. The pale pink shirt with black contrast tie works perfectly. You'll struggle to find Beckham without a Tie-pin when wearing a day suit- love it!. When the torch arrived in Britain David Beckham accompanied Princess Anne and Lord Coe, the chairman of the London Organising Committee for the Olympic Games. They had the honour of lighting the cauldron to celebrate the flame's official arrival. For this special occasion he returned to a notched collar and selected a darker suit colour, going with a navy.
Whilst Bristol's Local Tailor had vowed not to dress his daughter in bespoke or branded finery - or write anything about parenthood for that matter - there has been an ever-increasing dent in my collection of pocket squares that cannot be ignored any longer.
Grace Blake, pictured, started teething rather early in life - she's only 4 months old now - and, as any new parent will know, teething involves an inordinate amount of dribbling.
This dribbling, which often resembles foaming at the mouth, can leave a fresh baby-grow sodden by breakfast time! So, in an effort to keep our daughter dry, and afford her a modicum of comfort and, dare I say it style, we tied one of A Suit That Fits pocket squares around the butter-soft rolls of Grace's neck to stem the flow. These particular pocket squares are cut from 100% Egyptian shirting cloth and are provided with the compliments of A Suit That Fits when purchasing a shirt.
The 'Dribble Square', as it is now affectionately known, has become a permanent fixture in Grace Blake's already burgeoning wardrobe. Whilst Grace's parents may not have spoiled her sartorially, her Aunty Tara has bestowed upon her a wardrobe of cute clothes that Grace's cousin, Inca - born 6 months before Grace - has now grown out of and so Grace has inherited hand-me-downs to last an 'infinancy' and been afforded not only style but a dressing regime to give her father a run for his money!
With so many colourways and patterns in A Suit That Fits range of shirting cloths, there is a Dribble Square for every occasion. Whether lounging at home, taking a stroll in the park or watching Idles - Grace's favourite band - there is a Dribble Square to suit, ahem.
I'm sure Dribble Squares will be a Bristol fashion accessory of choice before long, so place your orders early to avoid disappointment. And remember, whilst I am considering registering Dribble Squares as a Trademark, they are only available at this time from A Suit That Fits and come with a shirt. They can also be order separately in cotton, silk or satin.
It's a somber occasion and all of my tops are too joyful
I've yet to get through an episode of Modern Family without somebody expressing a passionate desire for one of Cam's trademark contrast collar cuffs .
Since being a part of A Suit That Fits people have asked me whether we can actually create such a masterpiece for them - hence why I decided to settle the matter post-haste!. The key to Cam's style is the contrasting collar cuff detailing. By choosing a relatively simple yet colourful base cloth for the body of the shirt you can pretty much get away with anything on the collar and cuffs. In the example above we see Cam in a coral pink shirt with festive green red cuffs.
And below a cooler blue pinstriped shirt contrasted with yellow detail.
One particular element of Cam's style is that his sleeve length is cut longer than one would normally wear them, in order to keep them turned up at all times to display the contrasting design. As shown here with a fine pink pinstripe shirt with a flower pattern collar and cuff detail.
For everyday wear though it isn't always practical to have loose cuffs. An alternative would be to have double cuffs instead of over sized single ones, then just make the whole cuff in a contrasting cloth!
Doing it this way you still achieve a smart finish to your shirts without losing the individuality! In the above image you can also see an example of a high square collar (Y2), a button down collar with contrasting pale pink stitching, the options are endless! To see our full range of shirting cloths and and all the different options (you can even have your initials embroidered) book your self an appointment with your nearest Style Advisor.
Saying chinos are in, is like saying trousers are all the rage for men at the moment. Chinos are always 'in' and they are always a great staple in any man's wardrobe. They are the more casual summer cousin to the suit trouser, a garment that can come in a multitude of different colours and be worn with shirts or t-shirts alike but still look smarter than jeans.
Here at A Suit That Fits I have a lot of customer who love the fit of our but are really hankering for something more casual at the weekend, is the answer! Recently launched on our website by popular demand, I can't wait for the version, wink wink nudge nudge!.
A traditional pair of chinos would have been made of cotton twill and have evolved from military uniform, they tended to be made in quite muted colours. With the advent of chinos as a fashion item though they now come in many different colours. Cycling round London red chinos seems to be very much the rage but I have also seen colours as varied as yellow, green, even purple.
They can be worn with not only a varity of clothes, but also shoes. In this photo Zac Efron dons a pair of tanned chinos, giving them a more grungy look by pairing them with DMs.
Note though that because of the cut and style of chinos they still maintain an element of smart regardless of what footwear you put them with. In this photo above both Ashton Kutcher and Zac Efron are wearing converse for a more weekend look with Ashton going for a wide leg verses Zac's skinny. David Beckham has also gone with a slim fit putting his with tanned hiking boots and a silver dog chain for that footballer chic.
The real classic chino look though is demonstrated perfectly by Jude Law. A slate grey pair of chinos worn with a dark cashmere cardigan and grey pashmina. Subtle tones are always a winner, effortlessly chic!
Back in December when I was still working in my lovely home town of Bristol Ryan and Jen came to me for a wedding suit. They wanted to get married in the spring and wanted something special. A lovely couple, Jen came along to help pick the cloth but didn't come to subsequent fittings to keep the overall look of the suit a surprise.
Ryan's overall inspiration was Americana with a rockabilly feel. He told me about a pair of shoes he wanted to get (two tone ones) and we looked at the music video Social Distortion: Machine gun blues for inspiration (What fun!) After much dissussion Ryan decided to go for a black herringbone , HB-6 with a Burgundy red lining.
The herringbone cloth and peaked lapels kept the suit vintage, circa 1950 with the slanted pockets, single vent and tapered trousers giving it that modern twist. When Ryan came to the studio to try on his two piece suit both me and David loved the whole thing! The shoes, the tie, shirt and suit went so well together, we immediately asked Ryan and Jen if they minded us having a look at there wedding photos. The lovely couple did not disappoint and have recently been the subject of an online article at Rock and Roll Bride.
Jen and Ryan had there photo's taken by Gemma Bell from Venus Blue Imaging and were kind enough to let me put them up on our blog. Ryan's suit perfectly complimented Jennifer's dress, a custom made vintage inspired number. The whole day looks absolutely lovely.
All comic book fans have been spoilt for choice this year with the release of such films as 'The Avengers, Avengers Assemble', 'Men In Black 3', and most recently 'The Amazing Spider-Man'. And with every great film comes a glamorous premiere providing a super sartorial spectacle! I was particularly impressed when leafing through the photographs from the event, to find such a variation of suit customisations.
Leading lady Emma Stone looks absolutely stunning (as always) yet her outfit is simple and chic. A pair of lengthens the leg, and with a thin gold buckled belt it draws the eye into the smallest part of the waist.
Even with a dangerously daring plunge neckline everything is secure, adding the perfect amount of glamour to the ensemble. Spider-Man himself, Andrew Garfield, was looking sharp in a simple black single breasted two button suit. A little controversial going for a navy tie with a black suit but that's just personal taste!
Next we have villain and infamous Welshman Rhys Ifans with girlfriend Anna Friel, wearing a fabulously green suit, definitely in keeping with his character, The Lizard. Green might seem quite a bright colour but as long as you keep it rich and dark you can really make a statement, a flannel in forest green would be perfect.
And finally we have director Marc Webb, who has also chosen a classic black single breasted suit. Webb is wearing another example of a half-width notched lapel. He's extended the theme to his tie and shirt collar to ensure the whole outfit is balanced.
Attention to detail: Hand stitched lapels Similar to the ticket pocket, hand-stitching on the Lapels isn't a feature you'd necessarily think about when designing a suit but once you've had it brought to your attention it's a subtle detail you'll notice on every other jacket from then on!
Some people love it, some people hate it, but on a simple suit such as Marc Webb's it adds a little something to make the outfit all the more distinctive. I would certainly recommend using hand-stitching on lightweight cloths verses thicker ones as it is less likely to sink in and will stand out. You can choose to have hand-stitching on any of our jacket lapels at A Suit That Fits so if you love it - we'll make it happen!
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