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  • Suits You Sir - Tweed Accessories for Men


    Tweed could certainly be described as the honey of the fashion world, with its non-perishable properties and its ability to all too often sit in a cupboard until you realise how much you’ve missed it. Durable, but most importantly timeless, tweed has lived through years, decades, centuries, and yet remains a staple for Gentlemen across the globe. That is why, here at Smart Turnout, we have launched our very own line of heritage tweed straps in 4 classic colourways. The straps will offer a way to incorporate the rural character of tweed into your everyday outfit choices.

    Smart Turnout Tweed Watch Strap Flatlay


    Tweed cloth is renowned for its bucolic charm, with it being the fabric of choice for almost every country sport. Shooting, fishing, you name it, the sheer warmth and quality of it makes it a sure-fire bet for any outdoor sport where getting damp is likely; not uncommon when you hail from the UK. In fact, the colours synonymous with the cloth, including browns and greens, are influenced directly by the landscapes of Scotland and Ireland where tweed first originated. In recent years our old friend tweed has certainly seen a more current and unique revival. Now seen combined with modern cuts and forms it has been given a new lease of life, transforming it from a practical material to the textile of choice for designers and stylists alike.

    When it comes to wearing tweed there is more than one way to skin a cat – or shear a sheep for that matter. There are many things to take into consideration including colour, pattern and occasion. Most commonly tweed is tightly woven in herringbone, check or a simple flecked finish. Each pattern lends itself to different occasion, with a simple flecked tweed being most versatile and a great accent to an otherwise busy outfit, whereas herringbone would lend itself to a grander occasion. A two-piece herringbone suit would be perfect for a trip to the races, or failing that, a countryside wedding.



    When it comes to tweed, grey is certainly the most versatile. A go-to for anybody, no matter your style. A fantastic colour to experiment with, it allows you to be significantly more adventurous with your additional accessories. In addition to being the most versatile colour of the bunch, grey can create a cool, off-duty look, making it ideal for both casual and high class affairs.

    For a relaxed look opt for a grey marled blazer with the addition of shoulder or elbow patches in a contrasting colour, such as tan beige or light camel. This will help to add a rugged edge to a classic British silhouette.  A superb choice for a dressed down weekend look, paired with dark wash denim jeans and a lightweight beige scarf in a cashmere or lambswool. Add a pair of soft suede driving shoes to complete the outfit.

    Our Strap:

    Smart Turnout Grey Herringbone Tweed Strap and Master Watch Silver

    We recommend pairing our Grey Tweed Watch Strap with the Master Watch Silver and Black face. This pairing makes for a muted and masculine combination that would sit well next to a classic grey suit or a collarless black leather jacket.



    Brown Herringbone tweed is a show-stopping choice, a go-to for large social gatherings or countryside events. The races are the perfect opportunity to break out a full herringbone number that will be sure to earn you best in show.

    A common rule to follow when deciding to dress in full tweed attire is to reach for a 3-piece suit. Due to the busy texture of tweed it can often look harsh in contrast to a crisp shirt, adding the waistcoat creates a boundary between the blazer and shirt tying the outfit together and creating a cohesive effect. A single-breasted waistcoat lends itself to the heritage look and will avoid the abundance of fabric that it’s double breasted counterpart could cause. TOP TIP: Don’t forget to leave the bottom button undone, this will allow you to move with comfort throughout the day! Often tweed is laced with colours, pick out a subtle, neutral colour in the cloth and use this to influence your shirt choice – if the fabric has a pink undertone you could opt for a light pink shirt.

    Our Strap:

    Smart Turnout Brown Herringbone Strap with Savant Rosegold Watch Face

    Our Brown Herringbone Strap looks fantastic paired with our Savant Rose Gold and White Watch face. The Savant Watch uses a traditional typeface on a teaked dial, giving it an Old English character that looks handsome alongside the earthy browns that are featured in the strap.



    The perfect tweed choice for a smart slim fit trouser. The colour is understated enough to wear day to day, and the pattern allows for a statement that acts as a focal point of your outfit. When choosing a tweed trouser ensure they are well tailored to suit your frame. As tweed is a relatively weighty fabric, a size too big can hang strangely and take away from its beauty. Make sure to secure your trousers with a leather belt and match this to your brogues or loafers for cohesion. For the top, a simple shirt will do the trick. Layer with a merino wool sweater in a rich tone, such as maroon or chocolate. In the winter months you can opt for a stylish aviator jacket, think Tom Cruise in Top Gun – minus those patches!

    Our Strap:

    Smart Turnout Grey Tweed Strap on Classic Watch

    Our Plain Grey Strap is a fantastic pairing for our Classic Watch. The brawny masculinity of the watch's face looks great alongside the flecked black accents of the strap. A go-to for use day in, day out. This combination is smart enough for an office environment, but is also kitted out for some added adventure.


    You can shop the entire collection of tweed straps and watches HERE.

  • Men’s Knitwear Essentials : Bonfire Night Style  

    Autumn and Knitwear Essentials for November's No1 Event:

    Every year around this time, the team at Smart Turnout relish in the knowledge that the 5th of November is fast approaching. The days draw in and the temperature falls. Autumn is at last underway, and the smell of oaky bonfires graces our nostrils. With a biting chill in the air it is certainly time that the Gentleman learns to embrace the cold and invest in some knitwear essentials to see him through the crisper months. Too often, style is lost in the bid to remain snug and that, our friends, simply won’t do!

    Outdoor image of a fashion male model wearing bow tie in the woods

    Remember Why...

    Bonfire Night is a true indication of Great British spirit. Turning its morbid history as one of the most treacherous plots in UK history, in to a celebration of Britain and its ability to prevail in even the bleakest hour. In 1605, Guy Fawkes himself was famously arrested for conspiring to blow up the House of Lords. Consequently, since then, Britons have gathered annually to burn effigies of Fawkes in celebration of the plot’s unsuccessful end. Over the years, the skies on the 5th of November have been illuminated by the wonderful multicoloured hues of dazzling fireworks and as a result the evening has become somewhat of a social occasion. The night is enjoyed by families and friends, who gather across all corners of the UK. Amongst the Catherine Wheels, Rockets and Fountains, it has become increasingly difficult to truly steal the spotlight.

    Remember How...

    The British gentleman, as ever, should come to Bonfire Night prepared. What with Bonfire Night being of such historical significance, is an opportunity to come dressed to the nines.

    Looking to stand out amongst the bustling crowds? Longing for socks that will complement the bonfire? Frustrated at neighbours admiring the fireworks rather than your matching hat and scarf? Then you have come to the right place. Below are some go-to men’s knitwear essentials , that you should endeavour to remember, remember, this 5th of November:


    Smart Turnout Made in England Knitwear Essentials Cricket Sweaters

    All of our British Cricket Sweaters are made to order and handmade in England from pure wool. This darker, navy sweater is the perfect thickness for facing the autumnal night, promising to keep you warm without compromising your undoubtedly dapper outfit. The sweaters themselves belong to a tradition just as old as Bonfire Night and are one of our knitwear essentials. A timeless piece for any British gentleman’s wardrobe.

    Our sweaters come in a range of Autumnal colourways and available to purchase on our site.


    Smart Turnout Harvard Striped Scarf

    This double thickness, hand pressed, Saxony wool scarf will certainly attract admirers. Enviably cosy, this scarf has been made in the Harvard University colours. The dark burgundy will be right at home amongst the autumn leaves and the amber flames, while the white provides a crisp accent. Furthermore, if you are lucky enough to have a warm evening on the 5th, this scarf will look just as good hanging loose over your shoulders.


    Smart Turnout Argyll Highlanders and Royal Navy Cotton Socks

    Understanding the importance of even the smallest details, we at Smart Turnout believe that perfect socks are critical. The Argyll & Highlanders socks, made in a high-quality cotton poly mix, provide the ultimate comfort whilst continuing the traditional autumnal theme of your accessories. Above all, the regiment’s colours – navy, yellow, dark green, and red – should match everything from the field below to the fireworks above.

    Similarly, the Royal Navy equivalent, made up of thicker, accented stripes of navy, red, and white, epitomise British tradition. Whichever you choose, you are certain to outshine even the burning Fawkes. Feel free to follow our lead and check out our other autumnal favourites for essential men’s fashion.

    Make this November 5th one to Remember.

    We hope you have acquired some new ideas on which knitwear essentials are crucial for the season. Finally, please comment below what you would wear to smarten up your Bonfire Night, we love to hear your own personal styling tips.

  • 5 Devilishly Dapper Men's Halloween Costumes

    For those who usually shun the idea of fancy dress, here are: 5 men's Halloween costumes that are more tasteful than terrifying.

    Halloween; a daunting word in the vocabulary of Gentleman around the globe, do not fret there is no reason why demons can’t be dapper too. Whether you see Halloween as an opportunity to ward off spirits…or to drink them, it is an evening of mischief that even the most elegant of men cannot resist. 

    1. 1920's Gangster

    Roaring 20's American Gangster Men's Halloween Costume

    Why not take it back to the roaring 20’s when a speakeasy was the venue of choice? Think Al Capone, Bonnie and Clyde, and a whole lot of pinstripe suits. No true gangster would be seen without his trusty fedora, most often of the monochrome variety. For your base opt for a classic 3-piece suit, preferably pinstripe but any muted colour would do the trick. Where possible, ensure that your suit is double breasted, a clear indicator of the era and very on trend! Add a chunky Cuban cigar as a prop and finish with our Harrow Silk Tie, sleek and simple whilst in keeping with the monochrome theme.

    1. The Joker

    The Joker Smirking Idea for Men's Halloween Costumes

    Only a true colour connoisseur such as the Joker has the ability pull off such an audacious colour combination as purple and green. The great thing when taking on the role of the Joker is that he is an entirely versatile character; from Heath Ledger’s edgy yet stylish portrayal of the iconic baddie, to Jared Leto’s more alternative tattooed version in 2016’s Suicide Squad. The possibilities on how you convey this character are endless. We suggest opting for a light mauve shirt with a fitted green waistcoat. You can tone down the Joker’s shocking purple overcoat by replacing it with a smart burgundy or aubergine blazer for a suitably formal twist. Finish the look with a green crested tie and bring the entire ensemble together with the addition of our Royal Regiment of Scotland braces, which feature accents of both green and purple to help add fluidity to the costume.

    1. Gomez Addams

    Gomez and Morticia Addams Men's Halloween Costumes

    Equally as couture as he is creepy, Gomez Addams is a style icon in his own right. Effortlessly finessing the sleepwear as outerwear trend, his velvet Hugh Hefner-esque dressing gown can often be found doubled up as a sartorial smoking jacket. If you are looking to cut a stylish silhouette this October, select one of Gomez's iconic looks. Layer a thin pinstripe suit in a black or navy atop a clashing pinstriped shirt in the inverse colours. Add an elaborate bow tie that offers print and texture. Our Montgomery Pure Wool Bow Tie would make for an excellent choice. It's miniature hounds-tooth pattern, mixed with its authentic wool texture aptly combines the two. A look that is sure to garner attention, you may even find your very own Morticia.

    1. Sweeney Todd

    Sweeney Todd Men's Halloween Costumes

    In the battle for the most gruesome of all Halloween icons, Sweeney Todd is certainly a cut-throat contender. If the title 'The Demon Barber of Fleet Street' isn't enough to give you some indication of his immorality, then his strange obsession with both murder and pies should do just that. Side note: we are not suggesting pies are immoral in any way, we are firm advocates of a Great British pie.

    Your Sweeney Todd attire should make a clear nod to the Victorian era. Starting with a balloon sleeve shirt in a lightweight linen and layering with a double-breasted waistcoat in an earthy tone. If you'd like to pay homage to Johnny Depp's quirky 2007 portrayal of the character, why not add a paisley or baroque cravat? He could often be seen sporting a tattered brown necktie in the film, however a cravat makes for a much smarter alternative. For trousers, a pair of pinstripe strides will work nicely - a clear running theme in the world of movie villains. Finish with a spritz of white hairspray and tuck a white rag in to your belt, a necessity when cleaning your razor.

    1. Count Dracula

    Count Dracula Iconic Men's Halloween Costumes

    For a classic man, comes a classic costume. The patriarch of the Vampire world, Dracula comes before the dawn of Twilight and more modern vampire titles. A true original, there is no doubt that Dracula truly is as dapper as they come. From the impeccably slicked back hair, to his neatly secured bow tie, he is one of the chicest in the spectral world.

    Every Count Dracula look must begin with a cape. The criteria: flowing, floor length and with an exaggerated neckline, all of which make taking flight that much more dramatic. The suit should be minimal with no extravagances; well tailored and a classic fit. For the waistcoat, opt for a pearlescent grey or a stark white. Depending what incarnation of Dracula you look to for inspiration he is most frequently seen wearing either a red or white bow tie. Considering this, our Cable Knit Maroon bow tie would be an ideal way to incorporate a fresh modern accessory into this otherwise textbook look.

    We hope you enjoyed reading our suggestions of our top 5 Men's Halloween costumes. Let us know in the comments below what you intend to dress up this Hallow's Eve...



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