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  • 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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  • Smart Turnout Meets Nicola Cappiello: The Young Gentleman

    Nicola Cappiello wearing Smart Turnout Signature Watch Rose Gold

    Who is Nicola Cappiello?

    Describing himself as both a business man and a young gentleman, we couldn't agree more with Nicola Cappiello. Making a name for himself in the world of fashion, his eccentric yet timeless style is a refreshing fusion of old school elegance and modern trends. Born and raised in Italy, Nicola is one of our long standing brand ambassadors who is an advocate for how iconic British style can meet with Italian flair. Our star influencer for the month of September, we caught up with Nicola to find out where he gets his inspiration from.

    Here's what happened when we met with the print connoisseur...

    ST: So Nicola, you certainly have a unique sense of style. How would you best describe your taste to someone who has never met you?

    Nicola: I would say that my style is a mix between modern and classic. It is very close to the Dandy or better, today's Gentleman!

    Nicola Cappiello Wears Smart Turnout Braces in Style Yale and Regiment of Scotland

    ST: A perfect description, we think! Having said that, with your knowledge of the fashion space, what do you predict will be the must have accessory for Gentlemen this A/W?

    Nicola: For me, the accessory that never fails in my wardrobe during the Autumn/Winter period are the stand-out socks. I absolutely love to wear these under both classic and vintage clothes.

    ST: Could not agree more. We love a good pair of socks here at Smart Turnout, as you know we have a great deal to choose from. The team have been wondering, your style is so unique, do you take inspiration from anyone in particular?

    Nicola: My source of inspiration is without a doubt the great 'lawyer' Gianni Agnelli. I adore his style. That being said, the person who really brought me closer to the world of male fashion is his grandson, Lapo Elkann - one of the most elegant men in the world.

    Gianni Agnelli Inspiration in Fashion and Style

    ST: Two great style icons, now we know your secret! You always seem to be networking at events with other stylish folk. Do you plan to attend anymore events in 2018?

    Nicola: I hope to take part in many events. I will certainly be present at Pitti Uomo and Milan Fashion Week. I would also like to try and participate in other events involving both the fashion and entertainment sectors. These are the industries I am most passionate about.

    ST: Ah yes, we see you are accustom to the world of television, so that explains the entertainment side. We hope you will be wearing your best Smart Turnout accessories? What are your favourite pieces from the collection at the moment?

    Nicola: My favourite pieces from the Smart Turnout collection are without a doubt the watches and braces (or suspenders, for our friends across the pond), I use them constantly!

    Nicola Cappiello wearing Smart Turnout Signature Watch Rose Gold with Suit

    ST: Glad to hear that, they are some of my favourite pieces also. We are actually planning to launch a new watch that is made in England, I am sure you will love it. I've been meaning to ask, have you visited London before?

    Nicola: Unfortunately I have not had the pleasure of visiting London, but I intend to very soon.

    ST: Well, we can't wait to show you around. Finally, what is the one trend that you are most excited about this season?

    Nicola: My top trends for the Autumn and Winter seasons are almost always the same. I adore the fabrics of Lana and Cashmere mixed  with classic and eccentric patterns.

    ST: We can certainly aide in the pattern department. Thank you ever so much for taking the time to speak with us today. We look forward to having you as a brand ambassador long into the future to see how you style our new collections.

    Nicola Cappiello wearing Smart Turnout Master Watch with Autumn trends

    Nicola Cappiello is this months star ambassador. If you are interested in becoming a brand ambassador you can use the contact form on our site to get in touch.

  • Smart Turnout Partners with SSAFA, the Armed Forces Charity

    This autumn we are delighted to announce that we have teamed up with SSAFA, the Armed Forces charity - the oldest tri-service military charity in the UK.

    Who Are SSAFA?

    SSAFA provides extensive support and care to service men and women and their families. One of the key focuses of the charity is to help with the transition for veterans from their time in the Forces to civilian life. This can sometimes be a daunting and difficult experience. SSAFA's caseworkers and volunteers go above and beyond to help serve those who have served our country, with personalised support.

    SSAFA Tri-service men and women in conversation

    Why Have We Chosen to Partner With Them?

    As many of you may know, Smart Turnout’s roots are firmly based in the military. Not only did our Founder, Philip Turner, serve for a decade in the Scots Guards, but a significant portion of our product range is based on the historic colours of some of the UK’s most prestigious military regiments. Our close ties to the Armed Forces and the phenomenal work that SSAFA undertakes on a daily basis are just a few of the reasons we have decided to team up to help raise money and awareness for such a worthwhile cause.

    Smart Turnout Master Watch Petite Flatlay in Collaboration with SSAFA

    Which Watches are Part of the Collaboration?

    Until the end of December, we will be donating 15% of all proceeds from our brand new Master Watch Petite to help fund SSAFA’s vital charity efforts. Available in both silver and rose gold the Master Watch Petite is a modern take on our classic Master Watch. Minimalist and clean the chic, smaller face is perfect for everyday wear. A unisex watch that can take you from boardroom to ballroom. The Master Petite makes for a timeless gift or alternatively a wonderful treat for yourself. All our watches come with either, one of our iconic interchangeable striped NATO straps or one of our timeless leather straps, made here in England. This means that you can alternate between straps depending on the occasion or your desired look. So, whether you have served yourself or are simply looking to support a worthy cause, you can view the collection and purchase our Master Watch Petite HERE.

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