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  • 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:

    Sweaters:

    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.

    Scarves:

    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.

    Socks:

    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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  • 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.

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