As seasons change, our skin does too. So it’s important to use the right skincare products to suit the time of year. There are so many skincare brands for men on the market that cater for different skin types. In fact, picking out products can feel a bit daunting. Skincare specialist, Stephen Thomas gives his skincare tips on how men can take better care of their skin in the autumn and winter.
Athleisure has been gathering stride over the last five years. According to Marriam-Webster athleisure can be defined as, "casual clothing to be worn both for exercising and for general use." Think football jerseys, joggers, sneakers, t-shirts and hoodies. Brands like Yeezy, lululemon and Ivy Park made athleisure wear more popular. Classic fashion brands like Tommy Hilfiger launched its athleisure range, Tommy Sport in 2019, not wanting to miss out on the opportunity to win over more supporters. According to Grand View Research, the athleisure market was worth $348.95 billion in 2020 and is forecast to be valued at $517.48 billion by 2025. It's no wonder why football teams have been getting in on the act as well. Football clubs are opting for jersey designs that are made from techincal fabrics that can be worn on the pitch but won't look out of place if you were to wear them casusally as well. Retro jerseys tend to be a popular part of the athleisure scene due to their rarity and interesting designs. Football teams are trying to make their jerseys more stylish so they can try and compete in the athleisure market. Jerseys can be paired with a pair of slim fit jeans and a bomber jacket. The Premier League starts today and I've rated every Premier League clubs home and away jerseys - from the Good, the Bad and the Fugly.
23 Irish Brands to Support This Christmas
"Holidays are coming," as a famous brand says at Christmas time. We've been doing a great job this year so far at supporting each other. This Christmas, Irish brands need a helping hand. I've put together a list of 23 Irish brands to support this Christmas.
You'll be able to find something for everyone from these Irish businesses. Whether it's skincare, clothing or even accessories for your dog, these Irish brands have you covered. Or you might just want to treat yourself to an early Christmas present. That's okay. You've a wide array of things to choose from, courtesy of these 23 Irish brands.
I’m looking for:
Winter wear and accessories
Books and stationery
The retailer is based on Drury Street and prides itself on stocking sustainable brands. It caters for men, women and children. I quite like their knitwear but they cover all the bases when it comes to casual style. Fresh Cuts also has its own clothing line, catering for both men and women. You are bound to pick up something for Christmas with this brilliant brand.
Jill Deering and Gillian Henderson founded the fashion brand, Jill & Gill. The Irish brand produces pretty colourful unisex pieces including t-shirts, sweatshirts and hoodies. It pays homage to famous women in its designs like Grace Jones and Anna Wintour.
Jill & Gill has sustainable production methods in place and uses materials that are better for the environment too. So, you will not only look good in Jill & Gill clothing but you'll be doing good as well.
Staying with the whole quirky vibe, Tamp and Stitch has you covered if you are looking for t-shirts for men or women's sweatshirts that are a bit different. It also sells pretty cool looking face masks. The sweatshirts and t-shirts would definitely make a good Christmas gift.
You'll be able to find lots of high-end fashion brands such as Rains and Norse Projects, in its forward-thinking, Irish-owned store in Temple Bar. You're bound to find something that is both, chic and casual.
We know that it’s important to wear a face mask at the moment as it helps to keep ourselves and others safe. I noticed after a few weeks of wearing my face mask that it was causing my skin to breakout. Regular face mask wearing and acne has become an annoyance for some people I’ve been talking to over the last few months. Someone even gave it a name, ‘maskne’. I’m aware it’s a minor issue as a result of the pandemic and I’m not undermining doctors and nurses who are doing a stellar job, while wearing full PPE. I’m curious to know how we can wear our face masks while keeping other people and our skin safe.
“Choosing the correct fabric for your mask is important. You want to go for a breathable fabric like cotton,” says Stephen McEvoy, owner and sole therapist of Stephen Thomas Male Grooming and Skin Clinic. “Breakouts are happening to people with all skin types because the bacteria from our breath is landing on the mask and face. The bacteria makes its way into the pores where they multiply and can infect them. Polycotton, nylon and polyester face masks can cause the covered area to sweat, compounding the problem because synthetic materials are not breathable. Those with sensitive skin especially should opt for breathable fabrics as they’re more prone to breakouts.” McEvoy advises that a reusable mask should be washed daily and to dispose of a single-use mask after four hours of continuous use.
You’re sitting at home running out of things to do. You walk around your humble abode, hoping that an idea will pop into your head of something that you can do to pass the time. When ambling past the mirror, something gets your attention. You ask yourself, ‘why is there a nest on my head?’, until you realise that it's actually just your hair. It's gone out of control since your barbers or hairdressers had to close. You then decide that it’ll be a great idea to get a home haircut. A lot of guys have either experienced this situation or know at least one friend who has felt like this. I wanted to get a hair professional’s view on the average person taking the scissors into their own hands.
So, I caught up with hairstylist, Ryan Cullen for a chat. Ryan has been cutting hair for the past 15 years. Ryan’s love for art, fashion and people made hair dressing a no-brainer as a career choice. He specialises in men’s hair but also enjoys cutting women’s hair. When he’s not working at his salon (which is normally fully booked), he gets to travel around teaching his trade.
Ethical and sustainable fashion is on the rise which is great because we as humans should be looking out for each other, as well as protecting the environment. 75% of consumers are more mindful of environmental and social responsibility according to the Global Fashion Agenda’s Pulse 2019 survey. However, only 61% of companies are investing in sustainable fibres and just 5% can show that they are paying workers a living wage at the final production stage according to The 2019 Ethical Fashion Report: The Truth Behind the Barcode by Baptist World Aid Australia. I am now making a conscious decision to buy more ethical and sustainable brands.
The words, ‘ethical’ and ‘sustainable’ are used interchangeably at times which is wrong because they have different meanings.
Ethical fashion is to do with the workers who are involved in the manufacturing and supply of fashion apparel. It refers to their wages, working conditions, working hours, their human rights, as well as their health and safety. It also has to do with minimising environmental harm.
Sustainable fashion covers the life cycle of products, the raw materials used to make them, the methods used in the production stage, transport, storage and how easy it is to reuse, repair, remake and recycle the product and its materials.
I put together a list of ethical and sustainable brands for you so you can make this your go to guide.
Seasonal changes can wreak havoc on your wallet if you don’t have those staples in your wardrobe that can be worn through most of the year. Going from balmy summer days into autumn where you’ll require something more substantial than a t-shirt and shorts can be troublesome if you’re someone who just updates your wardrobe to only suit certain seasons.
So, I’m going to share with you some pieces you can wear in the autumn, as well as summer.
When the temperatures begin to fall, and you notice the days getting chillier you know that summer has departed. You adapt your wardrobe so that you’ll be able to take on the elements and some think it stops there. Hair care is sometimes forgotten about and as a result the products you use may not be appropriate for the weather.
Marco Dias is the owner of The Studio hairdressers in Dublin and winner of the Creative Vision Ireland Heat at the Wella TrendVision Awards 2018. He gave me his top tips and product recommendations on how to keep hair looking healthy and stylish this Autumn/Winter (A/W).
Men’s Wedding Style Guide
It can be tricky to know what to wear to a wedding as a guest because the meaning of certain dress codes change overtime. I’m going to take you through the stylish ways to dress for a wedding, that'll make other guests jealous of you.