Male Monday - Top High Street picks

At times it can be difficult to navigate the London menswear scene, so to help you along, here are my top picks from the London high street retailers. #menswear #mensfashion #fashion #malemonday #style #streetstyle #menstyle

Welcome to the second edition of the Male Monday Monthly Series featuring inspiring menswear fashion tips. This month I'll focus on some London high street brands.

I'll help you pick quality lasting pieces for your work and weekend wardrobe in an affordable price range.

With more and more street style pictures flooding your Instagram, the pressure is on for looking sharp. But how do you create that desired sleek and pulled together look, while staying true to your personal style? I did a bit of research to help you along and here are a few stylish and at the same time very wearable pieces I came across and wanted to share with you all.

U by Uniqlo - modern and sleek

It all started in 2016, when Uniqlo came up with a new range designed under Christophe Lemaire (the former artistic director of womenswear at Hermès) who has taken over as artistic director at Uniqlo Paris’s R&D centre. He called his new collection – U – as it is about basics and simplicity.

Fashionably cut, good quality and easy to match items in a great colour range.

Want to refresh your wardrobe without breaking the bank? Uniqlo is your place. Plus, I'm sure you'll enjoy spicing up your weekend wardrobe with their UT Graphic Print Collections, which have cool t-shirt designs ranging from Super Mario and Street Fighter to Star Wars, fashion is all about having fun after all!

Instrmnt - for design lovers

Every man needs a great watch, right? Pete Sunderland and Ross Baynham founded Instrmnt, a multidisciplinary design studio, in Glasgow in 2014.

Their minimal watches are easy on the eye, the clever packaging is as elegant as the watch itself.

And the best part? The watch comes in a box, unassembled, with tools provided for you to build it. Swiss movements, German-made leather straps, their most popular watch is available in three curated colours, or bespoke combinations.

But my personal favourite is the K-Series (pictured above), which comes in three dilutions of black and is manufactured with Swiss movements and Italian-made vegan rubber straps. 

It's sleek design is minimal, modern and chic.

Mantaray at Debenhams - no fuss fashion

If one of your vices is buying fashion-forward clothes on a limited budget, Mantaray is a label that should bring a smile to your face. Not just very affordable, but also very wearable pieces that will help you either create new looks or freshen up your existing wardrobe.

J.Crew - for the dapper gentleman

This all-American brand established itself pretty well on the London scene and cuts a mean men’s suit. If you’re tired of the offerings of drab high street tailors, J.Crew’s savvy colour palettes and flattering cuts will provide you with just the right antidote.

Aside from the suits, the whole collection is full of simple designs that look way more expensive than they actually are. Offering both tall and slim designs, they will kit you out in everything from vests to pocket squares. It’s a must-see for the well dressed gentleman. 

Massimo Dutti - designer meets high street

If you love the designer items from Gucci or Paul Smith, but don’t have the salary to match the prices, Massimo Dutti is a great place to meet in the middle of high street and designer. There’s a real focus on luxury and quality fabrics (think cashmere, Italian leather and linen) incorporated into sharp designs.

Scotch & Soda

If you like to keep up with the latest menswear campaigns and dab into the more avant-garde fashion, I'd suggest the relatively unknown Scotch & Soda for looks that push the boundaries, but are still ready-to-wear. Inspired by the world and what they see in it, this Amsterdam brand is very cool. Take a look through their Spring/Summer stories for fresh takes on simple pieces. 

King & Tuckfield - classic and sharp

Putting slow fashion at the heart of her label, designer Stacey Wood focuses on fabrics that last. Should you no longer need it, you can return your worn product and receive a 15% discount code. Returned items are resold in the “hand me down” section of the website to minimise consumption.

I love Stacey's designs as they have modern elegance and are beautifully cut, so if you want to invest in a piece of clothing you'd really love, rest assured these pieces are made of the highest quality fabrics, that have been immaculately cut and have very flattering silhouettes. Check out their menswear section here.

Alex Orso - for discreet luxury

Alex Orso is a London based jewellery brand, which embodies principals of simplicity, detail and understated masculinity. I came across this brand and love their necklaces - so if you're into jewellery, these are some beautifully designed timeless pieces that will last you a life time. Great idea for when you feel like treating yourself, as they are a tasteful addition to any outfit. The best thing is, their minimalist design makes them very practical, as you can easily dress their jewellery down or even dress it up for an evening occasion, making their stylish necklaces, rings and cuffs your everyday staple. You can even stack them up and wear them layered.

I hope my latest edition of the Male Monday Series gave you lots of inspiration for your Spring/Summer wardrobe. Happy Monday!


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