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So you may or may not have heard the news about London based fashion giant River Island finding its way to our shores with there first flagship store opening at the Zone in Rosebank in September.

Yeah, Awesome I know.

River Island is synonymous with trend led pieces all cut to modern silhouettes, its fast fashion at its best. For you gents who’ve never had the opportunity to visit a River Island store, let me help give you an idea of what to expect, before I tell you how you can win tickets to the opening.

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All I know is that our wardrobes are about to have a serious fashion injection.

So, this competition is a little different, it’s kinda a win win situation. For once I may get to win too, but I’ll need your help. The prize? Well, 3 of you will get to attend the  “Night of Fashion” VIP event with me on the 18th September with R300 in vouchers to spend on yourselves.

So now what? Well, they’ve put me up against a whole bunch of other bloggers in a look book challenge, happening on Battle To Britain

I took some of the pieces available in the upcoming collection and put together this african inspired “ode to the Mod”

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So, now I need your vote, simple. If you think my lookbook is the best, then please put your vote down, if however you see one which you prefer, then by all means vote for that person, I’m nothing if not fair.

So how can I reward you guys? Well, all Johannesburg based followers who vote for me can win one of the 3 tickets to the VIP opening night with me, all you need to do after voting is send out a tweet or Facebook message with “I’ve just put @WhatMyBFWore one step closer in the #BattleToBritain” (If you don’t have twitter and would rather use Facebook , just update your status but use @What My Boyfriend Wore instead ) – This is the only way I can track the entries and do the draw for the 3 people who I’ll be hanging with at the VIP opening.

Massive thank you to everyone in advance who takes the time out to vote for me.

I’ll keep bringing you mens fashion news and views anyway.

Okay. Stay fancy.

 

 

full-shotclose-upBefore we get into the competition let me introduce you to this months tie of the month Bill – Well, technically it’s last months tie of the month, but I’m a little behind, sorry.

Slap bang on trend with its green hue I haven’t been able to stop wearing bill since it arrived in the post last month, I love the colour and I love the texture, I’ve also just been finding solid ties easier to wear as it allows you to have more fun with your other details.

Here’s Bills Story:

Bill_NewsletterFor those of you who haven’t seen the previous tie of the months let me give you a little rundown. I started subscribing to Friday Tie Day after running a competition a little while back. I loved the idea of a little surprise tie arriving in my post each month to build up my collection and haven’t been disappointed since. If you’re looking to do the same, the guys at Friday Tie Day have offered my readers an exclusive $20 discount here.

Because the guys at Friday Tie Day are so happy that I’m so happy with my ties they’ve given me two hampers to give away,  both include Bill, as well as Chris from last month and Wyatt from the month before not to mention 5 select ties from the Friday Tie Day Archives. Take a look.

group-shot-wideSo, how do  you get your hands on this bunch of amazing ties you ask?

As always my competitions are quite simple, and this will be no different. As I said, there are 2 hampers, one will be given away via Facebook, the other via twitter. You’re welcome to enter both, but you can only win in one, if by some miracle you win in both, I will redraw.

Facebook:

Step 1: Go like Friday Tieday on Facebook – They’re the sponsors of the rad ties and it’s the right thing to do no?

Step 2: Leave a comment underneath my Win this months Tie of The Month post on my Facebook page telling me which tie from the 8 up for grabs is your favourite. Something simple like “Dalton is my favourite tie”

Thats it.

Twitter

Step 1: Go follow Friday Tieday on Twitter – They’re the sponsors of the rad ties and it’s the right thing to do no?

Step 2: Tweet what tie your favourite is, in this format “My favourite tie in the @FridayTieday give away with @WhatMyBfWore is …..” of course, you gotta enter a tie in there.

Thats it.

Dont worry folks, I’ll never force you to follow me on any of my platforms, but I do think it’s a nice think for our sponsors, if you do however wanna be kept up to date with posts and competitions go ahead and follow.

Here are the competition T&C’s

• Competition is open to anyone anywhere in the world and your prize will be shipped to you

• Competition opens on Monday 26th May 2014

• Competition closes on Friday 30th May 2014

• Winner will be drawn via random dra.org and announced on Monday the 1st of June 2014

• You may enter both competitions but can only win one

• All entrants must complete both steps in each category to qualify

Okay. Stay fancy and of course good luck.

 

 

A couple of weeks ago you may have seen me doing a call for entries on my Facebook page for a makeover I was doing courtesy of Brooksfield Menswear.

We ended up with over 100 entries and in the end settled on marketing and sales professional Andrew who was just about to interview for a new job and Actor Jarrid wanting to crack the big time.

They both arrived a little nervous and unsure about what lay before them. Here are their before shots, starting with Andrew and followed by Jarrid.

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So what lay before these two young lads? First things first, a trip to Barnet Fair for a new hairstyle and a hot towel shave, something different and something dapper for each of them.

In the meantime, I picked out there outfits, with the suits being supplied by Brooksfield Menswear and the shirts by Cambridge Menswear, the eyewear was supplied by the lovely folk over at Ray Ban, The finishing touches were applied by yours truly from my personal collection of dapper details (unfortunately, they didn’t get to keep those)

Lets start with Andrew. I decided he needed to take his hair high and tight with a classic short back and sides with the length left on top, a very 50’s cut from the days where gentlemen were, well, gentlemen I guess. We gave him a perfect middle parting and got to work on the outfit.

Andrew had quite a dark skin tone and hair to match so I decided to put him in a chocolate brown suit, it’s not your regular office attire but being a natural tone it makes it as versatile as a black or navy suit but less formal therefore giving it more usage occasions. I paired it up with a light grey fine gingham shirt and then brought out the brown with a woollen tie from LVJ haberdasher and a floral pocket square from Heywood 1922. The finishing touches and to bring out the red in the tie were the red lapel flower from River Island and red tie clip from The tie bar.

Check this transformation out.Andrew-Full-length Andrew-Medium-side-profile Andrew-tie-detailAndrew-Lapel-flowerAndrew-medium-close-upNext up was Jarrid, now this young man had an amazing bush of a hair that he was more than willing to let us chop off. I thought the length and curl was great, but it needed to be more structured without being corporate. We also cleaned up his beard and gave it a classic goatee shape.

For his outfit I picked him a grey suit and matched it with a blue gingham shirt, this really is a great base for 100 different looks. Because Jarrid was such a fun crazy guy I went to town on the patterns giving him a pink and blue floral bow tie from Heywood 1922 and a pink plaid pocket square from Loft Trading, I finished it off a bright pink (or cerise really) lapel flower from Chanman. Here’s the incredible result. Swag for Days!!

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They both walked away super stoked and it was amazing to see the confidence they gained when they saw their new look for the first time. I’ve always believed that putting on the right outfit in the morning can completely change the way you approach the day, these guys proved me right.

So now, how do you get your grubby mittens on some of this stuff. Well The kind folks over at Brooksfield are giving away a hamper worth R5400 to one of my lucky readers. The hamper includes a Brooksfield Suit, a Cambridge Shirt, Brit Rhythm (the latest fragrance from Burberry), a pair of Ray Ban Sunglasses and a Dermologica hamper together with a Dermologica microzone treatment.

Entry is simple, all you need to do is chose who you think won the makeover. Is it Andrew or Jarrid?

Hop on to my Facebook page and you’ll see an album for Andrew and an album for Jarrid just vote for the one you like the most and leave me a comment so that I can count your vote. Simple uh?

I am gonna ask you guys for 1 favour though, go and like the Brooksfield Facebook page as a way of saying thank you for such a generous prize. Its the gentlemanly thing to do.

Right, so I know you guys alway like a little something extra, so I’m giving you a chance to gain a further entry via twitter. Yep simple tweet “I vote for Andrew in the #BrooksfieldMakeover with @whatmybfwore” or of course “I vote for Jarrid in the #BrooksfieldMakeover with @whatmybfwore

There you have it folks, go get entering. Well, right after you read the all important T&C’s

• Competition opens on 16/04/2014 and closes at 12:00 PM on 30/04/2014

• Competition only open to residents of South Africa

• No employees and immediate family of Brand ID may enter

• Entrants must like and comment on an album 

• Entrants must like the Brooksfield Menswear Facebook page to enter

• A second entry may be gained via twitter

• The winner will be drawn via random draw and announced on 05/05/14

• Brooksfield suit prize available from size 38 to size 48 only

• Cambridge shirt prize available from size 38 to size 48 only

• Prizes may not be exchanged

• The judges decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into

Okay. Stay fancy and good luck

 

 

back-packI recently picked up this Sgt Pepper brand backpack at Stuttafords, as you know I’ve wanted one of these old school backpacks for a while, it was even my want of the week a couple weeks ago.

I liked the fact that this one was made of real leather and canvas with lot’s of little details, so I took the plunge! And it has very quickly become one of my most essential items. I’ve used it as an overnight bag, a beach bag, a laptop bag (todays use) a bag to keep my shopping as I cruise around on my bike and of course a day pack! It’s awesome, and I’ll be telling how you can win one, at the end of this post.

The history of the backpack is a strange one, and so the origin of the modern backpack is not very easy to define. After all, Nena Ketley rightfully claimed “man has been carrying stuff on his back forever a back pack is nothing new” and forever it is, as this little accessory dates back to our hunter gatherer days when it was used as a way of transporting the hunt back to the camp – all be it in much smaller pieces.

Since then it has found it’s way into to everything from the military to the school yard with no real linear progression. The retro revival backpacks seem to be inspired by hiking and military backpacks of the 60’s and I’m ok with that, cause shit was kinda cool back then.

Ok, so, the guys at Sgt Pepper Brand have offered to send a new backpacks to one of you lucky people. Nice uh!?? Yeah it is! So this is how we’re gonna do it.

• You need to be following Sgt Pepper Brand on twitter

• You need to be following me on Twitter

• Then you simply need to tweet “I want the @sgtpepperbrand back pack @whatmybfwore is giving away” - I’ll also be throwing out some similar tweets and you can re tweet those too. We just need both brands and the competition in there.

• The competition runs from the 5th of Feb to the 12th with the winner announced on the 14th – yep Valentines day – OoowOoow (I wont penalise you for entering today though)

• This competition I’m afraid is only open to people living in South Africa.

Okay people, good luck.

Stay Fancy.

 

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And so we enter our final giveaway with Friday Tie day where you can win one of 50 tie subscriptions of these incredible ties. Yes we know it was supposed to be last week, but we were enjoying the festive season…why weren’t you?

Again, i’ve built the outfit around the tie, and because it’s so damn hot down in Cape Town right now I’ve had to forgo the blazer for a dapper waistcoat instead. Now this was a tricky tie to wear, because although I absolutely love the colour combo and houndstooth pattern, the red and blue are so strong that you need to work on complementing them rather than matching them.

medium-shotThis way I could let the slight red detail in the waistcoat be highlighted by the tie as well as use that red lapel flower to spread the red across so that the tie is not such a stand out focal point. Nothing wrong with your tie being a focal point but if it stands out to much it just feels odd and no one knows where to look, this way you drag the gaza across the body and toward your face.

My final trick was the pocket square, it was navy heavy so again I used it to spread the colour in the tie, and although it added another pattern it once agin helped the tie become less dominant and more integrated.

Or at least, that was the plan, I kinda think it worked. No?

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So your last chance to grab yourself a tie subscription from Friday Tie Day valued at $39.

Here’s how. All you need do is enter promo code WMBW50 and voila, if you’re one of the first 50, consider the tie of the month to be delivered to your door anywhere in the world, if you wanna learn more about the competition and the how to’s go here.

Good luck and of course, stay fancy.

Full-lengthToday I’m gonna tell you about how a pair of jeans (or even a T-shirt) can get you to Hamburg in Germany. Yeah, for reals.

Tom Tailor denim just recently launched in South Africa and you can find it at selected Edgars stores, this brand is massive in Europe and we’re lucky to have it on our doorstep now, its pretty much all about day to day wear, anything from shorts and tee’s to all denim, and its pretty awesome stuff, just take a look:

back-shot Medium-shotWhat I like though (surprise, surprise) is the attention to detail, things like the fact that the denim jacket comes with a pocket square and the button down has pre-rolled sleeves, so they never come undone. Fancy uh?

jacket-detail shirt-detailSo? About that trip to Hamburg I hear you ask. Well, yes, as part of the launch Tom Tailor is running a competition that started on the 14th of November and ends on the 14th of January where you* just have to upload (FaceBook, Twitter or Instagram) a pic of yourself in any Tom Tailor Denim item with the hashtag #TomTailorZa.

That simple yes. Over the 8 week period they will be choosing 8 semi finalists who all win a R1000 Tom Tailor Denim voucher, these will be chosen by different fashion bloggers, like me. Yep, this is my week people so I expect some good looks.

The 8 semi finalists will then be put up on to the Tom Tailor Facebook page where the audience will vote who goes to Hamburg.

Right, so now what are you waiting for, lets get some pics uploaded peeps, i’m holding thumbs for you.

Good luck and of course, stay fancy.

*Unfortunately ‘you’ can only be from South Africa to participate in this competition.

 

Full-lengthOkay people, we’re in the 3rd week of our 4 week tie subscription give away with Friday Tieday and we have another outfit built round a tie.

This was a textured black tie, and really, if you’re only ever going to own 1 tie, it needs to be a black one, that will pretty much get you into anything that requires a tie, weddings, funerals, court.

So I decided to go a little old school on this look and keep it simple with black and white, it’s not my regular vibe as I tend to want to have some kind of colour pop or element of fun. Dressing black and white is super simple, everything goes with everything and it’s nearly impossible to get wrong.

I would make one suggestion though, and it’s not so much a suggestion as it is a commandment, no black shirts and white ties, it’s just tacky and you’re not an italian gangster.

Here are the details of the outfit.Medium-shot flower-pin-close-up Pocket-square tie-close-up shoesOk, so, winning ties subscriptions, just before Christmas! What what!??

Go grab yourself a tie subscription from Friday Tie Day valued at $39. All you need do is enter promo code FANCYFRIDAY and voila, if you’re one of the first 50, consider the tie of the month to be delivered to your door anywhere in the world.

If you miss this week, don’t worry, were giving away 50 ties a week over the next 2 weeks, so keep an eye out over my twitter as I announce the code there first and then my Facebook page the very next day. If you wanna learn more about the competition go here.

Good luck and of course, stay fancy.

 

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