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Guest Editor Mr Adrian Clark Talks About Ageless Dressing

November 19th, 2020 by mrquintadmin

I have always set great store in the belief; men, in the majority, grow wiser with age. We (hopefully) learn by our mistakes, and in terms of what we wear, develop an evolutionary understanding of what suits us best and can be relied upon, time-after-time, to fit-in with the demands of our individually chosen lifestyles. Some garments, like combat pants, duffle coats or skater-soled sneakers, have a ‘deadline’ in regard to midlife- appropriateness, and shouldn’t really be entertained past the age of 40. Whereas others, like a tweed jacket for example, are a rite of passage for older men but can look somewhat awkward, ageing even, on a younger audience. Knitwear, crafted from fine-quality yarns, that puts great emphasis on detail, is the great equaliser in my opinion.

 

I’m in my early-to-mid fifties now, and the roll-necks, cardigans and cashmere crew-necks which I have fondly call ‘the basics’ have always been the one area of my wardrobe, regardless of age and in-spite of transient trends, that has always had my back and never let me down. Buy less but buy better is my advice and build a relationship with a brand that you trust rather than playing the field; my go-to, since discovering the label a couple of years ago, is MrQuintessential, timeless, ageless and with a driven, well-defined brand identity. Accessibly priced, given its commitment to using only the finest quality-yarns; Mongolian cashmere, Australian wool, Egyptian cotton and Asian silk, the Harvard cable-knit V-neck sweater is a personal favourite, as is pretty much everything from the label’s successful foray into contemporary loungewear. Perfect for working from home and smoothly bridging the divide between casual and formal, expect a flattering and finely finished spin on sportswear classics like the zip-up sweatshirt, track-pant and long-sleeve polo in cashmere and merino combinations.

 

Avoiding the risk of wrongly guesstimating someone’s size, MrQuintessential’s accessory collection is a safe-place to find great Christmas gifts for men of any age, who appreciate the finer-things, and quite frankly who can really have enough cashmere scarves and gloves?

 

 Adrian Clark

 

 

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How to Travel in Style and Comfort

October 6th, 2020 by mrquintadmin

It is no secret that the man about town is no stranger to travelling from place to place, both for work and pleasure. Whether your mode of transport consists of sitting in the back of a Hackney Carriage for 10 minutes, an hour or two sat on the train or a long-haul flight across the Atlantic Ocean, you need to find the correct balance of comfort and style.

While you don’t want to be stuck in rigid office wear on a long journey, any man worth his salt also knows that resorting to tracksuits is strictly out of bounds. You never know who you might bump into and when a networking opportunity might present itself, so make sure your appearance doesn’t resemble that of a man heading to the gym.

Cooper Cashmere Blend Zip-Up and Matching Sweatpants

Tracksuits are a no, however, this doesn’t mean that you can’t still opt for something more comfortable than suit trousers or jeans when all you want to do is sit back and relax as much as you can. Striking the perfect balance between style and comfort is the combination of the Cooper Cashmere Blend Zip-Up top and matching Squaw Cashmere Blend Sweat Pants.

This is the perfect ensemble to step onto a long-haul flight with, especially if you are planning on catching 40 winks. Comfortable enough to sit in yet designed to upkeep your sense of style, the zip-up jacket is made from a blend of extra fine merino wool and super soft cashmere makes for a comfortable yet versatile piece. Added to the matching sweatpants, cut for optimum comfort and a relaxed silhouette, you will also find an elastic waistband that can be easily adjusted for the perfect fit.

Carnaby Cashmere Zip-Up Track Jacket and Portobello Sweatpants

Keeping with the relaxed look and feel of the zip-up jacket and sweat pants, also available from the Mr Quintessential website is the combination of a Carnaby Cashmere Zip-Up Track Jacket and Portobello Pure Cashmere Sweat Pants. The ultimate in luxury travel fashion, this will keep you feeling cool, comfortable and stylish on even the longest of journeys. Whether you are travelling for business or pleasure, the ensemble made from only the highest quality cashmere material makes for practical fashion items.

Easy to wear pieces make for the best means of travelling in comfort and style, which can also be transformed by what they are worn with. The Carnaby jacket paired with sweatpants makes for a casual and stylish set while when worn with a pair of jeans, it transforms into an ideal smart-casual outfit ideal for going out for drinks with friends after work or, alternatively, walking the dog through the fields. Ideal for keeping you warm on crisp mornings or chilly evenings.

By wearing versatile fashion items that don’t look out of place when matched with more formal wear, this will help you to travel comfortably and reduce your luggage. Mr Quintessential is on hand to keep you looking and feeling your best, wherever in the world you are headed to.

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Make a Statement Heading Back into the Office

September 13th, 2020 by mrquintadmin

As we slowly inch towards normality post-lockdown, more and more of us are heading back into the office and seeing our colleagues for the first time without a computer screen. It’s a feeling akin to the first day of term and, as a fashion-conscious man, this is an opportunity to make a statement.

Many of us have used lockdown as a means to re-invent ourselves, making use of spare time to better ourselves which, for most, meant working on your physical fitness. If you haven’t missed a home workout (thank you, Joe Wicks) and have managed to shed a few pounds during the pandemic, the last thing that you want is to get back in front of your boss wearing clothes that hang off you – it’s far from a look that screams professionalism. It’s time you kitted yourself out with a new wardrobe that makes the correct impression.

Getting the Right Look and Feel

So, we have completely missed out on the summer in terms of office dress. The temptation may be to give your spring collection another outing before we fall into the frosty clutches of winter. Here at MrQuintessential, we say no. Failure to kit your wardrobe out correctly before winter which, from the cold morning starts, we can feel is on its way you will already be behind the game.

If your clothing size has changed (for better or worse), your old selection is no longer an option. As a man, with self-respect and the presence of a confident and reliable member of the team, you simply cannot be seen to be walking around the office in a shirt that hangs off like a tent or trousers you dare not bend down wearing in fear of humiliation. You have to take pride in your appearance if you want to be taken seriously by those who matter.

Here at MrQuintessential, you will find v-neck and rollneck sweaters that keep you warm and comfortable as you reacquaint with the commute on those crispy autumnal mornings, as well as striking the perfect balance between smart and casual. Approachable yet in charge, hitting the sweet spot of office fashion.

Looking to Winter

It is never too early to begin planning your winter style and, with the range of beautiful accessories on our website, you are in safe hands. At MrQuintessential, you will find luxury cashmere gloves, hats and scarfs that are ideal to wear to and from the office, as well as for outdoor social occasions with friends and family (whilst remaining socially distanced, naturally).

Unlike common winter accessories, our cashmere selection keeps you looking cool but feeling warm. You will be sure to catch some prying eyes on the tube heading into the office from both men and women admiring your ensemble and who could blame them? They are only human after all.

Make a Statement with MrQuintessential

Whatever your post-lockdown statement may be, MrQuintessential can help you to make it. Our pieces are adorned by the stylish man-about-town who takes pride in his appearance. As you head back to the office, you can be the standard-bearer for how your colleagues should uphold themselves – making a statement that simply cannot be ignored.

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How To Work From Home, and Look Stylish

September 13th, 2020 by mrquintadmin

The year 2020 has been an incredible challenge for humanity, with the global COVID-19 pandemic completely changing how we go about our daily lives. In January, we were commuting and going about our business as normal but, by March, we were getting acquainted with our new working space at home not knowing when, or even if, we would be returning to the office.

No handshakes, no group meetings and no water-cooler banter. Instead, the height of our human interaction when working through emails comes when the children come running in at an inopportune moment or our partner poke their head around the door asking if we would like a cup of tea. Despite this new setting, staying on top of our game is essential and not just in a professional sense but in a fashion sense, too.

Mixing Comfort With Style

The professional man refuses to fall into the trap of rolling out of bed one minute before 9am, logging on wearing the pyjamas they went to bed in the night previous and sitting in them for the entirety of the day. When you dress well you feel even better because even when there is no audience for you to impress, you are doing it for yourself – which is the most important thing.

Ask anyone who worked from home as the normal in a pre-COVID world and they will tell you that dressing as though you are going to the office puts you in a professional frame of mind. Ditching the loungewear in favour of trousers or, at the very least, smart jeans and a presentable shirt that you won’t feel embarrassed wearing on a Zoom call is a must.

Of course, for a little treat – perhaps for your very own dress-down Friday – you can forgive yourself for sitting at your desk wearing your stylish yet ultra-comfortable cashmere sweatpants. After all, your colleagues aren’t going to be seeing anything from the waist down on your video call and, let’s be honest, they probably have similar ideas!

A V-Neck for All Occasions

One of the most adaptable pieces of fashion any man should own is a v-neck sweater – in fact, he should own several. That is because the sweater is an ideal piece that blends into almost any outfit, casual or formal, and keeps you feeling comfortable. In these times of working from home, this is the perfect item of clothing to have on your person in case of a surprise video call from the boss or an important client – this way, they will know you are on top of your game 100% of the time. They will have to get up early to catch you out!

Additionally, the v-neck sweater can be paired with either a completely formal trouser and shoe combination or a casual jean and trainer pairing. Whatever you are feeling on any given day, you will give off the correct impression through the computer screen or a socially-distanced meeting with friends or family.

Even though we may not be leaving the home as much as we used to, that is no excuse to allow our standards to slide. At MrQuintessential, we have built a reputation for smart wearable fashion and we won’t allow a pandemic to change that, just the same as our clients who we will continue to cater for in these uncertain times.

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