Category: Fashion

All the latest fashion updates and trends for men.

Camouflage Can Be Your Friend This Winter

So as the snow starts falling in Dublin and we enter the winter months, there is one trend reoccurring time and time again and this time it is a must have look for Autumn/Winter 2016.

Camouflage is back with a bang and has been steadily creeping back into our wardrobes for the past few months. Now, we don’t have to have a dumbed down wardrobe pallet for the winter months as the khaki and greens are a top style for the festive season.

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I have been lucky enough to check out some of the big brands using camouflage this year and leading the charge with their uber-cool clothing is Adidas. From sweatshirts to jogging pants and from socks to footwear they have pulled out all the stops to create a great stylebook for the natural colour scheme.

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Theme the camouflage with a cool pair of Adidas Originals (I am wearing the Adidas Nizza in black) to pull the whole look together at a great price. The perfect look for the changing season from the Autumn tree’s and colours to the Winter whites. And, you can carry this look right through to next Spring so enjoy the camouflage look for the next few months!

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Check out some more of the pictures from this shoot for Scotts/Adidas on my Instagram at @Kenneth_Giles and Facebook at Kenneth Giles Official

Check out www.scottsmenswear.com for all the latest Adidas Original clothing and footwear at great prices.

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Review: Men’s Hair Co. – Dun Laoghaire

So I am very particular about my hair, as you will know if you know me or have checked my Instagram before with endless amounts of haircut pictures and styles, so I was a little apprehensive stepping into a new barbershop this week for a new cut and style.

Men’s Hair Co. based in Dun Laoghaire and now with a new shop in Bray is an on-trend salon experience for men with professional stylists and masters in their craft. Creative Director, Jason Brophy opened the first Men’s Hair Co. just 2 years ago and it has gone from strength to strength building a loyal client base and I can see exactly why.

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From the modern and stylish look of the shop front to the interior, the minute you step inside you are welcomed by a warm and friendly team of people.

Before I tell you about the experience of the cut, let’s just take a moment to discuss the interior. A very cool and sleek design incorporating wooden finishes with retro objects and lighting, it sets the mood for a great experience. The styling area’s simplistic with amazing lighting design to show off the full extent of the styling really opens up the shop and gives a great inclusive feel to the client. I may just add here that you need to make sure to book in advance, I have never passed this shop without it being packed with men and children alike getting the latest cuts and trends.

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So onto the moment I love but also dread, trying to get my vision of what I want across to someone who has never met me before. Thankfully, Jason knew exactly what I was talking about and the style I usually go for. A style that can adapt to both formal events as well as straight out of bed to a studio or class, as well as a style that is easily manageable and to suit me.

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After discussing the cut and styling of the new do, Jason got to work and I have to say, he did not leave any detail out, taking his time to ensure it was right at every step of the way and that I was happy as he was going. He even went as far as blow drying it into shape and then having to wet it again to cut more, that is professionalism at its finest that you don’t see in many male salons nowadays.

About 30 minutes later and the result was well worth it, a great cut, nice style and excellent service from the reception to the wash and from the other stylists to the time I left the shop, as well as accommodating someone taking pictures while they were trying to work.

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I cannot recommend this team enough and as a barbershop and grooming salon for men, the best I have visited. If you want to be made at ease whether you want a new style or just tidying up your current one, this is the team that will talk you through it and make sure you leave satisfied.

On a side note, they also have their own product range and the strong hold wax used in my hair for styling is brilliant. As my hair is so straight it can be hard to get height and texture but this does the job with added hold and volume. Make sure to get some when you drop in.

The final outcome, a great cut that I am extremely happy with. Cheers Jason and team.

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Check out Men’s Hair Co. On Instagram, Facebook and www.menshairco.ie

Review by @Kenneth_Giles

Kenneth’s Monthly Mix: Music, Fashion & Lifestyle

So in a slight change to the normal posts from me on Pop On Down, I have decided to give you all a bit more of an insight into me: what music I like, where I am shopping and generally how good (or bad) my lifestyle is. So each month I will bring you my Monthly Mix of fashion, music, lifestyle and more.

September has been a great month for me in the general scheme of things with a few hiccups along the way but I won’t get caught up on them too much. Here is my pick of the best from September 2016!

Song Of The Moment for me this month is without a shadow of a doubt the return of Scottish songstress Emeli Sande and her new single ‘Hurts’. An instantly catchy song with amazing lyrics and with a voice like hers, how can she go wrong?

Other notable new releases this month for me have all been about the comebacks from Lady Gaga with ‘Perfect Illusion’, Michael Buble’s new single ‘Nobody But Me’ and Robbie Williams quite strange comeback with ‘The Heavy Entertainment Show’.

 

Shop Of The Month is a hard one for me as I like clothes so much I shop in practically every good men’s fashion retailer in Dublin most week’s but this month it is safe to say that Pull & Bear (online store and Henry Street, Dublin) has been my go to place. They have had an ongoing sale this month with many items up to 50% off and I have bought most of them as you can tell from my Instagram feed….. whoops!

Just to give you a brief insight to my one month clothing turnover, here is my delivery from Pull & Bear online mid-month:

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From their sport trainers to joggers and denims to tee’s, they have you covered for virtually all occasions and they are super helpful with exchanges when you buy something and it doesn’t quite fit how you imagined…. ok, ok when you buy smaller than what you are! No hassle, swap or refund straight away. Props to P&B for their cool staff.

I will also be bringing you trends and fashion insight every week now from stores including Pull &Bear, H&M, River Island, Topman, Bershka, Forever 21 and the one we all love (even if you pretend you don’t shop there) Penneys!

TV Choices have to be the obvious talent show TV for me, Strictly, X Factor and even Bear Grylls Celebrity Island is bearable right now (see what I did there?). TV series of the month for me is the almighty comeback of Cold Feet, which I will point out is almost as good as the first time around and that is hard to do.

My Lifestyle Snapshot has been a varied bag this month from work to personal life. September always kicks off the busiest time for me with work but this year just seem’s even more so but in a really good way.

In short, I am producing ShowChoir Ireland Live Final on November 5th as well as presenting the show with my amazing friend Saoirse Long (FM104), choreographing two Christmas pantomimes, creative directing and choreographing the Eclipse tenth anniversary show for 2017 as well as running a blog, a business and a body (yikes).

My own life has been eventful these past few weeks having lost my Grandmother (Nanny Annie) in August suddenly as well as undergoing a small procedure to remove a lesion from my eye which is a whole other blog post to come I’m sure. It is true what they say though, live every day as if it is your last and be grateful for what you have because there is far worse out there.

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So in general it hasn’t been half bad to be honest, good music, good shopping, good work, good personal life (with the few exceptions) and I’m happy which is the main thing.

Over the next few weeks you will see some changes around Pop On Down as I expand the blog into men’s health, grooming, fashion and lifestyle as well as keeping the music, entertainment and TV side of things going.

Keep up to date with everything that is happening at Instagram, Twitter, Facebook and right here!

Also, if you want something featured or maybe you know an awesome band that deserve to be talked about, let me now at popondown@gmail.com

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