The style of politics

G8 summit walk

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Style Summit

No politician is universally loved. But adored or not, some are undoubtedly stylish.

Here we take a look at some of the world’s most dapper politicians. Power dressers with style, wearers of fine Italian shoes and lovers of tailored suits. Because unlike the Devil, a politician doesn’t just wear Prada.

Barack Obama

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Quiz: who is he calling?


Thanks to his confidence, poise and fun filled attitude, Barack Obama can attend a ‘ball game’ in jeans and a jacket and still turn heads. But when on official business, he emanates sophistication.

His Hart Schaffner Max suits, Johnston and Murphy shoes, and Ray Ban sunglasses are just part of what has built the ‘Obama look’. And though the promised “change” at the beginning of his tenure, has arguably not come to fruition, Obama is definitely more fashionable than his predecessor, George Bush.

Enrique Peña Nieto

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Image source: PresidenciaMX 2012-2018 / Wikimedia
Not as popular as he used to be…


Mexican supremo, Enrique Peña Nieto is known for his natural good looks. But a handsome face is worthless without a strong sense of style. With his tailored suits and fine Italian shoes, Nieto certainly knows how to dress for success. And while Nieto’s noisy Northern neighbour might have scored more economic goals, as far as dress sense is concerned, it’s a level playing field.

Like his northern neighbour, Nieto isn’t afraid to get out of his suit, and into his casual gear. After Mexico was named the most obese nation in the Americas, he took part in a 10k run to promote healthy living. But it was his shorts rather than his message that captured the media’s attention. Perhaps he should stick to pinstripes.

David Cameron

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Image source: Tom Evans / Open Government License – Wikimedia
Cameron commands respect for his well chosen suits

The Prime Minister may not have the natural sophistication of Obama, or Nieto’s good looks, but his suits are well chosen, and flattering. Vanity Fair were so impressed with his wardrobe, they named him world’s most chic politician.

Conservatives have been accused of being out of touch with the public. We couldn’t possibly comment, but the Tory supremo was spotted at the 2009 party conference sipping champagne in a Richard James suit from Saville Row. At an austerity beating £3,500, it was certainly stylish, but thrifty?

Vladimir Putin

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Image source: Kremlin.ru / Wikimedia
Supreme power dressing


When Vladimir Putin isn’t in a tank, hunting topless or doing judo, he looks very smart in a tailored suit. Some would even say he looks intimidating, which is perhaps his very intention; power dressing at its most powerful.

The late Iranian fashion designer known simply as Bijan, is said to have made a suit for Putin. We can only assume it didn’t come cheap because while the fiesty Russian may ride in a limousine, the late tailor drove custom Bugattis, Ferraris and the odd Rolls Royce.

How to keep your deck shoes smelling fresh

Leather deck shoes from Samuel Windsor

The perfect deck shoe
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If Captain Cook was alive today, we’re sure he’d wear deck shoes. Favourite of boaties everywhere and commonplace on the high streets, this casual footwear classic looks great all summer long.

But how do you keep boat shoes smelling fresh without making the fashion faux pas of wearing them with socks? Here are ten easy steps to deck shoe happiness.

1. Clean

Having your daily shower isn’t enough. You need to clean and scrub your feet with rigour. Use your soap of choice, just make sure you scrub hard enough to kill the skin bacteria responsible for unwanted odours.

2. The secret to cleaning is drying

It’s futile going to all that work in the shower or bath if you then let your feet stay wet. Damp skin will allow odour causing bacteria to grow. Get between the toes with a towel and make sure your whole foot is bone dry.

3. Shoe rotation

No matter what you do to your feet, if you wear the same shoes every day of the week they’ll get smelly. Rotate your footwear. Wear boat shoes one day, sandals the next and on day three, a pair of laid back loafers. Just don’t batter your boat shoes.

4. Powder and products

Talcum powder will stop the smells before they start by keeping your feet dry. Cornflour is moisture absorbent too – it’s just as good for soaking up sweat as it is for thickening sauces. Baking powder makes life very unpleasant for bacteria as it’s an alkaline. Find the powder that works for you. But don’t go overboard – if you don’t let your feet perspire at all, you run the risk of heat rash.

Not sure where to start with products? Well then check out The Ged Lab’s brilliant post on foot-care products every man should own here.

5. Use in-soles

Available in outdoor shops, shoe shops and online, this is a simple, low maintenance solution to unwanted shoe odours. Just slip an anti-bacterial in-sole in your shoes. Look for one that offers high breathability to improve the airflow to your feet.

6. Antiperspirant

Sweaty feet cause nasty smells, so use an antiperspirant to limit the amount your feet perspire. Choose one with a scent that’s not too overpowering. You don’t want to swap one bad small for another.

7. Foot sanitizer

Actually, it’s hand sanitizer – those little bottles of cleansing gel we take on our holidays. As well as killing bacteria, the right gel is cooling and can add a hint of fragrance to help revive tired soles.

8. Go natural

There are some great natural ways to remedy the problem of smelly boat shoes. Cloves are a great idea as they have a strong smell and when placed in your shoes will help rid them of any lingering odours. Soaking your feet in green tea is also an effective way to combat odour causing bacteria.

9. Freeze your footwear

Put your boat shoes in a plastic bag, and put them in the freezer. The cold kills the bacteria so when you next wear your boat shoes, they’ll be fresh and odour free.

10. Relegation

Demote shoes once smells become ingrained. Make them your gardening shoes, or a spare pair you leave in the car. Extend their life by giving them a second wind, a new job. But don’t be afraid to bin them and start again.

If all else fails, give invisible socks a try. Designed to be discrete, they create a barrier between leather and skin. They are also known as footies – a great solution for keeping feet and boat shoes smelling fresh.

For deck shoes and more, visit the Samuel Windsor website.

The Complete A to Z of Men’s Fashion

Fashion can be confusing for some. So we’ve created a simple A to Z to help you learn the basics..

Featuring men’s shoes of various descriptions and a bit of brainwork on the harder letters.

A is for Accessories

10 socks in a pile

Accessories means socks

Whether it’s socks for shoes, a watch for your wrist or a handkerchief for your breast pocket, the right accessory can finish off an outfit in style.

 

B is for Brogues

Brown brogue shoes

Stylish brogues

A timeless favourite. They feature decorative perforations that were originally designed to let water out. Semi and quarter brogues just have less patterning.

 

C is for Chelsea Boots

Chelsea boot painted white

Star Wars Swagger

Easy to pull off thanks to the elasticated gusset on the ankle. Did you know they are the preferred footwear of Stormtroopers from Star Wars?

 

D is for Deck Shoes

Contrasting Deck shoes

Deck Shoe Style

Those nautical favourite of casual coolness. They come in a broad range of colours and are traditionally worn without socks. Incidentally, you don’t have to buy a boat.

 

E is for Espadrille

Blue espadrilles

Simple Espadrille
Source: Daily Dose of Flies

Slip on some lightweight shoes in the summer.Traditionally canvas made, these have become a modern staple of style.

 

F is for Flip Flops

Brown flip flops

Flip Flop Flap!
Source: Dudepins

Not everyone’s cup of tea but these summer classics do have their own sound effects.. Try leather sandals if you don’t like them.

 

G is for Goodyear Welted

In basic terms, it means that the shoe isn’t glued together. So you can re-sole the shoe time after time after time. Here’s a video set to music for a better explanation.

 

H is for Herringbone

Herringbone jacket

Herringbone Tweed

A distinctive V shape weave that you’ll see on trousers and jackets. Especially good with tweed.

 

I is for Indie

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Indie Style
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Not just sprayed on skinny jeans, some boots and a trilby. You can dress down in style with a few indie hints; like a beanie or some scruffier hair.

 

J is for Jackets

Summer blazer jacket

Summer jacket

Whether a summer unstructured jacket or a wool suit blazer, you can finish off a casual or formal outfit in style.

 

K is for Knitwear

Model 2 in a mushroom knitted jumper

Mushroom Knitted Jumper

Simple cardigans, chunky knit cricket jumpers and anything made from the click clack of flashing needles. Warm and cosy, and timelessly simple.

 

L is for Loafers

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Lazy loafers

We’re not talking about lazy people, we’re on about the minimalistic slip-on shoes.

 

M is Moleskin

Navy moleskin trousers

Navy Moleskins

Famously soft and durable. These come in all sorts of colours and are a great all round option.

 

N is Nightwear

Man in loungerwear

N is for Loungewear too

Whether pyjamas or a dressing gown, nightwear is an essential part every man’s wardrobe.

 

O is for Oxford shoes

Black oxford shoes

Simple style

Traditional, versatile and stylish in black leather, they are great for the office, weddings and a whole host of other occasions.

 

P is for Polo Shirts

Striped Pique polo shirt

Pique Polo

Simple, classic and comfortable. A polo shirt goes well with shorts and a pair of loafers on summer days.

Q is for Quilted Jacket

Model 2 in a burgundy quilted jacket

Burgundy Quilted Jacket

Warm, comfortable and great for a country look. Keep the chill off and the rain away.

R is for Rugby Shirt

Sky blue and cream rugby shirt

Sporty Style

You don’t have to love a team to love these tops. A more sophisticated choice than a t-shirt.

S is for Suits

 

Model 2 in a Tonic Grey Suit

Tonic Grey Suit

For aficionados of fashion and smart men everywhere. They add class and sophistication to any personality.

 

T is for Ties

Red and white spotty tie

Spotty Silk Tie

Finish off a suit with the right tie. Whether luscious silk or country style wool, they add class to any outfit.

U is for Underwear

Cotton Samuel Windsor Underwear

Cotton Pants

Whether jersey style boxer shorts or loose fitting woven cotton, these are needed unless you’re going commando.

 

V is for Velvet

Burgundy velvet jacket

Bold Burgundy

Style oozes from every part of a velvet jacket, and often they come in a range of bold and striking colours.

 

W is for Wool

Green orange and purple wool

Woolen Jumpers

Woolen jumpers, socks and ties are just some of the garments available in this classic material. Remember to put them in a cold wash though.

 

X is for XS – 5XL

Measuring tape

Tailoring tape
Source: Tailormouse

Don’t let a super skinny frame or a slightly chunkier build deter you from looking great.

 

Y is for Yukata

Blue Japanese Yukata

Japanese Yukata
Source: Kaboodle

A casual summer kimono, heralding from Japan. Stay cool on hot days or practice martial art. Be prepared for some looks if you’re not in Kyoto.

 

Z is for Zip

Close up zip

Zip it up
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Chunky, double or just plain normal, a zip keeps your decency hidden and your jacket done up.

 

So now you know your men’s fashion ABC why not take a look and see…the Samuel Windsor website for lots of fashionable, comfortable and affordable products.