The 2015 Gentleman’s Lifestyle Retrospective – Guest post by Ed Phelan

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Over the course of this year, I’ve noticed a series of growing trends signalling the increasing popularity of superior mens style and grooming. These marks of the gentleman have been around for many years, but in 2015 we reached a peak in how men perceive and utilize many luxury lifestyle items and pursuits in the modern day, and I for one could not be happier. This suggests 2016 will push these trends even further, so we can enjoy the continued evolution of what it takes to be a modern gentleman.

In 2015, being a gentleman became about more than just wearing better clothes. It’s about also bettering yourself as a person, being fitter and healthier, experiencing new things and pushing ourselves further to achieve more in our careers and personal endeavours. So what is the state of the modern gentleman in 2015?

 

Increasingly health conscious

Multiple studies have shown young people are increasingly rejecting the temptations of boozing, smoking, and fast food, instead choosing healthier foods and a disciplined approach to fitness. Many men have realized that in order to attain a peak sense of style, getting our fitness in order should be a priority, as well as to ensure a healthy and long life.

This newfound obsession with health can be observed easily across many social media sites which men frequent. Posts which show individual progression are met with encouragement, men are eager to share tips and post motivational content, and groups are growing exponentially. 2015 saw fitness become a truly fashionable pursuit, so hopefully in 2016 many more will choose to get healthy for the right reasons.

 

The watch resurgence

The increased adoption of smartphones put the watch on the backburner for a short time, but slowly the traditional timepiece has been gaining ground. In 2015, with the mobile fully integrated as part of our daily lives, we’ve seen the watch return as both a practical and fashionable item for the modern gentleman.

The rise of the watch has encouraged many men to start a collection. This in turn has led to a rise the adoption of other watch items, such as watch winders for people who have a large amount of kinetically powered watches.

 

Keeping it simple

A trend I have observed over 2015 is the way a gentleman puts together a wardrobe. Previously, having a variety of items was seen as the mark of a fashionable person, but more and more I’ve seen a shift and more people heading towards simplicity as the best form of stylistic expression.

As an example, I’ve seen many men utilise blazers to this effect, choosing muted dark colours for the jacket and trousers, and then adding colour and detail to their outfit minimally through undergarments, shirts, t-shirts, and accessories.

 

Bohemian is back

Bohemian fashion has been making a comeback within the female fashion world over the last few years or so, especially extrapolated by the increasing cultural relevance of music festivals. Bohemian fashion for men creates a slightly different look, and is well suited to the world of gentlemen’s style.

 


 

Author: Ed Phelan

c8276bfe9a1750d6e2a248cfc271cf7dI am a young 20-something living in Brighton, UK, interested in sport, travel, gadgets, film, fashion & environmental issues. I am currently a third year student at Brighton Uni & would like to make a career out of writing. I have travelled extensively around the world and am always looking for my next adventure! Follow him on Twitter.

Men’s Fashion at the Oscars 2015

Men's Fashion at the Oscars 2015.

Men’s Fashion at the Oscars 2015.

The season of celebration is over…well, until 2015 summer blockbusters arrive. What an awesome night! I couldn’t look away from the screen. The Oscars 2015 was the glitziest night for Hollywood royalty and boy did they shine! I am not even getting into the technicalities of who won or who lost. For me the real battle was of course – The Red Carpet, and here’s a look: Men’s Fashion at the Oscars 2015.

We love fashion and fashion trends. Hollywood is the best place for designers to showcase their creations to the mainstream audience worldwide. Let me say for the record – all Women looked great on the red carpet & we support the #AskHerMore campaign. Besides, it’s 2015 and we should focus on Men’s fashion as much as we obsess about Women’s fashion.

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Eddie Redmayne. Oscars 2015, in Alexander McQueen

The most stylish man on the red carpet was definitely Eddie Redmayne. He wore a navy Alexander McQueen tux and his best accessory wasn’t his best actor trophy, but a simple black bow tie to complement the black lapels of the suit.

David and Oyelowo and Channing Tatum stunned in Dolce and Gabbana. David broke all the rules by donning a red tux and emerged a winner. He accessorised his stylish tux with a brooch shaped as classic peace sign but tinted with colours of Ebola ribbon. Channing accessorised his man suit with Neil Lane studs and cufflinks.

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Channing Tatum, Oscars 2015, in Dolce & Gabbana

When it comes to Men’s fashion, it has a lot to do with the whole package – a combination of dress sense, ability to effectively accessorise and distinctive grooming. A designer suit can only take you so far. You have got to be well groomed – the hair, accessories!

Gentlemen who brought their ‘A’ game to the 87th Academy Awards are Ansel Elgort in Prada, Chris Pratt in Tom Ford, Chris Evans in Gucci, John Stamos in his own design, Michael Keaton in Ralph Lauren, J.K Simmons brought old Hollywood style in a waistcoat and a pocket watch, Benedict Cumberbatch channelled his immaculate style in a white dinner jacket and the host – this right here is serious commitment to fashion and it’s appreciated.

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Men who can do better next time are Jared Leto, Eddie Murphy, Bradley Cooper, Questlov
e, Miles Teller, John Legend, Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu and Will.I.Am. Good luck for the next year guys. Before I wrap up, I’d like to talk about the strange trend that I spotted on the red carpet. What do Common, David Oyelowo, Kevin Hart, Jared Leto, and Terrence Howard have in common? Brooches! Whether it was a personal statement or a political message, those brooches on their tuxedos attracted everyone’s attention.