FLAT CAPS

Given its simplicity and practicality, it’s small wonder that the flat cap has almost global appeal. But then, while Peaky Blinders may have energised interest in it and its six or eight-panelled cousin the ‘baker boy’ style, the flat cap has been around since the 14th century.

An Act of Parliament in the UK in 1571 made it mandatory to wear a woollen cloth cap on Sundays and public holidays – more as a boost to sheep farming than weekend style. But today, it’s all about aesthetics and what it can add to your look.

There are plenty of pitfalls of course, but these can be easily avoided if you know what you’re doing. The whole ‘faux-gentleman’ thing that embraced the flat cap (as well as the beard and exaggerated moustache) has come and gone, but it is possible to wear one and look both contemporary and cool.

What Is The Flat Cap?

There is, in fact, a genius inherent to this affordable and durable design: less formal than more structured hats – and so less off-putting for men who can’t, as it were, get their heads around hats – its design is still a deceptively clever one.

Cut deeper at the back, it has more purchase than it looks like it does – useful especially when lifting eyes to the sky while shooting, for example; the brim is short but still enough to shade eyes; and the whole thing is foldable, easily stowed inside a pocket.

These are all notions nicked by spin-offs such as the driving cap, cycling cap and even the baseball cap. Perhaps the most appealing thing about the flat cap right now though is that it’s not a baseball cap. Ever understated, you’d never get a flat cap sporting some brash logo.

How To Wear A Flat Cap

Like its American equivalent, the baseball cap, the flat cap has an everyman quality to it, as fitting atop a pigeon-fancying Yorkshireman as it is an estate-touring toff, whether working the land or owning it. It found a place in skinhead culture, but also hip-hop and has been favoured by everyone from Del Boy to Samuel L. Jackson.

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Likewise, while it’s not a hat for all seasons – linen versions may work for summer, but the flat cap is essentially a cold-weather style – it is a hat for almost all occasions. Unlike the baseball cap, the flat cap is as at home with tailoring as with jeans and T-shirt, flattering most faces into the bargain.

Opting for one in a neutral colour such as navy or dark grey will offer up the most versatility. Introduce one as part of a monochrome look consisting of black tailored trousers, a grey T-shirt and a navy bomber jacket, and it’ll serve you well in a casual office environment as well as the weekend.

Wear It With

Best Flat Cap Brands

Lock & Co

Unarguably one of the UK’s most esteemed hatters – its namesake’s story in hat-making can be traced back to the 1750s, and the company is said to have invented the bowler hat – this is the place to go should you ever need a hot weather flat cap. They have styles in cashmere and Escorial wool, but also linen.

Garrison Tailors

Yes, there really is an official ‘Peaky Blinders’ flat cap, not least because the TV show’s creator, Steven Knight, set up a company to make them and other clothing befitting a Brummie hoodlum at the turn of the last century. The English-made tweed style names? Arthur, Thomas and Shelby, of course.

Bailey Hats

One of the all-time great American hatmakers, it was Bailey – once better known as Bailey of Hollywood – that made hats for all the big stars of the golden era of cinema, Gary Cooper and Cary Grant among them. Grant’s best hat moment?

In None But the Lonely Heart, wearing a flat cap throughout. Bailey’s also makes them in showerproof cotton.

Kangol

Better known for its bucket hats – LL Cool J might spring to mind – Kangol is the definitive headwear of US hip-hop, despite being a British brand.

It adopted its marsupial logo only in 1983 to deal with American’s persistently and puzzlingly asking for ‘the Kangaroo hat’. Its cloche-like 504 flat cap is a classic.

Gamble & Gunn

Based on Portsea Island near Portsmouth, where a naval cap might be more in order, hatmaker Gamble & Gunn have built a deserved reputation for the bolder choice of materials from which it makes its caps, ochre Donegal tweed, suede and lux merino wool among them.

Christys’

Established in Scotland in 1748 by one Miller Christy – his company would later win one of the first contracts to supply hats to the newly formed Metropolitan Police, while Queen Victoria’s consort Albert favoured its top hats – Christys’ offers flat caps in trad tweed but also hardwearing melton and moleskin.

Borsalino

It was a Borsalino that Warren Beatty wore in Bonnie and Clyde, Humphrey Bogart in Casablanca and Harrison Ford as Indiana Jones – a tall crowned felt fedora that in time would take the name of its maker.

But who’s to say the Italian hatter can’t turn its hand to caps? Its version, in fact, has an innovative multi

WEARING A SHARP SUIT

Not only does it change how other people perceive you, but it can also alter the way you see the world.

This is according to a new study that found people who wear suits tend to focus on the bigger picture rather than on minor details.

Wearing a crisp-cut suit may make you feel more powerful than you think. Not only does it change how people perceive you, but it can also alter the way you see the world.  Foreign Secretary William Hague (centre), actor Brad Pitt and actress Angelina Jolie in London last year

Researchers at California State University, Northridge, describe people who put on formal clothing as abstract thinkers.

‘Putting on formal clothes makes us feel powerful, and that changes the basic way we see the world,’ Abraham Rutchick.

While the likes of Mark Zuckerberg and Steve Jobs may have made it acceptable to wear jeans at work, the new study argues formal wear is better suited for the office environment.

Thinking abstractly can help in situations such as getting negative feedback on a piece of work, allowing the person to take a step back from the criticism.

Michael Slepian, another of the paper’s authors and a professor at Columbia Business School, said it could also help deal with financial situations by preventing impulse purchases.

The researchers performed a series of experiments in which students had to rate the formality of the clothes they had on.

They then answered a questionnaire designed to understand the way in which they think.

The researchers then asked the casually dressed participants to wear formal clothing, such as a suit, and found those who did began looking at the bigger picture when solving problems.

‘No matter how often you wear formal clothing, if you are wearing formal clothing, then you are likely in a context that’s not the intimate, comfortable, and more socially close setting with no dress code,’ says Slepian.

‘Thus, whether you wear formal clothing every workday, or only every wedding, my prediction is that we would find a similar influence because the clothing still feels formal in both situations.’

RETRO DECOR THOUGHTS

Here’s a quick top ten pointers for adding that retro feel to your home.

How to Decorate With Retro Finds 

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  • Take a peek at the most liked interiors on Instagram, and you will spot several pieces of retro décor. That is because classic items like teak consoles, vintage globes, and hanging chairs add charm and character to modern spaces. In fact, incorporating a mix of decorative styles from different eras is one of the tricks of the trade for professional designers.

  • But that does not mean one must spend a stack of cash to infuse a space with retro style. Decorating with reproductions, hand-me-downs, or a few vintage finds from a local flea market will give a room some stylish oomph without bankrupting your budget. 

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  • Midcentury Modern Daybed 

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  • A midcentury daybed reupholstered in orange tweed fabric anchors this tiny living room seen on Homepolish. A retro striped camping blanket adds to the sofa’s charming appeal. On the right is a burgundy leather armchair from the 1970s.

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  • Tips for Creating a Retro Entryway 

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  • Several entryway essentials make this tiny foyer by the designers at Studio McGee so appealing. The iron and leather bench is an industrial charmer. Both the analog clock and sports pendant are vintage reproductions with a distinct yesteryear vibe. The wicker basket is a midcentury-inspired accent that doubles as storage.

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  • Create a Retro Feature Wall 

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  • Interior stylist, Rikki Snyder transformed a boring wall into a retro feature thanks to a quirky collection of vintage globes and old school desks. The hanging chairs add a touch of whimsy to the overall look.

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  • Apartment Inspired by Midcentury Modern Design

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  • Midcentury modern design inspired this New York City bachelor pad by Labl Studio. The apartment also features a few industrial elements. 

  • The classic Chesterfield love seat gives the space an elegant twist. The modernist inspired console under the TV lends a Mad Men vibe. The retro “ice” sticker on the fridge brings a touch of whimsy. The Cord Pendant by Brendan Ravenhill on the ceiling and the Atlas Floor Lamp by Adesso are both excellent examples of industrial-inspired lighting.

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  • Vintage Home Office Furniture 

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  • Vintage furniture is ideal for tiny spaces because homes used to be much smaller. In this 530 square foot Paris apartment by Marion Alberge, an old wood desk and a vintage bookcase are both retro pieces that make the most of modest floor space.

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  • Black and White Floor Tiles 

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  • A kitchen stuck in the 1970s gets a refresh by Holly Mathis Interiors. The result is a bright, white space brimming with enduring style. The checkered, black and white floor, which is reminiscent of vintage diners, gives the kitchen a pinch of retro flavor.

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  • Consider a Gossip Bench

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  • Nothing adds retro glamour to a space like a gossip bench. It was a nice to have when telephones were stationary objects. The one in this entryway by Havenly is a new piece of furniture by Jonathan Adler.

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  • Retro Record Player 

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  • This minty fresh living room by Dream Green DIY has many retro accents, but two things, in particular, grabbed our attention. Anchoring the space is a teak console. On top is a cute record player by Crosley.

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  • Charming Cottage Kitchen 

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  • This adorable cottage kitchen by Sarah Phipps Design packs a lot retro charm. The wood planks used to create the feature wall came from the home. The kitchen cabinets were picked up for cheap at a local thrift store. The pink, vintage-inspired fridge is by SMEG. The task light over the sink is the Starfire Radial Wave Reflector Gooseneck Light by Barn Light Electric.

THE SLEEVE ROLL

Rolling up your sleeves.

It’s something you’ve probably never thought twice about.

But the way you roll your sleeves makes a huge difference in the silhouette of your outfit.

It can keep a level of formality in hotter weather. Or it can take your outfit to business casual.

This simple art – which takes a few minutes to master – makes a world of difference to your appearance and the social signals you send. (And it can also make your arms look bigger!)

But you need to know how to do it right. In this article and video, I’ll explain how to roll up your sleeves in five different ways. You can decide which method suits you best.

NIKE JOYRIDE

REVOLUTIONARY CUSHIONING THAT CONTOURS WITH EVERY STEP.

The Nike Joyride Run Flyknit is designed to help make running feel easier and give your legs a day off. Tiny foam beads underfoot contour to your foot for cushioning that stands up to your mileage.

Contouring Cushioning

Tiny foam beads are contained in 4 strategically placed pockets underneath your foot. They compress and adapt to your every step for better impact absorption and a stable feel.

Snug and Secure

Flyknit is a super-lightweight, breathable material that hugs your foot and keeps it in place. Synthetic material wraps from the inside of your foot to the top for a secure, contouring fit.

Zoned Durability

Durable rubber is placed on the outside in high-wear zones. The raised nobs add traction.

Comfort Collar

The 1-piece foam collar gives smooth, secure cushioning. The low-cut design feels comfortable around your ankle and makes the shoe easy to get on and off.

Product Details

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  • Colour Shown: Black/White/Black
  • Style: AQ2730-001

Fit and Size Details

Fits true to size for a snug fit. If you prefer a slightly looser fit, we recommend ordering a half-size up. The snug fit keeps your foot connected to the dynamic Joyride technology. The shoe won’t feel as tight over time as the Flyknit upper relaxes slightly and as the beads contour to your foot.

STORM TOURBO X

The Limited Edition Tourbo-X is the first ever Tourbillon watch from STORM, a feat of mechanical engineering. This Limited Edition timepiece features the triple axis Tourbillon automatic movement. Each intricate movement is made individually by hand, creating a timepiece more accurate than an ordinary automatic, as the rotating tourbillon cage negates the effect of gravity on the escapement. Sapphire crystal glass front and back ensures the movement is perfectly protected from scratches. 
The Tourbo-X features a see through case back and contemporary 3D Roman numeral dial with semi transparent back, allowing you to see the movement underneath in more detail. 

This Limited Edition piece is available in solid stainless steel with exhibition case back. Water resistant to 50m

£2719.00

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DUNE: SALVADOR

Product Details

The Salvador monk shoe from Dune will elevate your formal styling. Featuring a round toe, it showcases an embossed panel design. Complete with a double buckle fastening, it rests on a low block heel.
Finished in a black leather
  • Colour: Black
  • Brand: Dune London
  • Material: Leather
  • Lining Material: Fabric
  • Sole Material: Rubber
  • Toe Shape: Round toe
  • Heel Height: 1 cm

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AIR JORDAN 1

When you think of the most iconic sneakers in history, the chances are, the Air Jordan 1 will come to mind. Created for esteemed basketball player Michael Jordan by legendary sneaker designer Peter Mooreback in 1985, the AJ1 has gone through thousands of paint jobs over the past three decades, but one thing that’s never changed is the is the iconic design.


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Featuring a mid-cut silhouette for the optimum ankle support, a gigantic Swoosh shoots across the lateral and medial sides, while Jumpman branding also makes its presence known on the tongue. With all that said, here are the ten hottest Air Jordan 1s that are somehow still available over at Footasylum!



Air Jordan 1 ‘Crimson Tint’

The Air Jordan 1 ‘Crimson Tint’ is, hands down, one of the hottest AJ1s of the year. Taking colour blocking to an entirely different level, light pink suede panels contrast against a white leather base, while a further pop of colour is injected via ‘Hyper Pink’ on the laces and rubber outsole.



Air Jordan 1 ‘Gym Red’

If you’re looking for a fiery hot Jumpman sneaker to add to your collection, look no further than the Air Jordan 1 ‘Gym Red’. Paying homage to the iconic ‘Chicago”s signature red, white, and black palette, you’ll be turning heads wherever you go with these AJ1s.



Air Jordan 1 ‘Yellow Toe’

If you didn’t get a chance to cop the ultra rare Shinedown x Air Jordan 1 ‘Attention Attention’, then the Air Jordan 1 ‘Yellow Toe’ is definitely the next best thing. Exclusive to Footasylum, the timeless black and yellow colour combo just works perfectly.



Air Jordan 1 ‘White’

The perfect Jordan Brand shoe to rock this summer, the Air Jordan 1 ‘White’ is literally as clean as it gets. Crafted from a series of tumbled leather panels, smooth leather accents make their way to the Swoosh and tongue for textural contrast that’s sure to stand out.



Air Jordan 1 ‘Black’

While the Air Jordan 1 ‘Black’ may look like any old AJ1, it’s far from it. Painted in an ultra clean monochromatic palette, the tongue references Michael Jordan’s iconic “Maybe I Destroyed The Game” TV commercial from 2008 that will stay in our mind’s forever.



Air Jordan 1 ‘Obsidian’

You don’t want to miss out on the Air Jordan 1 ‘Obsidian’. A future icon in the making, ‘Metallic Gold’ accents feature throughout for a classic meets contemporary vibe. An absolute masterpiece, you need a pair in your collection right now.