3 Ways To Wear a Golf Shirt off the Course, and 6 Shirts To Try It With

There’s no denying the appeal of wearing athletic wear on a full-time basis. 10 years ago, the thought of wearing any kind of sports shoes with a suit was unheard of, but today it’s almost expected. The ability to wear sports clothes in any setting other than their natural habitat is the sign of a cultured and fashion-forward man.

If you’re just dipping your toe in the world of sportswear for everyday wear, fear not as we’ve put together this list of ways you can wear a golf shirt off the course and feel sharp doing it. There are three main ways you can rock a golf shirt off the course and they’re all suitable for a number of different environments. Wearing sports wear as everyday wear is fast becoming the norm, so no need to worry about rocking up with work in a golf shirt under your blazer. Seriously, everyone is doing it. Here are our top three ways to wear a golf shirt off the course, and six options to try it with.

With a Suit

If you’re looking for an easy way to dress down an everyday suit, then adding a golf shirt in place of your normal dress shirt is the easiest way to do this. It’s great in the summer months when the performance fabric will help keep you cool no matter what the day throws at you.

To perfect this look,try switching out your usual dress shoes with a pair of statement sneakers. Obviously, this look isn’t going to fly in every office environment, but if your work dress code is somewhat relaxed it’s worth a try.

Perfect this look by pairing a dark suit with a neutral polo. This RLX golf shirt in French Navy would be a great addition to your work wardrobe. Likewise, this full button Puma Golf shirt in peacoat heather is an interesting twist on the three button style with buttons running right down the front. With a blazer over the top, you wouldn’t even know you aren’t wearing a dress shirt.

Smart/ Casual

It’s a common dilemma. You’re heading to a work function, a party or a wedding and the dress code says smart casual. Very few people feel at home in the smart casual realm, but rocking a golf shirt is a surefire way to guarantee you toe the line of this dress code perfectly.

Start the look with a well-fitted pair of chinos or a smart looking pair of jeans (if you think you can get away with it). Slip on your favourite pair of loafers and then select your golf shirt of choice. Depending on the occasion, you can go bold and bright or smart and sophisticated. This look works great in the summer months and will ensure you observe both sides of the smart and casual dress code.

If you’re looking to make a statement, this bright fuschia golf shirt from Ted Baker is a sure winner. The contrast collar adds a little interest and the bold hue is enough to get you noticed anywhere. If you’re looking for something more subtle, this Nike golf shirt with contrasting stripe sleeves is the perfect choice. The contrast sleeves add enough interest to stop it becoming too boring.

Athleisure

Love it or hate it, the term athleisure isn’t going anywhere, so it might be time to embrace the look and get comfortable being comfortable. Athleisure wear is like an updated take on the gym wear trend. To perfect this look, you have to make it look like you just rolled out of the gym, but in your finest fitness duds. This isn’t about standard sweats and a grubby tank top, it’s about premium fabrics and neutral palettes that make everyone feel like an Instagram influencer out for brunch.

Start with a pair of well fitted joggers in a premium, luxury fabric. Add your best pair of trainers and then layer up a light bomber over your favourite golf shirt. The golf shirt elevates the look to create something more than an everyday athleisure outfit. In terms of colours, tonal layering is the key to achieving this look. This means layering up different shades of the same colour, usually a neutral tone like black or grey.

If you want to try this look, you can’t go wrong with this Galvin Green golf shirt in iron grey. The technical fabric with a slight stretch is ideal for everyday wear while the textured stripe pattern is the perfect foundation for any athleisure outfit. If you like the look of vintage sports wear, this Hugo Boss golf shirt in white and dark blue with a contrasting grey stripe is the perfect choice.

If you want to show your love for the sport and wear your golf shirt off the course, all of these looks will allow you to do this with style.

How To Dare To Wear White This Summer

Summer is just around the corner, if not pretty much here already.

For us fashionistas, it means warmer weather and the opportunity to introduce lighter colours and styling to our everyday wardrobe.

White clothes just aren’t welcome during the Winter (although there is nothing wrong with it, but there’s just something about the glowing bright shade whilst the weather is murky and dull that doesn’t quite work). But many people feel that white clothes can be dangerous territory altogether.

Let me tell you – white clothes are a brilliant way to show off your complexion, or if you’re anything like us, then that weekly fake tan. They make you look bright and beautiful, fresh and modern, and I white is actually a trending color this season.

Still not convinced you can rock the white trend? Check out my #trendingwhite style inspiration below, for the ultimate tips on how to wear white this Summer with Zaful items…

White Denim

The comfiest of trousers look amazing in white. Believe us when we say a white wide or straight leg pair of jeans will elevate any outfit. Style up your white jeans in monochrome colours, teamed with trainers or a heel and you’re good to go.
These Distressed Skinny Jeans with Pockets are a flattering skinny fit, but come with a rip design to give them a little more creativity. If you want to team your white jeans with a crop top but don’t feel like baring your belly, opt for a pair of High Waisted Ripped Jeans, which sit at the waist and look perfect with a bandeau or crop top.

The White Skirt

This versatile item is perfect for mix-and-match, you can literally wear an asymmetrical white skirt with any colour summer top. Switch out the accessories for a different styling each day, we love the combination of either a ruffle style mini skirt, or a tea length ruffle skirt. Team with cami’s, crops, and everything in-between!

The Slit Ruffles Mini Skirt will look great with practically anything, from a loose fitting kimono cover up like the Batwing Sleeve V Neck Printed Blouse or a cute bright yellow off-shoulder top.

Ideal for holidays and walks on the beach, this Tuve-Top And Maxi Skirt Two Piece Prom Dress set looks super pretty and a great way to wear white in lightweight materials.

The White Shirt

An oversized white shirt has always been a wardrobe essential, and the good news is you can use this trend for the Summer. If it’s oversized enough, you can even wear it as a dress or over jeans for everyday workwear. You can roll the sleeves up slightly to tailor the look, or team with black boots and oversized chunky jewellery to accessorise.
The good news here is that it’s totally OK to bring in splashes of other colours or prints. This Embroidered Oversized Shirt looks fab tucked into jeans, but would also work well tucked into denim shorts or a denim mini skirt.

Our favourite look is teamed with distressed denim cutoff shorts, like this look below.

This Button Down Plaid Knotted Shirt is also a gorgeous take on the white shirt trend. The faint plaid print gives it a relaxed look, and you can again easily team up with sassy shorts, like these High Waisted White Shorts, of a little skirt.

White Smart-Casual

A white jumpsuit or playsuit gives a real classy look that you can take from smart to casual in no time, and is the perfect holiday look for a city break weekend, or week-long beach holiday. Dress it up by layering a blazer over a romper style playsuit for an easy instant outfit, or wear alone with sunglasses and an oversize clutch for that beach break glam.

Lace Trim Tie Shoulder Romper With Dot Pattern

 

All White Everything

Now this one is for the braver fashionistas! If you dare to wear all white, try pairing a white wide legged trousers with a white body underneath, making it an easy way of styling your day-to-night look.
Or, opt for a white denim jacket for the daytime to make your look more casual. There are so many white outer wear items which can look great with white bodysuits without being to OTT.

The White Summer Dress

Last but not least- the white Summer dress is an essential holiday piece, that is literally a failsafe item. If you’re not into dresses though, don’t worry, we got you. Swap out for with a jumpsuit or playsuit as mentioned above, to keep you cool but still look hot.

Wear your White flowing dress with heels or sandals and your fave statement sunglasses. Some favourites are below:

Remember, if you’re a little worried about rocking the white trend, there are always more subtle ways to step into it. These including opting for off-white, cream and beige shades first, or teaming one white key item, like a t-shirt, with other shades to ease you into it.

Give it a go!

MAALS Watches: guest post by co-founder Andy Sealey

In the beginning: the start of MAALS Watches

 

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Jump Over The Moon brushed steel by MAALS

 

Guest post by @AndyLSealey

My brother and I have always collected watches. None of them too expensive – some old, some new – but all a bit out of the norm in design. After years of talking but not doing, we bit the bullet and finally decided to start our own watch company and design watches that we’d be happy to have in our own collections.

This series of blogs will be about our journey from cool idea to reality. We’ve never written a blog or started a company before, so this is a whole new exciting – but a little scary – world for us. Welcome to MAALS Watches.

 

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Etched caseback art by The Art of Okse on the steel and black versions of Jump Over The Moon

 

MAALS Watches: the history

 

I, (Andy), started collecting watches when I moved to my own place at 18. New job, new city, new flat, so (of course) new clothes and a new watch or two had to be done. I started off with a Storm Camera which I stumbled across in a trendy charity shop in Worcester where I was living. That first one sparked an interest in Storm watches and their designs. After that I picked up a Storm Navigator and a lovely Storm Bubble, then a couple of Tokyo flash pieces.

The Storm Bubble was swapped for drinks on a special works night out by a friend of mine, whom I’d lent it to – we had some serious words about that one. The rest of my collection was unfortunately stolen – along with the TV, Stereo, photographs, (honestly, why?), and my housemates’ car – when the house I was living in was burgled. I stopped collecting after that for a long while. Partly because there wasn’t anything I really wanted, but mostly because I simply didn’t feel like collecting anymore.

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Jump Over The Moon black and steel – UK designed, unique moonphase timepieces

 

I started collecting again thanks to my other half who bought me an Armani as a birthday present. My small collection now consists of:

  • Armani
  • Two Skagens
  • Nooka Zub Blue
  • Nooka Zaz with its see-through dial
  • Storm Ovnik Blue
  • A gorgeous brushed rose gold Lasser jump hour, which is about as old as me I think.

My brother Bruno’s love of watches started much longer ago than mine. Old Mr Manny, who lived upstairs from us in the block of flats we lived in when we were both young, used to repair watches and taught him about movements and some basic repair bits for mechanical watches.

 

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Jump Over The Moon black steel by MAALS

 

MAALS Watches: the watch collectors

 

Time moved on and so did we. Bruno went to Uni in Liverpool in the 1990s where he brought his first watch: an Adidas sports watch, with money from being a lifeguard and working for the university. He had been given several by then but this one was with his own money. That was followed quickly by one of the first Puma watches, which he unfortunately lost. Several digital watches came and went while living and working in Japan, which would have been exceptionally cool if he still had them.

His collection today is very eclectic and goes like this:

  • Adidas sports watch
  • Next Prism
  • 1973 Damas 17 jewels automatic jump hour
  • Swatch London
  • Swatch California
  • Zirro Mercury
  • A Skagen
  • A Mondaine
  • Citizen Eco Drive Stealth
  • Lip Mach 2000 Chronograph
  • Xeric Xeriscope Square
  • A Garmin fitness tracker/sports watch

And

  • 3 Disney watches

I did say it was eclectic…

 

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Jump Over The Moon black steel with MAALS handmade leather watch pouch

 

MAALS Watches: The brand

 

Coming up with the idea for our watch has been far easier than creating the brand for it, to be honest. At first, we just wanted a cool name, which sounds easy but, frankly, every idea sounded rubbish. Eventually moving away from trying to be cool, we settled on simply making the brand personal. The idea being that the more it means to us, then the more we’ll put into it. It all sounds so obvious now that  I’m sitting here writing it…!

MAALS stands for Mark Anthony Andrew Lee Sealey – the initials from my brother and my name tailed with our family name. Simple and personal.

After that it was just a question of researching the watch market, creating a unique watch design, finding a reputable manufacturing partner, creating business and finance plans and lots more besides…

Still: at least the name is simple.

 

For more information on MAALS watches, visit http://maals.co.uk

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How to Find a Men’s Wedding Band That Fits Perfectly

Choosing a wedding band is a very personal endeavor. After all, it’s supposed to represent your undying love for your spouse and will be the one accessory you wear every day.

But it can be an overwhelming process. The options are seemingly endless once you start looking. There are more materials and styles available than ever before. And of course, you can always decide to go with a custom design.

Whether you’re considering modern meteorite wedding bands or want a simple, traditional gold band, it’s important to put some thought into the decision after your better half accepts your proposal.

To Match or Not to Match

Obviously, you and your fiance make a great pair, but should you get matching wedding bands? That’s a discussion every couple should have well in advance of the wedding.

Some couples like to have wedding bands that look the same as a way to signify that marriage has made them one. But other couples are composed of two very independent individuals that like to do their own thing. You may want to find bands that compliment one another without being exactly the same.

There’s no right or wrong answer. Just make sure you’re on the same page before you go ring shopping.

Personal Style

You chose an engagement ring that reflects your fiance’s personal style, and the same should hold true for your wedding band. The best wedding bands for worldly men will be quite different than the ones chosen by men that like to keep things simple.

For some men, personal style is well cultivated and they know exactly what ring will fit the rest of their wardrobe. Others may need to put some thought to what their personal style is and how that factors into their wedding band. Take time to consider what your personal style is and how it has evolved over the years. This will give you a better idea of what ring will fit your personal style for years to come.

Finger Fit

Like your suits and shoes, fit is a big part of finding the best wedding band. Size is certainly an important consideration no matter what type of wedding band you choose. You may want to get professional sizing done by a jeweler to confirm the actual size. But you should also think about the width of the band, how raised it is off the finger and how it’s constructed.

There is something called comfort fit bands. These bands are designed so that the interior of the band is curved or doomed rather than straight and flat. This makes the ring more comfortable when it’s going over the bulge of the knuckle.

One of the most common questions men ask is how snug a wedding band should be. A good rule of thumb is that the band should go over the knuckle with a little bit of friction and be snug enough to fit on the finger without slop. Getting the best fit possible means you need to understand ring finger anatomy and consider what type of fingers you have before buying.

Day-to-Day Lifestyle

Do you have a labor intensive job? Are you hands-on with your hobbies? Your day-to-day lifestyle is another consideration. This will largely influence the material of the ring since some materials are more durable than others.

Titanium is the most durable metal on the market, and it’s also lightweight. Platinum is also durable, but it weighs more. If you need a wedding band that can handle roughly handling you may want to steer clear of silver and high karat gold.

Don’t Be Afraid to Splurge

You can’t put a price on love. You also shouldn’t hold back when it comes to the most important piece of jewelry you’ll ever own that represents such a major milestone in life. Definitely set a budget that you’re comfortable with, but don’t be afraid to splurge.

The Fashion Revolution: Why We Love Inspiration from the Past

People often say that fashion is revolutionary. With every passing decade we grow closer to repeating the successes (and failures – shell suits!?) of the past. Embracing what was great about the fashions of a past decade – what they represented culturally and socially – is key in showing how we have developed and can bring in previous motifs to the modern day. Let’s take a look at fashions from the 1960s right through to earlier in the 21st century to see which looks are enduring and why it’s important to keep links with the past.

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Back to the Sixties

The 1960s were one of the first decades that made waves with fashion. While the standardized nature of the post-war years gave us some interesting touches such as the beehive hairdo and the dotted pencil skirt, it was the 1960s that allowed fashion to begin to speak for itself. Using fashion as a way to showcase culture was a huge part of the love revolution that took over the decade of the Beatles and Woodstock. The 1960s introduced mini skirts, leopard print, and knee-high boots. While the first two have remained popular since their inception, knee-high boots are making a true comeback. The 1960s also gave us the empire waist, a dress that used the defined waistline that sat higher on the frame to produce a unique and statuesque silhouette. The empire waist is suited for special occasions, so can often be seen as the feature on bridesmaids dresses and prom dresses. Though not everything from the 1960s could make a comeback – babydoll dresses, entire outfits made of the same color, and the color of the mods, lime green, have thankfully stayed in their decade.

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Disco Fever

The 1970s gave us disco music and the entire culture and lifestyle that came with it – including metallics, sequins, and neon inspired clothing. One key trend from the 1970s that has made a recurrence is the flared trouser look. Harper’s Bazaar showcases many celebrities who embrace the look in 2018 and the loose fitting nature of the clothing could provide the perfect breezy relief for summer. In the 1970s people were taking more and more chances with what they wore – and in an age of freedom such as 2018, the same thing is happening with some 1970s motifs. Bohemian chic has made a comeback thanks to the hipsters and those appreciating the bohemian subculture. The outfits may be updated, but the understated, flowing, casual nature is retained. The punk rock styles of the ’70s have also remained timeless, with leather jackets staying in fashion thanks to their constant use by high fashion celebrities. The durable material allows the wearer to blend seamlessly into both casual and more formal settings and the style has only appreciated in value since its inception. Thankfully, the 1970s trend of safari attire and faux military khaki have left us with the last days of disco.

It’s Not Just Fashions – Hobbies Are Making a Comeback

But it’s not just fashions of the past that are making a comeback. Once a way in which to make do and mend, knitting has found a resurgence – with a high number of men taking up the therapeutic hobby. Bingo has seen a rise too. With the ability to play bingo online with no deposits, millennials are flocking to play the game of the baby boomers. Baking has seen a renaissance as well – with the success of the Great British Bake Off, more and more people are turning to traditional crafts that stood for values of reducing waste and centering the family around the dinner table. While our fashions are returning to the past through inspirational looks, our pastimes are as well, bringing modern touches – playing games online and reading receipts from iPads – to the classic nature of the hobby.

Straight Out of the Eighties

The 1980s took the fashion steps made in the 1960s and 1970s and ran with them. Dozens of fashions from the 1980s have remained popular – from t-shirts with bands on them to logo t-shirts to leggings with them. Shoulder pads and crimped hair are yet to make a reoccurrence, as are batwing sleeves. The 1980s personified the trend of dressing to exercise, and while we don’t wear sweatbands are our wrists and foreheads, wearing tracksuits and jogging bottoms with vests is an enduring fashion.

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Not So Long Ago

We assume when people are talking about past fashions that they’re talking about the distant past and since the 1980s we have gained a collective fashion conscience to move forwards. But the 1990s, looking back – and being almost thirty years ago – had their share of outlandish fashions. Let’s start with curtained fringes, which have make a comeback, especially with models. Faded jeans and oversized t-shirts have also seen a rise in fashion stores such as ASOS, and colored jumpers and sweatshirts have circulated back into fashion. Looking back at bands from the 1990s, such as the Spice Girls, and blockbusters such as Clueless show us what fashion was back then. We didn’t notice the garish and striking nature of it at the time, but have since developed more of an eye for what looks good.

Basically Yesterday

Fashions from the 2000s are also coming back – and ones we didn’t even realize had left circulation until we saw photographic documentation of what we used to look like fifteen years ago. The age of social media means that we are more conscious of how we look and what we wear, so creating unique fashions seems more contrived that the way they naturally trickled through society. Wearing trends such as Beyonce’s Blue Ivy ranges and men wearing white jeans are some trends that cropped up and instantly faded in recent years. Topknots were also the rage just a few years ago, yet are seldom sported now, receiving raised eyebrows instead. Looking forward, it could be that in five to ten years’ time, topknots will be the rage again, sported by celebrities and civilians alike, with no memory of the way they boomed and faded only yesterday. Fashion is revolutionary and just as we repeat and take influence from the past, we are creating fashions that will feed into fashion revolutions of the future.

So, as we can see, the fashions of the past 50 years can be called upon in modern times to help accent certain features or infuse a look with the culture and attitudes that helped its invention. Bringing back fashions from the past not only helps introduce them to a new audience but reminds us of how far we have come and how we should constantly be looking back in order to cultivate a better future.

Acufocal: Focus on camera bag brand founder Robert Baggs

Acufocal is a camera bag brand founded by London-based professional photographer and FStoppers.com editor Robert Baggs. Launched after years of exasperation at having to lug around ungainly, unsightly rucksacks, Acufocal released their first design, the Orwell, in Summer 2017. Fashioned from quality, heavy duty black canvas while sporting stylish leather straps and glistening chrome buckles, the Orwell is just as slick and sophisticated as it is rugged and utilitarian.

Modestly priced in the £150 bracket, the Orwell’s stand-out feature is its bipartite design. Splitting the bag into two compartments, separated by a simple zip, means easy access to important gear – imperative for photographers working in testing environments. The fact that it’s beautiful and practical in equal measures is more than just a bonus: it makes it a no-brainer for freelancers for whom image is so important.

 

FAULT: There are a few designers out there trying to offer what Acufocal does. What gives you the edge?

Robert Baggs (Acufocal): What makes us different is the motivation behind the brand: my needs as a professional photographer who enjoys fashion. I don’t need to research what photographers need in this area, I just need to look at what it is I can’t seem to find when buying a camera bag and create it.

 

You’re a photographer yourself, and your website goes into a lot of depth describing your frustrations with having to choose between “function or fashion” in camera bags. Do you think that’s a universal concern among photographers or just for those who work in particularly fashion-conscious environments?

Acufocal: I try to remain as transparent and honest as possible, and the answer to that is: no, it’s not a universal problem. There are, I’m sure, myriad photographers who don’t care how their bag looks and there’s nothing wrong with that. However, I also know there are lots of people like me who would love the functionality and the care for its contents that a good camera bag has, but with a design that looks more like a backpack from a fashion label. This has been confirmed by all the attention the Orwell has garnered and positivity, which has been gratifying. From the start my aim for Acufocal was and is to create products for photographers that don’t compromise fashion or functionality, despite how difficult it might be.

What were your top 3 concerns when developing the Orwell design?

Acufocal: That’s a tough one. Again, in the interest of honesty, the final design was far from the first sample we had made. My number one concern was always “where will I be expected to compromise functionality or style, and how will I get around it?” Second was creating enough space, padding, and pockets to house the plethora of gear us photographers carry, without infringing on the design; that was what changed the most from the first sample to the final product. Thirdly was achieving all my above goals, the highest quality materials I could get my hands on, weather proofing the materials (which takes a week), and heavy-duty zips and clasps, all without causing us to have to put a huge price tag on it.

 

What would you say the “hook” of the design is, functionality wise?

Acufocal: The bag being essentially comprised of two bags with the middle being unzippable to access the bottom section. Rucksacks make for great camera bags because equipment is heavy and it’s the best way to support the weight. However, trying to wade through everything at the top of the bag to get to the stuff at the bottom was so much hassle. To bypass that problem, the Orwell unzips in to halves.

 

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You worked on the Orwell with the help of a fashion designer, and you’ve admitted that the prototype wasn’t perfect (to be fair, they rarely are!). It sounds like it was a bit of challenge to translate your understanding of how the bag should work into a final product. Did that come as a surprise to you?

Acufocal: Yes and no. I expected there to be problems before I’d received the first sample, but the areas that I wanted changed were not what I expected. The first prototype had a lower grade fabric, rougher cotton inside, cheaper leather, and so on. So, even after we made several changes to the design, I then had to just concede that I couldn’t accept a product that wasn’t the best we could possibly make, and so we upgraded every single element of the bag to the best quality we could get. The difference was utterly staggering and that really did surprise me. They say you get what you pay for and I’ve never seen that truer than in manufacturing.

 

Let’s talk price. For a boutique brand, your prices stack up remarkably well to your more mainstream competition (some of the nattier Nat Geo bags are priced in the region of £200). Is that sustainable for you, or will you be upping your prices for the Orwell or other products in future?

Acufocal: As you can guess from my above answers, money was a real consideration for both us and our customer base. We didn’t and don’t have any investors, it’s just me and my business partner trying to realise my vision for a brand. I have spent twice what our bag costs on an ugly (albeit functional) camera bag and I really wanted to avoid that price tag. The price is sustainable, yes, but it wasn’t set by the business side of my brain, that’s for sure. The price won’t be going up though. I want to see my bags being put to good use and enjoyed, not just something for the elite.

 

Are you planning on developing other products to expand the line?

Acufocal: That’s top of my list. I would like to add more products and more colours of the Orwell, but as I say, this is my passion project and I’m not the front man of a large corporation. As we continue to grow I will put my ideas to our designer and see where we go.

 

What are your plans to grow the business in general? Where does Acufocal go from here?

Acufocal: My end game is to comprehensively fill the void of fashion-conscious bags for photographers. I will continue to weather the headaches in order to never compromise on function or style and it would make me very happy if one day we’re the go-to for photographers who care what they look like when they’re out and about.

 

What has been your proudest moment working on Acufocal so far?

Acufocal: Without question it’s seeing top photographers enjoying the bag. After all the work, time and effort that has gone in to transitioning from a dream of mine, to having the bags on sale, to having a photographer tag me in a picture of his Orwell was so rewarding. One of our customers is a videographer working on the Olympics opening ceremony and for whatever reason, that was particularly pleasing!

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For more information, please visit:

www.acufocal.com
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Galvin Green from Function 18: must-have gear for golf fantatics

Galvin Green from Function 18

Golfers among us will recognise the name Galvin Green as one of the highest quality. Their garments, while understated, boast the technical design and consideration that is more typically seen in top of the range ski wear. The materials used are what strikes you first, with that stretchable fabric that ensures a tailored fit, while breathable enough that you don’t incubate. As with ski wear, golf clothing ought to be attractive, but needs to be comfortable and highly flexible; Galvin Green does exactly that. The tops are windproof and resilient to the elements and all the attributes lead to that prevalent word whenever this brand is mentioned: quality.

Galvin Green Dex Insula Golf Pullover

The Galvin Green Dex Insula Golf Pullover might — as its name implies — be marketed toward golfers, but in many ways that undersells it. The Dex Insula is premium sportswear no matter what metric you choose to employ to measure it by; fit, fabric, design… it’s superb. I haven’t yet tested its insulating properties to any extremes, but it has not fallen short so far in our tumultuous British Spring. Finally, and there’s no macho way to express this: it’s really soft. You can pretend that soft isn’t appealing all you like: no one’s buying it.

Another key component of golf clothing is, of course, sartorial sensibility. OK, the Galvin Green Dex Insula Golf Pullover isn’t exactly Ian Poulter grade gear but it is extremely stylish nonetheless. The lightweight yet durable polyester and elastane blend makes it flexible enough to adjust to your body movement while also having the added benefit of being neatly fitted for all those triumphal struts towards the green. That applies equally – if not more so – for the otherwise shame filled trudges into the rough as you prepare to try and swing your way through various bracken /parking lot mopeds /woodland creatures /other…

In summary: the Dex Insula has all the components required to be considered great sportswear: style, comfort, flexibility and durability. It’s true that there may be cheaper brands out there. But, as with most things in life, you get what you pay for and if you’re in the market for golf wear that ticks all the boxes and that will stand the test of time as it contorts to your swing, Galvin Green – available from Function 18 – should definitely be your first port of call.

Words: Robert Baggs

Images: courtesy of Galvin Green + Function 18

Galvin Green Dex Insula Golf Pullover

Contact Lenses: The End of the Glasses Dilemma

Glasses wearers, this is a call out to you. There are numerous situations when glasses just get annoying, and what’s worse, there’s nothing that can be done, as glasses are vital in providing the ability to see clearly for some. Or is that really the case? Yes, everyone, contact lenses do exist, and you should have heard of them by now, this is the 21st century after all.

If you are still a bit squeamish at the thought of wearing contact lenses and sticking your finger in your eye, then perhaps it is time to overcome your fears, because contact lenses do so much more than allow you to see. They can transform your life, whether that is dressing to impress on a night out, or just for sheer practicality. Move on over glasses, let contact lenses show you what they can do.

Dress to Impress

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Date night or time with friends? Contact lenses can elevate a look in the simplest of ways. Choosing an outfit with colours that match your eyes will make them stand out more, ideal for when you are sharing loving gazes with your other half. Nowadays, buying lenses online is becoming more popular, as you don’t need to make the extra effort to go the shops, and you can order them in time for the next big night out. In some cases, such as with Vision Direct, you can order at 8pm to receive the following day. Contacts and nights out also go hand-in-hand on a practical level too, especially with couple’s time such as a cinema date. 3D films are a nightmare with glasses, as you end up having to wear the 3D glasses over your normal glasses. Not a way to show off your fashion prowess. Contact lenses change this though, also making for a more comfortable and stylish evening.

Fitness Fun


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Treating yourself to some more fitness gear feels almost as good as getting glamorous for a night out. Not only is it a source of motivation for working out, but you also get to strut your stuff at the gym or on the sports’ grounds in the latest sportswear designs. It sounds great, doesn’t it? The issue is glasses. Granted, glasses look the picture of sophistication with formalwear, but when you are going to be running and jumping around, having to keep adjusting your glasses is not fun. If you are someone who works out regularly, monthly lenses will avoid this inconvenience and contacts can actually improve your performance as a result. Wearing lenses does not have to break the bank either, as you can get cheap contact lenses that work. This way, you can afford more nights out, clothes and gym sessions.

Just with these simple tips and tricks, making the switch from glasses to contact lenses is easy and makes a big difference to even the smallest things in life. No more awkward moments on nights out such as the double glasses look or worse, glasses ruining a first kiss because they are in the way. Contacts let you feel better in your own skin, and all that’s left is fashion, fitness, and fun. Impressive.