Why join a country club and what to wear

Family-friendly country clubs offer something for all ages

Family-friendly country clubs offer something for all ages
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Confused about what you should wear to comply with a country club dress code? You’re not alone – today’s country club scene encompasses everything from the ultra-exclusive preserve of business leaders and politicians, to city venues where urbanites mingle, network and work out. 

If you’re an aspiring country club man who wants to enjoy the social life, great family atmosphere and sports facilities of your local country club, here’s what you need to wear to fit right in…

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Thanksgiving tips for Brits abroad

Thanksgiving pumpkins

Thanksgiving is often associated with pumpkins
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Are you spending Thanksgiving on the far side of the pond? If so, you’ll probably be wondering what it’s all about and, if you’re lucky enough to be invited to a Thanksgiving celebration, how to be the perfect guest. Here we take a look at this uniquely American holiday and pass on some excellent tips from a selection of our favorite US bloggers. If you’re about to experience your first Thanksgiving, here’s what to expect…
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WIN a pair of tweed shoes and boss it like a Brit

Prestige Bartlett Brogues in tweed from Samuel Windsor

Win this pair of Prestige Bartlett Brogues in tweed

The competition to win a pair of supremely stylish tweed brogue shoes worth $95 has now closed. Congratulations goes to Benjamin Wolfe of Texas – we hope you love your new tweed shoes from Samuel Windsor!

Don’t miss out – for a chance to win future prizes, simply follow us on twitter @SamuelWindsorUS

And in the meantime, for tips on how to boss British style, read our quick guide…

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Celebrating veterans’ success stories

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Honor our veterans this Veterans Day
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A quarter of a million active personnel leave the U.S. Military each year and, for all of them, quitting the armed forces is a huge life change that requires considerable readjustment. For many vets, their return to civilian life is complicated by physical and/or mental wounds, and many new veterans miss the close friendships, camaraderie and sense of purpose that come with a military career.

This Veterans Day, we’re celebrating and honouring our US veterans by showcasing some of the successful businesses they’ve launched after leaving the military. We’ve scoured the web to find some of the best sites to guide and inspire all those who’ve served their country. And to all our veterans – thank you for your service.

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How to wear loafers in the winter

Don’t put your Samuel Windsor loafers away when the temperature drops

Don’t put your loafers away when the temperature drops
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With an average winter temperature of at least 60°F, lucky Floridians benefit from a climate that’s better suited to a pair of loafers than tough winter boots. But could you wear loafers in wintertime Minnesota or Maine where the mercury dips below 20°F, and ice and snow abound?

We say yes. Which doesn’t mean your rugged winter boots won’t see plenty of use but, if you play it right, there’s no need to dress like a Yeti – at least not all the time. With these simple tips you’ll soon be swapping boring winter boots for dapper loafers.
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How to wear brogue boots

Brogue boots from Samuel Windsor are a smart and versatile option

Brogue boots are a smart and versatile option
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Brogue boots are one of the most versatile footwear choices around. Choose black and they’re easily smart enough to wear with a suit. Go for brown and you’ll look great in tweed. For a funky weekend vibe, twin your brogue boots with jeans or moleskin pants and a bomber jacket. Confused? Here’s your guide to looking smart in brogue boots.

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11 Blogs to rev up your retirement

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Discover new and exciting ways to spend your retirement
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How do you plan to spend your retirement? You’ll be surprised how many men secretly fear the end of their working lives. Work gives us purpose, status and an identity which, when your career draws to a close, can feel like quite a loss.

Guys with active, fulfilling lives in retirement stay healthier and live longer than those who, for whatever reason, feel they have nothing to do. To help you to make the most of your golden years, we’ve put together a few of our favorite blogs and websites for inspiration. Here’s how to fill your days with fun, adventure, and healthy living. Retiring? You’re just getting started…

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How to wear monk strap shoes

Monk shoes from Samuel Windsor are sleek, stylish and brimming with personality

Monk shoes are sleek, stylish and brimming with personality
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Your monk shoes look sharpest when you wear them with smart pants, a crisp shirt and cashmere sweater. It’s a classic look that’s perfect for almost every social occasion. To dress things up a little, or for an evening out, add a tweed jacket.

Monk shoes are a versatile addition to your menswear wardrobe, working just as well with a sharp suit as for weekend brunches at your favorite cafe. Wear single or double monk straps to create a look that’s sleek, stylish, and just that little bit different.

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How to wear men’s brogues

Flat lay of shirt, brogues and other smart accessories

Dress to impress with a sleek pair of brogues
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Stylish shoes are a necessity for any fashionable gent, and men’s brogues, also known as wingtips, are a good match for all but the most formal of dress codes. They’re the cool shoes worn by gangsters in The Untouchables, and celebrities like Jude Law. 

For formal occasions, black brogues are the best choice – opt for a conservative semi or quarter-brogue and make sure they’re well polished. For more casual occasions, brown or tan are perfect. For those who like to push the envelope, there’s suede. And most flamboyant of all, there are two-tone ‘spectator’ brogues. Here’s how to wear your favorite brogues with confidence.

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How to wear a linen suit

Linen suit from Samuel Windsor

A linen suit is essential for any summer wardrobe
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A summer-tailoring must-have, a linen suit is your own personal climate control system. Light and breathable, linen absorbs a large volume of moisture before showing signs of damp, making it the perfect fabric for blistering heat or suffocating humidity.

No matter where in the States you live, work, or travel – a linen suit is ideal for summer weddings, smart casual events, cruises and graduations. Excellent value for money, your linen suit can also be worn as separates, adding a snappy summer versatility to your wardrobe. Here’s how to get the most from your linen suit.
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