Modern male style has come a long way in a short time. More and more male fashion bloggers have emerged, speaking to men who take pride in how they dress and encouraging them to own their own unique style. Among these is Ben Heath — otherwise known as Twenty-first Century Gent. Known for his fashion, lifestyle and travel blog, and suave smart-casual style, Ben is many men’s go-to for style inspiration.
So, we joined Ben on a leisurely weekend at Lucknam Park Hotel and Spa, to get his expert tips on styling our SS20 Shirt Department collection and find out more about the man behind the blog.
A valuable piece of styling advice I’d give is to not be afraid of taking inspiration from those around you. There is a huge focus on individualism and not copying others, but I do feel like any unique look would, and should, have grounding in style found elsewhere. Start with classic style and pieces and then build from there.
First and foremost, what I love about Barbour shirts is their heritage and quality. You can spot a Barbour shirt from a mile off and actually feel the quality of the fabric in your hands. Heading into the warmer season I really like the Barbour Summer Print 2 Short Sleeved shirt with the nautical details – it’s a little bit different from what I’ve seen from Barbour before, but I like that change in direction for this collection.
The only predictable thing about spring weather is that it’s going to be unpredictable. So, the Barbour Essential Casual jacket is key; I love the cut of this jacket and how it creates a smart silhouette. The Barbour Neuston Twill Chinos match the subtle colouring of the checks in the Barbour Country Check 8 tailored shirt and I have finished the outfit off with Barbour Keel Boat shoes.
Styling this collection for when the warmer seasons approach is all about letting these Barbour Neuston Twill Shorts do the talking. I’ve paired them with a crisp white Barbour Summer Print 2 Short Sleeved shirt and the Barbour Fjord sweater that can be worn over the top or draped across the shoulders. Again, I feel that a pair of Barbour Capstan Boat shoes is the only way to go – especially if you were wearing this by the coast – and the blue in these really compliment the other colours.
Living the Barbour Way of Life
For me, living the Barbour Way of Life means heritage. In the age of fast fashion and global trends, I love to support UK brands with a rich history. The Barbour jacket and name spans generations in my family wardrobe so it’s a brand I have grown up with. I’ve just moved out West and spend a fair chunk of my time either in the countryside or by the sea which I’m really enjoying, and having a dog really helps to slow the clock down and take my eyes away from screens too!
Discover more of the Shirt Department SS20 collection here.