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Open during Notte Bianca

Just when you thought Valletta couldn’t be any more enchanting, Notte Bianca simply takes it to another level.

If you plan on joining the thousands, who’ll be enjoying the magic of the night, why not pop by? We’ll be open from 19:00 to 22:30 and any purchases made can be delivered the next day or the day after for free – because we want you to enjoy the evening to the max!

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KIR ROYAL at the Artisan Market

Are you planning on visiting the Artisan Market at Fort St Elmo this Sunday? Then we look forward to welcoming you at our stall, where we will be showcasing our range of men’s accessories. This includes bow ties, pocket squares, cuff links, lapel pins, and scarves.

It’s our first time as artisans at the market and as one can imagine, are very excited about it. So we hope to see you there on Sunday.

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Should you tuck your shirt in or not?

It’s one of those choices that seem straightforward. When one is required to look smartly-dressed, the shirt goes in and when a casual look suffices, the shirt remains untucked. Yet, if it was that simple, the outcome wouldn’t so often look so unflattering. Rather than choosing only on the basis of the smart/casual factor, consider also the actual length of the shirt, the visual effect of an un/tucked shirt on your silhouette, as well as how well your choice blends in with the rest of your outfit. The three need to be considered together, as one will affect the other.

3016Let’s start with the shirt’s length. This should not reach further below the level of one’s mid-buttocks (and not much higher either). A shirt, whose length extends beyond that level is too long for the person’s height. If worn untucked, it’s too likely to result in a sloppy look, making wearing it tucked in, the better option. This will hide the fact that it’s too long.

On the other hand, when a shirt is so long as to result in the ‘excess length’ bunching up under your trousers, it’ll feel somewhat uncomfortable, especially if the trousers are tight-fitting. Depending on the thickness of the trousers’ fabric, the result could also be rather unsightly. If it’s too long, just don’t buy it.

However, even if a shirt is in the right length, wearing it tucked in or not, could also be matter of wanting one’s legs to appear longer or shorter. This, in relation to the upper body. Leaving a shirt untucked will visually extend the torso, especially when the shirt’s colour isn’t similar to the trousers’, consequently, minimising the legs’ length (visually). This is usually an option more suitable for taller men, whose legs tend to be very long in comparison to the upper body. By making these look shorter, one creates a better balance between the upper and lower parts of the body, effectively creating a visually more proportionate silhouette.

In contrast, shorter men, whose legs tend to be short in comparison to the upper body, will look better wearing their shirts tucked in. By leaving more of the trousers exposed, one creates the illusion of longer legs. An untucked shirt risks visually accentuating the imbalance between the upper and lower parts of the body.

Finally and equally important, is considering the overall style of one’s outfit and how each individual piece (and how they are worn), contribute to the desired style. Wearing a shirt tucked in will not automatically result in a more professional or dressy look. It could still maintain the casual style in an outfit.

However, whether the way you wear your shirt ties in with the rest of the outfit, also depends on how casual or versatile the other pieces are. For example, on a pale pair of jeans and sports shoes, a shirt is better worn untucked otherwise, the smarter look of the tucked in shirt will clash too much with the laid-back effect of the jeans and sports shoes. Similarly, if wearing a sport coat, a tucked in shirt will compliment the overall style better than if worn untucked.

Final note

There was a time, not so long ago, when it was considered trendy to wear one’s shirt partly tucked in. David Beckham often sported the look himself. As is usually the case with trends, they have a short lifespan. Nowadays, a partly tucked in shirt will just look like a job half-done – it’s either one or the other.

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What to wear to a Maltese wedding

Most foreigners’ first experience of a Maltese wedding is one of utter amazement. Never in their wildest dreams could they have imagined being a guest, at what often feels like a re-creation of a royal wedding. If the look on their face doesn’t give it away, their distinctively casual outfits are proof enough, of how unprepared they were for what was awaiting them. If only someone had told them before. That would have saved them the awkwardness and disapproving looks from the other guests.

You see, there is no such thing as a simple, relaxed Maltese wedding. Without the pomp, extravagance, and a dose of kitsch to make things more eclectic, it wouldn’t be worth the effort. Regardless of whether it’s a classical or a beach wedding, it’ll always be a grand affair for which, every guest is expected to make the effort to look their very best. So if you’re wondering what you should be wearing to your first Maltese wedding, here are some of the wardrobe pieces to definitely consider.

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Suits

To a classical wedding, as most weddings tend to be, most men will opt for a suit. If the invitation doesn’t specify a dress code, assume this will be the case. Timeless colours, such as navy, grey, and black are the most popular choices with beige being a summer favourite; because even if a heatwave is on, you’re still expected to wear a suit.

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Sport Coat

For a more intimate wedding, a slightly less conservative outfit but which is still elegant, makes a more appropriate choice. Here, consider a sport coat without elbow patches, as your alternative to a suit. Whilst one can never go wrong with classic colours, a fancy sport coat can make it easier to add a bolder colour or pattern to an outfit, without making too much of a style statement, as long as the other outfit pieces are in neutral tones.

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Waistcoat

Although not most men’s preferred choice, a waistcoat is ideal for a vintage-themed wedding, or when it’s just too warm. Being less formal than a jacket, make sure the waistcoat doesn’t have any patch pockets or fit too loosely. These, as well as a fabric texture that isn’t smooth, make a waistcoat look more casual than elegant. To keep your outfit looking dressy, opt for a waistcoat in the same colour as the trousers.

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Accessories

It is the norm for men to wear a tie or bow tie, especially when wearing a suit. Bow ties are the preferred choice for men, whose style is less conservative. If opting for a waistcoat instead of a jacket, a tie or bow tie is highly recommended, as they compensate for the more casual look, that is the result of the absence of a jacket. However, for less formal summer weddings and if wearing a jacket, it is not uncommon for men to do away with the tie/bow tie. In that case, a pocket square and lapel pin will complete your outfit, adding a touch of sophistication, as well as personal style.

Final Word

Whilst there are no strict rules as to what to wear, and it is becoming more common to come across different outfit styles at weddings, there are nevertheless, lines that should never be crossed. That includes anything that results in an outfit looking too casual. T-shirts, shorts, jeans, and sports shoes are the kind of clothing you will never see worn at a Maltese wedding, for doing so, might cause offence. Remember, you are less likely to be overdressed than underdressed, because the latter is always frowned upon, so no one wants to take the risk.

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Last three swimming trunks in stock

Our funky range of swimming trunks from the Swedish brand OAS Company have proven very popular. We’ve got three pieces left in stock in large sizes. These loose fitting trunks are ideal for bigger men or those who prefer a classical fit.

Priced at €65.00 which includes free delivery, should you not have the time to visit our shop. Contact us via Facebook, phone (9949 9909), or email at kir-royal@mail.com to place your order.

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Coordinating socks with shoes and trousers

Little thought tends to go into the choice of colour of one’s socks. Black socks with black shoes and brown ones with brown shoes, with a white pair to wear with sports shoes. Fairly simple, until you come across a pair of multi-toned shoes that you’d love to have, or one in an unusual colour. How do you coordinate the right pair of socks with it? Do black or brown socks go with any shoe colour?

Generally, the colour of one’s socks should be identical or very close to that of one’s trousers, rather than the shoes’. This avoids stopping the eye at the trouser-leg bottom, as opposed to the floor, where it should stop.

However, what if the trousers themselves are in an unusual colour? Would you wear mint socks with mint trousers? It might be a question of personal style but the combination looks a bit too coordinated. On the other hand, black or brown socks will contrast too much whilst also looking too wintry in comparison to the trousers.

Instead of socks that match your trousers, or the usual black/brown, go for colourful socks instead. Opt for a pair that includes a colour that’s identical or similar to the trousers’ and which ideally, also tie in with one of the colours in the shoes. If the trousers are bright, balance the intensity of the colour with socks in a mainly neutral palette or one that’s muted. Think of the socks as the link that leads to a gradual transition from trousers to shoes.

When wearing shorts, as one mostly does in summer, rather than focusing on the shorts’ colour, one’s socks (short socks, of course) should mainly tie in with the shoes’ colour scheme. On a pair of canvas lace-ups, rather than opting for white or black socks, go for a pair that’s contains a colour similar to that of the shoes. You probably wouldn’t want to coordinate your shoes with socks in a solid colour (unless the shoes are colourful or contain a pattern). When both socks and shoes are in a very similar colour, the combination will visually alter the shape of the shoe. By opting for colourful socks (not necessarily bright colours), it’ll be easier to distinguish socks from shoes.

Of course, there is always the option of no-show socks. This will make coordinating trousers/shorts and shoes much easier. However, socks can also serve as the style-piece that makes an outfit more interesting and reflective of personal style.

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How to wear a beige sport coat

Some colours seem appropriate only for a particular season. Just like black is associated with cold weather, beige is a colour for warmer days. Light, fresh, and versatile it’s one of those colours that are practical in many ways – as well as timeless. In this post, we focus on one particular item that should feature in every man’s wardrobe – the beige sport coat. Suitable for any time of day and pairs well with most other colours, it’s one of those basic pieces that make a man’s life easier – and that includes young, as well as fair-skinned men.

Wearing a beige sport coat according to one’s skin tone

Beige is a summer favourite not only because compared to darker colours, it looks light and fresh in the heat but also because of how well it complements tanned. As a general rule, when choosing an outfit, one should aim for some contrast between the outfit’s colour scheme and one’s skin tone. Without contrast, the resulting image will be one of utter dullness.

A sport coat is a top layer and therefore, when considering if a colour suits one’s complexion or not, cannot be seen on its own. The deciding factor is the shirt one wears under the sport coat and its colour should be chosen with the need for contrast in mind.

Men with darker skin tones will look best with shirts in lighter colours, such as white and pastel colours. This not only creates a direct contrast between the shirt and skin tone but also maintains the element of contrast throughout the upper half of the outfit.

On the other hand, on men with lighter skin tones, a beige sport coat will not create any significant contrast. This will have to be created by means of a shirt in a strong colour, such as royal blue or violet. A strong coloured-shirt has the added benefit of keeping the focus on the wearer’s face – as should be.

Wearing a beige sport coat to work

Being a neutral colour, beige is a safe colour to wear to most places, including workplaces where some degree of flexibility and personal preference is tolerated. For a professional look, a shirt in a solid colour, such as white or sky blue (especially if fair-skinned) is an unbeatable choice. Keep the trousers in a neutral colour. Ideally, so as to add visual interest, aim for a bit of contrast between the trousers’ colour and the rest of the outfit. If wearing a tie, aim for a colour that approximates that of trousers. This not only adds an element of continuity along the upper and lower halves of the outfit but also balances the soft look resulting from the light colours of the sport coat and shirt.

Of course this very much depends on one’s workplace. In certain corporate environments, such as banks or law firms, any form of deviation from black and charcoal are typically frowned upon. On the other hand, more work environments are promoting a less formal atmosphere, which also applies to their dress code.

Wearing a beige sport coat as part of a smart casual outfit

As a light colour, beige is ideal for summer morning events. It certainly feels more comfortable than other classical options like navy or brown. In addition, in tune with the relaxed and less formal atmosphere that prevails in summer, a beige sport coat will not look too casual at an evening event.

When coordinating an outfit for a social event, the choice of colours should mainly depend on the event itself. A classical look is always a safe bet. Sticking to neutral colours, one can add a brighter and more adventurous streak through a pocket square or neckwear.

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As a neutral colour, there are many options that can be considered, as long as the result is appropriate for the event, including setting and crowd.

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How to wear spotted patterns

Patterns are one of very few means available to men to create unique outfits, without edging on the eccentric. At the moment, the spotted pattern (or polka dot pattern) is one of the trendiest patterns in menswear but admittedly, is not always the safest of options. Here, we look at how to add the pattern to an outfit, depending on the look one’s after, considering the pattern’s colour and size in particular.

When you think of polka dots, ‘cute’, ‘vintage’, and ‘fun’ is probably what comes to mind and the pattern certainly adds a playful tone to an outfit. It’s ideal for when you’re after a look that’s not corporate or too serious. In addition, being a less common choice, at least when compared to other patterns such as stripes and plaid, the spotted pattern offers an opportunity to render an outfit even more unique.

True, not any type of outfit. You wouldn’t wear a spotted shirt or tie for a job interview at a bank or a law firm, or even most professional events (unless related to the creative industry). However, other than such events, it’s a pattern that lends itself well to both casual and smart casual outfits. The end result will depend a lot on how prominently the pattern features in the outfit. The more prominent the spotted pattern, the bolder the outfit will look, which will in turn determine how appropriate or not it is for the event it is worn to.

Probably the first thing to consider about a pattern is its motif’s size. The larger the spots, the bigger the impact, meaning the more playful (nearly comical) the end result. To tone down the impact of the pattern, opt for a top layer in a solid colour. That way, you’ll conceal much of the area covered by the pattern. Wearing another patterned item but in a different pattern will also de-emphasise the effect of the spotted pattern but caution as to avoid a clash between patterns is recommended. Alternatively, just opt for a very subtle pattern that consists of very small spots. This is a more versatile and often elegant option.

On the other hand, if you want a bolder and more adventurous look, go for a larger motif, and for a statement-look, leave as much of the pattern as possible exposed, mainly by wearing it as a top layer, such as a sport coat or a shirt worn without a jacket. Even trousers will work but ideally these will be in smaller spots since unfortunately for polka dot lovers, clowns love their fancy spotted trousers.

In addition to the size of the spots and layering, the pattern’s colour-scheme will also affect how much the pattern will stand out from the rest of the outfit. Generally, the more colourful and brighter the palette, the less formal a garment will look whilst those in a darker background colour and with a minimalist colour-scheme, will look dressier. Of course how casual or dressy the outfit will end up looking will depend a lot on what you coordinate the piece in a spotted pattern with. However, since you should aim to keep your patterned piece as the focal point, it will inevitably influence the end result.

As much as patterns are great to add a dash of one’s unique style to an outfit, without proper coordination, it’s easy to get it wrong and end up with a look that is too characteristic of the unflattering associations made with that pattern. Often, it’s safer and visually more attractive to opt for smaller patterns when worn as a top layer. Bigger patterns should ideally be worn as an inner layer and with pieces in a solid colour. Often, less is better.