Men’s Style Focus – The Three Buttoned Suit

It’s Saturday afternoon, I’m sitting with a slush puppy on a beautiful balcony in Cyprus, and I thought I would bring you a bit of men’s fashion. Men often get left with the more boring end of the style spectrum, but, in recent years, stylish male celebrities like Gerard Butler, David Beckham, Olivier Giroud and Leonardo Di Caprio have all shown that a little stylish nuance, mixed in with suave looks and a nonchalant attitude can make a serious style status. The latest area of interest for men’s fashion is all about the suit buttons – do you go for a two or three buttoned suit?

Three button suits are becoming a very popular choice amongst stylish men. The buttons refer, of course, to the blazer, with three button versions being less common, but just as classy as their two buttoned brothers. Three buttoned versions need to be worn with care, however, to avoid being, well, too buttoned up I suppose. Esquire magazine pointed out Leonardo Di Caprio as the key example of how to wear a three buttoned suit perfectly, with just the centre button fastened, and the other’s left often in a relaxed fashion. This creates a look that is a very cool style for a man about town.  Suitsmen , who create Clothes for gentlemen, also echo the etiquette of the three buttoned suit, and how it should be worn. They say:-

The button etiquette with a three button jacket is to always button the middle button and to button the top button if desired, while always leaving the bottom button undone.

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Suitsmen also point out another advantage of the three buttoned suit, in that it is a popular choice with taller men who have longer torsos, giving a much more balanced look. They supply suits from Brook Taverner, who create trousers that can be made in the longer length than then 33inches that are usually standard.

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A man in a suit is always a perfect option for work and formal occasions, but maybe next time you come to choose one, you think a little more outside the box, at least when it comes to buttons.

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Why Glass Components are Ideal for Any Interior Design

Designing an interior can take many forms, styles and functions. There are many materials that are popular for use in an interior design scheme. Glass is a traditional material and yet it keeps reinventing itself.

Creating glass structures in a design is all well and good until, that is, you come to fixings. You want a minimalist, sleek glass design and yet, as soon as you fix it in position, it looks clunky, the ugly fittings detracting from the minimalist design.

There are now popular solutions, minimalist glass clamps and components that make glass the ideal solution in any interior design scheme.

And here’s why;

Neutral Colour

Glass clamps and components etc. should be as minimal and non-interfering with the final appeal of the scheme a possible but without compromising on strength or sturdiness.

That is why components for use with glass tend to be neutral in colour – they complement the glass, rather than detract from it.

There are various styles and finishes, including matt ‘silver’ finish or a high gloss finish to choose from, and there are also new-to-the-market fixings that are constantly pushing the boundaries of minimal fixings suitable for glass.

Coloured or Stained Glass

Glass used in interior design schemes takes many forms and many colours in some cases too.  Stained glass windows are a delight, beautifully placed in any interior design scheme.

Or there is opaque glass, frosted glass, clear glass, glass with a tint of green… the list goes on. They all have their place in an interior design scheme.

But again, fixing them in position can be a nightmare, especially with chunky fixings. However, there are advances in glass clamps for example, that hold glass in place by applying gentle, but firm pressure over an area.

This applies a firm fixing that doesn’t damage the glass, perfect for dealing with a material that can be both robust and fragile.

Used in Many Applications

Increasingly, glass is being used in applications across the home and workplace that have traditionally been fulfilled by other materials.

The dividing wall, for example, is normally ‘solid’, constructed using either brick or breeze blocks or, in more modern times, partition walls are normally made from lighter weight materials, such as a wooden frame and plaster board.

Sometimes, there is a need for a barrier but not one that blocks light and vision. Hence, glass partition walls are being used. But their beauty is not just in their visual appeal but also in the fact that they can be moved, if needed.

Glass partitions are a common sight in many offices and workspaces but they are becoming more common in domestic spaces too. Known as hyper-minimalism, glass partition walls are used to zone off bedroom and other living spaces, with decadent voile panels used to add privacy as and when needed.

Again, this latest innovation would only be made possible because of the minimal, but strong glass clamps and fixings, as well as minimal hinges for glass doors and so on.

Make a Statement

Essentially, glass is used to make a statement in many interior design schemes, whether that is a modern stained glass window or a glass infill for staircases and balustrades for balconies.

But it should be the glass that makes the statement, and not the glass clamps or fixings. For example, frameless glass balustrades are only frameless because of a combination of laws of physics – cantilevered panels – and the correct fixings to hidden components and structures.

Or Don’t Make a Statement

Glass doesn’t have to be the star of the show. It is this versatility in design and application that make glass such a popular choice of material, irrespective of the interior design style.

Glass can be functional without the swagger, so to speak. Glass infills in balustrades can float in the space they occupy, drawing attention to themselves or they can be fixed into position, using a series of clamps and fixings that look just as stylish as the glass.

And this is what the modern choice of glass components give the designer – choice. Fixings and fixtures can be used as part of the design, incorporated to give a seamless position or it can be ‘hidden’, almost unnoticeable as it supports the glass in its position.

Glass is a material that is popular and affordable. It adds a sense of decadence to any interior design scheme, whether in the home or in the office. There is nothing stopping you from using glass in any space, bar your imagination.

Balustrade Components provide all kinds of glass clamps, fittings and components that allow glass to be used in just about any application, in any interior design scheme.

Interior dreams focus – bathtubs

Question – where do you go in your home when you really want to relax? For me, the answer is always the bathtub. I fill it with hot water and beautifully scented bubbles, take a good book and a glass of wine, and I lock that door. For thirty minutes or so I am in my own world, away from the family, social media, the telephone, and anything else that might disturb me. I chill and relax, and, at the end of it, I feel ready to face the world again. My bathroom is a form of sanctuary, and my bath is the place where I can find a bit of peace and quiet. A shower probably gets you cleaner, but a bath cleanses mind and body, and would be my choice every time.

Whether you have a corner bath, a whirlpool bath, a stand alone tub, or a walk in bath, your bath can be your own slice of heaven. Size should not make any difference – a corner bath may take up less space, but have built in seat options that make it so comfortable. Disability should also not be a reason to not have a dream bath, companies like Premier Bathrooms have a range of beautiful and luxurious walk in options that are practical and brilliant for those with mobility issues. Your bath can be modern and minimal, or as ostentatious as you would imagine Kim and Kanye choosing, it is totally up to you.

If I’ve not yet convinced you that you should pay extra time and attention to your bathtub, maybe a little trip down Hollywood memory lane might change your opinion. When I think of glorious baths in movies, I think of Julia Roberts in Pretty Woman, Elizabeth Taylor in Cleopatra, or the glamorous Margot Robbie covered in bubbles with a glass of Champagne and scented candles. Think of showers on the other hand, and I struggle to get further than Janet Leigh meeting a sticky end in Pyscho.

So, if you are looking at sprucing up some of your interiors this year, take a closer look at your bathroom and your tub. You know you deserve it.