Health Benefits of Knitting

With the winter months slowing creeping in it’s time to take up some in door hobbies. One which is becoming very popular with those old and young is knitting. From hats, to scarves, blankets to jumpers, there are so many things you can knit!

Here are some of the top health benefits that knitting brings!

 

1.       Improving your concentration

Whatever your age, knitting is known to help those who have trouble focusing on one thing for long periods of time. It gives you something to focus on by shifting your attention to the present moment.  In addition, as you see your progress instantly with what you’re making, your desire to concentrate is reinforced on the project you wish to complete.

2       Improves good habits

Knitting is the perfect way of keeping busy, especially when you can get bored easily. It is the perfect hobby to take up as it has no negative effects to your physical or mental health and doesn’t interfere with your daily life. Choosing to knit is a conscious decision with subconscious benefits because of the level of concentration required to finish off whatever you are knitting.

3.        Helps memory

To knit the perfect items takes a lot of dedication and practice to develop the perfect skills to help you in your future knitting projects. Therefore, the trial and error aspect of knitting teaches you to remember errors made previously to avoid them in the future.

4.        Building relationships

Even though knitting can be a solitary task there are many local groups, which you can join that are full of fellow knitters like you. Therefore, it will help you to make new friends who have similar interest s, which will help with your mental health wellbeing.

5.        Help Improve on stress, depression and anxiety

The rhythmic actions of knitting can help distract you from the symptoms of anxiety, stress and depression. Sitting still and knitting reduces your heart rate as it’s a relaxing experience so whenever you start to feel anxious or stress and  reach for those knitting needles to help calm you down.

 

6.        Help to prevent arthritis and tendinitis

Knitting isn’t just good for your mental health but your physical heath too. As knitting involves using your fingers it helps to build up cartilage, making them stronger instead of the cartilage wearing down. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Holiday Packing Tips

Along with the sun cream and beach towels you need to decide what your holiday wardrobe must contain. From shoes to shirts, shorts to lightweight trousers packing your holiday suitcase can be a nightmare! Don’t worry though Chums is here to help you decide what’s best to take away on your long awaited vacation.

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Tops

Make sure you pick tops, T-shirts and polo’s, which you will feel comfortable in throughout your sunny holiday.   Why not take a look at our Pegasus classic polo shirt, great for keeping you cool on those sunny days.  Coming in 9 different colours you can get one for each day of your holiday! Everyone needs a good pair of shorts when they go away, whether you’re on a city holiday or a beach break the perfect pair of shorts are key to looking and feeling great! Why not try our chino shorts, perfect for dressing up or down, or our stain resistant shorts the perfect cover for the day.

 

Shorts

Everyone needs a good pair of shorts when they go away, whether you’re on a city holiday or a beach break the perfect pair of shorts are key to looking and feeling great! Why not try our chino shorts, perfect for dressing up or down, or our stain resistant shorts the perfect cover for the day.

 

Trousers

A pair of chinos are a staple for the holiday season, pair with a smart shirt for the evening times for that evening meal with your family, or add a polo shirt for that sightseeing trip.

 

 

Shoes

Don’t forget your feet while on vacation, with the sunny weather you need to make sure your feet look and feel great. A pair of sandals in the day are ideal or those walks along the beach or a adventure into town.  If you’re looking for that perfect smart shoe for the evening time try our cushion walk boat shoe for that extra comfort.

 

 

Timeless Trends

Introduction

Fashion conscious across the globe are always all looking for the next best trend, trawling through magazines and following fashion weeks to catch a glimpse of the upcoming trends to ensure their look is always on top. But, have you ever thrown your favourite item of clothing away, only for it to come back in fashion a few years later? You’re not alone! We’ve taken a look back at fashion through the ages, and the timeless trends that never go out of style.

Fashion through the ages

1920s –

The Flapper Girl  

Known as the roaring twenties, the 1920s fashion trends are more commonly associated with the ‘flapper girl’ fashion. Throughout these years, women wore dresses all day, every day, through rain and shine.

1920s dresses were sleeveless, shapeless, ankle to knee length slip gowns accented with beading, sequins, fringe and feathers. Rich pastel tones and jewels made any gown expensive and most were matched with headbands, shawls, long pearl necklaces and arm bangles.

1950s –

The ‘New Look’

The ‘New Look’ trend was introduced by Christian Dior in 1947. The look celebrated the end of the war and gave women the opportunity to put some fun back into their wardrobe, the look itself focused on an hourglass figure, shoulders were soft not squared while fabrics and petticoats were used to create bountiful, calf-length skirts.

The Pencil Skirt

Another popular look of the fifties included the high-waisted pencil skirt, known for its sleek and slender look this suited those who didn’t follow the ‘New Look’ trend and is still a favourite today. Both looks incorporated delicate prints and patterns and were accompanied by the ever-popular ‘pin-curl’ hairstyle. This look can be seen on women today, who still replicate the 1950s look.

The Mini Skirt

The 1960s also known as the swinging sixties saw the debut of the ever-loved miniskirt, revolutionary to the women’s fashion scene, this design saw for the first time, hemlines being taken over the knee. The timeless trend has evolved over the years and is seen in many season collections today.

The Little Black Dress

Known and adored globally, the LBD (little black dress) is better recognised for its appearance in the 1961 film, Breakfast at Tiffany’s worn by Audrey Hepburn. The sleek, flattering and sophisticated style ensures that this ultimate classic trend will maintain its popular status for decades to come.

1970s –

Flares and platforms

The days of Cher and ABBA, were epitomised by two trends, flares and platform boots. Although flares were first introduced towards the end of the 60s they hit their peak in the 70s, with the trend continuing to fall in and out of the fashion scene.

The high-waisted flares were more commonly paired with platform boots, a trend that has been seen in very recent autumn/winter collections for a host of popular brands.

 

1980s –

Shoulder Pads

Whether you were a fan or not, the decade-defining shoulder-pads were a huge fashion trend in the 80s, used to create the illusion of a broader shoulder line, women indulged in this trend in all different styles of tops and jackets.

1990s –

Double Denim

From Justin and Britney to Bwitched, the 90s saw the trend of the double denim come to fruition. The pairing of denim shorts or jeans with a denim jacket to match. The look wasn’t for everyone; however, it has found its way back into our shops today and is adored by celebrities and adolescents alike.

The Pleated Plaid Skirt

The 90s also bought with it a fan favourite, the pleated plaid skirt, famously worn by Alicia Silverstone on the 1995 film Clueless and a favourite of Jennifer Anniston on her run in F.R.I.E.N.D.S the pleated plaid mini skirt was usually paired with knee-high socks and a polar neck jumper. Another timeless trend that is still seen in many collections today.

2000 –

Boho-Chic

The noughties saw Boho-chic, a look not too dissimilar to the hipsters of the 70s, this style saw women wearing floaty skirts paired with textured gilets and wide belts. The Boohoo look is still popular today with spring/summer catwalks still including those long floating items perfect for a summer getaway. 

 

 

 

Where to wear

Ever find yourself with an occasion to attend and no idea what the dress code means? What even is smart casual anyway? And what’s the difference between a suit and a tux?

We’re here to help by providing you with five popular types of trousers and fabric, and advice on when to wear them.

 

Jeans are a wonderfully flexible piece of clothing that will suit any casual and smart casual dress code. It all depends on what you decide to style them with.

How to Style Them
For a fully casual look, wear jeans with either a t-shirt or a jumper with a pair of casual trainers or shoes. If you’re attending a smart casual event, you can dress your jeans up with a shirt, a leather belt and smart shoes.

If you do decide to wear jeans for a smart casual event, choose a pair that are darker in colour and without any rips or artificial fading.

Where to wear: Day festivals, shopping trips, informal lunch or dinners, visiting family.

 

Chinos, like jeans, can be styled in so many ways. They come in so many different colours, so you might choose a darker colour for an evening style, or lighter colours for daytime or summertime.

How to Style Them
Chinos are slightly smarter than jeans and would work well as a smart casual look as well. Wear them with trainers and a T-shirt, or smart shoes and a blazer. Unlike jeans, they also go with a shirt and tie, so they’re a great option for (almost) any smart casual occasion.

They come in tonnes of shapes, from slim-fit to stretch, with or without pockets,
elasticated waists, or straight fit. You’re bound to find a style that suits you.

Where to wear: A night out or drinking session, informal lunch or dinner, the office

 

Corduroy is a material that has been around for centuries. It was a popular fabric for school uniforms in the early 1900s and then was used for sporting and military wear. Since then it has become a fashionable fabric that comes in all kinds of styles and colours.

How to Style Them
You can pair corduroys with some smart shoes and shirt and tie, or equally dress them down with a casual jumper or t-shirt. The only time you can’t wear your corduroy trousers is for a formal or business occasion.

Where to wear: A birthday party, family dinner or day trips.

 

A tuxedo is for formal evening events, and it’s inappropriate to wear one before 5pm. There isn’t much of a difference between a tuxedo and a suit except a tuxedo has satin lapels, buttons, pocket trim and a stripe down the leg of the trousers.

How to Style Them
A tuxedo will almost always be worn with a black bow tie. You should polish up your best Oxford shoes and wear with black socks (no pink stripes in sight, please). Finish the look with your best cufflinks, a dress watch and a white silk pocket square.

Where to wear: A formal dinner party, an opera, ballet or orchestra performance, anywhere with a ‘Black Tie’ dress code.

 

A suit is a much more informal look than a tuxedo. You can have a little bit more fun with a suit, choosing mismatching blazer and trousers, an assortment of colours, slim fit, skinny fit, different trouser lengths, different coloured ties. Your options are endless depending on where you’re going.

How to Style Them
Brown leather always goes well with a blue suit, so pair a brown leather belt and shoes with your navy blue trousers. If you’re wearing a grey or black suit, then choose a black belt and shoes.

For a more informal suit look, leave the buttons undone, but if you’re attending a wedding, it’s best to keep them buttoned.

Where to wear: Job interviews, business events, a wedding, a first date

Return Of The Cords

Fashion is one big circle. Trends come into fashion, then go out of fashion, only to come back in twenty years later. Corduroy trousers have finally become popular again after almost two decades of being considered ugly and unstylish. Here we look at the corduroy trousers in more detail from their inception, to today.

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The early years

Previously known as ‘Fustian’, the manufactured textile was originally produced in Fustat, Egypt circa 200 AD. In the 12th Century, Fustian became increasingly popular, and with the growth of the cotton trade, distribution throughout Europe began.

Imitations of fustian textiles were common, and by the end of 16th Century, fustians were being manufactured in London, Lancashire and Ireland.

Fast Forward to the 18th Century and the fabric was being manufactured as a practical, outdoor fabric thanks to its durability and warmth. A more expensive, longer brushed pile known as Naples Fustian was worn by the elite. Servants livery was also commonly manufactured from a cheaper version of the material.

By the end of the 18th Century, fustian became known as ‘cotton velvet’ or ‘corduroy’ as we now know it.

Why is it called corduroy?

The word ‘corduroy’ derives from the French ‘corde du roi’, meaning cloth of the king.

In the 17th Century, French royal servants wore a durable fustian-style fabric. The word corduroy was coined around the late 18th Century

Did you know? The Oxford English Dictionary cites 1774 as the earliest date of use of the word ‘corduroy’.

The 20th Century

Corduroy became a popular fabric for school uniforms in the early 1900s. It’s also popular for sporting and military wear—used for soldiers’ trousers in WWI throughout Europe.

Did you know? In 1918, Henry Ford chose a hard wearing corduroy for the interior of his Ford Model T.

Through the 1920s and 30s corduroy continues to be popular, not only for sporting and military wear, but also for suits, caps and jackets. The versatility of the fabric lent itself to the fashion of that time—workwear and active.

By the 1950s, cords had gone out of fashion several times. It was often mocked as old-fashioned and out of date, worn by pipe smoking college professors. Each time it went out of fashion, it returned with a refreshed look.

In 1982, popular fashion designer Gianni Versace introduced a whole line of corduroy clothing.

 

 

 

An active Summer style guide for men

Getting some well-needed fresh air and exercise during the summer months is great for both our physical and mental health. In fact, a government survey revealed that over half of the population make at least one or more leisure visits to the outdoors each week. But in order to enjoy the most of your outdoor activities, you need to be comfortable, prepared and dressed to go…

The UK is home to 15 official sublime national parks and numerous untouched nature reserves just waiting for you to experience them this summer. From distilled reflective lakes to the grounding peaks of Snowdonia, inexpensive summer walks are guaranteed to leave you feeling richer in mind, body and soul.

Cargo shorts
Emphasizing comfort, elasticated waist cargo shorts are both lightweight and utilitarian. Perfect for that midday summer heat, these cooling shorts are easy to travel with and machine washable for any unexpected mucky paw prints.

Breathable layers
If you’re heading out for a long day of walking, be prepared to sweat it out. Wearing a breathable fabric means your body moisture can be released, avoiding an uncomfortable damp t-shirt.

Reusable water bottle
Instead of opting for a heavy aluminum or tin bottle, hands-free, plastic water pouches are the perfect method of fuss-free hydration out and about.

Waterproof walking boots
The most crucial part of any walking outfit, a hard-wearing but comfortable boot, will ensure your trip isn’t cut short by aching feet. A breathable and waterproof shoe will battle the unreliable British elements.

According to a survey last year, avid UK golfers spend around £4 billion on their sport. Whether you’re a seasoned pro, or a part time beginner, with around 3,000 golf courses here in Britain, there are plenty of courses to try your hand at this summer.

The iconic tank top/sweater vest
Marrying tailored fashion with sporting etiquette, the iconic golfing tank-top need not be an expensive or bold purchase. A simple cotton navy or grey sweater vest will team well with a smart trouser for a suave sporting look.

Elasticated chinos
Having a full range of movement is essential if you want to be on your A game. Restricting trousers will drive you insane and putt you at a distinct disadvantage. Consider taking a spare pair in case you get a hole in one..

According to Sporting England, just under half of UK respondents participated in their main outdoor activity with their parents/guardians/family. Fishing is a great way to spend quality outdoor time with friends or family in a serene backdrop. However, as it’s a waiting game, you’ll need to make comfort a priority, and prepare for a change in the climate.

Gilet
A waterproof but warm gilet is staple fishing attire. Choosing one with multiple pockets to keep all your hooks and bait handy is favourable, but comfort and flexibility should be a key priority. Machine washable, lightweight cottons are highly recommended

Fishing hat
A hat will deduct glare, allowing you to spot fish more easily under the water whilst protecting you from the sun. Full-brimmed bucket style hats offer wider protection to baseball-style caps.

Fleece lined trousers
Despite the summer weather, spending long hours fishing means temperatures will drop dramatically leaving you to feel the chill. It’s a great idea to pack a pair of warm fleece-lined trousers to cover all bases.

Sources
http://www.randa.org/News/2016/03/UK-golfers-spend-4-billion-a-year-on-their-sport-and-the-golf-industry-pays-1-billion-in-tax
https://www.sportengland.org/media/3275/outdoors-participation-report-v2-lr-spreads.pdf
https://www.gov.uk/government/news/survey-shows-more-people-are-heading-for-the-outdoors-in-england

Top ways to keep the grandchildren occupied this summer!

Are you on babysitting duty this summer?  If so here are some cracking Ideas to keep the grandchildren busy!

1: Gardening

So many of you might think that children would find helping you in the garden this summer a bore.  However, you can make it fun for the both of you.  Why not give your grandchild a section of garden they have to look after themselves and see how proud they are when they can see their flowers blossom!

2: The beach

Why not take your grandchildren to the beach on those sunny days.  Pack a little picnic and lots of sun cream! Go shell collecting or crabbing to ensure you have some perfect bonding time with the little ones while catching a tan too!

3: Museum

If you want to ensure that your grandchildren are still learning through the summer holidays then the museum could be the place for you.  Visiting a museum is such a fun way for the children and yourself to have fun while you learn! With most entries, being free of charge it is a perfect cheap way to keep the children entertained.

 4: Films

So you have the grandchildren over summer you look outside the window and the rain is pouring down.  What a perfect opportunity to have some great quality time with your grandchild.  Why not curl up on the sofa and put on one of their favourite films.  The perfect solution to keeping them quiet!

TOP TIPS FOR GRANDPARENTS’ DAY

Grandparent Day

Introduction

Since mums and dads get their own special day each year, it only seems right that we acknowledge how great grandparents are too. This year, Sunday 2 October marks Grandparents’ Day in the UK – a time to celebrate, appreciate and shower your elderly relatives with love and affection. To make this day one to remember, here are some top gift ideas and great days out for you and your family to enjoy together.

Look your best with new clothing

  • So that you can celebrate in style, why not treat yourself to some new clothing?
  • From fashionable cardigans to stylish shirts and blouses, Chums menswear and womenswear offer a whole host of clothing items and accessories for you to choose from.

Kit out with gardening gear

  • If you are a self-proclaimed ‘green fingers’, you could kit them yourself with some new gardening gear.
  • From a pair of protective gloves, to a cushioned kneeling pad, to a handy trowel, there are a wide range of useful accessories to help you make the most of your time spent in the garden.

Treat yourself to a luxury food hamper

  • If you are a gourmand, a luxury food hamper could fit the bill perfectly.
  • To make it extra special, fill it up with your favourite treats and snacks.

Book a meal at your favourite restaurant

    • To get your taste buds tingling, you could book a meal at your favourite restaurant.
  • Whether you go to the pub for a traditional roast dinner or fill up on pizza and pasta at your local Italian.

Watch a flick at the cinema

  • To make this Grandparents’ Day one to remember, why not head to your local cinema to watch a flick?
  • Pick out a movie, stock up on popcorn and immerse yourselves in the full cinematic experience.

Take a trip to the theatre

  • Why not treat yourself to a trip to the theatre to watch your favourite show?
  • You could even dress up for the occasion – polish your shoes, dust off those binoculars and you’re good to go.

 

Top tips for getting holiday ready

For the majority of us, a summer holiday is something we look forward to all year long.

Yet year after year we seem to forget how fast they come around. According to a survey by the Post Office, 37 per cent of holidaymakers admit to being disorganised packers, so we’re giving a helping hand and sharing our top tips…

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Before you go:

  • First things first, make sure you have your passport and check it’s in date
  • Holiday insurance – you can pre book your insurance in advance. Just select the dates you need it to be valid to and from. Here are some of our favourite sites to give you a head start http://goo.gl/yFNNVa, http://goo.gl/YkrAc, http://goo.gl/19SgP
  • Boarding passes – be sure to check in online and print off your boarding passes to save yourself some queuing time at the airport
  • Baggage – make sure you’ve added the amount of bags you intend to take with you to your booking. Double check the weight limits so you’re not surprised with any charges when you get to the airport

Packing:

  • Getting started is always the hardest part – putting heavy items such as shoes on top of the wheels helps to balance the case out and stops any clothes getting squashed by them
  • Whether you choose to fold, roll or bundle your clothes into the suitcase, the key is not to over-pack! Squashed clothes become creased clothes
  • Don’t put anything valuable or irreplaceable in your suitcase; if it is eligible to go into your hand luggage keep it in there
  • If two or more people are travelling, split belongings between checked luggage so if one case goes missing, each of you will still have a change of clothes
  • Once you’ve put all your clothes in, make sure your beach towel is the last thing to go in and lay it across the top so everything is held in place
  • Add something memorable onto your suitcase handle – chances are most people will have a case similar to yours so it’s a good idea to have something to tell them apart

 

Once this is all done, it’s time to simply sit back, relax and enjoy your holiday!

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Djokovic was crowned Wimbledon champion, but who won the style stakes?

As well as being captivated by the fast action tennis at Wimbledon over the past two weeks, we have also been keeping a close eye on the royal box to catch a glimpse of the summer fashions on show.

As the centre court draws to a close for another year, here are just a few stylish highlights we’ve taken from this year’s celebrity packed tournament.

Florals are a huge hit

Flowery patterned textiles were a favourite with Kim Sears, Pippa Middleton and Vogue editor, Anna Wintour, who brought a burst of colour to centre court with some eye-catching and timeless prints.
Floral dresses are flattering, comfortable and can be accessorised to suit a wide range of social occasions.

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The Royals tick all of the boxes

The Duchess and Duke of Cambridge continued to turn heads as the fashion forward pair upped the stakes while showing their support for Andy Murray.

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Kate wowed the crowds in a striking red midi dress, while Prince William proved that classic navy blazers are a safe but stylish option.

Game, set and match for the Beckhams

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The adorable father and son, David and Brooklyn Beckham also opted for classic navy suit jackets for their bonding session at the tennis.

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Roger Federer might not have won the men’s final this year, but with his crisp Swiss style we think he always takes the lead for having a classic sense of fashion. If Wimbledon has inspired you to dust off your racket, get the look with our own range of stylish shorts and polo shirts.