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

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.

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.


Chums Launch Best Priced Footwear Range for Autumn Winter

The Chums online store is offering its most affordable mens and ladies footwear collection for autumn winter 2013, with prices as low as £9.99 making it simpler than ever to get in step for autumn winter.

The stylish Chums footwear collection features a wide variety of shoes for every occasion this autumn winter, and there are plenty of occasions to dress for. From days out in the Great British countryside to parties, visits to families and friends, or even the daily commute, Chums provide the perfect shoe for every eventually.

But the variety of the Chums footwear collection does not simply extend to style; the popular online store also boasts a variety of sizes and a price for every pocket.

The Chums team believes that everybody should enjoy great looking and comfortable shoes, regardless of their age or their shoe size. The huge and easy to browse online Chums collection now features a wide variety of shoes specifically for the autumn winter season, and a number of special offers and reduced prices are available.

Mens Leather Shoes

Highlights of the range include the Real Leather Wide Fit Lace Up Shoe for men (Code: MJ344), now available from only £29.99. Gents can save as much as £20.00 on their pair of attractive brown leather lace ups, and they’ll enjoy a terrifically comfortable shoe thanks to an extra wide fit, to accommodate any foot. A cushion padded ankle collar enhances comfort even further. But in addition to great looks and comfort these high quality, real leather shoes also offer durability. They’ll last so long, that a great price will seem even greater.

Ladies Comfort Shoe

But there are great deals for ladies too with the Ladies Touch and Close Shoe (Code: LJ320), available now for only £16.99 with a fantastic special offer. Buy 2 pairs of these beautiful shoes and save £6 on the cost. Why buy two? Well, with three lovely colours to choose from you might want even more. The lightweight, easy to put on and comfortable Ladies Touch and Close Comfort shoes are available in black, red or navy and sizes 4 to 8.

Visit the Chums online store to explore the entire range of ladies shoes available for autumn winter and choose great looking and comfortable options which won’t hurt your feet or your bank balance.

Step into Summer Time with Brand New Footwear for Men and Women at Chums

The Chums online store expands its affordable footwear range with a selection of new men’s and women’s shoes for summer 2013. Several special offer prices are also available.

Online shoppers can enjoy great value on brand new shoes for summer with a visit to the Chums online store. A wide variety of men’s and women’s footwear is available, in addition to a number of special offer prices.

Summer hopefully brings with it better weather and plenty of opportunities to get out and about. That’s why it’s important to get a hold of some affordable, yet reliable, and most importantly comfortable new shoes. At Chums, men and women will find a variety of new shoes for summer, which look great and feel better; and since all Chums shoes are high in quality, they’re guaranteed to last until long after the season’s end.

Price start from as little as £9.99 for brand new shoes, and a wide variety of shoes are available to suit every taste.

Ladies Loafer

One of the most popular ladies shoes currently available is the Ladies Flexible Loafer (Code: LJ264), thanks to the quality of the shoe, and a special offer price. Priced from as little as £14.99, these extra comfortable summer shoes feature a supersoft upper and a flexible sole for the best possible flexibility and comfort when walking. A breathable lining ensures that feet remain cool, even when the weather is hot. Customers can choose from a number of colours and sizes.

comfort shoe

The men’s Mocassin Style Comfort Shoe (Code: MJ201) is another comfortable summer shoe, available in a wide range of colours and sizes, and right now online shoppers who visit Chums can take advantage of a brilliant Buy 1 Get 1 Free Deal. Moccassin Style Comfort Shoes are available right now from just £39.99, but this affordable price is effectively halved since when shoppers buy a pair, they receive another absolutely free.

These are just a couple of examples of the fine footwear on offer this summer at Chums, and it couldn’t be simpler to browse the site and discover even more.

Pay a visit to the Chums online store today, and explore the men’s and ladies footwear available. A range of other clothing, accessories and products for the home are also available, at great value prices, and shoppers are guaranteed to find something perfect for spring and summer 2013.

Chums Online Store Unveils its Brand New Footwear Collection for 2013

Chums, a leading UK, online retailer for mens and ladies fashion, have unveiled an all new footwear collection for spring and summer 2013; available now.

The popular Chums online store has released its all new footwear collection for spring and summer 2013, with a wide variety of mens and ladies styles available from as little as £9.99.

Chums doesn’t simply follow trends, but endeavours to provide a wide range of comfortable and reliable options for their customers, along with a large selection of sizes to cater to as many people as possible. The store is also famous for amazing value, which is why customers return again and again to purchase clothing, shoes and much more; including accessories, textiles and mobility products.

The all-new, affordable Chums footwear collection includes Mens Moccassin Style Comfort Shoes (Code: MJ201), available on an exclusive Buy 1 Get 1 Free deal. These comfortable, touch and close shoes are easy to put on, and comfortable all day, no matter where the day takes you. Made from real leather, and available in sizes 6-12, customers have a choice of four attractive colours; grey, taupe, brown and black. With the brilliant Buy 1 Get 1 Free deal currently available from Chums, customers needn’t simply choose one colour.

Also available is the Ladies Flexible Loafer (Code: LJ264), available for only £14.99 per pair. Design for maximum comfort and flexibility, these fashionable loafers can bend and stretch much further than the wearer will ever need them to. They’re made from super-soft real leather, with a flexible sole, which allows for total freedom of movement and minimal chafing. Choose from black, red or beige, in womens sizes 4 to 8.

Men and women of all ages and sizes can explore the new value footwear collection from Chums and find comfortable wardrobe additions for the new season, without spending too much. Explore the entire collection today at the Chums online store.

Step into the New Year with 50% Off Selected Footwear at Chums

Affordable online fashion store, Chums, offers even better value in January footwear sale.

Purchase affordable and reliable footwear in the Chums online store’s footwear sale. A range of great shoes are included, for ladies and men, and savings of up to 50% off can be found.

We specialise in great value shopping online, and our footwear prices start from as little as £9.99. A host of very different footwear is available, from sophisticated styles to robust pairs of outdoor shoes for braving the Great British weather.

Mens and Ladies Leather Boots (Code: MJ135 & LJ229) are currently available on a fantastic Buy One Get One Free special offer. That’s two pairs of high quality, great-looking shoes for just £39.99, or £19.99 per pair. Made from real leather and available in brown or black, they’re perfect for the winter season, and they’re sturdy enough to be around for many years.

Mens Leather Boot

The latest men’s winter boot offer features the Thermal Lined Winter Boot (Code: MJ270). Save up to £15 off the recommended retail price of these solid, all weather boots. Prices start at just £24.99.

The Colorado Mens Thermal Lined All Weather Boots feature front zip fastening for easy access and a close strap for the most secure fit. A fleece lined inner is designed to keep feet warm in any conditions, while the grip tread sole means you’re ready for anything, including rain and snow.

Women shoppers can save 20% on the price of Touch and Close Thermal Lined Boots (Code: LJ268) in the Ladies Winter Boot Offer. Now available for just £19.99, the Rosa Ladies Touch and Close All Weather Boot is available in sizes 4-8. Complete with a touch and close strap for easy access and a warm thermal lining within, these fashionable but formidable outdoor boots are ready for whatever the Great British Weather has to throw at you. The durable grip tread sole is ideal for sleet or snow.

Ladies Leather Boots

A wide variety of affordable footwear is currently available at the Chums online store, and many savings are there to be made. There has never been a better time to purchase new winter footwear than this New Year.

Get in Step This Christmas with Footwear from Chums

Leading online fashion store, Chums, previews great value footwear for him and her this festive season.

Chums, the online fashion store for men and women of all ages, has previewed its new collection of mens and ladies footwear in time for Christmas.

It’s the perfect opportunity for customers to purchase great value footwear for every festive occasion. Chums footwear is high quality, long lasting, and extremely comfortable. But everybody loves a great price, and right now several Buy 1 Get 1 Free offers are available for ladies and for men.

Highlights of this selection include the Men’s Toronto Twin Zip Boots (Code: MJ249). Made from real leather and thermal inner lining, these sturdy boots are designed for rugged terrain, but are just as ideal for braving the elements for Christmas shopping trips, or family visits over the holiday period.

Mens Boots

Their robust soles are ready for everything, but comfort is at an optimum, thanks to a plush inner lining.

Available in black or brown and sizes 6 to 12, Men’s Toronto Twin Zip Boots are available from £39.98, but now customers can get two pairs for the price of one, meaning they cost just £19.99 per pair with the offer.

The Ladies Comfortable Twin Touch and Close Shoe (Code: LJ051) is extremely comfortable, with the added bonus of being simple to fasten. Available in black, red, brown and taupe, customers can choose two colours for the price of one for a limited time only. That’s two pairs of the Ladies Comfortable Twin Touch and Close Shoe from just £39.98. Sizes 4 to 8 are available.

Similarly, the Lincoln Real Leather Adjustable Mens Comfort Shoe (Code: MJ177) is designed for comfort and simplicity. A light and spongy shock absorbent sole, makes walking in the shoes extremely forgiving, and the touch and close strap guarantees the perfect fit for any foot. Customers can purchase two pairs from just £39.98, and choose brown, black, taupe or grey; in sizes 6 – 12.

Mens Comfort Shoe

Explore the entire footwear collection at Chums today and make the most of several brilliant Buy 1 Get 1 Free offers in time for the festive period.

Make a Splash with Mens and Ladies BOGOF Waterproof Boots from the Chums Online Store

After the wettest British summer in history, chances are we’re in for more of the same this winter. So, be prepared with waterproof boots from the Chums online store, now available for a brilliant Buy One Get One Free special offer price.

Mix and match his and hers waterproof boots in any colour, and receive both pairs from just £24.99. That’s just £12.49 per pair, which is a fantastic price for reliable, hard wearing and completely secure waterproof boots. We don’t know what the weather will have in store for us this winter, but we can at least be sure that we’re ready for anything.

Our Mens Cotswold Waterproof Boot (Code: MJ178) is now available, in sizes 6-12, with prices starting at just £24.99. Complete with plush thermal lining for enhanced warmth and comfort, and a sturdy grip tread for sturdy footing, this reliable outdoor footwear is designed for any terrain in any conditions. They’re available in a choice of black or brown, and feature a practical zip for easy access. Purchase black and brown pairs for one low price or pair with waterproof boots for women.

Either way you can take full advantage of this brilliant BOGOF deal.

The Ladies Cotswold Waterproof Boot (Code: LJ178) are available in sizes 4-8, and protect female feet from all of the elements. They’re also available in black and brown, and feature the same thermal lining, grip tread and easy zip access as the male equivalents. Either variety is built to last and guarantee to offer protection long after this winter’s end.

Head to the Chums online store to find out more about this brilliant special offer and pick up waterproof boots for men and women, at a wonderfully low price, just in time for winter.

Mens and Ladies BOGOF Waterproof Boots MJ178 and LJ178 £24.99 – just £12.49 per pair – mix and match his and hers any style any colour (after the wettest ever Summer in history prepare for more this Winter)

Buy One Get One Free on His and Hers Winter Boots from the Chums Online Store

Men might be from Mars and women from Venus, but here on Earth both need high quality footwear designed to cope with the elements; and it helps if they can get them at the right price.

That’s why Chums are offering fantastic Buy One Get One Free deals on his and hers’ winter boots that are brand new for 2012. Choose from a variety of fetching designs with practical quality and plenty of warmth and comfort, perfect for the season. What’s more, since each style is available for men and women, customers can enjoy two great pairs for the price or couples can benefit together and pick up a pair each, but only pay for one for just £39.98.

Mens Thermal Boots

Highlights of the winter boots range for men and women include the Leather Touch and Close Boots (Code MJ135 for Men and Code LJ229 for Women). These sturdy winter footwear essentials are made from real leather and come thermal lined with warmth and comfort. Their Touch and Close fastening system allows for easy access, while their robust soles offer support and a long lifespan.

Choose between black and brown varieties in sizes 6 to 13 for men and sizes 4 to 8 for women.

The Twin Zip Leather boots Code MJ249 for men and Code LJ249 for Women) are also £39.98 and thermal lined for warmth and comfort, and they’re equally easy to get into, but unlike the former they feature a simple twin zip opening. Available in sizes 6 to 12 for men and sizes 4 to 8 for women, people of all shapes and sizes can enjoy the comfort and quality of these superior outdoor boots.

Ladies Waterproof Boots

The Waterproof Boot (Code MJ178 for Men and LJ178 for Women) is also easily accessed via a single side zip and provides increased coverage and protection from the elements. They also feature a grip tread sole for firm footing on any kind of ground in any weather. Available in black and brown and sizes 6 to 12 for men and 4 to 8 for women, many will prefer these big and sturdy all weather boots and a snip at just £24.99.

Whichever you choose, take advantage of a fantastic Buy One Get One Free special offer, right now at the Chums online store.