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Sharpen your style with Huw Bennett

Laura Peppas

Until recently, I’m guilty of thinking men had it easy in the style stakes.

All they have to do is slip on a tee-shirt and a pair of jeans, maybe a jacket in winter if they’re feeling adventurous – and they’re done, right?

Well, it turns out I’m oh so wrong.

As Huw Bennett, Contributing Style and Lifestyle Editor of popular men’s website Oliver Grand tells me, there’s a whole lot more to it than that.

“Once upon a time it would just be tee-shirts and jeans everywhere, but in recent years there’s much more of a US/European influence, and you’ll see chinos, scarves, button up shirts, cropped pants, leather jackets and wool fabrics,” Huw says.

“There’s a lot more choice, and men are much more savvy about their style choices.”

In June Huw will bring his tricks and tips to the men of Canberra, hosting a Men’s Tech and Style Master Class at Canberra Centre.

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Huw Bennett. Image: Instagram

Huw, who has worked for brands such as Ksubi and David Jones, believes Canberra’s brisk winters present one of the best opportunities to up the style ante.

“You guys really have all four seasons, so in the master class we can look at layering and adding hints of colour, as well as winter accessories such as hats and gloves that will accentuate an outfit,” he says.

“At Oliver Grand we’re really big on things that are ‘forever’ pieces, with classic tailoring. In the master class we’re going to work around the idea of suiting for both the office and more casual events, whether it’s dressing down for weddings or other occasions. Then we have weekend outfits, something that is comfortable but doesn’t look daggy. We’ll also be looking at date night outfits, to make yourself look a little bit smarter.

There’s a lot of diverse brands at Canberra Centre to work with.”

Huw can still remember a time where thongs and a tee-shirt were a staple among men for winter.

“Jackets were almost dismissed, there weren’t as many options as we have now,” Huw says.

“There’s been a very slow build in to this, but the younger generation have picked up a lot of style from overseas – we have a much wider offering, and there’s also an Australian feel to how we wear our fabrics.”

Sure to please men, Huw assures me sweats and sneakers are very much “in” – worn in the right way, of course.

“You can team things that are meant to be dressed down for dressing up, and there are so many good brands are offering versatile options in leisure wear,” he says.

“Sneakers are very in, and Blundstones – they’re very Australiana.”

In the workshop, Huw will also discuss growing trends for technology.

“At Oliver Grand I rely very heavily on my iPhone and Cloud, especially when it comes to shooting clothing,” Huw says.

“There’ll be a bit of a Q & A so I’m sure I’ll be talking and learning at the same time.”

Founded by Jesse Arifien and Gabrielle Weller, Oliver Grand has been a driving force in men’s style, featuring curated content in the form of fashion editorial, travel reviews and other unique articles.

“I think the popularity of sites like these show men are much more willing to think more outside the box and crave a more unique approach to their style,” Huw says.

the essentials

What: Men’s Tech and Style Master Class
When: Friday 24 June, 7pm – 8pm
Where: Level 1 near Country Road
How much: $54.50 (includes booking fee), redeemable for a $50 Canberra Centre Gift Card, provided on arrival at the event.
Web: moshtix.com.au/v2/event/mens-tech-and-style-master-class/85781

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Laura Peppas

Laura Peppas is HerCanberra's senior journalist and communications manager and is the Editor of Unveiled, HerCanberra's wedding magazine. She is enjoying uncovering all that Canberra has to offer, meeting some intriguing locals and working with a pretty awesome bunch of women. Laura has lived in Canberra for most of her life and when she's not writing fervently she enjoys pursuing her passion for travel, reading, online shopping and chai tea. More about the Author

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