This week’s blog comes from the complicated world of men’s fashion, and accomplished blogger Anthony McGrath deconstructs the topic for the “ordinary man” in his blog: Clothes Make the Man. With an interesting mix of fashion’s past, present and future, this site helps the everyday guy get to grips with everything from the latest styles to grooming products, all in a fun and interesting way. We got in touch with Anthony to find out more…
What made you start Clothes Make the Man?
I saw a gap in the market for a men’s style blog that covered menswear from the point of view of how men actually shop, whether that’s high street or high end, but also had a sense of humour when interacting with them – and never patronises them.
What do you enjoy most about blogging?
It’s a great creative outlet where you are the master. The way you want to write it, lay it out, the look, the feel – everything is all down to you. It’s a great experience.
What has been your biggest blogging highlight so far?
I was recently voted the No1 men’s style blog, and mine is the only men’s blog to appear in the Top 20 UK Fashion Blogs, chosen by the industry body Cision. Clothes Make the Man was also voted one of the top 10 most influential style blogs in the world by Global Blue, which is very nice – I just wish it would translate fiscally! Plus, I’ve interviewed some great and creative people including Marc Hare, Oliver Spencer, Gordon Richardson, Richard James & Adrian Clark.
Aside from your own site, what’s your favourite blog?
What, apart from mine? I have quite a few to be honest, I think Marcus Jaye, Gary Kingsnorth and Steve Salter are doing a great and entertaining job. Dan Hasby-Oliver, Nick Bain and Simon Glazin are personal faves. On the girls side, I love a read of Navaz Batliwalla and Emily Johnston’s blogs. For me it’s about being well written and entertaining.
If you could give one piece of advice to an aspiring blogger, what would it be?
Keep on going, don’t be naive, it’s a lot of hard work and there really aren’t enough hours in the day.