The Opera Lane Way

Hello everyone, I had the pleasure of collaborating with Opera Lane Personal Shopper Natasha Crowley to bring you some gift ideas for Fathers Day. As a die hard fashionister (thanks Natasha!) I was delighted to be asked to talk about fashion.


For those of you reading this who may not be aware of Opera Lane, let me explain. Opera Lane is Cork’s premier shopping destination and home to high street heavyweights Topman, H&M, River Island, Next and New Look along with iconic American brands Gap and Tommy Hilfiger. And that is just for men! Ladies, Opera Lane is a shopping mecca for you too with the aforementioned River Island, Topshop, ONLY, Gap, New Look and Next all carrying sizeable womenswear departments while Hilfiger carry Tommy Women, kids and denim in store as well. Tech fans are well catered for with official Apple reseller Compu-B ready to enthral you with all sorts of gadgets and accessories. Footwear fanatics and sneaker heads will enjoy shoe specialists shops Office and Sketchers. Health and Beauty fans can visit Therapie for laser treatments, skin care ranges and Optilase treatments. Specsavers have a great range of stylish specs for you to consider – check out the Darren Kennedy #DKrecommends collection in store. Need a rest after reading that impressive list?! Draw breath and pop into Starbucks for a coffee. Make mine a Caramel Macchiato!


So now we have established Opera Lane is THE place to shop in Cork lets move on to the outfits Natasha and I put together. We have something for every dad. Dapper Dresser? Check. Lives in Jeans? Check. Loves to Dress Leisurely? Check.


The first outfit is all about the Dapper Dresser! Suits are often thought as formal, workplace like clothing and are not considered for Smart Casual outfits . Which to be fair, they are. Usually. We have seen an explosion in dapper dressing in menswear in the past few years. Celebrities like Conor McGregor and shows like Peaky Blinders have rekindled interest in Suits as smart casual pieces. Suits are incredibly versatile, in particular 3 piece suits. Opera Lane has a superb selection of suits for you to choose from…..whether at work or at play there is something for you…and dad!

Key Pieces include

  • 3 pieces suits
  • Floral Shirts
  • Lapel Pins
  • Slip on tassel loafers
  • Glasses (geek chic)

I love to add funky formal pieces to my wardrobe. This outfit ticks all the boxes! Remember you can use the Blazer and Waistcoat for other outfits like, let me show you in my why a wear a waistcoat post.

Topman 3 piece suit opera lane
Topman 3 piece suit. Add a floral shirt and lapel pin for a funky take on formal.
Specsavers glasses opera lane
Glasses are from Specsavers. I love this floral shirt.
Topman 3 piece suit
Some black and white inspiration.

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There is a lot more content and clothes in the video, definitely check it out.



Ah denim! The good old reliable and Dads favourite! Trends will come and go but denim will always be in fashion. Every man loves a good pair of jeans. The new trend emerging sees Denim Jackets and Borg Lined Jackets at the forefront of it and now is a good time to talk about Denim as a trend. What is on trend in Denim? Denim Jackets, Denim Shirts, Ripped Jeans along with Denim Shorts for your Summer Holiday nights out. Denim is so versatile it can be worn dressed up or down, if you are brave enough you can go down the double denim route. Opera Lane has a huge selection of denim to choose from.

Key Pieces include;

  • Borg Lined Denim Jacket
  • Acid Wash Denim Jacket
  • Ripped Dark Jeans
  • Denim Shirts

I love denim! The Borg Collar Denim Jacket is a wise investment piece. Check out my guide on how to wear a denim jacket.

River Island borg lined jacket
Outfit is River Island head to toe
River Island Denim Jacket
Every Man Needs A Borg Collar Denim Jacket
River Island Striped T-Shirt
Stripes are always in fashion, folks!

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There is a lot more content and clothes in the video, definitely check it out.



Athleisure or sports luxe is THE trend to be seen in at the moment. The trend is about wearing comfortable clothing while looking stylish – this is incredibly appealing! In our opinion, there is no “right way” to wear Athleisure and people will interpret it differently. We decided to go for a smart casual Athleisure look to appeal to every man and dad. Athleisure is all about comfort so we are advocating a slim silhouette though rather than high fashion skinny fit. Layers are important in executing the Athleisure look so keep this in mind when styling your outfits! Bomber Jackets and Gilets are Athleisure friendly jackets. The Athleisure trend is particularly appealing to dad. Treat him to something stylish but comfy. You will find everything you need on Opera Lane.

Key pieces include;

  • Tipped detailing Bomber Jackets
  • Knitted Polos
  • Slim fit Chinos
  • White Trainers

Nail the Athleisure trend with a laid back look. For some more Sports Luxe/Athleisure outfits check out my guide on going for a look incorporating your suit and trainers here . I have a little treat for you all with my trousers trend post too.

Athleisure outfit
H&M Knitted polo, chinos and trainers











Athleisure inspired outfit


H&M outfit
Beige is the new the black. Bomber Jacket by River Island.

Watch the video here

There is a lot more content and clothes in the video, definitely check it out.

I thoroughly enjoyed my experience collaborating with Opera Lane Personal Shopper Natasha Crowley. Discover #TheOperaLaneWay for yourself with a visit to Cork’s premier shopping destination.

I hope you enjoyed this post folks.  As always, I have been Fashionable Frank and you have been Fantastic!

Until Next Time,


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