Today the weather has been great once again, and I decided to take advantage of it and take a couple pics of some of my new clothing. I usually take pictures either outside my house or inside which is really convenient, but it’s not the most picaresque, and quite repetitive for you all to see; I’ll try for better/more locations 😉 This is my Mangojacket which I love, and featured before. It’s a summer linen jacket, and is super thin and really light, so is perfect for the summer heat; You get the benefits of the style and don’t feel uncomfortably hot when wearing it (of course when it gets too hot it’s too hot, it’s too hot for anything! 😛 ). I also wore a brand new Jaeger shirt, in fact it’s so new I have not even had a chance to feature it on the blog yet! I should be featuring it next week 😉 My trainers are grey ConverseChuck Taylor All Stars, sunglasses obviously Ray Ban, and Jeans are from Nudie Jeans.
I also went out on a run…I have started going out for jogs or runs on an evening; Usually I have to go out during the day otherwise it gets dark/cold, but when it’s summer we get so much light and it’s really warm…especially tonight, it was rather hot! The downside of running in the summer is the amount of little flies there are…Does anyone have tips to combat them flying at your face, in your mouth or nose?! 🙁 It’s horrible!
Since we’re now into the summer I really wanted to get a smarter, summer jacket for going out. I love my denim jackets which are great for summer fashion, but sometimes I want something a little smarter, like a blazer. My brief was a simple one; I was looking for a light blue jacket, lightweight, probably linen jacket, and this is what I got.
It’s a Mango Man (or He By Mango, whatever you wanna call their male line) light blue linen jacket. I bought it online, and it came a couple of weeks ago. First thing’s first; It’s really light! It’s also quite thin, a lot thinner than I was expecting, and it’s unlined. I’m not quite sure if it was worth the £90 I paid for it, and it leaves a sour taste in my mouth that it’s now in their sale for only £60! Having said that, it is pretty nice, and after looking around for a long time I did decide on this and I am happy with it. It has slight padding in the shoulders to keep it structured, and the fit is really good 🙂
As mentioned it is light weight, and one thing I hate is wearing jackets in the summer because they make you feel far too hot; This was built for the summer, so hopefully I won’t have that problem.
It should look great with a white or light coloured shirts, chinos and jeans, and will make a summer outfit look much smarter 🙂
At the back end of last week I got a couple of more things from the sales…Yes, they are still on! I was waiting for this delivery for a couple of days, but it finally came and I was really happy with it. I actually ordered from Nelly (Sweden) and He By Mango (Spain) and surprisingly they both came on the same day which was a bonus.
First off from Mango I got a black cardigan. I already have a couple of these but they are a little worn looking and I wanted something more fresh. It’s a classic and simple black V-neck style, and has 2 pockets. I’ve expanded my coloured jeans/chinos range too, by getting these grey/off-white chinos, I had already got the beige pair of the same style earlier last week. To round off my Mango purchases I got a simple black T-Shirt to use for layering my shirts or knits.
I really like Nelly and they had some great things in their sale. I’ve wanted a fluffy jumper for ages, but have not been able to find one. This is a River Island one made from nylon, mohair and acrylic and is quite a large size. A brand which is new to me is Ruffle and Bow which is a brand based in Gothenburg, Sweden. It’s a round neck collar knit which is a sand colour which I like.
I picked up a couple of things from the House Of Fraser sale. I like HOF, they do a lot of brands, from high street fashion to the more high end of the fashion brands which I like. I picked up a pair of chinos by Mango, some Armani Jeans and a Lacoste Polo Shirt.
Lacoste Polo Shirts are timeless. I had a few when I was a teen, and they are as great then as they are now. They usually cost around £60, so when you find these in the sale they are worth the money because they don’t go out of style and the brand is well known for their Polo Shirts. I got this grey one for £37.50, a tad more than half price which is a good deal.
A tradition of the Christmas sales is getting at least one pair of Armani Jeans. I love them so much, they always fit well and I especially like the softer denim they do. These are made from their comfort material as they call it, and really are super soft. It’s a black wash, which I don’t have too many of so this pair appealed to me quite a bit. They were around £100 which is a reasonable price.
Even though I love jeans, particularly dark washes like black and indigo, I’ve wanted to get into more colour in the past few years. I got a lot of colour chinos and denim from Monkee Genes last year, and wrote about this in my coloured denim guide. It’s sometimes thought of a more summer look, but I like to brighten up an outfit and wear other colours. This pair of jeans are a nice colour and are a slim stretch fit. I have bought another pair in an off-white colour which I am waiting for. They are currently £22.
Summer is here and it got me thinking about a few pieces for this week’s fashion edit. I have came across some brand new items which I love, and some essential picks for your summer wardrobe.
The Topman tartan T-shirt is a longer length, oversized fit which will see you looking good this summer. If you like the baggy look, try out this print for only £20. Grab it here.
Basic tees are an essential, and H&M have re-stocked their stretch tops in a variety of summer colours and the classics black and white. You can pair them with inexpensive twill trousers, which are available in light colours, or get some chino shorts, also available in a variety of colours. Shop for your look at H&M here.
A linen shirt will have you looking casual as well as smart, roll up those sleeves for the summer, wear the shirt open with a basic top under and create a great summer look. You can pick up this shirt for £46 from He By Mango here.
The World Cup is less than a month away, and is such a great worldwide event, even if you’re not the biggest football fan. Get in the spirit with an Adidas Originals t-shirt, the hosts are Brazil and you can get this map outline with Adidas print for £22 here.
One thing I love about the spring is spring knitwear. It’s not warm enough to walk around in just a t-shirt, and not cold enough for a winter coat and layers of clothing, it’s perfect weather for spring knitwear. It’s important to remember that knitwear such as jumpers and cardigans should not be put away when the first glimpse of sunshine comes, and that they are great pieces to build up your wardrobe and look with. You can keep it simple and toned down with darker colours such as dark greys, blues and black, or a great thing to do is to add some subtle colour to your look with a pastel colour knit.
Lightweight And Layering
It is Spring which means it’s not freezing cold, however it’s not boiling hot. The key is to choose cardigans or jumpers which are lightweight, not big, heavy, bulky feeling items. The look you are trying to achieve is to combine both the knitwear and the shirt or t-shirt you’re wearing. Layering your outfit creates an extra dimension to your look, and transforms a simple shirt into a focal point of your look.
Jumpers, V-Necks, Cardigans – What to choose?
A round neck jumper is a choice you can make without worrying too much about layering, since you will not see much of what is underneath. Still, you can layer it with a shirt exposing the collar, make sure you go for a colour which matches the jumper, a plain or pattern could work for this.
A V-Neck knit is a great thing to go for when you want to dress up that little bit smarter, but remember that you will have to wear something under it to complete the look. A T-Shirt will almost certainly look a bit sloppy, so a shirt is the way to go. Again, make sure you choose colours which compliment each other well, a plain shirt will be easier to combine with the V-neck.
A cardigan is the most versatile of the three and can easily be worn as a casual or more formal type of clothing. Layer it with a shirt for a smarter look, a clean t-shirt can still give a smart image or go for a printed tee if you want to be ultra casual.
Brighten up your look
I think the best aspect of spring knitwear is that you can add colour to your look, which instantly brightens up your outfit and will get you noticed but at the same time you can keep it minimal. You don’t need to run out and buy a jumper in every colour and then have to find something to match. You can keep things simple by starting out with a light grey or blue colour, which is not too outrageous but is light and team it with light coloured jeans or chinos, or for a more neutral look stick to indigo denim.
Here are some of my picks for the Spring 2014 season.
Tommy Hilfiger Green £80 | John Smedley £125 | Gant £72
The Tommy Hilfiger green V-neck is a great reminder that spring is here, and combining it with a white or pale blue shirt and indigo jeans would be good. The ice blue John Smedley is a round neck jumper, a navy blue shirt would work with this. The Gant is quite a rich pink, a light blue would work well, or go for the ultimate contrast with a black shirt.
Ralph Lauren Light Pink £88 | Tommy Hilfiger Mustard £90 | Reiss ELM £69
The light pink Ralph Lauren is a good spring colour along with the mustard yellow Tommy Hilfiger, a clean white shirt would be good for both of these. The Reiss crew neck is a good light colour which could be worn with bright blue chinos to create a colour blocking type look.
Gant Pink £84 | Gant Purple £72 | Gant Green £72
The Gant round neck collar jumper is a cable style knit which adds texture to the look. Gant offer a lot of pastel colours including these purple and green tops.
H&M £14.99 | He By Mango £27.99 | He By Mango £45.99
A basic cardigan from H&M in a marled colour gives off some great contrast. He By Mango has this cardigan as featured before, crème colour with navy detailing, as well as the nautical theme which looks very clean.
River Island Cardigan £20 | Topman £24 | Zara £39.99
Two basic cardigans from River Island and Topman. A darker grey colour to give off a simpler and more toned down look, or add some colour with the red. Zara have a dip dye grandad neck cardigan, the faded colour adds dimension to your outfit.
This has been an introduction to spring knitwear for this spring which I hope gives some insight to what is on offer for this season. They key things are to brighten up your look, create a colour scheme to your liking with pastel colours for a more toned down look if that’s what you prefer, and to incorporate a knit into your look which will always create more dimension whether you’re going for a casual or smarter style.
He By Mangois a brand I love, and I have had a few pieces from their previous collections which I have featured on the blog. I love the contemporary styling with a modern look and fit, with so many pieces in every collection which can be firm favourites. I have picked out a few items from their special category, which I really love.
Above we have a leather aviator jacket. I was not a big fan of leather jackets until a few years ago, I have always associated leather jackets with punk rock, bikers or a grungy gothic look. While that is true, you can get leather in a contemporary style, which can create a smart-casual look which looks very cutting edge and fashionable. This blue jacket is a bomber length which I love, and being a navy colour will look great in combination with both light and dark tops or shirts. At only £140 it’s a great jacket which is 100% genuine leather.
Spring is here, so you can bring out some light colours, and this cream coloured cardigan is a good jumping off point. I love the blue contrasting detail, it really adds something to the piece. Shown here with a white shirt it works perfect, and will give off a lighter look without you being freezing in the still chilly spring days. Did I mention it was a cashmere blend? Only 5% but will almost certainly be soft to touch. Grab it for only £27.99
Add a touch of class to your look with this textured blazer. A cotton mix and a blue-grey colour add a pocket square to the front top pocket and you’ll be good to go. The textured colour and pattern adds a contemporary dimension to it, and it’s yours for £89.99.
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