Having a day at the races is not just about putting a few bets on the horses anymore, well, has it ever been? There’s always been a lot of emphasis on what the girls are wearing, and who’ll have the best or most outlandish hat, but men’s style is just as important, so what you wear at the races should be something on par with your female counterpart. Let the ladies bring the glamour, and the gents bring the style.
Party season is upon us, and there’s no doubt that you’ll be going to an office party or two over the festive period. Dressing the part and knowing what to wear can sometimes be a tricky issue, should you go super formal or super casual, or somewhere in-between? Here’s some tips and advice along with some inspiration to get you going on deciding what to wear at your office party.
Autumn is here and Winter is here, so that can only mean layering and getting some knitwear and jumpers for the upcoming season. I love knitwear and jumpers, there is a huge variety of styles, colours, patterns and fabrics to buy, and you can create a great deal of different looks, depending on the style you would like to go for. I will showcase 10 of the biggest brands and fashion labels, from the more modest and budget friendly end of the high street, to some higher end brands and fabrics. You’ll find some advice and tips on what to look out for when choosing your knits for this autumn and winter.
I really love suede jackets as a fashion trend for the Spring, as well as suede for Autumn. In terms of the weather, Autumn and Spring are the perfect seasons for wearing a Spring jacket. It’s not cold enough for a Winter coat, and it’s not quite hot enough for a summer blazer or jacket. The only thing you have to be careful about is rain, suede’s natural enemy, although there are suede protectors on the market which you can get from a variety of places.
Suede is a type of leather with a napped finish, and is made when the top layer of the leather is separated from the bottom, rougher layer, which gives it it’s unique finish. As long as you keep it in good condition it’s fairly durable, and is usually made from goat or lamb.
With the crisp Spring air in full swing, it’s the perfect time to get into the trend of suede jackets, if you haven’t already. As mentioned it’s a trend I like, so over the past few years I’ve got myself a few really nice suede jackets, including a typical camel colour one from Mango, a navy blue from by Jofama, and a black one from indie brand Vanity Vice.
Suede For All – High Street And Luxury
As with it’s brother, the classic leather jacket, suede can be costly, but it doesn’t have to cost the earth. As with most higher end items, sometimes you get what you pay for, having said that, there’s a lot of really nice options out there for a reasonable amount of money. You should look at a suede jacket as an investment piece, providing you get a staple colour and style. On the high street you can expect to pay anything from £100 – £300, and the luxury market is out there on it’s own, where you can easily spend 4 digits on a jacket.
Colours Of Suede
When you think of suede the first thing that comes to mind in terms of colours is probably camel or beige. If your going for a traditional look, then this is perfect, but what if you are looking for something a little bit different? Not to worry. Suede, just like traditional leather jackets come in an array of different colours, including black, brown, blue, red and just about any other colour you care to imagine.
How To Clean Suede Jackets
A big thing which puts some people off suede is cleaning a suede jacket. Suede is a soft leather which is more vulnerable than other leathers, but is not something which should put you off. There are special suede brushes which you can buy which are relatively inexpensive. You should let the stains/scuffs dry and use the brush on them, and purchase the specialist sprays which are available. You should never use plain old soap and water. Always check the label on the jacket, as not all suede is created the same, and your jacket may have special instructions or give you a recommended guide in how to clean it. If you are in any doubt, you should take it to a local leather specialist cleaner.
Can I Wear My Suede Jacket In The Rain?
Suede and water do not mix well, however all is not lost if you’re out in your jacket and it starts to rain. How well the jacket will stand up will depend on the quality of the suede, and there are some steps you should take after exposing it to rain. First of all, let the jacket dry off naturally at room temperature. This may take some time, even up to 24 hours. Then use a suede eraser or brush to remove the marks, you should start off lightly and apply more pressure if needed. When you have the marks off, use the eraser or lightly damp cloth to work the fabric back to it’s smooth state. As mentioned above, there’s also protector sprays which you can use to treat your jacket just in case you get caught out in the rain.
My Favourite Suede Jackets This Season
Here’s a few of my favourite suede jackets this season, including my current favourites from REISS and Selected Homme, both in a stone colour which I really love.
REISS Cristo Suede Jacket £375 | REISS Bastian Suede Jacket £325 | REISS Sebastian Tan Suede Jacket £350
Selected Homme Suede Jacket In Stone £200 | Selected Homme Suede & Leather Jacket £200 | Selected Homme Biker Suede Jacket £245
Suede is one of my favourite trends of this season, and I recommend joining the suede jacket owners club to add more variant to your look and outfits. Check out more of what’s hot and the latest trends in men’s fashion here.
It’s that time of the week again! If you’ve been waiting for some men’s fashion advice ready for a weekend of shopping or just casual browsing, I have a few really nice picks for you. It’s been Autumn for a while, or it’s at least felt like it, but it was officially the Autumn Equinox on Wednesday, so we’re officially into Autumn. Here’s what I have been loving this week.
Farah Shirt – £55
Edwin Classic Sweatshirt £65
Jack Wills Hooded Sweat – £60
TOMS Chukka Boots – £79.99
Cheap Monday Black Jeans – £55
Reiss Suede Jacket – £375
H&M Quilted Suede Jacket – £150
ASOS Gingham Shirt – £20
First up I am going to start with this shirt from Farah. I really like blue for this season, navy or something a little lighter but not too light, it’s a great colour to layer and although it’s a fairly dark colour it will brighten up a black or dark grey jacket. This model is the Brewer slim fit shirt, and comes with contrasting white buttons which I love. A reasonable £55, button down collar and minimal branding.
I have always been fond of Japanese fashion and labels, they are always high quality and sought after. Edwin is a high end label which is highly thought of in the denim world, and have branched out into other areas of clothing, and they’re doing it well. This Edwin classic crew neck sweatshirt is available from The Idle Man, and could be a key piece in your wardrobe, styling it up with a patterned shirt underneath to create a smart-casual look, or keep it relaxed with a plain tee under.
Taken from my Budget Student Fashion For Men Guide I have borrowed this hooded top which comes from Jack Wills. It’s a full-zip up so can double up as a very light jacket on warmer days, just make sure you’re wearing a really nice tee under it.
I came across these Chukka boots from TOMS and really like them. They’re not formal at all, but they are very smart, and a nice break from usual casual kicks from Nike, Adidas, Converse or Vans. They’re black herringbone and look super stylish.
I think black jeans for the winter are really stylish and give your look a minimal feel with a plain black rinse. These Sonic Rinse Black from Cheap Mondaylook the part, I like the fit which is fashionable slim without being a skinny fit.
A suede jacket is a very desirable fashion item to have for the Autumn season, and this is one of the best I have seen. If you have a big budget of almost £400 it’s a complete no brainer, this Reiss Salamanda suede jacket in stone colour is a must have buy. It will last a good few years as long as you take care of it, and I can’t see this style or neutral colour going out of fashion any time soon.
Another suede jacket is this one from H&M. It’s a diamond quilted jacket, from their premium range. Bomber length and fully lined, it’s a bargain at only £150 and will add Autumnal style to your wardrobe.
And to end this weeks Fashion Friday we come back down to high street pricing with a £20 shirt from ASOS. The blue and white gingham pattern is stylish, and you’ll be able to wear this with a cardigan or knit and show just a little bit of that pattern to create a really smart look with a bit of edge.
I hope you have enjoyed this week’s Fashion Friday. As usual you can send me tips on Twitter here, and be sure to check out last week’s Fashion Friday if you missed it too 🙂
It’s time for another Friday Fashion Edit, which features more fashion advice and my favourite picks from brands and shops around the globe. This week I have gone all Autumn style, with an abundance of jackets and knits designs to keep you warm in the cold weather that’s right around the corner. This is what I have for this week’s edition.
Jack Wills Donalson Cashmere Knit – £129
Reiss 1971 Vice Jacket – £265
Benetton Long Sleeve T-Shirt – £30
Jockey Printed Y-Front Trunks – £18
Armani Watch £104
Hugo Boss Quilted Jacket – £230
Benetton V-Neck Knit – £19
Tommy Hilfiger Knit – £85
First up is a knit from Uni students favourite brand, Jack Wills. Whether you’re at Uni or not, this 100% cashmere knit is soft to touch and will not look out of place anywhere. I love the colour, just because the dark nights are coming doesn’t mean you have to dress for the dark, and add some light and colour to your look with this top.
Part of the 1971 collection is this jacket from Reiss. It’s not a full blown winter coat, but it comes complete with a shearling collar for added warmth, with a mottled pattern throughout it adds texture to your look.
The Benetton long sleeve tee is perfect for layering, and comes in a red colour which you may not already have in your wardrobe.
One of the best bargains I have seen for a long time is this Emporio Armani watch. I love the minimal look when it comes to watches, Analogue is a must, and I do love a leather strap. This comes with all of the above, it’s a fashion label watch at an amazing price of £104 at ASOS. If I didn’t already have so many watches I would buy this. Get it while you can at this price.
Jockey have been making underwear since 1934 and having a few pair myself I know they’re really nice to wear. They have come up with a limited edition pair which are emblazoned with adverts dating back to 1876. I think these look really cool and quite literally make a statement. Coming in at £18 they’re affordable, and they will be a unique pair of underwear in your drawer.
If you’re thinking about a winter coat then this brand new BOSS Orange quilted jacket has to be considered. It’s available in navy and black, I’ve selected it in the navy. It’s waterproof and looks like it will stand the test of time throughout this Autumn/Winter and many more.
If you’ve not got many knits or sweats you’re in luck, I have added this Benetton one to the fashion tips too. It’s available in a few colour, including grey which will work well for layering with a shirt. It’s available right now for only £19 down from £27.
Last up and it’s another knit, this time from Tommy Hilfiger. It’s a cashmere blend which means it’s not 100% cashmere, in fact only 8%. Usually I would not recommend such a mix unless it was at an unbelievable price, however this is mixed with Pima cotton, which is a super soft cotton. This combination will result in an ultra soft knit, which you’ll be able to wear casually with a tee or dress it up for a smart casual look with a shirt.
That’s your lot for this week’s Fashion Friday. Remember you can always look back and check last week’s edition, and As always, you can send your tips to me on Twitter at @Michael84Blog 😉
Here are this week’s fashion Friday picks in the style edit. With Autumn fast approaching I have gone for a few autumnal pieces, with some investment pieces which will last for years to come.
The only T Shirt in the range is a long sleeve tee from Comme Des Garcons. I still love the nautical theme, and it looks set to continue until Winter. The CDG T-Shirt comes with the trademark PLAY red heart logo. It’s £85
If you’re in the market for a pair of new footwear and you want something a little bit more fashionable than some plain kicks, these Adidas Stan Smith Trainers are worth considering. The iconic Stan Smith style has been retouched with a bit of colourful flair, you can get a pair of these for £67
A scarf should last you a long time, and can really add a classy touch to any outfit. This Burberry Scarf comes with the legendary check design, and is timeless. It is expensive at £325, but if you’re looking for a piece which will give you a bit of exclusivity among friends, it could be this.
I have been looking for an iPhone case, and came across this Ted Baker case. It’s not too expensive at £29, and will give anyone’s phone a bit of class.
Forget about a smart watch, if you want to get something with a little bit of prestige this Maurice Lacroix Eliros Watch fits the bill. With the Swiss Made mark, leather strap and minimal design, it will add elegance to any outfit. Get it for a reasonable £445
I do love a suede jacket for Autumn, and this Reiss Murray Suede Jacket looks good. A dark colour with a zipped front, it will remain in style for years. It comes in at £395 which is quite expensive, but it should last you a while.
The biggest bargain of this style edit is this Reiss Flecked Blazer. Currently in the sale for £110 the flecked blazer will add just that little bit of casual to the smart jacket, and will work well with a plain tee or shirt under it.
Summer is great for colour jeans, and Autumn is not so different, if you get the colour right. I really like these Desigual Jeans, the washed out red colour will work with a lot of combinations, and is something different than a dark blue pair of jeans. They’re £94 at Desigual
I hope you’ve enjoyed reading this, remember you can check out all the men’s fashion advice here, as well as sending your tips to me on Twitter 🙂
Selfridges has some amazing offers on in their sale, but you have to be quick, because items go fast, and for some, there’s only limited sizes available. Many have been discounted down more than once, giving you a great deal. Selfridges sells a number of higher end items, so if you’re looking for fashion from the higher end and want a bargain, I have hand picked some of the best sale items right here.
There’s a lot of great menswear pieces from Ted Baker. The Oakjak printed blazer is something different, if you’re looking for a blazer which is smart but not something boring and plain this is a good choice. Only £139 it can be bought here. If you’re looking for something a bit plainer then the Faramir cotton blazer could be something to consider, down from £250 to £175 it comes with a paisley lapel badge and Ted Baker seaside print lining. Grab it here. It is the summer, and a summer shirt would make a great addition to your wardrobe. Short sleeves will keep you cool, and a floral print will show you’re a laid back, stylish kind of guy. I like this floral print from Ted Baker, which will freshen up your look. Get it here. Last but by no means least from Ted Baker is this shirt. I am in love with it. It’s smart, elegant and has tonal vertical stripes adding just a hint of contrast. Down from £85 to £40, get it quick here.
REISS is another brand I really like, and there are a couple of great bargains in there from the brand. It’s too early to think of autumn but this V-neck jumper in navy does look good, get it in now and it will do you well in the cooler months, only £35. Get it here. If you’re looking for a smart blazer This single breasted jacket is a good option and comes with double side vents, two button fastening and pocket detail. It’s yours for only £125 here.
From Diesel – If you’re in the market for a plain fitted T-shirt they have a black one of those, with a typical twist. It sports a turn-up sleeve, branded tab and exposed seems. Plain but certainly not boring, it’s now £35 and can be bought here.
Thomas Pink are renowned for their shirts, but are on the expensive side. You can pick up a Algernon slim fit shirt for only £55 at Selfridges, now there’s no excuse not to look sharp. Get it 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.
Winter is here, and even though I hate the cold and the dark nights, the good thing about the winter is you can get out your favourite warm jumper and really mix up your look with layers and combinations of knits, scarves, jackets, shirts and more. One thing you will need this winter is a coat. We have already had a few really cold ones, and as the days go by it’s only going to get colder.
My little collection of winter wear is above. I got a Barbour last year, and the year before that I got a down filled Adrian Hammond coat in white which is warm and waterproof, a really nice jacket. It’s warm, but it would not do the harshest of weather well, but lucky for me I got a Canada Goose too 🙂
I always talk about it being one of the best things I have bought, and I really think it is. It’s toasty warm, and the quality of the jacket is obvious once you are wearing it. I would recommend anyone who needs a jacket to give these a look, however at upwards of £500 they are very expensive.
Fear not, here are a small collection of jackets which I have found online for this winter season.
If you are looking for a smart, understated jacket then a quilted jacket may suit you well. I have my Barbour which I think is great, and I have worn it for day to day as well as a smart but warm jacket for a night out. Barbour are probably the most notable of the brands which do these styles of jackets, but others including Armani and Reiss as well as a lot of other brands do them.
These are best used if you are going to be out in the cold for short periods of time. If you are doing a really long walk to or from work in the freezing cold they may not be enough, and you may need something a bit more rugged…
These Parkas button all the way to the top and feature faux fur hoods. They are very rugged and most offer lots of pockets and many are double fastened with zips and buttons. One of the bigger names in this style of jacket is The North Face, who do jackets for various prices, but can go up to around the £300 mark. The other premium brands above are Ralph Lauren and Ted Baker.
There are of course other styles available. At the moment I am also really liking a duffle, and there are padded “puffa” jackets which are nice this season.
The first jacket is a double breasted wool jacket from Mango. This will be a warm jacket but bear in mind that this is wool, so will not be as good in the rain as a polyester type. The navy padded jacket is also from Mango, with the last jacket being a really nice duffle from Ted Baker. It’s a very luxurious jacket and it’s simple style is contemporary and understated.
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