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.
Brrr it’s getting cold in ‘ere! Winter is here, or coming, depending on where in the world you live and when you’re reading this post 😉 One way or another you’ll be experiencing the depths of winter sometime soon, so you’ll need a winter coat or jacket to get you through a few horrible months of the miserable British winter weather.
Buying a good winter coat is not only important for the first year you purchase it, but it can become a good investment piece, lasting a good few winters before you need to splash out and buy another. With that said, investing in a good jacket is not only worth it because you’ll be getting much better quality which will be noticeable when you wear it, as well as it lasting longer than a cheap and cheerful coat.
My winter coat and jacket collection has grown over the past few years, and I have quite a few of the bases covered with quite the selection, including my Pull and Bear Parka, Barbour Chelsea Quilted Jacket, Adrian Hammond padded jacket and of course the daddy of them all, my Canada Goose.
The Canada Goose Is Hands Down The Best – Buy One!
I would love to advise you to go out and spend near £600 on a Canada Goose jacket, but things are not that simple. In my opinion if you need a coat for a harsh winter there is simply no better than a Canada Goose. I got a Chilliwack Parka a few years ago, and it was a godsend for 2 bad winters we had. It does come with a few problems in the UK though. For example, last winter was so mild I never actually wore it! They are amazing for harsh weather, and if it’s freezing cold, if there’s wind chill, or if it’s snowing, then wearing one will keep you toasty. However if it’s a mild winter and not really sub-zero temperatures, you’ll literally be sweating in one; They are not really designed for mildly-cold winters. There’s the price too, at around £600 it is rather expensive.
So what are the other bits of fashion advice when looking to buy a winter coat this year? Well there are a few options, and I will go into the different styles of jackets which are available at the moment.
As you’ll have read in my Spring Suede Jackets guide, I love a good soft leather jacket. They’re not only perfect for Spring, but they’re a great style of jacket to wear in the Autumn too. As you’ll know, suede is a type of leather which has a napped finish, with lamb and goat most commonly used, with calf and even deer also being used. The jackets are usually pretty tough and thick, which means wearing one of these in the Autumn is a really good go to piece, with a lot of styles and colours now available. The enemy of suede is rain and water, although you can get suede protectors which will do a good job if you get caught out in the rain.
As with every piece of clothing, there’s plenty of choice at all different price-points. Typically with leather jackets, a genuine suede jacket will start at around £100, and from there goes upwards to whatever your wallet can afford! Grab a high street label such as Mango or Topman for under £150, premium high street brands such as Reiss or Ted Baker will come in at £200 – £400, and luxury and designer brands like Burberry and Tom Ford will run into the thousands.
A suede jacket can be looked at as a good investment, and should last you plenty of Autumn and mild Winters to come, providing you look after it well enough. They’re timeless, so you don’t have to worry about them going out of style, one to your wardrobe or expanding it with a different colour or style is something to consider.
Here’s over 30 of the best suede jackets for this season, from the high street and luxury brands, there’s something for everyone’s budget.
For the Autumn/Winter 16 collection, Ted Baker has brought Mission Impeccable, a story based on T.E.D special agents who are brought together to prevent “The Needle” from selling the fabrics he’s stolen and turned into his own twisted creations to the highest bidder. The story is brought to life in a film which has been directed by Crown & Owels with executive director Guy Ritchie, which is a shoppable experience on the Tedbaker.com website.
Ted Baker has asked me to come up with the ideal outfit for this season, with the pieces from the brand new AW 16 collection from the Mission Impeccable film, which comprises of over 130 pieces ranging from footwear and accessories to smart tailoring and seasonal knits.
Happy Fashion Friday to you all 🙂 The weekend is upon us, so if you’re looking for some men’s fashion advice for what to buy this weekend, or pieces to invest in going forward, you should check out this week’s fashion edit.
Calvin Klein Shirt – £70
Nike Air Max 95 Exclusive At JD Sports – £115
ASOS Bomber Jacket 2 Pack – £34
Ted Baker Swanley Socks – 3 Pack – £22
Zara Suede Jacket – £99
Hugo Boss Colasso Coat – £380
Superdry Jacket – £75
Ralph Lauren Trainers – £95
First up is this dark chambray shirt from Calvin Klein. I just love the colour and the washed out look of it. It’s a slim fit, and this combined with the dark colour will keep you looking sleek.
Next is this pair of trainers which are Nike Air Max 95. I really love Air Max 95, they are old school and super comfortable, you can really feel the difference when you’re walking on a cushion of air which covers the key points of the foot. This colourway is really nice, a combinations of different blues creating a striping effect on the backdrop of the white trainers. These are exclusive to JD Sports, with all the legendary elements which has made the Air Max 95 an all time classic from Nike.
What’s better than having one light bomber in your wardrobe? Having two! You’ve probably seen 2 packs of T-Shirts, and 2 packs of other clothing, but a 2-pack in jackets? It’s not something you see every day. ASOS are doing a 2-pack of a bomber jacket which is constructed in light sweatshirt material which is super soft to touch. They come in a grey and black colour, suitable for wearing in mild temperatures with a tee, or wear with a bigger coat when the temperatures dip a bit lower.
Ted Baker do some really nice socks, and this 3-pack of socks is one of them. You don’t have to buy them as a gift for someone else, get them for yourself. They’re made from organic cotton, and at £22 for a 3 pack, they are a good deal.
The Autumn/Winter season is the prime time for a suede jacket, and Zara have a few which are on trend right now. I’ve picked out this one in navy blue. Bomber length with collar detail, zips on the sleeves and a zip-up opening, you should consider this if you’re looking to get into suede jackets this season.
This week has reminded me that Winter is coming, and so you may be on the look out for a winter coat. This is called the Colasso from Hugo Boss, and it looks like it will stand up to the cold very well. With a zip through opening and chunky buttons to the front, the design is smart and minimal, which means you’ll always be looking smart while staying warm too. It’s £380, but it will always be stylish for many winters to come.
If you’re looking for a jacket which will keep you dry and is lighter and more competitively priced, the Arctic Windcheater from Superdry is a worthy contender. For only £75 you get a whole lot of jacket, it’s waterproof and is fleece lined, with a selection of really colourful interiors to suit your personal style.
Last up are some smart trainers which I would say look more like casual shoes, the Odle from Ralph Lauren. They come in either black or dark tan, which is the colour I have selected here. The uppers are made from Nubuck leather, with a rubber sole and leather lining.
Hi guys and welcome to yet more end of the week fashion advice, yes, I am talking about another Fashion Friday roundup. This is edit number 7, and it has a bit of a theme going to it. H&M have released their AW 2015 collection, and there’s a lot of good things in their collection. In fact there’s so many, I have dedicated half of the edit just to H&M wears. Here’s this week’s picks.
First up from H&M is an item which is new but already on sale, and it’s for an amazing £6 so you can’t grumble at that…In fact, I’ve ordered one myself and will post it on the blog soon! Next are a pair of jeans from H&M, but not just any old jeans, these are made using Selvedge Denim, the darling of the denim world. Usually more expensive, H&M are bringing these to the high street at a price of only £40. There’s a colourful knitted top which will add some bright colours to your Autumn look, and then a premium 100% merino wool knit for only £30, available in a few colours, I really love the blue colour.
Rounding off the high street end of things is a jumper from ASOS. It’s a wool mix composition and comes in a nice pattern of striped with a block of blue across the shoulders, on the hem and sleeves. At £28 it’s at a nice price-point if you’re looking for a jumper and prefer something other than a plain knit.
My favourite piece from this week’s Fashion Friday is this cardigan from Ted Baker. It’s an ombré colour which looks really beautiful. It’s sure to get heads turning, and is perfect for layering and making an otherwise boring outfit stand out. It comes in at £109.
NN.07 are Scandanavian brand from Denmark which has produced a really great collection of modern classics, including this melange sweater. I love the colour, and it will go well with most things you already have in your wardrobe.
If you’re a regular reader then you’ll of already seen the Calvin Klein 90’s reissue T-Shirt I got earlier in the year. It’s getting a little chilly for tees, so what can you do? Well, you can get the same iconic 90’s inspired design, but on a sweatshirt. The CK 90’s sweatshirt is available in a few colours, I’ve picked it out here in a classic white with black logo. It’s £90 so not cheap, but you will be the coolest guy in the room in this.
I hope you’ve enjoyed this week’s fashion Friday, you can send me tips on Twitter here, or check out last week’s edition here.
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