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Coat – ASOS | Jeans – Armani Black | Cashmere Black Knit | Kurt Geiger Brogues | Barbour Scarf
You should know about one of the biggest trends of the Winter if you’ve been reading my blog, it is of course the Camel Overcoat Trend, and I decided it’s one which I cannot let pass by, so I got myself a coat!
It’s actually a long story, I had my eye on a Jaeger coat for a while, it was finally in the sale just before Christmas, I ordered it and was excited for it to come…Then on the delivery day Jaeger decided to email me and let me know that actually they had no stock and could not deliver it. I was disappointed, and then it got worse; They mysteriously go the jacket back in stock in my size, however it was now at full price! Hmmm…
Anyway my search went on, and although these camel overcoats look quite similar, there are a few small differences in them, and as you’ll know it’s all in the details. First of all I wanted a placket which had the buttons on show, the Jaeger one actually had a hidden placket but I was going to go ahead with that one as it was good in other ways. Secondly I wanted it to be camel colour (obviously!) and also have pockets which were vertical and not slanted; I prefer these on trousers too so that nothing falls out. I wanted a bit of a lapel collar, and a chest pocket would be great too. I wanted mostly wool composition, which usually signifies better quality, single breasted and a vented back. I finally found one which I loved at ASOS, and so I got it!
I think the fit is good which is always important, and it’s definitely something which I’ll be wearing throughout the Winter as a Winter coat when I need a more smart option as opposed to my Canada Goose.
I styled the coat with an all black outfit which included a black cashmere knit and black Armani jeans, along with a pair of brown Kurt Geiger brogues and my scarf is Made In Scotland from Barbour.
Happy Friday 13th! What’s been happening in the week of fashion this past 7 days? Here’s a quick roundup which has caught my eye, and the latest from men’s fashion in the week ending 13th January
Adidas Re-release NMD R1 Primeknit OG Trainers
“You asked for them, you’ll get them” was the message from Adidas, as they re-release the popular OG-NMD on Saturday 14th January (tomorrow). They should be priced at around £130 and available at selected stores, although they will go fast.
LFWM – London Fashion Week Men’s 17
It was the first London Fashion Week Men’s…Actually, it’s a rebrand of the London Collection: Men’s aka LCM:Men’s which was opened by TOPMAN Design who showcased their collection which looked very 90’s inspired with bright bold neon prints and models who looked like they were from the Brit Pop era. Tinie Tempah debuted his What We Wear collection, and established designers were out in force, including Vivienne Westwood, Lou Dalton, Belstaff, Agi & Sam x Woolmark collaboration, J.W. Anderson, Kent & Curwen, Oliver Spencer and a whole load more.
Pitti Uomo 17
It was also time for Pitti Uomo, where we saw Tommy Hilfiger for the first time at the Florence show. Plenty of great pieces were seen, including a very nice trademark woollen jumper.
That’s just a couple of the things which I’ve noticed in fashion this week. If you have any other news or would like to contribute something, please let me know in the comments 🙂
To be perfectly honest I was never a fan of the overcoat. There’s always been the need and love for a good Winter coat, denim jackets and bombers are always good for milder weather, and I finally joined the suede and leather crew a couple of years ago when I started buying those jackets and coats too. It didn’t feel like an overcoat had much of a place in my wardrobe, but as my style has evolved, and as I’ve learned more and more, and appreciated fashion more and more, I’ve finally started to get on board with the overcoat.
Camel Is The Colour
This season there’s been a huge influx of camel overcoats, it feels like more than usual, and so many people, including myself, is getting on board with this trend. Camel is of course, nothing new, and is a colour which is pretty much timeless, and can be found in all seasons of clothing; From camel linen suits and chinos in the Spring and Summer, to bombers in Autumn and of course the overcoat and peacoats in Winter.
The camel colour, unsparingly, comes from the colour of the hair of the humble camel. It’s a close colour to brown, and other similar shades are things such as sand, tan, beige, coffee, and khaki to name a few.
What Is An Overcoat?
I’ve touched on a couple of points below, but what is an overcoat anyway? Well it’s as it sounds, a coat that goes over your clothing. It really is that simple. Layering is something which guys can do with fashion in the Autumn and Winter, and an overcoat is the last layer which you can put on. If you want to layer up a knit or jumper, you can use the overcoat as your outerwear layer. If you’re looking to look smart in a suit but the weather is sub zero, an overcoat is perfect to layer over then take off once you’re inside.
Overcoats can be double breasted or single breast, but personally I prefer a single breast jacket. They come with a button closure, usually three or four, with straight or diagonal pockets which can be flap, a chest pocket, with buttons on the cuff and vent to the back. The length is no shorter than mid-length, and no longer than knee length.
Overcoat Or Peacoat?
Pea coats and overcoats are different, but sometimes can be categorised as the same, as they can share similar features, usually that they’re made from wool and are both pretty thick, heavy pieces usually with three or four buttons. The main differences are that a peacoat is double breasted, and is shorter, usually thigh length, whereas an overcoat is longer, usually mid length to knee length and can be single or double breasted.
What To Wear With A Camel Coat
Since camel is a neutral colour, lights and darks work well with a camel overcoat. That means whether you’re wearing black or white, navy or grey, the colours will work well with camel. When it comes to other colours, most will work fine, occasionally brighter, bolder colours may work, but are usually avoided as they’re not much of a Winter trend, and since the overcoat is a Wintery trend they’re not usually seen together.
You can wear this casually with a sweatshirt, layer over your favourite jumper and shirt combo, or wear over your suit if you’re going for the smart look. A favourite look for the season is a roll-neck knit, they work well in all colours, with hues of grey being a favourite, and black being sleek, with the lighter camel coat keeping the whole look light, warm and understated. An overcoat is designed to go over any clothing, whether it’s smart, smart casual or even something as casual as a hoodie, and it will smarten up the more casual pieces, or add to a smarter look.
I have to mention one of the most quintessentially British brands so synonymous with the overcoat that many people call them all Crombies. There’s only one Crombie, and it’s a brand, rather than the style of coat and has been around since 1805 when John Crobie started producing luxury overcoats which are still available today. Here’s two in camel, and a bonus one in brown.
The Camel overcoat is a timeless trend which is worth the investment. Having said that, it really is an Autumn/Winter trend, so you’ll only get limited uses and wears from the coat, and will probably mix it up with your proper winter coat. When you’re going for a smart look and it’s sub zero temperatures outside, it’s a great piece of clothing to pull out of you wardrobe, and with budget options available, there’s no reason not to get yourself one of these. Check out more men’s fashion trends over on the blog, and let me know what you think of this style.
Is it safe to buy an all white pair of trainers in the Winter? If you think so, or you’re looking ahead to Summer already, Nike has an answer for you.
The Air Max Zero trainers are really cool, and there’s an all white, triple white pair which look as crisp as the white snow. It’s hard to believe that the style was designed way back in 1985 but only first released two years ago in 2015. Sleek and lightweight with a textile upper, I think these look really great, but probably released a little too early in the year for me.
If you want to get yourself a pair, they’re available now, at £100 at Nike and other shops. I’ve been thinking about an all white, or mostly white pair of trainers for the upcoming Summer, with the Air Max 90 all white and Air Max One all white being options, the Air Max Zero is now another contender for looking at a white trainer.
It’s almost time for men’s fashion shows in London. What’s been called London Collections: MEN aka LCM Fashion Week has been rebranded to London Fashion Week Men’s which gives it similarity to it’s bigger sister which is one of the biggest events in fashion worldwide. It starts tomorrow, Friday 6th January 2017 and runs until Monday 9th January. After the official opening the shows kick off with TOPMAN Design, and will end with Dylan Jones, Jefferson Hack and the LFWM Ambassadors Closing Dinner. Check out the schedule below.
If there’s one event of the year you’re going to get dressed up on, it’s probably going to be New Years Eve. Lots of people like to do various things, and if you’re heading for a party, then it could be the perfect time to look your best, and dress up for the occasion. It doesn’t always have to be that way, and will depend on what you’re actually doing, and where you plan on going for New Years Eve. What you wear may be the same time of style as what to wear for your Christmas Party, and not going to include your best Christmas jumpers, so looking the part is key. Here’s a few ideas to ensure you look the part for the night and getting your style right going into the New Year.
Tommy Hilfiger dropped the Tommy Jeans 90’s Capsule Collection back in April, and since it’s success the line has been expanded and more nostalgia has been added to the line up. As you know I love 90’s fashion trends, they have been big for a few years, and continue to grow and become more popular.
The new additions include a new T-shirt with the iconic Tommy Jeans logo, this time without the wording, and the graphic being printed on the front of the shirt is it’s entirety, a hooded sweatshirt with the same design and including the Tommy Jeans wording down the sleeves. For the Winter months, a padded gilet has been added, as well as a metallic down puffer jacket, and some cotton fleece sweatpants.
One of the key pieces from the collection is a varsity style jacket, with a wool body, faux leather sleeves and Tommy Jeans graphic to the back of the jacket. The Tee is £40, with hoody being £110, sweatpants £90 and the varsity jacket coming in at £190.
They’re all available at Tommy Jeans here, if you want to get your 90’s on.
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