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The Adidas NMD juggernaut has been in full force, and it does not look like it’s slowing down anytime soon, with the re-release of the triple colour packs, or the all black, all white and all red Adidas NMD R1.
If you like the Boost technology which Adidas are now putting on a lot of their trainers, including the iconic Superstar’s with the Boost Superstar I covered two weeks ago, the NMD are one of the trainer styles which wear this well. As with the standard NMD design, they all come with the moulted EVA midsole plugs, and some stretch mesh upper and a rubber outsole. The three stripes and tongue tab are reflective which makes your kicks pop when it kicks in.
I really do like the all white and all black options in the NMD range, I do think they look good, if you missed the all black options which I featured on the blog back in September 2016 you will now have a second chance to bag yourself a pair. They will be retailing for £109.95.
They go on sale on Friday 24th February from 23:00 UK time from Adidas online, alternatively there’s some other shops which are getting them in, but as always, you’ll have to either be quick or enter one of their lotteries. Here’s the links for the different shoes from Adidas:
Although it’s still Winter, you should probably be thinking about getting out and training, if you haven’t already. Addiashave released the Cage collection which I really like. There’s pieces including jackets, hooded tops, T-shirts and shorts, and come with iconic prints and designs.
The Tango collection is actually based on football clothing, the Tango football was an iconic football created by Adidas and used in the 1978 and 1982 World Cups. With all sportswear they have multiple uses, so if you’re having a kick around, playing 5 a side or going for a run, these pieces will work well for any occasion. The Tango Cage collection has a distinctive sublimation print throughout, and is available in red and black, although I love the blue variations which I have chosen here.
Selected pieces are also made with recycled polyester. This is part of the Adidas sustainable product program which sees the products made in the most sustainable ways possible.
My favourite pieces from the collection include the T-shirt above, which has the cool printed design and only costs £25 from Adidas here. The track jacket in the middle is another favourite. It’s a classic Adidas track jacket with tonal three stripes down the arms, and the pattern on 2/3 of the jacket and arms. This is another reasonably priced piece of clothing at £48here. The first top is a more toned down version, which is priced at £35.
The blue T Shirt comes in climalite fabric to sweep the sweat away from the body, and will set you back £30. The shorts will give you good freedom and movement for running, and are £22. Finally the classic track jacket comes with contrasting white colour zip and stripes on the arms, it’s navy in colour, has kangaroo pockets to the sides, hood and white zipped front. This one is also from the recycle range, and has the recycle logo to the front left breast, and costs £60.
Adidashave announced their latest trainers which will use the boost technology, and it’s a familiar style, the Superstar. Released on the 9th February, you can get the Adidas Superstar Boost trainers in a few days.
The trainers come with the iconic Superstar design which were launched in 1970. You get the same premium flexible leather upper and leather lining, which comes with a rubber toe complete with the herringbone pattern. The three stripes to the side of the trainers are the standard, and these kicks come in either black or white with a cream midsole. You can pick these up for £95 when they are released from Adidas online here or other shops.
I think these are pretty nice, it’s a combination of the old classics which are the Superstar with the brand new and hugely popular Boost tech. These will probably sell out really quick, so if you do want these you should act fast. However if I want some Adidas Boost I would rather buy a pair of NMD or Ultra, rather than these which I would consider classics. If I wanted to buy some classic Superstar’s then that’s what I would buy.
Valentines day is upon us, which means you’re probably going to want to look your best, whether you’re going out on a date with a girl, you’re out with your girlfriend/wife, or you plan on going out with your friends on the usual night out, you’ll want to look sharp for this night of all nights. When the day or night comes, you’ll want to know what to wear, the best way is to prepare and make sure you have what you need, but what do you wear anyway!? Here’s some style tips to get you started.
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.
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