Spring has arrived, and with it, it’s brought a new fashion trend. Several weeks ago I read that the pantone colour of the year 2017 was green, specifically a green they call Greenery, which is quite a dirty, mid-to-light green, quite a solid colour. There’s been lots of fashion produced in this colour for this season too, as well as other shades of green, signalling it could be big for Spring, but for me, it’s not. The big trend for Spring, at least the first half, is pink!
Specifically a light or pale pink. I’ve seen a couple of pieces of clothing and fashion in this colour, I already own a few bits and pieces too, and I love it. A really deep or bold pink can be hard to wear and difficult to pull off, with the colour being seen as a feminine option usually. Pale shades are synonymous with Springtime, with grey, white, beige, red, blue, green and yellow all being worn, you can add pink to that list too.
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.
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.
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.
I have to admit, when I first saw knitted trainers I was thinking that they were ridiculous. I thought they looked pretty horrible, and did not really understand why I’d ever want a pair. That was around 12 months ago, and there were some pretty ugly designs and colours out there which did nothing for the trend. Fast forward to 2016, and they are looking better and better. They’ve been given a couple of names, technical trainers, hi-tech trainers, knitted trainers, one thing is for sure, the big players Nike and Adidas are really going for it with this trend, and have brought out some seriously good trainers lately. The Yeezy Boost 350 cane take some credit when it comes to popularising the knitted trend. It got new colours including the all black, which I think were the best of the collection.
Other than the fact they look different from the traditional leather or suede and interesting, they have some other unique features too. They are designed to be more fitted, like a sock, and are supposed to be very light in comparison to an all purpose leather trainer. They are more breathable and flexible, which is why so many have call them technical footwear.
Adidas And The Primeknit
Adidas call their knitted mesh style the Primeknit. The ZX Flux were a style which I did not like too much, and one of the reasons which put me off this trend. Adidas have now given some of it’s most famous and loved silhouettes, the Stan Smith and Superstar the Primeknit treatment, and I really love this makeover which they’ve had.
Nike Have The Flyknit
Nike call their knitted style the Flyknit. They say it’s ultralight and the upper contours to your foot for a comfortable and supportive fit. Just like Adidas, they have some really ugly models of trainer, but also have remixed some classics and brought out some new trainers for the Flyknit range. The Air Force 1, Air Max 1 and other Air Max varieties are available in the Flyknit style.
Favourite Adidas Primeknit
Stan Smith Primeknit In Black £80 – here | Stan Smith Primeknit In White £80 – here | Adidas Superstar 80s Primeknit – £95 – here
My favourite from the Adidas range is the all black Primeknit Stan Smith trainers. I’ve always liked all black trainers, and think that they look really smart and sleek.
My favourite from the Nike Flyknit range has to be the Airmax Flyknit. At £205, they are very expensive for some trainers, but they look really nice in the grey and dark colours, and are quite toned down in comparison to some other styles in this range.
What do you think about the new knitted trainers trend?
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 feels like forever since I bought some clothing! 😉
I have been on a sort of spending/buying ban when it comes to clothing and fashion in recent times. I have so much, and I don’t need any clothes; From jackets to tees, jumpers to jeans, I have pretty much everything I could want or need, and a whole lot more on top of that. But this is fashion, and I guess there’s no such thing as too much, right? 😉
I saw these jeans from ASOS and I thought, they’re amazing! I need these! I have so many jeans, and I’ve experimented with colour quite a bit, incorporating white in my jeans as well as other colours, it really changes up an outfit from my usual black or indigo jean options. I love both of these of course, but it’s always a good idea to experiment a lot. I now have 3 or 4 pair of white jeans, which is a bit of a style don’t, if you’re building something like a capsule wardrobe, there’s no need for so many of the same item (more on that in a bit).
These jeans however, are very different. First of all the fit is a super skinny fit; I will confess…I liked the jeans so much I sort of missed the “super” part of the title and just bought them. They don’t call these super skinny for nothing, they really are skin tight! I will post a proper review of these soon. I love the colour, they are ecru, these photos really don’t do the colour justice. They have distressed patches which sold the jeans for me, it’s something different which I don’t have in my wardrobe.
The tees…If you read my blog last year you’ll know I love nautical trends, and I bought an H&M white nautical tee, as well as a Jaeger navy nautical T-shirt. There’s no need to double up on this style, but I saw these and had to get them. The ASOS tees come in a 2-pack, and for £14.99 you can’t pass on them. I’ve got a few ASOS tees and they’re pretty good quality, definitely good for the money. A good fit, nice feel and horizontal stripes for Spring/Summer, I really love this trend.
Keep a look out on the blog, I’ll be styling these up soon 🙂 If you’re looking for some inspiration on what’s good this season, make sure you’ve read the fashion trends, which goes into further detail.
What do you think of these? Do you have any trends you’re looking forward to exploring this season?
Autumn is a really good season for jackets of any kind. First of all since it’s after summer it’s getting cold, and gets progressively colder, which means a jacket goes from a casual item you may throw on, to a piece of clothing which you can’t leave the house without. There’s a huge amount of different jackets to wear, from a traditional leather jacket to a cotton bomber, a nylon light jacket or a light quilted jacket, there’s plenty on offer. However a favourite of mine for Autumn has to be a suede jacket.
I got this suede jacket last time round from Nelly. It’s by Jofama from the King 1 line, a Swedish fashion house specialising in premium fashion and leather. It’s a navy blue suede jacket in biker style, and I just love it. To wear it feels really premium and luxurious, the fit is brilliant and there’s lots of detailing such as the diamond quilted shoulders.
Suede keeps you warm enough when the temperatures are starting to get a little bit lower, and this style will keep you looking cool too 😉 Be wary of the rain, suede is not good when it rains, you can get protective sprays, but if you know it’s going to rain you probably want to choose another jacket.
I took these photos at Tynemouth Beach which I have never featured on the blog before. I forget that living in the North East we have so many great locations, the city is so good, there’s plenty of idyllic spots and we have a few blue flag beaches too!
I wore the jacket with my 90’s reissued Calvin Klein T-Shirt, A.P.C denim and Ultra Moire Air Max 1, all pieces which are favourites of mine 🙂 (Watch by D&G and Ray Bans, it was sunny! 😛 )
What do you think of the suede jacket trend? Read more about my favourite men’s fashion trends for the season and beyond.
The 90’s was an absolute immense decade for so many reasons; The music, the technology, the good times and of course the fashion. With a lot of cultures and sub-cultures being born or coming of age, there was such a rich diverse of style and fashion, a lot of it from the 90’s music scenes like Brit Pop. I love shows set in the 90’s like This Is England 90, fashion was and still is a big part of life, and it’s done well in the show.
90’s fashion trends have come back and are getting increasingly popular, everything from bucket hats to track jackets and band T-shirts, with favourite brands like Stussy, Ellesse and Kappa making comebacks, and fashion labels like Calvin Klein doing 90’s reissues of their clothing, there’s plenty out there if you’re looking to get into a 90’s trend. Check me out in my 90’s Kappa tracksuit, something which really brings back memories, and you can bring back the 90’s in your very own style.
90’s Fashion Brands You Should Know
Tommy Hilfiger – A trendy American import, Tommy Hilfiger and the trademark Red and white logo could be seen all over the place in the mid to late 90’s. Popular fashion from Tommy Hilfiger were denim, and smarter pieces.
Kappa – Kappa, the Italian sportswear kings of the mid-90’s. Infamous tracksuits and track jackets were backed up with tees and other tops.
Adidas Originals – It was just Adidas back then, and they’re responsible for perhaps the most iconic track jacket of them all. The three stripes in classic colours can still be bought today, it’s worn and loved. Adidas ‘poppers’ which were press-stud tracksuit bottoms were a huge hit, and the Gazelle trainers were also loved.
Calvin Klein – Calvin Klein was thought of as one of the coolest premium high street brands back then, if you had a CK top or pair of jeans then you were considered at the height of fashion. They were much ‘posher’ than your traditional pair of 501’s.
Fred Perry – The number one choice when you had to buy a polo shirt. With it’s minimal styling and tipped collar and sleeves, Fred Perry tops were clean cut and smart, without being formal.
Fila -Another sports brand which done well in the 90’s was Fila. If you ever wanted a casual T-shirt or track top they were always a viable option, and they are back in 2015!
Ellesse – Another big hitter making big waves in the 90’s which has returned is Ellesse. Another go to fashion label when you needed a jacket or casual tee.
Reebok – One of the biggest sports brands in the 90’s alongside Adidas, Nike and Puma. They were responsible with the Reebok Classics trainers, the much loved trainers which even makes it into Mike Skinner’s The Streets lyrics (Let’s put on our Classics and we’ll have a little dance shall we?).
Ralph Lauren – Another of the American imports, Ralph Lauren brought their signature line along with Polo Sport, both of which were seen as high end high street fashion, which was popular but worn sparingly.
Diadora – Last of the Italian sports brands in the list, they will always be remembered for the fluorescent coloured sports tees; Yellow and orange options were available, with plenty of other more neutral colours of tees and trackies.
DKNY – Donna Karen New York was more edgy and another American brand which was popular back in the 90s. With large printed graphics, you only needed four letters, DKNY.
Puma – More popular with sportswear and footwear, Puma made everything from tees to trainers and sweatshirts to bags and accessories.
United Colours Of Benetton – A more contemporary fashion brand with nice sweatshirts, tees and probably pioneered coloured jeans in the UK in the 90’s Benetton had a lot of boutique style shops selling their cool wears.
90’s T Shirts
As mentioned above, Calvin Klein reissued their CK line which has proved to be popular. Inspired from the original 90’s collection, it’s still going strong now.
Tommy Hilfiger followed in the footsteps and re launched Tommy Jeans, with the same success as CK. They’re updated designs which keep their original style, and look the part.
Reebok were later to the 90’s party, but with their Classics range they’ve released some T-shirts and sweats with the iconic Reebok vector logo, for a reasonable price.
CK, Tommy Jeans and Reebok have all reissued 90’s style sweatshirts and in some cases hoodies, all inspired from the greatest decade there was.
90’s Style – Jackets And Track Jackets
Whether it’s cold, warm or hot, a track jacket was one of the most fundamental fashion items to own. They’re light, you could usually get matching bottoms and they were on trend. There were so many brands with so many styles and their own take on track jackets. In the mid 90s there was the infamous Kappa, and throughout the 90s there were the iconic Adidas (which we now call Adidas Originals) as well as Fred Perry, Ellesse and Umbro to name a few.
Fred Perry Track Jackets
Ellesse Track Jackets
In the trainer department there were a couple of favourites, but some of the absolute iconic trainers which were must have for the cool kids in the 90’s were a pair of Air Max, in particular what we now know as the Air Max 1 as well as the Air Max 90, but trainers which were just as popular back then were a pair of Reebok Classics. All white or all black, they were trainers which were super smart and super cool, but still casual. If you didn’t own a pair you probably know someone who did. Others worth a mention were the Puma discs which were a bit of a hit, and Adidas Gazelle’s which came in an array of colours.
Reebok Classics £55 | Air Max 90 £95
Baseball caps were OK, but if you really wanted an alternative for headwear bucket hats were the way to go. There was a huge amount of style, colours, and patterns available from all the big clothing brands. Kangol had a lot out there, as did the other labels of the day. In 2014 and 2015 bucket hats, like other 90’s trends has had a big resurgence, and there’s a big range available today.
Criminal Damage bucket hat – £25 | Stussy bucket hat – £30| Adidas
Jeans & 90’s Denim Brands
Jeans and denim in the 90’s was about light blue washes, relaxed fits, and rips if you like them or could afford them, ripped jeans were more expensive, with the premise that “you had to pay someone to put rips in them, that’s why they cost more”. If you were from Newcastle you’ll know all about Geordie Jeans, if you’re not then the big brands were Levi’s, Ralph Lauren, Pepe Jeans, Tommy Hilfiger and Calvin Klein. If you were feeling a bit adventurous you may go for a colour in the summer, possibly white, but the go to colour wash the light blue wash synonymous with a pair of jeans.
Tommy Hilfiger – £150 | Levi’s ORIGINAL 501 £75 | Pepe Jeans £85
Band T Shirts
Music was a big part of the 90’s as we’ve already established. From punk to pop, dance, and of course Brit pop. It was Oasis vs Blur with a bit of Pulp and Ocean Colour Scene thrown in, it was the Stone Roses, The Prodigy and underground rave-ups. The best way to show your alliance with what kind of music you were into was a band T-Shirt, and there were plenty available, and some still are. The lemon Stone Roses T-shirt is a particular favourite, get the licenced one.
Polo Shirts & Shirts
Polo shirts were popular, and were the perfect balance of being smart while maintaining a casual look. One of the most popular brands for polos were Fred Perry. As for shirts, short sleeve was the way to go, with Calvin Klein, Tommy Hilfiger and Ben Sherman among others.
Digital watches were popular back in the 90’s, and certain ones have become legends of the decade, such as the G-Shock watches, or Baby-G if you’re a girl, and the ultimate boys watch, a Casio digital watch. Whether you go for the gold metal strap or rubberised one is entirely up to you.
The 90’s was an amazing decade for fashion, but just like in the past right up to the present day, the fashion you wore depends on your own personal style. Sportswear and casual clothing were the big things back then and a hit in popular culture, but there was also a massive amount of different sub-cultures and styles in existence each with their own take on the 90’s classics. Many styles, fashion labels and clothing has been brought back, and has never looked better. Long live the 90’s! 😀 Check out more of my favourite men’s fashion trends here, with ideas on how I style each trend.
Back in the mid 90’s fashion was all about sportswear, I was a teenager and lived in the stuff. The brand which was one of the most coveted was Kappa. They made football shirts for huge European teams such as Juventus and Barcelona, and general sportswear too. Everyone was into Kappa, and it was pretty expensive for clothing when we were teens back in the mid 90’s. I remember owning a few pieces, a tracksuit being one, as well as a zipped sweatshirt being fond memories.
I heard that Kappa were making a comeback, and were selling some of their old retro style tracksuits, as well as bringing back the brand for the new generation. I actually got the tracksuit last year, and did a small feature about it on the blog. Here I am styling it with some other 90’s and retro greats; Converse Chuck Taylor trainers, and the equally iconic Adidas Originals T Shirt. The tracksuit I previously owned as a teen was almost the same, but had the red background track pattern down the sleeves of the jacket and sides of the trousers. Still, this navy and white version was an absolute classic, and brings back a lot of good memories.
90’s trends and fashion are back, and I love 90’s nostalgia whether that’s fashion or pop culture, and Kappa was a bit of both. It is of course not for everyone, and probably cringe-worthy for those who think they are into high fashion because they’ve once bought something from [insert designer name here], but it brings back memories of a great era that’s what it’s all about 🙂
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