street style: @georgelancaster

I’ve known my good friend, George, since we were 3 or 4 years old, and we’ve been through many fads and fashions together. Some of the more memorable ones include rocking a shaved head at the same time; wearing huge, baggy jeans for no apparent reason in the early noughties; and even wearing full footy kits (when we weren’t playing football).

Anyway, I’d like to think we’ve evolved somewhat (not sure) and now share a taste for classic sartorial elegance. I’m half joking.

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Image taken by Callie Lancaster

What I admired first about this outfit is its layering. As you know, I love a layered look, but it’s not always easy to pull off; oftentimes people aren’t sure how to mix colour and texture. Not George. The blue & grey tones which dominate the outfit allow for the autumnal pop of colour from the mohair jumper, which adds texture and really completes the look.

I’ve talked before of my long-term struggle with trainers, but I think George has nailed the ability to pull them off. Firstly, if you’re going to wear white trainers, KEEP IT CLEAN. This is part of the reason I tend to avoid them, because there is a certain amount of upkeep required to maintain their shine. As you can see, George’s Stan Smith’s are spotless, which means they retain their cool.  Secondly (unlike our younger selves) he’s made sure his jean is just touching the top of his trainers, rather than covering them. Another great sartorial tweak George has employed is folding up his jeans bottom hem just once, as to create a distinct line between the trainers and jeans.

Finally, George has inspired me to try out a fur-lined hooded parka. His is really well-fitted, and that’s crucial in my opinion, so I’ll start my search now. It may even feature in the second edition of my top winter coats, who knows

Thanks for reading.

Peace.

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what to wear wednesdays

This Wednesday I’m wearing a suit. A skinny suit. A skinny, navy suit. I’ve had this suit for like four years now, and it’s made an appearance at many occasions including my graduation, a few weddings and even job interviews. This is a good reason to save for, and then invest in a decent quality suit, as you will get the value back. This particular suit is from Marks and Spencer. I would recommend M&S for the quality of their fabrics, but less so the fit, although to my knowledge they have been working on this and are offering slimmer fits for the younger market. I decided to get this suit altered at Stitches in Leeds, who are awesome at understanding and providing exactly the fit you want, in super quick time, for a v reasonable price.

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I’ve teamed the suit with a soft pink polo shirt from Topman, which complement each other nicely. Obviously this gives a more casual feel to the outfit, so I’d recommend wearing it to a not-too-formal event, such as your mate’s birthday party. I’ve opted for no socks, which works okay due to the informal feel of the suit, plus the pink tones of my ankles match the polo shirt well 😉

Cheers for checking this WTWW post out! See you next week.

Peace.

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Other pieces worn in shoot: Dr Marten’s shoes

All images taken on an iPhone by Angela Pegg

street style: @zestyosy

I met Emmanuel in Sheffield, the night before New Year’s Eve. Firstly his smart, even formal style, drew my attention. The pinstriped shirt is a classic piece, but is a little less popular at the moment; with louder, embroidered shirts more on trend.

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Emmanuel has subtly, but crucially, matched the pinstripe colour to that of his tie which means the outfit flows well, and isn’t too clashy on the eye. As you guys know, I love simplicity in an outfit, and the understated feel of his shirt means the cuff links work so well when suavely bringing together the formal, double cuffs.

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Finally, Emmanuel’s tie bar completes the outfit nicely. The functional use of a tie bar is to pin the tie to your shirt, uniting the two and keeping it all in place, but it also adds another touch of bling, perfect around the festive period.

Thanks for checking this street style post out; I have more lined up for the coming weeks so keep your eyes peeled 😉

Peace.

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All images taken on an iPhone by Alex Pegg

street style: @dalecoop94

Incoming: a v. serious fashion outfit review 😉

I met Dale on a night out in Sheffield. I immediately noticed the statement jacket, and had to get a shot of him. Shearling jackets are on trend at the moment, so walking down the high street, you’ll spot at least one every couple of minutes. However, normally the shearling is just on the collar of the coat, and the rest of the coat is leather. This is why I was drawn to Dale’s coat, which has black, glistening faux fur all over the coat.

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This brings me nicely on to Dale’s mesmerising monochrome tones, which are a perfect complement to the big, statement coat.

Style Tip:- If you are going to wear a statement garment, such as a big coat or loud print jumper, I’d recommend trying to offset it by using neutral colours in the rest of the outfit.

His grey skinny jeans run down into a black suede pair of chelsea boots. I think he’s nailed the bottom half of the outfit because, in my opinion, chelsea boots only work when worn with tight-around-the-ankle trousers.

As always, thanks for reading guys!

Peace.

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Images taken on an iPhone by Alex Pegg

 

what to wear wednesdays

Hi Guys! This Wednesday I’ve focussed my outfit around my favourite blue denim shirt from COS. I received this as a gift for my birthday a few years ago, and it quickly became a regular go-to staple in my wardrobe. COS is a little bit pricey, but I’d recommend it for finding good quality basics such as plain tees and shirts that should def last a number of years.

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The temperature’s dropped again in Shipley, so I’ve opted for a layered look. The contrast between the sandy yellow cord jacket and blue shirt remind me of a beach in summer time, and make me feel at least a tad warmer. I picked up the cord jacket in Urban Outfitters; it isn’t the warmest, but adds a pop of colour, and allows me to pop a collar, which I gotta do in the winter months.

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The blazer-come-coat is vintage, and creates a great silhouette with its padded shoulders, giving the impression of broad shoulders even if mine aren’t the broadest 😉

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As always, thanks for reading.

Peace.

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Other pieces worn in shoot: Blue chinos from Next / Clarks Originals shoes

All images taken on an iPhone by Charlotte L Owen

what to wear wednesdays

This Wednesday it’s back to normality for me – sporting a smarter look. I love my new shirt from ASOS; perfect for the festive season. Burgundy’s a great celebratory colour, and the polka dots add that little something extra, which needs to happen to stand out at Christmas time!

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I’ve had this classic Levi’s denim jacket for a number of years now, and still find myself wearing it so often, it’s just so versatile. A must for any man’s wardrobe, and it doesn’t need to be Levi’sTopman and ASOS stock v similar, budget alternatives. When I bought it, it was actually bleached blue denim (think 90’s boyband 🙄), so I picked up some velvet black dye and got to work! (Jk, threw it in the washing machine with the dye and voila!!)

Style Tip:- Love the fit and style of a garment, but can’t stand the colour? Check out fabric dyes as a way to help this. Generally only an option if you are willing to change it to a darker colour.

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Since it’s winter, I’ve had to top the outfit off with an overcoat. One of my faves in fact. This one is by Farah, and flows with a pair of jeans and trainers, just as well as with suit pants and smart shoes.

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As always, thanks for reading.

Pls comment below for any style advice, or to let me know if you’d style this outfit any differently! 🙂

Peace.

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All images taken on an iPhone by Charlotte L Owen

street style: @theguyfrommilkandhoney

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I was drawn to Ibrahim’s style initially because of his outfit’s silhouette. The layered, top heavy sherpa denim jacket and shirt contrasts amazingly well with his skinny jeans, which then flow into his bulky DM’s.

The attention to detail is also excellent – a look I often go for is dark jeans and shoes – but Ibrahim has inspired me with the pop of colour in his yellow laces. It was only once I began talking to him that I noticed the captivating, aztec patterned bag and shirt which go together so well, and add huge amounts of texture to his look. This is another aspect I might incorporate into my style.

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It’s clear Ibrahim has natural style, and probably threw this outfit together without thinking, but it really made him stand out from the crowd due to the excellently scaled proportions and complementary colours. I’d like to thank him for being my first street style subject of many to come!

Peace.

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Images taken on an iPhone by Alex Pegg

 

what to wear wednesdays

This Wednesday, I’m rocking an outfit a little different to my normal style. Over the past five years or so, I’ve always opted for shoes such as Clarks Originals or Dr Marten’showever, I’ve recently re-discovered my love for trainers. For a start, they’re SO comfortable – I’d completely forgotten the joy of commuting in trainers, many mornings now you’ll catch me bouncing down to the train station in them.

I think the main reason I’d fallen out with trainers is because I’ve always found them more difficult to style. It’s my belief that you can pair a smart-caj shoe with almost any outfit and it will work, whereas trainers needs to be much more thought out (unless it’s summer (yes, please) and you’re sporting short-shorts).

So, below is my attempt at a trainer outfit…

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Adidas Dragons are a popular trainer at the moment, which I’d commend as a safe option, if you’re trainer newbie like myself. I’ve decided to team them up with a slightly boot-cut light blue pair of jeans from Topman which have a 70’s feel to them (the decade fashion has now certainly remembered). The tee I’m wearing is one of my faves. I’ve had it a few years now so it’s becoming rough around the edges, but it is a plain black tee with the Beatles Rubber Soul album graphic printed on it. It wasn’t the easiest to track down – but I would certainly recommend it to any Beatles fan (I’m a huge one). If you’d like to know where it’s from, please comment below, and I’ll try my best to dig the website out.

Due to the relative neutrality of the rest of the outfit, I’m able to go for a stand-out piece such as this camo jacket. It only comes out my wardrobe every so often, but when it does it normally gets a couple of complements. It’s also great to layer underneath an overcoat.

Style Tip:- When wearing a stand-out print such as camouflage (fully aware of the irony), try teaming it with complementary or neutral tones in the rest of the outfit, as to avoid too much of a clash. 

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Writing this post has just inspired me to take a look back on the trainers (from Nike Dunks to Superga 2750) I’ve worn over the years, and my love-hate relationship with them, so watch this space for that!

As always, thanks for reading.

Peace.

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All images taken on an iPhone by Charlotte L Owen

what to wear wednesdays

What better way to get over the proverbial hump day, than with some exciting outfit ideas?!

Stripes are the order of the day.

I have kept it simple this Wednesday, with neutral & nautical stripes.

The tee is from Topman, who stock a range of well-fitting tees this season. You can’t beat a simplistic striped tee shirt paired with black jeans for a laid back feel.

Style Tip:- Add a scarf to to a simple outfit to complete it. In this case, the confident clash of horizontal and vertical stripes makes people look twice. Complementary tones, camel in the coat and blue in the scarf, is the icing on the outfit.

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Remember to look out for this post every Wednesday for more outfit inspiration!

Peace.

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All images taken on an iPhone by Charlotte L Owen

 

instantly improve your look with floral

Ah, floral… The print that never goes out of style, and which now firmly holds its place in the menswear category as well as women’s.

For me, every man needs at least one floral shirt in his wardrobe. Contrary to popular belief, it is a versatile piece of clothing. In spring/summer, the shirt reflects the season, and looks awesome buttoned-down on a roasting day. In autumn/winter, it has the capability of bringing a smile to someone’s face in a world (UK) where darkness never seems to subside.

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This is one of my newer additions (of many) from ASOS. The pattern is the most striking of all my shirts IMO, and is an affordable way of imitating Tony Montana’s (less the cash & cocaine) style. I used to be FULLY against short-sleeved shirts, but they have started to make their way into my wardrobe.

Style Tip:- Roll short-sleeves up for a closer fit, and so you don’t look like too much like a 90’s office worker. 

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This is from one of my favourite brands Massimo Dutti, a higher-end high street store I try to buy investment pieces from at least twice a year if I can. As I bought this online (no stores in the North), I wasn’t totally sure of the fit. When I received it, the shoulders and sleeves were perfect, but there was excess material around the torso so I had it altered.

Style Tip:- If you are taken by a particular pattern or print, but the garment doesn’t fit properly, don’t despair… There are some reasonably priced, extremely talented tailors out there who can make alterations so it fits like a glove (shirt).

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Another ASOS shirt. I can resist everything except temptation, and their affordable, varied designs are extremely tempting. Love the simplicity of this shirt, with the bright white contrasting the black. It has also washed well (something I was concerned about), which is crucial when building a wardrobe.

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Another ASOS shirt… You’re getting the idea. This time long-sleeved, which can look quite formal when tucked-in, so I have opted for a more relaxed feel. Also, rolling up the sleeves means the faint print is stylishly shown on the inside of the rolled-up cuff.

Are you already into floral? Or, do you fancy giving it a go? Leave a comment below to let me know.

Thanks for reading, and remember… A floral shirt is for life, not just for summer.

Peace.

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Other pieces worn in shoot: Black Bolt jeans from Denham / Dr. Marten’s shoes

All images taken on an iPhone by Charlotte L Owen