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

top 4 winter coats pt. 1

A huge decision – which coat to get for autumn and winter.

This is the key piece in any man’s wardrobe in the colder months, and versatility is critical. Whether you’re walking in the countryside, seeing mates in the pub or commuting to work, your coat needs to remain suitably chic.

As the weather turns here in the UK, bitterly cold mornings and freezing nights are upon us, so I’ve outlined some options that fit a variety of scenarios.

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1. Superdry military jacket

What I love most about this coat is the collar, which just grazes the bottom of my ears, offering a cool, mysterious look. I also adore its subtle, slightly unusual shade of green which makes it stand out next to a normal green parka. Finally, the coat isn’t too chunky, so it’s ideal to layer with this winter.

 

2. Selected Homme wool overcoat

The above coat was initially bought as a piece for a good friend’s October wedding last year… But it quickly turned into my go-to-coat for all sorts of occasions and everyday wear.

The key to this coat is its fit and its quality. The wool fibre has an elasticity to it, which hugs the body, giving a flawless fit. The sleeve-length is another crucial aspect to your winter coat, and you want the sleeve to stop an inch or two above the start of your hand.

Style Tip:- Try to invest in quality materials as they will last, meaning you can build up your coat collection slowly but surely over time.

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3. Vintage sheepskin sherpa

Sherpa jackets are super-popular this season, and you can pick one up in most high-street stores such as Topman or Urban Outfitters – or check out vintage stores for something slightly different.

The shorter fit gives a more caj feel compared to the longer coats, so this can be ideal for going to meet your mates for a drink or nipping out to the shop on a Saturday morning. To complete the look and add some chic (giving your best James Dean impersonation), flick the collar.

 

4. American Apparel drawstring coat 

I love the cream colour of this coat, making it stand out from the neutral grey and black coats. Let your winter coat make a statement – don’t be afraid to stand out – even if it is only through a slightly unusual colour. I also like the drawstring waist of the coat which gives a snugger fit compared to many overcoats. This can be ideal if you have a slight figure, and don’t want the coat to drown you.

One reason this coat won’t be coming out of my wardrobe as much as the others this winter is because of its slightly-too-large fit. As I’ve emphasised before, fit is the crucial aspect to any garment and, in this case, the coat seems to be wearing me rather than the other way around.

Style Tip:- The fit of the coat is all important. Firstly check the fit, then the style, colour and functionality.

I’ll be back again soon with more options for the colder seasons, so watch this space!

Peace.

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Other pieces worn in shoot: Blue turtleneck jumper from Next / Pitney brogues from Clarks / Slim-fit trousers from Next

All images taken on an iPhone by Charlotte L Owen