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 ūüėČ

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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, 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’s,¬†however, 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

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