London is incredible...full stop. For some time now if you follow me on Instagram, you would have noticed that I'm trying to incorporate London's weird and wonderful architecture into my photoshoots, mixing in a little bit of fashion. Often if you just walk around, you'll bump into some incredible architecture, often in random places. During this shoot Ella and I headed off on a quiet Sunday evening to the Barbican when the sunlight is softer leading to these incredible images. During this shoot I was wearing an outfit predominantly made up with pieces from the GANT Diamond G collection for AW16.
Autumn is a month to start layering your t-shirts with new autumn/winter knitwear or a jacket. It really is as simple as it sounds, so I went shopping at Next to find my perfect autumnal layers. What I look at when shopping for autumn knitwear is different to winter knitwear as I prefer a lighter wool and something that isn't too chunky. I've found that Next have really focused on these transitional pieces of clothing which is why I've chosen them for this menswear autumn trend article.
When walking my dog in the mornings is a time that I use to reflect on my life, how are things going? What could I do to improve? When am I going to meet 'the one'? etc. Well, my life at the moment is amazing and I'm the happiest I have been in years - everything is going great with the business Hawkins & Shepherd and my blog carlthompson.co.uk whilst my Instagram is better than I could have ever imagined. Saying that. During these walks my one favourite thought is 'What would I do if I won the lottery'! I mean, some morning walks I've 'won' £3million, £10million, £1million, £100million or 'just' £5,000...every single scenario has been thought through at some point!
Who else loves autumn? Crisp mornings that make the London Underground bearable, in fact you become grateful for the warmth given off by the close proximity of the person next to you! Autumn also brings a turn in seasonal menswear trends for us to buy into. Debenhams and the new Hammond & Co collection by Patrick Grant have brought out a stylish range for AW16, consisting of beautifully cut suits, formal clothing and stylish casual wear bringing the essence of Savile Row - the epitome of men's tailoring to their new menswear collection.
Autumn and Winter are the best months to invest in clothing as the collections have much more substance than other seasons. If you look through my wardrobe, I have about 10 or so true investment pieces that will last a very long time, in terms of the fabric and will span through fashion trends because the designs are classic and timeless. These are the types of pieces that you need to spend real money one because the clothing is not disposable. Then with seasonal trending pieces, I would recommend spending less on because fashion changes so fast - mix the two and you have the perfect combination.
Dressing smartly, dapper, sartorial or formal is always much more comfortable and natural for me. It seems the older you get and the more grey you get the better you look dressing formal as apposed to casual wear and I'm at that cross-road right now. When dressing up I have some sartorial trends that I will look towards if I want to look a little bit different and extra special...for example the Pin Collar Shirt and the Double-Breasted jacket.
How you smell (if you don't stink like a dustbin) is one of the first, if not the first thing people comment on when they meet you - "Oh wow you smell great, what are you wearing" is a comment that many of us have received before. Since I've upped my game in the fragrance stakes, it is happening more and more often, so I wanted to share my aftershave fragrance picks with you - what I wear on different occasions.
Everyone has their favourite shops that you head directly to, without passing GO or grabbing a coffee, when arriving at Bluewater, London Westfield or on Oxford Street. Well I'm no different. Depending on what I'm looking for I'll head straight to the brands that I know, fit well, are within budget and that I have brought from before and loved. With this outfit I did just that and here is where I brought each item from and why.
I'm so glad the weather is getting colder...yes I have turned the heating on already and outdoor fitness is becoming quite bitter in the evenings. However what trumps all of these negatives, is that I can bring out my favourite AW15 (last years collection) dogtooth overcoat by Zara. Every time I wear it, it totally transforms an outfit, even the simplest of styles such as black jeans and a white t-shirt like what I'm wearing in this weeks outfit of the week.
What says 'transitioning between seasonal styles' better than a random walk through a corn field on the side of a country lane?! As we are transitioning between different seasons in the high-street stores currently, it is important to get ahead of the fashion curve and be first to wear and buy this seasons trends before your mates get in there first - otherwise you only have two choices. The first - just buy the same clothes as all your mates and look like a very co-ordinated boyband or two, buy something that no one else has (but is probably last seasons stock or just not that trendy!). So get shopping people.
We are back, for the 3rd episode of THE STYLE OFF, a YouTube collaboration with Oli from The Tailor Fitted where we both take a single item of clothing and style it to our own personal style. We have taken two of our favourite pieces from Realm & Empire's AW16 collection and completed the look in our own style. Watch both videos above, let us know what you think and of course, who styled it better with #Carl or #Oli. This months style off was sponsored by the brand Realm & Empire whose AW16 collection is centred around military history. The items we have chosen from the Realm & Empire range is their US Marine Workwear Shirt in Stone and a pair of loose fitting Diver Utility Trousers in Olive. Watch both videos and let us know who styled it better.
For this weeks Outfit of the Week, I wanted to put together a look that is perfect for Friday office attire although could work just as well if you are heading out for after work drinks, a cheeky little date with that hot girl off Tinder or even dinner at a restaurant. Most of us wont have time to head back home to get changed before heading out again on Friday because to be honest, thats just eating into our drinking time! So planning what to wear on Friday's is more important than any other day but it is also the most challenging.
Are you new to working in the city of London? Have you just got your first job out of university or college and struggling to know what to wear to the office? I've been there and had to work it all out for myself - so here are my tips on what to wear to work so you don't turn up with a Simpsons novelty tie and therefore ruin any promotion opportunities for the next few years!
Working in London can be stressful at times so it's nice to switch off during our lunch-breaks, of course, that's if you are lucky enough to have one! I recall when I was working in an office job, I was always much more productive if I took an hour at lunch to hit the gym, the shops, a sit down meal or even just walking around doing nothing. So yesterday, I decided to take advantage of the £99 deal Thai Square Spa were offering during September, a haircut plus a 60 minute massage or facial.
Convenience has become very much part of our everyday lives. I'm a prime example of someone who doesn't like to waste time, I love being busy and absolutely hate doing nothing. Today I was on a tube journey for 35 minutes, I walk down and up the escalators to save 20 seconds. If I hear a train pulling in to the station, I run down the escalator just to get that 50/50 chance it is going my way and hence saving 2 minutes waiting on the station for the next one to arrive. The journey between stations in the tunnels is time to write replies to all my WhatsApp messages and send them when connected to wifi at the tube stations...all because it's dead time otherwise. When getting on to tubes, I always make sure I get on at the point in which is the closest door to my exit. No-one who rushes around like I do wants to be stuck behind a couple of london tourists taking up the whole platform with their suitcases, walking at a snails pace leaving frustrated Londoner's queuing up behind.
The double-breasted suit or blazer is a timeless classic, although over the years has only really been worn by fashion forward individuals. Although I'm starting to see more gents opting for double-breasted styles and therefore a greater number of the high-street stores stocking a larger range. Great news for double-breasted fans like myself. I've been experimenting with this style of blazer for a long time and I think you'll find that the double-breasted jacket is far more versatile than you might expect.
Who's been to Santa Monica in Los Angeles? If you haven't, then try to get out there as in my opinion quite a unique place, famed for glorious sandy beaches, the latest fitness trends and juice bars. Santa Monica have brought to London a small taste of their glorious, laid-back lifestyle to the SkyLounge situated at DoubleTree by Hilton London - Tower of London. Offering rooftop, after-work cocktails with incredible views over the city of London, weekly Yoga and incredible detox juices. A pop-up only there until the end of this month...so head on down whilst the weather allows.
This is my Outfit of the Week because I wanted to show that there is still time to wear shorts before it gets too cold here in London. As well as that, a lot of my friends are off on holidays during September and October and need a little inspiration - so here it is, my seasonal transition outfit of the week.
When I was a wee little lad and being 2 months premature, I didn't really have any hair until I was about 2 years old, furthermore I was around 5 before I had my first haircut! Most of my primary school years my hair was left au-natural with the curls taking over and the cut in hair-cut was seemingly left off. During secondary school, I had two styles. The first was to brush my hair back with as much gel as possible and the other being a tin-tin like quiff...class! Then came the dark-ages of my 20's where I just used to get a short back and sides with a number 5 on top too. Short and no character at all, I just wanted to cut off the curls.
You may think that this post is a tad too late with summer ending however this bank holiday weekend proves otherwise, there is still life in London's roof top bars this year. Roof top bars can be hard to find as many are pop-ups or closed in winter months but I thought I would share this little gem with you. The Santa Monica rooftop bar is the perfect venue for a couple of quick beers after work, meeting up with mates or going on a date.