The Large Lapel Black Men's Overcoat | Men's Style Edit

I going to elaborate further on this exquisite French Connection Deluxe Pile Coat as it's drawn a lot of attention on my Instagram feed. Firstly, it's a double breasted wool-blend with a heavily textured look. A lot of bloggers and sartorialists will tell you never to wear a double breasted open, which is true for suit jackets and long coats as they will lose their shape under the unevenness of the fabric. 

However, this is more peacoat in size and I can wear it open because we live in a free society and you're not the boss of me. Sorry, I'm feeling uncharacteristically defensive today.  

Secondly, it's super luxurious and the fabric has a gorgeous supple quality to it. It's a loose, non-constricting fit and the large collars really draw focus to the face. 'Vanity, always my favourite sin' - Al Pacino. The Devil's Advocate. (By the way my predictive text wanted me to say The Devil's Avocado which I thinks sounds like a much more interesting film). 

In a rich grey hue the coat promises versatility, providing the perfect finishing touch to your winter wardrobe. I have paired this with mutual dark colours to emphasise the broodiness, yet styled with white sneakers brings a little contrast to the ensemble. 

This French Connection Deluxe Pile Coat is currently on offer through the French Connection website, reduced from £250 to £200. Only available in Black. 

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Stylish Winter Overcoats | Men's Style Edit

If there is one piece of clothing that can define a look for the autumn/winter seasons, it is a statement overcoat. Most men have a large number of essential coats for winter such as a leather jacket, a shearling jacket and probably navy, black and camel overcoats. However to mix it up a little bit, check out the ASOS collection of overcoats, including this incredible green, camel, maroon number for only £85.

The coat was cut in a oversized fit, so if you are between sizes, go down a size and you’ll find it will fit better. It is also very warm, so on days that are warm, just simply wear it with a plain t-shirt and colder days layer up.

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Wearing Khaki White & Black | Men's Style Edit

Yesterday I was staying over at the girl I'm seeing's house with the heating on and a duvet watching Netflix, yet today I've been sweltering at home with all of the doors and windows open. Those weather contrasts are typical of this time of year and therefore your style has to match this diversity. T-shirts and shorts need to be in your wardrobe next to knitwear and jackets. 

A look that I'm really enjoying wearing right now is a plain t-shirt layered with a shirt and khaki/black/white is a great combination of colours for this 3 piece casual outfit. My khaki shirt was purchased from ASOS as well as the black jeans and white t-shirt. The mid-top white canvas trainers are from Superga, where you can design your own artwork and the in-house artist will paint your design onto your trainers for a small fee. My accessories are plentiful with EMOM sunglasses, a watch from Esprit, rings from Serge Denim, bracelets from Gentlemens Chuckaboo and pendant chains from Alex Orso.

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Is it Time for Lightweight Knits | Men's Style Edit

I hate to bring up the thought of knitwear after the summer we've had in London but the UK weather is like the Greek stock market, pretty unpredictable. Take today for example, sunny for a touch, mainly rainy and now that it's early evening (around 6pm), I'm starting to feel a little chilly. Maybe we're all now so used to 36 degrees with 90% humidity...who knows.

Lightweight knitwear really is the answer on days like this because it is light, breathable and warm. How to style: you can layer over a t-shirt if you would like another option to control your body temperature or just wear the knit alone if the materials are comfortable enough on your skin. There is nothing worse and it's like torture if you wear an itchy 100% woollen jumper direct onto your skin. 

I love the cut of these thin knitted jumpers and you can get them everywhere, my favourites are from ASOS, Uniquo or NINES Collection and you can get them in a variety of different colours. Great colour choices for AW18 are navy, burnt orange, grey and really dark greens. 

I've styled the knitwear simply with a pair of black jeans, men's jewellery and a white pair of custom designed Superga mid-top trainers.

 

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A Casual Outfit to Wear on Your Summer Holiday | Men's Style Edit

If you have been following my Instagram Stories over the past week would have known that I have been on holiday with Anchored Cruise so therefore it seemed fitting to create another post on what to wear for a summer holiday. This time I've gone for a casual outfit wearing denim shorts and layering a t-shirt and shirt.

On holiday you don't always want to dress up to the nines every evening nor do you want to be wearing your swimming shorts all day either. So on the evenings where you are possibly going out but not out out or you're staying in at the resort for dinner and a few drinks, this is the perfect attire.

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What to Wear on a Summer Holiday in the Evening | Men's Style Edit

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Here is my second instalment of what to wear on a summer holiday in the evening. For the second night on my recent trip to Zanzibar, we had an incredibly romantic meal booked at the chef's table. The weather was very warm and humid at about 6pm yet got a lot cooler by 8pm and plus the restaurant had air conditioning. Therefore I decided to go back to what I know best from living in the UK....layering.

The meal and company were sensational and hopefully I looked the part, personally I think I did! Wearing all white abroad looks great in the sun and is totally acceptable, although it doesn't transition well when back in London, walking down Oxford Street on a rainy day whilst holding an umbrella just doesn't cut it.

The whites in this outfit are all different shades which gives the look *some character. Sorry, let me rewind...I mean I hate writing that as what does it really mean? An outfit has character...actually shame on me, that's just some wishy-washy crap that you'll read on other style blogs, not mine, I'm better than that! But it is good to mix up slightly different shades of white when you are wearing all white otherwise you'll risk looking like bed linen.

I'm wearing skinny white jeans from ASOS, a white linen shirt from REISS, an off-white blazer from REISS, brown suede loafers from REISS and sunglasses from TOM FORD.

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Summer Holiday Evening Wear | Men's Style Edit

A few weeks ago I was luckily enough to visit one of my bucket list places, Zanzibar in Tanzania. I booked it in Jan 2018 after getting the winter blues! A holiday for one if needs be, but I wanted to back myself that a) I'll manage to get a girlfriend during the 5 months before I had to fly or (b) I could get a friend to come with me! 

Dressing for a summer holiday can be a challenge, quite stressful and costly and if you are anything like me, you'll want a whole new wardrobe for it. In this Men's Style Edit, I've chosen an outfit where each item of clothing can be reused in another outfit and therefore you'll get the most out of your 20KG baggage limit.

So for this Summer Holiday Evening Outfit, I've worn a pair of white slim jeans from ASOS, navy loafers from REISS and a black shirt from ZARA. The jeans (if you keep them clean) can be worn a few times with floral shirts, polos or t-shirts. The loafers should be your evening wear footwear of choose and navy pretty much goes with anything. Then as the shirt is black, depending on humidity you'll be able to wear this during the day open buttoned.

 

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Floral Shirts for Summer | Men's Style Edit

Google search 'floral shirts' or browse the SS18 menswear collections from all of the high-street powerhouses and you be inundated with floral print shirts signifying a trend this summer season. If you shop around as much as I do, you'll realise that some designs of the floral shirt are loud with bold prints and bolder colours - think of a floral shirt mating with a Hawaiian shirt. 

Personally I prefer floral shirts that are a little more subtle, such as this Reiss number. Two colours and a semi-simple print design. Easy to style with a pair of black or navy jeans or with shorts on your summer holiday.

In this men's style edit, I'm wearing the shirt from Reiss, t-shirt and jeans from ASOS, watch from Rotary, sunglasses from Taylor Morris and Chelsea boots from Goodwin Smith. 

 

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Men's Cream Bomber Jacket | Men's Style Edit

This week I've taken my own advice and spring cleaned my life, winter coats have been either packed away or taken to the charity shop. This cleanse was immediately followed by a heightened need to fill those newly free coat hangers. Winter coats are perfectly replaced by lightweight bomber jackets in every colour for the spring/summer season. 

Since I've already got a navy, grey, black and green bomber jacket the next logical choice was something a little lighter such as this cream one from ASOS. I've styled this men's style edit look casually with a pair of dark navy jeans, black trainers and a plain white t-shirt, all brought online via ASOS.

 

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ASOS Spring Menswear Outfit | Men's Style Edit

This last week we've been blessed in the UK with a mini heatwave which has delighted the whole population minus those who were running the London Marathon in record heat at the weekend. During this freak weather you'll probably want to wear as little as possible however as we know all too well these good times are always almost immediately followed by a reality check. 

This outfit is a typical spring look, simple layering and a lightweight jacket in a casual style for evenings or weekends. I personally wore this look to the gym where I would change into my gym gear and back into this outfit for date night.

The whole outfit is head-to-toe ASOS menswear, and I've made it simple to shop the look below.

 

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Yellow Tinted Sunglasses | The Latest Men's Summer Trend | Men's Style Edit

If you wasn't sunning it up at the most Instagrammable festival this week, aka Coachella in Palm Springs, California then you were probably getting royally pissed off with everyone that was. In all honesty I have no clue what bands played or if it was genuinely any good. All I know is that it's quite stylish and there seems to be a big wheel in the middle of it that's in the background of everyone's photos. 

What I did get out of all the 100's of instagram photos that I liked is confirmation on something that I've known for a while - yellow tinted sunglasses are this years festival trend. Actually let me rewind, this is not just a festival trend but one that will span men's, women's and unisex accessories this summer.

The yellow tinted sunglasses that I'm wearing in this men's style edit are from Gucci. Navy and yellow always work well together so I've gone with this colour theme for this look. My navy essentials t-shirt is from Zara and the layered navy striped shirt is from Reiss. My jeans are from ASOS, shoes from Goodwin Smith and finally watch from Rotary.

 

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Layering with a Leather Jacket | Men's Style Edit

With the weather warming up you might be tempted to pack away your leather jackets in favour of something lighter such as a bomber jacket. I would say, don't be so hasty, your leather jacket can still be the crown in your wardrobe this spring and on the odd cool summer day. In this weeks men's style edit, I'm laying up using simple navy, white and black colours.

This is pretty much my go-to outfit when I'm dressing casually. The leather jacket is from Bodaskins, white t-shirt from ASOS and the navy shirt from Reiss. For the lower half I'm wearing ASOS skinny black jeans and a pair of Chelsea boots from Dune London, purchased via House of Fraser.  I've accessorised with a Rotary watch and pair of Silhouette glasses from their new Alpha collection.

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The Benefits of Using Klarna - The Safest Way to Shop

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There is a new movement coming from the Scandinavian shores when it comes to buying stuff online called Klarna. In a nutshell Klarna provides a transaction approvement on your behalf ensuring the payment to the merchant is guaranteed. Klarna takes care of the invoicing and the money collection, which leaves the end users (you and I) with two choices: pay by invoice or pay by account. Pretty simple and straightforward. Klarna is now one of Europe’s largest banks and is providing payment solutions for 60 million consumers across 70,000 merchants in 14 countries. 

So what's in it for Klarna? I'm curious to know where the catch is with deals that seem too good to be true. The truth is that Klarna is a win-win for both merchant and end user. If you're a business owner, then Klarna will secure the payment and prevent people from being detracted from the gateway. It also enables cash flows within companies. Suppose you're a startup company and I went on one of my notorious spending splurges and bought a couple of grands' worth of denim from your shop (not happened to date but the day is young) and the monies only transfer into your account only once you deliver that product. Klarna makes money by charging the merchants a percentage and by charging the customers interest if they want to make payments.

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This was an interesting experiment for me. For one, the checkout experience when shopping at the multitude of merchants now offering the Klarna payment is now a breeze. I did the bulk of my haul through Asos, but there many more brands using Klarna, Topman, Burton Menswear, Schuh to name a few. 

I'm not a fan of submitting bank details online so fast tracking the payment process and having the added security of not needing to provide merchants with my credit card info is an immediate thumbs-up. 

 

From the haul you'll see that I treated myself to a the Muscle Harrington Jacket In Green, the Pull & Bear Faux Suede Bomber Jacket In Beige and the Skinny Denim Jacket With Cord Collar In Mid Wash. These are very staple pieces that will upgrade any man’s casual wardrobe. Their neutral and muted hues make them highly interchangeable with my other picks such as the grandad lightweight tee and the New Look Skinny Stretch Denim. The price point on those denim is insane. For anyone looking to sabotage or play around with abrasions, tears or tye-dye then start with these jeans. For £19.99 you can't go wrong, even if you go wrong! Here are the items I decided to buy:

With the buy now pay later capability it increases my optionality tenfold. For a start it alleviated the pressure of decision making. For example, if I'm meeting someone, friend or client, I like to dress in a different outfit to what they most likely would have seen me wearing in an INSTA post the day before. But having to pay for a dozen outfits at once just to keep people on their toes isn't the game plan. Klarna certainly helped me make some quick decisions which enabled me to pull the trigger on my outfits, and because of the delayed payment it nullified any immediate panic or buyer’s remorse. It's also convenient for me to structure my payments so they don't clash with other outgoings, like Netflix, utility bills, caffeine replenishments. 

LASTLY

Save the best to last, but one of the biggest benefits of using Klarna this month is that I get to inspect the goods before settling up. This is especially useful with fashion because how many times have you had to send stuff back, either wrong sizing or faulty goods etc. It's not good practice but I know from being an E-Tailor that a lot of people like to buy a few sizes in the same garment, knowing from the onset they'll be sending the ones that don't fit back. 

SUMMARY

In my opinion a very good experience. Enabled me to shop without feeling the weight of imminent payment, gave me great optionality, provided security and peace of mind and I feel more empowered knowing I can inspect any goods before having to pay. 

Here are the outfits I've styled, which outfit do you love more?

Further Reading & References:

https://www.klarna.com/uk/smoooth
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A Casual Weekend Attire | Men's Style Edit

On weekends most of us just want to be cozy, warm and comfortable and normally that would mean just staying on your PJ's all weekend but thats just gross. So what I tend to wear is something quick and easy, jeans, t-shirt, jumper and if I head out of the house I'll put on my favourite Bodaskins leather jacket which makes any outfit look good. 

As you know, in these Style Edits, I don't tend to go into much detail with the writing and why I've styled the outfit. It is more of a visual representation and if you like certain pieces of clothing, you can simply shop them by clicking on the images below. 

Starting from top to bottom, the glasses are from Oliver Peoples, the T-shirt from ASOS, the cardigan is from Reiss, the leather jacket is from Bodaskins, the jeans are from ASOS and the trainers are from Cole Haan.

 

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Easily The Best Leather Jacket I've Owned | Men's Style Edit

I've always had a leather jacket or three in my wardrobe and over the past years I've had ones from Superdry, Allsaints and even Belstaff, all of which I've loved. The jackets all had different characteristics that made a good leather jacket, yet it was about 2 months ago when I managed to get my hands on one from the specialist leather jacket brand Bodaskins that I found the holy grail. 

Bodaskins opened a pop-up store in London for a week and I went along to talk to the brand about the potential of working with them in the future. Little did I know they were going to gift me any jacket from their collection and that it would be this good. Bodaskins have a huge range of Men's and Women's leather jackets and have amassed over 205K loyal followers on Instagram - it's become a fashionable cult in some ways. 

The coat that I chose was their Winter Shearling (retails at £589), as I love the look of biker style leather jackets, but this one was different, it had the added warmth and appearance of the shearling collar. The design was impeccable and the fabric is amazingly soft yet rugged and the fit was like a rug, not too baggy and perfectly fitted in all the right places. 

Expect to see many more posts featuring the Bodaskins leather jacket on my feed in weeks, months and years to come. This really is not an advertisement although it sounds very much like one! To put it into context how versatile it is and how much I wear it, just today I have worn it in the morning layered on top of my all-black gym kit with shorts and a black zip hoody. This afternoon, I wore it with a pair of black ripped jeans and t-shirt whilst walking my dog and tonight I'm heading out to a few bars and will most certainly wear it again. So if I was to work out the cost per wear, it would be low but not as low as it will be at the end of its life, which could be years and years time.

In this particular style edit, I'm wearing a pair of skinny black jeans from ASOS, black Chelsea boots from Superdry, a white T-shirt from Zara, a tan shirt from A Day's March and the Bodaskins leather jacket. Accessorising with a multicoloured bag from ASOS, sunglasses from Taylor Morris Eyewear, a wrist watch from Fredrick Jackson, rings from Serge Denim and the chain is from ASOS.

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Everyday Dressing | Men's Style Edit

If you've been keeping up with my Instagram, you'll have realised that I've been in the Philippines over the last week wearing linen shirts, cotton shorts and t-shirts. Whilst everyone staying in the UK has been 'embracing' the snow in minus 8 degree temperatures wearing all the layers with the chunkiest knitwear and coats. Somewhere in between you'll find the mean of these two extremes, which is your everyday outfit. Simple colours and single layers are perfect for wearing indoors as well as out for average daily weather.

For me the ultimate everyday men's style is dark colours, so you can wear them more than once without them looking completely grimy. Layered simply with a jumper, bomber jacket or my favourite jacket style, the biker jacket in leather or suede. You can then accessorise to keep things fresh with glasses, sunglasses, rings, pendents, different kinds of footwear such as black or white trainers or even a dark pair of Chelsea boots would work great.

For this look I've been shopping mainly at ASOS, buying the grey suede biker jacket, t-shirt and black jeans. If you love the complete look, you can shop it below.

 

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Rusty Earth Tones | Men's Style Edit

In this weeks Style Edit, Im wearing earth coloured men's clothing such as a tan/rusty palette to show you how good it can look. It is very much an AW (autumn/winter) trend which doesn't transition very well into spring/summer so if you're reading this from the UK you'll only really have one more month to nail this trend before changing it up for a more summer palette of yellows, creams and navy.

I'm wearing a rust coloured knitter jumper which is the bold piece in this outfit, it's from Pull & Bear brought from ASOS. I've layered this with an incredible coat from Zara which is beautifully tailored with a unique collar that is similar to a grandad shirt collar. What I love most about this jacket and why I've styled it in this outfit is the tan thread that is discretely woven into the checked print. I've kept the rest of the outfit quite simple with black jeans and white trainers but experiment yourself and see whats works for you.

 

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The Striped Shirt | Men's Style Edit

My latest favourite menswear trend has to be the oversized striped shirt worn in a casual way. Stripes tend to be a way to elongate your body shape in a visual way to slim down your physique which is why so many guys wear vertical stripes as opposed to horizontal stripes. This trend has been going on for quite a few seasons although I'm certainly seeing more and more stripes hit the market. Thin stripes, thick stripes, multi-coloured stripes, chevron stripes are all styles that are out there right now.  

I brought a pointed collar, monochrome, oversized shirt to wear in this style edit from ASOS. With monochrome stripes I think the best way to style it is to stick to the two colours, black and white. My skinny black jeans are from AG Jeans, black Chelsea boots are from Superdry, overcoat is from Antony Morato, jewellery from Alex Orso and finally sunglasses from Taylor Morris Eyewear.

I've spent a bit of time selecting my top picks for this menswear trend.

 

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Introducing King Pin Hats | Bespoke Hats for Men | UK Made

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Last week I never wore hats, this week I'm converted and can't wait to go out in my new King Pin Bespoke Hat again. I'm not sure why I've never really been a 'hat fan' I guess I've always said to myself that hats do not suit me, without any real evidence of that. I'm sure so many men are in that exact same mind-set, so hopefully by creating this style edit for you, you'll see that in-fact hats are for you and they are stylish.

King Pin Hats are about quality and cutting edge design, popular culture inspired from Taboo to peaky blinders it’s so inspiring to see men rocking hats again! The hat has been reborn and becoming the norm in mainstream men’s fashion, yet worn in many ways from casual to suiting style the dapper gentlemen to the dandy.

King Pin a current topical brand strikes a balance of classic in a cutting edge way, offering exciting design with the finest quality materials and hand made. The hat bodies are made from rabbit fur which is a by-product and processed in a number of different ways to achieve different finishes depending on the clients preference from smooth peach bloom, suede to a mohair finish.

The Pablo (Which it the hat that I'm wearing) is made from a melusine fur felt, which is textured and brushed to give the luxurious feel, some hat designers use wool felt which a fraction of the cost but the quality is far from the superior quality of the fur felt to the touch and the look. The leather belt is ostrich embossed leather with chrome O-ring and tiny skulls. The leather belts are bespoke made for each individual hat in the UK.

Molly Bunce who is the founder of King Pin Hats believes it is about time that there is some choice in men’s hat design, hats which are made not for the purpose of mass production but one offs which ooze quality design class and have a presence about them and I'm inclined to agree. 

For this Style Edit, I've worn my King Pin (The Pablo) hat with a biker look. The black leather jacket is from Boda Skins, which I've layered over a plain white t-shirt from ASOS. My jeans and men's chain jewellery are also from ASOS, whereas the black brogue boots are from John White Shoes. As always, if you love this style, shop it by clicking on the images below.

 

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Outfit of the Week | Men's Style Edit | ASOS, Superdry, Serge Denimes

This week has been pretty awesome, I started off the week doing lots of fashion photoshoots with loads of new clothing that I've brought, so I've got some incredible Style Edits coming in the coming weeks. Tuesday evening was a dinner event to celebrate the launch of the new Mont Blanc fragrance attended by industry experts, press and social influencers all joined together for a tasty evening at the Ivy Market Grill in Covent Garden. 

Wednesday night brought the launch of the new male grooming brand House 99 which was endorsed by the one and only David Beckham, who also attended the event and mingled for a couple of hours before heading off. Moving swiftly on to my Thursday where I had a meeting with one of my favourite brands of all time Boda Skins who are hosting a pop-up store just around the corner from Warren Street tube station. I managed to get my hands on one of their designer leather jackets which you do not understand how happy that makes me! 

Male grooming and fragrance aside, I feel that 2018 is going to be the year of men's accessories with designer sunglasses and jewellery at the fore-front of this trend. Just look at brands such as Serge Denimes, Taylor Morris and Alex Orso who are pioneering this trend in men's fashion. 

For my outfit of the week, I'm wearing an ASOS striped t-shirt layered with a checked wool blend jacket, black jeans and black Chelsea boots from Superdry. I've accessorised with a psir of H.F.S sunglasses by Taylor Morris, a Kartel watch, rings from Serge Denimes and a pendant chain from Alex Orso.

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