Get stylish up top - 5 best winter hats for men

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Hats in general can be hard to pull off. Whether you’re looking for pure warmth or a bit more attitude, when the temperatures drop, make sure you have something stylish up top. From classic to more vibrant designs, no matter what your look and budget, here are some of the best on offer for autumn/winter 2017.

Hats exclusively illustrated by Joseph Larkowsky (@josayhef)

 

Beanie

Beanies bypass all rules of hat-wearing. The knit style has a simple, universal quality that makes it look just right on anyone. Plus, it keeps your head warm, disguises bad hair days, and adds an easy detail to every outfit. Our pick is from Drake’s, the British menswear haberdasher, founded in 1977 and built around Mr Michael Drake's philosophy of 'relaxed elegance.' Their blue Donegal Merino Wool version is spun with vibrant orange, red and green merino yarns.

Available at www.mrporter.com £55

 

Trilby

While most of us can carry off a hat of some kind, not everyone can pull off a trilby. If you can, good for you and we recommend you go for a bold colour to bring a bit of stylish drama to winter days. The trilby hat’s name, sometimes also known as the ‘brown hat’ in Britain, comes from a play. During the stage adaptation of George du Maurier’s 1894 novel Trilby, performed in London, a hat of this style was worn and so the trendy trilby hat was born. Our favourite is Paul Smith’s cobalt blue trilby with a black grosgrain headband complete with feather.

Available at www.paulsmith.com £135

 

Bobble hat

The humble knitted bobble hat is very much in vogue and the joy of a great bobble hat is in its simplicity. It’s warm, cosy and easy to throw on with any outfit, and the more colourful the better. We couldn’t help but go for Burberry’s cashmere-wool beanie in a bright Fair Isle pattern. The design fits snugly with a turnback hem, and is topped with a playful pom-pom.

Available from uk.burberry.com £150

 

Flat cap

Yes, the flat cap can have a little Oliver Twist energy to it, but when braving the winter temperatures with your collar turned up, it's really "dapper British gentleman" that comes out most and who wouldn’t want that compliment? The main thing to remember when styling a flat cap is that they’re not like beanies. When you wear a flat cap it takes centre stage, and the rest of your outfit needs to be built up around it. We love the effortless style of Barbour’s Moons tweed cap from the renowned British mill, Abraham Moon & Sons.

Available from www.barbour.com £37.95

 

Trapper

If the weather starts hitting arctic temperatures, the biggest drawback of the other styles is their incomplete coverage: the lower part of the ears is left bare, as are the cheeks and chin. Looking to stay extra warm this season? Go for the (faux) fur-trimmed trapper, or ushanka, achapka or “Elmer Fudd” (after the iconic Loony Tunes character), which solves the problem by adding two flexible flaps, one on each side. Our cosiest choice is the navy ‘BEARDY’ from Ted Baker with its soft faux fur lining and branded detailing.

Available at www.tedbaker.com £45

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London Fashion Week Men's AW17 Roundup #LFWM

London Fashion Week Men's (which was formally known as London Collections: Men) is the men's time to takeover London before London Fashion Week takes over our streets and Instagram feeds later on in the year. The event is run in London and this season was displayed over the 6th - 9th of January 2017. It's a chance for brands to showcase their new Autumn/Winter 2017 (AW17) collections to press and industry experts. Headquartering at 180 Strand, however London hosts a variety of different showcases and presentations from Britains biggest menswear brands. As a blogger and a menswear business owner myself, Im invested in the menswear industry heavily, so it is important for me to attend and see as many shows as possible as it is important to keep ahead of trends coming up. 

I have created the video at the top of this post to show you what I personally got up to during LFWM. You'll see a sneak peak of AW17 concepts from Topman, Sibling, Toni & Guy, Chester Barrie as well as Barbour SS17 in-store collections.

For my LFWM day one outfit, I wanted to keep to a classic tailoring look, high-end and polished and this means accessorising in style. Launer (the brand who crafted my luxury leather bag) are a truly great British label, designed and handcrafted in Walsall, they manufacture beautiful leather goods assembled by one expert craftsman’s per item, with some items taking up to 5 weeks to create.  British traditional style, with a modern, contemporary panache is how I would describe the high-end brand. The Launer leather bag worked well with the camel palette of the lux 100% British cashmere overcoat by Hawkins & Shepherd. 

 

SHOP MY LFWM DAY 1 OUTFIT

Topman started the ball rolling with their neon inspired collection which I went along with Lavazza coffee, a perfect way to start LFWM with a large double-espresso!

Straight after the Topman runway show, I headed over to view the Barbour collection which was a presentation type show. Presentations just mean that rather than a catwalk runway it is more based around models wearing the clothing on a themed stage. I actually prefer presentations because they seem more informal and often have free food and drink!!!

Unfortunately I had to miss day 2, but day 3 was a busy one starting with the Chester Barrie AW17 collection presentation. I love how London is so diverse in men's fashion, one presentation could be showcasing the most urban streetwear and just down the road the same faces are appreciating Savile Row's finest tailors such as Chester Barrie. 

My final event on day 3 was a long one but an incredible experience. I was invited backstage with Toni&Guy who were collaborating with iconic fashion label SIBLING London on their runway show. This is the second time the two brands have collaborated and represents an important moment for creativity and self-expression in London fashion. Backstage we got an insight into the next big men's hairstyle trends and what new Toni&Guy products will help you create said looks.

After spending time backstage with TONI&GUY and SIBLING London it was time to check-in to the Mondrian hotel which was compliments of TONI&GUY. After a quick freshen up, finally it was time for the big event, the runway show which featured girls and guys wearing SIBLING's iconic knitwear amongst other incredible pieces.

London Fashion Week Men's AW17 has been an amazing experience and for me the best yet...I just cant wait until 6 months time when brands showcase their SS18 collections. Until then, keep tuned for more of my usual style.

Where I shop for specific items of men's clothing

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.

Firstly lets discuss the specs. I have had my eyes lasered for about 8 years when both eyes were short sighted at around -4.75. For those of you who wear glasses will understand that -4.75 is blind to the extent of you can barely read size 68 font when it is right in front on you. My eyes have since deteriorated slightly and I now have to wear glasses again, but lucky for me the styles have changed from gold rimmed, thick lenses with transformers (girl's had My Little Pony) on the sides to the designs that Kite are producing now. I found Kite through Instagram and have loved their optical designs ever since. They have a store in Westfield Stratford where you can get your eyes tested and customise your own frames for a flat fee and they have some incredible modern frames to choose from.

Next up is the shirt. Now there really is only one place to get your formal shirts from and that is Hawkins & Shepherd. A Hawkins & Shepherd shirt is always handmade and are crafted in a small family run tailors who take care in their work - unlike so many other shirt makers who factory run their work with no care and attention. Hawkins & Shepherd are only available online but have recently launched their AW16 collection of new pin collar shirts, button down shirts, suits and made-in-Britain cashmere overcoats.

Reiss is my destination for mid-range priced classic coats. Every season without fail they deliver, I mean their designs don't change too much but that fabric hues they use are always on style. This coat is their GABRIEL and priced at £295 and is sure to a sell-out piece.

My jeans are from Superdry. It isn't my normal destination for jeans, although I have felt that the standards and workmanship that go into jeans recently has declined due to so many affordable pairs entering the market. I recall a time when I used to spend a minimum of £125 on a pair of Diesel jeans, although for the last 5 years my shopping habits for denim has changed to affordable and I have brought most of my pairs from Topman or ASOS. Well I was on the search for a pair of jeans what were great quality but will not break the bank and I found them at Superdry of all places for £65.

My shoes are made by John White from Northamptonshire so the quality of craftsmanship that goes into them is great and you can really feel the comfort when you wear a pair. These brogue shoes with a grain exterior in a tan colour are available through Hawkins & Shepherd.

I've accessorised with a pair of quilted dark brown gloves from Barbour and a 100% silk navy polka-dot scarf from Hawkins & Shepherd.

 

SHOP THE LOOK

Photography by Rebecca Spencer

WHAT TO PACK FOR A FESTIVAL

I feel that packing for a festival should be a master of arts degree. We are well and truly in the middle of the UK festival season so here are my list of things to pack for a festival so you'll be ready to hit the fields in style and comfort.

1. POP-UP TENT

Now there is something to be said about having a massive 8-man tent that has its own east and west wings and a place where you can get changed standing up. What to remember is that these tents and pretty heavy to carry and take an age to put up, so leave that to one of your mates and just reap the benefits of their hard work. What you should do is invest in a 2 second pop-up tent from Quechua as they are made extremely well and are dual skinned which means you wont get all the condensation on the inside of your tent. Arrive, throw your tent up and crack open an a beer whilst watching and maybe filming your mate struggle with his 8-man'er.

2. A DECENT PAIR OF WELLIES

Lets be honest, its England and it will rain so you'll probably end up wearing your wellies most of the time - so you need to have a pair that are cool and comfortable. Hunter have a vast range of quality comfortable wellington boots but are expensive so an alternative would be to purchase a pair from Barbour at half the price. Another alternative if space is an issue, you could opt for a pair of mid-calf smaller wellies.

 

 

 

3. A BACKPACK

Don't be that person. You know the laughable fool dragging their massive suitcase through the mud whilst finding a suitable place to pitch up. They can be quite expensive, so if you have a friend who has done a bit to travelling...shotgun to borrow theirs. 

4. PORTABLE PHONE CHARGER

If you are the sort of person like myself that once the seal has broken needs a piss a pint. So I'm forever leaving my mates and going to the toilet and losing them on my return. I need my phone and it charged at all times. Check out the chargers from ANKER, they also have battery cases that will clip on to your phone...winning!

5. BEDDING

Party hard and sleep well. Take a single air-bed but remember if you have the normal air-beds they will require a foot pump. So opt for these self-inflating single mattresses with a cheap pillow that you can throw away at the end of the festival.

6. HIP FLASK

Fed up of drinking cider, beer and who buys a vodka and coke at a festival?! Dip into your hip flask filled to the brim with your favourite spirit, probably saving you money at the same time.

7. WET WIPES

Unless you are glamping, you'll probably not going to queue a couple of hours to have a cold shower. So take a packet of wet-wipes and lots of deodorant.

8. SNACKS

To mop up all that alcohol!

 

9. FLORAL PRINTS

If there is one place where you can get away with wearing the most out there, wackiest print t-shirt or shirt - its at a festival. ASOS currently do some awesome floral prints and have hand-picked a few choices below.

10. SUNGLASSES

Fancy that hot girl to my 5 o'clock, the one with the flowers in her hair? Nope don't turn around just yet, put on your sunglasses and have a cheeky glance over. Don't bring your £200 vintage Ray-Bans, you'll only lose them and it will ruin your festival experience. Opt for a cheap under £10 pair and if you lose them, its probably for the best anyway. Topman have a large selection of cheap sunglasses, so check them out.