Karl Lagerfeld & "That" Varsity Jacket | Men's Style Edit

Today I want to introduce you to the Sebastien Varsity jacket from Karl Lagerfeld. Made from Blue and white leather, cashmere and virgin wool (my favourite kind of wool) featuring a ribbed collar, a front button fastening, long sleeves, side pockets and a ribbed hem and cuffs.

I have fetishised over owning a Varsity Jacket for some time. I get oddly gooey and nostalgic for no good reason when I see Varsity Jackets. Perhaps it’s a sign of a misspent youth growing up watching brat-pack films like Breakfast Club, The Faculty, Teenwolf, the collegiate look, when done right, holds much reverie in the 16 year old Carl Thompson.  

But Carl, why am I paying over £700 for a Varsity Jacket? 

Great question and here's your answer. Karl Lagerfeld is one of the biggest marquee named designers in the western world, naturally you're paying for the name. The brand strikes an effortless balance between timeless classics and contemporary, cutting-edge cool. As the man himself says, “Fashion is a game that has to be played seriously.”

With the name comes the quality assurance. The materials are genuine premium fabrics. More entry level brands will offer synthetic equivalents on their Varsity Jackets (polyester, viscose and elastane) and the sleeves will be almost certainly made of faux leather. Which is fine, but just remember you get what you pay for. 

Notes on Care

Don't wear out on a stag-do. Don't lend to any of your friends named Monkey or Dangerous Dave. Dry Clean only. It has cashmere in it so don't let the missus or mum anywhere near it. 

How to style 

The jacket is casual, but I'd refrain from pairing it with anything stone wash. Match the dark blue with black jeans, distressed or not is up to you. There's an increasing trend for inner layers to be pulled out and beyond the outer layers these days. 

Notice the model has an oversized jumper in comparison to the length of the jacket. The jacket is cuffed at the bottom so don't fight it. Wear it open with a graphic jumper or sweater that mirrors the quality of the jacket. 

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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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My Outfit of the Week | AW16 Casualwear

This weeks outfit of the week has an everyday edge about it using a grey, navy and black palette. In fact looking back at this look, I love ti so much, I think I'll be wearing it tonight when out in Clapham. This shoot was taken in the incredible and stylish Me London, perfect for the darkness and edginess of this look. This outfit may seem quite simple and not warm enough for winter time, but on most occasions when you get to the pub you unravel layers anyway.

This look has been styled from the bottom up, starting with the footwear. Recently I was introduced the the brand ohw Shoes from where I got these navy trainers from. Ohw's aim is simple - to bring a fresh approach to men’s footwear with contemporary and functional designs. The Deacon trainer from ohw is made from navy full grain leather and date palm suede details.

Although my toes hate me, I decided to wear the outfit with no socks and roll my Topman dark navy jeans up a couple of turns to showcase the trainers. I've then worn a black longline with curved hem t-shirt from Only & Sons and layered with my luxury grey bomber from Black Jamm's AW16 collection. Finally, I have accessorised with a pair of Persol specs which I got from David Clulow Opticians and a Seiko Prospex watch.

 

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Photography by Kylie Eyra

The Style Off - Zara Man - The Pilot Episode 1

Introducing THE STYLE OFF, a new 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. Watch both videos and let us know who styled it better?!! For this months Style Off we brought two trending items from Zara. A floral print bomber jacket and a striped t-shirt.

THE BOMBER JACKET
CARL'S LOOK

OLI'S LOOK

Zara Bomber Jacket

Zara Bomber Jacket

Carl's Styled Look:

Jacket - Zara
Shoes - Grenson
Jeans - ASOS
T-Shirt - Topman
Watch - Paul Smith

Oli's Styled Look:

Jacket - Zara
Jumper - Zara
Jeans - Zara
Boots - Topman

 

THE STRIPED TEE
CARL'S LOOK

OLI'S LOOK

Zara Striped T-Shirt

Zara Striped T-Shirt

Carl's Styled Look:

T-Shirt - Zara
Shoes - Hawkins & Shepherd
Jeans - ASOS
Blazer - Reiss
Watch - Paul Smith

Oli's Styled Look:

T-Shirt - Zara
Hat - Places + Faces
Top - Levi's
Jeans - Zara
Boots - Topman