2 Killer Autumn Jackets all Men should own

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What are the best men’s Autumn Jacket on the market right now?

The two lightweight autumn jackets that I would recommend for you is the River Island Dark brown faux suede racer jacket for £70.00 and the M&S Suede Baseball Jacket for £129.

What's so great about these autumn jackets?

The River Island Autumn racer jacket is easily the best men’s autumn jacket on the market right now for price value. It's made of a faux suede fabric so you're not paying for the high end material. Yet the look is relatively indistinguishable.

It has quilted panels on the sleeve and a popper-fastened racer neck collar. Similar to that of a storm collar.

The only thing I'm not a huge fan of is the side slip zip pockets. I find putting my hands in zip pockets uncomfortable and scratches my hands. But it's an authentic look and it simply goes with anything.

A photo of the second jacket was posted recently on my Instagram page in partnership with Marks & Spencer to announce the news of their new pop up store in Soho.

One lucky winner got to win the jacket as part of a giveaway competition so make sure you're following my page as I'll be doing more posts like these.

This malleable-soft suede jacket has a regular fit, ribbed stretch cuffs and waistband to help create the classic bomber silhouette. Chunky zipper fastening and band collar. It's fully lined with a handy zipped interior pocket big enough to house a card wallet.

Why these autumn jackets works so well?

I often switch between both blue and black denim trousers. You can see in both photos that because of the dark brown and tan hues, I can wear both these jackets interchangeably. To see all the latest AW19 colour trends you should check out what's been on show at New York Fashion Week via Pinterest

They're also lightweight so NOW is the time to be wearing these jackets before the big freeze hits.

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The men's camel coat | A coat for all seasons & all styles

Sartorially speaking there are not many coats that can span seasons and suit all styles, yet the camel coat is most certainly at the top of that small list. We are creeping towards autumn/winter now and if you are listening to all the news reports or simply looking out your window whilst putting on your heating in what should be Britain's warmest month...you'll realise that summer is over! In the style stakes autumn/winter clothing totally kicks arse compared to spring/summer styles and when you live in Britain this season is a lengthy one. Be first to start transitioning into an AW17 wardrobe and start off with a lightweight, warm yet breathable 100% cashmere coat.

With these cool weather conditions, retailers are rushing to get their AW17 collections in-store and it's time to invest now in quality, transitional pieces that you can wear on warm days, cold days and even those days where the weather changes its mind every hour. Cashmere is the perfect fabric to use in these changeable conditions. Wool is too thick and warm, yet cotton/linen is too cool. Cashmere, is warm yet light and also breathable allowing good air circulation through the material. 

Combine the technicals of this Hawkins & Shepherd 100% camel cashmere coat with the classic handmade tailoring, sophisticated style and you'll realise why this particular coat is always up there as an all-time, always on-trend item of clothing.

Worn by David Gandy

Hawkins & Shepherd 100% Cashmere Camel Overcoat

A camel coat is extremely versatile, so if you are wearing it going out in a casual look or wearing it layered over a suit, you'll always look bang on point. *Click on the video at the bottom of this blog to view my 5 others ways to wear a camel coat. In some respects it is easier to wear an overcoat in a formal look, so for this post, I wanted to show you how easy you can also style the camel coat casually. So to complete my casual, going out look I'm wearing a black shirt from COS, black jeans from AG Jeans, my Seiko Prospex watch and Goodwin Smith boots.

To get your hands on one of these handmade, double-breasted, 100% cashmere, camel coats, click on the link in the 'shop the look' section below. They are limited edition, so once there are gone, they're gone - and are currently reduced down from £1,600 to £800, where else can you get that level of tailoring, that level of British 100% cashmere fabric for that price. It's a classic piece that will be the pride of your wardrobe for years and years to come, a sartorial master.

 

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HOW TO WEAR A CAMEL COAT 5 MORE WAYS

THE ALL SEASON COAT LOOKBOOK

There are a number of reasons why we all need a classic coat for all seasons. The unpredictably of the British weather being an obvious one, holidays to different climates and to save money to name a few. For your all season coat, you need to go for classic styling and a colour palette that will go with most outfits. This coat will get a lot of wear so buy an investment piece that will last season after season.

Okay so you only have to compare yesterday and today to realise that our weather can be wacky pretty much all of the time. To combat these changes in temperature my choice of an all-season coat would need to have medium weight fabric such as cashmere and ideally look just as awesome buttoned up in the autumn/winter and undone in the spring/summer months. I would then look into the style of the coat. Something tailored and classic that can be styled smart, smart casual and casual with jeans - for me the long knee length overcoat is perfect. Finally what colour? You can not go wrong with navy, camel or grey...always in style and completely versatile.

Hawkins & Shepherd are currently selling these limited edition British cashmere investment overcoats. They are expensive, but they are an investment that will last season after season and will not disappoint.

 

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Hawkins & Shepherd Navy Cashmere Blend Overcoat

Hawkins & Shepherd Navy Cashmere Blend Overcoat

Hawkins & Shepherd Camel 100% Cashmere Overcoat

Hawkins & Shepherd Camel 100% Cashmere Overcoat

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Photography Sophie Milner

JE M'APPELLE CARL

A Frenchman in London or a Londoner is Paris? No such luck, sadly, I'm not in Paris but I thought would bring a little Paris style to London. Given the warm winter weather we have been having recently, I have minimised the layers, by simply wearing a thin roll neck jumper and open jacket.

I loved shooting this outfit, mainly because Sophie couldn't help herself laughing at how much I looked like Frenchman but then when I open my mouth, I speak this London/Kent mumbled accent which totally killed her fantasy!

Secondly, it's all about the coat, which I LOVE. Forget the rest of this outfit, this houndstooth coat will go with anything both formal and casual. If I were you, I would hurry up and get this coat, it's from ZARA and currently down from £129.99 to £89.99 with S, M, L & XL still in stock. 

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Photo Credit Sophie Milner

INVESTMENT COATS

I'm no 'mystic meg' but my guess is you will need a coat in the next month. There are a few things that I would always suggest spending a lot of money on as they are timeless and made to last. These are Coats, Shoes & Leather Goods. The latest offerings in the coat department are amazing and there is so much choice, with a focus on a timeless slim and straight silhouette. It was easy to shop for this category and all of my choices below will not only keep you looking sartorial at work but could work just as well in casual attire layered with denim and knitwear.

I have shopped around to find my favourites - click below to shop.