Outfit of the Day | My Signature Autumnal Style

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What is your go-to Autumn outfit? If you're looking down the road once we pass the summer heatwave for some Autumn menswear ideas then here is my signature look. 

The 'blogger approved' key to layering articles will be hitting your feeds very shortly. I'm looking to get out in front with this look. 

First it's the Hawkins & Shepherd Camel Cashmere coat, currently half price on the website. This coat has been a staple piece in my Autumn wardrobe for the past three years. It's interchangeable, it's light and it's perfect for those slightly chilly months on the run up to Winter. 

Underneath I'm rocking a faded denim shirt by Zara. This brings out a wonderful contrast, not only colour but in texture. The shirt has the worn in look, whilst the coat looks brand new (although it's three years old).

The Autumn look has to have something earthy, something honest. The black Superdry jeans and tee, are fairly run of the mill but keeps the look clean. 

I do have distressed jeans, knee blow outs and honeycomb stacks, but that would have been too much of a clash, I didn't want anything to break the lines of this aesthetic. It may look simple, but it's a classy look. 

Take a look at the watch. It's a Rotary GMT Henley with the red/blue Pepsi Cola bezel. The chain strap gives it the verisimilitude of a dress watch, which upgrades the entire look. Same with the Ray-Bans. 

Let me finish by waxing lyrical about these Dr Martens. Don't they look supreme? They are the Cherry Red Vegan 1460's Boot and unlike most men’s boots, don't need to be worn in. Normally I like to hire one of my lackeys to break in my boots for me to save the blisters. (Only joking). 

They are currently available for £130 and I can't recommend them enough. The colour is tailor made for autumn wear and they bring a real classy yet street finish-vibe to my Autumn look. 



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A Casual Suiting Style | Outfit of the Day

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It's been awhile since I discussed some of my current looks. Although I've sharing these images on Instagram, I don't always have time to flesh out the ideas behind the look. 

Despite my reservations surrounding the Kingsman: Golden Circle, the tailoring was untouchable. The Kingsman, in reality The Huntsman on Savile Row, has a special capsule collection housed on Mr Porter, this suit being one of the exclusive designs. 

The double-breasted jacket is a 6x2 meaning there are 6 buttons with 2 rows that can fasten. The arrangement is more traditional and conservative. It's made from a navy super 120s wool, sourced from the iconic William Halstead mill - a purveyor of fine fabrics since 1875.

It's fully canvassed, fully lined, fitted but not constricting. At first glance you might not notice that's double breasted as I'm wearing it open here. A lot of double breasted jackets can lose their shape if not done up. However, thanks to the lightness of the fabric, it doesn't drape off kilter. It's a darker tone also so the silhouette, on the surface at least, looks uninterrupted. 

The mid-rise trousers come with unfinished hems and adjustable tabs at the waist. 

Casual Suiting

As much as I despise the word 'suiting' I'm struggling to come up with another term currently. What I'm trying to convey is that not every suit needs a shirt. I've pared down the overall look with a River Island longline tee. A crew neck will tidy the look. 

I've finished the look with some Marks & Spencer lace up trainers in white to offer some contrast to the overall finish. These lace-up trainers for men have been given M&S's Freshfeet™ finish to ward off odour and are also vegan friendly. 

Where would I wear this? 

This is perfect for a dress down Friday look at the office. Maybe a date after work. It shows you've not come straight from the office and you've made some effort to dress smartly, but not too formerly. 

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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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Men's Accessories for Summer | Men's Style Edit

Over the past few months I've been asked many times on email and via Direct Messages on Instagram, how men should accessorise. For men, less tends to be more, by choosing quality products over quantity. For example, go for a beautiful well crafted bracelet from Gentlemen's Chuckaboo for £19.99 rather than 5 fabric bracelets that you can get in Thailand for 20p which will end up looking cheap and dirty, certainly not the look we're going for.

Combine a watch with the tones of your outfit, so when I wear black jeans, I tend to wear a rose-gold or black strapped watch. Navy jeans and I'll opt for a navy watch face for example. 

Chains or pendants are massive right now but stick to one rather than hang layers and layers of jewels around your neck. Below is how I've styled this look with a variety of my favourite men's accessories.

 

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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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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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Spring Smart-Casual Workwear | Men's Style Edit

Dressing smart-casual for the office is without a doubt the hardest or all sartorial challenges and it's because there are choices to be made. Do I dress more casual? Or do I dress more on the side of smart? Are jeans and trainers acceptable? You get my point. My biggest tip would be to dress on the smarter side of casual or on the casual side of smart! Let me explain...

Dressing casually would translate to t-shirts, trainers, ripped jeans etc but for me they are too casual for a smart-casual look. Slightly smarter options are mid-blue jeans with no fades or rips, brogues or boots instead of trainers and layer a t-shirt with a smart jumper. 

Dressing smart would mean a suit, shirt and tie, but for me they are way too smart for a smart-casual look. Although the casual side of this would be a blazer or even an unbuttoned button-down shirt and definitely no tie.

I've styled this weeks men's style edit based on these rules, so what do you think?

The Cuban Collar Shirt | Men's Style Edit

Okay so we're forecasted continuous rain in the UK for the next 10 days, so I couldn't feel less Cuban right now if I'm honest! Some people say that I have an over imaginative mind and I'm harnessing all of it's power right now in the attempt to imagine this shirt on the beaches of Cuba or in-fact anywhere remotely sunny. Instead I've thrown off my large warm jacket, umbrella and photographed this outfit during a brief break in the weather on the streets of London.

It's quite hard trying to showcase new SS18 (Spring/Summer 2018) collections when the weather just isn't playing ball...but as a predominately fashion blogger, I have to persevere, adapt and carry on regardless. I love the simplicity of this look, a basic monochrome palette and on-trend Cuban collar shirt completes a very summer look. Imagine this on a tropical paradise sipping a cocktail.

Starting from top to bottom, I'm wearing sunglasses from Finlay & Co, a white Cuban shirt from Reiss, watch from Rotary, skinny black jeans from ASOS and white trainers from Cole Haan.

 

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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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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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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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How to Layer Clothes | Men's Style & Fashion | London Street Style

One of the main questions I get asked throughout my social media accounts is how to layer clothes, why is layering so important in men's fashion and what the hell is layering season? So in this post I'm going to address all of these questions as well as showing you an example of layering knitwear, a blazer and overcoat in my own style. 

Layering season is referred to when changeable weather conditions exist and therefore you may be required to add layers to keep warm or remove layers to cool off. Typically the layering seasons are Spring and Autumn when you can get sun, rain, warm and cold weather all in one single day. Layering can also be used in Winter as an efficient way to keep warm and if you're a snowboarder or skier you'll be familiar with adding layers to keep warm.

Layering your clothes is not only an efficient way of keeping warm, it also gives you styling options and looks great. My main tip for layering clothes in men's clothing is to keep the colour palette simple by choosing one single colour to be your main focus. In my style example, I've chosen a nude camel colour to be the main focus so out of the 3 items of clothing I've styled 2 of those items this colour. If I had worn a camel roll-neck, I would have layered with a different colour blazer and the camel coat. Try to avoid layering too many different colours of clothes as it can get more complicated to get it right and you're adding more chance of getting colours clashing. 

In this style edit, I'm layering a maroon knitted roll-neck jumper from Burton with a camel tweed blazer from Moss Bros and the final layer is a 100% cashmere camel coat from Hawkins & Shepherd. The rest of the outfit comprises of black jeans from Superdry, black shoes from John White Shoes, sunglasses from Taylor Morris Eyewear and finally a slimline leather briefcase from Launer London.

 

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Photography by Charlie Sawyer

Men's January Winter 2018 Fashion Haul & Outfit of the Month

I'm sure I'm not the only person out there thats had a great start to the year, none of this BLUE January stuff here. I had the most amazing Christmas and New Year, just spending quality time with family, relaxing, eating loads...it was bliss. January came and I've kept up with my fitness goals, combining HIIT training with British Military Fitness, Boxing with KOBOX, the Gym at Virgin Active and some PT strength training sessions with Neal Williams. It may seem overkill but I think it works to keep your exercises fresh, different and therefore fun, yet certainly not monotonous. I've also spruced up my home interiors with some plants which is making working from home much more comfortable and I'm feeling positive for my work situation in 2018, so it's all positive thinking here in the Thompson household!

I am aware however that January can be tough financially, with people over indulging during the festive period and made to pay for it in interest payments over the following months. Most people also get paid earlier in December, which means that our pay packets have to stretch that little bit further - unless you are good at managing your money of course. So we tend to have less money in our pockets for luxuries such as clothing, however this is the perfect time to invest in some new threads. With the brands shifting focus to spring/summer collections, the winter clobber is old news and they're selling it off cheap.

For this style edit, I've combined my recent winter haul with my outfit of the month in a kind of 2in1 deal. My style for this edit is very much smart casual, business attire or commuter wear. It's smart, yet comfortable and practical. My outfit consists of signature Chelsea boots from NEXT, navy chinos from Spoke London, navy roll neck jumper from Jaeger, tan corduroy blazer from ASOS and a cashmere overcoat from Hawkins & Shepherd. As always, if you love it shop it by clicking on the images below.

 

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That's not all for this post as here is some bonus material with links to all of my favourite pieces of clothing that I have personally brought within the last two weeks.

Outfit of the Week | Men's Style Edit

Who else is struggling to get through January? I feel like I'm crawling through it, everything's an effort, procrastinating at every junction and I've even introduced afternoon naps into my daily routine! Today I'm going to change that and during my afternoon nap time, I'm now writing this blog post....now that's progress! What is it with January that makes it such a miserable month and what do you do to combat the January blues? Personally I either shop or book a holiday...pretty standard really.

I'm looking to book flights to Tanzania for a few months time, so if anyone has been comment below and give me your tips. I think I'll spend some time in Zanzibar for beach life and then the Serengeti for a bit of nature. I've also been shopping a bit these month with a few voucher cards I got for Christmas, so I'll have loads of new style edits in the coming couple of weeks, so keep an eye out on my Instagram account and blog to shop the looks.

But for now, I've styled together a look that I love from clothing and accessories that I've had in my wardrobe for some time. The coat is actually last years AW16 collection from Zara, so in the shop the look below, I've replaced this specific coat with some alternatives. The style is very black, including a shirt from COS, Chelsea boots from Superdry, jeans from ASOS and accessorised with a black 24 hour leather bag from Jack Russell Bags and an expertly crafted umbrella from the Kingsman range at Mr Porter. As always, if you like it, shop it below.

 

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Outfit of the Week | Men's Style Edit

How has everyone's December been so far? Mine has been super productive and I've even managed to combine working extremely hard with shed loads of going out and waking up with hangovers. The only thing that's suffered has been my fitness. Saturday I was out having a few beers with friends and I got talking to a mate of mine who is a PT and we discussed how important it is to mentally prepare for getting fit in the new year, in December. 

Take myself for example. I've not really kept fit properly since early Autumn or Summer time, and I've hit the point where I think what's the point in just doing once or twice a week as it's not going to make a blind bit of difference. I do tend to be all or nothing although after the weekends chat, I've realised that mentally it is good to 'tick along' as stopping in it's entirety is so hard mentally to get motivated again.

So tonight I'm going to trundle along in 1st gear and do a few fitness classes (or as many as possible) before the new year starts when I'll drive straight from 1st gear to 6th without stalling and hit it hard. Give it a go yourself, get prepared with your fitness goals now and reap the rewards in January.   

 

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Men's AW17 Outfit of the Week | Style Edit

In London we have some of the finest Museums in the world and the majority of them are for free (or for a donation). So last week, I decided to make the most of this generosity by visiting the London History Museum which is situated near South Kensington tube station. I was blown away at how incredible it was, just the vast array of artefacts on display was mind-blowing. The last time I visited was for a school trip *a LONG time ago, so as my first new years resolution, I'm going to visit a museum a month.

Of course being a Style Edit, outfit of the week post, I need to explain exactly what I'm wearing and where you can also purchase these items. So starting on the footwear, I've worn a new pair of Cole Haan white sneaker/trainers with tan details on the heals. I've taken this palette to style my outfit around, which is white, tan, camel colours. The jeans are black ripped style from ASOS, the shirt is from Zara Man and the bag is Jack Russel Bags. I've layered with a oatmeal overcoat from Reiss and kept the wind off my neck with a camel scarf from Reiss.

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Men's Outfit of the Day | Style Edit

Whilst the weather is getting cooler, my dress sense is actually getting brighter which is down to renewing my love for wearing my favourite colour, yellow. Of course that has been made possible after finding this incredible yellow sweater by a relatively new brand called Centre Front, started by a former fashion buyer from ASOS. So todays outfit of the day, style edit is all about how to style a brightly coloured jumper and the key is to use a basic colour palette.

When wearing a bright coloured piece of clothing such as a jumper, trainers, t-shirt etc, it works extremely when when pairing with dark, basic colours such as navy and black. Whatever the bold piece of clothing is, combine it with these dark colours. So for example, I wouldn't wear a pair of yellow trainers with this outfit, as I feel the yellow in the jumper AND trainers could clash. However if you were wearing a pair of yellow trainers, change the jumper to a plain dark colour, such as black. I just think it works extremely well. Simple but effective.

In this outfit of the day, which is actually perfect to wear during the weekend I'm combining the yellow Centre Front jumper with a pair of black ripped jeans from ASOS, Chelsea boots by NEXT and an overcoat by Antony Morato. I've accessorised with my leather 24hr bag by Jack Russell and scarf from Fisher & Woordes. 

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Dressing Smart Casual | The Men's Style Edit

When an invite suggests dressing 'Smart Casual' it's always met with question marks around whether to veer more towards smart or casual? For me smart-casual means a pair of trousers or smart jeans, a shirt, blazer and shoes...no ties, no trainers and certainly no shorts unless you are in Italy in the fashionable Tuscany district, then it's passable. I think many men struggle with dressing smart casual because there are decisions to be made! So in this Style Edit, I've put together an outfit that I would class as smart-casual (*with a little toe more in the smart side).

I've styled a navy suit, as it's always good to turn up to your meeting or event dressed on the smarter side, then you can always lose the blazer for a slightly casual look. Alternatively you could wear a blazer with a pair of smart jeans (no rips) or trousers in contrasting colours. If your trousers are slim or tapered fit then you have the ability to wear a pair of loafers without any socks. On to the shirt, of course a tie is not required so a button-down or even a granddad shirt is the perfect collar type for smart-causal attire. If you want to marten up a little bit, add a touch of class with a pocjet square or silk scarf as I have demonstrated in this look.

 

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Outfit of the week | What to wear at Weekends

Seriously, can this weather make its mind up...one minute it's cold enough to consider turning the heating on, then next it's raining and then you'll get a sunny 30degrees perfect summer day. That's the joys of living in London, I guess! I often get asked, what are the best items of clothing to wear on weekends and my answer is to always keep it simple, comfortable and layer-able. So to demonstrate this I've put together this easy outfit for my outfit of the week.

I love a burgundy t-shirt and this one was brought in-store at COS for just under £20. I'll always style burgundy with black, so in this look I've styled my new tee with a pair of black corduroy jeans from AG Jeans. I've rolled up the jeans to showcase these epic trainers from National Standard. My sneakers have a purple tinge to them which works great with this look, however they are from the autumn/winter 2016 collection so I'm unsure if you can buy them anymore. You can substitute with any dark coloured trainers such as the ones I've added below or even a pair of black boots would work equally well. Finally I've styled this look with two black coloured accessories to keep with the same theme...I'm wearing a Seiko watch with black bezel and my black wayfarer Ray-Ban sunglasses. Done!

If it rains then you are just wearing a t-shirt so it will be quick drying. Alternatively if the weather gets a little nippy, just layer a thin open buttoned black shirt over the top or even a very lightweight black jacket. So there it is...what I wear on weekends, simple, clean but packs a punch.

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Photogrpahy by Kylie Eyra