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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Watch Review: Rotary Gents Stainless Steel Red / Blue GMT Henley

Today I'm going to be offering my thoughts on the Rotary Gents Stainless Steel Red / Blue GMT Henley, currently available to buy for £225. 

Some Specifications 

This robust Henley from Rotary features a 41.5mm case with a black dial and statement hands (signature paddles) and hour markers all encased with scratch resistant sapphire glass.

The GMT function is bi colour blue and red: a stunning eye-catching detail. Noted by some aficionados as the Pepsi Bezel. The Stainless Steel 3 link bracelet is secured with a deployment clasp. (More on that in a bit). It is water resistant to 100m.

What is GMT again? 

It stands for Greenwich Meantime. Many people use GMT watches to know their local time, and some other time zone that is usually not GMT.  Many GMT watches have a rotating 24 hour bezel such as this one. 

And GMT came from where? 

GMT was originally designed for travel. The origins stemmed from a collaboration between Rolex and the now dissolved Pan Am Airlines. Pan Am reportedly asked Rolex to make some watches for their pilots to tell differences in two different countries. 

What's the general vibe on this Rotary Gents Stainless Steel Red / Blue GMT Henley? 

I've spoken to people on the forums regarding this watch asking for some feedback. Which is always a dangerous thing  to do as I don't like to have any dissuasion from my instincts. General feel is that it's about right for the price point. 

Some dissatisfaction with the second hand not lining up exactly the way it should, but I've not found that to be honest. There's also been some price fluctuations between various resellers so some feel like they got their monies worth, others not. 

And my take on this watch? 

Personally I'm liking the way this watch feels on my wrist. The crown is big but doesn't dig into the back of my wrist. I think this is a perfectly functional watch to walk around the park, perhaps go traveling with. 

I wouldn't be precious with it, it's not got the beauty or guile of a Tag Heuer Aqua Racer. But it's a nice homage to say the Black Bay Tudor. (Even though the purists will tell you not to buy 'homage'). I'm not a purist, so I'm immune to such lofty pretension from hauteur’s looking to get a cushy gig at WatchTime.

I mentioned the bracelet earlier

Yes the deployment clasp is not the most fluid. I've got no problem with taking a couple of links out of the strap to get a better fit for my wrist, but the deployment clasp was a bit frustrating. 

 

Top 10 Men’s Affordable Fashion Watches

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I’ve accumulated a fair number of watches over the years and have become somewhat of an expert in this field. When shopping online for a watch it is hard to compare the differences as you’re cross-referencing written facts. When you physically have a collection side by side and you’re holding one watch in one hand and another in the other, it becomes somewhat easier to pick a favourite.

Today I’m reviewing Men’s Fashion Watches and ranking them from 1-10 in order of preference. A fashion watch is something affordable, retails from approximately £50-£250 in price and therefore you may have more than one in your watch collection. Swapping them out depending on the style and colour of your outfit.

1. Rotary Rose Gold Cambridge Gents Chronograph Quart Watch - £249

2. Fredrick Jackson Tailor Mustard Watch - £135

3. KARTEL Watches - £75

4. Rotary Tradition Men's rose gold Swiss Watch - £229

5. Brathwait Watches - £145

6. Rotary Oxford Silver Stainless Steel Quartz Watch - £149

7. McCabe Heritage Watch - £220

8. OWL Rose Gold & Dark Grey Watch - £135

9. Rotary stainless steel skeleton watch - £249

10. CIRCULR C3D Navy Watch - £39.99

An Everyday Outfit Style Inspiration for Men | Outfit of the Day

Yesterday I spent a lot of the day writing an article about why it's time for a life and body detox and in it I touched on being single in London and my relationship history (which is pretty much non existent). Saying that, I have had quite a few dates over the last few years and one thing that I always think way too much about is what to wear. For me a first date should be pretty casual, I wouldn't dress up in a suit, shoes and especially not a tie - that's too restrictive as a date shouldn't be a business meeting. 

Stay relaxed and hopefully she'll feed off of that and the awkward first date nerves will casually dissolve into the evening. This outfit is (in my eyes) perfect for a first date, casual and easy to style. There are not too many colours going on, so you have no chance of looking like your mum just dressed you. As the winter weather kicks in, just layer a jacket or coat over the top as a statement piece. The coat can transform this outfit and give you the wow factor when first meeting. I personally would wear a cream coat, camel coat, a herringbone grey overcoat or even a lightweight bomber jacket. Yeahhh that would look awesome...I'll leave the actual date chat up to you but good luck!

This outfit is more than for a date, I've worn it already out down the pub, to meetings and just chilling around the house. The trainers are from Adidas, jeans from ASOS as is the shirt and finally the watch is from Rotary. If you love it, shop it as it is all new season AW17 collection.

 

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Photography by Charlie Sawyer

My Outfit of the Week | Men's Style

This is my Outfit of the Week because I wanted to show that there is still time to wear shorts before it gets too cold here in London. As well as that, a lot of my friends are off on holidays during September and October and need a little inspiration - so here it is, my seasonal transition outfit of the week.

On those days where it's warm enough to wear shorts however the day turns into a chilly evening -  you may need an extra layer. I always tend to keep the upper body warm as my legs don't really feel the cold too much (see last pic; maybe because of the thick hair keeping them warm!). So in the look I have styled the shorts with a perfect seasonal transition from Summer to Autumn jacket, the bomber.

The look is put together from clothes from Topman, ASOS, Rotary, Ray-Ban and Daniel Footwear. The chino white shorts are from ASOS which are fitted to just above the knees...roll up for personal styling. I've then tucked in an off white t-shirt and layered with this camel bomber jacket both from Topman. The watch is from Rotary's ultra slim collection and my Ray-Ban sunglasses were purchased from David Clulow. Finally I'm wearing these beige coloured desert boots perfect for a walk along the dunes around Camber Sands beach.

 

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Photography by Rebecca Spencer