A Casual Outfit to Wear on Your Summer Holiday | Men's Style Edit

If you have been following my Instagram Stories over the past week would have known that I have been on holiday with Anchored Cruise so therefore it seemed fitting to create another post on what to wear for a summer holiday. This time I've gone for a casual outfit wearing denim shorts and layering a t-shirt and shirt.

On holiday you don't always want to dress up to the nines every evening nor do you want to be wearing your swimming shorts all day either. So on the evenings where you are possibly going out but not out out or you're staying in at the resort for dinner and a few drinks, this is the perfect attire.

If you like the outfit, you can shop it below by clicking on the images. The shoes are from Superga, the shorts are Topman, the t-shirt is ASOS and the shirt is Ted Baker.




What do you look for in a pair of trainers? For myself it is where comfort meets style whilst being able to style them with many different outfits. These Lacoste LT Spirit 2.0 Texture trainers are the epitome of that and are available in a variety of different colours to suit everyones personal style or for one person to own more than one pair! This black pair have a contrast white sole and the only different colouring is the Lacoste classic embroidered crocodile branding.

I've styled these Lacoste black trainers simply with a pair of skinny black jeans and white longline t-shirt, mimicking the monochrome style of the trainers themselves. My outfit of the week is finished off with a two-tone grey and black bomber jacket from Black Jamm and a black bezel watch from Seiko. It's simple yet stylish, clean lines and perfect for this autumn.



Outfit of the Week | The British Racing Green Style Edit

This week I've been spending some time on the Spanish island of Ibiza and with a little bit of time to kill before I head off to the airport, it's time to post my outfit of the week. If packing for Ibiza the style is very much cool and casual, pack jean shorts, t-shirts and trainers. As I fly an hour across to the Spanish mainland to Marbella the fashion changes slightly, a little bit more on the lines of smart-casual tailoring, pack tailored shorts, white chinos, shirts and loafers. My outfit of the week has a touch of both styles with a British racing green colour palette.

I recently got a pair of super comfortable shoes by the brand Freakloset, whose loafers literally mold to your feet. The shoes are made from calf leather, leather lined with a line-stretch neoprene back and rubber sole - a seemingly perfect combination for comfort. Their shoes are fully customisable so you can add you own personality and style to your finalised design. These loafers are in a deep olive green colour, so I wanted to match this colour with another item of clothing, which in this outfit was a zip top by Reiss. Finally the white zip details in the top matched the white jeans perfectly, completing this look.



Photography by Rebecca Spencer

Men's Outfit of the Week | SS17 Style Edit

When I'm heading off to the pub on a Sunday afternoon for a roast dinner, I like to go cool, comfortable and casual whilst still looking stylish. You never know who you are going to meet and first impressions are extremely important. Lightweight jackets are the focus for this outfit of the week as they are essential when dressing for spring. 

I love lightweight jackets that you can roll the sleeves up and this suede trucker jacket by Linea of House of Fraser is perfect. Navy is simple to style and almost any colour combination will work well paired together. What I've done in this outfit is layer a simple plain grey t-shirt, black jeans, black/khaki trainers and finally a black strap Timex watch.

It's simple, casual yet stylish...if you like it, you can shop the look below.



Photography by Ella H

Outfit of the Day | May 2017 | Style Edit

Good evening people, I hope you all had a great Bank Holiday weekend and got through this Tuesday that clearly felt like a Monday. I don't know about you but I struggled! Struggled to get going despite about 8 cups of freshly ground coffee and I lost count of the amount of times I got up out of my desk and checked the fridge preying that someone has snuck in some chocolate. Maybe it is time to get a new flatmate that does that for me...applications welcome!

I've got some really amazing collaborations coming up with Toni & Guy, French Connection, NEXT Menswear, MR Porter, Farfetch, Goodwin Smith Shoes and Natural Selection. So keep checking back in every now and then as there is going to be some amazing content just around the corner.

For today, I've simply styled an everyday casual outfit that you can throw on and look great. The denim jacket is from Zara, the jeans from Topman and the linen shirt & sneakers from Stradivarius. If you like the look, click on the products below and shop it.



Photography by Rebecca Spencer

Outfit of the Week | Smart Casual Attire

Happy weekend to everyone reading this, I hope you are having a good one, hands up whose hungover and struggling today (my hands just gone up)! Last night I went to the relaunch (under new management) of the incredible Brocket Hall with Fox PR, if you missed my Instagram stories from last night, head over and check them out now. As you can imagine, in true style, I made the most of the free champagne and wine but feeling it today, hence it has taken me a couple of hours to get to this stage of writing the blog post. That and the Liverpool V Everton game is on TV and I'm easily distracted.

Let's get down to the fashion. My outfit of the week is focusing on smart casual wear, as I find myself wearing it more and more these days. A couple of trends that I'm seeing a lot of recently are double-breasted blazers and combining casual with tailoring - so in this look I have combined both trends and come up with this very tonal attire. Mixing jeans and trainers with a tailored blazer and overcoat may seem odd to many guys but as you can see the two marry up quite well, so give it a try. My grey double-breasted blazer is by Steel & Jelly and I'm wearing a 38" size, the rollneck is last season by Reiss, the overcoat is last season by Zara, finally the jeans are by Topman and sneakers by Stradivarius.

So if you like it, shop it.



Photography by Rebecca Spencer

Just some stuff I threw on today | Outfit of the Day

The last week men's fashion has taken over my Twitter, Instagram and Facebook feeds with people talking about London Fashion Week Men's and now Pitti Uomo in Florence, it can seem relentless.  So today I've finally had a day where I can just throw on what I would normally wear everyday and it feels great.

I mean I'm not complaining as I had a great few days at LFWM, talking to brands, other bloggers and press. Looking back 4 years ago, when I made a complete career U-turn - I wouldn't have thought I would have been able to make the successes that I have made this quickly. To be established in something that was completely new to me and and industry that I have grown to love, makes me really proud of what's been achieved. 

2017 has started well with my blog being rated at #17 in the Best Men's Fashion Blogs on the Planet based on Google rankings, Google reputation, quality of posts, social following and a panel of experts from Blogspot.   

Moving on to what I'm wearing today. A pair of navy skinny jeans worn with my Superdry leather jacket, a dark green tee from Zara and a pair of dark olive boots by ohw and of course my Beoplay wireless headphones as I'll be spending most of the day on the London underground. So if you like what I'm wearing, go buy it below.



Photography by Rebecca Spencer

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. 



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.

New Years 'resolutions'? Not this year thanks. Goals or targets are much more achievable

Monday the 2nd of January. A day where our hangovers from New Years eve have almost subsided and we are left a feeling little bit jaded, tired and sad because our 9-5 lives are about to start again for another year. Today is a day that many of us think about what we want to achieve for the upcoming year and set goals, resolutions or whatever other word you would like to wrap it up in. Whatever word used to describe 'resolutions' for 2017 doesn't detour from the truth that the majority of us will never stick to them. So this year rather than creating year long New Years resolutions, I'm going to set weekly targets, goals or simply tell myself 'I must do this' today. It can be as simple as 'I must get 9 hours sleep tonight' or 'Today I'm going to drink coffee without sugar'.

There is nothing wrong with creating year long resolutions, fair play to everyone doing that, powering through and hell-bent on sticking to them but stats do suggest that they just don't work. For me it is because we feel that a resolution has to be a major change in our lives, for example, the classic quit smoking or sign-up to the gym resolutions. These are just too bold and for many unrealistic and therefore fail, however what if you were to set realistic goals throughout the year which all added up go some way towards reaching your overall resolution? 

There are a few things that I would really love to achieve this year in life and mainly focus around travelling and keeping fit! Obviously the travelling one is pretty self explanatory but I would really love to tick off another few countries that I have never been to this year and generally just visit more places around the UK. My goal for this week is to book a flight for a short break to go away in January - I'm thinking maybe Dubai...I've been there a few times before although for a short break with guaranteed sunshine, I think this is probably a good shout. 2016 has been a year of Deliveroo, burgers, drinking and ad-hoc fitness and although I'm still in reasonable shape, I'm nowhere near my fitness heights of a few years ago. So this year I'm going to get myself in great shape, mainly for all the travelling and beaches that I'm going to visit! To start achieving my fitness heights, my goal this week is to setup my new MyZone MZ3 fitness monitor and start tracking my workouts to record my progress and set further fitness goals. Finally my motto for the year is to...Start focusing and improving on things that are great in life and forget those that are toxic and pointless.

I've recently posted the above poll on twitter and thanks to everyone who voted as it is always nice to know what the people who read my blogs want. Based on the results, things are not going to change too much, I'm going to concentrate on fashion/style/grooming primarily whilst bringing in more touches of travel and tech (although that wasn't in the poll)! Surprisingly 'More TV Appearances' was 2nd in the poll, which I'm not sure is serious but you never know what may be in the pipeline ;) 

Of course in true blogger style, here is the style piece shot at the Barbican, London. I've been dying to wear my new pair of Redchurch sneakers from Donhall & Bell and finally I have managed to style an outfit and show them off to you! Donhall & Bell are renowned for their incredible collection of luxurious slipper-shoes and they have recently designed and launched their new sneaker collection which incorporates many of their luxurious touches that their brand stands for. This pair are the Redchurch Black which retail at £190. What you get for that is a pair of expertly designed and crafted footwear made from 35% synthetic baby calf hair and 65% leather. The toe piece of the shoe is in burnished leather, the laces are waxed and the top lace hole features Donhall & Bell's signature 'D' ornament. The comfort of the trainer is soft enough to wear without socks thanks to the quality tan leather and padding used in the inner sole. I've then styled this outfit from a couple of pieces from Zara and Topman Jeans, all from their AW16 collections.



Photography by Rebecca Spencer

Just Another Outfit Post

It's Sunday afternoon, I'm incredibly hungover and my creativity is struggling right now, hence the title of this blog post. This outfit was taken a couple of months ago when Emily and I went to Galgorm Resort & Spa in Northern Ireland. It was pretty nippy hence the layering and scarf details. 

This outfit has been styled head-to-toe in Topman AW16 clothing, if you like what you see, shop the look below.



Photography by Emily Hartridge

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.



Photography by Rebecca Spencer


It's taken its time but summer has officially arrived, which means festivals, holidays and beer gardens replace Netflix, cozy nights in and takeaways. Although the last month has been full of Autumn/Winter 2016 collection previews, I've only just started buying my Spring/Summer wardrobe! My first point of call for summer wear was Topman, I put together the above look for my recent trip to Barcelona and decided it was actually also perfect to wear for a local midday Sunday beer in Brixton.

I love outfits that are versatile and work for a multitude of different circumstances, from Topman Oxford Street to Barcelona to Brixton! Two key aspects to this outfit are the shorts and bomber jacket. Chino shorts are comfortable and breathable and therefore perfect to be worn for long sunny walks or chilling out on Clapham Common, Victoria Park or whatever your local green space is. I've chosen a pair of black shorts, although Topman also do these shorts in a variety of other colours. Dark shorts work well if styling with lighter shades on the top half of your body and are a hardier colour for wearing from day-to-night. 

Khaki bomber jackets were an AW15 hit, now in the SS16 season, grey bomber jackets have taken over and looking at the AW16 previews - grey features again (as well as earth rust tones). So if you invest now, you'll have a whole year of wear out of it and some!



Photography by Ella H


Welcome to my outfit of the day. Like so many of us, I'm a little peeved off that I haven't been able to switch off my heating yet and I'm having to dig out all my warm clothing again. Well today, I have decided to creep into Spring and a warmer climate without actually jumping on a plane and fucking off to warmer places. I have attempted this by combining my Khaki winter wear with a new ASOS pink cardigan but in reality I was freezing my nuts off and maybe a little too soon to be attempting such foolery! 

Later on that day I added a layer with me Navy Pea coat, and the double jacket actually worked really well, so watch out for that styled outfit of the day soon.

This look is highstreet-casual, wearing all clothing from either Topman or ASOS, affordable and versatile...shop below.



Photography Sophie Milner


Whilst walking Charlie on Clapham Common this morning, I noticed the first of the Spring flowers peeking up through the soil. Which means the cold weather will not be with us for much longer, nights will get lighter, mornings will remain cold but milder during the day. With that in mind, I'm going to finish up shooting my trusty winter outfits full of knitwear and jackets for at least another couple of weeks before moving on to more suitable thin layering for Spring. It will be a sad day when I fold my knitwear and pack it away for another couple of seasons, so for me I'm preying for freezing weather to come back - don't leave us just yet.

This outfit is a mix of Zara top half and Topman bottom half. This Zara grey jacket with detachable faux fur collar and tan chunky roll neck knitted jumper are part of the AW15 collection and no longer for sale online...although you might be able to find them in store still.  

Photo Credit Sophie Milner


My experimental style has continued into 2016 with this leather and tan combo. Not a classic by all means as I would normally only style dark greens, greys, whites and blacks with my leather jacket but on this occasion I think it works, just! The best thing for me about this look is that I didn't have to buy anything new, it's all recycled and restyled from what I already have in my ever expanding wardrobe...note to self, must do a 216 wardrobe clear out.

This street style look consists of my Allsaints biker black leather jacket, a Topman longline khaki t-shirt, an ASOS tan roll-neck merino wool jumper, ASOS black ripped semi skinny jeans and finally some Topman black brogue boots.

If you like what you see, I have made shopping easy for you - just click on the links below and shop!



Photo Credit Sophie Milner


A year and a half ago, I only had two coats that I would wear all of the time, a black leather jacket and a navy pea coat. They ticked all of the boxes…so I thought. Fast forward to the present Carl and he is a little bit ‘coat obsessed’. How can I go from being content with wearing my navy pea coat with absolutely every outfit possible and thinking it looks great to having more coats and jackets than I have boxer shorts (I actually do!). What have I become? I blame Sophie. She is a coat person and has somehow brainwashed me into being the same, pea, trench, camel, shearing, denim, tick tick tick and now even one colour will not do. Because of course you need a denim shearling jacket in tan suede, black denim and mid-wash denim (insert manly hand up emoji here).

During AW15 I plan my outfits based on one investment piece and more often than not it is great coat. This season Zara have some exceptional jackets and coats for men and right now most are in their Winter Sale.

My outfit of the day comprises of a Zara window pane coat, a ASOS cable knit navy jumper which I brought a size too big so it could appear oversize. Finished off with ASOS black rip jeans and Topman black boots.



Photo Credit Sophie Milner


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Christmas time for the majority of us can be financially draining. I love Christmas SO much and just cant control myself, buying presents for friends, family and even my dog and his 'best friend' and It doesn't stop there. I'm not sure if its the commercialisation of Christmas and with all the adverts enticing me in, but I just cant stop spending for myself...I've got the bug, I've even brought myself a new Oral-B electric toothbrush, why because they are 50% off but aren't they always 50% off?

As always, there is a point to my rambling and the point is, like many of us, I have no money left...zip, zero, nada. Which means, no more new clothes for me this month, so I have been looking at ways to re-use what I have in my wardrobe and to inspire you to do the same.

With New Year approaching, do you have any plans? Clubbing, dinner parties, a few local drinks, chilling in or going abroad for a holiday? There are many different events and therefore multiple ways to dress for your occasion. 

I've taken a pair for smart burgundy trousers from TOPMAN and transformed the look into DAY and NIGHT outfit.





Photo Credit Sophie Milner


Don't you love winter misty mornings, it's just a shame I had to do this street style shoot in a dead-end road down Brixton somewhere and not somewhere eery like Regents Park. But it is what it is!

This outfit is a ASOS & Topman collaboration, both showcasing two pieces of clothing each. I've pulled together a few winter trend pieces with a oversize longline white shirt, which has a small detailed collar and an asymmetric hem - something I hadn't seen before.

The three autumn winter season trend pieces are my black boots from Topman, now on sale at only £35! Some black skinny jeans from ASOS, although if you prefer, change for black skinny jeans with rips. Then finally a navy trench coat from Topman - a classic to finish off this outfit.

This morning was actually quite mild, so the outfit worked well. Although if it was any colder, you will want to layer up with a thin merino wool knitted jumper. One good thing with the shirt being very longline is that you'll still see the asymmetric hem appearing underneath your jumper.



Photo Credit Sophie Milner


In my opinion YES and it is about time! For what seems like donkeys years jeans have been getting slimmer, skinnier and spray-on. The skinny jean styles are not going to get phased out over night but its nice to see more roomier jeans on the high-streets and pioneering this new trend is Topman. 

Topman has been THE destination for skinny jeans for some time and as the trend in denim starts to shift so does the Topman offering. After heading into the Topman Oxford Circus store and meeting up with the exceptional, friendly personal shopper guys, I learnt a lot more about the upcoming denim trends. Topman are offering their largest menswear jean range ever, with new washes and styles available including flared denim and a wide leg cropped style (which I wore in my styled looks below).

My regular readers will realise - I wear a lot of skinny jeans! With Topman challenging me to a style a look with their new wide leg jeans, it was the perfect time to attempt something different. So here are the TWO looks that I styled.


Double denim with a formal twist. This look is perfect for AW15 and with autumn on our doorstep it incorporates layering with dark denim tones and tan jacket. Wear a t-shirt under the shirt for extra warmth or take the jacket off and roll the sleeves for the warmer autumn days. The Topman 'This is Denim' wide leg crop jeans are an ideal accompaniment with boots, making them a clear a new season must-have. In this look I have chosen to keep the jeans full length and not rolled as it works better with the smart/casual aesthetic.



Comfortable casual attire. One of my go-to colours this season is green - in particular khaki - which is why I chose to style it up for my second look. This outfit is a very comfortable and styled for someone who is particularly a little more fashion-forward. The wide-leg jeans work perfectly with oversize items, so I have chosen this loose-fitting black t-shirt. It can be a bit much if worn by itself, so to tone it down slightly, I have put on a thin wax utility jacket. I've reused the same black brogue boots, this time showcasing them more by rolling up the jeans to a more cropped length.


Disclosure: Compensation was provided by Topman via Mode Media. The options expressed herein are those of the author (Carl Thompson) and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of Topman.


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.


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.


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.





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. 


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!


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.


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.


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.


To mop up all that alcohol!



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.


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.