Warm Day Winter Styling | Men's Style Edit

Has winter even started here in the UK, come on ice, snow, wind and rain….lets be ‘aving ya! Actually ignore that, I’ve been enjoying leaving the door open whilst working from home and saving money on heating bills. However it’s my fashion this winter season that has benefitted most. I’ve been able to wear a lot of my existing wardrobe and brought less knitwear and bulky jackets, saving pennies in the meantime.

With that in mind, I’ve created this Men’s Style Edit which is wearable on the warmest of winter days, yet can be transitioned simply by adding socks and a tailored overcoat on the colder snaps.

The black t-shirt is from ASOS, over-shirt from A Day’s March, the grey trousers are Zara, the white trainers are from Nubikk and finally the sunglasses are from Emon Eyewear.


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How to Wear a Pinstripe Grey Suit 5 ways | Men's Style & Fashion Lookbook

Every man's wardrobe should include a grey suit, versatile tonal greys are easy to style but there are some colours that work well and some not-so-well. The pinstripe gives the suit blazer a touch of class to what otherwise can be quite a traditionally boring colour tone. So if you are heading to the office or want inspiration for what to wear at a wedding or special event then this is the blog for you.

This grey pinstripe suit jacket is from ZARA and comes with matching trousers, although I've mixed and matched the blazer with a plain pair of grey trousers which I already had in my wardrobe. Alternatively a pair of black trousers or even dark blue jeans would also work.

Please find all 5 looks below and links to shop each look.

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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

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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The Shearling Men's Style Edit | Shearling Coats for Men

October is the month of winter coat shopping in order to grab the top picks of the season before you are left with the crap that is sold off during Black Friday (November), the Winter Sales (December) and January Sales in err January - you get my point. However waiting until after the season of sales has finished ie February it kind of seems a little pointless investing in a new very warm coat and therefore most of us 'make do' at that point of the winter season. You should certainly be looking to grab hold of this seasons top menswear trend 'The Shearling Coat' championed in this Autumn's blockbuster Kingsman: The Golden Circle by the stateside agents The Statesman.

What is Shearling?

Shearling is a skin from a recently sheared sheep or lamb that has been tanned and dressed with the wool left on. It has a suede surface on one side and a clipped fur surface on the other. Usually the suede side is worn outward. Shearling can be made from real sheepskin or from synthetic fibers.
— Wikipedia

This exceptional and timeless menswear trend has taking off with the high-street joining luxury brands to create their faux versions of the traditional shearling coat. After doing a little online research, I've found my top 6 shearling coats for the 2017 (AW17) season and you can easily shop them below by clocking on the images.

Zara Man have manufactured two affordable options, both quite similar but with small differences in the shade of brown/tan that they have used as well as one has more faux shearling pocket and lining details - both retailing at £119 these are great choices for winter. Moving on from the high-street but still in the affordable category, I found one from ASOS, a steal at £85, it looks quite chunky and oversized but if you like that style this is the coat for you - it wont be in stock for long, thats for sure.

Moving on to the more mid-range and luxury side of fashion. Firstly I'm shopping at REISS for this unique grey shearling coat, very clean and minimalistic it is currently on sale at £575. If I'm after a designer coat, especially the Shearling Coat I would always look at MR Porter and found two exceptional finds. Firstly a double-breasted, navy wool blend coat with a brown shearling collar by Kent & Curwen which you can get for a fairly priced £995. And my final choice is the crème de la crème of shearling's and is part of The Kingsman collection at Mr Porter, Tequila's Statesman is leather-trimmed in a bomber jacket style - not cheap but an investment piece for years to come at £1,595.

 

MEN'S SHEARLING COAT TOP PICKS

Photography by Ben Heath

Men's Outfit of the Month for September

This week has been totally manic, I didn't think it could have got busier than August but September has totally smashed it out of the park. Over the past week I've been up to Norfolk working as an IT contractor (my trade before starting Hawkins & Shepherd) for an Oil company, doing some migration work at their service station is Great Yarmouth. Had numerous events and meetings, did some filming with an amazing suits/formalwear brand, setup a new office in Geneva, Switzerland (again for this oil company). Got totally hammered over in Geneva with some old work mates - then arrived back in London before taking a road trip to The Cotswolds for my collaboration with BMW MINI. The next morning, I was up early again doing more photos for MINI in the City of London then finally finishing off a mental week at Bounce (Ping Pong Bar) and then All Star Lanes (Bowling Bar) thrashing some poor girl at both activities.

That's why I haven't been blogging much this week. It is hard holding down what I would consider 3 jobs. The 1st being my menswear brand as mentioned before (Hawkins & Shepherd), which is quite difficult to manage alone, especially as right now I'm designing a new range of men's Made-in-Britain shirts. The 2nd is of course working with brands as a digital content creator, which could be videography, photography, filming days, presenting, blogging and Instagram. Finally it's working an a part-time contractor as an IT Networking Professional. This was my career for 15 years, so it is really important for me to keep my eye in on this industry because it's nice to have something to fall back on if everything else implodes, although work is great and life is good right now.

During a lot of the month of September, I have been wearing the above outfit, either exactly this or with different variations of it - so jeans instead of trousers and maybe trainers but the look is still the same. So today I'm sharing it with you. The trousers and coat are from Reiss, whereas the shirts is Zara, the watch Seiko and the shies are from Grenson. My personal favourite has to be the overcoat but the shirt is also pretty epic. So if you are looking for outfit ideas this AW17 transitional season, maybe try a couple of your favourite pieces from the below.

 

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Photography by Sophie Milner

Must Have Autumn/Winter Menswear Pieces From REISS, ASOS & ZARA

As you are well and truly aware, the high-street and online already have their AW17 menswear collections ready for you to dig in to. Although what happens every single season is that the best pieces always run out of stock and you are left with the same old stuff that hasn't sold and will most likely end up on sale. So this year, I'm getting ahead of the sartorial game and I'm bringing you along for the ride. Although it is still technically warm outside, now is the time to plan and buy your AW17 coats and jackets because as soon as the weather turns, the rush is on.

Of course my first stop off on the high-street was Reiss, standard! Anyway I managed to pick out two incredible pieces, they could work extremely well if styled together but also great as individual pieces. The Reiss Double-Breasted Pea Coat is available for £325 and it a beautiful crafted piece of tailoring. My second item is a pattern shirt which resembles some neat checked painting, is super soft and available for £90 and is going fast with only the sizes S, M & L left in stock right now.

My next 3 items, I've been shopping online at ASOS. All of these items are wardrobe essentials and could span seasons, so you'll get more bang for your buck. Click on the above images to shop.

Finally I'm back on the high-street shopping at Zara Man and with my budget for this Fall Haul blog post dwindling, I've found just two exceptional pieces (but it could have been 15!). Zara Man have been bringing out the best winter coats season after season for the last few years and AW17 is no different. This jacket is on the money and even reversible, you'll have to be quick to get this one. Then I have found a black pinstripe smart shirt for only £30, a beautiful piece and quite versatile. 

How to wear a floral shirt and still look effortlessly cool

Pattern and floral shirts have made a resurgence in recent seasons, yet it remains to be one of those items of clothing that I see styled incredibly badly on most occasions. Men just don't seem to be able to get it right but it doesn't always come down to how to style a floral shirt, it's also extremely important to buy the right floral shirt for your skin-tone, body shape and even hair colour. Here are my tips on how to style a floral shirt and still look effortlessly cool.

Okay so as mentioned, you need to shop the right style and colours for you. Think about what you are going to wear the shirt with? Picture the outfit as a whole, so you can narrow your floral shirt search to only a few colours. There's less chance of making a mistake that way! If possible, why not wear the outfit that you want to put the shirt with on whilst shopping - then you'll see first hand what it will look like before committing to the purchase. 

I wanted a floral shirt to go with a pair of black jeans, so I started thinking about colours that go well with black. I put together my outfit, black boots, a black faced watch and an off-white t-shirt to layer underneath the floral shirt, so I could wear it undone if desired. So what colours work? I noted, burgundy, white, black, deep greens and touches of yellow in the maybe pile. 

Alternatively if I wanted to find a floral shirt to wear with a pair of blue jeans, I immediately think of colours such as blue, navy, orange, pink, white and maybe a touch of green, but the green would have to be subtle and not over powering. Something like the below would work for blue jeans.

When wearing jeans with a floral shirt, I always opt for plain styles, no rips. I feel that the attention should be on the shirt and not overly-complicated by having too many power pieces drawing ones attention.

If in doubt, keep it simple. Try buying a shirt with only 2 colours in the print. This way you'll be able to wear it with a larger variety of clothes in your wardrobe. Then when you're more confident, move on to floral shirts with maybe a few more colour tones in them...remember baby steps!

This is only my opinion but floral shirts look AWFUL worn with a suit in formal attire and even worse with a tie. Just don't go there. When buying formal shirts, keep it classic, classy and simple by focusing on great fabrics and impeccable tailoring. Leave the floral and print shirts for casual or going out.

Finally try not to wear your floral shirt too tight, they have their roots in Hawaii so keep in fun and roomy but not too roomy that it looks like you are wearing a tent.

 

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Photography by Kylie Eyra

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.

 

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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.

 

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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.

 

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Photography by Rebecca Spencer

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.

 

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Photography by Rebecca Spencer

My Outfit of the Week | Men's Style & Fashion

I'm so glad the weather is getting colder...yes I have turned the heating on already and outdoor fitness is becoming quite bitter in the evenings. However what trumps all of these negatives, is that I can bring out my favourite AW15 (last years collection) dogtooth overcoat by Zara. Every time I wear it, it totally transforms an outfit, even the simplest of styles such as black jeans and a white t-shirt like what I'm wearing in this weeks outfit of the week.  

I recall last season Zara had some incredible knits and outerwear such as coats and jackets and after a quick browse just now it seems they have created an amazing AW16 collection also. 

Moving on from coats. In this weeks outfit I have stuck to monochrome tones with black jeans and ercu tee both from ASOS, whilst I have kept things comfortable with black suede slippers from Donhall & Bell. Completing my look, this grey watch from Kartel works well with the greys in my coat.

 

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Photography by Ella H

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

IT'S STILL COAT WEATHER

A few days ago I took off at London Heathrow for a quick trip to Switzerland and of course packed jumpers and coats as this should be their coldest month of the year. On arriving and for the duration of my trip it was actually quite mild and a simple t-shirt and coat worked nicely. It was this morning when back in London, I woke up thinking it's time to pack away my coats for another season...errr nope, one step outside on the misty frost tipped grass made me realise my coats will be here to stay for at least another month or two.

It's fair to say that the outfit is based around the Zara wool coat and the Street Style look above was taken in London around the Pall Mall area. If you are like myself and just cant give up your knitwear and coats yet...maybe this look will give you some inspiration.

Photo Credit Sophie Milner

STILL DEDICATED TO KNITWEAR & JACKETS

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

GREY MATTERS

If it's grey and miserable outside and you are feeling down about life in general, sometimes you dress in accordance to your moods and today is one of them grey, cloudy days. A step down from wearing all black but firmly in the down in the dumps fashion sector and I think looking back at the images, my mood is pretty obvious! 

January seems to be a month of reflection, looking back at your mistakes of 2015 and looking at how to improve your life and well-being for 2016.  So many of us fall into this grey area of wanting change but not knowing how to achieve it, the future just seems blurry, grey and unclear. I would say, try to stay positive and reevaluate what is good in your life; what means a lot to you and what doesn't. Relationships, friendships, work, travel, money, dating etc what or whom are the most important things in your life and how do you want to shape 2016? It all starts in January. 

Back to the fashion and in this street style look, to emulate that grey January feeling that many of us have, I have opted for an all grey look which you can shop below.

 

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Photo Credit Sophie Milner

ALL ABOUT WINDOW PANE COATS - OUTFIT OF THE DAY

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.

 

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Photo Credit 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