Awkwardly Un-seasonal Outfit

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I put this outfit together in the summer and didn’t get a chance to post it so I thought I might as well do it now. Things aren’t gonna get any warmer till about April so it’s now or never really.

Naturally, as a summer outfit, it’s a little light on layers, which isn’t exactly appropriate for mid-November in the north of England, so just imagine I’m wearing a big, fluffy fur coat on top.

I got this high neck tee from Boohooman.com. I love the sporty hems around the neck and arms. It’s a small detail but it brings a little bit of excitement to what would otherwise be a boring white t-shirt.

 

For my nether regions, I’ve got these skinny formal trousers from Topman. This definitely isn’t the first time I’ve said it, and it definitely won’t be the last, but formal trousers are great at bringing a touch of class to a casual outfit.

Underneath all that, I’ve got my trusty white sneakers that are definitely on their way out but are refusing to grow old with dignity, much like I intend to.

To give this a winter update, I’d add a thick plaid shirt in navy or red and a casual bomber.

 

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Think Pink

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Remember the times when wearing pink as a man meant you must be a New Man or a metrosexual? I don’t because I was either unborn or barely sentient at the time.

Oh to be a millennial. I mean, we’re saddled with student debt and probably will never own homes, but at least we can wear pink with impunity.

Worth it.

Jokes aside, various shades of pink have been popping up everywhere in menswear recently so I thought I’d do a look to reflect this.

Over the last year grungy neutral colours (browns, beiges, creams) have dominated street wear. As can be said for many things, I blame Kanye West. Dusty pinks however have really  been a standout from these neutrals and walking into Topman nowadays is like visiting Barbie’s dream house.

Much as I’m into pink, it’s worth being careful not to overdo it. You don’t want look like Jigglypuff. Anyway, here’s my take.

Let’s start off with this plain pink tee. I usually wear a medium but went for a large as it was all that the shop had left. Luckily, I quite prefer the skater-esque slightly oversized look. That said, it’s up to you how snug you like it.

As the weather seems to be holding out, much to everyone’s surprise, I’ve got my legs out. These plain grey shorts butch up the pink tee a little bit, much like the packaging of this “volcanic” men’s face wash. In colder weather, try black or grey jeans.

Chuck a dark bomber jacket on top to finish off the look. I like this black souvenir-style embroidered one from boohooman.com.

Finally I’ve added some shades, sporty socks, and my favourite cap as the cherries on top. And on my face and feet.

Just a word of advice: this look looks best on Wednesdays.

Tropical Monochrome

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My, my. It has been a while, hasn’t it?

Now let’s not start pointing fingers and throwing accusations about who abandoned whom, let’s just all enjoy the fact that we’re together again. Deal?

Ok, let’s get down to business. (To defeat the Huns.)

Summer’s pretty much dead and gone and we’re rapidly moving into the only season where it is appropriate to use the words pumpkin and spice in the same sentence. Or latte for that matter.

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As something as a final hurrah for the dying season, let’s try a last ditch attempt at a summer look. This muted tropical outfit will see you from your mate’s BBQ through to drinks at your favourite rooftop bar.

With a top half as striking (and let’s face it – obnoxious) as this, it’s a good idea to keep the rest of the outfit as simple as possible. I’ve gone for these black skinny suit trousers from ASOS. Black jeans would work just as well, but proper trousers give it a subtle touch of formal, making it look a little more thought out. On a hot day, dark shorts would be great too.

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White trainers are pretty much my go-to at the moment, but you could probably already tell that by how well-worn they are! For a monochrome look, obviously the only colours allowed are black, white and the 50 or so shades of grey, so these white sneaks fit perfectly. The trainers dress down the suit trousers and make sure everyone knows that you’re still young and cool, but if you want to go a little more upmarket, black brogues or monkstrap shoes could replace the sneaks, taking the look from day to night.

Going ‘sockless’ with the trouser hems rolled up once or twice is a nice touch. (I awkwardly forgot to do the hems in the picture.) I put sockless in inverted commas because not wearing socks in the summer just leads to sweaty, smelly shoes which is bad for everyone, especially the people you live with. Try no-show socks like these and your housemates will love you forever. Unless of  course you’ve got other things wrong with you. But I’ve tried my best.

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This tropical tee and shirt are from boohooman.com but I’m not even going to bother linking them because their stock turns over so quickly. I thought I’d go for the matching set as it’s something that stands out. Matchy-matchy can be hard to pull off so replacing the tee with a plain white one, leaving just the tropical shirt, would be a great alternative if you’re not sure. I decided to tuck in the t-shirt as, once again, it adds a formal touch to the look.

Hawaiian-esque shirts are having something of a comeback at the moment, especially with the rise of the Cuban (or revere) collar. That said, it can be easy to look like you’ve accidentally stumbled into your father’s holiday wardrobe. To combat that, I’ve gone for a minimal black and white pattern.

Alternatively, as we move into autumn, you might want to jettison the tropical print altogether and try a similar look with other patterns. Paisley, windowpane check and stripes (pinstripe and otherwise) are some of my favourites.

Finally, throw on a plain baseball cap and some mirrored sunglasses to finish off this contemporary look with a 90s twist.

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Well I have to say, it was great catching up! We really must do this more often.

Call me.

Edi

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Top 5 Summer Accessories

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Summer is here! Finally the long-awaited hayfever, sweaty hugs and wasps have returned to our fair shores and all is right with the world.

Summer styles are often much simpler than their autumn/winter counterparts. While summer colours and patterns tend to be brighter and more vibrant, wearing less layers in the hot weather means outfits are less complex and can sometimes be a little boring. To remedy that, here are some of my favourite summer accessories right now to inject a little bit of pizazz, kapow and/or shakalakaboomboom into your summer wardrobe.

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White Trainers

Have a ball with some white trainers. (See what I did there?) The gentrification of sportswear over the last couple of years has led to a widespread appreciation of the humble sneaker from all quarters. No longer the exclusive domain of surly youths or people who insist they are just off to the gym, the simple, clean elegance of the white trainer lends itself to a variety of casual and semi-formal outfits. With neutral footwear like this, you can wear pretty much anything you want, colour-wise. Pair them with a stripy tee shirt and some shorts. Or try using them to loosen up a navy suit and white shirt.

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Floral Details

Shall I be mother? Floral patterns might remind of your grandma’s tea set, but it’s also a great way to work in a bit of flair to your look. Floral or Hawaiian style shirts are summer staples for some, but if you’re not that brave, try little floral details like this pocket square and bow tie.

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Bright Socks

Socks are a really easy way to bring a bit of fun into your outfit. This is great for  a summer wedding or for those jobs where you still have to wear a suit in summer. Make your suit pop with some bright colours or patterns. Take that, society.

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Sporty Watches

Put away your fancy leather chronograph for a while and try a sporty one. Alongside their style credentials, they’re cheaper to replace (or even waterproof) if you fall in the pool! This is black one from Topman is quite plain, but mess around with different colours and styles and digital vs. analogue to see what’s right for you. I quite like this retro white Casio.

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Round Sunglasses

Classic styles like Aviators and Wayfarers stubbornly show up year after year, refusing to diminish in popularity. If you want something different, try some round frames like these. The top right and bottom left have the distinctive keyhole style bridge and while the bottom left is a simple circular design favoured by the likes of Liam Gallagher and Willy Wonka. The gold frame on the top left pair actually flip up in an 80s nerd kind of way. As Kristen Stewart, 2 Chainz and Lewis Hamilton prove, this looks significantly ridiculous so I like to wear them down as pictured, giving a kind of steampunky vibe.

There you have it. Now you know the best accessories, go and enjoy summer! At a barbecue somewhere, there’s a burnt, yet somehow still underdone sausage with your name on it,

Looking for a good time, sailor?

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It’s been a hot couple of weeks here in England. Finally our prayers have been answered and the sun is shining. And of course, we’re responding to it in typically British fashion: by complaining. It’s too hot, it’s too humid, I’ve died of dehydration and vultures are picking at my lifeless carcass. Quit your moaning, guys. Let’s just enjoy it while it lasts, eh? To quote Peter Kay’s response to sunshine complainers, “Have a Solero and shut the *bleep* up!”

I, for one, am loving this heatwave, but I suspect that’s because I’ve spent most of it indoors watching Netflix. If you’re anything like me then, you’re in need of a summer outfit for the odd occasions when you have reason to leave the house. Something that says, ‘this definitely isn’t the first time I’ve been outside this month and this sunshine definitely isn’t burning me with the white hot intensity of one million furnaces’. And if you’re anything like me, you also want an outfit that’s cool in both senses of the word.

Well don’t worry, friends, here’s an outfit that is as cool than several chilled cucumbers. This is a great summer outfit that keeps the heat away and looks good too. England’s gping through something of a tropical heatwave so I shot the photos for this in the most tropical location I could find. My back garden.

This outfit has quite a nautical feel to it, hence the questionable title of this post. They came to a seafaring sartorial climax a couple of years ago, but nautical styles are never really out of fashion. Just ask James Dean. Or the Village People.

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Let’s start off with the sailor’s classic: the Breton striped tee shirt. These are available pretty much anywhere, especially in the summer. This one is blue with thin white stripes but the inverse would work just as well, as would  equally thick blue and white stripes.

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Next we’ve got some white denim shorts. These were once cheap but ill-fitting white jeans so I cut them off at the knees and rolled up the hems a couple of times. No sewing required! Khaki shorts (not the cargo kind) would work just as well here. Or a bright colour if you’re feeling adventurous.

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In case it gets chilly, which it almost always does, I’ve got this cosy waffle knit jumper to get me through the breezy evenings. I like a  comfy baggy style so I went for an XXL when I usually wear a medium. This makes it quite large on me, but I like it snuggling up in the excess material. If you prefer a more fitted style, pleasse go for your actual size! If you’re feeling exceptionally preppy, drape the jumper over your shoulders and tie the sleeves together around your neck. You’ll look like the illegitimate lovechild of Ralph Lauren and Carlton Banks from the Fresh Prince, but it’s a strong look.

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Remember back in 2011 when all the boys would wear boat shoes, polo shirts and drop-crotch cuffed chinos with greasy ‘wet look’ hair gel? Good times.

Following the navy blue theme of the outfit, I’ve gone for this sort of hybrid between canvass plimsolls and boat/deck shoes. You might notice the touch of Breton stripes inside the shoes. It’s the little things. Ordinary, non-mutant plimsolls would also be more than acceptable for this look or, if you want to add a touch of formal, go for some nice  brogues in brown or beige.

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Finally, this pair of tortoiseshell keyhole sunglasses tops the look off. Different face shapes will suit different sungalsses so go with what works best for you. Classic aviators or wayfarers work just as well, especially if they’re in a preppy tortoiseshell pattern.

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And there you have it. Nautical inspired, cool summer outfit. You’re welcome.

Spring Outfit

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I left the house the other day (this is surprising enough without me continuing the story) and I was pleasantly surprised that, with my coat unzipped, I was almost not cold. Almost. This either means spring is coming or I need to stop self-medicating. (Joke.) So, Spring is on her merry little way, hopefully followed by her estranged cousin Summer, who’ll stay with us for roughly as long as estranged cousins do on sitcoms – two weeks max, before she’s hastily written out. It’s been about a year since I wrote my last one of these so I thought it was time for another style post. A year on, here’s another spring outfit:

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Topman longline tee

Let’s start off with a t-shirt, shall we? I’ve gone for this grey ‘long line’ one from Topman. Long line just means the bottom hem comes down lower around my groin. No pleasant way to say that. Oversized styles like this have been quite big over the last year or so, reflecting a general 90s sportswear trend. Top tip: you can just buy a larger size instead of specifically long line ones as they’re generally cheaper. Play the game. Beat the system. Stick it to the man!! Alternatively, feel free to just use a normal t-shirt if you prefer.

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Tan, beige, weathered sandstone, call it what you like.

If you’re the kind of person who likes to be warm (i.e. not from the north of England), you’ll want a jumper. I got this one from Primark not too long ago. You can make up your own mind on what colour you want to call it. This might help. The long tee should stick out under the jumper a little to create a nice layered look, making the outfit a little more distinctive. Wear some dark jeans underneath. Darker shades will contrast nicely with the lighter jumper. I chose a pair I got on sale from Zara. I forgot to take a picture so I’m afraid you’ll just have to use your imaginations on this one. As per usual I rolled up the hems a couple of times. wpid-img_20150325_1409492.jpg.jpegwpid-img_20150325_1412212.jpg.jpeg On top we’ve got this denim jacket which adds a bit of texture to the look. I’ve rolled the sleeves up a few times on this  too. I can’t tell you where it’s from as it belonged to one of my parents a long time ago and neither can remember which one. I’m pretty sure it was my mother though…. wpid-img_20150325_1153052.jpg.jpegwpid-img_20150325_1154122.jpg.jpeg Altogether it’s quite a casual look so I’ve added a touch of formal with these brogues. You can go sockless (buy ‘invisible’ socks. Bare feet in shoes sweat like crazy) or add a pop of colour with some bright socks, to jazz up an otherwise rather pale outfit.

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“One ring to rule them all.”

If you’re feeling optimistic, try some sunglasses. I’ve got this necklace which is just a ring on a chain. If you’ve got a ring that doesn’t fit or is a little too obnoxious to be wearing all the time like some kind of a medieval monarch, chuck it on a chain and wear it around your neck Lord of the Rings-style. All the cool hobbits are doing it.

And if it’s a little chilly, throw a coat on instead of the jacket. No point being cold just because it’s supposed to be spring!

Spring expectations.

Spring expectations.

Spring reality.

Spring reality.

Spring outfit

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Spring is here! Hurrah!

As we start to put the thick coats away and dust off the sunglasses, the unmistakable feeling of spring and, dare I say it, even summer is in the air.

However, living in England, we all know that the mere fact that it’s spring or summer doesn’t guarantee, or even really suggest, that it’s going to be warm. We’ve all fallen prey to the tricks of the sun, tempting us to go out in a t-shirt when it’s a lot colder than it looks. So here’s a spring outfit that’s not too… naïve, shall we say.

Let’s start this one off with the plain white tee. There’s not really much to say about this classic. Despite being commonly worn as an undershirt, a well-fitting white t-shirt brings an air of simple style.

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On it’s own, a white tee can look pretty boring and plain so we’re going to jazz it up with more layers. And what’s more jazzy than a floral shirt? Nothing, that’s what…. well maybe a saxophone. This is a short sleeve shirt with a floral pattern that I got for a couple of quid in Primark. Prints are always quite popular in spring, especially floral patterns, and printed shirts have been quite popular for a couple of years now. I’ve gone for this one with quite small flowers on it but if you’re feeling a little braver, you can choose one with bigger flowery  patterns on them like a Hawaiian  shirt. If flowers are a little too feminine for you then you can buy a gun and/or an overpriced sports car. Alternatively, you can go for a different pattern. Check or polka dots or paisley would all work just as well.

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These are some pretty plain mid-wash skinny jeans so to make them a little more special, I’ve rolled up the hems a couple of times. I’ve gone for quite small tight rolls, but play around with it and see how you like it.

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On top of everything is this navy blazer. It’s quite thin so it’s good for spring/summer. Wearing the blazer obviously covers the shirt up so the (some would say) obnoxious pattern isn’t so in your face. This is a nice trick or people who might not be confident enough to wear bright colours or patterns too ostentatiously. Here it’s just a small touch of colour/pattern which gives the otherwise simple look a pizazz, making it look like you know what you’re doing. I like to roll up the sleeves of the jacket so everyone knows that I’m fun. I can be fun. Sometimes. Putting in a blazer gives it a little touch of formal style which I like because it gives off a kind of ‘work hard, play hard’ vibe. Look, I’m wearing a blazer in an informal style. I’m so crazy and fun! Seriously though, I think it’s pretty cool to mix in a little formal into a casual outfit and vice-versa.

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And finally, simple plimsolls like this finish off the look. If you’re feeling a bit more brash, go for some retro hightop sneakers. Very cool. I almost wrote “cool dude”. I’m becoming my mother. Help.

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I think it’s safe to say these shoes have seen better days.

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