Posts tagged STREET STYLE
Gucci to Debut Cruise 2020 Collection in Rome
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After showing its Cruise 2019 collection at the Alyscamps Roman in Arles, France, Gucci has announced the location for its Cruise 2020 show. Heading back to Italy, the latest Cruise collection will be officially unveiled at the Capitoline Museums in Rome, continuing the theme of “the Old World.”

The show’s location — which is described as “drawing from a place reminiscent of [Alessandro Michele's] childhood” — is a series of museums that feature ancient Roman statues and artifacts, as well as artworks from the medieval and Renaissance period, and collections of jewels and coins.

Along with staging the show at the Capitoline Museums, Gucci is also set to make a donation to the restoration project of the Rupe Tarpea. Located on the Capitoline Hill’s southern summit, the Rupe Tarpea is a steep cliff overlooking the Roman Forum. Until the first century A.D., traitors were sentenced to death from the cliff.

Gucci’s Cruise 2020 show will take place at the Capitoline Museums on May 28 this year.

How to wear a cardigan without looking dated.
Total Look: Antony Morato

Total Look: Antony Morato

A cardigan is a great fashion item to own due to its versatility and ability to suit a wide variety of looks. Whether you’re going for an elegant and formal outfit, a cool and casual style or even something office-appropriate, a cardigan can make an excellent option. All you need to know is how to rock one the right way so that you don’t end up looking like a grandpa. From when to don one to what to pair it with, here’s exactly how to wear a cardigan in style.

What Is A Cardigan?

While the term “cardigan” can cover many styles, it essentially refers to a knitted jumper that opens at the front. Perfect as an easy jacket in autumn or a layering essential in winter, cardigans are designed to provide warmth while still appearing refined. The classical style comes in many varieties, making this wardrobe staple ideal for almost every occasion. Although the garment may not be considered modern or exciting, it is adept at adding a polished and stylish touch to outfits.

How Should A Cardigan Fit?

Finding the right fit for your cardigan depends greatly on the look you’re trying to achieve. If you want to create a relaxed or casual appearance, try a loose style. If you’re after an outfit that appears more polished, consider fitted cardigans that lightly hug your body. No matter which style you’re going for, you should only ever choose cardigans that fit your size, or the proportions may appear awkward.

Total Look: Antony Morato

Total Look: Antony Morato

A Sunny Sunday
Total Look: Pepe Jeans London

Total Look: Pepe Jeans London

Jeans and a T-shirt is the most basic outfit known to man, the most comfortable to wear, and thus one of the hardest to pull off. Because when you're only wearing two pieces of clothing and both of them are the most widely produced menswear items on the planet, finding the perfect versions of each—and wearing them together—requires the ability to know what fits your body best. It also requires you to know what tee goes with what jeans best, and which colors and washes just won't jive. Luckily, I found mine favorite at the moment by Pepe Jeans London.

Total Look: Pepe Jeans London

Total Look: Pepe Jeans London

Total Look: Pepe Jeans London

Total Look: Pepe Jeans London

Tom Tailor Look
Total Look: Tom Tailor

Total Look: Tom Tailor

The long coat is a super versatile piece of clothing that you should have in your winter wardrobe. 

It's a perfect layering piece. A cool, well-fitting long coat can instantly elevate your look from super casual to dapper formal. 

Yes, it's that simple. 

Not feeling like wearing a suit? No problem. Just throw a nice long coat over a simple white shirt & jeans outfit and you are ready for the formal event. Arguably this outfit can work in a super formal office environment as well. 

Total Look: Tom Tailor

Total Look: Tom Tailor

Total Look: Tom Tailor

Total Look: Tom Tailor

Total Look: Tom Tailor

Total Look: Tom Tailor

My Hackett London Grey Suit
Suit: Hackett London

Suit: Hackett London

When it comes to suits, nothing beats the staples. And by staples, we mean black, navy and grey. Navy and black have always had a general popularity for their adaptability, but grey also emerges as a worthy suit colour choice. In fact, grey suits have become more prevalent in street style, their versatility especially appealing to the younger market. For something clean, understated and classic, a grey suit does the trick. However grey can also be tricky to perfect. Done right grey reads youthful and modern; done wrong it will leave you looking outdated and frumpy.

Suit: Hackett London

Suit: Hackett London

Light Grey Suit

Light grey suits are an excellent choice for formal and casual looks. They are youthful, modern and sharp – but as with all suits, tailoring is essential. Ensure you’re choosing grey suits that do not overwhelm your body and fit your shoulders appropriately. Lighter versions of grey are also an appealing option for the hotter months and provide a summery alternative to the monotony of black and navy. You are also going to want to make sure you keep an eye out for potential dirt marks as light grey can stain quite easily.



Casual Styling for Light Grey Suit

Wearing light grey suits can be a softer approach to grey tailoring, and they work phenomenally well for casual wear. The key to embracing light grey for casual looks is to go for suits that come in lightweight materials and fabrics such as cotton. Pair a light grey suit with white trainers for a relaxed look inspired by recent street style trends. Alternatively, a brighter trainer will draw emphasis to your outfit and inject a dash of colour to your looks. White complements light grey well but does not be afraid to incorporate darker tones like burgundies and navies to ground your looks.

Suit: Hackett London

Suit: Hackett London

Spending The Day By The Sea
Total Outfit: Hackett London by Shop And Trade

Total Outfit: Hackett London by Shop And Trade

Great is the sun, and wide he goes
Through empty heaven with repose; 
And in the blue and glowing days
More thick than rain he showers his rays. 

Though closer still the blinds we pull
To keep the shady parlour cool, 
Yet he will find a chink or two
To slip his golden fingers through. 

The dusty attic spider-clad
He, through the keyhole, maketh glad; 
And through the broken edge of tiles
Into the laddered hay-loft smiles. 

Meantime his golden face around
He bares to all the garden ground, 
And sheds a warm and glittering look
Among the ivy's inmost nook. 

Above the hills, along the blue, 
Round the bright air with footing true, 
To please the child, to paint the rose, 
The gardener of the World, he goes. 

Summer Sun

Robert Louis Stevenson

Total Outfit: Hackett London by Shop And Trade

Total Outfit: Hackett London by Shop And Trade

Total Outfit: Hackett London by Shop And Trade

Total Outfit: Hackett London by Shop And Trade

Total Outfit: Hackett London by Shop And Trade

Total Outfit: Hackett London by Shop And Trade

My Diadora Sneakers
T-Shirt: Hard Clo / Jeans: Diesel / Sneakers: Diadora

T-Shirt: Hard Clo / Jeans: Diesel / Sneakers: Diadora

Diadora is an athletic footwear brand that's made major strides since its humble beginnings as a work boot manufacturer, Diadora continues to make waves with its premium and high quality designs. The Italian brand marries athletic performance with lifestyle details for footwear that's versatile and comfortable. Diadora sneakers deliver clean and classic style with lasting construction. Grab a pair of Diadora shoes and experience the impressive feel and sporty good looks.

T-Shirt: Hard Clo / Jeans: Diesel / Sneakers: Diadora

T-Shirt: Hard Clo / Jeans: Diesel / Sneakers: Diadora

Sneakers: Diadora

Sneakers: Diadora

Sneakers: Diadora

Sneakers: Diadora

How To Wear The Skate Look
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If you had any lingering doubt that 1990s street culture was back, the rise of skatewear into mainstream fashion should put the matter to rest. Because suddenly it’s everywhere. The skateboarders who Anna Wintour would have once ushered away from the steps of the Palais de Tokyo have been invited inside to model what hangs in their own wardrobes, albeit reimagined at 10 times the price.

Skate has always had a hard-bitten aesthetic, equal parts protective and anti-authoritarian. Thick twill trousers are robust enough to prevent concrete shredding too much skin, while a hoodie shields the face from cameras when skating where you shouldn’t. And though practicality remains a long way down most designers’ lists of concerns, it is as obsessed with the underground as ever. What it means for you and me is that some of the most comfortable and hard-wearing threads you can buy also happen to be the most fashionable. What it doesn’t mean is that Tony Hawk is the new Don Draper. 

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The Rise Of Skatewear

Before we get to the rules, it’s worth stating that while brands have adopted skatewear in part as a way to lend bank balance-draining clothes some much-needed authenticity, the look’s surge is not entirely cynical. In the late 1980s, the boom in VCRs turned a niche sport into a global movement, as kids were suddenly able to share tapes of their favourite skaters.

Those kids have long since hung up their decks. But they are now at the age when increased spending power and nostalgia meet. They work in places where a suit seems out of place and they want clothes that are stylish but comfortable. They want trousers with a little more room, shirts with a softer handle, even if they’re being tested in a co-working space rather than on a flat bank.

They also share taste with the new heads of many design houses. Gosha Rubchinskiy, for example, centres his shows around the crew he sessions Moscow’s streets with. Meanwhile, Vetements and Balenciaga boss Demna Gvasalia and streetwear obsessive Kim Jones at Louis Vuitton have both spearheaded collaboration with skate OGs Supreme. These men – and they are almost universally men – are channelling their own and their customers’ love of skate culture into garments that reimagine and upgrade what kids have always worn on their boards. 

All of which makes the ‘skater look’ an odd thing: at once a blatant cash-in and a genuine expression of a subculture that has influenced streetwear since the 1960s. It also means that any man can steal the look. Even if you can only heelflip in a video game.

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Hoodies

If you can’t (or at least don’t) skate, then co-opting the full Palace look smacks of desperation. “Wear the pieces that are a natural fit for you,” says Giles Farnham, head of River Island’s Style Studio. Hoodies are a skate staple, and this cultural cache means they can be used to nod to the aesthetic even if you don’t know your Eric Koston from your Eric Clapton.

Skate Shoes

The grip tape that forms a buffer between foot and board is like sandpaper. Its endless rubbing and scuffing means skaters value shoes that are affordable and hardwearing, since they’re only going to get battered anyway.

Logo T-shirts

True streetwear is simple. Because it was cheap, brands tended not to experiment too far outside staples: hoodies, sweatshirts, caps and T-shirts. Distinctiveness came not from the cut, but from branding, which meant oversized logos and knowing spins on more established iconography.

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Craving Summer
Jacket: Hackett London / Shirt: Pepe Jeans / Pants: Antony Morato

Jacket: Hackett London / Shirt: Pepe Jeans / Pants: Antony Morato

Summer is the most carefree time of the year. After a long winter, I find myself craving the warmth of the summer sun and all the activities that come along with it. Here are a few reasons why you may be craving the summer season just like me.

  1. Summer concerts: Whether you love country, rock, pop, or rap, you could not be more excited for your summer music venue to open it's door for summer. These nights become the ones you'll never forget.
  2. County Fairs : Whether you live in a small country town or in a big city, the travel to any local fair over the summer is worth it. 
  3. Driving with the windows down : There's not a better feeling in the world than driving with the windows down during the summer and blaring your favorite music for all to hear.
  4. Beach days : Sometimes you need to take a break from all the chaos that summer brings and just have a relaxing beach day with your friends. Whether you're on a lake or an ocean, nothing beats relaxing at the beach on a hot summer day.
  5. Boating : Boating with family and friends during the summer months is how some of the best summer memories are made. Tubing and water skiing are just added bonuses to the fun of boating.
  6. Hiking with family and friends is an experience all its own but nothing beats the rewarding view you get at the top.
  7. Ice cream dates : You know that summer is right around the corner when your favorite ice cream shop opens for business in early spring. Over the summer you are guaranteed to always see someone you know when you go to get ice cream at your favorite local spot.
  8. Old friends : Overall, the best summer memories are made when you meet up with your old high school friends and catch up like nothing has changed.
Jacket: Hackett London / Shirt: Pepe Jeans / Pants: Antony Morato

Jacket: Hackett London / Shirt: Pepe Jeans / Pants: Antony Morato

Jacket: Hackett London / Shirt: Pepe Jeans / Pants: Antony Morato

Jacket: Hackett London / Shirt: Pepe Jeans / Pants: Antony Morato

Jacket: Hackett London / Shirt: Pepe Jeans / Pants: Antony Morato

Jacket: Hackett London / Shirt: Pepe Jeans / Pants: Antony Morato

Shirt: Pepe Jeans / Pants: Antony Morato

Shirt: Pepe Jeans / Pants: Antony Morato

The Perfect Casual Jacket For Spring
Total outfit by Pepe jeans

Total outfit by Pepe jeans

Spring is around the corner! And we have to be well prepared for the new season. One of my latest crushes is this Pepe jeans bomber jacket! A bomber jacket is the perfect men’s spring jacket as it works just as well for both day and night. Just like many other men’s wardrobe staples, the origins of this garment can be found in the 20th century’s military wear. The MA-1 flight jacket was designed for the US Air Force in the 50s and was worn by US pilots up until the Golf war.Today, bomber jackets come in different fabrics. The most common ones are nylon, suede and leather.  If you already own a black bomber jacket, it may be time to pick a whiter tone. 

Style and Fit

With bomber jackets, you can keep it casual or dress it up. Match your jacket with a pair of trousers, a pair of trainers and a white shirt to get a trendy and sharp look. 

Total outfit by Pepe jeans

Total outfit by Pepe jeans

Total outfit by Pepe jeans

Total outfit by Pepe jeans

When choosing a bomber jacket, you should pay special attention to the shoulders. It’s the most important aspect for a perfect fit.

  • The jacket seams should lie directly on the corner of your shoulder
  • You should be capable of lifting your arms without struggle
  • Regarding the length, the jacket should hit the top of your hips.
  • Bomber jackets are usually slim fitted, yet you should be able to zip it up easily
Total outfit by Pepe jeans

Total outfit by Pepe jeans

Total outfit by Pepe jeans

Total outfit by Pepe jeans

How to wear the grey Hackett London suit
Suit: Hackett London / Shirt: Hackett London / Scarf: Personal Collection

Suit: Hackett London / Shirt: Hackett London / Scarf: Personal Collection

When it comes to suits, nothing beats the staples. And by staples, we mean black, navy and grey. Navy and black have always had a general popularity for their adaptability, but grey also emerges as a worthy suit colour choice. In fact, grey suits have become more prevalent in street style, their versatility especially appealing to the younger market. For something clean, understated and classic, a grey suit does the trick. However grey can also be tricky to perfect. Done right grey reads youthful and modern; done wrong it will leave you looking outdated and frumpy. To style formal light grey suits, keep in mind that it is all about contrast. With your formal shirts, a crisp white shirt is failsafe paired with a black tie or a scarf, but do not fear to experiment with other colours. A muted powder blue complements light grey and other pastel tones can work well also. Balance out your silhouette with a slimmer tie to modernise your look. Don’t forget that accessories are crucial to pulling together an outfit. Find a unique patterned pocket square and fedora to make your suit pop and stick to silver watches, tie bars and cuff links to align with the grey tones of your look.

Suit: Hackett London / Shirt: Hackett London / Scarf: Personal Collection

Suit: Hackett London / Shirt: Hackett London / Scarf: Personal Collection

Suit: Hackett London / Shirt: Hackett London / Scarf: Personal Collection

Suit: Hackett London / Shirt: Hackett London / Scarf: Personal Collection

Suit: Hackett London / Shirt: Hackett London / Scarf: Personal Collection / Shoes: Personal Collection

Suit: Hackett London / Shirt: Hackett London / Scarf: Personal Collection / Shoes: Personal Collection

Suit: Hackett London / Shirt: Hackett London / Scarf: Personal Collection / Shoes: Personal Collection

Suit: Hackett London / Shirt: Hackett London / Scarf: Personal Collection / Shoes: Personal Collection

My Parisian Looks
Jacket: Tommy Hilfiger / Cap: Balenciaga (old) / Shirt: Massimo Dutti / Turtleneck: COS

Jacket: Tommy Hilfiger / Cap: Balenciaga (old) / Shirt: Massimo Dutti / Turtleneck: COS

Parisian style is legendary. More than clothes, it's state of mind. With winter on the approach, take a look at how I styled my looks during my last visit in Paris. Most Paris men have moved on from the beret and pencil-thin moustache, but some classics like the Breton tee, rollnecks and well-cut blazers remain. Not forgetting the refined bohemian who still wanders the cobble-stone streets in silk, linen and some floppy type of hat. Key tip on how to dress like a Parisian? They are big on neatness (no hipster beards here) and impeccable fit, wearing clothes that highlight the silhouette, more so than big statement prints and look-at-me colours. Active wear is big in the French capital too, mixing with traditional tailoring that changes with the seasons: tweed in winter, cotton in summer. But the coolest truc of all for how to dress like a Parisian, is the simple way they work the basics – effortlessly donning a bomber, jeans and tee.

Cota: Zara  / Pants: Levis / Knitwear: Acne / Shoes: Santoni Shoes

Cota: Zara  / Pants: Levis / Knitwear: Acne / Shoes: Santoni Shoes

Jacket: Joseph  / Cap: Zara / Turtleneck: COS / Pants: Diesel / Shoes: Gianvito Rossi

Jacket: Joseph  / Cap: Zara / Turtleneck: COS / Pants: Diesel / Shoes: Gianvito Rossi

Jacket: Tommy Hilfiger / Cap: Balenciaga (old) / Shirt: Massimo Dutti / Turtleneck: COS / Pants: H&M/ Shoes: Gianvito Rossi

Jacket: Tommy Hilfiger / Cap: Balenciaga (old) / Shirt: Massimo Dutti / Turtleneck: COS / Pants: H&M/ Shoes: Gianvito Rossi

Jacket: Joseph  / Cap: Zara / Turtleneck: COS / Pants: Diesel

Jacket: Joseph  / Cap: Zara / Turtleneck: COS / Pants: Diesel

Jacket: Tommy Hilfiger / Cap: Balenciaga (old) / Shirt: Massimo Dutti / Turtleneck: COS / Pants: H&M/ Shoes: Gianvito Rossi

Jacket: Tommy Hilfiger / Cap: Balenciaga (old) / Shirt: Massimo Dutti / Turtleneck: COS / Pants: H&M/ Shoes: Gianvito Rossi

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Men’s Fashion Guide To Wearing All Black
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Black is by far one of the most popular colors when it comes to fashion, and it’s easy to see why. The color black in fashion has traditionally been associated with class, sophistication and even mystery, which makes it amazing for smart style and formal wear. Be careful when buying your black clothing though, it’s easy to see when a piece of black clothing is low quality because after a few washes it fades to an icky grey color. When it comes to black, quality is very important.If you live in a warmer climate, I’d steer away from wearing too much black in your outfit, as it can look awkward and feel awkward. Sunny climates are meant for color! While there is nothing wrong with wearing an all black outfit, make sure black doesn’t take over your entire wardrobe like it has a tendency to. Wearing black all day every day can and will get boring. Layering your black outfits with things such as hoodies and black leather jackets makes for a great look. Sometimes when the outfit calls for it, throwing some vibrant or earth tone colors can make an all black outfit look even better.

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Style Defined: The Double-Breasted Jacket
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Among the many classic menswear staples that have gone in and out of style only to see a resurgence in popularity recently, the history of the double-breasted jacket is particularly interesting and unexpected.

When you think of a double-breasted jacket/suit, what’s the first thing to come to mind? My guess is either a stodgy 80s or 90s banker-type or a wide-shouldered caricature of a mafia boss. Either way, it’s all formality and rigidity, right?

THE DOUBLE-BREASTED JACKET WAS ORIGINALLY BANNED BY MANY BUSINESSES AS INAPPROPRIATE OFFICE ATTIRE.

But that’s where your assumptions would lead you astray. In fact, the origins of the double-breasted jacket go back to a distinctly casualstyle called a ‘reefer’ jacket.

Like most all men’s jackets, the reefer jacket was born in the sporting world. Originally very casual and usually worn as outerwear, in the late 19th century it was associated with gents heading to tennis matches or other country affairs, and was in fact banned by many businesses as inappropriate office attire.

THE DOUBLE-BREASTED JACKET ORIGINATED IN THE SPORTING WORLD AS A CASUAL GARMENT CALLED THE REEFER JACKET.

Yet, over time, the double-breasted jacket was slowly adapted into a more formal piece – a shift heralded in large part by the Duke of Windsor (who led many style trends of his time). However, even when he started wearing the style to official public outings, it was originally seen as gauche and poor taste (or rebelliously counter-traditional, depending who you ask).

However, just as the recent wave of menswear enthusiasm has brought the more simple and versatile single-breasted suit back into the casual wardrobes of stylish men, the double-breasted suit has made a more widespread come-back as well. It’s a bold move, but the payoff can be a striking and distinctive look.

Thanks for reading.

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How I Edit My Instagram Photos
Coat: Massimo Dutti / Jeans: Zara / Cashmere scarf: Hackett Lodnon

Coat: Massimo Dutti / Jeans: Zara / Cashmere scarf: Hackett Lodnon

Oh Instagram. With your odd algorithm where you don’t actually see any of the posts you want too and your Snapchat-esque Stories function, you’re not exactly flavour of the month with most people right now, but I can’t help but still love this photo sharing gem. Now I’ve never been one for a ‘theme‘ in the Instagram department per se, but a month or so ago I decided that my Instagram needed a bit of a refresh and a tidy. The only theme that I now follow is that I like the pictures I post to be taken on my proper camera, because photos taken on my iPhone seem to look like they’ve been shot on a potato these days (maybe the lens just needs a good clean?). However there are a few apps that I’ve been using to edit pictures that I haven’t mentioned before, so I thought I’d share incase your Instagram is giving you potato-vibes too.

VSCO. I’ve been using this bad boy for years. It’s got it all from filters to the ability to add warmth, coolness, brightness, contrast – it’s like the swiss army knife of photo editing on your phone. Personally I don’t use any of the Instagram editing tools and just use this instead. I love a bit of the F2 filter with a touch of coolness added, down two notches on contrast and up four notches on sharpness. DONE. Well, not exactly…

Facetune. Hear me out on this one. I don’t use this app for photoshopping aspects of my face and body (although it does make for some good entertainment to see what I’d actually look like with a jawline, smooth skin and cheekbones). However the whiten tool on this that most people use on their teeth is great for getting rid of any areas of yellowness or grey in photos that you want to look bight white. It’s a lengthy process mind you and is made much easier by having some sort of smartphone pen.

Snapseed. My sister introduced me to this and I feel like it’s made such a difference to my photos. There a tonne of functions on here, but it’s the brush tool that I love and I use it to spot overexpose and under-epoxse certain areas in a photo. Take the before and after picture above. I popped it through VSCO using my usual mix of filter, coolness, contrast and sharpening and then I edited it in Snapseed, increasing the exposure of the whole photo and then taking the exposure back down over the products to make sure that they showed up clearly and true to colour. OMG, I’m eye-rolling at myself right now – what an effort, eh? 

Mosaico. This is a great app for creators who like to plan. I first heard about it from my friend Nikos and although it cost around a fiver to download, for me it’s money well spent as I can add pictures into my ‘grid’ to see what they look like when they’ll be uploaded and even write the captions so they’re all ready to go which hopefully saves me from some embarrassing typos. 

Jacket: Tommy Hilfiger / Jeans: Pepe jeans / Scarf: Hackett London / Knitwear: Massimo Dutti

Jacket: Tommy Hilfiger / Jeans: Pepe jeans / Scarf: Hackett London / Knitwear: Massimo Dutti

Jean Jacket: Maison Margiela / Jean: Zara / Knitwear: Massimo Dutti / Hat: Vintage

Jean Jacket: Maison Margiela / Jean: Zara / Knitwear: Massimo Dutti / Hat: Vintage

Jean Jacket: Maison Margiela / Jean: Zara / Knitwear: Massimo Dutti / Hat: Vintage / Shoes: River Island

Jean Jacket: Maison Margiela / Jean: Zara / Knitwear: Massimo Dutti / Hat: Vintage / Shoes: River Island

How to wear a cardigan
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With the number of styling options to choose from, sometimes styling a cardigan can be a tricky task. Taking on both a casual and formal look, the cardigan has become a staple piece that, like your jeans and shirts, can be worn to fit with any occasion. 

The cardigan has gained the reputation as something for the grandpas of the world – a comfy piece that’s best suited for sitting by the fire and complaining about the weather. Despite the fact it’s become a cliche, there are ways to break it free from it’s old fashioned constraints and take it to new stylish heights. If you’re wondering how to wear cardigans in a fashionable and modern way, then look no further than this handy guide.  

So first off, what is a cardigan? If you’re not sure on exactly what it is then it’s going to be hard to style it properly. Cardigans cover a range of styles and can be worn loosely, with no buttons or zips to fasten it up, leaving you with a clean open design, or buttoned up to give a clean, slim finish. Despite the range of styles it can be difficult to know what to wear with a cardigan. Anything too brash and you can look like you’re trying too hard, and anything too simple and you run the risk of just looking dull. Luckily with so many styles of cardigans to choose from, there are ways that you can easily bridge the gap between simplicity and style to create a look that’s perfect for you.

A chunky knit cardigan like the one I chose, is the perfect casual piece and easily enables the wearer to play around with colours and geometric patterns. Because of its punchy, stylised look, this cardigan is great for throwing over simple pieces and taking centre stage. Buy an upscale one in cashmere or merino, or keep things budget friendly with a wool mix for a rugged feel.

Colour palettes aren’t the only things to consider when dressing for the seasons, fabric is hugely important. Traditionally all cardigans were made from wool, but since the cardigan has become a go-to piece for every season, there are now fabrics suitable for all seasons. If you’re a fan of the traditional look, then wool offers a a few options. You could go for a classic thick cable knit in a rough, natural weave or opt for a slightly sleeker design in something like merino or cashmere, which has a finer fibre.

Accessories are almost as important as your staple pieces and they can help set a tone and tie the whole outfit together. Simple accessories like caps and bags can help add a simple element of style to your look, where as bolder ones like bow ties and patterned sunglasses can bring about a more unique look.

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THE POWER OF A GREAT SUIT
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A suit instantly elevates your style, but a great one feels like the body armour you need to conquer the world.

The ultimate statement of luxury and style is the Italian wool suit which combines Italian style with British craftsmanship. This 100% wool fabric suit by Massimo Dutti is made in Italy with exceptional quality and impeccable finish.

The exquisite design is brought together with fine detailing, pick stitching and exclusive linings  for a classic Italian look.

I really love that suit and I really recommend it for any gentleman that really needs a classic piece that will last for years.

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How A Bomber Jacket Should Fit
Bomber Jacket & Jeans : Pepe Jeans London 

Bomber Jacket & Jeans : Pepe Jeans London 

With roots in the military (created for WWI bombing pilots, hence the name) and the masculine shape, to back up its historically stylish and practical features — chiefly comfort, warmth, and ease of movement — the bomber jacket is a traditional all-year round essential in menswear. Widely considered the jacket of the season, the bomber comes in a wide variety of versatile textures and styling options, easily suiting all tastes and seasonal conditions, from lightweight waxed cotton for spring/summer to exceptionally warm, fully lined leather or suede classics, that can handle the harshest winters thrown their way. However despite all its advances and easy styling options, getting the fit of a bomber jacket right can be a tricky thing to get right, especially with its unconventional shape. I found mine from Pepe Jeans Loncon and I really love it. 

Overall Fit of Bomber Jacket

The fit of any piece of outerwear, bomber included, is really important, as it’s the piece that can make or break an outfit. Needing enough space to layer over a range of outfits, while being close enough keep you warm and, well, not look like a sack – a bomber’s fit is just as important as any other piece of clothing. Whether you’re going for a classic bomber jacket shape or a longline design, it’s important that you’re working with a jacket that looks its best and complements your body type.

Shoulders

It’s universally agreed that the most crucial aspect to a perfectly fitted jacket lies first and foremost in the shoulders. If they don’t naturally fit then the jacket is a loss, as even if you’re going for an oversized style, baggy shoulders is never a good look. In this case, the fit is the same as any other jacket and it’s important that it carefully frames your shoulders, giving you a smooth, clean look. To double check that your jacket is perfectly fitted around your shoulders make sure you’re following these basic rules.

Torso

Bomber jackets tend to be a little less streamlined than conventional jackets, with the traditional, durable style focusing on a more statement, padded look. However this ‘bulkier’ look is generally created by the materials used, with the leather outing and inner lining causing a heavier finish, and on the whole, you want to go for a fairly fitted look so you don’t run the risk of looking swamped. Because of the cropped design of the jacket, you want to create a flattering V-shape when you have it zipped up, with the padded edge fitting closely around your torso. The easiest way to tell if your jacket fits properly in the waist is to try it on and see how much excess material hangs on each side and underneath your arms. Anything sticking out more than an inch on either side should be considered as being too bulky so you should opt for a smaller size. Chest wise, it should fit comfortably slim, with little to no added weight. You want something that will be form fitting whether zipped up or left open. Length wise, unless you’re going for a modern long line design your bomber jacket should land on the top of your trousers, or just above, in order to elongate the appearance of both your torso and legs in a subtle way.

Collar

One of the distinctive features of a flight jacket is the knitted collar that frames the neck, contrasting to the chunkier look of the jacket itself. Originally added in to protect the wearer from the high altitude winds, it’s now a distinctive part of the look, so it’s important that it fits correctly. The collar generally extends up a little, giving a clean, streamlined look that encompasses the neck. Don’t go for a design that goes too high up the neck as you want to gain a flattering, complementary look, but not get a roll neck finish.

Sleeves

If you’re going for a more striking, padded design made from a thick material and an inner lining, your sleeves are generally going to be a little bulkier to match with the rest of the jacket. However, if you’re going for a more slim fit nylon design it’s important to make sure your sleeves are fitted and have the right amount of stretch. Bomber jacket sleeves have a unique design, with each one ending in a knitted cuff that fits snugly around your wrist. Each sleeve should end on or just above your wrist bone, with conventional designs showing a clean contrast in size between the main part of the sleeves and the cuff.

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5 REASONS WHY I LOVE LONDON!
Jacket: Hackhett London / sunglasses: Zegna / Shoes: Santoni / Pants & Turtle Neck: Massimo Dutti

Jacket: Hackhett London / sunglasses: Zegna / Shoes: Santoni / Pants & Turtle Neck: Massimo Dutti

There are a million and one reasons to love London, but here are my top 10 reasons for why you should jump on the next flight to this cooler-than-cool capital.  Seriously, what are you waiting for?

1. The world is here

London is as cosmopolitan as it is British with people from around the globe drawn to the city. Such diversity has seen London become a place of endless possibilities. See a film at a French cinema? No problem. Brunch at a Nordic bakery? Dinner at an authentic Mongolian restaurant? Take your pick. It’s not just food where London has benefited from diversity – over the years diversity has helped to drive creativity, making the capital an international leader in a variety of fields.

2. It celebrates creativity

London has been a magnet for creative spirits for centuries. From William Shakespeare to Jimi Hendrix and J.K. Rowling – the great and the good of the art world have been inspired by London. It still attracts the very best in musical, artistic and acting talent, as well as comedians and modern day literary greats. Endless works of fiction have been set and continue to be written about the streets of London with the likes of Sherlock Holmes, Harry Potter, and Mary Poppins all calling the city home.

3. Music is all around you

London moves to its own, distinct soundtrack. From Ed Sheeran and Adele to The Beatles and the Rolling Stones, the UK has produced countless artists who have shaped the international music scene. You can see an artist every night of the week – choose from superstars at the O2 Arena and indie rockers at the historic Brixton Academy, to up and coming bands in the bars of Camden. The city boasts a number of summer music festival with the British Summer Time festival at Hyde Park and Wireless at Finsbury Park being two of the biggest.

4. The nightlife is legendary

No two nights need ever be the same in London. Take in a spellbinding musical in the West End or watch some of Hollywood’s biggest names tread the boards at the big movie theatres at Leicester Square. Head to the hippest pop-up bars and restaurants in East London, or get a taste of London’s legendary club scene or sing your heart out at a gig featuring London’s hottest new bands or big name acts in Soho or Shoreditch.

5. The food will knock your socks off

British cuisine might be the punchline of many jokes, but you’ll be pleasantly surprised by what London has to offer. Swanky restaurants, delicious street food, and experimental dishes in quirky settings all contribute to London’s constantly evolving, global cuisine. That’s not to say you can’t get a traditional full English breakfast or a Sunday roast – which is not for the calorie conscious- just head to a traditional cafe or gastro pub for your taste of British cuisine.

Jacket: Hackhett London / sunglasses: Zegna / Shoes: Santoni / Pants & Turtle Neck: Massimo Dutti

Jacket: Hackhett London / sunglasses: Zegna / Shoes: Santoni / Pants & Turtle Neck: Massimo Dutti

Jacket: Hackhett London / sunglasses: Zegna / Shoes: Santoni / Pants & Turtle Neck: Massimo Dutti

Jacket: Hackhett London / sunglasses: Zegna / Shoes: Santoni / Pants & Turtle Neck: Massimo Dutti