The waxed cotton jacket emerged as a serious fashion proposition a few years ago now, but there are lots on the streets again and who can wonder? Light enough for you to wear on the Tube, waterproof by definition and adding a timeless Englishness to an otherwise casual outfit, it’s near perfect for spring. Another reason for its re-appearance, aside from sheer practicality, is the popularity of Barbour as yet another classic British brand being rediscovered.
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This check jacket doesn’t deviate too much from the mainstream, it’s a nice spring blouson which you could wear quite easily with jeans but I have bigger plans for this piece. Available from River Island for £39.99 it deserves a little more attention.
A pair of narrow cobalt blue trousers will transform the jacket into something more extraordinary and will really stand out against the pale stone grey and the check. Add a pair of lace ups and some socks in carefully considered colours (I’m thinking something along the lines of magenta, grey or coral) and you’ll be ramping up the drama even more for this high street piece.
We looked at some wonderful summer jackets yesterday featuring labels like Rene Gurskov and Moncler but for the more budget conscious among you here is a pick of summer jackets from the high street.
At the high end of the market Dexter Wong‘s cropped trench for Topshop is £80 which gets you smart tailoring and an unconventional shape. Burton‘s coated jacket is reduced to £25 and has a wonderfully masculine silhouette. K-Ways were the in thing when I was at school, and they’re back with collaborations from A.P.C and Limoland. This classic version is just £45 and the punchy yellow will team up a treat with smart grey trousers. Even cheaper is Uniqlo‘s windbreaker with a neon lining, combining functionality with good looks it’s only £19.99
Looking for summer jackets might be slightly premature but it’s never too early to shop, and with a chunky jumper a lightweight waterproof layer will more than suffice for March.
These jackets are all fairly pricey, but would make fantastic investments if you have a bit of money burning a hole in your pocket. Rene Gurskov‘s bomber is in a simple colour but tailoring details like shrunken buttons and origami pocket flaps make it a bit more special. Paul Smith’s jacket is for the more formally inclined Brandites, the colour is simply awesome and will look wonderful with a summer palette. On the more utilitarian end of the scale Moncler‘s khaki jacket is so unassumingly stylish it will take you from office to pub to disco to wherever you kids hang out. Lastly Lyle and Scott‘s jacket is a classic shape and again a great colour, a perfect choice if you fancy something more conventional which retains a bit of interest.
See after the jump for product details and stick around to see our budget picks tomorrow!
This season is proving to be perfect for style-conscious men looking for a new sartorial direction. From Marni to Jil Sander, men are being given a chance to look top notch and whereas some seasons simply leave us to stick to a stereotypical male uniform, A/W 2009 looks to be the return of fashion flamboyance.
This velvet trench-coat from Dolce & Gabbana is gloriously over-the-top but allows men to be men with its razor-sharp tailoring and Oscar-Wilde cool (just for the record, I realise not everyone will see Oscar Wilde as a style icon and as a result- this coat is maybe not for you!) Straight off the runway at the moment, the trench will no doubt cost a fortune in the shops but keep your eyes peeled for celeb sightings!
(Image: Marcio Madeira, Style.com)
A quick Wiki of ‘duffle coat’ offers a great backstory and an explanation of why I was spelling it ‘duffel’. The name refers to the Belgian town of Duffel, where the thick woollen fabric used in making the coats originated. Marvellous fact!
Duffle coats make a great winter layer, and as February approaches you can pick up some bargains in the sale that won’t be out of date by next winter. The traditional colour is camel, but that can look a little indietastic, so go for muted greys, navys or good old black.
There’s a glut of peacoats on the streets this winter, in all price categories. A long-time staple on the other side of the Atlantic, the peacoat has never really dominated the men’s coat market over here – until now. Wondering how to wear it well and stand out if you’ve already invested in one? The first step is to honour its roots as a functional item worn by matelots and other outdoor types. So a great pair of jeans, sturdy boots, a striped sweater and beanie hats are all givens and will pass any inspection.
For something dressier, a stand-out scarf in a luxe knit or striking colour will add contrast. Badges give character to plain lapels otherwise a great bag: (duffle-bag worn matelot style over one shoulder? vintage briefcase?) is your chance to stand out from the dark serge crowd.
For a third season Danish designer Peter Jensen and British label Fred Perry are working together on an old staple; the Harrington jacket. Coming in red, black and a very current gingham Jensen is up to standard in his attention to detail with the classic jacket receiving a super-sizing to the pockets and laurel.
The jackets will be available from next year as part of Fred Perry’s SS09 range with a rough launch date of February 09 being pencilled in.
Jack Wills is a label synonymous with public school brats and pink polo-shirts with faux-Rugby Club logos. However, beneath what appears to be a rather empty and shallow brand image, every now and then Jack Wills releases a couple of items that can be put together to form fashion-friendly looks. I, myself, have a skinny scarf that is a perfect blend of stripey knit and dove grey silk- it never fails to improve an otherwise boring look.
In time for the Christmas period, the high-street chain has released their ‘Classic British Tailoring’ collection featuring gems such as the Lewington Tails and Oakington jacket.
Continue reading for full product details, links and more information about the collection!
A while ago when Silas pulled out of the UK I was pretty gutted because at the time they were my favorite brand due to the fact that their T-Shirts fit so damn well, the actual design of the T’s were less important to me but to be fair these were just as great. Silas has returned to the UK (though the brand still concentrates on its much larger following in Japan) and has grown up a wee bit with some smarter pieces to their range such as the awesome knitwear and coats featured in this winter 08 lookbook put together by Unbar.
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Pea coats are ten a penny on the high street, but All Saints’ grey wool version (£160) has vintage good looks which will set you apart from the mainstream.
The front double breast is slim enough to avoid all the chub-making perils of a normal double breaster, and the casual tailoring makes it wearable enough for the weekend as well as work. Team with fitted dark denim and a bright scarf for an effortlessly stylish casual outfit.
Winter has crept up on us and while you can’t beat a classic pea coat there seems to be little else on offer on the high street.
A wool bomber jacket is a more modern looking shape and goes well with newer silhouettes like double pleat trousers and cuffed jeans. The wool fabric gives the shape a smarter and more structured look than its sporty counterparts and more importantly is a lot warmer. Take your pick from double and single-breasted, zip-up, vintage, retro and modern there’s a bomber for every taste and wallet.
Their Gamme Rouge collection for women has elevated the simple puffer to a work of art, and while this Moncler jacket (£785) isn’t on a one-way journey to Kookytown it’s pretty special.
Featuring an impressive 220 grams of down in each jacket and a hidden elasticised waistband this ain’t no NAFF Co 54 market offering that will leave you shivering at the bus stop. The grey wool is a smart choice easily taking you from the rugged outdoors to the city in one fell swoop.
If you’re going to go for this season’s lumberjack trend you may as well jump right in and go for Topshop’s flannel plaid jacket (£60).
It’s lined in faux sheep which means it’ll be wonderfully cosy for the winter and will add bulk to your silhouette in a satisfying way, overly skinny is out now dontcha know? You could play it safe and team it with jeans but why not go for something different and wear the jacket with cuffed chinos and geeky Doc Marten style lace up shoes. Add some contrasting socks and it’ll set you apart from the swathes of men in check.
This season is one of continued focus on shape; the tulip skirt, the peplum, the over-sized collar. I have always leaned towards a slimmer-fit for hoodies and trousers but this season I plan to try something new. This ‘Panda‘ hoodie from Bape fits the bill perfectly, it is quite baggy and voluminous but it has a fitted waist resulting in a highly fashionable silhouette.
There are two types of the hoodie (one in fleece and one in cotton) and four possible colours (although the black is exclusive to the Bape store in Aoyama, Japan! Buy now for pre-Pharrell originality!