Ahhhhh the summer is starting to draw to an end and its not just parents that have to think about shopping for School Uniforms in one way or another. At this time of year we all take a look at the old workwear wardrobe and think, Errr yeah it could do with a little update. It’s not just a matter of impressing the boss in the workplace, although that helps, being taken seriously is all important and what you wear and how you wear it makes a big impression. We’re not talking a major overhaul, well for most of us, more a little helping hand, you know what I’m talking about, those white shirts with the stained collar and cuffs, the suit that gone rather shiny and the shoes that have simply seen better days.
On the whole we are spoilt for choice when it comes to catering for suitable workwear, whatever the budget, but I do have to say, remember the golden rules, buy cheap buy twice and you get what you pay for. so we thought we would give you a couple of suggestions to update your workwear wardrobe and bring it bang up to date.
First port of call, has to be Marks & Spencer, sorry I know its predictable, but for a balance of price and quality, they are hard to beat ! I personally love the Savile Row Inspired range. But on their website you find such valuable gems as a suit guide and what to wear for an interview. So if you don’t get that job you know who to blame.
Now, the devil’s in the detail and don’t fall at the final hurdle by the accessories you carry. I know what you’re gonna say, “What, d’ya think I’m made of money”. See this beautifully crafted man bag by Mulberry as an investment piece that, if treated with respect will be with you til the day you retire. Plus have everyone from the CEO to the new work experience fawn all over it !
Remember, workwear doesn’t have to match the dull weather of a deep Winter’s day. Show your creative side by mixing it up, use the blazer of a suit and add some colour with some chinos in seasonal tones and replace that drab shirt with a checked one with a knitted tie. The American Retailer Banana Republic are masters of this, so don’t worry if you don’t have a store near you as their website is genius.
These brilliant Verdy Brogues from KG Kurt Geiger are spot on plus are available in Tan as well as Black and won’t break the bank so buy both colour ways and they’ll see you though any suiting combination, Simple.
This Autumn the ethically Clothing brand Patagonia have been producing clothing for surfing, climbing, snow sports fly fishing and pretty much everyday life. Still wholly owned by the Chouinard Family, they have provided essential grants to hundreds of grassroots environmental organisations working hard to save or restore a revered patch of land or stretch of water, or to reconnect habitat and seasonal migration paths for wildlife.
Their brand ethos is the same today as it was 40 years ago and unfortunately differs from many companies current thinking, they believe, “Build the best product, cause no unnecessary harm and use business to inspire and implement solutions to the environmental crisis.”
To mark this milestone anniversary the brand are launching a limited edition collection. The Legacy collection features ten classic signature Patagonia pieces ranging the classic Retro X Fleece to the 80’s Summit pack. The capsule range was produced by interviewing company veterans about their original inspirations and re-inventing them utilising technological advances, in contemporary fabrics and updating fit and function, plus using recycled polyester and organic cotton in the garments.
Key pieces from the collection include, the Post foam back Cagoule, which like the original rain jacket, developed for British climbers back in the early 1960’s. The reincarnation is crafted from 21st Century Gore-Tex and it serves as a wearable rain shelter when confined to a ledge on a rocky mountain face or even scrambling to catch the night bus on the way home after a long and hard day at work. Or the reinterpretation of the early 80’s Summit Pack which sports accessory patches to carry your trusty ice axe, crampons or a foam pad form haemorrhoid protection on a cold belay ledge. The back pack’s simple design offers enough room to hold a sandwich, emergency rain gear and a good bottle of red wine when venturing into terrain accessed only y mountain goats.
Every man should have at least one good quality, clean, crisp, fresh, white shirt in his wardrobe. A white shirt is one of the foundations pieces of any man’s dressing repertoire. It’s an indispensable item that virtually can go with every outfit from casual to formal, from a black suit to a pair of jeans, its one of those few truly versatile items of clothing that goes with pretty much anything.
But like so many things within this wonderful and great world in which we merely inhabit, it isn’t altogether straight forward and the white shirt is indicative of this fact. A white shirt, isn’t simply just a white shirt and possessing one white shirt won’t mean it caters for every required occasion. But, investing in a good quality example will serve you well and should see you through a multitude of occasions over the coming years. So take this white shirt, see it as an investment buy –
This fine Oxford shirt by Hackett with button down collar in the Clifton. With cutaway collar, two button mitred cuff, made from the finest woven cotton.
5 Ways to way a White Shirt
The Tuxedo, timeless, classic, elegant. Nothing more needs to be said
Keeping it easy and casual. A white shirt, throw on a pair of jeans & a navy blazer, for that start casual look.
Sharp, dapper, and quintessentially looking good you can’t go wrong with a well cut suit teamed with a white shirt and tie
The Autumn is nearly upon us and work that weekend look with one of the biggest trends for the season a spot of tweed and some fair isle knitwear. Adding a white shirt makes the outfit stand out more.
The trick is to keep things easy and simple. Just a white shirt and a pair of chinos, no more no less
In the light of the U.S Government finally acknowledging the existence of Area 51, Barbour thought now was the right time to own up and confess about their own shadowy project. “Department B‘’ was a special area in Barbour’s South Shields Factory that specialised in customisation, taking customer’s individual requests for extra pockets or special reinforcements and creating jackets that were unique and personal to each wearer. These requests and this special attention to detail are celebrated in Barbour’s latest Men’s Heritage collection, Dept. B.
Whether it’s a hidden trim, an unusual stud, a zipper that also serves as a ring-pull, unfortunately not a build in life jacket or jet pack, at the moment – all these are located in clever places – meaning there is always something interesting to discover in the jackets, knitwear and shirts that make up the collection.
In its opening season, Barbour’s most recognisable pieces are given subtle yet meaningful makeovers. The Commander Jacket takes its customisation cue from the wardrobe department on Skyfall, who featured a Barbour jacket on James Bond. Taking its inspiration from this jacket, the new Commander jacket even references its iconic muse in its product code, which, of course includes the famous code name of the agent, 007, in its composition.
The art of customisation is referenced in the midlayers in this collection too, with bursts of contrasting colours, textures and trims featuring on pieces such as the Pym Zip Thru, the Dart Tee and the Hatch Polo.
The origins of the Denim Jacket are not only very humble but very simple, originally created for the workplace; it formed part of the overall denim uniform that was rugged and durable for the manual worker of the 18th Century. In the late 1800s, it began to become more of a part of general clothing and it became a serious part of fashion attire thanks to companies like Levi Strauss. The company began seeing success with denim jackets in the early 1900’s and never looked back.
However, although not really changing a great deal over time regarding its overall design, the denim jacket is a cultural icon and has played a key role in the overall look of many sub cultures since its conception. Whether it be the western cowboy look which is never-endingly begin interpreted and reinterpreted by brands as a source of inspiration. The British Skinhead following of the 1970’s or the Hell’s Angels Rock inspired movement. The Americana image of the 1950’s Double denim rebel made famous by James Dean in “Rebel Without a Cause” or staying with the American influence of their Redneck brethren.
Virtually every brand on the planet today gives their take on this piece of clothing from TOPSHOP and GAP, to the daddy of Denim Levi’s and Wrangler, right the way through to Ralph Lauren and of course Calvin Klein. Many of these brands have produced unforgettable and zeitgeist advertising campaigns including Nick Kamen taking off his 501’s in the laundrette, Leigh Bowery asking, “Where’s Pepe ?” Lee’s “Jeans that built America”. But my personal favourite has to be a beautiful and rather young Brooke Shields, pondering,”You want to know what comes between me and my Calvins? Nothing.” This not only sent people running out to buy denim in their droves but it made Jeans SEXY !
Since this moment Calvin Klein Jeans have been knocking it out of the ball park when it comes to marketing denim, not only using Brooke Shields, but Marky Mark Wahlberg accompanied by an early appearance by Ms Kate Moss. Jamie Dornan, pre his Serial Killer tendencies in “The Fall” or even being a little too controversial and having their Ad campaign banned altogether, which only added fuel to the fire of their desirability.
For Autumn 2013 Calvin Klein Jeans have reworked the sense of structure to their traditional denim jacket and shirts. The garment’s authentic details and aesthetic features with a mixture of shapes and colours.