Words by Charlie Britton

As the Summer slowly drifts into yesterdays past and we look towards the Autumn Winter season, it’s time we start to think about outerwear. As this time of the year can be a tricky one, here at Clothes Make The Man we’ve picked out 6 of the best transitional jackets to get you through this awfully unpredictable weather.

One thing we can all agree on is that this time of year is humid, wet and rather uncomfortable. Trying to pick out the right outerwear piece can be quite the challenge, with overcoats and overshirts battling out for the win. Rest assured, we’ve chosen out favourite lightweight pieces that’ll keep you cosy and stylish, rain or shine.

The Burberry Sandringham

A British icon and fashion essential, the Burberry trench coat in the honey colourway is the perfect transitional outerwear piece that’ll never go out of date. Heritage, style and flare all come to mind when thinking about the famous trench coat and this mid-length style is the perfect option for the Summer Autumn showdown. Sandringham Trench Coat

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Cos Twill Shirt Jacket

One of the strongest highstreet brands in our opinion is Cos and this year, they’ve once again proven why. This Twill Shirt Jacket in navy is a perfect transitional piece due to its lightweight construction and stylish appeal. Perfect for layering over sweatshirts and easy to throw over your shoulder, it’s perfect for both humid and cooler temperatures and will carry you through to the Winter season. Cos Twill Shirt Jacket 

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Hammond & Co by Patrick Grant Harrington

Fashion Designer and Director of Norton & Sons of Saville Row, Patrick Grant, has made his irresistible design style available on the high street with his Hammond & Co collection at Debenhams. This Harrington jacket is another perfect transitional season piece, constructed using a rich cotton blend. Worn over a shirt for work or a tee on the weekends, this is a great choice for Britains turbulent weather and can be carried through to Winter as a layering piece. Hammond & Co Harrington Jacket 

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Engineered Garments Overshirt

American-made is the game, Engineered Garments is the name. A perfect outwearwear piece that’ll fall on trend every Autumn, this Military style Overshirt is great for the coming colder months as it can be worn over a plain tee or used as a layering piece. Thick cotton-twill and utilitarian details make this piece a must have as it really will work with almost every colour and style. What’s more, the beautiful military green colourway will always be on-trend and works effortlessly with with Autumnal shades. Engineered Garments Overshirt

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Oliver Spencer Artist Jacket

This is a piece we spotted on the catwalk at London Fashion Week Mens and instantly fell in love with. Oliver Spencer never fails to disappoint and this indigo Artist Jacket certainly speaks for itself. Made of 100% cotton, this lightweight garment can be incorporated into anyones style and once again, will work well into the colder months as a layering piece. Oliver Spencer Artist Jacket

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Topman Workwear Jacket

Topman has managed to secure a place on this list with a perfect affordable option for the transitional season. This Denim Workwear Jacket is a beautiful piece with lots of character and will work perfectly over the next few months due to its lightweight construction. Don’t let this piece put you off either, double denim is still on-trend and isn’t showing signs of giving in anytime soon. Topman Workwear Jacket

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Come rain or shine, these 6 outerwear pieces will do you justice and keep you comfortable during this awkward British transitional weather season. If overshirts are ticking the right boxes and you want to see more, you can always check out our piece on 6 of the best overshirts here for some more inspiration.

WORDS BY HITESH DODHIA, Superintendent Pharmacist

It’s that time of year again and parents across the country are bracing themselves for a return to school runs, packed lunches and snotty noses. Come September, British parents routinely shell out vast sums of money to purchase new school uniforms, shiny stationery sets and the flashiest school shoes hoping to ensure maximum ware and avoid any unwanted playground embarrassment.
However, whilst many parents ensure that their kids are prepared for a nationwide bendy ruler shortage, how many of them remember to prepare adequately for the one of the biggest problems associated with the new school year? That is, the range of unwanted illnesses, ailments and medical conditions that become far more prevalent in schools when September comes back around.

When the summer holidays are over and kids are thrust back into buildings with hundreds or even thousands of classmates, there is an increased risk of them coming down with a number of medical issues – including outbreaks of head lice, colds and flu. Add to this the risk of allergies and the rough and tumble of the playground, and these problems should really give food for thought as parents prepare for the year ahead.

Take head lice as an example. The return to school brings children back into contact with dozens of other kids in a very close proximity. Head lice, small wingless insects that jump from scalp-to-scalp when two heads touch, thrive in such an environment, so dads and mums must ensure they keep a keen eye out for the tell-tale symptoms. These include itchy scalps and small black specks either in their child’s hair or on their clothes or pillow. If the unwanted pests are spotted, swift action in the form of a shampoo or gel is essential.

Unexpected medical problems also have a huge bearing on school performance, contributing both to days lost in the classroom and causing millions of pupils across the country considerable difficulty in concentrating. The most common illnesses leading to school absence are the common cold, sore throat, stomach bugs, ear infection and conjunctivitis – for which many suitable treatments exist in your local pharmacy.
What’s more, with kids coming into regular close contact and spending time together outdoors at break time and in P.E. as school is back in session, irritating health problems such as eczema, hay fever, cuts and scrapes risk disrupting a child’s happy school life. Making sure you have a suitably stocked medical cabinet will help combat these medical problems and prevent issues worsening or spreading.

So if parents are preparing for a last-minute dash to buy pens, pencils and rubbers, be sure to consider health-related products to protect children and yourselves from unwanted risks that the return to the classroom can bring.


Just when you think surely the appetite for collaborations must be drying up, you hear of yet another to whet the aforementioned appetite for them. This time in the rather shapely form of Off white x Nike. The name for the collaboration is influenced by the ten sneakers created by the duo, it’s one of the most sort after alliances of recent years and it is due to the absolute dominance of the street wear scene.

The partnership showcases classic silhouettes including the retro Jordan 1 Chicago all the way through to one of their most recent releases in the Nike air vapormax.

Celebrities and social media influencers alike including A$AP Rocky and Luka Sabbat have been seen wearing specifically the Jordan 1. This has built extreme interest surrounding the collaboration after being worn at Paris fashion week.

Off white is primarily known for it’s high end street wear fashion, founded by Virgil Abloh former art director for artists including Jay-Z and Kanye West, the Milan based fashion label has been dominating the luxury streetwear fusion scene since 2014.
Nike on the other hand is one of the world’s most classic sneaker suppliers, consistently leading the way in its industry and now these two power houses are collaborating to create a ten part sneaker collection which is set to take over the streetwear industry.

Separated into two different themes, ‘REVEALING’ which will include the Air Jordan 1, Nike Blazer mid, Nike Air Max 90, Nike Air Presto and Nike Air VaporMaxich will be pre-released at multiple NikeLab locations during SS18 fashion week in New York, London, Milan and Paris.
Also the second group ‘GHOSTING’ which will include the Nike air max 97, Nike React Hyper Dunk 2017, Converse Chuck Taylor and Nike Zoom Fly SP and can be found in Nike lab and select stores world wide.

Virgil Abloh himself has been quoted remarking these shoes amongst some of the greatest of all time;
“These 10 shoes have broken barriers in performance and style. To me, they are on the same level as a sculpture of David or the Mona Lisa. You can debate it all you want, but they mean something. And that’s what’s important.”

Unless you’ve been living under a rock on a deserted love island this Summer, you couldn’t have escaped the escapades and shenanigans of those “loved up” impossibly good looking residents of ITV’s hit show Love Island. Ohhhh please, don’t give me, I don’t know what you are talking about !

Now the stand out individual and just so happened to be winner of the the whole shebang was Kem Cetinay. A young fellow who won over and charmed viewers with his gentlemanly qualities, sense of humour and being an all round good guy.

The next chapter in Kem’s story is unfolding thick and fast right is front of us. Fingers crossed he seems to have found ‘true love’ with fellow contestant Amber then he’s been offered a role presenting on Breakfast TV and now international online e-tailer boohooMAN.com have announced Mr Cetinay as their new UK Brand Ambassador.

Kem said at the recent launch, “I’m delighted to be representing boohooMAN as their first UK Brand Ambassador. We’ve got some big things planned and I’m really excited to get started. Their products are right up my street – there’s so much choice!”

However, there is far more to young Mr Cetinay than first meets the eye and little is talked about his philanthropic ventures, yes you did read that right. Kem is far more than your common and garden reality TV, flash in the pan, celebrity. Yes you may know that Kem is a very accomplished barber but little has been spoken about the good causes that he works with.

Cetinay is already an ambassador for homeless charity Centrepoint and spent a night on the streets last October to raise both awareness and funds for the good cause. But Kem wasn’t always this bright, sparky, confident individual you saw on Love Island. He too has had to fight his own personal battles and unlike other countless reality TV show winners wants to highlight certain issues, like mental health wellbeing amongst young people. Cem knows only too well what a devastating effect this can have on an individual and the people around them. Watch out for this young man not only is the world his oyster but he has a lot, of relevant points, to say.

I wouldn’t say Summer 2017 has exactly been a washout, just it certainly wasn’t a vintage Summer nor will it go down in the record books in any way as a corker. So if you want to prolong, or in some cases start, your Summer, I have the perfect Elixir for you, well fragrance. Genuinely, if you want the scent of the most perfect Summer’s day captured and bottled as a fragrance Acqua di Parma‘s new Colonia Pura is just for you, yes you.

Created as a modern interpretation of their classic, signature scent – the Colonia Pura expresses both the refined heritage of the brand and a fresh modern masculinity. Colonia Pura can claim a proud tradition of refinement and style. Just like the original Colonia of Acqua di Parma, the new Colonia Pura really does manage to captures the joy, cultivation and warmth of the unique Italian way of life. It is an exclusive, masculine scent made for men, with contemporary sophistication and elegance. Created with a youthful edge and a lighter approach to freshness, Colonia Pura is the perfect fragrance for a new generation to discover and delve into the luxury world of Acqua di Parma. With this new approach Colonia Pura is based on the wonders and richness of nature. Sky, sun and picturesque Italian landscapes are a core part of its heritage and source of strength. This is why Colonia Pura was created and packaged with sustainability in mind.

The scent of the new Colonia is warm and sunny with bright citrus hues, inviting natural surroundings and intriguing urban settings. Just like its name, Colonia Pura has a minimalistic aesthetic that focuses on the purity of joy and its modern interpretation.

Crisp and sunny bergamot, combined with juicy orange notes and delicate petit grain accents, brings new light and air into the classical citrus structure of Colonia. Next comes a seducing and alluring vital energy at the heart. The oral lusciousness of narcissus and jasmine absolutes blends with the spicy notes of coriander in an unexpected balance. The warm and sophisticated accents of patchouli and cedar wood encounter at the base the delicate, yet persistent white musk notes. The result is a luminous dynamism that celebrates life, inspires and opens up new vistas of expression.

This new way of thinking is continued as part of the accompanying Ad campaign where the brand has employed the skills, as an ambassador to head up the campaign in the form of British male Supermodel Will Chalker and in unison with the characteristics of this new fragrance he is joined in the campaign alongside his wife Chloe Chalker and their son Arthur Chalker.