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Autumn is here and the weather is going to get brutal once again, and what would a new season be without having new favourites to add to our winter wardrobe? So as the sun is hiding away for the upcoming months, we need to cover up for the cold season – and your cover-up is the first thing everyone sees on you – and it needs to help you look stylish and cosy. We are spoiled with choices with winter coats, so to make things easier, we’ve chosen 6 of the best outerwear for men, from high-street and designer options.

ZARA Checked Chester Coat

This checkered coat by Zara has a classic silhouette which includes classic pointed lapels, button-up fastening, side flap pockets, back vent and lined interior with pocket. You can wear it with formal and casual attires throughout the winter months.

WEEKDAY Tristan Checked Coat

Swedish brand WEEKDAY has a fantastic piece form their latest collection, again with the checked pattern it also has a classic style enhanced by the checked print and a soft wool blend with a long -thread finish. It has a high stand collar with big lapels, big buttons and two big flap pockets, it looks absolutely cosy and warm! perfect to keep you comfortable during the winter season.

NEXT Signature Car Coat

All you sophisticated dads out there, this is a good pick for you. This car coat style is made from quality British fabric. Finished with a cotton chambray lining, don’t be surprised if you get stopped and get compliments by your coworkers or other dads in the school gate.

REISS Voisset Cashmere-Blend Overcoat

Add a touch of warmth and luxury to your autumn winter outerwear options with Reiss’ cashmere blend Voisset coat. Featuring two spacious front pockets and a wide pointed lapel collar in a long length, this classic coat has been given a modern update with its slightly oversized silhouette. Layer over a cosy knitwear piece for added comfort to complete the seasonal look.

WHISTLES Deconstructed Overcoat

Relaxed in fit and contemporary in design, this smart but slouchy coat by Whistles is a versatile design made to meet the modern man’s everyday needs. Wear over a suit to give your commute dress code an edge or wear with jeans and knitwear on weekends away or days off in the city.

OLIVER SPENCER Beaumont Coat Baker Charcoal

A classic piece of outerwear for this the season, the Beaumont Coat by Oliver Spencer is a smart choice for the winter months. Cut from a variation of the Prince of Wales check, in a 100% wool, its super soft construction and fine details mean it’s a coat for all occasions. Featuring an elegant 5 button fastening, the coat is finished with thoughtful details throughout, including buttoned cuffs, a chest welt pocket and two outer slant pockets perfect for keeping your hands warm during any cold snaps.

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imageThis Autumn there isn’t really a key coat or jacket that stands out as a leading figure or star buy, instead we have a whole host of options to choose from, whether that be the traditional crombie style overcoat, the Parka, the trench, military inspired but alot of them are great for the depths of Winter. What about when its get a bit chilly or there starts to be a nip in the air ? In the Fashion Industry this is called a transitional piece, an item of clothing that can see you through those inbetween periods when the weather isn’t too hot, chance would a fair thing, or too cold. Today I have a great example for you the BOMBER JACKET, rocked and made famous by the likes of Steve McQueen in the Great Escape, JFK busted his with far more style then then successor George W and how could we forget Ryan Gosling in the great ‘Drive’. Take a look at these great examples.

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You can’t go wrong with this example of a classic Jacket by Next

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A great example of a bomber jacket that’ll see you through the coolest of Autumn days from Tommy Hilfiger at House of Fraser

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A Classic British Jacket from a classic British Brand, Burberry Brit

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I know Im not meant to have favourites but this is a killer of a jacket from Jigsaw Menswear

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The original and still the best, the MA-1 from Alpha Industries,  plus comes in a whole host of colours

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To to finish off a brilliant interpretation of the Bomber Jacker from Kenzo, you can’t go wrongly

As I sit here watching the rain lash against the window and see people’s umbrellas blowing inside out, a shudder runs down my spine with the thought of the dirty miserable and generally crap old weather we’ve had, for what seems to have been an eternity. As a result of this and as somewhat of an escape from, I thought, right, the shops are full of Spring product and trends. So let’s cheer ourselves up by having a look at what some of our favourite brands on the high Street have on offer for us and what we can wear once the weather, finally, takes a turn for the better.

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Not particularly known for their use of colour, look who’s got a Spring in their step this season, none other then Marks & Spencer, no less.

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A brand who seem to be putting more and more emphasis of their menswear season after season, and it’s really showing, is Next. Showing how to put off the Floral trend for the more reserved male out there.

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Spring can be unpredictable, weather wise, at the best of time, but Banana Republic cater for those layering moments which you need to prepare for every eventuality.

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Next up a brand and an image who are HOT right now, River Island, if this floral ensemble doesn’t put you in the Spring mood and warm you up then nothing will. I maybe would wear from head to toe Floral but this image just shows what a big trend this flowery delight will be this season.

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A man who’s well and truly making his mark at Debenhams is Patrick Grant with his Hammond & Co range for the brand. He’s totally bringing his design flavour to Debenhams and not diluting it at all. Offering excellent quality and cut at great prices, keep it up sir !

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Errr a brand that we totally need to keep an eye on is New Look, their suiting range for Spring is sublime, mature, contemporary and sharp. Next time your lady asks you to come shopping with you where to go.

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Adding a little seasonal colour to our life’s is TOPMAN, always highly directional ditch those pinstripes and shades of grey and embrace coloured suiting for Spring.

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Showing us that the Floral trend needn’t be restricted to casual attire, H&M once again show us how it can be done in a more formal setting.

 

250x250_CMTM_BannerThis Friday night is, that night of the year, some see it as the most dreaded night on the calendar, whilst others count the days down from last years one. Yes, if you work in an Office environment the likelihood is you’ll  be heading off to your annual office party. Making an impact at this event is all too important, be too gregarious and your seen as not being professional. Staying quite and keeping yourself to yourself, your seen as being standoffish and not a leader of people. Plus not attending is not an option as then your seen as. not a committed member of staff, who sees himself as better then the rest and you can kiss goodbye to that promotion or pay rise.

If you feel you need a little more advise to avoid the minefield that is the Office Christmas Party take a look at this link from last year when we covered the do’s & don’ts etiquette of this nightmarish event.

Now to ensure you look your best for the big bash, we’ve selected  an outfit to cover each scenario that could possibly cover the Partay, we really are too good to you guys.

The casual Office event

So it might be a meal, drinks down the pub but essential quite an informal setting, where you don’t wanna rock up looking like you’ve made a real effort and overdressed for the occasion.

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This is a winning choice from Barbour, as it shows your entering into the spirit of the Yuletide without going all out Christmas Jumper extravaganza.
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I know I’ve said this before but its an absolute staple, the Black Shirt, this one from Marks & Spencer, is a great all rounder. If the Christmas do takes a turn and you wanna take it onto a club or somewhere a little more upmarket you can whip the jumper off and it gives a completely different look to your outfit without having to go home and change. Plus if  you pair this with.
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A pair of chinos, my advise is keep the look simple you don’t wanna look like one of Santa’s lil helpers in your fair isle knit and red or green chinos so stay traditional. These are a great example from Ben Sherman and the reason for Chinos over jeans is simple, it gives you more options. Alot of establishments, particularly at this time of year aren’t welcoming of lads wearing jeans so do yourself a favour and make sure your night doesn’t come to and abrupt and early end.
Screen Shot 2013-12-10 at 20.43.26Finish this look off with the highly versatile Finton from Grenson,  these lil lovelies can pretty much be worn with anything, they will see you through so many different occasions over the years. Not only timeless, they can be dressed up or down and still look great.

The Semi-casual event

Now this is when your boss is flashing the cash and has hired a venue for the Annual shindig, whether it be hotel, hall or even if its not been such a great year, pushed all the desks and chairs to the walls to make a dance floor and some room for Sharon from accounts Boyfriend Mark to show what he’s worth on the decks.

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This is a great look that sends out all the right messages, from yeah, I’ve made just the right amount of a effort, to Ohh yes I know how to put an outfit together effortlessly. This herringbone jacket and waistcoat combo can be bought as separates but also include a pair of trousers all from NEXT.

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These are a great pair of jeans from Oliver Spencer, Comfortable fit on the waist, front and back rise and a regular fit on the leg Dark Indigo Denim plus great value for money and will look great with this jacket and waistcoat.

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I’ve gone for a Chambray Oxford style shirt from Joules, rather then a white shirt as this can sometimes look too formal and you can easily smarten this look up with a navy tie and a pocket square. Plus it goes really well with the grey herringbone.

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Once again I’ve kept the outfit simple and finished it off with a classic pair of shoes, this time with Brogues from Oliver Sweeney. You want to keep things simple so there’s less for you to worry about and if you know you look good this will help with your confidence on the night. This look strikes a real balance and shows that you know what you’re doing.

 

The Formal event

So here you have it the final in the options for the Christmas Party looks to impress. The formal event, this is often when you have to attend a ball style function. Now once again you need to strike a balance of looking good, looking confident and standing out form the crowd for all the right reasons.

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Now this is a tuxedo that ticks all of those boxes from Banana Republic, you’re making a statement by going Navy rather then traditional black but at the same time looking totally dapper.

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You’ve made your statement with the Navy tux so you need to keep the rest of the look classic and sober. This is a brilliant dress shirt from the French brand Ami, which does does that, understated yet chic.

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Its all in the detail and this classic with a twist Black bow tie from TOPMAN finishes of this look perfectly, its just a little smaller then the traditional bow ties.

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These are a great dress shoes from Ted Baker and aren’t too traditional so you can easily wear these on other occasions with jeans.

So whatever your Christmas party follow these tips and it should hold you in fine fettle so you can hold your head high come Monday Morning.

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