Black Friday’s here again, the most wonderful time of the year, deals everywhere! But don’t just rush out and grab anything because it’s reduced or you’ll end up with a wardrobe full of things you can’t wear. Here are our top picks of our Black Friday sale, and how to wear them:
Funnel Neck Sweatshirt
A classic casual style, a funnel neck sweatshirt has been a menswear favourite for years. For a modern twist on the classic funnel neck, look to a street style trend: ‘double coating.’ The practise of layering two pieces of outerwear together. A funnel neck sweatshirt worn under a lightweight puffer jacket is not just a stylish way to keep warm, but also a great way to stay one step ahead of the crowd.
Breton Stripe T-Shirt
We can’t stress how much we love a Breton Stripe. An iconic menswear style with a whole load of history, a classic Breton Stripe looks great on it’s own. Equally, a flash of stripe from under a casual shirt or jacket is a great way to break up a layered outfit.
Cotton Linen Jumper
Lightweight knitwear is for life, not just for summer. A cotton linen knit is about as lightweight as they come, but it shouldn’t be cast to the back of the wardrobe and forgotten about as soon as the temperature drops. Our Cotton Linen Jumper is the perfect piece to layer under a heavy winter jacket on slightly milder winter days.
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A timeless style with just the right amount of nostalgia, the ringer tee is a piece of retro sportswear that’s become popular in the world of menswear recently. A great addition to your casual wardrobe, the ringer tee is the perfect style for a winter weekend spent on the sofa.
We know you’ve come here for advice, but I don’t think we need to tell you how to wear a Polo Shirt. You’re not an idiot, get that polo on and get out of here!
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We’re getting to that time of year where your jacket really becomes the star player in your wardrobe. But you can never just rely on one star player can you? Winter is such a turbulent season (freezing one day, unseasonably warm the next) you need a whole team behind you. Here are four (yep, four) jackets that you will definitely need at some point over the coming winter.
You never know what the weather is going to do around this time of year. So our first choice is something that can be worn with plenty of layers during the big freeze or with less during the milder late autumn days. A lightweight puffer jacket is a great choice for this situation.
Of course you’re also going to need a big coat for when the cold weather really kicks in. So our second choice is something that’s really going to keep you toasty. Something heavy like a Wadded Jacket is perfect, the padded interior locks in warmth, but it doesn’t look too technical. So you’ll get all the benefits of a winter coat without looking like you’ve got lost on the way to the Antarctic.
There are times when only practicality will do, but if we’ve said it once we’ve said it a thousand times: practicality doesn’t need to be at the expense of style. Our third choice is something that balances function and fashion perfectly: the Microfleece Lined Jacket. The microfleece lining provides the function (warmth), and the parka-inspired design brings the style.
Our four choice is a bonafide classic, something that’s truly versatile. Meaning it looks great dressed up or down. It’s the Harrington Jacket. Ideal for those winter nights out in disconcertingly humid pubs and clubs.
Yep, there is a wrong way to do it…
There can be times when a long sleeve shirt just feels too restrictive. Maybe you’re caught in a sudden heatwave: your forearms feel like they’re suffocating, and you just want to feel a cool, gentle breeze through your arm hairs. Maybe you’re having a few after work drinks and you need to make things a bit more casual. This is all fine; my ‘Bad Style Alarm’ doesn’t go off every time I see a man with his sleeves rolled up. Not every time anyway. There are certain things you need to consider though to avoid looking like a supply teacher at the end of his tether.
The Basic Roll:
The most intuitive way to roll your shirt sleeves, the basic roll also gives you more of a chance to roll your shirt sleeves to the desired height. Here’s how:
- Undo both buttons on the cuff
- Fold the cuff over on itself
- Repeat the fold until you reach your desired height
The Master Roll:
The ‘fancier’ rolling technique, using the master roll is a good chance for you to show that you know what you’re doing sartorially (and to look down your nose at people doing the basic roll). The end result can also look a bit cleaner than the basic roll if you get it right, here’s how:
- Roll the sleeve up to two widths of the cuff
- Roll the sleeve on itself to cover the cuff
- Neaten and adjust the cuff to show as much or as little as you want
Of course, not all shirts are created equal. Avoid rolling up dress shirt sleeves, the cuff is generally too big and looks wrong when it’s rolled up. Something more casual like an Oxford Shirt looks great with a rolled up sleeve.
What about the rest of your wardrobe?
T-Shirts – A subtle fold on the sleeve can stop the unflattering ‘sleeve flare’ that make your T-shirts look like they don’t fit.
Knitwear – It might be tempting to give your jumper sleeves a little push up the arm, but try not to. This can stretch the wrists and make your sleeve hang lose.
Blazer – Whoa there, steady on Miami Vice.
How to nail the classic summer style
The short sleeve shirt is a strange piece of menswear. It really should be a reliable staple in every summer wardrobe. You take a regular long sleeve shirt and you remove a bit of the arm, what could possibly go wrong? Well, a lot unfortunately. There’s only a fine line between a well styled short sleeve shirt and a serious nerd alert.
Perhaps it’s the penchant that certain office workers (not naming any names) have for combining the short sleeve shirt with a striped neck tie and a few biros in the pocket that have put people off, but this can easily be remedied. There’s no reason the short sleeve shirt shouldn’t be worn with pride throughout the summer. Here’s three ideas on how to wear it right:
Smart casual classic
You can’t really go wrong with this one: a well-fitted, short sleeve Oxford shirt worn with a smart pair of trousers. A classic summer look, and a versatile enough outfit to wear on the weekend (with plimsolls), or to the office in warm weather (use deck shoes or brogues to enhance the smartness).
A look that brings to mind The Talented Mr Ripley (without all the deceit and murder). You can’t go wrong with this combination of timeless summer pieces: A garment dyed short sleeve shirt worn open over a Breton Stripe. Finish the look with a pair of stone chinos and you’ve got an enduring look that’s suitable everywhere, from Inverness to the Italian Riviera.
Loud and Proud
There’s something about a short sleeve shirt that makes it work so well with a print. If you want to try something loud and bolder, but you’re not quite ready to go full Hawaiian then try something more conventional and subtler like a block check worn over a plain white t-shirt.
A staple style for the ages
There aren’t many styles with the longevity of the Breton Stripe. Originating from all the way back in the 1850s, the classic long sleeve, navy and white stripe design was initially sported by Seamen in the French navy so they would be easier to spot if they went overboard. Unlike bell bottoms and doughboy hats, there’s something about this nautical style that has really stood the test of time. The sleeves were shortened and by the 1950s the Breton had become a staple style in the wardrobes of fashionistas, beatniks and beyond.
This popularity hasn’t really wavered in over 150 years, and these days the Breton Stripe remains a strong style for the warm days of spring and summer. If you haven’t got one in your wardrobe, now is the perfect time to get involved with a Breton. It’s a great way to look like you know how to dress, without it looking like you’ve put too much effort into it. James Dean famously wore one, so how much more inspiration do you need?
You don’t just have to stick to the classic long sleeve design. These days, things are not so simple as black and white (or navy and white, in this case). The very aesthetically pleasing stripe design (one wide, one narrow) has been adapted to many different colourways, and utilised in modern and irregular designs. In the sometimes confusing world of men’s style, there’s something comforting about the durability of the Breton Stripe. It’s a classic and easy-to-wear staple style that can be adapted and modernised to suit the times. Fashion can often feel too trend led and throwaway, so it’s reassuring to know that a Breton Stripe is an investment worth making. You never know, it could last you the next 150 years…