For Men: Grenson Shoes ‘Dylan’

I keep telling myself that I need a pair of smart shoes, because I seem to be lacking in anything remotely smart to wear to events, work, or even out with friends (just in case we decide we want to go somewhere nice for dinner or drinks). It’s this recent revelation that lead me to start my hunt, and I think I may have finally found what I’ve been looking for.

Grenson Shoes’ Dylan shoes feature a classic wing tip oxford brogue pattern and come in what they describe as a “rub off navy”, which I really like. I want something a little bit different, so not your traditional black or brown, and these are just that.

Throw on a blazer, shirt and trousers, or perhaps even some tailored chinos, and you’re all set! Let the drinks roll…

Men's Grenson Dylan shoes

Dylan by Grenson Shoes, £210.00. grenson.co.uk

Images courtesy of Grenson Shoes

For Men: Burberry London Leather Crossbody Bag

It’s only recently that I’ve started to tire of hiking a backpack to work every morning – it’s almost as if I purposely stuff my bag full just because the space is there, and not because I actually need all of the useless stuff I take with me to the office.

On that note, I’ve started looking for a smaller crossbody bag that could prove a slightly more classy replacement to my now tatty backpack. This eye-catching Burberry Leather Crossbody Bag, or something of a similar style, seems like it’d be the ideal option. It looks tidy and very office-esque, but at the same time has a pop of colour to avoid being too dull. Perfect!

Burberry London leather crossbody bag

London Leather Crossbody Bag by Burberry, £737.68. farfetch.com

If you have any suggestions regarding office-esque, compact bags like this lovely Burberry piece, drop me a comment.

Images courtesy of Farfetch

Review: Jacamo Southbay Jacket

The lovely people at Jacamo sent me this Southbay Jacket (RRP £60.00 – available in navy, tan and burgundy) earlier this week and I was both impressed and surprised. Jacamo hasn’t been known as one of the coolest brands for young men, however I have to contest any negativity towards the brand, as this jacket, from overall style to quality, is just fantastic!

Jacamo Southbay Jacket

The tartan lining is very on-trend and incredibly soft, and the cut of the jacket is perfect. I wear a size small and there’s enough room for a t-shirt and nice chunky jumper underneath, and then the fit is rather snug with a slightly tailored appeal, which I really like. It’s a nice change not to have a winter jacket that is really, really chunky and makes you look like a bit of a frump.

Most importantly, this jacket does its intended job and is very warm but not so puffy that it leaves me sweating on the train on the way to work on those chilly mornings. I would even highly recommend this or something similar for a lightweight, warm coat for those evenings on the town or down the pub, as there’s plenty of pockets for your wallet and phone, too!

Take a look at more great options for a men’s winter jacket via the Jacamo website.

Images courtesy of Jacamo

5 Practical Winter Jackets for Men

When it comes to purchasing your winter jacket or coat, it’s not just style you have to think about. Practicalities such as how waterproof (to keep you dry) and how breathable (to help the release of moisture) the jacket is are also important factors.

Believe it or not, there are countless brands who sell “winter” coats that are not even waterproof for well over £100 and we (the consumers) purchase them just because they look great on. On that note, it’s helpful to point out that no matter how good that winter coat looks, you’re still going to be soaked, sweaty and ill if it doesn’t have practical features, which is why I’ve put together a list of 5 practical winter coats for men from brands you can rely on to help you choose your winter coat this year. Here they are:

Canyon Men’s Long Waterproof Jacket from Mountain Warehouse (£59.99)

Canyon Men's Khaki Long Waterproof Jacket from Mountain Warehouse

Completely watertight and available in both black and khaki, this waterproof jacket is sure to keep you dry and warm throughout the winter months, this year and next. This jacket is insulated for extra warmth and has two large pockets to keep your bits and pieces in. Better yet, it has a detachable hood for when it’s not raining but chilly, and the cut is very flattering for a trendy appeal.

Dubliner Jacket from Helly Hansen (£100.00)

Men's Black Waterproof Dubliner Jacket from Helly Hansen

Waterproof, windproof (adjustable cuffs to stop wind going up your sleeves) and breathable with a quick dry lining (just in case you sweat) and a packable hood, this men’s black waterproof Helly Hansen jacket (also available in red, grey and olive green) is ideal for wet weather. It’s a little more lightweight than the Mountain Warehouse jacket (above) but probably not as warm. Helly Hansen is known for its great quality outdoor gear, so this could be a great, reasonably priced option to tide you over this winter.

Kiwi Jacket from Craghoppers (£90.00)

Men's Kiwi Jacket from Craghoppers

I may be a little biased on this one as it’s actually my choice of winter coat this year (I purchased it at the beginning of this month). 100% waterproof and with a brushed inner collar to keep you comfortable, this waterproof jacket from Craghoppers is a great commuter jacket. It’s warm but not too padded (so you don’t overheat on the train) and keeps you totally dry when it rains, in both heavy rain and light showers. It also has AquaDry technology, which means it stays drier for longer.

Men’s Stormcloud Waterproof Jacket from Berghaus (£75.00)

Men's Stormcloud Waterproof Jacket from Berghaus

Berghaus can be quite expensive, however the Stormcloud Waterproof Jacket is a slightly more affordable option in comparison to their usual styles, which is part of the reason as to why it made the list. This jacket is completely waterproof and features an adjustable hood for practicality. It comes in black, indigo, carbon and green colour options and is fairly lightweight, making it another great option for commuters.

Arboles Men’s Faux Fur & Waterproof Parka Jacket from Trespass (£34.99)

Arboles Men's Faux Fur & Waterproof Parka Jacket from Trespass

If you don’t want to spend much on your winter jacket but want something practical that will keep you warm and dry, this waterproof parka jacket from Trespass is a great option. Padded with an adjustable zip and a removable faux fur hood, this is a great casual jacket for those weekends spent outdoors with friends. Better yet, it has 7 pockets and elasticated cuffs for ultimate practicality and versatility.

Be sure to stop getting ripped off by brands offering “winter” jackets that will leave you soaked in heavy downpours this season and opt for a jacket with waterproof and breathable technologies from an outdoor clothing specialist. You’ll thank me for it!

Images courtesy of Mountain Warehouse, Helly Hansen, Craghoppers, Berghaus & Trespass

Love This: STORM “Zentrek” Watch

I was a little bit delighted when I received the press release for STORM’s new Zentrek watch. It’s a little more bulky and casual than watches I usually like, but it has a nice summer feel, so there’s no doubt it’s current.

Available in both a matte and polished finish, STORM have given you choice with this style, which I really appreciate – and I’m sure you do, too. Plus, it’s available in both blue and black.

Practical with its 24 hour features and STORM’s signature lazer glass, ensuring longevity, the Zentrek is definitely a style to consider buying this summer.

STORM Zentrek watch

“Zentrek” Watch by STORM, £139.99. stormwatches.com

Images courtesy of STORM

For Men: Dolce & Gabbana Classic Polo Shirt

If you’re going to invest your money in designer, I like to think that the classic styles are where you start. Owning something simple, timeless and versatile is a must, especially if you’re a guy who tends to grab at clothes in the wardrobe without even looking, which I often do!

Burgundy is one of my favourite colours and that’s most of the reason as to why I’ve chosen this Dolce & Gabbana polo shirt as a wardrobe essential. Pair this with some denim shorts or chinos in the summer and some plain denim jeans or trousers for the rest of the year. You’ll look mighty dapper!

Dolce & Gabbana classic polo shirt

Classic Polo Shirt by Dolce & Gabbana, £163.89. farfetch.com

Images courtesy of Farfetch

Paul Smith Spring/Summer 2015

Paul Smith’s Spring/Summer 2015 collection has impressed me. I’m not usually a huge fan of Paul Smith clothing, however I do like his accessories, but this collection is really beautiful!

I love the versatility of the pieces in this collection, ranging from colourful, printed tops and knitwear, to simple, embroidered sweatshirts, silk trousers and tailored jackets. With the huge array of choice this collection offers, I’m sure both you and I would find it incredibly difficult to not find something we loved.

Paul Smith Spring/Summer 2015

Paul Smith Spring/Summer 2015

Paul Smith Spring/Summer 2015

Paul Smith Spring/Summer 2015

Paul Smith Spring/Summer 2015

Paul Smith Spring/Summer 2015

Paul Smith Spring/Summer 2015

Paul Smith Spring/Summer 2015

Paul Smith Spring/Summer 2015

Images courtesy of Vogue UK

For Men: Italia Independent Felt Brim Sunglasses

I have to admit that I’m not a huge fan of sunglasses, however statement sunglasses that are a little quirky tend to pull at my heartstrings. These bold sunglasses from Italia Independent are favourites of mine, although I think you have to be a little unconventional to pull them off. Regardless, if you like to look a bit contemporary and to stand-out, these could be for you.

italia independent felt brim sunglasses

Felt Brim Sunglasses by Italia Independent, £123.55. farfetch.com

Images courtesy of Farfetch