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Investing in your style

March 22, 2017

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Hat Brixton Jacket Private White V.C* T-shirt Sunspel (c/o) Trousers Oliver Spencer Trainers Common Projects (c/o)

Photography by Joe Galvin

Changes with my style began in my twenties. The oddities of my wardrobe made their way to younger family members, leaving myself with a few pieces that I often reach for in the mornings. Building on what I spoke about in my post about finding my style, once you begin to understand what you enjoy wearing, you can start investing in more premium, well-made pieces.

When I meet up with people to discuss the blog, I always express my desire to use this platform to share my belief in buying better and buying less. It’s nice to be able to buy in confidence knowing that what I do invest in now will be with me for years. The days of buying bright coloured chinos and graphic tops are for me, alas, over.

So finding that pair of denim jeans that will create some beautiful patina as you wear, the frames that you will certainly not leave in your back pocket and a grey sweatshirt that’s rewarding each time you wear it.

Removing yourself from trends and focusing on your personal style allows you to take your time with what you buy. These staples will always be there season upon season and sites like MR PORTER help by stocking brands that share the same principals as myself. And you’ll find if you only make a couple purchases every few months, overtime your wardrobe will have a collective ebb and flow where each item works well with the next.

This wander around the Barbican shows the direction I want to steer my wardrobe in. Although normcore, I enjoy this way of dressing. This Private White V.C lightweight jacket from MR PORTER, weaved to aid protection from typical rainy weather, is as bold as my colours tend to get, spring or not. Paired with my navy courtesy of Sunspel, Oliver Spencer and even the heel tab of the trainers, it’s the attention to detail and design accents that make an outfit such as this one that I’d enjoy to wear daily.

I’m not talking about the super premium, but taking a step back from all high street to include a mix of independents and respected brands that are known to last.

I’m not saying all people in their twenties need to invest heavily straight away. It’s more about thinking what suits your lifestyle and what it would benefit from first. A premium jacket, jumper, a pair of shoes… Everyone’s at different stages building up their wardrobe and my advice is to start by removing what you don’t wear. Dressing becomes easier and more satisfying, knowing that what you’re wearing makes you feel good and that when you wash it, it’ll be the same shape and feel as before.

I’d be interested in hearing what people currently have in their wardrobe and what they wear on the daily. What they are wanting your next purchase to be?


Shades of grey

February 13, 2017


Jacket Reiss T-shirt Norse Projects Trousers ASOS Trainers Common Projects Watch Timex

Photography by Matthew Pike

Probably taking inspiration from a rather drab start to the year in terms of weather, my fall guy when it comes to dressing is grey. It’s an easy option, just like black and navy, where you don’t necessarily have to think. But if you do, they can be more than just safe options.

Take the above for example. I’ve picked out varying shades of grey along with wearing some different textures and this subtly goes a long way in achieving a well thought out look. I style myself a little left of centre, sticking to most of the sartorial rules (if there are such a thing), but then offering my two cents on it. A slightly higher trouser to reveal my socks and a Reiss half zip-up allows me to show off some pattern underneath and bring in some depth to my outfit.

Spending the afternoon in Nottingham at Nottingham Contemporary, it was warm enough not to wear a coat. If this rare feat didn’t happen, I’d of probably been wearing a grey overcoat, or even a denim jacket.

I’m wanting to connect with more creatives in Leicester. Content creators, freelancers, photographers and bloggers… let’s meet up.

The trip was a well-timed break from working on the website redesign and some much needed headspace from what’s turned out to be a very busy couple of months. Also, it was a chance to meet up with some very creative guys in the city. It was cool to see so much happening in Nottingham and I’m interested to find people in Leicester. It would be great to connect to more people in Leicester doing creative things. Consider this an open invitation to those wanting to grab a coffee together.


Finding my style

January 28, 2017


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It’s a difficult thing understanding your personal style. I find myself reusing words like simple, tailored and casual when trying to explain mine. The crux to doing it is by trying new things, being brave and finding what you feel comfortable in.

Don’t get me wrong, finding it has taken a while and has seen me make my fair number of mistakes – ones that are better left unsaid. In your early days you try things out, something you don’t normally wear. That’s how you learn. If you find yourself feeling good when wearing it, then you help find a little bit more about your personal style. If you don’t, well it’s a lesson learnt through regular impulse buys. But what’s comforting is that everyone, and I mean everyone, goes through this.

Seeing people own their personal style pushes me to test and refine my further.

Overtime I’ve learnt what works for me and what I can leave for others to appreciate. I know that the colours I tend to stick to are shades of grey, blues and blacks and I’m happy with that. I also know that my go to outfit is a plain t-shirt, trousers and trainers. Though this may sound quite basic, I’ve found myself appreciating the finer details in an outfit, whether it’s a quality cotton, an interesting silhouette or its little touches. Just something that makes a grey sweatshirt more premium and a long sleeve that is not going to bobble and misshape.

I’m always learning different things about my style and appreciating new ways of wearing things and that’s down to the people I surround myself with. Seeing people own their personal style pushes me to test and refine my further.

Photography by Matthew Pike