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Summer afternoons

July 24, 2017

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T-shirt Sunspel Trousers Initial Fashion Trainers Raf Simons

Among sporadic heat waves, summer city breaks and the morning routine of seeing what our unreliable weather is doing, summer is over in the fashion world. Focus on autumn/winter is in full swing and pressure to decide what your coat purchase should be this year is already making its way into articles. Just let us enjoy summer!

In a bid to stretch out this season for as long as possible, I wanted to get outside, enjoy a languid late afternoon – something of a modicum of late – and make sure the ‘a’ and ‘w’ words were momentarily forgotten. We drove through country roads, listened to music that feels like summer and stopped by some fields on the way back.

Warmer weather for me means peeling back the layers while not losing a sense of put-together style.

This long sleeve top from Sunspel is suitably thin and flows in the wind. It may crease slightly easier than a thicker cotton, but sometimes summer dressing should be carefree. Back on my legs again are my Initial trousers that are still serving me well. A strong pleat contrasting a floaty t-shirt adds a touch of structure and balance.

On my feet are my Raf Simons Stan Smiths. They work so well with the fields, with the similar tones being the initial inspiration for the shoot. I never used to be able to justify premium trainers, but now I get it and there’s probably a post in my reasoning for another time. Then not forgetting my most recent addition in terms of accessories, my ring from The Jewel Thief that I bought when I was in Brighton. It’s pretty discrete and has a dishevelled texture upon closer inspection. I already know what I want my next ring to be!

So while the industry may be saying summer is over, we’ve still got plenty of time to lap up the sun (when it decides to say hello) and get many more wears out of our lighter fabrics and laid-back looks. And if it does get cold, sod it, I’m not against a holiday in September.

Photography by Natalie Jade Reading

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Exploring Notting Hill with Oliver Spencer

July 3, 2017

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Most of what I do is built on relationships. Surrounding myself with good people, brainstorming ideas and then coming together to create content. For me it’s about being part of a wider online community and learning from others.

For brands like Oliver Spencer that feeling of community is just as important and something they consider when opening new stores. Starting off as a market trader himself, Oliver Spencer’s new store on Kensington Park Road is somewhat of a homecoming.

Due to the brand’s tie to the area, they knew all the good spots for us to try out. Oliver (Hooson) and myself spent the day with the Oliver Spencer team checking out their favourite spots, starting with Pedlars. We sat down in the café and talked about their show last month, our favourite pieces from current and future collections and our appreciation for the area we were in.

The pace and feel of Notting Hill is definitely something I could accustom myself to. It’s quieter than most places and sees people and stores coming together to champion where they live..

A slow mooch around the residential streets to envisage what it’d be like to live in one of the white townhouses and we found ourselves sat outside Electric Cinema for lunch before walking across the road to The Ginstitute. It goes without saying that if gin is your drink, I’d urge you to go.

The afternoon offered up a cloudy day, where sunshine was at a premium. Cooler temperatures meant I cloud comfortably switch into heavier fits of ecru denim and a indigo half-zip long sleeve slipped over a pocket t-shirt. There were no complaints from my end as I’m anti-shorts whenever I can. It’s all about those big turn-ups and straight fits at the minute.

The pace and feel of Notting Hill is definitely something I could accustom myself to. It’s quieter than most places and sees people and stores coming together to champion where they live. If you find yourself in London, jump on the Central Line and take a trip Notting Hill. Use this post as a base for your day, starting with Oliver Spencer of course.

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Suit Style

June 14, 2017

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Hat Brixton Suit Jacket River Island T-shirt River Island Trousers River Island Trainers River Island

Well yet again I’m starting a post talking about how much I enjoy travelling within England and how Leicester is the ideal launch pad to do so. This time round I headed to Liverpool.

The city is somewhere I’ve been a couple times now. Liverpool has so much history and heritage, but something that resonates more with me, is its modern design. For my shoot with River Island – where I wanted to express a modern style and how casually you can wear a suit – I felt Liverpool was the perfect architecture equivalent.

Sharp lines and clean facades around the Docks, not forgetting the inclusion of the sun, casted shadows were around to experiment with. Following recent trends in my photography (scroll through my Instagram and you’ll see what I mean), I couldn’t of asked for a better backdrop.

River Island has introduced a whole new line of suiting this summer. New fabrics and fits while keeping quality in mind.

Menswear is changing. Style is becoming more casual, less prescriptive and men are being given free reign. This includes being able to wear a suit as casually (or smart) as you like. I went for the former to share how I enjoy wearing suits in the day. The River Island suit I was wearing was even given praise by a Scouse gentleman as we were shooting near 92 Degrees on the corner of Hope and Hardman Street. That’s enough for me!

River Island have revamped their suiting options. It’s offering versatility in how a suit can be worn. My outfit consisted of a navy textured blazer and trousers combination, a grey ribbed t-shirt and then white trainers – something everyone seems to be wearing recently.

A boxy fit on the shoulders and a baggier trouser made this look quite distant from evening and occasion wear. I think features like the woven fabric, wider trouser leg and broader shoulder help this, but tweaking the latter two would change the look entirely.

This is of course just one way of wearing a suit, my way of wearing a suit. I take comfort in the fact that this blog is a place to document my style and not to dictate others. If you’re able to take inspiration, I’m of course even happier. Let us know what your thoughts are when it comes to tailoring.

Photography by Natalie Jade Reading

This post is sponsored by River Island. However, my views on casual tailoring and my new found love for Liverpool is my own.