October 16th, 2017
Custom jackets are spotting the runway and fashion weeks this year and now Superdry fans have the chance to own one of their own in support of the 843,000 young people in the UK who are not in jobs, education or training.
Using Superdry’s quality materials a team of their in-house designers have used their creativity to a limited edition range of just 58 bespoke denim, leather and military jackets – taking influences from the 90s grunge scene, 50s rockabilly style, and 80s punk appeal. The jackets throw the rule book out the window with bleaching, metal studs and hand-painted detailing. Each jacket is completely unique in design, hand finished, comes in a limited edition presentation box, individual care instructions and inspiration details from the designer. The mens and womens jackets will not only stand out from the crowd but will be collector’s pieces in the future.
The Prince’s Trust gives practical and financial support, developing key workplace skills such as confidence and motivation. It works with 13-to-30-year-olds who have struggled at school, have been in care, are long-term unemployed or have been in trouble with the law. The Prince of Wales’s charity has helped more than 650,000 young people since 1976 and supports 100 more each day. Last year, more than three in four young people supported by The Trust moved into work, education or training.
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October 16th, 2017
We set emerging London fashion photographer Constance Victoria the challenge of photographing our denim Sherpa Girlfriend jacket on 3 models, all with a different personality, all with a different way of wearing. She didn’t let us down…
Q: Introduce yourself and what you do in a non-generic way?
A: Constance Victoria Phillips – London based fashion & portrait photographer/influencer with a passion for the arts to put it simply!
Q: We’re millennials, many of who have an appreciation and hobby for photography – how did your personal interest develop into becoming a fully-fledged career? Call it ‘the Constance steps to success!’
A: When I started out in photography I actually began in the darkroom, only working with analogue cameras, developing my own film and prints at my local college as a teenager. It was only through studying at university that I actually even bought my first digital camera. I finished University and moved to London with no job and no plan and everything since then has been a fairly happy accident! I knew I wanted to be a photographer but I didn’t assist anyone, I just kind of went for it. Luckily I had a womenswear blog at the time and this gave me some opportunities to work with brands and in Ecommerce. But moving into portraiture was an organic step for me having come from portraiture at the very start of my photography life. It’s been a lot of hard work and is a very competitive industry, but I have loved the journey despite all the hardships.
Q: How would you best describe your photography aesthetic?
A: I would say my style is very stripped back, raw and natural. I like to capture people looking like themselves. Not too many tricks involved, just a connection with the model I am working with and their own natural beauty. Obviously looking at my website most people would say I like a black & white, moody image, and this is accurate!
Q: Who are your inspirations and influences? Give some classics followed by some unconventional, explaining why of course!
A: Ooooh Inspirations, this is tough there are so many amazing artists and photographers who inspire me. To name a few: Cass Bird , Ace Amir, Alasdair Mclellan, Peter Lindbergh, Tom Mitchell, Matteo Montanari. I am also inspired on a daily basis by my peers and people I follow via Instagram, whether they are photographers, models, stylist etc. On shoots I find a lot of inspiration comes from the model and vibing off their look and style on the day, With portraits there isn’t much use in planning it until you actually meet your subject.
Q: What makes a major model through your personal lens?
A: Leading on the from the above question, its great working with someone who is enthusiastic and brings their own style and personality to the shoot, no matter what their ‘look’. I do love an interesting, unique face, someone with a distinctive feature and something that sets them apart to catch my attention.
Q: Best and worst aspect of your job?
A: Best part would be working for myself and having the freedom to do what I want to a certain extent. I could never imagine having a 9-5 repetitive day to day job. I love that I am lucky enough to be able to do what I love doing most days, and to work with new faces and be creative. Worst part go’s hand in hand with the best part, in that being freelance also means there is a slight uncertainty to the future. The industry is a tough and competitive place so you always have to bring your A game and sometimes it feels like a lot of pressure!
Q: Superdry talk now – can you explain the narrative of the collaboration and how you wanted to present the brand through your work?
A: With this collaboration I wanted to take the denim jacket in question and show how we could apply for any girl and any style. I decided to shoot it on various models each with their own distinctive style and aesthetic and give them the freedom to dress it up as they wish. We shot the images on analogue 35mm film to give it that raw and unedited feel and keep it dressed down and natural. We stuck to the streets of South London to give it the grungy every day vibe as well as an autumnal streak for this coming season.
Q: We’re talking jackets – sell the denim number that took focus in this project.
A: In London with the current weather I personally never have any idea how many layers I need to wear out the door.. this jacket is the perfect little throw over for this transitional weather moment and also lends well to a little double denim which never does any harm!
Photographer: Constance Victoria
Hair & Makeup: Henry Radford
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October 10th, 2017
Port Magazine and Superdry celebrate the label’s AW/17 Idris Elba-designed collection with a shoot featuring emerging musician Tiggs da Author.
After his vocals featured on Sway’s ‘Still Sway and Kane’, a remix of Snoop Dogg and Dr. Dre’s ‘Still Dre’, Tiggs da Author, the young south London-based musician, was catapulted into the limelight. With a sound inspired by genres as broad as soul, grime and east-African jazz, since releasing the singles ‘Georgia’ and ‘Run’, Tiggs has enjoyed the plaudits of some of the industry’s biggest names – appearing on the albums of Tine Tempah, J Hus and Nines, as well as working on his own, debut album. Here, he speaks to Port about studio freestyling, Tanzanian jazz, and sampling Caesars’ 2003 hit ‘Jerk it Out’.
What was your earliest musical memory?
My mum singing Whitney Houston and Diana Ross around the house. As a teenager, it was Wiley and Dizzee Rascal, and a whole lot of garage and grime music.
At what point did you consider making music as a career?
Pretty late to be honest – at the beginning I just enjoyed watching other people make music. I guess the more you hang around with other people who are making music, the more curious you’ll get about writing something, but I didn’t take it too seriously. My best friend was a DJ, and I used to come with him and watch him do radio sets. He had musical equipment in his house, so I started messing around on that. I started on the production side of things a few years down the line, that’s when I started to take it seriously as a career.
How did you find your style?
At the beginning I didn’t really know too much about music, so I was just making what everyone else was making. The more I fell in love with it, the more I was thinking about it, and the more I started listening to different genres of music. When I went back to Tanzania, I started listening to music out there as well, which had a massive influence on the direction I took. I wanted to do something that was me, something which represented where I come from. So it’s pretty much a mixture of jazz and soul.
Would you say you were a London musician? How much influence has being in London had on your music?
I was born in Tanzania, and I moved to London when I was eight. London has had a massive influence on my music as it’s where I pretty much grew up. Everything I know is influenced by in my environment, but in the later stages of my music I went back to my roots and got more and more inspired by Tanzanian music – so both sides play a part.
What’s your creative process with making a new song?
It’s pretty much just freestyle, I don’t really plan it before I go to the studio, so it’s different every time. I just try and make it not feel like a job. It’s about what I’m influenced by day-to-day, so I might listen to a jazz record and feel like I might want to sample this – or I might have something that I already wanna speak about and then I’ll do it that way, so it all varies.
Your new single, ‘Work it Out’, how did that come about?
It was one of the first songs I loved when I heard it on FIFA ages ago. I came across it again a few months ago, and I thought I’d cover it and do my own version. I performed it a couple of times and got a great reaction, so I thought I might reach out to Caesars and work with them to rework the beat and make it more fresh. So I went out to Sweden and worked on that and we just loved it.
What role do these collaborations have in terms of your music, and in terms of music generally?
I think it’s really important – that’s the best way to get a really fresh sound. If everyone keeps doing the same thing you know exactly what to expect, but if two people put their brains together you never know what can be achieved. Especially with bands like Caesars, a lot of people might not speak about them now, because they’re from like a different generation, but it’s always good to try and bridge the gap and embrace the excellence they had, so people can find out about them now. And hopefully, people can talk about Caesars again, because they’re an amazing band.
What’s next, what are you working on now?
I’m working on a couple of projects, finishing off an album, and hopefully I’ll release a few songs before the end of the year. My main focus is finishing off my album, and probably do some other cool collaborations.
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October 5th, 2017
Last minute Halloween party invite just flashed up in the Whatsapp group? You want an easy to throw together look, ready for the weekend that’s not too try hard.
Grab the prize for best costume with these easy ideas for halloween costumes from clothes you already own – or can nab with some cheeky next day delivery.
Halloween Costume Ideas For Men
You’ll be too busy having fun to worry too much about your costume, but you still want to make an impact. Steal the show via these Halloween costumes with ordinary clothes.
The mysterious chef taught us how to season our food in the most extra way, earlier this year. Pay your respects and dress like him this Halloween. (Don’t know who Salt Bae is? Been living under a rock? Here’s the video.)
- White round neck t-shirt – A slim fit, with a low cut neck works best.
- Black jeans – Easy enough.
- Sunglasses – Add an air of mystery and look cool at the same time.
- Beard – If you can’t grow one, draw it on with an eyebrow pencil.
Optional extra: Salt, to sprinkle in the most extra way, when someone asks who you are.
Winter Is Here
Bet you didn’t think you could make a Jon Snow costume with stuff already in your wardrobe/home. You know nothing.
- Furry IKEA rug and black blanket – Throw these on your shoulders and pin at the neck. Grab the rug on your bedroom floor in a pinch, just give it a good hoover first.
- Black grandad top – One of these should keep you extra cosy under all that fur.
- Two black belts – Wear these over your chest and fastened at the back to look like straps.
- Black jeans – Just the slim leg ones in your wardrobe are fine.
- Black boots – Your fave leather ankle boots will finish things off.
Optional extra: A very sad face.
Never thought you’d dress up as a brick wall for Halloween, did you? With the new Stranger Things season coming out at Halloween, it’s the perfect costume.
- Floral print shirt – If you’re feeling creative (and don’t want to wear the shirt again) write the alphabet across your chest.
- Fairy Lights – Multi-coloured, battery operated ones are best so they light up. Dig around in the Christmas decorations box.
- Black jeans – Keep things casual.
- Black boots – Match the jeans.
Optional extra: Get someone to dress up as Will’s Mum and hang around with them all evening.
E.T. is a classic and if you have one of those creepy alien plush toys at home – or you know someone who does – then this is an easy look to pull together to create that infamous runaway bike scene.
- Red hoodie – An oversized, pullover, red hoodie will help you nail the Elliot look. Plus, it will be warm when you’re heading home in the early hours.
- Bike basket – You can nick this off your Mum’s push bike for the evening, or just use a small washing basket. Stick E.T in it, then hold it in front of you for photos.
- Jeans – Just your everyday, basic blue denim.
- White trainers – Finish off with your gym shoes.
Optional extra: An actual bicycle.
We Don’t Need Roads
Marty McFly may be an 80s throwback but we’re still loving him. Plus, his outfit is pretty easy to pull together for a plain clothes Halloween costume that will get you noticed.
- Check shirt – That one you pull out for every first date will do.
- Denim jacket – Wear this over the shirt, with the sleeves rolled up.
- Blue jeans – Marty loves a bit of double denim.
- Red gilet – Wear this open, over the top. You’re gonna be warm until those initial photos with friends when everyone arrives are finished.
- Trainers – If they light up, you’re winning.
Optional extra: Hoverboard.
Halloween Costume Ideas For Women
It’s time to play dress up. Throw together one of these costumes, for a look as lit as the party:
Baby One More Time
We all have fond memories of singing along to Britney and that hit first video release. So pay homage to the Princess of Pop herself with a schoolgirl themed, Halloween look.
- Pigtails – Grab a couple of hair ties and pull your hair into two cute bunches on each side of your head.
- White shirt – That one you usually wear for smart meetings at work will do. Just be careful with the red wine. Tie it in a knot to make it cropped and get your midriff out, for a true Britney look.
- Grey skirt – We’re thinking mini skirt here – if you have a pleated one you’ll be nailing this look.
- Hockey socks – White, knee high socks are key to creating that schoolgirl look.
- White trainers – Old school styles are best, white plimsolls are even better.
Optional extra: Lots of bubblegum.
Eggo Let’s Go
Dressing up as Eleven again this Halloween is totally allowed. If you’re relying on your wardrobe though, it’s a costume best suited to blondes. Otherwise you’re going to need a wig. Or a shaved head.
- Pink dress – A baby pink, smock dress is the best option.
- Bomber or denim jacket – A navy bomber will look the part but a dark blue denim jacket can also help you pull this costume off.
- White knee high socks – Pull out those old school hockey socks again.
- White trainers – Comfy, practical and perfect for finishing off this costume.
Optional extra: Just a little fake blood coming from your nose – as if you’ve been using your powers all night.
Work It Wednesday
Wednesday Addams is the true Queen of Halloween and her look is so easy to pull together.
- Your best resting bitch face – Wednesday doesn’t smile.
- Pigtail plaits – Part your hair in two, then plait each side.
- Long sleeved black dress – A shirt dress style would be ideal but a bodycon fit adds a little sexy to your last minute Halloween look.
- Chunky boots – Double up your Autumn ankle boots usage to finish off this costume.
Optional extra: Poison bottle – pretend to swig from this for photo opportunities.
Be the ultimate girl power icon, with a last minute Rosie the Riveter costume.
- Red bandana – Put your hair up in a bun, then fix a red bandana around it for that vintage, 1940s look. Don’t have a bandana? Then use a red strap top, fold into a thin strip then fix this with hair pins.
- High waist jeans – Baggier styles would work best but whatever denim you have in your wardrobe works.
- Denim shirt – Roll up the sleeves then tuck into those high waist jeans.
- Hiking boots – Rosie wears steel cap boots but you’ll get away with a strong pair of walking boots.
Optional extra: A cut out speech bubble with the words: ‘We Can Do It!’
Feel Like Dancing
Grab a mate for this costume and go as the cute dancing girls emoji. Don’t forget to pose together, with one toe pointed and hands on hips for the whole evening.
- Plain black t-shirt – Yep, any old black t-shirt in your wardrobe.
- Black shorts – Plain running shorts or that pair you wear to cover up with on holiday will do.
- Black socks – They’re probably wearing ballet shoes but socks are easier.
- Bunny ears – Grab a headband, some black card and cut out two bunny ear shapes. Stick these on and you’re done.
Optional extra: Matching wigs for true twin vibes.
Ready to boss Halloween? Try out one of these easy Halloween costumes with ordinary clothes and save some cash while still rocking the party.
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October 3rd, 2017
Red definitely gets you noticed. It’s fire and passion. Lust and adventure. It takes any regular look and turns it into something hot – whether you’re bossing it at work or dominating the dance floor.
This season, red is being featured on clothes rails everywhere. Perfect for autumn – it reminds us of loud nights in front of bonfires, being brave and setting off fireworks in your mate’s back garden and stealing the sofa in front of the fire at the nearest bar.
It’s not just vibrant scarlet shades that are leading the way though – deep wine colours and bold orange tones are also out there – ready to flatter every skin tone. The AW17 fashion catwalks – that set the tone for all things trend for the season ahead – loved the colour too.
As the saying goes: when in doubt, wear red. Here’s how:
Tonal dressing is winning at the moment. We’re loving dressing top-to-toe in one colour and red is the perfect palette to dip into. Either opt for a variety of shades or pick out a couple of similar pieces – in the same colour.
Girls – Grab a red printed dress (we’re loving tartan this season) check out our Georgie Shift Dress and wear this under a cropped red jacket. Wondering what colour shoes to wear with a red dress? Try our Millie Suede Chelsea boots in black, on for size.
Accessories can make or break the vibe – add red into your extras to nail this autumn fashion trend.
Guys – Throw on a red beanie when you leave the house. Great if you’ve left your hair products round your new girl’s house or the weather is looking poor.
Girls – A red lip makes a great accessory. When it comes to how to wear red lipstick make it the focus of your makeup look. Leave eyes relatively simple – besides a little mascara and make sure brows are sharp.
We Like Your Accent
Strong accenting items are an easy way to nail this look without having to buy a whole new wardrobe. You just need one piece that can be swapped in and out to create new season looks, every day.
Guys – Knitwear featuring a bold red stripe or pattern is a good call – we’re loving the 90s vibes of our Japan City Breakers Crew Jumper – pair this with your fave blue jeans and casual trainers. It also works with joggers for Sunday lounging and gaming round your mates.
Girls – Alternative patterns will always get you noticed. Look for knitwear or long sleeved tees this season that are comfy but feature a strong streak of red. Our Freemont Top is a good example. Wear with black skinnies, trainers and a padded jacket thrown on top, for easy autumn vibes.
Night out planned? Or just pre drinks that have the potential to turn into a 5am finish? Add some red to your party look.
Guys – Embrace strong lumberjack vibes with a red check shirt – wear over a V-neck tee and pair with black jeans and leather trainers.
Girls – Show off that summer bod with a figure hugging bodycon dress in red – wear it with a leather jacket and heels for that big night.Read more
September 22nd, 2017
There’s no denying the 90s was an iconic era. It’s the decade that brought us gems such as the Fresh Prince and Clueless. Plus, music from bands like No Doubt, Nirvana and the Red Hot Chilli Peppers that definitely still get a feature on your main Spotify playlist.
However, there were a few fashion no-nos taking place along all this greatness – with low rise jeans and bucket hats, for example. Cringe.
So when it comes to 90s fashion, what are we still wearing?
Nothing represents the fashion and vibe of the decade better than 90s grunge clothes. Perfect for those cool kids who didn’t give a * – it was all about ripped clothing, oversized pieces and being a bit of a rebel.
90s grunge influencers:
Influencers like Courtney Love, Gwen Stefani, Drew Barrymore and Winona Ryder are celebs who paved the way for grunge fashion and their bad attitude and bad behaviour while in the spotlight supported their style perfectly.
How to do it now:
- The Mom jeans – Oversized denim was seen on every grunge fashion icon in the 90s. The bigger and more high waisted, the better.
- Choking up – Gwen Stefani was a big lover of choker necklaces and now we can grab one of these jewellery styles anywhere. A thin black choker, featuring a single charm, is the easiest way of nailing this 90s fashion trend.
- Feeling flannel – Pairing a flannel shirt, tied around your waist, with a denim jacket is true 90s. Finish off with chunky combat boots.
- Love for leather – Leather was well loved by the likes of Winona Ryder and Drew Barrymore, who would just throw one of these jackets on with a slip dress and boots for the red carpet. Easy.
Rave music was big in the 90s and the neon fashion seeped into the mainstream. While we’re not dressing in neon green and waving glowsticks, some elements of this underground scene have made their way into everyday looks.
90s Rave influencers:
Deee-lite, The Prodigy and Baby-D were all frontrunners in 90s rave clothes with strong prints, bold colours and a stage presence that really got the crowd going.
How to do it now:
- Going sheer – A sheer top over a bold coloured dress is an easy way of featuring a little rave in your everyday outfits.
- Pops of neon – Layering everyday colours with bold (bordering on neon) pieces, is a strong look that ties into the rave scene.
- Furry sliders – When you think rave, you think furry boot covers, right? So, you could argue that those mega comfy, furry sliders we’re all wearing now took inspiration from rave culture. Keep that summer footwear going.
Girl power was huge in the 90s, with Riot Grrrl dominating the scene with their feminist music and female celebrities becoming more influential than ever before. It was also the era of The Girl Band and whether you were a Spice Girls groupie or not, you can’t deny the strong effect they had on clothes in the 90s and women’s fashion. In fact, we’re still loving their style today.
How to do it now:
- Sporty Spice = Athleisurewear
While Mel C had a love for Kappa trackies – we’ve evolved the trend by wearing yoga leggings to the office and sports jackets on nights out.
- Scary Spice = Leopard print
This print never goes out of fashion, right? And while we’re not embracing all over big cat style, we are still loving everything leopard print when it comes to shoes and accessories.
- Baby Spice = Bunches
Cute pigtails was Emma Bunton’s signature hair look and now we’re taking major inspiration, with space buns and glitter roots.
- Posh Spice = The LBD
The little black dress has carried us through from the 90s to now and still remains a go to look for those last minute nights.
- Ginger Spice = The flatform
These shoes aren’t quite the towering styles Geri enjoyed in the 90s, but boxier, chunkier trainers are proving popular in 2017.
From Britney’s striped track pants to Mandy’s butterfly clips to Christina’s ever-present midriff – the 90s pop princesses set the scene for a fair few fashion trends. Don’t forget the shiny lip gloss and body glitter too.
90s female influencers:
Britney Spears, Christina Aguilera, Brandy and P!nk were the real influencers when it came to pop star looks and we’re still loving some of their biggest style choices two decades on. Cher Horowitz from Clueless was another big influencer – with her knee high socks and preppy co-ords.
How to do it now:
- Cropped on top – These just aren’t going anywhere, we still love a crop top now – whether over track pants or a skirt.
- Tartan – Mini skirts with tartan prints are being thrown into the mix this season. Available in every colour – not just blue and green – they’re great for nailing the pop princess look. You definitely won’t be considered ensembly challenged.
Which 90s trend are you a fan of? Check out this season’s latest trends to spot the styles we’ve taken inspiration from, this time round.Read more
September 12th, 2017
Looking party ready at all times is way easier than you think. It’s about keeping things laid back and just seeing where the night takes you.
Waking up to a ceiling you don’t recognise. Going on an adventure cross country. Or just discovering a wild spot in your local town centre you hadn’t visited before. These are all the traits of a night well spent.
Wherever the party takes you – you’ll wanna look good. And so here are three party outfit ideas for 24/7 style:
The catch up drink that turns into a club night
The best nights start with laughs over a single bottle of cider because we just can’t stay too long and before we know it we’re requesting the next track the DJ plays and hailing a taxi at 4am. Got suspicions this just might happen, next time you’ve booked a date to see an old mate? Here’s what to wear:
- T-shirt dress – This understated style piece can be dressed up or down. Roll up the sleeves when things get steamy on the dance floor.
- Heeled ankle boots – Giving you some height so the barman can see you and enough comfort to make that walk into town easy, ankle boots are the perfect choice – when you want to be night out ready at all times.
- Leather jacket – The perfect transitional jacket – carry one of these bad boys with you wherever you go. Drape over your shoulders for a high fashion vibe – and to make your friends envious when you’re waiting outside in the cold to get in a club.
- Flannel shirt – You won’t even need a jacket with the thick material of a lumberjack shirt. Opt for check print for smart/casual vibes.
- Slim jeans – Look good wherever the night takes you, in easy to wear blue jeans. Darker styles are best.
- Brogue boots – Don’t let that big bouncer get in your way. These boots work for daytime drinks and will get you into the club later.
The birthday meal that just keeps going
The drinks are flowing, the tables reserved – why stop now? That birthday girl or boy deserves a good time and you want to be there to make sure that happens. If that birthday meal has the potential to turn into a wild night, then here are some simple outfit ideas when going out:
Cami – Looks good at dinner. Looks good on the dance floor.
Skinny jeans – These work for pretty much any situation you find yourself in. Black skinnies are a very strong choice.
Suede boots – Transitional shoes for the win. Suede boots are dressy enough to carry on after dinner but still kinda casual too.
Polo shirt – Easy dinner-to-bar style is on the menu. A print adds a little interest.
Jeans – Lean towards a slim fit, you can’t go wrong.
Boots – Ideal for autumn, good for the bars too. Opt for a chunkier hiking style boot for a strong masculine vibe. Chunky soles and lace ups add a tough edge to any look.
The gathering that turns into a house party
Pizza nights with a couple of drinks are the ideal starting point for a wild house party – ft. beer pong, shots and inviting your crush and their mates round later. Prep for the inevitable – with a look that can quickly transition from lounge to life of the party.
- Preppy knit jumper – Steal the show with a v-knit jumper, a varsity cheerleader would definitely be seen in. Strong embroidery and striped details give that cool American college vibe.
- Skater dress – It’ll look like a skirt under the jumper. Wear it on its own later when the house starts to heat up.
- Trainers – Wondering what shoes to wear with a skater dress? Has to be bright white trainers. Add some ankle socks and you’re nailing those athleisure vibes.
- Grandad shirt – Comfy, plus it shows off all the hard work you did on shoulder day.
- Joggers – Avoid baggier styles, look for joggers that blur that trouser/activewear line and in darker shades – black or navy are a good call.
- Trainers – Finish off with a good looking pair of running shoes. Ideal if you want to walk home later to save on a taxi too.
September 7th, 2017
Just bagged your new fave jacket for autumn? Then you’ll want to keep it looking good all the way through to spring. Which is why we’re hooking you up with our ultimate jacket care guide – that you can refer to when things get a little messy.
Whatever your outerwear gets up to this season – with long nights in front of bonfires, finding the best spot at your local pub and finding a way to work it into your Halloween costume for that big night out, probably on the agenda – it needs looking after.
So when it comes to tips and tricks to remove clothing stains or how to wash a jacket – we have all the answers.
We’ve got the lowdown on everything – from how to clean a leather jacket to what those washing labels mean. Wanna know how to get rid of red wine stains out of your jacket after a big night? Or got chewing gum on your clothes after you had to brave the bus? Don’t sweat it.
September 1st, 2017
Even with all your summer awesome plans – you just can’t trust the British weather.
British summertime is chilling outside at every opportunity when the sun arrives. Grabbing a cheeky ice cream from the van – even when its not that warm out. Embracing that cute new dress – when you know you’ll have to then brace yourself for rain in the early hours of the morning, when the night is nearly over.
That’s why the right jacket is critical – to ensure you look good and stay covered up when you need it most – whatever you get up to. It should also see you through when autumn arrives. Bonus.
Check out our round up of the best jackets for the months ahead – considering what style suits your everyday summer vibe, as well as how to choose a coat for your body type:
The all nighter
What will you be getting up to?
Summer for you is all about seeing where the night takes you – with those spontaneous trips to the nearest wine bar that turn into dancing until your feet ache. When it comes to jackets you want something lightweight, that you can throw on and look good in all evening but that won’t keep you too warm when you’re grinding on the dance floor.
What to wear – a leather jacket
The leather jacket instantly adds a little luxe to a simple bodycon dress and a rocky vibe overall. A leather jacket in a bomber style design is casual enough for any situation but looks especially good if you like to pull all nighters. Leather works on everyone.
The BBQ queen
What will you be getting up to?
Good with a pair of tongs? Never burnt a sausage in your life? BBQ at yours then this summer. But if you don’t have a fire pit handy you’re going to need something to throw on when your best mates hog the picnic blankets once night falls.
What to wear – a quilted jacket
We think you’d be well suited to a quilted jacket – warm enough for those chill evenings but still looks good over your summer maxi dress and sandals. It’s also the perfect transitional jacket for autumn.
The beer garden lover
What will you be getting up to?
Everyone loves a beer garden visit after work – these weekday trips always start with a couple of soft drinks and maybe a fruit cider, before you find yourself knocking back tequila shots and ordering a chunky burger by 10pm.
What to wear – a bomber jacket
If you’re the sort to dabble in a little school night mischief – then you’re definitely the type to rock a bomber jacket over your workwear for those easy summer evenings. They work with everything from a fitted dress suitable for client meetings to easy to throw on tailored trousers and a lightweight blouse. Swap the heels for fashion trainers once you log off to keep things laidback.
The picnic planner
What will you be getting up to?
Summer isn’t over if you haven’t spent the day with picnic food and a bottle of Prosecco – hanging out with friends on a grassy patch. Grab a disposable BBQ to make the get-together go further, bring along a portable speaker for the tunes and you’re sorted. If you’re the type to put in the hours organising the Whatsapp group (we respect that) – you’ll definitely enjoy wearing an always smart/casual trench coat.
What to wear – a pea coat
Understated but still pretty – pea coats look amazing worn over cute skater skirts and cami tops for an easy summer look. Sliders keep things casual enough for a picnic – they can also be taken along on that summer hol you have planned with the girls. This style is the ideal choice if you’re looking for coats for petite figures too – as it accentuates your waist and the length creates the illusion of a longer body.
The ‘always the bridesmaid’
What will you be getting up to?
Catching the bouquet is just not for you. You’re single and you like it that way. That means flirting with cutest groomsmen…at every wedding. You’re go to is a smart jacket that looks good over the shoulders of every bridesmaid dress you’ve ever been forced to wear.
What to wear – a pastel bomber
Pastel coloured bombers in jersey materials are your best bet and should suit your formal summer style perfectly. Think baby blue or pretty pink for easy to throw on wedding guest/bridesmaid looks.
Ready to nail jacket styling this summer? Hit up our women’s jackets section on the site and find your new favourite.
September 1st, 2017
RSVP’d yes to the wedding of a super chill bride and groom? Then you need a laidback look that still works in the professional photos but keeps the casual vibe going.
We’re loving the trend for weddings that just throw the rule book out the window. They’re ditching the stuffy ceremonies, dresses with all the trimmings and spending thousands on cake and flowers. It’s now all about celebrating with good company and partying until the early hours.
If you’re attending some awesome nuptials this year then here’s what you need to throw on:
The base layer
Start here – then work your way up…
Guys – Get shorty
Kick start things with a low key look, think easy to wear chinos and a plain short sleeved shirt – we’re feeling tan for the lower half and perhaps a strong spot or floral print for the shirt. Smarten things up by tucking the shirt in.
Girls – Maxi but understated
An easy to throw on bodycon dress in an ice cream shade is perfect for a laidback summer wedding – think lilac or baby blue. Lace styles bring the wedding to the party – just avoid anything that looks close to white. Ditch the heels and embrace the flats for summery vibes.
The ‘just right’ jacket
You’re going to need a jacket once the evening rolls round, here’s what to grab:
Guys – How to wear a blazer casually
Dress to impress with one of our men’s casual blazers. Nothing too structured though – you want to be able to really move on the dance floor later – so look for a lightweight jersey material. Our Brooklyn blazer is a top choice and you can wear it beyond that wedding too – more for your money, mate.
Don’t button it up though – when it comes to how to wear a blazer casually leave it open to nail that chilled out vibe.
Girls – Leather jackets add some luxe
Finish off with a leather jacket that adds a little rawness to an ultra feminine look and definitely taps into the laidback vibe that the couple are trying to create. Our Bella Bomber Jacket is the perfect choice – the ribbed collar keeps things casual and it’ll also keep you warm in the early hours, when you and the bride are still lining up shots.
Accessories for days
Accessories speak volumes – do all the talking with yours:
Guys – get fancy
Looking to pull a bridesmaid? You’ve got to look the part. And even though the day is casual, a bow tie is a strong choice and always looks good – thrown on with that short sleeved shirt and chinos it’ll definitely get their attention. Bold colours are the best choice – just try to avoid accessorising with the wedding party if you’re not part of it.
Girls – get loud
A strong clutch bag is a great way of making a statement with your outfit at that summer wedding. We’re loving the fun novelty shapes available at the moment – think flamingoes, pineapples and clam shells. Alternatively, a metallic backpack is a great way of adding some chill vibes while still embracing the party spirit – our gold Elaina backpack should do the trick.
Heel and toe
Shoes say a lot about a person – let everyone know you’re down for partying with yours:
Guys – go boating
Our range of Skipper shoes are perfect for that casual wedding – they look like smart fashion trainers but a cheeky woven finish brings the summer vibe. They’re probably the most comfortable things you’ll ever wear too. Just saying.
A plain navy pair will work with those chinos and short sleeved shirt – but if you’re the type of guy who brings the party, we also stock some strong printed options.
Girls – slap on the slip ons
By the end of the night you’ll want to throw off the heels after all the standing around and dancing – so just skip them altogether. Lace up sandals look good and can double up for your 2017 holiday wardrobe too.
Look for metallic styles to create that all night party vibe and stay comfy from when you first hit the dance floor to when you finally get reminded to leave at the end of the night.
Evening guests – push the boundaries
Evening guests can stretch the casual theme a little further, but we’d still recommend dressing up a bit – you want look good in those selfies at the bar, right?
Your Mum would be horrified – but you can get away with jeans at a laidback wedding…
Guys – dare to denim
Blue jeans might be pushing things too far, but the dark, straight legged type should work well with that short sleeved shirt and the Skipper shoes. Look for indigo or as close to black as possible to get away with it. Wedding style – sorted.
Girls – grab the skinnies
We all have a pair of black skinny jeans that hug us in the right places – right, girls? So grab these out the wardrobe and pair with a Bardot top with all the frills for low key wedding style.
Casual weddings are the ultimate excuse to party. Celebrate with those newlyweds and enjoy the relaxed vibe. Oh, and don’t forget the card and gift.
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