April 1st, 2019
Your voice has been described by famous peers as ‘a voice never heard before’. So we’re going to set you the challenge of eloquently explaining the impossible!
I have been having singing lessons since I was 7 years old so my voice has been trained. I have been taught how to breathe properly and look after my larynx. My range is very wide and covers deep baritone to high male soprano. I think this is why people find my natural voice extraordinary – especially my high falsetto. However, I have never just been a classical singer, my repertoire even when young, covered pop – I won my school’s X factor competition singing a Michael Jackson track, musical theater, jazz and world music as well as operatic arias. Pop music is the genre I love best – that’s what I sing in the shower!
List some misinterpretations people might have about the classical music genre?
I don’t believe in categorizing things in metaphorical boxes. After all, so-called “classical” music was the popular music of its time. It is not staid, stuffy and static – there is plenty of room for improvisation especially in early 17thcentury countertenor music. Every time a “classical” song is sung it sounds different. “Classical” music has its own different genres as different to each other as bubble gum pop is to grime nowadays. For me, I am also melding the classical feel with a synth electro pop sound so I hope to bring my own stamp in this genre.
What’s it like to see you live?
I have been performing as long as I have been singing. I love performing live and getting to know an audience. I get a huge buzz from performing, can’t stop smiling, and I think the audience feels it as well. I sang in a small backing group for Kylie Minogue in a series of her Christmas concerts at the Royal Albert Hall in London. She was a total professional, a master of performance and working with the audience. It was an amazing experience and something I will never forget. I still have a lot to learn but I hope the audience has as much fun as I do. I am embarking on a Heather Small Tour soon and I am so excited about those audiences.
You’ve teamed up with the iconic Boy George on a recent track – what’s the most extravagant and then most down to earth characteristic of Boy George?
George is very generous with his time, his experience, and his direction – whether on styling, photography or writing. He is a real dream to work with. There are two sides of George – of course his makeup and styling identify him and there is a very laid back type of George that is practical and shows the human side that is not seen by a lot of people.
ANOTHER fan of yours is only a certain Oscar winning Emma Thompson! What’s the sassiest thing Emma Thompson has said to you?
Just about everything Emma says is sassy! She is such fun to be with and I really value her thoughts on everything. I turned up to her party not long ago in a bright blue denim embossed suit and from across the room I heard her shouting “you pull off patterns better than I do!”She laughingly complained that I had managed to upstage her at her own party.
Sound of My Youth is a song about nostalgia – what would you change from the past if you could?
I wish I had more confidence in myself. I wish others had accepted my idiosyncrasies and me as I was growing up. I am the way I am – dyslexic and very passionate about all music – I was bullied at school for not being “normal”. Now I know who I am, have grown over 6ft tall and work out most days – I don’t get bullied any more. Back then, it hurt and I wish I had more confidence in myself then to not let it hurt as it did.
A lyric in Sound of My Youthgoes “crying out for sunshine” – what are the ingredients for your perfect summer?
Well the main ingredient has to be sunshine, lots of it – then some good friends, a beach, good music and a cocktail or five.
As a proudly gay artist, what does pride mean to you, and who inspires you?
I am proud of who I am and what I am born to be. I believe it’s not a label on life or how I live it. I just am. The proud part is that many have gone before me to path a way forward for me to live as I am and for that this makes me massively proud of being gay. Lady Gaga, Ariana Grande, Miley Cyrus – the list is endless. Sexuality is different to gender, however I would also like to acknowledge Munroe Bergdorf in my answer, as I am continually inspired by her activism creating awareness of the transgender community; pushing for legislative change, greater visibility and inclusion.
We recently invited you to Superdry’s Regent Street flagship, and it was a total delight! What did you pick out, and did it shift any original impression on the brand?
Amazing, I had a terrific time. Thank you for inviting me. I picked out a super cute jumper with the rainbow flag on it. I didn’t realize the store has such an eclectic range. I’ve been pretty much living in your gym kit since then.
How does a classical kid like you dress?
I am just an ordinary guy and shop in the high street like everyone else. I love colours and I love how I can express myself in what I wear and I guess it comes out more when I’m all dressed up with somewhere to go to.
Finally, where do you see yourself in 5 years?
On the big stages worldwide, baby! Gotta stay optimistic!Read more
March 12th, 2019
Fearless, intellectual, adventurous and stylish – just a few of the makings of Influencer Jordan Barron. We set the talented chap the challenge of showcasing Superdry Sport and Snow in the most epic and eclectic of locations. We also caught up with him to philosophise on all things ‘influence’ in 2019.
Introduce yourself – including fun facts and your career!
My name is Jordan Barron, I’m originally from just outside of London but spent my teenage years in New Zealand before moving onto stints in London and Sydney. This has left me with a bit of a weird jumbled accent. I have been modeling since I was discovered at the age of 18, which has seen me travel all of over the world and work with some amazing brands that align with my personal philosophies. I’m happiest when I’m playing sport (you’ll find me in my boxing gym most days) and socializing with friends old and new. I’m in love with summer, the beach and the ocean. You can’t keep me too far away from summer for too long. I went to Victoria university of Wellington and studied Accounting, Finance and Commercial Law. I picked Wellington because it had a vibrant arts scene and a balanced lifestyle. I could socialize with my friends at cool bars, had a café culture, and play sport whilst being able to focus on my study. The best part of my career has been the people and personalities I have met whilst traveling around the world.
- I was there when the Banksy picture shredded!
- I guessed my little brother’s birthday a week before he was due. I said to my Mum and Dad he will be born at midnight on the 20thof January, 2001 – that was exactly what happened.
- I can eat a whole tub of ice-cream with chocolate sauce in one sitting (I wouldn’t recommend doing it yourself!)
- I met Ellie Goulding and didn’t even realize it was her.
- I am unashamedly owning up to liking a few One Direction songs and reckon I would be a great addition to the band if they ever wanted to get back together.
- I love being fit and active so I can eat chocolate croissants on the weekend.
What does being an ‘Influencer’ mean to you?
To me, a true Influencer is someone that people can trust and look to for new experiences, products or ideas. I see Influencers as having an obligation to use their opportunities of influencing in a positive way with a genuine desire to help people – to change, effect, and impact the world for the better by promoting brands and services that they genuinely believe in through their social media following. I’m an honest person and my desire is to help people with the experiences I have had travelling and my day to day life creating positive content which will help improve society.
Who influences you and why?
I’m very fortunate to have a family who has always backed me. They are all extremely hard working and push one another to be the best versions of themselves. They have been a hugely positive influence throughout my life which I am extremely grateful for.
My godfather Barney has been an influencer to me. His work ethic is to be the best and whose personality is all about “anything is possible”. He also has always been there for me whenever I’ve needed him and shown me how to think about things from a professional stand-point.
Everyone whom I’ve met influences me. I appreciate the good in people in my life and use their positive personalities to improve myself.
Throughout the years, my close friends are the ones who’ve always had my best interests at heart. You can learn a lot from deep conversations with people that know you. Either someone coming from a different culture or having a different perspective is always valuable.
I think everyone can be an influence on you just by being positive and being themselves. Having your best interest at heart. I mean who really wants to spend time hanging out with negative people?
In regards to fashion, I don’t really look to wear what other people wear. I do what makes me feel comfortable and confident – I do like bright colours from time to time to spice things up.
Sir Richard Branson – inspired me in the way he believes in himself and prides himself on working with a team that share the same core values he does.
Liam Malone – one of my best friends whom is a 2x Paralympic Gold Medalist. Liam is so positive all the time, wants to stand atop the highest mountain dreaming about the biggest challenges he can set himself. I don’t know another man who could run a marathon with no training and instead just on true grit and mental strength. Look out for him on the comedy scene as well, as he will take the world by storm.
David Beckham has always influenced me, especially in how he sets trends. His drive to achieve playing for England and Manchester United and to be the best version of himself was always very inspiring. So inspiring that I didn’t have any words when I eventually met him at an fashion event in London – what a triumphant idiot I am!
Misconceptions about being a model and the modelling life?
The misconception that modeling is easy. It is harder than it looks! I see it as a sports day; you prep yourself to be the best you can to perform the best on the day. The viewer only sees the finished product but you don’t see the amount of hours that goes into it. For example, going to the gym every morning, eating the right food, sleeping the right amount of time, going to events and meeting new people. Many of these things are out of self-interest and with that you have to self motivate. You also have to be flexible with your time as things change often. For example, I was recently in Queenstown, New Zealand, and the weather affected shoot times which then impacts your personal life. Traveling to and from shoots can also be demanding – especially if they are out of proximity. Anyone who has caught a lot of flights will be able to relate to this. You can’t take it always so seriously and just have to live a little. I’ve made some great friends over the years.
You’re based predominately in London but are known for your epic travel and trips – what draws you to this ‘on the road’ lifestyle?
I get a kick out of change. For example, just last week I was modelling in the busy streets of London to the beautiful surroundings of Queenstown, New Zealand the week after. Life is about uncertainty and you have to take every opportunity you are given. In Sydney everything involves around going to the beach or being active – as soon as you finish work everyone will be at the beach or doing some sort of sport. When you are near the salt water on hot days you always seem to be active – adventures and the great outdoors go hand in hand! In London it’s more about going out and socialising in different ways such as at a bar or café. I feel as though I learn so much from other people. I take away a little bit of something from every culture and person I meet along the way. Everyday is different – but one thing’s for sure, after the modelling experience, it will be pretty hard to go to a 9 to 5 job as you are constantly working to someone else’s agent and can’t embrace your own creativity and entrepreneurial spirit.
Most inspirational places you’ve been to?
Wanaka, New Zealand – It is a place in which you look for adventures because you don’t have flashy touristy activities. A favourite of mine is the Roys Peak Track walk – it will give you magnificent views of Wanaka, the lake and the Southern Alps.
Byron Bay, Australia – I loved going to the top of Cape Byron lighthouse and watching the whales – this is panoramic views offered from Australia’s easterly point! It’s also really good for surfing. Not just catching waves but the entire culture there is free-flowing, with a laid-back attitude that allows you to express yourself – not to mention all the relax and chill.
What’s on your adventurous bucket list?
Tokyo – Japan. I’m a big fan of sushi and all my Japanese friends have said you must go to the fish market and the temples in Kyoto.
Bhutan – Himalaya’s. In Bhutan they measure Gross National Happiness – this development is measured on the quality of life based on the spiritual and mental well-being of it’s people. I would love to go mountain trekking and to visit Taktsang as it one of the most important Buddhist monasteries in Bhutan. It is situated on a vertical cliff 3000m north of Paro.
Sarengatti – Kenya – Since watching The Lion King as a kid I’ve wanted to go on a safari. Being a Leo myself I’ve always wanted to see a lion too!
Tips for someone teased but unsure at the idea of a gap year road-trip!
I would say that I’ve always found travelling makes you think in a different way once you get home. You bring this air of freshness to your thinking and a change in routine brings out the best in you. For example, I left Sydney as I was doing the same sort of jobs and routine. I needed a change in lifestyle and cultural experience therefore I decided to come to Europe to experience this and a faster pace of life. If you have the opportunity, I recommend travelling and experiencing different cultures. I think some people lose touch at what life is about, in the sense of what is important to them. Once you travel, it’s like you can’t help but reconsider your values.
You’re an influencer ambassador for Superdry – what makes our style and ethos a good fit for you?
I’m extremely passionate about Superdry from a cultural, lifestyle and wellness perspective – which enables me to promote campaigns around the world. They have given me a lot of trust and I have a very good relationship with Superdry. I like that the brand is sustainable by including animal welfare as part of their company ethos. I also love the family culture of Superdry and how welcoming everyone is – It’s one big family whether a customer, employee or partner. I’ve made a host of friends at Superdry!
How are you styling up this spring and summer?
I’m usually playing sport every day so in summer when it’s super hot. You will find me in a singlet and shorts. Superdry perfectly caters for a variety of these options. I’m pretty simple when it comes to sports gear so black and white is my go to.
I love wearing urban essentials, which are casual as well as looking sharp – a tech fabric fit is important to me, allowing comfortable movement.
When I go out I like to pair all black together, therefore a leather jacket is a must with the all black jeans and t-shirt.
I like track jackets which Superdry have plenty to choose from. You can wear these for different occasions from pre-gym to the office and even on a date! The versatility of a track jacket makes it essential to my wardrobe.
Talk us through your recent Superdry styled trip with photographer Jacob Travels (because the photos are EPIC!)
We had been looking into the possibility of working together for some time, then the chance to do this Superdry trip came up so we jumped on it! My photographer and I wanted to find a location that would really captivate our audience – and urge them to get outside and explore themselves! We ended up choosing to explore around the Peak District, as we saw there was a chance for some decent snow in the area and thought that would mesh well with the epic Superdry Snow gear. After piling all our gear into a rental car and making our way out into the countryside we soon came to realize there was a lot more snow than we had originally anticipated! Extremely underprepared for the conditions – with Jacob opting for trainers as footwear in knee-deep snow – we got exploring! We spent the day climbing up mountains, hanging off cliffs, and getting caught in blizzards. By the end of it we were all amped, knowing we had captured some unique shots of the epic Superdry gear in the rugged environment. We spent the next day exploring Manchester – where Jacob was based at the time. The city offers some cool urbanscapes to shoot in due to its rich industrial past – so in what must have been one of the few days in winter not pouring with rain – we scoured the city for shots that really showcased its heritage. We finished the trip with a nice cold beer looking over the photos we’d captured, lots of laughs, and feeling grateful to have been given the opportunity to work together on such a fun project – and we both can’t wait for the next trip we do with Superdry!
You’re also a fitness expert – how do you define good health?
Yes, I’ve recently just finished my Level 2 personal training course so I’m going to be focusing on creating more fitness led content this summer…it’s something people have asked me about for years.
I define good health as a balanced lifestyle. Making good decisions in your day to day by eating whole foods but not being completely stressful about what you eat. A big one for everyone is alcohol and making good decisions on when to drink and not to. I encourage people to pick their moments and not get forced into things that they don’t want to do. Set a plan and stick to it.
If you do fitness everyday it makes more vigorous fitness easier – even if it’s walking to work or stretching in the morning. The type of training I try to do is working on small muscle groups with lengthening muscles and joint strength through classes such as Pilates.
Festival season is on the horizon – what’s on your road-trip mixtape this summer?
I can’t wait to go to festivals with Superdry this summer! When it comes to music I’m just a naturally upbeat person so any music in which I can attempt to show-off my dancing skills or sing a-long with my friends, is great by me. Here’s my mixtape…
Darkside – Au-Ra
Ride or Die – Santino Le Saint
U.N.K.N.O.W.N Vibrations – Aaron Unknown
Love And Run – Lexie Liu
In-between – Ami Carmine
What Makes You Beautiful – One Direction (couldn’t resist haha!)
Everywhere – Fleetwood Mac
It Wasn’t Me – Shaggy
Summer of ’69 – Bryan Adams
Move Your Feet – Junior Senior
Without Me – Halsey
Giant – Calvin Harris
March 8th, 2019
Let’s be real: when it comes to clothes, men’s fashion trends seem straight-up predictable at first glance. Most lads turn to black jeans, oversized hoodies and comfy tees by second nature, probably because these pieces are so easy to style.
There’s actually a lot more to men’s clothes than first meets the eye – and looking into the men’s fashion trends for the year can really boost your trend appeal.
Start this year’s fashion journey off the right way with our prediction of men’s fashion trends for the rest of the year.
Men’s fashion trends for 2019:
- Sage and khaki – both versatile shades of green, these colours are the ones to watch this year.
- Light wash denim – black is out and light wash is in. Swap your dark denim for edgy bleached jackets and jeans.
- Crossbody sports bags – stylish and practical, what could be better?
- Prints and patterns – go bold with daring prints and bright patterns.
- Sherpa – also known as ‘teddy’, this cosy fabric looks surprisingly urban when worn as a jumper or coat.
- White – lots of white results in a fresh, crisp outfit that works no matter the season.
Trend one: Sage is all the rage
When it comes to colour, turn your attention towards sage and khaki. Both versatile shades of green, khaki tends to have a yellow or tan undertone compared to the greyer green of sage. They’ve been popping up all over the runways and we’re seeing these shades are going to be everywhere this year.
Earthy tones are the perfect alternative to black and grey, which is what many of us are guilty of turning to when stocking our wardrobe. Khaki may have already popular due to the beloved camo trend, but this year is officially the year of these green hues. It’s easy to incorporate khaki into everyday looks via chinos or cargo pants, which are simple to style with darker tees.
Sage jackets, on the other hand, look sharp when paired with some dark jeans or joggers. Try rolling the cuffs of your trousers up to show off a flash of white socks for a sporty vibe. Pair it with white trainers and a navy short sleeve tee for an easy yet stylish outfit that’s perfect for watching the big game in a trendy sports bar.
You should avoid wearing khaki and sage together. One key piece, such as a tee or jacket, in either colour, is enough to show off the trend naturally.
Trend two: denim is the new black
As essential as black denim is, this year it’s all about light wash.
Not only is it more practical in the sweltering summer months, but light wash denim will also have you standing out from the usual uniform of black jeans.
Bleached jeans and shorts look pristine when worn with white clothing, such as t-shirts or shoes. White canvas trainers look tighter with light wash denim, so choose this style over dark mesh or chunky dad shoes.
In fact, base the entire outfit around lighter colours such as white, pale greys and nautical stripes as they look flawless with bleached jeans. If you’re trying this trend during the colder months, sling a sage or khaki bomber jacket on. Nail two trends at once.
The resulting look is perfect for a lunch with some mates or treating a date to a casual drink on a rooftop bar. For a more smart-casual setting, swap the tee for a white fitted shirt to show off those gym gains while sticking to the dress code.
Trend three: in the bag
2019 is the year for man-bags to shine. Don’t worry – these ultra-sporty sling bags aren’t going to ruin your rep. With camo prints, mesh elements and discreet pockets, you’ll look festival ready with one of these styles slung across your shoulder.
They’re probably one of the easiest trends to incorporate into your current wardrobe as it suits so many styles. For a sleek yet sporty vibe, pair your choice of bag with a monochrome sweatshirt, denim shorts and canvas trainers.
If you prefer an urban vibe, pair your sports bag with grey joggers, chunky trainers and a fitted white long sleeve top. Feeling the cold? An oversized hoodie should do the trick.
Trend four: loud and proud prints
Why blend in when you can stand out? Go bold and bright by experimenting with unique prints.
Some people absolutely love clashing prints, but we suggest toning down the overall look by pairing a bright top with black jeans or tan chinos. This will put the print centre stage rather than having to battle against other pieces.
You don’t have to go overly wild if that’s really not your thing. More subtle prints such as camo and stripes still count, although you could try and get creative with botanical patterns. Rich earthy tones and leaf patterns make use of the sage trend, plus look great with light wash denim. You’ll be able to boss three of our top trends without looking like a try-hard.
If you want to meet somewhere in the middle, try featuring a patterned accessory like a hat. That way you can rock the trend without straying from your comfort zone too much.
Trend five: super soft sherpa
For someone looking for an outfit that’s equally cosy as it is stylish, sherpa is a dream. Some days we just want to be comfortable, but that shouldn’t mean looking like you’ve just rolled out of bed. Swapping your regular hoodie for one with a sherpa lining is a way of instantly upgrading an outfit with ease.
Whether you’re heading to a class you’d rather miss or just chilling out with the lads, there’s no reason you can’t look your best, and sherpa proves that. Style an oversized sherpa hoodie with skinny fit joggers and slip-on trainers.
The unusual fleece-like appearance of sherpa should be allowed to shine past the other pieces. Try not to pair any bright colours with it or it may just look brash. If you do fancy a bit of colour with your look, stick with burgundy, greys and, of course, our beloved sage.
Trend six: it’s all-white
While it’s not a great trend for the clumsy amongst us, all white outfits are going to be huge in 2019. Crisp, fresh and eye-catching, this is a trend we’ll be rocking all year round.
For a summer-appropriate outfit, pair some white sports shorts with a plain white tee and some fresh trainers. All white isn’t for everyone, but you can still pull off the trend with some minor adjustments. Trade the white trainers for navy boat shoes and layer an unbuttoned shirt in the same colour over the top of the tee to stay true to the trend while adding a little more colour.
Some people may think white is just for summer, but this is far from the truth. This trend will work no matter the season. Try pairing some white joggers with a matching sweatshirt, but go for black trainers this time for a monochrome look. You may have to stay away from any sign of dirt, but it’s totally worth it.
If you’ve been inspired by our prediction of men’s fashion trends for the year, why not check out our latest collection? You’ll find all the latest fashion favourites from Superdry and get a heads-up about any other trends that pop up over the year.Read more
March 6th, 2019
The sun is almost back and so that means it’s nearly time to toss your winter coat aside and bring out a more lightweight option. Bombers, Harringtons, military, leather and denim jackets are just a few of the options when it comes to looking good in spring weather.
Here are our top picks of the best lightweight jackets for men, this season:
The best lightweight men’s jackets this season
- Bomber jacket – Lightweight with a rebellious edge, this is the jacket you need for those spring first dates and late nights with the guys.
- Harrington jacket – This versatile lightweight style is military inspired but with a softer finish.
- Military jacket – Structured collars, sharp lines and good looking embellishments create a jacket that smartens up any look.
- Leather jacket – Add a bad boy edge and keep out the chill.
- Denim jacket – Mix and match with your current jeans selection.
- Cagoule jacket – Lightweight, showerproof, perfect for April.
- Hoodie jacket – Get your money’s worth and look good doing it.
The bomber jacket
Why a bomber jacket is great for spring:
- Lightweight – Keeps the cold out when layered up but ideal for warmer days.
- Great for layering – Can be worn on its own or over a chunky jumper for easy spring style.
- Cuffed sleeves to keep any chill out – No worries if the wind chill has cranked up.
This season choose a Superdry bomber jacket in a deep khaki colour with signature orange accents – tapping into those classic Mod styles from the 80s and military themes. This jacket is perfect for throwing on over your favourite tee and jeans for a casual but classy look.
The Harrington jacket
Why a Harrington jacket is the right choice this season:
- Breathable – A mesh layer keeps things cool when the weather can’t make its mind up.
- Easy to layer – Lightweight enough to throw over a t-shirt and hoodie but cool enough to wear on its own.
- Stylish print – Available in a range of prints from camo to colour blocked styles.
A Harrington jacket is the perfect addition to your spring wardrobe. This style is popular at the moment and the classic camo print in an unusual blue shade makes this jacket a talking piece. Pair with straight leg jeans, a polo shirt and chunky boots for a look that works whether you’re walking to the pub or shopping on a Saturday.
The military jacket
Why a military jacket is one of the best lightweight men’s jackets:
- Structured fit – This jacket can be dressed up and down with its structured style.
- Sharp lines – Tailored collars and decorated cuffs create a polished look.
- Neutral colours – Tan, khaki, grey and navy make up the colour palette for this jacket style.
Military style coats are another classic cut. This type of jacket pairs perfectly with jeans and boots for a laid back and casual look. Look for sharp collars, tailored pockets and neat lines. Ideal for spring nights out waiting in line to get in the biggest bar or thrown over a simple t-shirt and joggers ensemble at the weekend.
The leather jacket
Why a leather jacket is one of the best lightweight pieces you need in your wardrobe:
- Strong style – This jacket speaks for itself, wear it with the basics.
- Easy to layer – Wear over a hoodie at the weekend or a thicker plaid shirt for easy spring style.
- Comfortable fit – Leather moulds itself to your body over time, resulting in a jacket that fits like a dream.
The classic black leather jacket is always on trend, this style is perfect for casual cool looks and is definitely not one to miss out on. Real leather starts off tough but softens over time, adapting to your body for a fit that works with your shape. Avoid oversized looks this year, form-fitting jackets can pull any outfit together.
The denim jacket
Why you need a denim jacket this season:
- Super lightweight – Best reserved for dry days, this is the jacket for a sunny afternoon.
- Structured fit – Sharp shoulders, crisp collars and neat cuffs make this the perfect smart/casual jacket for the day.
- Softens over time – Like a leather jacket, denim softens the more you wear it and moulds to your shape.
Denim never goes out of style but this season consider the material but with a twist. Printed denim jacket styles are dominating the scene, stealing the show and working as the statement piece for your everyday looks. Don’t be afraid to dabble in double denim once the warmer weather hits, a denim jacket with shorts in the same material is a strong look.
Why the cagoule needs to be in your lightweight jacket repertoire:
- Waterproof – Well, it’s showerproof, so that means you’re covered if you left the house without an umbrella.
- Strong prints – Cagoules aren’t dull anymore, strong prints tap into urban, athleisure vibes.
- Super lightweight – Best reserved for warmer days with a chance of rain.
The hooded cagoule is lightweight but practical and is great for those wetter spring days. Look for a style featuring a strong print. Camo is in this season, with wilder colour palettes complementing traditional khaki and navy shades.
The hoodie jacket
Why the hoodie jacket is the ideal lightweight choice this season:
- Effortlessly layered look – You can still enjoy the layered look without the heat.
- Hood – Ideal if there’s a shower, looks good too.
- Neutral shade – Tan jackets work with everything from your skinny black jeans to straight leg bleached styles.
The hoodie jacket is a new breed of lightweight outerwear and perfect for creating that layered look without sweating when you leave the house. A comfy hood is stitched into the collar to add an athleisure vibe to a structured, lightweight jacket for a finish that turns heads and looks great all day.
Looking for the best men’s lightweight jackets? Check out our full range here on the Superdry site.
March 4th, 2019
Maybe you spent January and February trying to get into a new fitness routine that just didn’t stick. That means it’s time to look for something new.
We’ve been hearing whispers of some awesome classes and fitness trends for 2019 that are a little more fun than staring into space on an elliptical machine. We swear you’ll be telling your friends all about them – just like you would a first date or a night out.
Top fitness trends in 2019
- Wellness festivals – Love music? Love fitness? Combine the two this year.
- Nutritionist apps – Move over regular food tracking apps, innovative new ones are on the scene that look at your diet and what you’ve input that day then recommend what other nutrients you need.
- Shorter workouts – We are NOT upset about this. Shorter workouts – 45 minutes is the new hour – are going to be seen in gyms up and down the country.
- Virtual training – New tech means you get to do a class run by a world-class trainer from your local gym.
- Exercise tracking – We’re already loving the fitness tracker but more accurate tech is entering the playing field.
Grab tickets to a wellness festival
We love the idea of self-care and a wellness festival is the ultimate experience. Combining fitness, great tunes and a fun atmosphere, these gems are taking place throughout the year, all over the UK. Lovefit is a popular one, as well as Festival No.6 which focuses on yoga and outdoor activities and Soul Circus. You’ll have access to tasty grub that’s good for you – no dodgy festival burgers here – sweaty workouts every day to get the blood pumping and mindfulness experiences from yoga to meditation classes.
Try a focused nutrition app
You may track your food already but this year try tracking your food and seeing what your body is missing. Apps such as Healthspan take the data you input and suggest other vitamins and nutrients you need to feature in your diet to ensure you’re getting everything you need.
Workouts are getting shorter
Gone are the days of the hour and a half class, when you check the clock every five minutes and want to cry. Workouts are being compacted into 45-minute slots – great to squeeze in some exercise on a lunch break if you can – and have a high-intensity training focus to ensure you’re still burning those calories.
Virtual classes are being introduced all over
In gyms and in living rooms, virtual classes are proving popular. Similar to following a trainer on a DVD like you did as a teenager, these track your progress via the machine you’re using to ensure you’re not slacking off and react appropriately.
Les Mills is offering these virtual options and they’re great because you get access to some of the most incredible trainers you’d likely have never had the pleasure of sweating with. They’ll be transported to your gym’s studio via a cinema style screen to get your body moving.
Tracking just got technical
It’s likely you’re wearing a fitness tracker on your wrist as you read this but more innovative tech is entering the scene. Accuracy is now key, with sleep, calorie, water, workout and fitness level tracking expected as standard. Expect granular breakdowns of everything your body has done throughout the day. We’re not sure if it’s a good or bad thing…
Fitness classes to try in 2019
- F45 – The cooler cousin of CrossFit has made its way to the UK.
- Treadmill classes – No longer the machine you turn to when you don’t have a routine, whole classes will be focused around running this year in tailor-made studios.
- Aerial yoga – Definitely a whole body workout, aerial yoga sees you suspended and improving your flexibility.
- Boxing still reigns – Stress relieving and muscle building, boxing is still a heavyweight contender for the best overall fitness workout.
- Parkour – Specialist classes will get your heart racing and feeling pretty damn cool all at once.
An Aussie influence
You’ve heard of CrossFit but a new breed of this high-intensity training is on its way. All the way from Australia, F45 is being slowly introduced in some of the biggest gyms in Europe this year. The F stands for functional and the 45 is how long the classes last – just enough to get you panting but not too much to leave you half dead. We promise you’ll fall in love with working out – once the muscle ache is gone. You can find a studio that offers it here.
What to wear to an F45 session:
Something fitted that is moisture wicking and won’t get in the way. Leggings, sports bra for the ladies and a form-fitting top are your best option.
Treadmills are trendy
You probably use the treadmill now when you’re not feeling the weights but this year it’s stealing the show when it comes to classes. Running classes that don’t rely on the weather are proving popular and treadmill focused studios are setting up all over the UK. If you wanna give it a go, go all in and try out a Barry’s Bootcamp, this treadmill class features cardio on the machine followed by weights, floor work and TRX for an all-body workout. It’s a favourite of the Kardashians.
What to wear to a treadmill class:
Good, supportive trainers, your comfiest running gear and minimal layers – it’s going to get sweaty.
Yoga is up in the air
We’ve all done the downward dog. Tried to master the cobra. But have you ever considered yoga in the air? Aerial fitness is a 2019 trend that you need to try. Suspended in the air, you use your whole body to maintain poses while holding on tight to silks, a hoop or slings. Look into classes from the likes of Flying Fantastic who have a range of locations across London.
What to wear to an aerial yoga class:
Sportswear that fits snug – you don’t want to get your clothing caught on the silks or in the hoop. Leggings are best to avoid friction burns when moving around on the equipment.
Move over boys, the girls are in the ring. Plenty of boutique boxing studios are popping up with celebrities joining in on the trend. Boxing can reduce anxiety/stress, plus it’s super empowering. We recommend Kobox in London, which is deemed part fight club, part night club.
What to wear to a boxing class:
Sportswear that’s breathable but easy to move in to ensure your right hook isn’t hindered.
Thought to be the sphere of adrenaline junkies and stuntmen, parkour classes are now offered to us mere mortals. Parkour Generations offers classes for all abilities and sessions focused on specific skills.
What to wear to a parkour class:
You need to move freely when attempting parkour and it’s best to cover up to in an attempt to avoid scuffs and scrapes while tackling those jumps and tucks.Read more