Wednesday, 5 November 2014

A hot front in this cold weather

WELL THE season of the chill is definitely upon, the skies have bruised, the leaves turned and all that prosaic stuff, but I haven’t had time to worry too much about the autumnal change into winter, rather how to still look good and keep warm.

I know my last post spoke about the incredible Canada Geese jacket range, which are a one-stop-shop for winter warmth, but I am looking at other styles and outfits that provide both warmth and wonder.
Now, what better way to hit the cold snap than with a statement and one of peace? 

Well dropping the Moschino Love two tone Peace jumper, with it chest size CND peace symbol, is the perfect way to do that.

The v-neck grey and navy ribbed cuffed and waist jumper, with inverted two tone symbol is part of the excellent range, coming as it does in a black and white, the Love range also has the superb Block grey and black crew neck jumper with a metal CND or peace logo on the chest.

Maintaining the block colour look, the Metal Stud peace logo sweatshirt.

The tighter fit of the Versace puffer in blue is what I like for this look, open of course, hence the heavier jumper, the zip through, two hand pocket, with zip close and satin lining make this a comfy and classy choice.

If the weather is slightly warmer, break from the norm and choose the Ten C navy down liner, which although designed for one job, is perfect for another.

Just be aware it has no buttons and is a lightweight garment. It comes in black.

The neutrality of this overall look can be continued or altered with the choice of trousers, throwing in a bit of punk retro tartan (check) feel is easy enough, plump for the Prince of Wales check Hardy Amies, which come in grey or a blue, button fly, two hand and two back pockets in a tailored fit.

The Oliver Spencer Pleat Hallington green trouser is also perfect with it’s fleck design and pleated front, four pocket style, zip fasten.

Or if you aim to keep the solid style, the Iceberg Uomo trousers in black, waist fitting, straight leg, slanted side pocket will work or for a tighter or slim fit, the Paul Smith Red Ear chinos in navy, complete with waist adjusters and four pocket style.

Trainers are a must for this, running shoes especially, so how about the Adidas Onix with the course textured upper, smaller three-stripe logo, coming in a grey or black, which also keeps the grey sole.

If you want to go slightly bigger in build, but keeping similar colour ways, then the M577 GNA New Balance in grey works a treat, all the usual NB styling on this classic and Made in England. 

There is also a navy version and the dark blue SBK shoe.

Topping any set up out is vital and throwing in a tad of colour to this on your head is easy enough.
Something like the Matinique Logian wine beanie hat, or why not through it all out with the bath water? The CP Company Goggle in strawberry is a 100 per cent wool delight.

Now to maintain or recycle items from this look is easy to do when transferring to a jacket driven look, simply exchange the trainers for Beckman Wing Tip Cigar boots from Red Wing.

A stunning quality boot coming in Featherstone as well, for a darker colour.

Or try the Trickers’ Stow Acorn Antique brogue in tan. A daddy of boots.

The same grey, navy or black will work on a plain jumper this time, the Uniforms For The Dedicated Indian summer charcoal crew neck, in softest Merino wool, it also comes in navy.

Of course John Smedley and Aquascutum would have to step in here somewhere.

The Cleves black pullover and the Patch crew neck in grey, respectively  both offer all and more than you could want.

A cream cable knit, say the Gloverall Aran knit, or the Paul Smith cable, which comes with a wider softer knit pattern, will allow the puffer jackets to remain, but I think a longer jacket will work better with the plain, one colour jumpers, so try the Gloverall Classic 512 CT duffle in navy, all here, toggle fastening, large bell front pockets, throat tab, simply yes.

The Common People Chalke Heather grey Mac acts a perfect canvas, large white five button front fasten, with a raw contemporary finish and large front pockets.

For a shorter cut, the Ten C Drill tan jacket works well against the pattern trousers, with three button front, one flap chest and two flap hand pockets, this has the added Ten C stamp of moulding to the wearers shape after time, so it really is YOUR jacket.

I’ve plumped for the Barbour Dept B Beacon Sports tweed jacket as a last possible, but feel a deeper red jumper may sit better here, say the Folk Clothing Check knit burgundy wool jumper, which sports a soft square knit pattern.

That way you could go for an oatmeal or beige colour hat such as the Fred Perry Oatmeal Beanie, with embroidered maroon laurel logo.

Right I am off to sort out some more looks me thinks.