A smart/casual jacket is a gap I notice in many men's wardrobes when I visit them for a wardrobe edit. They often have smart winter coats - the sort that you'd wear over a suit, and a puffa or waterproof type jacket but the in between section is missing. The sort of thing you might wear out for lunch, or when you're visiting friends, or to a bar or pub in the evening.
So I thought I'd show you some of the ones that've been on my radar recently whilst out prepping and on personal shopping trips with clients:
One of the things I often suggest to clients when we go on a personal shopping trip is a raincoat. They haven't necessarily requested we look for one, but more often than not, they're open to the idea and realise that it would be really useful to have in their wardrobes, perhaps as a smarter alternative to a more casual cagoule style.
Here are some of the ones I've bought with clients or seen whilst out and about in the shops. I've also included some umbrellas because it's that attention to detail, which of course includes accessories, that can make all the difference to how good you look.
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Get your clothes tailored - I know I'm always banging on about this but it really does make a difference. The picture above is of a client who got an updated look when we went shopping - see how much better he looks with the more fitted jacket. Another client recently told me he bought a suit online and then had it altered at Savva tailors who ensured the fit was perfect. I know it takes a little time but it really is worth doing and makes a huge difference to how polished and put together you look....no one can look sharp if their cuffs on their jacket are hanging down to their knuckles.
There's a definite nip in the air today and I'm now thinking about transitioning through to winter when I do wardrobe edits and personal shopping trips with clients.
There are many different styles of casual jackets to choose from at the moment - the bomber jacket is still going strong, there's lots of cord around and denim with shearling collars. But for a change I like these chore jackets, also known as a workwear jacket or a variation is a shacket (a hybrid of a shirt and jacket style).
Here are some of the ones I've spotted around that I think would fit easily into your wardrobe.
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Now the nights are drawing in and the Christmas jingles will soon be playing in every store, clients have been updating their wardrobes with new coats on the recent personal shopping trips I've done.
Of course they all had varying briefs, so here I've put together a selection of the best coats I found to fit their critieria. I've concentrated on ones that are suitable to wear to work and fit over a suit jacket, though most of these will look great as part of a casual outfit too.
Brrrr.....there's a definite nip in the air.......time to kit yourself out with some sweaters methinks.
So, what will you choose this time? The same plain navy, black or grey that you always go for? Whilst I agree they're very useful basics to have, there are plenty of other options out there. So why not branch out this Autumn and experiment a little and choose something with a different neckline, texture or in a different colour to switch things up a bit?
Copper has been popular in interiors for awhile now and the fashion world is following it's lead. These Autumn leaf tones with lipsmacking names like caramel, cognac, chestnut and pumpkin are all the rage this season. See what I picked out and how to wear them here.