What I Wore Today #51

Craig of That Dapper Chap shares what he wore today in this outfit of the day post featuring a statement jacket and boots

This look is pretty much all about the jacket. In a vibrant red and blue check it really does make a statement. While this was available as a full suit (now sold out) I wanted to show you how a suit can be broken up and worn in a less formal way. Just because it comes in three pieces it doesn’t mean that it’s the only way to wear it!

Sticking with the red and blue, I chose a pair of red Chelsea boots which carry the colour story through the outfit and add additional interest.You might think that red shoes are a bit risky for a guy, but for me I think they really work with this look.

With a crisp plain white cotton shirt and blue slim fit jeans the look is clean and modern, but made more contemporary by the addition of the jacket. Finished with a navy knitted tie and silver tie bar, it’s an easy look to recreate.

Many men are afraid of wearing a statement piece like this jacket. Don’t be! The main reason guys shy away from bright colours and pattern is due to what other people may think. The reaction I get when I wear this jacket is generally “I wish I had the guts to wear a jacket like that” I hear that a lot and what is shows me is that guys, like you, want to wear something a little more daring. So, be that guy, why not?

GET THE LOOK

Red Chelsea Boots – The Sole Box – £39.99

Blue Slim Fit Jeans – Burton Menswear – £30.00

Skinny Fit White Shirt – Burton Menswear – £20.00

Navy Knitted Tie – Moss Bros – £20.00

Silver Tie Bar – Moss Bros – £15.00

Red & Blue Check Jacket (similar) – Noose & Monkey – £150.00

 

London Collections: Men – Day 1

Craig of That Dapper Chap takes us to the shows and presentations on day one of this seasons London Collections: Men

I can’t believe that it’s been six months since the last London Collections: Men. With new designers and new locations I was excited to once again be a part of it.

My LC:M started on Thursday night with the Noose & Monkey pre LC:M party where they showed off their new collection. Check out my blog post on it HERE

So, on Friday morning we rose from our slumber, enjoyed a hearty breakfast (you just never know when you’re going to get to eat again at LC:M!) and jumped on the tube, ready for the opening event: The Topman catwalk show.

TOPMAN

wearing my Topman stone linen double breasted suit, I made my way to my seat. The lights dimmed and video screen on the ceiling tilted and shone light onto the catwalk. Time for the show.

This collection for SS17 was a celebration of Britain and its beautiful seaside towns. With a nostalgic vibe there were influences from the teddy boy and mod era. The 80’s vibe continues too but given a sharp British twist and we saw a slim, narrow silhouette.

Phoebe English Man

Next on our list was Phoebe English Man. Predominantly a designer of luxury Womenswear she prides herself on creating garments with an attention to precision and beauty.

The presentation, held at 180 The Stand gave us deconstructed and relaxed layering in blues and greys. Shorts were a key feature worn with long line baggy hooded tops

Universal Works

After a very quick coffee it was off to Universal Works. Always with an interesting concept this season was no different. 

beginning life in 2008 Universal Works have gone from kitchen table to over 45 outlets in the UK and Ireland offering us honest clothing based on great fit and strong design.

Oliver Spencer

This seasons collection from Oliver Spencer was one of my favourites of the weekend and didn’t disappoint. Each piece is very wearable and really shows off Oli’s talent as a truly great designer.

The collection has a strong 1950s Mediterranean influence, taking its inspiration from Oli’s favourite house: Casa Malaparte on the island of Capri, Italy. 

The Dunhill Summer Party

After a pit stop at Simon Carter (which I’ll cover in another article) we made our way to the Dunhill Summer Party at their beautiful store in Bourdon Street. The stunning architecture and quintessential English charm was perfectly matched by the collection of beautiful menswear and accessories.

With champagne at every turn and beautifully delicious canapes, we made the most of the Dunhill hospitality and milled around with the guests in the warmth of the evening. Guests were also presented with stunning vintage sports cars where photo opportunities awaited.

So day one complete, it was the tube back to Hanwell for a well deserved rest before the excitement of day two! What treasures await? check back here soon to find out!

The Brand New Topman Store

Craig of That Dapper Chap visits the brand new Topman store in London’s Knightsbridge on its opening day

The brand new Topman store in London’s Knightsbridge

I was super excited to be invited to the opening day of the brand spanking new Topman store at 70 Brompton Road in London.

After seeing the people at Tom Ford in Harrods it was just a skip across the road to see exactly what the new store had to offer. Situated in the lower ground floor of the existing Topshop, which has stood there for a while now, the guys at Topman told me that men would often come out of Harrods and into Topshop while on a shopping spree and were disappointed to find only womenswear on offer. So, not wanting to miss a trick a new Topman opened it’s doors.

Goodies await in the Personal Shopping suite

With a DJ spinning some tracks there was a real buzz about the place as I made my way around the racks of clothing. I was of course drawn to the suit section, where they had a number of great options on offer. So after a chat with the PR guys I was introduced to Janal, who has recently returned to London after living in Australia and is now their brand new personal shopper and stylist. Janal had put together a rail of clothing for me to try and I couldn’t wait to see what she’d selected for me. 

If you’d like to find out more about the Topman personal shopping experience, please take a look at my previous article HERE which explains the whole process.

Clothing for days and a wide selection on offer for the discerning gent

Inside the Personal Shopping suite, all kitted out with new styles to try

There were a couple of suits that I’d seen which were unfortunately not available at that point so I’ll make sure I get my hands on those when they come into stores. Janal had selected a beautiful light blue double breasted skinny fit suit, and a light camel single breasted suit and really couldn’t decide between the two! They both looked great and I have to say that I wanted them both!

Topman were offering complimentary tailoring in store on their first day

Topman are offering us some great tailoring this season so keep your eyes out and get yourself to the new store in Knightsbridge and see what you think. In the meantime, here are a few examples of some of the tailoring on offer.

A crisp white double breasted suit, perfect for that summer wedding

50 shades of grey in this clean skinny fit suit

A touch of dapper with this tux with satin collar

More double breasted delight. DB’s are going to be big this summer guys

A three piece suit with long line jacket

My favorite from the entire collection and I cannot wait to get my hands on it