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#54. 8 Leather Biker Jackets Under £500: 12/03/2017.

So, following on from my recent outfit post, I thought it would be a good idea to provide an update to an old blog post I had written on picking up a leather jacket on a budget. That post is now a few months old, and, as such, the links to those pieces are out-dated, and I’m sure many of you may still be looking for that ideal, affordable biker jacket.

For this post, I’ve picked out 8 of my favourite leathers that are currently available online, each varying a little in both, style, and price. There’s a couple of jackets at the upper boundary of what may be considered ‘budget’, but I’ve also included a few options that are certainly affordable. Also, there’s 3 faux leather pieces for the vegans amongst you.

Anyways, I’ll spare you any further introduction, and crack on with the list.

First up we have 3 finds from Zara, and I want all of them. If you’re looking for the classic leather biker jacket, with epaulettes and a belt, then this first piece is most likely your best choice. If you’re looking for a statement leather jacket, look to picks 2 and 3. I particularly like the third jacket.

Zara – Leather Biker Jacket – £179.99

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Zara – Biker Jacket with Studs and Flowers – £89.99

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Zara – Studded Biker Jacket – £79.99

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Next up we have a real heavyweight leather; the Reclaimed Vintage studded biker jacket. This one is for anyone who prefers an over-sized fit to a regular or slim fit. It’s also worth mentioning that its down from £200 to £140. For a bulky, genuine leather jacket, that is very reasonable.

Reclaimed Vintage – Leather Biker Jacket with Studding – £140 (down from £200)

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River Island have their own take on the classic form, similar to that of Zara, and almost identical in price, but they’ve streamlined it, removing unnecessary details for a sleek, contemporary look. I personally like my leather jackets with more to them, but I know there’s a lot of people who love very minimal style.

River Island – Leather Biker Jacket – £180

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I absolutely adore the ingenuity of this next jacket. It’s a double-layered leather biker by AllSaints, featuring a button collar on the first layer, and classic styling over the top of it. I just love how unique this one is, but it’s also a hefty £390. If I can convince anyone to make the investment, do it. It is honestly worth the initial spend. My AllSaints leather jacket is my prized possession.

AllSaints – Clint Leather Biker Jacket – £390

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Newly-found April77 are up next. I mentioned these guys as one of the 4 new brands I discovered this year, and their vegan leather biker jacket is gorgeous. This is by far the best-looking faux piece I’ve ever seen, but it also comes with a higher price than the usual vegan jackets.

April77 – Vegan Leather Biker Jacket – €250

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And finally, the beautiful brand that is The Kooples are offering a near-50% saving on one of their leather jackets. Having recently bought two coats from The Kooples in their outlet sale, I can vouch for the meticulous attention to detail and the incredibly high-quality of the construction. This piece will set you back £300. Again, reasonable when you consider the brand.

The Kooples – Leather Biker Jacket – £300 (down from £595)

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#53. 3 Ways To Wear A Leather Biker Jacket – Outfit 1: 09/03/2017.

Hello, you lucky things. For your viewing (dis)pleasure, I’ve decided to create a series of three posts, showcasing the varied ways that you can style a leather biker jacket. As many of you know, I am a sucker for a leather jacket, and the one that I’m wearing for this first look, in particular, is my prized possession; my AllSaints Kahawa biker jacket. An AllSaints leather jacket will set you back around £350, and though I did get this one with a sizeable staff discount, if I had the money to invest in my wardrobe, I wouldn’t think twice about buying this piece full-price. The versatility of a leather biker jacket is unparalleled amongst outerwear, and this specific one is just ideal. I did write a post a few months ago with a handful of budget biker jacket picks, but I’ll be writing up a revision to that in the coming days, in case you’re one of the people still struggling to find one that you like, or that you can afford.

For this first look of the series, I decided to go about as smart-casual as it can get. I’m particularly proud of the trousers in this outfit, as, not only do they fit perfectly, but they also cost me a fiver; the equivalent cost of a flat white and a muffin at Costa for a beautiful pair of grey puppytooth trousers – thank you, River Island sale. To pair with the formality of the trousers, I opted for a pair of burgundy braces, by ASOS, and matched these with my Selected Homme Chelsea boots. I dressed the look down with a black P & Co t-shirt, and threw my AllSaints leather jacket on over it. To accessorise, I picked a few rings by House of Need and The Great Frog, as ever, and completed the outfit with my Breo sunglasses – massive thank you to Breo for the gift, I love them!

I think the photos came out really well for this shoot (I could be wrong). It was rather nice to have a bit of sunlight, after the recent drab and drear. I hope you guys like the photos, too! Photo credits to Luke Oldham.

Make sure to leave a comment letting me know what you think of the outfit, and how you’d like to see a leather jacket styled for the next two posts. Thank you. As always, I’ll leave the links below to any of these pieces that are still available, and I’ll be doing a future post with picks to recreate a similar look to this.


 

 

#52. 4 Menswear Brands That I’ve Discovered in 2017: 02/03/2017.

Though I am someone who is very much happy with my personal style, there have often been times where I find myself a little restricted due to my own lack of exploration beyond the usual brands that I shop from. AllSaints, The Kooples, P&Co, Selected Homme, Cheap Monday, ASOS, and River Island make up at least 95% of my wardrobe, and whilst it is no bad thing to know what you like, and where you like to shop, it can begin to feel limiting, and so, I promised myself at the turn of the New Year that I would seek out some new spots to spend the little money that I have. Now, that’s not to say that the brands I’ve discovered (and thus included in this post) will be new to you – in fact, they may be rather well-known to all but myself. However, these four brands did catch my eye as they are well-suited to my current style, and I genuinely had never heard of any of them prior to 2017. In the post, I’ve included a few of my favourite pieces from each, mainly to give you guys a glimpse at the kind of clothing they produce, but also to bookmark them for future reference (i.e when my student loan comes in).

I’m hopeful that a lot of this (or just a little) will pique your interest as much as it did mine, and that I’ll have introduced at least one new brand to at least a few of you. If not, I apologise, but maybe you can introduce me to some other brands that you think I might like? Leave a comment if you’re aware of anything similar, I’d love to know. Cheers.

Deadwood:

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Deadwood – Xavier Leather Jacket

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Deadwood – Bruised Knee Youth Biker Jacket

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April77:

April77 – Indigo Japanese Denim Jeans

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April77 – Black Crepe Trousers

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April77 – Black Skinny Jeans

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April77 – Leather Jacket

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Straight To Hell:

Straight To Hell – Commando Black Leather Jacket

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Straight To Hell – Leather Jacket T-Shirt

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Straight To Hell – Black Twill Denim Jacket

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Straight To Hell – Black Twill Jeans

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Ksubi:

Ksubi – Beaten Up Classic Black Jacket

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Ksubi – Interpol Black Knit

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#51. Top 10 High-Street Spring Essentials Under £100: 23/02/2017.

With two months of 2017 already nearing their conclusion, spring is fast approaching, and many of the winter wardrobe staples are in swift need of replacement. For today’s post, I thought I’d share with you guys a number of high-street pieces under £100 that I’ve found online in anticipation of the coming months. This also happens to be one of the rare occasions where my wardrobe extends beyond its usual monochromatic scheme, though not by much, I concede; I’m talking muted hues, not pastel greens and fluorescent yellows. Regardless, I imagine there may be a couple of pieces in this list that surprise you a little, but hopefully there will be at least one item that you consider adding to your own wardrobe. I particularly like the black denim biker jacket by Zara, as I lost a very similar jacket in a club a year ago (not a clue how) and have been looking for a replacement since to no avail. I’m also leaning towards the ASOS double-breasted blazer, and the Zara t-shirt with sequin and embroidery detail. Let me know in the comments which pieces you like best, and whether you’ll be picking any of them up in time for spring! Cheers.

Zara: Premium Denim Shirt – £29.99

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Zara: Black Denim Biker Jacket – £59.99

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Zara: Khaki Military Shirt – £15.99

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Zara: Sequinned & Embroidered Black T-Shirt – £19.99

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River Island: Monochrome Acid Wash Denim Jacket – £60

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French Connection: Plain Black Formal Slim-Fit Trousers – £34

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ASOS: Regular Fit Black Viscose Shirt with Floral Print – £25

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ASOS: Skinny Double-Breasted Blazer in Grey Herringbone – £70

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ASOS: Chelsea Boots in Brown Suede with Cuban Heel – £55

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ASOS: Brogue Shoes in Black Leather with Creeper Sole – £55

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#49. Outfit on a Budget: 06-02-2017.

It’s been a long time since I last posted an ‘Outfit on a Budget’; the last one was near November last year. And in between then and now, there have been numerous interesting outfits (in my opinion, at least) that would make a good selection for this post. That being said, I think the most interesting to-date has been the outfit from last week’s post, featuring that embroidered denim jacket by Zara. The statement jacket is always a look that directs attention onto yourself, and so, this post may not be for everyone. Though, since that particular denim jacket is no longer available anywhere online, I’ve found it rather difficult to find a substitute. It truly is a unique piece, unlike any other denim jacket I’d ever seen before, high-street or high-end. So, rather than have this post fall to pieces because of the apparent lack of beautiful embroidered denim jackets, I thought I’d pick out an array of different statement jackets that you could pull this look together with. There’s a leather jacket, some embroidery, and even some patchwork, and each jacket has its own unique design quirk. Also worn in that outfit post – which, by the way, if you haven’t checked out yet, you can do so here: https://nikpxtxl.com/2017/01/31/48-ootd-29-01-16/ – was a pair of Cheap Monday corduroy jeans. These jeans, too, have disappeared into Cheap Monday’s archives, away from the grasp of any desiring customers, but I did manage to find a couple of replacements for these; one of which, it must be said, is not suitable for a tighter budget, but I’ve included it regardless because I’m sure all of your budgets vary greatly. I’ve tried to offer at least two options for each aspect of the outfit, unlike in previous posts of this kind, and so, there are a lot of pieces on here that you may wish to pick up for the purposes of your own styling, rather than to recreate something similar to my look. I’ve included a handful of t-shirts, a couple of smart black belts, and a few choices of footwear.

I hope you guys find something, at least, that piques your interest. Let me know in the comments if you do decide to pick anything up! Cheers.

Statement Jacket:

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Corduroy Jeans/Trousers:

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T-Shirt:

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Belt:

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Shoes:

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#47. A Guide on Men’s Jewellery; Where to Look When Searching for Silver.

Men’s jewellery seems to have become far more prevalent over the past few years, with more and more men looking towards rings, bracelets and necklaces to accentuate their outfits and distinguish their style. I, personally, have always found rings, in particular, to be critical in creating uniqueness in a wardrobe that is otherwise rather plain; the vast majority of my clothes are black, many unbranded and unadorned (though, my recent Zara purchase is the complete antithesis of minimalism), and it becomes easy for my outfits to become all too similar. Jewellery has, for centuries, been used as a means of distinguishing people. In early history, it was used to exhibit rank and status, and later, wealth, and now it is worn around the world as another form of self-expression. I find that appreciation for jewellery is fuelled by the variance it offers my outfits; pairing a plain black t-shirt with black jeans need no longer look stale – the addition of a few statement silver rings, and possibly a bracelet, breathes life into minimal style. With this growth in popularity – particularly amongst men, who had, prior to the 21st-century, tended to stick to a signet ring and a wedding band, and maybe a plain silver necklace – there have come numerous options to look towards when shopping for new jewellery. This ‘guide’ will run through a handful of the places that gravitate towards if I’m looking to add to my collection. Now, as you guys are probably aware, I have a fairly distinct taste in jewellery; I like silver, or stainless steel, and I like rock ‘n’ roll-esque pieces. So, if that sort of thing doesn’t float your boat, then this guide probably will do nothing for you except cause you some disbelief at how much money you need to really build up a comprehensive collection of jewellery.

First up is House of Need. What I love about this brand is that the designs are of the calibre you’d expect of the more expensive jewellers, but because they create most of the pieces with stainless steel, the pricing is perfect for those with a tighter budget. This “Need Luck” ring is £28.50, and I’ll be picking it up when I get paid in 11 days, because I’ve had my eye on it for so long now and, well… I want it.

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Clocks & Colours are a brand that first popped up on my Instagram through one of their adverts, and caught my attention almost instantly with their extremely detailed designs. I tend to stick to rings when I’m looking for jewellery for myself; however, their bracelets are the coolest, and some of the most intricate, I’ve seen. Another great thing about the brand is that they offer their pieces in silver or stainless steel, which, once again, helps if you’re on a budget.

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The Wildness’ jewellery, and particularly their rings, have a very sleek finish, and I’m a big fan of the design of the skull on this piece. £85 for .925 silver is extremely reasonable, too.

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I’ve been eyeing up this piece by The Bricks London for months now; it’s incredibly unique, and exactly my style. Just need to save up £195. They have some particularly distinct designs.

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Arguably, the most famous jeweller of this kind is The Great Frog, renowned worldwide for its niche designs and celebrity clientele, and though their pieces can be pricey, some really aren’t so dear as you’d first expect. This rock ‘n’ roll skull ring is £110, and hallmarked .925 silver.

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I had to put this next one in the guide, purely for this particular ring. I’m a huge fan of Kubrick’s A Clockwork Orange, and so, this Crazy Pig design has haunted me since I first saw it. One day.

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Thomas Sabo is a large leading jewellery brand, though they cater to the alternative side of style with their offbeat but elegant watches, bracelets, rings and necklaces. This ring is priced at £215, which is around average for a Thomas Sabo piece.

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What do ya think; any of these pieces seem like your kind of thing? Any brands you particularly like the look of? Let me know in the comments, and hopefully this will provide you a basis of a few jewellers to browse from when looking to build up your own jewellery collection. Also, I’d love to know if there’s any brands that you know of that I’ve missed out that are similar in style. Cheers.

 

#46. A Handful More Picks from the January Sales. 

So, how are we? How’s the weekend going for you guys? Today, I thought I’d write up the companion to the post from earlier in the week, in which I picked out some of my favourite sale pieces currently available on the high-street (or, rather, the Internet high-street). To add to that list, I thought I’d pick out some of my favourites from the more expensive brands that I love to (window) shop from. 

Rather than go through each piece individually – because this is a more numerous list than the last – I think it might be better, for sake of brevity, to just pick out which of these I’m most keen on, and which I’d be tempted to splash out on. 

Two of the three pieces by The Kooples are at the top of the list; the skull jacquard blazer – my personal favourite of the entire lot –  and the parka. I still don’t own a functional winter coat, and 70% off on that parka just screams “buy me”. I’m not really a ‘parka’ sort of guy, generally, but the leather detailing and sleek, crow-black design makes it far more favourable to my eye. My eye is also drawn to the Docs backpack, which is also available in black, though, surprisingly, I find the brown suede to be preferable. Investing on a good backpack (rucksack… I know it’s a rucksack) is one of the more wise spending decisions you can make; the use you get out of it is well worth the initial expenditure. The Selected Homme striped tee is a steal, too. £6 is quite ridiculous. And, of course, the dream shoes are that pair of Saint Laurent derbies. One day, one day.
Hope you guys enjoy the post, and find something that takes your fancy. Let me know in the comments which of the pieces you like best, and whether you’re considering picking any of them up! Cheers. 

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