Just how much difference can a man’s wardrobe make? To find out, Woodhouse Clothing has teamed up with leading fashion stylist, Bryan Harrop, menswear lifestyle magazine, Real Clobber, and blogger Oliver Long. Their mission? To each put together an outfit for our model, to highlight the true extent to which clothes ‘maketh the man’. We’ll be showcasing the four looks in the new year, when you’ll have the opportunity to vote for your favourite style. But in the meantime, we thought we’d give you a hint of what our stylists have in store…
Bryan is a freelance fashion stylist who regularly works on fashion editorials, adverts, commercials and music videos.
Bryan’s outfit plays on the still-popular lumberjack trend, pairing a faded check shirt with navy jeans and a True Religion black denim jacket (the black-and-navy combo is a great way to pull off a double denim look). Bryan’s choice of accessories, though, keep the look an up-to-date. The train driver cap is going to be huge next year, while the suede trainers keep the look casual and contemporary. That said, the icing on the cake for this outfit has to be the blue Woolrich parka. Parkas are a popular coat style right now, and this dapper jacket ticks all the right boxes – we especially love the Coyote fur trim.
Real Clobber is a menswear lifestyle magazine that showcases the latest men’s fashion trends from around the world.
Like Bryan, Real Clobber has gone for an on-trend Barbour plaid shirt paired with a stylish pair of BOSS Green jeans – although these ones sport rolled-up ankles, staying true to a summer trend that shows no sign of dying out any time soon. Of course, given the time of year, Real Clobber has added some seasonal touches. The Fair Isle pattern of the chunky knit socks, for example, will look great poking out from above the sturdy suede boots. Real Clobber has also chosen a bomber jacket for our model – a great choice, as bomber jackets are set to be huge in the SS16 collections, and this CP Company jacket comes with a warm fleece lining, perfect for keeping you warm while you’re waiting for the British summer to arrive. Finally, Real Clobber has accessorised the look with a matching leather wallet and belt. Because, as every dapper gent knows, it’s all about the detail.
Oliver Long is the menswear and music blogger behind Suede & Symphony.
Oliver has built his outfit around a roll neck sweater, in a nod to the massive role this item’s been playing in our A/W wardrobes. He styles it tucked into a pair of slim-fit jeans to create a smart, yet casual look. Oliver’s also embraced the leather this outfit, accessorising with a matching belt and Hugo boots before topping the look off with an Armani Jeans black racer jacket. Finally, Oliver’s completed the outfit with a pair of timeless Ray-Ban sunglasses – just perfect for beating the glare of the winter sun.
That’s right – we’ve thrown our hat in to the ring and come up with our own look.
The look begins with a classic white t-shirt, and then builds up in layers – first with a grey long-sleeve shirt, and then with a bright crimson overshirt. For the bottom half, we’ve gone neutral again, with dark black True Religion skinny jeans, but then paired them with merlot socks and a multi-coloured belt to really make the crimson of the overshirt stand out. To complete the outfit, we’ve selected some A/W essentials, including an iconic pair of Clarks boots, a high-quality set of quilted leather gloves, and – our favourite item of all – a multi-layer tank shield jacket, with a detachable down-lining, which makes it ideal for transitioning from A/W to S/S.
What’s your favourite look? Let us know in the comments. Check our blog in January to vote for your favourite and find out which is the winning look.