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TOP 5 Tote Bags For Men 2020

Now that the backpack’s seen off the briefcase, it’s time to upgrade your bag arsenal. And the tote should be next on your wishlist. It was one of the dominating trends on AW15 runways, from Bally’s retro interpretation to vintage black leather at Balenciaga and a plethora of colours, fabrics and cuts at Burberry Prorsum.

As ever, designer style has trickled down and you can now grab a luxe tote on the high street too. Although the silhouette doesn’t stray from tradition, materials do. Which means heavy canvas and leather.

The perfect bag has straps short enough to hold by your side without it brushing the floor, but should still be slingable across your shoulder when you’re manhandling a coffee and croissant.

Vintage Luxe

We’re a far cry from the heavily branded products of the early noughties, but there is a certain appeal to a bag with an understated logo. Loewe’s textured leather tote gives off the essence of a hand-made vintage piece rather than an off-the-rack item. “I’m really into the Loewe logo, but as a rule would shy away from big branding. This one is subtle enough,” says Chris Hobbs, menswear fashion editor at MATCHESFASHION.COM.

The modern tote’s key is practicality, and as you’d expect from a house with Loewe’s leather pedigree, this will battle weather and the daily commute admirably. Team it with slim-fit trousers, a crisp shirt, a heritage knit cardigan and a pair of leather brogues for an update to your office wear.

Loewe Textured-Leather Tote, available at Matches Fashion, priced £850.

Loewe Textured-leather tote

Briefcase Alternative

You’re not your dad, so update how you get your stuff to work. Reiss’ canvas tote is your basic briefcase re-packaged as a fashion accessory, with exterior and interior pockets so that you can easily organise and store your laptop, iPad, notebook and keys.

“It has spacious compartments, while the leather trim and handles appeal to the more fashion-forward dresser,” says Nick Keyte, head of menswear buying at John Lewis. “The navy colour palette adds an essential day-to-evening versatility.”

Pair with your suit or dress down with a grey sweater and slim-fit flannel trousers.

Reiss Trapper Canvas Tote Bag, available at John Lewis, priced £130.

Reiss Trapper Canvas Tote Bag

Urban Print

The current trend for cloth tote bags originates in Japan and works perfectly for the man who’s outgrown the rucksack but doesn’t carry enough on him to warrant a holdall. Don’t let the fabric put you off. Cheap Monday’s tote accessorises with your streetwear, without bruising your wallet.

“Team a monochromatic style with a black overcoat, black jeans, white Oxford shirt and some black and white runners,” says Luke McCarthy, style editor at The Idle Man. “It’s a great mixture of both presentable and street-ready pieces.”

Cheap Monday Tote Bag with Opposites Print, available at The Idle Man, priced £5.

Cheap Monday Tote Bag with Opposites Print

Sustainable Fabric

Catherine Dang’s totes offer laid-back luxury. They’re made of sustainable materials like cork and IKAT fabrics, so you can accessorise with a clean conscience. And because of the technique and the nature of the materials used, each item is slightly different than the next. So you know no one else is biting your style.

The BEECH collection of tote bags comes in grey and white or blue and white stripes. “The grey stripe is probably my favourite,” says menswear stylist and blogger Karlmond Tang, aka Mr.Boy.

“It goes well with denim, goes well with smart trousers or a clean crisp shirt, goes well with a long black coat and a simple black jumper.”

Beech Grey Bag, available at, priced €215.

Beech Grey Bag

Modern Minimalism

Marni’s soft leather totes offer smart design without complicating things. Which makes them super-versatile. The navy tone works with everything else in your wardrobe while the robust handles and detailing should outflank any suggestions that you’ve picked up your girlfriend’s bag by mistake.

It’s also functional, with space for your office essentials and an extra sweater so you can transition straight out in the evening. “Marni’s version is roomy enough for the thousands of things I manage to cram into my bag on a daily basis,” says Hobbs. “I’d wear it over my shoulder – or even in my hand – with my Raey flares, a shrunken knit and Converse trainers.”

Marni Soft Leather Tote, available at Matches Fashion, priced £790.

Marni Soft Leather Tote

Top 10 Distressed Jeans For Men

Beaten-up and broken-in, that’s the theme of this season’s denim, which comes packing rock ‘n’ roll vibes.

From shredded legs to neat knee slices, distressed denim is available in a whole host of forms, running the gamut from authentic workerwear styles to designs you’d expect to see on Sid Vicious.

In the market for a rough and ready pair of jeans for the months ahead? Check out ten of our favourites:


1. Nudie Jeans Steady Eddie Fredrik Replica Jeans

Want an authentic pair of worn-in jeans without having to go through the process yourself? Step forward Nudie Jeans.

The Swedish label’s Steady Eddie Replica model is based on a style worn by a chap named Fredrik for 18 months, meaning the abrasions and ripped detailing feels completely natural.

Coming in a versatile grey tone selvedge, they’re sure to match with everything else in your off-duty wardrobe. Try teaming with a plaid flannel shirt, padded parka and pair of Red Wings for a look that’s ready to deal with whatever Mother Nature throws at you.

Available at Nudie Jeans, priced £230.

Nudie Jeans Steady Eddie Fredrik Replica Jeans

2. Edwin Jeans ED-55 Relaxed Tapered-Fit Bronco

For a more subtle scattering of rips, opt for this deep blue pair from Japanese specialist Edwin.

Crafted from high quality 12oz denim, they come in a loose fit that tapers from the knee to ensure they feel relaxed and comfortable, not sloppy. We see these becoming our weekend go-tos once the weather turns.

Available at ASOS, priced £110.

Edwin Jeans ED-55 Relaxed Tapered Fit Bronco

3. Antioch Black Ripped Skinny Jeans

Prepare to relive your grungy teenage phase thanks to these jeans by London-based menswear label Antioch.

By adding rips and cuts to a simple pair of black skinnies, the brand has embraced the days of long fringes and obscure band tees, while keeping things fresh and modern with a slimline silhouette.

Available at Topman, priced £48.

Antioch Black Ripped Skinny Jeans

4. AllSaints Keiko Cigarette Jeans

Edgy British brand AllSaints has taken a pared-back approach to its signature Cigarette jeans this season, opting for minimal fading and just two slashes to the knees.

With such subtle distressing, these are easily dressed up with a button-down shirt, leather jacket and Chelsea boots for a night out.

Available at AllSaints, priced £98.

All Saints Keiko Cigarette Jeans

5. Levi’s 1969 606 Highlander Jeans

Even Levi’s can’t resist getting in on the action, and the heritage denim label is well placed to take on the trend with its Vintage 606 model.

At the time of being introduced in the 1960s, it was considered to be the first skinny jean style in production. The streamlined silhouette remains the same today, finished off with a lone rip to the knee.

Available at Levi’s, priced £165.

Levi's 1969 606 Highlander Jeans

6. Cheap Monday Tight Rip Black Jeans

Renowned for its affordable skinny jeans, Swedish label Cheap Monday has slashed the knees on its signature fit for autumn/winter 2015.

Cut from over-dyed black stretch denim, the five pocket style also features antique finish rivets and buttons for a vintage feel.

Available at Cheap Monday, priced £55.

Cheap Monday Tight Rip Black Jeans

7. Diesel Tepphar 0830K Carrot Jeans

Diesel’s Tepphar jeans are destroyed in all the right ways. In addition to looking like they’ve gained their rips from a few hard days’ work, the low crotch and short front fly gives them a relaxed, authentic finish.

Slip on with a plain tee and leather boots for an everyday workerwear aesthetic.

Available at Diesel, priced £220.

Diesel Tepphar 0830K Carrot Jeans

8. Zara Ripped Jeans

If you’re worried about feeling the chill while sporting holes, seek out a pair with ripped panels – like this pair from Zara.

The cutouts are backed with black fabric, offering the same distressed effect without revealing any skin. We’re also fond of the washed out grey shade, which works perfectly alongside an autumnal colour palette.

Available at Zara, priced £39.99.

Zara Ripped Jeans

9. Dr Denim Snap Light Stone Destroyed Jeans

Family-owned label Dr Denim has been turning out stylish and affordable jeans since 2004.

The Swedish firm’s take on ripped jeans is no different with a sharp drainpipe leg and bold slices to the knees resulting in a solid wardrobe go-to for the coming months. The unisex Snap style can also be sized up for a more relaxed fit.

Available at Dr Denim, priced £50.

Dr Denim Snap Light Stone Destroyed Jeans

10. ASOS Skinny Jeans with Knee Rips

White jeans in winter are almost guaranteed to get a little bit dirty and beaten up, so start the ball rolling with this pre-ripped pair from ASOS’ in-house design team.

The frayed detailing adds to the effortless vibe, while the stretch denim guarantees comfort and a snug fit.

Available at ASOS, priced £28.

ASOS Skinny Jeans with Knee Rips

11 Ways For Treating Men’s Dry Skin This Winter

Winter is coming. You don’t need to be dressed head-to-toe in black furs and clocking-in at The Wall to notice that fact. Just look at the signs. Grey clouds loom and grey faces abound. While we can’t do much about the weather, the latter problem falls right under our jurisdiction. So remembering to take your umbrella to work is up to you. But saving your face? We’ve got this.

When the weather outside is frightful, it’s a feat to look anything but scary, especially when it comes to your complexion. In fact, you can consider a low mercury reading your face’s kryptonite. It causes dryness. Unrelenting dryness. Even for those lucky sods who don’t usually suffer from dry skin in the first place.

Then there’s the cluster of peripheral issues orbiting winter: moving from cold outside to hot inside isn’t your skin’s favourite trip; woolly jumpers can worsen issues in your dermis; the short days; the long working hours. That face made beautiful by the summer sun is long behind you. But there are some clever tricks worth deploying that’ll keep you looking good by the time the work Christmas party comes around. Novelty jumper or no.

So wrap up warm (not too warm, mind; your skin doesn’t like it). Put the kettle on. Pull on your slipper socks. By the time you’re done with our dry skin survival guide, your face will be a picture of summer in the midst of winter. Here’s to looking hot.


1. It’s Shower Time

While we wouldn’t advocate wearing a stopwatch while you wash, it pays to keep an eye on the time in the shower. “Shower for too long and you’ll remove important oils from your skin,” says consultant dermatologist at Cadogan, Dr. Anjali Mahto.

“The same goes for heat: high temperatures aren’t good. Keep it short and warm.” Start the day by giving your skin a fighting chance.

Keep shower time to a minimum if you want to combat dry skin

2. Soap On The Water

Not that we’re trying to give you shower anxiety here, but, according to skin scientists, soap can actually be your enemy during the winter months too. “Products containing soap and fragrance can also strip oils from the skin,” says Mahto. “As a general rule, the nicer it smells, the more irritant it’s likely to contain.”

That’s not carte blanche to quit washing, of course. Opt instead for something less irritating like Bulldog’s Original Shower Gel to stop your skin feeling rough.

BullDog Original Shower Gel

3. Counter-Measures

If you’re a stickler for certain brands and unwilling to swap out your favourite shower gel (irritating soap or no), then your only option is to go nuts during the next phase of your morning routine.

Almond oil, when applied to your face on a daily basis, delivers anti-inflammatory linoleic acid – this in turn reduces redness and soreness, countering much of the adverse effect soap can have on your skin.

Sweet Almond Oil

4. Precision Creaming

Didn’t fancy the almond oil? Us neither. When it comes to regular moisturisers, Dr. Mahto says the optimal deployment is in the precision of your timing. “Immediately after your shower, when your skin is crying out for lost oils, is the best time to apply your cream,” she says.

“There are plenty of great brands, but on the men’s side, my experience is that ClarinsMen Super Moisture Balm is highly effective.” Get it all up in your face within five minutes of exiting the shower for best results.

Clarin’s Men Super Moisture Balm

5. Pull The Wool

There are so many factors causing skin dryness that you can get tired arms from pointing fingers. One you might not be aware of is your clothing. “Fabrics in your attire can irritate your skin,” says Mahto.

“This is especially true in people particularly prone to dry skin or skin irritations. Wool is the most problematic. If it feels itchy when you put it on, that’s your skin reacting to the material.”Best layer with cotton and leave that woollen scarf behind.

Wool can irritate skin. Cotton knits can help negate the effects of dry skin

6. Hands To The Floor

No men’s grooming guide is complete without mentioning that yes, we have hands and feet, and yes, you really do need to do something about them. It isn’t ‘girly’ to decide that you’d prefer to keep the skin there rather than leave it behind in gloves and socks.

“These are such neglected areas,” says Mahto. “Use a pumice stone on your feet and apply a cream afterwards. And carry a small hand cream with you if you don’t have good cotton gloves.” You’ve been told.

The Body Shop Hemp Hand and Feet Creams

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7. Mind The Chap

Believe it or not, despite Britain’s thick blanket of clouds, skin-damaging UV rays still break through the winter smog and can wreak havoc on your skin. “You should still be thinking about SPF during winter,” says Mahto.

Get a good lip balm with SPF to start, as sun exposure can exacerbate chapping. Then invest in a moisturiser like Kiehl’s Facial Fuel SPF 15 to bolster your defence.

JACK BLACK INTENSE THERAPY LIP BALM SPF25 - click to buy Kiehls Facial Fuel - click to buy

8. ‘Tis The Season

Speaking of UV, if you’re a snow sports type of guy, then this is especially important for you. “Just because it’s cold up there, that doesn’t mean you’re not exposed to harmful sun rays for hours a day,” says Mahto.

The slopes are a dry skin party and every skier deciding to eschew the sun cream is invited. Don’t be that guy with the goggle-shaped burn and flaking skin.

It's important to wear suncream while skiing

9. Layer Like A Player

It’s not just the cold that causes problems. Anyone who uses public transport will know that trains and busses are hotter than the sun between October and March. While it’s nice to have a break from the lip-quivering cold, this does nothing for the moisture in your skin.

“Going from cold to hot doesn’t help the situation,” says Mahto. Your move is simple: layer smart so you can easily adapt to fluxing temperatures, be that at home, at work or on the waking nightmare that is the bus to work.

Getting your layers right will stop you overheating and rying out your skin

10. Training Face

So it turns out exercise isn’t just the key to handsome biceps. Working out is good for your appearance, improving skin elasticity, adding a little oomph to your dermis and improving moisture delivery to your face.

Problem is, according to experts at McMaster University, too much exercise actually does the opposite. Stick to a few hours a week.

Exercise can help improve moisture delivery to your face and skin

11. And A ittle Unfair Advantage…

You only need pick up a women’s mag to learn that beauty starts on the inside, or something. But rather than buying those expensive collagen shots, pore over this finding from a study published last year: the right combination of fruits in a smoothie, when consumed daily, can actually give the appearance of a tan while improving skin health. That’s no small bonus in the winter months.

Blend carrots, orange and lemon juice and some milk for a payload of carotenoids – a compound that adds colour to your skin. A healthy glow without having to emigrate to Australia.

Blend carrots, orange and lemon juice and some milk to help give the appearance of healthy skin

How To Buy Better Quality Men’s Clothing

There’s a somewhat confusing – some might say cloak and dagger – relationship between price and quality when it comes to clothing.

Bulging marketing budgets, elaborate shop fittings and slick ad campaigns can whack a hefty premium on top of what you buy, with many big-name brands marking up their products by up to 500 per cent. Add to that a staggering array of fabrics, finishes and details and it’s little wonder we can’t tell if what we’re buying is actually worth the money.

The golden rule to not getting caught out? Never use price as a guide. Chances are you’ve worked hard for the cash so what’s the point in coughing up for subpar wares? This is our bible for finding top-notch clothing and accessories that are built to last.


Materials: Know Your Stuff

While a punchy colour or tongue-in-cheek print might draw you in, fabric is the first thing to check once you get up close and personal with a potential purchase. What a garment’s made from is one of the major factors in determining the number that ends up on its price tag, so if you’re about to shell out over £100 for an acrylic cardigan or pleather bag, it’s time to wake up and smell the coffee.

When it comes to knitwear, quality sheep’s wool, cashmere, linen and silk are all worth splashing out on, while acrylic, nylon and viscose should be avoided if you’re spending top whack.

Men's Cashmere JumperA quality cashmere jumper will always be a wise investmentWHISTLES AW14

Cotton sits somewhere in the middle; it’s best to feel the fabric in person, as value for money can vary hugely between brands. For unbeatable softness, look for fine gauge knitwear and keep an eye out for Egyptian cotton, Pima cotton (which has longer fibres and won’t bobble or break apart as easily) and Sea Island cotton (one of the softest and sturdiest cottons available). James Perse, Sunspel and John Smedley are just some of the key brands which specialise in knitwear and tees crafted from these high-end fabrics.

Men's Cashmere JumperEgyptian, Pima and Sea Island cotton pieces are supremely soft and durableSUNSPEL SEA ISLAND COTTON T-SHIRT

Also keep an eye out for: mercerised cotton, which has a finer feel and is more lustrous and resistant to shrinkage due to chemical washes, and merino wool, which is fantastically soft as well as temperature-regulating and moisture-wicking.

Synthetic fabrics – being specifically developed to withstand wear and tear – shouldn’t be automatically shunned. Ideal for coats and jackets made for braving the elements, outerwear crafted from synthetic materials is often lightweight, wind and water-resistant, breathable, and even reflective. Which would you rather brave a British storm in: a cashmere overcoat or a hooded nylon jacket? We rest our case.

Look to the likes of Moncler, Stone Island and Arc’teryx for man-made materials that are worth the expense.

Men's Cashmere JumperMan-made fabrics are ideal for tackling the elements, making them great for outerwearSTONE ISLAND AW15

Don’t Shop Blind

Ultimately, when it comes to materials, bricks and mortar shopping will always have the edge over buying online. Go into stores, touch fabrics, see how they hang on you, and hold them up against each other to compare and contrast.

Yes, purchasing online is convenient but filling out a returns form and waiting in a post office queue isn’t everyone’s idea of a fun lunch break. Unless you already have a good idea of how an item fits and its fabrication, swap cyberspace for old-school shopping.

Men's Cashmere JumperTouching and inspecting garments in store makes it easier to gauge quality

Scrunch Time

Try deploying the ‘scrunch’ test: use your hand to scrunch up an area of the garment and then release. If the wrinkles that initially form don’t disappear and the fabric doesn’t return to its initially smooth appearance, there’s every chance that the quality might not be up to scratch – though bear in mind certain materials (linen, rayon) will crease more easily than others.

And if you’re buying leather, try giving it a shallow scratch with your fingernail; if the scratch holds (it can still be rubbed away with a slightly moistened finger afterwards), then you know it’s going to be soft and pliable.

Men's Cashmere JumperThe ‘scrunch’ test is a good indicator of fabric quality

The Importance Of Provenance

Few of us really know how or where our clothes are actually made, and the country of origin tag can be a clue as to whether the item was mass-produced in a factory, or hand-shirred by artisans. ‘Clue’ is the operative word here – just because something was made in the Far East doesn’t mean it’s bound to fall to pieces. Consider country of origin a rule of thumb, rather than one that’s hard and fast.

For tailoring, shirting, shoes and leather accessories, Italy is in many respects the padre of manufacturers. The brands that produce their clothes there, from Prada to Bottega Veneta, make use of premium raw materials that come out of the country’s mills, supported by years of production expertise.


But just because something’s dall’Italia, doesn’t mean it’s always artisan-crafted in an atelier. The region is also home to well-known yet secretive suppliers such as Staff International and Pier SPA, who make clothing for multiple top-tier brands (Staff famously manufactures for luxury labels Margiela, Vivienne Westwood and Marc Jacobs) which, while good quality, might be more mass-produced than the price tags would lead you to believe.

In contrast, the UK has lost much of its manufacturing clout over the years, with only a small number of larger factories still in operation. This means if you see a ‘Made in UK’ label, you can rest assured it probably hasn’t been produced in vast quantities – not that this alone is a guarantee of quality manufacturing.

Many labels such as Private White V.C., Alan Paine, Hiut Denim, John Smedley and evenDr. Martens and New Balance still produce top-notch wares in these isles.

Men's Private White V.C. Clothing AW15PRIVATE WHITE V.C. AW15

Likewise, a ‘Made in the USA’ label often means quality, from the excellent woollen wares of Pendleton to Schott’s buttery soft leather biker jackets. Thanks to the Federal Trade Commission’s (FTC) strict policies on the usage of the ‘Made in the USA’ label, brands really need to prove their provenance to (legally) use the tag on their wares.

Other renowned US-made brands include Filson, The Hill-Side, Quoddy, Red Wing,Wolverine and Rag & Bone.

Men's Schott NYC Leather Jacket AW15SCHOTT NYC AW15

Elsewhere, Japan and France boast legions of craftspeople, while Spain and Portugal are proving to be globally successful purveyors of quality shoes and accessories.

As you might expect, China and India – especially when coupled with a suspiciously inexpensive price tag – is often still a marker of subpar craftsmanship, not to mention unethical working conditions for factory workers.

That said, there are plenty of exceptions, with brands like Feit and even US luxury playerCoach using exceptional Chinese craftsmanship to produce at a fraction of the price it costs to manufacture in the west.

Men's Feit ShoesFEIT 2015

Is It Well Built?

To the untrained eye, there might not be much separating a plain black £10 cardigan from a plain black £100 one. But the seams should give something away. Try lightly tugging or pulling at them to see if there’s any give; if there is, it’s a bad sign that the garment might’ve been hastily or cheaply constructed.

Generally, you want to hunt out items with tighter, closer, evenly spaced stitches, as this usually means they’re better made and will last longer. Similarly, if there’s any fraying threads on an item before you buy it, step away swiftly.

On items with ribbing, like sweatshirts, bomber jackets and the collars and cuffs of knitwear, give them a gentle tug; if they stretch or sag and don’t spring back, you might want to think twice.

And if the piece in question is patterned, the pattern should match up at the seams; not only does this look a lot better, but it shows that adequate care has been taken in producing the garment.

Stitching on a shirtAlways pay attention to the stitching

Don’t Be Tempted

It’s easy to get dazzled by an in-store celebrity endorsement, one-day flash sale or a limited time offer, but buying on impulse isn’t great logic for making sound investments.

If there’s something you’re dying to get your hands on, try stalling for 30 days and then re-evaluate. If you’ve forgotten about it, then you probably don’t need it. If you’ve decided you definitely can’t live without it, then make sure it’s worth the money.

Ask questions (where was it made? Can you find a similar, better-quality item elsewhere?) and do your homework by scoping out the style online if possible. Googling the item, or similar pieces from the same brand, can help you find forums (like our own) or site reviews chock full of insight worth taking into account.

5 Ways To Buy A Three-Season Suit

With frost coming, your tailoring needs a cold-weather tweak. But cosy suiting isn’t wise if your office comes with central heating. In our mod con world, buying a suit specifically for three months of the year is an expense that can leave you sweating. Instead, you need fabrics suitable from autumn to spring, so you don’t have to shell out every time the seasons switch.


Worsted Wool

Wool is nature’s weather-beater. The fibres trap heat, but also encourage airflow, so you stay cool even when transitioning from commute to overheated office.

But weight is crucial, says Julian Fuller, head of menswear design at Debenhams. “The ideal is 280g to 300g Super-100s wool.” You won’t bake, but it’s still heavy enough that you’ll only need an overcoat when the weather turns.

The S number refers to the fabric’s fineness – the higher the number, the more delicate (and less hard-wearing) the material. Super-100s means you won’t wear the trousers out by new year. For extra versatility, a three-piece offers additional protection against snow, but you can ditch the waistcoat if the sun comes back out.

Elverton 4ply Worsted Wool Suit, available at Chester Barrie, priced from £995.

Elverton 4ply Worsted Wool Suit


Shorn from the eponymous sheep, merino is not only finer than ordinary wool – which makes it super-soft – but also practical. “Merino wool helps to regulate temperature,” says Stuart McCullough, managing director of Woolmark, since it ensures heat escapes when it’s hot, but not when the mercury drops. It’s also springy enough to withstand an afternoon on the back of your chair – should you misjudge the temperature – without creasing.

To ensure the style is as adaptable as the construction, steer classic. A dark grey version will work from bare trees until daffodils pop up, so long as you adjust your accessories; think texture in winter and colour for spring.

This charcoal two-piece by T.M.Lewin features a modern silhouette and 100 per cent merino construction, making it appropriate from equinox to equinox.

Banbury Charcoal Tonic Two-Button Slim-Fit Suit, available at T.M.Lewin, priced £199.

Banbury Charcoal Tonic Two-Button Slim-Fit Suit


Flannel is wool brushed with metal combs, which lifts the fabric to give its distinctive texture. This makes it ideal for winter suits, since the raised nap traps heat and lends your tailoring a touch of texture. Traditionally you’d opt for monochrome, but playing with pattern modernises your look.

“Checks and tweeds are returning to the fore this winter,” says McCullough. “It’s great to see them modernised through lighter cloths and contemporary structures.”

For three-season versatility, stick to light shades and midweight fabrics. Soft greys will keep you looking fresh and airy year-round.

Crosby Suit In Windowpane Italian flannel, available at J.Crew, priced £650.

Crosby Suit In Windowpane Italian flannel

Wool-Cashmere Blend

Cashmere is ideal for the colder months, since it’s warm without adding weight. But because the fabric is hand-picked from the eponymous goat’s winter coat, rustling up enough for a suit is costly. Your compromise? Mix in wool for something more versatile.

To pick quality from filler, look for natural fibres and a semi-plain design, says Chris Modoo, creative and buying manager at Savile Row’s Chester Barrie. Because cashmere traps heat, stick to a medium weight to stay warm when it’s frosty without cooking on your commute.

Single-Breasted Pick-And-Pick Suit, available at Oliver Brown, priced £395.

Single-Breasted Pick-And-Pick Suit

Wool-Mohair Blend

“Natural fibres breath in the summer and keep you warm in the winter, so wool is the obvious choice,” says Fuller. “But adding mohair gives a natural crease-free finish.” It also gives your suiting a subtle sheen, so your look pops even when it’s dark out. A touch of colour helps here, too.

“Midnight blue is timeless, and much more sophisticated than black,” says Fuller. Just keep your accessories in the same family and create contrast through texture – a cashmere or flannel navy tie will give your look visual depth, and ensure you don’t veer into footballer-style shine.

Strong Blue Wool & Mohair Hyde Suit, available at Richard James, priced £845.

Strong Blue Wool & Mohair Hyde Suit

5 Ways for Men to Wear Camel You Should

When it comes to menswear, it’s a hoary old cliché to preach about ‘timeless classics’. But camel, that very light brown shade that takes its name from the even-toed ungulate of the same name, goes all the way back to the bible – by which we mean the actual bible, not style ones. Specifically Matthew 3:4, which refers to John the Baptist straight up stunting in a “raiment of camel’s hair, and a leather girdle about his loins”. Fierce. And this roughly 2,000 years BY (Before Yeezus).

Even now, some men still take a bit of converting to camel. Certainly, it’s not as safe as some less showy shades. If you’re among the sartorially meek, then rejoice: the colour is practically omnipresent for the season of our Lord autumn/winter 2015, and we’ve set in stone the commandments you need to follow.

This is the camel gospel according to FashionBeans.


On The Runway

There was a veritable herd of designers that came over camel this season, coats in particular. Which is as it should be, says Thom Scherdel, buyer at men’s e-tailer The Idle Man. “The camel coat is a staple and also one of the first styles we put into work for our in-house collection,” he says. “We’re finding that coloured coats are outselling black and navy nearly five to one. We sold out of our camel coat in just two weeks and they’ve only just now come back in stock.”

At Louis Vuitton in Paris, Kim Jones showed a variety of coat styles, mixing them up further by adding prints. Hedi Slimane at Saint Laurent included a more conventional but still covetable version in his collection of Parisian scenester wardrobe staples. While Miuccia Prada expanded her remit from coats to shirts.

Elsewhere, Alessandro Michele’s androgynous first collection for Gucci featured some very wearable camel knitwear alongside the only slightly less wearable pussy-bow blouses. And we have to shout out Lacoste’s unexpectedly brilliant Royal Tenenbaumstribute, which included camel trench and teddy bear coats and a suit accessorised with sweatbands. How’s that for ‘sports luxe’?

Camel On The Autumn/Winter 2015 Menswear Runways

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Campaign For Camel

If you’re one of those people who complains about there being too many ads in fashion magazines, then you’re missing the point – and roughly half the fun.

‘Campaigns’ – as they’re rather grandly referred to in the industry – are where brands literally and metaphorically set out their stall for the season. That’s part of the reason The September Issue was the subject and name of a documentary about American Vogue – it’s when the labels traditionally unveil their new ‘creative’ (another fancy word for ad) for the autumn/winter season.

Brands put a lot of stock and cash into these campaigns, assembling top photographers and stylists at great expense to showcase what they consider to be their A-game garms: what’s going to sell, garner attention, or both. As well as being nice to look at, fashion ads are therefore a pretty reliable way to gauge what’s cool for ‘fall/winter’, as our US brethren insist on calling it.

This season, camel is so hot it’s fire. Menswear’s Mad Men have gone crazy for it. Hugo Boss has ensconced top male model Clement Chabernaud in a camel coat and Bottega Veneta is pushing a sharp peak lapel. Meanwhile, at the other end of the pricing spectrum, H&M has a surprisingly luxe-looking dropped shoulder number. And it’s not just coats either: Bally ballyhooed a full camel suit and matching beanie. As did Reiss.

Camel Overcoat - Hugo Boss AW15 Campaign

The Camel Coat

In the beginning was the camel coat. It’s not quite the alpha and omega of go-to essentials, but it’s up there. At the same time, it’s a look-at-me statement piece that can turn any outfit into an ‘alphet’ in a way that common navy or grey outerwear simply can’t. Hence why designers keep coming back to it – as will you.

“A camel coat is definitely a versatile piece, both in terms of colour adjacency and styling options,” says Scherdel. In other words, you can wear it with a lot of things, in a lot of ways.

As you’d expect from a tailored overcoat, you can layer it over a suit. Camel is on the lighter side, so we’d suggest anchoring it with darker colours like navy or charcoal. But, in all honesty, it’ll go well with any of the 50 shades of grey around this season. You knowtone-on-tone grey is a thing, right?

Or, you can go a little more rock ‘n’ roll. “My advice would be to wear it with an all-black ensemble paired with some brown Chelsea boots,” says Scherdel. (Very Saint Laurent of you, Thom.) “Another option would be a grey marl sweatshirt and denim.”

Camel looks really good with denim. Think about it: most blue jeans have contrast stitching that is close to camel, if not bang on. That’s why you often see camel coats styled with denim jackets underneath (both pieces share a certain roughness of texture too).

Men's Camel Overcoat Outfit Inspiration Lookbook

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Some points on fit: there should be enough room to squeeze a tailored (or denim) jacket under your camel coat, but not much more than that, unless you go for a slouchier raglan sleeve, which is less sharp but undoubtedly more on-trend.

However, although oversized outerwear is all the rage on the runways and among the cognoscenti, in real life coats generally shouldn’t stray below the knee. You want to look modern, not like you should be accessorising with a zimmer frame.

The (Camel) Cult Of Kanye

“When I think camel coat, Kanye is the first person that pops into my head,” says Scherdel.“When he popularised the famous Maison Martin Margiela x H&M one with grey lapels.”

More recently, and on a more casual tip, Kanye wore head-to-toe camel at the MTV VMAs – almost certainly from his Yeezy season 1 collection with adidas, which will have broken the internet by the time you don’t read this.

“Love him or loathe him, Kanye makes ripples in the industry and is certainly a barometer of trends,” says Scherdel. “Personally, I think he’s on-point. Not many rappers would know who Raf Simons was if it wasn’t for ‘Ye.” Amen to that.

Kanye West In Head-To-Toe Camel At MTV VMAs 2015

Alternative Camel Pieces

If you want to tick off two trends for the price of one, Michael Kors, Gant and even Mango Man have all done shearling in camel this season, which sounds like an unholy cross-breed but is in fact totally praiseworthy.

Ben Sherman also has a duffle that’s a mite more affordable than Vuitton’s. And if Gucci knits are a tad too spendy, A.P.C. and Uniqlo both have camel crew neck jumpers (although the latter calls it ‘natural’).

Or you could go for a camel roll neck, like Oscar Isaac in A Most Violent Year. Killer.

Men's Camel Clothing Outfit Inspiration Lookbook

7 Common Hair Styling Mistakes Men Make

Hair. How difficult can it really be?

Quite, it turns out. From using the wrong products to using too much of the right product to using product to create a style you shouldn’t be caught dead with, there’s plenty of scope for getting it wrong.

So we asked some of the UK’s top hair experts to scratch their heads and dish the dirt on their most-loathed hair mistakes, and how you can avoid them.

1. Using A 2-in-1 Shampoo & Conditioner To Save Time, Money

“2-in-1 shampoo and conditioner products simply do not work,” says Daniel Davies, manager at Pall Mall Barbers. According to Davies, each strand of hair has lots of scales called cuticles and – in order to properly clean your hair – these cuticles need to be ‘opened up’ using shampoo to release any product or pollutant build-up. A conditioner’s job, on the other hand, is to moisturise and then ‘close’ hair cuticles.

“A single product cannot open and close the cuticle at the same time,” says Davies. “A 2-in-1 works by opening the hair cuticle and then coating the hair with silicone. This results in hair that’s squeaky clean but cuticles that aren’t closed, meaning the hair will pick up pollutants and get dirtier quicker.”

Avoid 2-in-1 Shampoo & Conditioners

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Instead, Davies suggests washing hair with shampoo at the beginning of your shower, rinsing thoroughly, and then applying conditioner that should be left to soak into the hair for the remainder of your shower before rinsing out at the end.

“This system deeply cleanses both the hair and scalp and allows time for a conditioner to penetrate the hair, leaving it healthy and moisturised.”

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2. Skimping On Scalp Care

Washing your hair is all well and good, but you’re still putting a foot wrong if you don’t take proper care of your scalp: “It’s paramount that the scalp is also looked after to ensure the optimum health of the hair,” says Stelios Nicolaou, Aveda Master Barber.

Don't Skimp On Scalp Care

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“You need a product that will wash away styling product build-up, excess sebum and other impurities.” Nicolaou suggests bagging yourself a product that does so with the gentlest abrasion, such as Aveda Men Pure-formance Shampoo, which contains jojoba beads to softly scrub away any dross that’s accumulated in your hair.

Or, for a really deep and thorough cleanse, consider a more involved treatment: “Our Invati Scalp Detox Treatment unclogs follicles and refreshes the scalp using a wintergreen-derived salicylic acid,” says Nicolaou.

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3. Choosing A Hairstyle That Doesn’t, And Will Never, Suit You

You might’ve spied it on an A-lister’s Insta, but that doesn’t mean it’ll get as many likes on you.

“Unfortunately, we’re not all blessed with the same medium-thick, wavy hair that models and superstars are,” says Adam Brady, Ruffians Barbers Trend Expert. “So we really need to be honest with ourselves when choosing our haircuts.”

Does that hairstyle suit you?

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Rather than plonking yourself down in the chair and pointing to a picture on your smartphone, Brady suggests a spot of talking therapy before your barber gets to work.“Have a proper chat with your barber; if they’re worth their salt they’ll help you figure out the best look for you, taking into account your face shape, hair type, overall style, lifestyle and personality.”

“Consultation is key,” echoes Nicolaou. “When you visit your barber, don’t be afraid to open up the conversation by talking about what your hair does naturally, any kinks or growth patterns that you do, or don’t, like.”

By sharing as much information as possible, you’ll better the chances of you and your barber getting on the same page to find a style that works for you.

4. Using Too Much Product

As deliciously coconutty as it might smell, there is such a thing as too much hair product.

“Having too much product in your hair is never a good look and a dead giveaway that you don’t know what you’re doing,” says Brady. “It’s like wearing too much cologne – are you covering up something bad?”

Don't use too much product in your hair

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While a ‘more is more’ approach might be tempting, it’s in your best interest to steer conservative. “Always start with a small amount of product, adding more as needed,” says Jacqui Weaver, Creative Director at London’s Fish Salon. “After all, you can always add more but you can’t take any away.”

Weaver also recommends rubbing product through your hands – warming its molecules – and distributing it evenly throughout your hair before starting to shape your style. That way you’ll avoid fat blobs of the stuff that sit like mines, waiting to eventually obliterate your efforts once uncovered.

Also vital is targeting the roots of your hair first. By applying product (especially dryer, matte products) to the base of your hair first, you’ll avoid clumped hair ends and visible residue.

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5. DIY Hair-Dying

Tired of grey hair’s ageing effect? Or maybe you just fancy a change? Whatever your reason for colouring your hair, there’s a correct way to do it. And that’s not at home, alone.

“Colouring is something that’s hard to achieve yourself,” says Joshua Gibson, men’s grooming expert at Sassoon. “Classic mistakes are canary yellow bleaches, hair dyed too dark or flat for any skin tone, or warm colour tones that pick up on grey and make it look luminescent. As a general rule of thumb, cooler hair colour tones and understated placement tend to suit men better than warmer colours.”

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Step away from the applicator. “Always seek expert advice before colouring your hair for the first time or changing your hair colour,” says Gibson. “And always have an allergy test, too.”

6. Shaving Your Head Instead Of Your Sideburns

“This is a classic mistake of starting your face shave too high in your hairline,” says Gibson, who’s also witnessed first-hand the aftermath of men taking their razor as high as their temples.

“It’s very difficult to rectify the result without taking your whole haircut shorter,” he adds.

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“Make a point of starting no higher than the top of the cheekbones, around your eye line. This is especially important for longer face shapes, as long sideburns will broaden the shape of the face.”

7. Pulling A ‘Donald Trump’

Receding hairlines are an unfortunate fact of life. More unfortunate though, is failing to deal with one correctly: “Many men grow the hair at the front of their head to hide their baldness but this actually has the opposite effect, making any bald patches even more obvious,” says celebrity hairstylist Jamie Stevens.

Don't try and cover up a receding hairline

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Embrace the next stage of your life, and the hairstyle to go with it. “Try taking the top shorter at the front, and ask your barber or stylist for their opinion on a way you could change your look to minimise the appearance of your baldness,” says Stevens.

Or cheat. Products like Stevens’ newly launched MR. Disguise Spray and MR. Hair Fibres can be used to fill in gaps, helping make your hair appear that bit thicker and fuller.

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The Best Knitted Ties You Need To Know Now

Think winter and you picture swaddling coats, not slivers of fabric. But there are ways to give your wardrobe that cold-weather twist, without covering up.

Swapping your bright ties for texture adds a softness to your tailoring that nods to the grey skies outside your window. And means you can be season-ready without wearing earmuffs at your desk.

ASOS Knitted Tie With Dobby

Keeping to the classic knitted tie silhouette – slim cut and blunt end – this ASOS design offers an affordable way to tweak your winter accessories.

It’s cotton, so works with a shirt and bomber away from the office too, and the colour will add some punch to your outfit without veering into wacky tie territory.

Available at ASOS, priced £8.

ASOS Knitted Tie With Dobby

T.M.Lewin Plum Knitted Wool Slim Tie

Eye-popping colours are out when the sun’s fading. Instead, steer rich; in colour, fabric and texture this plum, woollen tie adds visual depth to your ensemble, especially if teamed with a flannel or twill shirt.

It can be a tricky shade to pair though, so stick to white if lime green or mustard isn’t quite right for your office.

Available at T.M.Lewin, priced £35.

T.M.Lewin Plum Knitted Wool Slim Tie

Paul Smith Knitted Tie

For an easy way to add a pop of colour, Paul Smith always has your back. This 1960s-inspired tie offers retro stripes that, being chunky, pair well with the more delicate patterns in your tailoring collection – a puppytooth or herringbone will add some visual depth.

Or, for that office Christmas party, try it out with a blazer, slim jeans and brogues.

Available at ASOS, priced £75.

Paul Smith Knitted Tie

Marks & Spencer Square Knitted Tie

Want a fail-safe way into winter texture? Go monochrome. This black and white knitted tie will hang easily over any colour shirt you choose to don – although you’ll get best results keeping things fairly sober.

At 8.5cm, it’s wider than most knitted designs, so keep it for your work wardrobe to avoid looking like you’ve borrowed your dad’s tie for the weekend.

Available at Marks and Spencer, priced £9.50.

Marks & Spencer Square Knitted Tie

Richard James Tan Cashmere Knitted Tie

When your lottery numbers don’t come in and you can’t stretch to a cashmere suit, take the more affordable route and drape the fabric around your neck.

Cashmere’s sheen will add a richness to your look, so investing in it for your accessories is a cost-effective way to punch up budget tailoring. Stick to similarly toned suiting – beiges, browns and soft greys – to reinforce the link between your fabrics.

Available at Richard James, priced £115.

Richard James Tan Cashmere Knitted Tie

Reiss Bugg Silk Dot Tie In Black

Polka dots can quickly steer tacky, so keep them monochrome and oversized. The more space between the spots, the more refined they look. And the more focus remains on the texture.

Since this print’s more casual on a knit than glossy silk tie, you can wear it with everything from your suit to a denim jacket.

Available at Reiss, priced £60.

Reiss Bugg Silk Dot Tie In Black

Kin By John Lewis Mercer Knitted Tie

Just because it’s gloomy out doesn’t mean you need to shun colour completely. Instead, opt for a more muted shade of your favourite. Rust is yellow’s wintry cousin, adding some heat when it’s chilly without making your look boil over.

But since this John Lewis version is on the skinny side, couple with equally fitted tailoring (slim lapels are a must) or tight denim and chunky boots, for an elevated casual look.

Available at John Lewis, priced £19.50.

Kin By John Lewis Mercer Knitted Tie

Etro Striped Knitted Silk Tie

Etro’s rep is built on patterns that verge on Magic Eye, but which on a knitted fabric would veer towards novelty. These monochrome stripes are rather more wearable, although we’d still suggest keeping your shirt and tailoring muted to ensure it stays the focal point.

And if you must wear a pocket square, plain white, please.

Available at Mr Porter, priced £110.

Etro Striped Knitted Silk Tie

Nick Bronson Navy Phil Birdseye Knit Silk Tie

Block-colours work well on knitted ties, because the texture adds enough visual interest without the need for bold hues or patterns.

So if in doubt, reach for blue. Handwoven in Milan, this knitted silk tie is fuss-free, and will offer a twist to even the most staid office ensemble. Just stick to white shirts – it will get lost against anything darker.

Available at Liberty of London, priced £40.

Nick Bronson Navy Phil Birdseye Knit Silk Tie

Jigsaw Pique Wool Knitted Tie

The knitted tie’s mid-century popularity can make it come across retro. And if that’s your thing, then spin the clocks back by opting for dark grey and an old-school matte wool.

For something more up to date, wear with slightly textured tailoring that will create a coherent – not opposing – look. We’d suggest tonal greys for a dose of Jack Frost.

Available at Jigsaw, priced £49.

Jigsaw Pique Wool Knitted Tie

10 Outerwear Brands you Need to Know

Brits are used to a bit of adverse weather – rainfall and thunderstorms have all been part of the Great British Summer this year – so it’s no surprise that the UK is home to some of the best outerwear brands in the world.

Here are ten outerwear specialists you should be considering for autumn, along with the silhouettes they specialise in.


Speciality: Duffle coats

Credited with introducing the duffle coat to the civilian market, British label Gloverall has produced practical and stylish outerwear for men across the world since the early 1950s.

To this day, the brand still crafts its signature style on home turf, releasing heritage-inspired collections that revolve around its hero product.

Available at

Gloverall Coats & Outerwear


Original Gloverall Duffle, available at Gloverall, priced £275.

Original Gloverall Duffle


Speciality: Overcoats

British brand Crombie produces such high quality coats that their name has basically become a synonym for ‘overcoat’ in the UK.

With a strong 200-year heritage to uphold, the label sources only the finest materials from English, Scottish and Italian mills, producing timeless and luxurious outerwear that is built to last.

Available at

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Crombie Camel Short Retro Coat, available at Crombie, priced £995.

Camel Short Retro Coat


Speciality: Harrringtons

The creator of the original Harrington jacket silhouette, Baracuta’s G9 model has cemented itself as a menswear icon since its launch back in 1937.

With all styles still crafted in the UK and featuring heritage detailing such as its signature Fraser tartan lining, there’s no mistaking the craftsmanship and individuality of this label’s pieces.

Available at

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G4 Original Baracuta Jacket, available at Baracuta, priced £279.

G4 Original Baracuta Jacket

Parka London

Speciality: Parkas

Relatively new to the outerwear scene, 2013-born Parka London puts the classic parka jacket on a pedestal, reworking it in contemporary cuts and colourways to bring it bang up to date for the modern gent.

With a dedication to producing timeless and effortlessly stylish outerwear, the label offers a range of sleek silhouettes designed to cope with any weather conditions, all in-keeping with its minimal, laid-back design ethos.

Available at

Parka London Outerwear


Jenson Men’s Green Wool Parka, available at Parka London, priced £345.

Jenson Men's Green Wool Parka


Speciality: Trench coats and macs

Hailed as the creator of waterproof wool, and with a legitimate claim to the invention of the original trench coat, Aquascutum first began producing jackets to protect war soldiers, before taking its designs mainstream.

With fine craftsmanship and technical innovation the driving forces behind the brand, its classic trench coats and raincoats are still one of the best wardrobe investments you can make.

Available at

Acquascutum Outerwear


Blackhazel Single-Breasted Trench, available at Aquascutum, priced £1,250.

Blackhazel Single-breasted Trench Coat


Speciality: Raincoats

Specialising in a specific outerwear style – can you guess which one? – British label Mackintosh (abbreviated as ‘mac’) often sees its brand name used as a blanket term for all types of raincoat.

The company began life in the early 1800s, when its founder, Scottish inventor Charles Macintosh, created a raincoat utilising a rubberised fabric, which was completely waterproof.

Fast forward a few centuries and the label’s outerwear retains the sophisticated feel of its founding model, while offering full protection against inclement weather.

Available at End Clothing.

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Mackintosh GM-001F Jacket, available at End Clothing, priced £499.

Mackintosh GM-001F Jacket


Speciality: Ponchos

Famed for its Wellington boots, Hunter has developed into a fully-fledged outdoors brand with bold outerwear at its forefront.

To match the quality of its rubberised footwear, the label – now under the creative direction of Alasdhair Willis – offers everything from waxed hunting coats to vinyl windbreakers, perfect for exploring the great British countryside or urban streets alike.

Available at

Men's Hunter Outerwear


Original Rubberised Jersey Poncho, available at Hunter, priced £290.

Original Rubberised Jersey Poncho


Speciality: Waxed and quilted jackets

Worn by everyone from royalty to country dwellers, Barbour’s quintessentially British appeal and focus on practicality has cemented it as one of the UK’s most-loved (and worn) outerwear brands.

Its classic waxed jackets and quilted coats have become modern icons, thanks to their blend of technical expertise and raw masculine appeal.

Available at

Men's Barbour Outerwear


Barbour Classic Beaufort Jacket, available at END Clothing priced £239.

Barbour Classic Beaufort Jacket


Speciality: Trench coats

Unless you’ve been living under a rock your entire life, you’ve probably heard of Burberry.

Founder Thomas Burberry, the inventor of gabardine fabric, is widely considered to have produced the original trench coat, which is now considered one of the most iconic pieces of menswear (and womenswear) ever created.

The label’s current designs haven’t strayed far from the original and still form the core of the label’s seasonal runway collections, such is their commercial popularity worldwide.

Available at

Men's Burberry Outerwear and Trench Coats


Burberry London Mid-Length Cotton Gabardine Trench Coat, available at Mr Porter, priced £1,195.

Burberry London Mid-Length Cotton Gabardine Trench Coat

Private White VC

Speciality: Flight jackets

Named after military hero Private Jack White V.C., who was awarded the Victoria Cross for his exploits during World War I, this menswear label sticks to its utilitarian guns when it comes to outerwear.

With a distinct sense of pride about its heritage, the brand continues to produce its collections in the UK, sourcing materials from local mills to craft its hard-wearing outerwear classics.

Available at

Men's Private White VC Outerwear and Jackets


G1 Harris Tweed Button Down Flight Jacket In Navy, available at Private White VC, priced £450.

G1 Harris Tweed Button Down Flight Jacket In Navy

10 Men’s Activewear Brands You Need to Know

Get Active

When it comes to working out, your equipment is just as important as your technique. But we’re not talking machinery here – we’re referring to the clothing choices you make when you’re preparing to hit the gym, pavement or pitch.

With developments in technical materials, innovative design features and contemporary styling coming to a head in the activewear market right now, it’s never been easier to find the perfect kit to fit your needs.

Ready to get active? Take your pick from the top ten brands below:


1. Iffley Road

Named after the British location where the four-minute mile record was broken back in 1954, Iffley Road offers practical running gear with clear heritage-inspired design.

Sticking to a muted colour palette, its pared-back range is the polar opposite to the boldly-coloured sportswear peddled by most modern brands.

Available at Mr Porter and

Iffley Road

2. Huez

If you’re a keen cyclist, say hello to Huez*.

The specialist label offers practical performance wear that goes way beyond your average Lycra shorts, with well-cut chinos, blazers and T-shirts all available.

That’s right, this is activewear that can be worn both on and off your bike.

Available at

Huez* collection

3. Nike

The world leader – no matter what your sport is, Nike have you covered.

The brand is a one stop shop for sportswear – whether you’re heading to the golfing green or hitting the treadmill – offering everything from base layers and running trainers to workout headphones and health trackers.

Available at


4. Paul Smith 531

If you like your activewear with a side helping of luxury, it’s time you discovered Paul Smith’s 351 line.

The British designer celebrates his cycling background with a range of suitably stylish pieces, perfect for when you’re in the saddle.

Available at Mr Porter and

Paul Smith 531 backpack

5. New Balance

Although renowned for its running shoes, American label New Balance has a whole lot more to offer when it comes to sportswear.

We particularly like the brand’s range of streamlined apparel and high visibility pieces, perfect for that after-work winter run.

Available at

New Balance apparel

6. Aether

Although this label is based in sunny Los Angeles, Aether produces pieces more suited to colder climates.

Think waterproof jackets, insulated performance wear and cosy sweatshirts, guaranteed to keep you warm, whether you’re hitting the road or the mountains.

Available at

Aether collection

7. Under Armour

As the names suggests, American label (and official uniform supplier to Andy Murray) Under Armour is all about workout protection.

From industry leading compression garments that keep you study while exercising to storm jackets that shield you from the wind on your run, rest assured your kit is working as hard as you are.

Available at

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8. Café du Cycliste

Quintessentially French and seriously stylish, this cycle wear label marries both form and function – think streamlined cuts and elegant, classic prints.

If you want to go for a vintage European look, try its striped Suzanne cycling jersey(£105).

Available at Mr Porter and

Café du Cycliste striped Suzanne cycling jersey

9. adidas Performance

adidas’ Performance range does it exactly what it says on the tin.

Comprising a vast range of activewear, you’ll find everything from running shoes and hoodies to exercise gadgets, catering for the more serious fitness buffs among us.

Available at

Adidas Performance range

10. Champion

For sporting gear with an urban edge, look no further than Champion.

The brand was recently revived from its nineties heyday, bringing with it loose-fit jogging bottoms, sweatshirts and tees, perfect for hitting the gym.

Plus, after collaborations with the likes of Wood Wood and Herschel Supply Co, this label is only set to get more desirable going forward.

Available at

Champion collection