May 7th, 2021
Effortlessly stylish, trousers are a relaxed and contemporary way to step into summer. Slim-fitting or breezy and wide-legged, they’re essential cornerstones of a summer wardrobe. Here are our ten favourite styles for the season.
Chinos are an easy summer go-to, with different styles to suit different occasions. What they all have in common, though, is fabric – traditionally a 100% cotton twill.
Smart casual or just plain casual, a slim-fit pair styled with white trainers and a T-shirt looks laid-back. Or you can dress up a sophisticated pleated pair with a crisp dress shirt and heels for a smart casual outfit that’s perfect for long summer evenings.
As well as traditional khaki or beige, they also come in a wide range of colours to mix and match with your wardrobe.
Evolved from the ’90s style, this year’s cargo pants have a grown-up, polished silhouette that take you from desk to dinner. For a bold evening look, pair slim cargo pants with heeled sandals, a tank top, and layered necklaces.
Leg-lengthening and waist-cinching, wide-legged trousers create a refined silhouette that’s classic yet contemporary. Loved by eternal style icon Katharine Hepburn – who adopted high-waisted, wide-legged trousers at a time when women usually wore dresses – in 2021 the style still makes a power dressing statement. Tuck your top in to create balance, and pair with heels, sandals or boots for a night-out look.
While wide-legged trousers are generally cut straight from thigh to ankle, palazzo pants are flared from the waist and super wide through the leg. So wide that palazzo pants often look like a maxi skirt – and indeed, they’re a great alternative to a skirt on hot summer nights. A plain white T-shirt goes well with patterned palazzo pants, while a vivid block colour can be styled with a crop top or off-the-shoulder tee.
Loose and cropped, culottes are perfect for hot summer nights, and are easy to dress up or down. A fitted or cropped top will balance the proportions. Style with leg-lengthening heels or trainers for a more casual look.
Linen is a classic summer fabric as it’s lightweight, comfortable and quick to dry. An investment piece, linen trousers come in all shapes, so choose a look that works for you. Pair with wedges and a stylish top for a dressed-up summer look.
A key shape for 2021, paperbag trousers have a high waist scrunched at the top like a paper bag finished with a belt, and feature a relaxed fit through the legs. Style with a fitted top to allow the waist to stand out. A slim-fit T-shirt looks casual, while a button-down shirt or cropped top dresses them up.
A timeless piece of slim tailoring, cigarette trousers are cut straight from the knee to ankle, and were first made popular by Audrey Hepburn in the ’50s. Still ultra-stylish, they’re an elegant option for summer dressing. Choose a pair that stops at the top of the ankle to complement ballet pumps, trainers or chunky heels. Elevate the look with the Ecovero Strappy Cami Top to add a pop of summer colour.
Now indispensable in our wardrobes, joggers aren’t just reserved for lounging. Style a fitted pair with heels and throw an oversized blazer over your shoulders to keep you warm as the sun goes down.
Comfortable and easy to wear, harem pants can also be super chic on summer evenings. Pair with a bodysuit or crop top to play around with proportions, or go for a bright, bold colourway with a plain white T-shirt for sophisticated summer dressing.
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May 5th, 2021
Hot days and tranquil nights are just around the corner. Ever-versatile and always on style, chinos will elevate your smart-casual wardrobe.
How To Define Chinos
We need only look back to see that chinos were literally made for warm, summer climates. Originally developed for the US Military, troops wore them during the Spanish-American War in the Philippines at the end of the 19th century. Uniforms were made from Chinese twill cotton, which is where the name “chino”, the Spanish word for China, comes from.
Chino is a cotton fabric made using steep twill construction. Originally chinos were made using 100% cotton twill as it’s tough and durable like denim, which is manufactured from the same fabric. However, cotton twill itself is naturally lightweight and breathable, so it’s perfect for warmer temperatures. Today, chinos are still made from cotton twill as well as cotton blends and other fabrics like wool.
The original chinos that were made for troops from cotton twill were traditionally a light-tan colour known as “khaki”. Khakis are now an individual style of trousers, typically baggier in shape. Khaki remains the classic chino colour, but they now also come in colours like charcoal, olive green, and navy.
How To Wear Chinos
Chinos come in all shapes and sizes. You can spot a classic pair of chinos by their distinguishing details: a flat front, zipper fly, belt loops, jetted back pockets, slanted front pockets, and concealed stitching. Designers are starting to play with the classic look, experimenting with fabric choices and pleats. Wool chinos, for example, are soft and create a sophisticated, dressed-up impression.
The Perfect Chinos Fit
As with any style of trousers, personal preference is key. Traditionally, chinos are fitted, but not tight around the hips, have a mid-rise, taper gently below the knee, and are hemmed or rolled up at the ankle.
When To Wear Chinos
Chinos offer a flexible alternative to other trousers. Long-lasting like jeans but with the added benefit of being appropriate for all occasions, the fitted and smart style of a pair of chinos means you can easily dress them up or down. They’re a sustainable choice to streamline a modern wardrobe.
When choosing a casual look for chinos, treat them like jeans. Their slim fit, tapered shape means casual chinos work well with jackets, lightweight tops, and trainers.
- Bomber Jacket – Add laidback sporty style for outdoor adventures.
- Denim Shirt or Jacket – Edge up classic chinos with this alternative to double denim.
- Minimalist T-shirt – Tuck in or leave out for lazy afternoons.
- White Trainers Add some classic comfort and refine the look.
Chinos are versatile, they can be dressed up or down. Whether it’s a long day in a hot office, a high summer wedding, or business meetings on the terrace, chinos have got you covered.
- Mac Coat – Commute and keep cool and sophisticated.
- Cotton Blazer – Make an effort in a tailored statement.
- Light Long Sleeve Shirt – Button up to impress on warm evenings.
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April 30th, 2021
Making the transition from indoor workouts to fitness classes in the park? You’ll want to adapt your usual gym clothing to suit the terrain.
What is the best gym wear for outdoor workouts?
Whether you’re doing your own thing in the park or joining an organised fitness class, getting your kit right is crucial to a good workout.
The first thing to look at is investing in high-performance clothing with technical sweat-wicking properties. Whatever type of workout you’re doing, moisture-wicking clothing ensures that sweat doesn’t linger on your skin. This means you won’t get cold from sweat, and the clothes are breathable – as sweat is carried out, air is also allowed in, keeping you cool and comfortable.
Also consider whether your workout gear is waterproof or water-resistant as there’s no telling what the weather might do. It’s best to be prepared for anything when training outside.
Finally, while your gym kit needs to perform, you also want to look good when working out. So look for pieces with details you love, from leggings with a side pocket to hold your phone to tops with eye-catching design details.
Our choice of gym clothes from top to toe
- Cap: Keep your hair off your face with a peaked cap.
- Sports bra: An essential for every woman, a good sports bra lets you focus on your workout.
- Vest: Keep cool in this dynamic mesh cropped tank top.
- T-shirt: Tank top not your style? Choose a moisture-wicking T-shirt instead.
- Shorts: Essential for the hottest of days, these shorts feature stylish ribbed detailing.
- Leggings: High-waisted with mesh cut-out panels, these leggings are flexible enough to move with you.
- Jacket: This lightweight layer will keep you dry if you get caught in the rain.
- Extra layer: You can cool down quickly so take a hoodie, puffer jacket or gilet to keep you warm until you get home.
What are the best shoes for fitness classes?
Good trainers are a must for any outdoor training sessions, but the best workout shoes depend on the workouts you’ll be doing.
If you’re mostly going to be running, invest in a good pair of running shoes, like the lightweight Hyper Core Crystal Runner Trainers. If you’re into strength training and heavy lifting, go for dedicated lifting shoes which are firm and flat, allowing you to power down into the ground for strong, powerful lifts.
For flexibility to do lots of different activities, choose an all-rounder that offers some shock absorption, cushioning and stability to ensure you’re safe and strong whatever you’re doing.
Whatever shoes you choose, make sure that they’re a good fit. Your heel shouldn’t slip out when you walk (or run, or jump), but there should be enough room to wiggle your toes.
How to keep your kit clean
When you’re working out a lot, your washing machine is on a constant cycle – but there’s even more to consider now you’re potentially dealing with grass and dirt as well as sweat in your outdoor sessions.
Luckily, high-tech kit with moisture-wicking properties is easy to keep clean. It may sound counterintuitive but rather than throwing your workout clothes straight into the washing machine, leave them out to breathe for a while first. Then, turn your clothes inside out and wash on a cool cycle to keep them looking and performing at their best.
Take your workout outside
Whatever type of workout you’re doing, you want kit that looks good, feels good and performs well. Shop our Sport Performance collection by your workout style, or select the type of clothing you need to piece together hard-working and hard-wearing outfits for all your outdoor workouts.Read more
April 28th, 2021
Hard-wearing and hard-working with handy pockets for carrying essentials, there’s no denying that cargo shorts are practical. But are they in style? The answer is yes. And we’re not the only ones to think so – Louis Vuitton and Jacquemus sent cargo shorts down the catwalk this spring/summer.
Functional, dependable, and easy to wear, the question shouldn’t be “are cargo shorts back?” but “why did they ever go away?”. An iconic summer wardrobe staple that goes with almost anything, cargo shorts are here to stay. Here’s how to choose the best pair for you.
Why are men’s cargo shorts summer’s must-have style staple?
Cargo shorts are a still comfortable alternative to the classic uniform of joggers and a hoodie, but are a lighter option that can help get your style creativity back if it’s been a little lost. They’re the perfect transition piece between ‘lounging’ joggers and ‘proper’ trousers.
They’re also perfect for hiking, with their high-quality crafting and loose feel.
How to find the perfect cargo shorts for you
Forget baggy ‘90s-era cargo shorts, for 2021, the look is more fitted. A trusted classic with a contemporary twist, today’s cargo shorts are slim-fitting, stylish, and perfect for pairing with everything from t-shirts for a dressed-down look to polo shirts for put-together style.
How long should cargo shorts be?
There’s no perfect formula for the right shorts length, though it will (to some degree) depend on your height. Shorts that sit a couple of inches above the knee or just above the kneecap give the illusion of height. If you’re taller, knee-length shorts are fine, but avoid anything that falls below the knee, as it’s harder to move around in them. In the end, though, it comes down to personal preference – if you feel good in them, they’re the right length for you.
How wide should they be?
Cargo shorts that are too wide in the leg create a bulky trapezoid silhouette. Choose a pair that fit a bit tighter through the leg – but not too tight, you want to feel comfortable and be able to move easily.
How should the waist fit?
Ideally, your shorts should be comfortable around your waist without the need for a belt. They shouldn’t be too tight, though – these are functional shorts and you want to be able to move.
What are the best cargo shorts?
The Core Cargo Shorts are a slim take on the cargo shorts trend, flattering all body types. Crafted from 100% cotton, they’re light with a six-pocket design, button fastening and belt loops. Perfect for everyday wear paired with a statement t-shirt and trainers.
For utilitarian summertime street style, team the Parachute Cargo Shorts with a casual bomber jacket and your favourite pair of high-tops.
Sitting higher on the thigh, the Utility Cargo Shorts are a contemporary take on the look, with an elastic waist that makes them seriously comfortable.
So, is it ok to wear cargo shorts?
Flattering and functional, cargo shorts are here to stay, so are a wise investment. Find your perfect pair of cargos from the Original & Vintage collection to see you through summer.
April 21st, 2021
An everyday icon, denim jackets are perfect for dressed-down style. But with so many different styles and shades of denim to choose from, how do you choose the best denim jacket for you?
Are denim jackets in style in 2021?
A familiar fashion staple since the ‘70s, denim jackets are now a dependable part of women’s outerwear that work with anything in your wardrobe. From a classic white T-shirt to your favourite chinos, denim jackets are a functional fashion favourite.
What type of denim jacket should you go for?
From cropped to trucker and beyond, what’s the best fit for you?
A classic trucker jacket is cut short, finishing at the hips and fitted at the shoulders. It works well all year round, paired with a crew neck T-shirt as a light layer in spring or under a heavier overcoat as an alternative to a jumper in winter.
Sherpa jackets are another iconic wardrobe staple. Similar in style to truckers, they have the addition of a cosy fleece lining. Wear with chinos or keep it casual with a classic pair of joggers and sneakers.
For something a little different, go for a worker jacket, cut with external pockets which were originally for storing tools, but are now ideal for stashing your phone, purse and other essentials.
Which colour denim jacket is best?
Dark indigo or light washed blue? Black denim or a bright and bold colour? There are so many options, it can be hard to decide which colour to add to your collection.
Should you go for light or dark denim?
Think about what will work well with the other items in your wardrobe and where you’ll wear your jacket. Light denim looks more casual, whether it’s worn with slim or relaxed-fitting trousers, and goes well with floaty dresses in warmer months. Darker blue has a smarter look. Wear with grey or black denim jeans, your style of boot, and a logo t-shirt, cargo pants, or even a sweater dress.
Coloured denim – Opt for unconventional?
White and coloured denim jackets are less common, but they make a statement. It can be easier to style coloured jackets as you don’t need to worry about denim on denim. A pink denim jacket with your favourite jeans or a day dress and white trainers looks spring-fresh.
How do you wear a black denim jacket?
If you’re unsure about wearing a denim jacket or don’t know what to style it with, black is a great place to start. You can wear a black denim jacket with any colour of jeans or slim-fitting trousers and look smart.
Is it ok to wear jeans and a denim jacket?
It’s an age-old question but the answer is yes – you can wear denim on denim. The key to getting it right is to balance the shades of denim. Avoid wearing the exact same shade on top and bottom – opt for a black denim jacket and light blue jeans, for example, or stonewashed jeans and a dark indigo jacket.
Are denim jackets business casual?
They can be! Denim jackets can be as smart or as casual as you want them to be – it all depends on how you style them. A black denim jacket is usually a smarter choice than a light wash blue for the office, and a slim fit jacket over a dress looks work-appropriate in summer.
Choose from stonewashed truckers to oversized black jackets in the Original & Vintage collection. With the highest-quality craftsmanship and attention to detail, whatever jacket you choose, it’ll stand the test of time, season after season.
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