January 19th, 2018
Jogging on the treadmill is fine, but this year it’s time to go hard when it comes to your fitness.
When it comes to sport – it’s your rules, your style. You play how you want, not how you’re told. Whenever, wherever, however, whatever – you don’t need to be a member of a club or book in advance. Pitch, pool, gym, track, street, beach, mountain, the backyard, the top of a building – sport happens where you say it does.
Ready? We’ve put together a round up of the hottest alternative sports to try out in 2018.
This year, freestyle football is a fitness trend you need to give a go. It’s cheap to do – more cash for the weekend – and doubles up as an impressive party trick when you’ve mastered it.
Where to try freestyle football:
Your back garden is a good place to start.
Take half an hour regularly to try out some basic tricks – just y’know, try to avoid any windows or neighbour’s gardens.
What you need to try out freestyle football:
- A decent football and some spare time – Check out some YouTube videos on how the pros perform tricks and give them a go. Get your mates round and make a competition out of it.
What fitness benefits does freestyle football offer?
- Cardio – You might not think it but focusing on one trick and moving that ball around is great for getting your heart rate up.
The BMX bike has made a big comeback. It’s no longer the ride of choice for kids or an 80s throwback but definitely something you can take up – whether you want to get fit or just fancy a new way of cruising into work.
Where to ride a BMX bike:
Start off taking it out around your local area, and then, when you’re feeling brave, head down to the nearest skatepark to give the ramps a go.
What you need to take up BMX:
- BMX Bike – A decent BMX bike is obvs a good starting point. Tune up the one you used to ride as a teenager or check out stores like Argos and Amazon for a decent priced one.
- Sportswear – Going hard on a BMX is a good workout. Running trousers or gym leggings mean nothing can get caught on the bike, while a hoodie thrown on top looks good and will keep you warm all year round.
- Helmet – Safety first, guys.
- Knee and elbow pads – When you try out the ramps you’ll definitely want these.
What are the benefits of BMX riding?
- Cardio – BMX riding is great for building up fitness, so you can go for longer.
- Legs and glutes – You’ll be standing and pedalling a lot, which means you’ll be working your legs and glutes to keep going.
- Abs – That standing and pedalling requires good balance, so your abs will get a workout too. Hello, easy summer body.
Basically another term for parkour – freerunning involves hurling yourself over, under and on everyday objects – getting from A to B in the most creative way possible. You’ll need to work on your upper body strength and agility but once you’ve plotted a route and mastered it you’ll be showing your moves off to everyone.
Where to try freerunning:
Your local park or your back garden are good places to give it a go. Find or set up some obstacles and get round and over them as creatively as possible. Head to YouTube for inspiration on basic parkour style moves to learn.
You won’t be backflipping off benches or jumping between rooftops immediately but instead vaulting over things and probably getting a few bruises along the way – but that’s part of the fun.
There are groups up and down the country that can get you into the sport too. Check one of these out.
What you need to try out freerunning:
- Fitted gym clothes – Freerunning is all about smooth, slick movements, so you don’t want to get caught up in your gear. Fitted trousers and tops are best – look for clothing with cooling tech to keep you going for longer.
- Running trainers – Grab a decent pair of running trainers with shock absorption. Your ankles will thank you.
- Fitness tracker – Compare your freerunning session to your usual gym routine, you’ll definitely notice you go harder.
- Sports bra – Ladies, you’ll definitely want one of these.
What fitness benefits does freerunning offer?
- Cardio – Freerunning is like a really good HIIT session as you run, jump, dive, swing around and roll to get to the next point.
- Upper body – You’ll be grabbing on to things, pushing and pulling yourself over and under obstacles and all this will build up your upper body strength.
Waveboards are a new way of skateboarding – offering better turning and a smoother ride. It doesn’t feel like riding a skateboard though – instead it’s more like snowboarding or surfing. You’ll need great balance and confidence but after a few tries you should be cruising.
Where to try wave boarding
A people free area with a smooth bit of pavement is a good place to start.
Your garden patio or a stretch of path at your local park are great choices to build up confidence. Learn how to balance, move forward and stop before straying too far. Easy.
What you need to try out wave boarding
- A caster board – These are easy to find now and are basically a two-part board with a strong support in the middle. Check out Argos or Amazon and buy a larger size.
- Helmet – You’ll probably fall off once…twice… just be prepared to fall off.
- Gym clothes – Stay comfy and look good with your usual, fitted workout gear when trying out wave boarding.
- Knee and elbow pads – Just to be safe.
What fitness benefits does wave boarding offer?
- Abs – You’ll be doing all the balancing while riding the board, which means your abs will definitely get a workout. Six pack, here we come.
- Legs and glutes – Standing for long periods and moving yourself forward will help tone up your legs and glutes.
Ready to skip the classes at your local gym? It’s time to try something new – give one of these sports a go, pick up some new gym clothes and find a new way to spend the weekend.Read more
January 18th, 2018
Ski holiday planned? This year, be brave – ditch the usual slopes and head off-piste.
It’s a chance to escape the hordes of people and to really push your limits – oh, and test out your new ski gear.
Here’s what you need to boss those backcountry slopes safely, all while having an awesome time too.
1. Ski helmet
There are a few more lumps and bumps to deal with when off-piste skiing – the slope isn’t maintained by anyone. This means you need a helmet to stay safe, just in case you plant it.
You can still look good while wearing one of these though – choose a style that matches the rest of your outfit or slap on logo stickers from your fave snowboard gear or ski brands to create a unique look.
2. Ski Goggles
You need to be totally aware of your surroundings when off-piste – which means goggles are a must. Our range of Glacier Snow Goggles not only look smart but are also made with a category 3 UV400 double polycarbonate and an acrylic lens system – which is also anti-fog and ventilated. We got you.
3. Ski trousers
You’re gonna want something pretty heavy duty – and a base layer legging is also a good idea.
A bold colour will get you noticed when it comes to looking on point in your gear, while camo print is on trend for 2018.
4. Ski or snowboard jacket
Go matchy matchy with a ski jacket that coordinates with your ski trousers or throw the rulebook down the piste and opt for clashing colour schemes. We’re loving an almost fluro orange jacket with a contrasting baby blue or grey camo print.
5. Ski gloves
Don’t brave the cold without protecting your pinkies. Some heavy duty ski gloves are ideal for a trip off-piste – meaning you can deal with whatever the slope throws at you.
You’ll need one of these to keep everything close by – you know, like your phone when you want to show off the view to your mates back home on your Insta stories. Our Snow Service Backpack can carry up to 10 litres, features a fleece lined pouch just for your goggles and even has a pull-out helmet carrier. It’s true – we’ve thought of everything.
7. Ski boots
Lighter boots are proving popular in 2018, making it easier to trek through thicker powder off-piste. Look for a style offering plenty of grip so you can actually get up that mountain – there’s no ski lifts off-piste.
8. Climbing skins
You’ve got to get up that slope, so it’s a good idea to invest in some climbing skins. They’re basically strips that stick to the bottom of your skis and will need replacing after a few uses. These offer better grip and traction on the snow – to help you get up quicker.
This guide tells you everything you need to know about them – to help you decide if they’re worth spending your hard earned cash on.
The important stuff
We don’t wanna be dull but if you’re heading off-piste there are a few things to keep in mind:
- Only go off-piste if you can handle it – Conditions can be tough and it’s much more physically demanding than the usual slopes. Only go off-piste if you’re an experienced skier/snowboarder.
- Choose a safe location – Talk to guides at the resort you’re staying at and find out where is the safest place to ski off-piste. Avalanches are more common than you think so you’ll want to avoid areas prone to them.
- Don’t go it alone – Stick with a mate when heading off-piste, it’s more fun and you’ve got someone there just in case.
- Tell people where you’re going and when you’ll be back – Just so everyone knows where to look if you’re running late.
- Take snacks – We’re not talking just a granola bar, here. Off-piste skiing and snowboarding is hard work, so you’ll want some energy gel sachets and electrolyte water to keep you going.
- Pack a beacon – If you’re heading somewhere where avalanches could take place or there are tree wells, a beacon is important. It means you can be found, should something happen.
December 16th, 2017
Got some new leather? Here’s how to soften it so it’s ready to wear and then style it after:
How to soften leather jackets
Want soft leather but don’t want to shell out your hard-earned cash on a jacket that’s been worn by someone else already? You’ll need to soften a brand spanking new one first then. Here’s a quick how-to:
You will need:
- A leather conditioner
- Microfibre cloth
- Half an hour
- A decent Netflix show to watch while you’re doing things
Step 1 – Take extra care
You’ve probably spent a fair amount of your wages on that leather jacket – so you’ve gotta be careful, to avoid ruining the look. Think about the material like your own skin. When you’ve been good and downed a couple of litres a day yours looks fresh – right? So, to soften up leather, you need a lot of moisture and a good conditioner.
Step 2 – Apply your leather conditioner
Grab your microfibre cloth – Amazon or your local supermarket can sort you out with one of these – and pour some leather conditioner onto this. Then start applying it to areas of your leather jacket that you want to soften up, like the sleeves and back.
Step 3 – Rub it in
With firm strokes, use the microfibre cloth to really get into the leather. You can be a bit heavy handed to achieve that well worn look.
Step 4 – Crush it
Take a few minutes to crumple and scrunch up your jacket to settle in the conditioner and encourage the leather to soften up. This will get it into all the nooks and crannies you might have missed.
Step 5 – Grab the hairdryer
Stick the hairdryer on a medium heat then warm up the areas where you’ve rubbed in the leather conditioner. This helps the jacket soak it in and seal the conditioner for the best – and softest – results.
Step 6 – Get rid of any excess
Use the microfibre cloth again and give your leather jacket a rub down to remove any excess conditioner. Throw it on and you’re good to go – wearing the jacket straight away will help soften up the leather even more.
A quick alternative method for softening a leather jacket
Let it rain – Use the weather to soften up your leather
If you don’t fancy spending cash for the weekend on a leather conditioner – wear your leather jacket out when it’s lightly raining.
Let it get a little wet, then keep it on when you head back inside – making sure you move around as much as possible. Bend your arms and stretch the back to soften up the material. Who knew the weather in the UK was so useful?
10 ways to wear your newly softened leather jacket
Leather soft? Looking for style points? Here are some new ways to style up that leather jacket:
1. The icing on top
Layering is a trend we always embrace once the colder weather rolls around but that also lets us wear our leather jacket for longer. Pair yours with a baggy jumper and an oversized scarf for a snug look when you head out.
2. The wrap around
Things heated up? Don’t leave your leather jacket on a chair to forget about when the night really starts later. Throw the arms around your waist and tie in place to keep your jacket close by and to add a new element to your look. A cami top and jeans looks good with waist level leather for girls, while guys can get away with a plain tee and their fave slim leg jeans.
3. The drape over
Want to look Insta ready at all times? Then don’t wear your leather. Instead, drape it over your shoulders and leave the sleeves hanging. You’ll still stay warm with a turtleneck underneath or an oversized knitted jumper while achieving that candid fashion blogger look.
4. The roll up
Pull the sleeves on a softened, oversized leather jacket up to your elbows and let your forearms out. Ladies, we love the idea of leaving bell sleeved jumpers or tops hanging below the cuffs to add some interest to your look.
5. The hood out
Keep your fave hoodie close by at all times in the winter months by wearing yours under your leather jacket. Pull the hood out the back – ready to save your hair later if the rain turns up.
6. The embellishment
Grab some enamel pins in a range of styles that say something about you and get pinning these to the collar and chest of your leather jacket. Rock fan? Grab a patch featuring your fave band’s logo. Or look for a pin that pays homage to a music star taken too soon (Bowie, we love you). Pins and patches let everyone know what you’re into. It’s a conversation starting look and you might just get chatting to someone cool. Check out our range of pins and patches on the site.
7. The all out leather
Have a pair of leather look trousers that need taking out? Nail the biker look and pair them with a leather jacket and your fave slouchy tee. It’s a statement look you but you can easily dress things down with trainers.
8. The gilet on top
Pairing a gilet with a leather jacket? It’s a bold move – but one that definitely works. We’re thinking a black gilet with a faux fur lined hood over a black leather jacket to make a real statement.
9. The shoulder slinger
Bar heated up? Work it like a model and sling your jacket over your shoulder then hold it in place while you wait for your drink to be served. Smize at everyone else at the bar to finish the look.
10. The sweet street
Girls, mix up your tough leather with a little feminine – adding a flirty skater dress under your jacket for a contrasting vibe. Heavyweight, chunky lace up boots round up the look.Read more
December 15th, 2017
Tiggi Hawke is the latest electro angel that’s set to light up the charts in 2018. With the release of her latest single Dangerous Behaviour, we caught up with the singer to talk all things naughty and nice for Christmas.
Q: Introduce yourself in a bizarre way, please.
Aloha! I’m Tiggi Hawke, Londoner, singer/songwriter, Star Wars nerd, tea addict and pizza enthusiast.
Q: What are your musical dreams and ambitions?
I’d love to do bigger and bigger tours, travelling and performing my music is a perfect situation for me, I absolutely love it! My DREAM venue is Madison Square Gardens (dream big right?!) I’m always excited to put out new music so 2018 is going to be a fun one!
Q: Musical inspirations – the serious and the surreal?
Although I write and sing electro-pop, Johnny Cash has actually always been an inspiration for me – if I can channel even an ounce of his songwriting talents I’ll be a happy bunny! I tend to write about situations around more or what has happened to me (like that time my cat and I had a fight). I’ve been listening to really eclectic music recently – I like trying to figure them out (rarely succeeding) but then drawing on them for inspiration when I’m writing as well.
Q: There’s a tropical undertone to your latest single Dangerous Behaviour – music has GONE to the tropics this year – where are we heading next year?
Pack your piña coladas, 2018 is going to be… well, actually who knows. I definitely don’t! We’ve been super tropical this year, and I don’t know if we can get more coconut-y but I’m sure we’ll try. That said I’m hoping for an arctic turn – maybe some hygge and sparse vibes, and yes I did compare music to home living.
Q: Who’s Mike Mago and how did your musical paths cross?
No idea. Nah I’m kidding! He’s a super talented DJ from Amsterdam and we met through the wonders of email. Fortunately, the topline for Dangerous Behaviour ended up in his inbox and out of the blue I get a demo version through and it was right along the lines of what I was hoping for and the rest, they sometimes say, is history. I did manage to wrangle a trip to Amsterdam for the video though and we finally got to have some face time which was awesome!
Q: Is Dangerous Behaviour about a rocky relationship?
Weirdly enough it’s not! I wrote it about a really positive experience I had when someone inspired me to leap out of my comfort zone and do something I never would have done normally. It’s basically saying you’ve given me the push I needed (and thanks for that) – but in case it all goes wrong I can’t be held responsible for what comes next and I REALLY hope you can handle it!
Q: What’s the most dangerous moment Tiggi Hawke has faced?
I’ll be honest, I was dangerous to other people. I made the HUGE error of visiting America and not bringing my own teabags. Me without good tea for a week takes hangry to new heights. Public liability.
Q: In hazardous situations, what’s Tiggi Hawke’s wise advice? Something seriously cooler than ‘keep calm and carry on’ please.
If in doubt, make it awkward. You can only go upwards from there.
Q: We’re in the midst of Christmas season – aka work Christmas parties and awkward family reunions – do you have any iconic stories that’s happened to you or people you know – those moments where you basically want to write off the next year ahead and stay in bed after?
Family reunions are fun! I’m just usually (well only slightly) embarrassed by the sheer quantity of food I can put away at Christmas meals and parties. It’s my party trick (that happens all year round…)
Q: How does style shape your musical ego and stage presence?
I wear what I feel comfortable and happy in, I think my style is very closely linked with my music. I’m very lucky to have complete creative freedom to write and wear whatever I’m feeling like at the time. My style and music have both definitely changed since I released my first EP, I like to think for the better!
Q: Talk us through your Superdry pictures with a fierce narrative! And what drew you to the garments you picked out?
So, full disclosure, I mainly go to the gym so I can eat snacks and sweets. And sometimes yes, as pictured, they are both at the same time! I actually did eat that chocolate bar while the photo was being taken… Those tracksuits are SO comfy, like being hugged by a friendly polar bear! In the studio I always run cold so a good jumper is key in my life, let alone when it has a tiger on it. That’s what I call a win-win!
Q: Finally, what’s Tiggi’s New Year Resolutions?
Not to have any! I make the same resolutions every. single. year. and I never manage to keep them! But usually that changes on NYE and I panic-make a few but they only last a month maximum… Don’t take my chocolate away from me basically.
December 15th, 2017
A leather jacket is a style staple. The one piece you can pull out for any occasion. Whether your diary is rammed with Christmas parties – or maybe you’re more of a corner of the pub kinda girl or guy – you might be wondering how to wear leather jackets this season.
What to wear with leather jackets
Adding a leather jacket to your look this season is super easy and with warmer layers you’ll be ready for anything too. A knitted jumper under your favourite leather is warm but still stylish – throw in some oversized accessories and you won’t need any other jacket all winter. Or you can keep your hoodie going by wearing it under some strong leather.
We love seeing how other people are rocking our jacket range. Check out the below inspo from some of our favourite Instagram stars. These influencers know how to style leather jackets and make it look totally effortless.
How to style leather jackets
Stick to one strong layer under leather. Wear just one, relatively warm but simple piece underneath to avoid bulking your leather jacket out.
We are in love with fashion blogger and YouTuber Sophie’s casual weekend look – draping a leather jacket over her shoulders and pairing it with a crisp black and white print jumper and blue skinny jeans. It’s the perfect Sunday lunch date look when you wanna impress that guy you’ve been chatting to via Bumble.
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How to wear a biker jacket
Want to add a little tough to your everyday work look – and ditch the stuffy work blazer at the same time? Take your fave crisp white shirt hanging in the wardrobe and pair this with a structured leather jacket ft. strong shoulders, a sharp collar and soft leather that naturally creases with wear. Finish with easy to wear black jeans and ankle boots for simple winter style.
Check out how fashion blogger Daniel has put this look together – you won’t even need to change when you head out after work for drinks and a catch up with your mates. Daniel’s jacket has that good looking, well worn vibe about it – you definitely want leather that has that lived in feeling, as soon as it arrives.
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How to wear leather jackets
Leather jackets look so good worn with a strong slogan tee, skinny black jeans that stop just above the ankle and leather boots to finish the look off.
Michelle – one half of blogger duo Two Halves – wears our Bella Leather Biker Jacket. This jacket was mega popular, so sadly isn’t in stock anymore but our Mhairi Nubuck Leather Jacket features a similar strong collar and soft leather and ticks all the boxes. We love this material and how it works with the pop of red on her slogan tee. It’s definitely a look to try out when winter starts to thaw again next year and you can get away with a thin layer or two.
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How to style your leather jacket
Toughen up a cable knit with a leather jacket. We’re all about mixing textures – throwing on a tough leather jacket over a softer jumper. Add a white collared shirt underneath if you’re layering and chuck in some camo print for interest – and to tap into this season’s military trend.
James from Black Saint recently modelled this look for us when we hung out with the group – and we’re loving this style for Friday night bar hangouts or travelling to a new city for a break with your mates. James is wearing our Iconic Leather Flight Bomber Jacket from the Idris Elba designed range – if you fancy playing copy cat.
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What to wear with leather jackets
Tone up in all black, with leather on top. Tonal dressing isn’t going anywhere and if you’re a big fan of black in your wardrobe, a leather jacket is the perfect addition. Grab a jacket with a more casual vibe – like a bomber featuring leather look sleeves to keep things low key.
Justin, another of the stylish Black Saint lads, showed us how to style leather jackets for down days. Wearing a leather bomber – our Ryan Suede Bomber Jacket is great for creating a similar vibe – with a plain black t-shirt and accessorising with a statement necklace, he’s got that casual weekend style nailed. Grey jeans broke up the look a bit but still kept the tonal theme going.
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Ready to wear your leather? Take some inspo from our fave influencers and get going.
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December 14th, 2017
Your fave pair of jeans are your go to piece of clothing – day or night. They’ve been with you through the lengthy sessions. They’ve seen bedroom floors, gym bags and everything in between – but they’ve barely visited the washing machine because they fit you so good. We know you can’t go wrong with your fave denim.
So when it comes to winter looks, if the bottom half is staying the same – how do you style up the top? You want your look to say something about you – wherever you go.
Jackets to wear with jeans:
Your outerwear is the main thing people will notice – nail this first.
Ladies jackets to wear with jeans
Skinny jeans – pair with a parka jacket
Parkas are one of the perfect jackets to wear with jeans and a true winter staple. Warm enough to take out with you when the temperature drops into the minus and good looking enough to leave the accessories at home.
Parkas are pretty heavy, so girls those go to skinny jeans are the best option – in black or dark blue. Opt for an oversized parka feat. a strong faux fur hood and leave it to do all the hard work when it comes to your style. We’re loving different coloured faux fur this season – like pink or blue – that says something about you.
Skip the accessories
Wear your parka zipped up but don’t worry about extras like scarves or gloves – the jacket alone should be enough. Zip the collar all the way up, throw your hood over and tuck your hands into your cuffed sleeves. Leave the bag at home too and make use of your jeans and the parka’s pockets.
Denim dungarees – throw on some leather
Leather doesn’t scream winter jacket material – but it’s all about how you style it. With your fave denim, you’ll be plenty warm and your style will be on point, all at once.
We’re still loving dungarees that can be styled up or down for every occasion. Opt for a skinny leg style of denim dungarees with a bardot top for 90s vibes – then add a leather jacket to instantly dress things up.
Look for leather featuring conversation starting embellishments. Metal zips on both real and decorative pockets are the way forward – adding a tougher edge to your look.
Black jeans – add a down jacket
For days when you’re feeling all things casual but need to get out the house, pair a down jacket with your fave black jeans. This padded style has had a huge update this season with more filling than ever and a range of colours to choose from to suit every style.
Black jeans with a down jacket in a bold colour – we’re thinking definitely yellow or a scarlet red – is a key look this season. Opt for an oversized down jacket with a large collar that keeps the cold out and style with knitted gloves and pull on knee high boots over your black jeans.
Distressed denim – military jackets take rank
Ripped legs, worn hems and patchy fabrics are key to a distressed denim look. Wear yours with a military jacket this season for tough vibes.
Distressed denim looks amazing with a strong, camo print, military jacket. Choose a jacket featuring a soft Sherpa lining to tone things down a bit. Pull on fishnet tights – any colour you like – under your jeans to show through any rips or worn patches and finish with a plain t-shirt and chunky ankle boots. You’ll be ready for whatever the season throws at you.
Skip the scarf and instead opt for a snood to pair with your military jacket – for when things get real cold. They’re ideal if the skies open and your jacket doesn’t feature a hood too.
Blue denim – Bomber jacket on top
Bomber jackets are a go-to style whatever your look is. Perfect for pairing with your fave denim, whether you’re a blue jeans or mini skirt fan this jacket works.
Just because the temperatures gone down doesn’t mean you can’t still enjoy that blue denim mini skirt. Instead, just get layering with what you already have in the wardrobe – plain t-shirt under chunky cardigan, throw that bomber jacket on top then pair with your mini skirt, knee high socks and ankle boots. Winter denim style sorted.
Mens jackets to wear with jeans
Straight leg – throw a parka on top
Our parkas are warm – not gonna lie – so you can definitely get away with styling them with your strongest pair of straight leg jeans, plus a graphic jumper. Wear the parka unzipped to show off the look underneath but be sure to plump up the hood at the back – so it sits high on the shoulders.
Cool for colour
A bold red or khaki shade that gives off all the military vibes are both good calls – when choosing the right parka jacket to work with your fave denim, all season. You’re looking for a standalone jacket that does the hard work for you when it comes to both style and substance.
Spray on – leather jackets wins
When it comes to men’s jackets to wear with jeans in a spray on style, leather is one of the strongest options available. It adds a rough edge to any look and is ideal for those evenings spent catching up with mates and being convinced to head into town.
Tonal dressing is in
Dressing head to toe in one shade is a mega easy but still stylish option this season. Style a pair of black jeans with a fitted leather jacket for a sophisticated edge, then throw on a black V-neck to finish off. Black Chelsea boots will always get you past the bouncers.
Distressed denim – sign up for military style
Bleached denim is a strong look – add a military jacket and you’re good for whatever. A fleece lined military jacket will keep things warm but you can easily add an embroidered beanie when you head out.
Lace up style
Lace up, white trainers go with everything and they’ll definitely tie up this outfit. The bright white against the distressed denim go together perfectly – look for styles with retro vibes like tennis sneakers.
Black jeans – Stick with a bomber
One of the best smart jackets to wear with jeans, a bomber jacket does well whether you’re nailing smart casual for work or all dressed up for a family meal. Pair yours with a crisp white shirt, black jeans and finish with comfy suede Chukka boots.
If it’s really cold get layering with a lightweight jumper over your shirt and throw on an oversized, chunky scarf to finish off. With your bomber you’ll be ready for whatever the weather does.
Loose fit jeans – down jackets warm things up
Heading out for the day? Whether you’re having an impromptu beach trip in the cold with your mates (plus a crate of beer and firewood to burn on the sand) or just taking a hike – warmth is important. Loose fit jeans keep things comfy, while a down jacket looks after the top half with plenty of padding to keep the chill out.
We’re loving the trend for longer length tees at the minute. Wear one of these under your down jacket and stay warm from top to bottom.
Want to know which winter jacket is right for you, first? Check out our quiz here on the blog.Read more
December 6th, 2017
Your down jacket goes with you everywhere, right? It’s got the perfect balance of style and warmth, ready for whatever plans you’ve got after work or at the weekend.
But if you’ve worn yours a little too much – aka used it as a blanket, duvet, seat, umbrella etc. – then it’s probably looking a bit dull. Your outerwear is the first thing people see in the winter months – so you want it to look good.
Don’t worry though, here’s a full on rundown that looks into how to bring that down jacket back to life with a good wash and dry. It’s time to adult – you got this.
You will need:
- A washing machine
- Paper towels
- Down jacket cleaner
- Down proof
- Tumble dryer
- Two or three tennis balls
- Time and patience
- Probably, like, a cup of tea (or something stronger) to drink while you wait.
How to wash a down jacket
- Get rid of any dirt – Hey, we don’t need to know what you’ve been up to but first brush down your jacket to get any loose dirt off.
- Pick up a down cleaner – If you really want to get things done properly, you need to skip your normal washing powder and grab a high quality, down wash. You can pick one of these up from Amazon or an outdoor clothing shop – Nikwax and Granger’s are two brands to add to your shopping basket.
- Wash out your detergent drawer – It’s a really good idea to avoid mixing your down jacket with normal washing detergent, which can ruin it. Grab a paper towel and take a couple of mins to clean out your detergent drawer. Dull stuff – but so important.
- Use the most delicate cycle on your machine – Choose a wool or delicates cycle for your down jacket and pop it in the drum. Leave the temperature on a cooler setting.
- Pour your specialist cleaner in the drawer – Read the instructions to double check you’ve put the right amount in.
- Start the machine and chill – Grab a drink and relax until the washing machine’s done it’s thing.
Won’t getting a down jacket wet ruin it?
Nah, not if you follow the instructions above and dry it properly too. We know how much that jacket means to you – so that’s why we made this guide.
Should I wash my down jacket on its own?
Yep. Give that jacket the exclusive treatment and pop it in the washing machine and tumble dryer without anything else.
Can I wash my down jacket more than once?
Sure, but the more it’s washed the harder it will be to stop the down inside from clumping. If you can wipe any muck off, that would be better than just throwing it in the machine. Save the full on washing for when things get really messy – like after that weekend session.
How to reproof a down jacket
Want your down jacket to last even longer? Take some time to re-proof it. This basically means touching up the waterproof layer your down jacket, probably features. You’ll just need to add another step in the washing process.
When the first wash cycle is done, throw in some of the down proof – Nikwax is recommended for this – then put the machine on a 30°C synthetic cycle followed by a slow spin.
It might feel like another lengthy step but it will be worth it to revive your fave jacket.
How to dry a down filled jacket
Washing machine finished? You’ll need a tumble dryer for this next bit because a down jacket shouldn’t be air dried – ask to use your Nan’s or your Mum’s if you’re stuck.
- Set the tumble dryer to a low heat – Don’t be tempted to whack the heat up to make it dry quicker – you’ll wreck your jacket.
- Throw in a couple of tennis balls – Clean ones, please! These stop the down inside your jacket from clumping up and making horrible lumps under the material.
- Check on it every 15-30 minutes – Once you’ve started the drying, check on your jacket every now and then and give it a fluff up, to spread out the down inside again. Because down jackets are filled with real duck down and goose filling – to keep you warm when you walk home in the dark after a night out – these can stick together pretty quickly when wet. Hold it from the bottom and give it a good shake.
What if I can’t get access to a tumble dryer?
A radiator can dry it just fine but you’ll need to keep giving it a shake regularly to stop the down filling from clumping again.
Don’t have time to deal with the washing machine?
A wet cloth and a tiny bit of down cleaner will do, just try not to soak the jacket or you’ll make the down inside lumpy. This should see you through until you get a chance to hang by the washing machine and tumble dryer for a couple of hours.Read more
November 29th, 2017
New season style is here, and we’re all about grabbing a few statement pieces to update the wardrobe but what we really love is checking out how the major influencers on the UK grime and rap scene are wearing them.
Whether we spot a new way of styling a jacket when they’re performing on stage or want to play copycat with a look they share on Insta – we’ve collaborated with some incredible artists this season and we’ve thrown together a rundown on how to steal their style.
Tiggs da Author
Follow him: @tiggsdaauthor
Tiggs da Author is one of the hottest new artists to emerge from London and has already rubbed shoulders with big names such as Tinie Tempah, Nines and J Hus – but he’s all about embracing his own style.
He was born in Tanzania but moved to London at the age of eight and so this is reflected in his style and music – with an urban meets soul vibe. Sharp lines, distressed leather, strong headwear and an easy to wear base layer are what makes Tiggs’ style so fun to try on for size.
Steal Tiggs da Author’s style
- Distressed leather jacket – a leather jacket with strong shoulders and a tailored finish is a good choice but you should also look for something that appears well worn. Or you could even have a go at distressing it yourself.
- Strong hat – Tiggs da Author always finishes off his look with a statement hat – whether that’s a good looking beanie for casual days or a wide brimmed fedora when performing.
- Button down shirt – you can’t go wrong with a classic and this rising star understands the importance of a good tailored shirt. Opt for a darker, easy to wear colour that goes with everything.
- Black jeans – grab your fave slim denim out the wardrobe.
- Trainers – Tiggs da Author likes to finish off a polished look with a bold pair of trainers. Go for fashion focussed styles over sports tech.
How to distress leather jackets
Here’s how to distress your leather jacket to capture Tiggs da Author’s style – if yours is a little too clean cut.
You will need:
- Rubbing alcohol – pick up a bottle of surgical spirit (isopropyl alcohol) from a beauty store, such as Boots or Superdrug.
- Sandpaper – this is great if you don’t want to distress your leather jacket too much.
- Wire brush – this is for if you want to go to town.
- Old rag – to apply the rubbing alcohol safely to the leather.
- Grab that rubbing alcohol and dab this on to the places you want to create the distressed look. Think elbows, collars, pockets and shoulders that come into contact with things more. Ensure the area is completely soaked.
- Take the wire brush and start running this over where you’ve put the rubbing alcohol – you’ll start to see it change colour. Keep rubbing until you get a colour and texture you like.
- If you want a smoother but still distressed look use the sandpaper instead. This will stop the leather from looking too roughed up.
- Wipe over where you’ve put the alcohol with water to get rid of any leftovers.
Tiggs da Author’s style is the very definition of smart casual – so pair your tailored shirt with a more distressed leather jacket to nail those vibes.
Follow her: @mspaigeycakey
The 24 year-old MC, singer and actress hails from Hackney, London, and she definitely knows a thing or two about strong style. She’s all about mixing slogan sportswear with everyday casual pieces to create looks that get her remembered.
Shell suits, bold trainers and statement accessories – such as clear lens glasses and personalised jewellery – are part of Paigey’s main repertoire but she’s no stranger to keeping things low key too.
Steal Paigey Cakey’s style:
- Denim dungarees – Long leg, dungarees work for this season, wear them like Paigey with only one shoulder strap done up and leave the other hanging.
- Printed t-shirt – Paigey knows that a printed t-shirt does all the work for you. A slogan design is a solid choice as it can be mixed and matched with loads of things already in your wardrobe.
- Trainers – We’re loving Paigey’s massive collection of trainers. Copy her style with bold colours and lace up styles.
- Headphones – Grab a pair of oversized headphones to wear while out and about. Play your fave tunes at all times and know you look good.
- Personalised jewellery – Ensure everyone you meet knows your name with personalised neckwear, plus a couple of statement chain necklaces. Yellow gold is best if you want to get noticed.
Follow her: @nadiarosemusic
This girl’s starred in Vogue, so you know her style is going to be lit. Nadia is one of the hottest new artists on the UK rap scene with her debut album release coming out earlier this year, featuring tracks such as Skwod and Tight Up. She’s a lover of chill loungewear with strong tracksuits and finishing off with a statement bomber or quilted jacket.
Steal Nadia Rose’s style:
- Full tracksuit – Look for styles featuring strong colours and bold slogans that will get your noticed. Hooded tops are the best choice for your top half.
- Fitted bomber jacket – bomber jackets are versatile, working with pretty much everything in your wardrobe. Throw one on over your tracksuit top and pull the hood out to add some interest to your look, like Nadia does.
- Trainers – Clean white kicks always look good.
- Statement jewellery – Nadia loves a strong hoop earring and it’s a style you can have a lot of fun with. Any gold colour will do but yellow gold is a fave for the UK rapper.
How to get space buns like Nadia Rose
Nadia’s go-to hair look is two identical buns on either side of her hair and it looks incredible whatever she’s wearing. Here’s a quick 5-step guide on how to replicate the look:
- Brush your hair out then part into two sections on either side of your head – aim for a semi-neat line down the back.
- Grab one side and gather this together, pulling it to the top of your head – secure with a hair tie.
- Twist your hair then twirl this around the hair tie to make a round bun shape and secure with hair grips – do the same on the other side.
- Pull down two strands of hair to frame your face – Nadia likes to create plaits with these but you can leave them loose.
- Finish with holding spray – this should stop any loose hair from sticking up and ruining the look.
Follow her: @emeraldroselewis
Emerald is all about taking feminine pieces and mixing them up with luxe sportswear and strong fabrics to create a style all of her own. Her natural hair gets her noticed with stunning curls that do all the talking and her laidback style gives off chill vibes wherever she goes – whether that’s behind the decks playing out a DJ set or exploring new countries on her travels.
Emerald’s style gives us all the 90s feels, here’s how to replicate her look yourself…
Steal Emerald’s style
- Low key tee – Emerald’s a fan of taking everyday basics and pairing them with statement pieces. Grab an easy to wear black cami.
- Suede skirt – Suede is a material that adds a little luxury to any look and tan suede will make you feel like you’re carrying on those summer festival vibes.
- Choker – Emerald loves a choker necklace. Copy her style with a simple string choker that ties up around the neck to create a statement piece of jewellery.
Follow her: @nabihahiqbal
Electronic artist Nabihah – stage name Throwing Shade – is best known for her soulful, abstract musical talents that are perfectly reflected in her style choices. Art meets style when Nabihah gets into her wardrobe, taking inspo from fashions across the globe and working alternative prints with everyday pieces.
Nabihah Isn’t just a fine dresser though – she’s also a boss producer who makes all her own tracks and has a strong political voice too. She was once studying a law degree but realised her passion for music was stronger – and we’re so glad she did.
Steal Nabihah’s style
- Statement headwear – Nabihah knows that a hat completely changes your look. Whether you’re a fan of a strong knitted beanie or a beret like the rising star enjoys, opt for a simple black style that goes with everything.
- Strong print – a Breton tee is an easy way of bagging style like Nabihah’s, with its horizontal stripe pattern that works with everything from your baggiest jeans to harem trousers and everything in between.
- Cropped trousers – Ankles are back and Nabihah is all about cropped trousers that show off her shoes and keep her look relaxed.
How to wear a beret with confidence
If you love Nabihah’s look, remember, anyone can embrace the beret but here’s how to ensure yours looks as good:
- Choose a plain style – a beret is such a strong hat shape it really doesn’t need any other print. Opt for black, navy or tan for an easy to throw on accessory.
- Wear hair loose – leave your hair loose and let it do its thing, allowing the beret to do all the work.
- Pull on the beret and wear to the side – shimmy the beret to the side slightly and ensure plenty of material is on show.
- Pin in place – keep it in place with a couple of hair grips tucked underneath and into your hair.
- Get out there – enjoy the compliments that roll in when you’re out and about.
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November 28th, 2017
Diary booked out with Christmas parties? Having a bit of a meltdown over the wardrobe situation? We got you.
You want to make an impression with your Christmas party outfit. Catch the eye of your crush and feel good on the dance floor – while looking a bit festive – all at the same time. Which is why you need a look to carry you through every event you’ve got planned – and that you can mix and match with other pieces in your wardrobe.
Check out our inspo below:
We Know What Girls Want – Christmas Party Outfit Ideas
Work Christmas Party – Crush It
Hang around the mistletoe and you’ll be scoring with this style. Nothing says fancy like crushed velvet and so a bodycon dress featuring this luxury material is the perfect choice for that posh Christmas party with work.
Opt for an easy to wear black velvet dress or get festive with burgundy or even green. When it comes to your jacket go for a structured style – like a military jacket with a strong collar and shoulders.
Get the look:
Christmas Catch Up – Low Key Sparkle
Catch up drinks planned with your friendship group? You want a Christmas party outfit that looks good but doesn’t try too hard. Black as a base, with a little sparkle, is definitely the way to go. Rock a sequin skirt, a plain bodysuit and go for heeled boots, instead of actual heels. Be prepared for the late night chill with a leather jacket you can easily leave on in the bar but that won’t leave you shivering when you want to get home later.
Get the look:
Family Dinner And Drinks – Shimmer Style
For that good old fashioned family Christmas dinner you want something festive but that your Gran isn’t going to comment on. A long sleeved dress with a little shimmer is the best choice – in an easy to wear colour, such as gold or black. Thick tights and ankle boots keep things warm, while a hoodless bomber jacket finishes off the look.
Get the look:
We Know What Boys Like – Outfits For The Christmas Party
Work Christmas Party – Suit Up
You can never go wrong with a good looking blazer and trouser combo. Don’t restrict yourself with a matching suit though – keep the trousers casual (if it’s a lower key affair you could even get away with black jeans) – and mix things up with a strong blazer design.
Velvet is there for when you want to win best dressed (skip the black and go straight for the burgundy though) or choose a herringbone style for nailing sophisticated style. Swap your everyday smart work shoes for suede ankle boots and finish with a bomber jacket for when you’re ready to leave.
Get the look:
Christmas Catch Up – Casual Nights
Planning a sesh with your mates, to celebrate work finishing for the year? Your go-to dark denim jeans and a plaid shirt are the best choice for this big annual meet up. It’s not too try hard and works wherever the night takes you – whether you end up chilling in the local or heading out to the nearest club. Top things off with a leather jacket that doesn’t overpower your look but keeps the chill out.
Get the look:
Family Dinner And Drinks – Keep It Knit
Have a big family get together planned in? Make an effort – even if you are nursing a headache because of the night before. The jeans you left on the floor when you got in are fine to wear again but team a collared shirt with a lightweight jumper for easy to throw on but still smart style.
A jumper featuring a strong knit is ideal – as it does all the talking – but ensure the shirt underneath is still pressed and clean when things warm up, once the food arrives. Top it all off with your parka jacket – that we reckon you’ll be wearing every chance you get.
Get the look:
Top tips for nailing your Christmas party outfit
- Find something you feel confident in – You won’t dominate the dance floor if you’re feeling self conscious. Look for a Christmas party outfit that stays true to your style and vibe but still feels festive.
- Don’t be a downer – Ensure your look is a little festive even if it’s just with your colour scheme, like red or green. If all else fails bring out the red Santa hat. The guy behind the bar will remember you.
- Luxury materials give looks an upgrade – Velvet, sequins, beading, embroidery… feature some of this in your Christmas party outfit and you’re good.
Get in the spirit of the season with these easy to style Christmas party outfit ideas. Check out our men and women’s jacket ranges for when the night ends and you’ve got to find your way home – or move on to the next party.Read more
November 27th, 2017
Bomber jackets aren’t going anywhere – and to be honest, why would you want them to? It’s a piece of outerwear that works whatever.
Why are bomber jackets so popular?
- Big night planned? A bomber jacket will keep you warm – when you’re stuck waiting for your mates outside the takeaway.
- Last minute after work drinks? Bomber + workwear = an easy smart/casual look.
- Date night? The military vibes of a bomber give you a confidence boost.
- Club queue? Your bomber looks good and stops you from freezing when the bouncer is being fussy.
- Winter wedding? You can brave the cold and look the part – even when the photographer wants you outside for photos.
The list goes on – but let’s break it down some more:
The best features of a bomber jacket
Guy or girl, here are some reasons why we love a bomber:
- Lightweight – Great for layering in the winter months, with a hoodie and an oversized scarf.
- Dress up or down – Bomber jackets work for every occasion – over a dress for easy going out vibes for girls or with jeans a plain tee for casual looks for guys.
- Strong collars – Bombers feat. shearling collars or structured designs are the best choice. Turn the collar up for bonus style points – or if you’ve left your scarf at home
- Embellishment – Carry on the military vibes with a bomber that features old school patches and slogans. The bigger the better. You can even add these embellishments yourself – get the iron out and pick up some patches from a site like etsy.
- Sporty military – The only jacket that falls into both military and athleisure trends – bombers remind us of aviator styles but also look great with trackies or yoga leggings and a fitted sports top.
- Versatile colours – Khaki, black, tan, navy…these colours aren’t boring – they mean your bomber goes with whatever you’re gonna be wearing that day.
- More material – Bombers aren’t limited to just one type of material – you can get wool, velvet, denim, faux fur, suede, leather and everything in between in this style to match your look.
Bomber jacket Insta inspo
Still wondering why the bomber jacket is so damn popular? Check out how people are styling them this season for some inspiration:
Liv – the gorgeous face behind liv in fashion – styles her Cocoon Jacket with a baker boy hat, breton stripe tee and turned up blue jeans for easy winter style. Her flatforms are an awesome finishing touch – throwing back to 90s platform styles.
We’re loving the effortlessly pulled together style here, as the beautiful Beatriz styles our Sherpa Girlfriend Jacket with black jeans and a plain top.
Accents all round
The red accents on Kellie’s shoes pull this whole look together. Our Everest Ella Bomber Jacket does all the talking when paired with easy to throw on black jeans and a black t-shirt.
Looking bomb everyday
Daniel took our Rookie Winter Aviator Jacket and dressed it with a classic plain white t-shirt, blue skinny jeans and white trainers for an effortless look that works for everything. The shearling collar adds some interest and for colder days you could easily add an oversized scarf to keep warm.
Travel in style
Joshua knows that our Rookie Winter Aviator bomber jacket is the best travel partner this season. We’re loving the matching knitwear and contrasting grey rucksack in this look.
The perfect look for chill days with mates, Green pairs a pastel hoodie with our Rookie Duty Bomber for easy winter style. Dark jeans and trainers finish off the look.
Feeling inspired? Get what makes a bomber jacket so popular? Grab one and you’re sorted for the season ahead – check out our men and women’s ranges here on the site. Share your looks with us on the #mysuperdry hashtag on Instagram.Read more