As the gentleman dons his cap and ties up his laces, he steps out into autumn with a smile on his face. Free from the shackles of his once ‘drab attire’, the gentleman surveys his appearance with pleasure. Today he is a man re-born, throwing away his Hawaiian shorts in favour of classic, quintessential pieces that would make him the man he had always dreamed of becoming. He would be the man who took fashion risks but at the same time was a classic man, who could be counted on to deliver an impact no matter what season it was.
Born in Latvia, Micheal Bolohs decision to move to Northampton and set up as a ‘buyer’ allowed him to become a ‘man reborn’. Like the allegory above showed, Boloh’s transition into British culture , opened his eyes to ‘the quintessential gentleman archetype’ that the Brit men were famed for . He admired their chic loafers and how they radiated style, even when they were in their most basic sweater and jeans get up. He wondered what the secret was to unlocking the ‘gentleman’ look and studied his peers closely, taking notes on their likes and dislikes. When Micheal had gathered enough information to ‘distill the gentlemanly essence’ that he so craved, he set up shop as a ‘buyer’ and became the CEO of English Brands UK . He set about transforming his consumers into stylish men and taught them the meaning of ‘quality led purchasing’ as opposed to ‘fast fashion’ which would wear down quicker and be lesser value for money.
By commissioning ‘quality pieces’ that were higher than your average ‘high street retailer’ but nevertheless better value for money, because of its ability to withstand wear and tear, Boloh’s ‘English Brands UK’ site became a popular shopping portal for both women and men alike. Today Boloh’s products are ‘seasonal’ and deliver a mixture of classic, formal and informal quality products. From chic neutral jumpers or sweaters infused with mixed wool blends, to acid wash high rise jeans, English Brands UK proves that there is more to the ‘English Gentleman’ than just a ‘suit and tie’. But what key pieces should a man be wearing this autumn? From reaching for autumnal hues like burgundy, to stone coloured gilets, this autumn is about experimenting with textures as well as colours.
The Everyday Jacket At English Brands UK
While we might think of the Quintessential Gentleman being in a severe three piece suit and tie, the truth is there is more to autumn than being stuck in a stuffy suit. Besides as much as I love a guy in a suit, it’s not really suitable for everyday wear, so for an off-duty look, a zipper cropped jacket in a stunning shade of wine, is guaranteed to add a pop of colour to a gloomy autumn day. And of course if burgundy is not your thing, English Brands UK also have ‘everyday jackets’ in shades like olive, navy, black and more. To create an off-duty look, based around the ‘everyday jacket’ aesthetic, simply team with fitted-but not skinny- jeans, colourful trainers and a polo shirt, peeking out of the jacket. Bonus points if you add a fedora or baseball cap, to lend some street cred, to the relaxed, casual look.
While the ‘everyday jacket’ which you can see in the collage at the bottom of this post is from the brand ‘Merc’, retailers like Barbour, which you will hear more on later, and Matchless also do some great ‘everyday jackets’ found on the English Brands UK site.
Best For : Days Off Work
The Denim Jeans At English Brands UK
Slim fit, as opposed to ‘skinny’, English Brands UK’s denim jeans from the brand ‘Pretty Green’, are the relaxed jeans that you need this autumn. With embossed rivets and metal trims, alongside hem chain stitch detail, the jeans might be ‘informal’ but the quality is indisputable. Featuring a ‘six month wash’ ombre fading design, the jeans are not quite ‘distressed’ but its deliberate ombre fade wash, means that it will last a good few years before you need new jeans.Besides at £50, the branded designer jeans are far cheaper than rivals like Levi’s who retail their new season jeans between £95-£150 a pop, giving you more bargain for your buck. To style the ‘six month wash’ style jeans, pair with a crew neck jumper, a gingham scarf and a pair of burgundy Chelsea boots to add some colour to the informal jeanswear look.
Best For : Men who like their jeans as they like their clothes: faded.
The Crew Neck Sweater At English Brands UK
The crew neck jumper or sweater as American’s like to call it, is a staple in any mans autumn wardrobe. Cozy yet more refined than a cardigan, the crew neck jumper is ideal with a pair of chinos, loafers and an a-line military breasted coat, for an autumn aesthetic that just as easily transcends into your winter lookbook for men. While the black and white contrast knitted crew neck jumper from ‘Native Youth’ shown in the collage below is monochromatic, for those who are a lover of colour , Native Youth also do a red and white version, which would tie into the festive season perfectly. What is ideal about a crew neck jumper is its versatility. For example we already mentioned that it can go well with chinos and loafers, but the jumper is also ideal for more casual looks too or even more formal looks like accentuating a winter suit and replacing the traditional ‘Oxford shirt’ that men usually wear.
Best For: Men Who Want To Be Cozy
The Quilted or Corduroy Jacket At English Brands UK
Quilted or corduroy jackets are ideal for autumn because they are transitional and can easily be worn as much in spring as it can be worn in autumn. While the collage below shows the quilted jacket from Barbour, which is ideal for sporting events like watching the big game-whether that be football or cricket- corduroy jackets- which were once seen as a nightmare from the 70’s- has now been made stylish again with more refined tailored jackets, in flattering shades like burgundy, sand and camel. The quilted jacket on the other had is beautiful in a traditional neutral hue like navy, which can be worn as a cover up and paired with everything from joggers when working out to smart trousers for drinks at the bar.
Best For: Men who like transitional clothing
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Please note this is a sponsored post but all thoughts and opinions are my own.