While we stopped believing in Father Christmas many years ago, we know you’re still a believer in TheChicGeek. His all seeing eye, in matters of taste and style, is the definitive go-to in the male bloggersphere. Here is his ‘Lust List’ for Christmas 2013:
“The Bomber jacket trend isn’t go anywhere, so, it’s just a matter of finding the best one out there. Well, here it is. Made of soft, light parachute nylon, this doesn’t actually feel like you’re wearing anything. It moulds to the body and looks clean and modern.”
Left - Hunter Gather – Nylon Bomber Jacket - £275
“The majority of scented candles look unsightly when they’ve been lit. These are like a mini work of art. This is the latest fragrance from Italian brand, Fornasetti, Sole di Capri, bringing the Mediterranean into your front room.”
Left - Fornasetti – Sole Di Capri Candle - £99
“As we continually go around in sartorial circles, it’s authenticity that we are looking for in items of menswear. This feels very authentic. And, yes I know I’ve already said the Hunter Gather bomber is the best and it is, this is something more vintage-like and will keep you warm. Made in the Golden Bear Factory in San Francisco, USA, who have historically been producing dock worker jackets since 1922 and varsity jackets since the 1950s, it has been produced in Harry Stedman’s signature handsome forest green colourway.”
Above - Harry Stedman – The Classic Varsity Jacket - £350
“I hadn’t worn Thierry Mugler’s distinctive men’s fragrance A*Men since it came out in 1996. This is an update of the original with the added notes of whisky. It’s delicious and has a peaty warmth that is perfect for winter time. Favourite fragrance of the year.”
Left - Thierry Mugler - A*Men Pure Malt - £48
“Fashion’s own modern day Michelangelo, Christopher Kane has gone digital for SS14. He reinvents the humble T-shirt each and every season and this digital male nude is one of the best of the collection.”
Left - Christopher Kane – Geometric Nude Print T-Shirt - £180
“These are some of the best and cheapest merino wool sweaters around. Seriously, get one in every colour.”
Left - Uniqlo – Extra Fine Merino Crew Neck Sweater - £19.90
“Starting the year as I mean to go on. The Nike Fuelband promotes activity. It’s all about Nike Fuel, don’t you know! Set your daily goal and add different activities to get you in the green and ‘Win’ the day! It’s also a cute timepiece.”
Above - Nike - Rose Gold FuelBand - £140
“This is the season of the Chelsea boot. Perfect with a slim or skinny trouser, these are the nicest style I’ve found from a brand synonmous with the 1960s.”
Left - Ben Sherman – ‘Ripy’ Chelsea Boots - £85
“The retro styling, but with the added bonus of simply plugging in your iPod or phone. Would look great on that mid-century sideboard of yours!”
Left - Marshall - Stanmore - £400
“Tom Ford is all about the exaggerated zips – very Claes Oldenburg – now he has launched his own grooming range, he’s got me lusting over a washbag to put them in. Ridiculously expensive, but it's Tom Ford!”
Above Left - Tom Ford – Washbag - £800
"Crafted by Cheshire Bespoke, using only the finest British fabrics, each suit in the M&S Best of British collection is handcut and takes about 20 hours to make. One of the best grey flannel suits of the season."
Marks & Spencer – Best of British – Grey Flannel Suit – £799
"What better way to start the New Year then without a hangover? Laurenti champagne’s sulphate and sugar levels give it a smoother taste and most crucially gives you less chance of a hangover."
Left - Champagne –Laurenti - £34.99
“Hands down the nicest wallet you’ll find. Made from bridle leather in England, it’s also a bit of a steal when it comes to the price.”
Left - Cherchbi – Four Card Wallet – £115
“Purple Noon or Plein Soleil, starring Alain Delon as Tom Ripley, is the 1960 film version of The Talented Mr.Ripley. And while I love Minghella’s later version, starring Matt Damon, this was the inspiration behind the new Jigsaw Menswear SS14 collection, and a timeless take on Mediterranean summer style.”
Plein Soleil – DVD - £10
Who wouldn't like cashmere for Christmas? This is a classic grey melange round neck sweater in that most luxurious of fibres. A winner every year.
Uniqlo's Merino wool is the amongst best value around. Be brave with bold orange worn under suiting or outerwear. Round necks only.
When the sun is shining a hat isn't just a fashion accessory, it's a stylish tool to keep the sun off your head. Learn more about protecting yourself from the Sun. The heat, sweat and general wear makes a new hat every year a must. That's where the high-street comes in; something cheap enough to replace easily and not panic when you lose it or it falls apart.
TheChicGeek took a walk down the high-street and picked his favourites and why;
TheChicGeek says "The colouring and patterning of this hat gives it have a touch of the tribal. Perfect for the African looks which we've seen all over the European catwalks. Wear with lighter colours to make the whole thing more summery".
Burton - Black Pattern Trilby Hat - £12
TheChicGeek says "This is a classic take on your Panama, which is a really popular style this year. I like the dark band on this one with the strip of white".
Marks & Spencer - Contrast Band Textured Ambassador Hat With Linen - £19.50
TheChicGeek says "I really like the open weave of this hat, it almost looks like crochet. The open design makes it look lighter but be careful to limit your sun exposure through it".
Topman - Brown Open Weave Straw Hat - £12
TheChicGeek says "This is part of the 50s golfer look that was really strong from Prada. The colour and check makes it cute and perfect to slip into your back pocket".
Zara - £9.99
TheChicGeek says "This is a great alternative to the baseball cap which can appear a little 'young' on any gentleman over a certain age. The neutral colour and strong statement make this the new peaked classic hat shape".
Uniqlo - Premium Linen Army Cap - £19.90
TheChicGeek says "More Fidel than downtown San Fran, the Castro from River Island would work in most casual environments. The rope detailing and shallow shape makes this perfect for holidays".
River Island - Khaki Castro Hat - £15
Charles M.Schulz's classic American comic strip is a perennial favourite. The exploits of Charlie Brown and Snoopy have jumped from page to fashion with these designs from Uniqlo and Black Peanuts at Dover Street Market.
Left - Uniqlo - Snoopy Graphic Short Sleeve T-Shirt - £9.90
Below - Black Peanuts - Sweatshirt - £305
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I bought some those great coloured skinny jeans from Uniqlo last year, but when I tried them on in my waste size they were a little too 'spray-on' for comfort so I opted for a size bigger and have been wearing them a little big ever since. Well now I can get a perfect pair because new for Autumn 2009, Uniqlo introduces a free 'same day' alteration service on all trousers over £19.99. The complementary same day alteration service is available to all customers who purchase any trousers or denim over £19.99 and is available in all stores. Such a brilliant idea.
Jil Sander has come out of fashion retirement for Japanese retailer Uniqlo. It was quite a coup for Uniqlo to bag Jil Sander. The german minimalist can no longer design under her own name hence the J+ label. The collection has a limited release, three stores in London and online. As you would expect the collection is very simple, everything is quite fitted. I like the oxford shirt, it reminds me of the ones Gitman do for Thom Browne's own label and at £24.99 great price. Also the jeans are good, Jil Sander always did great nerdy jeans, with nice detailing or creases down the front. There is a nice Prada style belted mac and also tailoring and some cashmere pieces. Definitely worth checking out.
Slim-fit Oxford Shirt - £24.99
Slim-fit jeans - £29.99
Every season a classic style steps forward as the coat of the season. This year is the turn of the duffle coat and every man should own one. The natural rope detailing highlights the toggles and a hood adds an innocence. This is a good alternative to a pea coat.
See TheChicGeek's other Big Winter Trends - Click here
THE CHIC GEEK'S PICK
Hackett - Burford - £500
PS Paul Smith - Duffle Coat - £550
Burton - Camel Hooded Duffle Coat - £80
Bottega Veneta - Raw Wool Duffle Coat - £1305
Gloverall - Monty Navy Duffle - £265
Burberry Brit - Wool Duffle Coat - £695
+J Uniqlo - Wool Duffle Coat - £179.90
Raf Simons - Men's Oversized Montgomery Coat - £895
YMC - Navy Wool Gloverall Duffle Coat - £295
See TheChicGeek's other Big Autumn/Winter Trends - Click here
After the weekly medical foray to work and around my city pad off the Kings Road Chelsea District, there is nothing I like better than to retreat to the countryside and on a saturday night tour several countryside pubs drinking real ale and getting drunk with the lads. What do you recommend I wear bearing in mind most of the places I frequent have well spoken clientele and matching bar staff, drive Chelsea tractors with white and yellow name tags and have several acres of back garden. I have tried the superdry t shirt and light denim jeans with trainers but it doesn't seem to bode well. On the other hand,
I really don't fancy tweed so stuck between the two...
Look forward to hearing your thorough recommendations.
Edward J Lancaster Esq.
The Superdry T-shirt and light denims with trainers is more Walkabout then The White Hart in the country. You should look casual but English casual. This fitted T-shirt and frayed jean look has spread across the globe quicker then swine flu and to be honest is quite dated. Lets start with the shoes, go for a traditional brown English brogue, Grenson are great and really affordable www.grenson.co.uk. Add a fitted, straight leg jean in a nice indigo or rich blue. Then a cashmere or merino wool knitted v-neck, Uniqlo have some great coloured cashmere at amazing prices.www.uniqlo.co.uk
Wear over a plain T-shirt and finish with a nice Barbour waxed jacket. They are doing some really cool styles at the moment and the quality for the price is amazing. www.barbour.com
Add a smile and the locals are going to love you.