Men thrive on practicality. We only need a bag when we’re carrying something larger than what our pockets can handle. It sounds obvious, but generally it’s things like an iPad or tablet, documents, phone charger – damn you phone battery and a set of keys. We don’t get any pleasure from carting around the Mary Poppins-like contents that some females do.
We think we’ve found the perfect size. Ideal for a tablet and enough room for everything else you may need. The retro satchel styling doesn’t hurt either. We have this splash version, as seen on the catwalk at Burberry Prorsum, for £895 and for cash, this handsome, handmade in Spain, leather version from Lacambra.
Left - Burberry – Large Leather Satchel - £895
Below - Lacambra – Chocolate Brown Bag - £254
Christmas is the time for dressing up and it often leaves many guys feeling out of their comfort zone. All you really need is a good jacket - a dinner jacket.
This one caught our eye at Hackett's Autumn/Winter 2013 show, last January. The Black Watch tartan is very traditional, along with the embroidered rope/toggle detailing, but it's the double-breasted, slimmer shape that makes this contemporary and one for our Christmas style Hot List.
TheChicGeek says "If I was going to a black tie event I would wear this with slim black trousers, white shirt and black bow tie, keep it traditional and for something not so dressy, like Christmas drinks, I would add a crew-neck or roll-neck merino wool sweater - Uniqlo have some great affordable options - and again those slim black trousers."
Left & Below - Hackett - Black Watch Dinner Jacket - £700
It was a menswear trend that was bubbling nicely, and now it seems guys have totally embraced the chunky knit. Aran-type swirls of chunky plaits or handknitted, retro, the-type-your-nan-would-make-type sweaters are everywhere at the moment. This is one of the best of the season from the Barbour collaboration with Partick Grant’s Norton & Sons label. It has an Art Deco-like sunburst at the top and a smaller weave where you don’t the want extra bulk around the belly and hips. Wear with slim, tapered jeans and a field jacket.
Left - Barbour X Norton & Sons – Bern Crew Dark Moss Jumper - £199
We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again, nothing keeps you warm like a down parka. Think Prince Harry crossing Antarctica in these two handsome options from cold-weather specialist, Canada Goose, and fashion brand, Bellfield. Canada Goose's Expedition Parka boasts an array of features specifically engineered to keep you safe in Arctic conditions. The Parkas are designed with storm flaps at the front covering the zipper closure, draw cords at the waist, a snow skirt with Velcro flaps and has been lined with four-fleece upper and lower pockets. They go the extra mile by adding rib knitted cuffs and topping off the hood with a real ruff of coyote fur.
Below – Bellfield – Gratengen - £80