Saturday, 6 February 2016

Blazers, Sport Coats and Suits Jackets - What You Need to Know

Craig of That Dapper Chap looks at the difference between Suit jackets, Blazers and Sport Coats, so we all know what's what



I’ve now lost count of the amount of times that I’ve been asked what the difference is between a blazer and a regular jacket or what makes a blazer a blazer. Add a sports coat into the mix and confusion reigns supreme. So, I’ll now hopefully dispel any fears you may have had of wearing the wrong jacket at the wrong event or heaven forbid, wearing it with the wrong thing.

The Suit Jacket


Let’s start with the regular jacket. A jacket is part of a suit. Simple as that. It is usually quite structured and well-tailored and is often made from lighter weight fabrics, although I do have a couple of heavy wool suits, modern ones tend to be made from a mix of fabrics such as wool, viscose and polyester.

As you might guess a suit jacket comes with matching trousers and sometimes a waistcoat. While I have been known to wear a suit jacket and the matching waistcoat with chinos or jeans, this is somewhat frowned upon, so if you’re unsure if it looks okay leave the jacket with its partners and wear a blazer or sports coat instead. Pockets are built in and will have either a jetted, welt or flap pocket.


The Sports Coat


A sports coat is a slightly different animal in that it is less structured and tailored than the suit jacket. As the name suggests it was traditionally worn for ‘sporting’ events, usually hunting, shooting or fishing. Traditional sports coats often had a leather patch on the shoulder where one rested ones rifle while shooting pheasants and such.

Often with patch pockets, the sports coat is a similar size and shape to the suit jacket but is usually made from a heavier fabric like tweed or corduroy. It’s seen as a more ‘casual’ jacket and doesn’t come with matching trousers. A Sport coat will sometimes have woven leather buttons and elbow patches.

A sports coat looks great with jeans or a less formal trousers like cords.

In wool check fabric with elbow patches



The Blazer


Now on to the blazer.  Again a tad more on the casual side of the suit jacket it is more tailored than a sports coat, so it’s somewhere in between.  With its roots in naval soil (or water) they traditionally have brass buttons but these have been replaced these days in favour of horn or plastic buttons. Often part of a uniform, blazers are worn by various clubs and school students.

More often than not they’ll have flap pockets but patch pockets are a traditional feature too. A very versatile jacket, blazers can look great with cords, jeans, chinos or smart trousers.

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The Billiard Herringbone Blazer by White Stuff £140.00

Well, I hope that's put your minds at rest and given you the information you need to impress at parties and to make sure you know what to wear and when!

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Thursday, 4 February 2016

London Collections: Men - Day 3

Craig of That Dapper Chap takes us around his final day at London Collections: Men and shows us what Sunday had to offer.






Belstaff


So, on Sunday I had a bit of a lay-in. My first show was Belstaff which saw me make my way to The Ewer Street Arches for a frosty affair for their 'Heading North' presentation.

The spirit of adventure reigned and we were transported into an arctic expedition where the fur lined coats and thick sweaters were displayed against backdrops of a snow capped mountainous terrain. 

#HeadingNorth with Belsfatt

Belstaff gave us fur, lots of fur

The new Belstaff collection 

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Stylish and functional outerwear for the adventurous among us

Models in snow white ready to explore

Ready for whatever the weather has to offer

Turnbull & Asser


Making my way now from Arches to vaults I headed off to the Turnbull & Asser presentation.

Established in 1885 Turnbull & Asser of London's famous Jermyn Street everything that they create is made entirely in England.

Showing beautifully tailored suits, jackets and coats in stunning patterns and checks they cater for the gentleman who isn't afraid to stand out from the crowd. This was a breathtaking collection and one I truly enjoyed.



A stunning double breasted wool blazer


Wonderful patterns in sumptuous fabrics


A truly statement piece not for the shy and retiring

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Great jackets to suit any occasion

Models wear the new Turnbull And Asser collection

Classic styling the Turnbull & Asser way


Baartmans And Siegel


From classic gentleman's attire to something a little more cool and funky as I left Turnbull and Asser for another delightful duo: Baartmans And Siegel.

The 1970's theme really shone through this collection, with heavy, wide collared coats trimmed with fur in camel coloured wool and suede jackets and trousers.

Add in a few roll neck sweaters under pinstripe tailoring and the collection is complete.

My favorite piece from the collection

Pinstripes and fur collars create that 70's look

more pinstripes and a peak of leopard print fur

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A subtle pinstriped bomber jacket 

It's that coat again, teamed with classic camel coloured trousers

More pinstripes in the new Baartmans and Siegel collection 

Chester Barrie


Next we have a complete change of scene as we move to the Chester Barrie presentation and the Palm Court at the stunning Waldorf Hotel.

This season their top notch tailoring was set against a red carpet backdrop. As models milled on the red carpet, suited and booted head to toe in Chester Barrie's wonderful new collection, guests mingled and watched award ceremonies which were displayed on a huge screen.

As always the collection was immaculate with coats and suiting for day and for the evening.

Models on the red carpet sporting the new Chester Barrie collection

A stylish and perfectly tailored suit in subtle grey check

Evening wear and occasion wear were the centerpieces of the show


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The new Chester Barrie collection at the Waldorf Hotel

Perfect for that black tie event or an evening at the opera

Stars accept their awards on the big screen


Duchamp


Staying with tailoring, Duchamp were next on the itinerary. Set in the Grand Ballroom at the beautiful Rosewood Hotel in High Holborn, Duchamp gave us casual, contemporary and formal tailoring. 

The pieces had a lot of personality, with winter florals and tonal layers teamed with scarves and silk shirts.

There was also an artistic element to the collection with printed painterly effects and pencil sketch prints, which added a modern and individual twist to classic tailoring.

The new AW16 collection from Duchamp

Colour, pattern and texture reign supreme for AW16


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Stunning winter floral prints won the day for me

Some more casual looks from Duchamp for AW16

That floral jacket has my name on it

So, that was the end of this season London Collections: Men for me. Unfortunately I had to miss Monday's shows due to other commitments, but what I did see I thoroughly enjoyed and the British Fashion Council did themselves proud once more. Roll on June!

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Sunday, 31 January 2016

Product Review - The Lord Timepieces 'Classic Silver' Watch

Craig of That Dapper Chap reviews the 'Classic Silver' watch from Lord Timepieces.


The 'Classic Silver' watch from Lord Timepieces

Product


For todays product review we're looking at the 'Classic Silver' watch from Lord Timepieces, a London based company who claim to sell 'Luxury timepieces at affordable prices'

Wearing my Classic Silver watch with clean face and electric blue hands


Made from stainless steel the Classic Silver watch has a Japanese quartz movement. The watch has a 40mm ivory white face with unique electric blue hands which add personality and interest to the piece. The strap is fully and easily adjustable and it is part of the Lord Timepieces unique line.



Price


Here's where Lord Timepieces have their USP as all of their watches are easy on the wallet. Prices currently range from £50 ($71USD) to £130 ($185USD).

The 'Classic Silver' watch sits at the lower end of this scale at £65 ($92USD) which is incredibly reasonable.

My Classic Silver watch, a reasonable price for a very nice watch

Packaging & Presentation


The packaging is good for the price point. The watch arrived in a sturdy black box with the brand name proudly stamped on the front of the box in silver.

The watch itself was nestled in a laser cut foam cushion to protect it on its journey.

You'll also find a business card in the box offering a 20% discount on your next purchase and a neat little envelope which contains a Z-Card manual detailing everything you need to know about the watch, including winding, water resistancy and what to check if the watch stops working.


The packaging that you can expect from Lord Timepieces


Performance


As with all watch reviews I set the time by that of the speaking clock which itself is set to greenwich meantime.  24 hours later and the watch had kept perfect time.  I did notice that over the course of the week however the watch did gain around a minute in time.

The watch is very comfortable to wear, it is lightweight and easy to put on one handed. It doesn't get in the way at all and once on I forgot it was there.

I was a little concerned that the metal strap may snag the hairs on my arm but it didn't, which was great.

It's easy to adjust the fitting and will suit most wrist sizes.

A look at the easily adjustable strap clip


Pertinency


If you're a guy who likes to wear his wealth on his sleeve, maybe this isn't the watch for you. It's very understated and not ostentatious in any way. It doesn't scream at you, and is happy to sit politely on your wrist and be there when you need it.

If you're looking for something classic and easy on the eye, maybe it's one that you should add to your 'buy it now' list.


A look at the watch in its entirety

Pro’s & Con’s


It's simplicity and classic style is a major plus for me. It's just a nice uncomplicated timepiece that could be worn by anyone.

This particular model has no numbers which I know is an issue for some people as they can sometimes find it difficult to read. If this is the case there are two other versions of the Classic watch with numbers at the six and twelve that may work for you. These are the Classic Brown and the Classic Black/Silver and may suit your needs better.


The Classic Brown and the Classic Black/Silver


People


The team were impressed with the watch for the price tag that it comes with.

Cindy commented "I really like it, it's a good looking watch" and added "If you ever get bored of it, you know where I am!"

Harry also liked the watch and said "I like the face but if I was to buy a watch with a metal strap I'd like something a bit more substantial" He went on to say "The blue hands are sick"

Simple elegance and uncluttered style

Précis


Overall this is a great watch for the price. What you get is what you see. No fuss, no frills. Just a simple, clean and classy watch.

The price suits most budgets and it's unlikely to offend anyone with is clean lines and uncluttered face.

The Classic Silver watch will make a nice valentines gift for that man in your life so get yours today.

Styles with a classic grey sweatshirt and blue jeans

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Thank you for reading my review :)