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How To Wear Shorts

How To Wear Shorts For Men

When it comes to hot weather you can’t really go far wrong with a good pair of shorts. Versatile, breezy and warm-weather appropriate, they come in a variety of flavours sure to suit an array of styling preferences. With the opportunity to bear calves coming for many of us fleetingly at best, it can be hard to choose exactly which kind of breathable bottoms to go for, and furthermore, what to pair alongside them. In an effort to answer some of your most burning questions we’ve not only rounded up a selection of some of our favourites from each category but gave our two cents on how we would be donning them this summer.

 

Cargo Shorts

 

Cargo Shorts

For those of us who never have enough room for personal possessions, a pair of well-rounded cargo shorts could be perfect for you. Functional, relaxed and boasting a satisfying amount of pockets, this particular pair from nautical brand Paul & Shark showcase exactly why the style is becoming increasingly popular. Boasting a distinctly metallic sheen, they come crafted from econyl, a nylon fabric which makes use of recycled fibres metallic sheen finish, the shorts come with two large flap pockets alongside the addition of both rear and side entry compartments. Given an elasticated waist for a more comfortable feel a woven patch completes the look with a touch of unmistakable branding. Paired here with a DSquared shirt, Puma Mirage Sport trainers and Stussy bucket hat, this is certainly an outfit that will not only have you dripping in style points but no doubt bag you top spot when it comes to who can carry the most whether’s originals.

 

Smart Shorts

 

Chino Shorts

Whilst we’re not suggesting you rock up to your nearest 5-star establishment in your favourite pair of gym shorts, there’s no reason the right pair of shorts can’t be dressed up to suit more formal occasions. The king of smart casual diplomacy, the chino shorts exude a more considered approach to dressing without sacrificing on that all-important breeze to the lower leg. For this we’d suggest this rather nice entry from non-other than Ralph Lauren. Made from a cotton gabardine construction and presenting the iconic pony logo to the thigh, an elasticated waistband brings a covert but relaxed finish. Continuing the preppy aesthetic, the Coraux Marine loafers from Paraboot can be found below whilst a Norse Projects Jorn Half-Zip polo sits above.

 

Swim Shorts

 

Swim Shorts

Not only do these Stussy swim shorts possess the amphibious qualities necessary for entering your nearest body of water, but they’re also rather attuned when it comes to piecing together casual looks. Presented in a blinding yellow colourway and purposely cut looser through the leg, the fan favourite script logo adorns sits price of place, whilst an elasticated drawstring waist ensures ample room after indulging on seaside favourites. Teamed with the Novesta Marathon Trails below for all-day comfort an Axel Arigato hoodie above provides the perfect lightweight layer for those chilly summer evenings whilst a Patagonia hip bag provides space for sunglasses, keys and just about any other small personal possession.

 

Sweat Shorts

 

Sweat Shorts

Everyone’s favourite option when it comes to pure comfort, sweat shorts are the true workhorse of any man’s wardrobe. Characterised by their generously cut proportions, super soft cotton construction and space-giving elasticated trims, when it comes to meandering around your local town centre or a day spent indoors they surely take top spot. Embodying all of the above the adidas Essential shorts take the brand’s sportswear influence and channel it into something ultra-relaxed. Combined with the heritage driven SL72 on-feet and a Pyrenex long sleeve, The North Face’s cultural prolific Retro Nuptse Gilet adds extra insulating protection should you need to leave the solace of your sofa.

 

Jean Shorts

 

Jean Shorts

Known for their contributions to the world of stretch denim, for this category it would only be right to highlight the Anbass 573 Bio Shorts from Replay. Fondly known as ‘jorts’, the Anbass take everything we know and love about our favourite pair of denim slacks and upgrades them with a new BBQ friendly length. Made from a new organic blend for a more sustainable finish, the slim-fitting pair come bolstered with a selection of pockets and deep black wash. Fellow purveyors of the eco-friendly cause, above Patagonia’s short sleeve AC shirt is sure to steal some looks inside your local beer garden whilst entries from both Clarks and Belstaff finish the look with some good ol’ British charm.

 

Outdoor Shorts

 

Outdoor Shorts

Rugged, durable and packed with features designed to make more strenuous activities just that little bit easier, if you’re looking for shorts capable of handling the stresses of multiple scenarios look no further than these Gramicci shorts. Given an all-over camo print and equipped with not only a built-in nylon belt but gusset crotch for ease of movement, this interpretation of the brand’s classic climbing shorts come made in a lightweight nylon fabric. Teamed with a Stussy overshirt and coral adidas trefoil t-shirt sure to evoke ice-lolly cravings below the combination of the Nike Canyon Sandals and socks is sure to split some opinions.

Shop all of the shorts sown above online now at Aphrodite.

SS21 Rick Owens Drkshdw

Rick Owens DRKSHDW SS21

Rick Owens isn’t called ‘The Lord of Darkness’ for nothing, despite spending his formative years on America’s west coast his collections seldom depict the easy, breezy spirit of Cali’ living. Instead, subdued palettes and theatrical styles intertwine, acting as the cornerstone of the Paris-based designer’s aesthetic and heavily informing the immensely popular Rick Owens DRKSHDW offshoot. 

Established in 2005, the diffusion line borrows the avant-garde sensibility conveyed throughout the Rick Owens main collection, reworking the label’s iconic designs but at a much more accessible price point. This has enabled the sub-line to garner an international cult following in which streetwear aficionados don Owens’ show-stopping garments more like a badge of honour rather than a piece of clothing. 

Calling on Greek mythology, the most recent Rick Owens DRKSHDW capsule centers on Phlegethon – one of the five rivers of the underworld, translating to ‘fire-flaming’ in English and bleakly described as ‘a stream of hell’. Taking aim at the pandemic and the anguish the world has endured as a result, in Rick’s own words the collection is a “middle finger to doom.” 

Rick Owens Hoodie

As ever, the offering boasts considerable weight in the form of exaggerated proportions and long-line silhouettes, with a defiant attitude palpable across every single category from tees, trousers and accessories. The label’s synonymous triple-black palette is broken up with hints of plum and dust filtering through, perhaps a creative nod to the expression ‘light at the end of the tunnel’.  

Rick Owens SS21

Standouts for us are the Phlegethon shorts and trousers alike; characterised in true Rick Owens style by their drop crotch construction and rock ‘n’ roll rendering. Fiercely opaque and sustainably crafted from organic cotton, each pair is perfectly aligned with the label’s grunge allure. Tees in the collection stretch far beyond the hips with elongated ribbons and Egyptian graphics upping the ante visually while the signature drawstring detail brings both style and substance to various pieces.  

Rick Owens DRKSHDW Collection

Though dominated by dramatic tones and a bold bravado, the Rick Owens DRKSHDW SS21 collection delivers a positive message that’s suitably in tune with the times – to stand up against adversity wherever possible. Shop key Rick Owens DRKSHDW SS21 pieces online and in-store at Aphrodite Clothing. 

Five Ways To Style AW20 Trends

Seasonal Looks For Every Occasion

If like us you’re situated in the Northern Hemisphere, last week you will have officially waved goodbye to summer’s balmy climes and hello to autumn’s delightfully tricky weather which we’re all aware takes no prisoners. With the inclement conditions arriving thick and fast already, we’ve taken the liberty of showcasing five ways to style AW20 trends for men.

Mens Style AW20

Whether you’re keen to get back on track with knitwear, embrace full-force fleece or can’t help but still savour last season’s easy breezy shirting styles, we’ve incorporated something to suit everyone’s needs, just take a look below…

Men’s AW20 Trends – Look 1

A year that will go down in the history books, 2020 has ushered in a sequence of precarious living like we’ve never experienced before and we’re sure many of you found yourselves stuck at home on furlough over the spring / summer period. While some may have relished the slower pace of life amidst the outer chaos; others may have been itching to get back to the grind. Whatever the circumstances, getting back into a routine and returning to the office can undoubtedly feel challenging, which is why this first outfit uncovers a harmonious balance between nonchalant dressing and work-place appropriateness.

Men's AW20 Clothing Trends

Teaming a functional Nudie Jeans denim jacket up top with a crisp white Vivienne Westwood shirt and a timeless Ralph Lauren pea coat enables a fuss-free day-to-night transition. Doubling-up on layers ensures the upper ensemble is warm enough for the journey in and out of work while the mix of smart and casual means this look can take you from A to B seamlessly. White Axel Arigato Clean 90 trainers and neutral, turned-up trousers further elevate the fusion of suave, laid-back styling.

Men’s AW20 Trends – Look 2

For the man that’s always on the go, this next look takes note of your hectic day-to-day schedule while still encouraging you to take pride in your own personal style. Here to stay, the utility trend is as prevalent now as it ever has been. Having been subjected to countless interpretations throughout the years, it’s down to outdoor-centric brand Patagonia and Parisian powerhouse Kenzo to work its charm in this case.

Canada Goose AW20

Utilising a cosy and wholly versatile Norse Projects sweatshirt as its base, the upper ensemble first unfolds with an insulating Canada Goose gilet which is guaranteed to come in handy for those transitional days when critical weather is most likely. The initial look is then topped off with a waterproof Patagonia tote bag for keeping all your possessions safely stored, paired alongside a front buckle fastening for heavy-duty edge.

The lower-half of the outfit leans on khaki Kenzo cargo pants, detailed traditionally with a multitude of pocket space and a loose fit while Nike Blazer Mid 77’s sign off in retro Swoosh style.

Men’s AW20 Trends – Look 3

An AW20 look that means business. This suave combination comprises key pieces from a range of world-famous brands, including Ami, Stone Island, Comme des Garçons, Moncler and Mallet London. Sure to prove ideal for formal meetings set in the cityscape, a Comme des Garçons pinstripe shirt is layered atop a Stone Island roll neck, this unusual but ingenious mixing of brands presents a preppy and authentic aesthetic – akin to something you might find in the tangled, bustling streets of Manhattan.

Stone Island AW20

Breathable sock boots by Mallet and a vividly coloured Moncler cross body bag round off the outfit, ensuring comfort is key on foot and that all your essential items can come on those impromptu adventures with you.

Men’s AW20 Trends – Look 4

For those days when the cold really draws in. This AW20 offering brings both form and function to the forefront, with a focus on testing temperatures and essential winter traction. Opting for a Shearling Patagonia gilet to the outer, the weather-focused pairing includes a water repellent Belstaff overshirt nestled underneath for enhanced practicality on the arms, while a saturated pop of orange peeks out from the Paul Smith hoodie below.

Patagonia AW20 Gilet

Simple Stone Island cargo pants incorporate a utility-driven vibe on the legs, married with heritage hiking boot brand Danner on foot, giving the wearer heightened stability on slippery winter roads. If you feel like it, switch out the boots in favour of trainers to transform this outfit from outdoor explorer to event-goer.

Men’s AW20 Trends – Look 5

Turn the vacay shirt you never got a chance to wear this summer into an autumnal layering piece, we’ve gone for a revere collar number from Albam in this case. A playful DSquared tee adds a swatch of necessary core colour, combined with a dependable, slim-fitting pair of Nudie Jeans on the legs – we recommend adding these Steady Eddie II’s onto your essentials list! On foot, the brand with The Three Stripes takes heritage up a notch with an eternal classic, the adidas SL 80.

DSquared AW20 Collection

Mixing and matching certain items can bring this look up to speed with the ever-changing weather, for instance, simply layer up with a parka to breeze through testing winter conditions.

Discover AW20 collections from a wealth of designer brands in-store & online at Aphrodite.

How To Relax Your Home Wardrobe With Barbour Beacon

Barbour Beacon SS20

If you’re feeling like your sense of style is pretty limited at the moment, don’t stress – the whole world is with you on that one. Just like the rest of the globe, here in the UK a state of lockdown has imposed a ‘new normal’ for almost six weeks now, which has presented a whole host of unprecedented circumstances.

While we all continue to strictly follow the government guidelines and adapt to this new state of being, it seems that in the madness of it all, our wardrobes have hit the back burner. I’m sure you’ll agree that there’s only so many pieces which can be deemed ‘appropriate’ for home office working or that daily exercise allowance we all treasure… In fact, does anyone remember the last time they donned a pair of jeans? No, us neither.

Fashion at the moment is certainly not the pressing priority it once was, and nor should it be within the grand scheme of things, however, it is just one of several adjustments that we’ve all gotten used to in recent weeks. With that said, we’ve taken a brief break from our new reality to help you implement a more relaxed approach to dressing with a helping hand from our trusty North-East neighbour, Barbour Beacon.

So, what exactly is on the agenda? Well we’re leaning on comfort, comfort and, you guessed it, a little more comfort. For the time being we recommend that you put the restrictive traits of denim, tailoring and outerwear to the back of your mind in favour of clobber that’s stretchy, soft on the skin and cosy – because let’s face it – downtime is the only memo scribbled on our calendars right now.

Barbour Beacon T-Shirt

To start off we’re placing our attention on finding the ideal base layer. Whether short-sleeved or long-sleeved, a comfortable t-shirt is the foundation of any great loungewear ensemble, so you’ll be pleased to hear that Barbour Beacon have plenty in their SS20 vault for you to feast your eyes on. For the most part, the Barbour Beacon tees here at Aphrodite are crafted from comfy cotton, opt for a short-sleeved cut and bear iconic credentials from the South Shields native.

In case you didn’t know, South Shields is nestled just up the road from our base here in Sunderland, with the region’s coastal backdrop informing many of Barbour Beacon’s garments, not to mention their entire global identity, which is why you’ll see a lighthouse emblem across the sub-brand’s whole collection. Below we’ve picked out a selection of breezy, unrestrictive t-shirts that will add a dose of Northern heritage to your rotation along with no-nonsense reliability.

Barbour Beacon Lighthouse T-Shirts

Of course, you can’t always rely on the days and weeks ahead to deliver t-shirt weather, so it’s always a good idea to build up your layers, whether you’re lounging around the house or seeking a breath of fresh air – warmth and comfort should be key during quarantine. Thankfully, #StayingAtHome with Barbour Beacon means exactly that. The brand’s SS20 offerings boast the perfect balance between versatility, insulation and street-ready styling, although the streets may have to hold on until they can claim their turn.

Barbour Beacon Fleece

Below we’ve picked out three snug silhouettes that will come in handy while self-isolating is still advisable. Our personal favourite is the Barbour Beacon Foley Fleece, not only does it have an outdoorsy, retro vibe to it, but it’s also reversible, meaning it can take you from one place to the next with ease. In the case of lockdown, opt to interchange between the textured sherpa fleece side and the smooth, cobalt poly face as you juggle working from home, your weekly food shop and accompanying man’s best friend for his daily stroll.

Barbour Beacon

Although it remains unclear when exactly we’ll be granted the green-light back to our old lives, we hope that for now you can find some creativity through the crisis by striving to relax your home wardrobe with Barbour Beacon. As always, thanks for taking the time to read this feature and be sure to stay safe through these extraordinary times!

Balmain Denim Jacket

Style Guide : How To Wear Denim

Denim Styling For The Modern Man

Deriving from the work-mans’ aesthetic, denim has been a notable part of mens’ fashion culture for over a century, revolutionising the way men dress and express their style. Heavily influenced over the years by politics, music, art and youth culture, denim has become a timeless fabric in various forms, catering to every man in every generation. Whether it be in traditional indigo jeans, to distressed jackets in acid wash, denim has evolved beyond its originals means, allowing it to complement any outfit for any occasion.

Smart Casual

The first thing to come to someone’s mind when thinking of denim is a classic pair of jeans, being a statement piece for most male wardrobes. Being something that can easily smarten up an outfit without trying too hard, jeans are now a go-to for most day to night affairs. The versatility in the garment allows you to easily adapt to any formality, whether they be paired with a crisp white shirt and dress shoes for a smart day time look, or with some sneakers and a bold graphic tee for a more vibrant night time look.

One style that a pair of jeans is prominent in is the classic 50’s mod trend. Heavily influenced by music and modern style icons like Liam Gallagher, this look represents the essence of mens’ formal style clashing with a casual comfort.  Jeans have become a quintessential part of the look, with a roll up to highlight the socks typically styled with desert boots or dress shoes. Try styling it with an over shirt to layer up with various textures to nod to the smart comfort that the mod look boasts.

Edwin Denim JeansGet The Look:

ED 39 63 Rainbow Selvage Denim Jeans – BlueWallabee Shoes - Cola Suede

 

The Denim Jacket

Oozing style blended with a hint of edginess, a denim jacket is the perfect addition to any outfit. An easy way to dress up a basic silhouette, a denim jacket is the ideal ‘chuck-on’ that ends up making the statement for the full look.

Challenge yourself by stepping away from the traditional sense of a denim jacket and become bold with your choices, going for a treated version. With hand done distressing, a large logo embossment to the back alongside intricate metal detailing, the Balmain denim jacket featured in this look is forefront in its evolution. Let the jacket do the talking, pairing it with a darker hue such as black or a deep indigo navy to highlight the structure of the fabric and the natural wear and tear it will provide. Adding character and flair to your outfit.

Balmain Denim Jacket

Get The Look:

Balmain Denim JacketEdwin T Shirts Double Pack - BlackEdwin Jeans Slim Tapered - Kaihara BlackAxel Arigato Clean 90 Sneaker - White Leather

Double Denim

Usually a phrase that would spark dread amongst most, double denim is a trend that everyone should get in on. Allowing you to really appreciate it in all its’ forms, doubling it up gives you the chance to layer up on texture and shades, forming a coherent and versatile look.

DSquared2 is a main competitor amongst denim and experimentation, providing several treatments and design accents to nurture your style needs. With their statement distressing and paint splatter, layering up their items can really intensify the manipulation of the classic material, resulting in a raw and versatile appearance. Take advantage of the chance to layer up and introduce new prints amongst the acid wash, with a bold stripe to help break up the outfit. Match with a pair of sneakers to finish off the look.

DSquared2 Denim Shirt / Jeans

Get The Look:

DSquared Shirt Denim – BlueDSquared Skater Jeans - BlueFolk T-Shirt – Ecru / Navy Stripe

Denim allows you not only to nod towards a history of style, culture and revolution in your clothing, but also have fun and experiment with layering, fabric treatments and prints. Despite being a classic piece in menswear fashion, modernization of it over the years has introduced a youthful and raw aesthetic.

Explore our range of denim online at Aphrodite Clothing.

Nike Hoodie Sherpa Fleece

Swoosh Street Style: Nike Hooded Fleece

Fusing The Great Outdoors With Urban Spirit

Suddenly realised its nearing the end of 2019 and you’re yet to tick off one of your New Years resolutions? Perhaps one of them was to encourage yourself to step out of your comfort zone? If that’s indeed the case, then lucky you because we’ve just found ourselves in possession of the perfect piece to see you into daring territory. Unapologetically bold, this Nike Hooded Fleece arrives brimming with explosive hues and ‘70s design cues.

Exactly what you need to enliven an autumnal rotation that’s seemingly become mundane, this new-season Swoosh style comes bundled in neon pigments of orange, peach, coral and purple which are then executed with cosy Sherpa fleece and nylon overlays.

Though immensely soft and comforting to the outer, this Nike Hooded Fleece strikes the perfect temperature balance internally thanks to its breathable mesh body. This type of stark fabric contrast on each side is intentional and ensures the design can cultivate the ideal warm-to-cool ratio amidst the unpredictable British weather, which let’s face it, we all love to hate.

Nike Sherpa Fleece

Nike Hoodie Sherpa Fleece

Nike Hoodie

Elsewhere, the silhouette’s high-octane aesthetic is bolstered by distinctive Nike branding at the chest and royal-blue trims at its pocket and cuffs. Additional details include a contemporary ½ zip closure and capacious hood with Sherpa fleece lining.

In what appears as a true ‘streetwear meets the great outdoors’ kinda set up, this Nike Hooded Fleece sends a bold, winterized message to the standard feel of ‘70s climbing gear. And though it’s certainly not reserved for the faint-hearted, we encourage you to take a leap of faith with this one, you won’t regret it.

Patagonia AW19

Patagonia AW19 Latest Arrivals

Garments With Purpose From Patagonia

If you weren’t already aware, American outdoors brand Patagonia is, in many ways, a forerunner of several developments welcomed by the fashion industry in recent years. Not familiar? Let us get you acquainted…

Take the label’s bid for a sustainable future as a starting point; little to no brands had even considered the impact of fashion on the planet before Patagonia led the way with its introduction of recycled fabrics. Or, cast your mind back to the inception of the brand’s ‘Worn Wear’ initiative – a repair service designed to make your gear last the ages. Whatever the case for review, there’s no doubting that Patagonia is doing its bit to honour founder, Yvon Chouinard’s, lifelong proposal for functional, repairable and durable apparel for everyone.

So, with that said, let’s see how this season’s Patagonia AW19 collection lives up to all the above, beginning with the label’s trusty layering pieces.

It goes without saying that with the onset of colder months ahead, your wardrobe can never have too many layers and perhaps the perfect piece to start with is a hoodie. Simple in structure and cosy in construction, a hoodie is pretty much an indispensable item all year round, especially when it comes baring Patagonia’s credentials to the chest. The brand’s P6 Logo hoodie, in particular, is a great silhouette for everyday; as expected, it’s responsibly crafted from recycled materials and boasts a warming fleece lining to the inner.

Patagonia Silent Down Shirt Jacket

With the necessities of warmth and comfort covered by the brand’s hoodie, adding a sharp shirting style into the mix then successfully elevates the look for everyday pursuits. Here we’ve placed Patagonia’s Fjord flannel shirt and Silent Down shirt jacket atop the hoodie, thus injecting varied tones into the lineup, while doubling up on layers and structuring the ensemble on top. Not to mention the shirt jacket is padded with 100% recycled down.

Patagonia Logo Hoodie

Next, a slew of autumnal colour cues finds their way into the Patagonia AW19 collection. With Patagonia’s signature Fitz Roy Scope tee in black acting as a breathable base layer beneath, the brand’s more neutral-toned garments can take centre stage in the following look. Both clad in earthy pigments, the brand’s Retro Pile Gilet comes imagined above a Patagonia Fjord Flannel shirt yet again – this time in stripes of ‘bristle brown’, beige and grey. The great thing about these two designs is their ability to do the job – functionality-wise – while looking equally on point for the city streets.

Patagonia GiletPatagonia Retro Pile Gilet

Wrapping things up, this last look debuts as perhaps the most practical all of them all, though each puts up a pretty tough fight for the prize. Each garment in this lineup zips down to reveal yet another branded garment beneath it, until it finally reaches a 1973 infused Fitz Roy, organic cotton tee in light blue. In addition, Patagonia’s Isthmus Parka serves out ‘60s expedition vibes to the outer, bolstered by a wind-resistant ‘mojave khaki’ shell and teamed alongside another iteration of the label’s Retro Pile Gilet in navy.

Patagonia Isthmus JacketPatagonia Parka Beige

All in all, if you’re one of these people that drifts in-between the city life for those well-deserved breaks in the great outdoors, make sure to hit up the Patagonia latest arrivals for all your long-lasting, adventure clobber this season. You won’t leave disappointed, we assure you.

Nike Air Force 1 '07 White Trainers

Nike Trainers: Style The Swoosh Right

How To Wear Nike Trainers

In today’s fashion zeitgeist it’s near impossible to imagine a world without Nike trainers. But, in the bygone days of the ‘60s and ‘70s, before the Swoosh locked down sartorial status, the footwear industry wasn’t quite sure what it was missing without the sporting stalwart’s sneakers.

Jump 40-something years and Nike trainers have reached the pinnacle of footwear culture in 2019. Having etched their presence into society and sportswear alike, the brand’s kicks, ranging from the nostalgic Cortez, to the Waffle Racer ‘Moon Shoe’ and the ever-popular Air Max dynasty, are true style icons.

Therefore, mastering your Swoosh style is essential if you’re hoping to keep up appearances in the sneaker scene. So why not source inspiration from our styling team and take a look at how we’ve approached this season’s Nike Trainers below…

LOOK 1: 

Ideal for city dwellers – our first look bets on a relaxed wardrobe for urban settings. With the help of trailblazing label CP Company and all-American brand Ralph Lauren in the mix, this outfit takes on an effortless smart-casual stance. Boasting a double dosage of technical layers on top, including a short-sleeved CP Company polo shirt and CP Company arm lens jacket, the outfit further unfolds with comforting Ralph Lauren sweatpants.

Completing the look is a pair of Nike Air Max Light trainers; offering colourful pops to an otherwise monochrome teaming. Since these sneakers have been seldom-seen since the ‘80s, give them the attention they deserve through the streets.How to wear Nike trainers - Look 1

Nike Air Max Light Trainers

LOOK 2: 

If you’re more focused on turning up the dial for nostalgia, look two is a winner. Featuring Nike’s Air Zoom Alpha trainers, *cult classics from the ‘90s*, the outfit channels an elevated approach to dressing. It’s imagined with several layers stacked atop each other, including a Nudie sweatshirt, Albam shirt and cosy Folk sweatshirt. Although warmth shouldn’t pose a problem with this look, choose to add or remove layers depending on the temperature. Meanwhile, embrace this Zoom sneaker’s wavy uppers and retro status in your chosen stomping ground.

How to wear Nike trainers - look 2

Nike Air Zoom Alpha Trainers

LOOK 3: 

Cast with a colour palette made up of only two tones, this black and white ensemble is undoubtedly a head-turner. Bringing urban accents into focus, the look aims to secure the streetwear scene with a range of logo-charged accessories. With Dsquared2’s ICON bag by your side, not only can all your essentials be kept close, but your status heightened thanks to the brand’s signature slogan. Adding to the clashing vision is a Ralph Lauren baseball cap, boxy Maison Margiela t-shirt and Champion sweatshorts.

Finished off with the power and stability of Nike’s Vapormax 2019 trainer on foot; we’re sound in the knowledge that this look will confidently pursue the city or summer festivals in equal measure.

How to wear Nike trainers - look 3

Nike Vapormax 2019 Trainers

LOOK 4:

Slick, smart and suitable for weekend wear – outfit four is fiercely trend aware. Taking to terrain with the energy of a springy Air Sole unit, Nike’s Air Tailwind 79 sneaker hits the floor with the Swoosh sported at all angles. Up top, a lightweight Paul Smith shirt and neutral Albam overshirt drape the body, teamed alongside versatile Norse Projects chinos. Signing off the sophisticated streetwear look is Moncler’s Theo pouch in olive, styled here across the body.

How to wear Nike Trainers - look 4

Nike Air Tailwind 79 Trainers

LOOK 5:

Wholly inspired by the game, this next look captures traditions from the hardwood and prepares to hit the tramac. Using an unusual approach to layering, the outfit invites a striking Nike jersey atop a cosy Ralph Lauren hoodie. Nike’s Air Force 1 ‘07 low trainers serve timeless appeal on foot, while the sporty styling is broken up with beige Norse Projects chinos. We reckon this one will give off duty dressing a whole new meaning.

How to wear Nike trainers - look 5

Nike Air Force 1 Trainers

LOOK 6:

Showcasing the sporty flair of the ‘90s, this final outfit looks to apparel icons of the past. Pounding the streets with nostalgia on foot, Nike’s Air Max 98 trainers inject old-school quality to the ensemble while Ralph Lauren’s half zip sweatshirt serves up a cosy layer for easy throwing on. Edwin’s ED55 63 jeans soften the athleisure theme with their clean-cut feel and turned-up cuffs.

How to wear Nike trainers - look 6

Nike Air Max 98 Trainers

So, whether you’re running errands from day-to-day, dressing to impress or cutting a casual figure, celebrate the Swoosh in superlative style. Shop a wide range of Nike trainers in-store and online at Aphrodite.

Aphrodite Clothing Travel Essentials

What To Pack For A Weekend Away

Packing For A Weekend Away: The Essentials

Is the wait till your next summer holiday too much to bear? If so, we reckon you could be in need of a well-earned weekend away. Whether you prefer the scenic surroundings of the Lake District or the booming cityscape of the capital, a change-up of settings could work wonders for your wellbeing and, ultimately, bridge the gap between your next sun-soaked destination.

Of course, the difficulty with a short trip away is knowing how much to pack. Finding the happy medium between taking too little and taking too much is tricky to say the very least. And then there’s the dilemma of deciding what sort of things to pack. Altogether, it’s a bit of an irritating undertaking. Thankfully, we’re willing to carry the burden to help you get to where you need to be. So, kick-back and relax while you uncover our essential guide to packing for a weekend away.

A Practical & Portable Bag:
With every escape from reality, comes the bag you chose to get you there. Ideally, something spacious, functional and wholly accommodating would be the superior choice for any adventure-seeker. But, with so many on the market to choose from, it can be a bit of a minefield finding the right one. We think these generously-sized choices from Fred Perry, Barbour and Fjallraven could fall into your plans effortlessly. View our full bag collection online here.

 

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Sunglasses With Style & Substance:
Let’s face it, if you’re staying on home-turf, unpredictable weather is almost a given. So, come rain or shine, it’s best to be prepared for whatever the forecast could throw your way. If we’re wishful thinking, balmy climates would reign supreme, and with that in mind, sunglasses are a total must-have. With the obvious benefits of muting the sun’s harsh glares, the right pair of shades will instantly sign off any look.

For the sole purpose of a long weekend away, versatility is key. Choosing a simple, slick pair that will go with everything is imperative. Luxury Italian eyewear specialists Ray Ban are your go-to for achieving just this. The brand’s Meteor sunglasses in brown offer 100% UV protection while providing superlative visual clarity. For an extra dose of luxury, Moncler’s all-black wayfarers might just be your match. View our entire sunglasses range to find the right pair for you.

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Slick & Sensible Headwear:
Always a hit – caps, like sunglasses, are another great way to survive the sun. With the ability to shade you from testing temperatures while enhancing your outfit, caps are a necessity for any short break. Brands ranging from Stone Island, Norse Projects, Paul Smith, and more, have all tweaked the design to their own taste this season. Discover essential headwear styles over on our website now.

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A Wise Selection of Tops:
You can’t go wrong with a selection of t-shirts. A versatile mix of short-sleeved and long-sleeved styles will prove perfect for a plethora of occasions. Though it is important to consider your personal plans too. Are you spending your time in the great outdoors or amidst urban settings? The appropriate cut, colour and fit will make all the difference to your ensemble and overall comfort throughout your trip.

Japanese clothing label Edwin offer a double pack of two plain white tees that are ideal for throwing on at a moment’s notice. While Danish streetwear stalwart Norse Projects has you covered for casual events with its Johannes tee – a breezy, breathable option. And outdoor outfitter Patagonia supplies a long-sleeved, logo charged design for cooler climes.

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Functional Shorts:
As well as the usual trousers to chill out in, practical shorts can also be a saviour for day-to-day activity. At the top of our list are this beige pair from Patagonia, they’re crafted in a classic cargo silhouette, with a quick-drying nylon base, DWR coating and UV protective finish. Also acquiring top marks are Fjallraven’s Karl Pro shorts, made with the brand’s durable G-1000 fabric. In a similar manner to Patagonia, these shorts supply plenty of pocket space and are ideal for carrying all your essentials.

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Grooming Goodness:
Unlike travelling abroad – long weekends away in the UK don’t require you to limit your toiletry capacity. However, having everything in one place and all of travel-size helps when it comes to packing and being that extra-bit organised on the day. Much to our pleasure, the grooming experts over at L:A Bruket are on hand to deliver everything you need for that blissful break away. With a dynamic selection of everything from sunscreen to beard wash, there’s lots to get your hands on. Shop our entire grooming range here.

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Versatile Footwear: And finally, stay sturdy on your feet through new territory with a trusty pair of kicks. Although not always practical, box-fresh white sneakers are easy to pair and most-likely light on the feet. adidas Originals’ AR Trainer is tailormade to perform on ‘grass, clay and cement’ and is built with a sturdy rubber outsole underfoot. For rocky terrain, we recommend something with outstanding traction and durability. Take a look at our diverse footwear collection here.

adidas AR Trainer In WhiteSo, without further ado, start packing and ensure your ‘out of office’ status is firmly switched on!