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Outfit Grid – Heatwave, must have style day to night.

As a current of tropical air from the Atlantic Azores Islands hits the UK this weekend, we gear up for a scorcher of a bank holiday and what is claimed to be the start of the hottest May in four decades. Well, we know us Brits and whether its the beach by day or not, we know a beer garden, barbecue and at least one late night is on the cards, in true bank holiday fashion. Here’s a little something we put together to take you from day to night with a few things considered (comfort and coolness being the main competitors).

 

These cotton drawstring pants from APC, in a lightweight seersucker cotton are the perfect summer pant. Smart or casual, rolled up or down loose, their versatility means you can get maximum usage which is always a massive box ticker for us! Styled here with a yellow graphic print tee by Saturdays NYC, washed denim jacket by Nudie Jeans, The Marshal sunglasses in brown mirror by Ray-Ban and grey suede sneakers from Grenson. If you haven’t been introduced to Jason Markk yet then let us make you acquainted, with a highly sophisticated range of shoe care products we can describe only as magical lifesavers you really need to add products like the repel spray here to your list of things to try, you won’t be disappointed!

How To Wear Black Jeans

How To Style Black Jeans

The humble pair of jeans, your friend in your time of need, you can always rely on them to be the fundamental element to any outfit, whatever the occasion.

Once you have started to carve the path of brand loyalty and the perfect fit you, the next port of call is the shade. Not sure on what fit jeans are the most flattering for you? Check out our Jeans fit guide below.

Now black jeans are the holy grail of the denim world; with their power to give a slightly slimming effect to an outfit.

Black Nudie Jeans

HOW TO WEAR BLACK JEANS

We are all aware that the old faithful denim can be tarted up or down. The first look we are going to delve into is the smart casual, one of our favourite fashion terms ever.

For this article we have selected a pair jeans that will stand the test of time, and any styling looks we throw at them – the Edwin ED-80 Jeans in Black CS Selvage. A pair of jeans that should work for the average Joe. The ED-80 is a slim fit jean with a slightly tapered leg that works well for most men in their everyday lives. This pair of white-listed selvage denim has been crafted from a cotton and elastane blend resulting in comfort stretch fit, perfect for post pizza.

1. The Smart Casual Look – Black Jeans & White Shirt

To get the ball rolling, you will need a classic white shirt, an item any man of sound mind will have at least one of, and a man with a great mind will have an abundance of them. We have hand selected the APC Oxford Shirt in White, a shirt that has been crafted from sturdy oxford fabric with perfectly proportioned collar and mother of pearl buttons to the cuffs. Now, this piece firmly ticks off the smart aspect of the outfit, with a bold red marker.
How To Wear Black Jeans White Shirt

The ultimate casual styled jacket ,with a sprinkle of refinement, is the iconic coach jacketOur favourite one this season is the Saturdays NYC Copper Jacket in Stone Blue. This jacket has crafted from a nylon-polyester fabric that is double garment-dyed for a saturated colour and unique finish. Sporting a slightly oversized collar, hidden placket with snap disc fastening and elasticated hems.
How To Wear Black Jeans Coach Jacket

The statement sneaker – is any outfit complete without a pair? We love kicks that give a punch, if that is physically possible, and the Nike Air Force 1 ’07 in Red Stardust do just that. The court legend has returned in a buttery suede upper in a soft dusty pink shade, that perfectly compliments the coach jackets stone blue. Black jeans are the perfect canvas to showcase your avant-garde sneakers.

How To Wear Black Jeans Statement Sneakers

Et voila the complete outfit from The Smart Casual Look.

How To Wear Black Jeans Smart Casual

2. The Smart Look – On Foreign Shores

Here in the UK, we spend most of working lives wishing away our precious time until we can step foot off a plane and let the heat hit our sun deprived faces.  Do not fret though, you don’t have to leave your beloved black jeans back in the departure lounge , we have devised a plan to get them rolled up in your case.


How To Wear Black Jeans Abroad

Style your black jeans with a bold printed shirt, you don’t have to go full on statement shirt, like the Baz Luhrmann’s take on Romeo & Juliet (but we aren’t ones to judge if you want to go full hog). The perfect compromising piece has to be the Norse Projects Carsten Shirt in Kelp Green, this lightweight cotton shirt has been in a relaxed fit creating a slick contrast against the slim cut jeans.
How To Wear Black Jeans Shoes

With the Norse Project’s bold botanical print being centre stage of the outfit, we don’t want to dull it’s shine so black footwear would be the perfect pairing. We like to push the boundaries, so for an alternative look we have chosen the Paraboot Chambord Tex Shoes in Black.  A legend of style, comfort and quality, the Paraboot Chambord derby presents it’s self in a rich, waxy black leather for a touch of rugged luxury. Sat atop a hard-wearing Paratex rubber sole with a two-tone Norwegian welt, the uppers boast classic apron-front styling.

Blue skies are definitely calling with this Smart Look – On Foreign Shores from the How To Wear Black Jeans guide

How To Wear Black Jeans Abroad

3. The Relaxed Look

The perfect way to end this guide has to be with our favourite day of the week, Sunday – the day of slouching. With black jeans being a such a blank canvas it is so simple to throw on your favourite sweater and look effortlessly cool. The sweatshirt we have on our lust list this week is the APC US Stars Sweatshirt in Grey, is have been proudly made in California U.S.  and holds a simple, minimal style that follows a military aesthetic with APC branding on the chest with accompanying stars.

How To Wear Black Jeans Relaxed Sweater

Since we are feeling so relaxed, we want to keep this look monochrome and laid back so a black sneaker is needed. If you are haunting your stomping grounds do it in style with the Nike Air Max 97 OG Trainers in Black Sporting sleek layered uppers in a tonal black shade set atop a clean white sole unit with distinctive full-length Max Air bubbles, the Air Max 97 is finished subtly with contrasting silver mini Swoosh logo embroidery to the sides and tongue


How To Wear Black Jeans Black Sneakers

The Relaxed Look from the How To Wear Black Jeans guide has us counting down the minutes until the weekend.

How To Wear Black Jeans Relaxed Look

PS before we wrap things up here if you need a quality pair of men’s black jeans will last you a lifetime ever black – check out Nudie Jeans Lean Dean in Ever Black. A pair of jeans that have been crafted with a dye provides a stronger fixation for colour fastness properties and minimises excess dye.

 

Outfit-Winters-End

Outfit – Step into Spring … British spring!

Spring is finally upon us and we can start to de-layer and look forward to showing a bit more flesh. For now, however, we’re in that up and down phase where it isn’t quite safe to take too much of a risk but we have started to dig out our summer cotton for some of that spring layering. Here’s our idea of a perfect mid-week ensemble for you to wake up that spring wardrobe ready for some summer action. Time to turn up those chino bottoms, throw on a cotton shirt and remember a sweater.

Outfit - Folk, Albam, Norse Projects, Maison Margiela

Today’s outfit features cotton pants by Albam, light cotton shirt by Folk, cotton sweatshirt and marl knit socks by Norse Projects, suede and leather trainers by Maison Margiela. We thought we’d add one of our favourite newcomers, this Grenson, citrus and deep musk scented candle. Mainly because it’s scent is now filling the living rooms of quite a few of us here at Aphrodite HQ and we want to share the love.

 

Shia Labeouf if a style icon

Why Is Shia Labeouf Such A Style Icon?

If you’re an active visitor on social media platforms you will have seen Shia Labeouf at some point being referred to as a style god. I know what you’re thinking, “But he just wears old vintage tees, random leggings and some beat up trainers”, and I can’t disagree and say he doesn’t because he does. But, he has the power to make anything look good, the fact he can confidently turn up in a pair of bright pink leggings and still look cool is beyond me. And before he starts getting judged, Ellen Degeneres (From the Ellen Show, of course) made a bet that if he could get snapped by the paparazzi in pink leggings that she would donate $50,000 to cancer research.

Shia Labeouf in Pink Leggings

‘Normcore’ is making a triumphant return, (for those of you who don’t know what that is I’ll sum it up). Normcore is when a person dresses purposefully dull or uncool, making them ironically cool…What a bizarre time we live in right? It goes against the social norms of what makes someone’s style cool and this is why Shia is basically the King of Normcore, so much so that it recently emerged that Kanye West took most of Shia’s wardrobe, and you know if Yeezy is taking your stuff that you’re undeniably fashionable.

How To Dress Like Shia Labeouf

So how can you replicate this look? Well, you have come to the right place, you essentially just need some casual pieces. Items from Patagonia are a great place to start, the brand has a minimal style that doesn’t make waves, but provides amazing comfort for the wearer and the jackets are perfect for layering.

Shia Labeouf in a Patagonia Half-Zip Fleece

Patagonia Better Sweater in Grey

If you want to master the normcore look, you are going to need an oversized jumper that you can throw on every day, Saturdays NYC have an amazing option for you to go with, featuring a simple graphic logo, this can be put with so many different fits and will look great, whilst keeping you insanely snug. Or if you want a military aesthetic like Shia, the recent collection of Made in the USA from APC features military-inspired graphics. The beauty of this sort of style is, even if you wear it all relentlessly it’ll help the casual aesthetic. The weird part of it is, it takes a lot of effort to look like you haven’t made any effort, but it is totally worth it.

Shia Labeouf in a marine jumper

APC US Star Sweatshirt in Grey

Nine times out of ten you will catch Shia in a cap, whether it’s because he wants to try to remain anonymous or not that up for debate, but he always chooses to have some simple embroidery on them, one of his most notable caps is an insanely beat up 2nd Armored Division cap, which he wears frequently and even shares with Kanye. If you want the same style cap but with a simpler logo and a more wearable appeal then look no further than the Norse Projects Twill Cap for an effortless way to finish your ultra-casual look.

Shia Labeouf armored division cap

Norse Projects Cap in Light Twill Navy

 

Comme des Garcons Shirt

Outfit – Tokyo to Paris

This season we welcomed Japanese label Commes des Garçons Shirt to the Aphrodite family and as their array of t-shirts are too good not to shout about we thought we’d make some form of an introduction by teaming our favourite edition, the Tartan Logo T-Shirt, with a few pieces from the brand’s Paris based neighbours, thus providing a bit of fashion trivia along the way.

As French as Comme des Garcons Shirt may at first glance appear, it is always as a surprise that many learn its Japanese (Tokyo) origins and the brand is most certainly not alone in this theme as there are others who follow a similar suit, APC for instance, a Paris based brand founded by Tunisian fashion designer Jean Touitou. While designers Martin Margiela, of another Paris based label Maison Margiela, and Raf Simons, who held a three-year title as Dior’s creative director, are both of Belgian descent.

Outfit - Margiela, CDG, Adidas x Raf Simons, Y3

 

Today’s outfit features tartan text t-shirt by Comme des Garçons Shirt, black oversized hoodie by Maison Margiela, black jeans by APC, burgundy Ozweego III trainers by Adidas x Raf Simons and not forgetting this black logo backpack by Y3‘s Yohji Yamamoto because you cant speak of Paris and not include this technical genius, click link to see what we mean!

 

Outfit - Pastels and prints

Outfit – Pastels and patterns

Our growing streetwear collection consists of some of your favourite brands and with the fashion genre quite possibly being at is most eclectic yet it was no surprise to see this season’s trends having an element of ‘clash’. With pastels, stripes and of course the relentless camo making prominent appearances we thought we’d throw something together to remind you it doesn’t have to be one or the other anymore.

 

Stussy, Penfield, Vans and Eastpak

 

Its all about the clash, outfit features black corduroy trousers by Nudie Jeans, striped colour block rugby shirt by Stussy, pink cotton coach jacket by Penfield, camo print waist bag by Eastpak and suede trainers by Vans.

Sartorial Minimalism

Outfit – The Sartorial Minimalist

Norse Projects continue with their consistent minimal design silhouettes, and with every drop of collection items comes a ripple of excitement around Aphrodite HQ. Nothing has faltered in their SS18 collection which ranges in everything from spring pastel stripes to technically designed and constructed weather resistant jackets, and of course all the Norse staples in between. Here we chose a favorite from this weeks drop and popped it into a nice little weekend ensemble for you (you’re welcome). Introducing, the Norse Projects SS18 Jens Seersucker Zip Shirt, a navy seersucker cotton with black check detail, 2-way zip fastening, and discreet side pockets this is simplistic design at its finest.

 

Outfit - Norse Projects, APC, Grenson

 

Complete the look with this APC fine knit stripe jumper (or a crisp white oxford shirt to keep it even simpler), Norse Projects chino and contrasting marl socks and these super comfortable and durable Grenson canvas sneakers. All pieces that can be kept on rotation which is exactly how we like it. Have a good weekend.

Outfit - Weather permitting

Outfit – Weather permitting

It seems we’re officially into that teasingly annoying part of British springtime, temperatures seeming comfortably warmer one day and freezing the next or bright and sunny one day and miserably dull the next. Dressing for the occasion can be tricky but we have your back with these weekly installments curated to deter the ever-changing weather from hindering your plans (or your beloved footwear). Here you go lads, a few of your favorites here …

 

Outfit - Stone Island, Paul & Shark, Y3

 

The latest installment from the Stone Island Marina collection was this long sleeve striped tee, perfect for this in-between weather and a staple piece you will have in rotation season after season. Styled here with a khaki Stone Island cargo short, navy Paul & Shark zip hoodie, white suede Y3 trainers, Ray-Ban aviators and every wardrobe essential item Jason Mark repel, for those caught off guard by the rainy days that are upon us.

 

Outfit Grid – The Lazy Weekend Edit

This weekend called for an agenda free kick back in preparation for the bank holiday ahead. Nipping out for a paper, a coffee or meeting a friend for an afternoon bite was about as strenuous as it got and we’re easing into the new week with contentment. With that in mind we thought we’d throw together a nice, easy but comfortable (and of course stylish) ensemble that wouls perfectly depict your future lazy weekend intentions.

Outfit Grid - Ami, Margiela, APC

It was classically refined comfort all round last week as we got a sneak peek at the Maison Margiela and APC SS18 collection pieces (in store and online now) and this green striped, terry cloth, crew neck really caught our eye for numerous reasons. Styled here with APC soft jersey joggers, AMI heavy denim jacket, CDG x Spalwart trainers and wallet by APC … accessorise with a coffee carry cup, newspaper under arm and your favourite sunnies. We would like to point out that this is also a perfect travel outfit, not that we’re trying put ideas into your head though, just a passing thought!