Are cropped pants only for the summer?

I find myself always having an internal debate during this time of year whether it is appropriate to wear cropped pants when the temperature begins to drop.

While personally I love them there is always a voice in the back of my head telling me I will regret it, my legs will get cold, there is a time and place for cropped pants and now is not it.

However regardless of how much I doubt myself to start of with I always seem to gravitate towards them regardless of the temperature. When I step outside there is not a immediate regret as a feel a chilly breeze on my ankle because well I do not feel a chilly breeze.

I find the simple addition of thick socks goes a long way in preserving my warmth, to me this is the saving grace for cropped pants this time of year. While I do still see people going sock less I find that is pushing it a little and while I am a firm believer of fashion over function a line has to be drawn.

I also find that going sock less makes the the aesthetic a lot more summer based, this in turn can throw an outfit completely off this time of year, it is a bit odd to have summer on the bottom and big thick jumpers and jackets on top.

The essence of what I am trying to say amongst my rambling is that while I do occasionally doubt myself for wearing copped pants this time of year and simple pair of socks helps pull everything back together.

Just look at retailers this can be anything from designers such as Balenciaga, Our Legacy and AMI to high street stores such as Topman and Zara they all are still heavily pushing cropped pants. I think this whole idea that they are only for summer is a little outdated all you have to do is look at us the consumers, we are still wearing them, we are still buying them and we are still loving them.

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Enhancing your outfits by changing up your neck line

With the weather only getting colder now it is the perfect time to add layers. One of the easiest and most effective ways to do this is to change up your regular crew/ V-neck for something like a turtle neck not only does it add considerably more flair to an outfit but it also helps combat the cold weather.

However, a turtle neck is not your only option a roll neck essentially looks and serves the same purpose, and if either of those two are a little too much for you than you can try either a mock neck or even a collared shirt.

All of these options come in a variety of colours and materials, however with the winter time it is probably easiest to stick to more neutral and warm colours. As for material you have a lot of options from a luxurious cashmere to a thick and warm wool. My advice would be to get them from somewhere like Uniqlo, it will be a lot more affordable meaning you have more options to experiment with and you can try out different styles without breaking the bank.

In terms of styling them that is purely dependent on taste the easiest way would be to throw a nice jacket on top, the look can be either very casual or very smart depending on your bottom half which makes it a fantastic introductory style.

Although, my favourite way to style these kind of tops recently has been to layer it either underneath an existent jumper/hoodie or to wear it under a button up shirt. This look has been very popular this season, all you have to do is simply look at London Fashion Week to see this style being done. The great thing about it is not only does it keep you very warm but that added flair can really bring an outfit to life.

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To summarise, changing up your regular crew neck jumper for something like a roll neck not only keeps you warmer but it can be that added bit of interest in a outfit that can really make all the difference.

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Jacket- Our Legacy

Jumper- H&M

Trousers- Topman

Shoes- Dr Martens

Elevate your outfit by adding some textured pieces

As the temperature drops the time for layering arises, gone are the days of going out in a t-shirt and jeans, now if you leave in anything less then a jumper and jacket you will definitely be feeling a chill.

With this cold weather it is the perfect time to experiment and add some interesting textures to your outfit.

Unlike in the summer you have so many layers to play around with, it is easy to have fun and incorporate something interesting. This can range from a glistening pair of leather boots to a corduroy jacket, there are so many different materials available. For example, suede, wool, leather, nylon, corduroy and denim, you are spoilt for choice and it is incredibly easy to play around with them.

It really is on trend to add flair to you outfit through the addition of a unique texture. Take Sherpa lined jackets as an example, they have become massively popular over the past year as they add a pop of colour and material which helps accentuate the outfit.

If you look at any high street retailer you will find an abundance of Sherpa lined jackets and thick wool sweaters, however that is merely the tip of the iceberg when it comes to textured pieces this season. You can find interesting options anywhere, look at designers such as Acne Studios. One of the signature and most popular pieces this season is a huge chunky wool turtle neck, both high street and designer are really pushing texture this season.

With high street retailers and designers alike offering unique materials and variations you can find some interesting pieces at any price range. Now is the perfect time to play around and have fun with your layering.

Autumn, time for some colour

Autumn is a time for hot chocolates, cosy nights and reincorporating warm tones into our wardrobe.

Now that Autumn is in full swing I thought it was time to reintroduce some colour into my primarily monochrome outfits.

As always burgundy, brown, green and navy tones are on trend now and relativity easy to incorporate.

However, it seems a lot of designers this season especially J.W.Anderson and Dries Van Noten are really pushing cream, navy and olive tones.

For me personally I am going to focus more on navy, cream and earth tones, I find them to be the easiest to work into an outfit that primarily consists of black.

Adding colour will be a challenge as my wardrobe consists of 95% blacks, whites and greys but I am determined to have some colour this season, whether it is through hats, jumpers, scarfs, or jackets I plan to give it ago.

The white trainer curse

I try make it my mission to wear all my shoes however depending on the season I will gravitate to certain ones more. Nevertheless I do attempt to get use out of all of them.

However, it always happens, I find myself wearing plain white trainers nonstop, sometimes for a week and other times for a few months.

I find no matter what season it is or how much my style has changed I always go back to them, they are easy, they are simple but most importantly they are reliable.

Wearing white trainers nonstop is not in itself a bad thing, they look great.

I find it is the guilt I get when time after time I go to grab them, I feel like every other shoe is just staring at me.

Judging me.

Even with my psychological guilt I still grab my trusty white trainers, I tell myself it is just a phase and soon I will be wearing all my other shoes which inevitably always becomes a lie.

An ever changing style

Over the past few years my style has jumped from one extreme to another. My obsessions have ranged from American work wear idolising slim cut jeans, boots and flannels to your average run of the mill street wear fanatic wearing bomber jackets, Jordans, skinny jeans and patiently waiting for every new supreme drop.

It seems that my commitment to a set style is ever fleeting, I am never truly happy with what I am wearing or what I have, there is always something left to buy or a different style to try.

The styles drawing my attention recently have been Scandinavian minimalism and Japanese work wear. I have been consumed by cropped trousers, minimal footwear and simple colour pallets.

When I first got into fashion every time I wanted to try and change my aesthetic I felt like I had wasted my time previously, what was the point of buying certain items if now they have become completely redundant.

However, that mentality has recently changed as I no longer think of my time being wasted. I previously liked that style and enjoyed delving into it, so I do not think I can really call it wasted time. I have started to think that this kind of change is normal especially for someone of my age. Certain styles that seemed great before now feel juvenile, while other styles which were too formal then are now perfectly acceptable.

I believe it is a journey, if you found one style and stuck to it for the rest of your life where would the fun be? The enjoyment comes from trying new things, taking risks and evolving. I feel like what I am trying to get across is that I am okay with being inconsistent, I am ok with my ever changing opinion/judgement and most importantly I am okay with not having a set style. It is okay to change.

Thoughts on the Air Jordan 1 Banned

On September 3rd the Air Jordan 1 Banned re-released for the first time in three years, bringing back the iconic silhouette in its most famous colour way.

While this shoe was released at a large number of retailers, stock was still limited making the shoe just as rare and sought after as past releases. This evidently increased the hype in the sneaker community.

I was lucky enough to be able to purchase myself a pair from Nike.com and I have been wearing them for the past two weeks.

The quality of the leather was one of the main topics surrounding this release. This is because when the shattered backboard colour way released for the Air Jordan 1 a while back it set the new standard for quality expected from Jordan brand.

A lot of debate has occurred in the community whether this releases has been up to par, honestly I could not be a hundred percent certain as I do not own the shattered backboards, however I am very pleased with the quality.

The red leather is tumbled and incredibly soft to the touch it truly has a premium feel to it, while the black leather seems average at best there could be improvements made but for the price point it defiantly meets expectations.

My other thought on this shoe is that the comfort is actually rather surprising, they are comfortable, really comfortable especially for a shoe designed in 1985.

I have been on my feet all day in them twice now and I have loved the comfort, I am accustomed to running trainers such as the Adidas Ultra Boosts which prides itself on its comfort and honestly these Jordan 1’s do not disappoint.

My feet did not ache at the end of either of these long days, the support they give around the ankle feels great and the Nike Air certainly makes them feel light and responsive when walking.

An added point is they fit rather wide which for me is a blessing as it gave me a greater support that a lot of narrow shoes do not offer.

A further side note is that I love how this release of the shoe has attempted to stay as close to the 1985 release as possible.

Little details such as having the original higher cut of the shoe, the white insole, the trademark logo on the Nike Air and the sample stamp on the inside have made this shoe feel all the more special.

This has been may favourite shoe for some time now and for good reason, they have been a staple in both the sneaker and fashion community.

The shoe has a lot of history surrounding it in both in fashion and sport they have remained truly timeless and I would recommend them to anyone.

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Hidden clothing shops in Huddersfield

After having spent the last two years studying in Huddersfield, I have defiantly had more than enough time to find some great clothing shops that differ from your regular high street stores.

For such a small town Huddersfield is definitely not lacking great shops. If you keep your eyes peeled you are sure to find some of the best shops for streetwear in the country.

Skating culture is relatively big in Huddersfield, meaning you do not have to look too hard to find some of the hottest brands like Supreme and Palace. Walk round the town centre and within minutes you will see some of the hottest pieces in fashion.

When in town the first shop you have to visit is A Shop Called Wood located in Westgate, it was established in 2004 and has been gaining popularity on the underground for the last 12 years.

It is a fantastic shop for basic pieces, you can find all your staple brands here, as well as some new ones you have never heard of that you will instantly fall in love with.

You will find the classic brands like Reigning Champ, Stussy, Cheap Monday, Adidas, Nike and Jordan as well as smaller less known brands like Iuter, Ylati, Brixtol and Milkcrate. Taran Rayt the store Director said “When I look for brands I look for exclusivity and price, but most importantly it has to fit the shop”.

A Shop Called Wood has always had a close relationship with their customers, you will always be able to have a chat and get advice from whoever is working at the time. Taran Rayt also said “I think customer interaction is a major play, if you don’t talk you don’t sell”.

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Taran Rayt the store director of A Shop Called Wood inside the store.

The second store you must visit if in Huddersfield is right around the corner from A Shop Called Wood, it is the Endemic Skate Store located on Station St.

Endemic is an independently owned skate shop that was established in 2006, here you will find all you classic skating brands that have gained mass popularity such as Palace, Vans and Independent.

Alongside the main brands they carry you will also find their own clothing brand Endemic and some smaller lesser known brands, one thing is for sure; this shop carries some of the best design I have seen in a while.

Something Endemic does right is having a hefty amount of stock for brands like Palace that always sell out online, but you do not have to worry as Endemic always carries a surplus of the latest season.

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An inside look of the Endemic Skate Shop

The last store you have to visit when in Huddersfield is SOI77 this small boutique can be found in the Imperial Arcade, SOI77 was opened in 2005 and has been a staple in Huddersfield’s underground fashion scene ever since.

SOI77 really is just a well-rounded store, the shop is the smallest out of the three however you will still undoubtedly find some great pieces there.

While being a small store it manages to pack a hell of a lot variety so rest assured if you visit there will be plenty to see.

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An inside look of SOI77

Hopefully this list has given people unfamiliar with Huddersfield a reason to visit as the small town has plenty to offer and many more hidden gems waiting to be found.