NEW SEASON MUST HAVE: BELSTAFF KARLI CREW NECK SWEATER

This week, we heard talk turn to Quality Street. They’re replacing the toffee ones apparently, but what really caught our attention wasn’t this controversial change, but rather the realisation that Quality Street equals Christmas. There are now two ways about it; winter is officially here. Even if the last few days of an Indian summer have left us thinking – hoping – that darker nights and cold mornings aren’t on the agenda. The truth is that we’re sort of excited to snuggle in new season knits, layer our A-line denim skirts over thick tights and throw on boxy furs that leave us feeling just a little bit like the jet-setting heir to an oil fortune.

In summer, we’re happy to throw on barely-there dresses and the denim shorts that have lasted us a lifetime. But winter, that calls for a little luxury. Something a little special to make those cold days worthwhile. Your usual knitted jumper just doesn’t cut it anymore. Now, we want silk and cashmere and wool, woven into one to create the most luxurious winter wear we’ve ever slipped over our shoulders. If we can combine ultra-luxe fabrics with statement style, then that is even better.

The Belstaff Karli Crew Neck Sweater is something of a holy grail in jumper terms. Deliciously textured, oh-so-soft, and with the kind of distinctive detail guaranteed to have eagle-eyed fashionistas stopping you in the streets. An ivory knit is a winter must have and this one is top of our AW16 shopping list. You know how we love the contrast of chunky knits and sleek leather, so the Belstaff Karli Crew Neck Sweater with your sleekest leather trousers and chunky black boots. That said, winter denim is always a good idea.

Visit Robinsons today to shop new season winter styles from Belstaff. 

MENS MUST HAVE: THE BELSTAFF PANTHER

What is it about leather, which makes it all the more appealing when it has been through the wringer? Thrown on without a thought, for years on end even, only to emerge with more character than you ever expected an item of clothing could have. The leather softens with every wear, but wouldn’t it be amazing if you could skip the hard part and go straight to the bit where your biker jacket becomes your faithful favourite?

The Panther is the calf leather counterpart of Belstaff’s original racing jacket, The Trialmaster. Thanks to hand-waxing, this AW16 must have has the worn-in feel we all love from our leathers, whilst the brand’s signature water-repellent treatment sees it get even better with age, a little bit like we men like to think we do.  

Emulate the legends of the road with brand new AW16 outwear from Belstaff; the British heritage brand of choice. Visit us in store today to shop the full new season collection.  

A NEED FOR TWEED

When the weather starts to turn, we turn to tweed. It’s the fabric which was once celebrated for its practical properties, but now it’s all about the winter wonder’s aesthetic appeal.

If your suiting repertoire is calling out for something more seasonally appropriate, few fabrics fit the bill for winter quite like the tried-and-tested traditional tweed. With a tweed waistcoat favoured by everyone from David Gandy and Idris Elba, to the likely lads of Mumford & Sons, the classic style has never been more current.

Winter weddings and the like call for heavyweight suiting, with a more country gentleman approach to being suited and booted. This earthy toned tweed sports jacket and waistcoat pairing by POLO Ralph Lauren is perfect, but it’s the way you wear this heritage fabric that is the key to coming across more dapper chap than Downton Abbey. Wear your waistcoat and jacket combo with dark denim, a white shirt and navy or deep red tie for smarter outings, or ditch the waistcoat and go for a chunky roll neck sweater in autumnal hues if an occasion affords you to veer more towards country casual. For those who favour the same laidback look as Mr Beckham, a chambray shirt with rolled up sleeves will keep your tweed look on trend.

Have you found your perfect winter tweed yet? Visit Robinsons today to shop season-appropriate suiting from POLO Ralph Lauren