google-site-verification: google2b506b538982567d.html Jude J Taylor | Men's Fashion & Lifestyle Blog: 2015

Monday, 23 November 2015

The Oversized Overcoat

As mentioned in my previous post, I'm loving very slouched oversized pieces... and it's the same for my outerwear this season. I'm a big fan of overcoats but sometimes a fitted overcoat just looks too formal to be worn with a t-shirt and jeans. An oversized overcoat is perfect for a slightly more relaxed and modern look this season, inspired by Japanese street style, with voluminous sleeves and drop shoulders the oversized overcoat creates a very contemporary silhouette. 
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Thursday, 15 October 2015

Winter is coming...


So, as I'm sure we've all noticed... the temperature has now dropped; and whilst I hope to enjoy a few warmer days, it's time to embrace Britain's finest weather that's upon us. I've always loved the upcoming seasons, as I prefer winter clothes and the festivities that come with it. However, during this transitional period of autumn, it makes it hard to distinguish the temperature ("coat, or no coat?") and choosing what to wear can be impossible. I've just moved back to London for my second year of University, and as all those that live in London know, there is a lot of walking! Also, combined with getting on and off the tube, it can be a real mix of climates. I'm yet to find an autumn jacket (transitional, not to warm, not to light) that I'm keen on, (maybe a bomber?) and I'm definitely yet to pull out the Canada Goose or the overcoats...
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Tuesday, 6 October 2015

Stand-out Summer Shirting

Another graphically bold garment I wore this summer was this 1950's rockabilly style short sleeve shirt from Marc by Marc Jacobs' 'Resort 2015' collection. Bold shirts can be difficult to pull off, especially if like me you have pale skin, that’s never a good look. However by the pool whilst my skin was slightly more… lets say pink, I think it was the right time, and maybe the only time I could pull this shirt off...
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Friday, 25 September 2015

Prints of the Pool, on the Beach

Ditch the speedos and the baggy board shorts; Orlebar Brown is the go-to for swimwear. Mr Adam Brown, photographer and founder of Orlebar has created the brand based on the highest quality production, with all components sourced and constructed in Europe, endeavouring to create “shorts that you can swim in, not just swim shorts”...
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Monday, 14 September 2015

La Maddalena, Sardinia

Staying in the North East of Sardinia, we caught a boat the short distance across to the La Maddalena islands; famous for its crystal blue waters, it did not disappoint. I think my photos really capture how unbelievable the sea is, let me know what you think of the shots...
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Saturday, 12 September 2015

What not to wear in Rome

The morning overcast sky clouding over Rome persuaded me to make the mistake of wearing an outfit... that I instantly regretted. Rome in summer is HOT! After that sticky and painfully hot first day in trousers, I only rocked shorts and boosts... However, for reference, going to many of the tourist attractions, it is preferred that you wear trousers for religious reasons!
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Sunday, 6 September 2015

When in Rome

I recently began my mini Italian adventure in Rome. I had never been to Rome before, and to be honest it was nothing like I had expected: neither for better or worse, it simply was just not how I had imagined. I found it hard to distinguish between different boroughs; this was due to the whole of Rome being drenched in culture and the beautifully developed, Greek inspired, architecture that is found everywhere, no matter what area you’re in. Every building is picturesque. Every public building looks like a grand museum or embassy, and standard apartment blocks are rustic terrace houses that have stood the test of time, yet by no means look like they have been restored or refurbished in any way. It was almost like stepping back in time. This beautifully kept ancient city feels as if it hasn’t been touched by the ugly that (sometimes) comes with modernity…
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Wednesday, 5 August 2015

Top 3 Chelsea Boots

Dating back to the Victorian times and originally designed for Queen Victoria by her boot maker J. Sparkes-Hall; the Chelsea Boot was created for functional purposes: an elastic sided boot that could be slipped on and off with minimal effort.  The trend quickly caught on with the boots being used by horse riders and further for other activities requiring functional and practical footwear. However, the Chelsea boot is as much about fashion as it is function...
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Sunday, 2 August 2015

Hoarding


After giving my bedroom a huge clear out, it became apparent... I am a hoarder. Holding on to old school books (from when I couldn't even spell my own name), old shoe boxes, old clothes; basically the recurring descriptive word being old! I hope I'm not alone with the mentality that these items will come in handy again at some point, or hold some sort of sentimental value. However, one thing that has proved to come in handy once again, and that I have always held onto dearly throughout my life is clothing tags and labels. All of the excessive superfluous paper, plastic and printed bits that come with a garment, is something I (weirdly) love. As I am massively into graphic design, I find the innovative ways a brand/designer accessorises the garment with branding and marketing so interesting. I discovered 3 large bags full of clothing tags; which, on the most part, was pretty shameful when I consider how much I must have cumulatively spent over the years... but I also discovered, I couldn't bring myself to part with them. In turn, I decided to find something productive to do with all of these tags, so I put together the pictured collage and got it framed, and I am really pleased with how it looks...
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Wednesday, 22 July 2015

Yeezy Boost 350 (On Feet)
























Following my detailed post focusing solely (no pun intended) on the Yeezy Boost 350; come the weekend I decided to wear them for the very first time out (or as sneakerheads would say: 'UnDS'ing them). See what I styled the hyped trainer with...
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Friday, 17 July 2015

Yeezy Boost 350 by Kanye West

Love him or hate him, Kanye West is undeniably the most influential man in sneaker culture today; designing shoes for Bape, Giuseppe Zanotti, Louis Vuitton, Nike and now with the release of the second trainer silhouette from his current collaboration with adidas. The Yeezy Boost 350 (Turtle Dove); better late than never... I've got the shoe and my new camera so thought I'd share some detailed shots that I've taken...
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Tuesday, 14 July 2015

Apple Music / July Playlist

Apple Music released a few weeks back; and all the music buffs and critics have posted their reviews analysing and comparing the streaming service. I will not be attempting a full-on, intricate review; I am simply going to outline my experience and thoughts so far…
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Wednesday, 1 July 2015

Looking like a tourist



I had no intention of leaving the house looking like a tourist or Scott Disick, but it seems to have happened anyway! As you all know from reading my previous posts (Top 5 Denim): I love my jeans. However, for summer with the warmer weather, I've entered new territory and started to rock trousers. These great value ASOS Cropped Trousers are super versatile, and can easily be dressed up or down. For this look, I dressed them down for a warm day, and as you can see I've paired them with some of my summer essentials...
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Saturday, 20 June 2015

Bristol in Superia 200

The first shots from my Canon A1, taken around my hometown of Bristol using Fujifilm Superia 200 35mm film.

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Wednesday, 17 June 2015

Khaki Season

'Khaki', 'military', or 'olive' green, whichever Pantone you want to go with; This colour is a killer this season!! Featured across many SS'15 contemporary designer collections including: Virgil Alboh's 'Off-White', Jerry Lorenzo's 'Fear of God' and Our Legacy's 'Splash'. Have a little look at what I pair these green shades with and be sure to pick some up just in time for our longed for summer...
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Friday, 12 June 2015

My new, but not so new Canon A1


I recently invested in the Canon A1, as I wanted a more advanced and premium 35mm film camera. So eventually, after playing around and testing a few old film SLR cameras, I bought this old Canon from eBay with a great 50mm prime lens with a large aperture of 1.4f, which is perfectly suited for the types of shots I’m trying to capture. As previously mentioned, I have always loved film cameras and what they can produce. I have always had fun using various vintage 'point and shoot' and range finder cameras, but I've been really wanting a fully manual SLR to use with film for a while. As well as film, I’ve always had a working digital SLR on hand if I've ever needed to use digital. I feel most of us are subject to having gained some knowledge of digital cameras, whether that be on simple compact cameras or SLR's. As time and technology has progressed, it feels like film has been forgotten somewhat, so below I have comprised a brief outline on the ins and outs of both formats for those wanting to understand more, with a slight hint of bias towards my current obsession for film.
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Monday, 1 June 2015

Temperamental weather & Terrycloth

In this transitional weather period, the weather man can't decide if we've got rain or sunshine. I've been leaving the heavy coats and thick jackets at home, but its not quite short sleeve weather just yet, so this Terrycloth towelling is a good piece to keep in the warmth whilst being loose and breezy... 
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Thursday, 28 May 2015

Summer Stripes

As we all wait in desperation for the summer weather, London caught a glance just as I had finished my first year of University. I was desperate to crack out the shorts (despite the fact those pasty, fluffy legs should probably not see the time of day, ever). I ventured across to West London to grab some coffee with the lovely Amelia Allen who kindly took a few shots of my summer fit...
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Tuesday, 31 March 2015

South America

Throwing it back to my travels last summer! Last minute, I met my girlfriend who had been backpacking around South America for a month beforehand. My biggest regret was that I hadn't managed to go the whole hog with travelling.. However, that being said, it meant I felt it justifiable the last legs of the trip were done in style... 
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Sunday, 15 March 2015

London tourist

I spent my weekend travelling around London on a Barclays bike (apparently now Santander bikes!?) being a tourist, hanging out with friends and playing around with an old Minolta X-300s 35mm film camera; lent to me by the beautiful Amelia Lucy Allen (www.ameliaallenphotography.com). I've always loved photography, and have dabbled in both film and digital for as long as I can remember. However, since I studied it at A level, it developed into a examined and pressured task rather than an enjoyable hobby it had once been. Since then, whenever I have been prompted to use a camera by family or friends, I have rediscovered my love for it. I plan on taking a camera out on my daily jaunts more often to continue capturing all the new places I am exploring in London. Here are a few photographs from the weekend that I'd like to share with you all...
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Sunday, 22 February 2015

Wednesday, 4 February 2015

Top 5 Denim

Buying a good pair of jeans is hard, very hard; taking into consideration so many factors: cut, wash, designer, leg & waist size, percentage of elastane - If any?, size up/size down?, weight of denim. These are currently the top 5 pairs of jeans I own. Hopefully it can help you make a decision when coming to buy some new denim.
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Sunday, 1 February 2015

Scotchtails, Borough Market


I recently checked out the famous Borough Market and realised I had been missing out by not going earlier! It had the best market food I've ever experienced and would most definitely recommend checking it out; however thats not specifically what this post is about...

Scotchtails - The BEST scotch egg you'll ever try!

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Thursday, 29 January 2015

26,000 Shades of Pink

"If you ooze masculinity, like some of us do, you have no reason to fear pink." - Jude Law opened one of my favourite films Alfie with this quote. For the upcoming Spring/Summer 2015 season pink is one of the key colours trending. Given that there are 26,000 shades of pink known to man, what tones should we be rocking? Washed out shades of dusty and pastel pink stood prominently at many of the designer shows (Katie Eary, Versace, Brioni & Dsquared2, to name but a few). Wearing these slightly more subtle tones creates an easier transition for you gents who want to break the strong traditional stereotype that pink is restricted only to girls. These washed out lighter coloured tones are perfectly designed for both spring and summer and can easily be integrated into your wardrobe amongst your essentials. Pink has always been an easy number to combine into a 'preppy' summer look, but I'm currently loving the combination of pink with some darker black tones. More specifically, my favourite mix is pink with the classic 1st A Bathing Ape green camouflage print, suited brilliantly for the colder months before we finally get to spring. 


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