Fashion Outfits

OOTD: Black Coat

It’s been a week since my last OOTD and this one seemed looooong overdue… it’s weird how you get so addicted to doing these posts that you feel ill at ease when you don’t get to update as regularly as you like.

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Coat: H&M (similar/similar) | Shirt: Topman | Jeans: Topman | Shoes: Topman

This outfit was one I planned for a dayout to Conwy in North Wales, where I lived for several years during my university years. Knowing the weather pattern, I wasn’t going to take any chances, I had to wear something heavy and warm so I decided to make this H&M black coat the centrepiece.

 

I’ve always been a bit skeptical of asymetry in clothing but lately I’ve grown a bizzare fondness for asymmetrical zip on jackets like this one here:

Look 2 DSC_0955 copySimilarly, I’m not usually a fan of metal zips either as I’ve been scarred by them once or twice in my lifetime but I was willing to make an exception on this occasion because this coat is simply beautiful!! All of that combined with the faux leather button down collar gives a certain biker-ish quality to it, which is fitting because I’m currently promoting the “Master of the Road” competition Mainline Menswear is holding (read more).

Back to the outfit, in order to complement the coat as much as possible, I kept everything else minimalistic. Underneath it I wore a plain, simple Topman white shirt with a small but very angular collar… sounds silly I know but some collars are just much better shaped. Because the top half was so formal and proper, I balanced out the look with these casual Vintage Skinny jeans and suede brogues, both Topman. Let’s be frank, I’ve never seen myself as this head-to-toe smart or three-piece suit man, though I’d be lying if I said I don’t dream of being that guy once in a while but it’s just not me… I’d take a pair of skin-tight jeans or a slouchy oversized top any day and I really liked how the shoes’ texture mirrored the material of the coat here so yeah, there’s nothing like dressing for your true self!! 😉

 

Love, Oliver

What do you think about the coat, or the outfit in general? Express your thoughts in the comment section!

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15 Comments

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    Andrea
    November 21, 2014 at 10:39 am

    Love this coat. Funnily enough I’m waiting on the delivery of a coat from Asos that is black, with a asymmetrical zip and leather patches! x

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      oliverinstead
      November 21, 2014 at 7:23 pm

      Cool, I’m sure you’ll get a lot of use out of yours this winter!!

      Oliver

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    Jen
    November 21, 2014 at 11:50 am

    Really like the style of this coat! The leather collar and trim on the pockets is a nice touch.

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    Laura
    November 21, 2014 at 1:54 pm

    Your photography is amazing, and I just love the jacket! Wish they made one for women xx

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    JennyLeungX
    November 21, 2014 at 2:13 pm

    It looks perfect on you, Oliver!

    Jenny of Penned by Jenny

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    Sarah Thain (@sequinthis)
    November 22, 2014 at 9:45 am

    That coat is great! As if it’s H&M as well, they always seem to do coats that look much more expensive than they are.

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      oliverinstead
      November 22, 2014 at 10:44 am

      I know right? I love almost all of their coats and jackets, they’re so well designed and made!! And reasonably priced as well!!

      Oliver

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    englishrosefrommanchester
    November 22, 2014 at 10:12 am

    The coat is really stylish! And by the way I love your blog header – did you design it yourself?

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      oliverinstead
      November 22, 2014 at 10:43 am

      Thanls for the comment!! Re header: I did, yeah – I’m self-taught in Photoshop. 😉

      Oliver

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    Holly O'Boyle
    November 23, 2014 at 3:39 pm

    I LOVE this look – I have a similar coat from Zara and it works year after year…Love the white shirt underneath. Very smart! x

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    Kosta Karakashyan
    November 23, 2014 at 4:49 pm

    Oliver, I love that overcoat and the fit of your jeans. As you said, nothing is more important than dressing for your true self and this outfit can only support it. Awesome!

    Cool Gear Cavalier // Men’s Style and Lifestyle

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      oliverinstead
      November 23, 2014 at 5:40 pm

      Thanks Kosta (love your name btw!) – I try to take on trends that don’t necessarily reflect my personal style and interpret them my own way. Glad you like the outfit!! Please feel free to stop by more often! 😀

      Oliver

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        Kosta Karakashyan
        November 23, 2014 at 6:32 pm

        Thank you! I’ll definitely be checking out your blog often. I’ve subscribed on bloglovin :)

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