February has been a particularly stormy month this year, the Environmental Agency in the UK has sent out dozens of flood warnings and troops were put on high alert. Aside from affecting public transport or flooding homes, heavy rain also creates problems for what you wear, it can damage your leather jackets, shoes and bags. Leather is a basically a skin and just as our skin doesn’t particularly favour harsh chemicals or dirt, leather doesn’t like it either. It causes leather to fade, wear out, lose its suppleness and even shrink. So considering the British weather we have been having, it’s time to invest in some leather care.
Collonil Leather Gel can be used on both leather and suede goods so if you are ever feeling tentative about walking out in your nice suede trainers then this may give you a bit of assurance. The gel acts as a water repellant so it prevents the rain from soaking into your shoes and bags, the rain merely sits on the product and can be wiped away when you get home.
It comes in a small plastic pot and it could easily be mistaken as moisturiser as it feels very light and spreads onto your shoes/bags very easily. I tend to dab a little onto an old tshirt and then rub the gel on my shoes in circular motions. It doesn’t smell bad once applied and you can buff it into your leather shoes for a bit of a shine. Collonil Leather Gel is also recommended by the luxury brand Mulberry and is sold for around £8 on the their website but can also get it for about £6 on Amazon.
Every winter there’s a colour that pops out of nowhere and becomes the ‘it’ colour to brighten up a dull looking, winter wardrobe. This year it’s orange. From burnt orange to the vivid carrot orange and orange peel, there’s a lot to choose from. The header image for this post is a quite misleading because I’m not saying that orange is the new black, rather it’s the colour that has appeared in a few fashion shows and will add some brightness to your outfit. But forgive me, I needed a catchy title and ‘Orange is the new black’ fit the bill. Click the below image to enlarge.
One of the most notable British luxury brands has to be Burberry and it’s iconic trench coat has been something I’ve longed for. For £800 you can fetch a water repellent double breasted coat with the synonymous check under collar. There’s even a website dedicated to the ‘art of trench’ where you can post a picture of yourself wearing one of their many designs.
Now that I have a job in an office, I need a coat that I can wear over my suit without suffocating myself or my suit. I also like having coats that I can wear when there’s just a bit of a chill in the air so a trench coat fits the bill. It’s functional and can be worn just as well with jeans and a t-shirt.
But out of the 62 million people living in the UK I wonder how many can afford a Burberry trench coat? Now and then I foolishly hope that I’ll find a coat which looks very similar to Burberry but at a fraction of the price. And I think I’ve found it finally. On the left is the Burberry trench coat that will still be on my wish list. And on the right is the coat that I’ve bought recently.
My cropped trench coat from Topman may not be shower proof like the Burberry, the colours aren’t identical and it most likely won’t last as long. But for a £70, it’s 100% cotton, great value and I can promise you the coat looks a lot better in real life than the way Topman have photographed it. I like the belt fastened into a knot at the back (to stop it falling out) or sometimes if it is particularly cold then I’ll tie the knot in the front but I nearly always have the trench coat unbuttoned for a less formal look.