Due to a hectic travel schedule for the past month, this is my first weekend in London since February. After spending the majority of March in California
during an unseasonal heat wave (it was hot, hot, hot!), I relished the opportunity to embrace layering again now back in a cooler clime.
Ever since I bought this red coat from the Brooklyn Tailors
x GQ collection for GAP
I’ve received a number of compliments on it, but also guys tend to ask how they should how to go about wearing such a bright ‘hero’ piece in their outfits. So I decided to make this red beauty the focus of my latest Bright.Style
post. Naturally I love to have a splash of bright colour somewhere in my outfits. Sometimes it’s a subtle pop in my socks or the sole of my shoes, and other times I go for more of statement, such as this coat.
The main key to making a red coat such as this work is to use the rest of the outfit to temper its boldness. I decided to embrace the classic pairing of red and navy, using the latter to balance the brightness of the former. When I was in Paris over New Year’s Eve
last year I finally managed to visit Le Slip Francais
. I left their Marais store with the sweater you see here and it turned out to be the perfect layer to wear with my red GAP coat!
By sticking to classic dark wash denim, a navy sweater with a flash of red, and simple white trainers it allows the coat to shine. There’s nothing else in the outfit competing for the spotlight, instead the other darker elements compliment the coat. It was pretty awesome to come across my outfit colours on the front of a building in London – a great #colourhunting moment
that was the perfect antithesis to a grey London day!
What do you think of the outfit? How do you like to wear colourful coats?
// COAT, GAP (similar) | SWEATER, LE SLIP FRANCAIS | JEANS, COS (similar) | TRAINERS, LACOSTE | GLASSES, RAYBAN
// Photography by Will Taylor