1. Pastel-red Oxford shirt (Ben Sherman)
Big fan - taken ages to get hold of one of these (mainly because they sold out online and I couldn't be bothered to go to a shop) but finally it is within my grasp. A nice variation on the plain-coloured, deliberately unjazzy shirts I have in my wardrobe (currently including white, sky blue and mustard yellow) to enable slightly more jazzy jackets, ties or trousers.
2. Cartwright parka (Pretty Green)
While I was slightly irked by missing out on the Lansdown (which, a day later, annoyingly appeared online for £129), the Cartwright is now one of my new favourites from this set. I haven’t had a parka for a while and the double-button cross-fastening is a stylish new addition. Also, fun fact: the family name on my mum’s side also happens to be “Cartwright”, further boosting the coat’s prospects.
3. Desert boots (Lambretta)
An absolute steal at half-price from Lambretta. Previously avoided the place, but now I admit my mistake; if you go to Carnaby, Lambretta is well worth the visit for unusual shirt styles, discount desert boots and other apparel. Is this the sign of a Mod revival?
4. Grey jeans (Levis)
I have a lot of blue jeans. Obviously that’s the usual colour so unsurprising, but I felt as a Mod, you have to look a bit different. Also, when it comes to casual outfits for black polos or shirts, I only have black jeans. So it’s good to have variation without looking like a goth by dressing all in black. Dark grey is a good foil to this.
Carnaby Street - I will be back.