2013 was THE year of #BurtonStreetStyle. We spent a fair amount of time chasing stylish blokes through busy city centres and persuading them to have their awesome outfits snapped by our ace photographer Vicki!
We’ve papped everyone from TV presenters and magazine editors to bloggers, brickies and students! Here are the top street style looks of 2013:
Suited and Booted
We’ve always got our eyes peeled for a smart and snappy formal look and these guys all nailed this year’s biggest suiting trend, the blue suit.
On the streets we noticed a pattern emerging. You well dressed blokes love to don a blazer. We love the versatility of these looks, from smart to casual and playful, these guys showed us that a blazer doesn’t have to look boring and can be worn outside of the office!
As well as plenty of pairs of great quality and well fitting jeans, we also spotted a huge trend for denim jackets. These guys look awesome in theirs and 3 very different looks too! We can see this trend continuing well into 2014!
When it comes to down-time dressing all these guys got it bang on! All 6 of these looks would be perfect for the weekend, and trust us, it was hard to whittle it down to these 6!
The Burton Street Style team took to Manchester and Leeds to snap some seriously stylish blokes up North! Getting off the train it was noticeably colder than in London, so as expected you Northern lads know how to rock a winter coat! Here are 4 essential winter coat styles we spotted on our street style tour…
The Pea Coat
The Pea Coat makes a hardy but very smart winter coat. It’s warm and fends off the elements but it’s also stylish and totally suitable to wear to a smart office job. On the weekend team your pea coat with jeans, brogues and a neat Oxford shirt for a look that’s right on trend and perfect for a date night!
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The Padded Jacket
A padded jacket is guaranteed to keep you really warm on the coldest of days. Keep your look casual with some skinny jeans and trainers or casual shoes just like Rich has done above. A padded jacket is nice and informal, perfect for the weekends and looks effortlessly cool and relaxed.
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The Duffle Coat
This Duffle looks totally awesome and rugged. Worn with vintage style denim and some workman style boots it is a really strong winter look. We reckon John looks seriously cool in his Duffle coat and we’re just hoping we will look half as good as him at that age too!
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The Borg Collar Denim Jacket
Usually we’d think of a denim jacket as more of an autumn wardrobe choice, but if you go for a borg lined version it gives you that added defence against the cold weather to keep you warm through winter. Sam has nailed this look with some chunky Oxford shoes, dark contrasting denim and a stylish shirt underneath. Add a crew neck knit if it gets REALLY cold!
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Denim is fast overtaking chinos as our go-to casual trouser choice especially as we move into the colder months and are after something a little more hard wearing and rugged, and it seems like you guys agree, as when we hit the street of Birmingham in search of the city’s most stylish we spotted a lot of seriously good jeans!
One of the latest trends is for super skinny jeans. They’re not for the faint hearted but this look shows just how cool and casual you can make them look with a simple striped tee, nice autumn jacket and suede desert boots.
On the other end of the spectrum are relaxed fit jeans. Some ‘fashionistas’ will try and tell you these aren’t on trend anymore but we say ‘hell yeh they are!’ If you feel comfortable in a baggier jean then embrace it! These jeans look awesome, especially teamed with a modern printed tee and trendy parka. This stylish lad has put those baggy jean critics firmly in their place!
For day to day when you’re rocking your casual attire a pair of vinage washed slim or skinny jeans will be your best friend. You can throw these on with almost everything, but we especially liked this laid back and simple khaki jacket and plain tee combo. Sometimes it’s best not to over think your casual denim look.
And talking of classic combos we recon this skinny black jean and autumn knit dream team is a real winner. They go together like chips and gravy! There’s attention to detail with a flecked yarn to the intricate textured sweater and the jeans look neat and pristine (not colour faded and greyed).
Finally, the dark/ indigo wash slim jean. If you don’t have a pair (or three) of these then sort that out right away! This look shows how you can dress this denim style down to give a really street, relaxed weekend look, but you can just as easily add a shirt, knit, blazer and brogues and have a completely different feel. This pair of denims is as versatile as it gets so stock up on this style.
Pick your perfect pair with the help of our denim guide.
There’s no disputing the fact that checked shirts are still bang on trend for this autumn/winter. We hit the streets to snap some of Birmingham’s most stylish chaps, and guess what? The checked shirt was a style staple for loads of these lads.
You can toughen up a checked shirt with a rebellious leather jacket for a hint of the rocker look, this is best teamed with some black jeans, let the shirt do the talking!
Teaming your checked shirt with some sturdy boots, rolled up jeans and a beanie instantly gives you that hip and rugged urban explorer look. It’s a careful balance between 70s outdoors and East London trendies and looks very modern. Want to take it a step further? Grow yourself a Billy Huxley style beard to boot!
If you’re enjoying the varsity and sportswear renaissance and don’t want to be without your cool new running shoes and sporty sweatshirt then don’t fear. This is a great example of how a checked shirt can really work within the varsity trend! This is a seriously cool look.
Finally, here’s a fail safe look that’s perfect for the weekend. Chinos – style staple which you all should own, plain tee – stick to grey, white or black if you’re unsure and wear under your checked shirt, denim jacket – simple, stylish and bang on trend. This look is a great way to introduce a checked shirt into your existing wardrobe.
Right now we have 2 checked shirts for £30 so you can make sure you’re never without this season’s most wanted item!
We hit the streets of Brum in search of the most stylish blokes in England’s second biggest city. We noticed you Midlands lads have a great eye for outerwear! Check out these cool coats and steal their style…
We’re not sure if Jude could actually look any cooler!? A simple white t-shirt and vintage look denim combo is given a personal style twist with some seriously dapper burgundy loafers and rebellious leather jacket. You’ll find this classic look surprisingly easy to pull off lads. Shop for a leather look jacket.
Next up we spotted Craig, and we snapped him because of his awesome khaki coat with contrast cord collar. He’s kept the rest of his look cool with super skinny jeans, a classic oxford shirt and textured knit. We’re also loving how easily he pulls off this man bag. Get a khaki coat just like Craig’s.
Jacob’s varsity jacket is a real statement piece. If you don’t fancy trawling second hand stores for a vintage find then pick up a new baseball jacket for a more modern and streamlined silhouette, again, team with a classic white tee, trainers and black jeans combo for style with ease! Shop baseball jackets.
Izzy is pulling off this denim jacket superbly! He’s kept it simple by wearing all black. The easiest introduction to double denim is to pair a black jean with a lighter denim jacket. There’s no doubting this look’s retro appeal, but Izzy’s kept it bang up to date with his cool accessories and cooler attitude! Browse our denim jackets.