Friend of Gentleman’s Journal, Oli Cheshire, has come on many adventures with us. This summer, he got behind the wheel of a Rolls Royce on our Road to Cannes. Just weeks ago, he followed us to Oxfordshire for a Thursday escape at Bicester Village and Soho Farmhouse. And, last year, we shared a day at the Holland & Holland shooting ground.
It’s this latter trip that served as inspiration for our male model’s inaugural style column. The first in a series of curated style picks, here Oli Cheshire decides on his eight crucial garments and accessories to pack for a long weekend in the country. And don’t worry, it’s not all tweed and wellingtons…
For changeable weather: Marks and Spencer Quilted Gilet
At this time of the year, it’s hot one minute and cold the next. And that’s why this M&S quilted gilet is perfect for the forever changeable weather. I particularly love how versatile the brown colour of the faux suede is — it goes with pretty much anything. For me, I’d pair this with chunky roll-necks or dark blue work shirts.
Marks and Spencer Quilted Gilet
For style and function: Grenson Brady Boots
The humble-yet-functional hiking boot has been making waves in the fashion industry for a few seasons now, with every big designer offering their own spin on the classic design. Now the weather’s turning, it’s time you invested in a sturdy, chunky pair.
The good thing about this pair, from Grenson, is that they can be polished and worn either formally or casually. Personally, I wear mine with a pair of grey pinstripe trousers and parka jacket.
Grenson Brady Boots
For colder weather: John Smedley Connell Rollneck
We know you don’t want to hear it, but yes — it’s time to pack away your Hawaiian shirts and buy some new winter knitwear. I always head straight to John Smedley for this, and make sure I invest in some Merino wool.
My advice would be to go for a white roll-neck this year — there’s no need to be afraid of the colour. After all, it’s going to look great underneath your double-breasted dark pea coat.
John Smedley Connell Rollneck
For lounging inside: La Perla Expression Pyjamas
Very comfy, super stylish and tailored to perfection, these beauties won’t make it hard for you to fall in love with pyjamas. And they’re not only for sleeping in.
From La Perla, they are also perfect for lounging around the house in. Or, if you’re feeling particularly adventurous, try throwing on a fresh pair of Stan Smiths and rock your PJs on a night out.
La Perla Expression Pyjamas
For the finest fragrance: Louis Vuitton L’Immensité Cologne
Simply put, Louis Vuitton’s L’Immensite is possibly the best thing I’ve smelt in a very long time. Let’s just say that when you wear this, you’ll get a lot of attention from the fairer sex — which can only be a good thing.
Louis Vuitton L’Immensité Cologne
For a piece of new luxury: Mr. P Fleece Zip Up-Sweater
It’s a fleece — but boy, has the fleece come a long way. Once the reserve of dads watching their sons play rugby on the weekend, the once-humble fleece is now classed as a full-on piece of luxury outerwear. Think shearling — but for a quarter of the price.
Mr. P Fleece Zip Up-Sweater
For adding texture: Chester Barrie Baby Cord Shirt in Teal
Who doesn’t love a cord shirt in the autumn? Warmer than the linen ones you’ve been rocking all summer — but just as cool — this shirt from Chester Barrie is a great way to add some texture to your suiting game.
Chester Barrie Baby Cord Shirt in Teal
Want to see how Oli Cheshire made it to Cannes with the Gentleman’s Journal team? Watch the video here…