August 15th, 2018
A good quality coat can enhance any outfit but the style you choose depends entirely on your personal tastes – and how prepared you want to be for the cold. The structured fit of a pea coat works for the 9-5 trendsetter, while an oversized parka is a versatile men’s jacket that suits everyone. If you’re on the market for a new winter jacket, here are the different types of coats to consider.
Types of men’s coats
Here, we’ve rounded up the most versatile pieces of outerwear to add to your coat rack in 2018. There’s a coat style for every man, for every occasion.
- Military pea coat – A more formal piece of outerwear, ideal for work or evenings out.
- Parka – The ultimate men’s winter jacket, with a large hood and thick lining.
- Leather – Perfect if you want to add a tougher edge to any look.
- Denim – Lightweight and easy to style, choose a denim shade that suits you.
- Bomber – These flight jackets add a Tom Cruise, Top Gun vibe to any look.
- Quilted – Thick, comfortable and good looking, one of these jackets will see you through snow and cold.
- Trench – Stylish and lightweight, this is a jacket for making an impression.
1. Military Pea Coat
These military style jackets add masculine structure around the shoulders and chest. Wide lapels make this jacket style a popular choice for those looking for outerwear that makes an impression. Wool pea coats are ideal for colder months, as they shield the wearer from the cold while still looking good.
When to wear a pea coat
Pea coats are one of those men’s jacket styles suitable for more formal occasions. Pair yours with a smart shirt and tie, a neck scarf and leather gloves and you have an ensemble that matches a formal dress code.
How should a pea coat fit?
Pea coats should feel like a tailored fit – so not too snug across the chest and back. You should be able to do all of the buttons up to the collar without feeling restricted. When trying on a pea coat, stretch your arms to judge how tight the fit is – if you can’t hug them around yourself you may need to go a size up.
A parka jacket is one of the most stylish winter coats out there. With an oversized hood, a huge number of pockets and a zip up front with a collar to keep the cold out, these men’s jackets look good and keep you warm. Fur trims are a luxe addition to these coat styles – perfect for making a statement while out and about. Look for parkas in easy to style colours such as black or khaki. Camo print is a bold choice if you want to be remembered. If you want to throw back to 80s Mod style look for a khaki jacket with a bold orange lining.
When to wear a parka coat
A parka will be your turn to jacket on those casual days, when you’re not needing to impress at work or need to get out of the house in the cold. They’re definitely a laid back men’s jacket style but one that every man needs in their wardrobe. Thinner parka jackets are great for everyday looks, easy to throw on and leave open over a round neck jumper and skinny jeans – reserve the thick shearling lined styles for real cold days.
How should a parka coat fit?
Parkas should sit slightly oversized when it comes to fit. In terms of length, these jackets are usually a little longer but you should look for a style that sits just below the hip to keep the chill out. Also, remember, the bigger the hood the better.
You may not ride a Harley – or maybe you do? – but that doesn’t mean you can’t don a leather jacket and look good. These premium jackets last as long as you do and look just as good. The beauty of leather is how it moulds itself to your shape, so after a few wears you’ll have a jacket that works with you to create a seamless style. Look for contrasting silver zips and asymmetrical cuts to add a bolder, alternative element to this jacket style. A strong collar is a must – there’s nothing better than turning up the collar on a leather jacket in the cold and playing bad boy as you walk down the road.
When to wear a leather jacket
When you wear one of these coat styles all depends on your vibe. If you’re the type of guy who’s known for his alternative looks, a leather jacket instead of a blazer for a smarter event is so you. They’re also great for casual looks, great for pairing with skinny jeans, a plain t-shirt and heavy boots. Add a pair of wayfarer sunglasses and you’re good to go.
How should a leather jacket fit?
Leather should adapt to your body but it should fit comfortably without being restrictive. Ensure it doesn’t feel too tight on the back and arms and that you can sit down and move freely with it done up. Leather can sometimes come up a little small, so it’s a good idea to try a couple of sizes before you buy.
Usually considered to be a summer jacket, denim is actually the perfect coat style for layering in cooler weather. Shearling collars add an extra level of warmth, while denim jackets featuring patches and logos offer a personalised feel. Hailing from retro trends in the States in the 50s, when Levis dominated the scene, denim is a versatile material that works for any style. Play around with your look and don’t be afraid to dabble in a little double denim. Jeans + denim jacket make for a great ensemble.
When to wear a denim jacket
This men’s jacket type is best reserved for casual days, mixing with your comfiest jeans and your favourite trainers. It’s lightweight enough to wear with a t-shirt in the spring, while for winter you can pull one over a thick cable knit jumper and finish with an oversized scarf and beanie hat.
How should a denim jacket fit?
It’s up to you. A tighter fitting denim jacket creates a smarter vibe, making it the better choice if you want to wear your jacket all the time. However, an oversized denim jacket may be better if you want to carry it through to winter and embrace layering to stay warm. A size bigger than you’d usually pick out should be enough for the perfect oversized look.
Inspired by fighter pilots, these men’s coat styles are for the adventurers and the big dreamers. Bomber jackets come in all shapes and sizes. Suede bombers work for any occasion while a shearling collar and cuffed sleeves are better for casual vibes. Choose khaki shades or tan hues reminiscent of military uniform or opt for an easy to style black or grey.
When to wear a bomber jacket
The bomber is the ultimate throw on and go jacket, working with pretty much everything in your wardrobe. Wear over a crisp white shirt and smart trousers for formal look that’s comfortable but makes an impression or wear over a hoodie with your favourite skinny jeans at the weekend. Whatever the occasion, a plain bomber could work – bonus points if it’s a suede material.
How a bomber jacket should fit
Bombers should fit in a similar way to your denim jacket, close to the body but not too tight. Thinner bombers are better a little oversized, to ensure you can comfortably fit layers underneath. Check the bomber you choose isn’t too short on the sleeves and when it comes to length it should sit just above the hips.
Thick down linings and a distinctive quilted finish make this men’s jacket style a solid winner for winter. Puffed up looks make an impression, with chunky collars and cuffed sleeves to keep the cold out whatever the weather. A quilted jacket with a hidden hood is an added bonus, keeping you dry when needed but out of sight when it matters. You might have shied away in the past from this jacket because they can be tough to keep clean – but we’ve got the lowdown on this too, right here.
When to wear a quilted jacket
Basically, when it’s really cold. This jacket can take any cold weather that’s thrown at it so whether you’re on dog walking duties or simply out at the weekend a quilted jacket has you covered. They look great with any style of jeans and chunky boots for the winter months. Add a beanie and you’ll look good wherever you end up.
How a quilted jacket should fit
When deciding on one of these padded coats check the fit on the arms, if you like the weights at the gym you could find your normal size a little snug so may have to go up one. There’s nothing wrong with a quilted jacket fitting a little larger than your regular size – it just leaves more room for an extra layer on real cold days.
7. Trench coat
Inspired by military jackets, these coat styles look incredible whatever the weather. Sharp collars, waist ties and a double breasted fastening make this a jacket ideal for formal occasions. A tan colour reminds us of slick, 1940s detectives and film stars while a more structured wool trench keeps things stylish and snug in the winter. A lightweight trench in a thinner material is a good call for spring looks that can carry through to autumn.
When to wear a trench coat
We’re certain nothing looks smarter than a trench coat – worn over a button up shirt and tie combo – making it the right style for when you want to make an impression at the office. It’s also a good choice for evening dinners and late night dates. Double breasted finishes up your smart game.
How a trench coat should fit
Trench coats offer a structured fit, nipping you in at the waist and accentuating shoulders. Look for a trench with strong lapels and a stiff collar for a polished finish. Stretch your arms when trying on one of these men’s jackets to ensure it’s not too stiff around the shoulders and back. A trench should fit well across the chest and shoulders then hang relatively loose. Lengthwise, it should hang below the hips and not ride up too much when you sit.
Nail your jacket game with this selection of men’s coat styles, with one for every occasion. View our full men’s jacket range here and find the perfect piece of outerwear today.
August 10th, 2018
When it comes to dresses that stand the test of time, there are a fair few.
Even dresses in 2018 tap into or take elements from these iconic looks and adapt them for the current trends. A dress is perfect for everything from bossing it at work to first dates to everything in between. Here, we’ve got the lowdown on five dress styles that never go out of fashion, when you could wear them and how to style them.
1. The summer maxi
A maxi dress isn’t just for summer. Dabble in prints, different cuts and thigh high slits depending on the occasion. Maxi dress styles are ideal for everyday looks but look incredible dressed up with wedge sandals or heels for the evening.
How does a maxi dress fit?
Traditionally, a maxi dress sits snug to the body until the waist then flares out with a looser skirt. When it comes to length, these dress styles can be floor skimming or sit on the ankle depending on your preference. Cami strap maxis or racer backs are popular choices for a holiday, chilling in the hotel bar – while a bardot maxi shows a little more skin and is perfect for nights out.
What is a bardot dress?
This off the shoulder dress style sits lower on your arms and exposes your collarbone, usually with an elasticated hem that sits across the chest and back. It’s a great choice when you’re looking for a maxi for a summer wedding or an evening out.
How to make a maxi dress work for the evening
It’s easy to take a basic maxi and dress it up for a special occasion. Here are some tips and tricks to styling up this longer length dress.
- Accessorise – Don’t be afraid to pull out the longer chain necklaces to hang low on your chest or embrace bangles for a stunning addition to bare arms.
- Look for slits – A cheeky slit will turn heads and gives your maxi a party all-night vibe.
- Swap your bag for a clutch – A handheld clutch is usually reserved for weekend nights out. Pick one up in a clashing colour for a standout finish.
- Embrace heels – Heeled shoes instantly dress up any look. Go for wedge sandals in the summer or strappy, stiletto heels for a prom or wedding.
- Add a bold lip – Keep mascara minimal and choose a strong red or a hot pink for a bold lip that serves looks all night.
2. The skater
We’re not talking Avril Lavigne, skater girl style here. Although there’s definitely nothing wrong with embracing that if it’s your vibe. Skater dresses are actually the perfect everyday, throw on and go look that can be mixed and matched with pieces already in your wardrobe. It’s a dress cut that’s always flattering, so won’t ever go out of style.
What is a skater dress?
Skater dresses were actually inspired by figure skaters, who traditionally wear a fitted dress on top and a flared skirt on the bottom. They’re a cute, girly look for your everyday outfits – perfect for pairing with heels for nights out or trainers and sports socks for a casual vibe.
How does a skater dress fit?
Skater dresses sit snug on top – and can be short or long sleeved – then feature a circle skirt that drops from the waist. These dresses usually sit shorter – great if you want to get your legs out.
Skater dresses for everyday looks
When it comes to wearing these dress styles on a day-to-day basis, look for a plain colour that you can accessorise with to nail your vibe. A cami skater dress looks great on everyone, with slim straps and a fitted bodice – perfect with sports trainers and a leather jacket for trips into town or lunch with mates.
You could also get fancy with an oversized, crisp white shirt, worn over the dress and tied in the middle to create a lightweight jacket. Pair with sunnies, low top sneakers and a cute cross body bag and you’re ready.
Skater dresses for formal occasions
This dress style looks incredible with heels – as legs look longer and you can make things a little smarter with a blazer or lightweight jacket. A velvet material or lace bodice adds interest to this simple dress style – and if it’s not a wedding, go for black.
3. The dress shirt
Shirt dresses can be super formal, with collars and button up looks, or real casual with oversized t-shirt fits. Both offer a slouchy fit that flatters all shapes and sizes, with a whole world of prints and colours to choose from. A dress shirt will never go out of fashion – simply because shirts and t-shirts never will.
What is a dress shirt?
Dress shirts sit in two categories, collar and collarless. A style with a collar is essentially a longer length shirt, giving off that ‘just pulled on my boyfriend’s clothes and left the house’ sort of vibe. Collarless dress shirts are essentially an oversized t-shirt, usually worn with a pair of cheeky denim shorts underneath.
How to style a dress shirt with a collar
This type of shirt is great for days in the office – if your workplace embraces a smart casual dress code. Pair with black skinny jeans in cooler months or wear it on its own with cycling shorts and heels in the summer. We’re loving khaki, military style dress shirts featuring patches for a unique look – these look great with bare legs and ankle boots. Add a blazer to seal the deal.
How to style a t-shirt dress
T-shirt dresses are the ultimate lounge piece, offering complete freedom when it comes to movement. Wear one on its own or team with denim shorts and running trainers for easy, laid back vibes. Look for a bold print or a strong logo on a dress shirt that does all the hard work for you.
How to style a dress shirt for winter
For winter months, a sweatshirt or jumper dress is a great alternative to your fave dress shirt style. Look for a hoodie inspired style for a cosy fit that you can wear all day. Pair with your fave trainers and if it’s really cold layer up with a leather jacket.
4. The bodycon
Bodycon dresses can help you serve up a number of looks – whether you want to heat things up for a summer night out or keep things casual at the weekend. It’s an easy to dress to wear – whatever the occasion – and a truly timeless dress style. A fitted dress never goes out of fashion.
What is a bodycon dress?
Don’t think back to those bandage dresses we loved in the noughties. Bodycon dresses are all about rocking your own look, with a figure hugging fit that holds in all the right places. It’s the perfect, no effort party dress but you can pick up a basic colour to wear for everyday looks.
When to wear a bodycon dress
Bodycon dress styles are good for every occasion. It’s all about how you style one.
- Wedding – Pair a floral print bodycon dress with strappy sandals and a lightweight blazer for wedding day style that looks great in the professional photos.
- Night out – A slinky bodycon dress and towering heels make an impression wherever you end up with the girls.
- Work – Embrace that smart/casual vibe and wear a striped bodycon dress with a fitted blazer and flat sandals.
- Weekends – Throw an oversized hoodie, over a fitted bodycon dress. Choose a brighter colour for a look that turns heads on the high street.
- First date – A fitted, mid length bodycon dress will have them booking in for a second date. Finish with a leather jacket for a tough vibe and to avoid having to take their jacket if you want to make a speedy exit at the end of the meal.
How to wear a bodycon dress every day
Bodycons are a strong party choice but also work for day-to-day outfits. Pair with a casual jacket – denim or an oversized windbreaker works – and finish with trainers. Add mesh socks for a quirky accent.
5. The midi
You can never go wrong with a midi dress – making it one of those dress styles that will never go out of fashion. It’s the perfect length for day or night and can be easily dressed up with heels and a clutch. We’re currently loving racer back styles with low trainers, for breezy looks that are easy to pull off.
What is a midi dress?
A midi dress sits on the knee – so your Mum won’t make any comments when you leave the house. It’s not quite mini, it’s not quite maxi.
How does a midi dress fit?
This depends entirely on the style you choose. These dresses can be fitted or have more of an A-line cut, that sits snug on the hips and flares out at the skirt.
What is an A-line dress?
A-line dresses are super flattering cuts that hug the hips and then flare out at the sides to create an A shape. They’re more common in skirt designs but you might spot some midi dresses in this style.
When to wear a midi dress
Depending on the style you choose, this dress style works for everything. Here are some ideas:
- Racer back midi dress – Ideal for cool festival style, pair with chunky boots, sunglasses and plenty of glitter.
- Long sleeved midi dress – Work with trainers, sports socks and a rucksack for weekend travels.
- Halter neck midi dress – Perfect for long days at the beach, it’s the perfect cover up when you go find the chip shop later.
- High neck midi dress – Wear this style on a first date with an oversized denim jacket and low heels to make an impression.
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August 9th, 2018
You can never have enough bags, right? They’re an everyday necessity and they’ve got to match your outfit. If you’re looking for a little treat, we’ve pulled together a round up of the latest bag styles you’re gonna love this season.
The hottest new bag styles you’ll love
1. The good for everything tote bag
Not just for the beach, canvas tote bags are ideal for those everyday outfits too.
Deck yourself out in bold colours and bright prints for style that gets you noticed. We’re loving canvas bag styles featuring rope handles and plenty of room for everything – from your laptop to your makeup bag.
When to use a tote bag?
You’ll be picking up this bag for trips to the beach, town centre shopping and overnight stays with your girls at the weekend.
What to look for in a tote bag
Look for a bold, floral or aztec print styles and switch out the contents for whatever you’ve got planned each day. You also need to find a size that suits you. If you’re a serial overpacker, a larger tote will do the job. Think about material too. A canvas tote bag might not be great if it’s looking wet out – while an oil skin or plastic one will last all day.
2. The hands free bum bag
Bum bags aren’t reserved for older gents on holiday anymore. This bag style has had a major revamp, so get ready to rock comfy to wear glitter styles that keep your hands free all day. Bum bags not only look great but they keep your stuff safe too – ideal if you’re dancing in a crowd in the summer or heading out for the night.
Try something new and don’t just strap it around your waist. Instead, wear your bum bag across your body for a different take on the look and even easier access to all your stuff.
When to use a bum bag?
Bum bags are definitely the smart choice for festivals or gigs, when you don’t want to be held back by your accessories and are feeling the music. They’re also ideal for hiking, dog walking and days out with mates when you want your hands free.
What to look for in a bum bag
Plenty of compartments and a strong design – you want your bag to look good considering it’s going to be centre stage of your outfit. Compartments to safely store bank cards, portable chargers and keys are a must – let’s face it, your phone’s gonna be in your hand.
3. The everyday over shoulder bag
Wear this slung over the shoulder for an easy style win. It’s the perfect style for college or uni. Opt for a suede material in a colour that goes with everything or pick up a classic alumni bag that looks the business. You can wear this bag across the body too – great if it’s stuffed with your laptop, books and snacks to spread out the weight. Logos and print are big news this season. Look for a bag featuring a prominent, oversized logo design or allover print to tap into this trend.
When to use an over shoulder bag
An over shoulder bag is ideal for everyday requirements when you need something good looking but strong enough to carry everything for your plans. Use it for school, college or uni or just when out and about.
What to look for in an over shoulder bag
You’ll need a strong strap to take the load. A zip fastening is a good call to keep everything safe and secure. Inside pockets are ideal for storing smaller items.
4. The trusty rucksack
It’s hard to go wrong with a rucksack. This bag style is good for everything from trekking across Europe to packing everything you need for a festival weekend. You can have a little fun with a rucksack when it comes to print and size. Grab a bold print to dress up everyday looks – patch designs and tattoo inspired prints are our vibe right now.
When to use a rucksack
Rucksacks are good for everything – from festival weekends to packing everything you need for college. Dress yours up with patches and pins to create a personalised look.
What to look for in a rucksack
Strong straps, plenty of pockets and a great design are the key elements of this bag style. You should be able to throw it on and go with no fuss.
5. The lightweight sports bag
These bag styles were definitely popular in secondary school and have made a comeback. The drawstring sports bag has had a revamp and is good for everything from weekend shopping to overnight, city break stays. These lightweight bags look good and keep everything secure, using a drawstring at the top to close.
When to use a lightweight sports bag
These bag styles are great for carrying your shopping or packing a light gym kit for when you want to smash a workout after work. Wear it like a rucksack and enjoy being handsfree while having everything with you.
What to look for in a lightweight sports bag
Check for a thicker material that’s gonna withstand the weight you put in it and if you can find a design with inside pockets you’re onto a winner. A bold logo or print is also a good call – these styles are small but made to be noticed.
6. The gym barrel bag
Gym holdalls aren’t just for that workout sesh. These large, sturdy bag styles are also ideal for everything from weekend stays at baes to packing what you need for a day out. A longer strap means your shoulders can take heavy loads and a wider design lets you cram in everything you need.
When to use a gym barrel bag
These bag styles are perfect for lightweight luggage. They’re foldable design means you can squeeze them into an overhead compartment or chuck them in the boot ready for an impromptu stayover with your mates. They’re also great for packing your kit for a morning gym session – you can take everything from your trainers to a towel and change of clothes for after.
What to look for in a gym barrel bag
We’re loving gym bags with strong prints and bright colours – you’ll definitely spot it on a luggage rack or at the side of the sports hall. Strong zips are another good feature and inside pockets mean you can keep valuables safe and secure.
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August 2nd, 2018
With the release of new single Richest Man in the World, we caught up with SLANG and learned a little more about his language…
The dictionary refers to SLANG as ‘a type of language consisting of words and phrases that are regarded as very informal, are more common in speech than writing, and are typically restricted to a particular context or group of people.’ On that note, introduce yourself in slang, and then in a contrasting formal and eloquent manner…
SLANG SLANGER, born at a young age and raised by wolves. Eaten by spiders when I was 6, aka Daniel Dare aka Dan Dare aka SLANG.
Do you have any made-up words and lingo you live by, and if so, what do they mean?
Duckpiece, haha! When we have had a huge night or weekend out and woke up in the morning we would always say, “Right who’s first in the shower to scrub their duck.” Which then ended up being ‘Duckpiece’ I’m not sure what it is to be honest, it’s either your private parts or your body. Stupid really but once you’ve scrubbed your ‘Duck’ you’re good to go again.
What’s the story of SLANG the person and then SLANG the artist?
SLANG the person – well my name’s Dan, I was born in Southall. Dad was a gangster and my Mum used to clean pubs and the bookies. The area I grew up in was a crazy place full of crime and drugs when I was growing up. I got chucked out of school when I was 13, went on to do a few naughty things then I was 17 had a huge reality check with friends being put in prison and being murdered – I had to leave the area and get on with my life. I found an amazing girlfriend who really helped me pursue music. Her Mum was a teacher and Dad a musician who I learned quite a lot from.
SLANG as an artist is a reflection of my upbringing, the struggles and who I was back then and also how that affects me as an adult in relationships. Even down to basic things like communication. I fully didn’t know how to act like a normal adult until I was in my early 20’s.
How would you best describe your sound and inspirations?
It’s a melodic, spoken, singy rappy vibe ,but quite poppy. I grew up listening to a weird mix of Otis Redding, The Clash, Mod Music (Dad) Elvis, Aretha and Soul Music (Mum) and Gangsta Rap because my two older brothers loved 50 Cent, Pappose, Uncle Murda and Dipset amongst others. My brother Stuart got me into music, he was an oldschool Garage MC and I would listen to him on pirate radio. He helped me write my first lyrics. I think it was something like ‘One two three, MC digger dee, I’m a G’ or something horrendous like that.
Probably get asked this in every interview, but what would you buy if you were the richest man in the world?
I would buy every homeless person a home, every hungry person a meal and myself an iced coconut Frappuccino – they’re just lovely.
Were you a little entrepreneur as a youngster – selling Pokémon cards in the playground, washing cars?
I mean I had quite a poor upbringing so if I could sell anything I would, I could sell salt to a slug haha, but saying that I was obsessed with the Pokemon Gameboy games when I was 11 and 12. A good way of earning money was when my uncle came out of prison. He told me I was skinny and weak. Every 10 press ups I would get £20….. Think I got to about 27 press ups and he called it £30!
The artwork for your single is a SLANG edition Monopoly board – what’s your filthy tricks and tips for winning a game of the classic board game?
Always be the banker or the wanker. Mainly the wanker. Find the sore loser and stay away from them because they’re selfish!
We’re in the midst of festival season – how’s it shaped up for you so far?
Only been to a couple this year, played a load of them last year. V Festival, Lovebox, Festival No.6 etc. Saw Anderson .Paak at Lovebox which was incredible – got to briefly say hello to his team backstage which was nice. His energy as a human is great. Big fan of his ‘Malibu’ album too!
What do you try and bring to the stage during festival sets?
Energy, a fun time and good vibes. I get verbal diarrhoea a lot so that’s quite fun to watch sometimes I guess, especially when I started to swear at the police… Didn’t go down well but hey. The live set is like a punk set. Very lively, lots of jumping around & NO TRACK!! Four of us just rocking out. Bass, Guitar, Drums & vocals.
What’s next for SLANG?
Looking to drop a couple more singles, recently scored a couple of films and adverts because I come from a production background before being an artist. Just confirming live dates for a UK tour and a couple of tour supports across the UK & Europe.
Finally, you visited Superdry recently for a styling sesh – what did you pick out?
Probably every piece of denim in the shop, the most comfortable socks and underwear ever. Some peacock t-shirts. Loads of hats. I’m sorted for the next year for clothes haha!
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July 31st, 2018
Having racked up over 12 million streams since his debut single last May, it’s safe to say that urban-pop artist Kalpee is emerging with a ‘big deal’ status. Back with a new single Colourful, we caught up with the charming star.
You hail from Trinidad, work in Sweden and spend a lot of your time in London – how have all of these places shaped you as a person and musician?
I’ve lived almost my entire life in Trinidad and Tobago, that’s home and will always be home and its what’s shaped me the most. There are parts of T&T that’s breath-taking and invaluable, when I think about the beaches and mountains and just the overall relaxed, chill nature of my island, it’s dope. Everything is a party or “lime” as we call it back home. Every Island has its downsides too, and what’s difficult is the mentality of the people at times – there’s always an exception to the rule of course but generally speaking, there’s a closed-minded approach to music and that prevents growth. When it comes to the artistic side of things it almost feels as though, if you don’t fit the criteria of the norm there isn’t a place for you. The reason I brought that up is because that was one of the biggest influences when it comes to my music and my message – it’s about just being me and not letting anyone get in the way of that. It’s a blessing in disguise to be honest as its given me drive and guidance. Being an artist is by no means about the “hype” for me, I understand the power of music and I really want to grow because of this. Believe me, the youth of Trinidad and Tobago has so much to offer, we are inspired and inspiring, open minded and so full of love and that really excites me. It is an extremely interesting place to live in so if I’m being completely honest when I say it’s a bitter sweet situation that I’m away a lot.
Heading to Sweden to record my music really was an experience – I went there alone and I was there during their winter period – keep in mind this was the first winter I’ve ever experienced, so I’m not going to lie it was really tough to adapt! But Sweden did two things in particular that I think really altered my sound…it made me more appreciative of Trinidad and it put me outside of my comfort zone. You haven’t heard most of the music I’ve been working on but hopefully what I just said will make sense when you do hear it.
And then there is London! A complete mix of cultures, musical genres and vibes that can all live together. I love artist such as J-Hus, Ed Sheeran, Zayn, Stormzy, the list goes on and on. Maybe someday I’ll get the chance to work with some of them haha! I got the opportunity last week to see Bruno Mars and Khalid perform at British Summertime, and it was incredible – inspirational infact! It helps me to understand the standard to be aiming for.
You have a Vlog series about your ‘pursuit of kalpeeness’ – what answers have you pursued, what have you discovered, and what’s next on the happiness bucket list?
Fun fact! Kalpeeness was a name that people would tease me with in school, but I absolutely love it now haha! Vlogging made me constantly have to find something to do, so it made me do things I wouldn’t usually, so I guess it made me more outgoing and a little more courageous. I also discovered that I love to edit videos, so that was the highlight of doing a vlog for me. It’s almost like bits of memories edited together, it feels nostalgic.
On my happiness bucket list … I love being creative so getting to release more music, coming up with concepts for music videos and campaigns then seeing them brought to life is a blessing. Finding out where I’ll be performing next and experiencing new cities and people through my music also.
What would you be doing if you weren’t a musician?
I honestly think I would have wanted to be a goalkeeper, I love football, and I played it in school. Infact sometimes I’d skip choir practice to play football haha.
How would you sum up your sound in a crayon colour picture? (draw something below for us!)
You’re obviously trying to embarrass me haha! I can’t draw to save my life, so a stick man on a beach with a colourful sunset will have to do, enjoy!
Your new single is called Colourful – what’s it about, aside from the literal tones?
Colourful is about difference and understanding that difference is beauty, there’s absolutely no one like you in this world and that’s an incredible thing to think about. It’s important to love yourself, to be proud of yourself, because you’re unique and you’re beautiful and you need to own that.
You just performed at Color Run at WEMBLEY – how was it, and what is this cult phenomenon for any readers who haven’t seen the starburst yet…?
Color Run was incredible, it was full of the right energy! Imagine people of every demographic there just having an amazing time together, no egos just pure vibes. I absolutely loved it. Color Run is a 5k run that celebrates health, happiness and self-expression so the entire event is full of colour. They handed out packages of coloured powder similar to what we used for the “colourful” video shoot and got everyone to throw it up in the air together. It felt like a dream, there was a colourful mist all around, the sun was out, and people were singing along with me.
You recently popped into Superdry Regent Street, and we loved having you. What style threads did you pick out, and what’s your general vibe?
By the way, I’m now an even bigger fan of Superdry than I was, I love the way the clothes fit. I picked out some t-shirts, vests, some super dope hoodies and some really cool trousers. My vibe is generally chill – it changes based on what I have to do at the time, but usually I’m in a hoodie with some sweats. Comfort is key.
You’re a very happy person, which we like a lot. But what grinds your gears?
Ummm, I really don’t like when I hold a door open for someone and they don’t say thank you, and when a fly flies into my ear while I’m sleeping, that drives me crazy.
What else is in store for Kalpee this year?
More music, more performances, more growth and definitely more trips to the Superdry store (hint hint!)
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